Tarotscopes for the September Full Moon by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

by on Sep.24, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Today, Monday, September 24th, we have our Harvest Full Moon. This weekend, in the Northern Hemisphere, was the autumnal equinox — the spring equinox if you are in the Southern hemisphere. Wiccans and some Pagans also observe Mabon (or Ostara, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) on this day, a time to give thanks under the last harvest of the Witch’s Wheel of the Year. The Equinox is a balance between dark and light, and we observe the full spectrum of light and shadows in the source aspects in our own lives. We are a couple of days into Libra season, so this Full Moon is in Aries. To perpetuate evolution, some of need to be looking at the past. Some of us need to be focused on the future. All of us would benefit from examining the meaning that we make of our lives, together and apart.

Below are tarotscopes based off a one card pull for each sign. They are meant to be used for guidance and insight. Read for your sun, moon, and rising, or with what resonates. Happy Full Moon!


Aries: Knight of Pentacles

Aries, last month brought new forms of commitment and continued focus. Quite frankly, now that you are free from it, the entire summer, might have been an arduous process of differentiating the past from the present. There might have been paperwork to fill out, boundaries that had to be developed, and a lot, lot lot of wrapping up on the cosmic plane, and/or in the material realm. Now, you can focus more on where you are going. Your health plays a factor in all of this as well. Fertilizing your roots yields more growth over time. This Full Moon finds you getting even more serious, namely about your identity in career, your money, and your magic. Have you been compartmentalizing those things? Define what exactly you believe you can achieve. Lay out how your spiritual values can support what you do on this earth, for this earth. The spiritual is material. What you go after at this time, using discipline and dedication can end up flourishing—so long as you are as well.

Taurus: Strength

Beautiful dreamer, your heart has been open this whole time. You’ve always been willing to share, to give, and transform the pain into gifts—or at least, lessons. Not everyone in your world has always been able to understand this, but this Full Moon time isn’t about everyone else. It is about you having the courage to delve the depths of your own heart and what your heart needs. This whole summer you’ve been coming back to your natural talents. You’ve been experimenting with what you need to feel whole, again, and again, and again. Through disappointments, through seemingly endless hiccups and molasses moments of waiting, what you continued to develop was the articulation of what was most important to your heart. Through victories, through patience, and new softness, what is awakening, more and more, are the most free and untamed parts of your self. Can you listen to the songs of those stirrings, can you obey the opera of your fierce desires? When you are acting from your heart-led intuition, you are simply unstoppable. At this Full Harvest Moon, call in all you have been wanting by practicing loving as much as you can. Remember that an army of lovers cannot fail.

Gemini: 6 of Pentacles Reversed

Twin Star, the feels around this Full Moon may be in the key of an inner conflict. Giving yourself a teeny, tiny bit more C-R-E-D-I-T is the first suggestion. You have accomplished SO MUCH in a short period of time—even just the last 6 months! If you were to write it all out you hopefully would agree it is truly remarkable. All of the rest of things you still wish to do, accomplish, and experience will happen—in due time. For the love of the Goddess, take a moment to revel in the present. The second suggestion is to pay yourself more. Give yourself and your employees a raise. Put more in savings each month, if you work for someone else, or plan to ask for a raise, or look for a job that will pay you more. You are in a period of real expansion and growth—even if you feel unsure and afraid on some level. Changing what you want, how much you want, and where you want it is completely normal. Allowing your life to be even more impactful, even more abundant, all starts with acknowledging how much of a powerhouse you are. This is also a time for you to reconsider if you are spending the hours of your day in alignment with what is going to give you the most longterm enjoyment and material success. It is ok to scale back in one area so that another can flourish. It might also be a phase of realizing that a lot of your definitions of success include others—caring for them, nurturing them, and serving the greater collective. Remember that this is all a process. You can pause as you redefine and refine your various roles. This is a Full Moon that asks you to claim and name your own power. Accept and enjoy that you are becoming a truly masterful magician.

