went to a friend’s house whose backyard backs into a hay field that was freshly cut and getting fluffed. we came back with about 15 pounds combined of untouched apples and pears, after making an apple cobbler last night there with local sorghum syrup that tasted like figs and honey.

iseesigils:

Dee and Kelley discuss their next scrying session..

iseesigils:

Dee and Kelley discuss their next scrying session..

jackalroads:

oh is that all

I love Visual Magick (actually everything by Jan Fries, problematic things and all)

jackalroads:

oh is that all

I love Visual Magick (actually everything by Jan Fries, problematic things and all)

art-centric:

Cathy Rose

art-centric:

Cathy Rose

plarabee:

The Gaitaz Configuration… P. Larabee

plarabee:

The Gaitaz Configuration… P. Larabee

the new kitchen where the old porch was is about halfway finished. It needs framing on one more end side, then screen and flooring. the roof also needs another patching. we’ll be able to move on to wiring and plumbing by next week.

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So we come to the heart of the issue, there is no wilderness left. No landscape that has not been despoiled by man. No living system that can escape the fate which our actions have bound it to. We are living in the age of absolute ecological collapse. Habitat loss is occurring at a staggering rate, driven by what industrial civilisation has in common with the religions of the Book: the view that nature, like woman, is ours to dominate. Witchcraft has a more nuanced understanding of our place in the holarchy.

Estimates for the time that this process will take, the process of extinction, range from fifty to three hundred years. What those figures do not tell you is the turmoil and suffering that occurs during the collapse of our living systems. They also do not tell you that with the collapse of civilisation our nuclear reactors go critical and render no life possible on this planet for 100 million years. There is no magic that can fix this; witchcraft, as I have written, flies on the wings of the storm, it cannot change the physical elements we have locked into our climate system. Witchcraft must gaze fixedly at this future. Witchcraft must be the first movement to be brave enough to accept the Anthropocene and to make our last stand. Even if we ended industrial civilisation today we would not be able to prevent these outcomes, but still we are compelled to act.


If you prefer reassurances you can ask the New Agers about their ‘global awakening product’ or believe the green wash of the venture capitalists who will seek to cash-in on the death of the biosphere with equally implausible schemes and vapourware tech-fixes. The governments and scientists will continue to lie to you to prevent the panic that disrupts shopping as usual; however, the cracks in the official narrative are beginning to show. Most will choose to keep mainlining what Dmitri Orlov calls hopium from the sock puppets squawking out of the idiot box. However, I predict the next generation are going to be angrier and their witchcraft more radical than you or I could dream. They will realise that there is nothing to lose, rather than this generation which seems concerned only about the size of their pension pots – not the fact that they have cost us all the earth.

We need to offer the death rites in a culture that pretends that death can be cheated by buying the latest i-gadget or hooking ourselves up to plasma bags of young blood. These technological and scientific responses do not account for the wider environment which we do not control, but which now seeks to redress the killing balance and is doing so with storm surge and wildfire and tornado and flood and drought regardless of what is playing on your headphones or how high the gates are to your compound. I welcome this storm.


With climate collapse and infrastructure failure in what now seems not a slow but a jagged descent, a shift to the local and a disengagement from power structures are necessary steps. Find the others has become an imperative. Our personal eschatology, the inevitability of our physical deaths, is now being played out on a planetary scale. Form your covens, your working groups, for there is no time to lose. Make your ritual actions count. Be present in every action and exchange. Love one another.


Our elders have failed us, they have not provided leadership, they have not provided counsel, they have been silent and compliant in the face of power. They have said nothing on fracking, climate collapse, the extinction crisis and done even less. The old have, for the most part, betrayed the young. This is as true of witchcraft as it is of our wider culture. It is therefore down to us as individuals to take our lead from the only source of initiation, living spirit, and through it embody the new witchcraft. We must become a witchcraft with a renewed sense of meaning and purpose, of responsibility to the land which is in crisis, or we are nothing more than consumers of the earth which will all too soon eat of us.

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biodiverseed:

foodwarriornetwork:

The streets of San Francisco are lined with pear, plum and apple trees thanks to ‘guerilla grafters’ secretly grafting fruit-bearing scions onto ornamental, non-fruit bearing trees making fresh fruit free and available to everyone who wishes to pick some.

'All you have to do is make a slit with a knife in a branch on the host tree, insert a branch from a fruit-bearing tree, and secure it with tape.  Once it heals, it connects.” — Tara Hui started the movement and has been grafting fruit branches to city trees for two years now.

How great would it be to see free fruit from guerilla grafters growing in your city?  Want to start a trend?

You’d have to know your stuff to do this right (ie. graft edible apples on to compatible flowering crab apples, graft edible cherries [or other prunus] onto compatible flowering cherries, graft compatible pears onto flowering quince, undsoweiter.)!

I think if you know what you are doing, it could be ok, but people would need to remember to use healthy scion wood and clean equipment, because they could devastate a whole expensive, established boulevard with fungal diseases or pests if they don’t seal their grafts properly, or clean their equipment between uses.

I am also hesitant about it, simply because people tend to not like roadside food: it gets covered in car exhaust and particulate matter, there is significant heavy metal pollution (ie. lead, cadmium, chromium, copper, zinc) in the soil, people feel ashamed or embarrassed about having to get their food that way, and/or people simply don’t trust public food sources (if you grew up with the “razor blades in the apples” paranoia about Halloween candy, you’ll understand). There are a huge number of apple trees growing by roadsides here in Denmark, and a huge number of apples on the ground that rot and swarm with wasps: and then someone has to clean them up. People just don’t seem to want to eat them, or pick them when they are by the road. Ornamental apples have much less biomass and much less sugar, so they decompose more quickly and don’t attract so many bugs.

Moreover, I’ve met people who think the apples that grow in their yard or neighbourhood are “dirty” and they only trust the waxed, store-bought varieties: knowledge about food production, or the ability to identify what is food in the “wild” is rarer than you would think.

These sorts of things are much better situated with public parks that double as food forests, empty lots that have been given a bit of a soil makeover to remove bio-accumulative toxic metals, or dedicated community gardens.

In terms of what is good to plant along roadsides: flowers! Lots and lots of flowers! They will break down soil pollutants over time, and also help the bees. Plus, you can plant native flowers and help conserve your biome’s biodiversity, rather than planting a foreign apple that may not be the right foodstuffs for your local pollinators.

All in all, it’s an idea with good intentions, but it probably won’t have the desired effect. It’s a sort of condescending, impermanent solution to a structural problem. There are a number of people in the communities that are being “served” by these kinds of initiatives who also object to the idea, or rather the manner in which it is enacted.

#forest gardening #edible landscaping #grafting #fruit trees

spookygasm:

i like the term ‘gender alignments’ because it presents new identities such as: lawful gender, gender evil, and the ever mysterious gender gender.

chaotic gender AND gender chaotic.

classicsenthusiast:

image

"Obscene" Latin poet found in the wild. So majestic. Much anser.

asiwaswalkingallalone:

Linkmen running in front carrying winter cherries. Art by Arthur Rackham (by lhboudreau)

asiwaswalkingallalone:

Linkmen running in front carrying winter cherries. Art by Arthur Rackham (by lhboudreau)

mini-girlz:

Statuette of a Woman Feeding a Hen and Chicks
Greek, Boiotia, 500 - 475 B.C. 
Terracotta 
5 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/4 in. 
96.AD.101 
via > getty.edu

mini-girlz:

Statuette of a Woman Feeding a Hen and Chicks

Greek, Boiotia, 500 - 475 B.C. 

Terracotta 

5 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/4 in. 

96.AD.101 

via > getty.edu