Thursday 26 May 2011

Paranormal Telly: Something Witchy this way comes.

ahhhhhhh...CW is doing the Secret Circle!!!!!!!
CW 2011 Fall TV Premiere: The Secret Circle image
Adam, Diana, Cassie(blond), Nick, Faye (in white shirt)

OMIgawds, so I think I may have talked about this book launching my faith??!!! Yes, i know it's a fiction novel, but it made me curious and I went seeking and landed in the lap of the Goddess, (don't knock it it worked out). So a few months ago, on one of the obsessive LJ Smith fan sites (yes i have been a fan and member ever since reading the books), they broke the news that the CW had bought the rights to make LJ's's book into a show, and many of us were in the wait and see mood.

CW was mum for a point, but now they have put up the previews, I'm excited for several reasons,:
1) there are no witch shows on at all
2) they actually managed to keep the main characters,

reasons i'm not happy so far
1) where the Hell is the rest of the coven??? it supposed to be 13 people.
2) they moved the show from Salem Ma to Washington.
3) Diana's a blond, Cassie is a brunette, the guy playing Adam should play Nick, and Nick should play Adam
4)who the heck is Melissa?? why oh why couldn't they have just kept Deborah, Nick's cousin as Faye's partner in crime??
5) will the old coven of Crones be in this one??
I'm still excited to see the show, just cause it looks cool, but their synopsis changed the whole story,

THE SECRET CIRCLE: Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

The series stars Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake, Thomas Dekker as Adam Conant, Gale Harold as Charles Meade, Phoebe Tonkin as Fay Chamberlain, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Melissa, Shelley Hennig as Diana Meade, Louis Hunter as Nick, Ashley Crow as Jane Blake and Natasha Henstridge as Dawn Chamberlain. Based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (author of The Vampire Diariesbook series), THE SECRET CIRCLE is from Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream,Dawson’s Creek), Andrew Miller (Imaginary Bitches), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl) and Gina Girolamo. Elizabeth Craft (The Vampire Diaries, Lie to Me) & Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries, Lie to Me) were executive producers on the pilot which was directed by Liz Friedlander (The Vampire Diaries, 90210).
I guess I can only wait and see how it plays out. I do love the fact that girl who plays Faye is also one of my childhood fave stars, she was on a Aussie show called H2O just add water, she was a mermaid
then, and now she's a witch.

So check out the previews, and I'll wait and see, before i judge, hey I mean they changed Vamp Diaries and look how big a hit that one is.

If you want to see or read the books before the show, check it out here (link is to the original version, there have been updated covers since, but check them out here as well)

Be blessed

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Farewell to an Icon

How do we say goodbye to someone who has become so intrinsic to our culture?? For a generation, especially for women, Oprah became a image of success, she was a woman who like us struggled with her weight, she lived her life full tilt, and did it all while without falling to societal pressures of becoming a wife, or a mother.  She showed many that success can come from walking their own path, and how to do it while being unapologetic, for these choices.  She stuck to her guns; talked about what made her tick, what made her curious, and took us along on the journey with her.

Yesterday, I managed to catch the show, including the ending with Rascal Flatts, who sang their song "I Won't Let Go" and I was in tears.  

You see, for me there are many memories of Oprah, her show came on when I was just four years old, and I remember much of her rise and becoming the woman we know today. I remember catching brief glimpses of the show, as I was growing up, and going from sneaking to watch Sally Jessy, to Ricki Lake, and then finally being allowed into the inner sanctum of the women's group and being invited in the afternoon, to tea, and Oprah.  I remember when I was younger, when my mother and her friends, would have their little meetings in the afternoon to watch Oprah and her show, especially after she had become really established, and had some really great shows highlighting many of the things going on in the world.  I remember the book clubs that got launched, at church, in the neighbourhood, and even watching people I would never think of as readers picking up a book simply because Oprah had talked about it on her show.

She has woven herself into the fabric of the American, nay the world's cultural context for many a generation.  It's scary to think she won't be there for the next generation to listen to, talk about, learn from, and yes even make fun of.  Oprah launched many a career, and yes even ruined one in particular (but then again would you really want to be known as the man who lied to Oprah Winfrey O_o).  

