29 February 2012

The 29th of February is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap year day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.

In the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years.  While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century.   Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. 
  

28 February 2012

Murray Basin Plan - From the Past to the Present

Not something that I normally blog about, but this came through at work so I thought I would share for anyone in Adelaide who may be interested in attending as this FREE Hawke Centre event is about the Murray Basin Plan.


The Murray Basin Plan: From the Past into the Future


 
The Premier and others will inform and engage the South Australian community.

Wednesday 14 March 2012, 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start


Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West campus, rear Hawke Building, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide.

24 February 2012

Light near the End of the Tunnel

It has been a while since I have actually written anything about the progress of the book that I am writing and this is because, after taking a number of months off to finalise other projects, I now have an opportunity to dust off the manuscript again.  One advantage of catching public transport I guess is that fact that I am able to sit back and read ... and in this case, go through what I have been working on.

Since the original idea was put to me in 2003 that I should write a book, the manuscript has gone through various incarnations until I was somewhat happy with the subject.  Then it was undertaking the appropriate research as well as trying to fill in the gaps as not all I found was actually appropriate with the angle that I am working on.

17 February 2012

Call me by my True Name

The following has been inspired by the poem of the same name by Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh in light on what seems to be an increasing number of people who commence their blogs with the preface "I am not a Wiccan but ...", largely in response to what seems to be an increasing misunderstanding that what can be classified as a Pagan spiritual/religious practice also automatically makes one a Wiccan.
 

07 February 2012

Death and Books

"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death, 
JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH".
(Good Omens by Terry Pratchett)


Death .. one of the great mysteries of life yet a topic that is either so wrapped up with taboos that we dare not speak its name, or if we do, we run the risk of being labelled "morbid" or "depressing".  Why is something that we all are going to face as part of the natural cycle of life so threatening?

Is it simply because it constantly reminds us that we are mortal, that we are not going to live forever despite how much plastic and other chemicals we inject into our bodies?  We fear it, shun it, yet it is constantly around us ... from the death of the micro-organisms and our regenerating skin cells, to the passing of loved ones.

06 February 2012

Reflections at Lughnasadh

The Temple celebrated Lughnasadh last week, the Sabbat that traditionally celebrated the first harvest, that of the grain, and as per usual, there was a bit of confusion as here in South Australia, the grain harvest has actually occurred a couple of months ago.

But still, we celebrated and gave thanks for what we have as well as acknowledging the sacrifice that has allowed us to be where we are today.

02 February 2012

Information and Inspiration

When we learn to attune ourselves gto our inner compass
we follow a map that only we can see - our own path.


ll the major spiritual traditions serve the purpose of offering us a roadmap to guide us on our individual journeys to enlightenment.  These roadmaps are made up of moral codes, parables, and, in some cases, detailed descriptions of mystical states.

We often study the fine points of a particular ascended master’s narrative in order to better understand our own and to seek inspiration and guidance on our path. In the same way, when we plan a road trip, we carry maps and guidebooks in an effort to understand where we are going. In both cases, though, the journey has a life of its own and maps, while helpful, can only take us so far.

There is just no comparison between looking at a line on a piece of paper and driving your own car down the road that line represents.