vineri, 29 aprilie 2011

[Earthwise] Digest Number 2603

Messages In This Digest (7 Messages)

Re: Pssst... Over Here! From: Holly Stokes
Morris Dance From: Silver Fox
Nine Sacred Woods of Beltane From: Silver Fox
No More Pain In Love Spell From: Silver Fox
Nature And Weather Lore From: Silver Fox
Look Twice Before You Leap From:
Time is running out to sign up to be Vendors at the Gaia's Holistic From: Teresa



Re: Pssst... Over Here!

Posted by: "Holly Stokes"   hollyberrysheart

Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:56 am (PDT)

Yes its also a master number …. Just google master numbers and you'll find lots of info to read

Many Blessings,



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From: [] On Behalf Of Simmone Robinson
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Earthwise] Pssst... Over Here!

Thanks so much for all the wonderful emails you send. They're greatly appreciated. I see 11:11 at least once a day. Is that a master number too..... Or something different.

Sent from My iPhone 4

On 21/04/2011, at 3:03 AM, <> wrote:

111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, 999

111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, 999

111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, 999

Ok … now that you are awake … These are your master numbers … a
nudge from the angels and masters … triggers to set your spiritual
self on a new awakening … a new leg in your journey.

I’m not here to give you the meaning of each set of numbers but to
tell you what they are and what to look for… the research is yours to
do on your own.

NOTE: Just because a website claims certain sets of numbers have this
particular meaning or that … does NOT mean that is what it means to
you … it can mean what they say it means or it might not in your
case… that is up to you.

You know what’s going on in your life and on your path … trust your
intuition .. the inner knowing that already exists inside you. If it
feels right … then it’s right for YOU .. if it feels wrong .. then
it’s wrong for YOU.

Good morning and welcome to your new awakening!

Many Blessings,


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Morris Dance

Posted by: "Silver Fox"   trickster9993

Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:40 am (PDT)

Morris Dance

A morris dance is a form of English folk dance. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, tobacco pipes, and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers.

There are English records mentioning the morris dance dating back to 1448, though dances with similar names and some similar features are mentioned in Renaissance documents in France, Italy, Germany, Croatia, and Spain. The origins of the term are uncertain, but one of the most widely accepted theories is that the term was "moorish dance," "morisques" (in France), "moriskentanz" (in Germany), "more�ka" (in Croatia), and "moresco" (in Italy and Spain), which eventually became "morris dance". Another, perhaps simpler, explanation is that "Morris" comes from the Latin "Moris," meaning "as is the custom." This is consistent with the word (with various archaic spellings) sometimes being used to describe some other folk customs such as folk plays.

In the modern day, it is commonly thought of as a uniquely English activity, although there are around 150 morris sides in the United States. British expatriates form a larger part of the morris tradition in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, and there are isolated groups in other countries, for example that in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Up until the 1970s morris was danced almost entirely by men, but since that time there have arisen women's and mixed sides dancing the Morris.

History in England

Before the English Civil War, the working peasantry often took part in Morris dances, especially at Whitsun. In 1600 the Shakespearean actor William Kempe famously morris danced from London to Norwich, an event chronicled in his Nine Days Wonder (1600). The Puritan government of Oliver Cromwell, however, suppressed Whitsun Ales and other such festivities. When the crown was restored by Charles II, the springtime festivals were restored. In particular, Whitsun Ales came to be celebrated on Whitsunday, as the date coincided with the birthday of Charles II.

Morris dancing continued in popularity until the industrial revolution and its accompanying drastic social change. Four teams claim a continuous lineage of tradition within their village or town: Abingdon (their Morris team kept going by the Hemmings Family), Bampton, Headington Quarry and Chipping Campden(See their website Other villages have revived their own traditions, and hundreds of other teams across the globe have adopted (and adapted) these traditions, or have created their own styles from the basic building blocks of morris stepping and figures.

