Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everybody! Today we burn red candles for life and black candles for letting go.

Celebrate the dead and your ancestors. Send loving thoughts to all the wonderful people we've lost this year!

Burning a yellow candle in the West will bring spirits to your door, and burning wormwood will allow you to see them. 

Take care and have a great Halloween!


"Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand"

I like this Pope!

The Independent

The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
He added: “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment. 

“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it.
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
The Catholic Church has long had a reputation for being anti-science – most famously when Galileo faced the inquisition and was forced to retract his “heretic” theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

But Pope Francis’s comments were more in keeping with the progressive work of Pope Pius XII, who opened the door to the idea of evolution and actively welcomed the Big Bang theory. In 1996, John Paul II went further and suggested evolution was “more than a hypothesis” and “effectively proven fact”.
Yet more recently, Benedict XVI and his close advisors have apparently endorsed the idea that intelligent design underpins evolution – the idea that natural selection on its own is insufficient to explain the complexity of the world. In 2005, his close associate Cardinal Schoenborn wrote an article saying “evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense – an unguided, unplanned process – is not”.

 Also: Pope's top 10 tips for happiness


Mercury Direct

Mercury Direct today at 16 degrees Libra - right next to the North Node. This gives us glimpses into the future.

Mercury is close to an opposition with Uranus in Aries, bringing big insights to us this weekend. Think before you speak.

Here's some great info on the god Mercury from Manly Hall:

"His transcendent learning caused Hermes to be identified with many of the early sages and prophets. In his Ancient Mythology, Bryant writes: "I have mentioned that Cadmus was the same as the Egyptian Thoth; and it is manifest from his being Hermes, and from the invention of letters being attributed to him. " (In the chapter on the theory of Pythagorean Mathematics will be found the table of the original Cadmean letters.) Investigators believe that it was Hermes who was known to the Jews as "Enoch," called by Kenealy the "Second Messenger of God." Hermes was accepted into the mythology of the Greeks, later becoming the Mercury of the Latins. He was revered through the form of the planet Mercury because this body is nearest to the sun: Hermes of all creatures was nearest to God, and became known as the Messenger of the Gods.

Serpent worship in some form has permeated nearly all parts of the earth. The serpent mounds of the American Indian; Python, the great snake o the Greeks; the sacred serpents of the Druids; the Midgard snake of Scandinavia; the brazen serpent of the Jews; the snakes at the oracle; of Delphi twining themselves around the tripod upon which the Pythian priestess sat, the tripod itself being in the form of twisted serpents; the sacred serpents preserved in the Egyptian temples; the Uræus coiled upon the foreheads of the Pharaohs and priests etc. The serpent-wound staff of Hermes remains the emblem of the medical profession. Among nearly all these ancient peoples the serpent was accepted as the symbol of wisdom or salvation. The antipathy which Christendom feels towards the snake is based upon the little-understood allegory of the Garden of Eden.

The cock, or rooster, was a symbol of Cashmala (Cadmillus) in the Samothracian Mysteries, and is also a phallic symbol sacred to the sun. It was accepted by the Greeks as the emblem of Ares (Mars) and typified watchfulness and defense. When placed in the center of a weather vane it signifies the sun in the midst of the four corners of creation. The Greeks sacrificed a rooster to the gods at the time of entering the Eleusinian Mysteries; the goat is both a phallic symbol and also an emblem of courage or aspiration because of its surefootedness and ability to scale the loftiest peaks."

Manly P. Hall


1000-year old Viking treasure found in Scotland

"A hoard of medieval and Viking treasures including this golden pin, 
 which has lain buried for centuries in a Scottish churchyard"

From the BBC:

Viking treasure haul unearthed in Scotland

"A haul of Viking treasure has been unearthed from a field in south west Scotland by an amateur using a metal detector.

Derek McLennan
Derek McLennan, Dumfriesshire in September
Derek McLennan, a retired businessman from Ayrshire, made the find in Dumfriesshire in September. In total, more than 100 items were recovered, including armbands, a cross and brooches.
Experts have said the discovery is one of the most important Viking hoards ever found in Scotland. The items are believed to be worth a six-figure sum.
Mr McLennan last year uncovered Scotland's biggest haul of medieval silver coins.
Among the objects within the hoard is an early Christian cross thought to date from the 9th or 10th Century.
The solid silver cross has enameled decorations which experts consider to be highly unusual.
The haul also includes possibly the largest silver Carolingian pot ever discovered, with its lid still in place. The pot is likely to have been around 100 years old when the hoard was buried in the mid 9th or 10th Centuries.
Stuart Campbell, National Museum of Scotland's head of Scotland's treasure trove unit, said: "This is a hugely significant find, nothing like this has been found in Scotland before in terms of the range of material this hoard represents.

