by Julia Day & Sheba
The great Goddess Bast who was (of course) perfect created the cat, who was and is (of course) perfect. And she created mice and small birds, so that they had food and fun chasing them.
But later, much later, she also invented the tin. And the tin was wonderful. For it contained tuna and salmon. But the tin, unlike the cat, was not perfect, for the tin could not be opened with paws. And therefore, Bast created the human. For, the human had paws that could open tins. And the humans also could invent things like central heating and keep it maintained and so Bast smiled and saw that it was good and that humans had their uses. And cats came to smile upon humans also and to love them. And so, they gave them their purrs and their warm furriness and the humans (at least, the pleasant and intelligent ones) found themselves well pleased.
But some humans (being not cats and therefore not perfect) did not understand this and began to mistake their role in the Universe. And they became misguided and thought that their role was other than to open tins and work central heating. And with that, came a great hole in the understanding of humans, so that they felt hollow and empty and the worst even forgot to worship cats. But we must attempt to forgive them for, being not cats, they are not perfect and cannot help themselves. But most of all, we must learn to avoid the damaged humans. Those that would harm us, for this world does contain impure and imperfect creatures and there are even humans so impure that they would try to hurt a cat.
But, there are some who rest between these groups and it is a service to the Universe to train and save them, if possible. We may train these humans by sitting on the laps of those who claim that they do not love us, so that they may realise their terrible error and come at last to a realisation of their True place in this Universe. Especially, we must work upon those men who claim not to like cats, for therein lies the route to many homes and hearts and tins. Once you have passed the threshold of their ignorance, we may educate household after household further.
And when we have enslaved the men, so that despite repeating "I do not like cats" they find themselves loving us, we may rejoice. For we have brought the light to a poor species, one that lacks fur, whiskers and even a tail and is ridiculous at catching mice and we have made it feel, if only for an instant, what it is like to be Truly loved by the Real Creatress of the Universe.
Afterwards you can, of course, totally ignore them.
(found on the website of Capall Bann Publishing)
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
by Julia Day & Sheba
Monday, November 28, 2005
God - our heavenly Father
Oh, God - and my father
Who is also in heaven
May the light
Of this flickering candle
Illuminate the night the way
Your spirit illuminates my soul
Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you see me?
Papa, can you find me in the night?
Papa, are you near me?
Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you help me not be frightened?
Looking at the skies
I seem to see a million eyes
Which ones are yours?
Where are you now that yesterday
Has waved goodbye
And closed its doors?
The night is so much darker
The wind is so much colder
The world I see is so much bigger now that I'm alone
Papa, please forgive me
Try to understand me
Papa, don't you know
I had no choice?
Can you hear me praying,
Anything I'm saying,
Even though the night is filled with voices?
I remember everything you taught me
Every book I've ever read
Can all the words in all the books
Help me to face what lies ahead?
The trees are so much taller
And I feel so much smaller
The moon is twice as lonely
And the stars are half as bright
Papa, how I love you
Papa, how I need you
Papa, how I miss you
Kissing me goodnight
(song by Barbra Streisand)
Monday, November 21, 2005
This weekend I went to Triganda, a gothic/fantasy/witchy festival in the Amsterdam RAI conference centre. It comprised a large market and appearances of various theatre- and music groups. There were many stalls with a great variety of goods and services, from fortune tellers to booths selling complete harnesses and beautiful swords, small valuable jewelry or large tapestries. The performances on stage (Omnia, Rapalje) and off stage (storyteller Donderelf, fool Johannes, owl-show Dragonheart Flyingteam) were great. The merchandise was divers and interesting. But... there was no atmosphere at all! The halls were cold and hollow. Such a pity...
Nevertheless I enjoyed myself! I met a lot of friends and acquaintances. Whitelight had a stand with her beautiful clothing. At the end I went back to buy something I spotted before: a crystal ball and simple stand with pentacles, both 50 % off. I always wanted one and now I got one for a reasonable and affordable price! The picture is taken at home, where it stands next to part of my fairy statues.
Posted by Tink at 15:45
Friday, November 18, 2005
Yesterday at the SFGA Llewella teached us about numerology. She told some general things and gave examples. I have read about numerology before, it intrigues me. Llewella based her story on a book (Dutch, English) by Kathleen Roquemore and websites on the subject. Interesting is the table she uses to give letters matching numbers. In this one K and V get 11 and 22, while in the Pythagorean table they get 2 and 4. The Chaldean table is even more different. I've been figuring out numbers today. Interesting stuff!
