(TMU) – Thus far, 2020 has been filled with notable astronomical events, and there’s plenty still to come. We had three Super Moons in a row, starting with March’s Full Worm Moon, April’s Full Pink Moon, and, as we reported, May’s peak of the ‘Eta Aquarids’ Meteor Shower just days before the Full Flower Moon.
We’re not even halfway through the year and there’s plenty more in store for all sky watchers, starting with a partial Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on June 5th and 6th and an Annular Solar Eclipse on June 21st.
This year we’ll have a total of six eclipses, four Lunar and two Solar. The Lunar Eclipses will all be partial and the Solar Eclipses will be an Annular Eclipse on June 21st and a Total Eclipse on December 14th.
When the light from one celestial body (such as our Sun or Moon) is blocked by another (Earth or our Moon), an eclipse occurs as the body in between the two casts a shadow on the third body. We only experience two types of eclipses created by the different alignments of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. When the light of the Sun is obstructed by the Moon we observe a solar eclipse on Earth, and when Earth is aligned between the Sun and the Moon, it casts a shadow on the Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.
When the Moon lies in the penumbral, or outer shadow, of the Earth, we have a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, such as the one on June 5th and 6th. This occurs when the three celestial bodies are not perfectly aligned. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse are quite subtle as the moon might have be only slightly darker where Earth’s shadow falls.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:
June’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will visible, weather permitting, from much of Asia and Europe, Australia, Africa, Antarctica and South America’s south west. The eclipse will begin on the 5th of June at UTC 17:45:51, reach its peak at 19:24:55 and end at 19:24:55.
The Moon will be perfectly aligned between the Sun and Earth for the Annular Solar Eclipse on the 21st of June and as a result will leave the outer ring of the sun visible, also known as the ‘ring of fire’. Annulus (Latin), means ring, the name given to this celestial event.
Always protect your eyes when watching a Solar Eclipse, which should be a special and memorable event, without harming your eyesight. Never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, without protective, special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers which have to meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ‘ISO 12312-2’. Sunglasses, no matter how dark, will not protect your eyes!
With clear skies, the full Solar eclipse, including the ring of fire, will be visible from parts of Africa including Central Africa Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia, as well as most of North India, South of Pakistan and China.
Partial views of the eclipse will be visible in South/East Europe, much of Asia and Africa, North in Australia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
The eclipse will peak at UTC 12:10am on June 21st. The total duration of the eclipse is 3 hours, 18 minutes.
This story starts with me gradually becoming more and more run down and fatigued over the course of a week or so. Eventually I got pretty darn miserable and frustrated and I decided to ask my spirit guides what was going on and how I could fix it. So, I shouted out to the universe “what the heck is wrong with me and how do I fix it?” and then I just waited for the answer as usual. But in the meantime, I had to go to town to do some chores.
The First Sign
The first thing that happened as I pulled out onto the main road heading to town was that the car in front of me had a model name of “aura” as indicated by the emblem on the back of the car. I scratched my head and thought to myself, “I’ve never heard of a car named ‘aura’ before. I didn’t even know one existed.”
I wasn’t sure if it meant anything, but I had a feeling that it might. So I just made a note of it in the back of my mind and I continued heading to town.
The Second Sign
The first place I stopped in town was a hardware store. As I wandered around the store trying to find what I needed I accidentally turned down the paint aisle. As I looked up at the shelves, I saw a paint can with the word “aura” on it, apparently there was a paint brand called “aura.” As I wandered down the paint aisle I passed at least 10 cans in a row that said “aura” on them!
I laughed out loud because this seemed like it was probably the first part of my answer. When a sign or symbol gets repeated three or more times in quick succession, that usually means something. And again, I just noted it in the back of my mind and continued my shopping in the hardware store.
The Third Sign
Eventually I found what I needed and I purchased it and I headed back out to my car and as I was opening the door, I noticed something on the ground right in front of my feet, right in front of the door of my car. It looked like a bracelet, one of those bead bracelets. So I bent down, picked it up, and looked at it. The beads of the bracelet had letters on them and they spelled out the word “stressed out.” I found that very odd, who would buy and wear a bracelet that said “stressed out” on it? Wouldn’t people want their bracelet to say something uplifting or inspiring?
The oddity of this perked up my attention so again I noted it in the back of my mind and I started heading home. When I was about halfway home, I began to contemplate everything that had happened so far. Based on the signs, my hypothesis was that my state of extreme fatigue had something to do with my energy body or my auric field. Maybe my aura was depleted. I certainly was given a big hint is this direction by seeing the word “aura” so many times in quick succession.
And maybe stressed-out had something to do with auric field depletion. I didn’t know if that was true, but it seemed like it might be possible. And I had been stressing out for a while.
So, when I got home, the first thing I did was do a Google search for “energy body charging.” The search results that came back included many videos and articles. So I clicked on the first item in the search results list and as I read the first paragraph, it mentioned the auric field multiple times. And in the second paragraph it mentioned that stress can affect one’s auric field. Bingo message received!
Communicating Through Signs and Symbols
This is how spirit often communicates. It communicates through signs and symbols in the external reality. Spirit can also communicate through your intuition or via telepathy if you like — inspired ideas, downloads, etc. But oftentimes, signs and symbols are much more obvious than your intuition (which often times is subtle) — especially if you are paying attention for the signs and actively interpreting them.
