Hello, saplings! It’s time for another Divine with Me, a divination showcase. There are two subjects of this entry, The Milkcap Arcana and The Moon Parlor’s Choose Your Own Adventure spread companion. The Milkcap Arcana The Milkcap Arcana is pogs, divination pogs. Back […]
Month: January 2018
Can you believe how the time is flying, samplings? We’re already at the end of January. So it’s time for another monthly round up of witch favorites. Mary and the Witch’s Flower I consider Studio Ponoc to be Studio Ghibli in all but name. […]
Oh boy, saplings. You may know that I’ve been working on a space for my magic craft and my non-magic crafting. But, sometimes synchronicity shows up when you least expect it. I was stuck on the last major furniture pieces for this room when I bought and downloaded Molly Roberts’s Art Witch e-book. That was the kick in the pants I finally needed to get things going.
I still haven’t moved in all of my supplies, but here’s a look at my craft room—which I’ve taken to calling The Lab or The Artificery Lab.
So far, I’ve noticed two major things both artists and witches need in rooms like this: storage, and flat surfaces. No matter how much some of us might want to remain minimalistic, the appeal of beautiful things can often be too much to ignore. So there’s a huge need for storage. I went with a combination of cabinets and bookshelves. Most of my supplies are organized by use. All paint supplies live together, and all of the papercrafting tools live together in one drawer. The paint brushes were too tall to fit in cups, bristles up, in the cabinets. So, I haven’t quite worked out a system for all of my brushes, but I am more than open to hear any of your ideas.
After reading Molly Roberts’s book, I feel more comfortable housing the sketchbooks along with some of my witchbooks. Hopefully I’ll figure out a system to keep them all visually different from each other.
Now, all that’s left is to figure out where to source a stool or chair that is tall enough for my sewing setup, and The Laboratory will be ready for action. What do your workspaces look like? I’d love to hear about the spaces you’ve set aside for your crafting, or even see some photos.
If you liked this post, please consider reading some of my other material, or the first entry on this subject.
I have a confession to make, saplings. I’m not very good at growing things. I’m fairly good with animals, and have had reasonable success with even finicky fish. But, I’ve killed everything from ‘un-killable’ succulents to plants that have been described as weeds. It’s gotten […]
It’s time for witch music again, saplings. We’ve got another anime soundtrack recommendation this time. No no. Don’t make that face. Just listen. Mononoke is another anime where the plot and subject matter are, if not straight up witchcraft, witchcraft-adjacent. In this setting, there are […]
Readers, this is not a subject that I like talking about. But, this needs to be discussed. All communities have their fair share of predatory or untrustworthy people, and magical communities are not exempt from this.
I moved back to my home state in 2013, and decided to dip my toe into the local witchcraft community. And there was already plenty to be wary of. I made a post to an online community for my local area, stating that I was looking for a beginners group or a group class. I’d learned enough by 23 to know never to meet someone I didn’t already know well in a private, one-on-one situation and that public spaces were the safest place to meet someone new in.
Less than an hour later, someone responded to me in private messages. He said he was delighted to take on a new student, and how he had so much to personally teach me. When I responded that I was looking for a group, not a one-on-one mentorship, he ignored it. He kept saying how we were going to have a wonderful connection, how much I’d learn from him personally, and how close we were going to be. I blocked him.
There are several warning signs that a single person or a group within a magic community might not have your best interests in mind. Here are some of them.
Insulting or Demeaning Other Interests
This goes beyond someone not having the same interests as you. When I talk about this, I mean someone actually discouraging you from your other interests in a manipulative fashion. I’ve encountered a group before who said liking anime, manga, and videogames was ‘childish’ and implied that someone who liked them wouldn’t be as good of a witch as someone who liked more ‘mature’ things. This is a bullying tactic, pure and simple.
Limiting Your Time Outside the Group
I used to be part of a larger, local witchcraft circle. But, the leadership in that circle flat out told me that I should eschew time with other groups and pass-times (even ones I had planned a year in advance) in order to ‘prove’ my commitment to their group. They said I wasn’t taking witchcraft seriously enough, like the others in the group. This is manipulative, and another bullying tactic.
The biggest reason I left a group was general homophobic, transphobic, racist, and bigoted behaviors. Their opinion on non heterosexuals was that their soul was ‘confused’ from a past life, leading to a non-standard attraction. That was their opinion of transpeople as well. Also, their opinion of marginalized communities and races was that ‘oh they must have asked for this struggle before coming down to this life, and their negativity attracts more negativity in their lives.’ Bitch, please. I can’t begin to unravel how messed up that is in this post. I could probably write a book on it.
Witchcraft should never put you in a situation like this. As much as I wish this wasn’t true, you have to protect yourself from this type of human bullshit. There are other warning signs of dangerous groups and people. These are just a few.
If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment.
Stay safe, saplings.
Can we talk about tarot apps? I mean the kind for smartphones. Specifically, I mean the Labyrinthos Academy app. This app combines the best of any tarot apps I’ve seen in the app store, and does it better than all of them. You may be […]
When I first started getting into witchcraft, someone told me that witches and planners don’t mix. That didn’t make sense to me. Any sense. Given that jokes about ‘pagan standard time,’ (i.e. being horribly late to any and all engagements) seem common around many magic […]
Rune S. Emerson coined the terms geekomancer and geekomancy in response to the term ‘pop culture paganism.’ The main difference in the two terms is the ‘pagan’ part. Not all witches and magic users worship as part of their craft. Some have very little to do with gods or spirits at all. So they don’t fall under the ‘pagan’ umbrella. Rather, the relationship between the pagan category and witch category is closer to a venn diagram with some overlap between the two.
Pop culture pagans often incorporate aspects of video games, television shows, literature, and other forms of media into their craft. Some also treat characters from these fictional worlds as spirits or co-op fictional deities for worship.
Geekomancy is very similar. Although, you could argue that the primary difference is that Pop Culture Paganism suggests that its focus is on individual characters whereas Geekomancy focuses more on the setting of fictional worlds. Rune S. Emerson has also said that Geekomancy covers any and all geeky things, and not just what’s available in popular culture. Magic the Gathering cards your thing? Then get your inner Geekomancer going and figure out something to do with those. Trading card games are pretty ripe with material for the taking.
There is also plenty of controversy surrounding ‘geekomancy’ and ‘pop culture magic.’ Although, I personally find the main argument that ‘witchcraft should be only serious and only composed of serious things’ misses the point that no one can really police another witch’s practice and doesn’t understand just how important geeky things can be to someone’s life.
Personally, I’m not against the existence of gods or deities as a whole. But, I don’t have a relationship with any of them—and certainly not a religious one. I fall under secular witchcraft far better than I fall under any label of religious witchcraft. And, personally, I find ‘geekomancer’ a better fit than ‘pop-culture pagan.’ So what’s your favorite geeky thing that inspires magic? Tell me in a comment! And may your bloodstone circle protect you.