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Please Help [02 Feb 2007|02:51pm]

If anyone still reads this journal, and anyone knows the phone number of any or all of the following people, PLEASE send it to me:


I have lost my address book, and every attempt I have made to contact these people has failed.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Ostara is coming up and I have no way to contact anybody.

Christy Lowe
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orindaben.com [17 Oct 2005|03:01pm]

Has everyone gone to orindaben.com

I LOVE THIS SITE. I have all of Sanaya Roman's books (channelled by her from her guide Orin), and am going to sign up for their Light Body Course at Yule (a present for me!). Once you have done all their courses by mail, you are allowed to start attending their workshops down in Medford, Oregon. I started reading their stuff even when I lived in Alabama and England. When I moved to Oregon and found they were nearby, I was chuffed!

Anyway, click on one of these two links:

one is called "Personal Daily Affirmation." You can click on as many as you want.

The other is called "Creating Your Highest Future room." It brings you to images of the covers of their different books, and you can click on any of the images as many times as you want.

Most books I read have things that either I don't agree with, or offend me, or I don't understand. All of Sanaya Roman and Orin's books RING TRUE with me, and are in the top 5 most important works I have ever read for developing spirituality and psychic abilities.

If anyone has a question about them,let me know; I'm not an expert but I've read all their books and think they're "fabe."
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I'm sure most of you know that I am a Reiki Master, and can now teach and attune others to do Reiki.


I would like to offer (almost)FREE Reiki 1 attunements for friends. Why is it "ALMOST" FREE, not COMPLETELY free? Because of wierd Japanese energy rules. Technically because of a Reiki rule of energy exchange, I have to get "something" in return, so you could just buy some treats for the dogs, or get me one bottle of white wine or beer etc.

So anybody I know, or anyone in the Clan please let me know if you want (ALMOST) FREE REIKI attunements. There are selfish AND selfless reasons why I want to do this:

Selfish (what I get out of it):

I get practice
I get to help you
I get to do this thing which I like called REIKI!
I get a bottle of wine, or some quiet time if the dogs get treats.

Selfless(stuff y'all get out of it):

1.it jump-starts a psychic opening (it's like DRANO for your channel)
2.issues that you need to work on start coming up, so you can work on them and clear your energy body. What does this mean? It speeds up your spiritual evolution etc. It CAN ACTUALLY work on KARMIC issues.
3.You can now do Reiki anytime, anywhere for yourself, your pets, plants, loved ones etc.
4.Usually Reiki 1 attunements are 120.00 dollars or more, which I think is a rip off. This way you can actually afford it.

Basically it would be a workshop at my house in Salem, on some date that we arrange. We can bring snacks and have a Reiki day. You will get attunements, instructional materials, and EVERYBODY gets at least one full Reiki treatment, because we will practice on each other. NICE.

If you have any questions let me know.

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Theater & Community [13 Oct 2005|10:50am]

[ mood | Thoughtful ]

There's a new issue of Parabola out, called Body and Soul. It's excellent, and among many other thought-provoking articles, has a review on Peter Brook's new play, titled "Tierno Bokar" which is about an early twentieth-century West African Sufi. The theme of the play is Wisedom. Specifically, Brook states in his program note:

"His story draws us deep into an Africa is traditional, animist, impregnated with Islam,
shaken by colonialism, and torn apart by internal strife. Starting with a tiny disagreement
over the meaning of the number 11 as opposed to the number 12, merciless conflicts arise
that lead to massacres, to martyrdom. These tragic events create a chain that eventually links
a small African village to the highest political decisions of the Second World War." 1

I profoundly value Peter Brook's creations.. He's the same playwright/director who presented the 4 hour film The Mahabharata, (adapted from his 9 hour stage play), which I had the privilege of seeing at Cinema 21 more than 15 years ago. I find good theater (and it's sister art, film), to be deeply transformative and necessary to the cultural health of our communities and nation. The proliferation of "reality" TV shows says it all: the public has become bored and inured to the increasingly outrageous images, Brook further elaborates on this same theme in the play's program note:

"Theater exists to reopen all comfortable convictions. It has the best weapons for breaking
taboos and smashing barriers. These are scandal, violence, and ridicule. But not today. Not
any longer. The "shock-effect" cannot hold us any more, it is so close to daily life that it has
become quite ordinary. Today, our urgent need is elsewhere, It is to catch glimpses of what
our lives have lost. The theater can give us a fleeting taste of qualities long forgotten."2

Some of these long forgotten qualities can be found in community-based theater/events like Revels, Public Dreams in Vancouver, B.C., and here in Stumptown, City Repair. Most of these are free, and family friendly ; take an hour, or a day, and re-vitalize your connections to your family, friends, and neighbors. It's good for the soul.

