erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
I got a call from the VA today about the spirituality group, which starts tomorrow, not next week, as I had mistakenly thought. So I'll be going to Seattle tomorrow afternoon instead of having a day at home. Ah, well. I am looking forward to group, though.

Late this evening [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came by and we got a rough outline for the Samhain ritual, which I can put together on Friday in its final form. Tomorrow after I get home from Seattle, though, I'll be sending out a note to everyone who RSVP'd saying they would be coming, with a note about what they'll need to bring for the evening.

This afternoon I did inscriptions for the various books I'm sending out, which will probably go out on Friday, given I won't have time tomorrow. I'd thought I would be mailing them then but that's just not going to happen due to lack of time. I had company for a couple of hours and we talked about books and filidecht and trancework and such. It was fun and I was glad to see him again, as he'd been away from the area for quite a while before moving back.

I've got something in the oven because I'm still kind of hungry, but my stomach has been acting up way too much lately. I'm not thrilled with this, but I still have to eat. I'll have a nibble then head for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
Today I was down at the VA for the first session of the spirituality group. It was great to see everyone again, and I was happy to be there. I didn't stick around to wait at the travel office because half the time it's not in the system yet by the time I get down there after group, so I'll pick up the travel funds next week when I go in. I did wander over to the hill to wait out the traffic and took a couple of copies of Circle of Stones over to Robert. He was quite pleased to see them.

I hung out at Elliott Bay Cafe for a while and read, then wandered over to a sushi place on 12th that I hadn't been to before, as they were having a quite reasonably priced happy hour. Got myself an unagi roll, a short plate of four different pieces of nigiri, and a cup of genmaicha. It was just enough without being too much; my stomach is still out of sorts from the other night and I'm having trouble with the acid reflux again, ugh. I really wish it would settle down.

When I got home, I did a fair bit of scanning of images for the EBC presentation. I think I have most of the stuff I need. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht checked over my dates for me on my listing of manuscript sources for ogam texts and marginalia; he pronounced it good. Tomorrow I can spend some time trying again with photos of things I need, and doing a few more necessary things, then Saturday I can probably finish up expanding my notes so that I have a coherent presentation together. Jeff's coming by Monday, I think, given that I wasn't really up to trying to get home during rush hour and wasn't sure I would be feeling well enough to actually work tonight. Things turned out better than I expected, but I was glad for the time just sitting and reading.

Fic brain has set in and I've started a (hopefully) short story in a new fandom. I don't have time for anything really long, but I do want to write something, and I'm not quite in the right headspace to work on the Brigid book yet. I'm waiting until after the poetry book comes out to get deeply into that. I also have to put together quite a few more blog posts with photos to cover the pilgrimage and my trip.

The other thing I need to do tomorrow is choose some pull quotes from my poems for the publicity for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. Two projects. Two small projects. I think I can manage them before I head over to the AFK to play Cthulhu Fluxx with friends tomorrow night. Also, mailing out stuff to mom tomorrow. Must do that.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
I rested a little this afternoon but didn't actually get any sleep, which sucked. I definitely want to go down to Seattle for the spirituality group tomorrow. I'm hoping I'll be okay for it. I've felt like crap all day but haven't had a recurrence of last night's incidents, so I'm hopeful that I may be feeling better enough to cope with the drive tomorrow. I probably won't be able to cope with anything more than that, though.

I didn't have enough focus to work on the EBC presentation today. I lay around trying to/hoping to feel better, and watched The Color of Magic on Netflix. Now that I have an actual decent sized computer monitor, watching streaming vids is actually a more viable idea, and I've paid off enough bills so far this year that putting streaming back on the bill isn't an issue. I'd originally got rid of it to try and save a little money to put toward -- you guessed it -- paying off my bills. Having done so, I figured I could reward myself. I had to update some software in order for it to work, though, having upgraded the computer and the OS.

