Monday, 20 September 2021

September Full Moon Altar: Corn Mother

This month's full moon altar honours a First Nations representation of the Divine Feminine, Corn Mother. She is one of the Three Sisters -- corn, beans and squash -- which were the historical staples of indigenous agriculture in all the Americas. Corn Mother embodies the Earth which nourishes, feeds and sustains us all.

Now is the time for Fall Harvest Festivals, including the pagan sabbat of Mabon on the Autumn Equinox in a couple of days and Canadian Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks. Therefore, Corn Mother stands among seasonal harvest riches laid out on a Sacred Spiral of Life altar cloth.

I bought this reproduction of a sculpture by Mohawk artist and musician, Thomas B. Maracle, nearly 20 years ago in the Royal Alberta Museum gift shop here in Edmonton. I fell in love with her immediately! I can't remember now where I got the little beaded feather bracelet but I think the perfect place for it is to adorn Corn Mother!

[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, September 2021]

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Happy Blogoversary!

Today is the 13th Blogoversary of She Who Seeks blog!

Yes, my blog has hit its teenage years!

Oh oh, should I be worried?

Will my blog now become 
moody, surly, rebellious
and all of a sudden be
disinterested in school? 

Do I have to worry about my blog 
taking up smoking, doing drugs,  
or (*gasp*) engaging in 
sexual experimentation? 

And OMG -- will my blog have 
to deal with acne?

No, no, wait . . . 
(*phew*) I've got this!
I'll be okay! I'll be fine!

After all, I've had lots of
experience coping with
bad behaviour . . . .

I've been dealing with
Her Royal Highness the Cat
and her high maintenance nonsense
for what seems like FOREVER!

A teenaged blog will be a
walk in the park by comparison!

Friday, 17 September 2021

Action Figure Action!

So . . . I splurged on a few Marvel 
action figures over the summer.
How could I resist 
World War II Captain America 
and Agent Peggy Carter? 


And because I enjoyed the recent Disney+ series 
"The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" so much, 
I also bought Baron Helmut Zemo 
and a rather pissed-off Winter Soldier

(Zemo is holding the Soviet Red Book
containing the code words which turn 
Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier). 

And look what my sister 
gave me for my birthday! 


Captain America Sam Wilson 
in all his winged glory!

She said it was the most money
she'd ever paid for eight inches of plastic
that didn't also run on batteries and vibrate.

[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, September 2021]

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

All Together Now -- Awwwww!

Okay, that's enough of this.
The drugs are starting to wear off now.
Back to reality!

Monday, 13 September 2021

Regina, the Queen City

Last month, I attended an uncle's funeral in Regina, Saskatchewan. When I was a kid, I spent a fair amount of time in Regina due to having many relatives living in and around the city, so I consider Regina part of my old stomping grounds.

It's fashionable nowadays in certain quarters to make fun of Regina, but that city takes great pride in staying true to its prairie location and history. I admire that. And Regina has made real strides in the past few years to become a more attractive and urbane city, while still remaining a very down-to-earth kind of place. 

For example, you gotta love a place where the local pro football team's mascot is a gopher, fer gawd's sake! Meet Gainer the Gopher of the Saskatchewan Roughriders --

Its junior pro hockey team, the Regina Pats, is the oldest such hockey franchise in the world. The team was named for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the armed forces regiment based in the prairie provinces. (That's the regiment my father served with in World War II.)

On the national scene, Regina is perhaps best known for its police academy, the RCMP Depot Division, where all Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers have been trained since 1885.

While I was in Regina, I spotted a lovely floral and topiary display near the provincial legislature grounds. True to Regina's no-nonsense sensibilities, the topiary was not of some mythological fantasy creature or hoity-toity classical form, but instead celebrated that most humble and ubiquitous presence of rural prairie life, the grasshopper --

[Photo © Debra She Who Seeks, August 2021]

I dedicate this post to my blogging buddy, The Blog Fodder, a retired agricultural consultant who was born, raised and spent his career in Saskatchewan, but who now lives and writes in Ukraine with his wife Tanya. As he once wryly noted in an early post, Tanya is "the only woman in Ukraine who doesn't want to emigrate to Canada," so he moved there instead. He recently spent a couple of years back in Regina undergoing some serious medical treatment, but all is well now and he's back home in Ukraine. His blog is definitely worth checking out!

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Thursday Art Date With Rain -- "Minimalism"

I've always been drawn to the minimalist aesthetic 
found in classic Japanese art, poetry and philosophy 
with its spirit of simplicity and belief that "less is more."

The Japanese art of ikebana (flower arranging)
particularly embodies these ideals, expressed
not only through limited use of flowers
and greenery, but also in the asymmetry 
of their arrangement, direction and height.

So for Rain's Art Date theme this week,
I have tried my inexpert hand at creating
three ikebana arrangements, which I
photographed beside some souvenir trinkets
brought back from our trip to Japan in 2012.

(1) Gladiolus with two 
modified gladiolus leaves 
and a maneki-neko (beckoning cat):

(2) Iris with a modified weed 
from my back alley 
and a cat coaster:

(3) Star of Bethlehem with 
modified pine and juniper fronds 
and a fish kites banner:

[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, August 2021]

Monday, 6 September 2021

Happy Labour Day!

Time again to celebrate the joys 
of being in the workforce
and all who labour in it!