Tower of Song

The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 1

This is to announce that the GS’s new musical essay series, “The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 1”, will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, March 2nd, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.)

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 7 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce the Gypsy Scholar’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 7” (2/23/15), is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 7

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 7”, will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning February 23rd on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.)

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 6 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce the Gypsy Scholar’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 6” (2/16/15), is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

This 6th installment featured a look at “The Moon & The Regeneration of Time.” It should be perfect to listen to tonight, February 18th, because the night sky will feature a new moon, which will be a “supermoon” (the closest new supermoon of the year and second-closest overall). The February supermoon will be new at 23:47 UTC (3:47 pm PST), and lunar perigee will occur less than 8 hours afterwards.

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 6

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 6”, will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning February 16th on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.)

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 5 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce the Gypsy Scholar’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 5” (2/9/15), is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 5

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 5”, will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning via KUSPfm and kusp.org on February 9th. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 4 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce the Gypsy Scholar’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 4” (2/2/15), is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Weather Prognostication for Imbolc & Groundhog Day: A Second Winter. (In this musical essay for Imbolc and the the Celtic goddess Brigit, it now seems like the winter storms for the West Coast were predicted.)

“For the old agrarian societies of the Celts, Imbolc (celebrated on February 1st or 2nd) was traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to the North American Groundhog Day on February 2nd. An old British rhyme tells us that “if Candlemas Day be bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.” And an old Scottish Gaelic proverb about the day is: “The serpent will come from the hole / On the brown Day of Bride, / Though there should be three feet of snow / On the flat surface of the ground.” Groundhog’s Day is a holiday so-called because American groundhogs were the local counterpart to the Irish hare that was sacred to the Imbolc goddess Brigit/Bride. Celtic belief is that good weather on Imbolc means that winter will continue, and that bad weather means winter is on the way out — hence the importance of the presence or absence of a sacred animal’s shadow. It seems that the ancient Celts relied on the creatures that live beneath the earth and their apparent ability to predict weather patterns through their behavior at this time. In Scotland, the Old Woman of winter, the Cailleach, is reborn as Bride, Young Maiden of Spring, fragile yet growing stronger each day as the sun rekindles its fire. Imbolc is the day the Cailleach gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she intends to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people are generally relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over.”

The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 4

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 4”, will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning via KUSPfm and kusp.org on Febuary 2nd. Since the program occurs between the Celtic/Neopagan cross-quarter festival of Imbolc (Feb. 1st) and the Full Moon (Feb. 3rd) it will feature presentations for these. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.)

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The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 3 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce the Gypsy Scholar’s musical essay series, “The New Year & Rebirth In Archaic Myth & Ritual, Pt. 3,” is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>