New Schedule, New Challenges.

Blessings Darlings!

Things have changed a lot at work recently.  I had been in charge of a lunch contract – but the govt group this was for has been re-located onto a military base in another state.  Since I have always been rather a ‘utility outfielder’ at work, doing a lot of different things when I wasn’t doing the lunches, I’m now varying between dishtank and ‘pantry’ (that’s desserts/salads/prep).

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My 2020 Organizer/Calendar

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It’s that season again, time to buy next year’s calendars and organizers and all that.  I’ve not yet found one that will do the work of organizing my life for me, and as I’ve noted before – I’m where organization goes to die.  Nevertheless, I keep trying … Continue reading…

Re-taking The Hill. Again.

Blessings Darlings!

Dreams last night were frustrating but immensely informative. In them I took on every single task other folks gave me. Every . Single . One . Of . Them . I also had my repetitive dream of ‘driving a vehicle so big that I can’t see the street to steer and drive over other vehicles’. Time to re-assert … (Continue reading…)

Mercury Retrograde is Coming, and I Feel Fine.

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People in the Pagan/Witch groups I’m in have started their regular freaking out over the upcoming Mercury Retrograde. They have started praying that it’s smooth. Have I mentioned that ‘hopes and prayers’ put my teeth on edge?

So here’s a reminder that the Merc Retro is a (Continue reading…)

Basic Guide To Identifying Spirits

I have taught a class a few times which focuses on helping people learn to differentiate between several types of spirits they may be interacting with. The point of doing this is that what a ghost can or can’t do is different from what a fairy can or can’t do which is different again from what a third type of spirit might be capable of.

This is by no means a foolproof process but was intended to…

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Ritual For The Pleiades: The Way Opening

We are reaching the time of year for the acronychal rising of the Pleiades, when they are on the eastern horizon just after full dark, or roughly about 9pm for my latitude, This coincides with the general time of the autumn equinox and I personally choose to celebrate my ritual for it on the equinox. In my constructed mythology this  When the time of the Opening of the Way Between Worlds, when…

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Review – Carnival Row

There’s been a lot of buzz since last year about amazon’s series Carnival Row. The premise, as advertised, is a Victorian-esque world where fairies and humans live side by side with fairies mostly limited to a neighborhood called Carnival Row; a series of murders occurs which the main character is trying to solve. This is the summary of what we know going into the series, and obviously is the…

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The Bell Beaker Transition in Europe

Full Title: The Bell Beaker Transition in Europe – Mobility and Local Evolution During the 3rd Millennium BC.

Editors: Maria Pilar Prieto Martínez and Laure Salanova

Publisher: Oxbow Books

Review: This text brings together 17 articles that were initially presented in the 15th International Bell Beaker Conference “From Atlantic to Ural”. It was organized in May 2011 in Spain. The theme for the conference was “Could the circulation of objects or ideas and the mobility of artisans explain the unprecedented uniformity of the material culture observed throughout the whole of Europe?” Continue reading…

Playing the Hero

Full Title: Playing the Hero – Reading the Irish Saga Táin Bó Cúailnge

Author: Ann Dooley

Review: I have never been utterly confused by a book as much as I have been confused by this one. I don’t know if it is because the author like to complicate things, or it is the subject matter, or it is just above my pay grade. Continue reading…

Tracing the Indo-Europeans

Full Title: Tracing the Indo-Europeans – New Evidence from Archaeology and Historical Linguistics.

Edited by: Brigit Anette Olsen, Thomas Olander, and Kristian Kristiansen

Synopsis: Recent developments in aDNA has reshaped our understanding of later European prehistory, and at the same time also opened up for more fruitful collaborations between archaeologists and historical linguists. Continue reading…