New Incense!

•May 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

IMG_4036I recently sold out of my popular Darkwood incense cones again, but now I am introducing the same scent in a new form: Darkwood Incense Powder!

A potent blend of vetiver, sandalwood, red cedar and patchouli, this can be sprinkled on charcoal tablets to release a dark, woodsy smoke perfect for ritual and offerings.

Available in a lovely two-ounce amber bottle. Supplies are limited!

And while I’m directing you all to my Etsy shop, please also note that along with the new animal parts I listed the other day, I have also added something special – the bird skull mask I made for my very first Perchtenlauf. I think it’s time to let that go to someone else who will make good use of it.

Also note that there are still four bottles left of the Midnight incense powder, plus an assortment of bone and wood jewelry! Come check it out and help me pay my insane medical bills!

 

Obscure Sorrows

•May 21, 2015 • 7 Comments

This is mostly for my own later reference, but also wanted to call your attention to this site if you haven’t found it already: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. It’s a list of invented words and definitions for complex feelings that have no other expression. So many of these hit home, I wanted to collect some here.

lachesism
n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

exulansis
n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

monachopsis
n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal on a beach—lumbering, clumsy, easily distracted, huddled in the company of other misfits, unable to recognize the ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.

moledro
n. a feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you’ll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away but can still get inside your head and leave behind morsels of their experience, like the little piles of stones left by hikers that mark a hidden path through unfamiliar territory.

ambedo
n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.

rollover reaction
n. when your dream about someone you know skews how you feel about them all the next day, an emotion you are unable—and unwilling—to shake.

gnasche
n. the intense desire to bite deeply into the forearm of someone you love.

New Items for Sale

•May 19, 2015 • 5 Comments

As you can imagine, this recent medical crisis is going to leave me pretty much screwed financially. I do not have health insurance. I cannot even imagine what the hospital bill is going to be. But even before I deal with that, I have to make up for almost two weeks of lost work and other expenses.

In another week or so I should be in shape to start accepting cartomancy requests again. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up some book design assignments soon.

In the meantime, I have re-opened my Etsy shops and added a few new things that might be of interest to you all, such as a wicker bull head and vintage Poseidon button over at Magpie & Rook, and some alligator leather scraps and domestic cat bones at Goblinesquerie (and there’s still some Midnight ritual incense powder left, in addition to plenty of bone jewelry!).

I am also seeking a buyer for this lovely Tarot deck – I bought it for the art awhile back, but I’ve decided to only keep a few decks that are my “working” decks and I’d rather this go to someone who will make good use of it. It’s barely been used at all. You can find out more about it here. I bought it for $40, am asking $25 (including shipping to US). Just comment or email me if you’re interested. SOLD

Update

•May 16, 2015 • 12 Comments

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes. A little more of the story – I had been having some pain for a few days but attributed it to something else entirely. On Monday night it got concerning enough that I went to Urgent Care, who saw evidence of gallstones and sent me to get an ultrasound at the ER. Not thinking it was a truly emergency situation, I went assuming I would get a diagnosis and then deal with it later, but they admitted me on the spot. Apparently my labs looked a lot worse than I felt (I do have a high pain tolerance). On Tuesday I had an endoscopy to check for stones aggravating my pancreas (I  had mild pancreatitis too), and on Wednesday I had laparoscopic surgery to remove my stone-filled gallbladder. They sent me home Thursday with four small incisions in my abdomen, and some painkillers I fortunately haven’t had to use much. And, I was finally allowed to eat something after three days of total fasting. I am recuperating at home now and hope to be up and around after a few more days, though they say the full recovery period is about six weeks.

You know, a lot of spirit-workers, including myself, seek out and design intense Ordeals to transform and transcend ourselves (amongst other reasons), but there’s something to be said for the unexpected, uncontrolled Ordeal which is thrust upon us. I had to face some of my biggest fears during this (not least of which was having a scope shoved down my throat, or going under general anaesthesia for the first time). It has not left me unchanged.

I do not know what I will be on the other side of this, or how my life might change, but something big has happened. And I give great thanks to my gods and spirits who helped me through this. Once I am able to move more freely, I owe many libations.

Unexpected hiatus

•May 13, 2015 • 6 Comments

A quick note to let you all know I am currently in the hospital for minor surgery. Everything looks fine, but I may be here for a few more days. I have no access to the internet, including e-mail or Etsy. So if you are waiting on a response from me, it may be a little while. Sannion is making this post for me, if there’s anything urgent get in touch with him. [Sannion waves] I hope to get caught up next week, but it may take some time.

Announcing: Winged Words Book Design

•May 11, 2015 • 12 Comments

I have officially turned my sporadic work as a book designer for self-published authors into a real business:

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I offer a full set of services, including cover design and interior formatting, plus add-ons like proofreading, e-book conversion, and matching WordPress site. For now I am primarily using Createspace (and Kindle for e-books), which is directly linked to Amazon.com and provides ISBNs for free. I have done all my own books that way and have been pleased with their service.

I am hoping to fill a niche for those authors who want to self-publish but don’t have the necessary skills to make their books appear professional and polished, but also can’t afford to spend $500 – $5,000 on a cover alone (yes, those are some real prices charged by other designers!). My packages currently run between $250 – $400. I am also offering a 10% discount for books with pagan or polytheist themes, as I want to help support the publication of more quality books for our religions. Obviously most of my previous work has been for such books, but I can also work on any sort of project.

The Winged Words website will tell you everything you need to know about the process, and also gives examples of my work and testimonials. You may already be familiar with some of my work, as seen in my own books, my partner Wayland Skallagrimsson’s, Sannion’s Nysa Press, Galina Krasskova’s Sanngetall Press, as well as the journal Walking the Worlds and some of the older Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional anthologies.

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If you are a writer interested in my services, I’d love to hear from you. And please pass the word along to any self-published writers you know, pagan or otherwise.

Warning Label

•May 7, 2015 • 4 Comments

You know how they say that if you go to Fairyland and manage to get out again, you’ll either be mad or a poet? Well, the truth is that you’ll either be just plain mad, or a mad poet, but it’s not like the poet thing will let you off the hook from the madness part. You’ll probably always be on the verge of veering off into non-functional insanity, holding on by the thin rope of your inspiration.

And the things that were familiar and comforting before will seem strange and remote. And you will have no common language with the people around you, and even the words of your art may fall on deaf ears, although you will not be able to stop it lest you fall into the abyss again. And you will still love Fairyland with all your heart, even after it has done this to you. You will always be looking for the door back in.

Sound like fun? Then I have some spirits you should meet….

 
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