erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
Had a really good day today. I've sold all of the copies of my poetry book except one, and many copies of both of my other books. Talked to a lot of the folks I've been wanting to be in contact with, and have plans to get in touch with many others. There have been hallway conversations, a discussion of CR with a gal who lived in Ireland for a year and who was wondering how all the texts and folkloric material might be practically applied, attended a Manannán ritual with one of the Druidic groups in attendance (where I met the woman who lived in Ireland), hung out with the ADF folks, and participated as a ritualist in the Ekklesía Antínoou Lupercalia ritual. Much more was said and done than I can really quite describe, but I've been having a fantastic time.

I talked to Chris Penczak briefly in the Temple of Witchcraft hospitality suite. When I have more information about actual dates I'll be in New England, we might be able to arrange for me to do a workshop on ogam for his people, pending his talking to the board of directors. He's based in New Hampshire, and it would only be a couple of hours from Springfield while I was out there. That would give me an opportunity to get a little gas money for the rest of the trip, and maybe sell some books. No promises, but I suspect there's a good chance I can pull that together.

Tomorrow's a busy day. I have the Immanion authors panel at 1:30 in the Silicon Valley room, 5pm in the ADF suite I have the informal photo show & tell about the Ireland & Isle of Man pilgrimage, and at 11pm the spirit work and PTSD joint session with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb will be happening in Carmel/Monterey. I suspect that one will be pretty well attended.

Sadly, my day starts rather earlier than I would like. There's a pre-ritual meeting in our room early in the day, so the alarm goes off at 9am. I don't see things I'm likely to be very conscious for at the 11am session, so I will probably be dealing with something vaguely resembling breakfast at that hour.

After the Lupercalia ritual, I got a chance to meet an African Raven, brought to the festival by Our Thracian Colleague. He is a beautiful bird and I got a chance to hold him and talk to him a bit and ruffle his feathers. He's got unusual coloring for a raven, in that he has some grey feathers and his eyes, rather than having gone to black, are a dark grey-amber color. He's really amazing and I'm going to see if I can take a few photos of him tomorrow if I run into Andrew during the day. That was really quite a treat!

And now, given that it is going on 2am, I'm goingt to check a couple of other websites and then head up to find myself a little snooze.

Imbolc

Feb. 3rd, 2013 12:20 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Lá Fhéil Bride)
We did have a small Imbolc ritual this evening. There was fire, and there was water, and there was some harp music and some meditation. I made [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor some gluten-free lavender scones. They were a bit dry, but tasted just fine. Butter of course will help them a lot.

After the ritual, I took her over to the grocery store before I took her home. I picked up a lovely pre-cooked crab for under $4.50, which was quite a steal. I'll do something interesting with it tomorrow. Tonight I'm going to poke around in a few cookbooks to see what kind of ideas I can come up with.

I'm still dealing with the mild migraine and queasiness, which is not making me happy at all.

It took me a while to figure out the scanner function on the new printer, but I got things together enough to deal with the Geilt article that I posted earlier this evening.

While I was hanging out for a bit on twitter, I talked to a friend in St Louis and, since I'm going to be passing through there anyway (and meeting one of my other friends there), I will be seeing her, as well. Depending on when I arrive there, I may or may not ask to stay for the night. Mom is about four hours from there, from what she says, so if I get in fairly late, I'm not going to want to drive in the middle of the night. I have been promised home-made moussaka. This makes me happy.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Wilde Sin)
I was walking home from the Safeway tonight when some dickwad came zipping into the parking lot of the apartments next to mine. He came up behind me while it was raining, so I didn't even hear him approach, and came within about 18 inches of me without even slowing down as I was walking across the driveway entrance. I was too stunned to do anything but gape as he just kept right on going. I have no idea if he even saw me, but I was under a fucking streetlight and on the sidewalk. Needless to say, I'm a little peeved, but okay.

That said, I set up my altar for a small Foundation Day ritual for Antinous.

Foundation Day altar

Earlier today I also posted the text with some source notes for my Samhain ritual up on the Searching for Imbas blog.

I had a headache today, so I didn't go down to the AFK as I'd hoped. It was easier to stay home for the evening. Next Tuesday will be the first Tuesday social at Picadilly Circus over in Snohomish and I do intend to make that one.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Oiche Shamhna)
Things got done well and in time, with folks showing up about when they were supposed to. Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson wasn't able to come today, but [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was feeling well enough to come and attend most of it. She had to beg out of parts of the ritual due to her health not being up to it, but she did stay for a while afterwards for talking and snuggles.

The food was really fantastic (if I do say so myself) - roast chicken that turned out with beautifully crispy skin, gravy, roasted parsnips with herbed feta, steamed green beans, goat cheese brie, gluten-free cornbread, marinated and sauteed portabella mushrooms, rosemary bread, a cabernet-sauvignon and a chianti, and for dessert, baked pears with cinnamon and ginger, with fresh whipped cream with cinnamon. Tea included some really nice pumpkin-spice creme liqueur that was actually very tasty, brought along by Gary and Melody.

