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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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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The Goddess’ Nips

 

“So here’s my question to all you pagans. What does a goddess look like? Does a goddess have porn star tits, of back breaking proportions and gravity defying magic? Or does a goddess look like a real woman?” – ”Goddess Breasts”

“The moral of the research at this stage seem to be, if you want to be in a natural state, you need to be in a natural state. The more artificial your habitat is, the more you will suffer if you don’t protect breasts and feet from the consequences…..The more you can match your shoes to the needs of your breasts, the better this is going to work, though.”–“Bare breasts, bare feet”

“I realise that I have been socialised to consider the unfettered breast a sign of loose sexual morals and availability. The idea that, anyone realising I had no bra would conclude that I am a slut and open to any and all sexual advances, was not a comfortable one. I have yet to go out in public without a bra, and this is a big part of why. I simply do not want the assumptions that could go with it.”

–”The Unfettered Breast” Nimue Brown

from  Druid Life https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2012/

Ms. Meow Meow’s #nobraday pic

“I don’t remember just when it was that I stumbled upon the fact that began to unravel the puzzle, the fact that the permanent human female breast is not a biological necessity, is in fact an anomaly. In every other primate species, the females develop breasts while nursing, then become flatchested again afterward. So here an anthropological concept applies: a human trait that is not dictated by biology has been created or shaped by cultural forces. In other words, the permanent female breast is the result of learned behavior and serves a social purpose. What could that be? Puzzling over that, I was finally jolted by what by hindsight should have been obvious: when a human male observes a human female from a distance, the first fact he can observe about her is whether she has developed breasts. If she has, then she is old enough to have sexual intercourse. The permanent breast is a signal, a communication of information essential for human survival. Evolutionary pressure created it.”

“Why are men so interested in women’s breasts?” By Aiden Kelly

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/aidankelly/2014/02/why-are-men-so-interested-in-womens-breasts/ Nobody online seems to know exactly who started #NoBraDay.  Supposedly it was started to promote breast cancer awareness, but I agree with the critics on this one: it’s not doing much to further the cause.  Having pictures of male and female celebrities getting mammograms plastered all over the place would do more good.  How about #freemammogramday?  I think the people who started #NoBraDay really started it because they wanted to go without undergarments, but they were too afraid to try to launch that campaign on their own, so they attached themselves to the breast cancer awareness cause, just like everyone else in the world.  Breast Cancer Awareness is big business.

I celebrate #NoBraDay because most of the time, especially at home, I don’t wear a bra.  I was raised by crazed dirty hippies, so bras weren’t really a priority unless you were going out into polite society.  Sometimes I do wear a bra or a corset (I have a thing for pretty lingerie), but a lot of the time I just go with nothing–bra or panties.  It’s nice to feel free sometimes.  I see it more as a First Amendment/Free Speech issue.  Society shouldn’t tell you how to dress.  ”And ye shall be free from slavery,” says the “Charge of the Goddess”.  If, as Pagans, we take this to be true, then we are free to wear what undergarments (or not) as we choose.

Dumuzi sang:
         “O Lady, your breast is your field.
Inanna, your breast is your field.
Your broad field pours out the plants.
Your broad field pours out grain.
Water flows from on high for your servant.
Bread flows from on high for your servant.
Pour it out for me, Inanna.
I will drink all you offer.”

The Courtship of Inanna and  Dumuzi  http://jewishchristianlit.com/Texts/ANEmrg/Inanna&Dumuzi.html

The Goddess (whatever name you call her) has breasts and nipples.  Some gods have heavy swinging breasts too.  Female and male humans both have breasts and nipples.  Those are simple statements.  But in Western society, as Pagans in Western society, we have become afraid of female breasts and nipples.  This stems from a deep-rooted patriarchy that is inherently afraid of anything that may elicit a sexual response.  Humans can’t control what causes sexual arousal in themselves, and this lack of control can be scary and is some times embarrassing.  So, we do our best to cover those things up.  However, I, like many people, can get aroused at seeing a man without his shirt on.  This man can walk around legally without his shirt on, but I, as a woman, cannot.  Double standard.

The Goddess, in her many infinite forms, is often depicted with either youthful pert breasts, ripe for the suckling, or large pendulous breasts, ready to smack you in the face.  Conversely, the God, in his many infinite forms, is often depicted with a magnificent bare chest.

These representations of Deity are as it should be.  However, “The Charge of the Goddess” also says, “as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites.”  A lot of Pagan groups take this and run with it, holding skyclad rituals that make many families cringe.  This is unfortunate.  While no one should be made to feel uncomfortable in ritual,  and all parents have the right to raise their children as they see fit, always holding clothed rituals does seem to go against the grain of the one piece of liturgy that most Wiccan groups revere some version of.  Some of these groups, though, have edited out the part about holding naked rites, perhaps in an effort to seem legitimate among the sea of naked worshipers.  Holding topless rites is a perfect compromise.  While many parents, understandably, are not comfortable with full nudity around their children (and the law in most areas is firmly against it for obvious reasons), some parents, surprisingly, would probably be comfortable with a top-optional ritual, especially if the laws in their area supported topless women.  Despite the religious sexual overtones that imbue Wicca, most groups enact Hieros Gamos via a chalice and an athame.  Therefore, the topless men and women are not partially dressed to purposely invoke sexual feelings within the group.  That’s one of the caveats that is attached to many pro-topless laws.

As the year progresses towards Yule, I’ll be interviewing Pagan leaders and state legislators in my state of North Carolina about their views on women going topless, North Carolina’s topless laws, and the possibility and implications of top-optional rituals.

I enjoy feeling the sunshine on my naked skin and the wind whispering my skin to goosebumps.  There’s nothing like lounging by the water in summer with nothing on.  If you’ve not experienced outdoor nudity yet, please do so, at least once, during the next year.  Once you experience it, you’ll never want to frolic outdoors fully clothed again.

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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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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!

Prosperity through Sacred Whoring

Finances and sex have always gone together.  The world’s oldest occupation?  The Lords and Ladies of Finances and Prospertity greatly enjoy sex.  Think Wall St. of the 1980′s.  And they want sex through YOU, not you through your partner.  And not just you with your hands.  They want you through an insertable.  This is because there are deities of finance and prosperity that identify with a variety of sexual orientations, and they want you to share in those sensations to facilitate worship and connection.  They want you to be their sacred whore.

One of the horniest of the Deities of Wall Street is Lord Ganesha. 

I first came into sexual contact with him a few months back when I had enjoyed some Indica that Ganesha would approve of.  I had just gotten the Nirvana 3-way, 3-speed vibrator,    and decided to try it out. (Hear me use it: http://bit.ly/1hmnZXk)  It was wonderful!  Ganesha stampeded through me and gored me at full force.   All the kinky little kid feelings that I had had growing up and seeing Dumbo’s mother spanking a spoiled kid with her trunk came flooding back, and hard moral thoughts of deity-driven bestiality poked me incessantly at three different speeds with KY hot sauce and some cunt intensifier cream.    I was in that awesome “Wah-wah” universe that pulses with color and atmospheric sensations, like a mental water bed.    He came to me hot and heavy, in the same aqua blue color as my vibrator.  He fucked my cunt with his trunk first, ramming and tickling.  Then my Lord turned his head so that his trunk was still inside of me, but now one tusk was pressed against my clit and the other one was sliding in and out of my ass.   Did you know that an elephant’s trunk can move both side to side and back and forth at the same time?  It is absolutely orgasmic, with Lord Ganesha’s hands squeezing and grabbing, caressing and smacking, pinching and tickling.  Lord Ganesha says that all the Prosperity deities have agreed that in sexual worship of them that all the orifices should be busy praising and worshiping them.  The first set of lips to call their praises, the second and third set of lips to quiver in response.  If this causes you shame because that type of stimulation is new and frightening, then know that they see that shame as humility, since all prosperity petitioners, especially the most successful and confident, should remember that the blessings come at the grace and leisure of the Lords and Ladies in charge, not just by luck, birthright, or work.

Lord Ganesha removes and insures obstacles.  Hermes  Agoraios  sets up the market place in your favor. Lady Luck and Lord Gamble make sure that the Fates have been bribed.  Frau Perchta makes sure that you’re going to work hard enough to deserve this prosperity or she’ll slit your belly and make you shit for days.  Athena makes sure that your industriousness and knowledge of industry standards are up to date.  Lord and Lady Gold, Silver, Platinum, all the Commodities, Dollar, Euro, Pound, Peso, and Yin makes sure that your currency is multiplied and not depleted. St. Expeditus helps things to happen in a timely fashion.  Lord Pluto, of course, bankrolls it all.  And don’t forget your personal posse that works as your personal mob soldiers.

