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Uncoven Issue #30

Cooking Up a Storm (and Elbow Deep??) with Blackbird

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It may not be cold here in sunny SoCal, but it is *cooler* (?) and the need for fall favorites has kicked in for me.  Soups, sauces, risotto, breads…things that are warm and comforting are making their way into my kitchen.  And baking!  So much baking.  This year for Samhain I made the soul cakes again, pictured on the left.  They turned out much better this year, and I think it’s because I gave myself time – I didn’t force myself to get it all done on October 31st.  In fact, that day was full of social stuff, and it just didn’t seem right or appropriate to honor my deceased loved ones without having a good amount of reflective time built in.  So I waited until the Saturday after Halloween, sat at my kitchen table while these were in the oven, and wrote 3 letters.  During the writing of one of these letters, I felt the tears well up and I couldn’t stop them – nor did I want to.  I needed that cathartic cry.  I think sometimes we are so busy with other aspects of life that we don’t really allow ourselves to grieve – while we may acknowledge that we miss that person daily, it is not the same as taking time to physically put pen to paper and truly writing out your heart.  That takes time – time that you have set aside – and strength.  I felt strong energetically that day because I had given myself time to recoup from the ACTUAL day of, so it was ten times more powerful to me.
Anyway, my house smelled rad from all the baking, I cried a lot, and it was a good way to end and start at the same time.Blessings –
Blackbird

Shadow Weaver: Benevolent Narcissism

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On the latest episode I jokingly referred to myself as possessing “benevolent narcissism.”

I try to use my powers for good and so can you!

I have found embracing traits normally seen as negative or as a disorder, to be very witchy or what is sometimes termed “shadow work.”  My practice has directly aided in my willingness and success with repurposing harmful tendencies into benevolent directions.

As most people are NOT narcissists, there are actually advantageous narcissistic traits that you can learn to emulate.  I also have picked up on how to deal with or support narcissists around you and ways to outsmart malignant narcissists.

About Me
Full disclaimer, I have not been formally diagnosed by a mental health professional.  But I tick a lot of boxes which include:

-I think i am better than other people and inherently special, attractive, and interesting.

-I understand other people’s emotions and motives but often don’t see them as important.  I can sympathize but don’t really want to empathize.

-I get impatient quickly especially when I have to repeat myself.

-I believe I can do anything I put my mind to.

-Lashing out is a pleasurable way to relieve sadness or anxiety.

– I am deeply uncomfortable when I am not the center of attention in any setting.

– I believe that people who do not stand up to me are weak.

– I do not think most rules apply to me.

Stay Tuned
Despite my many misanthropic attitudes, I usually manage to not be a fucktastic asshole and I am always improving.
Next month I’d like to share the specific ways witchcraft has improved my self-awareness and benevolent behavior towards others.

-Scarlet

Witch & Bitch

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Sometimes you are just not feeling it. There are periods in your life where everything else is taking up so much time and energy and you just don’t have it in you to write an elaborate ritual or spend an entire evening

There is nothing wrong with taking it easy at times when you need to. Whenever I start feeling like a “bad witch” I remind myself that I am the one setting the standards of my practice here. Send that voice packing and take care of yourself.

So, here are just a few ideas on simple ways to work in a little bit of magic in your day.

Drink some motherfucking tea….
Playing with herbs is what witches do, right? So, when you don’t have time to go pluck leaves straight from a garden, why not just play with store-bought tea bags and mix your own concoction by brewing a fun blend of different teas together. Mix some honey in your cup while saying a few words of what you want from your day…and BAM….drink your brew like the witch you are.

Note: I just got over a gnarly sinus infection and I mixed a Lemon Ginger Tea bag with a Peppermint tea bag, added a tablespoon of honey and threw in two whole cloves to stew and it was wonderful for the sore throat.

Protect yo self…
You ever get ready to go out and feel like you need some extra protection? And I don’t mean like a knife in your boot. (But hey, sometimes you need that, too.) There are those days when you feel that you need that extra mental and spiritual strength. I keep a little roller ball bottle in my purse that has essential oils mixed for protection and tiny little gems and minerals in it. I will pull it out, shake it up, and then use it to write my favorite bind-rune on my arms and my neck. You can grab a small roller ball for 4 bucks online and pop in your favorite essential oil mix. And get to drawing on your own sigils or runes that you need in the moment and rock that shit through your day.

Give what you got…
Sometimes life gets so busy that we don’t have time to plan out the perfect offering. You don’t always have to go by the book on what you offer and when you offer it. I know there is some book that might say I am wrong, but fuck it. This is your practice, and I am telling you, listening to your gut always works best. Work with what you have available that feels right.

One day it is scraps of cut up vegetables that I know will make my garden spirits happy. Another day it is a cinnamon stick from the kitchen placed on my Sekhmet altar as I am passing by. (She spicy) Maybe it is a quick spritz of my your favorite perfume around the corners of your house to freshen up your relationship with your wights. Or take some coffee grounds and sprinkle it out your porch when you need to re-energize your home life or awaken the house spirits. I don’t know. You make the rules for you. Wing it and find what works for the spirits, wights and entities in your life.

Take a beat…
If you are burned out and stretched thin, recharging yourself is important. Throw some herbs in a steaming bath. Or if you are a quick shower person, hang them up to steam with you in the shower. Try some eucalyptus and lavender.

Also, make sure you occasionally take 5 minutes to clear your head. Wherever you can get it.

I know this might be a no shit Sherlock kind of recommendation. But sometimes I have to remind myself of this. I forget I can take my meditation anywhere I choose. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out ceremonial thing.

My favorite place is in my garden. But when my schedule gets crazy, sometimes it can be just inside my car before going into the office. Just turning the radio off and closing my eyes. I will breathe in and out as I count back from 10 and then I walk through a place of nature that brings me peace. Find that calm place for you and take just a couple of minutes to walk through it. Then get back to that crazy hustle and bustle.

The biggest theme here is just listen to yourself. Witchy shit is what you define it to be in your life.

-Jaye

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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.

-7 Organizations to Support That Aren‘t the Homophobic Salvation Army

-The Navajo Nation is getting addresses — vital to voter registration in many states– thanks to an open-source mapping program.

100 Ways to Support—Not Appropriate From—Native People

-Help voters register before the 2020 primaries by donating to Spread the Vote’s Project ID initiative.

– Good news! Federal court temporarily blocks an Alabama law banning abortions, finding it unconstitutional.

-The #HomeIsHere campaign provides resources for individuals receiving DACA protections.

-The legalization of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has gone into effect!

-NJ passes law making it easier for new parents to access family leave insurance and pregnancy-related disability insurance.

Still useful stuff:

 Resources for teachers, education volunteers, and students on empowering students to vote.  Curriculae, planning a registration drive (4-week action plan), start a club (sample club constitution), and more!

Four Ways to Destigmatize Abortion in Everyday Conversations

-What You Can Do to Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans via the Cut.

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

-Complete Guide to 2019 Artist Grants & Opportunities

– 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 ridiculously 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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