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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. 🙂

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 🙂

 

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!)

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


The Osteopath

After 5 days, my back is finally returning to some sort of normality, thanks to my Osteopath John Yeboah. My visit 2 days ago sorted most of the problem, but one part of my lower back (right side, the bony bit) still felt `stuck, locked’ and painful.

Today’s visit focused on that area – more focused (and slightly warmer) treatment with the ultrasound tool, followed by deep muscle manipulation and stretching (ouch, that’s the painful part), and finally positioning the legs, arms and twisting -pushing the hip and torso in a manipulative move that could look (and feel) dangerous – but when the bones click – relief floods!

I was looking a the many biology / anatomy diagrams on the treatment room wall – so many muscles, nerves, joints!

Good God- if just one was manipulated incorrectly, no doubt the client would be in a worse situation.  So I have the utmost respect for this very essential medical profession (to me at least).

It’s still quite weird, calling the Osteopath by his first name, as we are used to calling people of medical professions as `Doctor..’
He is quite brilliant and well organised – most of his work place automated – from door alarm, cctv monitor inside treatment room looking out the main reception to the integrated computer that shows everything from appointments to a treatment diagram/ plan of the patient, and the automated  appointment online system that sends texts/ e-mail as confirmation.  As I explore self-employment horizons, I hope I can reach a sort of similar self-contained level of personal and professional management –  for I have been known in the past to be a bit dis-organised, lacking focus or a poor time-keeper.  I can say all this now, because it’s all changing. or `Surgeon’ or `Specialist’.  Well, John  in my view deserves a better title surely? And all the other such medical experts  (and I asked him if I can blog about him-  in the middle of me being flat on my belly on the treatment couch, my face poking down through a small hole, with only a view of the floor, as he treated my back).

Thanks John for the inspiration, as well as the treatment that keeps me walking normally – every day!

For anyone wanting a brilliant nice  qualified Osteopath in the Enfield / north London area  (based in Bush Hill Park, one stop from Enfield Town), here’s the link http://www.enfieldosteoclinic.com/    John is 18 years in full-time Osteopathic  Practice,  Registered with the General  Osteopathic Council (GOsC), and a Member of Back Care (N.B.P.A.).

-Mani

Doctor Who: A Screw-driver gone too far?

All this talk of ultra-sounds and technology got me thinking about that ultimate do-it-yourself  tech device – the Sonic Screwdriver – from TV’s Doctor Who! And about Dr.Who itself.

In the old days it was a novelty tool.  In 1970’s, Jon Pertwee’s 3rd Doctor used various devices from the TARDIS’ tool box..one of which was the sonic screwdriver;  Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor who used it quite a bit in and around the Galaxy..  for opening control panels; It was getting used too much as a fix-all prop, so the then-producers decided to get rid of it. So in one story it actually got blasted by enemy fire (Cybermen?).

But it came back in the new series in 2005 – with the Christopher Eccleston’s 10th Doctor. The show-runner Russel T Davies said he didn’t want silly things like doors to be a problem for the Time Lord. So the Doctor opened doors with it. and did a few extra things..  and it became a few more extra things..  Now, the bloody thing (ah, now you get my feelings on the matter) seems to do pretty much everything!   It scans, it alters frequencies, it collapses clones’ DNA, it opens machines, sets up force fields, keeps someone’s body-imprint in its pattern buffer (erm, Transporters from Star Trek?!)

In one story of the 2005 series, Rose asks the Time Lord, `gimme some Spock. Will it hurt to give me some Spock?’   And now it seems the (T)rusty old sonic screw driver IS more than Spock!  It’s almost a weapon..  the way the Doctor holds it often and points… either in publicity photos or in the stories. It has so many protruding bits.. it’s practically a Claw.  A tool of many trades!!  And even when it gets destroyed, the blooming TARDIS generates a new (improved more bulkier) one and just pops it out for the Doctor!

Can the Exec.Producer/ Directors/ story tellers  please make sure the sonic screw-driver gets blasted out of Time..  put into a Time-lock …never to return? (and another thing- if something is time-locked, I don’t want to see it again. Don’t bring back a whole civilisation and a planet out of time-lock again!!)

And please, write-in a new device for the Doctor – a sonic
stethoscope perhaps (which can double up as a sonic-shower attachment!!)  Now that would be Cool!

Ultra-Sound: Mouse repellent to muscle warmer

Short post. ..  possibly one for future development..  but I couldn’t resist comparing the wonders of ultra-sound – well, more of the ways in which we now use it.

Only yesterday I was at the Osteopath, and he was using a sort of ultrasound hand-held device to warm up my back-muscles, before the twisting and manipulating  the spinal column . And today while at a diy hardware store, I came across sonic mouse repellent gadget!  Quite amazing how we use sound now in everyday life.

That’s excluding the professional expert use of ultra-sound .. in radars (well, actually sonars in submarines), and ultrasound scans of pregnant women (which is non-evasive and harmless, compared to say an x-ray!).  There are side effects, a sure – in the case of Sonars in deep seas, it must surely affect some marine life that (well, nearly all of them) depend on sound vibrations to detect food or dangers; In the case of a baby- well, although human hearing does not encompass the ultra-sound ranges, no telling if some developing embryos may well `hear’ it?   After all, some people are susceptible to EM waves (electromagnetic) – people who live under power lines, people who are surrounded by electric equipment..  and me!

Oh yes, sometimes I do get a tingle and a kind of head-achy sense, just before a text arrives on y mobile phone..  way before any nearby radio speakers buzz and tweak.  That used to happen with the older mobile phones (not so much now). Okay that’s more radio waves, but still he point I make is..  people may be picking up these things, so unborn embryos might do..

Okay, leaving that debate aside – I am still marveled by the advancement of technology!

Pest control: Killer solutions

Just been to the hardware store to look for better mouse-killing solutions! And there’s a whole shelf full of killing solutions- powders, portions and pellets – to get rid of many pests – from cats (yes Cats), squirrels, ants, snails, mouse, rats to insects, moles and of course weeds! Not just a shelf.. it’s huge – about 6 meters by 3 meters full of these things.

The price ranges from simple bait-less wooded spring loaded traps worth about £2 to ultrasonic/electromagnetic pulse generators that repel rodent families worth about £30. It’s quite impressive- the little plug-in device emits not just ultra-sound (at a frequency that must sound like roadworks to mice! Yah, drive them insane with a killer-headache. I get that) but the plug-in also emits an electric pulse of some sort that travels through the wires and walls to the whole house!   Yeap, no escape to the rodents even in wall cavities or beneath floor boards!

How far technology has come. I only go the ultrasound repellent plug-in.   I’ll keep ya updated on how the mouse-killing in my room goes ..BUT…

One thing worries me- at this big store, these chemical poisons in plastic bottles – are all stored and displayed on shelves right on the ground..to about 1-2 meters – perfectly reachable by any child who is able to crawl..to walk!!

Come on B&Q  in Sutton- what the hell are you thinking about with regard to Health & Safety?

Engagement Ring

How many rings can a wedding finger take?  Interesting question.

On 21st December, we celebrated (privately) our second year of the engagement!

Wow, that was one snow filled Yule day in London in 2009..!   Not sure what happened last year, but I wanted to mark it  this time.

Though I’d proposed to her in later part of November’09,   we didn’t get the diamond ring till 21st December 2009..   (yes, it did take up a whole month+ of my wages, as is tradition!!).    I slightly panicked when someone had suggested to April that the place neat Farringdon is the place to go…(all those upmarket ring shops!!)   After 2 days of shopping we finally got it..   (in the middle of a London lock down with snow).

Of course, just giving it would have been not good enough.. So I took her to the park opposite Buckingham Palace..  It was already dusk..  but plenty of scattered light by ground snow..  And finally I found the spot..   And being magical and all, I wanted to `cleanse’ the diamond ring..   what better way that to get a handful of snow…embed the ring in it…roll it up in a nice snow ball..and drop it to the ground ..for earth to bless it!

I didn’t quite expect the panick when I looked down to pick it up again..   a small snow ball in amongst all that snow on the ground..  at night!

It was lucky I found it..  and gave it to April..(while kneeling in the snow of course!!).

We got `Handfasted’ the following June (2010)..    in a special camping event in Epping Forest (hired out a section of the site)..with 60+ guests, in a Pagan wedding ceremony..     The `legal’ wedding is probably highly likely definitely ..in 2012 🙂

April already has the engagement ring..and a gold Handfasting ring..   and now would `like’ a wedding ring..

Just how many rings can one wedding finger take?  Answer…3!

Neighbours from hell

My first proper rant..and it’s about my Neighbours!

Gotta say, the next door house and garden were quite for many years..   lovely elderly coupled lived there before.   They had a nice big apple tree which the gy used to trim …little bit weekly.. with a very long pruner mounted on a long stick-device.    Anyway the old guy  died, and his lovely wife was settled in a nursing home..

Section cut by Neighbour

So the house got sold..and the current young couple bought it.. some 5-6 years ago..     They’ve been a noisy irritating bunch.   Apart from the regular domestic arguments, shouts and tantrums..(and resulting loud radio music the woman plays..) they also now have 2 young kids…4-5 year olds..  who also shout and cry all the time!!   They run and make noises like packs of animals!    Now I like kids..and get on very well..  I’m a regular Piped Piper when it comes to kids in family circles..   but these ones… constant screams and shouts!  So much so I haven’t been able to get into my own garden in daylight..  for 5 years.

No peace!!   Only late at nights I get to go and sit and do some meditative work etc.

Few weeks ago the woman came to ask about cutting our Willow Tree that’s been leaning a few branches  (high above) into their garden.   Only few days prior to that, I had climbed up and cut a huge branch!!  I told the woman that,  I will trim a bit more when I am ready.  Well, today I woke up to heavy machine / grinding sounds..  and lo and behold, our door bell rang- the guy dropped into ask us about the tree (As hey happen to have a tree surgeon with them?!  They don;t have any trees…They cut that apple tree years ago!!).   We told them- no!  And later, I went to the garden, and realised…they had reached a good 2 foot in to our garden..7-8 metrs high..somehow..and cut many of the branches..and dumped the stuff back in (and I have all my outdoor candles and ceramic stuff..statues..right under there!).

I am just outraged!  Rage is not even a word that can describe my rage..if  that makes sense?!  There are 2 ways forward – for me that is!    Write a formal letter of protest to them..   And the other option.. summon up the devil, offer my soul in return for some peace, quiet and protection …from these neighbours from Hell..    ??

Excuse me while I make a private phone call ..