Monday, November 21, 2011

a few photos from Loy Krathong

a few photos from my short trip out to the Thai Temple in Chandler
i had never been there before and i'm terribly shy but i went anyway
and i'm glad i did ;)

its awaysssssss out there, halfway to tucson, on thai street hahaha

The act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one's grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot.

still learning to let go....

& i brought one back for my lil bro bro

i am hoping to meet somebody who can help me find a group of traditional thai dancers to join up with. i want to make myself one of these spectacular dresses & learn the dance, oh so bad!

hahah this guys has some good moves then spins into the banner aahahahahah thats totally something i would do.

thank u so much for reading & posting comments ;D
u can see a few more photos on my facebook

Friday, November 18, 2011

the endless knot

i made myself some endless knot earrings & i was doodling it all day
i wanted to share bc its such an important symbol

The endless knot has been described as "an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal."[citation needed] Various interpretations of the symbol are:

-Eternal Love and Friendship
-The Endless knot iconography symbolised Samsara i.e., the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death and rebirth within Tibetan Buddhism.
-The inter-twining of wisdom and compassion.
-Interplay and interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of manifestation, leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony in the universe.
-The mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular affairs.
-The union of wisdom and method.
-The inseparability of emptiness (shunyata) and dependent origination, the underlying reality of existence.
-Symbolic of knot symbolism in linking ancestors and omnipresence and the magical ritual and meta-process of binding[disambiguation needed ] (refer etymology of Tantra, Yoga and religion)
-Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

shout out to all the Nov 16 bdays

November 16 is the Night of Hecate & also my birthday & this really describes me. Everyday i try to embody the spirit of the goddess.....
its kind of crazy to me how much this helps me understand myself & how i interact w/ others


As a triple Goddess, Hecate represents Maiden, Mother and Crone; mind, body and spirit; and birth, life and death. As Mistress of the Night, She represents the three stages of the lunar cycle of New, Full and Dark. Hecate symbolizes the dark within us, the part of our psyche we refuse to acknowledge. Many ignore the wisdom, the strength and the truth of Hecate because our fear of the darkness is so strong. Hecate is associated with the dark side of the moon, but this is the true Moon. The Moon has no light of its own, only reflected light from the sun. Dark is the Moon's true color as is Hecate's. Although most see Hecate as the third phase of the moon, She is actually a Triple Goddess in her own right. She is Hecate the maiden, Hecate the Mother, and Hecate the Crone. Hecate can be called upon during any moon phase, as She is the One and the Three. In pronouncing her name, in the Greek language the "H" is silent. So, to properly pronounce her name is "E-CA-TA" or "e-CO-ta."

In Her maiden aspect, she stands for new beginnings. She can also be called upon when you need to look at something in a new, fresher way....a way that you have never looked at it before. You turn to Her when the moon begins to first wax. In Her Mother aspect is a time to turn to Her when you need nurturing and protection like any mother would give. Turn to Her when the Moon is Full. In Her Crone aspect, it is a time to turn to for protection, wisdom and magick. However, please bear in mind that Hecate is not a Goddess full of tenderness and compassion with white lace and linen. She is also more prone to be stern with you if you brought a situation upon yourself. However, Her wrath is swift and just to those who cause harm to a follower of Hers, because those who seek Her, honor Her and do not fear Her are in Her protection and She does not take lightly to those who cause them harm. She does not tolerate nor does She coddle. Turn to another Goddess if you seek this. Her actions are swift and without frills. So, when you do call upon Her, be prepared for Her swift actions and changes because it might not be what you expected.

Hecate teaches us an important lesson, which is that the feminine should be valued for itself, not because it brings sexuality or power, but because deep within it there is an eternal wisdom. Hecate is also the High Priestess, the keeper of the Mysteries. Hecate is not the priestess who seeks the inner knowledge, but High Priestess who has found it and imparts it to others.

Hecate, who sits enthroned before the Veil of the Temple as the High Priestess, the card in the Tarot which is ruled by the Moon. To reach daylight on the other side of the Veil, we must all become at one with the Dark Mother of the night. Whether it be Hecate guarding the home or of the temple, She will avert evil and provides protection.

The Goddess Hecate is also known as the liberator of women, as she sets women free from the bonds created by man. That is why the Christian Church put Hecate down and created her as the Goddess of evil and destruction. During Medieval times, pagans were being tortured based on their belief in the Goddess. Patriarchy reigned and the fear of feminine power caused the Church to demonize Hecate. She was made infamous as the crone; old, wrinkled, ugly, warts protruding from her nose and chin, mysterious, dark and loathsome. Many mistakenly call Her the destroyer, but She is not for if you destroy something, that something is forever gone. You cannot bring something back that has been destroyed. It has been said that the Goddess's service is perfect freedom. She is the liberator because She is manifest in our deepest drives and emotions, which always and inevitably threaten the systems designed to contain them. She is love and anger, which refuse to fit comfortably into the social order. To be "free from slavery" once meant that, within the ritual circle, all were equal, whether they were peasant, serf, or noble in the outside world. Slavery today could be mental and emotional as well as physical: the slavery of fixed perceptions, of conditioned ideas, of blind beliefs, of fear. Witchcraft demands intellectual freedom and the courage to confront our own assumptions. It is not a belief system: it is a constantly self-renewed attitude of joy and wonder to the world. Hecate enforces feminine independence from masculine influences and this deals in all things including the religion known as Wicca. Wicca is heavily influenced by the male God. The Sabbats are centered around the male God. The word Wicca is a male term....a term connected to the Goddess religion.

