May 11, 2021

When I was a little girl, I used to be obsessed with sitting and playing in doorway thresholds. My Papa used to have a bag of seashells that he kept for me to play with when I was a kid. I’d spend hours lining up and moving the shells around while lying on my stomach inside of the threshold. As I got older, I practiced my climbing skills in the doorway or contorting my body to fit in the space... Read more

March 30, 2021

In a post past, I wrote that I’d be exploring the different facets of the CRAAP Test. Today’s post will be dedicated to learning the first facet: “Currency” and its relationship to information. And before you get all excited about dollar bills, the currency I’m referring to has to do with time. Why should we care about determining the currency of our sources? Because some of us are still using outdated sources of information to guide our beliefs and practices. And... Read more

March 23, 2021

Part of my job is teaching college students how to do research and to use our library’s resources, such as databases. I was recently embedded into a course, meaning I am very familiar with the course’s assignments and research requirements. It also means the students can expect to work closely with me over the course of the entire semester. Last week, I met with a class three times. The first day, I introduced them to a research guide I tailored... Read more

February 23, 2021

Gardnerian Wicca is composed entirely of clergy, whether we are solitary or part of a coven. I’ve asked and been asked this question: “what does being clergy in this tradition mean to you?” The answers I’ve given and received usually relate to how we, as clergy, serve our gods and our tradition. That’s it! That’s what it means. Right? Perhaps. I feel that it’s more nuanced than that and not as neatly scripted. Serving the Gods Some of us believe... Read more

February 9, 2021

I hit the trails for a slow two and a half mile run this afternoon. The air was crisp and cold but my jaunt through the woods was restorative. I finished my workout with a stark revelation: witchcraft and working out aren’t all that different from one another. Witchcraft and working out require preparation, a certain mindset, a goal, and action. Most of all, both require practice for improvement. You can’t exercise once and expect fitness and peak health, just... Read more

January 26, 2021

There are three tools that I use in my practice more than anything else: my athame, goblet, and books. I’ll never forget the first time I bought an athame because I could finally afford one. I was in my early twenties and had been practicing NeoWicca for about a decade. With a little extra cash and a desire to burn a hole in my pocket, I scoured Etsy like any other normal person. I found an athame for ten dollars... Read more

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


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