Snapped these yesterday so i am trying hard to update this blog with the pics i take instead of falling 6 weeks behind as before. Blessings and Enjoy.
The light was so ambiently perfect for this shot of various Christian crucifixes and such on this altar on the top floor of the former Hex Haus which is now the White House of Prayer. The top center one hanging is solid brass with gold plating, the bottom left is a rare old crucifix that has round wood and is probably Dominican, the brass paten is the lamen of Bernard who was a Benedictine and probably came from an old Catholic or Orthodox church at some time, i having found it at a flea market. Bottom center is an emergency last rites cross one hung in one’s house in case someone was dying and a Priest could not get there and it slides open with the cross standing in the base and in that base is hidden two blessed white candles and some holy water and oil. To the right is a bronze statue of Jesus of the Sacred Heart and on the left a nice glass bell and to the right a vial from Dr Santee’s library which i found a Templar cross glass stopper for at once again a flea market and i think the people just gave it to me. I keep holy water from various churches in it. In front of them is an Austrian crystal ball that Lady Phoebe gave me. The old box i found in my late Dad’s attic to his garage and restored it. I have tones of old boxes like that from him and my Grampa.
The stumps of wood my bro gave me after building his mountain cabin on stilts. The blue Buddha is from a broken wind chime. And the candle is of course Our Lady of Guadalupe formerly Coatlelupia an Aztec serpent Goddess. They painted over the snakes at her feet with angels.
About a week or so ago i was weeding out my mum’s flower pots I found this small moonflower aka datura aka jimson weed aka a powerful ethnogen. It only blooms at night with wonderful stinky white flowers, like rough soil, and likes being planted in the west, which is what i did and here is the first bloom starting out. It may totally bloom tonight or tomorrow night and i will post that.
Part 4 of my photos from the last 6 weeks
Double bell tower from the old White Church in Wapwallopen
The Red Church in Wapwallopen behind TIK across the street from Lady Persephone
The old White Church now dilapidated behind the Red Church.
The corn field TIK took me to where there are lots of AmerIndian burials. He said in this field they found graves that are paleolithic and the bodies were encased in clay sarcophagi which is unheard of in this part of the country but they did it to preserve them from floods in this alluvial field by the Susquehanna river.
TIK walking towards the Knouse burial site where when PPL was putting in the concrete bases for the huge power lines from the nuclear power plan they found burials and they wanted to hide them but He stopped them for two years whilst JC as an archeology student helped dig them up. Now most of the burial remains are in the state museum in Harrisburg PA. This is also the site where Dr Santee and Lady Phoebe and the whole town watched and where she told them to dig at a certain spot and they would find a female with beads and they did and she was right on.
The Knouse Site.
Fredna Falls named by Fred and Fredna aka Dr Santee and Lady Phoebe. This is very hard to spot along the road near Santee’s grave.
One of the beautiful old grave markers in the Santee graveyard.
TIK graciously gave me a copy of Dr Santee’s book, mine having been lost when i lent it to someone who never returned and then moved to Maine. Thanks TIK as this mean a lot to me.
I left this drawer of closes open and Shadow Cat found it. Mmmmm so comfy !
Stained glass window of Jesus as a child teaching in the Temple, from the old German Lutheran church of St Michael in downtown Harrisburg.
Bear claw marks in the maple behind my house where i surprised a 400+ pound bear and it fled up the tree and i walked within touching distance unaware he was up there because i was looking around with the flashlight 360 and down into the stream. After i walked maybe 10 feet away i saw him, screamed and ran to my neighbors LOL.
Wild Foxglove from where digitalis comes.
I want to get this Satanicke tattoo which is the alchemical symbol for sulfur but i also want to get mercury and salt too.
A natural cave in a tall cliff just south of Northumberland PA
A lovely old heavy concrete statue we have named Hyacinthe after the flower she is holding which is actually a fountain i have to hook up. I spotted this in front of a house in town and the lady was going to just give it to me but her i wanted to give her at lease $5 which was all i had on me but her husband wanted $10 so i took her home and told him i would bring the other $5 and sold something and gave it to him later that night, me being a man of my word, he being a greedy sob.
This tree at the nearby cemetery looks to me like a face of some being trying to rise from the grave.
A beautiful bench gravestone at sunset.
My dwarf Japanese maple surrounded by Ajuga.
Does a bear shit in the woods? Yes, and here’s proof. BTW they are constipated when they come out of hibernation and eat skunk cabbage as a laxative so the first poops are hard. I showed this to my neighbor and he said “Well if it is still warm then slowly walk away” LOL
Well, i am Finally done posting the last 6 weeks of pictures and i hope the few people who read this blog enjoy them. Blessings.
Here are some more pics from the month of May 2015. Enjoy !
Honouring the bones of a Huron AmerIndian burial dug up legally in the 1930s and to be returned to them if they would just answer my emails or if i could find a Native American who would re-bury them for me, but i can’t. So, I will do it myself somewhere with the corn meal offering and for now the yellow candle. In that cache is a couple human teeth and the rest is animal bones, shells, burnt corn, a dried mushroom, and a copper with bone handled fleshing knife.
A chalk cross full of symbols in front of the Gnostic Christian altar at the Hex Haus.
