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Angel of Death,detail,Emile Jean Horace Vernet

Angel of Death,detail,Emile Jean Horace Vernet

cherylacuna:

1st round of tarot cards ! ~~ 

cherylacuna:

1st round of tarot cards ! ~~ 

hazelhaegtesse:

lustik:

The artwork of Meredith Woolnough via Instagram.

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I… used to do stuff like this. I forgot.

Before my instructor ran off with my entire portfolio and all my notes and I lost access to my semi-industrial cast aluminium Singer baby

gothiccharmschool:

batcavefreak:

Is anyone else really pissed that Monster High didn’t exist when you were a child?

Do you peeps have any INKLING of how delighted I would have been to have spookycute monster dolls when I was a wee witchy child? 

On the other hand, now I’m an “adult” and can buy allll the dolls I want and I don’t even have to share them! *clutches brand new Avea Trotter and Viperine Gorgon*

The Madwoman’s rant or “Why I hate the godspouse concept”

theemperorsfeather:

eclecticwiccanmadwoman:

This will be under a ‘read more’ as it will be long and I will try to keep it from being overwhelmingly negative.

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Hi.

I’ve been trying to decide for several days whether or not to respond to this at all, but I figured that, since you said you were pretty new to certain parts of the Tumblr pagan scene, and since you seem generally open to learning, rather than just being yet-another godspouse hater who felt compelled to post in the godspouse tag to remind us how unbelievable and terrible we are, I would point out some things I’ve noticed over the past 2+ years (reading both a lot of Lokean blogs and a lot of godspouse/related blogs) that might clear a few things up for you, even if they don’t change your basic opinions. (If this comes across as testy, it’s because a LOT of what you said are things I’ve been seeing for 2+ years, far too often, often with more loathing of us attached, and the first time or two was annoying enough.)

-  The needs for discernment and the fact that sometimes spirits lie, sometimes spirits pretend to be other spirits, is something I ran into within my first 2-3 weeks here. I see those things repeated a lot. A LOT. I realize that whether or not you see topics is dependent upon who you follow, so perhaps some people active in the Tumblr pagan/witch/etc. scene don’t see that, but since some of the most popular bloggers here DO repeat those topics, I’d be surprised if it escapes many people’s notice. What people DO with that knowledge is a whole separate problem. (This concept caused me a great deal of panic off and on my first several weeks here, because how could I know this was really Loki, and not … something else? I told myself that, Whoever it was, He’d been kind to me, so how much did it matter if it turned out to be Someone else? Which didn’t completely calm me down – I needed the outside confirmation for that – but it helped. And that holds true today, because … how can I be 100% positive He really IS Loki, even if I have no reason to really doubt it?)

- Zeus doesn’t seem to have very many devotees, period, compared to many other Olympians, so it isn’t surprising there aren’t many people talking about being espoused to Him. You’d have to talk to the Hellenics about that; I don’t really know what accounts for other Hellenic deities being more popular. Times change?

- What a deity is known for historically (e.g., Zeus chasing mortals, and deities chasing mortals Who have no historical evidence of having done so) does not describe the full extent of Their interests or behavior.

- Lokeans have been hearing “you’re only worshiping Loki because you think Hiddleston is hot” for as long as I’ve been here, and I suspect most of us are thoroughly sick of that. The people who’ve been worshiping Him way longer than the Thor/Avengers movies have been out are probably sick of it in ways us newer folk can’t really appreciate. I have no idea why you think He’d show up with “a horned helmet,” or persist in doing so, if He wanted to convince people He was the Norse deity and not something else (some people do have relationships with a spirit identifying as MCU!Loki, but acknowledge that entity as Not the Same as the Norse deity). It is really extremely insulting to have people continue to address Lokeans as being utterly incapable of telling the difference between Marvel’s universe and Norse myth.

(We’ve had to spend a lot of time reassuring newer Lokeans that it is totally okay to have been brought to heathenry via Marvel, or use Marvel figures/imagery on altars (a number of people do), as long as the deities don’t mind (and They rarely seem to object), and that even if Loki or Thor shows up looking like Marvel’s Loki or Thor (which sometimes has happened), well, deities can use whatever “face” They like, and what They choose is probably done for a reason. Some people cannot connect to the “classic” red-haired Loki. As long as a person has done what they need to to tell the difference, and isn’t conflating myths with the Marvel ‘verse, who cares how They show up?)

- The crap about it being “only” about the Avengers is often very clearly directed at Lokean godspouses, rather than Lokeans as a whole, because clearly, we can’t be anything other than “delusional Hiddleston fangirls.” We get this from other Lokeans, too, who apparently believe themselves to be /amazing/ mind readers, to know what we are “really” thinking, feeling, and experiencing in our religious practices.

