Hell Breaking Lose in Haiti

As if an earthquake wasn’t enough for people to suffer…as if losing your home, loved ones, parents, and every item that meant anything to you wasn’t enough. As if starvation, and losing something so simple as walking to the sink and getting a glass of water wasn’t enough to lose….

Now certain religions have raised a violent flag against those, they believe are evil….

Haitians practicing Voodoo.

 

 

The video above is said to be Evangelists busting up a harmless Voodoo ritual. It’s rather distressing to me but not unfamiliar by a long shot.

 

Why has a war between certain kinds of Christians exploded upon Haitians who practice Voodoo?

Well, Pat Robertson’s claims that “Voodoo Haitians  made a pact with the devil and brought the earthquake down upon the others” didn’t help I’m sure. So maybe these violent Christians are only acting out because they follow speakers of hate?

Despite what is driving them, that doesn’t stop the frightening headlines that don’t seem to have a huge spotlight in our media. For instance this one…

 

Voodooists attacked at ceremony for Haiti victims

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Angry crowds in a seaside slum attacked a group of Voodoo practitioners Tuesday, pelting them with rocks and halting a ceremony meant to honor victims of last month’s deadly earthquake.

Voodooists gathered in Cite Soleil where thousands of quake survivors live in tents and depend on food aid. Praying and singing, the group was trying to conjure spirits to guide lost souls when a crowd of Evangelicals started shouting. Some threw rocks while others urinated on Voodoo symbols. When police left, the crowd destroyed the altars and Voodoo offerings of food and rum. SOURCE

 

I am not exactly sure why these Evangelists seem to think they can run lose and bring about harm in this way….I am not sure why they would believe its right. But wait…I suppose they believe the ugly words Pat Robertson’s spat forth claiming God is punishing Haiti for being a Godless place…then how does he account that 70% of Haitians which follows his God?

 

A Haitian Voodoo Priestess Calls for Calm…

CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (Feb. 25) — Voodoo priestess Elsie Théanou Joseph rolls her eyes and lets out a hearty laugh when she is reminded of American Christian televangelist Pat Robertson’s now infamous explanation of the Haitian earthquake as divine retribution.
"He shouldn’t hold one group responsible for this natural catastrophe," Théanou Joseph said, speaking French Creole through a translator, as she stood inside a hand-painted Voodoo temple sitting isolated on a large plot of farmland in Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.

 

A few days after the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than 222,000 people, Robertson said Haitians need to have "a great turning to God," having been "cursed by one thing after another" since they "swore a pact to the devil" to gain their freedom in a slave revolt more than 200 years ago.
After evangelicals attacked a voodoo ceremony in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Cité Soleil this week, Max Beauvoir, supreme head of the Voodoo religion in Haiti, raised the prospect of "open war" between proselytizing Christians and Voodooists, according to Agence France-Presse. He claimed further that some evangelicals are using food aid to "buy souls" and steer adherents away from Voodoo.

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I think these people causing violence need to practice a little responsibility and intelligence.

They need to stop BLAMING anyone who is different, who thinks differently, for an act of nature.

They need to stop being prejudice and selfish with funds, which were meant to help people in Haiti—by refusing to give to those not of their religions.

They need to love their brother and their sister, no matter what their faith.

They need to ban together, and help rebuild what has been lost. ONLY then will they make their gods proud…because whose to say that this happened to stir so much chaos except for evil Pat Robertson? Maybe this was a sign of their God to stop HATING others so much. If I had to look into this incident and find a sign…I could find much more positive ones than what trash Pat Robertson vomits up.

Stop being sheep….love your brother no matter what his religion and or race…listen to what your Jesus saysespecially about following false prophets.

 

Jesus taught love….LOVE….no matter who it is….LOVE them.

 

C.H. Scarlett

Being a writer

I’ve been watching an interesting debate unfold on an egroup, about whether role play gaming is a productive thing for an author to do. Some folks, myself included, think yes. Others feel it wastes time, and distracts from the important business of Being A Writer.

As bardcraft is an important part of the Druid tradition, I’ve spent a fair while talking with other folks about what a bard needs to do, in order to truly walk that path. Creative expression is a big part of it, of course. However, there was agreement that it takes more than making things, to be a bard. I think it also calls for more than spending time writing to be a good author. You have to live, experience and explore in order to have stories to tell.

