Monday, September 26, 2011

Working for the Greater Good

Happy Magickal Monday everyone!  Yes, it's Monday, and back to work for me.  Last week Nuit and I took a much needed break, relaxed and... well... still worked a bit.  LOL!  As promised, I worked on a new ScentWerx addition, our new line of Body Mist.  Right now we have two of your favorite scents available:  Lemon Zest and Sugar Mint.  Today I will be concocting another scent - one that's new to the ScentWerx line.

Mabon has come and gone, and we find ourselves looking towards one of MY favorite holidays:  Samhain!  Speaking of which, my BFF and most favorite witch in the world - Kallan Kennedy, will soon be announcing her Halloween Giveaway.  So check out her blog, bookmark it, and keep checking for details. 

This brings me to my other topic for today.  If you noticed the blog title here "Working for the Greater Good", you might wonder what I'm talking about.  Well wonder no longer - I'm about to explain.

A few months ago a group of us became aware of the intent of a group called "DC-40".  Their intent is to "lay siege" on the nation - to force feed their (radical, IMO) religious views on every man, woman and child in this country by way of "spiritual warfare".   They believe they have the power to change the name of  our capital - District of Columbia - to "The District of Christ".  A "50 days of Prayer" is planned, and their intent is clear:  to destroy the secular nation that we have and force everyone to succumb to their spiritual way of thinking by changing laws here in the good 'ol USA. 

Their response, when realizing that pagans were just not going to sit back and allow them to use their malevolent form of magick to destroy our wonderful nation, was to throw down the gauntlet.  They declared : "We release the power of blood-covered light over you."  Blood?  REALLY??

We realize that there are many, many Christians who do not follow along this radical group's line of thinking.  We also realize that it's NOT to be ignored.  Why?  Because the foundation of all prayer, energy/spell work is simple.  The reason it works is in direct proportion to the amount of INTENT the practitioner puts into it.  And boy are these radicals putting a LOT of intent into their plan.  So - WE ARE TOO.   

Here's the bottom line:  The DC40 project was created to force a union of Church (their version of it) and State within this great country.  During these 50 days of prayer, they plan on changing the nicknames of each state.  Some of the nicknames are surreal in an almost evil way such as renaming Arkansas to "The State of Exposing & Dislodging the Serpent".  Sheesh.  *shakes head*

So, not ones to take things like this laying down - a wonderful group of pagans has put together a plan  And we invite everyone, of ALL faiths, to join us. 

There is a group on Facebook called "What Makes Your State Great?"  We are asking people to post about their state.  What do you love about your state?  What makes it a great place to live?  How does your state contribute to the secular nation?  You may have little known facts - things of interest - that others would be surprised to know.  This group is the place to shout it out. :-)

In addition, we are asking people to utilize the schedule below to coordinate their own good works if they would like.  Whether you are a Christian who uses prayer, or anyone who uses chants, prayer, energy/spell work - this job is for you.

Here is the list, which includes each state's name - it's true "nickname", and the date that we are asking everyone to do their own special kind of "magick" to support our goal of protecting the religious freedoms of this country.  These dates each precede the DC40's plan of attack on each state:

The What Makes Your State Great Project Plan

Sign up for your state or your favorite. We'll be featuring each state as follows:

Hawaii (50) The Aloha State10-02-11 
Alaska (49)The Last Frontier 10-03-11 
Arizona (48) The Grand Canyon State 10-04-11 
New Mexico (47)The Land of Enchantment 10-05-11 
Oklahoma (46) The Sooner State10-06-11 
Utah (45)The Beehive State10-07-11 
Wyoming (44)The Equality State10-08-11 
Idaho (43)The Gem State 10-09-11 
Washington (42)The Evergreen State10-10-11 
Montana (41)The Treasure State10-11-11 
South Dakota (40)The Mount Rushmore State10-12-11 
North Dakota (39)The Peace Garden State10-13-11 
Colorado (38)The Centennial State 10-14-11 
Nebraska (37)The Corn Husker State10-15-11 
Nevada (36)The Silver State10-16-11 
West Virginia (35)The Mountain State10-17-11 
Kansas (34)The Sunflower State10-18-11 
Oregon (33)The Beaver State 10-19-11 
Minnesota (32)The North Star State10-20-11 
California (31)The Golden State10-21-11 
Wisconsin (30)The Badger State10-22-11 
Iowa (29)The Hawkeye State 10-23-11 
Texas (28)The Lone Star State10-24-11 
Florida (27) The Sunshine State10-25-11 
Michigan (26) The Great Lakes State 10-26-11 
Arkansas (25) The Natural State 10-27-11 
Missouri (24)The Show Me  State10-28-11
 Maine (23)The Pine Tree State 10-29-11
Alabama (22)The Yellowhammer State10-30-11 
Illinois (21)The Prairie State10-31-11
Mississippi (20)The Magnolia State 11-01-11
Indiana (19)The Hoosier State11-02-11
Louisiana (18)The Pelican State11-03-11
Ohio (17)The Buckeye State 11-04-11
Tennessee (16) The Volunteer State 11-05-11
Kentucky (15)The Bluegrass State  –11-06-11
Vermont (14)The Green Mountain State11-07-11
Rhode Island (13)The Ocean State11-08-11
North Carolina (12)The Tarheel State 11-09-11
District of COLUMBIA (DC) 11-10-11
New York (11) The Empire State11-11-11
Virginia (10)The Old Dominion State11-12-11
New Hampshire (9)The Granite State 11-13-11
South Carolina (8)The Palmetto State 11-14-11
Maryland (7) The Old Line State 11-15-11
Massachusetts (6)The Bay State 11-16-11
Connecticut (5)The Constitution State 11-17-11
Georgia (4) The Peach State 11-18-11
New Jersey (3)The Garden  State11-19-11
Pennsylvania (2)The Keystone State -11-20-11
Delaware (1) The First State 11-21-11
11-22-11: Posting of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Secular Writings of our Founding Fathers

We hope you'll join us, and lend your energy to a work For The Greater Good.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Eye of Nuit will be taking a much needed break next week.  As many of you know, Eye of Nuit is a sole proprietor business.  Nuit & I work very hard at keeping the store stocked with fresh and innovative product - creating fun and exciting projects and gatherings, and making Eye of Nuit a place for all witches and pagans to gather and just be themselves.

With the rough economic times we're in, it's not possible to hire even a part-time employee, much less pay myself.  I keep the faith that I can make it through the rough first few years, with the expected "running in the red".  The Goddess had a plan for me, and for this store - and I'll see it through wherever it leads.

I am very blessed with the generous helping hand that Dave lends me while working his own very demanding full time job.  He gives of his time and energy, and his only compensation is the love, appreciation and support of you, the customers - as well as from Nuit and myself! 

I cannot thank this man enough for his support of me in this endeavor!  As we all know - a little appreciation goes a long way in making someone feel valuable.  So honey, here's to you!  *raises a cup of coffee in a toast*

In addition to Dave's helping hand, I am blessed with two other individuals who give generously of their time to help keep the doors open.  They know who they are and they know that I am more grateful than words can express!  Yes, Sarah and Jodee, I'm talking about you! :-)

Next week, our store hours will be limited.  Please check the Store Hours link for more information.  I will be taking some time to finish implementing the new and improved online store, so look for that in the very near future!  Beginning Sunday, September 25th, our store hours will change.  More details are on the website:  Eye of Nuit

We are coming up on our one year anniversary, and plans are in the making to have a celebration!  In the coming months, look for new products, a redesigned storefront, and fresh additions to our line of ScentWerx™ which includes handcrafted soy wax candles, soaps, body lotion, bath salts & more!

Last night was a smashing Witches Night Out success!  Many came out to this special Craft Night and made some beautiful God’s Eyes.  Our deepest heartfelt thanks go to Sarah, Pete & Jodee for their help in making this a fun and crafty evening!  Nessa Rose was on hand to help, but got detoured by the fresh Catnip growing in the store and ended up leaving everyone to their own crafty devices.  This was probably a good thing.

I’ll be announcing the next Craft Night soon, and information on our next public ritual.  Don’t miss out on these wonderful witchy gatherings!

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Visionary Art of Paul B. Rucker

This past week was filled with many highs and lows.  Today, I'm going to concentrate on the "high".

One afternoon, while waiting on a customer, I heard the tinkling of the bells on the door and in breezed this extraordinary man.  His energy was colorful, happy and joyful.  While talking to my customer, I noticed he sat down in the Big Comfy Chair by the library and was browsing through our magazine selection.

I bid adieu to the customer and this gentleman rose up from the chair, and seemingly floated across the room to me, charging the air with a rainbow of electric energy.  He placed a magazine on the counter that he wished to purchase, then proceeded to introduce himself by holding up the most recent copy of Circle Magazine we had on the shelf and saying "Hi! I'm Paul Ruckert and this is my artwork on the cover!"  He had a smile on his face that brightened the already well-lit room. 

Paul B. Rucker is truly a visionary and deeply spiritual artist.  His works are vibrant, eclectic, and imaginary.  Without a doubt, his presence and personality are infused into each piece of art that he paints.  His art work has been featured on the cover of such publications as Green Egg, Hecate’s Loom, Mezlim, Psychedelic Illuminations, Tapestry Journal, and Reclaiming Quarterly.

"I think of myself as part of the Tribe of Dream", he quips on his website.  And when you see his pieces, I think you'll understand what he means.

The afternoon was spent chatting with Paul about a wide variety of subjects, including his ideas on marketing, and me teaching him how to incorporate simple hula moves in his spiritual expressions. 

The best part of the day was the opportunity I had to purchase some of his pieces of art, to sell here at Eye of Nuit!  I do hope you'll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed picking them out - and the magickal afternoon spent with the enchanting Paul B. Rucker.