Here is a nice short article on the Oak tree with some great graphics, comments, and links in those comments. Enjoy and Blessed Be the Great Oak Tree ! My own story i put into their comments – https://blausternschlonge.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/life-and-death-of-the-big-old-bear-oak-tree/
Original Native American Trails in PA
Two Maps from the mid to latter 1700s showing where the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers merge near where i live
Sorry i have not been posting much of later my blogger friends, but REALITY and Spring and various projects have kept me Very Busy.
Taoist Bridge go with the glow surviving minor flooding
I mostly fixed the snow/ice collapsed bridge for one thirty firth of what insurance paid me with a rather ingenious “go with the flow” Taoist style which i posted pics of before.
What you sometimes see out of yr Jeep windshield
I had to trade in my wonderful 2003 VW Golf for a beautiful metallic blue 2009 Jeep Wrangler X. VWs can go for 250K miles or more, but mine was nickel and dime-ing me to death, had great gas mileage d/t its low profile, but anything you hit bigger than a baseball took out the muffler etc. The Jeep’s mpg in comparison sucks but i don’t drive that far anymore, but now i can drive up mountains.
I have been working my arse off on the bridge and yard and etc preparing for May Day next Sunday, even putting together a little burning man like Tab has in a huge version. All the trees are budding and flowering and i learned one can take a cutting of certain trees from live branches and use a root enzyme so am trying to start a sycamore (love those) and the most beautiful weeping (like a willow) pink cherry tree i gathered from my travels and from people i just stop at their houses and they graciously say Yes. That cheap little indoor greenhouse starting kit is working wonderfully with lots of plants coming up but to be honest i forget what some of them are, but around here one cannot plant outside for fear of frost until after Mother’s Day. But the green is very good for me mentally and emotionally and especially spiritually.
Oh and as i wrote before i have set up a full Solomonic temple once again in the Hex Haus aka white cabin but i am not writing much about that.
Der Schwartz Haus aka Black Cabin as opposes to the Hex Haus aka White Cabin as oppoded to the white with black shutters house i live in
After 11 years i finally talked the absent owner of the cabin across the stream behind mine to sell it and its one acre to me, yea for a great price. My good neighbor and i like it quiet here (no screaming kids, no shooting rednecks, no kenneled barking dogs, etc), so he bought the tax abandoned houses behind him against the mountain and now i have this tract of land so out closest neighbor is an eighth of a mile, yea. So we are left with deer, bear, and the occasional cougar aka mountain lion which makes going outside at night somewhat of an adventure now. So that was quite a deal to swing financially but with Ganesha’s help it is going to work out and work out in time for deed transfer next Tuesday, yea. They call this bachelor because between my neighbor, me, and the two guys who lived behind him, and the owner of the cabin who just has a long term girlfriend, we are all happy bachelors. LOL
And i have been exploring local historical societies, old churches, graveyards,and Native American sites. Needless to say this month i have taken about a hundred pics so far. i should probably have a photography blog, but they would all just get stolen anyway.
My mum told me this was still here, just before my exit, the original Schaffer who lived in this valley first. I found the road marker w the help of a relative, hiked u in, took pics, recovered a half dozen of preserved vinegar and other jars.
So by the time it has gotten to blogging time, after working all day until dusk, eating, taking a bath, having a glass of wine, but then staying up until 4am trying to OCD catch up on projects laid from one counter to the other in almost every room, i have not been blogging much. I literally have, once again, about a hundred of yr posts saved in a file to read, which is why i have not responded to anything in weeks, so forgive me. I have literally only been getting around 4 hours of sleep at the most for over a month now.
