Days of the Cyprians 2015 Fundraiser Results

Hail to you, holy Saint Cyprian of Antioch!  Holy Saint Cyprian of Antioch, mage, martyr, and mystic; theurge, thaumaturge, and theophoros; saint, sorcerer, and sage; together with Saint Justina and Saint Theocistus, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen. +

Icon of Saint Cyprian of Antioch

Well, it’s finally over.  The Days of the Cyprians and the Feast of the Hieromartyrs of Nicomedia, Cyprian and Justina and Theocistus, are complete, and I’m…honestly, quite beat.  I spent these last days traveling to a number of churches, performing conjurations of all the planets (both solo and in the company of others), cleaning house, going to Santeria drum ceremonies, crafting, consecrating talismans to the point of questioning corporeality, and getting my ass in gear.  This is honestly the busiest week I’ve had since 2013, and I’ve done more work this week than I have in about a year.  I hurt and I need a bit of time to recuperate, but I feel good.  Honestly good.  Especially since, with the close of the Days of the Cyprians, we’ve also closed the fundraiser I was holding for Doctors Without Borders!

Guys, I want to thank you for helping me raise $270 for this awesome organization.  It’s not as much as we were able to raise last year, and I’m sure this year is financially more difficult for many than it was last year, especially with the threat of a government shutdown still looming above us in the United States (despite what’s going on in Congress).  That as many people were able to donate to Doctors Without Borders is truly a blessing, and I’d like to thank those who donated:

  • Frater Adservio
  • Brandon B.
  • Temife N.
  • Madeleine S.
  • Wallace H.
  • Laura Z.
  • Paul F.
  • Sfinga
  • Sara M.
  • Brandon H.
  • Pallas Renatus
  • Chijioke O.
  • Several other anonymous patrons

I’ve got the necklaces, bracelets, and chaplets ready to go, and I’ll be sending them out this week as early as I can, hopefully tomorrow morning.  Thank you, all of you, for your help with this, and I pray that Saint Cyprian, Saint Justina, and Saint Theocistus watch over, empower, guide, and protect all of you, and all the readers of this blog, that you and I and we all may stand together in power, wisdom, and grace in this and all worlds, through these and all words.

However, just because the Days of the Cyprians are over doesn’t mean we should forget about these good saints and our own work.  I’ve gotten my ass back in gear to get back to the grind; as my old mentor used to say, “never a dull moment”.  Let’s make sure that we keep that up through this coming year!

In Gratiam Sancto Cypriano Antiochae!

In thanks to Saint Cyprian of Antioch, my patron and protector, my mentor and master, my teacher and tutor and tata! The good Saint has enabled me by his powerful intercession to survive the trials of my life, protecting me from the damaging winds of trial and tribulation, and assisting me in all the ways I seek of him through the grace of God almighty who lives and reigns, world without end, and to whom all glory and honor is ultimately due.

Holy Saint Cyprian of Antioch: mage, martyr, and mystic; theurge, thaumaturge, and theophoros; saint, sorcerer, and sage; pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.

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Versatile Blogger Award, woo!

A few days ago, the magnificent Lechim Nosredna over at nightswimming nominated me for the Versatile Blogging Award, which is totally awesome.  It’s a neat little thing, but it comes with a few rules of its own.

Versatile Blogging Award Button

First, thank you Lechim for nominating me.  I’m humbled and amazed that people would find my noisy rants and shoddy crafts interesting, much less worthy of note or perusal.   To both him and all you viewers out there, thank you!  Lechim blogs over at nightswimming with some of his buddies about their dreams, collectively calling themselves Dream Catchers who explore the realm of haze, imagery, and night that we all partake in when we sleep.  Really cool stuff, not to mention trippy.

To keep the VBA trend alive, I’m also going to nominate fifteen blogs that I find are also really cool.  These aren’t professional, public-service, theoretical, or discursory blogs, but more of the ones in my register: personal, detailed, meticulous, thoughtful, and entertaining.  Generally, all of the blogs on the right are fantastic, and you should consider visiting them and their buddies as well, but below are a few that stand out to me or aren’t on my public list (yet).  I hope you’ll give them some traffic and enjoy them as much as I do.

  1. Camylleon’s Cave
  2. The Key to the Clavicula Solomonis
  3. The Grey Book of Runes
  4. CGA in a VGA World
  5. Beloved in Light
  6. skatologicalhumor
  7. The Difference Between Beauty and Fear
  8. Amaranthine

Between the list above and the one on the right, that easily adds to 15.  Right, guys?  Anyway, I’ll be notifying the blogs above about their nominations in the coming week.  Once you get it, remember to post about yourself and your nominees on the VBA Winners page.

And, to keep things hilarious and to fulfill one of the stipulations of the VBA rules, here are seven things about myself that I tend not to tell others.  I mean, this being my blog and all, they might’ve come out at a future date anyway, but whatever.  These are all things personal and not really occult-related, but maybe you’ll get a better glimpse of who I am based.

  1. I was bullied really bad in elementary school to the point of nearly having my neck snapped.
  2. I’m too tall to comfortably sleep on twin mattresses, but king beds weird me out by how big they are.  Queen appears to fit well for me (lol ghey).
  3. I was really into crafts as a kid, always making things out of cardboard.  I even made a near-functional ATM out of a flat crate once, with chutes and tunnels for paper money to come out of.  Now I’ve graduated to wood and steel from corrugated paper and marker, but I guess I’ve kept the trend alive.
  4. I like to have a crush on someone after I start dating them.  It’s kinda backwards, yeah, but it makes the passion and sex a lot better for a good deal longer.
  5. Although I don’t tend to drink soda anymore, I will always grab a six-pack of TaB cola whenever I can.  I love that stuff, yo.  One time in college during winter break when I had the apartment to myself, I scoured every grocery store in Charlottesville stocking up on TaB and completely filled my fridge with the stuff.  It was awesome.
  6. The first time I cheated was in the 6th grade in a quarter-long Japanese introductory course, when I wrote that week’s katakana on my wrist in very faint ink to copy onto a quiz.  I was really anxious about it.
  7. My wardrobe consists almost entirely of five colors: black, grey, brown, green, and taupe.  Sure, I have a few blues and whites and other things, but the vast majority of my clothes fit into those colors (Venus in Virgo, baby).  Also, I pretty much only wear cargo pants, and only own one pair of jeans that were a hand-me-down from my brother years and years ago.

Anything else you’d care to ask me, occult-related or otherwise?  Post a comment and led me know!

New Year, New You: Prompt 4, “Relax”

So, now that I’m finally getting back into the routine again (including meditation, which I’m re-discovering how to do yet again, that fickle fucker of an art), things feel absolutely spectacular.  After ritually cleansing the house on New Year’s Eve and doing a banishing of myself after traveling and drinking for the past few weeks, I ended up just sitting in my chair on Monday in absolute joy.  Not doing anything special, just sitting there wrapped in my fleece blanket being utterly happy and content.  I was the happiest dingo*.  Then I had to go to work, but even then, life still didn’t suck.  It’s like this magical stuff makes things awesome by virtue of doing it!  Whodathunkit.

Even then, though, I’m still taking it easy; my life is mostly spent in front of computers and not crystals, after all, and I consider my Work to be my actual work, fun and enlightening as it is.  And, as much as I’ve been talking, these goals I’ve set out for myself are long-term goals or simply gradual things without immediately measurable progress.  This makes Deb’s most recent prompt for the New Year, New You project kind of awkward, if not flat-out tough for me.  Basically, the prompt this week is to treat yourself to something nice, as a reward for doing what’s already been done for the NYNY project and as an incentive for doing more.  “It doesn’t have to be anything really expensive or even super time consuming,” quoth Deb.

The thing is, I don’t particularly feel like I’ve done much to begin with, beyond get back into my routine.  I feel like the work, little enough as it’s been, is only just beginning.  Still, I suppose the little victories count just as much, and I’m known for looking back on huge projects and thinking that they were nothing or barely a trifle anyway.  At this point, geeky or obsessed though it may make me sound, I think the best way for me to relax during this is to simply keep reading.  I mean, it’s not exactly active work, it’s relaxing, and it’s still helping me get my Work done in the long run.  It might be cheating, but whatever (FORGIVE ME DEB).  If I absolutely have to indulge in something (tsk, I mean, gosh, if I have to), then it’s going to be that extra bottle of sangria I have in my fridge while I work from home tomorrow.

Aaanyway…in other news, I added a new section to the site on prayers (you can see it in the navbar above).  I separated out the current prayer articles from the Rituals section and made it its own, since, with the addition of the newly-added Prayer of Thanksgiving, I didn’t want to overwhelm the pages actually focused on rituals.  Also, I’m churning out articles on geomancy oh-so-slowly under the Skills page, so check back periodically and see what’s new there.

* I hang out with furries a lot, and my fursona is a dingo.  I and others occasionally refer to myself as such.  With enough gin, I bite (hard).  And yes, I eat babies.

UPDATE (1/4/2012): Okay, I also found a cheap jewelry sale online and got myself a stainless steel ring for cheap.  You have NO IDEA how difficult it is to find subtle black men’s rings.