Something decidedly amusing happened yesterday. Mr. Jason Mankey posted a lovely piece on Raise The Horns questioning whether there can be Paganism without the occult and eruditely opining that Pagans who mock other Pagans who hold occult beliefs and practices are assholes. It’s a great article, and I hope everyone gets a chance to read it soon. But here’s what made this article funny to me.
I came home yesterday after work and immediately ensconced myself in our kitchen to make an enormous pot of ham-and-bean soup. As I was elbow deep in caramelizing onions and deglazing pans, I heard a righteous cry of anger from the living room from my housemate.
“Melissa! This guy on the Internet is totally stealing pictures from your blog! You gotta see this!”
Now, I don’t believe it’s a secret that I use a lot of images here that I didn’t create myself, and I know I’m a bit slapdash at making sure I link back to where I got it from, so I laughed and told K. as much. She was incredibly insistent that this was one of my original pictures, though, so I popped the onions on the back burner and went to peer at her laptop, where I saw this:
“Holy balls!” I cried, “That’s my pentacle! What the French toast?” I was so distracted by seeing my pentacle in a place I did not expect my pentacle to be, that it took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to realize that none of the other tools were mine. In my defense, I have a close cousin of that tablecloth, and I sometimes use a silver bowl about that size for salt, and I use a similar salt grain size for ritual. There is, however, no defending the fact that I actually checked out my toolbox to make sure my pentacle didn’t grow legs and walk off to California.
What really amused me, though, was the handful of e-mails I got today from total strangers saying, “Giiiiirl! Jason Mankey done stole your photo!” (That’s a direct quote from my favorite, by the way. Hi, A.!) I mean, I think there’s under 100 comments from people who are not me on this entire behemoth of a website. I can count the private messages I’ve received prior to this point on one hand. I can see that loads of people are reading, but the communication here at 366 has almost always been one way…so getting multiple messages in a day from more than one person was a very novel experience for me.
Pagans of the Internet: Your interest in Intellectual Property Rights is to be commended. You’ve darn well terrified me into making sure I always link back to anything I steal. But this pic be Jason’s. That’s one of his athames in the photo. You can see it in this post. I’m sure he’s probably posted a picture with his wand in it at some point in time or another, too. It’s not a stretch to assume he contacted Godfrey and Alwynd of Gaean Allusions in Chehalis and asked them to make a pentacle. I’ve shown mine off in lots of Gardnerian communities since I had it made, and I’ve always been forthcoming on who made it. I really appreciate the alerts, but there’s no need for alarm here.
I’m tickled knowing my pentacle has a twin somewhere out there. You have great taste, Jason. 🙂