Daily Roundup – Lammas Or Lughnasadh?


Went and caught some great rock-n-roll at the summons of  my good friend Dale Russel of Outrider. His band played after Blackout. A lot of great bands and a great way to party after our wonderful Lughnasadh / Lammas ritual yesterday.

Blackout at Diamond Jim's Saloon
Blackout at Diamond Jim’s Saloon

 

"Wherever you know of harm, regard that harm as your own; and give your foes no peace." - Óðínn, Hávamál: Verse 127.
“Wherever you know of harm, regard that harm as your own; and give your foes no peace.” – Óðínn, Hávamál: Verse 127.

Lammas is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word, hlaf-mas, meaning “loaf-mass”. It is a festival to mark the annual wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring a loaf made from a new crop to church. The loaf was then blessed, and among Anglo-Saxon people, it might be used afterwards to work magic. A book of Anglo-Saxon charms indicated that the lammas bread should be broken into four bits, which were to be placed at the four corners of a barn, to protect the grain stored within.


Stop! Hammertime. Lammas time?
Stop! Hammertime.
Don't be afraid to start over. It's a new chance to create what you wand and enjoy.
Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a new chance to create what you wand and enjoy.
Americans dump 80 million pounds of pesticides on their yards each year. There is no outside entity to blame; we are poisoning ourselves - and our children, our neighbors, our pets, our water and our birds.
Americans dump 80 million pounds of pesticides on their yards each year. There is no outside entity to blame; we are poisoning ourselves – and our children, our neighbors, our pets, our water and our birds.

Lisa Thiel – Lammas Song


Daily Roundup – Nation, Family, Homeland

Nation of laws with liberty and justice for all. An ideal worth striving for and with every citizen on board the dream can live.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

America Is Not A Christian Nation
America Is Not A Christian Nation and Never Has Been.

Just as it’s not a Jewish nation, or Muslim one, or an atheist one. It’s a nation where Christians, and all other beliefs, are free to live their lives without fear of persecution so long as they don’t harm others. But that doesn’t mean you get to claim the whole goddamned nation for yourself or use your religion to beat the rest of us about the head and shoulders. – Jim Wright, StoneKettle.com

The myth that America is a Christian nation is not only untrue, but promotes the pernicious idea that non-Christians are second-class citizens.

A good first step to fixing America would be to prosecute politicians who violate their oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America.
A good first step to fixing America would be to prosecute politicians who violate their oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America.
I have to many herbs...said no witch ever.
I have to many herbs…said no witch ever.
Blessed Morning! May The Forest Be With You!
Blessed Morning! May The Forest Be With You!

The ghost of rain on desert sand
No forest left to clothe the land
The battle’s done , we played our part
“Oh mere Dil gaya”… (Gone is my heart)

Omnia 06 – Dil Gaya

Daily Roundup – Knowing Stuff

Knowing yourself, your surroundings, your situation and those around you are keys to unlocking the mystery of life and not tripping over the hazards. Knowing things can open doors and protect you from harm.

Autumn’s Orchestra

By Emily Pauline Johnson

(INSCRIBED TO ONE BEYOND SEAS)

Know by the thread of music woven through
This fragile web of cadences I spin,
That I have only caught these songs since you
Voiced them upon your haunting violin.

THE OVERTURE

October’s orchestra plays softly on
The northern forest with its thousand strings,
And Autumn, the conductor wields anon
The Golden-rod – The baton that he swings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

THE FIRS

There is a lonely minor chord that sings
Faintly and far along the forest ways,
When the firs finger faintly on the strings
Of that rare violin the night wind plays,
Just as it whispered once to you and me
Beneath the English pines beyond the sea.

MOSSES

The lost wind wandering, forever grieves
Low overhead,
Above grey mosses whispering of leaves
Fallen and dead.
And through the lonely night sweeps their refrain
Like Chopin’s prelude, sobbing ‘neath the rain.

How in the hell can we print money to fund wars but we never have enough to educate kids or feed the homeless?
How in the hell can we print money to fund wars but we never have enough to educate kids or feed the homeless?

THE VINE

The wild grape mantling the trail and tree,
Festoons in graceful veils its drapery,
Its tendrils cling, as clings the memory stirred
By some evasive haunting tune, twice heard.

THE MAPLE

It is the blood-hued maple straight and strong,
Voicing abroad its patriotic song.

Its daring colours bravely flinging forth
The ensign of the Nation of the North.

Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession but about securing a portal. - Laura Miller
Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession but about securing a portal. – Laura Miller

 

HARE-BELL

Elfin bell in azure dress,
Chiming all day long,
Ringing through the wilderness
Dulcet notes of song.
Daintiest of forest flowers
Weaving like a spell
Music through the Autumn hours,
Little Elfin bell.

Do you need to use the sleep?
Do you need to use the sleep?

