EARTH – Its colour is Yellow (Direction East)

EARTH – Its colour is Yellow (Direction East)

 

The  element  of  earth  is  the  densest  and  the  most  accessible  of  all  the  elements   because  earth  is  the  foundations  and  building  blocks  of  life;  it  is  energy  in  its  solid   form.  The  carbons,  which  build  our  organs  and  skin  are  made  from  this  dense   element  giving  us  the  understanding  of  the  material  world  around  us  and   allowing  us  to  feel  objects  and  textures.  Earth  is  also  the  element  which  allows  us   to  understand  the  spiritual  teachings  physically,  it  gives  us  the  opportunity  to   experience  life  directly  and  brings  about  the  full  understanding  of  our  incarnated   selves.

 

This  is  the  most  practical  of  all  the  elements  as  it  transforms  the  world  of   energy  into  direct  experience,  allowing  us  to  realize  our  dreams  and  fulfill  our   potential  here  upon  the  globe.  The  very  planet  we  live  on  is  even  referred  to  as   Mother  Earth,  showing  us  that  this  is  a  powerful  element that sustains all life and give the foundational support all life needs to grow.

 

The  direction  we  turn  to  acknowledge  earth  is  East,  it  is  here  where  we   come  to  integrate  the  other  elements  and  teachings  into  our  lives  and  gain  insight   and  wisdom  within  ourselves.  This  is  the  direction  of  the  Witch,  the  Sorcerer,  and   the  Magician  the  direction  where  the  first  shafts  of  light  penetrate  the  day.  These   are  people  who  have  transformed  themselves  through  working  with  these  subtle   energies  and  have  come  to  the  full  understanding  of  the  outer  and  inner  worlds  of   existence.  Through  integration  and  understanding  of  all  the  elements  you  return   to  your  true  nature,  Integrating  and  balancing  all  the  elements  within  yourself  and   merging  with  the  ocean,  which  is  the  clear  essence  of  being.

 

The  Earth  element  resides  in  the  Stomach  and  from  time  to  time  when  you   are  feeling  a  bit  unwell  it’s  a  good  idea  to  visualize  pure  yellow  light  being   breathed  into  your  body  and  circulating  around  the  stomach  area.  This  way  the   elemental  qualities  will wash into your internal organs helping them to support their natural processes.

WATER – Its colour is Blue (Direction South)

WATER – Its colour is Blue (Direction South)

 

Water  is  the  element  of  the  South  and  through  meeting  water  we  meet  the  great   nurturer  that  it  is  our  mother.  For  nine  months  we  swam  in  the  seas  of  our   mother’s  womb,  being  protected  we  grew  within  this  vital  life  fluid.  Water  is  the   creator  of  our  emotions  enabling  us  to  experience  the  world  as  sensations  and   feelings.

 

Water  teaches  us  to  watch  the  world  with  non-­‐attachment;  by  just  letting   thoughts  drift  by  allows  us  to  come  to  the  understanding  of  the  nature  of  the   world.  Our  mind  is  the  vast  ocean  and  our  thoughts  are  what  swim  within  it.  If  we   remember  to  focus  on  the  ocean  and  just  watch  our  thoughts  without  creating  any   attachment  to  them  we  become  fluid  and  free.  This  is  the  element  that  reminds  us   we  are  made  up  from  water;  our  entire  bodies  are  fluid  and  moving  just  like  our   thoughts  and  the  sensations  within  us.  When  we  work  with  these  qualities we come to the understanding that we need to be fluid and flowing within the mind.

 

When  we  free  the  mind  from  the  constraints  of  thought  we  learn  that  we  become   clear.  By  having  no  attachment  to  our  thoughts  allows  us  to  experience  the  clear   mind  the  Witches  talk  about.

 

It  is  only  by  surrendering  to  the  depths  of  the  vast  ocean  that  we  come  to   experience  life,  allowing  us  to  be  reborn  once  again  within  a  second  birth,  this   time  not  from  our  maternal  mothers,  but  from  the  eternal  mother.

 

The  water  element  resides  in  the  kidney  organs  and  from  time  to  time   these  can  become  weakened  with  our  excessive  lifestyles,  when  you  feel  a   weakness  in  this  area  of  your  body  imagine  breathing  in  pure  blue  light  into  your   kidney  organs.  Let  it  wash  into  them  restoring  them with refeshing waters, restoring and healing you from deep within.

