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Poetry and Philosophy 10th Anniversary

Free ebook to download of peak pagan poetry and philosophy book from this website, before the creative juices dried, and the desire to create structured poetry declined; resulting in the slow and sublime entropy of the last decade (and third poetry collection), and the literary nonsense prose poetry of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. Then there were the snippets of Facebook colourful background poems, and now, just a big empty void.

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Heilung headliner award winner

Last year was the twelfth prestigious (partly parodygious self-parody; putting myself on a par with a big event, but with real events, and really the gig of the year for me) gYg rock n’ roll hall of fame, with the Descended from Odin festival; part of the York Viking Festival; providing the venue. There’s a great review on Ostara Metal that I agree with pretty much totally!

The first cases of covid-19 in the UK had recently been found in York, but were thought to have been contained and quarantined successfully, so it was a bit of a weird atmosphere. The general message at the time was that it was similar to the flu, and young people creating a herd immunity was a good thing.

I’d had a nasty flu in January, so thought maybe I’d had covid-19 before it got publicised in the UK, but recently took an antibodies test for UK Biobank, and tested negative, so I don’t think I’ve had covid-19 now, although a negative antibodies test doesn’t guarantee you haven’t had it. I’ve been much healthier this winter while avoiding (Beyond!) humanity!

Here’s a few photos I took (I hadn’t seen the request not to take photos mentioned in the Ostara review!). The first ones (reddish) are Nytt Land; then (purplish) Saor, then (greyish) Heilung:

I also took a video of Nytt Land:

The gYg rock n’ roll hall of fame now looks like this:

  • 2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 2010: Guns N’ Roses and Skid Row
  • 2011: Motley CrueDef Leppard and Steel Panther
  • 2012: W.A.S.P.
  • 2013: Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers
  • 2014: The Pretty RecklessHeaven’s Basement and Nothing More
  • 2015: Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and The One Hundred
  • 2016: Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, The Wildhearts, Halestorm, The Temperance Movement, Kadavar, the Gutterdammerung band and movie, The Electric Wizard, Rival Sons, Sixx A.M., The Amorettes, The Men That Will Be Blamed For Nothing, Avatar, Monster Truck, Whiskey Myers, Grand Magus, Scorpion Child, Inglorious, Royal Republic, Santa Cruz, Deftones, Strange Bones, Graveyard, Tremonti and Gojira.
  • 2017: Guns N’ Roses, The Kills and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown
  • 2018: Rose Tattoo and Girlschool
  •  2019: The Cult and Piston
  • 2020: Heilung, Nytt Land, Týr, Saor, Seidrblot, Gaahls WYRD, Winterfylleth, Wyrdstæf and Jo Quail.

The greenYgrey world always had a pagan theme, and ended in Scandinavia, land of Odin.

witches season, poetic reason

It’s October 21st, which means there’s only one month until mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Time – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox; mYm acronym!) 20/21. This week is False Dawn Week, with sunrises getting to their latest before clocks go back an hour on Sunday in the UK; ending British Summer Time (BST).

MYMORY PRELIMINARY

There was a nice sunrise over Leeds on Monday, just north of the Town Hall on the horizon.

This morning I wrote this little poem. It started off spontaneously, then about half way down I thought its Earth’s north and south hemispheres subject matter made it ideal for a Folding Mirror Poem: the original inspiration for this blog site.

From Sun’s Face, Out Into Space

As planet’s north
points to space
no longer fronting
our star’s fiery face

we remember turn, circling as one

the heat will weaken
but light beacon
will remain alight
beyond winter night

Searching for my book again on Amazon and seeing its 2012 date made me think that some of the poems in there must have been written a decade ago now, and searching on this site’s October 2010 section took me back to that time; in this season of reminiscing.

One poem is about becoming middle-aged, for those who think I try to act too young! Others are more experimental, in a time I remember as very creatively exciting, with blogging and science converging to create lots of subject matter and a place to easily publish it.

sun’s beauty is clear

Facial features for reasons, Earth has seasons, circling star, whose beauty: clear!

Following up the last post about Nordic blondes being like runway lights guides to the sunny twilight sky for the greenYgrey: when I saw the sun is usually white as seen on Earth, and its shine yellow; and remembering some research about female facial beauty being about featurelessness; I thought that could be why I’d thought the classic Nordic look is the most beautiful, as it most resembled the sun amongst humanity.

So all that time I was looking for a perfect human face….

… was I was really looking for the sun?

The sun and I have been happily married for two and a half years, after a romantic elopement to Gretna Green… which sounds like greenYgrey; another link in the path to marital bliss!?

The last of the greenYgrey trilogy was published just over a year before, with a sun beyond humanity theme; another link? I found out along the way; or remembered; that the subject of the travel quest, Andy Warhol (werewolfised into Andy Wolfhol), was also searching for featureless female faces for his pop art. POP of course developed into PinkyOrangePurple twilight time colours along the XaW Files way…

While the links may have been getting stronger in the last fifteen years, the sun has always been a big part of my life, in more ways than one!

Michael Gove: Muslims Matter More than Pagans, Buddhists, Hindus etc

Michael Gove’s Muslim/Monotheist bias; and therefore paganophobia; evidence of why I’ve largely been censored in UK?: At start of yesterday’s coronavirus conference (41 minutes into this news programme) he singles out Muslims and Ramadan in particular, and then mentions Christians and Jewish suffering similar.

No mention of pagans spending first spring without loved ones, or Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists etc!

Why the ‘Establishment’ also ignored the mostly Muslim child grooming scandal of the last 30 years… or it’s just economic, and the ‘Muslim (Saudi mostly!) pound’; another aspect to why Britain was kept open at the start of the coronavirus crisis later than most other European countries despite warnings from many; especially Italy and Spain!?

The mayor of Lombardy even took his children home from university to the region worst hit at the time, because he thought Britain was doing it all wrong (no airport checks, sport continuing etc), and was going to suffer worse than them if they carried on; he’s been proved right!!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000j7fb/bbc-news-special-coronavirus-daily-update-03052020

Fortnight of mistYmuse Twilight Times Spectacular

As twilight times contract:
Sunrise (now 08.05 in Leeds, with sunset only 7/8 hours later at 15.47) photos from this morning, 2 weeks into mistYmuse 2019/20 (
#mYm2019 – November 21st was a Thursday).

One of a plane seeming to fly over a (pagan) crescent moon at late afternoon sunset through a frosty window earlier in the week.

The clear sky setting sun inspired me to extend my run/exercises yesterday afternoon, especially as clouds were building around it, and with low pressure forecast for the next few days.

I stayed out until the last light disappeared from between tree branches, making me think that is what tinsel on Christmas trees might represent?.. although Wikipedia says ice.

Advent Calendar, Always Remember, Foggy Mist Border

On the 12th day of mistYmuse
we welcome Advent Calendarists,
with severe weather in the news
remember, fogs are thicker than mists,
I didn’t know that was the only difference
until just now reading the website World Atlas.

World Atlas: If visibility is less than 0.6 miles it is referred to as fog; if visibility is above 0.6 miles, it is called mist.

 

Free Sunrise Research – Celebrating mistYmuse First Week

After a bright start to the neo-pagan mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Times – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) winter festival it’s been a wet greenYgrey week in the UK, with limited opportunities for terrific twilight photos taken by only the most tenacious. However, after low pressure has dominated,  high pressure is forecast for tomorrow and the next few days, providing lots of opportunities for tremendous twilight times viewing.

Apologies to readers from outside the UK if this blog post is UKcentric, but there is some mistYmuse information that is relevant to everybody, about how location affects the sunrise times. The research I reveal for free below is not as clear doing it internationally, because of time differences.

Sunrise Variations 

The ‘Most Ideal Sunrise Times’ of mistYmuse was inspired by Leeds times, with the midwinter sunrise of about 08.30 ideal for the traditional starting time of 9am for many workplaces and institutions.

However, even in the UK those times can vary depending on location, as our planet Earth is spinning around anti-clockwise on an axis, and the farther south and east you are in the northern hemisphere means you see the sun the earliest in winter – known to us as ‘sunrise’.

New Sunrise Research

Using the timeanddate website, Inverness in the north of Scotland is already in that ‘ideal time’, with sunrise today at 08.26.

Farther south, Edinburgh was at 08.13. At about the same latitude, but farther west, Glasgow was at 08.17.

Belfast is farther south again, but also farther west, so is also at 08.17; its more southerly location would have made the sunrise earlier than Glasgow, but because it’s more west as well, that cancelled out the southerly gains.

Farther south and east, Cardiff was at 07.51; and continuing east at about the same latitude, London was at 07.38.

Leeds, mistYmuse heartland, farther north and a little more west than London, in the middle of the UK, was at 07.55 today.

Returning to time, rather than location, Leeds’s sunrise is twelve minutes later than seven days ago (07.43), the first day of mistYmuse 2019/20 (#mYm2019).

While the above is focused on the UK it’s the same around the world, and you can search world cities on the timeanddate website; I have no interest or contact with that website, and have just used it as you can.

I have written some great books though!

Longest Winter Festival Ever? mistYmuse 2019 is here

It’s November 21st again, and that can mean only one thing: mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Times – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) is here once again, and planned to see you through the northern hemisphere’s traditionally toughest weather four months; especially for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sufferers.
I’ve seen loads of great twilight times photos on the news this week, which has thankfully been quite clear and dry. Here’s one I prepared before, from a magical day on the Hafnarfjord in Iceland in the inaugural mistYmuse of 2017/18; perhaps when the idea really took shape, after seeing how Iceland extend their winter celebrations into February:

Longest Festival in the World?

Great news, and there’s even better, because #mYm2019 is set to be bigger than ever; okay, last year’s was the first full one, after creating the idea half way through the previous winter!
Let’s get the party started with a concert song from a decade ago I recently saw, starring Scooter with a great gYgPOP (greenYgrey PinkyOrangePurple) stage show. There’s no sound on that, so I’ve also included the song with sound.


The concert footage is from the same year as my original winter sunrises video, which is basically what mistYmuse is most about:

In a way, it’s quite apt the Scooter concert footage doesn’t have sound, as neither do sunrises!

Successful Sun Brand Art Project

We flew and we flew
sun drew and drew
all I can tell you.

Don’t follow me
only one can be
sun single tree.

You can’t reach
here before time
takes you back
returns your rhyme.

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Responsible Information 

I researched branding before doing my self-art, and it was for self-love and love of the sun rather than self-harm. It was also about doing something for myself; art and achievement; rather than going for another tattoo.

For those who think it is a downward sign, or one of depression, it is just the opposite – it is me being me, what I want to be, and breaking through what I see as the barriers put up by the clown crowd cloud – if you’re offended by that I’m not writing for you, and maybe not writing about you, but if you think the cap fits, then maybe it does!

Saving money and avoiding going to a tattooist – nothing against tattooists, just that they are human – were third and fourth factors. If a Bardot-Harry-Ekland lookalike tattooist wants to do a big self-portrait on my back; preferably in a sun-trees-nature design; I might make an exception!

The really successful brands were five minutes of a sterilised coin heated in an oven for an hour – while cooking baked potatoes! There was a little pain on initial contact, but nothing after a few seconds.