Pagan Holiday for November 17th, 2009

Pagan Days for Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Tuesday belongs to Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (named after), Tuisco & Tyr

 

As Tuesday belongs not only to the God Mars, but also to the Planet of Mars, we can toss the Element of Fire into the mix ,and have the makings of a very heated and passionate day!

So if you don’t have anyone to vent those wild emotions out on, don’t fret because you can point them into the direction of matters or magical rituals and spells concerning:

anything having to do with marriage, money or wealth, loyalty, enemies, protection, confidence for yourself or another, and of course, courage!

 

The moon phase for today is:

~Waxing Crescent~

What do you know, the Waxing Crescent is for magic concerning love, wealth, success, friendship, luck or health.

 

Now, Rie McGaha has agreed to pull a Kate & Leopold with us so we can go back in time to see what the Holidays were today. Yep, she will shove us off the Brooklyn Bridge so we can get enough speed and force to slip through a tear in time…ready?

 

November 17th belongs to…

The Roman Ceres

& the Greek Demeter

 

Artist Soa Lee

 

 

Ceres and Demeter were the same Goddess. One belonged to the Romans and the other belonged to the Greeks. On this day, the Romans are throwing an informal Observance for Ceres: Goddess of Agriculture.

Ceres was not always a part of Rome.

Back during 496 BCE, Rome was facing an awful drought. Having enough before all of Rome starved, the Sibylline Oracles demanded that they bring Ceres into their culture to spare them.

Rome did so, but Ceres did not belong to everyone. She became a mysterious Goddess worshipped by women—women having the power to invoke her. That meant only women knew and practiced the sacred rites and rituals of Ceres and only women passed them down…to other women.

Of course sooner or later, women stopped passing those secrets probably when Rome was handed over to Christianity and Paganism became feared. That meant the rites and secrets of Ceres were forgotten and not one historian was able to record them for us Pagans of the future.

 

So today as you light your candles and give a whisper of honor to Ceres…

think about the women who kept her secrets sacred and alive. And possibly let them know, wherever they are, that Paganism did indeed survive, after all.

 

Like to add a little science to your Paganism?

Well Ceres is also the name of a dwarf star—the only one in our asteroid belt.

Them Ancients were so dang smart!

 

 

 

 

 

Links for further reading

 

Want to know what November represents?

Check out my past post called:

Paganism: The Month of November

 

Want more written by someone else?

Check out…

Ceres (dwarf planet) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ceres – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ceres (mythology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Demeter, Greek Goddess of The Bountiful Harvest

New Review for The Perfect Match by Raven Starr

Howdy, its been forever and a day since I’ve been here. I’m loving all the wicked new changes and all the cool faces on here.  I just wanted to stop by and drop my new release and it’s brand new review.

My New release is called The Perfect Match

here’s the blurb:

Kiora Webb is a typical Pisces woman. Independent, creative, and romantic, but she just couldn’t meet the right guy. Working at Caper’s New and Used book store; was the perfect place for her. For an early birthday present her friends treat her to a girl’s night out to Club Fusion where she meets slick talking Donovan Black. From his self-assured stance to his lame, run-down pick up lines, she dismisses him swiftly.

Donovan Black has never been turned down before. When beautiful Kiora Webb doesn’t fall head over heels for him, he’s crushed. Taking his failure as a game Donovan’s buddies persuade him into thinking he could never have a woman like her. Donovan set out to prove them wrong. But what started out as a ploy turns into something that not neither one of them could foresee.

Here’s the link to the review. Leave me a comment and I’ll hit ya back.

http://redrosesforauthors.blogspot.com/2009/11/perfect-match.html

Blessings to all,

Raven

http://www.redrosepublishing.com (check out all my books here)

http://www.ravenkstarr.com

How to build a better villain…

How to Build a Better Villain by Christopher Newman

Ask any actor and they’ll tell you the heavy (i.e. villain) is the meatiest role.  So we, as Pagans, know the cruelty of such characters from history, film, novels and real life.  But how do you build a better, believable villain in your books?  Well lucky you…I can help.

