So I’m having a prints giveaway! I’ve got a bunch of old stock digital prints of my work, some matted, some not, that I’m putting up on my Etsy store and figured I’d kick it off by giving some away.
I’m giving away five prints, pictured above. Outside dimensions of all five is eight by ten inches. The image size of the non-matted ones is a little smaller because of the white border; for the matted ones the image comes to about 3.75 by 5.75 inches.
The prints are, from top to bottom:
The Celtic horse Goddess Rhiannon in a purple matte;
The Germanic Goddess of Spring Ostara;
The Maya Goddesses Ix Chel (center) with Chak Chel (left) and the young Moon Goddess (right);
A print of the Egyptian Goddess Hathor in a red matte (Aleister Meowley not included);
and a print of my Athena Glaukopis.
So, here are the rules:
You have until 11:59pm EDT May 1st 2014 to enter (that means all day Beltaine until just shy of midnight).
You can like this post all you like, but I’m only counting reblogs as entries because—
When you reblog it please list the prints in order of your favorites from 1 (favorite) to 5 (least favorite). When I pick the winners, the first one I pick will get their #1 favorite, then the second will get the one closest to the top of their list I can manage, i.e. if the first winner doesn’t pick the second winner’s favorite, the second will get their #1 favorite, but if they did then the second winner gets their second favorite, &c on down the list.
You must have an open ask box at the time of the drawing; otherwise I won’t be able to contact you to get your address which I kind of will need to send it to you.
Only people in the US, please.
I reserve the right to change these rules in case I look at it tomorrow and decide something doesn’t make sense; it’s kind of late here now.
So there you go. I’ll be putting up more of the old stock prints at my Etsy shop throughout the week so keep checking back if you don’t see something over there you like. Also, if you’d rather have something larger, I’ve got more prints for sale over at my deviantArt gallery.
And reblogging again. C’mon people, there’s a really good chance to win here!
"I feel like there are a lot of issues of privilege around phone communication that don’t get explored very often, so here’s a thread in which we can talk about our experiences."
She’s read Shakesville Koolaid, and she’s playing “Gotcha!” with us, right?
I’ll admit to some phone-related anxiety that can make it difficult sometimes to call people, but there’s no way I’d call people who don’t have that anxiety ‘privileged’. Anyone else sick of the way Melissa waters down the concept?
gratefulsusann replied to your post“Pagan/witch pet peeve of mine”Length of practice doesn’t matter much alone. Someone could have practiced for 10 years, but still not gained experience in the things they recommend.You r so correct!! I just quit reading/following all those ppl who r preaching like they have the experience. I asked some of them & found there interest began “8months ago” I was blown away by there idiocy.
Also someone who has only been practicing 8 months could have read an excellent professional herbal (and taken notes!), attempted to brew wine and learned how it works, and taken three semesters of history. 8 months is pretty much a year of university, so someone can have gained a lot in that time if they apply themselves. They could be more of an expert than a person who has been practicing for decades but never challenged themselves and just parrots information they have never backed up.
Sadly, most often, both the new person and the long-time person don’t know what they are talking about either. It takes a lot of critical thinking and independent practice and research to traverse the pagan/witchcraft sphere.
You know what, though? Even if eight months is equivalent to a year at a university, that still makes them only a sophomore, who are of course proverbial for thinking they know everything when they really don’t. So I don’t know. I do think experience (which simply takes time) is very important.
In a related rant that is I’m sure going to win me many friends, I’m sick of ‘elders’ who are actually in their thirties. Sure, maybe they have a PhD, and who knows they could even have twenty years of experience by then if they started early enough, but that’s not what being an elder is about. Being an elder is about wisdom, which takes experience, yes, but more importantly comes from having perspective on that experience. Which again, simply takes time.
Oy five hours in the emergency room only for them to announce she was fine and could go home. People, don’t let the histrionic narcissists in your life get old.
So Andy posted an apology. Let’s call it the Andypology for ease of reference. This Andypology sounds good, no doubt about it. It even sounds almost genuine. Almost.
The main (but by no means only) problem with this apology is that at no point does he actually apologise for the allegation he made, or retract the false claim that he was 17 when his sexual relationship with Abbey began. There is ample proof from Andy himself that the allegation is false, as well as timelines and his date of birth which have long been on public record. He refuses to acknowlege this clarity and he acts like he’s conceding that others might be right, though he can’t swear to it.
One thing to bear in mind when reading is that the Andypology has a number of audiences.
- Abbey. This is a response to her invitation to apologise.
- Andy’s followers. This is further proof to those already convinced that Andy has changed. From now on, if anyone claims that Andy has never accepted culpability or apologised for his actions in the past, Andy’s followers can point to this. He did apologise, they can say. You just refuse to believe him because you have it in for him. You’re twisting his words. You refuse to give him a chance. It’s also because of his followers that he must continue to pretend that he’s not sure if he was 17 or 18 when he met Abbey. If he were to acknowledge the truth now, they might start wondering if he’s lied to them, and he can’t have that.
- Everyone else. Everyone who has ever pointed out that Andy has never apologised to his most well-known victim. Here it is. Has he apologised to Abbey? It certainly looks like it. It’s in the title of this post, even. “Not me, not in my name, and I’m sorry.” Sorry for what?, is the question we should be asking.
- And that subgroup of “everyone else” that sees through the continued bullshit. The people who refuse to take this apology at face value and who are now going to become further entrenched as the Them to Andy’s Us. We know how he loves to create Us v Them scenarios to keep his followers close. And now, by posting about his apology and showing how it is not genuine, we at this blog once more become the big mean Them out to get Andy.
We acknowledge that role we play in Andy’s Us v Them. But the only way to avoid playing any role is not to comment at all, and given the stakes, we’re not willing to do that.
I also want to draw attention to the fact that, when an anon asks Andy about how to go about apologising, the first thing he mentions is the “wording”. Not how you feel about it. Not how you hurt others. But the wording, how it will come across, and how to avoid legal ramifications. Not one shred of consideration for remorse, shame, guilt, emotion. Very revealing.
So with all that in mind, let’s take a closer look and see what the Andypology is really doing, and more importantly, what—if anything—it’s really apologising for.
Okay, I don’t know this dude from Adam and I wasn’t there for any of the stuff from years ago, but I’ve read a bit about it recently and this guy sounds like a younger clone of that asshole Hugo Schwyzer, who is a known narcissist and sociopath. So I just wanted to point out that if this Andy guy is a sociopath and narcissist (i.e. has anti-social personality disorder and/or narcissistic personality disorder), which it certainly sounds like he does, then he is never going to change. He can’t. Personality disorders (with the exception of borderline personality disorder) are permanent conditions that can’t be changed or even mitigated. All therapy does for someone with NPD is teach them better ways to manipulate people. It’s a fundamental brokenness in the brain. That’s for all the people out there saying this guy has changed and that everyone deserves another chance. I’m pretty sure that people like him literally cannot change.
Second, again, I don’t know this guy or his particular narcissitic/sociopathic modus operandi but this line from his ‘apology’ tells me all I will ever need to know about him:
I’m so incredibly sorry that this happened
Bad things that narcissists cause are always just these things that happen, like rain, or snow, or night falling. It is never their fault. That might be one of the most characteristic things about narcissists (at least in my experience, which comes from having two in my immediate family); well, that and lying. They are completely, pathologically, allergic to responsibility, and will do whatever it takes (lie, project, minimize, shift blame, &c) to avoid it, which is exactly what this asshole sounds like he’s doing.
So yeah. I don’t even know the guy, but from what I’ve seen of him I wouldn’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth, least of all such a transparently manipulative ‘apology’.