The Pagan Next Door/#givingtuesday

She paints her nails according to magical correspondences,

jeweled-toned extensions of Goddess finger tips.

Her ritual garb consists of the sweat pants without the holes,

the ones that don’t camel-toe,

with the silver stitching down the length of the legs for the Moon Lady.

She stands out there, in the sunshine day,

picking out her gemstone collection

from the gravel the trailer park owner dumped 3 days ago.

Granite and quartz, bits of mica and moonstone,

go in her pockets, making the fleece stretch and bulge.

Metaphysical isn’t in her vocabulary,

and the concept of a whole store of it is for faraway Asheville,

but she finds her supplies each week at the flea market stall

amongst the vape liquids and rolling papers

and raids the gas station condiment bar for all the rest.

On the hood of the Buick that barely runs

She forms the shape of her ex from canned biscuit dough

Bobble Buddy Christ and the Hula Girl grin from the dashboard.

They give you extra at the food pantry if you got Jesus on your side–

Even if they question the blasphemous example.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smudged with kerosene fumes and Misty smoke,

liberally libating from a 40 oz Bud,

She whispers to the poppet,

“Shit me on child support, mother fucker!”

before she feeds it to his new girl friend’s dog next door.

On this #GivingTuesday, The Barbed Pentacle would like to suggest that you give to one of the non-profit organizations that we enjoy and support:

COYOTE:  Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics works to reform the laws in the US concerning sex workers so that the laws are more fair, ethical, and promote a safer working environment.

ACLU:  The American Civil Liberties Union works to fight any instance that your civil liberties, as protected by the Constitution of the US and its amendments, are violated.

NORML:  The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws works to reform the laws in the US concerning marijuana and its derivatives and to completely legalize it.  Over the last decade, this organization has made great progress, but there is still a long way to go.

LLL:  The Lady Liberty League is sponsored by Circle Sanctuary and is dedicated to giving assistance to Pagans and Heathens who are facing Freedom of Religion issues.  LLL will help you when many other organizations will not.

Circle Military Ministries:   Circle Military Ministries is sponsored by Circle Sanctuary and gives religious, legal, and material support to Pagan and Heathen service men and women, veterans, and their families.  All of their services are free of charge, which is why financial and volunteer support is needed.

The Wild Hunt:  The Wild Hunt is the foremost Pagan and Heathen news agency at this time.  They actively work to legitimatize reporting on Nature-based religions as well as curate an accurate and unbiased media network.

Witchvox: Who hasn’t found a group via the Witches’ Voice?  Although I have to say that I’m a little dismayed that their article standards have been lowered some what in the last couple of years, they are still a networking and learning database that is a cornerstone of our community and should be supported.

Local Food Banks:  Make sure to donate food, money, and other resources to your local food bank whenever you can.  In one of the world’s richest countries, nobody should be going hungry, and most of all, nobody deserves to starve.  Starvation is an awful, slow death.  Besides, somebody in your circle probably depends heavily on a food bank/pantry near you.

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#smallbusinesssaturday

 

Thanksgiving, also known as the National Day of Mourning, is the start of the Feed the Glut of Consumerism Season.  We’ve been through Thanksgiving Night Sales and Black Friday.  Now we are on #SmallBusinessSaturday, one of the few days of FGCS that I actively support.  Pagans and Heathens seem to be really good at starting small businesses and holding festivals that support vendors.  And that’s great, unless you have an extreme glut of vendors all selling the same stuff from Azure Green.  If you’re online, it can be extremely hard to stand out from everybody else.  How can you blow away all the chaff and be the kernel left in the winnowing basket?  One thing you can do is to advertise with Pagan and Heathen blogs, like The Barbed Pentacle.  Another thing you can do is, if you’re a business, join the Pagan Business Network.  If you’re a consumer, check out the folks who are members of the Pagan Business Network, and buy from their members.

Now, I’m not saying that you should only buy from Pagans and Heathens or that you should buy only from people in PBN, but I do believe that you should look first at buying from Pagans and Heathens or Pagan friendly businesses–not just for gifts and ritual goods but also for other services, like mechanics, IT professionals, etc.  Other faith communities activity exhort their adherents to patronize each other professionally, and I think we should too.  Despite what critics may claim, it doesn’t have to be viewed as an exclusionary tactic.  Instead, it should be viewed as an important means of community building and strengthening.

Make sure to check out the Barbed Pentacle’s Yule Gift Giving Guide.  Contact our sponsors today to make sure that your gifts arrive by Yule.

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Inanna’s Jeweled Nipples

I hope that all of you out there has had a wonderful Samhain and is enjoying the descent of the Goddess.  While I have my own things and traditions that I do every year to celebrate Samhain, usually involving bones, blood, and boners, this year I focused on jewels and jewelry.  I made a beautiful Dark Goddess bracelet for myself out of black pearls, garnets, and hematite, with a scarab at its focal point.  I’ve had the scarab bead since I was in first grade and went to the King Tut exhibit at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.  Then later that day I got to see my first dead body at Discovery Place.  They had a complimentary exhibit about mummification, and they had on display in a glass box a partially unwrapped mummy.  Somehow or another I’ve managed to keep the scarab safe and with me all these years, and until this Samhain I never had the urge to use it.

The Descent Goddess, Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, She who is known by a multitude of names and incarnations, is often depicted with either bared breasts or bejeweled breasts, symbolizing not only sexuality but also her loss self and ego at the gates of the Underworld.  And who doesn’t love pretty titties with glimmering jewels on them?

