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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
the Adventurer
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you chose AX – your Enneagram type is SEVEN.

“I am happy and open to new things”

Adventurers are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute
to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
  • Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
  • Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
  • Don’t try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
  • Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
  • Don’t tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Seven

  • being optimistic and not letting life’s troubles get me down
  • being spontaneous and free-spirited
  • being outspoken and outrageous. It’s part of the fun.
  • being generous and trying to make the world a better place
  • having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
  • having such varied interests and abilities

What’s Hard About Being a Seven

  • not having enough time to do all the things I want
  • not completing things I start
  • not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing;
    not making a commitment to a career
  • having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
  • feeling confined when I’m in a one-to-one relationship

Sevens as Children Often

  • are action oriented and adventuresome
  • drum up excitement
  • prefer being with other children to being alone
  • finesse their way around adults
  • dream of the freedom they’ll have when they grow up

Sevens as Parents

  • are often enthusiastic and generous
  • want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
  • may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive


Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy
Discover the 9 Types of People
Harper
SanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

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    Ritual Weekend – October 19 to 22, 2006

    Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

    MM,

    A very busy weekend.

    I had four rituals in a row this past weekend – a Hindu inspired ritual, an Age of Reason, an Odin Invocation, and a return of winter/farewell to Persephone ritual.

    The Hindu inspired ritual (called puja in Hindi) was for clearing away obstacles to good fortune. We made offerings to Ganesh and Lakshmi. Ganesh helps clear away obstacles and Lakshmi is a very popular Hindu goddess of luck and good fortune. It was nicely done and I very much enjoyed this kind of observance. I’ve been meaning to study more about the Hindu gods, but just haven’t gotten around to it. (Though now, I’m reading about India in my World’s Religions book. I found a used textbook called The World’s Religions written by Ninian Smart. It was published fairly recently in 2003, so it is somewhat up-to-date.)

    An Age of Reason is a ritual for pre-teens usually. When a child reaches a certain age and begin to show capabilities of making her/his own decisions in life, they can have an Age of Reason. In an Age of Reason, we recognize this in the child and welcome her/him into an adult life recognizing that there is still much for the young person to learn. We expect the young person to behave maturely while allowing her/him to behave child-like, but not childishly. (Hey, even as adults it’s still good to have some child-like wonder at the world.) Basically, we recognize that the young person can think reasonably. If we have an issue with the young person, we discuss it with the young person first. The young girl we held this ritual for is quite amusing and adorable. She’s an impulsive type, but quite intelligent. She said she didn’t feel any different after the ritual, but I expect she might notice the differences later especially how adults will treat her for now on.

    The Odin Invocation was interesting. Invocations are quite intense rituals where a deity is invoked into a person (called a “vessel”). While the deity is invoked, people have a chance to speak with the deity or ask questions. Overall, it is quite interesting. While I admit that there is no “real proof” (what is “real proof” but experience?) of the existence of deities, it is always fascinating to take part in an Invocation. What I cannot deny is that the deity in the vessel always seems to know me (and other people who take part) quite well. It’s strange. There is something to be said for experiencing something. So far, at the Invocations I’ve been to, the deity has read me quite accurately. Choosing to believe in gods with no real proof except for experience, I’d have to say they know us and our minds pretty well. (In case you were wondering, Odin is a Norse god. He became the primary god of the Norse, somewhat displacing Thor. You could equate Odin to Hermes in Greek mythology as Odin has communication attributes – he “discovered” the runes – and is also a psychopomp.)

    Public ritual was a return of winter/farewell to Persephone ritual. Persephone always has such wonderful energy. You always leave a Persephone ritual feeling light-hearted and peaceful. For those who are not familiar with Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of the spring. Persephone was given to Hades (Lord of the Underworld) in marriage by Zeus against her mother’s wishes. Her mother, Demeter, the goddess of the fertile earth, refused to let anything grow unless her daughter returned to her. In short, it was arranged that Persephone would return to the world above during the spring and summer seasons so that the earth could be fertile again. Then Persephone would return to the Underworld in the autumn to spend the winter with her husband, Hades. A very beautiful myth. Thus, her rituals always give off a warm glow. (Oh, and let’s not forget Hades. I happen to be somewhat of a Hades child, and he can be quite adorable even if a little grumpy at times.) People just leave ritual feeling loved.