Bed soon.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Healer)
I've posted a new page on my Searching for Imbas blog with a map and photos describing in detail how to find Brigid's Wayside Well in Kildare, Ireland. Given the trouble I initially had finding the place, I thought it would be a service to other pilgrims. You can find the page here.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Have you seen this wizard?)
Today started out with a drive through the town of Josselin, where they have a really beautiful castle. I took some photos from above the town, where there was a good view, and then from below the castle on a little bridge, where many photos of the structure are taken. Because of the time of day, the sun was behind the towers above me and I had trouble getting a photo from that angle that didn't have any Jesus beams all over it. I'm not sure how it will turn out, but we'll see.

We headed out after that to Merlin's Tomb, a very small megalith structure that is surrounded with a vaguely paved circle of modern stones. The place was crawling with tourists and many people had left offerings and notes of different sorts there. I did get a few photos without a lot of people in them, but all the sites we went to today were quite busy. I suspect a good deal of it was because it's the high season, and because it was a really nice, mostly sunny and fairly warm day today. The "tomb" was on a four kilometer loop trail, but was very near the beginning, so we didn't have to do the whole trail. Close by was a "fountain of youth" which, contrary to what you might think, was a well where infants and young children were bathed for their health, not a place where adults could get eternal youth.

After this, we went to an ancient oak tree, estimated to be about 1,000 or so years old. Of all the places I've encountered in Brittany, this one actually felt the most sacred, was the most quiet, and had a sense of reverence in the people visiting. It was quite different from the other places with a lot of people at them. We took quite a few photos here, but didn't stay very long, because we had a fair bit still to do during the day. I would have loved to stay longer and sit, but I find it difficult to meditate with a bunch of other non-affiliated people around, and my hosts were being very patient with me as it was.

Once we got back to the car, we went out searching for the fountain where Merlin met Viviane. The GPS kept trying to send us down closed private roads, or down roads that no longer exist, so we gave up on it for a bit and went to the Arthurian center instead. This was a kind of cool place in a partly ruined castle. Rather than being a museum, as I suppose I had expected, it was a center filled with Arthurian fantasy art, informational placards, and life-sized dioramas of various incidents in the lives of Arthur, Merlin, and others from the Grail cycle. Although everything was in French, I noted they had material there about Lí Ban and a figure that is apparently similar to her in Breton folklore. They also had a story about a madman who was associated in some way with the ancient oak we had just visited, and had some information about the location of the fountain/well we were searching for. Though the place was a touch cheesy, it was obviously lovingly done, and no expense was spared in collecting art or setting up the tableux.

As we drove, [livejournal.com profile] eydimork was telling me about a local legend that Merlin was not actually buried in the tomb we'd visited, but that he had climbed a tree and ascended from there into heaven, never to return. I thought that was rather interesting in light of both the whole poets ascending the tree motif, and of the association of Suibhne with flight and perching in trees. She said she'd find me some references for some of this, even though most of it was just online and probably local oral tradition in origin. If I can find any kind of documentation at all, it will be useful for my geilt and filidecht research, I think.

All of this stuff is said to be in the forest of Broceliande. Very beautiful area. When we stopped for lunch, the restaurant had placemats with tourist maps of local legendary sites and points of interest, which showed us the approximate location of the fountain we were looking for and, armed with that and the name of the village the fountain was near, we were finally able to find it at last.

This was also an approximately 4km loop trail, but the well was pretty much right at the midpoint, so we did do the whole walk. The trail was fairly muddy, and some of it looked rather like a logging road. There were some stacks of felled trees along the side of the trail, marked with numbers, obviously for shipping out later. Still, the area was largely peaceful, even though there were literally tour busses of children who had been hauled out to the site. We managed to get out to the well, get some photos, and move along before it was swamped with noisy kids.

Tonight for dinner, I had the local scallop dish that I was told about (which name escapes me), and it was quite tasty. Certainly worth having! Tonight I'll be off to bed soon -- tomorrow morning I have to catch the train for the airport near Paris, then fly off to Prague. The sib has already started his trip up there and will be spending the night tonight in Germany. Tomorrow I'll see him, [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands, and her husband. I can't wait!

[livejournal.com profile] eydimork and Magnus have been wonderful hosts, even though I have spent a fair bit of the time here in kind of lousy shape. They have been kind and patient and taken me to ludicrous lengths to see piles of rocks and water coming out of the ground. And a parade, which we didn't actually see much of. Magnus gave me a copy of his heavy klezmer cd, which I had him sign. I will have to play it for certain of my friends who will appreciate both the music and the irony. ;)

I'll try to post something before I head out in the morning. Happy happy, y'all!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Have you seen this wizard?)
Today started out with a drive through the town of Josselin, where they have a really beautiful castle. I took some photos from above the town, where there was a good view, and then from below the castle on a little bridge, where many photos of the structure are taken. Because of the time of day, the sun was behind the towers above me and I had trouble getting a photo from that angle that didn't have any Jesus beams all over it. I'm not sure how it will turn out, but we'll see.

We headed out after that to Merlin's Tomb, a very small megalith structure that is surrounded with a vaguely paved circle of modern stones. The place was crawling with tourists and many people had left offerings and notes of different sorts there. I did get a few photos without a lot of people in them, but all the sites we went to today were quite busy. I suspect a good deal of it was because it's the high season, and because it was a really nice, mostly sunny and fairly warm day today. The "tomb" was on a four kilometer loop trail, but was very near the beginning, so we didn't have to do the whole trail. Close by was a "fountain of youth" which, contrary to what you might think, was a well where infants and young children were bathed for their health, not a place where adults could get eternal youth.

After this, we went to an ancient oak tree, estimated to be about 1,000 or so years old. Of all the places I've encountered in Brittany, this one actually felt the most sacred, was the most quiet, and had a sense of reverence in the people visiting. It was quite different from the other places with a lot of people at them. We took quite a few photos here, but didn't stay very long, because we had a fair bit still to do during the day. I would have loved to stay longer and sit, but I find it difficult to meditate with a bunch of other non-affiliated people around, and my hosts were being very patient with me as it was.

Once we got back to the car, we went out searching for the fountain where Merlin met Viviane. The GPS kept trying to send us down closed private roads, or down roads that no longer exist, so we gave up on it for a bit and went to the Arthurian center instead. This was a kind of cool place in a partly ruined castle. Rather than being a museum, as I suppose I had expected, it was a center filled with Arthurian fantasy art, informational placards, and life-sized dioramas of various incidents in the lives of Arthur, Merlin, and others from the Grail cycle. Although everything was in French, I noted they had material there about Lí Ban and a figure that is apparently similar to her in Breton folklore. They also had a story about a madman who was associated in some way with the ancient oak we had just visited, and had some information about the location of the fountain/well we were searching for. Though the place was a touch cheesy, it was obviously lovingly done, and no expense was spared in collecting art or setting up the tableux.

As we drove, [livejournal.com profile] eydimork was telling me about a local legend that Merlin was not actually buried in the tomb we'd visited, but that he had climbed a tree and ascended from there into heaven, never to return. I thought that was rather interesting in light of both the whole poets ascending the tree motif, and of the association of Suibhne with flight and perching in trees. She said she'd find me some references for some of this, even though most of it was just online and probably local oral tradition in origin. If I can find any kind of documentation at all, it will be useful for my geilt and filidecht research, I think.

All of this stuff is said to be in the forest of Broceliande. Very beautiful area. When we stopped for lunch, the restaurant had placemats with tourist maps of local legendary sites and points of interest, which showed us the approximate location of the fountain we were looking for and, armed with that and the name of the village the fountain was near, we were finally able to find it at last.

This was also an approximately 4km loop trail, but the well was pretty much right at the midpoint, so we did do the whole walk. The trail was fairly muddy, and some of it looked rather like a logging road. There were some stacks of felled trees along the side of the trail, marked with numbers, obviously for shipping out later. Still, the area was largely peaceful, even though there were literally tour busses of children who had been hauled out to the site. We managed to get out to the well, get some photos, and move along before it was swamped with noisy kids.

Tonight for dinner, I had the local scallop dish that I was told about (which name escapes me), and it was quite tasty. Certainly worth having! Tonight I'll be off to bed soon -- tomorrow morning I have to catch the train for the airport near Paris, then fly off to Prague. The sib has already started his trip up there and will be spending the night tonight in Germany. Tomorrow I'll see him, [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands, and her husband. I can't wait!

