Linkspam from Beyond the Grave

I used to do occasional linkspam posts. I think I'll take it up again. Maybe I'll start posting them Fridays, as weekend reading suggestions. Where There's a Will, There's a Ghost on Strange Company Animism at the Dinner Table from Sarah Anne Lawless Feeling Grief + Dreaming Another World at Woolgathering & Wildcrafting 8 ways white witches can support #BlackLivesMatter on Little Red Tarot 51 of the most important things you've ever fought about at Autostraddle Death & the Maidens at, well, Death and the Maiden, writing on a topic I'm also working on a piece about. Here's a waulking song Beth from Little Red Tarot shared. Waulking is a (sadly dying, if not already dead) traditional way of fulling newly woven cloth. The tweed or plaid would be taken off the loom, and all the women of the village would gather to help. Warm stale urine (wash) would be poured over the cloth as a way of scouring out any dirt, oils or foreign matter (this was before soap was readily available in the quantities needed), the cloth would be placed on a long table or board, and thumped against it rhythmically. The women would sing to keep time and amuse themselves. A waulking song with no waulking, no matter how lovely (and it is lovely) being done just doesn't seem right to me. At least put some nice thumpy thuddy percussion in. A video of waulking the tweed whilst singing a waulking song, which I think shows the need for that percussion, and some explanation of waulking: Although it's not stretching the cloth, it's fulling it. And finally, on a personal note, after nearly twenty years of threatening to shave my head in the summer, I've now mostly done it. Inspired by Holtzman in the new Ghostbusters movie, I've shaved the back and sides, leaving only the hair on my crown long. It's cool and comfortable, the clipped part is all velvety and nice to touch, and it looks fuckin' awesome! So here's an incredibly rare pic of me, just minutes after it was finished. ETA: Note to self: Going to give shorn hair to Hermes and Athena. Hermes, asked if I should hang it from a tree for birds, told me to wait before doing anything. Athena turned down a Woolly God image of her stuffed with it, but accepted jewelry made from it....

Instead of Luminaria

I love luminaria -- the little paper bags that you burn candles inside for parties and things -- but am always worried they'll tip over and catch fire. These seem like a good alternative: Canning jars with scraps of brightly colored tissue paper glued to the outside! Easy to make, not expensive, not themselves flammable, easy to weight down, highly reusable, colorful, customizable... Be great for outdoor events where you want candles out but have to worry about wind and fire risk. And if the fire threat is really bad, LED tea lights are cheap these days. I burned myself out bad in the heat, hence why no posts last week. The heat wave has broken now, and I'm recovering. I hope to have a more substantial post up Thursday....

Neat thing

A tiny travel altar to Dionysos, inside an Altoids tin and made to look innocuous, with matches, candle, salt, empty tea light tin for libations, image of the god, and amethyst stone. The creator glued the match striker to the bottom of the inside of the tin, and realized later that that was maybe not awesome. I suggested putting it inside the lip of the lid instead, so that it's between the lid and the outside of the tin when closed. Sticking it here, where I can find it again....

Brief note to self

Votive offerings: Breakables Burnables Edibles Salt dough, air-dry clay, papier mache clay, beeswax, felted wool, almond paste, maybe even chocolate Pigs, bulls, sheep, horses, dogs, what else? More consideration when there's money for materials. But like, a whole series on this. Black marzipan dogs for Hekate, since almonds are also sacred to her. (One kind kills, the other nourishes.) Can you make salt dough with barley flour? Not a real post. Tired, full of snot, and have had very unhappy news today. No coding school for me....