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The Mommet and White Blood Brew

I’ve really enjoyed reading Robin Artisson’s works, especially The Resurrection of the Meadow. The author describes this tome as a “record of thirteen occult formulas and charms of art….” One formula that stood out to me in this text was the ritual of the White Mommet. The mommet, more commonly referred to as the poppet, is a small doll made to represent the target of a spell or other magical working. In this book, Mr. Artisson provides a beautiful formula to create the mommet, then activate it’s power through the use of three magical brews:

The White Momment or the Work of White Blood and Red Stone

On a Saturday at dawn, gather clay or dirt from the earth while speaking this charm:

Earth from which flesh is drawn

Gathered by my hand in the gaze of dawn

As day quickens life in sky and leaf

So let this flesh alike be quick

At my will and art, soon all revealed

Let that quick be captured and sealed

This in the name of Earth & Sky

And the Elfin Dominion below

That night, and better if the moon is full, boil the white blood – the white of a goodly amount of eggs – along with a good measure of wine, and the sympathetic materials you have gathered from the one whom the mommet will become a double for: their hair, nails, a tooth, spittle, blood, urine, or an article of clothing that has been worn against their skin. Make this charm over the seething boil:

White blood, water of earth and sky

Life blood of the verdant artery

___(Name)___’s own flesh

Be stirred quick to heat and flame.

Growl and bubble with impetuous life

And take the soil as a man takes wife.

Then mingle the clay and dirt with the mixture, after it has cooled to warm. From this mix, form the shape of a man or a woman, depending on the shape of the one you work for or against. Take a small red stone, which shall be the heart of the mommet, and in a new pot, boil it in white blood, a measure of water, whisky, or wine, and sympathetic material not used in the first seething. As it boils, say:

Heart of ___(Name)___, red and strong

Let flame and heat engorge you well

And the white blood of life rouse you:

You will beat in the chest of ___(Name)___ soon;
Perhaps you will leap there long

Or cease in your striving and hasten doom.

When the white blood has cooled to warm, take the heart and embed it in the chest of the Mommet, in the proper place of a human heart. Cover it well. Now, again, in a fresh pot, set to boil white blood, a larger measure of water, and a handful of mugwort, dry or fresh. As the steam rises strong, take a broad forked piece of wood and suspend the momment over the steam, face down, with an open hole dug in its head where the mouth should be. Say:

___(Name)___, this is the breathe of life

The whisp of the soul, the Lunar wraith that you inhale

This is the moving breathe of the world

The wind of bones, mare of peace and strife

So inhale the ghost and arise from earth’s dim bed

Cross the hedge between the quick and the dead

Turn the mommet over and very quickly seal the mouth-hole over. Inscribe on the mommet’s body the full name of the other it doubles, as well as their mother’s name, if your know it. Do not use a metal instrument to inscribe this; use a thorn, a bird’s talon, or a sharpened stylus of wood.

Eggs are a symbol of the essence of life. As such, we can easily see why they would be used in the birthing brew to bring life to the mommet. Humans are mostly water, and since we are activating the power of a human poppet, the water base makes sense. Wine is mentioned in the first base, although Mr. Artisson tells us we can also use water (or whisky), however, I find wine to be more appropriate since, to me, it represents the blood of life.

The text goes on to provide further applications for consecration which would be lost here for those that are unfamiliar with the book’s previously described practices. For those looking for magic that is not influenced by Wiccan tradition, this book is an excellent place to start.

Works cited

Artisson, R. (2010). The Resurrection of the Meadow. Sunland, CA: Pendraig.

Kentucky Derby #8. Hence 15-1

Street Boss x Floating Island (A.P. Indy) KY
S Asmussent / F Geroux
2-1-1 (6) $462,601

The bright red colt has quickly gone from my favorite under-the-radar longshot to wise guy horse after the horses he dominated in the G3 Sunland Derby have come back to make serious noise in graded stakes. Hence hasn’t been a particularly consistent colt, throwing some occasional bombs. 

He broke his maiden in the slop, so if it’s muddy will be Hence should be happy.

