Liebster Award 2013

I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Pixiecraft: Adventures of Magick and Devotion so thank you very much! Must admit I was totally oblivious as well as surprised to receive the comment on my last post. I’m new to the Liebster thing, so forgive me if I screw up along the way – but here goes nothing…

Liebster Blog

 

“The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word “Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

So, here are the Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!) You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.

You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

 

Random Facts:

  1. I am the editor of the Covenant of Hekate ezine, Askei Kataskei.
  2. I have 3 cats: Callie, Loki and Noggle.
  3. I am polyamorous.
  4. In 2013 I hope to make a start on writing my first book.
  5. In the Asterian Astrology system of Jade Sol Luna, my sign is Phorcys.
  6. I am good at baking cakes (apparently); my most requested is ginger cake.
  7. I still enjoy watching She-Ra.
  8. I have a HND in Journalism and my shorthand speed is 70wpm.
  9. I’ve always wanted to play the violin.
  10. I want to finally join the gym this year and get in shape.
  11. My favourite colour is purple.

 

Questions:

1. What’s your favorite food?

I won’t deny that I love food. So picking just one favourite is quite difficult. That said, I love Italian, cheesecake and roast parsnips.

2. What do you do to cheer yourself up when you feel down?

A glass of wine and some chocolate usually chase the blues away.

3. Do you have any special talents?

I guess that all depends on who you ask. I don’t think I have any, personally.

4. What is one thing you wish you could do but can’t or have not yet learned to do?

Play the violin and/or speak a foreign language.

5. What is your favorite way to be creative?

Generally I write. But I will also paint/draw when I am inspired in the right way.

6. Where is blogging on your list of priorities?

It slipped way behind the back burner throughout last year, mostly because 2012 was just such a tough year as it went on. I like to blog to keep writing and in order to share with those people who follow my posts. Once or twice a week would be ideal for me, so long as I had something worthwhile to say.

7. What is one piece of advice you would give to bloggers who are just starting?

Write what you know. Don’t worry about being boring or not having anything to say – it all comes in time.

8. How long have you been “online”?

I can’t recall an exact date…so probably too long, lol.

9. What is your favorite band?

I’d have to say Muse, Placebo, Nightwish, Within Temptation and Kylie (though I know she’s not actually a band).

10. What is your favorite book and what do you like about it? (Philosophy, the writing, etc.)

The World on Blood by Jonathan Nasaw. I just love the gritty realism of it; the charged eroticism and the brilliant take on the vampire genre without downgrading any of the savage beauty of those wonderfully damned souls.

11. If you could meet one fictional character and spend a day in their world with them or bring them to this world: who and what would you be doing?

Probably would have to be one of the X-Men…probably Storm. I’d love to travel with her to Africa and witness her ability to control the weather.

 

Blogs:

  1. Inspirational Man (Homosapien)
  2. The House of Vines
  3. joshcox236’s Blog
  4. Aspis of Ares
  5. The Temple of Joy
  6. Beloved in Light
  7. 4 of Wands
  8. A Young Flemish Hellenist
  9. melittabenu
  10. Echoes from the Temple
  11. The Crossroads Companion

 

My Questions:

  1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  2. What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?
  3. If you met a Genie who offered you three wishes, what would you wish for? (more wishes does not count)
  4. If you had to describe yourself as a flavour, what would it be?
  5. What nicknames do you have/have had?
  6. What was your first job?
  7. What is the most interesting thing you can see out of your nearest window?
  8. You are walking to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss told you if you are late one more time you’re fired. Do you save the dog?
  9. What historical period would you like to live in if you could go back in time?
  10. What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
  11. Do you keep a diary/journal?

Covenant of Hekate Camping & Picnic Weekend

Our humble abode for the weekend!

This weekend I have been away in Yorkshire at a very enjoyable weekend set up by Tara Sanchez (author of “The Temple of Hekate“.

After resigning myself to not being able to attend two weeks ago and subsequently making other, more local, plans things all changed at the last minute and I found myself scrambling about attempting to be able to attend with less than 24hrs to go!

As luck would have it and thanks to the support and generosity of both Tara and my partner Darren, I was able to jump in a car with just a few things and zip off first thing Friday morning to Bredsbury to meet with Tara, help her finish getting everything together and then together with another attendee, we drove up to Sentry Circle in Yorkshire.

