Friday, December 25, 2015
LUX FULGEBIT, Ingressa ambrosiana, Natale; Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis, Giovanni Vianini
Visione codice spartito nella notazione originale del Canto Ambrosiano, il Canto della Chiesa di Milano ( Italia) LUX FULGEBIT, Ingressa ambrosiana, Natale; Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis, Giovanni Vianini, www.cantoambrosiano.com
Thursday, December 24, 2015
A Full Cold Moon on Christmas Night
Last night, while I stood in the wonderful cold darkness, I noticed how the almost full cold moon emitted what I at least perceived to be "bluish light" upon the ground, fences, and houses. Several months ago in the same spot, this light appeared "gold-like." I guess we could at least say that the moon itself can literally appear blue, white, orange, silver, red, etc. at various points of the year, and like magic, often roughly corresponding to the actual seasonal weather.
The word "solstice" is derived from the Latin "sol" (sun) and "sistere" (to stand still).. the "Winter Solstice." This is really more of the moon's time of the year. The moon, mon, ma, the mother, the head of the homestead, the center of the family, the hearth, the fireplace on a cold winter night.
The "offense" of saying ~Merry Christmas~
I don't understand as to how or why anyone could be "offended" by someone saying "Merry Christmas" to them. It would be the Atheist equivalent of, for example" a zealous Christian being offended by a "Pagan" Christmas tree. For me personally, I never liked the idea of a bunch of Ted Turner-like high financiers, who fund groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation, making sudden demands upon everyone. I'll freely say "Merry Christmas" even though I am not Christan. To worry about such semantics when there are real issued on the table isn't very practical. My "Christmas" is largely Pagan. Actually, there are some Christians, Atheists, Agnostics, or even Satanists, who all appear to have defacto "Pagan values."
10 Remarkable Origins of
Common Christmas Traditions
I'm not going to place the whole article here, since the origin of the Christmas tree and the mistletoe have been covered.
Since classical antiquity, the wreath has been used as a symbol of power and strength. In Rome and Greece, kings and emperors often wore laurel wreathes as crowns – a practice they themselves borrowed from the Etruscans, who predated them. The Greeks and the Romans connected the laurel wreath to their sun god, Apollo, and considered the crown to embody his values.
Harvest wreathes – the predecessors to our modern decorations – were used in rituals for good harvests, and predate even written history. Ancient European animists often used evergreen in their wreathes to symbolize strength and fortitude, as an evergreen will live through even the harshest of winters. As for the connection to Christianity, since wreathes symbolized tenacity and everlasting life, they were often used in funerals of important people, specifically in the burials of saints and martyrs.
Pagans "stole" Christmas from Christians??
Last year, child actor turned faded actor turned semi-famous Christian activist, Kirk Cameron's film 'Saving Christmas' made the claim that the the many Christmas traditions of Pagan origin were actually 100% Christian all along! Even Christian supremacists, like Caryl Matrisciana, understand the Pagan origins of Christmas. Many books, such as 'Pagan Christmas', fully explore this subject. It was clear Papal policy, just as with their Roman predecessors, to co-opt and drown out Pagan holidays and spiritual traditions.
'Kirk Cameron Says Pagans Stole Christmas From Christians'
Someone should really inform the ever-so-earnest Mr. Cameron that Christian co-opting of pagan religious symbols can be found in the Bible itself. In Acts 17:22-24, the Apostle Paul is recorded as addressing an audience in Athens as follows:
"Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, :"To an unknown god." What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.' "
-- Mark Kessinger
Kirk Cameron: Don’t drink the pagan ‘Kool-Aid’ about Christmas, historians ‘don’t know this stuff’
People have been becoming more informed about the pagan origin of Christmas and other holidays for years. It is interesting that he would choose to come out with a movie mocking intelligence and real information for the sake of what he really WANTS to believe whether it is true or not. Shame on him.
Krampus - The "devil" of this Christmas season
In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure (see Germanic paganism).
In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.
The recent movie 'Krampus' brought back to life this semi-evil entity of pre-Christian Alpine-German folklore. In Pagan traditions, the concepts of good and evil weren't two sides at war with each other. Often they were thought of as two related expressions, two sides of the same coin. The good and bad in all of us was accepted.
What many Christians don't seem to comprehend, is that when you attempt to completely stamp something out... what you often get is just more of it. "Sex" is a good example of that. When suppressed, it then becomes empowered. It's just like with words; they only have the power given to them. Intrinsically, they have zero power.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
'First Christmas Day full moon in nearly 40 years'
-- Peaks at 6:11 am on Christmas Day
-- First Full Moon on Christmas since 1977
-- Nex one not until Christmas 2034
Michael Thomas - fox5dc.com - December 22, 2015
WASHINGTON - Christmas comes with a special treat this year – a full moon! No, it is not a supermoon, a blood moon or a lunar eclipse. It is simply just a full moon, the same phenomenon that brightens our night sky at least once a month. But what makes this moon so special is not what the moon is doing, but the day on which it is doing it.
It is accurate to say that the moon rotates the Earth generally “once a month.” However, the truth is that the moon completes a full rotation of the Earth once every 29.5 days. Because of this, getting a full moon to land on any specific day is generally a rare occurrence over the course of one human lifetime.
Let’s use July 4 as an example. The last full moon on Independence Day was in 1974, so anyone under the age of 41 has not seen a full moon on this date. If they want to see one then they have some waiting to do, since the next one isn’t slated until 2031. The fact that the day is a holiday does not make the event any more significant. Mother Nature will not grant me another full moon on my birthday until the year 2034.
The last full moon on Christmas Day was in 1977 and the next one will not occur until 2034, so it is still a sight worth seeing. You will have to be up a little early to see it in all its glory. The moon will reach its full peak at 6:11 a.m.
Even then, there is no guarantee you will be able to see it. The pattern this week is a very unsettled one, with the forecast featuring more clouds as opposed to clear skies for the bulk of the next seven days.
However, a little Christmas magic may just give us enough time for a glimpse of this rare event. Weather models show the potential for a weak area of high pressure to traverse the region late Christmas Eve through the first part of Christmas Day.
In the weather world, high pressure systems mean sinking air, which is bad for cloud formation. This may just be enough for the clouds to break up enough in some locations to allow the Christmas moon to shine through. It probably will not happen everywhere, but the odds are some in our area will at least be able to get a glimpse of it.
As this will also be the first full moon after the winter solstice, which occurred Monday at 11:49 p.m., it is what is known as the “cold moon.” This is because it typically signals the arrival of winter cold in North America, but that will certainly not be the case for us. Temperatures on Christmas Eve day are expected to rise to record levels in the mid-70s, with some model suggestions that Christmas Day may be near 70 degrees as well.
One thing is for sure. Regardless of how many clouds there are around our area, one man who will appreciate the full moon is Santa Claus. As he and his reindeer typically fly above the cloud deck, they will have ample moonlight and clear visibility as they deliver Christmas presents to the world. This also means Rudolph's red nose may get to enjoy a well-deserved year off, since his next break will not come for 19 more years!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
The 9 Virtues of Druidry
Wisdom, Piety, Vision, Courage, Integrity, Perseverance, Hospitality, Moderation, and Fertility.
Stregheria or Benedicaria?
"The real tradition is called Benedicaria (blessing). The word streghe means an evil witch, one who practices black magic. The word maga means a good "witch" who practices healings, cleansings and blessings. I put the word "witch" in quotes because they do not call themselves witches. The real Italian folk magic is Christian, not pagan." -- TheStarfkr, YouTube user
I don't like pointless debates on semantics, which the above was a part. How about "Regional/Chronological Pre-Christian Italian Pagan Reconstructionism?" There aren't enough of us to afford to be so picky and choosy.
Exploring local legends and folklore
Wherever you may live, you're in a good position to explore local folklore and sites. There could be parallels and overlaps to things that you may feel close to or a part of. There are underused locations with reading rooms, archives, records, libraries, and research tools. The following two links are good examples of local legends and stories.
'Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in Illinois'
'Myths and Mysteries of Wisconsin' (Michael Bie; 2012)
Raven Grimassi on Coast to Coast AM from 10/26/15
He's always an interesting interview or speaker. I've noticed that the best people in the pagan folk reconstructionist movement(s) are the ones most criticized, and usually by the smallest people. They virtually always have a snooty attitude about their own precious little paradigm that they've drawn up for themselves. Raven Grimassi has said over and over that there were many "ways" that were splintered, regionalized, or carried on in certain families after centuries of mass persecution.
