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Wednesday May 19, 2021

Wednesday May 19, 2021

 First Quarter Moon Phase –  step out, take action, breaking away

– Moon in Leo – Void of Course 3:13 PM – 4:59 PM moving to Virgo

– Retrograde Planets – Pluto, Mercury in Shadow – Retrograde 5/29

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  May 19th – 20th – Wax Floors, Cut Firewood, Kill Plant Pests, Dig Holes, Mow to Increase Growth

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  17th – 20th – A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Tara – Goddess Who Guides, Joined by the rest of the goddesses. All hands on deck.

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian – The Wind of the East

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Aries: “A white dove flying over troubled waters” (& “Hunters shooting wild ducks”)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”

SUN: 29 TAURUS: Two cobblers working at a table

EARTH: 29 SCORPIO: An Indian woman pleading to chief for the lives of her children

I saw this meme on Facebook and it got me thinking. Especially in the past year I have questioned information that is being presented as “science” more and more. And for exactly this reason.

I am naturally a pretty cynical person. But the last few years, many would classify me as full on Conspiracy Theorist. And I am cool with that.

Because looking at the last year an a half with all the conflicting and downright lies we have seen from the Pharmaceuticals industry and its apologists in the Medical and governmental establishments, you have to be a complete zombie to believe it.

It reminds me of a couple short stories.

The Recipe

Have you ever tasted something in a restaurant and thought that you would like the recipe to make that particular dish. An enterprising individual might as the restaurant for the recipe so that they might be able to make it as well. Or you might google it. Now the question is, Have you ever actually tried this?

Let me relate a similar excursion I have been on for a number of years. My wife and I are known for baking Christmas Cookies. And the favorite at our house is . . . Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies. To me it seems like the most basic of all cookies (because it is). We follow the recipe on the back of the Nestle Chocolate Chip bag (WITHOUT THE NUTS OF COURSE – who does that?).

And wouldn’t you know it. Every single year, one of our older kids will call asking for our recipe and then claiming that their cookies did not turn out the same. What is the secret? Is it the oven? The way we mix it? Refrigerating the dough? The pans we use? Who knows what they do differently.

I often wonder about this because of the memories I have of my own grandmother’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have queried members of my extended family to figure out what she did. The only answer they offer is that Grandma used Crisco (we use butter).

Some people say that the untold element is love.

What the Half Blood Prince Has to Say About It

One of my favorite side stories in the Harry Potter series in the Half Blood Prince.  At the beginning of the year, Harry did not take Potions, as Professor Snape would not accept students at that level who did not receive an “O” on their Owl exam. When he discovers that Professor Slughorn will take him, he joins the class. Since he does not have a book, he is directed to take one from the class shelf.

They are then set to the task of creating a “tricky” potion called “Living Death.” The prize for someone who could brew an acceptable potion was to win a bottle of Liquid Luck – another “tricky” potion that will give you 1 day of excellent luck. Professor Slughorn Then notes that only one student has ever been able to brew a potion of sufficient quality to claim the prize.

As they start, Harry notices that his used book has been written all over by its previous owner. And in the margins and throughout the book there are notations about different things to do. And here is where Harry begins to shine. The notations in the book point out things that should be done different in order to make the potion work.

In the course of the the next hour, you can see that the other students are having particular problems making the potion work. Smoking, smelling, exploding, thickening. While Harry, following the special notes, is brewing it perfectly. And of course he then wins the prize (which is a whole different story).

But the point I am making by offering this vignette is that it brings up A LOT of questions – the only one of which is covered in the book is about how using this book is somehow cheating. (I always thought that was stupid. When I was in college I always bought used books – they were cheaper. But I never got anything valuable from the experience.)

  • This Advanced Potions Making book is at least 20 years old (by the age of the Half Blood Prince). How did no one figure out that the potion recipe in the book did not work?
  • Was the potion recipe in the book intentionally inaccurate?
  • Why did the Half Blood Prince (who had been teaching the class the previous 1 years) continue teaching it wrong?
  • How many other potions in the book were printed wrong?

I believe in the wizarding world there were many many secrets between wizards. Some of them may have been advantages one may have over another (consider the status of wizards who were animagi and could change themselves into other animals – and that they had to register this ability – and that there were 4 rather pivotal characters who had the ability and had failed to register it with the Ministry). It shows that the Wizarding world, no matter how cool and interesting it was, was filled with ethically questionable people.

