Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Ruadan

He is the Irish god of spying and son to Bres and Brigit. Ruadan is now better known as a saint in modern times. He was killed by a smith called Gobhinu, where some say Ruadan was sent to the smith by his father and was killed by Gobhinu instead. Gobhinu was however wounded but was cured by bathing in a healing fountain. Upon learning of the death of Ruadan, Brigit cried and it is said Brigit's tears were the first of the history of Ireland.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Totem: Lobster

Lobsters are creatures of the sea known for being a "fancy" meal. When it first hatches it doesn't look like an adult lobster, but more of a bug. In its first five years of life it shall shed its shell up to 25 times with the lobster shedding its skin three times before it begins to look like an adult.

Due to how it grows, the lobster teaches the power of transformation, how we change as we grow and age. It is a fate that cannot be denied, as everyone will transform into a new person as they age.

When a lobster is young, it hides and waits for food to come by as if it reveals itself it is likely to be attacked within minutes by a fish. It is this experience that the lobster teaches the development of patience.

The lobster gives lessons on protection, on how to protect oneself and how to camouflage if it happens to be needed. Protection of the self is going to be needed sometime and the lobster is aware.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gods And Goddeses: Cernunnos

Cernunnos is the Celtic god with horns of a stag, often associated with animals and is thought to be a god of fertility. What is truly known about him is that he is a Celtic god that had nothing written down about him, so later people have given him the name of Cornunnos to refer to him, meaning "Horned One". His worship is also known to be widespread across Europe.

He is typically portrayed with a man with long hair and a beard, wearing a torc and often seated and cross-legged. Most depictions is with animals, especially with the stag, which has lead him to be referred to as The Lord of the Animals., The Lord of the Hunt, The Stag Lord, The Horned God of the Hunt and The Lord of the Forest.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Totem: Crab

Crabs is the known for being the symbol of the astrological sign Cancer and are recognizable creatures. They are known for their hard shells, multiple legs and pincers.

Crabs walk sideways and gives teachings on how a path may be direct to a place there is still many routes that are not so direct. Detours occur and the crab teachings that it is only natural how it can happen for one reason or another.

The crab also teaches how to stay protected on various levels, not just physically. The crab will help with keeping one's emotions guarded.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Tibouchinas granulosa is a large shrub or small tree which is a tough plant and are easily raised. Along with their hardiness and ease in raising, there are only a few diseases and pests this plant has to worry about. It has purple flowers which is shows off from late summer to early summer. In warmer areas it may flower into spring.

It requires either full sun or partial sun and is a great plant to be grown in pots. It typically grows 5m in height and width, although it may grow as tall as 10m.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Abandinus

Abandinus is a Celtic god with little known about him. What is known is that there was an inscribed bronze votive feather devoted to him years now long gone that had the words "for the god Abandinus, Vatiaucus offered this from his personal funds". It is thought be some that he is connected to the river Ouse and that he may be a river god. It is also suggested that he is related to a much more well known Celtic deity known as Maponos.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Totem: Tapir

The tapir is an animal that is endangered and forest dwelling. They are a solitary animal that hide while enjoying leaves and shoots they eat. Tapirs are known to laze about in pools of mud and water.

A teaching is to be peaceful and comfortable with ourselves. Many are uncomfortable with themselves and it is the tapir that teaches how to be at peace.

It is also taught that one should be peaceful unless utterly necessary. The tapir tells how violence is not an answer, that peaceful means should be exhibited. Violence is what should be a last resort.

Being solitary shouldn't be an issue the tapir teaches. It is fine to be quiet and to be alone, but all social contact shouldn't be eliminated.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peach-Leaved Bellflower

Campanula persicifolia is a 1m tall and 30cm width plant. It has a number of varieties, where its flowers can include white, blue, pink and purple. It can be left to seed and it will allow for more peach-leaved bellflowers to grow later. Flowering occurs in late spring and summer.

It is a hardy plant that requires full sun or partial shade. The soil should be loam with the pH in the alkaline or neutral range. Soil should be moist and well-drained.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Brigit

Brigit, also referred to as Brigid and Brighid is an Irish goddess who is the daughter of Dagda. She is the goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft. She is associated with healing waters, wells and springs and is also known as "Bringer of Prosperity".

Brigit is also associated with fire and the goddess of inspiration. Her name is said to be mean a number of things, "The Exalted One", "The High One", "The Bright One", "The Powerful One" and "Bright Arrow". Brigit is also said to be the same as Saint Brigit.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Totem: Otter

These creatures are animals that are semiaquatic with the sea otter being aquatic that are best known to feed off fish and shellfish.

The otter teaches the lessons of female energy, giving teachings on how there is a feminine side to all. The major part of this that the otter gives lessons is how to balance the feminine side with the masculine side.

It is taught to lighten up and to give more time to have fun through playfulness. The otter teaches that to do this is not a bad thing and can be beneficial for well being.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Golden Oat Grass

Stipa gigantea grows 2m flower stems in early summer, with the flowers giving it the name of Golden Oat. They are a clump forming plant that can help with erosion control.

Full sun is needed for this plant along with well-drained soil. It is a hardy plant that requires soils which are moderately fertile. Once established in a garden, it is drought tolerate and doesn't have to worry about pests or diseases.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Aonghus

Aonghus is the Irish god of love with multiple names. Oengus, Aengus, Aengus Og ("Aengus the young"), Mac ind Og ("Son of the Young"), Mac Og ("Young Son") and Maccan. He is also one of the Tuatha De Danann.
He is the son of Dagda and Boann, with Aonghus' wisdom later saying his father Dagda from starving to death.

A story about Aonghus relates to how he fell in love with a maiden he saw that he earlier dreamt of. He became ill with longing for her and with concern from his parents they sought the identity of the maiden. She happened to be Caer Ibormeith, whom Aonghus later went to see her again at a lake to declare his love for her he was transformed into a swan and the two flew together (with Caer accepting his love).

Friday, November 30, 2012

Totem: Osprey

It is the osprey that is a type of hawk that consumes fish that occupy freshwater and marine habitats. The nests that they make can become very large.

The osprey teaches how to get plunder and to gain resources we need, this also goes along with the teaching of taking risks. Risks are necessary for opportunity as with opportunity there is often risk.

Respect and getting along with others is taught by the osprey. Conflict can easily occur and it is the osprey that teaches that getting along often allows for better results.

To go after what you want and to attain goals is two more lessons of the osprey. It teaches to hunt down what is wanted, to reach that goal. It may take a while, but with the right amount of effort it can be achieved.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea is a plant who can survive severe droughts. It is a fast grower that grows up to 70cm tall and 30cm in width. Over summer the purple flowers grow over a long period, with the flowers will grow up a stem higher then the leaves. It is an easy to grow plant with it best growing in moist, well drained soil and should be in full sun or partial shade.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Danu

Danu is the Irish mother goddess and a goddess of fertility. Danu;s name means "The Flowing One" and she is also known as Brigantia in northern England. She is also given assoication with a group known as Tuatha de Dannan (The Children of Danu), whom some says that these people are actual descendants of Danu.

She has many symbols, including the horse, seagulls, fish, amber, gold, royalty, crowns, rivers, seas, the earth, the moon, air, wind and keys. Danu is also considered the most ancient of the Celtic deities. She is said to be the mother and daughter of the god Dagda.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Totem: Axolotl

An solitary amphibian and is an endangered animal, the axolotl is a rather recognizable animal and is a pet to many. They are known for staying in their larval stage unless utterly necessary to go beyond that stage and for their regenerative abilities.

Due to its regenerative nature, the axolotl teaches many lessons relating to healing. It teaches when there are times for healing personal health. Axolotl also teaches that at times healing can only occur when growing in some ways, as growth may be unnecessary and not great for what needs to be healed.

Axolotl also gives note of how sacrificing youth may not be the wisest idea to take on and that seeking out is not a bad idea if it is needed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Climbing Hdrangea

This plant is perfect for shady walls and grows lovely little flowers early in the summer. It is botanically called Hydrangea petiolaris and it grows 4m in both height and width. It requires either part shade or full shade, is deciduous and can be used as a groundcover. The soils needs to be moist for this plant to survive.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Dagda

Dagda is and Irish god referred to as the All Father and leader of the group called the Tuatha. He is the god of magic, time and protector of crops. His father is Elada, brother is Ogma and wife is Morrighan while he has a daughter called Brigit. Dagda is referred to as the Good God due to being the protector of crops. Dagda aso has an appetite for food and sexual gratification.

In Dagda's possession there is a cauldron called Undry which supplies unlimited amount of food and a living oak harp with the ability to change the seasons. The harp can play three types of music, of sorrow, of joy and of dreaming.

Dagda once had an affair with the wife of the minor god Nechtan, Boann, getting Boann pregnant. In response, Dagda made the sun stop setting for nine entire months so that Boann had their son, Aonghus, conceived and born in a single day. Later on when the Tuatha were forced into hiding due to invasions of Ireland, Dagda chose to divide the land amongst the gods and refused to give a section to Aonghus due to wanting Aonghus's land for himself. Aonghus tricked Dagda into surrendering the land, leaving the mighty god with no land or power.

Dagda played a part in a war against a group known as the Fomorians. Lugh sent Dagda to spy and distract the Fomorians while the Irish prepared for war. Dagda ended up coming across a woman washing her feet in a river. This woman was Morrigan and the two had sex. After the act, Morrigan told the plan the Fomorians had and Dagda went to the Fomorians camp for a truce. The king of the Fomorians would only accept the truce if Dagda could eat all from the King's biggest cauldron filled with porridge. Dagda ate from the cauldron, finishing all the food and fell asleep afterwards. Waking up, Dagda made sure the truce was kept.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Totem: Dragonfly

Dragonflies are a predatory insect subject to predation by other animals. They are found throughout the world and can fly in all directions. Dragonflies themselves have been around for about 300 million years.

In the adult form, dragonflies do not live a long life. Due to this, the dragonfly in response teaches to try to live life to its fullest. Life can only be certain to happen once for each person and so it is the same for other species and the dragonfly knows.

It is taught by this totem that it is not good to hold a belief that what is wished to be done cannot be done. It is a matter of trying, often times trying hard to bring success. Life is difficult and success can be a long and difficult journey.

Illusions fill the world. A person who appears to be weak and harmless could be the most dangerous, a delicious treat can contain a disgusting yet necessary ingredient. The dragonfly teaches to do what is within power to strip these illusions away, to rid of whatever power an illusion may hold.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Zucchini is a plant that grows up to 1m high and 80cm in width. Botanically it is called Cucurbita pepo and its seeds are best sown in spring. The fruit should be picked when they are 7 to 10cm long and still tender.

The zucchini plant requires full sun along with plenty of water. The plants depending on variety should be spaced accordingly, bushy varieties 1m apart while trailing varieties 2m apart.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Arawn

Arawn is a Welsh/Celtic god of the Underworld and death. He was Lord of Annwfn. He befriended Pwyll when the two encountered each other in the woods. Arawn offered Pwyll to take his for a year and a day, where Pwyll would be transformed to look like Arawn so Pwyll could fight Havgtan. Havgtan happens to be another Lord of Annwfn and enemy of Arawn. Pwyll killed Havgtan.

Pwyll also pretended to be the husband of Arawn's beautiful wife and did not take advantage of the situation. For both killing Havgtan and not having sex with his wife, Arawn rewarded Pwyll. The two became good friends and allies and some believe Arawn sent the goddess Rhiannon to become Pwyll's wife. Pigs were also given to Pwyll's son Pryderi by Arawn.

Arawn is also said to possess the magic cauldron a particular character called Arthur tried to steal.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Look Out Rebecca Black!

Nicole Westbrook is taking a stand with her own horrible song titled "It's Thanksgiving". While Rebecca Black's "Friday" left me sighing for humanity, "It's Thanksgiving" has left me giggling uncontrollably. In comparison, while Rebecca reminded the world of how Saturday comes after Friday and Sunday follows afterwards, Nicole is nice enough to give reminders of when Christmas, New Years and Easter are. Nicole sadly falls short in that she doesn't tell the world when the 4th of July falls within the year; it is truly suspenseful. How is this Australian supposed to know when the 4th of July occurs?

It is through such lyrics as "Oh oh oh", "We we we"  and "And you, and you, and you" that truly moves me, it shows the extent of how annoying it goes to. If I ever truly wished to annoy people, I know what lyrics to repeat. These lyrics are easy to remember, making the usefulness of creating annoyance with such lyrics rather simple. It is only the matter of the other person's patience.

If I ever wanted a young girl to say "Fuck you" to someone as innocently as possible and to as many people as possible, a music video like "It's Thanksgiving" is a perfect example of a way to do it subtly. The problem being with this is that in the music video at the first instance of Christmas being mentioned we see a girl in the foreground giving what Americans know as the "peace sign", else where in the world including where I am from it is essentially a double "Fuck you" from this girl. Good job. It caught my attention right away and I honestly applaud this, though it is probably unintentional.

With the video being at 750,000 views, 2,600 likes and 21,400 dislikes after two days all I can say to Nicole is good luck. You'll need it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Totem: Porcupine

Porcupines are a type of rodent with quills that act as defence to this herbivorous animal. It is the third largest rodent in the world and a mostly nocturnal animal.

This totem asks if there is a situation to stay way from, either from choice or need. Situations may be needed to be dealt with that otherwise want to be avoided.

As an animal whom can easily hurt with its sharp quills, the porcupine teaches to be gentle especially in love. Touch is a sensitive sense, where a single and tiny object can cause a terrible reaction.

As a solitary animal, the porcupine knows well what it is like to be alone. It doesn't have to be a negative part of life, loneliness in the right amounts can be refreshing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Petrea volubilis

Petrea volubilis is a fast growing vine that gets woody. It has multiple common names including Queen's Wreath, Sandpaper Vine, Purple Wreath and Blue Bird Vine. It grows upwards to 10m in height and width and requires full sun. The flowers are small and clustered growing from late winter to early autumn, with the leaves having a texture alike to sandpaper.

This species of plant prefers fertile, well-drained soils and ideal to be grown in tropic and sub-tropic areas. It needs to be protected from colder weather.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Ometecuhtli

Ometecuhtli is "Lord of Duality", with his wife being Omecihuatl. The two live in the highest heaven, Omeyocan. He is responsible for releasing the souls of infants from Omeyocan in preparation for birth on earth. He has four sons, Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca and Xipetotec.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Totem: Mole

The mole is a borrowing animal known for its lack of eyes and its adapted lifestyle underground. There are around 20 species of this animal and they range throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The mole teaches how to dig up our own treasures by our own efforts, as it is often by personal work that allows to create our own treasures.

Due to moles lack of eyes, it has to rely on other senses. It is taught to personally question the personal use of one's senses. It is important to be aware of personal surroundings and using senses needed to be aware of it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lagerstromia speciosa

Lagerstroemia speciosa is the botanical name of the plant called by many names, Giant Myrtle, Queen's Myrtle and Pride of India are the most common names. It has masses of purple flowers during the wet season and purple and red leaves in the dry season.

This plant grows 10m in height and 8-10m in width. It is a deciduous tree that requires full sun yet can grow in most soils but has a low salt tolerance.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Omecihuatl

Omecihuatl is the Aztec goddess of creation and wife of Ometecuhtli. She  lived in the highest heaven Omeyocan with Ometecuhtli. Her name means "Lady of Duality".

Originally there was no light, but Omecihuatl and Ometecuhtli could sometimes see the light of the eyes of the monsters. Omecihuatl one day touched a monster and it turned into a star, from then forth she and Ometecuhtli touched whatever monster they could find. This filled the sky with stars and the heavens with light. After this, the two decided to have children. They had four sons, Quetzalcoatl, Xipetotec, Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli, whom created the earth with one of the remaining monsters. Omecihuatl and Ometecuhtli were happy with the work of their sons and sent drops of light to earth to be the souls of children.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Totem: Ferret

The ferret is a domesticated animal who are territorial but can live in social groups known as a "business". They hiss when agitated or threatened. Ferrets can be trained.

This totem teaches to be like it, nimble and quick. This is for avoiding danger and any threats over causing harm. The ferret shall teach to use manoeuvring to give advantage.

It is taught not to repeat gossip as it can cause harm. Gossip doesn't benefit as it can easily be a lie or a misunderstanding.

The ferret totem teaches to be prepared for situations that may appear, to be prepared for hardships. That occur and can be devastating when there is no preparedness for it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Allium schoenoprasum is the botanical name of the perennial plant commonly called Chives. It is a herb used by many and can be used to cook with. It grows 30cm in height and width and has insect repelling properties, making it even more useful for gardeners.

It requires full sun and it blooms purple flowers. When the flowers go past their prime the plant can be cut back to the ground and it'll reshoot soon after. Chives is a low maintenance plant with tolerance to drought and easy to germinate from seed. Its hardiness allows it to grow in acidic, alkaline or neutral and loam, sand and clay soils.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Jurojin

A god of longevity, good luck and wisdom, Jurojin is one of Japans's Seven Lucky Gods whom is also referred to as Gama. He is a lover of wine and has a fondness for the company of women. He is depicted as an old man with a long beard and a staff with a scroll tied to it. Jurojin is often accompanied by a deer, stag, crane or tortoise, symbols of longevity. He is sometimes confused with Fukurokuju, another one of the Seven Lucky Gods.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Totem: Octopus

The octopus is a creature of the depths with its eight arms and a flexible body. It is a diverse animal, with many species that contain 300 recognized. This animal can be found in many regions of the ocean depths.

The octopus teaches how to achieve and gain using intellect as efficient as possible. It is intelligence which gives allowance to figure out how to achieve or gain what is wanted, being efficient allows it to be done well and quickly .

It is also taught to use intelligence and stealth in one's own endeavours, to camouflage the endeavours until we have what we gain the wanted results.

Work is certainly important, yet overwork can occur. The octopus reminds not to so deeply immerse into  something that harm comes upon ourselves, rather take cares of ourself.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rock Rose

Rock Rose is an evergreen plant that grows white flowers with bright yellow stamens in the summer. Botanically they are called Cistus x dansereaui and is a good plant for a small garden, growing 1.5m in height and width.

This plant is hardy and drought resistant, but requires full sun. Rock rose also has a preference to garden beds which are well-drained and dry. Soils that can be used can be either clay, loam or sand and the pH can be either alkaline, neutral or acid.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Fukurokuju

Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan and is said to be the Chinese gods Fu, Lu and Shou as one deity, whom Fukurokuju takes the appearance most like Shou with a prolonged bald head, facial hair and staff.

He is the god of wealth, happiness and longevity plus a personification of the Southern Pole Star. Fukurokuju is the only one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan who is said to be able to revive the dead and is considered an immortal. He is sometimes confused with Juroujin who is said by some to be his grandson.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Totem: Anteater

The anteater is a mostly solitary and nocturnal animal who can be found in various living conditions. It consumes termites using its tongue covered in sticky saliva.

This animal teaches that working alone on occasion, especially to work on an aspect of the self, can be a positive force in ones life.

To do what is natural is taught by the anteater, promotion of finding out what doesn't cause upset for the self and of others goes along with the teaching of doing what is natural.

The anteater teaches that one should be prepared to look for the best results, to dig around, as it may be difficult to do so and may take some time. The best results may be hidden but it can be found eventually.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

White Ginger

Hedychium coronarium is the botanical name of a plant commonly called White Ginger and White Butterfly. It is the national flower of Cuba. It grows up to 2m tall and 1.5m wide, requiring partial sun. It flourishes in shady, well watered areas. Of the Hedychium's, it has the largest flowers and is the most fragrant.

It is a hardy plant with a preference for partial sun but can grow in full sun. It should be kept wet and can be grown purely in water. Old stems should be removed after flowering for the purpose of promoting new growth. Propagation can be done by dividing its rhizomes.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Tezcatlipoca

Tezcatlipoca is the god the night sky and is a son of Ometeotl. He has multiple epithets including Titlacauan ("We are his slaves"), Ilhuicahua Tlalrixpaque ("Possessor of the Sky and Earth"), Ome Acatl ("Two Reed"), Ipalnemoani ("He by whom we live"), Yohualli Eecatl ("Night Wind"), Tloque Nahuaque ("Lord of the Near and the Nigh") and Necoc Yaotl ("Enemy of Both Sides"). A mirror is also carried a mirror that gave of smoke and was used to kill enemies.

The festival Toxcatl was held in dedication to Tezcatlipoca, this featured a sacrifice of a man who had impersonating Tezcatlipoca for a year. He is the ruler of the day Acatl and rules over days with the number ten.

He is a god of creaion and is known as Ipalnemoani for this. His opposite is he god Quetzalcoatl, who the two created the world. It is due to this that Tezcatlipoca lost a foot using it as bait for a monster.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Totem: Whale

Whales are the mammals of the see whom sing, their method of communication are known for their beauty.

Culture means much to many people, the whale teaches to value it and the subcultures that may be within. It is also through culture that the whale gives teachings to be open minded and to give acceptance and tolerance of other people.

The whale tells to awaken personal creativity, to become a part of a world of imagination formed by creativity. However, it is warned to not get lost in this world of imagination.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Drunken Parrot Tree

Schotia brachypetala is said to cause parrots to get drunk from its fermenting nectar produced by this tree, leading to its common name of Drunken Parrot Tree. It grows up to 16m in height and 15m in width.

It is an easy to grow plant that begins to grow flowers when it is relatively young. If grown in warm weather with sandy soils, with plenty of water and in a frost free area it grows fast. The drunken parrot tree can easily be grown from seed and should in sown from spring to early summer. It is hardy in poor soils and very dry conditions.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tips on Street Preaching

A lovely little thing that occurs is street preaching and something I have not seen one for a while. A few months ago by now a person preaching gave me a little card saying I have the choice to go to Heaven or Hell. I reminded myself of this card and took a bit of time to think, a lot of the street preachers I have came across seem rather weak in their arguments and preparedness, leaving little to no impressions. For this reason, I'll try to give Christian's some advice as to how to be better at preaching.

If there is one thing that should certainly be done, it is to not threaten with Hell as punishment. This is probably done too often, especially without mentioning the rewards of being a good Christian. Why not tell people what will happen if they convert to Christianity and behave as what a Christian should according to the Bible? Besides this, a lot of people do not believe in Hell, so threatening them with such makes the threat void.

With trying to induce fear, a lot of people won't fall for it. Going up to me and saying I will go to Hell isn't going to make me soil myself in fear of punishment. If anything, straight out going up to a person and saying they'll go to Hell is not a good idea as one street preacher thought it would be. I thought it was rude and just moved on without saying a word to him, other people may not be so forgiving.

I have talked to a few street preachers, but with some they show absolute ignorance of other religions. A preacher once asked if I believed in God and when I told him "No" he immediately asked if I was a Muslim. This man obviously doesn't know what he is doing. Anyone who understands Islam know Muslims believe in God, so this preacher immediately lost credibility. People may not have an experts knowledge on a religion but many will not be stupid enough to miss a lie or mistake told about a religion. So learn about other religions, it will create knowledge and it gives a good impression.

If anything makes people want to punch a person in the face or verbally beat them senseless is insults. All insults will do is create unneeded tensions and confrontations, so avoid insulting anyone or anything (especially religions in general and peoples personal beliefs). It looks petty, and like with telling a lie or making a mistake it can make credibility disappear quickly.

There is always that one person with strong faith in their beliefs, sadly some Christians believe only followers of Christ can hold strong faith. This isn't the case and stating so can be an easy way to begin a fight. There are many non-Christians who hold their beliefs in high faith, so if such a person comes along pushing their buttons won't be a way to convince the person to convert.

Many preachers I have come across seem to have wanted to show an imaginary badge, that they are Christians and this somehow makes them important. It is overall just an arrogant feel and makes them seem the opposite of genuine when it comes to the concern of a persons afterlife. When a preacher is genuine in trying to convert people to Christianity, it should show. If a person cannot be genuine when they preach their religion, either they need to assess what they are doing or find something better to do.

Many people haven't read the Bible, with Christian's in particular having a reputation for this. Others lack of reading and even knowledge of the Bible isn't an excuse to be lazy. If street preaching is to be done, constant studying of the Bible is going to be a must to gain great knowledge of the texts contained within. Knowing a verse or two isn't going to help when asked about such things as punishing children with death (Leviticus 20:9, Exodus 21:15) or how new ethnicities can arise through incest (Genesis 19:30-38).

A personal pet peeve of mine is when street preachers use their young children to preach, this is mainly done not by them talking about the Bible but rather handing out pamphlets. Asking difficult questions is going to happen eventually, and the kid will likely be unable to give a proper answer due to a lack of understanding of the Bible thanks to one factor, young age. Doing such a thing can look very lazy and seem irresponsible as a person can potentially give a very negative response. Preaching should probably be left to the teenagers and adults, as both are a lot more likely be able to properly understand what the Bible states.

Hopefully this will be useful for whatever street preacher that may read this. It is probably strange for a non-Christian to give advice on how to convert people to Christianity, but sharing information, giving tips and helping one another shouldn't be restrained based on differing views.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Centeotl

Centeotl is the god of maize and son of the goddess Tlazolteotl and god Piltzintecuhtli, yet it is also said that Centeotl is the son of another goddess, Xochiquetzal. He is also considered the male counterpart of the goddess Chicomecoatl. Depictions of Centeotl show him as a yellow skinned young man. He is Lord of the Day with the number seven in it, is the fourth Lord of the Night and is protected by the rain god Tlaloc.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Totem: Walrus

The walrus is a very recognizable animal. It is an Arctic animal with the males that can weigh more than a tonne and a half. They have prominent tusks and size creating an animal easy to recognize.

This totem teaches how there shall be opportunities to uncover what is currently hidden, even if what is hidden has a total lack of obviousness being there. It can be treasures of small significance, but treasures regardless.

Being connected to others and that each individual is of importance is another teaching of the walrus. This totem teaches how the two together are important and staying connected is a good thing.

Psychometry is the ability to sense objects through touch and it is the walrus that can help you develop the ability of psychometry. This ability shouldn't be tried just with the fingertips but also with other parts of the body.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Winter's Bark/Canelo

Drimys winteri, more commonly called Winter's Bark or Canelo, is a small tree with notably leathery leaves and waxy flowers. It grow up to 6m in height and 3m in width. It is an evergreen tree which blooms late winter to mid spring.

It grows best in full sun or partial shade and like to stay moist. There is some tolerance to cold weather and to wind, it can also grow in water. This plant is easy to cultivate, however there is a low germination rate. It can be grown in clay, loam or sand.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Xochipilli

Xochipilli is the god of agriculture, flowers, music, song, beauty, games, art, song poetry and dance. He is also the patron of homosexuals and male prostitutes. His name means "Flower Prince" and is husband to Mayahuel and twin to Xochiquetzal. Being responsible for fertility, Xochipilli is also associated with Tlaloc and Cinteotl. Macuilxochitl is said to be an aspect of Xochipilli but also to be his brother. Xochipilli has a monkey as a companion spirit.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Totem: Starfish

Starfish, also known as sea stars, is a species echinoderm found throughout the oceans. There are starfish who reproduce sexually and asexually and are typically opportunistic feeders, eating animals that cannot evade them.

To trust instincts is a lesson of this totem. It provides a way to see new opportunities that may arise and even help with gaining what is desired.

Regardless of what may happen, the starfish teaches to keep going ahead. Even if there is a failure or a loss, there is always a chance to regain what has been lost. Loss and failure is a normal part of life that may prove to be quite cruel, but giving up doesn't help.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Melbourne Rally

Swaybah Javed is a woman getting plenty of attention as of late for cancelling her rally this Sunday at Melbourne's State Library. She apparently invited 1,800 people though social networking, yet there is bound to be concerns that something may happen. Police have apparently planned for the worst and are on high alert. Islamphobia is unsurprisingly heightened. Concerns for the safety of Muslims has arisen.

Perhaps I am being an idiot with wanting to go to the State Library Sunday to see if anything interesting happens, regardless I wouldn't be surprised if something does happen. I see no reason as to why some would throw the cancelled rally out the window and rally anyway at the State Library. I hold to the personal saying of "There's always that one person" and considering the attention the rally has gotten it shouldn't be a surprise if there is a rally still done by even a small amount of people. To my concern, only the best can be hoped and if lucky the rally will not happen. People tend to be violent and there are probably people expecting a higher level violence to occur within Melbourne this Sunday regardless, possibly even people purposely being violent for the hell of it.

On a side note, French magazine Charlie Hebdo is also getting plenty of attention for its cartoons of Mohammed. Through worries of safety of France and its people have come alive, I must give support of the cartoons and the magazine for publishing the cartoons. They are sticking to the rights to express themselves and to freedom of speech, with any severe action taken in response to try to scare these people being a true disgrace.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

English Elm

Ulmus procera is the botanical name of this fast growing and dense plant more commonly called English Elm. It will usually grow to about 15m in height and 10m in width but can grow up to 40m in height and 30m in width.

English elm is an adaptable plant that requires full sun, where it grows best in moist and fertile soils. English elm can however grow in part shade. It can be grown in either sand, loam or clay soils and tolerates soils that are either acidic, neutral and alkaline. Once established it can tolerate drought.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Xochiquetzal

Xochiquetzal is the goddess of fertility, love, beauty and female sexuality. She is the protector of young mothers and patron to those who are pregnant and artists. Xochiquetzal's name means "Flower Petal."

She has a twin known as Xochipili and she had Tlaloc as a former husband. Xochiquetzal was married to Tlaloc until Tezcatlipoca kidnapped her and forcer her to marry him. She also rules over the day known as Xochitl.

Seduction of a priest was done by this goddess, who then turned the priest into a scorpion to show her power. Xochiquetzal also encourages sex as a means of pleasure over reproduction. She also got to witness the creation of both gods and husmans, where she is said to be the creator of humans.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Innocence of Muslims Sydney Protest

With the protests against the movie Innocence of Muslims going, I was shocked by the protest in Sydney for it. I honestly wasn’t surprised it was within Australia considering that many people who practice Islam have immigrated to this country, yet it was another thing to see the signs that was shown during the protest. The most abundant sign seems to have been that said, “BEHEAD ALL THOSE WHO INSULT THE PROPHET”. Other signs include sayings such as “BEHEAD THOSE WHO INSULT ISLAM”, “SHARIAH WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD!!!” and “OBAMA OBAMA WE LOVE OSAMA!!!”

The craziest thing I have heard someone claim directly to my very face is that women should be legally allowed to rape and murder men, but this has to be a first for me seeing someone claiming though a sign in a protest (within Australia) that freedom of speech should be limited in some form. Even the person who made that claim about how women should have certain legal rights allowed me to have the right to speak out against his disgraceful beliefs.

Everyone should have the right to insult Mohammad and Islam regardless of who they are. People can insult any other religion and its founder(s) but why not Islam? There is nothing special about Islam or Mohammad that requires anyone to give either this religion or its founder special treatment. Surely if I insult Islam and Mohammad cruelly throughout my life until my death, punishment of Hell would occur to me if God exists.

As far as I am personally concerned, the poor excuses of protestors have earned plenty of criticism and deserve plenty more. They are pathetic and giving many people reason to discriminate against Muslims and those whom are stereotypically Muslim. Congratulations to those people, as it are such people who are causing innocents to be punished with discrimination.  It makes Islam look “great”, doesn’t it?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Totem: Beaver

Beavers are a large rodent whose numbers within the US was considerably larger in the past. It is a creature known for chipping through wood and for making homes to protect themselves from predators.

The beaver itself teaches to try to make ones dream come true, to act on them and to make it all a reality. It may be difficult and it may be a long path, but the beaver teaches to aim for it anyways.

In order to accomplish something, you must work to make it possible. This totem teaches to work in order to gain accomplishments, to complete something. Work may be like a dream, it may be difficult and it can take a long time, but in the end it can easily be worth it all.

Priorities are important, and it is the beaver that teaches to have our priorities straight. While accomplishing something on trying to make dream a reality, priorities can be problematic at times. Looking at ones priorities and making sure they will work in the long run is needs to be done.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Spider Flower

The Spider Flower is scientifically called Cleome spinosa and is an annual herb growing up to 1.5m in height. Propagation is through seed, where it is to be sown in spring or early summer.

It requires full sun and is a fast grower. Low maintenance is needed and spider flowers can be easily grown in loam soil. It is partly drought tolerant once it has becomes established. Regular watering should be given.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Ah Puch

Ah Puch is the ruler of Mitnal and god of death. He is a skeletal figure with protruding ribs and at times wore bells. As he ruled over Mitnal, the lowest of the underworld and as god of death is associated with dogs and owls. Ah Puch is represented as a decomposing corpse with exposed spine, ribs and jaw. He was also called Kizin, The Stinky One, Lord of the Ninth Hell and Destructor of the Worlds.

Ah Puch was thought of as a hunting figure by the Mayans, stalking the houses of those who were injured or sick. People engaged in loud mourning after the death of a person in order to let Ah Puch know someone has died. Ah Puch once killed the god Iztamna and when this god was resurrected ah Puch was punished to the underworld. In anger of this confinement, Ah Puch kicks the pillars of which earth stands causing earthquakes.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Totem: Quoll

Quolls is a carnivorous marsupial of Australia known for opportunism. They are related to the Tasmanian Devil and are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and predation by non-native animals.

Fears can be a great problem for holding back people for a number of things whatever it may be. The quoll teaches to let go of fears, to not allow them to create setbacks.

To be a part of action, to do it, this is what the quoll teaches to allow. It is the quoll which gives advice to allow action in one’s life and to go into it without concern.

As an opportunist, the quoll takes chances gaining whatever it may please. It also teaches to be an opportunist, to grab whatever opportunity there may be and make use of it.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Small Cranberry

Vaccinium oxycoccos is a species of fruiting shrub better known as Small Cranberry. It is an evergreen trailing plant that enjoys cooler regions and boggy soils. It grows to the height of 50cm and 2m, requiring full or partial sun and is a frost hardy plant. The fruits are edible and can be used in medicine.

Small cranberry is a plant with a dislike for lime and a preference to acidic and moist to wet soils. Loam is the choice of choice of soil to grow small cranberries.

Monday, September 3, 2012


A particular thing amongst religions is the growing of hair regardless if it on the head or facial. Within the pagan community I have found a lack of comments made towards the growing of hair, this struck me as odd due to the diversity of the pagan community.

