My Craft name is Ben Gruagach. I'm an eclectic Wiccan author and have been active in the Pagan community for a few decades now.

I'll be posting thoughts, musings, and links to things that catch my eye. Please feel free to ask questions or post comments!

 

valleyofthemystics:

missythemermaid:

Moss Graffiti: A How To Guide

are you fucking for real

when i was doing landscaping we’d use these method to make large rocks look like they’d been there forever - it’s great, works best in the spring when you get rain and cooler temps.

I’ve got to try this sometime.

Gardnerian Book of Shadows Index

This is one of the earliest versions of the Wiccan “Book of Shadows”, or ritual text.  It was compiled by Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca, with a lot of assistance from one of his early high priestesses, a talented woman named Doreen Valiente.  Valiente is largely responsible for the popular versions of things like “The Charge of the Goddess” that are considered traditional by today’s Wiccans.

In Gardner’s system, to be considered a Wiccan you had to have gone through at least a first-degree initiation.  The first degree initiation is very clear in stating that it makes the candidate a “priest/ess and Witch.”  Wicca is a religion of Witches.  (Not the only religion for Witches, but one that is definitely based on witchcraft!)

all Wiccans ARE witches, but not all witches are Wiccans

Here’s a link to a bit I wrote a while back explaining the terms Wiccan, witch, and Pagan.  

http://www.witchgrotto.com/2013/12/wiccan-witch-pagan-whats-the-difference/

I’m reblogging this because I saw someone posting, yet again, the claim that not all Wiccans are witches.  Anyone who claims that clearly doesn’t have a very good understanding of Wicca and probably shouldn’t be posting about the topic until they do a bit more research.

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

This is important. If we fail, the internet will be gutted.

explore-blog:

Wisdom in the Age of Information – an animated essay

An interesting video essay about knowledge, wisdom, and information overload.

Battle For The Net

Help fight the big ISPs who want to cripple the internet.  Net neutrality is vital and must be preserved!

thescarletwoman:

kayemeych:

allthingsservethebeam:

irishcob:

Warning for Trans Youth in Southern Ontario
Avoid Dr. Kenneth Zucker of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. He will not help you in any way and upon asking many invasive, disrespectful, and irrelevant questions, he will suggest you undergo “reparative therapy” to “fix” you (pictured above). When he finishes writing his “report”, which can take months, he will refer to you in an extremely dehumanizing manner that makes you out to be some kind of oddity (eg “He seems very interested in having breasts.”) and he will not respect your gender or use the correct pronouns whatsoever. Not only that, but when he requests your report cards and school pictures (???) he will really take his time in giving them back when you ask him to. Good luck contacting him outside of an appointment, too, as he very rarely, if ever, responds to emails or phone calls. He has stated he considers trans women a “bad outcome of gay men.” Don’t waste your time with this transphobic piece of shit.

SIGNAL BOOOOOOOST

Yes yes yes I’m so happy people are talking about this. That clinic works under the old DSM criteria. If you are looking for physical health or mental health or family support around gender please contact Rainbow Health Ontario or the new trans clinic at Sick Kids.
A lot of parents especially go to that clinic with their kids because it’s affiliated with such a well know national agency and they assume it will be the best support. If you hear anyone talking about it please correct them, it is very harmful. :(

I wrote a post last year about an amazing Ontario doctor who specializes in health-care for trans youth, Dr. Carys Massarella. She is the lead Physician of the Transcare Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharine’s, and is currently one of only three ‘non-pathologizing’ trans-care health providers in Ontario. ‘Non-Pathologizing’ means that when a trans-patient comes in to speak with her about care and care options, their trans identity is:
 not questioned
 not treated as something needing to be fixed
 not pathologized as a mental illness which requires a psychiatric evaluation before proceeding with care options.  
If you’re a trans youth looking for health-care (or know any trans youth whose families are hoping to get medical support for them), please DO NOT go to/recommend Dr. Zucker at CAMH. He is severely transphobic and is only looking to ‘fix’ trans kids who he thinks are ‘confused’. Instead, two hospitals that are doing good work for transfolks in the GTA and surrounding area are St. Mike’s in Toronto and St. Joseph’s in Hamilton. Both are (surprisingly) Catholic hospitals, but have made reputations for themselves as providing ethical care for the LGBTQ community. Carys herself is a member of the St. Joseph’s health staff, and says that her transition was embraced at the hospital and its catholic staff, including its nuns. As well, Dr. Massarella’s practice, Quest Community Heath Centre, is a fantastic resource if you can get out to St. Catherine’s. 


Good info for transfolk in southern Ontario, Canada.

thescarletwoman:

kayemeych:

allthingsservethebeam:

irishcob:

Warning for Trans Youth in Southern Ontario

Avoid Dr. Kenneth Zucker of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. He will not help you in any way and upon asking many invasive, disrespectful, and irrelevant questions, he will suggest you undergo “reparative therapy” to “fix” you (pictured above). When he finishes writing his “report”, which can take months, he will refer to you in an extremely dehumanizing manner that makes you out to be some kind of oddity (eg “He seems very interested in having breasts.”) and he will not respect your gender or use the correct pronouns whatsoever. Not only that, but when he requests your report cards and school pictures (???) he will really take his time in giving them back when you ask him to. Good luck contacting him outside of an appointment, too, as he very rarely, if ever, responds to emails or phone calls. He has stated he considers trans women a “bad outcome of gay men.” Don’t waste your time with this transphobic piece of shit.

SIGNAL BOOOOOOOST

Yes yes yes I’m so happy people are talking about this. That clinic works under the old DSM criteria. If you are looking for physical health or mental health or family support around gender please contact Rainbow Health Ontario or the new trans clinic at Sick Kids.

A lot of parents especially go to that clinic with their kids because it’s affiliated with such a well know national agency and they assume it will be the best support. If you hear anyone talking about it please correct them, it is very harmful. :(

I wrote a post last year about an amazing Ontario doctor who specializes in health-care for trans youth, Dr. Carys Massarella. She is the lead Physician of the Transcare Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharine’s, and is currently one of only three ‘non-pathologizing’ trans-care health providers in Ontario. ‘Non-Pathologizing’ means that when a trans-patient comes in to speak with her about care and care options, their trans identity is:

  •  not questioned
  •  not treated as something needing to be fixed
  •  not pathologized as a mental illness which requires a psychiatric evaluation before proceeding with care options.  

If you’re a trans youth looking for health-care (or know any trans youth whose families are hoping to get medical support for them), please DO NOT go to/recommend Dr. Zucker at CAMH. He is severely transphobic and is only looking to ‘fix’ trans kids who he thinks are ‘confused’. Instead, two hospitals that are doing good work for transfolks in the GTA and surrounding area are St. Mike’s in Toronto and St. Joseph’s in Hamilton. Both are (surprisingly) Catholic hospitals, but have made reputations for themselves as providing ethical care for the LGBTQ community. Carys herself is a member of the St. Joseph’s health staff, and says that her transition was embraced at the hospital and its catholic staff, including its nuns. As well, Dr. Massarella’s practice, Quest Community Heath Centre, is a fantastic resource if you can get out to St. Catherine’s. 

Good info for transfolk in southern Ontario, Canada.

(Source: mawiler)

nickdrake:

Stephen King opens the new gates to his bat-guarded Victorian home November 1982.


Stephen King is one of my role models.

nickdrake:

Stephen King opens the new gates to his bat-guarded Victorian home November 1982.

Stephen King is one of my role models.