Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Note: Yes, I will advertise my stuff on my blog. But never fear, I will always keep posting my regular fun stuff. :)
Friday, June 25, 2010
We're leaving later than planned (so that Tall One can sign up for fall term classes promptly at noon) so I decided to look this song up, and then figured that I may as well share it here.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Anyways, I'll be heading out of town tomorrow to go to a Highland Game. I'll probably be back with stories about it on Sunday.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Today something happened that hasn't happened before to me. Once they were done drawing blood and had removed the needle from my arm, it took a couple minutes for the bleeding to stop. I was getting worried, but apparently it was nothing new to the guy who had drawn my blood. He just kept putting pressure on it, then had me hold my arm over my head. That did the trick, and the bleeding stopped. It weirded me out, though.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I went into Seattle's Best Coffee planning to get something for only a couple of bucks. But when I saw their new summer special, I decided to spend nearly $4 to try it out. It was a cold chocolate chip cookie dough drink.
Truthfully it didn't taste like cookie dough as I drank it. Regardless, it was good. If I feel like splurging on coffee again I'll quite likely find my way to a local Seattle's Best Coffee place in search of this drink.
Just to clarify, I'm not getting paid to talk about their coffee. It was just so cool and yummy that I wanted to share.
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I got this because I was sort of curious about tarot, and this was only about $5. I don't use them, though. They're too small for practical use, and anyways I sort of feel a disconnect from the tarot. Maybe when I finally get that animal deck that I've been wanting I'll finally start connecting...but it's like $35...
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This morning I used it for the first time and I suddenly realized that it combines all the elements presented in the pentacle: earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. Are you wondering how they are all present?
Earth -- The material used in making the diffuser comes from the earth, as does the several drops placed in the water that give the lovely scent.
Air -- The scent is released into the air.
Fire -- A candle is used to heat things up so that the scent is releases into the air.
Water -- The drops containing the herb are placed into water.
Spirit -- The spirit is soothed, and I imagine that one of these could be used in rituals.
I've only used mine once but I already love it. Also, I think it could be a good alternative for people who want to use incense but are allergic to the smoke.
I know I'm writing about this in a Pagan context, but it can definitely be used by non-Pagans. :)
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Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Marillier was raised on legends and fairy tales, and it shows in her works. She is also a Druid, and this too comes through in her writing. Marillier writes historical fantasy, and she is the only writer I know of who fills this genre.
This author catches the heart of Paganism, while at the same time adding in fantasy elements to it. People in her books celebrate the turning of the seasons like Pagans usually do, and do other Pagan stuff, but Druids also occasionally perform grand magic that I am fairly certain modern day Druids do not.
Something I find particularly interesting about Marillier’s books is her handling of Christianity. Rather than taking the stance that Christians are either good or bad, you see a variety. Some of them are good people and don’t care if their friends worship a different deity, while others have no respect for their Pagan neighbors. Ultimately what it comes down to is that people are people. Some are good and some are bad, regardless of what religion they profess to follow.
I don’t think of all of Marillier’s books Pagan, so below I will list those books that I consider to be Pagan works. I do recommend all of her books as excellent reads, however.
The books I list below are written for adults, but I read them in my teens (those that were released in my teens, that is).
Daughter of the Forest
Son of the Shadows
Child of the Prophecy
Sequel to the Sevenwaters trilogy:
Heir to Sevenwaters
The Bridei Chronicles:
Blade of Fortriu
Well of Shades
The Light Isles books:
I’m not sure what Pierce would think about being on a list of Pagan authors, but the fact is that her characters follow a well thought out pantheon and celebrate the changing of the seasons. Religion is not usually a forefront topic in her books, but it is not entirely in the background either. Her characters frequently pray to the gods for help, and as some titles (such as In the Hand of the Goddess and The Realms of the Gods) suggest, divine interaction does sometimes play an important part in the novels.
It should be remembered that these are fantasy books. In addition to showing traditional Pagan activities, some of her characters practice magic that I am sure any modern day witch would be jealous of.
I have not read all of Pierce’s books, but I have read each of her books which take place in her made up realm of Tortall. I list each of them, in chronological order, below. They are all young adult books.
Song of the Lioness quartet:
The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
The Immortals quartet:
The Realms of the Gods
Protector of the Small quartet:
Beka Cooper books:
Note: The Beka Cooper novels actually take place two hundred years before the other books, but they were written after the others and I think they are more interesting if you are already familiar with the other books.
Again, I am not sure what this particular author would think of being called a Pagan writer. But the fact is that his series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the gods have followed western civilization and Mount Olympus now hovers above New York.
I’m not entirely sure what the gods must think of how they are portrayed in this series, but they are a wonderful way to learn about Greek mythology. The young hero, whose father is a god and whose mother is human, faces monsters out of Greek legend and myth on a regular basis. As he does so the reader learns about the gods, what their stories are, and about Greek mythological creatures such as the Harpies.
I have not read any of Riordan’s other books, so I cannot say how Pagan they might be. All I can tell you is that his Percy Jackson and the Olympians books are page turners filled with excitement, which just so happen to teach Greek mythology. They are young adult books.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series:
The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian