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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Catch up!

We have started this blog to give a bit more information on the guests and subject matter we have on our show, and I'm afraid I've fallen a bit behind. I would like to do write up's on past guests over the next few weeks and we will continue from there :) I'll link their shows in their names. Our last guest was Taliesin Govannon, an amazingly funny and sharp independent Pagan film maker! His first film was Dark of Moon and information can be found HERE. It was a pleasure having Taliesin on our show and we look forward to having him back soon!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Friday the 13th

Of course we'll be doing a show about this subject this week, but what does it all mean? Where did the whole nonsense of Friday the 13th being an unlucky day come from? Before I get into that, I would like to mention for new listeners about our previous Friday the 13th show, with Kelly Curtis Spangler. It was a hoot!! Kelly's show Here's the deal with Friday the 13th: The convergence of two superstitions between the number 13 and Friday seem to be at the heart of many questions concerning this particular superstition. In Ancient Rome, Friday was execution day. In Britain, Friday was customarily Hanging Day. Why was it was chosen to be Friday? In some pre-Christian Religions Friday was a day of worship, so those who involved themselves in secular or self-interested activities on that day were not likely to receive the blessings of the gods on their undertakings. Which may explain the superstition of not embarking on journeys or starting important projects on Fridays. It is supposed that witches favour Friday for coven gatherings. This Pagan association was not lost on the early Christian Church, which went to considerable lengths to suppress them. If Friday was a holy day for "heathens" the Church fathers felt it must not be so for Christians, hence in the middle ages Friday became known as the "Witches' Sabbath." The name "Friday" is derived from the Norse goddess known either as Frigg - wife of Odin (the goddess of marriage & fertility, the moon & witches) or Freya (goddess of love, beauty, sensuality, war, good fortune, magic & wisdom). To complicate matters the two goddesses are combined and used interchangeably by many, however, the etymology of Friday has been given both ways. Pre-Christian Teutonic people actually considered Friday to be lucky, particularly for wedding, because of its association with the aforementioned goddesses. This however changed when the Christian church came into ascendancy. Frigg/Freya was re-cast in folklore as a witch and her day became associated with evil doings. An old Christian proverb states, "If you laugh on Friday you will cry on Sunday,". Various legends developed in that vein, one however, is of particular interest: "As the legend goes, the witches of the north used to observe their Sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, (Freya herself) came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only twelve at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches' coven, and, by "tradition," every properly-formed coven since, is comprised of thirteen members." The number thirteen is associated with the supposed number of members in a witches' coven. It is also interesting to note in this story, the possible origin of the belief that a witch's familiar is a cat. Interestingly enough, precisely the same superstition has been attributed to the ancient Vikings. There is an old Norse legend that seems tailor made for continuing this trend; As the story goes, twelve gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, (the god of mischief) had been left off the guest list but crashed the party, bringing the total number of attendees to thirteen. True to character, Loki incited Hod (the blind god of darkness and winter) into attacking Balder the Good (fairest of the gods). Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him instantly. All Valhalla grieved. This tale explains why the Norse themselves adhere to the belief that thirteen people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck. Another important fact came from the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians revered thirteen. It was the number of the last step a soul took on its journey to eternity, twelve steps taken in life and the final one at death into the eternal glory of the afterlife. Thus making the thirteenth step a joyous one. Since the Christian religion was mirrored from the Egyptian one, it is only fitting that the Christians would want to distance themselves from a practice that would contradict their core belief - hence the number 13 being deemed as evil/bad in their teachings. They even went as far as to write it into their holy book, there are multiple references to thirteen in the bible - all being negative. One especially important one is the idea that ties both superstitions together somewhat is the claim that on a Friday Eve gave Adam the apple, thus the birth of the original sin - and also distancing the Christian faith from any feminine divine from pervious times. *quoted from unknown source. If this is yours, please credit yourself in the comments :)* Personally, Friday the 13th is generally a lucky day for me. I'm curious to know how you all view it or how it affects you. B*B )O( Dorian

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday, July 6th, 2012 -4:41 pm West Coast Time

I'm often amazed at what happens in a day, in a week, in a month.

It was last December when I first arrived in Nevada.  All excited to start a new life in a new place.  Ever look back and wonder, "what the hell was I thinking when I made that decision"? 
Welcome to my world.

But I have to say, the Gods are kind...very kind.
They made the transition as easy as possible.  I was able to keep my job (which I love), get back to creating (working on a line of pagan meditation beads), see my HPS more now thanks to SKYPE than I ever did when I lived just a few towns away.
I never would have imagined all the things I've seen, or all the wonderful people I've spent time with since my arrival.  Or how much I'd learn about myself.

But out of all that, one of the best things to happen was creating a radio show with my sister.  It started off as a joke when someone overheard us on the phone and said, "hey, you guys are funny.  you ought to let everybody hear your conversations.".  And poof...through a little talk, a little push, and a fairly funny idea....Here you have it, Desperate House Witches.

Night off!

Raina and I are taking the weekend off to enjoy some festivities with friends and family, we hope you're doing the same! We hope you will listen into the special show we did on Monday, if you missed it, with Ian Corrigan! If you did miss it, don't worry, I think we have convinced him to come back at a future date :) A Special Night with Ian Corrigan You can find his links listed in the show! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend! B*B, Dorian

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Welcome!

I just wanted to post a little something saying hi and welcome to our blog. The duties of posting will be split between myself and my co host Raina Starr Here you will read about our weekly guests and where to find them in cyberspace. We will be doing some back tracking as we started this show in February and the blog is just launching today! To the right you will find all of our links and even a donation button if you are feeling generous and would like to help us cover the costs of running the show. We are open to accepting advertisers and always new guests, so don't be shy about contacting either of us please. We will also be adding more links and people that we dig so keep checking back! In the mean time, feel free to fan us on Facebook or Google +. Bright Blessings! Dorian