BBC’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” (1988) Review

movie_142In 1988 the BBC did a TV miniseries based on the first three books (in publication order, not reading order) of C.S. Lewis’ famous and beloved series “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The first of the three is “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” and it is truly my favorite film rendition of the book (even over the more recent version…I’ve always had a fondness for puppetry, animatronics, and costumes over CGI). I was lucky enough to find a DVD boxed set and brought it home to watch. Tonight is the first night, so I started with the first installment (I have actually never seen the other two, so this will be fun!). The books always made me feel a bit more magical and even now the movies inspire feelings of witchiness.

Being as it was 1988, the animation and special effects are not great at all, very elementary and easily seen to be “fake”, but for a TV miniseries in the 80’s I’m sure it was considered fantastic (and I thought so as well when I first watched it in the early 90’s). The acting is theatrical and so funny, but in a very happy, nostalgic way. The comic relief with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver is welcome as, even now, the more intense scenes still make me feel a little scared. I remember Aslan seeming more lifelike when I was a child whereas now…well, the animatronics are very obvious. I also used to have the BIGGEST crush on the actor who played Peter. It follows the book very well (or at least what I remember of it) and is 168 minutes in length. The music is well done and has a perfect eeriness to it for the White Witch and has a pure fantasy sound through the whole thing. I will say the battle scenes are just terribly cheesy and silly; so many of it involves animated creatures which takes more away from it than adds. However, even with that, the rest of the movie is quite brilliant, but that is a biased one since I’ve loved this movie for 20 some odd years!

They just don’t make fantasy movies like they used to. Overall, I’d give this movie high marks and a strong recommendation for everyone to see at least once. It’s possible it may be a bit scary for really young children (I first saw it when I was in 2nd grade, so about 7 or 8 years old, I think, but I did find certain parts scary) so best to watch it either before them to gauge how you think they’d respond or watch it with them.

Have a very goodnight and blessed be!

Lark

 

 

Larkie’s Library: “The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, & Spells” by Skye Alexander

I finally finished reading my first witchy book and I really liked it. I’ll admit, part of my choosing it was due to convenience (it’s currently available on Amazon for Kindle for free if you have Amazon Prime!) and that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy a book to have in my home yet.51ds31x1kfl-_sx334_bo1204203200_ As mentioned in previous posts, I’m still in the broom closet with basically everyone except my husband and I just wasn’t ready to have an actual book here.

So, based on no previous reading material of similar nature mind you, I thought this was a really informative guide. Definitely fairly basic 101 stuff, but not boring. Skye’s writing is well put together and thought out and I liked how technical it was instead of being overly opinionated. While I did know most of this from previous “studies” in my teens (I put studies in quotations due to the fact that my work in learning more about it was minimal and half-assed), I still found it to be a good refresher.

There is a small Grimoire at the end of the book which I also found helpful. The affirmation practice is definitely something I will incorporate in my own Book of Shadows, which I’m still working on as far as correspondences go. I definitely feel a lot more confident in having witchy material in the house now and already have a book list started (Scott Cunningham is in there, of course), so this was a nice baby step for me. I’m excited to really start diving into my studies and see what I can find that speaks to me and can be applicable to my path.

If you are newer to Paganism/witchcraft or if you just like to keep different 101 books around for reference or variety, I would suggest checking this one out. Like I said, if you have Amazon Prime and a Kindle (or Kindle app); this book is available for free through Amazon.

Happy reading and blessed be!

Lark

Finding my Spirit Guide

It has been forever and I apologize for that. I had a wonderful vacation hiking in Utah and work has gotten crazy, so I just haven’t been able to find time or motivation to blog until now. Aside from the ever stressful goings-on in our White House, life has been running fairly smoothly over here and I have had fun keeping busy. Too busy, however, to do much in the way of witchy practice, but I’m hoping to change that.
I digress.

A few weeks back, I decided to do a guided meditation ran by Ariel from his educational podcast “A Witch’s Primer” to discover my spirit guide/mentor (you can find this meditation here.) I found it to be very well done and easy to follow along and, I think, I did manage to meet my spirit guide…or guides? It was interesting and I’m hoping I did it right, because my mentor appeared to me in an interesting way and I am going to layout the scene for you now.

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In my meditation I found myself in a place very similar to the image above. A misty forest with a wood plank and rope bridge that led to a round platform with a roof and railings along the entire edge, except where it met the bridge of course, instead of walls (not a house like in the image) and vines and small rounds lights surrounded the platform to create some privacy and yet also lighting. The sky was blue and felt like mid-morning with a very comfortable temperature.
I stood alone in the entryway and saw before
me 7 (or 8, I can’t recall exactly) small figures wearing bright red cloaks who were perched on the railing directly across the platform from myself. 012dbcb713b477546ec34f3b17772d81I did not hear voices, but felt an urge to step towards them. I reached the center of he platform when they hopped down from the railing in unison and walked over to me, forming a somewhat tight, but not intimidating semi-circle in front of me. The cloaks fell from them and revealed…robins. 7 (or 8) normal, everyday robins looking at me.

