Saturday, March 20, 2010

When your Watchtower of the West is the Atlantic and mine is Mount Madia-as

The Cardinal Points of the Wiccan Circle, one of the most important part of casting a circle for magickal purposes either for protection or containment. This has been very puzzling to me since in the traditional sense, the summoning of the Guardians of the Watchtowers calls upon the elemental guardians of the directions.

As you’ve noticed the traditional elements that correspond to the directions are; Earth for North, Air for East, Fire for South and Water of the West. However, I am very confused about this since when I looked around our city the East is not the rice plains or the South are the mountains; we have the beach in the East, a volcano in the West, the North are the rice fields and the South and mountains in the South West. Does this mean that I need to call the elements in their “traditional” directions or will I work with my surroundings and the energies that they are emitting?

Wicca is and will be a Nature religion, and the Craft always coincides with the energies that the place is giving. The traditional Wiccan elemental directions were created due to the positioning of the elements in relation to their specific directions in the place where the Craft originated (Wicca for that matter). This does not always apply; see for example the elemental direction created by the Chinese, in which they have five elements- Earth, Wood, Metal, Water and Fire and its corresponding place in the directions. If you will observe, the elements correspond to the placement of an elemental source (mountain, seas, forest, etc.) in China.

Still I would suggest that as Wiccans we need to be a very keen observer of our surroundings and not just a follower of the books. The Goddess speaks to us in a language that we only understand, and sometimes She speaks to each one of us in different voices unique to each individual. Do not limit yourself, always believe your instincts. Remember that the Wiccan Path was created for the practitioners in the West, that is why some of the herbs and plants in recipes in the books are alien to us… (foxglove, henbane, belladonna, lavender anyone?). The Goddess always provide, ask Her what you need and look around, the herb that you need for casting your luck spell might just be around the corner. Be aware of the plants properties and energies. Trust the Goddess and believe.


-photos from the internet

When Lemon Peels turn Yellow then Black

Is there such a thing as coming of age in this time? I believe that young people’s sexual awareness during this very liberated times are very active especially when porn and other adult materials are easily accessible on the internet and almost everywhere. This is why teen sexual “revolution’ happens too fast and the result of this is a steady increase in the number of teenage mothers with no capacity and ability to raise their own kids.

Being sexually active is not really the problem. I think the problem is the understanding of the consequences that comes after the act. Remember that we are beings which urges and those urges when suppressed will not really cause a very good result. That is also the reason why we need to give teens things to do, distract them from the calling of their “libido” so they can redirect this amazing source of energy into something else. This would make the very creative and they would really accomplish a lot of things.

There are also times when a child would do a mistake and the parents would then condemn this teen to the cage of marriage. I do not think that parents should force their daughters to marriage just because she has a baby. They should not confront the problem with another problem. Parents should let their kids decide, because even though they are minors they should be asked what they want to do with their lives. After all it would be the daughters who will stay and live with the guy and her mother-in-law and not the parents.

As early as now we should inform our kids about sexuality and sexual responsibility. This is not the 70’s or the 80’s where the mere mention of sex would send shudders to the spines of parents. Do not under estimate your children because they are more intelligent than you think. They can understand and grasp the information you are telling them. Tell them about all of these as frankly as you can and as simple as you can. Do not tell them about storks that carry babies down the chimneys or of God sending babies on clouds… do not insult your kid’s intelligence.


-photos from the internet

Of Power Failures and Facials

My Saturday was really messy and chaotic. I was planning to go to the gym this morning; however I was having this what I call a “lazy fit” where I am just too lazy to go somewhere. I opted to stay in my room and just write some stuff in my blog. It was about 1PM when I was getting ready for my scheduled facial appointment in HBC NCCC Mall, when suddenly everything turned dark and hot. There was power failure again and since my room is an oven especially during lunch time, I went into the restroom , took a bath and hurried to the mall.

The mall’s air conditioning is a welcoming feeling especially in a very hot day. That is why a lot of people go to the mall today not just because of the hot summer season but because of the rampant power failure as well. I went straight to HBC to have my facial. After 30 minutes or so, the facial was done and I feel clean.

The next place that I visited was Booksale. I was still looking for occult books and some pocketbooks, however as it is scarce and difficult to find. I saw one of the books that I took interest in, one of the old books from the Babylon 5 series that tells the story of the PsiCorps-anyways it’s not really that interesting however, a nice book for 15 pesos is not a bad deal.

I am writing this entry in the foodcourt of NCCC Mall, while watching the Wiccan Documentary called G1 Witchcraft. It is a documentary created by Bathara from the coven Tribu Majika Eclectica. I saw some familiar faces and heard some familiar answers like Wicca is a way of life. I hope that some of the Wiccans stay in that way of life their entire lifetime and the next. The documentary about the Craft though some of the people in the documentary gives a verbatim answer from books and from the internet. I really applaud the answers given by Marangan, one of my friends from the group.

Wicca or the Craft again is a personal religion, though there are pre-existing traditions and schools of magick it is still up to the witch or the Wiccan how he practices his Craft and how he communes to his Gods.

photos from the net and tribumajicka.multiply.com

Glee Forever

My friend Maris asked me to watch this series. This is called Glee, a series that shows the story of high school outcasts who found friends in the Glee Club. I could really relate to the story of the series because I too was a high school outcast. Not belonging to the "IN" group- not with the varsity players, the socialites, and the uber intellectuals.

The story of this series talks about high school students who are always the focus of pranks by the "popular" crowd. They would be humiliated by receiving splashes of frozen soda on the face, thrown into the dumpster, trapped into a portable restroom and others...just because they are either paraplegic, fat and black, gay and fashionable, Asian and stuttering and an over acting Jew scene stealer.

This series tells us that if you have the talent, show it. Do not be discouraged even if people would look down on you. They are just doing that because you have something that they don't have.

I am waiting for the second season of this Series. Glee rocks!!!


Friday, March 19, 2010

As the Stars move, the Rice Stalks sway in the Breeze

"We all come from the Goddess and to Her we shall return,
sand and sea, sea and stone. All that died shall be reborn!"

-Goddess Chant

When I was younger, I was really fascinated by the stories told by the old people from our hometown. The practices of the Craft is again very different in the perspective of the rural farm folks especially here in the Philippines. It is rather different compared to the practices of the witches of the west, even though the basic concept is the same it is quite different in the point of view of the Filipinos.

The magick in the Philippines is more shamanic in nature. Where Persian magi looked at the skies for portents in the movement of the stars and planets, our babaylanes listen to the chirps of the crickets in the fields as well as the whispers of the wind. I have experienced this "mystery" when my grandfather told me that the wind can tell you if rain is coming. We were walking one day on a dirt road going to our house and suddenly he told me that rain will come tomorrow. I asked him would he know that rain is coming and he told me that the wind told him.

As the ceremonial magickians of the West calls upon the powers of the angels and the demons, my grandmother who is a farmer and an oyster harvester would ask the assistance of faeries and the "tag-lugar" or the "Tamawo". These unseen folks are a part of the daily life of the people in Dumangas, Iloilo- my hometown. We normally offer food without salt, fruits and rice in small caves and mounds that can be found around our place.

As clergies wrote their observation and rituals in the books and grimoires, our old folks would transfer their knowledge through stories and lullabies. They would do this not in classroom or in any alchemical laboratory but tell their wisdom to the younglings under the mango tree by the ricefields as they drink "tuba" or coconut wine or "anisado" or rice wine they call vino.

The magick that they practice could be called thaumaturgy or low magick since they practice the Craft for everyday use- blessing the food, healing, fertility and abundance in the harvest, safety in fishing, growth of the fruit trees and protection from malevolent "tag-lugar" and "aswangs". Though the real "Babaylan" tradition has been infected with the Christian belief, some of the rituals are still in its pure form-without the Latin incantation to the Holy Trinity or the Holy Spirit. It's just a call to the wild- to the spirits of the forest and caves and the master of the place.

