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Irene Jericho
19 May 2011 @ 01:48 pm
So most of you know I'm on a health and exercise kick that started a couple years ago.  I'm currently a whopping one pound away from my boot camp weight, which is kind of insane on its own.  I mean, I'm over 10 years older than I was then.  I suspect I'm actually in ~better~ shape, too.  Although boot camp was good for fast muscle building, that was also the place I started really fucking up my leg (two surgeries later I'm fine, but that's a story for another day).  And although strength and speed were developed in boot camp, my yoga practice has introduced flexibility and greater control over my heartbeat.  I think the combination is superior.

Anyway.

My best friend came to visit last week.  Best friend's kind of a poor term for her--she's the only person other than Jay with an all-access pass to my brain.  She's the only person other than Jay I'll let near me if I'm crying.  She has access and permissions and love that are beyond intimate for me.  People are lucky to get one life mate.  I'm unusually blessed to have two.  I don't really have the words for how much I love her or what she means.  Part of what keeps me sane is knowing that she's in the world and loves me.  Sometimes that thought is all that gets me through a bad day.

Something she said during her visit has been worrying me a bit, though.  I look pretty different these days than in years gone by--the weight loss and muscle development have made me more angular in some places and smoother, though smaller, in others.  We were talking about it and she said the one thing that she was wondering about, worrying about, was whether becoming harder and leaner on the outside was reflective of the inside.  She knows how hard I fight to stay human, to allow emotions to happen, how paranoid I am about my family's tendency to get colder and more dispassionate with age. 

Those of you on my spirituality filter know of that struggle as well.  This past year has involved a lot of trying to find new ways to connect, to develop compassion. 

She said that the Irene she has always known and loved was soft.  Softer lines, softer outline.  That getting healthy is good, but she was concerned about what it means for my greater Self.

I explained it away at the time, talked about how much I've been working to be a good person, but it has me worried.  I do believe in the mind-body connection.  We could look at this one way--my body is healthier, more flexible, stronger.  Maybe my emotional self is the same--better able to bend, move and dance, both with myself and others.

But we could look at it another way.  My body is harder, leaner, smaller. 

I do not want my heart to be the same.

So I guess I'm posting this for those of you who know me well, who have the opportunity to see me in a non-show environment (that isn't really me any more than a mask is the person behind it).  If you've noticed, what do you think?  Am I getting better?  It's sometimes really hard to tell from in here.  I ~feel~ more these days.  But I know as well as anyone that what goes on inside and what shows outside can be very different things.
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
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Irene Jericho
07 March 2011 @ 09:31 am

April 2nd -- The Ram's Head
20 Market Place, Power Plant Live! Baltimore MD 21202. Join us for an incredible show at Baltimore's largest rock venue, Ram's Head Live! Cassandra Syndrome is performing in support of A Sound of Thunder's CD Release. Other acts TBA. Guys, this one is a HUGE deal. This is the best, largest venue we have ever played--many regional bands go their entire careers and do not step foot on the stage of the Ram's Head. Ticket sales are VITAL on this one. We need all our beloved friends and family to help. Please, please, PLEASE purchase your tickets from us. They're $11 and we'll ship them to you for free. This is an All Ages show, RSVP here. Follow this link for tickets.

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Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
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Irene Jericho
The Shenandoah Midsummer Festival is seeking someone to assist with live sound at the festival (June 24th - 26th just outside Winchester, VA) in exchange for free entry and camping. We're looking for someone who knows the difference between a 1/4 inch and an XLR, the basics of mic placement and can follow direction from our sound Lead (Jay from Cassandra Syndrome).  There are three live performances Friday and Saturday night at the festival with the majority of sound tech work occurring prior to, during changeover between acts and during teardown after the last act gets off the stage.  If you're interested or have any questions, please contact the festival at shenandoahmidsummer@gmail.com

The Shenandoah Midsummer Festival is a full weekend of Earth-Centered spirituality and fun held in beautiful Middletown, Virginia (just outside Winchester) at The Battle of Cedar Creek Campground. The focus of the event is to strengthen ties in the Earth-based and metaphysical spiritual community and to raise awareness of these wonderfully diverse belief systems. Toward that end, the Shenandoah Midsummer Festival includes a variety of workshops, presentations, and religious ceremonies that showcase different aspects of the various spiritual paths that fall under the umbrella term of "Paganism," all in an open, accepting, family-friendly environment. Additionally, the festival includes a wide variety of spiritually oriented vendors, as well as nightly musical performances by both local and national musical talent. Our retreat attracts people from all backgrounds, orientations and walks of life.

Visit http://www.shenandoahmidsummer.com for more information.
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
Irene Jericho
04 February 2011 @ 12:36 pm
Had a really lovely Imbolc ritual last night with rassayana.  We did a thorough smudging of her house, cast a circle that included the house, then brought in the light as our ritual work.

Today's question: What should I know about today?  Answer: 5 of Swords.  You overextended yourself--you need to work on recovery and boundaries. 

In more practical terms, I'm feeling a little scratchy in the throat and fatigued--perhaps this is telling me not to go out and do anything unusually stupid and to let my immune system catch back up.
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
Irene Jericho
29 January 2011 @ 08:22 am
Question: What does today hold for me?  Answer: Queen of Wands.  Again.  lol
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
 
Irene Jericho
27 January 2011 @ 09:38 am
Question: What does today hold for me? Answer: 4 of Wands.  Peace at home, enjoying your successes, becoming settled.

That's one of the most direct 'You'll stay home today because it snowed last night, but have fun because everyone else had a snow day too' answers I've ever seen.  lol
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
Irene Jericho
28 October 2010 @ 08:51 am
Hey everyone,

Got a phone call from fala_redwing  this morning around 5 am.  Those of you who've been on facebook already may have seen this too. emcic  had problems breathing last night, so they went to the hospital.  There's fluid in his lungs and around his heart.  Last I heard, they were running tests to determine how to treat him.  Everyone, please aim your happy thought cannons at emcic  and fire at will.  I'll keep you posted as I know more.
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
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Irene Jericho
14 October 2010 @ 01:08 pm
So I'm finally at a point where I have something to say again, but I don't want to subject you to my ramblings on spirituality unless that is a fate you're comfortable with ;)  Let me know if you'd like to be on the filter.  Also, the vast majority of these won't end up on FB.  Too many people I don't know/don't know well on my list over there...
 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
Irene Jericho
13 October 2010 @ 01:15 pm

This is for the Pagans, or those of you who have been curious about some of the Pagan stuff I do.  Everyone else, these are not the droids you're looking for.

 

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Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
Irene Jericho
23 September 2010 @ 09:20 am

I was sick yesterday, so the GP wrap-up will just have to be today instead :)

Blessed Mabon to you all.  For we crazy Pagans, this is a season of harvest.  The Gratitude Project is a manifestation of that--many times, we forget in all our striving that along with work, we also harvest.  Friendships, jobs, accomplishments, even just enjoying a day.  Little harvests, big ones.  A cornucopia of life and joy.

This season has been a big one for harvests for me.  In spring, we laid the groundwork to buy a house.  In late May, we bought one.  We moved, we made it into a home.  And now, as we enter into the time of turning within, it is our home.  In spring, the band shifted lineup and began outlining the next album.  Over the summer we refined our material and began to record.  And now, as we enter the time of turning within, the tracks are coming back better than I could have ever hoped.  Some of the harvests have been darker than others--this year I learned of my limitations.  I hope that I keep that lesson, that I do not repeat some of my mistakes over the past year.  Wisdom is of the harvest as well.

But light or dark, the gratitude for all of it is real.  I have found myself standing amazed at many times this past year, thinking to myself that I am beyond lucky to be who I am and do what I do.  That this wild and wonderful life is more beautiful, more powerful than can be believed.  I am so grateful to breathe, to be.  I am grateful that my body is strong enough to dance, to sing, to work.  I am grateful for this exquisite world, so full of illumination and shadow.  I am grateful for the still summer-green leaves against the clear blue sky.  I am grateful for the love that permeates my existence, that is the overarching theme of my life.

I wish you and yours bounty and blessings as we prepare for the dark season.  May the joys of summer warm you in winter, and may we all emerge in the spring refreshed, re-energized, and ready to begin the dance of life again.  Blessed Be.

 
 
Current Location: the CassandrAsylum
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative