Saturday, December 30, 2006
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION WISH FOR 2007;
OUT WITH THE OLD
IN WITH THE NEW
REMIND ME WHAT
I HAVE TO DO
AND GIVE ME THE
STRENGHTH TO FOLLOW THROUGH
New Year's Toasts and Traditions from around the world ;
Throughout North America, at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, loved ones kiss, champagne flows, Auld Lang Syne is sung, and a year is laid to rest as the New Year is embraced.
New Year's, celebrated by different cultures on different days throughout the year, is a special holiday around the world. Although customs vary, the sentiments are the same - health, happiness and success in the year ahead. Here is a look at some traditions and toasts around the world.
For each gong of the clock at midnight, people pop a grape into their mouths. Twelve grapes symbolize good luck for each month of the New Year
Toast: Salud (Sa LUUD)
In 2003, the Chinese New Year, Yuan Tin, is celebrated on February 1st . Celebrations include fireworks to scare off evil spirits, parades and a Festival of Lanterns, in which thousands of lanterns light the way to the New Year
Toast: Niennien Ju e (nyen nyen zhu ee)
To "smash" in the New Year, at midnight, young people bang on friends' doors
Toast: Proost (PROH-sit)
A large pancake breakfast is traditional on New Year's Day
Toast: A votre santé (A votre santay)
On New Year's Day, Greek children leave their shoes by the fireplace with the hope that they will receive gifts. Also known as the Festival of St. Basil, gifts are exchanged on this day rather than at Christmas
Toast: Eislgian (Ees IGEE-an)
Just before midnight on January 1st, Argentineans flock to the streets to celebrate with neighbours. Kids light fireworks to ring in the New Year with a bang
Toast: Saude! Viva! (sah-OO-Day! Vee-va)
Italians often give oranges to family, friends and neighbours on New Year's Day
Toast: A la Salute (ah lah sa-LOO-tay) or Cin Cin (chin chin)
At midnight, gongs sound 108 times for the 108 sins a person can commit. It is believed that listening to the gongs cleanses one's heart and erases past sins for a fresh New Year
Toast: Kampai (Kahm-PAH-ee)
For good luck, at midnight, people go in the front door and out the back door
Toast: Athbhliain faoi Mhaise duit (AH-vhee ihn fwee WAH-shuh wich)
HAPPY NEW YEAR
MAY IT BE FILLED WITH LOVE ,PEACE
AND MUCH WHITE LIGHT !!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Merry Christmas my Dear Lady Raven,
This gift is for you with many thanks for all the Merry Making you have given us lucky , lovely , & Sparkling *~*Fairies at Castle Raven this last year..
*~* You have been delivered a very special treasure. *~*
The wardrobe is constructed from solid mahogany which came from the ancient forest of the; Faynavia Tahfirara.
The Mirror is made of crushed & polished crystal acquired in the realm of “Zelle of YuesGrove”. This wardrobe is unlike anything in this world.
With the help of my house elf Knobby I searched the world for this gift. This is a very powerful magical object. Unlike the Mirror of Erised, Alice’s Mirror, or even a Witch’s Glass. This wardrobe is “Portal Exceptional”. Do not let this wardrobe fool you*~* the three doors all have a separate purpose... But only to the one who holds the key.
The door on left; Is an all seeing eye something like the Wicked Witch of the West’s crystal ball. It enables you the holder of the key to see any where in the world in this present time. Anytime of the day or night. Enabling you to see all when ever you like. So when fairies go missing no more worries. If I partake in too much honey wine you can find me quickly <---- LOL.
Insert the key in the left door for the mirror to activate. And call to the mirror with your request.
The door on the right; Will enable you to see the future, but with this there comes a “WARNING”. It can be a dangerous enterprise to seek the futures view too often...
Insert the key at your own risk and call to the mirror with your request.
The Center door; is the best of all. This door enables you to step into any world, in anytime you choose; King Arthur’s Court... Narnia, The Land of Arcane, or Dragons living room. The worlds of time are yours....
Insert the key in the middle door think your happy travel thought and step into the mirror.
To return home place the key upon your third eye and say to yourself “To Castle Raven *~* “Away”
The beads on the keys necklace are polished Aquamarine & Chrysocolla.
The beads were cleansed by Sea Witches in ocean water by the light of the Full Moon.There is more magic in these beautiful stones when worn or carried.
Aquamarine will enhance the utilization of psychic powers. Holding these stones or wearing them around the neck reduces our conscious mind's hold on the psychic mind. It allows the ever-present physic impulses to be heard and to enter our conscious mind. Thus this helps “you” the holder of the key to pass through the mirror and return...
