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The Ancient Whispers Newsletter


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Welcome to the Ancient Whispers Newsletter, a multi-cultural newsletter with a little something for everyone of any creed or religion. Here you will find inspiring quotes, irreverent jokes, crafts, and most importantly, historical and/or religious scholarship. Every Wednesday a new edition should appear on this website with reminder emails sent out the night before to those who have opted to join one of the many forums and mailing lists to which I subscribe. If you wish to share this newsletter with others, please keep it intact with the original authors' names on all the articles. Any articles or sections, to which an author or URL is not affixed, were written by Candace (with the exception of the various jokes found herein).

Questions, comments, and topical requests are encouraged and should be posted to the AskCandace open forum at yahoogroups. I'd like to start a help column for the newsletter, so if you'd like to have your problem featured in a newsletter, let me know when you post.


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Some Sites of Interest

Eagle’s Wing Center for Contemporary Shamanism
Ayahuasca SpiritQuest
Devas
Plant Spirit Images
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This Pagan Week : March/April
Humor : Good Answer
Article : Weeding Consciously
Quote : Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Craft of the Week : Make a Living Wreath
Humor : What do you think?
Who's Who in World Mythology : God B
Quote : Alan Valentine
The Magi's Garden : Cedar
Cartoon
Poem : Acquainted With the Night
Quote : John Dryden

The Power of Stones : Bornite
Humor : Secret Life of Plants
A Dreamer's Guide : Oak to Obstinate
Quote : Benjamin Disraeli

Previous Newsletters

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Some Sites of Interest

Eagle’s Wing Center for Contemporary Shamanism
http://www.shamanism.co.uk
Offers workshops, courses, and books on contemporary shamanism.


Ayahuasca SpiritQuest
http://www.biopark.org/sprtqu3.html
Illuminating workshop retreats exploring traditional shamanic ayahuasca healing practices and multi-disciplinary entheobotany in the rainforests of Amazonian Peru.


Devas
http://www.soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun/devas.htm
Information about Devas and nature spirits from people with first hand experience.


Plant Spirit Images
http://www.plant-spirits.com
Plant and nature spirits reveal themselves in photo/graphic images that have been created with the cooperation and blessings of these beings.


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The Pagan Month of March & April
can be found in its entirety Here. For more detailed entries, please visit the full calendar.

March, named for Mars, was the first month of the Greek and Roman calendar. Mars is god of war but also of fertile soil, equivalent to the Greek Ares and Tiu or Tiwazn an old sky god of Europe. He is also equated with the Celtic Teutates and the Norse Tyr. Mars' original name was Mavors. After Jupiter, he is the chief Roman god, often called Marspater, "Father Mars." He has three aspects, the martial god Gradivus, the rustic god Silvanus, and the patron of the Roman state Quirinus. The wolf and the woodpecker are his sacred animals.

March was called Mi an Mháárta or am Mart in Ireland, the seed time, and Hrethmonath, "Hertha's month," by the Anglo-Saxons, honoring the earth mother Hertha or Nerthus. The Frankish name for March was Lentzinmanoth, "renewal month." The Asatru call it Lenting.

The first Full Moon of this month is called the Worm or Sap Moon. It shares the names Storm Moon with February and Moon of Winds with April. It may also be referred to as the Moon of the Snowbird, the Crow Moon, and Lenting Moon.

Pisces and Aries hold power over March, the Zodiac turning to Aries around March 21st. The flower for those born in March is the daffodil and smaller jonquil. Bloodstone or jasper, or sometimes aquamarine, are the jewels for the month of March. Pisces birthstone is the amethyst, while diamond is the stone for Aries. Albite, amethyst, chrysoprase, fluorite, green tourmaline, labradorite, moonstone, and opal are other stones for Pisces, and Aries also lays claim to amethyst, carnelian, garnet, fire agate, pink tourmaline, and topaz.


31ST

Luna


The name of this month comes from the Latin word aperire, "to open." This is appropriate for a month of blossoming flowers dedicated to Aphrodite.

