The Eostre Sabbat

The Spring Equinox falls between 19-22 March each year during a period when daylight and darknesss is balanced, and the sun begins to move forward. Flowers start to bloom, lawns are continuously being mowed at awkward hours, and I have to stock up on sunscreen and Claritin. Now’s a good time as ever for a metal…

Venerate Your Dead: Asia

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” -Terry Pratchett I began this series with my first entry Venerate Your Dead: The Americas while planning a menu for a Samhain Sabbat / Day of the Dead dinner party. Feel free to read that blog for a better…

Venerate Your Dead: The Americas

“Dealing with death is the root of culture.” –Friedrich Dürrenmatt In preparation for an upcoming Samhain Sabbat, I drew on some of my knowledge of remembrance rituals and of death and funeral rites for menu inspiration. I majored in Anthropology and always welcome an opportunity to bring what I learned to the table, especially in…

A Tale of Two Kremlins

A kremlin, the fancy Russian word for fortress, is not an entirely rare sight across Russia but only one has the distinction of being THE Kremlin. Moscow and its Kremlin were founded in the 12th century. Prior to the 1900s many people lived inside the Moscow Kremlin walls just as they would in any village. Soviet…

From Russia With Rap

(TL, DR: Enjoy this Russian Rap Playlist, suckas. Through my travels, I have fallen privy to unexpected information and earned some unconventional badges of expertise. It may come as a surprise, but for better or worse, I know my way around the core Russian rap scene.   A few people have laughed and been dismissive about the…

Onward Clarevoyage, to the Burren!

Ireland’s Galway Bay on the west coast forms a crescent around the Aran Islands. Today, after leaving Kylemore Abbey, we traveled south to Oughterard, Galway, the Dunguaire Castle in Kinvarra, Bell Harbour, Bealaclugga, Ballyvaughan, and into the heart of the Burren. Road Trip Essentials 101 For every road trip, you need a playlist, junk food,…