Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Okay, I'm making this announcement three days into NaNo.  I'm doing it again this year.  I'm definitely not trying for the 50k, but I am going to try and finish up a huge chunk of a book I've procrastinated on for YEARS!

Yes, I said years.  My muse has to have her vacations.

But I'm inspired now and ready to write at a slow and plodding pace.  Woo!

What's also cool is that Reutsway is in spring this year so I don't have split focus like the last two years.

Monday, October 12, 2015


These are the voyages of those who wish to fan fic the Star Trek world!

That's right, folks.  Simon and Schuster has opened its doors to FAN FICTION!  And there is a chance for publication!

Strange New Worlds is open for submissions.  They are very strict on their requirements and what shows and story line no nos that will give you an automatic disqualifications.  You can find all the nitty gritty stuff HERE.

Now, my favored explorers, BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE!
Star Trek The Next Generation

Image found on Google.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


As I cannot leave the unknown alone, I took it upon myself to contact the B.S.P.R. (Society of Psychical Research) about E. Tisane.

Lo and behold, they replied with an answer to my question!

The nice person who received my inquiry went out of his way to find out the answer.  He even contacted France.

The following is the direct quote from the lovely man:

heard back from the chair of our Spontaneous Cases Committee, and he says that Tisane was real:

The reference is to Emile Tizane author of Sur la Piste de l’Homme inconnu (1951) (On the track of the unknown man) a French police officer who studied records of poltergeist cases in police records and attempted to classify the different categories of phenomena.


Thank you, S.P.R.!!!


Hi all!

I know that I've been lax in my posting since -- Um, let me go check that -- August 11th, but much of that was from real world drama.  Not my own mostly but family stuff (both blood and those I consider blood).

My own drama comes with my new job as Children's Librarian at the public library.  I started at the end of August and have been playing learn and catch up on things since then.

  I'm doing a lot of the same things I did before but with more piled on top of the rest.  The best part is I get to be Goddess of Books!  Muhahahaha!!!!

In other words (that are not so obnoxiously demented), I buy all the Easy, Juvenile, and Young Adult books now.

 How is that for sick and twisted?  Book junkie with free reign despite the budget.

I just have to keep in mind the girly girl juvenile stuff as well as the ya romancy ones too.  Sigh.

Writing and blogging have been set aside pretty much until I can get my computer fixed.  I've basically been blogging from the library when I had desk hours as a volunteer.  Not anymore because there is more work now than time I have.

The iPad is great but not conducive to effective blogging.  Pages sometimes freeze at certain points.

So that's my update in a nutshell.

Hope to blog again soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


The five Hitchhiker books and short story

I find every once in a while I love to read something off-the-wall strange and something totally rack-your-brain weird. This set of books-in-one takes the cake on all accounts.

This is the chronicles of the misadventures of Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered and boring Englishman, and a motley crew of misfits including Marvin the Robot, Trillian, Zaphod, Ford Prefect, and a host of other strange, strange beings.

As the series goes on it gets stranger and stranger, but it all works in a strange sort of way.

By far my favorite book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy followed by Restaurant and the End of the Universe. My next favorite is So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish where Arthur meets Fenchurch.

I recommend these for those who like going on an acid trip through words.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Okay, I had two ways I could have gone for this category.  I could have read something along the lines of Jane Austen or Bronte or whatever else is classified in that genre.  My other choice was go the more simplistic route and choose an actual romance romance.

As you can tell I went with the tried and true romance.  Johanna Lindsey has been writing romances since I was a kid.  For me, I would classify her in the classic romance authors.  I mean she's still publishing after twenty plus years (give or take).

Anyway, this book is the second in the Callahan-Warren whatever (I'm not sure if it's a duology or if there will be more).

Max is wanted by the law and Degan goes after her without knowing that she is a she until he captures her.  Then it's a trek through the wild west with bullets flying and ex-fiances popping up to say howdy.

A pretty good book, but not the best she's written.

Monday, July 6, 2015


Okay, I admit to bawling my brains out at the end of the movie when I was a kid.  What?! How could anyone not cry at the end?

