Wednesday May 4, 2022

Wednesday May 4, 2022

– Crescent Moon Phase – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering

– Moon in GEMINI – Void of Course 4:37 PM – 7:05 PM Moving to Cancer

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  May 4 – Bake, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Start Diet to Gain Weight, Wax Floors, Cut Firewood, Dig Holes, Mow to Increase Growth, Buy a Home, Get Married

– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –   May 4th – 6th  – Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Tara – Goddess Who Guides

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian Achonesis– God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in ARIES “ a woman sprinkling flowers  ” (&  a drowning man is being rescued  )

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “ a flock of wild geese ”

SUN – 15 TAURUS: a man with rakish silk hat, muffled against the cold, braves a storm

EARTH – 15 SCORPIO: children playing around five mounds of sand

How Strong Are You?

This is kind of a trick question. Mostly because measuring strength is subjective. It is dependent upon what you are measuring. Is it arms? Legs? How much you can lift? How far you can run? You can look at it thousands of ways.

But I ask the question for you to do some little self assessments. And decide 1) if any of it might be important to you, and 2) whether you are able to do anything to improve yourself.

I was thinking a whole lot about strength this afternoon after my 17 yo son challenged me to an arm wrestle. Realize this. The only real difference between us size wise is the extra 25 lbs. I have around the waist. My son is a football player and in pretty good shape. When he challenged me, I figured that I was toast and would have to deal with the walk of shame.

We started to a draw. I could not move him a bit. And frankly I thought he had me at advantage. But he was not pulling. And here is where experience and mental strength kicked in.

A Lot of it is Mental

Back when I was in high school about 35 years ago, I played sports. I played waterpolo and I was a swimmer. But I never liked the swimming that much. It was a boring sport. Depending on the day, we would be between 6000 and 12000 yards. Polo workouts usually about 2000 swim along with drills. Basically it was 3-4 hours a day.

Swimming is a solo sport. You have to be comfortable inside your own head, because you have a lot of time to think.

I did not play sports in college (other than Keg Softball and the like). But after college, I started cycling. It was my goto sports after I quit smoking cigarettes and needed to do something to drop the 20 lbs. I had gained. Not doing things half way, I also started racing as well. I was lucky that there was a lot of competitive cycling in our area. And I got involved with a really good team.

In the end, it was a whole lot more like swimming that you might ever imagine. Especially in regard to time needed to train. To be in shape enough to race, I had to be riding at least 150 miles per week. Which works out to about 10-15 hours per week. It is a big investment in time and challenging when you have work and family as well. But I made it work for about 5 years.

You find when racing that it is more about your mental strength than physical. You get yourself to the peak of physical performance. The question is what you can do with it. And do you have the mental toughness when you are in the grit of the moment to drive your body to where it needs to be to win.

Now What’s This got to do with the Price of Bread in 2022?

Given the state of the economy these days, there are few people who have a positive outlook about where we are going to be in the next year. And I am pretty sure that all of ones talking positive are working as leaders and speech writers for the Democrat Party at the moment. If history tells us much, life looks pretty grim in the next few years.

As I talk about what will happen if the Shit Hits the Fan, the question arises about whether you have the mental toughness and strength to survive. Are you going to fall apart right from the beginning? Will you run or dig in and survive? It is a question you have to ask yourself and come to terms with. And then you must consider whether you are prepared. But that is another story . . . or a few stories.

As I sa across the table from my son this afternoon, I had to ask myself if I had the strength. Could I break this younger and questionably stronger kid across from me. I felt that the muscles were not there. But the drive and determination were. And digging deep, I found the strength and pulled him over. That may not happen again. Hopefully it will be a lesson learned for him.

I know that my arm was pretty much toast for the next hour.