Witch in Practice: Scorpio season

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Scorpio season, of course, includes Samhain for us, and we were virtual again (notes on that below, for anyone else contemplating models.)

Other things this month included:

  • Initiate discussion (last of our rune discussions)
  • Picking up Dedicant classes again with our current Dedicant
  • More Dedicant class
  • Full moon (on the 20th)

In December’s initiate discussion, we’re going to start working through Thorn Mooney’s The Witch’s Path chapter by chapter, picking one of the exercises each to work through. I loved the book when I read it when it first came out in September, and I think it’s going to be a great framework for us to have shared discussion but also pick things to focus on that suit where we individually are right now.

We are still meeting virtually. I look at Microcovid.org periodically, and run a scenario that involves:

  • Gathering (activity, errand)
  • 4 people within 5 meters (aka my living room is only about 12 feet square)
  • Normal socialising (3 feet or more apart)
  • 2 hours
  • Average person in the area (see note)
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Snug cloth masks on both counts
  • Normal talking
  • High caution budget (I’m fully vaccinated and boosted but even fairly mild symptoms might have an outsize impact on my long-term health, so still being cautious)

Some of our aspects don’t fit tidly: everyone else is interacting more with the general public (public-facing jobs), one has a husband who works in health care, etc. But I figure that gives us a reasonable starting point.

For a bunch of October, that risk (on the high caution setting) came out to about 4x my weekly budget (and I’m spending about half my weekly risk budget on going into work two days a week, grocery shopping, and every third week allergy shot appointments). Right now, it’s 6x my weekly risk budget because case counts jumped up.

I’ve said when we start getting down to around 2x to 1x, we’ll start talking about picking up in-person again. Basically, I’m willing to take on some additional risk for coven stuff, but not an overwhelming amount. (We’re also looking, for scheduling and transit reasons, at doing some things in person and keeping some classes and discussions online, even when we’re comfortable in person again.)

We also have an initiation to do sometime after the beginning of February (our tradition doesn’t do them between Samhain and Imbolc by strong preference), but we’ll look at that independent of the question of regular group meetings if we need to.

Meeting outside isn’t an option for us both because it’s November in Massachusetts (and getting chilly) and because I don’t have private backyard space distinct from either my landlords or from the bike path on the other side of the backyard fence (i.e. a whole bunch of unpredictable background noise.)

Personal

I took an online workshop on the Fixed Stars with Amaya Rourke right before Samhain, and I need to work back through my notes and recordings.

I’ve finished the round of seasonal notes I’ve been working through from Nigel Pearson’s Walking The Tides which looks at seasonal lore and some magic (from a more Traditional Craft perspective) month by month. I’m still working on some zodiac-related notes that I started in August, but it’s nice not to have two sets of notes to work on.

The rest of my life

I had a new book out in November, I’m working on a winter holidays novella collection release (currently in editing) and I’m currently on track (after a bit of a bobble) to win NaNoWriMo again. So, y’know. Keeping busy.

It is also the season in which I get extra cat snuggles, which is a fine and excellent season. (The chance of cat snuggling up to me when I wake up is about 1 in 2 right now, especially if I can sleep in.)

Witch in Practice – Libra season

Welcome back to the next round of these.

Coven

I had been talking with two different Seekers in September about Dedicating, but between last month’s post and this one, both of them have had things come up in their lives that mean Dedicating in the tradition (and coven) isn’t going to happen. (Both good, from the bits they shared.)

We’re moving ahead with our current Dedicant, I’ve had two really good conversations with two other possible Seekers (and I will circle back with them when we’re able to start looking at the next round of Dedicants, sometime next summer, likely.)

It’s otherwise been fairly quiet, with a chat about Samhain prep on the 16th, and a scheduled chat evening on the 21st.

Coming up we have Samhain on the 30th, and then picking up Dedicant classes again, which I’m very much looking forward to, plus moving forward into some new initiate discussions.

Witchy

We had the first of the research and accessibility chats on October 9th, and it was great! People showed up, asked great questions, and I’m looking forward to the next one. Check out more information about these chats for how to get the registration link for the next one, ask me questions, and get access to our Discord. All of this is free, though if you want me to free up some more time to spend on this, there are some ways to help with that.