1 Peter Lamborn Wilon, "Making Room for the Mystery : Peter Brook's Tierno Bokar", pg. 90-91, Parabola, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 2005.

2 Peter Lamborn Wilon, "Making Room for the Mystery : Peter Brook's Tierno Bokar", pg. 88, Parabola, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 2005.

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Once upon a Wish Links [24 Sep 2005|08:32am]

[ mood | hungry ]

As I've been surfing around for various & sundry items for my magickal household, I've come across some items I'd thought I'd share in hopes the community at large might find useful, and fun!

First some gorgeous capes, one for each element(although I'm not too fond of the fire one..)http://www.karunaarts.com/ElementsCapes.html

Second, a source for brooms: I was NOT enamored of the many I found with "magickal" additions like bows, inscriptions or any other decoration. This guy fit the bill, and I've seen him in person at the Clackamas County Fair for I don't know how many years... Coincidentally, he made special brooms for the Marketing Dept. for Harry Potter. Also, he learned from his father, who was a "snowbird" along w/his wife and they spent 7 summers in Sturbridge, a historical recreation of a small town in the early 19th century, where they were docents and learned candle dipping, weaving and other public demonstration skills. http://www.broomshop.com/
My favorite is "The Villager"!

Third, is an artist I've seen at OCF, and elsewhere. Some of his stuff is slightly erotic, but most evokes a mysterious mythological past - they are all beautiful! http://spackmanart.com/

Finally, a glass pendant worth a look, found these at an art gallery in Pacific City (we bought my daughter one), but you can take a look on the web too! http://www.vortexglassworks.com/pendants.html

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Beware the Ego [23 Sep 2005|11:46am]


If your journal if "friends only" then it is personal, private, and your views should be respected by anyone who has the honor of being one of those friends.  If you don't like what someone says, just stop reading their journal.  It is CERTAINLY out of place for someone to write hurtful comments in someone else's private journal, even if you didn't like what you saw there.  Actually, I believe hurtful comments are out of place anywhere, but that's just the Wiccan Rede popping up.

My journal is certainly "my space."  While no-one owns the internet, my journal is certainly "my journal."  That's why it's called a journal - it's a personal JOURNAL.  It's not my husband's journal, nor my friends' journal - they have their own journals, under different usernames. 

Group forums like Crescent_Crone are certainly places for debate and opinion.  They are not the place for egotistical comments, but healthy discussion and differences of opinion are welcome.  But in a person's privtate journal, especially a "friends only" journal, anyone who comments is only a privileged GUEST in that person's journal and should act accordingly.  If someone BREAKS these rules, for instance by letting people who are NOT friends spy on someone's journal, then they get what they ask for. 

One thing is for sure - I wouldn't let my under-13 child read an ADULT's PRIVATE FRIENDS-ONLY JOURNAL.  I believe that it is not only is that asking for trouble, but it is betraying the trust that someone put in a person by making them a journal "friend" anyway. When I make someone a journal "friend," that status does NOT extend to everyone in their household or circle of friends.

Most journals even have kind (and I believe unnecessary) warnings at the beginning like "this is friends only - and the topics may shock - read on AT YOUR OWN RISK."  Whose fault is it then, if one continues reading, and gets offended?  It's clear to me, anyway.

I have a friend that said nasty things about some of my friends every time I saw her.  I told her, "would you please stop talking about what you don't like about them - they are my friends."  And she said things like "How dare you deny me the right to express myself?  Don't repress my chakra!"

Well, with her head up in the clouds, and so concerned about "expressing her chakra," she was actually actively spreading malice.  She was so concerned about defending her right to speak, that she had actually become OFFENSIVE - which is a different matter altogether.  She wasn't concerned how her negative comments were hurting me or those around her.  She was speaking from her EGO, not from a place of LOVE.

