Magic Wall

Aug. 6th, 2017 02:20 pm
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 See the new magic wall that my partner Doug made.
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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "meditation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.


"The Fool at the Threshold"


It's right there at the beginning
of the quest that is to come:

the Fool is the first card of the Tarot,
dancing fearlessly-ignorantly
at the edge of the cliff.

The white dog of motivation
yips close at his heels,
urging him onward.

To take up the Tarot cards is
to take your own fate in your hands,

and to meditate upon the first
is to begin the Fool's journey.

* * *

Notes:

The Fool is the first card in the Tarot.  He is accompanied by the white dog of motivation.

Meditation is one way of learning how to read Tarot cards.  Understand that when you interact with a card, its energy tends to manifest in your life, both the positive and the negative.  If you're not prepared to handle it, the results can be upsetting, which causes some people to think that Tarot is dangerous.  So is a bicycle if you don't know what you're doing.  A very good piece of advice is to study the cards, at least the Major Arcana, one at a time, preferably one a week but you can go as fast as one a day if you think you can handle that ride.  If you're still interested, then follow the steps and explore an exercise in Tarot.
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I posted this yesterday on LiveJournal so I could include a photo, and then forgot to echo it here. Oops. So Doug reminded me. We are collecting coins of the world for a project and would like your help.

Today's fun thing was receiving two packages of assorted coins. The top row was sold as coins with different shapes, while the bottom rows are a random batch.

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Doug wants to collect some coins, inspired by something he saw at the magic convention recently. :D For the purposes of this project, it does not matter if we get some duplicates; the idea is to gather a mass of widely varied coins. So I'm helping, and you can help too!

If you have access to coins from outside the United States of America, then you can send us a few and get $5 credit toward poetry. I currently have two open epics: "The Inner Tradition" needs $308 to be complete, and "The Order of Their Stars" needs $83 to be complete.  We could really chip away at those with this opportunity.  We're not looking for expensive coins, just pocket change.  Don't worry about exchange rate, the idea is not to send $5 of coins, just at least one coin.  Ideally, I suggest that you figure out what it costs to mail a letter here, subtract that from $5, and use the remainder as a ceiling to estimate what coins to send.  Coins have some weight, which factors into postage, but if you're only sending a few then it shouldn't run up the cost too high.  If your only mail options are more expensive than $5 and you still want to participate, send me a message -- I have a functionally infinite supply of poetry, so your budget is the limit rather than mine.  Make sure you tell me which poem your donation is going toward!  Because if it doesn't say, then I'll just throw it into whichever of the open epics needs attention.

Let the games begin!  \o/
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Today's fun thing was receiving two packages of assorted coins. The top row was sold as coins with different shapes, while the bottom rows are a random batch.

PICT0001.JPG

Doug wants to collect some coins, inspired by something he saw at the magic convention recently. :D For the purposes of this project, it does not matter if we get some duplicates; the idea is to gather a mass of widely varied coins. So I'm helping, and you can help too!

If you have access to coins from outside the United States of America, then you can send us a few and get $5 credit toward poetry. I currently have two open epics: "The Inner Tradition" needs $308 to be complete, and "The Order of Their Stars" needs $83 to be complete.  We could really chip away at those with this opportunity.  We're not looking for expensive coins, just pocket change.  Don't worry about exchange rate, the idea is not to send $5 of coins, just at least one coin.  Ideally, I suggest that you figure out what it costs to mail a letter here, subtract that from $5, and use the remainder as a ceiling to estimate what coins to send.  Coins have some weight, which factors into postage, but if you're only sending a few then it shouldn't run up the cost too high.  If your only mail options are more expensive than $5 and you still want to participate, send me a message -- I have a functionally infinite supply of poetry, so your budget is the limit rather than mine.  Make sure you tell me which poem your donation is going toward!  Because if it doesn't say, then I'll just throw it into whichever of the open epics needs attention.

Let the games begin!  \o/
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I found this analysis of gender in comics to be fascinating.  In many categories, I've written against the mainstream pattern, such as having females with super-strength and males with psychic powers.  In a few areas I may have replicated the pattern; with pheromone control and prehensile hair, I could only think of female characters, although I'm sure there are males with pheromones.
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In case you're wondering what I did last week, my partner Doug went to the IBM/SAM magic convention in Louisville, Kentucky. We met up with friends, and I spent several days exploring the tourist attractions ...

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I just got the first message from one of my editors at Llewellyn Publications, and another one will be making assignments in May.  So far I'm talking about the Witchy Tips for the Witches' Datebook, September in the Witches' Calendar, and ideas for the Magickal Almanac. The Herbal Almanac isn't scheduling yet as there will be some changes to it.
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It's not often you get to participate in a real live myth. (Some things are true more than once.) One of Doug's favorite magic supply companies, Card-Shark, suffered a warehouse fire that took out all of their raw materials and production equipment. :( Fortunately their finished goods are stocked elsewhere and survived. This is the company that makes, among a variety of elegant card tricks and delightfully geeky magical supplies, the Phoenix Decks of cards for magicians. They do plan to rebuild, and could use funds to help buy new materials and equipment. We have seen their display table at a magic convention and plan to shop with them at another event later this year.

How you can help the Phoenix rise from the ashes:

* If you are a magician, and have been eyeing their products, buy something.

* If you are not a magician, but have friends who are, pass the word to them also.

* Take advantage of their Rise from the Ashes program to buy discounted vouchers good for future purchases:
Silver
Gold
Platinum

These would also make nice gifts if you're shopping for a magician friend who likes this company -- or for that matter, a card collector, which is a somewhat different focus.  Phoenix really is a pretty line of cards.  

This isn't quite crowdfunding, but it serves a similar purpose in drawing on community resources to accomplish something both creative and practical.  Card-Shark has not yet updated their homepage or added a "fire new" page, but they might do so in the future, so keep an eye out if this interests you.

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This poem came out of the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8 and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug. It also fills the "magic" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. Based on an audience poll, this poem is the free epic for the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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I was amused by this article about a wizard war between two guys who make comics.  This explains so much of the mayhem in the multiverse.  ;) 
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For those of you wishing that #45 would go away ...

"Anyone do magic out there? I guess there's a spell being cast to bind Trump worldwide at midnight (EST) tonight. So if you have an orange candle, a tarot deck, and an "unflattering photo of Trump (small)" you can join in. :-D There are instructions in this news article as well as unflattering photo of Trump (small)."

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This poem is from the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and [personal profile] nsfwords.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kyleri.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "liminal time" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This is from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "gods / goddesses" square in my 1-7-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Loopholes and Destinies"


The thread of fate is unbreakable,
but it always has loopholes.

Clotho smiles, and pushes her hook
into the burlap backing of her rug.

For every prophecy, there is
some way to avoid it and
get by on a technicality.

For every impenetrable protection,
there is a donut hole it doesn't cover.

For every curse, there is
a means of breaking it.

For every all-knowing program,
there is a glitch in the matrix.

Lachesis winks, and
her silver needle twinkles
as she crochets.

The hero's journey is not
about destiny, self-discovery,
getting the girl, or even
saving the world.

At its heart, the quest is really
about finding the loopholes in fate.

Atropos laughs, and
sharpens her scissors.

* * *

Notes:

The Three Fates are goddesses of life, death, and fortune.

Latchhooking is done by knotting short yarns through a mesh to make a rug.  Read instructions or watch a video on it.

Crochet uses a hook to loop yarn into cloth.  This site has all kinds of introductory material.  See a video or read a tutorial about this craft.

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This poem is spillover from the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "hex" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest, and the "possession / mind control" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and tells part of the background about how Easy City came to be.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features evil hexes, a bokor, mind control, vulgar language, sexual assault, street fighting, use of superpowers to hurt people, temporary cardiac arrest, voluntary possession, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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"The Purpose of Power" won the 2017 Rose and Bay Award in the Poetry category.

This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "be here now" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and comes after "Calming the Agitations."

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes introversion, feeling drained and irritated, anxiety over the future, solution-caused problems, deep philosophical discussions which are needful but Shiv is in no way prepared for, confusion, reference to past injuries and almost dying, followed by past medical abuse, cape politics, fate and free will, self-blame, self-hate, discussion of zetetic terror weapons, past traumatic amputation, the difference between legality and morality, purpose, existential angst, and other challenges. On the whole, it's pretty positive, just overwhelming for Shiv. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the freebie for the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It's spillover from the November 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It also fills the "entheogens" square in the public card for the Science Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find on the Serial Poetry page.

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