Gallimaufry with Bones

• I like animal skulls—I have a wall of them. At Crooked & Hidden Bones, read about the revival of a technique for “reddening the bones.” Talk about going back  to very old ways of treating special or sacred bones. This is what the family did with your great x 150 grandfather.

• Here is a Google translation about an ethnic Finnish Pagan group trying to get official recognition as a religion in that predominately Lutheran country. Because Finnish is a non-Indo-European language, the translation is a little rough:

Christianity wiped the old faith of the Finnish culture quite well off, so it would be time for work such as digging for some holy book.  The Kalevala, it can not be, because it is one man’s collection of poems, and even clean up such Muukka says.

• Hecate talks about the magical character—or the “telluric intelligence”— of cities, sounding a little bit like Charles de Lint but with a nod to David Abram, whose latest book—the one that she quotes from—I have on order.

When I want to do magic to influence the airy business of laws, I have a number of high places from which to scatter birdseed. When I want to get deep into the roots of the power structure, I can choose between the rotunda of the Capitol or the tidal basin off of the Potomac.


2 thoughts on “Gallimaufry with Bones

  1. Pitch313

    Many, perhaps most, of us practice in cities and towns and such. Those places are different from wide open and tending to wild locales. And all of those are different from wilderness.

    Some practitioners and lines of working pay attention to qualities in the constructed vertical dimension that do not obtain on the open land, for example. Or to the presence of useful elements gained by technological means (say, piped in water or mechanically conditioned air) or entities drawn to our cities for their own purposes or life space.

    As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a life-long SF fan, my own regard for magic in and with cities is beholden to Fritz Leiber and his concept of megapolisomancy. I understand this–rightly or wrongly–to involve working in accord with patterns of energy and influence caused or modified by our built up urbanscapes.

    But I have found that, deep in my heart, I do prefer working in the open and wilder lands. Even when those spaces are included in extensive urban developments.

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