spongeofmalphas

A note for people starting to work with spirits.

spongeofmalphas:

mosaicstorm:

the-gray-fox:

tricksterling:

thescentofsouls:

It can be very helpful to stop quantifying spirits’ actions by human morals. While some do follow our morals, many do not. Do not expect evil, do not expect good. Expect action, and be very careful. 

This is very important. Spirits can behave like humans. Spirits can look like humans. Spirits are not human.

The same goes with gods, too.

It shouldn’t need saying that this is true of the Fae, but just in case: Fae morality is not human morality. It may in some instances resemble human morality, but it is not.

The problem I have with posts that say, “Spirits do not have human morals” is that it assumes that humans have only one moral code. Humans are a diverse lot, with diverse cultures. Humans cannot be generalized. Living creatures, both physical and etheric should not be generalized. I do not like cultural diversity being erased. My mom’s filipino catholic morals are waaay different from my queer american animistic kinky polyamorous spiritfucking ethics. I have more in common with a lot of spirits then I do with traditional catholic old-school filipinos.

So better way to word things…”Don’t assume that those around you have your morality, but don’t let those cultural differences hurt you either. If uncomfortable, stop/minimize contact.” 

You raise a very good point! My inclination is to say that there are some moral positions held by basically all humans (murder is immoral, for instance), but as soon as I think of that, I start thinking of exceptions or complexities — what constitutes murder as opposed to self-defense, for instance. So … I think I’d say something like, “Spirits/gods/fae are no more likely to share your morals than any other culture, and in fact probably less. Act accordingly and exercise appropriate caution.”

windandwild

A note for people starting to work with spirits.

the-gray-fox:

tricksterling:

thescentofsouls:

It can be very helpful to stop quantifying spirits’ actions by human morals. While some do follow our morals, many do not. Do not expect evil, do not expect good. Expect action, and be very careful. 

This is very important. Spirits can behave like humans. Spirits can look like humans. Spirits are not human.

The same goes with gods, too.

It shouldn’t need saying that this is true of the Fae, but just in case: Fae morality is not human morality. It may in some instances resemble human morality, but it is not.

mercytombstones

photograf-ia:

Photographer Kirsty Mitchell has just released the latest photo in her Wonderland series. Now, just four photos away from completing the whole series of 78 images, Kirsty pulled out all the stops, creating an enchanting trail of 1,000 flowers that were all freshly cut from the forest. Everything about this image is 100% real (as in, no Photoshop), including the costume and wig, which Kirsty created herself.

The most stunning feature in this photo, called The Last Dance of the Flowers, is that beautiful wave of purple flowers that seems to rise from the forest’s floor and then merge into the woman’s coat. Though all of the flowers on the costume are silk, the ones making up the trail are all real. Starting from early in the morning, armed with scissors, gardening gloves and old clothes, Kirsty worked with her crew in cutting the flowers from the forest. It took them 4 hours to collect enough for the shot and then another 3 1/2 hours to build the set.

Her greatest challenge in creating the scene was that she had to race against the clock. As she tells us, “First of all, the flowers were very delicate so the moment they were cut they started going limp. It took four hours of hard physical clambering around in the woods, climbing trees, and muddy banks, getting covered in dirt and sap, so trying to do this carefully and not damage the petals was tough. Then, building the ‘wave’ was challenging, because again, we didn’t want to damage the flowers. All of this was hugely time consuming, and there was only a gateway of about 40 minutes when the sun would hit the exact spot in the right place for the picture to be taken. So we had to be ready for around 6:30pm.

"We were making something that took hours and hours to create, and had to get everybody in position in time for the sun at the right moment. It was quite heart-stopping because if we missed the window, all that hard work would have been for nothing, and all the flowers would have simply died. We couldn’t do it again the next day. They say never work with children and animals. Well, I think you can add ‘fresh flowers’ to that list!"

As she always does, Kirsty poured her heart and soul into creating this image and then explained the story behind it in a diary entry on her blog. As she states, “Throughout the series I have always used trails in my work to demonstrate journey and movement through a static image, like the yellow leaves in The Journey Home or the powdered colour on snow in Spirited Away. Here I hoped to take that one step further by making the flowers physically lift Katie’s form, raising her up in a surge of colour that would carry her through the forest to the hidden place that has waited so patiently for her arrival. At night I dreamt of the flowers coming to life in this last maternal gesture of protection. Inside my own body I could feel my spirits rise with her, a sense of completion on the horizon for both of us, as Katie’s journey parallels mine in the real world. I am so close now, just 4 pictures away from the end of the series. In the mornings I can feel a change in me, I walk to the studio in a different way, I look up again, I feel lighter, I breathe slower,….. I whisper to myself with each step ‘almost there……. almost there……. almost there’ ……….”

If you’re just discovering Kirsty’s enchanting Wonderland series you can read the full story behind Wonderland on her website