Several English folklorists were responsible for recording and reviving the tradition in the early 20th century, often from a bare handful of surviving members of mid-19th-century village sides (teams). Among these, the most notable are Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, and Mary Neal. Boxing Day 1899 is widely regarded as the starting point for the morris revival. Cecil Sharp was visiting at a friend's house in Headington, near Oxford, when the Headington Quarry morris side arrived to perform. Sharp was intrigued by the music and collected several tunes from the side's musician, William Kimber; not until about a decade later, however, did he begin collecting the dances, spurred and at first assisted by Mary Neal, a founder of the Esperance Club (a dressmaking cooperative and club for young working women in London), and Herbert MacIlwaine, musical director of the Esperance Club. Neal was looking for dances for her girls to perform, and so the first revival performance was by young women in London.

In the first few decades of the 20th century, several men's sides were formed, and in 1934 the Morris Ring was founded by six revival sides. In the 1960s and especially the 1970s, there was an explosion of new dance teams, some of them women's or mixed sides. At the time, there was often heated debate over the propriety and even legitimacy of women dancing the morris. This debate has mostly abated, and male, female and mixed sides are all found.

Partly because women's and mixed sides are not eligible for full membership of the Morris Ring, two other national (and international) bodies were formed, the Morris Federation and Open Morris. All three bodies provide communication, advice, insurance, instructionals (teaching sessions) and social and dancing opportunities to their members. The three bodies cooperate on some issues, while maintaining their distinct identities.


Today, there are six predominant styles of morris dancing, and different dances or traditions within each style named after their region of origin.

Cotswold morris: dances from an area mostly in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire; an established misnomer, since the Cotswolds overlap this region only partially. Normally danced with handkerchiefs or sticks to embellish the hand movements.
North West morris: more military in style and often processional. Clogs are a characteristic feature of this style of dance.
Border Morris from the English-Welsh border: a simpler, looser, more vigorous style, normally danced with blackened faces (or sometimes otherwise coloured, given the negative connotations for some of blackface).
Longsword dancing from Yorkshire and south Durham.
" Rapper or Short sword dancing" from Northumberland and Co. Durham.
" Molly Dancing" from East Anglia.


Lionel Bacon records Cotswold morris traditions from these villages: Abingdon, Adderbury, Ascot-under-Wychwood, Badby, Bampton, Bidford, Bledington, Brackley, Bucknell, Chipping Campden, Ducklington, Eynsham, Headington Quarry, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Ilmington, Kirtlington, Leafield ("Field Town"), Longborough, Oddington, Sherbourne, Stanton Harcourt, and Wheatley.

Bacon also lists the tradition from Lichfield, which is Cotswold-like despite that city's distance from the Cotswold morris area; the authenticity of this tradition has been questioned. In 2006 a small number of dances from a previously-unknown tradition was discovered by Barry Care of Moulton Morris Men (Ravensthorpe, Northants) - two of them danceable. Other dances listed by Bacon include border morris dances from Brimfield, Bromsberrow Heath, Evesham, Leominster, Much Wenlock, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn, Upton Snodsbury, and White Ladies Aston, and miscellaneous non-Cotswold, non-border dances from Steeple Claydon and Winster. There are a number of traditions which have been invented since the mid twentieth century, though few have been widely adopted. Examples are Broadwood, Duns Tew, and Ousington-under-Wash in the Cotswold style, and Upper and Lower Penn in the Border style. In fact, for many of the "collected" traditions in Bacon, only sketchy information is available about the way they were danced in the nineteenth century, and they have been reconstructed to a degree that makes them largely twentieth century inventions as well. Some traditions have been reconstructed in several strikingly disparate ways; an example would be Adderbury, danced very differently by the Adderbury Morris Men and the Adderbury Village Morris.

North West

The North West tradition is very different, and has always featured mixed and female sides � at least as far back as the eighteenth century. There is a picture of Eccles Wakes (painted in the 1820s, judging by the style of dress of some of the participants and spectators) that shows both male and female dancers.