We lit a fire, had candles for the ancestors, and carved turnips into little lanterns. Folks enjoyed the ritual, and really loved the food. I was happy to be able to provide, and I have a good bit of really nice chicken for later, and can make chicken stock from the bones. It was well worth the time and effort that I put into planning and cooking. For those interested, the ritual text is below the cut.

If you're interested in the ritual, it's here. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
[livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm came over today. I took her out to Emory's for dinner, then we came back and had some tea and went through a bunch of my post-Ireland photos. She'd been in Ireland with me, so we didn't really need to look at those. We talked for quite a while as we looked, then I hauled her off back to Seattle, with a stop at the grocery store on the way.

I picked up food for tomorrow's feast. When I got home I did a lot of the prep work. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's cornbread was made. I put the mushrooms in to marinate, cut up the parsnips and prepped the green beans. Tomorrow it'll be roasting the chicken and the parsnips, cook the other veggies, make some gravy, bake the pears, make the whipped cream - though the whipped cream part we can put off until just before we actually serve dessert.

For further ritual prep, I need to move some furniture and sweep the floors and such. Lots of dishes were done tonight, and I can put the clean ones away when I get up before I start with the cooking. I also need to remember to print out the ritual script. I haven't heard from [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor whether she's going to make it tomorrow. I'm sort of assuming not at this point, having not heard from her, but I'll hope she's feeling well enough anyway.

I'll probably want to be up by 12:30 tomorrow to make sure I have things ready when folks arrive about 4pm.

Blessed Samhain, everyone.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
I got a number of things done this morning before leaving for my VA appointment. Sorted through some of the piles of paper on my desk and recycled things, took out recycling, got and sorted through the three boxes of my stuff I sent home from Italy. I pulled some of the books I'll need for the ogam presentation off the shelves and put them on the desk where I can work with them. Ordered a few copies of Circle of Stones and will be taking a couple down to Edge to sell to Robert there when they arrive.

My session with Tracy was pretty good today. I'm really tired but I absolutely expected that. After the VA, I went over to Elliott Bay Cafe and had a little snack. While waiting to meet [livejournal.com profile] meddevi, I worked out the outline for the Esoteric Book Conference presentation, with a rough estimate of about how many images I'm going to need for the graphics portion of the program. I need to send something off to Jeff, and I also need to remember to email the EBC people and make sure that I asked for tech assist with a projector and whatnot.

Once we were done chatting, I went and grabbed a little dinner, then wandered down to Edge, where I talked with Robert briefly and ran into [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. I'd forgotten that Irish class was tonight. I had another errand to run (picking up more green dye, as I'm almost out), then came back to go to the last part of the class. While at Edge, I picked up the two volumes of Geosophia by Jake Stratton-Kent, which explores the possible Greek origins of the European Grimoire tradition. Looks like some fascinating stuff.

After class, I drove [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson to Mill Creek, where he could catch the bus home - it was about ten minutes behind us, so he wouldn't have to wait long. [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm emailed me (I'd been meaning to email her this evening) about getting together soon so she can get the stuff she carried back from Ireland for me into my hands. It includes a very nice book of Irish verb paradigms that will be really useful for the Irish class, along with water from the two Kildare Brigid's wells, among other things.

The ritual of the lotus was completed this evening when I got home. Tomorrow is my flamekeeping shift, and I'll try to spend some time fleshing out the EBC presentation outline and defining exactly which images I'm going to need and how to source them.

Tired Erynn is about to crawl off to bed. Busy day tomorrow, but one spent here at home.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Some back and forth with Storm at Immanion and one issue was resolved. Got some suggestions about possible avenues for publicity for the poetry collection, and hooked up the Immanion publicity person with the Hiraeth publicity person in hopes that they might coordinate something of mutual benefit to both presses in cooperating on publicity for Fireflies.

Did some research for the EBC presentation and have some tabs open on my browser. Went to hang out with a few folks at the AFK this evening for a couple of hours and showed people some photos.

When I got home I did the Lion Hunt ritual and will be putting the candles out in a little while to crawl into bed. Tomorrow is shrinkage and the Lotus ritual. Thursday is my flamekeeping shift.

A fannish reference for [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht:

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erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull)
Today I got out and got the AAA batteries I needed, and a memory chip for the camera. Papers that needed to be signed were signed, then turned into a PDF and sent off to the appropriate parties. 10 copies of my Brigid & Sarasvati packet were printed for Eight Winds, and someone else asked for the files so he could make more, as he was sure that 10 weren't going to be enough. I sent the files to him. He'll bring more copies with him to the festival.

The Airmed ritual was expanded with more direction about what's actually happening in it, and I sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah. Everything else seems about as complete as I can make it without attempting to script the rituals, which just doesn't really seem appropriate for the ones in question. I need to email [livejournal.com profile] vyviane again about the herbs specifically for the Airmed ritual so that we're on the same page about that. She's been really busy trying to fill the last couple of slots - we had one person have to cancel, and he's wanting to get something back from it, so he's offering his space for a reduced rate. If you're interested, contact [livejournal.com profile] vyviane or let me know and I'll pass the word along.

I put together the visual aids (ogam letter graphics) for each of the writing exercises and meditations we'll be doing for the pilgrimage, and printed them out. I printed out the revised personal itinerary with the updated contact information for everyone that I have so far. I still need to get my sib's phone number and actual street address in Italy for the contact information file. The only address I have for him right now is an APO, which isn't much use if someone needs to know where I actually am staying.

I transferred a bunch of pilgrimage files over onto my iPad, where I have a program I can actually use to open .docx files, though formatting (in terms of fonts like the ogam font) isn't necessarily highly functional. I'm not sure how to transfer fonts into the program, nor have I been able to figure it out via the manual or the help website. It's not critical, but that's why I've made the ogam letter graphics files and printed them out.

I made some black eyed peas and gluten-free cornbread today. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor should be here shortly, after having hauled as much of her stuff as she could today. She had a couple of people to help, but not enough to get everything done in one day. I've just been too crazy busy to be able to help.

Tomorrow, more prep for Eight Winds. I have to start packing my clothes and any books and whatnot I want to take for others to have a look at, and I have to make sure that I have all the camping stuff I need. I'm pretty sure I do, but it wouldn't hurt to go through the list again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull)
Today I got out and got the AAA batteries I needed, and a memory chip for the camera. Papers that needed to be signed were signed, then turned into a PDF and sent off to the appropriate parties. 10 copies of my Brigid & Sarasvati packet were printed for Eight Winds, and someone else asked for the files so he could make more, as he was sure that 10 weren't going to be enough. I sent the files to him. He'll bring more copies with him to the festival.

The Airmed ritual was expanded with more direction about what's actually happening in it, and I sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah. Everything else seems about as complete as I can make it without attempting to script the rituals, which just doesn't really seem appropriate for the ones in question. I need to email [livejournal.com profile] vyviane again about the herbs specifically for the Airmed ritual so that we're on the same page about that. She's been really busy trying to fill the last couple of slots - we had one person have to cancel, and he's wanting to get something back from it, so he's offering his space for a reduced rate. If you're interested, contact [livejournal.com profile] vyviane or let me know and I'll pass the word along.

I put together the visual aids (ogam letter graphics) for each of the writing exercises and meditations we'll be doing for the pilgrimage, and printed them out. I printed out the revised personal itinerary with the updated contact information for everyone that I have so far. I still need to get my sib's phone number and actual street address in Italy for the contact information file. The only address I have for him right now is an APO, which isn't much use if someone needs to know where I actually am staying.

I transferred a bunch of pilgrimage files over onto my iPad, where I have a program I can actually use to open .docx files, though formatting (in terms of fonts like the ogam font) isn't necessarily highly functional. I'm not sure how to transfer fonts into the program, nor have I been able to figure it out via the manual or the help website. It's not critical, but that's why I've made the ogam letter graphics files and printed them out.

I made some black eyed peas and gluten-free cornbread today. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor should be here shortly, after having hauled as much of her stuff as she could today. She had a couple of people to help, but not enough to get everything done in one day. I've just been too crazy busy to be able to help.

Tomorrow, more prep for Eight Winds. I have to start packing my clothes and any books and whatnot I want to take for others to have a look at, and I have to make sure that I have all the camping stuff I need. I'm pretty sure I do, but it wouldn't hurt to go through the list again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Yet more things done today - I finished writing the closing ritual for the pilgrimage, revised the opening ritual, and dealt with a critical bit of personal paperwork that I need to go have witnessed and probably notarized tomorrow. I haven't heard anything back from the folks at Eight Winds, but I have a few days before I would really need to be concerned and, to be honest, if it comes right down to it I can buy stuff at a grocery store nearby and have somebody with a cooler store it for me. Not the end of the world if I don't have a menu for the food plan before I leave.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht was talking about possibly getting together with me after July 4th but before I leave for Ireland, which would be nice. I gather he's going down to the King Tut exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. I'd love to go but I just don't have time right now. It'll be here until next year and right now I have other priorities.

Exhaustion is really starting to catch up with me. I haven't slept well for quite some time, probably at least in large part due to stress from all the "you must be an adult" I've been doing of late. Sleep is for the weak anyway, right?

In addition to dealing with paperwork tomorrow, I have to remember to get AAA batteries for my headlamp and an extra memory chip for the camera. I also have to expand upon the Airmed rituals and look over the incubation rituals again and expand them a little, as they are really primarily outlines at the moment. Not that I intend to script everything, but that it needs at least a little stage direction and whatnot.

I feel like I'm forgetting something. Y'all tell me if you know what it is, eh?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (egret strutting)
I went down to the VA very early (left the house by 11am) because I wasn't sure how long anything was going to take there. First thing, I went to the pharmacist at the outpatient mental health clinic to see about getting the scrip for my tramadol renewed. He said he'd send off the request to the women's clinic, so that was okay. I explained how things had been going there and he said it wouldn't hurt to check in at the desk there and make sure everything was taken care of and that somebody would see and approve the scrip renewal. That took maybe ten minutes, so very smooth.

After that I stopped up at radiology and had my foot x-rayed. That, also, was considerably faster than I'd expected. I think I maybe waited five minutes before I was called, and the x-rays themselves were also done very quickly.

Given the time, I went and grabbed some lunch at the cafeteria, sat in the back courtyard and read for a bit afterwards, then went and checked in for my 3pm with Tracy, because while I was enjoying the warmth, it was very sunny and I didn't want to get a burn before I headed to California. Tracy had time early, so I got in a little after 2pm, and was out of there slightly after 3. I stopped at the Women's Clinic to check in about the tramadol scrip and add [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor as a local emergency medical contact for me, which didn't take long. That meant that I got through the travel office and was up on the Hill at Travelers before 4.

Mom called while I was having chai, and we talked for a few minutes. I ran into Dana there, and we hung out and talked for a bit. It was her first Seattleversary -- she'd moved to Seattle a year ago. She was kittysitting for [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn (who is on a cruise in the Mediterranean right now) and we wandered over to his place for a few to pet the kitties. They are very cute and entirely adorable.

When I got done there, I headed back up to Travelers, getting a text from [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor as I was walking up there, so we met and hung out there for a bit. We talked a little and I told her I was feeling a little guilty about not being able to help, given that she's packing and going to be moving up to Marysville this weekend. (If you're local and you might be able to help her, please send her a note asking for details. She could use a couple of able bodies and vehicles if you are available.) She was feeling a little wobbly after having spent too much of the day dealing with bad car stuff, so I made her walk over to the QFC with me so she could get something to eat, then we went over to Edge for a bit. She had Irish class and I just didn't have the time to deal with it tonight, so I left her there and headed on home.

When I got home, I finally got around to dealing with a seatbelt issue that was kind of annoying. While I'm not exactly short, the seat belt is sized for someone either rounder or taller than me, so the edge of it often sits right above my collarbone and is really irritating for long drives. I hauled my awl out there and stitched the two parts of the belt together so that they'd sit in the appropriate place for my body. It's only taken me 10 years to get around to it... I also went and slapped some duct tape over the place where the iPod connection is wired into the dash so that the cord doesn't keep slipping down and interfering with my foot on the gas pedal. It was never actively dangerous, just slightly annoying, but that makes two annoying car issues I dealt with today, so go me!

Email was sent off to [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb about upcoming Eight Winds stuff. I was asking about the food plan and what was on their menu so that I had some idea of what food I would have to get to fend for myself at meals where there wasn't anything I could really eat. (Breakfast is a very usual culprit there for me, given my egg allergy and my problems with bacon and some sausages causing migraines.) I don't want to buy anything I'm not going to actually need. I know they usually have half & half, which I take in my tea in the morning, so I won't worry about that.

Just as promised, Written River came out today, featuring three of my poems! You can read it online at the link. It's absolutely gorgeous, so please have a look!

Finally, I spent time and outlined the closing ritual for the pilgrimage. I spent time going over my notes and the opening ritual, which I want to echo in some ways, to give a sense of having come full circle on our journey. I got some useful input on the other rituals from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and sent off a note to the email list with a note about the Airmed ritual so that folks will have a heads up that personal work can be a part of that ritual if they want. She was right that people might want to have some notice, so they can give it thought before we get into the ritual itself. I gave them a rough idea of our timeframe for the ritual and for that portion of it.

All in all, it was a really busy day for me and, though I would have liked to do Irish class tonight, I really did need to be here dealing with my prep for my trips.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (fern spirals)
I went over to the drug store today to get TSA compliant containers for things like my green hair dye, which comes in a 4oz bottle, when they only allow 3oz, apparently. Bloody inconvenient fuckers, all of them. I got one of the proper-sized zip bags and have been stuffing it with things like toothpaste, tiger balm, hair dye, and other suchlike things that I'll need to carry with me. The hair dye really is the most important thing, because it will wash out over the course of a week or so, and trying to find a place to buy it wherever I happen to be would really not work too well. Dublin, maybe, but not most of the other places I'll be. Anyway, hair dye.

While I was walking to the store, I saw the first blackberry blossoms of the year. I stopped at a restaurant along the way for a late lunch and watched outriggers practicing their racing form. On the way back, I saw a dead mallard hen in the grass beside the road -- it had been there for several days, probably struck by a car, and someone had covered it with flowers.

