Art for its own sake

I’ve been creatively busy, of late. I started writing again back in September, after a LONG hiatus.

I’m now actively writing two fanfics – one where a 52 year old pagan punk rock art girl ends up accidentally clocking Chris Evans in the balls, and a relationship ensues – and the other a fanfic where an arty punk girl ends up meeting Captain America, who she initially hates. …and a relationship ensues – because, fuck it – it’s a fantasy, and I have a ridiculous crush on Chris Evans.

I’ve also been doing arty stuff like this:


I’m still participating in Mediumship circles, as well as doing spiritual healings and cleansings – it’s just that art is startin’ to hit hard lately, so I’m striking while the iron is hot.

Constructing a Stave for Magical Purposes

When looking for the right type of wood to craft a magical stave/staff, it’s important to choose a wood with the type of energetic that you’re wanting to flow through the piece. Your base needs to be solid – both physically and energetically, as it will be the foundation of the instrument you’re crafting.

IE – if you’re wanting to do straight up Necromancy, you’d want to look at Willow, Alder, Ash or Yew. For protection, Alder, Oak and Birch are good. For transformation/regeneration – Elder.

I won’t go into the properties of all the types of trees here, as there are many different sites online, as well as various books that can help you get started with your own staff.

Whether this is for an art project or for full on ritual witchery, it can only help you to have the energy of the things you use be in accordance with the feel of the piece you’re going for. It’s also important that all the items added are in harmony with each other, so that you can get the feel or emotional/magical tone that you want.

Think of it like a recipe. If you’re making a cake, there are certain things you add to the mix – and certain things you usually don’t – otherwise the entire flavor of the dessert is either just a little off, or entirely awful.

It’s the same with art – same with magical items.

Critical thinking is essential in the process – which means that you should do a little research on the elements you’re wanting to add before you even consider them. One misplaced item and the usefulness or tone of your entire piece will be thrown off.

Figure out what you’re wanting to accomplish – what end result you’re wanting. Sketch it out – in your head, online, on paper – doesn’t matter, just go through the motions of ‘what should this look/feel like’?

Keep in mind that the first few tries will likely be crappy. Most people’s first foray into this sort of thing aren’t always stellar. Stay with it. And, by all means – if you feel as though you’ve gone off into the weeds with it – tear it apart and start again. Or, tear it back to the basic elements and rework it.

If you want to go above and beyond, then there are the aspects of the planetary days and hours that you can track to ensure you get that much more of an energetic help or kick to the collection process. Calculating the planetary hours is an ancient astrological method to determine what activities are favorable for a given planetary time, and what are not. There are plenty of Apps that will help to calculate this for you, and there are also a great many sites online that provide details about planetary aspects for the days and hours available.

Once you’ve figured out your base material, it’s time to start searching for a suitable branch to harvest. 

Keep in mind that green or live wood is going to be really difficult to work with. However, you also don’t want a limb that is going to snap easily because of weather or insect damage. You may have to search a while for the piece that feels right.

Once you’ve found the right piece of wood, then you’ll want to figure out how you want to finish it. Do you want to keep all the bark on it? Strip all the bark off and sand it down? Stain it a certain color? Shellack it? Are you going to store the staff at an outside shrine? An indoor shrine?

With those questions answered, now it’s time to start adding things to the staff that give the energy a general direction.

I’m currently crafting a staff out of a large Oak tree that was felled on our property last year. Considered highly sacred to the Druids, Oak is considered to have masculine qualities, and it’s a good, strong wood for a staff. The Oak represents longevity, strength, protection – as well as promoting both clarity of mind and intuition. 

This staff is for a spirit I work with – that of an ancient Heathen Volva – she calls herself a ‘Bone Talker’. I started seeing images of the staff in my dreams, in much the same way I saw images of the totem that I’ve constructed for my Heathen ancestry out in the firepit out in the backyard.

I tend to take a rather ‘seat of the pants’ approach to constructing things. I’ve heard the voices of the dead since I was five years old, and when I craft anything, I get suggestions from sources that I know aren’t me. When I do research into what I’ve been told to add, everything checks out, so I just go with it.

