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I’m still technically on hiatus but you guys know I can’t resist talking about tarot. And the Tarot Apokalypsis is worth talking about.
Erik C. Dunne and Kim Huggens, the ones behind the Tarot Illuminati, are teaming up again for a new deck and so far it looks amazing. Someone come hold me.
/RUNS SCREECHING HEADLONG INTO A WALL
A female “vampire” unearthed in a mass grave near Venice, Italy, may have been accused of wearing another evil hat: a witch’s.
The 16th-century woman was discovered among medieval plague victims in 2006. Her jaw had been forced open by a brick—an exorcism technique used on suspected vampires in Europe at the time.
The discovery marked the first time archaeological remains had been interpreted as those of an alleged vampire, project leader Matteo Borrini, a forensic archaeologist at the University of Florence in Italy, said when the skull was first revealed in March 2009.
New investigations have now shed light on who this “vampire” was, why people may have suspected her of dabbling in the dark arts, and even what she looked like.
"There is a piece of history to rewrite, to see this individual again after 500 years and also try to understand why the myth of vampire started," Borrini says in a new National Geographic Channel documentary.
Borrini found the vampire skull while digging up mass graves on the Venetian island of Lazzaretto Nuovo.
Belief in vampires was rampant in the Middle Ages, mostly because the process of decomposition was not well understood, Borrini says.
For instance, as the human stomach decays, it releases a dark “purge fluid.” This bloodlike liquid can flow freely from a corpse’s nose and mouth.
Since tombs and mass burials were often reopened during plagues to add new bodies, Italian gravediggers saw these decomposing remains and may have confused purge fluid with traces of vampire victims’ blood.
In addition, the fluid sometimes moistened the burial shroud near the corpse’s mouth so that the cloth sagged into the jaw. This could create tears in the cloth that made it seem as if the corpse had been chewing on its shroud.
Vampires were thought by some to be the causes of plagues, and the superstition took root that shroud-chewing was the “magical way” that vampires infected people, Borrini said.
Inserting objects—such as bricks and stones—into the mouths of alleged vampires was thought to halt the spread of disease.
To flesh out more details about the Venice vampire, Borrini assembled a team of scientists.
Paleonutritionists pulverized some of the woman’s remains—discovered along with the skull—to look for certain elements in food that settle in the bones and endure after death.
The team found that the woman had eaten mostly vegetables and grains, suggesting a lower-class diet.
DNA analysis revealed that the woman was European, and a forensic odontologist ascertained the woman’s age by examining the skull’s long canine teeth with an advanced digital x-ray device.
The results showed that the woman was between 61 and 71 years old when she died. Borrini was “quite shocked” by this finding—most women didn’t reach such advanced ages in the 16th century, he says in the documentary.
In medieval Europe, when fear of witches was widespread, many people believed the devil gave witches magical powers, including the ability to cheat death.
That means such a relatively old woman—suspected after death of being a vampire—may have been accused in life of being a witch, the researchers say.
But old age alone probably wouldn’t spur an accusation of witchcraft, said Jason Coy, an expert in European witchcraft and superstition at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, who was not part of the new study.
Though average life expectancy in 16th-century Europe was low, around 40, that doesn’t mean most people died at 40, he said via email. It means infant mortality was high, bringing down the average. If people lived past childhood, they stood a good chance of living into their 60s.
So the Venice vampire was old, but not “freakishly so,” Coy said.
Rather, Europe’s misogynistic society specifically linked old women with witchcraft, because people “assumed that old women—especially widows—were poor, lonely, weak, and unhappy, and thus could be lured by the devil’s promises of wealth, sex, and power into forming a pact with him,” Coy said.
At the height of the European witch-hunts, between A.D. 1550 and 1650, more than 100,000 people were tried as witches and 60,000 were executed—the vast majority of them old women.
Germany was the witch-hunt heartland, Coy said. Italy was relatively “mild” in its treatment of witches, although the country was also rife with superstitions and protective charms.
In many historical references of the time, witches were said to eat children—possibly the origin of the Hansel and Gretel story, he added.