Making sacred jewelry is a great way to connect with deity.  However, not everybody has time or talent to devote to the practice.  There is nothing wrong with commissioning pieces of sacred jewelry.  Although many “traditional” magic practitioners insist that all magical pieces should be hand made by the user or significantly altered, that is just not always practical or possible.  If you commission a piece, is the intent not the same?

Helaine,  the artist and owner of Subsensual Jewels, is just the person to help you out with a commissioned piece so that your own sacred breasts can be just as glittering as Inanna’s were.  Rather have a glittering vulva or scrotum?  Not a problem.  Helaine has come up with this ingenious design for non-pierced nipple and genital jewelry.  Instead of the loops of metal and elastic that you typically see in non-pierced nipple jewelry, Helaine uses magnets.  Not only do these magnets keep the jewelry in place, but they can also be magically used to attract things to you: love, desire, money, etc. (Beware what you attract!)  Now is the perfect time to put in your custom order for sacred kink jewelry because Subsensuals had such a successful summer of vending that they are sold out of jewelry and Helaine is busy making new pieces to sell.  Want a set of Lapis nipple jewels to celebrate Inanna?  She can make them!  Want a pretty piece of hematite to attach to your genitals to keep you grounded enough to succeed at Tantric sex?  She’s got you covered!  She loves taking custom orders, and the prices for custom pieces are comparable to her already made pieces, but she prefers to use her own materials rather than materials sent in by customers.  This is so that she can ensure that the materials used are safe for contact with a person’s delicate skin (although I hope that one day she’ll make me a pair of Wolfsheim nipple adornments from my wisdom teeth since I never wear blouses that require cuff links).  The sensation of the jewelry itself can be used with a partner or by yourself to draw up energy in a ritual.  Place the jewelry on your body during the invocation of your intent and then as you build up your magical energy, the physical sensations will grow until it’s time for you to release your energy for your magic when you remove the jewelry.  To cleanse your jewelry in between ritual uses, rinse under cold water, dry well with a towel, and recharge your pieces under the light of the moon.

As you can see, your custom sacred kink ritual jewelry is only encumbered by your imagination!  Visit Subsensuals website: http://www.subsensuals.com/ to contact Helaine about a custom piece or visit her and Subsensual Jewels on Facebook, Instagram, or FetLife.

Still not sure?

  • “At first I did not even feel them on. They were very comfortable, in fact I wore them underneath my top at the munch and no one even knew it. Over time the magnets kept drawing closer and the intensity grew stronger. As I passed one hour the pain started to really set in between 60-90 minutes it was very strong. Overall I absolutely Love them!!!!!”
    –Ladywithalens

  • “I just have to take a moment to talk about some of the body jewelry made by Subsensuals….If you are looking for a specific erotic look that is unique to your Submissive you are certainly in the right place. My experience with the nipple jewelry was most erotic, it was both erotic for the submissive and myself. The jewelry allows for that look but also allows the build of sensation as you come into and build with in a scene, whether its prior or during. It allows time for placement and time for the submissive to accept the slow and growing build as the magnets continue to pull in tighter and tighter… A perfect gift for that someone special in your lifestyle.”
    –Lobo

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Feel the Burn (oh, so good!)

Need just the right gift for a picky person who has it all?  Looking for a unique ritual item?  Want to jazz up your kitchen with cool spoons and trivets?  Look no further than Mystic Artisans, the winners of the Just Smack Me! Spoon contest.

In business since 2005, Mystic Artisans is the baby of Don and Tonie Ervin, wood burning and etching artists based in the Piedmont of North Carolina.  They sell from their Facebook page and local festivals pre-made items and custom orders.  While they can each wood burn and etch, Tonie is the queen of the wood burner and Don the etch master.

They have items priced for every budget.  Unlike some vendors out there, they believe in creating art for art’s sake and payment is just a secondary perk.

Mystic Artisans will tackle almost any project on wood or stone.  ”It’s a balance between what strike’s our fancy and what we think people would like to see us try our hand at. Sometimes we do things because they are a personal challenge (i.e. The Killing Joke) and sometimes we are doing commissions or working on things that customers have suggested we might be good at.”

Mystic Artisans is a true partnership.  Because of their preferred specialties and talents, they try to work on projects together in ways that will complement each other’s abilities.  ”Oh we work very well together! Tonie is a great at painting, but terrible at coloring with markers and pencils. So Donald steps up and colors all her wood-burnings for her.  Donald is a wiz at stone cutting but has trouble painting more delicate creations so Tonie helps him out with that. We also push each other’s talents. Before we reveal any artwork to the community it always gets a once-over and scrutinized by the other half of the partnership!”

“We try to be respectful to any and all religions in general. Most of our best fans are from the pagan community and we do some of our best custom work for those people. However, we have also been asked in the past to create work with religious themes for non-pagan customers as well. “To each his own” is our rule of thumb. However we do believe that if we were asked to do custom work that would insult or disparage our own personal pagan beliefs, a line would be drawn.”   Don and Tonie are both active in Pagan groups in their community and often vend at Pagan events.