I sent some stuff off as promised to [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and stared at the closing ritual file without actually getting anything but cogitating done. Sadly, sometimes that's how these things go.

I did ritual that I'd been intending for some time to do, and had some success with it, though I'll need a while to process the results. I scribbled a couple of pages of notes, which was helpful. The ogams I drew for ritual results were Beith, Tinne, and Coll, so I figured things were going pretty well where that was concerned. This wasn't "was the ritual okay" but "what kind of results should I expect," and those are really good things to be expecting.

Because of all the writing and typing I've been doing lately, I've had episodes of fingers on my left hand going numb. I had to take my ring off because it was putting too much pressure on my finger. It's doing a bit better now, but I'm still having some trouble. I hope it'll be all right again soon, but that will require actually not typing and probably not using my left hand much at all, for that matter. The drive to California is going to put stress on my hands, but at least I won't be on a keyboard all day.

I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll have somewhat better focus and might be able to put together at least an outline for the closing ritual. Having a lot of pain in my hands is distracting at best.

Wednesday: shrinkage. Maybe Irish class if I'm feeling up to it. At this point I'm just not sure. I have to start arranging my packing for California and digging out some of the stuff I need from the garage, like my camp stove and camp chairs and whatnot.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Today's major project was meeting up online with Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, which was about a three hour conference chat as we worked out when and how things were happening. It was a good thing we did this, because I'd accidentally been left out of the loop for a change/shift in the schedule that left me going into a panic until they said that they'd take care of that day and we're just shifting two days of stuff from the schedule I'd been given into one day. It'll make for a rather more full day than I'd quite anticipated, with two different sets of readings/writing exercises, but I think I can live with that. I will probably want/need a down day by that point in the pilgrimage anyway, so it all worked out okay.

I did the outline for the incubation rituals today and shared that, and all the other outlines/exercises/rituals with them that I'd done so far. They've approved everything with only a couple of logistical changes that are perfectly okay by me. The last thing I have to do is write up the closing ritual; for the extra day/theme bit that we're doing, I can write up a quick ogam meditation to go with that so they can use it in more or less the same pattern I was using for the other days and places. They said they'd get back to me on that.

This basically means I have the opening ritual, all of my days of meditations and writing exercises, the incubation and dream incubation rituals, and the Airmed ritual pretty much finished, so only the closing rite needs to be really worried about now. Everything else is fine-tuning and expansion, and a lot of it can just be done from an outline rather than being something strictly scripted. The opening and closing rituals are more along the lines of "needs a script" while the others are just a series of events where everyone participates and contributes to the making of the ritual as it is happening. I still need to send stuff off to [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm for her to look over. I'll try to remember that tomorrow while I'm working on the closing ritual.

I think I'm a little better at dealing with sudden (to me) changes when I'm actually in a place where we're right there and things have changed and we just have to get on with it, than with something where I accidentally got left out of the loop. Mostly it was a function of the fact that I don't actually read Facebook, and some of the things were discussed there and not actually on the pilgrimage list.

In other news, over on the Aedicula Antinoi blog, there was a post about the hero-feast of Suibhne Geilt, and my work in the Disability and Religious Diversity anthology was mentioned pretty prominently. I was really pleased by this. I didn't do a ritual for it today, but working on the pilgrimage was a lot of what has been necessary, and I suspect a panic attack was a suitable event for a day dedicated to a poet-madman. ;)

Also today I got an email from Hiraeth Press with the proof of the upcoming issue of Written River, featuring three of my poems as a preview of Fireflies at Absolute Zero, due out this fall. This is due for release on the 20th of June, with a publication date for the hard copy of the magazine due next week, so I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything, so if you want a paper copy you can actually get one. I'll be getting at least one myself.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht sent me an essay he did on syncretisms of Minerva, which he'd mentioned yesterday when I saw him. It concerns some possible syncretisms with Brigid, and a mention of a Sulis perpetual flame that I hadn't heard about before, so I'm going to be looking those bits up when I have time and bandwidth, and possibly adding mention of them to my Queering the Flame essay for the Queer Magic anthology. He says that should be ready by end of the year-ish, if all goes well. It'll be nice to have that done. I'm very much looking forward to having that material available, as I think it's important. I read the essay and found it informative, as his work always tends to be. Some good and useful stuff there and I'll have to dig a little more deeply into it when I get home.

I spent time in #writechat today, and also did a load of laundry. I managed to have the wherewithal to do a little bit of soup from duck broth I had in the freezer, French green lentils, cashew pieces, dried salal berries, a little bit of fenugreek seed, and some sambar powder. I topped it with a couple of small scoops of yogurt and it was really very good. I was quite pleased.

