Several hundred euros, several hundred pieces to put together, eighty-five pages of instructions and fifteen minutes of wind! We salvaged some bits of polycarbonate to make cold frames and the mice ate everything – now we have cats.
Next, we tried a walipini. Walipinis don’t work in clay, with wet winters. The walls collapsed and we’re now using it as a pit for rubble from the house build.
Finally, a greenhouse to be proud of, from Marcus “Rockstar” of the North:
It’s not completely salvage, we bought the corrugated polyester and acrylic for the windows and the roof rafters. but the rest is made from leftover wood from other projects. The front pillars are chestnut, leftover from the house. We would not have been so ambitious as to use them ourselves, but Marcus said: what do you think about using those beams on the front? It will be beautiful. And it is. The doors are salvaged from a collapsed yurt.
The first stage of the project was to rebuild the stone wall next to the barn. It collapsed in a storm a couple of winters ago. It happened just as we were contemplating going off-grid and the only bit of the wall that collapsed was right next to the electricity meter. It was a huge mess.
There wasn’t much space to work with and we were concerned that the foundation of the wall and the barn had been weakened by the electricity pillar – the wall was very unsteady. So Marcus put in a buttress, using all the old stones and lime mortar. It was his first stone wall and by the time he’d finished he could pick the perfect stone for each place just by instinct.
The part sticking out from the barn is an old bread oven, with the access in the barn – there are people around here that still use outside bread ovens – and a well. The well in the barn was the only water for the house when we moved here, with a bucket on a chain. We had originally thought about putting a separate roof over the bread oven and well and joining it to the green house, but Marcus thought that a single roof would be much better and we can’t use the bread oven anyway, as all our winter wood is in the barn. We use the well in the barn for the garden, as it is shallow and doesn’t take as much electricity to run the pump as the deep well, but it also goes dry towards the end of summer, so we have to work on another irrigation system for the garden this winter.
So, the frame went up:
The roof went on:
And the windows in.
The greenhouse is well-sheltered. It is on the north side of the wall, but open to the west and shaded by an oak tree in the summer. Two of the windows open for ventilation, as we seem to go from cool to hot very quickly. Spring is very short these days. My aim is to use it to get seedlings started earlier, although it is currently home to tomatoes that I repotted from the garden. It’s December and we still have fresh tomatoes! We have a small butane heater which we’ll use when the nights get colder.
Pennyroyal, Mentha Pulegium, has a killer reputation. In relatively recent times, several women have died using pennyroyal to end unwanted pregnancies. One was a 23 year old English woman in 1897, who drank a tablespoon of pennyroyal essential oil to bring on menstruation and died four days later of multiple organ failure. In 1912, a 16 year-old girl from Maryland died after consuming 36 pennyroyal pills to induce abortion. In November of 1978, there were two cases of pennyroyal poisoning within four days at Denver General Hospital. The first was an 18 year-old woman, who drank an ounce of pennyroyal essential oil and died seven days later, not pregnant. In the second Denver case, a young woman took 10ml of pennyroyal essential oil (a little less than a tablespoon) and was discharged after two days, still pregnant. In 1994 a 24-year-old woman, died in California after drinking pennyroyal tea. At the time of her death, she unknowingly had an ectopic pregnancy and the autopsy was unable to confirm whether her death was as the result of the ectopic pregnancy or from pennyroyal poisoning.
How did these women find out about pennyroyal’s reputation as means of inducing a miscarriage? Is this ancient wisdom enshrined in phylogenetic memory? Or does pennyroyal have other abilities, perhaps involved in ‘switching on’ (or off maybe) certain memory files?
Most of the internet references to pennyroyal’s effectiveness as an abortifacient or emmanegogue come from the same sources. This is from Wikipedia and you’ll find it repeated word-for-word on multiple sites:
“Documented use of pennyroyal dates back to ancient Greek, Roman, and Medieval cultures. Its name – although of uncertain etymology – is associated with Latin pulex (flea), alluding to the manner it was used to drive away fleas when smeared on the body. Pennyroyal was commonly incorporated as a cooking herb by the Greeks and Romans. A large number of the recipes in the Roman cookbook of Apicius called for the use of pennyroyal, often along with such herbs as lovage, oregano and coriander. Although it was commonly used for cooking also in the Middle Ages, it gradually fell out of use as a culinary herb and is seldom used as such today.
Records from Greek and Roman physicians and scholars contain information pertaining to pennyroyal’s medicinal properties, as well as recipes used to prepared it. Pliny the Elder, in his encyclopedia Naturalis Historia (Natural History), described the plant as an emmenagogue, and that it also expelled a dead fetus.Galen only listed pennyroyal as an emmenagogue, as did Oribasius. Roman and Greek writers Quintus Serenus Sammonicus and Aspasia however both agreed that pennyroyal, when served in tepid water, was an effective abortive method. A medical text on gynecologyattributed to Cleopatra (though it was never written by her but by a female Greek physician Metrodora) recommends the use of pennyroyal with wine to induce abortions.
In regard to its contraceptive properties, it was referred to in a joking manner in Aristophanes‘ play Peace (421 BCE). The god Hermes provides the male character Trygaios a female companion; when Trygaios asks if there would be a problem if she became pregnant, Hermes responds, “Not if you add a dose of pennyroyal.”In a similar manner, in Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, after a pregnant female character on stage is told to withhold her body sexually from her husband, a slender female character, in comparison to the pregnant woman, is described as “a very lovely land. Well croppy, and trimmed and spruced with pennyroyal.”
Pliny the Elder also stated that consuming powdered sow’s dung relieved labour pains. Not everything written in ancient times is true, or workable today. I haven’t found any evidence to support the notion that pennyroyal works as a contraceptive, but it should not be used in pregnancy as it does increase the risk of miscarriage. Many herbalists will confirm that it is reliable for period pain and related issues.
There are some reports that pennyroyal was an ingredient in kykeon, the psychoactive potion given to the initiates in the Eleusinian mysteries. It is still burned in South America as a ritual offering to Pachamama and is said to have magical powers of protection, or to bring prosperity.
According to Hildegard von Bingen, in her work Physica, written between 1150 and 1158:
“He who has pains in the brain so that he is ill should add pennyroyal to wine and boil it, and he should lay it on his head while still warm, and he should tie a cloth over this, so that the brain is warm and suppresses the madness in him.”
The little clumps of pennyroyal growing around here grab you by the nose as you walk by and spike your mind, triggering memories which might not even be your own. You can’t come close to getting a feel for how she works through scientific explanations, but I find that this excerpt from In The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett, (1910) leads you in the right direction:
“When the family pictures were wrapped again in a big handkerchief, we set forward in a narrow footpath and made our way to a lonely place that faced northward, where there was more pasturage and fewer bushes, and we went down to the edge of short grass above some rocky cliffs where the deep sea broke with a great noise, though the wind was down and the water looked quiet a little way from shore. Among the grass grew such pennyroyal as the rest of the world could not provide. There was a fine fragrance in the air as we gathered it sprig by sprig and stepped along carefully, and Mrs. Todd pressed her aromatic nosegay between her hands and offered it to me again and again.
“There ‘s nothin’ like it,” she said; “oh no, there ‘s no such pennyr’yal as this in the State of Maine. It’s the right pattern of the plant, and all the rest I ever see is but an imitation. Don’t it do you good?” And I answered with enthusiasm.
“There, dear, I never showed nobody else but mother where to find this place; ‘t is kind of sainted to me. Nathan, my husband, an’ I used to love this place when we was courtin’, and”—she hesitated, and then spoke softly—”when he was lost, ‘t was just off shore tryin’ to get in by the short channel out there between Squaw Islands, right in sight o’ this headland where we ‘d set an’ made our plans all summer long.”
I had never heard her speak of her husband before, but I felt that we were friends now since she had brought me to this place.
“‘T was but a dream with us,” Mrs. Todd said. “I knew it when he was gone. I knew it”—and she whispered as if she were at confession—”I knew it afore he started to go to sea. My heart was gone out o’ my keepin’ before I ever saw Nathan; but he loved me well, and he made me real happy, and he died before he ever knew what he ‘d had to know if we ‘d lived long together. ‘T is very strange about love. No, Nathan never found out, but my heart was troubled when I knew him first. There ‘s more women likes to be loved than there is of those that loves. I spent some happy hours right here. I always liked Nathan, and he never knew. But this pennyr’yal always reminded me, as I ‘d sit and gather it and hear him talkin’—it always would remind me of—the other one.”
Pennyroyal the healer
I’d been getting to know pennyroyal for a year or so, when some friends asked if I could help their cat. I’m not a trained herbalist, nor any kind of medical or veterinary professional, but when a friend asks for help I’ll do the best I can. Mostly, it has worked out well for all concerned, there is always a risk. The cat had a weak immune system, was probably in the early stages of kidney disease and had acute scabies that wasn’t responding to treatment. After careful research and discussing the risks and options, I gave the owners some of my own pennyroyal herbal oil for the scabies, as it is the fastest way of killing the mites, through contact with the active ingredient in the plant and through suffocation through the oil. A few days after the treatment, they reported back that the cat was much improved and was hunting again. I don’t know what happened in the interim but, a couple of months later, tragedy struck and the cat died unexpectedly of kidney failure.
Nothing was said at the time, but I did consider the possibility that I’d made a fatal error and I went back to research everything I could find on pennyroyal for cats. The consensus is pretty clear, pennyroyal ESSENTIAL OIL is highly toxic for cats and should never be given to them, but there’s no information about the herbal oil. I couldn’t find any instances of a cat ever having been poisoned by pennyroyal essential oil either, but then, how would you know? Most often, you find information ‘copied and pasted’ from one site to another, without it ever having been verified by a single one of them.
The effectiveness of all plants and herbs will vary according to the strain, where they grew, what time of the day or the month they were harvested and how they were stored and prepared. Therein lies the appeal of the standardised approach of systemised medicine and pharmaceuticals but, of course, life stubbornly refuses to comply. Every creature has their unique experience and circumstances and they will respond better to some plants rather than others and the decision as to what to use, what dose, how and when, can only be made on an individual case by case basis. The terrible truth, that every healer knows, is that, not only will you make mistakes, but you can also do everything correctly and still not get the desired outcome – fate is always waiting in the shadows and there are always those that you cannot work with. When the choice is between third party information or my own instincts, I have to follow my guidance and face the consequences.