(The Discord is this delightful mix of people I’ve known for 10 or 20 years from a wide range of perspectives, plus people I don’t know yet who ask interesting things and bring other perspectives.)

The next registration link will go out on the 30th.

I’m also poking at some improvements to my personal practice, which deserve their own writeup, and I’ll see about doing that sometime (but probably not in October.)

Personal

Besides the above, my life has been a mix of work and writing. I’m back in the office one day a week through October, two days a week starting in November. I feel better now we have an actual sense what we’re doing there, but I’m still finding it unusually tiring to deal with commuting, remembering how to pack lunches that work in the current environment, how to plan my time for things that go better on my work machine (or with materials from my stacks) vs. other projects, and so on.

I have been pushing hard on the writing to take advantage of not commuting, and have almost gotten everything done I wanted before I was in the office more. (I will not quite finish the thing I wanted to finish in October, but it’s close enough I can manage, it’s fine.)

I have a book and a novella anthology out in the rest of this year, then I will be back to my slightly less frenetic schedule. (Which is four books a year, and still frenetic, but also a relief.)

Witch in Practice: Virgo season

Hello! Slightly late this month because I was busy on Wednesday celebrating my birthday. (I went on a pleasant walk to the top of a local drumlin – yay glacial geological features – and did a bunch of astrology notes, and roasted a chicken.)

It’s been two years since I started doing this Witch in Practice thing, and I’m going to continue with the monthly roundup. I’ve got an update on what my daily/regular practice looks like at the moment in the Witchy section of this post.

If you missed my announcement, I’m adding a monthly chat about some interrelated topics (how do we learn about this witchy/pagan/magical stuff, and how do we make it part of our life in sustainable accessible ways?) More info over here, and I’ll be sending out the first call details on September 25th.

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Seeker classes (classes 2, 3, and 4). They’re now deciding if they’d like to be considered as Dedicants and working on the ‘please answer some questions so we can make sure this is a good fit/I can make plans for adaptations needed’ part.

Some initiate discussion, and plans for what we’re doing next (working through Thorn Mooney’s new book The Witch’s Path together. I’m excited to have a book where we can talk through things together, but people can pick an exercise to work on for the month that suits where they are. (Thorn has differentiated them based on needs: one for beginners, one for people wanting to go deeper, one for people who are trying to fit practice around other needs in their life, and one for people dealing with burnout.)

Mabon ritual: with some pleasant focus on apples.

We’re still meeting remotely, and will be until the risk level comes down for ‘needs to be extra cautious me’.

Witchy

Last month I started doing a focus on an astrology sign and house in my chart, plus whatever planets I have there. (Starting with Virgo, where my Sun is, in the 9th house). I’m planning to continue that for the year, though I’m currently a little behind on notes.

Daily practice

A year is a good time to update my daily practice and where it is. Rather to my surprise, it is reliably daily (though how much time I spend on it depends a lot on what else is going on: the bare minimum takes about 5-10 minutes in the morning plus reading time.)

Mornings:

  • Brief energetic offerings at my shrine
  • Checking astrology notes for the day
  • Listening to a song from a playlist and pulling a Tarot card
  • (Total time about 5-10 minutes, depending on song length)

Day:

  • Walk (usually 20-25 minutes: I’m still working from home 4 days a week, so this is usually a walk down to the pond near me and back.)
  • Reading for at least 20 minutes (when I’m not crunched for time, it’s longer.)
  • Music listening often featuring Sabbat-focused or magical goal playlists. (Also a fair number of relevant podcast episodes, averaged over the month, though neither is the only thing I listen to.)

Weekly:

  • Tuesdays: I’m about to add in a Tuesday offering to Mars for honing my ambitions and taking on challenges with grace and skill (I just started a Mars profection year in astrological terms.)
  • Wednesday: Brief offerings for assistance with my writing – writing things people enjoy and tell other people about., mostly, as well as for things to go smoothly in the writing and self-publishing aspects. Usually oil in an oil burner with a brief prayer to Mercury and Rosmerta (often associated with Mercury in Romano-British practice.)
  • Thursdays: Prosperity work (sometimes as simple as a suitably designed candle while I read, sometimes something more complex.)
  • Sunday: Offerings of something food/drink, candle, and incense while I hang out and learn about witchy things. (I aim for two hours, sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. This isn’t my only witchy learning time in the week, but it’s the most reliable time slot for sitting and focusing on it.)
  • I sometimes add things on other days (especially some offering to Saturn on Saturday when I sit down to do my weekly planning) but not always.

