arizona festival

Loving this bralette. I have a photo of someone from Coachella wearing a similar one layered under a black mesh dress. So cute.

Prickly Pear Embroidered Bralette: Birds and Beestings on Etsy, $120, Buy it Here

Traditional Witchcraft in the City

In the last year I have been increasingly called toward practising traditional witchcraft - that is as I see it, witchcraft based on historical, cultural and folkloric practices.

Often the image we have of a traditional witch is of the wilderness, walking with your stave through the wild woods and desolate hills, of remote villages, of elaborate ritual set-ups beside a hearth and an extensive herb garden. However, I live near the centre of London, a city with a population of 10 million, in a flat share on a council estate. Given how intrinsically tied traditional witchcraft is to a sense of land and place - it is bioregional - and how different such an environment is to that of our predecessors’ … it can sometimes feel very difficult or impossible to follow this path while living in a city. 

But.

Firstly, it is intensely important to me that we reject that notion that a city is a “dead” or “unliving” space. The city, too, is a habitat, is a bioregion, is alive. Open your eyes to the natural world that is all around you, even here: find the green spaces, the parks, the trees. Be mindful of the weeds and moss pushing in between the cracks. Notice the birds, the mice in the metro tunnels, the urban foxes. Research them, learn to understand them, understand and know the other inhabitants of your ecosystem, the yearly seasonal rhythms, and set your festival calendar by this.

If you live in Arizona or Queensland, festivals and traditions based on the British seasons and agricultural calendar, and the folklore of our native flora & fauna are not going to make sense with your environment. Listen to your ecosystem.

Learn about your city itself, also. Just as rural areas of land have spirits, so too do urban areas, on a grand scale and a micro scale. Just as I can “recharge” and connect to the animating power of the land by walking through a forest, I can do the same walking through London, or taking public transport [if you have an underground train system, this is a superbly liminal space.] with my mind “in the zone”. Your city will have its own history, likely its own traditions and folklore, and you can certainly involve these into your practice. [Example - there is a park near me which is said to cover a plague pit. I use this area for spirit and death work.]

Ultimately, though traditional witchcraft is based on historical practices, it is my personal belief that the Otherworld is no more static than we are. For me this is not about an aesthetic, it’s about breathing life into historical practices. Keeping a spirit of animism, pragmatism, using what we may lay our hands on, working with the rhythms of the seasons, with spirits and sacred places, but adapting to our own personal circumstances. Whether urban, rural, whatever else the other facts of our lives and practices.

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So we ran into my friend Ryann at the Renaissance Faire (Actually we ran into a lot of friends and I didn’t??? take?? selFIES??????????)

And we watched the Cast in Bronze performance and met the guy at the end! It was really nice!

I love faire virgins

I’m not kidding, they are my favorite patrons and always have been since I was one of them! They are so remarkable to watch as they first walk through the gates and meet their first character because of the sheer wonder you can see in their eyes. Even with my most uptight and cynical friends, that little twinkle is still noticeable. The “deflowering” of a faire virgin is simply magical.

So if you have never been to a renaissance festival, please visit your local faire! :)

anonymous asked:

Tell us an inside joke, but don't explain it. - 🌺

Did you know Arizona has an Ostrich Festival every year? (Only 2 people will get this lol) -Mod Phoenix 

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Watch, share and then vote for this week’s featured films from the PBS Online Film Festival:

National Black Programming Consortium's 7 Day GigA young man sits Shiva, mourns for his father’s death with strangers from the Internet.

Latino Public Broadcasting’s El Doctor: Worlds collide when an Arizona family hires an undocumented day laborer.

Pacific Islanders in Communications’ Dog Save the Queen: The Million Dollar Corgi Quest comes to the Island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

National Black Programming Consortium’s El Reloj: Experience a day in the life of a Zapotec grandfather and his city-born granddaughter.

Pacific Islanders in Communications’ My Dear Americans: An Indian-American husband and wife adjust to immigrant life in an American suburb.