Random Thoughts, Reviews, and Things to Interest You…

Hello All! Today it’s all about randomness…

First off, it’s a trip over to YouTube….
A friend showed me this amazing dance troupe called LA LA LA HUMAN STEPS. They are based in Canada, and the DVD is called Amelia. The music is hauntingly beautiful remakes of Velvet Underground songs, and the dance is contemporary ballet.  And luckily, the entire performance is available to view on YouTube in 7 parts, and awesome quality.  I love dance; I still sit sometimes and daydream what it would have been like to take to the stage, and this is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Watching it I was inspired to write, to sing, to laugh, to cry.

Amelia (1 of 7) La La La Human Steps DQ

It’s also available for purchase through the Amazon.com store on my website.http://www.brandiauset.com/store.htm

Next, I have been catching up on my graphic novel intake, so that I can communicate with all my g33k friends.  I’ve been reading “Preacher” written by Garth Ennis, with art by Steve Dillon and Gleen Fabry. Yes, I know that puts me about thirteen years behind the times, but what can I say – I was busy getting laid in high school, not reading comics. (hehehe just kidding Mom!) Anyhoo, it’s a tale that’s guaranteed to offend everyone in one way or another – and I mean toss-the-book-across-the-room offended – but it’s still awesome story-telling, hilarious banter, thoughtful premises, and very cool artwork. Folks in Hollywood have been arguing for years about the best way to bring it to the story to the big screen, and the book has influenced an entire generation of underground culture. I am on issue #24 and loving it, so I advise you to check it out if you are in need of a horror/drama g33k fix.
Here’s a synopsis for you:  Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

Pick up a copy through the Amazon.com store on my website.http://www.brandiauset.com/store.htm

In other graphic novel news, I recently read “Y – The Last Man” written by Brian K. Vaughan with art by a variety of folks. I have been trying to write a review of it, but every time I think about the stupidity of the first ten and last six issues, it gets me so angry I have to do my meditative breathing to calm down. I don’t care how many awards the book has won  – it sucked so badly in those parts that it ruined the story in its entirety, which is unfortunate because issues #11-54 were cool. Eventually I will hop on the Forbidden Panel podcast and rant.  Those who read “Y” over the course of the five years it was active may disagree, but I honestly think if they sat down and read the story in its entirety in one sitting, they would see my side. It sucked – funny in parts, a lot of plot potential, and great characters – and it still sucked. The beginning was annoying, the ending was a cop-out and unfaithful to flow of the story established in previous issues, and I am still so pissed about it I created these shirts at Café Press in protest: http://www.cafepress.com/brandiauset
You will see me wearing one at Comic Con next year when I walk up to Mr. Vaughan and punch him in the throat. Right after I ask for his autograph.

Available  through the Amazon.com store on my website.http://www.brandiauset.com/store.htm

Still no hope for me ever finishing “Watchmen.” written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons. I keep reading the same five pages over and over again, bored outta my skull.  Everyone keeps telling me it’s an acquired taste, like key-lime pie. I hate pie, so I’ll just go read the Wiki entry for Watchmen and call it a day.

In my spiritual half news, I’ve been working on a Goddess meditation book and creating mp3 files for download. AJ has been teaching me how to use the voice recorder and make myself sound all ethereal and wise. I am excited about the project, as I have yet to see anyone producing the type of work we are. Hopefully it will be complete by next summer.

Also, as some of you already know, I quietly offer online classes in Goddess lore and Magickal studies to those who ask. Over the past few months, so many women have been asking for the online option, I’ve decided to make it a standing feature of my resume.  I am currently finishing up the lesson plans for the new round of ONLINE CLASSES I will be offering through my website. Workshops will be in a variety of subjects including Elemental Magick, Ritual Planning, Meditations, and Goddess Study. I am working hard on formatting the chat rooms, and recording meditations – but I hope to have at least four classes up by the end of December.  More details coming soon!

In other people’s spiritual news, astrologer and teacher Yolanda Valenzuela will be in Los Angeles teaching a workshop on creating RITUAL BOOKS!  The workshop details are TBD as details are still developing.  $60 (+$6 material fee) If you are interested, call 503.287.4248 and/or visit Yolanda’s website at http://cyclesandsymbols.com

Karen Tate, author of “Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations” has a show on BlogRadio called Voices of the Sacred Feminine. Karen interviews famed women and men who discuss Goddess as deity, archetype and ideal, the rising interest in the Feminine Consciousness and Right Brain Thinking. Shows are live every Wednesday night, and previous interviews archived and are available for OnDemand listening.  This month alone Karen has interviewed Starhawk, Barbara Walker, and Layne Redmond. My favorite so far was the archived discussion of Isis with Isidora Forrest.  Fun and educational listening!

Since reading, “Now is the Time to Open Your Heart” by Alice Walker, I have been led to study shamanic medicine, and am looking to participate in a Ayahuasca ceremony. Through National Geographic I found Blue Morpho, a wonderful center for shamanic studies and workshops in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.  Here is a blurb from the website: Blue Morpho specializes in shamanic workshops and spiritual retreats. We work with traditional shamans (curanderos, medicine men and women) who practice the ancient and mystical shamanic arts of the jungle. The shamans conduct ceremonies and rituals, many of which utilize the use of sacred visionary medicinal plants, designed to open consciousness and bridge the physical and spiritual world. These ceremonies are personally transformational, positively changing the life of the participant. Experience Spiritual, Natural, and Energetic evolution. http://www.bluemorphotours.com/
I am now currently saving (and will start accepting donations via my website) to take the trip to Peru next summer. However, I am also interested in finding shamanic teachers and Ayahuasca ceremonies/treatments in the US.  If you know of a practicing shaman you can confidently refer, please contact me!

Well, that’s it for this week… enjoy!

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