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Welcome to Hex Rated…

where four witches living and practicing deep in the heart of the Lone Star State will take you on a journey through homegrown witchcraft, foul language, hilarious judgement, and – the dirtiest of all- FEMINISM. #hexratedwitches

Episode #18 – Delayed, But On the Way!

Episode 18 will be ready toward the end of January – we know we have been a little late with the podcast episodes, but life is happening for the witches and our schedule is a bit hectic.  We will be reviewing 2017 and will also talk about other favorite podcasts!

In the meantime, hit us up on the facebooks and grams and let us know your thoughts and questions on this topic!

Don’t forget to check out our web-o-net pages at Hex Rated Podcast!

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Cooking Up a Storm 

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Happy 2018, everyone!  Hope this edition of the newsletter finds everyone well and full of energy for the New Year.  I am just NOW feeling that “New Year Energy” because I spent the last of December and the beginning of January getting and recovering from a really nasty upper respiratory infection.  Coughing.  For days.  The only thing that seemed to soothe was lots of hot tea with lemon and honey.  Needless to say, it was a weird way to start the year.  Now that I am feeling a little more energized, I wanted to share with y’all an appetizer I made last night that is FUCKING FANTASTIC.  And super duper easy.  Now that I am well, I am back to cooking!

Cheesy Jam Bites

INGREDIENTS:
1 sourdough baguette (or any baguette), sliced into 1 or 1-1/2″ slices
1 cup Blackberry preserves (OR ANY PRESERVES!)
1 package bleu cheese crumbles
Olive Oil
Balsamic vinegar

Lay your sourdough slices out flat on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Place 2 tsp to a tablespoon of preserves onto each slice of bread, depending on how much you’d like.  Add bleu cheese crumbles to tops, making sure they stick into the preserves (get messy, it’s cool.  Lick it off.)  Place under broiler until the cheese is bubbly and turns a little toasty.  You can also add nuts, candied or regular.  You could use other types of cheese too, but this combo was really great.  I guarantee, these are delicious.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful start to your year!
–Blackbird

Throwing Stone

Have you ever wondered just how I throw my runes? I KNOW, YOU LITERALLY THINK ABOUT ME ALL THE TIME, DON’T YOU? CREEPER. But for realz, divination customs vary not only from method to method, but from indivi

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dual to individual, and I am fascinated by personal traditions. No two people or practices are the same, so why should the ways in which we divine be the same? Easy answer: they shouldn’t. You do you, sugar bear… sugar witch? Witchy poo? Whatever. But! If you’re like me and you find yourself
inspired by the practices of others, go ahead and click the link below to be magically transported to our first Facebook video wherein I do a brief (6-7 minute) breakdown of my rune reading method. Then, after you watch the video, get on the emails or the DMs or whatever you crazy kids are into and let me know how you read runes! Or tarot. Or lots. Or stars. Or a can a ravioli you spilled in the kitchen.

​~Lily


Sass-trology: Darkside of Pisces

Your average Pisces lady is a magical creature of Pollyanna optimism.  Sure, sometimes her empathetic ways get her awash in everyone else’s bad vibes and seriously out of sorts, but for the most part you can count on her to be the loveliest goldfish in the box of crackers.

However, for ever sweet siren bringing your a surprise Starbucks, there is a psycho mermaid.

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She doesn’t know how to be platonic friends with anyone and will be touchy-feeling, flirtatious, and overly-familiar with anyone who lets her get her fins in the door.  She gushes about how she “admires” you or is always “thinking about you” even though you’ve only hung out socially twice.

Friends and significant others will be legitimately outraged by how uncomfortable her physical sexual harassment and emotional clinginess is making you feel, prompting a tsunami of paranoid ideation from your barnacle bestie followed by waves and waves of sob stories about her “terminal” illness and her evil stepmother.

If one or both of you falls off each other’s radar, be warned she will will randomly pop up moths after contact is broken to announce that you are toxic and she is cutting ties with you, she  just can’t handle your negative energy.  You will have done either literally nothing or been perfectly friendly (in a normal platonic way) to them.

 

New Year, New Nope!

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I have spent many beginnings of years with resolve, as many of us do.  Resolve to do more.  Resolve to lose weight.  Resolve to quit various bad habits.   But this year, I’m doing things a little differently:  I’m not making the lists, or using the word “resolution”.  That’s not to say that I am not changing any of my behavior – I am, but it is more a coincidental situation that the timing happens to be around the start of the year.  The behaviors I am changing have already been a work in progress over time.  So it’s really not a beginning, but a continuation.

