19 comments on “Here We Go Again…

  1. I haven’t yet read the back story, but starting with untruths about your name puts the whole blog in question. I wonder why people feel the need to troll the blogosphere instead of getting on with their lives in a constructive way. It’s sad really that someone can carry grudges for so long and to this extent.

  2. What a load of old tosh this individual writes! So keen to spout a diatribe of rubbish that he/she hasn’t even bothered to check for spelling mistakes! Quite frankly, Ms Gary is lucky you even dignified it with a response.

  3. Sorry to see this has reared its ugly head again. I was reading your calm and informative post when I got rather flummoxed – did you say Gemma Gary is/was a man?! I can’t say I would have guessed it from his/her photos. A rather amusing faux pas by GG then on the whole issue of “names”!

  4. Yes that is true Candy. I don’t have any problem with anyone who wishes to change their gender identity, that’s not the issue here. However, yes it does seem a little ironic that she seems to have problems with other people’s names!

  5. It’s prevalent in the community these days, this ‘calling out’ of people. I think the problem is that people begin to believe their own hype or get caught up in believing they are the be all and end of all of a particular area of knowledge and apply some sort of guruship to themselves. They begin to think that they’re more well known or more popular than they really are and it allows them to think they can go after anyone. Did not know that Gemma used to be a man, learn something new everyday (not that it is an issue in the least).

    Your response was classy. It addressed the issue in a mature fashion without accusation, innuendo or defensiveness. It’s a shame others can’t follow that example.

  6. I am writing this at the time of the New Moon (30th Jan) which this year synchronises with the New Moon cycle of the Celtic Fire Festival of Brigantia (1st Feb) and the Great Lunar Year – an auspicious time for personal insights and prophetic vision, This brief moment in time marks three sacred and magical days when the Moon remains invisible until the slender lunar crescent appears in the night sky. Working with the natural rhythmic cycles of the Moon is an essential part of my life, as it is with pagans and the people who practise witchcraft.. But I am not a practitioner of this ancient craft – Druidry, the Qabalah and Celtic lunar astrology is my forte. This is a brief introduction of where I am coming from so to speak.

    I have known Cassandra for many moons and I know her to be a person of integrity and a remarkable self-effacing honesty. Over the last few years she has been the target along with her partner Tia of a vicious vendetta from people who were once her so-called friends. I am not just referring to the recent blogs on her website, which on the surface appears to be a matter of differing approaches and viewpoints regarding witchcraft. This has led to unnecessary and unpleasant insults from the other party and others working in the background – you know who you are.

    This type of personal attack is symptomatic of a person/people who are not working with the magical healing energies that can be channelled from the Great Mother Godess in her many aspects/dimensions of: earth, fire, water, air and aided by the Elemental Kingdom. This saddens me. While we all do things we later regret – this is really the time to move forwards with the New Dawn of Brigantia – less we stand still and degenerate into the lower plane of morality, thus debasing and corrupting the mind, body and spirit. On the other hand the Qabalists who believe in natural justice would remind you that ‘the Universal Law of Rebound’ is awesome to behold.

    Helena Paterson

  7. I like reading your little bloggins. A word of advice i’ll share only once because if it’s repeated too many times it’ll av’ an adverse affect…Here it is…. Don’t Feed The Trolls!!!
    It only encourages them to grow and reproduce. Best be quiet and step over em’ so’s not to have em’ poke their heads out from under the bridge. A Witch should know that.. ha ha! 😉 Take care me luver!

    • Thank you for your comments and advice Richard. Believe me when I say that mostly I do not respond to such reports – however, every now and then a stand needs to be taken especially when your very identity is put into question publicly. 🙂

  8. Couldn’t you just let sleeping dogs lie? It has been my experience that if you ignore the sophomoric comments of those seeking attention it will eventually die down and go away. Making another post only seems to escalate the issue. Of course conflict is part of the human experience but it seems like everyone spends too much dismantling each other rather than working for the common good. On a side note pointing out someone’s real name is kinda raffish don’t you think? Sure she did it too but two wrongs don’t make a right. I think you two just need to sit down together over a spot of tea and bury the hatchet (not literally, lol). Regardless, I think highly of you both and I adore the chants you provided in ‘Village Witch’.

    • Thank you for your feedback Lysander. Publishing nefarious, untrue accusations is not my idea of a ‘sleeping dog’ and I have responded only twice in the last 12 months which is hardly escalation.

      As for being called ‘raffish’…well I am a cunning woman and when needs be I will stand up for myself and others who I feel are being treated unfairly/unjustly. After all, one of my fictional mentors was Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby in Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies! 😉

      • Was this publication in print or just via her web-space? Because I think that makes a difference as anyone say make claims on the internet without having to back up their claims which is sad affair in of itself. Personally, I see any response as an escalation. Ignoring baseless comments is the best course of action don’t you think? I mean I think your track record should speak for itself. Just saying. Perhaps the raffish comment was a bit harsh, lol. I often choose verbiage that comes across as curt, lol. Regardless, I wish you both the best and I hope you publish again ❤ Do you plan on writing again?

  9. What difference does it make whether it is in web-space or ‘hard copy’? It still reaches many people whichever method is used.

    Should one respond to baseless comments? I can see for and against there, and I think I feel a blog posting coming on about that very subject! 😉

    I didn’t find the raffish comment harsh btw – it’s not the first time I have been called that and I’m sure it won’t be the last!

    I didn’t plan to write again but never say never….

    Finally as these responses are starting to ‘escalate’ and this is a blog rather than a forum, maybe it’s time to call a halt to this particular thread. Thank you for your input and I’m glad that you see both sides of the situation. 🙂

  10. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something regarding this.|

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