Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Saturn, Venus & Mercury in Alignment over Giza Pyramids


December 3 (about 18 days before Dec 21) these three planets will be equidistant from each other. But I don't think they will be exactly above three Egyptian pyramids as is being spread across various sites on the web which is creating quite a stir.....Perhaps it does herald the Dawning of the age of Aquarius.

I checked it out on a simulator and i've seen pics showing it but they're all photoshopped. But I think someone standing in just the right spot near these pyramids should be able to get the planets to appear above the pyramids.

Ok, look at it like this - if you stand in a particular spot near the pyramids – facing them, and facing the sky looking east before dawn – you will see the planets and the pyramids together. 

Also just to note they will be in the constellations of Libra (
truth, justice, law, fairness and civility) and Virgo (Although seen as the Virgin she also is known for wisdom and justice) with Father Sun in Ophiuchus (man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens - you know i'm thinking of Reptillians and David Icke) which is also the 13th constellation - I don't really know too much about this sign but Mesopotamian/Sumerian astrology it represented the snake god Nirah who was the messenger of Sataran a divine judge and healer in Sumerian mythology.

Check the pic below and you can see the ancient meaning attached to each of the planets Saturn, Venus and Mercury.



And no, I haven't lost, i'm just saying it's interesting - I think I need to research this a little more.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Early morning meetings should be made illegal.

I haven't wrote on the blog for a while as i've really been under it lately and my internet at home is messing about.

For the past week I've been doing Network Migrations through the night for 23:00 until 06:00am and it's really surprising how knackered you feel the next day even if you sleep. I did shifts for 3 years as a Network Operator back in the early days of my career without any problems but I guess as i'm getting older i'm no spring chicken anymore. So, on top of the working through the night I got sick and had to still manage my other projects and attend early morning meetings.

Therefore, I'm following a new policy.

Fcku Mornings. Fed up with them. No fckuing early morning meetings.  Fckuing anything before 10:00am that doesn't involve sleeping, sex or croissants with coffee or Tea.

Sorry, get lost i'm not interested - get over it and re-schedule.

I'm not a morning person, never have been and always function better in the afternoon through to night.

These people  who say "I've achieved so much this morning" Pleeeease!!!

Yeah so did I, pushing out Zzzzzz's.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Appreciation

Life isn't going to be that lovely little dream you had in your mind. You may not even get as much as ten percent of it.

In my case, I don't think actually, change that to I know I'm doing pretty bloody well in terms of having a comfortable life.

I had never really dreamt I'd end up living on the other side of the world or have a beautiful little girl on some island in the Med. I don't think I even came close in terms of my profession;-)

Spiritually I don't think I even thought about it.

But, although I don't have all I dreamt of or haven't achieved all I dreamed of, I think I'm realising that I'm very very privileged but I'm still working on appreciating what I have and where I am now.

Aleph Yud Ayin.

Hey it's just a thought.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Keyboard Liberalists and Post Olympics blues.


I chose not to watch the whole Olympiad thing this time round, sitting outside of the UK I didn't quite get into the furore and the buzz that was generated and merely watched on, as an outsider much like the rest of the World did, seeing the United Kingdom searching for a new identity and it's residents hoping that this was some kind of new dawn.

I found it somehow weird how all of a sudden everybody was going crazy for the Olympics - I just couldn't get excited about it other than knowing that it was an opportunity to bury headlines and distract the Sheeple. 

For a few weeks let's forget that the Government is slashing jobs, cutting public services and reducing pensions because "Times are hard".

Just a week before there was the furore about Barclays and its manipulating the Inter bank lending rate then all of a sudden nothing, it's buried or the story of five policemen who have been convicted of stealing but not one of them will go to prison and the verdict of unnecessary force used by the Police in the death of Sean Rigg.

In my mind it shows just how fickle and dumbed down people really are, I was told stop being so negative about it - enjoy it, were all coming together I was told by the Keyboard Liberalists. It's all put on hold, onto the back burner so that they can be a part of it .

We've all seen the news mostly the BBC which is still the State broadcaster, don't forget spend more than half a bulletin getting all excited "another silver medal for Team GB", and then having a quick round up for world news with an insulting quick glance looking at carnage, war and death in the world's oldest cities. Which is just put down to the whole Arab thing and it' only interesting when the powers that be say so (Probably, some moves being played in the background whilst the focus is elsewhere....) and then next morning all of the Keyboard liberalist's get with their work colleagues or friends and boast about tickets to "the" volleyball, or ask if you watched "the" Sprint last night.