"There's material from Ireland, from Scandinavia, from various places in central Europe and perhaps ranging over a couple of centuries.
"So this has taken some effort for individuals to collect together."
"The treasure hoard includes possibly the largest silver pot from the Carolingian dynasty discovered and could be up to 1,200-years-old."
Mr McLennan said he had dragged himself out of his sick bed to pursue his passion for metal detecting on the day he found the Viking treasure.

He had been given permission to search the site and after an hour he found a silver object, at first he thought it was a spoon but when he rubbed the surface he recognised the Viking decoration.

Further excavation unearthed more than a hundred items of silver and gold including a bird pen, metal vessel, armbands, cross and brooches. Experts say it's one of the most significant Viking hoards ever found in Scotland.

He said: "I dragged myself out of my sick bed because I had two friends that wanted to detect and I'm a bit of an obsessive.

"I unearthed the first piece, initially I didn't understand what I had found because I thought it was a silver spoon and then I turned it over and wiped my thumb across it and I saw the Saltire-type of design and knew instantly it was Viking.

"Then my senses exploded, I went into shock, endorphins flooded my system and away I went stumbling towards my colleagues waving it in the air."

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: "The Vikings were well known for having raided these shores in the past, but today we can appreciate what they have left behind, with this wonderful addition to Scotland's cultural heritage.
"It's clear that these artefacts are of great value in themselves, but their greatest value will be in what they can contribute to our understanding of life in early medieval Scotland, and what they tell us about the interaction between the different peoples in these islands at that time.

Early Medieval cross
Among the objects within the hoard is an early Christian cross thought to date from the 9th or 10th century

"The Dumfries hoard opens a fascinating window on a formative period in the story of Scotland and just goes to show how important our archaeological heritage in Scotland continues to be."
"As ever, the Scottish government will work to facilitate and support the discovery, analysis and exhibiting of finds like this, for the benefit of people here and abroad.

"With that in mind I would like to echo the praise for the responsible behaviour of the metal detectorists: without their continued cooperation this would not be possible."

"The oval shape of this gold ring suggests it had been worn"


The Myth of Columbus

I've never been one to celebrate Columbus Day. The discovery of America was destined to happen, it had already been discovered long before Columbus came along. But the plunder and wholesale destruction of the Native Peoples, wild animals and environments is unconscionable. Absolutely barbaric and tragic.

I studied California Native cultures in college and learned about how the state existed before Spanish settlers came. It was peaceful and the Indians tended the land. They would actually set small fires here and there so brush wouldn't build up so high and the earth would be rejuvenated. One of the reasons have such huge fires here in California now is because the brush has built up so high that fires are blazing too hot. This is just one example! Our state used to be teeming with wildlife! Grizzly bears everywhere. Huge oak trees. Every eucalyptus tree you see in the Bay Area is the result of a seed dropped by a Spanish cow. The toll booths in Oakland was one of the largest bird colonies in the state, with 10,000 migrating birds passing through to roost or raise young.


Anyhow, this article is fantastic and I want to share with everyone today, just to pass along some true history:

6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America


How You Make Decisions Says a Lot About How Happy You Are

Really interesting article! Do you just accept the best option or research until you find the best possible solution?

Check it out: How You Make Decisions Says a Lot About How Happy You Are

by Elizabeth Bernstein

Some people like to weigh every option even if it takes a long time, while others think ‘good enough’ is good enough.


Full Moon in Aries

Full Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Extraordinariousness is happening in four hours here on the West Coast.

This Full Moon is in Aries (headstrong impulsive Me Me Me energy) very close to Uranus (shocking, sudden change or insight) and the South Node of the Moon (the Past haunting us).

If there is any sort of upheaval or sudden shifts in relationships going on this week, try to wait until next week or preferably November to take any real action. I MEAN it. Aries has to do with being a maverick and going your own way, but the current emphasis is on Working With Others. Try to be conciliatory and diplomatic with any tiffs that arise.

The ruler of Aries is Mars, currently trining Uranus and stirring up anger and impulsive action - it's a volatile mix. Plus the Sun in Libra squaring Pluto in Capricorn can cause issues with authority.