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Kemetic|Laity|Voodoo|Don't be a fucking dick

I’m trying to write this damn article and…

I’m just…

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In other news, I stupidly agreed to doing the monthly oracle card article so on top of ripping my hair out about modern mythology, I then get to do so with an oracle deck in my lap.

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Halp.

I opened the package of Snackwell’s devil food cake cookies.

Haaaaaaaaaaaalp.

gilaerlinn:

*silent screaming* *slaps self*  PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER STAR. I took satsekhem's advice and commissioned a piece from ShadowoftheSphinx on Etsy and AND AND AND AND AND AND AND AND AND AND I am just flipping out, I am literally so excited to share this with you! This is my new statue of Heru-sa-Aset. He is… A birthday present to myself, a reward for one year clean of bad stuff, and a source of comfort for the hard times coming up (exams and Navy test).  Shadow has been an absolute joy to work with- patiently explaining various bits of the process and ‘while that sounds really cool here’s why it’s harder on the artist’ and helping me to make my vision a reality. Being the wonderful person he is, he also gave me tips on how to keep the cost student friendly- even though this is still a rather large treat for me. I likely won’t be doing anything for myself for the rest of the year after this….
….but can you really blame me? :3 just look at how beautiful He is! Now I just have to wait for Him to come home to me in England… Siiiiigh…

Gorgeous!

gilaerlinn:

*silent screaming*
*slaps self*
PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER STAR.
I took satsekhem's advice and commissioned a piece from ShadowoftheSphinx on Etsy and AND AND AND AND AND AND AND AND AND AND
I am just flipping out, I am literally so excited to share this with you!
This is my new statue of Heru-sa-Aset. He is… A birthday present to myself, a reward for one year clean of bad stuff, and a source of comfort for the hard times coming up (exams and Navy test).
Shadow has been an absolute joy to work with- patiently explaining various bits of the process and ‘while that sounds really cool here’s why it’s harder on the artist’ and helping me to make my vision a reality. Being the wonderful person he is, he also gave me tips on how to keep the cost student friendly- even though this is still a rather large treat for me. I likely won’t be doing anything for myself for the rest of the year after this….

….but can you really blame me? :3 just look at how beautiful He is! Now I just have to wait for Him to come home to me in England… Siiiiigh…

Gorgeous!

~the big ol’ spoons masterpost~

thetwistedrope:

no-more-ramen:

as many of you know, the spoon theory has been frequently discussed on this blog: what is it? who can use it? why are we discussing it here? basically, a lot of conversation about a nuanced, but very important, topic. so, welcome, to the big ol’ spoons masterpost. here, i’m going to attempt to explain as easily and thoroughly as i can what the spoon theory it is, who can use it, and why it’s important to this blog. here we go!

what is the spoon theory?

  • the spoon theory originated with christine miserandino, who used it to explain to her friend what it is like to live with lupus — you can read the full background story in this article on butyoudontlooksick.com.
  • the spoon theory is a metaphor for what people dealing with chronic illness / chronic pain go through each and every day. you can think of spoons as being comparable to a measuring unit for energy and ability to do things.
  • healthy people have a never-ending supply of spoons, i.e., you wake up, and you use your day to do what you want. you to go to work, you cook dinner, you hang out with friends, go out, watch tv, clean your house, etc. you might get tired, but you can do all those things — you have the ability, and you can pick and choose what you do.
  • chronically ill people have a limited supply of spoons, or energy / ability. their spoons very from day to day. “low spoons” days are low ability or low energy days, days where chronically ill people just can’t do as much as healthy people. so, if various activities (such as the ones listed above) cost spoons / energy, these people have to carefully plan out their day and prioritize what they would like to do with their limited energy. 
  • here is an excerpt from christine miserandino’s article linked above to illustrate just how much thought goes into living just one day with chronic illness:
  • Showering cost her spoon, just for washing her hair and shaving her legs. Reaching high and low that early in the morning could actually cost more than one spoon, but I figured I would give her a break; I didn’t want to scare her right away. Getting dressed was worth another spoon. I stopped her and broke down every task to show her how every little detail needs to be thought about. You cannot simply just throw clothes on when you are sick. I explained that I have to see what clothes I can physically put on, if my hands hurt that day buttons are out of the question. If I have bruises that day, I need to wear long sleeves, and if I have a fever I need a sweater to stay warm and so on. If my hair is falling out I need to spend more time to look presentable, and then you need to factor in another 5 minutes for feeling badly that it took you 2 hours to do all this.
  • basically, the spoon theory is used to describe the limitations of living with a chronic illness. 

who can use spoon theory to describe themselves?

  • this has always been a complicated discussion. what is abundantly clear is that spoons is not a metaphor for tiredness or laziness. spoons are not an emotion, or a hyperbole one can use to exaggerate how one is feeling. it is completely insensitive and unacceptable to people struggling with chronic illness to parallel their daily battle to a mood or lack of motivation. using this kind of language incorrectly is ableist, as it diminishes the real lived difficulties of people with chronic illness.
  • spoons can apply to people with visible and invisible illnesses. some disorders that are draining but not always readily visible to others are : depression, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, POTS, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and endometriosis. (taken from thespoontheory.tumblr.com's FAQ)
  • you cannot use spoon theory to describe yourself if your illness is a one time occurrence and not chronic; for example, the flu. 
  • it’s debatable whether spoons can be used to describe allergic reactions — on the one hand, severe allergies require the presence of the allergen for someone’s abilities to be altered. essentially, unlimited spoons are available as long as the person takes this preventative measure. on the other hand, some argue that severe allergies can cause a multitude of other health issues, including severe anxiety. severe anxiety can absolutely limit spoons, and thus it is something to take into consideration.

why is the spoon theory important to no-more-ramen?

  • this blog is an intersectional space, meant to be filled with recipes that people of all levels of access and ability can create. so, while much of our blog caters to recipes that are inexpensive and take little time to prepare, energy levels are also important to take into consideration.
  • there are certain things that people with low spoons might be less able to do : recipes that include a lot of chopping, a lot of time standing over the stove, a lot of cleanup. this is why no-more-ramen has specific tags for needs like this.
  • the no chopping tag is exactly what it sounds like — recipes that involve no chopping or knifework. everything is frozen or from a can for easy preparation.
  • the crockpot tag is for recipes that can be placed into a slow cooker and left. that’s less time spent standing and working in the kitchen.
  • the general tips tag has not only tips for budget shopping and recipe tricks, but also suggestions to make cleanup easier on someone who doesn’t have many or any spoons left after cooking.
  • these are key things to keep in mind when submitting a recipe! you can help someone create the comfort of a home-cooked meal while sacrificing less of their ability to do things with the other parts of their day. that’s important, and awesome, and can really improve someone’s quality of life.

and there you have it! the big ol’ spoons masterpost. please let me know if you have any corrections or additions you think should be included. thank you!

For those who always ask about spoons.

The Tarot Path: Allowing It To Work

idanceitarotiart:

The Tarot Path: Allowing It To Work

I’ve spent the last two or three years doing readings professionally. When I mean “professionally”, I actually mean charging for it. I treat divination like a service rendered (and once upon a time, you did pay for readings). I give readings in exchange for compensation. Period. If the potential client doesn’t like my prices or disagrees with paying for a reading, that’s absolutely fine–there are…

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ethereal-ineffability:

charmandercheesecake:

odins-one-eyed-fuck:

satansgayson:

2spookysweatermeulin:

chibicrydoll:

cheezetits:

willsuckss:

SHIT I’M LATE FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL

i go to school in america and i can tell u that this is 120% accurate if we dont do this we get sent to freedom jail for not being free enough

In my school, we have to bring our pet eagles to school and whenever we don’t we get a 1 hour detention.

YOU AREN’T WEARING RED WHITE AND BLUE YOU’RE BREAKING DRESS CODE

WOW! You guys are allowed to talk in the international english, i feel so rebelious OH SHIT A TEACHER *cough* Obama gun fried chicken california cowboy kentucky george washington freedom tea boston flag

WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME
no sir, your mom is unconstitutional

we literally have to pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all every morning

The sad thing is the last part isn’t part of the joke

ethereal-ineffability:

charmandercheesecake:

odins-one-eyed-fuck:

satansgayson:

2spookysweatermeulin:

chibicrydoll:

cheezetits:

willsuckss:

SHIT I’M LATE FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL

i go to school in america and i can tell u that this is 120% accurate if we dont do this we get sent to freedom jail for not being free enough

In my school, we have to bring our pet eagles to school and whenever we don’t we get a 1 hour detention.

YOU AREN’T WEARING RED WHITE AND BLUE YOU’RE BREAKING DRESS CODE

WOW! You guys are allowed to talk in the international english, i feel so rebelious OH SHIT A TEACHER *cough* Obama gun fried chicken california cowboy kentucky george washington freedom tea boston flag

WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME

no sir, your mom is unconstitutional

we literally have to pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all every morning

The sad thing is the last part isn’t part of the joke

(via satdeshret)

Anonymous asked: Hi! My significant other is afraid of tarot cards. I think it's the fear of the unknown. Anyway, I use cards quite often. Right now I'm using an app for the Kindle. My question is, as far as ma'at is concerned, how bad would it be if I brought a deck of tarot cards home? They will be kept in my office, which no one goes into but me.

I am probably not the best person to answer this. Honestly, I don’t know why you’re going to shy away from something just because someone you know finds it distasteful. While I do have a significant other and do understand the art of compromise, I still don’t really understand how your desire to bring a Tarot deck into the home is any of their business.