Like all mobsters, all these deities really care about is money, sex, and success.  You be their whore, they’re bankroll your project; you give them the loot, and they give you back a percent.  They expect respect, obedience, and good-will sacrifices as good public relations strategy.

Thursday Financial/Business Prosperity Ritual

Relax with an intoxicant of your choice.  If you can’t drink like a Russian (metaphorically or literally) then you have no business sitting at the table. Select some prosperity incense or herbs to burn in a heat-proof chamber pot, piss pot, or slop jar.  This is because you always want to have at least a pot to use as a toilet. Then recline on your spread out Hell money that you will offer later as an offering. As you become very relaxed, select one or more sex toys that will penetrate the orifice(s) that are below your belly button.  If you have a penis, a pocket pussy is appreciated as well.  Relax and think about the Deities of Financial and Business Prosperity as you begin to masturbate for their enjoyment and pleasure.  If some of it is a little painful at first, remember, some lovers are rough.  Fill your mouth with a large lollipop (any flavor) that you have previously run under water until sticky and then rolled in unground salt.  These
Deities love sweet and salty treats and want your mouth to be filled with the dueling but complementary tastes.  Call out to them, envision what you Need and what you would like. Remember to show Them how you will randomly sacrifice to them for the benefit of mankind by showing them charities and alms that you will support and giveaway.  Chant their names until one deity appears behind your eyes and takes over the show.  Then increase your chanting of your needs and wants to the rhythm of your coming orgasm.  The closer to coming that you are, the more plaintive your pleading cries should be.  It’s not unusual for multiple deities to come to you during this ritual.  Prepare to be a train whore.  When you can no longer orgasm and your lollipop is gone, drink some water and eat a sweet and salty treat while you burn Hell money or fake play money in your piss pot.  If things are urgent or desperate, then you should burn a small amount of legal tender to show why your request should be put before the requests of others.   Later, when you’re out and about, make sure to leave a salty and a sweet treat at an ATM machine or bank for somebody who is down on their luck.  When the deities deal with your case, make sure to thank them and to fulfill your charity and alms promises as quickly as possible.  They appreciate weekly, preferably Thursday, worship and protection payments.  Kiss the ring, bitch!

Today’s ritual wasn’t quite as intense as the first time, but it was still beyond satisfying.  I used my Ganesha vibrator, introduced new anal beads (I slipped the retrieval loop over the clitoral stimulation vibe to vibrate the beads), and then ended by using a new anal plug with the main part of the vibrator nestled behind it and my perineum.  Lord Ganesha enjoyed me first and then Athena took her turn.  She enjoyed my anal stimulation like she a had penis of her own.  Perhaps she does.



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What the word “network” really means, mother fuckers!

It’s that time again!  It’s June, which means that it’s time for the Pagan Values Blogject!  This year I’ll be posting two posts that both deal with interacting with people other than yourself.  To see other PVB posts from me and other people for 2015 and previous years, check out: https://paganvalues.wordpress.com/

Very few people these days, Pagans and non-Pagans, seem to understand what a social network really is.  It is not a place to post all kinds of crap about yourself and then expect no one to see it and share,  nor is it a place to post all kinds of stuff about yourself and then to become depressed because nobody comments on your post.  A social network is a place where you are suppose to connect with people in a social manner, for whatever purpose that may be: personal, business, or religious.  That means that you need to use some common sense, good manners, and put your best fucking face on.  That means that you should expect to get friend invites from people you don’t know who think you might be neat to get to know based solely on the tiny bit about yourself that you’ve put in your profile.  Don’t be a dick about it.  If you don’t want to friend the person, just hit decline.  Don’t send them rude messages demanding to know why you sent them a friend request.  And the sites that make you message a person before you send them a friend request (um, like Fet Life) are ludicrous.  It’s a social network site.  You’re there to make friends with people you don’t know.  By sending a friend request you are asking that person to be your friend.  It’s tedious and redundant to have to send a message and then send a request.

