Halloween Special Game

1517580_10204851179296367_1025834452348902486_n.jpgHow to Survive Halloween

You wake up in your bed, groggy as usual. You pull yourself up and stumble towards the door of your room. You can hear activity going on outside. Curious you open the door and peek out.

The area outside is busy with people decorating. Pumpkins, orange and purple lights. Black cats and skeletons. You suddenly realize it is Halloween. It is fall and seasons are changing between fir to air. The leaves are changing to various shades of red and orange. As you are gazing at all the activity, Mrs. Lyn comes walking towards you. Dressed in a long white gown with wings and a halo. In her arms are three bags. “Good morning sleepy head.” She says in a too cheery for this early in the morning voice.” We are getting things ready for tonight. We only have three costumes left. Which one do you want?”

She hold out the three bags. One is marked as a knight, it has plastic armor and a wooden sword. (Both grant a +1 to body each) The second is marked as nerd, Has glasses and suspenders (Both of which grant a +1 to mind each) The last one is marked monk and has a robe and a large golden cross on a chain (grants +1 each to spirit) You may choose any costume you wish and receive the bonus that goes with it.

Many people, me included, love Halloween. I don’t go for the dressing up and begging for candy from strangers any more, but i love to see costumes and specials on tv. I usually have to work during this time, but i also love the mysticism of this time of year. Halloween is a pagan holiday that falls between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. It was a day that they thought the spiritual barrier probably called the p-brain was thinnest and spirits and supernatural creatures could cross over easily and be seen and interact with the living.

There are actually four such festival days that fall half in-between the seasonal cycles. This one is called Samhain and is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest.

Some view this day as a day for small pranks that are not meant to harm anyone But, this day has become very dark, not because of some supernatural evil, but a very real human evil. People take this opportunity to take advantage of others, to destroy property, kidnap children, attempt to physically harm or poison others. So how to survive Halloween, It is said that dressing up in costumes were a way to hide oneself from the bad spirits that cross over and carving a jack o lantern with a candle inside is meant to ward away evil spirits. That is a start.

However the real things you should worry about are the human predators out there. This is a time for bad people to do bad things. Especially if you have kids. Watch them close. There will be a lot of kids running this way and that. Watch for traffic and don’t let them get out of your sight. This is a good time for kidnappers to try to make off with stray kids. Disguises will be common and make them hard to recognize. Make sure they wear something to make them easy to see in the dark. Like glow sticks or those flashing bands. Put reflective take on the outside of their costumes or hang it in strips. If they are millennial kids let them carry a cell phone and turn on it’s location tracker so you can look it up and find them if you get separated.

Also, it use to be just an urban legend about people putting razor blades in candy, but a year or so ago someone actually did this. Bad people will take things like this and actually do them, so watch out. Inspect the candy before you or your kids eat them.

The way the world is getting, we are going to see more and more crazy crap going on and Halloween is a good time for these bad people to get away with crap. We already have these creepy clown sightings going on. Clowns popping up trying to get kids to follow them into the woods. It started out as just this one sighting posted on the Internet that alot of people thought was a hoax or a publicity stunt for that up coming movie that is about to hit theaters, but then they started getting all kinds of sighting everywhere. Some came forward and said they did it just as a joke because of what they saw on the Internet, but some will be genuine trouble. Sickos seeing it and getting inspired to carry it out like the slender man killings. It was just an Internet character someone made up, but people got caught up in it and actually started killing people for the slender man. So we all will have to play it smart. Maybe place a cross around your kids neck and pray for a guardian angel to watch over them.

Trick or Treat Challenge

Everyone at the academy is going to to trick or treat. Now that you have your costume, you are ready to head out. You are entered in the trick or treat challenge to see who can get the most candy. You are headed to Apple Grove cul de sac. It looks extra creepy in fall. It is a single road that loops around with about 11 houses and a circular stream that surrounds a small cluster of apple trees that look skeletal in the fall. Their twisted dead branches reaching towards the sky as if trying to cling to life. You may hit each house only once. Spin your spinner to see which candy you get and roll a four sided die to get the number of pieces you get for each. There will be battles, but the good news it since the candy is fun sized you can eat as much as you wand during battle to get the modifiers. This doesn’t take away from the total number of pieces you collected. You may not want to use all your candy though as whatever you collect from this game you can save and use in other adventures. There will be other things to collect as well.

