Immortal Love from Decorus Macabre

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In the grand scheme of things, loving the living is easy. There are countless ways to show your animate loved ones that you care. But what about those paramours who’ve shuffled off this mortal coil? What if you’re crushing on a ghost or perhaps there’s a phantom beyond the veil who’s pining for you.

The Forever Collection from UK-based oddity shop Decorus Macabre is a selection of opportunities to demonstrate love that knows no mortal boundary. A beautifully preserved Taxidermy Rose is gently clasped by an articulated human skeleton hand. Mounted on a handsome wooden base and protected under a glass dome, each piece is unique, for no two roses or authentic human hands (ex-medical bones) are alike.

Our bones are more than memento mori. Paired with a delicate piece of the natural world suspended in time, they can also be reminders of undying love.

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Immortal Love from Decorous Macabre

by on Feb.17, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Decorous Macabre red rose 1

In the grand scheme of things, loving the living is easy. There are countless ways to show your animate loved ones that you care. But what about those paramours who’ve shuffled off this mortal coil? What if you’re crushing on a ghost or perhaps there’s a phantom beyond the veil who’s pining for you.

The Forever Collection from UK-based oddity shop Decorous Macabre is a selection of opportunities to demonstrate love that knows no mortal boundary. A beautifully preserved Taxidermy Rose is gently clasped by an articulated human skeleton hand. Mounted on a handsome wooden base and protected under a glass dome, each piece is unique, for no two roses or authentic human hands (ex-medical bones) are alike.

Our bones are more than memento mori. Paired with a delicate piece of the natural world suspended in time, they can also be reminders of undying love.

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The Forbidden Desire of “Lover’s Eyes”

by on Feb.15, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Few things in life are as intimate as eyes, whether we’re talking about symbolic gateways to the soul or the visceral suckerpunch of lingering gazes across a crowded room. That so much emotion can be held in such a small physical space inspired a short-lived jewelry trend we have come to know as Lover’s Eyes. These miniature paintings, popular from 1790 to 1820, have another inspiration, which often comes along as intimacy’s unwanted suitor. What I’m talking about, of course, is forbidden love.

Lover's Eye Miniature

Lover’s Eyes were a variant on the locket, which could hold portraits or hair and be kept close to the body as well as out of sight. In contrast, eye miniatures allowed the wearer a little more freedom — the idea, you see, is that the tiny portrait could be worn in public without disclosing a lover’s identity. A possibly apocryphal origin story is the romance between the Prince of Wales and his mistress, Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, who was six years older, twice divorced, and a Catholic. It is difficult to tell which of these three ghastly facts was the most off-putting; in either case, the marriage would have been explicitly forbidden by the King. The Prince of Wales supposedly gave Mrs. Fitzherbert an eye miniature modeled after his own precious peeper, and she responded in kind. They did eventually marry, the prince becoming King George IV. Whether this event is singularly responsible for the rise of Lover’s Eyes as romantic mementos is unclear, but it is definitely the most entertaining theory.

Lover's Eye Miniature

The name “Lover’s Eyes” was actually coined by Edith Weber, an antique collector from New York. During their thirty-year historical reign, these paintings were instead called “eye miniatures.” Painted in watercolor or gouache and then used as box inlays as well as set in brooches, rings, and pendants, they were truly tiny: vintage pieces, of which there were only ever approximately 1000, were two centimeters wide at the most. Queen Victoria, who is responsible for Lover’s Eyes enduring into the early 19th century, had hers commissioned by a man named Sir William Charles Ross, whose title was Royal Miniaturist to the Queen. Yes, the Queen had a Royal Miniaturist. Wouldn’t you?

Lover's Eye Miniature

By that period, however, Lover’s Eyes had merged with the trend of mourning jewelry and were used to remember deceased loved ones rather than to treasure secret affairs. These mourning eyes are identifiable by their usage of pearl frames or woven hair — though gemstones, particularly garnet, had always been a common element of eye miniatures, pearls symbolized tears. One such Lover’s Eye, according to PBS, was a bracelet composed of four eyes, each eye belonging to a member of the family and bearing their initials. Many similar examples belong to the collection of Nan and David Skier, who have been gathering these keepsakes for decades. In 2012, their Lover’s Eyes were displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and many of this article’s accompanying photos are from that exhibit.

Lover's Eye Miniature

Though original Lover’s Eyes are difficult to find, you needn’t despair. After all, wouldn’t it be more enticing to present a lover with a copy of your eye? They have also enjoyed a wonderful resurgence in artwork by the likes of Mab Graves, and gallery Modern Eden is curating a group exhibition from now until February 25th, featuring pieces by Allison Sommers, Megan Buccere, Lana Crooks, and others. This exhibition is viewable online, so we recommend that you pull your lover close and, ahem, take a look. You never know whose gaze you might catch.

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The Forbidden Desire of “Lover’s Eyes”

by on Feb.15, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Lover's Eye Miniature

Few things in life are as intimate as eyes, whether we’re talking about symbolic gateways to the soul or the visceral suckerpunch of lingering gazes across a crowded room. That so much emotion can be held in such a small physical space inspired a short-lived jewelry trend we have come to know as Lover’s Eyes. These miniature paintings, popular from 1790 to 1820, have another inspiration, which often comes along as intimacy’s unwanted suitor. What I’m talking about, of course, is forbidden love.

Lover's Eye Miniature

Lover’s Eyes were a variant on the locket, which could hold portraits or hair and be kept close to the body as well as out of sight. In contrast, eye miniatures allowed the wearer a little more freedom — the idea, you see, is that the tiny portrait could be worn in public without disclosing a lover’s identity. A possibly apocryphal origin story is the romance between the Prince of Wales and his mistress, Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, who was six years older, twice divorced, and a Catholic. It is difficult to tell which of these three ghastly facts was the most off-putting; in either case, the marriage would have been explicitly forbidden by the King. The Prince of Wales supposedly gave Mrs. Fitzherbert an eye miniature modeled after his own precious peeper, and she responded in kind. They did eventually marry, the prince becoming King George IV. Whether this event is singularly responsible for the rise of Lover’s Eyes as romantic mementos is unclear, but it is definitely the most entertaining theory.

Lover's Eye Miniature

The name “Lover’s Eyes” was actually coined by Edith Weber, an antique collector from New York. During their thirty-year historical reign, these paintings were instead called “eye miniatures.” Painted in watercolor or gouache and then used as box inlays as well as set in brooches, rings, and pendants, they were truly tiny: vintage pieces, of which there were only ever approximately 1000, were two centimeters wide at the most. Queen Victoria, who is responsible for Lover’s Eyes enduring into the early 19th century, had hers commissioned by a man named Sir William Charles Ross, whose title was Royal Miniaturist to the Queen. Yes, the Queen had a Royal Miniaturist. Wouldn’t you?

Lover's Eye Miniature

By that period, however, Lover’s Eyes had merged with the trend of mourning jewelry and were used to remember deceased loved ones rather than to treasure secret affairs. These mourning eyes are identifiable by their usage of pearl frames or woven hair — though gemstones, particularly garnet, had always been a common element of eye miniatures, pearls symbolized tears. One such Lover’s Eye, according to PBS, was a bracelet composed of four eyes, each eye belonging to a member of the family and bearing their initials. Many similar examples belong to the collection of Nan and David Skier, who have been gathering these keepsakes for decades. In 2012, their Lover’s Eyes were displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and many of this article’s accompanying photos are from that exhibit.

Lover's Eye Miniature

Though original Lover’s Eyes are difficult to find, you needn’t despair. After all, wouldn’t it be more enticing to present a lover with a copy of your eye? They have also enjoyed a wonderful resurgence in artwork by the likes of Mab Graves, and gallery Modern Eden is curating a group exhibition from now until February 25th, featuring pieces by Allison Sommers, Megan Buccere, Lana Crooks, and others. This exhibition is viewable online, so we recommend that you pull your lover close and, ahem, take a look. You never know whose gaze you might catch.