Although Mystic Artisans have a formula that works, they are constantly  planning for the future.  ”[We want to] Get our own website started. Attend more local festivals, do lots more custom work! We are wanting to get into papier-mâché masks. We have painted some that we have picked up from local craft stores and have had a lot of fun doing them, so we want to make some from scratch. Donald is also wanting to get into prop-replica building. We are also considering making our own inks and writing pens. We have a friend we are talking to who makes his own stationary paper and we are making a deal with him to print our original images on handmade stationary that we can carry to events to sell! We always have something going on!”
Mystic Artisans is always up for custom work, including the kinky and gritty.  Contact them on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/mysticartisans

All I Want for Yule is a Werewolf and a Cat (and several other things….)

Since tomorrow is Black Friday, the traditional start of the mayhem of the gluttony of capitalism, we here at the Barbed Pentacle thought that we should join right in.  Presenting the Barbed Pentacle 2013 Yule Gift Giving Guide–everything you need to buy for all the unappreciative people in your life.  So, without further ado……..

Play Pretties

Mystic Artisans   The creative duo of Don and Toni were the winners of the “Just Smack Me!” spoon decorating contest.  http://barbedpentacle.com/2012/12/spoon-contest-winner/ All of Mystic Artisan’s items are one of a kind, moderately priced, and absolutely fucking mind-blowing.  They do custom work and sell already made items.  Looking for a keepsake or ritual item that will become an heirloom?  Talk to Tonie and Don! https://www.facebook.com/mysticartisans  Look for an anniversary interview with the pair soon.

Sacred Vessel Pottery  

Sacred Vessel Pottery creates utilitarian and decorative pieces for the home and ritual.  According to their Facebook page, “Our Wares are Created to Enhance the Spiritual Practices of All Paths & Religions.”

Work in Progress

For sacred tobacco use

They have a wide variety of pieces from the very small to the huge and magnificent at a variety of prices.   You can buy work already made or commission just the perfect piece. https://www.facebook.com/SacredVesselPottery

Quadrivium Supplies A past sponsor, Quadrivium Supplies is a seller of new and traditional Hoodoo, Voodoo, and other spell oils.  All oils are made from the highest grade materials at just the right Zodiac time and moon phase.  All oil recipes have been well researched and tested. The oils are perfect for candle magic, gris gris and poppet magic, or for just general annoiting.  Visit http://www.quadrivium-supplies.com/ for a complete list of oils and ordering information.  Here’s a previous post about Quadrivium Supplies: http://barbedpentacle.com/2012/08/the-wonders-of-magical-oils-a-3-am-infomercial-barbed-pentacle-style/

Knotjokin Rope Floggers   Knotjokin Rope Floggers, a past sponsor, features a variety of extremely interesting rope implements for the experienced player or for light ritual use. To shop and order: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Knotjokin   Custom orders are also accepted.  Here’s a link to a previous post about Knotjokin Rope Floggers:  http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/02/damn-it-lupercus-im-knotjokin/

No Hide Floggers   No Hide Floggers are vegan-inspired floggers created from decorative duct tape.  Made by a Wiccan High Priestess, these pieces are suitable for both play and ritual. No Hide Floggers is a current sponsor.  Look for an interview with the proprietor soon.  For selection and ordering information: http://jinglepets-nohide.blogspot.com  Custom orders are also accepted.

Library and Media

Tonia Brown  Tonia Brown is an author who writes a mixture of zombie, horror, steam punk, and sex stories.  She is widely published and is becoming quite the recognizable lady!  She is also the host of the radio show “Tonia Time”.  https://www.facebook.com/ToniaTime?filter=1 For more information on all of her writing, her thoughts, projects, and her new releases, click on http://thebackseatwriter.blogspot.com/   To order her books, go to http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tonia%20brown&sprefix=tonia+b%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atonia%20brown  (It’s all there!)  Be on the look out for an upcoming review of Devouring Milo soon.   Dr. David Hillman Dr. Hillman, the bad boy of Academia and guest blogger, never disappoints and always has something salacious to say.  Non-fiction for the fiction lover, his easy-to-read style is perfect for anyone delving into the world research.  Don’t let his style fool you.  All of his books are chocked full of well researched, cutting edge material that will rock your world and completely change your way of thinking. Book review:  http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/02/christ-jesus-youre-leaking-titty-milk/
To purchase Dr. Hillman’s books, visit http://www.amazon.com  For more information on Dr. Hillman http://roninpub.com/orisin.html  Guest posts by Dr. Hillman  http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/02/damn-it-lupercus-im-knotjokin/    http://barbedpentacle.com/2012/11/who-has-priapism/

Lee Harrington and “Passion and Soul” Lee Harrington, nationally known author and lecturer on BDSM and alternative spirituality, has a variety of books on the market that make the perfect Yule present.  How to find them?  http://passionandsoul.com/author  Lee will also does personal workshops and sessions for your special someone.    Here’s the Barbed Pentacle’s review of Lee’s latest work: http://barbedpentacle.com/2012/11/tip-your-bootblack-a-review-of-playing-well-with-others/

 

It is done folks!  ”House of Oddities” has been premiered.  It’s now available online and will soon be available on DVD!  The film, a documentary about the Atrocity Exhibition in Pittsburg, PA, is a nice professionally produced and directed film.  If you are a collector and admirer of alternative art, this is the film for you.  For more information about the project http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/07/fuck-corporate-hollywood/  For information on purchasing the film http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/07/fuck-corporate-hollywood/

Other Books of Note from New Authors

Duchess Mackinnon Endless Night:  Sex and Vampires, Oh My!  A nice soft stroke story to carry with you in the airport as you travel this holiday season.  Nice and fun, you’ll still be able to read and enjoy it after you’ve had several cocktails or some tranqs to deal with your relatives.  Buy it at http://www.amazon.com/Endless-Night-Duchess-MacKinnon-ebook/dp/B00GACAVT2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385539004&sr=8-2&keywords=duchess+mackinnon    

Heather Morris “Italian Vocabulary from My Little Black Book”  This volume, from Barbed Pentacle fan Heather Morris, was created from her years of notes on Italian that she encountered in her magical work.  This book is perfect for anyone who has been mired down in Italian during their Stregan magical work or who wants to travel to Italia.  