For a bard, listening is a vital skill. We listen to the music, songs, poetry and stories of fellow bards, and we learn from them. We listen to the words of the people around us, and the truths that come from their hearts, even if they aren’t beautifully presented. We listen to the wind, the songs of birds, the whispers of the ancestors and the cries of the future being born.

 We listen to the silence.

To my mind, writing (and any other creative expression) should not be about separating yourself from the world. Paganism is all about embracing life, in all its richness, and any practise that isolates us, is at odds with that spiritual dimension. Writing should be an act of engagement.

Therefore, I must argue, any kind of experience or pursuit is a valid one, for the bard and author both. Not just valid, but necessary. We need to be out in the world, listening, experiencing, feeling and thinking. And no one should spend their days sat at a computer, tapping out words to the exclusion of all else. That isn’t living, it isn’t honouring nature within us.

If you want to be an author, take some time to live, in the manner of your choosing. There is far more to being an author than that part of the process involving crafting things out of words.

Pagan Holidays for 25, 26, 27, 28, 2010

Before I type up the Holidays…did anyone notice our new banner? That was donated to us by Pagan Artist Tom Brown….AND he is going to lend me some of his work to make some desktop calendars for everyone!!!!!! So go track Tom down, and stalk his art—he is just too cool to us.

 

 

Now for those holidays…..

 

February 25th Thursday

The Egyptians made this day sacred to their Goddess Nut. Nut happens to be the Mistress of the stars (sky), planets, and the great mother of Ra (the sun).

February 26th Friday

Something we don;t hear about often and that’s the Persian Ancient Culture. I think that’s rather sad since they were actually descendants, or so I read, of the mighty Aryan race—(not to be confused with what Hitler was going for)—no, this race was BAD—as in no one wanted to muck with them and EVERYONE of power, eventually kept trying to claim lineage to them—or so that’s where my reading got me.

So with that being said, today in Ancient Persian cultures, we would be honoring Mihr—whom the ancient Greeks and Romans adopted (because the deity was THAT old and sacred) and renamed as Mithras.

Mihr is a God of morality and of agreement—he was believed to be the very force that bound certain civilizations together. Later, he came to represent light and early wisdom—and the God certain cultures thanked for concurring the demons who dwelled in the sinister darkness.

 

February 27th Saturday

Does anyone dig horse races? Well, today in Ancient Roman times was known as Equirria and it was all racing horses—dedicated to the God Mars (shouting out a big HEY to the month of March soon approaching) who stood for war and agriculture. (you know those Romans LOVED big celebrations)

 

Now also mark your calendars because Tyr –the half-rune-month begins today—Tyr represents self-discipline and  sacrifice in order to achieve and desired end.

February 28th Sunday

We bid February good-bye—but what better way to send her off than to celebrate Day of Merriddyn with the Welsh. Does everyone reading know who he is? I bet you do, and maybe you don’t realize it….Merriddyn is Merlin—only he was a very real man who had visions and known to be a wild man of the woods. He even wrote his prophecies and books down—but the Church destroyed them.

 

We get to shout out to ANOTHER Persian Goddess as well, named Zamyaz. She is in charge of the earth and all forces of wondrous nature!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 2010 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar!!!!!!

I’ve got a HUGE treat for everyone. If you like the art used for March’s calendar, (below) then watch for the next post where you can get it without the Calendar portion.

Now for our preview for March!!!!!!!!!!

*drum roll* please!

WyntressNyghtCalanderCHScarlettPREVIEW

Also, do NOT right click and save the preview above—it will not look good on your desktop since the size is too small.

For sizes, scroll after reading info listed below…

I have been freezing my fanny off! What about you? So this month, I decided to heat things up especially since Spring Equinox will be hitting us and hopefully, bringing with it some WARMER weather!

Anyway, if you dig the fiery setting above, then you can thank Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack because I used the art that went into making her cover.

Now for the sizes:

Pick the size below that you want—click the link and you will be taken to my Photobucket album where you can RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE. Once you save it to your computer, simply go into the file you have it, right click again and choose SET AS DESKTOP WALLPAPER.

Or you click START, SETTINGS, CONTROL Panel, and go into your desktop from there, manually putting it on.