I’ve known a few people, in my life, who have had similar reactions to divination. And in each of those instances, I’ve tamped down an integral part to who I am just to please them. My mother did the same - my father burnt her Tarot cards and Ouija board because, obviously, she was “consorting with the devil.” And I can attest both in my situation and in my mother’s, neither one of us were particularly happy by ignoring this sort of intense desire to use divination for our own purposes.

As far as how “bad” it could be if you brought a deck home, it depends on the source of your SO’s fear. If they honestly believes that divination has to do with “dark arts” and “Satan,” then it will get really, really bad. In the end, they may end up taking a page from my father’s book and destroy them. They may hide them on you, as my ex-husband did. Or they may find that it’s not nearly as scary as they believe and leave it alone.

I honestly can’t tell you how things can end up because I don’t know. I don’t know enough about you or your SO or your situation in order to comment. I do know that I don’t recommend ignoring something you are interested in just because someone you care for isn’t a fan. Not quite the same, but my SO isn’t a fan of my obsession with really badly rated horror movies, but I’m not going to stop watching them just because he pokes fun at my choices and tells me my movie taste lives in my butt.

If divination and Tarot are something that you feel is a part of you, then SO and others be damned. Do what you need to do.

goinqinsane asked: Hi! So I was told by thetwistedrope that you had experience with Aset, do you mind telling me a little about what she taught you or how she has helped you/things among that nature? (I'm sorry if there's a link somewhere but I'm on mobile) Thank you!

Aset joined my deity collection specifically for the purpose of magic. Before she showed up, I pretty much stayed away from anything magic related. It wasn’t my forte, I felt, and it was a waste of time. While she has other associations - motherhood, mourning, trickster, etc - it was specifically in her role as “Great of Magic” that she entered the scene.

She’s made it so that I am less likely to shy away from doing things magically, but that’s effectively all she has been around for.

goinqinsane asked: Hi! So I was told by thetwistedrope that you had experience with Aset, do you mind telling me a little about what she taught you or how she has helped you/things among that nature? (I'm sorry if there's a link somewhere but I'm on mobile) Thank you!

thesewingghost:

Sure!

Aset I like to describe as Big mama. Sure, she is your mother and wishes the best for you, but will smack you up side the face with a wooden spoon if you disrespect. (and by disrespect I mean anything and anyone including yourself.) 

She will get you to work till you are the best you can be, even till you are in tears. She will force you to also be patient with what you want. You do not get things you are not ready for even if you think you “deserve” to get them now. 

For example… I was unemployed for two years, all my savings had dried up and I was wondering why Aset had “allowed” such bad luck… Why first out of college I got a good job only to have the position cut and now I am struggling?…. well now that I am gainfully employed I appreciate EVERYTHING I have many many times over because of those experiences… more than I would have otherwise. I think it was a teaching/ learning experience. 

I find a trend with Aset kids that they tend to be in teaching professions or working with children. Weather it be on University level or day care…. Or teaching some sort of trade. Take that for a casual observation. 

She has also been a pillar of strength, a role model, and a guide. I turn to her for strength and thanks. She is quite the scary lady when you get to the core of her and but warm and welcoming, she is loyal and protective of her children. 

I hope this helps out a bit, if you want to start a relationship with Her give her some flowers and amber incense…. and just sit down and say “Hi”

:) 

goinqinsane asked: Hi! So I was told by a post that you had experience with Aset, do you mind telling me a little about what she taught you or how she has helped you/things among that nature? (I'm sorry if there's a link somewhere but I'm on mobile) Thank you!

obsidianwitch:

I don’t think I’ve ever been asked about Aset, which is really weird! WELP, my friend, Aset has been something of a stern, no-nonsense, but loving mother figure in my life. She’s-in Her own subtle way-taught me to rely on my own heka a bit. All of my divinations go through Her. She teaches to not underestimate my own strength, my own power, as opposed to constantly relying on the gods.

Now, I’m going to give you a little story, because it’s important I think in understanding what kind of a goddess Aset is. One day, I do believe for Aset Luminous? Or something of the sort? Well I did a reading with Her. Some of the answers came through in a sort of “psychic word in the brain” sort of way. Like I just knew. Well, I asked Her if She was upset with me. She responded yes. Know why? Because She was angry that I kept talking down about myself. It’s a horrible habit due to years of abuse, bullying, etc. I constantly refer to myself as ugly, as stupid, etc. Well, She reminded me of the sheer fact that by saying it, I have created heka. I have made it so. And because She knew that I should feel otherwise. I have made it farther than my abusers not only told me I could, but farther than they themselves could. Those words I took upon myself, used my own heka, and made them so. And so, I believe, the reverse can be done. Now, everytime I want to call myself those things, I stop because I remember what She said, and I also don’t want Her angry with me. The big thing was She did not coddle me, or lay it on me softly. She bluntly told me. And I needed to be bluntly told. 

I hope that helps!