Spiral Nature Linkage for Friday, 17 August 2018

Occulture linkage

On myths of queerness, and how they can support real world understanding. See also, “Honouring queer and nonbinary forms of nature” by Xenia.

An interview with Storm Faerywolf  about the Blue God and other matters.

On social media and lesser magick. See also Daleth West’s article, “Witchcraft and social media: Digital tools for magick.”

An interview with Cyndi Brannen about Hecate.

The UK’s Antiques Roadshow recently featured a work of occultist and artist Austin Osman Spare’s.

Sure, English Freemasonry may be a sexist patriarchal bullshit organization, but they’re pretending at inclusion by permitting transmen to join, and if a transwoman joined the org as a dude, she’s permitted to remain a member. I guess this counts as a kind of progress? But also, like…??

An interview with Jorge Cuaik, creator of the Marshmallow Marseille.

On the Satanic Temple and the fight for the soul(lessness) of contemporary Satanism. (Thanks to James Bridge for submitting this link!)

Yes, white people in the United States also used to hang out in cemeteries and nom with their dead. However, before you try this out today, you might want to check out Chris Alluan’s article, “Who are the cemetery gate keepers?

Magick linkage

On making shambles, Pratchett-style. Also check out Anne Bean’s “Discworld magick in personal practice.”

Benebell Wen compares the art and symbolism of the deck she is designing, the Spirit Keepers Tarot, with the Rider Tarot and the Thoth Tarot.

On choosing a tarot deck for beginners. Donyae Coles has also written a number of excellent articles on the subject, and I highly recommend “How to buy a tarot deck” and “Tarot for kids: 15 decks to get them started,” in particular.

What does your moon sign tell you about your love life?

Sabrina Scott on how physical death changes one’s understanding of the tarot’s Death card.

What is a faery court?

Yes, non-Greeks can practice Greek polytheism. For related issues, I also recommend “Worshipping familiar gods: Going beyond pop culture” by Donyae Coles.

Spirituality linkage

Are you open about your spirituality at work? Donyae Coles has some tips to get started with sharing your practice with friends and family, and what to do if you’re a secret witch.

On why it’s awesome to live in a world with many religions, rather than just one. (For the record, I’d also be ok in a world with no religions.)

Signs that a spiritual leader may be harmful. For thoughts on the flip side, see Courtney Weber’s “Challenges and rewards of leadership.”

On the mythology surrounding Ariadne. Also, the Horai, the classical Greek gods of the hours and seasons.

Latinx millennials are reclaiming their witchy ancestry, and it’s awesome.

Yes, some gods like offerings of booze.

Reviews linkage

Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient Greek World reviewed.

A brief review of The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy.

Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels on Summoning the Power to Resist reviewed.

A review of Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography.

The Winnowing of White Witchcraft briefly reviewed, along with British Fairies.

A review of Chasing Eris.

Calls for submission

Spiral Nature Magazine is looking for an art columnist. Payment: $15 per article, plus ad space (a $130 value). Deadline: 31 August 2018.

Spiral Nature Magazine is looking for an herbalist columnist. Payment: $15 per article, plus ad space (a $130 value). Deadline: 15 September 2018.

Bonus linkage

In medieval Europe, women were alewives.

The “mother’s curse” is a genetic, not mystic curse, but it has since been evidenced among French Canadians.

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