The Nights the Big Black Panther and her Cub Came a Calling

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Here in the central Appalachians the PA Game Commission will deny over and over again that there are cougarsaka mountain lions aka black panthersroaming over large areas of deep forest and even down where humans habitate. But i have heard stories that are first hand of their sightings, and seen game cam photos, seen their skull skeletons, heard them with my own ears and seen them with my own eyes. We also have bobcatsand even my mum, who lives in the suburbs but very near a wooded area and creek, saw one enter her yard and get into a fight with one of her cats. It had all the classic signs of dark tufts on its ears, the size of a dog, and the snub tail, and a wild howl. She chased it away with a broom! You Go Mom! LOL And…

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Germany’s Fascination With Native American Culture

Very interesting how they and other Europeans are fascinated by native cultures all over the world. Here in the US people in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) dress up as anything from ancient Celts to Renaissance French and English, and i doubt the European historians are offended though like you said it is romanticized. I think in this post-modern work where we as the human race have explored and exploited every corner of the globe and the natives who lived and live there we feel some guilt so do honour their memory in these simple and harmless ways. Of course the next step, as many of these actors and re-enactors have done already, is to read the Real anthropological and archeological books about the Real natives, and more especially to read the writings of the remaining natives about their culture. Now regarding the scalps (which the native americans learned to do from the French traders) they should Definitely be returned to the people, though i am sure with the provenance confusing it is hard to determine just where and to whom to return them. Maybe some place in the middle of the country that represents all The People (as the native americans call themselves) that represents all natives of this exploited land. I am going to reblog this MG because i think many important points are made here in your writings and in the video and articles, so thank you from me and my blog followers. Blessings.

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Above is a picture of the Karl May Museum in Radebeul Germany. Karl May (1842-1912) is a famous German author who wrote several stories about the American Old West.  These books became insanely famous in Germany. In Germany, Mr. May was the J.K. Rowling of his time. Everyone in Germany was familiar with the characters of his novels, especially the Native American heroes Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. The actual historical accuracy of these books is very debatable, especially considering the fact that Karl May never even ventured to the American West until after his books were already sold.

Like Americans in the early 20th century, Germans too loved tales about the Old West. Yet the key difference, is instead of rooting for the Cowboys, many Germans supposedly  (according to the video above at least) admired the Native American characters in the stories.

The New York Times…

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Tuatha Dea Band from their Website

From The Wild Hunt’s Pagan Community Notes post – I really enjoyed this band of indie gypsies called Tuatha Dea. You can link to their latest video at the above link, and i will try to embed the YT version below. If unsuccessful at doing so as of late probably d/t some new programming at YT or WP then just follow the links. To quote from TWH –

“The Pagan band Tuatha Dea, who recently crowdfunded a new album, has released the first video from that album, “Long Black Curl.” The new album, “Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae,” can be purchased at their official website. – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/08/pagan-community-notes-a-vigil-in-dc-als-ice-bucket-challenge-cog-environmental-statement-and-more.html#sthash.f7AqbRwG.dpuf”

Tuatha Dea “Long Black Curl”

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For more songs from this band go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Tuatha+Dea

And here is their website where i got the picture above – http://www.tuathadea.net/the-band/

Enjoy, and get up and dance!

The Wylde Hunt and Goblins: They’re Really Not So Bad

Thank you Raven and Oak for this fine writing on the Fae. I think, much like humans, the Fae have their seasonal moods, much like humans get SADD in the winter time. The Fae are watching their habitations being mowed and harvested now, even seeing we witches gently and respectfully picking mature herbs for drying and turning into incenses and healing concoctions. The Fae have played in the sunshine and lush green all summer, and now they can feel Autumn’s chill a coming, thus they turn a little dark, like fae with scythes, then turn way dark as we approach All Hallows. It is all good. There is nothing to fear to “those who know” and work with them. And Lorna TY for that great link to the old book on the Fae and to that free Project Gutenberg download site! Worthy of a reblog so TY RO and Blessings.

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Awesome creepy poetic story – the return revenge of the rusty metal goblins, mining then putting together their own dark ghostly elven train. Here in the Appalachians we have lots of abandoned mines and RR lines, but the ones in the city are probably more dangerous from the criminal types who inhabit them. I fear men more than goblins, LOL. Worthy of a reblog so TY for your bardic modern interpretations of this post-modern age.

Signposts in the Mist

Steaming from the tunnel comes a grim dark engine
With a dim flat face cast in iron and unstoppable.
In its clanging pistons reeds and river-weed are caught.
Vivid green algae coats its dreadnought visage.

