Monday, March 7, 2016

International Women' Day


 March 8, 2016 :  International Women's Day 


HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY TO ALL LADIES!

Today we commemorate the importance and the real essence of being a woman.
March 8: International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  Although the celebration of this day is not well known  especially to most Asian countries, it has been celebrated since in the early 1900's.
However, International Women's Day was not decided by one government, NGO or any one organization. It is a collective vote by many organizations to declare an annual theme or thought that will support it's agenda and cause, which is for all the women in the world, more specifically for gender parity. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength.

International Women's Day Timeline Journey: according to internationalwomensday.com

1908
In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910
In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs - and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament - greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result.

1911
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women's Day events. 1911 also saw women's Bread and Roses' campaign.
International Women's Day

1913-1914
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity. For example, in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage on 8 March 1914. Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.

1917
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1975
International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Then in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

1996
The UN commenced the adoption of an annual theme in 1996 - which was "Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future". This theme was followed in 1997 with "Women at the Peace table", and in 1998 with "Women and Human Rights", and in 1999 with "World Free of Violence Against Women", and so on each year until the current. More recent themes have included, for example, "Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger" and "A Promise is a Promise - Time for Action to End Violence Against Women".

2000
By the new millennium, International Women's Day activity around the world had stalled in many countries. The world had moved on and feminism wasn't a popular topic. International Women's Day needed re-ignition. There was urgent work to do - battles had not been won and gender parity had still not been achieved.

2001
The global internationalwomensday.com digital hub for everything IWD was launched to re-energize the day as an important platform to celebrate the successful achievements of women and to continue calls for accelerating gender parity. Each year the IWD website sees vast traffic and is used by hundreds of thousands of people and organizations all over the world to learn about and share IWD activity. The IWD website is made possible each year through support from corporations committed to driving gender parity. The website's charity of choice for many years has been the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) whereby IWD fundraising is channelled. The IWD website adopts an annual theme that is globally relevant for groups and organizations. This theme, one of many around the world, provides a framework and direction for annual IWD activity and takes into account the wider agenda of both celebration as well as a broad call to action for gender parity. Recent themes have included "Make it happen", "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum" and "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures". Themes for the global IWD website are collaboratively and consultatively identified each year and widely adopted.

2011
2011 saw the 100 year centenary of International Women's Day - with the first IWD event held exactly 100 years ago in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month", calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history. The then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges". In the United Kingdom, celebrity activist Annie Lennox lead a superb march across one of London's iconic bridges raising awareness in support for global charity Women for Women International. Further charities such as Oxfam have run extensive activity supporting IWD and many celebrities and business leaders also actively support the day.
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2016 and beyond
The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation may feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements. IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.


A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Many global corporations actively support IWD by running their own events and campaigns. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google often changes its Google Doodle on its global search pages to honor IWD. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status.

In Asian countries especially in the Philippines, celebrating this event is becoming more relevant and getting largely known as the females are starting to step up and voice out the need to acquire equality in the world that is first known to be manipulated by males. I am a woman. I am not saying that i don't get that privilege of equality. I do, actually and i am thankful that i was born in this generation when women are given rights and opportunity to be who we are and who we want to be regardless of the diversity, religion, race or preference. We all need to haveour rights, but we should also look at every angle or situation we are in. Practicing a certain right is a powerful law. Sometimes we tend to go beyond limits all because we thought that we have the right to fight for a cause. We are now women with power and intelligence that oftentimes surpasses that of the men. That is why we should always remember the responsibility that comes with that power. It's not because we are women that we thought we are always being discriminated. Sometimes we don't see the big picture. There are situations that we have to step down and give way to men for a greater good. And sometimes we tend to use our gender to get what we want and use law as an excuse. We have to admit that oftentimes some women get manipulated and find themselves in situation in the wrong place and at the wrong time because of their own doing. Then blame the men for what happened to them. Men are not the only gender who are capable of being dark. Women as well. A lot of women participate in illegatlities and lawless acts and oftentimes other women get caught in it. So we should also be aware that if women have the right to euality and safety, so do men. 
International Women's Day
To all the women out there, bear in mind that we may have same power and intelligence with men but always bear in mind that when it comes to inner strength and intuition, they can never top that. So let us all celebrate the divinity of being a woman, of carrying the spirituality of a Goddess, of being a creature of fertility and production and being born with the courage to face life no matter what it throws at us. We are women! We are power! We are the daughter of the Goddess! Blessed Be!!!










