A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Fourteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Ogham Straif

Ogham Straif ~ photo by i.macy

Blackthorn is a winter tree and it has black bark and vicious thorns, or “spines”. It has delicious berries called sloes which only ripen and sweeten after first frost.  It is a formidable tree and yet, it is a protective tree, a tree of authority and strength. It is wise not to go up against Blackthorn for it will always win. Blackthorn’s Ogham letter is called Straif, which sounds much like ‘strife’. It is not a Birth Tree Ogham, but it is the Ogham for the dark half of the year and its date is 31 October.  If you were born on this date, you could easily call it your birth tree.  Be forewarned though, the meanings of Blackthorn and Straif may not be ones you wish to be associated with. Or again, perhaps you do. Straif’s chthonic current speaks of secrets and the preservation of secret knowledge.  It can refer to magickal or occult mysteries and to a depth of magickal and spiritual practise. Straif reminds us to expect the unexpected.  Sudden reversals of fortune are possible. The spiritual direction is to use divination in whatever manner you get best results from to help lead you through the journey of change and your intuition will help guide your discernment.

Representations:  Authority, Control, Protection, Strength, and Truth

Ogham Letter:  St, SS

Number:  14

Colour:  Dark Purple, Grey, White or Yellow

Tarot:  Wheel of Fortune

Animals:  Bees, Butterfly, Thrush

Plant:  Houseleek

Divination Meaning:  Pulling the single stave, Straif, means unexpected change, plans altered, plans ruined.  Always be prepared for the unexpected with the appearance of Straif.  You must question yourself:  What part of my life needs a total change?  How am I being transformed?

How to Mend the Problem:  Change can be managed through spiritual work when Straif is an influence. Straif gives the ability to transform attitudes in healing. Despair can become hope. This Ogham is good for work with the emotions and for transforming deep-seated issues that have strong roots in the past, changing things without destroying the vessel.  Leave off any negative view you may have.  Clinging to old ways and facing challenges with anger, resentment, and stubbornness will only hurt you more. Accept the changes and move on with grace. Realise your life has changed dramatically and emerge reborn.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune ~ photo by i.macy

Many wrongly assume the Death card in tarot would be most likely the partner for Straif.  Not at all.  Yes, of course, you must “die” to some old ways so that you can rebirth to new and healthier ways. The Wheel of Fortune card is the best partner to Straif.  The upright Wheel of Fortune card asks you to be optimistic and have faith that the Universe will take care of your situation in the best way possible. Meditation and visualisation can reinforce your intention to bring increased abundance, good fortune and prosperity to you. Your life is about to turn in more positive directions if you are willing to grow and expand. Keep your mind open to all kinds of synchronicities and signs from the Universe. The magick of fate and destiny is behind you, and miracles are happening. However, when the Wheel of Fortune is reversed, your luck and fortune may take a turn for the worst. You may experience unexpected change or negative forces could be at play, leaving you feeling helpless. You have a choice: you can do nothing, and hope things will get better, or you can act to improve your situation. See this moment as your opportunity to take control of your destiny and get your life back on track.  So, like the wheel, what comes round goes round… and refer to the upright to fix the upside down.

You can catch up the first thirteen blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, and Part Thirteen by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  If you have enjoyed it or have learned from it, please share via the social media buttons below.  I love comments also and respond as promptly as I can.  And, I very much enjoy a like for my efforts!  Warmest blessings to those whom wander this way x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

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Imagine You Can Save the World

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

With a little help from your friends.  I am here for you as are the rest of whom are reading today. With a bit of focus, we can enter into a common pact to deconstruct bad governments, bring about good governments, and change the trajectory of the climate crisis.  We only need to imagine.

Getting whatever it is you want out of life is as simple as telling yourself you already have it.  What is it you want most? Let’s set aside for a moment the things we personally want for ourselves and focus upon what will help all of man/womankind for a moment.  I imagine many of you would welcome both a better government where you live as well as a lasting solution to climate change.  I agree with you.

BelieveandletgoBut, why do I say it is as simple as telling yourself you already have it when clearly you don’t see it remotely close by?  Because what you and I want is already here.  We simply haven’t seen it yet because…. You’ve heard of not being able to see the forest for the trees? We have not yet learned to focus on our desire.  That isn’t unusual for most of us… we do have lives to live, after all, and can’t just sit around with our legs crossed in our Zen Zone and all that airy-fairy kind of thing.  Still, I say we can do this.