My local Ghede honoured with his bronze Civil War marker, a simple cross with flowers i got at the Dollar Store, a quarter with the State of PA on the back, and two Captain Black cigars on top arranged in a TAU cross. Interesting how his marker has an inverse pentagram on it
Another marker that was of a blue stone granite
I have about 20 books on the local history and Native Americans to read with old maps going back to the original Indian trails up to when William James of the Jamestown settlement sent French and English “Blancs” up the SusQ to the Juniata river to trade some rum with a large settlement to gather stone for a house around 1640 (I know Brits, recent history, lol) to a house still standing from around the mid 1700s. And directly across the river from me at the bend in the river where the eagles used to build in some sycamores (now they have moved up my mountain and have successfully raised about 2 young a year for years now) there was a town and then RR station called “Iroquois”, so been hiking in the state game lands there from both ends north and south where the road is blocked and just a dirt road now. Now is a good time to look for such things with little shrub growth, no snakes and little insects, except the damned ticks are out Way too early already. You can see where the Natives planted on the rich flat land of the first flood plane along the river, then built their villages on the second (50-100 year flood plane) next one up, then maybe larger villages on the third flood plane (500 year flood zone). Smart people those in indigenous peoples, smarter than modern Americans building in flood planes, on land that is fill, on land that is prone to mudslides and earthquakes and forest fires, on land that is right on the ocean, which is why insurance after Katrina and Sandy Hook (i have recently found out personally) is now Three times higher than it used to be.
Catholic altar uncovered for Easter. Interestingly on Good Friday all these icons were covered with purple velvet but it was too holy an event to snap pics of it
Oh, and on Easter, this 33 year third degree HPT Witch, this past Buddhist monk, This past Buddhist and Hindu and OTO and ECG initiated and empowered eastern and western Magickian. This closet Shaitaist Lucifeian Baphomet loving Gnnosticke, did something i have never done before.
Stained glass window in an Episcopal church that has an old foot pumped bellows for the pipes which are at least 20 feet high which i hope to hear played some day soon. Here in the USA this denomination is fairly liberal and even GBLT friendly with female ministers
I went to a Catholic High Easter Mass at a church dedicated to the patron Mary of the day i was born. It was very cathartic having been kicked out of my Methodist church for meditating with zen incense when i was 20. Don’t worry, i am not converting. The ritual was beautiful and parts were physically almost exactly like out Coven’s rituals, especially the way the cingulum/censor was swung in a cross x 3 both directions then in a circle x 3, but curious, and i will Have to ask a Priest, they swing it deosil twice then widdershins once, hmmmmm….. The people were very nice. And i had a weird energy surge when the host was consecrated and held up and i had my eyes closed before then just listening and then opened them to see what was happening. Too much to write, blog post, type, or email about.
I have only told three close friends who would understand, the one being raised totally non-religious in the south and Never been baptized, nor his mum, nor her mum. I told him he would make the Perfect Satanic Priest, LOL. Anther close friend kinda understood but she hates what the Blanc Xians did to the Native Americans, and i understand that. The other was my tattoo artist who has a fascination with anything regarding history and religious anthropology and when he tats me i teach him stuff. He is not the heavily tattooed missing one tooth older guy he appears to be for sure.
My tat artist JM skillfully drawing out a design on a light table before making the stencil
No skin left to tat on this ole gal
Right arm symbols of Eastern Empowerments
Left arm symbols of Western Initiations. The red marks on both arms are from clearing brush
SATOR square left check and Fleur-de-Lis with Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense right chest fit in an X line between older tats
TEMET NOSCE in Latin with Runic Ts. Yea as anyone who has ever gotten a tat knows they look red and nasty at first and i even toned down the colour. The M especially hurt at it was right on the bottom of the sternum. Ouch!
Oh, in last month got in black red degree signs for eastern empowerments and western initiations on forearms, SATOR square in German Runes on left chest, fleur de lis avec honi soit qui mal y pense right chest, TEMET NOSCE on my upper abdomen (ouch at the lower sternum, did i say Ouch?), and a half ring (full rings fade quickly inside of finger my tat artist and his wife advised me) of a black pentagram vampire red circle with the runes CHDR which stand for out Covens of the Catta aka cat totem in North America, Horsa aka horse totem in the New Forest England, and Dragon Rouge aka red dragon totem south east French coast (you know, were Yeshua and Mary Mag landed and had black Sarah) on my left middle finger, so i am married to the coven now like a nun wears a ring being marries to Jesus. My left ring finger remains open in case i ever Do get married like to Sandra Bullock LOL. Actually i still plan on getting handfasted to my love Lady EWH if she will have me.
