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This is the journal of Solo, an occultist, bibliophile, cynanthrope and kitsune otherkin. Due to the increased need for privacy and simplicity, this journal has been shut down for public viewing. Leave a message if you're interested in reading, and if I decide to add you back I will determine which filters to place you on based on interest, comfort-level, etc. Please understand that if you're a creep, or someone incapable of intelligent discourse or proper punctuation and grammar, I'll have to send you packing, figuratively speaking.

If you want to read some of my more public stuff: Cynanthropy is my website dedicated to canine therianthropy and otherkin-related topics, with it's LJ-feed [livejournal.com profile] cynanthropyfeed.

I also keep a a Wordpress blog dedicated to my occult work, thoughts, book reviews and other musings. You can read it via LJ by subscribing to [livejournal.com profile] dimensionbomb.

The Relic Hound
Jewelry, relics, bones, trade beads, totemic tools, curios, other interesting things
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Tackling Homophobia
Baltimore Ravens three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo came out for full marriage equality, writing in the Huffington Post: "Looking at the former restrictions on human rights in our country starting with slavery, women not being able to vote, blacks being counted as two-thirds of a human, segregation ... all have gone by the wayside. But now, here in 2009, same-sex marriages are prohibited. I think we will look back in 10, 20, 30 years and be amazed that gays and lesbians did not have the same rights as every one else. How did this ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Are we really free?"

Plus, this is so sad, it makes my stomach ill. From [livejournal.com profile] sannion:
Hospital Forces Lesbian to Die Alone; Judge Gives Stamp of Approval
Patient Relations Department for the hospital can be reached here. Please tell them how you feel about this. I know I will.

And people wonder why I have nightmares about certain things regarding [livejournal.com profile] feorran and I. But at least there are small rays of hope out there. I cling to those. I need to.

PSA: Home

Oct. 7th, 2009 10:08 am
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Public PSA letting everyone know that I am officially back from Germany after being gone for a month. Many people have emailed me regarding commissions/artwork, and other related matters. I am way behind and will catch up soon when I can. If there is anything I missed that you feel I need my attention brought to, leave a message here. I am catching up on things work-related first, so please be patient and give me a good week to get settled and back on track. I will address everyone who wrote eventually.

Thanks!

I'm Alive.

Sep. 13th, 2009 04:07 pm
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In Germany safe and sound. Time with [livejournal.com profile] feorran is great. I still can't get over how wonderful the landscape is here, and it's wildlife. The city wildlife is interesting, too. I even saw a brown rat chilling up close on someone's front walkway. Very neat.

Spending lots of time reading, relaxing, and engaging in philosophical, social and political commentary with [livejournal.com profile] feorran. He also introduced me to this goofy anime cartoon called Hetalia. Heh, normally anime really isn't my thing, but given that it employs political and historical contexts in a sort of slapstic environment...and the fact that I actually have free time on my hands, I figured why not. Needless to say I would like the hours of my life back I spent watching that goofy damn thing. Also, gradually, learning my German. Being immersed in the language really helps, but there are times where I still feel pretty stupid. Hah. I'm sure that'll pass with practice, though.

Oh yes--I will not be getting to my emails or messages for another few weeks. Sorry guys. I know some people have written, but I just have no time right now, this is a rare moment I'm updating and I'm not sure when I'll be online again. Same with cell phone calls and messages. People have left me messages--mostly work-type folk, even after I told them I wouldn't be responding until I get home, unless its an emergency. I've even received art commission requests from people I've notified of my absence, and who are urgently awaiting a response from me apparently. I am a bit annoyed with people's inability to respect my personal space, but oh well. At least people like my art-crap enough to pester me about it!

Tango is doing well. He still has four more treatments to go. My father has reported a pickup in his appetite and activity levels. This is a very good sign.

Anyway, hope everyone is doing well.
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Over at [livejournal.com profile] artcommissions: Wolf totem bottles made from raw wolf fur, and wolfdog pendants featuring wolf fur and fossil sled dog teeth

Over at [livejournal.com profile] furhideandbone: random last minute sale of miscellaneous supplies

Trying to bring up a little extra money before leaving the country. Between Tango's medical bills and my own, I could certainly use a little extra.

Oh also, one more bit of art I screwed around with:

Coyote totem bottle pendant, Mark II )

Tooth or fang-shaped vial stuffed full of raw coyote fur and hermetically-sealed, with real coyote tooth on black leather cord with wooden spacer bead. For sale, $12.50 via PayPal only at this time. I need to get everything in the mail before Friday the 4th.

Thanks, everyone!
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[livejournal.com profile] naturalartists

For people who work with all sorts of natural bits. Under construction, so nothing much there yet. Will be tweaking as the day goes on.
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Artwork by the talented [livejournal.com profile] kesame

To truly be a magician is to have your fingers on the pulse of the universe. To be a magician is to be an arbiter of change, in yourself as well as in others.

To be an animist is to hear, and to recognize, the symphony of life playing all around you. And to realize too--some things have more life than most would realize.

Both magic as well as animism are transformative arts. Life is energy, movement, change, transformation.

I am drunk on life, and it's wondrous symphony.
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The Relic Hound

Funds from sales will go towards improving the quality of life for Tango while he has time left. I'm also willing to take commissions, and requests for items not shown in-store. I have many things--just ask.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.
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Now it's a matter of time.

Tango isn't in any pain, or discomfort. He eats well, plays and still has an active sex-life with his stuffed dog. The cancer is localized on his left hip. Right now I'm exploring options on how to either slow the tumor's growth, or perhaps stop it, while it's still early. There are no guarantees, and the prognosis is ill, but it may buy him time, at least. Any little, quality time will be precious.

There are a couple things I'm looking at. One is an herbal extract of the bloodroot plant called neoplasene which has had success in treating animals with cancer. There is a clinic in my state--though unfortunately is three hours away from where I live--which uses neoplasene as a treatment option, and I'm going to look into contacting them for some kind of help. I'm also trying another herbal supplement remedy (the name eludes me at the moment), that is rich in antioxidants and helps slow the progress of cancer in pets.

I'm going to put up a yard sale this weekend. Old books, anything I can get ahold of, really. I need to sell some stuff off--I need money to cover gas and his medical expenses. And mine.

Heh. It's funny. I could care less about my three lumps in my neck. I haven't even thought about them much, and they disappeared completely from my mind after discovering Tango's lump. I guess some people would think my priorities are out of whack. I just can't concern myself with things that are currently unknown and out of my control. I tried confiding in some coworkers today about Tango, and all they did was curl their lips up at me in contempt and say, "It's just a cat." Funny. I wasn't mad at them for saying that. I simply pitied them for not having the experience of forming a deep connection with another animal other than a human one. The only tragic part about it is things like this--they don't live as long as people, although they really need to.

And no, if he starts to suffer, I'm not going to selfishly prolong it for my sake. It would only break my heart worse. But, while he's still pain-free, while the damn thing inside him is still small enough, I'm going to find a way to fight it back, prolong his life, and the quality of it, the best way I can.

Tango came into my life at a very significant point, and was a major source of comfort and therapy (and still is). He can detect my migraines, and helps soothe me when they come on by laying next to me or on top of my chest, and purring forcefully enough to make the both of us vibrate. He plays fetch. He comes when he's called. He throws his head back and howls, when in fear or in ecstasy, his tail curled up over his back, making him look like a small red husky in the throes of passion. Follows me everywhere. We're like two peas in a pod. One is never without the other when in the house. He trails me like a shadow at all times.

While he's still active and has a good quality of life, I will fight for it. He's certainly fought for me, in his own simplistic and straightforward animal-way.

Thank you to everyone who responded, and offered their words of condolence, support, and prayers. Tango will certainly need all the prayers he can get. You guys are awesome, and I am deeply appreciative. I wish I knew what else to say. My mind is on other things right now, but my gratitude runs deep.
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Prognosis: Aggressive fibrosarcoma.

Tango is dying.

And, in a way, so is a part of my soul.

I can count all the times on one hand I've ever allowed myself to cry, and right now I'm crying so hard I can barely breathe.

Too soon. Too fucking soon.
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They are going to look just like this, only with a real lynx claw instead of a tooth, and cat hair in the bottle. The lynx claw will look similar to the one featured in this piece. All of this strung on a leather cord, with brown wooden focal bead.

I would like to take the time now to introduce you to my partner in this venture, and fur donor Merlin:
Click for Merlin )

Merlin was a rescue kitty, some years back. His previous owner was going to euthanize him unless someone took him. Merlin also sheds like crazy, so I decided to put his hair to good use, spread the word. Portion of proceeds from the sales of these pendants will go to a feline no-kill shelter in the area where I live (there are a great many, due to the close proximity of the city from where I live, and the sheer number of strays).

I'm asking $10 each, price includes shipping. I'll take 4 slots.

Slots:
1.
2.
3.
4.

This post is public so feel free to spread the word.

Note that there is also still room for more Corvid Wallhangings, if people are still interested and would like to sign up.
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Okay, here's the deal. They'll end up looking something like this, depending on the species. Two wings, with skull and deerskin loop for hanging. Made for totemic or animistic work.

Categories will show what I have available right now, and slots. $30 for each, price includes shipping within the U.S. For international folk, feel free to poke me about it. Estimated time frame for completion of commissions to be around mid to end of July. Payment will be due when the project is completed, but those interested are welcome to reserve their space now.

Carrion Crow
1. [livejournal.com profile] sheta_kaey
2. [livejournal.com profile] brigidsblest
3. [livejournal.com profile] crowebasalt

Jackdaw
1.

Eurasian Jay
1. [livejournal.com profile] conduit_cat

Note that I will not work with protected species (such as birds listed under the MBTA, the UK's Wildlife and Countryside Act, or CITES). What is reflected above is what I currently have available or is easily obtainable to me. None of what I obtain has ever been killed specifically for my art. I scavenge everything I have, and if they didn't come into my hands they'd be sitting in a landfill, rotting, or picked apart for fly tying. I donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of whatever I make to wildlife groups, namely Defenders of Wildlife, but I've been considering donating to the Audubon Society as of late as well.

Anyway, comment away if interested, and thank you. I should also note that this is also a part of an avian pathworking I've been doing...I find it interesting that the animal remains I seem to work closely with are canid and corvid (both are seen frequently together in the wild cooperating for food), or dog and bird (Yinepu and Djehuty, anyone?). The irony is not lost on me, and this was never originally an intentional pairing. Ha!
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[livejournal.com profile] painted_mare is currently going through some financial hardship, and on top of everything else she is struggling after an emergency vet visit for her beloved dog.

You can help her and her awesome doberman out by commissioning her art. She is a very talented artist, and is currently open to commissions of all kinds to help offset veterinary costs.

So please, do check her stuff out.
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Summer is fast approaching, and I'm working real hard to try to finish paying off all of my debt. I'm on the home stretch, but I could still use a little help.

Please check out my store: The Relic Hound

Among other things, I have one remaining small Coyote totem bottle I just put up, as well as marked down items. The Solar Crow is also still available, as well as The Urban Totem Keyring, and the Sirius dedicatory pendant, featuring real faience. I even have a Coyote skull. I'll even include a free gift for anyone on my journal who reads this, and buys something.

I added a couple new things, and have even more besides to sell, and things I plan on making. If you see anything you like, please feel free to make a purchase. Or, if you think there's something I can make or find for you, ask me. I'll do the best I can.

Thanks in advance. Crossposting would be greatly appreciated, too!
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Carrion crow (Corvus corax) foot, glass gold-yellow magatama on a black ball-chain.

Inspired by the stories of the crow being made sacred by the sun-god, Apollo--as symbolized by the bright golden magatama.

Available here at The Relic Hound.

Also, discounted prices on this, this aaaand this.

More stuff up later. Right now I'm sorting. A lot.
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Materials: Real crow foot, harvested legally in the UK, shiny reflective metallic charm, pietersite magatama, all strung on a gunmetal metallic chain with lobster clasp.

Concept: Tengu is the crow-goblin of Japan. Sometimes a kami, sometimes an evil spirit, sometimes a force of nature, like a thunderstorm (I thought the pietersite would mix well with this). There are many things that could be said or written about the tengu.

Price: $20.00, price includes shipping.

To be posted on Etsy later, when I'm feeling a little less like ass. Also, if you feel like you know anyone who might be interested in this, feel free to pass along.
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I posted my Xolotl piece, as well as my Urban Totem keyring on my store.

I also posted the Sirius pendant on the store, the first piece I've made using some real Egyptian faience beads from my little horde of ancient beads and other things. I'm rather stingy about those things, but I figured they would make a nice dedicatory pendant combined with the dog teeth.

Please take a look, and consider making a purchase. And feel free to pass all around the place. If I pay off my credit card bill by June, there will hopefully be extra fun things in store for the summer.
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Materials: Everything in this is bone, and the cord is black leather. The skull is an old Southeast Asian trade bead carved from water buffalo bone (roughly the size in diameter of a quater, if not a bit bigger), and the rest of the bones are from the domestic dog (roadkill, or otherwise natural causes).

Concept: Xolotl is probably one of my favorite gods of the Aztec pantheon. Commonly seen as a cynocephalic man, or a skeletal being, and is also a god of death. Dogs and death walk hand-in-hand in many aspects of Mesoamerican mythos. The skull reminded me of Xolotl, and seeing as I had a big jar of dog-bits (some of which were drilled into beads by [livejournal.com profile] skullfaced)...well, there you go.

Price: $12.50, price includes shipping.

I'll post this on my Etsy page later this week. Not tonight. I'm exhausted after a long day full of bullshit. Heh. It wasn't completely bad, thinking back on it, but enough to use up my patience for the day. I did a little artwork to help calm myself down a bit.

Anyway, now it's book and bed. Assuming I actually, you know...sleep. Otherwise it'll be another long night.
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Materials: Real preserved feral pigeon foot, brass cap, copper wire-wrapping, pull-tab from a soda can, charm that resembles hubcap on a car. Nickel-plated ball-chain and keychain ring are all scavenged from old keychains. Actually...you could say everything on this piece is scavenged from somewhere (well, a lot of my stuff is to begin with), which was the focus of this.

The pigeon. The classic urban totem. Survival, endurance, tenacity, grace in flight. One of many things that describe an animal that is so versatile in even the most deep city environments. This would be perfect for anyone engaging in urban paganism or shamanism.

I'm asking $12.50 (price includes shipping), and will post it up on my store later tomorrow, unless someone else is interested.
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Finished art for [livejournal.com profile] corvithrope

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Materials: Real carrion crow foot (corvus corax), taken legally in the UK, topped with brass cap, black copper bail, and gold-tone jump ring, strung on a soft deerskin lace with two coyote bone beads. The dangle features a coyote tooth, and a green glass magatama.

Hope you like! This was loads of fun to do.

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