Blood Moon

Today, 27 July 2018, there will be the longest total lunar eclipse visible in Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe. The totality will last 103 minutes, making it the longest in the 21st century. The moon will take on a reddish-orange glow during the eclipse. The name Blood Moon is usually used for this view on the moon.

Here in Rotterdam the advice is to look for an area with a clear view. At 21:30 the moon will rise in the east. It will be partly covered by the earth’s shadow by that time. The full eclipse starts at 21:30 and will end at 23:13. You do not need any special eye equipment to watch the moon.

Mars will be very close to the moon on this day and will be easy to see with naked eyes.

I will try and make some photographs of the moon. Hopefully there will be a clear sky here in Rotterdam. If i succeed i will add the photographs to this post over the weekend.

Published on July 27, 2018 at 6:00 by

Corners of the mouth

34. Ta Chuang / The Power of the Great

above CHêN THE AROUSING, THUNDER
above CH’IEN THE CREATIVE, HEAVEN

The great lines, that is, the light, strong lines, are powerful. Four light lines have entered the hexagram from below and are about to ascend higher. The upper trigram is Chên, the Arousing; the lower is ch’ien, the Creative. Ch’ien is strong, Chên produces movement. The union of movement and strength gives the meaning of THE POWER OF THE GREAT. The hexagram is linked with the second month (March-April).

THE JUDGMENT

THE POWER OF THE GREAT. Perseverance furthers.

The hexagram points to a time when inner worth mounts with great force and comes to power. But its strength has already passed beyond the median line, hence there is danger that one may rely entirely on one’s own power and forget to ask what is right. There is danger too that, being intent on movement, we may not wait for the right time. Therefore the added statement that perseverance furthers. For that is truly great power which does not degenerate into mere force but remains inwardly united with the fundamental principles of right and of justice. When we understand this point–namely, that greatness and justice must be indissolubly united–we understand the true meaning of all that happens in heaven and on earth.

THE IMAGE

Thunder in heaven above:
The image of THE POWER OF THE GREAT.
Thus the superior man does not tread upon paths
That do not accord with established order.

Thunder–electrical energy–mounts upward in the spring. The direction of this movement is in harmony with that of the movement of heaven. It is therefore a movement in accord with heaven, producing great power. However, true greatness depends on being in harmony with what is right. Therefore in times of great power the superior man avoids doing anything that is not in harmony with the established order.

THE LINES

Nine in the second place means:
Perseverance brings good fortune.

The premise here is that the gates to success are beginning to open. Resistance gives way and we forge ahead. This is the point at which, only too easily, we become the prey of exuberant self-confidence. This is why the oracle says that perseverance (i.e., perseverance in inner equilibrium, without excessive use of power) brings good fortune.

Nine in the third place means:
The inferior man works through power.
The superior man does not act thus.
To continue is dangerous.
A goat butts against a hedge
And gets its horns entangled.

Making a boast of power leads to entanglements, just as a goat entangles its horns when it butts against a hedge. Whereas an inferior man revels in power when he comes into possession of it, the superior man never makes this mistake. He is conscious at all times of the danger of pushing ahead regardless of circumstances, and therefore renounces in good time the empty display of force.

° Nine in the fourth place means:
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Remorse disappears.
The hedge opens; there is no entanglement.
Power depends upon the axle of a big cart.

If a man goes on quietly and perseveringly working at the removal of resistances, success comes in the end. The obstructions give way and all occasion for remorse arising from excessive use of power disappears.

Such a man’s power does not show externally, yet it can move heavy loads, like a big cart whose real strength lies in its axle. The less that power is applied outwardly, the greater its effect.

Six at the top means:
A goat butts against a hedge.
It cannot go backward, it cannot go forward.
Nothing serves to further.
If one notes the difficulty, this brings good fortune.

If we venture too far we come to a deadlock, unable either to advance or to retreat and whatever we do merely serves to complicate thing further. Such obstinacy leads to insuperable difficulties. But if, realizing the situation, we compose ourselves and decide not to continue, everything will right itself in time.

27. I / Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment)

above KêN KEEPING STILL, MOUNTAIN
below CHêN THE AROUSING, THUNDER

This hexagram is a picture of an open mouth; above and below are firm lines of the lips, and between them the opening. Starting with the mouth, through which we take food for nourishment, the thought leads to nourishment itself. Nourishment of oneself, specifically of the body, is represented in the three lower lines, while the three upper lines represent nourishment and care of others, in a higher, spiritual sense.

THE JUDGMENT

THE CORNERS OF THE MOUTH.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Pay heed to the providing of nourishment
And to what a man seeks
To fill his own mouth with.

In bestowing care and nourishment, it is important that the right people should be taken care of and that we should attend to our own nourishment in the right way. If we wish to know what anyone is like, we have only to observe on whom he bestows his care and what sides of his own nature he cultivates and nourishes. Nature nourishes all creatures. The great man fosters and takes care of superior men, in order to take care of all men through them. Mencius says about this:

If we wish to know whether anyone is superior or not, we need only observe what part of his being he regards as especially important. The body has superior and inferior, important and unimportant parts. We must not injure important parts for the sake of the unimportant, nor must we injure the superior parts for the sake of the inferior. He who cultivates the inferior parts of his nature is an inferior man. He who cultivates the superior parts of his nature is a superior man.

THE IMAGE

At the foot of the mountain, thunder:
The image of PROVIDING NOURISHMENT.
Thus the superior man is careful of his words
And temperate in eating and drinking.

