Kink Magick Tools by Dark Lightning

 I have to say, I am so excited about this post.  Dark Lightning is a wonderful Top and kinky ritual tool maker that lives in California.  I got so incredibly wet when I was adding his pictures to this post.  My clit and nips are still hard!  All the tools in this post were made by Dark Lightning, except for the spoon. The spoon was made by one of our lovely sponsors, Mystic Artisans. You can find Dark Lightning on FetLife at https://fetlife.com/users/181558.  Not on Fetlife, but you’d like to send Dark Lightning an email or ask him questions?  You can contact him at Dark.Lighning13@ymail.com

Have you ever wanted to lift your BDSM play toys into magical and ritualistic tools, but were unsure where to start?

Intention can change a common toy into a powerful tool.

What I refer to here is about raising BDSM play into the ritual magic realm. Transmuting pain into an energy source and seeing your sub as a magical partner in ritual will take your BDSM play to new heights. No sense wasting good energy.

It begins with converting toys into ritual tools. This can be anything from a sophisticated electrotism sex toy, leather floggers, canes or something as simple as clothes pins, needles or scented oil. The difference is the intent and whether the toy has been consecrated for magical work. But of all the tools/toys in Kink Magick, the most precious and valuable is what BDSM play calls the submissive or slave. In my own practice, I found the word submissive did not have the meaning I felt it should. A partner relationship is far more powerful and magical than master/slave. And so I choose to use the word famulus instead. This a Latin term referring to a magician or sorcerer’s assistant.

With my sub now lifted to a sorcerer’s assistant, the play becomes a sacro-magical ritual, so complete and intimate that it is like music from a master saxophonist, where the instrument, player and music become one and the same quintessential being. Magically speaking, they are now a canvas for sigils and ritual markings, a tool for receiving and releasing energy and, most critically, an active living partner in the work. The sub becomes more than an object to receive pain, lifted from something done, to a partner in which magic is being done WITH, which ignites the enchantment.

You may already have many toys which could become magical tools, or perhaps you would like to create one from scratch or get a new one specifically for Kink Magick. For example, The Barbed Pentacle had a contest sometime back on decorating a simple wooden spoon and creating a beautiful BDSM play toy.

So why not take this a step further, and follow a similar creative process with the intent of not just making a play toy, but creating and consecrating it as a personal Kink Magick Tool. This can be done with any BDSM toy, (premade or personally created), transforming it from a mundane object into a magical instrument, strategic for deep magical workings.

So let’s walk through some steps.

Begin by deciding what purpose your tool will serve: Is it to be the bringer of the element fire, or perhaps a channel and guide for another energy you would like to generate? This is for you to choose.

You can get creative modifying an existing toy or start from scratch and make it completely yourself. This will require either raw materials or a ready-made gizmo or contrivance that can be shaped to your desire. You can look at local or online adult toy stores for something ready to go or, like the spoon transformed in the Barbed Pentacle contest, many things can be found in hardware stores, kitchen sections of department stores and of course discount and thrift shops.

For the creative mind, many common, mundane items will be seen as implements for twisted pleasures and magical energy workings. Once you find one that sings with potential, you can begin the process of morphing and consecrating it for your ritual use. It is up to your own creative interests and skills as to how you accomplish this. Perhaps in a later article I will go into a detailed how-to.

Next, create your pre-tool once you have the materials and time you need for tool creation. You noticed I used the term pre-tool because until the final step, it is not yet a Kink Magick tool. So create away.

After you put the final touches on it, you can consecrate your soon-to-be tool for its magical work. This can be via an elaborate dedication ritual or a simple statement as you place it aside for ritual use. At this point, it is a Kink Magick tool for ritual use only. This is an important step, since as you use the tool in ritual, it will become charged with the energy of the intent. For example, you wouldn’t use a tool consecrated for air if you are invoking water energy. These private ritual tools would not be something you would take to a local dungeon for causal play.

Next, it is good practice to plan and implement your first ritual use. Developing a personal connection with the new tool in advance is recommended. Feeling what it was created to do and how it is to be used solidifies the link. You can use the senses to increase the intimacy. You can meditate for connection. Feel free to use whatever process works best for you. The tool is personal and yours to empower and energize as you choose.

Now your tool is ready for ritual workings. Rituals can have many different types of intentions: otherworld Journeys, charging sigils or talismans, manifesting wants, needs or desires, rites of passage, mystical guidance and more. Kink Magick can also be used for developing more awareness and consciousness; for living a more liberated dance in the world rather than trudging through it. One of the things that will quickly snuff the life out of a magical working and the moment is losing one’s conscious presence and awareness during a ritual, so increasing these attributes for BDSM use is wise. Being aware of energy is also important for successful work. It is not like driving a car with your autopilot on while your mind and thoughts wander into who knows where. It is about focus, discipline and intent. These can be gifts for growth. Ritual experiences can offer unintended teachings and learnings. Yes, the Universe will even use BDSM to teach the top.

Basic skills and techniques in Kink Magick and the use of tools can be taught in workshops, but these are only pointers, opinions and starting points if you wish to really learn the craft. The real expertise and mastery comes from personal experience, both success and failures. Like anything we learn and do there, should be a constant effort to experiment, assess and seek triumph.

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WHY SO MUCH SEX AND VIOLENCE IN A NOVEL THAT DRAMATIZES THE ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY?

By John Neeleman (author of Logos)

I was raised mostly in Salt Lake City, Utah, by devout Mormons, a culture that reveres Great Men: where I grew up, history is a series of hagiographies honoring the Great Men who made us a great people – the Prophets, Jesus, the “Latter Day” Prophets, and “the Founding Fathers of the United States”.

Brigham Young and his polycule and children

In high school I worked the cash register in my grandfather’s convenience store. I preferred the wee night hours because usually they were slow and I could get some reading done. Close to the cash register there was one of those rotating wire racks bearing paperbacks, and one night I picked up a book called Burr, by Gore Vidal.

“Hmm,” I thought, “Aaron Burr, wasn’t he a traitor, and he murdered Alexander Hamilton,” who was one of the Great Men? Yet here he was – the hero of Vidal’s celebrated novel. I started reading, I took it home, and I blazed through it. Reading that book was such a liberating, permanently mind altering experience!

Burr portrays Aaron Burr as an intelligent, worldly, and thoroughly honorable gentleman, and portrays Burr’s enemies – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton – as deeply flawed mortals: Washington as an incompetent general who lost most of his battles and was acceptable to the more intelligent politicians of the day as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and eventually as President because he was such a bland, easily manipulated dupe; Thomas Jefferson as a ruthless, manipulative hypocrite who carried on sexually with his slaves and framed Burr, Jefferson’s vice president and formidable political rival to whom he almost lost the presidency in 1800, for treason (of which charge Burr was acquitted by a jury); and Alexander Hamilton as an unscrupulous opportunist compelled by his overweening ambition to invent and propagate the slander that Burr was involved in an incestuous love affair with his daughter, which led to the infamous duel in which Burr killed Hamilton (after Burr let Hamilton fire the first shot).

From what I understand, George’s ass was fatter than the horse’s.

I well understood that Vidal had not actually written a history of our Republic’s founding. But I also appreciated that in an important way he had come closer to the truth [whatever that is]1 than the hagiography. It was thrilling to see the Great Men dramatized as human beings. I am convinced that like the founders of the United States, the man Jesus and the founders of Christianity were just human beings.

Much later, after I started writing, I read Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece Blood Meridian, possibly the work of fiction that has most taught and inspired me as a writer. Blood Meridian is memorable partly for the horrific cruelty and violence that are absolutely cinematic. The Indian hunters lack any of Clint Eastwood’s charisma and decency—the Glanton gang is ISIS in the old southwest bearing six shooters and bowie knives and riding horses. The Comanche are just as savage and lacking in nobility. “The judge” makes Blood Meridian truly special: He is the personification of pure evil, but also all-knowing, terrifically witty, even sometimes funny, and thoroughly grounded in his own way, which is sui generis. The diabolical judge is a prophet! He certainly talks like the King James Bible’s prophets.

Logos is a novel set almost two thousand years ago, but like Burr and Blood Meridian it is very much a novel for our age. While Logos uses various tropes from scripture, Classical epic poetry, adventure novels, Christian films such as Ben-Hur, and so on, it subverts those tropes, much like Blood Meridian does to scripture, epic poetry, and spaghetti westerns.

Too much sex or too much violence strikes me as very subjective. But the sex and violence are not there for titillation. There is thematic purpose. Like Burr and Blood Meridian,my aim with Logos is realism, to subvert the hagiography. We are in the Roman Empire, after all, and my characters are worldly Greco-Roman Jews. The hagiography artificially closes the bedroom door. But modern, empirically based dramatizations of ancient Rome do not shrink from dramatizing the sex and the violence. Rome fascinates because it is our ancient antecedent most resembling us, and it is lusty and violent, as is our culture.

