Community Health and Thesmophoria

Thesmophoria, translating the words “thesmos” θεσμός (ties) and ”phoreis” φορείς (the plural noun of “delivery” or some type of messengers) are helpful to begin to understand what this adult only women tradition of THESMOPHORIA in Ancient Greece was about. Dr. Alkistis Agio, a coach/trainer has written an amazing blog post on this widespread celebration in Ancient Greece (Happy ’Thesmophoria’ ladies!).

Autumn rituals to the agriculture goddess Artemis (Demeter) and her daughter Persephone are still with us through today. Of special interest is the close celebration to Dionysus (Bacchus the Roman name) of Dionysia which is also considered the first carnival. In context with the wine making, wheat storing, in essence ”loading up” food for winter months all these festivals made sense, and created social rituals as human basic need to bond and share. Now we have in some countries September-October the more marketable ”Oktoberfest” … but definitely the traditions of wine and beer making continue (even during Covid!)

I had the privilege years ago to purchase a ceramic chalice with the Celtic writing of “life”…. though too big to drink so much wine from (!) it reminds me of the importance of community sharing and common rituals through Cultural and religious traditions today (eg. communion in the Christian tradition)

As Persephone was lured to the underworld with a pomegranate — read post ”Pomegranates and Autumn Comforts” I was grateful starting the first week of October and ending Thanksgiving to run a 10-session seminar on stress management and wellness psycho-education group for a group ages 23+ through 60+ the benefit of cross-generations, a lot of sharing! I found the entry point of the Persephone myth in the ancient ruins in Elefsis (“Elefsina” Ελευσίνα in Greek)…. perhaps I thought that getting a bit closer to the Eleusian Mysteries will take my spiritual development at a higher point to tie in the power of the female along with our more traditional patriarchal society… and how everything merged into a community bond that was difficult to break, but in many ways maintained that particular community’s identity, health and well-being. Anyone read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s historical fantasy “The Mists of Avalon”? Camelot existed, or did it not? The Celts were travellers, perhaps some traditions merged in a way that we will never quite understand.

Cave in background is the supposed entry-point to Hades’ kingdom as Persephone became his ”bride” — more on Persephone here by World History Encyclopedia.

There is no planet B for youth

This was the key message from the United Nations rep on the current state of our Earth. On November 4th many celebrate Diwali 🪔 much needed LIGHT, and one custom of GOOD reminds me that “there is some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for” says Sam to … Master Froddo! So, we need to fight for it.

Fight for your soul, for humanity, and the planet. Take it seriously, this is not a joke — we have no planet ”B”. Many have helped us increase our knowledge, our health literacy, with individual and community efforts…. Do think of what can you do today?

  • As consumers use less plastics, the 3 Rs ♻️ Reuse, Reduce, Recycle ♻️), but be careful as some of these “cool bags” can lead to bigger issues! (The Cotton Tote “Crisis”)
  • Energy and fuel efficient, less carbon emissions cars 🚘 and buses 🚌 🚎
  • Plant 🪴 🌲 🌳 reforest, and think of getting a little help from those heroic bees (April showers bring May flowers and..? 🐝 )
  • Homes 🏡 — energy efficient light 💡 bulbs, turn OFF and stop 🛑 your tap water from running when you don’t need it; insulate well!
  • Clean 🧼 up trash and vandalism from your community and help your municipality! Alone or with a group “after the storm”…
  • Schools 🏫 can also educate to recycle, fix up play areas, contribute books and offer classes to poor neighborhoods
  • Demand your legislators and governments to enforce global mandates — New agreements between US and EU on steel mandates (Joint EU-US agreement on steel 2021)

thinkgreen #EUinitiatives #Recycle #noplanetB

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Thoughts – November!

Food for thought this November, happy month !

The birds ”stock up“ How about you?

Every year I have observed a pattern of birds (pigeons) eating olives whose Omega 3 nutrient is much needed for their wings and stocking up for winter survival. Fot sure each season has its foods (see last post!) and what about long-term survival?

Some food for thought from the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glascow, Scotland — we cannot have the earth as a “dumping ground” anymore a wake-up call for individuals, communities and governments to take action for the environment!
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“Novembre” by Italian singer G. Ferreri