“God comes forth in the sign of the Arousing”: when in the spring the life forces stir again, all things comes into being anew. “He brings to perfection in the sign of Keeping Still”: thus in the early spring, when the seeds fall to earth, all things are made ready. This is an image of providing nourishment through movement and tranquillity. The superior man takes it as a pattern for the nourishment and cultivation of his character. Words are a movement going form within outward. Eating and drinking are movements from without inward. Both kinds of movement can be modified by tranquillity. For tranquillity keeps the words that come out of the mouth from exceeding proper measure, and keeps the food that goes into the mouth from exceeding its proper measure. Thus character is cultivated.

Published on July 26, 2018 at 6:00 by

Why we make bad decisions

I watched this TED talk today. Enjoyed it very much. A clear mind, not talking too fast. Also not too personal. I don’t really like it when somebody starts with his or her own story and moves into a general story.

The video is published in 2008. Not too high resolution. It doesn’t matter too much.

Enjoy!

Published on July 24, 2018 at 6:00 by

Between my house and the garden

Reflection
The trees and the bridge
Under the bridge
The old Shell building
Tree and buildings
Drought
A bee on a flower (no idea what flower this is)
Bindweed flowering (grrr)
Dry grass
Pink and orange
Deep purple
Published on July 23, 2018 at 6:00 by

Thursday 19 July 2018

Thursday morning i woke around eight. I read some blogposts on my iPad before i got up around half past eight. For breakfast i had two cracottes with a boiled egg. Yum. I emptied the cat litter box, wiped the area around it. Brushed my teeth, put on my day cream and put on my black dress and went outside. Opening the Tuin op de Hofbogen. It was warm today. Not too warm. A light cooling breeze.

I walked to the garden. Past the woman with the little dog calld the same as my cat, Muis. Which means Mouse, in case you were wondering. I stood for a bit at the dogs place, watching the dogs out there. Most look a bit like wolves, with very light eyes. I let them sniff my hands. One i could stroke. He liked it.

On towards the garden. I got in through the side entrance. First i walked to the back, opening the gate there. Than up to the front, the gate with the Luchtsingel. I saw some people with children standing at the gate, but they walked down before i got there. I wanted to wave, but they were too far away. At the gate i called Rob. Rob has a app which opens the gate. I had to call a few times before i got him on the line. And hey, the people were coming back! They waited a bit before i got through to Rob. And then finally the gate was open, the people walked in and i walked out.

I saw a bicycle standing outside the Vredestuin. I walked up there and saw Hilde was working there. After a short chat about brassicas and the time of work tomorrow i walked back home. ooh, first i went past the poulterer and got myself some chicken livers. I do eat less carbs, more proteines. More cheese and meat i’m afraid.

Back home i made myself a cup of tea. Checked my iPad again. Then i went and sat behind my computer. An update. I decided to go through with this, took around half an hour. I read a book New Urban Farming. Nice one.

When my computer was all updated i went and started up World of Warcraft. First a battle pet fight on Rhoan, my 91 druid. Still need to level her. Patch 8.0 was released yesterday. Still some thing to get used to, but for my rogue most things were easy to adjust. Weird to see so much lower numbers. That item squish is quite something. I did buy a legendary for my 108 shaman. And then i tried to get into the shaman’s class hall. And wow quit on me. Three times. I gave up after that. Hmmm. Back to my rogue, did a few battle pet world quests. Then i finished four the Warder’s world quests and got my rep for them closer to revered. Not there yet.

For lunch i made a salad with chicken livers. A tomato, half a courgette and some swiss chard.

After lunch i watched the Tour de France for a bit. After half an hour or so i went back to my computer and started up Final Cut Pro. I watched the video’s i made yesterday, the ones i made a week and a half ago. I also went through some instrumental numbers in my iTunes, found a couple i added to see if they are any good. Still very much in the early stage of this new project. Lovely to see the new vids.

Back to the Tour de France. Todays was a big one, the Alpe d’Huez. For a while it looked like Kruijswijk would win. But the time of his lead diminished from six minutes until three and a half kilometers before the end he was finally past by by the top three of the general rankings: Thomas, Froome and Dumoulin.

In between i made a courgette cake. Just my basic recipe. With 200 grams of buckwheat and 100 grams of almond flour. I did take a slice once it was done. The rest i will take with me tomorrow when i work in the garden.

Some youtube videos. Some yoghurt. Still a bit hungry and up for some savoury after that, so i baked an egg with some bacon with two cracottes.

The rest of this evening i will watch the Great British Bake Off. I don’t know about the rest of this evening. I usually go to bed around ten till half past ten. Do some reading in bed, a book or on my iPad. Try to get some sleep. Last night went well actually.

To you, have a good weekend. Enjoy!

Published on July 20, 2018 at 6:00 by

Random thoughts

The past two years i have been working in the garden. I haven’t been looking for working. A few things i turned down. Not my thing. No experience with the requirements. It doesn’t feel like i actively stopped looking for work. It slipped away.

A few days ago i had a short talk about the videoclip Spring i made. I still need to learn so many things. About filming, about editing, about what thoughts i can put into it. I do know i need to stay close to my life as it is right now.

It is difficult since almost everyone has a passive knowledge of how these videoclips should look. Our lives are saturated with commercials, movies, videoclips. It is hard for me to go through this and try to make something which i like to look at, something from which i can learn. Something new. But also old.

It is difficult. But i can not stop. I do want to get to what i want to say. I do have these images in my mind. I do want to get there.

So yes, gardening is taking a step back. A bit unsure about it. And i wont leave it all together. But the focus is on my work. As it should be.

Published on July 18, 2018 at 6:00 by