Storybook Club members met up at fanciful Squirrel Haven just as the sun was setting, the nighttime frogs started their chirping and the bats in the woods started to fly.
Nick, Keith, Phil, Christine, Michael, Val and the Ditchwitch all gathered at Merlyn's table and all brought something wicked or wickedly delightful to share!
Nick brought a pistol, silver bullets and a silver medallion for the table to keep us protected.
Keith brought Pastabilities bread with a saucy spicy bloody sauce to dip (it was to die for :)
Phil and Christine brought "Wolf Claws" (jalapeno poppers with a "bite")
Ditchwitch brought Wolfs bane, Mistletoe and veggies to sustain us.
Michael brought "Blue Moon" ale :)
Val brought a wicked chocolate cake with a jelly oozy drizzle...
Merlyn added her Meat stir fry, cheese, Bloody Mary's and a table to put it on, filled with silver, pistols, silver swords, moons, wolves and dogs...and even a sheep (for bait :)
Did we HOWL?
You BET we did!
Such fanciful stories of legend and fantasy! Tales of fact and fiction were brought by all. Keith told us a wickedly good story being the amazing storyteller that he is! Stories from history and legend were told, as well as personal stories of coy dogs, and guardian wolves in our own lives.
Magic mushrooms aside, hallucinations were blamed on many of the fanciful stories as well as societal restrictions and repressions.
Analogies and speculations of great thoughts about Freud, sexual repression, wild abandon and getting in touch with our "wild side" were all on the table of discussion.
Domestication of the human as well as wild animal passions were all sniffed at, pissed on, and licked up with great satisfaction! Shaman guidance was also discussed as we honored the Wolf instead of despised it.
The food, as ALWAYS, was amazing, and the friendships are growing into a really magickal monthly swaree' of fantasy delight!
Nick brought the movie "The Wolfman" for us to peek at and we ended the evening with the watching of "Company of Wolves" as a group. Mystery Science Theatre would've been proud of our captions :)
Here is a story for you................
A Cherokee LegendAn old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
"Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
But we at Storybook also will tell you, after much fun and discussion, to not be afraid of your dark or wild side. It is there for a reason. To protect us, to thrill us, to get the exhilaration of running with the pack.
Society would tell you to "always be nice", "don't rock the boat", "be sweet". Those ARE good things for society. But the wolf also tells us to be ourselves, to say no if we don't like a thing, to feed on what we need to, to enjoy the warmth of a group. Wolves are much like humans with their need for comfort and community.
There is a "pecking order" to both groups, "alpha males & females", and there have been human babes raised by wolves to prove it.
Werewolves then are the joining of these two ideas....if possible.
So get in touch with YOUR inner WOLF. :)
Where did this Storybook take us?
What shall we learn about Next Month?