January 2015 Blog

A joyful, healthy and inspiring New Year to all who read this!

The end of 2014 has become “the year of the primeval beasts” around here. Folks have been reporting moose the size of dinosaurs roaming the roads, though I have yet to see them. In my little neck of the forest the pesky possums that were tearing up the lawn looking for grubs have abated, but during the recent warm spell squirrels have taken to burying acorns all over the front and back lawns. I watch them from the kitchen window and think about screaming (but never do). In the summer I will have plenty of seedlings to cull, the animals are trying their best to revert the homestead into forest.

On the political front I have watched in disbelief as reports of the billions of dollars spent on US elections come in. Meanwhile the GOP wants to cut Social Security, food stamps and Medicare for the poor, elderly, children, and underemployed. They can’t do this because Walmart workers and the rest of the “service industry” workers will not be able to feed themselves without food stamps and they would be without health care if it weren’t for Obamacare, so it’s probably still just political theater (one hopes). Also, most American have no pensions or retirement savings and because wages have not kept up with inflation for the last thirty years elderly Americans simply cannot survive without Social Security. Please make your opinion known to your compassionate Republican representatives on this matter.

I am so disgusted by all this that I, an American, have decided once and for all that I am a monarchist. A Constitutional Monarchy seems the best type of government to me these days when I think of all the money and effort that is wasted on bloated, prolonged campaigns that do nothing except produce politicians who serve their biggest donors and not the people. Corporations have become the new aristocracy and someone needs to keep them in check.

As a Druid, I have watched British Druid orders with envy. In ancient times the Druids would always have an Arch Druid at the helm and they were in that position for life. That freed up the time, energy and resources of everyone to be creative, teach, spread and maintain the faith. American Druid Orders are afflicted with the same issues as our national government. Power struggles and elections mean time, bandwidth and energy that should be going into creative projects, teaching, building and worship are squandered.

That is my last little rant for 2014.

On the personal front I am putting the last touches on another herbal book and lining up gigs for 2015. So far I am teaching in PA, CA and MA.

Below you will find a collection of the last Moonth’s archeology, herbal, nature, Celtic, religion and ethical news. Enjoy!

PA TREE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

TREE MEDICINE TREE MAGIC
May 29, 2015 at 3:30pm to May 31, 2015 at 4:00pm
119 Cherry Ct Matamoras PA 18336
Weekend Workshop Hosted by Ellen Evert Hopman

A Friday night slide show of some common North American trees illustrating their medicinal and magical properties. On Saturday morning we learn about the Irish “Tree alphabet” and then go outside to perform a traditional Druid tree meditation and learn to listen to the trees. Saturday afternoon we learn more about the “Tree Alphabet” and then gather tree medicines such as leaves, pine needles, flowers, barks, etc. Sunday we prepare medicines from the ingredients we have gathered. Each student will leave with a hand-made set of Ogham divination cards, based on the ancient Irish Ogham “Tree Alphabet”. Please bring a notebook and pen, and wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothes as you will be outside part of the weekend.

Weekend Fee $125 which includes class, lunches, and supplies.

Please send fee to Marjorie Forbes Spadoni, 119 Cherry Ct, Matamoras PA 18336

If you need to stay over locally there is a Best Western 5 minutes away.

484-347-7489 for more info

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IRISH NEWS

  •  Press Release: Tara Skryne Presrvation Group 28.11.14
    Press Release 28/11/14
    Campaigners are again hitting Social Media sites to draw attention to issues threatening to affect the Tara landscape Co.Meath.Campaigners have been asking since 2007 for two simple commitments that will solve the long running dispute between heritage and development in Meath. Neither seem forthcoming.

    1. The Tara Landscape Conservation Area designation, which has been languishing for years, needs to be passed allowing no major structural development within Tara Archaeological landscape. This does not affect local housing, farming or business. Public consultation has been long complete and no valid serious objections were lodged.

    2. The Leinster Orbital should be moved north of Navan away from Archaeological landscapes of Tara and Bru Na Boinne. North of Navan should be designated a special development area and South between Navan and Dunshaughlin a heritage area allowing certainty for Meath businesses and investors in long term planning.Recent NRA press announcements that a new Type 1 Service Area between theClonee and Blundlestown junctions of the M3 Motorway is currently being considered, plus the recent sale of lands beside the Blundlestown Interchange in an area previously proposed as the linkage between the M3 and the Leinster Outer Orbital Route, has triggered the start of Facebook and Twitter campaigns by the Tara Skryne Preservation Group who say they are gearing up to oppose any and all commercial and inappropriate development of this archaeologically sensitive area.Type 1 Service Areas typically consist of fuel facilities, shopping/retail courts, restrooms, tourist information, parking and picnic areas.”Inappropriate developments such as this would not only impact the sensitive Tara Skryne landscape but would also impact small businesses such as cafes and petrol stations, taking money out of the local economy and diverting it to share holder driven franchises”, said group spokesperson Carmel Diviney.”The proposed Outer Leinster Orbital Route would have serious detrimental effects on the area and would be in contravention of current planning guidelines as per the Meath County Development Plan.” she added.The Leinster Outer Orbital Route, a motorway around the city of Dublin was proposed to be built between 2011 and 2019 in order to connect Drogheda, Navan and Naas, however it was shelved during the recession. It would serve as a second bypass of the city to complement the M50 linking all of Dublin’s main trunk routes: M1, M2, M3, M4 and M7. The only route that would not be served is the M11.As a major North South link with access tothe Airport via the M3, the Leinster Orbital would be a major development asset for Meath if placed north of Navan where land is available for Business parksand small enterprises, rather than the current route adjacent to significant archaeological areas that have obvious planning issues.The Tara Skryne Preservation Group suspects that plans for the Orbital route are being mooted again if not back on the table, and the long term goal is to sell land for major development in the Archaeological landscapes something that would not be welcomed by residents. The TSPG fund raising drive is to raise money to launch objections, appeals and legal challenges to any large commercial or or inappropriate development of the Tara Skryne Valley.

