Hot Summer Days

Summer has arrived, and the hot and sweaty days are great to help the body remove toxins and cleanse itself of impurities. Have you noticed that we tend to eat less in summer? The hot energy of the body is definitely stronger during the summer keeping the body vital and energized, needing less food. During the cold winter days the body uses the energy of the food we ingest to create more vital energy to store. So let’s welcome the natural purification process and enjoy the Sun’s vitality.
Have you ever wondered where the old saying: dog days of summer comes from? .. well these hot days from early July through August and part of September are named after the “Dog Star”, Sirius. During the first 5 days of the month of July Sirius rises in the sky and sets in conjunction with the majestic Sun, astronomers call this phenomenon “helical”, which comes from Helios –rising and setting.
Since the ancient times of Egypt, Sirius has been known as the Nile Star or Star of Isis. About 5,000 years ago the rising of such star marked the flooding of the Nile River. The story indicates that the statue of Isis, at the Dendera temple, had a precious jewel in her forehead, and when the light of the Star of Sirius hit the jewel, the flooding began.
The etymology of the word Sirius may originate from various places: the Egyptian word sihor, which means Nile, or from the Greek word seirios, which translates scorching. The Romans knew it as Canicula, because the location of this star is in the constellation Canis Major, which could translate “the big dog”. To the Romans, the hot energy-waves of this phenomenon drove men and dogs mad, and called these blazing hot days caniculares. In the sixteenth century the translation of this Latin word to English was “dog days”.
The Sirius star has become a big part of the history of the Cosmos. It is one of the brightest stars in the sky and can be easily seen with the naked eye. To the Norse it was known as Loki’s Brand. The Dogon tribe, in Africa, believe Sirius B (the small companion of the larger Sirius A) to be the navel of the Universe and home to the mysterious race known as the Nommo.

The Pleiades, a cluster of seven stars found in the Taurean constellation also show themselves during these dog days of summer, just ahead of the Sun, when we look towards the east-norht-east horizon. This group of stars is only one million years old, when our precious dinosaurs walked the green Earth. To the Greek the Pleiades were known as the Seven Sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Dryope (also Merope or Aero), Electra, Maia, Taygete. Daughters of Pleione and Atlas, the Titan who held the world. This is what has given them the name Atlantides. The story says that one beautiful day, the hunter Orion saw Pleiades walking the countryside and mesmerized by their glow wanted them for himself. For seven years he tried to win them over, until Zeus turned them into stars, as they have so persistently asked for.
In some cultures, the appearance of these stars signaled the beginning of the new year. To the Vikings, the Pleiades were known as Freya’s Hens, to the Maori they were known as the Mataariki, to the Australian they are the Makara, and to the Japanese they are the Subaru … which is the reason why the world known car company uses them in their logo.
To the Native American, as well as the Greeks, the Pleiades were also known to be a vision test, the number of stars you could see determined the sharpness of your eyesight.

Yin and You: An opportunity for exploration

by Rachael Kennedy and Kim Keller

Tantric breathing

Breath is core to accessing the energy centers in our body. Following this three-step process, set aside 10-15 minutes to practice Tantric breathing, and notice the energetic effects you feel on your physical body.

Step One: Find a comfortable upright position (lying down can tempt you to fall asleep instead of finding focus). Place your attention on your pelvic floor as it rests in the chair or on the ground.

Step Two: Imagine there is a live wire of electricity running from your tail bone up your spine, out the top of your head, wrapping back down the front of your body, returning to your tail bone and back up your spine, creating a complete “circuit” of energy. As you inhale, the energy runs up your spine, and as you exhale the energy runs down the front of your body. Once you have this breathing motion moving smoothly and consistently, move to step three.

Step Three: With each inhale tighten your vaginal muscles. On the exhale, release those muscles. Continue contracting and releasing these muscles with each breath.

Practice this breathing pattern along with the muscle contraction and release for 5 minutes. If this exercise seems easy you may wish to expand your practice time to 10 or 15 minutes. However, this breathing can really “charge you up,” and if this is a new practice for you, be cautious not to overload your system. Practice gently, and notice the feelings you experience throughout the rest of your body — before, during and after the exercise.

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Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

December 10th International Animal Rights Day


Considering that Life is one, all living beings having a common origin and having diversified in the course of the evolution of the species;
Considering that all living beings possess natural rights, and that any animal with a nervous system has specific rights;
Considering that the contempt for, and even the simple ignorance of these natural rights cause serious damage to nature and lead man to commit crimes against animals;
Considering that the coexistence of species implies a recognition by the human species of the right of other animal species to live;
Considering that the respect of humans for animals is inseparable from the respect of man for another man.


Article 1
All animals are born equal and they have the same rights to existence.

Article 2
a) Every animal has the right to be respected.
b) Man, like the animal species, cannot assume the right to exterminate other animals or to exploit them, thereby violating this right. He should use his conscience for the service of the animals.
c) Every animal has the right to consideration, good treatment and the protection of man.

Article 3
a) No animal should be submitted to bad treatment or cruel actions.
b) If the death of an animal is necessary, this should be sudden and without fear or pain.

Article 4
a) All animals belonging to a wild species have the right to live free in their natural environment, and have the right to reproduce.
b) Each deprivation of freedom, even for educational purposes, is in opposition to this right.

Article 5
a) Every animal that usually lives in a domestic environment must live and grow to a rhythm natural to his species.
b) Any change to this rhythm and conditions dictated by man for mercantile purpose, is a contradiction of this law.

Article 6
a) All animals selected by man, as companions must have a life corresponding to their natural longevity.
b) To abandon an animal is a cruel and degrading action.

Article 7
Working animals must only work for a limited period and must not be worked to exhaustion. They must have adequate food and rest.

Article 8
a) Experiments on animals that cause physical and mental pain, are incompatible with animal rights, even if it is for medical, scientific, commercial or any other kind of experiment.
b) A substitute technique must be investigated and developed.

Article 9
In the eventuality of an animal bred for food, it must be fed, managed, transported and killed without it being in fear or pain.

Article 10
a) No animal should be used for entertainment.
b) Animal exhibitions and shows that use animals are incompatible with anÊ animal’s dignity.

Article 11
Every action that causes the unnecessary death of an animal, is cruel which is a crime against life.

Article 12
a) Every action that causes the death of a lot of wild animals is genocide, that is a crime against the species.
b) Pollution and destruction leads to the extinction of the species.

Article 13
a) Dead animals must be treated with respect.
b) Violent scenes, where animals are the victims, must be forbidden at the cinema and on TV, unless they are for the demonstration of animal rights.

Article 14
a) Protection and safeguarding associations must be represented at government level.
b) Animal rights must be defended by law as are human rights.

The text of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS has been adopted from the International League of Animal Rights and Affiliated National Leagues in the course of an International Meeting on Animal Rights which took place in London from 21st to 23rd September 1977.