Monday, December 31, 2007

2007: a year in review

Meme-time! Feel free to join in if you like!
It's simple: Put up the first line from the first post of each month for the past year!

So, here's my 2007:

January - Happy New Year
First of all, happy new year to everyone who reads this!

February - TT #27: music preferences
Sometimes you have an "idol" all your life, others blow over after a while or longer.

March - TT #30: Freyja & Bastet
On request: pictures from the kitties!

April - Tagged... passions or obsessions?
Selena Kitt tagged me to confess 5 things I'm obsessed with.

May - TT #38: 13 goals of a witch
In his book "Wicca, a guide for the Solitary Practitioner" Scott Cunningham publishes the following list of 13 goals of a witch.

June - Skype ritual
Friday evening Wonder and I did a ritual together while we were both in our own home.

July - I won an award!
My bloggy friend DK Raymer gave me a Rockin' Girl Blogger Award!

August - Weigh In 3
The 10:4 challenge is three months on its way; here's my "score"...

September - Wow... thanks!
Stine honoured me with the "I luv your blog" award started by Tish & Mike of BlogsWeLuv.

October - Journey apart together
Friday evening I had an appointment with the girls from the Ara group, but alone at home!

November - Samhain with the Witchy Girls
Yesterday I celebrated Samhain with the Witchy Girls.

December - Flu
I haven't been online a lot since Thursday.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mika - Big girl (You are beautiful)

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said "Hey girls, you are beautiful."
Diet Coke and a pizza please
Diet Coke I'm on my knees
Screaming, "Big girls, you are beautiful!"

You take your skinny girl
I feel like I'm gonna die
'Cause a real woman needs a real man, here's why
You take your girl and multiply her by four
Now a whole lot of woman needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on round
And there we're gonna do baby
No need to fantasize
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful [4x]

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said "Hey girls, you are beautiful."
Diet Coke and a pizza please
Diet Coke I'm on my knees
Screaming, "Big girl, you are beautiful!"

You take your girl and multiply her by four
Now a whole lot of woman needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the butterfly lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on round
And there we're gonna do baby
No need to fantasize
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole with the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful [4x]

Get yourself... (repeat)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

TT #68: resolutions


Thirteen 2007 resolutions and the results

Last year I did my last TT of December about New Year's resolutions. I started to say why they are a curse. Perhaps I should have stopped right there...! ;-)

  • go back inside and make contact with myself again, learn to accept and honour myself (read more here) - the Goddess knows I tried, but it is an ongoing struggle...
  • lose weight (what's new..?) - o yes I did! I lost almost 20 kilo's; I just gained them back the last months... *big sigh*
  • bring back regularity in my eating pattern - again, everything I did better in the first nine months I spoiled in the last three months...
  • be more involved in planning and preparing dinner - I tried, but not hard enough. I just hate cooking...
  • exercise more frequently - I did walk as much as possible for some time and I do aquaspinning once a week, but I can't say I succeeded on this point...
  • meditate - I meant outside rituals and special events. Well, rarely if never...
  • drink less Diet Coke - big failure, I drink the same amount or more...
  • work on my Temple of ARA petition - still not ready...
  • spend more time in nature - not as much as I would have liked...
  • be more active again in snail mail projects (PostcardFairies, PostCrossing, etc.) - nah, not really been active there...
  • visit the pet shelter for "cuddle duty" - not done yet, I don't plan to as long as Ron is home from work
  • make time to let the creative juices flow - I wish i had, I still miss it...
  • say NO more often, be assertive - hmmm, yeah sometimes...

Not a great score, don't you think? That's why I'm not making any new resolutions this time!
Are you brave enought to make resolutions for 2008???


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Monday, December 24, 2007

Yule on the Brookberg

The idea to take the train to Nijmegen was good, but the carrying out was quite another story... Ron drove me to Haarlem Station. I took the train to Amsterdam Central. There I would take a direct connection to Nijmegen. No such luck... There were troubles with the trails around Utrecht, so I had to make a big detour and switched trains no less than 5 times with long waits in between. Instead of an hour and a half it took me almost 4 hours to travel from Amsterdam to Nijmegen. To save me another switch Wonder picked me up at Arnhem Station. We were very late to arrive at the Brookberg. What a start!
The weather was still cold and sunny. Everything looked beautiful. The lake was frozen for a large part, the trees were white frosted, it was amazing. I took picture after picture. You can see them all here.
The sweatlodge was ready, the fire was burning. We did four rounds without leaving the lodge in between (the cold outside would cool us off too fast). It started mild, but in the end it was pretty hot. I could take it though. The Yule sweatlodge is very special with protection by Grandmother Bear. I asked to be able to let go of something very difficult for me: my body image. I would like to accept my body as it is, even now or maybe especially now...
After we had dinner there was a small fire ceremony. Those who wanted to trust something to the fire could do so. Wonder, I and 2 others drummed during the ceremony. Back inside Ben lead a chrystal ceremony. It was wonderful, but I had to try very hard to concentrate, because I was very tired! Afterwards we went to the tent with two mattresses, because our inflatable bed leaked. I slept like a log nevertheless. We had plenty of blankets, so it wasn't cold.
In the morning it was time to put down the tent. a lot of people had already left. We did the closing circle inside with 9 people. It became a very interesting discussion about how we had been this weekend. I told about my body problem and got some advice. I also received a very nice compliment that touched me. One of the women compared how she saw me in the sweatlodge to a statue of Gaia she has at home, the goddess of the earth. Someone else said I made her think about the Venus of Willendorf . I just wish I could see my body as that of a goddess...

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Last Monday to Friday Ron, Wonder and I spent a wonderful midweek in the Kempervennen in Westerhoven. We had a lovely cottage with free view on the back. The weather was great: very cold, but sunny and dry. The trees on the park looked beautiful with white frosted branches.
The Aquadome was great: pool with waves, a huge slide, wild water track and a coral bath to snorkel. We always ended with a dip in the hot whirlpool. Wonder also went to the sauna. I was a bit reluctant to show myself in only my swimsuit, I felt like a whale. Then again, I didn't want to let that spoil my stay, so I took a deep breath and 'just' went. I don't regret it though!
We took the dogs with us, but the cats stayed home. I missed them a lot but there were "replacements" to keep me busy. :-) Around 10 cats were wandering on the grounds. The first night I gave them some dog snacks, but the next day I bought a big bag for cats in the foodstore. In the early morning and in the evening they came to eat. Two little ones, a black and a black-and-white one, came in to warm themselves. The other cats sometimes came too. The black one even played with a thread. I enjoyed having them around.
Not too far from our cottage was habitat with two otters. They had a hill with corridors and some warm nests. The also had their own water, but that was mostly frozen. Everyday at 1.30pm they were fed. I made a lot of pictures and a movie. They were so cute! They are very good taken care of; that is checked often. They certainly seemed to be happy.
We didn't leave the park, really making it a week to relax and recharge. We went bowling for an hour, spent some time in the gamesroom, drank something on a terrace in the Marketdome a few times and did some shopping. The last evening we went out for dinner at Howard's, the family restaurant.
There was only one problem: I got homesick! the planning was to spend these days in the cottage and then go with Wonder to celebrate Yule on the Brookberg. To tide over the gap we would spent one night in Nijmegen at a friend's place. I didn't feel good about it. I just wanted to go home. I even thought about not going to the Brookberg. In the end we found another solution: Friday I went home with Ron and saturday I took the train to Nijmegen, where Wonder would pick me up to drive to the Brookberg. I was very relieved when that was decided!
All in all we had a good week, we enjoyed ourselves and relaxed after all the stress lately.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Witchy Girls Yule Night

Saturday evening I’ve been to the tenth Witchy Girls Night in Amsterdam. The theme was Yule this time. We all brought a little present to put in Sorcha’s cauldron. I bought a fragrance bear, a cute little teddy bear with a mini-bottle of essential oil. Luna took it out of the cauldron. I had two little candles with hearts in round earthenware cups.
We did a wonderful ritual. In a short but interesting guided meditation we got a gift. I knew it was a key immediately. Then I saw that is was in a transparent box with a white bow and my (real) name engraved in white. When I unwrapped it, I found a beautiful old-looking key. A special present, though I’m not sure what it is meant for…
We talked about Yule, winter, cold and dark days; what it means to us. I don’t have a problem with winter. I like to light candles in the evening and snuggle up on the couch with tea and chocolate. It is a time to retire and look inside yourself. I love a real winter, freezing with sun and some snow. I’m rather too cold than too hot. Yuletide is a cozy time with decorating a tree and the rest of our home, sending and receiving cards, decorated streets… All seasons have their own charm though!
Each of us had brought a big candle to charge with energy. While someone was charging her candle, I gave her reiki at the same time to add extra power. I had enough energy built up to charge my own candle. If we need light and energy during dark days the candle will give it.
At the end of the ritual Sorcha told us she wanted to take a sabbatical year for the Witchy Girls, because she has a lot on her mind with the Ara initiation, Silver Circle course and her family. In this year Luna and Noukie will take over and after that we’ll see.
After the ritual we gathered around the table, drank tea / wine / juice and snacked. We chatted about everything and nothing, just had a good time. Close to midnight Ron came to pick me up.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

TT #67: best wishes


"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"
in 13 European languages

Next week I'll be away from Monday to Sunday (for a holiday and a Yule celebration), so I'll skip a TT. That's why my wishes are a bit early!

  • Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

  • Danish - Glædelig Jul og godt nytår

  • Polish - Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku

  • Welsh - Nadolig LLawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

  • Norwegian - God Jul og Godt Nyttår

  • Scots Gaelic - Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ur

  • Icelandic - Gleðileg Jól og Farsaelt Komandi ár

  • German - Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr

  • Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom

  • Bohemian/Czech - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a Stastny novy rok

  • Estonian - Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi ja Head uut aastat

  • Luxembourgeois - Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer

  • Greek - Kala Christougenna Ki'eftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos

Correct me if I'm wrong!

source: FLW (in more than 350 languages!)