Although after those afternoon teas had moved onto other things, and I grew up I didn't really watch Oprah as religiously then, but her show is one of those touchstones of life that we can drift back to depending on what she was talking about and what her season was about.  I know personally there were many episodes I couldn't wait to watch, many episodes I couldn't believed I had watched (like the Bush interview), and yes many episodes that we all made fun of  I mean really Tom,

( Kate must be doing something right to make that man lose his mind); and there are many which will stay with me for a long time (the episode with the men who had been assaulted as children).  Oprah made it ok to talk about something that happened to many people, she made it less 'dirty' and made it something people wanted to confront, all because she spoke about her childhood assaults, and the power of parents who advocate for their children, she owed a lot of her rise and her success to her father, and she spoke on it often.

Many people have made fun of the way her audience reacts, and even how Oprah herself  acts on her "favourite things' episodes; considering there is a whole industry out there about getting on Oprah, even CNBC has a show called the Oprah Effect, discussing what going on her show has done for hundreds of people's careers.  I mean who can forget the "You get a car, You get a car"
She also did something special for the Black community, she made it ok to be successful without being a 'typical' star. She made a lot of people see that just because the ghetto is where you start it isn't where you have to stay. She once said to a guest, that she had earned every penny and she enjoyed spending it because she grew up Black in south, and that really stuck with me.
I'm glad she was on the air for so long, and much like the song says, although we are sad to see her go, we are all just a little better because of her show. 

I wish her all the best (although she really doesn't need it) and I thank her for being an amazing roll model for many young women, and especially to me.  What about ya'll any fun Oprah memories??
Be Blessed

Sunday 22 May 2011

Sooooo.... I'm still here

How about you??

I decided not to do a post before hand because I didn't want to be seen as someone making fun of the people doing this. I saw back in February a guy driving around town with his car covered with  the 'save the date' stuff i figured it must be a concert they were advertising, and chose not to pay anymore attention, then last week, the news began to run this story. Even my rusty Christian skills I still remember that NO one can predict the second coming of Christ. Even Christ himself stated that even He knows not when the Father would bring this battle between good and evil to a head.

The concept of the 'rapture' actually refers to a biblical text
 ".and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" 1 Thessalonians 4:
Does anyone else notice the difference between what this Camping guy was saying and what the BIBLE actually says???? Yes dear readers it says the DEAD in Christ, as in those who are already dead, passed on, no longer of body and soul, but simply soul.  No where does it say God is going to start harvesting the alive humans and bring them along with him to heaven. The modern translation of seeing 'alive' Christians being 'raptured' is pretty new, this is a Puritan concept spread by Cotton Mather, in the 17th century(circa 1600s).
Now you have to be wondering why am i even taking notice of this??? For several reasons

1) every time someone has 'predicted' the end of days, or stated that there is a space alien ship coming to take them home an increase, either direct or indirect (either happening at the same time or within days of the failed prediction) of suicides, as people think they have to die along with their leaders to make it into heaven. O_o which is of course in direct difference from the Bible, and is infact considered a direct, one way ticket to hell, which of course is the opposite of the goal of getting to heaven. 

2) It was obviously a slow news week otherwise why the hell would every Gods blessed channel bring this shyt up??  It just shows how one 'news' channel (fox) showing this brings others around even thought they may have passed on 'reporting' this information because they recognized that giving fuel to the fire isn't right  This predicting the world is going to end isn't new, for as long as there has been faith, there have been people predicting the end, don't believe me take a look at the long list of Christians, Charlatans, and psychopaths who have predicted the end.

3) It shows humanities desperate need to feel, or be led even if it by a 89 year old man who has had many predictions not come through before.  It seems each generation must have one or two who are desperate to become someone and use Christianity as their vehicle of feeling and being 'important'.  there have been several men who have done this, creating cults which pull in those who want to feel needed, loved, and apart of something, so much so that they give up all their worldly goods to the leader and become victims in their desperation.

4) It truly brought out the immaturity of many of the 'heathens', those who decided to capitalize on those who were desperate to be apart of this. It started pretty simple with the people who created "After the Rapture facebook pages"; ok I will admit, when my friend invited me, I jokingly said I would rob a bank or two with him, maybe even a Cadillac dealership.  But as the week came to a close, the viciousness of some of the people posting to these events escalated.   With people stating they were going to sacrifice or desecrate churches, and altars.  I may not be Christian, but the concept of someone desecrating a sacred place, just because it isn't sacred to them, is very abhorrent to me.  
Do we know the guy was wrong?? Pretty certain, did it give us the right to call those who desperately need something they are missing and are seeking it from someone who says he has it 'pathetic, stupid" and all manner of other names?? No, this isn't fifth grade people, we don't have to go so hard to prove how much better we are because we don't believe him, or his faith.  

5) several young children I knew where afraid that they wouldn't be good enough to go to heaven, and were terrified of leaving their families, this kind of mass hysteria b.s has got to stop, even though their parents didn't allow the t.v to be on the news, it was on the radio, in magazines, other kids were talking about it, so much so that a 10 year old totally continent young man wet his bed three nights in a row, and his sister had nightmares for days.  Seriously was no one thinking what this was doing to young children who really haven't comprehend that this was a hoax??  Who think their parents were simply trying to make them feel better, because if it's on the news then it must be true right??

To me a lot of what happened this week smacked of some serious insecurity, immaturity, and pure unadulterated capitalism.  As well as proving that Fox news really is a "leader in news", they took a man who would not have reached as many people as he did without their help and made him into a international news sensation.  People quit their jobs, spent all their retirement money, and personal savings because they wouldn't have to face the world after yesterday, and now that the prediction hasn't come true are going to "gnashing their teeth and moaning".

As an empath this week has been trying, tiring and draining, many people wouldn't admit that they really gave him credence, but they were scared and you could feel it, the children who were old enough to know, but not quite understand he was a charlatan, were desperately afraid, and needed to be loved and told, to ignore the 'news' because he really couldn't predict it.  and then there was the constant bombardment of the people who were really afraid and vocal about their fear, who pulled you down with them in their fear.  I'm going to need a vacation from this, it seems mean to say it, but I hate people like him, who stir up the human emotion to the point that even the strongest shields can't hold out against it; 89 yrs old or not, he needs to have his butt kicked for this. ( I'm not advocating elder abuse, but I really wish the cops would show up and tell him to stop screaming fire in a crowded theater). It wasn't just me either, several little witchs I knew, especially those with psychic gifts felt the strong disturbance this brought with it. Several noted increased headaches, and one even had a full blown panic attack after being in a small crowd of people who where talking about the event (her gift comes from touching, she had touched and bumped several of the people including a little girl who was scared her dad wasn't going to heaven with them, because he had gone to jail)

Now that the egg is on his face, how is he going to fix this, maybe he will point these things out and say, see I told you something was going to happen:(taken from the news link above)
"a tornado killed one person and damaged at least 20 homes in Kansas, a 6.1-magnitude quake stuck 600 miles off New Zealand with no reports of injury, a much smaller quake, 3.6, was felt my many people Saturday evening in the San Francisco Bay area, and Iceland's most active volcano started erupting."

Several communities have set-up increased counselors, because as history has taught us, each time one of these predictions doesn't come true, people get desperate, and do things they normally wouldn't including ending their lives to get away from it all.  

To me it's sad to see that even in this day and age, their are still people who haven't learned to seek within before seeking without, as the Goddess says 
" And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without."
Be Blessed

Monday 16 May 2011

Chasing Dreams, can be tiring...

Oh dear readers I miss oyu.
 I haven't had the energy to even read any of my fave blogs and I'm beginning to feel it deep within, Even my magic had taken a backseat to this damn program, i know i said "balance" but it's hard to achieve when there are others involved, not just the program but family and friends (who I have rarely had a chance to see since January),  Not just that this season's allergies have been playing serious havoc with my sinuses, and I have caved to conventional methods of treating them instead of the natural way (as great as the natural way is sometimes it takes too long).

Ok no more complaints, as this smeester is over in days!!! i can't wait to be done for the summer, and can go for walks in the woods, sit beneath the trees and root myself deeply into the fabric of the day, the sweet rhythmic dance of nature.

Today while driving into school a flock of geese and the new goslings were crossing the busy highway, and a woman used her SUV to vlock oncoming traffic so they could pass safely i thought it was so amazing that even on a busy morning, nature still makes us take time for little ones. It's took a few seconds and they were safely across, and the amazing part to me?? No one had an issue with it, you saw people with their phones out taking pics, and others smiling as they drove by the little pond.

This was great to see, even on a busy Monday morning the Goddess lets herself be known in the smallest ways.

have a blessed week my loves and I will see you soon

Sunday 1 May 2011

Happy Beltaine

Here are a couple of videos of how we celebrate May Day in Jamaica. Enjoy and have a Blessed Day

When I was younger we went to fairs at school and would dance with circles of flowers on our hair much like they are dancing now

We always had a May Queen and she oversaw the fair for the day, and had the most beautiful headdress of flowers, and a sceptor with a fully bloomed flower atop with small ribbons imitating the large maypole.

Have a Happy and Blessed May Day Celebration