To Hunt the Cunt and Other Country Matters, Part 5: Furry Slippers and Fox Tails

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I’ve noticed that a lot of Pagans like to wear fur.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pagan in a fur coat, but I’ve seen hundreds of Pagans wear fur-trimmed items, fur animal tails, fur-lined items, and fully fur accessories.  There are Pagans that exist that are vegetarian or vegans (I’ve met them, so I know they’re real), but they seem to be few and far between.  When you start talking to the fur wearing Pagans about where their fur came from, only a small percentage (like two in my case) have said that they trapped the animal or they knew the person who trapped the animal.  So, that leads me to believe that a majority of the fur that I’ve seen on Pagans either comes from nameless trappers or fur farms.  When your fur comes from those places, you usually have no idea how the animal was treated before it died.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals–aka PETA–doesn’t like you to wear fur.  They don’t like you to wear wool, eat meat, own pets, visit zoos, animal parks, or the circus, or do just about anything except wear plant-based clothes, eat plant-based foods, and avoid breathing.  I don’t like PETA.  I think they’re stupid idiots and ecoterrorists that have no concept of the natural order of things.  I also have no respect for the celebrities that join PETA and act as spokes people.  I think that celebrities often use PETA as an excuse to pose in socially acceptable pornographic photos.  This is PETA’s official stance on the nudity: http://www.peta.org/about/faq/Why-does-PETA-sometimes-use-nudity-in-its-campaigns.aspx

There are many people out there that feel the same way I do about PETA.  I don’t know that everything on the following website can be verified, but if even a quarter of it is true, PETA’s not who they want everyone to think they are:  http://www.petakillsanimals.com/.

Why do Pagans wear fur (especially tails)?  My automatic response is, “Who the hell knows.”  However, it’s really more complicated than that.  Some Pagans wear it because “it’s cool.”  Many Pagans do it as a way to reconnect with their ancestral past (whether real or imaginary), and this reasoning often seeps over into shamanistic practices dealing with animal spirits, path walking, and shape shifting.  There’s nothing wrong with wearing animal skins and feeling a certain sense of “connectedness” with the animal, but if the animal starts talking to you (and you’re not taking a hallucinogen or in a deep meditative state), then you should seek psychiatric help.

Lupa has some thoughts on wearing animal skins.  I agree with a little of it, but…..well, you can read it for yourself: http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usor&c=words&id=14618

From time to time, I do wear fur.  Sometimes it’s as a Pagan, but sometimes it’s just because I like the way fur feels.  It’s sexy to me.  I like the way it feels against my skin, and I’m particularly proud if it’s an animal I had a hand in killing or I know who did.  My favorite fur is rabbit fur.  It’s like stroking a cloud.

If you wear fur and are a Pagan, consider the these things: 1) Is it more in keeping with the Rede or other ethical teachings to wear farm fur, trapped fur, or vintage fur?  2) If you wear fur, is the karmic price more or less if you do the hunting/trapping yourself or if you buy it from someone else?

The furry movement is a  somewhat related area of interest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom.  I don’t know a lot about furries, and as far as I know, I don’t know any furries.  I had one furry contact me, but after she emailed me, she declined any interview questions.

I’m curious to know how Furry Pagans blend the two together.  If you’re a furry and a Pagan, and you don’t mind being interviewed, please email me at chirp_sparrow@yahoo.com.  I can see a lot of possibilities for blending a desire to be in a furry costume with a ritual about totem animals.

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To Hunt the Cunt and Other Country Matters, Part 4: Don’t tan me like that!

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Trapping is a sensitive, divisive subject.  Most people either recoil when you talk about animal trapping (especially using traps that are not live traps), or people will vehemently defend their right to trap.  And to be honest, personally, I’m torn.  I am intimate with trapping, but I numb myself to the necessary grim reality of the practice to be able to continue my intimacy.

