the long-winded notarius

eclectic thoughts from a diurnal kiwi

brokendestiel:

littlekiwi37:

casemcgee:

The Portal- Trailer starring Tahmoh Penikett

If you’re not supporting this thing financially, you had better hype the fuck out of it

I wanna hope this happens a lot, because I’ve been laughing a good five minutes at it

Here’s the link to the trailer

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christowitch:

If you havent seen the show Penny Dreadful..you should look it up. Its entertaining.

Seconded, and they love to do mini cliffhangers/reveals at the end of every episode :) Really hooks you in to wanting the next one

missliteraryali:

Magnificent 19th-Century Library Shelves 350,000 Books

Feast your eyes on the elegant grandeur of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (known in English as the Royal Portuguese Reading Room or the Royal Cabinet), a 19th-century library in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed from 1880 to 1887 under the direction of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, the magnificent library has the distinction of holding the largest and most valuable collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal, with over 350,000 volumes filling its countless bookshelves.

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markruffalo:

sexkittenpurrs:

malevittus:

thefrozenrose:

veggielezzyfemmie:

It’s even cooler when you stand back and squint your eyes.

Or take your glasses off

or take your glasses off

The only pic that’s ever made me exercise

This is mind boggling.

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thenightengaleofnocturnal:

christowitch:

Been talking about how I had just given up hope in my personal life..and was just done. All Hope GONE….

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 pops up on my dash and I get the feeling of someone standing behind me and patting my head.

Which the image basically…

Not sure to reblog because of the awesome message or the Fairy Tail gif XD

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carpeumbra:

hadrienseed:

WHEN YOU TYPE OUT A DEMONS NAME, AND POST IT, YOU JUST LET IT LOOSE IN EVERYONE WHO READS IT’S BLOG, COMPUTER AND HOME.

YOU IDIOT.

*cleanses the shit out’a her comp*

If demon summoning were as simple as writing/reading a demon’s name, the Bible/Tanakh would…

That said, if you’re reading a book on evocation, and you’re in a very relaxed state while doing so, and you just so happen to read those names out loud to practice pronouncing them … don’t be surprised if you have really, REALLY, messed up dreams and weird things happening around you for a while. Just saying.

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taiga-cchi:

thegreenwolf:

sachimo:

abeardfullofbees:

alilnugget:

wanashou:

beatonna:

If you aren’t totally quaking in your boots at the news of millions of bees dead, yet again, you’re nuts.

this should be concerning a lot more people than it is

not only because bees are one of the most important animals in the world and their job is a lot more than gathering honey but also because they are what scientists refer to as an “indicator species”

this means that when their populations start dwindling and then rapidly dropping, humans need to watch their shit because that means that environmental factors are too difficult for THEM to live in, so it might be difficult for US to live in, too. bees basically act as an indication that humans have a lot to worry about and when they start dying like this it deserves a lot more than a few headlines.

last year my biggest worry was the steep decline in bee population and apparently thats not about to change anytime soon. people have told me to my face that they think its strange I’m so concerned for the bees. read this you selfish fucks

Get excited, motherfuckers.  Without bees, we will die off.  Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs.  Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.

I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.

Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.

Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY. 

Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.

Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.

GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!

If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.

Give the bees a free home!

Giving bees a “bee block” alone is a huge load off their backs! You can buy homes here or  You can even build your own. 

Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.

Sources and other helpful links:

5 ways to help our disappearing bees

How to “Friend” Your Native Bees

Why gardening is good for your health

Silence of the Bees

Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.

Guys, if all the bees died we’d have FOUR YEARS to live.

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One hitherto mentioned bonus of having a secular witchcraft page, is that by removing religion from the equation (spells, rituals, etc.) it should be universally usable by all, regardless of belief or lack thereof.
my-name-is-notarikon my-name-is-notarikon Said:

asksecularwitch:

my-name-is-notarikon:

secwitchcraftconfessions:

asksecularwitch:

TL;DR -

Witchcraft, in general, has both closed and open practices. And Secular Witchcraft, in specific, mirrors this as well. 