Friday, January 29, 2016

Imbolc / Candlemas




     Merry Imbolc to everyone! I was supposed to celebrate Imbolc on Feb2-5 but i chose to do it on Jan 24, 2015 since it's full moon. Apart from that i cannot do it here where i work so i had to go to my other place a bit provincial so that i can meditate quietly. But i cannot do it on the exact date for the celebration of Imbolc due to my schedule so i just made  a point to squeeze it in. 
    
     I am a solitary witch. i prefer to be alone but othertimes i look for people where i can celebrate sabbats with. Yet knowing the nature of religion in this country, Christianity and Catholicism, meeting like minded people is quite scarce. 

     For anyone who isn't aware of what Imbolc/Candlemas is, Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced i-molg), also called (Saint) Brigid's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde, Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde,Manx: Laa'l Breeshey), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain—and corresponds to the Welsh Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau. Christians observe it as the feast day of Saint Brigid, especially in Ireland.

Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess. At Imbolc, Brigid's crosses were made and a doll-like figure of Brigid, called a Brídeóg, would be paraded from house-to-house. Brigid was said to visit one's home at Imbolc. To receive her blessings, people would make a bed for Brigid and leave her food and drink, while items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless. Brigid was also invoked to protect homes and livestock. Special feasts were had, holy wells were visited and it was also a time for divination.
Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the latter 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Imbolc, or something based on it, as a religious holiday.

     From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 I was raised a Catholic but i have always had a huge doubt in my mind that there's more to ife than just how it is being led by a book that's made holy by some people anonymous to me. Since i was a kid i have always been fascinated by lores and myths and gods and goddesses. I thought it will all wear off once i grow up like my parents used to say. But some of my grandparents say otherwise. They are witches and still practicing until some of them died of old age. I never had a chance to practice what my grandparents tell me until now. However the knowlege i have from my grandparents are quite different from Wicca since Wicca originated from Europe. But most of the beliefs and teachings are simiar to the other. Now i am thankful i found Wicca in my life. I feel free to love and care for myself and others without having fear of being judged. And i became more aware of the significance of other beings aside from me. 

     When i celebrated Imbolc, i cooked some food which is available in my country. My sister, who is also a solitary Wiccan, helped me prepare for the candles and fruits to be served for the coming of warm light being brought by the divine goddess. We prayed and thanked Cernunnos and the divine goddess for the coming spring and for giving us hope for the future by producing new sprouts on Earth. Somehow i am satisfied with what i saw on my offerings. I included the spirit of my late mother in my prayers. No icons, statues, images or anything in front of me. Just me and my sister with some meditation music and a couple of fruits to symbolize the coming of spring, my crystal necklace in a bowl with salted water for charging place outside my house under the fullmoon, pasta with olive oil and tuna (no meat), and a bottle of red wine ( just a common one, others are not in my range of budget ), and a cool talk with my lovely sister. Afterwards, a hot tea at 2:00am. 

     I only hope what my sister and i shared during imbolc is also felt and celebrated by others. If that happens it would have been so nice. Just thinking of nothing but the good the future holds and what the next morning has to offer. 

     Sometimes i try to talk to a few on what i believe in and how it liberates me. There are so many reactions i have seen. But most of them are fear and doubt on the kind of person i am since i follow Wicca and it's out of the so-called norms in the society. I wouldn't mind being judged. There are times i get hurt by the connotations of what Wicca is and how most people perceive it as evil and demonic in nature. But nowadays i take it a bit lighter as i learn at the same time. I'm starting to realize that it's only natural for people to fear the unknown and to criticize what they have no knowledge.

     Today i am still studying about Wicca and i guess i will not stop doing so because it is a life long process and i also believe that my whole life is not enough to use in studying and learning this belief. But i don't mind. I love doing it. It gives me purpose. It's like Imbolc. A start of a new everything. A hope for a bright future. So mote it be.

     Merry Imboolc everyone!!! Blessed be...




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

David J. Stewart: Man of Faith or Man of Fools


David J. Stewart


David J Stewart Exposed!!
David J Stewart believes in necromancy

     While i was browsing for ideas about making accessories thorugh the internet i came upon a certain website www.jesus-is-savior.com. From the title itself i knew that it was about religion specifically about bible and Christianity or Catholicism. It's ok by me because i love reading and learning history and religion. I was expecting for something biblical and educational that somehow can relate to some readers or at least a good understanding of how Christianity's beliefs work. But i was so surprised when i opened the page. This is what i basically saw. 

     At the far left and right sides of the page are choices that will link to different topics. When i clicked one of choices on the left i opened up a page that talks of heresies. And i was shocked to see that most most of the topics he talked about are how people are represented with false doctrines and wrong teachings and fake churches by the other religions who also use Bible. According to David people are too blind to see that many churches are using the name of God and the sanctity of Bible just to earn money and make a fool out of us. If i was a Christian i would have believed in what he said about we should be studying Bible, attend Christian groups or celebrate with the Christians for the coming of the Lord and whatnot. But since i am not a Christian i won't have to or i would probably end up giving out more questions one after another than receiving answers. But i respect the belief though. And for some Christians I've met i admire their strong will to not stray from what they were taught. 
     However, with this David character, understanding Christianity has led me to a new level. I tried to read every article in the page. But i was so overwhelmed with what he was trying to convey so i stopped in ... well... i couldn't even recall anymore where i stopped.
     The ideas that caught my eyes are:

By faith in Jesus Christ ALONE we are immediately saved.

     If by Jesus alone people get saved then how about those who don't take him for a God Or a saviour? Like the Jewish or the Muslims or Buddhists or ... there are so many religions not related to Jesus or Bible. How can they be saved? from... well in the first place nobody really knows what it really is we should be saved from, right? But since that is their belief we cannot take that away from them. So if Christians think that something is going to destroy all the people someday and the world will be engulfed in fire like burning hell and Jesus is the only way who save us then so be it. Let's just leave them with their own thoughts.

* Salvation is NOT found in a religion or good works, but in a Person... The LORD JESUS CHRIST!
     In this sentence i was more confused. All the while i really thought that Christians considered Jesus as God. Because once i had a chance to get in a chat room full of Christians and i asked one of them what was Jesus's religion at the time he walked the Earth. She answered God has no religion because He is The Religion and God is the one who wrote the Bible. That was from crosswalk.com. When i tried to relate the history on how Bible was made, who made them and why i don't use it as my guiding path most of them got so agitated in fact the very person i was talking to accused me of insulting her when all i am saying are what i have learned and read and known. Then she walked out on me (that's figurative of course coz we're talking on a chat room) Since i was a child i have been hearing Christian's say Jesus is God and he is the Lord. So that's what i thought of ever since. But now this David guy is simply stating that Jesus is not a God but a person. That he is only some sort of a bridge to reach God. I wonder what other devoted Christian's would think if they knew about this.

* False Religions and False Doctrines

     David mentioned a list of rituals and traditions that some of them are practiced by Catholics that he considers heretic in this topic. He said: 
     * Baptismal Regeneration is the process of water baptizing in order to go to heaven and it is a lie. That is how the Catholics have done it in centuries right? And no one has complained about it. Because that is what the Catholics and maybe some of the Christians believe and maybe they still do until now. So why would David argue with it? Why does he have to go through all the trouble of starting an argument where no one has won nor failed?
     * Jesus has been known to sacrifice his own blood to save the humanity. David said it's blasphemy.
     * In Celibacy Priests should get married and not tie themselves to the idea that they shoud devout their lives to religion. It's only fair that everyone shlould practice their right to be with people they love but since it is the Catholic's belief then why argue with it?
     * Bibles are spoken into 2 different says: Speaking in tounges and silly jibber jabber of some sort. Maybe people who are well vered with Bible are the ones who can understand about this.
     * Even Satan can do miracles. - Of course, according to Catholics and Christians Satan is an spitomy of everything evil and the counterpart of God so he probably can do miracles as well in order to attract humans to follow him.
     * The Age of Aquarious: To get into the age of Aquarious is to enter into a new world where there is only one nation governed by one Federation and being run by the Antichrist.
 - I think this is totally overrated . There are a lot more, you can read them all throught the link stated above.

     * Billions of People are Going to Hell!
     
     According to Davide there are approximately billions of people aound the world and 90% dying without wven raching 70years old. And portion of this percentage don't believe in Jesus so they will definitely go to hell. - For me, i don't care coz i don't beleive in hell. For me if there really are heaven and hell they are already here on Earth depending on how you treat others and what you contribute in your community. I don't need to believe in some guy who lived thousands of years ago who became a hero and turned out to be a God to live accordig to my beliefs. Everyone should live as how they want their lives be written in history. No one shlould speak on their behalf unless they ask to or if they are incapable of speaking. And no one should force others to believe in what they believe because it will only end in unnecessary arguments.

    * The Devil's Music
     David said most of the musicians sold their soul to the demon. The music icons he mentioned ar Taylor Swift (isn't she the pretty young lady whom i saw one time in the news visiting a sick kid in a hospital?, so for David being compassionate is an evil work?), Hollywood has an immense hate for Jesus due to allowing satanic industries to produce evil music, Led Zeppelin is evil to the core especially when their guitarist Jimmy claimed that he follows the words of Aleister Crowley, a well known magician and faith speaker in the late 1800's onwards, Kanye West is one of the reasons why America is on the road to hell, Niki Minaj is an example of a temptest because of her music saying she loved cocaine dealers and popping pilss, Justin Bieber is a homosexual boy toy, Dolly Parton is also a devil worshipper because she sang one of Led Zeppelin's songs, Rock music is the devil's advocate, Eminem is promoting hell when he popularized his song "I wnt to dig my way to Hell", Michael jackson is evil by himself alone by his way of interpreting his songs with erotic voice sounds and dances, and there are tons more with the link above. But what caught my eyes is mentioning soe christians use music like rock music with biblical lyrics,so for David this is satanic all the way and both satanists and wiccans follow the God Pan, the world's most infamous sex predator. (Is it the same with Peter Pan?)
     So i thought what does David really want in a music?  Does music have to be mellow all the time? I thought everything we do even music itself is influenced by our thoughts and feeling therefore by our soul so how can something so lovely be considered led by evil? For me i think David is just trying to make every anlge of evil so that he can justify his point.

     David J. Stewart probably is a kind of person who is not content with his life. He could be someone so stressed and depressed that he can't accept the fact that others are happy so he does these in order to make others feel miserable as well. Or maybe he is the one who's lost and need some guidance. Maybe he needs someone who will tell him not of the Bible or Chrstianity or Catholicism or anything that pertains to individual's belief, but of accepting life as it is. That humans have different views in life and beliefs and faith. That what's important is that we are getting along together regardless of the race and color. If his intention is to make enemies more than friends then he is doing it perfectly. 
     Somehow i thought of what kind of person would do these things that David did. I thought maybe something went wrong in his past or maybe there is something wrong with him he just doesn't know it. Until i came upon these pages.
     David J Stewart Exposed!!
     David J Stewart believes in necromancy
     Then i fully understood. I may not be an expert in Psychology but according to a Psychologist i know, if  person undrgoes the same ordeal there is a disorder in him and he should be understood than judged. So now i am just trying to understand this person. It would be a lot easier to just accept him as he is and understand what he goes through and think that maybe that's just what he believes in. Instead of contesting him and argue with him that will only cause misunderstanding and argument without benefits. That's what i said in my comment to his page, contrary to what other reader's answer.
     Arguing with these kind of people will only lead us to nowhere. I will not suggest to pray for him or wish well for him, it's up to you, but i hope you do as long as it comes from the heart. It's what i did and i did it not for him but for myself because it made me relaxed and i'm sure somehow the spirits are there to guide him too.
     To all who reads this, Blessed be.