Welcome to the bottom of the barrel

13 12 2007

The case of Jaime Leigh Jones and KBR shows just how low we have fallen as a society.  According to the ABC coverage, Ms Jones has tried unsucessfully to handle this as a criminal case. At every avenue she was stonewalled and according to informed sources the Justice Department said they were handling it. Sure, sweeping it under the rug. Two years is long enough for any governmental bueracracy to investigate.

 As some reports indicate all employees of KBR serving in hostile environments have DNA recorded, then how is it that the company itself has brought no one to justice?  I understand that embarassment and “loss of revenue” may be utilized in certain circumstances, however when civil law is broken everyone loses.

 The facts as reported in this case are that she was drugged, raped and detained in the GREEN zone in Iraq. According to the Geneva Convention RAPE and unlawful detention are CRIMES against humanity. According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice RAPE is a violation. Of course, KBR is NOT the US military, however they are in a combat zone under US LAW and should be held to the highest law possible. If this had happened in Houston, I would like to think that the Houston police department would of handled it swiftly. As a US citizen who believes in moral normative behavior, ( not right wing religious), I am distressed by the barbaric and immoral behavior of both our government and the employees of this corporation.

Add this to the lack of humanity of our governmental representatives in other examples, (treatment of prisoners), and we have a very disturbing picture indeed.

In the past what has separated us from other countries was our voluntary restraint under what has been called “common decency”. We now turn to the”Law” and say it is not our problem and/or it wasn’t illegal, how sad that the country (USA) founded on principals of “liberty and justice for all “has fallen to  ” I go until I get caught – and I’ll do what I want for me”.

No wonder our allies scoff at our high minded words. Actions are always the delimiter of character and we are showing that we have none.





History of Talesin

4 12 2007

Birth

Talesin began life as boy named Gwion Bach, a servant to the crone Ceridwen. Ceridwen had a beautiful daughter and an ugly son named Mofran whose appearance no magic could cure, so she sought to give him the gift of wisdom as compensation. Using the cauldron of knowledge, Ceridwen cooked a potion granting wisdom which had to be cooked for a year and a day. A blind man named Mordra tended the fire beneath the cauldron, while Gwion Bach stirred the concoction.One day as Gwion Bach was stiring the cauldron it became so hot that three hot drops spilled onto Gwion’s hand as he stirred, burning him. He instinctively put his hand in his mouth, and instantly gained great wisdom and knowledge. The first thought that occurred to him was that Ceridwen would be very angry at him for doing this. Scared, he ran away, but all too soon he heard her fury and the sound of her pursuit.

As Ceridwen chased Gwion, he turned himself into a rabbit. In return, she became a dog. He then became a salmon and jumped into a river, and in response, she then turned into an otter. He turned into a wren, and in response she became a hawk. Finally, he turned into a single grain of corn and hid in a silo. She became a hen and ate him, and became pregnant. She resolved to kill the child, knowing it was Gwion, but after he was born, he was so beautiful that she couldn’t go through with the deed. Instead, she threw him in the the sea inside a leather bag.

Discovery by Elphin

The baby was found by Elphin, the son of Gwyddno Garanhir, ‘Lord of Ceredigion’. Elphin was the only son of the king but he was not beautiful of face, nor a good warrior, or a good hunter. Each year at Samhain the King would go to the river Eyre and lift up a tfish trap. If there was a salmon in the trap then the year would be good. If there were many salmon then the year would be great for the whole land of Erye. When Elphin lifted the trap there were NO salmon and he was distraught. Thinking himself a total failure he turned to go and saw the leather bag with the child. He was very surprised at the whiteness of the boy’s brow, he exclaimed “Tal iesin”, meaning “radiant brow.” Taliesin replied, “Yes, that will do well enough.” While Elphin carried the baby back to his father in a basket, thinking of what his father would say when he learned that Elphin had caught a baby, but no salmon, the baby began to recite beautiful poetry, saying:

Fair Elphin, cease your lament!

Swearing profits no-one.

It is not evil to hope

Nor does any man see what supports him,

Not an empty treasure is the prayer of Cynllo,

Nor does the Goddess break her promise.

No catch in Gwyddno’s weir

Was ever as good as tonight’s.

“Fair Elphin, dry your cheeks!

Such sorrow does not become you,

Although you consider yourself cheated

Excessive sorrow gains nothing,

Nor will doubting the miracle.

Although I am small, I am skilful.

From the sea and the mountain,

From the river’s depth

She gives Her gifts to the blessed.

“Elphin of the generous spirit,

Cowardly is your purpose,

You must not grieve so heavily.

Better are good than evil omens.

though I am weak and small,

Spumed with Dylan’s wave,

I shall be better for you

Than three hundred shares of salmon.

“Elphin of noble generosity,

Do not sorrow at your catch.

Though I am weak on the floor of my basket,

There are wonders on my tongue.

“While I am watching over you,

no great need will overcome you.

Be mindful of Her gifts and none will overcome you.”

Amazed, Elphin asked how a baby could talk. Again Taliesin replied with poetry, recounting the transformation chase between himself and Ceridwen. Finishing, he said:

“Floating like a boat in its waters,

I was thrown into a dark bag,

and on an endless sea, I was set adrift.

Just as I was suffocating, I had a happy omen,

and brought to land to you.”

At the court of Maelgwn

A few years later, when Taliesin turned thirteen, Elphin was at the court of King Maelgwn, who demanded that Elphin praise him and his court. Elphin refused, claiming Taliesin was a better bard and that his wife a prettier woman than anyone the king had in his court. Although he was not present, Taliesin knew what was happening, because he was a bard of strong repute, and told Elphin’s wife. Maelgwn’s son Rhun went to Elphin’s house to seduce his wife and prove Elphin’s claims weren’t true. Rhun got her drunk, and when she passed out, Rhun tried to take off her wedding ring to prove her unfaithfulness. When the ring wouldn’t come off, he cut off her finger instead. When King Maelgwn attempted to show the finger to Elphin, he pointed out that his wife cut her fingernails more often than the owner of the finger. Moreover, the fingernails had bread dough under them, but his wife always had servants knead the dough. Moreover, his wife’s ring was loose on her finger, but this one was tight.

Maelgwn then demanded Taliesin come to his court to prove wrong the claim that Taliesin was a better bard than the ones in his court. Taliesin responded with a challenge in which both he and the king’s bards were to compose an epic in only twenty minutes. The royal bards failed at the task, but when it came time for Taliesin to recite his, he caused a massive wind to rattle the castle. Frightened, Maelgwn sent for Elphin. Taliein’s next song caused Elphin’s chains to detach. Maelgwn challenged the pair to a chariot race. Taliesin arrived the next day with an old, weak horse. As each of the king’s horses passed him at the very start of the race, Taliesin touched its rump with a twig of holly. When they had all passed, he dropped his hat to the ground, and the king’s chariots turned back right before crossing the finish line, stopping at the holly twigs Taliesin had laid there, and began to dance. Taliesin’s chariot strolled to the finish line and won the race.

 





On Being Human

30 11 2007

A short essay on what it is to be Human in the wider world.

An individual must draw forth from inside the total love of Spirit. See and feel Spirit in all things; finned, feathered, furred and earth. Draw forth from life itself the Love of Self. Love of self leads to Love of all things.
Be one with the power of the Great Power.
Be one with yourself so as to be one with the Creator, Maiden, Mother, Crone.

This is being Human

This will elevate the world back to Creator

Find your sacred space and speak to the Maiden. Show her your true self.

Find your sacred space and speak to the Mother. Share your fears and concerns. Accept her unconditional love.

Find your sacred space and speak to the Crone. Drink in her experience and make it your own.

Find the center that is all creation for this is your empowerment.





Male Female Relations and US society

30 11 2007

While I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop the owner stopped by to ask a question. Why is it that all your clients seem to be young females?

Firstly, the first statement is patently untrue. The only reason he only sees the young female clients is that as a single guy it is always better to have coaching sessions with females in an open place. As I gave this answer to the individual in question he looked at me askance and I could see several thoughts going through his mind all at once. Frankly, I am grieved that we live in a society that has so trivialized relationships between men and women. I see this as a function of US society making any contact between men and women to be sexual. Honest caring has been replaced by sociopathic “little head” thinking.

This thought pattern goes with the patrilineal structure that we struggle against as humans living in an inhuman world. Where is it written that a male who cares, is sensitive and truly listens is a non-entity.

As a person who honors the sacred feminine, (yes I am pagan) I am constantly speaking out about the polarization (male/female) of our society. Gender is NOT the issue. If I was a female sitting with “young” females no one would even look at us twice. Yet, as a male I am suspect. How sad.

Each individual needs to find the balance of the male and female in themselves. I don’t care what you philosophical or religious paradigm is, if you believe there is a creator(ix) then there is a male and female part of the divine that we strive to integrate.

There are two genders, both created equally, so if the creator(ix) is both male and female, then it behoves us to find the balance within ourselves. Man can not survive without woman.

Less you are thinking that I am advocating a matrilineal society; the only society that truly reflects the divine, is one of equal partnership. Neither gender is subsumed by the other. In my research into “ancient” pre-Christian society I see that in many cultures men and women were equal partners. As I trace the changes in societies I find that it is only after the advent of Roman society that we have the polarization of gender roles.

A case in point, in Celtic tribes before the Roman Invasions, both men and women could be tribal leaders, healers, and priests. Only after the Pax Romanus did these roles become exclusively male. In fact, the struggles of the un conquered tribes was partially over the imposition of Roman Law in tribal lands.

In Native American tribes the medicine clans have always had both male and female members. Even trangendered individuals are accepted within the clan. In the time since the subjugation of many of these tribes we now see the polarization of the societies. True, many tribes had specific roles that were traditionally done by particular gender, yet if an individual wished to cross over to a non-traditional role it was allowed.

Our 21 century modern world is still struggling with the same questions. Women are still not respected in the marketplace, they are treated as commodities to be traded. Rest assured that the trading is more subtle, but it is still there. Try being a woman in a bar one night.