FIRE – Its colour is Red (Direction West)

FIRE – Its colour is Red (Direction West)

 

Fire  is  the  energy  that  creates  life  and  it  is  also  the  power  behind  conception  and   birth.  Fire  needs  air  to  sustain  its  existence  because  without  it,  it  withers  and  dies.   Fire  is  what  gives  us  the  potential  for  action  in  the  world;  it  forms  momentum  that   allows  us  to  grow  and  reach  adulthood  and  become  complete  in  our  life’s  purpose.   When  we  talk  of  people  burning  with  passion,  this  is  the  fire  we  talk  about,  an   energy  that  fuels  their  ability  to  achieve  their  dreams.  This  potent  element  allows   us  to  be  inspired  and  to  move  from  the  point  of  birth  growing  fully  into  our  lives.   It  brings  momentum  and  without  its  transformative  qualities  all  would  be  static. Fire  is  the  powerful  energy  store  within  us  that  allows  us  to  reach  transcendence   and  move  into  pure  consciousness  to  fully  understand  the  Gods.

 

Fire  is  in  the  West,  the  direction  of  the  setting  sun,  when  we  turn  to  the   direction  of  the  West  we  offer  our  prayers  for  the  gift  of  life.  We  light  candles  and burn bonfires to this element and we feel its power as it transforms everything with  its  touch.  Nothing  can  ever  stay  the  same  with  the  element  of  :ire,  our  lives   are  a  process  from  birth  to  death;  we  burn  throughout  our  existence  consuming   the  air  we  need  to  keep  living.  At  the  end  of  our  lives  when  the  fire  has  dwindled   we  finally  take  our  last  breath  and  devoid  of  fuel  we  transform  and  dissolve  into   the  next  form  of  existence.

 

The  fire  element  resides  in  your  liver  organ  and  from  time  to  time  when   we  get  a  bit  cranky  this  organ  feels  sluggish.  This  happens  when  we  eat  the  wrong   type  of  foods  and  when  we  get  stressed,  to  calm  yourself  and  strengthen  this   element  when  it  feels  weak  imagine  breathing  in  the  fire  element  as  red  pure  light   and  let  it  infuse  your  liver organ cleansing it with healing and refreshing light that restores and heals.

AIR – Its colour is Green (Direction North)

AIR – Its colour is Green (Direction North)

Air  is  associated  with  the  direction  of  the  North  winds  and  this  is  the  realm  of   spirit  where  the  primal  energy  of  the  universe  floods  into  our  world.  Air  is   invisible,  we  breathe  it  in  giving  us  life  but  we  cannot  touch  it.  We  feel  it   sometimes  on  our  skin,  when  the  wind  blows  it  caresses  us  and  touches  our   bodies.

 

Air  is  just  like  spirit,  it  is  there  but  we  cannot  give  it  form  because  it  is   formless,  it  is  a  feeling  that  lifts  us  beyond  the  everyday  world  and  transports  us   into  a  realm  where  all  things  are  possible,  the  realm  where  magic  is  made  and   transformation  takes  place.  It  is  one  of  the  greatest  gifts  of  the  universe  because  it   gives  us  life.  But  what  is  life?  It  is  the  awareness  with  which  we  can  perceive  the   world  around  us  with.  But  like  air  the  world  is  not  as  solid  as  is  seems,  it  is  a  moving  and  flowing  rhythm  of  energy  that  we  dream  into  being.    Air  teaches  us   that  everything  is  energy,  moving  in  and  out  of  form  and  formlessness,  forever  in   motion.

 

Our  breath  is  spirit,  air  gives  us  the  gift  of  life  and  we  in  turn  acknowledge   that  blessing  and  give  thanks.  Burn  some  sweet  incense  for  air  or  maybe  tie  a   small  piece  of  cloth  on  a  tree  as  a  spirit  flag.  The  air  will  carry  the  smoke  to  the   sky  and  toss  your  colored  rags  around  carrying  your  intentions  high.

 

The  air  element  resides  in  our  lungs  and  its  bright  luminous  quality  gives   strength  to  our  bodies.  When  you  are  feeling  a  bit  down  or  lacking  energy  try   breathing  in  pure  green  light  of  the  air  element  and  let  it  infuse  your  whole  body with a healing quality that supports and restores you.

