The Weekly Etsy Report

•February 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t been as busy at Etsy this week as I have been in the past few weeks, but there’s still plenty of new things to shop for!  Check it out!

First off, I missed mentioning these on my Etsy report last week . . . I have two handmade magical lavender calligraphy inks left over from when I owned my shop . . . these were made by my friend Heatherly at Dragonspire’s Den.  A bargain at $15 Cnd each.  They’re beautiful and write in a clear lavender purple colour that will keep even on leather (a customer tried it.)

I’ve updated my runestones listing: I’ve sold two of them and made two more.  Now also available in Moonstone and Fluorite.

New lots of ten crystals:

Fluorite

Yellow Fluorite

 

Garnet

Hematite

Iolite

Blue Kyanite

Black Obsidian

Apache’s Tear Obsidian

Mahogany Obsidian

Picasso Stone (Jasper)

Picture Jasper

Raw Chalcopyrite (Peacock Ore)

Raw “Butterscotch” Yellow Opal

The opal in particular is quite a deal.  It’s local Okanagan opal, prospected by a friend, and yellow opal is hardly common.

Metalwork earrings – again, left over from my store, made by a local craftsman.  I have a few different designs available so you might want to check them out to see if one of the designs appeal to you.

Runestones + Runecasting

Let me cast your runes to gain insight into your life and future; and then I will send you the runestones I cast with! What more could you ask for?

I will cast your runes via Skype or Google Hangouts; or if you wish your reading by email, I will send you the photo via email along with a Google Docs link to download your audio file from (I don’t prefer to type readings into email in text, sorry). I will require your email address in the Notes to the Buyer to make that possible.

And I’ve saved the best for last:

“The Scourge & the Kiss” Altar Pentacle: This is one of the most essential, and least available, witch’s ritual tools. My altar pentacles are handpainted original acrylic paintings on beveled pinewood disks (no pressboard here!) Each one is a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork. No design ever has been, nor will ever be, imitated.

This pentacle is intended for the witch who appreciates balance; pleasure and pain, Kiss & Scourge, blessing and cursing, life and death. The barbed wire pentacle can represent so many things, particularly protection, but also when contrasted with the heraldic rose, it suggests technology contrasted with nature, yet working to protect and defend it.

The silver of the barbed wire was achieved by blending metallic aluminum-shaded paint with three shades of grey (not fifty ;) ).

I think this piece would be perfect for a dedicated British Traditional, Luciferian, or Thelemic witch; anyone with an interest in kink or BDSM; or those who serve Aphrodite and/or Hephaestus, Lilith, or Babalon.  The disk is a little larger than my average – about seven inches inches in diameter – and about half an inch thick.

Contest Time!

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So a few days ago a friend of mine informed me that I had a small problem:

Important notice: it appears that there are a few defective copies of my book out there! One of my friends ordered from Amazon, and found that instead of getting pages 85-132 inclusive, he received a book with two sections of pages 133-180. If you are one such unlucky soul, please contact Red Wheel/Weiser customer service at orders@rwwbooks.com or 1-800-423-7087 with your address and they will be happy to replace your copy. Sorry for the inconvenience!

So I have decided to run a contest! If you find a misprinted copy of the book, take a picture or webcam video of you holding the book, showing me the misprinted pages, and I will send you a code for a free download of the Elemental CD with Isochronic Tones that I composed for use with the book! Link below:

Contact me via this blog (with a link,) my website, my Facebook author page, or my Twitter. Good luck!

All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca by Yvonne Aburrow – A Review

•March 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca by Yvonne Aburrow – A Review.

“We Are All In the Gutter…”

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Bald Eagles Flirting in the Okanagan

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Okanagan Okanogan:

There’s nothing like a hunt for mice and housecats …eagle3 … for romance. Form helps.eagle1

And doing it together.

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(Even though one has to work to keep up.)

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In Defense of Railroading Your Players

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Positively Woodworthian:

I never thought I’d say this, but sometimes it’s good to have a story on rails.

In case you might have missed it, this past week’s release of The Order: 1886 has generated a fair amount of controversy. Two of the most common objections are regarding the game’s duration, as well as the fact that it is a story “on rails” as opposed to a sandbox world of open exploration. The game’s developer, Ready At Dawn, even came out to respond to critics on the first charge, defending the game’s shorter than average runtime as being what the story required.

And I have to say, I agree. I think both objections are junk.

Let me preface my defense with a caveat – I am playing, but have not yet finished The Order, mostly due to a lot of deadlines floating around and also a deliberate decision to savor it a bit…

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We Are (Not) Special: Anthropocentrism and the Evolving Universe (Part 2), by John Halstead

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Humanistic Paganism:

Cosmic Evolution

As mentioned in Part 1, if we were to go back in time and reset the course of evolution, it is highly unlikely that we would be here the second time around. On the other hand, according to some theorists, it is highly likely — perhaps inevitable — that some form of tool-using, self-conscious species would evolve. (For example, self-consciousness might be a form of convergent evolution.) While many biologists emphasize the directionlessness of evolutionary history, many physicists are now identifying a developmental trend in cosmic history, one moving toward localizations of increasing order and complexity which operate against the general entropic trend of the universe. If this is true on the cosmic scale, it is arguably true on a biological scale as well.

Philosopher Ken Wilber argues that, by portraying humankind as merely one strand in the web of life, deep ecology assumes a one-dimensional or…

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The Moods of Colour

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Okanagan Okanogan:

Look at the colour of this water.P1680668

Pretty nice stuff, for sure. Look at the colour of this water.

lakeFun stuff, isn’t it. And this water.

bottomWhy, it’s hardly there! And this…P1670546It’s coming to life. And this …track

Glorious! We could go on all day with this kind of fun, but think of this: that’s two stretches of water, not five, on two separate days. Here, I’ll show you…

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three

Of course, in the cultural manners in which we’re all trained today, I’m being poetic here. I assure you, I’m being something more than that. To begin again, my moment of awareness looked a bit like this …

P1660987and a bit like this …

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… all at the same time! I realized in a flash that the images, of oregon grape (upper) and poison ivy (lower), were the same colour.

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To unravel this odd (to scientifically-trained eyes) colour shift, maybe it’s best to go back to the water.

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Ah…

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We Are (Not) Special: Anthropocentrism and the Evolving Universe (Part 1), by John Halstead

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Sable Aradia:

From Humanistic Paganism

Originally posted on Humanistic Paganism:

I had something like a spiritual experience watching a movie recently.

The movie Lucy is not what I would call a “good” movie. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Lucy is about a young woman who is kidnapped and has an bag of a new recreational drug implanted in her abdomen against her will. She is then forced to “mule” the drug across international borders. In the process, the bag is perforated and she absorbs a very large dose of the drug into her system. As a result, she begins to be able to access larger and larger percentages of her brain. She gains superhuman abilities, starting with extraordinary reflexes and perception and increasing until she can control matter and even the flow of time.

What made the movie stand out for me was a montage of images which Lucy experiences connecting her both to her remote ancestral past — in the form…

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