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New Blog [Feb. 27th, 2011|03:04 pm]
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puckdecoyote
 I have created a new blog for my musings and thought about the Feri Tradition.  It's at dreamsofacoyote.blogspot.com/ 

Come check it out!  :)
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Star Goddess Ritual at P'con [Feb. 22nd, 2011|10:09 am]
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rio_luna
I just wanted to say that the "Ecstacy of the Star Goddess" ritual at Pantheacon this weekend was STUNNING. It may have been the most beautifully dramatic ritual I've ever been part of. Beautiful job!
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There is Light, and There is Heat [Feb. 18th, 2011|08:28 am]
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uncledark
There are substantive disagreements at the heart of our (or your, if you're of the persuasion that students aren't Feri) schism. Questions like, "What should be held secret, and what should be in public," and "Who wrote that, where did it come from, who has the right to share it and how?" Also, "Who can call themselves 'Feri,'" and "How can Feri be effectively taught?"

There are also personal feuds, misunderstandings made into flame wars, slander, calumny, and partisan reactiveness bouncing around a small and increasingly shit-stained echo chamber.

Please, folks. Separate the light from the heat.
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My Response [Feb. 16th, 2011|10:05 am]
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faerywolf

My apologies to those who are overloaded with Feri drama. If this is you, please feel free to skip this link. I find myself needing to post a rebuttal to some serious allegations that were made against me. Please follow the link if you’d like to know my side of the story.

http://www.faerywolf.com/statement.html

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New BlueRose Feri Level One In-person Class Forming now... [Feb. 10th, 2011|08:56 pm]
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faerywolf
I am now taking applications for a new in-person BlueRose F(a)eri(e) Level One class to begin in June or July 2011. We will meet on one Saturday per month from noon to roughly 6pm, with the occasional additional ritual that evening. Please download, print, complete, and sign the application and mail it along with your typed answers to the address below:

Storm Faerywolf
1437 N Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

For more information about BlueRose Feri classes, please visit www.BlueRoseFeri.com.
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Meditations Upon Kleenex [Feb. 6th, 2011|10:59 pm]
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uncledark
So, who says, "Pass me a facial tissue, would you?"

Nobody, or almost nobody. Everybody calls them "Kleenex." Even when they aren't Kleenex (tm) brand facial tissues. Back in the day, the Kleenex people invented a facial tissue that was so good (or at least so common) that their special brand name, the name that was supposed to mean their kind of facial tissue and none other, became the generic word associated with those disposable snot rags.

This, understandably, upset them. After all, if their brand name had come into generic use, how would anyone asking for a "Kleenex" be sure that the square of paper they were receiving was the genuine article? How would people know that they were entrusting their nostrils to a properly soft and hygienic caress? And, most importantly, if they are handed another (inferior) tissue, will they not blame the true Kleenex for their misfortune?

Back in the 1980s, we* had a similar problem in the British Traditions. See, back in the 1950s, there was no Gardnerian Wicca. There was just Wicca, or Wica, depending on which edition of the unchanged-since-antiquity Book of Shadows one was using. Nobody had to make a distinction until Alex Sanders split off to start -- Er, "reveal," yeah, that's it -- his own version. Then there was Alexandrian Wicca and RealGardnerian Wicca.

It got worse. Somewhere in the late 1950s/early 1960s, someone had the insight, "Hold on now... If we aren't allowed to go out and recruit**, and we're so secret no one knows how to find us, won't our tradition die out?"

And so began the tradition of Outer Court teaching. You can't recruit for a coven, but you can offer purely informational classes on magick, or maybe offer to teach a little magick (but not The Craft), and see who stays after class to ask for more.

Naturally, only a handful of those who attended Outer Court classes asked for and received full initiation. Which meant (somewhat obviously, in hindsight) that there were some people out there who thought they were doing witch craft, Witchcraft, or (gods forbid) Wicca without having been smacked upside the head with the Sacred Salmon***.

This accelerated in the 1960s and 1970s, as British initiates came across the pond and set up shop in America. The Outer Court non-recruitment tool was used again, and the same results were had.

Almost. See, what no one had accounted for was that America was busy having The Sixties. Spirituality hungry folks were soaking up whatever they could get from wherever they could get it, and mixing it all together into a package that worked for them. Then, confound it, they were sharing it with whoever couldn't run away fast enough. So people soaked up the Outer Court teachings and mixed it with Goddess Worship or the Gaia Hypothesis or stuff from strange little science fiction novels****, and coming up with Dianic Wicca or Green Wicca or what have you.

Wicca was everywhere! And it wasn't British! There was only one thing to do... Blame someone.