As a follower of the Wiccan faith, I could still connect to the old Ways since its a part of my being. I may worship a Goddess or a God from a different pantheon, very far from our country but the magick that I follow is still our own. I am a Wiccan since I think it is the nearest religion that coincides with my Goddess centered belief. I think my embrace of the Old Ways, our Old Ways could help me connect to the forces and beings that live in our sacred land. however, it is very difficult to do this since the Craft of the Filipinos are fragmented and almost forgotten. I hope i will have the strength and patience to endure, and i ask the Goddess to give me more of these.

Pictures from TravelBlogs and Negros-Occ.gov.ph

In The Coming of the Spring...

"On the either side the river lie,
long fields of barley and or rye.
That clothe the wold and meet the sky,
and thro' the field the road runs by
to many towered Camelot."

-Loreena Mckennit, The Lady of Shalott


Spring is coming, well in some countries where there are four seasonal changes. Here in the Philippines there are still debates whether a Filipino Wiccan needs to celebrate the coming of the Vernal Equinox. Some of the Wiccans here in the Philippines that I have talked to or associated myself with would tell me that they do not celebrate the coming of spring since we do not have spring in the Philippines. I understand their concerns about this and since Wicca is an evolving and a very dynamic religion it varies from place to place and time to time.

Spring can be felt everywhere, whether you are high in the mountains of Nepal or down south in the Antarctic. Life stirs in the bowels of the Amazon and in the sand dunes of the Sahara, as it is the same whether you are a Witch from the US or a Wiccan here in the Philippines. The energy that is brought about by the coming of the spring is constant and IS felt anywhere you are in the globe.

The Vernal Equinox is called Ostara or the Feast of Eostre. It is traditionally celebrated on March 20-22, depending on the actual coming of the equinox. For Wiccans, we celebrate the coming of the spring by thanking the Goddess for the coming bounty. Fertility abounds during this time as the Earth releases the energies of growth and creation which were frozen when the world hibernates last Winter. Normally the appropriate celebration during this Sabbat is welcoming the coming of the first light of the sun. In some parts of the world where ancient giant observatories like the Stonehenge and the Tor, pagans celebrate the coming of the spring by visiting these sacred ritual sites.

Here in the Philippines, since we do not have (or have not yet discovered) ancient observatories which mark the movement of the planets and the stars, we celebrate our rituals of spring by offering flowers and painted or colored eggs to the gods.. I would normally design boiled eggs and give it to friends for prosperity and fertility. I remember when I was in Iloilo that we had this celebration in the cafe of a friend, where we colored eggs and offered it in one of the magickally active part of his arts cafe.

A Philippine Wiccan would either be seen celebrating this lesser Sabbat under the crescent moon (well the moon is crescent last night) or inside his room (like in my case) infront of his altar and in the presence of the Gods.

In a country where Wicca and other alternative religion gives you a one-way ticket to Hell, it is difficult to be yourself and practice the faith that everyone should be entitled to. However, as I have always said- the Gods are everywhere, be it in the wide wold, in forest and glens or even in a cramped room where urban witches live.

In the Carnival

Friday, it is my restday today and all I do is just stay at home. I needed to go to the office to get something and after I did all the things that I need to do I went directly to the mall. NCCC Mall is one of the biggest if not the biggest mall in the city. I ate my favorite meal which is noodles and mongo sprouts with shrimp siomai and watermelon-pineapple-apple shake from Thirsty. I looked around the mall and went into HBC and bought some vanity products- a bath soap, Grid Zero Lightening Starter Set for men, OHM Heat Cologne Spray and Body Recipe Calamansi Roll On and Sunflower Facial Cream Stick... with these I get a free facial treatment tomorrow at 1:30...yey!

I went into the grocery and bought some things for my daily consumption- tuna, Coke Zero, Skyflakes Fit, some peanuts and cheese. I was going out of the mall when I was attracted to the lights of the nearby carnival. I see the rides almost everyday on my way to work and I haven't really checked the place. I paid the 20 pesos entrance and with my camera, I took some pictures of the rides which I posted in my Facebook. There were stalls with games like the Color Game, a Shooting Range, a couple of videoke machine and some of our all time favorite rides- Ferris Wheel, Rollercoaster, Bumpcars and some others. I did not have the guts to ride probably because I have a bag full of groceries with me or just because the rides are expensive at 50 pesos per ride.

