Wednesday, 1 April 2015

30 Day Goth Challenge Days 7-9


Image: Jill Tracy
Day 7 – Ten of your favourite Goth bands.  

Inkubus Sukkubus
Nox Arcana
The Cure
The Sisters of Mercy
Autumn tears
Bauhaus/ Peter Murphy
London After Midnight
Virgin Black 
Theatre of Tragedy
Sopor Aeternus 

Not technically Goth music but still Goth friendly:

Tom Waits
Nick Cave
Jill Tracy


Image: Inkubus Sukkubus

Day 8 – What’s your worst and best experience with non-Goths? 

Some of my best friends don't identify as Goth, we run around being faeries and doing art and crafts and having tea and generally being awesome!

My worst experiences with non-goths would probably be people saying things like "I'll pray for you" as if there was something inherently evil about the subculture.

Day 9 – What genre of music do you dislike?

Anything sleazy that objectifies anyone (men or women). I particularly hate Blurred Lines because, as you have no doubt heard, it is pretty much denying the need for consent. What happened to romantic songs?

Monday, 30 March 2015

Recent Outfits


Jacket, top and skirt secondhand


Ankh from eBay


My Goddess tattoo


Hellbunny Mary Jane dress from eBay

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Blog Giveaway Winner

And the winner is comment number 6, Miss Misantropia! Very fitting as I won her blog giveaway too! Here is the random number generator to prove it!

You have my email, so email me back and let me know where to send it! :)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

30 Day Goth Challenge Days 3-6

Day 4 – Name a stereotype or cliche you can relate to. 

I think one of the important things when having Gothic interests is being able to laugh at yourself and not take yourself too seriously. Now that I am older I can joke about things like "Goth Cards" and getting kicked out of the "Secret Goth Cabal" as Jillian Venters jokingly calls it, and not take myself too seriously. I don't feel the need to always impress other Goths or wear black 100% of the time. I don't think you have to grow out of Goth but I think you can grow up in Goth, outgrow the constant feeling of needing to be accepted, outgrow any bitchiness or need to criticise others.  

I guess I could fit the role of some tortured Regency/Georgian writer, like my heroes, Byron, Shelley, Coleridge, especially as I am a bit of a techophobe. In the end we embrace the cliche but are able to laugh at ourselves. we understand the beauty in the mysteries of life and death.

I do love the Goth (stereo)types series by Trellia.

I definitely think my style has taken a bit of turn in the perky direction recently.


Day 5 – Is there a local Goth band or group in your area? 

I think there are probably quite a few Gothic bands in the nearby city. Two really good Sydney bands that I have seen perform are The Dark Shadows, which has a bit of an old school 80s Goth feel and SNUFF which is kind of industrial (I told you I am no good at using music terms). I have seen both perform and talked to members of both bands and they are so nice in real life, and their music is great to dance to!

Day 6 – Hand write your favourite lyric and take a picture.

There are a lot of lyrics I love, but the cuteness of this one always gets me. Plus it gave me an excuse to draw a picture! 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Mabon


(Picture found online)

"Tomorrow (21st of March 2015) we celebrate Mabon! It is known as the "Witches" Thanksgiving." It is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox, and it is the second of the three harvest holidays. This harvest holiday is for the harvest of fruits and vegetables; a time to reap what you have sown, and any grains leftover from Lughnasadh, such as the last of the corn. We should give thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. It is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. Time for finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. 

The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

The Dark Mother, Demeter, also represents this time of year. Mabon rituals welcome the Dark Mother, and celebrates that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge."

Candle Thankfulness ritual

The day before Mabon, I did a simple version of a candle thankfulness ritual. I lit a candle and wrote a list of things I was thankful for in life, giving thanks to the God and Goddess.

Mabon Apple Ritual

I found a Mabon apple ritual online. I opened with the circle calling instructions from Spellcraft For Hedgewitches by Rae Beth. It probably doesn't need a circle but I wanted to do it properly.

I began by casting a circle with my crystal wand.

"I cast this circle in the name of the Mother Goddess and her Lord, nature's guardian. May it be a meeting place of love and wisdom."

I replaced the wand and continued:

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Air, the breath of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. spirits of voice that sings and of wind that lifts wings, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Fire, the flame of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. Spirits of bright energy in each living being and in hearth fire and in Earth's core, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Water, the flow of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. Spirits of dream seen reflected in fresh steam, spirits of deep feeling, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Earth, the body of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. Spirits of stone and bone, flesh, vegetation, matter of fact, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Ether, the wraith of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. You who are everywhere, in all directions, in Fire and Water and Earth and Air, sustaining, I bid you hail and welcome.

"Great Mother, you who are creative power in every cell of our bodies and in each star and in all the multitudes of plants and creatures, on land or under teh sea, I call upon you to waken within me the power to cast spells. A vibrant Lady of Faery, bless my work of magic. Make all things well. For you are the wisdom of nature and deep enchantment and the pattern of harmony, throughout all worlds.

