Myth-Behaving

Two days I sat down to write about a topic to find that either my browser or laptop would crash at every attempt to put the words down.  So I picked up a pen and paper… to find that the pen was out of ink.  While I was busy grabbing another pen, one of my lovely cats managed to shred the notebook.  I am taking all of this as a sign that now is not the time for that particular post.  Ironically, it was about the behavior of certain tricksters.  Go figure.

Since that post does not wish to be written, I’m turning my thoughts elsewhere and pondering the idea of writing mythologies.  I’ve touched on writing mythological tales in other places, including a novel that retold the story of Ragnarok from the prospective of a disenchanted Valkyrie. What I  have in mind isn’t a re-imagining of existing stories, however, but telling of stories that I’ve created for my own amusement as I’ve wandered down this path.

Thematically, the stories fit well with this blog, but I think it would be distracting to post them within the main blog.  My plan is to create a separate section on this site for those tales. This will allow me to keep the main blog focused on actual events, practices, paths, and people. I may sometimes give the backstory or further explanation of a myth here, but the stories themselves will have their own space. That’s the plan – if life and certain tricksters don’t interfere.

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Online Shrine Update

Just a quick update to say that the memorial shrine previously linked on this blog has ceased to be.  The website that hosted the shrine has closed down after an eight year run, to the disappointment of many.  Since I haven’t been able to find a good replacement, I’m creating a memorial shrine on this blog.  Link is at the top of the page.  It’s nothing exciting, but does at least give a space to remember and honor those who have gone. Memorials may be left as a comment on the page. I’ll give this a trial run over the next few weeks and if it looks feasible, will maintain it as a permanent part of the blog.

New Year, New Project

Happy New Year’s!

After bidding 2014 a less than fond farewell of the ‘don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-in-the-ass’ variety, it’s time to look to the new year.  My very short resolution list doesn’t include any spiritual goals this year, because there isn’t any particular area that I want to expand or build on right now.  I’m not feeling complacent about my path, but rather just being realistic about what areas need the most attention during the coming year.

So what’s the plan for this blog in 2015? I plan to write more regularly again, rather than just the sporadic random posting that happened during the last year. To that end, I’m participating in this year’s Cauldron Blog Project, a dual level challenge that has monthly themes as well as alphabetical posts every two weeks (possibly every week if I feel really ambitious).  This means that I will need to post at least… gasp… three times per month.  Sadly, this seems, at the moment, a formidable challenge.  Will I keep up with this schedule?  I’ll let you know around this time next year.

H is for Hiatus (PBP Week 16)

I’m not sure how late this post is, but I know I’m ridiculously behind on my PBP posts.  I’m going to call my lack of posts – and the complete apathy I’ve felt about that lack – an unscheduled hiatus, a bit of unexpected sabbatical.  It’s safe to say that I’ve barely given a thought to the mounting pile of past due posts for the PBP.  The moments when it’s crossed my mind, I’ve just shrugged, uttered “meh”, and moved on to something else.  So what if it doesn’t get written… big effing deal, right?

Maybe it is a big deal, because apathy is not my general frame of mind about writing, particularly when I’ve committed myself to a project.  On a normal day, I’d feel the pressure of unmet deadlines, even if I’m the only one who minds whether they’re met.  Normally, if I’m behind, I’d worry over potential post ideas until I could actually get something down in writing.  I’d schedule time for writing so that I could catch up.  Lately, I’ve just looked at my to-do list for this blog and thought “So what?”

Curiosity finally got the better of me when I actually realized that the apathy meter had reached 110%.  Why was I skipping out on this obligation? Why didn’t I care that I was doing so?  After a few turns of the hamster wheel in my brain, I’ve come to the conclusion that 1). I’d grown very tired of the look of the blog itself and 2).  more serious an issue, I’m not entirely happy with the blog itself.

The first issue has been, at least for the time being, been solved.  After 5+ of using some variation of the Misty themes, I’ve switched themes entirely to something that feels a bit more casual and has a font that is easier to read (at least for my aging eyes anyway).  Other changes to the appearance are, I think, pretty bloody obvious.  The background is courtesy of NASA and the Hubble site.  The current header photo, if anyone cares, is a digitally altered photo of  a memorial at the grave of  writer Conrad Aiken.  I don’t have an particular affinity for Aiken as a writer, but those four words really strike me as a poignant way of describing the journey of the eclectic seeker… or maybe it’s cheesier than hell.  In any case, I like it.

Since I’ve taken the time to fix the first issue, it’s probably obvious that I’m not planning to abandon this blog entirely, as I’d briefly considered doing.  I haven’t been able to pin down what I don’t like about the blog, other than having a vague and irritating sense that it just isn’t what I want it to be.  Part of the problem is that the blog has become focused almost exclusively on the PBP posts.  While it’s been a great motivation to write regularly, I’ve felt obligated to give the PBP posts my focus, abandoning other ideas that don’t fit this blogging project when time and energy are short. I’ve struggled to find things that are ‘pagan enough’ because, truly, my path has multiple influences and while the overall flavor is pagan, there are other threads running through it as well.  In the end, I needed to decide if this blog is to be focused on paganism or on the eclectic spirituality that I actually practice. You can probably guess which one I chose.

So, what does this long ramble mean?  In the end, just this:  the blog has a new look and I’m dropping out the PBP.  Yep, it did take me several paragraphs to spit out those twelve words. 🙂

Toil & Trouble and Herbal Alchemy

For those of you with access to the protected sections of this blog,  please be aware that these will be going away in the near future.  Unfortunately, time restrictions have kept me from maintaining these.

If you wish to keep any of the information there for your personal use, feel free to copy it, but please do not repost, reblog, etc. the information there.   There is a potential that some of this information will be moved to the main blog, but I haven’t made a final decision yet.

Be well ~Aisling

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor…

And that sponsor would be me.  I’m going to go for a bit of shameless self-promotion here.

Some of you may know that I run a little herbal shop on Etsy where I sell lots of loose herbal incenses and some other odds and ends. Because life sometimes requires reorganization and shifts in our priorities, I’ve decided that I’ll be shutting down that shop by the end of this year.  I am really not sad to see it go, as I really do have too many irons in the fire and my heart is no longer in this particular project.

The reason I’m announcing it here is to a) try to clear out as much stock as possible and b) offer an additional discount to anyone who visits my blog:  50% off your entire order.  Just enter the promotion code BLOGFAN when placing your order.  No, you don’t actually have to be a fan of this blog to receive the discount. 🙂

Thanks for taking a moment to read this and for checking out the shop: Harvest Moon Herbals.