Pentagram Peach and Other Good Reads

1. From a regular reader in Kyoto comes the link to this giant bronze peach marked with a pentagram. It is part of the Seimei Jinja Shrine, dedicated to a tenth-century wizard and astrologer. Pentagrams everywhere!

2. John Beckett writes on the “aesthetic of witchcraft,” which has cycled around again as fashions do:

For the most part, these pieces aren’t about witches who cast circles, brew potions, and worship The Goddess. They’re not about witches who summon spirits or make pacts with the devil. They’re about young women who adopt the mythology and especially the fashion of witchcraft without any of its magical or religious elements.
It’s easy to dismiss this as “witchcrap” or “consumerism,” but Beckett makes a point that I have thought about too — let’s keep those symbols out there in the public view. “So when someone else promotes witchcraft – even if they’re only propagating the aesthetic of witchcraft – they’re providing publicity for all of us under the Pagan umbrella.”

3. I liked Elizabeth Autumnalis’ blog post “Missed Call from Your Local Spirits.” She begins,
Something that has always struck me as particularly odd about the pagan community is the fascination with the spirits of far off places when local spirits are standing right in front of us and staring us in the eye. I have a couple of ideas as to why this is, but when it comes down to it you are a product of the energies and spirits that you were raised around and those spirits are a product of the people and land that they inhabit as well. Chances are you probably have more in common with your local spirits than you think.

Read the whole thing.

3 thoughts on “Pentagram Peach and Other Good Reads

  1. Medeina Ragana

    I Love Laura Tempest Zakroff’s definition of an “acid witch” – “It also tends to refer to being sarcastic, sharp-tongued or cutting with one’s remarks.” Oh yes! My friends will tell you that’s me to a “T”!

  2. Rombald

    Since posting it, I’ve read that the pentagram can symbolise the five elements of East Asian astrology (fire, water, wood, metal, earth), although I have never seen it in use anywhere else.

    It’s fascinating the way it seems to have been attached to magic independently in Europe and East Asia. However, as far as I can determine, its magical significance in Europe only goes back to the Renaissance, before which it was a Christian symbol (as in Gawain and the Green Knight).

    Onmy?d? is really Taoist rather than Shinto, and means “the way of light and dark” or “Yin-Yang Tao”, depending how mystical you want to sound (!). In modern Japanese, “Yin-Yang” is “iny?” rather than “onmy?”, however.

    Like a lot of the more magical, scary, weird and freaky aspects of Japanese religion, Onmy?d? was banned in the 1870s. It probably survived underground, but I don’t know anything about it today.

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