I’m very excited to announce the release of the Pagan Leadership Anthology. Taylor Ellwood invited me to co-edit this anthology with him almost two years ago, and it has finally come to fruition! Helping grow more resources for Pagan leaders is a passion of mine, and this anthology is priceless for all the collected wisdom it offers from many different leaders, many different traditions, and many different perspectives. Continue reading
I’ve always considered myself monogamous, even when I’ve been in open relationships in the past. All I ever really wanted, growing up, was to find my soulmate and be with him forever. For a while in my late-teens/early twenties, I was anti-marriage, but then, I was sort of finding my footing as a feminist and I was looking at marriage solely as an institution of the patriarchy. I suppose that didn’t really last long as I got married in my early twenties; the call to settle down with one person was the stronger call.
So there’s more that needs to be discussed on the sex, ethics, harassment, predators, abuse, and consent front. There’s the #yesallwomen movement, and there are a lot of conversations happening. I’ve written more blog posts on the topic–but I’ll be honest, I haven’t published them. Why?
Well…I know I tend to go raw with my posts, but the posts I wrote may be too raw. I’m not sure if I want to go there. Maybe I’m not sure I want to reveal that much, or be that much of a bummer. Maybe I’m sick of triggering people.
On various online forums in the holistic, alternative spirituality, Earth-centered, and Pagan communities, I’ve seen people make the bold statement that ritual and magic should take the place of psychotherapy. In fact, I’ve seen people actively discourage people from seeking therapy, referring to therapy as useless or even harmful for those with non-mainstream spiritual beliefs.
I don’t agree with that perspective at all.
The question to ask is, what do we want out of our lives? Do we want to live better, healthier lives? If so, then the next question is, how do we get there? And how can we encourage practices that help each of us to live our fullest potential? I believe that ritual work as well as psychological techniques such as therapy can both work together help us get there.