Another Question and Answer
In any case, this story is not quite over yet, so I’ll continue. The article I found included instructions on how to charge your auric field. Which involved a process that lasted about five or 10 minutes and I did this process every day for about a week or so. But after doing this, I was only feeling slightly better.
So, I decided to ask another question — “what am I doing wrong?” — and I asked it out loud as usual. My number one hypothesis was that maybe I needed to do the process longer than 5 or 10 minutes.
Not long after asking this question I received a message from a follower of my Facebook channel — someone I’d never spoken to before. Somewhat oddly, the message contained a link to a video but included absolutely no explanation or introduction. Nevertheless, I clicked the link and it was a video of a 30 minute auric field clearing and charging meditation. This was the answer! I needed to do it longer (as I has suspected).
Out of curiosity, I decided to ask the person who sent me the link, why they sent it to me. And guess what they said? They said “an angel told me to send it to you”! I laughed out loud again, because I always find the way spirit communicates via signs and symbols amusing.
That’s it, I hope you found this story interesting and informative.
Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of divine omniscience or sinister influence? Today it symbolizes control and domination by a shadowy elite, but its original use was quite different. This article traces its use and meaning back to ancient times, when it was a symbol of divine providence, powerfully representing spiritual truth and awakening.
Humanity is Losing Its Precious Symbology
The all-seeing eye is a powerful esoteric symbol which is widely misunderstood and misused today; few know what it originally stood for. It was originally symbolic of a higher spiritual power or God, a watchful caretaker of humanity or an awakened spiritual part within. But these days it has quite different associations.
Today the all-seeing eye is more likely to be seen as an “Illuminati” symbol of control and surveillance by elites who to a large degree run the show on this planet at this time. This is because, over time, dark sinister forces have taken over esoteric symbols that for thousands of years were used to convey positive, helpful, uplifting spiritual messages and principles. The all-seeing eye is a prime example of how spiritual symbols have been hijacked and inverted. There has not really been much push to understand the symbol’s original meaning or to reclaim it for the spiritual significance it first conveyed.
This is the first in a series of articles I am presenting that will take a closer look at individual symbols, and delve into their origins and history to uncover their deeper esoteric significance. I am writing these as part of an effort to reclaim these positive esoteric symbols and restore them to their previously esteemed state.
Universal Nature of Symbolism
Symbolism has long been used by humanity to communicate ideas which are best crystallised in a compact form. As the well-known saying goes, a picture tells a thousands words! Esoteric symbols are alive today as they were in the ancient past, but there is much confusion surrounding their usage, history, intent, and meaning.
In ordinary life we use symbols to show at a glance important information such as traffic and road signs amongst many other symbols which are widespread and common today. Some other examples are corporate logos and certification statuses.
Symbolism is also especially used in the communication of non-physical, spiritual ideas, phenomena, and processes.
The all-seeing eye is one of the most powerful and widely used – and misused – symbols of all. In this article I trace its use from the earliest of times through to the 18th century, and show what the symbol originally stood for. My next article will examine its use from 18th century freemasonry onwards, and show how it has since been hijacked and misused.
Use of the All-Seeing Eye in Ancient Cultures
Shiva’s third eye
We perhaps find the precursor to what eventually became known as the all-seeing eye in the Rig Veda, a sanskrit text thought to have been written over 3,000 years ago and one of the oldest known texts. In it there are many references to the sun and to other deities as being an eye in heaven, as an eye which reveals creation, or an eye which never closes.
One can liken this to being symbolic of a high level of awakened consciousness that advanced spiritual beings have and which an ordinary person can potentially attain.
The Hindu god Shiva has three eyes. The third eye or brow chakra eye is known as the eye of Shiva, possessor of all knowledge, which when opened will destroy anything it sees. Thus it is a symbol of knowledge which destroys evil and ignorance.
This again can be likened to an awakened higher spiritual part of a person which sees the truth of things and can then eliminate within a person’s psyche that which is opposite to and blocks divine consciousness from manifesting more. In this way it is a “creative destruction” of evil to transform it into higher consciousness.
Even in modern times, the eye of Shiva is used in jewellery to give protection against evil to its wearer and to gain wisdom and understanding from the world, from life events and from the self, for positive transformation.
Buddha’s all seeing eye
In Buddhism, Buddha is referred to as the Eye of the World. It is typical for temples in Nepal to display a graphic of the “Eyes of Buddha” as shown to the right – notice it includes a mark for the “third eye” as well. The eyes are also known as the eyes of wisdom and compassion.
Statues of Buddha typically show a dot in the mid-brow to represent the third eye.
Eye of Osiris
It is interesting to find that the Egyptian hieroglyph for their god Osiris contains an eye as shown below. So as with Hinduism and Buddhism we find a spiritual deity being represented in ancient times as an eye.
Hieroglyph for “Osiris” contains an eye
Eye of Horus
In ancient Egypt, the all-seeing eye was known as the Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra and also formed part of the symbology of Wad-jet. Through various myths they were symbols of protection, healing and restoration. The left eye of Horus was said to be the moon and his right eye the sun.
The all seeing eye is a major part of Egyptian spirituality / Image credit: Hajor
Horus was a falcon-headed sun god and it could be said the Eye of Horus was styled like an eye of a lanner falcon with its marking beneath the eye.
Could the Eye of Horus represent parts of the brain used to manifest consciousness?
It is also very interesting to note that the drawing of the Eye of Horus very much matches the cross section of the mid brain where the thalamus, the pineal and pituitary glands are situated. The pineal gland is often said to be the “third eye” and a centre of spirituality and of spiritual insight, which can be developed in a person.