Most of the animals that are fur bearers in the United States are not eaten; they’re only harvested for their fur.  That’s not to say that some trappers don’t also eat the animal, but it’s not the norm.  Animals who are caught in traps are sometimes shot, but they are usually killed with a blow to the head  with a blunt object–like a baseball bat or an ax handle.  With skunks, the animal must first be hit in the middle of its back so that the spine is broken and it cannot spray the trapper before it’s finally killed.

Some traps are laid with bait, but some traps are simple hidden in high traffic areas (like on the way to a watering hole).  Because of this and the fact that the trapper has little control over which animal actually becomes trapped, trapping carries its own unique Karmic price.  If the trapper traps something, like a raccoon, that is edible and he or she decides to eat it, then karmically speaking, things aren’t so heavy because all the parts are being used.  If a trapper doesn’t use the meat, obviously there’s instant karmic ripples due to the waste.  There’s also the Karma of laying a trap that the animal has little choice about stepping into.  If the trap is in plain view, whether it’s baited or not, there’s still some choice in the matter.  If the trap is hidden under water or leaf litter (as is very common and is why most traps appear rusty) and it’s on a path that the animal would naturally follow, there’s no choice at all.  Also, one must consider the need of a warm pelt versus the want of a warm pelt.

So where does that leave us as Pagans.  Having a blanket statement of “trapping is wrong and should be made illegal” is not the answer.  Obviously, trapping goes against the Wiccan Rede, but not all Pagans follow the Rede, and it is rarely interpreted the same way twice.  Think about all the Pagans that like to have an Arctic fox tail tied to their asses at festivals and events.  Most of those tails came from animals on fur farms.  Are fur farms really any better than trapping?  Is it better to wear the tail of an animal from a fur farm as opposed to one given to you by a trapper?  Something to ponder for a future entry.

Prolific zombie, steampunk, weird West, and Pagan author, Tonia Brown, has taken on the issue of trapping in her novel Skin Trade, which was published earlier this year.  Skin Trade is set in the second half of the nineteenth century, after the Great Undead Uprising of 1870.  Once again our government has fucked up.  In an attempt to control Native American populations (a la small pox blankets), a virus has been introduced that has wiped out most of the Native American population and a good portion of the settlers in the West.  The Badlands are now zombie central, and the government and army have now allowed trappers into the area. Sounds a lot like how DNR is handling the coyote outbreak.

So what do you do with a trapped zombie?  You dispatch it, of course, and tan its hide.  Just like the Nazis and ancient grimoire makers, Americans now see zombie skin as a fine luxury item.

Some may read this story simply as a good weird West or zombie story.  Others may read this as a story about a troubled girl coming into womanhood in uncertain times and draw all kinds of parallels between today’s young ladies and Samantha Martin.  I, however, see this as a story about a little whore being faced with yet another unpleasant side of humanity, and having to deal with the fact that she wishes she had a penis a majority of the time.  Freud, you have it all wrong.  Penis envy occurs when you need to aim urine into a trap, and you’re tired of always having to spread your legs.

If you’re even vaguely interested in trapping and the humanity behind it, then join Tonia Brown’s ragtag team of little whores, ex-slaves, milk sops, and sadistic tyrants on a fast paced romp through the Badlands in Skin Trade.  (Oh, and there’s a goat in there too!)

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To Hunt the Cunt and Other Country Matters, Part 3: Gigging, Frigging, and Grabbling–the spirituality behind active and passive fishing

I like fishing. For a lot of people, fishing is as close as they come to taking another being’s life. Most people, at least in industrialized areas, don’t hunt, nor do they raise their own meat. This lack of involvement has caused us to forget just what it’s like to see the life leave a being’s eyes and that look, however fleeting, of “you did this to me.” Fishing is a sustainable and renewable resource when done properly. Of course, we’ve been bombarded over the last decade with reports of over fishing and naughty fishing nets wreaking havoc, but if folks only took what they needed when they needed and cleaned up their lines and nets, most of the environmental damage could have been avoided. Except for the sometimes prohibitive cost of a license, fishing is cheap. In its most basic form you only need your hands, or in a little more complicated form you need a line, hook, and a pole. Fishing is also much more accessible to people than hunting and often has no season (except in certain areas with certain fish).

