Selections from the Mess, 12/8/13

Wow, would you look at that. Been falling WAY behind on doing anything on here this winter. Time to do a little catch up.

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Michelle from the Order of the Red Grail, Church for Transformational Wicca

Sunday 8 December 2013 on Murphy’s Magic Mess we were joined by Michelle from the Order of the Red Grail, Church for Transformational Wicca. She was telling us and our listeners about the upcoming Yule celebration in which the Red Grail has partnered with Nebraska Heathens United. Should be a lot of fun!

The play list is based on the notes Phil entered live during the show. You can view the whole play list on Facebook. Kate was at the players, Murf on the boards, and Phil was trying to keep up on the play list. Any errors are Phil’s. If you have a correction to the play list, please comment here or on Facebook so we can fix it ASAP.

Play List

  1. Bill Leslie – Gaelic Soul – Scotland: Grace of the Wild
  2. Peter Sterling – A Mother’s Love – Twilight Serenade
  3. Patrick Landeza – Puanani Slack Key – Slack Key Huaka’i
  4. Peter Sterling – The Glass Globes – The Angels Gift
  5. Louis Colaiannia – Dancing Snowflakes – Origins
  6. Paul Spaeth – The Moment After – Redemption
  7. Paul Speer – Vortex – Ax Inferno
  8. Tom Carleno – Child’s Play – Perfect Imperfection
  9. Hox Vox – Jord – Mjollinar
  10. Anne Hill – Tree Wassail – Circle Round and Sing
  11. Brobdignagian Bards – Santa Lucia –
  12. Gaia Consort – Every Sacred Thing – Gaia Circles
  13. Annwn – The Cutty Wren –
  14. Blackmore’s Night – Winter – Winter Carols

Of the 29 tracks we played on the air, we only have permission to share 13 of them with you in this format. Jord was played as the “bed” of our conversation. We do hope to be able to add Hox Vox to our permissions list at some point in the future.

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A Snowin’ and a Blowin’ on the Mess

Murphy’s Magic Mess

Sunday 8 December 2013

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Michelle from the Order of the Red Grail, Church for Transformational Wicca

ad bannerMichelle from the Order of the Red Grail, Church for Transformational Wicca, joined us again this week. This time to talk with us about the Yule Party co-hosted by Nebraska Heathens United. The Yule celebration is Saturday 14 December 2013 at the Unitarian Church at 6300 A Street in Lincoln. Ritual is at 6pm with the Sumbel and Cauldron Luck to follow. Please arrive no later than 5:45 so that everyone can be ready for ritual. You are encouraged to bring a White Elephant gift, wrapped, a dish to share (and/or beverage) and your own feast gear.  Children welcome. As always, an old fashioned Yule tree decorating will occur. This year’s tree will be gifted to the Memory Unit at Summer’s Place (formerly Milder Manor).

Tune in live every Sunday 9am Central to hear the Mess on KZUM’s website or on 89.3FM in Lincoln. Also available on the TuneIn app.

You can hear an edited version of the show here. The music included in that edit is what we have podcast permission for.

 Play List

  1. Inkubus Sukubus – Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Away with the Faeries
  2. Brave Combo – Snowflake Reel – Sounds of the Hollow
  3. Bill Leslie – Gaelic Soul – Scotland: Grace of the Wild
  4. Peter Sterling – A Mother’s Love – Twilight Serenade
  5. Patrick Landeza – Puanani Slack Key – Slack Key Huaka’i
  6. Peter Sterling – The Glass Globes – The Angels Gift
  7. Louis Colaiannia – Dancing Snowflakes – Origins
  8. Paul Spaeth – The Moment After – Redemption
  9. Paul Speer – Vortex – Ax Inferno
  10. Celtic Woman – Nil Sen La – Songs from the Heart
  11. John McCutcheon – Winter Song – Winter Songs
  12. Tom Carleno – Child’s Play – Perfect Imperfection
  13. Hox Vox – Jord – Mjollinar
  14. Femme M’Ami – Circle Chant –
  15. Chorus of Life – Angel of Bells – Gaia’s Voice
  16. Anne Hill – Tree Wassail – Circle Round and Sing
  17. The Bringers – The Scandinavian Set – Ramblers and Rovers
  18. Brobdignagian Bard – Santa Lucia -Brobdignagian Fairy Tales
  19. The Dolmen – Stag Lord and Queen – Winter Solstice
  20. Gaia Consort – Every Sacred Thing – Gaia Circles
  21. Those Darn Accordians – Grodno in the Moonlight – Squeeze This
  22. The Dolmen – The Oak & Holly Kings –  Winter Solstice
  23. Jessica Radcliffe & Martin Simpson – The Holly Bears the Crown – Beautiful Darkness: Celebrating the Winter
  24. Annwn – The Cutty Wren –
  25. Blackmore’s Night – Winter – Winter Carols
  26. The Andrew Sisters (Jim Reeves) – The Merry Christmas Polka – Twelve Songs of Christmas
  27. Los Straitjackets – Sleigh Ride – Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets!
  28. Frank Remar – The Clydesdale Polka –
  29. – Abraham’s Lament –

There is some missing track information, as you can see. If you know the missing information, please leave us a comment or drop us a note on Facebook. We’d love to be able to give FULL information on these lists. Sometimes Murf’s computer, or Phil’s or *K8’s decides it doesn’t want to share all the information

PMP: Avoiding the Holiday Rush

ImageTo start out the month of December, RevKess and KaliSara talked about ways to celebrate the Winter Holidays without getting trampled in the holiday rush. Covering everything from shopping to family gatherings to creating family traditions, the show was filled with fun and information. Visit the BTR page for Pagan-Musings and listen to this episode and other shows from the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel.

Music Play List:

  1. Damh the Bard – The Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  2. Spiral Dance – Solstice Evergreen – The Quickening
  3. Bone Poets Orchestra – Solstice Call – Atheist Anthems
  4. Emerald Rose – Santa Claus is Pagan Too
  5. Marc Gunn – Celtic Christmas Elf Conscription
  6. Marc Gunn – Christmas in Scotland

leaf and bark candlesAs we move through the Winter Holidays there is a lot of pressure for everyone to do more. Before the influx of consumerism that is Western Civilization, people would take this time of year to regroup, to reflect and to prepare.

During the show, the hosts spoke about how they are going to attempt to avoid some of the holiday madness when it comes to shopping. KaliSara mentioned browsing around on Etsy and doing other online shopping. RevKess talked about starting the holiday gift shopping as early as the December before. Both mentioned the idea of regifting.

They also spent some time talking about how some people feel that when it comes to the big holiday dinner that they have to do it all themselves and if it doesn’t turn out perfect it was a failure. This simply is not true. First, you do not have to make every single dish your self. Second, accidents happen and sometimes they make the dinner that much better.

RevKess’s family likes to do a potluck dinner for most holidays. This enables the host(s) to focus on their guests. By providing the main dish, or some central dish to the meal, the host(s) have more time to prepare their home and make things as enjoyable as possible. This also allows the guests to bring a dish or more that they feel is important to their holiday celebration. Not to mention assures that there will be at least one dish they will enjoy.

It has been some time since his family has all gotten together for a holiday feast. Being one of seven children and each of his siblings having children (and many of them grandchildren already), a full family gathering can be a logistic nightmare. But it is something that he is looking forward to doing sometime in the future.

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This is also one of the times out of the year where many Pagans take a little time to ponder and reflect on what they have accomplished in the past year. The Dark of the Year begins around Samhain and continues through (at least) Yule. Those who follow the Celtic calendar have already celebrated the New Year and those who follow the secular Western calendar are preparing to do so at the end of the month. During these two months many people look back over the year and what they have done. It is a time to analyze the events and things that they have in their lives to see what has served them and what has held them back. It is time to begin laying the ground work for the coming year.

In this time of family and celebration it is also a time for us to look to our past and to our future. What have we accomplished that has lifted us forward? What have we done that has held us back? What people and things have come into our lives that bring us joy and enlightenment? What people and things have come to us that do us nothing but harm? These are questions that we must ask ourselves from time to time. During the Dark of the Year seems just as good a time as any.

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