I was thinking similarly but I don’t want to influence the posts too much. Thanks Sec.

At no point did I imply that all secular witchcraft practices were the same.

I have zero disagreement with your definition of secular witchcraft, I simply fear you may have misunderstood the intention of my post.

If you or any other secular witches have closed practices, which require initiation to be taught, surely you would not post them on a place like Tumblr? Otherwise, I still believe that secular practices should be more usable than religion-orientated ones - especially ones that people deem to post on a public forum, anonymously or not.

It may simply be my fault for not adequately emphasising the word “should” in my post. I suppose in retrospect I should have said adaptable, but I think my original post only serves as an opportunity for you to address these issues and clarify the definition of secularity in regards to witchcraft.

Thank you for your response, if you still disagree with my assessment, then please feel free to retort, or agree to disagree. No disrespect is intended.

1. It was simply the wording that I wanted to make explicitly clear that Secular Witchcraft is an umbrella practice. It sounded more or less to me that there was this idea that Secular Witchcraft is an all encompassing thing, singular thing. Rather than a multiple thing. Just making sure we’re all on the same page.

2. If you or any other secular witches have closed practices, which require initiation to be taught, surely you would not post them on a place like Tumblr?

And I don’t. All of the witchcraft I post about are in my experimental part of my witchcraft. My home grown, made practice has never been posted on here - and when people’ve questioned certain edges of my beliefs or how I structured my practice, I pretty much tell them that I’m not going to tell them because it’s private.

So I’m not sure exactly what the point of bringing that up is? Was there a point? No, I’m not being sarcastic. Were you trying to trip me up? Did it not make sense to you in some way? I’m not sure how posting that certain secular witchcraft practices are closed and required initiatory practices would be in some way damaging to the original point since it’s the crux of the original point. 

Or were you confused on how someone would bring up that they are in an initiatory practice or a closed practice? Because that’s simple and easy enough to go through, you know. It can be a bit confusing. If say, you have the idea that even speaking about the practice breaks the secrecy or the closedness of that practice? There are certain religious witchcraft practices which specifically have that, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case in secular witchcraft. But they must be doing a damn good job because I haven’t heard anything about others who are so closed they don’t even talk about it. Lol.

But I’m really confused as to why that would be a problem? 

Otherwise, I still believe that secular practices should be more usable than religion-orientated ones - especially ones that people deem to post on a public forum, anonymously or not.

Wholeheartedly disagree. Secular practices are not essentially better (here usability) than Religious ones. As I mentioned in my post, not everyone is interested in secular practices. A lot of people have said about secular witchcraft or secular practices in general, that they feel it’s empty or that they feel that it’s taking out the best parts of what makes a religious practice good for them. And in some cases, accusations are part of the deal with secular witchcraft - like spell thievery as well as cultural appropriation and profaning religious imagery down to specific terms. 

Secular Witchcraft is only as usable as we make it to be. For example, someone could potentially make some very high level pain in the ass very annoying to use high magick based secular witchcraft and use instead of summons of outside spirits, personal emotions or doctrines as replacement. I could definitely see that. 

Likewise, I’m sure there are other versions of secular witchcraft practices which restrict behaviors based on certain principles. For example - for me, I don’t perform certain kinds of spells because I don’t feel they are appropriate and/or they are creepy. And I speak openly against those spells because of the kind of things that they give into. This is a restriction not because I have some religious affiliation but because I have an ethical and moral problem with them. 

And that may bring down the usability for someone else. 