You have emptied your backpack and are carrying no gear except for your costume, so you can fill it full of candy. You enter the grove and proceed to the first house.

  1. This is the house of Jace Smears. The owner of Jace’s auto in the inner city. His house is lightly decorated. A few cobwebs and spiders. He answers the door wearing a sombrero and poncho and for some reason an eye patch.

  2. As you approach the house of Velma Myers, you can hear the sound of meowing. It almost sounds like a chorus. She answers the door wearing too tight black spandex and cat ears. Inside you can see at least a dozen cats covering every surface.

  3. As you are walking towards this house someone steps out from behind the bushes. They are wearing a mask over their face and a hoodie pulled up. They pull out a knife and make a threatening motion with it.

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    After dealing with the bully you head up to the house. Matthew knoks is there he stumbles to the door. He is drunk as usual and has eaten most of the candy. Whatever you roll reduce it by one.

    A. As you are walking down the path, you hear a little cry for help. There is a small path leading to the left. (This is optional) You follow the path and find a small clearing. There are two wild dogs there bawling at a tree. You can see a small kid has climbed up the tree. They call out to you to drive off the dogs. After it is over he climbs down. He thanks you and says they were probably after these. He pulls out three dog biscuits. He gives them to you. They give a +2 to your dog in combat.

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  4. You walk up to door of a small yellow home. Ryce Roads answers the door she is wearing a nurse’s orderly outfit. However this is not a costume she must be working tonight. She has deep bags under her eyes like she has been up all night at the casino again. She hands you some candy and heads on her way.

    E1. The path comes to a bridge that crosses over a small stream. There is no other way across and the bridge is damaged. You can swim across with a body challenge of 5. If you are dressed as the nerd you can use your suspenders to repair the bridge with a mind challenge of 6. You can convince others to help you by forming a human chain across the water with a spirit challenge of 7. If you have to swim you get wet and get a -1 to body for the rest of game.

  5. Harold Ocmear the dentist answers the door dressed in his lab coat and equipment. He drops a toothbrush in your bag with a big grin.

    B. There is a path leading towards the old dumps. You find yourself drawn towards it. Do you go and explore? (optional) You walk along the path up a little ridge. From here you can see the the huge piles of junk from the junk yard. It towers in the distance. For a moment you think you can see something moving. Then it gets closer. It looks like a flying head. It is Hassy’s Head. She has escaped from her refrigerator. If you are dressed as a monk you can drive her off with the cross, however she does not drop anything. If you defeat her she drops a Lumina eclipse soda from her neck hole.

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  6. You approach the house of Missy Dripps. She is decked out in pink a s a ballerina. She gets a little to excited and drips two hand fulls in your bag.

    D. There is a path heading towards the center of Apple Grove. That is where the apple tree cluster is. You feel compelled to go there. (optional) As you walk along the bridge you can see movement in the shadows. There is something moving among the trees. It is tall and slender. It moves with a bit of a jerking motion. You are about to turn an leave, when Hans Trapp the living scarecrow leaps from the shadows. If defeated he drops a large knife +1 to body 2 lbs

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  7. As you head towards this house a small street gang shows up. It is the Punkies. Halloween bullies lead by the punkie king and queen. There are five of them. The king, Queen, and three gang members. You can do battle or give them each a piece of candy to go away.

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  8. You walk up the path to Max Potts house. It is over the top with decorations and he answers the door dressed as Elvira Mistress of the Dark. He does his best to be seductive, but fails miserably.

    E2. As you walk down the path the way is blocked by thick bushes. If you are dressed as the knight, you can use your wooden sword to break through with a body challenge of 5. A spirit challenge of 5 can convince someone to lend you their ghost costume to cover yourself and crawl under. If not you will have to crawl under and find out that there is poison ivy growing there and take -1 to body and -1 to mind.

