October 22, 2014

The Passing of a Great Man: Gough Whitlam (11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014).

"Australia's 21st prime minister and a titan of the Australian Labor Party, 
Edward Gough Whitlam, has died, aged 98.
Mr Whitlam leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics."
Obituary: former prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

My Highlight of the Byron Bay Writer's Festival 2014


It would have been ironic had Gough lived till 100,because every Australian gets a letter from the Queen of England when they reach that milestone.
 And of course it was the Queen through the Governor General who kicked Gough out of his Prime-minstership of Oz.

Brisbane Does Love its EKKA...and Starr's EKKA Paintings

 It's been a year of great men passing from a world they gave so much to so many people.


October 19, 2014

Giving the Middle Finger to the Fool's Ring.

I wrote a post a while back about throwing my wedding ring into the ocean at Byron Bay -
Love on the Rocks...A Fool's Journey ?
and replacing it with a "Prosperity Ring"  that I got from Israel over the internet and placing it on my middle left-hand finger.
At the time I was reading a book about rings that I had bought a few years back,second hand from Amazon,but had never gotten around to reading until my ring toss and started pondering the significance of rings.
The book is called,
Rings for the Finger
and was written by  George Frederick Kunz
(Kunz...sounds very close to the name I sometimes mutter under my breath to myself whenever the thought of my soon to be ex enters my mind ;-)
 It is an old book,but quite interesting with it's information on ring wearing customs.
But I was surprised that the middle finger of the left hand was considered to be 
"the finger for fools"  !?
I thought this was quite funny,since I was thinking what a fool I was for wearing a wedding ring on the traditional finger for wedding rings all these years.
But at the same time I thought it was neat that my
"Prosperity Ring" was now on the Fool's finger.
Ring Symbolism
Middle: The identity finger. The Saturn finger is associated with wisdom and dealing with responsibility and our role in life.  
(Saturn was the father of Jupiter.) 
This is the finger with the most strength and balance. Wearing a ring on this finger announces "I am" and governs the way we see ourselves, our potentials, and our limitations. It is an effort to enhance willpower with the support of total ego.

Saturn

(The Middle Finger)

The Balance Wheel, sense of right and wrong, the law, search for truth, propriety, self-analysis, secretiveness.
 Saturn has been called “the balance wheel” of the hand or the personality. It is here that we find the qualities relating to universal and human law and justice and our relationship to them. To emphasize the role of Saturn is to emphasize the sense of what is right and wrong, what is proper in any given situation. Other qualities related to Saturn are a certain tendency toward introspection. Saurn in its extreme can develop into a tendancy to secretiveness. Saturn  carried too far tends to be weighty, heavy and sad. My own palmistry teacher used to say that “everybody has more than enough of the qualities of Saturn.”  It would be rare that a person would want to bring greater emphasis to this particular aspect.
Symbolism, Significance and Meaning of Rings on the Five Fingers

 

Apart from the obvious hand gesture, the middle finger is your largest, boldest finger.
Rings worn on the middle finger are surprisingly uncommon — in part, that’s because it’s adjacent to the index finger, and anything bulky can be quite a hindrance to fine manual tasks. It’s best to keep things small and simple if you’re wearing them on your middle finger.
That said, a lot of first-time ring-wearers might feel more comfortable with the middle finger, purely because if feels so central, sturdy, and frankly, “manly.” If the idea of a pinky ring weirds you out, and you don’t want any confusion with wedding/engagement symbolism, the middle finger’s a safe default.
Because of its central location, the middle finger is held to symbolize balance and responsibility, and is associated with Saturn. Since Saturn’s metal is lead, simple gray metals like steel are common middle finger choices.
 Rings & Finger Symbolism | Which Finger Should You Wear a Ring On | Rings & Meanings
 I like the idea of being on "The Fool's Journey" of the Tarot,so I'm pleased to give the middle finger to the Fool's ring.
Makes it all the more symbolic to me,since the biggest fools in life are the ones that think they are not fools.
"The Ring is a traditional symbol of infinity or eternity, the transposition of the magickal circle into the real world of tangible, functional objects.
In a magical sense, wearing a ring binds you with power, with energy
."

Ring Symbolism
 

October 17, 2014

Life Support ?

Thinking about getting a tattoo like this for my left wrist this weekend,to go under my watchband in case I ever end up on life support.
It should make it easier on my family if they are ever forced to make a decision to pull the plug on me or not.

UPDATE : 18/10/2014.
Too late.
Oh,what a fool I am. :-) 
Now here's a sync also.
I had to be down in the Byron Bay area early in the day for an open house,for a house I wanted to look at as I'm thinking (pretty hard too) about moving down there.
I had also made up my mind to get a tattoo from "Sharkies" Tattoo in Byron Bay later in the day,so thought I would take in a movie across the road first,have some lunch and get a tattoo and go home.
My only two real choices for the time I wanted to see a movie in Byron Bay 
were "Gone Girl",which I have already seen,or 
"The Maze Runner",which I did want to see,as everybody has been telling me how good it is.
See the comments section of the Gone Girl post,for example.
Boy did it blow me away when I saw the main runner in the film had his left wrist bandaged at one stage of the movie,as if he had just gotten a tattoo,too. :-)
Where I got my new tattoo.The cinema is right across the road from it.
Oddly enough,it was another movie that gave me the idea for getting the tattoo in the first place.
"Transcendence".
Nice job on the tattoo,too Rob.Cheers.