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Moonled and Overfed

In the mad rush of preparation, cleaning, and cooking for Thanksgiving I've made sure to make time for Craft work to keep myself sane and focused. I may have also worked a "No Bullshit Allowed" spell to keep family drama to a minimum, but that's another story for another time.

I'm observing all three nights of the Full Moon, spending formal and informal time honoring the Queen of Witches. My altar is red - red with wine and fire and reddened bones. Last night I rubbed myself down with Full of the Moon oil  and spent some time Moonbathing after my formal working. I experienced a sensation that felt like I was lifting out of myself and gliding along a cord that ran through me and connected me to the moon. My initial thought was "This is cool!" followed by "Holy fuck, I'm going to fall!" which meant the end of that little experience.

I slipped into bed, the sweet smell of the oil and incense carrying me off into sleep. This was what I dreamt:

Streghe a Convegno - Piero Umiliani

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You'll recognize this as the music that underscored Eleanor Bone's ritual sequence from the occultsploitation film Witchcraft '70.



I'll take this over a bunch of uninspired singing of "We call come from the Goddess" anyday. Thanks to my friend Alder for this awesome find. 

Cluttered Craft

My very dear friend Kelden and I were bitching on Skype about haul videos on YouTube and generally having a good ole' time while we did our own Pagan Show And Tell of the fun witch stuff we own.

We both have libraries that are only going to get bigger. We both have tools, herbs, candles, potions - all the typical Witch shit. I seem to be the only statue hoarder between the two of us, but I'm going to convert him.

In other words, we've really no business judging other Witches for doing a bit of unnecessary shopping, when we ourselves are devoted patrons of Pagan Central Supply.

I love to buy things and be surrounded by things. I'm neither a minimalist nor an actual hoarder. Magic stuff is just so fucking cool and I love all of the sensual elements of Witchcraft. Our gods have been the subject of beautiful artwork for thousands of years. Hell, the images and statuary we use to venerate them are often replicas of these very famous pieces of artwork.

So we discuss all this…

To the costumes I have loved before

I've been thinking about Halloween costumes, natch, given the season. I don't have any plans for the secular holiday beyond making treats and watching movies, so there won't be a need for a costume this year. This makes me fairly sad, since I love dressing up, so I started thinking about my favorite costumes from the past. The most recent ones are listed first.


Prince Bathory

A boysih take on the famous Countess, also somewhat inspired by the title character in movie "May." Flawlessly groomed, well dressed, and smeared in blood. It took forever to get the red stain off of my skin.

Skeleton Cowboy

Painted skull face, western hat and outfit, long duster cape. A bitch to wash off.

Dionysus

I think this was the only "cheerful" Halloween costume I've ever worn.

Elvira

Yeah, yeah, whatever. Did you know the official Elvira costume comes in Plus Size? It does! I looked amazing, and there may be pictures floating out there somewhere. I was at the Dallas block …

The Kings War On Witches

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Witchcraft in Wales 1964 - featuring Eleanor Bone

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Passable Eros

Let us for a second pretend that I signed up for a well known, online dating service. We are pretending, even though we both know I did this for real. For the sake of pretend, let's call this dating service "Passable Eros."

"Passable Eros" is probably the least offensive such website I've ever used, although some gay men still treat it like it's Grindr or Growlr or Scruff or NoFatsNoFems.com or whatever else my people are using these days.

I filled out my interests. I added my details. I uploaded a nice picture of me, smiling, with no filters or makeup on. I try to be interesting and cute while not giving anyone any false impressions or speeding up their inevitable disappointment.

I don't make a big to do about my religion in my day to day life, but online I find it helps to just put it out there. If they have an issue with it, let them fuck off now instead of later. Unfortunately, "Passable Eros" seems to think there are only nine religio…

I should never go to work un-caffeinated

Awesome co-worker: "Well, good evening, Sunshine!"

Me: "Hey girl!"

Dumbass coworker with an attitude: "It's too late in the evening to call him Sunshine."

Me: "Oh, I burn at all hours. This fire was forged in Hell a long time ago."

