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April 2014
20

I’m failing at who I am.

 - [six word story]
April 2014
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Prominent Pagan musician arrested on child pornography charges 

duskenpath:

askalokean:

While this is very sad news—and sad news it is, indeed, that a prominent member of the Pagan community be found a predator in any sense—I would like to highlight some positives in this article.

No one excuses Klein’s behavior. No one is defending him, or claiming he was just a victim. Any convention, website, or publisher who has worked with him have said they are not going to support him any further. 

 “Harmony Tribe is deeply disheartened to learn of the arrest of one of our proposed guests for the 2014 Sacred Harvest Festival, Kenny Klein. We hold the safety and the comfort of our guests above all else. As a result of the arrest and the pending investigation against Mr. Klein, he will not be appearing as a guest for our 2014 festival as formerly planned.”

Immanion Press is shocked and dismayed to learn that Author Kenny Klein has been arrested for Child Pornography. As a publisher and as contributers to the Pagan community, we don’t condone such behavior. We feel that any author (regardless of who publishes them) is a role model and representative of the Pagan community and as such needs to always remember that how they behave effects the perceptions of the pagan community by the world at large and also effects the safety of our community.”

“ At Immanion Press we do not believe in knowingly supporting acts of behavior that violate the Pagan community or how it is represented to the world by our authors. We are committed to publishing books that help the communities we are a part of, but we also believe that any author is a role model and should behave accordingly.”

“We are alarmed and saddened this morning to hear that prominent Pagan Kenny Klein was arrested in New Orleans on Monday on 25 counts of possessing child pornography. Kenny’s blog at our site at PaganSquare has been suspended until his trial (and should he be convicted or plead guilty, permanently.) As publishers and members of the Pagan community, we strongly condemn any form of predatory behavior towards our most vulnerable community members — our children — and support the work of law enforcement and the criminal justice system to root out, prosecute, and punish these crimes.”

Reblogging in the interest of spreading this very important information & protecting members of the pagan community. 

It’s great that the article itself focuses on how people and groups find his actions disgusting and refuse to support him.

But y’all really shouldn’t be clapping the wider Pagan community on the shoulders. This isn’t ‘good job’. There are hundreds of comments in that piece that do excuse his actions, and let’s not ignore that this disgusting creep was able to get away with harassing young girls, abusing his wife and children, and gods knows what else because that same Pagan community that y’all are cheering refused to address the problem.

Because ‘it might make us look bad’. I’ve seen so many calls for us to just ignore what he did and what his chargers are because, well, why acknowledge it? We don’t have to discuss sexual abuse or anything.

Seriously, that post had other prominent Pagans saying, “Well, it’s just child pornography; it’s not like he actually /did/ anything bad.”

So no, not ‘good job pagan community’.

April 2014
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theemperorsfeather:

rockofeyeblog:

glegrumbles:

I don’t even know what this falls under, but some things I wanted to say.

  • A lot of people are looking for personalized one-on-one tutoring and teaching. They want it for free and on demand. What people are not understanding is that that sort of thing usually costs money for a reason: you are compensating people for time, both spent teaching and spent acquiring the skills needed to teach. You wouldn’t just turn up at the workshop of a master carpenter and demand that they drop everything to teach you to be a master carpenter for free whenever you feel like showing up. You’re not only taking up their work time, but the time they need for everything else - social stuff, taking care of themselves, their own relaxation time, their hobbies. It’s completely unreasonable to say that people should do one-on-one work-intensive teaching just because “it’s spiritual/religious” and so people are “obligated” to do it out of the good of their hearts, because they’re enlightened, whatever.

