Who Is Ann Moura?
I consider myself a rather ordinary person, low profile, and generally private, with a wry sense of humor that favors satire and that lowest form of humor--the pun--but I do try to keep the tendency under some degree of control. I appreciate a quick, sharp wit, and my basic heroes as I grew up were such historical figures as Erasmus, Voltaire, Thoreau, and Beethoven. Born in 1947, the heroines of my youth were such figures as Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton [nursing and the Red Cross] founders of social services like Hull House, and women who were temporary performers in war such as Molly "Pitcher" [named for the water she carried to the men at the canons during the American Revolution], or saints in the Catholic Church, like Joan of Arc and any number of tortured & executed martyrs in the saints list. Women like Boudicea, the Warrior Queen of the Iceni in Roman Britain were ignored by historians for quite awhile, and even Joan of Arc got burned as a Witch when she became inconvenient. Fantasy figures arrived for the next generation with Wonder Woman, and Xena the Warrior Princess -- what a change, and no, I NEVER want to go back to the 50ís!
For hobbies, I like to write poetry and fiction stories, paint with acrylics & oils, work with watercolors and pen & ink, paint ceramics, and do a bit of sewing and needlepoint. I love to putter in the garden when itís not too hot, feed the wild birds, go beach combing, and enjoy walks in the woods and "simple" bicycle riding -- you know, peddle the 24" around the block or neighborhood, although when we lived in Key West riding the bike could encompass the entire island as it was only 5 miles across. I enjoy making magical items such as black mirrors, herbal charm bags, ogham fews & casting cloths or boards, runes, herbal soaps, and ritual attire. I also hate to dust the furniture, but will feel miserable if any dust accumulates until I attack it with my handy dust rag.
My collecting impulse manifested at an early age, with foreign dolls when I was 9 years old, and now includes a few historical and character dolls. I donít tend to collect them so much any more as I have a glass china cabinet full of them, plus a number of individual display cases of them. My kitchen cabinets contain a fine stack of coffee mugs and beer mugs with various logos and motifs from schools to companies. Like the mugs used daily, I also enjoy using my many china tea pots, tea cups, and tea sets.
Besides books on world history, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the latest suppositions about the nature of time and the universe, I enjoy a variety of reading material, as long as there is some degree of action and adventure, great deeds and colorful characters. My eclectic taste in books includes The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, Man in the Iron Mask, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Alice In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Stuart Little, Charlotteís Web, all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Grimmís Fairy Tales, Mother West Wind Stories, East Oí the Sun and West Oí the Moon [Scandinavian collection of Fairy tales], Greer Ilene Gilmanís Moonwise [great "little" pocketbook that reels the reader into Otherworld whether you like it or not!], and some of the fantasy series by R. A. Salvatore, Dennis L. McKiernan, Michael Moorcock, Andre Norton, Douglas Adams, Greg Bear, Mercedes Lackey, C. J. Cherryh, and Morgan Llewellyn. I enjoy all of the Diskworld series by Terry Pratchett [which is rather like an occult Hitchhikerís Guide to the Galaxy, another favorite of mine in both book and television series]. I have long appreciated the forboding tales and poems of Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stokerís Dracula, and the Gothic Romance romps of Jane Austin, and Emily & Charlotte Bronte. I read the occasional historical biography, and I enjoy the ever popular British imports, Doctor Who [mainly Tom Baker's version] and Harry Potter.
In the area of film and TV, I enjoy classic films of the 20ís and 30ís, horror and ghost stories, and am delighted with the advancement of movie making techniques from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series to the recent Mummy and Mummy Returns movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings series, Matrix series, and Harry Potter series. I have been an avid fan of such television series as Doctor Who, Farscape, Babylon Five, Deep Space Nine, Black Adder, Monte Pythonís Flying Circus, Red Dwarf, Absolutely Fabulous, To The Manor Born, Dead Like Me, and Pushing Up Daisies. As a teenager I used to watch Dark Shadows and Star Trek, but today I cannot sit through a single episode! I suppose Dark Shadows got eclipsed by more modern and "toothier" Gothic horror tales [loved Lost Boys--great theme song] and Star Trek was totally out-distanced by Farscape [HURRAH!! The last season was finally aired as a special 4 hour 2 parter that ROCKED!!--and talk about a bizarre theme song!]. Loved the Firefly series and Serenity movie! Got hooked on LEXX, and a number of British and European detective shows on cable, with subtitles or voice-overs. But I also enjoy the "family" type movies like Tron, Flight of the Navigator, Labyrinth, Legend, Box of Delights [made for TV], Short Circuit, Willow, Ladyhawk, Last Starfighter, Cloak & Dagger, Young Sherlock Holmes, Big Trouble in Little China, Adventures in Babysitting, Dragonslayer, and the Bill & Ted movies--you get the idea. Then there are those films that are in a category all their own--like Rocky Horror Show, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Johnny Deppís Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Actually, anything with Johnny Depp is in itís own category, especially if it has a musical score by that genius, Danny Elfman -- Edward Scissorhands comes readily to mind. Add Tim Burton to the mix and the result is spectacular entertainment. Although Depp's "Lone Ranger" movie got panned by the critics, I found it enjoyable with an air of mystery and psychic phenomenon. Times change and while many shows are gone and movies are relegated to storage in some desert facility, they thankfully live on in DVD'S.
Music for me is also eclectic. I listen to heavy metal, New Age, Gothic, Techno, and Celtic music -- love the Northern Lights CD by Covenant -- and I like AC/DC, Metallica, and many tunes from a variety of 1980's, like Bon Jovi, Def Lepard, Poison, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, etc. But I also enjoy Enya and Loreena McKennitt, along with such "rock and roll classics" as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, and The Doors, along with some 60ís Rock & Roll. And oh yeah, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Grieg, Tschaikovsky, Schubert, and well, again, you get the idea.
If anything, you could say I am consistently inconsistent. As an avid individualist, everything is taken on an individual basis -- on its own merits -- and because I like one thing by one artist, it does not follow that I like everything by that artist.
Personal history is also eclectic, naturally! I have lived in the mid-west, the east coast, the west coast, the west, the northwest, and now the southeast in Florida. I have traveled to Canada, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and France, and visited every state in the continental U.S. With a BA and MA in history, I am also a certified Archivist, and have been a Navy Lieutenant, and high school history teacher. I seem to have always worked at one thing or another since I was a teenager, from department store clerk to data entry clerk, to secretary for a department store manager, and office manager in a shipping office. I have grown my straight hair quite long several times over the decades only to cut it quite short each time. It takes about 5 years to grow to past my waist, then I get tired of moving my hair to sit down and re-opening the car door to retrieve my hair from flapping in the wind, so I get it cut and donated to children going through chemotherapy. Married now 47 years and with 2 wonderful children now grown [my son put this web site together for Mommy -- thank you, thank you!], I now have my own metaphysical store, Luna Sol Esoterica in Sanford, FL where I work a few days a week beside my daughter, Xyn (X pronounced as a z, lik in xylophone or Xerox). I present the Sabbats there as open circle, usually along with a festival that includes vendors, healers, and readers, and of course I set out some nibbles and coffee. The store provides a classroom for a variety of instructors, and also for readings and healings. These days because I am busy with the store, my travels to author events and Pagan Gatherings is quite limited. I feel I am doing what I need to be doing running the store, providing rituals, festivals, readings, and a venue for many talented instructors and healers.