THE GIANT OAK

And then the sound of marching armies ‘woke
Amid the branches of the soldier oak,
And tempests ceased their warring cry, and dumb
The lashing storms that muttered, overcome,
Choked by the heralding of battle smoke,
When these gnarled branches beat their martial drum.

ASPENS

A sweet high treble threads its silvery song,
Voice of the restless aspen, fine and thin
It trills its pure soprano, light and long –
Like the vibretto of a mandolin.

I love individuals. Every person you look at you can see the universe in their eyes if you're really looking. - George Carlin
I love individuals. Every person you look at you can see the universe in their eyes if you’re really looking. – George Carlin

FINALE

The cedar trees have sung their vesper hymn,
And now the music sleeps –
Its benediction falling where the dim
Dusk of the forest creeps.
Mute grows the great concerto – and the light
Of day is darkening, Good-night, Good-night.
But through the night time I shall hear within
The murmur of these trees,
The calling of your distant violin
Sobbing across the seas,
And waking wind, and star-reflected light
Shall voice my answering. Good-night, Good-night.

Mama Gina (The Day the Pagans Came to Town) at Phoenix Phyre ~ Spring 2014

Daily Roundup – Disagree And Discuss

Just a reminder. What goes on my wall is MY thoughts and opinions. You are welcome to disagree and discuss. However, I have rules:

Keep it civil

Back your arguments with evidence

If you are posting just to stir trouble you will be blocked.

If you don’t like what I have to say you can find the door on your own or you can be shown it at speed.

Thank you Steve C. on Facebook. My sentiments exactly. Disagree and discuss all you like but if you show up just to be a dick be prepared to be shown the door.

It seems that way doesn't it?
It seems that way doesn’t it?
Stop faking your fucking orgasms. Society already tells young men that they run the fucking universe. If they can't turn your cunt into a shooting star then for god's sake, let them know about it.
Stop faking your fucking orgasms. Society already tells young men that they run the fucking universe. If they can’t turn your cunt into a shooting star then for god’s sake, let them know about it.

Well….there is that.

I'm rebelling against being handed a career. Like, "You're the next this, you're the next that." I'm not the next anything, I'm the first me.
I’m rebelling against being handed a career. Like, “You’re the next this, you’re the next that.” I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me.

Well said sir.

If you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately? - Joel Salatin
If you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately? – Joel Salatin
Tetris taught me that trying to fit in will make you disappear.
Tetris taught me that trying to fit in will make you disappear.

S.J. Tucker – Cheshire Kitten (We’re All Mad Here)

Voting And Rebellion

When you skip voting it's not rebellion. It's surrender.
When you skip voting it’s not rebellion. It’s surrender.

So, I shared the above picture on Facebook the other day and it sparked the following conversation with a friend which I thought was worth preserving and sharing.

Friend: 

Actually, that is the programming that many are finding out to be untrue. We have been taught to “do our civic duty”, voting is a privilege, right, patriotic etc. When in fact, to abstain from voting is just as much a right as any other.

Me:

I disagree.

Friend:

And the freedom to disagree is the same one that guarantees the right to decline voting, as a boycott of a corrupt system. History is in favor of patriotism, but not always the people in the union. A lot of the programming is to perform according to design. Unfortunately, there are those that don’t see that. Not to mention, the process is not as it was 200 years ago when the concept became the process we have now.

Me:

I dig where you are coming from brother, I really do. I agree with you that the process is vastly corrupted from the one that existed 200 years ago. But, in my opinion, to stay home and stay quiet is no act of rebellion at all but simply a surrender and complicity in allowing the corruption to continue running amok unchecked. I would rather continue to take myself down to the polling places and vote for some third party candidate or anyone else whose values more closely match my own and at least have had my say. I would rather send a message to the corrupt establishment candidates that I am on to their game and I am not playing it in that way rather than stay home and let them think I’m simply apathetic. If one day my voicing my dissent leads to me being dragged off by the American version of the gestapo or inquisition for being a heretic then so be it. I will have at least had my say and not bowed down to their tyranny quietly.

I would like to add to this post that I have had some of my friends tell me that my position that I will probably vote for a third party candidate this election cycle means I’m “throwing my vote away” or that I am insuring (which ever of the establishment candidates the individual considers to be evil personified) will get in. The usual, tired old bullying argument used every election year to get people to stay within the establishment voting box. It works very well by the way. Most of the sheople do indeed comply. I would like to remind you that I live in the state of Texas. Texas has not sent a democrat to the white house since Jimmy Carter in 1976 and that isn’t likely to change in this election cycle. Take a look at this data from 270 To Win. They consider this state to be a safe bet as going to Trump in this election year and I am inclined to agree with this assessment. So, my voting for a candidate that expresses my own views on most topics isn’t going to make much difference in the grande scheme of things when it comes to where this state’s electoral votes end up going. But, I will have not been mistaken by the establishment as being merely apathetic and will have expressed my true views.

