Monthly Archives: September 2011

Shakespeare I’ve Seen


All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
 Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
 The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Twelfth Night
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
 The Two Noble Kinsmen 
The Winter’s Tale

King John
 Richard II
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, Part 1 
 Henry VI, Part 2
 Henry VI, Part 3
Richard III
Henry VIII

Romeo and Juliet
 Titus Andronicus 
 Timon of Athens 
Julius Caesar
Troilus and Cressida
King Lear
Antony and Cleopatra

Plays in bold I have not seen. Yet.

The Joy of Neighbors

Back in early August, our community got together for food and talk at a ‘Community Night Out’ event. The idea is that you get to know your neighbors, and are therefore more aware of what is going on and what is out of place. It was a lot of fun.

We ended up walking home with two other couple. We stopped in front of our house and ended up talking for 1/2 hour, just chatting (gardening ideas, mostly). Wine came up at some point, and we all agreed that we should get together for a wine tasting.

When J. & I moved in to this neighborhood, we made a commitment to get to know our neighbors. We didn’t want to just wave hands, we wanted to have meals together, borrow and lend cups of sugar, basically re-creating a mythical time that people used to live in before we were born. So I didn’t want to leave this sentiment in the ether, that weekend I contacted them via email and asked *when* we’d hold our wine tasting.

The first time we were all available was last Friday, the 9th. But my ankle was jacked up from Muay Thai the day before and I was *not* in a socializing mood, so we cancelled. In the week following, we had a couple of email attempts at rescheduling, but it never gelled.

Or so we thought.

Friday night is ‘date night’ which generally means that we watch TV, or do a jigsaw puzzle, and cook dinner together. Sometimes we go out, but mostly it’s a chance for us to spend time together that isn’t work-related or somesuch. So there we are in sweats, putting together a (fiendishly difficult) jigsaw puzzle, the kitchen in a mess, generally disorder all downstairs . . . when the doorbell rings.

It seems that everyone had decided that we were just going to do it a week later, and J. & I had missed that.

What to do? We laughed and said ‘give us 10 minutes and ignore us tidying and we’re on!’

We did, and they did, and we had a GREAT time. The wine tasting was really just an excuse to get together and drink. We learned a lot about our neighbors, and they about us, and the cheese and crackers went over great. Nothing fancy, far less structured than my original plan, and probably a lot better for the casualness.

This is turning into a real neighborhood.

Full Moon in Pisces, ritual notes

Just finished a lovely Ritual of Protection for an Unborn Child and her Mother.

One of our students is only 25 weeks and having contractions on and off again. She’s done the doctor thing, and asked if I could do something for her at our FMR. What emerged was an incredibly powerful rite in which Isis enfolded her and her child in Her arms. Each woman present gave some of her sterngth to the mother to help her carry her daughter to term.

This, tonight, is why I am a witch.

September Update at Facing North

For many of us, this has been the summer of wild and difficult weather. Once things have calmed down and you’re looking for some reading material, have a look at what we are recommending (and not!)

This month we’re offering:

Beyond the Book of Shadows   
Advanced Sex Magic
Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness
Trigger Point Therapy
The Four Powers: Magical Practice for Beginners of All Ages  
Sex Sin and Zen: A Buddhist exploration of sex from celibacy to polyamory and everything in between 
Aphrodite’s Magic: Celebrate and Heal Your Sexuality  
Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic; The Essential Ida Craddock 
Web of Light: Rites for Witches in the New Age

We also have an interview with the author of Walk Like A God, Drew Jacobs and a review of his latest book. Our community partner, The Wild Hunt recently had an interesting post about Drew and his plans. (As a bonus, it has an excellent picture of our very own Diana Rajchel!)

Finally, we have nine new reviews in our Tarot Deck and Book category!

The 72 Names Cards
AboraMana Channeled Goddess Wisdom Cards 
The Heart of Faerie Oracle 
Nature’s Wisdom Oracle 
Tarot in the Land of Mystereum 
The Journey Oracle and The Journey Coloring Book  
The Kingdom Within and the Alchemy of Tarot 
The Wizard’s Tarot 
Nature’s Wisdom Oracle 

How we spent our day

We drove to Puyallup (Pew AL up) and back. Me twice, John three times.

The result?

Meet the newest members of our family:

Kit, a 7 mo old brown tabby (doemstic shorthair); and

Rollo, a 4 mo old all black domestic shorthair.

They are rescues from the (awesome) Wolf Pack Animal Rescue. We don’t actually have them yet, as they are due to be neutered and microchipped. We’ll pick them up after we return from our holiday the last week of the month.

Which is good, because we need to kitty-proof the home, build a dog-inaccessible place for kitty litter to live, and lay in the basic supplies.

We went looking for a companion for Sasha, but came home with cats. I couldn’t help it, they came right up to me and started ‘talking’ to me. I think our household just got a bit more interesting.

The Saga of Finding a Dyer

Part of my plans for the wedding include re-purposing my original dress. The skirt is something like 4 yards of material, perfect for a simple dress, which is all I want nowadays. I thought I’d look good in a sapphire blue.

So, obviously, I needed to find a dyer (and a seamstress, but that was pretty easy) which is somewhat esoteric, but not outrageous. Right?

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Birthday Reading, 2010

What do I Need to Know for the Upcoming Year (2010-2011)?

Center: 4 of cups

Those who enjoy kayaking and other river sports know that there are areas of the river where the water flows in a dangerous circular motion. Instead of moving forward, it turns back on itself. In the same way, we can get stuck in emotional hydraulics. The Four of Cups represents such periods of self-absorption.

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Birthday Reflections, 2011

Each year I like to look back over the previous year, and then set goals for the coming year. Many people do this on Jan 1st; I prefer to do it on my birthday. I often refine the accomplishments and goals until my new year, Samhain, but the bulk of the work is done on or around my birthday. I also like to do a tarot reading (and other’s readings of me are ALWAYS welcomed).

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