Pick-a-Witch?!

I know there are other spell workers out there — I know about the “binding” spell and frankly, IF it works that is dandy with me. I’m just iffy about bindings if I am not more personally linked with the situation.  If anyone conceives the Magical Battle of America as more effective done BY binding the “deflated orange sponge” – so be it!

But I did find these “inspirations” very humorous!  Enjoy!

I was always tickled by the MacBeth witches — every time we brew mead here, they come to mind.  All that “cauldron brew and cauldron bubble” stuff, you know?  A carboy full of mead is full of roiling wee yeasty beasty bubbles — you can hear their pop and fizz!  I have been contemplating starting a batch with the command that these tiny living things, with each pop and fizzle – move a magical agenda forward; a sort of alcoholic prayer wheel effect, so to speak?!

Tomorrow there will be a new post up at HecateDemeter for the continued effort.  I am feeling an increased “vibe” so to speak; the working feels easier with repetition.  Since I am not the most “visually” inclined person, most of my cues to being “there” are still auditory — wind whipping “banners” (which for me are element shaded, with no pictures), splash sounds, human whispers, etc.

How is it for you?  I must say, as a solitary sort, I don’t much know how it goes in a coven.  But I’m pretty sure it isn’t as silent as this “virtual room”!

Half-Time: Tuesday Talismans

(Tomorrow will likely see  part 2 of the Descent/Ascent of Innana)

Or should that be “talismen”? Ok, now that I got the silly out of my system, to the point?  Not too long ago, while discussing making jewelry — as I do for myself and as gifts for others, one comment told me in a fashion that came across a bit rough and preachy, that the commenter wore basically only religious jewelry.  I said that I did not do that, though KeysI had several pieces that were quite symbolic to me, but not outwardly obviously religious.  No, I do not in fact drip pentacles, hah!

But, beyond the symbols of the labrys like my outward name?  I have some things I’ve made and/or received that I view as magical, as talismatic and of use for psychological keying to move my body, mind, and spirit in the right direction at times.

Including literal keys!  The little brass key on the gem-beaded chain is an actual old key.  I wear it for Hekate — given the keys to heaven, earth, and the sea by Zeus.  It is what I wear to remind myself to walk either the literal road-sides or my interior dark trails when I need to find something I have lost.  The other, with the little birth-stoned beads?  Those are for my children’s birthstones, I wear that key to hold them in my heart and my protection.  It is a cheap little thing, but I love it more than diamonds.

evil eyeThen I own several classics — beads created to protect against the “evil eye”!   Most of these were brought back from Turkey by my husband.  I re-designed some, recycled other things as they broke.  The tiny bright blue beads and earrings were once a delicate bracelet that broke – I salvaged silver chain from another broken necklace and created a new set.  The bright blue beads with the very large evil eye piece were a gift from a distant friend in California.  The colors blended perfectly with the big glass medallion.  The necklace with the big oval crystal and deep cobalt blue evil eye beads was my own creation using some very nice old beads that came on a terribly cheap elastic bracelet.  And the orange triangle with the pale blue center was the last and very modern rendition of the classic protective device.  These are comforting when I am feeling beleaguered.

spiralI have gifts that struck me as perfect talismans.  They were given to me because of the Labyrinth I keep.  The large pewter spiral with evil eye beads I added to each side was a gift from a sweet friend who thinks I need a goddess in the midst of my walks for the dead!  The other little spiral with the spiky exterior is Irish silver; a very old friend wanted me to know he did remember I walked that labyrinthine path!  Both of these help me focus on that task when the death count rises and I am filled with angry grief for the families of dead troops.

MineralsI’m not really a jewelry store faceted sparkle type of woman.  I like rocks.  Real rocks.  Minerals just un-roughed enough to not scratch in some cases.  I’m not really new-aged up on the alleged qualities of a lot of stones I like, to be dead honest.  I key off the color more often than not.  That red lozenge shape is a sweet little carnelian and feels like energy and protection at my throat.  The purple fluorite heart and green-lavender beads is love around my neck when I am lonely.  The green aventurine is a forest I can wear to sooth and calm and heal me.  The pale green with pink ruby intrusions?  The name escapes me…but when I want to hold close a distant dear friend who loves pink, that is what I wear!  The wee black column with a silver top was her gift; she has a matching one for when she wants my dark, moody self called to mind!    And the big rough stone with the melty yellow base?  Murder weapon round my neck, haha!  Heavy and steady and holding me that way!  The one like frozen beer chip…white head and golden base?  Ametrine that didn’t quite make it to citrine — but it makes me happy when I am down.  Maybe cause it reminds me of beer?

