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Samhain Wishes

Posted in gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on October 31, 2006 by Khlari

Just a little message to send lots of love and light to all those I know and love on Samhain Eve……….

Tonight, we will all be seeing Samhain in together, children and adults, at The Morecambe Hotel, before doing the actual Samhain ritual on Saturday, after ChaoticKitty and Skit’s handfasting.

Love and light to those who cannot be there tonight.

Samhain

Posted in gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on October 19, 2006 by Khlari

A little pre-Samhain post to whet the appetite! Christmas for Goths, is what I say……

October 31 — Samhain Eve
Also known as: November Eve, Feast of the Dead, Feast of Apples, Hallows
and All Hallows Eve.
Possibly the biggest festival of the Witches’ year, Samhain is a time to remember those who have passed on, celebrate the Summers end, and prepare for Winter months ahead. The Sun God and earth fall into slumber, as the nights lengthen, and winter begins. The last day of October marked the end of the Celtic Old Year and the beginning of the New. This time was considered by the Celts and many Craft traditions to be a “crack between the worlds.” As time passed between one year and another, it belonged to neither, standing beyond the confines of normal reality. It was believed to be the one night when the veil that separated our world from the next was at its thinnest, allowing the dead to return to the world of the living, where their spirit and memory would be welcomed and celebrated by a feast attended by their kin.The Feast of The Dead, or Festival of The Dead, was a festival of remembrance, honoring those who had left this world. On this night, the deceased were believed to make their way back from the grave to revisit their old homes. In many areas, on the eve of Samhain, people would leave their houses lit throughout the night to help the dead find their way along the dark path from the tomb. And once these travelers arrived, they were welcomed and refreshed with food and drink. Many prepared a feast, and set a plate at the table to for their dead relatives. On the eve of November 1, or on the morning of the following day, the custom in parts of Europe was to bake “soul cakes” or “soul bread” for those returning souls. In Wales, special food was prepared and left outside, and before everyone went to bed, the hearth was carefully prepared for the arrival of the dead relatives. Tradition also teaches that the aid of spirits and guides from the other world was easily enlisted at this time, so in the increasing moonlight of longer nights, many used this time to hone their psychic and divinatory skills, especially with regard to love and marriage.

The Christian religion has adopted this day as All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day, celebrating the eve as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. The superstition and misconception linked to this celebration by the early church, led people to take some unusual precautions to protect themselves. They adopted the tradition of dressing in frightening costumes or disguises, and displaying scary looking Jack-O-Lanterns to help protect them from spirits they considered to be evil. In the British Isles, the young people would disguise themselves with hideous masks and walk through the village, lighting their way with lanterns made from carved turnips.

However you choose to celebrate Samhain, be adventurous and investigate some of the older traditions… There is a large amount of interesting and sometimes comical lore surrounding this date. It’s O.K. to dress up as Witches’ or Goblins and have fun with the more nonsense aspects of this holiday. However, it’s good to set aside some time to learn the true meaning behind this date and follow those observances as our ancestors did.

The alternative date of November 6th (‘Martinmas ‘ or ‘Old Hallows ‘) is sometimes employed by Covens.

Traditional Foods:
Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Hazelnuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, Cranberry muffins and breads, Ale, Cider, Herbal teas (especially Mugwort) and Meat unless vegetarian and then tofu will do.

Herbs:
Calendula, Cosmos, Chrysanthemum, Wormwood, Hazel, Thistle.

Incense:
Mint, Heliotrope, Nutmeg, Sage or Floral’s.

Woods and Herbs Burned:
Apple, Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg, Sage.

Sacred Gemstone:
Aquamarine.

Thanks again to Natsha Ap Emrys/Herne for the test.

http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhain.htm

Off we go…….

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on October 19, 2006 by Khlari

Hey hey…..just an hour to go then I’m off of work until the 30th October…some flexi and some leave, which means a nice half-term to be spent with M______. Apparently, we are co-opted with Woo and Amethyst Dragon to make some Hallowe’en decorations and dressmaking for Chaotic Kitty’s upcoming handfasting on the 4 th November, a spot of shopping with beaut1ful, and some Hallowe’en jollies with the massed quanities of small children belonging to Woo, AD, and myself….preparations for Mr A’s birthday and Chaotic Kitty’s hen-night, which both fall on the 28th……

and hopefully some chillout time as well……

Gangs, terrorists, and ….us????

