the ghost in the machine

A waking dream. Listen to what I’m not saying.

Today I found you, lovely ghost, labeled in my top shelf liquor

Drenched in my music. Dumbstruck, not diabolical.

An earwig copped as a good buzz as it could get.

That case of Stockholm Syndrome

You brought it, ghost with bravado and brouhaha.


The Witch and the Wand: Dryads and Gesture in Magic

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The Witch and the Wand: Dryads and Gesture in Magic

For the past eighteen years I’ve been a professional wandmaker, so it may not come as a surprise that I would consider a wand to be a witch’s most versatile magical tool. The wand represents and embodies the alchemicalelement of Fire, which is the element of the will or intention. What does that mean? We often hear people talk about having “passion” and “drive.” You might remember Joseph Campbell’s famous phrase, “Follow Your Bliss.” That means to know what you want and what you need at the deepest level of your being, and then to have the faith in yourself and the Cosmos to follow the path towards that goal.

Yet, your “bliss” is more than a feeling; it is like a special spirit, a guide that will lead you and protect you, and which you can…

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False… Arrest

Thanks. Justice is card 11 in most tarot. At times it interchanges with card 8, the card for Strength.

another quiet muse

“No! Let go of me!”

But he did not.

“I didn’t do anything!”

But he did not believe.

“It’s not right!”

But he did not believe in justice.

–C. Green


*My countrymen are hurting me because my brothers are bleeding.*

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The Deification of Maleness & Masculinity


ELCA Young Adult Cohort

A Call to Confession for the Sin of Idolatry

Rev. Andrea Roske-Metcalfe, Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, MN

Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the roads. He smelled a familiar smell. It was the Sphinx. Oedipus said, “I want to ask one question. Why didn’t I recognize my mother?”        

“You gave the wrong answer,” said the Sphinx.      

“But that was what made everything possible,” said Oedipus.    

“No,” she said. “When I asked, What walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three in the evening, you answered, Man. You didn’t say anything about woman.”

“When you say Man,” said Oedipus, “you include women too. Everyone knows that.”      

She said, “That’s what you think.”[i]

13405667_10153438242250728_1392988140_oWe always begin with confession. During worship in the church where I’m a pastor, we first welcome…

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How to Walk Up Lexington Avenue…

Thanks. Excellent goals.

ELCA Young Adult Cohort

…While Female and Wearing Both a Clerical Collar & Knee-high Red Leather Boots

Andrea Roske-Metcalfe, Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, MN

  1. AndreaBe female.
  2. Be ordained.
  3. Be in Manhattan and, if at all possible, have plans and credentials to attend sessions at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

  4. As you prepare for the day, put on a dress with a clerical collar and knee-high red leather boots.

  5. Leave your hotel room early in the morning and walk up Lexington Avenue, in search of coffee, before the first session begins.

  6. Note the odd looks that people give you (when they don’t completely ignore you, as do most New Yorkers), and remember what you are wearing. Breathe in, breathe out. Note that it takes more energy than it should to be a walking contradiction. Plan to go to bed earlier tonight as a…

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I’m Capricorn. The current energy suits me.

It’s challenging to contribute to my blog. Yet I pared myself down. Meaning, I quit Facebook. I did it on a few people’s advice. Capricorn, takes this kind of experience kinda tough. Wounds my pride. But not really. Pride heals. I have an important surgery coming up next week. So it’s helpful not to be distracted. I have advanced knowledge in astrology, tarot, alternative healing. Maybe I will choose to share these tips/experiences. A weakness is also a strength of Capricorn as well as the other Cardinal signs of the zodiac:Aries, Cancer, Libra. These signs are the initiative generators of the zodiac. The other qualities of the zodiac are mutable and fixed.  In my personal life I have had, continue to have friendships with Aries and Cancer, easy. I don’t know many Libra people. Usually my experience with Libra has been short-lived. The full moon was just Capricorn. I have these waning days to share a bit more about being born Natal sun Capricorn. Thanks.