People judge you on your posts.  If you rant all the time, you’re going to appear to never be happy.  If you talk shit all the time, people are going to think you’re never happy.  Social media sites are not suppose to be used as group therapy.  That’s why you go to the health department and get hooked up with a group that meets once a week in a church basement or community center.  If you use social media sites as group therapy, you come off as crazy.  If you find that you’ve used social media in any of the ways mentioned above in this paragraph, then you need a blog.

Apate, Greek Goddess of Deceit

Pagans, if you join groups on social media sites that cater to Pagans, people will know you’re Pagan.  If you post Pagan things on your social media accounts, people who you may not want to know that you’re Pagan will soon find out that you’re Pagan.  Therefore, don’t whine and complain when you’re suddenly kicked out of the broom closet.  You are the one who put that information on the Internet for everyone to see, despite what you think you’re privacy settings are set to.  Everybody, especially the government, can find it all out because you put it on social networking sites.

If somebody does something with your information that you don’t like, don’t confront that person in public, especially at first.  Use some common sense and manners and private message the person.  Calling somebody out in public is only going to make the situation worse.  You may think you’re a badass, but chances are the person you just called out is a bigger badass.  And if they’re Pagan, they may work more in the gray areas of magic than you do.  Be nice and private message.  The reality of the situation is that for the most part, you rarely really know the people that you’re connected to on a social network site, but I would bet good money that it’s very easy to track down your physical location from your social network account.  Don’t piss people off needlessly.  It could backfire in ways you’ve never imagined.  Also, don’t be stupid enough to make threats online.  I see people getting mad over stupid things and doing this all the time.  If you make a threat online, then it’s a public threat which can be used against you in a court of law.

And finally, don’t be offended when people share things from your social networking account without asking.  If you don’t want it shared, don’t fucking post it.

Most of what I’ve said here is common sense, but nobody, especially the average Pagan, seems to have any common sense or manners anymore.

I guess they were too busy meditating when their parents and teachers tried to teach them how to be polite to other people.

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Is that a crystal in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

I’ve been consuming a fair amount of tea lately, and while I was consuming this herbal tea I read the book Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner.  I LOVE gemstones and I love hunting for gemstones, but despite my past attempts, I never really got the whole “love your crystal like its a pet” kind of mentality that a lot of Pagans have.  Yeah, I have some gemstones on my altar, but I’m not even really sure why they’re there.  Occasionally in the past I’ve used gemstones in magical or energy work, but there was never any kind of communication with these gemstones.  Well, that has changed.  Corrine Kenner’s book is not a magical field guide to gemstones and minerals as so many crystal books are; this book is a great user’s manual for crystals of all kinds.  All the activities that had been proposed in past crystal books that made no sense or seemed stupid all now make sense.  And I discovered something else, crystals can be extremely sexy.

Forget the magical correspondences of gemstones that can be incorporated into sexual play for a moment.  Just the energy that crystals transmit alone is reason enough to integrate them into sexual practices.  They can give things a jolt, particularly if you do electro-play.  Crystals can be charged up with a person’s desires and intent.  When these charged crystals are inserted into the body, then that energy will transfer to that person.

If you have not explored using crystals and gemstones in sex, now is the time.  There are several manufacturers of carved gemstone penises and dildos, but some of them are quite cost prohibitive.  Instead, you can use a large crystal.  Crystals are ideal for insertion play since there are such a wide variety of shapes and structural types.  Crystals can be heated in the sun or chilled in the freezer for heightened sensation.

Not only can crystals be inserted into orifices, they can be laid in cracks and crevices, and clumps of crystals can be used as tactile stimulants.  You can slip one into your panties for all day gentle stimulation.  I think I’m going to sew little holster on the inside crotch of all my panties so I can slip my little crystal in there for rubbing on the go!

Pele, a mother of igneous gemstones.

Gemstone beads can be made into anal beads.  I looked on the Internet for some already on the market gemstone anal beads, and I didn’t really see any worth purchasing or promoting, so I’m going to make my own.  I’ll keep you posted!

Another way to get a crystal’s energy into you is via a gem elixir enema.  Gem elixirs are made by leaving a crystal in a cup of water out side over night in the moonlight or in the sunshine for a few hours.  Heating the gem elixir in the sun would be a nice way to heat the water for a warm water enema.

