Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011


Welcome To Our Corner of the Blogosphere!

YAY!! Our day has a arrived in The Real Witches of Halloween line up. We are very excited to be a part of this blog tour. A little about us... Atreya and I (Amethyst) met a few years ago at an open Samhain ritual in NYC and we've been connected ever since. We are members of the same soul family and, along with a few other people, have had a lifetime or two together. The sisterly bond between us is very strong and we've been accused of sharing the same mind. So, one day while sitting on the couch bickering about whose brain it was first an idea crept in and 2 Witches 1 Blog was born. Our blog is barely a month old but thus far we truly enjoy working on it and we hope the folks that stop by enjoy it too.  What you'll find here: Stone and Herb of the month posted on the first of every month. Spells, meditations, funny pictures, articles and anything else that knocks our pointy hats crooked. You can tell which one of us is writing by the colors we've chosen. I'm purple and Atreya is sage green. So browse around, laugh at us (we don't mind), comment and send us emails.






Bright Blessings
~Amethyst & Atreya~


Dust The Cobwebs Off Your Dancing Shoes!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Nothing to do on Samhain?? Well if your in the NYC area put on your pointy hat and come to the 7th Annual Witches Ball.  The party starts at 8pm and will be a night filled with performers, tarot readers, a drum circle and a midnight Samhain ritual.  This year, the proceeds from the ball are going to the American Red Cross. 

When: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Location: Club Drom  85 Ave. A (between 5th & 6th streets)
Time: 8pm - 2am
Price: $20 ahead of time and $25 at the door (MUST BE 21 TO ENTER)

No matter how you celebrate, have fun, be safe and ride your brooms proud!!!

~Amethyst~

Be Gone!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
So I just found a spell I did a couple of months ago. It was actually a 3 part spell that used the Dark, New, and Waxing Moon. Each part can be used all on its own and does not NEED the other parts to be successful. However, I think working them in succession gives it that extra "oohmf". 

For this post, I'm gonna focus mainly on the banishing spell. It's simple yet effective!

Some witches may not be comfortable doing magick during a Dark Moon. And thats fine. You can do the first part of the spell during a Waning Moon if you prefer. But I got GREAT results working with the Dark Moon.

I did this spell for someone I care about very deeply who was under great emotional, mental, and spiritual stress. And this was affecting their recovery from addiction that they had worked so hard at. They were losing faith in themselves. So I asked permission (granted it was astrally, but permission from their Higher Self nontheless) and worked this spell for them.



Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 small black candles
  • Banishing oil
  • Braid of sweet grass
  • carving tool
  • bowl
  • water
  • sage
  • salt
  • lighter


I actually went on my roof to do this. It was a bit windy, but I thought that was great because it felt as if Air would escort my spell to my friend. But you can absolutely do this in the comfort of your own home.

- Sit comfortably and and begin to take deep breaths. Clear your mind. Let all the energy of the day go through you to the Earth. Envision roots coming out of your feet and going through Mother Earth and wrap them around her core and anchor. (You can of course use whatever grounding technique you're comfortable with).

- Burn the sage and begin to sage yourself and your ritual/spell items. You may cast circle as you normally do at this time OR you can just envision a giant, beautiful orb of white light encircling you and the area around you (make known that this is now sacred space and any, every, and all malignant energies are not welcome and will be repelled. Only energies of Light and Love are welcome).

- Consecrate and bless the water and salt. Place water in your bowl. Put 3 pinches of salt in the water. Place the braid of sweet grass around the bowl.

- Take each of the small black candles and carve symbols or words that are relevent to your client and their issue (i.e. person's name, zodiac sign, words that relate to the problem, uncrossing sigils, etc.)

- Rub each candle with a healthy helping of banishing oil (my blend was Cypress, clove, and cedarwood for this particular spell)

- Take the first black candle, light it, and hold the candle with both hands. Close your eyes if you like and say out loud what that candle represents. For example:

                                            "This candle is depression, self-pity, and guilt."