So Back to the Recipe

These couple examples suggest that there may be some pretty wide spread secrecy and fraud going on in regard to secret recipes. Consider:

  • What is really in the Coronavirus Vaccine?
  • Is or was there really cocaine in Coca Cola?
  • What element in vaccines are causing autism (my guess is the heavy metals)?
  • Was the cause of Polio really DDT?
  • Are the same people who created the FED over 100 years ago still controlling the World financial system?
  • What made New Coke taste so bad?
  • What is the secret to creating an Atomic Bomb?
  • How dumb do they think we are to believe that CV19, a patented virus, came from a mutation from a random bat in a Wuhan market?
  • Why did they stop researching Tesla’s free energy?
  • Why did the Rockafellers monopolize the medical and pharmaceuticals industries?
  • Why do we need a Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Affairs when we have an Executive Branch elected to do the job?
  • How many licks does it take to get to the center off a Tootsie Pop?

A lot of unanswered questions . . . that lead to a whole lot more. And how many of them are hidden behind a wall with the word


happily placed upon it to pacify anyone who might want to ask quesions?

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DADA101 – Curses

Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”

– Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

WHAT Exactly is a Curse?

I always remember this scene from the movie The Jerk. It takes the simpleton’s view of a common situation in everyday life taking our daily speech literally:

“Damn these glasses!”

“I damn thee.”

How often are we speaking or emanating curses throughout the day and not even know it?

The Law of Attraction says that thoughts are things. And there are powers out there that are floating through the ether that may be affecting us on a daily basis.

It is one thing if these curses are simply flying around and happen to hit us. It is quite another if one is aimed our direction.

A curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity: one or more persons, a place, or an object.   – Some definition that popped up on Google

Curses are negative energy sent from one source and aimed at another. The intent is malevolent.

And it Comes Back to Harry

In the Harry Potter series, curses are talked about a lot. There is a constant battle or balance going on between dark and light forces. Being magic, the effects of these curses are often dramatic and vary greatly in intensity. Many can be innocuous as making someone stumble while walking. But could also be much worse, or even evil.

3 of these curses were so heinous as to make them “unforgivable.” These included The Imperious Curse (Imperio) – Controlling someone and forcing them to action, The Cruciatus Curse (Crucio) – the torture curse, and The Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra).

More about the curses in Harry Potter will be addressed in future posts. For here, suffice it to say, they were part of the story. And very much, they displayed a very dramatic visual representation of things that have been whispered about throughout our own history.

The Curse Clearing

I learned about the Curse Clearing back a few years ago – sometime around 2012 (it’s amazing all the things that were revealed in that year). It was taught in a seminar given by Lee Beymer – which I listened to the podcast of rather than live. It was part of a discussion about his healing technique called Quantum Emotional Clearing (QEC).

He related a number of stories about how he learned about curses. To the untrained eye, they are not noticed. But to those under attack, they can ruin your whole day, or worse.


At the time of the seminar, it was revealed that our collective consciousness was under serious attack. The source of the attack was not “human.” The way I read it from his description was that it was what we have been calling archontic in nature. And the attacks came in waves. Many of which were astrologically triggered.


So, we start from a position of being is a think, evil soup of curses. We also face the what’s going on in the world around us. Listen to or read the news or watch any television and really pay attention to what is being said. Are the politicians attacking you for your beliefs? Are you bombarded with scare tactics.


We can also be under specific attack from other individuals. Is your home life positive? Do you swear at other drivers when you are out on the road? Do you have wonderful loving relationships with everyone you work with?

It is with this toxic cloud or generalized and specific curses what we need to find ways of protecting ourselves.

Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones, But Words . . .

It makes sense to practice techniques to “clear” them from your field. The Curse Clearing ritual was developed just for this specific purpose.

We created a group that has been practicing The Curse Clearing daily (twice daily actually). I find it beneficial to take part as a group, but it is not necessary. I have also used the Curse Clearing on my own.

If you are interested in the group, on Facebook search for

Energy Clearing Community

It is linked here

If interested, here are the Call in Procedures:

Daily at 7:30am and 10:30am Eastern Time

Call-in Number: (712) 432-0900

Participant Access Code: 189370#

For Canadian Residents:

Please dial 559-546-1400 prior to using the dial-in information above.

