Adventurer’s Almanac: The Elements

Everyone knows the four elements. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. These are the intricate elements that make up our world. They correspond to the four phases of matter. earthIn the Bible , God works a lot through the elements. He speaks from the burning bush to Moses. Creates strong winds to part the sea. He leads Israel through a pillar of fire and cloud. God has used lightning and storms to demonstrate his power. God is intimately connected, (but not limited to) the elements of nature.

Earth is the solid element. Stable and secure. Everyone knows it as the dirt element. Ground, rock, metal. It is the strong and unmovable. Many include wood and plants into this element as well.

Water is the element of liquid. Fluid and changing and hard to control. water

It can change and move freely. It can take the form of rain, river, mist. It is the next stable element. Somewhere between Earth and Air.

Aairir is the gas element. Mostly associated with wind and oxygen. Free spirited and move wherever it pleases and blows down anything in it’s way.

Lastly is Fire the plasma. Although fire is not exactly a plasma (although fireit can be) The best examples of plasma are the Sun, which is a big ball of plasma and lightning. Dangerous and destructive, but also life giving. Life could not exist without it or in fact any of  the elements.

 

I have used the alchemy symbols for this because they best demonstrate the elements relationship to each other. That is complimentary and contrary. Those that work together and those that work against each other. You know what I mean. If you mix fire and water what happens. Exactly. Water beats fire. Fire beats earth. Earth beats air. Air beats water.

You pour water on fire it fizzles. Fire can burn earth to ash, but if you add in it’s complimentary element of water, water coats the ground and renders it unburnable. Earth and water are allies. Water even feeds the earth to allow plants to grow.

Air beats water. Air can blow water about even pick it up and fling it, But you add Earth to water and you get denser heavier mud. It become too heave for air to just push around.

The same hold for Air and fire. The compliment each other. Air feeds fire. You add air to fire you get inferno.  It can even overcome water. Drying it and evaporating it. Fire fuels the air cycle. Hot air rises and cold air calls. Fire give off heat and causing air to rise rapidly. Can create strong winds if the fire is hot enough. Earth beats air because earth is heavy for air to move and kick around. It is to o dense, but with enough heat to fuel it air can move anything. Think firenado. If fire can burn earth to ash, no obstacle could stand in it’s way.

You may notice the two symbols below. The star of David is known to be a representation of the four elements combines. You can see it if you look closely. Then there is the Jerusalem’s cross. This is a Christian symbol. Not exactly associated with the four elements, but it can be. It is five crosses in a quincunx pattern. Or an artificial crossroads. used in magic rituals to bind a spell or energy in place. They can be used to represent the four elements with the fifth being that of spirit or God.

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Christian Adventurer’s Almanac: Seasons

Genesis 1:14 “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,”

God gave us seasons and times for change. Those were all part of his grand design. By observing nature we can recognize the changing of the times.

There is lore about the spiritual battle between day and night and light and dark. God separated the light from the dark. Now they battle to take control. As they seasons change for half the year the light (summer/ spring) rules and for the other half dark (winter/fall) rules. There are also old Irish folklore about the two fairy Courts. The Unseelie Court, the vicious and bloodthirsty fairies. Also called the Winter Court. and the Seelie Court, the more reasonable, but still mischievous fairies (nature spirits) also called the Summer court.

Summer

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Summer Solstice The longest day of the year. By that i mean the day with the most hours of daylight. If you have a lot to get done this is the best day to do it. After this day the days will begin to get shorter and nights will get longer. They wont be much noticeable until closer to the next equinox.
Easterly winds from May 19 to the 21 indicate a dry summer.
If there are many falling stars during a clear summer evening, expect thunder. If there are none, expect fine weather.

Half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice is the festival of Bel-fire. This signifies the changing of the time of Earth to the time of Fire. From this day to the Summer Solstice the elements are overlapping and is a time when the p-brain between the spiritual dimensions are thinned.

Winter

winter.jpgWinter Solstice The first day of winter. The day of the longest night and shortest day. This is the darkest and coldest part of the year. On this day, Day begins to win the age old battle and beating back Night. From this point the amount of daylight will start to increase and the amount of darkness will start to shorten until the spring equinox and the day and night are about equal again. By now all the grass is dead and turned brown and the trees are all bare. However this season is not without it’s beauty. We all love to see the snow and ice. When the white blanket covers the ground and makes all things look pure and clean. Many cultures view winter as the end, but also a new beginning. As one year ends an new year begins with the coming of spring.

