Monday, June 9, 2014

This is just scary...Thought forms, Tulpas and what the hell are the kids thinking these days?

This semi rant is in response to the blaming of the mythical creature "Slenderman" for 2 young girls stabbing a fellow classmate.

The two 12 year olds who committed the crime did so to show their loyalty to Slenderman, an internet CreepyPasta (an online fiction site).  Alledgedly if they killed the victim, they'd get to go to Slenderman's house in the forest and become his proxies in Wisconsin...

I have just found out that there was ANOTHER slenderman blamed stabbing. Groovy. This one was in Ohio where a 13 year old girl stabbed her mother. At least this one has had mental health issues before...not that that's too great. The other two are being charged as adults for attempted murder...As well they should...

Creepy Pasta has had to put this up on it's home page:
"this site is based on fiction and it does not endorse killing." 
Well no shit!! If *I* remember correctly, I knew the difference between reality and fantasy by the time I was 12 or 13....

The creator of Slenderman is "deeply saddened" by the stabbing. HIM, I feel really bad for.

But going along on this train of thought...what if Slenderman started out innocently enough as a fictional character?  And as more and more people believed in the tales and stories about him, he became more and more real? Think it's impossible? Well, it's not!

In the Western Occult Traditions and some forms of Witchcraft, you can create a thoughtform to do your bidding. I'm not gonna tellya how. That's not what I'm suggesting.

In Buddhism these thought forms are called Tulpas. They are created from the Lama or the Adept's mind. It is basically thought that has a corporeal body. 

Alexandra David-Néel, a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist and Buddhist, who observed these practices in 20th century Tibet wrote that “an accomplished Bodhisattva is capable of effecting ten kinds of magic creations. The power of producing magic formations, tulkus or less lasting and materialized tulpas, does not, however, belong exclusively to such mystic exalted beings. Any human, divine or demoniac being may be possessed of it. The only difference comes from the degree of power, and this depends on the strength of the concentration and the quality of the mind itself. 

Also according to her, “Once the tulpa is endowed with enough vitality to be capable of playing the part of a real being, it tends to free itself from its maker's control. This, say Tibetan occultists, happens nearly mechanically, just as the child, when his body is completed and able to live apart, leaves its mother's womb.”[11] Alexandra claimed to have created a tulpa in the image of a jolly Friar Tuck-like monk which later developed a life of its own and had to be destroyed."

I went through my expansive library and found a book by John Farris titled "The Uninvited" in which the main character, a powerful psychic, creates her own perfect man after the untimely demise of her boyfriend. An incidental yet important character is called Alexandra and she also spent time in Tibet and was deemed a Lama. She understands what the girl has done and tries to help.

In case you were wondering, I HAVE seen Slenderman and HAVE been on CreepyPasta. My DS was followed by a Slenderman like figure at one point a few years back...scary right there...since he disappeared when he got to the main street.

Remember that the thoughts that you have, whether you realize it or not, have the power to help or hurt you...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NaBloWriMo #31~~Last One/Samhain~~

Rather fitting that the last post of the National Blog Writing Month, is the first day of the Pagan New Year. I enjoyed trying to get myself to blog every day and I was really pretty successful at it...I skipped/missed/a day or two, but managed to catch up with the rest of the class.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the yearly harvest season and the beginning of Winter or the "darker half" of the year. Most commonly it is held on 31 October–1 November, or halfway between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. Along with Imbolc(02February)Beltane (01May) and Lughnasadh(02August) it makes up the four Gaelic seasonal festivals. It was observed in IrelandScotland and the Isle of Man. Kindred festivals were held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall) and Kalan Goañv (in Brittany).

It's the last of the Harvest Festivals of us Pagans. Our first is Lammas/Lughnasadh, then is Mabon(21September-ish)and the last is Samhain. Lammas is for harvesting the grain. Mabon is the fruits, like grapes and wine and Samhain is for the meat. It was more cost effective to slaughter most of the animals before the winter, especially your larger livestock, like cattle, sheep and swine.