Monthly:

  • These posts
  • Updating astrology notes in my todo app with the next month’s astrological dates of relevance.
  • And of course a variety of coven events, prepping, writing up notes afterwards, etc.

Personal

As of the beginning of September, I’m back in the office one day a week, which is currently exhausting. (I’m fine being in my office, I’m less great with shared hallways/bathrooms/other spaces given some unusual aspects of where I work.) We expect this to ramp back up to more on campus time in early November, but it’s going to depend on case counts.

(I also have done some wrangling and documenting with my doctor: I am still high risk for complications from Covid even with vaccination – three underlying conditions! Other than work I go grocery shopping twice a month, to my allergy shots every three weeks, and that’s about it for indoors with other people.)

I also released a new f/f romance novella (featuring a character who’s been one of my favourite secondary characters for a while.)

Chats

I’ve been hearing a lot for the past year or so from people interested in witchcraft, paganism, and magical practice who have questions, and aren’t sure how to move forward.

Sometimes they’re stuck in the search process and don’t know how to get past their stuck. Sometimes they aren’t sure how to make sense of sources that say very different things. Sometimes they just want more context about something, a chance to ask a question a book can’t answer. Making connections across different resources can be particularly challenging.

I also know a lot of people who are trying to find ways to make their practice more sustainable, incorporating adaptations to make it more accessible for their needs and wants. (And as someone with chronic health issues, I want that too!)

I don’t have all the answers, but I have a lot of ideas and knowledge and a fair bit of experience.

More to the point, I’m a librarian as well as being a priestess and witch. I spend my professional life helping people figure out how to learn more about a range of topics, and I spend a lot of my witchy life doing the same thing. I’d love to help you with some of that.

This project:

Once a month (through at least April 2022), I’m setting aside an hour for a live call (via Zoom) where I’ll talk about a topic and tackle some questions people have shared. This is a trial run, so we may adjust some things as we go.

Access to the call, submitting a question, and the audio recording/transcript are all free (no cost). There are some options for support if you’d like to help me free up more time and energy for this project (read on for those details).

The calls will be on the second Saturday of the month at 4pm Eastern United States time. You don’t need to be on the call to have your question answered, but I’m hoping at least a couple of people will show up and chat! I’d love something that’s got some interaction.

After the call, I’ll share an audio-only version (for people who prefer to listen to information) and a transcript (for people who prefer to read, or who want to be able to jump to a particular question or topic easily) with anyone who is registered for the call and also anyone who supports me via Patreon. 

The transcripts are being human-created from the captioning thanks to a friend, so they won’t be immediate – you’ll get the recording and the transcript at the same time.

There will also be a Discord server (link coming when I send out the first call information) where people can hang out and chat about related topics. 

What kind of questions are fair game?

I’m open to discussing a wide range of topics under these two broad categories. Questions can be fairly general (without personal examples). It’s also fine to share some specifics if you’re comfortable. Examples of questions I’m comfortable tackling in this context include:

I’m getting started, but I’m overwhelmed.
Questions about how to find out about different paths or practices, make sense out of some of the interrelationships.

Where can I go to learn more? Questions about finding resources on specific topics, learning more about working with groups or teachers (in a variety of settings: informal online spaces, in-person spaces, workshops, courses, group work, covens, etc.)

How do I figure out this author / teacher / reader / group leader’s background?
This can be particularly complicated for these topics and communities. I’ll talk about clues you can look for, and some things that might be warning signs.

These sources conflict, how do I sort that out?
Tools for looking at different sources, figuring out more about where that information came from, and how to evaluate which option is best (either in a more analytical sense, or in the sense that it’s best for you.)

What kinds of things should I be exploring if I want to develop my practice or learning in this direction?
I might suggest some specific books, or I might suggest strategies for figuring out what those resources might be.

I’m interested in these things, but I’m not sure if they fit together / how to put include them in my practice.
Discussion about what kinds of practices can overlap or work together, and which ones might not (or at least be more challenging.)