**The seed of Logos is Nietzsche’s ironic statement that the Gospels are “deliberately subversive of nature, and of life.” Nietzsche, possibly the philosopher still most influential today, speculated that the founders of Christianity who pursued this ironic and subversive revolution, started by Paul of Tarsus, were refugees of the destruction of Jerusalem. Apparently they were Greco-Roman Jews; the Gospels were originally written in Greek, after all. The earlier violent battle scenes in Logos are the backdrop against which Jacob and his co-conspirators plan their new order, born of personal experience with the inevitable cycle of violence and its futility. This has struck me as a spectacular premise for a postmodern novel.

Logos in turn subverts the Gospels. And while Logos is not history, in doing so I believe it achieves a novelistic truth that is in a way closer to truth [whatever that means] than are the Gospels. Indeed: nature, natural selection, is relentlessly sexual, and relentlessly violent.

Indeed, humanism vs. asceticism is a constant tension in Christianity. The Renaissance drove Martin Luther to his rebellion. Personally, I favor Christianity’s humanistic side, and in Logos we see an original Christianity that is imbued with books, works of art, music, and sensuality—itself very much a product of Greco-Roman society.

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Fluffy-Assed Motherfucker

Welcome to The Barbed Pentacle’s Second Birthday Bash!  Oh, and Happy Lammas!  I hope you’re eating some nice yeast bread while reading this post.  As part of the birthday celebration, we here at The Barbed Pentacle have once again promised to publish any guest submissions for the whole month of August.  Here’s our first guest submission, by Vine and Ivy author, Tony Brown (http://thebackseatwriter.com/vine-and-ivy/).  Now, Tony got a little hyper in his diaper and posted a self-censored version of this blog earlier in the week, but we have the exclusive, uncensored version!

Now, as you may remember, I am not a big fluffy bunny fan.  I like eating bunnies with French fries and a beer.

But I also like iguana tail too.

In Defense of Fluffy  by Tony Brown

I hear a lot of complaints about “fluff” in the Neopagan/Wicca/Witchcraft communities.  People don’t like the fluff. They aren’t happy about all the fluffiness in books and on the web. They worry about being associated with the fluffy people. And in a Pagan tradition that stretches back to Demosthenes, they contemptuously compare them to timid rabbits. What, if anything, can be said in defense of these “fluff-bunnies?”

Well, first of all, if we’re going to talk about fluff-bunnies, it’s probably a good idea to start by defining the term. I define “fluff-bunny” like this: a Pagan with a naïve view of their own religious identity. Their traits include inexperience, superficial understanding of spiritual concepts, lack of historical knowledge and a somewhat childlike worldview. Their knowledge of the NeoPagan movement’s worldview and historical background is generally shallow or unrealistic, and is sometimes based almost entirely on fantasy elements. They are often very enthusiastic, despite lacking any deep knowledge of exactly what they are being enthusiastic about.

I have a soft spot for fluff-bunnies.

They’re inexperienced, yes. But according to William Blake, the flip-side of experience is innocence, and isn’t a little innocence kind of refreshing now and then? They’re ready to see and believe incredible things. The world is wide open for them. They haven’t complicated their ideology with all the necessary caveats and exceptions that experience teaches us. They have not yet learned to hedge their bets, and betting blind can make the game pretty exciting. I admire their ability to leap without looking, or maybe I’m just jealous of it.

 

Their understanding of spirituality may be a bit superficial, even a little shallow. But isn’t it always the deep water that gets murky? Understanding of anything always begins with the superficial. Before we learn the complex aspects of a subject, we must first grasp the basics. We learn to add and subtract well before we even approach the subjects of trigonometry and calculus. Each level of understanding is built upon those that precede it. What seems obvious and superficial to a graduate student may still be a fundamental lesson that a freshman needs to learn. Expecting them to skip ahead isn’t reasonable.

They lack a firm grasp of NeoPaganism’s history, but that’s a subject that’s hard to grasp firmly even for our best scholars. Our history is a tangled thread, running through a dark labyrinth of family traditions, hidden teachings, oathbound secrets and just plain old lies. The way we understand our history has matured as our movement has matured, and that understanding continues to be updated. What seems naïve and unrealistic now, was considered unimpeachable a few decades ago, and the facts we accept today may be subject to revision tomorrow.

In my experience, these are people who generally mean well. They’re not trying to hurt anyone, and if they’re given the chance they’re likely to be cheerful, helpful and genuinely nice, if somewhat annoying. They’re the kind of folks I wouldn’t mind having in my neighborhood, even if it meant dodging an occasional hacky-sack. Maybe I’d have to politely decline the odd invitation to a Navajo shamanic rebirthing ritual or sit through a five hour croning circle facilitated by a channeled Pleiadian Star Goddess. That’s the kind of crap I can put up with.

Because I like their enthusiasm. I like their energy and optimism. I like their ability be whole-heartedly foolish. I like that they still have things to learn, and I like that they have things to unlearn too. I like them because they remind me that I still have things to learn (and unlearn) as well. I like them because I remember being one of them, and I realize that part of me still is.

 

Most of us still have a little fluff left in us, and I think that’s a good thing. It’s what lets us still react with childlike wonder to the mysteries of our faith. It’s what keeps us dancing, even when the tune starts to fade. It’s what lets the Gods lead us just a little farther than it is safe to go, and it’s what keeps us going when the cynic in us wants to give up.

It’s not always easy to keep the wonder alive, to always see something new and profound by the firelight. And it gets harder as time goes by, so the fluff we have left becomes ever more precious. Once it goes away, it doesn’t grow back. I’m happy to still be as fluffy as I am, honestly. I’m every bit as proud of my fluff as I am of my scars.

 

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And there is another line of defense for the fluff-bunnies. As Mel (the cook on Alice) once said, “the best defense is a good offense!” Simply put, when stacked up against the other extreme, the bunnies often come out ahead. Where the fluffies might be compared with timid rabbits, these folks are more like gnarled reptiles (let’s call them scaly-lizards). Just like before, we’ll start with a definition.

A “scaly-lizard” might fairly be defined as a Pagan with an overly rigid standard of religious identification. They share traits such as a narrowly focused body of experience, an inflexible interpretation of spiritual concepts, a dedication to revising history and a misanthropic view of the world. Their knowledge of the NeoPagan movement is often insular and biased, sometimes becoming nearly completely self-referential. They are almost always deeply cynical, in spite of their professed spiritual advancement.

Where the bunny might be called innocent, the lizard is merely unapologetic. What opens one eye with wonder, narrows the other to a suspicious slit. The fluffy view of spirituality might be shallow, but that doesn’t automatically make the scaly view a deep one. Their rigidity and pretentious orthopraxy only add layers on top of their shallow base, carrying them no deeper into the mysteries. All they’re really accomplishing is obfuscation, not illumination, and shoveling extra bullshit into an already messy process isn’t very useful.

A fluff-bunny might buy into a romanticized view of prehistoric Europe, or subscribe to a discredited theory about the survival of Pagan practices, but the lizards are pushing their own historical revisionism. Among other things, they want to write the follies of our origins out of the story. They ignore or misrepresent the flaws in the foundational sources of our traditions. It’s almost as though they’d like us to forget who the first “fluffies” really were. And while a lack of knowledge is eminently forgivable, a lack of intellectual honesty is significantly harder to overlook.

Generally speaking, these are not people I want as neighbors. It is their tendency to be ill-tempered, judgmental, pedantic and basically anti-social. Their most laudable quality may in fact be their lack of sociability. Because, when it’s all said and done, there really are some people that we shouldn’t have to put up with.

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Share Yourself

There are several projects that I’ll be working on in the coming months that I would like some help with.  If you would like to help, please just let me know.  Feel free to pass this along.

  • I’m looking to interview folks who are in deity/spouse relationships, Daddy/daughter deity relationships, and other unique BDSMish deity relationships for a series of blogs that will be published late November/December.  If you would rather write a guest blog about your experiences, that would be wonderful too.
  • I’m looking for women who have been vaginally fisted by either other women or other men or both, or women and men who enjoy vaginally fisting women for a research project. I’m looking for a broad spectrum of women, from those who have only tried it once to those who do it all the time.

 

  • I’m looking for men and women who enjoy any sort of cervical play.  This is also for the above mentioned research project.

If you are interested in helping out and sharing yourself, or if you know someone who might be interested, please contact me at chirp_sparrow@yahoo.com.  Please put “Share Me” in the subject line so I can find your email in the spam box.  Some of the data for the cervical research project will be used here, on “The Barbed Pentacle”, but a majority of it may be used in other venues.  As always, for all the above projects, you may remain anonymous.  Thanks!

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