Bly our HGH (Holy Guardian Hound) - no Hekatean should be without one!

We were very fortunate on a number of levels from the glorious weather (28-30 degrees at end of Sept/beginning of Oct!!), a beautiful site, welcoming people and all round just great energy. Of note is the wonderful Bly, the owner’s dog who is a real sweet character and

very friendly. He captivated everyone and was dubbed our HGH or Holy/Hekate Guardian Hound. His personality was so much bigger than his humble little form but he was such a heart-warming addition to the weekend.

On the Friday itself there was just 4 of us to open up and once the tent was pitched and we’d had a rest we set up an altar to Hekate, situated by the campfire (that was left up day and night for the entire weekend) and performed an opening/gathering ritual.

Amazing people, amazing place, amazing time!

The night continued with good food, good company, and good wine; with conversation trailing well into the wee hours – Tara and myself talking until 4am (until the wine ran out, lol!) It was a first for me camping – and only a second occasion of a group gathering. In the early hours of Saturday I went up to the stone circle that was raised in accordance to the old ways back in 2008 and considering it is in effect a modern construct it’s look and energy feels like it has been there for 1200 years or more!

Each stone was alive with a different energy and personality and the whole circle felt protective, still and calm. Lying on the ground in the center and gazing up at the clear, star encrusted sky was just wonderful and I could have easily fallen asleep up there. The local nature/land spirit seemed to take quiet an interest in me also, tempting me to play “chase” with a Pan-esque energy that was quite familiar. For the entirety of the night I was aware of Him wandering around just

Our altar to Hekate, left day and night by the campfire

behind me, just out of sight.

The next morning, despite being late to bed I was still early to rise (just before 9am) although it was plain to see that it’d been a good night even if the morning was a tad rough! But the beautiful Mima was on hand with cuppa and a smile which helped get things moving and the weather was still glorious! After a breakfast of sausage, bacon and egg (more like elevenses because the cooker was a bit slow) we got on with the rest of the day.

The afternoon was filled with laughter and frolics, with the “Covenant of Hekate Autumn/Winter Fashion Shoot” and the formation of Hekate’s Angels! The day continued with a shared picnic lunch (houmous, lavender bread, grapes, figs, sausages, cheese, antipasti, olives and so much more), lots of conversation and more wine. There were some other people who arrived on the Saturday, some who stayed and some who just came for a short

Hekate's Angels!

while. It was still very nice and during the winding down of the picnic, the land spirit (I think the name is Nur? Nor?) took a shine to a bag of apples which no one had touched. So I asked if anyone would mind if I got some food to offer to Hekate and also the apples to leave up by the circle for Him.

Night fell and the magick continued. I went back up to the circle eventually to offer the apples, despite feeling a little apprehensive because of the playful urgency with which the land spirit seemed to want me up there. Despite trying to offer the apples reasonably neatly, He just got stuck in; knocking apples from my hand and them rolling all over the place. I spent some time up there on my own and got a nice feeling overall and that He was very pleased with the apples (and my confrontation of my desire to run away) and I have promised that whenever I return, I will now bring Him apples.

The fire which burned almost continuously for the weekend thanks to the dutiful attendance of those present

Sunday morning, the heavens opened and the view of the previous two days had truly turned autumnal. In fact it was like we’d actually been camping in July and then fallen asleep for three months, only to wake up in the beginning of October cold, wet and gloomy. But it was still nice; fresh and natural. I had a last walk around, went up to the stones again, helped pack up and put the tent away and then it was time to say goodbyes and head on home.

I was fortunate enough to be able to get my copy of Tara’s book signed by her too, so I was made up with that. Icing on the cake! During my time at the campsite, I was drawing a card from my Mythic Oracle deck every morning and I found it mildly amusing that the card Eros~Desire was drawn on each morning; the description of the cards meaning echoing my experiences perfectly…”He represents the almost ethereal and ecstatic state of desire that is evoked within us when we feel a reconnection to nature and divine, to life and death, to eternity and change rather than the fixed and mundane.”

Sentry Circle, Yorkshire

The weekend was a triumph and I miss the place and company already! I’ve met so many lovely, genuine souls; laughed very hard and had some very profound experiences on a personal level. It’s looking to be that this camp will now become an annual event which will be brilliant and can only go from strength to strength!

 

The first sighting of the crescent moon just breaking over the hills

(Photos courtesy of Tara, Kath and Myself)