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  1. I could not get into this one. The original Penny Dreadful is my jam! This second part was merely using the skin of original as a puppet....nowhere near as good! I didn’t even finish it, compared to the original which I couldn’t turn off.
  2. Atheopaganism is a newer tradition of paganism, which does not practice deism or theism, but still preserves the spirit of paganism through tradition, earth-centric celebration, nature reverence, folklore, and sometimes ancestral veneration and a form of magical practice. As a self-identified atheopagan, I still celebrate the Wheel of the Year but a bit differently than other traditions. My Wheel of the Year has always been based off of ecological and agricultural changes, celebrating the seasons, and psychological metaphors inspired by nature which I incorporate into my own self-care practices or ancestral veneration practices. Well, little did I know that other atheopagans have made their own official version of the Wheel of the Year! Here is the article: https://atheopaganism.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/an-atheopagan-life-celebrating-riverain-and-adapting-the-wheel-of-the-year/ and here is the takeaway summary: "Yule (Winter Solstice). The Festival of Lights, keeping us warm through the Longest Night. Celebrates family, community, and beginning of light’s return with the lengthening of days. A time to gather together to survive the cold and dark, to celebrate and give thanks for what sustains us even in the darkest times. It is the height of Winter, and celebrated as the New Year. Riverain (Midpoint between Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox). The Festival of Rain. The height of the rainy season in my region, when the mountains are emerald green and creeks are roaring with water. Celebrates rain, water, art, poetry, music. A time for preparation for what is hoped for in the future (such as sharpening gardening tools and kicking off Spring cleaning). The beginning of Spring. High Spring. (Vernal Equinox) The Festival of the Newly Born. Celebrates renewal, childhood, innocence, playfulness, discovery. A time for planting seeds, sowing the crops and garden. Per the name, the height of Spring. May Day (midpoint between Vernal Equinox & Summer Solstice). The Festival of Love and Maturity. Celebrates passage into adulthood, sexuality, freedom, fertility. The beginning of Summer. Midsummer (Summer Solstice). The Festival of Attainment. Celebrates the Longest Day, arrival into comfort, leisure, relaxation and enjoyment. The height of summer. Summer’s End (midpoint between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox). The Festival of Work. Celebrates technology, science and invention, responsibility, physical work. First of the Harvest Festivals (the Grain Harvest) and the beginning of Autumn. Harvest (Autumnal Equinox). The High Harvest Festival. Celebrates gratitude for the bounty of the Earth, the harvest of what has been worked for, the gifts of the World, enjoyment of the fruits of labors. Second of the Harvest Festivals (the Harvest of Fruits and Vegetables), height of Autumn. The beginning of transition into the darker time of year. Hallows (midpoint between Autumnal Equinox & Winter Solstice). The Feast of Darkness and Endings. Celebrates the wisdom of old age, acknowledges the inevitability of Death, the legacy of ancestors, the memory of those no longer alive. A time of the drawing down of nature into the dark and dormant part of the year, to contemplate the unknown, to acknowledge the darkness in life. It is a time for burial/release/composting/grieving what is ended to make room for what is to come, to anticipate the return of the rains, and to enjoy the spooky, gothic and darkly atmospheric. It is the final Harvest festival (the Flesh Harvest) and the beginning of Winter." I also observe some of the Satanic Temple version of holidays, such as their version of Lupercalia (all dogs deserve our love!!!), Hexennacht (which basically overlaps May Day/Beltane), and Sol Invictus (because it's easy).
  3. How's everyone holding up?

    1. Onyx

      Onyx

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      Suprisingly well!  Thanks for asking!  and you?

  4. There was a post quite a while back that mentioned a Boy Scout campfire pot that was basically a handled cauldron with a lid. It was insanely cheap but I’m struggling to find it now
  5. Beautiful!!!!!! Wow these are so hard to grow. Absolutely gorgeous
  6. Don’t use the buzz work “cauldron” when you shop. Look for iron pot with handle or something.
  7. Happy equinox, everyone.

