Sunday, August 16, 2015

Wheel of Wonder August 19, 2015

Having returned from a wonderful bit of traveling , off to the barrier islands of the Carolinas, to visit Sea Turtle and Shorebird Sanctuaries, I couldn't help but consider Human impacts on the Earth's Natural Systems.  We Humans with our Post-Industrial hubris are just beginning to understand the negative impacts our actions, our consumerism, and our arrogance are having on Mother Earth.  Some have already learned these lessons and try desperately to share their knowledge with others, but have to shout out so loudly to be heard over the clamor of greed, acquisitiveness, and the grinding gears of the miltary-industrial machine that their voices are carried away from the ears of those who need to hear them.
Pleasantly, Humans are an adaptive species and some good has come from those who listen to their conscience, and even the reputed consciousness of the land, more of a reality for some than for others.  These latter folks can and will take action in this world to help nature adapt, at the same time as they themselves do, to keep the precious natural life cycles of the Earth continuing in perpetuity, for they know if the Earth's Natural Systems suffer so do the animals, plants and Humans.
Among the Atlantic coast of North America's barrier islands are turtle and shorebird sanctuaries, salt marshes, and beach dunes.  At the same time that these ecosystems mitigate flooding and damage from the onslaught of hurricane force winds and rain they also offer habitat and breeding grounds for so much wildlife.  Greedy, acquisitive people will want to build their fancy beach houses (beach MANSIONS really) on stilts within the dunes, and sometimes they will be disciplined for their arrogance by Mother Nature, as she tears down their strong, colossal houses, which are less than twigs to her, then often they will build them again.  But within those barrier islands there are areas were building is not allowed, and the normal, natural systems take place smoothly, year after year.  Some bird sanctuaries thrive in these locations, and as a low impact visitor, we Humans can not only enjoy a beautiful beach, but the beauty of the flying ones as well.  Do you hear the language of birds?  Its carried on the wind....

 Sea Turtles first great challenge is to dig their way out from under the beach sand after they have hatched, and then race for the sea, guided by the moon.  Many things want to eat them on the way to their new home in the deep and blue, only one in 10,000 actually make it.  This year on the full moon of Lughnasadh I was at a turtle sanctuary were 108 of them hatched and dug their way to the surface, trying to follow the song of the sea to their new home.  All the people in their massive houses did agree to turn off their porch lights so the turtles could follow the moon to the sea and not the flood light into the dunes where ghost crabs would eat them. A veritable wall of people surrounded that nest and did all they could, in the moonlight to keep the turtles from straying off course, so they could make it to the sea.  All turtles survived and swam out to where their adventure begins.  We as Humans can also be good stewards of the plants, animals and environment. and we can protect the earth for the future as well!  We must take action, and try very hard to hear the song of nature still singing within the trees, the breeze, the ground and the air and use our knowledge to improve the future of this planet, and leave an equally beautiful place for our children, grandchildren, and the children of our friends living on the land, in the sky, and under the sea.

This week on Wheel of wonder I'll begin a series of shows focused on Climate Change, due to Human pollution and ignorance and strategies and actions that can be taken, and are even now being taken to protect the Earth and all the natural systems she is the architect of, that support and feed us so we can continue to live on this wonderful planet surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty and the hope that life continues.  Blessed Be

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wheel of Wonder July 12, 2015----Just before I hit the road for a spell

Summer can get busy, and this summer has offered me many a crossroad to follow, choices are amazing, but have kept me from the blog.
These days among earth spiritualists we have Neo-Pagan, Neo-Shamanic, and even Neo-Druidic pathways.  These living traditions are, in their own way re-defining the way they express the roots of their faith.  There is some looking through the mists into the distant past involved in these neo-creations (or, re-creations)but rather than a wistful gazing into history, or a better time, they are focused instead on becoming living, breathing, and pertinent spiritual paths for the 21st century.
Today on Wheel of Wonder the focus is on Neo-Druidism, often referred to as simply "Druidry"
One of the common origins for most modern Druidry, is the romanticist era of culture and arts (circa 1800 to about 1850).  As Wikipedia puts it:
"Defining the nature of Romanticism may be approached from the starting point of the primary importance of the free expression of the feelings of the artist. The importance the Romantics placed on emotion is summed up in the remark of the German painter Caspar David Friedrich that "the artist's feeling is his law".[9] To William Wordsworth, poetry should begin as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings," which the poet then "recollect[s] in tranquility," evoking a new but corresponding emotion the poet can then mould into art.[10] In order to express these feelings, it was considered that the content of the art needed to come from the imagination of the artist, with as little interference as possible from "artificial" rules dictating what a work should consist of. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and others believed there were natural laws which the imagination, at least of a good creative artist, would unconsciously follow through artistic inspiration if left alone to do so.[11] As well as rules, the influence of models from other works was considered to impede the creator's own imagination, so that originality was essential. The concept of the genius, or artist who was able to produce his own original work through this process of "creation from nothingness", is key to Romanticism."
For some of the people of Britain, this included returning to the inspiration of the Bards of Antiquity , and the Druids that held positions of importance in the Iron Age.  The word "Bard" itself is said to have hailed from Gaul in the Iron Age. The BDO, ADF, and even the OBOD are good examples of organizations that support and define what modern Druidry is.
Finding out about these Romanticist origins that make up part of the modern movement is very interesting.  In the later 20th century however, this movement began placing a much greater focus on Celt Pagan belief systems, animism and what historical accuracy can be gleaned from the work of modern day archaeologists it has been a very interesting journey I invite you to investigate yourself.  I covered some of this on Wheel of Wonder today.
Next week I'll be on the road though, so I've suggested to Miss Melissa (host of Cottleston Pie on KAOS) that she may want to look at the romantic movement of the early 19th century and explore the origins of its art and poetry and the impact these have had on our modern culture.  Other voices and ideas will follow her for the next few weeks.  I expect to be back on Wheel of Wonder near Lughnasadh.  Summer blessings to you all!

