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' A steadily increasing body of research has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts hundreds of millions of children and teens, with the effects sometimes lasting years and, possibly, decades.

Experiencing chronic peer victimization is associated with lower academic achievement, higher unemployment rates, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Most of the research into the neurobiological processes that might contribute to these negative health outcomes has occurred in the past decade, and much of it focused on bullying’s impact on the body’s stress response system.

But a new study shows that bullying can cause changes to the very structure of the adolescent brain — a finding indicative of  "how sinister bullying is,” Rod McCullom reports for Undark. '

Deck: The Druid Oracles
Spread: Card of the Day
Date: Fri Sep 13 11:31:51 EDT 2019

Today's Card
Bee (Upright)


Pronunciation: Be-ach

Community • Celebration • Organization

The card shows a queen bee resting on a stone. In the background we see the House of Mead Circling at Tara as it may have looked at the height of its powers. In the sky the noonday sun shines brightly and we see Ur, heather, growing by the rock which is carved with the Ur Ogham.

Upright Meaning   Beach invites us to celebrate. You may have a special reason for celebration, or you may simply need to celebrate the wonder and mystery of being alive. You may like to enjoy a glass or two of mead, which—if it has been made in Scotland—will carry the scent of heather, and will bring you closer to the spirit of the Highlands. In the Druid tradition there are occasions to celebrate every six weeks or so. As human beings we need to have times when we can come together to enjoy each other's company. The bee tells us that we can live together in harmony, however impossible this may sometimes seem. By being at one with the natural world, by paying homage to the sun, by centering our lives around Spirit or the Goddess, we can work together in community.

Reversed Meaning   Do you feel out of place—unsure of your role in the world? A beehive functions harmoniously because each bee knows its role and the work it must do—consequently it is highly productive and plays an important role in the local ecology. We talk of a productive work environment as a hive of activity. If you find you are lacking in motivation, or are feeling isolated from the community that surrounds you, you may need some bee medicine. A modern English folk healer uses bee stings therapeutically to cure asthma and other ailments, and you may need to prod yourself into action before others do the prodding for you. If you find this applies to you, spend some time thinking about your role in life, and then make decisions in accordance with your sense of purpose and the resulting goals that this engenders. Remember that the bee knows the value of organization, of paying homage to the Goddess and the sun, and of working hard. Remember too that she calls us to a celebration of life and an inner recognition of our membership of the community of all Nature.

The Tradition of the BEE

Ask the wild bee what the Druids knew
Old English adage

In the Druid tradition, bees come from the paradisal world of the Sun and of the Spirit. Finely attuned to the position of the sun in the sky, it is the bee who brings the sacred solar drink of mead as a gift to humanity.

Mead is one of the most ancient alcoholic beverages in the world. Made from honey, water, malt, and yeast, it has almost certainly been brewed for at least six thousand years. It was, and still is, often drunk at the celebration of the eight Druid festival times, with the mead circling the participants until the last drop is consumed. At the royal court of Tara, the assembly hall was known as Tech Midchuarta, the House of Mead Circling.

The sun in the Druid tradition can, from one viewpoint, be seen as a manifestation of the Goddess, since in Celtic languages the word for sun was originally feminine—in Irish and Scottish it still is (Grian or Griene). The goddess Brighid is a goddess of the sun and of fire, as well as of wells and water. The firewater mead is therefore a most fitting drink to honor her.

The Gifts of the Bee

The bee's honey was only one of her gifts: she also brought wax for polishing and sealing. We cannot be sure that the Celts knew of the health-giving qualities of pollen and propolis, but we know of these now, even if science cannot enumerate the components of the antiseptic propolis, which bees smear on their hives to prevent infection, and which has been found to have remarkable healing properties.

It is likely, however, that every aspect of a bee's life was studied by the Celts and Druids. Nothing would have been ignored or wasted. The classical commentator Diodorus Siculus noted that, when the Celts washed
honeycombs, they drank the washings. Meat was rubbed with honey and salt and cooked over an open fire. Salmon was baked in honey.

The Bardic Triads say that Britain was called the Island of Honey, and Ireland was celebrated for its swarms of bees and abundance of honey. In an early Irish text, the people of Munster were likened to bees, and it has been suggested that the mythical Queen Medb of Connacht may be associated linguistically with mead intoxication. When Medb, Maeve or Mab is seen as the Queen of Faerie, we can see how judicious draughts of mead might help the "second sight" or assist the celebrant's transfer to the faerie realms.

An Irish bard of the tenth century has written a lyrical eulogy entitled The Hermit's Hut. Its delights include "beer with herbs, a patch of strawberries, delicious abundance; haws, yewberries, kernels of nuts. A cup of mead from the goodly hazel-bush, quickly served; brown acorns, manes of briar, with fine blackberries." The writer shows us a world in which spirituality and sensuality, soul and body, have not yet been separated.

"I Am The Queen Of Every Hive"
The Song of Amergin

The gentle humming of the bee lulls us into sleep on a summer's afternoon. It draws us into the dreamworld—into paradise. The significance of the bee's hum is recognized in local common names for the bee such as the drumbee, drummer, doombledore, humma-bee and humble-dad. In the Welsh tradition a harp is known as a teillinn, a shortening or corruption of an t-seillean (a bee), and in one of the early Welsh Bardic Triads a magical sow, sacred to the Goddess and called Henwen, gives birth to a wolf-cub, an eagle, a kitten, a grain of wheat, and a bee.

The bee's extraordinarily accurate sun-dance in a lemniscate pattern is now understood as a means of communicating the orientation and distance of "rich pastures" to other members of the hive. Seen from the perspective of the Druid, the bees are engaging in a sacred dance of homage to the sun or the solar deity. Just as it is known that shamans would mimic the crane-dance, so it is also likely that Druid shamans would mimic the bee-dance, in celebration of the sun's life-giving powers.

The ancient Druid laws of Ireland, known as the Brehon Laws, protected bees and their hives, and on the Isle of Man it was a capital offense to steal bees. The hive itself was a symbol of the perfect community, and we see this image of perfection echoed in the beehive tombs or initiation chambers of Newgrange and Dowth in Ireland and in Spain and Portugal.

The bee, with its highly defined social structure and extraordinarily productive and efficient community, all centered around the Queen Bee, was seen as symbolic of the ideal society—centered on the Goddess, paying homage in sacred dance to the sun, and producing an amber substance from the flowers of the fields and woods that could both feed and divinely intoxicate.

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A community knows it can trust prominent members of that community if the community reliably receives and responds to urgent messages from its most marginalized members.

If a community's most marginalized members are ignored or thought not to be part of that community, that community has not earned the trust of its members -- it is eating some of them alive in order to feed others.

It would be hard to trust any community that continued to do this.

A compounding factor is uniquitous environmental neurotoxins, interrupting all living organisms' ability to engage executive function.
So when prominent members of our communities do not respond to urgent requests for conversations about community safety...
...they may be unwittingly suffering the effects of toxic contaminants in their vicinity.
When you dig into the research and talk to people who are most affected, you may (as we did) find the results stark and alarming.

Our community response is successful, however. Emergency mode is a positive, health restoring state.

There is no need for threat alarm; caring action alarm is needed immediately.

When we listen, care, and work together, we find out all the many ways we are already okay.

While we still have terrible problems, we want to get better at working together, listening, and caring.

This is the basis on which we're succeeding.
We have developed a robust medicinal kitchen to help people get off sugar and stabilize their preferred way of eating for complete physical health.

It's the only way I can stay away from sugar, for this reason:

If I am malnourished, some of my microbes say they want to live even if I'm going to die.

So if I cannot get other food reliably enough... they make my body eat sugar without my consent.

When we are fed well and cared for in community, we don't need refined sugars at all.

We get the sugars we need already -- without this refined thing that unbalances everything.

Similar dynamics apply to other food components that people find themselves eating uncontrollably.

When people have different conditions at hand, it can be a different conversation -- and everybody thinks that they can get away with having a little bit.

But each time we discuss more extensively, we find out that we cannot even have a little bit.

As it turns out over and over, we've been deluding ourselves because we're trying to solve the problem while isolated -- rather than being in direct support of one another as we would be if we weren't separated by so much out-of-balance capitalist stuff.

This base medicinal kitchen prototype has common, accessible, modular adjustments for people's different bodies, different experiences, and different needs.

We bring it to different physical kitchens in welcoming locations, and adapt it to the needs of the people there.

Making menu plans and figuring out how to travel with it; it needs to be a functional medicinal kitchen while on the road.

In the meantime, it is very functional in any individual location.

If someone is part of community efforts to make sure all of us are fed well, their body does not deviate towards refined components that cause microbial commensal overgrowth / imbalance.

This problem has been framed as addiction or personal weakness, which is bullshit.

People need to be fed in safe communities. Period.
People who want to help one another... are *kept from* helping one another... by mechanisms that we have been taught would make our lives good and strong.

Do your job, make money, and it will be okay.

Unfortunately, the ways we are told to do our jobs and make money do not result in us being okay — unless we already had enough support to get us through the hard parts.

If we don't have enough support to get us through the hard parts, the hard parts may sink us (and others may have been led to believe we deserve it, and think no more of it).

Many people have this conundrum currently.

We resolve the conundrum by prioritizing safe communities where people look out for one another, care for one another, and work together to solve problems more effectively.

If we haven't recognized those priorities first, we might wonder why things keep going wrong.
' I have not found a single professional as regards dating, sexuality, or intimacy who will talk with us about sex trafficking.

Almost every attempt I have made, especially with professionals in Austin Texas, has resulted in blocked contact or no response despite profound efforts over long periods of time.

What's up?

Would anyone like to say? I don't want to speculate.

Holy cow, necessary conversation.


How on Earth does any survivor of sex trafficking ever alert their community to the danger?

It appears that it never happens, no one has planned for it, and no one wants to.

My response to this is Are you kidding? Just at the moment.

What exactly am I missing?


You, too. What are you missing?

Will anyone on Facebook see or respond to this post?