Bodies and bodies

I met another witch for coffee today. And it got me thinking about embodiment again, as one does. Icon - Adaptations - red watercolor heart

I’m usually pretty amiable about doing meeting people for coffee, if I can make my schedule work out for it. I’m especially when it’s someone like this, who is an initiate in a different line of witchcraft from mine, but interested in some of the same things.

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It came from the search terms (plus some updates)

My newsletter continues to be the best source for all the things I’ve written recently (plus other links and things of interest I’ve come across that fortnight) but I just added four new articles here:

Looking through the site statistics, I also thought it might be fun to take a look every so often and do some pointers and quick answers for things people were searching for. If you’ve got questions you’d like me to answer of that kind (where to find a thing or wondering whether I’d write something about a particular topic) feel free to contact me through the contact form.

It came from the search terms…

Here are some queries from the last quarter:

Deities:

I had several queries about this: “honoring god and the goddesss”, “how to work with a deity”, “deities that work”. I have a series of articles up about deity work that will get you started with the first two. (You can find all three on the Doing page.)

The last one hits a question that’s come up a few times in other places – “I asked my deity for this thing, why didn’t it work”. That one’s on my list for an article sometime soon.

Witchcraft in practice

Queries for “religion and witch craft”, “how to practice wicca every day”.

I have an article on Daily Practices, and the Adapting section has a number of articles about adapations, especially the Chronic Illness and Pagan Practice article which has a number of low-exertion daily or regular practices.

Another query was “Steps to do a ritual”. Here’s my article on the steps of ritual. 

Another question was about “grounding spells”. I actually don’t consider grounding to be a ‘spell’, and this made me realise that explaining spells versus other kinds of magical work is an article I haven’t written yet! Added to my list. Grounding, however, has an article, and I just expanded it with a section on elemental grounding.

Questions not for this site!

“what do you put on a buddhist shrine”

And just baffling

“leprechaun at altar places” I’m still trying to figure out how to parse that one. (Maybe “What does it mean if you see a leprechaun near an altar?” or “where can you see a leprechaun at an altar?”)

Many updates and a whole new look

Between Solstice and Boxing Day, I overhauled the site! New things include:

  • New categories of pages
    • Beginning : basic terms and ideas to help you understand the rest of the site.
    • Building: how to begin to build a practice for yourself.
    • Doing: specific skills and practices in religious witchcraft
    • Learning: books, resources, and library information
    • Connecting : help with reaching out to groups and Pagan events.
    • Adapting : if you have specific needs, check this out for ideas and help.
    • Questions : common questions that didn’t fit in other places.
    • Concepts : quick links to key concepts like magic, ethics, and divination.
    • Resources : additional resources that you might find useful.
  • New graphics on each page that indicate what the focus of the page is.
  • Updating formatting to be consistent across all the pages of the site.
  • Updating tags, menus, and other navigational tools.

Basically all the pages that were here are still here, but some of them have been added to an archive page (and are not included in tag or the category pages linked at the top menu)

Besides the cosmetic updates, I’ve also added two pages, below, and added images to several others, including the tools page and the altar and shrine page. The new pages are:

New pages in November

I spent a chunk of time doing some writing in November, and here are five new pages for the site.

I’m planning to do some major rearranging at the end of the month (probably right between Solstice and Christmas), so you can expect to see things moved around to make them easier to find.

Updates since May 2016

New pages:

I have been writing new things! Just not making them very obvious. Here are the new pages since last May.

July:

July found me finishing a whole set of essays about libraries, librarianship, and research. I hope they’ll explain some of the not-helpful mysteries of how libraries work so you can find awesome resources.

After July:

Ongoing updates:

I’m slowly working on some behind the scenes editing to make headers and other formatting more consistent across the site (as part of improving accessibility). I have plans for some design changes later this winter (new graphics, I don’t expect to be making major layout changes.) I’ve got about four dozen articles I’ve got notes for, and am hoping to get a fair number added in the next two or three months too.

Drop me a note via the contact form if there are things you’d particularly like to see!

New theme

As you can see, I’ve made some cosmetic changes. All the same pages are still here, but I’ll be moving some things around and creating new links. As I do major notes, I’ll put a comment in the blog.

(If you want actual blog posts, go check out Limen: Thoughts from a Threshold, where I put long-form commentary not suitable for this Seeking site.)