There's a brand new post titled Affordable Magick - B is for Budget on our main blog, a reaffirmation of the goals of Luna's Gathering and a bit of a wake-up call. I think setting up a routine for blog posts with the Pagan Blog Project will help move this site to the next level, one with completed pages, fresh content, and lots of new readers. I have also posted the first draft of my first original work of short fiction on my Luna's Word Press journal. It's the first thing I've written since early college classes that isn't fan fiction, stories based on established works.
Luna's Gathering also has its own lens on Squidoo, something of a cliffs notes version of the main site, in hopes of sharing LG with as many people as possible. Check it out at http://www.squidoo.com/lunasgathering. And for a little fun, also visit my lens all about the Always Awesome Dean Winchester, my favorite character from the show Supernatural.
I recently found a great project, one that I plan to see through to the end. It is called the Pagan Blog Project. The idea is to write a post a week about your chosen spiritual path, to "share your views on a topic, to talk about your own personal experiences, or to act as a catalyst to research a subject that you may not know much about and then share what you learn and how you feel about that." Every two weeks we are given prompt suggestions starting with the next letter of the alphabet, this week being the second week for the letter B. The posts are shared on the project's site for all to discover.
As I participate, I am also reading many other blogs, wonderful blogs I want to share. I will feature a different one each month, highlighting posts that further the idea of simplicity and practicality in our Craft. This month, I found a post on the blog "Notes From the Broomcloset" introducing a series on kitchen witchery, starting with the basics. The author says, "Kitchen witchcraft is about everything being made simple, subtle, and smooth so you can go about your day." This is what witchcraft needs to be, what makes it possible to practice without extra stress or breaking the budget.
Make sure to check out the blog for Luna's Gathering (linked above) for the first two Project posts; one on ancestors and the other about the movie "Brave." This Friday's post will be about black cats.
The official blog for Luna's Gathering has gone through a major change. No longer will it contain posts that are unrelated to this site and the store. The blog will now be announcements of site updates and discussions of our spirituality. All are welcome to comment and send suggestions for posts. We want this to be an open discussion of beliefs and how it affects and relates to what is going on in the world. Our newest post, by the site admin is about the Wiccan Rede and what it means to her.
Each month we'll feature one of designs from our Cafe Press store. This month we are showing off one of our earlier designs. Its bright summer colors and butterflies celebrate summer; oranges and yellows for creativity and red for passion. Art and knowledge transform young and old. Perfect for artists and anyone trying to free their artist within. Passion and creativity bring Transformation.
The closing of all of the Borders Bookstore locations after a long battle to avoid bankruptcy came as a big surprise to many. Though, as a former employee of the failed company, I saw the tell-tale signs coming for years. The slow decline in company quality made me almost ashamed to admit I was once a Borders bookseller. I was not sad to see the company go as corporate greed took over. What upset me was to see a group of great stores, each one a unique reflection of the community in which it resided, lose its way in an attempt to please shareholders instead of the consumers that kept the company alive, allowed it thrive. As a long-time retail employee, I thought the real victims were those who lost jobs in an already unstable economy. They most certainly are the ones who lost the most, but they aren't the only victims. Companies that did business with Borders also feel the loss. Major distributors, publishers, and authors who depended on a supposedly dependable company to pay their bills will have to scramble to pick up the slack of lost income. One such company that directly affects the Pagan community is BBI Media, the publisher of Sage Woman Magazine. They recently sent a request to subscribers on the 25th Anniversary of the magazine asking for donations. Borders accounted for 40% of their wholesale sales and, as of the announce of bankruptcy, they owe the publisher over $12,000 for sales from 2010 and 2011; a debt that will never be paid. Another company vital to our community that was hit even harder is Llewellyn Worldwide, who is forced to absorb the loss of over half a million dollars. That loss affects not just the publisher itself, but all of the authors they print. What this means to Pagan publishers is more thoroughly covered by Jason Pitzl-Waters on his blog, The Wild Hunt. The best thing we can do at this point is try to support these companies as best we can whether it be financially, spiritually, or both. Without them, the
When I first realized that Paganism was the right path for me, I wanted to read as much about all the different possibilities as I could. While learning about Shamanism, Egyptian, Celtic, and all the many nature-based spiritual paths, I was thrilled to find out there were also Pagan novels. The first one I ever read (ages ago) was "The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk. It's a story of oppression and rebellion, choosing peace over violence, and embracing nature as a way of life and as means for freedom. It is wonderfully complex and uplifting. Even more exciting is the author, after years and lots of hard work, has a movie in the works. For more information, check out Starhawk's website, the film's website, and the official Fifth Sacred Thing Facebook Page.