    …how often do you sacrifice all of your time teaching random strangers how to do skills you possess? Do you never visit with friends, watch shows, go out to eat, get your exercise in because you’re too busy giving free one-on-one knitting lessons? Cooking classes? Some people are going to do a bit as a sort of volunteer community service thing, but the demands floating around in the community for personalized apprenticeship are pretty ridiculous. o.-;;

  • When you hang out a banner in general public space of “Yeah I’m looking for a teacher, come find me!” You’re generally going to get a very, very poor quality response. The people you would want to teach you, who know their stuff, are probably not pouring through forums and general pagan channels and tags searching for work to take on pro bono. You might get someone who might be helpful, but they’ll probably still be in the early stages of learning things themselves. Sometimes they won’t admit that and will pass themselves off as an expert, and you’ll have to deal with the mess that will come out of that. Sometimes you’ll get a predatory person that just wants someone to control and to boost their ego. You have no quality control when you hang a sign out and take whoever happens to show up.

  • People who are good teachers are far, far more likely to take on a student that shows initiative. You will get a much better response if you post something like “so yes I have started researching ____ and I have some thoughtful questions about the stuff I’ve read” and then proceed to show you’ve read material and are actively working… than if you lay back and go “yeah so I wanna learn _____, someone come over here and spoonfeed me for free plx”. Show that you’re willing to work and take some initiative and that you’re likely to stick around, and teachers who DO take on students (for free and otherwise) are much, much more likely to show interest in you.

As a person who has both been student and teacher, AMEN with a side of praise hands. My knowledge and experience did not come for cheap or for free and neither did the knowledge and experience of my teachers and mentors.

The concept of fair energy exchange is lost on many folks and doubly so for pagans and polytheists. You don’t necessarily have to monetarily compensate me and especially if you don’t have a lot of cash, but offer me something I need or want. In exchange for someone teaching me things, I have done sink full after sink full of dishes, scrubbed bathrooms, done secretarial and/or personal assistant tasks, watched children, cooked meals, shoveled manure, walked dogs, pulled weeds in a garden, written copy for websites, done photo sessions, made art, and done whatever else has been useful and needed. Everyone is capable of SOMETHING.

Also, you get what you pay for and what you invest in. If you are a person who shows up with an expectation that I am going to set aside time out of my day, potentially put aside paying work, and pull myself together with absolutely nothing in it for me, you are getting the bare basics and I’m going invest exactly as much importance as you are. That’s not to say I’m going to teach you crap or mislead you, but I’m not going to run myself into the ground and bend over backwards to spend a lot of time and effort with/on you.

On the other hand, if you recognize fair energy exchange and come forward with some options of how you can compensate me for my time, energy, and knowledge, I’m going to do my best to make sure I carve out time for you, that I am at my best when I do so, and that you are getting what you need out of our time together to the best of my ability.

This idea is so lost in modern religious movements and I don’t understand why. It’s so bizarre to me, but I am also a child of a clergyperson so I get the ‘if you don’t compensate me, my family doesn’t eat’ kind of thing quite well.

Lack of old-enough tradition and structure and incorporation into ‘normal’ daily life is probably part of the “why,” coupled with weird-ass stupid notions that paying for spiritual support is wrong and asking for payment is also wrong (“you should never BUY your first tarot cards” and “people who charge for divination are bad” and so on ad nauseum); I don’t know where that crap comes from.

April 2014
20

Happy Easter

- To everyone who celebrates. Hope you get lots of chocolate or lots of redemption, whichever you’re in need of.

April 2014
20

If our future is to continuously degrade our planet, lose plant after plant, animal after animal, forgetting what we once enjoyed, adjusting to lesser circumstances, never shouting, “That’s It!” — always making do, I wouldn’t call that “success.”

 - (x)
#text   #quotes   #musings   #social issues   
April 2014
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theartofanimation:

Vanja Todoric

#pictures   #the West   #snake   #skull   
April 2014
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Christina Hendricks - Rhapsody Magazine - April 2014

Christina Hendricks - Rhapsody Magazine - April 2014

April 2014
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lackofa:

In celebration of centaur day I present a centaur done with a bit more effort than usual

lackofa:

In celebration of centaur day I present a centaur done with a bit more effort than usual

April 2014
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#pictures   #offerings   #food   #the Clarene