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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Okay, perhaps the title is a bit overdone, but I don't feel at my best (hmm, that's under-done...).
Today I had an appointment with my internist. I knew he would want to check my weight. The fact is I hadn't been on the scales for ages. The last months the stress and fatigue increased and my depression deepened. Normally I would be able to handle the stress but the combination made me lose control. That has two possible results in my case: overeating or not eating. This time it was the first... I can't get a grip on it and I hate it. I know eactly what I have to do, but I can't. I try again and again but without success, on the contrary...

I didn't want to weigh myself in the hospital, so I decided to step on the scales this morning. I knew it wouldn't be good, but it was even worse. All the weight I have lost this year is back on... Of course I've seen it before and felt it for a long time, but the confrontation with the figure on the display always does it big time...

Ron has discussed my problems with his psychiatrist. Of course it affects him too and she has experience with people with eating disorders. In January I will go with Ron to two of his appointments with her. She wants to see whether she can help me. I'm willing to try, but I can't imagine to hear something I don't already know after all the therapy and help I've had. We'll see; it's obvious I need something to overcome this relapse...

As for my appointment with the doctor... My bloodpressure was 150/100, same as with the last check-up. No change in medicine there. The internist wants to reduce the Thyrax, because my thyroid values are a bit high. They have been for some time, but last time I took less Thyrax my weight went sky-high again. Still he wants to try again. Yay, just what I need right now...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CoT #8: holiday decorations

Cats On Tuesday
CATS ON TUESDAY is a group of cat lovers
who share pictures and/or stories about their cats once a week,
hosted by Gattina.

Cats and holiday decorations are always a good combination for taking pictures... This year was Maia's first encounter with the decorated tree. Very interesting for her! Under the tree we covered all the cords with a tablecloth and some extra branches.

This morning when we came downstairs there was a big mess under the tree: 5 broken balls, all the branches through the living room, the cloth piled up... and three cats innocently sleeping on the other end of the room. Who, us?? No mommy, we'd never do such a thing.......
Luckily most of the time it's just the first night. More balls will get smashed and the tree will continue to attract them though, that's for sure. Today Ron will make a frame of wire mesh and attach the branches, so it won't be that easy again to mess it all up again. No my dearest kitty friends, that's not a challenge... ;-)

Monday, December 10, 2007


Saturday Wonder, Ron and I went to the Midwinterfair in the Archeon (an archeological themepark) . It is a yearly fantasy / gothic / pagan / history fair with many booths, live music, games, roleplaying and lots more!
We were there around 10 am. Ron had never been to the fair (or the Archeon) before, so we first made a global round. I met a lot of friends and acquantances; good to see them again. Pity I didn't talk to Nathalie, but she spotted me! Read her report of the fair here.

In a big tent (Mongolian yurt with stove in the middle and beautiful roof) we listened to the stories of Donderelf; first some shamanic stories and later the story of Balder. I heard it before, but I always love to hear it. Unfortunately Theresia didn't feel well, so we had to miss out on her harp play.
Wonder had his hand read in one of the medieval houses. It was quite interesting. The woman said some really good things. In the same house was a little fire and in front of it was a cat on a stool. I took some time to pet him while warming at the fire.
Between the houses in the Roman village we enjoyed a funny performance of Johannes de Nar (nar=fool). This time his dog also had a role, hilarious!

The weather wasn't really bad, but it wasn't good either. It rained from time to time and the wind was cold. Ron was tired too after a very busy week, so we didn't stay until the end. Pity, because I missed the fire ceremony and circle. Normally I would do another round of booths, but it didn't come to that either. Ah well, better luck next time... I had a great time nevertheless!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

TT #66: animation movies


Thirteen of my favourite animation movies

I love animation movies, as long as they are not too childish. I know they are made for children, but that's something else! I have a lot of favourites, but I have to limit myself here... :-)

  • All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989) - A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals.

  • The AristoCats (1970) - Upon Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's passing her cat Duchess and 3 kittens stand to inherit her fortune. But not if Edgar the butler can help it...

  • Bambi (1942) - A young deer is growing up in the wild after his mother is shot by hunters.

  • Brother Bear (2003) - A young Inuit hunter seeks vengence against a bear, only to be magically changed into a bear himself, and his only chance to change back is with a talkative bear cub.

  • Cars (2006) - A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

  • Fantasia (1940) - A collection of animated interpretations of great works of classical music.
    Fantasia 2000 (1999) - An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

  • FernGully: the Last Rainforest (1992) - The magical inhabitants of a rainforest called FernGully fight to save their home that is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.

  • Finding Nemo (2003) - A father-son underwater adventure featuring Nemo, a boy clownfish, stolen from his coral reef home. His timid father must then travel to Sydney, and search Sydney Harbour to find Nemo.

  • The Fox and the Hound (1981) - Two childhood animal friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

  • Ice Age (2002) - Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe.

  • The Jungle Book (1967) - Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s "Mowgli" story, The Jungle Book follows the ups and downs of the man-cub Mowgli as he makes his way back to the human village with wise panther Bagheera to escape ruthless tiger Shere Khan. Along the way, he meets unforgettable friends and foes including mad King Louie of the Apes, the hypnotic snake Kaa and the loveable, happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, who teaches Mowgli “The Bare Necessities” of life and the true meaning of friendship.

  • Peter Pan (1953) - Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.
    Peter Pan: Return To Neverland (2002) - In London during World War II, this is the story of Wendy's daughter, Jane, who is kidnapped by Captain Hook and Peter Pan must come to the rescue.

  • The Pooh movies:
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) - A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne.
    The Tigger Movie (2000) - Tigger goes looking through the hundred-acre-wood to find his family.
    Piglet's Big Movie (2003) - When Piglet comes up missing his Hundred Acre Wood friends use Piglet's own Book of Memories to find him, discovering along the way just how big a role he's played in their lives.
    Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) - A.A. Milne's enduring characters make room for a fresh arrival to the Hundred Acre Wood in the irresistible form of a young purple pachyderm.

source: Internet Movie Database IMDB


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Tuesday, December 04, 2007


What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about celebration. You enjoy all the fun and fellowship that the holidays bring.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you feel magical. You love all of the decorations and how happy people are. You like to sit back and take it all in.

You think the holidays should be nostalgic and sweet. The holidays bring out your inner child.

Your favorite holiday memories strongly evoke your senses. You are vividly aware of all the tastes, smells, and sounds of the holidays.

Yeah, that's about right. I must say I like the weeks before the holidays better than the actual holidays. I like all the lights in the streets and the homes, the shopping, the decorating, etc.
December will always be a difficult month too. I miss mum and dad. How I wish we could have the yearly dilemma back of "what do we do with mum (and dad) for the holidays?" In our living room is a picture of mum and dad unwrapping christmas gifts at our home. I love the picture, brings back happy memories...

Monday, December 03, 2007


I haven't been online a lot since Thursday. I don't feel very good. I cough, I sneeze, my voice gives up... in short: the flu got me! Bleh...
I'll be back, hopefully soon. :-)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

TT #65: it's a kinda magic!


Thirteen quotes on magic

What is magic? What's magical?
Here are 13 quotes about magic and magical things!

  • "Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will." - Aleister Crowley

  • "Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action." - Dorothy Morrison

  • "Magic is a faculty of wonderful virtue, full of most high mysteries, containing the most profound contemplation of most secret things, together with the nature, power, quality, substance and virtues thereof, as also the knowledge of whole Nature, and it doth instruct us concerning the differing and agreement of things amongst themselves, whence it produceth its wonderful effects, by uniting the virtues of things through the application of them one to the other." - Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

  • "Let the magic happen. It's always there. Abundance and love are always there. Believe in the highest good. There is a higher essence to everything. The realm you're in has a heaviness that mutes energy. You can penetrate through it, no matter how dark and heavy. Sometimes it has nothing to do with karma. Just don't forget to keep it open. Don't get too bogged down, don't limit the brightness. Reach through the dark energy and grab it. You might see the smoke coming out of the chimney and you'll even see the smoky sky. You need to reach through the smoke and bring the light to you. Remember the possibilities of something greater then are right here. Be willing to go to the lightness. Don't feed off what is not right in the world." - Kuan Yin (channeled)

  • "Whatever enchants, also guides and protects. Passionately obsessed by anything we love- sailboats, airplanes, ideas- an avalanche of magic flattens the way ahead, levels rules, reasons, dissents... bears us with it over chasms, fears, doubts." - Richard Bach

  • "A sufficiently high level of technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

  • "You know quite well deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation... And that is called loving." - Herman Hesse

  • "I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a magic town, among magicians. When I was twelve, the words was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present, and into the future. We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see out destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put in the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we’re told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wilderness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad at what they allowed to whither in themselves." - Robert McCammon

  • "Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable."- Margot Fonteyn

  • "Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef." - Tom Robbins

  • "But Shakespeare's magic could not copied be; Within that circle none durst walk but he." - John Dryden

  • "Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic. These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages, sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force which has manifested on the the Earth. . . ." - Scott Cunningham

  • "Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice." - Nora Roberts

source: Zaadz


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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Experience work

This morning I drove to Utrecht for an open meeting of the "Vakvereniging voor Ervaringswerkers" (VvE), an association / union for people who are working with their experience in the mental health care. I got the invitation and was curious enough to go! :-)

It was an interesting meeting. Unfortunately the guest speaker had become ill and gone home. That's a pity! I learned a lot about the VvE though: the goals, the collaboration with other groups, the finances, etc. It didn't really apply to my personal situation, because I work as a volunteer. Voluntary experience workers are welcome to join, but for the VvE the emphasis is on experience workers with a paid job. A uniform job description and rules for payment are important goals. Furthermore they support research in the field of working with experience, aim for more cooperation (together we're stronger) and special education opportunities.

Because part of the agenda was off, we were ready around 2pm, so I could drive home without a lot of traffic jams. It was worth the time to go; I don't think I'll go another time though. I'll write a report about the meeting for the newsletter of the experience workers pool I'm part of.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dyeing robes

Saturday I had another meeting with the Ara Lowlands group. We had all taken our robes to dye them together. The colour we had chosen was olive green. We first did Sorcha's robe and mine. My robe is made of heavier material, the others are lighter and Sorcha's is in between. When everyone had arrived we did all the others in the second session. When they were all done, we hung them together on a line outside. The colours are nice, although mine is more army green. On the picture the flashlight changed the colours a bit.

We planned meetings for the next year. In January we'll do the Shadow Workshop with Phyllis. It will be nice to see her again. In October we hope to do the initiation and around those two we planned meetings and journeys-apart-together.

We discussed an idea Sorcha and I learned from Marian Green in her last workshop; to build a group temple on the astral plane, where we can meet in journeys and do rituals and other stuff together. Everyone was enthusiastic, so we discussed how it will look like. We'll go there in a meditation / journey. It's a private place, so I won't tell you how it looks like. One (or two actually) of my additions: two templecats, a black and a white one. :-)

In a little ritual we did a Cone of Power to charge a bowl with little objects on the middle of the altar. Each of us put something in it to be charged with energy. When we need extra energy in the dark and cold ahead we can take our objects to get some. I put my Bast-pentacle in and a little bag with a mini-statue of Kuan Yin.

Afterwards we talked , ate and drank something. Ron and Wonder came to pick me up.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

TT #64: random


Thirteen random things I want to share

So much to tell, so little time to blog...

  • Friday last week I broke down. I cried and let it all out. Let's face it; I have another depression. That makes two of us here at home, not the nicest situation. But somehow we'll come through this helping each other along the way. We were supposed to go to a fair in Alkmaar on Saturday and we had also planned to go to the belated Halloween party of friends in Den Haag in the evening. We decided to cancel everything so I could rest and charge my battery. Not an easy decision, but it was the good one. I slept a lot and did close to nothing. I'm still not back to "normal", but it's getting better.

  • Baby Dominique has come home to her mother Monique. She was doing so well she could leave the hospital early. She has grown a lot, although to me she's still so tiny! (pics by IJs)

  • My brother and his girlfriend have a puppy, a Border Collie named Doggy. She is such a cutie!! During the day Gerard takes the little one with him to his work. We visited them last week. We played until she fell asleep on my hand. When Sylvia celebrated her birthday at home I saw Doggy again. I think I'm in love... ;-)

  • This saturday there is a meeting of the Ara-group. We are going to dye our robes. I still hadn't finished the sewing though. I don't like it, I'm not good at it, it isn't and will never be my hobby! The stress of wanting to do it perfect nevertheless was killing me. Ron took matters out of my hand and put the robe together with his sewing machine. On one hand I'm a bit disappointed because I wanted to do it by hand, but on the other hand I'm soooo happy it's done!

  • I didn't want net curtains in front of the kitchen window, but I also didn't like the fact that passers-by could look right at what's on our kitchen unit. Gerard made a special sticker screen that does let light in, but keeps out the glancing. To break the line there's a cat too; it looks great! See from the outside and inside.

  • Wonder and I are busy planning a special meeting for Beltane 2008. Together with Mol and Aphro we are making planns. The location has already been booked. It will be two days: Wednesday April 30 and Thursday May 1.

  • For my birthday money I bought a planner for 2008 with a beautiful leather binder. The planner is from Seasons of the Witch, with colourful pages and gorgeous images. I had seen the binder on their website a long time ago and it never left my mind. It was expensive, but worth every cent! If you live outside the USA I wouldn't recommend ordering the binder though: I had to pay almost € 35 import duty to customs!

  • We are invited at the home of Ron's eldest sister for Christmas. The rest of the family will be there too. It's going to be a brunch and thank goddess the dresscode is casual.

  • Some time ago I bought the CD/DVD Forever Cool featuring Dean Martin together with a selection of artists, singing his songs together. Among them Robbie Williams (a big fan of Dino) on "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone", but also Joss Stone, Kevin Spacey, Charles Aznavour, etc. I listen to it a lot! If you click the link you can listen to samples of the songs. The DVD contains 25 minutes "making of" and interviews.

  • I bought 2 new DVDs last week: The Jungle Book and Harry Potter 5. We have watched them both. Jungle Book will always be one of my favourite Disney-movies, I love it! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was good. I'm looking forward to 6 and the final year!

  • Over here in The Netherlands the little children are excited, because Sinterklaas has arrived. On December 5th he brings all of them presents. I wrote a TT about the tradition of Sinterklaas last year. The Christmas rush has already started too, but it only gets going after Sinterklaas.

  • I love wordgames and puzzles. I've been addicted to games like Tetris and Mahjongg. For some time I've been playing BookWorm online in Dutch and English, but now I have BookWorm DeLuxe and I just can't stop. It's a bit like Tetris with letters. You are supposed to make words.