Anyway, the movie actually followed the book very well. All the pertinent points of the story were there.

What they did not have in the movie did not detract from it at all. The minute details that filled the pages of the book were so neat.  There's back story on Schmendrick and more details about Haggard and his lands. Lir's story is there as well.

Also the world has more people and places that fill the story.

I liked this book.  As I read I watched the movie in my head when the scenes were the same.

Sigh.  And now I have America singing the theme song to the movie stuck in my head. Brick wall here I come. 


So this is the second book in this series.  We find Cassie and company in the chaotic aftermath of the first book.  A new agent appears and has connections with Dean before he joined the group.  The game's afoot (heh heh) as a murder victim is found on a college campus.

The love triangle comes in as Michael, Cassie, and Dean (with a bit of Lia mixed in) deal with their feelings.  Cass has feelings for both Michael and Dean, but she doesn't know which one has her heart more.  Michael keeps pushing her into realizing her true feelings.

This book was fun because if you like sick and twisted serial killer stuff then this .  I liked that the triangle because it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the story.  Personally I thought that it created some of the actions in the story.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Chronicles of Nick book 4
Okay, I've come back to this series because in this book 99% of the characters ARE NOT HUMAN! Most of the characters are demons, gods, and various other entities.  If I'm not mistaken there are six true humans in the entire book:  Nick's mom, Bubba, Mark, Casey, Alan, and Tyree. Alan and Tyree only show up for maybe two chapters, and Casey shouldn't count because she's possessed.

Anyway, Nick has more fun, fun, fun adventures trying not to get killed or drained or kidnapped by beings that want his powers.  Also, he's on the outs with Kody because Death (aka Grim) has to screw with him. How else can he bring about the Apocalypse, I ask.

All in all, it was a good book, but it took me longer to finish because I was not enjoying the Casey moments.  It was one of those things where I wanted to bash her head in because she made my skin crawl, which happened to be about a third of the book in the middle.

Once that was over, the rest of the book was awesome because the action happened and the shiznit hit the fan in a major way.  AND THEN THE ENDING!

Omg! That ending was a WTF if ever I read one! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Okay, I had to fudge on the cover for this book.  The version I read was from Arcadia House and published in 1950.  It held the novel Kidnapped as well.  I could not find a picture of it like I did with Oscar Wilde.

Anywho, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1886.  This was a novella technically.

It's about a Doctor Henry Jekyll who created a solution from different compounds that transformed him into his purely evil side called Edward Hyde.  Only somewhere it went wrong and the doc lost control of his metamorphosis.

Hyde did all the doctor wished he could do.  It's almost like he wanted to be Dorian Grey only he didn't want to own up to his dark desires.  He just wanted to reap the benefits and live vicariously through his other persona.

I was somewhat disappointed by the fact that most of the actions were after the fact.  I was hoping I to live through the adventure, but that was not the case.  We get to see the aftereffects through Gabriel Utterson, Jekyll's lawyer and friend.

Other than that, it was an interesting book, which put me into the mood to read Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin and watch the movie with Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This is an author I have never of before, but I loved the interesting cover so much that I wanted to see what it was about.

Let me tell you I was enthralled with the blurb!  The premise is a tiny bit far fetched, but still plausible. Who knows what the government actually does in reality, I don't.

Anywho, I ate this book up. I was sucked in from the first page to the end.  That hasn't happened in a long time.

So it starts out with Cassie working at a diner.  She was taught to read people by her mother before she died.  When she's approached by a young man, her world is drastically changed.  She becomes a part of a group of teens that work cold cases for the FBI.  They are all classified as Naturals.  Their talents to read people and crime scenes are being honed.

Then a serial killer targets Cassie with a cat and mouse game for the highest stakes.

It's a fun glimpse of BAU training and has the slight hints of I Hunt Killers.  

Monday, May 4, 2015


Okay, this is where I gush my little heart out about the awesomeness of surviving and finding new blogs to read.


Cute Penguins

Ahem, now that is out of my system,  I will tell you all the trials and tribulations that nearly did my A to Z in.

To start off with, I was in way better shape than last year.  I only had to M scheduled when April came about last year.  This year I had up to Q or R (But not N.  Nope, N was being a pest.) scheduled along with Z and Y.  Anyway, I was finishing up my remaining posts when --- WHAM! I got sick --- again.   On Friday the 3rd I came down with some scavy disease that killed me for a week.  Joy!

Cough syrup and fake NyQuil déjà vu time!  With doses of Halls and Vitamin C lozenges.

Last year it happened at the end of the month.  I think it was a similar bug because I ran an almost identical course.

This put me behind my finishing the incomplete posts.  Since I don't have a computer at home anymore (Wah! Want my lappy fixed!), I used my work computer.  The iPad works, but it freezes too much and it is a freaking impossible to put a picture in the blog.

Then, I finally get well and go back to working on my posts when --- WOO HOO! -- the internet goes down all blipping day.  A fiber-optic line had been cut deliberately --OOO! Sabotage! -- and that put the kibosh on any attempt to finish the last three.

So I finally get my V and X post done.  Let's say the X post was done only the day before it was due.

Now, I will totally gush about my awesome people that came back over and over again.

Sara -- She had some fantastic story pieces that had to do with trees.  She was with me all 26 letters!

Natasha -- She wandered the lore of books, movies, and TV to find some of the coolest demons and gods from them.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy -- She delved into Hungarian history for the strangest ways to die on her blog Mopdog and Epics from around the world on her other blog, Multicolored Diary.

Patricia -- She had some gorgeous stories that ranged from dark to funny with awesome words for prompts.

There are others that are noteworthy to mention: Nick Wilford, J. H. Moncrieff, and S. L. Hennessy and probably more that I'm forgetting.

Visit all of them because they all have wonderful A to Z posts and are just cool peeps!

So I thank everyone who visited!

Blowing Kiss Thank You

And now the whiny bits.  The only real beef I had was when I could not follow a blog through email.  I don't have google+ or bloglovin' or any of that (nor do I want it).  I really don't mind capcha so that wasn't a problem.  The other big problem was when I went to look for the A to Z posts and they are hidden or nonexistent on a page.  I really don't want to hunt and peck through a bunch of stuff to find it  Other than that, I had a blast finding new and unusual blogs.

Now that is over I have just one more thing to say:

Congratulations on finishing A to Z. See you all next year!

Friday, May 1, 2015


For the month of May, Tor is having open submissions for sci-fi novellas as well as fantasy.

I'm linking the page here Open Submissions!

There is link to the guidelines in the article!

It's only for one month so take your Pep Pills and channel Speedy Gonzalez to get your story in on time!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- Z -- PLANTS, ANIMALS, AND STARS. OH MY!

ZODIAC -- There are many different zodiacs out there.  The Western one we are familiar with.  Gemini, Capricorn, Virgo, etc. There are also the Chinese, Celtic, and others.

The origins of Western Astrology come from the ancient Babylonian and Mesopotamian as well as Sumerian and Egyptian, but here are the mythological origins from the Greek.  Aries -- Ram of the Golden Fleece, Taurus -- Europa's ravishment by Zeus, Gemini -- the twins Castor and Pollux, Cancer -- Hera's giant crab sent to attack Hercules during the battle with the Hydra, Leo -- the Nemean Lion, Virgo -- goddess of purity and innocence, Astraea.  Last to return to the heavens when Pandora opened the box and is associated with Dike goddess of justice, Libra -- scales of Themis, goddess of divine justice, Scorpio -- the scorpion that killed Orion, Sagittarius -- Chiron the centaur, Capricorn -- goat Amalthea who fed the infant Zeus or Pan, Aquarius -- Ganymede, Pisces -- Aphrodite and Eros escaping Typhon.

There are different versions of why the Chinese Zodiac (sheng xiao) animals are in the order that they are.  Most have the a competition that a heavenly being (be it the Jade Emperor, Yellow Emperor, etc.) has ordered. The race would decide the order.  The cat and the rat were friends, and it ends up somehow the cat was left out of the race by some means by the rat, albeit on purpose or not.  So once good friends are eternal enemies.  You can go HERE or HERE or even Wikipedia even to read.  Also the animals change with the different countries.  In different Asian countries, some of the animals are altered slightly, but on the whole they are similar.

