Big Birthday Bash!

Wow!  It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been publishing this blog since 2011!  Come and join us tonight, Saturday, August 8, at 9:30pm EST at https://www.facebook.com/events/872426829462604/ for the Barbed Pentacle Birthday Bash!  There will be prizes all through the party, as well as live interviews with authors and artisans.  The main event will be at 11:30pm EST with an auction of a very special prize.  All proceeds of the auction will benefit the Lady Liberty League (https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/lady-liberty-league/lady-liberty-league).  The Lady Liberty League helps defends all Americans First Amendment Rights.  Make sure that there’s money in your PayPal accounts!  In addition to all these fun events, two new sections of the Barbed Pentacle, with brand new commissioned art work, will be revealed during the party.  See you there!

All tied up, part 2: Wrap a snake around my thigh

If the Countess of Salisbury had a garter made of green snake skin, then I want one made out of Copperhead skin!

 

I’ve always been fascinated with garters and stockings.  They frame certain portions of the female anatomy in ways that pantyhose can’t.

Besides, unless it’s crotchless pantyhose, garters and stockings are the way to go for easy access.

Originally, garters were a necessity.  Woolen hose tended to slouch, which is never a comfortable situation.  Early garters were nothing more than a piece of string tied above or below the knee, over the hose, by both men and women.

As humans became more ingenious, they added buckles, latches, and eventually elastic.  Most garters were strictly utilitarian.  However, as women’s hems began to ascend up their legs, garters became fancier and were meant to be seen in brief glances.

Eventually, garters gave way to garter belts, which tend to be more comfortable, work better, and are less damaging to a person’s circulation.

Garters, while fashionable and sexy, have also traditionally been associated with witch craft.  The most famous of these associations is the story of the Countess of Salisbury, who just like Janet, had a wardrobe malfunction at a very public event.  It was speculated by Margret Murray, the anthropologist who has given false credence to most of Wicca’s most valued traditions, that the Countess was a Witch Queen whose badge of office slipped down her leg.  This, of course, is only an unfounded theory.

Gerald Gardner tied this onto his growing collection of witchcraft culture, and the practice of using a garter as a sign or badge of a witch’s degree or position became popular for a time.  (Click here to read some more about Pagans and garters:  http://afwcraft.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-witches-garter.html)

The practice of wearing a garter to denote your station has fallen out of practice within the general Wiccan and Pagan community.  It’s a shame.  I have wonderful visions of everyone having garters full of badges, like some Spiral Scout program gone horribly wrong.  Or of Pagans passing each other in the grocery store and furtively flashing a garter shot a la Christians drawing dirt fish.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  Plus, it would give you a handy place to stash extra libations or an athame for ritual!

In seriousness, though, committing to wearing garters denotes a person being bound to their path, their learning, and their position of service.  It’s hard to forget your duties to Deity and your fellow circle mates when you have something tight around your legs.

There’s nothing more natural, cheap, and easy than a garter made of ivy–for fidelity.

Want to be a good witch and make your own?

http://www.thegartergirl.com/2009/09/24/the-99-cent-wedding-garter-a-free-knitted-wedding-garter-pattern/

 

For more information about the fashion history of garters, check out: http://chestofbooks.com/food/household/Woman-Encyclopaedia-4/Dress-The-Story-Of-The-Garter.html#.UaLmjdJOQq9 http://chestofbooks.com/food/household/Woman-Encyclopaedia-4/Dress-The-Story-Of-The-Garter-Continued.html#.UaLljNJOQq8

These folks always catch the garter at a hand fasting:

 

 

Tip Your Bootblack!!! A review of “Playing Well With Others”

If you are looking for a book along the lines of  ”S&M 101″ or a technique book, this book is not for you.  However, if you are new to S&M or are an experienced player that is looking to reach out and stroke someone in the greater community, then this is book is a must read and definitely something to add to your Yule list!

The authors, Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams, both of whom have recently wrapped up a book tour to promote this book, are well-respected in the BDSM community and have 30 years combined experience as players, purveyors, and educators.  To find out more about Lee and Mollena, check out their profiles: http://www.playingwellwithothers.org/mo/  www.playingwellwithothers.org/lee/

Playing Well With Others, is available both electronically and in work book format.  The book is written in a very approachable style that is easy to read either cover to cover or one section at a time as the mood strikes you.  The prose is broken up with cute side bars featuring cartoon Lees and Mollenas that often given personal anecdotes about the topic at hand.  The topics in the book range from how to act and find your first munch all the way through the many permeations of BDSM society that end at the big, bad expensive convention.  In fact, cons are covered quite a bit in this book, and it’s obvious that the authors enjoy and attend conventions often.  Some of the information in the book is repeated in several different spots, presumably because the authors think that it’s important and a point you need to commit to memory.

In addition to all the wonderful information contained within the main part of the book itself, Playing Well With Others also contains several appendices at the end that folks new to the scene will find extremely helpful.

The overall themes of the book–remembering your manners, taking time to learn new etiquette, and learning when it’s appropriate to ask questions (which is something you’re strongly encouraged to do)–are applicable not only to folks who are looking to start playing in the BDSM community, but also to people looking to join the Pagan or Heathen communities after being solitary practitioners or to anyone who is going to be joining a new community soon.  And if you’re going to have to attend a convention in the near future, whether it’s for fun or for business, the sections on conventions are extremely helpful.

For more information on the book or to purchase the book, click here (Do it!  You know you want to!):   http://www.playingwellwithothers.org/

These folks know the importance of tipping your bootblack:

Passion And Soul: http://passionandsoul.com/

Knotjokin Rope Floggers: http://www.knotjokin.etsy.com

Tonia Brown www.thebackseatwriter.com

Just Smack Me!: http://barbedpentacle.com/just-smack-me-a-wooden-spoon-decorating-contest/

 

 

So you think what you’re doing is different: A Pagan Service Announcement

Tennesse Waltz (click it!  http://chriseaglemusic.weebly.com/)(no, that’s not my spelling error)

Often times in life you find yourself doing things that you know others will frown upon (perhaps like reading this blog or masturbating to “The Tennessee Waltz), or you find yourself thinking, “I’m the only one in the world who would think to do this and find it enjoyable.”  If these thoughts have ever occurred to you, then you need to watch Taboo on the National Geographic Channel.

 Taboo is not a new show, but it’s always cutting edge (something literally), and full of surprises.  Some of the episodes cover topics that have been covered here in blog posts, some of the episodes cover things that I would never dream of covering, and some future episodes are covering topics that I am already lined up to cover.  It’ll be interesting to see who gets to cover them first and how that coverage compares.

Don’t have satellite?  National Geographic has a majority of the episodes for free online: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/taboo/  (click “Full Episodes”). So, as you click on the above link, know that you’re not alone.  There are other people out there engaging in your particular taboo, and if not, there are people out there engaging in taboos that blow yours out of the water.

Click on these taboo folks:

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/
Passion And Soul: http://passionandsoul.com/