I decided to share a pc spell I created back in 2014. I’ll be slightly updating the linked to spell (not a direct copy+paste of directions). Pictures are near the end.

HP context: Avis creates a small flock of yellow canaries, and Hermione practiced this spell while trying to cheer herself up (Ron drama). Oppugno causes conjured objects to attack, which is how Hermione sicced the canaries on Ron. I took Avis in direction of cheering yourself up and offered a part two with Oppugno attacking with these cranes.

Tools: paper, knowledge of how to fold a paper crane, a writing utensil.

— Note: Any sized paper can be used to fold a paper crane as long as you first get a square, including 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper. A shade of yellow paper is a nice reference to the canaries, but I personally used a yellow writing utensil on white printer paper to make the same reference.

Optional: a means of storing (a jar) or hanging the cranes (a needle, thread, a hanger, etc.).


1: If you’re not working from an already square piece of paper like origami paper or a post-it, make sure the paper is square (or things get wonky while folding).

— Tip: You can imagine tearing away whatever has you down while tearing off the excess paper.

2: Write on your paper something that has made you happy in the past, will cheer you up now, or that you are looking forward to (future happiness).

— Personal note: I stuck very close to writing in the center and kept my writing short and to the point, so that I could fold the crane and keep the writing on the inside.

3: Fold a crane. (See instructions above.)

4: Draw or write something on the wings. This can be the word ‘happiness’, or a sigil you create, or even a smiley face.

— Tip: If you don’t want to deal with the curvature of the final wings, you can pause in folding to do this (the larger downward facing triangle in step 14 of the above directions will become the top of your wing).

5: If you haven’t already puffed out the crane so it can sit on its own, do so now. If you have, just sit it upright on its own. Say, “Avis”.

You can stop at one crane or keep going. Store the cranes for as long as you’d like. I’d personally thank the cranes before disposing of them, but you do you. Disposal methods vary for each person, but I’d consider recycling for this.

Optional: Storing the cranes. Some people like to keep folded cranes in jars, but I listed hanging supplies for a mobile as a reference to the original spell. You can fold and hang one crane at a time to raise your spirits over several occasions, or you can fold several and hang them all at once.

Note, YMMV: This spell will eventually lose its charge if you’re storing the cranes (for me, this set in 6 months to a year after creation (I never took this with me during college, so I don’t know the exact time it lost its charge)). I’d personally create a sigil that can act as a battery recharger, in a manner of speaking, if I were redoing this spell.

tumblr_inline_n5hp0kL9iB1rl4543[1] (An old webcam picture)

When I did this, I wrote “Avis” on each wing of the largest crane at the top, and each descending crane has a letter on each wing. I changed this up by saying, “Avis” before folding the first crane and after folding the last smallest one, and I wrote everything out on the wings after connecting the cranes.

As I mentioned above, I used white printer paper and a yellow writing utensil, but I also happened to have some yellow balloon string. The top crane is the size of the first and largest square from printer paper, and the rest of the cranes are the same size and from the strip of paper at the bottom (from the trimming stage of the first crane). The smaller cranes are connected to the largest with thread I had on hand.

The following is a compilation of shots from a photography assignment (hanging in a different location than the webcam).

Unexpected coal feels

Sometimes, I just watch shows on tv a bit randomly, like, the trailer seemed interesting, or it’s on a channel I watch with my family already. We’d been seeing trailers for From the Ashes a documentary on Nat Geo that looks at America’s relationship to coal, so we went ahead and gave it a shot tonight (9 – 10:30 pm with no commercials).

I wasn’t expecting this weird ache to set in. On the one hand, I definitely support efforts to reduce carbon emissions and not fuck over our planet. On the other hand, I can feel this sense of sadness. My dad’s side is from coal country in PA, and coal was pretty much the only job source in that town. It sucks that small, often rural towns that lost their peak job source years ago feel like they’re getting the short end of the stick. It hurts that townspeople get stuck with the shitty side effects of pollution and water contamination. Mostly, I don’t want Appalachia to get fucked over by the transition to renewable energy (thanks, Appalachian Regional Commission).

