Incense of the Day
SPIRIT PORTAL INCENSE
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Lavender
pinch of wormwood
Gemstone of the Day
Herb of the Day
Deity of the Day
Legba is the gatekeeper to the spirit world, known as Vilokan. Rituals begin with a prayer to Legba to open those gates so that participants can gain access to the other lwas. The veves of these other lwas are often drawn intersecting the branches of Legba’s veve to represent this.
Legba is also strongly associated with the sun and is seen as a life-giver, transferring the power of Bondye to the material world and all that lives within it.
This further strengthens his role as the bridge between realms.
His association with creation, generation and life makes him a common lwa to approach with matters of sex, and his position as a conduit of Bondye’s will makes him a lwa of order and destiny.
Finally, Legba is a lwa of the crossroads, and offerings are often made there for him. His symbol is the cross, which also symbolizes the intersection of material and spiritual worlds.
Other names:Legba is often affectionately referred to as Papa Legba.
Lwa Family: Rada
Associated Catholic Saint: St. Peter, who holds the keys to the gate of heaven
Holiday: November 1, All Saints Day
Appearance:An old man who walks with a cane. He carries a sack on a strap across one shoulder from which he dispenses dentiny.
Alternate Personality: Legba’s Petro form is Met Kafou Legba. He represents destruction rather than creation and is a trickster who introduces chaos and disruption. He is associated with the moon and night.
Are You in a State of True Being?
Many teachings focus on how to develop the state of true being. Although the word “being” sounds passive, a state of true being is highly dynamic. It embodies a quiet flow of deep awareness.
Take this quiz to see how close you may be to experiencing a state of true being:
See how many of these statements are TRUE for you:
* I experience immediate attention to the here and now.
* I experience a sense of newness in all my activities, no matter how repetitive.
* I experience peacefulness.
* My perception accentuates the environment more, focusing less on myself.
* I feel a sense of rightness or perfection about everything.
* I experience little or no thought.
* I experience a touching, or at least a getting closer to, my core nature.
* I feel a strong, clear connection with the world.
* I experience reality as a reflection of myself.
* I feel an innate sense of purpose.
* I experience a complete abandon or surrender.
* I feel nonattachment.
* I experience balanced energies.
* I feel unconditional love.
* I experience joy and/or bliss.
* I feel patience.
* I experience the sense of residing in a timeless present that stretches throughout eternity.
No matter how many of these statements were or were not true for you, these are all experiences that are attainable with practice. This book is a helpful guide to reaching a true state of being.
Adapted from On the Toltec Path, by Ken Eagle Feather (Inner Traditions, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Ken Eagle Feather. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from On the Toltec Path, by Ken Eagle Feather (Inner Traditions, 2006).
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 June 6
Explanation: What can this galaxy tell us about the expansion rate of the universe? Perhaps a lot because UGC 9391, featured, not only contains Cepheid variable stars (red circles) but also a recent Type Ia supernova (blue X). Both types of objects have standard brightnesses, with Cepheids typically being seen relatively nearby, while supernovas are seen much farther away. Therefore, this spiral is important because it allows a calibration between the near and distant parts of our universe. Unexpectedly, a recent analysis of new Hubble data from UGC 9391 and several similar galaxies has bolstered previous indications that Cepheids and supernovas are expanding with the universe slightly faster than expected from expansion measurements of the early universe. Given the multiple successes of early universe concordance cosmology, astrophysicists are now vigorously speculating about possible reasons for this discrepancy. Candidate explanations range from the sensational, such as the inclusion of unusual cosmological components types such as phantom energy and dark radiation, to the mundane, including statistical flukes and underestimated sources of systematic errors. Numerous future observations are being planned to help resolve the conundrum.
Find the Little Dipper
Tonight … how to find the Little Dipper using the Big Dipper as a guide. The Big Dipper is easy to find, but the Little Dipper isn’t. You need a dark sky to see the Little Dipper, so be sure to avoid city lights. The good news is that the feeble light of the young waxing crescent moon – in the west after sundown on the evening of June 6, 2016 – shouldn’t interfere with your ability to see the faint Little Dipper stars for some nights to come.
On June evenings, you can find the Big Dipper high in the north. Notice that it has two parts – a bowl and a handle. Look at the outer two stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper, those stars farthest from the handle. Those stars are sometimes called The Pointers because they point to the North Star, also known as Polaris. And Polaris is the last star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
The Little Dipper isn’t a constellation. It’s an asterism, or noticeable star pattern. The Little Dipper belongs to the constellation Ursa Minor the Little Bear.
Richard Hinkley Allen in his book Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning claims the Greek constellation Ursa Minor was never mentioned in the literary works of Homer (9th century B.C.) or Hesiod (8th century B.C.). That’s probably because this constellation hadn’t been invented yet, that long ago.
According to the Greek geographer and historian Strabo (63 B.C. to A.D. 21?), the seven stars we see today as part of Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper) didn’t carry that name until 600 B.C. or so. Before that time, people saw this group of stars outlining the wings of the constellation Draco the Dragon.
When the seafaring Phoenicians visited the Greek philosopher Thales around 600 B.C., they showed him how to navigate by the stars. Purportedly, Thales clipped the Dragon’s wings to create a new constellation, possibly because this new way of looking at the stars enabled Greek sailors to more easily locate the north celestial pole.
But it’s not just our names for things in the sky that change. The sky itself changes, too. In our day, Polaris closely marks the north celestial pole in the sky. In 600 B.C. – thanks to the motion of precession – the stars Kochab and Pherkad more closely marked the position of the north celestial pole.
Bottom line: You can easily find the Big Dipper high in the north on June evenings. Use the two outer stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star. Polaris marks the end of the handle of the Little Dipper.
Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
Article published on EarthSky
The Wisdom of Buddha
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Consulting the Psychic 8 Ball
Query: How will our week be?
Your Daily Influences
June 6, 2016
A lover of tradition and ceremony, The Hierophant needs social approval and appreciates the positive aspects of conformity.
Naudhiz reversed may tell of needs met and harmonious relationships. Your passions for someone or something may be at their pinnacle.
Pisces the Fishes
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led. This person probably relies to heavily upon you to make decisions for them.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.