Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is climate breakdown to blame? By Oliver Milman

What is a hurricane, exactly?

A hurricane is a large rotating storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters in the Atlantic. These low pressure weather systems draw upon warm water and atmospheric moisture to fuel their strength and will gather pace if not slowed by patches of dry air, crosswinds or landfall.

“They are very tall towers of winds that move at the same speed, sometimes 60,000ft tall,” says Jim Kossin, a scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “If they are unmolested by wind shear or run over land they will continue on their merry way.”

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Why do we feel so good in nature? Why does nature heal? The top 10 reasons BY: Kris Abrams

Earth, rivers, mountains and trees! Silent canyons, babbling creeks, and growing green gardens! If you spend time in nature, you’ve probably noticed that you feel happier out there than in here.

But why? One of the better known theories, the “biophilia hypothesis,” suggests that we love nature because we evolved in it. We need it for our psychological well-being because it’s in our DNA. This theory rings true to me. But it’s so broad, it also leaves me grasping for more. What is it about nature and our relationship to it, that brings us so much joy?

I’ve been asking this question for some years now. I’ve studied Ecopsychology, wilderness therapy, and nature-based therapy. In my private psychotherapy practice, I work with clients in nature and bear witness to their experiences. And personally, I spend as much time as I can in nature. Putting all of this together, I’ve developed my own ideas about why nature makes us feel good and helps us heal. Here are the top ten:

10) Nature teaches you that there is nothing wrong with you. Consider:

  • When you’re in nature, you don’t have to look at advertising that tries to convince you there’s something wrong with you, in order to sell a product. Nor do you have to look in mirrors. Instead, you’re either focused on the setting around you, or on what you are doing, like climbing, setting up a tent, or gardening. Studies show that people’s body image improves when we spend time in nature, and I think this is part of the reason why.
  • When you’re alone in nature, or with a loving friend or group of people, you get sweet relief from sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and all the other ways we oppress, stigmatize and belittle one another.
  • On the contrary, nature displays incredible diversity in all her glory. There are fat trees and skinny ones, short ones and tall ones. Within a single clump of yellow flowers, you might see a pink one and realize that it’s a mutation. In nature, we don’t say ‘How wrong! That flower is different; that tree is fat!’ Instead, we say, ‘How beautiful!’ This impacts us below the level of thought.

9) Time slows down.

Urgency, deadlines, and “clock time,” as measured by hours, minutes and seconds, melt away. Clocks teach us to abandon the natural rhythms of our bodies and the

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10 WAYS TO HONOR YOUR INNER GODDESS

In our yang-driven world where action and accomplishment reign supreme, it’s easy to neglect our yin-ness, the softer side of us that prefers to be, not do. As women especially, connecting with our feminine energy on a regular basis is vital to our sense of self, hormonal health and overall happiness. Ancient Goddess traditions understood and honored the many gifts of the divine feminine, and reclaiming them now can be just the balance us modern goddesses need.

If you’re ready to reignite your own feminine magic, here are 10 ways to get started:

  1. Guard your being time

Take back your feminine power by booking in some much needed me time to reconnect with your inner self. Whether it’s morning meditation, an afternoon catnap or watching the sunset, treat this time like any other appointment by not canceling on yourself to do the laundry or more work.

  1. Be open to receiving

Receptivity is the essence of feminine energy, enabling us to live in the flow instead of frustration. Next time someone offers you a compliment or support, graciously say, Thank you! And don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, kids, peers and professionals. Remember, the more you allow yourself to receive, the more you have to give.

  1. Surround yourself with beauty

Turn your personal space into a goddess sanctuary by clearing out clutter and adding things that delight your senses and your spirit. Try beautiful plants and fresh flowers, lush fabrics, wind chimes, sea shells, crystals or other gifts from Mama Earth. Adorn your walls with art and pictures that uplift and inspire you. Make every part of your home fit for the goddess that you are.

