Daily Words of the Buddha for June 01, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 01, 2018 — asāhasa — absence of violence, peaceableness

Paṇḍito sīlasampanno,
Saṇho ca paṭibhānavā,
Nivātavutti atthaddho,
Tādiso labhate yasaṃ.

Who is wise and virtuous,
Gentle and keen-witted,
Humble and amenable,
Such a one to honour may attain.

Dīgha Nikāya 3.273
Everyman’s Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14), translated by Narada Thera

Daily Tarot | For June 1, 2018 – King of Pentacles

Today’s card speaks of business success.  If you don’t own a business, but are considering having one, you can count on this King. He is the most appropriate and successful business partner — a team player, wise, balanced; his moves are always successful.  Well, he may not be observing some of the conventional social norms and may be crossing some emotional boundaries, but everything has its price. If you listen to him carefully, you can derive great benefits from his advice. This King demands obedience and at least on the outside, it’s better not to cross him, because he can help someone rise just as quickly as he can cut him/her off.

If you are an employee, you have a very good chance for promotion, a remuneration increase, or you could use the moment to gain some additional benefits, such as flexible working hours, or a change in certain obligations.  The period is marked by positive stability and people who are conscientious, responsible and virtuous will be rewarded.  Any matters relating to real estate will move forward in your favor, so if you have something along these lines — act.

Communication | Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they’re often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don’t be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.  […]

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Astrology | Famous Gemini’s. Mercury in Twins 2018

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

MERCURY is in GEMINI  May 29-June 12

Think Peter Pan light flirty never ending chats; indecision; communication whirlwind monkey mind. FAST-TRACKING roadrunner, angel/devil brain; sales and quick changes.

GEMINI it’s your time to shine

with the Sun in your home sign until June 21st and Mercury Gemini’s ruler now too. This is double lucky for all Gemini’s. 

 So make mental leaps and new acquaintances with your ruling planet at HOME. Features- Sales, short travels, LITE sociability, local community, indecision, monkey mind, upbeat, childlike, charm, non-commitment.

 The communications planet is home from June 6 until June 21 where the planet which protects tricksters, magicians, thieves, merchants and all communications is happiest. Yes, prepare for a whirlwind of words.

In the Tarot the planet Mercury is equated with the very first major card in the deck. Card #1 is the Magician, Magus, the Magic card. Mercury is our magical wand or wands…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal First Aid Kit…

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Being prepared with my favorite remedies gives me peace of mind on the road or trail, and keeps me from having to search out herbal products in an unfamiliar town — or from having to resort to padding my heels with mullein leaves to ease the agony of a broken blister while on a backpacking trip.

I’ve had plenty of opportunities to put my first-aid kit to use, from treating blisters and bug bites to motion sickness and colds. I choose simple, multipurpose remedies and store them in a small padded nylon lunch box that’s always ready to toss into the car. For backpacking trips, I pare my kit down to arnica gel, echinacea, peppermint and chamomile tea bags, crystallized ginger, insect repellant, a tin of herbal salve, a tiny bottle of lavender essential oil, and an assortment of bandages and moleskin.

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Your Apothecary Cabinet: Common Base Oils

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Vegetable and herbal oil are used in creams, lotions, massage, facial and body oils, gels, and salves.

Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis) and Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca): emollients, can relieve itchiness and dryness.

Arnica (Arnica montana): indicated for bruises, varicose veins, burns, strains and sprains, arthritis, and myalgia.

Avocado (Persea Americana): wonderful oil for regenerative skin care, indicated for dry, itchy, or mature skin, antioxidant, nourishes the skin.

Baobab (Adansonia digitata) and Marula (Scelerocara birrea): emollient, soothes inflamed skin, dry skin, sunburn.

Borage (Borago officinalis) and Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis): excellent regenerative skin care oils, nourishing, indicated for psoriasis, eczema, inflamed and dry skin conditions.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis): anti-inflammatory, wound healing, soothes dry irritated skin, insect bites, cell regenerative.

Coconut (Cocos nucifera): emollient, slightly occlusive to the skin, blend…

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I like it the best when Zen and nonduality masters come to visit me in dreams. There’s always a lucid transmission that occurs.

I have Nisargadatta’s picture on my antique dresser, leaning either against the Buddha or a crystal ball made by Grimaud in 1972. He sits there for the sole purpose of being worshipped. I give him black coffee every morning. Tobacco too. On occasion I see him as the Emperor of the Tarot and write about him.


