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Deborah Castellano

Deborah Castellano

Deborah Castellano is featured in the 2015 Llewellyn Herbal Almanac. She is a frequent contributor to Occult/Pagan sources such as Witchvox, PaganSquare and Witches&Pagans magazine.

Deborah's book, The Arte of Glamour is available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid and The Crow (www.mermaidandcrow.com) specializes in Hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers, euphorically scented mason jar beeswax candles, tempting small batch ritual oils, Dream Ambassadors (tiny sheep to help you sleep!), lofty unique nuno felted scarves, airy hand painted silk chiffon scarves and more.

Her Craft shop, The Glamoury Apothecary (www.etsy.com/shop/glamouryapothecary) specializes in handcrafted Occult and Magical items such as gods and goddesses vigil candles, loose incense and hand rolled chime candles.

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I was talking to a friend about his current trial he’s going through with Coyote and he suggested other totems (such as mine, Crow) may be gentler. I said, "All totems can be complete and utter dicks if they don’t like what you’re doing. I’m pretty sure even rabbit can be a dick. It’s more a shamanic trial/rite thing verses an individual totem thing.  What they take from you will differ, however, and what they want you to learn will differ. The point is to communicate in a way you understand and if it appears you don’t understand, they’ll hit you harder and harder until either:
a) You change
b) They get bored and wander off
c) They kill you"

And then I thought, whoa! That’s some godslave kind of talk. I suppose, first off, the (c) part should be caveated with, if you don’t do something with perhaps other deities to stop your would-be assassins.

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First off, they're going to be ugly.  Well, I think they are honestly.  They're ugly until you get Amish good at dipping candles which is a lot of time and energy I don't have. But!  They work beautifully, burn beautifully and take in magic like a sponge.

To make at least four candles you will need:

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Etiquette Lesson: I'm Addicted to You, Don't You Know That You're Toxic?

This is something that’s been rolling around in my head for a long while. I’ve noticed that when wounded and likely broken up (this applies to friendship and relationships) people have a tendency to call the other person in the situation toxic. In our post-pop-psychology world, people like to grandly say that they’re keeping toxic people out of their lives.

To me, this only devolves one way:

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Are You Innovating in Your Practice?

Innovation is something I struggle with in magic.  Because on one hand, I have strong feelings about not trying to turn one's washing machine into a nuclear reactor.  On the other, at some point everything was someone's UPG at one point. Where is that delicate line in the sand where you're being innovative in your own personal practice that stops just before you're invoking Oya and Yemaya in a closed circle because they're both orishas so they must work together well, right?

Sidebar: Gordon and I had an interesting discussion during his visit. People are quick to be like, oh no you mustn't ever ever invoke Deity X from Y pantheon and Deity Z from B patheon! To me that's never made sense and I couldn't figure out why. I mean, yeah, they don't know each other and may find each other offensive but it's not like they've been to a million dinner parties together and had enough time to really work up a good hate-on for each other in all likelihood unless their customs run against each other's. Gordon pointed out that when you invite two deities from the same pantheon, they likely already have an established feud whereas deities from two different pantheons (besides again, offensive behavior but even that most people/deities are willing to put up with a certain amount if it's cross-cultural) haven't had time to really get into it with each other. It's the difference between a dinner party (two deities from two different cultures) and a family dinner (two deities from the same culture. Which is more likely to flip a table and start beating the crap out of each other? Family dinner, obv. I think it's why Erzulie and Aphrodite work pretty well together for me but Oshun and Yemaya, less so (for me at least, as with everything, YMMV).

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The New Jersey Finishing School for Would-Be Glamour Girls & Boys

"Waiting to get my nails did and a lady just walked in wearing a floor length mink coat over a track suit.  Also:  SO MUCH JEWELRY.  ALL THE (YELLOW) GOLD JEWELRY.  New Jersey, I love you.   Never change."  - a text received by me from Ms. K, the ex-opera singer at 4:14p yesterday.

I can never sleep this close to the Winter Solstice.   I run in my sleep like a dog, turning fitfully and dreaming about missing teeth.

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Damn the Man, Save the Empire

Liv Tyler wasn't always an elf.  Robin Tunney wasn't always a witch.  Renee Zellweger wasn't always Bridget Jones.  Once, they worked at a record store together in that hazy fun that was the 90's.  

I came of age during the 90's.  I remember when my parents would leave my sister and I home alone we would listen to their records, lying on the floor on our tummies for hours, singing along until we heard the garage door open and we would put everything away quickly so our parents wouldn't get the wrong idea that they could ever possibly own anything that would be considered cool to us.

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I find that Samhain really kicks off the start of holidays with a bunch of people jammed into a house that you wish you could escape. Sadly, I am far too masochistic to take the far more reasonable misanthropic solitary approach to the holidays, so to my grove I go, pumpkin in hand! I find food helps make up for personal social akwardness, it acts as a pre-emptive apology. “Sorry I can’t feign interest in the boring topic you have trapped me into conversation about. I made you a pumpkin!” At the very least, I can always be grateful that Samhain is hosted at our Señora Druid’s house, enabling me to leave before I  turn into a pumpkin and/or say or do something that brings dishonor to my family. Oh and I don’t cook like this for every Sabbat because that leads to heavier drinking and high covenmate expectations which should both be avoided. This is my big “ta-da” for the year.
 
 
Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe
 
1 box cornbread mix
3 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 shallots, diced
1 pack Italian turkey sausage
2 cups chicken stock
3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1 large aluminum roasting pan
Olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
 

Make the cornbread according to the directions on the box the night before. Cut cooled corn bread into small cubes. Leave out overnight.

 

Delegate. Carving open the top of the pumpkin is a huge pain the butt. Find another sucker who doesn’t mind potentially losing fingers to the surly pumpkin. Make sure the diameter of the opening is almost as large as the top of the pumpkin. A cheese pumpkin puts up a bigger fuss than a regular pumpkin on being carved so make sure your special helper uses a very sharp implement.

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  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills says #
    That sounds wonderful! Yum. I'm going to adapt a veggie version for the hubby and me. I've been putting pumpkin in everything, but

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