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Re-examining Cutural Appropriation: Part V.

I have argued culture is a network of living processes best understood as an ideational ecosystem. We are inhabitants of this ecosystem, as we are inhabitants of a biological one. But, as in biological ones, we are not alone nor are we in charge. We share our cultural ecosystem at least with memes, and as minds, we co-evolve with them.  With this brief summary, let’s look again at the argument for ‘cultural appropriation.’

Looking again at ‘cultural appropriation’

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  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    I could not agree more.
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    My friend Carol Less Sanchez said that she was happy for non-Native Americans to learn to love and live in greater harmony with na

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Art is Temporary, As Are We

"And they painted on cardboard, because it was new, cheap, and affordable. But they didn't know it wasn't archival, so very little of that work remains intact."  -The words of one of my art history professors, talking about a group of abstract expressionists or similar genre of artists from the 40's-50's. 

It sounded like some sort of moral failing - that these artists had abandoned expensive, time-tested techniques of canvas or wood panels to try something they could afford and was plentiful.  

Having been in art school for a good chunk of my life, as well as a professional high-end picture framer, I have come to see how much museum-culture of the last 300 hundred years has had an effect on the modern art-making process.  That we must work with archival materials, watch out for UV light and dampness, preserve, preserve, preserve.  Think about the future of your work.

The other week while finishing up my book tour, we stopped at Mt. Rushmore, as well as watched the 15-minute film about the making of it. I believe it was in part of a speech from FDR where he talked about the world 10,000 years from now, and what future generations of Americans may think when they see the monument, worn by the weather and time.  In that moment I was thinking two things: if there are even human beings on this planet then - and the condition of the giant sphinx in Egypt.

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  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    Well said and thought provoking! Thanks for posting. I have forwaded this to a few artist friends. Namaste, Tasha

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Last night of my being alone, in a hotel room, away from my family for training.  Tomorrow I will go to work and then leave for home sweet blissful home!

But for now, I'm sitting in front of my laptop, watching Fantastic Beasts <3, drinking some water and enjoying a chocolate bar while dipping it in some almond butter all the while writing to you fine people.

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Hexing as Social Change

I've had a few requests for hex work to work against Nazis, specifically Italian-American hex work.  I recently consulted Mallorie Vaudoise about this because I wanted to be sure that since this is such a delicate matter that I had a second opinion on the issue.  

  1. Make sure you actually want to tie yourself up into hex work.  Yes!  It's much more exciting on a Thursday night after a long shitty day to involve yourself in the Dark Arts than to fundraise for non profits you support.  But (a) that doesn't mean you are good at hex work and (b) if you are better at fundraising than hex work, you should do fundraising.  Think about your skill sets.  Think about your previous hex work experience and the results of that work.  Think about your moral compass, as we've spoken about w/r/t the Dark Arts extensively. Are you better at writing, organizing, rallying or managing your non profit's finances ( . . .because everyone can throw a hex.  Not everyone is a CPA.  Or a lawyer.  Niche skills are suuuuuper important right now) rather than hexing?  Do that thing.  Is your moral compass queasy about actually completing this?  Um, don't do it.  Donate money, organize a bake sale, call your representatives a million times a day, do something.  Be productive.  
  2. If you are going to protest at a Nazi rally, be careful above everything else.  Then, pick some key players who seem to be figure heads and throw the malocchia back at them.  Because they are throwing the Evil Eye out to the world first.  You can throw it right back, return to sender.  Say that person's name, summon up your will and literally take all that hateful energy that person is building and throw it right back at them with your eyes.  Stare them down.  If you want to really be overt, spit on the ground after you throw it back.
  3. If you want to do some work at home, chose some ancestors who are against Nazis and/or spirits and goddesses who are against the systematic genocide of a people and/or a Mary (Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Sorrows, whomever your Mary is) of your choice who you have a relationship with already.  Your Lady of Peace may be willing to throw down because of your relationship and the greater good for the world, but if you don't have a relationship it's like a stranger asking you to get into a boxing match for them.  You are really not likely to do so.  Pour everyone a glass of red wine, yourself included.  If someone doesn't drink, Pellegrino would work nicely.  Get some pastries from an Italian bakery.  If you don't have an Italian bakery, make coffee cake.  Eat and drink with your ancestors/Marys/goddesses/spirits.  Catch up.  Talk about world events, tell them who died, who got knocked up, whose kid is still a f*ck up, the usual.  When you feel their presence, play an Italian antifascist song to get everyone's (ahem) spirits up.  Mallorie recommends this one.  Ask for their assistance and then throw your curse.  You may be saying, but what do I say?  You have to sleep at night with what you throw, so that's up to you, sport.  Speak from the heart and be concise.  
  4. Draw an omen and then go from there.

 

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May we remember,
that we breathe the same air eclipsegoddess
we drink the same water
we gaze at the same stars
we are warmed by the same sun
and our nights are lit by the same moon.


Our hands extend to one another
and we create peace on earth.   

May there be a song on our lips 
love in our hearts
and courage in our feet.

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Talking Across the Hedge

There were pagans on both sides of the mess in Charlottesville this weekend.

Agree or disagree, they're still our tribe.

As the “Vote No” campaign here in Minnesota—which successfully defeated an anti-marriage equality referendum—proved, the single most effective way to change other people's opinions is by engaging: by getting to know them personally, and by letting them know you.

We're pagans. Whatever our politics, we have certain things in common. We still share a common language.

So here are thirteen questions to ask those pagans on the other side of the hedge.

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  • Steven Posch
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    I live in a world, Marc, in which pagans perceive one another as holding something in common. I live in a world in which the singl
  • Marc
    Marc says #
    What kind of mayonnaise-slathered world do you live in?
Every Reading is an Opportunity for Magick!

Recently, my busy tarot life of readings, traveling and writing, found me teaching a class called “Anatomy of a Tarot Reading”. In this class, I posited that a tarot reading can be divided into seven distinct activities. Those steps are: Preparation, Invocation, Intuition, Operation, Interpretation, Presentation and Manifestation.

While the class was to be specifically about the art of tarot reading, I found much of my magickal theory about tarot leaking in. With sections like "Invocation" and "Manifestation", how could it not?

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