Let me know if you like these so I can make sure to create more next month (with different art of course). Oh, and you add your own calendar info to these AND can share ALL you want…just make sure to share the originals, ok? Thank you so much!

Also, if your desktop size is not below, and its a common one I’ve missed, shout at me, so I can start making those sizes.

Notice the flaming moon art announcing moon phases. I just loved those!

1680 x 1050

1024 x 768

1280 x 800

800 x 600

Also take note, since I am making so many of these now, I have made a new category for them—Desktop Wallpapers—but only this month will be under there since the category is new.

C.H. Scarlett

Free Wyntress Nyght Desktop Wallpaper

Preview:

WyntressNyghtCHScarlettPLAINPREVIEW

Please do NOT save the preview and try to use it on your desktop—it will not work. You CAN save it and use it on your phone, IPOD, or MP3 players though.

Anyway, if you dig the fiery setting above, then you can thank Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack because I used the art that went into making her cover. (Also check the blog because we have a Calendar—March—made of this as well)

Now for the sizes:

Pick the size below that you want—click the link and you will be taken to my Photobucket album where you can RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE. Once you save it to your computer, simply go into the file you have it, right click again and choose SET AS DESKTOP WALLPAPER.

Or you click START, SETTINGS, CONTROL Panel, and go into your desktop from there, manually putting it on.

Let me know if you like these so I can make sure to create more next month (with different art of course). Oh, and you add your own calendar info to these AND can share ALL you want…just make sure to share the originals, ok? Thank you so much!

Also, if your desktop size is not below, and its a common one I’ve missed, shout at me, so I can start making those sizes.

1680 x 1050

1024 x 768

1280 x 800

800 x 600

ENJOY!!!!

C.H. Scarlett

In the Beginning…

In a time when the world was at its end, there lived a Great Queen whose name meant “honor.” Her blood was made from the sweat of stars, and she lived fire and breathed the ocean’s depths.

She taught the people of love and life, of hardships and forgiveness, of truth and apathy. And when the time came for her to take a place among the Fallen, she was greatly mourned. A sadness fell over the land as the last light the people had known twinkled out into the darkness which covered them, and the earth was still.

The darkness grew, and soon her name was lost in the blackness and chaos which ruled the earth. The people spread across the land like locusts, the anger and grief they felt inside hiding the trust and security they’d known, and before long they began to devour each other in their confusion. A time without measure eased along the horizon, quiet in its progress and cold in its passing.

When the pinpricks of light suddenly pierced through the black and the sulfur scent began to lift, no one noticed. But as the land began to heal itself and green stalks fought through the pestilence and tar, the tears of the Grateful nourished the earth. The Queen’s echoes were felt, and the people began to speak of a time which no one remembered but all knew to be true. Their skin sang, muscles hummed; their bones kept rhythm. The moments changed direction, warmth and calm embraced them.

And in the footprints of the Forgotten, life began anew.

Prosperous Faith

Doubt keeps silent, but faith speaks.

One spiritual principle much repeated is to “speak those things that be not as though they are.” In the Christian bible it’s found at Romans 4:17 and expanded up on in Mark 11:22-24; in Wicca and Witchcraft it’s the first lesson you learn in order to cast spells/transform reality. This belief – that our power and energy is so great we can literally speak something and it comes to pass – is the foundation of faith, in whatever spirituality or religion you circumscribe to. It’s the strength behind spellcasting, the confidence in affirmations and prayer.  When we use our personal power to embrace and express positive change, that power reflects back to us in the world. On the flip side, when we speak negatively, we are using our personal power to create the exact circumstances and troubles we complain about – effectively adding fuel to the fire.

Lately, with the world constantly using the word “recession”, it’s difficult to retain a positive and faithful attitude. People, and the media, are constantly telling us we are in debt, in lack, in poverty. Remember who you are in Universe, and that the world does not dictate your finances or your opportunities – Spirit does. No matter what the attitude of the world, of friends and family, guide yourself to recall the many times in your life Goddess/God has blessed you unexpectedly, supplied exactly what you needed to heal what you thought was a dead-end situation. Spirit makes a way where there is no way, and today – right now – declare to yourself and the world “I am the beloved child of Spirit/Goddess/God, and despite what the world tells me, I am prosperous and blessed in every way!”