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Lammas / Lughnasadh Blessings…2015

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is one of the pagan holidays that I have missed posting about in the past, due to summertime travels and being away from the computer. Not this year! I was unpacking two decorative mirrors and my Wheel of the Year, and noted that Lughnasadh has arrived. A blog I recently began following also had a great link to this post about baking Lammas bread, so I figured I’d link it here.

Here’s a little bit of info about Lammas / Lughnasadh from The Goddess and the Green Man:

It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle. It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the great Celtic Sun King and God of Light. August is His sacred month when He initiated great festivities in honour of His mother, Tailtiu. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. Circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic, was popular, as were all community gatherings. August was considered an auspicious month for handfastings and weddings. But underlying this is the knowledge that the bounty and energy of Lugh, of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning…

Credit: witchesofthecraft.com

I’ve always enjoyed the cycles of the seasons – the days are definitely growing shorter. It’s winter in the southern hemisphere, but the days are slowly growing longer…the Spring Equinox occurs in September for the southern half of the world. Wherever you are, may your day, and the rest of your weekend, be wonderful, delightful, and peaceful. Enjoy time with your family, friends, and loved ones.

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Full Moon Final Friday…July 2015!

It’s the Final Friday of July, and tonight’s full moon makes it a ‘blue’ moon. Astrologically, a ‘blue’ moon would be a full moon twice in the same sign, which would not necessarily fall in the same calendar month. Me, I’m not picky. I’ll celebrate either one! It’s difficult for me to get nice pictures of the moon, since my camera isn’t the greatest at taking pictures at night. It’s good for some shots, but not others. I’ll upgrade soon, which will be nice. Then I’ll be able to post great photos of the night sky over the Pacific Ocean.

Credit: earthsky.org

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the reporting of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. His date of disappearance is reported as either the 30th or 31st of July; just one interesting detail in the life and death of a man who did many things, both good and bad, in the name of doing something good for (most) American workers. From Wikipedia:

James RiddleJimmyHoffa (born February 14, 1913 – disappeared July 30, 1975) was an American labor union leader and author who vanished in late July 1975 at age 62.

Hoffa was a union activist from a young age, and was an important regional figure with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union by his mid-twenties. By 1952, Hoffa had risen to national vice-president of the IBT, and served as the union’s general president between 1958 and 1971. He secured the first national agreement for teamsters’ rates in 1964. Hoffa played a major role in the growth and development of the union which eventually became the largest (by membership) in the United States with over 1.5 million members at its peak, during his terms as its leader. He was a civil rights supporter and expressed this in many statements.

Hoffa became involved with organized crime from the early years of his Teamsters work, and this connection continued until his disappearance in 1975. He was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud in 1964, in two separate trials. He was imprisoned in 1967 and sentenced to 13 years, after exhausting the appeal process. In mid-1971 he resigned as president of the union, an action that was part of a pardon agreement with President Richard Nixon, to facilitate his release later that year. Nixon blocked Hoffa from union activities until 1980 (which would have been the end of his prison term, had he served the full sentence). Hoffa, hoping to regain support and to return to IBT leadership, unsuccessfully attempted to overturn this order.

Hoffa vanished in late July 1975, having last been seen outside the Machus Red Fox, a suburban Detroit restaurant.[1] His disappearance gave rise to many theories as to what happened to him. He is widely believed to have been murdered.[2] He was declared legally dead in 1982.

A collection of papers related to Hoffa is cared for by the Special Collections Research Center of The George Washington University. The collection contains a variety of materials, including newspaper and magazine articles, trial transcripts, copies of congressional hearings, and publicity materials.[3]

There is a lot of information out there about him – and of course, there are many conspiracy theories as well. Fascinating to read about, nonetheless.

The young ladies of Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families for 473 days, now. It’s heartbreaking to think about. Hopefully something is being done to ensure their safe return; if there is, there isn’t much being said about it.

On a positive note, some justice might be done for Samuel DuBose, an unarmed man who was murdered by a Cincinnati campus officer on 19 July. From the Huffington Post:

Two University of Cincinnati police officers involved in a colleague’s recent fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose also were on hand for a 2010 struggle with a psychiatric patient who later died. Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd were among seven University of Cincinnati police officers and other officials named in a lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mentally ill university hospital patient. Hospital staff summoned officers to help subdue Brinson, who became agitated when put in seclusion, according to court documents first reported by The Guardian. Kidd and Weibel gave written statements that they restrained Brinson, while another officer used a Taser stun gun on him. Brinson went into cardiac arrest and died days later, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Hamilton County coroner ruled Brinson died from natural causes. His family settled the lawsuit for $638,000. Documents from the Brinson lawsuit are available online.”