A friend of mine gifted me with a literal pile of deer skulls she had stacked on her property for years, so I’ve been using them in various projects – mounting one on the staff, because it feels right. Although, as a rule, I’m currently angry at deer because they’re eating all the leafy greens off my hostas, it feels right to have this creature on the staff. 

The energy of the deer is that of both foraging and evasion. Whitetail deer can jump over eight feet – usually over fences to graze in areas that are usually closed off to other animals – so they can also be seen as having the energy of easily overcoming obstacles. Although I’ve seen some pretty clumsy, and kinda stupid, deer – they can be quite graceful – which is another good energetic addition, as I’m only getting older and hopefully this will keep me from spraining or breaking anything.

At some point, I’ll be adding certain metals to the staff. I’ll likely drill a small hole, fill it with both herbs and metals that will add to the work that I’m wanting to do with the staff, then I’ll seal it with beeswax.

As with wood, metals have their own metaphysical properties – IE, if you’re wanting endurance beyond all reason, Osmium is a good choice. Silver would be good for conducting energy throughout the piece.

So far, I consider the work I’ve done on the staff a pretty solid foundation for a working magical piece.

Because I’m a necromancer – working mostly with materials of the dead and spirits, I’ve added coyote jawbones that I’ve drawn directive designs on, as well as a few other bones and some ragged blue silk ribbons.

What I have at this point, is a workable staff that I will likely add to throughout the course of my life. The more I interact with and use it, the more the item and I will ‘get to know’ each other, therefore being better able to work together.

There is a relationship that one needs to have with the spiritual tools that you engage during the course of your work. This isn’t just a simple fork or knife that you’re using to insert food into your face hole. This is a force that you’re stepping up to – working within, to affect a certain result within your life, or within the lives of others.

There needs to be respect. There needs to be diligence.


EVENT: Ancestor Reunion – 8/24/2019

A rare opportunity to experience some of the most gifted mediums in Fairfax, VA.

This Gathering will be a public ceremony where spiritual Mediums, with the assistance their guides and ancestral spirits will give important messages to the gathered members of the Congregation.

The sole purpose of this gathering is for the mediums present to share messages that will be helpful to the community members who attend.

Please feel free to bring images of your loved ones, or items that were precious to them – we’ll be setting up an altar space where we will be placing these and other necessary items. We do this with the hope that the spirits of the ancestors who attend can receive the energy of the offerings (incense, food, candles, flowers, seven day candles) presented, as well as receive the elevation from those praying and singing throughout.

There will be mediums present that may be ridden by their guiding/helping spirits – in such cases, the medium’s voice/tone may change, their movements and personality may also change. Should this happen know that you are safe and no harm will be allowed to come to you. These spirits come in to clean, support or pass messages. The mediums that do this have years of experience in both calling in and banishing spirits.

Attendants will be cleaned spiritually when entering the space, and then cleaned again before leaving.

Space is limited to 10

Call the store to reserve your spot: 703-352-2343
Location: Sticks and Stones – 11037 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Entrance Fee: $35

Captain Anonymous

I started writing again, after MANY years of getting caught up in other stuff. Dipped a toe back into fanfiction to see how it went. I’m really pleased with the results, and am actually thinking of writing a romantic comedy novel now.

It began with an accidental dick punch: A Love Story

A ‘meet ouch’, if you will.

During the course of a disastrous blind date, Callisto ends up running into – literally, Chris Evans – having no idea who he actually is. Who knew accidentally clocking a guy you’ve never met in the balls would have such a positive outcome?

Event: Death Cafe


I’ll be hosting a Death Cafe out at Sticks and Stones on September 15th at 2pm.

Address: Sticks and Stones 11037 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

For anybody interested, this will be a free event.