To purchase  http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Vocabulary-Little-Black-Book-ebook/dp/B00FQQ1VJ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385540247&sr=8-1&keywords=Italian+from+my+little+black+book

Wares from the Barbed Pentacle

Looking for just the right gift for the discerning friend, or just looking for a unique way to pamper yourself?  Then consider shopping at the Barbed Pentacle Cafe Press Store or commissioning a private piece for your own enjoyment.  Barbed Pentacle apparel can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/thebarbedpentacle

Treat yourself with your very own personalized stroke story:  http://barbedpentacle.com/sponsors-click-click-click-click-click/209-2/personalized-boudoir-stories/  

 

Fuck Corporate Hollywood

I like watching documentaries.  They preserve the odd and ends of our society.  They allow us to into worlds that often times we never knew existed.  Vicarious living on the cheap. Documentarians fill the role that village elders use to have–preserving and perpetuating cultures.

 

Brian Cottingham, of DaggerVision Films (http://www.daggervisionfilms.com/), is working on a fund raising campaign for his documentary House of Oddities:  The Story of The Atrocity Exhibition.  According to Cottingham’s Kickstarter page, “House of Oddities:  The Story of The Atrocity Exhibition is a feature length documentary detailing the behind the scenes madness that goes into creating Pittsburgh’s annual underground celebration of the weird and bizarre, The Atrocity Exhibition; now in its 5th year.

The Atrocity Exhibition brings a truly 360 degree artist collective bringing together the best  in dark burlesque, cabaret, performance art, and fine art from across the nation.  Each year is a themed show in which on stage performers fuse their own talents with the theme to create a truly unique show.

This film goes behind the makeup and costumes to expose the behind the scene workings of the event.  This includes interviews with Macabre Noir and Dr. Morose, founders of The Atrocity Exhibition, members of Kabarett Vulgare; a Pittsburgh based side show and performance art troupe that represents the core performers of The Atrocity Exhibition, traveling performers that bring their own unique gifts to the show, and the collection of dark artists that make up this immersive art collective.”

With the money raised, Cottingham hopes to have the film printed to DVDs and to have online distribution.  He also has hopes of submitting his film to the SXSW Film Festival (South by South West) and the Coney Island Film Festival, and for the film to be distributed to independent theaters with ample promotion.

So, why is this project important?  It’s important because it chronicles an annual exhibit of the dark and twisted, things that secretly fascinate many of us.  It’s important because it preserves for the future the ritual and ceremony of the carnival, something that’s being lost in today’s society.  Being part of a carnival is very much like being part of a coven.  You’re a  member of a closed society that others long to join, others deride, and you’re privy to secret information that seems extremely mysterious to the outside world but in reality is deceptively simple.  All the coven players are there:  the petitioners, the new initiates, the maiden, the summoner, the bevy of second degree priests and priestesses, and of course, the high priest and priestess.  You, the audience, are the special guest worshipers that have been invited for select esbats and sabats.  There is even cakes and ale at the concession stand.  And don’t forget about the sacred hootchie-cootchie Hiero Gamos!

If you can’t give to the Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bcottington85/house-of-oddities-the-story-of-the-atrocity-exhibi), at least consider lighting a real or virtual candle to St. Expeditus (http://nshrine.com/shrine/st_expeditus) for the film.  If nothing else, go to the Kickstarter site and watch the trailer for the film.  The fund drive ends August 2, 2013.

For more information on the Atrocity Exhibition: http://www.moroseandmacabre.com/atrocity2013.html

These folks believe in supporting independent film:

Mystic Artisanshttps://www.facebook.com/mysticartisans

House of Oddities Movie Kickstarter Project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bcottington85/house-of-oddities-the-story-of-the-atrocity-exhibi

Passion And Soulhttp://passionandsoul.com/

Tonia Brown:  www.thebackseatwriter.com  Check out Devouring Milo, Tonia’s newest work: http://www.amazon.com/Devouring-Milo-ebook/dp/B00DWZYWKO

The Barbed Pentacle’s Second Birthday Bash: http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/06/second-birthday-bash/

 

Damn it, Lupercus, I’m knotjokin!

CAESAR

Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
The barren touched in this holy chase,
Shake off their sterile curse.
The first time that I encountered the festival of Lupercalia, and the ritual races and fertility beatings that accompanied them, was in 10th grade English class.  Since I was already exploring a different path to sexual bliss than most of my classmates, I was really intrigued by the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  If you’re not familiar with the holiday of Lupercalia, you’re really missing out.  It’s our favorite holiday here at The Barbed Pentacle!  In honor of that, Dr. David Hillman–of past Barbed Pentacle appearances and the author of The Chemical Muse and Original Sin–has written a guest post explaining the holiday (just in case you were ignorant!).

The Lupercalia: Rome’s BDSM Holiday

by Dr. David Hillman http://roninpub.com/orisin.html

It’s February again….Release the naked guys with their whips!  And good luck ladies; if you are fortunate this year, a crazed group of muscle-bound, oiled, pagan teenage boys will catch you in the streets and stripe your bleeding back with strips of leather while you clutch your bare breasts and scream in painful ecstasy.  Congratulations, you are now no longer just girls, wives and mothers; your titillation, screaming and wounds make you  the purified devotees of nymph-chasing Pan, and Lupa, the great Roman She-Wolf.
And don’t worry, the randy youths will be accompanied–as they always are–by the leading holy men of the city; priests of Faunus, artists and statesmen, with their rugged George Clooneyesque good looks…guys the likes of Mark Antony himself; a little sanctified eye-candy for everyone involved.

And yes, the Lupercalia was indeed one of Rome’s oldest and most distinguished high holidays.  It was a time of sexual fervor, when nubile young men cavorted at a public banquet, worked themselves into a drunken mania, and then shed themselves of their clothing, oiled each other up, and ran around the streets of Rome in a mob, chasing ladies while wielding nothing more than whips and hard-ons.
And what was the purpose?   Enlightenment!  Yes, that’s right.  The purpose was cosmic enlightenment…an understanding of the musical harmony of Nature.  The screaming girls formed the chorus of existence, and the pain was a religious tool used to acquire wisdom.  After all, as the Orphics taught, Pan was a primal manifestation of Apollo, the sun-god who brings light into the world–of course he also brought his youthful good looks and divine rock-star talent along with his wisdom.  Yep, you got it; the take home message was that pain-induced sexual ecstasy brings self-knowledge.  I knew you’d get it.
Oh….and I’m not making up the screaming part; the vocalization of orgasmic ecstasy, like the shout of a warrior about to give his life in battle, or the cries of a woman giving birth, were considered to be forms of worship in antiquity.  So getting a woman to bare her skin and shout while you whip her is…well…sort of a sacred act.
Obviously, the Roman Lupercalia mystifies modern classical scholars, who are happy to “live” in a monotheistic universe; we proud academics neither understand the purpose nor the spirit of these festivities.  Modern educators will tell you in a puzzled manner that they really don’t know the ins and outs of the Lupercalia.  Of course, their ignorance is part Christian prudery and part comedic irony–for the god worshiped at the Lupercalia, Pan, was called Inuus by the Romans.  And what’s so ironic about that?  “Inuus” in Latin means “the penetrator,” something the Christian world would rather forget–unless you happen to be a Catholic priest in the rectory with a nervous young boy, who according to long-established Church tradition, requires a form of sodomy-induced “sexual cleansing” to save his soul–a practice that esteemed early church fathers like Cyril, the archbishop of Jerusalem, instituted in order to purge the world of festivals like the Lupercalia.  Wow, that is ironic!  (FYI, Cyril preferred his pre-pubertal boys to be dressed up like girls when they were escorted to see him.)
Try not to make sense of why the Christians banned the celebration of the Lupercalia…just roll with the historic moral irony.  What’s really the point? The god pair Pan/Apollo were protectors of pre-pubertal kids, and the purification ceremonies performed in the Lupercalia were celebrations that preserved the ancient world’s focus on child safety by means of natural, adult sexual enlightenment; so the early Christians ended up prohibiting a festival meant to protect innocent children, while simultaneously adopting the ritual rape of young boys by their own priests.  Don’t read it again, you read that right.
And yes, it kind of makes twisted ironic sense that a Pope who sheltered so many pedophiles would pick this week–the week of the Lupercalia–to shed his own holy garments.
For any decent Lupercalia celebration, you need a good scourge.  While traditionally the scourge would have been made from a bloody goat skin, modern celebrants can be much more hygienic and order a toy from Knotjokin Rope Floggers.
How long have you been making rope floggers and other toys?  How long have you been in business?
I made my first Rope Mace Flogger in the summer of 2009 and gave it to a friend who pimped it out at the parties she hosted, leading to a bit of a local craze.
Soon after that, I was asked to vend at an APEX (Arizona Power Exchange) event which was quite a success, as their events usually are.
Don’t let any “professional” appearance fool you. I am still transforming from hobbyist to small business and have only been selling online for a few months. Though I’ve made a handful of online sales, “business” is slow, and my pricing doesn’t leave much room for profit (especially considering labor) just occasional gas money, or a nicer meal than I had planned.
Hardly a business, but I welcome change.
What gave you the idea for making toys out of rope?
I didn’t set out to make floggers (emphasizing plural), honestly.
I learned the monkey fist knot as a challenge to myself; the flogger part was almost an accident. Being generous and single on purpose, I gave it to a friend versus letting it collect dust. The other flogger styles were and still are my way of not being a one trick pony. Honestly, I loathe making Boney 9 Tails and Meat Grinders, but it’s not about me.  It’s about the consumer. Ask Joe Dirt.
What kind of rope do you use for the toys?  How long does it take you to make the toys?
Though I prefer natural fibers for rope bondage, for toys, I only use synthetic rope –for too many reasons to list, including the fact that a 5 ounce bird cannot carry a coconut no matter how it grips it.
It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2+ hours to make a flogger depending on the style. Happy Pants Floggers are quick but rough on my hands. Meat Grinders and Boney 9 Tails take forever and are even rougher on my hands.
You make more than just floggers.  Where do you draw your inspiration for creating the other toys?
I wasn’t sure how to answer this at first. To me, everything is a flogger…even one of my straight laced size 11 Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars will do in a pinch. Then I remembered all the people who hold my toys and say “what’s this for?”
A piece of rope can be a flogger, but it could fray if you didn’t knot it. Adding knots to high quality rope and finishing it the way I do just makes for a more attractive, reliable, reusable, sanitary, durable, fun toy than a knotted piece of rope or a dog toy.
What I’m doing may be a little different, but it’s not necessarily new per se. Pardon my French.
How many different types of toys do you make?
I lost count, honestly. I experiment often, and there are quite a few “one of a kind” pieces floating around out there.
Currently, I sell:
Rope Mace Floggers
Happy Pants Floggers
Boney 9 Tails Floggers (named for the human skeleton I tie into the design, not the number of falls)
and several other multi-fall floggers including my newest creations:
Meat Grinder Floggers ~multi-fall floggers with metal beads on the ends of the falls. My most recent Meat Grinders have 9 beads on 10 falls, plus some extras on the “hands” of the Boney 9 Tails “body”, making for 96 metal bits of pleasing punishment on a 2 way flogger.
(As with all of my floggers, the handle is also an implement and will fit inside a condom.)
I also have a small line of Glow-In-The-Dark toys including Happy Pants, Maces, and Multi-Mace pieces. They’ve been quite a hit since I introduced them a few months ago. That’s right; I said hit.
What tips do you have for people who are interested in selecting one of your toys for purchase?
My toys provide a plethora of sensations, but I do not have your superior intellect and education.
(See: Three Amigos. Really, see it. It’s a funny movie! *The fact that I just dated myself does not make this masturbation.* (Wait, yes it does. You like that?)
To answer your question by Knotjokin; I mean not joking, it really depends on the sensation you prefer. If you like: *THUD* -
There is no better toy than a Rope Mace Flogger. Nope. None.
If you like: *THUD+STING* -
Happy Pants Floggers are the way to go. The thinner/the stingy-er, er. A heavy hitting sadistic friend calls the thinner Happy Pants Floggers “little bastards” for their pain inflicting potential.
If you like: *STING* -
Boney 9 Tails and Meat Grinders are where it’s at. Ouch. Man, oh man; ouch.
Maces and Happy Pants will leave bruises if used heavily.
Both Boney 9 Tails and Meat Grinders will leave welts and even draw blood (especially Meat Grinders) if used heavily.
Finally:
*THERAPY*-
Rope Mace Floggers are surprisingly therapeutic on tight or sore muscles when used lightly. You don’t have to use the handle; you can choke up on them and use short, slow swings. I love the “ahh” look people make when they feel them like that…especially on their backs. I do it with almost every piece I finish, to be completely honest. Ahhh!
Really.
I also love hearing my name screamed from a sub in another room at a party ~after being struck by a sadist holding a Rope Mace Flogger…preceded by “fuckin”, of course.
(True story, sorta. I was outside and didn’t actually hear it, but I sure heard about it later!)
Do you take custom orders?  And if so, how do people/groups go about placing a custom order?
I welcome custom orders and have made a few recently, including a pink Meat Grinder purchased by a female dominant as a gift to her submissive husband for Valentine’s Day. I’m still flattered and proud to be a part of their celebration of love. Pretty cool.
You can hardly throw a rock without hitting a site where I can be contacted nowadays. Aside from www.knotjokin.com and my store www.knotjokin.etsy.com, I’m on Facebook, Fetlife, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Copious, etc…
Though my ETSY store is the best way to contact me, all of the above will work.
What is your favorite toy to use that you make?  And do you use it as a dom, sub, or switch?
It would take an incredible woman to make me consider any role other than dominant, with sadistic tendencies. Absolutely incredible.
With that said; I prefer Rope Mace Floggers. They’re just fun to wield, ya know?
ETSY
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Fetlife