Skype Name: freeconferencing.0900

The purpose of this group is to provide scheduled and/or on-request energy clearing based on Lee Beymer’s Energy Clearing Procedures that he shares. Call participants generally come away from these calls feeling lighter and brighter.

Meridian Tapping

The Curse Clearing, in addition to being a recited message, also employs meridian tapping. Tapping was popularized by Dr. Roger Callahan. Many people have taken up the practice and spread it around. There are many techniques you can try, which I may go into in another lesson.

This specific ritual was developed by Lee Beymer. He learned from Gary Craig, who worked with Dr. Callahan in the early stages of the tapping development.

For this ritual, we will tap using three fingers (given that you have all three – if not, you can improvise). With your three center fingers (hand is up to you). Tap between your eyebrows in the center of your head. Speed should be 2-4 taps per second. and strength should be enough so you can feel it, but not so much that you might leave a mark (though if you do it long enough the spot you are tapping may be a little red).

Belief Not Necessary

This was a somewhat funny statement that Lee would often utter. Part of the statement asks you to address a higher power. When I first learned it, he used the term “GOD” which bothered many people. It bothered them due to their own belief systems (or lack of them).

This is not meant to challenge any of your belief systems. Only to draw on any powers that you do believe. So when it is asked, and you want to say “God” or “Allah” or “Buddah” or “Vishnu”, please do. We say “By the Powers of All That Are Divine” and leave it at that.

At the conclusion of the ritual, you are asked to follow a breathing ritual. Simply breath in deeply, hold for the count of ten and then exhale. Repeat 2 more times for a total of three deep breaths.

If you do the ritual on you own, simply say the following phrases out loud while tapping between your eyebrows. If you take part in the group call, A leader with say the lines, and everyone else follows in turn.



By the Powers of All That Are Divine

All curses, interference, antagonisms

and all angers, fears and repeaters are bound and defeated

And must leave us now

To return to Source

To be revealed in The Truth

And absolved in The Light

So be it

Let it be done

And it is so

(repeat 3x)

Thank You

Breath in and out 3 times as explained above.


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DADA – Must Read List – Fiction


I am compiling this list of essential fiction books that people should read. These books are important in the opening one’s eyes to the world as it is (or may be) around us. Call it getting ready for the Red Pill. I will be doing a similar “movies” list later, as there are many eye opening movies that we should pay attention to. I may also do a non fiction list as well.

But my purpose also is to prepare you for future commentary. This is NOT a complete list by any means. It is just what has come up off the top of may head and will serve as a starting point for a lot of what I will be talking about.

Note that I am including pictures because they are fun! Most are the covers from the original books I read. I could get into the whole idea of reading old books, their smells, first editions and all that. But I will not bore you for now. Suffice it to say that I prefer real bound paper books to ebooks.

At the beginning of most college classes, you get a book list. This is usually enough to make you groan as you try to count the money in your bank account to see if you can afford the hundreds of dollars to pay for them all.

This will be a little less onerous than that. Most of these books are old and can be found used on Amazon for a song. Or, even better you may already have them.

Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowlings

Book 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

For the Purposes of Defense Against the Dark Arts, it helps to start at the beginning.

I LOVE YA (Young Adult) novels. My reason is simple. As a writer, it helps to read books that are “easy to read”. And with YA, you have easy plot lines and relatively simple sentence structure. For me, reading YA helps develop a rhythm for writing. And when the stories are fun, all the better.  The Harry Potter series ascends to the top of many positive categories in so many ways.

For Our purposes, I plan to focus on a lot of subjects that come up in the books and the movies. And while it is not completely necessary to have read the books or watched the movies to understand what i will be talking about. It will be fun if you have and you understand a little bit about the characters.

NOTE: I have read the HP series about 5 times and I have no idea how many times I have seen each movie.

Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

I have read the Lord of the Rings series 16 times (The Hobbit only about 10 times and The Silmarillion twice). While not as easy to read as YA Harry Potter, Tolkien has a relatively easy writing style that flows well (with the exception of the Silmarillion which is damn near unreadable).

