Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
Ecclesiastes, Bible (King James)
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As global climate change accelerates, the weather associated with the Earth's solstices and the equinoxes is already changing dramatically from place to place, but the solstices and the equinoxes will remain powerful natural and mystical events.
They articulate the transitions from one season to another.
The fact that the opposite events are experienced simultaneously in the northern and southern hemispheres -- i.e., this Winter Solstice in San Francisco, Paris and Seoul is actually the Summer Solstice in Sydney, Johannesburg and Beunos Aires -- only intensifies the power and deepens the meaning.
The planetary truth of the solstices and the equinoxes is a divine paradox.
Can you feel darkness and light both growing at once? Can you feel the Yin and Yang swirling like great storms, penetrating each other, each one with a dot of the other at its core? Can you feel the turning of the Earth in its totality?
It is both the beginning and the end, the nadir and the zenith.
To celebrate this turning of the wheel, I have chosen this moment to debut a new dimension to Words of Power.
We are now accepting contributions via credit card or Paypal. Look just for the VISA/Master Card and "Donate" logo in the upper right-hand corner of this home page.
Subscriptions and on-line access to Words of Power will continue to remain FREE of charge, of course, BUT...
If you value of alternative news and analysis and want to support this work, and you can afford it, please contribute $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 this holiday season (your contribution is not tax-deductible).
Funds received will be used to expand the service and evolve the infrastructure required to deliver this vital content to a broader audience.
As if in tune with this personal decision, the power of the Blogosphere and the Alternative Media has just been underscored by Time’s Magazine’s selection of YOU as the Person of the Year: “In 2006, the World Wide Web became a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter.”
Two other recent news stories further amplify the importance of this undertaking:
-- The US Census Bureau's annual Statistical Abstract reports that people in the US will spend more time using the Internet than reading newspapers (for good reason).
-- Likewise, a Jupiter Research report indicates that “the time European consumers spend online has, for the first time, overtaken the hours they devote to newspapers and magazines.”
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And don't be concerned about perpetual fund-raisers, I will only reach out to you four times a year -- on the Solstices and the Equinoxes.
All the Best,
GS(3) Intelligence & Words of Power
Richard Power is the founder of GS(3) Intelligence and http://www.wordsofpower.net. His work focuses on the inter-related issues of security, sustainability and spirit, and how to overcome the challenges of terrorism, cyber crime, global warming, health emergencies, natural disasters, etc. You can reach him via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.wordsofpower.net
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