- Yes, the Thor and Avengers movies brought in a lot of Lokeans, and a number of that “generation” have become godspouses-or-similar. So what? According to people who’ve been in heathen circles way longer than I have been, Loki has always been a “heavy recruiter,” and He seems to have done pretty well off those films. He had mortal spouses long before those films came out. I’m sure that any future movies featuring attractive actors portraying deities will bring in new devotees and, if the deity is into that sort of thing, new mortal spouses for that deity, since They use whatever They find to recruit people, whether it’s films or books or devotionals written by other of Their devotees.

- The seriousness of making oaths comes up a fair amount.

- Also often repeated: deciding to marry a deity Who you’ve only known a few weeks or months may not be such a good idea, because would you do the same with a mortal you barely know?

- I’ve seen a great deal of anti-godspouse crap that is pretty much “What makes you think you are so special that a god would find you worthy of marriage?” which combines two great piles of bullshit into one simple phrase: That deities are SO far above us that They couldn’t possibly find us lovable in a romantic way (which ignores all the myths about deities falling in love with mortals, along with all the anthropological/similar studies about spirit marriages) AND that marriage is “so special” that it is in some kind of “higher” category than other relationship form. (So who’s being elitist now?) Therefore, the logic goes, I guess, to claim a deity loves you and seeks something akin to marriage must be wildly improbable, because only a tiny number of humans could possibly be so awesome to be loved in that fashion, so if you think that might be happening in your life, well, you’re probably delusional, because you’re nobody special. (As if WE are able to decide who or what a deity thinks is worthwhile, right?)

- I’ve also seen plenty of commentary about how, if you are oathed or wed to a god, or even just a devotee, and /especially/ if your deity is a little controversial (*cough*Loki*cough*) then in a way, you become a representative of Theirs, even if you aren’t a priest/ess or have a similar public function, and perhaps you ought to consider how you act, so you don’t reflect badly on them.

So I’m going to defend the person whose post post made you feel sick to your stomach, because given all the crap slung at us (see above), it’s a pretty natural reaction to want to look that good. (I don’t know her motivations beyond that post, so perhaps those points didn’t influence her.)

Yes, of course, deities don’t love us for our external appearance; They can see more of us than that. But other human beings cannot see us the way our Beloveds do, and they judge us in a lot of petty mortal ways, which can include what you look like.

However, it is clear to me, from reading many, many devotees’ accounts (not just mortal spouses), that deities do actually care about our physical being, too, since our spirit is pretty tightly bound to that, AND since a lot of us struggle with self-worth related to all those “superficial” things that come along with having a corporeal part. Many of us alter our appearance in various ways as a form of showing our devotion, from covering or braiding hair to getting tattoos to wearing jewelry. Some people do it completely by choice, and others get requested to make these external, body-based changes.

If someone wants to always look good for their Spouse, because that makes them feel good about themselves, or about how they feel that represents their Beloved, I see absolutely nothing wrong with it. The Powers seem to appreciate it when we take good care of ourselves and when we feel good about how we look. That’s another theme I’ve seen repeated, often. They encourage us to value ourselves, and They can get pretty intolerant of us questioning Their valuing of us.

I’m also pretty pissed off that you focused ONLY on her concerns with her outward appearance, omitting the part where she said:

"More importantly, do you know what motivates me to be the best version of myself possible? What makes me be kinder, more compassionate, and stronger in my convictions. "

since she included that in being part of how she wants people to understand /why/ she is loved by a god.

They encourage us to become the best versions of ourself possible, whether we’re a mortal spouse or not, because They can see that potential in us, and striving for that is an act of purest devotion. I have reasons to believe that /that/ counts for a hell of a lot in terms of devotional acts, since getting there can come with a lot of pain and struggle and trust in Them.

Moving on: I don’t think there are many mortal spouses/consorts who are using the label to try and be “elitist;” given all the community shaming there is of people who DO use the term, it seems like it’s got a pretty high risk of getting you hatemail, or being treated with contempt in various communities you may want to be active in, rather than being treated like the “special snowflake” so many godspouse-haters accuse us of.

Some people have used their position as a mortal spouse to try and present themselves as more authoritative than they really were, or to come off it being better/closer/something than other kinds of relationships, which has hurt other devotees - and so we ALSO see a lot of reminders in the community that being a spouse/consort to a deity does NOT make you a “better” devotee, or instantly make you an expert on the deity, or give you more authority, or necessarily give you closer insight than someone else, etc., it is just one of many ways to have a close relationship.

