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Author Topic: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)  (Read 335 times)

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I'm late with this - I didn't completely forget, but it slipped my mind at the time I should have been posting it, and once I realized that, I had to think about how to handle it. My decision was, we'll do it, but a few days later than usual, on 6 Apr instead of 1 Apr - as the closing line of the description below says, '... we can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.' (Next year it will, hopefully, be on the 1st as it should be.)

The 15th anniversary of one of the saddest days in the history of The Cauldron is almost upon us just past. If you were a member of The Cauldron any time from about 2003 to early 2006, you will remember Chavi (aka Storyteller Cat and, in offline life, Cathlene Patricia McKenna) and starting in early 2005, her ever positive reports on her battle with a rare form of cancer. (Some of these posted used to be available on our 2005 Archive Board -- but the software it ran on does not support modern versions of PHP.) The odds were against her from the beginning, but that did not stop her from fighting hard to try to be one of the rare survivors. And for a time it looked like she really might overcome those long odds. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be so. We lost Chavi on April 1, 2006.

Elspeth, one of the founders of this board passed over on April 19, 2010, after years of fighting congestive heart failure and other medical problems which kept her offline except for generally brief spells for the last five or six years before her death. She was a major participant here in the early years of this board and her posts can be found on our old Delphi forum. Some of her poetry and other writings can in old issues of our newsletter and in the Samhain section of our web site. The Cauldron would have never started if Elspeth had not wanted a forum to replace a small mailing list, The Grove, which she ran. Back then in cost money to run a user-ran forum on Delphi (where we were at the time) and Randall gave her a year of that cost and his help running the forum as a present.

Marilyn (aka Absent) was a long time active member of this board with many posts to her credit up until she suddenly passed on February 16th of 2013. She was a long time staff member whose expertise on the Tarot was appreciated by all.

Thursday, April 1, 2021, marked the 15th anniversary of Chavi's passing. Since the first anniversary of her passing, we have honored her on April 1st with 24 hours of candle burning. Eight years ago, we started honoring Elspeth on this day as well. Five years ago, we added Marilyn to this annual memorial. We are asking all Cauldron members who knew Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; knew of Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; or who did not know any of these three people but just want to help honor three wonderful people who meant a lot to many members of TC (and wish to participate) to light a candle in honor of Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn at 8pm your local time on April 1st and let it burn for at least an hour. The object is to have 24 hours of candles burning for them -- one hour at a time around the world. Given things like oceans and the like, this may not be completely possible, but we have always come close -- especially as some of us let our candles burn for much longer than one hour.

As well, this year's memorial will also honor any Cauldronites who have died in the past year, particularly of COVID-19. I'm not aware of any specific instances, so I can't provide names, but it seems improbable that there were none. (If anyone does know more specifically about any, please do let us know in replies to this post.)

If you log in on April 1st, you will probably notice that many longtime members of this board have changed their avatar for the day to either an avatar of a hat or their regular avatar wearing a hat. These hats are usually somewhat silly. We do this in honor of Chavi who had a thing for silly hats.

If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, we can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2021, 05:52:01 am »
If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, we can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

I'm in. Hat and candle at the ready.
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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 08:13:00 am »
If you want to participate, please post in here.

I shall set a reminder on my phone so I'll be ready with a candle (and I'll wear an actual silly hat, as my limited tech skills won't allow for a digital hat, I don't think).
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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2021, 06:34:01 am »
I'm in. Hat and candle at the ready.

My hat is on and Lyric and I will have a candle burning most of the evening.
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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2021, 06:57:03 am »
We are asking all Cauldron members who knew Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; knew of Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; or who did not know any of these three people but just want to help honor three wonderful people who meant a lot to many members of TC (and wish to participate) to light a candle in honor of Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn at 8pm your local time on April 1st and let it burn for at least an hour. The object is to have 24 hours of candles burning for them -- one hour at a time around the world. Given things like oceans and the like, this may not be completely possible, but we have always come close -- especially as some of us let our candles burn for much longer than one hour.

I'll be burning a candle tonight for them and for any Cauldronites lost to COVID.
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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 07:53:29 am »
We are asking all Cauldron members who knew Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; knew of Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; or who did not know any of these three people but just want to help honor three wonderful people who meant a lot to many members of TC (and wish to participate) to light a candle in honor of Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn at 8pm your local time on April 1st and let it burn for at least an hour.

I’m in. I didn’t know Chavi or Elspeth and hardly knew Marilyn, but their influence on this community is a beautiful thing. I’ll light a candle at 8pm to honour them as valued ancestors - and anyone we’ve sadly lost to Covid.


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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2021, 08:17:03 am »


If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, we can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.


I will light a candle as well,I'm in Germany though so my timing will be a little off.

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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2021, 03:29:59 pm »

Forgot to post at 8, but - lit.

(I briefly felt bad about not feeling well enough to sit at my altar, and having to bring the candle to my nightstand, but it seems oddly appropriate.)


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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2021, 03:32:45 pm »
Forgot to post at 8, but - lit.

Me too, lit at about 1 minute past 8 here
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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2021, 04:38:24 pm »
Me too, lit at about 1 minute past 8 here

Will probably keep burning through the night here.

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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2021, 05:50:08 pm »
If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, we can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2021, 07:57:08 pm »
Me too, lit at about 1 minute past 8 here

Extinguished just after midnight, here.  Actually it was possibly just after half past, I forgot to look at a clock.
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Re: ADMIN: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 6th (2021)
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2021, 01:13:41 am »


feel free to pick a different hour, we can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

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I'm sorry I'm late to this. Been under the weather (first covid shot) and didn't check TC.

But I'm lighting a candle now and thinking of Marilyn and her wonderful tarot essays.

I don't think she'd mind me being late to this party.

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