I know I’ve been AWOL for the past little while. Between school work, my teaching assistant job, packing up to move house, having two recent burlesque performances, and attempting to maintain somewhat of a social life, I’ve way too busy.
A source of supreme irony is that I am going to be writing a paper for one of classes about Tumblr. I’m thinking it may morph into a larger project, maybe my Masters thesis? But that is a bit far off yet to think about and I just need to focus on getting through this semester.
Yesterday, I had a really awesome meet-up with littlecitywitch and it got me thinking more seriously about our super-secret TBA project. It’s too early to say anything else, but it will be awesome. :)
After our conversation, I was feeling inspired and began thinking about some larger issues surrounding my feelings about Tumblr. I think this an amazing platform but I’ve realized that because of the reblog feature being so prominent, I see the same content over and over again.
I have also come to the realization that in order to stand out and be the kind of blogger that I want to be, I need to post more original content, and resist the urge to reblog reblog reblog. I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with curating content like that, it is what most Tumblr users do. When reblogging facilitates dialogue I think it can be a wonderful tool.
With that being said, I really feel that in order for to move forward and grow, I want to commit myself to posting a majority of my own content.
Is this antithetical to the whole culture of Tumblr? I don’t think so, I believe that there are some amazing bloggers on Tumblr, who are really creating their own niches and that have attracted equally fantastic readers because of it.
When I first started this Tumblr, I wasn’t exactly sure where it was going to go, but it seems to have morphed from being a personal mood/inspiration board to being witchy content and my spirituality blog. I think this is the direction it will continue in for the indefinite future.
To anyone who is not interested in this subject matter, you are always free to un-follow. I certainly will not be offended, I understand it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
So this is a challenge to myself: be a content creator, not an imitator.
Lyra listened enthralled to tales of the fen dwellers, of the great ghost dog Black Shuck, of the marsh fires arising from bubbles of witch oil, and began to think of herself as gyptian even before they reached the fens. She had soon slipped back into her Oxford voice, and now she was acquiring a gyptian one, complete with Fen-Dutch words. Ma Costa had to remind her of a few things.
"You en’t gyptian, Lyra. You might pass for gyptian with practice, but there’s more to us than gyptian language. There’s deeps in us and strong currents. We’re water people all through, and you en’t, you’re a fire person. What you’re most like is marsh fire, that’s the place you have in the gyptian scheme; you got witch oil in your soul. Deceptive, that’s what you are, child." Lyra was hurt.
"I en’t never deceived anyone! You ask…" There was no one to ask, of course, and Ma Costa laughed, but kindly.
"Can’t you see I’m a paying you a compliment, you gosling?" she said, and Lyra was pacified, though she didn’t understand.
Philip Pullman, Chapter 7 of The Golden Compass
I’ve always loved this one part about Lyra being a fire person. I definitely think of myself this way, i.e. marsh fire in my blood / witch oil in my soul.
“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”—Neil Gaiman (submitted by Bibliophobic)
I've been meaning to ask you for a while - what is your icon picture of?
Hi gorgeous! Sorry for taking so long to respond. School has been kicking my ass this week and I haven’t had any time to be on Tumblr.
To answer your question - my icon photo is from an illustration by Ray Caesar called “Blessed”. I had actually never seen the full version of it until recently, I had only seen a close-up on the detail, which is pretty much what you see in the icon. :)
awsome! :) thanks for the info, its very helpful i wish they had a salon here :o i been trying to ask around where i can get them, i want some think ones :)
Good luck finding someone to do your dreads! I really think the best way is to find someone via word of mouth. Doing some searching online doesn’t hurt either.
You can always get a really patient friend to help you too, but I personally think it is best to get a pro to do them.
Whomever you end up going with make sure they have experience with your hair type from your profile photo it looks think and curly. Dreading non-afro texture hair is different from afro texture, so make sure the person knows what they are doing. Ask to see photos of past clients’ work.
FYI, there are some great videos on dreading hair on Youtube. Just try searching for them. For example, this channel has some instructional videos on making and maintaining dreads with a crochet hook.
Greetings! I just found your Tumblr today and you post so much wonderful art and other beautiful things! I also love your Tarot descriptions, do you have one for Strength or the Four of Pentacles? I've been seeing those cards a lot lately and I'm trying to go deeper into their meanings
Hi lovely! Thanks for the kind note. :)
It makes me really happy to hear that you like my tarot descriptions. I eventually plan on doing all 78 cards, in fact, it’s a project that I must undertake for myself, but I’ve been swamped with school work lately.
Hi :) great blog! and i love the dreads by the way i saw a pic on the fuck yeah dreadlock blog :) im thinking of getting some myself i just dont know where i can get them done
Thanks for the message and the follow, luv!
If you’re thinking of getting dreads, remember that there are many different ways to achieve them.
My stylist, Karen of Knot Just Dreads, has a great FAQ section about dreadlocks on her website. I get my dreads professionally maintained every few months and use Knotty Boy products for the in between times. Their website also has lots of great information.
I believe it is truly wonderful to be able to make/grow/wild harvest/forage your own magic supplies. It’s also lovely to buy local supplies when possible, thus helping to reduce your carbon footprint, and also supporting local businesses.
That being said, sometimes when you’re looking for specific magic supplies or have a lot of on your plate, the above options may not always be possible or practical. I don’t think there is a right/wrong way for how you choose to acquire your supplies - it is an individual choice. You have to decide and what works for you and your own practice.
If you do decide to purchase supplies, I think it’s worthwhile supporting small businesses run by Pagans, especially those owned and operated by women.
Personally, I’m a bit of an Etsy addict. I spend way too much money time browsing the many lovely shops. (If you’re unfamiliar with Etsy, read this.)
I’ve compiled this list, because I wanted to share a few Etsy shops that I thought some of my followers may be interested in. This list is by no means exhaustive of what is out there, simply a few shops that I have purchased from, or that have caught my eye. If you would like to reblog and plug your own business please feel free to do so!
As the name implies this store sells brooms/besoms! I purchased my besom from her and I really couldn’t be happier with it. The price was very reasonable (even with shipping to Canada) and it is gorgeous. Highly recommended!
I discovered KittyWitch’s products when a friend brought me back a bottle of one of her scents from Maine. I haven’t bought anything from her on Etsy yet, but I have ordered my favourite blend (“Firey Phoenix”) directly from this seller prior to her shop being set up. Again, highly recommended!
Too often, I am far too acutely aware of time. Am I using it wisely? Am I being efficient? Getting adequate work done?
Structuring my day so that I can fit in work, exercise, writing, chores, and maybe even the not-so-occasional episode of Dexter.
There is certainly something to be said for routine. I love feeling that at the end of the day, I have done things for myself, as well as accomplished what was needed professionally, and hopefully worked in some time with friends and family.
And the only way to do that, usually, is by rigorously structuring and sticking to a routine.
But in this rigid adherence to routine, necessitated by busyness, do we risk cutting off access to the meandering flow of the mind—to unexpected discovery and the pleasure that comes from losing time completely in an unanticipated task?