The dancers always wore clogs and were often associated with rushcarts at the local wakes or holidays. The dances themselves were often called 'maze' or 'garland dances' as they involved a very intricate set of movements in which the dances wove in and out of each other. Some dances were performed with a wicker hoop (decorated with garlands of flowers) held above the dancer's head. Some dancers were also associated with a tradition of mumming, holding a pace egging play in their area.

The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers, named after a mill not far from Bacup, are unique in the tradition, in that they used sawn bobbins to make a noise, and perform to the accompaniment of a brass ensemble. They are one of the few morris groups that still black up their faces. It is said that the dance found its way to the area through Cornishmen who migrated to work in the Rossendale quarries.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the Lancashire tradition was taken up by sides associated with mills and nonconformist chapels, usually composed of young girls. These lasted until the First World War, after which many mutated into 'jazz dancers.' (A Bolton troupe can be seen in a pre-war documentary by Humphrey Jennings) They later evolved into 'pom pom' dancers (still called 'morris dancers' by older people). During the folk revival in the 1960s, many of the old steps to dances such as 'Stubbins Lane Garland' were often passed on by old people.


The term "border morris" was first used by E. C. Cawte in a 1963 article on the morris dance traditions of Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Worcestershire � counties along the border with Wales. Characteristics of the tradition as practiced in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries include blackface (in some areas); use of either a small strip of bells (in some areas) or no bells at all (in others); costume often consisting of ordinary clothes decorated with ribbons, strips of cloth, or pieces of coloured paper; or sometimes "fancy dress"; small numbers of dances in the team repertoire, often only one and rarely more than two; highly variable number of dancers in the set and configurations of the set (some sides had different versions of a dance for different numbers of dancers); and an emphasis on stick dances almost to the exclusion of hankie dances. Dances tended to be uncomplicated in form, e.g. alternation of sticking with a hey; stepping was likewise not elaborate. While performances at various times of the year are recorded, the most common dancing occasion was Boxing Day. Border morris performance persisted into the early twentieth century before it died out.

Many dances were collected, by Cecil Sharp and later collectors, and several were included in Bacon's book, but border morris was largely neglected by revival morris sides until late in the twentieth century. The Silurian Morris Men of Ledbury, Herefordshire changed over from Cotswold to border morris in 1979, and the Shropshire Bedlams were founded in 1975; both became pioneers of a resurgence of border morris among revival sides in the following decades. Silurian has emphasized re-creation of the traditional border dances, while the Shropshire Bedlams have created a new repertoire of what some call "neo-border" dances, tending to be more complex and theatrical than the collected dances.

Sword dancing

Usually regarded as a type of morris, although many of the performers themselves consider it as a traditional dance form in its own right, is the sword dance tradition, which includes both rapper sword and longsword traditions. In both styles the "swords" are not actual swords, but implements specifically made for the dance. The dancers are usually linked one to another via the swords, with one end of each held by one dancer and the other end by another. Rapper sides usually consist of five dancers, who are permanently linked-up during the dance. The rapper sword is a very flexible strip of spring-steel, with a fixed handle at one end, and a rotating handle at the other. The longsword is about 0.8 metres long, with a wooden handle at one end, a rounded tip, and no edge. Longsword sides consist usually of either six or eight dancers. In both rapper and longsword there is often with a supernumerary, who dances around, outside, and inside the set.


The English mummers play occasionally involves morris or sword dances either incorporated as part of the play or performed at the same event.

Other traditions

Other forms include Molly dance from Cambridgeshire. Molly dance, which is associated with Plough Monday, is a parodic form danced in work boots and with at least one Molly man dressed as a woman.

There is also hoodening which comes from East Kent, and the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

Another expression of the Morris tradition is Vessel Cupping. This was practiced in the East Riding of Yorkshire up to the 1920s. It was a form danced by itinerant ploughboys in sets of three or four, about the time of Candlemas.


Music was traditionally provided by either a pipe and tabor or a fiddle. These are still used today, but the most common instrument is the melodeon. Accordions and concertinas are also common, and other instruments are sometimes used. Often drums are employed for example the Bodhran.

Cotswold and sword dancers are most often accompanied by a single player, but Northwest and Border sides often have a band, usually including a drum.

For Cotswold and (to a degree) Border dances, the tunes are traditional and specific: the name of the dance is often actually the name of the tune, and dances of the same name from different traditions will have slightly different tunes. For Northwest and sword dancing there is less often a specific tune for a dance: the players may use several tunes, and will often change tunes during a dance.


Like many activities, morris dancing has a range of words and phrases that it uses in special ways.

Many participants will refer to the world of morris dancing as a whole as the morris.

A morris troupe is usually referred to as a side or a team. As can be seen in preceding paragraphs, the two terms are interchangeable. (Despite the competitive connotation of both words, morris dancing is hardly ever competitive).

A set (which can also be referred to as a side) is a number of dancers in a particular arrangement for a dance. Most Cotswold morris dances are danced in a rectangular set of six dancers, and most Northwest dances in a rectangular set of eight; but there are many exceptions.

A jig in morris dancing is a dance performed by one (or sometimes two) dancers, rather than by a set. Its music does not usually have the rhythm implied by the word jig in contexts outside morris dancing.

The titles of officers will vary from side to side, but most sides have at least the following:

The role of the squire varies. On some sides the squire is the leader of the side, who will speak for the side in public, will usually lead or call the dances, and will often decide the programme for a performance. On other sides the squire is more of an administrator, with the foreman taking more of a leadership role, and with dances being called by any experienced dancer.

The foreman is the person who teaches and trains the dancers, and is responsible for the style and standard of the side's dancing.

The bagman is traditionally the keeper of the bag � that is to say, the side's funds. On some sides today the bagman acts as secretary (particularly bookings secretary) and there is often a treasurer separate from the bagman.

On some sides a a ragman manages and co-ordinates the team's kit, or costume. This may include construction of bell-pads, ribbon bads, sashes and other accoutrements.

Many sides have one or more fools. A fool will usually be extravagantly dressed, and will be communicating directly with the audience, whether in speech or in mime. Often the fool will dance around and even through a dance without appearing to really be a part of it, but it usually takes an unusually talented dancer to pull off such fooling while actually adding to and not distracting from the main dance set.

Many sides also have a beast: a dancer in a costume which is made to look like a real or mythical animal. Beasts mainly interact with the audience, particularly children. In some groups this dancer is called the hobby.

A tradition in Cotswold morris is a collection of dances which come from a particular area, and have something in common: usually the particular steps, the arm movements, and the figures danced. Many newer traditions are in fact invented by revival teams.
Most Cotswold dances alternate common figures (or just figures) with a distinctive figure (or chorus). The common figures are common to all (or some) dances in the tradition; the distinctive figure distinguishes that dance from other dances in the tradition. Sometimes, (particularly in corner dances) the chorus is not identical each time it comes in a dance, but has its own sequence of forms specific to the tradition; nevertheless something about the way the chorus is danced will distinguish that dance from other dances. Frequently several traditions will have essentially the same dance, where the name, tune, and distinctive figure are the same or similar, but each tradition uses its own common figures and style of dancing.

In England, an ale is a private party where a number of morris sides get together and perform dances for their own enjoyment rather than as a performance for an audience. Usually food will be supplied, and sometimes this is a formal sit-down meal known as a feast or ale-feast. Occasionally an evening ale will be combined with a day or weekend of dance, where all the invited sides will tour the local area and perform their dances for the public. In North America the term is widely used to describe a full weekend of dancing involving public performances and sometimes workshops. In the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, the term "ale" referred to a church- or village-sponsored event where ale or beer was sold to raise funds. Morris dancers were often employed at such events.


"Morris" is sometimes capitalized though in this context it is not a proper noun.

Silver Fox

"It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth."
Jane Yolen; The Storyteller


Nine Sacred Woods of Beltane

Posted by: "Silver Fox"   trickster9993

Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:40 am (PDT)

Nine Sacred Woods of Beltane

One of the best-known Celtic traditions for Beltane is the lighting of the Beltane fires. These huge fires were set to welcome back the sun for the light (summer) half of the year. All the hearth fires were extinguished on May Eve, and then they were relit the next day from the Beltane fires.

The fires were started with nine sacred woods, each with various magickal properties. People would gather and dance around the fires through the night, jumping over the flames to ensure a successful and prosperous summer.

Birch - The Goddess, or female energy
Oak - The God, or male energy
Hazel - Knowledge and wisdom
Rowan (Mountain Ash) - Life
Hawthorne - Purity and fairy magick
Willow - Death, sacred to Hecate
Fir - Birth and rebirth
Apple - Love and family
Vine - Joy and happiness

These 9 woods are mentioned in the Wiccan Rede:

"Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them quick and burn them slow."

Some longer versions of the Rede include lines about all 9 woods:

"Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch wood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
But - Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be."

Silver Fox

"It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth."
Jane Yolen; The Storyteller


No More Pain In Love Spell

Posted by: "Silver Fox"   trickster9993

Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:42 am (PDT)

No More Pain In Love Spell
By Magenta Griffith; 2004 Spell-A-Day

Color of the day: Scarlet
Incense of the day: Juniper

With Beltane fast approaching, you may want to make a charm against being hurt in love. Take a piece of lavender or rose-colored cloth. Put a piece of malachite or jade in the center of the cloth. Add a pinch of lavender, a pinch of thyme, and a pinch of salt (preferably sea salt). Recite:

Keep my heart
Free from pain.
Keep my soul
Free from stain.

Then gather the ends of the cloth together in a bundle. Tie it tightly in red thread, and carry the bundle in your pocket or around your neck.

Silver Fox

"It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth."
Jane Yolen; The Storyteller


Nature And Weather Lore

Posted by: "Silver Fox"   trickster9993

Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:52 am (PDT)

Nature And Weather Lore
Source Unknown

Dew: Dew has been used in charms and spells for many centuries; its mysterious origins (as something which appears even on a clear, dry night, and disappears quickly in the morning) has made it a magical symbol. It was used as a remedy for many ills, especially as a lotion for sore eyes and for skin diseases and itches. Even into the nineteenth century it was sometimes rubbed into sickly children to strengthen them, and was also considered to heal gout and strengthen the sight (the latter property being far greater if the dew was gathered from the leaves of fennel).

Dew gathered on May Day was considered to be the most potent, undoubtedly arising from the connotations of fertility and love which were associated with the Beltane festival. Washing in May dew, or rolling oneself in it, was considered to protect against evil and bring good luck throughout the upcoming year. A tale is told of two witches in Scotland who were observed collecting May dew with a hair-tether; the tether was taken from them and hung in a cow-byre, and the cows thereafter gave enormous quantities of milk until the tether was removed and burnt. In Europe, cattle were anointed with May dew on May Day to protect them from overlooking, faeries and evil spells throughout the year.

The most common use of dew, however, was in beauty charms and as a cosmetic. Throughout the centuries women have gone out early on May Day to bathe their faces in dew, a lovely old custom which was supposed to ensure both beauty and good luck for twelve months. If a girl gathered dew very early in any morning, and preferably from under an oak tree, and washed her face in it, she would be beautiful for the year to come.

Dew Weather Lore: If a warm sunny day is followed by heavy dew, fine weather is likely the next day also.

Moon Lore and charms associated with the Moon could fill entire books, and indeed have. From earliest times the Moon has been worshipped, associated with various goddesses, and considered to have some power over the lives and dealings of humans.

