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Uncle Hugo's 1974-2020

An empire of the imagination, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore, the US's oldest (and only surviving) independent science fiction/fantasy bookstore was not only a well-loved local landmark, but a site of pilgrimage for readers all over the Midwest as well.

Now it's gone.

(It also had the grungiest men's room in the Midwest, which—on the evidence of it—had never once been cleaned since the store was founded in 1974. Ah, fandom.)

An unknown arsonist or arsonists burned it to rubble and ash on the night of Friday, May 29, in the arson that has stalked the first George Floyd protests here in the Twin Cities like a withering shadow.

I stand on the sidewalk before the hollow cave of the ruins. Strata of burned books carpet what was once the basement floor.

Touchingly, some people have left flowers. I, however, am here for another purpose.

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  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    If I could have levitated my body off this cruel and inexplicable world yesterday, even if it would have meant a cold and breathle

Posted by on in Paths Blogs
Holy Cusswords

Holy cusswords, [email protected]&m*n! Cussing is of course a euphemism for cursing, which can mean using a socially unacceptable word, naming a power in an undignified manner ("taking the Lord's name in vain") or formally casting bad magic. Present day Asatruars use the Old Icelandic word blot, meaning sacrifice, as a name for one of our rituals. In modern Icelandic, the word has become blota, which means a cuss word. That which is holy transformed over time into what is a curse and then into what is an empty phrase that may once have been a curse, merely a cuss now. Or is it still a curse? Or is it still holy?

Words have power; that's why a magic spell is called a spell, the same word that means to write a word. When we use a minor cussword like f--- or sh-- that refers to a bodily function, the thing that makes it a cussword is the social taboo of the word and of the action, that is, it refers to something society considers unacceptable to do in public. The same goes for cuss words that refer to parts of the body; they are socially taboo because they refer to body parts normally covered by clothing. These words and concepts are not inherently bad, merely socially taboo. But more religious oriented cusswords like d--- or the name of a god are in another category. To say d--- is to literally curse, that is, to place a curse of damnation on someone or something. If we believe in magic we should be cautious about using such words. If we believe in gods we should be respectful of their names. To say H--- is to call upon Hel, goddess of the dead. The situation may call for that, or it may not. We should be mindful whether the situation calls for calling upon such a god.

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Every Spell Works Two Ways: In Which Our Coven Casts Its Very First Hex

We started by turning off every light in the house.

Every coven worth its wood* has a story to tell about its first hex.

Here's ours.

The group had been together for not quite a year when we decided to move in together. The next nine months were some of the most difficult—and also some of the most gratifying—of my life. Much of what we've been doing together ever since was first gestated during those nine fateful months.

One cold day in January I got a call at work. There'd been a break-in.

That night was Hex Night.

First we went through the house and turned off every light.

Then, in the dark temple, we pounded out a slowly mounting cacophony of rage.

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  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    for a good hex, you require only two things: Great need, and powerful intent. Well done.
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Great, as always. Love to Prodea.

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How Public Hexing Works

So: first they hexed the Blowhard-in-Chief.

Now they've hexed the Dishonorable Judge Kavanaugh.

I say: good for them.

I'm not of the “An it harm none” school. Personally, I feel that the power to curse is one of the arrows in the witch's quiver, one of the powers that our gods have given us.

It's a terrible power and, as such, not one to be used lightly.

So “the witches” (and whatever your position on the subject, don't think that you're not tarred with the same brush) have publicly hexed the A-hole-in-Chief and the newest Supreme Court Injustice. If either of them knows about this—and I'd be willing to bet that they both do—their response was probably laughter.

So much the better.

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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Indeed, like I always say, "A witch who cannot hex, cannot heal!" As a devotee of Sedna, and not Wiccan, I am not in that particul
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I saw an issue of Fortean Times in the bookstore that asked if the Alt-Right was using chaos magic. I didn't purchase the magazin
  • Lady Bridget
    Lady Bridget says #
    Tis not irony, but simply using the beliefs of the person being hexed to do the hexing. Very old school actually, and gives me ho
  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    Oh the irony: According to a news report the public curse of Kavanaugh included a Christian reading. (Psalms 109) How witchy is th
  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    I'm good with the public hex. It will re-enforce all the private hexes that witches have been casting this past year. It is the an

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Hex-Back

When it comes to hexes, there are two kinds: the nasty, and the really nasty.

Nasty: You should drop dead.

Really nasty: You should live for a long, long, long, long time....

...and be in unbearable pain the whole time.

So: Senate Majority leader “Mitch” McConnell has hexed us all with a stacked Supreme Court for the forseeable future. As hexes go, this is clearly one of the B variety.

Well, one good hex deserves another. To my mind, only one real question still remains.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    On June 19th I woke from a dream telling me to call on the gods of love, friendship and community to guard against trolling. Deit
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    O great: a troll in the White House, and a drow ( = draug, zombi, reanimated corpse) leading the Senate. What next?
  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    While deserving of both A and B, (he would then have to become one of the undead to remain corporeal for a long, long, long time.)

Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs

May 8, 2018

It’s a surreal feeling sitting at a follow-up doctor appointment with your urologist and she’s talking to a doctor in training about what had happened to you and says “on the ambulance ride here, she went into septic shock. She needed to be resuscitated and that is why she needed to be in ICU.” I sat there in disbelief, still not feeling as if I was that bad off.

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In Which Our Intrepid Blogger Gets Angry and Lays a Curse

Words matter.

That's why I'm laying a curse upon a certain word.

Not wishing to draw said curse onto my own head, I will refrain from writing the word here, for indeed it deserves neither to be written nor spoken.

But this much I will say:

The word that I hereby curse is a portmanteau of “romance” and “bro” (sic).

This sneering, belittling, condescending term denotes an intimate emotional relationship between two men.

And everyone knows that men shouldn't have those.

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