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Friday, March 26, 2010

Ritual to Honor The Muses

On Wednesday, the 24th, I celebrated and honored The Muses. I burned a sweet incense that I thought would please Them and lit a pure beeswax candle. I recited the new hymn that I wrote, spoke with Them and asked for continuing blessings for my creative work. After some other contemplative work, I took my offerings, an apple, a sweet, small tomato, nine walnut halves, some lavender colored sugar and a chocolate coin along with some mineral water for a libation, out to the hedge. I made my offerings in the usual manner, then walked away without looking back. This was followed with a little more contemplation. Why I chose the items I did for the offerings are a mystery to me. I just go with whatever comes to me lately and this technique seems to be effective and successful. 

As it was late - I had been out stitching that evening - the ritual was not overlong. Even so, it ended with a feeling of complete assurance that my offerings were accepted and my petition heard. Already the creative juices are flowing.

Tomorrow, no school for me - thank goodness as today was a day like no other - I wanted to slit my throat, LOL! I have planned a day of creative endeavors for myself along with a few lovely cups of tea, perhaps a nap and relaxation. The nap and relaxation could go out the window, however, if the Nine grant my petition and those endeavors take off - which I think they will. Just a feeling, but the juices are already brewing.

Just about recovered from what was either food poisoning or a very bad stomach bug. I have been living on boiled eggs and chicken broth. The broth supply has fallen drastically so tomorrow's endeavors will likely be accompanied by the scent of a new batch for the freezer. Of course the freezer is another story I will just skip - very little room, I'll leave it at that. 

And now, off to bed, it's been a long, long day!

Blessings nine!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Festival of the Muses

Today is the Festival of the Muses, The Nine who are dear to those of a creative nature. I will make offerings and a libation to Them and have written the following hymn in Their honor. May They inspire us all!

A Hymn To the Muses 

Daughters of Mnemosyne, 
The Nine who inspire and empower creativity.
Beloved are You all, 
Calliope, Clio, Erato, 
Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, 
Terpsechore, Thaleia and Urania.
You birth the thoughts that stir my soul,
You nourish my soul and kindle the flame within,
You tend the flame that brings my art.
You touch me and I forget that which is not needed.
Instead, I create, I dance, I sing, I remember, I laugh,
I see the stars and gain wisdom and contentment.  
You have given sacred and mystic rites.
With these, I make magic.
Do come, Lovely and Blessed Muses,
Kiss the brow of this Daughter of the Artes,
Bless the hand that holds needle and thread, pen and brush.
Bless the voice that sings and the hands that strum the strings,
Bless the breathe that carries wind through wood.  
Come to one who is Your initiate, O Goddesses, 
For Your brilliant light of inspiration draws and holds me.
My soul longs for the touch of The Nine.

copyright Elizabeth A Kaufman 2010

Blessings Nine!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sharing an interesting video

Be sure to turn off my playlist near the bottom on the side panel while listening to this video. Really interesting, haunting.

Blessings nine!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Witch

I came across a poem on a blog somewhere that, while cute, didn't give, what I consider, a suitable impression of a witch. So... I revised it a bit and present it here for your review - along with the original!

A Witch

I just adore being a witch,
Especially on Halloween,
To ride upon a bushy broom
Before a full moon's gleam.

No wart upon my pretty nose,
I'd bring my big, black cat
And on my long and lovely hair,
There'd perch a pointed hat!

I brew up potions, neat and sweet,
Then deliver magic treats.
I get by stopping house to house
Astride my broom's ash seat.

And when the night is over
And morning streaks the sky,
To my enchanted cottage
With contentment and a sigh!

Revised by E A  Kaufman from a poem by
Den & Martha Roback 

A Witch

"I’d never like to be a witch
Except on Halloween
To ride upon a bushy broom
Before a full moon’s gleam

A wart upon my crooked nose
I’d hold a big, black cat
And on my long and shaggy hair
There’d be a pointed hat

I’d drink no potions, no, just eat
Those gooey trick-or-treats
I’d get by stopping house to house
Astride my broom’s rough seat

And when the night is over
And morning streaks the sky
I’d leave my haunted mansion
And broom rides wild and high

Authors Den/Martha J. Robach

Really, who doesn't want to be a witch???

Blessings nine!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Early Wednesday Musings

I am that merry wanderer of the night.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream - 

A Card Drawn

Ten of Coins
Successful manifestation, wealth, prosperity & abundance on all levels of being.
With creative endeavors, healing & communication, riches await.
For me, this card is an indication of good things to come on many levels.


Outside my window...
The night,  the waning moon

I am thinking...
about my ritual celebrating the Lesser Mysteries this weekend

I am thankful for...
teachers & friends who encourage & support

From the kitchen...
the kettle heats

I am wearing...
a nightgown with polka dots

I am creating...
a ritual for the Mysteries, stitches, as always, music

I am going...
to do what needs to be done

I am reading...
everything about Eleusis that I have
(a considerable amount of resources, I assure you!)

I am hoping...
always for the best

I am hearing...
Satie's Gymnopedies (most favorite music)

Around the house...
the Schmoodle chases a catnip bundle, Mike sleeps,
all is right and cozy here.

One of my favorite things...
a silver fern leaf I am wearing on a necklace

A few plans for the rest of the week:
stitch, study, work on the ritual for the weekend

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

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I have succeeded because I have seen the sacred actions in Eleusis.
- Herakles in Euripides' Madness of Herakles -

Blessings nine!

Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day

 Wonderful, observant, magnificent, extraordinary, noble!

Be who you are! 
Be proud of who you are! 
Know you are powerful, wise and capable of anything!

To all women everywhere:

Blessings Nine!

Monday, March 1, 2010

How many scissors???

I was curious about how many pairs of embroidery scissors I actually have. After all, I just displayed my newest pair in yesterday's stash update and I await the arrival of my spiderweb scissors. Gentle reader, thirteen pairs, soon to be fourteen! Should I hang my head in shame? Should I admit to an addiction, obsession or madness? Certainly not!!! I know that in the world of embroideresses everywhere, there are many just like me!!!
So much for wallowing in scissor madness. I am going to try this little blog thing from The Simple Woman's Daybook - so here goes!

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Outside my window...

The dark of night, a chilly wind

I am thinking...

peaceful thoughts

I am thankful for...

my wonderful life, my loving husband & the Schmoodle, my great friends.

From the kitchen...

a cup of Sleepytime Tea is brewing

I am wearing...

a soft pink nightgown with satin trim.

I am creating...

stitches, a bracelet & music

I am going...

to sit in my Queen's chair and sip tea.

I am reading...

Athene, Virgin & Mother In Greek Religion - Karl Kerenyi,

Emma & The Werewolves - Jane Austen & Adam Rann

The Hills of Home - Peggy Poe Stern

I am hoping...

for a glorious week

I am hearing...

music from various Jane Austen movies

Around the house...

is my favorite place to be.

One of my favorite things...

that cup of tea.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

finish the bracelet, dinner and stitch with friends on Wednesday, homemade meals every night.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Blessings nine!