This is what a sunflower is supposed to look like. All things being equal, you plant the seed in March or April (not outdoors in Scotland; on a windowsill or in the greenhouse, because it’s 57degrees N 2ºW where I am: that’s the latitude of Juneau, Alaska); water, love, watch and wait. About the last week of May it’s usually all right to plant it out into the garden. And in any given summer, Nature takes over and you get a sunflower: you know that big yellow thing with petals circling round a yellowish – sometimes blackish – centre, which bees love and when the seed sets, birds come and perch all day, pecking.
An attribute to any garden: that’s what they say in the horticultural centres and supermarkets across Britain: there, of course, they’re trying to sell you a potted plant because they think you haven’t been on the ball enough to plant your own from seed.
I do it every year. I plant seeds from last year’s sunflower success or a couple of big stripey ones from the birdseed bag. It doesn’t matter: in the Northeast of Scotland, you need all the encouragement you can get: any seed that sprouts is a success; if it flowers, it’s a glorious success. If it sets seed, then it has to be the summer of 1976, 1996, 2006: you know, a ‘bumper’ year.
So this March I found a really fat stripey seed – the last in a packet of ‘Giant Sunflower’, a big smiley yellow and black face to show you what to expect on the well-worn packet. In it went. Watered it, spoke to it, watched the curved thick neck pop out of the compost in its pot with joy and anticipation.
‘Plant out when all danger of frost is past’: they always say that on Thompson & Morgan seed packets. They must know they have customers in Ultima Thule, on the edge of the Arctic Circle. They have to cover themselves in case someone complains their product didn’t grow.
This year I waited until June. Frosts had to be past. Swallows were back, firmly in residence, busily building nests and laying eggs in mud scoops on rafters in my sheds. I had in the intervening months been carefully transferring the giant baby from pot to bigger pot in the greenhouse. At waist height, she was ready for the move.
I’d made a new ‘border’ the year before. What an inadequate Victorian description. I nearly killed myself digging out a section of unmown grass on a sunny slope; adding chicken manure from my faithful avian friends, and backfilling with rich mulch left from prolific leaf-fall on the driveway the previous autumn. A gardener’s delight: deep rich flower bed, simultaneously cleared avenue, so cars can actually get up the hill to my house, overgrown with and surrounded by Nature’s bounty. The sunflower and I were just dying to get into the new earth and get ‘established’ (another gardening term they’re fond of in catalogues).
June went well. I planted out other beauties cossetted and nurtured in the glasshouse through an uncertain spring: sweet peas, poppies, nasturtium, nicotiana (‘tobacco plant’) and penny black. People who read about and plant their annuals direct in the earth have no idea.
But things were looking up.Days lengthened to become endless wonderful light-filled experiences one following another. At 57ºN by the middle of June there are roughly three hours of ‘dark’. It’s not quite the land of the midnight sun, but it’s close. You can read a book outside at midnight. And this June was a balmy month.
At solstice and lasting for around two weeks there was a remarkable heatwave. That’s what we call it in Scotland. In other places in Britain they call it ‘summer’. It’s when the sun shines consistently over a period of a week or so; you know, blue sky, no wind, temperatures rising into the 70s. That’s Fahrenheit. I never could get my mind around Centigrade, except for the boiling point of water. Up here near the Arctic circle there’s really no point converting your way of thinking about temperature, because any minute it’s going to change.
This unprecedented spell of warm allows plants and humans to believe all is well with the world. That Scotland is just another place on the planet where life goes on like other ‘real’ places and the garden is a room added to the house. The rural idyll envisioned by Charlotte Brontë and Thomas Hardy.
By the first week of July I had the best crop of strawberries I can remember – ever – coinciding with the second week of Wimbledon. At this latitude, that is a miracle.Sunflower Sally was stretching up there; the stem was big like a fist at the base, needed stakes to keep her in position – in case a stray gust of wind should arrive and surprise…
The rest of the border was coming along nicely, everything starting to flower and send out scent into the warm air. It was like paradise. Green sward, pink, peach, blue, violet, red and orange blossoms mingling with ferny foliage, bees’ buzz, birdsong; hardly a cloud in the cerulean sky. It lasted another week.
Then Scots summer returned to normal. Wind blew from the west, clouds scudded, rain fell on fields and felines, hens stopped laying, day followed night. You know, the usual. Great for growth, they say in other parts of the world. Very green, they say in places where they have forest fires, ground cracking and drying up from lack of water. Yes, very.
I needn’t go on. You get the picture.
August followed July. It rained. Hurricanes Ana and Bill hit the Bahamas and the tail end wound up battering the East coast of Scotland. Crop circles appeared in English fields with regularity until harvested; then the phenomenon was relegated to blogs and picture files. No crop circles in Scotland – Cosmic Consciousness knows better than implant a design in a place where there’s nothing to harvest until mid-September. If you’re lucky. No people either, to come and analyse and gawk.
It’s now the middle of September and farmers round here have finally had their prayers answered: three days of ‘open weather’ (that’s shorthand for no rain) to cut, bale and bring in their barley. They’re all doing it. The air is still warm, buzzing with the distant sound of combine harvesters and tractor loads of grain to-ing and fro-ing from yellow field to dry barn. Nobody has come to marvel at my 12-foot special: tall, stately, erect (staked like a buttress) and still green. They’re all busy. The days are shorter, nights cool. Crisp.
They say if there’s a polar shift, the East coast of Scotland will be the most desirable place to live on the face of the planet. No people means endless vistas of green, space to ruminate and meditate and gaze at mountains and plain. No sticky problems getting to work on overcrowded motorways and packed trains.In a polar shift, days would be shorter but warmer; sunflowers would blossom; and pigs might fly. I’ll stick with positive affirmations. You know, visualization of the mighty solar orb sending light beams for one more month…
Time to go outside now and see if she’s showing the merest hint of yellow.
One swallow does not a summer make. Or one sunflower, for that matter.
Time is considered to be the Fourth Dimension and it is into the concept of Time that we are ascending. For nine minutes we are being asked to leave our bodies behind and step into an awareness of the Divine.
The Divine Starship.
The Divine within, around and surrounding us. For a brief moment of time we absorb ourselves in the flow of Divine Love washing over us, renewing us and making us again whole. At One.
Tomorrow, 09 September 2009 at 9:09 PM – or today, if you are in the Orient – we are collectively being asked to spare nine minutes of our time to embed in the fabric of the Cosmic Consciousness an intent to heal and love ourselves and the planet Earth.
We are, as aware humans, being requested to unite in sending waves of ‘awakening and ascension’ intent throughout the globe.
Wherever you are and whoever you think you may be, it is no matter. Your intent and nine minutes of your time is all that is needed.
Meditation is a glorious thing. It allows us, whatever way we do it, to enter into our inner Spirit and rest.
We lay our burden down.
When we emerge, we have the power of creation and it is then we can move into our physical space: Create the dream we have always longed to do; be the best we can be. Spread our Light. Share our creative abilities.
No time like the present.
It helps to light a candle .
If you are awake at 9a.m. do the same. If not, 9 p.m. is O.K.
It’s all good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Focus on your Soul, your Inner-Self… 09:00 am till 09:09 am …
Your 9 minute experience of Peace…
- 1 Breathe in and out few times around 08:59 and light the candle
- 2 Stay still and focus your attention inwards – let go all thoughts while breathing in and out
- 3 For next few minutes, focus on peace, you as peaceful human BEING; think about you as LOVE and PEACE
- 4 Open your eyes after 9 minutes and say….
- Thank you, Universe for giving me this life, ability to walk, talk, see, eat, breathe…
Repeat the same at 09:00 PM till 09:10 PM
It is already 9/9/9 in the Orient.
Candles have been used for hundreds of years to ask and obtain wishes. If you would like to focus on specific intents, you can use different candles to help you, depending on the intent.
- 1 – Silver: re-enforces any wishes supported by the power of prayer and family unity.
- 2 – White: Purity, Sincerity, Truth
- 3 – Pale/Light Blue: For exams, financial enterprises, protection.
- 4 – Dark Blue: To win a case, succeed in administrative matters, success in businesses, grab luck, increase strength
- 5 – Grey: Stops and neutralizes anything negative (against bad luck)
- 6 – Yellow: To bring or increase Faith, glory, strentgh of the thinking process, healing acceleration
- 7 – Light Brown: Attract Prosperity, Financial Gain, Money (in whatever activity you are involved in or from external sources when in need)
- 8 – Dark Brown: To find a lost one (someone) or something lost.
- 9 – Black: Absorbes Evil and Dissolves it (Reverses anything Negative and vanishes it)
- 10 – Gold: Universal protection Candle. This one can replace all others (This is the one I am going to be using)
- 11 – Orange: Luck, Success, Esteem, Popularity, Fame (Good for Performing Artists)
- 12 – Parma or Lilas: Favours and accelerates results. Often used in Exorcisms
- 13 – Purple or Burgundy: Power & Stength. Shatters all adverse situations in our immediate entourage.
- 14 – Red: Passion, Courage, Sexuality, Strength/Force, defense against enemies
- 15 – Old Pink: Awakens tenderness and passionate Love.
- 16 – Pale/Light Pink: Love, Marriage related tenderness, affection, stable relationships, romantic aspects of Love.
- 17 – Bright Pink: To solve affection problems/issues. consolidates Love.
- 18 – Salmon: Increases Physical Strength, preserves great health.
- 19 – Violet: Favours all undertakings, physical and spiritual healing
- 20 – Dark or Bright Green: Smooth running of a commercial enterprise.
- 21 – Light Green: Commercial Success in any field.
Every little helps.
Emerald is the color of the heart chakra which is being activated at this time
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Everybody’s noticing it: 09/09/09. The last single-digit date in the Western calendar for a thousand years. No wonder the energy gurus are out in force.
Astrology pundits are ready with progressed charts: Saturn and Sun in Virgo, Mercury retrograde.
Numerologists are having a field day: 9+9+9=2+7=9 .
Crop circles in the sacred sites of Wiltshire have developed to their most sophisticated form: beauty in nature, tantalizing code.
Channellings are coming in thick and fast from the ethers.
All predict a turning point, the Shift of Ages, new beginnings for the human race. Ascension for some; a little farther up the ladder of awareness for others.
Naturally there are doubters: media takes pride-of-place in offering fear scenarios. But even the media is picking up on it: energy is building in remarkable corners of the planet, in all cultures, as we collectively approach the day.
There are further signs that the ascension process is reaching out and touching more people than before.
In 1987 the Harmonic Convergence of August 16/17 was heralded in esoteric communities like Sedona, AZ, Taos, NM and Mt.Shasta, CA and by New Age gurus generally as the beginning of a new process of awakening for humanity. Bright planets Jupiter, Venus and Saturn were visible together in the night sky, with believers meditating and sharing a ‘global field’ of synchronized human intent for a positive future for the planet. July and August 2009 saw similar planetary initiatives (Fire-the-Grid, Infinity-Gate-8, forthcoming Earthdance, September 26th) celebrating if not planetary ascension, then a progression of human compassion and increased awareness that we are all in this together.
Astrologers have their own explanation: in 1987 a powerful fire trine occurred in August with the Sun and attendant planets in Leo, together forming a trine with Jupiter in Aries and Saturn with Uranus in Sagittarius. On 09/09/09, after a prelude of eclipses, solar energy doorways and planetary conjunctions, the Sun and Saturn stand together in Virgo, the Moon graces earth-sign Taurus, with Mars supporting Jupiter back in Aquarius where he belongs: abundance and plenty for all, release from the old restrictive paradigm, step into the future with joy.
Other calendars agree. Among older cultures who have predicted this event for millennia, Judaeo-Christian prophesies rival Central American and Native American messages for the End Times. Harmonic Convergence in 1987 marked the end of Quetzacoatl’s cycle of Thirteen Heavens and Nine Hells. At that moment when the ninth hell fell, the Earth is said to have entered the 25-year culmination of its 5,125-year Great Cycle of History. Twenty-two years on, as we approach the end of the Maya’s 26,000-year Cycle of Evolution, (due to complete on or before 12/12/12) we as a species are being given evidence of our leaving third-dimensional spatial awareness behind and entering fourth dimensional (time) reality.
Scientifically, on a practical level, the Earth is changing.
Until 1987, and for thousands of years previously while the Earth was ‘asleep’, planetary energy frequency resonated at a fundamental cycle of 8Hz, or 8 cycles per second. This frequency is rising. Current frequency is 13 cycles per second, the musical note of Bflat, and a quantum figure satisfying mathematical proportions predicted by the Fibonacci series of numbers, based on the Golden Mean or Harmonics of the Universe. This is the progression 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 etc.
A boost in planetary energy has been accompanied by a rapid decrease in the Earth’s magnetic field. Whether this waning of electromagnetic force will result in a polar shift is unknown, but it promises to reach a projected ‘zero point’, seen by New Age philosophers like Gregg Braden as a still-point in consciousness representing ‘a rare opportunity for collective repatterning in human expression’.
The number of wake-up calls is increasing: on the alarmist scale, planetary storms, forest fires, reports of famine and water shortages, statistics of diminishing clean air, ocean pollution, animal species hunted to extinction; on the positive side we reach ever farther out to the stars, create technology never before imagined, see the evolution of our species mirrored in mathematics and quantum theory. Our human consciousness is expanding at a rate previously unknown: Mind absorbing new information so quickly, it makes itself obsolete in seconds. As a race, we are receiving reminders to speed up our personal process of spiritual awakening, to enter the Divine Matrix.
Channelled messages from Ashtar, Sirian High Command, Archangel Metatron and Kryon of the Magnetic Service have been flooding spiritual social internet sites like Humanity Healing’s ning network, encouraging the individual to look within, to contemplate one’s own heart reaction, soul promptings and inner guides in this New Earth.
In some ways 9/9/9 is a beginning. It is also a completion. A different cycle of human endeavour is emerging, seen perhaps best in the person of a black Muslim as president of the world’s most powerful nation, where misdeeds and war-mongering may cease as a means to achieving goals. Instead we are beginning to get our heads around a long-dreamed ability to ‘create our own reality’, actively to allow joy and peace to enter our lives; consciously to become people who ‘pay-it-forward’ rather than offer payback.
It has been said the current financial downturn is comparable with the 1930s depression. Astrologically the same powerful planets, Saturn, Pluto and Mercury, are repeating cycles experienced in the ’30s. But Jupiter is abundant as never before. On a planetary level current generosity and support for causes to save wildlife, feed the hungry, establish more enlightened health care systems are far beyond anything the New Deal ever devised. Yes, you could say the human race is hearing the wake-up call of 09/09/09.
In New Age circles it is said the way to move with the new energies is a paraphrase on the Judaeo-Christian (St.James’) ‘faith-hope-charity’. New Agers express it either as ‘feel it; see it; believe it’; or ‘believe-expect-love’. Either way it’s the expectation that counts.
Maybe we really are waking up this time. On 09/09/09 EXPECT a miracle.