January 19, 2021

Recently, I researched patron deities of libraries and librarians and happened upon an encyclopedic article on Seshat written by Joshua J. Mark in 2016. Seshat was the Egyptian goddess of the written word and the consort of Thoth, the god of wisdom and writing. What connects Seshat to libraries is that she is in charge of the Per-Ankh, the House of Life, “a combination library, scriptorium, institute of higher learning, writer’s workshop, print shop/copy center, publisher, and distributor” (Mark, 2016). Sounds like… Read more

January 12, 2021

I’m sure I’m not the only person to have struggled with this, but sometimes I find it difficult to articulate myself. “But, Ash, your 5 billion word blog posts suggest otherwise!” Damn right they do. My posts suggest that I can babble like a brook if I’m not careful. I find that in an attempt to make myself understood I can over explain a topic or point ad nauseam. There are better ways to not only talk about your witchy… Read more

January 4, 2021

Note: I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. In this post, I’ll be reviewing a forthcoming book by Mortellus titled Do I Have to Wear Black? Rituals, Customs & Funerary Etiquette for Modern Pagans. It’ll hit the shelves February 8, 2021, but you can pre-order a copy from multiple online venues. Take it one step further and get a signed copy from Mortellus’ website. TLDR Review for Busy Readers The short and sweet version? This book is a… Read more

December 29, 2020

Let’s talk about CRAAP! This test is a widely used method for quickly analyzing information sources. “CRAAP” stands for “Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.” Read more

December 15, 2020

An enthusiasm for learning drove me in the beginning. However, it’s the connection to my covenmates, and not the degree or any knowledge, that drives me now. Read more

December 8, 2020

The desire “to know” can be so strong that we’re willing to do anything to make us look knowledgeable of our Crafts, even plagiarize other pagans. Read more

December 1, 2020

Information privilege is evident in paganism, with our culture’s emphasis on owning and reading tons of information related to our practices. We’re privileged to have the money to purchase our knowledge, or otherwise have easy access to it. If we’re not buying the books we want then we’re getting them through our friends, local libraries, or online. Read more

November 24, 2020

“What would you say if someone told you that Gardnerian Craft is, in part, based on almost outdated and debunked academic books on witchcraft?” Read more

November 17, 2020

Bias in the pagan community is real and problematic. Certain authors are held in higher esteem, including specific publishers, social media influencers, and websites. Read more

November 12, 2020

Reading and consuming too much information without putting it to physical practice has led to what some of us affectionately call “armchair paganism.” It’s a bubble of laziness and comfort that we’ve put around ourselves to cope with information overload. Read more

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