Think back to your childhood.  Maybe your parents couldn’t afford to buy you that bicycle for Christmas but like all children you probably had a back-up list for what you felt you must have in your life.  You would still focus mainly on the bicycle [insert gift of choice], but you also focused a bit on the little things that came secondary but were special enough to evoke your thoughts.  You could see yourself riding that bicycle or playing with the toy you wanted so badly.  How many of you woke up to both the bicycle and at least one of the secondary presents?  Keep in mind your parents were possibly not able to afford the big gift, but their hearts were there.  Your desire became their desire. Now you had three people focusing on this bicycle.  Surely, if your grandparents were still alive at that time, they were brought in on your belief frequency and so were any aunties and uncles you may have had.  Do you see where I’m going here?  It can be achieved by one person, but the more, the better.

This is what we want to do now for the betterment of our Planet and our governments.

Having a deep belief in our own power is best to have, however, if you feel unsure of your own power, you’re still able to attract what you want and you’re not alone.  To quote Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” If we can all conceive that a good, democratic minded, despite their party of choice, person can win the presidency or the prime ministry, and believe in it, we can achieve its happening by imagination. Perhaps the word “imagination” is the wrong word here… perhaps “willing” is more appropriate.  Still, it won’t happen without first imagining it.

Universe

picture from pixelstalk.net

When we imagine something along with others it becomes like the child, the parents, and the extended family, willing into existence what the child asked for.  But instead of all of us collectively having a whip-round to collect money for the thing we want, we find like-minded people and we put the seed of attraction into their minds as well. Not that they didn’t already feel the same way as you or they would not be bothered to join in.  Then, what happens is magick at its best.  The collective subconscious appeals to the Universe to bring about the change needed. In case you weren’t aware, the Universe already has what we seek.  This is not about bending anyone’s will.  It is not about praying for hours and days in sackcloth and ashes, or anything like that.  It is about fixing an idea, a dream, a solution, a desire into your subconscious and presenting it to the Universe as a thing that you know is achievable and the Universe recognises the appeals as valid.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen.”

Not only with re-shaping bad governments but with also climate change / global heating, we can start turning this existential crisis round to halt its growth and begin turning our Planet back to  the way it should be.  But do not take your participation in this lightly for you do have the power. And by taking the power back, you give power to others to help.

A little proof, if I may… I spend some time in prayer each day with the Divine Parents and the Universe, separately.  For some time, I railed about climate change and governments not working together as if one or the other might drop what they’re doing to appease my pleas for justice. No, I imagine they were sat there giggling a bit at this fierce child’s insistence.  I did grow tired of my own negativity out of it all.  One day, I just began building my utopian dream whilst in prayer.  I began imagining what I felt we needed doing was done. That the four seasons were proper seasons again. That temperatures were not alarmingly high, even in countries that generally have high temperatures. That Antarctica and Polar ice caps were re-freezing and re-forming…the list goes on, but you get the idea. And, then I simply thanked them and left it at that.  This is my intention, this is in my subconscious, and I know I’m being heard.  It would do no harm to have a few of you to help it along, though, if you so choose.

Oh yes, how is the above proof?  I know from the way I feel, if that makes sense to you.  I am calmer about it all now.  I see a clearer path for my involvement, and I am also seeing other people’s involvement more clearly. People whom are not any wealthier than you and me, nor necessarily cleverer, either, are coming up with extraordinary ways that work to combat climate change. Mother Earth herself is doing her bit.  Look at the profound involvement of children! Some as young as 5 or 6 are making a stand, lobbying for reduction of plastics in Happy Meals, for goodness sake! How wonderful!  A chain reaction of help is happening everywhere. Because of one.  One person, then another… it takes everybody, helping each other, country to country. Is this achievable? Yes.

Don’t think in the negative as I was doing.  Don’t bemoan your government for being a tit about climate change or governance of your country.  See the broader picture of love, acceptance, and Universal power. Own it, believe it.  Everything we want is already in the Universe, it is already ours… we just need to accept it.  And thank you.

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A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Thirteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

OGHAM NGETEL

Ngetel Ogham ~ photo by i.macy

Ngetal is the Ogham for Reed.  I know… a Reed? It gives way to thought to skinny grasses growing up from marshes and estuaries, but the Reed can become quite woody and thick giving its strength and protection to thatched roofs for centuries.  Reed is also instrumental in the making of woodwind instruments [pun intended], and other by-gone era uses included arrow shafts and writing pens.