Cut off from the mainline it is an engine of darkness
Reconstructed piece by piece in the dank and rusty tunnel
From smashed metal parts by subterranean little people
Emerging into daylight in a cloud of black smoke.

At the red and scolding flames stoking up its engine
Is a goblin driver with a maniacal grin
In a tweed flat cap and filthy navy overalls
Reciting unknown stations in a feral tongue.

Its carriages are luminous with elfish women
Who turn in wedding gowns beneath chandeliers
With manicured hands chinking glasses of champagne.
Their smiles are eternal so long as their drinks are full.

This grim dark engine brings a message from the gods,
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This Earth That We Have Is Precious Beyond Measure

Very good video. I grew up listening to and watching Alan on the tele. “Drugs” are a relative term to me. Some entheogens are more plant allies who teach us where the human and the plant world come together in trance. I think some plants simply stimulate the glands aka chakras to open up and pump various natural substances to our brains. But i experimented “back in the day” when things were pure, not mega-manipulated and polluted with other meds and the blood of the horses who carried them here to the US. P Psilocybin and MDMA were originally used by psychologists to break patients thru certain barriers. And shamans throughout the millennia have worked with both plants and fasting and ecstasy to reach trance states. I know MG yr final statement was mostly for legal reasons, because no one wants to promote the use of bad drugs,and unfortunately nowadays so many are bad, but then so many are good. Rebloggins so TY. BB

Metal Gaia

 

It is good to be optimistic about the future, but we can’t ignore the current destruction of the planet. 

Any society that allows the destruction of life’s foundations is insane. 

What if we thought we only had a year left on this planet, would our actions be different? 

Nature is not an infinite resource that we can just use and abuse like toilet paper, nature has her limits. 

The only thing that I disagree with about this video though is that I do not promote the use of drugs for any reason. 

 

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“This Is My Body” Video – Very Powerful

I actually found this wonderful and powerful video entitled This Is My Body on a Tumblr page then traced it back to YT and will attempt to embed it here, but if that does not work then just link through the title above or the YT link or the Vimeo link. Hey, the Vimeo imbed worked! Yea!

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It is a powerful statement by Women regarding the fact that They and We All Own Our Bodies and we can “Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be the Whole of the Law” with them, to coin a Crowley Themenic mantra.

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I liked it a lot and especially the Fk U emotional energy involved. I would like to see these women storm the Congress singing screaming this song in unison! Enjoy.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45539176″>This Is My Body</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jasonstefaniak”>Jason Stefaniak</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

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Meeting Shiva Mahakal in an Indian run Tobacco store in BFE

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Who wound have thought it, that i have met the most devout devotee of Shiva and Ram in my life, running a tobacco store in the middle of the boonies where i live? A couple months ago i was driving over the mountain to see Dutch Jeff and on the way was low on smokes so found this little store with a drive thru window and i went inside to buy some of my favourite Black and Mild wood tipped wine flavoured cigarillos. The store had the usual tobacco products, but also a long shelf of incense both Indian and even Santeria. The prices were better by a bit from other stores scattered over three counties.

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The owner is an Indian i shall name Rush which is a shortening and Americanization of his full Hindu name. He spoke little English but enough for us to communicate. One of the older female workers, i assume a relative, helped translate at times in between his hectic tending the drive thru window and walk in customers, let along a blanc dressed like a local hick as i dress when out in the county.  Over the next few visits over a few weeks to a month and a half i established that he primarily worships Rama and then Shiva. Now as any of you know who read this blog i may be a Witch but my main God is Shiva. We talked about his homeland, which is NW India in the province of Utar Pradash near Kashmir. I bemoaned the violence there since the Brits split that part of the country, which was mostly Hindu, into part of Pakistan, which of course is mostly Moslem.  Its a shame because the Indian Kush mountains and fine lakes of Kashmir are some of the most beautiful places on the planet, and the English lords and Hindu Raj used to vacation there away from the heat of Benares.

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On further visits to the store, and talking with Rush, we went even further into his beliefs and devotion especially to Rama, and when he described his God he would look up arms raised eyes almost rolled back in devotion. He is truly a very spiritual devotee and inspired me. His one female co-worker and i assume a relative translated a lot for us and one day she asked “you like our religion?” to which i said about how i had various Shaktipat initiations into Shaivism and Vaishavism, how i had lived at an ashram whose lineage went back to Lord Lakulash the 28th incarnation of Shiva, how i was an ordained Buddhist monk for a bit, and about the various deities i work with, being devoted to Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Shakti and the Nagas and Naginis.

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On a later visit i knew they had a shrine hidden somewhere and boldly but humbly asked to see it to offer puja. I bought some incense and Rush took me upstairs to a shrine directly behind and above the cash register and showed me a shrine with Ganesh, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, and behind them all Mahakal and Mahakali. I offered puja and did a blessing on myself and then on Rush with the proper mantras and mudras. I think he was impressed i knew such things.

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Finally the big visit, where he and the lady working with him (sorry i cannot remember her name given to me only once) both gave me gifts. He pulled out a small folded paper which had some of the sacred blessed ask of Shiva and she a mustard seed, both from their Mahakal temple linked below which is where they were from. I dipped my right hand three fingers into the ask and made the three horizontal lines across my forehead and changed Sivoham. They then gave me some more ash, of which he had little, and the seed, and later when i returned i showed him how i had put these into a small glass vial and was wearing it around my neck with a red cotton thread. I thought their jaws were going to drop open when i did the above.

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Just a little teaching here for those who do not know – the white ash of Shiva is from burning a special wood, preferably wood from a cremation group, and it represents the bija or semen of Shiva. The red ash called kum-kum is also burned from a special wood and represents the menstrual blood of Kali. This is used in the red dot tilaks one sees on Indian ladies foreheads.

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On investigation of the Mahakal temple i realized it specialized in Tantric Shaivism and Shaktism, and hinted to Rush about some tantric terms, and they knew what i was talking about.

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I think in the future Rush will invite me to his and his wife’s home (they both have their green cards and were married privately  (it not being an arranged marriage), then in front of their families, then in front of the priest of the temple) and i look forward to that and the Indian meal cooked by someone from that part of India!

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So, how strange, to meet such devotees in a tobacco store in the middle of BFE so nearby. So very strange indeed. But then we are devotees of the same Gods and Goddess, and i am a Witch so such “weaving of the threads” happens as you all know….

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Embedded above and throughout this post are some pictures of Shiva which are public access from various sites and Tumblr pages, and below are links i found to their temple and some videos of puja there. Those particular images of the Mahakal Temple i will leave for you to see at these sites.

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Here is a good touristy site of various temples especially of the Mahakaleshwar jyotirling (there are 12 jyoti lingums in India, meaning lingum of light, the essence of Shiva, self generated, and the Mahakal temple is one of the main ones).

Mahakal Shiva in his Nepalese Buddhist form as Mahakala

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http://indianstemples.blogspot.com/2013/04/mahakaleshwar-jyotirling-temple-in.html

Here is the Wikipedia link to the Mahakal Temple.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahakaleshwar_Jyotirlinga

Here is the long puja with arati done at the temple.

Complete Mangla Aarti Of Mahakaal Ujjain, महाकाल की सम्पूर्ण मंगला आरती

Naga worship or Naga Puja is also done at the Mahakal temple, a practice dear to my heart and practice, and here is the Wiki on that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Panchami

Here is a complete video of some of the parts of Naga Puja.

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And finally for those who wish to know when the various and multiple deities of India are honoured i refer you to the Hindu Festival Calendar.

http://www.drikpanchang.com/calendars/hind/hinducalendar.html?year=2014

Here are some pics of Shiva/Shakti in Hermaphroditic form as half female and half male, called Hari-Hara is parts of India.

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And some pictures of Lord Ganesha

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Rahu / Rahula a manifestation of Mahakala Shiva eating the Sun and Moon, and a Shiva lingum and Shakti yoni with Naga.

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Some pictures of Mahakali

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Here are two pictures of Lord Lakulash the 28th physical incarnation of Shiva, who when he was about to die had his disciple sit around him and close their eyes and meditate and when they opened their eyes he had merged into the lingum in stone as part of it.

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 Om Namo Vasodevaya!

Om Jai Ganesha!

Om Hare Krsna Hare Rama Hare Shivaya!

Om Namah Shivaya!

Sivoham!!!

And to soften this out almost at the end of this post, the grouping of Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Ganesha

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Oh and here is the completion of the benign Nagini on my right thigh and the Vetala (vampire succubus) Nagini on my left thigh. These are poor pics and i hope once they are fully healed to have better ones to share in the future. Enjoy!

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These last two images are Copyright 2014 GLHoke

A Great Blog Post at TWH by Sam Webster – “Suffering & Satisfaction in Patterns of Consumption (and Zombies)”

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I found this great post at TWH today entitled Suffering & Satisfaction in Patterns of Consumption (and Zombies) written by Sam Webster. He touches upon a lot of relevant topics about living in this consumer driven civilization. Enjoy and Think about it…

(I would comment there or tell them i am reblogging but TWH is more a website than a blog and you have to join Discus, which i hate, to make any comments since it won’t let one comment under WP or Google for some reason.)