It is an enduring remnant of Paganism to deck our houses with evergreens towards the close of the year. Although the custom was forbidden by the councils of the early Christian Church, its hold was too strong for it to be readily relinquished. For the Druids of ancient Britain, Holly and Ivy symbolised a contest between the masculine (holly) and feminine (ivy) elements in nature. In the modern age Holly and Ivy have come to represent Christmas.
Hollysupposedly wards off witches and a sprig tied to the bedpost assures pleasant dreams. Syrup, made by boiling the twigs is good for easing chesty coughs. According to Christian tradition the pointed leaves represent the thorns of Christ’s Crown, the perennially-green leaves represent eternal life and the red berries represent the blood He shed for our salvation.
Ivy, according to ancient tradition, has always been a symbol of fidelity, friendship and affection. Druids considered it a symbol of determination and strength while the Celts also associated ivy with the lunar goddess, Arianrhod, and held it as a portent of death and spiritual rebirth.
Watching this video made me want to write about a topic very dear to my heart; animals and animal rights. I have 4 reasons why animals are important in our lives:
1- Animals are part of our ecosystem cycle. Simply put, if we don’t respect their co-existence or protect them and their habitats from the possiblity of man made extinction, then the whole food chain cycle will be disrupted. Animals of all kinds, including primates, will directly suffer the consequences of our actions.
2- Animals have elevated senses. We as humans have super senses, but even our eyes, ears and sense of smell are of no match to those of the animals. Further, the evolution of the animal is linked directly to the Earth and the historical changes of our planet through time. For example, sharks use the electromagnetic field from the earth’s north and south poles to detect their direction using electrical wave lengths. Elephants can communicate through the vibrations from their foot steps. They can, in fact, communicate with a herd of elephants 10km away just by sensations on their feet! Bears hibernate the whole winter, slowing the heart rate down to one beat per minute, saving energy throughout the whole winter season. Bats use ultrasound wavelengths to detect prey in the dark. Some scientist believe the nocturnal bat inhabited the nightlife to avoid the dinosaurs who hunted during the day. Survival intinct. Alligators are cold blooded, not producing any heat and saving energy for months without the need of sunlight. There are many more examples of the greatness of the animal kingdom that we can learn from and adapt to our technologies.
Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. -