Oh it’s not ego, just a matter of observation and practice.  They come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  Cunning cads, disturbing demons and lovely fem fatales.  Hey, it isn’t easy being evil, that’s the best part.  Evil for evil’s sake is too bland and blasé so you have to be creative.  Here’s a recipe I use occasionally.

1.  Stubborn to a fault is the base of our stew.  Nothing beats an antagonist who is both firm in his/her beliefs and knows the ends justify the means.  No matter of logic or counter-argument can sway him/her.  He/She’s not dumb, the villain has thought this through to it’s “logical” conclusion.

2.  A sense of humor is always nice, let’s add that too.

3.  Choose between darkly charismatic, foully unkempt, military (or quasi-military) strict, hideously ugly or several other options…grade it properly as to not become to cliché.

4.  Avoid stereotypes!  A ponytail wearing evil magician has been done to death…

5.  Nervous mannerisms (always pushing up his/her glasses), eye twitches, etc make all characters unique, but in a villain it can announce to the reader that mayhem is going to follow.

6.  Stir gently and bring to an even heat.  A villain’s sanity/power/plans must not rush too fast in the pace unless the manuscript calls for the heroes to be unbalanced.

7.  Scoop out the ridiculous (eyes opening at the end of the novel like some poorly written 1980s horror film).

8.  Accomplices sparingly dripped in to the mix.  Oh and by the way nothing adds to the spice of a villain as someone (or thing) that admires him/her greatly—for all the wrong reasons.  Or one that hates him and wants his job….

9.  Name him/her… everything, and I mean everything, the very success of the character can hang on a name.  Flopsie the Ghoul Master just doesn’t cut it…

10.  Ladle in a great back-story…why is he/she this way?  Is it believable?  Too much fantasy will make your scoundrel stew curdle.

11.  A pinch of “who does he/she serve?” for as Bob Dylan sang, “Everybody serves somebody” (or at least I think that’s what he sang…)

12.  Vampires don’t sparkle…oh wait that’s another topic.

13.  Taste it… would you be afraid of him/her?  If not add a dash more cruelty and liberally sprinkle in socially inappropriate beliefs.

14.  Almost done now… take another taste.  Afraid yet? No, add more of ingredient 13.

15.  Twist in a twist (somebody’s gonna hurt somebody—before the night is through!)  Eddie the Homicidal Manic has a soft spot for puppies… and removing the heads of nurses.

16.  Pour this steaming cauldron over your manuscript and watch the steam rise.  Ah! Smell that?  Scoundrels are the spice of a manuscript’s life.

In closing you have to remember that the good guy/gal is bound by several rules and moral conditions.  He/She will walk the righteous path, follow most laws and take the heroic stand.  Villains are not so restrained.  If you feel that “Whoa I don’t think that’s fair” happens when you pen an act by a villain…you’re on the right track.  Consider this, poor Bob Ziegler gets fired at a film shoot on recommendation of an actress who he turns down for a date.  Then he goes home to find his girlfriend in bed with his best friend.  Ousted out of his apartment now he needs cash and most of all a camera to shoot his masterpiece, get famous and get the girl back.  Enter the villain… smiling, knowing and ready for him.  You need that old Super-8 recorder?  Oh you’re broke?  Hey I’ll give it to you if you film that hottie next door tomorrow morning.  She likes to work out in skimpy attire and I’m too old to hold the camera steady.  You’ll do it?  Great!

Later on…

Oh you say you have hideous painful tattoos all over your body from using it?  I know just how to get rid of them, darn I’m so sorry this happened.  How?  Well my research shows that if you shoot the scenes of demonic pleasures depicted on your flesh I bet they’d disappear off.  Good question, where ever are we going to find such willing actors and actress?  Of course you’re right!  The porn industry!  My mama taught me how to brew up a special brew that’ll make ‘em forget what they’re doing.  Inhuman?  Not in the least they’ll be just fine.  Immoral?  Well I hate to break it to you friend but those tattoos are going be there until you die.  They hurt?  I bet they look painful!  I know you think it’s kind of perverse but they’re only porn actors, who’ll miss ‘em?….for more on this see “Get Into the Spirit, Baby” from Dark Roast Press.