Another month has passed, another major Satanic holiday has passed. There is a breather until the next really, really major holiday. Many people find the end of October through the end of December a particularly hard, dreary time. We’ve made it through before, and we will make it through again.
Another RA/MC Survivor Poetry Reading
About three weeks from now, there’s going to be a joyous event. Another online poetry reading! I hope those of you who missed the first one will come to this one. Here’s the bare outline —
This reading will be a little different. It will be shorter, but it will have the same structure. Greetings, a preview of what’s coming, the poetry reading itself, a short break, and then questions and comments. What’s really different is that people can read one of their own poems during the questions and comments period.
There will be an Eventbrite announcement with sign-up information which I will post here as soon as I receive it. The reading will be over ZOOM, so if you need to install ZOOM, do it now and play around with it to get used to its features. It’s pretty easy – zillions of people use it and you will be able to, too.
Start and end times are:
Saturday, October 23 at 4-5:30 PM Pacific Time.
Saturday, October 23 at 5-6:30 PM Mountain Time.
Saturday, October 23 at 6-7:30 PM Central Time.
Saturday, October 23 at 7-8:30 PM East Coast Time.
Sunday October 24 at 10-11:30 AM Melbourne Time.
Over-all, this one was easier to organize than the last one. There were some parts that seemed more difficult, but not too many. We had most things in place, and that meant a lot less work for all. (When I say “we” I mean River, Leni, and me, the co-hosts last time.)
If you want to be on the mailing list, let me know in the comment section and I’ll make sure you are included.
A New GrassRoots RA/MC Survivor Community Organization
Creative people are good at creating things but not always good at polishing them or promoting themselves. I know that’s so for me; I tend to drop the ball toward the end of a project in dread of what is coming next. I’m also not very good at technical things. It’s much easier for me to write something than to get it up on the Net. I imagine that a lot of other people have this right brain/left brain problem.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a personal assistant all to myself? Or an assistant I could share with six or ten artists? Or an agent? We could all huddle together and do what they we do best in peace and quiet.
Problem – artists are not known for having extra money, not even enough to pay a sixth or a tenth of an assistant’s salary.
So, how about an organization that could do all this and run on volunteer power? There could be free DIY cheat sheets on a number of topics. A list of volunteers could be compiled. People happy to copy edit, proof read, design layouts, computer trouble shoot – all those good things that others are lousy at. In other words, sort of a cross between a good fairy and Task Rabbit.
This organization could also help artists with publicity – announcing their events, groups, or books in a newsletter and on social media sites and allowing them to use its name to broaden “brand recognition.”
What we can’t do for ourselves, by ourselves, we could do, together, for ourselves and for others.
Guess what? The co-hosts of the poetry series, Leni, River, and I, have created just such an organization. We are calling it “The GrassRoots RA/MC Survivor Collective.” Right now we are working on a website. When it gets a little further along, I’ll send you the link.
The first event to find a home at the GrassRoots Collective will be the poetry reading on October 23.
And, even as you are reading this, the second event is taking form in somebody’s mind.
(A little voice in the back of my head said, “Fuck Halloween. I have better things to do.” Hope others feel the same!)
10/11 (?) Columbus Day
10/13 Backward Halloween
10/20 Full Moon
10/31 Halloween/start of Celtic New Year/start of the dark half of the year
11/1 All Saints’ Day
11/2 All Souls’ Day
11/4 Satanic Revels
11/11 (?) Veterans’ Day
11/18-19 Partial Lunar Eclipse
11/19 Full Moon
11/25 Thanksgiving Day (United States)
11/28 First Sunday of Advent
11/30 St Andrew’s Day
Sundays of advent: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
12/4 Total Solar Eclipse
12/18 Full Moon
12/21 Winter solstice/Yule/St. Thomas’ Day
12/24 Christmas Eve
12/25 Christmas Day
12/31 New Year’s Eve
Dates Important to Nazi and Neo-Nazi groups
10/4 Hitler’s alternate half-birthday (Note: Hitler was born on Easter, so Nazis celebrate his actual half-birthday, 10/20, and his alternate half-birthdate six months after Easter, which falls on 4/4 this year.)
10/16 Death of Rosenburg
10/19 Death of Goering
10/20 Hitler’s half-birthday
11/29 -12/16 Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish Festival of Lights)
(NOTE: Not all groups meet on Jewish holidays. Some groups also mark Candlemas, Beltane, Lammas, Halloween, the solstices, and the equinoxes.)
You can find more information on the following holidays at:
Halloween (personal) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/halloween/
Halloween (background) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/samhainhalloween/
Thanksgiving – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/thanksgiving/
Yule/Winter Solstice – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/yulewinter-solstice/
Candlemas – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/candlemas/
Valentine’s Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/valentines-day/
Spring Equinox – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/the-spring-equinox/
Easter: personal – (for background, see Spring Equinox) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/easter-blues/
Walpurgisnacht/May Eve – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/walpurgisnacht/
Beltane – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/beltane/
Mothers’ Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/mothers-day/
Fathers’ Day – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/ritual-abuse-and-fathers-day/
Summer Solstice (corrected text) – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/well-this-is-embarrassing/
Lammas – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/category/lamas/
Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 1 – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-feast-of-the-beast/
Feast of the Beast/Bride of Satan: Part 2 – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/feast-of-the-beast-part-ii/
Fall Equinox – https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/the-fall-equinox/