books and buttons

Kind readers,

this week, my dear friend Rik Potter published his book The Boy Who Lived: Magical Spirituality in the Harry Potter Universe 🙂 He will be signing copies of it at MISTI-Con (where I shall get mine!).

You can also buy it online:

It includes my short article, “Wise as a Serpent: How Professor Snape introduced me to Neo-Paganism.”

In other beautiful news, my new Snape coat, fashioned for me by my talented friend Nezumi, has arrived… I shall be wearing it for the first time at MISTI.

Here I am, modelling it a little. Of course, I tried it on the instant I took it out of the box! And the coat fit me perfectly.

My copies of Blessed: How to Be a Joyful Mystic arrived the other day, so I am officially all set for the book signing! I shall also have copies of The Severus Snape Paradigm: Outcast, Rebel, Hero on hand.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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upcoming titles

Kind readers,

the release of Blessed: How to Be a Joyful Mystic is imminent… I am awaiting the arrival of my sample copy. Once I have received it, and everything looks all right, I shall approve it, at which point it will be available for purchase here on my website. Around a month later, it will be available on amazon as well -I shall be sharing all the relevant information with you here 🙂

In other news, my dear and talented friend Ben Wu has kindly agreed to illustrate the covers of my upcoming books The Magic of Love, The Magic of Hope, and The Magic of Freedom. I shall start working on the first, The Magic of Love, soon after MISTI-Con.

In other other news, I have redesigned the cover, and changed the subtitle, of another of my upcoming projects.

Here it is:

I had thought I would write this one in 2014, but it looks like it may well happen sooner. Apparently, I am not finished rambling about Professor Snape yet! Merely gazing at the cover above is giving me one idea after the other.

And, I had some new ink done! It was an excellent way to celebrate having completed Blessed… Here is a picture of it, taken the day after it was done. Once again, Tiffany has done something exquisite for me, and the ink has made me very happy.

Despite all these projects brewing in my head, I shall be resting as much as possible this month. MISTI is almost here! Egad.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

affirmation

Kind readers,

I had some new ink done this week, and I am ecstatically happy about it. The piece symbolizes my vocation: it is two crossed quills with an ink bottle above, upon which is a label with the word “Love” inscribed on it. Beneath the quills is the word “Professor” written in blood red ink.

I am a renegade and cosmic love vagabond.

Here I am in my jammies, the day after Tiffany did the chest piece. She was wonderful, as always, and her art exquisite. My new piece looked even more beautiful than I had envisioned it.

And here it is, closer up:

It hurt, goodness! But it was bearable (only just!). I was so happy after I removed the bandage the next morning… The tattoo was everything I had hoped it would be.

I love my ink manifesto: Hope, Love, Freedom.

I also had a wonderful time celebrating Professor Snape’s birthday again this year (chocolate cake with buttercream icing!). I added a new element to my personal altar, a marvelous and wondrously fragrant handmade candle that was a gift from my dear friend Rik Potter, whom I shall be seeing again in a few months at MISTI-Con.

And now, much writing will be taking place in the coming months! I am ready and prepared: I am inspired, joyful, and grateful.

Oh, in other news, I have added these links on my website, under a new category called “Identity & Affirmation”: Genderfork and Tomboy Tailors; also, information about being an INFJ. I am an asexual and genderfluid kaleidoscope, and a happy one at that.

As I wrote in comments to my latest Livejournal post,

My ink has been one of the means through which I have been expressing how I have been coming into my own, and what is most important to me. What I have found to be most healing and affirming about getting inked is that the pieces and what they represent cannot be removed from me like jewelry… They are embedded in my very flesh. It is magickal, definitely. It is like taking a stand; I have been taking a stand. When I entered my forties, I felt a shift and so much came together for me; not only that, but I knew I was now unapologetic about who I was and what I believed. It was so freeing, in a sort of jumping-out-of-an-airplane way… A breathless joy.

When I got my first piece, Harlock’s skull and crossbones, it was to protest against a certain form of oppression, and all my subsequent pieces have, in part, that quality, which is why I call my ink a manifesto.

2013 is beginning very well!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

The Severus Snape Paradigm

Kind readers,

I have just ordered 50 copies of The Severus Snape Paradigm… They will soon be on their way to the Portofino in Orlando.

Goodness. I am exhausted. But it was worth it, because it was for you.

Here is the full cover:

The book is now available directly from lulu. It should be available on amazon also not too long after Ascendio.

In addition, a loved one will be helping me with this whole eBook thing at some point after the convention; I shall let you know once the book is available in that format as well.

Here are more pictures of the newborn:

This was taken the day the book reached my mailbox. Goodness!

The cover turned out quite well… I can only hope that the contents are adequate!

May it be, now and then,  a source of comfort to those who read it; that is my only ambition for it.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

Ascendio: book signing and lecture

Kind readers,

well, yesterday I finished my latest book of mystical essays about Professor Snape, The Severus Snape Paradigm: Outcast, Rebel, Hero.

I am resting my brain a little today, although it is oh so tempting to start proofreading it now. However, I am exhausted and need to recuperate just a bit…

I plan to upload the manuscript by the middle of the week, so that I have copies ready in time for Ascendio (which is next month! Help! Help!).

Here is the structure of the book again:

Outcast

The Waif (The Fool)
The Wizard (The Magician)
The Warrior (The Chariot)

Rebel

The Messenger (The Hermit)
The Master (The Wheel of Fortune)
The Mystic (The Hanged Man)

Hero

The Hell-Raiser (The Tower)
The Healer (Judgment)
The Herald (The World)

As always, and perhaps more than ever, I am not quite sure what it is I have done exactly. My only wish is for my scribblings to be of comfort now and then…

Despite the fact that I am not an expert on any of the topics I wrote about in the book, I drew from my own experience and shared my heart earnestly, in the hope that this small contribution of mine might ease suffering and inspire those who read it. I would like to apologize in advance for any drivel and lack of wisdom the work contains.

I drew upon Taoism, Gnostic Christianity and Buddhism a lot. I also owe gratitude for the beauty found in Hinduism. There is a good spoonful of Neo-Paganism in there too, I think.

In the book, I write about how Professor Snape has influenced my spiritual journey and practice, and how he has helped me to cope with change. The book is about Oneness, balance, transcending duality, universal and inclusive unconditional love, and the mystical center. It is about compassion for all beings, including oneself, and peace. It is about knowing through unknowing. It is about leaving certainty behind and letting go.

That was what I attempted to do, at any rate. It is a sort of… mystical kaleidoscope. Or something.

And now, about Ascendio

I shall be signing copies of the book on July 12 during the book fair, from two to six approximately.

I shall be giving my lecture/ramble, “Chariot, Hanged Man, World: The Cosmic Ascent of Severus Snape” on July 14 at noon, in a room called Tuscan I.

In other news, my dearest and most talented friend Ben Wu did another exquisite piece for me recently.

It symbolizes my wish for all beings to be at peace.

My practice is universal wholeness… That is The Severus Snape Paradigm in a nutshell.

To quote Jean-Yves Leloup’s book Judas and Jesus: Two Faces of a Single Revelation (which I do in my latest work),

“It is neither good nor evil that will have the last word. They are the two halves that compose a human being… And beyond good and evil, beyond these two halves, another road begins.”

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

book news, Ascendio news

Kind readers,

I have been hard at work upon my upcoming book, The Severus Snape Paradigm: Outcast, Rebel, Hero. I am at the halfway mark.

I put together the structure of the book last July, and I shall share it with you again below, including the tarot archetypes that are inspiring me (although, it must be said, my interpretations of the cards are related to my mystical understanding of Professor Snape and are thus often wildly creative and sometimes at considerable variance with traditional meanings):

The book is divided into three parts, each composed of three essays, all of which are interrelated and build upon each other.

Outcast

The Waif (The Fool)
The Wizard (The Magician)
The Warrior (The Chariot)

Rebel

The Messenger (The Hermit)
The Master (The Wheel of Fortune) -I am busy writing this one now
The Mystic (The Hanged Man)

Hero

The Hell-Raiser (The Tower)
The Helper (Judgment)
The Healer (The World)

The essays also contain very personal passages that relate, in the context of each essay, how Professor Snape has affected me and my worldview.

The book will be finished at the start of May. It will be available directly from lulu not too long after that, and should be available on amazon in time for Ascendio. I shall be signing copies of the book during the convention.

Ah yes! I almost forgot… I shall be lecturing at some point during Ascendio as well. My presentation will be based on the book and will be called “Chariot, Hanged Man, World: The Cosmic Ascent of Severus Snape.”

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

well on the way

Kind readers,

last night, Tiffany put the finishing touches to my left arm… It is all extremely beautiful and the sight of it upholds me.

I am extremely fortunate to have such a talented artist adorning my limbs.

These photos were taken right after the session was over:

She added a second leaf to the lily on the back of my forearm, and redid the fine outline around the first leaf and the lily itself (they had gotten a bit lost in the green color). She also added lovely stars around the snake-sword-cauldron piece.

And these were taken this morning, after I removed the bandage and washed my latest ink:

I am very much looking forward to sharing the art with my loved ones at Ascendio! I recently booked my flight and this week had my first dream about being unable to find my hotel room. So we are well on the way 😉

In other news, I am hard at work on The Severus Snape Paradigm… For the next two months, I shall be hidden behind piles of books and papers. I am happy to report that it is going well, although, as usual, I have no idea whether what I am scribbling is good or not. I am hopeful it will be… whatever it is meant to be.

It appears that there will be a book fair during the convention, and if all goes well I shall be signing copies of the book there. I shall keep you posted!

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

Compassionate Rebel

Kind readers,

I returned home not too long ago after my latest session with Tiffany… She is amazing.

A few more pieces were added to my arm.

Professor Snape’s wand, with a vial containing his silver blue tears. The level of detail in the carvings on the handle was too great to reproduce without them all being reduced to a sort of mish mash, and so Tiffany made the handle smooth… I am utterly thrilled with how it came out. The vial has Bodhisattva symbolism; overtones of Kuan Yin, “the Compassionate Rebel,” in particular: Goddess of mercy, whose name means “One who hears the cries of the world” and who keeps “sweet dew, the nectar of Wisdom and Compassion,” “a stream of healing water” in a bottle [“It is relevant here to observe that Kuan Yin is often depicted in art holding a leafy twig, derived from the ‘weeping willow’ tree, known so due to its trailing leafy branches that droop to the ground and along which raindrops trickle down like tears.”] “You put my tears in your bottle” (Psalm 56:8)

My first lily, which now has a leaf and an unopened bud. As I told Tiffany, “the bud stands for all those who have ever been told they were no good. I’m here to tell them that they are good.”

Whew -I am a bit tired now!

In other news, I have been hard at work upon my upcoming book of essays, The Severus Snape Paradigm. Ascendio is getting closer… I booked my plane tickets the other day.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor