Banners, particles & Bubble chambers

Finally got a new `theme’ sorted for my WordPress blog `quantumPhoenix’ – This theme has flexibility for background pic and banner…and here it is – a backdrop of `Stars’ that I created (from scratch), and the newly created `quantum phenix’ banner.. Just what I had always wanted it to look.. :-)

It’s go the Phoenix bit (created from photos of a bonfire in garden), a cosmic `magic wand’ (that has stars, earth, Sun and moon) and of course the Quantum / atom bits..


Particles & Bubble chambers:

The spiral/lines are what comes up in  bubble chambers in particle detection systems – bit old – and the tracks are where high pressured `steam’ condenses ..as sub-atomic particles pass through them (and a magnetic field). Some particles – charged curve this way or that.. some that have no charge go straight…so we get straight lines.. :-)    Actually this is a subject so close to my heart (particle physics , quarks, quantum, Higgs boson etc) that I’ll be writing on that in another post – when I have the time to enjoy writing it.

DrWho language of squiggle

My one annoyance on this matter is – ever since the `new DrWHO’ came back, they have been `using’ these symbols as the `language’ of planet Gallifrey. While it’s possible that such symbols can be used as a created language, I think if you are in a hurry, you’d write quick squigles…not complex particle decay patterns to express your thoughts, especially if Daleks etc are chasing you..right?   Hmm.  Ok, there ya go, I’ve got it out of my system.

-Mani

Blue & Indigo Moons of 2012

Hi all,  just when I thought I’d finished writing about astrological events (for now!) I remembered this thing.

There is a traditional Blue moon later in the year – I use the phrase traditional to mean the usual trend of having 2 Full moons in the same calendar month – It is the second full moon which everyone calls a Blue moon.   Well, we will be having one of those.. at the end of August 2102.   The first full moon, falls on 2nd of August’12 and is in the sign of Aquarius (at 3.27hrs gmt)  . The second Full moon of that month is on 31st August, and in the sign of Pisces (at 13:58hrs gmt).  So this one on the 31st is a traditional Blue moon!!    (technically it may not fall on 31st of August for some parts of the world..  I imagine for people in Australia, it will be the next day..  and so falls not on the `same calendar month’.

Astrological Full moon:

But here comes more tech info.   A true `astrological blue moon’ is one where two consecutive full moons fall in the `same star sign’.  We had one of those last year in 2011.  Note, when that happens, the first full moon of the `pair’ may be in one calendar month (say 15th December) at ..say 1degree Gemini, and 2nd of the pair on 14th January (following year)..in 30degrees Gemini, that’s what we call an Astrological Full moon..   both in the sign of Gemini (It’s an example I just made up…so don;t go looking for it :-)

Now for the other bit-

Indigo Moon:  

This is a phrase I coined up few years ago when talking about this subject online an with friends.  If we have `blue moons’ at full moons, I thought about `new moons/ dark moons’ happening in same calendar months or in same star signs in consecutive months… I felt that deserved a name, so called it `Indigo moon’   – basically it’s the 2nd New moon in the same calendar month or same astrological sign!

Well, we have one of those this year too..   20th May’12 i a new moon in Gemini (0’21” degrees at 23:47hrs gmt) , and 19th June is also a New moon in Gemini (28’43” degrees at 15:02 hrs gmt).   So in my book, that’s an astrological Indigo moon :-)

Now here is a fab extra news..  the first of those `Indigo moon’ pairs (20h May) is also a Solar Eclipse!!

I’ll write about those another time..  and also will do a free Webinar on these :-)

-Mani

ps. Photo of moon taken by me few years back, using zoom function of a hand-held DVD camera’s still photo function.. I was amazed I could get such photos. :-)

Hour of the Ram: Cernunnos (Spring God) invocation

In this original video (words,photos, graphics, animation – all by me – save for the music) – the process of growing horns, connection to star formations and energy, and a personal invocation to the Horned God are presented.   I mean have we ever really wondered what it’s like if horns started growing on us? The weight, the itch, the pain.. the need for a scratch??!!!  And really – where do those horns go..into space? where does the energy come from?   (you know my interests in magic, astrology and science!   Am fully aware of star formation, nuclear fusion of hydrogen etc).

I began working on the materials (taking photos) 2 weeks ago, but sudden ill-health (bleeding from the stomach for 2 days non-stop) stopped the process. After visits to Hospital Accidents & emergency, and  through recovery time, this is what kept me occupied, and away from pain.

The invocation came to me in a moment of fire, and rage and power .  It took me a day to edit the  voice-over with effects.    It took me a further few days to do the animations..   And about 8 hours to edit the video together.   The Am better now, and the video is complete. It stands as probably my most personally rewarding piece of magical in-vocation of the past 15 years. I now cast it into the net for all to take what they wish from it,and use, and enjoy.

-Mani.

For the Love of Stars and planets!

Here is a photo – fresh off my digital camera – taken just over an hour ago. I’ve labeled the stellar objects you can see.   There’s Orion’s belt (of the Orion the Hunter), a waxing moon (1st quarter), Venus, and Jupiter (now lessening in brightness, and sets by about 21hrs GMT in London). [we are now in British Summer time..  so I have given GMT].

