Monday at the Movies

I admit to being a complete mystery hound.  I think my fate was cemented at age 7 by the Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock.  My friend’s big sister had a copy in her room and I started reading it and couldn’t put it down.  One library card and a few dozen weeks later . . . .

Queens of Mystery makes a fun job of poking gentle fun at the genre, while including lots of interesting women characters.  The first two episodes were worthwhile and we’ll see if they can keep it up.

Also, Poe and ravens.

The Magical Battle for America 4.7.19

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Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work.  (No, really.  You really need to do this.)  Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position.  Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak and grasp an herb, stone, or talisman that matters to you.  Grow your roots, send them deep into the soil, let them intertwine and grow small hairs to attach to the mycelia in your own landbase.

Breathe.

Anchor yourself firmly to your landbase.  Does your landbase have anything to tell you today?  Notice a small detail that will call you back when this working is finished.

Ground and center.  Cast a circle.

Breathe.

As you move to our American plain on the astral plane, you can see again the safe hillock where you do your work.  You can see the five giant banners, shining in the sky: Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, and Lady Liberty.  Do they seem more defined since we began our work? Do they have anything special to tell you this week?

For a few moments, just sit on your hillock and allow yourself to become comfortable.  This place should be feeling very real to you by now; we’ve been working together to create it for months and months.  What’s become familiar to you?  A tuft of prairie grass?  Buffalo off in the distance?  The scent of sand carried on the wind?  You’ve been involved in a months-long magical working here, joined with magic workers from across the globe.  Feel your connection to this place on the astral plane. It is always here for you, always a source of strength.

As you look across America, you can see Spring beginning to change the landscape.  Snow melts and runs down the mountainsides.  Spring plants begin to push up from the slowly-warming soil, unfurling green leaves that soak up the sun and turn that energy into sugars and starches.  Birds sing in the morning sunlight and young animals take their first steps alongside their mothers.

New things are blooming in America’s social structure, as well.  The Green New Deal is an idea, a group of proposals, that take, for the first time, the idea of global climate change seriously.  As you stand atop your hillock, you can look underground and see the seeds of change beginning to split open, to root, to begin to push up towards the light.

Hold out your hands and add your warmth to the warmth of the sun.  Send energy to the emerging seeds of care for the planet.  Are there practical ways that you can add even more energy?  What will you commit to do?

Slowly, come down from your hillock and begin to walk back to your own landbase.

Open your eyes.  Rub your arms and face.  Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back.  Drink something, maybe a mug of green tea or a glass of water with slices of strawberry.  Have something to eat, maybe some sunflower seeds or a piece of fruit.  Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to Mama Gaia.  (If so, please post a picture!!)  You may want to repeat this working several times this week.  You may want to journal about it.  Are you inspired to make any art? If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.

Picture found here.

I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me

The Five Bs

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Bernie, Beto, Buttigieg, Biden, and BIAS.

I can’t believe we’re doing this AGAIN.

The 2016 election has been dissected repeatedly and in excruciating detail (and funny how the bros always manage to blame only and entirely Hillary), and yet the coverage of the candidates to date shows that we apparently failed to learn the MOST important lesson: WE ALL BEAR UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AGAINST WOMEN. THIS WILL 100% SHOW UP IN ALL COVERAGE OF WOMEN CANDIDATES. THEREFORE, IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT COVERAGE OF ALL CANDIDATES BE RUTHLESSLY SCRUTINIZED FOR THIS BIAS AND THAT IT BE REMOVED TO THE GREATEST DEGREE POSSIBLE BEFORE ANY PIECE OF CONTENT ABOUT THEM IS SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC.

Yes, I know I’m yelling.

Kamala Harris pulls in 1.7 times the financial haul of Pete Buttigieg, and men in the media do nothing but talk about how well HE is doing.

Bernie still won’t release his goddamn taxes (where does he keep his files – Mordor?), and men in the media do nothing but talk about how mean Amy Klobuchar purportedly is to her staff. (You know what we would call a man who acted the same way? A tough boss with high standards.)

Elizabeth Warren is dropping incredibly detailed policy proposals daily, and men in the media do nothing but talk about how dreamy their man-crush Beto is.

Biden’s been handsy with women FOR DECADES and women are finally talking about it in a highly nuanced way, and men in the media do nothing but accuse us of trying to murder him in cold blood. Also, they’re still on: “Isn’t Kirsten Gillibrand such a bitch for being mean to poor Al Franken?” (And yes, I still think the Franken thing was a little fishy, but you know what? Tina Smith’s doing a great job, so it’s not like he was indispensable to the progressive cause. Pro tip: NO ONE PERSON is.)

