Thursday, May 24, 2012

Litha: Midsummer Celebrations

Is it really halfway through May?  Wow!  Time flies fast.

So, as per my resolutions list, I have a celebration coming up:  Midsummer! For those of you who don't know about Midsummer, it's also called the Summer Solstice, or Litha (although in all honesty, I see more people call it Midsummer, and less people call it Litha, but whatever).  The thing I like about Midsummer is that unlike people celebrate it in many different areas of the world-- it's very secularized, but also a based on tradition, and a link to heritage.  And obviously, people may celebrate it in different ways. For instance, in Sweden one of the big activities for Midsummer is dancing around the Maypole (which, unlike its Beltane cousin, is covered in flowers and leaves as opposed to ribbons to be wrapped around it).

Dancing 'round the Maypole at the Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Colorado!

Midsummer Fireworks in Krakow, Poland (pic found here)

In some cities, Midsummer is celebrated over many days, sometimes a week or a fortnight. And sure, maybe those festivals are less about celebrating the solstice and more secular, it's still pretty cool that people use this time in the calendar to basically have massive parties, such as the Cork Midsummer Festival in Ireland, or the Midsummer festival in Krakow which ends in fireworks and has Polish Pop bands rocking out on the riverbanks.

Monday, May 14, 2012

And Now Summer's Here!

I've been kind of dreading writing here these past couple of days, just because I didn't know what I was gonna write about, and every time I sat down to write I would end up dissatisfied with all I'd put in the post.  There are just so many things I wanna write about, but nothing seems to really flow the way I want it to. So... Here's what's been going on with me!

I just love puppies!

I juuuuust finished school last thursday.  That last week was the longest four days of my life.  Everyday I was writing page after page after page of essays and studying and all that.  Rough stuff.  I was also pretty busy socially, which was such a blessing!  On Tuesday night I got to go out to dinner with my friend Angela, which was a blast. I also skyped with another friend who is just finishing up school in Seattle, which was nice because I haven't talked to her in awhile. Then on Wednesday I went out to dinner with some former coworkers (for those of you living under a rock, I gave my two weeks notice about a month ago, so I'm officially no longer working in Berkeley).  I had a blast-- the ladies I worked with are amazing, and paid for dinner, even though I tried to sneak my card in when we got the bill-- and we talked and laughed all that jazzed.  If it were enough to work with them, I wouldn't have quit my job, but there was just too much I couldn't deal with.  They understand, but they miss me, and I really miss them.  However, the dinner was a fabulous success, and we will definitely be doing it again, with more people from work. Yay!

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Couple Headcovering Photos

Just a couple of fun shots of me having fun. I wear the brown headscarf all the time, not always like shown in the picture, but sometimes like that.  I'll post more once I get more scarves!!!!

P.S.-- my birthday is coming up.... just so you all know. :)

I like the brown one because it's so easy to tie, and sometimes I don't even need hair clips to keep it on.  Stays snug all day!

The scarf is lovely, but super slippery!!!
 I haven't figured out how to keep this scarf on with this style, but once I do, I'm totally wearing it like this out an about.

Monday, May 7, 2012

April Resolutions Update

I am so close to the end of the  semester I can taste it. With that in mind, I thought I'd give myself a break and update my blog a little.  I feel like I've been neglecting it, and I feel that needs to be remedied.  So, an update on my resolutions list.  I feel that I have done a little better this past month, although emotionally and physically I've been quite miserable. In any case, I'm checking of the resolutions one by one, and it feels pretty good to accomplish things, so I've got that to keep me going.

Things I've Done Well

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Head Covering Tutorials

I've had a couple people message me on Facebook and via email about how to actually do head wraps.  Now, I'm no good with a camera (all I've got is my webcam on my mac), but thanks to the interwebs, there are a lot of useful resources for learning how to do some of the wraps I do, and lots of others!  Just to help some of you out, here are a few. Just so you all know, I got these off of Youtube, so they're very easy to find, but I found them while using school computers in the library, which means I don't know what the bloggers say in their videos, only what they do.  So.... take that with a grain of salt, I guess. Anyway, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Beltane-- How I spent the 1st of May

I totally meant to do a bit of a pre-post to this, but my mind has been preoccupied with school and work (which I will talk about at a later date), so I had no time to kind of do an intro post to the celebration of Beltane.  And now it's May 2nd, which is definitely NOT Beltane, and I had a fabulous day which I'd like to tell you about, so I'm gonna kinda condense the pre-post into a BRIEF explanation of what Beltane is.

For those of you who don't know what Beltane is, it is considered one of the four Fire Festivals in the Pagan Wheel of the Year (our annual holidays).  As a secular holiday it's called May Day.  For some pagans (like Wiccans), Beltane is considered one of the biggest holidays of the year, second only to Samhain (which is MY favorite holiday).  Beltane, like Ostara, is also a fertility festival; unlike Ostara, Beltane has a tendency to be far more sexual-- for those of you who are into baroque music, ever heard a song talking about "going a-maying?" Totally means shacking up in the woods.

Did I just blow your mind?

You're welcome.