The Celtic one is fairly new.  The ancient Celtic calender was more fluid, using the lunar cycle as a guide. It is also probable they were not named for trees or animals.  Most likely they were named for the quadrants.  Samhain, "Summer's End", would be an example.

So here is a brief rundown of signs and their months/years.


Capricorn  -- The Goat - Dec. 22–Jan. 19                             
Aquarius -- The Water Bearer - Jan. 20–Feb. 18
Pisces -- The Fishes - Feb. 19–Mar. 20
Aries -- The Ram - Mar. 21–Apr. 19
Taurus -- The Bull - Apr. 20–May 20
Gemini -- The Twins -May 21–June 21
Cancer -- The Crab - June 22–July 22
 Leo -- The Lion - July 23–Aug. 22
Virgo -- The Virgin -Aug. 23–Sept. 22
Libra -- The Balance - Sept. 23–Oct. 23
Scorpio -- The Scorpion - Oct. 24–Nov. 21
Sagittarius -- The Archer - Nov. 22–Dec. 21


Zi – Rat – 1936, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 2008, 20
Chou – Ox – 1937, 49, 61, 73, 85, 97, 2009, 21
Yin – Tiger -- 1938, 50, 62, 74, 86, 98, 2010, 22
Mao-- Rabbit -- 1939, 51, 63, 75, 87, 99, 2011, 23
Chen – Dragon -- 1940, 52, 64, 76, 88, 2000, 12, 24
Si – Snake -- 1941, 53, 65, 77, 89, 2001, 13, 25
Wu -- Horse -- 1942, 54, 66, 78, 90, 2002, 14, 26
Wei – Sheep -- 1943, 55, 67, 79, 91, 2003, 15, 27
Shen – Monkey -- 1944, 56, 68, 80, 92, 2004, 16, 28
You – Rooster -- 1945, 57, 69, 81, 93, 2005, 17, 29
Xu – Dog -- 1946, 58, 70, 82, 94, 2006, 18, 30
Hai – Pig -- 1947, 59, 71, 83, 95, 2007, 19, 31


Beth – Birch – Dec. 24 to Jan. 20
Luis -- Rowan – Jan. 21 to Feb. 17
Nion -- Ash – Feb. 18 to Mar. 17 
Fearn -- Alder - Mar. 18 to Apr. 14 
Saille – Willow – Apr. 15 to May 12
Uath -- Hawthorn - May 13 to June 9 
Duir – Oak - June 10 to July 7
Tinne – Holly - July 8 to Aug.4
Coll – Hazel – Aug. 5 to Sept. 1
Muin – Vine- Sept. 2 to Sept. 29
Gort --Ivy - Sept. 30 to Oct. 27
Ngetal -- Reed – Oct.28 to Nov. 24
Ruis -- Elder –Nov. 25 to Dec. 22

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- Y -- LOG, GRAVEYARD, AND A DAY

YEW -- English Yew is a long lived tree found in many graveyards across Great Britain and many predate the churches, which may have roots in Druid groves.  It was a sacred tree to the Druids.  It was a symbol for immortality, death and rebirth.  It can live for 1000 years or more.  There are estimates that some trees are even 4000 years old!  It is one of the oldest known species of tree. Weapon handles were made from its wood.  Its a poisonous plant.  It has connections to the Otherworld.

YULE -- It is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, around December 21.  It is the rebirth of the God as one of the eight Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.  Many of the Christmas traditions come from this holiday, including the hanging of mistletoe and the Yule log.

The Yule log was burned to celebrate the the rebirth of the sun.

Many cultures shared this celebration in different forms like the Egyptians, Celts, Norse (Juul), Romans (Saturnalia), and Germanic tribes.

The burning of the Yule log is a tradition that has been carried on for at least a thousand year or more.  A piece from the old Yule log (kept for protection through the year) kindles the new Yule log after a piece is taken from it for the next.  There are certain rituals and superstitions about how the log is decorated and received, but I'm not going to get into them.

