Regulars may know, previous issue#10 came out in Feb’2014, and the one for May’14 never manifested. So this latest magazine is coming out after a year-long gap. ..and all the more reason to celebrate it! 🙂
My big thanks to the following Writers/ Contributors of this issue:
Ann Tomlin, David Rankine, Durlabh Singh, Jo Rowland, Kumar Devasan, Lisa De Fresne, Renard the Fire Druid, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy
Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
Aromatherapy for Beltane
The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
Williams Syndrome Awareness month
Experiences of an Elder Pagan
Response to `Making Money’ article
Reiki : Personal path to divine healing energy
Sacred Geometry – Language of Relationship
Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
Bhai Sehna (short story)
People: Art of David Rankine
Chief Seatle (poem)
Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2015
Sacred Journey – Pagan Federation London Conference 2015
Entertainment: Dalek-Om in Glastonbury
Gallery1 : Climate March London 2014
Gallery 2: Peaceful Demo Japanese Embassy – Stop the Ivory Trade
GT getting better.. It’s continuing to gain international readership and contributions and I am proud of that!
And this issue – with its gold cover title marks the 3rd Birthday of Gaian Times as a Registered not-for-profit Company. Yes we got it started back in February 2011! The actual first GT magazine was published online in June 2011. So we’ll have a big Celebration then – in London – if you can make it!!
As this GT#10 issue comes to you, there is a Conference taking place in London, hosted by Prince Charles and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, bringing together 50 of the world leaders – for the purpose of taking serious action to stop illegal Wildlife trading! We are hoping it’s going to be more than just talk!
Am thrilled to have contributions from Aurelia Anyika (Keyan origins), whom I met at the last `Peaceful protest outside Chinese Embassy in London (to urge China to stop Ivory trade!). Aurelia is a fellow activist and Eco-Campaigner, passionate and serious- and I look forward to reading more of her work!
We also have Lisa Du Fresne starting a new column in Gaian Times, called Animal Communications (she’s writing from Canada)! And Renard (Richard) Fox writes from America, about the Druid Path, and shares a poem too!
In case you are wondering, Gaian Times is not all about animals. It’s about people too. And following on from my report of the London’s Erotica festival (GT issue#9), am very glad to be covering SAFE – the Safety network for people who work in the sex industry (Standards Against Female Exploitation). Angela Belassie has been kind enough to provide the feature with various facts and even a case study.
There is also a feature on the Psychology & Counselling Support being provided for people in cardiff, and Bristol, in our `Talk of the Bay’ feature.
Of course we’ve just had Valentine’s day.. So we have not just the photo of `Canada’s Sweetheart’ Angela La Muse, but she has so kindly answered some of my questions, and provided professionally taken photos of her – just for GT. (yes, me going to Canada to do a photo shoot with her just was taking too long!)
Vathani Navasothy writes about giving an MOT for your love relationships (she’s a Professional qualified Counselor of almost 24 years, and one of the founding members of Gaian Times!)
Next issue is out just before Earth Day – by mid-April! It’ll also cover all the esoteric excitements of the Beltane festivities, and more chit-chats on Love, marriages and relationships!
Here’s a list on contents..to tempt you further..
The Muse that got away from London- An interview with Miss Angela La Muse- Canada’s Burlesque Artist
An Ode to Rinpoche. The Buddhist Lama who started the first centre in UK.
Counseling & Community Features
MOT for your Romantic Relationships – Counselling Column by Vathani Navasothy
SAFE: Standards Against Female Exploitation. Info, Case Study & Sex Industry / users Survey results
Talk in the Bay – How Cardiff is leading the way in offering Counselling for people with Depression.
Eco (good) NEWS Corner
US bans Ivory Trade in ts borders
India declares Dolphins as `non-human person’
Shell scraps 2014 Arctic drilling Plans
London Hosts Anti-Wildlife Trading Conference
Protests & Campaigns
Kill the Ivory Trade – Action for Elephants Uk protestors outside Chinese Embassy in London
Stopping illegal Wildlife Trading & African local realities – Aurelia on the demo outside conference in London
Esoteric Events (Feb-April)
Isis Navigatum ritual;
Spring Equinox- Hern’s Tribe;
One Spirit- Drum, Dance & Full moon Ecstatic Dancing Events (monthly)
Pagan Federation Spring Equinox
Druid spring Equinox
Meteor Watch 2014- dates for 2014 and event details; Tips on Observing meteors; Tips on Photographing shooting stars!
To be a Druid – An American Fire Druid’s thoughts
The Return of the Dawn- Druidic poetry
Wiccan Full moon rituals in London
Animal Communications – new GT column by Lisa Du Fresne (from Canada)
Spells for protection of all Wildlife – Ivoking Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts.
Equation of Reality – Is this where Magic & Science meet? Mani Navasothy – Physics Graduate & WIccan High Priest bemuses.
Elephantom Origins- Mani speaks about the cartoon cause!
Fan reaction to Doctor Who 50th anniversary Movie
Speeches at Protest outside Chinese Embassy
Fashion & Entertainment:
Time Lord turns 50! Doctor Who celebration in over 80 countries;
DrWho Imaginarium- Flming our own fan series in London (get involved)
Well, that sneaked up on me …the 3rd birthday of Gaian Times!
The idea of a free magazine.. exploring Sciences & spiritualities, Ecology & technology, psychology & logic.. had been in my mind for a few years..and I finally took a leap and made an application to Companies House..back in 2011, to make it a formal Company..
And my application got rejected! Because I had not filled in the proper clauses for the Articles of Association (the legal document that must be submitted with the application form..). The problem was in trying to get it right for `not for profit’ …They don’t give you templates for that… ! I had to look into other companies’ documents, adapt those, and also look into Charity Commission’s guidelines (why? because I wanted the aims and objectives to be clear and valid enough that …in years to come.. GT can qualify to be a charity..with the same existing aims/ objects.. rather than start thinking about adapting it all again..! This is a long term plan.. not just a whim..)
So I looked around, did research..and sent it again.. and it was rejected again…this time because of some minor discrepancies ..between certain words in the application and the Articles of Association..
So finally..Gaian Times got luck..3rd time.. and on 3rd February 2011, it was formally registered with Companies House – the UK government office that deals with all company registrations in England & Wales.
And since then.. well..so many challenges…so many stories.. but also so many achievements.. where one man’s hopes and ideals start to be acknowledged as good enough that others join in to support and strengthen..
I can go on..and on.. I’ve hardly scratched the surface on the last 3-5 years of work that has gone into this..
BUT.. this is about Wishing Gaian Times…a Happy Birthday…So I’ll close this blog..with just the birth story! 🙂
(Founder/ Director of Gaian Times)
ps. In case some people are unaware.. `Gaia’ is the name of the Greek Earth Goddess. So Gaian is another way of saying `Person of Gaia’ or `Earth Dweller’ 🙂 and that includes all living things.. not just the humans!!
Here’s a special video.. 22 minutes ..filmed by Gaian Times , showing highlights of what happened at the Peaceful Protest outside Chinese Embassy, London…to stop the Ivory Trade.. (Event by Action For Elephants UK).
Maria Mossman, the founder and organizer of this successful organisation and peace protest is the face behind the passion, armed with many hundreds of UK & international supporters!
If You would like to take part and show your support to the wild elephants of Africa, currently killed for their ivory – visit : Action for elephants uk : http://www.ActionForElephantsUK.org
Join them via their facebook group : March For Elephants UK.
Gaian Times like to acknowledge the following speakers at the event:
Policy Advisor, Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild, Mary Rice – the Executive Director from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) , Will Tavers , OBE- Chief Executive Officer from Born Free & Philip Mansbridge, Chief Executive Officer of Care for the Wild.
Gaian Times also wishes to give a special thank you to: Elephantom – Eco Hero, for all his infectious enthusiasm, energy and support.
To mark and Celebrate the International Peace Day (today, 21st September) Gaian Times Eco-spiritual Magazine is calling all friends for a gathering at Hyde Park for a family-friendly picnic – by the `Peter Pan Statue’ area.
It is very close to the `Italian gardens’ and about 10 minutes walk from Lancaster Gate Tube station.
Here is the google map link http://goo.gl/maps/B1WMx (From Lancaster Gate Tube station to Peter Pan Statue Picnic area, Hyde Park)
Bring some picnic food…bring family & friends.. 🙂
History of Peace Day
In 1999, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day. Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. Peace One Day is impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion, corporation or religious creed. Through a multi-platform approach, Peace One Day utilises different tools to raise awareness, advocate for Peace Day and engage the global community in its broad observance.