urban elements

Graffiti, East Village, New York, 1986.

“Little by little one travels far.”

“They try to find the exit for/from themselves but there is no door.”

Researching modes of belonging and nuanced domesticity in the city; architecture as displayed displacement.

my personal correspondences for foods...

 So, i know there are different correspondences for these, but here are my personal correspondences and connotations for a few household things!

Milk: Earth ; Feminine. Use in beauty spells, glamours and bath spells. Use to feel more in-touch with the Earth. Warm up and drink with honey to help with self love. Add to drinks for purification, or add to curses for blurry/hazy/chaotic effects. Represents fertility and femininity. Associated with “Mother Earth” deities, like Gaea. Also associated with other mother goddesses, like Hera, Frigg and Rhea.

Peanut butter: Air ; Masculine. Eat to boost intellect and creativity. Represents mental strength and capability. Associated with male nature deities, like Pan and Freyr.

Oatmeal: Represents abundance, nourishment and the Earth. Eat with apples and honey for prosperity and physical health. Associated with grain/harvest deities, like Demeter.

Honey: Represents change, kindness and the spoken word. Associated with “golden” or “lovable” deities, like Dionysus, Baldur and Freya. Also associated with deities which represent communication, like Hermes. Use in glamours and spells to boost your speaking.

Rock Candy: Emotional grounding. Associated with “stern” deities like Zeus and Athena. 

Eggs: Represents new beginnings, union and harmony. Also represents fertility, sex and children. Associated with mother goddesses like Hera and Rhea, and young/child deities. Also represents Air and Earth.

Pasta: Represents the Earth and satisfaction. Use dry crushed pasta in spells involving prosperity. Leave as an offering to grain deities, like Demeter. 

Popcorn: Represents “exploding” feelings and emotions, like love and excitement. Use the kernels as an alternative to cobs of corn to place on your altar or use in harvest rituals. Associated with harvest deities and “cycle” or “rebirth” deities like Osiris.

Grapes: Represents happiness, joy, luxury and celebration. Associated with wine/partying deities like Dionysus, Pan and Freyr.

Marshmallows: Use in sleep/dream magick. Represents kindness, positivity and love and friendship. Associated with sleep deities like Hypnos, and love deities like Aphrodite and Freya.

Cherries: Represents seduction and sex. Use pits in fertility spells - bury the pit by your front steps to attract new love or to increase fertility and prosperity. Associate with love and sex deities like Eros, Freya and Aphrodite.

Kathryn Reviews: The Golem and the Jinni

My Rating: 5/5 (10/10, Can’t rate it high enough on any scale really)

Describing it in one sentence: Historical Fiction + elements of Urban Fantasy = a heartbreaking and beautiful story abut Jewish and Syrian immigrants, and magical creatures trying to adapt to life in turn-of-the-century NYC.

Who I would recommend this book to: Probably anyone who speaks to me. Like, instead of saying “Hello” I would probably begin a conversation with “Have you read this amazing book called The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker? No? Go Read It.”

JK. In all seriousness, probably fans of historical fiction, fantasy, and books that are more “character-based” “and prose-based” than “plot-based”.

My Further Thoughts:

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It used to puzzle me why it was such a common element in urban fantasy settings - particularly those of tabletop roleplaying games - that the reason magic stays hidden is because people don’t want to believe in it.

In the real world, people are desperate to believe in magic. You see it everywhere, from spirit mediums on TV to the horoscopes in the daily paper.

The idea that there’d be an institutional refusal to believe in magic is just so alien to the demonstrable facts of human psychology that it would seriously hurt my suspension of disbelief.

Talking cats and setting things on fire with your mind is one thing, but a human psychology that lacks an inclination toward magical thinking is simply bizarre.

Then it hit me.

The public’s refusal to believe in magic in urban fantasy settings is a stand-in for the perennial nerd fallacy that non-nerds are stupid, and only the special, nerdy elite have the objectivity to understand the world as it truly is.


Witch Network

I’m interested in putting together a witch network page. Sort of like a promo or a witchy phone book. So if you’re interested in being included, please send me a message!

Things to include in the message:
- Name (optional)
- Your focus (for sorting purposes)
- Short “about me”?

I hope to start work on this as soon as possible. You don’t have to be following me, but that would be cool (and I follow back a lot of the time). Thank you!


Finished those profiles you may have seen a while back! I feel like I should say more about the characters but boy howdy I know I’d go overboard for all five, so we’ll save that for later. But basically they’re all either secret agents, ex-secret agents, and crime mimes. Helllllll yeahhhh.

I just caught the latest trailer for the Pete’s Dragon remake, and I was struck by the fact that it appears to be set in the 1980s. I was a bit puzzled at first - why make it a period piece at all if you’re going to modernise it? - but then it occurred to me that we’re probably going to see a lot of films with supernatural mystery and/or urban fantasy elements done as 1980s period pieces over the next few years. That milieu lets you recycle traditional plot structures in a reasonably modern-ish setting without having to deal with the implications of smartphone cameras and YouTube vis-à-vis keeping an eight-tonne flying lizard (or whatever) a secret.