One word of caution: crystals can have sharp points and edges that may damage skin and tissues.  If you think this may be the case with your crystal, slip it into a condom before use.

 

Crystals’ powers and magics can be transferred to a person in sadomasochistic ways other than insertion.  They can be transferred via flagellation.  A gem flogger can be made by gathering together 2 to 3 foot bunch of lengths of heavy twine, plastic lacing or thin leather cords.  The traditional number of cords is nine, but it can have as many or as few tails as you want.  If you wanted to be fancy, you could use number magic in determining the number of tails.

Gather up one end of the tails into a clump and rubber band them together.  You can wrap this in duck tape for a crude handle, or you can research online how to make a finished handle.  On the other end of your flogger, slip one or several gemstone beads onto the end of each tail.  Then knot the end to keep the bead on.  A prayer or wish can be said when you tie each knot for a little  knot magic.  Be careful when you play with this flogger.  It’s very easy to cause damage with thin tailed floggers and with floggers with things on the ends of the tails.  So, use a very light hand, especially at first.  If you doubt your abilities to wield your new flogger in a safe way, then practice on a pillow.  

I highly recommend Crystals for Beginners.  It’s a great companion to Scott Cunningham’s book on crystals.  It is more of a New Age book instead of a Pagan book, which makes it very accessible to people of all different religions.  There are foot notes and a bibliography, which makes me extremely happy.  Plus, it’s easy to read and navigate.  Here’s the Amazon link:  http://tinyurl.com/oh6r7pk  Thanks Miss Meow Meow for passing the book along to me!  I’ve enjoyed it during my tea time.

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Sparrow vs. The Phantom: Episode 2

As you will remember from the last episode, The Phantom and I were discussing Edmond, his cat.  Remember, I’m in pink and Phantom is in blue.

Wow!  I wish I had had that “Goblin Market” essay to use as a source when I wrote my “Goblin Martket” masterpiece for my BritVicLit class.  Then I could have had a mega essay!  

Why do cats eat dumb things?  My cats eat some dumb things sometimes.  Sometimes they eat bird food, which is weird.  I’m tempted to leave the catbox dirty to see if anything sprouts.  Is Edmond doing better?  Is he out of the woods?

He seems to be doing ok! He’s had a couple of check ups with the vet, and he’s out of the woods. However! He managed to score an eye infection, and so I’ve been dealing with that over the past week. XD Haha, and of course he wants to stick as many paws as possible into his hurt eye because of course that will make it better. The eye seems to be clearing up now as well though. He’s been on anti-biotics for a week and a half now. 

 
And while it may be tempting, a clean litter box is important for all cats, whether they decide to eat bird food or not. XD Edmond eats earwax. I showed him some one day because I wanted to mess with him and gross him out. But he just started eating it, turned the tables, and grossed me out instead. 

Ewwww!  That’s so gross!  It’s like letting the dog clean out the litter box!  LOL!  I have a friend whose cat likes to get in the dirty clothes hamper and wear her dirty panties and bras.  I guess it’s because it smells like her.  

I’m really glad that Edmond is out of the woods.  I hope that everyone reading this interview gets a commission from you or donates money (big subliminal message).  
So, what are your big plans once the TA gig ends?

Aw, well, that’s at least cute though. Thirsting after earwax just doesn’t come off as quite as affectionate. XD

 
This month is spent moving out of my apartment. Also, I am currently waiting for the arrival of the Vampire Artbook books. I don’t know if you were in on the project, but I headed up an artbook funding project last year, and the books are finally set to arrive in early June! It’s a collection of 40+ illustrations and comics by a wide range of artists–and it also includes a statement by each artist discussing their work and their personal views on vampire mythos. It’s pretty great. 
 
The kickstarter is over, but you can find all the info here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1592236066/the-vampire-artbook/description
I’m pretty proud of bringing something this big together. 
 
Summer plans are to move, mail out books, and do lots of art. I’m also travelling around a little to visit some friends. 
Awww! I missed out on the vamper books, but it sounds really cool!  Do you have any art work in there?  It sounds like your summer is pretty well filled; what about the fall?  And what do you need an English degree for if you’re going to be doing art?
Yeah! The vampire books are very cool. 
I do have some artwork in it. The extra copies will start to go on sale once the contributors get their copies.
In the autumn, I’ll be reevaluating my life as my student loans become due. 
 
What isn’t an English degree good for? The amount of ideas and materials I was exposed to had a huge influence on my intellectual development, my aesthetics, and my art. I’m looking into going to art school next year though. 
That’s so true about an English degree.  It’s like it’s good for everything and nothing at all.  Usually it’s good for being an over-educated fry cook, warehouse work, or field hand.  And English professors have the best stories!  A lot of them seem to be star fuckers (or at least the ones I’ve met).  Maybe it’s the whole Arthur Miller complex.  
What art school are you looking at going to?
Your million dollar question:  Is pornography art or smut?
Here’s the artbook’s tumblr! I’m currently posting interviews with the various artists so that the blog doesn’t sit stagnate while the books are shipping. Once the books arrive and the extras start selling, I’ll post links there to where you can buy one! :D
 
Haha, well, I think that English people tend to half-jokingly say English degrees aren’t good for anything, but dang, an English degree is like a history, literature, rhetoric, and philosophy degree combined into one. Plus, deep down English is about clearly and concisely relating information (and analyzing information); who doesn’t need that? 
Business person? Well, they need to be able to articulate their plans to their employees and customers. 
Mathematician? They need to clearly articulate their findings, and why the findings matter.
Lawyer? They have to know how to argue convincingly.
Astronomers? They need to write compelling proposals to fund their research.
 
“English” as a discipline is so integral to everything in our society I think people just tend to forget how central it really is. I think it’s good for everything. And people can get jobs in English specifically. Personally, I think the “English degrees don’t get jobs” sentiment is based on an almost entirely erroneous assumption. I’m just kinda “????” whenever sentiments like this come up, because they’re just silly. English degrees get people jobs. Surprise!
 
I have no idea what a star fucker is, or what an Arthur Miller complex is. Can you explain? The definitions google’s giving me aren’t very helpful. XD
 
I’m looking into school in Finland! If I can get even just a part-time job, then I can get my residency permit and school is free there. Finland is where I want to end up eventually anyway, no matter what.
 
It’s not quite that simple, of course. What I don’t think is art, is images made for the male gaze that rely on objectification, the degradation of women (or anyone else), the perpetuation of stereotypes, and harmful modes of thinking. That stuff is not art.
 
Luckily, this isn’t an area I’ve thought about enough to give you any more than the answer above. I’m not really qualified to say beyond that. Since I’m not interested in porn, I’m not qualified to give a more particular answer. :)

 Here’s the artbook link I meant to include: http://vampireartbook.tumblr.com

 
The kickstarter provides a better overall look at the artbook though, and it does link to the tumblr site. So I often just give out the KS address anyway. 

A “star fucker” is a person who only has sex with a person because they’re famous and later on they can brag about it.  An “Arthur Miller” complex is when a writer marries somebody famous to launch their own career.  Arthur Miller, even though brilliant, would not be as well know if he had not been one of Marilyn Monroe’s husbands.  I’ve had at least 4 different English professors tell me that they’ve slept with Erica Jong.  So, either Erica Jong is a slut, the professors were star fuckers, the professors were liars, or all three.  And one of those professors was female.

What if the art is trying to make you think about how porn objectifies women and how that makes your body feel? And to do that, it emulates pornography?  At that point, is it still art or has it crossed the line into pornography?
So, since it keeps coming up, let’s talk about this asexuality, if it’s not too personal a subject.  When you say “asexual”, do you mean that you feel no sexual interest what so ever when you see men or women?  Are you celibate?  Does your body respond to sexual stimulation? 
Wow, those aren’t the English professors I know. Mine were all very committed to their work, and just about as far from that as one can get. 
 
It’s a fine line. I don’t think emulating porn is the best way to go about critiquing it. But it all depends on the approach. Personally, I don’t think emulating something like exploitation or objectification is at all helpful in critiquing those structures. Of course, it’s tricky, since then we run into the issue of what constitutes “emulation.” 
If the artwork is clearly sending a message that is critiquing rather than glorifying the objectification of women, I’d say it is still art. And of course, that depends on our definition of “clearly” as well. XD I think critique is most powerfully done not through emulation but through direct confrontation with the subject. 
 
