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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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The Hero With a Thousand Faces – myth in stories

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Joseph Campbell

Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.

In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same “elementary ideas.”

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas “archetypes,” which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. In other words, Jung believed that everyone in the world is born with the same basic subconscious model of what a “hero” is, or a “mentor” or a “quest,” and that’s why people who don’t even speak the same language can enjoy the same stories.

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Full Moon and Spring or Winter Equinox 2013

Full Moon September 2013

The September Equinox  occurs on 22nd or 23rd September 2013, depending upon where you live.  The Equinox happens when Earth’s poles are the same distance from the Sun.  On this day there are roughly 12 hrs of day and 12 hrs of night.   In the Southern Hemisphere where I live, it is of course called the Spring Equinox as we are in Spring now, heading into Summer.  In the Northern Hemisphere it is called the Autumn Equinox.

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Wax Candle Making, Honey, & Reminiscences

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax Candles from Heathmont Honey

REMINISCING

A long, long time ago I went to the YMCA or was it the YWCA here in Australia.  I know “YMCA” was a song sung by the Village People.  Anyhow, as a younger person I went to younger person’s crafts classes and to something or other at which we visited some wonderful places and did some great things.

For example, we visited a Soft Drink Manufacturer’s place on one occasion and some of us were given a bottle of carbonated drink.  As we sat by the roadside on the kerb waiting for one of our brothers to pick us up, a bottle, that one of my sisters had placed by the kerb, suddenly exploded.  Luckily, nobody was hurt, but as you can imagine, we kids weren’t too pleased at losing that drink and our parents were none too pleased with that Soft drink manufacturer.

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The Pale Blue Dot Again – Professor Brian Cox & the Universe

Part One

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Last night my partner and I went to the PCEC   ( Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre )  to hear U.K. Prof. Brian Cox, Particle Physicist, talk about physics and the cosmos.  The talk ran for 3 hours from 8pm to 11pm.  While we loved the talk and the PCEC and the Riverside Theatre where the talk was held, it was a bit of a torture finding parking and leaving the car park later.

We went into the PCEC car park via Mill Street off St Georges Terrace, where there were Traffic lights.  We drove around for a while, not having driven there before, wondering where the heck all the supposed empty car bays were and wondering which way to go.  Then my partner intelligently saw some bays toward the very back of the car park so we headed that way and got a park.  Luckily, we had left our house at 6.45pm for a journey into “town” as we call it (the City) which only takes about 30 minutes, so we had plenty of time for finding parking.

As usual, I was concerned about finding our car once we needed it again (not surprising given my lack of sense of navigation, e.g. once when I was a student at Murdoch University, I could not remember where I had parked in the many car parks there, and I must have spent 45 minutes at least wandering around looking for my car until I found it).  We looked for a number and found an 8 on one of the columns but amongst the confusion (or stress) we did not take note of the fact that there was a car bay number actually on the ground of the car bay.

Anyhow, happily, we found we were directly in line with a big room with glass windows in which there was a “bank” or array of video cameras, of course being part of the security of the Convention Centre.  We followed the sign to the “Lift and Stairs” and went past the Paying Station and up the stairs, or was it down the stairs?

To my surprise, we emerged outdoors but just around the corner from the front of the Centre, so in due time we went into the PCEC and followed the huge letter signs on the walls to the Riverside Theatre.  We went past a couple of Bars – i.e. stalls or counters set up as bars – at which a few people lingered.

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Australia best place to see tomorrow’s Annular Solar Eclipse

The north of Western Australia will be the prime spot to witness the majesty of the May 9th / May 10th Annular Solar Eclipse of 2013 !!   I have been to the “North” to Collier Range National Park, and it is beautiful, and I can only imagine what it will be like there at sun-rise tomorrow!  However, as I live in a suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, hundreds of miles away from Collier Range, instead I will be up at 6.53am tomorrow Friday, to witness what I can of the Eclipse.