Winter is the time of year when the earth rests from it’s work. The planting and harvesting time is over and families lived off of what they stored up the rest of the year. Things are a little different now with all our modern technology, most people don’t even think about it anymore, but this was a dangerous time for many. There is a lot of superstition about this time of year. It is called the Darkest days, not just because of night being longer. If you didn’t store up enough you wouldn’t have enough to feed your families. This could drive some to desperation including attacking others to steal what you need or just starving. So proper planning was important to surviving the harshness of winter.

Halfway between the Fall Equinox and the Winter solstice is the day of Samhain known better as Halloween. It is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest. I will do more about Halloween separately.

Fall

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There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.”
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Half way between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox is the day of Lammas. This marks the ending of the time of fire and the time of air. The days between are a time of overlapping. This is a festival of the first harvest. Usually celebrated with competitions of strength and skill. Two groups would spar off and build a tower and top it with a flag. At the appointed time the two groups would compete in a capture the flag sort of event. Also a time for matchmaking if you know a yenta.

Spring

spring.jpgVernal (Spring) Equinox This marks the first day of spring. Day and night are almost equal again. From here the days will start to get Longer and the night will get shorter until the Summer solstice the longest day of the year. This is the time for new birth. The flowers start popping up and birds start showing up with their songs. Furry critters come out of hibernation. Even worms start coming up out of the ground. This is the time for planting.
There is an old folklore that you can stand a raw egg on it’s end during the equinox.

Spanning from March to June, that is from the Spring Equinox to the summer solstice, the Spring period is the Earth period. When growth is most abundant. This is the time of Earth.
Candlemas is the halfway point between the Winter solstice and the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox is the official end of the time of Water and the Start of the Time of Earth. The Winter solstice is when Night is strongest and Day is weakest. Candlemas is the point at which Day starts getting stronger again. Taking back the daylight hours and at the equinox Day and Night are about equal and then Day starts winning until the Summer solstice when it is at it’s strongest the longest day of the year. So from the time of Candlemas to the Spring Equinox is a period of overlapping elements. Water and Earth overlap and this is the time when you will see the most storms and weather changes.
So what is Candlemas. It is a day for celebrating the home and family basically. As the weather tries to change between winter and spring there comes with it rainy and sometimes stormy weather. The earth is being baptized in a way. The end of the old year and beginning of the new. This is a great time for getting baptized yourself if you haven’t’ been. At this point you have been cooped up inside mostly and the weather should be getting better and winter is ending. Now is a time to start getting your home life in order. If you are a homesteader then now is the time to get ready to plant. On Candlemas you start your Spring Cleaning. You light a fire in the fireplace or hearth and light candles in every room and ask God for blessings for your home and family. Sprinkle holy water around in each room. Hang a Brigid Cross over your entry way for protection of your home and family. Since the coming season will bring with it lots of rain and storms. Change out your bed clothes and fresh sheets. Time to start anew. Clean home and soul.
Candlemas also signifies the beginning of the Time of Water and Time of Earth overlap. This is a dangerous time spiritually. This is a time when the P-brain (membrane between dimensions) is weak and it is believed that spirits can cross over more easily. Both good and bad ones. It is a time when loved ones can visit the living, but also demons or evil spirits can take advantage of divinations to cross over and attach to people. You must be careful and pray to God for protection to cleanse you and your home from lingering spirits. Make sure by the end of the Spring Equinox to sweep them out the door and pray to God to seal your home and protect it from any coming back. (well the bad ones anyway)
The Green man is a common spiritual symbol for this time of year. He is a protector spirit of nature. Old Christians have a problem believing in such spirits, but i don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see why we can’t believe in nature spirits and such. God created all things and as long as we aren’t worshiping them as gods, this doesn’t go against any beliefs or practices. He is often seen on historic buildings and decorations on old churches. If you have ever visited any you probably have seen a few. He is depicted as a man or face with a body made of vines or leaves. Sometimes the vines are coming out of his nose or mouth. My witchy friend has a green shirt that has his face on it and wears it during the spring when we celebrate Spring.

 

Bestiary: Hassy’s Head

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This is a local creature legend around my area. I head about it from my brother and cousin. Hassy’s Head was a disembodied head that flew around and attacked people. Said to originate from an old abandoned fridge. It would fly about at night and either kill or suck blood from it’s victims. In all likelihood this is just something they came up with, with no real grounds, but I came across some old Philippine legends that gives it some credence.

