Do I want to live forever?

I have fallen behind a bit on the topics for the Post-A-Day challenge so I am going to do some catching up by posting on topic #29.

Do I want to live forever.

When I was a child I desperately wanted to live forever. I think most kids did. It was one of those fantasy things.

Today my thoughts have changed quite a bit. I now believe that once I pass beyond the veil in death that I will eventually come back to live again through reincarnation. This, in a way, is living forever. One of the biggest draw back from actually living forever is that everyone you care about will pass beyond and leave you. Yea you will make new friends and lovers but they too will pass beyond and leave you to move in an endless cycle. Oh sure it would be interesting to experience the advances, turmoil, wars, times of peace, and other things, I don’t believe that would make the endless cycle of loss easier.

Today we are infatuated with the concept of eternal life in the form of vampires in such movies as the Twilight Saga and TV shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries. Yes they live ‘forever’ but they must also suffer with living forever.

For me I look forward to seeing The Summerland, to enjoy a rest before returning and living again.  That being said I expect to live well into my 90’s.  Gods willing.

Blessed Be.

Michael

Funniest People in the World

Today’s topic on the PostADay challenge is to name 3 of the funniest people in the world.

For me it is quite easy  for me to list who I think are the funniest people.

My number one is Mr. Robin Williams.  Ever since I saw him in Mork and Mindy I have thought of him as the funniest person on the planet.  He is so wonderful in how he can turn any interview into a stand up routine that can have the host unsure where to go next.  Every time I see that he is going to be on late night shows like the Late Show with David Letterman I make it a point to watch so I can see what he is going to do because I know it is going to be a riot.

My number two would have to be Jeff Dunham and his ‘friends’.  The first time I saw his show on DVD I laughed so hard at Walter that my sides hurt for two days.  He is a master at what he does and there are time when Jeff fades into the background and all you see is the puppet.  What is really funny is when he make fun of himself with one of the characters.  Walter is the best at this.

My number three is a person I have enjoyed since I was little.  Bill Cosby.  My dad used to listen to records of him so much that I used to have his routines memorized.  Now I have the albums.  He is old style humor.  Not vulgar or adult.  He is family humor.  “Ding…NOAH!”  (if you don’t get it listen to his shows)

Endless laughter to you.

Michael

IMBOLC – February 2nd

IMBOLC – What is it?
Imbolc, also spelt Imbolg and Oimelc, is the second of February. It is also known as St Brigid’s Day. The festival was originally an Irish festival marking the beginning of Spring. It is one of the four cross-quarter days on the calendar, the others being Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. Imbolc is an old Irish word for “ewe’s milk” or “in the belly”. It is a time of rebirth and fertility.

In the 20th century it returned as a religious festival in the pagan communities and is associated with the Goddess Brigid. Imbolc is also known as a “fire festival”. Fires are extinguished in the hearths and then relit and candles are placed in each room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun. Besoms are placed by the front door to symbolize the “sweeping” out the old to make room for the new.
Even though in some places there will still be snow on the ground and frigid temperatures, in other places flowers are starting their return from the winter hibernation. Look for these first signs of Spring.

Rituals
Rituals during this time can be dedicated to the Goddess Brigid. Celebrations of fertility and rebirth can also be done during this time. Purification and new beginnings are topic for rituals during this time. I have a wonderful ritual that I will be posting later as an example. There are quite a few rituals that can be found in books as well on the internet. Imbolc Rite and Rituals has wonderful examples of rituals for Imbolc.

Correspondences
Colors for this Sabbat are traditionally Red and White.
Incense for Imbolc. This wonderful recipe is taken from The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews.

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Dragon’s Blood
½ part Red Sandalwood
1 part Cinnamon
A few drops of Red Wine

To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dry it first) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc. Burn during rituals on Imbolc, or simply to attune with the symbolic rebirth of the Sun, fading of the Winter and the promise of Spring.

Herbs for this Sabbat are many. Angelica, Basil, Bay, Benzoin, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Red Clover, Crocus, Copal, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, Heather, Jasmine, Myrrh, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Oak, Primrose, Rosemary, Strawberry, Snowdrops, Willow.

Crafts and things to do.
Burn the Yule greens to send Winter away.
Make a Brigid Corn Doll
Make a Brigid’s Bed
Make a Brigid’s Cross
Make a Brigid’s Crown

Celebrate this wonderful time of the year.

Blessed Be!

Thanks to Patti Wigington for some great information.

Putting it off? Why?

Another interesting topic.

What’s the most important thing you’re putting off? And why haven’t you done it yet? What do you need to make it happen?

There are a few things that I am putting off.  A couple of them are important but most are just things that I need to do but haven’t.

The biggest thing that I am putting off is replacing the hot water heater.  It isn’t because of procrastination; it is because I am working on getting the finances together.

I do have a slight problem with procrastination.  I think about doing something and either I just never do it or I get doing other things and it falls away.

Another thing that I have been putting off that is important is getting the books finished for our business so that we can file out taxes on-time this year.  I just let it slide and it has built up.  I am now working on it.

A bunch of things that our on my to do list pertain to my spiritual path.  I have ‘homework’ that I need to finish from my studies.  I am finally working on my White Robe for Full Moon rituals and some Sabbats.  I need to work on my Book of Shadows entries, that has fallen way behind.  I have so many things that I need to put in to it.

I think that about covers it.

Blessings.

First topic in PostADay2011 Redux

Since I am coming into this late I have decided to take a past topic since I don’t have anything for the one for today. The topic is:

List three countries you’d like to visit, and why you want to go.

First is England.  Now I have been there already, twice infact.  I want to go back.  I like London but I would like to see other places too.

 

Second would be Greece.  I want to see the ancient places.  I want to experience the ancient places.  I want to walk in the paths of the ancient Greece peoples.  I would love to see the temples to the Gods and feel their influence.

 

Third is definately Egypt.  Specifically Alexandria and the pyramid complexes.  For all the same reasons mentions for Greece.

 

Neat thing is that I have booked a cruise to the last two for 2012.

 

Blessings,

Cainwyne