Tuesday July 6, 2021
– Balsamic Moon Phase – release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new
– Moon in Gemini
– Retrograde Planets – Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune
– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 5th – 6th – 7th – Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Quit Smoking, Wash Wooden Floors, Kill Plant Pests, Harvest, Mow to Slow Growth, Buy a Car, Host a Party, Write
– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 5th 6th – 7th – Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati, Goddess Who Winnows and Sorts
– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe is Coming with the Solstice – God of the South
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Gemini: “A cafeteria with an abundance of choices” (& “In winter people cutting ice from a frozen pond for summer use”)
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: –“A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”
15 CANCER: A group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it
15 CAPRICORN: In a hospital, the children’s ward is filled with toys
To Build a Fire
“First a curl of birch-bark, as dry as it can be,
Then some twigs of soft wood, dead but on the tree,
Last of all some pine-knots to make the kittle foam,
And there’s a fire to make you think you’re settin’ right at home.”~ “Two Little Savages” -E.T. Seton
Back in about the year 2000, a new television show came on that kind of rocked people’s worlds. It was called “Survivor.” It took 15 people and put them on a island together – shipwrecked if you will. They were divided into 2 teams that would compete against each other. The losing team would then have to Vote someone off the Island. It captivated American during the Summer of the year 2000 (It was much more interesting than Bush V Gore).
It was fun in many ways. Outplay-Outwit-Outlast
MONEY – The first way was one that they did their best to hide in subsequent editions. And that was the Prize money. The ultimate winner received $1 million. But also, the debate at home was the amount each person received as they were voted off. Money has a way drawing interest!
COMPETITION – We had been watching Game shows since the dawn of Television. This took the whole physical competition to a new level. When athlete’s run a race or play a game, they go home at the end of the day. Here people were stuck there for a month (or 45 odd days). The only way to guarantee your safety was winning competitions. After that, it was a mental game. Keeping yourself safe in a social competition. Who could you trust? And how long will it take for friends to turn on friends?
SURVIVING – They were left on an island with no food, no water, no shelter. They had to work together, find food, purify water, and protect themselves from the elements. For this they had to build a fire – no matches. Just their own knowledge and wits.
Which brings me to the point of this article.
If you needed to, could you build a fire?
This is a loaded question. Because we did not set the parameters. Do you have matches? Do you have wood? Paper? Lighter fluid? Technology has made a lot of this pretty moot. How often do we have to start fires? And unless you go out of your way to get away from technology, there are few times at all where you would have to.
If you did not learn how when you were young, then you might be between a rock and a hard place if you found yourself out in the wild with just you and your wits. Because if you aren’t a cigarette smoker, there is very little chance that you actually have matches on your person.
Watching Survivor made a lot of people very aware of how difficult this would be. Do you rub 2 sticks together? Can you find the right materials? Can you find a piece of flint in the wild?
I found a site with a simple explanation of the process. But remember, if you are in the wild, you will not be able to google it or watch a youtube video to show you how.
The basic steps of building a fire go like this:
Location – Choose a spot with at least a 10-foot circumference of clearing, there should be no overhanging branches.
Clear the area – Remove all brush, twigs, leaves, etc. from around the fire area.
Dig a small pit – Some sites recommend as deep as one foot. Our family chooses to not make so deep of a pit and instead focus on a larger fire ring.
Create a ring – Arrange rocks around the space you will build an active fire.
Gather wood – A fire needs three things: fuel, oxygen, and heat. Wood is the fuel. You want three types of wood: Tinder, kindling, and logs/large wood.
Arrange the wood – There are a couple of different options for setting up your firewood. We go over the teepee and log cabin styles below.
Ignite the kindling – Finally, ignite the kindling to get the fire started.
Also, the Boy Scouts offer a pretty detailed tutorial online:
In the end, what you need to do is practice. It is pretty simple in theory. Or at least, the method is pretty straight forward.
And I suggest that you try it. And try it again. Because if and when the Shit Hits the Fan, the knowledge in your head may be all you have between death and survival.