After staying there for 15 minutes, I went home eating the Nestle Yogurt that I got from the grocery.








Time Moves Fast...

The first few days that I arrived here in Davao, the place seem to be great. I was really excited to roam around in the largest city of the country, however after a few months of being here and moving here and there everything became so boring and all the same.

It's been six months that I have stayed here in Davao. So far so good and I am regularized here in the company that i am working. Though I am not really satisfied with the scores that I got because i feel that I deserve something higher, it is okay just to have the perks and the privileges of a regular employee.

Will I stay here in Davao or will I leave? I will probably stay here in the meantime...

Thirsty for Thirsty

I'm not into buying shakes and all especially if it costs more than 20 or 30 pesos. However, there is something that I really like to drink and that thing is Thirsty. You see a lot of Thirsty stalls in almost every mall around the country and it is really easy to spot them because aside from their signature green theme, you will see a lot of fruits in their stalls.

There are a lot of flavors to choose from too... the first one that I really liked was Watermelon-Carrot. It was a very hot day and I dropped by NCCC Mall in Matina, Davao.I want to try putting in watermelon in my shake because i really loved the taste of Fit and Right Watermelon. Carrots are really nice in a shake because of vitamin C and its beta carotine which is anti cancer.

The next thing that I tried was Apple and watermelon which is as refreshing as it is yummy. I also tried their Pineapple-apple and watermelon which is a very good combination which cleanses your kidney and your bladder. This is the one that I really want and I am having every time I am in the malls.

They sell diet shakes too for an extra 5 pesos. Really nice.... hehehehehe!

Araw ng Dabaw 2010

Wow!!! At last a "major" festival here in Davao. I heard that it is not as grand as the Kadayawan Festival but in this city which is very "silent" this is a huge event. I will go out tomorrow and take some pictures if i can find anything good to photograph. i know there are some actors and concerts here, however I'm not really into it. I would rather see some cultural events instead of watching these overly sensationalized actors and actresses being soo cheezy with each other.

What is really the celebration all about... I got this from the official Araw ng Dabaw website- www.arawngdabaw.com. This is an article from Macario D. Tiu, Author of Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory and a Winner of National Book Award 2005.




This may sound a silly question today, but this was the hottest issue that raged in Davao in the 1930's that eventually led to the creation of Davao City.

During this period, the then undivided province of Davao, which had a capital town with the same name, was the biggest producer of abaca in the world. Abaca as well as coconut plantations sprawled all over Davao Gulf, with the Japanese practically controlling the entire industry.

Despite laws restricting foreign ownership of land, the Japanese managed to become the largest plantation owners in Davao. They were able to achieve this by using dummies to buy land for them, by marrying local women, particularly with datu lineage, and by renting land from local landowners.

By the 1930's, Davao was completely under the control of the Japanese. Their economic clout made them politically influential. They had their own schools, hospitals and road networks. The biggest concentration of the Japanese was in Guianga Municipal District, centered around Mintal. Their population continued to grow, reaching 17, 900 by 1939.

As Japan was a growing world power, having defeated Russia in 1904 and annexed Korea in 1910 and Manchuria in 1931, fears were raised as to the real intentions of the Japanese in the country. During the 1934 Constitutional Convention, Davao delegate Pantaleon Pelayo Sr. denounced the control of Davao by the Japanese and their unlimited acquisition of land. The presence of the Japanese in Davao had now become a national problem.

On March 16, 1936 Davao Assemblyman Romualdo C. Quimpo filed Bill No. 609 or Commonwealth Act No. 51, An Act Creating the City of Davao. The City of Davao was to be formed by combining the capital town of Davao and the municipal district of Guianga. This made Davao City the largest city in the world with a territory of 2,244 square kilometers or 244,400 hectares.

As the creation of Davao City was intended to break the control of the Japanese, the Act stipulated that its officials would be appointed by the President of the Philippines, instead of being elected. It was believed that in elections, Japanese-supported candidates would win, thus entrenching Japanese power in Davao.

On October 16, 1936, the bill was signed into law by President Manuel L. Quezon. The following year, on March, 1937, Executive Proclamation No. 132 was issued that formally organized the City of Davao.

It was during the term of Mayor Elias B. Lopez that the celebration of the foundation of City of Davao was made a week-long celebration that culminated on March 16.

Today, Davao City is the most progressive city in Mindanao and is considered the most livable city in the country. Foreign investors and visitors are all welcome, but the city is under the firm control of Filipinos as its founding fathers had intended.

Photos from: www.arawngdabaw.com

Gadget Freak...

Who says people with less money cannot collect and buy gadgets.... gadgets are not just for people with a lot of money. If you save and be wise enough to look for things that you need, I think you could get the gadgets-affordable enough with very good specs and would fit your needs.

I collected some gadgets ever since I started working. I bought stuffs not very expensive but are very useful. I remember the first phone I actually bought was a Nokia 5110i at a whooping price of 7k. After that I have bought a lot of mobile phones, gave it to my siblings and them losing it.

The latest things that I have are the following... and I am really proud of myself getting them, out of the blood and sweat of working all night.

One of my students stole the P990i that I purchased last 2008 and since I do not have enough cash to buy a very nice phone last year I settled for something inexpensive and classy looking. I bought a Motorola A3200 which is a china phone. It is a touch screen phone with dual sim and 2 megapixel camera. The sound is really nice too and it is equipped with a 2-gig memory card for music. The worst thing about it is the moment it has a problem, it's difficult to have it repaired. Right now, its broken because the touch screen is not functioning. I only use it to listen to some music and take some pictures. This one has to go...

The next one I got of the stuffs I have with me now is my notebook. Its an Acer Aspire One which I got from a family friend. She swiped it for me and I am still paying it. I like it coz it is small and compact as well as having everything that a laptop can offer. It has USB Ports, large Hard Disk, a 1.3 built in webcam, Intel Atom Processor, built in microphone and it is fast enough to process everything. The thing I don't like about it though is its battery life because it just battery life is just about 4-5 hours and it's dead.






Since the Motorola phone is out of commission, I need a smart phone to use and it should have all the things that I need of a smart phone. It should have a very nice camera, can connect to WiFi, touch screen and the music should be good. I got this Ericsson P1i, which is one of the best Smart Phones ever. Maybe that is the reason why it was phased out of the market because of it's reasonable price and functionality. It has a 3.2 Mega Pixels camera with a flash, touch screen with a fully functional QWERTY key, WiFi capacity, easy data exchange, PDF Reader, Excel and Word, Infrared and Bluetooth and a lot more. This is a great phone and I am not willing to give this one up. I am really satisfied with it's performance.

Next on the list was my SUN-Phone since I gave my N3230 to my sister Mimi for her Birthday. It was an old phone since I bought it in Cebu when I worked with People Support last Sept 2006. Since I don't have a phone to house my Sun Cellular Sim Card, I need to have a phone that is affordable and easy to use. I bought my Nokia 2650, a colored Flip Phone which is handy and efficient. It is easy to use and I used it for texting and calling. I bought it from one of the booths in one of the malls here in Davao and I believe that it's one of those re-conditioned one. Anyways, the only thing I do not like about it is the batteries, which are drained very fast. it only lasts for 2 days.





I got another phone from Globe which was included in their Plan 800. It was from a booth in the office by Globe Telecoms because I think they have a partnership with the company that I work with. Another reason why I got this plan is to have a billing statement here in Davao for future use. It is a Samsung M3510 Music Ed Phone. It has a very nice 2 Megapixel camera, easy access to you're music files and volume control. It comes with a 1gig memory card, however, I purchased a 4 gig memory card to accommodate my music which ranges from World Music like Loreena Mckennit, Enya, Blackmore's Night to musicals like Evita and Glee. I believe that I really got a good deal for this phone and I am really satisfied of it's features and functions. The texting part is not that good though...