Posted in gothic, me and my world, pagan on October 11, 2006 by Khlari

pentacle

I spotted this one on Cosette’s blog, Pandora’s Bazaar…….you have to laugh really, pagans and witches are obviously as scary as Al Quaeda to some people!

Street gangs have a new turf, the digital pavement.An AP story on CNN reports that street gangs have become web savvy and are using blogs, personal pages, and sites like MySpace to showcase their illegal exploits, make threats, and honor their jailed kin.


George W Knox, director of the National Gang Crime Research Center, trains police officials in how to cull intelligence on gang membership, rivalries, territory and lingo from the web.

In order to understand any subculture, be it al Qaeda, witches, devil worshippers or gangs, you have to be able to know their own language.

Come again? Now we’re being grouped now with al Qaeda and street gangs? What’s next? Actually nothing. I don’t think there’s anything worse than being in the same sentence with an international terrorist organization. I guess I’ll look on the bright side. We can only go up from here.

I’m ……………..so I must be………….. (fill in the blanks)

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on October 10, 2006 by Khlari

This is a little piece about stereotypes, which has come from gothkittykat via chaotickittyMakes you think…all the things that people look at, think (or not) and assume…I’ve annotated some of the ones that apply most to me.

I HAVE BIG BOOBS, so I MUST be a whore. I wish!

I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT I DID NOT CREATE THIS LIST.

I’m EMO, so I MUST cut my wrists.

I’m BLACK, so I MUST carry a gun.

I’m HISPANIC, so I MUST be dirty.

I’m ASIAN, so I MUST be smart.

I’m NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, so I MUST be a loser. Er no, I’m jus not a baa baa sheep!

I’m JEWISH, so I MUST be greedy.

I’m GAY, so I MUST have AIDS.

I’m a LESBIAN, so I MUST have a sex-tape.

I’m ARAB, so I MUST be a terrorist.

I SPEAK MY MIND, so I MUST be a bitch. Only if I’m feeling very nice!

I’m OVERWEIGHT, so I MUST have a problem with self control. Or just a tendency to put wait on as soon as I LOOK at food…..

I’m RELIGIOUS, so I MUST shove my beliefs down your throat.

I’m an ATHEIST, so I MUST hate the world.

I DON’T HAVE A RELIGION, so I MUST not have morals.

I’m REPUBLICAN, so I MUST not care about poor people.

I’m DEMOCRAT, so I MUST not believe in being responsible.

I’m JAMICAN so I must smoke weed.

I am LIBERAL, so I MUST be gay.

I’m SOUTHERN, so I MUST be white trash.(Hopefully this doesn’t work quite the same in the UK!!!!)

I TAKE ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, so I MUST be crazy. I have done, but I don’t think I’m any crazier than anyone else……

I’m a GUY, so I MUST only want to get into your pants.

I’m IRISH, so I MUST have a bad drinking problem.

I’m INDIAN, so I MUST own a convenient store.

I’m NATIVE AMERICAN, so I MUST dance around a fire screaming like a savage.

I’m PREPPY, so I MUST shun those who don’t wear Abercrombie & Hollister.

I’m a CHEERLEADER, so I MUST be a stuck up whore.

I’m on a DANCE team, so I must be stupid, stuck up, and a whore.

I wear skirts a lot, so I MUST be a slut.or it could just be totally unrelated and more to do with the fact my ass looks enormous in trousers…..

I’m a PUNK, so I MUST do drugs.

I’m YOUNG, so I MUST be naive.

I’m RICH, so I MUST be a conceited snob.

I WEAR BLACK, so I MUST be a goth. Actually, I am a goth, but it’s not wearing black that makes me one…

I’m BLONDE, so I MUST be a stupid ditz.

I’m a WHITE GIRL, so I MUST be a nagging, steal-your-money kind of girlfriend.Alas no am more of the kind of gets all her money stolen and possessions trashed kind of girlfriend…..

I’m CUBAN, so I MUST spend my spare time rolling cigars.

I’m MEXICAN, so I MUST have hopped the border.

I’m NOT A VIRGIN, so I MUST be easy. Or just well over the age of consent…….

I FELL IN LOVE WITH A MARRIED MAN, so I MUST be a home-wrecking whore.

I’m a TEENAGE MOM, so I MUST be an irresponsible slut.

I’m POLISH, so I MUST wear my socks with my sandals.

I’m ITALIAN, so I must have a big peter.

I GOT A CAR FOR MY BIRTHDAY, so I MUST be a spoiled brat.

I’m PRETTY, so I MUST not be a virgin.

I HAVE STRAIGHT A’S, so I MUST have no social life.

