Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What is the difference between paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft?

I like this definition; whoever wrote this back in 1999 self-identified in this way and it works for me!: What is the difference between paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft?

Monday, August 26, 2013


I didn't watch the MTV show -- I don't watch that stuff -- but have been following the aftermath on line. The excellent Useless Eater blog has analyzed the astoundingly in your-face-we're-not-even-trying-to-hide-it-anymore MKULTRA mind control Illumanti workings via Miley Cyrus:
 "At one point, Cyrus pretends to stroke her long, waving hair... despite the fact that she's sporting a Pixie cut. She almost appears to be in a hypnotic trance of some sort, like she's going through the motions of some programming that was installed in her psyche at a time when she had enough hair to pull off such a move. It's actually kind of disturbing. My Facebook friend Adam Gorightly wondered if perhaps this performance was the revelation of Hannah Montana's mind-control "alter", and called her performance "Illuminaughty!" "

Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft - Ryan Jacobs - The Atlantic

Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft - Ryan Jacobs - The Atlantic: The Saudi government's obsession with the criminalization of the dark arts reached a new level in 2009, when it created and formalized a special "Anti-Witchcraft Unit" to educate the public about the evils of sorcery, investigate alleged witches, neutralize their cursed paraphernalia, and disarm their spells. Saudi citizens are also urged to use a hotline on the CPVPV website to report any magical misdeeds to local officials, according to the Jerusalem Post.

According to a director of the religious police's witchcraft division in Riyadh, the unit provides confidentiality to informants. "We deal with sorcerers in a special way. No one should think that we mention the name of whomever files a report about sorcery," Sheikh Adel Faqih told the Saudi Gazette. In 2009 alone, at least 118 people were charged with "practicing magic" or "using the book of Allah in a derogatory manner" in the province of Makkah, the country's most populous region.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Roseanne Barr: “MK Ultra Rules In Hollywood” - |

Roseanne Barr spoke out some time ago on mind control, MK Ultra, and more regards the things main stream media does not speak of, unless it's to make tired jokes about "tin foil hat wearing conspiracy buffs." Well, Barr doesn't let that stop her, and she's still speaking strong, and speaking out. It's unclear whether the text below are her words or the article writer's, but either way, you get the picture:

Roseanne Barr: “MK Ultra Rules In Hollywood” - | It’s funny that ancient Druid ‘wizards’ and ‘magicians’ used to make their wands specific for casting spells from the Holly Wood tree. Maybe “Hollywood” is used to cast spells on the masses, because at the very least it can sure seem that way. Everything we do is so systematic, so robotic in nature. We go to school, get a job, have a family and chase materialistic gains only to find out that it is not what our soul truly desires. We are told what to wear, what’s popular, what to buy, what truth is and how life is through television. It keeps us occupied, ignorant and blind to what is really happening on our planet.

Jill Peters: "Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives as Men"

"Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men: For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society.

Photograph by Jill Peters

Peters describes what it is like for women, and why some women choose to live as "burneshas" who are respected for the choice they made to live this way - Peters explains:
"The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men. Young girls were commonly forced into arranged marriages, often with much older men in distant villages. As an alternative, becoming a Sworn Virgin, or ‘burnesha” elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Barbara Moore on the Black Cats Tarot

On the Llewellyn site, lots of images of cards from the deck, with comments from another lover of this deck. Black Cats Tarot

Black Cat Tarot

Feeling like I just needed it, I bought myself the Black Cat tarot today at a wonderful shop in Newport -- Things Rich and Strange. They also have a store not far up 101 in Depoe Bay.
I was drawn to this deck; not sure why, but kept going back to it, even though there weren't display cards for this deck. This is the card I drew: The Fool. Always a favorite Major Arcana card for me.

Black Cat Tarot: The Fool

I didn't have anything specific in mind when I drew the card, (so very tired and frazzled!)  maybe a general thought about where I am right now in this family health situation; all the balancing and working with different family members and my own self. Part of me has been feeling like I'm the crazy person here with various "quirks" let's say, as well as my work with oracles, yet I have been receiving supportive and insightful feedback from others in the family. Where I see unraveling within myself, they see strength. I am surprised and grateful for that. So this card, The Fool, reminds me that I am who I am, different, as we all are, unique, and that is okay. It is not only okay, it is good.

The card itself: I noticed right away this card shows a white cat, not black. whereas all the other cards are of course black cats, except for one other card. The booklet that comes with the deck says, of The Fool, that the white cat "represents freedom..." and "...he knows the most profound wisdom means remaining humble before the mystery of creation." This is a good card -- The Fool always has been, for me -- but of course in any reading this card's meaning shifts in relation to surrounding cards.

Something made me buy this deck today, even without seeing the whole deck, but it seems it's just what I needed. I love the illustrations and the philosophy in the interpretations. I think I'll use this as my "carry" deck -- the one I always keep in my purse when I'm out and about. Seems appropriate given a cat's wandering ways!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Deck: Time to Move On

Doreen Virtue's Magical Mermaids and Dolphins oracle deck

This is the card I pulled today from Doreen Virtue's Magical Mermaids and Dolphins  oracle deck. Very poignant, given the changes in our lives at this time. Family moves and health issues, changes in routines -- and expectations -- bittersweet. Ultimately, and fortunately, it's for the positive, but it doesn't come without a strong emotional and psychological shift in our being, including my own, as well as a letting go of many things, both good and non-productive dramas.