Even in my meditation, I felt a small bit of confusion, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I’ve always had a love of birds, feathers, etc. I have two nests and even egg pieces that have been found in the wild (I actually have a robin’s nest and egg half in my home). Our wedding theme was “Put A Bird On It” and I even have a bird tattoo. So, this actually made a lot of sense. I was a little worried that on trying to find a spirit guide, I may have instead called my animal totem, but as time has passed I don’t believe that is necessarily the case. When they revealed themselves to me in meditation (and the initial surprise wore off) I felt very well taken care of, like I was in good hands. The symbolism behind robins is mostly positive and usually mean renewal, change, growth, etc. so I feel confident they will be quite helpful in getting me through the process of renewing my path and learning where I should go with it next.

Do you have a spirit guide? Do you believe in them?

Thanks for reading! Blessed be!

Lark

Quick Pagan Podcast Plug!

Merry Meet!

I wanted to do a very quick post to talk about and recommend two Pagan Podcasts I’ve recently been listening to and am absolutely loving. Seriously, for those who have not yet gotten into podcasts, I strongly suggest you give them a try. Even if you don’t care to listen to a Pagan one there are some really great pods out there (e.g. This American Life, My Favorite Murder, Sword and Scale, Myths and Legends, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, The Babysitter’s Club Club, etc.) I’ve actually learned a lot from following many of these podcasts and others allow for just good entertainment when the day is slow or there’s nothing on TV, which is most of the time since I don’t really watch cable and am basically Netflix only these days.

Anyway, back to my point: Pagan podcasts!

The first I want to recommend is Inciting A Riot hosted by Fire Lyte. It is a very well done podcast and is currently still putting out episodes (the last one was about the Women’s March in January), so they don’t come out as frequently as they did in the past, but he’s still around. Fire Lyte is also a co-host of the podcast Inciting A Brewhaha with Velma Nightshade, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post before (also very entertaining and the episodes are long). Fire Lyte is very opinionated, but I kind of love him for it. Plus he is a big supporter of science and looks at magic and witchcraft in a more “real world” manner rather than this fantastical idea with sparkles and fairies and three-fold law (which I LOVE and agree with). He also does a great 10 episode segment on the 10 largest religions and it’s a quick, but informative look at other beliefs around the world and it’s really great. I enjoy learning about other beliefs, it helps me understand the followers better as well as commiserate with them on similar beliefs I have and, well, knowledge is power and I enjoy learning new things about other people. Avoid the bubble effect basically.

Speaking of Velma Nightshade, I also finally started listening to her podcast Witches Brewhaha which is no longer being updated (hasn’t been since 2013). However, I still find it to be an informative and very well done podcast, so if you don’t mind listening to a podcast that essentially no longer exists, I do recommend it. She has mentioned on Inciting A Brewhaha that she may consider bringing it back to life, but time will tell if she is able to or not.

That’s all for my Pagan podcast promotions, I have checked a couple of others out, but barely made it through one episode so didn’t feel it was even worth mentioning. Check these out if you like and have a safe week!

Blessed be!

Lark

Meditation and Yoga Practice

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love to use exercise as a way to build energy for meditation and focusing my intentions. One of my favorite forms of building this energy is through yoga; bonus points awarded because it gives me the opportunity to meditate during the cool down immediately after. The calmness, focus of breath, and flow make it easier to manage my energy and prepare for meditation versus cardio or strength training where my focus is more on not passing out!

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Unfortunately, I am not a super skilled “Yogi” and don’t really know how to form a good yoga workout for myself. Therefore, I should NEVER lead a class on it and I am not about to claim I can coach someone in yoga. However, I do have a favorite trainer on YouTube whom I follow and felt like I could shamelessly plug! I do not know her, personally, and have no connection to her. I discovered her channel after a relative posted about doing one of her 30 Day Yoga Challenges on Facebook. Her name is Adriene and she is awesome!
Yoga With Adriene is the name of her YouTube channel and she has some great content as well as yoga challenges. The first one I did was her “30 Days of Yoga” challenge which was really awesome. The videos aren’t terribly long and it isn’t difficult to do or follow (I know some people are put off by yoga through videos since they sometimes can’t watch and stay in a pose at the same time). She gives fairly clear directions and after a couple of days I could follow along with little amount of head turning to check my screen.
Currently, I’ve started her “31 Day Yoga Revolution” challenge and so far am finding it to be just as enjoyable. So I definitely recommend her to anyone looking to get into yoga, wanting to workout at home, etc.

Another YouTube channel I thought I would plug is one that puts out some really beautiful music you can use for meditation, studying, sleeping, etc. It’s called YellowBrickCinema and they have a lot of different videos and playlists to choose from. You’re bound to find something you’ll like due to the selection. My favorite is a 3hr long video that’s supposed to promote positive thinking. I listened to this almost everyday for a couple months actually a couple years ago. It helped me deal with a difficult work situation that fortunately ended well. You can listen to it HERE

That’s it for this update. I’m hoping to do another post on more Pagan podcasts I’ve been trying out and another tarot reading. Hopefully this April has been kind to you all. Don’t forget to March for Science in your area on April 22nd (Earth Day) if you can (and try to only leave footprints).

Blessed be!

Lark

Larkie’s Library: “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #1)

Another quick “witchy” type book review comes from none other than one of Terry Pratchett’s books and the first in his famous Discworld series “The Color of Magic.” I have never actually read any books from the Discworld, so this was a long time coming. I also did not realize just how many books there are in this magical universe and I am hoping I’m not in over my head because of it! 😉 51chrfxhmnl-_sy344_bo1204203200_
In “The Color of Magic” we are introduced to the Discworld which rests atop the backs of three large elephants who are riding on the shell of the Great A’Tuin (a large space turtle) who swims steadily through vastness of space. The Discworld is flat and has a very literal edge to it; it also has an eighth color in it’s spectrum, called octarine, which happens to be associated with all things magical. Wizards, barbarians, monsters, and real-imaginary dragons exist in the Discworld which is watched over by multiple Gods/Goddesses (or really entities); Fate, the Lady, and (of course) Death are just a few who watch the drama unfold and even play into it a bit.
The main players are Rincewind, a sort of wizard who only knows one spell, and a traveller from the other end of the Discworld named, Twoflower, who is an eternal optimist and dangerously curious about everything which gets them into trouble. It is written in such a fashion that I picture everything playing out as an almost Monty Python type set-up. They get into situations that you see almost no way out and somehow manage to eek by, but not through skill. Usually they find themselves victorious through perfectly timed clumsiness or just plain dumb luck and I found it to be hilarious at times.
There were a couple occasions that I laughed out loud, ran to my husband, and read the excerpt to him just so I could share the ridiculousness of the situation. And say that last part with love. It definitely wasn’t a 5 star book (there were a couple moments where the story jumped from one perspective to another, which can be confusing and during one of them I actually felt a little lost which resulted in me having to read a bit more carefully to be sure I didn’t somehow miss something), but I’m more than happy giving it a 4. It was a quick, enjoyable read and if this was any indication of how the rest of the series will go, then I’m really looking forward to it and am happy to add it to my Spring/Summer reading list.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessed be!

Lark

Celebrating the Vernal Equinox (Ostara)

Happy Ostara (Vernal Equinox) everyone! I felt inspired today since it was a beautiful day yesterday and not as rainy today and decided to celebrate by doing some heavy-duty Spring Cleaning.tumblr_nky067d6io1rtc94lo1_500 I cleaned areas of the house I’ve been neglecting, reorganized my closet, and found some items to donate or toss out that we simply aren’t using anymore. I still have more to do, but I’m trying to mark out time throughout the week to continue the process.

I instantly felt cleaner and lighter by the decluttering and clearing of the spaces that all of that stuff was taking up (which is a bit comical since I’m actually a neat freak, so I was shocked at how much I had hiding at the back of closets that we just don’t need anymore.) It’s re-energized me in several ways and after I had finished, I felt inspired to finally play with my tarot deck since I finished the manual over the weekend.

I found this tarot spread that was based on introducing yourself to your tarot cards on Pinterest a couple of months ago. I’m really glad I kept it to work with. I shuffled my deck by spreading the cards out face down and swirling them around in a clockwise, then counter-clockwise pattern. Then I gathered them up into handfuls, adding each one to either the top or bottom of the deck as it built up. Finally, I did a traditional card shuffle three times. I then laid them out, cut the deck, and drew the cards after reading the question pertaining to that specific card out loud.IMG_4113

My spread was as follows:
Card #1: Nine of Arrows – Dedication
My deck will teach me dedication. I took that as not only a dedication to my path or the current passions I have, but to know what true dedication is and to be a better dedicated person in all aspects that require it.

Card #2: Ten of Vessels – Happiness
My deck needs happiness from me. I took this as that my deck wishes for me to know happiness, but not by design of its work, but of my own discovery. It wants me to feel good thoughts when considering the deck, it wants me to approach it with calmness and positivity. It wants a feeling of mutual safety and purity between us. This is a good reminder, since the political atmosphere has me feeling none of these things a lot of the time.

Card #3: Six of Arrows – Transition
My deck and I’s relationship will surround a transition or multiple transitions really. I took this to mean a lot of things. This is my first tarot deck and, therefore, my first attempt at reading the cards, not to mention this is just another part of my return to the Pagan path which is a transition in and of itself. There’s a lot of learning and growing I need to do here. I’ve also been getting involved in other things outside of spirituality, work, etc. and am attempting to make changes to myself and my life, so I’m interpreting this to mean my tarot deck will be a nice part of that growth and change.

Overall, I was very pleased with this reading and I’m very happy I was able to follow my gut on this purchase. This tarot deck really jumped out at me and after this reading, I feel like it was a good decision. I’m really looking forward to getting more acquainted with the deck and it added onto my feelings of lightness and cleanliness from the organizing I did earlier.

Hoping every had a very productive and happy Vernal Equinox!
Blessed be!

Lark