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The Haute Macabre After Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

by on Feb.14, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Haute Macabre After-Valentine's Day Gift Guide

We here at Haute Macabre don’t believe that acts of love and romance should be limited to one single day in dreary February, so in honor of year round love, here are some of our picks for heart felt gifts to order now for yourselves and your person, and enjoy in a few weeks when these indie makers and creators have made them for you. Who needs a Hallmark holiday when these treasures are waiting for you in your mailbox in a few weeks?

Pictured above is “Amour fou. Part II” by BloodMilk Jewels.

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift ListZana Bayne Red Leather Choker Collection

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Oceans of Time Vampire Bat Head Ring and custom Beauty is Convulsive ring from BloodMilk Jewels

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Dearly Beloved framed metallic print by Ransom Mitchell, exclusively at Loved to Death

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Bound Heels hand cut papercut by Mon Petit Fantome

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Goth Hearts by Ambererlla XO

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Ars Amatoria perfume collection by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Artists’ Necklace Crossed Quill Pens by Chase and Scout 

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Tangle Sculpture by Darla Jackson

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Cherry Cordial roll on perfume from Solstice Scents

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Black Anatomical Heart Vase by Dellamorteco 

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Feline Fancy Makeup Collection from Sugar Pill Cosmetics

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Lost Apostle Anatomical Heart Necklace 

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Lavender and Sage Body Serum from Ovate’s Fleurs Étrangères 

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Meeting Above the Fog Dipped Pines fine art print by Bill Crisafi

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Anatomical Heart Card Set from The Curious Card Company

Vegan Treats Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box

Vegan Treats Fatally Yours Gift Box

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Bellocq: Photographs From Storyville, the Red Light District of New Orleans 
*take a few moments to browse the MOMA exhibition catalogue!

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The Eternal Light crystal necklace from Burial Ground

Haute Macabre After Valentine's Day Gift List

Custom Witch Bottle Battery Spell by Witchery Way

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Magic For The Modern Mystic: Interview With The Hoodwitch’s Bri Luna

by on Feb.13, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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An online community and website, The Hoodwitch is devoted to sharing metaphysics, folk medicine, and wellness in a modern and accessible way. “Magic is creating change by connecting with the energies of nature, at will,” says founder Bri Luna, who works to honor the inner knowledge we so often forget or learn to ignore. It’s a welcoming and intuitive approach to magic, and it is no surprise that it resonates deeply with the many people who turn to Luna’s site and Instagram for guidance in meditation, crystal healing, horoscopes, and moon rituals. Haute Macabre loves The Hoodwitch and I recently chatted with Luna about everything from her most-necessary daily ritual to which historical women she would welcome into her coven. We hope you find her answers as illuminating as we did.

“Magic is creating change by connecting with the energies of nature, at will”

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

HM: You do a series called Goddess of the Week, and you’ve mentioned in other interviews that you are intrigued by archetypes. That when you’re getting to know someone you’ll think, “She’s an Artemis,” or “I see Isis in her,” and in Sabat Magazine you say you identify most with Hathor, a nurturing Mother Goddess. Why do you think archetypes are so fundamental to an understanding of the world?

BL: Archetypes can be thought of as containers and these containers hold interconnected figures, motifs, or themes that continuously appear in myths, folktales, religions, literature, and the arts. These archetypes are spread widely across cultures and eras. The figures, motifs, and themes are not the archetypes themselves but they are the content of the archetype (i.e the trickster, the wise woman) if that makes any sense? I admire the Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung a great deal and I study his work. He didn’t invent the word “archetype” but he is responsible for bringing the concept of archetypes to the field of psychology. He developed a theory that described archetypes as primordial patterns that stem from what he called the “collective unconscious,” or the deep layer of the unconscious that transcends individuals and traverses humanity. Carl Jung saw the collective unconscious as the most essential source of inner empowerment, transformation, and wholeness. Which is quite powerful, don’t you think?

Which historical women, witches or otherwise, would you want in your coven?