It is considered bad luck to point at the Moon, as it shows a certain disrespect. Instead, when the new Moon is seen for the first time it should be respectfully greeted with a bow or curtsey in its direction, and if wearing a hat in the Moon's presence, it should be doffed for a moment. Bowing three or nine times, wishing during the process was also done. In fishing villages children would recite a charm to keep their sailing fathers safe:

'I see the Moon and the Moon seas me, God bless the sailors on the sea'.

It has always been customary to turn over silver in one's pocket upon first seeing the new Moon, as this means there will be plenty of money during the coming month, and many people still do this today for luck. In some districts a special coin was carried and turned over three times when the new Moon was seen. To be without any coins to turn over, however, is unlucky.

The waxing and waning of the Moon has given rise to many beliefs about the timing of events. It was formerly believed that animals should not be slaughtered while the Moon was waning, as the meat would shrink more during curing and cooking. Anything cut during the waning Moon will not grow again, or will grow abnormally slowly, so corns were often pared at this time, and hair, which was meant to stay short, would be cut. A child born under a waning Moon was purported to be weak or unlucky all its life and animals born during the Moon's wane would not thrive as well as those born under the waxing Moon. Marriages celebrated under a waning Moon were deemed to be unhappy and possibly barren, no doubt stemming from the ancient connection between the Moon and fertility. On the other hand, the waxing Moon was far more fortunate. Hair trimmed during the waxing Moon will grow thick and lovely; eggs set under a hen then will not go bad, and seeds planted during a waxing Moon will thrive. The word 'lunacy' derives from the Moon, which was once believed to cause madness. Sleeping in moonlight was once said to be dangerous because it led to lunacy, blindness or some other serious disorder.

Blowing on them nine times at the full Moon could cure warts. Another wart remedy was to catch the rays of the Moon in a metal bowl (preferably silver) and go through the movements of 'washing' one's hands in the rays while saying:

'I wash my hands in this thy dish Oh man in the Moon, do grant my
wish And come and take away this'.

Moon Weather Lore: When a misty ring circles the Moon, it means rain to come. If the circle is large, it will rain very soon. Several concentric circles mean a long period of wet weather.

In winter months, a clear moon means frost is on the way. A bright clear yellow moon rising in a cloudless sky means fine weather to come.

Rain: There was once a wide belief that cutting or burning ferns brought rain, and in some districts this also applied to heather. Other rain-bringing methods included sprinkling water on stones whilst reciting a charm, or tossing a little flour into a spring and stirring with a hazel-rod. In mediaeval times images of the saints were often dipped into water during a drought.

Children's charms to drive away rain are still common today, the most famous being 'Rain, rain, go away, come again another day'. A variant on this charm offers to bribe the rain to go:

'Rain, rain, go away
Come again tomorrow day
When I brew and when I bake
I'll give you a little cake'.

Rainwater was believed to have healing properties when it fell on particular days, especially Ascension Day, or rain that fell at any time during the month of June. The water must be collected after falling directly from the sky; rain, which ran off leaves or off the roof, was useless. A Welsh belief was that babies bathed in rainwater talked earlier than others, and that money washed in rainwater would never be stolen.

Rain Weather Lore: Rain, which falls from a fairly clear sky, is likely to continue falling in short bursts for some time. If it rains in the very early morning, the weather may clear up by the afternoon - 'Rain before seven, shine by eleven'

Rainbow: The rainbow has had many meanings in many cultures, the main similarity being that it is always connected with deities. In the Christian Bible the rainbow was set in the sky as God's pledge that there would never again be a great flood. In Burma the rainbow is a dangerous spirit; in India it is a bow from which divine arrows are fired. In Norse mythology the rainbow is the bridge that Odin built from Midgard, the home of men, to Asgard where the gods lived, and the souls of the worthy dead passed along the rainbow. In ancient Rome the rainbow was the many-colored robe of Isis, attendant to
Juno. It is lucky to see a rainbow, and to wish when it is first seen, but unlucky to point directly at it, which will lead to bad luck or at least to the return of the rain. In Ireland, anyone who found the place where the rainbow touches the ground would find a pot of gold at its foot - something my brother and I tried to do several times as children! A rainbow in the morning means further rain during the day, but a rainbow appearing late in the day means the rain is gone for the rest of that day. Small broken pieces of rainbow appearing on a cloudy sky are sometimes called Weather-galls, and signify storms and blustery weather.

Rainbow Weather Lore: If a rainbow fades very quickly, good weather is on the way. A rainbow generally means that the rainy period is about to end. Stars In many traditions and cultures stars are thought to be the souls of either unborn souls, or those who had passed away. In some cultures a shooting star foretells a birth, and is said to be the soul racing to animate the newborn baby, while in other places the shooting star foretells a death, or a soul released from purgatory. In some Native American traditions the Milky Way was considered a soul-road, where souls traveled on their journey after death, and that the brightest stars were campfires by which they rested on their travels.

It is unlucky to point at a star, or to try to count them. However, making a wish on the first star of evening will ensure its fulfillment, especially if the wisher repeats the old rhyme:

'Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
Wish I may, wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight'.

A wish made while a shooting star is seen in the sky will be granted if it is made very quickly; an old French cure for pimples was to pass a cloth over them while a shooting star fell.

Star Weather Lore: If the stars look larger and brighter than usual, and very flicker, rain or a storm may be on the way. If faint stars have disappeared and cannot be seen at all, the wind is about to rise.

Storms: Storms have usually been considered an omen of divine wrath, and in most cultures a person struck and killed by lightning was thought to have been directly struck down by a deity. In ancient Rome a person killed this way was hastily buried without extensive mourning rites, and it was also frowned upon to rebuild any home struck by lightning. In Britain in past centuries, a storm was usually considered the work of the devil; witches were also often accused of raising storms and at witch trials accusations were often made of deliberate attempts to damage property or sink ships by raising a storm. Some wise-women and cunning-men sold knotted threads to sailors which were supposed to have the power of the wind bound into them; one knot would be untied to release a wind until the sailor had as much as he needed.

Some people still cover all the mirrors in their house during a thunderstorm; it used to also be believed that windows and doors should be left open so that if the thunder got into the house, it could get out without having to damage anything. Comforting superstition states that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but since many high buildings have been struck repeatedly, it is also untrue.

An old rhyme speaks of which tree is least likely to attract a lightning strike, and therefore should be sheltered under if caught outside during a storm:

'Beware of the oak, it draws the stroke,
Avoid the ash, it courts the flash,
Creep under a thorn, it will save you from harm'.

A winter thunderstorm was once thought to be an omen of death for a great man.

Storm Weather Lore:

'Thunder in spring rain will bring'.

Thunder in the evening often means several days of wet, sultry weather.

Sun: The sun has been worshipped as a symbol of life itself in many cultures since the dawn of humanity. The bonfires that our ancestors lit at Midsummer, Beltane and Samhain were intended as rituals to encourage and strengthen the sun on its journey throughout the year. In common with most other heavenly bodies and phenomena, it is unlucky to point at the sun, and in Hungary if a girl threw house dust from the broom towards the sun, it was said that she would never marry. It is a fortunate omen to be born at sunrise, and also considered to be lucky for a bride if sunlight surrounds her:

'Happy is the bride the sun shines on'.

Primitive peoples, who worried that the source of light, warmth and light was being devoured forever, feared an eclipse of the sun. From this arose the idea that an eclipse heralded a prominent death or a great disaster such as war, plague or famine. It was believed to be unlucky to view an eclipse directly (as well as bad for the sight).