LOTR makes my list because . . . its my favorite. I read it and reread it because it is like an old friend or a favorite vacation spot that I like to revisit. My wife about goes nuts because I reread books. And LOTR is at the top of her list of the books that make her shake her head (Note she has never read any of them).

As for advancing the cause of our enlightenment, it does not have a lot to offer. Other than showing the battle between good and evil. And about power and magic. This is an important theme that I will explore later. And the characters in LOTR definitely must face it. Much can be learned from their stories.

Dune – Frank Herbert

Soon after I first discovered Laura Walker’s Oracle Report, I downloaded her Eris book to read. It begins with the following quote:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

It is the Bene Gesserit litany against fear. Reading it in Eris, I knew I was in the right place. Dune, like Harry Potter, offers a world of depth for discussion. I will come back to it a lot.

Avoid the Stanley Kubrick movie with this name AT ALL COSTS. Painful! The SciFi Channel did a passable 2 part mini series.

1984 – George Orwell

“1984 was a warning not an Instruction manual.” This quote has made its way all over social media in the last few years. And why not. Therre have been many political novels in the past 75 years that have touched on the subjects that 1984 nailed. Animal Farm by Orwell , Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Huxley to name a few. All of them explore a distopian future where Government takes control of everything.

Most people don’t appreciate freedom of expression and thought. We have grown up with that luxury. But guess what — most of the world hasn’t. If you have not read it, please buy “1984” (it’s a great book), and learn what the threat of a superstate, where power is solely consolidated in the federal level, really does to people.

PS There is NO GOOD MOVIE VERSION. Do not even try.


Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clark

Arthur C Clark was best known for 2001 A Space Odyssey. But he was an amazingly prolific SciFi writer. And in my book, Childhood’s End may have been his masterpiece.

For the purposes of this list, the reason is that he touches on a number of very important theme’s that are relevant to all of us. What (or who) else is out there (in space that is). We have made huge strides in science. But where we have not figured (think space travel, knowledge of the universe, evolution, knowledge of life outside our galaxy), we are blind.

Fiction, when it is good fiction, works because the author can tell a story. When you label it fantasy or science fiction or horror. All you are doing is adding a backdrop. The good writers can make any backdrop work because they can tell a good story.  This is a good one.

A TV version of “Part 1” of Childhood’s End was created. Gave me chills. But they took wierd liberties and I did not finish it.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker’s Guide is only consequently Science Fiction. It is better described as either Humor or Satire.  Science and space travel are just the backdrop. Douglas Adams is able to skewer just about everyone.

It started as a radio script in the late 1970’s and progressed into a series of novels (7 in all) that that are gems to anyone who has ever been interested in speculative fiction. The Amazon description pretty much says it all:

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

As for my list, in 1979, Douglas Adams single handedly predicted the internet and Wikipedia.  Genius.

Avoid the Movie Versions. Does not do the books justice.

Snooze – Sol Luckman

For people who follow me, I had started a chapter by chapter reading of the book Snooze. I was having a great time of it until some personal tragedy struck. We lost a child we were in the process of adopting. And for anyone who has lost a child, you may understand the devastation. I cannot apologize enough to those who were following it. But I became kind of lost for a couple months afterward.

As for Snooze, it is brilliant. YA – easy to read. And chock full of inter dimensional fun.  Oh. And Bigfoot too.

Dan Brown’s Books

This is somewhat of a punt. But I have to mention him because he has approached so many interesting subjects and put them out there. He writes with the pace of a James Bond movie and manages to deeply uncover amazing topics.

There is not a single Dan Brown book that has not caused me to research and read at least 1 book more. He fictionalizes things. But adds so much “fact” that you have to look further. His first major hit novel, The DiVinci Code, opens the can of worms of The Sacred Feminine – exposing The Catholic Church, The Masons and pretty much every version of history we have been taught.

Angels & Demons – The Catholic Church, Antimatter
The Da Vinci Code – The Sacred Feminine, The Catholic Church, Secret Societies, The foundation of Christianity
The Lost Symbol – The Masons
Inferno – Renaissance Art and Bio terrorism
Origin – No idea. I have to read this one
Digital Fortress – Big Technology – Makes what Snowden taught us seem tame
Deception Point – Extra Terrestrial Life

Honorable Mention Dystopian Fiction

I do not have a lot to say about them now, but I have to recommend The Hunger Games books and the Divergent series. Both are written in YA fashion (easy to read, but I might think twice about allowing my twelve year old to read them).  They present a frightening future. Frightening because of what they envision in an alternate future. And how it affects the people.

