This beautifully shot video is for a song by Eva Rivas, the Armenian singer. Such rich and dramatic imagery - I love it. A very ancient and Goddess-like feel to it.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Just wanted to bring your attention to this campaign and to pledge my support for it. Thanks to Bodecea (http://bodecea.blogspot.com/) for posting on it. Having done a bit of academic work on both Nazism and neo-Nazism as well as having my own interest in Paganism, I have been horrified to see the way in which Paganism is sometimes appropriated to support the extreme right. This campaign - "Paganism is not Fascism" - is targetting just that. Well done.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
While on the subject of angels and cemeteries and melancholy (thanks Diana at www.kennedy-white-house.blogspot.com/ for reminding me of this lovely word), I remembered Duerer's 'Melancholia' (below). Then I googled 'melancholy' and found this sweetly sad little angel (above - photo from http://anitaliangirlingeorgia.blogspot.com/).
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Yet another music clip, I know. But this song, which I have loved for years, I just happened to see on You Tube just now and it so much suits where I am at spirituality at the moment. I am doing lots and lots of reading on the Goddess and this just feels perfect.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Gonna start a bit of an In a Dark Wood tradition here...a fab music clip to end the week. This week the very fab Siouxsie and the Banshees "Hong Kong Garden" from 1978. Love the 70s kids rocking out in the audience! Do you remember this song?
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This is some incredible ambient music from Polish artist Artefactum. If you like this, I would definitely recommend you check her out on Myspace (especially the track "From Sulphur to Mercury" - my all-time favourite). So other-worldly, so mesmerising...divine!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The To Horses and Away Hat.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The remains of the Temple of Mercury at the Heiligenberg. Photo from Google.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
There was a beautiful full moon last night and I was quite struck by how it effected me. My journey with the black dog has been irritatingly consistent of late and as a result I have been tired and unmotivated a lot of the time. But last night, after dinner, I went out and gazed at the moon. After that I came inside, finished a small painting, did some drawing, started reading a new book, listened to some music...no slumping in front of the tv for me! I even remembered to put the stones I am going to make into rune stones outside to drink in some lunar goodness.
This clip is of the very talented Wendy Rule singing "Hail to the Moon". It is not the best quality and the backdrop of stacked chairs leaves a little something to be desired but it is my very favourite 'moon' song. Check out the version on Wendy's World Between Worlds CD if you can.
Monday, March 29, 2010
A bit more on incense making today. These recipes are for incense cones which need to be burnt in an incense holder.
The Sword of Michael - for endings and releases
1 and a half teaspoons of Slippery Elm powder
Three quarters of a teaspoon if Sandalwood powder
One eighth of a teaspoon of Dragon's Blood
8 drops Clove Oil
Combine with 2-3 teaspoons of Fire & Water Blend, which is -
One quarter of a teaspoon of Salt Peter
8 teaspoons of liquid (hot water or floral waters)
2. Knowledge Blend
One half teaspoon of Thyme powder
Three quarters teaspoon of Basil powder
One and one quarter teaspoon Sandalwood powder
One eighth Benzoin gum
9 drops Rosemary oil
6 drops Peppermint oil
Combine with 2-3 teaspoons of Fire & Water blend.
Each mixture should provide you with 2 -3 cones which you shape by hand. Once you have combined the dry ingredients in your mortar and pestle, it is easier to mix them with the wet ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon. Obviously, use a mortar and pestle, bowl and spoon which you don't intend to use again for food preparation because some of the ingredients are not be consumed. It is important to visualise your intent while you are making and burning the cones. You will also probably need to find a good magical supplier to find all of these ingredients. If you would like to know the details of where I took the workshop (and where they sell all of the ingredients online), leave a comment and I'll email you.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Nothing like learning a new skill to give you a bit of a buzz. Last night I went to an incense making workshop at our local esoteric bookshop. I have burnt incense sticks for years because I am a very firm believer in the role of scent in contributing to an atmosphere. I realise now that up until now I really haven't lived! - I will be able to create much richer and more evocative fragrances by making my own. Over two hours, we made four sets of incense cones and one lot of loose incense to burn on charcoal discs. The best snap I could take was of the loose incense. The cones just ended up looking like animal droppings or illegal substances and given the wonderful aroma they have filled the house with already (they haven't even been lit!), taking unappealling photographs of them just didn't seem quite fair! So here is the recipe for the loose incense if you are so inclined:
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Some wonderful atmospheric music to finish off the week. This is one of my favourites from Hagalaz Runedance. The medieval-sounding instruments are so evocative and just what I want to hear right now as I think about taking up learning Medieval pieces on the recorder. Then there is Nebelhexe's (Andrea Haugen) haunting voice. Enjoy!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Here's a little ethical question for you. I would love to know what you think. I have been following a locally-drawn cartoon in the newspaper for months now - I love it. Before Christmas, I contacted the cartoonist with an idea of a cartoon. I heard nothing back. Fair enough, I thought, he's not interested. That's his perogative. He's the artist, afterall. It's his cartoon strip. But a couple of weeks ago, I saw the cartoon in the paper. He'd drawn it, using my text almost word for word. But still no emails from him. Just a 'thank you' would have sufficed. As my grandma would have said...courtesy costs nothing!