I would like to call everyone’s attention to the fact that it’s not all about who gets in the white house anyway. I applaud everyone who is actually awake and paying attention to what’s going on politically in the world. But look beyond the presidential election and see what your local congressional representatives, state representatives, city council members, etc. are up to because these people have a much heavier impact on things which will affect your life more directly. Stay involved, stay informed and stay active if you really want to change the way things are being run. It’s not all about the president.

If you can keep up with stats on your favorite sports teams or know what each Pokemon number is in the Pokedex or can keep up with your favorite fabrics, crafts supplies and other facts and figures that pertain to things which you enjoy in life then you can spend 5 minutes each day to look up how your representatives are voting on things which affect your life locally and beyond. You don’t vote just once every 4 years in the presidential election. You vote every single day when you choose to buy from companies that support child labor abroad or spend the money you give them to campaign against women’s health issues or against LGBTQ rights. If you think they care that you take the craft supplies they sell you and make Pagan related stuff or burn it in a bonfire you’re wrong. They happily take that money and spend it against YOU. Your vote matters and where you direct your money matters. So, I implore you, to pay attention to where your energy goes. Because it DOES MATTER.

Daily Roundup – Truth In The Wind

That which is true is in accordance with fact or reality. Mark Twain once said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Very true words, for what a tangled web we weave when we set out to deceive. It becomes more and more difficult to remember which lie we placed where. Truth is so much easier to keep up with.

Beautiful Celtic Tree Of Life - Artist and source unknown.
Beautiful Celtic Tree Of Life – Artist and source unknown.
All witches in the world need to come together and do multiple banish hate spells.
All witches in the world need to come together and do multiple banish hate spells.

Yes please!

I'm starting to think that Facebook status update I liked has had absolutely no influence on government policy at all.
I’m starting to think that Facebook status update I liked has had absolutely no influence on government policy at all.
The power of magick comes from the mind. It is meditation in motion.
The power of magick comes from the mind. It is meditation in motion.
FAIRIES KINGDOM - Arthur Rackham
FAIRIES KINGDOM – Arthur Rackham

KatsüK – OFFICIAL VIDEO – JUST In CasE

This song off the album, Out In The Wind, was inspired by the immutable and persistent Truth that consistently illuminates the media driven irrational discrepancies that have revolved around an event that has changed the whole world. Concurrently, it is dedicated to the first responders in New York that have somehow been swept under the rug of guilt by those who seek to remain “innocent” of crimes against the humanity. These shadows are waning in the coming Light, as is all our struggles. Be Well.

Please Investigate. Please Share. Aho.

*CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES* Captured and edited by Joe E TV www.youtube.com/joeetv
http://www.katsuk.com

http://www.facebook.com/katsukmusic

Daily Roundup – Into The Woods

The Way Through The Woods – By Rudyard Kipling

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods …
But there is no road through the woods.

Did you know? Pretty much any problem you face can be solved by running into the woods and hiding in a large bush for the next 3 months.
Did you know? Pretty much any problem you face can be solved by running into the woods and hiding in a large bush for the next 3 months.

If someone tries this please get back to me and let me know if it works out. I might want to try it out some time.

As above so below - As within so without - As the universe so the soul.
As above so below – As within so without – As the universe so the soul.

As above so below is often expressed alongside its counterpart, as within so without. Teachings which express these ideals elude to the notion that to study the universe is also to study ourselves, and conversely that it to study ourselves we may also be studying the universe. This is one reason why many ancient texts often dwell on both man and the universe together.

This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it'll pass.
This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it’ll pass.

“This too shall pass” , in Persian: این نیز بگذرد‎‎, īn nīz bogzarad; Arabic: لا شيء يدوم‎‎, lit. “nothing endures”; Hebrew: גם זה יעבור‎‎, gam zeh ya’avor) is an adage indicating that all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary.

Pay attention to what inspires you for it is spirit trying to communicate with you. That's why it's called
Pay attention to what inspires you for it is spirit trying to communicate with you. That’s why it’s called “inspiration” as in “In Spirit”. Listen, believe, act.
Five star hotel vs. Five billion star hotel.
Five star hotel vs. Five billion star hotel.

MPS Wassenberg 2016 * Omnia – Alan Lee’s Tango

Daily Roundup – Nature For Your Soul

It is in our nature to be out among the green and growing things because we are a part of the cycle of life. Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit.

