Passion Flower

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Look at this passion flower we found growing on a vine near our house yesterday. Just look at it:

Are those gorgeous or what? They look they’re from outer space. I picked a few and took them home. This is a passion flower from the vine that grows passion fruit. There are more varieties here. I think that is the most intersting flower I’ve ever seen. :)

She’s Here

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I received my mermaid card that I won from Maygreen Fairies today. I posted about the contest a little while back. Bridgett and I won. Yay for us!

It can be really cool being part of the blog-o-sphere; where we get to participate in cool little things like this and, from time to time, find whimsical things in our email or mailbox or be exposed to creators of magical items. Makes being on the Internet really fun!

I LOVE this Book!

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I posted this as a response to one of HedgeWitchMagic’s videos on YouTube, but, as always, I thought that I should also post this here in my blog since I really love this book!

As a science teacher, whenever I see, hear or read about metaphysical subjects being backed up by scientific evidence and knowledge, my geek-brain shouts for joy! Although I’m not always looking for empirical evidence when it comes to my spiritual beliefs, a good scientific reference is always much appreciated.

I would like to recommend a great academic-style book called Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham. They cite their sources and have an extensive bibliography in addition to mentioning a lot of science that backs up much of their writing. The book is also required reading for several university religious studies classes. OK, beyond the boring stuff, if you would like a book explaning the many branches of Paganism, here’s your book. It also explains what role magick plays in Paganism and, of course, how science plays its role in it all. Its a book that really makes you think. Amazon has much better reviews than any I could give so take a look if you’re interested:

Last Quarter Moon Last Night

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Just to be a pest, I kept asking my DH last night “Where’s the moon? Have you seen the moon?” He responded throughout the pestering with “No, no.” “Leave me alone about the moon.” “What is your fascination with the moon tonight?” Teeheeeheeee.

At about 1:30am (I think) my DH wakes me up out of a dead sleep and says in a weary voice. “Remember you were bugging me about the moon all night?…There it is. In that window where I’ve never seen it before. That is so gorgeous.” (My DH usually pays no mind to the moon or any other celestial object.) He was taken aback.

She was very low in the Eastern sky, boldly uncluttered, staring at DH through an open window facing him head on, lying on her side and lighting up his view. Neither of us have ever seen her there in that place and so centered in that window. It was just wild! 😀

View on the Afterlife

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Just my 2 cents here…feel free to debate, comment or disagree. I totally enjoy conversations like these even if they’re online. As long as it stays civil, I do not mind disagreement in the least because my beliefs are never set in stone and although they may be right for me, they may not be right for all. My beliefs morph and change depending on new ideas and new information that may come to light. So please do comment on your thoughts! Again, this was prompted by a YouTube response that I made and another blog response that I kind of edited and merged and thought…”hey, this belongs on my blog”.

As far an afterlife and what I believe in…I believe in a collective consciousness (or unconsciousness). Science is starting to actually prove that such a phenomena actually exists. This was presented to me as I learned about Quantum Physics, String Theory, the postulating of various scientists such as Werner Heisenberg,
John Stewart Bell and Richard Feynman, etc. I think that we can and do tap in and out of the collective consciousness at any time (while physically alive or after)…going forward, backward, experiencing anything, all and nothing all at the same time. I think this is what accounts for deja vu and can explain why some very gifted psychics can see certain things. What I’m not too sure about is whether we experience the “afterlife” as an individual entity or does our “soul/spirit” or energy merge with and become part of a greater entity and lose our individual perspective? I’ve always wondered about that.

As far as what the afterlife “looks” like, I don’t think our energy will experience things in the “afterlife” with the same senses we use here in our physical life. So I don’t think we will actually be “seeing” in that way, but I do think it will be all about perfect and absolute love. What do you think?

Mead Moon

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So, is the full moon tonight or tomorrow night? I have conflicting data on this, but according to NASA its tomorrow, so I’ll go with that :)…although tonight’s moon looks really full and gorgeous. The full moon closest to the summer solstice is known as the Mead moon, which is tomorrow night’s event when we should raise a glass of mead to the Moon. Mead is not so easy to make so any other ideas out there? What are you doing for the Full Moon?

Tomorrow’s full moon is also notable because its a “penumbral lunar eclipse”, however, we will not be able to see it so I’m not getting too excited about that. I already posted why here.

Happy Full Moon Gazing! :)

Lavendar Sunsets…a bit of Science

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Have you been noticing lavender sunsets as of late?
You can chalk that up to the amazing eruption of the Sarychev Peak in Russia in the Kuril Islands (erupted on June 12). This info and awesome pic were posted by NASA. The International Space Station was directly above it when it erupted and they got that amazing shot! As usual, the ash and gases in the stratosphere have traveled and are now causing beautiful lavender sunsets across parts of the northern USA and Europe. Yay for those of you who can catch a glimpse. If you are lucky enough to be at a latitude that can view this (not I) pay attention to the horizon when the sun goes down, look for feathery “ripples of white” and then you should see the sky slowly change to a lovely shade of violet-lavender. Let me know if you do catch a glimpse. :)

Check this out! A first ever close up of a sunspot and it looks remarkably like a Sun Flower. How cool and neatly intertwined is that?