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by Bob Evans.

Don’t you think it’s time
Time to start anew
Time for changing views
Time for making up your mind

Don’t you think it’s time
Time for moving on
Time for growing strong
Time to leave the past behind

You’ve been on my mind
Oh you’ve been on my mind
You’ve been on my mind
Oh you’ve been on my mind

Don’t you think it’s time
Time for quelling fear
Time for a new year
Time for meaning what you say

Don’t you think it’s time
Time for easing doubt
Time for reaching out
Time to open up your eyes

You’ve been on my mind
Oh you’ve been on my mind
You’ve been on my mind
Oh you’ve been on my mind

Don’t you think it’s time
Time for trusting more
Without keeping score
Time to let forgiveness out

Don’t you think it’s time
Time for showing grace
Time for having faith
Time to make more of this time

You’ve been on my mind
Oh you’ve been on my mind
You’ve been on my mind
Oh you’ve been on my mind

Paganism – Paganism, in the broadest sense includes all religions other than the true one revealed by God, and, in a narrower sense, all except Christianity, Judaism, and Mohammedanism. The term is also used as the equivalent of Polytheism (q.v.). It is derived from the Latin pagus, whence pagani (i. e. those who live in the country), a name given to the country folk who remained heathen after the cities had become Christian. 

I found this article in our City Weekly magazine, dated May 15, 2008; a free Fairfax community network magazine.

I must say it follows on from my last post quite well in illustrating the emergence of the Aquarian Age and will also add there’s an influence of Saturn in Virgo too, with the re-surfacing of the earth goddess (virgo).

“According to Gavin Andrew of the Pagan Awareness Network (PAN), Melbourne is the witch capital of Australia. The number of Australians turning to ‘alternative’ religions continues to increase. The 2006 census figures show a 13% rise since 2001. The movement is also experienced a boom in the 1990s thanks for the internet and films like The Craft. Television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer also played their part in making witchcraft cool, especially among young women.

According to census figures, there are more than 30,000 pagans in Australia and about 5000 of those live in metropolitan Melbourne. Paganism covers numerous traditions, most with their roots in the ancient world. They include druids, animists, witches, shamanists and wiccans.

Andrew says the real figure is probably closer to 40,000. “Lots of people don’t want to come out of the broom closet,” he quips. He estimates there are about 17,000 pagans in Melbourne with another 1000 scattered through regional Victoria. PAN, an educational and advocacy group, organises social events like Pagans in the Pub, to bring like-minded individuals together for meet-ups in regional and city areas. Larger festivals are held to celebrate important dates on the pagan calendar like Samhain (Halloween) and Beltane (Mayday).

Andrew says the rise of paganism is partly due to dissatisfaction with mainstream religions. “God is this strict parent figure who punishes or redeems depending on the situation. Pagans look for different types of relationships with the sacred, such as seeing the inherent beauty and complexity of nature.”

Bendigo-born, 24yr-year-old Monica McHugh, became interested when a classmate gave her a book on witchcraft. “It enabled more free thinking, a lot more initiative and responsibility on the individual’s part,” she says. “It just fitted with me so well.

One day we’re hoping the image of a witch will not conjure someone who’s mean with green skin and a pointy hat,” she laughs.

Like many witches, McHugh doesn’t approve of putting spells on people. “What you’re sending out you will get back eventually. We’re also very concerned about placing influence on other people.”

She admits to trying out love spells and “please, let me pass my exam” charms as a teenager. However, she found that “it worked in the opposite way. The person you were chasing would ignore you or find someone else, or you would get a D on your test.”

“Up until recently I’ve been quiet about my beliefs, purely because of fear of persecution. I might be socially excluded and people might think I’m going to put curses on them but I’ve become more self-confident. I figure that if people want to be a part of my life, they’ll accept me whoever I am.”

Carlton artist Caroline Tully says her parents were “unimpressed” when the former Catholic schoolgirl turned to witchcraft at the age of 19. “They used to be embarrassed about it,” she says.

Tully, a witch since the 1980s, has been studying ancient magic and pagan religions at Melbourne University for four years and writes extensively for anthologies and publications like Spellcraft and The Pagan Times. In the early days, curiosity played its part.

“I was interested in the promise that these ritual performances would provide you with empowerment,” she says. “You’re taking on a priestly role yourself and you don’t have an intermediary. It’s a little bit nefarious, so that always makes you feel a bit edgy and cool.”

The census figures also reveal female pagans and witches outnumber men by about two to one. Tully says women are attracted to witchcraft because they can play a prominent role. “What womanhood represent in modern witchcraft is valuable. Ancient pagan goddesses are much more realistic, they’re not expected to be a virgin. Look at Aphrodite – she’s sexy.”

Tully says some of the mainstream churches have the wrong idea about pagans and witches and she scoffs at priests who perform exorcisms. “They’ve made out that they are the only religion and other religions are bad. They don’t do any research.

If you look at the theology curriculum at Melbourne University, it teaches Christian theology with a look at Buddhism, Islam and maybe Judaism but there are millions of other religions.”

Gavin Andrew says pagans and witches tend to be ‘independent thinkers’ who are not interested in following the herd. “It’s a very central part on paganism, the idea that it is a personal journey and along with that comes an ethic of personal responsibility. You can’t put off your problems onto a guru figure or a symbol or an icon. You have to deal with things yourself.”

The church of Satan won’t reveal its number in case of “Satanic panic”, but census figures indicate there are nearly 500 Satanist in Melbourne. This figure is likely to be accurate, however, because some people declare a Satanic affiliation for shock value, while others are afraid to admit to one.

Adelaide-born Satanist Drew Sinton says being an “individual” is a positive thing in the Satanic bible, which makes it popular with “disaffected youth, Goths and emos.” He says Satanists live up to their adversarial image. “If anyone crosses me, forget about turning the other cheek. Don’t cross us. We’re vindictive and vengeful.”

But for witches like McHugh, witchcraft and paganism are more “touchy-feely”, with a focus on positive thinking and have a conscience.

“It’s a nature religion. If you ignore the impact humans are having on the environment, I think you’re not getting the point of the religion,” she says. “It’s about working in harmony with the world.”

Pisces – Illusion; compassion; the big picture

12th House – What is sacrificed & put aside; completion of the circle of life; Endings

Aquarius – Originality; friendship; groups; endless exploration of ideas

11th House – High ideals & big perspectives; acting for the sake of others

“The Piscean era thought of “Do as I say” is over and the new aquarian thought of “leadership by example” is upon us. This is a time of spiritual evolution for humanity. A time of a personal god, fellowship and peace.

At this point in history, at the end of the Piscean Age and on the threshold of the Aquarian Age, humanity is challenged profoundly by its own capacity to destroy itself and the planet or to save itself and planet earth.

This challenging choice has been brought into sharp focus by the advent of the atomic bomb and ecological crisis. It has presently been brought into crucial focus by the need for oil and the war in Iraq. Humanity stands at the point of decision in the present world crisis.

In the New Age we break free of centuries of false doctrines, destructive indoctrinations, absurd ideas, and children’s stories about God, education, medicine, and love. The corrupt foundations of false society crumble. This time of crises is not the signal of the end of the world. What comes is not the end, but the beginning. The dream humanity has lived for centuries ends and we awaken to a bright new day, a bright new way .

Now in the Age of Aquarius, everything becomes unified. All our differences, all our dualities mix together like the fragrances of a flower shop, with all of the different flowers adding their bouquet to the overall mix until they are inseparable. Each individual flower remains distinct and individual, each one’s fragrance is unique and discernible when you come up close to it, yet joined together in unity with the others in the wonderful mixture that is the smell of the shop.

Our individual worth comes from inside, from what we have inside, through our development, our evolution, and what we can give to society. Now our drastic differences dissolve and we integrate into the whole. We integrate and unify with the energy of the universe, with the great cosmic spirit.