That said, there is a HUGE difference between pennyroyal essential oil and pennyroyal herbal oil. I make herbal oil, or sun oil, is made by steeping the leaves and flowers of the plant in olive oil and leaving it in the sun for several weeks, so that the plant oils leech into the olive oil. I then discard the plant material and use the infused oil topically. Herbal oil is generally considered to be safe as it is nowhere near as concentrated as the essential oil. Essential oil, the kind you buy in small bottles, is made through an industrial process by pressure steaming the plant material and cooling the vapour so that the essence of the plant in the form of its oil separates from the water. (The water is sometimes sold as a floral water or hydrosol.) Essential oil can be hundreds or even thousands of times more potent than the plant in its natural form and the smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the skin. The real danger to humans and other animals is from consuming pennyroyal essential oil, a standard 12ml bottle could be fatal. You would have to be pretty desperate to drink a bottle of essential oil. This can be an issue for animals, who will lick and groom themselves and I’d never use any essential oil on a cat. I wouldn’t use pennyroyal essential oil for any reason, but then the plant grows wild here.
Ancient alchemists are also said to gave used steam distillation as one method of releasing the essence of the plant – the plant spirit. However, what we are able to glean from surviving alchemical texts is a mere shadow of what would have been known before the intervention of Christianity. And today, the principles of alchemy can only be considered and tested in a very different time and context. I look at the alchemical images and I see that the oft depicted flask is the human body and the principles of mercury and sulphur are the yin and yang or the ida and pingala, the quintessence is intention. This perspective has crystallized as I’ve used pennyroyal, whose spirit is activated by human intention – to kill or to heal.
Pennyroyal herbal oil has become one of our regular home remedies for ourselves and the dogs. We use it by rubbing a little over the solar plexus area or lower abdomen and it has an immediate calming effect with an accompanying feeling of relaxed self-confidence. It helps Freya get through her frantic moments and seems to make it easy for Tulku and Izzy to give her the space to do that without reacting to her shenanigans. Freya, as a spayed, vaccinated dobermann with a docked tail (she’s a rescue dog), has the occasional urinary incontinence issues and pennyroyal herbal oil rubbed on her lower abdomen helps her with that too. It works instantly. I find it gives me mental clarityand a more balanced perspective on events and experiences. Often just sniffing it is sufficient, as the olfactory bulb is part of the central nervous system. We also drink the leaves as a digestive tea, which has a light, refreshing flavour, similar to mint, but more floral.
Prior to industrial processing, pennyroyal was considered an essential healing herb to have at home:
“This plant, which the God of nature has scattered over almost every part of this country, is one of the most valuable of the Thomsonian Materia Medica. Its qualities are a strong and hardy aromatic but pleasant smell, a warm and pungent taste. The medical principle resides in an essential oil, possessing the same smell and taste of the herb. Its medical properties are carminative, (having power to remove wind from the stomach and bowels,) stimulant, (possessing the property of exciting increased action in the system,) diaphoretic, (promoting moderate perspiration. ) It also relieves spasms, hysterics, promotes expectoration in consumptive coughs, and is a good medicine in the whooping cough. It is good also to take away marks and bruises in the face, being bruised in vinegar, and applied in fomentations.
A tea of this plant is perhaps the best drink that can be given, together with the composition powder, Cayenne, etc., to warm the stomach, and assist an emetic in its operations. The tea should be made and given warm, freely and frequently. A person upon taking a “bad cold,” (by the way, he never has a good one,) by taking freely of this tea may throw it off, and of course prevent fever, it being caused by cold. This is a popular remedy all over the country for female complaints; but still few persons are aware of its extensive medicinal properties.
The best time for gathering this herb is about the month of August. It should be tied up in bundles, and hung in a warm, dry, and shady place until dry; then wrapped in paper, as the best means of excluding the air, by which, if exposed, it will lose a large part of its strength and virtue. This plant, simple as it is, will do more in the curing of the sick than all the poisonous preparations invented since the age of Paracelsus; bleeding and blistering into the bargain. No family should let the season for gathering it pass without securing a good supply.”
A Guide to Health, Benjamin Colby, 1846
One of my ‘go to’ references for plant remedies is, The Energetics of Western Herbs: A Materia Medica Integrating Western and Chinese Herbal Therapeutics by Peter Holmes. Traditional Chinese Medicine and alchemy spring from the same root and are mostly concerned with the transformative effects of the movement of qi, through the cosmos, the earth and the body. You can’t perceive qi with your ordinary senses, but it leaves its footprint in the imagination – TCM practitioners are trained to ‘feel’ the movement of qi in the pulse for diagnostic purposes. In the broadest sense, imagination itself could be said to be the product of qi, which is the driver of what is called the placebo effect – your innate ability to heal yourself. Western medicine focuses on biological mechanics (the shen of TCM), with barely a nod to the psyche and no recognition at all of any interactions with the natural and supernatural worlds. But it has provided a great deal of validated scientific information regarding the cellular activity of plants and other organisms. If alchemical regeneration is to be found anywhere, it will be in the sweet-spot where these two approaches converge. I work with the wild plants around here, not just for their therapeutic effects, but because of how they work on my imagination. I like this book as it’s comprehensive and considers western plants from a TCM perspective.
This is part of what it has to say about pennyroyal:
“Caution: Being a uterine stimulant with mild neurotoxicity, Pennyroyal herb is contraindicated during pregnancy. Do not use this herb continuously (unlikely) at maximum doses because of its medium strength status.
The essential oil of Pennyroyal, which is extracted from both European and American types of pennyroyal, is contraindicated for internal use. It contains high levels of the ketone pulegone, which is neurotoxic. Note that American Pennyroyal (Hedeoma) has a higher content of pulegone than the European variety, and seems more spasmolytic on the sommoth muscles than its European counterpart.
Pennyroyal herb refers to the European and the two North American genera of pennyroyal. While Mentha pulegium is the botanical sourse of European pennyroyal, various Hedoema and Monardella species are the sources of American pennyroyal. The nature, functions and uses of all these are virtually identical.
Pennyroyal herb is a reliable woman’s remedy that particularly excels in menstrual and childbirth situations when events become painful, delayed and difficult. Like Blue cohosh root, the herb is both actively uterine stimulant and relaxant, and so appropriate for both weak and tense types of conditions. As a stimulant emmenagogue, Pennyroyal treats functional amenorrhea; as a spasmolytic, it treats spasmodic dysmenorrhea; both conditions are seen in the syndrome uterus Qi stagnation with constraint. “It is an antispasmodic nervine and will be found valuable in dysmennorrhea in nervous ladies, and is of good service in hysteria” (LYLE 1897). “Hysteria” today would be described as PMS.
Pungent, bitter and aromatic in quality, Pennyroyal herb is also a stimulant to digestive and respiratory functions. It acts as an excellent cholagogue, aperitive and relaxant in treating upper digestive stagnation and will improve the appetite. In children, Catnip or Fieldmint would be complementary herbs. In the syndrome lung phlegm-cold-damp, the herb is a good mucolytic expectorant for chronic forms of bronchitis and asthma.
Similar to Vervain herb, when drunk hot Pennyroyal herb is a vasodilatant diaphoretic and will cause sweating and dispel wind-heat colds and flus. It will also promote the appearance of eruptions in eruptive fevers.
In the words of MAUD GRIEVE (1931): “Pennyroyal is often found in cottage gardens, as an infusion of the leaves, known as Pennyroyal Tea, is an old-fashioned remedy for colds and menstrual derangements.” It was often combined with Mugwort herb for both these conditions.
In North African countries such as Morocco, European pennyroyal has been given for untold years for heatstroke. Where heatstroke or fever threatened to cause spasms or seizures – signs of internal wind – Pennyroyal is still the right remedy. A sweetened infusion of the herb would be a useful preventive of children’s spasms or convulsions, for example. Here, like Melissa leaf of Lavender flower, Pennyroyal can act as gentler, milder version of Lobelia herb or Yellow jessamine root (Gelsemium).”
As I began writing this post, after an interlude of nearly two years, the owners of the cat who passed away decided to inform me of my negligence in giving them pennyroyal essential oil for their cat, which I hadn’t done. Uncomfortable though that was, what stopped me dead in my tracks was that, the night before ‘the accusation’ I dreamed about it happening in exquisite detail. I had the strange, intense, trance-like feeling that I’ve experienced on many occasions in my life, that I’m beginning to think of as a pull from the future. Pennyroyal was reaching into my dreams, making connections in my brain and I felt that I was being guided. Clearly, pennyroyal had more to tell.
The dose makes the poison, Paracelsus
Pulegone: insecticide and archonticide
The primary active ingredient in pennyroyal is pulegone. Pulegone is a type of terpene. Terpenes are organic plant compounds that give them each their distinctive smell, through various combinations in each type of plant. Pennyroyal contains a dozen or so terpenes in all, which are also found in other plants. For example, rosemary has a high terpinene content, which gives turpentine its signatory smell and is also found in different amounts in apple, cumin, lilac and tea tree. Rosemary contains more terpinene than pulegone, but it is pulegone that gives rosemary its memory enhancing capabilities. The art and science of perfume making is all about terpenes.
Pennyroyal aka fleabane, or flea mint, (from Mentha Pulegium, deriving from the latin pulex, meaning flea) is a member of the Lamiaceae family of herbs, commonly known as the mint family. It was originally called the Labiatae family, because the flowers have petals fused into an upper and lower lip – how very rude! Other members of this family are: thyme, mint, oregano, basil, sage, savory, rosemary, self-heal, hyssop lemon balm and catnip. The main terpenes in catnip, Nepeta cataria, are nepetalactone and pulegone, with a higher concentration of nepetalactone than pulegone – catnip is safe for cats. Pennyroyal has the highest concentration of pulegone in the Lamiaceae family, which makes it harmful in large amounts.
In nature, pulegone protects the plant, and other plants in the immediate vicinity, from being eaten by insects. Plants from the Lamiaceae family can help keep bugs away from windows, doorways and outdoor seating areas. Clearly, it is one reason why pennyroyal is also known as fleabane. It is sometimes used in flea collars for cats and dogs, but these can be toxic too. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it’s safe, especially if you don’t know the amounts and combinations of other ingredients.
Pulegone has been quite well-studied because of its nootropic potential. The human brain’s most abundant neurotransmitter is acetylcholine, which assists in carrying signals across the nerve synapses and is essential for muscle stimulation, sleep regulation, memory formation, mental health and protecting the brain from neurological decay. Acetycholine is produced in short bursts throughout the brain, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and is almost immediate broken down into acetic acid and choline by the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. Pulegone is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, meaning that it prevents acetylcholinesterase from destroying acetycholine, so that more of it is available to be used by the brain and nervous system. Acetycholinesterase inhibitors are considered beneficial for Alzheimers and other forms of cognitive impairment. However, pulegone doesn’t have star quality as a pharmaceutical, because of its toxicity when consumed and because of a special quality that doesn’t allow it to be reliably synthesized. That quality is its chirality.
In chemical terms, terpene molecules are described as enantiomers, which are simple types of optical isomers. This refers to their ability to spin plane polarised light in either a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction. When you see chemical references to pulegone, the clockwise direction is denoted by (+) and the anti-clockwise direction (-). The chemical structure of (-) and (+) molecules are the same, but the arrangement is different, so that each molecule is unique – in much the same way as your hands are of the same structure, but mirror each other in such as way that one cannot ever be a substitute for the other. In naturally occurring pulegone, there will be a mix of (-) and (+) molecules that cannot be replicated in a laboratory. The laboratory product will always have equal (-) and (+) molecules and can never reproduce the biochemical, or its effects, as it works in nature.
So, what does all this mean? My direct experience is that pennyroyal/pulegone has the dual effect of enhancing some cognitive and memory based functions and filtering out others. It does this biochemically and electromagnetically/optically, through the combination of acetylcholinesterase inhibition and biophoton modulation – in simple terms, it recalibrates the blinkers! All mammalian brains produce biophotons and scientists are currently exploring the possibilities that the brain might have optical communication channels, although they apparently have no idea what could be communicated!
Polarized light navigation is used by bats, bees and other insects to forage and find their way home. The mantis shrimp communicates with other shrimp through polarized light signaling, that is invisible to other creatures. Aphids can see the different polarization patterns in infected plants and are attracted to them as diseased plants have a diminished ability to raise any biochemical defense. Pulegone spins light in such a way as to have an antifeedant action on the aphids, which is what makes it such an effective insecticide and, in accordance with the principle of correspondence, it works in the same way with the mind parasite.
I found that applying pennyroyal herbal oil on my skin, or just sniffing it, made it easier to see when I was going into self-doubt or mental looping, worrying over what might happen, or over analysing past actions and to replace that destructive pattern with creative thoughts and actions. In other words, using the power of my imagination to create what I don’t want, rather than using it correctly and intentionally. Pennyroyal herbal oil helps me clarify and focus my attention, so that I can see the ‘infected’ pathway that is ‘not me’ and choose to ‘not feed’ that self-destructive pattern. The mind parasite’s primary weapon is its invisibility – it has no defenses and no materiality of its own. It can only exist by co-opting your neurophysiology and once you recognize its pathology, in that split-second when you choose a different path, it’s game over. And that is the ‘archonticidal effect’ of pulegone. Once you see it in yourself, you can also see how it operates as a self-destructive process in others and how it recruits them into becoming unwitting agents of the enemies of life – more on that in a later post.
Sekhmet gives us pennyroyal, at her best in the fierce August sun, imbued with Her ability to kill or to heal, Her great affinity for women’s issues and a particular relationship with cats. Pennyroyal works especially well with the solar plexus to bring courage to will.
A curious fact about pulegone is that it prevents corrosion of steel. (Effect of pulegone and pulegone oxide on the corrosion of steel. Steel is mostly iron and carbon, so it’s not much of a metaphysical hop to consider that pulegone might also protect the individual will from the corrosive effects of a sick society. If might be fanciful, but I have the distinct impression that pennyroyal can ‘abort’ the false self, which can be risky if that’s all you have.
Pennyroyal Tea, Nirvana, 1993
I’m on my time with everyone
I have very bad posture
Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
Distill the life that’s inside of me
Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
I’m anemic royalty
Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
So I can sigh eternally
I’m so tired and I can’t sleep
I’m anemic royalty
I’m a liar and a thief
I’m anemic royalty
I’m on warm milk and laxatives
Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
Distill the life that’s inside of me
I’m anemic royalty
I’m anemic royalty
“A future event causes a photon to decide its past.” Professor Andrew Truscott
In my previous post, Magnetic Intent, I described the experience of being anchored into the iron jet stream of the earth via the concentration of magnetite in the ethmoid bone. The term “anchored” came from one of the participants in the recent Gaian Alchemy Retreat and it describes perfectly how it feels to work with intent. The function of double helix vortex energy in the heart was also revealed in that session, although its taken me a while to unpack it. This is the resonant energy source for co-creation or power sharing with the Wisdom Goddess.
One of the exercises on the retreat was a mini-group project, to discover the plant that VV had designated to be our ‘teacher’ and to learn something about it through the perception of inner space and the true imagination. The various steps of the process involved forming the intention to find the plant, locating it, agreeing with the rest of the group that it was ‘the plant’ and then discovering what it had to share.
The prelude to the ‘plant project’ was an individual exercise on working with intent. In the intention exercise, three participants reported strong heart surges and expansion, a lurching feeling that can almost knock you off-balance. Intent IS co-creation with our Divine Mother and you first feel it when the power surge of Her great wave moves through you, after that you track to it by following your nose. It can also be described as a spiritual awakening, enlightenment, epiphany or even a shamanic initiation. I’m calling it the Power SWitch and the enemies of life want it switched off.
Due to the lucidity of the supreme living intelligence of the planet and the extreme conditions of the current times, what was previously a rare experience, requiring years of dedication, is now almost commonplace. The planetary life-force is getting a huge boost from multiple sources and gate-crashing human consciousness, with only the slightest sniff of an invitation. She wants to play and She loves it when we learn through light-hearted, playful experimentation. Co-creation is a superlative problem-solving tool, but how does it work?
Dancing with Dionysus
The day after the intention exercise, we walked out of the woods and into the big field and right there, smack in front of us, was this beauty:
We have never seen a plant like that before here and it wasn’t there the day before. We didn’t know what it was, but we knew it was our ‘teacher plant’ and that we were all going to play this game.
None of us recognized the plant and we each spent time with it using our ordinary senses, our imagination and the felt-sense of inner space. At the end of the week we compared notes. We identified it as a type of fennel, by tasting the flowers and as a hermaphrodite, with an attractive character (because of the many different types of insects on it by looking at it. By using our imaginations to tune into innerspace and we sensed it to be balancing plant, that acted like a beacon to call in pleasure and harmony. We also determined that it worked on the pancreas and helped with diabetes and digestive issues. The plant is Ferula communis, Giant Fennel, which is quite distinct from culinary fennel, although also a member of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family and it certainly had a lot to share.
Ferula- Giant fennel. The classical Latin name. The word also means the rod used to chastise schoolboys and slaves for minor offences. The giant fennel has tall sticklike stems with a slow-burning pith which enabled Prometheus to bring fire to mankind from heaven.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell. p.140
communis- common; general; growing in company.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell. p.101
In ancient Greece, the giant fennel was known as narthex. It is described in mythology as the plant Prometheus used to bring fire secretly from Hephaistos’ forge to humans because, when set on fire, its dry stem pith will smoulder for a long time. The raving Maenads and the other attendants of Dionysos (Bacchus to the Romans), the god of wine and vine, ecstatic trance, pleasure and fertility, are often depicted as carrying a festive staff, called a thrysos, made of narthex and decorated with ivy with a pine cone on the top. Twice-born Dionysos, is a potent reminder of the notion of regeneration and transmutation in your current life:
“People who believe they will die first and then rise up are mistaken. If they do not first receive resurrection while they are alive, once they have died they will receive nothing”
Gospel of Philip 73:1-5.
Narthex also describes an annex to a church, a sort of side-room or porch, used in medieval times for penitents or catechumens, who were required to listen to the service in preparation for baptism. The early catholic church had to copy some the initiation rites of the pagan mysteries, in order to simulate divine origins for its agenda. It seems quite possible that the area of the church allocated to heathens was named after the plant used as the sceptre and symbol of their raucous revels.
In Morocco it is known as fessoukh and has been associated with magic and sorcery. Fessoukh means that “which undoes spells (magically)”. It is frequently used in ritual or magic fumigation and in sorcery and counter-sorcery. Fumigation is believed to ward off the “evil spirits”. The roots are also used, especially in a preparation used for hair care.
IUCN, The World Conservation Union. (2005). A Guide to Medicinal Plants of North Africa, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga (Spain). p.123
Ferula communis L., subsp. communis, namely giant fennel, has extensively been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments. Fresh plant materials, crude extracts and isolated components of F. communis showed a wide spectrum of in vitro and in vivo pharmacological properties including antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antiproliferative, and cytotoxic activities.
Review of the traditional uses, phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of giant fennel (Ferula communis L. subsp. communis)
The exercise was a great success in that the group was able to identify out some specific details regarding the specific properties of the giant fennel. However, when you look at what the Wisdom Goddess was showing us, through Her selection of this particular plant out of all the possibilities available to Her, it is truly mind-blowing. How did our PAM know that we were hanging out with Dionysus? Did She send him to us? Did we call him in? Or were we dancing to a song not yet sung?
Or was this co-creation? Co-creation happens outside of linear time, as a memory can come from the past or the future to shape the present. The evidence of this was a 7ft high plant growing overnight – smack bang in the middle of our usual path. It was impossible not to notice it, however, what if our giant fennel was already growing when Sophia planted the plant project seed-intention in my mind? This is how I began to recognize co-creation at play, by questioning the directional flow of time between intention and observable result. Was it even my intention? Where did the impulse to set that intention originate? And suddenly, the flood gates opened.
Heart Times Ahead
So, how is the heart involved in co-creation and what does it have to do with time?
Since living here, my entry points into time have been guided by my love affair with this land and my desire to discover the stories of the rocks, trees and rivers and the people who lived here. I thought I was looking into the distant past, but I now have the strange feeling of being pulled from the future.
On the first day of this Tantra Mother shift, or Danu as She expresses Herself here, I woke up with a pounding heart and three clear thoughts in my mind:
Adolf Hitler’s last recorded words to Heinz Linge, his personal aide as he conceded the defeat of Germany were: “To break up and scatter to the West.” And when Linge asked, “For whom should we fight now?” Hitler replied, “For the coming man.”
Rudolf Steiner’s concept of the ‘Etherization of the Blood’.
The Gnostic text: “When Pistis saw the impiety of the Lord Archon she was filled with anger. Acting in her invisible form, she spoke in this way: “You are mistaken, blind one – false deity who cannot see. There is an immortal luminous child, the Anthropos, who came into existence before you and who will appear among your spectral forms (plasmata). This luminous child will trample you in scorn just as a potter’s clay is pounded into a lump. And you will sink away to your proper zone, the abyss, along with those who belong to your legion.
