I'm a happy Scorpio...but DH is a Virgo and dd is an Aries (does that count Slavia?
Although I don't really feel drawn to the whole "Scorpio Mystique" I do have at least a few of the "standard" personality traits. I just wish the astrological symbol was little more...well...nifty looking! I'd love a Sorpio babe but it looks like this one is going to be a Gemini. Hmmmm...a whole house of random signs covering all the elements! Could be fun...
Ode- oh sweetie...you are not having any luck this season. I hope the doctor finds something benign or at least easily treatable and that you're feeling better soon. I'll light another candle for you and your little one if that's okay. I'm sure the stress you've been under recently can't have helped your health.
brendon- wow! That's an ambitious Solstice gathering...it sounds wonderful! Hmmmm....how far from tompkins county to chautauqua county?
Have you checked out Serpentine Music (http://www.serpentinemusic.com/
) for solstice music ideas? Libana and MotherTongue are both great, and a friend has a cd by Broceliande that was really pretty too. The Serpentine site usually has a few mp3s or "song bits" you can listen to, and larger pagan groups are sometimes available through amazon.com (not that you'd buy them through amazon, but the amazon site usually has sample tracks as well).
Also browsing the Serpentine page I found "Winter Solstice Singing Ritual--Book/CD set" which might include sheet music if you want to do the singing/playing yourself!
Our Halloweed outing and Samhain ritual were a bust I'm afraid...my father is very ill and had a full blown crisis on Sunday. By Tuesday he still needed round the clock family care so we couldn't really go out (and he was terrified of the people in costume so we couldn't even light our pumpkin and welcome trick/treaters). The local pagan family group I started STILL hasn't managed to have a full blown event so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a pre-Turkey Day potluck. We're starting to plan a Solstice gathering though so any ideas are welcome!