[livejournal.com profile] eydimork and Magnus have been wonderful hosts, even though I have spent a fair bit of the time here in kind of lousy shape. They have been kind and patient and taken me to ludicrous lengths to see piles of rocks and water coming out of the ground. And a parade, which we didn't actually see much of. Magnus gave me a copy of his heavy klezmer cd, which I had him sign. I will have to play it for certain of my friends who will appreciate both the music and the irony. ;)

I'll try to post something before I head out in the morning. Happy happy, y'all!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
So I went over online packing lists and repacked slightly (removed some things, shifted a few others into the checked bag because I'm not actually going to need them after Isle of Man, wrapped shoes in plastic bags so that they will not get dirt all over my clean clothes, etc). I dealt with the phone so that I will have a calling plan and texting whilst overseas. I then collapsed into bed for several hours because I felt like utter crap and was cramping like hell. We hates them we does my preciousss.

It looks like we might be able to go to Trinity Well, which is considered the source of the Boyne, and the Well of Segais/Nechtan/Connla -- the well of wisdom that is the source of all the rivers from the Otherworlds, and where the salmon of wisdom swim, fed by the nine hazels that drop their nuts into the waters. Physically, of course, it's just a well in the middle of a field, but spiritually speaking it's pretty significant.

Tomorrow I want to try to pick up some ribbon for tying on trees/bushes at the various holy wells I encounter. I have two ogam meditations to write, but I was utterly incapable of putting a sentence together, much less actually writing anything coherent. I also have to finish entering all the contact info for the people and places I'll be into my phone.

Monday. I'm leaving Monday. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be here tomorrow afternoon sometime. I desperately don't want to forget anything. Have I mentioned how nervous I am?

AIIIGGGHHHHH!!!!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
So I went over online packing lists and repacked slightly (removed some things, shifted a few others into the checked bag because I'm not actually going to need them after Isle of Man, wrapped shoes in plastic bags so that they will not get dirt all over my clean clothes, etc). I dealt with the phone so that I will have a calling plan and texting whilst overseas. I then collapsed into bed for several hours because I felt like utter crap and was cramping like hell. We hates them we does my preciousss.

It looks like we might be able to go to Trinity Well, which is considered the source of the Boyne, and the Well of Segais/Nechtan/Connla -- the well of wisdom that is the source of all the rivers from the Otherworlds, and where the salmon of wisdom swim, fed by the nine hazels that drop their nuts into the waters. Physically, of course, it's just a well in the middle of a field, but spiritually speaking it's pretty significant.

Tomorrow I want to try to pick up some ribbon for tying on trees/bushes at the various holy wells I encounter. I have two ogam meditations to write, but I was utterly incapable of putting a sentence together, much less actually writing anything coherent. I also have to finish entering all the contact info for the people and places I'll be into my phone.

Monday. I'm leaving Monday. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be here tomorrow afternoon sometime. I desperately don't want to forget anything. Have I mentioned how nervous I am?

AIIIGGGHHHHH!!!!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
So I went to the VA early and talked to the supervisor about the whole travel thing. It turns out that the co-pay is probably the one thing in the system where being rated at 100% doesn't actually benefit you. The co-pay is taken out if you get above $X per month, and I'm above that cutoff. Okay, I can handle that. Would have been nice, but so it goes.

Group today was actually pretty good and I had a good time, but the wait down at the travel office was kind of fucked, it was raining when I got out, and I was just too tired to face human beings by the time I was done, so I came back home straightaway. I fixed myself some dinner and something booz0rz-like and tried to relax but, as Patrick promised, I hurt like hell today. I actually tried to go lie down for a while around 9:30 or so and that helped my shoulder, but I couldn't feel sleepy. I played some Plants v Zombies and read for a while and now I'm back up again. Had a wee bit of chocolate pudding as a snack and will probably head back for bed shortly.

I bought tickets for myself and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for Metropolis. I don't think she's seen it before, and this is probably the best possible introduction to the movie I can imagine. I'm very excited about taking her to see it. (I just hope she likes it...)

Teo Bishop posted a blog today asking "What is the point of your religion". It's a thoughtful post and has generated some interesting discussion in the comments. I know I want to talk about this at some point, but today wasn't a good day to focus on it. If I have time and brain bandwidth tomorrow, I might do a response post over on Searching for Imbas. I'm just hoping I'll have enough momentum to actually write it, rather than getting bogged down in my physical stuff and losing the thread. I'm keeping the tab open on the browser until I deal with it, though.

It seems that one of my Vancouver friends is going to be down in the area for the better part of May. Among other things, he'll be teaching a class on herbalism, and wants to talk to me about Airmed, whom he's been working with for a while now. He says he'll be splitting his time between Olympia, Bellingham, and Seattle, and I told him that he could stay here for a few days if he'd like, which would give us ample opportunity to talk. He's one of the poets who is also included in the Mandragora anthology, and I'd suggested he submit his work to them, so we might both have a physical copy to squee over when he gets here.

I know I have some comments to reply to from yesterday, but I'm still too achy to focus much on that right now. I'll get to everything tomorrow at some point.

In news on Circle of Stones, I've got one of the review blurbs back, and two outstanding. I've forwarded the first one to my editor and publisher and told them I was waiting on a couple more. They should arrive soon, I think. I haven't yet seen the cover, aside from the graphics base, but I should be seeing a draft of it soon. And tomorrow I need to do the check of the edited galley proof, as I'll have more time than I did today. Last night I barely slept (turned out the lights around 3:30am, woke at 8am, after having not slept much), so I'm feeling extra rocky today and hoping to get at least a little rest tonight.

On that note, back to bed to try to actually rest. I wish there was something I could actually take that would make a dent in this pain. Have taken tylenol, and also took some of the valerian and feverfew I often use for migraines. It's helped slightly, but not anywhere near enough. That was a few hours ago, so I'll try a tramadol before I get in bed and see if that will do anything for it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brighid's cross)
I called the VA office today and they said I needed to talk to the travel coordinator at the Seattle VA, which I will do next time I'm down at the hospital there. I might go down a few hours before my Irish class tomorrow and see if I can talk to someone in person. I tried calling the office, but the phone rang off the hook. There wasn't even a voice mail. Typical.

For several hours today, I felt very restless and anxious for no reason in particular. Nothing seemed to help much. It took a while for me to be able to focus enough to start working on pilgrimage stuff again - or anything else, for that matter. I printed out the notes for the opening and closing ritual and scribbled a few further notes on them. I took a look at Crossing the Circle at the Holy Wells of Ireland again and remembered why I have it on the foo shelf instead of the folklore shelf. *sigh* Way too much "Celtic tree astrology" crap in it.

I went over to the AFK for the Tuesday steampunk social, but was the only one in attendance. One person said he wasn't feeling well, and another who expressed some interest said it was a little far to go on short notice, so he'd probably be up next week. That was cool, because that meant I could spend my time there working on my notes. I did a fair bit of websurfing finding sites relevant to what I needed, and got a few texts from [livejournal.com profile] ogam, who wanted to know if there was going to be something next year at PantheaCon about the pilgrimage. I noted that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm wanted to propose a panel on pilgrimage, which sent him into the happy bear dance, but leavened that statement with the fact that PCon would have to actually approve the proposal for it to happen.

Much of what I was dealing with this evening were sites regarding the caves at Kesh Corran, which have a fair bit of mythic resonance with some of the themes we're dealing with during our journey. I also looked at different traditions regarding ritual at holy wells that are outside of the specifically Christian context and found some useful stuff.

The email list for the pilgrimage group is up though only a couple of posts have gone up yet. I should probably ask if folks want to do the opening ritual at the more well-known Brigid's well in Kildare, or the smaller, original well. I'm kind of leaning toward the original one, though we'll obviously want to visit both. Notes and outlining for the opening ritual are going well, though I haven't got a formal outline or anything of a script as yet. It won't be long or anything, but I do want to have something to work from beyond the scattered notes when we get there.

One of the things I'm considering doing on the pilgrimage is a dream incubation ritual for those who want to, after we've done our incubation ritual at Carrowkeel. It wouldn't have to be long or involved, just a small ritual to ask for dreams to follow up on anything we might have got from the incubation ritual. I'm guessing it would have a fair chance of kicking more loose, particularly for those who might have been on the edge of something but not got clear material at the incubation ritual itself. Having a night to sleep on it in a ritual fashion would probably be very useful for everyone with an interest, and will likely give more depth to everyone's experience. I think doing some work with different types of incubatory ritual would also be a useful experience.

