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Dare I to introduce this account with the Homeric words Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero[ine] who travelled far and wide in the attempt to find the perfect opening? Perhaps...

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This week, I have been called once more to open my copy of Peter Grey's Apocalyptic Witchcraft. It is hand-in-glove reading with Gordon White's The Chaos Protocols. Where to begin? Well, as we're in for a shit-storm the next few years, let's start here (grab your broomsticks and hang on):
Welcome to the Apocalypse. This is the moment when we realise that the climate is broken. It’s all blood and roses from here on in. As witches we should prepare to fly on the wings of the storm. ~Peter Grey
In that spirit, as we fly, it is imperative that we organise at all levels, from the grassroots to the glass ceilings to be shattered. This post will remain open and featured. I will be linking groups efforts, those offering services, and those promoting community building in this era of division by hatred. Please leave any links that would help support this organisational effort in comments.

Actions~ Readings~
The #MarriageMilitia Project (and dedicated directory: The Marriage Militia Project) - a simple directory of clergy people who are willing to solemnize legal marriages for same-sex couples.

#Our100 - Strong women of colour leaders dedicated to liberty and justice for all.

Stand with Standing Rock - Protecting water, land, and the future. Stand strong for First Nations sovereignty.

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) - "We challenge ourselves and other White people to take risks as well, to stand up against a racist system, actions and structures everyday. We know that in that process, we will make mistakes. Our goal is to learn from those mistakes and keep showing up again and again for what is right and for racial justice."

American Civil Liberties Union - defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
These are the articles I've been reading and taking inspiration from:

*Dancing in the Ruins of Empire

*Thee Devil's Handshake: A Wytche's Grammer of Antifascism

*Resistance Matters

*Oh crap! What now? Survival Guide

*Become Invincible. Have Better Ideas. Never Give Up.

*Jailbreaking the Goddess with Lasara Firefox Allen

*Beneath the Rose

*InfoSec 101


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"What new beginnings await in the dark?"
That is a question I recently read (& loved so much that I wrote it in my planner), and which has stayed with me since Halloween.

Once upon a time, I was firmly in the camp of clear boundaries: for example, Samhain was the firm end of the old year (summer) and the start of the new year (winter). Now, I lean more toward this season marking the liminal threshold between the old and the new.

Similarly, I originally made (nearly) all my journal entries public. Now, I wish to enclose this space and reserve it for a smaller company of friends. My public posts will continue to be mirrored at Imps of Ink on Wordpress.

That said, I am open to making new friends here on Dreamwidth. Please introduce yourself in the comments below and let me know why you would like to be a part of my journalling friends.



Nov. 1st, 2016 05:53 pm
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Dare I to introduce this account with the Homeric words Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero[ine] who travelled far and wide in the attempt to find the perfect opening? Perhaps.

For I will, depending on the aetherial winds that do blow in with the light of day, wander in pursuit of delicate and fleeting thoughts born of night and shadows. With my face turned toward the sun, I dance in the night's path, calling unto Hekate and Helios to be the gentle patrons of these letters.

Which is what this account shall be. Letters written and set adrift on the arcane electric seas of the computer realm. Dear...

But to whom shall they be written? Myself, lovers, potential lovers, or just to the muses? For those curious eyes that wander the electric seas and find themselves touching briefly upon these shores? For all of the above? Yes, for all of those I would whisper to on the wind, in the sound of the sea, in the moonlight, from the sun dancing on wave top...

Talk to me.

About me~

Nov. 1st, 2016 02:07 pm
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Ashtoreth Eldritch is both my pen and magical name for public use in writing and arcane circles. I tried keeping an account for writing only, but that didn’t work out so well for me. I am a witch & I cannot keep the magical separate from my writing.

Here on these pages, I am exploring the landscape of my soul. The place names will be both similar and different from the place names found in other mythic texts, for we all tap into the deep wells of the mythic subconscious as we manifest them in our waking lives. The some-times narrator of these travelogues is ‘the Witch’. The Witch is the mythic aspect of myself that does not follow the rules of modern society and walks through the older landscapes of the Dreaming with the Ancestors and the Shining Ones.


Oct. 31st, 2016 06:09 pm
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Witchcraft is a poetic reality - born from the dragonflies that took shape in the sparks of the first blacksmiths hammer – as He forged Beauty in the cave of Wisdom."
- Frisvold & Ristic: The Nocturnal Gospel (tbp)
The power of the Witch lies in having every option open. Here, I will bring discipline, spiritual and mental clarity back to the forefront of my practises. Consider it, if you will, a public workbook and ritual for rewilding life.

Witchcraft is, for me, a carnal road: a road that is walked both in flesh and spirit, inseparable if it is to be complete. This red and white path of blood, bone, and breath weaves eternally through the realms of the quick and the dead. Where we walk, we walk in Power. So much of the witch's power has been given away in the misguided attempt to be culturally acceptable by the masses. Witchcraft is a living relationship between knowledge, pleasure, and power. It is a constant within our lives when we follow our path correctly.

Therefore, it is my desire to share some of my thoughts, impressions, and experiences encountered whilst pursuing and living a magical life with like-minded individuals. In these pages, I seek to reclaim the way of the witch. To live fully and freely as dictated by my conscience and will. To remake the world in my mythic image and dance with the Powers under the sky wildly and fiercely.

Some thoughts will necessarily be for my consumption only, or to be shared with closer friends, not for any reasons of pseudo-elitism, but from the necessity that some thoughts only are comprehended by those who speak the same language of the 'Otherness of the Eternal' which permeates the vision of those walking an ecstatic path.


Oct. 30th, 2016 06:11 pm
ashtoreth: (dark place)
Deep in the shadows, the imps of ink danced. They whirled and capered sending ideas to the sleeping Witch, giggling while black tendrils seeped into her skin and into her soul. They danced, they dissolved, following the flowing black ink into the Witch, melting into her Shadow. Here are accounts of the worlds at play beneath the common reality of ordinary life: worlds of non-Euclidean geometries, of ancient tomes and murmuring madmen, of ancient legends of undying evil, and of the mad gods at the centre of the universe.
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I have a few accounts out in the wild world of social media.

By far, my favourite is Plurk. I like the way the timeline scrolls and functions, as well as the 240 character limit for messages... and the capability to crosspost to Twitter.

Find me on Plurk here - Ashtoreth's Notes from the Underground

The information for the Twitter account~ Mrs. Wormwood
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Following hard on the heels of inertia and discontent with a dash of restlessness, I've pulled the plug on my very dusty and long neglected Fa(r)cebook page.

And then I redecorated my WordPress blog. It was a lazily productive Sunday for me.

Then in the way of the universe, I was wondering if that was a wise move -- I am ambivalent about FB at best -- and was pleased with a bit of synchronicity in the form of Gordon White's latest Rune Soup blog post.

Time to move on from the endless recycling of the same memes, lazy "likes" in lieu of conversation, and start talking to actual human beings more.

It's a radical idea, but then again, so is Witchcraft.

Meeting at the midnight hour

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