    This coming weekend is Samhain weekend, another very busy weekend. First, there’s the Witches’ Ball Friday night. Then, Saturday I’m getting a drive out to Hamilton to the temple there – I finally get a chance to visit the Hamilton temple. Then, of course Sunday is public ritual. We are having the same ritual performed Saturday and Sunday for Samhain. It is to be a very special mystery play ritual based on the Descent of Inanna from Sumerian mythology. I haven’t seen this ritual before and am very excited to see it performed. Since I’m Summoner on Sunday, I won’t get to experience it as a participant. Thus, I am going on Saturday so I can have that experience. I expect it will be really well done. I’m told the majority of Priesthood is involved. Since they have been rehearsing quite a bit for this, I’m sure it will be a great performance. I really can’t wait. (Can’t you tell?) I will try to get a blog post on here about the Samhain ritual soon after, but the week after promises to be busy as well. (I’m hoping I can actually breathe in November and get some more work done.)

    Samhain blessings,
    Cassandrah
    Brigid’s Flame

    P.S. Since I don’t have time to provide sources for the mythology mentioned here, I recommend using Wikipedia as a starting point for some of the mythological names mentioned. There is always some good basic information available on there regarding different mythologies.

    Running Days – October 20 and 23, 2006

    Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

    Friday, October 20, 2006

    I went for a two-mile run. I did the first mile in 9 minutes 7 seconds and the second mile in 10 minutes 40 seconds. My total time was 19 minutes 47 seconds. A little slow, but I’ve been a little too busy to run more often.

    Monday, October 23, 2006

    I went for a 5 km run. Actually the route is 5.7 km, but that’s okay. I managed to run the whole distance. 😀 I was quite tired when I got back, but content. I think if I do a few more two-mile runs next week, I should be fine for the 10k run. I’m just glad I’m not testing this time. It’s good for me to keep up the running though, because I’ll have to do it anyway for my next dan.

    My time for the 5.7 km was 40 minutes 28 seconds. It’s slower than my time in the summer, but I think comparable to how I ran the 10k. I think I could have ran more even though I was a little tired. Not sure if I can run the whole 10k yet, but I’ll try to run as much as I can again and see how I feel. Like I said before, it hurts to stop running once you’ve covered around 5 km.

    This past weekend was busy. This weekend will be the start of a busy two weeks and I still have much work to do. *sigh* Sometimes I wish there was two of me so I could get more stuff done, but they say be careful what you wish for. Hehe.

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Brigid’s Flame

    Reiki Courses Coming Soon

    Thursday, October 19th, 2006

    MM,

    My Reiki One manual is complete and I’ve just about finished my Reiki Two manual. I have one appendix left to write in the Reiki Two manual. Next, I need to finish my teaching outlines and notes and review the two manuals I’ve completed. Then, I will have to make a good start on the Reiki Three manual.

    It seems I’m almost ready to start teaching Reiki One and Two classes. I’m thinking November might too soon for me as I have quite a bit going on right now, December might be too busy for everyone as it is the holiday season, that leaves me with January. In the new year, I will try to schedule some days to teach Reiki One and Two classes.

    Starting in November, I am available for private informal teaching for Reiki One. Right now, I have one person studying Reiki One with me. I’ve scheduled her classes to start in November. The private informal teaching is available for those who aren’t too keen on studying reiki in a formal class setting and will allow more one-on-one interaction between me and the student. If you are interested, please send me an email. Make sure your subject line is appropriately titled so I do not mistake it for junk mail. I will reply as soon as I am able.

    Be sure to check here every so often for updates. When I have class dates and times scheduled I will be posting them here as well as on Brigid’s Flame.

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Your local renaissance woman
    Brigid’s Flame

    Training update – October 14 to 17, 2006

    Thursday, October 19th, 2006

    MM,

    Training blog update:

    October 14, 2006

    I went to the do jang at noon and took half of the mixed children’s/adult’s class. Then I stayed for the black belt training. There’s another test in November so the candidates are getting ready for it, but any black belt can take the class.

    October 15, 2006

    I went to the gym in the afternoon.

    Leg lifts
    Pull-ups (aka chin-ups, military and parallel)
    Dips
    Leg press
    Hamstring flexor (called seated leg curls)
    Hip adductors
    Hip abductors
    Seated row
    Seated chest press
    Pectoral fly
    Shoulder fly
    Shoulder lift (this is called the shoulder press)
    Lateral pull down
    Back extensor

    Free weights:
    Situps (on a incline bench; worked out the obliques as well by doing double punches during the situp)
    Bicep curls
    Pushups

    October 17, 2006

    I went to the gym again. Majorly sore from the last time I went. Only had a day to recover from the exercise, but it’s good to try to go regularly. Since I hadn’t been doing the weight training much lately, I thought it was good I went when I could.

    Leg lifts
    Pull-ups (aka chin-ups, military and parallel)
    Dips
    Leg press
    Hamstring flexor (called seated leg curls)
    Hip adductors
    Hip abductors
    Seated row
    Seated chest press
    Pectoral fly
    Shoulder fly
    Shoulder lift (this is called the shoulder press)
    Lateral pull down
    Back extensor

    Free weights:
    Situps (on a incline bench; worked out the obliques as well by doing double punches during the situp)
    Bicep curls
    Weighted squats
    Additional shoulder exercises (front and back shoulder joint)
    Wrist strengthening

    I did 20 minutes of bicycling. It’s getting a little easier. I should really try to push the cycling up to 30 minutes. Since I haven’t done much running lately, I though the cycling would be good. I still need to do a 5 k run sometime.

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Your local renaissance woman
    Brigid’s Flame

    A Passing Thought

    Thursday, October 19th, 2006

    An ideal…

    If you live each moment as you would like to live it and feel you have done
    and are doing so, you should not have any regrets were to you die the next
    moment.

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Your local Webmistress
    Brigid’s Flame

    Newly Neophyted!

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

    MM,

    I got home last night around 9:30 p.m. Yay, I could eat again! Nathan was making chili. As it was not done cooking yet, I had some leftovers and then some chili a little later. It was yummy. I didn’t eat much as usually it is best to take it slow with the food after a fast. I ended up falling asleep early and waking up today at 3 a.m.

    Last night was my Neophyting. For this I had to fast for 24 hours prior to it. Although I cannot describe the Neophyting on here, I will say that the fast added to the experience of it. It did make it easier for me to trance out. Unfortunately, this made my brain blank out a few times during the Neophyting! At least I didn’t pass out and end up on the floor. I’m finally a Neophyte.

    “What’s a Neophyte?” In the Odyssean tradition of Wicca, a Neophyte is a student of the tradition who can perform practical and some magical aspects of ritual. A Neophyte is capable of leading a ritual under guidance of a teacher (Priest or Priestess). A Neophyte has learned the basics of Wicca. Essentially, “neophyte” means “novice”. A Neophyte isn’t a true beginner as a Neophyte has some knowledge of Wicca. To be a Neophyte is to take the first step towards reaching Priesthood by making a commitment. To be a Neophyte also means that the student has taken their first oaths to the deities of Wicca. After becoming a Neophyte, advanced work must be done before the student can become part of Priesthood.

    The Odyssean tradition of Wicca, the tradition of the Wiccan Church of Canada (WCC), is a unique tradition in that there is a neophyte stage. Most covens do not have this stage. A Neophyte in the Odyssean tradition generally meets the requirements of first degree Priesthood in other traditions and private covens. The reason for this is simply because the WCC is a public church and its Priesthood must deal with the public. Priesthood of private covens do not generally have to deal with the public – they may choose to, but they are not public clergy. A consequence of the WCC being a public church is that the training must be stricter. This will allow students to develop not only the traditional training needed to lead rituals, but also to be part of a public clergy. Additionally, many people would seek out the WCC because they seek power. Having stricter training weeds out those who seek power because they generally would not be patient enough to go through the long training required. Also, I suspect the additional time required gives the teacher time to adequately judge if the student has these ulterior motives for joining Priesthood. (For more information about this, please read A Brief History of the WCC and the Odyssean Tradition.)