Chrysocolla, Will drive away unreasonable fear and illusions and grants the power of discretion and increased wisdom. Thus protecting the owner of the key.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Hi All, Some time ago it was posted on the KF forum that I won a Outstanding Poetic Achievement crystal trophy award and Poet of Merit bronze metal from the " International Society of Poets " convention held in July in Las Vegas.
I had entered a poem at my publishers request.. It so happened it was a poem I wrote for Jennifer (KF resident fairy Godmother)
To my surprise I was recognized by the society...
The poem has since been given to Jennifer as part of the scap-book that whichywoman compiled for her..
The forum has not seen this poem so I thought I would post it now ...
Views of the sea, as you stand upon her amorous masterpiece.
Swans arrive as twilight approaches the enchanted forms.
With wings a tilt the swans magically pull down the veil of the sun.
Tis born, another Sea View Moon.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Hi All and a Merry Christmas,
Some of you may have read this story but I really think it is worth a second read..
Such a sweet an lovely tale..
A Yule Story for Children ~ The Tiniest Fairy
~Author: Lady Abigail
In a time before time had been named, when life danced as a dazzling rainbow upon the mystical Earth, magick lived inside each earthen creature. Some, the big ones, were having a harder time seeing the magick now, than in the past. They were starting to forget that magick is all around you, if only you believed.Alicia was a small and tiny earthen spirit with sparkling blue eyes and a pinched up nose; even in the fairy world, where all things are small, she was the smallest of them all. Her home was deep inside the strong and twisting roots of a big Oak. It was safe and none of the winter cold snows could find their way a in. She loved playing around her cozy and warm home with her mom and dad. They would play hide and seek and she could easily hide in the corners or under the furniture. They would read books by the fire light and sing songs that only the fairies knew. Alicia was frightened of the other earthen creatures, as well as of what might be outside her cozy home under the big Oak. She had never been out before and saw no reason to go into the “outside.” When company came over Alicia would not come out of her tiny seed pod bed. When the Bunny family who lived next door came to visit, she was frightened that being so small, one of the many bunny babies might accidentally hop on her. She would only peek over the beds edge with her tiny pinched nose when the Gloends, a family of glowworms; came to visit, because she wanted to see where the warm yellow glow was coming from. At dinner one evening, Alicia’s mom and dad told her that soon winter's hold would be ending. That frightened Alicia since she only knew the winter and could not imagine what might happen if it was to end. They explained to her that in all the magickal world, it was her magick that would call in the changing of seasons and the turning of the great wheel. On the eve of the next night Alicia, her mom and her dad would go on a journey into the forest. Here, there would be a great gathering and all the mystical creatures of Earth would see her gift of magick. But Alicia shivered with fear -- what was this wheel and how can she stop this magick and changing? She liked things just as they were and didn’t want anything to change at all. She didn’t want to go to a gathering where so many would be. She didn’t know what this gift was that she was to give. What if she got lost and no one could find her? Or maybe the others would see her. Maybe they would not like her or make fun of her or laugh at her being so small. Her greatest fear was that maybe she had no magick. She had not seen it. She couldn’t fly like her mom and dad, she kept falling on her elbows. She couldn’t make things like flowers or snowflakes like her mom and dad; all she ended up with some ice that melted. She couldn’t even make light with her wand. How would her parents feel when they found out, what would she do? Even as frightened as Alicia was of going into the “outside, ” she was more frightened of what others might think of her. She didn’t want to disappoint her mom and dad, so she decided it would be best if she hid. She would go into the “outside;” no one would look for her there. She would not go very far. Just far enough away where she could hide until the gathering was over, and then the change would not happen.Alicia’s mom was roasting acorns for the great gathering’s feast and her dad was busy polishing up his ice wand. Alicia knew no one would see her leave, or think she would go into the “outside” alone, since she never had before. With her wand in a small bag tied to her waist, Alicia carefully opened the door of her house and stepped into the “outside.” She closed the door quickly and quietly so her mom and dad would not hear it creak. Then, she turned to see what was here in this “outdoors.” It was white everywhere. She walked along for a little while when all of a sudden “crunch” she sunk into the snow up to her wing tips. It took a bit of work but she wriggled her way up and out of the snow. Now she was really cold and she could see it was getting darker. The bright bluish color of the sky was now turning a purple hue with streaks of red and yellow. She wasn’t sure, but if night was coming she had to hide quickly. If she could fly just to the edge of the forest she would find a place to stay until the gathering was over and then she could go home again. Then it would be safe because nothing would change. That is what she wanted.Alicia was frighten and getting colder, but she had made up her mind. She had to do this, or everything she knew was going to change forever. She shook herself off and looked toward the forest edge. With all her will and might she jumped up