I just can't fathom the amount of money that is spent on these events such as the World Cup, Euros etc. it's quite despicable - Over 45 Million US Dollars alone were spent on the opening ceremony alone - how can that be justified when the UK government is telling everybody that there's just not enough money so we'll have to cut lots of public services and pensions - doesn't quite add up.

Team GB its the only one with an adjective in it's name and it's just another marketing brand ploy harping back to the days of Empire......Correct me if i'm wrong but I thought it was officially called The United Kingdom;-).

I can only think back to the days of Rome and other various dictators who use the ploy that Whenever the Serfs, Plebs, etc were getting a bit restless due to some policy such as high taxation, erosion of government subsidies or general dissatisfaction with the imperial policies) the emperor would try to distract them with a procession through the streets of Rome or hold some spectacular gladiatorial games but now we do it on a Global scale. This has been proven and seen many times throughout history.  
Only, this time all of GB and it's not the flag-waving Sheeple who get to stumble through the schedule of Corporate freebies and Sponsorships - Question? How can Mc D's be the official food of the Olympics!!!.

Post Olympic blues, I don't think so. At least all the liberalists can get back behind the safety of their keyboard and resume fixing the wrongs of the World.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Games

The Gold medal symbolises Father Sun, the Silver medal Sister Moon, and Bronze Mother Earth. "Bronze" or "Mother Earth" will always come in "third" because without Father Sun and Sister Moon life on Mother Earth cannot exist. 


Zeus decreed that man must present a portion of each animal he scarified to the gods, Prometheus decided to trick Zeus. He created two piles, one with the bones wrapped in juicy fat, the other with the good meat hidden in the hide. He then bade Zeus to pick. Zeus picked the bones. Since he had given his word, Zeus had to accept this pile as his share for future sacrafices. In his anger over the trick, he took fire away from man. However, Prometheus lit a torch from the sun and brought it back again to man.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

East Africa and thoughts of England

For many years now I have been living abroad in various cities around the world and had a thoroughly good time. Met and worked with some great people, had some really soul enriching experiences but there are times when I wish I was sitting back in England. Facebook allows me to keep in contact with friends and family but I also get to see what they're upto and sometimes I miss being able to just pop over to see my mates.

I keep on saying I'm going back to England but then the Universe throws up these opportunities for yet another adventure. I'm about to sign on for another year here in South Africa and have promise myself I will explore this wonderful continent starting end of August, Kenya and Ethiopia first I think.

English upbringing, Jamaican background means that Ethiopia always featured in my thoughts due to the Rastafari and their beliefs.
Not that I believe that Haile Selassie aka Ras Tafari was Jesus reincarnate but it's always held my imagination due to Garveys prophecy and the line of Solomon.
Put that together with Ethiopia's history and the Orthodox church, Monasteries on seclude islands in the middle of lakes I think it will be pretty exciting and mystical.

Now, Kenya is another story with the Masai Mara, beautiful Mombassa, watching the migrating herdsand, Kilimanjaro and the history there again. makes me all very excited.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Darkness will fall

It's funny sometimes in life when you feel the Universe stepping in and taking a more active and direct role in your destiny and its ok that your will is to totally submit to it.
No struggle just a feeling that through circumstance or situation a path is being rolled out for you and it's cool as you just know light will some come to pass and the dark will fall. There is no deliberation over making the right choice it just feels natural, the right way yes, maybe pre-ordained, we are taking about faith and destiny here. The Universe will keep you safe.
This normally happens when you suddenly realise your at a life changing moment - for me that moment is lifestyle - that means changing to improve my life and health.

Hmmmmm

Monday, June 25, 2012

Solitude


In Solitude I am free from the constraints of others.
Through solitude I have grown and become independent.
I am who I am today, weirdness and all.

Contemplation, Spiritual growth, and self-examination.

It does not mean I am alone.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Freemasonry


Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.


Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas - a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge - which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.




Monday, June 18, 2012

My mortgage, my Summer holiday, Christmas

I look out on the World and I see dark times. Violence & terror, unbridled corruption, unspeakable evils perpetrated in the name of good, the black gold flows, the Global economy falters, men hold aloft the so called word of God and then strike down their fellow humans.


Countless Millions spent on so called prestigious events and Govt’s turn a blind eye whilst the populace struggles just to make ends meet and. The dark hearts of Humankind saddens me deeper - I see the pics on TV of the happy shoppers with their credit cards at the ready and their shouts of Buy, Credit, Spend!.

And, yes we all watch with deep interest and fear at the events on TV, in the news on the web watch as children go hungry whilst war, pestilence and disease reign all around us and Its all going to change due to a global shift of consciousness.


It’s just B*llsh*t I say.....There wil be no shift or change as the only question being asked is: Hmmmm, how will it affect ME?.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Brethren




A big, fat, huge, enormous smile on my face;-)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A friend saw this and thought this describe me. That made me chuckle;-)




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Maybe it's best to Judge me by my enemies and not my friends

Friendship and Love two sides of a coin

Friends are not just people you have history with.

You share without expecting anything back and shared some serious time with, maybe even a lot of it in silence, the not needing to say - thats really important and sometimes been in really hairy situations with, there's a bond, a link.

They will know your joy, the tragedy and what your life has been, yet will not judge you for it. knows you the real you, they will see all of the scars and the baggage but still accept you. Your innermost thoughts, feelings, secrets, trust.
No, they support you and help you realise your not alone.

Maybe a Partner. I don't think it can last unless your are friends and maybe even your best friend. You can have love but, if you don't have friendship it will not work. I have heard say before that sometimes you may not be sure which side you enjoy most - Lover or Partner but, both sides are to be treasured equally.

Trusting someone with your friendship is no easy thing and with such great friendship come rules. Unwritten they maybe but rules there are all the same. Mostly about sharing, honesty and respect. "I got your back". You can rely on them. You may have your arguments but, no two people ever see eye to eye all the time. A friendship is a space where you can grow.

Friends sometimes make mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes cannot be forgiven or forgotten. And that's when it really hurts as your not always aware on how many levels you connect or how much they really mean.

But, as I get older I'm starting to realise without being cynical that everybody will hurt you, that's also in our nature. It just happens. When hurt I go hide in solace, in my own dark little cave. But, people have different ideas of what friendship means, that took me many years to realise.

I think the only answer is to work out which ones are worth the pain.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Transit of Venus







When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Apparently, it was used to measure the distance from the Earth to the Sun (But, that's a little to clever for me;-)


The coming transit of Venus on June 5-6 2012 is a rare astronomical phenomenon that will not be repeated until the year 2117. Previous transits occurred in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, and 2004. This page contains a  diagram of the fast upcoming future transit of Venus. 

These are some web sites with more information about transits of Venus:

Two comprehensive web sites on the transit of Venus are http://www.transitofvenus.nl and http://www.transitofvenus.org.

General information about the science and history of transits of Venus can be found at the wikipedia entry,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=35224






My Little Princess


Solar Eclipse May 21



On May 21, 2012, an annular solar eclipse took place over southeast China and passed over Japan. When the eclipse crosses the International Date Line, the local date became May 20. The eclipse then enters the California/Oregon border, passes in the late afternoon over Nevada, Utah, Arizona, a corner of Colorado, New Mexico, and ended at sunset in Texas.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent disk is just smaller than the Sun’s disk and the Sun appears as a brilliant ring

Lots of events going on in an Astrological sense - New Moon, Transit of Venus;-)

When sh*t goes pear shaped


Sometimes I get a feeling. That Gut feeling. I usually ignore it.

     But don't ignore it. Trust your gut, even if it seems infeasible and one more thing.

Fly straight.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Table Mountain

If you browse web sites pertaining to the Cape Peninsula, you may come across the story of Umlindi Wemingizimu, "the watcher of the south". Apparently, Table Mountain is one of four giants turned into stone by the earth goddess Djobela, to serve as guardians of the dry land created by the god Qamata. The other giants became mountains protecting the west, east and north of the continent from the sea dragon Nganyamba.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

St Georges day

For God, The Craft and England.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It runs everything

Time. You can't touch it, stop or control it, smell or taste it, some say you can see it and some say you can measure it - Tick, Tock, Tick Tock.

Since the beginning of time - that's a bl**dy long time ago.

But apparently, you can waste it. It's not very patient either, but, having said that it's a great healer.
It can sort things out and change things, although it's not too good with secrets as in the end only Time will tell and it's always revealing stuff.

Its a constant friend Time will never leave you alone.

Time. quite an amazing thing actually.

Am I lost again

Ego abounds. 


Want, want, want. Not happy with what you get. 


Today, confusion is the order. Physically i'm here, Mentally i'm there. 


Perhaps a chat with my oldest friend Time will straighten that right out.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Time is only a concept, after all.

Mother Earth is millions of years old (i always find it difficult to comprehend all of the Zeros), But imagine a world of poisonous gases, plants, dinosaurs covering all the different ages of the earth Pliocene Pleistocene, Triassic, Jurassic, and other periods going way, way back.

All of these periods cover millions of years and in relative terms we Humans have been here for less than a blink of an eye.

We, yes all of us are put on Mother Earth for such a short, precious unique moment in time and yet its as if Every time I gaze up at the night sky and watch the stars across the Solar system which is such a vast thing and just amazes me I always ponder and think I'm looking across galaxies and the infinite depths of space and perhaps seeing our old friend time itself and gazing on celestial objects that have existed since the beginning of time itself.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Small steps

It's all about small victories. Generally if you want to achieve your dreams it better to Break it down into small victories that are easily achievable and take it step by step then progress will follow.

Are you certain?

Uncertainty.

Not a word we use everyday although it is perhaps one of the best words to describe our daily dance with life.

Life is actually, one huge gamble and we're constantly gambling......Isn't it funny how the major faiths stipulate gambling is a Sin but, we do it everyday of our life and in everything we do.
The prize is Life and the only difference is that we get to live with unceratinty another day and continue in our gambling;-) 

But on the other hand it is this uncertainty that breeds determination. It fills us with purpose. Uncertainty it is present in almost everything we do. We fool ourselves that we can minimise its impact but we can't really.
I am sure uncertainty is our main driver to achieve in life. The Uncertainty of not knowing how, when or where?

Of course when we mention uncertainty we will ultimately arrive at the thought of our own demise and what it will mean. We walk around everyday with uncertainty as our one constant close true companion. Yet without it life would be well, perhaps boring, think about it.

But imagine, even if we knew everything that was on our path life would still take some crazy curves because as our lives intertwined with others they too would make moves to change events on their favour so maybe that certainty would still bring a certain uncertainty (I'm stone cold sober, by the way).

Life would be played out like a game of Chess with strategy, moves and countermoves rather than taking the random directions it does now, except nothing is random......but that's another conversation.

So, nothing is certain, nothing is forever and nothing is definite well, maybe two things, The Universe and our old friend Time.

The Universe will last forever and that is definite. Ok, it may shrink or expand, planets will come and go as do comets and one day Father Sun will cease to provide us with light and warmth......but it will always exist in some form or another

And time although being a concept and something you can't hold, see or touch just because there's nobody there to measure it doesn't mean it's not there anymore, I'm uite sure it will always exist until the end of time. Ha ha ha is that possible?

But of course, none of what I've just said is certain.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Perhaps, It's a moment of clarity

I'm perfectly fine. No, I haven't lost it, I am merely high on the vibe that is life and the Universe.

Noor explained it this way:

The cosmos reflects on us from the stars, you are reflecting on yourself, you, me, and everything here that lives is created from starlight, it's the energy that feeds us.

That, Is the Force.

I have never had such vision of clarity that I have right now and I've realised yes, you can live life but, what matters is how you live that life.

My Eyes are wide, wide open almost like I've awakened.

Yes, I miss family and friends but, I'm loving South Africa and having a great time. Everyday, is a new adventure here.

So, Universal greetings of Love and Light to you all.

XXx.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cape Town an African Miami.

This weekend I did a little reconnaissance in Cape Town (As you may noticed).

It's a place of wildly varying contrast and far too many to glimpse in a weekend (Yep, so I'll be back).

The beach life is a very prominent one lots of beautifully suntanned or shrivalled, healthy and rich another side is the ghetto Township dwellings where people struggle dailly to survive.
During a conversation with a Capetonian he explained that he had many memories of Apartheid like going to the beach especially Llandudno where you couldn't even step on the beach if you weren't white, separate toilets, shops and benches - yes, there are many pictures that take you back to childhood but they unfortunately don't have a frame as the were ugly times.

He had high expectations of the new South Africa - if you see a man walking along the street and you see a black, coloured or white man rather than a South African then you've already failed to understand the message.

Very noble expectations indeed.

Welcome Life, Welcome Light, Welcome Spring

Soon come! a time of equal parts light and dark

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” The Spring and Autumn equinoxes are the only dates with equal daylight and dark as the Sun crosses the celestial equator.

At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ubuntu. Universal Law African style

I arrived in South Africa sure that the Universe had plotted my Journey here to expand my horizons in much more than obvious ways after all when the Universe sends you a message or a lesson it's never just a straight call, there are always many different layers, multi dimensions.

So, when I met a South African who told me he was a practitioner of Ubuntu and espoused a little info it naturally got my curiosity and sounded very similar to the tenets of Kabbalah and it's Universal Law.

Hmmmm an African view of our relationship with the Universe, perhaps some of my ancestors were aware of this and were perhaps practitioners of this Universal Law.

It is the essence of our purpose here. We are all part of the Universe and the Universe is in part in all of us. I am because I belong. It's about compassion, mercy and kindness.

A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share.

Open, communicative and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, they do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole and happy for others when they ahve the gift of plenty.

They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are oppressed, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are. Ubuntu is about conquering your ego and being abel to share. The quality of Ubuntu gives people resilience, enabling them to survive and emerge still human despite all efforts to dehumanise them.

The "I" affecting the "We"

If we take the attitude that everyone we meet along our journey is a teacher then we may perhaps begin to understand that it is through relationships that life finds its meaningfulness. With this concept in mind it is possible that through our relationships, we become closer to the Universe.

Think in terms of Microcosm (You) affecting the Macrocosm (Humanity and the Universe) as it is in all of us and we are a part of it.
Although I have for a large part unknowingly practiced a form of solitude, through a self imposed exile away from friends and family it may sound contradictory, but in fact it's not as its without having experienced this solitude I may not have truly begun to understand and appreciate who I am and all my flaws for they too are an important part of me. One of my close Brethren always reminds me my only one true enemy is my ego (Thats giving it a Kabbalic slant). But, first we need to really know ourselves so that we can recognise the many manifestations of the ego so we can bypass the obstacles that are placed in front of us.

When my close friend Noor made me aware of a concept described by Shams-i Tabrizi the man who led Rumi to become a Sufi poet
It is through solitude you know yourself, but eventually it is best to find a person, the person who will be your mirror.

The I as in We and the you as in I.

"Only in another person's heart can you truely see yourself and the presence of God within you."

This of course has had its benefits in so much as my view of the Universe has been nurtured, expanded and helped in making my reflections and contemplation far more wider and reaching perhaps even giving them more depth.

But, through this I am left in a predicament of sorts as the ego rears its ugly head and then it becomes difficult to let people into my space.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Atlantic! Will bite your feet

The weather here is about 30c and the Sun is full on, here Father Sun is strong and you welcome the warm breeze as it jumps wildly through your hair so you can handle the heat beating down on you all day.

There is an urge to get to the beach and get cooler air but, The Cape has yet another surprise for you when you put your feet in the water!

O Ta Rarse - It's COOOOLD!

As you step in and the waves enshroud and roll across your feet suddenly, it snaps really cold and you jump back to get out and, as you look up you suddenly see the Surfer's and realise this can only be done in a wetsuit!!!

It's a strange phenomenon as I am told that if you go east toward Durban the Indian Ocean water is much Warmer as South Africa is surrounded by The Atlantic Ocean on the left and The Indian Ocean on the right with the Cape of Good Hope on the bottom looking out towards the South Pole.

But, it was lovely to walk barefoot in the sand and watch the Miracle of Father Sun and Sister Moon as they perform their Dance in the Sky from Solar to Lunar and the twinkling light Brother stars provide the backdrop like a blackboard.

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Cape Town a city of beautiful views

This place is really, really windy. But, on someways that's great because Father Suns rays of beautiful Sunshine were glowing but the wind keeps you cool. Went out to Houts bay and met an old friend called Mandy Friedberg and met her Husband Guy and Son Nate.

Mandy and Guy really took time out to make sure it was memorable and decided Llandudno beach was perfect for a Sunset.