A Death Cafe is a scheduled non-profit social gathering for the express purpose of frankly discussing death over food and drink, usually tea and cake. The goal of this group gathering is to educate and help others become more familiar with the end of life issues that all of us will encounter throughout our lives – whether it be witnessing/holding vigil for a loved one or friend, or preparing for our own eventual deaths.

The idea of the Death Cafe originated with Swiss sociologist and anthropologist Bernard Crettaz, who organized the first Café Mortel in 2004.

Participants will be urged to discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other areas of death and dying at this event. We will also discuss the kind of documentation and work needed to be considered before death, in hopes that people will be better prepared and not so overwhelmed when dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one.

EVENT: Death Cafe


I’ll be hosting a Death Cafe out at Sticks and Stones on July 14th at 2pm.

Address: Sticks and Stones 11037 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

For anybody interested, this will be a free event.

A Death Cafe is a scheduled non-profit social gathering for the express purpose of frankly discussing death over food and drink, usually tea and cake. The goal of this group gathering is to educate and help others become more familiar with the end of life issues that all of us will encounter throughout our lives – whether it be witnessing/holding vigil for a loved one or friend, or preparing for our own eventual deaths.

The idea of the Death Cafe originated with Swiss sociologist and anthropologist Bernard Crettaz, who organized the first Café Mortel in 2004.

Participants will be urged to discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other areas of death and dying at this event. We will also discuss the kind of documentation and work needed to be considered before death, in hopes that people will be better prepared and not so overwhelmed when dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one.

It’s Official – I am now an End-of-Life Doula

The role of an End-of-Life Doula is to accompany the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life. The doula provides support, resources, education and friendship for those who accept and embrace dying as a natural part of life, not just an abrupt ending. This period of life may end up lasting a year or a day.

The end-of-life doula adds a layer of support for both the dying person and their family to help them live life to the fullest.

Espiritu Santo

This coming Memorial Day Weekend, I’ll be presenting a class about working with Ancestors at the coming Espiritu Santo event out at Four Quarters in Artemas, PA.

Friday, May 26th to Monday, May 29th, 2017
190 Walker Lane
Artemas PA 17211
Full Weekend: Members $40 registration, Nonmembers $50 registration,
Single Day Registration: Saturday only $20
Event includes Saturday and Sunday Feasts, and Monday morning continental breakfast.
Please RSVP by May 20th!

(From the text of the Four Quarters website) Espiritu Santo is a unique opportunity to explore the rich Afro-Caribbean religion of La Regla Lucumi or Santeria. Rapidly growing in the United States, Santeria celebrates the universal spirits of nature, The Orisha; the spirits of our ancestors, The Egun; and our ability to speak with them directly through ceremony and divination.

Especially welcoming of newcomers, we will provide a weekend full of informative workshops, ceremonies, divination, drum and dance. Traditional Cuban cooking will be featured as well as an opportunity to meet with Priestly initiates of the religion.

Celebrating the Spiritual Traditions of the West African Diaspora and their Rebirth in
the New World. Welcoming of EarthSpirited people of any background, the organizers of Espiritu Santo extend their blessings and hope that this can be an opportunity to discover Ifa and Orisha worship in its traditional way. Espiritu Santo is designed to provide an accessible introduction for the curious beginner (Aleyo) as well as networking opportunities for the initiate (Aborishas and Olorishas). Perhaps the Orisha will speak to you.

We honor Spirit with Ancestor Ceremony Friday evening.
On Saturday, a full day of teaching, readings with Babalawos and an evening Guiro of song, percussion, and dance, with a Feast.
Sunday begins with a blessing of Warriors, both Lukumi and non-Lukumi, followed by a traditional Lucumi Warrior Feeding.
Plus more workshops and readings, culminating with an evening Celebration for Ochun with Feast.



Diloggun Readings – Saturday, Feb 25th

It’s been forever since I updated – please forgive me.

I’ll be doing Diloggun readings out at Sticks and Stones in Fairfax on Saturday, February 25th from noon to 5pm.

I’ll also be doing an Introduction to Working With Ancestors class on Saturday, March 25th from 4pm until 7pm. I’ll be doing Diloggun readings at the store from noon until the class starts that day as well.

Sticks and Stones
11037 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-2343

Paranormal Investigation Case Files – 001 – Philadelphia, PA

February 25th, 2013

This past saturday night was my first time accompanying a paranormal investigative team – Cressona Paranormal. We went to a house about 45 minutes or so outside of Philadelphia, PA. The client had experienced things moving around in the house and had found some scratches on the top of one of his dressers, but nothing else really directed at him in a negative way. He stated that at one point, while he was practicing with his Death Metal band in the basement, there was a loud LA LA LA that came through the speakers. The women that would enter his house, however, would usually leave with a sense of dread/discomfort, if not scratches – one was scratched up in the attic, the other in the basement. There was at least one woman that it tried to push down the stairs.

Apparently a Wiccan priestess that came in to bless the house at one point felt VERY uncomfortable when she left.

The moment I stepped inside, then started up the stairs to the kitchen, I felt a pressure on my lower legs – like there was somebody trying to push them back in order to make me stumble. It happened on almost every step, but I shrugged it off. I get a lot of these – well, what I call ‘BOO!’ moments when encountering spirits for the first time. I find that it’s usually something that likes scaring or being tricksy with people. I don’t really scare easily, and I get either sighs of disappointment or frustration that it isn’t working when I don’t react the way they want me to.

However, once on the middle level of the house, it was almost a null zone; like a cushion between what’s going on in the basement, the top floor or in the attic.

This was my first time meeting the team – there were introductions all around and everybody was very friendly and excited; then I started getting jumpy. I felt an overwhelming urge to start walking the house. Usually, when this happens and I’m alone or with other people that are two headed, like myself, I just zip off to where I feel most pulled to. Since it was my first time with this group, and I didn’t want to overstep my bounds, I asked if I could go down into the basement. We all decided to start doing the initial house walkthrough and headed downstairs.

Immediately, there was a feeling of immense pressure. I started seeing these images of pipes bursting and stuff breaking on that mental onionskin in my mind’s eye. The Client’s musical equipment is all set up downstairs. There was a genuine feeling of rage down there. I started looking around and spotted the female torso of a plastic store mannequin off in the corner. Immediately, the words, “Get that thing THE FUCK out of here!” kept repeating over and over in my head.

I got clear very quickly that whatever lives in the basement did NOT want us there. When I encounter spirits like this, there’s usually an initial, “Who the hell do you think YOU are?” component. After I react calmly and quietly – and they’ve had time to ‘sniff me out’, as it were, they calm down and back off, curious as to what I’m going to do. It’s a very, “Oh. Shit. You actually see and hear us.” kinda thing. If they don’t like something I’ve done in their space, I get yelled at in my head, at which point I then back off and apologize for giving offense. It’s almost like having a conversation with a very keyed up person that just wants to fight, at least in the beginning. Initially, the angry presence in the basement showed itself as a weird, angry squiggle on a piece of paper – one that kept twisting itself up and moving around.

The client then pointed out patches of red splashes on the concrete. He said that they just appeared one day, getting darker and darker. They’re dark red, and it looks as if something’s been pulled through the edges of them. They go right up to the carpet under the drumset – then beneath it. He’d tried to get the stains to come out, but has so far been unsuccessful.

After a few minutes in the basement, we headed upstairs. I felt a couple half hearted pushes at my legs on the way back up to the midsection of the house, but nothing really earnest.

Once on the upper level, both myself and my partner in crime – another medium/practictioner that I work really well with, noticed that there were crosses on every door – almost every wall, and the client has a pile of them on his bedside table. Something in his bedroom was FURIOUS about the crosses, but not in a malevolent way. It was just hugely irritated about them. I got the strong feeling that the spirit was Jewish and didn’t appreciate not having his faith represented in the house as well. I mentioned this to my partner, and she started singing a part of the Mourner’s Kaddish, and the feeling calmed down.

