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.