The setting Father Sun and yours truly.

Cape Town

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bakabung Safari Lodge

My first proper Safari - didn't get to see too many Wild Animals but the landscape and scenery was breathtaking. Looking forward to the next one in April.






International Womens day.

I’m surrounded by strong, intelligent, determined, talented, humourous, thoughtful, beautiful, caring, spiritual, perceptive, sensational and passionate Women.

And, even though you may drive me crazy and i’ll probably never really understand you

I respect , appreciate and Love you (well, most of the time;-)

BDW X.

The four phases of sister Moon

Astrologers traditionally also consider the phase of the moon at the time of birth in interpreting its effects on the individual.

First quarter (new)

Astrologers say a person born in the first phase of the moon will have an underlying sense of youthful enthusiasm and optimism, a touch of the zodiac sign Aries in their nature. They will probably prefer to take the initiative, especially in romance, and will be ready to look for new interests in life, new people and new ideas. The person will see how things can be improved and can spur others to action, before leaving them to finish the project. They will probably get off to an early start in life and be quite successful when young, though other factors in the chart will indicate whether this success is lasting. They need to guard against selfishness and taking others by surprise with over quick and hasty reactions.

Second quarter (waxing)

Astrologers say a person born in the second quarter will be ambitious and sociable, with an underlying touch of the zodiac signs Cancer and Leo in their nature. The person will be locked into their goals and have a strong need to create something which will be remembered by others. They will have a charismatic personality that draws others to them, but may instinctively use others for their own ends, rather than help them. They prefer a career where they are out in front and have attention and status. They also need a place of their own to express their personality, either their home or workplace. The person should achieve considerable success when young, but other factors in the chart will indicate whether that status is maintained. The person will be slow to anger, but formidable when aroused, and hates to be hurried or presented with a fait accompli. However, they won't mind doing this to others if it tips the odds in their favour.

Third quarter (full)

Astrologers say a person born in the third quarter will be sensitive to the needs of others and expects others to be sensitive to their own needs. There is an underlying sense of watchfulness reminiscent of the zodiac signs Libra and Scorpio. The person will need friendships, colleagues and relationships, and will relate well to others. They will either be drawn to highly successful people and help them achieve their goals, or else achieve success themselves with the help of others. There is a tension and nervousness at play which can lead to a short attention span and a constant search for new people and experiences, and sex will play some kind of transformative role in their life. The most successful time of life will be in the middle years.

Fourth quarter (waning)

Astrologers say a person born in the fourth quarter will have an underlying feeling of the zodiac signs Capricorn and Pisces. They will finish the projects that others start, and reorganize and sort out the problems left by others. They will often have clairvoyant insight and follow hunches rather than be logical. The person can be too sensitive and become upset by the demands of others, and can also be too inclined to sit back and let things happen. They will work best in groups and are not materialistic, but they do need job satisfaction. They may be slow to grow up, but are likely to go through some kind of metamorphosis later in life and achieve success in something unusual and completely individual.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Last time England was invaded. The Battle of Fishguard

The Battle of Fishguard was a military invasion of Great Britain by Revolutionary France during the War of the First Coalition. 
The brief campaign, which took place between 22 February and 24 February 1797, was the most recent effort by a foreign force that was able to land on Britain, and thus is often referred to as the "last invasion of Britain".

The invasion was the plan of General Lazare Hoche, who had devised a three-pronged attack on Britain in support of Irish Republicans under Wolfe Tone. Two forces would land in Britain as a diversionary effort, while the main body would land in Ireland. However, poor weather and indiscipline halted two of the forces, although the third, aimed at landing in Wales and marching on Bristol, went ahead.
The invasion force consisted of 1,400 troops from the La Legion Noire (The Black Legion) under the command of Irish American Colonel William Tate, 800 of whom were irregulars. Transported on four French warships under the command of Commodore Jean-Joseph Castagnier, Tate's forces landed at Carregwastad Head near Fishguard on 22 February, after a failed attempt to enter Fishguard harbour itself; however, upon landing, discipline broke down amongst the irregulars, many of whom deserted to loot nearby settlements. 

The remaining troops were met by a quickly assembled group of around 500 British reservists, militia and sailors under the command of John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor. After brief clashes with the local civilian population and Lord Cawdor's forces on 23 February, Tate was forced into an unconditional surrender by 24 February. Later, the British captured two of the expedition's vessels, a frigate and a corvette. 

I met a real Theologian tonight.


Theology is the systematic and rational study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialised training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary. Back in the days when the Church was running things there were of course far more Theologians. 


But, nowadays you don't meet a real one from a University and a Masters in Theology and which took about nine years. He really impressed as I he kept on quoting verses form the Bible. Luke, John, Ezekiel and numerous others with verse numbers and when I checked his quotes were correct......I was impressed;-)


To be continued.

Mother Earth and Sister Moon

Apogee and Perigee of the Moon

Apogee and perigee refer to the distance from the Earth to the moon. Apogee is the furthest point from the earth. Perigee is the closest point to the earth and it is in this stage that the moon appears larger. Looking at the moon in the sky without anything to compare it to, you wouldn't notice any size difference. But the difference in size can in fact be quite significant.


If you were to photograph a full moon at apogee and perigee (using the same lens), here's how the two sizes would compare:
full moon at apogee and perigee
Astronomers have some serious Formulas that are dread to rarse!. For computing the exact distance at any point in time, but the average distance from Earth is 237,700 miles (382,500 km).

Effects of Apogee and Perigee
The apogee and perigee of the moon have an effect on the tides here on Earth. When the moon is at apogee, the furthest distance from the Earth, it has less gravitational pull which, along with other factors that influence the tides, can contribute to lower tides or lower variation in the high/low tide level. When the moon is at perigee, closer to the Earth, there is much more gravitational pull which contributes to the opposite effect: higher tides or greater variation in the high and low tide.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Big Daddy's Chill zone : The Altar and an Owl.




Why an owl? well, there's a few reasons as it's of the night there's an association with the ancient powers of Sister Moon and both are Feminine and I wanted a soft, warm, nurturing and sensitive feel to my pad.

An owl spreads it's wings and flies into the mystic.

Owls' perception pierces the veil of darkness. On a symbolic level, this means that they can see what is hidden to others with only ordinary sight.
According to legends, "It is credited with profound wisdom, oracular powers, and the ability to avert evil."

Owls share the gift of vision with Witches who honour them. Allowing them to see what is imperceptible to others.
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her. Owl had the ability to light up Athena's blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth, as opposed to only a half truth".

As in life, Truth is vital . . . both knowing it and speaking it.

So where do Owls get this wisdom? What makes Owl so wise is that she's not distracted by questions of What, Where, When, Why, or How. She knows the only real question is ever and always, "WHO??"

The Owl has a dual symbolism of wisdom and darkness. They are symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection and magic, and is oftentimes the medicine of sorcerers and witches, you are drawn to magical practices.

Indigenous peoples of the Americas consider the Owl to be the Night Eagle because it is silent and deadly in flight, and is a solitary bird with all-seeing eyes. The Owl is generally regarded as a bird of sorcerers because of its association with--and abilities in--the dark.

It symbolizes deception and silent observation because it flies noiselessly. The Owl is feared by peoples who believe that the death warning is in its hoot. In the Navajo belief system, the Owl is the envoy of the supernatural world and earth-bound spirits.
The Pawnee understand the Owl as the Chief of the Night and believe that it affords protection. The Cherokee honor the bird as sacred because of its night-time vision, and wish to draw that power to themselves to see in the dark.

The two main symbolic characteristics of the Owl, its wisdom and its nocturnal activity, have made it represent perception. Considering perception in a spiritual context, Owl medicine is related to psychism, occult matters, instincts, and clairvoyance-- the true ability to see what is happening around you.

The owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows what is there. It is believed it can help your power of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation and aids in seeing the whole truth. The Owl also brings its messages in the night through dreams or meditation. Pay attention to the signals and omens. The truth always brings further enlightenment.

The Owl, symbol of the Goddess, represents perfect wisdom. Owls have the ability to see in the dark and fly noiselessly through the skies. They bring messages through dreams.
The Owl is the bird of mystical wisdom and ancient knowledge of the powers of the moon. With wide-open, all-seeing eyes, Owl looks upon reality without distortion and acknowledges it, yet is aware that with ancient magical and spiritual knowledge, he or she can make changes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hmmmmm cuisine from prehistorical times


Life SLATE Explainer

The Real Caveman Diet

Did people eat fruits and vegetables in prehistoric times?

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Updated Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at 6:12 PM ET
Volunteers dressed as cavemen at the Warsaw zoo.
Russian scientists claim to have grown a plant from the fruit of an arctic flower that froze 32,000 years ago in the Arctic. That’s about the same time the last Neanderthalsroamed the Earth. This particular plant doesn't produce an edible fruit analogous to an apple or nectarine, but rather a dry capsule that holds its seeds. Did hominids eat fruits and veggies during the Neanderthal era?
They definitely ate fruit. Last year, paleoanthropologists found bits of date stuck in the teeth of a 40,000-year-old Neanderthal. There's evidence that several of the fruits we enjoy eating today have been around for millennia in much the same form. For example, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of 780,000-year-old figs at a site in Northern Israel, as well as olives, plums, and pears from the paleolithic era. Researchers have also dug up grapes that appear to be 7 million years old in northeastern Tennessee (although, oddly, the grapes are morphologically more similar to today’s Asian varieties than the modern grapes considered native to North America). Apple trees blanketed Kazakhstan 30,000 years ago, oranges were common in China, and wild berries grew in Europe. None of these fruits were identical to the modern varieties, but they would have been perfectly edible.
Vegetables are a different story. Many of the ones we eat today have undergone profound changes at the hands of human farmers. Consider the brassicas: Between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago, humans took a leafy green plant and, by selecting for different characteristics, began to transform it into several different products. Modern kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi are all members of the same species, derived from a single prehistoric plant variety. Wild carrots may predate human agriculture, but they’re unpalatable and look nothing like the cultivated variety. The earliest domesticated carrots were probably purple, and the orange carrot emerged in the 17th century. While legumes predate the dawn of man, modern green beans are a human invention.
It’s not altogether clear why fruits have changed less than vegetables, but it might have something to do with their evolutionary purpose. Plants developed sugary fruits millions of years ago so that sweet-toothed mammals would gobble them up and disseminate the seeds. By the time hominids descended from the African tree canopy, delicious fruits were widely available with no need for artificial selection. Since vegetables gain nothing from being eaten, they didn't experience the same pressure to evolve delectable roots, stems, and leaves.
Just because there are some paleolithic fruits in production today doesn’t mean you can easily mimic the paleolithic diet. Modern apples, dates, figs, and pears aren’t necessarily nutritionally equivalent to their late Stone Age ancestors. Selection by humans has made them larger and sweeter, and may have caused other chemical changes. Ancient man also ate plants that you can’t find at a grocery store, like ferns and cattails. His relative dietary proportions of meats, nuts, fruits, and vegetables are in dispute, and probably varied significantly with location. Some paleoanthropologists also believe hunter-gatherers ate a far wider variety of foods than modern man, each in a smaller quantity, to minimize the risk of poisoning.
Got a question about today’s news? Ask the Explainer.
Explainer thanks George Armelagos and Craig Hadley of Emory University, Bryce Carlson and Jules Janick of Purdue University, Naama Goren of Hebrew University, Susanna Hoffman of Hoffman Consulting, Mordechai Kislev of Bar-Ilan University, Yusheng (Christopher) Liu of East Tennessee State University, Katherine M. Moore of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Potter of UC Davis, and C. Margaret Scarry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Perspectives on age from me and mine

So, now I'm 45. Forty Fiiiiive.

A moment ago I was playing a track and thinking "Yeah man, that's Old School!". Then I thought,
"No! you mean That's Reeeally f*&^%ng old school"........Wot, you mean antique!!;-)

Yep - getting older but, Sometimes a child's perspective on things is just wonderful and simple.

I said to my daughter Monica "Ah well, Daddy's getting old now"
and without a pause she turned and looked into my face with her deep brown eyes, that beaming smile of white pearly teeth and soft cheeks and said
"No Problem Daddy. Today your young and Tomorrow your old'.

Simple really, Innit;-)

Big Daddy's Chill zone

I'm enjoying my new space, it's got a really chilled vibe, with a touch of ethnic;-)
The floors re covered with terracota tiles and white walls with a great use of light through skylights. And, yes it is very secure - you even have to walk across a small bridge to reach it which has sensor lights.



Looking out towards the garden





What a lovely space

                               
                          A little enclosed garden from the kitchen

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