December 2020 – Month of the Brown Earth Rat

December 2020 promises to be a memorable month! It is a double rat month (yikes!) since the year is ruled by Geng Zi, the white metal rat and the month is ruled by the Yang Brown Earth Rat. The Chinese Zodiac has a 12 year cycle, that starts with the Rat. The second animal in the cycle is the Ox, so 2021 will be ruled by the White Yin Metal Ox . I will be doing an extensive write up next month on the White Metal Ox year, which begins February 12, 2021.

The rat itself is inherently a water animal, so the dual rat sign this month brings the most water energy of the year. All this water makes for a very energetically unstable month. and combined with the extraordinary planetary alignments creates much chaos and uncertainty. It will be a month where we all need to really stay focused and not allow ourselves to be swept into the swirling social unrest and deception.

Auspicious Dates for December 2018

One can barely believe that the total solar eclipse (December 14) is on the day the US election is certified, and the Winer Solstice is on the same day as the Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius.

Reflecting on the total solar eclipse, I remembered the brilliant pioneering research of Lily Kolisko, a German scientist. She performed thousands of experiments with metallic salts in test tubes to visibly demonstrate the effects planets and their cosmic alignments have on Earthly substances. The ancient alchemists knew the “seven sacred heavenly bodies” (pictured
above) were each ruled by a specific metal that linked heaven to earth – the sun (gold), Moon (silver), Mercury (mercury), Venus (copper). Mars (iron). Jupiter (tin) and Saturn (lead.). We have forgotten most of this wisdom because current science has isolated itself from the impact of the constant cosmic forces streaming in from the heavens.

Kolisko was a long time follower of Rudolph Steiner. In one life changing lecture she attended, Steiner said,” So long as Substances are in a solid state, they are subject to the forces of the Earth, but as soon as they enter the liquid state, the planetary forces come into play.” This means, that solid gold, or gold salt is subject only to earthly forces, but if it is dissolved in a liquid solution, it is subject not only to the forces of earth, but also to the planetary forces of the Sun. This gave her the information she needed to do her thousands of experiments with metallic salts. She found that during certain planetary alignments, such as a conjunction, an eclipse or some other significant relationship with another planet, the usual behavior and color of the corresponding metals are altered.

Doing experiments during several total solar eclipses by mixing gold chloride (sun) and silver nitrate (moon,) she found that the gold chloride totally lost its energy and collapsed on the filter paper, while the silver gained in power. After the eclipse had passed, the gold chloride eventually regained its power to rise on the filter paper and return to the normal appearance. But, it took seven days for the gold to return to its natural beautiful glowing color that ranged from yellow to violet, with some disfiguring spots (from the silver) lasting almost to the end. Each eclipse was slightly different, but the overall affect was the same.

She also found the eclipse was experienced on every spot on Earth, whether you could see it or not. In a book published on these experiments, she wrote: ” It means that we must look upon the sun not only as a heavenly body streaming down light and warmth to the earth from one particular spot, but surrounding, enveloping the whole globe with its sphere. When something spectacular happens, such as a total eclipse, certainly we see it happen at a definite place, observing the moon covering the sun, but the whole sun sphere is affected, and the whole earth participates in it.”

Kolisko’s discoveries give us insight into the power of a Total Solar Eclipse. Ancient and even many modern cultures warn against looking at the sun during an eclipse. They feel it is harmful to the heart (the heart sonyains the most gold of all the organs) and advise staying indoors and not eating during the event. This eclipse is definitely a heart centered event with gold (related to our heart) being eclipsed (taken offline for a period of time) and then being reborn. It seems like a time for silence and renewal even though it is the day the US electoral college finalizes the presidential choice! Remember the effects of the eclipse last for seven days. To read a more in depth article on Kolisko’s scientific process go to:
https://www.invisiblearchitecture.com/articles/total-solar-eclipse working-of-the-stars-in-earthly-substance/

December also brings one of the most anticipated astrological events of the decade, known as the “Great Conjunction.” As Jupiter and Saturn move out of the earthly sign of Capricorn, they join together in airy Aquarius at almost zero degrees. They will be close enough to form the first visible double planet since the Middle Ages! In 1623, they were equally close, but not visible from Earth. Kolisko would have loved to monitor this event.

The two planets together have always been seen as “markers of time “ that bring epochal social change. They are the two largest planets in our solar system, so when they conjunct and energetically merge their vibrations, they can’t be ignored. If we go back 800 years to when they were also so closely entwined, we find the Crusades in full swing, the Catholic Church wiping out over a million Cathars, the Inquisition, Genghis Khan invading China, India and moving West, the Knights Templar, and modern banking being introduced (especially in Venice,) It was really a period of instability and chaos, to put it mildly! And then, the 1300’s ushered in the Renaissance If we look at today, we are in worldwide chaos like the Middle Ages, with various factions vying for control. We are in wars in 7-8 countries, have a global pandemic, and the banksters are doing very nicely for themselves. We are basically controlled by corporations and delivered fake news from msm and daily. The powers that be are promising us a “Great Reset!” Hopefully Saturn and Jupiter are priming us for a new Renaissance. just like the 1300’s!

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and sane Holiday Season.

Love and Light, Carol

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November 2020 – Fire Pig – Ding Hai

November Feng Shui

We are entering another fire month tomorrow, but it is ruled by yin fire – a flickering candle. This elemental fire energy combined with the yin water  energy of the Pig creates a more subdued and introspective month. It will  be so different from the aggressive, unstable Fire Dog energies we have just  experienced. It will be time to focus within and become consciously aware  of what really inspires you. To become aware of what is true and not let  yourself be led into self deception. Between the contentious election, 

pandemic restrictions, msm propaganda, fake news and money concerns,  people are just tired of all the confusion and just.want to get on with their  lives  

It is interesting to consider that Coronavirus started in the Wood Pig month  (Dec. 1. 2019) of the Muddy Pig Year, and we are still besieged by it in this  Fire Pig month – one year later!! Also, that the virus started (reportedly) in  the city of Wuhan, China. “Wu” means weapons, fighting and “han” means  man and many are claiming the virus is a bioterrorism weapon!  

The winter season, ruled by the water element, is officially here. Water, the  fifth element, is seen as the low point of the matter, or the dying stage of  matter. Water is the most yin element of the five elements. Its motion is  downward and inward, and its energy is stillness and conserving. It  represents uncertainty, danger, darkness and coldness. The monthly Pig is  a water animal and the yearly Rat is also a water animal making the water  energies very strong this month and next. Next month, we get a double rat  month and year, as well as a total Solar Eclipse, the first Grand Jupiter/ Saturn conjunction in Aquarius, an air sign since 1226 and much more. It’s  good we’re getting a month to recoup!  

Chinese astrology repeats itself every 60 years. The 60 year cycle (12 animals  x 5 elements) always begins in the year of the White Metal Rat, also known  as the “Rat on the Crossbeam,”and ends in the year of the Brown Muddy  Pig, also called the Monastic Pig. We are in the first year of a 60 year cycle.  

I have written before that if we go 60 years back in time, we are in the  contentious presidential election battle between JFK and Nixon. It sounds  so errily similar to what we are experiencing today, although Nixon chose  not to contest the voting irregularities, even though Eisenhower thought he  should dispute the suspected fraud. He was only 47 and wanted to run  again and not have popular opinion against him. This election is so  different as both candidates are in their seventies and it is their last go  round. 

Wikipedia gives a short summary of the 1960 election below.  

When voters went to cast their ballots on November 7, the contest was  close. In the electoral college, Kennedy captured 303 votes (34 more than  was required to win), while Nixon won 219. The 14 unpledged electors in  Alabama and Mississippi and 1 pledged elector in Oklahoma cast their votes  for Sen. Harry F. Byrd, a Democrat from Virginia. Kennedy eked out a  narrow victory in the popular vote, defeating Nixon by just under 117,000  votes. Overall, Kennedy won 49.7 percent to Nixon’s 49.5  percent. Kennedy thus became the third person elected president in the  20th century without winning a majority of the popular vote. The popular  vote was the closest since 1884, when Democrat Grover Cleveland  defeated Republican James G. Blaine by only about 24,000 votes. 

