A to Z Challenge – JUNO

Day 10

April 11, 2016

The Decade Later Letter – J

JUNO

(Roman)

JUNO

Areas of Influence: Juno was the Goddess of marriage, pregnancy and childbirth.

She was the Queen of the Gods and part of the Capitoline triad that also included Minerva and Jupiter.

This Deity was an embodiment of the traditional female roles of wife and mother.

One of her titles was Lucino (meaning light) as she helped to bring children into the light of this world at birth. She was also said to set and strengthen a child’s bones.

She was also Goddess of conception, a Goddess to be called upon in labour and one who helped settle disagreements between spouses.

Juno protected the finances of the Roman people. In this role she was the patron Goddess of the royal mint.

Before she absorbed many of Hera’s characteristics several scholars suggest that she was a Maiden Goddess.

The Month of June was named after her and it was considered the most favourable months in which to get married.

Her other claim to fame is that as an archetypal figure she appears in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.

Each Roman woman was said to have her own Juno which represented her female spirit.

Origins and Genealogy: According to later Roman myths she was the sister and consort of Jupiter and the mother of Mars, Hebe and Vulcan.

Mars was conceived when the Goddess was imoregnated by a flower.

Strengths: Leadership and a loyal wife.

Weaknesses: Jealousy and vindictiveness.

Symbolism

This Roman Goddess had a more warlike nature than Hera and was often depicted in a goat skin coat that was favoured among Roman soldiers.

She was also able to throw lightning bolts like her husband Jupiter. Sacred Birds: Geese and peacocks.

Sacred Plants: The wild fig tree.

Festivals: A special ceremony was dedicated to her in the home to celebrate the begining of each lunar month.

Her main festival, the Matronalia was held on 1st March. On this day married women asked their husbands to give them money to make offerings to the Goddess.

A smaller celebration known as the Nonae Caprotinae took place on 7th July.

Greek and Etruscan Equivalents: The Goddess Hera was the Greek equivalent to Juno.

Uni was the Etruscan Goddess who shared many similarities with this Deity.

Juno’s Archetypes

The Queen :

In the positive aspect the Queen represents the regal feminine. Using her benevolent authority to protect others. This Archetype can signify the power of women who rule over anything from the office to the home environment.

The shadow aspect reflects the tendency to become arrogant, controlling and aggressive when challenged.

As Queen of the Roman pantheon Juno has power and authority. Like her Greek counterpart, Hera, she misuses her position when she feels threatened. The Companion:

This stereotype is loyal, tenacious and unselfish in their service to a more authoritive figure. In this relationship she provides the emotional and practical support to enable her partner to concentrate on his mission. This was long considered the traditional role of the wife.

The shadow Companion manifests as betrayal, breaking confidences and identity loss through constantly suppressing your own needs.

Despite her husbands numerous affairs Juno remained loyal to her husband. How To Work With These Archetypes

The Queen:

The Queen asks whether you rule over your domain fairly, protecting every body’s rights and feelings.

Or do you need to look at patterns of trying to control others to protect your own emotional and personal position? If this is one of your patterns, you need to ask yourself what are you afraid of losing and where does that fear stem from ?

The Companion:

Do you have a long history of playing the loyal Companion to other people? Are you happy with this role or do you feel that the partnership is unequal and resent the fact that your needs are not being met? How do you express this resentment?

The shadow aspect of the Companion suggests you look at ways at achieving a better balance. Begin to rediscover who you are and what you want in life and allow time to follow your own interests.

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A to Z Challenge – Cat Scratch Fever

Day 9

April 11, 2016

The Irrascible Letter I

IRIS and ICARUS

Iris and Icarus

Once upon a time, there was a cat named Icarus. No, he didn’t fly too close to the sun. Cats can’t fly, for the most part. He could not say how he ended up in the house where he lived, nor could he remember how long it had been. The day that changed it all was the day Iris came to live there.

It was bad enough he had to compete with the elder, Panda.

Panda2

 She always managed to get to the food bowls before him. But now there would be another with which to contend. Iris was timid, of course, in the beginning. He knew all newcomers are when introduced to others of like fur.

In time, Icarus realized that Iris knew her place, and that was good. But the real trouble began when Daddy brought home a new mommy. First Mommy was a really good Mommy. But she went away, and Icarus, Panda and Iris were left just with Daddy. It was tough not having a Mommy, and Daddy was very strict with the food. Just dry food. Just once a day. None of the fur babies knew anything else.

Daddy went away too, for a long while, and someone came in everyday and fed them.

There was a vague familiar jangle as the door was opened and Icarus and Panda and Iris recognized Daddy’s voice. But there was another voice. A soft, and sweet sounding voice.

Each of the kitties hid, in their most favorite spots.

Icarus Hiding

When they were certain that this wasn’t some kind of trick, they emerged.

There was a lot of hustle and bustle and Daddy and the strange, sweet voiced Lady brought bags and what not inside. Panda was the first to brave meeting the new person. She just jumped right up on the couch, and plopped herself down in her usual spot.

