|Posted on August 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
I am both pleased and very proud to tell you that once again, I will be reading and holding a workshop at New York City's Pagan Pride Day! This year, it's being held on Saturday, September 24 from 11 AM - 5 PM, once again at Battery Park, Manhattan, NYC. The site is easily accessible by most public transit: Look it up on the 'Net or get an MTA Subway or Bus map and look towards the bottom, at the tip of Manhattan. There are plenty of choices! If you drive, parking is tight; but if you get there early enough you can probably manage it.
I will be sharing the tent with Mystic Earth, which is owned and operated by my good friend Rosa Castro. Along with readings of all kinds, we will also be offering psychic counselling and Interfaith services. We are also licensed clergy and able to officiate at handfastings and funerals, so if you're planning one -- in any tradition -- and want to talk with someone about it, we're here for you!
The workshop that I'm doing is a repeat of my Starlight Vision: An Introduction class that I gave at NYC-PPD a few years ago. Hopefully, this time it won't rain! Still, I had 24 people attend it, so I guess I'd call it a success. I hope it proves equally popular this year. I don't know yet at what time it's scheduled, so please check the program and also look for the "Town Criers" holding signs who are walking around the Fair, in case there are last-minute changes.
In other news, I'm re-setting my PayPal account so that the online payment system for readings and other services will be active again. I had some major headaches getting that sorted out, but now I've been able to start up a new account. It's a personal one, unfortunately, since my business account had a glitch...so you'll have to use my legal name to send payments to me; but then, I'm licensed under that name, so that's really no problem. Just make sure you put a note in there that it's for Trinity, or Trioditis, so I can keep my accounts correctly. Thanks!
Finally, Spirit Song Earth Chorus just had another meeting this past Friday, with 3 attendees -- so we're still alive and kicking! The next one should be in a few weeks, near the end of August, probably on Saturday, the 27th, in the afternoon, with another one following that in early September, after Labor Day. Please visit Spirit Song's page on Facebook or the official website at www.SpiritSongEarthChorus.webs.com for more details and updates.
Be well, and Blessed (belated) Lughnasadh / Lammas to those of you who celebrate them!
|Posted on June 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
This entry will have to be brief, but it will be informative. :-)
First off, I am no longer giving regular readings at the Court of Lazarus; that said, though, I am still an honored guest and will still bring a random assortment of divining tools with me wherever I roam, so I could still do readings...they'll just have to be "on the fly" rather than in a set location or time.
Next, I am still (occasionally) reading at Absolution as my schedule and theirs permit; in fact, I'll be there tonight!
Next, I am no longer reading at Necromantic; although there, as at Lazarus, I am still an honored guest.
Finally, I am booking space for the next meeting of Spirit Song Earth Chorus. We have a new location in Midtown Manhattan that is vastly superior to the former one, which is wonderful! I'll be posting an update tonight or tomorrow with details; but you can expect it to be held in about two weeks.
That's all for now. My apologies for the lag in posting; it's been, as the title of this entry states, a looooong and winding road.
|Posted on January 25, 2011 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
Greetings once again,
I wish a very blessed and prosperous New Year to you all!
I have some news regarding my regular reading gigs about town. Firstly, the monthly party, Necromantic, was on an unscheduled hiatus this past January, so naturally I did not read there this month. Time will tell if I continue to read at any more Necromantic parties in future; although I would like to, there are some things occurring that make this a shaky proposition at this time.
Also, although I am still welcome to read at the Absolution party, the club's management has altered the accessibility of the party's patrons so that they cannot come upstairs as early as they are supposed to, or even at all on some nights. This leaves me with nowhere to read, essentially, as the downstairs dancefloor is simply too loud and there's literally no room to set up. However, I've heard through the grapevine that Absolution may be relocating to a new venue soon. That said, the new venue might not have a space for me to set up, either, so I might have to stop reading there. Again, time will tell. I'm crossing my fingers...
Finally, I am still retaining my regular reading night at the Court of Lazarus @ Madame X, on West Houston St. off of LaGuardia Pl., NYC, on the third Sunday of each month. Citizens of Lazarus may attend starting at 8:30 PM; admission for guests begins at 9. If you would like to see me there, or would just like to check it out, please contact me here or on Facebook and I'll arrange to have you admitted. Entrance fee is only $5.00. I set up in the back room, upstairs, in the far left corner, usually by 9 PM. I do not charge for readings at this event, as such; however, tips are greatly appreciated as they help me cover my transportation costs between home and Court.
In other news, the new community-based, Interfaith choral group, Spirit Song Earth Chorus, is still very much alive! We are currently on hiatus, allowing the craziness of the holiday season to wind down and catching our collective breath, as it were, before we dive into a new season. Also, seeing as the core members live so far apart, travel conditions are also a factor; with all the snow and ICE we have, it can be difficult for us to meet up, so we'll be starting up again around Imbolc, which is on February 2nd (also called Groundhog Day, Candlemas and St. Brighid's Day). If you interested in taking part in this group's activities, or merely wish to find out more, please visit our website at www.SpiritSongEarthChorus.webs.com or our Facebook page: Spirit Song Earth Chorus.
So, that's about all for now. I'll definitely keep you all posted on the doings of the Chorus and the schedule of my readings as and when new developments arise.
Blessed be, one and all!
|Posted on October 4, 2010 at 7:06 AM||comments (0)|
Yes, change IS good. I'm facing some difficult changes lately, though -- especially with regard to my health.
I have to have dental surgery soon, more than once, which means that the constant pain and infection that I've been dealing with (which has sidelined me from some of my reading gigs) will be gone! Still, I'm not exactly comfortable with the notion of surgery, so this is still sort of a stressful thing. Plus, I really want to be healed and healthy in time to celebrate my birthday, so I'm worried about the timing as well!
Also, I've been attempting to ward off a recurring shoulder problem, which is interfering with my computer time, which is why it's been so long between posts!
I'll take this opportunity to say that I greatly appreciate all the patience and good will that you have shared with me while I tackle these issues.
Other changes: The starting time for the Samhain ritual at Sundown on Sunday, Oct. 31st (please see the Calendar) will more likely be 9:30 or 10 PM as the doors are now scheduled to open at 9. No worries; it's only 1/2 hour or so later than originally planned...and those of you who couldn't get the next day off can get your ritual on and still get enough sleep for the morrow.
It looks as though I will, in fact, be reading at the Court of Lazarus beginning this month. So, if you're around Houston St. on Sunday evening, please feel free to drop by and see me! It's at Madame X, at Houston St. off of LaGuardia Place in Manhattan, NYC. There is a small cover charge of $5.00 to get upstairs, where I'll be reading in the back room that overlooks the garden.
If Gothic-styled events are not your cup of tea, though, then perhaps you could come out to Smithtown, Long Island on Saturday, Oct. 30th for the New York Witch Festival! I'll be both reading and vending on that day: it's the premiere of my new company, Chthonia Fragrances. I'm so psyched for this! There will be hand-poured soywax candles, fragrances and sachets -- All Samhain-themed, in honor of the season -- plus some Pagan and witchy jewelry! I will be joined by one or two friends who will handle the vending while I'm reading. The event runs from 9 AM 'til 5 PM and is fairly easy to get to. Please visit www.newyorkwitchfestival.com for more info on this amazing, HUGE event!
Finally, I've been sort of heavily nudged by several people to resurrect an Interfaith choral group that I was once part of, that has been defunct for several years now. Well, I've finally gone and done it, albeit in a somewhat different format. The new group will be called Spirit Song Earth Chorus. The date of this first meeting is Saturday, November 6th, 2010, from 2-4 PM. Our first meeting will be held at a private location in New York; only attendees who RSVP with "Yes" will be given the address. Hopefully, the second and succeeding meetings will be held in Manhattan, at a more easily accessible location.
I ask only a few things from prospective members of this group:
1. Please bring a short (1-2 minute) solo piece with you for your audition. If you also play an instrument, you may bring a short piece for that as well...but you must also bring a vocal piece. Not all singers have to play, but all players MUST sing. No exceptions!
2. If you "fail" the audition, this does not necessarily mean that you will not be welcomed to join! There is a two-tier structure: A Performance tier and a General tier. Auditions apply mostly to those who aspire to participate in performances as well as workshops, rituals and other events.
3. Please also bring a dollar or two to donate, which will go towards the cost of renting a new space in the City that is more accessible and more acoustically fitting for music. Dues will be requested at every meeting. I have to pay them, too! It's just that I can't foot the *entire* bill.
4. Please leave your drama at the door! This is a community-based, spiritual endeavor; there is no room for unhealthy egoistic nor egotistic behavior here!