What this means is that while trying to protect her "wounded chakras" and looking out for herself, she forgot this one important thing:  your right to express yourself and be militant about it ENDS when you start HURTING OTHERS QUITE UNNECESSARILY.  Beware the ego.

We need to think before we speak.  Ask the Goddess/spirit guides/angels: "is this comment truly loving?  Will this comment show this person my love for all concerned?  Or is it possible that, since this is pushing my own buttons, I might be expressing my ego?  Is it possible that I am more concerned about making my point and expressing my anger and contempt than actually trying to HELP or spread love?  Am I, for some reason, trying to convince someone that I am wiser than they?  For it is certainly not true, for any reason!  We are all wise in different, but EQUAL ways."

You can always express the same sentiment either with LOVE or from the EGO.

We are all looking for love and acceptance.  Some of us are more vulnerable than others.  If we don't like what someone writes, we can say "I'm upset about the things you wrote because I worry about you - I love you and want you to love yourself too!"  One thing is for sure:  everyone I know on Livejournal are ALL ADULTS, and their thoughts and feelings are as valid as anyone else's.  We need to remember that we are ALL spiritual and emotional PEERS.  Frankly, I think EVERYONE is a bit fucked up - MYSELF included, at the TOP of the list.

I don't know ANYONE who by age or experience is more qualified to make judgements than others.  Basically, NONE of us are qualified - making judgements is the OPPOSITE of LOVE, and so judgements should NEVER be made - just express LOVE instead.  We have all had past lives and are we we are all pretty much experientially the same, even if there are different in our ages in THIS lifetime.  I don't know ANYONE on livejournal who is any more or less wise or mature than another.  We have different viewpoints, perhaps, but there aren't any with priveleged information or maturity.  Some of us are just more fucked up than others - but that is who we are.  Any loving comments or suggestions are helpful - but we all need to realize that any advice we give out (LIKE THIS POST I'M WRITING NOW!) is no more valid than anyone else's thoughts.  It doesn't matter if you are a old, young, a professor, a mother, a priest, priestess, crone, student, or none of the above - we are no different, better, or wiser than each other.  NONE of us should forget that.  Do not look upon old or young age as inferior/superior - it's just not so.  I know some very wise young people and some fucked up flaky old farts.  Use what is loving - discard what comes from the ego. We should know better than anyone that stereotypes - even those associated with age and experience - are just that - stereotypes and not reality.  Wisdom comes from the most unlikely places - and so does the ego.

I would like to pray to the Goddess and all of our spirit guides/angels to help us all be mindful of the words we say, and to help us all be compassionate toward others' thoughts and feelings.  Let us offer loving acceptance to all, and suspend all our judgements.

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Mt. Angel! [18 Sep 2005|02:48pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Well, I've just had about the best day so far someone could have! I left at 7:15 am for Mt. Angel, to meet up with a friend, and later some family members. It was a beautiful drive, and no traffic. I had a great time visiting Ankarah and meeting her two children for the first time. They are amazing kids! She was kind enough to let me park in her driveway, and also to help me get my car keys that I locked in the car!

Then I walked downtown to meet my sister & dad at the Fructsaüle- "the Harvest Monument is a symbol of the boutiful harvest and of the goodness of creation." (from the Schedule of Events pamphlet). This year's theme is Harvesting Joyful Memories..Growing Future Dreams! (Please note, the picture is from last year's festival). The Bells of St. Mary's rang out as I walked.....cue in Bing Crosby!

I really like how the vendor booths decorate with hop vines, wheat stalks, and other natural materials from the autumn season. Many also include lights, as the festivities continue long after dark on Friday & Saturday. I was excited to see Annanda & her husband, who were working one of the many Knights of Columbus booths. It's serendipity like that really "make my day".

There's so much to see & do (the cool Car Show, the Kinder-garten, Weibentanz, Bier & Wiengartens, The Abbey, the Russian Museum, St. Mary's, etc.) that you can really spend the whole day. There's alot of benches and seating, a plethora of food booths, and even more Honey Buckets than I remember from past years.

Secretly too,I think I really enjoyed this particular visit to Mt. Angel's Oktoberfest as I didn't have the little bean, so I was free to wander & explore as much or as little as I wante! I left a little after noon, just as the crowds were getting thick, just in time!

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More Food for Thought [16 Sep 2005|07:01am]

[ mood | Inspired! ]

Last night, I was priviliged to attend the opening of an exhibit by Lillian Pitt, a Native American artist, who has also done several public works here in Portland. The exhibit is at the Oregon Historical Society, and the opening had wine, fancy hor d'ouvres, & a chance to hob nob with Portlandia glitterati!

Lillian's work was impressive, and I most liked the installations, sculpture, and jewelery. She does alot of contemporary work, but of course, I'm most intrigued her pieces that involved ancient petroglyphs.

I have to admit I was sorely tempted by her silver jewelry depicting her verion of the petroglyph called "Crow talking leave of the family" (see the petroglyph link above & scroll down, you'll see it). The silver bracelet was $350, and the matching necklace was $120! (you'll need to scroll down to the very bottom to see the pieces I'm talking about). I spent about 2 minutes thinking about how I could explain the purchase to my husband before reality set in... She's also been able to have Pendleton Woolen Mills make a limited edition tapestry of the same subject. My daughter was captivated by the Coyote & Stick Indian Mask pins.

There was also a traditional Blessing by an artist friend of Lillian's, Rick Bartow, who spoke about her incredible generousity & her work with young aspiring artists. He invoked the 4 directions four times, used an eagle feather, and chanted a Native American healing/blessing song near the end. He stated that to get the song, his elder (teacher?) had gone through Vietnam, they both had hard times in life; "we went through alot to get this song" were his exact words. It was very moving, and truly set a sacred & respectful tone for the viewing of Lillian's pieces.

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A Place of My Own~ [08 Sep 2005|10:50am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I have switched jobs I start me new on next week. And today is my last day at Circle K. I start working at North Gate Bowling Alley on the 14th. It pays more and the hours are better.

Now I'm kinda nervous because on Tuesday Matt and I put in an applacation to a very nice apartment complex that is close enough for Matt to walk to work and close enough for me to ride the bus or my bike to my new work. We should learn no later than Tuesday if we've been approved. And then we'd be movied in by october 8th.

Since this is the Waxing Moon I was hoping that you guys could help put the energy forth that Matt and I will get this appartment.

So please Happy Thoughts of Matt, Smokey and I having our own place in a month!

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Katrina Help [05 Sep 2005|07:57am]

[ mood | FURY ]

This post is for everyone who may share the outrage and feelings of helplessness as the world watches the Hurricane Katria tradegy unfold. Already the majority monotheists have made statements that it's "god's" punishment of New Orleans as a "den of iniquity" - citing the upcoming festivals "Southern Decadance" and "Pagan Pride Day" as proof of it's wayward ways. Much like Pat Robertson claiming 9/11 was the result of gays, abortionists, liberals, etc., these folks seem to revel in the suffering of others, while sitting in front of their television sets far, far away.
But there are some who see this tragedy for what it is; here's a quote from Anne Rice (the write), a former resident:

"But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us.
You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You
want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and
our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny
minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and
turned your backs."

Here's a link to her entire essay in the NY Times, which is excellent.

If you'd like to help, Witchvox has organized a Pagan response to the crisis.
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Harvest Festival Fun! [04 Aug 2005|08:19am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Well, there's so much going on these days, it's hard to keep track of! How to have fun, get out in the community, and celebrate the season you ask? Well....

Here are my fave picks to celebrate the Fall! Click on the festival title to take you to its website.

1. Mt. Angel Oktoberfest - We seem to go every other year, and therefore thoroughly enjoy it each and every time. They also have the biggest Craft Fair outside of Saturday Market, a huge variety of ethnic food carts, plus endless Bier/Wine Gartens w/funky Polka music. Get there early, park close, and take all day to wander the town - don't miss the Maypole & dancing!

2. Shrewsbury Renaissance Fair - We've only been twice, but have heard they now have permanent building and many improvements. We're looking foreward to going with friends from Salem this year for sure!

3. Oregon State Fair! Hey - and guess what!?? The Oregon Country Fair is presenting "LiveArt" (hands-on public art projects) at the Fair! The main artist directing the public art project is Francisco Letelier, whom I saw in person delivering a live poetry reading at OCF this year! I highly recommend visiting this year! You get a significant discount if you buy tix in advance from TicketsWest (online or at Safeway stores).

4. Your local Farm/Produce Stand - Often these places have big fall displays, like a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch or Cider-making/tasting. These are often free, and often have kid friendly activities. Yay! (Link takes you to info on farms in the Oregon Tri-County area; Multnomah, Washington & Clackamas)

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A Hike a Day... [03 Jul 2005|09:38am]

[ mood | chipper ]

Once again, Snabby & I visited Portland's "back-yard" forest. We also took little dude with us as a gauge of a certain little dude's hiking stamina. Turned out to be a great day! It was not too hot, actually a little cool, and there was plenty of parking in the tiny parking lot at the Hoyt Arboretum, (our starting & ending point for this hike).
The main plan was to hike around the Arboretum in a 4+ mile Loop along the Oak, Wildwood, Magnolia, Walnut, Elderberry, Hemlock, Pine, Creek & Fir trails. We got off course a little, but made up for it by taking some quicker routes. We nearly got run over by some illegal bikers along the Wildwood trail near the Bow & Arrow shooting range!
We stopped by the Oregon Vietnam Memorial, (which gave us a chance to discuss it's historical & social relevance with said little dude), and saw some really cool plants in the Winter Garden, including the Corkscrew Hazel. The nice thing about the Arboretum portion of Forest Park is that interesting and unusual plant specimens abound.
There were many bamboo varieties along the lower Creek trail; and of course we saw 5-6 or more different species of each kind of tree along their respective trails. We looked for Ginko trees along the White Pine & Himalyan Pine trail, but I think you'll need to take the Bristlecone Pine trail to see them. As we re-connected to the Wildwood trail again, we passed through a small Redwood stand, shades of California here up north.
The best part was saved for last, as we witnessed a plethora of Columbia Lilies and a few Native Columbines along the end of the Fir trail back to the Arboretum.
Good thing we were about to end our hike, as there was a wedding reception in progress at the Picnic Shelter area, loudly announcing it's boom box presence long before we got there! The Arboretum parking lot was now officially a disaster ...but we were leaving!

Notes to the wise, the Hoyt Arboretum has bathrooms and drinking fountains, so it's a great place to begin or finish your hike. It also has a little store which sells trail-type snacks & drinks, along with maps, jewelry, notecards & other miscellaneous trinkets.

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Free FUN! [25 Jun 2005|10:00pm]

[ mood | awake ]

We had a cool day today...My husband & I did about a 7 mile hike in Forest Park today. Very ambitious, but we're trying to do some serious training to hike a section of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) for two weeks in August. We admit we're computer slugs most of the time... It was a perfect day, not too hot and not raining.
We did it in about 4 hours, and that was with lunch and "call of nature" breaks. We saw many unusual plant specimens and some interesting side trails we could take later. Beautiful views!

We started out at the Zoo, took the Wildwood trail up through the Hoyt Arboretum, then on up to the Pittock Mansion (nice, but ya gotta pay to get in..grounds are free to wander in..); then down across Cornell to the Audubon Society and finally the end of the trail at Lower Macleay Park in NW Portland. This is a nice way to do it, as there are plenty of benchs to take a rest if you need it, bathrooms at all the public stops, plus drinking fountains too.

A couple of caveats-

1)The most dangerous part was crossing Burnside, I'd suggest getting a very early start and don't try it at night! The other roads at least have pedestrian crossings (Cornell & Skyline), or have very light traffic.

2)Watch out for the the joggers and dog-lovers. Plenty of dog doo, and a couple of teenage renagade bikers (technically there's not supposed to be bikes on the trails).

For more info check out Friends of Forest Park

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Happy Solstice! [21 Jun 2005|01:00pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

The Sun is high in the sky and the shortest night of the year is upon us. As we move into the waning part of the year remember that this is a good time to work through all of the issues, the hurt and anger that we have dealth with this year and work on making it go away.
It is time to return to the Goddess as Her reign is now upon us.

Hail to the Goddess, merry meet.
Hail to the Sun God, merry part.
And to all of those whom I love,
Merry meet again!