All fishing connects us with the element of water. Water is typically seen as feminine, and it is the element that holds our emotions, intuition, and sexuality. Although humans are land dwellers, we’re biologically drawn to water since our bodies are mainly made up of water and our lives all began in a watery world. We’re more fish like than we’d care to admit.

Passive fishing is what most people think of when they hear the word fishing. It can be basic pole fishing, setting trot lines, or more complex fishing like setting lobster traps and trawling. It’s a slow and meditative process, with lots of waiting, prayer, and luck. You’re not going out and getting the fish; you’re simply setting the scene for the fish to come to you if it chooses too (or is stupid).  

Many people use charms, rituals, and moon signs when fishing passively.  An old fishing buddy of mine was Filipino, which he claimed was a type of fish magic in itself.  He was good at catching fish.  His charm that he used was to light a “fish whistle”, which he would roll on the dock.  He claimed that the fish could smell it burning and would get so intoxicated that they didn’t care if they got hooked.  His fish whistles would work for him, but all it ever did for me was make me forget to watch my bobber and not care when a fish jerked my rod into the water.  Many people consult farmers’ almanacs, which have fishing guides in them.  Some of these guides are based on the weather or the seasons, but many of them are based on the phase and position of the moon to Earth.  http://www.lake-link.com/moon/  has a good explanation of how this works.

Karmically, passive fishing carries less weight than active fishing.  As I said before, with passive fishing, the fish has a choice whether or not to bit your line or wander into your trap.  With passive fishing, there’s also often the choice of catch and release, especially if you don’t use a barbed hook.

Active fishing carries much more karmic weight, since you are actively hunting the fish (or other aquatic animal) down.  With the exception of grabbling, there is no catch and release.  Active fishing includes grabbling (also known as noodling and hand fishing-http://animal.discovery.com/tv/hillbilly-handfishin/), frog gigging, and spear/bow fishing.  It’s much more visceral than passive fishing, and it instantly connects you with the spirit of hunting deities.

My favorite active fishing activity is frog gigging.  It’s a huge adrenalin rush–think about the feeling you have when you reel in a big fish multiplied by ten.  You actively stalk a bull frog at night, blind it with a light, and then spear it with a gig that’s reminiscent of Neptune’s trident.  Gigging doesn’t kill the frog, but it does damage and injure the frog.  Frogs, like a lot of reptiles and amphibians, don’t die easy deaths.  They can stay alive for days with only half a body and cover quite a lot of ground if given the chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piYqeBcKI1s

I like this video because it’s simple and they clean frogs a lot like I do–even down to putting the gigged frogs in an old lingerie bag and talking about pulling the frogs’ pants down!  The first time I cleaned a frog, that was the metaphor that stuck in my head–I’m pulling its pants down.  I don’t bash the frog in the head because I’ve found that a sharp blow doesn’t always kill them.  The best way is a knife or an ice pick through the brain.  They’re still going to be a alive for a few minutes, but they’re not likely to reanimate and become zombie frogs.

 In case you’re wondering, yes, you can cut their heart out and it will beat for an hour or more in your palm.  Snapping turtles do a similar thing.  You can hold their beating heart while their dismembered head looks at you, is fully capable of biting you, and the brain is probably conscious of what is going on around it.  Frogs, when prepared correctly, are really pretty tasty.  If grilled in butter, they have a similar taste and consistency to scallops.

If this post disturbed you any, then good.  You should be a little disturbed.  It shows that you have compassion for the natural order of things and the food chain.  It’s when folks stop being disturbed that the natural order gets disrupted and our resources get abused.  However, life’s messy.  Dispatching a frog in the above method is a lot more humane than what the animals that provide most of the industrialized world’s meat endure.  Just something to ponder.

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Tonia Time!

Listen now!!!!!  (but not at work or around minors)

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Tonia Brown, one of the sexiest voices on the airwaves today, had her new radio show premier on Saturday night!  Unfortunately, I was away on my own personal Barbed Pentacle retreat where only handcuffs and pillow cases were allowed, so I was not able to let you all know about the glorious event.  But I’m telling you now.