A couple weeks ago i found this baby mouse belly up and near death at the Red Lodge. It was so young its eyes were not open. I put it in a box with some tissues and kept trying to at least give it some water and milk with a dropper. I carried it around for a day and a half, even in the car on a trip up to Wapwallpen. It stayed alive and i petted it and carried it around in my shirt pocket. Finally when i was visiting Dr Santee’s grave it died. I cried and cried because i tried and tried to keep it alive, but it was just too long. This picture is the dead little baby mousie cradled in the arms of a Buddha statue, and then i put tobacco all over it and laid it before the Goddess in Snakehenge, and then i buried it facing east under the hemlock where other critters are buried. RIP and be reborn in the womb of a mother mouse in a safe place and live a long life little mousie…
As i said i took another trip up to Wapwallopen to visit TIK and his wife where i was graciously fed and bedded over night. Now this is the guy with the house FULL of AmerIndian artifacts i would guess at $3 million in value. The next day he gave me a tour of the various AmerIndian burial grounds in the area and to Fredna falls which Janee aka Lady Phoebe Athene Nimue aka Fredna and Fred aka Frederick LaMotte Santee aka Lord Merlin named after themselves together thus Fredna Falls. I will post pics of both events in the next post or so. TIK also took me on the way back to Santee’s grave where his parents are buried also and i had him snap this picture of my by Dr Santee’s grave. Thanks TIK and Shirley.
On the way home i finally stopped at what i thought was a cemetery which i have driven by for decades and yes there are two nun cemeteries but there is also a huge cathedral dedicated to St Cyril and a nunnery and a school for girls.
An angel guarding the two nun cemeteries on each side.
The Goddess Mary well adorned with flowers above and below. Hail Mary, Mother of God, and yes i mean the Goddess who gave birth to what everyone calls GOD aka YHVH aka the Star Sun God above and the Horned God on Earth.
I like how i caught the sun ray shining down from this 8 story tower in the cathedral.
In the foyer going into the main cathedral is this statue of Mikael Archangeles.
Looking from the altar back through this Huge cathedral. This blurry picture does not capture the beauty of the sun coming in the huge stained glass windows.
The High Altar.
Part 2 of 6 weeks in the life of an Appalachian Witch
I brought some stuff back from Lady EWH’s yard and this toad was with the stones and statues.
Some of Lady EWH’s yard ornaments i am guarding temporarily. TY honey.
A local graveyard with some abandoned stones up against a tree.
I found this at the Goodwill and gifted it to Pastor Larry Hawkins of St Michael’s German Lutheran church in Harrisburg. For us witches, just substitute Goddess for God or God/ess.
I think this is one of the best photographs i have ever taken, an indigo butterfly sitting off the edge of my glass of burgundy wine.
Over across the stream at the Red Lodge i have a field i cleared of head high white pines and Dutch Jeff came over and rototilled it and gave me some red potatoes starting to sprout and i planted them and some garlic and onions. This is an old pic as the potatoes are about 2 feet high now.
My outside Buddhist altar courtesy of statues on loan from Lady EWH and the pieces of wood my brother gave me after he built his cabin up on these kind of pylons.
Enjoy and Blessed Be and Part 3 to follow in the next couple days….
Blessed Be. I know i have not posted in awhile, except maybe to reblog so excellent posts from Lauren in NOLA. I take tons of photos, but they are too large to upload to WP. I tried to reduce them into one post but it crashed their server. Whatever. So I am uploading in a series of photographic and word posts what i have snapped and thought in the last 6 weeks. These photos are in no particular chronological or theme oriented but whatever is in the box to upload in that order with some few comments below the pics. Enjoy…..
Two mosquitoes mating for HOURS on a red towel hung out to dry, I guess they just liked the red since they feed on blood.
My Ghede, the oldest male in a cemetery near me. Note the inverse pentagram.
An old abandoned house and barn near me, torn down by a bulldozer, found lots of interesting metal and stone objects therein, and it was Not posted No Trespassing.
The 400+ pound bear who occasionally visits, caught on my neighbor’s game cam in his back yard at dusk, full story to follow in next post. Lets just say i inadvertently got within 10 feet of him one dark night and did not see him as he was sitting in my maple tree as i walked by…..
Holey Tree near the Red Lodge
Four Chinook Helli copters flying near the junk yard were i was selling screp metal for some food etc. These can transport Humves and carry tanks. Our tax dollars at work..
Instead of “Guns and Roses” lets call this Guns and Absinthe
More posts with more pics from May and June to come… Enjoy.
This speech is seminal and right on and was given at a prestigious small college about 40 miles from my house. Thanks Lauren for sharing it. Enjoy and Be Free of Speech !
Originally posted on Erichtho's Descent :
I graduated on Friday with my M.A. in English Literature. I did this degree full time over the last two years as I worked full time. I graduated with a 4.0, which was an act of humongous will and stubbornness.
I am very proud of my degree. I wrote my thesis on the witch Erichtho and passed my defense with distinction. Hopefully in the future I can continue the little scholarship on this very interesting Greek witch and contribute to the witchcraft discourse in an academic way.
At graduation, I was confronted with an invocation by a Catholic priest who ignored every non Christian (well really, every non Catholic) in the room. It was uncomfortable. I thought it was in poor taste from a university that celebrates diversity.
Our speakers were decent enough, they had some interesting things to say, but nothing that truly moved and inspired me.
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