and began flying forward. Then back a little, then up, then down, then around in some circles and then slower and then faster and then it happened. Bang! She flew right into a tree branch hanging low weighted heavy by the snow. Alicia did not know what exactly had happened as she rubbed her head, but when she rose up again out of the snow it had gotten very dark. She could see tiny lights twinkling above her now. She looked around trying to figure out what direction to go. By now the gathering must be over and she could go home. Everything would stay the same. But which way was home? Alicia couldn’t see where to go, so she didn’t want to try to fly. What if she hit another tree, it was dark now and she couldn’t make anything out, plus her head still hurt from before. She had to be very careful deciding what way to go now. All of a sudden, she heard someone calling her. “Alicia, Alicia.” She felt her body begin to shake so hard that the tiny ice cycles that had formed on the tips of her wings, tinkled like little bells. As she turned around to look behind her, she saw a woman lying on a big pile of fur blankets. She was not a fairy, but she was beautiful, dressed in a green, red and white gown. Hundreds of earthen creatures stood all around her, many Alicia had never seen before, but none were scared or frightened at all. Although Alicia didn’t understand it, she wasn’t frightened either.There seemed to peace about this woman, it was something calming. “Alicia, I have been waiting for you. I need your help.” the Lady said. “Waiting for me?” Alicia asked. “Yes, Alicia, ” she said. “Its dark now and we need your light to light the way, so that we can see what lies before us.” “My light?” Alicia asked, remembering she had not been able to make her wand light before. “It’s your magick Alicia, your magick that will call the light from within me.” the Lady said.Alicia slowly began to walk toward the woman. That’s when she saw that this quiet lady was going to have a baby, and she was going to have it any moment. All the fears and worries Alicia carried with her were beginning to melt away, just like the ice on her wing tips. As she looked into the meadow green eyes of this lady she wanted more than anything else in her small life to make a light for her.Alicia, still trembling, took her wand from its little bag, and raised it up. With every magickal hope she had ever had, she put her energy into lighting her wand. The lady smiled gently at her and in that instance there was a great flash of light which came from the tip of that tiny wand. It was a brilliant luminous light which filled every corner of the night. As Alicia held her wand high she looked over to see that now the lady was holding in her arms a baby; a wonderful little baby boy. Suddenly, she understood it all, everything her mom and dad had been telling her. This was the magick, this was her special gift. Alicia, the tiniest of all fairies, she was the one who carried the spark, the spark which released the light of the world and the turning of the wheel of life. In her tiny being she had carried that magick, the magick to unlock the power of love and understanding for the world to share. Standing in that brilliant light, Alicia understood who the Lady was and the importance of this baby. She was a part of the rebirth of the Light. This baby was the Light again reborn of the Goddess. The beautiful Lady was the Goddess of life, and Alicia was that spark of magick which survives all time and through which we find boundless possibilities.Soon the edge of the forest was filled with earthen creatures and spirits from all over the mystical world. Alicia’s mom and dad watched their fairy child as she beamed with joy. The Lady holding her baby boy, blessed all those who shared in this time of magick as the feast was served and great happiness was shared by all. Alicia didn’t even notice that she was floating on the air. She was no longer weighted down by all her silly worries or fears. She knew that even though she was tiny she had the power to light the world. Now she understood, magick is all around you if you only believe, and trust in yourself.So each year as you light a candle to call the light, remember the tiniest fairy, for it only takes one tiny spark to give light unto the whole world.
Hi all, Well this was a job... You could not believe how hard these pictures were to get.. I just could not get it right, So here are some. I have 9 dragons new this year and they are much prettier than the pictures show.. Each dragon is holding a beautiful crystal.
Sparkling Snow flakes
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
To the left *~* the rear entrance in the early morning as I returned from my morning walk.
To the right *~* A night photo snapped through my witches glass on my way back up the hill to the castle entrance after helping Scotch on the Rocks with the piling of wood for the Yule Fire.
Sparkling wonder isn't it!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Hi all, Here are a few more post cards from my antique post card collection. These really make me happy. I always look at my cards and my KF jewelry when I need a lift. The last few days I find myself really looking at them a-lot.... Please enjoy these images from times long ago....
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Hi All, Here is a photo of my surprise 50th birthday gift from , Whichy.. It was a surprise... I really love this!!! She has seen to it that I am a Queen Bee.. And I even have a tiara.. Finally!!!
Whichy is the greatest..
Sparkling Queen Bee
Hi My fairy friends here is my "KF tree topper" that I use for a stand up angel. I just love her she is gorgeous!! Another picture of my tree and a close up of my tree ornaments. A collection of a life time.. I think there is just about everything on that tree..
Stay tuned for some pictures of my new dragon ornaments.. ( If I can get a good picture of some of them???)