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Black Lamb Baby Witch Tunes

By Last Lorelle · July 27, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

In honor of finishing our reading of Witch Baby, I put together my very own Dangerous Angels music playlist! I had wanted to make a playlist exclusively for the story of Witch Baby, but though Witch Baby is a slamming drummer, not much music is mentioned in <em>Witch Baby.

</em>This playlist is a compelation of songs and bands mentioned in the Dangerous Angels series, music that Francesca Lia Block mentioned inspired her and music that personally reminds me of the Dangerous Angels books.

I hope you enjoy!

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Things I Love Thursday. Week of July 25th.

By Last Lorelle · July 25, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

It has been one of those weeks where all I do is work and sleep, and occasionally eat (though recently I've been too tired to even do that). We all have those weeks. It's been hard to find time to get any writing or reading done for Witch Baby, but I will have some time this weekend to get all my articles written and posted.

Despite how busy this week has been so far, I've had plenty of time to enjoy life and love. In ONE WEEK my boyfriend and I move in together in a new apartment. It's both exciting and scary, as moving in with someone always can be. I feel like this is an opportunity for a fresh start for both of us. It is so wonderful to be someone who wants to be my partner in both our relationship and our household. He makes me feel like I'm not alone in paying all the bills, planning all the meals, getting the place cleaned and events planned. 

Here are some amazing images from this week that include playing in the park with my boyfriend's kids, dinner at California Rollin, an amazing swingset, and early morning rain as I arrive at work at 5:30 in the morning.

Stay classy and beautiful everyone. Love your life, love the magick. 


July Full Moon

By Last Lorelle · July 22, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Full Moon Photographed July 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Tonight the spirit of the evening has effected my family. It is a joyful spirit, loving and full of laughter. I'm feeling energized and inspired, despite consistantly having to wake up at 4:30 in the morning for the past nine days. I'm listening to the Sounds of the Season, a spotify playlist made by Anthropologie. Jonie Mitchell fits into this evening the way blankets fit around my shoulders on cool summer nights--which we haven't experienced for quite a while. I was cuddled happily in my sweater this morning at work, breathing in the morning fragrances of the garden center that I work at. Magick is in everything. At four in the morning, the moon was red and wearing a cape of clouds.

Tonight is the July full moon. Full moons in the summer always seem more magical and powerful to me. It as if the earth and the moon are making love, and the moon is glowing from it. She is large and heavy. She is full of possibilites.

So much is manifesting in my life at the moment. I move into my new apartment in nine days. I am waiting to receive my acceptance letter to Grad school, and I am waiting to hear if I will be promoted to department manager at work. So much happening at once, I can barely contain myself. For so long it seemed as if nothing would happen, and now everything is. 

You must make your own magick.

Tonight for the full moon I will cast a spell for all these things to manifest. One spell I learned from Scott Cunningham's Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic is very simple. Later tonight when the full moon rises, I will write down the things I wish to manifest on a piece of ribbon and tie that ribbon to the branches of a shrub outside, probably one of our butterfly bushes. It is their season. The wind will carry away their ribbons in their time, carrying my wishes into the universe to be blessed and kissed by the magick of the full moon. 

Baby Jah-Love

By Last Lorelle · July 15, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
One Love from Jamaica

"Why are you so sad? Once I was sad like you. And then I met Valentine in a rain forest in Jamaica. He appeared out of the green mist. I had been dreaming of him and wishing for him forever. When I met Valentine I wasn't afraid anymore. I knew that my soul would always have a reflection and an echo and that even if we were apart--and we were for a while in the beginning--I finally knew what my soul looked and sounded like. I would have that forever, like a mirror or an echoing canyon."
From Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block

I had to share this quote from Witch Baby because it so perfectly describes how I feel in my own relationship. I did not know that love like this could exist. I finally know what it feels to have a soul that feels complete and whole. I thought I had found it once before, and I was so wrong.

What are your favorite quotes from Witch Baby? Follow along with our reading as part of The Dangerous Angels Book Club.

Witch Baby

By Last Lorelle · July 15, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Art by Christina Lank

"What time am I upon, and where do I belong?"

I will be covering the book "Witch Baby' for the Dangerous Angels Book Club. We will start reading today and read all the way through July 28th. I think that Witch Baby is another character that girls all over America have been able to relate to even more so than Weetzie Bat. Witch Baby speaks to the lost girl inside all of us who is desperate to find where she belongs.

All this week expect to find musical playlists, photoshoots, articles and quotes inspired by the book Witch Baby. Follow along with your own copy of the book and let me know if there is anything you would like to share from the book that inspires you.

Have a wonderful week reading!

Life Imitates Art

By Last Lorelle · July 9, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Apparently this is a fan made music video. Either way, I adore this song by Lana Del Rey and the music video really does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of this song. It reminds me the dark side of magickal cutlure. We can easily be misled by dark vampires and angels and mistake the way they desire to posess us as love. 

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Why Weetzie Bat Became Our Idol

By Last Lorelle · July 8, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

As teenage girls, we seemed to have many wants. We wanted to spend our days on the beach, flirting with the lifeguard. We wanted three pairs of swimsuits and the newest pair of Jimmy Choos. We wanted to go on road trips with our girlfriends and drink fruity alocholic drinks. We wanted our feedom while at the same time wanting the financial security that our parents provided us. As teenage girls it seemed like we wanted everything we saw that had a price tag on it. We wanted to be beautiful forever and we wanted to fall in love with a prince.

Yes, this i what it seemed like we wanted.

But if you were given a genie lamp, which three wishes would you make? Would you wish for a duck for Dirk, and a Secret Agent Lover Man for you and a house to live in happily ever after?

You know, I think I may have actually wished for those things. I remember before reading Weetzie Bat that all I ever wanted was to fall in love with a man who respected and adored me, a house for us to call our own and beautiful children with bright futures.

Weetzie Bat is given all of those things. Of course, it wasn't always perfect. Conflict happens even in the happiest of fairy tales, As Violet from Violet and Claire would say, "Conflict sells." But if you take away the conflict that presents itself throughout the Dangerous Angels series, you find a girl who is living the basic life that every teenage girl dreams about, her wishes come true.

And not only is Weetzie Bat living the life that every girl wants, she is doing it in a world that is real. Real, but at the same time, completely fantastical. Weetzie Bat is a book of perceptions. Francesca Lia Block teaches us that the world may be ugly, stressful and meaningless at times, but it only looks that way if you allow yourself to see it that way.

"The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one understood." No one does understand. We all see the world as the tired and used place that we grew up with. We were told all our lives that magic was not real. But who is the authority on what magic is or is not? Sure, there is no such thing as magic wands that shoot lightning and dragons do not fly through the sky breathing fire. But those  literary things are not exclusively magical. Why can't we understand that magic can exist if only we alllow it to exist?

Weetzie Bat is a girl who sees the world as a magical place, and because of this, the world around her effectively becomes magical. Weetzie Bat sees the world the way we always wanted to see the world.

And that is why she is our idol. That is why she is the poster child for magick culture.

So next time you come face to face with someone--either a stranger or an old friend--who is lost, starving and desperate, do not discard their pain as something that our world caused. Do not settle on believing that you are unable to help them. Instead, see them through a different set of eyes. See them as a faerie who has lost their wings. Look into their eyes, and tell them, "I believe in you."

What is Magick Culture?

By Last Lorelle · July 7, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Sodus Point Beach. Intertwined.
The idea to create the blog “Magick Culture” came to me while I was laying on the beach with my boyfriend, reading Francesca Lia Block’s “Weetzie Bat” out loud to one another. I am rereading it for a book club idea my friend Melanie Kristy has, to reread all the Dangerous Angels books and discuss them. The idea really sparked something in me. Francesca Lia Block is responsible for creating an image and culture that I have built my life around. My spirituality, my love for art, and the way I dress and the way I try to live my life is completely a result of reading FLB books when I was teenage girl. Her writing opened me up to a new way to live and view life that I may not have had experienced otherwise.

As I write this, I am watching the documentary “Marley” based on Bob Marley’s life and philosophy. I adore the idea that life is love. It is that simple. Life is love. Do not ever forget it. That is the basic idea behind magick culture. And I am a pagan, attending a spirituality focused inter-faith church. I was thinking the other day about what Jesus may have truly meant by his teachings, who were once again simple messages of life is love. And if life is love, and love is magickal. Then our lives can be magickal, and together we can create a magickal culture.

I believe in magick like I believe in prayer. For spells and prayers are one in the same. I believe in the ability for love to cure cancer and to heal the mind, to erase substance abuse from the body, to heal depression. I believe that all you need to do is open your eyes in a different way, using different eyelids. Put your eye up to a different lens then the camera lens society and the world gave to you when you were born. Throw your old ideals away.

Together we can create a new culture, based in magick and love. For you are not just a girl or a boy. You are a faerie, a genie, a nymph and satyr. You are the walking embodiment of creation. You hold that spark within you. When the Christians said that Jesus would rise again, they did not understand that when he said “I will be born again” he meant that he would be born again in the soul and the hearts of every child ever born throughout history and future and now here, in our present. Magick lives in you. How will you make it your life?