An argument in particular for the growing of hair, head or facial, is that a deity for one reason or another demands it to be grown or cut off. I haven’t heard of a pagan deity whom demands this, although it wouldn’t be a surprise if a deity expected hair to be grown out or clean cut if a person becomes a devote. Another argument goes in a rather interesting direction, where it is said hair gives power but another argument states hair takes away power. This leaves a person to choose which to believe, to either shave all their hair off to gain more power or to grow it for the same effect.

About a month or two ago I heard that many Taoists in the past have grown out their hair, beards and moustaches, leaving them uncut, as it is natural for it to grow. Why I haven’t heard this naturalistic argument used by a pagan for the growing of hair may have been missed completely by me, but it remains an argument I haven’t seen used by a pagan as of yet. It is this particular argument I myself adhere to, as I see in nature the growth of hair from the top of the heads and faces of people.

Amongst what could be said, hair seems to have some of power regardless of the multiple views people may take upon it. Hair or lack of thereof has its own power and says something about the person.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Ayauhteotl

Ayauhteotl is the goddess of mist, fog, nighttime, fame and vanity whose name means “Mysterious Goddess of Nature”. Her mother is said to be a goddess called Teteo Inan and she is a manifestation of another goddess called Chalchiuhtlicue.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Totem: Dugong

Dugongs are aquatic mammals that have a threat of becoming extinct. This mammal is large and long living, with a habitat across many coastlines.

The dugong teaches to become free from mothering or even smothering regardless of where it is coming from. Independence is important, and being mothered is not going to be a help.

As a create whom eats no meat, the dugong teaches about the values of eating vegetables as they are in fact an important part of the diet. Food is important, especially the foods which allow for others to eat meat.

The power of gentleness is of the dugong, whom embraces it and encourages others to do the same. Being gentle is not a bad thing as this animal teaches, with gentleness being valued by many.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Lobularia maritime is commonly called, Sweet Alison, Sweet Alyssum or simply Alyssum and is an annual, short growing plant. Alyssum can be also grown as a perennial but often is simply grown as an annual. It has clusters of small flowers typically white or purple in colour. It can be used as a ground cover and is easy to grow.

Alyssum can be grown in full or partial sun, but takes preference to partial sun. It requires little care and has tolerance of drought and dry soils. Too much water will cause alyssum to rot. Soils need to be well-drained, loam or sand and can be acid, neutral or alkaline.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Tonacacihuatl

Tonacacihuatl is the goddess of creation and wife to Tonacatecuhtli, the name of the goddess means “Our Lady of Flesh”.  It is said that Tonacacihuatl is the mother to Camaxtli, Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca.

Tonacacihuatl combined with her husband Tonacatecuhtli to create the life found on earth and resides in the highest of the Heavens.  She and her husband have the task of transferring the souls of infants from Heaven to the womb of the mother.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Totem: Snake

Snakes are well known and much feared creatures. They cause hide well and cause painful bite, with snakes often having a warning to tell to others before biting. Many people do not realize these warnings and end up bitten by the snake.

There is a saying, “Knowledge is power”, and this totem gives reminders that this saying is indeed true. There is no reason to hide from knowledge, it should be embraced.

The snake lets it be known that change occurs and that part of what we were shall be gone eventually. In a way, skin is shed like a snake and a part of what we were shall be left behind eventually.

Patience is considered a virtue, and this totem teaches to embrace patience, to develop it.  Patience is a virtue useful to develop as it tends to be useful in certain aspects in life.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Cockscomb is an annual flowering plant known botanically as Celosia argentea. Their common name of cockscomb comes from the appearance of the flowers, alike to the comb of roosters.

This plant will grow 30cm to 1m in height and best grows in full sun, but it is possible to grow cockscomb in partial sun. They are easy to grow and enjoy moist soil, but grow well in slightly dry soil. Cockscomb can be grown in either sand, loam or clay soils and acid, neutral and alkaline soils.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Tonacatecuhtli

Tonacatecuhtli is the god of food, fertility, beginnings and is also a creator deity. His name means “Lord of Our Sustenance” and is husband to Tonacacihuatl. He lives in the uppermost heaven with his wife, Omeyocan (Place of Duality) and rules over a particular day known as Cipactli (which is part of a thirteen day period known as Tecena).

It was Tonacatecuhtli is thought to have warmed the earth, making it fruitful. He is also credited with dividing the land and sea at the beginning of time and brought it into order, leaving Ometeotl to deal with those who will live on earth. Tonacatecuhtli also turned Chantico into a dog as punishment for breaking a fast.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Totem: Salamander

Salamanders are a type of amphibian with many species. They are also known for their ability to regenerating missing body parts and for their physical appearance being alike of lizards.

The salamander teaches transformation and gives assistance in doing so. Although these transformations are taught, it is only temporary and cannot last forever, as good things cannot last.

Embracing change is another lesson of this totem. Change is bound to happen and shall continue once it begins, so trying to avoid it will bring nothing of benefit.

It is said by some that everyone has a place in the world in some shape or form. The salamander teaches how to find one’s personal placing within the world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gelsemium sempervirens

Gelsemium sempervirens is a vine with multiple common names including Carolina Jasmine, Yellow Jasmine, Evening Trumpetflower, Gelsemium, Poor Man’s Rope and Woodbine. It is a plant that will typically grow 3-6m high when given climbing support and is an evergreen plant. The flowers are yellow, grow in clusters and are scented. Flowering occurs in early spring and early autumn. This plant is also poisonous. Growth is fast and taking care of this species of plant is easy.

It can be grown ornamentally on walls and can make a screen over an area provided if given support. Full sun is best for this plant, but it can be grown in partial sun.  This plant is adaptable, proving to be a tough plant tolerant of the cold and heat. Moist, humus rich and acidic soils are preferred, yet can adapt to other pH levels. Soil can be sand, loam or clay.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Chantico

Chantico is the goddess of hearth fires and volcanoes whose name means “She who dwells in the house”. She is known of her protectiveness over her belongings and guards men who go to battle and pray to her. Xiuhecuhtli is the male counterpart of Chantico.

Chantico once ate paprika with roasted fish, breaking a fast. This caused Tonacatecuhtli to punish Chantico by turning her into a dog.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Totem: Sloth

Sloths are mammals that live in the trees, known for their slow movements but are able to camouflage themselves using the algae that are coated in their fur during the wet seasons.

Just as this animal has algae to help camouflage it, the sloth teaches the strengths of camouflage and how to use it. Camouflage helps the sloth to survive and is helpful for when trying to hide.

The sloth teaches to develop ones psychic abilities. It is one of those abilities best developed when young, yet the sloth knows this cannot always be the case, teaching how to develop psychic abilities regardless of age.

Laziness isn’t the most highly valued thing that people may have, but it can be a great motivator to create something easier and less time consuming. Sloth teaches laziness isn’t a bad thing, but it can be rather useful if used in the right manner.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chinese Pistachio

Chinese Pistachio is the common name of Pistacia chinensis, a small-medium sized deciduous tree. It grows 4-5m wide and 8-15m high, with leaves that beautifully turns red, orange and yellow in autumn. There are male and female plants, with the female plants growing small blue to red fruit during the autumn up to 6mm.

It is a tree that can be slow to fast in growth and is a hardy plant that is drought tolerant. Chinese pistachio can be grown in full or partial sun and in most soils. Preference is to soils moist, fertile and well-drained yet doesn’t need much water. It has a low tolerance of waterlogging.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Piquete-Zina

Piquete-Zina is a Zapotec bat god known also as Batman. He has a drunken rabbit as someone who gives help and is often seen with Ometochtli, leader of Centzon Totochtin. There also appears to be little known about this deity.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Totem: Dolphin

Dolphins are aquatic creatures of intelligence and tend to be social. They can be quite playful and are able to have a darker side.

The dolphin teaches to go out and play, to have fun and to get fresh air. There is nothing wrong with having fun, and it can be a method of helping let go of whatever worries there may be.

As a mammal of the sea, the dolphin requires going up above water to breath air and as such asks to learn of deep breathing. While breathing is important, the dolphin sees importance in deep breathing and wishes for it to be useful for others.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Diospyros kaki

Diospyros kaki has multiple common names including Japanese Persimmon, Asian Persimmon and Kaki Persimmon. It gives off orange fruits during the autumn that gains more flavour as it ripens near the end of the season. It tends to grow 4m high and 5m wide.

It is a deciduous tree that requires full sun and in hotter weather watering at least once a week. They have some tolerance of wet winters and dry summers. Its growth is moderate. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Palden Lhamo

Palden Lhamo is a protector goddess and the only female amongst the Eight Dharama Protectors or Eight Guardians of the Law. She has deep blue skin, red hair and three eyes. She also rides a white mule. Palden Lhamo often holds a skull cup filled with blood and carries a bag made of human skin filled with disease she has collected from those who have invoked her. She is also the protector of the Dalai Lama.