"So you could say that there is a tenuous link between flesh-eating zombies like your ‘Venetian vampire’ and witches: They were both feared for breaking the ultimate taboo—eating human flesh."
For the last step in forensic archaeologist Borrini’s work, he called on 3-D imaging experts to produce a digital model of the skull.
He then put markers where muscle attachments would have existed to reconstruct and rebuild the Venice vampire’s face. The result was the face of an “ordinary woman,” which perhaps brings the accused some “historical justice” centuries after her death, he said.
"It’s very strange to [leave] her now," he lamented, "because after this year it’s sort of a friendship that’s created between me and her."
Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it”
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect.
To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.
I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…
Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.
Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.
One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.
This is the best band post
Everyone else go home
Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this
which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,
that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that
Who does that?
This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.
More like Julius Fuckit
this post just kept getting better and better
Oh God he wrote “Nichts für Lauwarmduscher” which means “Don’t play it if you’re showering lukewarm” which is a German expression for being a pussy.
Here’s why I would like to be a beautician: I’d like to be able to sit a person down and say, “Here is a feature of yours that is particularly beautiful. Here is how we enhance it.”
I’d like to be able to help people find and focus on things that make them smile when they look at themselves. And if they already have them, I’d like to encourage and praise them for it.
this put a massive smile on my face
I am here to assure you that it is exactly as awesome as you think it is, and sometimes even more so. One moment of someone looking at themselves with amazement makes up for all the other shit.
So I’m having a prints giveaway! I’ve got a bunch of old stock digital prints of my work, some matted, some not, that I’m putting up on my Etsy store and figured I’d kick it off by giving some away.
I’m giving away five prints, pictured above. Outside dimensions of all five is eight…
And reblogging again. Can’t win if you don’t enter!
Und boost ze signal
Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F
I never understood why it’s an F if he gets more than half out of 100? Unless it’s more than 100. If you get more than half the answers right how is it an F?
You must not be from America. Here, grading is fucked up.
Average American Grading Scale:
A - 94-96
A- - 90-93
F- 59 and under
oh wow that is fucked up
why do they skip E in america
There’s an E in other grading scales?
And in some places in America it goes by a 7 point scale, so it’d be
A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-78
D - 77-70
F - 69 and below
Now you understand why American kid’s feel like there’s no point to school. If you have a 100 question text, and get 79 of them correct, that’s a C. That mean’s your Average Intelligence on this particular subject. And it get’s even worse when you have only like… a 10 question quiz. If you get two wrong? that’s a B. 80 fucking %. Now tell me again why American school’s are easier?
No wait but whats the grading system in other countries?
UK Grading Scale
Below 40: F
ARE YOU FUCKING WITH ME?! THATS INSANE!!!!
In my little part of Africa we use (or at least, used to; it might have changed…?) a neat and tidy 10 point scale in accordance with the metric system:
A+ - 90-100
A - 80-89
B - 70-79
C - 60-69
D - 50-59
E - 40-49
F - anything <40
It is also possible to be marked A++ for work graded at >100%. It is rare and only awarded for exceptional extra insight and understanding of a subject or the ability to solve the unsolvable eg. I got an A++ on an accounting exam because I managed to balance sheets that could not be balanced due to an error in the original equations. Uh huh, I was given an A++ for cooking the books o,O
And what on earth do the rest of you do with your “E”s??
Extra bonus round on “How to spot an artist” pro-tips:
Rubens: "Skinny may be in. But fat is where it’s at."
Michelangelo: "Nude women are muscularly sculpted men with oddly shaped fruits attached on as breasts."
3… 2… 1…
(Awwww, but the original image has Bruegel - and it’s important in relation to Bosch!)
A tarot spread to help identify all the key components and elements involved in depression and mental illness. This spread is specifically tailored to depression but can easily be applied to other illnesses, and singular shadow work issues that may not be as…
Modified: The Paralysis Web/8 of Swords Spread
Though I am a lifetime, platinum card-holding member of Sam’s Wholesale Depression Club, I have not suffered a relapse in 2.5 years [personal best!! ask your doctor about fugue states and if they might be right for you!!] However, the side effects remain. Something I am currently struggling with is an infuriating “art block” that I’ve narrowed down to being more of a state of internal paralysis. Years of being inert has become a manifest state of inertia. I’ve still got that voice in my brain - you know the one - so it’s difficult to understand all the factors involved from an objective standpoint.