The Anglo-Saxon name for this month is Eastermonath, the month of Eostre the goddess of Spring and origin of Easter. The Irish word for April is Aibrean or an Giblean. The end of April is known as Seachtain an t-Sionnaich, end of the winds. The Franks called it Ostarmanoth. The Asatru and many other Pagans call it Ostara.

The first Full Moon of this month is called Seed of Planting Moon, Budding Tree Moon, or Growing Moon. It is also referred to as Pink Moon, Green Grass Moon, Planter or Planting Moon, and Hare Moon, names it shares with May’s Moon. It also shares the name, Wind Moon, with March.

On April 20th, the zodiac turns from Aries to Taurus. April’s stone and the birthstone of The sweat pea is the flower for April children. Aries is the diamond, though on some older lists, sapphire is the stone for the month of April. The birthstone for Taurus is the emerald. Aries also lays claim to amethyst, carnelian, garnet, fire agate, pink tourmaline, and topaz, while aquamarine, lapis lazuli, kunzite, rose quartz, and sapphire are associated with Taurus.


Lunar Holy Days

The Christian holiday of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon of the spring equinox. Though one of the most important Christian holidays, it was drawn together from many pagan traditions, and its name came from the goddess of Spring, Eostre. The Easter Bunny is a fertility symbol of Teutonic origin, and the hare was an emblem of Eostre. Eggs, a major part of the celebration, also have their origin as fertility symbols.


The first Thursday after the 19th of April is Sumarda Gurinn-fyrsti, the first day of summer in Iceland.

The first or third Saturday in April is Glen Saturday. The children of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire gather to pick daffodils at Crawfurdland Castle.


1ST

April Fool's Day

Veneralia or Festum Verneris; Fortuna Virilis

Hathor

2ND

Preen-tail Day or Tailie Day

Joy of the Ennead and crew of Ra

3RD

Megalesia

Hans Christian Anderson

Day of the Counting of Thoth

4TH

Megalensia or Megalesia

Ma´at judges the souls

5TH

Megalesia

Kwan-Yin or KwanShi-Yin

Tomb Sweeping Day

6TH

Megalesia

7TH

Megalesia

Blajini

Church of All Worlds

8TH

Megalesia

Sealing the Frost

feast of the Hummingbird

Hana Matsuri; Buddhist Flower festival

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Humor: Good Answer
Bill woke with a huge hangover. Forcing himself to open his eyes, the first thing he saw was a couple of aspirins and a glass of water on the side table. He sat down and saw his clothing waiting in front of him, clean and pressed. Looking around the room, he saw that it was in a perfect order, spotless and clean. He took the aspirins and noticed a note on the table:
Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping. Love you.

So he went to the kitchen and sure enough, a hot breakfast and the morning newspaper were waiting for him. His son was also at the table.

In some confusion, Bill asked, “Son, what happened last night?”

His son snorted and said, “Well, you came home after three, drunk and delirious, broke some furniture, puked in the hallway, and gave yourself a black eye when you stumbled into the door.”

“So, why is everything in order and so clean, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?” Bill queried.

“Oh that!” His son replied, “Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off you said, 'Lady leave me alone, I'm married!’”


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Article : Weeding Consciously
© Stephanie Burgess
From Alternative Nature Online Herbal

I find weeding one of the hardest things to do in The Garden. Yes, part of it is because it is a chore. But mostly it’s hard because it is in direct violation of "The Primary Directive" of Co-Creationism. We are supposed to allow all of Nature in The Garden. Looking at some innocent plant and telling it "You don’t belong there" just doesn’t seem right.

When I first started Co-Creative Gardening I would weed as little as possible. Your right, The Garden was taken over by untold numbers of "weeds". The plants that I wanted, as well as what the Deva’s wanted were crowded out and even smothered. I didn’t know what to do.