Pedigree Note: His dam is a half-sister to Canadian champion broodmare Pico Teneriffe - the dam of Canadian champion Marchfield

there was this one dude who commented on all the innocence reaches vids like “remember sunlandic twins and hissing fauna? those were actually good” like yawn shut up and get gay sometime why don’t u

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Classic Empire Strikes Back over a valiant Conquest Mo Money

The G1 Arkansas Derby was a return to form for “Bad Boy” Classic Empire. The 2yo champion of last year has had nothing but problems – minor physical issues, pitching fits and refusing to train – since his disappointing Holy Bull earlier this year. With his body back to rights and his head back on straight, the real Classic Empire was back to his G1 winning ways. 

Conquest Mo Money’s big second further flattered the G3 Sunland Derby form and its winner, Hence. The New Mexican prep was already looking solid after 4th place finisher Irap came back to win the G2 Bluegrass. 

Calumet On Fire

-Hence wins the Gr.III Sunland Derby

-Bal a Bali wins the Gr.I Frank Kilroe Mile

-Quiet Business takes the Gr.III Bewitched Stakes

-War Correspondent takes the Gr.III Miami Mile 

-3 horses in Derby: Hence, Sonneteer and Patch 

-Other horses like Wild Shot, Term of Art, Sonic Mule 

2005, 10 Years Later (List / Mix)

Thanksgiving has come on and gone which means we’re now entering the season of End-of-Year music lists. This year, I thought before I share my favorites of the year, I’d look back 10 years to 2005, the year I started music blogging and, in my opinion, the greatest year for indie music. 

So I’ve gone back and re-listened to 2005′s best songs and albums (reconfirming in the process that this was a damn great year) and ranked the albums on the list below. I also made a comprehensive 50-track Spotify mix of my favorite tracks of the year (one song per artist). Enjoy!

Favorite Albums of 2005

01. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
02. The National - Alligator
03. Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production
04. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
05. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
06. Mountain Goats - Sunset Tree
07. Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
08. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
09. M.I.A. - Arular
10. Jens Lekman - Oh You’re So Silent Jens

11. Sigur Rós - Takk
12. The Decemberists - Picaresque
13. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
14. Kanye West - Late Registration
15. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
16. The Rosebuds - Birds Make Good Neighbors
17. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
18. of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins
19. Page France - Hello, Dear Wind
20. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

21. My Morning Jacket - Z
22. M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us
23. Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
24. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
25. Bright Eyes - I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

Favorite Songs of 2005 mix 

Listen to the full mix on Spotify

Relations with the Haradrim

The men of Harad (and, for that matter, the men of the east, such as Rhun) are painted in very broad strokes by Tolkien. This is mostly for a fair narrative reason - within the later ages, these regions are almost entirely dominated by Sauron. Which means that they inevitably fill the role of “enemy” for our western protagonists. And this isn’t just true during the years of the War of the Ring. Harad had been fighting Gondor off and on for over 2,000 years by the time the Lord of the Rings starts. (So, if I were to give you a very simple answer, I’d say that the men of the west would, even before the War of the Ring, react negatively to a person of Harad.) But, let’s see what details we can pick out of the muck:

Though Harad and Gondor were often at war with each other during the Third Age, the people of Harad would not be complete strangers to the people of Gondor (at least, they wouldn’t be strangers to Gondor’s ruling class.) After Gondor defeated Harad in 1050 it was common for the sons of the Haradrim’s rulers to live in Gondor as “hostages in the court of its King”, which means they would have interacted socially with much of Gondor’s nobility. In all likelihood these hostages were treated well - if they were the sons of Harad’s kings, they were likely to hold leadership positions later in life, in which case it was in Gondor’s best interested to raise them with a favorable view of Gondor. It’s not said how long this practice lasted, but it likely ended during the Kin Strife around 1445, when Gondor lost control of Umbar and it’s power over Harad was weakened.

As Sauron’s power grows throughout the Third Age, relations with Harad worsen, and Gondor spends more and more time at war. By the time we get to the War of the Ring, the men of Harad are described multiple times as “cruel.” In one instance, they’re even described as “like half-trolls.” Interestingly enough, though, despite their enmity, the people of Gondor also seem to show the Haradrim some respect. For example, the soldiers of Harad were described by a messenger as “cruel and tall.” It’s the “tall” comment that’s interesting, because Tolkien often equates height with power and importance. So, to me for him - and the men of Gondor - to view the Haradrim as tall, implies some measure of respect. This idea of respect is supported when, during the battle itself, it’s said that the soldiers of Harad "were bold men and grim, and fierce in despair.“ The entire combination of dislike and respect is summed up pretty well in the Silmarillion, where the Haradrim are described as ”a great and cruel people.

