It might be nap time instead because I slept like shit.
I’m going to bed, because chronic fatigue doesn’t give a shit even when I do.
NOBODY DO ANYTHING STUPID I SWEAR TO GOD(S).
will taking a bottle of 200 mg ibuprofen kill me
google says yes
I say no and if you want to talk my Ask is open.
Same here. If you need to talk, I’m here.
Why are you people reblogging this
Because we care about you even if you don’t?
|Anonymous said: You and all of your followers are so nice and respectful and you guys always make me feel not stupid :) I love it, thank you so much!|
This makes me really happy to hear…one of my goals in being active in the communities I’m in is to just be an example of how to be generally respectful and nice to people. uwu
That probably sounds weird, but then, one of the main reasons I like my job working at [Green Apron Coffee Place] is because I like making customers happy, so…that’s just kinda the person I am I guess.
*warm fuzzies forever*
|Anonymous said: hi! im really interested in wicca but im not sure how to begin and really nervous about failing. do you have any advice for me?|
Well, okay, I’m not Wiccan myself, but I’ll try to answer this for you.
Wicca is a kind of paganism, but not all pagans are Wiccan. Wicca also uses a lot of witchcraft, but not all witches are Wiccan. Now that that’s out of the way, are you looking at neo-Wicca, or traditional Wicca?
What I mean by that is that neo-Wicca is anything that is some or all of the following…
- Not initiation-based
- Not oathbound to secrecy
- Can be practiced with others or in a group
- Very, very flexible in interpretation
- Usually nature-oriented
Traditional Wicca, however…
- When promoting within a group, you take an oath of secrecy
- Always practiced with a coven
- Not nearly as flexible, rules and interpretations are often passed down within each coven
- Usually sex/fertility rite-oriented
Now, again, I am not Wiccan, and this is the viewpoint of someone who is firmly non-initiated in my knowledge of the system, so I could easily be wrong.
And I don’t even know exactly how to go about explaining the rest of paganism, but in short, there are reconstruction traditions that try to recreate old practice, modern recon that applies them to today’s lifestyles more, eclectic that pretty much does whatever…I mean, breaking it down would take multiple posts.
But I don’t say that to scare you. In fact it means that whatever you want, probably exists, and if not, you can build your own religious path.
Honestly, there is no such thing as failing, really. As long as you’re careful to not take things from closed cultures (like native peoples or initiatory religions), keep an open mind to others’ beliefs, and stay a little skeptical so that you don’t end up being taken for a ride by anybody — even yourself — you’re doing alright. It’s fine to dabble and try things on and see what feels good to you and what you don’t agree with. Meet a lot of people, try a lot of things.
if you approach them politely like you did me, they’ll probably be very happy to speak with you. If not, just let it slide, and find someone else who does want to share.
As far as specifically Wiccan resources, short of finding a local coven, you’re going to be pretty much limited to neo-Wiccan outer court knowledge, because the rest is oathbound. Scott Cunningham’s Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner is pretty good, for what it’s worth. Sacred Texts has a section about Wiccan/pagan stuff, but keep in mind that the “Burning Times” and “prehistoric Goddess cult” stuff is debunked history. It’s worth reading to understand the history of how modern paganism got going, anyway.
Less Wiccan but more contemporary, Starhawk’s books about the Reclaiming tradition (the Reclaimers I’ve met in person are super nice people too). Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler, which I haven’t read, except I know I really should — it was written 20 years ago but it’s basically an academic survey of paganism and beliefs at the time, and I really should get off my duff and grab a copy too.
Anyway, that’s what I have. Followers, got anything to add? (I’m sure you do as this really isn’t an area of expertise for me, and I have probably forgotten a bunch of stuff.)
Anything by Doreen Valiente, who was Gerald Gardner’s own High Priestess and was initiated into Wicca by Gardner himself. Also, keep in mind if you read anything about Reclaiming, it’s going to talk a lot about Feri witchcraft, which is not Wicca, but is actually another witchcraft tradition founded by Victor Anderson. Reclaiming tradition actually blends a lot of Feri and Wicca together and utilizes Starhawk and Thorn’s own personal additions to the craft.
Yes. Distinction I could have made better. Reclaiming/Feri do seem really cool and inclusive, so if that’s what you are looking for, it’s worth looking into.
I totally forgot about Valiente, but, well…not Wiccan. I just throw Cunningham at literally anything wiccish and hope he sticks. >_> I rather like his books…I kinda strip the Wicca out for my own use though.
…I sent more than five of those and I still didn’t cover all my favorite followers.
Le sigh. I just really like most of you a lot okay.
|gilaerlinn said: Once you get this, you have to say 5 nice things about yourself, and then forward it to five of your favourite followers~|