I’ve named this modified version of therosebell's spread the “8 of Swords Spread” to reflect the mental nature of the place I'm trapped in.
Anchor Points: 2S - 4W - XXI The World - 6W - 9W - KP
Center [Me]: QS
Point of Undoing: XIX The Sun - 5P
Center: Queen of Swords - The mind is all that matters. From my cranial throne, the whole world is mine. Here I am free from the constraints [and pains] of the physical. It is a state of independence and truth, but also isolation and detachment.
Q:2S - This is an unhealthy relationship. The Queen made the same journey the neophyte in the 2S is undertaking, so she sees nothing wrong with it and therefore no reason to change the behaviour.
Q:4W - I don’t exactly know how these two cards relate, but it feels like they are worlds apart. The 4W seems frivolous compared to the Queen’s severity. Bitch needs to lighten up and remember the good times before she took on the heavy mantle of rulership, mebbe? A little spontaneity would be good.
Q:XXI The World - The World [as a concept] is the Queen’s natural environment: she has it at her mental fingertips at all times. Why would she ever want to leave her mind palace? If the elements of The World are to be united though, the Queen will have to take her shoes off and get dirty.
Q:6W - The Queen understands victory, but mainly from an intellectual point. She has never had to bloody her hands and so she struggles to grasp even the most basic of field manoeuvres. Accustomed to being Queen, she cannot deal with even the smallest failure.
Q:9W - The Queen is prepared to fight [her sword is upright], but the warrior is tired from doing constant battle. Still she pushes; there is no room for weakness in this holiest of quests. But how many of the enemies she defends herself from are imaginary?
Q:KP - *hissssssssss* Swords and Pents are naturally at odds with each other. The Queen’s major weakness is that, while she KNOWS how to do everything, she doesn’t know how to DO anything. Massive disconnect between mind and body.
Undoing: XIX The Sun & 5P - The child on the horse directly references the man on the horse in the 6W; he even carries a staff. His other hand points to the sun, which bears the face of a stern-looking woman [aside: I fucking live for when cards align like this!] almost as if the kid is saying, “This. This right here is your problem.”
Looking again at the 6W, I notice the face of the rider, who is totally giving “Bitch, please” face. If someone were to ask him, “How did you know you could do it?” he would answer, “It never occurred to me that I couldn’t.” This is the “anything is possible” attitude of children, before the face of authority dims the light of the sun and tells them, “No”.
The Tarot Illuminati book specifically title The Sun card “the Light of Truth”. It is not at odds with the Queen of Swords then. A shift in perspective is needed. How? The 5 of Pentacles [ugh 5’s are my life story]. The connection between mind [Swords] and body [Pentacles] must be re-established. The body has been sent out into the cold; neglected; denied. But who else is supposed to accomplish the Queen’s vision?? The [biggest] conflict in the spread between the QS and the KP confirms this.
The Good: The Tarot Illuminati never disappoints.
The Bad: None of this is exactly a newsflash.
The Ugly: I am so very, very, very attached to experiencing the world intellectually, that the mere thought of trying anything else actually makes me ill.
1. There is a cult of La Santa Muerte. A bit of history is perhaps in order. La Santa Muerte was born during the shift of the drug violence of Colombia into Mexico, as a product of a Catholic syncreticism of an Aztec deity, a goddess of death whose name I forget. The sister of this death goddess was, naturally, a life goddess, who has been accepted by the Catholic Church as La Virgen de Guadalupe, a Marian apparition. As La Santa Muerte spread down the Americas, by the time she got to Colombia she was not longer an Aztec goddess masked as a Saint at all. The interpretation of La Santa Muerte as another Marian apparition becomes the majority once you cross into Colombia, where she is increasingly used by sicarios and other groups, such as santeros and vudistas, whose systems have fused together over the centuries. In addition to a lot of the poor in Colombia, as well as some sketchier parts of the upper class *cough*.
