Thursday, 30 June 2011

Heads up!!

Just a quick heads up, if you land here today and everything is ridiculously skew wiffy don't panic, I am tweaking the blog and hopefully will come up with a nice new look.......???

Obviously when you have a blog you spend a fair amount of time reading blurbs about what TO do and what NOT to do. There are a fair amount of nots I have discovered and most of them fly in the face of how I like to do things, oops!! I would like my blog to be a reflection of who I am, I like a visual explosion with 'stuff' and 'bits' everywhere, matches my busy brain. So until I find 'the look' I will continue to play and twiddle. Plain and simple is just not me I'm afraid, even though all the tips and tricks suggest this is what we should be aiming for to have a 'successful' blog. Success - integrity, success - integrity, hhmmm, I'll take the integrity thanks, I'd rather be authentic!! And success means different things to different people, it's all a matter of interpretation afterall. Happy day everyone.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Magick Moments...

Some days are just special, you wake up and you don't know why but things 'feel' different. The energy swirling around is softly electric and you know there is something waiting to be found, something rare and unusual about to unfold before your very eyes. A magick moment!!

The universe treats us to these magick moments more often than we realize, but most of the time we tune out, swamped by the doings of the day or our own busy busy brains.

I had a magick moment this week, it blew me away. I looked upon the face of the sun. It was most amazing, I turned and looked out across the river as the sun was just coming over the horizon and there it was, a HUGE glowing white sphere. There was no 'burn' onto my retinas, no lingering light patch when I closed my eyes (I kept checking lol), I don't know how this was possible but it moved me within in a way I haven't been for a long time. I grabbed the camera and although the pic has turned out, the enormity of what I looked at could not be captured by a camera of course.

in real life it appeared much bigger, but there it is
When I could no longer view the sun straight on I noticed the reflection of the sunrise was hovering on my kitchen window like a television screen, richly detailed and larger than life. And so I continued to enjoy my magick moment for just that bit longer, all the while amazed at just how beautiful and magickal the universe really is.



People have been worshiping the sun from the dawn of time. The Sun, the giver of life, represents our conscious mind in Astrology. It represents our will to live and our creative life force. I am a Leo and my ruling planet is the Sun so all this sun worship stuff appeals to me. In Tarot the sun is a symbol of perfect control between conscious and subconscious. The Sun is an image of optimism and fulfilment, the dawn that follows our darkest night. As the source of all life on earth, the Sun represents the blessings of divinity, the Source of Life itself. This week I was indeed blessed by the universe in a big way.





Thursday, 23 June 2011

Purple Power!!

Saw an interesting article on the tele last night, about a new 'super food', a vegetable called a purple carrot. Turns out, it is in fact a very old vegetable and as people are becoming more and more dis-satisfied with the cross-bred and genetically modified fruits and veges being served up to us, there is a growing trend back to the heirloom vegetables which are so much richer in flavour and contain many more nutrients.

Carrots originated as a wild root 5,000 years ago in Afghanistan where they were also first cultivated prior to 900 A.D. The original crops were purple or yellow only and grown for medicinal purposes.  The purple carrot spread into the Mediterranean region in the 10th century and together with the yellow variety later spread into Europe. It was only when a group of Dutch breeders used a mutant seed in the 16th century that the orange variety began its rise to prominence.

truly these are purple, who would have thought??
And now, 400 years later, Professor Lindsay Brown of The University of Queensland testing will validate how the Australian grown Purple Carrot will surpass blueberries as the most powerful food on this planet.
The modern orange carrot is rich in beta-carotene, which gives its distinctive orange colour. The ancient purple carrot has double the level of beta-carotene than the orange variety and contains 28 times more anthocyanins. Anthocyanins also have been shown to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, has anti-inflammatory properties and provides protection against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. See link below for purple carrot products.

purple cauliflowers, are these gorgeous or what?



Fairy Tale eggplant colourful & cute
purple beans

That sent me on a little hunt this morning for other purple veges and what do you know, there is even a purple potato??? This I did not know. I actually discovered there is a veritable smorgasbord of purpleness in the vege kingdom, so now I'm thinking I might have to get out into the garden and start cultivating purple power veges, how exciting. Not only can I wear my favourite colour, I can eat it too!!

purple potatoes, these are very trippy
purple cabbages
purple onions, we all know these

Monday, 20 June 2011

Quote of the day - the human being

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."  

Albert Einstein


Saturday, 18 June 2011

Gorgeous!!

We all know I love the lolcats on icanhascheezeburger.com being the feline fanatic that I am. This one has just come through and it is very very gorgeous so I couldn't help myself, I had to share. It has actually been a rather big week for me in the 'enlightenment department' with a couple of huge epiphanies hitting me square on the jaw the day of the full moon and eclipse. These revelations left me quite dazed and in a state I call the flopsy bunny effect, you know when you have been running on nervous energy for so long and all of a sudden you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, your whole body gives out, suddenly your subconscious recognizes it's safe to relax and you go all 'flopsy bunny'. When you can detach from yourself and watch the universe work it is an amazing thing; like an old fashioned watch, intricately cognizant with the many layers and working parts fitting together perfectly and dependent on each other to operate correctly. So this little pic was a perfect end to a very big week!!


Friday, 17 June 2011

Random!!

I am feeling a tad 'random' and frazzled today. The brain feels like it is encased in fairy floss and the sensibilities are totally unreachable!! Don't you just love days like this, days when you can't seem to get out of your own way and everything turns to mush? It's even difficult trying to string a few sentences together. Rather than try to be clever and witty or deep and meaningful, I have selected a bunch of randomness from around my place to match my random brain to make a very random blog post.

Spooky's random sleeping spot, in a box on top of the freezer in the spare room

Kitty's random sleeping spot, foam packing from the new washing machine
Miss Spooky showing absolute disdain for the paparazzi
Yes Miss Seriously Savage Spooky that look certainly says "Get outta my face!"

tin cat hiding in the herb garden
I might like to go and hide in the herb garden!! Seems like a nice quiet place to be. Enjoy your weekend everyone, here's hoping it is frazzle-free.................

Addendum - this is the house of a thousand cat beds after all!!

sharing the foam packaging

hhhmmmm this is/was the coffee table
Note the empty wine rack in the backround, oops, sorry husband I have emptied your wine collection, slowly of course and have savoured every mouthful!!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Fractal Fantastic!!

I found the best thing yesterday when I was surfing the net. I was looking for a nice background template for the blog and stumbled across a very pretty pale green swirly job. When I looked at it I thought to myself, well, isn't this a fractal? Which sent me on another hunt to source fractals. What is a fractal you ask?

A fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity. Because they appear similar at all levels of magnification, fractals are often considered to be infinitely complex (in informal terms). Natural objects that are approximated by fractals to a degree include clouds, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, coastlines, snow flakes, various vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli), and animal coloration patterns. See Wikipedia for more detailed info.


a nautilus shell is an example of a fractal in nature 
as is a daisy
and a romanescu cauliflower
On my hunt I also found blogs and websites totally devoted to the art of fractal making, as well as free software, woohoo!! Yes totally free, it was like Christmas. After a quick couple of downloads I was making the most gorgeous fractals. I think I am in love with them. When I look at them I see the inner workings of the mind and all sorts of other strange and unusual things. I spent the next few hours playing with my free software and trying all the different colour combinations, which certainly appeal to the hippy in me. Here are a few examples of what I created.


The program I used to create these was very easy to use. You can find Mandelbrot Explorer using the link below, it will take you to their website and you can download the software for yourself and start making beautiful fractals. While you are there check out the gorgeous fractals they have created in their Gallery.


Of course there were many extremely stunning and complicated fractals on the net which looked different to mine, so after I had played for a while I went looking for more software. There are heaps available, some you can buy which are obviously much more professional, as I was just learning I thought freeware is best. I chose another and in no time at all was making another set of beautiful fractals. Here are a couple from this software program.



