I’ve decided that I would like to start a tumblr based virtual shrine to Hekate. I know others have to exist out there, but more never hurts, and I feel that this is a way I can start helping the community! You can find the shrine here
edit: I’m not intending on keeping this as my blog theme, fyi, but I can’t change things until I’m on the desktop. Yay seasonally outdated Halloween goodness!
Hey guys! Just wanted to pop down a quick filler post, to let you know where I’ve been.
Well, good news is that I had a most lovely Thanksgiving vacation! Whoo, yay me! I went to the wonderful city of Boston and got to spend a whole week with the amazing bf (I’ll refer to him as Int from now on) as well as getting to spend Thanksgiving itself with family in Connecticut. Everything was absolutely fantastic!
The bad news is that, when I got home, I derped pretty hard and got a most horrible form of malware on my desktop and had to wipe it, and now of course am having problems with the reinstall. So, for the time being, I’m stuck on my jank-ass laptop, and so honestly haven’t felt like writing.
In other less than pleasant news, my medical leave from school has been forcefully extended through the spring. No matter what improvements I may have made prior, there is a new policy requiring mandatory 3 month minimum out during medical leave. This isn’t ideal, obviously, as I’ll now have to get a job and will have to cram everything into the summer and one last year, but hopefully it will all work out. I know I do need the time to work on myself more so I can actually do well in classes and make the most out of my education, so I’m trying to be positive. I haven’t told the family yet, not sure how to break it to them (they won’t be pleased, as they were under the impression that my leave didn’t have a chance of being pushed to the spring as well).
In other news of the more pleasant variety, I just had my 24th birthday (dear gods I feel old now) and it was a pleasant one. I’m getting an eye exam as my large present from the family, and was lucky to get two birthday dinners (one lovely one from Int while I was in Boston at Legal Seafoods, one from the family who let me take my best friend (Chica) with me, which was at Maggiano’s *yumyum*). I also got a bit of money, with which I’m being irresponsible with and purchasing video games and a psp, because damn it I want to play Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep! I also got some lovely light blue 600 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, a cute pair of boots, some cute earrings and a matching pin from an antique shop and my Grandmother’s Bible. She passed away last year on Dec 17th, so for Mom to give me that was really special. I intend on using it as an ancestral focus for remembering her, as well as the Bible I’d use if I ever did any Bible magic (no tearing anything out of it, of course).
I finally got my plants moved inside, before the first major frosts (but sadly not before the basil died, and so alas, no pesto). I’ve got my rosemary, lemongrass, feverfew, Kentucky mint, thyme, yarrow, 3 giant aloe plants, a random decorative plant that I’ve kept alive from my Grandmother’s funeral (which is now the size of a small tree) and some wormwood shoots. I had a few peppermint sprouts too, but the damn things are so hard to grow. I’ve also got an herb kit I’ve never done anything with, but may use for the marjoram seeds in it. I’ll take pictures soon!
The kitties are as fluffy and silly as ever, with my Charchar being as much of both a doll and brat as usual. Taco, my serpentine lovely corn snake, is pretty and spunky right now, moving around the tank. I need to feed her soon, and she and I just had a lovely hang out session the other day while reading the Gray Fox Epistles, a project by one of my new favorite authors, Sylvia Linsteadt. If you haven’t read her works yet, do so immediately! Then promptly sign up for her Gray Fox Epistles project. I love her work, which weaves together classic fairy tales, magic and ecology into fascinating and heart-wrenching landscapes and stories.
Anyway, I’ll be back to writing soon, hopefully after the desktop is fixed. My laptop is from March 2008 and is as finicky as an old brittle tree who sways when you blow on her, so I prefer to not do serious work right now. I also have to do a job search and the holidays are coming up, but I’ll be back soon! My personal projects right now are musing on my current “web theory” and reading through some awesome books. I hope to have a few drawings to put up on etsy to make some money for getting the blog to a better level of operation as well as getting funds for starting my podcast. Have a fantastic Solstice, if I don’t get some entries up before then!
Heya everyone! So, yeah, I’ve been pretty nonexistent this summer when it comes to internet presence. A lot has been from summer classes, new relationship (yay me), life balancing and other factors. I’d like to resume writing on here soon. Again, I’m really wanting this blog to be my more ‘well written’ outlet, where I post researched topics, ranging from a few paragraphs to a medium sized paper. I’ve set up a few different tumblrs for myself, which I’ll link in the side bar but also link here.
As always, I have my main tumblr, Insanctum , which serves as my random crap one. I’ll be more inclined to post poetry or random videos I like on there, and if you find random bits of insanity fun, I’d recommend occasionally looking at it!
My next one is a tumblr specifically devoted to my journey in losing weight, getting fit/healthy and trying to cope with my ADHD and anxiety. It also will serve as a bit more personal ranting, but any ranting on there will relate to academics, frustrations with adhd/anxiety/doing poorly in school/not losing weight/etc, weight loss, mental management and the like. It should be a mix of helpful and rambling stuff, but eventually I’d like to get far enough along my journey so that other people may read about it and get something out of it. The title needs a bit of work, but whatever. Inner and Outer Transformations
The last of the tumblrs is one devoted to a story project of mine. It’s a bit odd, and I want to explain some but I may do that at a later time. Right now it only has one post but that is because it will evolve over time. It’s a side project that I can continually work on at my leisure. Everything on that blog, whether it me words, pictures, videos or whatever, are things I feel give something to the story experience, even if it may be a music video or a random image- they all impart emotions that I want the reader to understand and ones that relate to the overall feeling. It also totally has main characters based on awesome mythic beasts and women, and the project is titled Sisters of Myth.
