This was my first week on my new work schedule. Now I work Sunday through Thursday, 2.30pm to 11pm. I never thought I would enjoy the schedule as much as I do, but it’s liberating! I anticipate that it’s going to go a long way to helping me regain my health and my siritual practices. Even now, I can tell you all proudly I have done senut (the core daily rite of Kemetic Orthodoxy) 3 or 4 times this week. Given that before this week, I had done it maybe that many times since last November, I call this a win.
There are a few links I want to share tonight which I hope make more rounds.
I resumed my greening your magics series at Pagan Activist and this past week posted about gem work, especially about destructive mining practices. In a similar vein to my series, Lupa talks about why buying all the Halloween tchokies you see in the store isn’t such a good idea.
Unless you have been living under a rock, by now you have heard about Christian Day’s latest faux pas. If not, the short version is he reported several people for having fake names on Facebook, including one woman who used an alias to protect against a stalker. When she spoke with Day about the situation, well, you can find the conversation here. The last I heard is that Christin Day issued a generic and weak apology via his Facebook, but there may be more since. Either way, this behavior is reprehensible.
Beth is doing a devotional anthology for Odin! ‘Nuff said. Well maybe that and I think I am going to try to submit something for it. Got another piece I need to get out of my head for another deity anyway.
And finally, this from one of my people. Autumn, aka St. Mae of the Church of No Dead Saints and Discordian.com posted about people creating tulpas. If you are not familiar, tulpas are independent thought forms, for lack of a better term, originally found in Tibetan culture. I first heard of them through the comic The Invisibles, and have only done a very brief study outside of that. But I do know that Alexandra David-Neel, the woman who first introduced this concept to the West, described tulpas as being embodied on their own and not just existing in the mind and/or on the astral. As Autumn mentioned:
“Someone else said on another thread about this that it’s been more or less established that the Western occultist version of a “tulpa” is fairly distinct from the original Tibetan concepts. As often happens, Western occultists hear about a spiritual practice from abroad and lack full context or great translations and put it into practice as something fairly different from the original. And here we see a further memetic mutation….”
So while it’s interesting, we’re also seeing something new develop. I’m not too big on pop culture paganism but it doesn’t affect my practice in an adverse way. I have to admit that the amount of time it takes to develop a thoughtform alone is something worth noting.
And finally, tying together my interest in holistic health and want to wildcraft, Rue makes syrup from wild rosehips.