Mystically, Aquarius signifies friendship. Friendship bursts upon us in its most elevated sense, in its most noble aspect — with understanding, collaboration, and fraternity. Love and friendship will have nothing to do with possessing or ego. The idea of love meaning “you belong to me” ends in the New Age. The thought of friends of convenience, friendship based on an ulterior motive such as business ends. Love and friendship based on anything other than pure love, the divine and pure love of God, changes the sentiment into a coin of exchange — you no longer have love or friendship because of who you are, but because of what you do or can do for me.

This is the era of peace, of unity, of love. The polarity of Aquarius, Leo, floods us with its complementary characteristics. The celestial throne of the Sun, Leo, encourages, ennobles, enriches, and enlightens us for the growth of our hearts, the growth of our inner beings. Together with Aquarius, Leo promotes the integration of our individuality with our unity with all humanity. We realize that we must first be something in and of ourselves to be something for others.

Under their combined influence, friendship with an agenda disappears into true fraternity, into pure unity. Then we can prepare ourselves for unity with the universal spirit. . . . In the Age of Aquarius, we break from the past to invent the future we desire in our society and in our person. The answers we find will be wholly new ones, totally original ones, but they require a thorough examination of what has been and what we wish to come. All our institutions as we know them must adapt to this new reality.

This Golden Age is destined to synthesize all religious regimes and free the minds of ignorance and delusion forever. Once enlightened, each human being will begin his or her individual journey within, and strive to become the new race of super conscious humans awakening seekers of Truth and the eternal Spirit, healing peoples of many tongues and nations in the process. In this new millennium there will be no more falsehoods or derision, but spiritual living and third-eye vision. The Human Family is truly entering the Age of mystic revelations and the mind’s true liberation which is broadly known as spiritualism or New Millennium Religion.”

This article was sent to me as an email but was originally found in The Sunday Times, May 18, 2008.

“They say you have to suffer to be beautiful but now a string of worrying studies linking hair dye with cancer is making women more cautious about picking up a pack at the supermarket.

Andie MacDowell tells us she uses colorant to cover her grey “because I’m worth it”. Last month, however, a study by Yale School of Public Health, suggested that women who used dark hair dyes more than nine times a year doubled their risk of developing follicular lymphoma, a form of leukaemia. For those who started dyeing their hair in the 1970s, the risk rose further, probably due to chemicals that are now banned.

In 2001, a study in the International Journal of Cancer found that women who used permanent hair dyes regularly for 15 years or more were three times as likely to develop bladder cancer as women who didn’t dye their hair. And earlier this year, the World Health Organisation reported evidence that exposure to the chemicals in hair dyes can increase the risk of bladder cancer for male hairdressers and barbers. It did note that there was insufficient evidence to say that this risk extended to people who dye their own hair — but it also suggested that dark hair dyes are especially rich in carcinogenic chemicals.

If all this isn’t quite enough to turn your hair white, it certainly makes you wonder if you should let it go grey. Should we panic? Jamie Page, of the Cancer Prevention and Education Society, urges caution: “For some time, there have been known links between hair dyes and cancer. People should be aware that many chemicals in products have not been adequately tested for safety.”

The cosmetics industry, however, insists that the products we use are perfectly safe, particularly after many of the carcinogenic chemicals used in hair dye were banned in the late 1970s, with a further 22 outlawed in 2006. The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, an industry body, says: “Hair colorants and the dyes they contain are among the most thoroughly researched of all products on the market.”

Hair dyes are, of course, big business, with about 45m salon treatments a year in the UK and a further 50m units of home hair colour sold, so you might be sceptical. On the other hand, it is worth bearing in mind that the types of blood cancer linked to hair dyes are normally non-aggressive and extremely rare. Only 15.4 women in 100,000 develop these strains and they are unusual in the under-40s.  

Henry Scowcroft, senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK, says: “Women who dye their hair should not panic. Although this study did find a link between some types of hair dye and certain types of lymphoma, the increase in risk was extremely small and applied mainly to permanent dyes available before 1980.”

