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Friday, April 29, 2016

Beltane Blessings!


As I walked out one May morning,

‘Twas on the blooming heather

I saw a Maiden dancing there

In fair and sunny weather,

The Beltane fires were burning high

The dancers round did spin

They sang, “Blessed Be and Blessed Be

And Blessed Be again!”

~ Joe Bethancourt



Sunday, April 24, 2016

My Cat From Hell & Book Review


Has anyone ever seen the Animal Planet series, "My Cat From Hell" hosted by Jackson Galaxy? Jackson is "a musician by night and a Cat Behaviorist by day."

I can't help but to love this show! Not only do I find it educational as far as cat behavior is concerned, but I think it is so fascinating how Jackson is able to "re-adjust" the cat guardian's behavior and attitude as well in cases where it is the "human" behaviour which is causing a majority of the cat bahavioral issues in the household.

Not to say, that is, that my kitty cats behavior is purrfect all of the time. but some of the cat problems I have seen this guy deal with is completely beyond anything I had ever imagined as a cat owner/mom.

The thing I love the most about this show; however, is how beautifully Jackson handles both the cats and their people. It is so wonderful to hear about all the success stories of people who loved their animals so much that they would do anything to keep them rather than give them up.

"My Cat From Hell" deals with the extreme cases where cat owners have reached the point where they have tried everything and Jackson was their last hope! Not only is Jackson extremely knowledgable about cats, but he is very educated when it comes to various cat breeds as well. The genuine love and affection he has for these cats is heart-warming and it shows.  I can't help but to share in his joy while watching him.



I laughed. I cried. I related. Jackson Galaxy's new book, "Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean," is a heart-touching biography about his early life of drug, alcohol and food addiction, career in working and caring for animals, and his first foster cat named Benny whom he took in while working at an animal shelter in Boulder, Colorado.  While working late one night, Benny's heartless owner dropped him off with a shattered pelvis after he was hit by a car. What started out as a foster care situation turned into a lifetime of trials and tribulations.


Jackson takes you on an amazing journey through his fascinating life working with cats. A Cat Behaviorist, he has devoted his entire life to their service ~ dedicated to saving them while educating the humans who inhabit their world. 

I found it extremely easy to put myself in Jackson's shoes as he tells his true and sometimes heart-breaking story. Although this book is primarily about his life with Benny, it also has a lot of very helpful hints about living with and taking care of your best friend.

This is an excellent book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone! Let's just say that I loved it so much that I managed to read the entire thing in only three days!

The Best of Both Worlds


For as long as I can remember, cats and women have been pretty much synonymous. But, the truth is that with cats being the most popular pets in America, atleast half of those cat guardians are men.

Yup, according to an article in a 2015 issue of "Cat Fancy" Magazine written by published writer and Grammy-nominated musician Rick Allen, not only do men love cats too, but there are also a few benefits to having a male partner, friend or spouse who shares their life with cats. For example, men who love and adore cats are known to be "generally nicer guys" and have "higher IQ's." After all, if distinguished and well-respected men of history such as Albert Einstein could be devoted to his cat "Tiger" and Winston Churchill his beloved cat "Jock," then surely there must be something to this!


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"I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know." ~ Mark Twain

Why will you never hear from me a spell or ritual or other practical topics. A discussion on secrecy within the Craft.

When begining my studies on the Craft, I was against secrecy, believing those who are teaching in secret just fear to expose their ridiculous teachings and that they chose stupid ignorants to have as supposed students  in reality as sheep and make them swear that they will never reveal their nonsense to the public. While this is true for many supposed teachers, it's not exactly true as stated in general. 

Alternative religious movements have many enemies including other churches and the state-promoted church if exists one. The money at risk are much and the interests - for controlling the masses through the fear of death - are great. If you aren't careful they will crush you. They defame you, make you appear ridiculous and even drag you to endless trials. Bigoted atheists that are a specific kind of atheism, seeking to ridicule all religions, are also a problem. Especially if what you are teaching can't be strictly proven by science, they will attack you and make you a permanent target in their trolling pages, blogs, etc. They will even mimick rituals to ridicule them.

Even if you don't deserve to be ridiculed, you shall be so. 

Another risk you are running is to say something that is against the state's law to be said. There are some truths in life that are "politically incorrect" according to the establishment everyday brainwashing of the people. So you are forced not to speak against the generally admited "truths" that are being promoted by the state or you risk being put on trials.

Even if you don't deserve to be defamed or tried, you shall be so.

The less you say in public the better. Choose your students in secret and teach them in secret. Play their game with their rules. None must know that you teach people and who they are. Choose your students carefully and have them traditionally initiated swearing oaths of secrecy. Choose people that are financially independent because if there is a parent or husband that does not agree with you, you may have trouble. Choose people that are consistent, reliable and can keep secrets. 