I have some specific accessibility / disability / chronic health needs, how could I adapt things?
These might cover issues around tools you can’t use safely (candles, incense, fragile objects), planning (fatigue and energy, focus, time sense), limitations for raising energy for magical work (what method might work well for you), sensory issues (vision or hearing limits), or other related topics. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have ideas and experience figuring out options that work for people with a variety of needs.

I have limited time / energy / quiet time, how do I build a practice I can keep up with?
Whether your time is limited because you have a lot of commitments, you have kids, you have chronic health stuff, a family member who needs assistance, there are a number of sustainable practices you can build into your life, and I’m glad to suggest some things to try.

Other questions along these lines.
If you’ve got a question that seems relevant, feel free to ask so long as it doesn’t fall into the categories below.

Questions I’m not tackling:

Nothing harassing, abusive, or dismissive of me, other participants, or other people in general. Hateful comments, bigotry of all kinds, threats, and related comments make learning and interacting in good faith impossible, and will be moderated. (This can range from a warning/removal of the comment to removing someone from the space, depending.)

No questions about medical or legal issues.
I’m a librarian, not a doctor, lawyer, or other professional. While questions about adapting practices to your needs are fine, anything that gets into specific medical needs will get a “Go talk to your doctor about this.” and the legal equivalent. (As appropriate, I may suggest something specific to ask about or terms that can help with more information.)

Direct instruction in spellcraft, ritual, magic, or related topics.
I’m glad to talk about how to learn these things, but many of them take time to learn and involve specific choices about ongoing practice, ethics, and what your personal priorities and values are. In other words, I have my librarian hat on for these calls and conversations, not my coven leader hat.

Explain why these two authors disagree
or Tell me what you think about this specific book/author/tradition. I read a lot, but I definitely haven’t read everything, even within fairly narrow ranges of our community. (There are just plain a lot of books.) It’s fine to give me examples from multiple sources, but I’m going to focus on techniques for evaluating them or integrating them into a practice, not on a deep analysis of a single work or author.

How this works:

There are two ways to get a link to the call registration:

Two weeks before the call I’ll send out a note in both these places with a link where you can register for the call and a form where you can submit questons. 

Once you register for the call, you’ll get a reminder. Don’t worry if you can’t make it – that’s where the audio recording and transcript come in. 

My Patreon and newsletter will also get a link to a Discord server where you can chat with other people with similar interests, ask researchy questions, share interesting resources, and so on.

Is there a cost?

No cost. You can ask questions, get access to the call information, all for free.

However! My time and energy are often limited. Backing the Patreon at any level will help me free up some of my resources to spend more time on this particular project. That might mean being able to spend longer on calls, being able to answer some questions in text between calls, or other goodies depending on interest.

You can also make a one time donation via Ko-Fi if you’d rather do that.

Questions? Reply to this email, message me via Patreon, or you can use the contact form on my website

Hope to see you and your questions in October! 

Witch in Practice – Leo season

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It was a quiet month for coven stuff, except! I had two inquiries from Seekers, and so we are working through the “Let’s do some classes and discussions together and see how that feels” process now. (We had our first Seeker class last week, the second one is next weekend.)

We’d been hoping to have our first face to face coven gathering for Lammas, but the rise of Delta cases made that a bad idea.

If it’s helpful to others, I am using microcovid.org for a sense of the degree of risk. We’re all fully vaccinated, but I am still at higher risk of ongoing complications even with a mild case, so I am continuing to be extra careful. (See ‘personal’, below, for more on that in general.) The key issue here is duration: putting people in a space the size of my living room for two hours or so is just plain a lot of exposure space.

(I do not have useful outdoor space, alas, or we might try something else, and neither does anyone else who might reasonably host.)

Also:

  • Lammas, low key, simple ritual, discussion of bread recipes
  • Rune discussion (our penultimate one, though we’re skipping a rune discussion in September for scheduling reasons)
  • Initial Seeker conversations
  • Full moon ritual (simple)
  • Discussion with one of our coven folks about job hunting magic (I do intend to write some of that up for this site in the not too distant future.)

Witchy

I’ve been gearing up for a more indepth inhalation of astrology, focusing on working my way around one house per month (I mostly use whole signs, which makes this easier, and we are starting in my 9th House for Virgo, because it’s where my Sun is. And ok, because I don’t want to wait several more months to get round to the 1st House.)

I’ve spent a chunk of this weekend working through both moving my notes for various things into a new location, and doing further synythesis (and adding a couple more sources in on my list for tomorrow.)

I also got a permanent crown on one of my molars (this was from a root canal two years ago, where we were waiting to do the permanent until the tooth settled down, and we ran smack into the pandemic. Best we can tell I damaged the root in my teens in a horseback riding fall, and it had been causing me mostly mild annoyance ever since, because all of that stopped once I had the root canal.)

My dentist told me you can get tattoos on your crowns (they paint them on by hand just before firing) so now I have a particular constellation on my molar, which completely delights me. (It is one I adore for magical reasons, and also personal enough I’m not going into here.) It’s on the inside of my mouth, so I can touch it with my tongue when I want, but no one’s ever going to see it.

(I’m going to either be a usefully identifiable mysterious corpse in a forensic mystery, or confuse some future archaeologist. I was already down 8 teeth, so the second one isn’t a huge reach, thanks to having teeth out in the hopes of saving my wisdom teeth, and then having to have those out too.)

Personal

Other than the dental stuff and one other medical appointment, I am continuing to be super careful about where I go – I picked up doing most of my own grocery shopping again a couple of months ago (going over my lunch break in late morning when it’s not busy), and I pick up my farm share (that one’s outside anyway)

My lungs are perennially cranky at best, and I do not want to make that worse, because it might well be the thing that tips me from ‘generally functional’ to ‘back where I was 10 years ago when basic household stuff was too much’.

However, I had my six-month checkin with my allergist (and also allergy testing again because it’d been several years. Still allergic to stuff, less allergic to several things than I had been.) She was delighted at the current state of my lungs, which sound very good right now, so we’d like to keep it that way as long as I can (not getting a couple of colds over the winter as I usually would was a thing…)

My work was planning to bring non-student-facing staff back on campus this fall: I think it’s unlikely that’s going to be October like they were planning earlier this summer, but I went into work early in August to do a few things in our stacks and clear out a few questions that needed particular print resources.

Witch in Practice – Cancer season

Short and sweet this month, because things have been fairly quiet.

Coven

We had a (two person) picnic for summer solstice – other people’s health and needs didn’t allow. (It was nice to talk, though!)

We’ve been pretty quiet since then, since I’ve had a series of other scheduling commitments in July. (We don’t schedule things over three day weekends generally, then I had something on the 17th, something this coming weekend, and long story short, we’re picking up for Lammas on the 31st.)

Witchy

I’ve been making steady progress on my seasonal projects, the rune study, and so on, but didn’t get brains to do a bunch of other stuff this month. That’s okay too. I have been walking (whenever it’s not too hot) and enjoying seeing the plant and nature changes, and my fairly minimal container garden is doing nicely.

Personal

The 17th was my entire family (my mother, brother, and sister) getting together in one place for the first time in a decade. (There are not many of us, we’re spread out geographically, and we often have competing ‘when we’re free for travel’ schedules.) Also my brother in law, my nephew, and one of my niblings.

That was a good outing, and it was good to see and chat with people not in email.

This coming weekend I’m at a virtual but intensive (8ish hours a day for four days), so a lot of this week has been clearing the deck of household stuff and other stuff I need to do to make that happen.

Witch in practice – Gemini season

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The big news is that we have a new initiate, as of the 12th!

It feels wonderful that the first time I had someone over since mid-March 2020 was our new initiate (for a pre-initiation step in our tradition), and then her initiation (with our other initiate). We had a little chaos on the front end, but everything worked out wonderfully.

We also had a (okay, two person, people had to cancel for various reasons) picnic for summer solstice. (I got a bit too much heat, and spent the rest of the day sitting in the cool dark without much brain, but that’s okay. I’m awfully heat intolerant.)

We’re continuing our rune discussion (we’ve got three months left…) And we’ve got coven things scheduled through December, though the next big one is Lammas in early August.

