Snow White was Really Green?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, I was exposed to Disney pretty often. I grew up watching the movies and the cartoons and heard about the movies my mom watched when she was growing up. Like many children today, I feel in love with Disney and was excited when I was finally able to go there myself when I was growing up.

So today, when I was reading my green emails from Tree Hugger and I discovered that Walt himself was really an environmentalist, it made me proud. Especially growing up, I can remember wanting to recycle and care for the animals and the environment as much as I can. So, did Disney help spawn my love for the environment? It's really hard to tell actually, but at least it's something fun to think about.

Snow White was Really Green-Walt was an Environmentalist

Australian Building His Own Stonehenge

I was surfing Witchvox a few moments ago and stumbled upon this article. I thought it was quite intersting and something that should be passed on. If you've seen the real Stonehenge and would like to broaden your horizons, or would just like to visit a place that is more open to touching and what not, then this would definitely be something you may want to visit when it is completed.

"Pagans and druids, mark your calendars and book your airplane tickets. An Australian entrepreneur hopes to open a Stonehenge replica by the Dec. 21 solstice, just in time for New Age revelers.

"I'm doing it because I can," said Ross Smith, the former owner of a successful microbrewery business who plans to build the monument on his property in Western Australia.

The $1.26 million project, to be called The Henge, will include 101 granite stones arranged in an inner and outer circle, a central altar, and will span 110 feet."

You can read the full story here: Australian Building His Own Stonehenge

Cleansing your aura

Monday, March 24, 2008

Since Spring is here, it's time for Spring cleaning. But that does not mean just Spring cleaning your home. It means Spring cleaning your body and mind as well.

I know that sometimes I just feel off and 'dirty' as if my aura has accumulated something that it shouldn't have. It's really an uncomfortable feeling too. Walking around and feeling down or just really blah in general. One of the easiest things I have found to counteract this feeling, and to really cleanse my aura is to take a shower.

I begin my showering routine as usual, and cleanse my body. However, as the water cleanses my body, I see the water removing anything that should not be there. The stress of the day, illnesses, etc. I see this is black 'particles' if you will being removed by the water and running down the drain. After I feel it's gone, I see the water as an energizing life force putting good things back into my aura and into my body. And I finish my shower as usual.

This is great if you don't have a lot of time to center yourself during your day. Extra time isn't needed as this can be accomplished during your daily routine. Of course, if you do not want to do the shower cleanse, or prefer to change up your routine every once in awhile, smudging yourself with sage is also a great aura cleanser. A salt bath works wonders as well, especially if you have more free time, and can be alone for awile.

Green Easter Goodies

I know I post a lot about green living, but it's important to me and I'm trying to pass the idea of green living onto everyone, including the Pagan community. Just because you're Pagan does not mean that green living is as important to you as it may be to some.

Secondly, I know it's past Easter, and I know you're probably wondering why I'd be posting about Easter on a Pagan blog, but let's face it, Ostara falls around Easter every year, and being Pagan does not mean that you don't celebrate Easter along with the rest of your family that is not Pagan.

Anyway, I discovered some green Easter items that I thought I'd pass on. According to the article I found, $14 billion will be (or has been) spent on Easter this year. So instead of putting all of that hard earned money into Easter products, why not try something different. Items that don't rely on tons of packaging or are actually made from nice, organic materials instead of that processed stuff. Besides, it's never really too late to celebrate the Spring season.

At least you can keep this in mind for next year. :)

Green Easter Goodies

Hello 3AM

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The past two nights I've played cards. Actually gotten up and stepped away from the computer for a few hours and done something different. And I can't believe how good it feels.

Unlike some (more like one) people that I know, I'm not a slave to the computer. Sure, when I'm home, I tend to be pretty bored and I'm here a lot, but I actually can manage to tear myself away and do other things. I don't have to sit here for three hours and then moan and complain when it's time to go do something productive. I get up and move on.

And tonight, actually moving away from the computer to do something normal, like playing cards was nice. I can't even understand the computer obsession anymore. What really is so popular about these things that you can't tear yourself away to actually accomplish something such as feeding yourself or actually seeing another human other than yourself. So you're not just conversing with blinking boxes.

I think I'll have to make it a point to do other normal things more often.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Earth Hour Update

Several entries back, I posted about Earth Hour, the event that began in Sydney that was now a national event. I didn't have an actual website for Earth Hour, and I must say I did not search hard for one, but I have come across the site now. Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is set to take place on March 29, 2008 at 8PM your local time. For one hour, you and your family will be spending one hour together in the dark. That means all lights get turned off. All extra running appliances get turned off. So, in a sense, you're just going to 'switch off' for an entire hour. Saving carbon emissions and becoming more at one and at peace with the world around you. How you spend your time during Earth Hour is up to you, as long as you do it in the dark.

Thousands of people and businesses around the world have signed up to participate in Earth Hour. Visit Earth Hour and sign up today to participate.

Low-cost ways to conserve water at home

It seems Yahoo has jumped on the green bandwagon. They now have an article section with green lifestyle tips. This article by Kendra Tupper is on conserving water at home, even on a budget. And, if you are using city water, these tips will also help you save money. Sometimes you have to spend money to help save money.

If you're trying to cut back on the water you use in the shower, from your toilet and doing everyday household chores like washing dishes or laundry then head on over to Yahoo and read Low-cost ways to conserve water at home

Full Moon Tonight

Friday, March 21, 2008

Since tonight is a full moon, why not make it a point to send some healing energy to a friend or the world. If you don't want to do anything major because of the Ostara celebrations, why not make some moon water.

Get some nice clean water (ocean water would be great) and put it into a bowl and set it outside tonight. Spend some time meditating on the Moon and all of Her energies tonight. Once you feel happy with your meditation, pour the water into a jar and seal the lid.

Be sure to use this water during the month in any spells that could use an extra energy boost from the Moon.

Blessed Ostara

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Today is the first day of Spring, and Ostara. We are finally seeing trees and other plants come back to life, the animals we haven't seen in months are out and about again. Not to mention, the winter weather is finally starting to drift away.

To Celebrate Ostara

Paint Eggs-Eggs are seen as a fertility symbol. And, if you happen to be rather closeted, painting eggs around this time won't get you too many strange looks. Paint them and use them in your ritual or other spring time spells.

Use Flowers and Bless Seeds-Place fresh flowers on your altar for Ostara. These help bring life into your home and help you feel in the Spring spirit. Bless seeds and instill in them your goals and wishes for the coming year. As they grow, as will your goals and wishes.

Clean House-Clean every nook and cranny of your home. Recycle items that you've been meaning to for months, donate clothing that you no longer wear, and finally clean under the fridge and those other hard to reach places. If you're comfortable with it and can use it, smudge your home with Sage. It will help break up those negative energies that have gotten themselves comfortable over the past few months.

Whatever you do, make sure you spend your Ostara with those you care about! Have a happy one!

How to recycle practically everything

Monday, March 17, 2008

Good news recyclers, there are markets for batteries and those other pesky items that you want to recycle but you just can't figure out how to do it. E-The Enviornmental Magazine recently published an article by Sally Deneen about the items you've always wanted to recycle but never knew how to.

Head over on to their site and read it, you just may end up surprised.

How To Recycle Practically Anything

Starhawk Denied Entry and Deported from Israel

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I'm sure you've heard about it by now, but if not, yes it's true. Starhawk, American activist and a big supporter of peace has been denied entry and was deported from Israel.

News articles are saying she was there to teach a permaculture course in northern West Bank as well as working with other Earth Activists to develop another project in the Bethlehem area.

Of course, this is a pretty big deal as Palestinians need to learn how to feed themselves considering access to resources is pretty tight right now.

If you would like to read the entire article on Starhawk's entry denial and deportation, you can find it here Starhawk Denied Entry and Deported from Israel.

Spells to get rid of unwanted guests

Friday, March 14, 2008

With the weekend here, it often means people are going to start visiting friends and family. Sometimes though, we want nothing to with those visitors so here are two spells to get rid of those unwanted guests.

To Make Unwanted Guests Leave Your Home
The first idea is great because you can do it without anyone questioning your actions. Just take your household broom and turn it upside down so the bristles face the ceiling. The guests should leave not long after. Or, if you are brave and are the type of person that makes guests take their shoes off when they come into your house, sprinkle a bit of salt in their shoes visualizing the guests leaving.

To Keep Unwanted Guests Away From Your Home
Dorothy Morrison talks about keeping unwanted guests away in her book, "Everyday Magic". She says that before you perform this spell, all family members should be inside the house first. Once everyone is inside, all door handles should be smeared with patchouli oil. Once the door handles are taken care of, Morrison says some of the oil should also be smeared across the thresholds. Once the spell is complete, all guests should stay away.

Battle of the Bags-Paper or Plastic

Thursday, March 13, 2008

MSN has a great article today on plastic and paper bags. The article looks at the environmental impact of both bags and the laws that certain states are trying to push so plastic bags are no longer used. Only a few states however seem to be pushing for no more plastics and reusable alternatives. The article is two pages long but a nice read if you care about the environment and the products you use. Battle of the Bags.

And if you are looking for more in depth information on plastic bags, reusable bags and your impact (either because of your high plastic bag usage or your constant reusuable bag usage). MSN also has an interactive center with a lot more information on what it takes to make plastic bags and what happens to the bags once they are tossed out and not recycled. There is also a wealth of more information. Battle of the Bags interactive center.

There is even a section on the states that are working towards phasing out plastic bags. There are not many states or area's of states trying to accomplish this yet, as the plastic industry is working on counter attacking the movement but it's still worth checking to see if your state is listed. Surprisingly, West Virginia is on the list. This was something I wouldn't have known if it weren't for the interactive center.

Time to unclutter your life

Spring is almost here. Literally. I always get in the mood to begin cleaning or getting rid of a lot of things that have accumulated over the year. I want to recycle paper (and I have plenty of it), I want to try and find a way to get rid of the other things I never use either. However I always find it difficult to get rid of those things that I no longer need, use or things that could be recycled to help reduce the clutter. And, I always want to find time to clean too. I like having a clean house when Spring comes in, it just feels right.

So, in the spirit of Spring cleaning, I've scoured the web and have found some really great articles on the topic of cleaning.

The first article I want to point out is great for figuring out if if you tend to unclutter your items or tend to clean more. Are you an Unclutterer or a cleaner? is a good place to start before you begin your Spring cleaning process.

The Minimalists Guide to Simple Housework is great because it gives several tips on how to clean quickly and easily. Daily cleanings, the article says is great because it makes tasks such as sweeping the floor an easier and not to mention quicker task. They also suggest meditating while doing certain chores to make them easier. Of course, it's moving meditation but it's still meditation none the less. Great way to clean and get in some quiet time all at once.

Since I'm a college student, and a freelance writer, I use my personal experiences to write some of my own articles on certain topics. Living in a dorm or a dorm setting for three years has helped me come to terms with how to clean and how to clean quickly. When Spring semester rolls around, you'll probably find your room cluttered with items from last semester that just haven't made it home yet. Not to mention, impending room inspections may weigh heavily on your mind. So, I bring you How To Clean Your Dorm Room in 10 Minutes or Less. I've also realized that by not cleaning daily, even for five minutes can make things a lot worse when it comes time to do a big clean out (and my home when I'm actually at home and not school, proves it).Save Time Cleaning by Cleaning Daily

I've definitely given you a lot to read today, so hopefully you'll become inspired to start cleaning. And let's hope it doesn't take as long this year as it usually does!

CO2 output must cease altogether, studies warn

Monday, March 10, 2008

The task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions enough to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures may be far more difficult than previous research suggested, say scientists who have just published studies indicating that it would require the world to cease carbon emissions altogether within a matter of decades.

Their findings, published in separate journals over the past few weeks, suggest that both industrialized and developing nations must wean themselves off fossil fuels by as early as mid-century in order to prevent warming that could change precipitation patterns and dry up sources of water worldwide.