    C. There is a path leading to the right. (optional) As you walk down the path you notice a white van with it’s doors open. There is a strange man in a skeleton mask talking to some kids. He looks like he is trying to get them into the van. He drops two hand fulls of candy. (roll for each)

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  9. You approach a bright orange house. The house of the pumpkin lady. So called, because no one knows her name. She keeps pumpkins on her porch all year long and always dresses in orange. She comes to the door with a big orange t shirt that looks like a jack o lantern. She has a green stem sticking up from her bright orange hair. She drops two Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin candies into your bag. (That is all, don’t roll)

  10. As you walk up to the door you hear screaming inside. The door flies open and a man falls to the ground with a knife sticking out of his chest. A woman stand in the doorway covered in blood watching you. You start to run when you notice the man on the ground is also watching your reaction. They both begin to smile. He gets up and hands you your candy.

  11. As you approach the last house three large wild dogs come into view. You can either do battle with them, or give them to dog biscuits to pass by them. There are three do battle for each.

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    After that you are eager to get your last house done. You run up an knock and Ethan Jacksin answers the door dressed as a disney princess. He give your you candy and you head out of Apple Grove.

Bestiary: The Scarecrow

hansrtp.jpgThe scarecrow has been a favorite monster for a long time. It has been portrayed in many forms from batman to the wizard of oz. Taking on many forms. Always a figure human or otherwise dressed in tattered clothes and a cloth face that obscures any true human features to inflict fear on its victims. The traditional scarecrow is a stuffy guy made of straw placed In a garden to scare away flying predators by taking on the appearance of a worse predator.

In Christianity we have a lore of such a creature, Hans Trapp.

Hans Trapp was called the Robber Baron. He was arrested and isolated and in his isolation he lost his humanity and in his resentment for the church he became deeply devoted to satan. This devotion eventually lead to him craving human flesh especially children.
As the legend goes, this was a real man. He was rich and evil and was kicked out of the catholic church. He was exiled into the forest where he preyed on children disguised as a scarecrow complete with straw sticking out of his clothes possibly for warmth. In the legend he catches a boy and is about to eat him when he gets struck by lightning. A punishment from God. However his spirit stays restless and can still be seen stalking children who are not careful disguised as a scarecrow.

He has mostly faded away now, but grew beyond his original legend to become the prime predator. A figure of evil to hunt the most vulnerable of victims. Children.  Sometime for meals devouring human flesh, sometimes as sacrifices for whatever reason to be killed on an alter or ritual sight, sometimes to take virginity and to destroy innocence.

Connected to nature usually a field. The scarecrow will stand in an almost perverted form of the crucifixion. Which is why it makes an excellent monster for Christian lore.

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Mostly popular around Halloween. Featured in several movies including the scarecrow, jeepers creepers, and many many others. Typically week against fire if it a supernatural creature. You know all that straw. If it is a human monster, they are typically vulnerable against any weapon. Except you know it you manage to take one down, don’t just run away and let them regroup like in horror movies.

So what to do to prepare for such a threat. Carry a weapon. A symbol of faith. Memorize a sword scripture and a hymn. Carry a signaling device, like a whistle. Since they mostly hunt at night travel with a friend if you must move about at night.

Christian Adventurer’s Almanac: Seasons

Genesis 1:14 “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,”

God gave us seasons and times for change. Those were all part of his grand design. By observing nature we can recognize the changing of the times.

There is lore about the spiritual battle between day and night and light and dark. God separated the light from the dark. Now they battle to take control. As they seasons change for half the year the light (summer/ spring) rules and for the other half dark (winter/fall) rules. There are also old Irish folklore about the two fairy Courts. The Unseelie Court, the vicious and bloodthirsty fairies. Also called the Winter Court. and the Seelie Court, the more reasonable, but still mischievous fairies (nature spirits) also called the Summer court.

Summer

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Summer Solstice The longest day of the year. By that i mean the day with the most hours of daylight. If you have a lot to get done this is the best day to do it. After this day the days will begin to get shorter and nights will get longer. They wont be much noticeable until closer to the next equinox.
Easterly winds from May 19 to the 21 indicate a dry summer.
If there are many falling stars during a clear summer evening, expect thunder. If there are none, expect fine weather.

Half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice is the festival of Bel-fire. This signifies the changing of the time of Earth to the time of Fire. From this day to the Summer Solstice the elements are overlapping and is a time when the p-brain between the spiritual dimensions are thinned.

Winter

winter.jpgWinter Solstice The first day of winter. The day of the longest night and shortest day. This is the darkest and coldest part of the year. On this day, Day begins to win the age old battle and beating back Night. From this point the amount of daylight will start to increase and the amount of darkness will start to shorten until the spring equinox and the day and night are about equal again. By now all the grass is dead and turned brown and the trees are all bare. However this season is not without it’s beauty. We all love to see the snow and ice. When the white blanket covers the ground and makes all things look pure and clean. Many cultures view winter as the end, but also a new beginning. As one year ends an new year begins with the coming of spring.

Winter is the time of year when the earth rests from it’s work. The planting and harvesting time is over and families lived off of what they stored up the rest of the year. Things are a little different now with all our modern technology, most people don’t even think about it anymore, but this was a dangerous time for many. There is a lot of superstition about this time of year. It is called the Darkest days, not just because of night being longer. If you didn’t store up enough you wouldn’t have enough to feed your families. This could drive some to desperation including attacking others to steal what you need or just starving. So proper planning was important to surviving the harshness of winter.

Halfway between the Fall Equinox and the Winter solstice is the day of Samhain known better as Halloween. It is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest. I will do more about Halloween separately.

Fall

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There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.”
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Half way between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox is the day of Lammas. This marks the ending of the time of fire and the time of air. The days between are a time of overlapping. This is a festival of the first harvest. Usually celebrated with competitions of strength and skill. Two groups would spar off and build a tower and top it with a flag. At the appointed time the two groups would compete in a capture the flag sort of event. Also a time for matchmaking if you know a yenta.

Spring

spring.jpgVernal (Spring) Equinox This marks the first day of spring. Day and night are almost equal again. From here the days will start to get Longer and the night will get shorter until the Summer solstice the longest day of the year. This is the time for new birth. The flowers start popping up and birds start showing up with their songs. Furry critters come out of hibernation. Even worms start coming up out of the ground. This is the time for planting.
There is an old folklore that you can stand a raw egg on it’s end during the equinox.

Spanning from March to June, that is from the Spring Equinox to the summer solstice, the Spring period is the Earth period. When growth is most abundant. This is the time of Earth.
Candlemas is the halfway point between the Winter solstice and the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox is the official end of the time of Water and the Start of the Time of Earth. The Winter solstice is when Night is strongest and Day is weakest. Candlemas is the point at which Day starts getting stronger again. Taking back the daylight hours and at the equinox Day and Night are about equal and then Day starts winning until the Summer solstice when it is at it’s strongest the longest day of the year. So from the time of Candlemas to the Spring Equinox is a period of overlapping elements. Water and Earth overlap and this is the time when you will see the most storms and weather changes.
So what is Candlemas. It is a day for celebrating the home and family basically. As the weather tries to change between winter and spring there comes with it rainy and sometimes stormy weather. The earth is being baptized in a way. The end of the old year and beginning of the new. This is a great time for getting baptized yourself if you haven’t’ been. At this point you have been cooped up inside mostly and the weather should be getting better and winter is ending. Now is a time to start getting your home life in order. If you are a homesteader then now is the time to get ready to plant. On Candlemas you start your Spring Cleaning. You light a fire in the fireplace or hearth and light candles in every room and ask God for blessings for your home and family. Sprinkle holy water around in each room. Hang a Brigid Cross over your entry way for protection of your home and family. Since the coming season will bring with it lots of rain and storms. Change out your bed clothes and fresh sheets. Time to start anew. Clean home and soul.
Candlemas also signifies the beginning of the Time of Water and Time of Earth overlap. This is a dangerous time spiritually. This is a time when the P-brain (membrane between dimensions) is weak and it is believed that spirits can cross over more easily. Both good and bad ones. It is a time when loved ones can visit the living, but also demons or evil spirits can take advantage of divinations to cross over and attach to people. You must be careful and pray to God for protection to cleanse you and your home from lingering spirits. Make sure by the end of the Spring Equinox to sweep them out the door and pray to God to seal your home and protect it from any coming back. (well the bad ones anyway)
The Green man is a common spiritual symbol for this time of year. He is a protector spirit of nature. Old Christians have a problem believing in such spirits, but i don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see why we can’t believe in nature spirits and such. God created all things and as long as we aren’t worshiping them as gods, this doesn’t go against any beliefs or practices. He is often seen on historic buildings and decorations on old churches. If you have ever visited any you probably have seen a few. He is depicted as a man or face with a body made of vines or leaves. Sometimes the vines are coming out of his nose or mouth. My witchy friend has a green shirt that has his face on it and wears it during the spring when we celebrate Spring.

 

Adventurer’s Almanac Spring Equinox

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Well we in a few days it will be Officially Spring. We have passed Rain’s Fell and are into the overlapping  Time of  Water and Time of Earth. We will be moving out of the water element and into earth fully. Not that it means less rain or storms. We are just heading into the time of growing and blossoms and planting.  The above picture is the  Wheele of the Year for Neo-Christians like myself who take their spirituality a little more seriously.  Still believe in one God and all the praying, but also believe in nature and energy.

Rain’s Fell is the halfway point between the Winter solstice  and the Spring Equinox.  The Spring Equinox is the official end of the time of Water and the  Start of the Time of Earth. The Winter solstice is when Night is strongest and Day is weakest. Rain”s Fell is the point at which Day starts getting stronger again. Taking back the day and at the equinox Day and Night are about equal and then Day starts winning until the Summer solstice when it is at it’s strongest the longest day of the year.

So what is Rains’s Fell. It is a day for celebrating the home and family basically. As the weather tries to change between winter and spring there comes with it rainy and sometimes stormy weather. The earth is being baptized in a way. The end of the old year and beginning  of the new. This is a great time for getting baptized yourself if you havent’ been. At this point you have been cooped up inside mostly and the weather should be getting better and winter is ending. Now is a time to start getting your home life in order. If you are a homesteader then now is the time to get ready to plant. On Rain’s Fell you start your Spring Cleaning. You light a fire in the fireplace or hearth and light candles in every room and ask God for blessings for your home and family. Sprinkle holy water around in each room. Hang a Brigid Cross over your entry way for protection of your home and family. Since the coming season will bring with it lots of rain and storms. Change out your bed clothes and fresh sheets. Time to start anew. Clean home and soul.

Rain’s Fell also signifies the beginning of the Time of Water and Time of Earth overlap. This is a dangerous time spiritually. This is a time when the P-brain (membrane between dimensions) is weak and it is believed that spirits can cross over more easily. Both good and bad ones. It is a time when loved ones can visit the living, but also demons or evil spirits can take advantage of divinations to cross over and attach to people. You must be careful and pray to God for protection to cleanse  you and your home from lingering spirits. Make sure by the end of the Spring Equinox to sweep them out the door and pray to God to seal your home and protect it from any coming back. (well the bad ones anyway)

The Green man is a common spiritual symbol for this time of year. He is a protector spirit of nature. Old Christians  have a problem believing in such spirits, but i don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see why we can’t believe in nature spirits and such. God created all things and as long as we aren’t worshiping them as gods, this doesn’t go against any beliefs or practices. He is often seen on historic buildings and decorations on old churches. If you have ever visited any you probably have seen a few. He is depicted as a man or face with a body made of vines or leaves. Sometimes the vines are coming out of his nose or mouth. My witchy friend has a green shirt that has his face on it and wears it during the spring when we celebrate Spring.

Vernal (Spring) Equinox This marks the first day of spring. Day and night are almost equal again. From here we enter the lightest days of the year, the days will start to get Longer and the night will get shorter until the Summer solstice the longest day of the year. This is the time for new birth. The flowers start popping up and birds start showing up with their songs. Furry critters come out of hibernation. Even worms start coming up out of the ground. This is the time for planting and growth both physical and spiritual.

 

Notable holidays to remember

April Fool’s day: A day for playing harmless pranks on each other. Does not seem significant, but letting off some steam is good and learning to take a joke is real character development.

Passover: This is the time when our ancestors (the Jews)  were led by God out of Egypt and settled in their new land. As Christians we should celebrate and remember this as well as they do. We would not be here either if not for this event and this shows our God’s power and majesty.

