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|Tuesday, February 26th, 2013|
The follow-up book to Sorgitzak-Old Forest Craft is FINALLY out!!!!!
Sorgitzak-Dancing the Blood has been several years in the making (life? who's got a life besides?) but it was published this past Jan.
Am now planning a book release party and promoting it at Paganicon here in the Twin Cities.
More info available on Amazon.
But the book basically includes Sabbats, Men's and Women's Mysteries, Working with the Fey and Spirit Familiars, more info re the language we use (Vaska), and, of course, Dancing the Blood...the means to reclaim knowledge and make the journey to the Otherworldly Sabbat known by many names, including Benevento.
Me=Excited Current Mood: accomplished
|Monday, December 12th, 2011|
Am hard at work on the next book, a follow-up one to Sorgitzak. Still playing with titles, but the framework of the book is worked out and that's always a good thing.
The last part of the book, once I'm in final edit, is when I get to do some artwork...which is nice and relaxing. This time, however, I am thinking of seeing if I can find someone to do a piece of cover art. I'd do it, but I don't work in color.
I suppose, though, I could do a b&w piece and then hand-color it.
We are Dancing the Blood on regular occasions...getting good insights and thoughts. It also makes you feel happier afterwards and more grounded. We did Halloween again at Eye of Horus and had some newbies show up, as well as some old friends. We invoke the same God each time, but a different Goddess. This year, we called Columbia, the Goddess of the Americas.
|Wednesday, March 16th, 2011|
OMG...almost Estaravane and I have no idea what path to pick...
I suppose it is divination time, or to ask for a dream.
|Wednesday, March 9th, 2011|
Dancing the Blood
We did some good Dancing the Blood last month. Saw some interesting things...
Which reminded me to Get Cracking on the book. I figure if I do at least 5 pages a week, I can have ye first draft done by July sometime. Which leaves several months for editing/re-write in order to get it to the publisher with some time to spare yet before year's end.
Took the Faery Seer class by Orion Foxwood. Very nifty keen. Strange thing was, how many things we'd already learned on our own path that were similar to his path. There was one symbol and one phrase that were exact. How weird is that?!!?!?!?
Shows there is a common root somewhere back for all of these different Craft paths. Somehow, between us all, we can fill in those missing pieces. That's my dream anyway and I'm sticking to it
PS: Spring Equinox (Estaravane) is coming up fast. We pick a "path" to walk at that time...to explore and expand our understandings. You have to promise it outloud and mean it. Because all sorts of things can result. One year, we picked the path of Tahlshai, the Goddess of Freedom, and hooplah--very shortly thereafter our lives were turned upside down and inside out.
Luck! Current Mood: curious
|Tuesday, February 15th, 2011|
Volka went quite well. We danced and sang a new song and all got right up the edge of a serious trance state.
Wonderful how that works...
The North God told us a story at Sahlanak (Yule) and it was beautiful. The Priest wrote it down and now they are talking about making it into an illustrated storybook. That would be cool.
Am hard at work on the follow-up book to Sorgitzak. The framework is taking form and I have 100pgs down.
Spring soon?!?!!?! Current Mood: creative
|Saturday, January 22nd, 2011|
May the powers of the four Directions combine and bring you the strength of the Crossroads.
May the light within you increase and teach you what you need to know.
May your own light grow into a bloom for the future.
|Tuesday, December 7th, 2010|
The Yuletide time is fast approaching...can tell, we have loads of snow already. ;)
Normally, we'd like to start our Yule (Ardunak) ritual at midnight (in a cave, no less), but being practical, that doesn't work out too often. Still you CAN give the impression of it being midnight and still and underground through building that in people's minds as part of the ritual.
Deep in the earth, in the Mother, waiting for the sun to rise. I always try to get up that morning and watch the sun come up, even if the ritual ends up being on a different night than the actual solstice. Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010|
Started a serious of classes re shamanic craft, with a focus on the path of the sorgitzak.
Got a reading this past weekend and the lady indicated that I should seriously consider putting together a day long workshop. She also said I should write some fiction if I really want to...
Nice. Now, to consider how I would put all of this into a single day.
Veronica Current Mood: creative
Been thinking a lot lately about the Shamanistic aspects of the Craft. Part of that stems from reading Emma Wilby's book about Isobel Gowdie. (highly recommended!!!)
I've known a lot of people who got initiated/involved in the Craft, only to go a bit crazy. I know that one of the axioms that I was trained with is that...when you go through that shamanic crisis you either come out the other side 1. a shaman 2. crazy or 3.dead (meaning you don't return at all). No one I know has NOT come back alive from the shamanic crisis, but I think that its a fine line to walk between shaman and crazy. I think that danger never goes away.
Part of the issue, I feel, is that our general community (meaning non-pagans) don't support shamans in their midst. There is little structure to figure out when someone is a shaman and when someone is crazy, or when one has slipped into another. There is "hearing voices" that are helpful and that don't make it so that you can't function and there is "hearing voices" where you end up not being functional and can even be harmful to yourself or others. Is that the fine line? Functionality? Practicality? Usefulness?
If you hear voices (say, of your spirit familiars) and these voices are useful to yourself or others and don't ask you to jump off bridges or hurt people...and you hold down a regular job and are a functional member of society, how is that crazy? Yet, many counselors would not appreciate or understand if you told them you heard such voices. Perhaps, we NEED pagan-spiritual counselors out there, the same as there are Christian counselors?
The other part of the issue is that our pagan community does not support this either in general. How many pagan paths have structures in place to support and understand shamanic crisis and the aftermath? Native paths have Elders who know when something is right and when something is not...they support that which is truly shamanic and can see when it is something else.
Can we find a way to put these support structures in place? Can we find the clues from our pagan past to see how they used to do it? Can those structures work today? Or do we need to build new ones based on the past?
Veronica Current Mood: contemplative
|Tuesday, September 14th, 2010|
Hedgewitch Book OUT!!!!!
To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch
Hedgewitch Craft takes its name from the practice of travelling beyond the boundaries, of going past the "hedgerows" that divide what is known from what is unknown. Hedgewitches utilize diverse techniques to undertake the night-flight into strange and sometimes dangerous places in order to gain spirit-allies, magickal abilities and knowledge, to heal and to commune with the Gods and the ancestors.
From the ancient to the modern, from the philosophical and historical to the practical and mystical, these essays span a wide variety of paths and approaches. To Fly By Night features works by: Robin Artisson, Christopher Crittenden, Veronica Cummer, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, Eric de Vries, Rev. Jack Green, Raven Grimassi, Beth Hansen-Buth, Juniper, Sylva Markson, Jenne Micale, Papa Toad Bone, John Pwyll, Elige Stewart, and Kari Tauring http://www.pendraigpublishing.com/products.asp?genre=Witchcraft
or on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Night-Veronica-Cummer/dp/0982726376/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284500562&sr=1-6 Current Mood: energetic
|Sunday, August 1st, 2010|
Interview Re Sorgitzak
Link to the interview I recently did...OMG, 2 hours long!!!! But it was great fun and I would do it again, even though I was nervous beforehand. I thought that, for sure, we'd run out of things to talk about, but there was so much more that we barely covered. Whoo!http://www.blogtalkradio.com/witchtalk/2010/07/25/on-the-sorgitzak-visiting-the-european-gods-of-old
We talked a far amount about Sorgitzak and how the book came into being, etc. Makes me want to get cracking more on Orono Ze Zoma, the follow-up book.
In the meantime, I'm waiting on "To Fly By Night" to be released. If the anthology does well, I might consider another one. I've got two ideas stewing right now. Current Mood: creative
|Sunday, July 25th, 2010|
Royal Star Stuff
I know, in the past, that some folks have asked why Sorgitzak has the Summer Solstice associated with the North and the Winter Solstice associated with the South, when most others have it the other way round. I had various answers for that...but just recently ran across something rather interesting that makes me want to explore the thought more. In particular, there is the idea of the four Royal Stars of Persia and how they mark out the Directions and the Seasons.
Regulus is the "star of kings" and associated with lions (Leo) and the Watcher of the North. Regular is also associated with the Summer Solstice. The same holds true for the Watcher of the South being associated with the Winter Solstice.
5000 years ago these four stars were markers of the solstices and equinoxes (this has changed, of course, over time) and were associated with the four quarters of the heavens, the four seasons, the four Watchers, etc.
So, I guess the sorgitzak view that North is associated with Summer and South with Winter is off...by about 5000 years. Hee... Current Mood: contemplative
|Monday, June 14th, 2010|
Am in the last stages of work on the hedgewitch anthology. Just some artwork...and then I can get back to work on the follow-up to Sorgitzak. I'm crossing my fingers for a 2011 release. In the meantime, busy doing rituals and writing and doing workshops.
Will be doing FIVE workshops at Sacred Harvest Fest in August. Five, count em five! Whew.
Thinking about going to Pantheacon for a second time in Feb 2011. But I want to do a workshop/discussion there again...hm...I wonder what the theme is?
One on ancestral memory? On channeling/drawing down/possession? On the Fey? Current Mood: curious
|Saturday, May 22nd, 2010|
Midsummer is coming up fast. Can't hardly believe it. We are likely going to do a Midsummer (Ardunak) ritual this year...outside if we can manage it. In Minnesota, that's always chancy.
Of course, it would be best if we had a mountain or big hill to perform the ritual on, but Minnesota is sadly lacking in mountains. I would love to do the ritual on the river bluffs some year. In fact, I do believe its important to do ritual (when you can do it outside) near all four elements. We, ourselves, bring the fire and are the fire.
Having a standing stone or great old tree to stand in for the World Mountain and the World Tree is always good, especially if the stone or tree are near a well or wellspring, some source of water.
(sigh) Maybe, someday, I will have a nice bit of land and try and make sure there is a spring near a grand old tree. That would be just about perfect. Where I grew up, we had a spring and the water was wonderful. Cold cold in the summer and ice cold (almost too cold to drink) in the winter. We also had some oak trees and (behind the barn) black walnut trees. Current Mood: content
|Wednesday, April 28th, 2010|
Shameless plug for new book with a poem and an essay of mine in it. ;)http://www.scarletimprint.com/datura.htm
Second news flash is that I'm still hoping to get the hedgewitch anthology out by May/June and, once that's done, I'm getting back to working on the follow-up work to Sorgitzak.
But, geesh, someone just told me last week that I should write a book on Familiars. Okay, okay...give me time to get the other two out, okay?
Happy May Day to everyone!!! Celebrate away!!! Current Mood: chipper
|Saturday, April 10th, 2010|
The Hedgewitch Anthology is getting done. I still aim to have it done by this month...if I could get the last couple of essays in, that is.
Once that book is done, I aim to get back to work on Orono Ze Zoma-Dancing the Blood, the follow-up to Sorgitzak. I have about 85 pgs done on that, plus more in my journals that needs typing up, but I would like to have that done by year's end.
Still, I'd rather do a good job and be happy with it, then do a rush job and not be happy with it.
We've started working on "shaking," and some of that might make it into the book, along with the chapter on dancing to wake up the blood. If you can't dance, certainly you can still move...even if you're sitting on the floor. From the experiences so far you can get to the same place from shaking as you can from dancing.
Good to have options. Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, March 28th, 2010|
Woke up this morning with the beginning part of the follow-up book to Sorgitzak running through my head. I tried to go back to sleep, but...ah...the Muse is a demanding mistress.
The downside is I didn't get enough sleep and the upside is that I have most of the preface to the book done in first draft.
Once the Hedgewitch anthology is done and at the publisher, I can get back to the next book in earnest.
When I get some more time, I'll post what all happened at the Estaravane ritual. Let me just say, we had a good time! Current Mood: content
|Saturday, March 13th, 2010|
Have done some more work lately on the follow-up book to Sorgitzak. Trying to get the Hedgewitch Anthology done has been distracting me from getting down to business...which is okay, but once that book is out, then I need to concentrate.
One chapter is going to be about Vaska, the language, since that is so important to understanding the worldview. One thing that has always struck me is how when a culture or country conquers another, one of the first things that they do is outlaw the language. And when the language is gone, then a big chunk of the culture is gone. I see that a lot in those documentaries about how the native peoples of America had their children placed in schools and weren't allowed to speak their native tongue. It made it very difficult to continue the culture that went along with it. Current Mood: crazy
|Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010|
I just wanted to jump up and down a little and shamelessly let you know that I'm having a poem and an essay in a book shortly to come out via Scarlet Imprint Press (they do hardcover, very nice books):http://www.scarletimprint.com/datura.htm
They have some other great books available, too...I saw some of their stuff at Pantheacon last year. Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, February 27th, 2010|
We did the Intro to Sorgitzak class at Eye of Horus and it went well. :)
Great time all round!!! Laughing and chatting and cookies...cookies make everything good. Afterwards, some of us went to get something (more substantial) to eat at a local organic food place and chatted some more.
Now, I need to find red egg dye for Spring Equinox and boil about 2 dozen eggs the night before. (colored eggs aren't part of the Sorgae path, but we like to include some modern stuff with the old and, besides, they make a good feasting addition)
Time to start thinking about what road to walk for the coming time between Spring and Autumn...
I've already gotten my "instructions." ;) Current Mood: contemplative