Thursday, August 2nd I arrived to the loving welcome of the staff and the hosts of the gathering Azrael & Angel. It was great to see the staff at Dragon Hills once again. Mama Rita had a bad case of poison oak from mowing the lawn at her house, and didn’t feel well, so the kitchen was closed for the evening.
I drove to Wendy’s drive through (not too far away) for dinner and brought it back to eat and hang out with everyone. Several more people showed up and started unpacking and setting up.
On Friday morning Mama Rita felt better and kitchen was open and smelling great! I had breakfast and good conversation, and got to know Ernie Nichols better. He is a paranormal investigator. You can find him at the Fort Oglethorpe Battlefield Investigator’s website at www.FOFBI.Webs.com, or at www.MidnightChild.Webs.com. After talking about the fact that my Matron Goddess is the Egyptian Bast, he surprisingly gifted me with an Egyptian dagger! It is already on my altar! By lunchtime the “village hangout” at the kitchen had grown and Vendors were showing up.
The lovely Jenn Bailey taught a workshop on making your own homemade cleaning products. During the workshop, we made our own laundry detergent. Jenn is very passionate about using not only more natural products for cleaning, but also saving money at the same time. It was a very interesting workshop, and a hands-on experience.
Some of the folks went with Ernie and Jesse on a ghost walk around the property after dark and had some surprising activity and results. Voices were heard and communicated with the group.
Saturday was filled with excellent conversations on many topics, and the food from the kitchen was never better!
I visited the wonderful vendors and networked and took photos.
Micah & Hope! What a kind hearted couple! I was in love with the masks and the dolls. I couldn’t keep my eyes off them! Amazing hand-made work! The dolls were very “Goth” and so well done, you thought there were going to move and speak, while the masks ranged from Pagan, to Mardi Gras, to playful!
Kit & Kay do great things! Besides their normal Pagan T shirts, and apparel, they also have created 6 T shirt designs for autism. The shirts sell for $20, and they donate $10 (50%) from every shirt to autism research.
Before i knew it, it w time to set up for my concert. I unloaded and set up with Azrael and Angel’s help. The performance went great and although it was quite warm and sticky, the Pagans were up and dancing. (When i performed there at Samhain last year, i was freezing to death! Lol!) After the concert, I broke down the musical equipment and loaded with Ernie and Jesse’s help. Jenn was so sweet and bought a CD. Invigorated from the performance, I slept like a rock that night! Thank the Goddess for the cabins at Dragon Hills and the A/C!
Sunday I got up and had coffee and breakfast with everyone. Said my goodbyes and gave hugs and headed out back home to Florida.
I want to give a special thanks to Azrael, his Mother, and Angel for making it possible for me to come and perform! I hope to be able to make it to another one of your gatherings in the future someday soon!
I had a great time, once again, at Phoenix Phyre 2012 held near Lakeland, FL in April. It was wonderful to see familiar smiling faces and receive so many gracious hugs while at the gathering.
One of the highlights was sitting and talking with Nybor and Elspeth. Two very dear people to my heart. They were there with bells on, dispensing their wisdom to whomever would listen.
Another highlight was actually sitting with and recording Ardy sing her song “Who Will Listen”. She has an amazingly beautiful voice, and I am going to be taking that and setting it to music and fleshing out an entire recording around her voice. I’m excited about this project, because it is speaking to me so strongly in my thoughts and dreams!
And I would be remiss in not mentioning how wonderful it was to hang out with Mead Muse and her clan’s camp. We had great fun all week long, keeping each other entertained, and tempering the wild drunken fairies (complete with wings) that would happen by.
When it came to the night of my performance, which was also the celebration of the 20th year anniversary of Phoenix Festivals, Mother Nature decided to teach us all a small lesson in patience. A small storm cell developed directly over our heads (according to radar on our phones), and continued to expand until it opened up a deluge upon us. It POURED right when I was unloading my equipment to set up for my concert. LOL
Not to be undone, I covered my equipment as best I could under the large tent, and took my mic stand and continued walking in circles pushing the puddling water out of the tent roof. It was raining so hard it was drooping on all sides at least 1-2 feet.
The local Witches sprang into action. To this day, I’m not sure what spell they were chanting, but there were several small groups casting like crazy to bubble us from the rain.
This continued for an hour or so.
Finally it started to let up, and the rain slowed until it stopped. Everything was wet, but my equipment was dry. Thank Goddess!
I quickly set up for the concert and gave my best, albeit truncated, concert that I could muster! I had everyone up dancing and enjoying the coolness of the evening before they headed over to the drumming circle in the now rising fog.
Oh what a night!
I look forward to returning to Phoenix Festivals soon! All my love to everyone that makes this gathering such a pleasure to attend!
To see a few after concert testimonial “Love on Alexian” videos, head over to: http://youtu.be/PmPWH6Harzs
It’s official! My music video, Listen to the Wind, just passed 5,000 views on YouTube. It was a close race for a while between Cool to Be a Witch 2.0 & Listen to the Wind, but Listen to the Wind just won out this morning by a lead of only 118 views! Cool to Be a Witch 2.0 currently has 4,882 views.
The Magic Slide dance video (a clever line dance created by my good friend Ayanna for Cool to Be a Witch 2.0) is coming up in 3rd place with 4,566 views. Not bad since it was the last of the 3 videos to be posted online.
You can find all my music videos here: http://www.youtube.com/lordalexian
I have a couple more music videos being planned out now, including one for an older song, Crone Chant, and one for a new dance song as well.
Which song would you like to see me make a music video for? Please comment on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexian/93711665002
Some of you may not know that I teach online music lessons (Voice, Piano, Songwriting, etc) and I have students from all over the USA, Canada, Europe, & even one in Israel!
One of my new students, “Dream”, has come up with a great idea. She has a Starbucks cup that she takes everywhere with her that she has written all of her dreams, ideas, goals, positive affirmations, etc, all over it with different colored pens. I saw it during her lesson online last week, when she was in between studio recording sessions, and I told her that I thought it was a great idea!
Imagine taking all your thoughts, hopes, dreams, positive affirmations and goals for your future and writing them on your own cup! Then taking the further step of Imbuing it with Magickal energy! Then everytime you drink from it, you are taking that energy into yourself and imbibing it. Making it part of who you are! So not only are are seeing your affirmations everyday, but you are magickally charging yourself to make those things be attracted to you!
I love it. I told her that I was going to share her idea with my fans, and pass on the gift.
Make your own “Dream Cup” and start charging your life to attract that which you desire! Make sure you take a photo of it, and share it with the world. If you tweet or Facebook about it, use her hash tag #DreamCup so we can see how many other dream cups are out there in the world! Lets start a new movement!
And make sure you check out “Dream”‘s facebook post. You can see it here: http://www.facebook.com/my1dreamworld
Here’s one of my favorite quotes that I actually have hanging above my office computer monitor:
“A Vision without a Task is but a Dream. A Task without a Vision is Drudgery. A Vision with a Task is the Hope of the World!” – Inscription, Sussex, England 1730
I just realized that I never blogged about attending Dragon Hills gathering in Georgia last October for Samhain!
I had a blast, although it was very very cold! An arctic blast came “down to Georgia” and it was actually below freezing a couple nights. I was very thankful that the property owner provided me a warm toasty cabin to sleep in!
I was wondering, while I was driving up to Georgia from Florida, if I had been to this specific property before, as I had attended a gathering held in the area way way back in the mid to late 90s.
Sure enough, when I entered the property in my car and came over the hill, I flashed back to the 90s, and the gathering that was held there! My how things have changed there, and for myself as well!
Back then there were no “facilities” really. It was all port-a-potties and ice cold showers. No buildings at all. Now there is a big barn that is the main meeting area, with a stage where the concert was held, as well as the Samhain party and tricks and treats for the kiddies. There is a work trailer parked next to the barn and actually connected into the barn, and it houses toilets and warm showers! There are also a handful of nice comfortable cabins for people to rent, complete with beds, air conditioning and space heaters.
I remember back in the 90s, I had brought a single small square rectangle table to display my cassette tapes on of my 1st album! They were little purple tapes, and if you own one, it’s now a collector’s item! Of course, www.PaganMusic.com grew into the world’s largest Pagan Music store at one point, and we were carrying literally thousands of products and titles. Since decided to get out of retail and back into producing my original music, we have been liquidating the remaining stock. Some of the remaining stock is rare, hard to find items. I currently have most of them for sale on Amazon. Go to www.PaganMusic.com and there is a link provided to go directly to our items on Amazon. There are also a handful of CDs that do not have UCP codes. Because of this, Amazon won’t let me list them. Therefore I have listed them in small lots to purchase at WHOLESALE PRICING at: http://alexianmusic.com/index.php/music/pagan-cds-for-sale-wholesale/ All of our stock is brand new, although some of the CDs may have been open to make sound clips one time.
So back to Dragon Hills….
It was a lovely time, with lovely people. The food was great, thanks to Momma Rita, and the fires were warm, thanks to Papa John and his helpers. I especially enjoyed the delicious Hot Chocolate round the pic nic tables or the bonfires.
A special thanks to Holly for making it possible for me to attend the gathering and perform for a wonderful group of people! Holly and her partner were responsible for bringing me to the gathering. I appreciate you more than you know!
I look forward to visiting the Dragon Hills again!
Merry Meet everyone!
I’m making preparations this weekend for my journey to Dragon Hills gathering west of Atlanta! I’ll be there from Thursday, Oct 27 – Sunday Oct 30th. I wonder how cold it will be!?! I’m looking forward to the bonfire!
NEWS: I was just confirmed to DJ the Halloween/Samhain dance party for the L’Aldila Restaurant at the Cassadaga Hotel in Cassadaga, FL on Hallowen/Samhain evening! It’s going to be a blast!
Doors open at 8pm, and I’ll be cranking up the dance music from 9pm to 12 midnight! You’re guaranteed to hear some old Halloween favorites mixed in with the hottest GaGa-Rihanna dance beats of today!
$10 gets you into the event, and even includes one free drink! There will be food for purchase as well, from the amazing L’Aldila restaurant.
So put on your boogie shoes, re-apply your best dance Monster makeup and come on over to the The Cassadaga Hotel which dates back into the 1920′s!
For those who have never been to Cassadaga, FL, it’s an amazing Spiritual town, known for it’s Psychics and Mediums! Cassadaga is centered on a natural energy vortex, which drew the original Spiritualist residents there so many years ago.
Cassadaga is the perfect Halloween setting for a fabulous party!
For additional information please contact the front desk of the Cassadaga Hotel at: 386-228-2323 or the L’Aldila restaurant at 386-218-3806
Punch this into your broomstick’s GPS:
355 Cassadaga Rd, Cassadaga, FL
Scream You There!
I am excited to report that I’ve been booked to perform at the 2011 Samhain Dragon Hills Retreat near Bowden, GA in 2 weeks. I haven’t been to a gathering since April when I was at Phoenix Phyre in Lakeland, FL.
It’s always great to go hang out with like-minded peeps and indulge in all that nature has to give. I’m looking forward to long conversations next to the bonfire, and lots of hugs.
I’ll be performing my original Pagan Dance music at the gathering along with some of my older ballad-y type songs.
I’ll also be teaching the 1st class from my “The Magickal Voice” workshop series. That’s always a fun class to teach. I love to see people’s faces and reactions when they are able to manipulate matter right before their eyes, just with their voices.
I’ll be bringing my tarot cards along in case anyone there wants a reading. They are housing me in one of the small cabins there, so I’ll probably set up shop and do a few readings daily.
If you nearby, I hope to see you out there! It’s only $30 to get into the gathering, even at the gate.
For more information go to their website at: http://www.dragonhillsretreat.com
Sunday the 23rd of July! 18 days, and almost 3,500 miles later, I made it back to Orlando, FL! Home Sweet Home!
Let me tell you… the end of the tour started to become a blur. So much driving, and meeting so many people, and being so tired = Blur.
But it was all a blessing and completely enjoyable. I even caught up on my Podcasts on my Ipod while driving in the car. (I played them through the car stereo system through the AUX Input.)
It was completely worth it, I met so many wonderful people, and I can’t wait to do it again….
…. but I think I’ll rest for a while 1st!
Hugs to all !
Now where’s my pillow!
I left Indianapolis, IN around 10pm on Friday evening the 22nd, and drove to Nashville, TN where I got see my friend Carissa from college. I only got to sleep a couple hours there, and then it was up and on the road again to complete my drive to Atlanta, GA!
I had to be in Atlanta, GA by 3pm on Saturday! I taught The Magickal Voice workshop, broke for a quick bite to eat, and then set up for the concert at 7pm.
I was so tired this day that I completely lapsed on photography! I only had a couple hours sleep the night before and approx 533 miles of driving! It was a long 24 hours to say the least!
Thank you Sherry & John for having me into your lovely shop! I appreciate it!
A special thanks to Natalie, who took me in and lent me her spare bedroom for the night!
I arrived in Indianapolis, IN about 1 to 1.5 hours before the concert time. I was greeted by an energetic fairy who quickly escorted me into the shop to Jan, the owner. I was then taken on the tour.
The Magic Candle is what a Metaphysical store should look like. Built into a historic building, it has exposed brick wall, herbs, books, & curios everywhere… and cats. There were several very well kept beautiful cats living there full time, but there were also several young kittens underfoot playing in and out of every crook and cranny. Being a lover of Bast, I loved it! “It’s a Fluffy!”
I only got to take one photo on my phone, because it had died by this time, but I should be receiving some more photos from the shop owner, Jan, soon. I will edit and add those photos at the end of this post when I receive them.
The little room I performed in was packed with shining faces, and everyone enjoyed the music and the silly stories I tell.
I played one special song that I don’t always perform called “The Crone Chant” for the birthday girl, Rita, who was just celebrating coming into her “Crone-hood”. I put her into the middle of a circle of people and we all danced and sang to her! She loved it! Especially when we called her the “Bitch Goddess!” (It’s part of the song.) Happy Birthday Rita! Be careful where you point that newly claimed Crone finger!
Velda enjoyed belly dancing to my new song “Death’s Lullaby (Let the Shadows Still the Light), and is an energetic smiling soul!
A special thanks to Jan, owner of The Magic Candle, for booking me last minute on the tour. It was wonderful meeting you and your beautiful community of Pagan peeps, and I look forward to returning again in the future!