On Books and Blogs

Hello there, my wonderfuls. It’s been a busy few weeks here at Chez Rapture. Before I post something of substance (you may have noticed that those take a while!) I just wanted to give you a few updates.

First, I’m excited to let you know that I have become a new co-blogger over at Pantheon. My first post went up yesterday. To be honest, one of the reasons I haven’t written much here recently is because I’ve been retooling some of my material that was in progress to become Pantheon posts! Take note that, after the successful recent series on the “Future of Paganism,” Pantheon is currently looking for submissions for a new series on gender in paganism; you should think about contributing!

Second, Ruby Sara and I have been hard work preparing for Golden Harvest, an event being put on in the Chicagoland area by Earth Traditions. RS and I are totally freaking out (no, really, we know our lines!) about presenting the gathering’s main ritual. Funnily enough, I am typing this message ensconced among the many bookmaker’s tools that RS’s Intrepid Spouse has used to fashion for us handmade goddamned books (!) containing the various liturgies that we have written and performed over the last year. Look out for future links to buy these handmade goddamned books in the near future! Here’s an excerpt from our most recent liturgy, “Table & Stranger: An Ingathering Rite for Harvest Home.”

Friends! Beloveds! Gather in! The light is waning and the darkness clothes the trees with the promise of bonfires and long nights. The flicker and burn of summer is a memory, and winter hovers just beyond the golden hill. This is the very heart of autumn, a time of food and feast, of friend and fellow, of giving and thanksgiving. A time of in-gathering, when we meet with loved ones around full tables and heavy baskets bursting with apples. Gather in and gather ’round to celebrate this harvest feast!

For it is now, as the darkness swells and the shadows lengthen, that we call out to Old Coat! Fox-Faced Singer! Mischief Maker! Cackling Storyteller! Peasant-King!

Old Coat, the Devil at the Crossroads! King of Hearsay and Lies, King of Smoke, Lord of Broken Mirrors! His is the Story and the Song, the Up and the Down, the Near and the Far! He is the Shape-Changer and Edge-Walker, and He whistles His crazy music down the dusty roads and back streets! With staff in hand, He wears a cap He stole from his brother the Blackbird, and the patches on His coat are cut from green grass and golden wheat fields… A Friend to all People, Desire and Deception! Who is He, that Wildest of Gods? Would you know Him if you saw Him? Sure as sure, He knows you!

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About John Harness
John Harness is an artist and educator in Chicago. He is a member of Socialist Alternative and the Klingon Language Institute. He writes about political activism and roleplaying games.

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