Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Each Beat of the Heart


Just as the sun sets for many of us, the sun will reach that point in the sky called the vernal or the spring equinox. The time I heard on the radio this morning will be 7:07. The time on this chart is 0:07 on the 21st. Since we are five hours behind London and Zulu time that makes sense I guess.

I've written about the equinox before, but just in case you missed it, here is Wikipedia on the subject

"An equinox in astronomy is the event when the Sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year. More technically, the equinox happens when the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect.

In a wider sense, the equinoxes are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth. The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night)."

Today, when the sun sets it will be due west headed for the north. Tomorrow, when it rises, it will be due east, also headed for the north. This spring equinox occurs in late Pisces, just as the fall equinox appears in Virgo.

It, like the first and third quarters of the moon, is a time of equality. Energy can flow in such a balanced state, yet paradoxically, you may find these times to be difficult days for negotiation. Today is also the first day after the new moon, thus astrologically, it is even more difficult, because life and emotion are more related and intertwined during new moon cycles.

"In an earlier era, the Equinox marked New Year's Day (in Christian times taken on by Lady Day up to 1752 when the Gregorian Calendar was introduced in England). It is still the beginning of the year in various calendars, including the Iranian and the Bahai. Astrologically, the March Equinox marks the beginning of the tropical astrological year, being the entry of the Sun into the Cardinal, Fire Sign of Aries, the Ram. Aries is traditionally ruled by Mars, so the ancient Roman festivals of the equinox centered around Mars (hence the name of the month "March").

The name "Easter" derives from the ancient fertility festival of the goddess Eostre, the teutonic goddess of spring. All cultures have spring festivals of this type and the Vernal Equinox is still widely celebrated as a holiday in many countries across the world."

Ours, of course is still more than a couple of weeks away. (Not counting Spring Break)

All of this brings me to the real purpose of this post which is to say that with this day, earthfamilyalpha is now an org, a net, and a com. You can can even type in earthfamilyalpha.org and it goes right to the blog. You can also type in earthfamilyalpha.net and it too forwards to the blog.

You can even write me now at Oz@earthfamilyalpha.org.

You can also write SB at SB@earthfamilyalpha.org.

In theory, Earthfamilyalpha.org will become a true cooperative organization. It would be like your handy food coop, except instead of buying groceries together, we would buy insurance together, and health plans, or perhaps green energy together. We might even have giant virtual conventions together. Earthfamilyalpha.org would assist us with passports and border clearings. It would provide us with a new global passport.

Earthfamilyalpha.net would become our networking arm. It would provide the best communication service, the most advanced cell phone/computer hardware, computer support, site hosting, and all other things net. We would work with Skype or its equivalent to establish a global earthfamilyalpha phone book. Earthfamilyalpha.net would provide each of us with new global communication and computer capabilities.

Earthfamilyalpha.com might become the business hard asset side of things. It might own real estate all over the world. In certain areas, it might own a fleet of vehicles or at least have premium access to existing rental fleets. Members would be able to rent and swap living space. We might use each others cars, maybe even trade carbon allotments.

Of course, I still have to perfect the negative carbon emission solar power plant that my other business partners and I have been working on for the last 10 years. I want to begin to build the first super earthships before we get too old to enjoy them. I would like to once again begin testing the electro magnetic solar energy receiver (EMASER) which will protect and cool our overheated cities as it provides increased solar flux to solar power plants outside of the protection zone. And, I still have several more books in my head that seem to want to escape from the dungeons of the mind. When I consider that all of this needs to be done in the next two decades or so, a small birdie tells me that it is possible that all of this won't get done.

But no truly great work or works is finished in one lifetime.

There are many lifetimes and generations that lay in the wake of humankind's voyage towards a truly advanced civilization. And our lives and our energy will be treated no differently.

But somehow, given the extraordinary nature of our challenges,

and the generational legacies that our choices will create,

It seems that maybe we should all exert ourselves here,

and now.

We have a new year,

a new moon,

and the chance of renewed life.

And we have it each day, each moment,

each beat of the heart.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I think of how long things take, I think of the farmer/rancher who
discovered all the water on his land and figured it would make a good
energy source. It took him thirty-five years from that time til LCRA's
hydro system was developed, or so I read somewhere. and the man who
developed a whole series of wonderful roses took about that long. So I
figure that is the usual amount of time it takes to make wonderful things
happen. After all, part of the wonder of it is the process and the growth
of the persons involved in working on making it happen.

Marge, who wouldn't mind living in an earth ship if it were bigger than
the ones I've seen. You should go to Buffalo Gap, south of Abilene, and
see the underground house made of a big concrete box on its side. The top
has windows and so does the east side, plus a door. The south side is the
open side of the box. There is a big fireplace in the middle of the open
side plus big windows. It has three bedrooms, plus usual amenities.
Really nice. The roof is covered with grass and you can walk up to it.


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