Remember, about few weeks ago (14march’12) there was a conjunction of Venus & Jupiter..  and few days ago, the moon had conjunctions with – first jupiter, then venus.  Moon moves fast ofcourse.  Yesterday it was practically next to (left of) Venus. You can see ho wmuch it has moved in just 1 day.  The distance between Jupiter & venus is also widening..

Moon-venus-Jupiter

I must confess, after tracking these objects (just oberving every day or so and taking photos) and watching their conjunctions (seeing them right next to one another), I am in a strange way, quite sad to see them drift apart. It’s quite a bizzare feeling.  I mean, they are just planets, right? They move about – that’s what they do.  It’s not like they were some close friends of mine who are now going away – or is it?   well, that’s the sort of feeling I have been getting, as I watch them obsessively every night, almost (as long as there’s no clouds – and we are so lucky that it’s very much cold cloudless skies these  nights!).

These photos (I’ll put more ) show just one thing-  all you need is a small tripod, a clear enough sky, and a digital (ordinary) camera that has either night setting, or manual setting, where you can adjust the exposure/ `film’ sensitivity  (ISO setting..  goes from about 100 or 200 for ordinary to 400 or more for fast moving or dim objects). Also you need a timmer setting.   I set these ones mostly for 2 seconds, or 10seconds…press the button, and move away…so that within 2 sec, the camera triggers, keeps one it’s shutter for about 5 seconds, and shuts again..   In that time, you don’t touch it!!   It avoids hand-shakes..  and trust me, otherwise, those tiny dots (stars) will look like blurry footballs..!!
I’ve been as astrologer, looking at horoscopes and start positions on a birth chart for over 2 decades. I have had an interest in science, technology, space etc for even longer – close to  3 and a half decades..   But I must admit – only now, that those have started to propel into a highly rewarding hobby. These past 2 months have bene thrilling..  tracking these stellar objects. Not only has it been rewarding to actually see the planets and know which ones they are, but also sitting out in the garden, setting up and taking photos..   has given me a sort of relaxation, as well as peace, and excitement about how it’s developing my photography skills..  Stargazing..  wow!

I have asked myself the question why? Well, knowing the theory is one thing. but to see with own eyes, and capture it all with own simple camera makes these things `really real’!!  It makes me feel that – yes – we humans are so tiny in a vast Universe, and if this is real, so are all the other things that we see in NASA/space photos..  Stars, constellations, black holes, supernovae, distant horizons – infinity, eternal and mystical beauty of it all.

Don’t take my word for it. Go out there and take a look.  It’s amazing..  and magical out there!!

-Mani Navasothy

ps. If you want the unmarked original of this photo.. just mail me and I’ll send it to you by e-mail. Stars belong to no one and everyone :-)

 

Nature’s Fertility Dance: A Spring Equinox poem

Happy spring equinox wishes to all pagans, wiccans, witches, shamans, and magicians..

Technically, the Sun entered the sign of Aries at 5.15am (GMT) on 20th March’12…so it’s already equinox.. But traditionally everyone think sit’s 21st of March… Anyway, I was writing an invocation to the horned god, and this extra bit sneaked into my head..so wrote it off as a separate piece.. Am not used to doing `poems’ so go easy on me :-)

-Mani

 

 

Nature’s Fertility dance

Nights are clear, stars sparkle bright
Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars.
Potent planets of love, luck and Joy.
Sun rise at six o six, it’s Spring equinox,
Light grows strong, shadows sharp and long

Snowdrops now gone
Daffodils abound
Mighty Oak still asleep
But Willow sprouts green and weeps.

Cold Streams now trickle and flow
Meandering through grasslands low
Through mossy banks to muddy flaps
Housing freshwater shrimps and sticklebacks

Quacking ducks and squawking geese
Majestic Swans, moorhens and coots,
Weaving twigs and leaves
Into their floating nests with ease.

Birds, Bees, Toads and Trees
Dance, entranced to their primal needs
With racing hearts, pulsing groins.
Raging hormones, in their animal brains.

Wand to Cup, Male to Female
Dating, Courting, mating games
Ovum projects,
Phallus ejects
Sperm to the Egg,
Egg to the womb.
One cell into two, two into four
Four into eight, then sixteen and more
The embryo shall grow.
Encased in shell, skin, bark or brown scale
Feathered or finned, flesh, nail and claws
Spark anew, life it begins!

(c)Mani Navasothy.2012.

*Bright Blessings*

Photo of Jupiter-conjunct-Venus (13March’12)

Hi all,  skies have been cloudy in London all night…but just after sun-set, I remembered to dash out and take some photos of the venus-jupiter conjunction.   I used a fujifil digital camera, set on 3megapixel. Camera mounted on a simple tri-pod, then set on 2 second timer.. to avoid hand-shakes!.    Did some close up photos too.  Enjoy.   -Mani

(ps. these 2 planets form one tip of the grand-trine, with Pluto & Mars on the other 2 tips!)

Photo with Grand-trine data

Hi readers,

Here’s a graphics with all the useful information on the grand-trine taking place today/tomorrow, with times, so you can make use of it in your own esoteric / magical workings.    Good fortunes.  -Mani