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Interesting Experience [30 May 2005|11:33pm]

[ mood | groggy ]

This past Saturday, my daughter, (and by extension, my husband & I), were invited to a Bat Mitzvah here in town. It was a deeply moving experience, almost 3 hours long (my memories of marthon-like High Mass at The Grotto are similar), and was familiar, yet VERY different. It was held at the Beth Israel Temple on NW Flanders here in Portland. I knew it was special when we walked in, and I was right. It was built in the 1920's and condsidered one of the best examples of a Byzantine style Synagogue in the world. It is on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks. It was followed by a traditional reception across the street at the beautiful Schnitzer Family Center, where a Hamotizi prayer over Challah (the Sabbath bread) and Kiddush (the Wine Blessing) take place.

A Bat Mitzvah (for a girl-Bar Mitzvah for a boy), is a Jewish tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. It means a "Daughter of the Commandment". It signifies the coming of age and requires a commitment to accept responsibilites in the Jewish faith and community. The young lady celebrates this commitment by conducting the Shabbat service with the help of several Rabbis (there was a woman Rabbi present too). There was alot of Hebrew, which we didn't understand, and many other traditions with which we were unfamiliar, like the Bar'chu (the Call to Worship), the Shema (acclaiming the belief in one God), the Aleynu (Adoration) and the Kaddish (a prayer for those who have died). The last one, the Kaddish, meant the most to my husband and I, and we so appreciated being able to share in this service (although there was alot going on we really didn't understand!).

Upon the advice of a Jewish friend of my husband, we gave the celebrant a small gift with $18 enclosed. Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet is assigned a numerical value, and when the Hebrew letters for the word for LIFE are added up, it comes to 18; so money in multiples of 18 are given.

Please note I've used the Bat Mitzvah program as a source for most of the information given.

Bright Blessings to all!

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Going to Italy [30 May 2005|09:22am]

Well, in a few days Ben and I will be packing to go to Italy and England for 40 days and 40 nights (literally, not just metaphorically).

So if anyone wants a postcard from overseas, reply with your name and physical address. If you don't feel comfortable putting that here, e-mail it to me at SororLuna@gmail.com.

Specify whether you'd like one from Italy, England, or BOTH!

Love to everyone,

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[20 May 2005|01:02pm]

Welp. This conflict is really poor timing for me. Frankly, I'm surprised conflict because this intense. I'm going to step away not because I don't want to keep trying. I'm stepping away for my family, as well as my self too I guess. Babies take a lot of Energy.

I intend to contact individuals with whom I have a good rapport as often as I can.

To all I wish happier hunting and perhaps our paths will meet later in the year. If so, "merry meet."

Sincerely, Jillian
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[19 May 2005|01:37pm]

[ mood | Hurt ]

This is the email I sent this to the six current members of the Coven of the Red Vine on January 25, 2005.


Hello Everyone, I hope all is well. I am concerned about the meetings that we are NOT having. So I had an idea...


I thought that if we split up the duties we should be able to enjoy ritual every month or so (depending on Sabbats). I am asking if anyone wants to step up and plan Full Moon rituals for the following dates. Between the Esbats and the Sabbats we should see each other every month!


I have signed up already! I look forward to hearing from you.

Love to all,



Esbats (These are the actual dates they can be adjusted 3 days before or after. The actual day would be best!)

February 24 Thursday

April 24 Sunday

May 24 Tuesday

July 21Thursday

August 20 Saturday

October 17 Monday


November 16 Wednesday (Red Vine Thanksgiving, do we want Saturday the 12th or the 19th)


Sabbats (these are the actual dates they can be adjusted 3 days before or after)

March 19 (Clan)

May 1

June 20 (Terin and Heather out of town)

August 1 (Emily and Matt wedding)

September 24 (Clan)

October 31 Heather - our house - Oct 30 - 6PM-9PM

December 21


This is the only response that I received. The response is highlighted in Blue. I have edited out the names so not to violate the person’s privacy. At least I got one response!


“I have made comments below.  I'm willing to do these things, but I won't sign up for specific ones.  You all can pick what you want, and I'll take what you want me to take (with exceptions noted below).  We won't have them at my house, so Heather do you think we could reserve the club house for some of these (POOL PARTY IN AUGUST!!!)?


I also have a comment on scheduling.  I think it's very important to schedule at least a few holidays this year where PERSON can come - in other words NOT on her regular work days.  I'm willing to drive all the way to Salem on a weeknight once a month, so I can't see why we couldn't do this for her since you're all right there......  PERSON has perforce been left out way too many times in the last couple of years, in my opinion.  Soap box crushed.


