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Article ID: 4503
Age Group: Adult
Posted: March 5th. 2001
Helping Our Own
It seems as if Mother Gaia had a few things to say this past week. Happily, aside from a few broken windows and some downed trees, our Pagan brothers and sisters weathered the rocking and rolling of the Seattle earthquake with nothing more serious than some understandably frayed nerves. We want to thank our many contacts and friends in that area for emailing TWV to let us know that they were indeed okay. Do let us know if there are any Washington state Pagans who may need some assistance or have magickal 'replacement' needs. We will be more than happy to help get the word out on any such relief efforts.
Even we earth-oriented Pagans sometimes forget that 'terra firma' is really a misnomer. What we think of as the solid ground beneath our feet is really just a set of rock plates floating on a bed of liquid magma. If you would like to learn more about earthquakes and see the areas where they most often occur-which on every continent just about every day- surf on over to the U.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Hazards Program. Here you will find listing and maps of the most recent quake occurrences, earthquake hazard probabilities for the California region, tips for being prepared for an event and other useful information. Although modern scientists are still pondering on how to predict earthquakes in the future, one man has developed a prediction theory based upon the writing of the ancient past.
Mike Lee writes: "The appearance of eclipses were interpreted by ancient Hawaiian priests as a warning from Madame Pele, their volcano goddess, of an approaching earthquake or volcanic eruption. Madame Pele's sacred name of Hina-i-ke-ahi, meaning "moon in the flames, " was derived from the red hue of a lunar eclipse. A casual study of astronomy and plate tectonics suggested that a scientific correlation of eclipses and seismic events should be tested. Using the astronomy computer program Voyager II (1992, Carina Software) and Fowler's text The Solid Earth (1990, Cambridge Univ. Press), the penumbra of past and future eclipses was geographically tracked to identify locations along fault lines which were then investigated for seismic activity. The following are representative of preliminary findings: Earthquakes reported for Hawaii (21Jun82 and 18Nov75) and Peru (26Sep96) followed lunar eclipses by about 480 days. Earthquakes reported for Mexico City (30May84 and 10May94) followed solar eclipses by thirteen days. More research is needed to determine if seismic factors indeed coincide with alignments of the sun, earth, and moon. While the eclipses cannot explain the accumulated geological stress that drives seismic events, triggering mechanisms may be related to such factors as ocean tides, mantle shifts, and electromagnetic effects. Eclipses represent a simplified approach to investigating possible theories." On Mr. Lee's Earthquake Prediction Page, you can find his prediction based upon separate lunar and solar methods for this year, some more distant future predictions and a chart on how accurate this theory has been shown to be thus far.
Goddess forbid that you should ever have to experience a great natural disaster. While in many cases, it is clear that Gaia is going to do what Gaia is going to do that does not mean that we cannot take charge of our destinies in some ways. What would YOU do in an emergency? One of things that has been proven to save lives and everyone can easily learn to do is CPR. Book mark the site. Print out the information in wallet-size version available and keep it where you can find it in an emergency. Put an extra one in your vehicle. Schedule a practice session with your family or coven. Your local Red Cross agencies offer workshops and if you have a festival planned, you might consider adding a CPR/Disaster Management workshop into the schedule. Given that regular services might be disrupted for weeks or even months after a disaster, natural or herbal medicines might be the only things accessible. Learn about-and stock up on-things such as tea tree oil, which can be used for so many conditions, injuries and ailments that it really can be called one of Nature's miracle gifts to humanity.
Here in Florida from May until November, our news stations continually repeat public service announcements during the hurricane season. Every Floridian is urged to assemble a hurricane kit. You can use the same guidelines if you want to do something similar for your family. If you have spent time in a long line at the grocery store with everyone else who waited until a storm was just a few hours away, you'll save yourself a lot of aggravation if you plan ahead and just do it now.
Having tried to contact some of our own friends in the Seattle area after the quake last week brought to mind another project that someone or some group might want to consider taking on for the community. If some disaster struck an area of the country, how can Pagans let other Pagans (and their families) know that they are okay? If several of the more highly-trafficked Pagan web sites could get together and form a sort of "Disaster Notification Buddy-System", this could be accomplished very quickly. In the case of TWV, we would try to contact Lhiannon over at Draknet if Florida had a statewide emergency and ask her to list messages from Florida Pagans who are reporting in. In return, we would do the same for the Texas Pagans (or any other state) here at TWV. In the case of more localized situations, Pagans from one part of the state could help forward messages from the Pagans in the part of their state that was affected. Something to think about and we're sure that something like this would set a lot of worried minds to rest should we ever need to implement it.
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