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Details: Bog bodies (also known as “Bog People”) of Northern Europe.

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thegreenwolf:

Only if you have enough money to make the kinds of choices you want to make regarding organics and the like. And only if you don’t live in a food desert. And only if you don’t have dietary restrictions that severely limit your options. I’m not saying that people even in those circumstances can never make better food choices ever, but someone whose only nearby food source is a convenience store and lives on minimum wage isn’t going to get to buy free-range chicken on a regular basis.Food is an environmental issue, but it’s also a social issue, too. Several social issues, in fact.

thegreenwolf:

Only if you have enough money to make the kinds of choices you want to make regarding organics and the like. And only if you don’t live in a food desert. And only if you don’t have dietary restrictions that severely limit your options. I’m not saying that people even in those circumstances can never make better food choices ever, but someone whose only nearby food source is a convenience store and lives on minimum wage isn’t going to get to buy free-range chicken on a regular basis.Food is an environmental issue, but it’s also a social issue, too. Several social issues, in fact.

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Exercise caution, especially with things labeled “fresh” pizza

I dunno, I’m most worried about “stairs”

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"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society."

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Friend creatures from the UK! My intentions have manifested in a way where it’s possible that I will live in the UK in the coming years. Where are the most magical places to plant the roots or at least visit? :) I only have a very small,…

Lot of folk will recommend the rural and the quaint: I’m here to tell you that there’s no magical powerhouse in Britain quite like London. Ancient, dirty, dangerous - beautiful and welcoming, if you catch it right. And make sure you pay respects to the Thames.

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It had to happen: Duckface Selfie With kellysue!

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It had to happen: Duckface Selfie With kellysue!

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mrdingo:

Images from Ganesh Chaturthi, the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesh. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who is widely worshipped for auspicious beginnings. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, and the deity of intellect and wisdom. In 2011 Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 1.

(photos from The Big Picture: here and here, and MSNBC Photoblog: here and here).

Always Reblog Ganesh.

Hail To He Who Is Fond Of Pomegranates!

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kadrey:

If you’re in San Francisco, I’m doing a reading and signing at Borderlands Books and Cafe this afternoon at 3pm.

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You can teach a man to fish. You can teach a man anything. Men are very easy to control.

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kushl0rd:

My History of Witchcraft teacher is just set on her knowledge that witchcraft and magick is utterly made up and entirely fabricated as a sociological phenomenon, with no basis in reality, and that there are no such things as true witches or real magick,

I’ve just never had much respect for academics that study anything magick-related for any culture but don’t practice it. How can they understand it with out doing it? There’s just so much that is missed, in my opinion, but that might be the tantric influences on thelema that I’m speaking from.

Join the club, my friend. Actually I’ve got very little respect for academic, the Occult aside. Like scientists, they’re incredibly afraid of what doesn’t fit into the schema of Western science, or at least what can’t be studied in a reasonably cut and dry fashion. They’re also incredibly dismissive of anything that may suggest otherwise—to the point of being malicious, condescending, intentionally ignorant, or socially exclusive of the perceived outlier. I ran into this problem when my paper was rejected from a philosophy conference because I had the gall to compare Heideggerian metaphysics with Thelema’s philosophy of Will. Not only was I the only major who submitted that was rejected from the conference, but the conference was both a philosophy and religious conference. 

Of course if they were less concerned with the map and more concerned with the territory we might have more Occultist-inclined teachers who are both factually correct and academically sound. But, you can’t go to a pauper expecting gold. And you can’t go to a muggle for any semblance of decency on a topic they believe is as dry and dead as the perception they’ve chosen for themselves. Not so much that a non-Occult narrative is worse than an Occultist one, but that the mere denial of pursual of the topic, or the failure to admit that one’s own method deserves critique from time and time again, especially when it continues to hold up a picture of the world as you’ve always known it to be true, is what makes their perception a failure.

The Occult doesn’t make a person perceptive—self-examination does. Academics however very rarely are honest with themselves, I find. It makes it easier for them to teach, when they cannot do.

I think the problem lies with fluid terms like witchcraft, or even magic. Given that the definitions of what is being done - or sought out, or feared - based on WHEN and WHERE in the world they are taking place, it’s easy to dismiss them as abstract psychological issues. And there is a certain amount of truth to such things -

Carlo Ginzburg begins his excellent Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath by establishing the fact that what became “witch fears” began as fear of immigrants/minorities (Jews), and plague victims (Lepers). A lot of accusations leveled at witches are precisely the same as those leveled earlier in history toward minorities or victims of circumstance. That doesn’t negate the rest of the book, of course, which increasingly leaps backwards into the past to establish that ecstatic cults (like the Benandanti) existed, or that folk practitioners of certain practices existed.

All of these things arose simultaneously, and fueled crazes. The problem is narrowing it all down into a single box and insisting that only one view can be applied. It just doesn’t work.

Of course. And I’m not denying that witchcraft accusations have to a certain extent been used to perpetuate a status quo by the big man—say at women or minorities—but to insist that is all of magick, that is the only history of magick there has ever been…

that’s just flat out wrong. To be more fair to the professor however the subject of the class is “the witch craze”, but the professor thus far has not gone to any lengths to discuss the philosophy of witchcraft, my certain groups practice witchcraft along with why they may have been falsely accused of doing so (say also as a defense against the Big Man, such as slaves practicing variants of hoodou and voodou against their white masters because no other way of fighting back was realistic) or that witchcraft itself is a broad term. 

There is something to be said about the psychology of witch-related things (and I follow a primarily psychological model of magick so I understand how relevant it is) but already the signs here don’t point to a course free of bumps in the road.

Right. It’s the “we have a box, so we’ll stuff everything in it” problem.

You certainly can’t understand Haitian Voodoo without understanding its origins; but most academics don’t have the internal capacity to write a book like Wade Davis (Passage into Darkness or The Serpent and the Rainbow). Instead they stick to what they feel are rational assessments of subjects that can’t be approached in an entirely rational manner.

So we end up with the “mental illness and mass psychology” explanations - “if you DID consider yourself a witch, it was because you were mentally ill, or if you believed in witches’ it was just being swept up into the madness of a craze.”

I don’t know if you caught it, but I passed on a link of a video from the BBC that was on henbane and witches a month or two ago. One of the academics - who had a distinctly “it never happened, because Patriarchy” mindset - insisted that entheogens were NEVER part of the witch trials and witch crazes. One of the individual given Henbane even had a pretty typical “flying ointment” style response to Henbane, and she still insisted there was no basis in history for it. Her arguments were FLAGRANTLY wrong. But she had a position staked already, and wouldn’t budge.

See but you’re just a plebeian than doesn’t know anything. She is the one with the true and honest keys to the city of wisdom, because she has a degree that you don’t have and that also makes her a better person than you

God, The Serpent in the Rainbow is one of my favorite books, how did you know :3

That’s okay. I’m a pragmatist. If her work is ever useful to me - which is doubtful - I’ll still steal it for my own, horrible ends. LOL.

And because The Serpent and the Rainbow is the shit!

The part of Serpent and the Rainbow that influences me to this day is the story of when Davis took the day off & went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark in Port-au-Prince.

At the end, when the angels came out of the Ark and started eating Nazis, the audience panicked - not a lot of experience with movies & they took the angels as real vengeful spirits coming out of the screen. Davis reported that as the panic started, a group of houngans spontaneously got up and assisted the terrified audience: one group threw spells at the screen to keep the creatures away while others got them to safely make it to the exits without crushing people underfoot.

Power of movies, guys. Power of magic.