Asexuality! I don’t think it’s anyone’s business what my personal life is like in that detail. :) However, I will give you quick rundown of some of the words you used. Asexual means not feeling sexual attraction to anyone (just mentioning men and women would set up an unnecessary binary). That’s it! Pretty simple. Celibacy is entirely different. Celibacy is when someone makes a personal choice not to have sex, whether they feel attraction or not. It’s also often a religiously motivated choice. So those two terms are very different. Asking me about this stuff is like asking me for my views on this year’s rutabaga crop. Not my area, not particularly interested. :) I spend my time pursuing other things, like art. :D
Oh, and I do know about this year’s rutabaga crop.  I have some in my garden. ; )  The tubers are going to end up being smaller than normal and hard.  We started out with lots of rain, but now it’s completely dry, which will lead to shriveled tubers because they’re using up their stored water to keep their green tops alive for photosynthesis.
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Fume Rite, 3: When the smoke clears….

“There are two of you, you see: one that loves and one that kills.”

 

My torrid love affair with Apocalypse Now began in my high school AP English class.  We watched it after school as a companion to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which I was currently in engaged in a dark humid muddy affair.  Apocalypse Now has always been associated with smoking for me.  Before my first viewing, my friend Matt and I slipped up the road to his house to get high (he lived two minutes from school) while his mom went to McDonald’s to get us munchies (because she was that kind of mom).  Then after the movie, we smoked cigarettes as we walked back to his house to get stoned again.  From the very first strains of “The End”, I knew that Apocalypse Now and I were going to be very close.  ”The End” was already one of my favorite fuck songs/cutting songs/getting high to/ getting drunk to/belly dancing songs, so it was only natural that anything that it introduced to me was going to become an intimate companion.

Later on that same year I had my own fan allusion, where I came to out of a Rimeron haze lying on my living room floor watching the fan go around and around, just like Huey blades.

Apocalypse Now is a very sexy movie.  The artistry of the cinematography.  The eye candy interwoven with the blood and grit.  The jokes and idiosyncrasies of war.  The absolute brilliant and elegant script.  It’s the total poetic package.

As you all know, I’m a gritty kind of girl, so the blood, guts, and mud, hooked me and made my clit twitch.  And then you get towards the end of the movie, and the Pagan overtones start to become obvious with the Cult of Kurtz.  By the end of the movie, how could you not want to bathe yourself in buffalo blood and fuck Martin Sheen while he’s stuck in a bamboo cage or tied up in a very compromising auto-erotic asphyxiation position with a buddy’s head in his lap?  I can’t help but lust after his machete.  The dual sacrifices set everything in the world back on track.  The killing of a god.



And then like your girl friend getting breast enhancements, it got even better and the “Redux” version came out, and I fell even more helplessly in love.  I can understand how sitting in a theater through the whole uncut movie could be a bit much, but some of the best parts, my absolute favorite part, were not included in the original film.  After wrapping myself up in the luscious smokiness of the “Redux” the original is sorely lacking.

And smoke is everywhere in both versions of the film.  The army and navy and air cav are constantly igniting colored smoke bombs to obscure view in a literal smoke screen and to signal to the forces and helicopters.  Scene after scene is filled with the smoke of napalmed trees and bombed villages.  Willard is almost never seen without a cigarette in his mouth.  The “Street Gang” crew crouches down in the turret to smoke pot.  Kilgore (is that not just the most perfect character name for this movie?) has his cigarette in his “man” length holder and then later on smokes cigars with his surf crew.

And now we’re to my favorite section of the “Redux” version: The French rubber plantation.  I love the brunette, “Claudine” who feeds the Elder de Marais.  She is such an exotic beauty.  Her features hint of mixed blood, like an illicit affair behind a rubber tree, but she is so intoxicating, that the indiscretions of her ancestors can be forgiven.

Then you have Madame Sarrault, who while she’s not a smoking beauty, she is a beauty who smokes, from after dinner cigars to opium.

My favorite is her pressed naked against the mosquito netting with Willard reaching up to cup her breast.  It turns me on every time.

If you’ve never seen Apocalypse Now, it’s worth the however many hours of your life it takes to watch it. If you think you’re not going to like it, drink while you watch it.  Willard drinks through out the entire film.

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