Hassy’s head would be a Penanggalan. A sort of female vampire head. A creature that at night would detach it’s head from it’s body and fly about attacking people. It would have entrails dangling from it’s floating head. It would leave bruises and scratches on it’s victims. They would all be bleeding from the mouth. So maybe it has a deadly kiss. They would all have to return to it’s body just before first light. Usually in a barrel or coffin or some similar enclosed container. If it didn’t return to it’s body it would die.  It can’t just hide from the sun either, because it’s entrails would dry out if not reattached to it’s body. Also you could drive it away if you had something sharp or a tree limb. It would be scared it’s entrails would get harmed or tangled.

As a vampire, it probably has the same weaknesses as vampires do. Holy water should burn it, Holy symbols should keep it at bay. Garlic and silver would harm it ask they are blood thinners and antibacterial.

So the legend (I am making for her) she is the victim of a murder. Her body stuffed into an old fridge and abandoned by the killer in the wooded are near the shale pit. Unable to find peace she returns as the undead and flies about at night seeking revenge. Every day she returns to her fridge sanctuary.

Hassy’s Head

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Game scenario:

So you and your daughter are going camping. You chose a little place off the beaten path. You have left your car about a half mile away at the ranger station. You are the only one here at your campsite. It is a little clearing near a stream surrounded by woods. You set up your camp with a fire pit, and a tent. They only weapon you brought is (whatever it on your immediate right.) You are having a great time talking and hanging out. Suddenly a storm rolls in. (-1 to body) You had checked the weather and there was no report of one this week. You curse silently under your breath and head towards the tent. As lightning flashes you catch the site of something near the trees. You only saw it for a second, but the sight of it sent a chill down your spine. You push your daughter into the tent and grab a flashlight. You wave the beam toward the trees, but it is gone.

You shake your head and head towards the tent. As your eyes set on it, you see it floating right there by it. In a fit of panic you lunge forward screaming at it. It seems to retreat a few feet, but stops. It glares at you eyes glowing red. Apparently amused.

What do you do? The ranger station is a half mile. You are armed with (Whatever is to your right at the time of reading this) You have to look out for your daughter. It is raining slowing your movements.

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Dressing for Adventure

 

closet.jpgIf excitement and adventure is what your looking for you need to dress for the life you want. The clothes you wear could mean the difference between escaping danger or tripping and becoming zombie chow. (just as an lindres.jpgexample) It is important to develop your own style. You need to be comfortable, but also functional as well as looking cool. Consider the climate and environment you will be going to. You don’t want to wear something that is going to heat you up like  a crisp piece of bacon, or leave you freezing like a popsicle. Only you can know what you like. Take a look at those you look up to for ideas. Someone else’s style may inspire you, but should not impose their desires over your own. Don’t try to look exactly like anyone else. Be yourself. Anthony from Anthony’s audio Journal has taken to wearing a hiking kilt. He seems to really like it.

Base layer
Starting at the beginning. The underwear. It is not a rule, but if you want to look good, they all should match. For men you are wearing socks, underwear, and under shirt. For women panties, and bra.
Going commando is not a good option. You don’t want things rubbing around for very long and it is not sanitary. I tried it once and it was not comfortable at all and my best friend told me that she has gone without a bra and it was the most uncomfortable thing ever. In the event of an emergency you don’t want to be caught with your pants down, especially if you are not wearing underwear, and you don’t want your dangly bit above or below bobbing around.

Socks if not matching an unusual color should be white, grey, or black. These colors go with anything. For women however other colors can be gotten away with. Guys shouldsocks.jpg only go with fun socks if they want people to see them as eccentric. I wear white socks most of the time. I prefer crew cut. I hate the ankle length. It keeps my shoes from rubbing directly against my legs. Especially when I wear my work boots. I find that it keeps ticks from getting down on my feet. Pictured here Received in my Cairn subscription box. Injinji mid weight mini- crew toe socks. These socks are designed to tackle dirt paths or rocky trails. Breath well, and dry fast. actually a little thin for my taste. They are suppose to help prevent blisters and the individual toes keep them from rubbing together and support each toe. Some people like the ankle cut, but i do not. i ended up wearing regular socks over them. They were extra cushion and i like them. Going to use them for exercising, hiking and the dreaded fresh season.

Song for you.

undrjame.jpgDark colored underwear hide stains better than white or bright colors. Boxers give you a more lose fit than briefs, however briefs hold things in place better for running or more active people. There is also a hybrid boxer briefs. It is a little looser than briefs but snugger than plain boxers. The plus side of boxer shorts is that they look like shorts and are less embarrassing to be caught in unless they are the kind with the gaping hole in the front. One guy said they couldn’t stand boxer briefs because of the fly and they loose their junk in the jungle. I am not sure how you loose your junk. I have never had this problem and I always know where mine is, but I don’t judge.
As for a bra. I have never wore one, but my friend Silver said she could never stand to go without one. There are a few uses for on other than it’s initial use. If cut in half it can be used to cover you nose and mouth. The elastic can be used for something and if you have the under wire kind the wire can be useful. I heard of one woman who had a goat that could not walk because of a problem with it’s back legs and she cut little hole in an old bra and rigged up a cart like contraption that held it up and took the weight of the goats legs and eventually nursed it back to health.
An undershirt is the last to be mentioned and is usually underrated. It helps to prevent sweat from staining your shirt. Usually worn with dress clothes. There is something classy with having a white undershirt showing at the front collar. It is an extra layer of warmth if you plan to be an area with low temperatures. Or if you are in an area with higher temperatures you can strip down to it if you don’t want to be completely bare chested.

rhanidres.jpgFor the mid layer (over the base layer and under the outer layer) it is more important to consider your appearance. Big clothes make your bodies look shapeless and don’t really hide your weight. This is the appearance people are going to react to. The image you want to project to people. It has to be what you like and how you want people to see you. Professional or carefree. This is going to everyone’s first impression of you. If you plan to be very active, loose clothing is important. You don’t want to wear anything to restricting. But you also don’t want to wear anything too baggy. Such as sagging. If you are going to be in a potentially dangerous situation or one in which you may need to run or help someone you don’t want to trip over your own pants, or have extra clothing getting in the way and you sure don’t want it to get caught on anything like a machine or car door and get pulled to your death.
Something else to consider is environmental. What is the climate going to be like. Dark colors absorb heat making you hotter and white and like colors reflect more heat keeping you cooler.
My preferred shirt is a t-shirt. They are lightweight and breathe easy. Button down shirts are nice if you like that sort of thing. Buttons are easy to loose though. Plus I like to wear something with a saying or symbol on it. Long sleeve dress shirts are good if you want the elegant or business look. You should have at least one formal shirt for special occasions where it is appropriate to dress up. Weddings, funerals, formal parties. You never know when this is going to necessary. I recently was asked to be a friends best man at his wedding. I haven’t asked yet how formal it is going to be. I have a nice silky blue dress shirt I can wear with some black slacks and a tie. Add a black blazer or something and I am ready. If less formal I have a black dress t shirt that has a white shirt look with a tie on it and I can slip a black long sleeve shirt over it and you can’t even tell I am not dressed up. I fooled my family at a Christmas gathering once.

The Overshirt
An over shirt is quite useful. It can be worn as a mid layer or used as an outer layer as cover for your arms in jungle conditions to protect from scratches, cuts and brush. For warmth in cold climates. You can tie it around your waist in warmer IMG_0200.JPGweather. It can be worn as a cape fashion and carrying collections of items on your back. It can be used as a rag for whipping or as a towel for drying. It can be worn on your head as a bandanna to shield your head and neck from the sun. Put the long flap over your head and fold the collar over and tie the IMG_0203.JPGarm sleeves in the back like a turban. Good for desert conditions. You can dip it in water as a wet rag. You can twist it up and snap at things with is as a weapon or wave it around to scare away wild animals. If it is a bright color you can use it for signaling. Or getting attention at a distance. You can use it as a small blanket, a pillow, or a blindfold. You can thread useful items in it like bits of wire or safety pins. I could have temporarily fixed mom’s glasses when the screw came out if i had had a small bit of wire, but i had the wrong over shirt on at the time. The wire was IMG_0199.JPGin the green one and i was wearing the blue. Use it for a sling for a hurt or broken are or to bandage a wound. Hold it over your head when it is raining or you can find one with a hood. It has a handy breast pocket. Hold it over your face as a face mask. If it is the kind with shoulder flaps it can be used to hold things like flashlights.
My brother and I were on our way back from somewhere at night when his car over heated. He popped the hood and had a jug of water, but the radiator was hot and he couldn’t get it open and had nothing to get the cap off with. I had on an overshirt and took it off and handed it to him to twist off the cap so he could add the water. I gave him a knowing look. Everyone always makes fun of the way I dress.
I like an overshirt with a hood that I can put up when it is raining.

