May is named after Maia, “the great one”, the Italic goddess of spring, and the wife of Vulcan. This May is off to an explosive start, with volcanoes erupting and earthquakes in Nepal and the English got a new princess, the first one who is eligible to reign from birth and will not be passed over by a male sibling. She managed to be born at the Full Moon on Beltaine (May Day) which in some religious traditions is considered the most powerful Full Moon of the year. The Buddha was born on the May Full Moon and also achieved enlightenment on the May Full Moon. He did that latter by sitting under a Bodhi Tree, of course. May is the time when the sap is rising and most powerfully in the days leading up to the Full Moon. Maybe that rising tide helped to raise his kundalini. That’s my thought.
Here on the mountain the oak leaves are “the size of a mouse’s ear” which means it is time to plant corn. I set out just three mounds of the traditional corn, squash and beans. Living in an oak forest it is hard to find enough sunlight, except very close to the house. I also left offerings of milk and homemade corn bread on the Fairy Altar on Beltaine (May Day). Judging by the wreckage around the Altar it looks like the Fairies had quite a celebration. According to tradition they always “move house” on the cross quarters (Imbolc, Beltaine, Lughnasad and Samhain) so the careful householder will be sure to leave out refreshment for them at those times.
Last winter I had a tribe of male turkeys who came to the bird feeders every day. They did not appear this winter, sadly, but a few weeks ago a solitary female turkey began showing up, accompanied by a huge brown and yellow butterfly that stuck around for days. Those feel like good omens.
In ancient Ireland the time of Beltaine was calculated by the blooming of the Hawthorn Tree so every Druid had to keep watch. Once the Hawthorn bloomed it was safe to send the herds up to the hills. In these parts the trees haven’t even put out leaves yet, but the daffodils are making a carpet of yellow, announcing the return of the summer sun.
Below you will find the usual archeological fare, plus nature, religion and herb news. I have included a few actions you can take to help Nepal and the planet.
Blessings of the summer on all who read this!
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- The Patrick McCollum Foundation (a Pagan charity) is collecting donations for the earthquake victims in Nepal. We have direct connections in both Katmandu and in the mountain regions that have been affected. Please make a notation on the form provided on the website that the donation is for the Nepal earthquake victims. Donations can be made online at: www.patrickmccollum.orgUpdates on Nepal will be posted as new information comes in.
Peace & Blessings,
Rev. Patrick McCollum
- Nepal Aid Update:
I wanted to update you on the Patrick McCollum Foundation’s earthquake aid to the victims in Nepal. We have forwarded all donations made so far to our team members in the area and relief is in progress as I write. All monies are being used to purchase tents, blankets, medical supplies and food. The process of delivering these to the remote mountain villages is difficult, but we have people in place that are able to do so. The first delivery is in process as I write.The Patrick McCollum Foundation will continue to accept donations and make successive deliveries as the funds are collected.I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to those who have donated so far both from the Patrick McCollum Foundation and from the people of Helambu Nepal. Your generosity for some means the difference between life and death, and for others serves as a ray of hope among an otherwise horrendous situation.Please share our campaign widely. We need more donations. The death toll is still rising and many are at risk.Remember, this region is the origin of Namaste which translates into “My heart sees your heart”. Let’s show them that we see them and we care!We are one of a few small NGOs who are responding to the area hardest hit and your support really does make a difference. 100% of all donations go directly to the people affected.
Rev. Patrick McCollum
Donations can be made online at: www.patrickmccollum.org
- Prayers for Nepal
- A powerful video about the Earth and human consciousness (video)
- A prominent defender of Tara has passed to the Otherworld
- Muirean ni Bhrolchain speaks at “Harpers For Tara” (video)
- Muireann RIP
by “Charles Burgess”
Thought that somehow someday
we would surely meet again…
Dissolve from mist amidst the green
and dissolve back again.
Swore we’d walk these circles
tracing time across the sky,
Waking life and mystery
walking side by side…
Felt the firelight flicker,
felt the sweet repeat of rhyme,
Heard the ancient stories traded
yours for mine, yours for mine.
Sure that song would wrap us ’round
our faces flush with wine,
Talking of beloved Tara,
Smiling with a sigh….
Soon the sun will rise upon
the Vale of Tara-Skryne
The gifts you gave the waking world
in golden light will gleam,
And we will treasure memories,
in written words and reveries,
of our Ard Ollamh, Seanachí,
Who fought for future history,
Who spoke like Tara’s Queen.
A Muireanne, rest blessed, in peace.
- ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT HOMEOPATHY
The Food & Drug Administration recently began hearings on the regulation of homeopathy. When the FDA was established in the late 1930s, homeopathics were specifically exempted from the usual drug approval process, because they had been successfully regulated since the late 1800s by the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the U.S. (HPUS).
If the FDA succeeds in applying to homeopathy the same yardstick theoretically applied to pharmaceuticals — viz., proof of safety and efficacy through clinical trials costing billions – homeopathy will be dead in America. No manufacturer of homeopathic remedies could afford clinical trials on the hundreds of remedies that have been used safely and successfully for over two hundred years.
You may be saying to yourself that this is ridiculous – and I would agree. But I’ve attached an article I wrote setting forth what I think is happening here. I urge you to read it.
If you’ve benefited from homeopathy, I also urge you to write the FDA. Public comments on their proposed course of action (which remains vague) are accepted up to June 22.
In writing, here are some points to consider.Take what you need and leave the rest:The FDA is not interested in any anecdotes about how much homeopathy has helped you or your family. It might be more useful to write about how conventional medicine failed you, if that was your experience.
Homeopathy has been used successfully for over two hundred years. How many conventional medical treatments have lasted that long? Homeopathy persists because it works, not because those who use it are loonies.
This is merely the latest in a long history of attempts by orthodox medicine to kill homeopathy, starting with the establishment of the American Medical Association. If you want the full story, read Harris Coulter’s Divided Legacy.Nowhere in the FDA hearing announcement is there a definition of what is meant by “homeopathic.” The announcement refers to “human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic” without definition or examples. The FDA continually confounds “drugs” and homeopathic remedies. The two are totally different.
According to the FDA announcement, “Negative health effects from drug products labeled as homeopathic have been reported through the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System and the National Poison Data System (NPDS), which is maintained by the American Association of Poison Control Centers and tracks human poison exposure cases. Data in the NPDS pertaining to homeopathic drug products is tracked under the category ‘Homeopathic Agents.’” Nowhere are these “negative health effects” explained or elaborated. No data from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System is cited, and as the attached shows, Poison Control data doesn’t reliably distinguish between homeopathics, herbal products, and dietary supplements.
The FDA does not understand homeopathy and how useful it has proven, particularly in epidemics. The FDA falsely claims that homeopathic remedies “can cause side effects, drug interactions, and allergic or other adverse reactions.” Drugs, which work biochemically, can indeed do all these things; homeopathic remedies, which work energetically, do not.Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, unlike the pharmaceuticals and GMOs the FDA promotes. Why does the FDA feel compelled to attack a safe, proven system of healing like homeopathy when the agency is not doing a decent job of making sure people don’t die from OTC and prescription drugs? (For more on this, see the new documentary “Bought” by Jeff Hays.)
This is not about our health and safety but about achieving a monopoly for the pharmaceutical industry. If safety were the true motivating factor, the FDA would be holding hearings on acetaminophen, laxatives, cosmetics, and proton pump inhibitors, all of which are sold over-the-counter and all of which had more “poison exposure cases” than homeopathic remedies.
At risk is our right to choose what goes into our bodies or the bodies of our children. It is no accident that the FDA hearings coincide with a move in California to make vaccinations mandatory and in Australia to withdraw welfare from parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.
We live in difficult times. It is frightening that we have to fight for our rights to a safe environment, healthy food, and the kind of healthcare we want.
- ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Ask Bill Gates to divest from fossil fuels in his investment portfolio
- Neolithic beer, made without hops
- Celtic culture in Germany
- A new species of flying dinosaur discovered in China
- Climate change and agriculture in Tibet
- Farmer finds prehistoric sea creature’s jaw
- Ogham, the ancient Irish alphabet
- The 12,000 year old history of the Swastika
- An old Leechcraft woman’s Ancient Healing well in Connemara (video)
Katy’s old well In case you were wondering what they look like….
- 2,500 year old Celtic beer resurrected
- A Thor’s Hammer found in Norway
- A Roman clasp found in Denmark
- Did North Africans pre-date the Celts in Ireland?
- Fossilized dinosaur eggs found by Chinese road workers
- Viking sunstones
- Make your own Viking sun compass
- When Vikings came to the Isle of Lewis
- True account of the Viking siege of Paris
- The oldest crucible steel found in Eastern Europe
- Dinosaur feathers found in amber
- Apparently many dinosaurs had feathers
- The Neolithic monument and burial chamber, Bryn Celli Ddu in Wales
- A 500 year old mummy discovered
- World’s oldest stone tools
- Britain’s oldest cremation burial
- Viking women who disappeared
- This has also happened to women in Celtic studies
- Ancient Roman cursing tablets
- The Hill of Uisneach (which used to be a park and about a decade ago was sold to a cow farmer)
- Did Neanderthals share their caves with carnivores?
- A Neanderthal cave in Iraq explored
- Plans to clone a Neanderthal (I find this very disturbing)
- A chambered cairn in Scotland (video)
- Ancient British trees
- A cromlech tumulus is being excavated in Slievemor, Ireland
- Melting glaciers yield archeological finds
- The English are Celtic too (video)
- A huge ring fort identified in NI
- New proof that all genus homo species are one
- Some Northern Europeans resisted the spread of agriculture
- How Medusa guards Turkey’s waterways
- When the Vikings attacked Spain
- Where was the Indo-European homeland?
- Decorate your Easter Eggs like its 6000 BCE
- Meet your 3.67 million year old ancestor
- A 2000 year old father and son burial found in Scotland
- What did Neanderthals sound like?
- Neolithic sex toys
- Harvesting Spring herbs (video)
- Wild herbs of the Spring (video)
- Burdock roots and how to eat them
- Chaga fungus fights cancer, psoriasis
- Medieval potion found effective against MRSA (!!!)
- Edible Bull Thistle
- Vedic teachings and modern physics (video)
- Bee friendly towns – your town can do this too!
- NASA released gorgeous video of the Sun (watch full screen)
- Dancing cows
- Is the Earth conscious?
- Media ignored climate change in coverage of this winter’s record snow, storms
- Biomass exports lead to “renewable clear cutting” (what?)
- Audubon Society award winning bird photographs
- Vedic teachings and modern physics (video)
- Paganism re-emerging in Iceland
- Evangelist sues for right to preach at an Irish fair after being banned (if he wins his suit I hope that Witches and Druids will show up and do some educating of their own)
- Pagan mom defies school rules to take her kids to a Pagan festival
- Woman fined for feeding the homeless “This is how I pray”
- Implications of the RFRA bills
- The origins of Halloween
- Ancient myths that pre-figure Jesus
- Northern Ireland’s first officially recognized Pagan priest since St. Patrick
- What the Indiana RFRA law means for Wiccans
- The true origins of Easter
- 9000 year old religious sites found in Israel
- Iowa woman gives first Wiccan state invocation on April 9
How they reacted when she spoke
- Beyond religion
POLITICS AND ETHICS
- Why Bernie Sanders matters, even if he can’t win
- A Noble prize winning economist on why the TPP is a bad deal for America
- The US has the highest maternal death rates in the industrialized world
- New study links political Conservatism and anti-social personality
- Texas House tries to pass a measure to make abortion of non-viable fetuses illegal
- Paul Ryan backs a bill that protects parental rights of rapists.
- Ryan also defends cuts to veterans benefits (but not raising taxes on the wealthy)
- Raising the age of social security recipients is a disaster for the poor.
- Why we should be lowering, not raising the retirement age
- Same sex marriage will lead to murdered babies, says GOP think tank (???)
- Robert Reich on the TPP (video)
- The Republican push to sell off animal refuges and national parks for oil drilling and other exploitation
- Due to continued occulation of Palestine, Israel is losing its Democratic values
- 1 million dead as a result of US invasion of Iraq
- Anger issues more than mental illness lead to gun violence, study shows
- Every Republican running for president voted against paid sick leave. It passed anyway.
- Ted Cruz wants to sell off national parks to oil, gas, mining interests
- Apache occupy sacred land that Congress gave to a mining company
- Lies doctors are required to tell you about abortion
- America’s broken safety net – poverty and the disabled
- Senator thinks nuking Iran would be no big deal
- GA teacher teaches her students that their parents “are not Christians if they voted for Obama”
- Pentagon loses billions and they want to cut Medicare, Food stamps, Social Security“Before 2010, however, the Pentagon wasn’t required to identify the pool of money the contracts were being paid from when it came to foreign military equipment and arming the Afghan National Security Forces. No wonder those transactions were and are nearly impossible to track. Out of the total amount DOD has spent in Afghanistan, more than $57 billion has gone to the Afghan Forces – but the Pentagon can only account for about $17 billion.”More…
- MO Republicans want to band seafood and steak for food stamp recipients
- Tell Congress: we want GMO labelling
Track the bill
- Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing Roundup Herbicide
- Nebraska farmer illustrates the effects of fracking on ground water
- Monsanto Lobbyist refuses to drink pesticide contaminated water, while claiming it is “perfectly safe”
- Iowa grants gun permits to the blind because “its legal” (Gee, do you think the laws need to be changed?)
- Indiana shuts down rural Planned Parenthood clinics and gets an HIV outbreak
- A Pagan lawyer breaks down Indiana’s RFRA law
- GOP attacks on Obama reach a new level of crazy