Do We Really Want to Mimic Nature?

I joined a Vegetarian Recipe Group on Facebook over the Summer but I ended up dropping it or rather, they dropped me after a discussion I just couldn’t wrap my head around.  Mind you, going into this article, I am not a Vegetarian. I was for a year or so and sometimes, I don’t have an appetite for meat, but even when I don’t I cook it for my family and we do hunt or raise our own as much as possible. The description on the Group said, though, it was for Vegetarian Recipes, those who were Vegetarian, or who were just trying to replace a meal once or twice a week, or were looking for new ways to cook Vegetables.

All were welcome.

I’m not sure how this Discussion/Argument started, I just know I seen a very similar train of thought since, which to this day, stumps me.

It’s the age old argument from certain devout Animal Lovers, which says we need to be more like Nature. These are the people who fantasize about how Animals live and co-exist and how in tuned with the Earth they are. These people usually have an obsessive infatuation with Wolves or whatever other predatory animal. (Don’t we all have an infatuation or love of a certain animal?) But they also believe we HUMANS are destroying the planet, overpopulating to the point that we are forcing these animals into extinction or hoggishly devouring their living space. Their biggest argument, Humans rape, kill and commit other great acts of evil whereas in Nature, they do not.  We need to mimic Nature.

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Would that be smart, though? Honestly? I struggle with this because to me, the argument could go either way. Being too much like Nature may actually be our problem because what these people refuse to admit or wrap their minds around is, much of Nature, if not all, is as cruel and ruthless as some of us Humans allow ourselves to be.

There is a pecking order to Nature. Own a Farm or Backyard flock and that becomes clear right away. If you own Chickens – Hens and Roosters—you see it whether you want to or not. Hens will peck another Hen to death. Don’t care how well you intervene or how much you tame or baby a Hen, chickens will do what chickens will do and that’s sort out a pecking order. An order, mind you, that is always up for grabs and being fought for. Placing younger chickens in a Coop with Hens can be a disaster too. They’ll die. I’ve watched them starve them out. I’ve watched them freeze them to death. I’ve watch them just outright murder another Chicken. Sexually, Roosters take Hens whether they want to be taken or not. Anyone out there that just threw a vivacious Rooster in with one or two Hens—slap yourself. He will pluck, cut, jab and mate with them until you hear the poor things cluck screams. Have a Rooster—make sure you have the appropriate amount of Hens to please him. The correct amount or more will give all the Hens a much needed break from his insatiable appetite. And this isn’t even going into what Roos do to other Roos. Don’t care if you raised them together and they are sweet, sweet boys. One day, the boys become men and they will fight to be King of the flock—even if that means killing or seriously harming the other. Another constant battle in the barnyard.

Rabbits, love raising them but they can be vicious to one another. I know people who are doing “Colonies” now with their Rabbit kingdoms. No thanks. Not shooting you down or your success but Id rather keep my females apart. Even Moms who have been separated from babies for short amounts of time are known to tear them a new one once they are back together. I had a Mother separated from a daughter for three weeks. Not completely separated because they are side by side in pins. I put them both in a Chicken Tractor so I could disinfect their cages and the Mother began to chase her daughter ripping out her fur and biting the holy hell out of her.Don’t think there isn’t a pecking order that will draw blood or death if need be. Females are territorial which is why they are placed in a Males cage come breeding time. A female can kill him if you stick him into hers. And Males? They will breed whether a Female wants to or not. It can get rather crazy. Male Goats can be just as brutal to females. If he isn’t fixed, he will pester the hell out of her. In fact, I haven’t seen a male animal of any variety – where farm life goes—that didn’t make me thankful I was Human.

Let’s give it the benefit of the doubt, though. Maybe the people arguing that we HUMANS need to be more like animals aren’t talking about what lives on a Farm. Maybe they are talking about what lives in the deepest parts of Nature. Let’s look at some of that then….

d1d971b2bb2e7fb445d274b1a4bb26c7Wolves. While beautiful and one of the most fantasized creatures out there, the habits of a wolf is nothing to admire. They will eat their own and a position in the pack is consistently up for grabs. That means, if one of their own is sick or injured, the Pack will eat him or her. That also means the Alpha is constantly having to fight to stay Alpha. Same with the She-Wolf in charge. Chances are, he or she won’t hold the position for long because sure enough, even their own pups will grow to challenge and take the crown. Once beaten, they are most likely eaten especially if they are injured during the fight. When they hunt other species, they also do not kill “humanly”. The pack eats the victim alive until it bleeds out and dies.

Maybe you think Wolves are an obvious one. Alright, let’s try another….

What about the peaceful, agile creatures known as Bottlenose Dolphins? Even I look forward to going to the beach and watching these majestic creatures swim by on early mornings. While I still enjoy watching them, I am very much aware of the habits which may deem them as cruel. They will kill each other for no reason—just fun– and the males—many, many males– will steal a female or another male, raping them repeatedly. Penguins are no better. They have been known to do the same not to mention all the physical abuse they inflict and lets not forget these cute little things are totally into necrophilia.

The most heartbreaking of necrophilia, though, is what Otters have been known to do to Baby Seals. They steal and then rape them until they die. Once dead, they’ll keep raping them. It doesn’t have to be breathing for an Otter to have it’s fun. Is this Karma at play? Does Karma exist in the Animal Kingdom because what otters do to Seals doesn’t even cover what Seals have been known to do to Penguins.

Still not convinced of Animals being cruel to other animals? Are these beasts not quite intelligent enough for you? Let’s try one who is famous for intelligence.

When I was young, I loved, Planet of the Apes, and I loved Chimps but even though these creatures are sometimes viewed as being far more civilized than humans, the truth is, they’re not. Males will try to force a Females into heat by ripping her baby to shreds and then eating it right in front  of her eyes. Females are no better…they will do it to other females in a heartbeat. Just for sheer cruelty.

Look, I’m not saying we should suddenly hate animals or practice animal cruelty because I am firm in my belief, you are kind and loving to all animals you raise and only hunt what you mean to eat. (If you are an omnivore.) And I am not saying those who Advocate for Animals should stop or that Vegetarians should become meat eaters. I am saying that those who hold this dreamy illusion over the Animal Kingdom need to take off the rose colored glasses. While its okay to fantasize, its not okay to say we should all be more like Nature because honestly, I think as Humans, we should be a little less. While SOME of our kind shamefully consume and destroy, rape and murder amongst ourselves, Nature doesn’t seem to reflect much of a difference. In other words, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

SCAM ALERT!!!!!!! FACEBOOK SCAM ALERT!!!!!!

This maybe a little different for this blog but I felt it important to share this here.

If you have a Facebook account then no doubt, you’ve seen a Friend’s Page littered with Posts they’ve shared to win something. Maybe its jewelry, clothes, a truck or a Modular/Mobile home. The post will sport tempting photos of the item. The caption will be easy to read and simple.

In order to enter to win, “Like” our Page, “Share” on your Timeline and then, “COMMENT” something like, “Done” or whatever.

These Pages will rake in thousands of “LIKES”, all because deep down, we all want to WIN something. Sometimes, we desperately NEED it.

Such is the case with a family member of mine who has worked her entire life two and sometimes three jobs. Her house is falling down around her, though. Filled with Mold. When she should be retiring and spending time kicked back with Grandkids, she is putting in more hours, going to work at 3 am and then off to clean houses once her fulltime job—plus overtime, is done. Why? She is trying to earn enough money (because she doesn’t want to take out a Loan) to hire someone to rip out her ceilings and roof, fix it and then redo the walls and floors of her house where the roof and mold has literally ruined everything. Now, my family member has never been one to believe in Fairytales. Obviously, a woman like that who has worked two to three jobs knows nothing in life comes free, but at night, when she is trying to wind down, cruising FB for pics of her Grandkids, and she stumbles upon one of these Mobile Home Contests, well, she can’t help but LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT—because wouldn’t that just make her life a little bit easier? And in knowing that, I have even played along, daydreaming, “What if I won this thing for her? Wouldn’t that just blow her mind?”

But does anyone win?

No one ever brags about the winners. Wouldn’t these so-called Companies do a Follow Up with pictures of Prizes being delivered or homes being put in? Interviews or Video Clips of the Winners getting their Prize? While even that can be staged, where are the trails and bragging rights done by the Companies who supposedly donate these items? If I was Casey’s Mobile Homes and I just gave some other Company a Mobile Home to launch off as a Prize, wouldn’t I want the recognition or advertising in order to send more business my way? So people can say, “Hey, Casey is a cool cat for giving away that prize!”

Nothing. You can track nothing.

