An Oasis For Orcas

Advocates dream of flying killer whales to an ocean sanctuary, but experts clash over whether science supports the move. An orca encounter at SeaWorld in San Diego, California. PHOTO: WOLFGANG KAEHLER How do you retire a 5-ton whale? That's a question some advocates and scientists have been asking themselves in the wake of SeaWorld's historic … Continue reading An Oasis For Orcas

Pagan Calendar: May 6, 2016

GrannyMoon's Morning Feast

Pagan Calendar: May 6, 2016

girlivyNew “Dark” Moon in Taurus @ 2:30 pm CDT:  The Dark Moon (or New Moon) is when the Moon is completely dark.  This is when the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up in that order and on the same line.  That is, the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, so it appears completely dark to us, as if it disappeared.

As the Moon moves in conjunction with the Sun, rising in the morning and crosses the sky, unseen, during daylight.  This means there is no Moon in the sky during the night.  Thus, this is the darkest night of the month.  In the countryside on a starless night, you cannot see your hand before your face.  It is complete and absolute darkness, like being in a void of perception.

But, within this perceptual isolation, is mystery and wonder.  When the spirit can…

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Alfalfa

Medicago sativa Also, Known As: Alfalfa Buffalo Herb Lucerne Mu-su Purple Medic Alfalfa is a common sight in many temperate grasslands of the world. Alfalfa belongs to pea family (Fabaceae). The herbal remedies made utilizing the alfalfa have been generally prescribed by herbalist for the treatment of a variety of ailments and disorders, the alfalfa … Continue reading Alfalfa

Arjuna {Terminalia arjuna}

The arjuna, scientific name Terminalia arjuna, is a lofty evergreen tree that is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. This tree often grows to a height of about 100 feet or 30 meters and bears yellow blooms and tapering leaves. The bark of the arjuna tree possesses therapeutic properties and has been used by people for centuries … Continue reading Arjuna {Terminalia arjuna}

Licorice Root

Glycyrrhiza glabra Also, Known As: Chinese Licorice Gan Cao Kan-ts'ao Kuo-lao Licorice Licorice Root Ling-t'ung Liquorice Mei-ts'ao Mi-kan Mi-ts'ao Sweet Licorice Sweet Wood Yasti Madhu Licorice refers to the roots and rhizome of a variety of plants belonging to the species Glycyrrhiza glabra L. of the family Fabaceae. This is a European species and possesses … Continue reading Licorice Root

Pennyroyal

Mentha pulegium Also, Known As: Pennyroyal Pennyroyal (botanical name Mentha pulegium) belongs to the mint species and is a member of the Lamiaceae family. Although this herb is native to Europe and the western regions of Asia, pennyroyal has now been naturalized in North and South America. Several species and a wide variety of pennyroyal, such as … Continue reading Pennyroyal

Marshmallow

Althaea officinalis Also, Known As: Althaea Marshmallow Mortification Root Sweetweed Found growing in abundance in moist and wet places all over the world, marshmallow is a perennial aromatic herb that is sometimes found to grow up to four feet in height. While the herb can be found growing in plenty in the wild, it is … Continue reading Marshmallow

Myrrh {Commiphora molmol syn. C. myrrha}

Also, Known As: Bola Gum Myrrh Tree Mu-yao Myrrh Myrrh is indigenous to Ethiopia and Somalia in Africa as well as the Arabian Peninsula and belongs to the small trees of the family Burseraceae. Basically, myrrh is said to be an oleo-gum-resin or a combination of capricious oil, gum and resin (a semi solid substance … Continue reading Myrrh {Commiphora molmol syn. C. myrrha}