Thursday, 22 December 2011

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Conan the Barbarian

I bought the dvd of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ last night starring Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman and a rather freaky looking Rose McGowan (of Charmed fame). I quite liked it, I thought it was well done and mostly stayed true to the idea of Conan but I will admit I was not a fan of the original; it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me…….

This one however made a lot of sense and there was the side benefit of having Jason Momoa shirtless for the entire film. Yes I am in love with Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex in Stargate Atlantis), I would almost be tempted to create a JM Admiration Society but that would seem a bit Belieber-fan like and quite frankly, the day I ever find myself acting that pathetic I would hope some one would whack me upside the head HARD!

The filming was a bit strange, sometimes sword fight swings didn’t come together properly but the locations were stunning. Ron Perlman plays the father of Conan and is quite memorable even though he only features for the first 25 minutes. The best part of the movie was the beginning when young Conan takes on four Picts and brings back their heads for his father….that kid is very intense.

Rose plays Marique, a Sorceress and she is suitably frightening, quite the departure from Paige Mathews…..


I do believe I will be watching this again. Jason Momoa is just a stunning man to look at (and did I mention he gets some rear attention in the movie) but I think his personality and presence is a little too large and impactful for such a two dimensional character as Conan, being a monosyllabic and stoic warrior, he doesn’t have much in the way of personality. This does an injustice to Jason because he is quite fantastic with intense and strong emotional acting and has the potential to be a huge action star if he follows the right path.

I did read online that Jason is writing a sequel. It will be interesting to see his writing skills and how he adapts or translates the character of Conan to best suit his abilities as an actor.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Scrying is an ancient divinatory art made famous by Nostrodamus. A divination technique that lets the diviner quiet the mind and gaze into a reflective object to find the answer to a question. There are many different tools that can be used for scrying: Water, Smoke, Flame, a Crystal and perhaps the two most popular methods – A Crystal Ball and a Scrying (Black) Mirror. I’m not much for scrying, I tend to have focusing problems but I do enjoy giving it a go – plus there are some really fabulous black mirrors out there, of course you could always make your own. There are a couple of different methods, some using photo frames and black paint; others like to add things like shells and herbs.

Making a Scrying Mirror Method 1
Making a Scrying Mirror Method 2

Sunday, 4 December 2011

One Witch's Way

In this whimsical brew of magic and wisdom Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of a Witch. With warmth, humor, and candor, Torgerson shares rituals, stories, songs, spells, and poetry from her many years of Craft practice. Each month of the year has a theme, from "Journeys" in January to "Gift from the Gods" in December. This treasury of Witchy wisdom weaves together memory, reverie, mythology, and practical spellworkings to offer a unique and multifaceted view of the Witch's life.

Some of the rituals and spells are:

  • House Blessing Ritual
  • Cup of Joy
  • I Call to the StormCrow Season 
  • Sea Mother Spell
  • Sorting It Out with Sticks
  • Bonechant Poem
  • Ancestor Ritual
  • The Grandmother Tree

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming, funny, at times emotional and overall a wonderful and informative read. The thing I liked most about it was that the book is about the author’s personal experiences and practices. I’m a solitary in the middle of nowhere so having an idea of how other witches practice and just how they find being solitary is of an interest to me. Each chapter is one month of the year and it has spells, rituals, charms, anecdotes and more for each month.

Some books tend to get a bit preachy or ‘my way is the only way’ but this book doesn’t. It is as if the author is writing part of her autobiography and this ‘chapter’ focuses on her spirituality. I could sit down and read it again I enjoyed it that much.

If you like to hear personal stories by fellow witches then this book is most definitely for you!