"I call upon you, Great Horned God, the Father of Wildness. Within each heart. Lead me, as I turn within to untamed faery places. You who are the prompter of each step beyond the safe boundaries, let magic start. But guide and watch over me now, as I hunt the moment when power rises and spells are cast."

I then proceeded with the following rite:


Mabon Apple Harvest Rite
The apple's star is often seen as a magical symbol.
Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, is celebrated in many ways around the world. It is a day of balance, with equal amounts of darkness and light, but soon, winter will arrive. In some Wiccan traditions, it marks the time when the Sun King descends into the underworld, from which he will be reborn at Yule.
In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance.
This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through.
Decorate your altar with symbols of the season -- a basket of gourds or small pumpkins, colorful fall leaves, acorns, vines, grapes or blackberries. You'll also need a pair of orange candles to symbolize the harvest, a cup of cider or wine, and an apple.
If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.
Light your harvest candles. Face the altar and hold the apple in both hands. If you can do this rite outside, raise the apple up to the sky, and feel the wisdom and energy of the gods coming to you. Say

The apple is sacred, a symbol of the gods,
and holds the knowledge of the ancients inside.
Tonight I ask the gods to bless me with their wisdom.

 
Say:
Five points in a star, hidden inside.
One for earth, one for air, one for fire,
one for water, and the last for spirit.


Next, turn to the south and say:
I call upon the wise ones, the ancient gods,
as the sun moves away and fire fades,
to be replaced with the chill of the night.


Finally, face west, and say:
I will reflect on the guidance of the gods,
and let the cool autumn rains wash over me,
cleansing my heart and soul.


Raise the cup of wine or cider to the sky, and toast the gods. Say:
The wild god returns this night to the belly of the Mother.
The mother goddess tonight becomes the Crone.
As the Wheel of the Year turns, the earth dies a bit each day.
I willingly follow the old gods into the darkness,
where they will watch over me, protect me, and keep me safe.


Sip from the cup, and as you drink your wine or cider, think about the power and energy of the Divine, in whatever aspect you choose to honor.
Extinguish one of the candles, and say:
The wild god has gone to rest in the Underworld.
I look to the darkness for renewal and rebirth.


Tips:
  • Leave the apples on your altar overnight, and the next morning, put them in your garden as an offering to the earth.
  • Feel free to replace the wild god and mother goddess with the names of deities from your own tradition.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Woman Who Dated Death

Do you really believe me? I mean, most people think I'm crazy or on drugs or something. 

All right then. Well it was about five years ago. I had just broken up with my ex and was living in the kind of shitty apartment you live in when you're in that sort of situation. He lived a few floors below. Not in the basement or anything dramatic. I was on the tenth, he was on the sixth. We passed each other in the stairwell, made the typical evasive small-talk of the recently separated. 

He asked me out a few times before I said yes. We went to a dingy little restaurant...

What did he look like? Normal, not memorable. Thick glasses. Neat suits but a bit too neat, a bit nerdy, you know?

Well, about halfway through dinner it must have become clear I was totally disinterested. That was when he sighed, took off his glasses and asked me to look into his eyes. Really look. 

Those glasses... they weren't to help him see. They were to hide his eyes. 

What did I see?  It's hard to explain... but it was like he had no eyes at all, I was looking down into an endless pit, and tortured souls were reaching their arms out to me! 

Scared? I suppose, a little. But it turned me on. We paid the check in a hurry. We could barely keep our hands off each other in the taxi. When we got back to his apartment we fucked for hours. 

We got to talking later. He told me about his last girlfriend. She was hit by a car and there was nothing he could do about it. He had to collect her soul. She lives inside me forever, now  he said, and I shuddered, thinking of those hands, reaching out of the darkness. 

We had a thing for a while. Eventually I got my life together and got a new place, moved out. I haven't seen him in years, but I know I'll see him again one day. Right at the end. 

(c)opyright Laura Morrigan 2015

Based on a short story I wrote over 15 years ago

Week in Review 9th- 15th and 16th- 22nd March


9th- 15th March

What I did

Burning patchouli incense in my dragon incense burner from Luna Celeste.com
Got a tattoo on Friday the 13th (Goddess symbol)
Dancing at Corrosion Goth club with friends!

Listening to

Nick Cave
APC
The March Violets
Fields of Nephilim
Theatre of Tragedy
Lycia
Classic Goth music at Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy, etc)

Reading

The Goth Bible by Nancy Kilpatrick
Blood magic by Tessa Gratton
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaimann (in terms of actual Triggers in this book, there is one reference to self harm, and mostly just a lot of death as per usual Neil Gaiman)
Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

Watching

 Witches of East End

16th- 22nd March

What I did

A Mabon Ritual
Some writng

Listening to

Woods of Ypres
Autumn Tears
Switchblade Symphony
Nosferatu

Reading

Wicca: A Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick
Blood magic  by Tessa Gratton. (A very enjoyable young adult magic novel, but lots of blood as auggested by the title, so avoid it if you're not a fan of that)
The Goth bible by Nancy Kilpatrick
Meatcake by Dame Darcy

Watching

Witches of East End
Sleepy Hollow
The Originals
The Words (2012)
10 Minute meditations by Positive Magazine on YouTube