I feel like the least safe place in all of Beacon Hills is between the school busses. Like, maybe in and around them in general.
Nothing good ever happens there. Ranging from minor misunderstandings, to full out school-yard altercations, and then well beyond into bomb threats and murder.
Stay away from the busses, guys.
It’s tantamount to fucking or showering in a horror movie.
DON’T DO IT!
I was tagged by AchingAltar!
Rules: Put your iPod/iTunes on shuffle and write down the first ten songs it plays (no skipping) then tag ten people to do the same!
- Grimes by Genesis (I have no idea how this song is even on my ipod, I had no idea what it is)
- Random Techno song from the Matrix II (I call it my “driving song”)
- Evil by Interpol (yeah girl. Can’t wait to hear their new album!
- Neighborhood #1 by Arcade Fire (like, my favorite band ever)
- Origins by Radhika Miller (random Celtic sleepy song)
- Sacred World Chants - a song called “Allah” (a pre-bedtime song)
- The Swans at Coole by Maire Breatnach (another Celtic sleepy song)
- Everlong by the Foofighters
- Season’s Turning by Sharon Knight and T. Thorn Coyle - THIS ALBUM IS MY NEW OBSESSION
- Dulaman by Atlan (yet another sleepy song…)
The problem with putting my ipod on shuffle is right now is that I only have one regular mix, plus like, three Celtic, chanty, Pagany new age mixes that I listen to before I go to bed. If anyone looked at my ipod they’d think all I did was sleep!
I’m not gonna tag anyone… but EVERYONE should do this =) I just hope your mix is way more impressive than mine!
1) AchingAltar? Lol.
2) OMG! I’M PRETTY SURE THAT SONG HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MATRIX BUT I TOTALLY DOWNLOADED IT FROM KAZAA WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES!!! I had it on my first mp3 player, and when it went out of commission I thought I’d never find it again because generic songs called “matrix trance techno” don’t yield a lot of good results (that’s what I get for downloading shit from kazaa by searching ‘techno’ and ‘electronica’ and just hoping for the best). I can’t believe you have it too!!
I was tagged by queerheretic
Rules: Put your iPod/iTunes on shuffle and write down the first ten songs it plays (no skipping) then tag ten people to do the same!
So, this list is pretty heavy on my RnB and hip hop collection, but in all honesty I’m usually sitting around listening to singer/songwriters like Florence + the Machine, Sara Bareilles, and Imogen Heap, or folk and jazz like Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Billie Holiday, and the Milk Carton Kids.
But now let’s get to tagging (mostly at random): alder-knight, theheadlesshashasheen, satsekhem, prophetic dreamers, dontcallmebeastboy, lonelyspelltoconjureyou, wyrdmorrish, asksecularwitch, elapses, and eupheme-butterfly
HAVE AT IT!
(oops, copy/pasted and forgot to change who I was tagged by! Updated.)
I mean it: the whole point of the ‘make a Dionysos altar on the cheap’ post was not to shame anyone, or pick any fights (trust me; I’ll pull the verbal equivalent of kicking in your door and threatening you at sword point if I want to pick a fight or something like that); rather, it was that it didn’t take much, you could make items that you could take with you to do rituals outside the home (in the event there isn’t space), and pull it off for between $10 - $12.
More elaborate altars are awesome. More expensive setups are great.
They. just. aren’t. necessary.
Thanks for clarifying.
Like I said, I get a bit paranoid when things pop up like that.
And I wasn’t feeling shamed or anything, I just mostly wanted to make sure I wasn’t coming off as a big dill hole ;)
But you are totally right; big, showy altars are totally unnecessary. And not even just in the sense of ‘if you don’t want one, it’s not necessary!’; also in the sense of ‘even if you do want one to the moon and back, it’s not necessary!’ …I mean, sure, they’re fun, but being able to hack it with less is a skill I have yet to develop, so I respect that when I see it.
1. Either purchase - or if that falls outside your monetary capacity, make - a mask. Understand: the mask is now The God. (So inscribing “Dionysos” on it isn’t a bad idea, add titles if you want.)
2. Place mask on flat surface (a table if possible; but a bookshelf, or any other surface will work). If you can find, or grow grapes, place graveleaves and ivy beneath it.
3. Add a bowl, into which you can pour libations. If getting wine is too hard, cool water will work. Additionally, honey makes a fantastic offering. It is easy and cheap to obtain.
4. Fumigate if possible - frankincense, myrrh, storax and a number of other incenses will work.
5. Pray. Alternatively: “Dance as prayer” works here, if you are able. Hold the hymn in your mind as you perform the dance, or recite it beforehand or afterward. If you are unable, poetry is an acceptable offering of devotion. So is writing stories, etc, etc, etc. Like, you aren’t precisely LIMITED in your means of devotion and devotional work.
6. Profit. (Prophet?)
(Cross-post here, with other comments and an Otto quote..)
Yyyyyeah I really should get the mask part going.
I know I’m probably imaging things, but I can’t help but worry this was written in response to the pictures I just posted of my altar. (I get a little bit paranoid; this post showed up on my dash a couple of hours after I posted my pictures. This is me worrying about having put somebody off or made someone uncomfortable, not me being offended or defensive, just so we’re clear.)
I just want to put this out there; I have a pretty elaborate altar, I know. But that is because I am a packrat (clinical hoarding is common in my family, so I’m not just saying that to be cute), and I have accumulated so much crap over the years. On my current altar, there are 3 things that cost more than $10. Now, I know that $10 is still $10 that a lot of people don’t have, but I just want to illustrate that 1) looks can be a bit deceiving, and 2) maybe you’ve got what you need to make an altar that you’ll fall in love with (if cluttered and flammable is your aesthetic, as the kids say these days.)
The wooden phallus (which technically wasn’t in the pictures, but is pretty well known) was $12 at a local Indian & African import store.
The giant singing toad, technically should have been something around $35-$45, but I was able to trade a drum I owned for it at a local Pagan gathering, so I technically didn’t pay for it. I paid for the drum, sure, but what I’m getting at is that if you’ve got something to offer, you’d be surprised what people are willing to trade for!
And the last thing is the mask I use for Dionysus. Technically I’m not even sure if it did cost more than $10. I bought it in Yelapa in Mexico, so I forget what the conversion was, but I had to get to Mexico to begin with, so we’ll classify it as “over $10” regardless.
But that’s it.
Everything else came from the dollar store, was a gift, or I fished it out of the trash.
The canvas I painted was somebody’s abstract art experiment gone wrong that I took out of a dumpster; it took 8 coats of primer to paint over what they had on there, and then I painted my trees on. The paints I have all come from my mother from over a decade ago when she still did folk painting.
The lazy suzan was a gift from my mother in-law, who didn’t want it anymore, and the chalkboard finish is actually just a few layers of black and purple paint mixed with a bit of eggshell powder for texture. So, again, no money.
The flowers, the candles, the bamboo cutting boards, the bowls; everything else came from various dollar stores and has been a collection I’ve added to over the last 7 or 8 years.
Sure, put it all together and my entire altar probably cost about $150, but that is spread out over nearly a decade.
I don’t want this to come across as me whining “Oh, look, I’m so poor!” because I definitely am not (poor or whining). I’m only mentioning this because I, too, have suffered from serious altar envy. I know some setups make it look like only the queen of a small country could afford to make an altar so beautiful, but it might not be as lavish as it seems. Given the time to pick up little bits and bobs, creating this kind of setup is possible.
For those who want to give it a try, I suggest checking out Carolina Gonzalez’s blog Camino De Yara. She makes some of the most inspiring altars for worship, but also for spell craft and has been a huge inspiration of mine since I started my blog years ago. Her altars using food are also really interesting. While that might be problematic for some people, keep in mind that she is living off of her witchcraft, tarot, and religious services and none of her food goes to waste as far as I know. The altar dressings she has are largely recycled, repurposed, and reused. The blog has changed domains a few times, so a lot of the older images are gone, but she is wonderful as an artist, witch, and especially as a person.
I’ll also shoot you guys over to upthewitchypunx, a DIY witchy blog that is written by an awesome zine punk witch. She specializes in 2nd hand and ‘free/grab box’ witchery (she runs several blogs, so check her links), and has lots of ideas about where to find good witchcraft or altar supplies for next to no money.
Good luck, guys, and remember that what’s on your altar doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you lay your heart out on it when you’re there.
Please excuse the terrible photos, but here’s what I’ve been working on for the past few days.
SKULLS AND FLOWERS AND WITCH HATS AND CRAFTINESS?!?!
The altar hasn’t changed up that bunch, but we’ve got a few new additions worth mentioning!
Standing tall and in the centre is a painting I did a few years ago of a magic forest, based on a bonsai forest I photographed at our local botanical gardens. Just under that is the chalkboard lazy Suzan I blogged abouT a few weeks ago. The sigil on it right now is in perpetration for next year’s Witches Sabbat which will focus on Shapeshifting. It represents the current form and the forms one passes through to a new form.
On Dionysus’ side of the altar we have His standards with a glass of organic cherry juice (my favourite drink on earth). More importantly is the beautiful flower crown that oncebittentwiceborn made especially for me to bring me out of my religious slump! It is gorgeous and I can tell Dionysus likes wearing it. Also from oncebittentwiceborn are some fabulous Japanese candy cookies (chocolate and cookie, shaped like little entheogenic mushrooms) in Big D’s offering bowl. Also you can see the final design for my devotional candle that I made for Dionysus; I’ll be making a post about the candles soon.
On the other side of the altar is the section I am using for spirit-work, and ancestor worship. This includes more prep work for the Shapeshifting and the Fetch theme for the Sabbat next year, but also symbols for my queer ancestors. Song, the singing toad, is my partner in trance work and she is sitting in front of my Pride flag and the candle I made for my queer Ancestors. Also, next to the offering bowl, is some fake American money that I took home from the Stonewall Movie set. It was the money left on the street after it had been chucked at the police preceding the riots.
It’s been a long time waiting, so I am happy to be back in front of my altar, feeling good.
Every other show on TV is taking a cue from Lost and eliminating their opening sequence in favour of a fancy name plate…
And then there’s True ‘let’s make it a minute and a half long’ Blood.
i think with the boat house built out of mountain ash they could go in because someone else let them in -- i believe deatons gate and desk in the veterinary clinic is also made out of mountain ash, and the alphas couldnt get past because he wouldnt open the gate
Ok, so the door/gate at the clinic swings open, thus breaking the line of mountain ash, and letting the werewolves through.
So, I guess then maybe the boathouse could be entered through a door, so long as there is no mountain ash in the floor directly surrounding the door? But then Liam shouldn’t have been able to escape (I forget, but didn’t he jump out a window?), because then by that logic the weres should have been able to just hop over the gate at the clinic the way that Liam jumped through the open space of the window.
This shit doesn’t make sense. And I realize it’s a show about werewolves and magic, but even in their own world it doesn’t add up.
The boathouse was built out of mountain ash?
Then how did they all get in there to tie up Liam?
I’m either really confused, or Teen Wolf is getting too lazy even for my low standards.
@dontcallmebeastboy, I’m looking at you because your knowledge of TW freaks me out.
KHERNIPS SPRAY BOTTLE
so today i went to walmart’s cosmetics section and just bought a tiny spray bottle. I put water in it, dipped a lit match in it, demanded that it be purified, and wahlah! mistable travel sized khernips. it fits in my pocket. I’m going to dump it out at the end of each day and refill it in the morning to keep miasma from getting to it, but that’s really simple. so if you’re looking for an easy way to carry khernips with you, this is it. :)
This would be dangerous in my hands. I’d probably use it the way some zealous Christians use holy water.
"wtf is this salt water"
"yeah, but hey, now you can go sacrifice to Zeus"
"Sacrifice to wh—"
"OH, WOW, LOOK AT THE TIME"
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