Volume 2 Issue 20
Ki: One of the pioneers of the categorical New Age sound was Japanese electronic musician Kitaro (his name means “man of love and joy”). His signature sound was the fluttering ascension, which managed to transport listeners out of the earthly realm. Take a moment to listen to this early work and see if it inspires you.
Feature Photo: A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials. It is often used in decorative art or as interior decoration. Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square pieces of stone or glass of different colours, known as tesserae. This one was taken from a door stoop of an old pre-cityplace-era house in downtown Toronto. (courtesy of Marc Allegre)
Seasons In The Sun: Our galaxy is not unlike a mosaic, with planets, moons and stars forming a decorative picture, fluid and rhythmic at the same time, and that accounts for the seasonal variations of light and temperature. Summer Solstice begins 24 minutes into the arrival of Wednesday. It’s the longest day of the year, so there’s no need to rush about. While the Junction Solstice Festival in Toronto seems obvious, it’s not quite the real thing. If you really want to get into the Druidic spirit of this solar event, we recommend the Wiccan Fest (make a note for next year) at Mansfield Outdoor Centre, or the Om Solstice Reunion (read below).
Marshall McLuhan what are ya doin’? There was a time in Toronto’s cultural history, prior to the arrival of overpaid celebrities with no discernible talent, when the likes of Hemingway could be seen strolling along Bloor street. Slightly west of there, Marshall McLuhan was perambulating around King’s College Circle. Click the inkwell to read this short bio.
Peace!: Here’s an update on the The Summer of Love Picnic (alcohol and drug free) gathering that has a lot of people buzzing like honey bees. The location is set for Trinity Bellwoods Park (picnic area 8, close to Queen and Gore Vale) and appears to be drawing a lot of people from the proto-hippy community. This is no rock concert, but simply people hanging out and vibeing with dance and merriment. Information is happening daily, so stay connected to the NHC in the weeks ahead. Click the djembe, or see the event listing here.
A very respected and sought after teacher is Robin Rose Bennett. She’s a writer, teacher, Green-witch, herbalist, storyteller, musician, activist and wise-woman… one who loves the Earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us. Based in New Jersey and NYC, she has been a practicing herbalist for over thirty years, . Click the spiral and learn more about her work.
Toronto’s Kensington Market is alive with colour and sound at the end of every month (that being Sunday). June 25th is the day for Pedestrian Sunday, but be prepared for standing room only—it’s a popular event if the weather is kind.
The summer consciousness tradition of the Solstice Om Reunion is getting ready to happen on June 19th. It’s the annual gathering that draws a good crowd from the Toronto scene and is well regarded as a beautiful happening. Follow the icon and see if you can get a ticket in time.
One of our readers sent us this link about a course she is taking called De-Mystifying Mindfulness. It’s free, well designed, and courtesy of the Coursera website. It examines the esoteric schools of spirituality from a scientific view point and comes highly recommended for both seasoned and new practitioners. Click the crystal eye for more info.
Feeling charged? Excited about your latest pursuit and modus operandi? Then, before you lift off, consider the nature of said passion – what is the deep origin that has your nervous system aglow. This publication might help you decide whether that flame is harmonious or obsessive. Click the transcendent icon.