There are far too many trigger-happy cops in this country…and too many trigger-happy citizens. That douchebag dentist from Minnesota is in hiding, and rightfully so. What he did was monstrous and unforgivable. What a waste. Lions are already endangered, and that worthless waste of space removed a prime specimen from the gene pool. So-called “trophy hunters” make me want to vomit. They are not hunters by any stretch of the imagination. Shooting something with a gun does not a hunter make. He was overcompensating for many things, I’d wager!

I’ll close with one decent trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online – pre-Tamriel Unlimited – and a couple of my favourite moon-related songs. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Blessed Solstice…2012

The local Solstice time was 3:12 a.m., PST – blessed day, everyone! The shortest day of the year; the first day of Winter..and the world didn’t end! The Mayan calendar marked the ‘end of an era’, the 13th Baktun. Jonathan Cainer’s website explains it thusly:

“It’s Not The End Of The World –

Today’s solstice coincides with what experts in the
Mayan tradition calculate as the start of the 14th Baktun or Long Count
Calendar. Hence it is the end of the 13th Baktun, which is where all this talk
about the ‘end of an era’ has come from. It may be true. Other astrological
alignments also speak of big changes in outlook and attitude sweeping the globe
in 2013 and beyond. But contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, Earth is
not now forming an unprecedented alignment with the ‘Galactic Centre’ and the
world is not about to end! Promise!”

People get so wrapped up in paranoia and delusions that they lose sight of, and touch with, reality. It’s sad when you think about it; instead of waking up each day and counting their blessings, they look around for anything and everything that’s wrong, focus on it, magnify it, and become consumed by it. Malcontents are everywhere – that doesn’t mean they speak the TRUTH or have anyone’s interest at heart, save their own! Recognizing those is key to one’s well-being and survival, no matter who (and where) you are.

Speaking of seasonal stuff, my fiancee and I have been enjoying the Easter eggs we’ve been finding in Skyrim, and have played around with a lot of the new features that came with the Hearthfire expansion. We’ll delve into the Dawnguard stuff in depth on December 25th – basically, that will be our xmas morning gift-unwrapping…some of it, anyway! 😉

With Hearthfire, you can build your own homestead and furnish it to your liking: if you like pounding metal, you can furnish a forge and armory; if you like mixing potions, you can build an alchemy laboratory and add a greenhouse to grow the necessary ingredients. If you’re family-oriented, you can build a kitchen and kid’s room and give a good home to various waifs and rascals – wait until you see the pets your children will drag home, like any kid does! On a side note, I’d looked around to see other player reviews or comments about the game, and I saw an image that cracked me up – I’ll show it below, and explain my thought about it.

I never played any version of SIMS back at the height of its popularity, much like I never got into WoW or GTA like the majority out there – I was content with Ultima Online, Half-Life, Total Annihilation, Command & Conquer, and Starcraft. I like strategizing, gathering resources, building armies (or my character’s own personal power and armory), then going out on an adventure and kick some ass! From what I recall of SIMS, via their advertisements, was that you could build an entire city, not just a house. I also recall that all of the SIMS sets were in the modern era, not some “dungeons and dragons”-type, magical fantasy adventure. I don’t see the comparison, but admittedly, I can’t really compare a game I play frequently with a game I only knew of – so if it is, so be it! I enjoy the extra features with Hearthfire and don’t see that it detracts from the main focus of the game; also, you really don’t have to get it if you think it’s a waste of time. Me, I enjoy it. Overall, I still give Skyrim a 5-star rating…but, it would be nice if the kids didn’t all look like they have the same father and mother! The boys all have the same face, as do the girls, LMFAO…I guess that “wandering traveler” seriously gets around!  😀

Blessed Winter Solstice to one and all…enjoy these two, great songs.

The Moody Blues: “The Voice

Frank Zappa: “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow / Nanook Rubs It

Blessed Samhain…

First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, from the Caribbean to the Great Lakes and beyond…take care of yourselves and each other. Lend a hand when you can. Anyone and everyone, if you have the means to assist those in need, please do so – I’m in the process of doing what I can from my tiny corner. Those of us who are far removed from the destruction – count your blessings today. Hold your loved ones close, and reach out to those who are far away. Stay connected – it’s vital!