See this page  HERE  for viewing times around Australia.   My last post gives links to good information about this powerful Eclipse.   I am also duplicating Carol Ann C’iocco’s newsletter of today here, as it contains very intriguing and important information.   Past newsletters of Carol Ann can be found  here,   and I recommend you sign up to receive her Newsletters directly to your In Box.
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Tri-eclipses: Annular Solar Eclipse – Red Centre (Australia) Ring of Fire

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May 4, 2013  – a message from Carol Ann C’iocco

Hi everyone, as you know from my last newsletter (http://ow.ly/kvztG) we are in the middle of a Tri-eclipse portal which spans April 25 – May 25, 2013. The bookend eclipses are minor lunar eclipses which serve as subtle doorways in and out of the portal.  But the central eclipse – coming up this Thursday and Friday May 9 and 10 – is an Annular Solar Eclipse and is very powerful both in its visual quality and its effects.   A “Ring of Fire Eclipse” occurs when the new moon passes between Earth and sun and blocks most, but not all, of the sun’s disc.

2013 Apr 25: Partial Lunar Eclipse

2013 May 10: Annular Solar Eclipse

2013 May 25: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

2013 Oct 18: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

2013 Nov 03: Hybrid Solar Eclipse

The dates above are taken from the NASA website. 

Please see more information at NASA’s link   HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO   THIS   PAGE OF CAROL ANN C”IOCCO PLEASE.  HER PAGE WILL TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE ECLIPSES.

FOR ARCHIVED NEWSLETTER GO TO   THIS   PAGE OF THE WEBSITE

AND SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTERS TO ARRIVE STRAIGHT TO YOUR IN BOX TOO

Also,    Elizabeth Peru   has excellent information about the tri-eclipse period.   Go to her newsletter page for information, and sign up to receive Newsletters.


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Totality – Solar Eclipse at Palm Grove, Queensland

Total Solar Eclipse 14 November 2012

From Sky News

During the new moon of 14th November 2012 we  experienced a Total Solar Eclipse…. where the moon moves between the Earth and Sun, obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun.

The energy of a Solar Eclipse ‘obscures’ the now or potential future, and allows one to reflect on the past.  Not to drag up old energy, or relive painful events or experiences, but rather to positively reassess where you have been and use this knowledge to re-adjust your path moving forward.  Solar Eclipse’s create the potential for huge personal and hence planetary transformations.

It is a time to release the egoic need of power struggles, destruction of life and pain and suffering.   It represents a return of the feminine, in order to balance the male and female polarity in humanity and foster oneness.  Oneness in our hearts and minds, oneness in our physical and spiritual selves, and oneness of our selves with all creation.

May this powerful Solar Eclipse burn off the remaining debris of all old patterns and ways of thinking, allowing us to rise from the ashes ‘new’ and free…

http://www.universallifetools.com/2012/11/solar-eclipse-golden-age/

 

The path of totality for this eclipse will only be visible in parts of extreme northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible in most parts of eastern Australia and New Zealand. The umbra shadow of the eclipse first touches earth in Arnherm Land at the northeast corner of the Northern Territory. The Arnherm Region was declared an Aboriginal Reserve in 1931, one of Australia’s largest reserves, known for its isolation and its people’s strong traditions and art. The Yolngu people of the northeast are one of Australia’s largest indigenous groups. (See Part 3 of this newsletter series for more information on the Aboriginal influence of this eclipse.)The city of Cairns is a good place to witness the total eclipse (not partial) as it is only 11 mi south of the center line. The eclipse shadow will sweep forward from there, with the instant of greatest eclipse occurring over the Pacific Ocean.  REFERENCE – CAROL ANN C’IOCCO

Source:     http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs166/1101472333529/archive/1111450439640.html

Living in Western Australia, I didn’t get to see the Eclipse (with eclipse glasses) but I did feel its effects !!