Citing voting irregularities in Illinois and Texas, many observers questioned  whether Kennedy had legally won those states, and some prominent  Republicans—including Eisenhower—even urged Nixon to contest the  results. He chose not to, however, declaring:  

 “ I could think of no worse example for nations abroad, who for the first  time were trying to put free electoral procedures into effect, than that of the  United States wrangling over the results of our presidential election, and  even suggesting that the presidency itself could be stolen by thievery at the  ballot box.” 

Nixon’s supporters and critics alike, both then and later, praised him for  the dignity and unselfishness with which he handled defeat and the  suspicion that vote fraud had cost him the presidency. 

This certainly puts “Tricky Dick” in a different light! There is so much  deceit and subterfuge in politics that we need to have distance from the  events to discover what really happened. 

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October 2020 – Bing Xu-Fire Dog

JOE BIDEN – born on November 20, 1942 at 8:30 A.M. – yang water horse

DONALD TRUMP – born on June 14, 1946 at 10:54 A.M. – yang fire dog

This ninth month is a yang fire dog just like Donald Trump and election day falls on a yang metal dog day! This makes for alot of yang earth (dog) energy in the upcoming US election. The dog also contains some fire, so October and early November are filled withfire energy. The fire dog energy can be very positive and exuberant, but below the surface there lies combative, angry, defiant, anxious energies. The fire dog also likes to escape into the world of fantasy. So, the energies for both Trump and the month should be very interesting, especially with his current medical condition. We have both the fantasies of halloween and the election to look forward to this month.

Joe Biden is a yang water horse. He has alot of water in the rest of his chart too. The Water energy of the Rat year tends to slow him down and dampen his usual enthusiasm. Water horses can be very emotional, also, especially this year, since his horse energy is in direct clash with that of the Metal Rat.

October is always ruled by dog energy. These Dog months tend to be unstable because we are leaving autumn and entering into the winter season. During this month, the seasonal fire element begins to die as we move into the colder, wet season of winter, so the dog month is known in Chinese astrology as “the grave of fire.” On top of this, October, is frequently called “Black October,” because the stock market usually goes through bouts of instability as the investors feel the uncertainties of the month. It is definitely a month to stay conscious and remember what is important.

Back in January, in the yearly Metal Rat newsletter, I wrote that this election year has the “Curse of Temescah.” Since we are only a few weeks away from the election, I thought it would be interesting to revisit the “curse!” Here is what I wrote –

“Knowing that 2020 is one of the election years under Tecumseh’s Curse, I suddenly realized that the 20 year curse always has Geng as the ruling element! Geng, yang metal, is represented by the sword, ax, gun, armor, weapon or money. It is the ruling element for Gregorian years ending in 0.

Tecumseh’s Curse, stems from an 1840 dispute between U.S. President William Henry Harrison and Shawnee Indian leader, Tecumseh. Some believe the curse is the reason that Harrison, and every following president who was elected in a year ending in zero, died or was prevented from serving in office. Harrison went on to be elected U.S. President in 1840, but never finished his term. He died in office of pneumonia several months after being elected.

This pattern of dying in office, or other disruptions, has continued for 20 years:

  • In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected. He was assassinated in 1865.
  • In 1880, James Garfield was elected. He was assassinated in 1881.
  • In 1900, William Mc Kinley was elected. He was assassinated in 1901.
  • In 1920, Warren Harding was elected. He died in office in 1923.
  • In 1940, Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected. He died in office in 1945.
  • In 1960, John Kennedy was elected. He was assassinated in 1963.
  • In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected. He was wounded by a would-be assassin’s bullet. Many think Nancy’s astrology worked!
  • In 2000, Albert Gore was elected by popular vote (possibly by Electoral College votes as well ) He never began his term in office.
  • 2020????

There is so much misinformation and subterfuge going about the President’s health, the election, the debates, and Covid, that it is really difficult to predict who wins!

Its a great time to do some space clearings since we have been inside for solong! The energy needs to renewed for the upcoming holiday season.

The next videos I am going to be doing for the membership are on how to determine your personal I ching energy and that of your home. We would love for you to join us!

Love and Light, Carol

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September 2020 – The month of the green Wood Rooster

The month of the green Wood Rooster begins September 8 and ends October 7th, 2020. The Rooster is the yin wood compliment to the yang wood monkey. What was started last month (yang wood monkey) usually will find expression this month. I chose this picture above because the rooster this month isn’t the usual “cocky” rooster and is quite weak because he is in clash with the Rat year. One apt Chinese symbol for the Green Wood Rooster is a cut flower in a vase.

With these monthly energies, during our current Covid situation, we need to avoid the urge to be righteous, defensive and inflexible. We need to cultivate clear vision about what is really fake news and then use the rooster’s inner gift of strategic thinking and insight!

The I Ching hexagram for the month is #33 – “Retreat.” It perfectly out pictures the qualities of the Green Wood Rooster energies in a White Metal Rat year. the following explanation from the Divination Foundation I Ching site offers really good advice for dealing with this month‘s energies – “All worthy goals meet some resistance. When negative forces predominate, a well-timed retreat can be a good move for keeping your energy up and allowing you to persevere.

Periods of withdrawal or retreat call for cool headedness, so keep your wits about you. Attend to details while allowing for enough time to contemplate the big picture—and be creative in your solutions. Remember: not all progress follows a straight line. Maintaining a sense of self-confidence is essential, as small setbacks can easily become defeats if we’re mired in self-doubt or self-pity. A confident retreat can produce success.

Waves of progress are short lived. Strive to attune yourself to the up-and-down cycles of life. If you want something, allow it to come to you. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can “fix” any situation whenever you feel like it. Some things are bigger than you. Hold your pride in check, and you will be better prepared to discover creative openings when they arise.”

On September 22nd this year, we will experience the the Autumn Equinox. An Equinox is an astronomical event that happens twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nortowards the Sun. During Equinoxes, the tilt of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is 0° and because of its duration the day and the night are almost equal. The sun rises and sets perfectly due east and due west.

It’s an event that happens on the imaginary dome of Earth’s sky. It marks that special moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north.

The celestial equator is a great circle dividing the imaginary celestial sphere into its northern and southern hemispheres. The celestial equator wraps the sky directly above Earth’s equator. At the Fall equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator to enter the sky’s southern hemisphere.

All these components are imaginary, yet what happens at every equinox is very real – as real as the sun’s passage across the sky each day and as real as the change of the seasons.

No matter where you are on Earth (except for the North and South Poles), you have a due east and due west point on your horizon. That point marks the intersection of your horizon with the celestial equator, the imaginary great circle above the true equator of the Earth.

After the autumn equinox (northern hemisphere), the light begins to decrease everyday until it is reborn again at the winter solstice. it is interesting to note that the autumn equinox always takes place in the month of Libra which means balance.

Many Ancient temples and sacred monuments were built in a true East and West alignment. You entered the from the west and faced the altar in the East. One such holy site with this alignment is the famous Rossyln Chapel in Scotland. It was founded on the autumn equinox in 1446 and was dedicated to St. Matthew. Most of us are aware of the many esoteric conspiracies around Rosslyn Chapel’s relationship to the Knight’s Templar, the Masons, and the Holy Grail through the “Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. ” The site is also thought to have been originally ab ancient Druid Holy site.

During my endless research into Invisible Architecture (for that future book!), I keep discovering such an amazing relationship between worship, acoustics and architecture. Rossyln Chapel is a perfected example of this – it has often been refereed to a “book carved in stone.”

The chapel stands on fourteen pillars, which form an arcade of twelve pointed arches on three sides of the nave. The three pillars at the east end of the chapel are named, from north to south: the Master Pillar, the Journeyman Pillar and, most famously, the Apprentice Pillar, showing the churches Masonic relationship. The pillars are covered with 213 intricately carved cubes, which protrude from them. A father and son team , Thomas and Stuart Mitchell realized that the designs on the cubes resembled the geometric patterns seen in Cymatics.

Cymatics, discovered by Hans Jenny, is essentially the study of how sound waves and frequencies influence matter. Jenny found patterns are formed by placing powder or sand on a flat surface and vibrating the surface at various frequencies. Different notes produce various shapes including flowers, diamonds and hexagons, called Chaldni patterns.

By matching these Chladni patterns with musical notes corresponding to the same frequencies, the father-and-son team of Thomas and Stuart Mitchell produced a tune which Stuart calls the Rosslyn Motet. “It is what we could call ‘frozen music’, a little like cryogenics. The music has been frozen in time by symbolism. It was only a matter of time before the symbolism began to ‘thaw out’ and begin to make sense to scientific and musical perception,” said T. Mitchell.

Using skills he learned as an RAF code-breaker during the Korean War and his lifetime knowledge of classical music, he finally realized they depicted the vibrations of musical notes. He said: “It was a Eureka moment to end all Eureka moments. Many angels were carrying musical instruments and some were even grouped as if they were a choir. But one angel gave me the biggest problem. He was carrying something and at first I thought it was musical instrument which had been lost in the mists of time. It was only when I realized that he was carrying a musical stave, the blueprint for all musical composition, that I knew I was looking at a secretly coded piece of music.”

Stuart Mitchell said the tunes could have been hidden because knowledge of harmonics may have been seen as dangerous, even heretical, by 15th Century church authorities. Interestingly the Devil’s Chord, diabolus in musica, makes an appearance in the music. “In the ceiling is this jump of an augmented fourth, in fact it opens up with an augmented fourth,” says Mitchell. “The Catholic Church had banned this interval (seven semitones) from medieval music as it was believed to be disturbing and therefore diabolical. Perhaps St Clair (founder of the chapel) was indeed challenging the authority of the church. The music itself, according to Mitchell is a mix of Celtic melodies and secular worship crossed with a kind of Christian worship, but not Catholic. What we have here is a recorded piece of music, it is almost like a compact disc from the 15th Century.” The Rosslyn Motet is avail on CD.

I was going to go into the magic of organs and how they are an integral part of a church’s architecture making them the only instrument where you sit inside of the instrument, but we will save that next time!

Here is a link, where you can take a virtual tour of the inside of Rosslyn Chapel with music. It is wonderful and I think if you view and listen to it on the 22nd, you will be in sync with the Autumn Equinox frequencies. https://www.rodedwards.com/interactive-files/Rosslyn_Chapel/index.html

The members section now has September’s Auspicious dates, September’s Feng shui energies, and 3 new Vivaxis videos and downloads with a fourth one coming this week. The next videos will deal with how to determine your own personal hexagram and the hexagram of your home. We would love for you to join us!

Sending Love and Light, Carol

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August 2020 – The month of the Great Wood Monkey Jia Shen

We have just entered the seventh month (Aug 7 – Sept.7) of the Chinese year, known as the month of the “Hungry Ghosts” and is seen as the lowest , yin point of the year. During this time, the gates of the lower realms are opened and the hungry ghosts are free to roam the earth in search of food, entertainment and mischief. This seems to be an accurate portrayal of the current state of our Covid world! The Hungry Ghost Festival comes at a time of year when the moon is full near the end of summer. In many ways, this festival is reminiscent of Halloween or the “Night of the Dead” in Western countries.

Cultures from Europe to China have traditional days of the dead or ghost days that are thousands of years old that were part of the tribal folk religions before the advent of Christianity in Europe and Buddhism in Asia. In Britain, Halloween originated from the traditional holiday of Celts who believed that the last day of October was “the day of the dead” or “the ghost day” when ghosts crossed over the boundary between the living and the dead. Cultures throughout Asia from India to Cambodia to Japan share similar beliefs about the August, and these traditions seem to date from before Buddha.