Overall, a pretty good day (except for the panic attack part) and I got a ton of stuff done.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Airmed)
Today's task was doing research and work on outlining the Airmed ritual for our visit to Heapstown Cairn. I reviewed several texts and looked at different websites where people talk about their particular takes on her, including a couple of rituals to/for her from different groups. So much hating on Dian Cécht over the whole thing, but it helps to remember that the incident with Miach replacing Nuadha's hand in the text of Second Battle of Mag Tuired occurs before the battle, and before Dian Cécht, Miach, Airmed and Octriuil are chanting around the Well of Sláine. Miach, though a surgeon, is a plant-god from whom all the healing herbs grow and so rises anew on a pretty frequent basis if one looks at it properly.

All the healing herbs of Ireland were brought to Lus Mag (the Plain of Herbs) by Dian Cécht and put into the Well of Sláine, so presumably they came from Miach's cairn and needed to be taken from there before the healing work could even begin. Time in myths is not nearly so linear, and deities die and reappear alive without any referent to actual human lifespans and life cycles. Is it so hard to believe that the story of Dian Cécht's "jealousy" might really be a setup for the creation of needed healing materials that could later be used by all of them? Or that it was unreasonable for Dian Cécht to keep the secrets of healing all ills from humans by scattering the herbs on Airmed's cloak? She, after all, did keep the secrets of these herbs. Though the text of the story says "the Holy Spirit" knows them, we can be certain it was Airmed -- who sorted through them in the first place -- who knows what they do.

Anyway, research was done and an outline produced and sent off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane. I also spent a few minutes doing a drabble for the weekly fic challenge in one of the communities I read, which was fun.

Tomorrow is a trip down to Seattle to do some clothes shopping for the pilgrimage with [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm, and to meet for a bit with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and [livejournal.com profile] neo_lux. If I have any spoons when I get home, I'll probably work on the incubation rituals. [livejournal.com profile] vyviane tells me we are way ahead of schedule, which helps slightly, but so much of my stuff really kind of has to be done before I leave. I'm glad her end of things is working so very smoothly! It gives me hope for the rest of the pilgrimage as well.

Sunday I'm doing a Skype chat with Jhenah to discuss ritual and other stuff. Things are proceeding apace.
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From Leon and Allen:


Dear Fellow Travelers,

MEETING ON THE FUTURE OF TRAVELERS

Monday June 11, 2012, 7 pm at TRAVELERS – 501 East Pine St.

News has been trickling in that our shop on Capitol Hill has been leased out from under us. Posts are appearing on Gamma Ray Games’ Facebook page, and on the Capitol Hill Blog, that they will be opening in our current space in mid-August. Naturally, I have heard nothing of this from our Landlord yet, but I have little doubt it is true. It looks as if this is the last month for TRAVELERS at 501 East Pine. The question is:

WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?

We are calling a meeting, on Monday at 7pm, of the TRAVELERS “family” (you know who you are), all those who love us and want to help TRAVELERS get through the current crisis and go forward. We need volunteers, especially if you can work at least one four-hour shift, one day a week, over the next month. We need to make some money. There are lots of things to do: production, cleaning, kitchen and counter service. We’ll also need help getting everything out of the space, moving it somewhere, cleaning up.

If we only have one month, let’s make it a great month! I’d love to see all the friends, fans and devotees we’ve accumulated over the years stop by. I hope our past employees will come by too, to reminisce about some of the great things that have gone on within these walls. And spend some money while you’re here! We have lots of bills to pay, and we still have lots of amazing things. We may schedule some last event or two, as well, before we bid adieu, so stay tuned… this isn’t over yet.

THANK YOU!

When I think of all the great things we have done in out 14½ years here, I know we have lots to be proud of. TRAVELERS has been a wonderful place, full of wonderful things. But most important it has been filled with wonderful people. It seemed for years that all roads led to TRAVELERS. We’ve had visits by great spiritual leaders, amazing concerts and performances, brilliant lectures, workshops, art exhibits, and even fashion shows. My mind boggles at all the awesome people it has been our honor and our great pleasure to host. And we have had the opportunity to show our own art, to do public rituals, to cook for you. We never made much money, but in all other ways it has been a huge success. Thank you for being a part of all this and for your support over the years.

Om Namah Shivaya!

Allen and Leon

TRAVELERS TEA CO. – 501 E. PINE STREET – (206) 329-6260 (at least for now)

TRAVELERS THALI HOUSE – 2524 BEACON AVE. S. – (206) 329-1465


This evening I did an IRC chat with the Sisterhood of Avalon folks. It was so much better this time, being able to actually have the tech work properly. There were, at the time when the most people were in, about 20 people there, and some really excellent questions were asked, with good discussion had. I hope that someone has a transcript - if they do I'll see about sharing it, though I can't promise I'll be able to, given this was a SoA chat. I had a really lovely time and it was a great group of women in attendance. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane for organizing this, particularly at such short notice.

I got email from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm about the pilgrimage and sent her the more detailed itinerary and some of the info I've been collecting about the places, book recommendations, and whatnot that I've been sharing with the pilgrimage list, and she decided she's going to be coming with us. Time has suddenly opened up in her schedule so that she can do this and I'm so very excited to be able to travel with her! It'll be great to have someone from home along with me for that part of the trip. I'm delighted to have a couple of my very favorite people (her and [livejournal.com profile] ogam) coming along!

Once I got all that stuff settled, I finally write a draft of the opening ritual at the older Brigid's well, involving water, fire, and our meditations with ogam and the three cauldrons. I've sent the draft off to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah for their approval or edits. We shall see what they have to say.

If I'm sufficiently together tomorrow, I'm going to see about taking Garuda for his oil change, and getting a haircut. I hate how it's all down in my eyes now. It's very very annoying. And Garuda needs the oil change before I head for California.
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Today I spent some time reading more of Mandragora, and I'm about three-quarters of the way through it now. Most of what I've read has been really good stuff. Ruby Sara's a very good anthologist and she's got an excellent eye for what to collect here. As always, a few things aren't quite to my taste, but poetry really is often so very personal.

Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule had an essay in the book that was, in part, a discussion of his Orpheus ritual, performed at last year's Esoteric Book Conference, in which he made the ritual sound a lot better than my experience of it, but I don't find that terribly surprising. His experience of creating and performing it was going to be vastly different than my experience of it, and my experience was quite different than that of many of the others who attended. I wasn't terribly impressed, but his essay was fairly interesting, at least.

This evening I went off to dinner at Clay Pit and met [livejournal.com profile] paganpaul and his local sweetie. They really enjoyed the food (I was pleased that I found a place they liked), and we had a great conversation. A lot of our talk centered on writing and just being a writer; he'd received his first royalty check from Amazon in the mail just before he got on the plane to come to the US and had it with him. I remember being so thrilled the first time I got a royalty check. It really is something of a writer's initiation. There's a feeling of having passed through a significant ritual when it arrives, a sense of finally achieving a level of "reality" as a writer beyond just "yes, I write." It's a recognition from some other source that one's work is worthy.

Having that outside perspective is something special, I think. I was delighted for him. We had a great time at dinner and afterwards.

After dinner, we came back to my place for tea and further conversation. They stayed until a little after 9pm, and then I lit up the Brigid altar for my flamekeeping shift. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got back from her band practice a while later. I've been feeling fairly crappy most of the evening, what with cramps and such. I really wish my body would cooperate better. I'm sitting here with a heating pad wishing I could have a full-body transplant. Girlparts suck.

I'm hoping I'll feel well enough to make it down to Seattle tomorrow for Irish class and to pick up Geordie for a day or two. At this point I'm just not certain. I'll have to figure it out tomorrow after I haul myself out of bed. It may be several hours before I'll be able to figure it out, but these things are definitely more in-the-moment than decideable beforehand.

And now, I'm going to try crawling off to bed with more tramadol.

I hope y'all have a much better night than I'm having.
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I woke up this morning to the dog being sick on the floor (at least he got off the bed first), and that stiff-neck-shoulders-ache feeling that I get if I'm pre-migraine, accompanied by vague nausea. I took him out but couldn't quite bring myself to go back to bed, even though I wanted to. I was worried he'd be sick again and I'd just have to get back up.

Tramadol was taken, which helped slightly, but I've been pretty dizzy and groggy all day and wasn't able to go out tonight as I'd wanted. I'm uncertain whether I'll be able to go down to Seattle tomorrow for the schmooze Beltaine ritual. I've already given the group a heads up, so I will post to them tomorrow to let them know with a yea or nay.

This was one of those days where I had to talk myself into getting into the shower before I got dressed, even though I knew for a fact that I'd feel at least a little better for standing under the hot water for a while. Most of my day was spent between sitting at the computer trying to do things and curled up on the couch reading. It's just been a really slow brain day and I'm still feeling out of sorts, 10 hours after I took the tramadol, so it's not all just the drug.

In the happymaking news mentioned above, Ruby Sara reports that she got her copy of Mandragora today, which means that my copy will be shipping any time now! I'm absolutely delighted about this and, as you can see from the photos at the link, this is an absolutely gorgeous volume. I can't wait to get my hands on it! Ordering information can be found here, and a paperback edition is due out later if the hardbound is a bit too dear for your tastes. Knowing that something with my work in it has been released is always a great way to make my day brighter, even when I feel like absolute crap and want to fall over and sleep for a week.

And now I need to try to eat a little more before I fall over.
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I got a callback from Comcast today, before noon, so it went to my voicemail. When I called them, I got a young guy who tried to walk me through the same shit as before, as though no other tech had ever thought of them previously and I was possibly too stupid to have followed directions if they had. He said he would have someone else call me back tomorrow before I leave the house, or later this week, but not on Thursday, given I'm away then. Next time I speak with anyone I'm demanding a supervisor and telling them to just cut my bill by the amount I'm paying to AT&T and call it done. It's a pain, but there doesn't seem to be fuckall they can do about it.

This evening I went with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson to a small Beltaine celebration out in Arlington. It rained copiously, but we dashed between the bonfires anyway. It was a pleasant evening, given that I wasn't feeling all that well. Today has been a very down day (hormones, we hates them we does my preciousss), but I had fun anyway. When I got home, I made dolmas for dinner. It was 12:30 by the time I got them into the oven, but they were done with already mostly-cooked rice and lamb, so I only had to have them in the oven for half an hour. They were very tasty, though. Most of them are now sitting in the fridge for later.

Tomorrow I'm heading over to Nicole's class for 3:30, then to the AFK for the steampunk social. I'm not even going to try to think beyond that right now.

[livejournal.com profile] ingvisson accidentally caffienated the DoDC+3 (he left a tea mug on the floor where he was sitting when he got up and didn't think about picking it up before the dog got into it) and the beast was slightly overstimulated. He's currently in his crate, gnawing a bone and contemplating life. I'm hoping he'll be mellower in a few minutes when I head for bed.
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Earlier today, I went to a couple of places in Everett to drop off some postcards for the pilgrimage, and an information packet also went to Vision Quest, which is a small new age shop that also has some Pagan clientele here in town. They were willing to carry the information and I told them that if anyone was actually interested in going, they should give them the information packet as well as a postcard.

I still haven't gone out grocery shopping, but I was too busy dealing with finishing up the ogam feda, which I posted a photo of earlier today. I also did a longer and more involved post about the process, with another photo of the finished set, over at my Searching for Imbas blog. This particular ogam set is dedicated to Airmed, which I talk about at some length on the blog entry. After all this, my arms ache like a sumbitch.

Tomorrow is the usual Tuesday steampunk social. I still haven't done my grocery shopping, but I did at least get important ritual work done. I'll try to deal with groceries tomorrow, though I might go over to Albertson's tonight to at least pick up a quart of half and half so I can have my tea tomorrow. The last of my previous quart went off yesterday, so I had to have oolong instead of black tea first thing today, and my tummy didn't respond well to the strong tea without milk in it. I usually have black tea with half and half.
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I finally finished one of the books I'd got from the Suzzallo today, and hauled it back. The last few sections didn't have much that I actually needed or was particularly interested in at this point. I was too tired to do much else today. I'd really intended to be in bed before now, but such things are sometimes not to be. The group at the VA today was pretty good and I was glad I'd been able to make it.

Next week there's no group and I'll be going up Tuesday to see [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde to help her out, as she had surgery today. I'll be gone from the 19th to the 22nd helping take care of her, and visiting with Bruce and Heather and possibly Pete if I get in touch with him beforehand. I know he's been busy with a just-released Bruce Lee documentary.

It looks like [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf and [livejournal.com profile] smcinpdx will be up tomorrow and I'll probably meet them at the AFK, as she wants to show him the place. I've been invited out to play Munchkin tomorrow there too, so that's probably what will happen.

I wanted to do some work on the pilgrimage packet stuff today, but got sidetracked. Initial deadline for some of that material was supposed to be today, but I know that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah are a little behind the ideal schedule as well, so I'm not feeling too bad about it as yet. I did get my Queering the Flame paper off to Jhenah, who is doing her Masters on conclaves of holy or fairy women, particularly those living on islands. She wanted to know if there was any evidence for pre-Christian flametending practice for Brigid, but I had to say that I hadn't really found any. Best to offer the evidence I'd found; there's enough information in there for her to chase down some other stuff that's non-Brigidine, which should be useful to her anyway.

I also got an email from [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb today asking about the warrior rituals, and working on a project of rites of return and healing for people in spiritual communities. Part of her work is on spiritual healing and PTSD, which is - as everyone here knows - a deep interest of mine. I sent off a copy of one of the final drafts of the paper on geilt and PTSD for the Disability and Religious Diversity anthology. She's considering proposing a ritual for PantheaCon next year, so I referred her over to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht. Both of us are behind the idea.

I know that Selena Fox of Circle Network did a ritual for vets this year (which I didn't attend), so it would be interesting to see a script for that one and check out what has been done, and what veterans might do for one another, as opposed to civilians attempting to serve a community of veterans.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate loaned me his Thermarest sleeping pad to see if it was going to work out for me for my camping trip, but it's not got enough loft to be good for my back, and it's very short. I'm going to have to look into the more expensive ones at REI to see if they would fit the bill any better. I still have some time before I will have to have one, so I'll have a little time to save up to get something that would work for me with the fibromyalgia and the bad hips and shoulders.

I feel like I didn't get much done today, but looking at it, I did get a few things together that needed to be done, and they were in fact important things. Sometimes I feel like if I'm not constantly busy, I'm not actually accomplishing anything but that's certainly not the case. I need to be more forgiving of myself and my use of time. I do get things done; I do a lot of work, I just don't always recognize it.

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