The problem of getting sh*t done

I used to work for a small business. It was a really small business; the kind where the owner and I shared a walk-in closet as an office and we didn’t have to make reservations for the company Christmas party. I was there for ten years, doing what needed to be done all day, every…

The problem of getting sh*t done was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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Responsible to the centres

This past weekend, I went to my 18th Gathering for Life on Earth. There were rituals, and swimming, and workshops, and feasting, but best of all, there were juicy conversations. One of my favourite people to talk to every year is a brilliant woman who runs a local Pagan choir and who does a sung…

Responsible to the centres 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…

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Unconventional and public

In the previous post (Spirit of Generosity and Generosity of Spirit), I discussed what both ritual leader and participant have to bring to a public ritual in order for it to be successful. Here, I’d like to get into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to write and lead a successful, unconventional public Pagan ritual.…

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What every ritual needs

  When I was still fairly new to running public rituals – back in the early days of the university Pagan students’ association I founded – a more experienced priestess shared with me the three things she had found were essential to successful group rituals:   1. Give participants something to do.   2. Give…

What every ritual needs was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic