A great entry by PSVL following a great conversation that we had on the phone last night, whilst I rested up with a case of cool ale after hours of ritual tattoo process and feeding my gods and whatnot.
Identifying — for yourself, at the very least, in a silent way — who your intended audience is with a blog, journal, column, or individual essay is important. Sometimes it is useful to write in who that audience is — e.g. “I am writing this for people without an established polytheistic process, tradition or structure, but who are nonetheless now finding themselves navigating experiential polytheism with no context” — while other times it may be less so, or can feel exclusionary (even if it is) or elitist (even if it isn’t) and exclusionary isn’t always good.
It is just as much the reader’s responsibility to recognize, as PSVL points out, that not everything is written for ME (e.g. them), and maybe we should begin learning how to read (and react or reply or reblog…) without filtering everything through the “OH HOW DOES THIS APPLY IMMEDIATELY TO ME IN THE GREAT AND WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF ME?!?!”
And now, coffee. And then several days of depth ritual on the holiest of days (Nights, really) in my tradition…