Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time is upon some of us again. Had to set the clocks ahead one hour since it is time to “spring forward.”

Daylight Saving Time used to begin in April and end in October. Now it begins in March and ends in November. Here in the USA, two states don’t recognize this biannual time change. There are a few countries which don’t participate, either.

John Oliver has a short little piece about Daylight Saving Time which is pretty good.

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Spring Has Sprung!!!

It’s the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere…the Vernal Equinox ‘officially’ began at 21:30 PDT on the 19th here in my neck of the woods. Also, Saturday marked ‘Save the Florida Panther Day.’ A ‘Florida panther’ is also known as a puma, mountain lion, cougar, or catamount, depending on where you happen to see it. The jaguar and black panther are closely related! I suppose it can’t be called a mountain lion in Florida, since there are no mountains down in that swampy place…fake, silicone ones, perhaps!


I am nearly finished with my second leg of my journey through the blog-o-sphere, ‘visiting’ with some of the many people I enjoy reading. Hopefully it will be published tomorrow, but Mondays tend to be more treacherous than other days when it comes to my computer cooperating with me! Until then, enjoy these three songs – just my way of celebrating the first, full day of Spring!

Aries Tuneage!

It’s 2015 and the sun is in my sign…so, enjoy these 15 songs that represent my life!
Pink Floyd: “Signs of Life
Sonny Charles & the Checkmates: “Black Pearl
Coldplay: “Talk
Missing Persons: “Words
The Moody Blues: “The Voice
Van Morrison: “Wild Night
Faith No More: “Epic
Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
The Cult: “Fire Woman
The Cult: “Sweet Soul Sister
Heart: “Dreamboat Annie
King’s X: “Over My Head
Pat Benatar: “Invincible
Boston: “Don’t Look Back
Dire Straits: “Lady Writer

Friday Vernal Equinox…2015!!!


The Vernal Equinox is today…the first day of Spring! It officially enters my little corner of the world at 3:45 p.m. (PDT), and I can already feel the sense of rebirth and renewal that always occurs this time of the year…I entered this world during this season under the indomitable sign of Aries, so I shout out: “Here I am – like it or not!”
 Another fantastic celestial event occurred last night…a beautiful total eclipse of the sun. It was best seen in the Northern Atlantic, stretching all the way to the North Pole. From BBC News:

“Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have glimpsed the best solar eclipse in years. A great swathe of the Earth’s surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun. From an aeroplane above the Faroe Islands, a BBC camera crew captured startling footage of the event reaching totality at 09:41 GMT. The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole…In all parts of the UK, the eclipse reached at least 83%, with the darkness peaking at about 09:35 GMT. The precise timing and degree of the eclipse varied with location. For the Shetland Islands, the eclipse was at its height at 09:43 GMT and was very near total, with 97% of the Sun’s disc obscured by the Moon. For those caught under cloudy skies, the internet was a good option to see the eclipse. Scientific agencies had planes and even satellites gathering video to relay on the web and on television. In the UK, the weather turned out to be slightly better than anticipated, with clouds breaking in many places at just the right time. London and the South East, on the other hand, just saw their grey day get slightly gloomier.”

My eyes look to the skies this weekend…my gaze shall return to the troubles of this world on Monday. Even goddesses need their rest, after all! For now, enjoy this time-lapse video of the eclipse, from NRK. The corona is magnificent!
I just heard of the untimely death of A.J. Pero, longtime drummer for the band Twisted Sister. From BBC News:
AJ Pero, the drummer with US heavy metal band Twisted Sister, has died aged 55. The group announced his death on their website, but did not give the cause of death. Pero first joined Twisted Sister in 1982 and left in 1986, but he later reunited with the band in 2001 and continued to perform with them. The band is best known for their 1984 hits, We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock.”
R.I.P., A.J. – rock on.
Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It

Happy Friday!

It’s another beautiful Friday! We just got back from a nice, long ride on the bike and are settling in with some nice steaks, salad, and corn on the cob for an outdoor, grilled dinner – washed down with some good ale, of course!     😎

Summer is drawing to a close – the Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22nd of this year, and that’s just around the corner. I don’t mind Autumn; I admit that Winter isn’t my favorite season, but I don’t necessarily hate it. I dislike the wet and cold more than anything, but the snow falling is quite beautiful, and when the world is dark and silent, shrouded under a thick cloak of snow…there’s nothing like it. Icicles dangling from the eaves, refracting light, glistening as they melt. No, Ostara and the Vernal Equinox – that is my time of year, and my Ascendant sign is the ruler of high summer! I love Spring and Summer – I revel under the spring rains and the summertime sunshine. Below are two examples of the pagan Wheel of the Year, showing the seasons and months associated with them – the first one shows the proper names for all, including the seasonal changes. For example, Mabon is associated with the Autumn Equinox.

I just wanted to note a few topics that I’m working on for next week, and a couple of others that I hope to finish before the month ends. Next week will see Parts Three and Four of my series on racism and sexism in entertainment. I am also working on the series on mental illness and how the designations were created for the sole benefit of white people in general, and white women in particular. This one required a lot of research and couldn’t simply be limited to the topic of depression, so I had to do quite a bit of digging! I hope the end result will be worth the effort…

I’m also planning a few more of my unofficial “Pacific Northwest Edition” of “white watch”, which shows how reports of white crime aren’t given half of the attention that crimes involving non-whites are – and when they are reported on, the comment sections of those articles are nothing more than joke-fests. Articles about crimes by non-whites, however, are filled with hateful, racist statements on a regular basis – I do my best to illustrate that, as well. Additionally, I will do my one and only post regarding the presidential election, now that both the RNC and the DNC are done and over-with. I have a little bit to say about that, but nothing really in-depth – I’m not going to analyse either convention. It’s irrelevant.

I enjoy astrology, so at the beginning of next year I’m going to do a little tribute to each astrological sign, as well as note the Chinese astrological year. This year, 2012, marks the Year of the Black Water Dragon. My fiancee is a Tiger, I am a Dog, and my son is a Dragon.

Anyway, that’s all for now – have a great weekend, dear readers!

’tis Ostara…

The Vernal Equinox – Spring has sprung!  It’s my season.  My birthday draws near; my soul feels reawakened.  I’ve been hibernating, rejuvenating, and recharging my batteries.  Healing and gathering strength.  Repairing armor and sharpening steel.  Returning to myself!  😎  I’m a proud, determined Aries with a fighting spirit, but have been smacked down unfairly and have been contemplating, analyzing, and processing the experience.  Needless to say, I’m also composing a blogpost about that ordeal; that will be my catharsis so I can let it go and move on.  My anger needs its outlet.  I let it rampage for awhile, as necessary; now it is under control and can be focused and directed.  Time to use it to move mountains again.  Soon, soon…

Digressing – back to the season!  It’s pissing rain here in my neck of the woods, which is normal for this time of year.  Windy at the coast, wet in the valleys, new snow on the mountains.  I can’t complain about the weather much, because the climate certainly makes for some beautiful scenery – the trees are fantastic.  Spring is my time of year, but I confess that summer is my favorite season!  Must be that Leo ascendant thing…
A little bit about Ostara:

Incidentally, I’m not Wiccan – I consider myself pagan.  Basically, all practicers of Wicca are pagan, but not all pagans are Wiccan.  The best analogy I can think of is this:  all poodles are dogs, but not all dogs are poodles!

Here’s a pretty song, just for the hell of it…enjoy!

Yanni: “Nightingale

Blessed be…

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