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Pass it on! Do as much as you can, as often as you can. The time to recycle and cut back on your energy usage is now.

Earth Hour: Raise Environmental Awareness

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Like many college students I'm a member of the networking site Facebook. Facebook can be a good thing, especially when invites like the one I'm going to talk about randomly get sent to your inbox.

Earth Hour, according to the Facebook group started in Sydney Australia, and now they're trying to see how far they can take their event now. On March 29th at 8PM (your local time) you're going to simply turn off all of your lights for one hour. That's it. Turn off your lights for one hour and spend that time meditating. Light candles, meditate or spend an hour with family. Do something simple. And believe it or not, turning off your lights for one hour can have a big impact on the amount of carbon emissions released into the environment.

When this event happened in Australia, about 2.2 million people participated in the event. That amount of people turning their lights off just for one hour managed to reduce their carbon emissions by 10.2% which is like taking 48,000 cars off the road for an hour.

This would be an excellent event for everyone to participate in. The group says to tell everyone about it that I can, so I'm passing it on. I hope everyone can find time to participate.

Toronto Earth Hour

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Love

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Browsing today, I noticed a very intriguing article that I just had to highlight here. This article is adapted from a book written by Deepak Chopra called Kama Sutra.

None of this is my work. You can view the original post here.

Within every love story hides the wooing of the gods and goddesses. This is one area of life where the practical meets the mythical. For many people the experience of romantic love is their first experience of spirituality, although they may not know it.
The First Stage of Love: AttractionThe Law of Attraction states, "To be attractive, you have to be authentic." What makes a person attractive? The wisdom traditions tell us that attraction first and foremost comes from naturalness. Nothing is more beautiful than naturalness.
The Second Stage of Love: InfatuationThis law states that infatuation exists to open the door to a deeper, transcendent reality. Infatuation happens when the attraction between two people is so intense that it transports them beyond ordinary perception and the ordinary world becomes enchanted.
The Third Stage of Love: CommunionThe Law of Communion says that communion is contact of soul with soul. Communion is the sharing of spirit. Therefore, communion is the basis of trust. In this stage, lovers move into territory of the unknown, taking from each other what they did not possess alone.
The Fourth Stage of Love: IntimacyThe law of Intimacy states that in true intimacy flesh merges with flesh, and spirit with spirit. In intimacy, sexual energy and spiritual energy are recognized as one. Sexual energy is seen as the creative energy of the universe.
The Fifth Stage of Love: Surrender and Non-AttachmentThe Law of Surrender says that losing yourself in another person is the best way to find your true self. Surrender is the result of relinquishing the ego's last claims to separation. Surrender and non-attachment open the door to the miraculous, because miracles exist outside the realm of I, me, and mine.
The Sixth Stage of Love: PassionThe Law of Passion says that higher reality is experienced in the merging of the masculine and the feminine in one's own being. Passion for life and passion in love are the same thing. This is because life, in its essence, is love.
The Seventh Stage of Love: EcstasyThe Law of Ecstasy says that ecstasy is our original state. This is where we come from, the Garden of Eden, the state of grace to which we shall one day return. Ecstasy is the final stage of intimacy with spirit that flows through love.

Helping People and the Environment Just By Using Your Mouse

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Armchair activism is becoming quite popular. Some just do not have the time to to volunteer long hours after they do everything they have to do during the day. Some prefer not to volunteer but to give money. However, there are some people that just cannot afford to give their time or their money. Thankfully there is another option. Simple banner clicking using your computer mouse.

Care2 is one place you can go to click. You can sign up for an account or not, it's up to you. Signing up for an account means they track your clicking and how much you've helped during your time there. You can click once a day and help everything from removing carbon emissions to children and animals. And when you click, you know who the money is going to. The money is sponsored by advertisers that want to help too.

The Hunger Site The hungersite is really another site you can go to that will take you to several other places where you can help too. You can help feed the hungry, help animals, help literacy and other things just by visiting the above link. You can also buy fair trade items and other items that also help fund programs that help what they want to achieve. Visit them and click every day.

You will feel better that you've helped someone after you've visited the sites above. Happy clicking!