We use the terms we have, despite their failings. It’s pretty frustrating from this side of things, too, since there are many ways people have intimate, committed, romantic and/or sexual relationships with deities for whiich “marriage” isn’t the right term, but there are few alternatives, and “godspouse” ends up being used as a clunky sort of catch-all. And if a deity proposes marriage, or calls a person “wife” or “husband,” what the fuck else would you have us use instead? Further, some people are allowed to remain private about the nature of their relationship, and never mention it publicly so they don’t have to deal with hatemail, or because they just don’t want to share (so are the numbers of us too high because of fakers and dupes, or too low?), and some of us get um, “encouraged” to stop hiding it.

As to the spirit worker combination - I don’t think it’s terribly odd that a lot of spirit workers also have a spirit spouse (deity or otherwise); it seems that there are several traditions (outside of modern pagandom) where it was pretty common, sometimes a normal part of the experience, for a person in a spirit worker/shamanic role to have a spirit guide/teacher/guardian who was also considered a husband or wife of that person. Obviously this doesn’t happen to every spirit worker, and I don’t know what the real proportions are among spirit workers worshiping deities in the “reconstructed” traditions, but I don’t understand why the combination of being a spirit worker AND a godspouse ought to be particularly rare - other than those are both relatively uncommon roles to end up in; but the overlap between the roles seems like a good fit in a lot of ways.

I sympathize with struggling to believe that unusual-appearing claims might be true – I absolutely did NOT believe the first couple things I read of people claiming they’d married a deity, and I still get skeptical of unusual spiritual stuff – but I am pretty tired of people starting with “that’s really odd” and ending with “therefore it must be crap” instead of asking more questions, like “but could it be true regardless? What’s going on?”, perhaps of the very people who are involved in those odd activities.

I hope this isn’t too overwhelming a response, but you touched on a lot of different topics, and I have difficulties with brevity.

Can’t really improve on perfection ^^^, so I just want to add my personal experience with -

 Also often repeated: deciding to marry a deity Who you’ve only known a few weeks or months may not be such a good idea, because would you do the same with a mortal you barely know?

I met The Man on the internet. The first time I read his profile, I knew he was it. Less than a month later, we’d exchanged “I love you”s and I had a flight booked. Six months later we met in person, were engaged a week after, and married 6 weeks after that. This year is our 13th anniversary.

"Knowing" someone is relative. You could be with someone all your life and not know them ("but he was such a nice man…") or /know/ on a deeper level that it is right within a very short time (especially when forming a relationship /over there/, things happen outside of physical time = greater speed of exchange.) Nor is it necessary - to me - to //knowww// someone in order to have a happy, productive, mutually satisfying relationship with them.

I’ll probably ETA this as more things drift to the surface.

oldoils:

The Enigma (detail) Gustave Dore - 1871

oldoils:

The Enigma (detail)
Gustave Dore - 1871

fire-plug:

Here’s a preview of the new zine I’ll be selling at SPX!

Common Curses & Blessings is a 2-in-1 mini-zine about the most mundane and insignificant things the universe throws at you. They probably shouldn’t even have an impact on your day, but they totally do.

Read it facing one way, and you’ll read about the curses. Flip it over and read about the blessings. You’ll just have to come to SPX and see how it works!

2-color risograph printed, 4.25” x 5.5”. 16 pages, 8 curses, 8 blessings. Come to table A12 and check it out!

[DISTANT SOUNDS OF WITCHY CACKLING]

parliamentrook:

pumpkin spice

justgirlythingz (☉◡☉✿)

parliamentrook:

pumpkin spice

justgirlythingz (✿)

kissmyasajj:

raptorix:

bellecs:

Asked by ANON: Favorite 80s Fantasy Films

The 80s was truly the best decade for cheesy 80s fantasy films. If you haven’t seen all of these, you’re missing out. In order of pictures:

  • Legend (1985) 
  • The Last Unicorn (1982)
  • Ladyhawke (1985)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • The Secret of Nimh (1982) 
  • The Neverending Story (1984)
  • Red Sonja (1985)
  • Masters of the Universe (1987)
  • Return to Oz (1985)
  • Highlander (1986)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • Krull (1983)
  • Excalibur (1981)
  • Clash of the Titans (1981)
  • Dark Crystal (1982)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Willow (1988)
  • The Beastmaster (1982)

I know I’ve seen some of these, but not all of them.  I need to go on a quest to watch the ones I haven’t and rewatch the ones I only remember seeing parts of as a child. :D  (Like Willow really disturbed me as a child.)

MY CHILDHOOD IN ONE FUCKIN PHOTOSET

SIT THE FUCK DOWN AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE

smitheone:

La Ultima Carta - (The Last Card) / Indian Ink on Canvas / 50 x 70 c.m. 

smitheone:

La Ultima Carta - (The Last Card) / Indian Ink on Canvas / 50 x 70 c.m. 