It’s as if the Eye of Horus could be a depiction of the thalamus as the eye ball with the corpus callosum the eye brow above and the medulla oblongata (brain stem) and the hypothalamus being the two markings below. If this is what they were drawing but calling it the Eye of Horus, does it suggest they considered the mid brain to be the seat of consciousness or even of divine consciousness or “Horus consciousness”? Horus being a sun god and symbolic of the universal Christ, a spiritual force which a suitably prepared person can merge with.
Middle East/Asia – Hamsa
A Jewish Hamsa
In the Middle East the all-seeing eye has been known in the form of a hand-eye symbol called either Hamsa, Khamsa or Hamesh.
It’s the symbol of an eye in the palm of a hand, usually the right hand. Again it is a symbol of protection against the evil eye (bad luck caused by jealousy from others) and danger in general and can been seen as a good luck charm in that way.
Detail from “The Divine World” by Kahil Gibran
It is also known as the hand of Fatima in Islam and the hand of Miriam in Judaism. In India it is known as Humsa Hand. The Jains also have a form of the Hamsa in their symbolism with the word ahimsa (meaning non-violence) inside a wheel instead of where the eye would be. The Hamsa has been used for thousands of years and is still in use today as amulets, charms or wall hangings. It would seem to have its origins from ancient Mesopotamia with the hand of Ishtar being a symbol of divine protection although it did not contain the eye in the palm.
A more Christian-themed representation of the Hamsa is an art work called “The Divine World” by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese Maronite Catholic prominent in the early 20th century as a poet, painter, writer, philosopher, theologian.
A Nazar / Image credit: Alborz Fallah
In Greece and Turkey they have something similar to the Hamsa which they call a “Nazar”. It is just an eye without the hand but it is used in the same way and has the same meaning as the Hamsa, that is, to ward off the evil eye, in the form of amulets or hanging ornaments usually made from blue glass.
Similarly in Buddhism there is the “eye of Buddha” amulet to ward off the evil eye.
The enigmatic rattlesnake disc Image credit: Dennis Vesper
The symbol of an eye in a hand also appears in Aztec and Mayan cultures and in Native American artworks although archaeologists are not sure what meaning it had for these cultures.
To the right is a Native American example referred to as “The Rattlesnake Disc” which was unearthed by a farmer in Moundville, Alabama in the 1800’s. Some archaeologists think its symbolism may have represented a portal to spiritual dimensions. It is the most elaborately decorated artwork found at Moundville giving rise to the belief it was of the most importance to its creators. Other artworks found there also contain the hand-eye symbol.
There is also the amazing discovery in 1984 in La Mana, central Ecuador, of an ancient artefact referred to as the Black Pyramid amongst 300 artefacts found there of unknown origin.
It is not known what culture they come from and the many objects found are baffling and seemingly out of place for this part of the world, such as an object designed as a hooded King Cobra of south east Asia. Cobras don’t exist in South America.
The so-called Black Pyramid is made from black stone with an eye at the apex. The stone has gold inlays forming 13 levels of “bricks” and an eye at the top. These inlays glow when under black light. Overall it looks like a representation of the great pyramid of Giza (7,470 miles away) and also amazingly just like the eye pyramid symbol used on the Great Seal of America and the US $1 bill.
It is also interesting to note the cobra artefact has another similarity with ancient Egypt where the raised cobra is associated with the Eye of Horus/Ra and Wad-jet in their protective aspects with it being worn on the foreheads of Pharaohs at the mid-brow right where the third eye is located. This symbolises the raising of a person’s energies to a higher vibration which internally leads to the awakening of psychic faculties such as those latent in the third eye.
Images via YouTube user Wellington Marin – Illuminati Pyramid from Ecuador
It is not known how old these objects are as dating them has not been possible but they are thought to pre-date the known ancient cultures of the region. There is also a pre-Sanskrit type language (making it very old) engraved on some of the objects including on the underside of the black pyramid where there are also markings which appear to map out the stars of the Orion constellation, which the pyramids at Giza also map. The 4 pre-Sanskrit markings are thought to translate as saying “the son of the creator comes”.
Given the care taken to create this object it would seem to have been an important symbol for its creators although it is not clear how they interpreted it.
and as “Immortal Jove, all searching, bearing light” ;
then later as the “Great eye of Nature and the starry skies” ;
followed by “Faithful defender, and the eye of right”
So here we see in an ancient text of the western world similar representation of the sun like that presented in the ancient text of the east, the Rig Veda, as being an eye of the creator and an all-seeing never closing eye watching over and protecting the good.
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Jesus in Matthew 6:22)
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry;” (Psalms 34:15)
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)
Does the Talpiot tomb display an all seeing eye?
A possible first known use of the all-seeing eye symbol in Judeo-Christianity is the so-called “Jesus tomb” from 1st century AD discovered in 1980, which uses a similar symbol over the entrance to the tomb. Regardless of whose tomb it is, could this be a first known or early use of the eye-pyramid symbol in the Judeo-Christian tradition?
In Christianity, the all-seeing eye or “Eye of Providence” or “Eye of God” has been used as a symbol from at least the 16th century as seen in the following painting below which depicts a scene from Luke 24: 13-32 where after his resurrection, Jesus has supper with two disciples.
