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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

Mars-Venus factor analysis for Valentine’s Day

Well, 14th of February..  Valentine’s Day, right?   How many singles are feeling lonely? And how many in relationships are feeling pressured to perform (not just in bed..  but in pleasing their lover / romantic partner).

astronomically, it’s not looking good am afraid.

February started with a Mars-opposition-Venus.   Mars is already (recently) begin to retrograde in the earth sign of Virgo (It will be doing this till 14th April  😦    One saving grace (not that planets do that) is ..Venus is in Aries at the moment..     So it may be a case of the Ladies feeling the heat, while the men are stuck in some earthy chores, duties, work..etc.

On the 15th Feb, Venus-squares-Pluto!!   That energy is going to overshadow Valentine’s day..  Arhhhgg!   Yeap, people.. expect all sorts of sexual mis-adventures, probes and power-struggles!   Expect little things to make things worse.  So measure what you say!   Mercury just entered Pisces.   Communication ain’t gonna be clear… and if anything might prove to be airy-fairy   (or poetic?!)

Guess what? 14th March is looking brilliant.    Venus-trines-Mars!   (good)    Venus-conjuncts-Jupiter (auspicious).   ..and Venus-trines-pluto (Hot n intense!)..and and..Mars-tines-Jupiter..  (project and expand!)…and following day (15th Match), Mars-trine-pluto (more heat and passion..and raw sex!!)

My advise..  postpone Valentine’s Day to 14th March 2012.  🙂

-Mani

This painting (watercolour) from

www.ArtofMani.co.uk

Trees as People

Recently on facebook, one person made a post, where Trees were refered to as `People’.    That got me thinking, and I made a reply, and I thought it important that I posted that reply as a `status update’ in my own profile:

“Nearly all the pagans work with trees in a magical way, and I must say trees have helped me in more ways than one. And when trees I love and am connected to have been cut down or hacked by people unexpectedly, I have had serious physical injuries to my own self within days! One thing I must say , however is that I think we humanise too many things around us. Trees range from dwarves to such giant magnificent entities.. but to me, they are not people! For people are flawed humans.. and trees, they are perfect creatures of nature.”

To this, some of my friends (F1, F2, F3..) responded  as follows.

F1:   “It rather depends what you mean by people… But I agree about the perfection of tree beings.

F2:  Perhaps referring to trees as Standing People points to an aspiration that one would hope would be a part of homo sapiens type people….. But it is interesting to reflect on the perfection of trees. The Yew, the sycamore and, no doubt other trees excrete a toxic substance that kills off anything that might attempt to grow in its shade. The Ash populates an area with such speed and in such great quantities that it is sometimes considered a weed in its denial of other species the space to develop a diverse range of flora. I can think of parallels in human society which we would criticise for such an approach. Food for thought, perhaps. 🙂   Nature, red in tooth and claw, green in leaf.

F3: I agree. We are all part of the same web and we are as perfect or as flawed as we allow ourselves to be. Of course humans are flawed but that is part of our journey. A tree that has grown in the wrong place, without enough light or food, could be said to be flawed too. We are all striving to grow and to be the best that we can be. The difference for me is one of speed…flowers are here and gone in the blink of an eye, we last a little bit longer, trees longer still and rocks the longest of all. We all have our place, our perfections and our flaws. I prefer not to reflect on the ‘perfection’ of something else by thinking about how imperfect humans are. We are young and trees are old. We are learning.

So I got thinking further, my mind provoked by these responses.  And here were my replies.
“To define `flawed’ I look to our way of thinking of machines or systems. Something that does not fully and efficiently serve its purpose for coming into existence ..is flawed. A faulty machine is either repaired or scraped. A weakling bird with health problems from birth, very quickly dies – by starvation, or by being thrown out of nest – by its own siblings sometimes! It is `flawed’ because somewhere n its genetic make-up, its programming became flawed ..resulting in a `weak’ fledgling. Come to think of it, am now thinking about humans …what’s the purpose of our programming? if we are serving it, we are fine.. if not, we are flawed? Hmm.. Quite frankly, survival drives me.. not poetry. Though am likely to use esoterica and poetry and anything else to ensure my survival, if need be. Harsh I know..but its part of human-nature, right? :-)”

“I guess we should define things – I’d call humans `people’ – the creature that has evolved out of apes. Esoterically and poetically we humans `humanise’ so many non-human living things and even non-living things (what would you say is the definition of `life’ by the way?) I agree that nature is harsh, hard, and utterly selfish and every creature fights for its own survival most of the time (exceptions are when one puts its offspring’s well-being first). Trees no exception (except trees don’t put their offspring’s needs above their own. An oak doe not keel over and ie just because its seed grows near it). No other living thing is flawed, but humans.. because we humans think humans are end all and be all.. and so we try to humanise everything. 🙂 (Of course we also have to define what we mean by flawed, for this to be a fully sensible pondering.. :-)”

So readers and pagans? what thoughts do you have?

I’ll leave you with this art work that I did a very long time ago..   as it seems rather relevant 🙂

-Mani

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Year of the water Dragon: Chinese New Year 2012

Wishing all  viewers and bloggers and followers …and friends and family…and especially my chinese friends…Raymond, Yin & their 2 children,   Ping & Christine and their soon to be born Son (who is going to be a Dragon.  Wow!!  And dearest pagan friend Reggie `Loose cannon’ Kwan… a fantastic New Year.

There is a fab article about this in the latest issue of Gaian Times, `Unleashing the mighty Dragon’  by my sister!.   Here’s the quick link.  http://www.gaiantimes.com/html/5__unleashing_the_dragon.html

Chinese New year is celebrated on the New Moon in the sign of Aquarius ..every year, and today is the aquarian new moon.   The other culture who base their religious festivals around lunar stations is Hindus.

The `postcard’ below is created using photos I took of China town, London, and a dragon statue I have.    By the way, the China Town’s New Year celebration in Central London takes place next Sunday 29th January’12 from 10am on wards.   Am hoping to go with friends from Hern’s Tribe.. 🙂

-Mani


Jupiter-Moon (aka Happy New Year 2012)

Happy New Year!

First blog of the year 2012 – and so many thoughts and observations to blog about. Where to start?

Okay this isn’t exactly in the chronological order – but then, they say neither is Time itself – that is to say, Time is not linear??! And Space-Time is warped and the closest distance between 2 points is not a straight line, but a curved line etc.

Back to the New Year. Or rather to the picture.  This one was taken on 2nd Jan’12, at 23.59hrs.  It’s been brightened slightly, contrast increased, and obviously reduced in size.   But apart from that, what you see is the waxing moon and the planet Jupiter – no special effects. Just a digital camera set to 3 Megapixels, put on 10 seconds timer to reduce any shakes, sat on a normal ladder outside, and put on night mode (takes an exposure of about 4-5 seconds I think).

Astrologers say Jupiter and Moon are both auspicious, and Venus – so am posting this picture as the first entry of 2012  (I saw all 3 a few days later at the same time…albeit separated by half a sky.  They will be conjunct in a few moons, so should appear right next to each other).

I’ll put a reminder nearer the time.  Meanwhile, around 24th January, we should see Moon with Venus. Am hoping for a photo like this for that event.  If you have a digital camera, just go out there and take it.  Astronomy starts easy!!

-Mani

Gaian Trinity (art)

  It was 14th March 1996- when I first did the sketch work for a painting called `Gaian Trinity’.

It featured the Horned God in a cloak in the back, Earth Goddess seated naked on a small hill, with a child on her lap..   There have been many other manifestations of that energy…  3 annual `Gaia conventions’ which I created for PF London in 2007,08,09…a new e-magazine Gaian Times launched earlier this year.

But the art work still awaits painting..  until late last night!

I did this `pin hole/ paper-cut’ mini-version of the Gaian Trinity..   scanned it and coloured it  (animated it with colours, but that’s only for my beloved wife’s eyes only.. it’s her special Yule card..online..:-)

Here’s one of the frames from that animation..

I’ll let you know when the actual art work is done..

Welcome to my world..

Quantum-Magician Welcome to the World of a Quantum Magician!

Up & Down,  Strange & Charm,  Truth & Beauty (or Top & Bottom)- these are the 6 quark pairs that make up all matter as we know it..!  We are talking about the `particles’ which make up protons, neutrons and so on..   It’s actually more particle physics than quantum mechanics…but hey…!

The diagram shows a typical  interaction.. of a quark being scattered by an electron, with the force carrier (X).  That’s where the real science ends..

But of course the whole thing is on a membrane…and a `light’ penetrates this side from the other side, through a `light-hole’.  That’s just my art..   It’s a bit of graphics I created.. including the fake beard on my face, Sun (lots of photos of bonfire merged), and a `planet’.     Enjoy.