Massaging the Moon

In the spirit of the Mabon (the fruit harvest) and the Harvest Moon, we’re going to explore ways to harvest sexual fruits in the bedroom.  Sex and fruit have been linked from the beginning of time.  Look at a plum and a naked woman.  Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?  See where this juice is running?  And it’s not only the visuals of fruits that invoke sexual thoughts in humans, it’s also the textures of the flesh, the taste, and the aromas.  Erotic Sensations has launched a new line of edible, fruity massage oils just in time for the fruit harvest: http://eroticsensations.us/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5.  These economically priced non-staining, latex free, oil free ”oils” are good for massages or lubrication and are made from a vegetable base with no sugar added!

Personal and couple massage is a perfect way to celebrate and take advantage of the full moon and its energy.  To take advantage of the moon’s energy, make sure that the massage takes place near a window or sky light where the moon’s light is streaming in or have the massage take place outside under the moon.  As you stroke and knead, draw the moon’s energy into yourself and let it flow into you (for personal) or your partner through your fingers and palms.  Ritual massage is good for energy work, healing, and sex magic.  Adding in scented or flavored massage oils adds an interesting magical layer.

Erotic Sensations currently offers seven different flavors for your ritual needs.  As you massage with these oils, the oils will warm up when friction is applied by rubbing or heat up instantly when you blow on them (just think of the sensual possibilities there!).

