- Simply, the present Moment December 31 is the Scottish New Year s festival of Hogmanay, named for a solar giant who was magically divided into two giants, GogMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 30, 2005View SourceSimply, the present MomentDecember 31 is the Scottish New Year's festival of Hogmanay, named for a solar giant who was magically divided into two giants, Gog and Magog. He was portrayed as the spiritual guardian of London. The associated shamanic ritual transforms the negative vestiges of the old year into a positive offering.Reportedly Auld Lang Syne has transported to every country in our world to be the song farewelling the old year and welcoming the New Year. There are other songs in other cultures but in my round-the world Christmas spirit how could I forget Scotland. Most countries have a history of immigrants from this land, bringing rich traditions of language and family pride to their new lands. The tartans of Scotland bring memories of tales rich in the fight for freedom very pertinent in today's society as we continue the 'fight' for religious freedoms as well as equality of gender. We would like to believe in our western countries that we have move forward in this agenda. Still in many cases the steps are only baby steps and we gave a long way to go. The more we move into equality of gender then we too shall find that the project of peace will begin to materialise at a faster pace. One is not dependent on the other but certainly includes a shift in mindset which will encompass more compassion and less tolerance of war. It is to be hoped that not only Ireland and New Zealand will see women as Prime Ministers and with greater power but other nations will follow allowing the best person hold the position regardless of race, colour or creed.as this year ends and a new one begins, I wish for you all the prospect of peace and harmony in your personal life, coupled with joyful prosperityuntil tomorrow it's from my heart to your heart in loveGaele Arnott, here in Brisbane Australiaon the 31st day of December, 2005
Auld Lang Syne
The most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year's eve, "Auld Lang Syne" is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns's homeland.
It is often remarked that "Auld Lang Syne" is one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates as "old long since" and means "times gone by." The song asks whether old friends and times will be forgotten and promises to remember people of the past with fondness, "For auld lang syne, we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet."
The lesser known verses continue this theme, lamenting how friends who once used to "run about the braes,/ And pou'd the gowans fine" (run about the hills and pulled up the daisies) and "paidl'd in the burn/Frae morning sun till dine" (paddled in the stream from morning to dusk) have become divided by time and distance"seas between us braid hae roar'd" (broad seas have roared between us). Yet there is always time for old friends to get togetherif not in person then in memoryand "tak a right guid-willie waught" (a good-will drink).
But it was bandleader Guy Lombardo, and not Robert Burns, who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year's tradition. Lombardo first heard "Auld Lang Syne" in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year's eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. After that, Lombardo's version of the song was played every New Year's eve from the 1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria. In the first years it was broadcast on radio, and then on television. The song became such a New Year's tradition that "Life magazine wrote that if Lombardo failed to play 'Auld Lang Syne,' the American public would not believe that the new year had really arrived."
The birthplace of "Auld Lang Syne" is also the home of Hogmanay (hog-mah-NAY), the rousing Scottish New Year's celebration (the origins of the name are obscure). One of the traditions is "first-footing." Shortly after midnight on New Year's eve, neighbors pay visits to each other and impart New Year's wishes. Traditionally, First foots used to bring along a gift of coal for the fire, or shortbread. It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year is rung in. The Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration is the largest in the country, and consists of an all-night street party.
today's midi now playing is: Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne! And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp, And surely I'll be mine, And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet, For auld lang syne! We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowans fine, But we've wander'd monie a weary fit, Sin auld lang syne. We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin auld lang syne. And there's a hand my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o thine, And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne.
should you wish to be included on the moment list please email me at: gaeleaus@...today's graphic was created in Corel's Paint Shop Pro IX by Gaele ArnottGog and Magog as used in the above graphic are tubed from a photo of them standing at the end of Little Collins Street, in Melbourne AustraliaThe First Fleeter is sent to welcome you to New Years Day.The tartan used in the frame is as worn by the Arnott family as part of the MacDonald clanthe frame is a Gaele Creationall figures tubes were also by Gaele/methe scene with the castle and the Pipers is from an unknown sourceYou can meet me throughPlease join me as together we Light a Candle for PeaceI ask that you join me each day at the dinner hour (evening meal) in lighting a candle together,so that we as One People may dream together for Peace On Earth.Together we can create a reality free of power, greed and manipulation,where all people in all lands may have the freedom to move freely without fear or judgement, within unconditional love.I ask that the flame burn eternally within our hearts in recognition of all those who have chosen to leave this planet at this time, so that we may awaken to the role we are truly meant to play.This time in 2004 230,00 souls left this plane and many more remain injured from the effects of an earthquake and Tsunami rolling across many countries. Those people are all remembered in love for the gifts they gave us all, in starting their journey in another dimension.*************************************Evolution is a leap in consciousnessThe Circle of Life is charged with coincidences of the moment.To follow your heart in recognizing the power of chance,invites the energy of the subconscious mind to create a new reality.
"Simply the Present Moment" (c) 1998 Gaele Arnott
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