Consider yourself as a person from the 1890’s transported to today. How would you react to all the technology? Racial Integration? Female equality? Homosexuality? These books imagine a future. What do you think about what we become?

Not for the Feint of Heart

I am adding a couple books that I highly recommend. But I must warn anyone considering them that they are complicated and long.

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

What happens when the productive people in society become so sick of the people who expect to live off of their success, decide to quit. Leave.

Ayn Rand is HATED by the institutional left. She is an ardent Capitalist/Libertarian. Having emigrated from Communist Russia, she has very strong views about the pitfalls of Socialism, Communism and Totalitarianism.




Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

This is a brilliant book. It explores secret societies, like the Catholic Church, the Rosicrucians, The Kabbalah.

By the end, you cannot help but be looking over your shoulder at all times, wondering whether One of them is coming to get you.

It is difficult for multiple reasons. Unberto Eco is Italian and his translator has some trouble slogging through some of the complications of the Italian language (particularly its over formality and strong gender bias). But if you can make it through, it is well worth it.


Now this is just a few books that I had to mention and recommend. I plan to talk about them at different times throughout the DADA process.


If you would like to add to this list, please add your suggestions in the comments. BUT! Do not just give me titles. If you like the book, please share why. Tell us a little bit about it and WHY IT IS IMPORTANT.



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DADA 101 – Defense Against the Dark Arts

by Andrew Foss

It Started with Astrology

Through Oracle Report we have been reporting about the affects of astrology on our daily lives. This primarily includes planetary geometry as well as a faithful following of the lunar cycles and the Sabian Symbols for each degree of the zodiac. In so doing, we have touched upon so many features that can affect us all in the course of time.

I personally like the analogy of surfing to tell the story about the affects of Astrology. You paddle out to surf in the ocean, and you are facing many different aspects. There are tides, and swells, currents and water temperatures. Consider also wind or rain or even animals or plants that may be in the water with you. And then also remember that you can choose a different beach.

Each of these can affect your ability to surf the wave. They can be the difference between washed out dregs, and amazing ride, or getting drilled by shore break. Your knowledge of the elements and how to face them can make the difference.

The analogy works so well because it is the same with the aspects studied in astrology. It is so much more than your daily horoscope or modelling your personality around your birth sign. The aspects work like the tides – subtly influencing your life and the world around you. You can sped a lifetime paying attention to the aspects and still learn more every day.

My own personal journey with astrology began after talking with a friend of mine about Mercury Retrograde. Up until about 2010, though I knew about planetary retrogrades from an Astronomy class I took in college, I was unaware of the potential affects.hearing about issues with communications, travel and specifically contracts hit home with me pretty hard. At the time I had been on a pretty intense job search. I was getting through a Retrograde where I have a lot of very promising job potentials which magically fell apart during the Retrograde.

Though I could not say that it was definitely caused by Mercury Retrograde at the time, I thought it was very interesting. And watching over the next couple years where similar things would occur made me really pay attention to these times. For me, paying attention has been the difference.

Consider What Else Might be Out There

While astrology is the cornerstone of our work, there are many things out there that we have touched upon that go beyond the realm of astrological aspects.

Some of it is other people. Powerful people. Rich people. Secret societies. These are examples of people who have learned about secrets. About energies. And through their understanding of Astrology have taken advantage ofthe energies to further their own plans.

But it may not just be people. What other realms are out there that we are not able to perceive? Is it spiritual? Dimensional? We have talks at length about Archontic energies. How might this affect us.

Where in the Woo Woo?

This introduction is not meant to go deeply into any of these topics (just a little intro) But it offers a glimpse of things that may be out there. And then ask you how far down the rabbit hole you might like to come with me.

We have been considering creating a sort of master class of individuals who are interested in finding out more about the world around us – especially the part of the world around us we have been trained not to look at. Call them the dark corners and crevices.

The Mainstream has done its level best to hide them and distract from them. All the while they are often hoarding and coveting this information for themselves.

Despite their best efforts, some of it has gotten out. I hope to shed some light on it. Open people’s eyes and then open some doors as well.