Websites in English:
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy!!! I'm finally going to see Rob live!!! *happy dance*
Yesterday the presale for Inner Sanctum members started. I had joined the IS with someone else's creditcard (thanks again for that!!!). Last week I got my own creditcard. Just in time, because for concert tickets the name of the creditcard holder has to be the same as the name of the IS member.
The presale was announced to start at 10am CET, but I got in much earlier. I was on MSN with a lot of RW-forum friends. We call ourselves the F-gang (Forum-gang). We decided to go for June 22 2006 in the Amsterdam Arena. I got in easily, filled in my personal data... and then got thrown out! Aaaaaaaaargh!!! In between attempts the batteries of my wireless keyboard were empty, so I had to change them. Grrr!!! To cut a long story short: I started to try around 9am (refresh, back, start again....) and finally got lucky at around 4pm...
I have 4 tickets. Of course one for myself and one for Monique. Yesterday evening Ron decided not to go with us, because we have standing tickets and his knee can't take that for long. The other two tickets go to F-gang members and I get a ticket for London on September 15th. Woooooooooow!!!
Yesterday my period came through and I was feeling really bad: terrible headache, throwing up, etc. I paced back and forth between the computer and the toilet. What a girl does to see her favourite popstar live... When I finally got tickets I crashed. The suppressed pain came through and I felt awful (and happy at the same time because of the tickets ;-) ). I went to bed at 8.30pm and now I'm feeling better. Just the usual period symptoms...
Posted by Tink at 07:34
Monday, November 07, 2005
Friday afternoon we were invited to the reopening of my brother's business on the new premises. I had been thinking for weeks what present to give. I don't like standard gifts like flower arrangements or a bottle of wine. I consulted with my sister and mother and promised to find us something special. Finally I was successful in a shop nearby: MaryAnn's Partycorner. I had bought a big cognac glass and filled it with Celebrations. MaryAnn made a bouquet of balloons with a special balloon on top: a big one that started singing "Celebrate good times" when tapped! This was the final result. Judging by the reactions of my brother and his guests I think it was a great gift. :-)
The past weeks the weather has been better than expected in autumn. Saturday afternoon I took the dogs for a walk on the beach. The wind through my hair, a breath of fresh air... I love the beach! Always makes me feel good and clears my head.
After the walk it was time to go to Brederode Castle in Santpoort-Zuid. There was a medieval market with a lot of booths and all kinds of entertainment. It was years ago since I visited the castle ruins. I really enjoyed myself! The market is an annual event, but I couldn't make it the first two times (2003 and 2004). Next year I'll definately try to be there again! The only thing that disappointed me was the fire show, that didn't amount to anything.
Sunday evening I arranged to go to the Merry Meet Witches Cafe. Last time was a bit quiet, but this time I knew a lot of friends were going. It was pleasantly busy. Although I was very tired I was glad I decided to go.
Posted by Tink at 16:03
Friday, November 04, 2005
I'm a Google-fan. I use the search machine on a daily basis, but Google has more. I use Google in English, but it's also available in Dutch and a lot of other languages.
I have a free Gmail-account with a 2661 MB inbox, which comes in handy with large files. It is web-based, but I installed Gmail Notifier to my taskbar that tells me when I've got new mail. Gmail is on invite only, but if you want an account let me know; I've got plenty of invitations left.
Lately I discovered Google Earth, free software for personal use and no registration is required. I installed it and had a lot of fun with it already! The idea is simple. It’s a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to any place on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route. Interested? Take the tour and see for yourself!
Today I read about Google Print. You can just do a search there. When Google finds a book whose content contains a match for your search terms, they'll link to it in your search results. Click a book title and you'll see the page of the book that has your search terms, along with other information about the book and "Buy this Book" links to online bookstores (you can view the entirety of public domain books or, for books under copyright, just a few pages or in some cases, only the title’s bibliographic data and brief snippets). You can also search for more information within that specific book and find nearby libraries that have it. More info here. You need to sign in, because many of the books in Google Print are still under copyright. It's a first Beta-version, not perfect yet but I like it already!
Of course the first word I tried was "witch". The result was great and I discovered that amongst others Llewellyn is participating. I think you can guess my next search? The result for "Robbie Williams" was interesting too!
Okay, enough for now! I assure you I don't have a share in Google (unfortunately... ;-) ).
Posted by Tink at 12:46