Ngetal /Reed is also the Celtic Birth Tree for those born between 28th October and 24th November. Reed signs among the Celtic tree “astrology” signs are the secret keepers. You dig deep inside to the real meaning of things and discover the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction. When there is a need to get to the heart of the matter, most certainly the Reed sign will find the core.  It’s a kind of magick. Reed is the 12th month of the Celtic Tree Calendar and the 13th letter of the Ogham alphabet.

Representations:  Healing, Growth, Harmony, Protection, Loyalty, Unity, and Will

Ogham Letter:  NG

Number:  13

Colour:  Pale Green

Tarot:  The Magician

Animals:  Kingfisher, Geese, Owl

Plant:  Watermint, Broom, Fern

Divination Meaning:  You will find order where others create chaos and disorder. Also means healing and you should be aware of your health, mentally and physically.  Ask yourself, “where am I wounded? What in my life requires healing?” Use your strengthening intuition to decide the whether it is yourself or someone else who needs healing.  Of course, as always in a three-stave draw, be sure to check what your other two staves tell you and remember the draw of the stave is important.  Is it past, present, or future?

How to Mend the Problem:  Ngetal requires direct action. Particularly if the “wound” is in urgent need of healing… keep your target in sight and do not be distracted; stay grounded.  By keeping to simple laws of order this will not be difficult.  Keep your wits about you when others are being chaotic. Insist upon harmony in stressful situations.

Ngetal is protective.  For physical healing, it is not untoward to draw this Ogham onto the body of the indisposed near or above or over where healing is called for. The same goes for spiritual or mental healing.  To wear Ngetal when ill makes it a talisman for healing.

The Tarot card I believe best represents Ngetel is The Magician. The Magician stays grounded with one foot on the ground; in some decks such as my Shadowscapes, he sits on the balls of his feet.  One hand points more upwards… to the Universe, and the other is downward, to Earth. He looks both forward to new ideas and is grounded to the ways that are proven. He alone knows best how to manifest what is either desired or needed. He is the epitome of harmony. And very often, healing requires harmony and grounding and a bit of the old ways along with new ways.

You can catch up the first twelve blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, and Part Twelve by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  If you have enjoyed it or have learned from it, please share via the social media buttons below.  I love comments also and respond as promptly as I can.  And, I very much enjoy a like for my efforts!  Warmest blessings to those whom wander this way x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

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The Good News is, You’re Not Ghost Banned…

By Isabella @TheWandCarver and Liss @sistersofmoon

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Liss’ IG: @sistersofmoon

Hello! Today’s blog comes to you in a combined effort from myself and my friend, Liss of Sisters of the Moon.  Both of us have suffered from ignorance in our combined ten or more years on Twitter but have managed to rise from our un-Phoenix like ashes and carry on through ghost bans and now, search bans.  If you feel you are having trouble with your Twitter account and not being seen by others with the hashtags you’re using, please read and fingers crossed, you’ll find your way back to the land of the living…

TwitterPrison

Image from Great Musings

Twitter recently reinstated numerous accounts from the old “ghost banning” aka “shadow ban” craze and made them whole and functioning once again.  One of my original business accounts, which I turned into a personal account after realising that, after a year of being ghost banned, my account was dust for business then created a new one… which also became ghost banned three times before I convinced Twitter that I was not a bot nor a bad person spreading hate and destruction or nudity. For a brief moment in Twittersphere we all breathed a collective sigh of relief and it went back to business as usual… but something else was in the works… something a bit more sinister, it seemed.  Suddenly, people in our circle started noticing that they were not being seen again.  Of course, I would do the old “from:search” as you might have read about in my previous blogs about Twitter doings, but instead of finding my friends in ghost banned purgatory, his or her account would be full and healthy looking by the looks of things.  Don’t always judge the book by its cover, because something else was taking place that the likes of me could not see and it wasn’t pretty when Liss found it.

People were being search banned.

I could re-word the following excerpt [which would still count as plagiarism] so instead, I shall post the full paragraph from an article Liss had sent me:

In simple terms, *Shadow Ban is a way through which Twitter controls the reach of certain users to new audience. We will take a very simple case. When a Twitter user (say X) posts a tweet, it goes to the timeline (TL) of all the users who are following X. When any of the followers of X retweets the tweet, it goes to the TL of his/her followers and so on. For X to reach new audience one of the ways is to tweet with popular hashtags. Including the hashtag in one’s tweet makes the tweet visible to any user who clicks that hashtag. Through Shadow Ban, this reach is restricted. If X is under Shadow Ban, the tweet will virtually be invisible in the list of tweets under a certain hashtag. Even when a follower of X (say Y) retweet X’s tweet, it will sometimes become invisible to Y’s followers and so on. So, the reach of X’s tweets to new audience is restricted.”