Having a son who was raised to do away with Buddhism, Palden Lhamo was keen to put an end to this. She eventually was able to do it, flaying him, eating his flesh and drank his blood using his skull for a cup. Her sons flayed skin was used as a saddle clothe. The father of the son was unhappy with this and shot at Palden Lhamo at his soonest chance, hitting the mules rump giving it a permanent lump.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Totem: Snail

Snails are familiar creatures known for their shells and for being a pest to many gardens. They are eaten by many species of animal.

As the snail is slow it gathers its patience, teaching others to do the same. Patience is described as a virtue and it is the snail who wishes to see more of it.

Just as patience is taught, the snail also teaches to allow to life pass by. The snail teaches that it is okay to slow down and appreciate what is in the surroundings.

As a vulnerable creature, the snail needs to find ways to protect itself and teaches to find ways to protect the self. Danger shall come and go, where protection can be greatly helpful. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Common Fig/Black Genoa

Ficus carica is a type of fig that is called Common Fig and Black Genoa; it is a fast growing plant which is self-fertile and deciduous. Its fruits are purple skinned and with red flesh. It tends to grow 3-5m high and 4-5m wide.

This plant requires full sun and in colder areas may require frost protection but once established gain resistance to all but the harshest weather conditions. Clay soils are acceptable to this plant as long as they are well drained. Minimal level of care can be given to this plant thanks to its hardiness.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Shu

Shu is the god of the air and son of Atum. His sister is Tefnut whom is also his lover, fathering Nut and Geb with Tefnut. The meaning of the name “Shu” is “he who rises up”.  As god who deals with the air, it was the sailors who prayed to him for good winds.

It was Shu’s children Nut (the sky) and Geb (the earth) who embraced each other. Shy intervened by separating the two, holding Nut above Geb and thus allowing life to flourish. This put Shu in a position of holding the sky in place.

Ra was the first divine ruler, the second was Shu. The demon Apep however plotted Shu’s downfall and sent an attack. Shu was able to defeat Apep and his followers, yet Shu became ill and in this state his son Geb turned against him. Shu however gave rule to Geb and returned to the skies to protect the sun and to have daily battle with Apep.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Totem: Echidna

Echidnas are an egg laying mammal, sharing this feature with only with another Australian animal, the platypus. It eats ants and termites, uses its spines as protection and typically a solitary animal.

Just as the echidna has spines on its back as protection, it teaches to watch ones own back in situations which become uncomfortable or with a future that is unknown.

To go out of the comfort zone is at times required for one reason or another, the echidna promotes to do so as this animal sees it as a way to grow. 

Paying attention to the smaller things in life is what echidna teaches to do, as looking at the larger picture can give an idea looking at finer details gives more details. Doing so can bring benefits in some shape or form.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Common Hazel

The Common Hazel is a fruiting tree, giving off what is known as the hazelnut. It is botanically known as Corylus avellana. In width and height it typically grows to about 5m and fruits over the summer, allowing for the picking of its fruit in late summer and in autumn. It is self-fertile, using both male and female flowers to pollinate by wind.

It is a deciduous tree that is hardy, being able to grow in sand, loam and clay soils regardless if they are acidic, neutral or alkaline but does prefer moist soils. The common hazel can tolerate strong wind yet has a dislike for acidic soils and a lack of tolerance to frost.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Xipe

Xipe-Totec or simply Xipe is the Aztec god of disease, spring and agriculture. He wears flayed skins and each spring people were flayed alive in his honour. Xipe is the son of Ometecuhtli and he is the patron of goldsmiths. His name means “Our Lord the Flayed One”.

The Aztec month of Tlacaxipeualiztli had Xipe as the patron of it, with the name of the month meaning “The act of wearing skins”. The month itself occurred during March. A hymn called Yoalli Tlauana, or Night Drinker, was sung in honour of Xipe as the good rains during the night.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Totem: Lynx

The lynx is a time of feline with notable tufts of black fur on the tips of the ears. All lynx have white fur on their chests and bellies.

This animal is a creature of being alone, one which takes time to teach how to understand the secrets and to be secretive in itself. The lynx knows the power of being secretive and wishes to teach.

Caution and vigilance is to be a thing to acquire, where much in life can be easily disregarded yet can prove important later on. The lynx keeps ahead and gives both caution and vigilance; it shall teach how to do so.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Mandarins, also called mandarin oranges, is a type of citrus with easy to peel fruit. They are a small growing evergreen tree reaching 3-4m in both height and width. They are self-fertile and they tend to give a good amount of crop from a single tree. Botanically they are called Citrus reticulata. A well-known variety of the mandarin is the tangerine.
This plant is hardy and easy to grow, being able to grow in either full sun or partial shade but will yield less fruit if in partial shade. Preference is towards fertile, loamy soils but will grow in sand and heavy clay. Mandarins do require good drainage as waterlogging isn’t tolerated.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Shani

Shani is a celestial being known as a Navagraha who embodies the planet Saturn. Shani is the son of Surya and Chhaya and cousin of the death god Yama. He is the lord of Saturday.  Shani is dark in skin and will destroy the person if angered and is pleased by the donation of oil to beggars. Shani is known to reward and punish those on actions.

Hanuman once rescued Shani and for this reason anyone who prays to Hanuman, especially on Saturdays, will have the effects of Saturn softened or becoming null.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Totem: Jaguar

The jaguar is one of the largest felines in the world and from the America’s. It physically takes resemblance to the leopard but tend to have a build which is studier and is typically larger. Their lessons are similar to both the leopard and panther, and as such their lessons should be looked into.

The jaguar totem is however one to teach how to respond to others, as it can be quite easy to harm others with responses either intentionally or unintentionally. The jaguar knows of the dangers of such and wishes to teach how to prevent it from happening.

Changeability is something to look at as the jaguar states. Ability to change is useful, yet being able to settle is of worth and gives chance to relax and lower stress.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Solanum lycopersicum is the botanical name of the tomato, a fruit from South America. It is within the nightshade family and its fruit is useful for its methods of consuming it. The fruit is known to be in debate for whether it is a fruit or a vegetable.

In temperate climates, the tomato is an annual plant but can grow as a perennial under the correct situations. Often, due to its weak stem and how high it grows, tomatoes are often given support to grow upwards but naturally it sprawls across the ground and climbs others plants.

Full sun and consistent moisture is needed, with regular feeding from fertilizer being a great help to help develop the plant and its fruit. Mulching is useful as it helps to prevent evaporation of water and as a method to prevent weeds from growing.

As the tomato plant grows, the leaves lower down on the plant shall yellow and eventually die. When the lower leaves yellow, it is best to remove the leaves to allow the plant to give energy elsewhere rather to dying leaves.

Inspecting the plants on a regular basis allows to spot dying leaves quickly and to check if there are pests which can cause havoc on the fruit. Pollinating is typically left to bees, but can be done by gently and carefully putting a finger into each flower.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Yami

Yami is the goddess of death and of the river Yamuna, the twin and consort of Yama, brother of Shani and daughter of Surya. Yami rules over the spirits of females in the underworld.

Yami also represents the night while Yama the day. Yami also gave birth to the Ashvins and has a tortoise as what is known as a Vahana.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Totem: Cheetah

Cheetahs are felines famous for their speed and have the fastest land speed of any living animal living today. Cheetahs are known to typically hunt alone and after the smaller mammals, but are also known to hunt wildebeests and zebras in groups.

The cheetah teaches to have a flexible body as a method to keep the body healthy. This totem shall teach how to gain a flexible body or how to become even more flexible. Health is indeed important and flexibility is how the cheetah gains it.

When hunting cheetahs do not have the best time catching prey, their success rate in capturing prey is low and the cheetah knows very well to keep on trying to be able to succeed. The cheetah teaches to work hard and to keep trying to gain success.

During a time of high stress and/or effort rest should be taken as a method of making certain that one does not become worn out. The cheetah teaches to keep an eye on personal stress and effort to make sure too much stress or effort doesn’t occur.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

White Turnip

The White Turnip is known as a root vegetable, it has the botanical name of Brassica rapa subspecies rapa. Its leaves are sometimes eaten, but the roots are more popular to eat either raw or cooked. It takes two or three months to grow a white turnip, but it can take as little as a month and a half for crops to be ready to be picked.

Sowing should occur in the summer with harvesting being when the white turnip is about the size of a golf ball. When sowing, the space between plants should be about 10cm apart due to the fast growing nature of this plant and the fact that turnips do not do well when transplanted. Overcrowding will damage the roots of white turnips.