 

The beauty of Internet radio is that you can listen to archived episodes any time you want.  Tonia Time will air weekly on Saturday evenings at 9pm at http://www.tmvcafe.com/#!home/mainPage.   The show will have a variety of guests covering a variety of topics and off topics.

So, who was the guest that got to pop the show’s cherry?  me

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To Hunt the Cunt and Other Country Matters, Part 2: Hares

The musician Maddy Prior and Ian Anderson headed to out shoot something, perhaps hares.

Hares, and rabbits to a lesser extent, have traditionally been associated with Witchcraft,  fertility, and goddesses.  The most famous hare of them all is of course the Easter Bunny, which was originally Eostre’s Hare (whose mistress may or may not have been a worshiped goddess).

Hares?  Rabbits?  Isn’t that like the same difference? Hares and rabbits are two different creatures.  Despite the common American misconception, hares are not simply English rabbits.

This website, http://www.diffen.com/difference/Hare_vs_Rabbit, explains in laymen’s terms the main differences between the two animals.  And America does have hares–we call them Jackrabbits.

In cultures all over the world, hares and rabbits have been associated with goddesses and the supernatural.  A popular hare magical symbol is the Tinner Rabbits, reminiscent of the Pagan triskele that often is used to symbolize the different triplet natures of Pagan deities.

In some cultures there is the “Hare in the moon,” and in  April’s full moon is known as the “Hare Moon”.  Hmmm, Hares+Moon=Goddess (Fertility+Rebirth).  Based on this formula, the ancients often saw hares and rabbits as acting as messengers between the divine and humans.

Where did the fertility and rebirth idea come from for the hare?  Rabbits and hares are a renewable resource, if managed correctly and not over hunted. Cottontail rabbits typically have 4 to 5 litters a year with an average of 8 kits per litter (by the way, kit is short for kitten–what rabbit people call bunnies). Hares also produce large frequent litters and have the ability to superfetate, or conceive while pregnant.  http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2010/09/hares-can-get-pregnant-while-pregnant/

Hares also like to engage in some rough foreplay prior to copulation–hence all the stories of crazy March Hares.

The hare’s supernatural status rose, especially in the Celtic lands, with the belief that they were not only messengers but could travel in both the human and the Otherworlds because they burrowed underground.  Druids and later “witches” were thought to shapeshift into hares for magical work.  Because of this belief, according to Julius Cesar (since we all know his works on the Celts are just so very reliable), it was considered taboo amongst the Celts to eat hare in case you were eating someone who was just shifting.

Despite this belief, many cultures eat hares and rabbits.  As was stated above, if populations are managed correctly, they are a wonderful renewable resource that is fairly easy to hunt.  They can be hunted with weapons, traps (live or kill), sight or scent hounds, and even hawks and other birds of prey.

They die fairly quickly (and they can literally die of fright), and they can be skinned with your bare hands–no knife required.  Hares and rabbits are also just the right portion size so there is little waste due to uneaten food.  For more information on eating rabbits, check out

Hares and rabbits lend themselves well to ritual.  In ancient times live rabbits and hares were used in divination based on how they ran away from a person once they were released, which can still be performed by modern practitioners.  The rabbits’/hares’ job as messenger can be used as well, with the participants telling the animal what messages they need carried to the Goddess.  After all the messages have been conveyed, the animal would be released to do its job.

Rabbits and hares can also be used in death and rebirth rituals.  Since rabbits are quick and easy to kill and butcher, they can easily be dispatched in circle (to much dramatic effect), their entrails read for guidance, and then their flesh cooked on a spit on the ritual fire for cakes and ale.  In death, the animal gives us life, and a connection to our deities and the Otherworlds.  Some people may even take this one step further and incorporate a similar ritual into their shamanic practices.

