Monday, November 23, 2015

Sad News Concerning The Fate Of E-Cigs

The word is out that the FDA is preparing to go ahead and implement it's new policies regarding e-cigs. When put into effect these policies will destroy about 99% of the e-cig market, will place control of e-cigs into the hands of Big Tobacco, and will cause current vapers to go back to smoking cigarettes. This in turn will lead to more smoking related deaths.

For those who have remained in the dark, last year the FDA proposed to implement various new policies and regulations concerning e-cigs. Some of the proposed regulations include the banning of all flavors, the limiting or banning of advertisements, the banning of sale to minors, and the forcing of all manufacturers producing e-cig models and e-liquid to submit costly applications for each model of e-cig produced after 2007 and every kind of e-liquid they sale. The applications will cost business owners millions of dollars in order to comply with the new regulations. As a result, most business will not be able to afford the applications and will be forced to discontinue sale of e-cigs and e-liquids. The only companies capable of paying millions of dollars for the applications will be the Big Tobacco companies. So in one big swoop Big Tobacco will have full control over the e-cig market. All of their competition will have been destroyed by the FDA.

When the new regulations are put into effect the only type of e-cig that will be available is the crappy "cig-a-like" ones, the ones that were produced in 2007. These do not satisfy the majority of vapers. Additionally, their nicotine content is extremely high and they produce very little vapor.

The rumor is that the first regulation that will be implemented will be the banning of all flavors. The lie being spread is that flavors are designed to attract children. This argument is not logical. By this logic alcohol is designed to attract children because it too comes in a variety of flavors. The notion that adults don't like flavors is patently absurd. It's good that e-cigs are not sold to minors but adults should retain their right to flavors as well as their choice in model of e-cig.

If implemented these regulations will prove to be a great tragedy to public health. The regulations could be implemented as early as January of 2016. If you can, please visit CASSA and do your part to make sure your politicians hear your voice and know where you stand on this issue.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day Of The Dead Festival

So today I had the pleasure of attending our local Day of the Dead (Dia des Muertos) festival. It was fantastic. I was blown away. I really didn't know what to expect and for some reason I didn't think there would be as many people as there actually was. The place was packed!

The event was held in the Plaza district, one of two great arts districts in Oklahoma City. There were small booths set up all down the district. The participating businesses all had offrendas (altars for the dead). There was also a main community offrenda where anyone could go and set a light for their dead loved one. There was also a booth set up that sold marigolds, the traditional flower offered to the dead. It's believed the pungent smell is a beacon to the dead.

Mexican Folk Dancers

There were traditional Mexican folk dancers, a parade/procession, various assorted activities for children, and traditional Mexican food. It was a wonderful experience. I will definitely be attending every year. If you are in the OKC area this time next year then do check it out.

My friend setting a light for a loved one who has passed

Marigolds for the dead

A beautiful offrenda

Santa Muerte?

Christopher Lee offrenda. Notice the bread of the dead.

Offrenda for Leonard Nimoy

Saturday, October 31, 2015


The big day has arrived! I'm so excited and I'm rushing about to and fro and probably not accomplishing much of anything. I'm juggling trying to get my altars decorated as well as watch some cool Halloween/spooky documentaries. And at the time of me writing this blog entry I've just realized that I've yet to bring in the mums and asters I will use as decorations as well. 

Halloween night itself is when I get my fun and party in. November 1st, All Saints' Day, is when I honor the saints and spirits that I work with. I give them treats and presents to let them know that I cherish our relationship and that I am thankful of the help they have given me over the past year as well as the future help they will also provide.  On November 2, All Souls' Day, I honor the ancestors, those who have come before me and those whom I have loved in life whom have now passed on to the other side. I will place offerings to them as well on my altars, including things that specific spirits like. For example, my grandfather passed away shortly before the holidays last year so I will include some peanuts for him as he love eating his peanuts. Another grandfather of mine loved chocolate cupcakes so of course he will get his. My friend who passed a few years back will get his pack of cigarettes and a Monster energy drink. I will even include some dog biscuits for some beloved pets. For my ancestors who have passed and whom I never knew in this life, I will give food, coffee, liquor and cigarettes, generic stuff that I know that most people from their time like. Candles and glasses of water are placed to help draw in the spirits and freshen them. 

Tomorrow I will be attending a Day of the Dead festival which I am really looking forward to. However, tonight it is time to party. My friend and I are planning to hit a couple of parties and events and we will both be dressing up in the Day of the Dead-style costumes. 

I wish all of my readers a a hauntingly horrific Halloween! Get out there and get your spook on! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Conjure Finds

Every year I give a reminder to my readers that Halloween-time is the perfect time to stock up on conjure supplies as most places will carry supplies that may be difficult to purchase throughout the year. One can easily find black and orange candles, brooms, skulls, bottles, and even altar decorations.

This year I found a few things from Walmart. I got a black, glass skull and skull candles.

The skull candles are a great find. They were only $4.88 plus tax and are far bigger than the skull candles sold in most occult shops. As you may know, skull candles are great for enemy work, work with the ancestors, as well as domination work. 

Witch War - Lori Bruno Is Suing Christian Day

Lori Bruno is suing Christian Day over alleged ongoing harassment that has lasted the past three years. Both Lori Bruno and Christian Day are well known figures in the witchcraft community in Salem and New Orleans. Bruno and Day used to be friends and Bruno was the one time co-host of Day's blogtalkradio show, Hex Education. After a falling out, Bruno alleges that Day began to stalk her over the phone as well as harass her online. Day is not new to such accusations. Day has previously made comments on social media about wishing rape upon a woman.


A judge has approved a protective order against Christian Day over the allegations of harassment.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Annual Halloween Sale At The Witch Shop

So yesterday was the annual Halloween sale at a local favorite witch shop. It's a great time to stock up on supplies and goodies. The way it works is that if you buy one item you get the second of equal or lesser value at half off. So lots of people will splurge on the annual Halloween sale. Additionally they have free food, door prizes, gifts with purchase, readings, and an on-site masseuse. In past years they also offered free classes, such as on candle magic. Unfortunately the classes seem to have stopped back in the 90s. I like to go and get my reading in around Halloween time because the veil between the living and the dead is believed to be the thinnest at this time.

The annual Halloween sale has a special place in my memory as I first visited this shop during such sale way back in the early 90s. I've been shopping there ever sense. It's a great place. If you are in the area do drop on by. You will love it. You will meet lots of interesting people and have fascinating conversations as well. Oh, and just so you know, similar sales take place on various other holidays as well. 

*I would have taken pics of the inside shop but unfortunately pictures are not allowed. Over the years several people have come in taking pictures with the goal of opening their own shops and wanting to steal the layout of this shop. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pagan Pride 2015

So I went out to support my pagan friends at OKC's Pagan Pride event. It was my first time going. I liked it. Lots of people dressed up as the typical witches. Seems like every other female was wearing a witch hat. Many of the men were dressed up in Celtic or Germanic gear. Unlike the women folk, I think most of the men seemed to be heathens, followers of the Germanic traditions.


Some of it was cheesy, which is to be expected. Nearly every belly dancer performing was rotund. I did pick up a set of runes and a bind rune amulet carved on a piece of deer's horn that I thought was cool. I have been reading about the Germanic heathen traditions after I've gotten hooked on the History Channel show, Vikings. There was a guy there that I previously got a rune reading from at a local psychic fair. His name was Russ, I believe. Anyway, he was giving a lecture on heathenism which I wanted to attend but didn't make in time.

The most interesting aspect of the event was when I stopped at a tent of an alleged "Voodoo Spiritualist", named either "Rev. Nightshade/Rev. Coyote, which is what he billed himself as. I quizzed him and determined he was not a real Voodoo practitioner but just worked with a few of the Loa. Anyway, the price on his readings he offered was quite reasonable, $10 a pop. So I paid for my friend and myself to get a reading with him. Let me tell you, that was the most interesting reading I have ever had. Of course he got some stuff wrong and said a lot of general stuff. However, he had a major hit that could not have been coincidence and it was something I desperately needed guidance on. He not only described the situation to a "T" but also provided the name of the individual involved. Now, this person's name is not common. So when he flat out blurted the name out and warned me about said individual, while describing the situation with specific details that where 100% correct, my jaw dropped and my eyes bugged out. It was probably the best reading I've ever had to date. I've mentioned that as a psychic myself that I don't read for myself because I fear being bias. So I seek out readers just like other people. I've had some okay readings and some crappy ones. This one was a shocker, probably because I entered without any preconceived notions of how it would be like.

My friend waiting for her reading.

Anyway, next year if you have the opportunity to visit a Pagan Pride event in your area, do so. I'm sure you will find it just as interesting as I did.