Tuesday, March 28, 2006

trying something new

I'm trying out this blog mad traffic generator.
The most recent posts are on my new blog, Jaguar Nights
This blog mad thing is annoying. I didn't know there was a limit to how many blogs you can list. So this one's listed, and Jaguar Nights isn't. Sorry. There are way more posts on here (over 300) while Jaguar Nights is new, so I'm leaving it as-is for now.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Last Post--name change

After a lot of thought, I decided that I want my blog address to be http://JaguarNights.blogspot.com.
I know I could simply go into the settings and change the address. But I've given out this old address so many times and it's posted in so many places that I just hesitate to sever that link.
So I am leaving this blog up, as it is, and starting anew at the new address.
It is increasingly evident to me that through no fault of my own, my Order of the Feathered Serpent training is over. I haven't gotten a lesson packet for nearly a year. Supposedly a huge box of books, tapes, cds, etc was mailed to me around the winter solstice. Guess what? The spring equinox is next week and I still haven't gotten that package. It ain't happenin', folks.
Am I sad? You bet. I invited a couple hundred dollars in books from the booklist in preparation for taking this course. I started this blog.
And then the lessons stopped coming and the excuses started.
I don't want to carry that energy forward, so that's why this blog is restarting under a new URL.
New Tzolkin (as of 02-17-2006), new URL. Please visit me there!
Signing off
Gevera Bert Piedmont
Ix Mahel, Ek Penpen 11 Kan 2 Cumhu

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Las Vegas here I come

So, guess what? I'm going to Las Vegas. If any of my few faithful readers have been there, give me some idea of what I can do that's not gambling, drinking or consorting with prostitutes.
I was kind of excited only because Steve Rother of Lightworker.com lives there now. I used to work for him (editing) and I haven't seen him in a few years so I shot off an email as soon as I found out....and he's going to be in Russia that week.
I'm going in July...I don't even want to think about how HOT it's going to be. I don't do heat well.
Why am I doing this? My cousin is getting married there two days before my birthday.
The things we do for love.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

open house this weekend

Hello--not sure who reads this or if you're in the area, but I'm having an open house this weekend, Saturday 3/11, 3-7 p.m. EMAIL me (don't use the anonymous posting feature!) if you want directions.

2 blasts from the past 6 Cauac 17 Kayab
Tomorrow (7 Ahau) is the 2nd portal day of this Tzolkin.

A few weird things have happened to me over the past couple of days, and I could think about them in so many ways.
Over the weekend, I got a note through classmates.com (the most annoying site in the world if you haven't paid their crappy membership fee, which I haven't) from a friend of mine who I haven't seen (or thought about to be honest) since high school. We had gone to school together since we were 5, and played together as children. I used to ride my bike to her house. (We were usually at her house cuz her mom was home and mine worked.) We rekindled our friendship and that was nice. I invited her to the open house on Saturday. She told me how she lost weight (she was quite a chubby child) and then gained it back during a bed-ridden pregnancy, only to have her baby die after one day.

So that was nice to hear from her, right?

I was supposed to go shopping and to dinner some night this week with another friend. (I need hair dye. Why I can't I just manifest my hair in the color I want?!) But on Sunday I started thinking about all the work I'd have to do to get ready for the open house, and that I should maybe go on Monday afternoon. As soon as the thought was in my head, it stuck there (sometimes that happens to me--that's how I ended up with a fish tank last year). I worked out like a good girl, went to the bank and post office, and decided to eat FIRST in case I bought anything refrigerated so the cold food wouldn't be waiting in my car while I had dinner. There's a point to this.

All these small decisions led me into Ruby Tuesdays around 4:00. I sat down, debated over what to order, placed my order, opened my book and began to read. I was still reading at the end of my meal while waiting for the check to come back when a woman from across the aisle called my name--my real name that I don't use anymore. It was ANOTHER friend from high school.

Remember, I had no intention of going to this place on this day at this time.

I went and sat with her and it turns out that she has stage 4 ovarian cancer. For those of you lucky enough to have no knowledge of cancer, stage 4 is pretty much terminal (there's no stage 5). In stage 4, it's only a matter of time. (Then again, it's only a matter of time with all of us, isn't it?) She told me she'd spent two months in hospice (where you go when you have less than 6 weeks to live) over the summer but gotten better so they sent her home. She was very upbeat. She's in a band, hoping to get a record contract. Her blood count is going down and she hopes to move out of her parents' house again and get a boyfriend "who can deal with the uncertainty" as she put it delicately. She told me she had to reevaluate her whole life. I can't even imagine.

Meeting up with these two people from my past really got my attention. If it had been one or the other, would have been one thing. But two in two days? Very odd. Okay, spirit, I'm listening. What am I supposed to hear?

Then today I get an IM from a stranger. He wants me to teach him "to be a shaman" which is pretty much impossible. It's about how you use what you know. He's very young, only 18. He wanted to learn every kind of Reiki I teach, and Huna, and all kinds of things. By November 5th. He said it was imperative per spirit that I do this. I told him my prices and he responded that spirit said I wasn't supposed to charge him money because he's only 18. Funny, spirit tells ME not to devaluate and dis-honor myself by giving away my time anymore.

Funny that I was only on that IM server (AOL) to talk to one of my friends from the past....If she hadn't contacted me over the weekend with her AIM I wouldn't have been online.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

new Gary Jennings book: Aztec Rage!

How does he keep writing books after he's dead? He's been dead for...hmm...5 years maybe?
I was looking on amazon for a link to Aztec and there it was!: Aztec Rage. Holy crap batman!

btw, today is: 1 Ix 12 Kayab
day 14 of this Tzolkin

Apocalypto: the Mel Gibson Mayan Movie

My friend saw this trailer and said she immediately thought of me. She couldn't remember the name, but I was able to find it. Apocalytpo is the new Mel Gibson film about the end of the Maya's civilization. Filmed in Mayan. With native actors.
Of course I'll go see it. That's not in question.
But I have to question the historical accuracy when it's set 600 years ago, after the Mayan civilization already had declined...and...the opening graphic of the website is...the sun stone. The AZTEC sun stone (aka calendar stone).
And now I've watched the trailer. It's got an impressive scene at the end of a guy on top of a pyramid. Mostly it's people running through the jungle. And a black jaguar.
But's MAYAN.
Mostly the site isn't up--everything says "coming soon" but I signed up for updates.
Why couldn't he have just filmed Gary Jennings' Aztec?