Resolutions, to-do lists, making ourselves promises are destined for one result only – to disappoint.  To possibly, or probably, make us feel a little bit of a failure when that resolve wanes.  And while you can read this same advice on more than one self-help site (I prefer Tiny Buddha!), I want to offer you a witches’ perspective.
For me, every action that has led me to this very moment in my life is all part of an intrinsic web.  While I personally believe that we affect the design of that web and it is not some pre-ordained world we live in, I definitely subscribe to the notion that every moment – every “bad” decision, every choice, has led me to be the person I am.  I haven’t always liked that person.  That’s a work in progress too.  But, nevertheless, it is me.  I can’t change the past, nor would I want to.  While I find the concept of living without any regrets a bit ridiculous – of fucking COURSE I have regrets! – I don’t want to shroud myself in those moments, wishing I would have made a different choice.  That choice has led me right here, writing these words to you.
The long and short of what I am trying to import here is that there is no need to set yourself up for disappointment, because you are the person you are right now.  You are constantly changing.  It is ok to set goals for yourself, but be wary, travelers.  For me, the journey IS the goal, as it can be for you.  And if today I want to lose weight, stop procrastinating, write more, that is all super awesome – but for me, I can’t set that up as a “I SHOULD” for a New Year.  In my experience, I will only be dragged into the abyss by “should.”
So do what you want.  Do what feels right, right now.  It’s all about fine-tuning that intuition.  And as a magical, mystical badass, you don’t need some to-do lists to tell you what you need.  It’s in the quiet parts of your heart if you really listen.

Happy…continuation.
–Blackbird

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Open Source Witchcraft 

Our rituals are Frankensteined and Mad-Libbed together and they are free for you to share!  Keep what you like, ditch what you don’t.  Cut, paste, curse, and cure. Tell us what happens.

Imbolc 2017
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Last year, we reused a fun folk tradition Blackbird found on the interwebs that involves circling the house inviting in the Goddess.  The invocations were based around Brigid as a triple goddess (smith, healer, poet).  Taking inspiration from that, we each took on 1-2 roles and led the group in a quickie ritual of our own devising: golden milk as ceremonial tea healing, a lesson in energy medicine moves, writing invocations to ourselves, and a freeform group chant session.

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Politi-Craft

An on-going list of political and social action items to keep you aware in these rage inducing times.

– Check out Jen Hoffman’s new year activism challenge with her activism plan worksheet and a bonus self care worksheet.    Sign up for her weekly newsletter which is so ridiculous more thorough than ours!

– Good news! Judge blocks Trump’s military transgender ban.

A tough but important read on the epidemic of s exual assault against people with intellectual disabilities.

– Via NYT: Retired From the Brutal Streets of Mexico, Sex Workers Find a Haven.

– Fucking science! T op 10 breakthroughs of 2017. 

– S tudents practice on papaya fruit to make up for the lack of instruction on contraception and abortion at many US medical programs as well as learning to use  “a no-frills kit of basic instruments that, in the event of the practice becoming illegal in the US, could be stashed and carried discreetly, to perform covert abortions safely.”

​​Below you will find items from previous newsletters that are still relevant:

– Join the Handmaid’s Resistance!  Get updates about events, resources, organizing your own event and more.

– fire up that cellular device and oppose the rollback of birth control coveragedefend childhood immigrants and DREAMersdenounce Trump’s ban on transgender troops, tell DeVos to maintain title IX protections for campus assault victims.  Or pick any other five issues from 5 Calls, there are 31 active issues!  Bonus points: follow up with emails and faxes through an app (see below) or good ole snail mail.

– Try the  Stance app. Record a voice message and will send it directly to your representative’s phone.

– Head to the  House of Representatives website to find your rep in congress and contact them! Emails are great, phone calls are better, but do something. Contact them until the poor, unpaid interns who have to answer the phones all day know you by name. Contact them until everyone cries because you will not stop until your rep knows exactly where you stand on all the issues.

– Follow your congress(wo)man on Twitter or periodically check-in (if clouding your social media feed with their trash is too repulsive), representatives will often tweet about upcoming town halls. Attend town halls.

– If you are in a time crunch and want to contact your senators or representatives but can’t get to a town hall, check out this genius texting bot called  Resistbot.  You will have to come up with a short message, but the bot will fax your legislators DAILY if you so desire.

– The  Women’s March is a goldmine of resources and suggested actions to combat the growing voice of racism, bigotry, and sexism. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well!

– Check out  The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) handy-dandy doc  Know Your Rights for when you’re out there on the street peacefully protesting and expressing your motherfuckin’ right to civil disobedience. In fact, while you’re at it,  donate some cash monies if you can. Here in ‘Merica we vote with our dollars.

– One of the handiest resistance guides out right now is the  Indivisible Guide.  A wealth of information and actions.

-If you are a Texas resident, you can go to the Texas Legislature Online and sign-up for an account, allowing you to view legislative content and add bills to an alert list. Whenever a bill you’ve put on your list is updated, you’ll receive an alert. Also, feel free to check out our list of Texas legislative bills that we are monitoring and updating. Stay woke, witches.

-Check out Planned Parenthood Texas Vote‘s guide on attending legislative committee hearings where the public is given the opportunity to provide input and feedback on proposed laws.

– Don’t over extend yourself! Yes, we’d all like to fix all the problems right the fuck now, but that’s not practical. You will burn yourself out if you try to keep up with everything in this country (and world for that matter) that needs fixing, so we recommend you come up with a short list of the most important social issues to you. This does not mean you don’t care about everything! We know you do! But we can’t all be doing everything all the time.

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