You see i can separate YHShVH aka Yeheshua the holy teacher from the GOD his followers made him. Just read the Sermon on the Mount and the Gospel of John and the Gnostic Gospels. I know Mary aka Mariam aka The Black Virgin is nothing more than the Goddess herself in her many forms around the world. But fast forward from Paul to the Catholic church money grabbing power grabbing torturing burning at the stake crusading NZs they became, for me, you can FK all of that. depravity. Why do you think i was a SP during the French Revolution then escaped to Haiti and then to NOLA to practice herbalism and alchemy and medicine? To keep my head on my shoulders, LOL. I do have respect for the present Pope and two Popes ago, even though i totally disagree with their theology, but like the Dalai Lama i consider them to be living Santos.
Sacred Hearts of Mariam and Yeheshua
What can i say, me busy, me strange……
Waxing Moon at dusk
I will post lots of photos later but just a few here.
Copyright GLHoke 2014
The total eclipse of the Full Moon by the Earth was last night around 0200-0400am but i missed it since it was cloudy and raining, but i lit some candles to my Eclipse gods Rahu/Rahula this morning. I found this picture above on some Tumblr site i unfortunately did not bookmark, but as you know Tumblr images have scores of sources. I Love this pic even though it is of the total eclipse of the Sun by the Moon, not the Moon by the Earth. You can see better astronomical photos of the Eclipse on EarthSky.org. Enjoy and Blessed Full Moon and Eclipse.
I almost forgot today to post the fact that 110 years ago in the Cairo Museum Rose Kelly led Aleister Crowley to an obscure part of the British Museum, saying, “they are calling you” and led him to Stele exibhit #555 which was a pained front and back Stele of the Priest Alkh-af-na Khonsu as an Ibis scribe writing what Ra / Horus / Ra-Hoor-Khuit was chanelling to him. For the next three days she would go into trance and dictated the three chapters of Liber Al vel Legis aka The Book of the Law to AC as her scribe. I still feel this is one of the most important shamanic cross cultural transmissions from the Old Ones of the original Nephilim who landed in Egypt circa 4-5000 BCE.
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Absolutely beautiful. I LOVE Rumi. Thanks MG.
O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing.
overcome with ecstasy,
Free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered,
we are all beings in the ray of light from the beloved,
nothing can be said.
Rumi is a 13th century, Persian poet and considered a Sufi Saint by many. While Rumi was an Islamic poet, his poetry has a transcendent appeal among various cultures world wide. His poems contain a deep theme of creative love and the urge to rejoin the spirit to the divine. He believed that this was the goal of every living…
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I am sick of the Frost Mythos urban myth based on the misinterpretation of Gavin and Yvonne Frost’s The Witche’s Bible.
And especially this TWH synopsis (no blame to them, just reporting the pagan communites’ knee jerk politically correct “don’t taint me” dissociative reaction of what i consider to be intelligent people who for some reason do not know ancient history or the practices of our ancestors. You can read here how they were invited and then uninvited to a major Witch/Pan event in Florida. This is an excellent an informative articles fairly giving both sides, so kudos to TWH for this post.
And finally you can read their own words about what they think the present state of Witchcraft is, from about 50 years of experience. Read the book. They are talking historically about how things were done in the past, not how they were doing things now. All i can say is You Go Gavin and Yvonne because they kick arse and even threaten lawsuits for slander in the end !!!
Think deep. Do your research. Don’t listen to gossip. Make your own opinion. I have friends who have gone to Starwood for decades and have hung out with the Frosts and i have Never heard them say anything bad about them. I have a friend in NC who was adopted by them as a teen and they turned his life round and he said absolutely NOTHING happened of an inappropriate manner.