Of course, all the links will be on the side along with my deviant art and twitter and any other things I at least attempt to use on the internet. I hope to write something good in the next week or two, but don’t hold me to that, I’ve got to try and do decently this semester!
So, I’ve been pretty caught up with back to semester stuff, life transitions, a minor addiction to League of Legends and a few other things. In this time period, apparently some new controversy (and by new I mean actually very old and tired and saggier than your grandpa’s bits when he forgot to put on trousers) has popped up about definitions of paganism, what it means to have labels, etc. While I’m no blogging heavy weight by any means, I thought I’d share my own opinion for my tiny audience of readers.
First, the compilation of the shitstorm here
Ok, I think this first encourages us to take a quick exploration of why we use labels. While I’m sure there are several deep sociological, psychological and other forms of scientific reasoning to explain why we use labels, I have not the time to quote, investigate, research and dictate to you what you can find on wikipedia. All of this is my quick 2 cents, as I should really be either sleeping or doing homework.
We like labels as much as we hate them. They both help give direction to us as well as force us into specific confines. They group us for recognition of others and creating a collective in-group as well as making us a target for the out group. They both introduce us to others with similar ideas as well as forcing an in group/out group dynamic. That being said, labels then are both useful and harmful.
I am no expert on the long term battles of arguing for definitions of the labels of paganism. I’ve been on the path for, I don’t know, about 9 years, give or take, in some form, but I’m not a big shot. Hell, the person who seems to have stirred a lot of this up, some Star Foster….I think I read her blog once? Really, I personally don’t give two fucks. My concern over labels is simply one of self identification to others. While some argue “I don’t have to define myself to you, blah blah blah”…well guess what? If I ever want a fucking holiday off when I get into the work force, you better damn well be sure I’m using some label when I ask for it. Right now, I’m concerned about making sure that if I ever go public, like plain as day public, with my faith, an employer can’t fire me. If I need labels for that you bet your ass I’m gonna use them. I also use labels to try and help those who aren’t myself understand me. I’ve got a lot of friends who aren’t pagan/witchy/whateverthefuckyoufeeltheneedtocallit and somedays using a single label or 2-3 is easier than taking them through the whole thing.
Another reason why I can use labels without feeling super strongly about them- my faith and practice is constantly evolving. For those of you who have a static set in stone way, sure, bitch about changes and about why you hate this or why you like that. I’m just learning where my path treads. I know what I’m not, that I’m not Wiccan and a few other things, but that doesn’t mean that I know 100% what I am. Really, at this point in my life, I don’t feel that I need to be. I try not to step on toes and I sit in my own corner, playing with my own toys. I like the pagan blog o sphere for sharing knowledge and ideas when feeling limited by geographical location. I think that, politically, aligning ourselves under a label could be useful. But I’m not going to spew vitriolic rhetoric just because I feel like I’m some high and mighty grand poopah of my corner of the internet. Really, the sandbox is big enough for us all, you get your stang out of your ass and focus on more significant things. I bet if you have time for all that constant bitching, you’ve got time to actually do something for the community (and not just the ‘pagan’ one, but the one you actually live in) such as, I don’t know, volunteer, give blood, clean something, tutor someone, rescue some pet. Oh, but if you’d like to stay on the internet, then maybe find some interesting research topic and then do real academic research on it and give something valuable and noteworthy to the online community, instead of some bland copy pasta that sounds like you took the fluffiest piece of poop you could and pissed faerie glitter on it.
There, I’m done now.
tl;dr- quit your bitching and your butthurt, there are better things to do with your life.
This week, the questions are on festivals. Here we go!
1)Tell us something about the festivals you celebrate.
Currently, I’m in the process of researching festivals that are meaningful to me. I generally celebrate the standard 8 pagan sabbats along with secular counterparts that may or may not overlap in meaning. I’ve been incorporating Noumenia, Agathos Daimon and the Deipnon into my standard monthly practice, as well as a full moon observance, but some months lately it has been difficult. I have a feeling it won’t be this month though! The Deipnon in particular is a big one for me, since I’m really called to work with Hekate, and I’m slowly trying to understand more about the Noumenia and Agathos Daimon to both know the traditional ways of celebration as well as what is practical and applicable to my life.
2) How can you make these festivals more artful?
Well, the first would be making sure my shrines and altars are appropriately decked out for the seasons. Certain shrines may stay static from the seasons, but a standard working altar would probably reflect changes (even if I get lazy and tend to just toss a few leaves on it or something). I’d like to offer more personal things to the gods, particularly on the 3 monthly lunar celebrations (4 counting full moon). I really want to get back into playing guitar and learn to play the ocarina, and I think musical offerings would be lovely. Also, dedicated offering baking for the sabbats and any Hellenic festivals I may choose to incorporate. Besides jazzing it up seasonally, I think finding good quality things in general, jazzing up what I have, would be awesome. Things need cleaning, bones need whitening. Things are static here, and that isn’t good. Everything should have meaning, even if its just a pretty pretty thing.
The other way I can make my celebrations more artful is to throw myself into them. If I have to go to classes on a certain day, dress the part! Ok, so I can’t go naked for Beltaine, but I can wear pretty and fun things besides, lots of ribbons and various sexy things that are technically publicly appropriate 😉 Also, to just let the nature of the festivals overtake me in action and in body. I wanna feel it to my soul!
I’ve been listening to Florence + the Machine and writing about documentaries on Mesopotamia, and now I’ve got to finish my Attic Greek for tomorrow. Fuck, I love this life!