For more information on hare lore, check out this great online resource: http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/rrRabbits.html

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To Hunt the Cunt and Other Country Matters

Hamlet: Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
Lying down at Ophelia’s feet.
Ophelia: No, my lord.
Hamlet: I mean, my head upon your lap?
Ophelia: Ay, my lord.
Hamlet: Do you think I meant country matters?
Ophelia: I think nothing, my lord.
Hamlet: That’s a fair thought to lie between maids’ legs. (Hamlet III.ii.111-20)
My Mistress’ Cunny

1. My mistress is a hive of bees
In yonder flowery Garden:
To her they come with loaden thighs,
To ease them of their burden.
As under the bee-hive lieth the wax,
And under the wax is honey,
So under her waist her belly is placed -
And under that, her cunny.

2. My mistress is a mine of gold,
Would that it were her pleasure
To let me dig within her mould
And roll among her treasure!
As under the moss the mould doth lye,
And under the mould is mony,
So under her waist her belly is placed -
And under that, her cunny.
3. My mistress is a morn in May,
Which drops of dew down stilleth:
Where’er she goes to sport and play,
The dew down sweetly trilleth.
As under the sun the mist doth lye,
So under the mist it is sunny,
So under her waist her belly is placed -
And under that, her cunny.

4. My mistress is a pleasant spring,
That yieldeth store of water sweet,
That doth refresh each wither’d thing
Lies trodden under feet.
Her belly is both white and soft,
And downy as any bunny,
That many gallants wish full oft
To play but with her cunny.
5. My mistress hath the magick sprays,
Of late she takes such wondrous pain
That she can pleasing spirits raise,
And also lay them down again.
Such power hath my tripping doe,
My pretty little bunny,
That many would their lives forego,
To play but with her cunny.

 

 

A lot of men like cunts.  Some women like cunts.  All women have cunts.  A great majority of people came from cunts.  Cunts are an important part of Wicca and Paganism.  Despite all this, and the literary and musical evidence presented above, cunts and coneys are not linked in the way many people (myself included) think.  In college, my history of the English Language professor told us that the word cunt was derived from the word coney, an older word for rabbit or hare, and rabbit words like conejo, that have Latin roots .  I believed her.  I had no reason not to.  In fact, I’ve propagated that misinformation on many occasions.  However, according to Karl Hagen, in his article “The Etymology of ‘Cunt’”, this is not the case.  If you’re up for some English geeky reading, check out the article: http://www.polysyllabic.com/?q=node/77

Despite this, there is a certain fascination with cunts and an unmistakable link to rabbits, cats, beavers, and other animals.  Is it just because all of the above are furry unless shaved or that all of the above like to be petted (I don’t really know about outside beavers, but my beaver likes to be petted)?  It’s a curious rabbit hole to go down upon.  Perhaps, just like the animals associated with the cunt, the ladies who possess them can be quite fun to “hunt”!  
In this new series, we’ll be exploring several things: rabbits and hares in nonexistent modern Pagan mythology, hunting/fishing/and trapping and how it fits in with Paganism and the Wiccan Rede, fur fetishes, and PETA. 
As I said above, a great majority of humans originally transitioned from their mother into this world via a cunt, and a great majority of humans were made when their mother’s cunt received their father’s penis.  To the ancients, cunts were something of a mystery.  Life sprang from them.  They were spots of great pleasure and great pain.  They could bleed with out actually being injured.  The mysteries behind the cunt were blended with other mysteries of the world, which were attributed to the Goddess–since science wasn’t there to explain away everything.
The exposed cunt became a fertility symbol in many cultures that would be openly displayed and honored along with images of penis.  Even today, fertility in one form or another drives everything, just as it did in ancient times.
Irish Sheila Na Gig
But in time, science did develop and start to explain away all the mysteries of the cunt, and the Goddesses behind the mystical cunt were gradually forgotten.
Scientist even started recording cunt anomalies.  The largest cunt thought to exist belonged to Anna Swan, a giant from Scotland.  Interestingly enough, she also bore the largest baby ever born.

So, if you enjoy simple country pleasures, go hunt a cunt and honor the Goddess in the simplest and purest way possible–fuck her silly!
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