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About angela1313

I am a cat lover, a writer, and an artist who is finally making time to work on my art.

Spring Showers (Rain Water) yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 19th

Rain Water or Yǔshuǐ, Usui, Usu, or Vũ thủy is the 2nd solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 330° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 345°. In the western calendar, it usually begins around 18 February … Continue reading

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Alchemy – To Begin the Work

Every effort goes with mistakes as fire goes with smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work that corresponds with ones nature because it is full of defects. Bhagavad-gita 18:48 The Great Work  or Magnum Opus in Latin,  is an alchemical … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Our New Tree!!

I’ve wanted to post about our new tree and somehow never got to it. It came hoe with me after Thanksgiving. So did a rare and very nasty bought of sinusitis and bronchitis that laid me up for three weeks. … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Feb 16

This year, according to the Chinese almanac is the Year of the Dog. This particular Year of the Dog is the year of the brown earth dog, brown being a color associated with earth. There are a lot of customs … Continue reading

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A Personal Experiment

In a previous post on the Brother Cadfael mysteries I mentioned the practice of rising at midnight for prayer. I had often wondered how this was so easily accomplished by the monks. After the post I thought about it again. … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 4th

As a solar term, Spring Commences had already entered people’s lives in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). At that time, there were eight solar terms. According to some experts, the 24 solar terms were used for the first … Continue reading

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Xiao Nian – The Kitchen God and His Wife

In order to establish a fresh beginning in the New Year, families must be organized both within their family unit, in their home, and around their yard. Between the La Ba Festival, on the eighth day of the last lunar … Continue reading

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