Would be interested to hear why you don’t care for the NNV, if you feel like sharing.
Got some aquamarine, more apatite, half a thunder egg I’ve been eyeing and some green calcite for myself. Picked up some citrine to send to a friend. We happened upon a little booth with a bunch of herbs so I picked up some lavender, feverfew and blessed thistle. I have a bit of magic to work tonight so I can send off my care package tomorrow.
Kurt Vonnegut (via timlebsack)
yes yes yes
- The Rosicrucians were a thing.
- Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, and The Order of the Golden Dawn are all things. A lot, if not all of them, consider themselves Christian. (Also, check out how the Golden Dawn was instrumental in the formation of Thelema and Gardner’s Wicca and thus, further down the line, the formation of Neo-Wicca. Whoops.)
- John Dee’s Enochian system is also a thing.
- Braucherei is a thing.
- Hoodoo is a thing, and yes, it is Christian folk magic. I’ve seen a lot of borrowing from hoodoo floating around in Paganism where hoodoo oils, powders, spells, etc. are essentially copied and people just change the names and omit the psalm or prayer recitations.
- The Scandinavian svarte boken, Cyprianus texts, and other forms of Christian folk magic and folk medicine are all things and yes, surviving historical texts do exist.
- There are certainly more examples than this that I am forgetting or haven’t found yet.
Christowitches have existed for a long, long, long time. They will continue to exist. Your discomfort with their existence doesn’t change that, and they don’t need your approval or permission to exist.
Edit: Yes, I’m aware that some of the thing mentioned above are systems where some or all of the members did not consider themselves “witches”. I do know individuals involved in some of the above who consider themselves witches regardless.
Esotericism, magic or occult system, and witchcraft are not all the same thing but are often addressed as if they are in informal discussions.
Since I’ve seen it mentioned every now and again on the tags, this is your casual reminder that, actually, there are Heathens who use blood offerings. There are Heathens who do, in fact, do animal sacrifice using killing methods that are as humane and painless as possible, and who utilize blood instead of mead in the hlaut bowl and while doing aspersions.
Don’t erase them by claiming “no REAL Heathens do that”.
Additionally, if you’re going to be attending an event with a group, you should discuss with the leaders beforehand about what is going to happen. No animal sacrifice doesn’t mean there won’t be blood, as some kindreds obtain blood from a local butcher shop to use in offerings, and if you choose to attend you may want to dress in clothes where you don’t mind if you get stained. Some kindreds do not have alcohol at events in respect for kindred members who are former alcoholics, so bringing a bottle of mead as a hospitality gift may not be welcome.
Headstone comprised of different rocks and minerals at the Pringle Cemetery, Custer County, South Dakota. There are several headstones in the cemetery similar to this one, they reflect those who mined for a living. There is also numerous gravesites that incorporated rose quartz; South Dakota’s state mineral which is prominent in Custer county.
— June 23, 2013
Be sure to look out for the Moon these next few months as it approaches Perigee, because the full moons during these times will appear exceptionally large. The Moon will be at its Perigee, or closest approach, in June 23 and it will reach full moon only a few minutes after it passes this point in its orbit.
These ‘super moons’ not only appear larger because they are physically closer but, combined with a full moon, the mind can play tricks on you to think they are much larger. This phenomena is called the Moon Illusion. Try to catch these full moons as they rise/set because the illusion works when there is an object in the foreground, like a tree, building or mountains.
The largest full moon this year is coming up!
And to clear some things up. Yes, the top image is exaggerated and the moon won’t be a menacing object in the sky on the 23rd. No, it’s not going to come out of nowhere and dominate the sky and create destructive tides, though the tides will be affected but it’s nothing to worry about. The moon will appear large as it approaches full moon and even next months full moon will still appear large, however it will be a few percents smaller. The best time to see it will be between the afternoon of the 22nd and before sunrise on the 23rd (it reaches full moon on the morning of the 23rd technically).
I try not to make posts about myself, because I’m not the point of this blog, but I thought I should add something on to the “why don’t people like Lokeans?” post from yesterday.
Lokeans often feel bad if they match “particular stereotypes”, either because of non-Lokean mockery and bullying or because they begin to feel like, by visibly matching stereotypes, they’re somehow shameful and letting other Lokeans down and encouraging the assholish behavior from the non-Lokeans.
I am a bundle of Lokean stereotypes. Trans, pansexual, geeky, kinky, gothy, into fandom and gaming. I cosplay. I have both participated in and run LARP games and tabletop RPGs. I still enjoy watching anime and I ran a gaming club, an anime club, and an SCA group back when I was in college. I enjoy mystical occulty woo stuff. I have set numerous things on fire and/or blown them up because that’s par for the course when you’re taking classes in particular branches of Physics. I struggle with several mental illnesses, the effects of which aren’t always obvious when I communicate via text but become far more obvious if someone meets me face-to-face. Some of it manifests as social anxiety, and so I can have a difficult time talking to people. I write fanfiction. I’ve read Thorki and Frostiron fic. I’ve got a Joker figure and a Batman figure on my altar. I listen to a variety of music, but that variety does include Goth, Industrial, and EBM.
Don’t worry about the stereotypes. You’ll be fine.
I linked this awhile back, but here’s one modernized version of the Havamal.
Give it a try, it’s hilarious.
Also good: all of Star Wars rewritten as an Icelandic Saga.
Would be interested to hear why you don’t care for the NNV, if you feel like sharing.Warnings for a lot of grossness that is discussed under the Read More, or linked to.