For at the consummation of your work, the entire defect of Archontic illusion exposed in the light of truth will be abolished, and that illusion will be as if it never had been.” — On the Origin of the World, 103.15-30
My dream world has also changed significantly over the past year: gone are the elaborate dreamscapes and adventures of the past. I don’t remember the details of dreams as much as I used to, but the guidance I receive is much clearer, pristine and unadorned and always pertinent to my intention. I regard intel received through my body and senses as primary and thoughts as secondary, so these thoughts had to be telling me something about the heart. Especially as matters of the heart had come up in so many ways on our retreat.
Conventional medical science would have you believe that somehow, through some unexplained magical means, that this fist-sized organ is a meat-pump that uses pressure to pump your blood, 60-70 times a minute through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. If the heart was strong enough to squeeze large red blood cells through tiny capillaries, your blood pressure would be so high that you would explode! Blood moves through the blood vessels, in a manner similar to water moving through xylem tubes in trees. The capillaries are hydrophilic tubes that attract the negatively charged water in the blood, changing it into a gel-like honey-comb lattice structure on containing the rest of the positively charged blood and water within an inner tube. The action of repelling and attraction between the differently charged fluids creates flow, which is continually fueled by infrared radiation from the sun, the electromagnetic field of the earth and all other living creatures.
The unique shape of the heart causes the blood to form into two vortices. Blood is sucked into the heart via the right atrium where it’s forced into a clockwise spiral and then vortexes around itself, finally emerging from the left ventricle in the opposite, counter-clockwise direction. Suction and expulsion are the generative forces of the universe, faithfully demonstrated in the heart. These vortices create the electromagnetic energy field that can be measured around the heart and up to several metres away.
The electrical output of the human heart is said to be 60 times greater than that of the brain and the magnetic output 600 times greater. However, an “electromagnetic field” is just another name for the mysterious ether referred to be Steiner and others; it is simply the electrical resonance of all living things, from ants to Aeons and everything in between. The terms electromagnetic, electrical and magnetic are a reflection of direction, scale and intensity and only appear different due to the specific calibration of our senses and the illusion of difference created by various measuring instruments. This shape causes ‘the etherization of the blood,’ which means that it is spiraled into a vortex that generates coherent energy – the same double helix vortex that generates DNA and galaxies and even the heart itself. Living and moving sacred geometry endlessly recreating itself.
By current estimation there are around 30 trillion cells in the human body and every cell acts as a generator, due to the natural action of charged water within the blood. This is potentially the ultimate, decentralized perpetual motion machine within the body. But what about all that energy generated by the heart itself? Thus far, after decades of research, the finest scientific minds have been able to confirm what every mother, or any other human animal who has ever bonded with another sentient creature knows from experience energy, that the heart has some precognitive ability and that it perceives intuitive and emotional information before the brain. In fact, there are many different types of communication processes in the body, but for so long as the majority of scientists remain cocooned in self-serving ignorance, they are doing this:
The heart does not only enable us to connect psychically with each other and other animals, but also with the Great Beast Herself, our Planetary Animal Mother (PAM). If you love the earth and have bonded with Her through a ritual act of intent, you can interact telepathically with Her just as you can any other animal. In the dreaming mind of the Aeon Sophia, the most significant event of Her day has already happened: She has corrected Her mistake and is now guiding Her magical children to live to the fullness of their potential, as if the Archons and their lackies had never existed.
[To emphasize this point: a bat appeared in mid-air in our living room, even though all the windows and doors were closed, just as I read this paragraph out to Dean and a friend who is visiting.]
However, there is more to Her dreaming power than telepathy. The Aeon Sophia lives outside of chronological time. Her experiences occur in ‘dreamtime’ and are arranged by emotional intensity, Her relationships and Her location in the cosmos. You can imagine this by reference to your own dreaming, which is very similar in terms of the experience of time, but much weaker in effect. Humans cannot cause anything to manifest in ordinary consciousness just through dreaming about it; but our dreaming can be a window into what is happening in Her mind and as spur to action. Denial of physical needs and pleasure has the effect of trapping you in linear time; as your cells scream for attention you become enmeshed in temporality and conversely, the more your physical needs and desires are met, the more you notice how your relationship with time changes – you move into ‘free-time’. It feels a lot like tripping.
The Aeon Sophia became lucid in Her dream when She was in the proper position and She had a human witness; up until that point She was setting things up in flashes of lucidity, fed by those who were able to hold Her in memory through the barren millenia of darkness. You are reading this now because you already have a share of the qualities that She needs for human participation in this totally novel event in the life of our galaxy, otherwise you wouldn’t have been born. When I realized this for myself, I experienced the strange sensation of being pulled from the future, physically through my heart, my love of the earth and my lust for life. I suddenly saw how many extraordinary experiences in my life were part of a trajectory that seemed almost pre-determined in leading up to this point. Guided is a better term – learning to follow Her guidance saves a few bruises here and there, especially on the head. It was a great relief to recognize that the Aeon Sophia is actively eliminating the pestilence that plagues our world and that I’m fully equipped and in the right place at the right time to play my part.
There are two streams of participation, destruction and regeneration, or the movement towards entropy and the movement towards syntropy, spiraling waves of energy moving away from the source and those moving towards a receiver. The human heart generates energy that resonates with and amplifies the entropic and syntropic waves. The dominant movement at the moment is towards destruction and the majority of humans on this planet are unconsciously accelerating the entropic wave and a few are consciously engaged in this drive. My location, the western most point of Europe in the magical land of Ophiussa, positions me to work more closely with the syntropic wave, described thus by Luigi Fantappiè:
“In the days just before Christmas 1941, as a consequence of conversations with two colleagues, a physicist and a biologist, I was suddenly projected in a new panorama, which radically changed the vision of science and of the Universe which I had inherited from my teachers, and which I had always considered the strong and certain ground on which to base my scientific investigations. Suddenly I saw the possibility of interpreting a wide range of solutions (the anticipated potentials) of the wave equation which can be considered the fundamental law of the Universe. These solutions had been always rejected as “impossible”, but suddenly they appeared “possible”, and they explained a new category of phenomena which I later named “syntropic”, totally different from the entropic ones, of the mechanical, physical and chemical laws, which obey only the principle of classical causation and the law of entropy. Syntropic phenomena, which are instead represented by those strange solutions of the “anticipated potentials”, should obey two opposite principles of finality (moved by a final cause placed in the future, and not by a cause which is placed in the past) and differentiation, and also non-causable in a laboratory. This last characteristic explains why this type of phenomena has never been reproduced in a laboratory, and its finalistic properties justified the refusal among scientists, who accepted without any doubt the assumption that finalism is a “metaphysical” principle, outside Science and Nature. This assumption obstructed the way to a calm investigation of the real existence of this second type of phenomena; an investigation which I accepted to carry out, even though I felt as if I were falling in a abyss, with incredible consequences and conclusions. It suddenly seemed as if the sky were falling apart, or at least the certainties on which mechanical science had based its assumptions. It appeared to me clear that these “syntropic”, finalistic phenomena which lead to differentiation and could not be reproduced in a laboratory, were real, and existed in nature, as I could recognize them in the living systems. The properties of this new law, opened consequences which were just incredible and which could deeply change the biological, medical, psychological, and social sciences”
Both drives are necessary and unavoidable and victory is inevitable. It’s all about how you want to play.
As a prelude to what is to come, human heart cells have double the DNA of other cells, but it’s purpose is a mystery. I’m relating this to The Radioactive Riddle of Hexagram 42 and the amplification from Thelete/Jupiter that is about to come into effect.
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For a few years now, I’ve been holding to the intention of living the dream of this land and following through on the guidance I’ve received, as much as I can. Sometimes it feels like trying to apply mascara while riding a rodeo bull, but I’m learning a lot about how intent works. Intent is magnetic because of magnetite. At one level it works as your personal GPS – your Gaian Positioning System – to let you know when you are on your path and if you stray off it. You can take the easy path or the hard way, they all lead to the same place, which is nowhere. There is no final destination for the Anthropos, but you can go nowhere more enjoyably when you go your own way. How do you know when you’re on the right path? Just follow your nose!
When you form an intention, you align yourself magnetically with the electromagnetic field of the earth. If you’ve taken the Gaian Tantra Vow, that’s what you did when you pricked your thumb for the ritual of iron-binding. There are, in fact, multiple magnetoreceptors in the human body and those of other animals; in how many ways does the Planetary Animal Mother bond with Her magical children? The answer is infinite – the more you look the more you find. This post is about how intent works through magnetite and the ethmoid bone.
The ethmoid bone at the roof of the nose, separates the nasal cavity from the cranium. It is a light, porous bone, containing a high concentration of magnetite. Magnetite is a mineral, also known as iron oxide. Iron combines very easily with oxygen, to form iron oxide and there are sixteen known iron oxides, but magnetite is not the kind found in ordinary rust. The sparks formed by a blacksmith striking hot iron are magnetite, caused by the rapid, exothermic oxidation of tiny particles of iron combining with oxygen, three molecules of iron to four of oxygen. It is the most magnetic of all the naturally occurring minerals on earth.
So, what is it doing in your body?
“Magnetite is the first truly novel material to be discovered as a biochemical precipitate in human tissues since the dawn of medical science-everything else in human bones and soft tissue is either diamagnetic or paramagnetic (e.g., Lowenstam and Weiner, 1989). Magnetite is also the only known metallic compound to be made by living organisms and has the highest electrical conductivity of any cellular material. Although the total amount of magnetite in an adult human is small (a few hundred micrograms), there are several million crystals per gram, each of which interact rather strongly with external magnetic fields. As effects at the cellular level can often lead to global effects, particularly in the neurological and immune systems, it is important for human health to know what this material is doing in human tissues and how it forms.”
Magnetite is not considered to be an essential mineral for humans, it’s not even recognised as a trace mineral. However, trace levels of biogenic magnetite (biologically generated magnetite) are to be found in almost all human tissues, including the brain. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements imply the presence of a minimum of 5 million single-domain crystals per gram for most tissues in the brain and greater than 100 million crystals per gram in parts of the meninges that connect to the central nervous system.
Studies with birds, salmon, trout and honey bees have shown that magnetite helps them align with the magnetic field of the earth. It is presumed that this is used for migration and navigation. Other studies have found that magnetotactic bacteria which contain biogenic bacteria and live in water, are able to swim to the magnetic north in the northern hemisphere and the magnetic south in the southern hemisphere. These magnetogenic bacteria contain perfect magnetite crystals and have been found in al the creatures that have been studied for sensitivity to the earth’s magnetic field and have also been found in human tissue. Magnetoreception is established as fact in all major animal groups and it is now being considered that many higher organisms, including humans, have the ability to form magnetite through biomineralization. In other words, these bacteria are tiny biochemical factories operating throughout your body to breakdown iron and oxygen and make it into magnetite. Is that just so you can find your way home? May be so and in more ways than one.
Biogenic magnetite is ferrimagnetic. That means that it can be polarised to absorb or shield. Ferrimagnetic magnetite is used to shield microwave ovens. The significance of biogenic magnetite has been considered with regard to potential vulnerability to harmful EMFs, but the possibility that it might be intentionally polarised in the body to shield from harmful EMFs has not been considered. This is a subject for further investigation.
Magnetite used to be known as lodestone and pieces of lodestone suspended on a string served as the first magnetic compasses and were used in China as early as 300 BC. When freely suspended on a string, a small piece of lodestone will align itself with Earth’s magnetic field.
Ethmoid bone: the Gaian Positioning System
The ethmoid bone is at the top of the nose, behind the bridge. You can’t feel it with your fingers, but it can make itself known to you with a particular kind of pressure; I’ve discovered that this pressure is subjectively calibrated to intent. When I formed the intention to live the dreaming of this land, it was a voluntary act of independent will (iron) in which I aligned my feeling senses, alchemically generated by oxygen, to the electromagnetic field of the earth. I didn’t make the connection with magnetite initially, but I started to notice this strange pressure deep inside the bridge of my nose when I thought about certain topics.
Interestingly, the features of the ethmoid bone have names like: rooster’s comb (crista galli), labyrinth, concha (snail shell). It connects directly with the dura in the meninges of the brain, that also has a high concentration of magnetite.
The first time I noticed the ethmoid bone, I felt as if my nose was moving across my face; it literally pulled me out the door to a group of rocks that I’d not paid any attention to previously. I noticed their distinctive markings and looked them up and discovered they were serpentinite. From there I discovered that I live on the Eastern Galicia Magnetic Anomaly and that the ancients called Galicia, Ophiussa, the Land of Serpents. Serpentinite gets its distinctive colouring from magnetite, of course.
In humans, magnetite works as a compass for the psyche, as well as a navigational aid for basic directions, because we have the capacity for independent free will.
You can test this function of the ethmoid bone for yourself by forming an intention. An intention is a desired plan of action, with the commitment to follow through with it. You can form an intention about anything you like, but the more your intent aligns with the intent of the earth, the stronger the magnetic attraction that you will feel in the ethmoid bone. Additionally, as you make choices in your day-to-day life, you might become more aware of this pressure and that it fluctuates. For me, when I’m aligned with intent and come to a fork in the road and need to make a choice, the pressure in my ethmoid intensifies when I focus on the better option. The mental commitment to act is usually accompanied by a burst of insight that I hadn’t thought of before and that makes following through with the action easier.
Intent in Correction
This is a critical time for the Rhomay, a dark night in rough terrain. I’ve found that living intentionally is the only way I can balance the gnawing feeling in my gut, that tells me that I should be doing SOMETHING about the situation and the input from my senses, showing me that everything I need to do is right here. The great paradox for the Rhomay is that the drive for individual responsibility and self-reliance is both a strength and a weakness – it has birthed civilizations but succumbed to exploitation. This paradox is ever-present in the ancient history of these lands, where the rocks tell tales. It took around 500 years before the fierce, freedom-loving, skilled and self-reliant Celtic tribes were conquered by the well-organized, disciplined and persistent Romans. Ultimately, it was Christianity that did them in. Everyday I ask myself: what can I do to turn this around?
The only answer I have is to bind myself into the dreaming power of the place where I live and act according to the guidance I receive, even when I don’t know where it will take me. The force of intent flows as an electrifying current, from the magnetic field of the earth directly into the brain and nervous system of anyone who activates it as a sovereign individual. It is one way in which the Planetary Animal Mother is able to reach into your life, to spark new ideas that arise from Her desire to correct the course of Her experiment. It feels like a subtle dance, in which I’m not sure when I’m leading or being led and with a few body slams, when I go off-piste into the hinterland of desire not aligned with my intent. It seems to me that the strength of the Rhomay lies in the uniquely individual ways in which we can act with intent, while surrendering to the supernatural organizing intelligence of the Aeon Sophia. And how do you distinguish between true guidance and the plastic parachutes of the fantastic imagination? You have to jump to find out.
If you’re willing to consider that intent is electromagnetic, then it must be affected by the earth’s magnetic field. The Grand Solar Minimum, the weakening magnetic field of the earth and the increase in cosmic rays are all presented as evidence for a coming mini-ice age and, for sure, you’d be blind not to notice the increase in extreme weather events and the changing seasonal patterns – the rain in Spain falls mainly everywhere, these days. None of the commentators on these events show any willingness to consider the possibility that the earth and sun are conscious creatures and that, seeing as they’ve managed to support life on earth for eons, perhaps they might know what they are doing now? It’s all just repeating cycles, without intentional intervention. That’s the key word here, isn’t it? Intent. Can you contemplate intent without your mind reaching for Jupiter? Did you notice a twinge in your ethmoid bone at that precise moment?
Thelete, the Intended, is emanating through Jupiter and one effect of this is the amplification of intent. Jupiter’s magnetic field is at least 10 times that of the earth. Some scientists have proposed that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot gets its distinctive colouring through iron oxide, but this is not settled science. It is agreed that for the past 150 years the GRS has been contracting and getting taller – reaching out. NASA’s Elizabeth Zubritsky, describes it thus:
“It’s almost like clay being shaped on a potter’s wheel.”
Clay gets its distinctive colouring, red, yellow and grey from the its differing iron oxide content.
In 2016, the European Space Agency’s SWARM satellites identified a ‘molten iron jet stream’ in the northern hemisphere, mostly under Alaska and Siberia that is moving at roughly 50km a year southwards, towards Europe. In 2017, a corresponding ‘supersonic plasma jet stream’ in the upper atmosphere was discovered, which is said to be heating the outer ionosphere to temperatures near 10,000°C.
“Weirdly enough, thanks to some other recent observations from the Swam satellites, we now know that similar systems are at play both in Earth’s upper atmosphere and deep inside its liquid outer core.
Back in December, the ESA team announced that their Swam satellites had detected an accelerating river of molten iron some 3,000 km (1,864 miles) below the surface of Earth, under Alaska and Siberia.
They found that this 420-km-wide (260-mile) jet stream had tripled in speed in less than two decades, and is currently headed towards Europe.
Like the supersonic plasma jets that are zooming through our upper atmosphere, this fast-moving jet of molten iron is directly related to Earth’s magnetic fields.
Differences in temperature, pressure, and composition within the outer core create movements and whirlpools in the liquid metal, and together with Earth’s spin, they generate electric currents, which in turn produce magnetic fields.”
Science can’t tell us very much about any interaction between the Earth and Jupiter, or of any effect that their magnetic fields have on life on this planet. You don’t have to believe anything, because you can direct intent and experience through the magnetite in your nose. In the closing years of the Kali Yuga, the Age of Iron, the game is avout transmuting iron into intent.
This is a short talk, an account of a dream in which I received the instruction for psychoacoustic activation of the nodal points on the earth grid. It is an addendum to Spelling Out Electrosmog and describes a better way of activating the grid. (I think I might have said psychoactive activation at the end of the talk instead of psychoacoustic, so I just wanted to correct that, as no psychoactive guides are necessary for this activation.)
A slight play on words, but a way of describing a recent experience that I want to signal, so you can recognize it when it comes your way. Our Aeonic Mother is using this cosmic force to get Her experiment back on track, as events get to the point of ‘supersaturation’ when you ‘just can’t do it anymore’ you can bet that the situation is about to change dramatically, and delightfully for those of us who really do live Her Story.
This recording is a bit rambling and unedited – it has several pauses while I gathered my thoughts. I’m trusting that I’ve addressed the main points one way or another…..
Whatever the weather, our day starts with walking the dogs and (sometimes with cats in tow) and foraging for weeds. We are lucky to live in an area where there is no intensive farming, no crop spraying and lots of hedgerows, meadows and verges, where the wild plants flourish. Our own land was not occupied for 40 years before we moved here so, although it is hard work clawing out a few patches for cultivation, at least I know that our soil is relatively uncontaminated. In the height of summer, when it can be very hot and dry, there’s not usually so much to be had from the wild, but we usually have plenty in our garden then.
I started juicing two years ago in spring when the cleavers came out en masse and almost begged to be juiced. I bought a Lexen Manual Juicer, as the electric one some one left us is so big and noisy and I have Luddite leanings. What a joy this little machine is. It makes beautiful, rich and slick juice and is so satisfying to use – and easy to clean. I much prefer it to the electric version. Chopping the plants and fruits and pushing them into the machine and watching the juice and pulp come out is a kind of meditation. I’m still juicing every morning, because it really does taste that good……and I’m beginning to learn why it’s so good.
Wild juice recipe
3 sticks of celery
Large thumb-sized piece of ginger
Handful of coriander/cilantro leaves
And several handfuls of one or more of the following:
Cabbage (red or green)
Lemon balm (not too much as it’s very strong)
Mallow (not too much as it’s very gooey)
Milk thistle leaves
Radish leaves –
Yarrow (not too much as it’s pucker-power astringent)
For our tastes the apple, celery, ginger and coriander/cilantro is the basic blend and then whatever greens are available. This juicer prefers hard fruits, technically it’s a wheat grass juicer, so anything too mushy doesn’t work so well. We grow broccoli, kale, swiss chard and cabbage for most of the year, hopefully the ginger, coriander/cilantro and apples will make it this year and we find the ‘weeds’ on our walks.
We’re enjoying an abundance cleavers, clover, dandelion and milk thistle leaves at the moment.
Biological power plants
The human body is a biological power plant, as it transduces multiple energy sources for different systems and processes. Oxygen is used as the primary fuel to break down food, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins in order to power movement and essential physiological processes, such as digestion, respiration, mitosis and repair. The nervous system is considered to be primarily electrical, driven by the polarizing actions of the sodium-potassium pump in response to stimuli and then back to the resting state after external stimulation. The nervous system uses about one third of the body’s overall energy capacity, regardless of physical activity or lifestyle choices. Except in cases of injury, poisoning or chronic illness, most ‘nervous conditions’ can be significantly remediated through diet. However, more recently some researchers are considering that the nervous system is powered by light. And what about the senses????
The human body also creates energy. I cranked my manual juicer with kinetic energy, not hard enough to make me sweat (thankfully), but just being alive creates thermal energy. And then there is light. All life forms radiate light, which is electromagnetic energy. Some electromagnetic energy is visible to the naked eye, like rainbows or laser beams, but most isn’t.
Your body grows new retinal cells every two days, new skin in six weeks, a new liver over an eight week period and new nerve cells in a matter of months. So what stops us from regenerating and why do we all show signs of ageing, with advancing years? Those are big questions, with many answers, but in biological terms your body needs three things:
the right raw materials from which to construct new cells;
sufficient cellular energy to enable it to use the raw materials;
a working communication system, so it knows what to do and when;
a guiding narrative that attunes you to health and regeneration.
If any one of these three components is depleted, as they mostly are, you don’t heal and regenerate as you were designed to do and eventually you succumb to total systemic failure – otherwise known as death. Additionally, cells, systems, habits and even civilizations all go through a natural process of apoptosis, signified by chaos, and that’s one way of looking at the current conditions. The question is: what do you do about it? You can just find yourself a safe haven and ride out the rest of you life as best you can and there’s plenty to be said for that approach, I nearly ended up there myself. But funnily enough, when I found my safe haven, here in Galicia, I began to perceive and experience life in a very different way. Life gushes, sprouts and oozes through every pore in the earth and atmosphere here and I want more of it. This leads back to the plants, the wild plants and weeds……
Have you ever stopped to consider why you need to put so much time and effort into weeding the garden? The weeds always win! They are stronger, better adapted to the environment and they are prolific, whatever the conditions, the weeds survive and return more quickly than cultivated plants – they are the power plants. That’s because they grow as Nature intended, they haven’t been hybridized for yield benefits or so they can be transported over long distances, irradiated and still look tasty on a grocery store shelf. Domestic vegetables are designed for profit and wild plants are designed for life. Wild plants contain at least 5 – 10 times more nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, phytochemicals and biophotons than supermarket vegetables. 15 grams of nettles contain far more nutrients than 100 grams of healthy romaine lettuce. I’ve long suspected that one of the reasons I didn’t do well on a vegetarian diet was lack of minerals. I’m very reluctant to use supplements, as I regard them as suspiciously as I do every other processed ‘food – made for profit, rather than health. Several studies have shown that the mineral content of wild edible plants is higher than their commercial equivalents, which stands to reason if the wild plants are collected from soil that has not been depleted through industrial farming methods. However, there is another reason, that is even more significant and that is light.
Biophotons, that is light emitted by life, were discovered in 1923 by Russian scientist Professor Alexander Gurvich, who originally named them “mitogenetic rays”. German biophysicist Fritz-Albert Popp proved their existence in 1974 and subsequently developed biophoton theory based on observation to explain their possible biological role and the ways in which they may control biochemical processes, growth, differentiation etc. This work is now continued in a network of research laboratories in more than 10 countries, although it remains outside of make-believe mainstream science.
The radiant light emanating from animals and plants that is too faint to be seen by the naked eye. It would be like seeing a lit candle in the dark from 20km away, but it has been repeatedly photographed using the Popp designed photomultiplier devices. In humans it appears to be most concentrated in the forehead, the throat and the chest area.
According to Popp, living cells and DNA use electromagnetic waves to communicate and transfer information. Substances and unnatural electromagnetic fields, disrupt the natural cycles of light emission causing loss of coherence and poor intracellular communication, so that the body is unable to generate new healthy cells. For example, Popp found that cancer cells were not attuned to the rest of the body ie. out of synch, dancing to a different tune.
A biophoton is always emitted before each of the appproximately 100,000 biochemical reactions that occur per second in every cell in the human body. There is no biochemical reaction that takes place without the preceding biophoton signal, which is why it is considered to be the ‘steering system’ for all the biochemistry that takes place in the body. The communication system of the body is more akin to fibre optics than copper wires.
I’ll be posting more on biophotons, DNA, regeneration and communication another day. Meanwhile, if you can find a very local source of edible wild plants, give wild juicing a try and I’m sure you’ll notice the benefits in a few weeks. Popp considers the biophoton content to be of far greater importance than just the nutrient or caloric content of a food freshly picked, as it brings coherence back into the body. Health and regeneration is just not possible without communication and coherence. Eating plants with a high biophoton content helps correct the deficit caused by electromagnetic pollution and reconnects you with nature – another part of the story. Wild edible leafy green plants have the highest biophoton content of all foods available, as the ancient alchemists surely knew.
This is an orientation piece for Gaian Alchemy. I want to explain why I’m focusing on what seems to be such an arcane subject, as the world spirals into chaos, and why I think it’s relevant, even essential, for these times in which regeneration is happening concurrently with destruction.
I hold myself out to be a witch, a healer, a kalika, a teacher and a bog-standard alchemist in the way all true women are. I have the burning desire to know how humans interact, physiologically, psychologically and emotionally with the natural and Supernatural world and to use that knowledge wisely. My motivation with Gaian Alchemy is to learn how the mind/body system works interactively with our Planetary Animal Mother, so as to command Her Power to live in ultimate freedom. I want freedom to live and die without third party interference, to make my own mistakes and learn from them, which is about as clear as I can get on my motives right now. I aim to teach what I’m learning, by putting it into effect because I want to play with the Rhomay in this way, with tensegrity. I’m constantly challenged by my limited knowledge and the grandeur of the subject, but also compelled to learn and it keeps me sane.
The alchemy for the end-times of the Kali Yuga is not the same as it would have been at the beginning of the kalpa. These times are defined by escalating war, insanity, loss of humanity, mindless destruction and extinction. This is Ceridwen’s cauldren and A11 is a brewin’. Even as you weep for the suffering you see everywhere, don’t despair; humanity as a species wins this final battle of the Kali Yuga. For each of us as individuals, well, much depends on how you live and what you do. Kali protects Her warriors, so long as they hold to the kalika code and protect humanity. She destroys the archontic illusion and all who uphold it and She regenerates the faculties of the Rhomay, with absolute simultaneity, so that you can interact with the Supernatural as easily as making a phone call, right now! You don’t have to wait until the battle is won. The art of Gaian Alchemy is to track and participate in that regeneration/transmutation process, using your senses and imagination as they were designed to be used. And as this knowledge is developed and fed into the morphogenetic field of the Anthropos, it exponentially enhances the extraordinary abilities of all the warriors of the Rhomay. The battle lines are both deeply personal and transpersonal at the same time, so that when you fight for Freedom, Truth and Beauty in your own life, you add those qualities to the brew. There is a selection process underway.
In bringing Gaian Alchemy to life today, I am spiralling back, sniffing out the trail and picking over the clues were left by the chroniclers of the ancient alchemists – panning for gold, and also making gold. And what is the real gold? I can’t define it as one single thing right now. That might sound like a cop-out, but that has to be discovered by each alchemist on his/her own terms. For example: a few days ago, it came up in conversation how our PAM gives us two hues, the blue skin tone in the presence of the Organic Light and the amber-gold when She shows Her pleasure. These hues are visible in exactly the same way to everyone who has these experiences. Doesn’t that make you wonder about the nature of alchemical gold? Do you see that it is alive, responsive, something that you ache for?
“The Gold you acquire at the end of the work is also called the Philosophic Gold, or the Philosophic Matter. To paraphrase, it is what matters philosophically, in the long run, after all the DROSS is burned away. Remember that philosophy is nothing but the methodical inquiry into the meaning of life, the loving-to-know what life really means. The DROSS is our immersion in the human muddle, our total identification with it and everything it means, but the gold is a gleaming thread that leads elsewhere.
Alchemical Gold cannot be sold and as you may sense from the awkwardness of this passage, it is even extremely difficult to give away.
That anyone who assumes responsibility for the outcome of deeds initiated by the Gods will eventually be delivered from the human muddle – this is the subtle idea held by the alchemists to be the supreme idea. Nowhere do they attempt to explain how the assumption of this responsibility for the Divine Dilemma is not a super-burdening but an unburdening, yet everywhere they allude to it as the only thing worth thinking about, the one true Philosophic Matter. What comes of it is noted by Rilke in a letter where he writes to Rodin: “He was a worker, who desired nothing but to enter, completely and with all his powers into the humble and austere reality of his art. In this there was a certain renunciation of life. But precisely by such patience did he win life: for the world offered itself to his art.”
THROUGH THEIR INCURSIONS INTO THE HUMAN REALM, MYTHICAL BEINGS BECOME ENTANGLED IN HUMAN KARMA SO THAT THEIR OWN EVOLUTION COMES TO BE DEPENDENT UPON HUMAN ACTION – SUCH IS THE DIVINE DILEMMA.”
The Course in Gaian Alchemy, John Lash
In a nutshell, you engage in Gaian Alchemy by taking responsibility for your own life, in such as way as to pull yourself out of the murky muck of mundane affairs, so that you can (if you so desire) take responsibility for solving the problems created by the gods, our Divine Mother specifically! But you don’t do it alone, of course.
The goal of Gaian Alchemy is the completion of the Great Work. The Great Work is, in one sense, all that is possible to imagine, thus it includes the biosphere and even the Milky Way Galaxy. The gods left our home galaxy incomplete intentionally, so that the subjects of their experiments could (eventually, potentially) enjoy the pleasure of completing their work. This is what you would call a long-term project, but the interaction between what is happening on this planet and in the cosmos is easily verifiable. For those of you who followed the GNE, and other stargazers, have you noticed what is happening with the Milky Way over the past few years? Doesn’t it seem to be falling apart and going in a completely different direction? Could you say that it is mirroring what is happening on this planet, and vice versa? As above, so below. The Anthropine species on this planet is a long way away from co-creating anything with the gods, but the Human Effect extends as far as we could possibly imagine and we can learn how to regenerate as well as we have learned how to destroy. That is a sobering thought, the next time you complain about the lack of opportunity!