Never talk to strangers. This old proverb applies here. Only take people you know well in for training. Do not overdo it about the number. They must be very few. Never take people that are just curious in. Curious people talk too much. If you are asked by a stranger if you are teaching, deny it and demand to know from where  he/she heard that. If he refuses to tell, pretend that you are offended and use it as an excuse not to talk to that person again. He/she most probably wants to spy on you.

In times of persecution, only our Goddess grant us the Gift of the Right to Secrecy. She instructed us through the Old Law to even deny Her, in order to save our lives. Other gods including our enemy demand that you sacrifice yourself because they feed on negative energy.

The student candidate must never know beforehand that will be or is a student of yours. Be very careful and estimate acurately if he is appropriate for and deserving your teaching and only when you are sure, tell him. Don't throw Her Wisdom and Grace to the unworthy and uncivilized ignorants.

Only theological and related scientific topics will be discuss by me in public.

Catlore and some great books!

(artwork by Cyra R. Cancel)

As a fellow cat enthusiast, I am always on the prowl for new and fascinating things (or at least to learn about things I never knew before)!  Cat folklore, superstitions and proverbs intrigue me and so I thought that I might share some of the interesting cat info which I have found with you all.

Here are just a few:
* If a cat continually looks out the window on any given day, rain is on the way
* Some cats can predict earthquakes (there is actually some proven truth to this one!)
* Cats are believed to be able to see human auras
*A cat sleeping with their four paws tucked underneath their body means bad weather is coming
* If a cat sits with their back to the fire, this foretold a cold spell
* If a cat sneezes once, it means there will be rain. If they sneeze three times, the family will catch a cold
* Early Americans believed that if a cat washed her face in front of several people, the first person she looked at would be the first to get married
* Tortoiseshell cats were believed to be able to see into the future and could also give this gift to a lucky child in the household
* When the pupil of a cat's eye gets big (broadens), it is a sign of rain
* The Pennsylvania Dutch used to place a cat in the empty cradle of a newlywed couple and the cat was supposed to grant their wish for children
* In England, it was believed that if a black cat lived in your house, the young lass would have numerous suitors
* It was onced believed that fur and blood drawn from various parts of a cat's body would cure all ailments
* In Tell-Basta (which was at one time the Egyptian city of Bubastis), a graveyard holding 300,000 mummified holy cats was discovered. A few were sent to museums.
* A kitten born in May will be a witches cat


Pretty wild stuff, huh?  I also wanted to share these two books with you which I had read many years ago and, to this day, I refuse to part with them  ~ both were written by the renowned author Desmond Morris ...



These are both really great books and I would highly recommend them to any cat lover!

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Norse Goddess Freya


One of my favorite goddesses has got to be Freya. She was a warrior goddess whose consort was the Norse god Od. She was also the goddess of sensual love and is usually depicted as a beautiful red-head who is known for her appreciation of romantic music and stunning flowers.

But this was only part of who she was. She was also the leader of Valkyrie and had the right to claim half the souls of the bravest warriors slain in battle (the other half belonged to Odin). As such, she would gather them all on the battlefield and take them back with her to spend the afterlife in her home in eternal rest and recreation. 

Freya was also called upon to comfort the dying and to help make the transition into the otherworld (known as Valhalla) easier by serving as their guide and comforting companion on their journey.

It is said that when Freya and the Valkyries rode forth on their missions, their armor caused the beautiful flickering light that we know as the Aurora Borealis ~ also called the Northern Lights.



While fishing one day, Od heard a lovely song coming from a nest of cats which seemed to be lulling him to sleep. It was a tom cat singing to his kittens to "sleep, sleep, my dear little ones." When Od very strongly suggested that the male cat stop his singing, the cat replied, "You have no idea how difficult it is to rear children as a single parent" and asked Od if he knew of any women who would be willing to take in his very special kittens as they were blue and deserved the life of royalty.

Od immediately thought of Freya, and brought the kittens back home with him to present to her as a gift. Freya was so enchanted with them that she did the kittens honor by allowing them to accompany her on her daily rounds in her golden chariot across the sky.


(image credits)

An Earth Day Poem


Thankful

These are the things I'm thankful for...
The sweet smell of flowers in springtime,
Beautiful clear blue skies above me,
The feeling of damp grass beneath my bare feet,
The sound of a free running stream,
The warmth of the sun on my cheeks,
The site of a field filled with corn,
The sound of birds singing in the trees,
The taste of fresh picked raspberries,
Crisp, clear autumn mornings,
The sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet,
The site of pumpkins growing in a field,
The first chill of winter in the air,
The site of snowflakes frolicking on the breeze,
Watching children skate on a frozen pond,
And seeing the first robins of spring