    Tara Skryne Preservation Group
    Contact: Carmel Diviney 0876011771

    HOW YOU CAN HELP TARA
    Tara Preservation
    Help Save Our Heritage, crowdfunding campaign by the Tara Skryne Preservation Group in County Meath Ireland

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December blog 2014

It is Thanksgiving Day as I write this and I am very thankful that I don’t have to go to work today. My thoughts and sympathies are with the many folks who are being forced to work just so Americans can shop on what is supposed to be a family holiday, a fact that I find shameful.

Last night we had a big snow storm and heavy wet snow is frosting the trees. An old Birch tree has fallen softly onto the roof, this is the second time I have had a tree do this in recent years, each time they fall very gently as if the Tree Spirits are taking care not to disturb the house.

The gang of wild turkeys that came to the bird feeder every day last winter hasn’t shown up yet – maybe it’s because I have been seeing large grey coy-wolves about at night. The huge possum that was methodically tearing up the yard looking for grubs seems to have disappeared as well.

The news is full of yet another murder of an un-armed black teenager, sentenced to death by a policeman for stealing cigarettes. Apparently the jurors investigating the case for the grand jury were handed an old Missouri law that was declared unconstitutional many years ago for guidance. The law stated that a policeman had the right to pursue a suspect and kill them, making the officer judge and jury.

The jurors must have been heavily influenced by this law as they declared the officer completely innocent of all charges. I can only hope that this travesty of justice will make the police officers exoneration invalid or at least get the lawyer who did this disbarred (see this link for the details)

All this makes me wonder what is being exposed here, about the American psyche. The murder of an unarmed black man by a gun wielding white man is nothing new in this society. George Zimmerman was a thuggish lout who chose to stalk Treyvon Martin, even when the police dispatcher asked him not to, shot Martin to death, and then a jury declared Zimmerman the innocent victim. Treyvon who was walking home armed with nothing but Skittles and iced tea was deemed the perpetrator.

More recently, officer Wilson explained that Michael Brown was a “Demon” as large as Hulk Hogan (Wilson is six foot four and Brown was six foot six) and so far, after chasing the unarmed Brown down and then shooting him multiple times until he killed him, has been deemed innocent.

Why are these white men with guns so frightened of blacks that they have to shoot and kill them even when they are unarmed? I am starting to think there is a suppressed memory of the racial injustice emerging that this country has been denying for centuries. I believe that these white men with their guns are afraid that people of color will rise up and seek justice. That projected fear makes the black man appear larger than life to these puny frightened little men with guns.

We obviously need to de-militarize the police, somehow get guns off the streets and out of our homes, and train the police to disable a person (especially when they are unarmed) rather than shoot them to death. Until America does this we are still stuck in the primitive, violent lawlessness of the Wild West.

Tomorrow I will be joining a Black Friday protest at the local Wal-Mart. That’s how I will spend my extra day off.

The owners of Wal-Mart are the richest family in America, yet they insist on keeping wages and benefits at abysmal levels, dragging the rest of the country down (they are the largest retailer in the world), and counting on tax payers to provide food stamps and health care for their workers, just so to survive.

Peace out

Ellen

UPCOMING EVENT!

  • Sirius Community Health Fair
    December 7, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
    Sirius Community
    72 Baker Road
    Shutesbury, MA 01072
    (near Amherst, MA)
    I will be doing a Tree slide show and talk at about 3 pm.

NEWS FROM IRELAND

  • Tara is threatened once again and needs everyone’s help.
    Tara Preservation. Help Save Our Heritage!

    We need your help!After the destruction wrought by the M3 Motorway through the Tara Skryne Valley County Meath Ireland, a unique and archaeologically sensitive landscape at the foot of the world famous Hill of Tara,  new threats are beginning to emerge which could destroy what’s left!Our crowd funding aim is to raise money to support public awareness raising initiatives, to launch objections to inappropriate planning applications, and to fund the inevitable legal challenges which we foresee necessary in order to protect the Tara Skryne Valley from developers.

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Below is the last Moonth’s archeology, nature, herbal, religion and ethics news. Enjoy!

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

LANGUAGE NEWS

NATURE NEWS

HERBAL NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

RELIGION NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS