Pan, a God of fertility, was a follower of Dionysus who revel in mischief. He was a lord belonging to the Satyr, a tribe of creatures inhabiting the forest and mountains. In mostmyths Pan is portrayed as a merry man who was famous for the deals involving amorous affairs. He enticed other female satyrs as well as young nymphs to release their inhibitions for ecstasy which would be fleeting. Pan, at a young age, experienced rejection from his mother, the woman who was to love him unconditionally. Because of the parting he carried hidden resentment toward females. He treated each as objects for his lustful affections and no more.
When Pan was born his mother could not bear the sight of the child. In her arms she held to her a deformed baby. His head and torso were human with a slight slant upward in his eyes. Sharp pointed ears grew outward through strands of dark curly hair. Horns designed in the shape of a mountain goat grew from his head. To his mother's disgust, her son's legs were as hairy as a wild boar and feet matching the blue print of a horse. She declared the boy appalling and in the dead of night she deserted Pan deep in the heart of the woods.
The deciding vote of the Goddess and God themselves spared his life. While growing he roamed finding the perfect environment designed for him to prosper. He took advantage of all the world had to offer with sheer abandonment. In Arcadia amongst the Grecian hills Pan sat high in the shady cypress tree as a watchman that spent his days and nights guarding lonely shepherds and their lambs.
During the festival celebrations he charmed with boyish enthusiasm seducing and bedding maiden satyrs and young nymphs. Pan left behind many broken hearts. He abandoned all his conquests with an empty memory and single mothers to raise his unwanted children. He had a reputation for rushing into the lives of several demure nymphs who guarded the woods, flowers, trees and water. In each situation Pan brought newness, an enthusiastic urgency to declare the union in oneness.
The mountain nymph Sytrinx attracted Pan with her innocence, her shy and
demure nature. While in hot pursuit the young nymph swiftly flew around the
trees and bushes. She darted over the jagged rocks gliding down the riverbank till she disappeared forming herself into one of the tall swaying reeds. Pan searched then became bored. He cut several of the hollow stems in different lengths and then bound them together with twine. A sweet sound was released as he blew air above the open holes. Some say the song was a tenser as the nymph herself.
A Musical INSTRUMENT
by Elizabeth Barrette Browning
What was he doing, the great god, Pan
Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and cattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
And breaking the golden lilies afloat
With the dragon-fly on the river.
He tore out a reed, the great god, Pan.
From the deep cool bed of the river.
The limpid water turbidy ran,
And the broken Lilies a-dying lay,
And the dragon-fly had fled away,
Ere he brought it out of the river.
High on the shore sat the great god, Pan,
While turbidly flowed the river;
And hacked and hewed as a great god can,
With his hard bleak steel at the patient reed,
Till there was not a sign of loaf indeed
To prove it fresh from the river.
He cut it short, did the great god, Pan,
(How tall it stood in the river!)
"The only way, since gods began
To make sweet music, they could succeed."
Then, dropping his mouth to a hole in the reed, He blew in power by the
Sweet, sweet, sweet, O Pan!
Piercing sweet by the river;
Blinding sweet, O great god Pan!
The sun on the hill forgot to die,
And the lilies revised, and the dragon-fly
Came back to dream by the river.
Yet half a beast is the great god, Pan.
To laugh as he sits by the river,
Making a poet out of man:
The true gods sign for the cost of pain-
For the reed which grows nevermore again
As a red with the reeds in
The late Paul Bura poet reads A musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer and occurs when the North Pole is tilted toward the Sun. At Summer Solstice or Midsummer ,the sun is at its peak. The days are at their longest. Midsummer is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest.
Midsummer is the time when aids of love divination are widely used. Men and women forging a bond akin to that of the God and Goddess.
FIRE- Aries, Leo, Sagittarius- passionate and energetic.
AIR- Libra, Aquarius, Gemini- intellectual and communicative.
EARTH- Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo- practical and cautious.
WATER- Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces- emotional and intuitive
Like signs energy share strengths and will usually be compatible.
Fire feels that Water will extinguish. Earth will smother. Air will fan flames.
Air feels that Earth will confine. Water will drench. Fire combustion.
Earth feels that Air will dry. Fire will parch. Water will fertilize.
Water feels that Fire will bring to a boil. Air will cause to evaporate. Earth will mix well.
William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon and preeminent writer of the English language, was said to have been born (and died!) on this day. The witty Taurus wrote 154 sonnets and 38 plays - many with mystical elements (ghosts, soothsayers, witches and fairies)A Midsummer Night's Dream
is a play by William Shakespeare
. It is believed that it was written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage
of the Duke of Athens
, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a comedy, is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
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"Every race has its holy centers, places where the Veil is thinnest.
These places were developed by the wisdom of the past,
Until a powerful spiritual atmosphere was engendered there
And consciousness could easily open to the subtler planes
Where the messengers of God come to meet it."
(Dion Fortune, 'Glastonbury')
Picture taken as I lay in the hayfield on Midsummer 2012 talking to my Spirit Guides.
Most of mankind does not seek after spiritual truth nearly so much as it seeks the mystery of the Spirit...of life and existence.
How often do you do something simply because you love doing it?
Think about it for a moment: we spend the majority of our lives doing things because they “need” to be done or because we feel an obligation to complete the task. Now, sometimes that obligation centers around our family while other obligations come from work… but regardless of the source, it’s not unusual to find that most of our time is spent working on an agenda that was given to us by someone else.
