Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Witch Is Back!

Just when I complained that he wasn't writing anymore, he had to go and prove me wrong. Hie you hence, and say hello!

In other news: Spring finally arrived in Texas, after a real bastard of a winter. This year the equinox lined up with the new moon in Pisces and a solar eclipse. I'd like to tell you I lit a bonfire in the backyard and fed all of my concerns and issues from the past into the flame as the sun disappeared from view. I'd like to tell you I took a long cleansing bath and did the Water Spell For Emotional Hurts (from Lid Off The Cauldron by Patricia Crowther, seriously buy this book if you don't have it) to let the Moon take all of my feels into the great darkness. I'd like to tell you that as the moon waxed and the sun rose in Aries, I lit a candle to give power to all of my goals for the growing time of the year. 

I didn't do those things, but they sound like great ideas, right? Some of those things, the ones not tied to an astronomical event, might still happen. 

What did I do? I did all of my cleaning - the house, the car, internally - throughout the winter months so that come warmer weather, I would be ready to go. I got rid of a lot of stuff. I paid off all of my debt and banked enough overtime in the last few  months to equal my regular paychecks. I did all sorts of grown-up, mundane things to get my life in order and then I did a lot of cleansing, burned a lot of incense, and talked to the Gods a lot.

 I'm terrible at blogging these days. but you can find me on all sorts of other social media thingies where I'm a bit more active, should you be so interested.

I'm on Twitter, and I tweet almost daily. Veles @ Twitter

I'm on Tubmlr, which I hate for so many reasons.  Veles @ Tumblr

And since joining the 21st century and getting an iPhone, I'm also on Instagram.  Veles @ Instagram

I'm on Facebook too, but I'm not posting my legal name here.  :)

I want to get back to blogging this year, even if I have to write about my daily life just to have a subject matter.

I hope all of you out there are well and enjoying the turning of the seasons.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Witch Show And Tell

Witches love stuff. I love stuff. "Witch" probably means "hoarder" in some language...somewhere. As penance for my lack of serious blogging, I'm going to show you some pretties. 

This is just a regular old knife from the kitchen with a nice blonde handle. Not great for carving candles, let me tell you. But it's lovely for cutting things like bread or virgins fruit. It feels nice in the hand and has the added benefit of having been used for years by both my mom and grandmother in the kitchen. 

Witches Ladder my friend Granthrax made for my birthday some years ago. Those little skull beads are just cute as hell.

A crystal ball bought for me as a gift by an aunt who disapproved of my occult interests. This is the same aunt who bought my first tarot deck. The aunt who gave me a copy of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs. The same aunt who took me to see The Craft five times at the theatre. The aunt who introduced me to sixties rock, incense burning and meditation. Yeah. People are strange. (See what I did there?)

Hekate Brimo statue by the amazing Jeff Cullen. I have no words. She is beautiful and terrifying and I adore her.

Prayer card for St. Blaise who is the Christianized version of my namesake, the horned god Veles. This was a present from Evn at Lover of Strife the first time I met him. He doesn't blog anymore, which makes me sad.

So if you are reading this and have Witch Stuff you are cool with showing, I challenge you to do so. It'll be fun and we can all oooh and aaah over our Collective Hoard of Woo.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tell Me About It

"If the Craft has any failings at all as a religion, it's that it doesn't really do a very good job of taking people through the absolute gut-crunching worst that Life can do. The Lady's mercy was a consolation to me, but I'd be damned hesitant about offering the joys of the Summerland to a mother whose child had just been killed by a drunk driver. People tend to forget that the Craft is the newest religion, as well as the oldest. Maybe it's just that the human race has gotten arrogant enough that the phrase "It's God's will, it's for the best," isn't good enough anymore. Maybe it's never been good enough and we're just admitting it now. Or maybe the Lady shows Her true face now, as ever, only to those who can manage their lives without a convenient god to blame. I don't know. Ask me in fifty years when the Craft starts building churches."

- Rosemary Edghill
Speak Daggers To Her

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Witchcraft Drinking Game

Every time a "traditional witchcraft" book starts out with "This is totes not Wicca omglol"

*take a shot*

Every time someone claims to practice some pre-Gardnerian form of Witchcraft but they can't cite any sources/people that predate Gardner

*take a shot*

For every mention of Isobel Gowdie, familiar spirits, toad bone rites, flying ointments or anything Cornish

*take a shot*

For every tradition of "traditional non-Wiccan witchcraft" that has God/Goddess/polytheism, eight seasonal holidays that are called sabbats, circles, full moon esbats, quarter calls, four elements, magic, and the same working tools mentioned in every Wicca book ever but oooh we have a stang omg totes traditional

*drink a gallon of the liquor of your choice*

At that point, you'll be able to successfully deal with other Witches or be too drunk to care or continue living.

Isn't Witchcraft fun?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pick Up Every Stitch

My love for George Romero's 1972 film "Season of the Witch" aka "Jack's Wife" aka "Hungry Wives" is well established. A trivia question about that movie is responsible for me starting a blog so, you know who to blame. I have lots of other weird synchronicities with that movie.

My most favorite scene is the one where Joan, having decided to become a Witch, goes shopping for Witch supplies. You can watch a Spanish dubbed version here.

I've been lusting after that cauldron for decades! Fucking decades, I'm telling ya!

So imagine my surprise when I found this for sale online. 

I had to have it. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Libations For The Workaholic Witch

I've changed shifts at my job - joining that vampiric crowd that haunts the graveyard shift. It's not as glam as it sounds, trust me, but it suits my needs for now. I enjoy getting to greet the moon as I'm leaving the house. To watch her shining through the windows of the car as I drive to work. I enjoy getting to watch the sun rise as I make my way home each morning.

This arrangement makes doing ritual late into the night difficult except for my days off. But I've taken to performing a nightly and morning libation to moon and sun - offering coffee to the Old Ones. Naturally, the morning libation happens once I'm home again. My co-workers already think I'm strange enough.

To She
and Him
and Them
and Us
I offer
I pour
With Love
and In Between
By Fig (salute)
By Horn (salute)
With Kiss (kiss hand twice, salute) 

The nudity is entirely optional, but recommended.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Witchcrafty Shiz

I’ve missed having a working altar so much. When my back went out in April, it simply wasn’t possible. I had things set up on shelves and a dresser which could accommodate the chair I had to sit on. It’s coming up on five months since my back surgery and I’m finally able to sit comfortably at my old altar.
I’m looking to get a piece of furniture that isn't that low, something with storage would be nice. But in the meantime…
I made the copper pentacle a few years ago from a copper plate found at an antique store. My ritual practice at the time (and largely still so, in a lot of ways) was based on the model the Farrar’s presented in A Witch’s Bible. I’ve always liked those set of symbols, so I used them. Copper is a fucking nightmare to keep looking nice, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are a tidy freak like myself.
The brass censer is the one thing I have had the longest. The water bowl came from my parents kitchen, the salt dish was found at TJ Maxx - it has leaves engraved on the copper stripe around the center. The cup was a gift from a Witch friend in Houston. The owl figurine next to Himself was a little thing my Nana had - you can put a tealight in the back. I don’t remember how I ended up with the hagstone next to Herself. 
The statues are by Dryad Designs and I love them.

Blessed Be!