We then went up into the attic. I was immediately drawn to a really dark corner of the attic where I crouched down, walked over and started talking with this very animated spirit that really seemed to enjoy screwing with people. There was no menace intended; he just enjoyed freaking people out and scaring them a little. He was very playful and chatty, but didn’t seem intent on actually hurting anybody.

We then walked back down into the client’s bedroom, and I asked my friend to sing the Mourner’s Kaddish again for the Jewish spirit. After a few minutes of her song, I felt this wave of sadness and gratitude that wasn’t mine come through me. It brought me to my knees and I wept as I held her hands. Then it was gone, and I was able to stand back up. We urged the client to pick up a Star of David to place in his house to respect the spirit.

It’s important to state that whenever I go into a place that feels full of ‘not living, but still there’ things, my sole intent is to connect and help them. In the end, it’s up to the homeowner to try to respect and live with the spirit, if it chooses to stay.

With this done, it was time to set up cameras and microphones; for the paranormal investigative group to now do it’s thing. My friend and I headed down to the basement with Jim, the guy that had founded the group. The other members of the team went upstairs. As we were heading down the stairs, something set off the laser tripwire ahead of us. None of us had crossed in front of the beam.

When we got downstairs, I pulled a chair over to an enormous drumset, and asked to have all the lights turned out. With the lights out, Jim began to take pictures – the flashes of light making it into a surreal experience (well, moreso than usual). I far prefer darkness or very low lighting when doing stuff like this, although I have communicated with spirits in cemeteries in the middle of the day before. For some reason, the darkness is more comforting. The investigative team is going through the data collected, so I can only recount what I experienced.

It turns out that the spirits of several revolutionary war soldiers were both terrified and dismayed by the music that the guy was playing. They had no frame of reference for it, and it was extremely disconcerting and upsetting to them. Me and my partner began singing older songs, which is something we sometimes do to soothe the spirits that we sense when the atmosphere becomes tense or oppressive, and it seemed to be much appreciated.

There was something else in the basement that was just FURIOUS. I did what I could to assist it, but have been requested not to speak more of it publically by the entity itself. The laser tripwire didn’t trigger again during our time down in the basement.

We went back upstairs to find the other members of the team on the top floor, still asking questions with EVP Recorders and headphones. One of them stated that she’d heard a woman crying at one point – heartbreaking sobs. The woman in the other room said she’d heard the same thing. In fact, they thought that it might be one of us crying in the basement. It wasn’t. Listening to the recording sent chills up my spine; it was clearly audible – but the odd thing is that I never actually felt the presence of a female spirit in the house. Everything I encountered or sensed was very male.

After a short discussion, we headed downstairs into the living room, where one of the investigators set up three flashlights around an EMF meter. The flashlights were placed to the right, the left and then behind the meter. The top connectors to the flashlights were unscrewed until the flashlight went out until somebody actually touched it to make the connection between the batteries and the light itself. With the three flashlights out, one of the investigators began asking questions – stating that the silver flashlight was for yes, the black for no, and the orange one behind the meter was for ‘we want to stop doing this now’.

I’d never seen this done before, and the EMF meter would flash dramatically every time one of the flashlights went on in response to a question. The investigator would then ask the spirit to back away from the flashlight, and it would go off. Multiple questions were asked, and the flashlights definitely seemed to be acting in accordance with actually answering the questions. It was wild.

During this process, the room kept getting colder and colder. My toes got so cold they actually started hurting. My friend was also experiencing the same thing, as was the client. The client also mentioned that from time to time, he’d get really cold while sitting on the couch – so not really sure what that was about. Drafty room or spirit presence? Hard to say – but once we stopped using the flashlights, the room started coming back down to a reasonable temperature.

In the end, the client was advised to, when he wasn’t downstairs playing Death Metal, to play more soothing music for the spirits that lived down there, to try to come to a respectful accord of some sorts – as well as removing the mannequin torso. It was also suggested that the client set up a small space for the Jewish spirit, placing a candle and some water, as well as a Star of David, to respect the spirit and to live with it without stress or agitation for either the spirit or the homeowner.