From our Beltane Ritual:

Bealtaine Rune

A Maying, a Maying we come between April and June.
Hearken ye unto the Bealtaine Rune.
East then South, West then North,
Dance about the Maypole then sally forth!

A nutting, a nutting we will go,
from sunset ’till Beltane morn’s first glow.
We’ll look for nuts ‘neath streamers of the Maypole.
If we can’t find any, off to the greenwood we’ll go.

Out of sight, we’ll pick flowers by the dim light.
Don’t look for us; we’ll be out all night.
We’ll gather hawthorn and alder decorated with balls bright,

Twined like lovers laying the night’s delights.

It’s so very dark here in the greenwoods.

We might meet Little John Maid Marian, or Robin Hod.

Come harvest will be a new crop to remember this May Eve:

Hodsons, Robinsons, Johnsons more than you might believe.

Horned hunter of the night,
with the Goddess by his side,
Embrace and smile to see such a sight,

Couples everywhere beyond the balefire’s light.

 

Back to the fire for one last run.

Bid farewell to the Goddess and the Horned One.

By the power of the Moon and Sun,

Jump the flame for luck and because it’s fun.

 

By the morning light we’ll parade our charade.
With woven boughs and garlands we made,
We’ll leave flowers and nuts in each doorway,
As a pretense for spending May Eve in the glade.

 

All: Eko Eko Azarak
Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Azarak
Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Lugh

Eko Eko Lilith.

 

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24
Apr

Bealtaine Open Circle

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The sabbat of Beltane (there are various other spellings) occurs Sunday May 1. The Circle of the Dark Moon is holding a special open circle celebration of the marriage of the God and Goddess. If you are interested in attending contact us via our contact page (http://circleofthedarkmoon.org/contactus.asp) for details.

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How to block all Facebook ads within the Firefox browser

I find ALL of the ads annoying and ALL ads offensive and there’s no way to block them with an application within facebook. Even if you report ads that come up on your profile – they still come up. I did a little research and was able to find a reliable way to kill most if not all the ads within facebook – and any other site that I browse on my computer.

Some might argue that the ads pay for facebook – I disagree – seeing as facebook is in bed with the Information Awareness Office
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_Awareness_Office

I’ve every right to block content on my computer and my screen. I won’t lose a nanosecond’s worth of sleep worrying about Faceboob’s profitability.

Help fight corporate greed and avarice—block these ads and still enjoy your social network and tell facebook to eat dog biscuits and bark at the moon.

First, if you don’t have it – get the Firefox Web browser here:
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/ and install it

1. Go here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865
2. Click: Add To Firefox
3. Under the Tools menu in Firefox, select Adblock Plus
4. Click the Add Filter button
5. Copy and paste the following filter: facebook.com#*(social_ad)

6. Click OK
7. Copy and paste the following filter: facebook.com#*(social_ad_advert)
8. Click OK
9. Copy and paste the following filter: facebook.com#*(sponsors)
10. Click OK
11. Close Firefox, then open it and go to Facebook – Adblock Plus should block all Facebook ads

23
Mar

What if…20 million illegal aliens just went home?

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

Reprinted from an article by Tina Griego for the Denver Rocky Mountain News:

I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, “Mexican Visitor’s Lament”-
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?”

Hummm, I thought, what would happen, so I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below.

It’s a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may surprise you!

In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico , it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.

In Colorado , 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchildren would move back ‘home’, mostly to Mexico . That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.
Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado . Denver ‘s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

In Florida , 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English.

In Chicago , Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

If 20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home’, the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

No more push ‘1’ for Spanish or ‘2’ for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.

In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ‘ 18th Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!
America ‘s economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by cash transfers.Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America ‘s economy which currently suffers a $14 trillion debt.  $14 TRILLION.

At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act.

Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals un-screened at our borders.

Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the ‘progressives’ on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse gases.

Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in what the New York Times called,‘colonias’ or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.

The New York Times reported them to be America ‘s new ‘ Third World ‘ inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona ; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)

By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico . We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico . We already invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation. It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life.

Interesting Statistics!

Here are 14 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:

1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens.(that’s Billion with a ‘B’)

2. $2.2 billion dollars are spent each year on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!

5. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6. $3 Million Dollars ‘PER DAY’ is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That’s $1.2 Billion a year.

7. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. –

9. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

11. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern terrorists.  Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine, crack, Guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S.from the southern border.

12. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.

14. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States !

Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!

