alt.washi is a thing, a very good thing and a very real thing. What am I going on about? Well, you’ll find out as I explore my current journal set-up.
When was the last time we stopped and gave thanks for the local supermarket? When did we take a moment and think about safety and protection for the transportation of our food?
Have we lost something? As some celebrate Beltane, they will give thanks and ask for protection for the newly ploughed and sowed seeds. Rituals of bonfires and other esoteric events create spells, enchantments and covenants to protect the land in order for it to bear fruit.
Many join in with these rituals without a care or an iota of faith or belief in what they are celebrating. Religion and spirituality have always had that element within.
I stand outside the town’s Co-op mini market. They won’t appreciate a bonfire lit in front of their display window. Will probably think I am one item short of a BOGOF, if I attempt to summon a spirit of protection in the entrance. But at the very least I should not take this shop, and others, for granted.
We abdicated our food production to the farming and retail industry. In return, we demand the right to eat. A human right even. We are able to obtain food and eat it. We don’t take part in the creative ritual, although we do offer a donation of coin in return for sustenance; an offering at the collection plate. This is contactless food production.
As I think about Beltane, I think about what it has meant, and what it could mean. Is there any symbolism that I can use in my own ‘year’?
At the very least, I should not take what I have for granted. And I wonder, are there any symbolic bonfires I should be lighting this day, for there is no such thing as a mere symbol.
In 1973 astronomer Doug Berger created Astronomy Day. A day when he set up telescopes around the place for passers-by to use and see the stars. It wasn’t a huge success as you can’t see many stars during the hours of daylight. Frustrated he formed the band Coldplay and reaped rewards with the song Yellow, which begins with the line,
Look at the stars, see how they shine for you
Not put off by the daylight fiasco, Astronomy Day, has evolved into International Astronomy Day. All around the world events are held to promote looking up at the stars in the sky. Some even occur after sunset when the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies (no, not me) can be easily spotted.
It’s an awe-inspiring thought to look up and see the stars. To realise that they are suns, similar to our own and ruining daylight astronomy viewing throughout the universe.
We are but one small speck of matter amongst the wonder of all that can, and can’t be seen (dark matter matters too). World Astronomy Day is an ideal time to stop, take a look (after the sun sets) and see how much more there is out there.
Apparently, the earth spins on its axis. The upshot of this is that if you are standing on or very near to the equator you are travelling at a little over 1000 mph. Being north of the equator I am travelling a little slower, still quite fast though.
I have just stopped taking some tablets. One of the side effects of stopping these tablets is I might experience a little dizziness. I am experiencing this.
I wonder. If I stand at just the right angle, can I negate the dizziness I am feeling with the speed at which the earth is spinning? Probably not, but it’s worth a thought.