Which brings us to the Terrible Troubles of the 1980s. Witch War One (more or less). Accusations flew as fast as occult magazine letters columns could spread them. So-and-so revealed Forbidden Secrets to the unwashed masses. Thus-and-so wasn't qualified to teach, because her initiation was invalid. This Guy charges for initiation, and This Other Guy requires his students to have sex with him. And teaching the Craft by mail? Get the pitchforks and torches...

Of course, it all lead to the utter destruction of British Traditional Wicca. No, wait, I think it was the other thing. You know, the bit where nothing much at all happened.

You'll notice that the Kleenex brand is still selling strong. And that the British Traditions are still producing snarky bastards initiates.

This has all happened before. It will all happen again.

*I am an initiate of Central Valley Wicca.
**We aren't.
***Come on, you didn't really think I'd even hint at the Dread and Awful Secret Rites of Initiation, did you?
****Do I really need to spell this one out?
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Feri at pantheacon [Feb. 5th, 2011|01:18 pm]
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rio_luna
I was wondering if ther was going to be a Feri suite at P'con? I never made it to the suite or any Feri events, and don't want to miss anything this time.

Thanks!
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the 'bunnies abide (x-posted from my elljay journal) [Feb. 5th, 2011|09:01 am]
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veedub
i was asked last night whether i had any advice for the dustbunnies about the Great Feri/Faery Split.

well, no, i said, only what i have said all along: if you don't like the Lore (or the company you keep, or the rituals you do, or the way the gods treat you), go out and make some of your own. N.B.: i said "make," not "make UP"--big difference. witches, as terry pratchett said, are the ones who choose. we choose to follow our particular path. we choose our friends. we choose our teachers. we choose what to do, what to read, who to hang with, how to view the world, how to treat other people, where to take a stand. and the choice always comes with the knowledge that we could, if we Willed, choose differently. that there is always more than one option. that we are free.

the only rule that i try to stick to is to act with integrity and be consistent with my avowed principles--and if i find that impossible, to look very carefully at those principles and those avowals as determine whether they are consistent with my True Will. if they aren't, then they need to be amended. but in general this isn't going to happen. a constitutional amendment isn't easy or fast, and it takes a unanimous vote of all three souls.

not to say that i will never change my opinion on anything--that's not principled, that's dead. the moment i stop learning something new all the time is the moment i'm done with life. i don't want that to happen before i actually physically stop breathing, thanks. i have seen what petrified attitudes have done to people and groups, and i want none of that.

i also see that there is a tremendous amount of hypocrisy within feri:

• people who write about how much they despise distance teaching who at the same time engage in it (yes, i'm talking to you, [redacted]).

• people who accuse, try, and execute, without ever knowing the facts of the case.

• people who use their initiate status to push non-initiates around and to gain political power within feri. (sorry, just because you are married to the gods doesn't mean i can believe every word you say. lots of people are married to the gods, and some of them aren't even feri initiates.)

• people who say they want privacy, and keep manufacturing new websites and magazines to show the whole world how very private they are, with a big neon sign over the door which flashes "WE AREN'T HERE!!!!".

• people who accuse me of all kinds of horrid things but do it on e-lists to which i don't subscribe, and who never once contact me directly to accuse me to my face. cowardly much? that doesn't seem to fit in with the feri "warrior ethic" about which i have heard so much and seen so little.

feh. i am justifiably annoyed, and i admit to a small spurt of rage whenever i see the icon of one of these people on facebook, but these little knee-jerk reactions are diminishing, and eventually will disappear, because all that crap is irrelevant. i have more important things to be getting on with, and (pratchett again) i can't be having with that sort of thing. and when i get together with the dustbunnies, as we did last night for a "family night," it is most soothing and delightful to know that the 'bunnies abide, and that we are doing our Work and causing ripples in the world. the forces of idiocy will not prevail.

do your Work. and let your Work color and permeate through your life. that's my advice.
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announcing a new initiate [Jan. 31st, 2011|10:55 am]
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veedub
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

the dustbunnies and blue rose are pleased to announce the initiation of chris angelo on january 30, 2011. vee, storm, tim, and diana officiating. chris' new line, being a blending of dustbunnies and blue rose, will be known as dusty rose. tasteful! ;)

please welcome our new brother, who works in the boston area, and who will be a TA for vee's new online course which begins in march.

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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2011|11:05 am]
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carnivalia
 Jason at The Wild Hunt has posted an article on the 'split' in the Feri Tradition. Several points of view are discussed there that may help folk understand the diverse attitudes and emotions at play in this current rift. 

wildhunt.org/blog/2011/01/when-schism-happens-to-pagans.html
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