Easter: One of our most sacred days. This is the day we celebrate Our savior’s sacrifice and defeat of death. He was nailed to a cross and rose again the third day. And we get chocolate.

Mother’s Day: A day to celebrate mothers. We should always remember them and how important they are. Remember your mother put up with a lot from you.

Shavuot: This is a day that celebrates the giving of the Law by God to Moses on the mountain.

Ash Fall: This is the halfway point between Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This is the beginning of the overlapping of the Time of Earth and the Time of Fire.

What you need to know about the Soul

“The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

So God make the soul. It came from God and will return to him after death. God is a living spirit and that is what a soul is. A living energy, probably a piece of God he takes from himself and forms it and shapes is and places it into our bodies in our mother’s womb. There is a woman who was trying to have a child, but all her children were stillborn. She prayed to God about it and was about to give up when  she got pregnant again and she agonized over it and prayed. She had a dream about it that she saw a little girl being lead by the hand to her by an large man in a suit. He told her that this was her daughter she was going to have and that he was an angel sent by God to escort her there because she was scared to be born. She had a live birth this time and had a girl. As she her daughter grew she noticed that she looked exactly like the little girl from her dream.

What is the soul? People throughout the ages have wondered this and built many theories. The egg has been used as a symbol of the soul for centuries. In a way is is sort of an undeveloped primordial substance that is life, but not quite life either. It is potential to be developed. Also there are three part to it. There is the shell, the whites, the yolk. Like us in a way. It can represent the body, (the shell) the whites, (the mind) the yolk (the spirit).

Or you can use it to represent the soul that is in three parts as well. Or at least that is the current theory of the soul. The parts of the soul are the spirit, (spirit body or ecto plasm) the mind (the mind and attitude) and lastly the soul the core of who and what we are. The eternal part of our essence (our moral compass and memories).

The spirit this is our energy body.  Say you see a ghost this is what you are seeing. The ghosts’ body. The spirit. Just as we have fleshy bodies, souls have spirit bodies of ectoplasm. Sometimes this is seen as a mist.

The second part is the mind or consciousness. A separate entity from the brain. The brain is just a receptor for the mind for our physical bodies. There are numerous accounts of out of body experiences. Some of which are blind people who were born blind and were able to see clearly when in the state of out of body. They could see colors and recognize people. There are also accounts of people who have suffered brain injuries and woke up able to speak and understand languages they had never heard or learned. This leads me to wonder about a higher knowledge. There are theories of the akashic records. A sort of knowledge pull where everything  ever thought is held. It is believed that those who meditate and focus can eventually achieve access to this mega load of knowledge and gain wisdom.

soulThe third is the soul itself. The eternal essence of who and what we are. This is the part that grows and develops with us. Our moral and spiritual center. Our core of self.

It is believed by our physics that energy can’t be created or destroyed. This makes sense that we could come from a being that already existed as a spiritual or celestial being and that we would return to him after death. Also that there would be a place for rejected souls to be placed like hell where they would remain for eternity since they can’t be completely destroyed and can’t return to God.

Here is an activity for you to do. You can take an egg and very carefully with a pin poke a little hole in the center of the top and the bottom. By little i don’t mean teeny tiny. You will want it to be big enough to blow into and the inside to come out the bottom easily. Just be careful not to  crush it the eggshell. You will want a ribbon or something you can tie a knot into and push it into the top of the eggshell in the hole. Or glue it in place. Decorate the egg now like an ornament. Something that reflect you. This is your soul egg. Or you can decorate an easter bush or christmas tree if you like. you can make a paper tether and hang from the bottom hole like a windchime. Make it reflective or whatever you like.

How to Survive The Holidays

1526959_10202399503886014_1792274937_nOkay, so here we go. It is that time again. For many it is the happy wonderful time of the year, for many others all that cheer just turns your stomach. Right. Maybe we could handle it better if we could just tackle them one at a time, but stores seem to want to throw them at us all at once right. Before October even gets here they are already advertising New Years. One isle is dedicated to Halloween and turn the corner there are Christmas trees with little pilgrims gathered around it. Halloween i covered in another post here i am going to cover Thanksgiving and Christmas together and separate kinda. Just bear with me.

