This is not your beautiful post

Fall break here at both schools I teach at, so I’m taking it easy today.

Enjoy your cat picture

Gremlin
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Open to Tarot Readings!

Hello! I’m posting on a day I don’t, typically, to let you know that I am now open to tarot readings. You can find the information here, which includes a link to the form and some alternate ways to pay for the commission.

As you might notice, I will accept payment in two ways. You can pay me, which is, you know, the typical way. Or you can donate to an aid organization from the list I provide and email me with proof of that. At the moment you get a pretty hefty discount if you go that route, so please consider it!

4th of July vacay

I don’t actually celebrate the 4th very much anymore. Apart from reasons, it’s the anniversary of a death in the family that hits very hard.

So really for that reason, more than anything else, the blog is taking the week off from a formal post.

This is to provide the prerequisite cat photos.

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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the cover to Muse's album The 2nd Law

The 2nd Tarot 1

Here’s a late-night album I’m fond of. My partner got me into Muse quite by accident. She never really pushed anything at me. She simply listened to Muse, and I wondered who wanted to be Queen so badly (this is a joke, but based on reality: Muse is quite vocally indebted to Queen. Who wouldn’t be?). I’ve chosen The 2nd Law for a very simple reason: it’s the album I know best. Between “Supremacy” and “Panic Stations” I knew more than other albums right away.

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