I ran into CJ at the AFK tonight; she used to work there. She said she'd moved in with her fiancee recently, which means she's now living in the same condos that I am, in one of the other buildings. I told her she should drop by some afternoon if she has time, and we could watch a bad movie together or something. She's working two jobs now and hasn't a lot of time, but seems pretty pleased with life.

And I'm much more tired tonight than I had expected, so I'm going to crawl off to bed shortly.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Today was a group day down at the VA; I ended up waking an hour earlier than my alarm was set for, despite having gone to bed after 3:30am. It was sunny when I got up but didn't, sadly, stay that way. Group was good, and I talked to someone at the VA who gave me a phone number for an office in Kansas where I can deal with the travel compensation issue I've been having -- they're taking a $6 co-pay out of my check almost every time I go down there and, rated at 100%, the travel office is apparently Not Supposed to Do That. The woman I talked to is another disabled vet (tons of disabled vets work at the VA, unsurprisingly) said that they would probably send me back compensation for what I'd not been paid, as well, which might be at least a couple of years' worth of visits. At six bucks a whack, that could potentially be a few hundred dollars. I don't know if it will happen before I leave for Europe, but if it does, that would be spectacular. That said, it has to start with a phone call, which is not at all my strong suit. I'm not looking forward to it, but I'll probably try to call tomorrow sometime before 4pm their time, which means I will likely still be trying to kick-start the brain.

It turned out that the friend who had offered to do some massage work on me had another commitment today, so it's likely to be next Thursday before I get any work done, but that's certainly way better than not having it on offer at all. I'll be looking forward to getting pummeled.

The mail today brought the gift of a prototype for a larger féige find from [livejournal.com profile] chronarchy. Here's a photo, with the other one and a quarter for scale comparison. It's quite nice work, and I was surprised and delighted to receive such a ritual tool.

Féige Find 2 - prototype for large size

Travelers was quiet this afternoon and I managed to finish reading Brigid of the Gael, take some notes, and get a little work done toward the incubation ritual for Ireland, so I felt pretty accomplished with the whole thing. It was tempting to consider going over to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's place instead, but I really had to get things done today. She'll be up tomorrow night sometime, as she'll be having a game night at her place with some mutual friends, but I'll be spending tomorrow dealing with the Circle of Stones galley.

Bits of me are a little afraid to open the file and see what it looks like. This is the last opportunity to make any corrections or changes, though, before it goes to press, so it's important to actually get my anxiety under control and do it. I went over to Bartell's after I got home this evening to pick up a couple of ink cartridges for the printer, as I was out of black ink; if I think I need to print out the galley, I needed a fresh cartridge. At least that was done. I also picked up a knee brace. I haven't tried it on yet, but I will tomorrow.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] unwoman posted a short trailer for her documentary on steampunk music, Beautiful Fish: Unwoman Plays Cello for Steampunks. Aside from the fact that she is, quite simply, fucking amazing, there's also a bit where [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I appear, dancing in the audience at her SteamCon show, so watch for us!



I was pretty tickled, even though I don't feel like I'm particularly photogenic. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, however, is terribly hot and you should watch just to see her. ;) She's the dancer, I'm the awkward one.

So: tomorrow = working on Circle of Stones and more work on the incubation ritual to flesh out some ideas I had, provided I get through the galley with enough brain cells to work on something else.

Mmmm chai

Jan. 6th, 2012 12:37 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
Today was the first session of the new year's incarnation of the VA spirituality group. We had a couple new people, and three of the usual ones didn't make it today; it was an interesting session, where we talked about creativity.

The day was a lovely, sunny one, though it was pretty chilly out. I dropped into Travelers after I got out of group and grabbed a chai and some food. Jeff showed up and we talked briefly about the Irish classes, then he dashed off. Not long after that, [livejournal.com profile] varina8 popped in. We hadn't seen each other in a while and caught up a bit on writing, Shinto, and travel. We talked about my upcoming trip to Ireland and she offered some potential resources for me in dealing with the travel aspects of it. I was very pleased to have a chance to talk with her about it and will be checking into one of the places she mentioned, over in Edmonds.