Friday, March 12, 2010
I am loving painting at the moment, as I think I may've also mentioned earlier. I don't imagine myself to be anything like an artistic genius or even an artist. I just love getting paint on canvas and expressing something. Unfortunately, with my camera woes, the brilliant blue of my triple goddess has not come out and my moon was photographed with my phone! Oh well, camera shopping on the weekend...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
My good blogging friend Diana over at Sun over Stonehenge (http://kennedy-white-house.blogspot.com/) has very kindly given me an award! Thank you Diana :) As a part of receiving it, I am to share with you ten things that make me happy. But I'm going to play it a little differently and tell you five things each here and over at http://inayellow-wood.blogspot.com/ (which means each set of five could have quite a different flavour!) and I'm going to space my list out over the week too.
So today I give you...the quiet pleasure of sometimes being just a little miserable. It may sound a bit mad, but I must admit I've sometimes done it. Those moments when you don't want to feel better, don't want to put a brave face on it, don't want to make the best of it...just want to be miserable. And who else to be miserable with than the divine Mozza?
Friday, March 5, 2010
Painting from http://www.jok-design.de/
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I have to say as much as there's a lot of dross on tv, our 'multicultural' station here (that is how it's pitched) - SBS - does serve up some good stuff which we would otherwise not see. I saw "Requiem" on Saturday night and it was brilliant. A typical case of flicking on to something and not really knowing anything about it, I quickly became engrossed in this tale of a girl starting at university in the early 70s who is at first thought to be epileptic, then mentally ill. The conclusion that is finally reached by both her and her staunchly Catholic family is that she is possessed by demons. It is beautifully acted - lead Sandra Hueller is a particular stand out - perfectly capturing the clash of emotions inherent in mental illness: overwhelming torment and angst, brief glittering moments of pure happiness when one is 'free' of it for a time and the on-going act of trying to look 'normal'. It seemed to me that her character was suffering from either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder - there seemed to be symptoms of both but I am no psychiatrist - which could have been treated. But all along certain decisions are made - she washes her pills down the sink, her boyfriend takes her to her parents' home rather than to a psychiatric hospital when she finally collapses - so that the 'diagnosis' of possession and the closing in of the claustrophobic little world of her family and her village can begin in earnest to bury her alive.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Image from www.fragmentsfromfloyd.com/
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Image from www.monicasjoo.com/
Yesterday I discovered Monica Sjöö's website (www.monicasjoo.com/) which displays her amazing art as well as looking at her life and ideas. Above is one of her drawings, "Cathedral Event". Sadly Monica died at the comparatively young age of 66. You might be interested to read about her fascinating life in this obituary from the Guardian -
Friday, February 19, 2010
It would be fair to say that I have an unusual sense of humour. Some would say odd. It doesn't have to be odd - I can laugh as much as the next person at "vegetables in a rude and amusing shape" as Blackadder would say, but when it comes to comedy that really attracts my attention it has to be a little bit weird and just a little bit black. That doesn't mean humour that involves cruelty to other people or mockery. No thanks. No, I mean something a little subtle and clever than that. The Mighty Boosh (clip one) is a classic example - surreal and esoteric, the situations that evolve for wanna-be Goth Vince Noir (Noel Fielding), jazz afficianado Howard Moon (Julian Barrett) and their flatmates Naboo (a shaman) and Bollo (Naboo's familiar, a talking gorilla) can best - indeed, only - be described as psychedelic. Nighty Night (clip two) is far more grounded in the every day - some would say in the morbidly mundane. But it is the awful web woven by the horrific Jill (Julia Davis) through the ordinary lives that she disrupts which gives Nighty Night its edge, leaving you unsure whether to laugh or cry. Julia Davis refocusses on the alarmingly black underbelly of suburbia in Human Remains (clip three), along with the brilliant Rob Brydon. People missing life's boat (or a lifeboat?), 'losers', also-rans and the mean-spiritedness sometimes lurking behind neatly matching suburban curtains. I am drawn to these people and repelled simultaneously, having had them as a part of my life and perhaps always skating close to becoming them. And then when it's all too much, too close to the bone, they'll make you laugh.