 ...then raise the candle up and envision you are drawing these emotions/habits into the candle. Think of the light of the candle as a seducing flame, enticing those negative feelings towards it (like the glow of an electric fly trap to a fly!). Envision those negative energies being sucked into the candle. Feel the pull of it.

- Take as much time you need, and once you feel you have captured them, place the candle in front of you (on your altar, the floor, etc.). Look at the candle and with a sense of power and authority, say out loud:

                                                         "You are NOTHING."
                                          (move the candle farther away from you)
                                                          "You are FADING."
                                          (move the candle farther away from you)
                                                         "You are BANISHED!"

- Take the candle and snuff the flame in the bowl of salted water and BREAK the candle. Throw the remnants of the candle in the bowl.

- Repeat these steps for the other 2 black candles. Remember to say something different for each candle (i.e. "This candle is fear, addiction, and hopelessness. This candle is...etc.)

- Once all 3 candles are broken and in the bowl of blessed water, place your palms over the bowl and say:

                                               "Now are gone these evil thoughts,
                                                 Negative feelings and habits flee,
                                                    Never are you to rise again
                                                       As I say, so shall it be!"
                           
                                               (hold bowl up and say 3 times:)

                                                   "Darkness is BANISHED!" (Last time said with authority!)

- Take the time to REALLY ground yourself after the spell. Deep breaths. Sage yourself again.

- Close the circle.



You can obviously work this spell for yourself. And you can also change up the words to fit your particular style and issue (i.e. rewording some of the words could turn it into a "banishing negative spirits" spell).

I hope this was useful. Lets get rid of those icky habits, feelings, and thoughts before the New Year!

Love and Light!

~*Atreya*~


POP QUIZ!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
National Geographic has a pretty interesting Halloween quiz.  Don't worry.  There are no essay questions, it's multiple choice and if you cheat that's between you and google.  Enjoy!  I got 6 out of 10 questions correct, post your results in the comments.

Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/halloween-quiz/

Trick or Bible!?!?

Sunday, October 23, 2011
So during my regular jaunt through various news outlets I found an article that raised an interesting question.  A question I'd never really thought about until now.  Should christians trick or treat??  This raised a lot of questions for me and I still haven't come up with any answers.  The first thing my mind went to is hypocrisy.  I know quite a few christians that don't exactly.... agree with paganism (some of my old school friends don't talk to me anymore because I'm pagan).  Witches are evil every other day of the year but on Halloween it's OK to dress your daughters up like us (kinda) to go score some candy. So how dare you look down on us as pagans/witches and then join in our celebration! 

Then I put the athame down, took a step back and thought a little deeper.  I also know a ton of christians/non-pagans that don't know the origins of any of their holidays. (Yule/Christmas, Ostara/Easter, Beltane/May Crowning etc) So how can I expect them to know the origins of Halloween (Samhain, Day of the Dead etc)??  People know what they are taught and what they are exposed to.  If, for your entire life, your told that Halloween is a scary time to dress up, eat candy and bob for apples than that is what you'll believe. Right?  If someone had asked me 15 years ago what the purpose/origin of Halloween is I would have said: "To have fun, eat candy and toilet paper someones' house. Duh!"  I didn't understand the origin of Halloween until I found and fell in love with the 'new age' section of my bookstore. Years later I met some witches that filled in the remaining holes and now I know why people wear masks, carve pumpkins and bob for apples.

Hmmm.... So when I look at it that way I can't really fault anyone for joining in the festivities I guess.  Especially with all the marketing and promotion from candy companies, horror films, and costume shops that goes into Halloween.  How could people/children resist when it's everywhere you turn for two months? So keep trick or treating people.  Eat to much candy, wear something ridiculous, and go carve a pumpkin.  Just think twice before following the lead of the minister in the article below.  Handing out bibles instead of candy will probably get your house tp'ed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/halloween-and-christians_n_1015603.html#s417047&title=Pitru_Paksha_India

Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~

Hot Tea and Disasters All Around

This morning I woke up to a beautiful autumn sunday. The air coming through my window was chilly, birds sang their usual tune on the fire escape and a cat grunted, annoyed that I stirred and disturbed his sleep.  Burrowed under my blankets with two cats by my side, I was tempted to stay in bed and force myself to sleep in.  But I couldn't for some reason.  My mood was too good and the day to pretty, so I got up.  Sitting on the couch, I turned on my computer and the television.  I went through my usual morning activities: watch/read a little news, scrolled through my facebook news feed for anything interesting, turned to soundscapes for some relaxing tunage, and listened to a few galactic federation messages (http://www.youtube.com/user/Komurosan).  Then, on to my favorite part of an autumn morning, a hot cup of tea (I chose mint today) and a piece of toast with cream cheese.  It wasn't 11am yet and I had already accomplished a bit and was still in that good mood. (The good mood wasn't unusual because I'm a grouchy person.  It was unusual because I'm not what you would call an early riser especially after going to bed rather late on saturday night.  So getting up early on a sunday and not being annoyed about it is strange for me.)
Then I came across an article that totally shifted my focus.  A 7.2 magnitude earthquake had hit Turkey this morning.  Countless buildings have been destroyed, an unknown number of people are trapped and at least 50 people have been confirmed dead.  I read the article and then it hit me.  My beautiful, calm and relaxed sunday morning was someone elses' nightmare.  While I'm sitting quietly enjoying my tea there are people, all over the world, experiencing their worst nightmares.  So I started searching and this is what I discovered: a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey today, southeast Asia is experiencing unprecedented flooding and almost 800 people have been reported dead, fukushima is still leaking a dizzying amount of radiation, people are participating in peaceful occupy movements all over the globe (and have been met with a high rate of police brutality), and let's not forget the wars still raging on in the middle east. These are just a few of the disasters going on throughout the world and it's overwhelming even to a person that does their best to stay well informed.
Life is such a strange thing.  I'm sitting in my home safely enjoying a quiet morning while there are thousands if not millions of people suffering around the world. Worrying about these disasters and the future disasters would only make me neurotic and crippled with anxiety.  I can't possibly donate money or goods to every location that is currently in crisis and packing a bag and setting out to cure the worlds ills isn't possible either. So I started to wonder, what now?  Then I remembered reading about this study years ago called The Global Consciousness Project (GCP). A group of scientists are actually trying to measure global/collective consciousness and the events of 9/11 provided them with interesting data.  The video explains it better than I ever could. 



I'm sure many people out there see the events happening around the world and find their hearts and spirits heavy because of it.  We wish we could wave our wands and the suffering would stop.  But what if our collective consciousness is the answer?  I believe that there is a collective consciousness and that we are all connected whether we like it or not.  Maybe I can do more with my good mood, cup of tea and relaxed state.  Perhaps through visualization, love and meditation my feelings can be extended out to others, sending love and support in their direction. 
Then (because once my mind starts to wonder it's hard to slow it) I began envisioning groups of people coming together weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly just to sit quietly and send love out into the world.  The effects of this, especially if people do this in numbers could be amazing. Hmmm... maybe Atreya and I could start something like this..? 
For now I'm committing myself to no less that 10 minutes a day of pure love concentration.  In the morning with my tea or at night before bed, I'm going to spend a few quiet minutes focused only on love and sending it to the people that need it, whomever they may be.  And who knows, if large numbers of people do this on a regular basis then we could really give the scientists at the GCP some charts and graphs to study.

Feeling the love and passing it on.
Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This has happened to me on the subway before
See...it happens to the best of us
HAHA! 

CRAP... The World is Ending..... Again

Friday, October 21, 2011
So how many of you remember when the world was suppose to end back in May 21, 2011? I do I do!! I remember it pretty well because there were signs posted all over the subways warning us to get right with god because the rapture was upon us. 