White turnips are an annual which requires full sun and rich, well-drained soils that are a sandy loam. Moisture should be kept but not waterlogged and the preference of pH is about 6.5. Onions and peas make good companion plants to the white turnip, white potatoes and tomatoes do not.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Religious Nerd

“Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?'” This quote is from John Green in the above video. This quote reminded me back to religion, as in the comments of a video I saw many months ago about a person’s religious practices, someone commented how the video creator is a “religious nerd”.

With many in the West notably being Christian, you would think many would read their religious texts. Sadly, Christian’s have a reputation for not reading the Bible, or if they have, cherry picking what is within the Bible. Surely being a “religious nerd” is a good thing if a religious belief being held. It shows understanding of one’s religious texts or of others religious beliefs.

It’s also one thing to have religious beliefs, yet it is another to understand what is within the texts of one’s own religion. In this sense, if even a single thing within a religion is not practiced regardless if a minority or majority does so, it can easily be made fun of. Laziness is likely the cause of practices being unattended to, yet it isn’t an excuse to leave religious obligations behind. Having a reason to not practice a certain thing from a religion is an excuse, where it wouldn’t be a surprise to me if there is someone out in the world who didn’t realize this.

When it comes to discussing religion it isn’t the most popular of subjects to talk about within my age demographic, yet sex itself is a lot more popular. Probably due to the fact that people in their late teens and young adulthood sex is more considered more important than religion. People in their late teens and early adulthood when talking about religion usually state their religious belief in a sentence, typically stating something along the lines of “I belong to this religion.” That would be it. A shallow conversation compared to how long people can talk to each other without stopping.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Yama

Yama, or Yamaaraja, is the Hindu god of the dead who is said to be the first mortal who died and gained ruler of the dead due to this. Yama is one of the Guardians of the Directions, being of the south. Yama is occasionally called Dharma.

He is depicted often riding a black buffalo with green or red skin and red clothes. In one of his hands, Yama holds a rope that he uses to pull souls from a corpse. Yama notably wears a crown and has a mace.

Yama is the son of Surya and has the twin Yami, with another deity known as Shani being Yama’s brother. Yami later came to earth as the river known as Yamuna.

Yama lives in a palace called Kalichi and has attendants help him with his work. Yama keeps a register of each person’s life span in a book called “Book of Destiny” and is maintained by attendants.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Totem: Llama

Llamas are domesticated animals used to carry loads and for their fleece, with some using llamas in modern times as guards for sheep against predators. Llamas appearance is alike the alpaca, but have a longer head and are larger of the two.

The llama teaches to relax about a situation when worried, to not rush into anything and to take time to do so. If time is taken instead of rushing, safety shall be secured over taking a wrong step that could easily create severe pains.

Hard work and responsibility is required in life eventually, the llama teaches to do both and to keep perseverance through even the toughest of times. It shall be the hard work and perseverance that shall lead to an eventual accomplishment.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stinking Hellebore

Helleborus foetidus is called more commonly Stinking Hellebore, Dungwort and Bear’s Foot. It has black-green and fine-fingered leaves throughout the year and in winter grows bell shaped flowers that can have a number of shades of colour but are generally green. The flowers can smell sweet despite its common name of stinking hellebore. Stinking hellebore shouldn’t be consumed as it is a poisonous plant.

Stinking hellebore is a hardy plant that prefers clay soils that are fertile, moist and well-drained, growing in either full sun or partial shade. 

Monday, June 18, 2012


One aspect of religion that I have personally found interesting is growing out hair, regardless if the hair is on the top of the head or on the face. Many people grow their hair due to religious reasons, yet when I look at the pagan community I seem to be unable to find anyone growing their hair for a religious reason.

Looking at the various pagan beliefs, it is rather diverse. It could easily be expected for some pagan women to cover their hair as a way to show modesty, others could let their hair grow to keep naturalistic, or do neither and hold a completely different view when it comes to their hair. It may simply be that people within the pagan community who grow their hair, beards and moustaches for religious reasons are a minority.

In a way this reminds me of the various interpretations of the Bible, where people can believe similar things but have differing interpretations of it. The obvious difference is that despite there being many Christians there is a diversity of beliefs and when compared to other religions, an even larger diversity of not only beliefs but also practices.

However, while a large number of people follow the teachings of the Bible, many seem to forget what is in it, one of the best known examples are obviously is the rule against consuming anything from the ocean besides fish. Interestingly, it is Leviticus that speaks against this which also speaks against shaving beards at 19:27. It shows a lack of seriousness and dedication to one’s religion by many. Perhaps today people care more about having a basic belief system rather dedicating themselves to religious texts or their particular philosophy. Admittedly, when it comes down to dealing with hair there are some rules regarding it in some schools and workforces, with the same applying even more so to beards and moustaches. In this age, people seem to be mostly free to do what they want with their locks.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Ehecatl

Ehecatl is the god of the winds and is an aspect of Quetzalcoatl, for this reason he is also called Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl. As the god of the winds, Ehecatl is associated with all directions. As the god Tlaloc cannot carry the rain clouds, Ehecatl blows the clouds to signify the end of the dry season.

In the creation myth of the Aztec’s it tells how a fourth sun was destroyed and the gods gathered. It was the deities Nanahuatzin and Tecciztecatl who jumped into a sacrificial fire becoming the sun and moon. Ehecatl who blew on the two, causing them to start moving.

It was later that the goddess Itzpapalotl was stealing daylight and keeping it until paid with human sacrifice. While this occurred, Ehecatl came across a mortal female called Mayahuel, the granddaughter of Itzpapalotl. The two fell in love and went to earth to share it, with a tree blossoming the exact spot they landed. When Itzpapalotl arrived home to find Mayahuel was no longer there.

A search for Mayahuel began, with Ehecatl and Mayahuel disguising themselves as branches of the tree they caused to blossom. The Tzitzimime were not fooled and stuck lightning at the tree, causing Mayahuel to fall to the ground in several pieces. Ehecatl buried the remains, and from the rotting body of Mayahuel the maguey plant grew.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Totem: Ocelot/Margay/Dwarf Leopard

The ocelot, called also the dwarf leopard and margay is a wild cat found in South and Central Americas along with Mexico, being seen as far north as Texas. It is as large as a domestic cat and its fur alike to a jaguar.

This feline teaches to be adaptable, regardless of the environment one is in. It is the ocelot who goes to the trees and the waters, being about to look at the surroundings from above. It is the ocelot who teaches not to fear to do such things, as there are times when it will be needed to be done.

By solitude and quiet meditation, the ocelot teaches how to regenerate.  There are benefits to such a form of regeneration and the ocelot knows it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Onions are known as the Bulb Onion, Common Onion and Garden Onion. They are botanically called Allium cepa and well known to cause crying when being prepared, with many people attempting to find a way to prevent this.

Onions are grown from seed, where in colder areas it is best to sow them in early spring and in warmer areas late autumn to early winter. This is due to how onions take prefers cool weather to establish and warm weather to mature. They will need to be planted in full sun as the onion needs plenty of sun to be able to mature. Onions are easy to grow and it is advised to not grow them with peas and beans.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Hoori

Hoori is the god of hunting, the great-grandson of Amaterasu, the son of Ninigi and Konohanasakuya-hime and younger brother of Hoderi. Hoori is also called Fire Fade, Hohodemi, Yamasachihiko and Hikohohodemi.

Hoori once exchanged his hunting tools with his brother Hoderi, going to the sea to fish. Due to his inexperience fishing Hoori lost his brothers hook after spending a day by the seashore fishing. Hoori feared the reaction of Hoderi and asked an old man nearby for help. The old man guided Hoori, leading him to the palace under the sea.

Hoderi learnt of how Hoori lost his hook, promising not to forgive his brother until he brings back his hook. Hoori however met the daughter of Ryujin, Otohime, at the sea palace, staying with Otohime by her side for three years.

Due to waiting for so long Hoderi confronted the sea god Ryujin asking for the hook. Ryujin summoned his fish and found it. The hook was given to Hoori to guarantee that Hoderi would forgive Hoori. Hoori gave the hook back to Hoderi and despite the time it took to do so, Hoderi forgave Hoori.

Hoori eventually went on to marry Otohime and the two had a son. This caused Otohime to take on the form of a dragon.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Totem: Jellyfish

Jellyfish are creatures of the oceans with unusual anatomy, almost like an alien. There are many species of jellyfish; some which can be very small while other species large.

When the jellyfish comes to teach, it asks if there are feelings of floating and drifting along. There are ways to deal with such matters, addressing with such things is the beginning of dealing with it.