Angelic female cat saves human baby boy abandoned in the snow
Often people give examples of some human interest story to "restore faith in humanity." Well, how about the humbling example of an angel of mercy in the form of an animal; with more heart and class than a huge number of humanity....
Hero cat rescues baby dumped in street by climbing in box to keep it warm in freezing conditions
The Golden Phoenix
A long-haired tabby cat has been hailed a hero after finding an abandoned baby in a street and climbing in the box he had been left in to protect him from the cold.
As well as making sure the three-month-old didn't freeze to death, the moggy raised the alarm by crying out to make people aware of the boy's presence.
Irina Lavrova, 68, who lives near to where the tot was dumped in Obinsk, Russia, was throwing out rubbish when she heard Masha the cat meowing near the bins.
She went over to check Masha - a communal cat - was all right, and could not believe her eyes when she saw the baby boy lying among next to the moggy.
"Masha is a communal cat who everyone takes turns in looking after," she said.
"She is very placid and friendly so when I heard her mewing I thought that perhaps she had injured herself because normally she would have come and said hello to me.
"You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.
"Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child.
"He was well-dressed with a little hat and whoever left him here had even left a few nappies and some baby food."
The baby boy was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was given a check up and declared fit and healthy.
A hospital spokesman said: "The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha and the child’s clothing he was not damaged by the experience."
Now residents in the area have hailed Masha a hero.
Irina said: "Everyone in the block is very proud of her and we have all spoilt her rotten by giving her her favourite food."
A police spokesman said officers were looking into the case and had launched a search for the baby’s mother.
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Friday, November 13, 2015
Above, an amazing one minute video footage of Jupiter taken by the YouTube channel Victor matos goiano.
Although I live in an urbanized area, I am able to stargaze due to what I refer to as an "island of stars" above the adjacent county park. Everything visible in the night sky is from our own Galaxy, the Milky Way. Apparently, some of the stars are so far away that they no longer exist, and we can merely see their light from long ago. The planets we see are in real time, which makes them exciting to watch. You would think that these videos would have a huge number of hits.
Below, all from the Victor matos goiano channel, are one minute videos of Saturn, Mars, and a crescent Moon with Venus:
Below, from the edutelescopios channel, are the two stars of Alpha Centauri (A and B); the closest stars beyond the Earth:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Science and Magick
"Everything we don't understand is magic, until we understand it. Until we understand it, and master it." -- Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein Created Woman'.
Blogs are dead?
I've heard a number of times that "blogs are dead," and "nobody reads them." First of all, who ever said that quantity is always the desired result? Someone may only be attempting to reach a very specific audience. This blog has received 81,293 page views. Recently on Red Ice Radio, Stephen McNallen said in regards to the constant urging by the mainstream--to him or any of us--to read some celebrity "tweat." He said that he doesn't know them, care about them, and probably wouldn't even like them... and vice-versa. If you think about it, are they even remotely part of your community?
Perhaps someone who has a blog for the expressed purpose of their own "fandom"... those blogs may be dead. However, just the idea that someone thinks that quantity is better than quality says something just in of itself. I remember some years ago when "Ysabella Brave" was one of the new stars of YouTube, and she had all of this fame including a record contract. Then she became ill, had most of her videos pulled by YouTube for copyright infringement, and couldn't take advantage of her record deal... most of her "fans" forgot about her overnight.
There are still many people who aren't very interested in hipsters, fads, and fleeting things. I recall Hengest of the Odinic Rite saying "fast food, fast values." I think we all need to search ourselves in order to find our true self. Most people even censor their own thoughts, in their own mind! Whose approval are you really seeking? We need to look at our own behavior. Is this who we really are? If you asked me if I think it's strange to see a line of middle aged men seeking the autograph of a star college athlete... yeah I think that's strange.
With a mini-series based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel coming to Syfy next month, I remembered the strange quote at the beginning of the John Keel book 'The Mothman Prophecies'....
"There was no mistake. The leathery wings, the little horns, the barbed tail--all were there. The most terrible of all legends had come to life, out of the unknown past. Yet now it stood smiling, in ebon majesty, with the sunlight gleaming upon its tremendous body, and with a human child resting trustfully on either arm." -- Arthur C. Clarke, 'Childhood's End, 1953
"A Christian country"... yes or no?
Some people have it down that America's Founding Fathers were Christian fundamentalists who founded a "Christian Republic"; while others are totally convinced that they were actually Deists who only loosely adhered to a "God" at all. Unfortunately, there isn't a simple answer, and the closed-minded Hegelian determination of Christian fundamentalists and Atheists only add to the confusion. It is true that the country was to be Republic... a Democratic-Republic. Not a despotic pure-Republic, nor a totalitarian pure-Democracy. We can't even get that down pat, never mind the religious question.
From its Puritanical roots, Christianity grew powerful in America after the Founding Fathers were gone. For example, the Scottish and Scotch-Irish origin of the Bible Belt was different than that of the English Puritans. They may have both been Protestants and Americans, but their journey was different. The Founding Fathers did seem to have been mostly Deists, who realized the importance of the concept of "freedom of religion." The concept of American colonists with a musket in one hand and a Bible in the other is at least partly fiction I think; although it was probably more-or-less true during the nineteenth century.
The Treaty of Tripoli was a 1796 treaty between the United States of America and the Ottoman-ruled Tripolitania along the North African coast. It was in regards to the piracy of American trading vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. The legal formation of the USA occurred during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, therefore the government of 1796 would have had a very clear idea of what the intent of this Republic really was all about. Probably in an effort to diffuse any religious tension, the following words were put within this treaty from the American side.... "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
I wouldn't hang my hat on that quote with absolutism, but it is pretty clear. It probably said more about "separation of church and state" than about the general culture of the USA. However, it is very strong evidence against the idea of a "Christian Republic." The word "God" doesn't appear in the Constitution. My guess is that the Founding Fathers wouldn't recognize Christian fundamentalism, cultural Marxism, monopoly Capitalism, radical Atheism, the military-industrial complex, Globalism, the United Nations, treaties overriding American laws and sovereignty, or any foreign entanglements as having anything to do with freedom or a Democratic Republic from the standpoint of their collective intent. When willful movements with monetary backing grow, so does their imagination of who and what they are. They alter history as it suits them.
Adopt a forest
I've brought up this idea in different forms, but to finally be more explicit, a small group of people (family, clan, or coven) could just adopt an open area near them as a sacred place. A location of spiritual centering. A hub where you can serve as part-caretakers of the land and animals. One time at one of the gated openings to one such location, I saw where someone had broken some beer bottles. Green glass was everywhere. The next morning I came back with latex gloves, a small shovel, and a bucket. I spent about an hour cleaning up the mess. Thankfully, it didn't happen again. If I had just left it, then it would have eventually been stomped and kicked into the soil. Almost always, people who hike the trails are good about not dropping garbage. Actually, hikers at large are among the better class of people period.
The cool crisp air of November really suits me. The days tend to have a dark shadowy tint to them, whether dark and cloudy.. or even sunny. The nights are clearer, darker, and with more stars visible. I love that I live near a sizable county park. Just last night I could hear coyotes howling again as I gazed out the open window... into the wonderful black abyss..
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
'Autumn Wind' by Kellianna
Album 'I Walk with the Goddess'
℗ 2007 Kellie A. Girouard
Released on: 2007-01-01
"Autumn Wind" by Kellianna (Google Play • eMusic • iTunes • AmazonMP3)
℗ 2007 Kellie A. Girouard
Released on: 2007-01-01
"Autumn Wind" by Kellianna (Google Play • eMusic • iTunes • AmazonMP3)
Kellianna.com (Kellianna Girouard)
Kellianna is an American Neo-Celtic artist internationally renowned for her powerful and oftentimes explosive performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. With guitar and vocals this storyteller brings to life the glories and sagas of the Gods and Goddesses. With frame drum and chant she honors the Earth and the Ancestors via primal drumming and stunning vocals.
She is a certified teacher of SpiritSong, a powerful tool for freeing your voice, for accessing the authentic sound that is you, and for entering into Spirit. Kellianna has performed her music and facilitated workshops at venues in 9 countries on 3 continents over her 10 year journey as a SpiritSong instructor.
Created by Author, composer, singer and sound-healer Shawna Carol, “SpiritSong,” is a unique approach to singing and toning based on a method of “singing without words;” a powerful technique that permits us to reconnect to the most primal form of singing. SpiritSong is based on the premise that singing has two primary purposes: first, to release any dis-ease we are carrying and second, to connect us with the Creative Source. SpiritSong uses the voice to sound what you are feeling in the moment and this unlocks your power and unique beauty.
Lady Moon 2004
I Walk with the Goddess 2007
The Ancient Ones 2012
PO Box 902
Wendell, MA 01379
I thought it was interesting that on the old Northern Runes Radio blog, they featured and praised Kelliana on one post. It's possible that they may have misinterpreted her to be perhaps an Asutrar, but it's more likely that they saw her as being of a like-tradition. This type of connection and mutual respect is good. I first became familiar with her when she was a guest on a Raven Grimassi (and wife) podcast some time ago. Apparently she is of Irish and Sicilian ancestry, and is a native of Massachusetts.
I saw on the Kellianna.com under events, where she is holding a two-week tour of sacred sites in the British Isles called "Walking with the Goddess 2016: A Sacred Journey to Avalon with Kellianna." The eighteen hundred dollar registration is already closed. The things we could do if time, money, and responsibilities were not obstacles! I don't know exactly what specific "path" she adheres to. Another interesting concept that I came across is that I have heard that some covens or eclectic groups use Kellianna's lyrics for rituals.
Adopting your own local sacred sites
One doesn't have to travel far and wide to make connection with "sacred sites." There are probably many sites or potential places close to you which you may not be aware of or haven't considered. Right off the top of my head, there is a website called LabyrinthLocator.com, where you can find labyrinths close to you. I know of one very close-by which is not listed there, and which I'm not in a big hurry to make it public. Places with the remains of relatives and friends have obvious meaning. The sky's the limit. You don't need any special permission or reason for adopting a sacred site.
The spiritual side
I came across a very thought-provoking quote recently, but just because it's though-provoking doesn't mean that I agree with it completely. However, it's great food for thought.
"The problem with nostalgia is what we tend to do is only remember what you liked and you forget the parts you didn't." -- John Edwards
The opposite could be true. Someone could focus on the negative aspects of anything. Nostalgia can be part of a healing process. If something wasn't what you wanted it to be, you could lean from it, you could see the good within it, and you can plan your future with ideas from that "good." I can think of only four people in my life whom I have truly "forgiven." Forgiveness isn't my specialty. However, true forgiveness can be celebrated, over and over.
Nostalgia can be an almost magickal process in which you can pick-and-choose. It can be a way to extract people, places, things, and concepts and put a positive energy spin on it. This, of course, is in response to the point of view of the above quote. 90% of the time, things are never as good or as bad as you think they are. Even beyond merely learning from mistakes; sometimes you must "lose" in order to "win."
Nostalgia sometimes can be the dream of what we thought should have been. It may be our own internal propaganda; to "cheat a little" in order to heal the past. Exaggerating one thing a bit, while downplaying another. Of course, if everything went well, then this isn't necessary. However, we all have our own spiritual needs and ways of processing experiences. Two siblings may grow up in the same home, under the same conditions; yet they could grow up with different versions or interpretations of their childhood.
New "...evidence of alternate, parallel universes"
'Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes'
[MSN.com via USA Today; see link for video]
Prepare to have your mind blown.
An astrophysicist says he may have found evidence of alternate or parallel universes by looking back in time to just after the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago.
While mapping the so-called "cosmic microwave background," which is the light left over from the early universe, scientist Ranga-Ram Chary found what he called a mysterious glow, the International Business Times reported.
Chary, a researcher at the European Space Agency's Planck Space Telescope data center at CalTech, said the glow could be due to matter from a neighboring universe "leaking" into ours, according to New Scientist magazine.
"Our universe may simply be a region within an eternally inflating super-region," scientist Chary wrote in a recent study in the Astrophysical Journal.
