Daily Stuff 10-9-21 Felicitas

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 9:49 PM of -1.0 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by JAMES BRUNT. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

Cloudy and 51F, wind at 3-5mph and gusting, AQI 2-31, UV3. Chance of rain 7% today and 77% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 11pm tonight through 9am on Sunday. Partly cloudy today, but then clouds in the evening will turn into rain overnight. The pattern will repeat on Sunday and Tuesday, but Munday should be dry. The rest of the week looks like mostly cloudy and an increasing chance of rain. Temps in the upper 50’s and lows in the upper 40’s except down to 41 monday night. Five firespots and the smoke plume seems to have vanished…..

I got asked the other day why some fires that are 100% contained are staying on the map. It’s because they’re not out and are being watched to make sure they don’t take off again! It’s heartening that most of the large fires are in the 70% containment range.

Large Fires

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 65% – 70110.05 acres
  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Jack Fire –  83% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 74% – 50409 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 77% – 28840 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 75% – 30928.6 acres
  • Gales Fire – 75% – 29356.25 acres
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 36% – 24894 acres

Smaller

  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 45% – 7230 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9432 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 97% – 4864 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres

Peas and Oregano

Yesterday went by pretty quickly. We didn’t get home in the morning and *still* ended up opening a bit late, because I overslept. Once we were open though, we weren’t particularly busy and once the rain started everything dropped off to nothing.

Peas and replanted veg

I went off down a writing rabbit hole. I saw a particularly nice photo of the Charles Bridge and it sparked off memories of the funny story about how during the building of the bridge raw eggs were required for the mortar and one village hard-boiled them to transport better. 🙂 …and it took all day. I’m still working on it, since there are a lot of links that I want to include.

Porch plants

Tempus had to run into Newport for some errands. It took the middle of the afternoon. Before that he worked in back, afterwards he was doing paperwork and arguing with his computer. We finally started putting things together to head home and rolled out as it was almost dark. We dropped off the rent and then went to sleep.

Regrown veg and horseradish

I was back up at midnight and got a snack, then embroidered a bit until it was time to head back in. Tempus didn’t head out until 2:30, which means he’s probably going to run late enough that we won’t get home this morning, either. I’m tired enough that I contemplated a nap before starting this and it’s past 6:0, now. I’m not going to be in good shape today. While I’m working on this I have Secrets of the Castle running in the background. I’ve watched it several times and I’m stopping to note specific sections that apply to the article that I wrote.

Today I need to finish tracking down a number of links and do a bit more editing. I’ve got the basic article out for comments and editing and I’m hoping to publish it by the end of the day… maybe. I’ll be working with customers and doing more plant care in the early afternoon, as well. For Sewing workshop I have my sampler, and then after that I have to get some headers printed. I was hoping to try that lamb roll today… well, I guess not.

Autumn spiral – photo by JAMES BRUNT

Today is the Feast of Felicitas. It’s a good day for making luck amulets and offerings for good fortune and prosperity. Felicitas and Fortuna are confusable to us, but the Romans understood that Fortuna could mean bad luck as well as good, while Felicitas was just good. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicitas  

Today’s Plant is BlackthornPrunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, “wish-thorn” or “faery tree”. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius ay 8:24am.

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/20 at 7:57am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/10 at 4:05pm.

Set your calendar on the 9th to catch the Moon in conjunction with Venus while Venus is in closer conjunction with Delta Scorpii. Bring your binoculars.

Now the Moon shines only about 3° above Venus in twilight (for North America), just while Venus is passing ¾° lower left of 2nd-magnitude Delta Scorpii, as shown above. Bring binoculars.

A distant giant – The Hubble Space Telescope captured this colorful image of the ice giant Uranus in November 2016. – NASA/Hubble Team/OPAL/Kevin M. Gill

If you want to find Uranus for yourself, it rises around 7:30 P.M. local time and will be well poised for observation in the east a few hours later. It’s approaching opposition, which it will reach next month. You’ll find it in the constellation Aries, where it’s an easy-to-spot magnitude 5.7 — potentially just visible with the naked eye from an extremely dark location. Binoculars or any small scope will pick it up no problem; look for Omicron (ο) Arietis, which shines just 0.1 magnitude fainter, and sits less than 12′ south-southwest of the planet tonight. Uranus will draw closer to the star over the coming nights and the two will sit less than 10′ apart by October 10.

Mercury reaches inferior conjunction at 12 P.M. EDT. This puts it essentially directly between the Sun and Earth, rendering the tiny planet invisible. But don’t worry — it will slip away from our star’s glare to reappear in the morning sky later this month. Instead, try searching the early-morning skies for Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which skims 1.2° northwest of the famous Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus the Bull. The magnitude 8.4 supernova remnant lies directly between the comet and 3rd-magnitude Alheka (Zeta [ζ] Tauri), which marks one of the Bull’s horns. 67P is a 10th-magnitude fuzz about 6′ across; you should be able to get both it and the nebula in a single telescope field. Binoculars will show an even wider field of view.

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – The rubber duck-shaped Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko travels through crowded Taurus this month. You’ll need a larger telescope and a dark observing site to spot its glow. Alongside it are 4P/Faye to the south and C/2019 L3 (ATLAS, not shown) to the northeast.

While you’re here, follow the line from 67P through M1 and Alheka another 11° southeast and you’ll run smack dab into Comet 4P/Faye, which sits about 1.5° northeast of 4th-magnitude Xi (ξ) Orionis in Orion the Hunter. Faye is a bit fainter (magnitude 11) than Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but roughly the same diameter. It’s traveling southeast against the background stars, compared to Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s, more northeasterly path.

The Moon reaches perigee — the nearest point to Earth in its orbit — at 1:28 P.M. EDT. At that time, it will stand 225,797 miles (363,385 kilometers) from our planet.

A bit later, at 3 P.M. EDT, the dwarf planet 1 Ceres reaches its stationary point in Taurus.

Mercury emerges into dawn view at the end of this week. By about October 18th, look for it low above the east horizon about 50 minutes before sunrise. Don’t confuse Mercury with Arcturus, which is barely above the northeast horizon (depending on your latitude) way off to Mercury’s left. Mercury is on its way up toward its best morning apparition of the year. Stay tuned.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

NIGHT SKY FOR OCTOBER 2021 – BRIGHT PLANETS AND METEOR SHOWERS – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR OCTOBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS, THEN AND NOW – STARGAZING FOR THE OCTOBER NIGHT SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-october-constellations-then-and-now

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Saturn (10/10), Mercury 10/18, Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Blue
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Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   9     High   3:15 AM     7.2   7:25 AM    Rise 11:27 AM      7
~     9      Low   8:55 AM     1.8   6:42 PM     Set  8:49 PM
~     9     High   2:54 PM     8.8
~     9      Low   9:49 PM    -1.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite song and why?

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Quotes

~   It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
~   Run with endurance the race that’s set before you. – Hebrews: 12:1
~   Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments. – Michael Vance
~   Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer

Red leaves and yellow leaves
Orange leaves and brown,
Leaves are dancing everywhere
Happily dancing down. – Anon.

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Samhain Magick – Lore – Samhain tidbit 14

Festival of Samhain, 
The Celtic New Year —by Míchealín Ní Dhochartaigh

“The circle is open but unbroken, Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.”

(Samhain, pronounced, Sow’ in, is also known as: All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day, All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Hallowe’en, Olde Style, the Great Gathering)

Samhain is the most important holiday of the Celtic calendar. It is the Celtic New Year; it is also the Wiccan New Year. Samhain and the new Celtic year actually begin at dusk on October 31, the beginning of the Celtic day. Traditionally, however, Samhain was celebrated on the full moon of October, also known as Blood Moon.

This night is the Feast of the Dead, the night of the wheel-turning year that brings us to the This Veil. The gates between the worlds stand open this night. I honour my ancestors who come to me on the whispering wind. All those who wish me well are welcomed within this circle. 

Samhain is celebrated at night because darkness comes before light, because life appears in the darkness of the womb, and because the Celts observed time as proceeding from darkness to light. The Celtic day began at dusk, the beginning of the dark and cold night, and ended the following dusk, the end of a day of light and warmth. The Celtic year began with An Geamhradh, the dark Celtic winter, and ended with Am Foghar, the Celtic harvest. Samhain marks the beginning of both An Geamhradh and the new Celtic year.

During the Dark Ages, Irish monks carried the tradition and celebration to Europe. In the year 998, 31 October was adopted as a Christian festival known as All Saint’s Day, or All Soul’s Day. It came to be commonly known as, All Hallow’s Eve.

Oidhche Shamhna, the Eve of Samhain, was the most important part of Samhain. It was a night of feasting and celebration. 

Villagers gathered the best of the autumn harvest and the animals that could not be kept through the winter were slaughtered and their meat salted to sustain the tribe through the winter. 

Bonfires

The focus of each village’s festivities was a great bonfire. Villagers cast the bones of the slaughtered cattle upon the flames. (The present-day word, bonfire, comes from these “bone fires.”) With the great bonfire roaring, the villagers extinguished all other fires. Each family then solemnly lit their hearth from the one great common flame, bonding all families of the village together. In Ireland, all fires were extinguished and then re-lit from the one great fire kindled upon the hill of Tlachtga.

