This is something I worry about as I approach 60 years of age and know I’m getting into the part of life where your expiration date is closer than my created date.
I’m not sure I qualify as an elder after only 30 years in the community but I do know I have collected a lot of documents. Copies of rituals and music we wrote. A complete set of Pagan Digests/Pallas Society News from the Pallas Society as a member and co-editor. Programs from events and Books of Shadows and my 2 blogs and the manuscripts for my books need to go somewhere. And probably over 100,000 pictures of events and rituals in the Pagan Community and I want to leave them somewhere trustworthy.
I’ve been part of the Los Angeles Pagan Community since 1984. I’ve been on the boards of the Pallas Society, United We Circle, and FERAL, all of which are gone now but at some point played big roles in the local community. I’ve been part of TOILA and Long Beach Womenspirit for a very long time and I vended at the first LBWS Faire when I was just a baby pagan. I have a lot of memories and stuff.
Laura Janesdaughter felt very strongly about archiving and we talked about the need to record our rituals because so many people don’t and think everything should be secret. I came into the community through a coven, the Lorraine Covenant when it was down here before Merrie Foerster and Cherlyn moved up to Seattle. Comma formally initiated back in 1986.I helped with every Harvest Moon celebration. I come from the background of established Wicca and/or Dianic Craft as most people my age did. Some many people of that time are now disappearing and no one has recorded their memories and it is a huge loss of knowledge. It’s why we see tons of blog posts at the 101 level and little of higher level because it keeps having to be re-invented when the knowledge is there to be built on.
We need to build on what’s been done and stop reinventing the beginner level. We need to record our history and not let outsiders do it sometime in the future when it might be distorted through the eyes of the dominant religions.