"Many other regions beyond our observable universe would exist with each such region governed by a different set of physical parameters than the ones we have measured for our universe," Chary wrote in the study.
While the findings sound promising and have already gained the attention of other astronomers, as Russia Today (RT) reported, it could be quite complicated to verify, since the Planck telescope provides limited data for further study.
"Unusual claims like evidence for alternate universes require a very high burden of proof," Chary noted in the study.
The Order of Bards,
The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids is a worldwide group dedicated to practising, teaching, and developing Druidry as a valuable and inspiring spirituality.
The Order was founded in Britain over 50 years ago by the historian and poet Ross Nichols, aided by the writer and founder of the Tolkien Society Vera Chapman, and fellow members of the Ancient Druid Order, which developed during the early years of the last century out of the Druid Revival which began about three hundred years ago.
The Order is essentially a Mystery School and community, and the term ‘order’ is derived from the tradition of magical orders rather than from the tradition of religious orders. Neither the Order nor Druidry is a cult. A cult revolves around a personality, a charismatic leader, or a particular deity or saint. The Order and Druidry have none of these characteristics.
Both the Feminine and the Masculine principles are celebrated and represented in the Order’s teachings and membership. The Order is not patriarchal or biased in favour of men – many women are in leadership roles and over half the membership is female.
The self-description goes on to say basically that they're not "folkish," and that they're open to members of other religions. I do agree with the latter, as someone may see and admire something (for them) as "a tradition" or "a philosophy"... rather than "a religion."
Historically, this tradition was strongest in the British Isles and Gaul, but seemed to have been present in some form in what is now the German-speaking regions and Iberia, and possibly in the northern stretches of the Italian peninsula and elsewhere. The OBOD has a segment in Italy (http://www.druidry.it/).
Monday, November 2, 2015
Venus is always brighter than all other planets or stars as seen from Earth. Even Jupiter, the second-brightest object in this image, never matches the brightness of Venus. Venus is always brighter than any star (apart from the Sun).Venus is always brighter than all other planets or stars as seen from Earth. Even Jupiter, the second-brightest object in this image, never matches the brightness of Venus. Venus is always brighter than any star (apart from the Sun).
Venus is named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. The Islamic "crescent moon" symbol is actually a symbol of the planet Venus, which displays it's own occasional crescent. Venus, Earth, and Mars are the second, third, and fourth planets from the Sun. Mars was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. I suspect that the "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" concept is actually based on certain energetic qualities, and perhaps a lot more. The symbols of each are the same as the symbols of the male and female genders.
Modern humanity disports these energies as they pertain to us, and those energies must just laugh as we hopelessly attempt to fight the balance of nature. Monopoly Capitalism and Cultural Marxism are the most comical such attempts to disrupt the balance of energies that guide us and our planet. If not, then they would not need coercion, propaganda, force, laws, and punishment to enforce what is proper and just?
The Sun is "our star." Occasionally, when the late afternoon Sun is bright and partially obscured by foliage, we can look at it and marvel at this great fireball in the sky. However, what is our next closest star/solar system? It's called Alpha Centauri.
The Sun is the closest star to Earth, about 93 million miles away. The Sun's nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is actually a triple-star system —three stars bound together by gravity. Alpha Centauri A and B are two bright, closely orbiting stars with a distant, dim companion, Proxima Centauri.
It's very curious to me that this star system consists of two stars and one red dwarf star. Saturn, regardless if it's supposed to be some type of "secret" or not, was once a dwarf star only a few thousand years ago. One of the Alpha Centauri stars has a unique bluish color to it, reminding me of the "blue flame" of a small blow torch.
This system is 4.367 light years away, which shows how vast space really is.. if the closest star from the Sun would take perhaps many centuries to reach. One really weird concept, which has arisen in scientific circles, is that with man and machine merging... a person could be assigned for one of these journeys after such a merger in whatever form that may take.
Alpha Centauri (Wikipedia)
Coulrophobia is defined as an abnormal fear of clowns. The term appeared in the mid 1980's, and is believed to originate from the Greek term for stilt walkers, and, of course, phobia - meaning fear or anxiety.