Arguing that Secular Witchcraft is better [usability wise] than Religious Witchcraft is a pretty heavy handed slippery slope to go down. First you must actually provide evidence of the difference in usability between religious and secular witchcraft - which I would argue it’s best not to awaken that beast because there’s definitely some can of worms discussions down that area - and then secondly you have to actually show that secular witchcraft is better for people who are religious witches to use than their own practice [because inherently what you’re saying is that religious witches have less usability in their practice because they are doing religious witchcraft. If Secular Witchcraft as a whole is better than religious witchcraft, you must then draw the conclusion that religious witchcraft is less usable. Which means that you should be converting religious witches at least on that front, no? ]. Which is beyond offensive to be honest, that you think you know how other people’s preferences are and can argue that theirs is the lesser [in terms of usability].

Of course I’m going with strictly the use case aspect rather than the learning aspect of usability. Because to be honest, I learned religious witchcraft faster than I learned secular witchcraft. There’s a definite direction when it comes to certain forms of religious witchcraft. It’s already set up, there’s a lot of people who already know how to do it or have been doing it for a long time or the path has been well worn, that kind of thought. So it’s easy to pick up okay on this day we do this. On this day we do this other thing. Okay I see this religious symbol here and it means this.

Where as secular witchcraft is relatively or very new and there’s not a lot of people available for questioning. I mean, fuck I didn’t have a name for secular witchcraft until a chaote told me that non-religious = secular. And then I didn’t know there were others practicing non-religiously until I made a tumblr and they adopted the secular witchcraft name too. For the longest time I was the only one - or so I thought - one is the loneliest number~~~~. 

So when I was developing things as needed and learning and experimenting with secular ideas and concepts in spellwork - it took me over 10+ years to really get my handle on things. And still to this day I’m learning and coming to develop my practices - though mostly experimental and adjusting that side of my practice to fit new ways of doing things. 

Where as the religious side of witchcraft [specifically neo-wicca] took me about 1-3 years to get a handle on it. And then I promptly left after learning what an asshole and what a floof I was. Homfg. So bad. D:< Never forgive self for those things. 

So in that aspect, religious witchcraft kicks all the butts, I feel. All of them. The butts.

In summary: Dang that’s a slippery slope. I wouldn’t go there. Secular Witchcraft is different from Religious Witchcraft, but it is not inherently better in all cases/forms/etc - even in terms of just general usability. 

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Technically, yes. It’s useful to whomever deems it so.

Thank you for your response, if you still disagree with my assessment, then please feel free to retort, or agree to disagree. No disrespect is intended.

Obviously! :D No disrespect at all. We’re having a discussion. It’s what should be happening, muhahahhahahahaha. Discuss all the things. 

I understand that Secular = Eclectic, however much some people may despise that word. And I think it is a good idea that you’ve reaffirmed that.

The bringing up the closed practices was not meant to trip you up, I’m not quite sure how it was taken that way, but not to worry. The point was that as you mentioned, because there are forms of secular witchcraft (from this point abbreviated to SWC, if I may) that require initiation rites, and you noted that in that respect specifically, it is not universally usable by all. Thus, since these forms of SWC would not be made public, one of the primary restrictions to SWC being universally usable is rendered invalid, at least here. It wasn’t a problem, it was a solution.

I understand your reasoning for your argument that SWC is not necessarily usable than Religious ones. It could definitely go either way, so until I understand more (and have learnt more) about the subject, I shall defer to your judgement. I may come back at some point down the line better informed and reawaken this argument, but that is for another day. 

As I mentioned in my previous response, I should have said adaptable, and “better” or “worse” are words I definitely avoid when it comes to things that do not deal in absolutes, e.g. magic and religion, among a multitude of others.

You’re definitely a breath of fresh air, discussion?! On a social networking site?! The more the merrier.

lux-exstasis:

my-name-is-notarikon:

If you use an athame in your workings, or plan to, would you kindly take a moment to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you associate the athame with the element of fire or air?
  2. Do you believe an athame must be double-edged?
  3. Do you believe an athame requires a black (or dark) handle?

Honestly, this one really depends on your tradition. For example, in the Heremtic Order of the Golden Dawn it is associated with the element air whereas in Gardnerian witchcraft it is associated with the element of fire and the southward direction of the magic circle. However, it should be stated that the association depends entirely on your tradition. 

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