So, instead of just sitting through an informative documentary, I got hit with some ancestor feels and reminded of how gray this issue can be.

Head covering + Paganism

Source. ETA: In light of the Dec 2018 tumblr purge, I’m adding a transcript below the linked post in case the original gets deleted.


so in the last couple years ive seen a lot of pagans / witches participate in something called “covering” or “veiling” and it’s essentially a similar concept to wearing a hijab

and I’ve always wondered if this is acceptable or appropriative? i tend to be wary of it if only because of the danger and stigma muslim women who wear hijabs face daily


Veiling is a common practice in many cultures. I could see it being appropriative if they were referring to themselves as hijabi and wearing it just as a fashion statement, but my understanding is that many only cover during rituals, although it’s between the individual and their deities when and where they cover, if at all.


(Oh boy, my special interest arises once again. Long post with links coming.)

It IS acceptable by and large and not appropriative unless you are otherwise acting badly. Claiming to be doing it “more correctly” than the established traditions, performing hijab “tourism” that’s meant to “learn what they go through,” or taking a very specific style that’s not from your history (IE Gele or similar, which are very specifically African styles) would be the problem.

couple Muslim sources online and one Jewish one (Rivka Malka) I have on hand are all openly fine with non-Muslims doing so if that’s what feels good to them. To put it plainly, many of them feel that modesty does not belong to one culture and headcovering is an act of modesty. If you’re not Muslim, it’s not hijab because hijab is specifically their code of conduct. If you’re not Jewish, it’s not tznius because tznius is specifically their code of conduct – but it’s the same idea.

Headcovering pre-dates monotheism (even Jewish monotheism, because that didn’t actually occur until CE – Judaism existed, it was not monotheist them.) The main sources we have that confirm this are Roman.  It was, although I don’t have this source on me, a way for upperclass Roman woman to leave the house when such an act was seen as a threat to family honour and integrity.

Headcovering was also present in Norse culture at various times, including the period when Christianity wasn’t omnipresent in Europe. For the most part, as far as I’ve gleaned from doing extensive research on it, headcovering is simply practical. It’s protective from sun, sand, cold, and wet. It maintains your hair when such care was likely labour intensive. It’s a very easy way to distinguish between different people, genders, or social classes. Prostitutes in Rome were forbidden from wearing headscarves. Likely other cultures before Rome did it as well, but we have less certain sources on it. Egypt did wigs, we know, but not necessarily about scarves for daily wear.

It has likely existed for most of human history since we started wearing more elaborate clothing, and quite frankly there’s only so many ways to attach a strip of cloth to your head.

Most pagans I’ve seen talking about headcovering are either doing it as a devotional act, as a way to keep their hair or head covered to conserve power or block outside energy, or simply as a means of privacy for personal or marital reasons. For myself, at this point, headcovering is secular and always has been – it’s privacy, care for my hair, weight/pressure for anxiety. There’s as many reasons to cover as there are ways to cover.

A lot of people have internalized the idea that “only Islam covers” which is I’d say an aspect of orientalism and islamophobia. At the turn of the 20th century, most of Christian Europe was still covering too. Only after the Iranian Revolution did headscarves seem to unilaterally signify Islam, and it’s unfair and othering to persist in that, in my opinion. (”A Quiet Revolution” by Leila Ahmed discusses some of this.)

If someone wants to cover, I’d highly suggest they do this kind of research to determine what your own opinion is. You can obviously tell what mine was, and I developed it after being challenged on the point. I love covering. It’s just part of my life now, but I remain aware that challenges about appropriation are to be expected.

If you’re wearing a scarf that can be mistaken for hijab, you really might want to also be able to answer questions about Islam. (I’ve gotten into a 40 minute debate about the Qur’an being “awful to women” because of this.) I consider that to be the debt you pay for bringing covering out of being “only Islam.” You owe ALL people who cover that respect, or frankly you shouldn’t be wearing it.

Obviously if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Head covering + Norse

Source. ETA: In light of the Dec 2018 tumblr purge, I’m adding a transcript in case the original post is deleted.

Anonymous asked:

Can a Norse Pagan veil? If yes, how? I really LOVE the concept, but I’m not sure if I could or if it would be appropriate, since it seems like a Hellenic devotional practice. Thank you :).
heathenroundtable answered:

Veiling or covering one’s head or hair does seem to be more widespread among the Hellenics, yes – but as far as I’m aware it’s a practice that crosses cultures and religions. It’s common among many religions to cover one’s head as a sign of respect during worship, or for devotees to veil on a regular basis. We see this in Hellenic polytheism, in Islam, in Christianity, in Judaism, and those are just the ones off the top of my head. It is a practice that crosses cultures and religions, so there’s nothing to stop you adopting it as part of your spirituality.

I know that there are Norse pagans/polytheists/heathens who veil on a regular basis, for instance I believe lokisbruid is one. I myself sometimes cover my head with a scarf when it seems appropriate to me. I particularly do this during rituals that involve my Ancestors, the dead, or death in some way – these can be very solemn and serious experiences and I wear a black scarf as a show of respect. Sometimes in rituals that are intense and serious I will cover my head in the presence of the Gods, again it’s a respect thing. This also helps put myself in the ritual and spiritual headspace, it’s another marker that this is something out of the ordinary and immersing myself in the experience.

I’ve no experience with veiling on a regular basis or outside a ritual or devotional context though. But I would say that if it’s something that appeals to you, try it out. Experiment.

We seem often in the polytheist community to worry a lot about “doing it wrong”. On the one hand that’s good, because it reflects a level of concern and care about doing things right, about understanding cultural and historical contexts, about wanting to avoid appropriation, about respecting our Gods and spirits and so forth as individuals and not just vending machines to do our bidding … and yet. Sometimes I think that attitude can go too far – into being afraid to try out new things and see if they work, to follow our hearts and be idiosyncratic, to being wedded to external validation.

Ultimately your practice is yours alone. If it works for you and your Gods [or other entities], then it works. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Taking the plunge and doing it is the only way you’ll work out if it is right for you.

Good luck & I hope this helps 🙂

ETA: answered by mod grimnirs-child, I actually answered this entirely without noticing it was sent to the HRT and not my blog. whoops.


FYI, since I didn’t see this till now: I veil for specific ritual things like seidhr, cleansing rituals, not all the time. That said, if I feel like I’m having a day where I need to cover, I do that too, it’s just not a geas.

I have never worn any covering styles that are specific to Islam either; I don’t feel like i know enough about the tradition to do it in a respectful manner.


I veil a lot, because my hair was damaged and thinning, though there’s some regrowth.  I veil during seidh stuff. I’d be interested in getting a Dublin hood for festivals and rites, also.  See below for some options for Viking style headcoverings and hairstyles:


plamen update

I can feel that I’m curled up in the fetal position on a wood floor. I’m not entirely sure why I’m waking up until I taste sherbert – my body remembers the harsh edge of vodka and how I pushed my body on survival; my muscles remember the ache in my torso as my body dutifully worked at expelling all of the poison I’d thrown at it. My eyes fly open – not unlike gaining consciousness in the ER bed with no control over my body’s activities – but it’s a muscle level flashback.

I’m alone and lying on a dark wood floor. Outside of arm’s reach, a broken bottle of Fireball whiskey that looks like it was never opened. I slowly crawl around the liquid and reach for the larger pieces of bottle very sure that I don’t want to just leave broken glass on the floor. My stomach muscles contract again (muscle level flashback), and I know that I’m not supposed to touch the bottle.

Pijača certainly made an impression as she left (I usually don’t get dreams that pull from my memories this vividly). I don’t feel like I’m in danger of repeating the questionable alcoholic overdose scenario from about a year ago (mentioned a while back, but definitely not new news here) right now, but my People want me to err on the side of caution for the foreseeable future. With Pijača gone, I don’t know if They’re uneasy at the lack of supervision or what. Just consistently getting a “come back after getting your mental illness ducks in a row” response.