YEAR AND A DAY -- December 23.  The Druid lunar months consisted of 28 days in each of the 13 months.  It was used in courts of law.  Mistletoe rules this day, which was called All Heal, Golden Bough and a few other names.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


XERANTHEMUM ANNUUM -- A plant used to make besoms/brooms around Bulgaria and the Balkan regions of Eastern Europe.

 Also called the Immortelle or the Everlasting. In the language of flowers, it means Cheerfulness Under Adversity or Unfading Remembrance.

In Turkey, it was used as an analgesic burn remedy.

XI WANG-MU -- (Also called Hsi Wang Mu)  This is a goddess from the Chinese Taoist pantheon.  She lives in the Kulun mountains and guards the Tree, which grew the Táo Zi, the Peaches of Immortality.  (The ones Monkey stole.  The ones that only grew every 3,000 years.  Yep, those peaches.)

She is called the "Queen Mother of the West".  Her powers were almost infinite.  Her ferocious beginnings as a humanoid goddess with tiger features and tail began thirty-three centuries ago with the first recorded record of her. She was a wild goddess that brought plagues and death to the people before organized Taoism morphed her to the most powerful goddess in their pantheon, who had her own throne and controlled life and the afterlife.

XOCHIQUETZAL --  (pronouced Sho-chi-ket-sal) She is the the Aztec goddess of beauty, prostitutes, household crafts, artists (sculptors, painters, etc.), lovers.  She is also the goddess of feminine sexual power.  She was associated with flowers, but he marigold is sacred to her.

She created humans and was the intermediate between them and the gods.

Her festival was celebrated every eight years at the  end of autumn.

I was really grasping at straws with this one, but I managed to find some awesome things.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- W -- AQUA, SPOKES, AND NORSE

WHEEL OF THE YEAR -- The Wheel of the Year encompasses the eight Sabbats celebrated: Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnashadh (or Lammas), and Mabon.

The Wheel usually begins with Samhain and the death of the God.  It follows with rebirth of the God.  He grows in power with it culminating at Litha, the Summer Solstice.  Then his power wanes as the darkness of winter grows.

Both the Celts and Anglo-Saxon/Norse have influenced this wheel. Agricultural rites from both ancient cultures are celebrated.

WIDDERSHINS -- To move counterclockwise.  Also called withershins.  Many practitioners do not use this since it is against the sun's direction, but there are some that use it as banishment and destructive use like releasing a circle.

A Symbol for Water
WATER --  Water is one of the four Elements.  It is feminine in nature and is connected to the Goddess.  It's used for psychic workings like scrying, purification, and healing spells.  It's receptive in nature.

The cauldron and cup are associated with this element along with the color blue.

WEDNESDAY -- Wednesday is named after the Norse god, Odin, Or if you prefer one of his other names, Wodan.  Translated, his name means master of ecstasy.  He was both a war god and loved to incite war.  He was also a poet god.  He stole the mead of poetry from a giant, which was made from the blood of a human created by Aesir and Vanir spit to cement the truce at the end of the war. (Uh, totally gross.)

His favorite peeps were berserkers and outlaws (for whatever reason) and held favor for a few amazing warriors.

What is more interesting is that in some texts it is said he was a practitioner of seidr, which is a shamanistic practice that rewove destiny.  It was considered a woman's magic and for a man to practice seidr, he was considered unmanly and was looked down upon.  So . . . yeah, interesting contradictions.

The Roman god, Mercury, or Greek Hermes, is also the name for this day.  Dies Mercurii is the root word for the Spanish miércoles.  As god of commerce, messages, luck, thieves, boundaries, roads, travelers, and eloquence, he had his work cut out for him.  What's even more cool is that he also guided departed souls to the underworld.  He was one of the few that could come and go as he pleased.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


VICTORIAN AGE --   The Victorian Age saw one of the strongest revivals of occultism, supernatural experimentation, and spiritualism.  Mesmerism, séances, psychical research, and much more exploded through all ranks of society during this period.

The famous Fox sisters of Hyndeville, New York were one of the first to begin the American occult revival in 1848.  They claimed that they could speak with ghosts through knocks.  Soon mediums were as popular as wine as entertainment and soon Gothic elements entered mainstream books.  Charles Dickens, for example, had this book with ghosts. A Christmas Carol, haven't heard of it, right? 

Many famous people like Conan Doyle were more interested in mesmerism (or in today's language, hypnosis).  Franz Anton Mesmer created the theory of animal magnetism in 1766 and used mesmerism to heal.  The term hypnosis (coming from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos) did not come about until 1843 and was coined by the English scientist James Braid.

Books like Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches by Charles G. Leland and The Veil of Isis came out.  The Veil of Isis or Mysteries of the Druids by W. Winwood Reade, published in 1861. Aradia was one of the first neo-pagan books to be written It was published in 1899.  You can read it on the Sacred Text website.  

Societies dedicated to magic, esotericism, occultism, and spiritualism flourished.

A group was founded to study paranormal activity.  The Society of Psychical Research (or for you Ghost Hunt fans B.S.P.R.) was founded in 1882.  They were the first society to study supernatural phenomenon using scientific methods.  

Bonus points:  Is E. Tisane a real person?  I cannot find mention of him anywhere.  Supposedly he was a French policeman who created the criteria for poltergeists.  I'm wondering if he was a made up person by the writer of Ghost Hunt.

A/N:  I was going to do Visualization, but this was much more fun.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Yggdrasil, F. W. Heine image 1886
UNDERWORLD -- Cultures from the beginning of man to now believed that the physical realm was interwoven with many different planes of existence or Otherworlds.  The underworld was/is one of them.

Every culture has an underworld of some kind, or places where spirits reside, but this is only the tip of a complex paradigm.  Many cultures, like the Norse, had a multitude of realms. Those that held the dead, those that held beings other than humans, and those that were the physical plane being among them.

One example, Niflheim was the realm of the dead for the Norse.  Vahalla and Folkvangr were reserved for warriors who died in battle and resided in Asgard, realm of the gods.  The Norse light elves, dark elves, dwarves, and giants had their own worlds, which are Alfheim, Svartalfheim, Nildavellir, and Jotunheim respectively.  Midgard was the name of the human realm.  These realms were all connected by the Yggdrasil, the World Tree.

Shamanism, one of the oldest spiritual and healing arts, has a deep history with the realms of the nonphysical world and are said to travel these realms.

At one time or another, there were shamanistic practices spanning the globe. Name a culture, and they more than likely had some type of shaman in their history.  Depending on the culture, shamans were either male, female, or some had both.

I won't delve any more into shamanism because there are so many ancient and modern versions that I could never do it justice.

URUZ -- This rune is comes from the Futhark system.  As a rune it symbolizes Auroch, the wild ox.  It is strength and power but revered it is the opposite.

Some Wiccans use uruz to represent physical health.  So this rune is used to cast a healing spell.  One way is through candle magic.  It's carved into the candle and burned.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- T -- THUNDER, WOLF, AND THREE

TALISMAN -- Talismans are objects charged with personal power.  They are used to attract a specific energy or force.

THREEFOLD LAW -- The Threefold Law is not technically a law per se.  It is more of a defining principle that governs many pagans and wiccans.  It is similar to karma.  Basically what it means is that whatever you send out be it magic workings or whatever will come back on you three times as powerful.

When or how it comes back to the person depends on which variation is believed.  There are several different thoughts on this from cosmic to the more mundane.

Not all use magic practitioners use this principle.  Just like with any religion, there are differences in beliefs in Paganism and Wicca.

TRIPLE GODDESS --  There are many triple goddesses in ancient pantheons.  The Moirai, the Morrígna, and the Norns are a few of them.  These are three individuals that form a group function.  Then there are those with three heads like Hecate at the three-way crossroads.

The Wiccan Triple Goddess is represented by the phases of the moon and are visualized as three different stages of life: Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

There is debate as to whether She is a reincarnation of an older goddess/es or a creation of the Neopagan revival.