It is thought the fear itself comes from a revulsion of things similar to human form, yet exaggerated, or not perfect. Plus, clowns are just damned creepy...
I think that this idea really sprang from the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who had been a clown. He called himself "Pogo the Clown," and actually worked as a clown, entertained, children, etc. This gave rise to a large number of popular themes in horror movies since that time. A search of "pogo the clown" would show a photo of him giving an almost evil grin as if out've a B-horror flick... although I would rather not post it here. I only mention it because I had posted something about this subject prior to making the full connection.
A few evenings ago, I had my window open and could hear that I thought were dogs howling. Since it was after 9 PM, I knew this was unlikely. Clearly, these were coyotes; giving us a reminder that the wild spirit hasn't disappeared from the area. The local variety here are more golden brown in color. I've seen them numerous times this past year.
A warm Halloween story
Be sure to watch the video too!
'Reverse trick-or-treat' brings Halloween to Lowell boy
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Nox Arcana - Night of the Wolf
The UnOfficial Music Video for the song Night of the Wolf from the album Transylvania by Nox Arcana. It's a sequence from the Russian film, VEDMA, directed by Oleg Fesenko. The priest is played by Valery Nikolaev. The female vampire is played by Yevgenia Kryukova.
It's curious that a woman is portrayed as "evil," while a man is "good." Although this is neither here nor there in of itself, it seems to be a play on Christianity and European Paganism. It's probably best to just see it as musical and visual art.
It's curious that a woman is portrayed as "evil," while a man is "good." Although this is neither here nor there in of itself, it seems to be a play on Christianity and European Paganism. It's probably best to just see it as musical and visual art.
Midnight Syndicate - Born of the Night
Midnight Syndicate YouTube channel
Melodies for creatures of the night... A popular early track from Halloween music maestros, Midnight Syndicate. This dark piano piece entitled "Born of the Night" is from their album "Out of the Darkness," one of Rue Morgue Magazine's "50 Essential Horror Albums - Discs that Created, Evolved, or Definited Genre Music Through the Decades." Subscribe here:
"This was one of the first two tracks I wrote specifically for the first all-horror Midnight Syndicate CD that would become "Born of the Night." I felt that tracks like it and "Darkness Descends" were good examples of where I saw the sound of Midnight Syndicate going. In atmospheric music, less is more often. This song remains one of our more popular tracks." - Edward Douglas
Since 1997, Midnight Syndicate has been producing dark, orchestral CDs that blend movie score-style instrumental music and haunting sound effects. Designed to transport you to a world or a movie of your own creation, these "soundtracks to imaginary films" promise to take you to the darkest corners of your imagination.
Halloween music, music for haunted houses, music for roleplaying games, music for your mind's eye...
Midnight Syndicate is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Visit their official website at www.midnightsyndicate.com. Visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/midnightsyndicate
All music and images Copyright 1997/2006 Midnight Syndicate / Linfaldia Records Publishing (BMI). All rights reserved.
Gothic music or art resonates, I think, within a part of us that we don't usually delve into. In that way it catches our attention. Our ancestral memory is not lost. For many thousands of years, a long terrifying night was a big part of their lives. Consequently, a part of our psyche craves it a little. That's why people wish to be scared. The Goth subculture may be a "reaction" to this craving. "Youth rebellion" virtually always comes in the form of controlled-opposition; however, this fringe movement seems to be genuinely organic in nature. Perhaps we should at least try to understand them. A nice long walk in a remote woods or heavy brush area alone at night would get the message across pretty well, although you should always go with someone; but I'm just saying that our dulled instincts probably seek that challenge.
The vast majority of people are totally separated from nature. "Grounding" is standing on natural ground in your bare feet and connecting to the earth energies as we were meant to. We were meant to absorb at least some moonlight. I was standing in the yard here at 6:30 AM this morning. It was particularly clear. Though the sunrise was becoming visible, I could see the Moon, Venus, the big dipper, and many stars. In one part of the yard beyond the shadow of the house, I could see moonlight brightly penetrating the dry soil in an almost golden light. I went over and stood there, as the Moon wasn't present in a nightly hike some ten hours before. It's rising after 10 PM in the west currently. Moonlight isn't merely some light, or just "nothing." It's healthy for you.
'Born of the Night'
Monday, October 26, 2015
Subliminal occult symbols flashed on live tv during MLB game
We all likely have our own opinions of the "who, what, when, where, how, and why" of this, but I just wanted to look at the symbols that they used. In other words, what do they think is racy? Actually, you don't even have to play the video because it's all right there. It's curious that they used a "board" against a background, rather than just a white screen with the signs on it. Perhaps they should hire me for this, since if I was the designer I would have used a Freemasonic/Saturnian black-cube square with the outer black/white squared pattern slightly visible, and with the signs in white within the black-cube. Actually I'm not "Saturnian," but more of a "Sun and Saturn equalist."
Right off the bat, it's clear that they have a mixture of ancient symbols from northern Europe to India. The one lone political/non-spiritual symbol is the Communist Hammer and Sickle. Since the sickle is a Druidic/pagan symbol by itself, I guess that partly qualifies it. Hmm, no Swastika? I guess they couldn't put "both," despite the fact that the banksters had a field day funding them both back in the day. It's interesting that they used the Teutonic Valknut since they seem to hate anything northern European. They have both the Pentacle Star and the Inverted Pentagram Circle, which seems to suggest a difference between them.. in their minds. There is a difference, so some element of honesty there.
They have some signs which are generally thought of as Celtic. Most of the rest are Freemasonic, Alchemical, and Hermetic symbols; with a few overlapping Egyptian signs thrown in. The interlocking keys design is used by the Catholic Church, but perhaps there could be an earlier origin. Of course they have the quintessential, worldly-yet-omnipresent, All-Seeing-Eye, and also Aleister Crowley's Unicursal-Hexagram used to symbolize his dark Egyptian magical system called Thelema. However, no Saturnian Hexagram? C'mon, you gotta have the Swastika and the Hexagram (aka Star of David)... those are the funnest ones! Ironically, the two were linked at one time in the deep past. Personally, I no longer view either one of them as connected to their modern assignment.
Who said dinosaurs are all gone?
Crocodiles are leftovers from the age of dinosaurs. They provide a good clue as to how large reptiles moved and behaved. Large cats vs. crocodiles and alligators provide a good example of the historical mammal-reptile struggle. Sharks are also a leftover from the dinosaur period.
Tying your heritage together
One's heritage, in it's numerous facets, doesn't have to be compartmentalized. Whether it's ethnic, spiritual, family, regional, or personal... it can be gently bonded together. I had mentioned the
example of Paige Montague (Sionnach the Celt) who is a Celtic Neo-Druid with Odinic influences. She may produce a video wearing a Hammer of Thor necklace and with a Scottish flag present. Although we so-often hear terms like "Irish Catholic," you can just mix it the way you want to mix it. You can even combine symbols to make something of a personal arms. In a way, she has in a sense "grown up on YouTube"; and I think she could be a great leader at some point. In my way of thinking, she really gets it.
Pit Bull vs. Bobcat.... WHO WINS??
Some Pit Bulls owners have even bragged about how their Pit have killed cats. Okay, lets see it.... Pitbull vs. Bobcat.... I guess the image sorta gives it away...
There is no Pit Bull in the world who could raise a paw to a fully grown, wild Bobcat... with superior power, lightening speed, and razor sharp fangs and claws.
Raven Grimassi on Coast to Coast AM Monday evening ("Moon's Day")... Tonight!
He's going to talk about a great subject which has been covered here, connecting with ancestors and familiar spirits. While a Ouija board can be very dangerous, connecting in a natural way will not result in unwanted entities... only those which you already have a soul linkage to. It will be a Full Supermoon tonight as well!
|Date:||Monday - October 26, 2015|
|Guests:||Matt Ridley, Raven Grimassi||
In the first half of the program, neopagan scholar and award-winning author of over twelve books on witchcraft, wicca, and neopaganism, Raven Grimassi will discuss his work using divination to navigate the Earth plane and pierce the veil to contact spirits and beings from other dimensions.
In the latter half, author Matt Ridley will detail his latest work on defining how trends emerge. He will argue against conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high and, instead, will make the case for evolution in the universe as well as in many facets of our society and culture.