So, family gatherings. How to handle them. We all love our family right, (don’t answer out loud please) let’s just all say yes. But no one likes them all at once. Get thirty people and kids all in one location. People stumbling over each other, fighting for seats. Trying to to mingle and talk over the kids noise. Maybe some people aren’t quite getting along. Family grudges start coming out. People are now getting uncomfortable. Some are going quite waiting fo r the moment to pass. What to do.

Either you are going to be one of them in the mingling or you are going to be one hanging 10569103_10202146365215461_1068718554649124684_n.jpgout by the far corner waiting for a few people to leave and make it less crowded. Bring alcohol. This will help loosen people up. Make things less tense. Okay not the best solution exactly unless you want drunk relatives. Keep it simple if you know some members have drinking problems. Maybe make punch and control the amount in it. Just enough to make people at ease.

Mentally prepare yourself. You know it is coming, maybe prepare some quick change topics you can go to to direct conversations or way to dodge talking to people you want to avoid. Another idea, bring games. Maybe a trivia game where you can keep some cards in your pocket and pull out to distract people. Like what is the name of that one christmas song.

Okay so you wake up holiday morning and you find a fat guy in  a red suit in your living room eating cookies. What do you do? Well if it is Thanksgiving you probably panic and grab a gun. Okay had to throw that in there. If you do find something like this in your home call the cops. You may want to make sure it is not a relative first, assuming this is Christmas time. They may be there to surprise the kids or something.

Gift Giving

Okay how to survive a bad gift. Someone gives you a bad gift, (guessing you don’t want them to know you don’t like it) try to control your face. Smile and koo a little. Say something like “i wanted one of these. Thank you”or “I’ve been looking at these.” or maybe “I just got So-n-So one of these and was thinking of getting one for myself.”  Keep it in the package, you can probably return it or regift it later. If you plan to regift, remember who it came from you don’t want to give it back to them. That is award.

Okay so when picking out a gift, a few tips to think about. Be careful of what you get. Unless this is your child or family member you know well, avoid pets as gifts. You get a niece or nephew a pet their parents might not be to happy about that and they might not get to keep it. Avoid gifts that wont be there for the actual holiday event unless discussed ahead of time with the person in question. It does kind of suck if everyone there is opening gifts and your gift will be here in two weeks. If this is the case, like you ordered it and it wont be here on time, might throw in a box of candy or something for that day and let them know it is on the way. Avoid anything too personal or intimate depending on who and where the opeing will take place. You don’t want your wife or girlfriend opeing lingerie in front of thier father or boss. Kinda awkward.

Okay, here is a scenario for you. You walk under some misletoe, someone else happens to be nearby. ( we are not talking about family here, like office party type, unless of course you have a weird family) You both notice, what do you do?  You are expected to kiss. If this is not some ideal setting and you don’t want to, it is alright to just smile and nod some acknowledgment to them to be polite and quickly move on. The really embarrassing part is when you go in for the kiss and the move away sort of leaving you there like WTF. How to recover. Well you don’t you just sort of pick up your pride and go have a drink. So lets go back and say you are standing there and they are coming in for the kiss and you don’t want to but you don’t want to be the ass about it. You can  turn your head slightly so that it lands on your cheek and kiss them on their cheek at the same time. You know friend zone them. This is a recovery that doesn’t exactly hurt them or humiliate them.

Now for the eating part of the holidays. Everyone over eats on the holidays. You know the 996767_10202416063619997_1986695391_ndrill. Food, deserts, candy, punch. So if you know you are going to be dining with relatives, they are going to expect you to eat. So skip breakfast or eat very little. Just to keep your stomach from grumbling. Especially if you are going to be eating at more than one family. After all these people have been cooking for hours, probably from the crack of dawn on this meal. Are you going to say, “no i don’t want any.” Even if you just make a sandwich with some turkey and a bisket you should have something there. Just be polite about it. Say i stopped at so and so and we ate there so i will just have a bite.

Okay so here are a few Christmas creatures.

The Christmas time was originally refered to as the darkest days of the year. Not just because it literally is these days with the shortest amount of daylight. It was considered a dangerous time of year. The winter season was the hardest time to survive in the old world. You couldn’t grow crops and the weather could be harsh. There are many winter time creatures to fear. From all around the world.