Yes, I'm working on an attitude adjustment and it's kind of taking a monkey wrench......

Esbats (These are the actual dates they can be adjusted 3 days before or after. The actual day would be best!)

February 24 Thursday

April 24 Sunday

May 24 Tuesday - Person can come, but can't plan

July 21Thursday - Person can come, but can't plan

August 20 Saturday

October 17 Monday


November 16 Wednesday (Red Vine Thanksgiving, do we want Saturday the 12th or the 19th)


Sabbats (these are the actual dates they can be adjusted 3 days before or after)

March 19 (Clan)

May 1

June 20 (Terin and Heather out of town)

August 1 (Emily and Matt wedding)

September 24 (Clan)

October 31 Heather - our house - Oct 30 - 6PM-9PM

December 21 – Person will be out of town – NO




I am very sorry that I have to take this action. I feel as if I have been put in a corner and since flight is not an option in a corner, I will have to fight and because fighting is an unnecessary action with negative consequences, I will not respond to any “posts” on the Live Journal or respond to emails that “blame” me for the “community” not being together.


Apparently our “community” doesn’t want to be one and the Coven of the Red Vine doesn’t respond so I will officially close down the Coven of the Red Vine and the Clan deAvalon at Mabon.



I will be practicing as a Solitary Witch.


I will go, in my official capacity as Crone, to a coven ritual only if I am invited by the Priestess of the Coven. I will not ask to be invited. If you want/need me there you will have to ask.


I am available by email and phone for any other Solitary that needs an answer to a specific question or to deal with a specific problem.


I am very pleased with the Star Crossed Coven for BEING a real coven, that have realized that they are truly a family. Great Job Becky!


I will check in on the Live Journal occasionally. I may even make a comment or two.



Remember to take responsibility for your self.



The Wiccan Rede (Long form)
(also known as The Rede of the Wiccae and the Witches' Creed)
Generally credited to Doreen Valiente

Hear now the word of the Witches, the secrets we hid in the night,
When dark was our destinies pathway, That now we bring forth in the light.

Mysterious Water and Fire, The Earth and the wide-ranging Air,
By hidden Quintessence we know Them, and we will keep silent and dare.

The birth and rebirth of all Nature, the passing of Winter and Spring,
We share with the life Universal, rejoice in the Magical Ring

Four times in the year the Great Sabbat, returns, and the Witches are seen,
At Lammas and Candelas dancing, on May Eve and old Halloween

When daytime and nighttime are equal, when sun is at greatest and least,
The four lesser Sabbats are summoned, again Witches gather in feast.

Thirteen silver moons in a year are, thirteen is the Covens array,
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry, for each golden year and a day.

The power has passed down the ages, each time between woman and man
Each century unto the other, ere times and the ages began.

When drawn is the Magickal circle, by sword or athame of power,
Its compass between two worlds lies, in the land of shades of that hour.

Our world has no right to know it, and the world beyond will tell naught,
The oldest of Gods are invoked there, the great work of Magic is wrought.

For two are the mystical pillars, that stand at the gate of the shrine,
And two are the powers of Nature, the forms and the forces divine.

And do what thou wilt be the challenge, so be it in love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment, By Magick of old be it done.

Eight words the Witches Rede fulfill:
If it Harms none, Do what Thou Will!


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My opinion [19 May 2005|10:38am]
[ mood | angry ]

I have kept my tongue about many things within this community because people I respect have asked me not to add to the fire.

However, that compunction is no longer over my head and I have a few things to say...

One of which is I am tired of being judged and told how I should and shouldn't feel/act/schedule my time around this community. I hesitate to even call this group a community, really. We certainly aren't a religious community... Some of the people I have been in circle with wouldn't know the Sacred if it bit them on the ass. I have been in circle (perfect love and perfect trust, ya know) with people who bitched the whole time about their mother/husband/boss/job/child... That is not Sacred energy... that is not a Ritual... that is NOT a safe place for me to commune with the Divine. Our circles (not completely... but on the whole) have been a source of frustration and disappointment for me. I have tired of explaining to people why this is and I do not feel like I have been listened to and certainly not understood.

