Archive for August, 2012


Odin

At first glance, to those who have not heard the legends, the image of Odin mounted on his steed Sleipnir and holding aloft his spear Gungnir, would strike a figure of a warrior king. Fearsome he was, but behold a king with the wisdom of Solomon. Fierce looking in his winged helm, they may assume he lost his eye in one of many battles. Battles there were,but not as one would think. Odin sacrificed his own eye, at the request of Mimir, to drink from the Well of Knowledge. Reflect for a moment, on a painful time in your life. You have brought a certain knowledge away from this period, have you not?

It is told that with cunning or seduction, he won the Mead of Poetry from Gunnlod, and shared a bit with man. Here is the origin behind the power of the ryhme and the Bard. Before the time of written record, who would weave your legend into the fabric of your ancestors?

Do you know how to write? Do you know how to read?
Do you know how to tint? Do you know how to try?
Do you know how to ask? Do you know how to offer?
Do you know how to send? Do you know how to slaughter?

(from The Havamal)

This is the gift of Odin. The quest for knowledge.  Beyond his artistic rendering of the fierce warrior, he is also depicted as the wanderer, carrying a staff and wearing a floppy hat. Tolkien wrote that he thought of Gandalf as an ‘Odinic Wanderer”. How inspirational it is, for someone to quest for knowledge unhindered by the trapping of status, to believe there are lessons to learn among the least. Humble and sacrificial as we know this character, picture now Odin, as he approaches Yggdrasil, The World Tree, where he merges the Tree of Life with his own death. Odin hangs, pierced by Gungnir, for nine days and nights. At the end of the torment, in his own blood in the snow, he is given the Runes.

Now mankind is given the opportuniy to read and know. To create on their own. These stories may seem a fairy tale to you, but there was a time not so long ago where those in power preferred to be the only literate, to withhold knowledge for their gain. Learning is a quest that can be made until you draw your last earthly breath.

BB.

(Sculpture from artist Monte Moore.)

Neptune

Not one of the classical planets, it was discovered in a time of unimaginable changes. Thousands of years of human migration were swiftly propelled forward by the steam of engines. Conversations and thoughts were sent vast distances in seconds, no longer reverently carried from one society to another, to be tasted, savored and slowly absorbed. one’s vision was no longer limited to as far as the eye can see. The long arduous tasks of mankind were made simpler by the day’ leaving more time now, to turn the eye inward, to see truly how far inward you can see.

Beautiful and blue, like the realm of the god Neptune, or Poisiden. He created the most fantastical beasts of any realm, the ones that still capture our imagination today. Neptune moved into it’s home of Pisces on February 3,2012. It will remain here for 14 years. Be prepared for a sea of change. Dive deep and transcend reality. Explore you creativity and take up causes. Voices are joined in a chorus that can be heard at this time.

Beware, Neptune can cast you adrift in a sea of delusion. Gripped by addictions and vices, you could simply withdraw from society as a whole. Grasp Neptune’s creativity, music and art. You will be shown the path to your higher self. Dream big. Deep blue and full of storms, not visible to the naked eye,  Neptune will hover in the beyond, influencing our stars, planets and imaginations.

The Autumnal Equinox of 2012 falls on Saturday September 22. This is the time of year when the earth tilts on it’s axis so that the sun crosses the equator. It is commonly known as the day when day and night are of equal length, but you will actually see this on September 26, when the sunrises here in Florida at 7:16 am and sets at 7:17 pm. This is referred to as the equilux. Between these dates, the Sun also moves into the astrological sign of Libra. This is an excellent time to reflect on where you have or need balance in your life. You can simply visualize opposing forces that work in balance, like light and dark or turning wheels. We cannot exist with out balance.

Fall harvest festivals begin in many places of the world in September. One of the most famous ancient festivals that still continues is China’s Mid-Autumn festival. People of all the provinces celebrate with feasts and enjoy them in the spirit of wishing for a good harvest again next year. Also in the northern hemisphere, neo-pagans observe Mabon. While the name Mabon comes from Celtic mythology, ancient stories of harvest and death and rebirth can be observed from Egyptian festival of Osiris to the Eleusinian mysteries of Greece. For all, it is a time of a noticeable shift in the weather and all of nature.

The heat continues for me so near the equator. My thoughts are not on harvesting but planting. Fall gardens thrive in Florida and you can have a bounty of vegetables in the spring. What I will harvest are some of the wild berries that will be ending soon. One of my favorites at this time is Callicarpa or American Beauty Berry. This is a common roadside shrub or to many, an annoying weed on over grown property. Most people would not believe the dense fuchsia berries are edible, but they make the most delicious jelly, filling the house with a slight minty smell as they cook. It doesn’t take many of these berries to make several jars of jelly. Here’s a recipe you can try:

1 1/2 qt. beauty berries, washed.
2 qt. water
Boil for 20 minutes and strain to make infusion.
Use 3 cup infusion, add 1 envelope Sure Jell and 4 1/2 cups sugar.
Bring to boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from burner and allow to stand until foam forms.
Skim off foam.
Pour into sterilized jars and cap.