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([personal profile] jenett May. 18th, 2009 08:49 pm)
1. What religion or spiritual tradition do you follow?
A small structured tradition based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. (We generally don't use the actual trad name widely, so it doesn't do much good to share it.) We're initiatory, 3 degrees, etc. but whether we're Wiccan or not depends on how you define Wicca.

We work with both male and female deities, we cast circle, etc. but we've gone some different places with polarity roles, and some other specifics. My coven website, however, has more useful info and detail than a name would provide.

You can also read a series of posts I wrote up when I settled in over here, and started gaining readers who weren't familiar with either Paganism or my personal practice. Part 3, about my personal practice is probably the most relevant, but people here might find the other two parts of interest too.

2. Geographic location (not "earth/the universe"):
Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Minnesota.

3. Coven or solitary? Clergy?
Coven. And I'm a 3rd degree, but haven't bothered seeking legal credentials. (The only thing I'd need them for, locally, is marrying someone, and it hasn't come up.)

4. Public or in the broom closet?
Moderately public: I don't use my legal name (which is unusual) in relation to any of my religious work, but a number of my co-workers, and as of this year, students at the school I work at know that I'm Wiccan. (I've spoken to our comparative religion classes and diversity group about it at different times.)

5. Are you active in your local pagan community? In what capacity?
I've been on the board of the Twin Cities Pagan Pride since 2006, which nicely satisfies the combination of my desire to share information and provide resources (it goes with commitments and vocation to the day job: I'm a librarian) with my desire not to be pushy about it to people who aren't interested.

I sometimes attend public rituals and events and other classes, but my schedule is packed enough it's often tricky. (To take care of myself, I'm careful to schedule one full day off pretty much every weekend, plus make sure I have 2-3 weeknights at home in a given week.) As my new job situation begins to settle down, I hope to get out in public slightly more often.

6. Personal web site (if you've got one):
Blog at which I talk about a lot of stuff, including public discussion of coven-leadership stuff (especially the practical "Here's why we're making these choices" about practical/logistical stuff that few people seem to break down in public.) is at . Coven site is already linked above.

7. Anything else you'd like us to know about you:
I recently got hired (mid April) for a long-term professional librarian position in the school where I've been working as a paraprofessional since 2000 after stepping into the role as an interim for this semester. Adapting to the new changes has been interesting, but exciting, and I'm looking forward to seeing what my life looks like when I'm not job hunting (something I've been doing pretty much consistently since early 2007, when I was finishing my MLIS degree)

One of the things I want to work on a lot more is the intersection of music and magic/ritual - it's a longterm interest that I desperately want/need more time to work with regularly. I'm also deeply interested in geeking about process (i.e. figuring out not only what works, but why, and how to make it work better) - not so much about ritual itself (though that's good too), but the other parts of working in group with others, or developing a personal practice for myself, or other aspects integrating my spiritual goals and my daily life.
I've never really used a formal Book of Shadows in my practices thus far, but with the wealth of information out there that I'd like at my non-cyber fingertips, it seems like a good time to set one up. Now, we already have a BoS with Sabbat rituals, etc in the house (my husband's BoS), but one of my own would be nice. So, here's the categories I've thought up so far. Looking for suggestions on topics I might have missed.

In no particular order:

Lycian Wiccan Rites (Sabbats, memorial, handfasting etc)

Lycian Wheel of the Year (all items relating to our Wheel)

The Four Kingdoms (a separate aspect of our Tradition)

Degree Training (curriculums, personal notes, items from my own training)

Notes (a catch-all area of useful information for my personal practices)

The Journey (opinion pieces, etc about various aspects of being a Wiccan witch and pagan)

Magickal Craft (how to craft a spell, candlework etc. Practical techniques.)

Wiccan/Pagan Lore (interesting, informative things 'round the Net)

Inspirational (personal poetry, pictures etc)

I won't be including things like herbs, astrology etc because they aren't things I'm interested in at the moment. So, the above is off the top of my head at the moment. Thoughts?
  1. What religion or spiritual tradition do you follow?
  2. eclectic path, primarily Celtic/Wiccan in nature, but including aspects of Greek, Norse, Native American, & shamanic paths

  3. Geographic location (not "earth/the universe"):
  4. Bremerton WA

  5. Coven or solitary? Clergy?
  6. Solitary primarily, working within my family/house dynamics when group work is needed/wanted. I have had a 1st degree conferred upon me by my soul-sister [as part of her 2nd degree work], but have forgotten the specific path she was working in. I admit that I vacillate between wanting to get higher degrees [my soul-sis says that I should have my 2nd degree by now, but she's no longer practicing and doesn't speak with the rest of that group, so I've not gotten the 2nd degree yet] and "staying put" as I have knee-jerk reactions to coven work [long story].

  7. Public or in the broom closet?
  8. I don't hide much of anything about who and what I am.

  9. Are you active in your local pagan community? In what capacity?
  10. I have never actually been active in any of my local pagan communities. I've tried a couple of times [in San Antonio, Portland, and Seattle], but met with a little too much of the clique thing to be really comfortable with it.

  11. Personal web site (if you've got one):
  12., but it's woefully out of date atm. I need to get that updated, particularly Dark Avalon, which is supposed to be specifically my personal spirituality site, but is currently offline.

  13. Anything else you'd like us to know about you:
  14. Hmm... I will answer to either AJ or [personal profile] ariestess... I'm pretty much open and will answer pretty much any question asked of me. As for anything else about me? My profile really does tell the whole story about what I normally want peopleto know about me....
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([personal profile] seshen May. 13th, 2009 10:51 pm)
1. What religion or spiritual tradition do you follow? Lycian Wicca

2. Geographic location (not "earth/the universe"): San Antonio TX

3. Coven or solitary? Clergy? We recently dissolved our coven, but will be creating a new one in the next few months. I am an initiated 3rd Degree in my Trad, but have not yet gained clergy status.

4. Public or in the broom closet? So public, I gotta wear shades. :) OK, fine, that made no sense, but the stupid song is in my head. I've been public since 1988.

5. Are you active in your local pagan community? In what capacity? Organizer of 3 local Meetups (Witches, Wiccan and Pagan Parents), plus webmistress of the San Antonio Pagans web portal.

6. Personal web site (if you've got one):

7. Anything else you'd like us to know about you: Married 15 years, parent of 2 daughters (adult and teen). If you notice the ghost in my icon, it's because I live in a haunted house.
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