Living a simple life seems to becoming more difficult in modern day Western culture, but jellyfish tells that simplifying is a good idea. The jellyfish also gives messages to allow life to take its course, to trust it to happen and to not rush in life.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Curved-Leaf Grevillea

Grevillea curviloba is the botanical name of the Curved-Leaf Grevillea, which has two subspecies, Graevillea curviloba subsp. curviloba and subsp. incurva. It is a prostrate to erect shrub native to Western Australia, growing up to 3m in width and 2.5 in height. Its flowers are white to cream and grow from late winter to mid-spring.

When grown in moist, well-drained soil and with full sun its growth can be rapid. It has some tolerance to frost.  It can grow in sandy and sandy-loam soils.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Amida

Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light, is referred to as the Japanese Amitabha, is who people turn to near death.  Amida Buddha, Amida Nyorai and Amida Butsu are also names to refer to Amida. He is often depicted meditating with his hands position in a manner where his thumbs are touching and fingers are together, sometimes depicts is of Amida holding a lotus. Depictions also show two attendants known as the Amida Sanzon.

People pray to Amida when someone they know is about to die as it is said Amida has the power to change death is life.  Chanting “Namu Amida Butsu” is said to help gain rebirth in what is known as the Pure Land Paradise and to reject anything which prevents obtaining Buddhahood.

Before Amida attained Buddhahood he was known as Hozo and made forty-eight vows, which is now the basis for the vows taken by followers, monks and nuns today.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Totem: African Painted Dog

The African painted dog, also known as the painted dog, hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, spotted wolf and spotted dog, is a pack animal recognizable by its fur. Its fur also helps differing between individuals.

The animal teaches to bring success through perseverance, to keep trying despite hardships and succeed at what is wished to be done.

Learning how to have a strong family bond can be difficult if communication is poor, yet the African painted dog teaches to form strong bonds with family and to work together. A family will not succeed if one does all the work.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fun News

Typically when the news is on I am rather uninterested and tend to only care for the weather at most. Yesterday from watching the news there was mention of the Pope’s butler gaining charges for leaking information on the Catholic Church. Apparently there have been a few problems within the Church such as corruption that got leaked, which lead to quite a bit of embarrassment and eventually the butler being charged.

There is only one thing I have been curious about. If there is a problem or problems, why not be public about it to save future and a likely worse embarrassment? It can be used to possibly gain some help or at least offers of it. On top of this, it will only give sour views of the Catholic Church and give people reason to turn away from Catholicism, even Christianity as a whole. Certainly not what many people wish to happen.

As lovely as it is to talk of the Pope and the Catholic Church, this morning on the news a mention of Justin Bieber possibly gaining charges of battery took me by surprise. It is one of those stories that probably shouldn’t take my interest considering I take little regard for news relating with celebrities. As much as Bieber is both loved and hated, the amusement from the fact that he attacked a photographer is there. As annoying as the photographer apparently was to Bieber, there are probably many hoping for Bieber to get punished by law for what he did to the man he assaulted.

With the Catholic Church and Justin Bieber somehow catching my attention, drama is the winner for grabbing the attention of someone. Now it is likely me going back to wondering when the weather is to be reported once the news is back on.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Musubi-no-kami

Musubi-no-kami is considered the god of love and marriage who sometimes appears as female and hence seen as a goddess by some. He often takes the shape of a handsome young man when he appears to girls, leaping forth from the cherry tree he lives within. Musubi-no-kami is said to offer the girls he appears to a bough of cherry blossom and promises future love.

Musubi-no-kami is said to assist bringing unification of individuals with the gods and to be the guardian of forestry, agriculture and fishing.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Totem: Buffalo

Buffalos are powerful bovines and their wild counterparts are considered aggressive and ill tempered.  There are several species of buffalo which overall can be found a number of places across the globe.

The buffalo has been referred as the totem of abundance, where it teaches to know if there currently abundance. The buffalo teaches to give gratitude for whatever belonging there is and to give of praise for gifts that are received, but to be especially thankful for whatever abundance there is.

To not be pushing or forceful is a lesson the buffalo focuses on, where it tells to follow the easiest path. One does not need to push or use force, simply to go at one’s own pace.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Common Hearth

Epacris impressa is a shrub known commonly as Common Hearth. It has flowers that grow throughout the year, especially within spring. Birds are attracted to these tubular and light pink flowers. The leaves are small and spear shaped.

The common hearth grows in full sun with well drained and acidic soil. It can grow in sand, loam and clay. There is some adaptability with common hearths but it can be difficult to grow. Transplanting is sadly difficult with this plant.

Monday, May 21, 2012


One of the lovely aspects of the internet is the access to news of other countries. TYT is something I keep my eyes upon, and with the above video I cannot help but think of how common it is to come across people with poor grammar and spelling. This is something that can be both amusing and saddening.

The whole point of grammar is to be able to communicate effectively, and when you do not do this there is chance that there will be confusion of what the meaning of the message is. All the more hilarity for the world to see for every poorly structured comment posted.

Looking at the grammar of people, and perhaps it is just me, but it seems people are just lazy. This easily could be the biggest problem when it comes to using proper grammar, even the lack of punctuation can be quite problematic as it can change the meaning of a sentence greatly.

The shown Facebook comment on this post is an example of a comment I saw recently with horrid mistakes within it, and I honestly had to think for a second. Hopefully what this Katherine was trying to state was, “And that’s why you never post off your phone. Hahaha.” Yet if I simply put in the needed proper spelling and punctuation the message becomes, “And that’s why you never do post off. You’re phone. Hahaha.” Lovely.

With the internet, the longer one spends on it the more likely an argument is to be noticed. The argument? “This is the internet, I can use whatever spelling/grammar/punctuation I want.” From what I have seen, people who make this argument tend to forget that others have the right to criticize mistakes, especially if numerous. Butchering a language, especially a first language, shouldn’t be acceptable when the language is understood.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Izanami

Izanami is the goddess who was the wife of the god Izanagi, while also referred to as Izanami-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-kami. Her name means “she who invites”. Izanmai is the goddess of creation and death.

When Izanami and Izanagi decided to marry and to bring upon new generations upon the earth, they created a ritual to celebrate. Their first child was deformed and appeared in a shape like a leech, with this child associated with the deity Hiruko on occasion. This deformity was supposedly caused by Izanami crying out in delight when seeing Izanagi during their marriage ceremony. So the marriage ceremony was attempted again with Izanami keeping quiet, allowing for their next act of love to create the largest islands of Japan. The bubbles which arose in the ocean further allowed smaller islands. Izanagi and Izanami created other deities later on, of the sea, wind, mountains, rivers, trees and rice.

Izanami eventually gave birth to a fire god, Kagutsuchi, causing the death of Izanami. Izanami’s death put forth more deities from Izanagi’s tears and Kagutuchi’s blood. When Izanagi went to the underworld Yomi for Izanami, Izanami refused to return to the world of the living as she had eaten the food of Yomi and could not return.

As Izanagi lit a torch, he saw Izanami’s rotting body, this shocked Izanagi and he tried to leave Yomi. Izanami tried to keep Izanagi in Yomi, but Izanagi announced that he shall divorce with Izanami. Izanami protested by stating that she will take the lives of one thousand each day, Izanagi replied he would give life to one thousand five hundred each day. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Totem: Finch

Finches are a variety of birds that can be quite easy to recognize and beautiful in appearance. Due to their variety, some types of finches may have differing lessons to teach, but tend to have some similarities in what they teach.

The finch gives help in recognition of the spiritual and physical aspects of all regardless of what it may be. In recognition of the spiritual and physical, new experiences can be gained which the finch also teaches to not be afraid of and even to seek out.

As the finch teaches to not be afraid of new experiences and even to seek it out, the finch is not afraid of teaching to become more active. This extra activity can create an amplification of personal energies, to become even stronger physically and mentally.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mountain Ash

Eucalytpus regnans is the botanical name of the commonly called Mountain Ash, a tall evergreen tree which grows up to 90m in height and 18m in width. Its trunk is straight and with a small crown, with bark almost white. Its flowers are small, white and clustered, which is rarely seen.

In growth it requires full or partial sun. Mountain ash is a hardy plant that is tolerant of frost and is able to grow in sandy to clay soils. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Susanoo

Susanoo, also called Susanowo, is the god of the ocean and storms, born from Izanagi like his siblings Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi.

Susanoo has a fierce temper which once caused Amaterasu to hide in a cave of Heaven. This lead to darkness filling the world, with Amaterasu eventually being tricked into coming out. Susanoo was banished to the province of Izumo to help prevent another similar incident to occur again, with Susanoo’s belongings also being taken away.

After this Susanoo had journeys, where he found the sword Kusanagi, and fought and slayed the multiple headed and tailed beast called Yamata no Orochi. Once his adventures had taken place he went to live with his mother Izanami in the underworld.