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Uncoven Issue #25

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

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Episode 27 will be on the way shortly!

In this soon-to-be-released episode, we go over our Beltane/Hexennacht ritual (we were all together in Texas!)  Stay tuned and look for us on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and pretty much wherever you get your podcasts!

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The Beauty in Darkness

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It might be a little cliche’ – to be a witch and be drawn to darkness, to dark things and thoughts.  I like to think we just seem to look a little deeper at ourselves and the world.  Maybe it is just my strong ties to the earth and the core of all being, but I am drawn to caves, to hidden pools of water below the earth, to crevices, to murky shadows.  I suspect I am not alone.  Do I fear the unknown?  Do I long to know more?  Do I want to explore, or is the darkness just there for me as a symbol the beckons me to look beyond, and to draw from my own intuition or well of being?  I can’t answer all these questions, but I am sure I will lead a life that never ceases to probe what is hidden, lurking, and under the surface of the world, and of myself.

–Blackbird

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Cooking Up a Storm with Blackbird

Y’all know how much I love to bake!  I have never tried to make scones before, but Mr. Blackbird and I watched all 6 seasons of Downton Abbey in the last 3 months or so and I was tired of having bullshit high tea skills.  (Also, Maggie Smith is a treasure to the entire universe.)  What better way to correct my lackluster tea tray doldrums – LEARN TO MAKE KICKASS SCONES.  So I googled Mary Berry’s recipe.  You have to convert some stuff because everything is in grams which is hella smart, but I don’t have a food scale currently (I have had several in the past.)  Anyway, I am pleased to let you know that the recipe comes out pretty perfectly – as long as you are pretty good at working with dough and realizing when it might need a little more liquid.  I have made them twice so far – once just for me and another time when we gathered a few weeks ago in Texas.  They were a big hit and I know I’m going to make these again and again.  I won’t copy Mary Berry’s recipe, but I will link to it here.  Throw some more butter and strawberry jam on them and you will not be sorry.

Happy baking!
–Blackbird

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I Call Bullshit: A Lily Rant

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I‘ve felt for a long time that the Maiden, Mother, Crone triptych is patriarchal bullshit.

Let me tell you right now, there are more than three ways of existing as a woman beyond being a virgin, a mom or an old lady. Even ignoring for a moment that these three labels rely entirely on a woman‘s worth stemming from her reproductive stage and thus her “usefulness” to men, they are simply unproductive (I‘m so punny) and not mutually exclusive. I am a mother, when I become an old lady, do I throw off the shackles of the Mother Archetype to tie myself down to the limits of the Crone Archetype? Furthermore, can one not be both a virgin and a mother? Does one‘s ability to mother come from having had the sexy sex times and not from the ability to y‘know, be a fucking parent?

FURTHERMORE, are you not a valid woman if you are a deflowered *gasp* non-mother *double gasp!*? Because surely the natural life cycle of the human woman is virgin who then has sex which leads to children (because why else are women allowed to have sex?) and then growing old and scary (because when you‘re old you‘re ugly and we ain‘t got no place for ugly around here) and then gracefully dying.

Do you know who came up with this neopagan Triple Goddess bullshit? Pseudohistorians. I mean, Triple Goddesses existed in ancient times, but what I‘m telling you is this Maiden, Mother, Crone bullshittery did not.

Okay? It fucking didn‘t.

And yea, maybe I sound pissed off right now because I‘m coming face to face with the reality that in becoming a mother, society has now heaped onto me this idea of The Mother.

And it is fucking suffocating. And infuriating. And frankly debilitating.

Also it‘s bullshit.

Did y‘know that I exist outside of my role as my daughters‘ primary caregiver? Because I fucking do.

I am, in no particular order, a
Teacher
Wife
Daughter
Mother
Sister
Artist

Witch.

And I am not beholden to your expectations.

~Lily

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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. 

– Use the Americans of Conscience worksheets to make and Action Plan and Self Care plan for 2019.

-Friend of the podcast and Scarlet’s middle school-high-school-college classmate Amy Patrick is going viral, laying down engineering facts about the proposed border wall!

– Consumer Technology Association, revoked an innovation award from Lora DiCarlo’s company geared toward women‘s sexual health, saying it ” fit into any of our existing product categories.” And yet, they have recognized or hosted exhibitors such as an virtual porn company and a sex robot for men.  What do you suppose the REAL issue is, hmm?

-the National Film Board of Canada launched Indigenous cinema, an extensive online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors.  Here’s a list of top picks from the archive from the directors and programmers themselves!

-This app makes your phone buzz when you approach places where women made history.

-1,000-Year-Old Illustrated Manuscript of Herbal Remedies Available Online 

-Complete Guide to 2019 Artist Grants & Opportunities

Still useful stuff:

– 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!

– 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.  Resistbot is now available on Facebook Messenger, with even more features than ever.  If you are not using this, it is simply the fastest, best way to contact your state and federal representatives.

– 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.

– **NEW!!** Indivisible has released a brand new version of the Indivisible Guide.  New congress, new rules of engagement.  Check it out!!

-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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