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The Ventura Museum is now carrying glass bead earrings, blown vessels, and solid core sculpture….and these little gifty numbers:
Karin at Calais & Co has glass bead earrings.
All made with fire, sand……and Teal Rowe’s hands.
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This year from March 20 through April 18 the sun is in the astrological sign of Aries. The symbol representing Aries is the ram, its element is fire, its ruling planet is Mars.
|John in the lead, leading Rama and Mom back there, leading Spot|
|Black Rock Pass|
Up the loose rocks and gravel of Black Rock Pass was one of our most torturous trips. Tonight after Googling “Black Rock Pass switchbacks” the mention of the “grinding, grueling, endless trudge” brings the demanding trek to mind. Above the timberline, the hot sun reflecting off the rocky trail, I recall squinting up to see the switchbacks zigzagging into oblivion. The family mood on that pass was heavy. The horses tripped more than occasionally from fatigue. The blisters on my feet were making it hard to continue to walk. Things were downright miserable. I was wondering where my brother was, and my parents must have been a bit concerned too.
Just around one of the hairier twists of the trail I looked up to see John about the size of a pea, sitting on a rock way, way up at the top of Black Rock Pass. It must have been a few miles up and he was there, alone for hours, waiting to greet us with his nonchalant, elbow on his knee, chin in hand, fingers tapping cheek, “Where have you been?” I just wanted to kill him.
Can you guess that my brother has his sun Aries. He is there first. He knows how to climb a mountain. See his blog jrowe2020.wordpress.com He will butt heads in a big way when things aren’t going his way. He goes for it without waiting for anyone. His inner machine runs on adrenaline. And one of my brothers best trait is that if you are in the hospital he will rip the doctors a new one in order to get what he wants done, done….even if he IS in Saudi Arabia and the doctor in California. AND, if you insert medical genius where Matt Damon speaks math genius, the movie “Good Will Hunting” and Matt Damon’s character sums it up nicely ….and so does this video:
And so does THIS story.
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This year from February 18 through March 19 the sun is in the astrological sign of Pisces. The symbol representing Pisces is two fish swimming opposite directions, its element is water, its ruling planet is Neptune.
The following story, told to me by an Irish man about how his father used to fish the streams by hand in Ireland, reminds me so much of the many Pisces people in my life.
When fishing for trout by hand, one SLOWLY sneaks up to the water and puts a hand in, inch by inch approaching the fish from below and delicately tickling its underside, the fish becomes mesmerized. The term for this technique is Guddling (see the link for a detailed story). The fish, merged with the water, does not suspect the human hand. At the right time, the guddler grabs the gills and catches the fish.
From the nutshell of a story, to a general blanket statement, I notice how my own Pisces friends go with the flow. The inner and outer is woven together for them through their dream world. Many are artists, dipping their brushes and ceramic tools as they express that exact dream, whether it be a vision, feeling, or emotion. They serve as healers and psychics and they don’t even realize it. They seem easily influenced by those that they mingle with and they are sometimes misled, a bit like the fish in the description above. I notice the work it takes to keep the focus on themselves rather than feeling a victim and blaming others.
Astrologically speaking, as we look at the “natal chart” of the exact time of birth, we see where the “signs” and “planets” are in the “houses” of the chart. Through interpretation we can confirm the purpose we are living, and giving. It can also show us areas in our lives that we may be not be completely aware of, thus leading us to guidance and a fresh vision.
Ojai Style Bead Making
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In Their Element
|Grandad, Grandma, Mom in the Eel River|
My grandmother was born on Java, Indonesia. Our family’s (my mom’s side of the family) celebratory meal was the Rijsttafel, the Dutch word for rice table, which consists of a table full of side dishes to go with rice. When others were carving turkeys and hams, we were scooping small spoonfuls of delicately assorted concoctions out of hand made ceramic bowls onto rice and eating with folded banana leaves.