when someone mentions Pearl Discourse i always think about how the MSPA forums have had a series of Vriska Quarantine Threads for literal years now because otherwise every discussion eventually turned into a giant Vriska argument
Another AU where Jacky-Boy is a hockey player and Bitty has a job that involves hockey bc that’s my aesthetic. Anyway, I really know nothing about how the world of sports journalism works so there is probably some inaccuracies in here, but it’s an AU so who cares. Artistic license and all that. Very slightly NSFW (i just wanted to get all the warnings out there).
“Are you into men?”
Jack has been asked this question before, but in such a subtle way (and typically involving Parson) that it’s easy to avoid. No reporter has ever straight out asked him. Besides, he’s not gay. He’s bisexual. So when Jack usually tells them, “No.” it’s not a lie. However, this time it feels different. Maybe it wasn’t just this particular time, but all the times added onto each other that’s finally causing him to really think about what hole he’s digging himself into.
The blunt question has him feeling panicky and the other presser notice his reaction too. Jack can’t say no, because that’s not true. He is into men. Jack’s panic quickly shifts, and now he just feels like shoving the microphones away and storming out, because this is hockey goddammit. Not E! news.
“Excuse me?” Jack clears his throat, trying to buy himself some time to think of a properly crafted response. Over the years, he’s developed a talent for that.
But everything is on overdrive and he feels his breath start to quicken again–
“Areyou into men?” Another reporter asks, and it takes Jack a moment to realize that the reporter isn’t asking him. He’s asking the man who popped the question in the first place.
All attention, including Jack’s, turns to the small blonde that got lost in the bundle of people. He holds up his mic towards the reporter who popped the question in the first place.
You don’t know everything. There’s a lot you don’t know about the universe and how it works. Your personal belief system is not a universal truth that everyone must follow. Saying people are foolish or “will learn eventually” because they subscribe to a different belief system than yours is rude and imperialistic. Don’t act like you’re a wise old sage with all the secrets figured out, because you’re only human, just like the rest of us.
Science still matters. While a lot of what we do seems like we’re skirting impossible, we are still physical beings in a physical world. Eating random plants, drinking potions with hazardous materials, and overall being really unsafe about your craft WILL still effect you no matter how much energy you raise. Your healing spell is going to have to metaphysically fight the fact that you just physically swallowed a rock. No positive energies are going to cancel that out.
There will ALWAYS be haters. Whether it be from outside people who think your craft is a self-delusion, or long-time witches who think your untraditional path is a disgrace, you can’t please everyone. There are as many ways to practice the craft as there are witches and then some. There’s no hate-free path, so just accept that and don’t give hate to other people for theirs; you know how it feels coming from other people so why give it to someone else?
Magic won’t solve all your problems. Magic is a very powerful spiritual tool, but it’s not going to solve everything. You will still need to reach out, take action, talk to people, lock your doors, etc. The witch whose first reaction to literally everything is to cast a spell with no followup, and only seeks out knowledge through divination and nothing else will still have a lot of problems because they’re so separated from the rest of the world.
After being inspired by @aufcat and their BEAUTIFUL coldflash embroidery (like seriously I stare at it a lot), I sucked it up and decided to try embroidery out. I give you, my first embroidery project that turned out wonderfully well and I’m still trying to figure out what to put it on, if anything.
Thinking about doing another logo now… this was too much fun. Also sorry for pencil marks. I’m still learning how to do this.
-take a white tealight candle out of its little metal holder
-slip the wick out of the candle
-break up the candle wax
-find a box of crayons
-break small pieces off (a) crayon(s) in the color(s) of your choice
-put the white wax and the crayon pieces back in the holder
-put a pan on the stove with like an inch of water in it, heat it to a boil
-put the holder in the water
-stir the wax mixture as it melts until the color is even (or mottled if you want, whatever)
-take the holder out of the water
-put the wick back in while the mix is still liquid
– you can make TEALIGHT CANDLES in ANY COLOR YOU WANT! The possibilities are limitless! ANY COLOR for ANY INTENTION! WHY HAS NO ONE FIGURED THIS OUT AT 2 IN THE MORNING BEFORE ME???
