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Sacred Scarab

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I found this beetle drowning in a jar on my back patio, so I picked him out. I checked on him periodically to see if he was breathing, which he was, and later he disappeared. I hope he flew off.

He’s from the Scarab family, but more specifically, he’s a June bug, or Grapevine Beetle. They’re not really a pest since they don’t cause too much damage to grape crops, and in our own arbor, I find its something else that seems to be causing an issue. This little guy, however, was only one I discovered.

But it lends to the idea of the value we place on living things- sacred or pest? To the ancient Egyptians, Scarabs represented the Sun, being they ‘rolled’ the sun across the sky. The sacred scarab is specifically a Dung Beetle. You might be thinking ‘ew, that’s gross’, but Dung beetle are vital to the eco system.

Without Dung beetles, we’d have piles of the stuff all over the place, as you can read here on the value of its dung consuming skills.

Popular interpretation in modern academia theorizes the hieroglyphic (the language of Egyptians) image of the beetle represents a triliteral phonetic that Egyptologists transliterate as xpr or ḫpr and translate as "to come into being", "to become" or "to transform". The derivative term xprw or ḫpr(w) is variously translated as "form", "transformation", "happening", "mode of being" or "what has come into being", depending on the context. It may have existential, fictional, or ontologic significance. The scarab was linked to Khepri ("he who has come into being"), the god of the rising sun.

Wikipedia

But whether a creature is sacred or pest depends on its relationship with us. Does it benefit us? If not, why is it now less value as a living creature?

It should give us thought to take a moment to appreciate things that do not benefit us, but just are, who are as much a part of the world as we are. After all, we’re a major pest for many living things, while very helpful to others. I’m sure mosquitoes love us for us blood, while dogs/cat appreciate our ability to open cans of food. Winking smile

Thoughts? Post in comments.

Male and female = balance

malefemale I remember a debate once in circle where someone was explaining how ‘all life is male and female and this is why we have a god and a goddess’. As someone who knows a lot about nature, I had to disagree.

Of course humans are male and female, but you can also find hermaphrodites (both male and female), as well as those who are transgendered. The choices of sexuality expand further in the animal kingdom;

Hermaphrodites include both male and female reproductive organs. Snails, worms, and 20 or so various fish include this type of sexual mating. They only need to find another one of their species to make babies.

There are some gods that are hermaphrodites; Hermaphrodites (Greek), Hapi (Egyptian), and Ardhanarishvara  (Hindu) to name a few.

Clown fish– Clown Fish have the dominant male with lesser males, and a dominant female. If the female dies, the dominant male will change his gender to female, and a lesser male will then become head male.

As for deity, an example of gender changing would be Loki (Norse). He is a shape shifter god known to take forms of animals and an elderly woman. As a mare, he fathered the six legged stallion, Sleipnir.

Some species of the Timena Stick insects who don’t have sex, but still lay fertilized eggs. This type of sexual reproduction (without sex) is known as parthenogenesis.

Parthenogenesis can also be found in reptiles, sharks, and even birds that had fertilized eggs without mating. The young are basically genetic clones of the mother.

I believe we often see Deity as something similar to ourselves and this is why so often see male or female Divine. For me personally, the Divine is the soul of the earth, life and death, having both genders, and more, and also be a part of my Self.

What are your thoughts? Which faces of the Divine do you worship? Post in comments.

Pagans = environmentalists

Copy of IMG_0735Most pagans honor Nature in some form or another, so I think its crucial to our spirituality to also take action as a form of that honor.

Here are some suggestions/ideas:

Change.org is an online platform for petitions. Add your voice to many issues that arise, often alerts via email, or you can sign up via the site.

Votesmart.org is a wonderful site that enables visitors to look up laws that are in the law-making process, and to find out who votes on what. This empowers you to write to your representative (you can email via the site) to make your voice heard.

Politifact.com offers fact-checking on many issues.

Care.com is a huge online community that covers many activities for someone interested in the environment, social issues, and more. They have a click-to-donate page, message boards, and tons more.

Freerice.com and Freeflour.com both offer online free games for people to earn rice/flour to help feed the hungry. (I use these in my homeschooling for my son)

TheHungerSite.com offers more than just feed the hungry. Includes veterans, literacy, environment, and more.

Goodsearch.com offers a search site powered by Yahoo to help fund charities whenever you do a search online.

Greatsunflower.org is an interesting project to help study the bee population. You get free sunflower seeds and then you keep track of the number of bees that visit your garden.

Also try;

Switch to a vegetarian or vegan meals to eat lower on the food chain. More importantly, learn how your diet impacts the environment. TryVeg.com offers some tips and recipes.

Read up on the issues and learn about activist activities. Earthhopenetwork.net offers some neat articles.

Recycle. We’re fortunate in our area to have curb side recycling, and the guy who led this told me it seriously impacted the landfill to add another 20+ years to it. You can recycle by giving to the recycling center, giving old stuff to shelters such as women’s shelters, animal shelters, or even churches (who help folks who lost everything).

Volunteer. Check with local churches or shelters to help out. Work in a soup kitchen, clean out kennels in a dog shelters, or help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

10 best environmental sites and blogs

Do you already do anything to give back the world? Post in comments, or share ideas, links, etc. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.