Thursday August 3, 2023
– Full Moon Phase – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience
– Moon in PISCES –
– Retrograde Planets 2023 –
R – Pluto – May 1 – Oct 11
R- Saturn – Jun 17 – Nov 4
R – Neptune – Jun 30 – Dec 6
R – Venus – Jul 22 – Sep 3
R – Chiron – Jul 23 – Dec 26
Mercury – Aug 23 – Sep 15
Uranus – Aug 28 – Jan 27
Jupiter – Sep 4 – Dec 3
– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Aug 2nd – 3rd – Go Hunting, Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Brew Beer, Wean, Set Eggs, Slaughter, Potty Train
– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Aug 2nd – 3rd – Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): – Kali – Goddess of Beginnings and Endings
– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe – God of the South, God of Frequencies, Harmonics, and Waves
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in CANCER SUN/MOON – 25 CANCER: a leader of men wrapped in an invisible mantle of power (EARTH – 25 CAPRICORN: an Oriental rug dealer in store filled with precious ornamental rugs )
SUN – 11 LEO: children on a swing in a huge oak tree
EARTH – 11 AQUARIUS: during a silent hour, a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life
Are You Ready?
I have often written on the theme of being prepared for the worst should the Shit Hit the Fan (SHTF). You might consider this to be fear porn or fear mongering.
I more look at it as an insurance policy. When the SHTF, Allstate will not be there to bail you out. You do not know who will be there for you. So you need to have a plan just in case.
I started this website, Astrogardens, as a writing project that focused on Astrology and Gardening. Both were hobbies of mine. And one of the subjects that Unites them is in preparing for the possibility of a major catastrophe.
Astrology helps to read the energies that may lead to is and suggest how to deal with it. Gardening involves a variety of lost skills that our urban lifestyle have helped us forget over the past century
I have kind of gotten wrapped up in the politics part of the equation. I would call it the front line of the fight that is leading us to the SHTF. Whether that be from Nuclear war or earth bound catastrophe. It is definitely part of the equation.
But I also want to remember the root. Protection.
This week, Suspicios0bservers offered a9 minute video on the subject of prepping. I highly recommend it and have linked it below. I have also included a lengthy comment that was made to the video. The person only left a terse 5letter name that he has on his Youtube profile, so I cannot really source him. If you want to see it. search up the video on Youtube and try to find out more. I hit a dead end.
The 5c’s of survival:
-Cover (clothing, tarp, blanket, etc)
-Cutting (knife, axe, etc)
-Combustion (lighter, matches, ferro rod, etc)
-Container (in metal, to boil water)
If you have these tools, you can make the rest of the tools you need. These are the most difficult tools to make by themselves. Once you have those, the rest is a little less complicated to get.
Also. You can live (survive) :
-3 weeks without food
-3 days without water
-3 minutes without air
So your priority #1 will (most likely) be water. OR getting dry/warm, depending on the particular situation you’re in. In my case, when I’ve been training survival, my #1 priority was always getting warm. That meant building a shelter/starting a fire. BUT that’s only cause I had water on hand AND I wasn’t dehydrated. If you’re dehydrated, most likely, you’ll need to address that first… but then again, if you need to boil your water first, you’ll need to get a fire going first.
RULE OF THUMB if you’re in a cold situation: Can you still get your pinky to reach your thumb (in one hand obviously) ? IF the answer is NO, you are in big trouble. This means you are reaching, or likely have reached hypothermia. If you can barely reach your pinky to your thumb, START A FIRE NOW. Otherwise soon enough, you won’t have the dexterity to do so, and then it’s game over. Best survival shelter: The Super Shelter. Look up “Mors Kochanski Super Shelter” on Youtube.
THE THREE WAYS heat is transferring (out/in from your body and in general) :
-Convection (wind, moving air)
-Conduction (two surfaces touching)
-Radiation (placing your hands close to a campfire, feeling the sun)
*Extra (for us animals/humans)
-Respiration/Perspiration/Evaporation (Perspiration/Evaporation is sweat)
HOW TO MAKE SENSE of that info: If your body is soaking wet and you are in the wind, your body is losing heat both from conduction (water on your body) and convection. When your body is wet, you are losing body heat about 20 times faster. Get a fire going ASAP.
In a survival situation, YOU NEED FAT. Both on your body and out of your body. This doesn’t mean if you’re fat and unfit, you have better chances at survival. But this means if you’re fit AND have some fat reserves, you will survive longer. Two examples to prove that point: The show Alone. Participants who come with a little extra fat on themselves have better chances at winning. This doesn’t mean you WILL survive if you’re fat. You also need skills to get the food. But starting your survival ordeal from a skinny place is not the best. That said, I am extremely fit myself and could use some extra fat on my body. Being healthy and fit will likely mean you will have more testosterone, therefore your body will burn fat even when at rest. Second example to prove the fat importance point: Mike Horn, the modern day explorer. Look him up, learn from him. Extremely inspiring, a true force of nature. Among his crazy expeditions, he once walked around the earth following the polar arctic circle. He trained like a demon for that expedition, as you can imagine. Well, he also got his body with a nice layer of fat before starting the expedition. This is because his body was going to burn extra calories in cold conditions (and with all the exercise he was going to do). You will, like this man, have to be extremely physical in order to survive. You will burn a lot of calories, especially if you’re in a cold situation. Get in the most fit condition of your life, and eat a lot, get some reserve. Don’t fall into the foolish mentality is “getting habituated to starve”, this is not going to work. You’re not supposed to starve. You’re supposed to thrive. You’re supposed to be a winner to survive, not a loser. Starving means not having the hormones to be psychologically at your top. It will not work. There is nothing romantic about surviving. If you’re excited about this, you are, 100%, a total fool. This doesn’t mean you have to make it worse by being psychologically down. But romanticizing suffering and death around you is stupid.
Also, like Ben mentioned with great wisdom in this video, you NEED a COMMUNITY to survive. You can’t do it by yourself. You’re not the hero you think you are. You are the sum of your relationships. Everything you learned so far in life, you got it from other people. Knowledge don’t just pops up in your head out of thin air. You are standing on the shoulders of giants, whether you can recognize it or not. You need others, and if you think you don’t cause you’re that much of a hero… well, that means others need you. If you’re a loner and think you don’t need others to survive and want to survive by yourself, please have at it. People will not even notice when you die by yourself out in the wild.
There’s a reason why in prison, solitary confinement is an extra punishment. This means even when surrounded by killers and criminals, you’re still better off with their presence than without. You are the sum of your relationships. Hopefully, that rant will help a couple of you.
Oh and again, like Ben said. Wish you are lucky.
Like the Indian proverb says “I’d rather have luck than have a sword in a fight”.
Luck is everything.
Maybe one last thing, talking about luck.
It’s all about psychology.
You need have a good psychological condition, and be able to be grateful for what you have.
Couple years ago, I travelled on my bicycle across Canada, solo.
One day I was in northern Ontario.
Facing crazy, depressing winds.
Keeping me from covering the distance I needed to cover in a day.
I only had so much food on me, so I needed a certain distance to be covered.
But the face winds kept me from doing so.
Went to bed that particular night, pissed off, depressed.
The next day I set off again.
This time, there was no wind at all.
No wind whatsoever.
Crazy good feeling.
I remember thinking “that’s how fast I can go in life when nothing’s keeping me from going forward at my own speed”.
I was ecstatic.
Then I noticed my chain needed some lube, so I stopped to lube it up.
And then I felt it. Only when not moving could I feel the wind.
Only that morning, it was not a face wind, but a back wind.