Thanks again

Emma Ruthven-Stevenson


Zincite – Synthesis, Personal Power, Group Efforts
It can bring together seemingly disparate or chaotic energies and synthesize them to work together well.
Zincite can also synthesize groups of people or things, bringing together like-minded people and promoting their efforts as a group.
Zincite’s is used as a powerful tool to remove energy blockages.
Zincite is used in crystal healing lore to treat chronic fatigue, AIDS and other auto-immune problems, bronchitis, and candida, as well as prevention of epileptic seizure. It is also used in radionics as a booster for distance healing.

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Thank you. Rocks are my favorite. Inspires me to share more of my own learning.

Emma Ruthven-Stevenson


Azurite – “Stone of Heaven”, Psychic,
Azurite is called the “stone of heaven.” It aids in developing psychic awareness, psychic skills and abilities, enhances intuition, and is said to guide you to be accurate in depicting psychic experiences. It is also an excellent stone for meditation, allowing you to enter a meditative state easily.
Physically, azurite is professed by folklore and crystal healers to be helpful for healing in general, cancer prevention, liver issues, arthritis, joint problems, depression, sinuses, skin problems.

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Dream in 4 parts . Water is emotion: saying goodbye to my teenage friend.

Every female in the dream is me. I don’t know about the male aspects.

Genetically I’m double X. I don’t have a Y in sight.

The dream begins with me traveling to the past specifically to tell my friend, J. , that he needs to practice his Gene Hackman impression.

So this I do. He says,”Thanks,S.”

End the first part.

The second part and the third part:

I return to north of the border. I see my life in the Montreal landscape. The city is not as important as it is in other dreams. The city is a common recurring symbol in my dream. I’m not sure what it means. It may be similar to the role of “an architect” as in the Christopher Nolan film, “Inception”.

In past dreams I do use lucid techniques to design an urban environment. Although I wouldn’t describe myself as a city-person. I would describe myself as a changing person, a curious person. Maybe I feel more comfortable in cities because it’s easier to meet people.

The 2nd and 3rd of the dream I have my independence. I’m lucky because I got it early. Earlier than most people my age. The images in the dream all support this. In real life I speak Spanish. In my dream life: I live half in Northern Vermont and half in Montreal. Don’t forget I also live in a dreamtime, a 4th dimension, just like you too. The realm of our Higher Self, the Akashic Records and A.Crowley’s, “Holy Guardian Angels” there is at least one for each of us. A topic for another time.

To improve the quality of one’s dream life: a good beginning, drink water, especially before bedtime. Your bladder, will make you wake up. Other people use programmed chimes, lights, music, sound.

I prefer water and sunlight. I wake before sunrise.  Let the cat out. Write down any dream fragments. Sometimes people use digital or audio cassette recorders. The more one writes, draws, creates, sounds,images from dreamtime the easier it is to remember. It also is a good introduction to alpha states (meditation, etc.)

It may be one of the most vulnerable of gifts to give. To share one’s dreams.

The last part of the dream, the 4th part. I am walking along a northern path. In real life J. Is a little shorter than me. But in this dream I’m younger and shorter than him. He has aged. He has become my father as well as an old friend. He is much older than me. Time took nothing from me.

It’s brisk wind. Cool. The bright Canadian sun falls upon us. On the west is a torrent of water. It is fresh and full of tree branches. Mostly the heartwood. No leaves nor bark. Looks like raw driftwood, without the sunbaked grey and salty bleach. The wood is wildcrafted, soft, and ready for tooling if one were to brave the fresh water rapids.

Writing this last part is difficult. Notice how it’s one of the few dreams I’ve shared where I am outside. I’m saying goodbye to my friend,J., he’s been like a father figure. But not anymore.

Below our feet is flat stones. Rocks the kind one skips. To the east are just a few saplings bushes, a windscreen of evergreen. Beyond, flat grasslands and swampland, the south is to our backs. It’s probably 10am. The light from the sun has risen so high in the east. Just enough to walk north without raising my hands to my eyes to block out the sun.

He thanks me for reminding him to practice his Gene Hackman expression. It brought him much success. I feel the enormous losses he has taken in his life to be old. Older than my own father.

I ask him how does he do it? How can he witness all this change and the breaking apart of friends and family without falling into the grip of fear. Frozen.

He says he inhales all the rage and pathos , all the shame and anger, the expectation and the loss of control. He inhales it with his breath, his lungs and when he is ready to exhale. He doesn’t. Instead he forms a diamond. It drops like a tear from his eye.


End dream