A prime example of this (the fusion of Catholicism, vudu, santeria, and more) happening is in Cali during the day leading up to La Feria, when negros dressed in skeleton costumes and top hats, negras dressed in exaggerated housewife costumes with massive tits and ass, and little kids dressed the devil dance at the cross roads of almost every major street to the beat of the drum, a local tradition of paying of these devils to clean the slate for the new year. My grandmother partakes in this tradition, and the diocese holds the tradition to be a regional mark of pride with our Catholicism.
The cartels all over Latin AMerica are deeply religious. In Colombia, they traditionally pray to La Milagrosa. COlombia is deeply Marian, as you know. An entire stanza is given to Mary in our national anthem, compared to half of one for Jesus. THe country is dedicated to La Virgen de Chiquinquira, and the two major cities where the drug conflict exists are also Marian. Cali is given to Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Medellin is given to Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. ANother popular Marian aspect in Colombia is Our Lady of Sorrows, but in Spanish she is called Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, la Madre Dolorosa, or Nuestra Senora de Amargura. Sorrow is irrelevant, the issue is pain and bitterness.
So it is within THIS culture that La Santa Muerte was introduced to, and thus the cult of La Santa Muerte, a legitimate religion that seeks to be recognized by the Mexican government, has nothing to do with those who are Catholic and hold La Santa Muerte as a Marian apparition.
To finish with history: La Santa Muerte moves further down western S. America and by the time she gets to Argentina, her culture has changed and adjusted to reflect the already present and also indigenous in origin San La Muerte, but continues to be held to be a Catholic folk saint. Both do a u-turn and there’s a lot of syncretism with them and some Orixas.
It’s amusing that in the past 50 years she’s gone all the way to Spain (through Santeria, there’s a large vudu/santeria community is Madrid for example that also keep La Santa Muerte), but she’s been in the USA for only the past 15-odd years.
So no, I believe people who assume all followers of La Santa Muerte to be part of the cult in North Mexico are fools who care not for circumstances or context of practice.
2. My family generally recognizes that she is a Catholic Marian apparition, a product of drug violence and oppression in Latin America. They, my ex-nun of a grandmother I mentioned included, accept my veneration of her within that context.
3. The Catholic Church, in their official declaration of LSM as Satanic from the Vatican applying to the whole Church, said that LSM is the Grim Reaper and that we were venerating death. Since that is not the LSM that I am venerating but the original cult, then I think I’m being fair in ignoring that official declaration.
4. I celebrate Dia de los Muertos like any other Catholic celebrates All Soul’s Day on our liturgical calendar. My focus is more All Saint’s Day to be honest. Dia de los Muertos, as you know, isn’t a thing in Colombia like it is in North Mexico so…. eh.
habibired I’m publishing this if you don’t mind, I feel like this is something some of my followers oughta see within context.
1 - Mictecacihuatl (AFAIK), for the curious.
Stones (Wands) Court.
The Wooden Tarot full deck Kickstarter will launch next week! I have four more court cards to finish, plus one more very vague and mysterious card.
THIS TIME I WILL PROUDLY AND SHAMELESSLY SUCCUMB TO THE WANTING TAKE MY MONEY TAKE IT ALL TAKE IT TAKE IT
in movies when kids sneak out through their windows and im just like why dont you have screens in your windows who doesnt have screens in their windows what do you just let bees and bugs and birds and shit fly into your room what the fuck
I visited San Francisco years ago and was surprised that there are places that don’t use screens. The friend I was staying with explained that there were too few flying insects to make screens necessary there. Having lived in the Midwest and South Florida, I can’t imagine not having screens. Even with them, we are sometimes driven crazy by mosquitoes, stink bugs, mayflies, and other bugs that get into the house. Considering the crazy ass insects that Australians have to deal with, I’m surprised they don’t put bars on their windows.
And then there’s my country, where we have crazy shit like Australia and yet… NO. SCREENS. We do have bars though, but those are to keep your possessions in, and the people who want to rape and murder you out. Watching movies with kids sneaking out was like looking into a parallel universe… ::dreamy sigh::