It is almost time to be Filled with Frenzy

•July 30, 2015 • 1 Comment

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Smash Smash

•July 29, 2015 • 7 Comments

“Technology, which promised and indeed delivered so much opportunity for leisure, has lately turned out to be the exact opposite. Omnipresent interconnectedness has enabled the colonisation of idle time. Even time waiting for a bus or a train can and will be put to good use. The company phone works as a modern ball and chain, ever anchoring us to or at least reminding us of duty. If the phones are not calling our attention towards our paid jobs, then we are allowing it to continually reminds us of filling up a void with experiencing and consuming, or being elsewhere.” (Linda Boeckhout, Gods & Radicals)

Honestly, I just don’t get this. Over and over, for years now, I hear people talk about how smartphones, and Facebook, and various other modern conveniences actually hurt us, disconnect us, destroy our time (or even ability!) for leisure or contemplation, etc. But for the most part, nothing changes, on either an individual or societal level. You know what you can do about it? STOP. Get off Facebook. Don’t use a smartphone. Put away the distractions. Pay attention to the world around you. Be an example to others of what life can be like without these things.

Seriously, this is like an addiction. Even people who agree with this perspective will then say “but…” and follow it up with all these reasons they “can’t.” The only real reason is that, ultimately, they don’t want to. Like with a drug, the instant gratification, the temporary pay-off, is more enjoyable than the prospects of what life might be without it.

It’s one thing if you really, fully want to participate in these things, if you like the way they shape your life and your community and your experiences. I will still think that’s crazy, but hey, at least it’s a real choice. Doing things because everyone else is, because the monoculture is forcing you into it, because it’s easier than critical thinking – that’s not a choice, that’s slavery.

So consider this a call from one Dionysian off to the side of things, sick of hearing people complain about their chains while they are holding the keys to their freedom. Think for yourself. Be brave. Don’t follow the crowd just because. Really, truly, put your priorities into action. Make your own choices. GET FREE.

P.S. For those coming to our Dionysian ritual at Many Gods West – leave your devices in your room. And if you forget, they must stay in your pocket and turned off. If I see one person answer a text or take a photo, that phone will become an offering. By which I mean, smash smash. Dionysos deserves your undivided attention, and ekstasis is not for public consumption. Thank you. 

Reminder: Summer is Evil Sale

•July 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

As I prepare for our Dionysos ritual at Many Gods West, figure I’d post this reminder about my Summer Is Evil Sale. And a special note: there’s a new listing at Magpie & Rook: 13 Issues of Man, Myth & Magic, the classic 70’s occult encyclopedia magazine!

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Go to Goblinesquerie for bone jewelry, my bone-working booklet, incense, and more, or go to Magpie & Rook for a variety of vintage treasures, and enter the code SUMMERISEVIL at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase! Sale lasts through August 15.

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Hermes in the Cemetery #7

•July 21, 2015 • 5 Comments

Lane Memorial Gardens is at the edge of town, at the very furthest point west that any of the regular buses go, and thus one of my last stops of this project. Unfortunately, this was another fairly uninspired cemetery – headstones all flat to the ground, big swathes of lawn, etc. But, a few more trees than the last, and a lot of statuary. One more to go after this!

Entrance

Entrance

You can't even see the graves. It's odd to me that people want a cemetery that doesn't look like a cemetery. Also, what a huge waste of water in this drought! Have to make sure the grass is alive over the dead people.

You can’t even see the graves. It’s odd to me that people want a cemetery that doesn’t look like a cemetery. Also, what a huge waste of water in this drought! Have to make sure the grass is alive over the dead people.

I assume these are cremains housed in this structure, with a plaque and flower receptacle for each one.

I assume these are cremains housed in this structure, with a plaque and flower receptacle for each one.

Another Jesus Kriophoros!

Another Jesus Kriophoros!

One of the few shady corners.

One of the few shady corners.

These modern stones with photographs freak me out a little. Strange to see a picture of the person who is decomposing beneath you, especially a child.

These modern stones with photographs freak me out a little. Strange to see a picture of the person who is decomposing beneath you, especially a child.

These are statues of the apostles, though from the back they looked like they were going to be Greek gods.

These are statues of the apostles, though as I approached from the back they looked like they were going to be Greek gods.

The pet cemetery section, which was neat. I like the St. Francis statue with the dogs, cat and rabbit looking up at him.

The pet cemetery section, which was neat. I like the St. Francis statue with the dogs, cat and rabbit looking up at him.

There was goose shit *everywhere* - at the end I finally saw them.

There was goose shit *everywhere* – at the end I finally saw them.

My favorite part - this circle of columns in the middle of nothing. Like a new ruin.

My favorite part – this circle of columns in the middle of nothing. Like a new ruin.

I left the herm of stones for Hermes in the center of the circle.

I left the herm of stones for Hermes in the center of the circle.

 

Inherent Animism

•July 15, 2015 • 6 Comments

“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”

I know this sounds silly, and I’m sure many of the letters were tongue-in-cheek, but… personally, I see it as a good sign. There’s still some inherent animism in the human spirit, even when the person isn’t consciously animist or polytheist. And maybe it will stop us from entirely destroying the other living beings on this planet.

Speaking of animism, a beloved local stadium built during the Depression just burned down in my city (just a couple blocks from where I live!), and it’s been interesting to see the reactions. People were really connected to that place, even beyond any particular memories or associations. The other day I noticed a sign tacked up to a nearby phone pole: “Rest in peace, beautiful stadium. You deserved better than this.” Again, a bit of personification at work, perhaps the same reason we still call ships “she.” Always makes me smile a little – one of the few times I’m on the same page as the rest of the culture.

Dog Bone Necklace

•July 14, 2015 • 4 Comments

A reminder that I am selling this necklace (that can’t be listed on Etsy due to their policies) – comment or email me if you are interested.

IMG_2080Green Beaded Necklace with 3 Real Dog Foot Bones

This delicate necklace of pale green stone beads and silver spacers features three real domestic dog foot bones. Animal died naturally – no animals were harmed to make this necklace.

Measures about 18″ long. Bones are between .75″ and 1.25″ long.

$25 with free shipping (US addresses only).

ETA: THIS NECKLACE HAS BEEN TAKEN.

Cartomancy resumed

•July 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Recently I had to turn down a couple cartomancy requests due to still being in recovery from my surgery, and a lot of other life craziness. But things are settling down and I’m feeling better than ever, so I’m ready to open the doors again. If anyone is interested in a cartomancy reading, please see this page with the details. I’m excited to get back to work.

 
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