Pagan and the Pit(bulls)

The political musings of a Pagan and her dogs.


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Holding Vigil in the Sacred Dark

I think my covenmate started this experiment last year, but I could be wrong because in Trump adjusted and divorce adjusted terms 2018 has been a millennium crammed into 365 days. Regardless, she has the idea to only use candles during time around Yule. Her children were less than enthused, but it was a great idea and experiment, and I decided to join her on the Solstice proper. This is the photo of my altar last year. 25488288_10213661883839864_1552097363693229485_o

Obviously, things are a bit different now. The first of which is most of my statuary had to stay in the States with my parents (a lone Hecate statue made the journey because I couldn’t leave her behind). I’ve also modified the rules a little bit to suit my current situation now.

Sacred Dark Rules

  1. No electric lights between sundown and sunrise, with the exception of the flashlight for picking up dog poop or the shower. Because my shower is 100% Satan.
  2. The only allowed electronics after nightfall is the laptop for Netflix, studying, or writing. The only activities allowed on the phone are games or podcasts of a non-political nature for the night hours. Kindle is always allowed.
  3. This light fast is 3 nights long, starting tonight and ending after the all-night vigil of the Solstice.

The idea is to reconnect with the Sacred Dark, and it’s the end of my season of ritual grief from Samhain to Yule. The concept of going as fully into the dark as I can, before emerging into the light on the 22nd is a very powerful one and one that I enjoy embracing.

Honestly, after manufacturing holiday cheer for 7 years for someone who never saw it or appreciated has left me drained. And I will be salty for YEARS about The Tree Comment of 2017. The simple sacred acts mean the world to me as I work to recover from the past year.

Merry Yule, and may your journey through the Sacred Dark be safe one this holiday season.

 


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Pagan and the Pit 2018 Yule Shopping Guide

Let’s face it, we’re buying things this time of year. An overabundance of holidays fall in December, and a lot of them have a gift expectation. So, if you’re going to be spending money, why not spend it in your own community? I’ve gathered together some of my favorite vendors, and put them here for you to enjoy and purchase from!

My Local Favorites

I have to start this post with plugs for my local artists and friends. Starting with Ardantane whether donations as gifts is your speed or you want a book from the fabulous Amber K, Ardantane is your place. The campus has no equal and is a gem in the New Mexico Pagan community.  Coyote Silver (Christopher Kohut) is your place for jewelry, seriously there is no better jeweler. Julian Wolf is another amazing artist, and I am partial to their paintings.

Raspbarri Gems has amazing trees of life that fit perfectly onto their background stones. I have several of  Mommy’s Moon‘s threader earrings, and they have a delicate minimalism that goes with any modern look. Or maybe you have a Mother of Dragons on your list, Bell, Book, and Dragon is for them. Yum Chakra has excellent ceramics. I have dishes, a chalice and mug from them and the work is perfect. Plus the mugs are perfect for festivals, they hold almost a liter of liquid.

 Witches of Color

Next up, the witches of color. If you’re looking to support witches of color and diversity in our communities here are some great places to start. The Hoodwitch is a brilliant magician and social media presence (seriously check out her Instagram) with a great selection in her store. While you’re there check out the Slutist Tarot. Stella Magia Designs has beautifully beaded jewelry, her hematite fringe earrings have a really nice weight and the shoulder duster earrings are guaranteed to get you compliments. Gaean Allusions makes ceramics with classic Pagan as well as Chinook motifs. Arubah Soaps comes highly recommended, and she’s also in my extended Beltane community, so hit her up.

Subscription Boxes and Memberships

Sometimes we want the gifts that keep on giving like a Subscription Box. Or perhaps consider a membership to HerbMentor for the Green Witch or urban farmer on your list.

Bells and Smells

As a Hellenic Pagan washing miasma off before I do ritual or magick is important. Sometimes this is as simple as breathing and grounding, other times it’s a whole ritual itself involving a serious bath and meditation. For those big moments (and the small ones in between) I like Emerald City Soaps and Wild Women Soaps.

Kyphi is an ancient Egyptian ritual incense, and a damn finicky one to make. So why not show a high priestess some love and buy it for her?

Statuary

We all love a statuary, and the Story Goddesses have a classic style that will look great for decades. Stonecraft Arts has timeless statuary that fits into almost any home or garden seamlessly. Their Flora looks amazing hanging over an altar or peeking out of the flowers in the garden. I’m always on the look out for new Hecate statues, and Dellamorteco has a stunning design. Be sure to also check out the joyful Medusa.

Clothes

Because I’m living in South Korea now, I have to up my game when it comes to winter gear. My desert closet wasn’t built for this. I’m digging the dragonscale fingerless gloves at The Real Crystal Crow (and that jet, silver, and shell necklace is to die for!). I also love the Hecate mittens from Solinox, and I might have to get some sweaters for the pit bulls.

Jewelry

Pagans are magpies. We are. So why not get the Pagans on your holiday list some jewelry? Ogham Runes are great on necklaces and subtle pieces,

Witchy Swag

Wild Faeri Magick has delightful essential oil perfumes and whimsy for the faerie in your life. Wyrd Curiosities has prayer cards that make the perfect stocking stuffers. Blank notebooks are always a good bet as a diary or Book of Shadows. If you need something a little bit bigger an bolder, why try some of the woodwork fromEtch n Sketch Designs? I love their tripple moon mirror. If you need some Millenial Kitsch Witch or #witchesofInstagram in your life, Moon Goddess Market has you covered; I’m dying over the Ouija board nail decals. Last Craft is also great for the Millenial witch with a sense of humor, with votives like Our Lady of Lemonade, Santa la Flor, and the ward against unwanted dick picks.

Paganwear for children can be found at The Viking Fairy, after whosoever holds the child, if he be worthy, shall change the dirty diaper of Thor.

One Stops

Or maybe you’re like me and you want to get all your gifts in one place, Mythospheria is a great place to go. Or check out Odessey Craft Works for every type of jewelry or charm you’ll need.

Pets

That takes care of the Pagans in your life, but what about the Pitts? As dogs are my familiar animal, I can’t really weigh in on cat products but why not get some pet charms for their collars? Or some charm bags for their doggy beds? My dogs get new collars at Yule, and I’m loving these Celtic dog collars and Runic dog collars.

Remember, it’s not just about the gifts this Yule: it’s about coming out of the dark of the year into the sunrise. It’s about being the revolution of the sun. So from our hearts and hearths to yours, the Pagan and the Pitts wish you a very Merry Yule!