20
Mar

Full Hare Moon Musings

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

Query: Is it strange to see a man driving around in a pickup truck with a mounted head of a buck deer sitting in the passenger side?

Answer: Probably not if it’s a full moon and you live in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Yee-Haw.

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Excerpted below is a recent blog entry of a former student, who I will denote as M. No, I won’t provide a trackback.

   


What is it that I want to become? The time of riding life to wherever it takes me is done.  It’s time for me to forge my path. I like that:  Forge.  With the unquenchable fire of passion and determination.  I don’t know fully what I want to be yet. Except this.

POWERFUL

I don’t mean the world domination, powerful (although that could be nice).  I mean a release of my innate power.  Being one that commands respect wherever I go (not to be mistaken with worshipped, although that is also not always bad, if only occasion)  If you could only see my smirk.

What is Power? True Power, the power that cannot be given or taken but simply is. Power that is a part of the soul. How is it gained, or earned, or proven?

Magick (mastery of) is Power

Strength is Power

Wisdom is Power

Compassion is Power

Authority is Power

Sexuality is Power

The Healing arts are Power

There is my starting point. Along with going a little wild and letting myself release my inner dragon. Seeing what she has in store for me. She’s in there. Waiting to come out.  I’m anxious to meet her.

 

My initial impression of M’s first blog entry in over a year was that either she was back on the Courtney drug (see my article “Fakers (not) Fakirs Among Us” or she was once more off her anti-psychotic meds. As you can see, the tone of the piece is definitely manic if not maniacal. In addition, the grammatical errors (M is an English major graduate) indicate an agitated state during her writing process. Of course, one could argue that the disjointed grammar was a byproduct of M’s intense fervor during her channeling experience. That’s what the sham not a shaman Courtney told her. If only M could see me smirk.

Despite the nonsense pumped into her fluffy brain by the blessed wannabe, Courtney, M is a seeker—nothing more and nothing less which is not a bad thing. We should all be seekers of truth and our own power. As M says, she doesn’t know what she wants to be—but she wants to be powerful.

Therein lies her true impotence.

While I agree with M’s list of some sources of power, however, like lightning following an ion trail, power needs a path, which is what she lacks. M is flailing about with no clear idea of how to obtain the power she craves. From experience with her, I can tell you that M is what I call a philosophical dilettante.

First, she’ll run down one religious or philosophical path picking up a few ideas. She usually takes these ideas out of context ignoring the parts of the teachings she doesn’t agree with, or due to her attention deficit, she simply doesn’t concentrate long enough on the lessons to absorb fully the material. Eventually M tires of her new fad and moves onto some other teachings until such time that she moves on again, and again, and again.

Clearly, M wants, but doesn’t know what she wants—like so many of us. But this flitting from one teaching or tradition or system of magick to another and another and another is about as likely to yield the results she wants as chasing butterflies without a net—which might also be an appropriate metaphor for her mental state. M should have added one more line to her what-is-power list: focus is power.

For she failed, in her brief and manic tenure with the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven and School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick, to remember the basic ingredients for successful magick:

  • Desire to change something in the mundane (she clearly has this)
  • A plan / belief / strength of will of how to accomplish her goals (she hasn’t a clue)
  • Visualization of the successful outcome of her magick (her mind is too erratic and unfocused and to visualize.

M needs to focus. She needs to pick a path and follow it to its end. While the greater part of the journey is the journey itself, the wise man who said that did not mean for the seeker to run around in circles. In addition, from what I know of dragons, they are no-nonsense type of creatures not given to being pleased at having their time wasted by philosophical meanderings of fluffy bunnies. Perhaps this little rabbit hopped out of her hole just in time for Ostara.

I wish M well on her life-path search. Ultimately it’s a path we all must walk alone to find our own truth at the center of all creation. With that in mind I still find M’s final comment about dragons to be way too Helen Reddy-ish (ala “I am woman hear me roar”) to be taken seriously because I know that all too soon this fluffy cottontail will be hopping down some other bunny trail.

 

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Once again it’s time for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Those of you who have joined our coven for these yearly trips to the realm known as Fairburn, GA. for this yearly fest of fun, frolicking, fighting, and feudalism–and that’s just in the carriage ride up to the fairgrounds–know that this is a coven event not to be missed.

The fair runs on the weekends from April 16/17 through June 4/5. Advance ticket purchases (that means tickets bought by April 17) are $16.95/person or  $6.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free (we plan to give away several ourselves.) That’s a savings of either $3 or $2 per ticket respectively. 

Another bargain is If we attend the opening weekend (April 16/17). On that weekend tickets are two for one. You’ll pay the full price of $19.95/ticket and receive one free adult admission or buy one child admission and receive another child admission ticket for free.

Given our past experiences I believe the best deal is the two-for-one opening weekend deal. Our coven went last year on opening weekend and had a great time.

If you’re interested in attending the Renaissance Faire, please get in touch with a coven member through our website by using our contact page at http://circleofthedarkmoon.org/contactus.asp or contact the site administrator via our wytcheboard forums. You should check the forums anyway and vote in the poll there for your choice of weekend and weekend day to attend the Renaissance Faire.

Even if you’re not a member of the Circle of the Dark Moon, but would still like to attend, contact us anyway–you’re more than welcome to join us and what better way to get to know our coven than to spend a day with some of our members.   

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2
Mar

A Thing of Beauty Becomes Even More Beautiful

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

My revised stored Proc that I wrote for a local web client located in Warner Robins, Georgia.

 

– ——————————————————————————–

– Routine DDL

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DELIMITER $$

 

CREATE DEFINER=`root`@`localhost` PROCEDURE `sp_getPix`(catg int, subCatg int, Indx int)

BEGIN

 

drop table if exists dbbandp.tmpGraphx;

 

create temporary table dbbandp.tmpGraphx

(

`Idx` int(11) NOT NULL default ‘1’,

`ID` int(11) NOT NULL default ‘1’,

`catg` varchar(80) NOT NULL,

`sub_catg` varchar(80) NOT NULL,

`JPG_file` varchar(80) default NULL,

`thumbnail_pix` varchar(255) default NULL,

`fullsize_pix` varchar(255) default NULL,

`caption` varchar(80) default NULL,

`desc` varchar(80) default NULL,

`nextPic` int(11) default ‘1’,

`prevPic` int(11)

 

);

 

if Indx = 0 then

 

insert into dbbandp.tmpGraphx

select

(g.seq) as ‘Idx’,

(g.catg + g.sub_catg) as ‘ID’,

(c.catg_desc) as ‘catg’,

(sc.descr) as ‘sub_catg’,

(g.name) as ‘JPG_file’,

(concat(g.path_thumbnail, g.name)) as ‘thumbnail_pix’,

(concat(g.path_big_pix ,g.name)) as ‘fullsize_pix’,

g.caption,

g.desc,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx + 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘NextPic’,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx – 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘PrevPic’

 

from graphx as g

 

join categories c on (g.catg = c.catg)

join subcatg sc on ((g.catg = sc.scatg) and (g.sub_catg = sc.sub_catg))

 

where ((catg = g.catg) and (subCatg = g.sub_catg))

order by g.name;

 

else

 

insert into dbbandp.tmpGraphx

select

(g.seq) as ‘Idx’,

(g.catg + g.sub_catg) as ‘ID’,

(c.catg_desc) as ‘catg’,

(sc.descr) as ‘sub_catg’,

(g.name) as ‘JPG_file’,

(concat(g.path_thumbnail, g.name)) as ‘thumbnail_pix’,

(concat(g.path_big_pix ,g.name)) as ‘fullsize_pix’,

g.caption,

g.desc,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx + 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘NextPic’,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx – 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘PrevPic’

 

from graphx as g

 

join categories c on (g.catg = c.catg)

join subcatg sc on ((g.catg = sc.scatg) and (g.sub_catg = sc.sub_catg))

 

where ((catg = g.catg) and (subCatg = g.sub_catg) and g.seq = Indx)

order by g.name;

 

 

end if;

 

set @minSeq = (select min(idx) from dbbandp.tmpGraphx);

set @maxSeq = (select max(idx) from dbbandp.tmpGraphx);

 

update dbbandp.tmpGraphx as t

set t.prevPic = @maxSeq

where t.prevPic is null;

 

update dbbandp.tmpGraphx as t

set t.nextPic = @minSeq

where t.nextPic is null;

 

select t.idx, t.ID, t.catg, t.sub_catg, t.JPG_file, t.thumbnail_pix, t.fullsize_pix, t.caption, t.desc,

(select concat(g.path_big_pix, g.name) from graphx as g where nextPic = seq) as nextPic,

(select concat(g.path_big_pix, g.name) from graphx as g where prevPic = seq) as prevPic

from tmpGraphx as t;

END

11
Feb

Black Dog (Hecate’s Hound)

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