Cancer: 2 of Wands Reversed

Cancer, you are just about to see some profound external movement, after what feels like a summer of inertia and inner reflection. Now, with the 2 of Wands, the energy of change is on the horizon. There may have been new ideas bubbling. Why have they been put on the back burner? Are you afraid of not knowing where they will take you? Intuitively, you know you are changing, you know that exciting opportunities are on their way, and that is a little bit scary—especially because it may force you to be more public, or more seen. You will be going to different places and meeting new people. It is ok to be afraid of the unknown. It is not ok to resist your own growth. In a very short time, these inspiring energies will come out and shape where you are going for the rest of the year. Moonchild, you must make the choice to get out of your own way. You are about to travel further than you ever have into your own unique imagination. There are new aspects of yourself that are brewing in your cauldron : experimental adventurer, extroverted leader, importer and exporter of ideas and ingenuity. Follow the threads of your inspiration and cast a Full Moon spell that includes you as the navigator on a ship of your creation.

Leo: 9 of Cups

Wish fulfillment is a funny thing. When we don’t have what we want, it is very easy to imagine how getting what we want would cure everything. When we get what we want, we realize, that there is only more yearnings out there to hunger for. We might get caught up on different demands vying for our attention. We also realize, that if we’ve been focusing more attention on the external, that gaining superficial success rarely helps us heal internal wounds or solace our inner child. This year so far, you spent much of your time working quite hard in the external realm, and you’ve gotten results. It may be time to shift focus a bit, and really summon the qualities of that which will make you happy internally. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Integrate what your emotional body needs as you continue to move forward on what your ego deems valuable. The 9 of Cups wants to shower you with contentment from the inside out. Create a wish fulfillment blueprint for the next few weeks where you can enjoy flowing through the rivers and lakes of your soul.

Virgo: Knight of Wands

YES. YES. YES. Virgo, at this Full Moon, let yourself say hell yes to pleasure. This Full Moon, orgasms are important. So are delicious oils and perfumes, hors d’oeuvres for no reason at all for no one but you on a random weeknight, long moments with fresh rosemary held up to your nose, and stretching your body across pillows and tennis balls. Get embodied, and get out there. Your work right now is to pollinate: your ideas, your impulses, your intuition. It doesn’t have to be perfect. For the next few weeks, there could be a lot of lessons learned by making a juicy mess first. Make a pleasure practice. Experience different vantage points by traveling to them. If there are important messages you need to express in the key of YES, this is the Full Moon that is all ears.

Libra: Ace of Cups

Dear Libra, this Full Moon brings you a message of love. Love that feels messy and glorious all in the same moment. Love that feeds your perspective through freely flowing tears. This season, your season, can find you coming into a vast realm of self-awareness and spiritual awakening. It won’t be tied up in a bow, or make for a stunning photo, but the experiences, and insights that you are creating have the potential to open up new portals of sustenance for you, and your community. Give yourself time space for downloads. Stretch out into all the ways that loving yourself in spite of pain, mistakes, or imperfections is also a prayer to love deeper and more humbly than you ever have. Meditate on your whole, broken heart and see what messages are delivered to you. As Leonard Cohen reminds us, “The dove is never free.”

Scorpio: The King of Pentacles

Hurray, Scorpio, huzzah! The King of Pentacles is here to remind that what you are making is manifesting. You are expanding, and what actions you take over the next month in the realm of the tangible will get you rewards. Want to help other make sense of their lives? Then help others make sense of their lives. Want to make boatloads of money through your passions? Then make boatloads of money through your passions. The King of Pentacles reminds us that there is no try, there is only do. What you are doing now is creating a legacy in the world. Get a plan you believe in and invest in yourself.

Sagittarius: 6 of Wands

This Full Moon finds some message around promotions. You have recently achieved something beautiful by grace. The grace that comes with harmony, with sticking to your course, and with collaborating with spirit. What makes this positive development even sweeter, is that it was attained by doing it your way. Whatever is unfolding for you during this next phase of your evolution is being created in beautiful alignment of your ideals, your values, who you are, and what you wish to contribute to your community. It might have been hard to stay on your path, there might have been ego show downs, there might have been so, so many ways to quit. Use this new position you are in to remind you that this the way you will be continuing to live your life, as it is the only way. Let this be a Full Moon of celebration and culmination. If your goals are still yet to be made tangible, this is the Full Moon to give your SELF a promotion, first. Your mindset needs to be in accordance with where you are going. Don’t pick unnecessary fights, and act as an embodiment of your highest ideals at this time. If there is still a ways to go, at this Full Moon, recognize your doubt as a distraction that you release every time you glide closer to the flickering flame of your most creative expression.

Capricorn: The High Priestess

Capricorn, if you’ve been doing the work of touching base with your intuition then the messages and insights are most likely flowing towards you like honey. Sometimes you have the tendency to compartmentalize between work and personal life, casual relationships and intimate partners. The High Priestess card at this time is asking you to bring magic and ritual into the every day. See every interaction, every transaction, every chore, and every conversation as holy. As your external world is blooming go behind the veil to dance with your psyche into the unknown. Let yourself descend. Meditate, draw, paint, gaze into a bowl of water in the dark and see what messages you receive. What you find will facilitate more emotional healing as you soften into more self-trust.

Aquarius: The Wheel of Fortune

Aquarius, buckle your safety belt, the next time period you are stepping into is going to be an interesting ride! Some people love roller coasters. Some people love getting lost. It is an experience that sprinkles some adventure our way. These are ways to feel more alive. The Wheel of Fortune is one of the most intriguing cards in the deck as it tells us that yes, change is coming, and we might not be able to know how or when. It is also a card that reminds us that heavily enacting control is not going to be the best course of action. As you go upside down, right side round, come back to your center. Remind yourself of what makes you feel alive and what wheels you are consciously choosing to put your hands behind. What you focus on will grow. Look to serendipity and coincidences as wheel greasers. Let the universe deliver you some clues as what fortune is about to transpire.

Pisces: The Moon

Pisces, the Moon Card pulled for a Full Moon is an auspicious pull indeed. This is the card that corresponds to your sign. It is a message about healing through transformation. This Full Moon is asking you to take a truthful look at the stories of your life. There are some glaring patterns—many stemming from hurt, from distrust, and from self-doubt. We can turn our pain into power. We can turn the suffering into stories, and share them in ways that others will feel less alone. Swim back to the beauty of yourself under the light of this Full Moon. An entirely different life is unfolding as soon as you finally decide to let go of the old.


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The Lovers

by on Sep.21, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Releasing today at 3PM EST, BloodMilk jewels offers The Lovers Collection.

The capsule collection will include four variants: The Lovers Ring and The Others, both available with onyx, moonstone and labradorite options in sterling silver or 14k rose gold, and the Lovers Band and the Lovers Nesting Band. The bands stack beautifully together, and the Lovers Nesting Band fits alongside the Lovers jeweled ring, the Belonging to the Darkness and Underworld parts I and II, and the Swan Song rings.

These will all be a part of the permanent BloodMilk Collection, with the intention of the endless love and homage to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive.

Available exclusively at BloodMilkJewels.com at 3PM EST on Friday, September 21, 2018.


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The Lovers

by on Sep.21, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Releasing today at 3PM EST, BloodMilk jewels offers The Lovers Collection.

The capsule collection will include four variants: The Lovers Ring and The Others, both available with onyx, moonstone and labradorite options in sterling silver or 14k rose gold, and the Lovers Band and the Lovers Nesting Band. The bands stack beautifully together, and the Lovers Nesting Band fits alongside the Lovers jeweled ring, the Belonging to the Darkness and Underworld parts I and II, and the Swan Song rings.

These will all be a part of the permanent BloodMilk Collection, with the intention of the endless love and homage to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive.

Available exclusively at BloodMilkJewels.com at 3PM EST on Friday, September 21, 2018.


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Haute Macabre Staff Favorites: Tarot Decks

by on Sep.19, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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In assessing our last year’s worth of posts alone, it occurred to us, that damn, we sure write about the tarot a lot. From the divinatory drama of tarot-inspired couture to fragrant interpretations of archetypes of the major arcana to Tarotscopes brimming with energies and inspiration for our readers, one might surmise that we’re a little bit obsessed with this mystical tool of potent imagery and symbolism, used to access intuition and inner wisdom.

You’d be right to do so, of course, and below are some of the Haute Macabre staff writer’s favorite decks for these very purposes. Or, you know, maybe we just like the way they look.

