Thursday, April 3, 2014

Liebster Blog Award


I got nominated for a Liebster blog award by Ecstatick Magick. Yay because I love winning things even when I seriously suck at blogging, which I do.

These are the questions I'm supposed to answer, and since it gives me writing prompt, I'm game.

1. Why did you start blogging?

I think I mentioned this before, but I started blogging because Evn at Lover of Strife was doing movie trivia on his own blog. One of the questions was about George Romero's film Season of the Witch - one of my most favorite movies - and I had to participate. I'd been reading his blog for some time, and signed up for blogger so I could comment and start prattling on myself.

2. What moment most impacted your life?

I would say the last three years have had the most impact on my life - conveniently coinciding with my Saturn Return. From moving across state to a major city, adapting from a rural town to Houston's urban chaos, becoming an active seeker, the death of what I thought was a solid friendship, moving again, and then starting the job I currently have - Scorpio's love a transformative experience!

3. What person, living or dead, would you most like to have a conversation with?

Eleanor Bone, who I think might be my most favorite witch. Patricia Crowther, Doreen Valiente and even Lois Bourne have written books. Doreen is widely considered the "Mother of Modern Wicca" and Patricia continues to write and teach. We know so little of Eleanor's own thoughts about the Craft and stories from her life - though thankfully some archival film footage of her and her coven survives.

4. What one thing would you instantly change about your life if you could?

Like most people, I wish I had more time to read and to devote my own personal interests.

5. If you could travel anywhere for a day, where would it be?

I really hate to travel - but New Orleans and Salem are on the list.

6. What was your favorite possession at 12 years old?

My statue of Hekate.

7. What attraction or landmark would you magically transport to your hometown?

One of Laurie Cabot's wigs. *snerk*

8. What fairy tale character would you choose to be?

The Queen from Snow White, obvs.

9. Who inspires you and how are you a bit like them?

The list could go on forever, and I don't know that I'm *like* anyone but myself.

10. What about you has most drastically changed from your 16 year old self?

I am comfortable in my own skin and so much more attractive. *snerk again*

11. If you were an Olympic athlete, what would be your sport?

Cookie baking.


I nominate:


Gardnerians at Gardnerians 



Granthrax at Witching Stepford


For those who accept, here are my questions:

1. What is your most favorite magical mistake?
2. What resource (book,etc) do you actively discourage people from reading?
3. A God you'd most like to shag? (We love blasphemy here at Adventures in Witchery)
4. Favorite movie witch?
5. Favorite actual witch?
6. What first drew you to witchcraft?
7. If you could go back in time to your newbie self, what mistakes would you correct?
8. Favorite tarot deck?
9. What drew you to your particular tradition?
10. What magical or religious system outside of your own interests you?
11. Biggest pet peeve about online paganism?



I know, I know, super deep and spiritual questions but...this is supposed to be fun, right?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Gaia


Stinking Pretty For The Devil

"It smells like spicy oranges and a Christmas mass that's gone all Rosemary's Baby."

- how I just described one of my  incense blends

Monday, February 3, 2014

Books! More books!

I'm a huge fan of Rosemary Edghill's Bast novels, published in one volume titled "Bell, Book and Murder." Bast is a  Gardnerian HPS, a graphic artist by day and the Sam Spade of the Wica by night, who finds herself solving one murder mystery after another. 

The author has recently released all of her Bast short stories in one volume, Failure of Moonlight: The Collected Bast Shorter Works. I've collected the novels these short stories were previously published in, finding only the Bast stories to be of any interest to me. Having them in one collection makes me very happy.

Edghill has also release her novel  Met By Moonlight. A story of a modern day Witch and occult bookstore owner named Diana who, via a mysterious stranger and an antique grammerie,  finds herself swept away to the New Forest area of England circa 1647. You can read some excerpts here

I highly recommend them. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Singed

These witches of today have it lucky.

When I was first starting, the books told you where you could (sort of) find incense charcoal, but not how to use them. You had to burn your fingers a few times and singe the cat before you finally figured it out.

Now?

Hundreds of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to light them and use them safely.

Bastards.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dr. E Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Hyperion. 


From the website:


The world lost a beloved Elder and teacher yesterday; Eddy Gutierrez, an incredibly well known and respected Santero, Conjure man, and educator, passed into his next journey in a massive cardiac event. While we know that Eddy himself is not suffering, he leaves behind his beloved mother, sister, and partner. 

Eddy did so much for so many communities; Lukumi, hoodoo/conjure, the Minoan Brotherhood, the Unnamed Path, and served as a pillar of knowledge and strength.

It now falls to our communities to aid Eddy's family in their time of need; final costs and rituals are an expense nobody is ever truly prepared for, and Eddy's family needs our support. Please give what you can; all proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to Eddy's mom and partner to help them in this time.

Please consider making a donation.