I haven't written a lot today, I'm only at 79,000, but all the gain has been in edits rather than attempting to start a new scene. I wanted to go through and read for continuity and other details before I moved on again. I've been at this since I got home and am about a third of the way through the story so far.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
I went down to Seattle today to pick up my travel funds from the VA for my two appointments this month, then headed up to the hill for a few hours to meet [livejournal.com profile] alicemuralice and talk to her about the local Pagan community and find her some resources so that she can explore things and get an idea of what's out there and what she's interested in. We spent a lovely afternoon having chai, dropping by Edge of the Circle, and taking a walk up at Volunteer Park, before I dropped her off down at Cornish and headed off for the schmooze business meeting.

Nattery stuff about the CR group, including brief info about Beltaine, here. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Oiche Shamhna)
I went down to Seattle today to see [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx, who moved back to Seattle from San Diego a few days ago. Things hadn't worked out for him there, so he's back in town and looking for work again. We had chai at Travelers and talked for I think a couple of hours before he had to head downtown. [livejournal.com profile] ogam called and we talked briefly about tomorrow, when I'll be meeting him for lunch at Travelers after he gets in from El Paso.

It turns out that [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx has been using the gatekeeper poems I've had published in Queen of the Great Below for invocatory work in some of the qliphotic magic he's been doing recently. I found that interesting and was flattered that he found the poems worth working with. I think that he some of my other friends and I may have a couple of interesting things to talk about regards this when we get together for Foundation Day before Samhain on Saturday.

I dropped by Edge briefly and ran into [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn on his way up to the QFC running an errand for a friend. We said hi and both dashed off to our own things; he was heading to Travelers to pick up a chai to go after he got done at the QFC.

I didn't stay at Edge very long; there wasn't really anything new on the shelves today, but I said hi to Robert and [livejournal.com profile] golanv1 before wandering over to Hugo House to see about donating my old copies of APA Tarot and Pagan APA to the zine archive there. The guy at the desk said I should talk to the library director, so I'll email her after Samhain. I haven't looked at the old zines in ages, and there's no real reason for me to keep them here. They'll be doing better work in the archive at Hugo House, where they'll be preserved and people can see them.

Once I got home this evening, I tossed myself into preparation for Samhain, gathering together the texts for the traditional tales we'll be reading. I also put together the formal outline and script for the ritual itself and sent it off to the Puget Sound CR list. I'm going to have to spend some time Friday working on the gołąbkis and borscht because I'm not going to have time to breathe on Saturday before both rituals. I may need to pick up Charles on my way to Seattle for Foundation Day and I'll just have everything with me in the car for Samhain as well. There's no way I'm going to have time to get back up to Everett between rituals.

[livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx said he would be bringing one of his friends from the Seattle Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Foundation Day and that they were planning on manifesting at the ritual, which should be fabulous and wonderful. Thankfully, [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be here Friday, so I should be able to get things together with a little help from him. I may need it. The only text we're currently missing for Samhain is Airne Fingen, which I don't have and can't find anywhere online. I know that [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht has it, but it may not be accessible anywhere, which could be a problem; it's not that we won't have enough things to read for the night, but that this particular tale involves a long series of things that happen on Samhain all over Ireland, so it's very significant for the season.

And I should really get to bed. I need to be up in time to meet [livejournal.com profile] ogam at Travelers about 1, given that his plane gets in about noon.
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The new mortgage got signed today, yay. This wraps up a bunch of financial loose threads that had been hanging for the past couple of weeks, and I'm feeling significantly relieved.

After I got a bunch of other stuff taken care of, I went down to the Apple store on the way to Seattle for the CR schmooze ritual/business meeting and grabbed a new iPod classic -- it's got 160 gig for music, as opposed to the 60 gig in my old one, which is stuffed to the gills and will go all splodey if I try to put anything else on it. I'll possibly be passing the old one on to [livejournal.com profile] anthea7; I talked to her about it this evening.