Sam

Truthfully, I’m old fashioned when it comes to my Tarot. I have dozens of Tarot and Oracle decks, I collect them and admire their artistic interpretations for the Arcana and the archetypes, but when it comes to readings, I’m fairly old fashioned. My two favorite decks for readings are:

The Rider Waite Centennial Edition :
The original RW cards were the first Tarot deck I ever owned. I was very young, maybe 13 or so, when I purchased them at my local Waldenbooks (anyone else remember when malls still had bookstores?), and truthfully, I never connected with them. Even then, I don’t feel that I ever got an accurate reading out of them, so I was reluctant to attempt to read with the new edition. A friend had the Centennial cards next to her bed one day when I was visiting her. I was mostly attracted to the size of them, and the more subdued tones. I got my own deck of them and have used them daily since: my readings have wholly deepened since I started using these. I honestly think it’s because of their straightforward depictions, so I am able to base my interpretations on a more intuitive level without distraction rather than having to frequently consult a reference guide.

The Hermetic Tarot:
The stark black and white imagery on these cards has always drawn me to them. Before adopting the RWCE, I meditated on these for my daily readings. The elemental and symbolic illustrations on each truly allowed me to connect to the magical properties of the Tarot, however, I do admit that I must use reference guides when working with these. They have never steered me wrong, and always told me truths (no matter how difficult much of it was to hear),

I find that the RWCE connects with the human archetypes: the actual personification of each element of emotion, whereas the Hermetic physically journeys you through the Sephiroth. I feel that I may have approached my journey through the Tarot backwards, as the magic imbued within the Hermetic knowledge was maybe a little over my head, but I nonetheless welcomed and absorbed it. Perhaps that’s why I’m reading with more of a intuitive and natural response to the new cards?

From my artistic collection, my hands down favorite is the Dali Tarot. Each card is a casual masterpiece, rimmed with golden edges. Dali infused himself into some: his likeness is luxuriously settled into a throne as El Rey de Oros (King of Pentacles), and his signature is almost sigilistic on each card. I was under the impression that Taschen released a more accessible and affordable reprint of the originals, but I have not been able to find them online. I’m also hugely fond of the Pagan Otherworlds deck, pictured below.


image by @id_bryce

I have my fingers crossed that the Major Arcana of Leonora Carrington will be printed after the popularity of the “Magical Tales” exhibition this summer in Mexico City. I was scolded by an museum guard for putting my face too close, I must have been trying to breathe them in. They have a stark, two dimensional look to them, but still hold an intense gravity.


Sarah

Unlike Sam, who actually uses her decks, I am more collector than practitioner– though I am making slow strides to change all of that. When my mother died, she left me a massive collection of tarot decks (which, maybe I am projecting, but I suspect she also collected more for their beauty than their use) so I guess, at least in that regard, I am very much my mother’s daughter. When I do attempt to do a fumbling reading for myself, though, these are the decks I gravitate toward.

The Bohemian Gothic Tarot  I love the beautiful melancholy and poetic, nightmarish imagery of this deck from Baba Studio.

The Slutist Tarot  This is such an exciting and empowering deck, one that tells the story of The Fool through the archetype of The Maiden, with a narrative that centers those on the feminine spectrum. Its brilliant, beautiful imagery and kaleidoscopic colors thrill me, especially on a sartorial level –I’d love to see these baubles and garments reflected on the runway in an occultatistic RTW collection.  As an added bonus, the kawaii visuals on the back are a delightful surprise.

Phantasmagoric Theatre Tarot A weird, playful deck with misshapen, wobbly, colorful carnival funhouse imagery. I feel like my loyalties are divided between this one and the Bohemian Gothic deck, as they both accurately represent two distinct halves of my heart–that which yearns for dreamy elegance and the part that accepts (and is actually pretty okay with) my goofy, graceless reality.

The Bad Girl Tarot Comic book artist Katie Skelly has a cartooning style that synthesizes her inspirations of b-movies, psychedelia, horror, and European erotica. and whose narrative focus has always been Bad Girls: witches, bikers, outcasts, vampires, party girls, femme fatales, and weirdos. Katie’s Bad Girl Tarot campaign on Kickstarter was successfully funded and I couldn’t wait to receive this deck, informed by the classic Rider-Waite deck, but styled with an eye towards psychedelia and sexuality, before I mentioned it. I know it’s going to be fabulous and will be an absolute favorite. In a bit of correspondence with the artist, Katie shared that her favorite card to create was the hierophant, and she further enthused, “I like the way it plays with negative space and doing the little details like the lace gloves was so fun!”

