30 November 2012

Burdensome Feelings - Blaming Others

Personal Reflection
by Jennifer S. Neher
I have not posted anything received from DailyOM for a while however when this came through, I was reminded once again, just how timely their postings can be.  The focus of this particular post is largely on "blame" and how we can easily shift the blame onto someone else as opposed to owning it ourselves.  Falling under this category is also how we interpret things. 
In our modern age where communication is often exchanged with limited (if any) human emotion, we are extremely vunerable to projecting our perceptions onto such exchanges which can easily transfer through to miscommunication where the original intention is overlooked (due to unnecessarily emotive responses).  As with anything, how we react to something (whether it is an email exchange, an image, news report, etc) is primarily our responsibility - something we each need to acknowledge and own as opposed to projecting the "blame" of how we have reacted onto someone else.

27 November 2012

Wicca Magickal Beginnings (book review)

This book review has been long overdue.  However, in the light of the workshop that I will be holding this weeking on traditionla Wicca, I thought it was about time that I shared my thoughts on this book.

WICCA MAGICKAL BEGINNINGS - A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in this Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine (Paperback)

These days it is always a delight to read something about the history of Wicca that is appears to be actually researched (and thoroughly at that) and without the usual assumptions and "bitch wars" resulting from hidden agendas and basically sour grapes that unfortunately seems to appear in such books.

15 November 2012

Yes, You Shall Go To The Ball ...

"That time of the year" is fast approaching, being just over five weeks away.  Whilst the proposed festivities hold little relevance to me personally, what it does mean is that I will soon be faced with a couple of weeks with no income until the new calendar year rolls around and life returns to normal again.  Little wonder then, when I heard that an exhibition showcasing the art of the late Lynne Sinclair Wood being organised for the Summer Solstice in Sydney, I felt torn.

11 November 2012

Will you remember Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day poster, 2009
It seems that unless there is a great deal of advertising or a public holiday, major events slip by the wayside.  Today could very well be one of those days as very little, if any, notification of the significance of today has been mentioned.  Today is, after all, Remembrance Day.
At 5.00 am on 11 November 1918, three German Government representatives accepted the Armistice terms presented to them by an allied commander, General Foch of the French Army. The demands of the Armistice included the withdrawal of German forces to the east bank of the Rhine within 30 days; immediate cessation of warfare; and surrender of the German fleet and all heavy guns with no further negotiations until the signing of the peace treaty.

07 November 2012

Feeling Sorry for the Courier Pigeons

Yesterday afternoon I became the temporary owner of 13 boxes of books, each box containing hot off the press copies of Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.  Last night saw the commencement of what I quickly realised would be a long process - individually numbering and writing in each book.

This morning, the first lot of packages found their way into a post box, and as they went throught he slot, a feeling of relief came over me ... finally people who had been patiently waiting, some nearly two months, will shortly be in receipt of the book.