The meeting tonight was quiet but fruitful, and I also got fed, which was very nice. I'd thought the trip to the Apple store would take longer than it did (I literally walked in, said I wanted a new iPod, they handed it to me, we did the bank card tango, and I walked out), so I didn't stop on the way to grab food. When I got there, they hadn't eaten yet and had a little extra so they invited me to partake as well. A lovely chicken thigh with mustard sauce, a little salad, and some berry shortcake with home made whipped cream -- all in all, a delightful and unexpected dinner.

We talked about the upcoming Samhain ritual and discussed what we'll be doing for the next couple of schmoozes as well. Next schmooze will be our final session on cosmologies, wherein we'll finalize what we're working with as a group, then in October we'll do some discussion on ancestors. We talked about using the outline format for Robin Herne's Old Gods, New Druids as a framework for dealing with our own material, and reading through it as a group with a bunch of supplemental reading. We expect a good deal of snark about some of the content, but if we're going to start offering some classes and workshops in the community, we should go through the stuff we're looking at teaching and make sure we are all on the same page about it.

I didn't have enough bandwidth today to haul the package for my brother over to the postal place, but that should get done tomorrow.

Monday I'm supposed to see Amy about The Sound before the schmooze. She inherited the editorship and I told her I'd talk to her about druidy stuff and good sources versus not so good sources, and we could have a rundown on some of the most common misconceptions and fallacies she's likely to run into as an editor for a druidic community periodical. I'm still not going to write for them, though. We'll see what happens and if the quality of the zine comes up at all in the next few issues.
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It's that time again: the five questions thing is making the rounds. Here are five questions from azhure. )
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It's Towel Day - do you know where your towel is?

In other news, VA for spirituality group today, VA for shrinkage tomorrow. Tomorrow is also my Brigid shift. Health-wise, the evil gerd is being more miserable than usual lately. I've decided that once the fridge is empty, I'm starting my approach to food over entirely. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell to do.

I'm thinking of working up a post on changes in approaches to spirituality at the VA in the last five to ten years, because it has become a much larger part of the mental health department in that time, and it's not All-Jesus-All-the-Time either.

Must dash. Appointment is at 3 and the dog needs walking and gas has to be put in the vehicle.
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It happens to all of us now and then. I think the dried mushrooms I was working with were too old. I spent about three hours in the chamber with two separate doses and nothing happened beyond the usual sense of presence I get in ritual. The presence itself was a really good feeling, but certainly nothing like I was hoping for.

The most I got was a vague sense of the chamber breathing and the sense of one of my spirits sitting happily in my lap purring. As usual, he didn't say much. He's not terribly talkative. I got a few ideas for next time and spent a long time offering prayers, examining my expectations, singing, and chanting. My results with salvia have been much better.

I'm hoping that, at least, all the work I did tonight may show up in some dreaming but I won't be holding my breath. Divination showed a lot of effort going into journeying, but ultimately ceirt, frustration, reigned. It's only fair to write about my failures as much as my successes. Nobody has a 100% track record of success, so if you're running up against walls sometimes please know you're not alone.

The work is worthwhile even when the ritual doesn't work. It shows me where I need to focus my energies in the next set of attempts.

As for tonight, I'll be heading for bed soon to sleep, perchance to dream.
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I took a trip down into Everett today to check out the co-op. Picked up a few things and asked about membership. They're in the middle of a system revision and are temporarily not taking members at the moment but once they're up and running again they will have a reciprocal agreement with PCC, so I can use my card from that co-op with them. After that I headed over to [livejournal.com profile] agatheringgrove for a chai and to sit and read for a while. The day had got a little sunnier after raining earlier in the afternoon. Work for the night. )
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From Seattle Pagan Scholars list:

I am working with Dr. Gayle Rubin. She is most well known for her research on the leathermen culture, and pro-sex activism. I will be working with her over the next year to produce an ethnography of modern paganism and sexual spaces. There is very little academic literature on this topic, so it's very exciting to be breaking new grounds, and branching my spiritual activism with my academic pursuits!

Due to the fact that this interview is being given over the Internet and we won't have the flow of a dialogue to flesh it out, I encourage you to answer each question as lengthily and thoroughly as you feel called. Please take your time to answer as thoroughly as possible, most participants have been taking a few weeks to think over the questions carefully.

Brightest blessings,

~ Galatea

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