Welcome to the latest edition of "The Weekly Witch Review", a kickass guide to all things new & exciting (or at least new & exciting to me) on the wonderfully wacky world wide web...
★ Neil Gaiman on Big Magic... At the end of the day, the only thing that's perfect is a blank sheet of paper- untouched with nothing on it. And if you're questing for perfection, then you will leave that blank paper blank.
★ How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market.
★ "The Empress is to the High Priestess what the Fool is to the Hermit" + other fascinating insights from Courtney Alexander, the kickass creatrix behind the Dust II Onyx Tarot...
★ Gillian Welch on the unique flavor of Appalachian Folk... Something happened to the music from Scotland and Ireland and England when it got into Appalachia and mixed with the black harmony and the rhythm. The American versions of these songs, the older folk songs, they have a particular twist, and a particular spookiness.
★ "Jesus hasn't saved us"... The young black women returning to ancestral religions.
★ Calling All Slightly Pretentious But Totally Groovy Foodie Hippie Witches… I believe it's time we all get together to throw ourselves a party like this.
★ Oooh... Aaah... Ancient Crystal Weaponry!
★ Surrealist artist Wilfredo Lam’s odyssey from Cuba to Europe and back again turned him from a disciple of Picasso into a feverish painter of gods, monsters, mystery and sex.
★ The paradox of who benefits most from religion.
★ We've gotten so granular in our dissection of what is racist, ageist, sexist, nerdist nowadays that it can be a challenge to keep up with the new & ever-evolving standards of political correctness.
I myself have had a hard time understanding the nuances of cultural appropriation, especially as it applies to fashion & even religion as we find ourselves now, thanks to the internet & the ease with which we travel, integrating into what can only be described as a global society.
This piece by Leslie Price on The Problem With The Hair in Marc Jacob's latest show definitely made some headway in helping me understand another perspective...
★ And here is Marc Jacob's response to the controversy those dreadlocks stirred...
"And all who cry “cultural appropriation” or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner - funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race- I see people. I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow minded…Love is the answer. Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing. Think about it."
What's YOUR take on it? Do you think all is fair in love & fashion? Or that a line of so-not-cool has been crossed here?
★ If you think Summer Moon would make a kickass magickal moniker, I’d happily agree with you on that. I also think it makes a kickass name for Rock & Roll’s Newest Super Band. Their first single really does put the super in super band.
★ The Components Of A Spell.
★ DUCK MAGiCK : Lessons In Simplicity & Instinctual Nurture
★ OMGosh... OMGosh... So excited about this... I just did a podcast for my Patreon friends on Time Travel and how we can revisit old memories to give them new scripts. And now- this piece on how people can plant false memories in your mind only further validates what I was saying. It also might scare the pants off you!
★ Pluto's moon's got a major case of gas.
★ 2016 is The Year Of The Queen. It is for me, anyway... And so- I get an extra kick outta stories like this : The World's Most Ancient Crown Was Found In The Dead Sea.
★ WiTCHY VLOG OF THE WEEK : Layla Martin on Why Sexual Energy Isn’t Just For Crystal-Covered Hippies…
★ Tuesday's Episode Of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age...
Recovering From The Fantasies Of Fear