Yesterday went quickly, but there was far too much to do. I stayed home in the morning, so that I could pack, and clear some of the shelf units. Eventually Tempus and I traded places so that he could load the big stuff and do some running back and forth. One of the shelf units got a partial back and went into the office space, where it’s going to hold the paper supplies and also some of my bead sorters and other craft supplies.
Next thing was to start shifting where the small chests next to the toy display have been. They’re going into the back, eventually, and Tempus’ desk is going into the space where they’ve been, so we can get his clutter out of the way of the display cabinets, where it’s been becoming more and more of a problem.
It was another chinese puzzle of an effort because we sold the little dresser, so that needed to get pulled out, then the chests get moved and the tables with stock on them, then the baskets, the chests and finally the desk. The configuration is going to be a little different back there, now. Those things are heavy. …and then the things that had been shifted into the walkways had to be shifted out.
We left the shop past 9pm and went to where we’re going to be living to get some measurements, then headed home. The stars were incredible last night! Yes, it got cold. It was 42F on our way back past the phone company thermometer, but worth the shivers! Orion was dipping his toe into the ocean and the Pleiades plain. Sirius was a bright jewel. The Winter Hexagon was obvious and Cassiopeia shone brightly to the north.
Today Tempus is heading back over there to disassemble a few things that are left while I get back to packing and maybe packing some from the garden? 🙂
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached.
They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
If she (Ishtar) will not grant thee her release,
To Tammuz, the lover of her youth,
Pour out pure waters, pour out fine oil;
With a festival garment deck him that he may play on the flute of lapis lazuli,
That the votaries may cheer his liver. [his spirit]
Belili [sister of Tammuz] had gathered the treasure,
With precious stones filled her bosom.
When Belili heard the lament of her brother, she dropped her treasure,
She scattered the precious stones before her,
“Oh, my only brother, do not let me perish!
On the day when Tammuz plays for me on the flute of lapis lazuli, playing it for me with theporphyry ring.
Together with him, play ye for me, ye weepers and lamenting women!
That the dead may rise up and inhale the incense.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/7 at 4:24am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/31 at 8:17am.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter, March 2016 – Tuesday, March 29, 3:00–4:25 a.m. EDT – Shadows of Io and Europa cross Jupiter simultaneously.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should cross Jupiter’s central meridian around 10:11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. At 10:54 p.m. EDT, Io disappears behind Jupiter’s celestial-western limb. Io reappears from eclipse out of Jupiter’s shadow at 1:41 a.m. EDT, just off Jupiter’s opposite limb. Subtract three hours from these times to get PDT.
Mercury is buried deep in the glow of sunset.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 29 High 4:23 AM 7.1 7:01 AM Rise 12:45 AM 76
~ 29 Low 11:21 AM 1.0 7:41 PM Set 10:40 AM
~ 29 High 5:46 PM 5.7
~ 29 Low 11:07 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Time can be my friend or my enemy.
~ So little done, so much to do. – Cecil Rhodes (sounds like me!)
~ A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – WINSTON CHURCHILL
~ A rotten branch will be found in every tree. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.148
~ Most human organizations that fall short of their goals do so not because of stupidity or faulty doctrines, but because of internal decay and rigidification. They grow stiff in the joints. They get in a rut. They go to seed.”
Grey winter hath gone
Grey winter hath gone like a wearisome guest,
And, behold, for payment,
September comes in with the wind of the West,
And the Spring in her raiment! – Henry Kendall (1841 – 1882), Australian poet; ‘September in Australia’
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|“I’d like to build the world a home and furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle dovesI’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms and keep it companyI’d like to see the world for once, all standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills, Ah, peace throughout the land”
(I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing by The New Seekers)
Many of us baby boomers will remember this feel-good song of the early 70’s. Originally written as a jingle for Coca-Cola, this song caught the ears of world and was quickly re-released (minus the Coke reference) to become a billboard chart-topper. This scenario is the opposite of the usual pattern in marketing, where an already popular song is used as a vehicle for a product promotion and I think this speaks volumes about the song’s message. In a strange juxtaposition of cold corporate marketing and wide-eyed naive altruism, it’s definitely the song’s visionary theme and the happy inspiration it creates which comes out on top.
The ideas expressed in the lyrics surely still elicit a nostalgia wrapped around images of smiling flower children, hippies, and dreamy new agers with far-off gazes – and resurrect in us the idealism of the ‘make love, not war’ generation. In spite of the anachronism, I doubt if any of us can find fault with the message behind this song and others like it, or with the ideals expressed in them.
So just how do we teach the world to sing? How do we find that perfect harmony and encourage others to lift their voices in song with us? How do we inspire and lift others up? How do we teach?
There is a difference between teaching and inspiring, and I think that you can not truly teach without inspiring. Unless a nugget of information or seed of knowledge becomes meaningful to the student or recipient in some way, it is sure to ‘fall on deaf ears’, but if that person is in some way inspired or touched by what you’ve said, a seed is not only planted but will likely flourish.
If we can inspire, we can all teach. And we should remember also that we are always teaching when we interact with others, by the very act of being, and sharing space as human and spiritual beings.
Since my earliest childhood, people have told me I’d make either the perfect diplomat or the perfect teacher. Although as my life path has unfolded I haven’t been able to claim to either of those titles specifically, the goal of inspiring others to be their best has always sparked my own soul and imagination. I think of myself and my spiritual, metaphysical and media work as rather insignificant most times, in light of much greater and more famous voices in the field, yet I am reminded regularly that what I say and do, like what we all say and do, does make a difference in the lives of others.
I am sometimes jolted into this realization by a friend, colleague or a client quoting back to me something I have said or done, perhaps even in an off-handed fashion, that has nevertheless made an impact and lasting impression. The things people remember, and the things you ‘teach’, do not have to be big or earthshaking matters. They can be small and seemingly inconsequential at the time, but our words and deeds do live on in the minds of the people for whom they have an association or a particular relevance, however large or obscure.
Since I’ve always been a bit self-effacing in nature, it can therefore truly be surprising when someone says to me: “Remember when you said you don’t like such and such because…” Or even: “What you told me has changed my life around”. From my coaching work to my writing to personal interactions with people at home or socializing, what I say and do matters more than I often acknowledge.
We are all teachers. How we interact with others is important. What we say and do is important. Who we are is important. Even if we say or do something that others don’t agree with, it is still important as an example of what they don’t want to be or do, or as a reminder of what they don’t like. It reminds me of that line that always makes me laugh: “If you can’t be a good example to others, at least you can serve as a horrible warning. …”
Think back to the last time you sat down with a group of friends. What stands out in your mind? I can bet there are several snippets of conversation that you remember clearly, and you could probably quote at least a few comments that were made. Interesting what sticks in the mind, isn’t it? Even more interesting is that you remember these particular things for a reason – be that a conscious one or be it a subcon cious reaction that was sparked at the time. And for those with children, there is undoubtedly no need to point out that children remember sometimes the most inconsequential seeming things, things maybe you don’t even want them to take note of, but that are noted because they have somehow generated some excitement or have otherwise sparked something in the child. Any parent can tell you that many an embarrassing or amusing moment has been conceived in this way.
I like to think of our connections and even our very lives as golden wheels intersecting as we roll along on our winding paths…Each time we intersect with another person, another golden wheel, we make a little spark of recognition and in that spark we can inspire. And when we inspire, we teach.
In the physical world, when we are absent or gone, what remains behind of ‘us’ is what we have created in the way we’ve touched the lives of others. Be that through our biological children and what we have passed down to them, be it through the impressions, memories, and connections we’ve made with those we’ve interacted with family, friends, or associates, or through anything we’ve done or created that has impacted our environment in any way…it’s all a legacy of inspiring and teaching, from the teeniest emotion we’ve sparked in someone else, the smallest gesture we’ve made or the tiniest light we’ve shone for someone in the dark.
We all know we can change someone’s day with nothing but a smile or a cheerful hello, so there is no doubt at all that any of us can teach the world to sing through our words and actions. Today, grab a mike and belt out that first note – anyone who likes your song will pause to listen, and hopefully join in. And know that somewhere, somehow, your song is being ‘recorded’ for posterity.
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