Thursday, October 28, 2010

Romance and Awakening to Your Inner Witch

Happy Halloweek!

Awakening to my inner witch is an ongoing process. Recently, I’ve realized, at a deeper level, how disconnected my generation is from nature, from natural practices and from the shamanic practices that are part of every world culture. Even though, significant inroads have been made, with a return to that wisdom and practice, still, what have we lost?

And, why?

Paranormal romances address those two questions often, and speak to it through a fictional, happily ever after story. I believe that is ONE huge reason why paranormal romance remains a significant trend.

There is a HUNGER these days, for everything paranormal. Despite advice to the contrary, advice supposedly from those in the know, that I’ve seen over the last ten years, at least, that the paranormal subgenres are on the way out. Well, Nada. It ain’t happening.

All I’ve seen is a steady growth curve. Plus, just look at the TV shows and the movie offerings, and not only during this season of the witch. The fact is, there is a TRUTH, or truths offered in paranormal romances that resonate with readers. It may be the myths behind the stories and the character archetypes that speak to our souls. It may be that most of us have sensed and experienced the supernatural world.

An encounter with a ghost. That intuitive hit that tells us to watch out. Even a Big Foot sighting. Okay, this subject goes far beyond what I can address here. But, you get the overall picture.

I wasn’t raised with the idea of having an inner witch. However, my journey began when I questioned why the heck were witches always portrayed with hideous warts and green ugly skin. They cackled nastily and hugged their ragged broomsticks while flying in front of the full moon. Something about that never made any sense to me.

The only beautiful witch I knew about growing up, until Samantha in the TV series, Bewitched, was Glinda, the good witch in the Wizard of Oz. And, I clung to her image like a lifeline. A good witch who was beautiful in appearance. She didn’t melt either.

The next significant WITCH happening in my life was the white witch, Sybil Leek. She was a cause celeb for her time, appearing on the TV talks shows, and I devoured her books, My Life In Astrology and Diary Of a Witch (1968), like I was starving.

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with witches, that is, as far as learning about them, their real herstory, and their craft, especially herbs. No, I never took the leap into becoming a practicing witch. It wasn’t my path. Yet, that has never stopped my inner witch from emerging.

Oh, if you want to know about one of the best witches around now, visit Dr. Evelyn Paglini at her site, Mystical Blend. Talk about a real witch with a capital R.

I consider *Halloween 2010* to be what I call a time of ~Witch Awakening~

Or, more and more, women are awakening to their inner witch. They are awakening to their POWER. Women, with the thinning of veil, are becoming aware of their true feminine nature. Their true power in the ways that have been lost to us for so many centuries.

This is ‘not’ the so-called power of women’s lib [nothing wrong with that]. This is a supernatural power that has been ruthlessly suppressed. This is a power of the soul rising to meet the Good of the Aquarian Age. This is women unshackling themselves from the horrors inflicted upon them all during our recorded history.

It’s time for herstory. All the ways that women have been and still are being brutalized is ending. No, this won’t be a pretty process. No, it won’t end tomorrow. Unless, we all get our intention aligned and make it so.

Romance has largely been the domain of women. Where else do we show up as powerfully as we do in our romance novels? Where else do we get to love, and be loved by the heroes that live inside our wildest, most impassioned dreams? And, he’s the lucky one.

Often, the paranormal subgenres offer stories where women are liberated in supernatural ways. They kick butt, use their psychic gifts and conjure magick to save those they love. Women save the world. They save galaxy, even the universe. As Women always have. And always will.

Currently, I have two Halloween-theme books. One is a novella, BLACK CAT BEAUTY. The other one, THE TIGER’S MASQUERADE, is a short story in the anthology, Just Another ParaNormal Halloween.

Black Cat Beauty

Blurb: A private Halloween party in a gothic mansion hidden in the Hollywood Hills. Add one party crasher, Sable Kiki, a naughty black cat with a sexy wild human side.
Her covert assignment from her devious, always-cunning father: use her seductive wiles to find out the truth from Devon Zant, a movie star on the rise to super stardom.
Posing as the superhero actor, Devon Zant, D’Torr has arrived on Earth seeking revenge for the capture of his younger brother, and to assist in stopping a powerful enemy.
The leviathan warfleet of the Altirrux wants rule of all intergalactic trade routes to Earth, endangering the survival of D’Torr’s race, and all the inhabitants of the rare blue jewel, Earth.

Available from Liquid Silver Books ~ ~

The Tiger’s Masquerade

Stacy wasn’t looking for a tiger-man to erotically and exotically fill her tank , then steal her heart. That is, until the Halloween ‘Call of the Wild Masquerade’ ball. But, what kind of tiger does she have by the tail?

Zyrru wasn’t looking for a human woman to un-tame his fiercest passions, and alter his royal life forever. After all, he’s only vacationing on Earth, and is almost engaged to The Princess. But her rosefire scent is irresistible.

JUST ANOTHER PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN available from MojoCastle Press ~ ~

Happy Thinning of Veils ~


Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~


Lindsay Townsend said...

Well said, Savanna!
I agree - the female principal is vital.

Savanna Kougar said...

Lindsay, it is vital. Even with liberation, I don't think a lot of folks know how vital. The truth has been hidden for so long. It's like believing in the sun, if all you've seen are overcast days.

Bekki Lynn said...

Oh gosh, Savanna, you speak the truth.

I love the original Dark Shadows and own some of the shows. What fascinates me is the interviews with some of the actors and writers at the end of the DVD's. One set I have is from 1970 and one of the actresses talked about the truth in paranormal and how we're attracted to it whether we want to be or not. Something inside us hungers for it and denying it is like denying a part of ourselves.

I think people need to embrace the idea that while they may not understand the desire and attraction, it's all right to accept it's a part of their existance, it's allowed.

Linda Banche said...

Women's viewpoints have always been squashed by the men in power, and they've always been men. A witch, like any other powerful woman, is a threat to male domination. We need more powerful women.