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14 Apr

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Blue Water Family acknowledges each of the Equinox and Solstice transits during the year. We do this in order to remind one and all of the connection between Humanity and Nature.

The Dogon of Mali West Africa, describe the change of season based on the position in the heavens.

A Dogon High Priest seated holding his flail of authority

The Sun of the north refers to the trajectory of the sun’s path, reaching the highest point high in the sky. In the Uk this will give us the longest day of the year, during our Summer Season. The Sun of the middle refers to the trajectory of the sun’s path, reaching the middle position in the heavens. In the UK and everywhere else on earth, this will give us equal day and equal night time hours twice a year, in March and in September, Spring and Autumn respectively. The Sun of the South refers to the trajectory of the Sun’s path, making its shortest journey low in the heavens, from east to west giving us here in the UK the shortest day of the year, during our Winter Season.

In astronomy The zenith is the “highest” point on the celestial sphere.

In astronomy, the meridian is the great circle passing through the celestial poles, the zenith, and the nadir (point directly below the zenith) of an observer’s location.

 

 

The Seasons Do Not Discriminate

 

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  We Are All A percentage of Each Other

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We All Live Here

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Happy Earth Day 2019

22 Apr

“…Age of darkness. Age of light. Age of industry. Age of pollution and blight…”

The above preview is taken from Amunet’s Fables book 7 ‘Crystalline Towards The Grid’ in the fable ‘Is This Earth?’ and is referring to the irreversible damage being caused by industrialisation and the slow death of our planet. The Earth Day Celebration is featured in the story and it is Earth Day today…

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What are Earth Day protestors so concerned about? Studies have found that the impact of atmospheric pollutants are directly impacting earths fauna and flora in ways never before seen in the history of our planet. Trees and plants are our main source of oxygen, so when the last tree dies, the last human will follow. This really is a matter of life and death. Researcher Aida Cuni Sanchez has done extensive research on the negative impact of global warming on our planet and has written the following article:

Nine out of 13 of Africa’s oldest and largest baobab trees have died in the past decade, it has been reported. These trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years old, appear to be victims of climate change. Scientists speculate that warming temperatures have either killed the trees directly or have made them weaker and more susceptible to drought, diseases, fire or wind.

Old baobabs are not the only trees which are affected by climatic changes. Ponderosa pine and pinyon forests in the American West are dying at an increasing rate as the summers get warmer in the region. In Hawaii, Ohi’a trees are also dying at faster rates than previously recorded.

Since baobabs produce only faint growth rings, researchers used radiocarbon dating to analyse samples taken from different parts of each tree’s trunk and determined that the oldest (which is now dead) was more that 2,500 years old.

They also have more than 300 uses. The leaves, rich in iron, can be boiled and eaten like spinach. The seeds can be roasted to make a coffee substitute or pressed to make oil for cooking or cosmetics. The fruit pulp has six times more vitamin C than oranges, making it an important nutritional complement in Africa and in the European, US and Canadian markets.


The fruit of the baobab tree is rich in vitamin C, making it an important nutritional supplement  (Aida Cuní Sanchez)

Locally, fruit pulp is made into juice, jam, or fermented to make beer. The young seedlings have a taproot which can be eaten like a carrot. The flowers are also edible. The roots can be used to make red dye, and the bark to make ropes and baskets.

Baobabs also have medicinal properties, and their hollow trunks can be used to store water. Baobab crowns also provide shade, making them an idea place for a market in many rural villages. And of course, the trade in baobab products provides an income for local communities.

Baobab trees also play a big part in the cultural life of their communities, being at the centre of many African oral stories. They even appear in The Little Prince, the most famous book byAntoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Cultivating baobab

Baobab trees are not only useful to humans, they are key ecosystem elements in the dry African savannas. Importantly, baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion. They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals, including birds, lizards, monkeys and even elephants – which can eat their bark to provide some moisture when there is no water nearby. The flowers are pollinated by bats, which travel long distances to feed on their nectar. Numerous insects also live on the baobab tree.

Ancient as they are, baobab trees can be cultivated, as some communities in West Africa have done for generations. Some farmers are discouraged by the fact that they can take 15-20 years to fruit – but recent research has shown by grafting the branches of fruiting trees to seedlings they can fruit in five years.

Many “indigenous” trees show great variation in fruit morphological and nutritional properties – and it takes years of research and selection to find the best varieties for cultivation. This process, called domestication, does not refer to genetic engineering, but the selection and cultivation of the best trees of those available in nature. It seems straightforward, but it takes time to find the best trees – meanwhile many of them are dying.

The death of these oldest and largest baobab trees is very sad, but hopefully the news will motivate us to protect the world’s remaining large baobabs and start a process of close monitoring of their health. And, hopefully, if scientists are able to perfect the process of identifying the best trees to cultivate, one day they will become as common in our supermarkets as apples or oranges.

Aida Cuni Sanchez is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of York. This article first appeared on TheConversation.com 

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A Joyful Solstice Reflection

21 Dec

THE LONGEST NIGHT

The December solstice in the northern hemisphere alludes to Spiritual transformation and creativity both of which are internal processes, both of which take place in the darkness, in the depths of our being, called by many names and variously described at different levels as the soul, the spirit, the direct connection to the source of all things, our connectedness to nature, and the Collective unconscious as coined by Carl Jung.

The name itself is derived from the Latin ‘Sol’ meaning the sun and ‘sistere’ meaning to stand. The combined variations are ‘solstitium’ or solstice. The sun standing still is alluding to the fact that during the solstice transits, the sun will either reach its highest point in the sky and we experience the longest day or reach the lowest point in the sky and we experience the longest night. On both occasions during the days following the actual event of the tilt towards or away from the sun, the sun will appear to be standing still before it changes direction and takes us towards spring or autumn.

Spiritually the sun is said to die and is reborn again around 25th December. Numerous winter festivals are based on the movements of the celestial bodies in the heavens which are used to provide guidance on how humanity should live. This was the case in ancient Egypt which although contested, predates Christianity by thousands of years. The iconography, deities, and symbolism from around the world and in the major world religions, can be found in ancient Egypt: The birthplace of marking time and the first written calendar.

DR CHARLES S. FINCH III

Eminent scholar, author and African Indigenous Priest, Dr Charles S. Finch III reminds us to acknowledge the solstice transit and immerse ourselves in the energy of the full moon, which falls on the day after today’s auspicious event. For more knowledge of self and the universe visit with Dr Finch here: http://www.charlessfinch.com/

THE SUN AND THE MOON

Universally we have come to view this time of year as a time to celebrate life with family and friends. December is also a time to take stock and make plans for the coming year. Be reminded that the Sun and the Moon help us to mark time. For those who need help with time management and goal setting, preview a free taster online training here:https://wayt1.teachable.com/

A FUN QUIZ

Now for a little bit of Fun with the chance to win a copy of Amunet’s Fables: A Time For Everything. Most of the information can be found here on the Blue Water Family blog.

Answer the following questions and send your answers here:https://www.amunetsfables.com/about/contact_us/

1. What is the name of the temple in the image above and where is it located?

2. What is the connection of the above temple to the Solstice sunrise?

3. What do the Dogons of Mali call the December Solstice and why?

4. Who is Osiris and what does he represent?

5. What is Hathor’s crown a symbol of?

6. What physically happens during the December Solstice?

7. What is the spiritual significance of the December Solstice?

8. When did Team Blue Water Family host the lecture series and workshops entitled An Audience With Dr. Finch, name the month and the year?

Vision Well For Yourself And Others.

Unlocking Your Time

7 Dec

Online Time Management Training Sponsored by ‘A Time For Everything’

Dear Reader,

December 2018 is here! Need I remind you what time it is? Family Time Winter Festivals and Time to Take Stock; Shorter Days, Longer Nights and at this time of year, be reminded that Your Creative Juices are Flowing. Keep warm and get excited. The next thing to plan for is the new year…

Need any help with structuring your time for 2019 and beyond?

If the answer is NO well done, I hope you share your method with others and share this content with them too.

If the answer is YES and you need some guidance, I am happy to share the process I have created to help you get things done, and because I regularly review my progress, I am able to share the does and don’ts.

What is on offer? An online Training Course Just For You. The course is self-paced with, inspirational, motivational and transformational content, including a chat room where you can ask questions and read what others are saying.

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19 Nov

It’s always good to feel good about things going well in your life. There is a sense of calm and a willingness to let go.

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October New Moon 2018

9 Oct

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What’s new and different for you right now? Are you working on an important project or planning an exciting journey? Have you made new friends? Are there changes in your family, either events to celebrate or problems to overcome? What ever is happening right now, is being influenced by what is happening in the heavens.

The rise and fall of water on earth is controlled by the combined gravitational pull of the sun and the moon. During the Full and New moon phase we experience maximum tides. High tides and low tides are at there most extreme. Today is the October New Moon. We know it is there but we can not see it at this time, as it is in the shadow. The spiritual significance of the new moon, is one of new beginnings in all areas of life. We dream in the night with our eyes closed, this…

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The Harvest Full Moon 2018

25 Sep
Today is the September full moon representing the completion of a cycle. This moon cycle is also referred to as the harvest moon, it’s the one which is closest to the September Sun of the Middle (also called the equinox), a time to reflect on our achievements and clear the way going forwards. Blue Water Family has been creating events to celebrate the change of season with the London based global family,  for the past 8 years. It would not have been possible without the energy of the well wishers and supporters. We would like to thank all the presenters, authors, performers, musicians, volunteers, photographers, venue managers, the chefs, and a special mention to all the brave vox-pop super stars for making the gatherings so special. Going forwards, the lead consultant is available to assist you with your own seasonal events. Here are a few reminders of all the good times we have had so far.
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Happy Sun of The Middle September 2018

23 Sep
It’s about that time again, the second sun of the middle for the year. As we know, this month marks a turning point towards winter (in the northern hemisphere) or summer (in the southern hemisphere). All the seasonal changes remind us to reflect on what has gone before, what we are doing now and what we can look forward to in the future. When we review and consolidate our knowledge and experiences, we are better able to make sense of our emotional connection to the past, the present and the future.

FIVE  YEARS  OF  SERVICE

The first Blue Water Family post was shared with the world in 2013. We have since gone on to share many more. Take a look at our archived posts. Many thanks to all the contributors, sponsors and scholars. We will continue to share and update you dear reader. Thank you for your visit. Come back again soon. blue water family is 5 this year Sponsored by Amunet’s Fables Lessons in Soul Survival available in Paperback and E-book on 5 platforms see below:

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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WOMEN’S US OPEN 2018 CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT

9 Sep

 

So there is a new winner of the Women’s US Open Tennis tournament. Well done and congratulations to both players. The funny thing is, in book 6 of the Amunet’s Fables series, there is a short story called ‘Shadows Fighting’ and in this short story there is a character called Naomi… a reminder perhaps, that change is the only constant…in more ways than one… Additionally the author has been known to tap into the the stream of time belonging to the intuitive empaths… perhaps this is yet another example…

Why not have a read of CELESTIAL CREATE YOUR OWN HEAVEN see what you think and do leave a comment to share with others. You are welcome.

Film Maker and Life Coach Nuakai Aru has already reviewed the book and has this to say:

“Celestial – Create Your Own Heaven introduces the reader to a group of fables which cleverly reveals the nuances of cause and effect, breaking family curses, releasing emotions and transformation through strife”

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