Sun Weather Lore: When the sun appears hazy with a thin, watery light, bad weather is on the way. However, if it looks like a large bright ball as it rises, that day will be fair and warm. A bank of heavy dark clouds at sunset indicates that the next day may be stormy. A ring around the sun during rainy weather indicates a period of sunny weather and clear skies to come. If the sun comes out while it's raining, the showery weather will continue for a few more days. A red sunrise means rain, but a red sunset means fine weather the next day. Three old sayings:

'Red sky at night, shepherd's delight
Red sky at morning, shepherds take warning'

'If red the sun begins his race, be sure the rain will fall apace,
If the sun goes pale to bed, 'twill rain tomorrow, it is said'.

'Evening red and morning grey sets the traveler on his way,
Evening grey and morning red brings the rain upon his head'.

Silver Fox

"It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth."
Jane Yolen; The Storyteller


Look Twice Before You Leap

Posted by: ""   hollyberrysheart

Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:06 pm (PDT)

I hadn't posted anything all day today because I just haven't had
any insightful words to give … well… That has now changed!

I work with a wonderful guy here at Coldwell Banker Barnes in Brentwood,
his name is Jerry Kemp and he's been a real estate agent for over 48
years. Today he told me a story and I'd like to take a moment to share
his story.

Back in the day when he was in army and was in training … his unit was
out doing maneuvers. They came upon a spot that was really dark in one
area and light in another. He told his captain that it looked like they
were going to have to jump over the ditch. The Captain said, no we will
just go around. Jerry then says, how long will it takes us if we go
around it? The Captain replies with, about an hour. He said to the
Captain.. "hold on and watch this" (famous last words…

Jerry backs up and takes off running and goes for it!

Then suddenly realizes that what he thought was the bank of the ditch in
front of him was actually the tops of the trees down in the valley.

So there goes Jerry.. reaching out trying to grab hold of every limb he
falls into on his way down … oh and screaming all the way. Limb after
limb just breaks as he falls. He lands and by means of some sort of
miracle only has scratches and bruises… nothing was broken. The
Captain shouts down, are you ok? Jerry shouts back to them.. I'm ok
but yall go around!

Jerry said to me after his story… about half way down he was thinking
of quitting the army …lol

He sure had an angel watching after him that day and since then I bet he
looks twice before leaping into the darkness!

It's always a pleasure to hear Jerry's stories…. I can picture in
my mind, him free falling into those trees.. thinking it was just going
to be a quick jump over the ditch.

So take Jerry's advice… live and learn and oh yeah.. Look twice
before leaping!

Many Blessings,


Don't forget you can catch me every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:00pm
central on


Time is running out to sign up to be Vendors at the Gaia's Holistic

Posted by: "Teresa"   darkmoresnight

Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:28 pm (PDT)

Time is running out to sign up to be Vendors at the Gaia's Holistic
Psychic Fair !

First Dead line is Saturday April 30, 2011.

Please contact us ASAP. We have limited Space so please act now.
Gaia's Holistic Psychic Fair

Hotel: Sheraton Hotel Brook hollow
Street: 3000 North Loop West
City/State/Zip: Houston, Texas 77092
Phone: For more information please call me at 713-956-7704
and leave a message. Also please contact me at

My name is Tricia Bradley and I am setting up a Psychic Fair in the
future that is friendly towards All forms of Psychic. And or Paranormal
Fields I am looking for Psychic in all forms. Ghost Hunters and more.

To set up as vendors for this event. We are setting up a Pay pal account
in the name of . After you send payment we will
be notified and I will send you a welcome letter with more information.
I also asks that you please contact me at so I
can place you in my list. We are looking to set up in June for the first
event. So please contact me ASAP.

This is a 2 Day event at the Sharitan Hotel Brookhollow
3000 North Loop West
Located at 610 and 290
Saturday and Sunday June 11, 12, 2011
from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Vendors Tables for the 2 day event will be $120.00
We are setting up in one of the Ball Rooms

Psychic will be setting up with terms of $20.00 for twenty min. with a
fee of $5.00 per reading. (At most Fairs it is 50 % to the house but I
want the readers to go home happy like hopefully every body else.) If
this fair is successful we will continue it every month. So

Please contact me ASAP.
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