Mother Earth Day: 22 April 2021: Things To Do, And Liturgy

On Thursday, 22 April 2021 will be Mother Earth Day. Mother Earth is urging us to call to action. Nature is suffering – flora and fauna hurts everyone. Seas are filling with plastic and becoming more acidic, wildfires and floods, have affected millions of people.  Now we have Covid 19 as a worldwide health pandemic.

“How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!” (Emily Dickinson)

Here is a number of Earth Day things here you might like to consider today (or later), and after it there is details about a liturgy for the way:

Ideas To Do

  • how about bicycle to save driving a car, or use public transport
  • how about writing a new poem (or a classic one) for Mother Day Earth for your house
  • use a park or forest to use trees and flowers, insects etc and see appreciate more
  • how about buy a flower for home or for our gardens, and
  • other to buy heather and lavender etc are good for bees and other insects
  • have a no tv day
  • read a book about ecology, flora or fauna, occasionally
  • you might like to do a liturgy (yours or others) with a candle too (today or each month)
  • how about a vegetarian dinner that day (as many use too much meat in dinners)

”And forget not the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair”. Khalil Gibran

  • buy a useable bag and/or use a refillable water bottle
  • write down a commitment and making a plan about two eco-actions
  • buy if possible to get some foods from a local market’s farmer
  • you might like to have some time for meditation
  • buy some seed packets
  • turning off lights and electronics when not in use, or use energy-sight bulbs
  • our how about encouraging your friends to help get trash taken off

”Earth’s crammed with heaven…But only he who see, takes off his shoes.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • how collect rained water for your garden or flower pots
  • join a local/national organisation for birds, nature, trees etc

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

Liturgy For You On Mother Earth

Below is a first and third general part of liturgy and it can be used in several purposes, so then the second part of the liturgy (which can also uses Hildegard Von Bingen) can and also be used for for Mother Earth.

O most noble Greenness, rooted in the sun,
shining forth in streaming splendour upon the wheel of Earth.
No earthly sense or being can comprehend you.
You are encircled by the very arms of Divine mysteries.
You are radiant like the red of dawn!
You glow like the incandescence of the sun!

(Hildegard von Bingen)


(1) Liturgy Beginning

You might like to have a candle here at the beginning of their liturgy. Do be cautious of it, and keep it away from children, animals and fabrics etc. You might have a paper and a pen (for writing an impromptu liturgy, poem or writing you might like to use in the second liturgy.

And. So please start:

On Rising
The Source of All is Spirit, and those who worship the Source of All must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24, The Book, paraphrase)

Calling The Quarters
Calling the Quarters, as we turn in sequence to face the four cardinal compass points, helps us to become fully present so we can deeply connect to the world around us, and create safe and sacred space for us all.

Facing East
Guardian of the East, Oh Ancient One of the air,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the wind.
All: We welcome you.

Facing South
Guardian of the South, Oh Ancient One of the fire,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the flame
All: We welcome you.

Facing West
Guardian of the West, Oh Ancient One of the waters,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the tides.
All: We welcome you.

Facing North
Guardian of the North, Oh Ancient One of the earth,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the land.
All: We welcome you

From the centre, perhaps adopting the orans posture 
Guardian of all, Oh Ancient of Days,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with your power.
All: We welcome you.

Call For Peace
The call for peace is an affirmation that there is peace amongst us, now; and that peace is offered to the world though not all embrace this, today, but one day will do so.

Is there peace in the East?
All: There is peace in the East.

Is there peace in the South?
All: There is peace in the South.

Is there peace in the West?
All: There is peace in the West.

Is there peace in the North?
All: There is peace in the North.

Throughout the entire land there is peace.

(2) Liturgy For Mother Earth

You might like to use the paper and pen to make a Mother Earth or similar poem from yourself, or wrote a bit of prose, or use a few minutes of meditation and use paper or pen to write about thoughts that might have heard during meditation. Do be worried about liturgy or poems, and what you do half way through – it doesn’t have to be perfect, but aim to be intention, and I’m sure you will, and the Source of All is always pleased with our intention.

“It is spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke

So, you might use or try something to do something like this:

We come to you dear Mother Earth,
giving thankfulness to you, for all that there is on your wonderful planet.
All: We thank you.

We give you our forgetfulness and forgiveness dear Mother Earth,
and ask you that we are helpful, to be more aware, alive and thoughtfulness.
All: We ask you.

May we best become closer to the flora and fauna, ecology and humankind,
and we ask that we can do more each day in our environment at so close and so far away.
All: We ask you.

We come to you dear Mother Earth,
giving thankfulness to you, for all that there is on your wonderful planet.
All: We thank you.

You might like:

Wild Geese, by Mary (and a great eco-poet and more):

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

(3) Liturgy For Ending

Closing The Quarters
Facing East
Guardian of the East, Oh Ancient One of the air,
we thank you for your presence with us today.
All: We thank you.

Facing South
Guardian of the South, Oh Ancient One of the fire,
we thank you for your presence with us today.
All: We thank you.

Facing West
Guardian of the West, Oh Ancient One of the waters,
we thank you for your presence with us today.
All: We thank you.

Facing North
Guardian of the North, Oh Ancient One of the earth,
we thank you for your presence with us today..
All: We thank you.

From the centre, perhaps adopting the orans posture 
Guardian of all, Oh Ancient of Days,
we thank you for your presence with us today..
All: We thank you.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserve of strength that will endure as long as little fe lasts.” Rachel Carson

Final Blessings 
We bless our ancestors, in Bliss, embraced by the Friend.
We bless each other, our global family of humankind, secured by the Friend.
We bless those yet to come who are known only to the Friend.
And, We bless the Friend, the Universe, Mother God who is always with us.
Bless you each.

Do ensure you extinguish the candle/s.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Saille Or Willow

Here is some information for the Saille or Willow, the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the willows spirituality and mythology – as there was about the Fearn/Alder in last week. So, here’s more about the Saille or Willow.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Saille or Willow.
  • Alphabet for our S
  • Ogham as four ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

I sat beneath a willow tree,

Where water falls and calls;

While fancies upon fancies solaced me,

Some true, and some were false.

Who set their heart upon a hope

That never comes to pass,

Droop in the end like fading heliotrope

The sun’s wan looking-glass.

(Poem part: In The Willow Shade by Christina Rossetti)

The Saille or Willow month or moon is: 15 April – 12 May:

As well as the month or moon for ancient tribes eg it’s the Poeny moon by many Chinese people, the growing moon by many Celtics, or the next Saille moon or Willow moon (on 26 April in 2021).

Medicine

In Willow Flower Essence, part of Bach Remedies is used as a remedy for floor people with bitterness and resentment; for people who are stuck in a position of blaming others etc.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

A circlet can be woven of Willow to wear during any of the spring celebrations and Lunar rituals. Fresh flowers, or silk if you prefer, can be inserted in this crown, ribbons be woven throughout the circlet.

In some Druid stories, it is said, the universe and all mankind was hatched from two scarlet eggs hidden within the willow tree. One egg formed the sun and the other the Earth.

In Hebrew culture the willow tree is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles. There shelters were built using the branches of the willow, a tradition which still followed in Jerusalem today, mainly.

The tree details:

The Willow is a aromatic tree and is often found most near lakes, pond and other waterways throughout temperate areas.

The bark is of the willow is grey, rough, and with furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs are yellow to brown, and are flexible and droopy. It’s flowers are in the forms of catkins, and are about 1 to 2 inches in length, and with yellow, hairy scales at the end of short. Catkins appear in early spring. The fruit matures in late spring to early summer.

Conclusion

Here is for the previous Fearn or Aldrer, and it’s Ogham details for you: https://tadhgtalks.me/2021/04/14/ogham-alphabets-and-more-fearn-alder/

Many blessings, Tadhg.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Fearn/Alder

Ogham alphabets were found in ancient Ireland and Western Wales, and here is one alphabet. each letter is associated with a tree or plant.

Its twenty letters, called feda (ie ‘trees’), and it has a group into four aicme (ie ‘family, tribe’) of five letters each. Each letter is a cluster of one to five straight lines to each ‘staff’.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Fearn or Alder
  • Alphabet for our V or L
  • Ogham as three ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

The Fearn or Alder month or moon is: March 18 – April 14.

The detail about the month’s name and moon name is seen by some as ‘newish’, and less classically authentic. However, I love the use Celtic/Ogham trees eg with the Fearn or Alder – especially as we have months called with many Roman emperor’s names and use their names with no real reasons.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

In Irish mythology it is said that the first human man was made from the alder tree, and the tree is considered of the fairies, and it is protected by the water fairy-folk. It said it represents both fire and earth.

The tree details:

The Fearn or Alder tree is rather special because of it has the ability to develop well and prevent rot when in water. When dipped in water it has a very long time, and so become extremely strong. With a only a few exceptions, alders are deciduous and the leaves are alternated, simple, and serrated. The flowers are catkins (see the top photo) with elongate male catkins and there are on the same plant as shorter female catkins. The tree is visited by bees, too.

Conclusion

At the next ogham, we’ll look at the Willow and the Willow Moon: April 15 – May 12, in the next few days.

Meanwhile, blessings to you, Tadhg.

Six Miles Away: Herne The Hunter And Elen Of The Ways

For a new weeks (more) I’m living near the Great Windsor Park,  and it is just some 6 miles away. It is full of deers and a multitude of wild life, amd it’s a wonderful area. In ancient times this was part of the larger Berkshire  Forest, and it was replete of old myths, even today.

You know I can’t stop looking for myths and stories around, and I have two myths for you, today. One of:

  • Herne the Hunter, and another of 
  • Elen of the Ways.

Herne The Hunter

Of, Herne the Hunter he is said to have antlers growing from his head, rides a horse, torments cattle, and rattle chains. The latter may be mythological ‘right’, but the latter sounds theatrical. And it is, as it becomes from the words of William Shakespeare. 

Herne the Hunter, either used a horse or was seen alone in the forest. He was said to be seen as a free and nobly forested-spirit, and was (because of his antlers) he was associated with deers. 

As a male character he was related to the fecundity and ecological balance of the forest. To Druids, Celts and many others Herne the Hunter symbolised alertness and potently, his reverence and his spreading tree-like antlers to epitomise the forest. Stags are also associated with shape-changing, and appear throughout celtic mythologies several people became stags for a while. Even at least one occasion it was said  St Patrick became a shape-shifting deer using the féth fíada. Féth denotes ‘mist’, and fíada originally means the ‘knower’.

There is an old tale goes that Herne the Hunter,
Some time a keeper here in Windsor Forest,
Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg’d horns…

(In The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Shakespeare  pays tribute to the ghost of Herne the Hunter, wandering Windsor Forest).

It was said that he was especially close to a huge oak tree, known as Herne’s Oak. As these things happen, that tree was felled in 1796, though others said it was a different tree that was Herne’s Oak, though that was, itself, was blown down by winds August 1863. 

However, Queen Victoria planted an oak tree and it stays for all to see – along with a number of many other oaks and other trees. Perhaps, the balance of the forest is that life and death moves on, but the myth of Herne the Hunter continues as long as we remember him.

Whatever, the view of Herne the Hunter is, it is (I believe) a welcome thought. With Herne the Hunter we remind ourselves, in story, myths poetry, ritual, of the flora and fauna, the need of forests, of life and death (and life), and of the great balance of nature.

Elen Of The Way

Elen of the Ways is our second Celtic (Druid etc), ‘antlered’-person, changeable and who is, also, elusive in the forest. 

Here’s a mythology: In The Dream Of Macsen Wledig (part of the Mabinogion), Mackenzie is out hunting but gets sleepy, and has a dream.

Elen of the Ways is depicted as a mysterious woman of power who knows how to gets what she wants. Macsen Wledig slept, and he experienced a dream.

In that dream, he travelled way across mountains and along rivers, and undertook a sea voyage. He crossed an island and found a magnificent castle, and there was a beautiful woman and he fell in love with her. 

Macsen had found the woman of his dreams within his dream! Ofcourse, he never gets his kiss. When he moves to kiss her he awakens, and in the waking world he can see no Elen of the Ways.

And so, Elen of the Ways, is said to be to all look for her. She may assist those who travel the world’s ways and roads geography, and also perhaps she may assist us in our spiritual journeys or our slumbers, as we listen for her dreamful advices.

Twenty-first Century Cosmic Navigators (2): Awareness Of Clouds

It’s always good to look at clouds, as a later Celt or Druid etc, but it’s good to see ourselves as a twenty-first century cosmic‘ navigator’, and aware of nature.So, here’s a few ways that we can consider and look about clouds. The ancients, as well as scientific ways can lead after a few clouds.

“A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds.” ( J. K. Rowling
)

Since the dawn of time, when our first ancestors were capable of craning their necks and looking at nature in awe, the sky has mesmerised humankind. The blue sky, insects buzzing and birds flying, the stars in the night sky forming a myriad of patterns in which to form their mythology and track the course of time, enthralled the ancients. And clouds. Clouds, too, caught the imagination of those giants of old.

He answered them, ‘When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky…’ (Matthew 16:2-3a, The Book)

As I lay on a picnic blanket in Richmond Park, west London, as a child with my mother beside me, we played that game of looking up at the clouds and imagining what the various cloud shapes looked like. ‘It looks like a television’, my mother said. As the high winds slowly changed the cloud’s shape, I waited, laughed and then exclaimed loudly, ‘It now looks more like a whale.’ And, so it went on.

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. (Ruth Bernhard)

Ofcourse, years later, I learned more about clouds, was even more fascinated by it, and now I’d like to suggest how you can also love what each cloud means. Such as:

Low clouds

Stratus clouds are small, light, diffuse clouds. They are the kind of widespread cloud that uniformly blanket the whole sky, and which can be seen especially, but not only around mountains and coastal areas. Look out for light drizzle.

Stratocumulus clouds, about 7000 feet above us, are thick, but usually patchy clouds, with ‘gaps’ that allow you to see the blue sky occasionally, or if its near dawn or dusk allow the suns rays to shine through in several shafts of light. This effect is called crepuscular rays, God’s rays, Buddha rays or Jacob’s ladder.

The thickest and lowest clouds are cumulus clouds (see photo above). They’re usually fast, floating around, with puffy clouds with flat bases. Generally their upper parts often resemble cauliflowers, and they are not the harbingers of rain. But, it may be these that are the ‘shape-shifting’ clouds that, in my boyhood, resembled animals and inanimate objects.

Middle clouds

Nimbostratus are usually middle (perhaps middle to low) clouds and can look grey, diffuse clouds and they can be seen as the harbinger of rain, (and depending on the seasons) they can hair or snow). See photo below.

Above these clouds are altocumulus clouds. They can be a multitude of rounded ‘clumps’ of cloud, almond shape, and resemble fish scales – hence it may be called a ‘mackerel’ sky.

Altostratus clouds are usually thin, featureless grey clouds. Usually thin enough to reveal the position of the sun, and sometimes the moon at night, and because these diffuse clouds may contain ice crystals you might also see a halo, a coloured ‘corona’ around the sun or moon in the clouds.

High clouds

‘High-Flyer’s’ are cirrostratus clouds, ‘floating’ above 20000 feet, and could often be referred to as ‘the clouds that aren’t really there’, as they can cover hundreds of square miles, but can be so ‘thin’, so high and so subtle that they’re often overlooked by earth-bound observers.

“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe.” ( Mark Twain)

Cirrus clouds, also known as ‘mares’ tails’ are fast-moving clouds, and are usually buffeted by high winds – think of aircraft turbulence; but because they can be so high, as anything far away, the ‘illusion’ is that they are slow moving. But, this isn’t the case. See photo below.

If there are to be any clouds about on a summer’s day, then the lofty cirrocumulus clouds are the ones that will delight. These clouds are high and are really tiny ‘cloudlets’, regularly spaced, and maybe with a ‘rippled’ effect. Cirrocumulus clouds tend to reflect the red and yellow colours during a sunset and sunrise, and so they have often been referred to as “one of the most beautiful clouds”. This occurs because they reflect the unscattered rays of light from the early morning or evening sun.

Conclusion: Next time you see a cloud (and it’s safe to do so), why not pause, and when you can, let me know what you ‘saw’, and if it had a deeper meaning to you. Perhaps the cloud shows your what science tells you about the weather etc, or perhaps the cloud has some kind of imaginative sky ‘drawn’ is for you,, or perhaps it is a ‘message’ from the Great Cloud-Giver? Happy cloud-spotting!

Divine Essence Ablazes… (Reviewed)

I’m in London, and still liking to walk, sauntering as much as I can, and I had time to go for a gentle walk along Parson’s Green (common), Fulham in London. It’s spring equinox today, and daffodils today at Parson’s Green (see the photo) are as ‘bountiful’ as they were a few years.

Here was an article made three years about life-living, and some profound words from Hildegard of Bingen.

From its winter’s sleep, Spring has finally arrived and new life is here. In everything.

‘I, the highest and fiery power, have kindled every spark of life…I, the fiery life of divine essence, blaze in the beauty of the fields…’

Yes, spring is in the air. The local council, here in Fulham have ‘secretly’ and wonderfully planted fifty-two thousand daffodil bulbs around the borough – in local parks, commons, green areas along some streets – and they are blooming.

Many parts of this inner city borough are now awash with the green and yellow of daffodils standing to attention, and swaying gently in the wind. And, it’s marvellous to behold. In my mind I skipped through the ones on Parson’s Green as I saw them – but you’ll be pleased to know that, physically, I restrained myself just to gaze and be ‘mesmerised’ by them (but it’s intentionality that is most important!), but it was a lovely thought. It was an awesome sight.

The sun shone unhindered by clouds today, well at least for a couple of hours, but this is Britain. Nevertheless, when the sun shone, its brilliance hit the surface of water of the River Thames and a million stars twinkled back, winking on the water’s surface.

We take it for granted. Water. Perhaps there is a river near where you live that you can visit and just gaze at? Where there is water, there is life. It is suspected that there is water on Mars, and maybe there is life there – microbial, perhaps, they think?

Water means life. And, Hildegard of Bingen (one of my favourite mystics, a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, and visionary, AD1098 – 1179), reminds us that it is not just earthly life that is found in the water, but Life itself.

Yes,  the Source of All is ‘reflected’ in the waters. Not just the water of a river, but water itself, the very same water that flows through your home’s faucet/tap, that you drink or bathe in.

…'[I] am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon, and stars. With every breeze, as with invisible life that contains everything, I awaken everything to life. The air lives by turning green and being in bloom. The waters flow as if they were alive….’

That Which Is Bigger Than Us is ubiquitous. My walk took me across Wandsworth Bridge. I like baseball caps and in the summer they keep the sun off my ‘thinning’ pate, but today discovered a drawback. The centre of the bridge, ‘open’ to the breeze that blows along the River Thames, means that it can get quite windy and catch the ‘bill’ of the cap and had the potential to lift it off. And so, with cap in hand I had to laugh. The wind gusted at times and quite took my breath away. Invigorating wasn’t the word. Ah, the Source of All is in fire, water, rock beneath me and, I detected, in the air, in the wind, today, also.

‘I am also Reason, having the wind of the sounding Word by which all things were created, and I breathe in them all…’

The Life-Giver’s breath flows through everything. If you want to know if a person is alive, check for breath. Isn’t that what we’re told? But, that relates to earthly life.

On my walk today, Hldegards words whispered in my mind. None die (that is none are annihilated) her words reverberated deep within me, as she echoed words given to her. Imbued with life, we, as is everything else, cannot die. Many think that the opposite to life is death. There is no death. Change yes, but we do not die. Eckhart Tolle said, ‘Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.’

‘…so that none may die…’

I’m now in my London place, its now raining and the temperature is dropping a little, again, and I’m thankful for central heating. Yes, I’m still in London, have had my batteries ‘re-charged’, have encountered nature (even) in the city, listened deeply and learned a thing or two on my walk, and would encourage you to be open to Life itself, wherever you are.

‘…because I am Life…’ [This, and all indented quotes above are the words of Hildegard of Bingen, speaking about the Life-Giver].

Many blesses of the vernal equinox to you and yours, and for those of the autumn equinox to those of the southern hemisphere. Tadhg.

Twenty-first Century Cosmic Navigators (1): Awareness Of Nature

It’s always good to look think about or spirituality, or liturgy, or ritual, as a later Celt or Druid etc, but it’s good to see ourselves as a twenty-first century cosmic‘ navigator’, and aware of nature, of the Source for All. And that’s what I’d like to do now – ie how we can use our hands and fingers and how we can use the sun, the moon, and the sky stars, and be aware of nature around us ie air temperature to insects etc.

So, here’s three ways, that roughly, we can be a ‘twenty-first cosmic navigator’ using:

  • sun ‘minute-fingers’
  • air temperature crickets (insects)
  • astronomical ‘fingers’


SUN ‘MINUTE-FINGERS’: Here is a way to find out how your fingers can give you how many minutes are left before sunset. Just for fun.

So, bring together your four fingers, as in the photo above, and keep your arm as long as you can.

Now, turn your fingers, together, at 90degrees, and then you count how many fingers are different between the sun’s horizon and end of the sun. If there’s one breadth finger between the horizon and the sun then it’s 15 minutes before sundown. Two fingers breadth will show 30 minutes before the sun’s dawn, and each extra finger adds 15 minutes – although it will probably only work better, time wise, with only one to four fingers to work.

AIR TEMPERATURE CRICKETS (INSECTS): Here is a way, when you have insect crickets in your part of your land, you can find out air temperate in Celsius. 

So, firstly, you count how many one cricket (male ones) chirps in twenty-five seconds. 

Then, secondly, count the total chirps and then divide the number by three.

And then, thirdly, you add the number four. 

And, that’s how you find out the temperature in Celsius. 

For Instance, if within 25 seconds one cricket chirps for 57chips, you divide 57 by three. So it’s 19. And, then you add the number 3. So, it is 57/3 + 3 = Celsius temperature is 22c. The number the chirps, the greater the higher Celsius.

This is called as Dolbear’s Law, known after Amos Dolbear who published it in 1987. However, Margarette W Brook reported it in 1881, but it went unnoticed until after Dolbear’s publication.

ASTRONOMICAL ‘FINGERS’: Here is a way to show how your fingers make into degrees to stars, planets, comets etc. So, similar to the photo above, bring together your four fingers, and keep your arm as long as you can.

So, hold your fingers to the star in the sky. One (breadth of the) finger shows your showing 1 degree. Two breadth of the fingers means 3 degree are applied, three fingers means 5 degree, four fingers mean 7 degree are shown, and use all four fingers and a thumb close to your finger means you show 10 degrees of the star’s sky

If, for instance a planet, say, Mars is said to be 3 degrees from the moon today, then you can check the moon from away a number of fingers. One finger would show it is from one degree from the moon, but two breadth fingers would show 3 degrees of you away where Mars is from.

Or, you might know a planet or comet etc how many degrees (fingers) it is from certain to a star or constellation.

You might like to try your fingers for the degrees for part of the constellation Orion. Do see that constellation just above here. In the two bright stars are the stars Betelgeuse and Bellatrix – see the two large stars in the photo above here. They are Orion’s shoulder’s. Both stars nicely fit four (breadth) fingers, and are shown by about 7 degrees from others. Here, you can use the night sky, your fingers, and use a sky map on other ways, and become a stellar cartographer! Roughly.

AND THERE MORE. WILDLIFE NAVIGATOR? Over the next few weeks I’d like to do a few articles called ‘the twenty first comic navigator’. Then, we can encourage ecology outside in the forest, and into our towns and cities, too, and in fun ways, too.

Alban Eiler (Spring Equinox) 2021 : Words And Events

It’s coming closer. The season changes, nature times, and earth’s majesty reminds us.

Spring Equinox, also called as Alban Eiler, as it’s known in Wales as ‘the light of the earth’, takes place on Saturday, 20 March, 2021, Saturday or Sunday? Are here are ways that you might to plan ahead for yourself eg liturgy, poems, and flaneur (and other events)..

Spring Equinox is one of the eight of the wheels for the Druids and others (such as many ancient and medieval Churches etc), and so Spring Equinox is one of the four astronomical times of the year, that so is one of the four sun events – the other being four lunar events.

Now, some will use the Sunday as a time for various liturgy or special events to celebrate Easter. And, some others might use events on the Saturday evening – as ancient tribes (even still) use the evening of Saturday as the sun goes down and the new day enters. Perhaps you might prefer a Saturday liturgy just after twilight (maybe, about from 8pm), and then use Sunday for a special event.

So, firstly, here is a liturgy that you might use or adapt for your Spring Equinox or Alban Eiler. 

And secondly, here (after the liturgy) there is a few ideas of how you might have a special event that late Saturday and/or Sunday. 

LITURGY

You might suggest one or more of the following:

  • to use a candle (but do be careful about children, pets, furniture etc)
  • put a vase to use a few daffodils
  • put appropriate a book of spring poems, or use some of the poems/quotes/ecology-prayers used in this liturgy
  • you might like to use a few  minutes of a poem or two here, and/or used a time of quiet meditation, used at the beginning and end of the liturgy
  • you might use a prayer at the liturgy of point three to: give our own thankfulness to the spring season and wildlife, and to give needlessness of ecology etc.

Start

Beginning Spring poem/quote: William Wordsworth (and/or quiet meditation)

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed, but gazed but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

One: The Earth Blessing Of The Four Quarters

(Facing east)
Blessed be the One who crosses boundaries,
who is evident in the lengthening day,
in the turning of the Great Circle, and
who is felt in the soft, refreshing Spring wind.

(Facing south)
Blessed be the One who is evident in the colour green,
Viriditas,
who makes plants grow and flower,
and the trees to prepare for blossom, and
who warms the earth as the sun rises higher in the sky.

(facing west)
Blessed by the One who causes nature to stir from her sleep,
who waters the earth, and calls to the deep,
and the deep joyfully replies and springs to life, and
who changes the slow, icy brooks into life-laden babbling streams.

(facing north)
Blessed be the One who speaks to the earth,
and from decay new life immediately appears,
who showers the earth with rain from your storehouse of abundance, and
who blesses the earth, which, in turn, blesses us.

(facing centre, suggested)
Lord of the elements, ‘Three-Personned’ God, we praise you.

Two: For Personnel Renewal

Lord of Springtime, Lord of All,
refresh us and awaken our senses.
Cleanse us inwardly,
and dispel the dust of resistance and old habits,
and fill us with your love and grace,
that the blessings you give us, we can give back to you
in eternal praise.

Three: Creation: End Of Day/New Day Liturgy 

Praise to you, Mother-Labourer of All,
who has birthed all creation and who re-creates.
I/We rest now with you,
Maker and loving Sustainer of all your children, and
I/We ask you to enfold me/us,
and all those on my/our heart/s.
Amen.

End Spring poem/quote: Katherine Mansfield (and/or quiet meditation)

The fields are snowbound no longer;
There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.
The snow has been caught up into the sky–
So many white clouds–and the blue of the sky is cold.
Now the sun walks in the forest,
He touches the bows and stems with his golden fingers;
They shiver, and wake from slumber.
Over the barren branches he shakes his yellow curls.
Yet is the forest full of the sound of tears….
A wind dances over the fields.
Shrill and clear the sound of her waking laughter,
Yet the little blue lakes tremble
And the flags of tenderest green bend and quiver.

Fourth: The Earth Blessing Of The Four Quarters (Repeat)

(Facing east)
Blessed be the One who crosses boundaries,
who is evident in the lengthening day,
in the turning of the Great Circle, and
who is felt in the soft, refreshing Spring wind.

(Facing south)
Blessed be the One who is evident in the colour green,
Viriditas,
who makes plants grow and flower,
and the trees to prepare for blossom, and
who warms the earth as the sun rises higher in the sky.

(facing west)
Blessed by the One who causes nature to stir from her sleep,
who waters the earth, and calls to the deep,
and the deep joyfully replies and springs to life, and
who changes the slow, icy brooks into life-laden babbling streams.

(facing north)
Blessed be the One who speaks to the earth,
and from decay new life immediately appears,
who showers the earth with rain from your storehouse of abundance, and
who blesses the earth, which, in turn, blesses us.

(facing centre, suggested)
Lord of the elements, ‘Three-Personned’ God, we praise you.

[Don’t forget any unlit candle]


EVENTS

Here are suggestions that you might consider, if covid-rules allow in your area: 

  • spend some time walking part of a forest or part of your city park, and/or watch a bench, and/or to have a quiet time, 
  • have a different organic breakfast for yourself or others (and make it a slow and special breakfast), but, if you are not allow to share with others at home, then how about using similar food to be given to someone on a shop’s food bank,
  • use a few spring flowers eg daffodils in a vase or use pictures from iPhone and iPad on your table,
  • plant a bulb or seed a few in your garden, or send a £1 (or more) to a charity that will promote bees, birds, trees or allow ecology in general etc,
  • use flowers locally you see, weed or insects you see using your photos of your iPhone or iPad, and later on use google to spend say a few minutes to find some a few facts that you find them interesting,
  • you might like to spend an hour, say, and saunter (see flaneur), and aimlessly and wonderfully check your forest or city, and see it see differently, so long as you’re safe, and here’s an idea: https://tadhgtalks.me/2016/06/15/world-sauntering-day/
  • make a journal from onwards to spring, and record each day (perhaps, note the type of weather, or astronomical and moon, or what wildlife might be known, and use a weather or astronomical or wildlife etc  data book’s/almanac for 2021, or  star-gazers book for the year  
  • make some food for wildlife, in the forest, or park but ensure it is lawful to do it, and all animals are able to digest properly.


CONCLUSION

Spring equinox, Alban Eiler, is a great day. The liturgy is a special time, and don’t forget events on the day will be useful on other days and weeks ahead. If you have other liturgy or events, please do email me, too. Meanwhile, happy Alban Eiler for you on 20 March, Tadhg.

(Oops apologies for mention the Spring solstice. LOL)

Ephemera: The Full Moon (And Others), And Events You Might Enjoy

The next full moon starts on 27 February 2021 in the constellation of Leo the Lion in the south-east northern hemisphere. Here are a few ideas to make the full moon to make your different and enjoyable. Such as:

  • Sister Moon, Adapted Part of the Canticle: Liturgy
  • Moon Months Names (Liturgy or Poem)
  • Moon Bathing (Walking, Meditation, Saining etc)
  • Writing A Letter And Letting It Go

SISTER MOON: RITUAL: PART OF THE CANTICLE OF THE SUN BY FRANCIS (ADAPTED)
This liturgy/poem may be used in its entirety, though some of it more slightly covers the full moon.

Oh Most High, All-Source, and Goodly-One, Great are your praises, your glories, and your blessings.
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Brother Sun you give us the day, the light, and beautiful radiance.
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Sister Moon you give us the Moon’s face who is gleaming, beloved and peaceful. In the firmament, as the full moon ‘rides’ the celestial circle, you bedazzle a myriad of luminaries – comets, planets, stars and galaxies, all beyond number.
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Brother Wind you give us moderation of temperature and wind, and calmness and the moodiness of the currents ways.
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Sister Water you give us moisture that is purposeful, that you bedew us, and fill us with sprinkling that is pure.
All: Hail and welcome you.

Oh, Sister, Mother Earth, you supply the world and our nourishment anew, and with a magnificent panoply of flora and fauna.
All: Hail and welcome you.

MOON MONTH NAME/S: POEM/RITUAL
Here’s a poem/liturgy for the full moon for each month of the year. You can use the particular month’s moon that refers to the actual one month that refers to it, or you might like to say all twelve month’s verse and slowly use the appropriate month.

JANUARY
The night air is still, Quiet Moon,
and frost on the ground is strewn.
Sounds are muted and all is at rest,
Warmed we are, and so truly blessed.
We remember you in our praise tonight,
this betwixt, magical time of twilight.

FEBRUARY
Moon of Ice, we greet you well,
your smile charms us like a subtle spell.
And, as upward we crane our necks to look,
you write love-letters on our heart’s invisible book.
As you look down upon us and see
in us a reflection of the Immutable Three.

MARCH
Open our hearts, our intellect and mind,
and search our ways, so that in you we find,
the reason for the smile on your face.
It is the ‘Moon of Winds’ Creator’s grace.
And, in gratitude and awe,
we cry out, insatiably, for more.

APRIL
We welcome you Growing Moon,
whose face is carved like a sublime, ancient rune,
to remind us to look above and beyond,
to revere your light in that ancient pond,
to honour with all, and with our soul,
honour you, the One Behind It All.

MAY
The Bright Moon is May’s delight,
look kindly on Earth’s children tonight.
May we be blessed forever to be,
One with you, Eternal Three.
That divisions here on Earth, may cease,
as we celebrate this night as your timely feast.

JUNE
We honour you, Moon of Mead,
and lift up our heads, lift up our need,
that in you, you will supply,
our humble requests, hear our plaintive cry.
That we might be blessed in your light,
and revel in oneness this summer’s night.

JULY
We celebrate midsummer, Oh Moon of Corn,
that from darkness, you are now full-born.
Around us mirth and joy is heard,
You light the world by the Creator’s word.
Teach us to listen and observe
to nature’s wisdom, to love all, and all to serve.

AUGUST
Welcome Barley Moon, a beaming light
o’er the golden grain at night.
Reflecting sun, giving food for our table,
you hang there in a sky, in a sea the colour of sable.
Your light now full, this month in size you grew.
Dear bright moon, we welcome you.

SEPTEMBER
Welcome Singing Moon, of mirth and merriment,
of lovers’ poems, and words of lament.
At the close of day, upward many look and think,
and celebrate your beauty in song and drink.
And then in silence and awe,
we contemplate your beneficial, wholesome, tidal law.

OCTOBER
Welcome Harvest Moon, new light reborn,
keeping watch over the cultivated corn.
As the temperatures fall and air begins to chill,
as owl noises can be heard from dale and hill,
so may we, in wonderment, pause and be still.

NOVEMBER
Ah, Moon of Snow, we welcome you,
yellow light in a sea of blue.
Created by the One Behind It All,
Arianrhod, by your name we call,
you, once again, to be,
and seek you, from incumbrance us free.

DECEMBER
Cold Moon hanging in the darkened sky,
your love, your power, your face forever shy.
In awe we gaze upward, and and question, ‘why?’
Why should the Moon-Maker gift us,
with your smile so beauteous?
Cold Moon hanging in the darkened sky.

MOON BATHING (FULL MOON): 
WALKING, MEDITATION, SAINING, KATAPHATIC AND APOPHATIC SPIRITUALITY Moon bathing means basking yourself under the full moon – so that you can see the full moon, other  you can’t see it, or that it is full somewhere close.

It fills you with positive energy, can boost you, rejuvenates you and creates you with new life changes. It can be used with meditation or with liminal ‘dream-like’ encounters.

So, the ‘direct’ method means immersing yourself into nice, warm water. The ‘indirect’ method means you can spend some time out of the house at the time of the full night and walk under it, or bask it in your house under a rug.

If walking under the night’s full moon it would be good to just gaze at it, or think or gaze deeply. Moonbeams are powerful. If done by your garden, you might have a nice wine or a nice cup of herbal tea – maybe echinacea, or nettle, or lavender, or camomile etc.

If walking in a bath or without using water but laying on a rug, you could mediate – if you are using a kind of liminal ‘dream-like’, Kataphatic encounter, then you might like to use a liminal adventure in a forest or beach at which the moon is present, and use its energies permeate yourself directly.

You might use a rose petals for the bath. Oh, our for laying  under the rug you would might think of saining , or using one of those fragrance diffusers (with appropriate ‘oil’ diffusers such as with frankincense or myrrh).

Whatever you do, do be safe – if using water don’t use too much and not too hot, if you use a candle etc then be careful with yourself, with children or animals, and ensure fabrics.

If using a bath or if laying under a rug you might like to try a liminal ‘dreamless’ encounter. It’s  best, then,  to have a clock to encourage you to  stop at ten or twenty minutes, and during that time you ask, think or look at ‘nothing’. This is called apophatic meditation or spirituality, and purposely seems of ‘nothing’ as the Source of All, as the Source of All is incomprehensible.

WRITING A LETTER AND LETTING IT GO
At the time of the full moon is the best time to release to write. You could write a letter to yourself about the things you are worried about, or you might want to rid yourself of a habits, or add something about doing something positive. Or you might write a letter about someone who needs positive energy or similar, but the letter is never sent to them. I would suggest you write the letter on use water-solvable paper so it can be dissolved and not seen by anyone at the end of the event. Even a paper-shredder is usable. However, for safety-sake I wouldn’t encourage you burning the letter.

CONCLUSION
I hope the few ideas mentioned here are useful to you, and I’d be pleased to see any ideas that you have used times at after times, showing me to then, please. In all cases intentionality is important. Do have a wonderful event this full moon event.

Blessings from Tadhg.


[The moon header photograph is copyrighted: All rights reserved, 2020, Pennie Ley (see here). Used  with permission. Many thanks Pennie.]

Ephemera: The Ice Moon: 27 February 2021

This month’s February full moon is close. Don’t forget that many ancient civilisations had, and still have, the moon as a guide to their days and the change of seasons. And, the full month this month takes place on 27 February 2021 in the constellation of Leo the Lion in the south-east northern hemisphere.

I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” Anne Lamott 

Moon names: The February’s moon is called by Celts and Druids as the Ice moon or the Snow moon.

Now, to the next (Full) moon to the Chinese people it may be the Budding moon; to the people of the Inuit peoples  it is said to be the  Seal Pup moon; the Storm moon as Wiccan; and the Horning moon of those who are Nordic.

Some call this moon (or full moon) as the Ash Moon or Ash Ogham Moon (as the Ogham Tree Ash covers 17 February to 18 March). But, not all of them.

Some might not use Ogham tree months as historically correct – but I often think it is still nice having Ogham ‘romantic’ months/trees/moons and having months allied to ecological trees. Others/most use January to December months, instead, and yet which includes a few despot Roman emperors. And Ogham/ecological trees are better… I think. What do you think?

It did occur to me, if there was any correlation between the Ash the month and to of recent day of Ash Wednesday on 17 February. Odd? I wonder?

For the February moon for those in the Southern Hemisphere the different names might be called: Grain Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Barley Moon. You might already have a Southern Hemisphere name already, but if you haven’t, then you might like to call one.

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the Moon, who could not be happy.” Oscar Wilde

(Scientific) Lunation: This moon is Lunation 1214. 

Lunation 1, for those interested (for astronomers, astrologers, natural historians, myth etc) started at the first new moon in 17 January, 1923 by Ernest William Brown as a way of ‘figuring’ out the moon’s almanac to all. The next Lunation 1215 starts at the next new moon in March.  So, the current moon, and the next full moon is now Lunation 1214.

“The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.” Jean Ingelow

Myth: In Greek mythology, Leo is the lion near Nemea, part of Peloponnese, in Greece, that would terrorise the populace. Killing the lion was one of the Hercules twelve labourers. The lion’s death is placed in the constellation. 

Stay wild, moon child.” Riitta Klint 

And more: The next may article cover ideas of what you might like to do as the next full moon eg liturgy or a few events.