LoveAnd then, well, what is worth making amulets and talismans for if not love and matters of relationship?  Hearts and roses remind me of the female side of things and remind me to keep my heart engaged no matter what provocation to pull out of the game – thus the pewter heart pendant.  The star has always reminded me of the masculine side…so that one with beautiful blue spangles makes me thing of Feri gods and their love of blue!  The little ceramic flask with a sun and moon gazing into each other’s eyes is just right for carrying charged water from an eclipsed moon and the brightest sun of the year.  The only real “spell”?  That sandalwood beaded bit with the clay heart pendant with a male and female face to face?  I made that while in my Haven on marital hiatus.  The goal was to protect my marriage and my hopes for resolution and healing after the PTSD crash of 2011.  We’ve not run away from each other yet, so let’s say it is working.  Along with all our mundane day to day efforts of course!

 

 

ABCs – Agendas, Beliefs, and Consequences

coffee goldThere is an old saying about “the third time is the charm”. I certainly hope so, because I have now begun my  2016 “new year” three times: once at Samhain, once on January 1st, and most recently on Chinese New Year!  I’ve not been impressed with the 21st century, aka “age of Aquarius” thus far.  It brings up random dreads, glooms and dooms of various sorts that I’d be happier not dwelling upon over my morning coffee!

The level of apparent ignorance of our “politicians” about how our government is supposed to work, for instance?  (Politicians is in quotes because Trump is NOT one, he is the 21st century version of a Barnum and Bailly circus ringmaster.)  Makes me think none of them even TOOK civics class in high school.  The reaction from alleged citizens makes me think they never even heard of civics/American government class.  The Flint Michigan water debacle combined with this apparent latent idiocy reminds me of the theory that the Roman Empire finally failed because of lead poisoning rendering people too venal and dumb to properly react to what was happening to their world.

back tatts large_aSo, yes, I admit the century looks very dark to me just now.  I cannot really discuss politics any more.  I want Bernie Sanders in the White House. (Anyone telling me that makes me a “bad feminist” can expect a random hex tossed their way.  I don’t believe in lock-step ideologies of ANY sort, even if labeled feminist.  If Sarah Palin was running, nobody would be insisting I vote ‘as a woman, for a woman’, would they?)   I AM a woman (see photo above*) and I strongly advocate feminine power.  I want to SEE the “Nordic Model” at least attempted whole-heartedly before my nation rejects the idea and goes whole hog consumers-worshiping-the-rich.  I think our national anthem for the next five decades should be “Eat the Rich”, ok?  That is the limit of my political discussion these days. *Which is unduly large because WP won’t allow me the control to shrink it!

Now, about my little alphabet title.  Back when I took EMT training, it was “airway, bleeding, circulation” as the watchwords to keeping someone alive.  My socio-political-magical alphabet is a bit similar; my key to mental and social life and  guiding my actions towards keeping my nation and world alive!  Does agenda, beliefs, and consequences equate to the EMT alphabet of life?

Is an agenda similar to an airway?  It could be.  If you examine the seeming agenda of American economic systems – it does seem as important as breathing, doesn’t it?  But to my eyes, the agenda of fostering the very wealthy while ignoring the mass of society has a throttling, strangling effect.   When “corporations are people” and money is “free speech”?  That means speech is very much not free, it costs money the average American doesn’t have; if you are someone who likes those bumper stickers reading “Freedom isn’t free”?  Possibly we should admit that we now need one saying “Free $peech?

cyn & fireSo America’s current agenda is pretty counter-productive to the typical citizen, thus as a person who feels it just might be possible to affect change through magical action?  I need a countering agenda, don’t I?  Since Samhain last year?  I’ve given a great deal of thought to what that agenda might be.  I won’t lie,  I have largely focused on a tool I often regard as one chosen by those at last resort with no power in the social or political world they live in!  No, not terrorism, thank you very much.  Magic!   I have ever been inspired by the not-often-enough mentioned Magical Battle of Britain!

There is a reason women get accused of witchcraft, because historically women get deprived of power and must use what they can take for themselves.  No, this does not mean bowing to mystical escapism and prayer.  For me, it means experiencing and experimenting, as I often discussed at former blogs of mine.  It has been said that magic is only that which science has inadequately explained and I think that is likely true.  No, the picture of me at right doing sorcerer’s apprentice dramatics is ritual, not a magical working per se.  My agenda for the next year will be down in the dirt practical magic combined with mundane efforts like contacting elected officials, refusing to engage in certain social habits while espousing others.  I will work while magically focused and half-entranced, using actions like naming things for things I want destroyed (boko haram anyone?) and then I will destroy said objects.  Since for some reason “3” does seem to hold significance regarding effectiveness, I usually do this for three DAYS at a run.  So yes, I will work routinely this year for what you could call (or dismiss as) magical justice.

Woman-0n-the-crossAnd “B” for “bleeding” or “beliefs”?  Everyone has beliefs.  I do think there is a profound difference between a belief and a fact.  I don’t care if you believe in Jesus or Buddha.  But if that means you don’t believe in a woman’s right to control her body and destiny?  Or global climate change due to human action and pollution?  If your beliefs give you some specially mandated right to deny facts and rights of others?   Well, then you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.  I am also going to be both angry with you and somewhat pitying because you are a deluded moron.  The only thing consistently crucified this century, if you ask me?  Not Jesus, but WOMEN.  You know, the half of humanity that does (apparently terrifyingly) BLEED monthly and yet live? I don’t think anyone’s beliefs should require the life blood of others without their permission.  I know I keep my beliefs aligned with this idea; it is why I have not personally sacrificed anyone screaming about patriotism while screwing over soldiers and veterans and never serving in harm’s way themselves!  (Oh, come ON, take a joke, You!  You know who you are — those of you who say horrid things to women and then claim it was mere humor?)  So check those beliefs at the door if the believer isn’t willing to bleed for it, but thinks other non-believers should bleed out for their satisfaction.  Or their “god’s” satisfaction.

yowe kachinaI am a humanist, not a theist.  I believe in human action on this human filled sphere of existence!  I posit the idea that gods/goddesses may exist, but if so?  They are beings with their own existence to be concerned about; I don’t believe they take an interest in us any more than we notice ants on a log.  I could be wrong, I’ve had experiences that often make me think I am wrong.  But I simply cannot wrap my mind around the idea of deities that need humans to enact their alleged will.  If your god needs you to go kill or die for him?  He’s a pretty piss poor god, in my opinion!  So I won’t be holding with anyone killing OR dying for god.  There it is my belief on THAT!  That Navaho kachina at right?  That is “Yowe, the Priest Killer” and I have him in my house for a reason: to remember that Pascal was wrong — beliefs DO have real life and death consequences that can be damned undesirable!  He holds a priest’s head in his left hand and a knife in his right.  Gruesome, yes?  And terribly reminiscent of ISIL actions on the alleged behalf of their god.  Take warning, America….

That brings us to “C” for “circulation” or “consequences”, right?  If you drop a grand piano on some dude’s leg, the consequence is going to be a crushed extremity with no circulation likely unless it is lifted off in a hurry.  I see so many people who seem to not be capable of seeing consequences.  Five members of the Supreme Court, for instance, more concerned with circulation of money in business instead of circulation of pollution in air.  The consequences to big business go to the bank; the consequences of that air pollution could be with the inhabitants of the planet for the next ten thousand years!

As a country, we seem too willing to believe our light-minded and fast-mouthed media.  They talk about ideas in circulation, sure enough; but they neglect serious discussion of consequences.  And money seems to buy a way out of many deserved consequences, too.  If the only “consequence” worthy of action in America has to do with bucks in Daddy Warbuck’s pockets?  How does that serve YOU, the ordinary citizen?  I promised myself on this new blog that I would not swear, nor use crude metaphors about things like what really trickles down; but I sometimes fear that a consequence to the dearth of intellectual circulation means that nothing save utter crudeness will reach the majority of American minds. It always deeply troubled me that my most profanely furious posts were the most popular, while carefully enunciated and considered writings were ignored.  What is the consequence of never thinking more deeply than the latest media “viral” thing?

cold war vetThe consequence of believing Communism was the most evil thing ever was the decades of the Cold War.  I was a Cold Warrior.  Yes, the wind across the Berlin Wall did, in fact, feel colder and deadlier, as I recall it.  But what really made it that way was nothing to do with Communism; it was that we were willing to use nuclear annihilation instead of examining what our beliefs were doing to us and to others.

We are a small planet, growing ever smaller and more connected.  Nearly every epidemic has a very good chance of becoming a pandemic these days.  What China puts in the air darkens the sky above me eventually, here on the Western edge of America.  Oil is running out, and worse, water is the next scarcity.  Shall we go on blowing each other up over scarce things necessary for life  — food, clean water, clean air, places to live, medical care?  Shall we go on buying lies and promises of pie in the sky while the very, very wealthy practice the age old crime of gluttony?  Shall mankind be a biological experiment of the natural world that fails without need of asteroid strikes?

Or can we grow up?  Can we talk about our SPECIES instead of our nationalities, our ethnicities, our religions, our genders?  I can take my beliefs and make and act upon my agenda to change the consequences I see even without a crystal ball.  What about you?