Krampus

By now everyone has heard of Krampus. The christmas devil or santa’s evil twin. He resembles santa in some ways, but has a horrible face with long matted hair and two large horns like a goat. Probably resembling the traditional satan figure. He kidnaps and east people by todays modern legends.

Black Peter

This is by tradition Santa’s little follower that hits bad children.

Belsnikle

He comes to children sometime before Christmas, wearing tattered old clothing and raggedy fur. Belsnickel carries a switch to frighten children and candy to reward them for good behavior. He throws down candy in front of children and if they dive at it like a glutton he will hit them with the stick. However if they answer his questions correctly they will be rewarded with the candy.

Hans Trapp

As the legend goes, this wa a real man. He was rich and evil and even worshiped satan and was kicked out of the catholic church. He was exiled into the forest where he preyed on children disguised as a scarecrow complete with straw sticking out of his clothes possibly for warmth. He catches a boy and is about to eat him when he gets struck by lightning. A punishment from God. Still, he visits young children before Christmas, dressed as a scarecrow.

The Yule cat

This was an icelandic tradition that the yule cat would eat lazy children. It was a tradition that all hard working children would receive new clothing for Christmas and the yule cat could tell who was lazy because they wouldn’t have new clothes and the cat would eat those lazy children.

The Yule Lads

The yule lads are an icelandic folk lore of trolls that causes trouble around the holidays and would leave little gifts for children in their shoes if left out. However their mother would kidnap children that didn’t obey thier parents and would eat them. Her name was Gryla.

Adventurer’s Almanac: Moons

Matthew 27:45 “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.”

10985053_10206571194655676_1116744643366009306_nOkay so the moon is this big rock out in space that reflects sunlight. It changes in appearance that we call cycles. Many people think it plays a mystical role in the world. Who am i to say otherwise. It did eclipse durning the crucifixion after all adn God gave us the stars and seasons for signs and wonders.

Full moon: This is when the moon looks the biggest and reflect the most light. It is easier to see at night. Many say this is when animals and people act strange during a full moon. The moon is also closest to the earth at this point and it’s gravity has a kind of pull on the earth and the oceans.  The moon will appear full for three day. The day before the full moon and the day after.

In the lunar cycle thier is at least one full moon in every month. A second full moon is called a blue moon. Has nothing to do with it’s actual color.

Many peopel associate the full moon to withcraft and dark magic, but i would dissagree. I would think that the new moon would be a better moon for dark magic since the moon light is just reflected sunlight. adn the new moon is the darkest moon.

New Moon: This when the lunar cycle starts over again. This is when the moon looks completly black and refects no light. It is very dark at night and hard to see.  There is at least one new moon in each month and a second is called a black moon.

A cresent moon is when you can only see a fraction of the moon lit up. What it is called depends on what phase it is in. Either darkness or light will be taking over the moon moving from the right side. Just after the new moon you will start to see a cresent of light appearing on the right side of the moon. This is the waxing phase where it becomes brighter until the full moon. Then starts the wanning phase where a cresent of shadow appears on the right side of the moon until all you can see is a cresent of light on the left side of the moon that dims until the new moon phase again.

Other celestial event that  happen to the moon.

The Lunar Eclipse. This is when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow and is totaly dark. It can take quite a while for this to happen. It happens during a full moon. THe face of the moon will turn sunset red for up to an hour or more as the eclipse unfolds.

A solar eclipse is much more dramatic and happens faster. This is when the moon passes inbetween the sun and the earth. For a moment the sky is totally darkened during the day. Somewhere in the world there is a point of total darkness that the moon blocks all the sun’s light.

An event that happened one night during a full moon.

This was when my brother lived with us. He was the only witness. He heard all the dogs go crazy one night. He said they were barking at something out by the storm cellar. It is in the front yard a ways from the house near the fence line. He stepped out to look. He caught a glimps of something big and grey standing aproximatly 34 to 36 inches tall.

He told me about it the next day and i walked out there and looked around. I checked the barbed wire fence for any hair snags and the groudn for any foot prints. I didn’t find anything. We realized that was the night of a full moon, so it must have been a were-wolf right? (although we do get the odd stray wolf or cyote around here)