“This is your new Mommy, Panda,” Daddy said. Second Mommy was taken with Panda. There was something about her looking just like an Oshi. Icarus wasn’t sure what an Oshi was, but hoped it wasn’t something that would complicate his life any further.

Then, all of a sudden Iris was timidly walking out and Second Mommy waited patiently for her, whispering sweet words with her sweet voice, to Iris. Well, does that seem right to you? Icarus thought. If he was the last one out, Second Mommy would think he was not friendly, and even worse, that he was a scaredy cat. No way was he a scaredy cat.

Still, from his hidey hole, Icarus watched Second Mommy gently patting Iris on her head. He just had to do something.

Acting as if it was no big deal, Icarus appeared at the other end of the room, and Icarus 2there was this silence which came over the room. Everyone was watching. Icarus hated being the center of attention, in that way.

Second Mommy reached out her hand, and called in her beautiful sing song voice his name. “Hello there, beautiful boy, Icarus.” she said. Iris was sitting there, right by her. How would he be able to formally meet her if Iris was there? Walking over, swishing his tail at Iris, Icarus stood waiting to feel her hand on his head. And it was a loving hand, and she smiled, and Icarus knew he made her happy. Taking a bold step, he slowly walked up to Second Mommy, and wound his way between her feet, and around her legs.

 

Iris

He still might have been second banana with Panda around, but he knew that Iris would always be low kitty on the totem pole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Monday Music Medicine Show – For Your Listening Pleasure Part 2

The Monday Music Medicine Show LOGO

Welcome to the Monday Music Medicine Show!

April will see a slight change in the Monday Music Medicine Show due to other commitments made for the month. Still, what’s a Monday without music? So, today, for your listening pleasure, the 79 Songs series will continue playing. Hopefully you’ll enjoy trying to recall where you heard these songs, or finally be able to put a name to those you may have wondered what they were.

Sit back and enjoy!


We will return with the regularly scheduled SHOW in May.

Singing Smiley

A to Z Challenge – HOGWARTS

Day 8

April 9, 2016

The Haphazard Letter: H

Hogwarts

What? You thought I wouldn’t let you know what the rest of the rooms in our house were called? Seriously?

Obviously, unless you were born on Mars, you know that Hogwarts is part of a movie franchise which took the world by storm. The Harry Potter series of books, and movies, took place (especially in the early years) at The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hogwarts by night

Hogwarts

Hogwarts by day

Hogwarts by day resize

I am a huge fan of architecture. I love places like the cloisters in New York, the majesty of Machu Picchu, the ancient ruins in Greece, the myriad castles and mansions I’ve visited over the years right here in the Northeast. So when I saw the setting for the Harry Potter movies, I fell in love.

Needless to say, one of our rooms would be dubbed, Hogwarts. That room is our main bathroom. What? You were thinking the living room, perhaps, should have that name? Well, yeah, it sounds good, but it already had its own name. All will be revealed throughout this challenge.

We do have two other bathrooms, and since the letter F already has another word, I’ll let you in on the names. The master bath is called The Fellowship Room. All of those reading who have read or seen The Lord of the Rings, will most definitely know where that comes from. The third bath is named Moria, also from The Lord of the Rings. It is called thus because it’s in the basement. Currently, however, it is more of a storage room than a bath.

Anyway, back to Hogwarts. It picked up its name because of the Harry Potter calendars which were always placed on the door to that room, both in The Shire (our little mobile home where we lived when we came up to New York – also from LOTR), and now, in Serenity (named for the Firefly series).

If you think about it, naming the rooms, especially when there is more than one of a kind, like the bathrooms, saves one the trouble of having to explain to the other that the bathroom where something needed is stored has an actual name. So when I want that something, I simply have to say, “Mr. Quantum, would you please get me another roll of paper towels from Hogwarts” thereby saving Q from asking, “which bathroom?”

Neat, huh?

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Hogwarts by Day: Business2Community.com

A to Z Challenge – The F Word

Day 6

April 7, 2016

The Sextet Letter: F

The F word – FOX

If you don’t know this scene which depicts the first happenstance meeting of two characters:

And if you don’t know about The Shop Around the Corner, and the big bad FOX BOOKS taking over and putting her out of business, then you don’t know F O X, like I know FOX.

Mr. Quantum and I are always finding similarities to our real life love story. No, I didn’t own a bookstore, and he wasn’t the big bad book store chain mogol. Yet this tells the story about a time when meeting on the internet and finding your ‘meant to be’ was tucked in between the seeming tale of woe. It shows us a time when being online did not include a world wide web, but little satelitte ISPs which created communities and was still new and novel, and even held the magic of fairy tale love.

At the end, it begs the question: How can a boy from Texas, and a girl from New York meet online and get married? And how could they NOT have “You’ve Got Mail” as their anniversary movie? In fact in less than a month, we’ll be watching this film for the 18th time on the anniversary of our nuptuals.

When I hear, “You’ve Got Mail” that little announcement AOL used for their notification of a new email. And, when I think of the word FOX, this is the first thing that comes to mind.

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