WitchUniversity.com is currently being restructured. For the meantime, feel free to read the HTML section. It still works as usual.
In fact, the HTML section is where I’m putting instruction articles from now on. The blog area is becoming a blog where I’ll be posting news, links, and notes.
At some point I started to understand that my sites are “root” sites, and not just because they’re about root work. I have one of those weird combinations of web and witchcraft skills, and tend to post in a very encyclopedic way. Unfortunately, this led to my being routinely plagiarized and taken for granted, just like an old Britanica. Once I found copies of material I had posted for free, being sold as ebooks, this was the final straw for me.
I don’t have confidence issues. I know my work is marketable. I just believe that the ability to sell something doesn’t mean one should sell it. Some things are highly specialized and probably shouldn’t be published without a paywall or some vetting, maybe both. Some things though, are information that should have been taught to young mystics as they were growing up. With the last generation dropping the ball in many ways, I feel it is a good thing to get folks caught up to at least teen witch level.
But then, thanks to having my work stolen and sold from under me, and some serious talks with friends and family, I realized there were things I was taking for granted too.
I grew up in a very spiritual family.
I got a lot that most witches in the west don’t get growing up. One of the most important things I got was validation that awareness of more than what was normally observable with the common sensory organs was not insanity. Another major thing was the freedom to gain whatever knowledge was available. I was never forbidden a book. I was encouraged to ask questions and seek truth.
The need to actually invest in things that I wanted to continue to have goes along with coming up with a very holistic, natural, balanced worldview. I am not sure that until I realized how much I was giving in an unbalanced way, contributed to an unnatural worldview on an internet where people are so used to being exploited that they don’t know how to react when they’re being nurtured.
I have been running multiple websites out of pocket for 18 years, and most of them do not pay for themselves. What keeps most of them going is what is left over from offerings and expenses from doing readings and workings. As yet I have only gained one and only one sponsor who contributes solely to help sustain the work of posting information, and they are only one person who does not have unlimited funds.
So I honestly sat down and asked myself why I am allowing myself to be exploited by a world that is not reciprocating.
Obviously only a few people want the information I am posting. So why not focus my efforts on those few people?
I’m not complaining. This life isn’t for everybody. Lots of people want to put on the hat to look cool or something, but very few want to put in the work. That is normal for any occupation that requires a lot of study. So I’m not disappointed or despairing really. I consider the past 18 years something like research. I have no regrets. The information I have posted will still be there. Maybe I’ll post some more from time to time.
I think I’ve given enough to the global lexicon for one lifetime. Now it’s time to give my energy and knowledge to those who actually want it. Those people I don’t mind going the extra mile for. The filter will be that they will have to pay either in currency or work. I have websites that need content that wouldn’t be difficult to gather.
HumanShared.com needs links, and ModernTraditional.com always needs cultural and history articles. So if someone is low on cash, they can pay in the internet equivalent of “sweat”. No problem.
So, things are changing. I am growing. The site is now a blog about witchcraft, still with plenty of information. WitchUniversity.net still has the courses. I’m not taking anything away. Just changing focus.
Blessings and Ashe!