pop culture symbols

How hate groups tried (and failed) to co-opt popular culture
Neo-Nazis have attempted to use 80s John Carpenter movie They Live, Depeche Mode and Johnny Cash but they’ve been met with industry outrage
By Charles Bramesco

Johnny Cash was a troubled man, but a sensitive one. His music championed those that society had let down, the outcasts and jailbirds, and extended to them a solemn compassion. And because he laid claim to the outlaw persona in a way that few other artists could, one can almost see why a movement as obsessed with outsiderism as the “alt-right” might place him on a pedestal.

But when Cash’s descendants saw one of the neo-Nazi demonstrators at Charlottesville sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with the musician’s name on the news, they felt his message had been severely misappropriated. Cash’s family stated that they were “sickened by the association” in an emotional open letter that describes the late artist as “a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice”. The fascists-in-training that have aligned under the alt-right banner have shown a distinct imperviousness to outside criticism, but getting called “poison” by one of their idol’s representatives must sting a bit more than most.

anonymous asked:

//waves hello. i was redirected here by lizbob in hopes of finding out if there's something like a collection of protective sigils shown throughout the show and maybe how/if their legitimacy translates irl. so the million dollar question: does such a thing exist?? thanks dear.

Greetings! I have found things!

Superwiki: Symbols & Rituals

Supernatural Symbols on LJ (created 7 June 2013, last updated 29 April 2015)

Pop Culture Pagan - Supernatural and Symbolism by ibelieveinthelittletreetopper

The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show by Nathan Robert Brown (Berkley Trade, 2011). [Preview] If you like what you see, Amazon.com has both used & new copies below list price.

7x13: Symbol of Harmonia

Finding the Men of Letters: A Patchwork History by plannersandfairytales

Greetings from the Bunker (misc.) by larinah

10x12: The Vanitas Imagery in 10x12 by dustydreamsanddirtyscars
See also this Vanitas imagery art history meme reblog.

elizabethrobertajones & neven-ebrez: any other suggestions?

youvintagewitch  asked:

(Part 1) Can I ask you a question? Is it okay in your beliefs to accept deities that are recently 'made'? Such as video game gods, I really love the divines in Skyrim and I don't know what to do. They are based off of gods from the old pantheons, but i just think it's so much easier because they are all in the same pantheon, and try have easy "definitions"

(Part 2) and I don’t have to have the constant fear that archeologists got something wrong (not putting them down t all or anything). I guess I’m just worried when a certain god in a pantheon of long ago has so many attributes, I can’t help but wonder if one of them is a mistake, and if it’s wrong that I just focus on one or two of them for the god.

It is okay, in fact, it’s becoming more readily accepted (though still with the odd person saying negative things about it). It’s commonly called Pop Culture Paganism, though it could also be referred to as Modern Culture Paganism (if the subject of your worship or veneration is not as popular or mainstream). If you would like we have resources courtesy of chaoticwanderings who’s awesome:

PC Paganism 101:

Pop Culture Paganism: An Introduction (Part 1)
Pop Culture Paganism and God Theory
Lee’s Explanation
Types of Gods: Lizzy’s Explanation
Why Pop Culture Paganism?
Another Possible Reason
The Myriad Ways of Pop Culture Paganism


Creating PC Pantheons (Part 2)
Creating a Pop Culture Religion
Offering, Symbols, & Subtle Characteristics (Part 3)
In the Broom Cupboard
Practicing in the Broom Cupboard
Creating Your Own Deities
Thoughts on PC Paganism: Research
Communicating with PC Entities
Worship of “Real” Humans
Offerings to PC Entities (ask)
30 Days of PC Paganism
How do I Know the Right Entity is Contacting me?