In today's society, we hide our elderly (or look right through them as if they do not exist) our sick, and our poor so we can pretend to be immune to such human conditions. But Hecate reminds us of the truth. She sees through the facade of societal amenities. She is not deceived by social standing, education or titles and wealth. Instead, She is impressed only by what is in the heart! She is patroness to those of the heart.

Hecate originally was a Thracian and pre-Olympian Goddess. Zeus bowed down to her antiquity by granting to Hecate alone a power shared by Zeus, that of withholding from humanity anything she wished. He also "granted" her the powers of the heavens, on Earth and the if She did not have these powers already! He gave her nothing of that which She did not already have. Of all the Goddesses, she was the most markedly triple and the most complex. She was Goddess of the Wild Hunt. She was to Greeks and Romans, especially the Goddess of the crossroads. Statutes of Her stood there, and food offerings –"Hecate's Supper" – were taken there at dead of night, on the eve of the full Moon. Her annual festival on August 13 was a propitiatory one, to avert the harvest-destroying storms which the Moon is apt to send at around that time. She also haunted graveyards and the scenes of crimes–as a goddess of expiration and purification.

Hecate is the Darksome Mother, in both the positive and in the negative sense. To those that dare to welcome Her, she brings creative inspiration. She is Hecate Antea, the Sender of Nocturnal Vision, and, typically of a Moon Goddess. She is Hecate Trivia, Goddess of the Crossroads.

One of her symbols is the torch, for the Dark Mother also holds the light which illuminates the Unconscious and reveals its treasures. With Her torches she guides those who are seeking the mysteries. The light from these torches will lead those wishing to understand the mysteries.

In the Tarot, She is the Threes and the High Priestess; Her gems are star sapphire, pearl, moonstone, and crystal; Plants are the yew tree, cypress, opium, poppy, almond, mugwort, hazel, moonwort, civet, menstrual blood, camphor, garlic, aloes, all sweet virginal odors; Tools are the cauldron, the besom, knives, the key; animals are the dogs and horses, black cats. The owl is Her messenger. Her chariot is pulled by dragons. Hecate's colors are silver and black.

Through Hecate's Cauldron, we must look at our true self, the nature of our motives and the results of our actions, because only through Her cauldron can we truly be reborn in becoming a better person than we were before. Only when we look into Her dark cauldron can we see the light.

Hecate, and none but She, is Queen of all living things. It is through Her that all things live or die. She is the laughing maiden, the living mother, and the black hag of death. She is the three and the one. She smiles and the radiance of the moon, whether it be full or dark, is everywhere for there is no power like Her power and no living thing can withstand Her power. For She is anticipation. She is the fulfillment. She is death. Hear her words, children, worship and be glad for if you seek Her, She is with you always. She was with you in the beginning and shall be with you at the end.

Days of Hecate are August 13 which She is honored and prayed to in order to not send fearce thunderstorms and ruin and the crops. November 16 is the Night of Hecate which begins at sunset. This is the night of Hecate's supper and animals were sacrificed in honor of Her. November 30 is Hecate-Trivia--the day of the Crossroads. The 29th of each month is the Moon of Hecate.

the sunset tonight......the Night of Hecate begins.... ;D

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

g jewelry/Culture Fresh 11/15/11

congrats to Culture Fresh on your 3 year anniversary!
we gonna celebrate Saturday evening, it should be real nice ;)

come out this friday to support ur boy brez

& dont forget this saturday during the day

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Buddhists in Thailand celebrate Loy Krathong festival to honor the Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama. The act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one's grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot.

Please come celebrate with us at:
Wat Pa of Arizona
14911 E Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249
Phone: 480-718-9739

Sunday, November 20, 2011
9:30AM - Special Pali Chanting
10:00AM – Food Offering to Buddhist Monks, Morning Chanting, Share Meals
12:00PM – Loy Krathong Ceremony

I'm looking forward to this. It is something my spirit really needs right now.
Here's a pic of me last time I went to the temple on the west side

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Red Mountain Eagle Pow Wow is a wrap

wow, what a great weekend.

thank you salt river for showing us mad love.
really enjoyed the event and seeing all the faces of the community
it makes me really happy when someone comes by and says "cool"
my heart feels lighter seeing kids run around just happy to be in the moment
grand entry today was super awesome. i know ur not really supposed to take video but these kids were just too awesome and out there killing it

we scored some awesome peyote stitched bracelets from AZ TSoul love em!

lol our booth was just in the the most akward spot in the middle of everything
hahah it was so funny, but totally our style. so we were loving it hahaha
and cracking up the whole time

i like when we are setting up how the announcer just will talk about all kinds of stuff, i appreciate it. i like to listen, he will say some really good stuff about life. gives people something to think about. and then it brings about this amazing charismatic energy that builds up all day and by night fall its just awesome and totally intense. i love it.
it was also great to see friends, vibe out, feel the goodness & be in the moment
something to do more often. definitely. grateful for my u guys!

more pics on facebook. click here

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Red Mountain Eagle Pow Wow

out here with MeaBFly and DreLynnDesign all day today & tomorrow

November First Friday

got my was deliciously delectible

dope lil collage by brez

it was a bummer bc we totally got rained out and had to pack it up by 9pm
so whats in those pics will be what i will have for sale the rest of this weekend at
RedMtn Eagle Pow Wow at the Salt River ballfield on Longmore & McDowell
here's a pic of us last year. check us out if u want to see something different!
omg im so hungry (right now) i can't wait to get a green chile popover from Ernie's