The social domain across the whole world is disintegrating into chaos, but at the same time clarity, pristine cognition and solutions are erupting spontaneously amongst those who live outside of the system as much as they can. I don’t think it’s possible to live completely outside the system, not unless you adopt a really primitive lifestyle, but living in the countryside and not being employed in a slave job reduces the impact somewhat. I notice here that as I fret about the weather, “not enough rain, too much rain (really too much rain)”, nature just gets on with it. I’m looking for a break in the action to transplant seedlings, but the birds are nesting, the fruit trees are in blossom and the grass is already knee high. Nature regenerates itself every spring, but the Anthropos has been so systematically disconnected from that process that not only do we no longer remember how to regenerate ourselves, but we go one step further and dismiss it as impossible. How long has this amnesia and disconnection been in effect? Millenia, perhaps. The irony is that the escalating destruction and chaos actually create the conditions that make remembering and regeneration possible, but only for those who have the Sophianic Narrative to keep them sane and sober through the storm.
I have no doubt that we were designed with the innate ability to regenerate any part of the body, including limbs and organs. Adult stem cells are found in many parts of the human body, including the bone marrow, heart, liver, gut and brain and have different functions; some only have the ability to generate one type of cell, while others are multipurpose. Recent research is proving that the central dogma of DNA (that DNA writes to RNA to create all the proteins in the body) does not tell the full story and bioelectricity has much more of a role than previously thought. Studies have shown that electrical signals provide environmental cues for intercellular communication, to orchestrate cellular behaviour during morphogenesis and regeneration. It has been proven that bioelectricity can induce limb regeneration in non-regenerative species. However, all these studies fail to consider the source of these electrical signals!
Gaian Alchemy is now informed by the Sophianic Narrative and Planetary Tantra. Additionally, the Electric Universe proponents provide scientifically verifiable theories that back up what John Lash observed and intuited when he created the course back in 1983. If you look through the lens of Gaian Alchemy, you can clearly see that various outlying scientific communities are picking up on the operational similarities and the interactivity between the cosmos, the earth and the human creature. However, their ingrained myopia does not allow them so see (or remember) the elephant they are actually riding on! And therein lies the role for Gaian Alchemists in the social domain, to guide science which is still operating in the mode of the three blind men describing an elephant. Does that sound outrageously ambitious? Yet, it’s nowhere near as ambitious as playing like the gods!
Coming back down to earth and right up close and personal; your Goddess endowed luminous epinoia, the power of imagination, nous and intelligence are entrained by your perception, but your perceptive abilities have been disabled by generations of archontic interference. You cannot look at the sky or a tree or a rock and see it as a Gnostic seer or shaman would have seen it. Neither can I. But you and I now know that our perceptive abilities were hacked, and who did it. Furthermore, as habitual behavior unravels, deeper memories of what the Anthropos were once capable of spontaneously emerge. I don’t know how you can get traction and harness these emerging abilities unless you live in a supportive and healthy indigenous community, or you recognize yourself as Rhomay within the Sophianic Vision Story. You don’t have to do anything else, unless you want to. Gaian Alchemy is the method for training your senses and imagination to track and participate in regeneration interactively.
I would guess that Gaian Alchemy might appeal to those with an interest in natural healing and want to learn more about the source of our innate healing ability and how far it extends. As the kalpa draws to its bloody end and the need for healing and regeneration becomes increasingly desperate, more possibilities of engagement open up for those who want to participate in Correction in this way. There is no fundamental difference between regenerating a limb or a forest, it’s simply a matter of scale, imagination and cosmic timing.
On a personal note, I’ve been through my own healing process and helped many other people through theirs. There is much more work to do in this area as so much damage has been done, but the focus of Gaian Alchemy is not on teaching people how to heal themselves or anyone else, although that will be a by-product. A certain level of health is assumed, as the physical foundation for regeneration, but human regeneration is only part of the regeneration of life that is happening concurrently with extinction. That said, I don’t think that our Divine Mother intended us to die in decrepitude, begging to be released from suffering, and 80 years or so is nowhere near long enough to learn and do all the things I want in this life. When I had a near death experience in 2005, I got a taste of freedom and an insight into the possibility of a different way of living. Something that the ancient alchemists knew, began to flutter in the margins of my memory. John Lash has combed through all the surviving material and included anything worth keeping in the Course on Gaian Alchemy. There is still some material to be discarded, now that we know that both Jesus Christ and Einstein were xenosh psyops, but the Course material is the cognitive foundation for regeneration. I’m not saying: put this into practice and you’ll live happily and healthily for as long as you want and die a natural death when you’re ready but, with everything I’ve learned and experienced so far, I’m strangely confident that this is an achievable goal, for some. It could take years of dedicated practice and it will also happen instantaneously and having something to aim for, a goal with never-ending dopamine hits – it feeds me through the times when I’m plagued by doubts.
Ko Hung, a 4th century Chinese Alchemist describes this path as the divine process.
“It has been said, “It is not difficult to enjoy Fullness of Life; the difficulty lies in learning the divine process. It is not difficult to learn the divine process; the difficulty lies in carrying it out. It is not difficult to carry it out; the difficulty lies in persisting to the end.” the master carpenter can give a man his compass and square, but he cannot guarantee dexterity. An intelligent teacher can give a man a written prescription, but he cannot warrant that he will compound it. Cultivation of the divine process is like the sowing of grain; success in it may be compared with the harvest. The field may be fertile and the water conditions perfect, yet if the right weather is not at hand or the hoe is not applied, the grain you have sown will merely form little mounds, but you will reap nothing. No matter how large your farm, there will be no crop.
The ordinary man not only does not realize that profit begets profit; he does not even realize that loss begets loss. To be sure, loss is more easily and readily recognized; profit is hard to recognize and reveals itself more slowly. If, however, facility is not realized, how can one recognize difficulties? Losses may be compared with the flame of the lamp melting in the grease; nobody notices what is transpiring until suddenly the light dies. Profit is to be compared with the sowing and cultivating of plants. Before anyone realizes it, the shoots begin to appear. Therefore, when regulating the body and nurturing its life, give care to the little things. Even a slight profit is not to be considered unimportant and left uncultivated, nor is a slight loss to be considered harmless and left unblocked. Greatness is always the accumulation of little things; a million results from an accumulation of units. If you can appreciate it when it is only a promise and perfect it when it becomes evident, you are close to knowing the divine process.”
Alchemy, Medicine and Religion in the China of AD 320: The Nei Pien of Ko Hung
On Death and Immortality
Regeneration does not mean immortality. The completion of the Great Work is not about achieving immortality. The Anthropos is not on an ascension path. That term is not useful, as it is designed to lead you up your own personal back alley to oblivion. It is, in fact, an elimination path – of which there are many.
Humans are mortal animals and the gods are beings of an entirely different nature. There are many mythological accounts of ‘intermingling’ between the gods and humans, including instances in which the gods have bestowed immortality on humans – such is their gift. However, this does not imply that humans can achieve immortality through their own actions, nor that there is any kind of evolutionary path for humans. Would you really want immortality? Certainly not without some very specific conditions attached.
The Great Work is not an instruction manual for immortality; that’s why I’m using the word regeneration instead. The re-discovery, the remembering of the ability to regenerate, the physical body and the planetary environment, perhaps even the cosmos at large is sufficient and complete. Completion is in itself a gift. What if you could regenerate for as long as you had appetency for life? Would you then welcome death as the final act of completion, “the ultimate moment of life”?
The Gaian Alchemy course as John Lash taught it, concluded with reference to an ‘incursion’ and by calling our attention to the Archer-Snaketamer-Scorpion-Scales tableau, for the clues it offers in dealing with this incursion. At that time, John had not yet written Not in His Image, or reconstructed the Sophianic Narrative, so he was working with clues leading to the definition of the problem, rather than clues to the solutions, as we are now.
At that time he wrote:
“In this tableau of the Southern Constellations, the Snaketamer is an image of the human as master of the Luciferic Impulse, and the Archer is an image of the Human as master of the Ahrimanic Impulse. Thus the constellations mirror us, show us ourselves in various evolutionary situations and postures, at the same time as they show how Mythical Beings have effected Incursions into our realm. The scales themselves are the image of Karma. It must be be noted that the Scales, or Balance, is the only one of the thirteen Ecliptic Constellations which is mechanical. As an image of Karma, the scales has two pans, two counterbalancing scales. The one knocked awry by the Scorpion is the Divine Scale; the one displaced though remaining upright, not spilling its contents, is the Human Scale. (So our “planetary physics in the human scale” has a specific mythic image behind it, you see.) The Scorpion itself is the image of Death, of the Ahrimanic-Satanic power that can lay waste to the Human Essense. In fine detail, the Scenario shows how the Ahrimanic Incursion into human affairs produces an upset or potential loss in the realm of the Gods (Divine Scale), which remains to be corrected by action taken in the human realm (Human Scale, which remains level, though displaced).
In it’s totality, the Scenario shows how the outcome of this situation (which we’re calling the Divine Dilemma) hinges on the human mastery of the Luciferic (Snaketamer) to restrain the Satanic (Scorpion) until the Human, evolved to a higher stage of self-empowerment and self-centering (Archer, oriented to the Galactic Center or Divine Source), can finally and ultimately overcome the dangers posed by the Satanic by transforming it through Love.”
The Course in Gaian Alchemy, John Lash
We now know that the ‘Ahrimanic Satanic power’ referenced in this excerpt is the archontic infection, presented in various guises as religion, democracy and communism, that drives the xenosh to kill or enslave humanity. The Luciferic Impulse is, more or less, a reference to narcissism and the false ego, to be overcome as you claim your identity as Rhomay. The transformative power of Love, is the Love that comes from the Aeonic Mother for the Anthropos, that can only be reciprocated when grounded in self love. It most definitely does not mean ‘love your enemy’.
Fast forward to 2008 (thereabouts) and we have some more clues regarding this cosmic tableau:
“The Thirteenth Constellation
Drawing the thirteenth constellation was the crowning moment of my long artistic experiment with the zodiac. This is Ophiuchus, the Charmer of Serpents, or Snaketamer, the figure that had to be excluded in order to introduce the new paradigm of psyche-cosmos mirroring, using the 12-sector format without stars. Its exclusion signals one of the more devastating turns in the history of our species, a very bad turn, indeed. By a striking coincidence, the starless Ptolemaic zodiac was proposed in 150 AD, the same year that Justin Martyr came out openly and attacked the Gnostics of the Mystery Schools. But this is no coincidence, because the suppression of the Mysteries has everything to do with the loss of the Snaketamer and all he represents: namely, the millennial tradition of indigenous shamanism in Europa, the Levant, and Egypt.”
