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Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer Solstice

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The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha, has been celebrated by various cultures all around the world for millennia. The longest day and the shortest night of the year is a celebration of the sun. In the Northern hemisphere everything is green and growing as we await a fruitful harvest.

Wishing everyone a joyful and magickal Summer Solstice!

Magickal Oak Series

magickal-oak-tree-autumn-art-print_smallMagickal Oak Winter Fine Art Print

Magickal Oak Tree Spring Fine Art Print

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All prints available in two sizes https://magickmermaid.com

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Happy Earth Day!

Plastic Ain’t so Fantastic

It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. (1)

Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.

This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth.  And the number is rising.

  • If you joined them end on end they would circumnavigate the globe 4,200 times.
  • 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found.
  • Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic.
  • A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. An animal that dies from the bag will decompose and the bag will be released, another animal could harmlessly fall victim and once again eat the same bag.
  • The floods in Bangladesh in 1988 & 1998 were made more severe because plastic bags clogged drains. The government has now banned plastic bags.
  • In Ireland they introduced a 15c plastic bag tax and reduced their usage by 90% in one year. It is now 22 cents.
  • The #1 man made thing that sailors see in our ocean are plastic bags.
  • There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean.
  • There are 5 ocean gyres in the world where plastic gathers due to current circulation. These gyres contain millions of pieces of plastic and our wildlife feed in these grounds.
  • It can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic bag to break up. I mean break up as they break up into smaller pieces. They don’t break down and those that do, break down into polymers and toxic chemicals.
  • It costs US$4,000 to recycle 1 tonne of plastic bags and you get a product that can be sold on the commodities market for US$32. We must stop them because recycling is not viable.
  • It takes just 4 family shopping trips to accumulate 60 shopping bags.
  • World wide, 13,000-15,000 pieces of plastic are dumped into the ocean every day.
  • Every year, 6.4 million tonnes are dumped into the ocean. This is the same as 3,200 kilometres of trucks each loaded with garbage.
  • At least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
  • Ocean acidification is a growing problem
  • Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organisms can now grow.
  • Read more at http://oceancrusaders.org/plastic-crusades/plastic-statistics

RENEW RESUSE RECYCLE

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Happy Spring!

Vernal Equinox

In the Northern Hemisphere we are celebrating the first day of Spring.  On the Vernal Equinox, day and night are of equal length.  The earth wakes from its long Winter’s nap and signals the renewal of plant life.  Have a wonderful day!

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Magickal Oak Series
Magickal Oak Winter Fine Art Print                 Magickal Oak Tree Spring Fine Art Print

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Sign? Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore March and April Birthdays

What’s Your Sign?
Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore
March and April Birthdays

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The Alder symbolises the balance of male and female principles in each individual. The Hawk is a bird of omen and can signify victory (forces of light or day) or defeat (forces of darkness or night. The Vernal Equinox (Alban Eiler), the moment when day and night are of equal length, is celebrated during this month. Those born under this sign are said to be courageous, confident, sincere, successful, good in a crisis and inspire loyalty.

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About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs here or on my website, MagickMermaid

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Gnomes Vie for Ice Hockey Medal

It was Gnomes against Goblins in this last competition of the IMPS* Olympics.

Henri of Team Gnomes managed to pull off a hat-trick despite 2 offsides by the opposing Goblins in the first period.  But it was Team Goblins who won the match and the gold medal.

A number of minor penalties were called on both sides in what turned out to be a game for the ages with 10 overtimes.  The final score was 142 to 141.

For more stories about Henri visit The Gnome and I and checkout my latest posts reporting on the IMPS Olympics!

Thanks for following the IMPS Olympics!  See you at the Summer Games!  🙂

*International Magickal Peoples Society

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Henri Smokes the Competition in the Halfpipe

Henri halfpipe

He isn’t called the Flying Potato for nothing!  This reporter was able to obtain  slo-mo footage of Henri performing his latest tricks which assured him the gold medal in the Halfpipe event.

The judges look for big air and amplitude.  And they were speechless after watching Henri execute a flawless 1280 double twist pepperoni 480 slide 960 back upside down triple toe front flip with a side of Canadian bacon.

The other competitors were awed and needless to say, the spectators went wild!

 

For more stories about Henri visit The Gnome and I and checkout my latest posts reporting on the IMPS* Olympics!

 

*International Magickal Peoples Society

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Henri Enters Skeleton Race!

After his silver medal success in the luge race at the IMPS* Olympics, Henri went on to win bronze in the Skeleton competition.  The gnomes from Gnorway won gold and silver in this event.

Henri also received a commendation for his original costume design.  This reporter has a feeling that Henri’s skeleton costume will be very popular at Halloween this year.

*International Magical Peoples Society

For more stories about Henri visit The Gnome and I and checkout my latest posts reporting on the IMPS Olympics!