Hi! This would be the announcement of the shiny new project that’s been occupying a lot of my spare time on and off since August. It’s actually not all that secret – I’ve had a link in the header here for a while, and I’ve mentioned it (usually in relation to specific pages) on several forums over the last few months.
Welcome to Seeking: First Steps and Tools at http://gleewood.org/seeking . It contains 107 (and counting) separate articles about general Pagan topics, with a focus on getting started in religious witchcraft paths. They work from basic definitions, to a series of articles on connecting with other Pagans, to a selection of core and common practices (and some ideas on how to start with them), to broader questions that come up a lot, and where I wanted to collect my answers and thoughts.
And welcome to its new sister site, Liminal Words at http://gleewood.org/books. There’s only a few titles up there right now, but more are on the way. It’ll include both Pagan titles, and other books of interest – on my current list are notes on books about the natural world, productivity and time management, food, and much more.
Both these sites are a way for me to use tags and other organizational tools in a way that’s clear, useful, and easy to understand, rather than trying to throw everything together on this blog.
Continue reading The shiny new project
I just made a post elsewhere online I wanted to share here. I’d talked about how we’d lost a lot, as a culture, when we had mass-accessible written material (sometime after the printing press: I tend to think it’s around 1600-1650, when you start getting lots more broadsheets and other materials that are inexpensive . . . → Read More: On what we’ve lost, and what we’ve gained
Several times in the past few months, I’ve seen someone post saying that they had trouble using Witchvox, and expressing some confusion about how to use it. I’ve got some theories about why this is (at the bottom of the post, for the curious) but on a practical level, I decided it was more interesting to write up a walkthrough of where to find things and how to use the networking resources than to clean my house this afternoon. (I aim for productive procrastination when I can…)
Since the email I sent about it is a little hard to read without formatting, so I’m duplicating most of it here for easy reference.Please feel free to share the link here with any other list where the information would be helpful.
Parts of this essay:
- What is Witchvox (and some important things to know)
- Step 1: the group creates the profile
- Step 2: you (the seeker) go looking for a group or teacher or event.
- Step 3: The summary page
- Step 4: The group listings page.
- Step 5: What the group says about itself.
- Step 6: Making contact
- The realities of groups
For each step, I include examples from my own group, Phoenix Song, so you can see exactly how things work.
Continue reading Using Witchvox – a walkthrough
Last month, Pax declared June to be Pagan Values Blogging month. I’ve been thinking since that announcement about what I wanted to talk about. One of the obvious choices, given my professional interests, is the power of information.
And it’s not just information alone – I’m not talking about trivia here, information disconnected from . . . → Read More: Pagan values – informed choice
A conversation about online gossip and harassment at work got me thinking about the issues of both gossip and social information sharing in the Pagan community. Gossip has risks – but I don’t think it’s always bad. . . . → Read More: The question of gossip