I have been longing to have a fully functional camera especially a DSLR since one of my dreams is to be a Magazine Writer and Photographer. DSLR has a lot of features and is used by amateur and professional photographers. You can easily manipulate the pictures, focus and zoom in and out. The price is a whooping 20k and up and i do not have enough cash to buy that now. I went to SM City Davao and i found out that there are some pretty good camera's on sale. I was thinking between Samsung and GE Digicams. The Samsung cam has 10.2 MP, 3x Zoom and well a "Beauty Shot". The reason I got this GE A1050 is because it has a panoramic shot which is very useful especially because I really love to travel. It also has a decent 10.1 MP and a whooping 5x Zoom. It is also easy to share the pictures and it has a 2 gig memory card. The only thing that I do not like about this is it's battery which is a Double A. Luckily it has a battery charger included for free.

I am constantly upgrading the gadgets that I have and probably I will have more of them in the future. For now, I am really contented with what I have... For now!

Twitting with Twitter

Hi! Boring day today, I just stayed at home and i am trying to rest. However, I am still wide awake and I have work later at 1AM. Having nothing to do, I am really intrigued by Twitter so I decided to have an account. I dunno why I registered. Maybe I am just curious and I do not even know how to tweet.

I'll try it though...

Japanese Food...

Since I was bored with my life here in Davao, and I thought that it was really time to change it. I decided to watch a movie in SM City. I was thinking of watching Daybreakers, but after reading the reviews saying that it is just another Matrix Movie, I decided to watch Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief. It was good, though not really as good as I expected it to be, I saw a film that I think will be worth watching- Clash of the Titans!

After the movie, I felt really hungry and since I miss eating Japanese food since Mau and Mike left Davao- I entered Rairaiken without even thinking. I ordered a Kantomen something and California Maki. The Kantomen (merienda size which is big) costs Php. 99.00 and 4-pieces of California Maki cost Php 67.00 and when you order this combo you get a free small iced tea.

The food was fine, however it does not have the taste that I was looking for. Since i was eating Tadakuma Ramen since I arrived here in Davao, I could really say that there is a huge difference in the taste of the food. The Ramen was blant, you really need to mix some spices to make it suit my taste, unlike the food from Tadakuma which is just right-taste and all.

They also gave me the California Maki without soysauce, which I think is an ingredient to make the sauce of the Maki. Rairaiken's service stinks too, you need to really stand and look for the waiter to ask for the soysauce. One thing that I also hate about their service is, they remove the plates from your table even though you're still not done.

Here are the food from Rai Rai Ken...






























































TADAKUMA'S FOOD:

Sick Again

Waah, I'm sick again. I dunno what is happening to me lately, I am getting sick most of the time. Is it stress or just the result of working late at night? Lately my blood pressure has been very erratic since last week it was very high-150/110 and this week it was very low-90/50. I also take vitamins and rest if I can, taking naps most of the time.

Is it the effect of the change in climate and the coming in of the year of the Tiger, since I know this lunar year, my health will be affected by the influence of the planets and the stars. anyway, I just need to rest.

Kung Hei Fat Choi

2010 is Year of Tiger and it will arrive on February 4, 2010. Many people must be eager to know they have better luck in the coming year than 2009. Here, we want to use Chinese Astrology Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) theory to explain people fortune in 2010 and foresee what will be happening to them in year of Tiger.

According to Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2010 is the Year of Metal Tiger Male Metal. Gold is related to Metal and money. People who like to talk about wealth will say that 2010 is a Golden Tiger year. In Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) theory, the color representing metal is White. Therefore, we also can say that 2010 is the Year of White Tiger. The White Tiger is connected to the symbol of jinx in China history. Some Chinese might consider that 2010 White Tiger is a bad year.

Chinese Astrology is a Balance Theory of Five Elements. Each animal can be converted into Five Elements. Tiger contains Mainly Wood, Fire and little Earth. Wood and Fire together will make Fire stronger. Metal is afraid of Fire and Metal is also against Wood. That means Metal and Tiger together will fight each other, which implies 2010 won't come quietly and peacefully. We can image that 2010 is a Tiger wearing armor. This Tiger doesn't like armor on the top its body and keeps jumping around. For safety, we should keep our distance from it. That's why many Chinese don't like White Tiger.

Tiger has the potential to become vigorous, ferocious and cruel. So Tiger is a symbol of power and authority. This kind of personality is good for the leadership. With the inflexible and destructive personality, Tiger has very poor people relationship, especially, with family members. In traditional customary, Chinese family don't invite people born in year of Tiger to involve private wedding ceremony.

From the Chinese Astrology theory, Tiger has Fighting and Hurting Relationships with Snake and Monkey. Therefore, people who were born in year of Snake or Monkey will have unpleasant events happening in 2010. In Fact, as long as your Chinese Astrology Birth Chart contains Snake, Monkey or Tiger, you will have the same issue.

Before predicting your luck in 2010, you have to know what Type of Element you are and what your Lucky Element is from your astrology birth chart. The Lucky Elementis the major factor to determine people's fortune. 2009 is the Year of Brown Earth Cow. Cow contains mainly Earth. Therefore 2009 is a very strong Earth year. If people's Lucky Element is Earth, then they should be very lucky in 2009. If Earth is the unlucky element, then they might be miserable in 2009.

2010 is the Year of White Tiger, which contains Metal, Wood and Fire. If your Lucky Element is Metal, Wood or Fire, then 2010 will bring you some degree of luck. However, Wood can help Fire to burn, and Metal and Fire are opposite elements. If your Lucky Element is Metal, then Wood and Fire will be unlucky elements. If your Lucky Element is Wood, then Metal should be an unlucky element. This tells us that most people will gain some and lose some in 2010.


Reposting from: http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com

Imbolc 010

One of the most Sacred Time in the Wheel of the Year, the feast of the flame in honor to the Fire Goddess Briga or Brighid- a warrior Goddess and the Matron of the arts.

For us Filipinos, this Sabbat is best associated to the Feast of the lady of the Candles. In Iloilo, it is one of the biggest feast in our city and perhaps in the entire country. It is the celebration of the Feast of Nuestra SeƱora de la Candelaria, Mary in the aspect of the Lady of the Candles.

For the Filipino Pagan Community, we often celebrate this by making Brighid's Wheel and lighting up candles and bonfires. We would also burn spells this night and would dress candles and do candle magick.

Here in Davao though, it is difficult to look for people that you can work with. Since, there is no group that I can celebrate with last Imbolc, I did a simple ritual to honour the gods.

FIVE MONTHS and counting

Davao, in almost five months of staying here is beginning to bore me to death. The lifestyle is really simple, not that I do not want a simple life but I have tried my best to look for things that would interest me. I have spend some time in looking for books, one of the hobbies that I haven't let go and I would continue on doing perhaps in the coming lifetimes.

Its just like yesterday that I got off from that airplane from Iloilo City. I could still remember the revulsion that I felt when I inhaled the scent of Durian in the fresh Davao air. How I giggled when I mispronounced the names of places like Sasa and Mintal.

I still think that I have not fully enjoyed my stay in Davao, since the only places I've been to are the malls and the office. I haven't even been in the bars (except for a couple of times with my officemates), haven't watched the movie except New Moon in one of the theatres here in the City.

One of my disappointment is the ever-postponed trip to Samal Island, the island that Davaoenyos is so proud of. It is their own version of Bora. I have plans to go to this island and it is as always postponed. One reason is I hate to go there on my own and probably the other reason is I'm just to lazy to even attempt to go there.

The Davao stay is not 100% boring though. I have met a lot of people and made some friends with most of them. That is one of the things that I would cherish in almost all the places that I stayed and visited so far.

Till then...

Another Boring Month

January is supposed to be a very good month for me. First it is my birthday month (and that does not make me very happy) next it is the start of the new year, hence a sacred month for my Patron Deity-Janus.

I am quite enjoying my job, except for some people that I do not really like (they're almost everywhere). In my job; the environment is really great, the pay and incentives are quite fine, the schedule is okay even though it changes as often as i can remember. The consolation though is training. If I handle a training class, it really fulfills my desire as a teacher, even it is just that simple.

January just passed and I feel that my spiritual practice here is so lame. I haven't even done any major rituals since I'm either beat or just do not have the time. The magickal community of Davao is very silent-or it is just because I am oblivious to it.

My new year's Resolution is to be healthy, more healthy. I am currently back at the gym and since I started I lost about 6 lbs already. I also want to grow root here in Davao and connect with some practitioners from this place.

I hope I can keep up with my resolution...