Monday, August 30, 2010

Frozen Lyrics

You only see what your eyes want to see
How can life be what you want it to be
You're frozen
When your heart's not open

You're so consumed with how much you get
You waste your time with hate and regret
You're broken
When your heart's not open

Mmmmmm, if I could melt your heart
Mmmmmm, we'd never be apart
Mmmmmm, give yourself to me
Mmmmmm, you hold the key

Now there's no point in placing the blame
And you should know I suffer the same
If I lose you
My heart will be broken

Love is a bird, she needs to fly
Let all the hurt inside of you die
You're frozen
When your heart's not open

Mmmmmm, if I could melt your heart
Mmmmmm, we'd never be apart
Mmmmmm, give yourself to me
Mmmmmm, you hold the key

You only see what your eyes want to see
How can life be what you want it to be
You're frozen
When your heart's not open

Mmmmmm, if I could melt your heart
Mmmmmm, we'd never be apart
Mmmmmm, give yourself to me
Mmmmmm, you hold the key

Mmmmmm, if I could melt your heart
Mmmmmm, we'd never be apart
Mmmmmm, give yourself to me
Mmmmmm, you hold the key

If I could melt your heart

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Holiday part 2

We spent Sunday afternoon on the beach as the weather was nice. Owen and Josie had great fun paddling and making sandcastles. Well, I made the sandcastles and Josie the Destroyer stomped all over them! Neil and Owen went rockpooling and found a crab. (Photos are on FB).

Some sadness though, as apparently there was a beached whale at the beach as we left. I have looked it up to see what the news said about it, but if it was the news I found, I won't repeat it as it didn't end well, and was very sad. Fortunately the kids didn't notice, so it didn't put a downer on their day.

Met up with my friends who I was handfasting the next day, and drove to the beach where the ritual was to be. We chose a lovely spot in some sand dunes, sheltered from the elements and very pretty.

The next day was a bit of a rush getting ready and back down to the beach. It was a lovely sunny but rather windy day, so we were without candles.

The ritual itself is as follows,

THE RITUAL

I cast this circle to create sacred space
For the Handfasting of ........... and .............
I banish all that is unwanted and impure
That only those with Love in the hearts and soul may enter

CALL THE QUARTERS
I call the Spirits of the North
To join us to celebrate and bless this Union
Between ............ and ............
May you bring your Groundedness and Fertility to this couple.

I call the Spirits of the East
To join us to celebrate and bless this Union
Between .......... and ..........
May you bring your Powers of Clear Communication to this couple.

I call the Spirits of the South
To join us to celebrate and bless this Union
Between .......... and .........
May you bring your Passion and Vitality to this couple.

I call the Spirits of the West
To join us to celebrate and bless this Union
Between .......... and .........
May you bring Intuition and Friendship to this couple.

INVITE AND CALL THE PTBs
I call on you
Sacred Creatrix,
She who birthed the Universe
She whose love is eternal and has no limits
Maiden, Lover, Mother, Queen and Crone
Be with us now, and bless us all,
As we celebrate the Union of ............ and ..........

I call on you.
The Horned Lover,
He who gives us our purpose of Being and Lust for Life.
He who ignites us all.
Youth, Lover, Father, Consort and Sage
Be with us now, and bless us all.
As we celebrate the Union of ........... and .........


ADDRESS THE GROUP.
We have gathered today to witness and celebrate the Handfasting of .......... and ....... A handfasting is an ancient celebration of Union in front of family, friends and the Powers That Be. Unlike a marriage, there is no formal script or rules to follow, but it is a Sacred Agreement made between consenting adults who wish to commit their lives to each other.

Their hands are bound together as a symbol of their Union. It is a Union of Trust, Love, Lust and Friendship. (The key ingredients to a good relationship.) It is a bond that is placed with Love and Choice and represents Two Lives Living As One.

CALL .............. AND .......... TO THE CIRCLE

.................. and .............
You have come to proclaim your Love and Intention to create a Sacred Union in front of your Family, your Friends and most importantly your Gods. Do you enter with Love in your Hearts and Free Will in your Soul?

ADDRESS EVERYONE
............. and ........... have invited us to share their Handfasting. I ask you to stand as we ask each Element for their blessing on this Union.


WALK TO THE NORTHERN ELEMENT.
They ask,
“Will your Love survive the times of stillness and restriction?”
........ reply,
“Yes”
They say.
Then accept the blessing of the Element of Earth in this place of Winter. May your Union be strong and fruitful.

WALK TO THE EASTERN ELEMENT
They ask,
“Will your Love survive the clear light of day?”
.......reply,
“Yes”
They say,
“Then accept this blessing of the Element of Air in this place of Spring. May your marriage be blessed by the light of every new dawn.”

WALK TO THE SOUTHERN ELEMENT
They ask,
“Will your Love survive the harsh fires of Change?”
.......reply,
“Yes”
They say,
“Then accept this blessing of the Element of Fire in this place of Summer. May your home be filled with Warmth.”

WALK TO THE WESTERN ELEMENT (?)
They ask,
“Will your Love survive the ebb and flow of feeling?
.........reply,
“Yes”
They say,
“Then accept this blessing of the Element of Water in this place of Autumn . May your marriage be filled with Understanding and Support.”


WALK BACK TO THE CENTRE.

.............. and ............., the Elements have blessed you and your marriage. Now, in front of the Universe and all that dwells within and without, you are about to join your love, lives and souls together in Sacred Union.

Are you both willing to do this?

(YES)

(This is where the couple say their vows to each other.)

I use this cord as a symbol of your Blessed Union.
It holds you tightly but freely, supporting but not restricting.
As you both hold each other.

GODDESS, I ask you to bless your children,
who have come here to show and celebrate their commitment to each other.
May their love grow and be an example of True Love to us all.
Bless them with your bounty,
Bless them with your fruitfulness,
Show them your love through their love for each other and to their children.
BLESSED BE.

HORNED ONE, I ask you to bless your children,
As they come before you to share their love and commitment to each other.
May their Passion for each other never fade.
Bless them with your Energy
Bless them with your Passion and Vitality
Show them your Love through their love for each other and to their children.
BLESSED BE.

EXCHANGE RINGS, EAT AND DRINK OF SAME CAKE AND GLASS.
F&F TO HAVE A TOAST AT SOME TIME.

I declare that ........... and .......... are joined in Marriage.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years,
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

As a symbol of the start of their new lives together, ........... and .......... shall now jump over the Broomstick and enter into that new world as One.

JUMP OVER BROOMSTICK.

You are now HUSBAND AND WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toast again to ........... and .........


I ask that we depart from this place with the love and joy that this Union has created, and celebrate all of the love that we have in our lives. Remember that we love, and are loved, and this is truly what is celebrated today…..

We now give thanks and bide farewell to the Elements and PTBs that have honoured with their presence during this rite.

Beloved Lady, and Blessed Lord.
We thank you both for your presence and blessings of this Union
We bide you farewell with Love and Honour in our hearts for you always.
Be with us always and forever.
Blessed Be.

Elements and Spirits of the West
We thank you for your presence and your blessing.
We bid you farewell with Love and Honour in our hearts
Blessed Be.

Elements and Spirits of the South
We thank you for your presence and your blessing.
We bid you farewell with Love and Honour in our hearts
Blessed Be.

Elements and Spirits of the East
We thank you for your presence and your blessing.
We bid you farewell with Love and Honour in our hearts
Blessed Be.

Elements and Spirits of the North.
We thank you for your presence and your blessing.
We bid you farewell with Love and Honour in our hearts
Blessed Be.

I close this circle
May the love and blessings it enclosed be spread around us all.
BLESSED BE TO ONE AND ALL.

We spent the rest of the day on the beach with my friends and their extended family. The children had a great time playing together, and Neil got a bit toasted by the Sun. We got home about 7/8pm ish and pretty much all fell into bed.



Sunday, August 22, 2010

Back from Kernow (Cornwall)

We are back from our week alway in Cornwall. It was a lovely week, although rain and PMT did put a bit of a cloud over the latter end of the week. But only a little one. We stayed on a proper Cornish working farm, in what we think were converted stone Workers' Cottages. Very nice when it was dry, but once it started raining, they got damper and damper. They had 2 mental dogs, a border collie called Bess, and a 10 week old spaniel that hadn't been named yet!

The journey down was an absolute nightmare, and I am really glad that we made the decision to break the journey into two, by staying at a hotel in Ilchester, near Yeovil, Somerset. (In fact if you go to their website, that table is where we ate! :P) What should have been a 3 hour journey took 6 hours, and then the second half of the journey which was meant to be about 2 and a half hours took another 6 hours. To say I was sick of that car by the time we got there was an understatement to say the least.

However the sunshine made up for it, and we spent a few lovely days on the beach catching up with my college friend and her extended family. I did her and her man's handfasting which was a success (phew!) and everyone seemed enjoy and appreciate it, and ignore the few fumbles!

Unfortunately as I said, the weather turned, and I got cold and tired. We visited a couple of places that were meant to be good for bad weather but basically they were pants. A "Cornish Cider Barn" was nothing more than a glorified off license, and Roskilly's ice cream farm probably would have been better in the sunshine.

Read a lot. My mum splurged out on The Morganville Vampires series, and they made for an enjoyable takeyourbrainout read.

But now we are back home. Tired and a bit achey from all the travelling. Will possibly update a bit more later.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Serious Slumpage.

I am now entering the comedown stage of the awesomeness that was Sonisphere. You know, the bit where you realise that all that anticipation and enjoyment is now over and done with and we are back to mundane reality.

I know that I am going to Cornwall in a couple of weeks, but if I am honest, it doesn't have the same level of excitement that Sonisphere had.

So yeah, crappy mood has descended upon me. I know the reasons why. I just wish the emotional response to it all wasn't so clich├ęd. (It doesn't help that I am unlikely to see the friend that we went with for a really long time again, and I miss them lots when I don't see them.)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back. Tired. Happy.

WOW!

Sonisphere was truly MAGNIFICENT!

But you don't want to know what colour the bath water was once I got out of it when we were back home! :P

My inner RawkChick is sated for the time being.

However, one or two things from my 101/1001 list have been accomplished. :D

95) Go to a concert of someone familiar SONISPHERE
96) Go to a concert of someone completely random SONISPHERE