To paraphrase Rodney King – Can’t we just all get along and do Witchcraft together, young and old, old school and new school? And FK the politically correct “Wicca” that does not understand that back in the hippie days kids ran around buck naked and No one (except maybe the few pervs who are at Every public event) paid one glance or one thought about it.
But it is the post-rReagonm, post-Satanic Panic,post Llewellyn cut and past books that offend No one, post PC “Wicca” culture we live in nowadays. Hell nowadays i am afraid of giving a male or female witch even a hug for fear, as i have been, of being accused of sexual innuendos. I am a post hippie. We hugged. Got a problem with hugging? Hell, get over it all the gossip from the past and the infighting and rumor mongering.
Don’t you have something better to do like go outside tonight under the waxing moon and pray to the Goddess of us all???
Ole Doc Santee went through this very same public rumor mongering and his library was burned down by the fundies and thieves in town.
Afraid to go outside under the full moon and Know Thyself and remember what a spiritual master said – “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”? Then keep on blogging this SHT on and on and on about various elders, the good, the slightly bad, the bad. Grarner, Sanders, Valiente, Fortune, Crowley Regardie, in the public eye, a target on their back, tabloids following them.Can we expect any less from the public? But should we accept more than constructive criticism and intelligent feedback from our witch/pagan brothers and sisters?
Write yr words late at night with a few meads in you. Just remember – you will get old too. You will have a Lot of things you wrote and said and emailed and tweeted and it is all there eternally on some server, and you and i did things that wev will not be proud of a few decades from now. We are not perfect even if we are witches or even clergy. We are not perfect whether we are Christian priests or Buddhist monks or grand poopaas of some occult group, or High Priest/esses of Witchcraft. We are not Perfect.
Who is to judge a tree by the way its branches have grown?
Postscript – that was my 1000th post.
Addendum – here is a link to what The Wild Hunt posted on their Pagan Community Notes on this subject. Enjoy.
I saw this on The Raven and the Oak blog reblogged there and went back to the source reblogged here. Enjoy ye Witches, Pagans, Druids and Bards! BB
Last autumn a young man, Matt Fryer, and his colleague came over from film school to interview me for a short documentary they were making on the ‘lost art of the spoken word.’ Knowing that Druidry, and Bardistry, is concerned with the oral tradition he wanted to chat. We managed to speak by the Long Man until it started raining, and then retreated back home for the last part. It’s a great short film with ‘Family Guy’ style cartoons and haunting music at the end. Congratulations Matt!
My comments – “Interesting first part and looking forward to reading the second part. As Lorna said it is interesting how such an iron stomached bird can be wiped out by an anti-inflammatory drug given to cattle, and how the decline in their population has brought up the canines scavengers who are also predators and have so much rabies that kills so many people. I guess the spirit of the vulture is getting its revenge, making more dead bodies if it is denied them naturally. I am reminded in the high Himalayas how there was (now there is mined natural gas and coal) no wood for cremations and the ground frozen for burials how they used “sky burials” much cheaper and eco-friendlier than the former. And just how the Native Americans used All parts of a buffalo how high Lamas bones would be artistically made into kapalas and kanglings. The highly carved ones on eBay now are most likely from executed Chinese prisoners….. I will read the second part then reblog this so TY for another fine writing on nature Brian.” Also check out Part Two of this post on the Vulture.
I’ve never really had the travel bug, so have only seen vultures in the wild once, in Andalucia, soaring over a limestone gorge, and spiralling on thermals above the mountains. I was quite taken with them, so I watched Charlie Hamilton-James’s painstaking B.B.C. documentary –Vultures, Beauty in the Beast (21.00 p.m on 31st January), with great interest. Hamilton James turned out to be a persuasive advocate for a species that, with their hairless serpentine necks that can exert a force of 40lbs, and stomach juices capable of dissolving metal, are formidable ecological specialists! Filming in Africa, he pointed out that if hyenas fail to turn up, vultures will plunge their heads into the rear ends of animal carcasses to dine. Adult vultures can soar a hundred miles to bring food to their fast growing chicks. The lovingly crafted documentary showed these maligned birds to…
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