Witchy

It’s been a fairly quiet month on the personal front. I’ve been thinking about some things I’d like to reset about habits for summer solstice (so far so good, half a day in…)

I’ve mulled some mead with spices for offerings this quarter, and have been sitting in my living room watching a candle burn on my shrine while doing some witchy reading and monthly prep. (I do a spread in my journal for the new sun sign, plus did a Tarot reading for midsummer.

Some conversations after the initiation ritual and some other things out in the world have got me thinking about witchcraft and transformation – I’m hoping to get an article about that up on Seeking this week. (I’ve got a few others in progress, but need to wrangle an afternoon sometime to get them formatted and up online. Watch this space for notes when they’re up.)

Personal

We’re still not sure exactly when we’re going to stop working remotely (My office is in the same building as kids, many of whom are medically fragile, so they’re being incredibly careful about bringing us back. I’m fine with this, especially in the summer – my office has air conditioning, and so do our stacks, but the main library space doesn’t.)

In the meantime, I’m focusing on nudging some habits and patterns better so when I do start commuting again, I’m in good shape with them. I’ve started getting my farm share (from a farm the next town over that’s been going for almost 150 years…) and thus have many vegetables to do things with.

I’m taking some vacation around the 4th of July (for editing purposes) which I’m looking forward to.

Witch in Practice : Taurus season

Coven

Again, another quiet month. We are – excitement! – preparing for an initiation in June, now we can put vaccinate people in a room without masks. We have a preparatory piece that we’re doing this coming weekend, and then the initiation is scheduled for June 12th.

Other than that, we’ve had rune discussion, and then Beltane.

We’re making plans to do a picnic outside for summer solstice, as the first time we’ll have seen each other in person in 15 months or so (no ritual plans, just hang out, maybe share some food, and catch up.) Also very exciting!

We’ve also plotted out coven calendar events through December, which makes me feel really good, because I can tell when I have weekends free to do other things (mostly writing-related.)

Witchy

A couple of conversations with seekers recently have made me kick around the idea of doing some non-training discussions with plenty of time for Q&A about stuff people are trying to sort out.

Note! I’m still figuring out what this might look like, and I’m not planning to start until September or October (I’m expecting the eventual return to work in my library in person to take a bit out of me for a while…)

If you’re not signed up for my newsletter, keep an eye out there for more early details, or here and my Patreon for more specifics as I get things set up.

My theoretical plan is a once a month web call class on some topic, probably focused not so much on “how do I do witchcraft”, but more on “how do I figure out useful sources of information for witchy/Pagan/magical/etc. stuff?” and “what do I do when things contradict, how do I figure that out?” and “how do I put together a way to learn about this that doesn’t feel totally scattered”.

My current thought (which may change in the next few months…) is to make it available to anyone who backs my Patreon or makes a small donation (and by small, I really do mean “very small” as the minimum, like $1), with some options if online payments or money are a problem at all. (Money will help support the time and energy need to put something like this together.)

My thought is to make the audio (plus any slides or handouts) available to anyone who’s registered, but not video (because I don’t really want my video self out on the Internets). There may also be a Discord channel.

As I say, still a work in progress. If you have topics you’d love to see me tackle, let me know!

Personal

I released another book in my 1920s romances with magic series! This is, as I have said elsewhere, my “Did you have pedagogical issues with the fundamental structure of Hogwarts? Me too.” It’s about astronomy, the power of eclipses to change perspective, academic politics, and a friends-to-lovers romance.

(The next one involves people putting together a complex ritual more or less on the fly, and takes place on an ocean liner in 1901 in the icy waters of the north Atlantic.)

Other than the writing, I have been working on figuring out what routines and habits are working well for me, so that as we look at being back on campus eventually, I can keep up momentum on writing

Witch in Practice – Aries season

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We’ve been largely quiet month or so.

Our one current Dedicant is taking a break for a bit (due to a bunch of life change coming up.) They’re still going to come to rituals, but we’re pausing classes. We’ll revisit sometime this fall (or maybe next spring, depending on how things go, and if we have any other interest from other prospective Dedicants in the meantime.)

On the exciting front, we’re moving forward with an initiation that has been on hold for about 10 months (our prospective initiate completed all the relevant stuff late last spring, so we have been in “when it is safe to do ritual together.) Now, the two people who need to be involved (me and the prospective initiate) are fully vaccinated, and the other person we very much want there (our other initiate) is in process, and we have an initiation date in June!

