The Roots of Pagan Culture

Salem Witch Child quoted The Friz to say, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.” Well, I took a chance, made a few mistakes and, yep, things got a little messy. And now I want to fix everything.

I’m talking about my Pre-All Hallow’s Eve Blog Cleansing. Remember how I was supposed to revise all my blog entries and test all my links? My self-imposed deadline was October 31st. It’s the end of November, and I’m not finished. It was more work than I thought it would be. However, I still want to complete the task. I want to read—from my own words—how my witchy life has changed in the last two years. And I want to understand how Pagan Culture has contributed to any kind of transformation.

These upcoming months I’ll reread, reminisce and revise. There have been many changes in my witchy life: I’m sharing a home with my Piano Man and the Little Princess, I have a better idea of what I want to do with my writing, I understand my spirituality in ways I didn’t even suspect I ever could.

I’m also revising Pagan Culture for consistency. Not evenness of thought, which hasn’t changed all that much, but uniformity of language. Don’t rush to tell me how proud you are of my organizational skills, my Wicked Darlings. The truth is that I’m not doing this to make the blog look good, even if that prospect makes me smile a bit. I’m reviewing the language because I want to see how my writing has changed—and I hope—improved. 

I will begin with the pages, move to my short fiction, and spend as long as it takes revising every post, in publication order. I’m excited and curious about what I might find when I travel back to the roots of Pagan Culture. And I promise to share any interesting bits I might find during the process.

Do you read your old posts? Maybe go back to your old journals? If yes, what has this practice done for you?

49 comments:

  1. Sweet Zombie Goddess11/28/2011

    going back over what I have blogged before gives me a feel for where I was then as compared to where I am now.  In some instances, it is as obvious as night and day.  I realize I am angrier and more cynical than ever before (scary, eh?), and it actually has helped me see where I have changed, and not always for the better.

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  2. I usually read my old journal entries a few months after I've written them. I mostly do it to see how much I've changed as well as things in my life. Before we moved out here to Las Vegas, I pulled out my REALLY old journals from high school and shortly after I graduated and I realized how much I've grown up. I tore all of the pages out of the books, ripped them out and put them in a shopping bag. Then I meditated on how I've changed and I said good bye to the person who wrote in those pages and promptly threw the bag in a dumpster. It felt really good and cleansing to do it....

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  3. Diandra Linnemann11/28/2011

    I hardly ever take the time to look back. Maybe I should, every now and again. Might be interesting to see how much has changed, or not. ^^

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  4. Rachel K Welton11/28/2011

    I love this photo. Is that near you? xx

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  5. Yes, I go back and read old posts and diary entries. And, sometimes, when I really get introspective, I'll even go through old Tarot readings to see where I've been and where I am now. I have to say, just reading the task list you've created made me tired.. lol  
    Wishing you all the very best with this exercise!! hugs

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  6. My blog hasn't been going for very long so I haven't felt the need to look back on it yet but I do have a beautiful leather bound book that I use as book of shadows/ seasonal record/journal/shopping list/general musings etc. (its evolved a lot, what can I say? It reflects my disorganised mind). I often look back on that, its very theraputic to see how things have changed.

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  7. There are things I've done that I rather forget now, but what the heck, those mistakes (and ugly boyfriends) are some of the reason I am who I am today. I guess I'll take a look-see, even it makes me wince lol
    Magaly Guerreropagan-culture.blogspot.com“When in Darkness? Light!”

    Subject: [paganculture] Re: Pagan Culture: The Roots of Pagan Culture

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  8. I've done a few burning the journals rituals. I examine the things that have happened, try to fix the wrongs, preserve the goods, and let the fires of Nature do what She will with the rest.

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  9. I think it would be an interesting experience.

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  10. It's Thatcher State Park, in Upstate New York. Pretty awesome hiking  and sightseeing.

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  11. The list made me tired too, lol. No wonder I didn't get it done. Hm, I think the idea of reading all Taro spreads is brilliant! 

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  12. I love the fact that you keep all of your life in one place, I don't see it as disorganization, I see it as the record of a Witch who is witchy all the time ;-)

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  13. Until recently yes, I did go back through all my posts going back almost ten years. Even though SD's only been up for two, I had almost ten years of writing that I'd gathered, the things I wrote about then seem silly now, or even ridiculous in some cases, and in some cases heart breaking and filled with joy. Pieces of my life I miss and some I wish to never see again, I promise you it's going to be fun if nothing else, rediscovering how far you've come from the woman you were. Enjoy it.

    S

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  14. salemwitchchild11/28/2011

    I do like to go back and re-read my journals and also the various forums I'm a member of I'll go back and re-read threads I've started. I think it reminds us of where we've been. What was important then and see if it's still important now. It just gives me a wider perspective.

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  15. Afternoon Magaly...how do you find time to do these things...As you know, I'm not a writer, so
    I'll go back to see if I've posted a certain picture...Don't want to bore all of you with duplicates...

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  16. I haven't read the old ones, but they're lost now, so I can't. I will try to keep up with the ones I have now, though.

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  17. I read old posts on both of my blogs.  I try and learn from my life experiences as much as possible and sometimes re-visiting my written words is just enough of a reminder to keep me on the right track.

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  18. Magaly, I love the picture of you!!! I think reading my older posts, is liking looking at my older art I have done. I see how I have grown and changed ;o) Big Hugs my friend ;o)

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  19. I don't often read my old blog posts, but I've read my old diaries. In particular I've recently kept going back to my diary entry on the day that I met my boyfriend. I think that was the only entry where I started out saying "I met *** ****** today..."

    Reading my old diary entries is also a good way to keep track of how I've changed, which was particularly useful when was suffering from depression. Then I could sort of keep track of my tone from a day to day basis.

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  20. Faye Dewell11/28/2011

    OMG, what a daunting prospect but amazing thing to do. I have never really gone back to review my blog but I have with my journals over the years and it's always been a great thing to do. It's amazing how much we forget. I hope that you enjoy the journey (as a writer and as a memory recall)!

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  21. Slommler11/29/2011

    Every time I look back...I either get embarrassed or sick!!  Ha!  Just kidding....I don't look back very often though...just too busy with today I guess!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  22. I do this all the time! Sometimes I slap my forehead and laugh about how disjointed everything sounds, or the fact that I've left out or misspspelled an embarassingly simple word, and sometimes I gain incredible wisdom that I never knew I posessed. Happy Blog Cleansing!

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  23. SunshineShelle11/29/2011

    Ms Wicked, you are a dedicated darlin'... I don't reread too much of my stuff, but I haven't been blogging a year yet, I think I am consistently inconsistent, I don't exactly keep journals, I tend to keep notes & do little drawings in journals, then I lose them... & start another... then find the first one (or the one before that), I try to keep thoughts/images in a little order in my disappearing journal books because my mind/work/house is not, totally not... 

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  24. MangaMem11/30/2011

    Hey Magaly! I end up keeping all my stories/writings because I feel like they're part of me. I do end up rereading (and then re-rereading) and I seem to think 'Why can't I write like that for this story!' or 'What was I thinking! I better change that part'. I guess doing this always keeps me thinking about my stories and expanding on them. And entertaining when I come across stuff that I forgot that I wrote ^.^
    Although I never make an active effort to revise, I always think its a good thing to do. Good luck and have fun with your revising/rereading/reminiscing Magaly!

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  25. Hi Magaly! Just got back from seeing my mom. She actually swallowed for the first time in 9 months and ate 2 bits of mashed potatoes, yipeeeee, finally!!!! I usually cringe when reading my old journals but somehow I still have to keep writing them. They always help me feel better when something is bothering me. But reading them later just makes me say, ugh, the DRAMA!!!! But I do like going over my old blog posts ( not so dramatic, ha!) and yes it sure has changed. I started just wanting to analyze petroglyphs but now its more of a showcase for art and that is a bit more fun! I love your blog, Magaly, don't change too much cuz you are doing wonderful, course I'm sure any changes will be exciting too! Love the picture! Deb 

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  26. I read through my old posts recently when I was labeling posts. A part of me regreted it, because I read a few posts that were difficult for me to read. I think sometimes you need to spend some time looking back at how things have changed though... Be it on your blog, in your journal entries, or just in your mind. I think sometimes it helps you to put things in prospective.

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  27. I'm looking forward to the fun, and to the "Oh my gods, did I really?" lol

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  28. And it kind of points us towards where we are going, don't you think? I kind of feel that way.

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  29. You are too funny, Judy!

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  30. It would have been nice to go back to all the horror movie reviews, and all the other horrors and goodness that had nothing to do with movies. But look at it from the bright side, you can create everything again.

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  31. I think growth and change and two of the things I'm looking forward to.

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  32. I bet that first day always makes you smile. I always grin like a crazy person when I think of the day I met my Piano Man. 

    And I totally get you on the bit of using writing to keep track of your moods.

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  33. Thanks for the good wishes, I will need it, especially when I look at the number of posts!

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  34. I'm looking forward to all the grinning and forehead smacking!

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  35. Talking about notes... I write notes for fiction; bits from a scene, a thought... and stick it in my pocket. Then I find it weeks later and have no idea what it means lol

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  36. I'm a compulsive reviser, too. That is the reason why I have to promise myself, every time, that I'll respect my own do-not-touch-this-for-a-month rule. If not, I would revise the same thing over and over.

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  37. Sooo happy for your mom! What great news, I hope she continues being able to shallow and graduates to other types of foods. 

    I promise not to change much, um... I'm so bullheaded that I doubt I could lol

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  38. Going back and looking makes you appreciate the present good, and reminds you that the bad won't be bad forever. 

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  39. salemwitchchild11/30/2011

    I think it can point you toward a new direction, though certainly not always.

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  40. I read my old journals (not the blog I have online). I go over the entries periodically because it gives me courage to see how much progress I've made in some areas of my life. Also makes me realize that I am a maturing woman and the things I agonized about a decade ago are somewhat trivial-sounding to me right about now! I use my journals to keep my dreams & goals alive. To remind my self what was important and if I haven't accomplished a goal, to just keep on trying...! 

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  41. If we--or society--were more mindful of our past, I'm sure our future would be so much better. Like you, looking into the past, reminds me of "what was important" and most of the time, why it was so.

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  42. lady_rose12/04/2011

    with my old blogs (over five years worth) things got really messy and I didn't have a clue what I was doing (I'm still learning and know just enough to get by blogging) - I'd start out with a plan, change direction, add another topic, split off into other directions, etc. etc. (had dozens of categories, no plan or organization for tags) This time with my new blog (started this past Oct) - I was determined to not get too messy (keep categories to a max of 9, tag all posts when written, etc.).   Which means I go back a lot - check for typos, tweak sentence structed, make internal links if a new posts now links to a past post.   I'm sure as the blog grows it will get a bit messy - but I think the value of having blogs is the ability to see the changes and growth through time.  I still have all the info from past blogs (most of it private now and off line) - but I will still randomly browse a post or two now and then or search a topic to see what I had to say about it in the past - sometimes it sparks a new idea or rekindles interest in a subject to explore it more and write about it again.

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  43. I like that. I've been playing with categories, too. I've tried to place everything under three main labels: Witchy, Writing, and Eclectic. Then I have a wild mess of tags lol. 

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  44. gergininaki12/06/2011

    I do not go back often. I do it rarely because it always is such an intense experience. Remembering the past always helps me go forward. And i certainly love the guilt of secretly laughing with my own jokes.~I may or may not find myself hilarious!~ 

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  45. gergininaki12/06/2011

    Oh by the way i am greekwitch. Still have n't fixed my email problems. 

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  46. I know thought about that, but laughing at one's ole jokes sounds like a great idea!

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  47. Sorry about your email. I'm currently mad at Blogger because I can't "Manage" my blogs. It's a pain.

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