I DYE MY HAIR CRAZY COLORS, so I MUST be looking for attention. And it looks so pretty!I DRESS IN UNUSUAL WAYS so I MUST be looking for attention. And again< I am not a sheep…..

I’m INTO THEATER ART, so I MUST be a homosexual.

I’m a VEGETARIAN, so I MUST be a crazy political activist.

I HAVE A BUNCH OF GUY FRIENDS, so I MUST be fucking them all. Or I just like talking about boy things sometimes…..

I HAVE A BUNCH OF GIRLS WHO ARE FRIENDS, so I MUST be gay.And girl things at other times….

I HAVE BIG BOOBS, so I MUST be a whore.I wish!

I’m COLOMBIAN, so I MUST be a drug dealer.

I WEAR WHAT I WANT, so I MUST be a poser.Or just have some originality in life……

I’m RUSSIAN, so I MUST be cool.

I’m GERMAN, so I MUST be a Nazi.

I hang out with GAYS, so I MUST be GAY TOO. And the problem is?????

I’m BRAZILIAN, so I MUST have a BIG BUTT.I’m PUERTO RICAN, so I MUST look good and be conceited.

I’m SALVADORIAN, so I MUST be in MS 13.

I’m POLISH, so I MUST be greedy.

I’m HAWAIIAN, so I MUST be lazy.

I’m a STONER, so I MUST be going in the wrong direction.

I’m a VIRGIN, so I MUST be a prude.

I’m a FEMALE GAMER, so I MUST be ugly or crazy.

I’m BLACK, so I MUST love watermelon and fried chicken.

I’m BI, so I MUST think every person I see is hot.

I’m ASIAN, so I MUST have a small penis.

I’m a GUY CHEERLEADER, so I MUST be gay.

I’m SKINNY, so I MUST be anorexic.

I’m PREP, so I MUST be rich.

I dont like the SUN so I MUST be albino.

I have a lot of FRIENDS, so I MUST love to drink and party.Or it might just be because I listen to people and treat them with respect

I wear tight PANTS and I’m a guy, so I MUST be emo.

Added by~invaderzebra

I couldn’t hurt a FLY, So I MUST be a pussy.

I support GAY RIGHTS, so I MUST fit in with everyone.Er no…can still dislike people y’know!

I hang out with teenaged drinkers and smokers, so I MUST smoke and drink too.

Im CHRISTIAN, so I MUST hate gay people.

I have ARTISTIC TALENT, so I MUST think little of those who don’t. Different strokes for different folks…I write, I paint, but I can’t add up or catch a ball…..

I don’t like to be in a BIG GROUP, so I MUST be anti-social.

Im DEFENSIVE, so I MUST be overcontrolling and a bitch. Or just want to stand up for what is mine???

Im a NUDIST,so I MUST want everyone to see my boobs.

Ones added by other people

I read Comics, so I MUST be a loser.

I hang out with a FORMER PROSTITUTE.. So I MUST be a whore myself.

I’m TEXAN so I MUST ride a horse

I’m a GOTH, so I MUST be a Satanist now where did I put that virgin???? Goths come in all shapes, forms, dress codes…and religions!

I’m a CROSSDRESSER, so I Must be homosexual.

I’m an ONLY CHILD so I MUST be spoiled.

I’m INTELLIGENT so I MUST be weak. Or just can’t be bothered wasting my time arguing about trivia with people who aren’t going to understand anyway???

I am AMERICAN so I MUST be an obese, loud-mouthed and arrogant.

I’m WELSH so I MUST love sheep

“I’m a YOUNG WRITER, so I MUST be emo.”

I’m CANADIAN, so I MUST talk with a funny accent.

I’m a GUY, so I MUST ditch my pregnant girlfriend.

I’m CANADIAN, so I MUST love hockey and beavers.

I’m DISABLED, so I MUST be on Welfare.

I’m a FEMINIST, so I MUST have a problem with sexuality and I want to castrate every man on the earth.Only some, specially favoured, hand-chosen ones…the rest are Ok……

I’m a TEENAGER, so I MUST have a STEREOTYPE.

I WEAR A BIG SUNHAT when I go outside, so I MUST be stupid.

I like BLOOD, so I must be a VAMPIRE.

I’m ALBINO, so I MUST be an evil person with mental abilities and is A MURDERER!

I’m ENGLISH, so I MUST speak with either a cockney or a posh accent, love tea and cricket, and have bad teeth. Or I could just be normal, drink coffee and not understand cricket, and visit the dentist???

I’m WHITE, so I MUST be responsible for everything going wrong on the planet: past, present, and future. And the English part of me? I was probably single-handedly responsible for everything, all of it!

Added by *QuibblerMe

I am QUIET and POLITE, so I MUST be a pushover.

I use GOOD GRAMMAR, so I MUST be a snob.Or I might just really like the idea that people will be able to understand what I write and say????

I prefer FANTASY and SCI-FI, so I MUST be out of touch with reality.

Added by *ru-shin

“I love TO LEARN so I MUST be boring.”Or just love life, adventure and new challenges????

Added by =Sycon

I’m WHITE so I MUST be a racist. Yeah right, and Adolf is my middle name…and this can go many ways……

I’m a GUY with LONG HAIR so I MUST be a hippie/druggie.

I’m good with computers so I MUST be a nerd/geek.

I’m a GUY so I MUST love sports.

I’m not religious so I MUST be treated like crap until I pray to your god.

Added by~K6204

I am a GIRL, so Boys must be best at sports.Or just anyone who can actually catch a ball….

I am a pushover, so I must have controlling friends

I am not EMO, so I must be uncool

I am skinny, so I must be sensitve about my wight

I am a christian, so I go to church every sunday.

I am a christian, so I can’t do anything on haloween

I am poor, so I don’t have good hygine

Added by~WolvenViking

I am a housewife, so I must have no self respect.

Added by:~Gr3ySky200

I consider myself ‘normal’ so I MUST be boring.

From chaotickitty
I’m a Pagan, so I MUST be a hippy.Yep, right, and I hug trees and my children are called Moonbeam and Morgane…..Oh, um, well the Morgane bit is true…but I wouldn’t say I was a hippy

I’m Bisexual, so I MUST be looking for attention.

I suffer from depression, so I MUST be a hypochondriac Er no….you don’t choose it you know, and you don’t see it all the time, it’s something you fight rather than seek out!

I play online games, so I MUST have no life other than that.

And now a few new ones from me………khlari

I’m a goth, so I must be an airhead Wrong wrong wrong….check out goth IQs

I am a pagan, so I must be weird Weird is in the eye of the beholder…still hold down a job and family….

I still dress strangely over the age of 30, so I must be some kind of retard Or just still want to be original, and still have a personality….

I have a blog, so that means I hang about in cyberspace and have no friends Um no, that means I like to express myself in many media……with real and cyber friends…..

I like the net, so I must be so ugly I don’t fit in in the real world……..Not the last time I looked, have a real and functional life and am not bus-stoppingly ugly…..

If you hate stereotypes and think people should just shut up and stop judging others, then POST THIS! Pick the stereotype that fits you the most, and put it in the subject when you re-post this.

Have a beaut1ful day!!!

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on October 9, 2006 by Khlari

Thoughts go out to my friend beaut1ful Willow, here’s hoping that she feels better this morning!

willow

Here’s a willow for a willow!

Poor old beaut1ful Willow ent over to visit Spicy Cauldron and D at the weekend, and got taken ill, unsure at the moment whether it was a dodgy curry or something more serious, but according to Spicy Cauldron’s texts late last night, led to an unscheduled trip to A&E at the now grandly named Calderdale Royal Infirmary (more prosaic Halifax General last time I went). However, it still seems as grim as it was the last time that I was there……..

The last time I had the misfortune to visit the place was for a scheduled operation. I was admitted, fasting, at 8 am on the Monday morning, and at 8am Wednesday, still fasting, I discharged myself without having had the operation, as I hadn’t eaten in two days and the starvation induced migraine was too much to bear. I had been told that I should go home to get my medication for the migraine (back to Hebden by bus), as they couldn’t give me any!

So I do know what you mean about the joys of Calderdale…..mind you, when I went to Birch Hill in Rochdale it was even worse, and I got my purse stolen on the ward! At least Willow got out safe and sound, as I hear she is snoozling currently at Spicy and D’s

Much love, and get better soon!

Weekend, ha ha ha and another shameless plug while I’m at it!

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on October 6, 2006 by Khlari

Ha ha ha tis the weekend, and I am off to Preston shopping for Handfasting dress materials with chaotic kitty , amethyst dragon and Woo in Preston, for Chaotic Kitty’s imminent handfasting on 4th November….oh and we might just have to get ourselves a few yards while we’re there…need a new outfit for a handfasting after all!

This seems like a very good moment to plug chaotic kitty’s own blog at:

http://chaotickitty.wordpress.com/