The question of safety: part two, planning and running an event

The other side of the question of safety issues in group work is the group. This post looks at how to plan, prepare, and think about the risks we take in group work as group leaders or event planners. . . . → Read More: The question of safety: part two, planning and running an event

The question of safety

A fatal sweat lodge at a New Age event got me thinking about issues of ritual safety. This is part one of two posts, this one focusing on the experience as an individual. . . . → Read More: The question of safety

Tam Lin, and other momentary diversions

So I could reference it in a post elsewhere, I just posted a version of the Tam Lin story I wrote for a ritual over here (Complete with further explanation!)

I do have more posts with content in progress – the start of the school year always scrambles my brain and my free time . . . → Read More: Tam Lin, and other momentary diversions

Role of the High Priestess

To many people, the HPS is the one responsible for making sure the spiritual and religious stuff happens. My take is that there are three essential roles: anchoring the spiritual core, providing direction, and making sure the practical details fall into place. . . . → Read More: Role of the High Priestess

Ritual and context

I’ve been quiet for a few days, because I was busily off at the Fourth Street Fantasy Convention (I had a fabulous time and I am already looking forward to next year: many excellent conversations with interesting people about books and thoughts and the world in general.) It’s also sparked some thoughts about some things I really want to change in my life, and more on that in the coming days.

Today, though, a short post on something I was discussing else-net. One of the panels I was at this weekend was about the issue of message in a story: is it a good idea to be deliberately push buttons in your readers to make a point?

Emma Bull (one of the panelists, and one of my favorite authors to boot) made a comment I’ve been thinking about ever since: that all stories have your assumptions about how the world works. This comes through in the story, no matter what else you do.

This got me thinking. Ritual is, in many ways, a story.

Rituals are also stories, in their own way. Not in the sense they always have a plot, mind you – but in the sense that they have a context they exist in (what’s in their world), that stuff happens (there is a change between the beginning state and the end state of some kind), and that the successful ones have some kind of desireable emotional effect (because otherwise, we would eventually find them boring and never do them again.)

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