For the images above, I photographed the mask in the garden, The Bards of Caer Pugetia logo belongs to a Seattle, WA. based group of Bards, and the "Ancient Druid" was designed by S.R. Meyrick and C.H. Smith in 1815.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wheel of Wonder May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!  Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their
sons. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870


Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice."

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe

Let's get back to what Mother's day was meant for in the first place!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wheel of Wonder May 3, 2015

Happy Beltane!  Beltane is usually recognized as falling on May 1st, just as MayDay.
May Day is the workers holiday to commemorate how far  Labor unions and Organized workers have brought us, away from the inhumane treatment they received from wealthy business (Factory and Mine) owners in the past.  Unfortunately not every group of workers can Unionize, so some are still mistreated, even in the USA in its "Right to Work" states.  "Right to Work" status is just political talk for "We make it harder for you to unionize, so we can underpay you and give you no benefits or retirement!" Strange thing about economies the only real product economies have are that which is physical, which can be held, and the pool of laborers that have created through their efforts.  "Currency" is at its core, just a symbol of wealth, backed by governments accepting it as such.  Capitalism  of course, will often have a tendency to prioritize these data records, and colorful papers called currency over actual Human rights!  Hooray for May Day, to keep this fresh in our minds!
Beltane however, is a celebration of the return of sunshine and springtime, and the birth of flowers, the budding trees, and the singing birds that remind us what it is to be truly alive.  The very land itself shares with us a symphony of fresh scents and birdsong to enjoy in our dance of life.  Mythically speaking Beltane is also the time when the May Queen returns and engages the Forest King in the Great Rite (SEX people, love-making) to ensure the health of the land , and to reinforce, through the May Queens and Forest Kings inside us, why life is so enjoyable! IT is also a good time for divination, they say the spirit world is closer at hand, and for finding the Feminine and Masculine aspects in all of us, these principles of Intuition and Action and bring them into closer union in order to complete our great work on this world.  Again, Happy Beltane!
Sadly, we couldn't hook up with Malachi, our scheduled guest, today, but hopefully he will join us with his poetic work in the near future.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wheel of Wonder April 26, 2015

For Alchemists, there are many different ways of acquiring and exercising their knowledge.  According to a modern Alchemist who joined me today on Wheel of Wonder, at its core, it is a symbolic language, shown through statuary designs, corporate logos (all variations on the cube) palmistry and its relation to Astrology and the planets and constellations it interprets/represents.  Aubrey, The Alchemist I spoke to, also relates Alchemical knowledge less to changing a base metal like Lead into Gold, like some sort of primitive chemistry, and more to learning through the language of symbols, quantum theory, and achieving greater knowledge about oneself into an evolution of the spirit, to a point like that of the ascensionist paradigm.  I've posted about the idea of ascension elsewhere on this blog, and Christopher Penczak is a well known writer on this subject you can link to from the margin.  IT was an interesting idea though, that some approaches to Alchemy have nothing to do with physically turning a base element to gold at all.  Instead the focus is on self-achievment  from a lesser, unrealized self, to a spiritually awakened one!  I'll post the second half of my interview with Aubrey on this site soon.  KAOS is also on Free Radio America now, so you can catch up on today's episode there.  What music did I play?  Check look up KAOS and today's date, and you can learn that too!  To check out Aubrey's ideas check out this YouTube link, or look up You Tube's "The Modern Alchemist Channel."

The Picture above is from a website called Alchemy Lab Art

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thank you to every listener who supports Independent Media and Upcoming Guests on Wheel of Wonder

I heard one of the DJs on KAOS say that the $11,000.00 goal of the KAOS fundraiser was made!  Thank you new and renewing members!  We Love you!  Neither myself or the community radio outlet that I bring people Wheel of Wonder through are commercial operations, help from student activities at The Evergreen State College, and people pledging their membership dollars are all that keep KAOS, the independent radio station alive and broadcasting.  Soon I'll have a profile on Free Radio America, as will the other KAOS broadcasters and, if you haven't been able to hear Wheel of Wonder (because say, you live in Australia, Europe, or an Asian Pacfic country, or there's a terrible time zone difference) streaming or broadcasting, you'll still be able to catch the show at your convenience for a few days after the broadcast.  I'm pretty excited about that, as far as I know, I'm still the only Pagan Radio Show on the FM dial in America.

