Why call it PS Times?
First, let me explain what is “Pagan Standard Time” or better known as PST. PST is a common utterance in the pagan community for people who are challenged when it comes to schedules, rituals, classes or anywhere at the scheduled start time. This also goes for the time of departure as it often takes as long to say good-bye as it does to say hello, it happens when it happens.
In certain circles, especially among my group of pagan friends, we joke about PST and those who keep to its rhythm. All joking aside, I don’t truly believe it is a good or a respectable practice to be late for deadlines or scheduled rituals. One who is constantly on the PST schedule will often find themselves locked out of rituals or simply never invited again. As a coordinator of pagan events and rituals, …
…I find it very disrespectful when people show up late when something is time sensitive.
…I understand the delicate balance of trying to keep a schedule but at the same time won’t turn anyone away who was doing their best to arrive on time and in communication about it. But overall, for those who make it a habit of being late, it is viewed as disrespectful.
Now let me also contradict myself…I also believe that for certain situations, it is perfectly ok to be more flexible with time, to go with the flow and not resist. With this in mind, I did try to give my community a chance when time is concerned. For the events I schedule, I actually give a time of one hour before ritual actually starts. I also do not hide this fact; I specifically say that the time for ritual is an hour later then on the invites. This helps those PST people to actually be on time and sometimes even early. There are times when I feel that “time” should not always be so strict and rigid always. PST should have its place and, well, time. ;) Besides, it takes about that long for folks to wonder in and say hello!
I have often talked about writing more for my spiritual group Eclectic Traditions (ET) and eventually have a magazine, or printed newsletter, for the community. In the past, I had often joked about calling said magazine “PSTimes” because “you never know when we will come out with an issue.” It was funny at the time, and everyone seemed to like the idea when it was mentioned.
Eventually, ET started to form a small board in the hopes we will eventually become a non-profit group with 501(c)3 Status, and we all agreed that in ET’s future there would be a magazine or newsletter. However, we decided to start small, to get the feel of things, with the ET blog. The ET blog has not had articles for a while and would probably start off slow. I mentioned giving the blog a new name and threw out “PSTimes”. We all agreed it was a perfect name and we officially re-launched the blog with it’s new name. We still laughed because, “you still never know when a blog article will be posted.”
by Chol Romero