Things to Consider:

When the Author Tells You to Stop
Responsibilities of Pop Culture Practitioners (a/n: old post, will be updated soon)
Pop Culture Paganism and Hardships
What if I’m Just Fooling Myself?
“Fake Pagans”
Don’t be an Asshole to the Author
How do you know it’s not just your imagination?
Brief Ask About Discernment

That should give you plenty to consider and enough to give you more questions for us. :)



So I’m not sure yet if I’m going to just use these as little boosts to focus my intent or as a sort of divination widget, but I had a bunch of spare plastic “gems” leftover from a craft project that are now rune-ified. I used a gold sharpie to inscribe the back of each one with it’s symbol, and then mixed corresponding colors of acrylic paint to seal them with.

There are 17 altogether:
10 for the original Sailor Senshi planetary bodies, plus earth for tux/chibs
4 more for the largest objects in the asteroid belt since Pluto and Ceres share rank as planetoids and I like using the quartet in my astrology anyhow.
3 for Jungian dream aspects with a personal magical girl twist; alchemical arsenic on black, star/sol symbol on white, and simplified Utena rose crest on “light red”

I’m not sure these will cover all aspects of every situation, but I figure it’s a good start for broad strokes and I feel way more comfortable using pop magic to start casting than Nordic runes. Kinda chaotic Serenitism, in a way.

tiny-duck  asked:

You say in your bio that you’re a pop culture pagan and I was curious as to what you mean by that? Like do you worship a pop culture god or is it more using pop culture symbols and whatnot in your hellenic practice? (If this sounds rude please know it’s not meant to sound rude I’m genuinely curious)

I’m going to write you a long response to this, so check back later! I’m leaving the house rn but I’ve got a lot to say about it, and it’s something that’ll take a while to explain w/o sounding…… strange, lmao.

anonymous asked:

I really want to know about all the different types of spells and what each one does!!

To list every type of spell would be impossible. There are so many different types of witches coming up with so many different types of spell that a complete list just cannot be done. However, I can try to list a few different common types that I’m familiar with and the terminology I use in my own practice.

by medium:

Candle Spells

- candle spells use a candle as a primary tool in the spell, whether for light or heat energy. They may be used for charging or burning another item. Sometimes words or symbols are carved into the candle. It can also be anointed in oil. Candles are often of a corresponding color to the purpose of the spell.

Bath Spells

- Bath spells are like potions you bathe in. They may include herbs, salts, and other ingredients that are healthy for soaking in and correspond to the spell’s purpose. Generally bath spells are used for cleansings, glamours, and love spells.

Jar Spells

- Jar spells include putting ingredients in a jar. They may be solid or liquid ingredients, as well as gemstones, herbs, metal bits, bones, hair, etc. Witch Jars are a popular example of Jar Spells used for warding. 

Spell Sachets

- Like a spell jar, though typically of dry ingredients such as gems and herbs. Often the scent of the herbs is important to the spell, such as calming herbs for spells of sleep aid.

Kitchen Witchcraft

- Magic food. This is using edible ingredients to craft a recipe that reflects the desired result of the spell. It can be used for many things, like prosperity, love, luck, cleansing, etc. It can be done with food or drink.


- Sigil magic is done by creating a symbol that reflects the purpose of your spell. They can be charged with energy and displayed, hidden, or burned to activate them. 

Pop-Culture Witchcraft

- spells and craft that draw on pop-culture for inspiration and tools, like pop-culture symbols as sigils or song lyrics for spell chants

by effect:


- A ward is a magical barrier placed on a place, person, or thing to protect it from unwanted influences. 


- generally refers to cleaning up the energies of a space, object, or person that may have become muddled. Can be done with water-based washes, incense, gemstones, or no tools at all.


- a glamour is a magical disguise to change how something is perceived, whether to make it harder to spot, look different, or draw attention. 


- Banishing is like cleansing, though with a more aggressive feel. When I use the term, it is because I have a specific thing or feeling I am looking to push out of the space.


- Curses are spells aimed to cause misfortune or aggravations on another person. 


- Blessings are spells aimed to cause good fortune and bestow gifts on another person.

