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Below are the 9 most recent journal entries recorded in Year and A Day's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
12:52 am
Hello, how d'ya do?
[Intro: You, walking down street. You enter a crowded coffee shop and order your drink. After waiting several minutes, you are handed your drink. You turn, searching for an open table. You spot one - the last unoccupied sitting space in the coffee shop. Just as you grab the chair, another person grabs the chair opposite it.]

You: Laughs It's alright - you take it.

Person X: Laughs back No, you go ahead. you were here first. I'll find somewhere else.

You: Where? All the other seats are taken.

Person X: Looks around Huh. So they are. I'll just stand outside.

You: Then I'd feel bad. I think the table's big enough for the both of us. We can share.

Person X: Sounds good to me. Sits

You: I can't believe how busy it is in here. It's crazy.

Person X: I know - I figured there'd be three or four college students in here maybe, but this is nuts. Laughs My name is Mary, by the way.

[You shake hands as you introduce yourself in return.]

You: Good to meet you, Mary.

Person X: Likewise. So, tell me about yourself.

You: ...

What do you say?
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
8:40 pm
The flipside
The last question was what amazes you about you. Let's go with the flipside: What drives you nuts about yourself? Is there a habit you have that makes you want to slam your head in a door? Is there something about your physical appearance that makes you feel like breaking all the mirrors in the universe? Do you have a constant thought that makes you question whether you should be let out in society?

Please note that this is ONE thing. This does not mean go on a 1,000-word rant describing every little thing about yourself that you hate.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
3:56 am
Did you miss this?
Back from hiatus .... My apologies all. I'll post something in the way of explanation later.


What amazes you about yourself? Like, when you sit back and think about yourself, what's the one thing that just makes you think, "Good goddess, I rock so much it hurts"?

For me, it's all about song lyrics. The other day, I was feeling nostalgic and I put in a CD I hadn't listened to literally since fourth grade. I remembered all the words to all the songs. I think about all the songs I have in my computer and all the songs I have on CD and it amazes me because I know that I can sing along with all of them, plus a good deal of other songs. I think about the sheer volume of words that flow from that part of my brain and I just feel like the most impressive human being on the planet.
Friday, November 4th, 2005
3:51 pm
Day 5: What don't you know?
A few of you have mentioned in your comments this week that you're uncomfortable with using certain terms to describe yourself because it makes you feel like a "poser." Why is that? What don't you know? Why don't you feel worthy of those titles? Why would describing yourself that way make you a poser? Why do you feel that you're fake or phony in your dedication to paganism?
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
11:01 pm
Day 4: What's a "witch"?
Responses to yesterday's question raise another: What's a "witch"? Do you use the term witch to describe yourself? If someone who knows you're pagan asks if you're a witch, what do you say? Why do you use the term if you do? If you don't, what stops you?

What does "witch" mean? Do you risk bringing along other connotations with the term when you use it?
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
12:18 am
Day 3: Why do you want to be a witch?
Reading through everyone's answers from yesterday, I was thinking about how I always find it interesting what each person finds in paganism. It's such a multi-faceted belief system and we each seem to pick a different facet. Some choose nature, some choose a lack of good and evil, some choose divination, some choose fairies and sprites, some choose a connection with the past, and on and on. Why do we choose those meanings to focus on?

For me, it was always the power, that there was a power in me. Not because I wanted to take over the world and be worshipped or something, but because growing up, I never felt I had any power in my life. Growing up in a family with many children, I often felt I didn't even have a voice. To find a belief system that said not only did I have a voice, but I had all the power of a divine being inside myself was like, "Whoa - you mean me? I could have power?" It gave me permission to find something in myself that I'd never allowed myself to see. It let me say, "You know what? I'm important." And that was beautiful.

What about you? What facet of paganism pulls you? What makes you feel like you must be a witch? Does it fill some part of you that you never let open before? Where's the pull, the draw for you?

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
1:28 am
Day 2: What's a pagan?
Another shorter one today, although a bit deeper. These first few weeks are going to go slow, getting into sharing our ideas of what witchcraft is and how it should be practiced, exploring who we are in relation to the world, the craft and each other.

If someone were to walk up to you tomorrow and say, "What's a pagan? I mean, when you say you're (wiccan, pagan, a witch, etc.), what do you mean by that?" How would you respond? How do you define paganism for yourself? Is it a religion? A spiritual practice? A set of natural laws? What are the basic tenets? What does it mean to say "I am pagan."?

**A note on language: I'm pretty much going to use the term "pagan" for this community to mean all the groups contained in the belief system - Wicca, Witchcraft, The Craft, etc., etc. I realize that they're all different, but for the sake of consistency (and saving space and wear-and-tear on my keyboard) I'll use "pagan" and you can insert whichever word fits your own personal spiritual practice.
Monday, October 31st, 2005
8:11 pm
Day 1: Why are you here?
Welcome to Year and a Day!

I'm so excited for this - and I hope you all are too!

Here's how everything will work:
Each day, I will make a post with something to think about and a question or two to answer. Post your answer to the question as a comment to the post. If it sparks further thinking in you, write more about it in your journal (you can have a separate journal for these if you don't want everyone who reads your journal to be a part of this.)

Try to read and respond every day. If you miss a few days, make sure you go back and see what the exercises were - I don't want any of you to miss out!

Today, we'll start out short and simple: Why are you here? What sparked your interest in paganism/Wiccanism as a religion? What drew you to it? Was it a book? A movie? An interview with Silver Ravenwolf on 60 minutes? What made you say, "Hey, I'd like to learn more about that"?

Blessed Be!

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
4:03 am
Merry Meet
A year and a day of pagan spiritual training, beginning Oct. 31, 2005.

Join the magick.

Questions? E-mail chandasalice@yahoo.com.
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