Harold Camping, a minister out in California, used biblical numerology to first predict that the rapture was coming back in 1994. When that date didn't work out he went back to his abacus and started working on a new date.  This time he came up with May 21, 2011. Apparently he forgot to carry the one because we're still here. As far as I know, much to the chagrin of his followers, the rapture didn't happen.  So now, Mr. Camping has a new date for us.  At some point today, the world is going to end. Surprisingly Mr. Camping and his followers aren't on the same publicity blitz as they were last time.  Probably because a lot of those folks went broke putting up billboards and subway signs only to be left with a lot of egg on their faces. His track record isn't to solid so I won't hold my breath. 

See you at 12:01am, October 22, 2011!!!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/14/oct-21-2011-end-of-world_n_1007859.html#s279937&title=End_of_Days

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/calif-christian-group-recalculates-biblical-math-now-says-rapture-and-end-of-world-is-friday/2011/10/21/gIQAl85r2L_story.html


Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~

Update: We're still here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lets get together! Yeah yeah yeah...

Monday, October 17, 2011
...why don't you and I combiiiine

(Parent Trap reference? No? Anyway...)

This guy thought it was a great idea. And so do I.

This. Is. Awesome.

"Artist Ildar Khanov created a unique building, which combines 16 world religions. Mosque, church, pagoda, synagogue and religions of now-vanished civilizations are situated together. In opinion of Ildar Khanov, famous healer and public figure, all the religions are isometric and that is why there is no point in dividing them and performing religious disputes – the God is inside each of us. Divine services and devotions are not performed here. The temple can be seen from the windows of the trains, coming to Kazan..."

"The structure is not an active temple of one or several religions, but rather a "temple of culture and truth" as Khanov describes its mission..."


YES! We are all ONE!!


http://gokazan.com/webcard/view/70/270.htm

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















My...I mean OUR Glastonbury. :)

I came upon this article today that was posted on The Witches' Voice about Glastonbury and I found it REALLY interesting and sort of inspirational:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/oct/17/glastonbury-shared-sacred-spaces?fb=optOut

So you might not know this about me yet, but I love, Love, LOVE England.

Like, absolutely adore.

Like, "Hi, my name is Atreya, and I'm an anglophile." 

Hi Atreya.

About 2 years ago, I went for my 2nd trip over there for Summer Solstice (that in itself is a WHOLE other story. So intense that I actually want to write a novel about it. Maybe I'll put lil snippets of my time there in my Corner sometime. I digress.) and went to Glastonbury a couple of days after the celebration.

And for this Pagan, it really was a special and spiritual experience. And it was so true; people of all faiths were there with a look of awe and wonder and a sense of great respect for the place in which we all stood. There was even a Pagan/Christian wedding that took place next to the Tor that had everyone clapping, smiling and wishing the best for the bride and groom. I'm sure the experience is different for everyone, but there is no denying there is some sort of energy you feel while you're there, whether you're spiritual or not.

Summer solstice was very bitter sweet for me that year. So when I went to Glastonbury, I was still feeling the effects. I got there too late to see the Chalice Well, so I decided I would go climb up to see the Tor. The town itself is a Pagan's dream. There were New Age shops like there were bodegas in the Bronx. Every couple of feet there was another store. And I just remember thinking one thing: Damnit, I'm gonna go broke here!

I went into a shop and bought some incense and my first big girl tarot deck (the Druid Deck...which to this day is my favorite deck and brings me back to Glastonbury whenever I use them). As I was leaving, an lovely older woman with a small, black widow spider tattooed in the middle of her forehead wished me a good day and a "blessed be". Really? When can I move here??!

I then began my ascent up High Street, towards the Tor. Now, apparently there is a much, MUCH easier and faster way to get to the Tor then the way I took. But at the time, the Goddess didn't want me to get there the easy way. She wanted to make me WORK. What should have taken me maybe 20-25 minutes (possibly less) to walk, instead took me a little over an HOUR. When I finally got inside the Tor (where I basically collapsed on the small bench inside) I was hot, sweaty, and physically and emotionally drained. That being said, I would not have wanted to ascend to the Tor any other way.