Elemental Blessing

Elemental Blessing

May  the  Earth  bless  me

So  I  may  always  be  supported

May  the  Waters  bless  me

So  I  may  always  be  cleansed

May  the  Winds  bless  me

For  their  powers  of  inspiration

May  the  Fire  bless  me

So  I  will  always  have  a  warm  heart

Song to the Elements

Song to the Elements

Oh  elements  of  creation  bless  me  with  your  powers

Let  the  Fires  of  creation  burn  strong  in  my  body

Let  the  inspiration  of  Air  carry  my  prayers  to  the  gods

Let  Water  cleanse  and  ease  all  my  troubles

Let  Earth  always  support  my  feet  as  I  walk  the  sacred  ways

Let  me  be  strong  for  those  who  are  weak

Give  me  the  gift  of  forgiveness  towards  all  those  who  suffer

May  I  by  engaging  in  sacred  deeds  always  be  in  service  for  others

May  the  elements  always  abide  in  balance  within  me

May  I  always  be  a  child  of  nature

Blessed  Be

A Little Humor for Your Day – “The Frying Pan”

The Frying Pan

 

A man was sitting quietly reading his paper one morning, peacefully enjoying himself, when his wife sneaks up behind him and whacks him on the back of his head with a huge frying pan.

Man: “What was that for?”

Wife: “What was that piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Marylou written on it?”

Man: “Oh honey, remember two weeks ago when I went to the horse races? Marylou was the name of one of the horses I bet on.”

The wife looked all satisfied, apologizes, and goes off to do work around the house.

Three days later he is once again sitting in his chair reading and she repeats the frying pan swatting.

Man: “What was that for this time?”

Wife: “Your horse phoned.”

JokesWarehouse.com

Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Crescent Nebula

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 10

NGC 6888: The Crescent Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller, Jimmy Walker

 

Explanation: NGC 6888, also known as the Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. This sharp telescopic portrait uses narrow band image data that isolates light from hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the wind-blown nebula. The oxygen atoms produce the blue-green hue that seems to enshroud the detailed folds and filaments. Visible within the nebula, NGC 6888’s central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136). The star is shedding its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun’s mass every 10,000 years. The nebula’s complex structures are likely the result of this strong wind interacting with material ejected in an earlier phase. Burning fuel at a prodigious rate and near the end of its stellar life this star should ultimately go out with a bang in a spectacular supernova explosion. Found in the nebula rich constellation Cygnus, NGC 6888 is about 5,000 light-years away.

Breaking News from EarthSky, June 10th: M5.2 earthquake shakes California

M5.2 earthquake shakes California

There were no immediate reports of damage from the moderate earthquake that shook southern California residents awake early Friday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.2-magnitude earthquake – a moderate but noteworthy earthquake – near the San Jacinto fault in southern California. The quake was centered in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A local news outlet, the Desert Sun reported that the quake shook southern California residents awake early Friday at 1:04 a.m.

USGS gives the following information about the quake:
Time
2016-06-10 08:04:38 (UTC)

Nearby Places
22.0 km (13.7 mi) NNW of Borrego Springs, CA
24.0 km (14.9 mi) ESE of Anza, CA
25.0 km (15.5 mi) NE of Warner Springs, CA
43.0 km (26.7 mi) S of Palm Springs, CA
68.0 km (42.3 mi) ENE of Escondido, CA
98.0 km (60.9 mi) NE of San Diego, CA
109.0 km (67.7 mi) SE of San Bernardino, CA

Initial incomplete data had suggested two quakes of roughly the same size shook within a minute, but USGS deleted one of them shortly afterward.

California is an earthquake-prone region because it is located along what geologists call the Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Lucy Jones – a geologist in southern California – has posted many tweets about the June 10 earthquake this morning:

EQ at ~1:05 this morning is a mag 5 near the San Jacinto fault

Another M3 aftershock.
M5.2 @ 1:04 am
M3.5 @ 1:06
M3.0 @ 1:07
M3.5 at 1:33
+ dozens of tiny ones

We have never seen a San Andreas EQ triggered by a San Jacinto EQ. The 2 faults are ~25 miles apart

Bottom line: No immediate reports of damage or injuries from a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in southern California early in the morning on June 10, 2016.

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