• Siany DragonOak.

The feeling in the air is very strange at the moment.

We seem to be standing either on a crossroads or maybe at the edge of a cliff.

Left fork

If we take the left fork we are looking at a change in behaviour that many cant make

The idea of proper and full equality scares many people. I am not talking about feminism or black lives matter I am talking about real equality.

Real equality is when we ALL take responsibility for our behaviour

[if !supportLists]1. [endif]We look at the way that we are treating a planet that we CANNOT leave. This is the FACT that many cannot see. We CANNOT leave this planet, and yet we damage the environment that sustains us, we kill the bees that pollinate our food, we dig for oil that is making the atmosphere unsustainable for us to continue living here.

This is the head of a pin people. Do you think the world sees us or that we are even important to it?

Now please don't misunderstand me, we are not going destroy the planet, no matter what we think we are not powerful enough to do that. The earth will allow us to die, it will laugh as the famines begin, and the storms hit the coasts and the sea eats the land. It will turn beneath us with as much care for us as we have for the multitudes of bacteria that swarm and live on our skin, are you even aware of them? No and after we are gone the earth will remake itself as it has thousands of times before. We are Killing ourselves and doing it with the hedenous abandon that marks us as a really stupid race.

[if !supportLists]2. [endif]We need to look at the way we feed ourselves. I love meat, I do, but it is unsustainable for people to eat meat in the west when people are dieing in the east of starvation. If we gave up meat it would allow us to grow food crops instead of feeding cattle to feed ourselves.

[if !supportLists]3. [endif]Religion. Religion is an abdication of responsibility. It allows you to use the twisted words of other people to shield your own heinous behaviour. It allows hypochrisy of massive proportions, it allows you to control other people who either do not believe as you do or are a a different gender or are a different sexuality.

Religion is childish beyond belief. The belief that an anthropomorphic universal god is on one persons side and not another is childish beyond reason and if you actually look a the people who believe this they indeed show a level of infancy that is shocking. I include in this rather sweeping statement evangelical versions of any religion Christian, Muslim, Jewish and indeed sadly Pagan.

Their need to deny facts that are starting them in the face, their ability to overlook the fact that an Omniscient, Omnipresent deity would be within all the things they hate, and that the Devil is in fact made of God is blindness that can only come from a damaged mind. We need to stop this.

[if !supportLists]4. [endif]Allowing people to be responsible for their own bodies - Legalise drugs, tax drugs, put the taxes into the health care and educational system. Allow people to end their lives with dignity. Think more about the life of the Person than the potential person. Allow a woman to be a woman without the risk of rape or harm for being a woman. Today I saw an advert of facebook (so it must be true) for anti rape underwear, underwear that will not come down. Really, this is our answer to rape? to make the woman responsible for her own potential rape. What the fuck!!

Our othere option is the Right fork

We follow what appears to be the current tidal pull

[if !supportLists]1. [endif] We allow ourselves to look after only ourselves

[if !supportLists]2. [endif]We encourage Xenophobia and sit back and watch the hate multiply

[if !supportLists]3. [endif]We take away a woman's right to look after and make decisions for her own body.

[if !supportLists]4. [endif]We fail to take a stand on things like other countries views on women and things like FGM whilst saying well its none of our business its their country let them sort it out.

[if !supportLists]5. [endif]We feed our people genetically modified crap and wonder why our kids have autism and cancers are fire.

[if !supportLists]6. [endif]We spend money that we don't have on stuff that we don't need and then worry that we work too much to bring up our families properly, and then complain when our children have mental illnesses.

[if !supportLists]7. [endif]Devalue teachers, Scientists,Doctors and any of the professions that come close to doing a service to society.

[if !supportLists]8. [endif]Value celebrity, stupidity and Sex as a commodity.

Myself I am going ot take the left fork

I am going to try to do what is right even if it is hard - I am going to speak up for the world I want and yes I worry about stuff in the world but you know all in all its a pretty fucking wonderful place to be and I am fucking lucky to be here.

So enough with the crap

Stand up and sort out your own corner - Get out and do things. Give your time and your effort to something besides your own self.

Protest

Shout

Write letters

Be a Nasty woman or man or whatever gender you are lucky enough to be

I AIM TO MISBEHAVE - JOIN ME

We are citizens of the world. We have one planet. We are One race. We have one fucking life, it might be messy and fucked up and we might be scared to lose it but do you know what I dont care any more . I want a better world!

We need to grow the fuck up!!


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  • Siany DragonOak.

November the traditional month of remembrance sunday of poppies and the men who gave up their lives for our way of life.

I watch with interest the discussions in the paper as to whether wearing the poppy is racist or if its ok that we be allowed to wear it on the foot ball field. To be honest I find both arguments small and petty.

I would to propose a different reason not to support the poppy of peace.

The history of the poppy as a representative of remembrance

The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day. But how did the distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars?

Scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe's heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921. ( reference BBC Website)

What the poppy actually represents?

The original mythology of the poppy was associated with Morpheus the God of sleep and his family the Onerioi.

Morpheus was one of the primeval gods, descended from Nyx, the dark goddess of night who was the mother of everything mysterious and anything that was inexplicable, such as death, disease, dreams, ghosts, dreams, witchcraft and enchantments. The drug Morphine which, as a side effect can cause hallucinations, was named after Morpheus. Morpheus was the eldest son of Hypnos the God of sleep and the leader of the Oneroi. The brothers were triplets and all gods of dreams. Morpheus and the Oneroi are always depicted with wings that conveyed they were gifted with magic and the power of flight. Each of the Oneiroi had a specific area of responsibility in relation to dreams and dreaming:

Morpheus had the ability to take on the appearance of a mortal in dreams. He was the god who relayed messages from the gods and prophecies of the future. He took particular care with the dreams of kings and heroes

The symbols of Morpheus were wings and poppies and these are often featured in depictions of the god of dreams. According to Greek mythology there was a garden of poppies at the entrance of his palace in the Underworld. Poppies symbolized death, eternal sleep and oblivion. The hypnotic properties of the poppy has long been used to treat insomnia allowing sleep to people who have trouble sleeping.

This shows a level of understanding from the Axis mundi - the great earth spirit of that place,that the first poppy to bloom in Flanders field was a symbol of Death and Oblivion.

To me it's the earth's cry at the death of thousands of her children. Not the symbol of life restarting at the place of death.

So is that why I object to the Poppy being shown as the symbol of remembrance?

No, No really it's not.

I understand the phrase that history must be remembered otherwise we are doomed to repeat it.

I get that I really do.

But apparently when it comes to war , we are doomed to repeat it anyway.

We use war as a business. We don't fight wars based on moral standing.

To be honest I don't think we ever did.

We wage war for control of resource, land and the people who live in those lands are totally expendable.

As are the soldiers that we send to do the fighting.

Why are we making such a show of remembering the beloved dead when we quite happily add to them every day. We have not NOT been at war with someone since the end of the second world war.!!!

Why does the government and the popular ethos make such a show of remembrance when really they don't care. It is a tradition that is the mimicry of remembrance not the truth of it.

In its hypocrisy in its highest form.

I am not saying don't remember the dead of War. We do that as a coven every Samhain and I have a weekly ancestor ritual in which I honour all who died to bring me into the world.

But I ask you to think about why governments and people make this show.

If remembering the dead allows us to sacrifice the living, to degrade and humiliate those who have returned from the combat that our government and by extension we send them to, to living off benefits and inability to get jobs and

disrespect. A country where we force veterans to live off the charity of the very poppies we are paying for then we are really not extending the thanks of a grateful nation are we.

War continues everywhere, it is one of the biggest source of money that our government and other governments have.

We sell weapons to our allies who then fight people that we have previously sold weapons to that turned out to be enemies. An example of this is the current American made weapons being used by ISIS.

And still we sit by and say nothing.

You only have to look to the pipeline in North Dakota and see what's happening there to know that the Might is Right ethos is still strong as ever in the world.

These people who are indigenous to the Land, who try to live with respect for the land and live with the earth as best they can, forced to comply with those who do not respect anything but the mighty Buck.

At the end of the day we fight not for right but to maintain the status quo of greed and shallow life.

So when you pin the poppy to your chest, are you really supporting those veterans. Remembering the service of men sent into war for moral and righteous reasons. or are you supporting an industry that is based on the whole scale destruction of people both in the army and in the population of the invaded land.

If we want to remember the war dead then I think we should talk about the fact that we are allowing as a community this business cycle of death and destruction to continue.

And Each year that Poppy gets Bigger and heavier as it hangs by its chain around our necks.


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  • Sian Sibley

Autumn

You can smell it in the air,

The thickness of it

Riding on the mist

The damp and dark are coming in

Sliding like mushrooms growing in the corpses of dead plants

Smooth like

Sibilant

the dark is rising and the light wanes.

And the wheel turns

So do you love Halloween or Samhain.

I remember when I was a little girl we always used to do bobbing apples, made Turnip lanterns (never Pumkins I didnt know what they were) and we also had blindfold biting.

This was a game where you were blindfolded and had your hands tied behind your back. Then you walked into a forest of apples, onions and soap, hanging from strings tied to a broom stick, and you had to bite until you got one. If it was a sweet apple then you got a good year. If it was an onion, not so much and if you got soap that was the spirits way of playing tricks on you.

We did not do the eggs and flour thing that kids seem to do these days, (Ye gods I sound like my gran!) but we did bobby knock and if you were caught you had to have a sweet.

But Halloween, like Christmas, seems to have degenerated into a chance to wear riske outfits which are normally very shabby and really just an excuse to try to look sexy. Do we really need another excuse to get the baps out for the boys. Come on.

Or we move to a more dangerous aspect.

Now I know the place between the worlds is one of misrule. I know that at the middle of the crossroads is a place where up is down and down is backwards.

But the sudden appearence of the dangerous Clowns has made me think that we have no idea any more of how far to go.

Clowns scaring people, chasing people and generally being clowny, well in my opinion thats fine. After all its halloween.

But men dressing up as clowns with the specific goal of mugging, or physically assaulting people is just another excuse for violence.

Samhain is about valuing life not denigrating it with violent act. Yes misrule but with a side of reverence.

Samhain is about thanking your ancestors for being kind enough to give you a portal into this beautiful place we call Earth.

One thing I always tell my guys.

There were a million or more sperm released from your fathers penis, on that fateful night when your mother said yes.

Only one of them was you. The others would have been someone else. Be fucking grateful. You won the lottery!!

It doesnt matter whether your life is not what you wanted, whether you have the latest TV or a beautiful figure enhanced by the latest silicon.

What matters is that you made it

Congratulations

Think about all of the other poor buggers that didnt.

Samhain is about loving life and paying attention to it.

Looking at the seconds and minutes instead of planning for next year, which lets be honest has a good chance of not actually coming.

Live NOW

Thats what people who are in the process of dying say.

I am positive thats what the ancestors say.

Be reverent

Be attentive

and HAVE FUN

After all its LIFE!!!!!

I hope that you have a wonderful Samhain and that the Clowns dont get you


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