16th century Christian painting – dated 1525 by Italian artist Pontormo (student of Da Vinci), called Supper in Emmaus – depicts Luke 24: 13-32
The eye is inside a triangle, and surrounded by rays of light, with the triangle representing the holy trinity and the whole symbol meaning God’s omnipresence and all-seeing eye watching over creation.
Some claim that the eye in triangle symbol was added to the painting soon after the Council of Trent 1545- 1563, to conform with its canons and decrees but even if that is so that would still place its use in the 16th century.
In Alsace, France, the fresco painted above the altar of the Abbey Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (1763) shows a large example of the eye-in-pyramid symbol, with the rays of glory breaking through the clouds.
Another example is on the Aachen cathedral in Germany. It was originally built in the late 8th century under the Emperor Charlemagne and then enlarged in the middle ages with various other changes and updates along the way. It would seem the all-seeing eye symbol was placed on the cathedral in 1766 to mark the renovations done that year.
Note that these first two examples pre-date the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati (1776) although Freemasonry already existed in England and Europe by this time. Perhaps it was a masonic influence that saw these symbols used on these cathedrals yet it was not until about 1797 that masons are regarded as beginning to use the eye-in-pyramid symbol.
The eye-in-pyramid symbol also features prominently on the front facade of the Hartegbrugkerk Church in Leiden, the Netherlands, built in 1835-36. The Latin words “Hic Domus Dei est et Porta Coeli” translates to “This is the House of God and the Gateway to Heaven.”
An all-seeing eye in the St. Jean-Baptiste Abbey Church / Image credit: Ralph Hammann
These are just some Christian examples of many that appear in Europe.
As we have seen, throughout history there has been a strong tradition across time, continents and cultures of using eye symbolism to generally represent a benevolent creator force watching over, helping and protecting humanity and to represent a spiritual part within.
In my next article I will continue to trace the use of the all-seeing eye symbolism over the last 240 years and reveal how it has been inverted and increasingly used for sinister aims in current times.
It has been known for several decades that gut health appears to have an effect on mental health and brain health – the so-called gut-brain axis. For example, autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease have been linked with mood disorders, anxiety and depression. However, the precise mechanism by which the gut-brain axis functions has been largely unknown – but now, new research is starting to shed light on this matter.
According to research published in Nature and carried out by Weill Cornell Medicine, depleted microbiota in the gut can cause altered gene expression in microglia, which are immune cells found in the brain . This effectively interferes with the connections of brain synapses which should occur during a learning process.
The breakthrough was made during a study of mice. Researchers found that mice treated with antibiotics, which depletes the levels of gut microbiota, showed impaired ability in fear extinction, ie they were slower to learn that a threat was no longer present than mice with normal levels of gut microbiota. When researchers sequenced the RNA in the mice microglia, the altered gene expression was discovered.
The same study also examined mice which had been bred to be ‘germ-free’ (ie without gut microbiota). These mice were found to have altered concentrations of metabolites which have been associated with schizophrenia and autism. Researchers were able to mitigate this by restoring gut microbiota in these mice, but only if they did so immediately following birth – an interesting finding, given that the types of psychiatric and mental health disorders associated with autoimmune disease in humans are often those which are also linked to problems with early brain development.
This research is the first time that a potential mechanism for the gut-brain axis has been scientifically described. The gut-brain axis impacts every single human being, every day of their lives,” said Dr David Artis, director of the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We are beginning to understand more about how the gut influences diseases as diverse as autism, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Our study provides a new piece of understanding of how the mechanisms operate.”
The findings of this study open up potential new avenues for treatment of some autoimmune and psychiatric disorders. With a clearer picture of how diet, infection, and lifestyle influence brain health and subsequent susceptibility to neuropsychiatric disorders, we could potentially gain unique insight into how to treat or prevent debilitating, physically and emotionally painful conditions which are becoming increasingly common. The study authors are hopeful. “”We don’t know yet, but down the road, there is a potential for identifying promising targets that might be used as treatments for humans in the future,” said Dr Conor Liston, an associate professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. “Brain chemistry essentially determines how we feel and respond to our environment, and evidence is building that chemicals derived from gut microbes play a major role,” adds Dr Frank Schroeder, a professor in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Cornell Ithaca .
These days, the soap is also made with coconut, castor, or hemp oils. Sometimes it’s made with avocado, walnut, and almond oils as well. These oils give the soap its lathering, moisturizing, and cleansing properties.
Castile soap is an exciting product since it’s not only environmentally friendly but also incredibly useful and effective for certain purposes. You can use it on your body, to clean your house, and even on pets.
You may find that a bottle or bar of castile soap conveniently replaces a plethora of other products in your home.
Castile soap is also safe and gentle to use as long as it’s diluted properly.
26 different uses for castile soap
You may be surprised by all of the ways that you can use castile soap. Some types of castile soap are made with essential oils. If you buy plain or unscented castile soap you may choose to add essential oils to the following solutions at your own discretion.
Feel free to experiment a bit with the recipes to find a ratio that works to suit your personal preference. But know that when you dilute the soap, you’re shortening its shelf life, so be sure to use the solution within a few weeks.
1. Wound cleaning
Castile soap can be used to clean minor wounds. Add 2 teaspoons of soap to 2 cups of filtered drinking water to create a cleansing solution.
A 1999 animal studyTrusted Source found that castile soap was effective in healing wounds and lowering the rate of wound complications. It was compared to a saline solution, benzalkonium chloride, bacitracin, and a combination of all of these.
However, research from 2015 found that saline solution works better than castile soap in cleaning open fractures. This research followed 2,500 people for a year and found that people who used castile soap at the start of surgery were 32 percent more likely to require a second surgery compared to people who used saline.
Castile soap can be used to make a natural deodorant. Add 1/2 teaspoon of castile soap and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to a small spray bottle and use in the underarm area as needed.
3. Dish soap
Add 1 part of castile soap to 10 parts of water to make a liquid dish soap.
4. Dishwasher detergent
Use a natural option to replace your usual dishwasher detergent. Mix equal parts of castile soap and water in a bottle. Fill your detergent compartment as normal.
5. Window cleaner
Freshen up and shine your windows with a natural spray. Use 1 tablespoon of castile soap in a quart of water to clean your windows. Then rinse using soda water and dry the windows with newspaper.
Pre-make a mixture of 1 tablespoon of castile soap in a cup of water. Use a small amount of this diluted castile soap to wash your hair. Or simply work a small amount of neat (undiluted) soap into wet hair.
7. Face wash
Castile soap is mild enough to use on your face and strong enough to potentially prevent acne and kill harmful bacteria. Rub a few drops of soap onto your face and rinse as usual.
8. Body wash
Squeeze a small amount of castile soap into your hands to use as a body wash. Use a washcloth or loofah to gently exfoliate your skin.
9. Hand soap
You can easily make your own hand soap or foaming hand soap. Add 2 tablespoons of castile soap to 12 ounces of water. It’s optional to add 1/2 teaspoon of a carrier oil or any essential oil. Fill your soap dispenser with the mixture.
You can use castile soap in place of shaving cream. Lather up a bit of pure soap in your hands and then apply it to the area you want to shave. You can add a small amount of a carrier oil to help moisturize your skin.
11. All-purpose household cleaner
An all-purpose castile liquid cleaner can tackle all sorts of cleaning jobs. Use 1 to 2 cups of soap in a quart of water as a cleaning spray.
12. Foot bath
Use castile soap to make yourself a relaxing foot bath. Simply add 2 teaspoons of liquid soap to a small bucket of hot water. You can add a few drops of an essential oil to enhance the experience. Sit back and unwind as you soak your feet for up to 20 minutes.
Make your bath more luxurious by adding 2 tablespoons of liquid soap to a hot tub of water. You can add 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil if you want some extra moisture for your skin.
15. Sinus decongestion
A castile soap steam is a convenient way to clear your sinuses. Simply add 1 tablespoon of soap to a bowl of boiling hot water. Place your face over the water, drape a towel over your head, and breathe in the mist.
Castile soap can be used to make your floors sparkle. Add 1/2 cup of soap to 3 gallons of hot water and mop as usual.
17. Toilet cleaner
Mix 1 cup of soap and 4 cups of water and put in a spray bottle. Use this solution to clean your toilet.
18. Ant spray
Add 1/4 cup of soap to a quart of water to make a spray that can be used to keep ants away from plants. Always test it on a small part of the plant before using it on the entire plant.
19. Fruit and vegetable rinse
Castile soap is a great way to clean any pesticides or residue from fresh fruits and vegetables. Add 1/4 teaspoon of soap to a bowl of water. Soak and then gently rub the produce using your hands. Then rinse with plain water.
20. Teeth cleaner
If you can handle the taste, you can use a drop of soap on your toothbrush to brush your teeth. You may wish to use a peppermint or tea tree oil castile soap.
21. Pet wash
Castile soap can even be used to wash your pets. The exact amount of soap you use will vary depending on the amount of hair and the size of your animal. Use a small amount of soap mixed with water to wash your pet. Then rinse with clean water.
Essential oils can be toxic to animals, so use an unscented soap.
Also note that castile soap is sometimes made with avocado oil. While many parts of the avocado are toxic to animals as well, the oil is generally considered safe. Even so, you may prefer to use a castile soap that is formulated without avocado oil.
22. Plant spray for bugs
Keep bugs off of your plants by mixing 1 tablespoon of castile soap in a quart of water to make a spray.
23. Makeup remover
Castile soap can be combined with witch hazel and a carrier oil to make a natural makeup remover. Mix equal parts of all three ingredients together and use a cotton ball to gently remove makeup. Then use a washcloth with warm water to remove any remaining residue.
Make a mouthwash by adding 1 drop of castile soap to a shot glass of water. Use peppermint soap to improve the taste.
25. Scouring scrub
You can use a castile soap scrub cleaner in your kitchen or bathroom. Mix 1 cup of castile soap and 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake some baking soda and then spray the cleaning solution on the area that needs to be cleaned. Use a sponge or brush to scrub away any dirt or grime.
26. Makeup brush cleaner
Remember to wash your makeup brushes every week if you can. Simply fill a cup with warm water and a few drops of castile soap. First rinse your brushes in water, then place them in the cup for about 10 minutes. Rinse the brushes again and allow them to air dry.
Friday’s Gemini New Moon has just opened an 8 week eclipse tunnel from May 22 to the Cancer New Moon on July 20th. Starting next week on June 5th, there are not 2 but 3 wild card eclipses one after the other. When you emerge later in the summer, you’ll see how these sideways escalators – time/space shifts – have changed everything yet again, giving you an entirely new perspective on the virus and its outcomes.
There are now 6 planets/points in Air sign Gemini – Sun, Venus, Vesta, Node of Fate, Mercury- literally bringing a welcome breath of fresh air from the heavy Earth energy. It’s time to start extracting the learning from our recent passage through global events in Aries and Taurus. This is going to take until Autumn to process -there’s a huge difference between information -knowing something- and wisdom when information has been synthesized into your evolving inner map.
Gemini’s ruler Mercury is at his Tricksterish best/worst in his own sign this week in contact with unpredictable Uranus, slippery Neptune, Mars, the Galactic Centre, Vesta and the Node of Fate- the volatile eclipse degree of the approaching June 21st Solar Eclipse. On Thursday 28 May, the Messenger crosses the world axis into Cancer.
Expect more incoming data than ever before- a veritable Tower of Babel of crossed wires, misinformation, fake news along with new information/decisions from governments contradicting themselves.
In your own life, this is not about trying to make sense of anything – how could you when ,with all the retrograde planets and incoming multiple eclipses ,the ground is going to be pulled out from under your feet? This is about becoming even more skillful and adept at Inside/Out Thinking -understanding that your mind is not a camera but a projector with all the implications that brings.
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The Chandra Symbol for Mercury conjunct Node of Fate Cancer 0:
A Potter at Work.
“You need to be prepared for spirit to do its great work here. And all the steps and stages, all the learning and growth are already part of a guided dance, instrumentally choreographed by those who know. This energy wants a return to what is natural, a restoring of ancient timeless ways. It seeks to manifest a remembrance and a re-dedication. There is this cosmic beholding power, a witnessing intelligence. The guidance is to join forces with the whole of humanity. Then what wants to come through will be popular, obvious, clear, the next place to go.”
Aries Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
There are currently 5 planets and points in Gemini lighting up your angle of communication like downtown Broadway. Remember, if you combine your own Fire sign together with Air, you create combustion. Then June 5th’s eclipse across this part of your chart will kick off a year when life speeds up rapidly and you’re busy wheeling and dealing, negotiating, making contracts. What interests you is going to change quite noticeably as you decide to study or investigate something intriguing outside your comfort zone. Your mind is going to be buzzing with ideas about life switches in the aftermath of the virus, especially where travel is concerned. You may trade expensive holidays for exploring your own region or city.
Taurus Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
All the Gemini activity is going to make you really think about what and who you value the most. This gathering of planets is lighting up your 2nd House of resources and money and when the first eclipse across this part of your life arrives on June 5th, your personal security will be changed in ways hard to imagine from here. Start now to be at cause, not effect, by looking at your income stream and coming up with some new ways of adding more. Factor in that your personal planet Venus will be retrograde until June 25th, so keep spending on non-essentials in check. Make your priority investing time, love and effort into only what you love most, into what really matters when the chips are down.
Do a resources audit.
Gemini Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
This week a going to give you a foretaste of the first eclipse across Gemini since 2002 arriving soon on June 5th. With 5 planets plus the Node of Fate in your sign, are you feeling the first stirrings of an inner revolution? Maybe just an increased restlessness or boredom with your comfort zone at first followed by wondering how/why you’ve painted yourself in a corner and stayed there. This planetary blast of fresh air is going to blow the cobwebs away and shine some light into the darker corners of negative self-belief. As Venus travels back through Gemini, bring a little more peace and beauty into your life. Ask yourself the Marie Kondo question: what sparks joy?
The end of an 18 year cycle.
Cancer Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
The planets are gathering in the deepest most hidden part of your chart, Cancer- a sign that it’s time to slow down the pace of your life, to restore and renew yourself and to refresh your hopes and dreams. Frame this a personal retreat, a time to journal your dreams, to notice what and who’s leaving your life, what is outworn and outgrown and what is summoning you on. Next week the first eclipse across this part of your chart will prove how important it is to take a step back and re-group. Your wellbeing is paramount and you’ve taken a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual battering in the last 18 months.
Quieten your mind so you can hear the wisdom of your unconscious.
Leo Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
The 11th House of your chart which represents your social life, your priorities and your values is forefront and centre stage now. With 5 planets clustered together here, this week is going to bring a preview of June 5th’s eclipse which activates your axis of expansion and creativity. People are your most valuable currency, whether work colleagues, friends, followers on social media, family or your tribes, they all matter more than ever. By “valuable”, I mean that they add to the sum of your happiness. So, take a look around to see who’s for you and who’s against you. Who do you need to build bridges with and who is it time to walk away from?
Do this now as the eclipse on June 5th will permanently change your people landscape.
Virgo Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
Frame events this week as a preview of what next week’s lunar eclipse across Sagittarius /Gemini might deliver. As a Virgo, this is one of those rare moments when five planets are shining brightly at the very pinnacle of your chart. Think of it as being on stage with the spotlight trained on you, making you ultra -visible. Translated, this means that everything you do will be noticed much more than usual. So, if you are cutting corners, not such good news but if you’ve been quietly doing due diligence, expect rewards or at the very least, recognition. And there could be a sprinkling of romantic fairy dust too as Venus aligns with seductive Neptune 3 times in your angle of long term partnerships.
Seize the day.
Libra Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
With Air as your Libran element, you need constant input to stimulate your thinking. Lucky you-this week there are 5 planets gathered in fellow Air sign Gemini downloading more data than even you know what to do with. It will be a veritable Tower of Babel-incoming new information from the government, later contradicted, fake news, misinformation all mixed in with some important insights. Be ready for a lunar eclipse in this same part of your chart on June 5th by slowing down to listen to the small persistent voice of your own guidance above the cacophony of noise for the outside. It’s time to think for yourself, throw out old limiting beliefs and make a deliberate effort to broaden your horizons.
Expanding your map of the world.
Scorpio Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
Both your home and your personal security are high on the planetary agenda. Of course, these are always inextricably tied together but it’s all too easy to go along in the same old way for years keeping things as they are, not noticing what ‘s outworn or outgrown or just not relevant any more. The gathering of 5 planets in your 8th House of money, assets and resources is in Air sign Gemini-you’re being nudged to get more innovative and up to date with how you manage your resources to reduce that nagging sense of insecurity. Are you missing out on savings or living in a place that doesn’t work for you? Are you in debt or undervaluing what you have to offer and under earning? Next week’s June 5th eclipse will change circumstances around you so that you have to think outside the box.
Whose rules are you living by?
Sagittarius Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
There is currently a gathering of 5 planets in your opposite sign of Gemini ,meaning that your most important relationships are going to be under the spotlight in some way. Luckily, beautiful Venus is spending until late June here, helping to smooth the path of true love. Gemini is always about new information so expect to hear or learn something now that puts everything into a new light. If you’re dealing with work colleagues virtually or at arm’s length at the moment, expect to have to be extra flexible and responsive, rather than reacting in the moment. Next week’s June 5th’s eclipse is going to fall right across your sign and so a changing of the guard is on the horizon.
This is a time when everything you do or say can make a difference.
Capricorn Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
Since March 21st, your ruling planet Task Master Saturn has been in Aquarius, your angle of income and resources. As this aligned in time with the pandemic lockdown, you’ve had to take account of factors beyond your control to try to stay on an even financial keel. The Master Teacher is heading back into Capricorn until December to start a 6 month phase of cleaning up old business and tying up loose ends. You’ve had peek into a new world of more progressive options and now you realise that you need to clear the decks so that you can update your systems and uplevel your service or business. Alongside that-and equally important-the gathering of 5 planets in Gemini is a reminder not to neglect your health and wellbeing .
Eclipses impact your energy field and the one on June 5th is right around the corner.
Aquarius Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
Since March 21st when Master Teacher Saturn returned to Aquarius for the first time since 1991,you’ve begun to realise that certain parts of yourself, habits that were seemingly crystallised or cast in stone, could change, deconstruct and liberate you from feeling stuck in a life that didn’t feel like it belonged to you. Just notice if you’ve stopped automatically resisting outside influences, releasing some of the inner stress that you’d come to believe was with you for life. Now that Saturn is retrograde, allow yourself to live along with your world as it reconfigures. Meanwhile, all the activity in compatible Air sign Gemini is nudging you to make everyday life more beautiful, more meaningful, more in sync with what you value the most. Turn wherever you live into a space that reflects who you are now – you need it as a mirror of your emerging self.
Coming home to yourself.
Pisces Weekly Forecast: May 24-31, 2020
In recent years, with so much focus on your career, your role in the world, you’ve felt somewhat exposed, highly visible and extremely accountable. The gift that it gave you was to install a solid sense of all the ways you add value to your community and your workplace, so that you no longer undervalue yourself. The current astrology is shifting the emphasis to your home and what it means to you- from your physical space to your sense of belonging. Questions arise such as: Is where I live where I want to be or just a stop gap measure? How can I make this place more comfortable and more suited to my lifestyle? What and who gives me real sense of belonging and how can I have/create more of it?
Are you putting down roots or transplanting yourself?
Over the past 200 years, Earth’s magnetic field has lost around 9% of its strength. Meanwhile, a large region of reduced magnetic intensity has developed between Africa and South America — known as South Atlantic Anomaly. Over the past 5 years, however, a second center of minimum intensity has emerged southwest of Africa, suggesting that the South Atlantic Anomaly could split up into two separate cells.
Earth’s magnetic field is vital to life on our planet– it is a complex and dynamic force that protects living beings from cosmic radiation and charged particles from the Sun.
The current prevailing understanding is that it’s largely generated by a sea of superheated, swirling liquid iron that makes up Earth’s outer core around 3 000 km (1 864 miles) below the surface. It acts as a spinning conductor, producing electrical currents that generate the continuously changing electromagnetic field.
Image credit: World Data Center for Geomagnetism/Kyoto University
Image credit: World Data Center for Geomagnetism/Kyoto University
For the past 200 years, the magnetic field has lost about 9 percent of its strength on a worldwide average.
Meanwhile, a large region of reduced magnetic intensity has developed between Africa and South America — known as the South Atlantic Anomaly.
The South Atlantic Anomaly refers to an area where our protective shield is weak. This animation shows the magnetic field strength at Earth’s surface from 2014-2020 based on data collected by the Swarm satellite constellation. Credit: ESA
The minimum field strength in this area has pummeled from 24 000 nanoteslas to 22 000 from 1970 to 2020. At the same time, the area of the anomaly has expanded and advanced westward at a pace of around 20 km (12 miles) per year.
In addition, for the past five years, a second center of minimum intensify has appeared southwest of Africa, indicating that the South Atlantic Anomaly could rupture into two separate cells.
The magnetic field is commonly pictured as a powerful dipolar bar magnet at the planet’s core, tilted at about 11° to the axis of rotation. However, the growth of the anomaly signifies that the process involved in generating the field is more complex as simple dipolar models were not capable of accounting for the latest development of the second minimum.
