Book Review: Auspicious Animals, The Art of Good Omens by Jun’ichi Uchiyama

If you have ever looked at a Japanese silk screen print or sculpture and wondered what the cranes, monkeys or bears mean…this book is for you! I found this beautiful book in an art gallery and decided that, despite the hefty price-tag, I simply had to own it! This elegant coffee table book charts the artistic symbolism of animals in northern Asia with a particular focus on Japan and China. Each page is translated and in both Japanese and English.

Book Review: Mystical Journey Oracle by Tennessee Charpentier

A sublimely beautiful deck of cards and book that provokes deep contemplation, meditation and clarity on one’s life path and future possibilities. Even if you don’t believe in the woo-woo of reading oracles or cards, you will still enjoy the stunning paintings by French artist Tenessee Charpetier and the deep accompanying storytelling of the book. This would also make a great gift for the spiritual seeker in your life.

Ancient word of the day: Athene Noctua or Athena’s Owl

The Greek goddess Athena had as her sacred animal familiar the owl, also known as the Athene Noctua in Latin. The Romans, fond as they were of stealing from the Greek pantheon, renamed Athena to Minerva. Athena and her owl are considered to be symbols of wisdom, in both cultures. Athene Noctua Athena’s owl orContinue reading “Ancient word of the day: Athene Noctua or Athena’s Owl”

10 Interesting Things Mega Monstrous Halloween Edition 2022

Gird your loins, prepare your neck to be punctured and your mind to be remote controlled for this week’s spooky, creepy infusion. Expect to go into weird overdrive because it’s Samhuinn/ All Hallow’s Eve/ Halloween. The brief period when the veil between the realms of past present and future thins out and creatures half-formed andContinue reading “10 Interesting Things Mega Monstrous Halloween Edition 2022”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #81

Are you yearning to know what your grandpa’s eau de toilette smelled like? Perhaps you want to see a deer from Star Wars, different coloured carrots, rotund cats…whatever you’re after, you can find it in edition #81 of interesting things… The Body is Round What did 1968 smell like? Not like your grandad’s armpit butContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #81”

Book Review: Ordinary Beauty: Meaningful Moments in Everyday Life by Mary McEvoy

Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland Genre: Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Wisdom, Buddhism, Paganism Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This is a book of wisdom, quotes and treasures is from writer Mary McEvoy. She has lived experience of depression and anxiety. So she understands intimately how to handle and manage the dark times of life. How to look at the darkness squarelyContinue reading “Book Review: Ordinary Beauty: Meaningful Moments in Everyday Life by Mary McEvoy”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #66

Curl up in a cosy corner and feast your mind on these glittering gems and little known wonders. I hope you like edition #66, the first edition of 2022. Spray to use on Twitter trolls Schiaparelli Afternoon Pyjamas from the 1920s – a century before its time! From the 1920’s. This comfortable and chic indoorwearContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #66”

Words and Music: Earth the slumbering pūriri

In the Beginning Earth Breath on me Earth the cool breath of life Earth the slumbering pūriri Earth the misty valley Earth the departed sun Earth the tingling blue sky Earth the dark sheen of a woman river Earth the mottling tides tumbling ashore Earth the sweeping godwits Earth our home Earth the giving landContinue reading “Words and Music: Earth the slumbering pūriri”

Book Review: Lost Wisdom by Una McGovern and Paul Jenner

* No Spoilers Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Lost Wisdom and its two other companion books Lost Crafts and Lost Lore are beautifully typeset and laid out. Their contents are a cabinet of curiosities – a wunderkammer of the same sort as the Book of Barely Imagined Beings, which I have mentioned in the past. Although in thisContinue reading “Book Review: Lost Wisdom by Una McGovern and Paul Jenner”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet:Christmas Edition!

Ho-ho-ho and a bottle of LSD spiked egg nog…welcome to another edition of 10 Interesting Things, featuring maurauding evil elves, rainbow coloured tinsel, yuletide kitsch and ephemera to tickle your fancy and hopefully make you chuckle (as if you haven’t been exposed to enough Christmas BS already)…perhaps you may blow chunks instead of chuckle…let meContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet:Christmas Edition!”