As a result, we tend to put off our own list of “shoulds” for the simple reason that we’re tired of doing what we’re told… just once, our subconscious thinks, I should be able to do what I want… not what I should.
And so the shoulds never get done.
But this mindset is exactly what keeps us from being successful on a diet or writing that book or cleaning out that closet. It’s what keeps us just a few steps away from the life we really want while our frustration builds because we’re not getting any closer to our goals.
It is in fact, the most dangerous excuse of all because it’s disguised as self-indulgence.
So, the next time you’re feeling frustrated that you’re not where you want to be, take a long hard look at your current to-do list… are there actions on that list that will bring you closer to your goals? If the answer is no, you have a problem… until your goals get the same commitment you apply to everything else in your life, you won’t achieve what you want to achieve.
And you’ll never experience the true satisfaction of turning “shoulds” into “done”.
Your devoted friend,
World Renowned Visionary
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer and occurs when the North Pole is tilted toward the Sun. At Summer Solstice or Midsummer, the sun is at its peak. The days are at their longest. Midsummer is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest.
Midsummer Day, feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24. The preceding night is midsummer night or St. John's Eve, and because it comes near the solstice, it is in many parts of Europe connected with magic. Great bonfires are built and there is merrymaking. Emphasis on love and lovers on this night undoubtedly reflects old fertility rites.
The Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia - Third Edition, The Viking press 1953
Midsummer's Eve 23 June, the night before Midsummer's Day, is widely held to one of the most magical times in the year and is thus a favoured date for the holding of witches' SABBATS. Marking the moment when the sun's power gradually starts to diminish and a time when the forces of darkness are reputed to be especially active, Midsummer's eve was formerly considered an ideal time to probe into what the future might have in store. For this reason, witches throughout Europe once broke open hens' eggs on this night in order to divine from the contents things to come, or would rise spirits so as to question them about whatever might lie wait.
Other witches might take advantage of the date to gather St. John's wort, which was supposed to be great benefit in the treatment of nervous disorders, in assisting barren women to become pregnant and in preventing the passage of malevolent spirits. The plant had to be gathered on Midsummer's Eve in order to be effective (some authorities stipulated that the person collecting it had to pick the plant while entirely naked) and care had to be taken not to step on the flower. If this happened, a fairy horse might rear up beneath the culprit and carry him or her off on a wild ride that might last all night and end up in some remote and desolate place.
Women who become pregnant on Midsummer's Eve were expected to bear children with the dubious gift ov the evil eye.
Cassell Dictionary of Witchcraft David Pickering
Life is too short to wake up with regrets..
So love the people who treat you right..
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Take a brief moment to reflect on the purpose of your life. It is essential to have a picture in your mind of the direction of your life. Try to do this in the morning when spiritual energy is at its peak. Accept things as they are, and be patient.
Just because someone at your work or school says that no one is interested in what you have to say does not mean that that's true! If you hear this kind of talk from anyone today, you should be suspicious. It's going to be pretty darned obvious that they are playing major mind games with you. You should only believe things your hear with your own ears and see with your own eyes. Second- or third-hand information is nothing but gossip -- and it should be treated as such.
To get in the state of living is very simple. Just live! A spiritual life is not meant to be one in the cold shadows of a dark temple, but in the light and heat of the living. Celebrate every moment, because every moment is worth celebrating.
Learn from your mistakes, but it is even more important to learn from your successes. Doing the right thing for your spirit means learning the good and making a habit of that. When you focus on mistakes, you only see errors.
Sweeten Life Up with Honey: Honey is the nectar of the Gods and symbolic of love and fertility. Keep a jar in the center of your kitchen table where the sun's rays can catch the honey in the light to create good chi.
With summer's kick-off month starting with a solar eclipse in Gemini, then ending with the energies of yet another solar eclipse building up, you're in for high-energy action all throughout June!
On June 1, Gemini hosts a solar eclipse, an event that will heighten your sense of anticipation and provide an opportunity for personal growth. If you're set in your ways, this can be unnerving, but just remember that it's nothing more than a nudge from the Universe to awaken your potential.
Immediately afterward, on June 2, chatty Mercury becomes even more communicative as it moves into gabby Gemini. Then, on June 4, expansive Jupiter makes a major move from Aries into money-focused Taurus, bringing you good news on the financial front.
Finally, June 11 brings fun and frivolity as flirty Venus joins the Sun and Mercury in light-hearted Gemini.
A lunar eclipse on June 15 emphasizes balance, balance, balance. If you find yourself struggling, there's probably an imbalance somewhere: a strong relationship needs independence; grand ideas are useless without the details; a career isn't satisfying if you can't escape on occasion.
The action continues on June 16, when active Mercury moves into emotional Cancer.
Mars then revs its engines on June 20, charging out of Taurus and into upbeat Gemini for spirited debate and an exciting - albeit possibly stressful -- exchange of ideas. Then on June 21, the day of the Summer Solstice, the Sun moves into Cancer, at which point home and family becomes the main focus.
Get ready for the Sun to send you on a bit of a roller coaster ride as June comes to a close. Good news is imminent on June 25 as the Sun pairs up with Jupiter; on June 28, however, the Sun runs into disruptive Uranus before standing in opposition to powerful Pluto later that same day. Of course, all this activity leads up to another solar eclipse at the start of July, so don't be surprised if things turn out quite differently than you planned!
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