Friday, January 25, 2013

Ghouls

It's very late, and the  moon is radiant and high in the sky. You're walking back home on a dirt path beside the desolate road. The air is biting-cold. You sniffle, eyes darting back and forth, and your feet take you in through the tall wrought iron cemetery gates. You've used the graveyard as a cut-through before, but you're still feeling uneasy. There's a disturbance, and you can sense it in your gurgling gut. Your suspicion grows as you approach a dirt mound above a grave. A shadow glides past in your peripheral vision. You walk faster and faster, but trip on a patch of pebbles. Stumbling, looking around, you see what looks like a pile of a person. Then the smell...it hit like a wall of sticky decay. You sprint as fast as your feet can take you. Gliding through the air, refusing to look back, there is one thought rattling your brain: Ghoul.
The legend of the ghoul is one that fascinates me thoroughly. Many people confuse ghouls with zombies, but they are completely separate creatures. Originating in Arabic folklore, Ghouls are humanoid creatures who feast on the flesh of the dead. It is said that they live in cemeteries, coming out at night to eat their fill from fresh graves. It is even thought that ghouls might be willing to kill for their meal, but only if it is of little risk to them. 

Ghouls are undead creatures, but where do they come from, and how does one become a ghoul? There are many theories: Many believe, typically from Arab folklore, that ghouls are demonic creatures. Some believe you are born a ghoul, while others believe you can become one from sickness or corruption of the soul. You can read more about it in [this] article.
To slay a ghoul, Arab myth says one swing of your sword is enough. These creatures are never seen in daylight, so maybe the sun is poison to them.

If you care to read, [here's] a chilling short story involving a ghoul. It's called 'The Nameless Offspring' by Clarke Ashton Smith.

Take [this quiz] to find out if you're a ghoul! You may not even know...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tu Blog Me Inspira Award

This award was given to me by Ray X over at Breakfast on Mars. Thanks!


For this award, I have to list five odd habits of mine. I also have to tag fifteen bloggers that inspire me.
  1. When I hear people talking, I sometimes trace out a word I hear on my hand. A lot of times I don't even notice. I think it comes from my father, because he does the same thing. 
  2. Whenever I'm tired or upset, I tend to run my fingers along my scalp. Sometimes I'll rub my forehead too. I think this stems from when  I was very little, my mom used to rub my forehead before bed. She also liked to play with my hair, but it always bothered me.
  3. When I'm thinking, I bite my lip. Sometimes I even peel some of the skin off without noticing.
  4. I frequently pop my fingers. My brother does it a lot, and he pressured me to pop my fingers as well when I was much younger. I've been doing it ever since, so hopefully it won't cause arthritis or knobby knuckles like people say. 
  5. I can't really think of a fifth one, but there was something I did when I was little. I used to bite the insides of my cheeks. So much so, they would bleed and leave scars. I finally stopped, because my dentist became concerned. I'm sure the scars are still there, but I can't really feel them like I used to (they used to be raised, and I could feel them with my tongue).
Well now that you all know entirely too much about me, I will tag ten other bloggers I know I'm supposed to tag fifteen, but I know some of you have been tagged already.:
  1. Nebel Finsternis Violet at Deus Ex Machina
  2. Twisted Princess at Darkling Dreams
  3. AsylumAlice at Aversion to Color
  4. Amy Asphodel at Bohemian Bloomers
  5. Tenebris in Lux at Never-Ending Playlist of a Psycho
  6. Katelynn at The Life of a Baby Bat
  7. Jessica at The Halloween Ladybug
  8. Lady Zendra of Noran at Drones and Drabbles
  9. Natalie at Gothy Two Shoes
  10. Nightwind at The Gothic Embrace

Sunday, January 13, 2013

DIY Nose Chain

For those of you who've been trying to hunt down a nose chain, you probably know that they're difficult to find. Even online, there isn't a big selection. The ones I've found at a local Indian mall were pretty, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for. I finally decided it would be easier to make my own. 


What you need:
  • Any kind of necklace chain (preferably lightweight)
  • Nose ring (you can also make a lip chain if you have a lip ring.)
  • Earring Hook
  • Metal loops (You might be able to find a couple on your necklace)
  • Jewelry pliers (I used regular pliers, but it's a lot more difficult.)
How To Make It:
  1. Measure out the length you want your nose chain. Using the  pliers, separate the chain to your desired length.
  2. Take the piece you need, and attach both ends to  the bigger metal loops.
  3. Attach one end to your earring hook and the other end to your nose ring. Make sure the ends are tightened enough where the nose chain won't come apart. 
Cost: 
For me, it didn't cost any money. I already had these supplies around the house. If you don't have these supplies, it could cost up to $20. 
 For my nose chain, I decided to use a plain silver chain and a rosary beaded necklace. This came attached together as one necklace. This was especially convenient, because I wanted to get two different chain lengths.

Wear your nose chain with pride. There's many people out there who hate this accessory, and many people who think it's offensive. Remember kids, it's not cultural misappropriation...it's cultural appreciation. All cultures borrow from each other to evolve. We're living in a globalized society, so feel free to wear nose chains, bindis, henna, etc. even if you weren't born into the culture from which it originated.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Make Up Forever Black Lipstick

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A good black lipstick can be somewhat difficult to buy. I've tried two other black lipsticks before my recent buy. One of them was Hot Topic brand, and the other was a cheap Halloween lipstick. Neither of these were satisfactory. They were thick and difficult to apply. I found out that the main ingredient in the cheap Halloween lipstick was Castor Oil, which would explain the sticky, thick texture. When I found out Sephora carried Make Up Forever black lipstick, I was eager to try it. 

I'm pleased to say this Satin Black was such a refreshing change to the other black lipsticks I've tried. It has a very smooth texture that glides onto the lips. It feels very comfortable to wear; this is important considering it's very opaque. It does have a nice satin finish as the name implies. As far as the wear goes, it's long lasting but it does stain a bit. The price for this lipstick was $19. It's a little expensive, but not unaffordable, and it's definitely worth the buy. Overall, I would definitely recommend this lipstick.



*Just as a note, Sephora's website has marked this lipstick as "Sold Out." I'm still able to find this lipstick in-store, so I'm thinking other Sephoras will carry it too. You can also find it on ebay, but the prices are marked up.

In a recent trip to Sephora, I was able to take home a sample of their "Glossy Gloss" in "Royal Icing." It looks only slightly shimmery in the photo, but it is a silver gloss on the lips. It's $10 for a tube. It is good quality and worth the money. It also looks great layered over black lipstick.

If you're interested in buying a black lipstick, purchase it while you can; it won't be around forever.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Writing A Spiritual Journal


Surprisingly, there's not very much information on the internet pertaining to keeping a spiritual journal. Sure, there's a WikiHow page, but most of the information I've found is either vague or relating to specifically Christian spiritual journals. Actually, there are no limits for spiritual journals, so why and how you write one depend on you, the author.

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I felt compelled to keep a spiritual journal for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I consider myself to be a spiritual person. I wanted to write this journal to make sense of past experiences that could possibly be paranormal-related, and I also wanted a way of tracking my spiritual growth. These are not the only reasons for starting your journal. You can use it to explore what inspires you as a person. You can also use it to reflect on dreams and nightmares. You can even write the journal to reflect on fate and the meaning of life. If you are a religious person, you may want to write down meaningful prayers/spells/chants or track your religious experiences. If you have certain goals, for example many people want to develop psychic skills, spiritual journals are good for measuring your progressDon't feel pressured to limit your journal to one specific purpose; write whatever feels right to you. 

There are infinite options to how you can write this journal. You can start with a quote, a piece of poetry, or a prayer/spell that inspires you or relates to your subject. You can also doodle or paste pictures into your journal. You can do conventional chronological entries, or you can be more spontaneous. Go wherever your mind (and spirit) takes you.
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By no means do you have to write on a schedule. You, the author, are the only audience, so write whenever you feel the muse. This also means you do not have to worry about neatness. It's okay to have bad penmanship, and it's okay to make mistakes. Your writer's voice can be as casual or formal as you want. For example, my journal has crossed out words, smudges, and sloppy cursive. Since I write what comes to mind, my voice is casual and I don't take much time to focus on organization. As long as you are able to go back and review your past entries, that's what matters. Remember, spiritual journals are supposed to be liberating, not constricting.
I purchased my journal from Barnes & Noble. It's nice quality, and it only cost $5. It's plain black, but that gives me the freedom to customize it any way I want. There's plenty of options in the way of journals. I've used spiral notebooks and composition books before, but pages have ripped and the binding has come apart after a only a semester of use. Since you don't want that happening, I recommend buying something good quality (hard cover or leather bound).

For any of my readers interested in starting your own spiritual journal, I wish you the best! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Resolutions for The New Year

Making resolutions are cliche, but I'm going to make a few regardless:
  1. I'd like to cook more, and I want attempt to make vegan and vegetarian meals. I'm not a veggie, but a few vegan or vegetarian meals a week is very heart healthy.
  2. I need to get outside more. Fresh air does wonders for anyone. (This also means spending less time on the computer.)
  3. I'm going to start a spiritual journal, obviously for my spiritual benefit (by tracking my growth and what not).
For The New Year in The South, or for my family at least, we always eat black eyed peas and greens (collard, mustard, turnip, I love 'em all!).  It's supposed to symbolize luck and wealth, but I participate in the tradition because I very much enjoy Southern/Soul food. Does anyone else have any New Years traditions to share?

Yum!
I hope everyone had a lovely end of the year, and may the new year bring you fulfillment and happiness.