Fraser writes of  the beauty of the bonfires in the Highlands of Scotland, which blazed on the heights:

“On the last day of autumn children gathered ferns, tar-barrels, the long thin stalks called gàinisg, and everything suitable for a bonfire. These were placed in a heap on some eminence near the house, and in the evening set fire to. The fires were called Samhnagan. There was one for each house, and it was an object of ambition who should have the biggest. Whole districts were brilliant with bonfires, and their glare across a Highland loch, and from many eminences, formed an exceedingly picturesque scene.”

In Wales, bonfires were lighted on the hills, and  the people who assisted at the bonfires would wait till the last spark was out and then would suddenly take to their heels, shouting at the top of their voices, “The cropped black sow seize the hindmost!” The saying, according to Sir John Rhys, implies that originally one of the company became a victim in dead earnest.  Even today, allusions to the cutty black sow are still occasionally made to frighten children.

In the Isle of Man also, another Celtic country, Hallowe’en was celebrated by the kindling of fires, accompanied with all the usual ceremonies designed to prevent the baneful influence of fairies and witches. 

Feast of Death.

The rituals of Samhain involve bonding with the dead. On this night, the Celts believed the doors were opened between the worlds and the paths were travelled by the spirits going back and forth on this night. This world and the Otherworld become equivalent to each other, and no barriers existed between the dead and the living, that is, the “Veil” was at its thinnest. 

It is The Veil between the two worlds that Wiccans invoke when they cast the circle to worship or perform rituals; thus, on Samhain night, when the Veil is thinnest, spells are most powerful because we are closest to the spirtis. 

It is a time of celebration and remembering those who have parted from their earthly forms. Ghosts of old friends, grandparents, kindred from many ages enter the open doors. Now it is a time for oracles to see what will have in the year to come. Bobbing for apples, a traditional Samhain pastime, was a reference to the Celtic Emhain Abhlach, “Paradise of Apples,” where the dead, having eaten of the sacred fruit, enjoyed a blissful immortality.

Divination

Samhain is also known as the Great Gathering. Harvests of hazel nuts were gathered at this time, as were fungi for food and healing, and invoking dreams and visions. Celts used hazelnuts, symbols of wisdom, to foretell the future. 

Here the Goddess is both pregnant and the Old One, the Wise Hag. She is the ruller of the Otherworld, wherein her God/Lover rests, between evolving incarnations. She is Persephone, Queen of the Dead and the Unvorn, Bringer through the Veuil of Life to those to be born, and carrier through the River of Night, those who have passed from the human world. In this dark time when the Veil is the thinnest, is when knowledge and spiritual powsers can pass back and forth. The Goddess will answer those who dare to ask questions.

Stones also featured prominently in Celtic divination.

Stones

In Ireland, when the fire had died down, the ashes were carefully collected in the form of a circle, and a stone was put in, near the circumference, for every person of the several families interested in the bonfire. Next morning, if any of these stones was found to be displaced or injured, the person represented by it  would not live twelve months from that day. 

In the northern part of Wales it used to be customary for every family to make a great bonfire called Coel Coeth on Hallowe’en. The fire was kindled on the most conspicuous spot near the house; and when it had nearly gone out every one threw into the ashes a white stone, which he had first marked. Then having said their prayers round the fire, they went to bed. Next morning, as soon as they were up, they came to search out the stones, and if any one of them was found to be missing, they had a notion that the person who threw it would die before he saw another Hallowe’en. 

Reflection and Renewal

This is also the best time to make new year resolutions. In addition to celebrating the year’s end (Samhain literally translates to “Summer’s End”), it is also a celebration of the beginning of Winter. It is now that Celts and Wiccans begin to prepare for the Son of the Goddess (Later adopted by Christianity to be the birthday of the Christian son of God) — the child born on the darkest night of Yule (now called the Winter Solstice), the soul-son, the Sun of Life. Samhain is a time to review the past year: one’s failures and achievements, and gains and losses: and prepare  to awake cleansed and refreshed at Yule. 

“When you see my power fade, and the leaves fall from the trees; when snow obliterates like death all trace of me upon the Earth, then look for me in Moon and there in the Heavens you will see the soul of me, soaring still amongst the Stars.” —Vivianne Crowley, Prayer to the Autumn Goddess

See also: The Samhain Parshell

Food

Sources

  • Aveni, A. The Book of the Year — A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays. Cambridge University Press, January 2003.
  • Conway, DJ. Celtic Magic. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 1994.
  • Crowley, Vivianne. Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millenium. HarpersCollins, Glasgow, 1996.
  • Frazer, Sir James George. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, “The Fire-Festivals of Europe,” Chapter 62, MacMillan Co., New York, 1922.
  • Green, M. A Witch Alone: A Practical Handbook. HarpersCollins, London, 1991.
  • Personal knowledge
  • Treanor, George. The Irish Heritage Group.

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May be reprinted with permission. 

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Draíocht na Muintir – a poem

The Celts honored the intertwining forces of existence:  darkness and light,  night and day, cold  and  heat, death and life. Celtic knotwork represents this intertwining. 

Other cultures celebrate the night of the deadAlexandrian Egyptians laid out food for the dead and fastened oil lamps to the eves of their houses to commemorate them. 

Ancient Romans threw black beans at “spirits” in hopes that they would accept the beans instead of carrying off living family members. 

The Germans called it Hallowtide or “Hallowmas.” 

Mexicans celebrate the Days of the Dead with both solemn and playful activities: feasts, picnics, as well as visits to graves. 

Traditions

It is customary to leave candles burning in the windows on Samhain,  to guide the spirits and let them know they are welcome in your home. 

Jack O’Lanterns

The people of Ireland leave their doors open and food on the table for the ‘dead to return.’ They also carve faces into turnips and set them on their doorsteps to ward off the wondering spirits.

The Irish immigrants in America carried on the tradition by carving bright, orange pumpkin’s in place of the turnips. 

See also: The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern.

Trick or Treat

It was also night of social bonding. The poor would take on the identity of the community’s dead, and go from door to door to receive offerings in the name of the ancestors. At each house they  were given a portion of the food that  had been set aside for the dead. 

In the villages of Scotland boys went from house to house and begged a  peat from each householder, usually with the words, “Ge’s a  peat t’ burn the witches.” When they had collected enough peats, they piled them in a heap, together with straw, furze, and other  combustible materials, and set the  whole on fire.  Then each of the youths, one after another, laid  himself down on the ground as near to the fire as he could without  being scorched, and thus lying allowed the smoke to roll over him. The others ran through the smoke and jumped over their prostrate comrade. When the heap was burned down, they scattered the ashes, vying with each other who should  scatter them most. 

Costume 

The people in the community who were going from door to door were masked to allow them to represent the dead more convincingly. 

Disguise was also worn to confuse the spirits from the Otherworld because some might be evil. 

Celts thought the break in reality on November Eve not only provided a link between the worlds, but also dissolved the structure of society for the night.  Boys and girls would put on each other’s clothes, and would generally flout convention by boisterous behavior and by playing tricks on their elders.

In the Isle of Man, the first of November, Old Style, has been regarded as New Year’s day down to recent times. Thus, Manx mummers used to go around on Hallowe’en (Olde Style), singing, in the Manx language, a sort of Hogmanay song, which began “To-night is New Year’s Night,  Hogunnaa!.”

Fraser: “Not only among the Celts, but throughout Europe, Hallowe’en, the night which marks the transition from autumn to winter, seems to have been of old the time of year when the souls of the departed were supposed to revisit their old homes in order to warm themselves by the fire and to comfort themselves with the good cheer provided for them in the kitchen or the parlour by their affectionate kinsfolk. It was,  perhaps, a natural thought that  the approach of winter should drive the poor shivering hungry ghosts from the bare fields and the leafless woodlands to the shelter of the cottage with its familiar fireside. “

Draíocht na Muintir –by Daryl  Chambers

A few words of Irish for those who do not understand, dtús is the beginning, deireadh is the end and Draíocht na Muintir is the Magic of the People.  Our world is one of Magic.  We have made every attempt to classify and quantify that Magic, to prove that there is no such thing.  This journey of the learned fools shall be our undoing.  Yet if we completely destroy ourselves, the Magic that was once ours will still exist…

At dtús the simply was – Muintir
For the aid na Muintir
The Draíocht became spoken
Spoken it was in rhyme

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – rhyme
For the aid na Muintir
The rhyme became ritual
The rituals were bound in time

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – rituals in time
For the aid na Muintir
The rituals became ceremonies
Ceremonies found a need for priests


The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – ceremonies by priests
For the aid na Muintir
The ceremonies became holy days
Holy days found a need for feasts

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – days for feasts
For the aid na Muintir
The Draíocht became forgotten
Full stomachs found no need for the Draíocht

At deireadh the Draíocht na Muintir simply was – Draíocht
For the Muintir were no more_____ Copyright ©  2000 Daryl Chambers

Page last updated: 28 May 2004
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Silliness – The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura which was posted on the internet….

Dear Dr. Laura,

          Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great  deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.  When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

  1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev.1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
  2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
  3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev.15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
  4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
  5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
  6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.  I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
  7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my  sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
  8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
  9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
  10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread.  cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev. 24:10-16) Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
  11. I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan,

Aaron

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