I HAVE HAD IT.

Guess what? The women in the race are cool people who do interesting things, too.

B-boys, you need to sit down. Learn to knit. Maybe try winning a larger, state-level race before deciding that you’re the second coming of FDR, JFK, and Obama rolled into one.

We have FOUR outstanding women candidates, ALL of whom are MUCH MORE qualified than the boys to lead this country out of four years of darkness under TrumPutin. Maybe it’s time we all realized that and started treating them and their campaigns with the respect, consideration, and gravitas they’ve earned.

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Springtime Pot Pourri

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^The Wild Hunt has a write-up of the recent Sacred Space conference.  (Thanks for the lovely compliment!)  There’s also information on next year’s combined Sacred Space and Between the Worlds conference.  If you can, start planning now to attend.

^I’m sick and tired of politicians (Trump, Bernie Sanders) who won’t release their taxes.  First, being audited does not prevent release of taxes.  Second, I’m a nobody who never has and never will run for office and I can walk downstairs and pull from my file cabinet a copy of my tax return for any year over the past several decades.  It’s not complicated.  You do your taxes, make a copy, put it in a file folder labeled with the year, and stick it in the file drawer.  So I just don’t buy the argument that you can’t release your taxes.  You manage to release your fundraising data pretty damn fast, though, don’t you?  I believe that we need laws mandating the release of ten years, minimum, of tax returns (the full return, not a several-page summary).  Americans need to know to whom a politician is indebted, how they make their money, and where their financial priorities lie.  Want to protect that info and retain your privacy?  That’s fine, but then you don’t get to run for office.

^I haven’t been doing as much cooking lately because I’ve spending so much time getting ready for my move.  But a quick, easy Spring dish is asparagus and leeks in a frittata.  You can add mushrooms, too.  I cook mine in a cast iron skillet.  Leftovers can go in the fridge and be reheated for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  And leeks and asparagus just say “Spring” to me.  Also, now’s a great time for those little, Spring radishes that are so wonderful on a piece of bread with some butter, salt and pepper.  What are you cooking just now?

^Please stop using the other side’s framing.  Do not call Mar a Largo the “Winter White House.”  Do not use the term “Fake News.”  Don’t quote Trump’s school-yard insults or nicknames.  Do not retweet right wing memes.  No, not even to refute these things or make fun of them.  Please go read George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant.

^One term I used at Sacred Space that some folks hadn’t heard was the “Overton Window.”  You need to be familiar with this concept  and how the right wing uses it.

^This is brilliant.  Please read the whole post.

In yesterday’s post, Sharon Blackie suggests that one way to feel at home wherever it is you find yourself planted is to “learn the ecology, history, language, culture, mythology of your place.” Philip Marsden did exactly than when he moved into a tumbledown farmhouse in Cornwall. In his beautiful book Rising House: A Search for the Spirit of Place, he recounts his experience renovating the house, puzzles out the history of the land that it sits on, then widens his scope to the mythic and social history of Cornwall , tramping the land to better understand the rugged, wild county he loves.

I think I’m noticing a slight movement towards relationship with the land, both among writers and within the Pagan community.  (Believe me, even ten years ago, very few Pagans emphasized being in regular relationship with landbase or invoking the spirit of the land when doing magic.)  I hope it grows.

^It’s odd for me to be moving into Spring time and not starting seeds, working on my garden, getting ready to plop seedlings into the ground.  I’ll be getting my garden fix watching Gardeners’ World  on Britbox, starting tomorrow.  This Fall, I’ll be putting daffodils and snow drops into my new, smaller garden.  (Deer resistant is my new favorite plant description.)  What are you growing now or planning to grow?

^Are you a Call the Midwife  fan?  I admit to being hopelessly addicted.  This week’s show disappointed me, however.  One of the story arcs concerned a single woman who had an illegal abortion in 1960s London.  She became ill and was ultimately left unable to have children, which she had hoped to do in the future.  Rather than focusing on how making abortion safe and legal could have helped her, the show repeated the regular tropes, especially that women regret having abortions.  Most women who have abortions are glad that they could have them.

Picture found here.

 

Words for Wednesday

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After the Winter

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
     And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
     Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
     Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire the shafted grove
     And wide-mouthed orchids smile.
And we will seek the quiet hill
     Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
     And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
     Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
     And ferns that never fade.
Picture found here.

Tuesday Matinee

I finally watched The Favorite.  I’ve always thought that Queen Anne was more interesting than given credit for.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?