  8. This year I'll be celebrating the autumnal equinox with these delightful recipes: Corn Chowder: 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 large white onion 2 cloves minced garlic (or like, way more) 4 small red potatoes, chopped 3-4 fresh ears sweet corn, kernels stripped off 2 cups veggie broth 2 cups milk/nut milk/etc Chopped green onions Secret ingredient - just a pinch of nutmeg. Saute onions, garlic, potatoes, and corn in olive oil until gently browned/onions translucent and everything is smelling toasty. Add wet ingredients and cook for at least 20 minutes at a simmer (longer = better). Salt and pepper to taste, don't forget to garnish! Baked Streusel Stuffed Apples 4 apples (1 apple per person, change recipe accordingly) 1 cup oats 1/2 cup almond flour 2/3 cup dark brown sugar 2 tbsp honey Spices - I like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, to taste 1 stick butter, cold and diced into small pieces 2 tbsp raisins 2 tbsp extra butter for saute Mix dry ingredients with butter pieces until crumbly, then store in fridge until ready. Saute raisins gently until they are plumb, allow them to cool. Cut apples flat so they stand up in a pan, then gently core the seeds (don't cut through the bottom, you're basically making apple cups). Spoon in 1 tbsp or so of plump raisins into the core (you can also add honey). Fill the rest of the core with your spiced oat mixture. Baked at 350 for 40 mins or until brown and crispy. Core will be very hot! Serve with spicebush tea by adding crushed spicebush berries to hot water and steep. Mmmm!
  9. First question: what is a familiar to you? Is it a physical animal and ally, or is it an assisting non-corporeal entity? Both are often described by the same term but they are obviously very different. If it's a physical animal, you have to feel out that connection. If it is non-corporeal, you can call it to you. Use incredible discretion with the latter, as many things may come to the call, and not all of them are familiars. And lastly, you can wait. Sometimes they come to you. Sometimes they don't. If you're seeking for something potentially protective and to assist your bidding, you can always create a fetch. There are many good posts on the forum about fetches.
  10. It would seem that humankind has embraced a new god and its name is Stupidity. 

    1. Phagos

      Phagos

      Commercialism & Media! 😠

    2. Phagos

      Phagos

      lol so it only showed "It would seem that humankind has embraced a new god and its name is..." thought you were asking. But yes.. Stupidity does appear to be the Allfather lately

    3. TobaccoFlower

      TobaccoFlower

      Hahaha that’s fantastic. Commercialism and Media are pretty good ones too. I’d say they play ball with Stupidity a lot. 

