A greeting in Russian. Trusting you are well and enjoyed the break. If you celebrate Easter or the equivalent. Like for the Jewish faith, Pesach or passover, and I am sure there were other types of commemorations and faith ceremonies. Near where I live there is a place named Camelot: London’s Camelot and The Secrets of the Grail by Chris Street is available from The Atlantis Bookshop and Watkins Bookshops in central London or on-line from www.lulu.com or Amazon.
It is a kind of Island in Trent Park and is visited on festivals and at almost every other times. It was pretty full I am told over Easter. There are prayer flags, shrines, druids, drummers and all sorts. Really beautiful and mystical. Equinoxes, Solstice, Full and New moons.
There are fascinating names such as Guthroths Days on May 9 2013 and is the Feast of the Larvae:
The Lemuralia or Lemuria was a feast in the religion of ancient Rome during which the Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome spectres of the restless dead, the lemures or larvae were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa, a salted flour cake, from the first ears of wheat of the season.
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In the Julian calendar the three days of the feast were 9, 11, and 13 May. The myth of origin of this ancient festival, according to Ovid, who derives Lemuria from a supposed Remuria was that it had been instituted by Romulus to appease the spirit of Remus (Ovid, Fasti, V.421ff;Porphyrius ). Ovid notes that at this festival it was the custom to appease or expel the evil spirits by walking barefoot and throwing black beans over the shoulder at night. It was the head of the household who was responsible for getting up at midnight and walking around the house with bare feet throwing out black beans and repeating the incantation, "I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine (haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis.)." nine times. The household would then clash bronze pots while repeating, "Ghosts of my fathers and ancestors, be gone!" nine times.
Because of this annual exorcism of the noxious spirits of the dead, the whole month of May was rendered unlucky for marriages, whence the proverb Mense Maio malae nubent ("They wed ill who wed in May").
On what had been the culminating day of the Lemuralia, May 13 in 609 or 610— the day being recorded as more significant than the year—,Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, and the feast of that dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres has been celebrated at Rome ever since. According to cultural historians, this ancient custom was Christianized in the feast of All Saints' Day, established in Rome first on May 13, in order to de-paganize the Roman Lemuria, while others see a link to the May 13 date inSaint Ephrem's celebration of All Saints on that day in the 4th century.
Some other festivals are Imbolic 1st February Spring equinox, , 1st May, Beltane marking the midpoint in the Sun's progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. The astronomical date for this midpoint is nearer to 5 May or 7 May, but this can vary from year to year.[1, Lughnusadh 1st August Autumn equinox and Somhain 31 1st October Winter Solstice. It is sometimes interesting to see other aspects or worship, celebration and faith. Other aspects of these types of ceremonials:
In modern usage a scapegoat is an individual, group, or country singled out for unmerited negative treatment or blame. A whipping boy or "fall guy" is a form of scapegoat.
Scapegoat derives from the common English translation of the Hebrew term azazel (Hebrew: עזאזל) which occurs in Leviticus 16:8 after the prefix la- (Hebrew לַ "for").
In ancient Greece a cripple or beggar or criminal (the pharmakos) was cast out of the community, either in response to a natural disaster (such as a plague, famine or an invasion) or in response to a calendrical crisis (such as the end of the year). In the Bible, the scapegoat was a goat that was designated (Hebrew לַעֲזָאזֵֽל ) la-aza'zeyl to be outcast in the desert as part of the ceremonies of theDay of Atonement, that began during the Exodus with the original Tabernacle and continued through the times of the temples in Jerusalem.
AZAZEL (Heb. עֲזָאזֵל), name of the place or the "power" (see below) to which one of the goats in the Temple service of the *Day of Atonement was sent. There is a great deal of confusion regarding the exact meaning of the word. The name appears in Leviticus (16:8–10): "And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for Azazel. And Aaron shall present the goat upon which the lot fell for the Lord, and offer him for a sin-offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell for Azazel, shall be set alive before the Lord, to make atonement over him, to send him away for Azazel into the wilderness."
The goat which was dispatched to Azazel was not a sacrifice since it was not slaughtered. From the actual verses themselves it is not even certain whether the goat was killed; thus it seems that the two goats can be compared to the two birds used in the purification ritual of the leper. Just as there one of the birds is set free to fly over the field (Lev. 14:4–7), so here too the goat of Azazel was sent into the wilderness. The goat was dispatched in order to carry the sins of Israel into the wilderness, i.e., to cleanse the people of their sins. This is also the reason why the ritual took place on the Day of Atonement.
The idea that the goat was loaded with the sins of Israel is expressed in the Mishnah (Yoma 6:4) which relates that the Babylonians (or the Alexandrians) used to pluck the hair of the goat and proclaim "Take and go" which is explained as meaning "why is this goat waiting here when the sins of the generation are many and are upon them" (Yoma 66b., cf. the text cited by R. Hananel ad loc.).
My late Grandmother on my Fathers side used all sorts of rituals as did my other Grandma on Mothers side.
This is Granny on Dad's side and me at the age of 11. Granny came from Russia and Germany.
Another story and involving Grandma on Mothers side, Sensei and and Aunty. We had an Aunty named Rosie Bell(Maiden name, married name Rosie Margolis). Dear Aunty had a cast in her eye.
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At the time Aunty's husband Willy was not accepted because he had joined the communists only until he won the football pools! Their son Mike married the lovely singer Anita Harris.
Anita Harris (born Anita Madeleine Harris, 3 June 1942, Midsomer Norton, Somerset, England) is an English actress, singer and entertainer.
Anita and Mike Margolis
Mike and I were great friends and did a lot of Judo together, sadly we lost touch.
Anyway back to the story. My Granny was very superstitious and when Aunt Rosie came to visit, Granny got the heebie jeebies, and got my brother and I together, rubbed our wrists in with butter this was to get rid of the 'goolickers' god alone knows what they were, licked our eyelids and we had to spit out in all directions to get rid of the evil spirits. All this was associated with the cast in the eye as an evil spell. When Aunty came brother and I went sick, nausea and diarrhoea, great no school, anyway I got tired of this and went to Sensei and told him. ' he laughed so much that he keeled over'. He said' Grandma put idea in your minds, you got scarred so it happened, you believed Granny. When Aunty arrives, you sit still, breathe, go into mushin (Post 19) and remember mind is like mirror, reflect back, make sure mirror is clean no dust'.
Aunty's next visit my brother and I sit like Buddha's and we went through the licking, wrist stuff and spitting, breathing and all, Aunty arrives, we are fine and Aunty goes down sick the next day. I rush to Sensei and said 'we've got her, we have zapped her, whey hey'. Sensei very sternly says 'No this is wrong, you should not reflect back your attitudes to her, your Granny planted the seed put the bullet in the gun, when you reflect you reflect from mind mirror to the Universe. The Universe is big laundry and takes dirty washing and sends back clean' On the next visit all parties were fine. Granny still kept up the ritual. They were wonderful days and the Jewish tradition mixed with superstition from Russia, Germany and elsewhere, the persecution of the Jews from cossacks, some early Kaiser stuff, the Spanish culling of Jews:
when we discussed the Crusades, we covered the war of the Church against the Muslims in the Middle East. Now we turn to the war of the Church against Muslims in Europe. This war went on for quite some time in fits and starts—from the time the Muslim Moors arrived in Spain in 711. It took a long time for the Christians to vanquish them. The first Muslim stronghold to fall was Toledo in 1085; the last was Granada in 1492.
The Jewish immigrants who came to England between the two world wars and the above have 'hangover' a psychological paranoia in their psyches, and unfortunately the persecution of Muslims,Hindu's, Buddhists, even tribal non affiliated factions is rife and sadly planet wise, one would have thought with all the history of tyranny, plunder and carnage we would have learnt the lessons of history. However they say history repeats itself. Let us hope the 'wheel of Karma' will eventually cease and compassion and caring be reinstated. Money, power and a urge to purge individualism is the new world order of technology as a means to dominate nature and people.
Onto space and a series of lovely depictions and short videos from the ISS[International Space Station].
How about this:
"The Ferrari F1 team fired their entire pit crew yesterday."
This announcement followed Ferrari's decision to take advantage of the British government's 'Work for your Dole' scheme and employ some Liverpudlian youngsters.
The decision to hire them was brought about by a recent documentary on how unemployed youths from Toxteth were able to remove a set of wheels in less than 6 seconds without proper equipment, whereas Ferrari's existing crew could only do it in 8 seconds with millions of pounds worth of high tech equipment.
It was thought to be an excellent, bold move by the Ferrari management team as most races are won and lost in the pits, giving
Ferrari an advantage over every other team.
However, Ferrari got more than they bargained for! At the crew's first practice session, not only was the scouse pit crew able to
change all four wheels in under 6 seconds but, within 12 seconds, they had re-sprayed, re-badged and sold the car to the Mclaren team for 8 cases of Stella beer, a bag of weed and some photos of Lewis Hamilton's bird in the shower.Onto ET again, this article depicts information about the Dropa stones found in China and the translation by Dr Nui:
http://www.qsl.net/w5www/dropahtml Of course you get the usual cries of 'hoax' and fake, and some of these similar things found and said maybe so, however, the genuine pursuit of scientific enquiryshould not preclude those ideas, and usually reflect those who are so closed that it frightens their limited ability to be open. If its fake then why be so vehemently opposed? A colleague of mine years back would say ' not to dupe innocent minds' ooh er, spooky.
These artefacts are also found in the Himalayas
At a lecture held in London University the Dropa Stones and other such similar artefacts were discussed. On one side of the theatre were elderly some emeritus[retired PH.D Professors] scientists in tweeds, beards and bow ties, waistcoats and smelling of stuffiness(how cruel Geoff and judgemental) some of them great characters, wise and possessed of a very, very succinct humour. The other side a churlish younger proud sniffy faced arm crossed, eager, eagle eyed ready to pounce on the unsuspecting presenters. Fair game for these vultures of academic predation. Then at the back a mixture of keen wide eyed students awaiting the battle of intellect and wits to follow. My presentation went down with howls of derision and sarcastic comments, walk outs and those left had the manners and decency to listen to my debate. The presenters who followed me suffered further indignity and liberal jibbing and ridicule. The emeritus gentlemen were more polite and yet equally incisive. I suppose I am an emeritus now, goodness me how unkind Geoff.
Many a year ago I did a lecture on alternative or complimentary energy at the above UK University in the UK, much later on the late Professor Colin Bates and his wife Margaret facilitated workshops for me in their home and the University in Nottingham on self growth and 'new age' ideas.
I had the usual mixture as related above and as I got into the first 20 minutes, there were rumbles and some innuendoes. Sitting right at the back and with dimmed lights in order to show slides and so on, was a shady figure, who in a cracked sheep bleat voice, shouted ' rubbish', on numerable occasions.
A typical lecture theatre and the large screen at the back for a projector and so forth.
At the morning break for refreshment and comfort issues, the voice shouted out, 'just a moment'. The voice appeared as the lights went on, he wore tweeds, had a beard and brandishing a walking stick. Previously to the lights going on I had proffered proof with a newspaper named 'Positive News' and showed in this article a group or community running 'mains' free on their own energy system, and I had offered to take the voice or he and a student to go in a taxi of which I pay for and return to the group with a report, if the paper report or I were incorrect, I would forgo my fee and stop these sort of lectures.
http://positivenews.org.uk/ [by the way I did blog on this and I wonder if you come across it you will see why I am concerned with censorship:
from recent edition of Positive News Biologist Rupert Sheldrake and author Graham Hancock have called for a public debate on issues at the edge of mainstream science, after their talks as part of the series were removed from its YouTube channel
I digress, the emeritus Professor came towards me, and for a moment I thought he was gong to whack me with his stick. Everyone was on their feet ready to go to break. He shouted in a commanding voice 'Stop!, he put his arm round me and said ' You see this has to come about, we are slow to accept change, part of me knows you are right, yet I have had fifty years in academia and although I would like to embrace your ideas, I cannot, I am too conditioned, stuck in my own ways, you see I am too old to change, it would mean my whole life would collapse, it would take the carpet from beneath my feet, listen to this man he is from a future I hope will come about, however, those entrenched as I will hinder it, and those with vested interest in business will block it' I responded ' My dear Professor to say this in front of your students and faculty is one of the bravest things a man can do, you stand the risk of losing your credibility, and I deeply respect and honour you' I was in tears and he moved me deeply. He turned and went away, only a handful came back and we had a really healthy exchange and debate. They did at least honour my fee.[My fees were train fare and taxi or petrol should I drive to the venue if needed, meals on train or travel, accommodation if needed over night in a warm, quiet room with privacy and alone, plus any materials spent for the lecture, of course donations were welcome and if they did arrive a tithe went to charity, in those days I had a good job and that supplied my needs].
Talking of money:
As the eurozone is rocked by the crisis in Cyprus, a cyber currency called Bitcoin has seen a surge in popularity from people looking for an alternative place to invest their money.Bitcoins are basically virtual money which can be earned or bought. They were created four years ago by a hacker who remains anonymous.There are no banks to control them, people just exchange them directly with each other over the internet. That makes them difficult to tax, trace or freeze.In the last month, the Bitcoin has more than doubled in value.
Friends I do not follow or am signed into any social network, neither twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, apologies I suppose I am an emeritus square. Ha well that's Life.
Be Well. Geoff