Banana:  This scent is good for any working dealing with male or solar energy.  Bananas also represent the desire to give up material possessions.  As you massage with the oils, visualize being comfortable and happy with less possessions and clutter in your or your partner’s life.

Cherry: The scent of cherries is wonderful for doing personal massage work to attract suitors, particularly females.  It’s also good for aiding in divination, a traditional activity at the full moon.  See if you can devise a method of divination using cherry massage oil and your partner’s reaction to certain massage techniques or the way his or her muscles react to your touch.

Peach: This massage oil is good for work dealing with love (yourself, your partner, or others), spiritual fertility, and wishes.  If you feel a little empty or a little spiritually unfulfilled, spread a little peach massage oil on something nice to fill yourself up.  As you massage yourself, ask the Lord and Lady to come and plant the spiritual seeds with in you that you want to grow.

Passion Fruit:  This oil should be a no-brainer just based on its name.  Besides passion, passion fruit massage oil is good for winning love through a good massage or strengthening a friendship with good firm strokes.

Pina Colada:  The magic of pina colada massage oil is that it combines the properties of pineapple (which Erotic Sensations also sells separately) and coconut.  Both pineapples and coconuts are associated with chastity, so this oil is particularly good if you’re abstaining from partnered sex for a while and need a little fun.  Coconut massage oil works well too if you’re giving a massage to rid somebody or yourself of impurities or if you’re trying to massage into a person or yourself some wisdom.  Pineapple massage oil is good to take with you if you and your honey are going to Vegas or some other casino mecca since it helps attract prosperity and luck (or it could be used as a good way to relax before a job interview).  The oil is also good for protection.  Going on a long trip and you’re worried about leaving your partner all alone?  Massage a protection spell into their flesh with pineapple massage oil.

Strawberries: Strawberries are notorious for being thought to be aphrodisiacs.  This massage oil is good if you are doing a self-massage to have good luck in love or romance, or if you’re giving a massage to a partner that you think you may want to pursue further.

Not sure how to properly give a massage?  These web articles can help out:

http://www.lhj.com/health/stress/relaxation-techniques/how-to-give-a-killer-massage/  (I love the lesbian drawings–because we all know that’s what they are!)

http://www.redbookmag.com/love-sex/advice/sexy-touch-man

http://tantraecstasy.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-give-erotic-massage.html

 If you’re interested in pursuing erotically-charged magical massage, but you just don’t have the money right now to order supplies, enter this month’s giveaway: http://barbedpentacle.com/giveaways/.  There’s a set of massage oils up for grabs, as well as a wonderful set of bath supplies from Erotic Sensations.
Have the oils but need help getting in the right frame of mind for magic?  These posts should help:

http://barbedpentacle.com/2012/03/squeeze-my-melons-and-plow-my-furrow-poetry-supplement/

http://barbedpentacle.com/words-to-stroke-to/

These folks love to be massaged with fruity edible oils:

Erotic Sensations http://eroticsensations.us/

Quadrivium Supplies  http://www.quadrivium-supplies.com

Tonia Brown www.thebackseatwriter.com

Chris Eagle Music http://chriseaglemusic.weebly.com/

The Geeky Kink Event http://thegeekykinkevent.com/
Passion And Soul: http://passionandsoul.com/

The Wonders of Magical Oils: a 3 am infomercial Barbed Pentacle Style

 

Have you ever needed an extra “boost” for your magical spells?  Just a little something extra to get the job done?  Often times, people turn to magical oils for that extra bit of energy.  While it’s perfectly acceptable, and often times a lot of fun to magical oils on your own, the time and cost of ingredients is often prohibitive. Some people may frown on buying magical tools and oils, but buying a magical oil is often more cost effective and definitely less time consuming than making your own.  And let’s face it: time is money.  In today’s world, money is something that is in horribly short supply.  Quadrivium Supplies has the thrifty answers to all your magical needs.  Stay tuned as the wonders of magical oils are revealed!

Thank you for joining me, Sparrow Brown, today as we discover the wonders of magical oils.  Magical oils have been used by practitioners for thousands of years to give their spells that extra push.  Today I have with me the very talented Catherine, of Quadrivium Supplies, to reveal the wonders and mysteries of this often overlooked occult tool.  Thank you for being here today, Catherine!

Thanks for having me.

 

 


 So Catherine, what is the difference between ritual oils, spell oils, and oils you can wear?

In ritual oils and spell oils, it’s mostly vocabulary – some people call
them one thing, some people call them another.  In my experience, they’re
both magically charged oils used for a magical purpose, so they’re the same
thing.  Oils you can wear are blended for scent, not magical purpose, and
(hopefully) checked for skin interaction.  Spell/ritual oils are usually NOT
checked for skin-safety, which means that they may include irritants like
essential oil of red pepper, cinnamon, oregano, rose, or other caustic oils.
Due to the fact that spell/ritual oils are made from tables of
correspondences that attribute metaphysical properties to each plant, they
are (or should be) 100% natural, with no synthetic ingredients.  Scent oils
are often made from synthetics, because true essential oils often just
aren’t safe for the skin.

 How long have you been making oils at Quadrivium Supplies?


I’ve been making oils for about five years.  I started making them

commercially when a friend who owns an occult bookstore said that they were
having a really hard time finding all-natural magical oils.  I ended up
involving a renaissance astrologer to add an extra dimension to the oils,
mixed up some test batches, made a lot of really terrible-smelling things,
and then in February of 2012, started selling my oils commercially.  I
incorporated under the name Quadrivium Supplies because there’s always the chance I might want to do something more than oils someday.

