San Francisco loves its fairs and festivals! My personal favorite among them is How Weird, during which several blocks of the city’s Financial District centered around Howard and 2nd Streets are transformed into a celebration of all things creative, trippy, fun, and weird. Though it normally would have occurred the first weekend in May, it has been postponed like everything else. (The good news is they are having an online livestream version Sunday, May 3rd from 11:11am ’til late!) In its honor, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite fun facts: the origin of the word “weird”!
Not that anyone ever truly has had it all figured out, but uh… it seems like literally everyone is currently asking the question, “What are we supposed to do?”
Let’s face it, we could all use a little guidance. As a species we are collectively experiencing something for which there exists no definitive guide. On a personal, governmental, and global level, we are figuring it out as we go. And that’s a little unnerving, to say the least! Few people find solace in uncertainty.
But this isn’t the first time in human history that we have faced the looming threat of the unknown. Perhaps in our modern search to connect with a greater guidance to answer our questions, we must look back to how magical humans of the past sought out wisdom during life’s challenges. Since the earliest recordings of human history, people have used various techniques to tap into higher wisdom.
Happy weekend, witches!
Here in California we’re still diligently sheltering in place, so now that I have some free time on Saturday nights, I feel strangely compelled to get a little weird on the weekends like everyone else normally does. So hello, world! Let’s talk about a subject I’ve been doing a lot of research on lately: tying knots. Did you know that the practice of tying knots is (literally) woven into the history of witchcraft throughout many ancient cultures across the world?