It’s a Mystery – Like a School

What does it take to join? Very little for now. Just the willingness to read and a request that you share your own experiences when asked.

I will be starting this trek under the filter of Harry Potter. I love the Harry Potter series for many reasons. For most, it is just a fictional story about a boy who just happens to be a wizard. Whether intentionally or not, the stories then reveal so much more that a cute little story about good vs evil.

There are secrets in his world. Monstrous secrets. Some of them amazing. Some of them sinister. Other’s seemingly benign.

We will range all over. Often returning to Hogwarts. Sometimes visiting other starry realms, but usually relating them right back here to our own lives here in Gaia’s garden.


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Where Gardening, Harry Potter and The Zombie Apocalypse Meet


A funny thing happened on the way to the Quora today.

I came across a funny question that somehow brought these things together. The Question:

If humans disappear, and the only thing that survives is a Harry Potter book, would a species discovering it believe that it’s actual history?

You can read the question and answer here on Quora.

Now you may be asking, “What the hell is Quora and why on earth are they talking about this?” If you are unfamiliar with Quora, I will let you know that it is a wonderful Timesuck.

Quora is a social network allows people to pose questions about different subjects and encourage answers and discussion. You choose the subjects you see and jump in if you have an interest in the question.

For bloggers and other online marketers, it is an amazing little piece of social media. It allows you to answer questions and promote yourself as the “expert” in a certain esoteric field. Preferably its a field that might be interested in what you have to say (or sell).

When I started on Quora (last spring at some point), my interests were astrology, prepping and gardening. By connecting with these communities, I could see what others were talking about. And then write articles on these subjects. That way, I could come back and link the articles as another form of social proof in answering a question.

Early on, I decided to opt out of the Astrology discussions. I found that most of the questions were about Horoscope astrology. It took a lot of time to sift through it and I had no interest in most of it.

Now What about Harry Potter and Zombies?

So with the question I noted above, a couple of my favorite subjects came together. I follow the harry Potter discussion group. That started last May when I began reading the Harry Potter books again. This has become an annual thing – usually at the beginning of the summer. And as I am finding, the other followers of this group are way dorkier than myself – as if that was possible.

But as the question goes, it is like a Dead Sea Scrolls kind of find. What would this piece of pop fiction say to an extra terrestrial or our 2000 year ancestors in the future. Now forget for a moment the Harry Potter part of this equation. Chane the conditions of this story and make it about the Zombie Apocalypse.

Call it a Noah’s Ark flood. Another example is the movie 2012, where the crust of the Earth displaces and everyone dies. Author Graham Hancock talks about this in his books Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods.  Mr. Hancock suggests that the timing the the Flood of Noah may be provable in the archeological record.

And if you consider that civilized society could have existed (think Atlantis), and a flood covered the Earth, who would be left?

Imagine now if the Earth were to be hit by an asteroid, causing a catastrophic flood. Or a Volcano. Or a nuclear war. Would EVERYTHING be incinerated? Would there be survivors? What would happen to them  with all the trappings of life taken from them? No libraries. No internet. Food Shelter Clothing gone. Society gone. It would be full on survival mode. The strongest, the bravest, the smartest survive.

It is against that backdrop that you consider how they might see that Harry Potter novel. Ignore that they would have to figure out the language (remember how long it took history to remember how to read Hieroglyphics). Place it against the backdrop of a new reality. How would they see it?


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What am I Reading?

Feed Your Head

How much do you read?

I am an avid reader and tend to have 2-3 books going at a time – in addition to my all too large doses of social media and the News of the Day. Some are for fun. Some are because I want to learn something. Some to pass the time. Also in order to be sure I have something to do while in waiting rooms or lines at the store or pharmacy. I hate being caught out somewhere, bored, with nothing to do.

Feed Your HeadI saw a meme a while back that questioned how many books people have read since they left school. With a little research at Google, there was a study done noting that approximately 28% of people (I guess in the US, but it did not say), do not read any books within the course of a year (the study was done in 2015). And this was up from 21% back in 2011. Considering that I read about 40 books per year, I find this disturbing.

But more important is the question????

What do you read?

You have heard the saying, garbage in, garbage out. The question goes to what you are feeding yourself on an intellectual level. As we remember what the Dormouse said. The Law of Attraction says you become what you think. So what are you filling your mind with?

As I noted, I am usually reading a number of things. And I would like go into them, because they are fresh on my mind.

Eat Well Move Well Live Well

If you have reading Astrogardens from the beginning, you recall that I was on a cleansing diet in May. The diet basically cut out all unnatural sugar and processed foods. I did spectacularly, losing 20 lbs. But since completing it, the pounds are coming back. The authors of the diet (Roland and Galina Denzel) wrote a more extensive book about cleaner and more healthy living, which I have been reading since June. The idea is that I would really like to keep the pounds off. I am happier being a little slimmer. My pants fit. I have less joint pain. I sleep better. And I feel better about myself eating healthier food. It is more like a textbook – so I am reading it slowly.

Lost Ways

This is a book that has been heavily promoted on social media for years. The description on amazon says:

Lost Ways
Lost Ways

“The SHTF we all prep for is what folks 150 years ago called daily life: no electrical power, no refrigerators, no Internet, no computers, no TV, no hyperactive law enforcement, and no Safeway or Walmart. The Lost Ways prepares you to deal with worst-case scenarios with the minimum amount of resources just like our forefathers lived their lives, totally independent from electricity, cars, or modern technology whatsoever, which means you’ll also be bulletproof against the ever-increasing threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse, a Powerful Economic Breakdown, Famines, and Natural Disasters.”

Decent description IMHO, especially using the SHTF (Shit Hits the Fan). I have wanted it for a long time because it is so well promoted. Maybe it is the way they introduce subjects – asking an open ended question. It is done in the same effective way as on Ancient Aliens or 48 hours mysteries. It draws you in until you can not wait to read the next line.

I have wanted this book for a long time and decided to buy it last Friday (maybe it was because I was cruising Facebook after drinking a 6-pack, but who knows). It is a little expensive ($37 plus shipping – unless I had used the special price link when you search it on google and got the same thing for $22. Oh Well. Live and Learn.) But so far, I have loved it.

Click Here to buy it if You are interested using the better price.

Lost Ways reads like the Almanac – interesting advice for living life as they did 100 years ago when you could not go down to the corner drug store and had to grow and can a lot of your own food – or hunt and be able to store it. If I was treating Astrogardens like a business, I would be able to write this off as an expense. Call it R&D. This advice is amazing and I plan to share and deep dive a lot of the things I am reading about.

Survivalist bookWhat Every Survivalist Should Grown in His Backyard

This was one of the Free gifts that came with Lost Ways. And it is a great resource. The book goes through a lot of different plants that you should consider having in your backyard that are pretty easy to grow and damn useful in a pinch.

Honestly I was just as interested in this book as I was in Lost Ways, as the way it is presented is a lot like how I wanted to write in this blog. In fact, one of the first entries is about the plant Arugula. I read that yesterday and then went out and harvested some leaves for our salad last night out of my garden.

Harry Potter

As it goes, I have read the Harry Potter each summer for the last 3 years. I have just started the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, on Saturday. Last year or the year before I also read the Screenplay book for Harry Potter and Harry PotterThe Cursed Child. I was excited for something new, but after reading it would suggest forgetting it unless you have a real jones for screenplays. It did nothing for me and the story was not as engaging as the series.

As for the Harry Potter series, I recommend it for a multitude of reasons. 1) I like to read Young Adult novels. As a copywriter, it helps with flow. YA writers tend to keep sentence structure simple and plot lines linear. For what I do, that is important and it is good to immerse myself in that style of writing. While I am at it, I also enjoy the hell out of the stories.

Also, 2) Someone else’s conspiracy is a lot less stressful that the real life crap that is going on. It is an escape from there here and now and just as entertaining as the 20 foot tall Baby Trump Balloon flying over London last weekend. Didn’t Harry blow up his aunt as a balloon at the beginning of Prisoner of Azkaban?

And 3) It provides me with inspiration. Especially now with Astrogardens. Harry faces so many of the same themes that I have begun discussing now. Government conspiracies, good and evil, Good guys vs bas actors, fake news. I would not be surprised if you hear more about Harry here. I am thinking of writing a Harry Potter themed ebook in the near future. Watch for it.

So if you are counting, Since May, that makes 11 books. And that is not counting the news on the net.