Celebrating the Hungry Ghost Festival is all about looking after hungry, discontented, wandering souls. These are ghosts without families to care for them or people who died because of unfortunate events like pandemics, war, murder or suicide. Families do everything they can to placate these unhappy spirits with gifts of food, money and other supplies. Though primarily intended to prevent these ghosts from causing trouble in their own lives, the customs of Ghost Month do raise a certain mindfulness about making space in our world for those who have fallen out of society. This year the actual festival day falls on September 2, 2020.

Even though the outer energy of the month is very yang – hot and dry – it is believed that the dark yin inner forces overpower this yang energy. The resulting imbalance of excess yin chi attracts ghosts and wandering spirits who thrive in such an atmosphere.

Reflecting on this phenomena, I was reminded of the importance of having a balanced yin/yang relationship in our environment. I remembered the research I did several years ago on on Phillip Callahan, the world renown ornithologist and entomologist. His work focused on soil, stones, water etc. and their magnetic quality. Paramagnetic stone is yang – slightly attracted to magnetic energy and diamagnetic stone is yin – slightly repulsed by magnetic energy. I think it’s a perfect time to revisit this valuable information.

During World War Two, while stationed in Ireland as a radio engineer, Callahan became intrigued with the 13 round towers he found in the countryside. He noticed that around the towers, the plants, grass and trees were extremely healthy and that the farmers even brought their sheep to graze around the towers. Through experimentation, he discovered the towers were paramagnetic antennaes placed in diamagnetic or low paramagnetic areas to increase the fertility of the soil. The atmosphere, rocks, stone, and soil (inorganic) tend to be paramagnetic, while plants, water and most organic forms including humans tend to be diamagnetic. The two forces work hand in hand.

Callahan found that the ancients built their round towers, pyramids, stupas, cathedrals etc. with highly paramagnetic stones like granite. He discovered that both the shape of the structure and the paramagnetic qualities of the stone worked together to imbue plants, animals and humans, the entire environment, with health and well being. He postulated that paramagnetic soils facilitated the flow of electromagnetic forces from the atmosphere to plants.

However, he began noticing that where there was low paramagnetism in the the soil, agriculture was more difficult, and there was more political strife and warfare in the region. He became fascinated by this phenomena and decided to fly to many global areas of strife (war zones like Yugoslavia) to measure the paramagnetic quality of the soil. Every “hot spot” he tested had low paramagnetic qualities as well as low readings of the Schumann magnetic resonant waves (they go hand in hand.) To test that his hypothesis was correct and it wasn’t just the mismanagement of the land or the mindless placement of human structures causing the effect, he decided to visit some headhunter tribes in the Amazon!!

In the river delta, where the soil was deep and extremely paramagnetic, he found gentle, friendly natives living, but when he traveled upstream to where there was almost no soil, just thin dirt over networks of roots, he measured very low paramagnetic energies. The natives here were extremely hostile headhunters!

These findings show how important good, healthy paramagnetic soil is to our well-being. The current use of tons of pesticides, insecticides, weed killers, and EMF towers are resulting in the destruction of our environment. Without strong paramagnetic minerals in our soil, we become ungrounded and our cultures tend to fall apart. We see this happening globally and need to change our current environmental mindset for our survival. I think during our current Covid condition, many of us are are realizing how important our health, and the health of the planet is for our survival!

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July 2020 – The Month of the Blue Water Sheep

归为 July 7 – August 7

Yesterday, we entered into the Blue Water Sheep month. The contentious, clashing energies of the Water Horse are starting to wane, During Blue Water Sheep months, our emotions usually become more reflective and introspective. The sheep, being one of the most yin signs, is seen as the most creative, gentle and intuitive of all the animals. They do not like to create waves, but to quietly go along with the flow. This is a month to truly reflect on what is important.

First Sleep and Second Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep during this pandemic has been difficult for many of my friends and clients. In “normal” times, forty nine percent of Americans report difficulty in sleeping. Anxiety and stress over waking up during the night and not being able to go back to sleep, often leads to taking prescription sleeping pills etc., The pills then lead to their own problems and it is a downward spiral.

After implementing all of the Feng Shui principles such as placing the bed in a good location, having their head pointing in the right direction, taking the mirrors out of the bedroom, removing all electronics, having adequate darkness and the right colors, air, and basically balancing the qi in the bedroom, I found there were still clients who could not sleep through the night.

So, through research on this problem, I was amazed to rediscover the sleeping patterns of our ancestors. They didn’t sleep in one eight – hour chunk. That is a modern invention – a modern myth! They used to sleep in two shorter periods over a longer range.

The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, a professor of history at Virginia Tech. He wrote about the history of sleep in a very engaging book called “At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past.” In it, are hundreds of references scattered throughout literature, court documents, and personal papers that show the practice was common knowledge.

Ekirch found this sleeping pattern died out a around the time of the Industrial Revolution when everyone and everything became more regimented. Our ancestors practiced what is known as “first sleep” and “second sleep.” Thistwo–piece sleeping period lasted approximately twelve hours. They would go to sleep for approximately four hours and then wake up for three – four hours hours and then go back to sleep for another three to four hours. In the in between twilight hours, people would read, write, pray (religious manuals had special prayers for the mid-sleep hours,) talk, have sex or get up and go visit neighbors. The first four hours produced the deepest sleep. It was a period of unusual calmness- unlike the anxiety we experience today upon waking up at 3 three in the morning and thinking we need to get back to sleep for our physical and mental well-being!!

Two sleeps per night may have been the method of antiquity, but tendencies towards it still linger in our DNA! It may be the answer to a lot of our current health problems.

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Month of the Water Horse

June 2020 – June 5th – July 5th

June 2020 is ruled by the Water Horse, Ren Wu, which starts June 5th and ends July 5th. The element of the month, water, brings an inner clash with the inherent fire energy of the monthly horse and on top of that the horse clashes with the yearly rat energy! We are going to see massive change and conflict this month. But, looking at our current situation, the oppositional energies seem right on target. Change does not happen in a static situation. Change comes through chaos and crisis. The Chinese see the symbol for crisis as being a combination of the signs for danger and opportunity. In the 2020 yearly newsletter, I wrote about how this year is an echo of 1960 – (the 60 year cycle of the White Metal Rat that introduces a whole new way of looking at things.) I said, politically, 1960 was a year that introduced a decade of the most tumultuous and divisive energies the United States had

ever seen, marked by the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, antiwar protests, political assassinations and the emerging generation. President Kennedy, who was the youngest man to ever hold the office, was elected that year in a contentious battle. During his 1959 campaign, he brought in his vision of hope by saying, “In the Chinese language, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity. In this current time of crisis, it is important to allow this ancient wisdom to resonate. In this newsletter, I am going to explore the magic of copper – known alchemically as the “Substance of Venus.” With our current Covid situation, it is important to remember what our ancestors knew – copper kills germs, fungi and algae! With all of the toxic antibacterial soaps and lotions surrounding us, it is important to look for natural, alternative solutions. Here a really interesting article from Vice –

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xgqkyw/copper-destroys-viruses- and-bacteria-why-isnt-it-everywhere
Copper surfaces kill 99% of all bacteria including the super bugs found in hospitals today. This is the reason many hospitals are installing copper doorknobs and door plates. Copper is also increasingly being installed in commercial and residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units to inactivate air-born pathogens. Thousands of years ago the Egyptians were aware of the antibacterial effects of copper and used it in their plumbing systems. Humanity is finally reclaiming this knowledge and is increasingly installing copper piping in both their homes and businesses. An average home in America today has 469 pounds of copper in it. (more…)

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May 2020

May 2020

Xin Si (Yin Metal Snake) starts May 5th, 2020 and ends June 4th. 2020. The snake is a fire sign and marks the beginning of summer. Sitting on top of the snake this year is the element yin metal. This means we have a yang metal water rat year and a yin metal fire snake month.

