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Pagan Holidays- Personal Associations
  • Yule: Hope and introspection. Red, dark green, white. Evergreen sprigs and wreaths. Storytelling.
  • Imbolc: The goddess Brigid. Beginnings of new life. Brown, gold, silver. Pinecones, candles, and early-blooming flowers. Walking outside at dawn.
  • Ostara: Turning from the inner world to the outer world. Blue and brown. Wreathes of dried grass, flowers. Dipping feet in cold streams and rivers.
  • Beltane: Love. Pastel colors. Ribbons and bits of cloth, dresses, flowers. Dancing. Offerings to the fae or other supernatural beings.
  • Midsummer: Height of the power of light. Light green. Crowns, leaves and other foliage. Soliture at noon and togetherness at dusk.
  • Lammas: First harvest. Yellow and sky-blue. Corncobs, wheat, animals of burden. Feasting.
  • Mabon: Turning inward. Orange. Fallen leaves, corn silk, foxes and turkeys. Making music and reflecting.
  • Samhain: Mysteries in the dark, self-acceptance. Orange and black. Pumpkins, scarecrows, brooms. Roaming with friends after dark. Making offerings.
Night Terrors

Something children comes for us,
Don’t make a sound,
Don’t make a fuss,
What it is I do not know,
No place to run,
Nowhere to go,
What’s in the dark you must fear,
Is that a growl
that now I hear?
Will it take one or take us all,
this beast that lurks
out in the hall?
Hear it scratching just outside?
It’s far too late
to try to hide,
It seems the door I did not lock,
come in my love
no need to knock,
I’ll give you children to the beast
and laugh out loud
to watch him feast,
You’ve burdened me for far too long,
You thought I loved you
but you’re wrong,
Well perhaps I should feel bad,
Except this monster
is your dad

I wonder about the exact contours of an effective, high-level troll. Is there something that defines a good troll; not necessarily in its effect which is easy to quantify, but rather in it’s construction? Most creative acts or products I view as next-level, employ the language of their particular form, to subvert, expand or destroy it — so how does a good troll subvert itself, while still accomplishing its mission? Furthermore, is there a value to creating a situation which people do not have appropriate “scripts” for? Is there a way to calibrate a context where people don’t know “how they want to react?”
—  Feast of Burden filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko on the art of trolling. Tomorrow he curates a slate of videos for MOCAtv that expand on his inquiry.