This is why, if you have been search banned you are not being seen under [using] hashtags.  One other thing – this article is calling this situation *“Shadow Ban” which it is not, it is “Search Ban”.  Shadow Banning is another way of saying Ghost Banning, a topic I have written much about.  I won’t quibble about the author’s word choice in the above paragraph, just do know that Shadow Ban means you do not get found in search, full stop.

crowd-people-silhouette-squareIf you are a small business on Twitter you might be joining in what some call “Twitter Hours” or “Shopping Hours” or social media hours.  It is for promotion of your business and to meet other business owners as well.  In this hour, everyone joining must use a hashtag specified by the host of said hour attached to their tweet or no one will see their tweets.  You may have twenty-plus biz owners joining in so the hashtag for that hour is crucial.  If you are search banned, no one in the Twitter Hour will see your tweets with that particular hashtag.  They may well see you in the general stream or if they visit your profile page but not under the #xyz hour – a hypothetical hashtag there.  I believe that it is in Twitter’s thoughts that this kind of “tribal tweeting” should be abolished because it segregates the participants from the mainstream… yes, I realise how harsh that sounds but what Twitter is doing is just as harsh.  It is no secret that Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, wants Twitter to go back to the days of just everyone chatting. And, if you’re a business on Twitter, you can advertise… just pay for it! Simplez…not so much!  The Indie seller will dry up and blow away because have you seen how much Twitter charges to promote your wares??  That is why you only see the likes of BT and Sky or Sainsbury with promoted listings!

So, what does a poor tweeter do?  As Liss and I are collaborating here, it is only fair I let the poor lass have her say as she has done the most research on this subject.  I think I have talked quite enough!  Liss has researched and found the best advice on what not to do if you want to keep your Twitter account intact. And, reading Twitter’s Policies won’t go amiss, either.

Retweets

Don’t retweet a great stream of tweets [from one or several different accounts], in one go.  Twitter consider this to be “aggressive retweeting”. I don’t know where this leaves shopping hours where retweeting is the name of the game, but as a general rule, pace yourself. A retweet counts as a tweet and there is a daily limit of 2,400 broken down into semi-hourly limits. My advice is don’t get anywhere near that limit.

Don’t retweet the same tweet over and over. Just as an account will get flagged up for persistently sending out the same tweet [see below], so too will your account if you keep retweeting it.

Don’t go on a “marathon” retweeting binge from one account.  You may really love one particular tweeter’s tweets but please don’t retweet a load of them in one go!  You must put yourself in the mind of a curator. As the curator, you must understand that your follower’s will see the tweets that you retweet, and they may not enjoy a dozen tweets by @xyz as much as you do.  There is no rule against retweeting more than one tweet but do put other retweets in between so as not to vex your follower’s or Twitter!

Tweets

Don’t “repeatedly post identical or nearly identical tweets”. And certainly, don’t send out the same tweet several times over the course of a day. I know it’s difficult if, like me, you sell a small amount of perennial items or perhaps just one service – but you need to re-write your tweets every time you send them out.

Links

Don’t continually send out the same link. Now, this is a tricky one because again, if you’re a small business selling just one service, or a handful of items, you’ve only got a few links available. There used to be the don’t-repeat-a-link-within-24-hours rule, but I suspect that’s too short a period now.

Hashtags

Don’t use too many hashtags. As with all the rules, Twitter is rather vague about how many hashtags constitutes an onslaught, but the general rule of thumb seems to be three and no more. And certainly, never send out just a link and a dozen hashtags. And don’t use the same hashtags on every tweet, vary them a little. [editor’s note: There is nothing more gauche on a tweet than it having thirty hashtags and sparse, if any, information about the item being sold. I have refrained from retweeting these kinds of tweets.]

**Visit your search page on Twitter and see what the trending hashtags for day are and if you can incorporate those into your tweets, it will do you no harm, particularly the use of trending hashtags during holidays.

