Ladies, don't shut up and don't dumb down. Don't fall for the bullshit of having to lower yourself or silence yourself to make a man feel better about himself. A man who requires that from you is no man at all. A real man welcomes and embraces the woman in his presence who can make him run for his money, who can carry on a debate, who makes him think. A real man is not afraid of the women in his presence. He respects, honors and elevates them. He should not fear us, but look at us in awe. Because we are awesome. We are power. We are Goddess. And that goes for women too. We all need a tribe of wombmen who have our backs. Check the petty gossiping and backstabbing at the door. Especially now, when the political environment is doing everything in its power to turn women into disempowered little girls without voices, only valued for the pussy men can grab.
Our president has called breastfeeding women "disgusting." He told New York Times columnist Gail Collins she had the "face of a dog." In an attempt to publicly shame and humiliate Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado, he stated to Fox News that "She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem” calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" because she is Latina. He said Fox News host Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out her wherever." There are a plethora of statements coming out of his mouth that tells us what he thinks about women. But if you read between the lines it is apparent he is afraid of us. And that is why he is trying to take away our rights, belittle us, grab our pussies, and attempt to silence us.
“Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.” — Trump: The Art of the Comeback, 1997
And onto my next note. While I have a particular aversion to Kelly Ann Conway (to put it mildly), and acknowledge that what she did today was extremely unethical, watching her become the fall guy and example set for the Trump administration is about to get on my last nerve. Sure, stand up to the woman while tiptoeing around the man for whom she has repeatedly had to make an ass out of herself in an effort to preserve his (lack of) integrity. This certainly is consistent with putting Elizabeth Warren in her place last night for reading Coretta Scott King's letter at the Jeff Session's debate. Warren's male counterparts read the same letter and were not silenced. So, I just want to point out what is happening in the new administrative environment...not only are we seeing blatant racist cabinet members and policies coming into being, we are seeing women being treated like little girls in the 1950s. My thoughts and feelings about Conway aside, this focus on putting women in their place is simply unacceptable.
In addition to focusing on Ms. Conway's comments about buying Ivanka Trump's clothes, we should be looking at Trump who started the whole thing with his tweet:
"My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!" — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
The current outrage on Conway's comments is a simple tactic of shifting focus off of him and onto someone else. A woman. Conway or Warren...it doesn't matter when it comes to his strategy. Just as long as we don't look at him and hold him accountable for the clusterfuck he calls making America great again. Which brings me to the question: At what point in time do you think America was great? To what point in history are we returning?
For anyone who would like to read Coretta Scott King's letter without interruption, feel free to download it below and see for yourself the point Elizabeth Warren was trying to make by reading it.
If you should wake up in the morning and find a little black coffin on your front porch, what would you do? Would you open it? What if you opened it and found a doll inside that had your photo attached to it?
That’s exactly what happened to Commissioner Zenaida Denizac of Deltona Florida in the summer of 2008. As her husband headed out to her mailbox early one morning, he stumbled upon a black plastic dish that contained a creepy, wax covered voodoo doll with a photo of his wife’s face attached to it. It was burned, covered in black powder and stuck with pins all over its body.
You might say you aren’t superstitious, and that you don’t believe in magick and Voodoo. Commissioner Denizac did. "These are faceless cowards, people with small minds, trying to deviate me from the job I was appointed to do," Denizac said on the news. "I'm not afraid. I'm still going to speak my mind. Nothing is going to shut me up."
Still, the doll was considered a threat to the safety and wellbeing of the Commissioner by authorities, prompting beefed up security and a full-blown investigation. No one believes in this Voodoo stuff, though, despite the fact that folks looked over their shoulders for a few serpents and rainbows for weeks following the incident...(excerpt from the Voodoo Doll Spellbook, Alvarado, 2014).
Coffin conjure - and little black coffins in particular - are a signpost of New Orleans' brand of Voodoo. A powerful form of psychological warfare, coffins have been used to intimidate unwanted neighbors to move and to bring about the unnatural and untimely deaths of enemies.
Coffins can also be used for transformative works as well. Much like the symbolism of the Death card in the tarot, death does not always indicate the actual physical expiration of a human being. It could symbolize the cessation of a bad habit or the end of a time of misfortune, or it could mean the transformation from one condition to another, usually improved, state of being.
Coffin conjure typically involves the use of special curios, powders, oils and herbs and our Coffin Conjure section includes these items. Coffin nails, graveyard dirt, goofer dust, herbes of the dark arts, little coffins and doll babies are among the two headed conjurer's arsenal.
voodoo doll lamentation
This is a trippy little movie I put together about 8 years ago...it's got a bunch of coffin dolls in it for those who may be interested.
Music courtesy of Studio Voodoo.
According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), aromatherapy is "the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process." Specifically, aromatherapy utilizes the natural essential oils extracted from the flowers, bark, roots, and leaves of plants to improve and enhance mental and physical wellbeing.
The use of plant essences and essential oils can be traced back thousands of years to Greece, Egypt and China. The Egyptians, for example, actually developed one of the first distillation machines to extract oils from certain plants for the purpose of embalming. Cedarwood, cinnamon and clove, as well as resins such as myrrh were used in the embalming process. The Greeks believed the Gods possessed knowledge of fragrance and perfume. Hippocrates, who is considered the "Father of Medicine," is credited with using aromatherapy for healing purposes, while the Greek perfumer Megallus, created a fragrance from myrrh he coined "Megaleion." It was the Chinese, however, who are believed to have utilized aromatic oils for the purpose of enhancing mood.
While people have used natural plant extracts in the healing arts and perfumery for thousands of years, the actual term "aromatherapy" was not used until 1937 when French perfumer and chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse published a book titled "Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy." Gattefosse was motivated to write the book after he was burned and realized the application of lavender essential oil actually helped to heal his burn wound. Catching wind of Gattefosse's discovery, the French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers' wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy.
"His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.
Essential oils are utilized in Creole Moon's products and my Voodoo Mama's brand for both aromatherapeutic as well as perfumery applications.
About Aromatherapy https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy
The History of Aromatherapy http://www.aromatherapy.com/history.html
American Rootwork Association
The Art of Conjure
Hoodoo & Conjure Journal
New Orleans Voodoo
Sweet Tea and Conjure
Voodoo Muse Online Magazine