Spend time with nature. Spend time with your soul.
Spend time with nature. Spend time with your soul.
Sky above me. Earth below me. Fire within me.
Sky above me. Earth below me. Fire within me.
Be in harmony with the nature of things. - Seng Tsan
Be in harmony with the nature of things. – Seng Tsan
A people who are ignorant of their past will defile the present and destroy the future. - David Lane
A people who are ignorant of their past will defile the present and destroy the future. – David Lane
My life. My choices. My mistakes. My lessons. Not your business.
My life. My choices. My mistakes. My lessons. Not your business.
If you don't leave your past in the past it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer. Not what yesterday has taken away.
If you don’t leave your past in the past it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer. Not what yesterday has taken away.

Some might say that the above meme and the previous one about those who are ignorant of their past are contradictory but I disagree with such an assessment. There is a difference between being aware of your past and living in it.

If you have a chance to be kind, be kind. If you have a chance to show compassion, show compassion. If you have a chance to know love, know love. If you have a chance to just be, just be.
If you have a chance to be kind, be kind. If you have a chance to show compassion, show compassion. If you have a chance to know love, know love. If you have a chance to just be, just be.

Tuatha Dea – “Long Black Curl” from the album “Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae”, inspired by the novels of Alex Bledsoe.

Daily Roundup – Wolves And Ravens

Wolves are a common motif in the mythologies and cosmologies of people throughout Europe and North America. The obvious attribute of the wolf is its nature as a predator, making it is strongly associated with danger and destruction. Because of this, it is often seen as a symbol of the warrior on one hand, and as an adversary on the other. The fabled stories of “The Big Bad Wolf” originate in this association. Wolves hold great importance in the cultures and religions of nomadic people in the Eurasian steppes and the North American Plains. In some cultures, the pairing of the warrior with the wolf gave rise to the idea of Lycanthropy, the mythical or ritual identification of man and wolf. Werewolves!

Did you know? Where there are wolves there are ravens. Ravens follow wolves around a lot, mostly because they just seem to like them. They aren't known to follow other predators and the prefer to eat with wolves instead of alone.
Did you know? Where there are wolves there are ravens. Ravens follow wolves around a lot, mostly because they just seem to like them. They aren’t known to follow other predators and the prefer to eat with wolves instead of alone.

Further reading here: Dinner Guests – How The Wolf and Raven Coexist

True magic is neither black nor white - it's both because nature is both. Loving and cruel, all at the same time. The only good or bad is in the heart of the witch. Life keeps a balance on its own.
True magic is neither black nor white – it’s both because nature is both. Loving and cruel, all at the same time. The only good or bad is in the heart of the witch. Life keeps a balance on its own.

Thoughts?

May my heart be kind. May my mind be fierce. May my spirit be brave. - Kate Forsyth
May my heart be kind. May my mind be fierce. May my spirit be brave. – Kate Forsyth
The wisdom of our ancestors is in us. It's up to us to unlock the door.
The wisdom of our ancestors is in us. It’s up to us to unlock the door.
Keep close to nature's heart and break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clear. - John Muir
Keep close to nature’s heart and break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clear. – John Muir

Let The Circle Be Unbroken – Arthur Hinds (Pagan Version)

Daily Roundup – Werewolf Nature

Every other culture in the history of the planet has told stories that they were embedded in nature, that nature was their mother, was their father, was the source of their existence. We have told stories that we are separate from nature, that we are superior to nature, that we walk around on top of nature. And I think that sense of alienation has led us to desecrate the earth. - Drew Dellinger
Every other culture in the history of the planet has told stories that they were embedded in nature, that nature was their mother, was their father, was the source of their existence. We have told stories that we are separate from nature, that we are superior to nature, that we walk around on top of nature. And I think that sense of alienation has led us to desecrate the earth. – Drew Dellinger
The best way to become enlightened is to argue with people on Facebook.
The best way to become enlightened is to argue with people on Facebook.
The Irish werewolf is different from the Teutonic or European werewolf, as it is not really a "monster" at all. Unlike its continental cousins , this shapeshifter is the guardian and protector of children, wounded men, and lost persons. According to some ancient sources, the Irish werewolves were even recruited by kings in times of war. Known in their native land as the faoladh or conroicht, their predatory behavior is typical of the common wolf, not beneath the occasional nocturnal raid.
The Irish werewolf is different from the Teutonic or European werewolf, as it is not really a “monster” at all. Unlike its continental cousins , this shapeshifter is the guardian and protector of children, wounded men, and lost persons. According to some ancient sources, the Irish werewolves were even recruited by kings in times of war. Known in their native land as the faoladh or conroicht, their predatory behavior is typical of the common wolf, not beneath the occasional nocturnal raid.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. - Thomas Jefferson
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson

I have parted ways, however, with people who were being complete asses about their differing opinions.

LastFM Scrobbler
LastFM Scrobbler

I’m scrobbling my listening habits on Last.fm again after a 5 year hiatus. Curious to see what I’ve been listening to? Nah, I didn’t think so. But if you’re bored sometime drop on by there and see or check out my scrobbling widget here on the blog.

Ginger Doss with DD Rock – Ganesh is Phresh