Automation

Don’t automate the bulk of your tweets. It’s fine to automate some but a day’s worth [especially if you’re not interacting and chatting with other accounts during this time], will flag you up as a bot and/or a spammer. I know Twitter owns Tweetdeck but they really don’t want you to use it or any other automation tool, very much. Live tweet whenever possible.

Engagement

 Don’t tweet, retweet and leave the scene. You need to interact with other accounts. Aside from anything else, it stops you being flagged up as a bot. It’s called social media for a reason and Twitter very much wants to bring the platform back to that.

twitter-table

pic from Google Images

Thank you, Liss, for the best explanation so far of how a Tweeter can stay away from trouble on their account.  Yes, Twitter has upped the game in a twisty-turny way since the old ghost/shadow banning days.  In the one sense it is enough to drive many people away from the social media platform.  However, if you think about it a while you can see how it makes sense.  As noted, no one likes seeing a plethora of retweets about something they may or may not have interest in.  And nobody wants to retweet and like someone repeatedly without hearing so much as a “thanks” in return.  If you’re a business owner tweeting your products, nobody wants to see the same tired tweet[s] saying the exact same thing with the exact same picture and link every day.  Remember above all else that you are the curator of your Twitter feed.  You must give people following you a fresh dose of information daily.  But not only that, you must be in tune with your followers. Engagement is just as important as is putting forth fresh tweets every day.  How will they know whether you’re real or not? It is an advantage for the small business owner if you think about it. The corporate businesses paying for the expensive promoted ads are already established.  They know you will follow them because you love their product and most of us don’t expect them to follow us back.  They also know that they have no time to engage with us personally and that we understand that as well.  And, they know when a promoted ad comes through your feed for a new product they are selling, you will probably click on the ad.

We small businesses must be cleverer than that.  Make a mini-story about your product, not a bog-standard in-your-face bland assessment of what you’re selling.  Make it eye-catching and for people to want to read it.  Use facts, history, whatever will work with your product.  Also, intersperse your business tweets with human-interest tweets you capture from your news feeds online. Add pertinent hashtags.  Tweet daily facts about something you and your followers are interested in.  Add in the odd poll that Twitter allows you to make on the fly and get your follower’s opinions about whatever you want to know. Relevancy is everything.  But just as important as anything else, connect.  Engage in conversations as best you can.  So what if two people are speaking to each other about something? I have broken into many a conversation on Twitter and nobody has told me to sling my hook yet.  As it happens, we three sometimes have quite a lovely discussion about the topic.  Engagement, engagement, engagement.

Liss and I hope we have explained well enough for everyone to understand what is happening to their accounts.  And whether through our surmises or from the links we have interspersed throughout this writing we hope you can find the answers you need.  And, if you wish to find out if you are search banned, please use this link.  It’s free and it’s easy and it’s correct.

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A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Twelve

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Ogham Gort

The Ivy Ogham, Gort ~ photo by i.macy

I call it the “seeker’s” Ogham, Gort.  Gort is the Ogham for the Ivy plant… again, the Celtic people did not always choose the wood of trees but sometimes vines and reeds, depending upon the meaning of certain woods to them which would indicate what would be used for each Ogham alphabet.  Whilst Gort is the twelfth letter of the Ogham alphabet, the Ivy it represents is the eleventh lunar month of the Celtic Tree Calendar and this brings us to Gort being the “sign” for those born between 30 September and 27 October.  People born during this time are notorious for sticking by their friends and creating long lasting connections. Ivy / Gort is always seeking and spreading, leaving everything stronger in its wake, much the way the people born during this lunar month do with others.  You will come to understand yourself better through Gort;  I would even go so far as to say you may find your full purpose in life through Gort. It will lead you down the right roads, but always take care to use your intuition to know whether it is right for you, or not.

Representations:  Friendship, Happiness, Healing, Prosperity, Protection, Steadfastness, and Tenacity

Ogham Letter:  G

Number:  12

Colour:  Blue, Light Brown

Tarot:  The Sun

Animals:  Mute Swan, Butterfly, Lark, Swallow

Plant:  Woody Nightshade

Divination Meaning:  This is not the time to be alone. But you are probably not one to be alone much, therefore, feel free to cleave unto your friends.  Whatever it is you may need help with, they will be there for you as you are always there for them.  Drawing the Gort Ogham can also mean prosperity is coming, for which you must be patient. If drawing three Ogham staves in a reading, pay particular care to the meanings of the other two and in what order each draw was made.

