Why we need to archive


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.

3 thoughts on “Why we need to archive

  1. Love your post and I can identify with you. I am in my fifties now and have been studying, reading and teaching Tarot for the last 17 years. I have also studied in various other disciplines and have written much in these areas from articles to workshop manuals. I still feel like a blow in as there are many who have been working with Tarot for several decades. However, like you, I have accumulated a lot of knowledge, information and experience over the years and so much of it sits in box files, on discs or USB sticks. The rest sits in my head. I started my Tarot Blog just over a year and a half ago with the view to putting in one place as much of my accumulated information as possible so that others may dip into this pool and take from it whatever they need. I certainly don’t want to leave this world with all that information and knowledge eventually disposed of along with the rest of my belongings. I think it is very important to pass on any knowledge we have gained otherwise it will all have been for nothing. As you say, there are oodles of sites with basic knowledge and information on paganism,wicca, tarot etc but very few that are in-depth, so those starting off can only access the bare essentials.

    I think you should get as much of your work to a safe place where you will feel secure in the knowledge that it will not be lost, and take pride in the fact that long, long after you have gone, others will be benefitting from it. That is what I tell myself each day I sit down to write and I am still amazed at the sheer volume of work I have already uploaded to my site as well as the equally, if not larger volume of work still to come.

    Yes, let us all build on what has been done before and not just re-invent the beginner level over and over. Our work and our history must be preserved. The only way that can be done successfully is if we do it ourselves and not let others attempt to interpret our work when it it too late for us to have any input or say.


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