The path I took gave me time to think about all the events leading up till then, lead me through absolutely stunning scenery, and made me feel as if I was in Avalon bootcamp, and this was part of my initiation to become a priestess. I must have sat in the Tor for at least half an hour resting. Thank goodness the structure created a great wind tunnel which cooled and relaxed me. I finally walked out and took in the beautiful landscape. It gave me chills to be up there.

I finally found a grassy spot on the side of the Tor to sit and meditate. And thats when I felt it; this maternal energy coming from the ground and all around me. Like a mother coddling her child after a lesson learned. "You can let it go now." If the energy could talk, that's what it would have said. And boy did I. I don't know how long I cried for. But I remember placing my hands on the ground next to me and letting my tears and the unwanted energy go through the Earth.
After I was done, I figured I must have been given such a hard trail for a reason. 

It was to show how much I could accomplish on my own. It was to show that I don't give up when things are difficult. And it was to make me understand and believe that I was worthy.

And I just realized all this right now.

And here I am writing this and I'm tearing up all over again like a dope.

Because I get it now.

Oh Glastonbury, you slick witch...

~*Atreya*~


P.S. Here are some pictures that I took while I was there:









Yup...still walking












Me after my emotional/spiritual moment


Wedding I spoke about



"What do you mean there's an easier way to get down!?"




Back to where I began. I'm comin for you next Chalice Well!


P.P.S. It took all of 10 minutes to get back down. The Goddess got jokes.

The Cat That Would Not Be Vanquished

Putting animals 'to sleep' because they don't have a home is beyond inhumane in my book.  There has to be a better solution to dealing with lost and stray animals.  Andrea, a black cat in Utah, is going to have to manage with seven lives instead of nine after what happened to her at an animal shelter. 

"After the chamber was run once, Andrea was found still alive. The employee closed the chamber and ran the gas again before then put her in a bag to go into a cooler. When some employees came back 45 minutes later to put a dog they had just euthanized into the same cooler, they got a bit of a surprise."

Follow the link to the full story: http://www.wect.com/story/15704076/black-cat-uses-two-of-nine-lives

~Amethyst

NEW POST IN AMETHYST'S CORNER!

Thursday, October 13, 2011
I've updated my little corner of the blog. Click the Amethyst's Corner button above and check it out! (Apparently you can't comment on pages or I just haven't figured out how to do it yet. If you have a comment place it here. Thanks!)


Bright Blessings,
~Amethyst~


911, what's your emergency? I'm sorry.... you're where??

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
"A Massachusetts family got the Halloween scare of a lifetime by getting lost inside a dark and creepy Salem-area corn maze and had to call 911 for rescue. Danvers police say they got a call of distress from a mother of two about 6:32 p.m. Monday. The woman alerted the 911 operator of their situation in the Connors Farm in Danvers, a short distance from Salem."

Please... For the love of the Gods click the link and read the rest of this story (watch the video). I know that they were scared but this is pretty funny, especially how it all ended.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44875752/ns/us_news-weird_news/t/i-am-really-scared-family-lost-corn-maze-calls-help/?GT1=43001

Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~






Cannot count the number of times this has happened to me. So annoying! Stupid lighter!!

October Full Moon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Blessed Full Moon Everyone!!!



All Full Moons draw attention to themselves by the way they reign supreme over the night, so that each one has at least one special name.


These names date back to the Native Americans in the eastern and northern parts of North America, who had various names for the Full Moon during each month of the year. European settlers adopted the Moon names used by the Native American groups, though most people today are only aware of a few of those names.

October's moon is also called Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon.

It's the first Full Moon after the Harvest Moon (the Full Moon nearest the Autumnal equinox). Leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains.


This month (October 2011) the full moon is in Aries and it's a fiery and active full moon.  An Aries full moon is filled with passion, possibility, engergy and motivation especially where creativity is concerned.  It stimulates impulsiveness and can inspire us creatively.  Is there an area in your life that needs a little umph, gusto, passion? Use the Aries full moon to do just that.  It's a great time to start something new like: a romance, new projects, weight loss endevors etc. Everyone is unique and Aries full moon emphasizes that individulality. This full moon may be just the spark you need to begin a personal endeavor.  Spells for success and inspiration should be done during this full moon also.  The influx of energy could make you feel a little scattered so do your best to stay grounded and focused. 


Have a Blessed Full Moon!

~*Amethyst & Atreya*~



Can't Stop.... Must Hit Play

Samhain is almost is here!!  During this time of year I get a little obsessed with Loreena McKennitts' music.  I love her music in general and listen to it year round but there's something about this season that makes me play her song All Souls Night over and over and over....  At home, on the subway and at work (the muggles I work with must really think I've lost it now), I play this song repeatedly and it never gets old. I'd inquire about a support group but I'm not ready to admit I have a problem.


Enjoy!!


BB
~Amethyst~
Sunday, October 9, 2011

You know it's true!! Damn standard Pagan time....

For My Newbies Yo

Thursday, October 6, 2011
5 years ago, I wrote my first article for The Witches' Voice. I was so amped when they published it on their site. It was about being a newbie in the Pagan community. I got so much positive feedback from it; which made me feel awesome. The few negative emails I got, were mostly from a couple of High Priestesses who scolded me about self-dedicating myself and how that was impossible. "You're right not to call yourself a witch. You're not a witch unless you're in a coven. Someone needs to teach you everything. Books are pointless unless you know which ones to read. Oh, and only a High Priestess or High Priest can dedicate/initiate you."

You know what, go sit on your broom handle and rotate.

Some things have changed since I wrote that article. I consider myself Pagan rather than Wiccan. I'm more spiritual than religious. The Pagan community, I feel, has grown more accepting of newbies and have been more open to educating people who want to learn. I now teach classes along with Amethyst on divination, dreamwork, and many other topics. But most importantly...

I'm close to getting that blinged out spinning pentacle. Score.

Here's the link to my article:
http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usny&c=words&id=11078

Why am I mentioning all of this? Because I want to return the favor. Many people helped me out when I was just starting out and had a bizillion questions. So I would like to offer our knowledge and experiences to you. If any readers are newbies, feel free to email us your questions. We'll answer you the best we can. Who knows, maybe you've been directed to this post the way I was divinely directed to the website I found back then.

And if any non-newbies would like to email us questions just to pick our brains, please do! We might pick your brains right back! And use the samples in a potion we're concocting.....

Wait...WHAT?! Who said that?   ; )


~*Atreya*~

2Witches1Blog@gmail.com

Got A Telescope?

"Most of us space-minded folks don’t need an excuse to gaze upon the brightest object in the night sky – our own Moon. But just in case you need a reason or are hoping to convince some friends or family to take a look with you, there’s a special event coming up that encourages more people to take the time to take a gander at our closest and constant companion in space. Saturday, October 8, 2011 is the second annual International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Across the country and around the world, astronomy clubs, museums, observatories, parks, and schools will hold special events to introduce the public to the Moon."

"This year’s InOMN may provide a bit of an extra show in Europe and Northern Asia, as it is occurring on the night of the maximum of the Draconid meteor shower."


Follow the link to the entire article: http://www.universetoday.com/89522/need-an-excuse-to-gaze-at-the-moon-international-observe-the-moon-night-is-coming/


BB
~Amethyst~

I'm Sorry... Can You Repeat That...?

“I thought personally it wasn’t a way for a bride to behave on her wedding night. You don’t turn up at someone’s house and beat them up, she said. Mrs Pilling, a practising pagan, was accused of cursing the bridegroom’s parents, who live in the terraced house in between the two couples. Mr Hope branded the mother-of-three a “white witch” who had given his father cancer. Rubbishing the claim, Mrs Pilling said: I don’t deal in curses. I work with crystals and herbs."


Yeah, you read that right. Click the link to read the entire article.


http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/local/bride_beat_up_pagan_neighbour_for_being_white_witch_who_cursed_groom_s_dad_1_3842440


BB
~Amethyst~

More Proof that Autumn is the Best Time of Year!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Follow the link to the website: http://best-photos.org/2011/11-most-beautiful-photos-of-autumn-season/

11 Most Beautiful Photos of Autumn Season



"Autumn is the most colorful season among the four seasons. Whole Nature gets filled with colors during Autumn. Trees look as if they are painted with bright colors. It probably is the season of happiness and joy for people as Nature wishes. Here we show you the best photos Autumn photos from different places of the world.



Clicking on the picture will open its higher resolution version where available.











We are sure you enjoyed watching the stunning beauty that Autumn season brings to Nature. Do let us know what you think about this amazing collection of Autumn photos and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family using the social buttons below. Stay tuned for more astonishing pictures coming ahead on your way."
 
~Amethyst~


A Market for the Witches

Any event called 'Witch Market' has to be awesome AND it was in Glastonbury.

"I wasn't really sure what to expect from this sort of thing, but initially my primary reason for attending was to purchase a brand new broomstick and some wart cream for the mother-in-law; I convinced there'd be plenty of haggard old crones with pointed hats, pointed noses and pointing fingers chanting " hubble bubble toil and trouble" and casting wicked spells in my direction as they feverishly stirred their cauldrons of lotions and potions and cackled wickedly. But as I tentatively ventured into the Hall, I must admit I was frankly a bit disappointed.  Not only did I fail to spy a single broomstick, but the 47 stallholders were all rather sweet and affable; happy to chat and mingle and display their offerings; they couldn't have been more charming if they'd tried."

Follow the link to the full article and make sure you check out the photo gallery at the bottom: http://www.glastonburypeople.co.uk/Glastonbury-Witches-Market-Saturday-1st-October/story-13467496-detail/story.html

No Evil Allowed in this Castle!!

Archaeologists may have discovered evidence that medieval people carved symbols into the stone of a castle as protection from evil.

"They say they also give an insight into the beliefs of medieval working men. Dr Chris Caple of the University of Durham led the archaeological dig at the site and said the slates were from a late 12th century cut-stone entrance way. They were found in only one place in the castle and were probably intended to ward off evil, he explained."

Follow the link to the full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-15153026

BB
~Amethyst~















The Girl Who Silenced the World For 6 Minutes

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
"Raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They were successful in many projects before 1992, when they raised enough money to go to the UN's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Their aim was to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions would ultimately affect. The goal was reached when 12 yr old Severn closed a Plenary Session with a powerful speech that received a standing ovation."


One of the most inspirational things I've ever seen. Light and Love to her. Please watch and feel free to pass it on. Lets finally take ACTION!

Deep Thoughts from the Pet Detective

Jim Carry. 

He's an actor and a comedian and the characters he's played over the years are ingrained in many of our minds. Just mentioning his name sparks memories of the various characters he's created over the years: In Living Color, the psychotic antics of that Pet Detective, The Truman Show and one of my personal favorites, Lemoney Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I could go on forever because his Imdb page seems to go on forever.

I don't care who you are. You know you cracked up watching him on In Living Color!!


As his career churned out funny movie after movie I'm sure many people, like myself, began to categorize him as just a funny man.  He can make a funny movie, deliver his lines with great timing and leave the stiffest interviewer in tears by the end of their encounter.  It wasn't until recently that I realized he was more than just a funny guy and he is a much 'deeper' person than I gave him credit for. 

I stumbled upon a video of a speech he gave back in 2009 at the G.A.T.E. Inaugural Event (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment).  He talks about the power of intention, awakening and spirituality.  He made some interesting and insightful points.  I haven't been able to find the original unedited version of the speech that I originally watched but I did find a few clips that I'll post below. I also came across a CBS interview where he talks about overcoming depression with spirituality.

Here's a link to an article about the G.A.T.E. event that took place in 2009.  The event was held to encourage people within the TV, film and music industries "to transcend the tawdry and mundane with higher-minded fair."  (I certainly hope they get the message and soon because TV shows like Jersey Shore have got to go.) 

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2009/06/jim-carrey-and-friends-hollywood-lose-your-mind.html
CBS Interview


Awakening

Power of Intention


Turns out he's more than just a funny guy after all.

~Amethyst~