Today marks All Hallows’ Eve…an evening to honor lost loved ones. My thoughts are with a couple of people who also loved bikes, and now ride the skies…R.I.P., Dave and Ron – you guys were taken too soon; there was still so much riding to do! Ah, me…my friends are my family, so it cuts deep when one passes away. I smile at the fond memories of them, though – they were good people, flawed and dear. Ride on and ride free, my brothers!

Finally, here are three good songs for today! Enjoy…

Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers: “The Monster Mash

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack: “The Time Warp

Alice Cooper: “Sick Things

Blue Moon Friday!

Today marks the 2nd full moon in this month. When there are two full moon phases in one month, it is known as a ‘blue moon’ – so I figured I’d celebrate this event by doing a purely random, rambling post!

It’s another beautiful Friday in the Pacific Northwest; I guess it’s a holiday weekend for those who have full-time employment, since Monday marks the Labor Day holiday. It’s been sunny and warm for weeks now – it’s barely rained since we’ve been back from our cross-country trip. We’ve been riding around the local area, just relaxing and enjoying ourselves. Counting our blessings and being happy! I still worry about my son’s well-being and his state of mind…haven’t heard from him in a couple of weeks, and his land-line still works but his cell-phone seems to be out of commission, so I’m hoping he’s not letting things fall apart out of depression or despair. I hope he knows that he can call me anytime he needs to, for any reason! He doesn’t need to suffer alone. He has so much pride…almost too much…and I understand where it comes from. I am not the people who raised me, and I’m not a liar and thief like his father was, so I can be trusted and relied on. Hell, my fiancée and I were the only ones to fly to his rescue when his father passed – I hope he remembers that, at the very least! NOBODY from his father’s side of the family offered any support whatsoever, but I’m not surprised – fucking useless losers, every single one of them. They closed their doors in my son’s face when he went to visit them during his college vacations, just like they made excuses to never meet me in person, much less talk to me on the phone or correspond via mail. They treated me shabbily, and they treat my son – their blood relative – in a shabby manner as well. He thinks that being ‘friends’ with them on Facebook is a ‘real relationship’…how sad and limiting that is! Well, my son is learning what a douche-nozzle his dad was; perhaps, soon, he’ll figure out the truth about that entire side of the family tree – and do some heavy-duty pruning, LOL

Our wedding date is set and the plans are moving forward…since it will be small and informal, and the location is already picked out, there is relatively little to do! Invitations will be sent out first – that will be done with a “year-end” family letter. Also, there is something else brewing in the works that has me excited and on pins and needles! I hope it comes to fruition; we expect to know for certain by the end of next week – and, even if it doesn’t, we’re in good shape to make it happen sometime next year, or sometime down the road…no rush or stress that way. I don’t want to say anything that could jinx it; I have a tiny bit of a superstitious side, but I will say that I have visions of a blacksmithing forge, black bamboo, bonsai trees, and a little greenhouse to let my green thumb go mad in! Ah, creativity…

I’ve thought about going back to bartending. I prefer a more casual working environment, and offices always have the bullshit ‘office politics’ atmosphere floating around. As a bartender, you only have a few co-workers to deal with at any given time, and you can be more upfront and straightforward with them – less room for the ‘accidental misunderstandings’ and ‘personality conflicts’ that invariably arise in the cube farms! Customers are always great fodder for books, too – ready-made characters to choose from! I have a few deceased friends who are being reincarnated in my stories…I hope I do them justice.

I am happy. Life is grand. No fucking drama in the house…our kids create their own drama, but they live elsewhere so we can avoid the Sturm und Drang which surrounds them. I wonder about people who create drama, and I wonder about the people who need to be co-dependent with that sort of a hurricane. They confuse me, especially if they complain about the drama. I mean, seriously – if you don’t like it, you wouldn’t be around it. Just like people who are married, but then separate – and then get back together, yet keep complaining. Why the hell did you get back together once you separated? There was a reason for it, right? If you use it as a means of control, then there are other issues in operation and that’s a ‘relationship’ that is doomed. No balance or equality…craziness.

Well, time to crack open an ale or three and roam the roads of Skyrim for a spell. Have a great weekend, one and all – wherever in the world you might be! Enjoy this great song, as well…blessed be.

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Daryl Hall: “Dreamtime”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psT7pKuayYc

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