I meditated on this for a long time… and the answer they gave me was that it is understood that one of my jobs it to take out some of the extra plants. That Co-Creative Gardening was just that: Co-Creative. That is both of us working at the growing; a cooperative effort. If no weeding was done than it was The Wild, not The Garden. Weeding should be done in a conscious manner with a little mindfulness when weeding. And to make sure nothing is wasted.

So here are some tips on how I go about Consciously Weeding:

I always try, no matter what the activity to let The Garden Devas know what I plan on doing, at least the night before. Though often these days I simply go out, look what needs to be done, find out if it is an ecseptable activity for the day and give them a few minutes to adjust. So far this doesn't seem to be objectionable.

I do my gardening in the early morning and in the evening: before and after the heat of the day. Before I start I would sit and simply be open to the Devas and Nature Spirits around me. Occasionally I would be left off the hook and I would be told now is not a time for weeding. Trusting: I’ll find something else to do. Usually two things are apparent: either I choose what needs weeding as I go along or I will be told that a certain weed needs to be thinned out or even taken out of The Garden entirely and I would work on that plant exclusively.

Weedings are divided into two categories:

Compost
Harvest

Unlike other Co-Creative Gardeners I don’t "Release" the Spirit of the plant. Before I start I tell all who wish to go on to do so… but those who wish to stay are welcome. This will be further covered in an article on Conscious Harvesting and Preparation. But for now I will say that I feel that if the plants feel that their energies and spirit are needed to stay in The Garden, the compost or in the harvest and preparation; then they are needed.

As I go down the beds I look at each plant and touch it, waiting to receive either a yes or a no "vibe". If yes I pull it and either put it in the compost bucket or harvest basket next to me. Each plant is scrutinized and connected with. I thank each plant for it’s gift either to me from the Harvest Basket or The Garden from the compost. This is as sacred an act as actual mindful harvesting and you may find it helpful to give an offering before you begin. You might find this time consuming at first, but after a time you will find that it takes you no more or less time to weed than if you didn’t do it. Often less as I find that more often than not plants just slip out of the ground rather than with me struggling. Actually, if I find I have to struggle to get plants out I take this as a gentle hint that either the plant needs to stay or it is time to stop for the day.

I get quite a lot of medicinal plants harvested just by weeding The Garden. I just keep in mind the seasonal requirements and preferred times of day for Harvest. It’s how I get my Dandelions, Yellow Dock, Mullein, Evening Primrose, Saint Johnswort, Purslane…….

Frances Bacon said that "A weed is just a plant where someone doesn’t want it" or something along those lines. I try and keep that in mind too when I weed. I have received many plants from the Devas by taking into account before I weed it out that it might be there because they want it there, as well as I or someone else will need it in the future. I carefully look at each plant and if I don’t know what it is I don’t pull it: I go look it up. I have been given American Pennyroyal, Saint Johnswort, Heal All and Velvet Plant to name just a few; by paying attention to who I am about to pull up. Again, as I have said on this site before; Not taking my needs into account exclusively. Just because something is growing where I didn’t plant it doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong there and often I will find that I will have a need for it;

One story is several years ago I started to feel unwell. My energy was slowly depleting. After several years I grew weaker and weaker. I even stopped gardening. I even went to a doctor who told me to get more rest; after all I had young sons to chase after and that would wear out anyone. But I got worse, to the point where I couldn’t even get out of a chair with out a struggle, I slept constantly and I was irritable and depress; all very unlike myself. I was getting pretty worried at this point.

What I didn’t notice was in my untended garden, Yellow Dock was starting to take over. I went to another doctor who had the forethought to take a blood test; I was the most anemic person she had ever seen. I don’t remember what my blood count was but her reaction was that no wonder I couldn’t get out of the chair.

Guess what is an herbal ally for anemia? Yep, Yellow Dock. Anytime a plant starts to get out of hand I take a real close look at it and find out everything I can and then look at my and my family’s health problems. Or the opposite: like in a previous story about the Deer eating my Rose hips. That year I didn’t need any. The year I did have a need they were left alone and I had plenty.

So, yes it is understood and even encouraged that we weed with-in our gardens. I think you will find that if you follow the above and add any of your own elaborations you will actually begin to enjoy weeding; well, maybe just a little……

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Quote : Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing
as everyone else and thinking something different.

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Craft of the Week: Make A Living Wreath


from http://www.tvrundown.com/wreaths/make.htm

You don't have to be as talented as Martha Stewart to make beautiful door decorations. My friend Helen showed me how to make my first live wreath several years ago, and now make many wreaths as gifts for friends. When the gray of winter has passed, the front door seems to beg for something as lovely as the flowers blooming in the yard.

As soon as pansies appear in the garden centers, you can make a wreath to hang outdoors. Freshen it later in the season when the temperatures are warmer, by removing the pansies and adding impatiens.

Anyone can make this beautiful decoration --- even children, although their hands may be too small to do it all on their own. Making living wreaths is a perfect project to do together, particularly if you are making a teacher gift. Let your child pick out the combination of flowers, and hold them as you wire the flowers into place. You'll appreciate the extra pair of hands, and it will truly be a gift the child helped to make.

Supplies you need to make one wreath:

1 wire wreath base
1 spool green florist wire (The gauge of the wire depends on the size and weight of the wreath you are making.)
1 pack of pansies or impatiens (6 to 8 plants with roots.)
1 4-inch pot of ivy
1 bag of green moss
1 bucket of water
fresh moss dug from the yard (leave the dirt on) or sheet moss purchased from a garden center

Choose any color combination of flowers you wish. You can use colors to complement the flowers in your yard or the paint scheme of your house. We find a three-color wreath to be the most attractive, with plants of a darker color as an accent. For example, if working with impatiens, use two white plants, two salmon or pink colored, and one or two magenta. Purple or lavender and pink and white work well, too.

Typically, a 10 to 12-inch wire ring can take 6 to 8 impatiens plants, plus the ivy "bow" at the base.

Look for small, compact plants with several buds. Small plants are much easier to work with than leggy ones, and result in a nicer finished product. Remember these are live plants and will grow almost as full as impatiens in the garden!

Preparation: Like any gardening adventure, this is very muddy. It definitely should be done outdoors. Use a table that can be hosed off when you are finished. Soak the green moss in water for 5 or 10 minutes before use. Place your wire wreath base on your work position, with the flowers and moss within easy reach.

Assembly: Begin by unwinding about 8 or 10 inches of wire from the spool and attaching one end of the wire the the wreath base. Remove the ivy from its container, roots and all, and place it in the 6 o'clock position on the wreath base. (The ivy will be the "bow" on the finished wreath, with trailing ends like the ends of ribbon.) Next, wrap moss around the top of the ivy's root ball. Hold another clump of moss in place on the back of the wire wreath base.

Begin wrapping the wire around the ivy and moss (front and back of the wreath base) to form the first part of the wreath. Eventually, the wire base will be completely covered by moss and flowers on the front side, and by moss on the back. Wrap the wire around the clump four or five times, looping the wire around the moss from one end to the next to hold it firmly in place.

Add a clump of moss (gently packed to be about 3-inches wide) to the left of the ivy. Pick one of the impatiens plants with its roots, and put it next in line on the wire base in the 7 o'clock position. Cover it with moss, on top of the roots and in back of the base, and wrap it as you did the ivy. You will continue to build up the wreath as you add flowers with clumps of moss in between for spacing. (If you have moss you dug from the yard or sheet moss you purchased, put this over the root balls. Use the bagged green moss for spacing in between the plants and for finishing where there are thin spots. The dirt on the moss helps provide nutrients for the plants, and the bagged green moss adds interesting texture.)

When you have the plants wired in place all around the wreath, go back and start filling in the places that are too thin, using additional moss. Working in one direction around the wreath, put a clump of moss in a thin spot and secure it by wrapping it with the wire. Add as much moss as you wish, until the wreath is the roundness and thickness you desire.

Care instructions: Hang wreath in a shady location, protected from direct sun. Water every day or two as needed. To water, remove wreath from door and lay flat on ground. Saturate moss ring with water. Let drain for 15 minutes before re-hanging. If properly cared for, the impatiens will grow and bloom the entire summer, often into late October here in the Philadelphia area. If plants become too leggy during the summer, simply pinch back. Spring flowers usually don't do well in the heat of summer. If you make a wreath with pansies in March or April, you can change the flowers to impatiens in June.

To change flowers: Cut the wire where you want to replace a plant. Remove the old plant and the moss around it. Put in the new plant, cover it with moss again, and re-wrap it. Wrap the entire wreath with wire again, going around it several times to make certain it is secure.

A lasting gift: This is truly a labor of love, but the results are well worth the effort. To make one 12-inch wreath takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Smaller wreaths take less time to make, and can be used outdoors as table decorations around hurricane lamps. One year we were particularly ambitious and made five wreaths as teacher gifts in June. When my daughter returned to school in September, all five teachers stopped her in the hall to say their wreaths were still alive, and looked beautiful!

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Humor : What do you think?
Two horses were walking back to the paddock after a day’s training. One said to the other, “I can't understand why we’re so slow. We come from good stock, have the best food, great trainers, and yet we come last in every race.”

There was a dog running along side them who overheard and said, “I know what your problem is. I’ve seen you race, and it looks to me as if you race off at the start really fast and use up all your energy. Then you have nothing left. What you should do is pace yourselves, and when all the other horses are knackered, put in a spurt and you're sure to win. What do you think of that?”

The horses looked at one another and said, “WOW! A talking dog!”


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Who's Who in World Mythology : God B
For past articles and the bibliography, please go to the
Who's Who Archive.

The Maya god Kukulcan (Cuculcan) is also referred to as the God B by researchers. Originally a Toltec god, he is the equivalent of Quetzalcoatl and the most important deity of the Maya pantheon. Like Quetzalcoatl, his name means feathered serpent. It is very likely that they are the same god. His birth date, 9 Ik, seems to correspond with 9 Wind, the date of Quezalcoatl’s birth, and the second day of the Maya twenty-day month. Both are considered manifestations of Itzamna, the supreme god represented as a two-headed celestial serpent. Kukulcan is also known as Cezacouati or Gucumatz.

Kukulcan is a fertility god, known for planting maize as well as providing the water that makes it grow. He was also a god of winds and hurricanes however. His chief concern seems to be reincarnation, but he is also a patron of artisans and invention. A system of laws and numerous inventions, including the calendar, are attributed to this god. Kukulcan is depicted with a torch or a lizard representing fire, corn for earth, and a fish for water. He is associated with Venus as the Morning Star. His main cult center was the city of Quirigua.

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Quote: Alan Valentine
Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.

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The Magi's Garden: Cedar
For past featured foliage and the bibliography, please go to the
The Magi's Garden Archive.

Cedar (Thuja occidentalis or Cedrus spp, C. libani)


Folk Names: American Arbor-vitae (Tree of Life), Arbor-vitae, Cedrus Lycea, Hackmatack, Lebensbaum, Thuia du Canada, Thuja, Western Arbor-vitae, False White Cedar, Yellow Cedar; Cedrus libani – Cedar of Lebanon

Description: The habitat of cedar stretches from southeast Canada and the Pennsylvania to North Carolina. The tree grows from sixty to sixty-five feet. It has an aromatic scent and prefers limey soil, tolerating drought, low temperatures, and pollution. The cedar has a pyramidal crown when young, which grows irregular as the tree grows older. The thick trunk is divided two to three times at the base with horizontal branches curved at ends and pendulous branchlets. Leaf sprays are flat, and the individual leaves are opaque green on the upper side and yellowish-green underneath, forming small overlapping scales. The strobiles are ovoid in clusters and are composed of five to six scales. Each produces only two pairs of fertile, winged seeds.

Cedrus libani grows in the mountains of Lebanon, Cilicia and the Taurus Mountains. Variant stenocoma is found in southern New England. The cedar of Lebanon is a slow growing tree with an imposing trunk, often branching, and a dense crown with an inclined head. It is mostly dark green with a characteristic flat growth in adult trees, The bark is dark gray. Secondary branches are densely ramified and terminal shoots are erect or slightly inclined, never pendulous. The flowers open from September to October, and the cones are two and three-fourths to four inches long. The upright cones are initially violet-purple, turning dark green-gray as they mature.

Effects: strong
Planet: Sun, Mercury, Uranus Zodiac: Virgo
Element: fire
Associated Deities: Odin

Traditions:
Cedar resin has been burnt as an incense during religious ceremonies since time immemorial. Its Latin name, Thuja, may come from the Greek thuo, meaning "to sacrifice," or from the word for fumigate. The smoke was inhaled by Hindu seers until prophetic vision came. It is also considered an excellent incense to consecrate wands.

The oldest Cedars of Lebanon are considered sacred. Cedrus libani was possibly used by King Solomon to build his temple and throne room.

It is associated with amethyst and sapphires, and the summer solstice. Do not harm a cedar tree. Its guardian is considered both powerful and persistent.

Juniper (Juniperus virginiana), also known as Eastern Red cedar, Red Savin, and Virginia Cedar, can be used as a substitute for cedar.

Magic:
The smoke from burning cedar has many uses. First and foremost, it is purifying and has been used in sweat lodges. The incense is said to cure chronic bad dreams and head colds. It has also been put to use as a money incense and to increase psychic power.

A stick, carved in to three prongs and placed in the ground with the prongs up is protective against all evil. Hang a piece in your home to protect against lightning.

Keep a piece in your wallet or purse to draw money, and placed in sachets, cedar is also used to draw love.

Known Combinations:
none noted

Medical Indications: (Caution: Ingestion during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage.) Parts Used: leaves, tops
Cedar is diuretic, antiviral, antifungal, and an expectorant. An infusion of the leaves is diuretic, and it is considered a lymphatic cleanser and urinary antiseptic. A strong decoction is used for fever and coughs. It stimulates the immune system and increases venous blood flow. Boil the leaves for a salve for rheumatism and warts.

Nutrition:
Not considered a food source

Mercantile Uses:
The aromatic wood is used often in potpourris. Cedar oil is used in soap and as an insect repellent. In America, the wood is used for fencing and as a light roofing timber. It is a durable and pliable wood, useful for the ribs and bottoms of bark boats. It is also used in limekilns, bowls, boxes, cups, and small pieces of furniture. Fresh branches have been put to use in Canada as brooms.

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Poem : Acquainted With the Night
Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
O luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

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Quote : John Dryden
We first make our habits,
then the habits make us.

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The Power of Stones: Bornite
For past articles and the bibliography, please go to the
Power of Stones Archive.

Bornite, a copper derivative, is also known as Peacock Stone or Happy Stone. It is red-brown with an iridescent tarnish producing a variety of colors. It is considered a stone of rebirth and happiness. Bornite brings freshness and newness to life, stimulating the inner spirit to seek new heights of ability. With bornite, insights are provided into facets of grief, and aspects of the personality that are no longer useful are released. Emotions are united with the intellect. Any sources of negativity are recognized to provide insights into obstacles barring your way to specific goals.

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Humor : Secret Life of Plants
A couple of weekends after some azalea bushes had been planted, they began to bloom. Wanting to discourage the blooms so that the plants would concentrate on rooting instead, a man removed all the blooms and buds that he could see.

When his wife returned home from a business trip, he told her that the azaleas were trying to bloom, but that he had pinched off all the buds.

"You pinched off all the buds?"

"Yes."

"Why? ...because they were too young to be having sex...?"


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A Dreamer's Guide : Oak to Obstinate

For past articles and the bibliography, please go to the
Dreamer's Guide Archive.

An Oak forest augurs great prosperity in all aspects of your life. A tree indicates money and long life, and if it was full of acorns, it predicts increase and promotion. A blasted oak indicates sudden, shocking surprise, and a dead oak may mean the loss of a good friend. A withered oak signifies business losses. Leaves fallen form an oak means loss of love. If you and your sweetheart dreamt of an oak, you will soon begin a life together under very favorable circumstances. A young oak predicts financial gains in future years. Oaken furniture or wood is a symbol of strength and emotional security.

Misfortune to a relative is augured by climbing an oak tree, while resting under one means a long life and wealth. You are being deceived if you saw an oak chopped down. The death of enemy is predicted if you saw a fallen oak in your path.

An Oar is a sign of frivolity. Handling oars is an omen of disappointments and the sacrifice of your pleasure for the comfort of others. It is a possible blow to your love life. If you lost an oar, you will be unable to complete your plans to your satisfaction. Pleasures will be interrupted if you had a broken oar.

Rowing a small boat is good for your business, and the bigger the boat, the more you have to gain. You will have a vigorous mind if you rowed alone, but rowing with others is an augury of troubles. Success is foretold by children rowing. An enemy is plotting against you if you saw others rowing, and trouble is indicated by enemies rowing.

You will come out well from present dangers if you dreamt of an Oasis. If you found one while wandering in a desert, you can rely on your friend. Misfortune in love is indicated if you had any company in an oasis.

An Oath taken in a dream is a presage of dissension and trouble on waking. You will receive bad news from a friend if you saw others take an oath. The death of a relative may be indicated if you saw a relative take an oath. A business person taking an oath means a change of surroundings, but if you saw enemies take an oath, you will be humiliated. A wedding vow is an indication of prosperity, but an oath taken by spouses after a marriage foretells divorce.

Oatmeal predicts good times. Eating it indicates the enjoyment of an earned fortune, and abundance is foretold by children eating it. Preparing oatmeal for the table means that you will soon be presiding over the future of others.

Oats are a portent of a variety of good things. If you are a farmer, the omen is especially good. Growing them is a sign of success, but if they were still green, be careful in your business. Harvesting oats signifies financial gains. Decaying oats foretells sorrow and broken hopes. Be cautious in all your dealings if you were selling oats.

If you were Obedient to another in your dream, your life will be commonplace, pleasant but uneventful. If others showed you obedience, you will have fortune and be held in high esteem. Obedient children are a sign of a happy family. You will have big gains in business if your hired help was obedient.

An Obelisk is either an augury of melancholy or of a change of residence for the better. Lovers standing at the base of an obelisk are a forerunner of grave disagreements. Several obelisks foretell wealth. If you were on top of one, you will make a good purchase.

Unpleasant duties will fall upon you if you dreamt of writing an Obituary. News of a distracting nature will soon reach you if you read one. Money approaches if you read of a relative’s demise, and news of a friend’s death indicates good news from far away. News of a marriage will reach you if you read the obituary of someone you know, while the obituary of an enemy means danger in love.

To dream that you felt an Obligation to someone means you will fret and worry over others. If others owed you something, you will have the regard of acquaintances and friends. Hard work awaits you if you were under obligation to a friend, but if a friend owed you, you will come into money.

An Oblique is a warning of trouble.

Danger and difficulty in love is indicated by something which is Obscure.

An Observatory is a warning to beware unreliable friends, and finding yourself in one is an indication of a solitary life. If you were in an observatory with any known friends, it might be advisable to drop these friends. You will be rise quickly to positions of trust and prominence after a dream of the view from an observatory. If the sky was clouded however, no matter how high you reach, you will fall short of your aim.

You will be degraded if you were Obstinate, but if others were stubborn, you will have a good conscience. Unexpected fortune is foretold by obstinate children, but bad business is presaged by pigheaded friends.

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Quote : Benjamin Disraeli
When men are pure, laws are useless;
when men are corrupt, laws are broken.

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