The image of the golden snake can be a beautiful jewel shining in the summer sun or a shiny dagger! Although the snake is known for its beauty and elegance, it has a dark side that attracts secret agreements, secret actions, shady schemes, and a powerful desire to make things happen whatever the cost. It is interesting that we have had the metal element ruling for the last two months, and metal rules the lungs.

The fire and metal energy of the month are in an opposition cycle (fire melts metal) and this might help fuel the pandemic, but on another level may aid us in navigating the unknown. Yin fire is symbolized by candlelight and may offer us a spark of guidance at the end of the tunnel.

I love the ancient Chinese drawing above of Fuxi and Nuwa. They created humanity and were pictured as androgynous snakes – Fuxi holding a compass (to measure heaven) and Nuwa holding a square (to measure Earth, while contemplating the two ruling animals (rat and snake) this month, I realized how differently they are perceived in the West and the East. In the East, those wishing to pay a woman a compliment and acknowledge her beauty are accustomed to say: “My dear, you are a real snake!” — a pleasantry most likely to be misinterpreted in the West!! Likewise, the Chinese may call a person who is quick witted as being “shrewder than the Rat, while in the West, calling a person a rat means you don’t trust them. (more…)

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April 2020

This 3rd month (April 4th to May 5th), in this White Metal Rat year, is ruled by the Golden Metal Dragon or the Golden Shen Lung. There are three great spiritual dragons in Chinese cosmology and Shen-Lung is the Rain God who controls rain, wind, thunder and lightning. Dragons stand for the yang or the positively charged masculine forces and their sound is that of thunder. It is interesting that Traditional Chinese Doctors believe viruses are “pathogens carried by the wind” into weakened bodies (plant, animal, or human) and that Shen Lung, who controls the wind, rules this month.

The Chinese character for thunder is a dragon pictured under a raincloud. This golden rain dragon is associated with fertility and is known for creating sudden changes. Believing deeply in the fertilizing power of rain and sudden weather changes in the spring months, the Chinese held elaborate rituals to to avoid offending him, for if he grew angry or feltneglected, the result was bad weather, drought, floods, thunderstorms or illness. To placate him, they created clay dragon images and carried them around the region while reciting special incantations. It was a form of sympathetic magic. They believed “like attracts like.”

Although the spiritual Geng Metal Dragon energies can represent purity and precision, they can also be inflexible, unbending and combative with little regard for the feelings of others. This ruthlessness can result in a rapid rise to the power of authority, which is being demonstrated worldwide right now. Often it falls to the Metal Dragon to state the difficult truth that no one else will raise. This month, we must stay cognizant of the predicament we are in, and strive to maintain balance amid all of the contradictory chatter and fear surrounding us. (more…)

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March 2020 the month of the Yin Earth Rabbit/Hare

March 5th – April 3rd, 2020

The month of March is always ruled by the rabbit or hare. It is an animal that epitomize gentleness, refinement, elegance and is rarely angry, hostile or aggressive. It is also are known for longevity, discretion and bringing good luck.

Since this month also brings the magical doorway of the Spring Equinox, I was reminded of the mysterious image of the three spinning hares. It is a fascinating circular motif or meme of creation appearing worldwide at sacred sites from the Middle and Far East to Africa to the churches of Europe.

The hares, which were considered androgynous or hermaphroditic until recently by most cultures, generally live alone. But there are certain times of the year when they congregate in mass (for unknown reasons.) One of these times is the Spring Equinox. It brings a certain energy and the hares go crazy – jumping and boxing! They become as mad as “a March Hare,” or the famous “Mad Hatter” in Alice in Wonderland.

They don’t build their homes in burrows like rabbits, but instead make little nests (like a bird nest) in the grass on the ground. Another oddity about the hares is they give birth to baby hares that are fully furred and have open eyes. The Mother builds a nest not only for herself, but one for each baby. From the day these babies are born, they are very self sufficient! (more…)

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