    So, I’m finally a Neophyte. I’m sure many of friends and acquaintances will probably say “About time!” seeing as I’ve been a member of the WCC for about as long as I’ve been doing taekwondo (and I have a second dan black belt now). However, I needed to be sure I wanted to make this commitment. I was already committed to the gods, but being committed to a public church is a whole other story. There is a lot of work involved even once a student reaches Priesthood. However, I’m happy. It is something I needed to do. Of course, there is more work to do to reach Priesthood (my teacher promises to give me some soon). I suspect it’s somewhat more interesting work. Additionally, I’m now officially qualified to teach a public class at WCC if I wish to volunteer. :)

    Life is getting interesting.

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Brigid’s Flame

    Running Days – October 7 and 9, 2006

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

    MM,

    I went for a two-mile run on Saturday, October 7. I was missing my running again. The two-mile run was hard. My time has slowed down a bit since I have not been able to keep up with the running recently. (I blame it on the bad weather in September. It was cold and dark. October so far seems to be warmer and brighter.) The time for my first mile was 9 minutes 6 seconds, more than a minute too slow. The time for the second mile was 9 minutes 4 seconds. My total time was 18 minutes 10 seconds for two miles.

    I tried to do another run on Monday, October 9, but I was a little dehydrated and made the mistake of drinking water right before my run. I ended up with cramps at three-quarter of a mile. I basically spent about 17 minutes walking and running a mile and a half route. I didn’t track the time well for this run since I cramped and ended up walking so much. I just gave up on the time and focused on getting the exercise instead. After I was almost home, I managed a sprint. It took that much walking to get rid of the slight cramps.

    I plan on getting some more running in this week if I can. Between taekwondo, the gym, and running, it’s a wonder I can stay awake and get things done. I need to increase the amount of running and the distance I run soon because the 10k run at my do jang is on November 3. I have to at least get up to a 5 km (3.25 miles) run. I have to run 5 km at least twice to be ready for the 10k run again.

    Okay, it’s raining right now and I’ve been up since 3 a.m. – I think it’s time I get some more food and some rest.

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Brigid’s Flame

    Quiz Time Again – Which Religion is Right for You?

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

    MM,

    Paganism! As if there was any doubt in my mind!

    You scored as Paganism. Your beliefs are most closely aligned with those of paganism, Wicca, or a similar earth-based religion. You may also follow a Native American religion.

    Paganism

    100%

    Buddhism

    92%

    Satanism

    83%

    Hinduism

    63%

    Islam

    50%

    Judaism

    42%

    agnosticism

    42%

    Christianity

    25%

    atheism

    25%

    Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
    created with QuizFarm.com

    Overall, not surprising to me, except for Satanism. Must be my alternate universe “evil Cass” answering sometimes. 😉 It’s strange how a person’s opinions can change over time. As a teen, I was repulsed by the Satanic Bible and couldn’t even read more than few pages in it. It seemed to be degrading to people overall (though I suppose I should just read it before I pass final judgment on it). Something about it just seems “off” to me. However, I do think people should be allowed to experience pleasure in their lives as long as you don’t infringe on anyone else’s basic human rights. Maybe that’s where my 83% Satanism is coming from. I highly doubt I could practice it.

    I was fascinated by Islam after reading the Biography of Malcolm X and watching the movie. His experiences when he traveled to Mecca were remarkable. It really made me want to go. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed entry into Mecca. Since I disagree with some important issues in Islam, I could never be Muslim.

    Hinduism is fascinating. Like every religion, it has its good points and its bad points. I have some acquaintances who are Hindu and they are quite tolerant people. The mythology is intriguing. I get the sense that some of the deities are quite powerful, though I haven’t had time to explore this pantheon.

    I grew up with subtle forms of Buddhism. I still like it. It’s peaceful and tolerant, much like Wicca and paganism. I think for me, Buddhism and Wicca work well together. Buddhism states that “all life is suffering” whereas Wicca tries to appreciate life as much as possible and just accepts the suffering as part of learning, growing and enlightenment. If I were to practice only Buddhism, I think I’d get depressed, but Wicca helps to balance that. (Related blog: Comparing Wicca and Buddhism)

    I guess I’m lucky to be practicing a spirituality that suits me best!

    BB,
    Cassandrah
    Brigid’s Flame