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a women’s body is not a performance

a women’s body is not a decoration

a women’s body is not for anyone but her

a women’s body is hers

you don’t get to decide anything about it

you don’t get to decide if it’s “good enough” or “fitting to standards”

you don’t get a say in what she should do with it

you don’t get to rate it based on how someone could use it

you don’t get to own it

you don’t get to control it

you don’t get to decide anything about it

it’s her body

respect it.

Richtor’s Grimoire Tips, Part 05

I got an ask requesting some tips for keeping a grimoire, and I decided to make a full (multi)post on it.

What is written here will be suggestions and things that I think are useful to know or try; you are in no way obligated or required do these things. Take from this post what you find useful, and leave what you don’t. There are probably also going to be other ways of keeping a grimoire that won’t be included here, due to my own particular views and experiences not leading me to see those options. Whatever works for you, works for you - it doesn’t matter if anybody else likes it, as long as you are happy with what you are doing and it gets the job done. I just hope that this post will prove useful, and provide some points to ponder or give inspiration and new ideas to try.

Please note: there are other terms that can be used to describe a book of spells and research on witchcraft (i.e. Book of Shadows for Wiccan practitioners), but for consistency’s sake, I will just use “grimoire.”


Decoration

As I’m sure many of you have seen, there are a lot of people that post pictures of their beautiful grimoire pages - these are stylized and decorated beautifully, with images and decorative fonts that emphasize and accent the contents of the book.

I love this style of grimoire, I really do… But it is not how I keep my own grimoire. Because of that, I didn’t think I was too “qualified” to write this section of the grimoire tips…

That is why I asked the wonderful @cunningcelt to contribute some tips, and I was more than fortunate that they agreed! If you aren’t aware, cunningcelt does some wonderful work in their own grimoire (which I will include links to at the end), and their pages are gorgeous. Since they have more experience than I do in this field of keeping a grimoire, I thought it was ideal to ask them for tips, and thus, here they are!


1. Materials. Hit up your local stationery store and get a set of calligraphy pens. The ones I use are felt tip and write beautifully, and they come in 4 different sizes. For the artwork I use watercolour pencils: you draw in pencil then paint over that with water. It allows you a much more precise control over your drawings. You’ll also want some BluTak; put this under the corners of your pages to anchor them to the desk, the last thing you want is pages slipping and sliding as you’re trying to write in an ornate script.

2. Planning. Always plan out your page. There are a lot of images online that you can use as a sort of template for your illumination, and there are myriad calligraphy and illumination DIY books available. Print out some fonts to practice writing in; Old English, Lucida Blackletter, etc. are good ones to begin with. Google search ‘calligraphy letters’ or 'illuminated letters’ for more ornate letters to use. Draw inspiration from popular culture: the Charmed Book of Shadows is grimoire goals, and almost all of those pages can be easily Google searched. Searching “illuminated page borders” will yield countless results. Use these searches as templates, if you will.

3. Commitment. Illuminating a page to look like a medieval style manuscript is not a five minute task. Most of my pages take several hours to complete; the more complicated ones can take days. Even if you can set aside a large block of time to do it, you probably won’t complete it in one sitting, for the simple reason that your hand will cramp. You’ll also need time for different sections of your paint to dry sufficiently before you can move on to the next part of the drawing. This is a long endeavour, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

4. Content. It is imperative that you plan what you are going to write. Proof read it, edit it, have it written on a page in front of you so that all you need to do is copy it. Your mind will be so focused on the calligraphy font that it is difficult to make your sentences up on the fly. You are also less likely to make spelling mistakes this way.

5. Mistakes. Mistakes are not the end of the world, though it may seem that way at the time. You’ve spent six hours working on a beautiful page, and at the last possible moment you make a spelling error. That’s ok. Don’t try to fix it. If you take a look at any medieval manuscript you will find countless errors: notes scribbled in margins, cats paws inked across pages, spelling mistakes, etc. If you have these in your book, that’s alright. There are spelling mistakes in my book. I once wrote “heare” when I meant “here.” To me, that makes it more authentic. Language and spelling was not standardised in the medieval period. Different regions had different spellings for many words. A tired monk accidentally changed a 'u’ to an 'a’ and a 'c’ to an 'e’, and for centuries afterwards people have referred to Boudicca as Boadicea. Take a look at Shakespeare, even stereotypical “Ye olde” spellings; what look like mistakes to us can add an air of authenticity to your page. And a simple spelling error looks a lot nicer than white-out or a ripped out page.

6. Don’t think you’re not talented enough for this. I am not an artist. I have no natural artistic talent. It is only through study, practice, and perseverance that I have managed to create my medieval, Charmed-style grimoire.


There you have it, some amazing tips from Tumblr’s very own cunningcelt! If you want to see some of their grimoire pages, here are some links: [ 01 ] [ 02 ] [ 03 ] [ 04 ] [ 05 ] [ 06 ] [ 07 ] [ 08 ] [ 09 ] [ 10 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ]

Once again, thank you cunningcelt for taking the time to write this out for us! I am so glad to have had your help in this section of my tips, and I hope it proves useful to those wishing to keep a more decorated grimoire!

Some of these posts have been tinted with a pain I couldn’t help but share, and the weather predicts more storms. But, I’ve been reading the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace and one of the poems sticks out today. 

that is what abuse is:
knowing you are
going to get salt
But still hoping for sugar  

That’s the part that hurts the most. There is no doubt that the body being crushed hurts, but hope being crushed is a unique pain in itself. Hope is what both allows us to carry on and try another sugar cube again.

Throughout history, poems have been a carrier of meaning. Sometimes abstractly and sometimes contain a concrete transparency. My favorite thing about free verse poems is the breaking of assumed rules and the deliberate placing within. This is a blog post, therefore it comes in bite sized paragraphs and the recipes are generally in a list form for ease of reference. Not for meaning. Poetry is a different creature. Let’s look at a another poem and poet.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) by E.E. Cummings.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

                              i fear

no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

The thing that stands out at a glance is that “i fear” is so off set, giving it an added pause and weight. All line breaks do this to some extent, but poetry most of all. What is also notable is that the poem could stand without the text in the parentheses. The effort is doubled from both the literal nature of inner comments and the symbolic usage of inner meaning.

The princess saves herself in this one has beauty in its raw transparency. You don’t have to stop and think line by line what the meaning is. What I would call the title actually comes at the end. Causing you to read the poem without prompt and allows you to see the intent afterward as the author signs sincerely. Again, form echoes meaning. Coincidence or not, symbolism was formed.

I am not a poet, but I am a vampire foodie and tomorrow is National Sugar Cookie day. Seems fitting to provide a recipe. I know National (Blank) Days can seem silly. I used to view them as an excuse to celebrate, but I don’t anymore. Instead they are a reminder not to shut out the world for the sake of a good day, but to remind us to embrace the softer side of things when possible.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups of butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Extra white sugar for decoration
  • A dash of hope

Directions:
We’ll need our ovens heated to 350 degrees to start out. In a bowl, mix the flour baking soda and salt together. In a larger bowl, place margarine and sugar first and whip up. Then beat the eggs into the mix before adding vanilla. Slowly stir the dry mix into this second one.

Roll into small balls and into a bowl of that extra sugar. Or if you are using a cookie cutter roll the dough flat, sprinkle with sugar, cut out the pieces.

Bake for eight to ten minutes for walnut sized balls, allow cookies to cool five more minutes.  

If you’ve read the whole poetry collection, the ingredients reflect the princess section. The salt is still there shaping things, but with enough hope (and maybe luck) new (and sweeter) things can be made.

- hope and sugar cookies