Gondor has the most interaction with the Haradrim, so their relationship is the most developed and complex. And Rohan fought alongside Gondor in several of these conflicts, so they’d likely share similar views on the Haradrim. When looking at how other cultures would view the people of Harad, we have little but a few comments to work with. For example, Legolas described the Haradrim he fought at Pelargir as ”fell.“ This is, as far as I can tell, the only mention of any sort of elf/Haradrim relations - not much to go on. But we know from the Silmarillion that the elves, in general, had little trust for any men other than the Edain (which in the later ages translates into the descendants of the Numenoreans - the men of Arnor and Gondor - so I doubt they’d be at all trusting of the Haradrim.

((EDIT: This paragraph is basically obsolete, as further research showed that the Southerner in Bree was a Dunlending, and not from Harad at all. Sorry about that.)) We have a little more information on the Breelanders. Bill Ferny - who turned out to be a spy for the nazgul - was described as spending most of the night talking to a ”squint-eyed southerner“, which we can pretty much assume was a man from Harad. Talking about it later, Aragorn (then only Srider) says ”Not all of those Southerners mean well“ which, interestingly enough, means that he believes that some Southerners do mean well. We can only assume that this was a reasonably accurate reflection of the region’s views on the Haradrim, as none of the hobbits react to this statement at all. (By the way, later Frodo gets another look at the southerner and things ”He looks more than half like a goblin.“ This could be yet another reflection of the "half-troll” comment we see later, or it could very well mean that this particular southerner was part-orc - we know that Saruman at least was breeding “half orcs” and “goblin men.”)

Of the hobbits’ views of the Haradrim, we rely mostly on Sam, who says to Gollum: “I’ve heard tales of the big folk down away in the Sunlands. Swertings we call ‘em in our tales; and they ride on oliphaunts, 'tis said, when they fight.” Not much judgment here, which isn’t surprising coming from the isolated Shire-hobbits.

A very brief (ha) note on skin color: the Haradrim are consistently described as “swarthy”, and the men of Far Harad (the far south) are even described as “black.” This would inevitably identify them as “outsiders” in much of Middle Earth, I think, though “swarthiness” is not as unusual in Middle as you might think. Most importantly for this discussion, in the Lebennin region of Gondor, it’s said that the people were “short and swarthy” because their Numenorean ancestors had intermixed with the indigenous people from the mountains. Which tells me that skin color was most important in Gondor as an indication of “purity” - those with lighter skin would be associated with a purer Numenorean heritage, while those with darker skin would be associated more with the “Middle Men” - those men of Middle Earth who had never lived in Numenor. Expanding on that, I believe that any negative connotation the darker skin of the Haradrim would have is this reminder that they were not of Numenor (with the understanding that the Numenoreans and their descendants generally saw themselves as better and more advanced than other men.)

Well, I hope you found this helpful. I think the main points to keep in mind is, depending on the time period, the people of Gondor would see a person of Harad as first and foremost an enemy. But I think the further away you got from Gondor, the less familiar the Haradrim would become, until any reaction to them would be more a case of reaction to a “foreigner” or “other”, and less about reacting to an “enemy.”

SOURCES: LOTR, LOTR Appendices, The Silmarillion

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My sweet kitty Louie C. Kat is missing in Sunland / Shadow Hills, CA. 

If you know anyone in the area, tell them to keep an eye out for him. He’s about 12 lb, orange, fluffy, male, with orange eyes. 

My parents last saw him on Friday night (May 13th.) On Saturday morning, my neighbor found orange fur on his front lawn– I looked around and couldn’t find any blood or any other fur. We have coyotes in the area.

Today, another neighbor saw an orange cat sitting on their backyard wall early in the morning. I’ve never seen another orange cat in the area, so this could be a good sign.

Please spread the word. I’m so worried about him. Orders will be a bit slow this week, I’m going to be spending most of my time searching for Louie.