We broke into separate covens because we don't like each other. It's blunt, but true and the lie that we have been living under has created divisions which don't need to be there. Perfect love and perfect trust (which I think is a load of hogwash most times) is not possible when you think the person next to you is abhorrent. People couldn't get along and so they separated (which is the way it's suppose to happen) which is why we are not one coven/community. AND THIS IS FINE!!!!! Well over 65% of the practicing Neo-Pagan population is solitary for just such a reason. The false notion that we should be one happy family is just as false in this instance as it is in any propagandized notion of unity. We will never be unified as a single group because we aren't one. AND THAT IS FINE!!!!! The separation we have CAN create harmony, but to live the lie that our goal is unity (which we have been living under) drives us further apart.

I am tired of people being judged (notice a pattern here?) for what they have not done. I am tired of people acting like their way is the best way (even when they say they don't) and looking down on others who are not as 'advanced' or as 'committed' as they are. The CRAP I read about who was busier than who just made me want to VOMIT! Being told that "I could make time, if it was important enough to me" is the coldest, lowest form of emotional blackmail I have heard in YEARS! A PERFECT example is Heather... our "oh Baby" crone who has been in and out of serious, life-threatening health issues and even committed herself to the Mental Ward SEVERAL times in the past year or so... I can't imagine why the Coven and Clan has been on the back-burner in her world. But yet, did anyone step up and take over the scheduling/arranging/hosting/communicating about the Red Vine coven? If they did, I never heard about it. Did anyone offer to take dinner over to their house after Heather got out of the hospital? Did anyone step up and offer to help them with their computer issues so that she had access to the board and e-mail on-line? If they did, I didn't hear about it. Has anyone EVER consistently helped her with the myriad details with this group? BUT what some people did do is COMPLAIN that she is not active enough in our community. Wow, that is caring and considerate. That is a really good example of Perfect love, and perfect trust.

I have often said that I am a Episcopalian stuck in a Pentecostal group. This still holds true. I realize that not everyone is into the level of ritualized Ceremony that I am and that many people do not feel Sacred when they are within a (semi)-ridged structure. But the very definition of Ritual is the "prescribed order of a religious ceremony". Personally, I do not think that passing out the ritual as we are lining up to start circle is any kind of preparation. HOWEVER, I understand that the Clan has all levels of people and for some the victory is simply participating in public and I honor their victories. Again, HOWEVER, we ALL know when the clan meets and the covens know far in advance who is going to take which holiday. If we don't, then take some initiative and VOLUNTEER for a holiday and then PLAN IT. You don't even have to be part of a coven. I don't know how often I have heard the lame excuse of "Oh, well it's a Clan event, it's suppose to be loose/start late/unorganized." BALDERDASH... and again... I say that is just BULLSH*T!!!! I could just SCREAM when I hear that... What? Our Goddess/God(s)/Universe isn't important enough to put thought and feeling into a ceremony? Is our Spirituality just a GAME? or worse yet a JOKE!?! I don't think so and there are a number of people in this organization who don't think so either. Things happen and sometimes events don't go as planned, but that is not what I am talking about. Personally, for a ritual to be effective we need to create a safe, liminal space. Liminal means a space between... Twilight is liminal because it is between light and dark... liminal space in the ritual sense means that we are not in the world of the mundane and not really in the Otherworld but in a Sacred space between those worlds. This doesn't happen when there is casual conversations/caustic banter/confusion because people have never even read the script before or the general disorganization which is prevalent in almost every ritual I have been to in the past 6 years. Big groups are hard to commune with and it is VERY difficult to create a Sacred space for each person at a large group, but we haven't learned anything over the years. There hasn't been any improvement in the methods of dealing with these issues. It seems that, as a group, we all look at the leaders, (The Crone, Loki, and the Baby Crone), to "make things better" while many of us chat through the ceremony and then complain that it didn't "feel Sacred" but then don't take the responsibility for making it better next time. And those of us that do try to create that space end up feeling like we are Pre-school teachers keeping a class quiet.

But I think that I am mostly tired of the judgmental, petty, prissy, gossipy drama which seems to always surround this group every time I am there.

If you are angry at me for saying these things or think that I am being too harsh, then maybe you need to look at how close to home they hit. I stand by what I have said and if you think that I am talking about you, then I probably am. I think the better question would be, how are you going to prove me wrong?

Blessed Be.

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