Dumbass coworker:  *scuttles away to sit in her corner*


I like your hat, Clarence. Pick up the pace! *

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I work in the same general area as my alma mater, and my commute has me taking the same route I took to get to class. I frequently take the shortcut that drives through the wooded area the campus is set inside of.

Now that school is back in session, my morning drive has me dealing with lots of college freshmen driving like complete assholes. You can even spot the theatre majors, they are still dressing the same, and have that general look about them. Theatre people know each other.
Now that I'm older and have more insurance, I can't help but be a little jealous of their happy little faces. I'd love to go to class, write a theatre brief, go to ballet class, or audition for something.  
There's a big reunion planned for all of the alumni to celebrate fifty years of the program. I want to go. I want to go fairly badly, and the thought of seeing a few old friends makes me very happy.  But I'd be lying if I said I'd rather not see a good number of people who are li…

77 Witchy Community Tag Part Four

60. Do you believe in fantasy creatures (unicorns, gnomes, elves, fairies, etc)?

The "fantasy" element of this question might tip you off to my opinion on this matter. I do think there are spirits/beings of place and spirits tied to certain elemental forces. 

61. Do you believe in ghosts/spirits?

Yes. 

62. Would you ever teach the craft?

If I were involved in a tradition that had something to pass down or teach, and I was the proper person to pass down/teach that information, yes. 

63. What if any legal herb do you use for moods?

I use legal herbs to shift moods in the form of incense/oils all the time. Lavender, orange, sandalwood and musk get a lot of use around here. 

64. What is the most recent spell/ritual you have done? (slight detail please)

The most recent ritual I did was for Lammas. 

65. Do you have a happy place you go to during meditation?

No

66. What is your favorite witchy book?

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

67. Do you have a ritual to get ready before a ritual or spell…

77 Witchy Community Tag Part Three

41. How do you handle rejection from a fellow witch that refuses to do a reading or spell for you?

I've never had this happen. 

42. Do you think it is necessary to cast a circle when you do spell work or any magical working?

I don't think it is always necessary for everything, bur casting circle is foundational to my practice of witchcraft. 

43. If Steven Spielberg called and wanted to make a movie of your life, who would you want to play as you?

I need a better director, please and thank you.

44. What is some advice that was given to you that you pass along because it made an impact on your path?

I don't have an answer for this. 

45. What is some advice you would give someone who has not found there deity?

It is a fallacy that everyone in Paganism is going to have a matron/patron deity. You might or might not be called to worship a particular pantheon of deities as a whole. You might be a Wiccan with devotional relationships with deities who are outside of Wicca. You might not. 

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77 Witchy Community Tag Part Two

17. What are you feelings on raising kids in the craft?

I'm not a parent, I have no plans to ever be one, and my opinion on this is ultimately irrelevant. 

18. If you were a goddess or god, who would you be?

Being the Devil would be pretty cool 

19. Do you use astrology in your practice? In what ways?

Yes, in the sense that astrology permeates so much of the Western magical tradition. I will use planetary days/hours for a spell if I have the time on my hands to plan a working. I use astrological symbols and correspondences in workings. I use it in tarot, obviously. I have a slight interest in astrological charts but I only have a very slight understanding of astrology as a system unto itself. 

20. What if any ways could you practice dark magic and still respect the beliefs of Wicca?

What beliefs? Which version of Wicca? Are we talking about baneful workings? My understanding and practice of Wicca does not forbid "dark workings" or baneful magic. 

21. Do you have any witches in y…

77 Question Witchy Community Tag Part One

This is making the rounds on Youtube, but since I don't Youtube, we'll use this as a writing prompt. I tag everyone who reads this to go and do it yourself. 


1. Do you use runes as a written language?

I use the Theban script for specific things. I've played around with Ogham and the Norse runes for writing spells and making bindrunes, but I stick with plain English. 

2. Do you feel you have natural gifts such as (premonitions, hearing spirits) and if so do you think this is what led you to this path?

I've always had very strong impressions about people and situations and most of the suffering I've experienced in life has come from ignoring those strong feelings. I've had dreams or "visions" that have come to pass. I've had a few occasions where I've dreamt of dead people I did not know in person who have shared things with me that have turned out to be true. I don't think any of this lead me to my path. 

3. What deity do you work with if any an…

Lammas

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Wha?

I sometimes break my own rule about reading certain online hubs of Pagan writing, and then I find horseshit stuff like this:

"I am a Wiccan. I mean, I don't have a Wiccan altar and I don't use any sort of Wiccan ritual format. I don't celebrate Wiccan holidays. I don't worship the Wiccan gods. I am fundamentally in disagreement with Wicca. However, I still call myself a Wiccan because this is MY Wicca."

Alrighty then.

I'm not sure why you would bother, but you do you.





I might need to switch to decaf

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My coworkers and I share a communal kitchen. There aren't enough lockers for everyone to have one, so I make use of a shared cabinet to store my coffee supplies. I don't mind if people use this stuff - sweet Caffeina knows that I understand someone needing a caffeine fix - but I seem to be the only person willing to buy things for everyone to use.

It's infuriating as hell to be in dire need of coffee only to find your coffee canister has been emptied and put back in the cabinet or that your box of sugar is empty but still in the motherfucking cabinet.

After carefully labeling all of my new boxes I rattled off a little rhyme, just like a fucking Charmed One, to counter further theft.


Just a bit of lighthearted fun, really. If any of my coworkers turn up bald, I'm going to start rhyming about the lottery next. 

Nekkid In Your Rites

"Naked is when you ain't got no clothes on. Nekkid is when you ain't got no clothes on and you're up to something." - Lewis Grizzard, from the episode Oh, Brotherof Designing Women



Live Nude (Fat) Witch!

I'm fat.

I have always been fat.

I have had someone comment on my body, appearance, weight, face, and voice at least once daily for thirty years.

Sometimes it was complimentary-ish:

"Oh, look at those cheeks, I just want to pinch them!"
"Oh what a handsome face you have!"
"When you get older and start playing football, you'll lose the baby fat and be a real lady killer."
"You're just a big old teddy bear!"

Most of the time, not so much. School was a nightmare, as it was for most of us, but I heard the worst of it at home.

I was being given Slim Fast at 3. Name a diet pill, I've been on it. Think of all the weight-loss gimmicks you've seen on an infomercial. Did all that too. The line was drawn at weight loss surgery, which oddly enough, would probably have been the most effective choice.

There is a certain acceptance of fat men's bodies so long as they are hyper masculine in every other way. Play football, do sports, get …

Pan

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Noumenia

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You're welcome

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In case you have ever found yourself wondering "Why is there no Wiccan rap?" well....here ya go.


I was going to blog about it, but...

You should just go read what Thorn wrote here.


It's been so long

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Believe it or not, it's been a few years since I've done any baking. I can't tell you how nice it is to feel a bit like my old self again.


Et tu, Fluffy?

"Fluffy bunny" is really just a mean thing we call people who haven't had their hearts broken by Paganism yet.

A Spell Of Witchcraft

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The True Face Of Evil

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Decaf tea.

Fictional Works That Changed My Religious Beliefs

In the order that I read them:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Brothers Grimm

My mother once told me that if she'd known what would come of it, my first bedtime story wouldn't have had a witch in it. This was my first exposure to literary witches - and when I knew what a witch was - I called myself one from that day forward. Thus was born my obsession with Evil Queens, glamour, red lipstick, mirrors, vanity and baking apple pies for people.

MacBeth - Shakespeare

 Witch Number One was always my favorite.

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 

I am forever thankful to my second grade teacher for reading this to us - a few chapters at a time at the end of the day - and for showing us the Hallmark movie adaptation of the novel. When the '93 film starring Maggie Smith came out, I was obsessed, and still am. I have re-read the novel every spring for the last twenty-three years.

Wise Child - Monica Furlong

A YA novel about a young girl sent to live with a witch. I read this …

The Witch Is Back!

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Second Bacchus: Witchcraft. Recovery. Property Management. Like You Do.
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…

Witch Show And Tell

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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. …

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