intitiation

Appalachian Witch Initiation

An excerpt taken from Hubert J. Davis’ The Silver Bullet, and Other American Witch Stories

“Liz then said, "This is whut the Devil wants the most: promise you won’t never preach no more, nor go to a ‘ligious meetin. Then effen you git to be a witch, promise to do ennything you can to keep your pappy frum preachin’ agin witches. Now, hit ain’t a goin’ to be easy, and I 'low you mought have to try more'n onct afore you git in. Whatever happens, you have to foller 'structions zactly.”

Jonas promised, “Yep, Liz. I’ll do zactly whut I’m told to do.”

So, following instructions, at midnight he sneaked into his father’s field and stole one of the black rams. He killed it and cut off its left horn, hiding the rest of the carcass in the woods.

The next day being Sunday, he got a boy to steal a silver coin out of the collection plate of his father’s church. He melted down the coin and made it into a silver bullet, which he put to soak in toad’s blood. He also went to Gladeville where he bought a pewter plate. Next, he scoured the hills until he found a spring whose stream flowed directly east.

He then waited until Friday the thirteenth and returned to the spring as the morning turned gray over the ridge. He dipped some water from the spring with his ram’s horn and poured it over the pewter plate. He did this seven times and repeated the verses Liz had taught him:

As I dip the water with a ram’s horn,
Cast me cruel with a heart of thorn,
As I now the Devil do my soul lease.

I renounce Christ as my Savior,
And promise the Devil my behavior
'Til my life on earth will cease.

May my black and evil soul be
Of Christian love and grace free
As this plate is of grease.

And effen I become an evil crone
From my outer skin to inner bone,
I’ll never given any Christian peace.

Rain and shine, for eight mornings, Jonas came to the spring and repeated this ritual. On the ninth morning, he was supposed to become a witch and he took his gun and the silver bullet with him. He shot the bullet toward the sun as it came up over the ridge. They had told him that if the sun looked as if it were dripping blood as it came up, then he would be a witch. Jonas thought it did, and started home.

He had also been told that if he had become a witch, he would find a toad waiting for him when he got home which would be his familiar spirit or “imp.” But, there was no toad near the door, look as he might. This meant he hadn’t passed, and he’d have to do this all over again the next Friday the thirteenth.

The second time, there was till no familiar waiting, either. But Jonas was stubborn, and he tried a third time before he became a conjure man. This took him two full years, but he said it was worth the time and trouble. Liz told him that it took so long because of the preachers in his family.“

Collected by James Taylor Adams, Big Laurel, Wise County, Virginia, May 17, 1939. Told to him by his grandfather, Spencer Adams. It was Spencer Adam’s son, James Taylor’s uncle, who became the witch. Spencer Adams, his father, and his grandfather were all hardshell Baptist Preachers.

SpaceX Rocket Explodes Minutes After Launch

SpaceX’s latest mission to resupply the International Space Station ended in disaster earlier today, as the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket broke up just two minutes after launch.

The cause of the failure has yet to be established. The intitial take-off seemed to progress correctly and no obvious issues were detected by onlookers - until it started to break into pieces, of course.

This is SpaceX’s 19th launch, and its first failure.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/spacex-rocket-explodes-minutes-after-launch 
Video of the explosion: http://www.space.com/29790-explosion-spacex-crs-7-mission-ends-in-disaster-video.html 

People are worried that it is going to stigmatize the stay at home mums. But of course they are going to be stigmatized – they are women! If you don’t have kids, and you are a women, you are some sad, heartless thing; if you do have kids, and you work, then you are selfish; if you do have kids, and you stay at home, then you are lazy. It is a trap, it is an absolute trap!
—  Sandi Toksvig during the segment discussing Osbourne’s recent intitiative to encourage mothers to return to the workforce, News quiz Series 85 Ep 1
WHY WAS THAT SCENE WITH DEREK’S INTITIALS AND STILES OR THE ONE WITH TRUST AND SCOTT MENTIONING DEREK NECESSARY?? I ALREADY ACCEPTED THAT STEREK IS A NO NO. I GOT OVER IT. BUT YOU CAN BET YOUR ASS IM GONNA BE PISSED OFF WHEN TEEN WOLF PULLS SHIT LIKE THAT AFTER ALL THE CRAP FANDOM AND THE TW CREW GAVE US FOR BEING STEREK SHIPPER. IF YOU SAY NO STEREK THEN FUCKING MEAN IT AND STOP PUTTING SCENES LIKE THAT TO BAIT US. IT JUST MAKES YOU AN ASSHOLE. JUST S T O P I T.
—  anon

danahscott  asked:

I found your tags for the post you just reblogged interesting. I always liked that scene because I thought it was a common theme in Doctor Who. Martha and the Hath had formed a bond and he died to save her life. A nice alien/human relationship with consequences and sacrifices and I thought it was fitting that Martha cried over something that might seem trivial, but was probably very important to her. A bond with a living creature, etc. etc.

I expect it would have been quite good and I love the idea, and you make a very nice case for it. I just feel like the Hath weren’t as effective as they should have been. Apparently their dialogue was intitially scripted (or so I’ve heard), so I just question the decision to cut that out when it could have made the scene hit the way it does for you for me.

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“I hate to ask but what are your thoughts on karaoke?”  Noma smiled, despite her intitial misgivings she was having a pretty good time with Olin. He reminded her a lot of her dad, just easy going and friendly. 

“As a professional… I should despise it cause it can be truly awful but I’m gonna level with you Noma, I fucking live Karaoke.” 

“Well then I’d love to see you in action if you wouldn’t mind.” Noma beamed wanting to contribute something to their evening,  “My treat, I do have a few bucks on me to pay for the machine. My mom and I used to do it back home after I graduated but I haven’t found a singing partner here yet. I suppose I’ll let you audition for the spot if you want.” 

“Well fuck, you’ve put me on the spot.” He replied with a sly grin, “I would have done some vocal exercises before I left if I had known but of course I wouldn’t pass an opportunity like this up.”