Ok, here’s hoping this works! I uploaded a new picture for my gravatar and we’ll see how it goes. Sigh. I hate being technically challenged!
I guess I can begin by giving a short intro. First, It’s a beautiful Saturday morning here in So. Cal. I’ve done my Thoth thing that I do every morning, my coffe in my Led Zeppelin mug, my kittie is sleeping soundly on my recliner after having a nice little breakfast, so he’s happy. I’m happy. I’m thrilled to be here. I’m going over the other posts by the other bloggers as I’ve been at work or away from my computer when they were blogging and couldn’t participate. Finally starting to develop a feel for this place.
As for myself (and this is very hard to do because it feels like, yes, it’s all about MEEEEEE!!) But, in a way for this moment, it is. Gots to make the intros if I want people to know about the stuff I write and why. I’ll leave it to the Gods to bring others in to share about themselves with me. I hope you do, as I don’t want to do this alone! (Yikes!) I’m here not only to give you guys a glimpse into my mind and soul, but also to learn of you, too!
I guess I should start with the thing I do every morning with Thoth. I was once a Christian, Calvary Chapel born-again and raised for 22 years. Around 1996-97 I started reading ‘fan fiction’ on the Internet. I loved buddy stories and found out the term for what I loved to read was hurt/comfort. So, I joined a community mailing list for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, being that I was severely attracted to the character Iolaus played by Michael Hurst, I found a list for women like me: The Iolausian Mailing List. I went under the name “White Raven” (My truck was white and I was involved in a homeless ministry to deliver food. Got the name from the ravens who fed the prophet Elijah, but since my truck was white I just went by White Raven.) About a year went by, met a lot of great friends, some Christian, some not (The gal who works on my Cafe’ Press stuff is one of them…me Christian, she Pagan…hey…we proved good sister-like friendships CAN happen in this mix. 😉 ) Anyway, another form of fan fiction came across the bow and caught my attention: Slash. Well, being that I was completely naive in this world at the time, I was extremely curious as to what it was all about. I began to read. For the next three years I read Slash on the sly, while all the while voicing out to my friends on the lists that I met in So. Cal.: “No, I don’t read that stuff, it’s a sin.” (snort. Silly twit that I was.)
It was the start of a dominoe effect. A young friend of mine was killed in what I believe to be a murder in Guam. He was killed on impact after being run off the road. He was in the navy and only 19 years old. His name was Kenny. I got pissed off with God, and never ever went back to church. I cussed God out to his face (well, metaphorically speaking, of course.) Took my rebellion into Slash and began devouring it. I found pictures of two guys from a western. Saw their lips. Saw them kissing in my mind. Went home looked up Slash for them, and devoured it. Found a particular one that brought in the God factor. A woman sees one of the men with the other…he and the woman got off this plane. She saw how they were looking at each other. On the plane this man and the woman were talking about death and love and lost opportunities. He had said the one he found to share his life was because God must have been worried about him. When she saw the man’s lover she went up to the man and said, “God must have been worried about him (the lover), too.” You want to talk about the waterworks!! That one story brought it home to me. If God is so uncondtional in his love then he should have no trouble with two people loving each other, no matter the gender. I began at that moment to research homosexuality and the Bible. I found a book called “Openly Gay, Openly Christian” which utilized the Strong’s Concordance ( a must have for serious students of the Bible). I also opened up my Webster’s. For six months the journey into questions was researched, questioned some more and researched some more. I can give an entire word study on Leviticus 18:22 that will blow your minds. It was enough for me to realize things were not all that kosher in the Christian world view. I began to question other things when my so-called ‘sister’ in the world of Hercules (a Christian) wrote me off when I told her I no longer believed homosexuality was a sin. My brother and his wife got into it with me and I was forbidden to see my niece and nephew without one of the parents present. Their entire attitude was judgmental and what I call pharisee-ical and that led to more questions. My pagan friend saw I was going through it, asked me questions that got me thinking, told me about her spiritual views and for a year I studied paganism and found that Christianity got most, if not all, of its teachings from the old religions. I had my ex-sister-in-law come into my life at that moment, who had gone through 10 years before what I was then going through. The questions I was asking were questions she had already asked. Both she and my pagan friend helped me to shed the blinders and I embraced Paganism, mostly Wicca, with both Egyptian and Celtic pantheons. I saw a statue of Thoth in an occult book store, picked up the card to find out who this intriguing character was and discovered he is the God of Writing, Magick, Learning, Wisdom, the Moon…all the things I was heading into. I look back now and it was like Jesus was saying, “Dude, get over here. She won’t talk to me right now, but she will talk to you. Take care of her.” Ever since then, Thoth has been with me. But, I could not figure out how to honor him. I then read a book by Ellen Cannon Reed about Egyptian deities. She said that for Thoth, the scribes of Egypt would take the water they used to make ink with and sprinkle the water with their stylus over his altar. Well, she had no ink to write with as she used a computer, but she said that coffee was very important to her writing, so she would face east every morning and sprinkle coffee to Thoth to ask for his blessing. I read this back in 2005 and every morning, with the exception of some days when I’m too sick, I go out and greet Thoth with my cup of coffee. I face east, ask for his blessing and sprinkle the coffee on the lawn. It’s our time. I love Thoth as he really helped me to transition between Christianity and Paganism. And I truly believe the Christ allowed it because he knew I needed what Thoth could give me.
I know that was long, but here’s hoping it was at least entertaining for you to read.
I’m not quite certain when to start this day, as I live in the PST zone, and 8:00 doesn’t get here for another 90 minutes (give or take), but I wanted to go ahead and pop in and say ‘hey’ to anyone out there who might already be here. I have some things to share throughout the day, and I hope we get some great discussions going. I’ll be back in a minute as I need to check my e-mails, so hang in there! I’m here all day, if you have any questions about what I post or about my book “Crimson Dawn: Volume One – Hallowed Echoes” through Dark Roast Press, please drop them to me and I’ll answer throughout the day! I’m looking forward to this! Hope you are, too!
by Kelley Heckart
Author Name: Kelley Heckart
Author Website: www.kelleyheckart.com
Book Title: Cat’s Curse
Series: Dark Goddess Trilogy
Genre: Celtic historical romance/fantasy
Length: Novel length
Rating: 4 Cards
Cardea lives alone in the forest and stalks her prey by night, living on the blood of others. One night she finds herself on the business end of a sword held by the hand of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. Unable to take her mind off him, Cardea manages to appear wherever he is; yet the man seems uninterested in her.
Aedan mac Gabrain has been cursed. In fact, the witch, Cat Anna who stalks the forests as a black cat, cursed his whole family. Aedan’s brother didn’t believe the curse, and now he’s also a black cat. All Aedan has to do is find the witch and force her to reverse the curse. Of course there’s one little problem. The most beautiful woman he’s ever seen appears everywhere he goes and keeping his hands off of her is getting more difficult with each passing moment. But if he touches her he knows he’ll be joining his brother as a black cat.
This is a solidly written tale that is romantic and charming. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was totally caught up in the magic and romance. Ms. Heckart has written an entertaining tale that combines both history and fantasy in a way that will enchant the reader. Definitely put this one in your “I’m gonna read it next” pile!
Bound By Blood: The Awakening
Author Name: C.H. Scarlett
Author Website: http://chscarlett.net
Book Title: Bound by Blood: The Awakening
Series (if any): Yes, this book is the first in its series.
Release Date: February 14th, 2009
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal. sub-genre–romance/erotica
Length: 714 pages (includes glossary)
Publisher: Dark Roast Press http://darkroastpress.com
Buy Link: http://www.darkroastpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20
Rating: 4 Cards
Before the earth existed, there dimensions where doors opened to other dimensions and twelve powerful and ancient bloodlines existed. Though others have forgotten, the Crone has not and she is the only one who can still read the writing on the wall. Taking a young girl of the blood to the cave with her, the Crone enters the secret room and the girl watches as a time forgotten appears before her. Like a ghost unable to comment or interfere with what she sees, the girl must watch and feel everything before her.
Samanthra Lmpir is one of seven sisters born under the same stars on the same day, and she’s high priestess of their clan. Samanthra’s father has kept the sisters apart all of their lives and claims it’s for their own good, especially Samanthra’s. He claims that he is protecting her from the “awakening” and a curse, but his intentions may not be as caring as he hopes she will believe.
Now the festival of Beal-Tene has arrived and Samanthra’s father has ordered his daughters to stay away, but Samanthra must attend. As high priestess, she can’t miss the celebration, so she and her sisters defy their father’s orders and begin their journey.
Samanthra has told no one of her dreams of a man she can’t quite see in her mind’s eye, yet when she arrives at the festival, he’s there; at the pub, he’s there. And he is determined to claim her.
Bound by Blood is a romantic, poetically written story that takes the reader on a journey like no other I’ve read. Full of beautiful imagery, spells and poetry, this is a book to get lost in. The author has written a wonderful, magical, spellbinding tale that will capture the reader’s imagination, as well as their heart. This is a “don’t miss this book” read!
Okay, found batteries for the digital camera and snapped a pic of my pendants. Not extremely clear, but you get the idea. I got the cross at a tiny store in a MCC church in Austin, TX. I bought the stag pentacle a few years ago at a pagan store in Dover, DE. You can find the necklace here, too: Stag Pentacle.
*pokes his head in and waves*
I’m new to The Pagan and the Pen, but certainly not to writing or paganism. I’ve been writing professionally since 2005 as Mychael Black, but I’ve been a pagan since I was 13, about 19 years ago. (Wow, that makes me feel old…)
The first story I ever wrote and published was ‘The Holly King’ and it appeared in the free ezine, Forbidden Fruit. I’ve come a long way since then, and my writing has matured, but that story is still close to my heart.
For me, writing is a form of worship in my Druid faith. Every word is dedicated to my gods Cernunnos and Michael (yes, the Archangel, who was, incidentally, a Chaldean god), and ‘The Holly King’ was written specifically FOR Cernunnos, shortly after I started down a Druid path.
They (Cernunnos and Michael) tend to show up in my stories, whether by name(s) or not. Many of my men end up pagan (some even as Druids).
I’ve posted ‘The Holly King’ on my website, if you’d like to read it. It’s not very work-safe, but it’s also not overly explicit. Remember: it’s an older story, and not my best in terms of technical details, but it’s still very important to me. I even had a Druid friend once tell me that he printed it out and carried it in his wallet, reading it whenever he needed a pick-me-up. I hope you all enjoy it as much as he did.