This doesn’t mean colorants are harmless. They contain strong chemicals that can trigger allergies, even potentially fatal ones. In 2000, Narinder Devi, 39, died of anaphylactic shock, an extreme allergic reaction, after using a permanent black hair dye at home in Birmingham. She had previously had an irritated scalp when dying her hair, but thought it was due to ammonia in the product, so she chose an ammonia-free product the next time. In fact, the redness and tingling that she apparently suffered were almost certainly a warning signal that she was becoming sensitised to certain chemical colorants (see below) that were penetrating her skin and getting into the bloodstream. Her immune system was priming her body for the final, fatal attack. Although this was an extremely rare case, it highlights the need for caution when choosing permanent dyes.

Perhaps the most controversial ingredient in modern hair colorants is p-Phenylenediamine (PPD). Found in permanent dyes, it is linked to rare but sometimes severe allergic reactions. Its use in hair dyes is banned in Germany, France and Sweden.

So, what can you do to minimise even the slightest risk involved in dyeing your hair? To avoid a PPD allergic reaction, always patch-test colour first. You might also want to consider swapping your permanent colour for one that washes out in six weeks or so, or swapping your tint at the salon for highlights or lowlights, which are applied on foils, so don’t touch the scalp. There are also a few chemical-free dyes available, such as Logona Herbal Hair Colours. They aren’t permanent, and are relatively expensive, but they come in a good range of shades and shouldn’t hurt the environment or your health.

The following chemicals have been known to cause rare allergic reactions in some people:


m-Phenylenediamine (also called meta-Phenylenediamine or MPD)

p-Phenylenediamine (also called para-Phenylenediamine or PPD)

N-Phenyl-p-phenylenediamine (also called N-Phenyl-para-phenylenediamine)

Toluene-2,5-diamine Variants of these chemicals may have hydrochloride, HC1 or sulphate as suffixes. They may also cause allergic reactions. Hair dyes containing these ingredients will have warnings on the packet. You should always patch-test before use, even if you have used them before, as allergies to PPD can develop suddenly, without warning “

Being a Gemini city it’s not hard to imagine why Melbourne has a reputation as a vibrant and progressive city. A city I am proud to call my home.

“The City of Melbourne has been consulting across the community for the past 11months to develop Future Melbourne, a long-term strategy for Melbourne guiding all aspects of life in the city until 2020 and beyond. Now the draft plan has been made available online as a “wiki” or collaborative website where everyone is invited to log-on, comment and contribute their ideas.

As far as we know, this is the first time a local government has used this style of consultation to develop a shared strategic vision for its municipality. This is a bold and exciting opportunity for the people of Melbourne, so please take advantage and have your say on Future Melbourne.”

John So, Lord Mayor.


“If you’re a cell phone user, you’ve no doubt been reading along for several years as we’ve reported various studies addressing the safety of this technology. Some have said that cell phones are safe to use. Some have suggested they might not be. For our part, we’ve urged precaution until more is known. Now a new examination of the available evidence says that was wise advice.

The new study, Mobile Phones and Brain Tumors – A Public Health Concern, was conducted by noted Australian brain surgeon Dr. Vini Gautam Khurana. Dr. Khurana analyzed more than 100 separate studies, both pro and con, on the potential health effects of cellular phone usage and concluded that the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by cell phones will likely lead to an epidemic of brain cancers within the next decade.

This evidence suggests that cell phone radiation will eventually pose a larger threat to public health than asbestos or smoking.”

Leo – To express & appreciate oneself

The 5th house – The oasis of one’s needs & longings; for the sake of oneself

Saturn – Restriction, lessons & learning, duty

“Saturn is the reality check in life, and tends to make us serious about the things, people and attitudes we have been holding onto. If we don’t really need it, this is a time of letting go, if we do then now is ideal for making things more permanent.

Saturn is the planet that says “no” but means “yes.” The no comes from Saturn showing us what isn’t working, sometimes in the form of frustrating blockages or delays. But these help us see where we need to put in effort to make concrete changes. Saturn says “yes” as the planet of crystallization that brings energy into matter. Saturn’s presence in a sign of the zodiac shows us where we are likely to meet limits and how to construct something useful.

Saturn in Leo is considered challenging by traditional astrologers. Since Saturn rules the opposite sign Aquarius where its cool edge of reason fits so well, it is in detriment in Leo. Theoretically, this suggests that the planet and sign don’t get along well. We can understand the contrast between the warmth and personal expressiveness of Leo and Saturn’s utilitarian approach to life. The planet chills the sign. But Saturn tends to put a damper on the energy wherever it is, yet rewards with concrete results for those willing to do the work.

The job of Saturn in Leo is building the courage to express our personalities.”

I am going to backtrack a couple of years to the time my inner world began to crumble and my days of personal irresponsibility and carelessness were numbered all in this process of the ego being shattered in order for true confidence of the soul to be reborn.

Before then I was blissfully ignorant in my rebellion of my past, living it up in a youthful stupor of seeming indestructable innocence, of endless parties and mindless moments where nothing mattered but immediate self gratification; anything to numb the pain that was life.

Before then, life was an expression of the self through the ego, albeit a fractured ego, unhealthy in it’s make due to an uncomprimising upbringing.

Yet as nature will have it, judgement day came and came for me it did. Life literally as I knew it came to a halt and changed forever –

I began to grow up!…… and embrace the true desires of my heart.

Again, I must have felt it coming as I remember discussing it with an astrologically aware brother of mine at the time and expressing my nervousness of what to expect.  Soul deep, I knew what was coming, wanted it to happen, much like a 13yr old teenager, not quite an adult, looks to adults and wants to be one but knows there’s a lot of pain in between that – the pain of growing up.

The pain of trading blissful innocence for responsible knowing; called the maturing process – the price of maturity.

Appropriate too as Leo is the sign of the teenager.

Thankfully, in the midst of it I was able to go on line and discover others going through the same process and we could commiserate together. There were many other Leos whose lives could feel their sun being overshadowed by the gloom and seriousness of Saturn/maturity and it gave comfort and instilled courage to know there would be an end to it one day soon.

Part of the process was learning how to direct some of that energy inside and nurturing myself as much as I was others for it was in learning how to protect oneself that you can learn to best nurture and strengthen others.

Part was how to be patient and prepare more before expressing and to take time for the end result for it is in the preparation time one can learn so much more; it is in the details which leo can be too impatient to take the time for, that you can pick up on those fine lines in life.

I was told that I would still be the fun-loving leo I was before, I was told I would enjoy the new mature lion I was to become and I have to say they were right. In fact, I have discovered more ways to enjoy life instead of the limited way I had before that I was previously attached to.

I discovered a whole lot more to the world I live in and how to live it authentically..!

Moon – Aspirations of the unconcious

Scorpio – Surrendering, in order to be reborn

Well here we are again, one month later, with another full moon in Scorpio (May 19-20). In a rare occurence the full moon has fallen consecutively in the same sign.

Having already been prepared by the last one this one was as intense but in a different way. This one was more internal than external or maybe I just directed it that way.

As usual, it’s affect began a week in advance where it began intensifying the affects of my planetary transits and in particular Chiron squaring my ASC – Ahhhhhhh….!

This happened a couple of days ago and I can tell you it was a tough couple of days in particular. I felt all this pressure inside and didn’t know what to do with it but it had to come out; had to be expressed!!! As healthily and naturally as possible to myself and others.

Luckily through my memories of previous lessons I was able to put to use the patience I’d learnt from them and awareness of what was being triggered. I could tell exactly when it lifted; I was walking home and all of a sudden the weight of it was gone and i could ‘breathe normally’ again.

So that set the theme of this full moon experience – putting more of the past to rest in the form of outwardly expressing internal blockages to release them .

And it’s worked – I feel healed in ways I haven’t been for a long while; another barrier inside has been broken, another code deciphered, one step closer to freedom of the soul and better integration of mind body & spirit!

Once I accepted the theme which was blatantly obvious when my phone company disconnected my phone; hello – red light says ‘take a break from everyone else and give yourself time and space at this time’.

I listened and was rewarded with more insight and peace of mind and spirit.





May 2008

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