  11. You're such a peach, dear. 😘 Yeah I don't mind the idea of sort of skipping a year. This year has felt like static, and the faster it gets behind me the happier I'll be. It's definitely been a good year for looking inward - I mean, fuck we don't really have a choice, do we? Can't bury ourselves in the excitement of fast paced fun with friends, group gatherings, holiday hooplah, and the like. So I guess inner work is one option we have. In my less balanced years, I've used the equinox to reflect on how I got there and plan my next steps or do something mindful.
  12. Good luck with the new career path. Indeed, now is a great time for medical jobs. The most available job in my area is contact tracing personnel - there are ads left and right for them. I've actually been terrible about my garden this year. It's basically a garden for the animals at this point, I've just been so busy! But, they like it so it's fine I suppose.
  13. It is nearly autumn in the northern hemisphere. The sun fades and the dark swells, and for one brief moment we have balance - perfectly equal amounts of day and night. The last of the summer heat burns the grass and fruit hangs heavy. As the second harvest fast approaches, I find myself contemplating some things. Every equinox, I look back at the last season and consider what balance means to me at that time, what I've learned, and what I can look forward to as the wheel turns. This year has been...... wow. Dark. I never thought I'd spend a Virginian summer with a mask on, my "bubble" up, worrying about sickness and loss this much, and losing trust in being physically close to others, or fearing leaving my house to get basic necessities like groceries. And yet here I am in the season of Light, staving off the Dark. But it's not all Dark. What I have reaped from this Light season? What is my harvest? I still have a job. Another semester of grad school under my belt. A roof over my head. I haven't lost many people yet. My pets are happy. I have enough resources to sustain and also to give. I have exercised my adaptability, which is perhaps one of the most important skills a person should keep sharp. As a collective society, humans are currently in the midst of a great learning curve which, while it is incredibly painful and devastating right now, will be illuminating in the future....regardless of what happens now. These are all harvests, and should be appreciated as such. So this year, I will be celebrating sustainability, perseverance, illumination, and of course, the ever-fleeting essence of life. I will give offerings to the spirits of my land and workplace to thank them for providing me shelter and a job, especially now, and ask that it may continue through the winter. I will also share my harvest with those in my community, since many are newly homeless and jobless, by donating to local food banks as much as I can. I will also be tipping my hat to the Darkness - this year is a reminder of just how powerful Darkness can be, and why it deserves our respect. Destruction is perhaps one of the most powerful forces of the universe and part of the inevitable cycle of our lives, even if we don't like or understand it. Growth always follows destruction, we must remember and cherish this now more than ever. Happy almost-Autumn Equinox! Tell me how you plan to celebrate this autumn equinox. What does it mean to you? What are your reflections? How will you empower yourself and others during these dark times? What have you lost? What have you gained? What connections have you made? How are you finding balance, in your life and craft? And are you wearing your damn MASK?
  14. For super pagan-y "witchy" feeling: Omnia, S.J. Tucker, Eivor, Wardruna, Heilung, Arcana, Faun, Peter Gundry, Corvus Corax, Trobar de Morte, Daemonia Nymphae For more rock, borderline Satanic feeling witchiness: Blood Ceremony, Jex Thoth, Rhea's Obsession, Blackwater Holylight, Brimstone Coven,Witch Mountain, Witchcraft, and many more
  15. Cavender has some awesome scientific articles on Appalachian ethnobotany! I've used him as a source for some papers for school, I always get excited when I see his name. 
  16. https://dangerousminds.net/comments/stunning_images_of_pagan_costumes_worn_at_winter_celebrations_around_the_wo?fbclid=IwAR1I3hbNbtKD7yt1BsddJdSMgHb-slMFowvHX8SwXFTi9S6m2hjjlKEjguU
  17. Indeed I don’t consider hemispheres in regards to east and west for my personal paradigm. East and West is more about the coming and going for me, whereas the equator is a more firm boundary in my mind since it presents a physical and measurable difference in the form is sunlight. The north changes more - longer days in summer, longer night in winter, colder the farther you go, and more treacherous to life in general. The South is more constant the closer to the equator you go- stable daylengths, more constant average temperatures. Below the equator the south begins to represent our north, and since I have no connection to the Southern Hemisphere at this time in my life I don’t incorporate it since I don’t know it’s energy for myself.
  18. I was thinking of the nature of the compass and how it is used in various forms of witchcraft. Decided to post my thoughts here for discussion: When you work with compass points do you regard the "place of power" to be the mere direction itself (so something immediate south of you has the same amount of southern energy as something far away; self-centric perspective) or is it a "shout out" to energies at the extreme of that direction (like egregores of that directions effect on your geography)? I work with the compass points in regard to how they represent transition, as that is the nature of witchcraft for me - change. So for me, distance has power, as does the movement represented by the compass points. I also only consider them down to the relative equator, since the northern hemisphere has always been what I am familiar with. Therefore north is darker, colder, closer to death, south is hotter, sunnier, more vibrant and blasting. East is beginnings and growth to fruition, west is settling or calming down, into dying. East and west represent a more fluid ebb and flow, whereas north and south are more permanent stations, following their cycles as EW days go fasters than NS relative changes such as seasons and daylength. So for a working that I want to grow I might plant the seed using eastern energy then foster it using southern energy. For moving an annoying situation out I would address the west and to keep it dead I would plug northern energy. I generally do not incorporate standard, neopagan elements into my compass philosophy, though natural energies certainly exist within my personal paradigm.
  19. You should read the forum rules better. "Blessed be" is not considered acceptable on this forum. Here are resources for this rule, though I HIGHLY suggest reading every other rule post in that section. http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/4355-wiccan-pagan-witches-please-read-before-joining-posting/ http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/3965-blessings-blessed-be-merry-meet-merry-part-etc-etc-etc/
  20. This is also one of the main reasons I don't use crystals much anymore. When I really want one, I use what I already have but do not buy more. Mugwort is a great alternative. Here it's really, really, REALLY invasive so when I find a patch I go ape on it. I don't get why glitter because so popular, honestly. Plenty of other things sparkle, and things like sugar sparkle and also attract and feed creatures - which would certainly please local spirits. Speaking of mica, I got to drink a mead with food grade mica and it was a pleasant experience. it dazzled and swirled in my cup - so pretty. Great idea with the banana leaf too! I've used plantain leaves and knotweed as well to make little parcels. Knotweed works particularly well.
  21. .....What in the name of Satan? Climate changes are mostly due to global warming. There's direct and abundant evidence that global warming due to more immediate processes than the shifting of the poles is affecting the global climates, particularly the changes you're talking about.
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