What do we want? I think this is a very fundamental question for most people, nevermind for those who are leading religious movements and trying to build up networks. ‘What do we want’ is how we build the future, the little bit we can influence beyond our gods’ will.
I like to think that dreaming up the future is basically laying the groundwork for it to happen. We have to first dream it before we can build towards it.
And so, I’ve been thinking of what I would like to see in pagan infrastructure in my dream community. I’ve even posted about it in my community group for my local pagans, and… something very shocking happened. There * gasp * was only one answer.
And this got me thinking… Is anyone out there even dreaming up infrastructures? Is anyone out there really, honestly, trying to build up more than a shop for local pagans?
Because fucking forgive me, but we’re the only community I know of that centers around a store.
You wouldn’t tell a newborn mom to go to the baby store to get help.
You won’t tell a disabled person to go the the handicapped section of a hardware store to get life tips.
For Fucks Sake, peoples. Get away from the stupid stores. We’ve got more to do than sell each other shit.
And you know what else I feel? I feel people think that the only option they have is to have group practice. Beyond that, they don’t even know what options there are to have!
So for those of you, here’s what we could have. And it’s not another stupid esoteric store, and you know what? Some of it won’t cost you a hundred dollar for a three hour course. No, you see, it’s community projects? Sometimes/mainly free? Yeah, get a load of this.
- Spiritually focused mental health support groups – Of course, it’s me. We’re going to talk about mental health somewhere. But you know what? If we were to sit everyone down and have talks about our mental health, we would become more compassionate and people would have SOMEWHERE TO GO when shit goes down in their head.
- Food networks. I’ve seen these for people in particular regions where they share whatever they have in surplus/what they don’t like. Pagans can grow stuff to intentionally share, or just share what they can afford to, like these secular networks do. These networks are great to prevent food wasteage, as well as giving another place for people to turn to for help when they fall through the governmental cracks.
- Seed Swap groups. Because seeds are expensive and they expire.
- Skill share networks. Need someone to fix your tires? Need incense? Come on folks, this stuff shouldn’t cost as much as it does. Help each other out.
- Exercise groups. Healthy body anyone? What would a pagan-themed exercise even look like? Nature walks? Yoga while acknowledging cultural appropriation? Weights together? Those who move together… grow together?
- Collective Kitchens. Cooking is boring. Cooking together is surprisingly easy, energy efficient, and much more motivating. Bonus for kitchen witchery too!
- Mentorship programs. You know how wee little baby witches are always looking for people to mentor them? Well, let’s create local mentorships! Just like big brother/big sister programs the mentors can be vetted by seniors in the group, and selected for having balanced heads. They can then make sure our little newbies get off on the right path and don’t just blow money left right and center.
- Librairies. Okay, we’re all book hoarders. Between us all, we’ve probably got dozens of copies of the same book. So why don’t we share? Because we’re hoarders, is why. Why not set up a local bookshop in someone’s living room, where people can drop books off that they’ve done with? People don’t have to leave their books there forever, they could lend them for a month or two, and take them back afterwards.
There you go folks. A bunch of ideas off the top of my head -> all possible to be done in a free or nearly free format. How do I know? Because I’ve either been part of a free one or a nearly free one. It’s not that hard, and if the Christians can do it, we should be able to do it with the help of our gods.