WRITER NOTES: THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1

kierongillen:

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As I mentioned this in the back of the issue, I probably better do this, eh?

In short - here’s a bunch of commentary on the issue.

Spoilers, obv.

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Guess who just blazed through the first four issues of The Wicked + The Divine and is here to SPREAD THE GOOD WORD?!! Lucifer is perfection, The Morrigan is a BAMF, Sakhmet chases a laser pointer and Tara is despised for some reason ?? 

Every 90 years or so, twelve gods incarnate in the bodies of the young. They are charismatic and brilliant. They stand before crowds, speak in tongues, and send them into rapture. They’re rumored to perform secretive miracles. They save people’s lives, either metaphorically or literally.

They are loved. They are hated. They are brilliant.

Within two years, they’re dead.

WARNING: If you hate it when pop culture and pantheons mix, you will not be pleased. If you are personally offended when pantheons are -gently jostled about-, you will not be pleased. If any disrespect towards a fictional depiction of deity equates to actual disrespect towards Actual Deity in your belief, you will not be pleased.

However, if you are able to disengage personal worship from a work of fiction, this is an intriguing, enjoyable, wonderfully illustrated series, so far.  

runewynd​ - thought of you first :D

Buy digital issues from Image Comics - $1.99 for back issues, $2.99 for current.

Also check out the Phonogram series by the same team:

Britannia is ten years dead. Phonomancer David Kohl hadn’t spared his old patron a thought for almost as long— at which point his mind starts to unravel. Can he discover what’s happened to the Mod-Goddess of Britpop while there’s still something of himself left? A dark modern-fantasy in a world where music is magic, where a song can save your life, or end it.

paintingsforants:

I painted this little apple for the Lyle & Scott 140 Series, and the original is currently up for auction. It’s the only available painting I currently have (and the first one available outside my #365postcardsforants series). Check out the link in my profile if you’d like to place a bid (scroll down to 1984). 🍏 #lyleandscott #140series #anappleaday #miniature #watercolour #painting (at Buchanan Square)

THIS MAKES ME SO ANGRY
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(I secured a postcard for my dad’s birthday!! Paintings are all booked up, but you can pre-book 1 of 5 postcards for each day on the website. theemperorsfeather you should check out the archive - so many teeny birds!)

paintingsforants:

I painted this little apple for the Lyle & Scott 140 Series, and the original is currently up for auction. It’s the only available painting I currently have (and the first one available outside my #365postcardsforants series). Check out the link in my profile if you’d like to place a bid (scroll down to 1984). 🍏 #lyleandscott #140series #anappleaday #miniature #watercolour #painting (at Buchanan Square)

THIS MAKES ME SO ANGRY

woman_ripping_paper.jpg

(I secured a postcard for my dad’s birthday!! Paintings are all booked up, but you can pre-book 1 of 5 postcards for each day on the website. theemperorsfeather you should check out the archive - so many teeny birds!)

Guess which noodle-brained moron /FORGOT/ she backed the Wooden Tarot kickstarter (and came -this close- to buying it off etsy two days ago)???
This is why I’ve been h9-ing all of you for the past two weeks - I /FORGOT/ o_O*
Anymaroon… I haven’t stopped giggling and The Man can’t stop giggling at me and it is beautiful and yay!!! 
hellboundwitch , theemperorsfeather , duskenpath … you are all forgiven ;D

Guess which noodle-brained moron /FORGOT/ she backed the Wooden Tarot kickstarter (and came -this close- to buying it off etsy two days ago)???

This is why I’ve been h9-ing all of you for the past two weeks - I /FORGOT/ o_O*

Anymaroon… I haven’t stopped giggling and The Man can’t stop giggling at me and it is beautiful and yay!!! 

hellboundwitchtheemperorsfeatherduskenpath … you are all forgiven ;D

rockthetarot:

rockthetarot:

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CARD XIII.

DEATH (SYD BARRETT)

Despite the name, this card does not always or even usually point to a physical death. Rather, it symbolizes a great change that ends one chapter of a person’s life and starts a new chapter. I was reminded of Syd Barrett, original guitarist of Pink Floyd, who “died” many years before his actual death when he was kicked out of his band, went into seclusion, and in his absence became seen as some sort of psychedelic saint. This card can represent an ending, a beginning, and a transformative experience. Reversed, it represents resistance to change and an inability to move on.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

The Great Gig In The Sky

Jug Band Blues

The flame and diamond are imagery from the Wish You Were Here album, which included two songs written for the absent guitarist. The white rose is taken from the Rider Waite Death card, where it represents immortality.

Reminder!

hellboundwitch:

I’m still working on that 150+ position spread. :’)))

YOU MUST BE STOPPED