There is quite a bit of news this Moonth, possibly because so many of us have finally woken up from our winter slumbers. Below you will find news you can use, actions to help the planet and her people, and the usual archeology, herbal, nature, religion and Druid fare.
Regarding that horrible oil spill in California that is killing birds and sea life and the big drilling rig that everyone has been protesting in Seattle, here are my thoughts;
Instead of deploying troops to defend oil fields in the Middle East why not send troops to *protect* the Arctic from oil drilling? I believe a major strategic worry for our “leaders” is that if we don’t extract the oil someone else will. Send in the troops to keep others away from the land, animals, fish breeding grounds, etc. and for once, act in a way to protect the planet. At the same time we need a massive investment in wind, solar, bio-mass, geothermal and radical conservation. (Not nukes because we still have no idea how to handle the radioactive waste).
NATIVE AMERICANS IN NEW ENGLAND
- A fabulous organization in Massachusetts that is building a center where local tribes can tell their version of history for the first time ever.
ACTIONS TO HELP THE PLANET
- Bee friendly gardens
- A list of bee killing pesticides to avoid
- Bee deaths continue to rise dramatically
- The plight of the pollinators (it’s not just bees)
- The evidence that neonicotinoids are to blame
- A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment(signatures needed!)The group’s goal is to get 10,000 signatures by mid-June. Why June? This is the scheduled time of Pope Francis’ publication of an encyclical on the environment. The organizers view this as “an ideal opportunity to share a Pagan vision of sustainability with the world.” Patheos blogger John Beckett agrees, saying, “If the leader of the world’s largest Christian denomination can issue a progressive statement on the environment, why can’t Pagans – most of whom hold Nature in much higher regard than do Christians – do at least as much?” The many people involved are now asking others to pass along the statement through social media and other sources. Where can it be found? The statement, its history and all the translations are available at Ecopagan.com.
- *Please help send an acupuncturist to Nepal*Hello Dear friends, family, patients, acquaintances, etc.It is with the blessings and support of my family that I request need of your help to get to Nepal this October with Acupuncturists Without Borders. It has been a lifelong goal of mine to attend at least one Acupuncturists Without Borders Campaign. I was already considering the Nepal trip before the earthquakes and now I feel utterly compelled to do all I can to help.Any amount donated is helpful. Please spread the word far and wide on your social media and email accounts. I can’t do this without you.In love and service,Asherah Allen, Lic. Ac.
- As the Patrick McCollum Foundation prepares to fund and transport its second relief effort up into the high mountain villages in the northern regions of Nepal, major news sources report total devastation and extreme suffering in the area. As shared before, the Patrick McCollum Foundation had targeted the remote mountain regions early on, specifically because we believed that that would be the area least served by the major NGOs. As it turns out, our assessment was correct. Those areas are in exactly the predicament we most feared.Government aid and the large NGOs have been unable to reach the mountain areas due to muddy roads, steep trails, and lack of professional guides. This has left many still dying from injuries and exposure up there. The death toll continues to rise, and the area is now being called the hardest hit.We are still collecting donations and every little bit helps. Most importantly, the victims need tents, blankets, food and basic medical supplies which is what we are focusing on. These of course are only temporary solutions to ease the immediate suffering. The United Nations has issued an international plea for help and this will be a long hall situation. The Patrick McCollum Foundation is a small NGO. All of our projects are funded 100% by your donations, and our ability to respond is directly commensurate with your giving. While we do not have the ability to support larger long term aid, our international connections and local connections in the area combined with our quick assessment and response time, placed us amongst the first to respond where it mattered most. I personally am proud of that and of those in my community who showed up quickly.If you cannot donate, please take a moment to share your prayers with the people of Nepal. They need all of the help they can get!Donations can be made online.100% of all donations go to the earthquake victims, not our overhead.
*Some of my upcoming speaking events*
- MUTTON AND MEAD REN FAIRE
I will be signing books at “Ye Celtic Books and Herbals”
- ADVANCED FORMULA MAKING AND CASE TAKING CLASS
September 5-6, 2015
119 Cherry Ct, Matamoras PA 18336
Advanced case taking and formula making class with Ellen Evert Hopman, Herbalist AHG
Learn Basic Five Element Theory; seasons, flavors, taste, voice tone, emotions
Learn the basics of Facial Diagnosis; lines, colors, moles, blemishes
And learn an advanced formula making technique to design individually crafted remedies for individuals
In-between we will walk outside and meet some of the plants and trees in the garden and make some remedies to take home.
