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The Serpent’s Path

The Flowers are coming towards me carrying their trays of small pots and tiny bottles that shine like jewels. I have been waiting for this moment for my entire life, and time seems to slow as they walk across the stone floor from the door […]

Pagan Organizing: The Mystery of Finding a Meeting Place

This series covers best practices in Pagan organizing. Much of the material draws from sources outside of Pagan or other religious spheres. The author has applied the techniques in real life, with real life Pagan organizations and found them effective. To make the most of […]

Silent Warriors and Muddy Wheels

Part I: A Meeting at The Edge of War On a land strewn with the recently dead, I met her. On a high hill looking out over the blood and destruction, I met her. Everywhere was grey and black with edges of dangerous silver. Iron […]

Making space on the programming schedule – Inequalities and harmed people

This is me, speaking as a conference organizer and someone who has programmed cons. Yes, some of this is relevant to the recent con but the advice should generalize out easily. The difficulty of having a series of program items that address inequalities and harm […]

Frozen River Song

Night between the trees Caressed by moonlight Stars speak to me of Where I am Not yet morning light My antlered guide Is Waiting here At the edge We are flying over ice The echoes cracking A new river Being born A man in furs […]

Pagan organizing: don’t sweat the ones that never show

Time and again I’ve listened to frustrated event organizers. “Our membership list has 200 people, but we only get 10 people to show up on a good day!” I have also seen them hack at this issue, demanding people commit to attendance, pay admission fees […]

Welsh Winter Traditions, Part 2: The Hunting of the Wren

The Hunting of the Wren – Hela’r Dryw – is a winter mumming custom practiced in Wales and other Celtic countries since at least the middle ages. There are two distinct phases of the practice: the hunt itself, and the subsequent parading of the captured […]

Here’s the taboo I’m breaking in 2019: talking about Pagans and how they (don’t) organize

It’s taken awhile for some clarity to coalesce with this blog. Sometimes the problem comes from my private life, other times from my fears of my own inadequacies. Finally a small vision has formed, one where I have something helpful to say: I am damn […]

A Night of Stars, A Morning Comes: Two Stories

There is a story that I have heard over and over again for so long I do not know of the first time I heard it. It is told in the winter when people gather together. It is told in the texts I studied as […]

Moderating a panel at a con

Not directly pagan related but definitely fits into my ‘running a con series’. Here is a set of resource links for you when you a mod on how to run a panel. SMOF Babe Wiscon Arisia Tips for Our Moderators Having skimmed John Ringo's 38 […]