A bonus deck! And another cheat, since it technically does not yet exist and I obviously don’t own a copy yet: The Dark Wood Tarot,  sumptuously illustrated by Abigail Larson, written by Sasha Graham, and coming in 2019 from Llewellyn. Have a peek at a few from the suit of swords that Abigail shared over on her facebook page, and try not to explode from the utter, delicious decadence of the deck.

BONUS! We asked our favorite gurus and luminaries to chime in with their favorite decks as well, and got some surprising answers!

Mystic and creative Sarah Gottesdiener of Modern Women and the Many Moons workbook:

Lioness Oracle — this is a lovely deck I use in client readings. It is accurate, and delivers messages clearly.
Spirit Speak— Iris Oracle deck is my favorite, but I love all of Mary’s creations. Divina is a soft, little playful deck that delivers helpful and understandable messages.
Small Spells— This is a modern take on the traditional Rider Waite Colman Smith. The images are deceptively simple, they are good for meditating with and on.
Slow Holler Deck— This is an inclusive, gorgeous deck highlighting the art and voices of Southern Queer Folk.

Head purveyor of heady smells, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab:

CBD is a “go-to”!
Deviant Moon ,beautiful, functional, and “doesn’t look like it should work, but it does”
Maybe Lenormand “maybe it’s Lenormand, maybe not”

Astro-expert Mystic Medusa:

“Okay so I do find I still ‘read’ best with the Waite deck, but I intensely admire the Thoth deck major arcana. Indie-wise I like the ones by Sergio Toppi.”

 “And if I were to buy a new deck this week, I think I would go with the Arthurian/Avalon themed one by Juliet Sharman Burke. I got my DNA tested recently and found that 80% or something of my genes are from Cornwall, near Tintagel and I remember loving Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising/Greenwitch series as a child – they’re set in Cornwall and were my introduction to magic – so that would be my next Tarot port of call.”

Scholar and witch Pam Grossman:

“I love the Alchemical Tarot by Robert M. Place. He’s such a pioneer in the field of tarot scholarship, so the fact that he is also highly gifted visual artist as well is astounding, and makes for a powerful mix. This deck of his speaks to me because it blends together more traditional tarot tropes with other esoteric systems including alchemy and sacred geometry, and took years to research and develop it. There’s a universality to the images that makes me feel like I’m pulling them from The Big Story as it were – straight from the cauldron of the collective unconscious. Plus his visual style feels timeless, while also having a clean, graphic sensibility that helps the cards feel modern and alive.

That said, these days, I’ve been using oracle cards perhaps even more frequently than tarot. They’re great for when you want to do a reading that’s a bit more direct, or to have a clear intention that you’d like to use as an inner anchor. Holly Simple’s Fuzzy Prism Oracle deck has been my go-to lately. I’m crazy for her bright bizarro drawings. They have that feeling of demented joy that I value so highly: that mix of the sacred and the profane that hits my sweet-and-sour spot just so. Her word choices are tremendous as well. I pulled the EMBARK card over the new year, and it was just what I needed, as I’m beginning some grand new adventures in 2018. When I’m feeling anxious about taking some leaps of faith, I think to myself – EMBARK! – and feel immediately more brave.


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Postcards From The Void: The Art of Alex Eckman-Lawn

by on Sep.17, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Initially I was torn, truly torn, when examining the painstaking collage work of Alex Eckman-Lawn. Deep, dense, and full of doom and gloom and dark details, these surreal, lonely portraits on one hand, called forth a sickening dread in the pit of my stomach and give my heart a little lurch  But on the other, and at the same time… they caused an involuntary, choking giggle. As if a shadowy horror had crawled its way from the void to the sanctity of my home, and after an agonizing wait whilst I cowered at the peephole, it gave a smart rap on the door and told me a knock-knock joke.

Perhaps it’s an odd take on things, but I once envisioned the above scenario, I saw these pieces through fresh eyes– and instead of a face-full of nightmarish chaos, they appeared wondrously playful, like a funny postcard from from the midnight recesses of your soul, just when you need it most. Have a laugh, they seem to say, or here, have a kitten! Oh, hey, it’s just your dear old skull peeking out to say hello, that’s all, no worries! Little voids, the faces-within-your face, checking in on you from the inside, popping out to say, “hi!” and, “how’s it going?” and, “have you heard the one about…?”