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. Local campgrounds and on site camping are also available.
484-347-7489 for more info
- A TALK ABOUT HERBS AND DRUIDS (podcast)
- ADVANCED FORMULA MAKING AND CASE TAKING CLASS
September 25-26-27, Philo, California (near Mendocino)
Advanced case taking and formula making class with Ellen Evert Hopman, Herbalist AHG
A Friday night lecture on the Doctrine of Signatures.
On Saturday and Sunday you will learn basic Chinese Five Element Theory; seasons, flavors, taste, voice tone, emotions and the fundamentals of Facial Diagnosis; lines, colors, moles, blemishes
You will also learn an advanced formula making technique to design individually crafted remedies for individuals
In-between we will walk outside and meet some of the plants and trees in the garden.
The Philo School of Herbal Energetics website has information on directions & lodging. $150 for the weekend;
Lodging: They do not offer lodging. Please go to the Anderson Valley Chamber of Commerce page for available lodging.
- SIX MONTH HERBAL INTENSIVE IN WESTERN MA (near Amherst, MA)
October 17, 2015 – April, 2016
Two Saturdays a month, 1-5 PM
The Western Massachusetts School of Herbal Studies
Intro to Herbalism and Self Care
With Ellen Evert Hopman M.Ed. ~ Registered Herbalist AHG, author of “Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore“, “A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year”, “A Druids Herbal – Of Sacred Tree Medicine” and other books and DVDs
Covers Western herbal Materia Medica, formula making, case taking, Chinese Five Element Theory, Homeopathic First Aid, Flower Essence Counseling, plant identification, ethno botany, an herb walk outdoors and hands on herbal techniques such as poultices, tinctures, salves. Over 550 pages of handouts are included with the course. A certificate of completion is offered at the end.
Cost: $1,000.00 (plus a $100.00 non-refundable Xeroxing fee)
MA NURSES CAN GET CEUS BY TAKING THIS COURSE
ACTION NEEDED, MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Fire Cider Update May 26, 2015 — Hello Free Fire Cider Supporters!
Check this new development out in our newsletter attached to this message…
SHOCKING NEW LAWSUIT! The cider is hitting the fan!Three herbalists have been sued by Shire City Herbals The “Fire Cider 3” need your support
- RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN THE US ARMED SERVICES US Navy discontinues religious services for minority religions. I’m assuming you’ve seen the news about a Navy recruitment center’s discontinuation of religious services for minority faiths, including Pagans. Lady Liberty League is asking for contacts in the Navy and also for support from other Pagan groups in seeking a resolution to this issue. View the Wild Hunt article here.Some progress appears to be made, but things are still in process. Any Pagans, Heathens, Wiccans, Druids, Pantheists, and/or related paths who are active duty Navy, Navy veterans, Navy civilian support — please email ASAP.
Below you will find the last Moonth’s crop of archeology, religion, nature and ethics news. *Please remember – you can purchase signed books from this website!*
- Brilliant bodhran playing from a new film about the Magdalen laundries in Ireland (video)
- Lovely traditional Irish Harp Music (video)
- Ice Age art from Alaska
- Paleolithic Venus figurines
- A new human ancestor species identified
- Early Neolithic houses
- Hunter-gatherers: James Woodburn speaks about the Hadza people of Tanzania (video)
- A Native American burial ground destroyed to build million dollar homes
- Possibly the grave of queen Boudicca
- Ancient scrolls from time of Vesuvius eruption are now readable
- Bog bodies (video)
- Scythian burial artefacts
- Evidence for Mesoamerican cannibalism
- A Paleolithic lion statue (looks like a lioness to me)
- Just three Bronze Age men could have fathered most Europeans
- Picts in Orkney
- Newgrange to be x-rayed to determine the source of granite
- The dynamic life of a Bronze Age female
- The rise and fall of Cahokia – an ancient American city
- Wikiups were used by Native Americans longer than once thought
- Paleoindian Clovis sites
- Four Native American sites threatened by corporate greed
- Those puzzling Picts
- Offerings to the Aztec Earth Goddess
- Mellification of the dead during the Bronze Age (embalming with honey)
- ISIL threatens yet another ancient site
Pictures of the site
- Men and women were equal in prehistoric times
- A Paleolithic lady was buried with flowers
- A stone circle discovered on Dartmoor
- 2 million year old humanoid skin recovered
- Some Irish Mesolithic burials
- Lament for a threatened archaeological site
- Could Neanderthals run?
- Bulgaria’s Stonehenge to be rescued
- Birds evolved earlier than once thought
- A 40,000 year old stone bracelet found in Siberia
- The cave paintings of Lascaux
- The history of Stonehenge as a tourist site
- Anglo-Saxon weddings
- Japanese Knotweed
- Eat your Knotweed
- Rosehips (video)
- Indian Strawberries
- Edible Begonias
- Fire Cider!
Everybody should make this. I make a batch of Fire Cider every fall with my students. You take it at the first sign of a cold. It’s also very nice in salad dressings and as a marinade for chicken or fish. It’s so easy to make and good medicine. I also add rose hips and lemon and orange peels (organic) to the mix.
- A map of medicinal herbs of the US
- Kudzu for diabetes, cardio-vascular disease
- Smudging with herbs
- Cooking with Plantain
- Eat the whole dandelion
- More on dandelions
- Lamb’s Quarters
- Make Nettle beer
And Dandelion wine
- Fiddlehead ferns!
- Rats are trained to sniff out land mines
- Transition from sea animals to land animals pushed back 2 million years
- New Zealand recognizes animals as “sentient beings”
- White-nose syndrome treated effectively in bats for the first time
- Antarctic ice shelf almost gone, NASA says
- Loss of ice in Antarctica so sudden it’s now affecting Earth’s gravitational field
- Dog protects crash victim from coyotes until help arrives
- Warm waters in the Pacific will kill wildlife, a strong El Nino expected to bring rain to the western US this fall and winter
- Co2 levels are now at a 3 million year high (last time this happened there was a 30 ft. rise in sea levels)
- Owls (video)
- King James and Witchcraft on the High Seas
- Pope Francis: Protecting the Earth is a requirement for Christians
- Loki, the Norse trickster God
- The Fairy Faith explained
- Goya’s Witches
- Witch hunts were once big business
- Religion in America – fewer Protestants, more “None’s” Pew research finds
- The new Monasticism
- Druids in Britain, then and now
- Beltane gains popularity in Britain
- Pagans draft statement on the environment
POLITICS AND ETHICS
- ALEC (corporate lobbyists) exposed
- How we are manipulated by media
- Republicans try to blame Obama and the CIA for Iraq war
- Meanwhile, Bush insider now says Bush and Cheney lied to the American people
- Duke Energy admits to polluting rivers but won’t restore them
- Why Warren (and just about all Democrats) oppose the TPP
- Advice from a veteran (video)
- Chomsky on why Americans know so much about sports and so littler about international affairs
- Our ignorant Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argues states may establish an official state religion, and sees no problem with an individual state making Christianity the official state religion.
- US is 33rd best country in which to be a mother
- Denmark suspends fracking due to poisonous chemicals
- Europeans worried about the Trans Atlantic Free Trade bill
- “You know, I, for the love of me, I cannot understand why people who have billions of dollars are compulsively driven for more and how many people have got to die because they don’t go to a doctor, because you want to avoid paying your taxes?” ~ Bernie Sanders”
- Most Americans actually support Bernie Sanders’ views, polls show
- Oregon passes landmark gun bill (Yay!)
- McConnel says wives should give their husbands sex even when they are not in the mood for it (in a fundraising letter)
- Satanists to use Hobby Lobby to counter anti-abortion propaganda
The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates.
The letter reads that “[a]ll women who share our deeply held belief that their personal choices should be made with access to the best available information, undiluted by biased or false information, are free to seek protection with this exemption whether they are members of the Satanic Temple or not.”
- The most racist areas of the USA – a map
- Bush to college grads; “You don’t have to be too smart to be president”. Now we know.
- West Virginia Republican says rape can be beautiful if it produces a child
- Rich teen kills four people and gets no punishment (would this have happened if he was black?
- Walmart’s worst nightmare has arrived
- Jeb Bush says a tolerant country should allow religious discrimination. The logic makes my head hurt.
- Warren: the GOP is inventing a Social Security crisis
- France declares all new commerical roof tops must be green; covered with plants or solar panels
- France declares that all supermarkets must give unsold food to charity or for animal feed
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