  • I received another postcard for my bloggers' postcard exchange. If you like to send and receive real postcards from around the world, feel free to join in! If you send me a postcard from your town/region of residence, I'll send you one from mine. Send me an e-mail through the link on my site to exchange addresses and we'll have a deal!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007


To choose my most romantic experience isn't easy. There are so many... To make a choice I'll share the story of a very special night long time ago. At the time I was volunteering in a clubhouse/discotheque. I worked in the cloakroom, collected empty glasses and helped behind the bar. My free time I spent next to the DJ corner, especially when my favourite DJ was there... I had fallen in love with him instantly, but never told him. We talked about a lot of things, sometimes flirty, sometimes about serious matters, always interesting. We just had that click together. That evening I felt the tension mounting. We danced a few times. My heart was working overtime, I felt flirty and shy at the same time. After closing time the volunteers stayed to clean and have a drink together. One by one everyone disappeared. There were only a few people left when I went to the bathroom. When I came back the lights were dimmed, slow music was playing and we were alone. I stood at the doorstep and hesitated. He walked towards me and looked me in the eyes. My knees were trembling. He smiled, took me by the hand and led me to the dance-floor. We danced closely together. His breath warmed my neck, singing softly in my ear. The feeling of his body against mine felt so good, so right. We danced for minutes, hours... I couldn't tell, I lost track of time. Exasperatingly slow our heads moved towards each other and our lips touched. I had kissed before but never like that. We caressed each other. He looked at me and asked me without words. I answered willingly and we left the dance-floor hand in hand. He laid me down very carefully and I made love for the first time. It was beautiful, he was very gentle. We were so good together. Afterwards he walked me to my (parents') home, close together in the dark and quiet night. A wonderful experience that I'll cherish forever...

Romance is important to me in a relationship. It is the icing on the cake! It doesn't have to be big and impressive; the little things count. Romance has to do with care and attention, the feeling of being loved. An unexpected little present or gesture "just because I love you" always speaks to my heart... A note saying "I miss you already" in my suitcase... I have nothing to complain with Ron, he's my romantic hero! A candlelight dinner for just the two of us may be cliché, but that's because it is so romantic! The same goes for a walk on the beach during sunset or sunrise.

When I'm in the mood I love romantic movies like Ghost or Pretty Woman. I read literature, non-fiction, in fact everything with letters! ;-) From time to time I want to relax with romance novels. The link leads you to a wide variety of romance novels in many genres, really worth checking out! I especially like historical and supernatural themes or a combination of both. There has to be more to it than boy-meets-girl and other predictable stuff. I like a good plot, a real story. The blogosphere broadened my horizon too, I've met some great romantic writers. They've written enough to keep me busy for quite some time!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

CoT #7: cat names

Cats On Tuesday
CATS ON TUESDAY is a group of cat lovers
who share pictures and/or stories about their cats once a week,
hosted by Gattina.

What's in a name?
The names of my 3 cats are derived from goddess names:
  • Freyja (named after the Norse goddess of love and fertility who was famous for her great beauty; the cat was sacred to her, she drove in a chariot drawn by cats)
  • Bastet (named after the ancient Egyptian goddess of cats)
  • Maia (she is born in May and named after the goddess Maia, the most beautiful of The Pleiades and goddess of spring & fresh beginnings).
Other names we used: Mickey, Garfield, Heathcliff, Snoopy (all obvious origins), Cleo (Cleopatra), Coco (after Koko from "the cat who.." detectives), Snoetje (Dutch for "pretty little face"), Lapje (Dutch for "calico"), Ukkie (Dutch for "little one") and some self-invented names that sound nice.

I know people that named their cats after cartoon characters, or clowns, or drinks, or even ex-boyfriends! Where does your cat's name come from??

Thursday, November 15, 2007

TT #63: black panther


Thirteen facts about the black panther

My power animal is a black panther, that has been with me for as long as I can remember. Practically always when I'm in a meditation or journey she accompagnies me.

  • Black panthers don't actually refer to any specific species of cats, but rather any large cat that is all-black in colouring. These cats possess a mutated gene, which causes melanism. Melanism is the trait that makes the cats' coat turn black. When people say black panthers, they are usually referring to black leopards, though it still depends on a specific area's use of the word Panther. Panther itself used to be a word to mean any large cat with a long tail, but has since then become a word to refer to any large black cat.

  • Black panthers, whether of the jaguar or leopard species, are considered either threatened or endangered in various locations around the world. Leopards in Africa are considered endangered, while the leopards in South America are considered threatened or near threatened. There are fewer black panthers in these places than their normal kin, so they are considered endangered. On the other hand, black panthers in Asia are bigger in number than their normal-coloured kin, though both are still in either the endangered or threatened list. The better survival rate of black panthers in these locations may be because the black colouring helps them hide better in dimly lit jungle and forest habitats.

  • Black panthers are born when the parents both have the melanistic trait in their genes, though in jaguars, one may be enough because it is a dominant gene in them. Black panthers can be born from two normal-colored cats, while a black panther can give birth to normal-coloured cubs. They usually have a smaller amount of cubs in a litter than their normal counterparts. This may be because of in-breeding. In-breeding also causes the black panthers to become temperamental and more skittish than the normal members of their species. This is also the reason why their lifespans and reproductive rate become shorter and smaller.

  • Black panthers still share the same traits as the normal-coloured cats of their respective species. Black leopards, for example, still have leopard spots, only they are hidden by the blackness of the rest of their coat. Black jaguars are still stocky and heavily built. Their rosetta pattern spots are usually still slightly visible through their black coats. Like most cats, black panthers in general are graceful and agile on their feet, are fierce and excellent hunters, and vary in size from large to medium depending on their species. Black tigers, for example, are extremely large, while melanistic bobcats are relatively small.

  • Black panthers are hunted down for their unique and beautiful fur because their pelt fetches a large sum in illegal trade. Sometimes, they are also hunted down because they threaten the livestock of the humans in the area.

  • Black panthers are often found in captivity because they are very attractive to tourists and visitors. Some people even try to have them as a pet, but that's a very bad idea!! Not rarely deathly accidents happen when the cub grows older. The Black Leopard has a highly proven track record as a man eater.

  • Black panthers are athletic creatures that can kill prey bigger than they are. They are excellent hunters and take advantage of their fur to sneak up on their prey better. A black panther can walk through a heard of cattle without being noticed – that's how good they are. They can usually run fast enough to chase prey across the jungle floor, though they prefer stalking and catching their prey off guard. Black panthers are excellent climbers and can also catch their prey by snagging them from trees. They can climb up a tree trunk at amazing speeds, and reach high places by jumping them leaping on the branches.

  • The female black panther raises her cubs on her own after a pregnancy of about 90 to a hundred days. The litter ranges from about 2 to 3 cubs per litter. She trains her cubs to hunt at about 2 to 3 months old. Before then, she leaves them in a den or any secure hollow that can keep the cubs hidden from any possible predator. Cubs start their training by preying on lizards and larger insects. They only start to go after larger game at around 7 months old, when they get their permanent teeth. Female cubs leave their mothers at about two years old, but usually stay close to their mother's territory.

  • In the fictional universe of the Forgotten Realms (a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game) Guenhwyvar is a magical black panther from the Astral Plane. Guenhwyvar weighs about 600 lb (272 kg). The panther was created by writer R.A. Salvatore, who named one of his own cats after the panther. The name Guenhwyvar is taken from the Welsh version of the name Guinevere, King Arthur's queen.

  • Who doesn't know Bagheera, the black panther from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling? "Bagheera" is Hindi for leopard. Bagheera is one of Mowgli's mentors and shares in many of his adventures as he grows. In several adaptations of the story Bagheera is portrayed as female, since there are no major female characters in the original novel by Kipling. In Maugli (Russian film adaptation) it should be noted that she has three cubs, one black and two normally colored ones. In Disney's adaptation Bagheera the panther is male.

  • The Panther, Leopard or Jaguar is a very ancient and powerful totem animal. It embodies aggressiveness and power but without solar influence. A Black Panther’s power is lunar. The Black Panther is endowed with great magic and power and this power will increasingly be experienced.

  • People with a Panther totem have the ability to do a variety of tasks at the same time. They tend to be loners, very comfortable with themselves and are often drawn to other solitary people. Women with Panther totems often find themselves raising their children alone, whether it be through divorce or just circumstances of the job. Panther people can develop clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life or dimensions. They should trust their thoughts and inner visions as they are based in reality.

  • On YouTube I found this beautiful tribute to the black panther, a compilation of great pictures. If you search YouTube for "black panther" or "black leopard" you can see a lot more videos.

sources: Beautiful Black Panthers, Lin's Domain, Wikipedia

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Monday, November 12, 2007


What Kind of Empath Are You?
created with

You scored as Shaman

You are a Shamanic Empath. You are at one with nature and can speak with animal/plant life. Your powers come from the Sun & the Moon, and the elements. The weather moves with your mind and all of nature is at your beck and call.

(from The Book of Storms by Jad Alexander)















Fallen Angel


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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Elements workshop Marian Green

Yesterday and part of today I attended another workshop by Marian Green in Amsterdam. The theme this time was "The Elements". That sounds like a very basic thing and in fact it is, but you can study the elements at several levels. Earth, air, fire, water and spirit go far beyond the well-known correspondences. This time we took it to a deeper level and it was very interesting! We did some exercises to experience things for ourselves and to make them clear. Saturday we ended with a beautiful guided meditation through the elements. I was too tired after a long day, but I'm definitely going to do it again.
We also looked a bit closer and deeper to the structure of a ritual. What we do, why, how, etc. Although everyone had ample experience with rituals we all learned new things, new perspectives.
Marian has so much knowledge to share and she does it in a very good and nice way. I feel privileged to be part of this studygroup. An outsider might say we just talk a lot, but I learned so much. I have a lot of new stuff to contemplate, great! I like food for thought. :-)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

TT #62: symbols


Thirteen symbols I like

After two weeks absence from TT I'm glad I'm back into the swing of it! This time I decided to share some symbols with you that are special to me.