Here are some of the upcoming guests On Wheel of Wonder, and also an idea of who has been on the show recently:

Aradia, modern nature and magic loving electronic band.  April 12, 2016

Lori D, DJ Local Miss Mellisa and Fred from "Free Jazz with Fred" during the fund drive week, some on Wheel of Wonder, some when I substituted for "Celtic Echoes" on KAOS

Aubrey, a modern Alchemist, sharing information and philosophy Sunday, April 26, 2015

Malachi Wavebreaker returns to Wheel of Wonder to share poetry from his new book: The Sojourner of Mutable Fire:  An Illustration in Quantum design Malachi picks up his epic narrative poetry from where he left off, this time from the perspective of the feminine principle referred to in The Voyager of Cardinal Water Just in time for the Beltane show on May 3, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wheel of Wonder April 12, 2015

This week on Wheel of Wonder, I'm happily giving over the second hour of the radio broadcast to the Interview and Music of Aradia.  This week will seem a little bit Electronica for those who listen to the broadcast regularly, a natural selection of subject and philosophy that follows that for me is the New Age movement.  This movement, along with a few neo-pagan others offers a unique welcome to spirituality in the information/computer/space age.  Interesting information I found on the New Age Movement from :

The New Age Movement is in a class by itself. Unlike most formal religions, it has no holy text, central organization, membership, formal clergy, geographic center, dogma, creed, etc. They often use mutually exclusive definitions for some of their terms. The New Age is in fact a free-flowing spiritual movement; a network of believers and practitioners who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices, which they add on to whichever formal religion that they follow. Their book publishers take the place of a central organization; seminars, conventions, books and informal groups replace of sermons and religious services.
Quoting John Naisbitt:
"In turbulent times, in times of great change, people head for the two extremes: fundamentalism and personal, spiritual experience...With no membership lists or even a coherent philosophy or dogma, it is difficult to define or measure the unorganized New Age movement. But in every major U.S. and European city, thousands who seek insight and personal growth cluster around a metaphysical bookstore, a spiritual teacher, or an education center." 1

New Age beliefs:

A number of fundamental beliefs are held by many -- but not all -- New Age followers; individuals are encouraged to "shop" for the beliefs and practices that they feel most comfortable with:
bulletMonism: All that exists is derived from a single source of divine energy.
bulletPantheism: All that exists is God; God is all that exists. This leads naturally to the concept of the divinity of the individual, that we are all Gods. They do not seek God as revealed in a sacred text or as exists in a remote heaven; they seek God within the self and throughout the entire universe.
bulletPanentheism: God is all that exists. God is at once the entire universe, and transcends the universe as well.
bulletReincarnation: After death, we are reborn and live another life as a human. This cycle repeats itself many times. This belief is similar to the concept of transmigration of the soul in Hinduism.
bulletKarma: The good and bad deeds that we do adds and subtracts from our accumulated record, our karma. At the end of our life, we are rewarded or punished according to our karma by being reincarnated into either a painful or good new life. This belief is linked to that of reincarnation and is also derived from Hinduism
bulletAn Aura is believed to be an energy field radiated by the body. Invisible to most people, it can be detected by some as a shimmering, multi-colored field surrounding the body. Those skilled in detecting and interpreting auras can diagnose an individual's state of mind, and their spiritual and physical health.
bulletPersonal Transformation A profoundly intense mystical experience will lead to the acceptance and use of New Age beliefs and practices. Guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, and (sometimes) the use of hallucinogenic drugs are useful to bring about and enhance this transformation. Believers hope to develop new potentials within themselves: the ability to heal oneself and others, psychic powers, a new understanding of the workings of the universe, etc. Later, when sufficient numbers of people have achieved these powers, a major spiritual, physical, psychological and cultural planet-wide transformation is expected.
bulletEcological Responsibility: A belief in the importance of uniting to preserve the health of the earth, which is often looked upon as Gaia, (Mother Earth) a living entity.
bulletUniversal Religion: Since all is God, then only one reality exists, and all religions are simply different paths to that ultimate reality. The universal religion can be visualized as a mountain, with many sadhanas (spiritual paths) to the summit. Some are hard; others easy. There is no one correct path. All paths eventually reach the top. They anticipate that a new universal religion which contains elements of all current faiths will evolve and become generally accepted worldwide.
bulletNew World Order As the Age of Aquarius unfolds, a New Age will develop. This will be a utopia in which there is world government, and end to wars, disease, hunger, pollution, and poverty. Gender, racial, religious and other forms of discrimination will cease. People's allegiance to their tribe or nation will be replaced by a concern for the entire world and its people.
The ideas of the New Age movement are for some, another great guide toward how to live an enlightened life, evolving in the mind and spirit to create a better world.