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Thinking like a Swamp Thing? Developing a Plant Politics and Ethics (Part 2)

December 16, 2018

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Reading Super Heroes Politically

This is the second of a three part post about the politics and philosophic aspects of Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. If you missed the first part you can find it here. These posts are all part of a rough draft I wrote for a conference and any comments or feedback would really helpful in moving forward.


Thinking like a Swamp Thing: Developing a Plant Politics and Ethics

With Swamp Thing’s human foundation removed by Alan Moore the character becomes, as Colin Beinke notes, an example of the Green Man literary trope. The Green Man is a folklore character that represents the struggle of the natural world against the destructive tide of civilization. Examples of the Green Man are: Dionysus, Pan, Jack-in-the-green, the Green Knight and most recently, the Jolly Green Giant. As Beinke states, “…the Green Man is ‘adopted’ by the cultural imagination of each subsequent ‘society and…

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A biologist trying to decode tree communication: Quartz re-post

February 18, 2018

https://qz.com/1116991/a-biologist-believes-that-trees-speak-a-language-we-can-learn/the-wind-garden-hero

see also:

https://undark.org/article/listening-to-the-thoughts-of-the-forest/

Spiritual Stasis and the Void of Becoming — Philip Carr-Gomm guest post

September 4, 2017

Here we are, in the ‘dog days’ between the great North American Eclipse and the Neptunian Pisces full moon,  between the first and second harvest festivals,  waiting for Mercury to go direct and ripen our future.  Some of us feel like giving up, or as if we have lost direction.   OBOD ArchDruid Philip Carr-Gomm thinks that it may be time for the patience of stones.  Considered as the evidence of time itself, their formation can fill us with the ability to stop trying to ‘push the river’.

Take time to be still.  Growing goes at its own pace, likewise healing.   The wheel turns.

 

excerpt:

I have come to believe that on those occasion when the spark has deserted us – despite shaking a fist or two at the gods and bemoaning the fact that our inner compass feels out of whack – this fallow place is the most fertile of voids; our old self – whether we know it or not – is redundant and gradually dissolving. Any forward movement, no matter how desperately we desire it, will not happen until our new and more authentic shape is fully formed and ready to break out of the fragile boundary of our old being. This all happens in a subtle way beneath our surface; we become like winter soil, still, dark, resting but full of potential.

 

http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/spiritual-stasis-and-the-void-of-becoming/

 

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Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse -Equinox Guest Repost- OMTimes Magazine

March 19, 2015

“This Pisces New Moon is at the very last degree of Pisces and of the zodiac. The location is sometimes called the degree of ultimate sorrow, because it contains all  existence and carries the pain and suffering of every living being.  The degree is also conjunct the first degree of the zodiac, known as the Aries point. This location is significant for the collective, because the degree connects individuals to the world at large.  The upshot? This Pisces New Moon blurs boundaries and scrambles personal experience with everyone else’s. We may be flooded by compassion; we may simply be flooded. (Empaths, prepare to wring yourselves out.)

The timing of this eclipse is another factor. The Pisces New Moon comes 13 hours before the vernal equinox, the moment the sun enters Aries and officially launches spring. Even though the Sun and the Moon will have moved on from Pisces at the equinox, they’ll still be resonating with the eclipse that drop-kicked them across the line — as will the entire spring.

This Pisces New Moon is not merely ending winter and ushering in the next season, though. The event is also taking us from long and painful life-reshaping tumult into situations that will ultimately calm and settle. It’s the lead-out for the final Uranus/Pluto square, the last lurch in the radical foundational restructuring we have all been undergoing since 2012.

That process has been rocky to the max. Think of where you were three years ago (try seven, if you really want to open your mind) and compare it to now. How much of your old life remains, especially inside of you? The worst of the upheaval subsided by last fall, when we finally had the opportunity to begin to work with the changes instead of fight and scream and resist.

Until the last two weeks, that is, when hothead Mars joined Uranus’ rebel outfit and did battle with Pluto and demons from the depths. That set off nigh-on apocalyptic breakdowns and reckonings, which escalated frustration, fury, adrenalin bursts and swearing jags, when then armed and motivated us for the tectonic plate shifting of the final square.

After that, who wouldn’t benefit from some emotional release? The solar eclipse is providing that, in spades. Reactions are pouring out to more than this week, more than this month, more than one individual experience. Don’t hold back. Don’t judge other people, either, even if they look to be going overboard, from your perspective. We’ve all got a backlog of pent-up emotion.

Let it go. Let it flow. It’s watering the restructured turf on which you’re building the next stage of your life. It’s fueling the growth coming in the spring. That’ll happen on an accelerated schedule and bring upgrades you can’t yet foresee. Trust that. And ride the waves. Even the big one.”

Pisces New Moon Solar Eclipse – Page 2 of 3 – OMTimes Magazine.

The solar eclipse will be visible in the morning in GMT – Europe-Africa; in North America it will still be night. I expect some amazing dreams.

Best Buttermilk Smoothie —

August 28, 2013

— brought to you by the double trine in the heavens, and the dog days of August. It is International Women’s Day, International Dog Week, and really hot at the Grove.

 

Wecan’t do much about the rest of the species, but this will steady your nerves if you have a blender.

ImageIngredients: 

six ice cubes

one frozen banana

one cup cultured buttermilk

one teaspoon brewers yeast or yeast extract

one packet stevia or your preferred sweetener

water

Method:

First crush the ice cubes on pulse.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth, with sufficient extra water to keep it quiet. 

Drink through wide straw or use spoon.