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2018-02-21 06:36 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Among the roses & the thorns~

PAEAN~ I glorify myself
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.
"It's all blood & roses from here on in." ~Peter Grey 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.
Reaping the harvest of the apocalypse~ The year wheel turns. The phoenix sheds its skin. The serpent rises from the ash.
Witchcraft is a poetic reality - born from the dragonflies that took shape in the sparks of the first blacksmith's 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.
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.

I am in the process of rebuilding [community profile] imps_of_ink here at DreamWidth to house my fiction writing (wordpress is just a bit too sterile for my liking). It's a bit dusty (for now) but it is in progress and will be completed this summer.

Do not mistake me for my mask. You see light dappling on the water and forget the deep, cold dark beneath. ~ Patrick Rothfuss

As spring begins stirring, so too does my desire to express myself a bit more. Sadly, I find that my voice does not harmonise too greatly with the current American expression of 'culture'. I find I have little desire to gather a plethora of likes on either Facebook or Twitter, nor collect followers that I do not interact with. I would rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.

To this end, I am content to be a sorceress living and working within my own borders and defined realm. Those of like mind are always welcome here. Please comment on this post and I will be glad to grant you access to this blog.

do not assume that I am a child because I wear flower wreaths in my hair. in the winter time, their petals shrivel to reveal the obsidian bones of a crown underneath. ~ Persephone is not a nymph // k.k.

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2018-12-31 02:31 pm

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2018-11-16 08:19 pm
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The Friday Five - Bring in the holidays

1. Have you seen any holiday commercials yet? No. I also don't watch much commercial television, so that has a lot to do with it, no doubt.

2. Will you or have you ever participated in Black Friday? Hell no!

3. Do you love or despise holiday leftovers? Love them the first 2 days. After that, they go to the dog. Except stuffed ham. Mmmmmm, any day for that.

4. Have you seen any (non-commercial, i.e. store) holiday lights yet? No, thankfully. There are 12 days of Christmas and none of them are in November.

5. Have you been good to Santa’s way of thinking?
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2018-10-26 07:09 pm
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The Friday Five - Halloween edition

1. With Halloween coming this next week, do you have any seasonal activities you're planning on doing for the holiday?

Well, as my kids are all grown and there are no grands yet, I'll probably just carve a Jack o'Lantern and then bake my daughter's birthday cake.

2. What is your favorite Halloween or dress up party costume you've had?

...Er. It's hard to narrow them down. For sheer fun, though, Tom Baker's Doctor (4th Doctor Who).

3. Which do you like better, apple cider or pumpkin spice flavoring?

Apple cider.

4. What is your favorite scary movie and why? The Exorcist. That is the one movie that will still give me the shivers and make me sleep with the lights on for 2 weeks after watching it.

5. What traditionally "scary" monster or fear do you think is the most overrated and why?

Zombies. They've been done to death (pun partially intended).
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2018-10-21 10:39 am
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The Friday Five - October 19, 2018

1. Have you ever bobbed for Apples?

Yes. It was a tradition in my house during our Halloween parties. I can't say I was fond of it, the water was always cold.

2. Do you like a regular or hard apple cider?

I like both. We used to get cider from a local orchard every fall, and near the end of the gallon, it was already turning hard on it's own. Regular cider today won't do that, as it's been pasturised sufficiently to make it a strong apple juice. I miss the days of the cloudy, caramel ciders.

3. Do you have a special type of apple that you prefer over others?

Honeycrisps Ginger Golds are my favourite. Tangy-sweet with a great crispness. Save the Delicious varieties for apple sauce, please.

4. Have you ever made baked apples?

Yes. They are a classic fall staple in my house.

5. Who is the apple of your eye?

My Chessie, Fletch. He's the best dog and a boon companion.
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2018-09-22 04:51 pm
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The Friday Five for September 21, 2018

1. Do you have the urge to do a Fall/Spring cleaning as soon as the weather turns?  Normally, yes.  I like to do a spring and a fall cleaning, to get the old energy out and the new in, but this year, school has already mentally exhausted me to the point that I don't want to do anything on my free time.

2. What tells you that the season (a certain smell, a certain taste, that sort of thing) has changed?  
The quality of the sunlight. Sister sun changes how she shines as she moves through the sky. 

3. What do you look forward to the most with the change of seasons?
Fresh energetic starts. 

4. What is something that you probably should accomplish but won’t this season?
I don't know yet. I haven't yet sat down to plan out my Q4 goals.

5. What is the most enjoyable part of the oncoming season for you?
Nothing. This year, I want to hold onto summer. I was finally getting back on track with my core self and recharging my batteries. Summer was fantastic. Then I went back into the classroom, and after  14 days with students, I'm exhausted and ready to throw in the towel. To keep myself forward thinking and hopeful, I'll be trying local apple orchards for their seasonl selections. 

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2018-05-18 04:46 pm
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The Friday Five for 18 May 2018 - The nose knows

1. Is there a smell that will immediately sicken you? Axe Body Spray -- any variety.

2. When you want quiet, where do you go? Into the woods, or the beach. Failing that, my bedroom.

3. Do you need/prefer total darkness when you sleep? I don't need total darkness, but I do prefer it more dark than light.

4. What is your least favorite taste? Vomit. Bit grotty, I know, but true.

5. How heavily do you rely upon your sense of touch? It depends on the situation. At work, very little (schools = perpetual germ factories) but at home, a lot. I get good first impressions with the health of things with touch.
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2018-05-11 05:02 pm
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The Friday Five for 11 May 2018 - Food, glorious food

1. Do you mostly prepare your meals at home or do you eat out more? I mostly prepare my own meals at home. It's just better quality food, and I know my kitchen is clean.

2. Is there a time of day when you are more likely to buy food already prepared? After a stressful day at work. Rotisserie chickens are life-savers when I'm a crispy critter.

3. What is your average weekly grocery bill (for how many people)? What is your total restaurant/fast food bill for an average week? It depends on how many staples I need to restock on, really. Generally, it's about $75-80 for four of us.

4. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home? Slow-cooker chili. Or chicken soup. Or Maryland Fried Chicken with gravy. Or anything done on the Weber grill.

5. What is your favorite meal to order in a restaurant? Steak. (Shades of Ron Swanson, lol.)
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2016-11-10 09:19 pm

Link Roundup: Don't mourn~ organise

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:

*The Dark Mountain Project

*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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2016-06-05 12:08 pm
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words to inscribe on your heart

Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb