Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Amazing Butoh Dancer

This is absolutely spellbinding.  Hope you enjoy it.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Summer's End, New Beginnings

Hello everyone!

My last posting was on Midsummer, and I've been (happily) incredibly busy over the past couple of months; so much so that I had a period of non-posting!  Thanks to all of you who remained with me during this small hiatus.


Now that Summer is drawing to a close, I hope to be here much more frequently and look forward to all of your postings, and hope to be contributing to the blogosphere as well.

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful summer (weather notwithstanding...it was an eventful few months, yes?) and are looking forward to the cooler, darker (in the best way) period that is coming.

Blessings!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Frolic of the Fae



Puck, Act 5, Scene 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream 
William Shakespeare

Friday, June 10, 2011

Drawing the Moon

Today I drew one of my least favorite cards during my daily Tarot pull:  The Moon.

 The Moon, Robin Wood Tarot

This card has several interpretations; illusion, bewilderment, the unconscious, the intuition, imagination and fear being among them.  In my personal experience, this card also signifies betrayal and deception from those that once appeared as friends (illusion).  

I frequently remind myself that my daily tarot pulls are not necessarily indicative of things that will happen but could be indicative of events of which I need to be aware.

How does The Moon card speak to you?  What messages do you or have you inferred from drawing this card?  What might be the beneficial lessons and meanings (if any) of this card?   


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What is it about Turtledoves?


I have noticed that one of my posts has  - overwhelmingly - the most number of hits on my blog.  It's the post I did last Holiday season on Two Turtledoves, as part of my study of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Does anyone have any insight to offer as to the reason that this post gets so many hits?  On the little ticker to the right...and down...you can see from what part of the world my visitors are coming, and on what posting they "land."  You'll notice, as well, that lots of them hit upon the turtledoves.

Am I missing something about turtledoves?  I mean...they're nice and all...but come on!  And I know it's not my recipe for pear salad...

:)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cleaning House

Today, although I know it's technically a little late, I did spring cleaning for all of my magical supplies and implements.  Everything is now out on my counter top:  the things that can simply be washed mundanely have been, the things that need "special" cleaning are gathered and waiting for that to happen, and my stock of incense and oils has been noted and the list is made of what I need.

It feels good, clearing the cobwebs and dust off - both literally and figuratively - of these things.  And now that I've been "practicing" for a few years now, my items have a history and I have a deep love for them.  They are much like old friends.

I'm curious, though, as to how others "clean" their special implements.  Do you, gentle readers, have any tips and tricks for cleaning your crystals, for example?  Or what ritual do you like to use to consecrate or re-consecrate your tools.  I would love to hear from you on this.

Hope everyone is having a great day...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Returning


As the summer begins, I'm emerging from the Underworld.  Later than Persephone, but emerging nonetheless.

I hope that some of you are still with me!!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Revisiting Freya

Freya
byTodd Lockwood

This was a post that I first wrote in December of 2009; and while I don't like to repeat postings, I'm fairly confident that I only had...oh...two followers back then and I'm sure no one read it.  At any rate, today I have been thinking a great deal about Freya, what with it being Friday, and I decided to resurrect this posting, especially to remind myself about when I first "met" Her.

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I've always been able to visualize vividly and clearly while meditating. When I first began this spiritual journey a few years ago, it was very easy to automatically and rationally say to myself,

"You're just going a bit bonkers, and the reason that all these Greek Gods are swirling around in your head is because you've always been interested in them and you find the legends fascinating."

I'm a Leo - we like to have proof and dislike others perceiving us as insane.

But shortly thereafter, I started seeing some things play out on my mind-CinemaScope that didn't have an origin in things in which I had shown interest, either previously in my life or currently; these were images in my mind's eye that became harder to rationalize, and that's when my consciousness began to open to wonderful things.

In a meditation, and while looking upon a particularly clear image of Hera and Athena standing before me serenely, both Goddesses slowly and deliberately pointed and looked to their left. Of course, I "looked" where they were pointing and there was another Being - definitely a Goddess - with furious (best way to describe it) auburn hair and wearing a cloak of what appeared to be dark, brownish feathers (with markings, etc.).

That was it. The vision dissipated and I was left to contemplate. The most important messages, I think, are the ones that come and go quickly. They imprint themselves into our memory and we're left with a homework assignment of the spirit: what am I meant to learn from that?

It might be obvious to many reading this that I encountered Freya in my meditation, and this hit me like a lead balloon a few days later (when I luckily searched on 'goddess with feather cape'...why didn't I do that in the first place?).

I understand the concept of things bubbling up from the subconscious, but these were things that I hadn't put in the pot to boil, so to speak. Furthermore, these things weren't being planted subliminally by the television or the internet. Modern culture isn't that fixated on ancient Norse Goddesses.

At any rate, whether I was actually visited in a meditation by an energy current that exists in the Universe as Freya, with all Her trappings and associations; or manifested an image of Freya because of some snippet from somewhere that leaked into my perception - I don't think it really matters. What matters to me is that because of this, I learned more about a facet on the huge diamond of the Divine (Freya would like that image; She has a thing for jewelry.). Learning about Freya helped me to understand how a great many people that once existed on Earth loved the Source, and the process of that learning taught me things about my own Spirit.

Learn all you can. That's what makes the journey worthwhile.

Have a wonderful Freya's Day...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Visionary - Martin Luther King, Jr.


I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... 
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.




Once a Leo, Always a Leo

Oh, thank goodness.

I had a sinking suspicion that something wasn't exactly right about the whole Zodiac-change issue - it didn't feel correct to me, down deep in my bones.  And, since I consider myself very tapped into nature, the Earth, and the seasons - this explanation in a CNN article clarifies the debate and makes sense to me.

And thankfully, I don't have to get a tattoo of a crab now.


Leo

Jofra Bosschart

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Identity Crisis

Ok...what's up with this....

http://gawker.com/5732115/your-zodiac-sign-may-have-changed

Apparently, I'm not a Leo anymore.  I'm a Cancer.  What?

Thoughts...observations...emotions?


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Healing


In light of the tragic events in Arizona, I would like to ask all of you to join me in sending healing energy to all those that were wounded in the shooting.  I do believe every little bit helps.

This is a sad day for our country.  The inflammatory rhetoric of the last many years has no doubt had a part in this somehow.

Meditate for peace.  Meditate for comfort.  Light a candle.  Say a prayer.

Blessings to you.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

du jour: The Epiphany of Kore


The Return of Persephone

Frederic Leighton, 1891

Leighton depicts Hermes helping Persephone to return to her mother Demeter after Zeus forced Hades to return Persephone.


Orphic Hymn to Persephone

Persephone, Daughter of Zeus, blessed
Only begotten, gracious Goddess, receive this good offering,
Much honoured, you, overpowered by Pluto, you are beloved and lifegiving,
You hold the doors of Hades under the depths of the earth;
Transactor of Justice, your beloved hair the sacred olive branch of the enemy
Mother of the Eumenides, Queen of the Underworld, 
You, maiden from Zeus through secret begetting.


Mother of loud-shouting, many-shaped Bacchus.
Playmate of the moving seasons, lightbringing, of beautiful form,
Holy, ruler of all, maiden, showering fruits,
Radiant, horned, you alone are longed for by mortals.

You are Spring, delighting in fragrant meadows
Your sacred body appears to us in growing fruits and branches.

Raped into your marriage bed in the late autumn
You alone are life and death to distressed mortals.

Persephone. You are forever the nourisher and the death bringer.


Listen, blessed Goddess and send up fruits from the earth
In peace, flourishing in health from your soothing hand;
And, in life abundance, leading to richness of old age
Then to your realm O Sovereign, and to powerful Pluto.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We Made It! - 12 Drummers Drumming

And what drummers they are!



Amazing!  The Top Secret Drum Corp from Switzerland.

Thanks for sticking with me throughout this little excursion.  We've touched on mythology, ballet, bagpipes, lots of poultry, and the Radio City Rockettes!  That's a lot of ground to cover in twelve days, but I've enjoyed it.

Needless to say, whoever would be doing the giving would have to have a pretty hefty bank account to afford all this swag.


Gift Tally - Day 12
Partridges - 12
Pear Trees - 12
Turtle Doves - 22
French Hens - 30
Colly (Black) Birds - 36
Ring-necked Pheasant - 40
Geese (Laying) - 42
Swans (Swimming) - 42
Maids (Milking) - 40
Cows - 40
Ladies (Dancing) - 35
Lords (Leaping) - 30
Pipers (Piping) - 22
Drummers (Drumming) - 12

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Scotland the Brave - 12 Days Continues...


Eleven Pipers Piping...

My ancestors came from Scotland.  I suppose that's why the sound of bagpipes stirs me to the core, almost immediately making me tear up, regardless of whether the song is a happy one or a funeral dirge.  There's something anciently majestic about them, and I actually wish I knew how to play them.  


Video by Glenzboyz


Gift Tally - Day 11
Partridges - 11
Pear Trees - 11
Turtle Doves - 20
French Hens - 27
Colly (Black) Birds - 32
Ring-necked Pheasant - 35
Geese (Laying) - 38
Swans (Swimming) - 35
Maids (Milking) - 32
Cows - 32
Ladies (Dancing) - 27
Lords (Leaping) - 20
Pipers (Piping) - 11

Monday, January 3, 2011

Leaping Lords



This clip, which wonderfully illustrates today's "gift" - 10 Lords A-Leaping - makes me marvel at how diverse and culturally magnificent our world is, and saddened that most people don't realize that fact.

I would normally write about the dancers, the ritual, and the culture, but the narrator on the clip does a great job of explaining this Romanian tradition.

Hope everyone has a happy Day of Luna!

Gift Tally - Day 10
Partridges - 10
Pear Trees - 10
Turtle Doves - 18
French Hens - 24
Colly (Black) Birds - 28
Ring-necked Pheasant - 30
Geese (Laying) - 32
Swans (Swimming) - 28
Maids (Milking) - 24
Cows - 24
Ladies (Dancing) - 18
Lords (Leaping) - 10

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nine

Today, we have Nine Ladies Dancing, and I couldn't think of anything more appropriate than this...

...even though there are far more than nine....




Gift Tally - Day 9
Partridges - 9
Pear Trees - 9
Turtle Doves - 16
French Hens - 21
Colly (Black) Birds - 24
Ring-necked Pheasant - 25
Geese (Laying) - 24
Swans (Swimming) - 21
Maids (Milking) - 16
Cows - 16
Ladies (Dancing) - 9

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Got Milkmaids? "12 Days" continues...


Finally, the song breaks from poultry-related gifts and moves on to servants. We can't necessarily assume that the recipient already had cows to milk, so I'm going to include cows in the gift totals beginning today.

A milk maid (or milkmaid - apparently both are acceptable), of course, was a servant (or tradesperson) that was responsible for the milking of cows, maintaining and processing the milk, and making all sorts of cheese long before one could simply walk into a grocery store and visit the Dairy aisle. They, too, have inspired artists and authors throughout history.  Here are a few examples...

The Milk Maid and her Pail
a Fable by Aesop

Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a pail on her head.  As she went along, she began calculating what she would do with the money she would get for the milk.

"I'll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown," said she, "and they will lay eggs each morning, which I will sell to the parson's wife.  With the money that I get from the sale of these eggs, I'll buy myself a new dimity frock and a chip hat; and when I go to market, won't all the young men come up and speak to me! Polly Shaw will be that jealous, but I don't care.  I shall just look at her and toss my head like this."

As she spoke, she tossed her head back, the pail fell off it, and all the milk was spilt.  So she had to go home and tell her mother what had occurred.

"Ah, my child," said the mother:

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.



The Milkmaid

Johannes Vermeer

I had no idea that the "chickens...hatch" moral had anything to do with a milkmaid.  You really do learn something new every day, if you're open to knowledge.

This doll, while finely crafted, frightens me a bit - 


She looks a bit like a Stepford Milkmaid.


And I have to tie this in somewhat with some of my own personal spirituality, so I'm happy that I can post a tidbit from the mythology of Heracles (Hercules) involving one of my Patrons, Hera.  I haven't heard of many who are called by Hera, and She is not known in myth for being overtly warm and fuzzy, but I'm completely enamored and definitely one of Her devotees.



After the birth of (another of) his illegitimate son, Heracles, the great god Zeus wanted to ensure that the baby boy nursed at the breast of the Queen of Heaven, Hera, since Her milk bestowed immortality.  Some writers say that Zeus tricked Hera into breast feeding Heracles, others write that Zeus placed the infant at Hera's breast while she was sleeping.  Either way, plucky young Heracles bit too hard on Hera's nipple, or pulled at it too strongly, so when She quickly removed the child from Her breast, the spurt of milk that issued forth created the Milky Way.

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So, rounding out day eight, here's where the bounty of gifts stands:



Gift Tally - Day 8
Partridges - 8
Pear Trees - 8
Turtle Doves - 14
French Hens - 18
Colly (Black) Birds - 20
Ring-necked Pheasant - 20
Geese (Laying) - 18
Swans (Swimming) - 14
Maids (Milking) - 8
Cows - 8

I certainly hope this lucky lady (or gentleman) has a barn.

Hope your 1-1-11 is a one-derful day.  (Sorry, couldn't resist that one...oh...did it again.)