Building the Arte

theheadlesshashasheen:

chirotus said: One day I endeavor to build a still and make mead brandy

I intend to get together with another horrible witch and make Henbane Gruit Ale.

Because it needs to be done, goddamn it. I will consecrate that stuff to Apollo Soranus and chortle as I try it.

And then probably die in agony or something. Who knows?

Ahem. 

Kevin M. Dunn, Caveman Chemistry, has all the chemistry you fine gentlebeings need to brew your own mead, and then operate a still to distill it to alcohol. With appropriate federal permissions as needed, of course.

I’m working my way through this book now, and I recommend it.

They were priests who had been responsible for giving out oracles of the gods who became famous in the region where they’d lived either for founding new traditions or creating new forms of old ones. And this was especially true in the case of people who had been priests of Apollo.

The plainest evidence for all of these founding figures comes from the western coastal regions of Anatolia. Sometimes the priest is lost in the mists of legend; sometimes he’s clearly a historical person. But what’s constant is a chain of succession created by ‘sons’ of Apollo, tracing its existence generation after generation back to the founding hero. For the links between heroes and the worship of Apollo were very close.

And that’s not even to mention the practice of creating special shrines for Iatromantis figures when they died and then treating them as heroes - heroes in the sense of people who had something extraordinary about them, something divine, who through the lives they had lived had gone beyond the limits of ordinary human possibility or experience.

In the Dark Places of Wisdom, Peter Kingsley (via coldalbion)

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Calling Parmeneides a Physikos was a way of creating a subtle difference between him and the healers called Oulis. It didn’t mean he wasn’t like them, that he wasn’t concerned or involved in healing; on the contrary. But it was a way he was saying he was something else,something more.

And that’s not the only difference.

The age of the Parmeneides inscription, its style, its shape and size of writing, the condition of the marble it was carved on - every detail was […] the same as the inscriptions on the Oulis healers. But in this case there was something missing. There was no year, no date.

[…]

And the reason for that is quite simple. In this case it was because Parmeneides represents year zero: all the numbers on the inscriptions - year 280, year 379, year 446 - were being counted from him.

Century after century this line of healers had continued to exist, looking back to Parmeneides as its source and dating its existence from him. To measure the age of a tradition or institution by dating it from its founder was nothing unusual in the ancient world. It was normal to worship the person as a hero, beginning from the moment they had died.

And there was one formasl way of referring to such a person. This was to call him heros ktistes, the founding hero

In the Dark Places of Wisdom, Peter Kingsley (via coldalbion)
theawakenedstate:

abwatt:

theawakenedstate:

A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life. Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any kind of ritual that creates the space for us to connect. The New Moon provides us with an opportunity to carve out time in our lives for the sacred space needed to take care of ourselves.The New Moon provides the energy to create our intentions towards what we need within our present life. What seeds do we need to plant in order to grow? What affirmations towards ourselves and our reality? This energy opens the door to let go of what no longer serves us and embrace the new energies that are building. Release, let go and reinvent <3

This photograph is not a New Moon. It is a photograph of the last crescent. The new moon always appears at evening, with the setting sun on its west, and thus with the crescent on the right side of the moon.  The waning moon always appears at the early morning, with the rising sun on its left, and thus with the crescent on the left side of the moon — as in this photograph.
More, the relative smoothness of the upper-left curvature is suggestive of the mare or ‘sea’ that is found in the upper western portion of the Moon’s face, the Oceanus Procellarum or Ocean of Storms.  And near the putative equator is a small, round crater with a high lip or ridge, indicative of Crater Riccioli, perhaps. Neither Mare Crisium nor Mare Fecunditatis, which are occasionally visible on the first curvature of the New Moon, are visible here. Nor are the two smaller mares which require a telescope or binoculars to make out clearly, like the Mare Undarum or the Mare Spumans (the Seas of Waves and of Foam).
I appreciate the original post’s written suggestions about what to do with the energies of the New Moon — it’s a time of expansion and new energy and awaking new powers.  But it’s the wrong image for the season, and it’s impressing inaccurate information on viewers and readers.
 

It’s an honest mistake, i was trying to find an image that would best capture a new moon besides showing a picture of blackness considering New Moon is the point where you can’t see any moonlight or see the moon at all for that matter. I really didn’t need that astronomy lesson but thanks for noticing, brownie points for you. Is this better 

Hah! That’s brilliant! I love it. Humor and snark and goodwill all around.
The Moon, in astrological terms, has its own special Zodiac called the Mansions of the Moon. There are 28 mansions; and currently (as in, as I make this reblogged post, at 6:48pm local time, 25 July 2014) the Moon is in the ninth such mansion — a hinderance to travelers and harvests, and putting discord between men. 
So, my apologies for getting snarky and annoyed, and putting discord between men.  May Barbiel, the angel of the 9th mansion, put aside from us all discord and infirmities, and instead help us continue on from our intentions to the completion of our goals!

theawakenedstate:

abwatt:

theawakenedstate:

A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life. Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any kind of ritual that creates the space for us to connect. The New Moon provides us with an opportunity to carve out time in our lives for the sacred space needed to take care of ourselves.

The New Moon provides the energy to create our intentions towards what we need within our present life. What seeds do we need to plant in order to grow? What affirmations towards ourselves and our reality? This energy opens the door to let go of what no longer serves us and embrace the new energies that are building. Release, let go and reinvent <3

This photograph is not a New Moon. It is a photograph of the last crescent. The new moon always appears at evening, with the setting sun on its west, and thus with the crescent on the right side of the moon.  The waning moon always appears at the early morning, with the rising sun on its left, and thus with the crescent on the left side of the moon — as in this photograph.

More, the relative smoothness of the upper-left curvature is suggestive of the mare or ‘sea’ that is found in the upper western portion of the Moon’s face, the Oceanus Procellarum or Ocean of Storms.  And near the putative equator is a small, round crater with a high lip or ridge, indicative of Crater Riccioli, perhaps. Neither Mare Crisium nor Mare Fecunditatis, which are occasionally visible on the first curvature of the New Moon, are visible here. Nor are the two smaller mares which require a telescope or binoculars to make out clearly, like the Mare Undarum or the Mare Spumans (the Seas of Waves and of Foam).

I appreciate the original post’s written suggestions about what to do with the energies of the New Moon — it’s a time of expansion and new energy and awaking new powers.  But it’s the wrong image for the season, and it’s impressing inaccurate information on viewers and readers.

 

It’s an honest mistake, i was trying to find an image that would best capture a new moon besides showing a picture of blackness considering New Moon is the point where you can’t see any moonlight or see the moon at all for that matter. I really didn’t need that astronomy lesson but thanks for noticing, brownie points for you. 
Is this better 
image

Hah! That’s brilliant! I love it. Humor and snark and goodwill all around.

The Moon, in astrological terms, has its own special Zodiac called the Mansions of the Moon. There are 28 mansions; and currently (as in, as I make this reblogged post, at 6:48pm local time, 25 July 2014) the Moon is in the ninth such mansion — a hinderance to travelers and harvests, and putting discord between men. 

So, my apologies for getting snarky and annoyed, and putting discord between men.  May Barbiel, the angel of the 9th mansion, put aside from us all discord and infirmities, and instead help us continue on from our intentions to the completion of our goals!

theawakenedstate:

A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life. Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any kind of ritual that creates the space for us to connect. The New Moon provides us with an opportunity to carve out time in our lives for the sacred space needed to take care of ourselves.The New Moon provides the energy to create our intentions towards what we need within our present life. What seeds do we need to plant in order to grow? What affirmations towards ourselves and our reality? This energy opens the door to let go of what no longer serves us and embrace the new energies that are building. Release, let go and reinvent &lt;3

This photograph is not a New Moon. It is a photograph of the last crescent. The new moon always appears at evening, with the setting sun on its west, and thus with the crescent on the right side of the moon.  The waning moon always appears at the early morning, with the rising sun on its left, and thus with the crescent on the left side of the moon — as in this photograph.
More, the relative smoothness of the upper-left curvature is suggestive of the mare or &#8216;sea&#8217; that is found in the upper western portion of the Moon&#8217;s face, the Oceanus Procellarum or Ocean of Storms.  And near the putative equator is a small, round crater with a high lip or ridge, indicative of Crater Riccioli, perhaps. Neither Mare Crisium nor Mare Fecunditatis, which are occasionally visible on the first curvature of the New Moon, are visible here. Nor are the two smaller mares which require a telescope or binoculars to make out clearly, like the Mare Undarum or the Mare Spumans (the Seas of Waves and of Foam).
I appreciate the original post&#8217;s written suggestions about what to do with the energies of the New Moon — it&#8217;s a time of expansion and new energy and awaking new powers.  But it&#8217;s the wrong image for the season, and it&#8217;s impressing inaccurate information on viewers and readers.
 

theawakenedstate:

A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life. Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any kind of ritual that creates the space for us to connect. The New Moon provides us with an opportunity to carve out time in our lives for the sacred space needed to take care of ourselves.

The New Moon provides the energy to create our intentions towards what we need within our present life. What seeds do we need to plant in order to grow? What affirmations towards ourselves and our reality? This energy opens the door to let go of what no longer serves us and embrace the new energies that are building. Release, let go and reinvent <3

This photograph is not a New Moon. It is a photograph of the last crescent. The new moon always appears at evening, with the setting sun on its west, and thus with the crescent on the right side of the moon.  The waning moon always appears at the early morning, with the rising sun on its left, and thus with the crescent on the left side of the moon — as in this photograph.

More, the relative smoothness of the upper-left curvature is suggestive of the mare or ‘sea’ that is found in the upper western portion of the Moon’s face, the Oceanus Procellarum or Ocean of Storms.  And near the putative equator is a small, round crater with a high lip or ridge, indicative of Crater Riccioli, perhaps. Neither Mare Crisium nor Mare Fecunditatis, which are occasionally visible on the first curvature of the New Moon, are visible here. Nor are the two smaller mares which require a telescope or binoculars to make out clearly, like the Mare Undarum or the Mare Spumans (the Seas of Waves and of Foam).

I appreciate the original post’s written suggestions about what to do with the energies of the New Moon — it’s a time of expansion and new energy and awaking new powers.  But it’s the wrong image for the season, and it’s impressing inaccurate information on viewers and readers.

 

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The Hasbro Gallery at Springfield, MA’s Smith Museum of Art. I hope the artists who painted this hallway and side rooms were real Tibetans… Because the decoration and design work is amazing.

I also like how they worked Thoth, the Egyptian god of learning and magic, into the design. Because here’s all this florid Buddhist decoration from India and the Himalaya, mixed with Chinese Zodiac work (apparently I’m a metal dog— who knew??) and then around a corner here’s an ibis headed lord of wisdom. Awesome.

HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN

Simple. Declare yourself a magician, behave like a magician, practice magic every day.”
— Grant Morrison, Pop Magic! (via occulttrainingwheels)

Paintings from the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA. My lady and I went there today.

bankuei:

hug-a-mermaid:

Favorite Muggleborns headcanons (1/?)

Muggle born hiphop ciphers for magical rituals…

We never hear about parents’ weekend at Hogwarts. I’ve lived and worked at three boarding schools. No parents’ weekend? No grandparents’ weekend? No Visitor’s Day? No Homecoming? No Alumni Day? All those wizarding families just give their gold out of their Gringott’s Vaults out of the goodness of their hearts? The new wing of the restricted section of the library got built by magic, did it? No sweat or new marble or not so much as a 2x4 stick of lumber was purchased? 

The daring muggleborn mother who first came to Hogwarts for Visitors’ Day boarded the train at platform 9 3/4s on a Thursday shortly after 10, came up from London in the usual way.  None of the wizarding families would sit with her, with her fake Dolce and Gabbana purse, £3.50 sunglasses from Boots, and a small flask of liquid courage — A Balvanie 18-year scotch, mind you, not something from potions class.

She took the tour of the building with a bewildered pureblood Hufflepuff and a seventh-year Slytherin who was fascinated by the smell of sweaty fear that rolled off her, and spent the entire tour trying to collect some in a materia bottle for the potions labs class.  Yet here she was — looking around the dormitories, frowning at the state of the cobwebs, none of that in her flat at home.  She was startled the first time a painting tried to make conversation, but by the end of the visit one of the Headless Horsemen was courteously making introductions for her.  The muggleborn are formidable when they dare set foot in Hogwarts — an ancient reputation for viciousness precedes them, and even — especially — ghosts give them their due. 

She attends the Parents Reception alone. No one makes conversation with her, no one speaks to her.  When she approaches the food table, the small talk ceases.  A house elf admires her scarf, and says something nice about it. Unthinking, she takes it off her neck and gives it to the elf, not realizing about etiquette.  Aghast, the purebloods watch in horror, and can do nothing.

She attends a Quiddich match the first year, seems bewildered.  Makes an effort during the spring to understand the rules.  Brings Professor Flitwick begonias, and vervain (Verbena officinalis) for his greenhouse. 

But Mrs. Lesley — that’s her name, but of course she was Diana Dodgson before she was married — returns. Every term, she comes up for Visitors Day, to see her son’s school, listen to the speech from the Head, and frown at the state of the library.  Eventually, the owls even start delivering her the official invitation, though her neighbors at home are always startled by the lost owl wandering around the patios in the early daylight.  Her husband doesn’t come — mutters about an important day in the City, mustn’t be off his game.  It’s not until her fifth year, her tenth Visitors Day, that another muggle woman, Delores from Aberystwyth, comes with her, to see this weird school her daughter attends.  They waited another year and a half before Carolyn joins them, from Norwich.

And then Delores turns to them at the Head’s Reception. She’s shorter than the other two, but more hot-headed. “Darryl is coming with me next year. And there’s one or two other parents we should ask.  WE should form a committee.”

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buckybarnesing:

you ever see a thing that just makes you cackle? x

buckybarnesing:

you ever see a thing that just makes you cackle? x

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