I’ve not been on tumblr for three or four months.
For one, tumblr is a time sinker for me. I spend too much time on it. Another reason is because of how people act. People keep pointing fingers at others, and spewing vitriol and hate. I don’t want that in my life. Another reason is that tumblr eats up bandwidth like Cookie Monster eats up cookies.
For those that are (still) interested, you can find my musings at www.faeriesdescend.wordpress.com
I may come back. I may not. I dunno. We’ll see. I just wanted to pop in and say hi, I’m not dead. I’m just elsewhere.
I dunno what to title this so I’m just leaving it blank.
Last night was the first night in two months that I was able to go to lessons. It felt … I was elated to be there, but I was so distracted, I could barely focus and it was hard to keep my eyes open. I’m not saying that I wasn’t paying attention, I was. But when she read the Charge of the God, I heard the words, was putting images to them, but forgot them as soon as they were spoken.
It was really weird. I was sitting in the recliner, legs tucked underneath me, just being there with the Spirit. I felt His presence. It was weighing me down, comforting, soothing. He felt heavy, but I didn’t feel crushed. I could barely move, I didn’t want to move. I just felt so peaceful. It’s hard to describe.
It was a good lesson, with lots of great discussions between all four of us. L really needs to come out of her shell, though. I love hearing what she has to say. I did try and bring her out, though.
After, we were given homework. I was given to research Odin. I just sat there and grinned and said, ‘thanks! I’ll even do Loki, too!’ J was given Pan and I can’t remember what L was given, but they were all really good for each of us. :)
Next week, we’ll be given a walk-through meditation. After that, we’ll have to come up with our own. That’s exciting!
I feel like I want to live
Far from the metropolis
Just walk through that door
I feel like I want to fly
Reach out to the painted sky
A prisoner to the wind
A bird on the wing
I feel the ocean in my blood
See rain from the sky above
Her salt brined tears
Those tears leave taste on my tongue
Like the warm rush you get from
I feel like I want to leave
Behind all these memories
And walk through that door
The black night calls my name
But all roads look the same
They lead nowhere
They lead nowhere
I’ve been taking a break from tumblr.
I’ve been tired of seeing all the nasty shit, pointing fingers, accusations, ridicule and far too much drivel coming out of the pagan community.
To be quite frank, it’s really off putting. I came here to learn. The few times I have said something, I was put down, ridiculed and ended up feeling like an idiot. Not a nice way to feel. And before you tell me anything about how I should act, feel, or whatever, how about you just stuff it and try to imagine, try to remember how you felt upon coming into the community.
I’m very upset and have been for some time. I realize that this may fall on deaf ears, or will be ignored completely since I’ve seen several posts like this being degraded and shredded and disputed with.
I am intelligent. I know this. I also know that my inadequacy to word things hampers the message I want to convey, or I skew it somehow.
The point is: shut the fuck up if you can’t play nice with others.
If you’ve been practising for ten years or fifty years, that’s great. That, however, doesn’t automatically mean others need to respect you. You need to earn our respect, the way we earn yours. Putting other people down and making them feel like shit is not the way to go about it. You may not give a flying fig at how others see you, but you really really should.
Again, this may fall on deaf ears, and I may get shit for it. But I’m tired of seeing people hurt because people’s heads are so far up their own asses they don’t know what’s going on around them. You are not the be all of the universe.
In short, fuck you.
If this doesn’t apply to you, ignore this message. <3
Hey! I have some book-related news: preorders for my newest title, and a giveaway of free books! Read on:
First, I just turned in the final tweaks and edits for my next book, New Paths to Animal Totems! It’ll be out from Llewellyn Publications this December (just in time for the world to end) and it’s my first try at writing for a more general audience—without watering down the material. You can read more about it at the link above, though one of the things that struck me as I was re-reading it is how unlike other introductory books on totemism this one is. It’s not just a collection of “here’s what this totem means” definitions and a mess of quick exercises. I really got into the environment and context of animal totems, instead of just treating them as “animal spirits floating above your head”. By the end of the book you won’t just know what animal totems are and how to work with them, but you’ll also have a wealth of information that can be applied to both totemism and other spiritual explorations as well. A great standalone text, or a nice complement to my other books, too!
So—with that said, I am officially opening preorders for New Paths to Animal Totems! You can preorder here on my website and there’s also a preorder listing on my Etsy shop. The website link also includes links to where you can preorder it on Amazon, Powells, and from Llewellyn itself. However, ordering directly from me pays me the most for my work (and you get your copy signed!)
The OTHER book thing is that I am doing another giveaway! See those three books in the second picture? They’re three of the brand-new Llewellyn periodicals that I have writings published in (I’ve been writing for the periodicals for years). I wrote twenty-five of the spells and activities in the Witches’ Spell-a-Day Almanac this year, and the Magical Almanac includes my article “Everyday Totemism”, specifically about working with tertiary totems. You can find two of my articles in the Witches’ Companion; “Pagans and Cultural Appropriation” looks at the issues surrounding cultural borrowing (or theft) in neopaganism, while “Pagans & Mental Health” explores the relationship that the pagan community has to mental illness, and how to be more sensitive and responsive in including pagans with mental illnesses.
All of these are exclusive writings, found nowhere else! But you could get to do some reading for free. Just reblog this post—no need to follow me, though I won’t complain if you do. Reblog it by the midnight that starts Tuesday, August 21, 2012 and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win one of the three periodicals in the picture (no, you don’t get to choose which one—it’s random!). You only get ONE chance no matter how many times you reblog, though.
….aaaaaaaand GO! (And thank you :) )
Even if I don’t win, I think I’m going to be buying those books you have listed here when I get some money. Your writing always peaks my interest.
Many thanks for your support :)
Sweet! Congratulations on your book publication! I can’t wait to read it. Also: awesome giveaway.
Danke :) (And a bump up in case people missed it yesterday.)
what if when your handhelds are dying the red light is actually their way of screaming in pain as they die and then they do die they experience heaven but then you charge them and…
this is why I love tumblr