  • pentagram pentacle pentagram & pentacle (a pentagram enclosed within a circle is known as a pentacle) - the five points of the star represent spirit, earth, air, fire and water (or love, wisdom, knowledge, law and power). The pentagram faces point upward to symbolize the triumph of spirit over matter. For a more detailed look at the history and meaning of this symbol: The Pentagram.

  • chalice well Chalice Well - This image graces the cover of the Chalice Well at Glastonbury, designed in the nineteenth century by archaeologist Bligh Bond. Crafted of wrought iron and wood, it depicts the Vesica Pisces, a symbol of the divine feminine, and Excalibur, the sword of the legendary King Arthur, who is believed by some to be buried at Glastonbury. For me it also stands for "as above so below" and the two worlds (spirit world and our world) intertwining.

  • ankh Ankh - The ancient Egyptian staff sign or god staff ankh, which was also the hieroglyph used to symbolize reproduction and sexual union. According to other sources it meant life and zest for life. Hathor, who was both the goddess of life and the goddess of death, carried it and gave life with it. This combination of male and female symbols (the cross and circle, see next item) in the ankh suggest fertility and creative power. The top loop also symbolises the sun on the horizon, and suggests reincarnation and rebirth.

  • female male female & male - also stand for the planets Venus & Mars, or the moon's daughter & the sun's son. The female symbol has been described as representing the mirror of the goddess and femininity, but is most likely a variation of the ankh. Alchemically, the male symbol is also the symbol of iron, the metal used to fashion implements of war.

  • virgo Virgo - My zodiac sign is Virgo, the virgin. It heralds the end of summer and nearing of the harvest. Virgo has always been a symbol of fertility and a representation of the production of crops. Even in prehistoric times, this zodiac sign was perceived as both a mother and a virgin. According to some astrological sources, Virgo's original symbol was the Sphinx, mythological poser of riddles.

  • horus eye Horus eye - Designed to resemble the eye of a falcon, this symbol is called the Eye of Ra or Eye of Horus and represents the eye of the Egyptian Falcon God Horus or Sun God Ra. It is believed to have healing and protective power, and was used as a protective amulet and as a medical measuring device (using the mathematical proportions of the eye to determine the proportions of ingredients in medical preparations) to prepare medications.

  • heart heart heart - The heart does not appear in any established sign system. It is an anarchistic graph that has yet to find a place in any conventional sign system. Nonetheless it is well known throughout the Western world as a sign for togetherness or love, especially sexual love, making love, affection and so on. The arrowed heart is a modern sign for sexual love in general and for being in love, hurt by the arrow of Amor, without any negative meaning.

  • goddess god Goddess & God - The Goddess is represented by the triple moon, the three aspects of the moon (waxing, waning, and full) and womankind (mother, maiden, crone), as well as the Lady, the feminine polarity of the universe. The God symbol is a stylized representation of the Horned God, who in Wicca represents the masculine polarity of the universe. The horned god is the archetypal horned Shaman, related to the ancient Gods of vegetation and the hunt: Greek Pan, the Celtic Cernunnos, and the Egyptian Ammon.

  • yinyang YinYang - The yin yang is the easily recognized Taoist symbol of the interplay of forces in the universe. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang represent the two primal cosmic forces in the universe. Yin (moon) is the receptive, passive, cold female force. Yang (sun) is masculine- force, movement, heat. The YinYang symbol represents the idealized harmony of these forces; equilibrium in the universe. In ancient Taoist texts, white and black represent enlightenment and ignorance, respectively.

  • tree of life Celtic Tree - To the Celts, the tree was a source of basic sustenance- a bearer of food, a provider of shelter and fuel for cooking and warmth. Without trees, life would have been extraordinarily difficult. Trees were also a connection to the world of the spirits and the ancestors, living entities, and doorways into other worlds.

  • infinity lemniscate - the symbol for infinity. In the tarot, it represents the balance of forces and is often associated with the magician card. As far as time is concerned the most common similar medieval symbol is the snake biting its own tail, or the empty circle. It is as if the lemniscate represents a double endlessness or eternity.

  • spiral spiral - The spiral is probably the oldest symbol of human spirituality. It has been found scratched into rocks from thousands of years ago, on every continent in the world. In modern times, the spiral is still spiritually significant. It is the symbol of spirit and an emblem of the Goddess.

  • elvenstar septagram - the sevenpointed star, a continuously drawn figure having seven points. It is a sacred symbol to Wiccans who follow the Faery tradition, where it is called the Elven or Fairy Star. The septagram is also important in Western kabbalah, where it symbolizes the sphere of Netzach, the seven planets, the seven alchemical metals, and the seven days of the week.

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