Just In Time (for Halloween 2021)

As if I don’t have enough movies in my collection already – let alone horror films – the postman delivered these today:

The Wolfman Complete Legacy Collection contains movies made from 1935-1948: Werewolf of London (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London (1946, starring Lassie‘s own June Lockhart), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948); and a number of Bonus Features (Monster by Moonlight documentary, The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth, Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr., He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce, The Wolf Man Archives, Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters, and more).

From the back cover:

The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the tragic monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Wolf Man to this day.

Last week I received an excellent werewolf movie I ordered
which I had reviewed back in 2018:

Time to settle in with a good horror flick,
some popcorn, and my sidekick.

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Honeybees, an Orange-tinted Blue Moon, and the Death card???

Happy National Honey Bee Day!

National Honey Bee Day is an awareness day when beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts from across the United States celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to humans’ everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species. National Honey Bee Day also pays homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure there are well-managed, healthy bees to pollinate crops.

According to its organizers, the National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept:

Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping. By working together and harnessing the efforts that so many already accomplish, and [by] using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message is magnified many times over. We encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved. The program is free and open to all.

National Honey Bee Day is managed by HoneyLove.org, a Los Angeles-based honey bee educational non-profit.

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Tomorrow, August 22, 2021, the Full Moon occurs in Aquarius (Decan 3) and is conjunct Jupiter. It is also a Blue Moon, but around here it’s taking on an orange hue because of all the particulates in the air.

Blue Moons are not really BLUE, though. They occur when there are two Full Moons within a solar month, which happens about every 32 months. Which is where we get the phrase “once in a blue moon” – meaning to do it very rarely.

This should be a jovial Full Moon because of its aspect to Jupiter, the planet of joy, good fortune, and success. It’s a very positive, creative, and healing lunation – perfect for manifestation magick regarding transitions [see Death below].

Being an Aries, the August 22, 2021, Full Moon falls into my 11th House, the House of friends, groups, gatherings, and social circles; and which just so happens to be ruled by Jupiter. (Guess I’d better get out and about tonight…)

Dark Star Astrology has a list of each Astrological Sign with the corresponding house into which this Full Moon falls.

Symbolizes all transitions.

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On this Fourth of July

As we celebrate the U.S. Declaration of Independence by spending time with loved ones and enjoying backyard barbeques, let us not forget those around the world who are being tortured and killed by our hands. Whether in laboratories, wet markets, CAFO‘s, “game ranches”, or other inhumane situations, those who have no voice and who suffer at the hands of hoo-mans are not forgotten.

I pray for THEIR Independence Day.

My funny little Puzzle Box started today off on a high note – well, for me anyway.


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Well if it isn’t that time of year already…

it’s the frickin’ Summer Solstice. The day when we in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest period of daylight. YAY! (The downside is that the days start getting shorter from here.)

It’s also Father’s Day. A shout-out to all the Dads around the world – hoo-man or otherwise!

I’m celebrating this “official start of Summer” with a glass of Elderflower Peach Sangria – my own concoction and very refreshing on a hot day. (Recipe below.) À votre santé!

I just ventured downstairs to get a refill. Seeing Ramses’ behavior at the back door tipped me off to the fact that Hayley is running around the Concrete Jungle having a good old time (and driving the cat crazy…) – she’s celebrating the Summer Stolstice, too!

Hayley, won’t you come out.
– “Hayley” (ONOFF)

Anywho, I pulled a 2-card spread this morning. The first card, the 5 of Skulls (Pentacles), represents today’s Summer Solstice:

While the second card, The Hanged Man, spoke to a more personal question:

Notice how the first card is highly suggestive of this scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula(1992):

The message gleaned from both cards is this: Surrender. Go with flow and know that you’ve done all you can. Fate lies with the Universe.

Indeed. Let’s raise a glass of cheer today and revel in the beauty of the season. Let your heart fill with the warmth of the Sun and KNOW that the Universe will spread your warmth to all creatures throughout the World.

Elderflower Peach Sangria

1 bottle white wine
1 ripe peach, cut into small pieces (I leave the skin on)
1/2 cup Elderflower liqueur
1/4 simple syrup (or Agave)
1 cup fizzy water

Muddle the peach slices in the bottom of a glass pitcher. Pour wine, Elderflower liqueur, simple syrup/Agave, and fizzy water on top. Stir and chill. Note: The color of the sangria will turn a beautiful pink color the longer it sits, and when all the sangria has been consumed I don’t waste those pieces of peach! They are full of sangria goodness so I spoon ’em up and eat ’em!

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What a Cat Mom gets for Mother’s Day

The accompanying card read:

You have the toughest job in the world:
being a mother.
And you are so good at it!
Happy Mother's Day

- PR 12

(These strawberries are HUGE! Juicy and sweet. And look – purple ones!!!)

Whether two-legged, four-legged, finned, scaled, or any combination thereof
Ramses and I wish all the Moms around the world a
Happy and Joyful Mother’s Day.

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