This is a tough question, because I admire many courageous women that have walked this Earth before me. I would say Marie Laveau, Frida Kahlo, Bjork, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and Vali Myers. These women are all dynamic, fierce power houses. Can you imagine what a dinner party would be like with all of them? I really resonate with the unapologetic wild women, the sexual vamps, and the creatives that reject societal norms. These are all women that have embraced their innate magic, they knew/know who and what they are. This would be one powerful coven. I wouldn’t fuck with any of them! 

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

You have a lot of finger tattoos, and I’ve always found my finger tattoos to be particularly centering and representative. Especially since I, like you, take so many photographs of my hands. There is something very powerful in having symbols on your hands, which are this tool of strength and nurturing. Was there any kind of ritual performed around your tattoos? And how do you spiritually reconcile tattooing with the importance of letting things go? I think in a way tattoos speak to our individual feelings about intention and permanence, and I’d love to hear your take on that.

Hands are very symbolic, and have been used as powerful references of energy, power, and courage in many ancient cultures. In fact, the Latin word for manifestation is formed around the word manus which is the Latin word for hand. Photos of my hands with my signature stiletto shaped manicures have become synonymous with my business. My tattoos contain important alchemic symbols and numbers that are deeply meaningful for me. Most of my tattoos have happened during major transitionary periods of my life. My most recent being a small crescent moon and scythe which symbolizes death and the cycles of rebirth. A reminder that the only thing permanent in life is change.

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

When you lived in LA you were an aesthetician — how did you come to that path? Makeup and other elements of that profession are very ritualistic. How do aesthetics and magic inform each other in your life?

Well, when I was living in LA I worked as a professional MUA for television. I specialized in special FX make-up artistry. Years later, I began working as an aesthetician where I opened my own beauty studio. What lead me initially down that path as a teen was that I wanted to become a cinematographer. Being that I am what I like to call a “visual story teller” and growing up in Los Angeles Hollywood film culture and history played a major role in my life. I enjoyed the power of glamour, and transformation. The art of illusion, which in itself IS the very basis of magic. Glamour is very ritualistic, the process of a person coming to sit in your chair and becoming a completely different person with the use of cosmetics is modern alchemy. It gives me such a thrill. Creating characters and sets that fit the story being told is an art-form and a very special type of magic. I have a lot of respect for the legends of old Hollywood.

What are your favorite fragrances? Do you have a “signature scent”?

I don’t tell anyone my signature scent haha I like to have some mystery. Besides, it wouldn’t smell the same on anyone else. I do love heavy floral perfumes. Roses, patchouli, jasmine, or things like Amber, and violets. I like things that smell “old fashioned.” As a teenager I really loved Chanel no.5 — while most girls thought it smelled like a “granny” I thought it smelled refined, and sophisticated. Some of my favorite brands include Frederic Malle and Byredo.

How did Abracadabra, the community formed around The Hoodwitch, begin? Do you think magic is possible without community?

Abracadabra started when we launched the site. I wanted to create a special place away from social media where people could open up, without judgement with other like-minded members. I believe we now have over 15,000 users from just about magical/spiritual practice you can think of. Magic is possible without community, because it starts and ends with you and only you. It’s nice to have a group that supports and inspires you that’s for sure, but you don’t necessarily NEED to have anyone else to manifest magic in your life.

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

Right now, what is your most-necessary daily ritual?

Meditation. I have made it a point to start off and end my days with 10-30 minutes of undisturbed “me” time. I light a few white candles and just sit with my thoughts. I allow anything that has been festering in the back of my mind to float to the surface and out. Starting a regular meditation practice has been life changing.

Though your grandmothers on both sides were mystics you’ve said you came into your own beliefs a little later in life; that you initially found their practices old-fashioned or superstitious. Are there elements of your practice now that mirror how your grandmother’s practiced? What do you think is the most meaningful thing you learned from them?

