The new book Bridging the Gap; Working within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society is now out!! Released 10/10/10 with Immanion/Megalithic Press. You can purchase your book through through me directly, Amazon, Immanion website, Barnes and Nobles online or order in the store or even your local metaphysical store.
As we evolve it becomes increasingly clear that being an incredible ritualist is not all that is needed to be a competent leader or member of our pagan society. Unless they come to the Craft already equipped with these skills from professional training or other life experience, the leaders in our community have not possessed the skills to effectively model or train in these techniques. For all the intensive training we endure in the Craft, pagans as a society are still ill-equipped to competently cope with the growing needs of our own community. Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society will look at filling the common gaps in our community by using techniques as tools to assess, understand, and work with the changing dynamic of any group or coven. While maintaining a professional polish, the book uses humor, common scenarios, exercises, and resources to examine the commonalities between techniques used in the counseling profession; giving the reader concrete, professional solutions to coping with common problems. The book addresses: • Basics of common techniques used in counseling including anger management, assessment tools, boundaries, behavior shaping, restorative justice and many others • The common traps that occur within groups, which lead to devastating effects and dissolution • The creation of the group mind and how it is effected by the budding dynamics of a group • Creating boundaries to effectively mentor students • The importance of creating clear objectives and expectations as a group • The art of holding your group members accountable • When it is not your fight
About the Author
Crystal Blanton is a trained and experienced Registered Addictions Specialist in the field of drug and alcohol counseling, which enhances her understanding of spiritual balance and how behavior and perceptions affect our everyday lives. As a mother of four, grandmother of three and a married wife of fourteen years, Blanton has experienced the ups and downs of family life and grown spirituality as a result. Professionally she has specialized in addiction studies and has experience in counseling, addiction, mental illness, developmental disabilities and criminal justice. Blanton found herself having to deal with the same issues within her own family unit and has used the heartache from these experiences to enhance her understanding of spiritual balance and professional understanding.”Bridging the Gap; Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society” addresses ways that techniques can be used to support the growing dynamics within the Pagan community. Blanton is a High Priestess and ordained minister with Covenant of the Goddess and Dance of the Spirit Moon Tradition and is a student mentor. She has worked in the field of counseling for the last 14 years, 10 of those have been within the drug and alcohol treatment field. She currently works with adolescent treatment of drugs and alcohol. Blanton has been published in Circle Magazine, The Belefire Magazine, Timeless Spirit Online Magazine, Witchvox and Pagan Pages. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children. She is an avid reader, tarot reader, High Priestess, coven leader, mentor and enjoys having fun with the people in her life.
Released Augus 5th, 2011, Shades of Faith is now available through Immanion Press, Amazon or my website. It is not yet released in ebook, stay tuned for announcements on that.
Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism is an anthology that encompasses the voices and experiences of minorities within the Pagan community and addresses some of the challenges, stereotyping, frustrations, talents, history and beauties of being different within the racial constructs of typical Pagan or Wiccan groups. Often the associations of the roots of Paganism have pushed assumptions that worshippers of Paganism are strictly Caucasian. The mainstreaming of Wicca has elevated images of worship and deity that connect with Celtic, Greek or Roman cultures. There are a lot of minority races that are practicing Pagans and are often having a myriad of experiences that are fashioned by the reality of walking between the worlds of their birth ancestry or culture and that of their spiritual culture. This anthology is an opportunity to share their stories and experiences with others around being the minorities within a minority spiritual community. Some of the practitioners in this anthology practice paths that include (but are not limited to) Wicca, Voodoo, Umbanda, Shaman, Native and other Pagan paths. Join us in celebrating the incredible diversity and beauty that encompass the harmony that has created the song of the Pagan community. The previously unheard voices of our community are now sharing the power of experience through the written word and through their voices.