  1. Nourish your dreams

Just as we conceive and support babies in our wombs, the Goddess approach to manifesting our desires is to nurture them while they are still ideas and daydreams. As we cultivate quiet time to connect with our inner vision and guidance, we take action from a place of joy and trust. In doing so, we birth our dreams into being in divinely inspired ways and divinely perfect time, just as we do our babies.

  1. Slow down and relish

Multitasking is not the way of the Goddess, especially when it comes to appreciating life’s simple pleasures. Instead, become fully present and engage all your senses to enjoy daily delights: inhale the scent of your morning coffee and sip it slowly, let a piece of chocolate melt in your mouth, stop power walking and savor the sights.

  1. Love your body

Aphrodite had small breasts, a soft belly and full hips. Her huntress niece goddess Artemis was lanky and lean. Do you think they apologized for their shapes? Heck no. They owned their bodies’ divinity to express their goddess’ gifts, be they love or tenacity. Embrace your own body as a beautiful, sacred vessel for your spirit to experience itself and treat it with the love and reverence it deserves. Try it out with this flow sequence flow sequence based on the goddess Lakshmi, who represents beauty and abundance.

  1. Live from your heart

We are naturally feeling beings, but life’s busyness can hinder us from hearing the voice of our hearts – the true source of our happiness. Reconnect by placing your hands on your chest and resting your awareness in this sacred space. Here, the mind’s constant activity will surrender to the heart’s calm clarity, leading you to live in greater faith and deeper love.

  1. Connect with Mother Nature

Instantly connect with Goddess energy by spending time with Mother Earth. Walk barefoot on the grass and lie on the ground. Release all your cares to her for healing and transmutation. Allow her to hold you in her loving embrace and fill you with maternal love. Doing this regularly will help you become a strong and grounded goddess in your own world.

  1. Honor your boundaries

Forget trying to please everyone and love yourself enough to say no to draining demands. Bless and release toxic relationships and patterns while keeping the lessons and growth. Stand firm in the power of an authentic no. A goddess isn’t a superwoman who does it all, but a happy woman who does only what she wants and values.

  1. Infuse your life with ritual

Goddess traditions, like those in this practice with Sianna Sherman  are rich with ritual, because they bring deeper meaning and sacredness to any act. Invite extra blessings into your daily activities by turning them into mini ceremonies. A great place to start is your existing sadhana (daily spiritual practice), by perhaps creating a meditation altar where you can light a candle, burn incense, play music and offer flowers.

While effort and achievement will always have their place in the world, balancing them with sacred feminine practices will bring us much greater flow and fulfillment. As we learn to be as much as we do, the inner Goddess and God meet in divine union, creating perfect yin-yang harmony within and without. Now that is something worth striving for.

By Gaia Staff 

Goddess Knowledge – Gaia

This week we are going to find out more about the Goddess Gaia. Which is also another name given to Mother Earth by Neo-Pagans. 

GAIA

Gaia existed before everything; she existed before time. Gaia, the eternal, prehistoric earth mother goddess,, is fertility incarnate, moist, mysterious, strong. She is life energy itself; everything that lives, breathing or not, overflows with her life. She is the earth and all powers of the earth. Gaia is not always a consoling goddess: standing for life and generation without thought of consequence, she has energy and a power that must be approached carefully. All bodies eventually return to her, into the black, fertile earth, to be devoured and to receive her life to live again. As goddess of the soul, Gaia reminds us that the soul develops in dark places and that ultimately soul must be rooted in the body, in earth. She is a reminder that we must ground ourselves into the reality of nature and incorporate all sides of ourselves, be the pleasant or unpleasant, light or dark.

For more information about Gaia click on this general search link: Information about Gaia

Gaia is also known as Mother Earth here is a link for more information on this name for the same Goddess: Information about Mother Earth

Link for a general search for images of Gaia:Images of Gaia

The general search for images of Mother Earth is basically the same as for Gaia.

