Beltane/Samhain November 2005

Hail to the Summer!........Remember the Dead

Flax Lily flowering beneath the wattle

Wherever you are on the Earth
know that the changing seasons are an affirmation that, whatever happens,
life is never diminished!

"He was sitting on the flat stone among the golden willows, and he had no idea how he had got there. He remembered that the wood had been dark and cool as he came among the dense old trees and that the coolness had somehow eased his hot hurt fury. Yet he supposed that he had sub­consciously swung away from the deep places of the wood, for he never liked darkness, and always made instinctively for the open places and warmth and light. It was light enough here. The sun was dazzling on the water and the willows were rods of light. His body soaked up the warmth and his rage quieted as the strength of the sun took hold of him. Literally took hold. He could have sworn that warm hands held him. It was the queerest feeling. Yet they could not be the hands of the sun, because they held the sun, too. And the butterfly that had perched on his foot. And each minute creeping thing down there in the grass. Hands of such power that they held the whole universe, of such delicacy that the butterfly was not crushed by their hold. And what they held lived, and what they laid down was no more held in life. Yet it did not matter, because there was no diminution of life.
There was not less of life because a sparrow or child fell to the ground. Loss of life was something that could not happen, because life was something entirely whole. Nothing could be taken from it or added to it.
It was eternal perfection to be worshipped and adored for as long as one retained consciousness of its beat and glow in one’s body. While the hands held him he vowed he would enjoy that beat and glow to the utmost, and cherish the bodies of others, so that they could enjoy it, too.........He did not give to it the name of love, or wonder if his own warm anguish of pity was a faint echo of some tremendous compassion identifiable with the life that held the universe in being, and of which the symbol of the hands had been given to him because it was with his own hands that he would serve his fellow men, and through them his God. He did not think of God at all, but only of life, and though he would always now recognise life as being transcendent as well as immanent, it was in its immanence that he chose to worship it. "
Elizabeth Goudge - from 'The Heart of the Family'

The context in this passage is one of a young man's first deeply personal experience of tragic and unnecessary death.
It is one which I turn to frequently, as tragedy follows tragedy, until one feels overwhelmed and tempted to 'switch off', or succumb to 'compassion fatigue'

spring flowers


"If we live as if it matters, and it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter;
but if we live as if it matters, and it does matter,
it DOES matter."

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Solar Calendar

Beltane, Mayday, Walpurga - Southern Hemisphere,
Samhain, Hallowe'en, Day of the Dead - in the North
31st.October - 2nd.November
December Solstice - Sun enters Tropical Sign of Capricorn -
21st.December 18.36 GMT

Lunar Calendar

Dark Moon - 2nd.November 1.26 GMT - 9° Scorpio 43'
Full Moon - 16th.November 00.59 GMT - 23° Taurus 46'
Dark Moon - 1st.December 15.02 GMT - 9° Saggitarius 31'
Full Moon - 15th.December 16.17 GMT - 23° Gemini 48'

The New Moon occurs when
the first slender crescent is visible in the East at sunset
usually 2-3 days after Dark Moon

Remember! the world is always turning..................The World Turns  - click to go to Global Meditations.......GLOBAL MEDITATIONS

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Here is more about the cycles of the Moon
from the Permaculture Association of South Australia's 1988 Calendar

All you ever wanted to know about eclipses -


And a final thought, from the Introduction to the Designer's Manual, on Permaculture Design Philosophy:

"A person of courage today is a person of Peace.
The courage we need is to refuse authority, and to accept only personally responsible decisions."

with love from Margaret RainbowWeb

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