Money Spells

- Spells designed to draw money and financial opportunity

Love Spells

- Spells designed to draw or enhance love, whether from another or to bolster self-love

This is by no means an exhaustive list, these are a few examples of things I use and know off the top of my head. I also know that these are not perfect definitions and that any of these spell bases can be customized and used differently than I’ve stated. This is about my personal craft and what these words mean to me. 

Hey, I was going to order a shirt and I wanted to now if it could possible offend someone that is Hispanic. It is a sugar skull version of Frida Kahlo. I’m sorry if I sound ignorant, but I didn’t know if it would offend. Thanks!

You should probably not purchase that shirt for multiple reasons.

First, Frida Kahlo, appropriated from Indigenous Mexican peoples and some of her art is thus deeply problematic. 

Secondly, the continued appropriation and trivialization of ‘sugar skulls’ and other ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ practices is disrespectful and disturbing considering it’s an important day for honoring one’s ancestors in certain specifically Mexican mestizx communities.   

Lastly, the continued trivialization and decontextualization of Mexican (Indigenous, Black, and Mestizx) figures, art, and traditions for some sort of pop culture symbolism or aesthetic reduces, takes away, and capitalizes this history and heritage from the peoples to which they rightly belong. 

So unless you’re Mexican and have a comprehensive, holistic understanding of the issues above, I’d recommend you not purchase that shirt.

- Mod N

anonymous asked:

Hi! I must say, your blog is by far the most helpful I've come across within the past few months. I was wondering if you have any resources or recommendations on books about chaos magick? Thank you!

Hello! Thanks! Glad you like my blog. I have a small section of resources about chaos magick in my book recommendation list here (just scroll down a bit), but really a lot of the works on there are good for chaos-minded folks, not just the ones in that particular section of the list. Were I compiling a booklist just for those interested in chaos magick, it’d look a  bit like this, pulling from my existing list alone. There’s more I could list, but these are a useful start, though not all of them actually use the term “chaos magick.”

Liber Null and Psychonaut, by Peter Carroll. Classic book of chaos magick. I consider it required reading for almost anyone interested in the occult. Even if you have no love for chaos magick, do give it a read, just to understand how influential Carroll is, and why.

Protection and Reversal Magick, by Jason Miller. This gets a little woo-woo at times, but he gives good advice on how to avoid serious problems that can come up as you begin to practice. Take with a grain of salt, though - some of this has the potential to make you feel paranoid.

Sorcerer’s Secrets, by Jason Miller. This is a decent volume that describes a lot of techniques you don’t usually see in books, such as gesture and gaze-based magick. Be warned that Miller writes extensively about manipulative techniques, but it’s useful theory regardless of how you put it into practice.

City Magick, by Christopher Penczak. If you’re at all interested in tech witchery, or just want to practice magick within an urban setting, do check this out. It is by far the best look at the subject I’ve seen, and his discussion of urban tutelary spirits is worth the price alone.

Hands-On Chaos Magic, by Andrieh Vitimus. Knowing some of the people involved in the creation of this book, I’m a bit biased towards it. That said, even if I didn’t know them, I would still recommend it. It’s especially interesting to read alongside Liber Null and Psychonautin order to see how the chaos “current” has developed over the years.

Pop Culture Magic 2.0 by Taylor Ellwood. There aren’t a lot of books on using pop culture symbolism in magick, but this one is nearly perfect. The author writes in a highly erudite, literate fashion, while still being accessible to newbies. Many useful resources cited, as well, so prepare to branch off a bit while reading it.

Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult, by Richard Metzger. Lots of facts and history of magick in the context of Postmodernity. This is different from the Crowley text of the same name, which I wouldn’t recommend unless you want to focus on his tradition.

Instant Magick, by Christopher Penczak. Excellent beginner’s guide for those who don’t have access to a lot of fancy tools or prefer to work without them. This book won’t instantly teach you magick, but it will help even a seasoned practitioner find quicker, less-complicated ways of achieving results.