Cover of Jethro Tull's album Songs from the Wood

Weekend Light Music: Mystical Language

I was driving recently and listening to a podcast that features “Pagan music.” That’s both music by Pagans and music with Pagan themes or interest.  One thing that struck me is that a lot of overtly Pagan music is very literal. It’s basically like Christian rock: they’re both just talking literally about these symbol-systems and experiences that you have to undergo to understand. That doesn’t mean the songs are obscure, just that sometimes they’re a little too on-the-nose.  If we’re literally out here on the full moon (just passed) doing magic, it’s not weird to want some music that instills a sense of mystical wonder. So here are a few songs that I feel create that kind of mood. They’re all magical in one way or another, but they don’t just say “we’re doing magic on the Sabbath” (I have literally heard songs that do that).

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Some sporadic thoughts about A Wrinkle in Time

So did you see A Wrinkle in Time? You should do that, if you haven’t. I’m not going to tell the joke about you going and doing that, because it would take a while, but if you haven’t, consider it something to do. I wanted to write something about the film and the book, since I basically grew up on the latter. In a couple of odd ways, the film is actually better.

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I’ll be your tarot reader 1

This may come as no surprise, but one of my favorite bands is The Decemberists. I first learned about them in grad school. I was introduced to them, I shit you not, from this Questionable Content strip. The title says the joke at the end is like one of their songs. So I immediately looked them up. I remember, too, that Amazon was giving away an mp3 of a song, maybe “The Engine Driver.” So I grabbed that, and proceeded to get as much as I could. I even found a used CD of The Tain when I went back to school, in the local music/book store (that is, naturally, out of business now). This is a long, personal introduction just to say this: their new album is out!

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Tarot Card Themes: Illness

Here’s something a little different. Recently my wife has been a little sick, and so one day I got to thinking of which tarot cards might represent illness in some way. You know, the way you do. So this post should be a little simpler than usual. I say “should.” Here are four cards I came up with that indicate something to do with illness.

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T'Challa undergoing one version of the ritual of the Heart-Shaped Herb

Black Panther’s Magico-Religious Rituals

Hiatus over! I may be sorta slow-blogging a bit until I get back on my feet (literally in some cases — I’m experiencing some pain in my legs, yay the processes of time). However, I’m back and I wanted to come out of the gate swinging. Like probably most of you, I saw Black Panther recently, and it was fantastic. I want to write about the Panther ritual itself as it is in the movie.

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A short hiatus

Hello. I resisted doing this, but it just has to be done. I’m going on a very brief hiatus from blogging. This isn’t the kind of apocalyptic notice that people give when they’re angry, or the sympathetic post people make when they’re burned out. I’m trying to prevent becoming burned out.

So I’m working on an essay for a collection. Hopefully I’ll have something to say about that later this year, but we shall see. Either way, the revision notes came back last week and I sure am working on that essay all the time. All the juice in my “writing and stuff” tanks is used up every day by the essay. So I have to admit that to myself, and then to you, so I can get things done around here.

I don’t have a concrete time for how long I’ll be silent here, but it shouldn’t be too long. The deadline’s less than a month away, so I’m sure to be freed up by then, one way or the other! But I’m aiming for about a week and a half more, depending on how long it takes to get this final set of books from the library.

I’m giving myself permission to maybe make some shorter posts here, so be on the lookout for those.