“In Quest for the Zodiac, I suggested that the serpent imagery in the constellations might be connected with ancient knowledge of genetics and the DNA code. This is consistent with Jeremy Narby’s thesis in The Cosmic Serpent: namely, that the ancients, like some indigenous peoples today, had direct experiential access to the molecular structure of matter. I have proposed the term stellar-genetic continuum for the the linking of cosmic and earthbound biophysics that glimmers in ancient traditions, especially Egyptian sacred astronomy. Today interest in this link has given rise to a fledgling science called exobiology, the study of how life on earth is connected with life beyond earth.”
These two images provide graphic evidence of the significance of this connection:
The first image is of DNA magnified in with a scanning electron microscope. Image a is the DNA strand as it appears naturally. Image b is the image straightened out and the very bottom image shows how this is manipulated to be presented by CGI.
This image is of the Birkeland currents from The Electric Universe: Filaments in Space
Ironically, given it’s esoteric pedigree, Gaian Alchemy’s relevance today hangs on what it is able to offer in the way of recognizable solutions to the major problems humanity faces. At this unique time in the history of our species, the Aeon Sophia is creating the ideal conditions in which the fullest expression of the courage, genius, beauty and ruthless compassion of the RHOMAY will emerge, through the actions of each individual and not the herd. Those who choose to interact with Her directly, guide Her actions. The xenosh will be eliminated, there is no doubt about that, but you have to decide where and how you want to play. Some of the practitioners of Gaian Alchemy, will also be warriors, others will be artists, healers, musicians, gardeners, anyone to whom this appeals; the collective function of individual actions in this field is to stabalize the interaction between our Divine Mother and Her Magical Children and to bind it into phylogenetic memory, to make it easier for others to pick up and so that the Mysteries can never be lost again.
The return of the Snaketamer signals one direction for Gaian Alchemy going forward. Electromagnetic pollution and the even more sinister DEWs are one of the biggest challenges facing life on earth today, the earth is clearly going through Her own electromagnetic events and regeneration is electrical in nature. The weakening of the earth’s magenetic field is not a random event. It is calibrated and calculated to bring more energy into the system, that we need to work out how to use. Currently, Jupiter is completing a loop around the top of the Scales, as if to draw our attention to the human involvement in the Divine Dilemma and also because Thelete, via Jupiter is bringing more energy into the system. Jupiter (with the guidance of pleasure and the pleasure of guidance) overseas Gaian Alchemy. The completion of the Great Work, requires magnification or amplification. The weakening magnetic field exposes the earth to more cosmic rays, which generates more thunderstorms and more energy. Catastrophic weather events are a consequence and we have to learn how to deal with them.
Obviously, lightning generates photons and is there any significant difference, apart from location and intensity, between atmospheric photons and biophotons? Biophotons are emitted by all living things and are beginning to be investigated as the communication system for all cells across the organism. All molecules of a particular type dance to a particular rhythm, generated by photons in the DNA. Fritz-Albert Popp asked where these biophotons came from, but did not consider them as as a medium of communication with the planetary mind. Photons are the music of the stars and our Earth Mother is also a Star Goddess.
What if the instrument of communication is the pineal gland? The calcite crystals in the pineal gland have been discovered to have piezoelectric properties and I think they are being activated by atmospheric pressure. This could explain the particular kind of tinnitus people are experiencing? Actually, tinnitus is probably a misleading term, as it’s not at all like the kind of tinnitus that people describe as problematic ringing in the ears, I wouldn’t even recognize this effect as tinnitus. It’s more like a ‘stoppering’ in one ear only, for me it’s usually the left, in which external sounds get blocked out accompanied by a constant tone, not too high pitched, more like an old-fashioned fax machine. It only lasts 30-60 seconds. The big question is: how do we use this channel?
It brings to mind the image of this psychoacoustic pipe from somewhere in South or Central America: is this pipe simulating a natural effect that we are just beginning to remember?
The other big issue is the human interaction with time. I found the section on Time the most difficult in the Course, but I can also see how pertinent it is to this particular moment in time! It’s not time itself that will be destroyed at the end of this aeonic day, but the specific illusion of time shaped by Christianity and the over-arching control of clock-time – they have to go. But what will replace it? And how can humans co-create with Gaia, without the ability to manipulate time? More big questions for Gaian Alchemists. Time does not create gold.
The master principle for the Great Work, stated in the Theatrum Rosarium, a compilation of alchemical lore from the 17th century:
In all thine operations, let the Work be guided by nature, according to the slow progression of metals in the bowels of the Earth. And in thine efforts, be guided in all ways by the true and not the fantastic imagination.
“You are mistaken, blind one — false deity who cannot see. There is an immortal luminous child, the Anthropos, who came into existence before you and who will appear among your spectral forms (plasmata). This luminous child will trample you in scorn just as a potter’s clay is pounded (into a lump). And you will sink away to your proper zone, along with those who belong to your legion.
For at the consummation of your work, the entire defect [of Archontic illusion] exposed in the light of truth will be abolished, and [that illusion] will be as if it never had been.”
The first year here, our neighbour farmer dumped a trailer load of cow manure on the garden, when I wasn’t around, and told my husband that I asked for it! Well, that was an error of communication, but it really brought it home to me in the most graphic way: I had to be really clear that I wasn’t going to take anyone else’s shit anymore. I have plenty enough of my own. The technical term is ‘humanure.’
SIGNS OF CORRECTION
Within four hours of my having written, “I wasn’t going to take anyone else’s shit anymore” a dear friend posted this on Facebook.
Now, I haven’t spoken with this friend in a few months and I hadn’t planned on writing about the farmer dumping the cow manure. This friend does not follow the Sophianic Narrative either, although he is a sovereign individual and lives a natural lifestyle. So what did this little ‘coincidence’ signify to me? It’s PAM banging on the drum of the endopsyche – don’t you feel it too? Haven’t you had enough of this shit?
Sophia has agency. She’s had it since the summer of 2016. This means She is using all means available to get your attention – it doesn’t matter to Her whether you know She exists or not; you are still one of Her children. For those of us in PT, She’s having a bit of fun, showing that She can play with the search engines. She can eliminate the xenosh and their collaborators at any time, of course, but our wise and generous mother is giving us the opportunity to participate in that pleasure with Her and that necessitates refusing to take on other people’s shit and dealing with your own.
The first principle of Gaian Permaculture, as I defined it is: feed the soil. But what do you feed a goddess? Obviously, She eats anything, the earth is a closed system and everything is ultimately recycled, but some things are clearly more beneficial to the garden than others.
So, that leads right back to dealing with your own shit. We do that quite literally here. All our ‘humanure’ goes on the garden, along with waste from the chicken coop and all our vegetable peelings etc. (after they’ve been composted for a year or so). Some one told us that the best way to make a bed was to dig the top layer of topsoil away and put in a layer of straw and a layer of compost, then put the topsoil back. We’ve done that on a couple of beds this winter and have just planted potatoes and brassicas.
I’m not saying compost toilets and ‘humanure’ for everyone, but it is what we need to do to live here and it’s really not so bad. Flushing toilets seem quite strange to me now. We have compost toilets and a tree-bog (the loo with a view), no flushing toilets, no municipal sewage. (We have a reed bed for grey water.) And it’s quite obvious how dealing with your own shit has benefits. I just noticed that the asparagus is coming up already!
The soil looks good this year, finally. It’s taken four years, to get to the point where we are growing around half of all our vegetables and that will increase now we know more about what works and what doesn’t. I feel that it’s paid off taking it slowly and not giving the soil ‘indigestion’ by making improvements too rapidly. A friend nearby got his soil to what seemed like a perfect state within two years, but then the mice moved in to that lovely soft, rich warm soil and ate everything. He still hasn’t got rid of them. In using our own waste to feed the earth, we have moved at the right pace for the biochemical relationship between us and the soil to develop; we are giving the soil all the information and nutrients it needs, to give us exactly what we need in terms of medicine and nourishment.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
We tried mulching with wood chips on several of the beds two years ago. They are good for weed suppression, but there’s no tree cutting company around here, so we had to go and get them from the wood yard. This was a lot of work and we ended up with lots of hard wood and it takes too long to break down. We will eventually use wood chips for the paths – after we’ve dug up all the brambles – but they didn’t really work on the beds.
Our main source of mulch is leaf mulch from the oak woods close by and grass cuttings in the spring and summer.
We started the garden in the winter of 2014, by clearing some straggly pines over about an acre, laying out beds and digging in ditches and swales and putting in a series of drainage pipes. This is after we cleared the trees and as we started laying out the beds with beams from the old house. We did a lot of digging.
I used to call the garden the ‘food forest’, rather optimistically. Four years later, it’s clear that what we are doing here is technically more organic polyculture than permaculture, but let’s not quibble over terms. Now, we just call it the garden – ‘la huerta’ as they say here. We haven’t been able to work on the garden as much as we would have liked, we also had a house to build and retreats to run and it was a big help to have some volunteers last summer, but we are making steady progress.
water management: Swales, ditches and drainage
The year we moved here, in 2013, was said to be the wettest in 70 years. It rained torrentially, more or less continuously, from January to May. The track to our house was an ‘over-the-top-of-your-wellies’ river and the mud was relentless. As the soil here is clay, we put in a lot of effort over the following year, digging ditches and swales and putting in drainage, to prevent water-logging. Then we had very little rain, with drought conditions in much of Galicia for the next three years.
Last year was very hard on the garden, with a highly unusual late frost at the end of April, that wiped out the grapes, all our fruit and potatoes, followed by more drought. We lost quite a few trees too. We put in extruding hose, which worked quite well, but will need to be supplemented with water storage tanks, as we can’t run the water for the garden and water in the house at the same time (we are now off-grid). We were almost to the point of filling in the swales, as they were just filling up with weeds, when this year the rain returned. Two weeks ago the reservoirs were all 90% full, and it’s still raining. We have more than enough rain to get us through the summer now, but we really need the rain to stop so we can get out and do some planting. This summer we will need to do some swale maintenance.
Still, what a joy it is to see our swales and drainage working properly. All that work finally paid off!
We put a drain across the track and this takes the run-off in a buried pipe 80M or so down to the pool. The rain from the green roof of the house joins this pipe and also goes to the pool, you can just see it to the left of the deck. The pool dried up completely last summer, although the summer before people were able to swim in it. If it dries up, that’s it, as we’re not going to pump water from the well into the pool.
The swales are filled from a ditch across the brow of the hill and they are linked by drainage pipes that also go down to the other end of the pool.
The overflow from the pool goes to the little creek at the bottom of our property. One day, we’d like to clear the creek, to help it flow better, it’s really overgrown at the moment.