The South Atlantic Anomaly refers to an area where our protective shield is weak. White dots on the map indicate individual events when Swarm instruments registered the impact of radiation from April 2014 to August 2019. The background is the magnetic field strength at the satellite altitude of 450 km (280 miles). Credit: ESA
Scientists from the Swarm Data, Innovation, and Science Cluster (DISC) used information from ESA’s Swarm satellite constellation to study the anomaly and have a better understanding of it. Swarm satellites are built to determine and accurately measure the different magnetic signals comprising the Earth’s magnetic field.
“The new, eastern minimum of the South Atlantic Anomaly has appeared over the last decade and in recent years is developing vigorously,” said Jurgen Matzka from the German Research Center for Geosciences.
“We are very lucky to have the Swarm satellites in orbit to investigate the development of the South Atlantic Anomaly. The challenge now is to understand the processes in Earth’s core driving these changes.”
Image credit: ESA/ATG Medialab
Scientists have been speculating whether the present weakening of the field is an indication that the planet is heading for an imminent pole reversal, in which the north and south magnetic poles reverse places.
Such events have happened many times throughout the Earth’s history, and we are long overdue by the average rate — roughly every 250 000 years at which the switch occurs.
While the mysterious origin of South Atlantic Anomaly is yet to be identified, ESA said that at the surface level it does not present a cause for alarm. However, satellites and other spacecraft flying through the area are more likely to experience technical malfunctions as the magnetic field is weaker in this region, so charged particles can penetrate the altitudes of low-Earth orbit satellites. In addition, SWARM scientists think the intensity dip in the South Atlantic occurring now is well within what is considered normal levels of fluctuations.
(TMU) – For much of the world, it’s been weeks if not months since we entered lockdown. And while humanity hitting the “pause” button has seemingly been a blessing in disguise for some creatures who have used the respite to enjoy clean air and water for the first time in decades, other animals actually may miss us human beings.
Such appears to be the case for the dolphins who hang out at Tin Can Bay in Queensland, Australia, where the sea mammals have been lining up to bring gifts ashore – “apparently because they’re missing interaction with humans,” according to a report by 7News.
Barnacles Café and Dolphin feeding is typically filled with tourists throughout the year, and offers visitors the priceless opportunity to interact with wild humpback dolphins. And the wild dolphins do enjoy the opportunity to be treated to fresh fish by happy visitors.
But Australia began imposing strict quarantine rules in the middle of March, visitors stopped lining up to feed the animals – and the humpbacks may be worried about the sudden disappearance of their land-loving bipedal friends.
According to Barnacles, the local dolphin pod has been presenting gifts to staff at the café, ranging from barnacle-encrusted bottles to sea sponges and fragments of coral.
“The pod has been bringing us regular gifts, showing us how much they’re missing the public interaction and attention. They are definitely missing you all.”
A volunteer at the café told reporters from ABC that while the pod has displayed this behavior in the past, the gestures have been increasing since the venue shut down.
For dolphin expert and University of Queensland PhD student Barry McGovern, the explanation for the dolphins’ behavior could be far more mundane.
“Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behavior anymore. They do everything – they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles.”
In general, dolphins are one of the most intelligent animal species on the planet. From their playful nature to their sociability and friendliness toward humans, as well as their legendary interactions with seafarers, dolphins have inspired the adoration of humans since time immemorial.
Increasingly, human researchers are discovering that dolphins display skills and sophistication previously attributed only to the human species, including strong problem solving capabilities and a complex system of communication.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we should project our own feelings of longing borne of the quarantine onto ocean mammals. McGovern explained:
“In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se … They probably miss a free meal and the routine.”
Dolphins are also generally prone to “play-like behavior.” McGovern said:
“They often play with bits of weed and coral and all sorts of things and just leave it on their rostrum (nose).They’re used to getting fed now, so they’re used to humans coming in. When it’s not happening, maybe it’s just out of boredom.”
Since coronavirus restrictions are being phased out, Barnacles Café has reopened and they have resumed dolphin feeding activities.
There can be no doubt that Bill Gates has worn many hats on his remarkable journey from his early life as the privileged son of a Seattle-area power couple to his current status as one of the richest and most influential people on the planet. But, as we have seen in our exploration of Gates’ rise as unelected global health czar and population control advocate, the question of who Bill Gates really is is no mere philosophical pursuit.
Today we will attempt to answer that question as we examine the motives, the ideology, and the connections of this man who has been so instrumental in shaping the post-coronavirus world.
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As the global health emergency of the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane, the fallout from the lockdowns continues to mount. Each day we see more reports of record unemployment, businesses struggling to survive and critical food supply chain infrastructure shutting down.
At the same time, we see business owners and anyone else who violates the lockdown orders being threatened with jail while actual criminals convicted of serious and violent crimes are released back into the communities.
We are beginning to see that the ‘cure’ is not only worse than the disease, it will have longstanding repercussions as the severity of the crisis appears to have been greatly exaggerated.
In this report, Spiro is joined by multiple Sheriffs from across the country who clearly state their position. Public safety and people’s constitutional rights are their number one priority.
These Sheriffs are true patriots who not only serve the people in their communities by upholding their sworn oaths, they serve as a great reminder of how this country and the rule of law is meant to be upheld, as many state Governors blatantly disregard the Constitution and impose broad and wide-ranging authoritarian lockdowns which many would argue are causing far more damage than the virus itself.