Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

Since we were talking about Rome in class the other night I thought I would post the link to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, this is a great history podcast! He does several episodes on the Punic Wars that are absolutely awsome!!! He can be found either on iTunes or at his website http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/hh

Listen to it, it’s great!


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Yes, John has a black thumb.

Here are some pictures of the plant’s that I attempted to grow for class. I did chives, mint and chamomile. The chives grew a bit but then wilted, the mint didn’t barely sprouted and the chamomile sprouted but it doesn’t seem to be getting any bigger. I think there is a distinct lack of sunlight in my place, we only have north facing windows.

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Pictures of my altar

Good morning everyone!!!

Here are a few photo’s of my altar, and yes that is two dimes underneath the red candle holder 🙂 I really need to make a bigger space, as if I want to add anything more I don’t have room on what it currently is on. On the whole, I’m happy with it for now but in time there are a few things I’d love to change. My next purchase is going to be an altar cloth so at least it looks a bit better.

North I am using some stones, including the protection stone we charged in class.

East I am using incense

South, a red candle

West, a glass of water

and two candles two represent the God and Goddess

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A Plea…..

This is something I came up with on the way home, and it has a lot to do with my state of mind for the last few weeks, I attribute it partially to too much thinking and not enough doing…



To Air, let your breath of inspiration overcome my shyness.

To Fire, let the flames of courage burn in my  heart so that I may better conquer my fear of failure.

To Water, may I bathe in your waters so that I may have the wisdom to listen to my emotions and not my fears.

To Earth, help me strengthen my mind and body so that I may protect those that I care for.

To Spirit, beginnings and endings are your domain, let the past be put behind me so that I may have a fresh start.


Ok it is pretty bad, and probably needs lot’s of work, but I do want to try to get some more creative writing done in this blog, if for nothing else then to try to jump start my imagination a little.

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“Change is not merely necessary to life — it is life. ”

Lately I’ve felt that my life has been stagnating a little. This weekend made me open my eyes a little wider and some of what I saw about myself I didn’t like very much. It seemed that my life had become a never ending cycle of work and WoW. A lot of this came about from the Beltaine ritual on Sunday, it was the most fun and the happiest I have been in a real long time. I finally had that moment I keep hearing described as it felt like coming home. Until now, I was fairly sure it was the right path, but yesterday confirmed it.  I will apply to volunteer at MPRC so I can start giving back what I am taking.

In addition to cancelling my WoW account; during a long thoughtful walk in the woods today I came to several decisions.

1) I’m tired of my life being on autopilot. I will do my best from now on to take over control of my life.

2) While I realize I may never be thin or have a six pack… I will start to exercise  more then I currently am. I will not get discouraged if I don’t see any results soon.

3)  I will not let preconceived notions of myself interfere in my life any longer. If an oppurtunity comes up, I will go after it. I will not let my negative feelings about myself run my life anymore.

And the most important,

4) I will not forget about this in two weeks!! While this may be a life long effort, life is not a race and I will take it one step at a time. As with the excerise I may not see results soon, but with time I will balance out some of my more negative traits and be happier for doing so.

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Magic 105 – Colour Symbolisms

Red – Passion, Love, Blood, Energy, the Root Chakra

Orange – Warmth, Fire, Sacral Chakra

Yellow: Sun, Brightness, Solar Plexus Chakra

Green: Money, Life, Nature, Heart Chakra

Blue: Water, Sky, Calming, Throat Chakra

Purple: Royalty, Richness, Crown Chakra

White: Purity, Cold, Ice, Frigid, Absence

Brown: Earth, Nature

Black: Death, Totality, Infinity

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Magic 104: Symbols and Their uses

I have a feeling this is going to be a fairly short list but I’ll give it my best shot! I’ll probably add more as I can think of them.

Inscribe on candles/blades

Used for drawing on the walls/floor/ceiling when cleansing/purifying/blessing/protecting the home (Thank you Arin, would never have thought of this without the workshop!)

On jewelery

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