and this is Mammoth.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
and this is Mammoth.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
The great thing about watching films here is they are shown in the local cultural centre, a 300-seat auditorium and, apart from our party of 4, there were only 4 other people in the theatre. On top of having the cinema virtually to ourselves, it only costs €3 a ticket - a bargain.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Only trouble is, when I look back over entries like this I frequently have problems reading what I´ve written. So for my future self, here is what I wrote:
Pink - romantic love. She´s blushing - a knowing young woman. She knows that he only has eyes for her; while her eyes are looking above the physical plain she sees him fixed on. His hooded, pink cape, a sexual reference. She holds back on the second Venus cup - what he is really after. Yet he has his hand over hers on the raised cup - he dominates her in the physical realm.
The waters of their emotional life flows between them. The bridge of pink stone - like the Bridge of Sighs - shows a loss - something they are giving up on - their individual dreams? The full moon illuminates, suggesting they are at the fulfilment or culmination of something. Her eyes appear to glance at the fireflies in the moonlight, showing that she sees the magickal in this moment.
What should be a poplar tree from a romantic garden, looks in my drawing like angel´s wings on a cherubic young girl - her, all innocence to set against his lust.
Why I think she is blushing, is that she knows that she has what he wants but that she is consciously holding back on it. And why does she old back? Answer: because it doesn´t suit HER needs right now.
This year, S and I have occasionally drawn one tarot card each. Today we used the Goddess deck to do this. I drew the 2 of Cups and will make a separate post of my productive journal work with this card. S drew the Prince of Staves - I will leave him to draw his own conclusions on this one.
What was most interesting, was that S had left one solitary card face down and I was drawn to uncover it as my "shadow" card for the day. This is based on an interesting tarot book I am using: "Tarot Shadow Work, Using the Dark Symbols to Heal" by Christine Jette.
The card was Goddess Juno as "Tradition", or The Hierophant. One or two of the bullet points in Jette´s book were uncomfortably close to home especially;
- adopting principles without thinking them through or considering what they really mean in your life.
- exhibiting hostility toward the established order while lacking an inner guide.
Here are my thoughts on this card;
- the full moon is shining, as with the 2 of cups.
- Juno may indeed represent tradition, but this is by no means a traditional dress she is wearing. Reminiscent of water, and therefore echoing the moon, her beautiful blue /green / purple dress emphasises the feminine side of tradition.
- her silvery crescent headress again echoes the moon.
- her face is pale with dark circles around her eyes. Too many late, moonlit nights maybe?
- the peacock is a symbol sacred to Juno and peacock feather "eyes" are sometimes considered unlucky, or at least a token difficult to handle.
- not sure what the trees are meant to be on either side of the card but, to me, they are like little orange trees. Also, the orb she has cradled in her hands, looks to me like a orange "pomander". The frieze and floor are also orangey coloured. I was thinking of the sacral chakra, which is orange, and had picked out the orange crystal (carnelian) at the same time. This connects the card to energy, power, primal drives. So, Junu´s power derives from the feminine and is rooted in her hara or sacral centre.
- something about her slightly sideways look makes me think that she is a bit uncertain about something.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
BBC Radio 3 rebroadcasted this programme as a tribute to him. I´m not a bit fan of Manu Chao, but this is plenty of interesting music on this show. Well worth a listen.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Problem - one roasted butternut sat unloved in the fridge. Solution - peel it and add to a frying with some leftover soya burger mix. That´s it. It looked so unappetising that I didn´t even think to take a picture. But with lashings of black pepper, it was so tasty. An ideal supper for a chilly spring evening.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
I prayed to Diana on Wednesday night when he didn´t come home - and gave thanks when he finally did. Not something I normally do, but I could feel myself slipping into the same mood of despair as the night progressed.
We´ve tried chaining him up at night but he howls continually and we don´t get a wink of sleep. Little darling!
Friday, 19 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
I would love to be able to make my own deck one day, and perhaps I will.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
I became a bit obsessed with trying to identify the symbol on t-shirt of Mark Wootton´s character, Toby. I think the shape is a dodecahedron, but what is the significance of the numbers? The crossed bones really made me think this was a skull and crossbones design at first glance. Anyhow, I´ve tried researching it and failed so, if anyone else can fill me in on this, I´d be most grateful.
The "blobs" are from a purple candle I lit, dedicated to Hekate and the waning moon. I thought they looked like violet petals, which were on my mind due to my conversation with JT. My altar was dedicated to her, her mother, JL and all the "crones".
Friday, 12 March 2010
It is refreshing how much wilderness still exists in Portugal. In England we know that any land not in private hands is managed by National Parks, Forestry Commission, National Trust, English Heritage et all. Here, I suppose ultimately someone owns all the land but nobody seems to mind if you wander over it, provided livestock and crops are respected. You don´t have to go very far to find places no person ever visits. Thanks to this winters´ high rainfall, there are many deep river valleys too, like this one.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
As you can see, the snow is still holding to the top of the mountain where the little ski resort will be in full flow. It is lovely to see the snow at a distance on a sunny, warm day. However, I am a little disappointed to have missed the heavy (and very rare) snow that fell on our land back in January. Well, I was in India at the time!