The Water Priestess

The water calls to us, and some of us it calls out to and then charges us with a task; work for the water. Water is our life; it runs through our veins and it is in danger.  Danger of being threatened and polluted beyond repair. Once in antiquity women were called to tend the waters, to work with sacred springs and holy wells. They used it to sacredly bathe in groves before practicing oracular work and they worshiped and honored those spirits and deity that were born of the sea and dwelt within the water.

Remnants of history whisper of groups of maidens, often nine in number, being associated with goddesses either in their own role as sacred vessels or as priestess or attendants of a sacred body of water. Ireland, Scotland, Ancient Greece, old Norse, Iceland and many more references are scattered throughout folklore and history telling of ancient priestess who are priestess of water or strongly associated with it. Even after the priestess began to die down and Christianity rose to power, the water priestess remained, now in a new guise, one of the Christian Saint. Perfect examples are St. Keynes and St. Hilda both who were young women, performing miraculous acts and having sacred water spring up at their feet. Even still later in the remote villages of Europe, women (and sometimes men) would become well attendants, and for a price perform magic and spells often of healing at the site of ancient and holy wells.Water since the beginning of time has been used to nourish us, to wash us, clean us, and quench our thirst. It has been revered by many cultures and treated as sacred. Today our current political climate is such that our precious water is in danger; danger of being used and abused beyond repair. But it calls to us, it reaches out through subtle vibrations and through voice and song in the quiet patter of rain drops and the fierce force of a wave and it calls to us, beckons to us to heal it, protect it, revive it and revere it.

A straight but broken line connects these water priestess to us today; when the call of the water is heard again by modern spiritual and magical women. Women who are connected to the spirit realm, and often embrace different forms of magical practice such as metaphysics and witchcraft who have been awakened to the words and whispers of the water. Spirits of ancient and hidden wells are calling to these modern priestess in dreams, beckoning them to come and find the ancient well, clean it and revive the old practices. Women are being called to perform rituals to heal and bless the ocean, protect and champion the fresh water rivers that are in so much danger of destruction and we rise. We rise to this call, the water is speaking, the water is calling, and we listen.

Many modern Priestess’, who are trained in magic, energy work, trance, oracular work or divination, have begun to move and form practices at the shore with one collective goal in mind; heal the water, protect the water and revive the old practices that were lost, but still flow through our veins and pulsate with the life force of water. As their eyes fly across the pages of Dion Fortunes Sea Priestess looking for clues to the past, how we should practice and how it shall come to pass.

Rise up watery child

With the power of the Well, Fount and Spring

Hear the Water whisper

Hear the water sing

Children of the water rise,

into women under the Priestess guise.

Practicing rites, teaching the young

Uncovering mysteries that have just began to be sung.

Remember the ways of the water,

Rites of old, spells and stories yet to be told

Waters from the heavens fell

At their feet they bubble and swell

Remember where the water spirits dwell

At sacred spring, fount and well.

And when you have remembered

Hold it close and keep it treasured

Stir the cauldron, fill the vessel

Heal, Pray, Protect and Feed

Become the Water Priestess the world needs

I was one that heard the call and fearlessly I charged into the world with water at my feet and pulsing through my own veins. At times the mission unknown to my conscious mind, but feeling the tug, the push and pull and strong current at my feet; I dove in and I began the work. As my own work began to manifest and I began, at the will of the water to speak, write and teach I found others were profoundly moved by my words, my practice and my charge. Then I began to find others that needed just a tiny push and that could swim deeper than I and still I found others who of their own accord and that of the water began to listen and form their own practices. I met water priestess’ and well maiden and I knew that I was not the only one the water had charged with this mission.At one time water was honored for being sacred, time turned and these practices and ancient knowledge were lost with only puzzle pieces left to be found and pieced back together by those that are haunted by the waters words, do not let the old practices fade from memory, scour a forgotten tome and find the old ways. It is time to practice again, it is time!

Written by Annwyn Avalon