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ing and rituals associated with
Hinduism. Men and women, ten
deep, bathing, some clothed,
some not, brushing their teeth in
incredibly polluted waters, ful-
filling their lifetime dreams. The
whole Ganges experience could
only be described as surreal.
If you compare India's Hindu
religion with its myriad of col-
orful deities like Krishna and
Ganesh, it's chanting, meditat-
ing, drum-like mantras, beard-
ed yogis wandering about, with
Christianity, which is much more
restrained and subdued, you can
see the attraction for the west-
ern mind. After making the mov-
ie Eat, Pray, Love, Julia Roberts
was drawn to this kaleidoscope
of colors and sounds and decid-
ed to convert to Hinduism.
At some point in our journey,
after trying to remember names
of various deities like Krishna,
Ganesh, Vishnu, Brahma, Shi-
va, and on and on, I asked our
tour guide "How many deities
are involved in Hinduism?" He
didn't hesitate, responding with
a smile, "oh, about thirty mil-
lion!"
India is fascinating -- the 1st
century attempting to coexist
with the 21st century; a herd of
camels passing by a Tata Motors
car showroom; young people
gathered at a McDonald's eating
vegan burgers, a short distance
from a nomadic gypsy encamp-
ment.
If you want to see life up close
and personal (as few westerners
do), if you want your senses to
be assaulted, consider India, it's
like no other place on earth.
Robert Ross can be reached by e-
mail at: SanDiegoRoss@Yahoo.com
Copyright 2011 by Robert Ross, all rights reserved
Spring and the Earth Changes!
Musings
By Mystic Trish
Spring has sprung and the
winds of change are blowing.
We are back at the begin-
ning of the wheel of the year.
We start at East on the compass,
with the rising sun on the Vernal
equinox. And right on cue here
comes Peter Cotton Tail hopping
down that bunny trail. Mad as a
March hare. He just came out of
his rabbit hole.
He is the Fool in the Tarot that
has just stepped off the spiritu-
al cliff down into the physical
world. That big burst of ener-
gy that comes rushing into the
world.
It is the year of the Rabbit.
I think it's the year of the Mad
March Hare! And he is mad be-
cause we are not listening. He
is feeling the earth changes
from down in his rabbit hole and
he's hopping mad.
Yet another disaster strikes
and a lot of people think it's the
end times. The environment is
changing. There is no denying
it any longer, whether you think
it's human made or natural cy-
cles or, my favorite, the work of
God and in keeping with Bibli-
cal prophesy for the Apocalypse,
Ragnaroc, Mayan Calendar or
some other version of the end
times. Take your pick. The bot-
tom line: it is happening and we
must face this.
Are we still the fool jumping
off the edge of our spiritual home
into physical existence in total
ignorance of who we are, and
that with life comes responsibil-
ity? Can we continue to plun-
der our mother and think that
she just has limitless resourc-
es? That her body, our physical
earth, her blood, our waterways
and oceans, her breath, our trade
winds, can just keep giving with-
out giving up.
Vernal Equinox is a day of per-
fect balance between the dark
and the light: just like the Yin
and Yang symbol, opposing en-
ergy that is interdependent. We
need to find that balance with-
in ourselves because the winds
of change are now blowing us
hard. This is a rising gale. Are we
going to hide or are we going
to face these winds and go for
the ride.
We are all feeling a little buf-
feted by them. We have come
through a year of old structures
breaking down. This is the ener-
gy of change: a new way of look-
ing at money and a new way of
treating our green resources.
With these changes our con-
sciousness is rising and a new
sense of balance and purpose
is being sought. So embrace the
changes that are blowing through
your life, turn your face to the
wind and soar on the wings of
Angels or the Sylphs.
In the pagan earth-friendly
tradition, this is when the male
energy starts getting frisky. This
is when the sap starts to rise in
the trees. And right on queue
comes Peter Cotton Tale hop-
ping down the bunny trail; hip-
pity hoppity Easter is on her way.
The word Easter is based on a
Germanic goddess of spring,
the dawn, and fertility originally
called Ostara.
The early church was expe-
riencing difficulty converting
people from "pagan" beliefs to
Christianity. Therefore at a meet-
ing back in 325 CE the Council
of Nicaea made some decisions
about resurrection and the rising
of the sun on the first morning of
spring. It was decided we would
celebrate Easter on the Sunday
following the first full moon after
the spring equinox. Thus another
holiday is based on the ancient
wheel of the year and the phases
of the Moon.
Ancient Mother I hear your cries.
I hear your call.
I hear your songs and they are
becoming urgent and
discordant.
Whispers in the wind that has
carried your name since the
dawn of time.
Here the pipes calling, the torch is
lit and the bone-fires spreading
the word from hill to hill.
The Ancient Mother flies by the
light of the moon and into the
rising sun.
She comes to wake you; for the
time is now, the time has come
for you to take a stand.
For the future of our world, the
hour has arrived, stand up
people!
By the east winds that blow do we
move through this world.
The moon pulls the tides and the
winds make the waves.
I pray we will find our way to live
in peace with our home and not
destroy all others and ourselves.
Guide us with your strength of
hand and heart dear God/
Goddess
Tricia howe is a born intuitive who
started psychic training at age 15. She
has over 30 years' experience in In-
tuitive Counseling, Crystal healing,
Tarot, Mediumship, and Clairvoyance.
Contact her at Mystictrish@cox.net or
at (949) 493-0705.
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