On one last, upbeat note: My birthday party will be held this coming Friday, Oct. 8th at at a club called UC87, during an Absolution night -- at which I am NOT planning to read! I'll be there to relax and have fun. (I will, however, make appointments to read at a later date, if you like!) There will be cake, of course...plus a scavenger hunt! The cover is only $10 ($8 with a flyer), plus you'll have a chance at a free drink and some cool goodies! So, come on down!
Blessed be...and a very merry un-Birthday to you!
P.S.: My experience at NYC Pagan Pride Day this year went very well! I had a TON of readings and had a really good time, too. The weather was near-perfect, although a bit windy. We had help with setting up the tent (thanks!), my good friend came down with me to help out (thank you SO MUCH!), more good friends helped get us back uptown (thank you, too!) and all in all, it was great! My only problem, as with last year, is that I ran out of business cards! I'm working on getting some more as we speak.
|Posted on September 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
And so we are beginning our slow descent into Autumn. As the oppressive warmth of Summer is supplanted by the coolness of the Northern winds, we find ourselves reviving, once more able to go about our business with renewed vigor.
I've always found this time of year invigorating. Perhaps it's because my birthday is around the corner, which is a kind of "reset button" for me. Perhaps it's the urgency to get certain things done, to harvest the results of the year's labors before winter sets in. Whichever the case, I've certainly gotten some wonderful returns for my efforts this year, especially with regard to opportunities to carry out my vocation.
For starters, I've still got my weekly reading gig on Friday nights at Absolution, 87 Ludlow St., NYC. Then, I will be resuming my monthly reading gig at Necromantic, Bowery Poetry Club, NYC. Also, I am supposed to be starting next month with monthly readings at the Court of Lazarus--A Salon Noir, held at Madame X, West Houston St., NYC. These will be regular events.
As to special events, I will once again have a reading tent at Pagan Pride Day NYC, on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 in Battery Park, from 11a-5p. If you come down to celebrate with us, please look for the white tent with the clear windows; the readers will be under or next to it, including me.
I will also be reading *and* vending at the New York Witch Fest, at the Sheraton Hotel in Smithtown, Long Island, NY on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, from 9a-5p. What will I be selling? Come down and see!
The latest thing on my schedule--for the moment--is the Sundown Halloween Party on Samhain (that's October 31 for all the non-Pagans). The ritual, which I have been asked to write and officiate, will be held at 9p, so any earlybirds who can't get the next day off from work or school can still come out and celebrate with us. I will also, most likely, be reading that night. The entire event runs from about 8p-4a, so there will be plenty of time to socialize, drink and dance afterwards. Also, there will be a stage magic performance by the redoubtable Jeffrey Jene, a Houdini Award-winning magician (who also happens to be a practicing Witch). This is definitely NOT to be missed!
Whew! Things are finally coming to fruition...and about time, too!
Aside from that, I am gearing up to begin auditions and meetings for the new Interfaith chorus that folks have been looking forward to. The only thing holding me back, really, has been the huge amount of dental work I have to complete--it's kind of hard to sing when you're getting recurring migraines. So, after the end of this month--hopefully--that will be done and we can go ahead with this!
I also have had yet more requests for private and semi-private classes in the Craft. As to that, I'm still finishing the written parts, plus I have to arrange a more accessible space for the students (where I live right now is available and free, but sometimes awkward to get to unless you live in the area). I *could* start now, but I'd feel a lot more comfortable if I had just a bit more done. So, that will be coming soon, but probably not until November.
The format of the class, whether a coven or one-on-one, or some mixture of the two, is still to be determined. I'll have to decide on that after I've met with the prospective students and gauged their needs.
So! On to better, brighter things! Blessed be and may your harvest be fruitful!
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 2:24 PM||comments (0)|
As of this past Lughnasadh (August 2nd), I've moved out to northeastern Queens, for the time being. It's quieter here, costs less money to rent, more room to spread out and get comfortable, more socializing (which I'd missed)...and, unfortunately, a longer commute to the City. Still, it's convenient to other things and people, like my family. Plus, my new roomies have a back yard, with lots of chairs and greenery, which is nice. And, they have a grill. Corn on the cob, anyone?
The private space I had scored for classes on the Upper East Side is now being renovated. This means I'll have to look for another space to use in the interim. There is still the semi-private space uptown, but I'd really rather not have to use that if I don't have to. On the plus side, that space is free, so I can pass that reduction in costs along to the students.
I've been approached recently to start a formal, in-person coven or study group. Now this is not new, oddly enough—people have been asking me about starting one for years now...which is one of the reasons I established this website. But, to receive eight such requests within one lunar month? Makes me go, hmmm... It's very flattering and very rewarding, but also requires a great deal of time, effort and responsibility that I'm not sure I have in me right now, with my personal/family/professional issues taking up so much room in my life. If I do come around to doing this in the near future, though, I already have a "temporary" covenstead available, which takes at least one load off of my mind.
I've also been approached to start another Choral group. I was once Assistant Choral Director of Four Winds Earth Chorus, a largely Pagan, functionally Interfaith chorus that was led by a Lakota Sioux Apprentice Pipe Carrier (Kurt Talking Stone) and founded by a group of Witches of different traditions and experience levels. I held that post for roughly eight of the 11 years that Four Winds was around. It was a wonderfully enriching, positive experience for the most part, and admittedly, I've been missing it. So, the fact that others in the Pagan community feel the same way is inspiring me to lay plans for a new group. (I've already got a name for it, which I shall unveil at the first meeting.) My 4WEC Director (and good friend) Kurt has already given me his blessing for this project, which is great. I can already see myself drafting him for a guest spot or two in the future; he's a wonderful drummer!
When I finally choose a location and set the dates to begin, I'll let everyone know.
As for classes: I've been given a few names of low-cost spaces in NYC to check out. When I settle on one of them, I'll let you all know about that, too.
Finally, I've got some new regular reading gigs that I'd like to tell you about. One is at a monthly event called Absolution, which is at UC 87 on Ludlow Street, NYC. This is held every Friday; I'm usually there from about 10:30 PM to about 3:30 or 4 AM, depending on how busy it is there. If you're coming down to see me, please e-mail me or call me personally, first to make sure I'll be there. The cover is $8.00 with flyer, $10.00 without.
Another event is Necromantic, at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC; it's set to resume on Saturday, October 2nd, from 11:00 PM 'til 4 AM. I'll still be in the front room—no cover to come in and see me!
The last event is a semi-private, monthly event, The Court of Lazarus: A Salon Noir. Their new location is at Madame X on West Houston Street, bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts., NYC. I'm not actually set to begin reading there until late Autumn or so, but I still go there to socialize. It's held on the third Sunday of each month, from 8:30 PM on 'til about 1 AM. The cover for this event is only $5.00.
All three of these new gigs are at nightclubs, so admission is for 21+ only with ID.
Also, all three of these events lean heavily toward the darker, Gothic/Alt/New Wave end of the musical and social spectrum, so if this sort of environment isn't your cup of tea, you might prefer to simply book me privately, or watch for an event that is more to your taste.
I think that about wraps it up for now. My, what a busy schedule I have lately!
Be well and Blessed Lughnasadh!
|Posted on July 10, 2010 at 5:07 PM||comments (0)|
Just so you know: Necromantic, which is the home of my monthly reading gig, has gone on hiatus for the summer. Their next party will be on October 2nd, 2010, back at Bowery Poetry Club.
In the meantime, I'll still be offering classes and readings. Reservations are MUCH better, but I am sometimes available for last-minute bookings; I just can't guarantee them with less than a day's notice. I am also available for private parties, street fairs and the like. (I'll be honest, though: I do prefer small, intimate gatherings or one-on-one readings. It just makes it easier to concentrate and to ensure that everyone gets enough time and attention.)
The location, as of this writing, is still on Manhattan's Upper East Side; not too far north, easy to get to and fairly safe. I also have an alternative, indoor space for use when necessary; although it isn't 100% private, it is fairly discreet, comfortable and air-conditioned (always a plus at this season!).
At my next posting, I'll have the confirmed dates and times for classes; these will be Tarot Basics, Runes and the Introduction to the Starlight Vision series. I will have complete class descriptions on the site within the next few days. You can reserve your space in the Bookings page.
Thanks again for your interest. I look forward to teaching and learning with you!
|Posted on July 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM||comments (0)|
I've given Blackavar up for adoption to NY Animal Care & Control on E. 110th St, NYC. They accepted my donation of bedding and hay that I brought -- and knocked $10 off the fee. They don't euthanize rabbits, and they work very hard to find them good homes. They also pre-screen applicants. That took a huge load off of my mind with regard to Blackie's future.
I was still sad to have to do that, and my son misses him very much, but it was truly the best thing I could have done for him at this time. I finally had an offer from a friend of mine to take him in, but it was the day after I gave him up. Time was, unfortunately, of the essence.
As to my own situation, I've finally moved the bulk of my stuff out of NJ and into storage; just two more boxes and I'm done! (We ran out of boxes during the main move, so I had to get more.) Tremendous thanks to those friends and family who helped me during this very difficult time. Also, thanks to the friendly, funny & cool moving crew! Expensive, but worth it!
So, at the moment, I'm based in Manhattan, so I'll be closer to where the action is. Closer to work, to my family (SO important!), to my students and clients; away from old, bad memories and expensive inconveniences. Yes, change can be good! Even though it can be hard to bear when it occurs, the relief I feel in the aftermath makes it worthwhile.
After a weekend's rest, I should be in fine form to tackle classes and readings again! I'll actually be down at Club Horus tonight, on E. 6th St. @ Avenue B, NYC -- it's for a friend's birthday party, but I'll be available for readings afterwards. I'm nearly always available for readings; just give me a call, or book me from the Bookings page.
That's all for now, folks. Thanks again for stopping by, and for all of your care and concern for me and mine during the past few months, while my life was in turmoil. It really did make me feel blessed to have you in my life.
Blessed be! I hope your Independence Day was glorious!
|Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:24 AM||comments (0)|
Does anyone have room in their homes, hearts and pocketbooks to take care of a sweet little (and I mean, little) bunny? I have a 4-year-old Netherlands Dwarf Rabbit named Blackavar ("Blackie"), whom I will not be able to take with me. *sniff* Though not the cuddly type, he is sweet, playful and lovely to look at: glossy, short black fur with shiny chocolate brown eyes and the cutest little ears! He's in good health, although he's getting on in years; his breed doesn't live much past 4 or 5 years. I'd very much like for him to be well taken care of during his declining years as, sadly, I am unable to do it myself at this time.
If you are seriously interested, please please please contact me ASAP, anytime, on my cell -- 917-841-0677 -- by this Monday, 7/5/10 as I'll have to move out of the house by then. My only alternative at this point is Rabbit Rescue, but that's a haul as I live so far away from them and I don't drive, so I'd prefer to give him to someone local, or who can pick him up.
I can give you 50 lbs of clean bedding, a large cage, some toys, chewsticks and salt licks, plus a water bottle and a bowl for food. I will also provide intructions for his care and feeding if you are unfamiliar with rabbits. He's fairly easy to take care of, as long as he gets fresh water and greens every day. You can also leave him alone overnight if you have to; he'll be fine.
If you aren't able to help, perhaps you know someone else who can? Any help would be appreciated at this point. I'd been looking around, but so far no-one was able or interested.
Thanks all. Blessed be!
|Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:02 AM||comments (0)|
Greetings once again, all!
So we're in this all-too-brief spell between heatwaves and I'm busily preparing for my reading gig tomorrow night at the Almost Immaculate Collection party. For those of you who missed it, it's going to be at Sullivan Hall, on Sullivan Street between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets, NYC. Closest train station is West 4th Street: the A, B, C, D, E, F trains. Also, the 1, 9 trains to West Houston St. (@ Varick St.), the 6 train to Bleecker St. and the M1, M5 busses are nearby. The party runs from 9 PM - 4 AM; I am slated to be there all night. The cover charge is $15 / $10 with flyer. If you do come, please mention to the hosts that you're there to see me! That would be much appreciated.
I expect to bring not only my cards, but my crystals, pendulum, Runes, dice, pen and paper for numerology and name analysis, and a skrying bowl! (Variety is the spice of life, after all.)
I just hope I still have a voice to speak with! --I fear I might be coming down with laryngitis. Time to break out the Roxalia and cross my fingers that it works well enough for me to get through the night!
I'm still waiting on the final schedule for the new space, so I can set the dates and times for classes. I can also schedule readings in this space; for that you'll need to book a day or two in advance so that I can ensure access to it; then I'll confirm the reading.
Aside from all that, I'm having a busy month. I'm finally moving out of New Jersey and back to New York! I've found temporary lodgings in Manhattan and Queens, until I can secure a proper apartment. In the meantime, I'll still be working, reading and giving classes.
Take care all, and I'll hopefully see you tomorrow night!