How to Mend the Problem:  Recognise that “group unconsciousness” has an effect upon you and go inward to learn more about the self. Enter “group mind” with joy and assist others with their spirituality as they assist you in yours.  We are all intertwined as is the Ivy; we can all be successful by supporting each other.  Gort symbolises many forms of abundance; the rewards of patience are many. There is a general air of gratitude and plenty, with an assurance of ease in the situation though it may have been long in coming.  Give thanks always.  Do keep in mind that you will find further meaning from each Ogham as your intuition develops.  These are but a guideline.

Gort resonates with The Sun card in tarot.  The Sun represents success, radiance and abundance. The Sun gives you strength and tells you that no matter where you go or what you do, your positive and radiant energy will follow you and bring you happiness and joy. People are drawn to you because you can always see the bright side and bring such warmth into other people’s lives. This beautiful, warm energy is what will get you through the tough times and help you succeed. You are also in a position where you can share your highest qualities and achievements with others. Radiate who you are and what you stand for; shine your love on those you care about.

You can catch up the first five blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, and Part Eleven by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  If you have enjoyed it or have learned from it, please share via the social media buttons below.  I love comments also and respond as promptly as I can.  And, I very much enjoy a like for my efforts!  Warmest blessings to those whom wander this way x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

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Generation Greta – The Magic of One Small Girl

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

A little under a year ago nobody had really heard of Greta Thunberg apart from her parents, teachers, and schoolmates.  Then, this small girl began her small skolstrejk för klimatet [school strike for climate change], technically skolstrejk för klimatförändringar… all alone in August 2018 in front of the Swedish Parliament. Now, children from around 110 countries, according to the BBC, have joined Greta by staging school strikes most Fridays [although it is not unheard of on a Thursday or a Saturday]. Now, she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prise.  I do hope she wins, although I’m quite sure Miss Thunberg doesn’t really care about awards.  What she desperately wants is for adults, particularly adults in government, to stop playing silly beggars with children’s lives, and of course, all lives.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg ~ photo from medium.com

You may be surprised to learn that Greta’s skolstrejk för klimatet was not the first.  In November 2015, an independent group of students invited other students around the world to skip school on the first day of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. On 30 November, the first day of the conference, a “Climate Strike” was organized in over 100 countries; over 50,000 people participated. The movement focused on three demands: 100% clean energy; keeping fossil fuels in the ground and helping climate refugees.  Shortly before this a young girl named Kelsey Juliana and 21 other child litigants represented by the non-profit organization Our Children’s Trust [US], brought suit against the US and sought confirmation that their constitutional and public trust rights had been violated by the government’s actions, and sought an order to enjoin the defendants from continued violation of their rights and to develop a plan to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions.

The children have been doing all the work whilst many adults [most of whom are in government and conservatives] turn a blind eye to Climate Change aka Climate Crisis.  It does bring to mind dear old Nero, whom we know as per the saying, could only fiddle whilst Rome burned.  But then, I guess Nero could not have saved Rome single-handedly therefore he just “fiddled”.  But what might have happened if Nero organised others to help douse the fires?  If Nero had set an example of bravery and strength?  Maybe he tried to…

Firstly… there were no such instruments as violins / fiddles in Rome c.64 AD.  So, Nero wasn’t fiddling in that respect.  Still, Nero was fiddling in a sense.  July of 64 A.D., a great fire ravaged Rome for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half its population homeless. According to a well-known expression, Rome’s emperor at the time, the decadent and unpopular Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.” The expression has a double meaning: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis. It has been easy to cast blame on Nero, who had many enemies and is remembered as one of history’s most sadistic and cruellest leaders.

History shows that when the Great Fire broke out, Nero was really at his villa at Antium, some 35 miles from Rome. Though he immediately returned and began relief measures, people still didn’t trust him. Some even believed he had ordered the fire started, especially after he used land cleared by the fire to build his Golden Palace and its surrounding pleasure gardens. Nero himself blamed the Christians [then an obscure religious sect] for the fire and had many arrested and executed.

Does this sound like any politician you know? It sounds like a couple or more to me.  It is very worrying that Boris Johnson seems to be the odds-on favourite for becoming the next Prime Minister of the UK.  Boris is a fiddler.  And worst still – and this should worry you – is that from the US, Donald Trump endorses him.  I never minded Boris much as London’s mayor, being far enough removed from me not to take the time to worry about him but as PM? Now I’m worried… and Trump likes him? Oh, now I’m seriously worried.

I don’t mean to do down the conservative’s full stop. There are a good many who want to be fair, work with the “opposition” at least on some important bills and measures.  But these days of Trump and Johnson, not to mention the Filipino president, the Brazilian president, and the Venezuelan president, all being very much for themselves and themselves alone under the guise of making their countries “great again”.  This individualistic kind of thinking is not appropriate to getting the world out of its existential crisis… Global heating.  No, it is no longer global warming. That is too evocative of a slow, gradual warm-up.  We are seriously flying past all previous predictions and are, by some reports, possibly going to go to 3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.  If you have children and grandchildren, you should be very worried… not concerned, but worried.  I do, and I am.

I’ve heard people say, “Where was Greta Thunberg a long time ago?”.  Well, when reports began in the seventies, her parents probably weren’t even born yet, so obviously… but why did we need a Greta?  Why could we not have paid closer attention to what was being laid out on the table for all to see back then?  Many did begin working toward a better ending than what we have coming but the majority most likely figured, “Ah we have loads of time” and promptly forgot all about it.  Still, I am very grateful for all those who did latch on and began making some small progress to help the world and each other.

A news article recently posted, We Need More Greta Thunburgs… we have them already.  I am Greta. You are Greta.  Everyone who stands up to their government about their climate denialism, everybody who protests, everybody who blogs or vlogs encouraging people to wake up and start doing what they can, everybody whom is composting their kitchen scraps, driving electric cars or not driving full stop, everybody who turns their thermostat up or down depending on whether they are using air con or heat, everybody who pegs out their washing rather than using a gas tumble dryer, everyone who walks rather than drives, everyone whom has stopped flying, everyone whom has ended using single-use plastics, you are Greta.

And being Greta, we must work together, no matter where we are in the world, because we are all in this together.

Thank you for reading.  I hope you will take a moment to like, share, and comment.  I love hearing from my readers because your opinions are important to me.  Many warm blessings to all whom this way wander x

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A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Eleven

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Muin Ogham ~ photo by i.macy

This week we shall look at the Ogham, “Muin”, which is the Ogham for Vine.  Not all “birth trees” are exactly trees as you may have learned already. Vine has been around in Britain for a very long time, possibly brought by the wine growing Romans. Because of the effects of wine loosening the tongue, it is thought of as the inducer of truth and Vine is also related to prophetic powers.  Muin / Vine is the Ogham / tree for those born between 2 September and 29 September per the lunar calendar adopted by the early Celtic peoples.  It is the eleventh consonant of the Ogham; however, it is the tenth lunar month of the Celtic Tree Calendar.

Representations:  Protection, Peace, Intuition, Truth, Communication, Re-birth, Reincarnation, Prophecy, and Inspiration

Ogham Letter:  M

Number:  11

Colour:  Pink, White

Tarot:  Temperance

Animals:  White Swan

Plant:  Ivy

Divination Meaning:  When you draw the Vine Ogham stave [or card, or piece of paper], use your intuition to delve into yourself to find the deep level in which you must act to deal with an issue.  Only you can know what your issue is, but you do know what it is. You know that you already know the answer, but you must justify it within yourself and bring about a satisfying agreement between your head and heart.  You already have that peace within you. Your intuitiveness, which has been growing stronger, will help you mend this problem… it will be all about truth now.  Truth to yourself.

How to Mend the Problem:  Allow your senses to speed your inner developing intuition and place your trust into this knowledge when it is acting strongly.  Open yourself to harvest and gather all signs and omens that you’re capable of understanding.  Every problem can not be repaired by reasoning.  You are learning that when reasoning fails, it is time to rely on truth and intuition.  The more you use it, the stronger it becomes… like any talent or gift.

I choose the Tarot’s major arcana card, Temperance, as a companion reading to the Muin ogham. The Temperance card is the Tarot’s way of indicating that peace will not be arriving, because you already have it within you, just as the Muin ogham does.  Both signal to you that the only way to solving your dilemma is to find that peace and figure out what is the proper way to attaining it.  If you look to the signs around you, they will guide you… your intuition will know them and help you settle upon the right decision.

You can catch up the first five blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, and Part Ten by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  If you have enjoyed it or have learned from it, please share via the social media buttons below.  I love comments also and respond as promptly as I can.  And, I very much enjoy a like for my efforts!  Warmest blessings to those whom wander this way x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

 

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