Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oracle Card Reading + video

The first card chosen is The Magician (El Mago) from the Dali Tarot Deck. Described as the card of ‘Personal Magic’ the energy is described as real magic which is not limited to trickery, sleight of hand, hocus-pocus or stage illusions. With this magic, we transcend the normal and become one with ourselves, with God and the world. It shows Salvador Dali himself in the central position as the magus; in front of him are many of the tools of his trade and some of his most well-known works, such as the melting clock which represents elasticity and uniqueness of our own personal view and experience of time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Voices of Divine Feminine



Voices of the Sacred Feminine – Conversations to Re-Shape Our World, Edited by Rev Dr Karen Tate, Published by Changemaker Books. 400 pages 
This is an anthology of specially chosen articles about the Divine Feminine, each between approx. 400 – 1,000 words in length. All articles cover some aspect of the goddess and are derived from many cultures, for instance, sacred activism, social change, planetary welfare, healing, empowerment and mutual support, in addition to challenges to major patriarchal religious thought. Worship of the Divine Feminine fills many a gap in general religions that fail to promote women to positions of power and influence or to recognise the difference between ancient patriarchy and the many benefits which could be received from honouring matriarchal spirituality. This book includes several interviews which have been aired on the radio broadcast by the presenter Karen Tate. Several of the contributions are written from a US perspective but where-ever one is in the world, one can gain something from each and every contribution provided. A short biography of the contributor follows their article. Contributions by Amy Peck (balance, equality, reverence, wisdom, compassion, unconditional love); Selena Fox (female deities of freedom from restraint, independence, rights, hope, justice, piety, courage); Jean Shinoda Bolen (antidote to terrorism, domination of women); Gus diZorega (US oppression of women, fundamentalism in religion and politics); Laura Flanders (radio interview on US politics and the Tea Party); Charles Eisenstein (finance and patriarchy, consumerism, consciousness, culture); Genevieve Vaughan (issues of justice, ethics, caring, gift economy, egalitarian iussues, consumerism); Gloria Feldt (radio interview on power issues, value of women, questions accepted male culture); Fr Roy Bourgeois (decorated war vet and ex-catholic priest and nominee for Nobel Peace Prize 2010 on support for the ordination of women priests); Jeanette Blonige-Clancy (raising awareness of sexism in religious language); Matthew Fox (The ‘Dark Night of Society’ how to create a new humanity and the restoration of sacredness); Carl P Ruck (connecting to the ancient mysteries); Prof Andrew Gurevich (consumerism trumps cooperation, rethinking social institutions, interconnectivity, cave art); Starhawk (radio interview, climate change, reclaiming rituals, value and principles);  Cristina Biaggi (early societies) Riane Eisler (women’s issues in good business practice, wellbeing, caring, stable employment, safe work environment, respect, flexibility); Rev Shirley Ann Ranck (Persephone and Demeter,  Lydia Rayle (sacred images of goddess, banners, spiritual journeys); Rev Sandra Spencer (Kali Ma); Candace C Kant (female strength myths with a Sekhmet Charge); |Joan Norton (a personal encounter with Mary Magdalene, channelled mysteries); Charlene Spretnak (radio interview, Virgin Mary and Dark Madonna of Guadalupe); Joan Marler (radio interview, restoration of European Kali, Medusa); Barbara G Walker (Motherhood and power, what has been stolen from women); Tim Ward (personal healing through devotion to the female deity); Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost and Alisa Starkweather (The Red Tent Movement, dealing with oppression in female gatherings); Dr David C A Hillman (drugs in pagan times, teenage girls); Ar Noble (goddess honouring from a personal male perspective); Nicki Scully (healing through visualisation); Noam Chomsky (radio interview sacred feminine values, social change political alternatives); Donna Henes (the Queen); Judy Gratin (menstruation); Normandi Ellis (dream temples, plant medicine, trance, vision questing); Elizabeth Fisher (Multicultural perspecitves, Earth centred values); Jann Aldridge-Clanton (healing, sacred feminine within Christianity); James D Rietveld (equality through love, short story about a child’s view); Phyllis Chesler (female control through jealousy, aggression, competition); Vajra Ma (female authority); Ven Rev Patrick McCollum (Kazakstan and India, in memory of Layne Redmond, the frame drum); wrapping it all together by Karen Tate.
  

Also by Karen Tate: Goddess Calling, Walking an Ancient Path and Sacred Path of the Goddess.  Review by Wendy Stokes Review by Wendy Stokes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

What Is Spirituality by Roy Klienwachter

What is this illusive thing that people go looking for called Spirituality? Spirit is 1/3 of the individualized entity; the body or ego that we know ourselves as being alive. By our very nature we are already spiritual and everything that we do is spiritual; we do not have to go looking for it. Many people spend a lifetime looking for spirituality and they never find it; you cannot find what is not lost or already is. What they are really looking for is spiritual awareness, an awareness of that which gives us life and mobility; an awareness of self.Many people confuse religion for spirituality, but religion is man’s attempt to explain spirituality and is a part of being spiritual as all things are. You will hear people say, “This or that person is very spiritual” but that is not really accurate. There are people who are more spiritually aware than others. But you are also spiritual, so there is no need to feel left out or less spiritual. Your spirituality can be developed consciously as awareness, but your spirit is already complete as is.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yoga Is Skill In Action


There was an article posted recently, talking about how yoga can be dangerous and cause people bodily harm. Living life can do the same thing! I am a yoga enthusiast and have certainly been over zealous in my practice at times and as a result have suffered injuries. But injury can occur any time, doing almost anything! Injuries occur when we are not conscious or aware of what we are doing. Focus and attentiveness can be the remedy. However, there will always be accidents.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What are Runes ?

Runes are letters of an alphabet that developed from extremely ancient illustrations, each of wich once had a specific meaning. These gradually developed into an ancient form of writing, wich can be traced back from markings that appeard on rocks as early as the neolothic period. Among the signs engraved on these early Runes were parts of the body, weapons, animals and variations on the square, circle and swastika.

Later on, these symbols became simplified into abstract hieroglyphics,  wich were composed of lines that no longer resembled specific objects. In addition to being used to communicate ideas, Runic letter images were considered so powerful and magical that they were inscribed into tools, weapons, rocks, altars and personal items. In addition, from these earliest of days, these magical markings were inscribed into wooden pieces that were thrown down and "read" as an early form of fortune telling.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chris Street asks ‘Is London the City of Revelation?’

There have been several attempts to re-build London as ‘The New Jerusalem’. The first was by the Knights Templar who, in 1185, modelled their Temple Church in Holborn on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and sited the building exactly the same distance from St. Pauls Cathedral as the Holy Sepulchre is sited from the Dome of the Rock. Clearly they saw a connection, or wanted to create one. Approx 500 years later, following the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren conceived his own plan to re-build London as the New Jerusalem, whilst his rival, John Evelyn, devised a design for the city based upon the cabbalistic tree of life.

In the 18th century, the visionary artist and poet, William Blake, saw Jerusalem within London’s spiritual dimensions and in the words that have become Britain’s second national anthem, exhorted us to “build Jerusalem on England’s green and pleasant land.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Have you tried different meditation techniques? + video

Did you ever fall into the trap of thinking that simply repeating a mantra is actually meditating? With all the information and conflicting advice available on the internet it's no wonder people have trouble deciding which meditation technique to use, why they try too hard or why they are afraid of what they may or may not experience during or after meditation. 

Resurgence

Resurgence Magazine is, it’s thought, the longest-running environmental magazine in Britain. Its survival so long, without millionaire backing and without turning itself into a consumer lifestyle accessory, with the advertising to match, tells a compelling story – not only of conviction, commitment and endurance but of need, role and relevance. It was founded in 1966 by John Papworth, a well-known peace campaigner with connections to the Committee of 100 and the Peace Pledge Union, but rapidly broadened its critique from the nuclear nightmare generated by the Cold War to pollution, intensive farming and food production and the related political problems of centralisation, bigness and the growing separation of economics from ethics.


Sustainability - cities leading the way! + video

Jonathon Porritt reflects on sustainability. Governments are failing to meet their responsibilities on climate change and population explosions, climate change and vital loss of trees. In the USA, it is often city mayors who are making the running, sometimes with the active support of state governors. It was Mayor Bloomberg of New York who succeeded in forcing climate change into last year’s presidential election, endorsing Barack Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In China, there’s an extremely active network of eco cities, enthusiastically competing amongst themselves for government support and new industry investments.


How is money created? + video

Do you know how our money is created? Most people don’t, but it isn't complicated, says Bruce Nixon! 97% of our money is created by commercial banks when they make loans, i.e. interest bearing debt, not by the Bank of England or the Mint. Only 3% is created in the form of notes and coins. Thus the profits of creating money go to the commercial banks rather than the public purse.

Over the last 40 years commercial banks have increased the money supply at an average of 11.5% a year. And that was obviously too much, too quickly. If the increase in the money supply were say 5% a year, about £60bn a year could go to the government and reduce our taxes by that amount.

Save our Bees! + video

Despite the US and the UK resisting, bee campaigners are celebrating the European Union prohibition on the use of systemic pesticides which have been demonstrated to be toxic to bees. A total of 15 of the 27 European member states voted for a 2 year ban on neonicotinoids and 300,000 people in the UK signed a petition to bring in a ban. Most bumblebee species are declining and 6 species have suffered an 80% reduction in numbers in recent years. In the past 100 years, 20 British bee species have become extinct and 35 British bees are currently at risk of extinction. This is due to several factors, not just the chemicals which reduce their immune system capabilities, but loss of habitat plays a large role as does the removal of honey from hives and replacing it with sugar water which provides none of the valuable nutrients for bees throughout the winter, and does not provide the antibacterial that is needed for them to fight diseases. With 98% of wild flower meadows vanishing since 1950, we need to plant flowers that will help bees to thrive. They play a crucial role in plant pollination.  

Playing for Change

What is the New Age? + video

Interview with Eckhart Tolle on his path to enlightenment. So what is the New Age about? This term means different things to different people, just as the word ‘spirituality’ means different things to different people. Terms need to be defined if we are to be able to understand each other. The New Age is a time of great atomisation, as it applauds individuality and everyone’s right to define the world as they please. It is a huge worldwide movement, made possible by the explosion of free information which is available on the internet. Many spiritual seekers find themselves getting lost in its vastness and some become cynical about its more trivial aspects. Some find some things of value within its strengths and weaknesses.


Praise For The Human Mind + video

Humanity lays claim to a physical mind that it does not have, and cannot be found anywhere in the body.It is a mistaken belief that the mind is located within the physical body. The mind is that part of our personality which gives us individuality and conscious thought. Awareness and reason comes from the conscious mind. The mind however, can never be found. Many people believe the mind is located in the brain-it is not! The brain is just a processor-it processes sensory information from the rest of the body. The mind is separate from the body, and is a collective mind-it is shared by all things-it is the "One Mind."

Disappearing Wildlife Red Alert + video

In 1979, Africa had 1,300,000 wild Elephants, today, there are 400,000 alive and the land is guarded by park rangers and it is estimated more than 1,000 rangers have been killed by armed militia groups in the past ten years trying to protect them.
23tonnes of Elephant Ivory was confiscated in 2012 - equivalent to the tusks of 2,500 Elephants. Seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest for 20 years  The price of Rhino horn has increased to £37.500 per kilogram, twice the price of gold and platinum (and more valuable than black market diamonds or cocaine). The illegal trade in wildlife is one of the most lucrative trades in the world, worth £6,000,000,000 per year and is ruthless in its quest. Animals are viciously killed and people are also killed. . This trade is fueled by the new middle classes of the Far East, Vietnam is the top destination point for Rhino horn where they trade in carcass, tusk and horn, in one haul 1,200 Rhino tusks were seized in Hong Kong. Approx 5,000 Rhinos remain in the wild.  


Spiritual theatre or deluded attention seekers in London! Video and article


‘Teen Exorcists’ is a documentary which was filmed, produced and directed by Dan Murdoch for BBC TV and shown in September. It features three teenage girls; Brynne Larson, daughter of self-styled Arizonan exorcist, Rev Bob Larson, and her two friends who are sisters, Tess and Savannah Sherkenback. These three girls wear high-heels, skin-tight jeans and leather jackets and have long hair which tumbles in curls down their back. With their red lip-stick and mascara, these stars of the show provide sex appeal and glamour to the exorcism road show with choreographed moves, polished poses for the camera and a well-rehearsed, repetitive spiel. With attempts to spark a revival in exorcism, Bob introduced Brynne to exorcisms at the age of 13 at a 3,000 person African event when he needed help to remove a Voodoo curse. Brynne was home schooled (in demonology) and tells viewers that she believes that God created the world in 7 days ‘It’s pretty cool’ she remarks and explains that demons have names like Jezebel and Abaddon and that London is ‘spiritually corrupt’ and one of the most Satanic cities in the world. Thrusting a cross into someone’s face, the girls scream ‘What’s your name?’ ‘I torment you’, and put extraordinary ideas of curses into the heads of vulnerable people. The reporter describes the scene of bullying and resultant screaming as ‘harrowing’. On a visit to the Ukraine, the group top the bill at a bible college event where 2,000 people gathered to see the spectacle.  


Global Sale of Fur at an All Time High!

Top fashion models, such as Naomi Campbell, who do not get out of bed for less than a £10,000 daily fee at one time pledged they would never wear fur and would rather go naked. But 400 of the world's up-market designers are using animal pelts for fashion on the cat-walks of London, Paris, Milan and New York, dressing high paid models in furs costing five figure sums. The UK fur market has more than doubled with Britain's leading fur retailer, Hockley, increasing sales by 44% in its London store over the past ten years. Mulberry, Gucci, Fendi and others are stocking winter collections. London is now the fastest growing market in Europe and sales in Asia are booming at £3.7 billion per year. World sales in fur reached £10.3 billion last year.

Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon Launch Artists Against Fracking + video

Artists Against Fracking has been launched by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon as a new coalition of artists, musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking. The growing coalition now includes more than 180 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Marina Abramovic, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali, Roberta Flack, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many others. The full list is at www.artistsagainstfracking.com.

The group will work to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. Yoko and Sean were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York.

A Better World is Possible + video

Circle Network Book Review: A Better World is Possible by Bruce Nixon, ISBN: 978-1-84694-514-4 Published by: O-Books as Paperback: £14.99 and E book: £8.23 409 pages Author’s website: www.brucenixon.com

Bruce Nixon is a veteran change agent, activist, writer, speaker, facilitator and business school teacher and he is passionate about sustainability, global justice, inclusive democracy and non-violence. In this comprehensive book, he brings all his knowledge and experience into the analysis of the state we are in, how we got here, and – more importantly – how we can turn things around and create a new and positive society by facing “the biggest challenge in our history”.


Mexican Birds + Video

It's easy to separate animals from their natural habitats when you've only seen them in zoos. Not to say that you should go seek dangerous animals in the wild, of course, but it can be a thrill to see even the smallest and tamest exotic animals in their native homes. If you're on vacation in Mexico, keep an eye out for these birds.