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Mother Earth - By Tim Metcalfe
Earth, with Her AuraA new, 3rd outer ring of the Van Allen belt has been discovered by NASA
Diameter: 12,756 km
Distance to Sun: 1 AU
Solar Orbit: 1 Year
No of Moons: 1
Earth - 149,597,870.691 km or 1 Astronomical Unit (AU) from the sun, our home, or is it? At least at the current time it is. As Albert Einstein said on hearing of the death of Michele Besso, a long time close friend:-
'Now he has departed from this strange
world a little ahead of me. That means nothing.
People like us, who believe in physics,
know that the distinction between past, present
and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion'
One way or another life finds a way to survive, and although in the order of things our beloved Earth is a speck on the universal map, its natural beauty and elegance is the personification of the essence of life itself. It is a living breathing entity floating in space drawing sustenance from its Star, recycling it's natural resources to sustain itself for millennia after millennia.
Artistic Impression of Terraforming:
Maybe not for the first time, for those of you well read in the case for the existence of Lemuria and Atlantis, we are reaching out into space 'to explore strange new worlds'. Entertaining the possibility of human life extending beyond the boundaries of Earth, is not unfamiliar in the modern world, and with the concept of terra-forming moving out of that of science fiction into that of science fact, is it not feasible to see humans colonising other worlds in the not too distant future? Could we 'the children of "Mother Earth"' re-create the Majesty of Gaia in another solar system 'in a galaxy far far away'? Have we attempted to do this before yet failed? The possible existence of high culture in ancient times is well documented. Are we yet another attempt by the life force of Gaia to reproduce and survive as the inevitable supernova of our sun draws ever closer?
Copernicus' Ground Breaking Heliocentric Solar System:
Astrologers and Astronomers alike once believed Earth to be the centre of our solar system, resulting in the geocentric nature of astrology. If it wasn't for great mathematicians and thinkers like, Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Galileo Galilei we would still have little understanding of the true nature of our own planet. We now know so much but still have so much yet to learn.
The Hubble Telescope:
How lucky we are to be able to see images from our satellites of our wonderful blue planet. What would the 17th century thinkers listed above, especially Galileo, have made of the Hubble telescope? The boundaries for scientific development and discovery are endless, where will we be centuries from now? What will our vision of the heavens become? Again to Quote Einstein:-
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind
of thinking we used when we created them."
Clear Quartz Crystal Cluster - Used by Shaman for Healing:
To me she is magical; to the ancients Earth was the primordial bringer of life giving rise to healing practises based on the rocks, crystals and herbs she bore to them. We may not see the importance or relevance of this in modern medicine, yet alternative therapies are becoming increasingly popular, dare I say it, with very positive results.
Are we alone?
Are the complex eco-systems of Earth replicated anywhere else in the universe?
Who knows, but the orbiting, diurnally rotating celestial body circled by our mysterious moon is truly a fine place to live... for now anyway!