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undulations a la Mediterranean
Are the goal posts moving or just undulating?
There is that saying, ‘if we all threw our troubles into a swapping pile, we’d quickly decide to take our own back again.’ This month is proving the point, though a lot of good that does us if we are feeling ploughed under. Still, for the vast majority of us, there are some frictionless connections, some easier compromises and adjustments that present themselves along our harried way. Corny as it sounds, we’ve got to channel some of our energy into appreciating those contact points.
If you have recently had to accept that Power comes with responsibilities and ground-holding that carry a hefty toll – or- that you actually have ‘only so much’ Power and so must deal with it, you may be wondering if the goal posts are moving or just undulating. I think I would answer: both.
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The Metal Arts Village has a party every month with open artists’ galleries, live music and food trucks. This month was special because there as a DJ’d yoga class in the parking lot, and some acrobats on silk fabric hanging from a big tripod. The crowd was happy and the entertainment was fantastic. The fuel that kept the fun going was as ancient as human partying itself–fermentation. Beer is a fermented beverage, and pizza dough is a fermented grain product as well. Brewers and bread makers often combine to use the leavening from a beer in a bread. This kind of artisanal food production is rampant in Tucson, which is a happy thing for us. I am not the biggest beer drinker, and try to keep my pizza eating to a minimum, but do indulge when the time and the quality is right. Full Moon Party at metal Arts Village is just such an occasion.
I drank a glass of excellent stout aged in a bourbon barrel as a starter. Bob had a more bitter stout, which he stuck with for the day. I switched to a cappuccino stout from Lagunitas Brewery that made me happy. We sat with a couple drinking a red pilsner that was yummy also. This is the kind of place where people taste each other’s beer, no fear of cooties. Our table companions were interesting and cool with two dogs under the table. We enjoyed chatting with them. We all noticed Luke of the pizza truck trowing a towel in the air, pizza style. From a distance is certainly looks like dough. I went to investigate the situation and enjoyed learning about Luke’s dough and fermentation process.
He uses a sourdough proofing to create an amazing crisp thin crust. His wood fired oven takes 4 hours to heat up, but once it is hot the pizza cooks quickly. We ordered the pesto pizza from the menu and added jalapeño and garlic. This rates as one of the pest pizzas we have ever eaten. We will now become groupies of Luke and follow him around town when he parks at breweries and events. I can highly recommend this pizza with Lagunitas cappuccino stout..it is dreamy on the tastebuds. It would be good with any beer….or without beer.
The flying acrobats were fabulous, but the night was still young. One of my favorite artists in Tucson had set up a table top sell little stuff from her garage, and I was able to buy a piece of her art for almost no money. I now own an original signed Lynne Rae Lowe metal sculpture, that was derived with an amazing story. It is a Shabbis angel. She is highly symbolic, and now has a place of honor in front of a lamp I made myself. This is huge, and unexpected. I bought her on Shabbat, right before sunset on Saturday, then I walked home. OY!!!! Magic Moon!
October “Super” Full Moon October 15-16th, 2016 by Ruby The Full “Super” Moon in Aries is going to be strongly intense and at times erratic feeling. The Full Moon in October will grow full on Saturday at on October 15 at 11:23 PM CST and Sunday, October 16 at 12:23 AM EDT. So that’s late […]
State of the Moon is a semi-regular, bimonthly check in with the universe. This is my first post that focuses on the moon, on astrology, on how what’s happening in the heavens impacts us on earth. I am still learning about astrology, but I process information through writing. I will also include links to blog […]
Native cultures around the world have celebrated the significance of new and full moons. Full moon is the apex of light energy for the month. Although we wish to retain some of our practices and enhance them, the full moon is a perfect moment to discard beliefs and addictions we wish to shed. In the brightness of the full moon light we can harness the symbolic power of lunar mystery and magnetism. We can use it to focus intently on replacing worn out, maybe meaningless things we do and say out of habit. Not every addiction is harmful, but blindly following a path from the past without scrutiny is less than our best. Full moon is the time to discern, time to look within for answers to spiritual questions.
Without complicated chants or candle light we can choose this time to make a list of all the thoughts words and deeds we see ourselves doing without thinking. We all get into ruts and find ourselves repeating mistakes or just blindly following what we have always done. This full moon today is a wonderful time to concoct a quick, simple ritual to banish stale thinking and acting.
If weather permits hold your ceremony and meditation outdoors in the light of the moon. Take the feeling with you into the next month to remind you of the changes you have set into motion. Carpe noctem, gentle reader.
This week is special because the full moon and Friday the 13th are falling at the same time. Just a few minutes after midnight on Friday, EDT the full moon will brighten the sky. For astrology buffs this moon holds aspects of jubilance and caution. For sky watchers the visual effects will be stunning, since the full moon is close to the summer solstice. Much ado is being made about the combination double whammy of the date and the moon, but I want to point out that if you live west of the Eastern time zone in the US or Canada, our full moon will happen on Thursday the 12th. I am in that lucky group. Our full moon party will be free of any other beliefs about dates. Here are some of the perils we may escape:
My parents were married on Friday the 13th, which was also my maternal grandmother’s birthday. Since she was not in approval, or invited, I think my parents might have meant it as a prank. The most significant thing that happened in history on that day was the Battle of Guadalcanal. I can’t say that it was lucky or unlucky for the marriage, but they did not divorce. The contract they initiated on Friday 13 Nov, 1942 lasted until death did them part in 2004. My parents were either bold or not superstitious. I consider 13 to be a lucky number. Do you have reservations or feelings about the upcoming full moon and the meaning it has in your life?
Prophecies are made all the time about the end of the world. I am not very interested in the end of the world because it is such a relative term. I noticed the blood moon tetrad news was of interest to astronomers and astrologers. Now I see it is being discussed by those who see at as a sign that Jesus is returning. Tonight is the first night of Passover which will begin at sunset. After the seder in the middle of the night the moon will be seen as blood red during the total lunar eclipse. This is the chance for everyone in North America to witness this unusual spectacle of a full lunar eclipse appearing as a red full moon.
While I agree to a certain extent with the end of timers, I am not sure if we have 4,000 more years or 3 more weeks. Facing mortality is fine. That doesn’t mean we need to be morbid. If we are realistic we have to admit that Mother Earth is in dire straights. I plan to go out tonight and enjoy floating around while the moon turns red and listen for a message. I am not expecting prophecy, but I do think this is a special time. Those of use who have clear skies and a clear schedule can be bathed in the light of this auspicious blood mood whatever it may mean. What do you think the blood moons mean, Gentle Readers?
The practice of drawing and walking labyrinths is ancient and has been found all over the world. Today there is an interest in this form of meditation, and full moon is a perfect time to commemorate a moment in time by walking one. In Tucson there is a group hosting a full moon labyrinth walk each month and just recently they decided to become mobile. Rather than center the walks at a Unitarian Church with a lovely permanent labyrinth the design is now drawn on the ground for a temporary portal. Last night was the last full moon of the year, just a few days before the winter solstice. The labyrinth was constructed of ropes on the lawn, a shiny center with LED lights, and rattles for those who wanted to borrow them.
The weather was mild so we enjoyed the meditation and stayed to share cookies one of the ladies brought. Everyone expressed a feeling a full presence and appreciation. I have normally liked to go on these alone, but the drumming and the shared reverence, not to mention to rainbow around the full moon as we said good night, gave a depth to the moment that was very special. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and cultures came to participate and commemorate the season. It was perfect.