Mjollnir Pendant
THURSDAY --  Thursday is named after the Norse god, Thor.  He was the God of thunder and lightning.  The Romans honored their god Jupiter on this day.  Dies Jovis/Iovis (Jove's day) honors their god of sky and light.  The Greek equivalent is Zeus.

Thor was the protector of humans and gods against evil.  He carried the hammer Mjollnir.  He was one of the most popular of that pantheon.  When the church started to take over, the people began to wear Thor's hammer in defiance.

Jupiter governed over the distribution of laws and used oracles to give the people his will.

TUESDAY --  Tuesday is named for the Norse god Tyr, which relates to the Germanic god, Tiu (Twia).  The Romans called it dies Martis, which translates to Mars day.

Both Tiu and Mars were gods of war, while Tyr is a defender god.

Tyr, in Norse mythology, was shown to bear only one hand.  The other was sacrificed in the jaws of Fenrir when the gods tricked the wolf son of Loki into chains.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- S -- FESTIVAL, MARK, AND WHEEL

SABBAT -- Sabbats are the name for the eight major celebrations in Wicca and Pagan religions.  They consist of the Greater Sabbats and Lesser Sabbats.  The Greater Sabbats are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.  These four are the four fire festivals from Pre-Christian times and are when each season is at its peak of power.

The Lesser Sabbats are Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon.  These are the transitional Sabbats when the seasons are turning.  These are the solstices and equinoxes.

SIGIL -- Sigil is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

noun (sig·il) (si-jil)
1: seal, signet
2: a sign, word, or device held to have occult power in astrology or magic

It comes from the Latin and means a mark, sign, or seal.

In Wicca, sigils are said to very powerful and are designed with elements that have specific meanings. They sometimes start as a sentence of intent and are created specifically to will it into being. They can be inscribed onto objects like candles, talismans, amulets as well as other things.  They can be used for many purposes like protection.

 Sigils can be abstracts that are very personal to the creator and can have no meaning to anyone else, or they can be made of other symbols put together or even letters from the sentence of intent.  

Historically sigils have been the equivalent of the true name of spirits and were used as such in the medieval magic.  Some pratictices involved summoning angels and demons through their sigils.  

Many other cultures have used sigils like the Hebrews.  Their word is segula has a few meanings including talisman, folk remedy, safeguard, or superstitious action. 

The sun cross
SUN --  The sun has been worshiped since man walked the earth.  Every ancient culture has some form of sun worship.  The Egyptian Ra, the Greek Apollo, the Celtic Lugh, and the Japanese Amaterasu are just some of the gods and goddesses associated with the sun.

For Many Wiccans, the Wheel of the Year is a representation of the eight Sabbats that follows the God's birth and death as the sun.  Within the Wheel is the sun cross, which divides the Sabbats into their quadrants.

SKYCLAD -- This is the proper term for ritual nudity.  It has absolutely nothing to do with anything sexual.  It is not a requirement at all.  

SAMHAIN -- (pronounced sah-win, sow-in, sah-vin) is a Celtic word that means "summer end".

It is a the beginning of the Wheel of the Year and heralds the third and final harvest before winter.

This is the time when the Goddess is in Her third aspect, the Crone.  She is symbolized by the waning moon.  It is said that the God dies before He is reborn at Yule, the Winter Solstice.  It is when those who have gone before are remembered.

It is believed that the veil between the worlds is thinned and that the dead could roam freely on the Earth.  One tradition during this time was called the Dumb (Silent) Supper.  As a sign of honor, a place was set at the table for the departed.  The plate was filled with food for their spirit guest.  The supper would be completely silent. It was believed that looking at the chair was bad luck.  Also, to placate any evil spirits roaming around, food was placed on the doorstep to ward them off.


SATURDAY --  This day of the week is named for the Roman god Saturn.  He is the god of sowing seeds and later of time.  He was once the supreme ruler of the gods after his father and before his son, Jupiter.  He is equated with Cronus in Greek mythology.  His festival, Saturnalia, fell on December 17.  It was the most famous of all because this festival was the IT festival.  Slaves were free to speak and sit with their masters as well as be served by them.  Gifts were exchanged, which may have influenced Christmas.  A 'king' was elected by dice game and was given the power over his 'subjects' and could request them to do ridiculous things. 

Saturn may have roots as an underworld god that held sway over funerary rites.  this can be surmised by his first consort, Lua.  She was a goddess that soldiers sacrificed captured weapons to avoid misfortune.


SUNDAY -- Sunday comes from the Latin dies solis.  It means day of the sun.  The Roman god, Sol, was similar to Helios. In many of the Romance languages it has been changed into a word that translates to "the Lord's day".  Also, to note, that in Norse mythology, the sun was a goddess called (shall we guess? That's right!) Sól!  Her brother was the moon. They were chased across the sky by wolves until Ragnarok. 

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.


Hello everyone.  Yesterday at 7 am PST the internet went down for most of the day.  It affected quite a few places in my state.  It wasn't only Internet; it was phones and some tv too.  So I wasn't able to do anything until it was fixed, which was late afternoon.

And tomorrow I will be eaten alive by two rambunctious little black and tan Yorkie puptarts.

In essence, I'm going to very behind in my A to Z blog hopping this week.

But rest assured I will totally binge read my email blogs as well as hopping the list this weekend when I will be home.  But only after I get V post done.  I had meant to do it yesterday, but as you know: man plans (or in this case woman), God/the gods laugh.

So see y'all Saturday, which I think is in today's post!  How cool!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- R -- TOOLS, ETHICS, AND VIKINGS

RECEPTIVE HAND -- This is the hand the receives energy into the body.  Left for right-handed people and reversed for left-handed.

REDE -- This is the guideline for conduct.  I found endless forms that vary in words, length, and other things, but one line was the same in most of them (except that some did not have the antiquated ye): An harm ye none, do what ye will.  Some translate it as don't cause harm to others or yourself, but there are other schools of thought on this.

Here is an example of a simple, to the point Rede.  This particular one is quoted from Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft (Green Witchcraft Series) by Ann Moura on page 76.

Bide the Witch's law ye must,
in perfect love, in perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An harm ye none, do what ye will.
What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the Rule of Three.
Follow this with mind and heart,
and merry ye meet, and merry ye part.

RITUAL TOOLS --  By now, I've talked about chalices, cauldrons, pentacles, and a few more I'm probably forgetting.  These are all ritual tools.  Ritual tools are items used in ceremonies and magick.  They are cleansed of negative energy before used and are consecrated.  They are also charged with energy.  Bathing them in moonlight will not only cleanse but recharge them, but there are other methods.  Water, salt, sunlight, burying them, and smudging are all possible methods. It depends on what material the tools are made crafted from.

ROWAN --  Also called Mountain Ash, Witchesbane, Witchwood, and Thor's Helper to name a few.

This tree is one of the most sacred to Wiccans, witches, and the Druids.  It has a long history that weaves though the centuries.  Its ancient Celtic name was fid na ndruad, which means wizards tree.

It has association with fairies.  A lone rowan was believed to be a gateway to Elfhame, or in the Norse, Alfheim.

The wood is used to make wands, staves, and amulets.  It's used in protection and has been used for thousands of years.  Some believe that the rowan would banish evil spirits and they were planted near cemeteries.

The berries form a natural pentagram.  The cooked berries are edible and medicinal.

RUNES -- The divining rune system I will be focusing on comes from the Futhark language of the Norse and Northern Germanic peoples. The name Futhark comes from the first letters of this alphabet (F, U, TH, A, R, K). The origin of this writing systems is uncertain, but can be traced from about the 3rd century.  As with all languages, it went through changes as it evolved.  Examples of it can be found throughout Europe.

The mythological origins of the runes comes from a story of how Odin hung himself from Yggdrasil over the Well of Urd, where the Norns (think the Fates only more awesome) held their power over destiny.  He sacrificed an eye as well to gain the knowledge of the runes mystical powers.

One simple pattern takes only three runes.  They are drawn one at a time and placed right to left.  The first rune is your present situation.  The middle one is the the attitude and energy surrounding the situation.  The last, shows the probable outcome of the situation.

Like tarot cards, many of the runes can have different meanings when they are drawn upside down.

Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.