Editress Ginger Strivelli February already over with…2006 seems to fly by ‘tempus fugit’ indeed. That seems more true the older we get doesn’t it...maybe time moves faster as one ages in relativity to them…sort of like when a space traveler reaches light speed, time it is said slows down for them….something like that, right? If I’ve confused y’all with my metaphysics blending into astrophysics, maybe we can blame Mercury… (How’s that for a segway?) ---- Hide! It’s Mercury Retrograde! By Marcia Tillison The dreaded Mercury Retrograde. It sneaks up on us and then stalls our car engines, makes us reformat our computers, shows us how planes can fall out of the sky and that getting an appointment with the doctor is just not going to happen today no matter how sick we are. Mercury is the planet that rules our communications and travel. How we move everything from our words, to our bodies and our stuff from one place to another. When it is moving through the cosmos in a nice forward direction life runs fairly smoothly, but as it grinds slowly to a halt and begins to spin backwards we have a problem. On a quarterly basis we feel the effects of that slow grind and turn. Merc Ret is not the time to buy vehicles or make major financial decisions. It is not a time to plan a wedding or take a trip using some form of public transport. If you must accomplish major tasks that deal with electronics (in anything), communications (in any form) or transport (of any kind), then do so knowing full well that you need to prepare well in advance and accept any of the road blocks that are tossed in front of you. It is a better time for looking at what has happened in the past several months and how we can process that lesson to be used in a positive way. A time to be still and contemplate. An enforced cosmic vacation of the body and mind. Take a clue from me, if you ride a bus leave your house 20 minutes early in the morning or you will be walking to work. Better yet take some time off and stay at home and make no-bake cookies or go on a nice meditative retreat in your own living room. ------ Grave Creek Mound State Park, Moundsville, WV Sacred Site report by Angel Walden Built by the Adena people, who fall under the mound-builder group of peoples, as a burial mound. they lived in a wide area including much of present day Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and parts of Pennsylvania and New York from about 1000 BC to approximately 1 AD. Grave Creek Mound is not only is it the largest Adena mound, but it is the largest conical type of any of the mound builder structures. Road engineers, in 1838, measured the mound at 69 feet high and 295 feet in diameter at the base. It originally had a moat 40 feet wide and 5 feet deep. Built in stages between about 250-150 BC and had multiple burials at different levels in the structure. The park is mainly just the mound itself and I, unfortunately, haven't had a chance to explore it as of yet but I am wanting to. It is in the town of Moundsville, next to the old WV State Prison, another place that I'd love to check out. ------------- Some Haikus By Ginger Strivelli: Away the storm goes just like all our other foes let them take the woes I dream in color but I wake to black and white wanting to get back Reflect only light forget all darkness and plight save yourself the fight Spingtime is blooming Away the year is zooming time's always looming Me, beside the sea I see the sea beside me Does the sea see me?