How long does it take to make a typical batch of oil, from start to
finish?

I’m not going to go into my Electional oils, because that will involve
telling you about consulting with an astrologer and him drawing up charts
and telling me the strength of various elections, because Electional oils
don’t make up the bulk of my inventory.
For all oils, obviously, I first decide what kind of oil I want to make -
what I want it to do.  The first thing I consult is my personal table of
correspondence, which indicates the magical properties of certain plants or
scents.  Different traditions have different tables of correspondence, and I
use a mixture of Pagan, hermetic, and hoodoo correspondences that I’ve found work best for me over the years.  Then  I decide what is going to go into a blend.  Normally, there’s one or two major oils, and up to four lesser oils, but it really depends.  If a particular scent isn’t going to work in an oil,
I can still get the magical attribute into the oil by including a solid
piece of plant.
For a normal oil, I make six to eight different blends of different oils in
different proportions, and write down the recipes.  I let those oils sit and
mellow for a while, sniffing them occasionally, and then I toss the ones
that don’t blend well together.  That usually gives me about three oils to
try, and I give them to testers, people from various magical traditions here
in Chicago and around the country who’ve agreed to test my oils.  I get
feedback pretty quickly from them, and may end up changing the recipe based on the feedback, and sending it out for another round of tests.  When I’ve got one recipe that gets fairly consistent good results, that’s what I stick
with.
MAKING the oil – as in, mixing the essentials, putting in the solid matter,
and topping it off with almond oil, takes about five minutes.  Developing an
oil can take me up to three months.

In a minute, Catherine will explain to us what inspires her to come up with all these wonderful spell oils.  But first, let’s learn how you can get your very own spell oils from Quadrivium Supplies.

Don’t be the only one not to use the Occult’s most valuable secret weapon.  Order now, and you’ll have just the right magical oil that you need for the upcoming Blue Moon.  Here’s how to order: http://www.quadrivium-supplies.com/where-to-buy.html

 

 

Welcome back.  Catherine, what are your sources of inspiration for your oils?

 

I’ve been influenced by all the different magical traditions I’ve studied -hermetic and Pagan, for the most part, with a fair amount of grimoire work and ceremonial magick as well.  I’ve never formally studied Hoodoo, but I’ve read a lot about it and have a huge amount of respect for the practitioners.I get inspired by what people need.  For example, I had a friend who was relocating to a new city and had to find a house in a weekend.  They were flying in, looking at houses, and flying out the next day.  This was a huge amount of pressure on her, and I put together a Housing Oil that involved a variety of other herbs and scents with a few drops of Red Fast Luck.  They put in a bid on the first house they saw, which was perfect for them, and it was accepted.  That’s what inspires me – helping someone who’s looking for an extra edge to whatever they’re doing, if it’s looking for a date, a job, a house, or anything else.

What is the “proper way” to dress a spell candle with oil?

 

Some traditions maintain that if you’re performing a working to draw something to you – love, money, a job, etc. – then you want to hold the candle with the tip pointed towards you and the base pointed away and anoint it from base to tip, “drawing” the oil towards you.  If you’re working to get rid of something, you do the opposite.  You hold the candle with the base pointed towards you and the tip pointed away, and anoint from base to tip, “pushing” the oil away.  Another tradition says that you start in the middle of the candle and go to both ends at the same time.  Personally?  I tend to anoint candles in the “drawing to” and “pushing away” fashion.

 

Where do the ingredients for your oils come from?

 

I use a small wholesale essential oil supplier whose work I trust, herbs and
resins from a number of suppliers (Draconis Arcanum -
http://draconis-arcanum.me/ - is a store that I have a good relationship
with, and they always carry very high-quality merchandise), and herbs from a friend of mine who grows them for me on her organic farm in Ohio.  I’m lucky in that I live in a major metropolitan area, and even luckier that one side of my neighborhood is Hispanic and the other side is Polish, so there’s a wealth of natural health stores that stock bulk herbs.  I’ve had to learn
the names for a lot of herbs in both Spanish and Polish.  The plus side of
buying them locally is that I can check the quality before I buy, which is
why I’ll only buy from vendors I really trust online.

What should people do if they have questions about your products or magical oils?

 

I welcome any and all questions about magical oils and how to use them.  I teach classes on the topic and hey, *I* find it fascinating.  As long as my time permits, I’ll happily email people advice, even if they’re not customers.

 

Catherine, thank you for joining us today.  And thank you all for joining us as we discovered the wonders of magical oils. Make them an integral part of your magical practice, and you’ll see an increase in your spells’ productivity that will amaze you. 

 

Make sure that your magical larder is well stocked by clicking on http://www.quadrivium-supplies.com/where-to-buy.html.  Quadrivium Supplies offers a wide selection of reasonably priced magical oils made from the highest quality materials available.  Operators are standing by to fill your order.  Visit with Catherine of Quadrivium Supplies in person on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Occult Bookstore in Chicago, and in October 2012 at the Central Illinois Pagan Pride event.

These folks are infomercial geeks too:

Quadrivium Supplies  http://www.quadrivium-supplies.com

Erotic Sensations http://eroticsensations.us/

Tonia Brown www.thebackseatwriter.com

Labor Day Libertine http://ldl.tribussolvo.org/home
The Geeky Kink Event http://thegeekykinkevent.com/