A Philadelphia-born illustrator who “spends his days in the gutter and his nights in the sewer”, Alex creates multi-layered, hand-cut, paper collages using everything from his original digital paintings to imagery from old medical texts. His work has appeared in comic books, on album covers, book covers, T-shirts, music videos, and posters.

Find more of Alex Eckman-Lawn’s work:  website // instagram // twitter

 


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Ryk: Hogan McLaughlin SS19

by on Sep.14, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

by on Sep.13, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Here’s some occult art house mondo bizarro featuring Aanis Nin and Marjorie Cameron, dedicated to Aleister Crowley.

“The film is derived from one of Aleister Crowley’s dramatic rituals where people in the cult assume the identity of a god or a goddess. I wanted to create a feeling of being carried into a world of wonder, and the use of color and fantasy is progressive. In other words, it expands, it becomes completely subjective — like when people take communion and one sees it through their eyes. … Lord Shiva, the magician, awakes. The Scarlet Woman, whore of heaven, smokes a big, fat joint; Astarte of the moon brings the wings of snow; Pan bestows the grapes of Bacchus; Hecate offers the sacred mushroom, yagé, wormwood brew. The vintage of Hecate is poured. Pan’s cup is poisoned by Lord Shiva. The orgy ensues — a magick masquerade at which Pan is the prize. Lady Kali blesses the rites of the children of light as Lord Shiva invokes the godhead with the formula ‘Force and Fire’. Dedicated to the few; and to Aleister Crowley; and the crowned and conquering child.”
-Kenneth Anger


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Perk Up Your Pumpkin Spice Latte With Turkey Merck Monster Mugs

by on Sep.11, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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For those who take their traditional autumn PSL with an extra squirt of pumpkin sauce and a generous shot of “OH DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT HIDEOUS THING?” be sure to check out the utterly terrifying (yet immensely practical!) creations of potter/sculptor Kevin “Turkey” Merck.

Kevin has shared that these brilliantly detailed works are way for him to create “interesting sculpts on traditional utilitarian ceramic ware,” and because each mug is painstakingly handcrafted, custom glazed, and then fired multiple times in a kiln, the entire process involves many hours of hands-on craftsmanship, which in turn limits the total number of mugs created and offered at any given time. Due to the high demand and the limited availability, the mugs often sell out within minutes after being made available!

…which is why you should be scrambling to make a purchase, because The Mummy pre-order launches today! In the meantime, feel free to drool (and possibly gibber in fright) over some of our favorite previous releases from Turkey Merck, below.

 

 

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Perk Up Your Pumpkin Spice Latte With Turkey Merck Monster Mugs

by on Sep.11, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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For those who take their traditional autumn PSL with an extra squirt of pumpkin sauce and a generous shot of “OH DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT HIDEOUS THING?” be sure to check out the utterly terrifying (yet immensely practical!) creations of potter/sculptor Kevin “Turkey” Merck.

Kevin has shared that these brilliantly detailed works are way for him to create “interesting sculpts on traditional utilitarian ceramic ware,” and because each mug is painstakingly handcrafted, custom glazed, and then fired multiple times in a kiln, the entire process involves many hours of hands-on craftsmanship, which in turn limits the total number of mugs created and offered at any given time. Due to the high demand and the limited availability, the mugs often sell out within minutes after being made available!

…which is why you should be scrambling to make a purchase, because The Mummy pre-order launches today! In the meantime, feel free to drool (and possibly gibber in fright) over some of our favorite previous releases from Turkey Merck, below.

 

 

Find Turkey Merck: website // facebook // instagram // twitter

 

 


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Fashion Witchery: Gabriela Herstik Unleashes a Guide to the Ancient Craft for the New Generation (And a Giveaway)

by on Sep.10, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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I’m writing this introduction waiting for a storm to hit southern Louisiana. The forecasts all day have changed from tropical storm to hurricane as each hour has progressed. The weather has moved across open waters and gained momentum, and it seems appropriate that I now focus on Gabriela Herstik in this moment: a young witch, gaining power and speed in our universe, a truly a force to be reckoned with.

Fashion alchemist, writer, and witch, Gabriela is the Resident Mystic at HelloGiggles, the voice behind the curtain of Nylon’s Ask a Witch monthly column, and is now the Silver Raven Witch for the millennials with her new book, Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft. Covering all of the bases from candles, herbs, crystals and tarot, creating and cleansing your sacred space, astrology, moon magic and goddesses, and more, Gabriela tells us:

You Are a Witch.
You Are Made of Magick.


Tell us about your first experience with magic. How old were you? Did you know then that you were a witch or was it something that you grew into?
The first time I experienced magick was when I was around 9 and living in Buffalo, New York. Our family had just finished building a house that was on a half an acre of land, with a small creek and woods behind it. I spent the day outside with my twin sister, playing in the forest and in the creek and collecting flowers. I remember feeling so different than I usually did, like I was in a dream. I was always enchanted with the nature in Buffalo [New York] and playing outside and in the creek became one of my favorite hobbies. Now I look back at my time in Buffalo and realize I was experiencing the magick of the earth for the first time. It was my first foray into the faery realm, and I don’t think I would be who I am without it. I still think about it often. I didn’t realize I was a witch until a few years later, when I was 11 or 12 and living in Atlanta. I had discovered A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk and remembered going to Salem, MA on Halloween with my family a few years before. It was a near instant connection- I realized I was a witch, and Pagan, and automatically felt like I was coming home.

What are your thoughts on the fad of occultism in fashion ?
Honestly, I live for fashion magick and seeing people utilize fashion as a spiritual resource makes me really happy! BUT what doesn’t make me happy is when 1. It’s fast fashion chains who are co-opting sacred symbols / occult motifs, 2. Its brands who don’t know anything about the motifs they’re using on the clothing. Fast fashion is horrible for the earth and environment and uses sweat shop labor. This is the antithesis of what these sacred symbols and occult practices aim to do- especially those that work with the earth and her cycles. When brands co-opt occultism as a way to be trendy, I feel like they often miss the mark. There’s more to this than just looking cool! But I do love when brands work through an occult lens and do it intentionally and respectfully. Work WITH witches, ask us about our sacred symbols, charge your clothing with crystals, reiki and the moon, use crystals and talismans, work with the elements, use the wheel of the year to guide your releases and shows- there’s so many AMAZING ways to involve both fashion and occultism. HIRE ME TO HELP!!

Who are your writer witch icons? Why ?
Anais Nin, Sybil Leek, Doreen Valiente, Pam Grossman, Lisa Marie Basile, Kristin J Sollee, Starhawk, Patti Smith – there are so many but all of these women inspire my magick, spirit and soul. The witch isn’t static. There isn’t one definition of her that applies to everyone, or every writer. These women use words as witchcraft, weaving the ethereal and ephemeral with the permanent and physical. Each one of them defines the craft in their own way and creates based on that. I think that’s so special.

What would you caution young witches?
Don’t fall into the trap of “black and white” magick. Energy is energy; it is the witch who labels it using her own perspective. But to suggest that something positive or good is white, and something evil or bad is black is racist and oversimplified. Using your power to overthrow someone’s will is not a good luck; but sometimes it’s necessary to protect a group of people, or someone from the harm of an abuser, rapist, racist…etc. Don’t perform love spells on specific people. Don’t casually hex anyone. Learn all you can, practice, do what feels good! Remember that your magick doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s to be valid. Ask your family about their traditions and customs and folklore. Notice what lights you up and makes you feel alive and follow that. Find a trustworthy teacher you trust and learn from them. Oh and don’t forget to have FUN.

Can you share with us a glamor witch ritual that you perform for yourself?
Absolutely! I love basing my makeup off what sign the moon is in, or what my tarot card for the day is. I’ll meditate, do my morning practice and then pull cards or check my moon app, and use this is I’m not feeling inspired with my look. I love wearing pink and red for channeling my matron goddess Venus, or black and kink inspired accessories when I want some extra protection and boundaries. I love red lipstick and a cat eye to embody goddess energy too! I love to take a second at my altar and call upon my ancestors, guides and goddess to protect and bless the clothing and the body they lie upon as a way to embed extra magick into my day. I pair this with wearing talismans for some extra magick as well!

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