ETA: I have just determined via Scientific Observation that Crayola wax doesn’t blend perfectly with… whatever kind of wax is in Family Dollar tealights… once it hardens so the effect is sort of swirly but it’s actually kinda cool looking so I stand by this being an AMAZING DISCOVERY bedtime now maybe
ETA2 FROM THE CLEARHEADED MORNING: This seems to work best with smaller amounts of crayon wax, which means more pastel colors; Crayola crayons are made of paraffin, which wicks up and burns readily, but some of the pigments they use seem not to burn very easily. That’s my guess, anyway. Some of the candles I made last night are burning properly and some don’t really work; I’m just theorizing it’s excessive amounts of pigment that are interfering, since the ones that I used more crayon wax in seem to be the ones not burning right, and since I know the wax Crayola uses should burn. It is definitely the pigment in the crayons clogging the wicks and also I found that out by belatedly Googling it, meaning I am not the first one to think of this. Alas, my grand half-manic discovery is less grand than it seemed.
Getting quite frustrated about a trend in what could be called Early Modern Reconstructionist Witchcraft: a trend of taking particular ideas about reported historical practises in early modern and often also medieval Europe (and especially England and Scotland) and attempting to codify them as The True Witchcraft - often partially or completely devoid of the actual cultural and religious context of these practices (and without critical analysis of whether they *were* actual practices, when they come via trial reports), and often along with an American fetishisation of Europe. It’s giving me a thumping headache.
Look, being inspired by the imagery of witchcraft in early modern (& earlier & later) England, Scotland, Western Europe is great. Flying ointments, diabolical Sabbats, wild hunts & furious hosts and faery rades, familiar spirits, Diana and Habondia and their spiritual sisters - it’s great stuff, it’s juicy, it’s a real current in historical thought that’s affected our present day ideas. The image of the cunning wo/man (whether of the mystic-cottage-full-of-herbs variety or the canny sometimes-rip-off-merchant practising what Pratchett termed Headology one [and the two are not exclusive]) is fertile inspiration for modern practice. I draw on this stuff myself, obviously!
But please, please be wary of anyone trying to tell you that modern, developing practises derived from (often selective) historical reports and modern interpretations of them are What People Did And How People Thought/Believed Back Then! Especially if the same people are deriding twentieth-century witchcrafts inspired by people like Murray - because those witchcrafts were *also* based on (often selective) historical and archaeological information of their day and the contemporary interpretations of them. (And extra especially if those people have books or classes to sell!)
The reaching for ‘authenticity’ is an understandable urge, and can be a real spiritual and magical hunger for roots and meaning. But claims of *historical* authenticity in contemporary, reconstructed practices should always be treated with wariness - because there’s always more evidence to come along, new ways of looking at the past to develop, and what seems like an obvious historical survival today is going to look like Murray’s witch cult and Frazer’s Golden Bough in ten, twenty, fifty years’ time. (And hey, people can and do still draw valid personal inspiration from those, we just need to understand they’re not History Fact.)
Any practice that looks back to the past is necessarily a child of historiography as much as history. And historiography is a constantly evolving thing. So…just be thoughtful, okay? If stuff speaks to you, that’s great, work that current ‘til your arse falls off. Just be wary of believing - or making - claims that what you’re doing is More Real, More Accurate, More Authentic, More Historical than what other people are doing.
The wondrous tale of the planeshifting astral bear
Our clerics beloved horse fell victim to our sorcerers spells as acceptable casuality collateral damage which ensured our survival in a pretty hard fight. So me (Silaz - Halforcfighter) and our sorcerer (Fulgur - Dragonbornsorcerer) made up a story to cover up this heatbreaking loss. The cleric is a human called Merliwen.
Silaz: “No, no..You didn´t kill Merliwens horse, it ran off after your first spell and got eaten by a….a….planeshifting astral bear!”
Fulgur: “To be fair, he doesnt know anything about astral creatures, this may actually work.”
-After 10 minutes of making up a story and even thinking about crafting a costume to make all this believable we hear a voice behind us…
“YOU KNOW I CAN F*****ING HEAR YOU RIGHT”
It didn´t help that we rolled an 8 for Deception afterwards…
I’ve done three or four solid films now that became cult classics. And everyone’s like, ‘What’s it like being a Muslim?’ That’s offensive. Really, that’s what it is, offensive. What you’re saying is that you cannot see me as creative or an artist or a human being first. I’m so happy to talk about all these things. I think it’s really important that we do. I don’t think it’s enough to be visible anymore. I think we have to be vocal about what we believe in. We’re living in scary times. But I think if those conversations really start detracting from, ‘Oh by the way, someone is skilled at their craft,’ I think that’s a step backwards. You know what I mean?