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Cultural Retention

15 Oct

CULTURAL RETENTION refers to the traditions, practices, beliefs and taboos of a nation. Those nations who are fortunate enough to be able to view their family tree for several decades and centuries will have a secure sense of who they are, in relation to their heritage.

LOSS OF TRADITIONS FEAR AND NEGATIVE REACTIONS:People of African heritage, especially those in the diaspora, on the whole do not have the advantage of knowing what their direct linage might be. There are programs available in some locations, to support what is known as ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome’. The interrupted journey of several generations of Africans have had a devastating impact on all who have been affected. The generation whose ancestors were the enslavers, are fearful of those whose ancestors were enslaved. There is resentment and fear and mistrust and in some cases an unwillingness to acknowledge what has happened and how it affects all of us now, in all areas of life. It is a mess!

A COMING TOGETHER THROUGH AFRICAN TRADITIONS: We can not change the past, but we can do what we can, to mitigate the pain and suffering, which has carried on through genetic memory and other channels. Cultural retention is one sure way to reclaim what has been lost. African Traditional Religions are well established in Africa and the Americas. There is now a growing interest in Europe, Asia and Oceana.

IFA ORISA ON THE RISE: For example, in 1981, Professor Wande Abimbola founder of Orisa World Foundation claimed that 100 million people from individual and institutional organisations in over 50 countries adhere to Ifa Orisa culture and traditions.

BLUE WATER FAMILY ACADEMY can be added to the growing trend of forums providing access to knowledge of African Traditional Religions. To this end, we have created access to a practice based forum for those who are new to nature spirituality and specifically, those who want to learn more about Ifa Orisa spirituality. This will be helpful, especially to those who are searching for a way to connect to something bigger than themselves. If you are so inclined take action and gain access to the practice based training courses, which are now available.

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Sun of the Middle Reflections

24 Sep

During these interesting and challenging times, do you need a reason to celebrate? If so, there are four times a year when the earth rocks back and forth in relation to the sun. These movements defines the seasons. Have a listen to the podcast on the Orange Feather Podcast series, focusing on the Sun of the middle. Find out why knowledge of self and the universe is an important aspect of your survival. When you decide that you are ready to learn more, click on this link and visit Blue Water Family Academy

2011 Today in Ethiopia

11 Sep

A REMINDER AND SOME FACTS ABOUT MEASURING TIME

Definition of a day: when earth makes a complete spin on its own axis, we get one day followed by one night. You can check with NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) or look back in your own memory and perhaps you will agree with me that this measurement of what we call a day, is universal with two caveats and is counted as a 24 hour period. If you are not sure then Relax and learn.

TELLING TIME CLOSER TO THE EQUATOR The first caveat is that there are several nations on the African continent, and in particular the East Africans, who tell the time using a 12 hour clock. The first hour of a new day starts not at one second past 12 midnight, but at 6am the following day at sunrise. This way of telling time is easier for those living in locations where the hours of sunlight during a day, remains almost constant throughout the year.

TELLING TIME CLOSER TO THE POLES Those of us who live in locations further away from the equator, experience fluctuations of sunlight and the further north or south you go, these fluctuations become extreme. For example those living in locations on the equator will experience approximately 12 hours of sunlight all year. Those living at or close to the poles will experience the midnight sun in summer (almost 24 hours of daylight) and the polar night in winter (almost 24 hours of night).

TIME GOING EAST TIME GOING WEST The second caveat to consider is that the imaginary lines of longitude on our globe demarcates time, depending on where you are located on earth. For example, using Cairo in present day Egypt as the centre of the earth, if you travel westward you lose time: the reverse is the case if you travel east.

Definition of a week: when a number of days are grouped together to make a standard measurement, which is repeated ad infinitum, we call this a week. This measurement can be as many or as few days as dictated by the traditions of a particular nation.

Definition of a month: the measurement of the passage of time using the lunar cycle. In this respect, strictly speaking, the Ethiopian calendar is not really 13 months but 12 months plus 5 holy days or 5 days of celebrations.

Definition of a year: when the passing of time is measured using the orbit of the earth making one complete cycle around the sun. There are many different measurements which are referred to as a year, so depending on your culture and traditions you could be a head of the Western calendar or behind it. The measurement of a year is not universal. See a link to a previous post here.  Indeed, every one who is born on earth has their own annual solar return earth day celebrations or not depending on the individuals culture and traditions.

Change is the only constant and measuring our time using two extra terrestrials, plus a third category called ‘stars’, is one explanation of the term As Above So Below! Furthermore, it is widely acknowledged that the first calendar was created by the African nations who lived along the Nile Valley, several millennia ago. It has since been duplicated in part and or modified by successive civilisations, in particular the Greeks and the Romans. Ethiopia is part of the Nile Valley civilisation and the Ethiopian calendar has kept the thirteen month format and is the closest to the original in terms of this fact.

Cepheus on The Rise: In a recent post the final book of fables of 2018 was published as part of the Amunet’s Fables Series: The title is Cepheus on the rise. Cepheus in Greek mythology is the Ethiopian King and the constellation is named after him.  See a link here.

It only remains for us to wish all of of our readers a successful and joyful 2011 and beyond.

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Review of A Modern Day Fable – Towards The Light

7 Sep

EXPLORING THE POWER OF EARTHS ENERGY AND THE ENCOUNTERS WE COME FACE TO FACE WITH – WHICH CAN BE AMUSING AND SCARY AT THE SAME TIME

In the video above, we are invited to listen to some comments and reflections, shared by author El Crisis. He is reviewing ‘Towards The Light’ Taken from book 7 ‘Crystalline Towards The Grid’, a collection of four short stories, which acknowledge the power of Earth’s Energy and our own spirituality. Each fable is a reminder that what we do, can cause a chain reaction and in the midst of what ensues, we have choices to make or they will be made for us. As we are reminded in the final moments of the story:

“…and when we no longer want something, having it doesn’t matter any more…”

SATURDAY 11th AUGUST THE LAUNCH DAY OF BOOK 7 WAS QUITE SPECTACULAR 

Although the moon was new, so invisible to us, it was a super moon, meaning that it came the closest to earth that it can in its orbit. There was also a partial solar eclipse and a meteor shower. The above video reminds us to pay attention to what is happening in the heavens, before there was television, we were encouraged to take a view of the sky and go within to our inner vision: during these times, spirituality was seen as the most important aspect of the person. In various indigenous cultures and traditions this was the case. The further back you go the more so. Great emphasis was therefore placed on being mindful of ones surroundings and mindful of ones thoughts.

WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE MINDFULNESS EXPERIENCE? 

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About The Moon

21 Sep

Tracking The Phases of the Moon

When we see the Full Moon, we are witnessing the completion of a 27.3 day cycle. During this cycle, the Moon goes though several different Moon phases.

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The Full Moon Phase 

During a Full Moon phase the Earth is aligned between the Moon and the Sun. So like a set of scales where Earth is in the middle, as the Sun descends in the west, the Moon ascends in the east.

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The New Moon Phase

During a New Moon phase, the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun. This means that because Earth is no longer in the middle, the play of light between the Moon and the Sun, now prevents us from seeing the Moon. So the New Moon is invisible to us.

We are only able to see the Moon because of the sunlight illuminating each of the different phases along the 27 day lunar cycle.

The Gravitational Pull of the Earth

The Earth’s gravitational pull on the Moon, causes the sides to bulge and this in turn locks it into two revolving motions:

1)a rotational spin on its own axis which takes 27 days.

2)a revolving orbit around the earth which takes approximately 27.3 days.

You could say that the Moon is locked into position in a perpetual dance with the Earth and the two orbs in turn orbit the Sun over a 365.25 day cycle.

What is Synchronous Rotation?

As we have said, the Moon rotates on its own axis over a 27 day cycle. It also orbits the earth over a 27 day cycle: for this reason, the Moon appears not to be spinning, this phenomenon is called Synchronous Rotation.

Which Side Do We See?

The Moon spins on its axis such that the illuminated side is seen by all places on earth although at different angles.

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Like Earth, the Moon has a North and a South Pole. We only ever get to see the South Pole because we are looking up at the Moon whilst it is rotating on its axis. It does not flip over to give us a view of the North Pole. We therefore only ever see  a projection of the ‘near side’ and the ‘far side’ is always invisible to us.

Taken from the ‘Knowledge of self and the universe’ series. Sponsored by Amunet’s Fables

Amunet Hall

Author of Amunet’s Fables 

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Solstice Book Release June 2017

27 May

NAMING THE TIME

Book four in the Amunet’s Fables Series of books will be released on Wednesday 21st June 2017, also known as the Sun of The North by the Dogons of Mali West Africa. They are referring to the highest position in the sky that the Sun will reach during the year. This day is also known as the June Solstice as described by the Latin term Sol, meaning Sun and Sistere meaning Stand Still. Taken together this term refers to the Sun appearing to stand still twice a year; in June after the longest day of the year, when it changes direction and the days become shorter and in December after the shortest day of the year, when the Sun again changes direction and the days become longer.

SLOW DOWN OR INTENSIFY YOUR EFFORTS IN THE SUMMER?

It is ironic that the Summer months are the busiest for the guardians of our sustenance  also called farmers, whilst the general population look upon this time as a time to slow down. Indeed it is import to relax and the appearance of the Sun shining brighter and longer in the heavens does remind us to slow down. However this should also be seen as an important time to tend to our projects, which were started during the creative phase of the Winter months, which we added to during the Spring by preparing the environment to receive our gifts. The Summer months should therefore be seen as a time to cultivate the best results possible ready for the harvest during the Autumn.

WHAT LEGACY WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND?

The title of book four in the Amunet’s Fables Series of books ‘ The Door is Closing“, is a reminder to work hard to shape your reality before it’s too late. Late in the sense of returning to the Ancestral Realms, without having achieved your goals, without even attempting to discover what your destiny is.

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Melkum Addis Amet – Happy New Year 2008!

12 Sep

Today it is 2008 according to the Ethiopian calendar.  A gentle reminder that the idea of ‘Time’ is indeed a cultural construct. Live long and prosper…

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Super Moon Solar Eclipse March 2015

13 Mar

Just Sharing,
By now you may have heard that on Friday 20th March we will experience a Super Moon Solar Eclipse on the day of the Spring Equinox 2015. How exciting and what an alignment!  Have you decided what you will be doing on the day yet? We may have a suggestion that might interest you.  Read on and find out…

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Knowledge of Self and the Universe

31 Jan

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