Come celebrate the amazing Brian Foley at a memorial drum circle. Celebrate with the community he loved so much. Welcome Home!! More information to come...
Every Monday 7-10:00
What To Expect:
There is a $3.00 maintenance fee for Drum Circle for all adults your children are welcome to come with you free of charge under the age of 18, Minors ARE NOT permitted to attend Drum Circle without their own parent or guardian.
We have a few "Rules of Hospitality" likened to those anyone would have in their home, it is your responsibility to know what is expected of you to attend this gathering. You are welcome to bring your own children, kids love the drumming energy, however, you must watch your kids and keep them with you at all times. No cameras, video or audio recorders are permitted at Drum Circle.
We love your laughter and chatter and do insist that you do this at a reasonable distance so as not to disrupt the drummers and dancers. If you do not drum or dance, you are welcome to add your energy to the center. Most of our drum pieces end in either revelry and laughter or silence. We encourage participation by novices in the circle. It is very unlikely that you'll be the only first-timer here. If you don't yet own a drum, we have a couple of extras.
Come when you can and leave when you must. At or about 8:30 pm, we take time out for Tribe/Community announcements for new births, engagements, birthday, anniversaries, and immediately following our announcements we do healing for those that are in need of the collective energy that builds throughout the evening.
We drum until 10:00 pm. There are currently more than 1,000 people on our Facebook page, most of them have been to Drum Circle at least once.
We average 15 to 30 drummers per evening. Expect to see African djembes, Middle Eastern doumbeks, frame drums, ashikos, congas, bongos, cajons and all sorts of rhythm instruments. We welcome and encourage dancers. Expect at times, for some trance work to occur during some sessions and try to be respectful of this. The circle is for drumming and dancing only. There are many other areas provided for socializing and conversing.
There is NO recording or taking pictures permitted at Drum Circle!
Anyone may start a beat. This can set the tempo and the tone of that segment. This guideline keeps us from slipping into the same rhythm patterns. It also helps keeps the "Ego Tangos" from dominating. It allows us to sound African, Latin, Middle Eastern, Native American, Primal, Tribal and purely creative, all in one evening. It allows us to weave energy.
On the Summer Solstice this year, we will celebrate the 16th YEAR! There will be a special drum circle on Monday June 23rd!
And we are an ongoing site for food donations for The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia! Bring a food donation, we'll give you a ticket for a drawing during our announcement time! You could win something COOL!
If you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas contact Debbie Foley, Owner of Mystic Moon and host of The Mystic Moon Drum Circle, at 757 855-3280, e-mail Debbie at email@example.com, or send Debbie a message on the Mystic Moon of Norfolk face book page.
Largest collection of medical papyri
Got Hang Over? How about a Leafy Necklace? According to a Live Science report, Ancient Greeks recorded an age-old medical cure in practice by the Egyptians.
"The alcohol victim would have strung together leaves from a shrub called Alexandrian chamaedaphne (Ruscus racemosus L.), possibly wearing the strand around the neck, the text revealed."
The study of Ancient Papyri, found at Oxyrhynchus by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, has been a long & grueling task taking over a century. 30 new translations have been published in Volume 80. The medical papyri are now owned by the Egypt Exploration Society and are kept at the Sackler Library at Oxford University.
"The writers of these ancient papyri relied heavily on Greek knowledge. The ancient residents of Oxyrhynchus strongly embraced Hellenistic (Greek-influenced) culture, something that spread throughout Egypt, and the wider Middle East, after the conquests of Alexander the Great, Nutton said."
In addition to the treatment of hangovers, some of the more interesting treatments deal with the eyes. An eye-lotion called collyrium containing copper flakes, antimony oxide, white lead, washed lead dross , starch, dried roses, rainwater, gum Arabic, poppy juice and Celtic spikenard; is thought to have been used to treat
The full report can be read on LiveScience
Protect your Garden with Beneficial Insects
DID YOU KNOW?
Lady-bugs feed on soft-bodied insects such as Aphids.
Lacewings feed on Aphids, Thrips, Scales, Moth-eggs, small Caterpillars & Mites.
Hover flies don't just pollinate fruits such as Raspberries & Strawberries, they feed on Aphids that are tucked away in hard to reach places.
Predatory bugs such as Assassin & Soldier bugs hunt down Tomato Worms & Leaf-hopper Nymphs.
These are just a few examples of helpful insects that offer alternatives to harmful chemicals to manage pests.
Volunteer in our Community Garden
We could sure use a hand weeding, planting, mowing, and keeping the Community Center Garden neat and tidy.
Lend a hand in our Community Garden. Sponsor a flower bed or just come out and help to maintain it. Volunteers meet on Saturday afternoons if you'd care to join!
For all you apartment dwellers, this is an ideal time to connect with the Earth and watch our Community grow!
A recent blog-post by Patheos has inspired much conversation about the Spirit of Poverty and what has been called the ferocious beast of Capitalism. Living in a capitalist society with full awareness is much like having a veil pulled from your eyes. You can see the effects, feel powerless to affect change, remain apathetic towards the passions of others or maybe even experience indifference. To be human, some say, is knowing good & evil. Knowing and Experience are the ways of the wise. The ways of Our craft...
Poverty of the Mind & Body
When one strives towards community, the idea of sharing efforts and achieving a common goal is so often treated as an opposing force against the spirit, that one can fail to launch. Labors can tax the Body and thus drain the Mind. One may favor romanticism over the realities of the material and expectations not met transmute into resentment. There is a longing to shed one's mortal coil while holding on to it steadfast and strong. Ideas are great but if there's no real follow-through, how can anyone expect goals to be reached? There's labor involved and if you get in and get your hands dirty, you're bound to get fruit!
We focus our intent, we hope to use it in a meaningful way that leads to personal fulfillment while also strengthening our community. It can be a balancing act and more often than not, one can fail to reconcile discrepancies between what the spirit wants and the body can do. We appreciate all efforts towards community but not at the cost of Poverty to the Mind & Body. This leads to apathy and so many fall away from it and retreat to solitude. The lens by which one views community can seem as though it was fashioned by Nero himself but there are other ways of seeing, of being in community. Maybe you feel like an accidental tourist but the more you visit a place, the more familiar it can become. It can become a home away from home, an investment in your own future. It can earn interest!
The Human SPirit
Musings are a way to keep the conversation going, to keep ideas alive that act as the energy to feed action.
Do What Ye Will!
A herb used in traditional European folk medicine for over 3,000 years could be a potential treatment option for depression, according to the results of a new study. The study, published in Phytomedicine, was led by Dr. Jun J. Mao, an associate professor of family medicine, community health and epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Rhodiola rosea, also referred to as Roseroot, has been used in traditional folk medicine to promote work endurance, increase longevity and promote resistance to several health conditions including fatigue, altitude sickness and depression.
Previous studies have suggested that roseroot could enhance mood by stimulating the receptors of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotoninin the brain that are involved with mood regulation. Other research also suggests the herb affects beta-endorphin levels in the body. - Source: Medical News Daily
According to Herb Wisdom Roseroot is known in Asia and Eastern Europe to be efficacious in easing fatigue and enhancing work performance, alleviating depression, stimulating the nervous system and preventing high-altitude illness.
The ancient Greeks used Rhodiola rosea. In 77 A.D., and Greek physician Dioscorides documented the medical applications of the plant, which he then called rodia riza, in his classic medical text De Materia Medica. It grows wild in the Caucasus Mountains and its documented history gives us an idea of how this herb traveled more than 2000 miles to Ancient Greece. Dating back to 3,000 BCE (Greek Bronze Age), trading expeditions crossed the Aegean Sea, Hellespont (Dardanelles), Marmara Sea, Bosphorus and the Black Sea to a place called Colchis (Republic of Georgia).
The Argonauts, a tale that blends both fact and fantasy, hints at an intriguing theory of how Rhodiola rosea might have made the incredible journey to Greece from its native land.
Ovid, Metamorphoses :
"The task remained [for Jason] to charm the Draco to sleep, that ever-wakeful beast with threatening crest and three-forked tongue and curving poison-fangs, the ghastly guardian of the golden tree. Then with the herb's Lethean juice (sucus Lethaeus) Jason sprinkled the creature and pronounced three times the words that bring deep peaceful sleep, that stay the troubled seas, the swollen streams, and on those sleepless eyes sleep fell at last. And Jason won the famous Golden Fleece and proudly with his prize, and with her too, his second prize, who gave him mastery, sailed home victorious to his fatherland."
The herb in question is thought to be Opium by some and Roseroot by others. Clues are given in Latin Lexicon's where the term Lethean is thought to come from far away regions and to invoke a sense of forgetfulness and deep sleep. If too much is prescribed, Lethal.
It wasn't just the Greeks that found this herb to bring their people the power of endurance, the Vikings also used the herb to enhance physical strength and power of mind. Emperors of China referred to it as the 'Golden Root' (it was valued above Gold) used in medicinal preparations and would often send out expeditions to Siberia to root out this Magical herb. Mongolian physicians would prescribe a tea made from the root to treat everything from tuberculosis to cancer.
To this day, the people of Siberia claim that people who drink Rhodiola rosea Tea will live to be more than 100 years in age. Centuries old practices are making a come back in our modern age, a time when people are looking for cures from the Earth to treat both body and spirit. There was a time when the harvest and use of this wild root were closely guarded by Siberian families but as populations and trade goods grew in number; Rhodiola rosea became a most valued commerce and was traded for Georgian wine, fruit and honey.
For additional reading:
USDA: Plant Profile Roseroot
Extract used in the Healing Arts
Future crafts: Garden Stepping Stones, Window Terrariums and Paper Mache sculptures.
Sin Jones will demonstrate and assist you in basic sculpting technique for faces, hands, feet, and torso. Once you have the basics, the sky's the limit!
Sculpey Clay is very forgiving and can be worked for several days before you're ready to bake to a hard finish.
Come learn something new, socialize and craft the fantastic!
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