Adapted and accessible

There’s an ideal image of a witches’ coven in ritual: A group in matching robes standing around an altar in the moonlight. The altar would be laid with a lovely cloth and be bright with candles with incense smoke curling around simple, beautiful, matching tools. The coven’s hands are held high and they are ready…

Adapted and accessible was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: accessible Paganism

As Paganism matures, we have to address a huge range of accessibility issues for our religion: physical accessibility for Pagans with mobility issues, assistance for Pagan parents, audiobooks for Pagans who are blind, sign language interpreters for deaf Pagans, inclusivity for LGBTQ Pagans, a welcoming atmosphere for Pagans of colour, accommodations for Pagans with allergies,…

Link roundup: accessible Paganism was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Community is messy, but if you catch the spoon in time, maybe less so

In criminology, there’s “the broken windows theory“. Based on my day job managing a coworking space and my other experiences with shared spaces, I propose a similar theory for coworking and other shared spaces: the Spoon Hypothesis*. If one spoon gets left in the communal kitchen sink, it will take less than half an hour…

Community is messy, but if you catch the spoon in time, maybe less so was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Focus, if you please

“Can you just stop?” I want to say, “Stop with the giggling, with the chatting, with the side comments that have nothing to do with why we are here. Focus, damn it!”   Even the best ritual script doesn’t always survive contact with the ritual participants. I have had rituals flop due to a weak…

Focus, if you please was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Analyzing the flow

  At the Gathering‘s hack space discussion group, someone asked the group about what they thought was the minimum requirement for a fulfilling ritual. One participant immediately spoke up with the word “flow”. She feels that a ritual is working when the energy is flowing well. I completely agree with her, but I still feel…

Analyzing the flow was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Pagan Ritual Hack Space

A workshop facilitated by Melissa and Robyn at the Gathering for Life on Earth 2013. These are our original notes; not everything ended up being used at the workshop since group discussions took up much of the time.   Workshop Description: “Pagan Ritual Hack Space”: A hacker builds, rebuilds, modifies, and seeks to make things…

Pagan Ritual Hack Space was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic