New from Astro Watch

 

Silicate Stardust Traces Histories of Dust in the Galaxy

NASA scientists are revealing the histories of dust particles from dying stars that roved the Galaxy for millions of years before the sun and planets formed. These stardust grains survived the harsh environment of deep space and were found in meteorites on Earth. During their journeys, these stardust grains were bombarded in space by high-energy cosmic radiation and shock waves from exploding stars, or supernovae. Scientists in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at NASA’s ….

 

Advertisements

Natural Dyes for Eggs

Outstanding post !

WitchPetals

The tradition of eggs, egg magic, and symbolism in the springtime is woven throughout history and culture.  Each thread carrying their own intention for the humble egg.  It is used in fertility magic, protection magic, and cleansing magic to name a few.   Eggs are used in healing in the case of Mal de Ojo, or the evil eye and to detect other such spiritual issues. Eggs are eaten for protein and for ritual; to bring in abundance and good fortune for the rebirth of the year in the spring.   Many cultures include traditions of dying eggs to enhance these energies and imbibe the egg with even greater spiritual significance.

Today, many of us will continue these traditions of dying and eating eggs to welcome in the spring and remember the old ways handed down to us. However, the modern world as gotten away from what is natural; very often, using…

View original post 1,292 more words

Equinox Ritual

Ethereal Nature

drummers, all in a circle
each one equidistant
upon this equinox
from the sacred center
each beating to the march
of their inner drum
a communion of resonance
percussion penetrating
all fibers of being

drumming to release
the constricting grip winter
drumming to invoke
the resurgent flow of spring
drumming to awaken
our indigenous souls

under a night sky
of wafer-thin clouds
backlit by a waning moon
the humble shaman
washes us in the smoke
of sacred herbs
that rises to kiss the heavens
where snow white wings
appear upon white clouds
tundra swans
in delta formation
the structure of change
we are awash in the ecstasy
of their musical call

honking to release
the constricting grip winter
honking to invoke
the resurgent flow of spring
honking to awaken
our indigenous souls

snow melts
as we pass through the veil
to place our yearning prayers
secure within that unfathomable well

View original post 67 more words

Translating #Cervantes400 into Arabic

Translating #Cervantes400 into Arabic

Arabic Literature (in English)

Just as the world will mark the 400th year since the death of Shakespeare, so we also mark the same the number of years since the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra:

By Shadi Rohana

cervantesNot only did the two authors mark world literature forever, but they also died on the same day in 1616, if on different calendars. Shakespeare died on “April 23rd” before Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar. For the Catholic world, which adopted the Gregorian calendar immediately in 1582, Shakespeare died on May 3rd — that is, 10 days after the death of Cervantes.

While it’s uncertain whether Cervantes knew of Shakespeare, Shakespeare certainly knew him. The title of one of Shakespeare’s lost plays — The History of Cardenio — clearly shows it. But what of Cervantes in Arabic?

Cervantes is the author of many novels, stories, poems and plays. However, in the Arabic language, Cervantes’ name is almost a synonym for that…

View original post 373 more words

Maine Witches Honored For Protection Against Jonas Spell

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Maine Witches Honored For Protection Against Jonas Spell | The Return of the Modern PhilosopherWhile the rest of the East Coast continued to dig out from underneath Winter Storm Jonas, Mainers enjoyed a sunny day during which the mercury crept into the mid-forties, Modern Philosophers!

How did Maine, the state that is so often the focus of Snow Miser’s wrath, manage to avoid even a flurry during the Great Blizzard of 2016?

The answer was clear today at Bangor City Hall, where Maine’s most powerful Witches were honored for their Protection Against Jonas Spell.

Waltzing Matilda, Volcanica Ivy, and Ti-Diana were presented the Stephen King Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Maine citizen who is not a member of the Armed Forces.

The ladies, who are my good friends, the leaders of Maine’s largest coven, and co-owners of Three Toads & A Wicked Lady, Maine’s most popular Witch bar, accepted their medals from Mayor Ben Sprague as a…

View original post 406 more words