This morning at 6 am, I signed onto Facebook to check my Newsfeed when low and behold, there was ANOTHER contest being shared by a Friend. Another Mobile home, or well, Modular.

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I commented. I asked, where are the previous Winners? Why no Follow up? Is this a SCAM? Maybe I should contact CNN, 60 Minutes or some other Media site to see if they will investigate these kinds of posts on Facebook.

My Comment was deleted. Not by me. By them. I should have known they were paying attention when every comment posted before mine, immediately after said:

VIRAL COMMENT

I have requested Viral News’s address and phone number. And I did send out messages to Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes and other News Outlets asking if they would investigate a growing trend on Facebook. Will they? Who knows, but I am posting about it here and hopefully, others will to.

Looking under the Page’s REVIEWS, I find things like this:

(I protected the picture and names of people but have original in my Files.)

Viral REVIEW NAME PROTECTED

If you have a blog or online platform, please, share my post or create one of your own. Let’s start shutting these crooked places down.

Oh, and it seems I am prevented from Commenting further on their post or page. Priceless.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: August 17th: Sacrifice of Odin & Egyptian Rituals

We are entering what was known in Norse Culture as the nine days of Odin’s Ordeal. This belief tells of how Odin sacrificed himself to himself, (there is no greater power than that of the Father of all Gods.) by piercing himself with his own spear and then hanging  from the Yggdrasil Ash Tree which blankets all of Asgard, in order to give us the knowledge of the Runes.  Odin is known for his continuous quest for knowledge. Today, the 17th is the first day and this will go on until the 25th. Odin’s nine days of sacrifice and suffering will go on until the final day. That will mark the discovery of the Runes.

It’s very much like the Christ story of sacrifice. Only, instead of washing the world clean of sin, Odin is sacrificing himself to give the world a form of enlightenment.

In Ancient Egypt, Egyptians would be going to the Temples to partake in Rituals for Ra, Horus and Osiris.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: August 16th: Festival of Minstrels and Vesta

 

The Festival of Minstrels is all about poetry and songs.  This gathering survived the distance of time until here lately, not quite sure if any parts of Europe still partake in it. Any Europeans out there care to let us know?

Rome’s observance for Vesta was today. The Goddess Vesta represents fire, hearth and households. She was a big deal back in the day including her Temple and her Virgins. She even influenced the Catholic Church.  To read more about that, please see the articles below.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: August 15th: Diana’s Bloody Past? Fact or Fiction? Ready for Welsh Soap Opera ?

In nearly every Ancient Culture that I can think of, we have a strong belief of some sort of, “Sacred Grove”or “Garden”. which belonged to or was heavily linked to the Goddess.

Even in Christianity, we have the same belief showing it’s reflection through the, “Garden of Eden” and “the Apple”. in which Eve ate. That bit of fruit which symbolically enlightened all of humanity.

Although in Christianity, that enlightenment was a Curse, that all of Women would suffer till the ends of time. Being naked, ignorant and helpless  seems to be what the early Church Fathers wanted to make of the world—and so became the Dark Ages.  This isn’t a rant or an attack but rather a desire to show you the link of this Garden and often, Apple through various Cultures. It’s a repeated bit of information that survives time and civilizations, changing only a bit through Goddess name and shadow of details, until it’s unhinged completely by a very dominate and calculated religion of catastrophic, organized means.  I say catastrophic because nothing quite diminished the Goddess Faith quite like organized Religion did.

The reason I bring this up now, we see a hint of the Garden in today’s Ancient Calendar through the eyes of Rome, who once placed a lot of emphasis on Lake Nemi, which was known to be the Sacred Grove of Diana.

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Diana had quite a few names. Diana of the Wild Wood, Goddess of the Moon, the Hunt, and even Childbirth. The Lake was considered or actually, called, her Mirror. Her Cult was mainly based here and depending on how you slice it, or your opinion that is, sometimes considered to be a bloody one.

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You see, to be High Priest of Diana’s followers, was a temporary position and only those who were of good health could hold it. Inside Diana’s sacred grove stood a very large oak. No one was allowed to harm this tree except, a slave.  If a slave managed to make it to the tree, they could break off a branch and if they managed to do that, they had the right to challenge the High Priest—who, had to then defend his position of High Priest. If the slave managed to kill him, then that slave became High Priest. 

Many Myths are told of Lake Nemi and many are steeped in blood, however, it should be noted that no archeological evidence has been found—that I know of or the sources I am reading—making them true.

Today, Rome had an observance for her.

Today also checks off the End of Dog Days, which brings a creeping end, officially, to the hottest days of the year.

And in Welsh lore, we see a festival for Arianrhod. This Goddess and her past does not reflect the silver spoon variety.

The King Math ap Marthonwy actually kicks this tale off with his need of a “foot holder”. This custom said the King had to have one that was a Virgin, who actually had to sit wherever he went and “hold” his feet while he wasn’t at War.

Arianrhod was the daughter of the Great Mother Goddess Don and sister to Gifaethwy. While at Court, Gifaethwy and his brother devised a plan to rid of Math so that Gifaethy could quench his uncontrollable lust concerning King Math’s current foot holder. One Math was gone, he raped the King’s foot holder brining an end to her virginal title. I can’t imagine that this went over well with the King, who suddenly had need for another one.  Legend has it that if he didn’t keep his feet up while not at war, he would die.

The King turned his two nephews into a pair of mated animals as punishment and then marries his raped foot holder to help ease and make right her shame.

This, however, presents a new problem? Who could be the new foot holder? The old one suggests, Arianrhod, who willingly stepped up to the plate, proclaiming she was a Virgin and would make up for what her brother was accused of by assuming the position of “foot holder” herself. But saying one was a Virgin was not enough and having a so-called Physician confirm it obviously wasn;t either.

Magic came into play as Arianrhod was forced to step over a special wand belonging to the King, which would tell whether she was a true Virgin or not.

Unfortunately, that backfired. When Arianrhod stepped over the magic wand, she gave birth to two sons.  This creates a whole nother chapter to our Welsh Soap Opera, which we may save for another time.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: August 14th: The Green Man & the Scapegoat Give Birth to the Burryman

There is a tradition owing it’s lineage to Scottish descent, called the Burryman, which may surprise you, still goes on today. Once a year in Queensferry, on this day or sometime near, one can witness this Burryman as he is said to pass by spooking children for fun and bringing great amusement to all who are near.

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Of course, this tradition wouldn’t even begin until the Burryman starts to hit all the pubs. And no Pub can call itself true if they don’t feed him lots of whiskey. And no Burryman shall be without his two traveling mates who are there only to make sure he doesn’t get too tired or too tipsy to finish the journey planned.

Some believe the Burryman of today is a creation of two Pagan deities. One is the, Green Man, who stood for fertility and growth, while the other was, the scapegoat, who was covered in burrs which was what snatched up and entrapped all the evil spirits as he traveled across the land.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: August 13th: New Runic Half Month, Hecate, Horus & Seth, And Rome Sacrifice

Lots going on in our Ancient Calendar today. Starting with some present day stuff….

A new Runic Half Month called “As” begins.  (pronounce this “aa”, as in “aah”.  Divine Breath, perhaps of the Gods, As stands for stability and order. This is the divine breath of life and of creation.

Look for signs this month from your Ancestors or of your God/Goddess/Deity. This is a time to gain Ancient Wisdom. If your world or a situation has been in chaos, this is a great time to bring it to order. Plant your feet firmly on the ground and prepare for some much needed stability.

Again, this is a time to witness the power of the Gods at taking shape in the world.

Long ago, on the isle of Aegina, the Greeks had a festival for Hecate. Since Hecate is a Goddess of Night, it makes sense that her celebration started at Dusk. There is a world of wonder surrounding Hecate and I encourage every single one of you to seek it out.

I wrote a book some years ago called, Willow’s Web, and I tell you now, I nearly became lost in all of the lore and symbolic wonder surrounding Hecate, who, without warning, played a huge part in that story.  Please know, that wasn’t a book plug. I’m just trying to make it very clear that, Hecate, if you haven’t already, is a must research when and if you’re ever out there learning about new Goddesses.

Moving on to Rome, where all would be offering sacrifices in the Aventine chapel for Vertumnus. He happens to be a God of the changing of seasons—of the ripe fruit. This makes sense, since, in Old World Calendars and New, we are swimming around the edges of Lammas.

We have all heard of the stories of Egyptian Set, who murdered his brother Osiris for control of Egypt. We have also heard of Osiris’s son, Horus, who found Set in a whirlwind of great battles trying to prevent his father’s murderer from claiming that which should never be his. Well, in Ancient Egyptian Calendar, this is the day the Great Battle took place or a day that they made note of it.

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