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Book Out! [Feb. 26th, 2013|04:42 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |accomplished]

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
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Updates Updates [Dec. 12th, 2011|05:49 pm]

queenofillusion
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.
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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2011|05:39 pm]

queenofillusion
OMG...almost Estaravane and I have no idea what path to pick...

I suppose it is divination time, or to ask for a dream.

V
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Dancing the Blood [Mar. 9th, 2011|05:49 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |curiouscurious]

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

Veronica

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!
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Volka [Feb. 15th, 2011|05:15 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |creative]

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?!?!!?!
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2011|01:48 pm]

queenofillusion
Volka...soon...

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.
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Ardunak [Dec. 7th, 2010|05:52 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

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.
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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2010|05:31 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |creative]

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
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shamanistic craft [Nov. 3rd, 2010|05:24 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

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
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Hedgewitch Book OUT!!!!! [Sep. 14th, 2010|04:45 pm]

queenofillusion
[mood |energeticenergetic]

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
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