This year, Spring begins with the vernal equinox, when the sun enters the sign of Aries on March 20 at 10:30 am EDT. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. Some early pagans celebrated the return of Spring with a festival in tribute to their Goddess of fertility and springtime, Eastre or Ostara. Folk stories of the Easter Rabbit began in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Goddess Eastre, was sometimes represented with a woman’s body and a rabbit’s head. One popular legend says Eastre found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But “the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs… the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eastre.” Enter the Easter Bunny. The egg is a symbol of fertility and rebirth, of new life. It stands for the renewing power of nature. The egg can also symbolize regeneration in a spiritual or psychological sense. Continue reading
This weekend is Samhain/Halloween and Day of the Dead, said to be a time of the thinning of the veil between our world and the nonphysical world of spirit. It’s a time to mark the ongoing cycle of life and death and honor our ancestors and loved ones who have passed. It’s a time to move energy from darkness to light. This year, I had several loved ones pass and I’ll spend time tonight reflecting on our lineage and having known them. Continue reading
Starting in 2016 we’re planning a regular psychic fair in Melbourne. There will be angel messages, rune readings, crystal readings, astrology, tarot and more. If you’re interested in having a table for vending, email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in doing divination at the fair, email me and we’ll schedule time to have you give me a sample reading. It will be a brief 10 minutes on any topic other than my writing or relationship. We’ll scout for locations beginning in January. If you have a possible location to suggest, email me.
The temperature dropping tricks my sinuses into thinking I have a cold. What it’s really doing is throwing up its natural defenses to protect my system. What I experience is alternately draining and clogged sinuses. I choose not to go the medicine route because that’s a hamster wheel that never stops. I keep up the vitamin D3, a little Benadryl when it gets too tedious and I’m good to go.
Collard greens for lunch with a side of roasted asparagus. They topped my bowl of lemon, ginger, scallion broth. This week the menu is leafy and green, soupy and clear, grilled and roasted. I’m back on the nutrition track and back walking the treadmill in the morning then the elliptical every other day. My body thrives on healthy routine!
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I have several friends who’ve been diagnosed with “MS.” There’s an article in a very recent edition of Popular Science that proposes that MS starts in the gut. The website www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.com publishes a solution that reduces your chances of a relapse by 95%. And that’s one of several. Patti Kimler writes: “My head is spinning. MS is reverse-able, even curable! But you have to be willing to change the way you eat. From several knowledgeable and experienced sources I have learned that the following are BAD: dairy, eggs, gluten, potatoes, grains, grain-fed meat. These are GOOD: grass-fed meat, berries, leafy greens, sulfur-rich veggies, seaweed. If it’s not organic we shouldn’t eat it because of the things it has (pesticide residue) and doesn’t have (nutrition). How well I plan and execute my diet will control if, and how fast, I get better.”
Charley is my closest neighbor to the west, 4 lots of woods away. He ripped out my mailbox on Mother’s Day 2010, and his dog bit me in 2007. He has a habit of waving as he drives past my property, a big exaggerated hello in the direction of the giant bamboo. I suppose he thinks the security cameras are there because the sign is there. That tickles me twice a day. I wrote about the dog bite here–> http://horizonsmagazine.com/blog/?p=32661
WalMart on Halloween. I bought two more queen pillows as I pad the harem bed. I want all the head and body pillowcases to be one color so I bought six of them, navy blue. I’m washing them all now, and the pillows are washable as well. The giant sitting pillows are blue with deep red and gold angels on them. It’s a serene, chill place to lounge after work! And speaking of NOT snoozing, the man bought an espresso machine and just brewed his first cup of decaf espresso. Even decaf, he’s wired.
I was just behind someone at the credit union who was aggravated the teller would not clear up a problem caused by the Dept of Motor Vehicles. “I’ve spoken to six people already who tell me it is not their problem. How can I get this fixed?” The teller was quite kind and looked up the address and suggested the gentleman go there. “That’s what the other guy said but you’re within walking distance.” WTF?