As a witch and a mother, I found that my grandmother’s wisdom really began to speak through me when I was pregnant. Their ways came to me in how I cared for my family and my home. Be it through herbal remedies for things like the common cold, or for cleansing & removing energies after negative interactions with people during the day. It’s all meaningful, and once you’re exposed to traditional methods that have been used in your family for generations you never forget about them. As teens, it’s easy to be dismissive and act like a know-it-all. We want to be independent of our families to discover on our own, but when you see what’s out there and learn that your elders knew what they were talking about, we come back to what’s real and that’s exactly how I feel about my abuelas.

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

What have you been reading/watching/listening to lately?

I hardly have time to watch television on a regular basis but when I find something I love I’ll devote entire weekends to binge watching it on Netflix. The last one I finished was called the OA, I also loved Stranger Things! I love sci-fi, and horror movies, plus nature documentaries and alien conspiracies! We have a vintage book section on our website called “Bruja Books.” I hand pick every title that gets listed, so you can imagine what my own personal book collection looks like! The amount of esoteric, occult, and metaphysical books in my home is pretty next level: my goal someday is to own a house with a haunted study/library with a friendly ghost that loves books as much as me, of course. Also, I usually read multiple books at once, and I’m currently really into Anne Rice audio books (don’t laugh) they’re so good! And easy to listen to in the car. As for music, I listen to a lot of stuff, from Billie Holiday to Black Sabbath and everything else in between.

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

I’d tell myself to keep being the amazing visionary that I was. To have confidence in knowing that the people who laughed and criticised me for my style back then would be the same ones to copy it YEARS later. Be proud of your body and your uniqueness.

Any final words?

Drink water, love yourself, and don’t join any cults!

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Magic For The Modern Mystic: Interview With The Hoodwitch’s Bri Luna

by on Feb.13, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

An online community and website, The Hoodwitch is devoted to sharing metaphysics, folk medicine, and wellness in a modern and accessible way. “Magic is creating change by connecting with the energies of nature, at will,” says founder Bri Luna, who works to honor the inner knowledge we so often forget or learn to ignore. It’s a welcoming and intuitive approach to magic, and it is no surprise that it resonates deeply with the many people who turn to Luna’s site and Instagram for guidance in meditation, crystal healing, horoscopes, and moon rituals. Haute Macabre loves The Hoodwitch and I recently chatted with Luna about everything from her most-necessary daily ritual to which historical women she would welcome into her coven. We hope you find her answers as illuminating as we did.

“Magic is creating change by connecting with the energies of nature, at will”

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

HM: You do a series called Goddess of the Week, and you’ve mentioned in other interviews that you are intrigued by archetypes. That when you’re getting to know someone you’ll think, “She’s an Artemis,” or “I see Isis in her,” and in Sabat Magazine you say you identify most with Hathor, a nurturing Mother Goddess. Why do you think archetypes are so fundamental to an understanding of the world?

BL: Archetypes can be thought of as containers and these containers hold interconnected figures, motifs, or themes that continuously appear in myths, folktales, religions, literature, and the arts. These archetypes are spread widely across cultures and eras. The figures, motifs, and themes are not the archetypes themselves but they are the content of the archetype (i.e the trickster, the wise woman) if that makes any sense? I admire the Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung a great deal and I study his work. He didn’t invent the word “archetype” but he is responsible for bringing the concept of archetypes to the field of psychology. He developed a theory that described archetypes as primordial patterns that stem from what he called the “collective unconscious,” or the deep layer of the unconscious that transcends individuals and traverses humanity. Carl Jung saw the collective unconscious as the most essential source of inner empowerment, transformation, and wholeness. Which is quite powerful, don’t you think?

Which historical women, witches or otherwise, would you want in your coven?

This is a tough question, because I admire many courageous women that have walked this Earth before me. I would say Marie Laveau, Frida Kahlo, Bjork, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and Vali Myers. These women are all dynamic, fierce power houses. Can you imagine what a dinner party would be like with all of them? I really resonate with the unapologetic wild women, the sexual vamps, and the creatives that reject societal norms. These are all women that have embraced their innate magic, they knew/know who and what they are. This would be one powerful coven. I wouldn’t fuck with any of them! 

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

You have a lot of finger tattoos, and I’ve always found my finger tattoos to be particularly centering and representative. Especially since I, like you, take so many photographs of my hands. There is something very powerful in having symbols on your hands, which are this tool of strength and nurturing. Was there any kind of ritual performed around your tattoos? And how do you spiritually reconcile tattooing with the importance of letting things go? I think in a way tattoos speak to our individual feelings about intention and permanence, and I’d love to hear your take on that.

Hands are very symbolic, and have been used as powerful references of energy, power, and courage in many ancient cultures. In fact, the Latin word for manifestation is formed around the word manus which is the Latin word for hand. Photos of my hands with my signature stiletto shaped manicures have become synonymous with my business. My tattoos contain important alchemic symbols and numbers that are deeply meaningful for me. Most of my tattoos have happened during major transitionary periods of my life. My most recent being a small crescent moon and scythe which symbolizes death and the cycles of rebirth. A reminder that the only thing permanent in life is change.

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

When you lived in LA you were an aesthetician — how did you come to that path? Makeup and other elements of that profession are very ritualistic. How do aesthetics and magic inform each other in your life?

Well, when I was living in LA I worked as a professional MUA for television. I specialized in special FX make-up artistry. Years later, I began working as an aesthetician where I opened my own beauty studio. What lead me initially down that path as a teen was that I wanted to become a cinematographer. Being that I am what I like to call a “visual story teller” and growing up in Los Angeles Hollywood film culture and history played a major role in my life. I enjoyed the power of glamour, and transformation. The art of illusion, which in itself IS the very basis of magic. Glamour is very ritualistic, the process of a person coming to sit in your chair and becoming a completely different person with the use of cosmetics is modern alchemy. It gives me such a thrill. Creating characters and sets that fit the story being told is an art-form and a very special type of magic. I have a lot of respect for the legends of old Hollywood.

What are your favorite fragrances? Do you have a “signature scent”?

I don’t tell anyone my signature scent haha I like to have some mystery. Besides, it wouldn’t smell the same on anyone else. I do love heavy floral perfumes. Roses, patchouli, jasmine, or things like Amber, and violets. I like things that smell “old fashioned.” As a teenager I really loved Chanel no.5 — while most girls thought it smelled like a “granny” I thought it smelled refined, and sophisticated. Some of my favorite brands include Frederic Malle and Byredo.

How did Abracadabra, the community formed around The Hoodwitch, begin? Do you think magic is possible without community?

Abracadabra started when we launched the site. I wanted to create a special place away from social media where people could open up, without judgement with other like-minded members. I believe we now have over 15,000 users from just about magical/spiritual practice you can think of. Magic is possible without community, because it starts and ends with you and only you. It’s nice to have a group that supports and inspires you that’s for sure, but you don’t necessarily NEED to have anyone else to manifest magic in your life.

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

Right now, what is your most-necessary daily ritual?

Meditation. I have made it a point to start off and end my days with 10-30 minutes of undisturbed “me” time. I light a few white candles and just sit with my thoughts. I allow anything that has been festering in the back of my mind to float to the surface and out. Starting a regular meditation practice has been life changing.

Though your grandmothers on both sides were mystics you’ve said you came into your own beliefs a little later in life; that you initially found their practices old-fashioned or superstitious. Are there elements of your practice now that mirror how your grandmother’s practiced? What do you think is the most meaningful thing you learned from them?

As a witch and a mother, I found that my grandmother’s wisdom really began to speak through me when I was pregnant. Their ways came to me in how I cared for my family and my home. Be it through herbal remedies for things like the common cold, or for cleansing & removing energies after negative interactions with people during the day. It’s all meaningful, and once you’re exposed to traditional methods that have been used in your family for generations you never forget about them. As teens, it’s easy to be dismissive and act like a know-it-all. We want to be independent of our families to discover on our own, but when you see what’s out there and learn that your elders knew what they were talking about, we come back to what’s real and that’s exactly how I feel about my abuelas.

Bri Luna - The Hoodwitch

What have you been reading/watching/listening to lately?

I hardly have time to watch television on a regular basis but when I find something I love I’ll devote entire weekends to binge watching it on Netflix. The last one I finished was called the OA, I also loved Stranger Things! I love sci-fi, and horror movies, plus nature documentaries and alien conspiracies! We have a vintage book section on our website called “Bruja Books.” I hand pick every title that gets listed, so you can imagine what my own personal book collection looks like! The amount of esoteric, occult, and metaphysical books in my home is pretty next level: my goal someday is to own a house with a haunted study/library with a friendly ghost that loves books as much as me, of course. Also, I usually read multiple books at once, and I’m currently really into Anne Rice audio books (don’t laugh) they’re so good! And easy to listen to in the car. As for music, I listen to a lot of stuff, from Billie Holiday to Black Sabbath and everything else in between.

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

I’d tell myself to keep being the amazing visionary that I was. To have confidence in knowing that the people who laughed and criticised me for my style back then would be the same ones to copy it YEARS later. Be proud of your body and your uniqueness.

Any final words?

Drink water, love yourself, and don’t join any cults!

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BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse: Chapter II Restock

by on Feb.10, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse

This evening at 6PM EST, BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse chapter II will be restocking their objects and scents.

This will be the last available chance for the Ghost Moth jars by Miss Mille Ceramics, planchette jewel boxes by Darla Jackson, and the current artist series of Book Worm totes. As an added bonus to this restock, two new powdered incenses from Three Ravens Co will be added to the collection: “Surrealist Darling: Fini” and “Surrealist Library”, as an extension of the first BMEC collection of limited edition atmospheric scented candles. Also included in this restock will be the collection of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrances, including the elusive “Silky Bat” – the BPAL collection is not limited edition, however, this will be your last chance to purchase for the next few months.

For a more detailed description and review of the BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter II Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection, please read the beautiful reviews by our own S. Elizabeth in a previous post here on Haute Macabre.

On a personal note, I’ve recently found a place of comfort in what has been an emotional and stressful past few weeks in dressing my environment in the incense releases from Exquisite Corpse, especially the “Surrealist Darling: Varo” fragrance. It’s been a small, but important, ritual that I’ve cultivated for myself and my personal space recently, and I’m grateful that the opportunity exists for these small pleasures.

Visit BloodMilkExquisiteCorpse.com tonight at 6PM, EST to shop the collection.

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BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter Two

BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter Two

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BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter Two

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BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse: Chapter II Restock

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This evening at 6PM EST, BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse chapter II will be restocking their objects and scents.

This will be the last available chance for the Ghost Moth jars by Miss Mille Ceramics, planchette jewel boxes by Darla Jackson, and the current artist series of Book Worm totes. As an added bonus to this restock, two new powdered incenses from Three Ravens Co will be added to the collection: “Surrealist Darling: Fini” and “Surrealist Library”, as an extension of the first BMEC collection of limited edition atmospheric scented candles. Also included in this restock will be the collection of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrances, including the elusive “Silky Bat” – the BPAL collection is not limited edition, however, this will be your last chance to purchase for the next few months.

For a more detailed description and review of the BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter II Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection, please read the beautiful reviews by our own S. Elizabeth in a previous post here on Haute Macabre.

On a personal note, I’ve recently found a place of comfort in what has been an emotional and stressful past few weeks in dressing my environment in the incense releases from Exquisite Corpse, especially the “Surrealist Darling: Varo” fragrance. It’s been a small, but important, ritual that I’ve cultivated for myself and my personal space recently, and I’m grateful that the opportunity exists for these small pleasures.

Visit BloodMilkExquisiteCorpse.com tonight at 6PM, EST to shop the collection.

BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse

BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter Two

BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse Chapter Two

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

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She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

In addition to the legions of scents that Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab already lovingly produces, their recent Limited Edition scents have been in benefit of organizations such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, UNHCR, and Emily’s List.

Visit the Limited Edition page of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab to explore these charitable options available now.

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