Last night he visited me in a very lucid dream. It went like this:

I’m about to wrap up a class, when I realize that I’m missing a microphone. I decide to go over to the adjacent building to get one. This building turns out to be Columbia University in New York.

Next, I find myself in the philosophy department, catching a glimpse of Nisargadatta being surrounded by philosophers. I feel…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for May 31, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for May 31, 2018 — aññātāvin — one who has complete insight

Maraṇenapi taṃ pahīyati
yaṃ puriso mamidanti maññati.
Etampi viditvā paṇḍito,
na mamattāya
nametha māmako.

At death a person abandons
what one construes as mine.
Realizing this, the wise
shouldn’t incline
to be devoted to mine.

Sutta Nipāta 4.812
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – Queen of Cups – Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

This is the Queen of Cups from a deck-in-progress by Joanna Nelson Studio; it is due out later this year. When we see the Queen of Cups, she is such a beacon of light for all, a buoy of calm in any storm, and she represents the kindness and compassion which all should have, but not everyone does. Things I was saying yesterday with regard to the Grand Water Trine with Jupiter in Scorpio, Venus in Cancer, and Neptune in Pisces, still apply today.

This Queen of Cups could be you today, whether you are rescuing a less-fortunate creature in need of human help, or stepping up to offer a kind gesture to someone who needs it. Remember, this Queen can be you, or someone around you, that person upon whom you can count in times of crisis, the “helpers”, if you will, who always rush in to…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal Oils

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Herbal oils are simply oils infused with herbs, much as you would steep rosemary in olive oil for culinary purposes. Healing herbal oils can be taken internally for a variety of ailments, can be used externally for therapeutic or daily beauty routines, and can be incorporated into herbal salve recipes. Dried herbs are preferred since fresh herbs will sometimes ferment.

Basic Herbal Oil:

1 cup finely ground dried herbs {flowers, leaves, roots, barks, and/or seeds}

1 1/4 cups almond, jojoba, or olive oil

In a blender or food processor, combine the herbs and oil. Blend or process until puree for greater extractability. Pour the mixture into a clean glass jar with a lid, making sure the plant material is completely submerged in the oil. If it’s not, add more oil until the herbs are covered by about 1 inch of liquid. Cover the jar and store it in a dark…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Hemp Agrimony

The Wonky Pot Apothecary

Hemp Agrimony

Hemp Agrimony

Botanical Name: Eupatorium cannabinum L.

The genus name Eupatorium can be traced back to the ancient Greek king Mithridates Eupator (120-63 BC), who apparently was the first to use species in this genus as a medicine. The species name cannabinum is only due to the resemblance the leaves have to hemp leaf (Cannabis sativa) because those two plant species, in fact, are not related.

Other Common Names: Common hemp agrimony, water agrimony, common Dutch agrimony, St. John’s herb, water maudlin, gravel root, sweet-smelling trefoil, holy rope.

Family Name Compositae

Habitat: The plant is found wild in most parts of Europe, but it is also found in West Asia and North Africa. It grows in moist woodlands, fens, marshes and along rivers and canals.

Description: Hemp agrimony is a perennial plant of the Asteraceae family. It can grow up to one and a half…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for May 30, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for May 30, 2018 — ajjavatā — straight forwardness, up-rightness

Pare ca na vijānanti
mayamettha yamāmase.
Ye ca tattha vijānanti
tato sammanti medhagā.

There are those who do not realize
that one day we all must die.
But those who do realize this
settle their quarrels.

Dhammapada 1.6
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – The Lovers – Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Today we have another card from a deck-in-progress, tentatively titled ‘Whispering Spirits’, by Joanna Nelson Studio. You can follow Joanna and watch her create this deck which will be available later this year. Our Lovers card is making a very timely appearance today, and, yes, I am actually going to bring up the word “love” itself. For today, and actually in play from the 28th through the 31st, we have a rare occurrence in the Universe which is known as a Grand Water Trine. This is a positive and beautiful thing. Jupiter is in Scorpio (water), Venus is in Cancer (water), and Neptune is in Pisces (water). When we see this type of trine, emotion ispart of the equation, yes, but also intuition is running at peak levels.

It is important to pay attention to one’s intuition, especially when it comes to relationships. With Venus (relationships/love), being a…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for May 29, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for May 29, 2018 — aticca — passing beyond, traversing, overcoming, surmounting

Na tena ariyo hoti yena pāṇāni hiṃsati.
Ahiṃsā sabbapāṇānaṃ
“ariyo”ti pavuccati.

