Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Fad Crafting

Well the Portsmouth thing didn't really take off. i spent a week there and then one day the following week, as it happens i have a new project to work on in Richmond and so will not have to live in a hotel. it's a small mercy in some ways.

i just read over the Hotel I/II posting and to be honest i don't remember writing a big chunk of it, the whole section beginning: "This wary lady is flitting..." very odd indeed. oh well. i have done some experimentation with incense and have abandoned the idea of a burned incense. the smell was too strong and smoky- as you might expect - for what i want. i will therefore be having a go at oils. perhaps in a couple of weeks when I'm off at a friends for the weekend, she has a great stash of essential oils and I'm sure she wont mind me playing with them for a bit.

in other terribly exciting news - i am now the co-subject of a bitchcraft campaign!

a 'man' by the name of Andrew Bamber (London) claims to be a hereditary brythonic cunning man/traditional witch. bullshit and double bullshit. he was new on the pagan scene a fw years ago and i even remember selling him some beginning type books at the Beltane Bash, i also spent time talking to him and quite probably used the 'Brythonic' term with him within the pagan religion context - hence i think this is where he got it from. it isn't common in this context and as far as i know there are only a few sites that use it: this blog, my own website and the Caer Feddwyd/Brython websites.the whole concept of a brythonic cunning man trad-crafter is absurd in itself.i called him out on this. he has since been rather repulsive in him comments, started a poetry competition aimed at deriding me and another person and is generally out to piss me off. suffice to say i WILL be ending this. all in good time and all in bad ways.

p.s Bo - this is what you are missing! see! the pagan scene!

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Hotel II

So I have gotten to thinking about a ritual involving Blodeuedd, let’s assume its purpose is to introduce her to a group of people, let’s say for example a group of coveners who have no experience of her and whose knowledge of her comes from reading the mabinogion and perhaps a website or two.

How would I achieve this?

Something that has been mentioned is incense, something appropriate to Her, something that resonates with Her. The first thing to spring to mind would be a blend of meadowsweet, oak blossom and broom flowers however these sorts of things would tend to smell like straightforward burning plant matter and lack the subtle perfumes of the original blossoms. Some sort of oil would be a possibility in an oil burner – it would certainly have he perfumes and also with the correct carrier it could also convey a slightly sickly sexual smell, something that resonates with Her sensuality and something deeper than a simple perfume to convey the depth to her nature beyond the simple and shallow flower maiden she is most often taken to be.

Then again, fresh flowers can have a heady scent and an almost cloying smell to them, lilies especially, something like a deep pink tiger lily with its obvious sexual morphology. I am getting thoughts of dipping the stamens or stigma (I can’t really recall my plant biology at the moment and not having the internet in the hotel means I cant check) into some spring water so that it forms a sort of pigment, this could be something to incorporate into the ritual, again its deep red colouration having obvious symbolism and connotation. Maybe into a spirit so that it is preserved and can be used for other purposes and at other times? Gin. Definitely gin. Yes, definitely gin.

No circle as such, a welcome to Her at the four quarters, above, below and at the centre. At each direction, welcoming an aspect of Her appropriate to that direction. Englyn form perhaps?

Hotel I

Well I find myself here in a hotel in Portsmouth, it is rather nice; has a double bed and a decent shower. I didn’t think I would get this nostalgic about this city, but I have. It was gorgeous tonight, heading out for dinner in the last of the bright sunshine, cool breeze and fresh air. I could seriously consider living here again, but not working for the boss I will be working for here over the next 2-3 months. I don’t like the superiority complex he has, I get the distinct feeling he is looking down his nose at me and he hasn’t been too pleasant about the Richmond office and some of the employees. Oh well.

I’m getting well off topic for this blog, but, I have nothing else to write about really so I guess this is better then nothing.

I do have a set objective for the next three nights and that is to consider Blodeuedd more. The Lilith link is something I really want to explore further, that alone opens up all sorts of doorways into what is clearly a far more complex and convoluted figure.

Be warned, I might have a go at poetry! This too has a purpose – personal work and also coven based. This wary lady is flitting at the edge of my thought and the corner of my eye, showing my flashes of her truer nature, the being he is rather than the flower maiden she has become. a sadness at a person misunderstood and maligned. A lady who did what her nature commands and was condemned for it. She is a very unchristian lady; submitting to her animal and human instincts, unafraid to suppress these desires and natures at the command of authority. Someone who did what her very being willed.