Samhain (like Beltane) was seen as a time when the Veil Between the Worlds thinned enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings, to come into our world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. It has thus been likened to a festival of the dead, like El Dia de Los Muertos on 01/02November. People also took steps to protect themselves from harmful spirits, which is thought to have led to the custom of guising. It's known these days as trick or treating.If you dressed up scarier than the things that might cross over, they'd leave you alone.

I usually have an altar up for Samhain, but this past year my FIL has crossed as has a few of my on line friends, so I will set one up for El Dia instead.  It honours your ancestors and family that have died. On the altars are marigolds, sugar skulls,cards, pictures, items that were from your family, and their favourite food or drinks.  
Momentos · Observers of Dia de los Muertos craft altars with marigolds, sugar skulls and photos for loved ones. - Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan
Mine would have Meatball subs and Mac and Cheese, I think.
El Dia stems from an ancient Aztec Holiday honouring the Lady of the Underworld, Mictecacihuatl.
Welp, that's my last post for NaBloWriMo. Hope you've enjoyed reading what I've written as much as I've enjoyed reading you alls. 
Tomorrow begins we'll see how THAT goes this year.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NaBloWriMo #30~~Storm Damage Wow!~~

Compared to the rest of the coast we were spared. Water in the cellar, just enough to moisten a frog actually. Water coming in the front window, nothing that slapping a thirsty plant under couldn't cure...

This little town, with a too apt name, and  I'd never heard of, got a foot plus of white stuff. They were on the COLD front side of Sandy. 

I guess they have a ski area in West Virginia...I nevah woulda thunk it.

This slightly water-logged statue of Alex Haley reading his "Roots" story is in Annapolis, MD. My best friend  lives in Frederick. I need to call her and see if she's okay. She's more inland, so she should've been.
maryland hurricane sandy damage

I can only hope this poor mook in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was holding on tight to his whole existence...
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Even *I* was never that freakin stupid to hang out on the beach when there was a storm, let alone a bloody hurricane!

My friend Joanne used to live in Milford CT. I remember seeing this when I lived down the beach...
The Hurricane Sandy Aftermath
This was high tide there yesterday.

The saddest thing that came out of this was the sinking of the Bounty...yeah, THAT Bounty!
Hurricane Sandy sinks ship, HMS Bounty
It was in the movie with Brando and also in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  The diesel engines went kaput and they were screwed. The waves were like 30 feet high. They rescued everyone except for the Captain, but they're still looking for him. And a lady that was recovered has since died, which is tragic.

I give huge kudos to the Coasties. They did a pissah job rescuing everyone. That has GOT to be one of the hardest saves to ever do. The helo is hovering, it's being tossed by the wind, the basket is spinning and swaying. And you're jumping into an ocean that's sending tonnes of water over you as you're trying to save a life.
The US Coast Guard hoists a survivor from HMS Bounty, to safety from the churning sea
They gotta have balls the size of Yap money.
Stone Money - State of Yap

The death toll so far in the States is the mid thirties. It could've been sooo much worse. We had enough warning to get while it was still safe or to hunker down if it was safer to do so. If you went out when you weren't sposta or did something stupid, then you deserved to clean out your section of the gene pool...

Some people don't understand the power of water. Just think of the Grand Canyon...that was all water!
6 Inches of water can sweep an adult away. 2 feet deep can take your car!
I mean look at this!!! It's on TRAIN tracks in SingSing.

That boat didn't just WALK there! It was shoved by the water!
This one didn't either and this is a TANKER!!

This one washed up on Staten Island, NY.

I can only say prayers for the folks that died, thanks to all the FEMA and local agencies that stocked shelters and helped out, along with the ConEd, and Grid and whomever else is busting their humps to get things back to normal.

Monday, October 29, 2012

NaBloWriMo #29~~Hurricane Sandy~~

We're sitting here in our warm little house with electricity. We have a bit of water in the cellar, but nowheres NEAR as much as you'd think. Thank the Gods.

It started out with the wind last night and a few drops of rain. We had a couple of gusts this after that were just amazing.

Looking at the local news and the Weather Channel and such, I'm amazed that things have been going on so smoothly.

A pier in Kill Devil Hills, NC, fell in:

There were pics I saw of Atlantic City which were just amazing too:
Superstorm Sandy takes aim at Atlantic coast
Some of the old Boardwalk got swept away. :(
It would've been nice if my sister had left the Boardwalk and taken Snooki and company... pfft.

The Big Apple had prepared. They closed all the subways at 7PM last night. Good move, I think.
This was Red Hook, in Brooklyn:
Freaking amazing isn't it?!The guy on the weather channel just said the water in Battery Park is almost 12 feet high and threatening the subway system.
Sandy Hook in NJ has water almost 2 and a half feet over their record. Yikes!!

We actually were pretty prepared up here too. Deval closed down basically the whole state. They also just closed down the Mystic Tobin Bridge after sending the tolltakers home. The Sagamore and Bourne Bridges on the Cape were gonna be closed too, if the wind gusts stayed at 75 or more. I don't like going over bridges on a good day, and this isn't a good day.

I put Obelisk out early this morning, moved the trash barrels, and she was back in before I turned around. sheesh.

The experts are saying that it's a "Franken-Storm" because it's part of the hurricane, part of a cold front, and a high that's blocking the whole mess. And it's being compared with "the Perfect Storm" of 91...the one that got turned into a movie with George Clooney and one of the Wahlberg boys. It sorta reminds me of the Blizzard of 78 which I was around for too.

The Perfect Storm
That was actually filmed on the Nawth Sho-ah up in Gloucester, pronounced Glaw-stah, for you outta townahs. ;)

I have friends in New Jersey, CT, my best friend lives in MD. I had a friend call last night from Alabama wanting to know how we were. He saw on the Weather Channel that we were expecting Sandy. I know more folks who live in New York State and one on Lake Erie itself...she's expecting hell...
One of my friends in NH lost her power this after. My SIL lives a bit north-er than her and was getting nothing.

We had the lights flicker just a bit ago. The surge guard went off and DS' computer and the fish tanks. DS is pissing and moaning that it won't stop beeping. Like it's a freakin conspiracy against him by the universe.  ugh...gonna be a long night...

I have been offering up prayers for all my East Coast buddies. I really hope everyone comes through okay.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

NaBloWriMo #28~~I Learnt A New Word~~

My DS and I were watching Top Gear last week. They were doing a show on Caravanning in Cornwall and the next one was one about motorbiking through Viet Nam.
We saw one on MAKING a caravan on a car, which was Series 15 episode 4. Make SURE, doubly and triply SURE that you have your Depends on, because it is Piss Your Pants funny.
Depends Pictures, Images and Photos

Top Gear is a British show that first started in 77!! And relaunched in 02.It was originally a show for gearheads, and strict car enthusiasts, but it's morphed into something different and completely outrageous.

The hosts are Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.  Jeremy is the brains of the outfit compared to the others.  Hammond, also known as Hamster, and James are there for comic relief.  It's shown on BBC America. My son is hooked, but then again, I started him off with Monty Python and the Holy Grail.   hehehe

Hamster's on the left and James is on the right. Jeremy is in the middle.

But this was the one thing that sent me completely over the edge. It was part of the Viet Nam Special:

This what was said:

Richard: I just put my face in your crotch!
James: So you simultaneously headbutted me in the gentleman’s region and snapped the prow off the galleon. You complete numpty Hammond.
That was it!!!  I laughed to hard I was crying and my ribs hurt for days...

I hadta look up what a "numpty" actually was because that was a new one on me...I know alot of English colloquialisms, but had never heard this one.
This tidbit comes from Urban Dictionary:

numpty A person, who, for their public personality seems as if they can be compared to the pleasant 'Humpty Dumpty'... but when in the comfort of being alone in their room takes out the Jack Daniels and wacks off to a taped episode of Sesame Street.
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Scottish usage:
a) Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others.

b) A good humoured admonition, a term of endearment

c) A reckless, absent minded or unwise person
a) "No. That wisnae wit she meant, ya big numpty!"

b) i.e. "Silly billy", "You big dafty"

c) "That numpty's driving with no lights on!"
This seems more like Hamster to me though:
A person who never has or never will have a f*ing clue what he is doing
Bobby Gould
Scotland's favourite word is "numpty", according to a survey conducted for a children's charity.

I'm not really surprised, because it's a very useful and versatile word.

NaBloWriMo #27~~Craft Fair W00t!~~

An old work friend what's on FB wondered if I sold my handmade goodies at craft shows or just on-line. I hadn't done a craft show in way too long. Last one was Pagan Pride Day in 2010 and I only sold 1 Item, a Dionysius flavoured DreamWeb with grapes and a wine bottle.

It didn't even cover my table fee...pfft.
The next two years I was too busy having surgeries...

The last non-witchy craft fair I did, I wanted to just take everything outside and burn it...they were selling cheap CRAP and Stuffed animals dipped in scented wax.

They were selling like hotcakes!!! I don't get it.

And Swarovskiy crystal enough to singe your retinas...ugh. Not that I don't like crystal, but not every freakin table!!

I had my DreamWebs and Tshirts...sigh...I sat for 8 hours playing tiddly winks with my bellybutton and some M&M's...I was SO disappointed and sad and discouraged. I wound up talking Tarot cards with a teenaged girl who wasn't having any luck either...

But YESTERDAY was soo different!! I actually did well!! And I enjoyed myself! which should be the name of the game...

It was easy to get there, though I did have trouble actually LEAVING town. I hadta stop at CVS and get a mirror. Bloody things have gotten expensive!! THEN I started out again and realized that I didn't have my I hadta head back home again...

I was sposta be there at 9 to set up...I got there at about quarter past, so that wasn't too bad. I didn't bother with the misbegotten EZ Up. I set up and arranged my stuff, then the gal in charge, Jodi who was hosting, called for a circle. We walked a labyrinth, then held hands and said prayers...I could feel the energy...don't be was really good!

This was our hostess. She owns Blue Angel Healing which is where it was.

It was a fund raiser to help a gal who had a brain tumour and to help with her bills.

There were psychics and readers and massages going on, but I didn't get a chance to get anything done *pouts* I DID manage to have a taste of some really pissah was almost as good as sex. Pulled meat, no beans, chunky cheese, and then cornbread crumbs on top...dear Gods it was wonderful!

There was kid yoga, and belly dancing. My sister and her niece came and belly danced...I didn't take any black mail pictures...The second troop of bellydancers did it with Scimitars...yeah good luck with that...They put them on their heads and danced...
Warrior Scimitar Of Persia

I could see myself giving me a splitting headache...

There were drummers and African drummers and dancers. The African Dancers were spectacular!

You can see part of my display and my head...hehehe

In addition to having a great time in the sunshine, enjoying the music and company, I also had SALES!!! w00t!!
I sold 2 necklaces, 1 DreamWeb, and two Witch Bottles.  I was THRILLED. I even made back my table fee; which is ALWAYS good.

And at the end there was a double rainbow. One was rightside up and the other looked upside least to me.

I wanna thank Danielle for thinking of me...It was nice to see her and her friends.

Friday, October 26, 2012

NaBloWriMo #26~~EZ UP my arse~~

I borrowed this so-called EZ Up from a fellow FreeCycler. She said that it was easy to do...umm. I tried this after...BULLSHITE!!!
Unless I have ankle dragging knuckles like a MacGregor instead of my little T-Rex arms...

Or I was like 7 feet tall...or more...

I can't set the damnable thing up by myself.
This was almost me this after:
Eaten by Shark

I tried doing it the Polish Way. Get inside and try and shove it up...That actually worked pretty well, but I couldn't  get it all that way because of my vertically challenged-ness.

I can only hope that someone takes pity on me...