This program is a lot more complicated, but if you have used Photoshop or something similar you will be able to manage it no probs. It did take me quite a while to figure out the inner workings and intricacies of it, but the end result if you persevere, is a more detailed fractal plus this program allows you to create different sized fractals, even up to poster size which you can then have printed. I haven't made that many yet as it was already very late when I downloaded this program. Click the link below to get Chaos Pro for yourself and have fun. Off I go to make more fractals.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Black & White

Getting back to colours, although technically black and white aren't really colours at all. Black absorbs all colours while white reflects them. Black carries the yin, or feminine energy, while white carries the male yang energies. According to yin yang philosophy the universe and everything in it, is both constant and cyclical. One force dominates and then it is replaced by the opposing force. This activity continues constantly and repeats itself over time. Night - day, dark - light, good - evil, wealth - poverty, sickness - health are but a few examples. As the movement continues, each of the forces of energy gradually changes to the other, yin to yang and yang to yin.

I love the balance of black and white together from a visual sense, although I will choose white to wear more often than black. There has always been an element of mystery surrounding black, it is very secretive and much remains hidden within or behind it, like the darkness of night, one is never quite sure of what is lurking in those depths. Black offers protection from the emotional stresses of the outer world and often young people will go through a 'black' phase whilst they are making their transition into adulthood. Black actually absorbs negative energy so carrying something black with you is an easy and handy way to ward off the nasties for the day (a piece of jet, also known for it's protective qualities, in the pocket or purse would be good). Black implies self control and discipline, independence and a strong will and also gives an impression of authority and power.


of course Spooky cat would be my favourite black item in the house
White contains an equal balance of all the colours of the spectrum, and is colour at it's most complete and pure. White purveys purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.  It's basic feature being equality, it implies fairness and impartiality, neutrality and independence. White is totally reflective, awakening openness, growth and creativity. It brings with it an inner cleansing of the thoughts, emotions and ultimately the spirit, refreshing the entire energy system. White is the colour of new beginnings and a sudden desire to surround yourself with white could indicate the completion of a cycle in your life.



To me white represents 'spirit' and when mum passed four years ago I chose all white to celebrate her passage home. I wore white, her casket was white and I chose White Lady Funerals to handle everything (they were absolutely brilliant I might add, I couldn't have even imagined something better).
So when I choose white to wear or surround myself with, I know I am in communication with my higher self, that part of myself that resides in spirit. I might not always hear what that part is trying to tell me, but I know the channel is open. And when I wear all black, it's a pretty safe bet I'm pushing everyone away and seeking shelter, hiding actually!! What are you wearing today?


Friday, 10 June 2011

Need humour badly...

I have been in some serious need of humour, you know the old 'life has a habit of getting in the way' thing!! I found these little gems which made me laugh and thought I would share just on case someone else needs a good giggle.









Thursday, 9 June 2011

Quote of the day - one door opens

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us."

Helen Keller


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

OMG Here they come again - it's eclipse time!!

There is some pretty big stuff coming up for us via the eclipses soon and I have felt the effects of the shifting planets lately in a big way. Actually it's been driving me slightly crazy having to look at things which I think have been dealt with, when in actual fact they have just been hidden from my view, boxed up (by me of course) and stored in that dim, dusty corner of my brain where I seldom turn the light on!! Yes we all have these, so if you are anything like me you will be wondering what the hell is going on as the contents of our hidden boxes erupt and spill forth into the cold light of day, wreaking havoc I might add, in just about every corner of our lives.



I like to try and make some sense of it all or at the very least, find the reasoning behind it, so I will go hunting for any info which might help calm the frazzled mind and emotions. You can read more about the effects of the eclipses and what you are in for by clicking the link above which will take you to Anne Ortelee's astrology blog.

This excerpt from my email to gorgeous husband last week sums up the eclipse energy perfectly. "I feel like I'm right back to where I was 20 years ago. Its like nothing makes sense and everything you already know is wrong. Life is turned upside down and you have to remake it the right side up, which is not how you imagined it would be anyway, so you tend to go round and round in circles for quite a while before you figure out what you are actually doing. That's me right now."  I had received a particularly painful piece of information almost four years after the fact?? Which was also a catalyst for the emotional backlog to break through and hit me square in the jaw, things I had obviously been hiding from for a long time. This resulted in some head spins, a sooky lah lah phone call to husband in Antarctica and quite a few tears.

But timing is everything as they say, and what it did do was show me clearly 'where I was at' and what needs to be addressed to move on and into the next stage of a new beginning.




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