An Era of Failed Leadership

“We are the children of the Rebel Alliance, the Fellowship of the Ring, and the Browncoats. We are the inheritors of the Civil Rights Movement, the Indigenous Solidarity Movement, and of Stonewall Our sense of justice comes from these modern myths and current struggles and encompasses rooting for the underdog, fighting the good fight, and doing the right damn thing. As things get worse in the world around us we will come together despite our differences to fight to protect our communities. We will stand side by side and do the work that must be done to create and maintain a safe and just world for everyone.”

YES!

-E-

Strixian Woods

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I was reminded the other day that it has been a year since I’ve written a blog post.  When I started writing this blog I had planned on at least writing a post once a month. I saw a great value in engaging with the community and with the larger world around me through this medium, a place to exchange ideas and information with a broad audience, and a modern community meeting hall.  And then 2016 happened.

By 2016 I had seen a trend in the pagan blogging community that I was having a difficult time accepting.  To those of us paying attention to the larger world, there was a shift occurring in the general global rhetoric and politics towards a true ugliness, a type of fear and hate mongering that inevitably leads to violence and bloodshed.  We saw the consolidation of power of far-right  hate groups and watched in…

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Help PaganBloggers.com Launch!

Jamie says:

“There are only 11 days left in the fundraiser for Pagan Bloggers and we need to get to fully funded to properly support the launch of the site. I’m actively recruiting artists and artisans and can’t wait to ‘open the doors’. If you’ve been meaning to donate now is the time. We’ve got some great perks like a one week ad, tarot readings and meditations available.”

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pagan-bloggers-on-their-own-platform#/

I have signed up to be one of the bloggers there, myself, in fact. 🙂

–Ember–

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Help a Genderfluid Vanatru Heathen Get Going!

https://www.youcaring.com/deeshull-741615

Dee Shull is a close friend of mine, as well as my apprentice, and the semi-official 2nd running the Vanic Conspiracy. You may remember this image and poem on which we collaborated several months ago:

"I am fluid"

Dee is a genderfluid writer, queer communications expert, and a very talented Tarot reader!

Dee is raising funds for two essential purposes: To pay for legal gender identity changes, and to replace their suddenly nonfunctional car.

Donate! Share!

–Ember–

P.S. Apologies to Dee. I meant to post this two weeks ago, but have been up to my eyeballs in preparations for PantheaCon, and kept forgetting! *blush*
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Hail Keith “Cynan” Roberts! Rest Well, Old Friend.

Keith Roberts, better known to the extended SF Bay Area Pagan, Fandom, SCA, Poly, etc. communities as Cynan, died earlier today.

I’m not up for writing a glowing obituary just yet. Cynan was a dear friend of mine, and I was absolutely wrecked when we thought we lost him on Monday. I knew that his being in a medical coma on life support thereafter simply meant that his beloved wife Kim was being left with the difficult choice of when to pull him off of that support.

She chose today. Those who were able to attend in person were welcome. I was not able to do so, but I sang for him on Monday, and last night. By the time I woke up today, he had passed on. I have a candle burning for him to guide his passing now.

I first met Cynan at sci fi conventions when I was a teenager. He was unconditionally supportive, and gently honest. He treated me as having the mind and agency of an adult, but gave me the protection due a child, which was exactly what I needed. When I joined the Pagan community, he was there, supportive as always. Throughout my life he has been there. Not every day, but at regular, trustworthy intervals.

He always loved my singing, and I knew from the clarity of his own beautiful voice that this was high praise indeed offered from someone who knew singing well.

I don’t know what to say to praise him, honestly. I’m still wrapped up in my own loss with his absence from the community.

A lot of people are mourning our friend, brother, uncle, mentor.

Please be supportive if you can, especially to Kim. [Edit] There is a GoFundMe to help her handle the expenses associated with this loss. 😦 https://www.gofundme.com/kimberly-roberts-support

Hail the New Ancestor, Cynan Roberts! May you journey well, old friend!

–Ember–

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Help Restore a Queer/Nonbinary Pagan Mentor’s Teeth!

My friend and former mentor, the nearly-legendary, green-locked, community “instigator” known as Wolfwomyn (amongst other names) has recently had some serious health problems that stole several of their teeth and almost took out an eye! While the worst of it has abated, there’s still a lot of work to be done, and that means a lot of dentistry to pay for.

A portrait of the mysterious gendercomplicated Wolfwomyn in their role as a Discordian instigator.

A portrait of Wolfwomyn in their role as a Discordian instigator.

Every little bit helps, so share if you can, please! If enough of us put in what we can, maybe Wolfie can have new teeth by their birthday!

https://www.youcaring.com/thegreenone-714224

–Ember–

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New Seeds of Fire Graphic

I’m fixing up my Zazzle store a bit. I want to make more different product options for my existing designs, and then create some new designs. To get things started, I recomposed the store logo, trying out some of these watercolor tools I’ve been collecting (and fixing the plural – oops! ;p)

New Seeds of Fire Logo

I upgraded my Zazzle store logo!

Do you like it?

–Ember–

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Last Chance for Shinies ON SALE!

Heyla folks, today is your last chance to get my handmade devotional jewelry for $5 OFF for my Thanksgiving weekend sale! Any requests received by Midnight, Pacific time will be honored first-come-first-serve. 🙂

Thanksgiving Sale!

I also take commissions, if you have a specific deity in mind.

See what I still have in stock below the cut tag. 😀

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