Okay. Eating lunch. Drafting a letter to my professor. Cleaning my room. And then I get some relaxing time and maybe I can pattern out my mando stuff or read a book or mess with tarot spreads or something.
O k a y.
Haha, I loved the “pagan leading mass” story. And I love how you described Autumn, like wow. I too also how a soft spot for it.
That was literally such a “what is my life” moment omfg, I didn’t know like ANY of the words to the prayers and stuff other than the Lord’s Prayer, which I memorized ahead of time to appear legit. So I basically just mouthed “watermelon” the entire time because that was a trick I learned in choir that you could do when you forgot the words to something to make it look like you know what’s up. I am surprised the church didn’t like, combust to be perfectly honest hahaha. And yeah, Autumn is really special to me that way, so this is why I get super excited about it and post Autumn stuff like spam every year. :P
omg how you met your boyfriend is SO CUTE!! (I’ll do this in the morning :D)
Lol aknightowl and I are massive nerds and we aren’t even sorry basically. I am pretty sure the last few times we’ve hung out we just like… talked about Star Wars a lot. Because this is how we relationship I guess? And yay I am looking forward to seeing yours, I like learning random tidbits about people!
Five random facts about me because raemanzu tagged me and I don’t want to start working on my visa renewal right now so here we go.
1. I tend to go through obsessive phases with fandoms where one is dominant and I focus all of my attention on the one at the forefront, but some of my fandoms are always there. Star Wars is very likely my oldest active fandom. I joined it when I was in kindergarten, and whenever I used to play pretend with Star Wars as a kid, I always pretended to be Luke. No matter what fandom I was in at any point in my life, Star Wars was a constant, and my involvement with Rebel Legion lately has been magical because it absolutely delights me to see little girls have jedi ladies that they can relate to in a way that I kinda didn’t. I mean, I love Luke, don’t get me wrong, but I would have loved a lady jedi to play pretend as.
2. My hometown is populated by immigrants from all over the world, and every year the Sicilian population holds a celebration to honour the fishermen and bless the fishing fleet with the divine grace of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of the fishermen. As a part of these celebrations, a pageant is held every year where a queen and court are chosen to lead the festivities. I was participating in the pageant because it meant a lot to my family, but guess who got randomly chosen to be the queen of the catholic festival? Yup, the pagan. Part of my duties involved LEADING MASS (I was sitting right across from the mayor lawl) and blessing the fleet. I felt SOO awkward about it but I wasn’t out of the broom closet yet at that point, so I sure did try my best. I don’t remember hearing about any disasters with the fleet that year, so I guess my private pagan blessing was just as good as anything else. And no one needed to know, anyway. ;)
3. I actually originally wanted to be a fiction writer and study English Lit at University, not Anthropology. I owe a lot of my growth to an english teacher I had in high school, who was literally my version of the teacher from the Dead Poet’s Society. He not only exposed us to literature from around the world, he also encouraged us to write very often, and I realised that many of my characters were similar because I actually had no idea what any cultures outside my own were like. He was the first teacher to really criticize my writing and point out my flaws, and while it was hard ti hear at first, I miss him so much and know that without him, I wouldn’t be who I am today. As a result of his teaching, I decided to learn about other cultures, which sparked my very long and expensive love affair with anthropology. But I haven’t stopped writing fiction, either, and I’d like to think that when I do, my ability to develop unique cultural perspectives and respect the knowledge of others is stronger.
4. My interest and love for sewing was really developed through medieval re-enactment, and I owe so much of my current abilities to the four years I spent at the University of St Andrews, in a tiny grey medieval town in Scotland on the edge of the North Sea. I learned to sew there, as well as trained in medieval combat (I own a spear and shield, both of which I made myself, which are battlefield safe according to the regulations of the local groups, and while I haven’t played with them in ages, I spent a couple of years training every weekend!). I honestly think I owe a lot of my crafting ability to that group, as well as many of my enduring friendships. I actually met my boyfriend at a medieval feast, and apparently I caught his eye because I was wearing a replica of Arwen’s Evenstar pendant that night. That actually says all you need to know about us tbh.
5. Autumn makes me feel spiritually alive. I can’t even explain the joy that I’ve felt over the last few weeks as I’vs started seeing the leaves turn and the apples ripen. Samhain/Halloween is my favourite holiday and has been since I was very little — it always felt to me like a night where I could be anyone, where magic was real and anything could happen. I still feel that way, but it fits into a greater cosmology that shapes the way I see the world now. I love the season of the harvest, but I also love the promise that fills the earth as the cycle of the year comes to a close. I love the way life feels like it is crackling through the air as the world gives one last breath before the long darkness. But most of all, I love the feeling of transformation, that the earth and its life is changeable, that I, too, am changeable. Being a water sign, I am attracted to transformation despite often being afraid of change. Whether or not I like it, change has been a disruptive constant in my life. I guess Autumn fills me with the courage to try and master that transformation, and reminds me that change is inevitable, but it can also be truly beautiful.
Whew, I sure am great at procrastinating! Sorry these were lengthy, don’t feel compelled to write this much (or anything if you don’t wanna/ have done this already) if you don’t want to, but I tag imperialarchon, cinquespotted, aernox, aporeticelenchus
WE HAVE A CODE ORANGE, I HAVE JUST LIT MY FIRST PUMPKIN SPICE CANDLE OF THE SEASON.