One is not noble who injures living beings.
One is called “noble” because
one is harmless towards all living beings.

Dhammapada 19.270
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – The Moon – Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

img_4864Full Moon blessings to all! Today is the annual Full Moon in Sagittarius, and it is a very special Full Moon, one where you can begin the work on one of those important wishes which you hold so dear. The Moon card, which is so awesome to see today, is just like the Full Moon itself, asking you to let go of your fears in order to move forward on your path. The light of the Moon is dim, thereby making it difficult to see exactly where you are going. But, by releasing those fears, you open yourself up to the guidance of the Universe, and know that, when the timing is right, you willemerge in a place which is exactly where you are intended to be.

Today’s Moon card is from a deck-in-progress by Joanna Nelson Studio, tentatively titled ‘Whispering Spirits’. If you love Joanna’s work (she’s…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Know Your Underground Roots

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Underground Stems

The underground stems, by being situated below the surface of the soil, protect themselves against unfavorable conditions of weather and the attack of animals and serve as storehouses for reserve food, and in vegetative propagation. Their stem nature can be distinguished by the presence of nodes and internodes, scale leaves at the nodes, axillary buds in axils of scale leaves and a terminal bud. Further, the anatomy of the underground stem resembles that of an aerial stem. The underground stems are of four types namely rhizome, tuber, bulb, and corm.


A rhizome is a thick horizontally growing stem which usually stores food material. It has nodes and internodes, scale leaves, axillary buds, adventitious roots and a terminal bud. Scale leaves enclosing the axillary buds are seen arising from the nodal points of the stem. Some of the axillary buds develop into branches which grow upwards into the…

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Astrology | Sage Full Flower Moon

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

SAGITTARIUS Full Flower Moon May 29 @7:19 a.m. PDT/10:19 a.m. EDT/2:19 pm GMT. Sagittarius is the most mature of the three fire signs. He is the Sage or wise wisdom keeper inspirational optimistic truth guide.

The Centaur Flower Moon is sextiled by Mars and the South Node in Aquarius making it easier to detach ourselves from the old mental concepts and anger about being an outsider somehow different weird a black sheep or just plain rejected. Moon-Mars and South Node then forms a YOD or Finger of God aspect to Venus and Athena conjunct in Cancer. These Goddesses one of Love Beauty and Relationships and the other an Amazon warrioress and strategist is where we need to go to for advice on how to nurture and feed those who are our chosen family or mothers. These dynamic aspects bring optimism fiery passion higher thought and truth to the journey we…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Know Your Herbal Chemistry

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A herbalist should be fully aware of details about the pharmacology of herbs, a basic understanding of it is more than enough. Herbs are used for healing the human body, they are considered to be holistic agents, and they are used on a physical and biochemistry level. Many pharmacologists try to find out the constituents of herbs, place them according to their chemical groups and have done numerous research and have found herbs to be very complex in their characteristics. Herbs contain a huge variety of chemicals like water, inorganic salt, sugars, carbohydrates, proteins that are highly complex, and alkaloids.

Plant Acids:

An example of weak organic acids is generally found among plants, lemon is the perfect example of citric acid. Organic acids can be split into those based on a carbon chain, and those, which contain a carbon ring in their configuration, but what both have in common is the…

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Hawai’i’s Endangered Birds | Queen Emma’s favorite Maile Palila

This bird was favored by Queen Emma for its song.  The Palila is only found in the sub-alpine forest of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i. It was one of the original species listed in the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately this unique bird is still in trouble, and its population has declined precipitously in recent years. Hawai’i is the bird extinction capital of the world which is why American Bird Conservancy has launched a campaign to protect Hawaiian birds.


Meet Hawai’i’s State Bird – ‘Elepaio (Endangered Species)

‘Elepaio are one of the most curious and approachable birds in the forest.  They will often follow hikers and come within just a few feet of them.  This bird is from the subpopulation found only in the sub-alpine forests of Mauna Kea.  While ‘elepaio look cute and harmless, males have been known to fight to the death when an intruder enters their territory.  The ‘elepaio’s song is the first heard at daybreak and the last song heard at sunset.  These birds are also an important species for wa’a or canoe builders because these little birds serve as guides helping these craftsmen choose the best koa trees for building the canoe hulls.

The Hawai’i Audabon Society puts out a monthly newsletter keeping bird lovers and bird aficionados abreast of the latest developments in Hawai’i’s fight to save it’s endangered avian friends.

Upload and Read the May/June 2018 edition here.