Pagans veiling =/= Cultural appropriation (automatically)

Source. I’ve a small group of drafts I wanted to also share here dealing with head covering. ETA: In light of the Dec 2018 tumblr purge, I’m adding a transcript below the linked post (just in case it’s deleted on the original blog).


Apparently, there are pagans choosing to wear headscarves and hijabs, and I’m just like “What?” I mean, really, WTF??? It smacks of cultural appropriation to me, almost, if not for the fact that there’s precedent for it in Western culture too. But beyond that, it’s just… why? Why would you do that if it’s not required of you, and it’s not a part of your religion or culture? Seriously, I do not understand this trend.


The problem is that while head coverings are historically attested in many traditions (including in Heathenry) instead of looking at types of head coverings that were used in that tradition, folks started appropriating hijab and African styles. The problem isn’t that the practice was never a thing, but that folks were appropriating styles from other traditions and not looking at the styles that were right in front of them. You can see some examples from the Viking Age here. There was also a neat article on veils in….Sweden, I think? But I can’t find it.


This is especially confusing because there are also a lot of really lovely veils/headcoverings that are part of like, Norwegian bunader and stuff (I don’t know anything about Swedish folkwear) that people could use. Covered in pretty embroidery etc., and ranging from colorful scarves to really interesting structured pieces.

Like, there are perfectly lovely in-culture modern options? (I mean if you consider folkwear modern, which it basically kind of is, even if it’s not common everyday wear.) But I guess it lacks exoticism.

Kind of a shame though. They’re really quite lovely.

(As other people have said, head coverings for women have been really common throughout history all over Europe, so that’s not actually the problematic part. The acceptability of having your hair uncovered is actually kinda recent, comparatively. It’s just that how much coverage counted as being ‘covered’ varied a lot – like go to a rev war reenactment in the US and any of the women there who are dressed accurately will be wearing some kind of white linen cap, even if it’s small, unless maybe they’re there as a really destitute beggar. And that’s the 18th century.)


Pretty sure those hoods in answersfromvanaheim’s link are super easy to sew, too. Or, for those who can’t sew, I’m fairly certain you could get some from www.garbtheworld.com


The main problem with the historically accurate coverings is that they stand out more in public than a more hijab-styled headscarf. The other matter is that actually a lot of historically accurate coverings are actually in every respect almost identical in coverage and style to hijab or the more Jewish tichel covering. (I believe the article mentioned but not linked above may be this one, in which one reconstruction is identical to hijab) On top of that, those styles are more easy to acquire the means to wear while being part of a helpful variety of scarves.

Similarly, if you’re going to bring up appropriating specific styles, technically speaking taking Swedish or Norwegian folkwear would be just as problematic if you are not of that descent, if not more so due to the fact that those are ethnically specific dress and not the covering of a world-wide, conversion-minded religion.

I do cover, primarily for disability related reasons actually and not religious, and I spent a long time looking up the actual Muslim opinion on the question of appropriation. While I’m sure it’s possible to do so, 9 out of 10 opinions I could find were friendly to the question in general of non-Muslim women covering for modesty or to feel good about themselves, and the main reservations were that the people doing so not exoticize it or make Muslim women look bad.

Most of the other Pagans I know who wear it do so because a higher standard of modesty makes them feel better about themselves in general, and they feel it suits what their Gods have asked of them. Many are Hellenic but just as many are not. Ultimately what it comes down to is that there are only so many ways to attach a piece of cloth to your head with the goal of covering your hair. I agree that specifically taking another culture’s style, especially if it’s distinctive like the gele from Africa or a Sikh turban is appropriative, but I fall by the group’s own opinion along with the purpose of the wearer before I’d call it appropriative or out of line.

Lady Gaga wearing a pink mesh burka is appropriation and mockery; a Pagan woman covering her hair and neck for modesty, or any woman covering up to reclaim her body as her private business, is not.