(We have one more step a couple of weeks before the initiation that they get a couple of weeks to prep for, so lead time is a thing. Lead time also gives me a chance to redraft the initiation ritual for two people and my current apartment layout… This is one of the few times we get super detailed with that, but it’s also one of the times we really need to make sure everything goes smoothly.)

Stuff we’ve done:

  • Rune discussion (March 27th)
  • A couple of individual discussions with people.

Coming up on May 1st, we’re going to spend some time talking about what kind of scheduling people want going forward (including whether we continue doing some things online by preference once we can start meeting in person again, what people need to feel safe doing things in person, etc.)

Witchy

I’ve continued making progress on some personal learning and projects, though not as much as I wanted. Aries season has had a focus on other things. I’m thinking about what’s working for me for new and full moon personal work, and the fact that no, I apparently don’t really want to do specific things for first and third quarter moons most of the time.

I’ve also been really enjoying getting outside and walking more again. I live about three quarters of a mile from a large and historically interesting pond, off the main bike path, and I walk down there most days right now. (Tomorrow, I’m going out to a farm owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society – it’s only about a 20 minute drive from where I live now, but I haven’t been there since I was in summer camp there in my late grade school years. Since it is a) a farm and b) it is baby animal season, that seemed a great place to go while I’m on vacation this week.)

Personal

Part of why I’ve been light on the other things is that now I am fully vaccinated, I have been catching up on things that needed in-person visits. Like an eye appointment, where I have tipped from “glasses sometime in the future” to “glasses, yep.”

(I am delighted to finally have the last checkbox on my stereotypical librarian checklist ticked off. Cat, yes. Hair in bun, yes. Sensible shoes, yes. Cardigan, yes (even if mine are mostly geeky choices from Svaha) And now glasses!

I saw the optician on the 10th, and picked them up on Saturday afternoon (the 17th) so I’ve only been wearing them for two and a half days, but so far so good! Because I spend 90% of my time on a computer, we went for computer specific glasses, and I’ll be getting some distance frames (with either transition lenses or clip on sunglasses) later this summer when my FSA account rolls over.

The one thing I’m currently finding weird is that when I’m on the laptop in the living room, I’m used to looking up and being aimed at my shrine space, which is now modestly blurry (because it’s well out of the range of the glasses focal point…) This may or may not provoke me to do some actual sitting in front of the shrine practice more regularly, we’ll see.

(Right now, I’m trying “don’t put on my glasses for my morning devotional stuff”. I don’t need them to be able to function, more for “eyestrain is no fun”)

Other than that, I’m taking vacation this week, doing a lot of work on my authorial wiki, and doing some planning for the May-July quarter of the year. Whee! (This is how you can tell that I’m a Virgo Sun and a Capricorn rising, I suspect… Besides my love of spreadsheets.)

Witch in Practice – Pisces season

Coven

We’ve had a quiet month, for the reasons described last time.

  • February 20th: Rune discussion and Dedicant class
  • March 20th: Ostara ritual (online still, of course) and I have a bit of tradition-specific ritual to do later that afternoon.

One of the things on our list to talk about – though it will still be a few months before we start making changes – is looking what being able to see each other in person again might look like.

My goal for this discussion is to talk about what kinds of things we want to aim for (when we can meet in person again, do we want to keep some online meetings for discussions to help with childcare needs and travel time, for example? How’s the timing working for us?)

We don’t need to make any decisions yet, but I want to give people time to think about what they’d like to do and what will work for them, since I know some people’s situations have shifted a bit (and probably will again.)

Witchy

I finished up the astrology class series I was taking. (I felt not-great for the last two, including the interpretation class at the end, so I definitely have a ton more reading and practicing to do.)

It’s been a relatively light month otherwise, because of the health and cleaning stuff.

Personal

I got my second vaccine dose on March 6th. My immune system likes throwing fits about things (autoimmune conditions make that interesting). I didn’t have miserable side-effects, but I was definitely unusually tired from Sunday (the day after I got it) through about Thursday. I’m very glad I cleared my schedule.

I also took the 12th and 15th off from work, and spent that doing a bunch of spring cleaning, which has felt great.