Pants   As for pants, I usually wear jeans. I don’t like anything else. I have a pair of cargo pants, but I don’t like the bagginess, but I do like the pockets for storage. I have found and like carpenter pants. It has a lot of pockets. It is kind of a hybrid of cargo and jeans. Denim is durable and breathes well. If you want a more business look you may want to go with slacks. I know a lot of people who wear shorts. I just hate shorts. It leaves my legs to exposed and I get a lot of scrapes and scratches.
Sweatpants are another issue. They have a bad reputation as being unclassy and of course they are. (Also have a reputation for showing off boners.) If you are comfortable with them then go for it. I use to wear them in high school, but quite when I started getting pantsed.
Coats. The outer layer. If you want something light weight you can go with a windbreaker. An over coat looks cool if you are into the dark brooding look made popular by the tv shows Angel and Constantine. One rule of thumb for a coat is that short people shouldn’t wear long coats and tall people shouldn’t wear very short ones. This is a visual effect that makes you look very short or very tall. Find something that is appropriate to your height.

Anthony’s podcast on jackets and outer layers

Anthony’s podcast on clothing and layering

   Shoes.

These are going to be really important. You are going to be wearing them a lot. You need to consider if they will be comfy for long periods. Ladies. No high heels. If you can’t run in them don’t wear them. However I will say this about high heels. In the Buffy the vampire comics she does some serious damage with them and Elvira in the movie kicks the evil wizard in the head with one. Definitely cool.
Sneakers are good. I prefer boots. I have high tops to support my ankle and they come with water resistant and steel toes. Durable and a snake can’t bite through them. Can wade through shallow waters. They are good for rough terrain and rocky places. Another tip. Boot laces can be used for setting traps for small game and tieing off an umbilical cord.
One thing I can’t stand to wear are flip flop or sandals. I hate the openness and the thing that goes between your toes. My aunt wears these all the time. She rarely wears anything else. I just can’t see how anyone can move in those things. Of course Anthony loves his Luna sandals. He hike in them all the time. Maybe I should give them a chance, (but I doubt that will happen.)

Anthony’s Podcast on shoes part one

Anthony’s Podcast on shoes part two

         Hats and Flare  

Now for the flare. Everyone loves their personal effects. What kind of accessories do you like. Bandannas, jewelry, hats.
There are several types of hats to consider. In the south cowboy hats and caps are the most common. The cowboy hat has a wide brim and blocks the sun from most angles. The ball cap is the next best. It is the most common. My brother had a Wal-mart cap that he wore all the time. He and our cousin one fourth of July thought it would be fun to set fireworks off on it and blow it up and dye it with the smoke bombs. It was a tattered mess after words and he loved it. He wore it all the time everywhere. It definitely got a lot of attention and looks. When he and his friends went out they would take it and throw it in the trunk of the car and would not be seen in public with him. That is how it eventually got lost. After that he wore a cubs cap for a long time.
If that is not to your taste you can wear a dew rag, that has multiple purposes like a handkerchief. There is the outback hat that is similar to a cowboy hat, but is softer and more flexible. Some fold them and keep them in their pocket. They have a string that you can hang it around your neck.
There are other uses for a hat than just to wear it. You can use it to carry things like barriers if you want to gather them. If it’s waterproof you can carry water in it.

Anthony has something to say about hats and head covers

Belts and belt buckles. You should definitely have this in your style. It holds up your pants and prevents you from getting pants. I hated that happening to me at school. I’d be minding my own business only to end up standing there with my pants around my ankles. One more reason to wear clean underwear. A belt can be used for more than holding up your pants. It can help climb a tree or pole. It can be used to tie things together or make a splint. Tie it tight enough you can slow down bleeding from an injury. More importantly it keeps you from being pantsed. A belt buckle is a large piece of metal. It can help protect from injury at your midsection. It can make a statement if you get a funny one. If it is shiny and gold you can use it for bartering. It is also considered the modern day cod piece. It draws the individual’s eyes to the groin if you have something worth showing off.
A friend from work wears a belt and attached things to it. Lots of things like batman. Looks kind of dorky unless you are a cop or something. However you can carry a lot of things this way, but it will also slow you down. It is extra weight. Determine what is useful and what is dead weight. If you carry a bag then you don’t necessarily need to carry a lot of stuff on your body.
As for jewelry rings, necklaces, ear rings, bracelets. I typically wear a cross or my shield of faith necklace. It has scripture on it. The same with my ring I wear. If you are a Christian Adventurer you should incorporate a cross into your gear. A lot of miracles come about through symbols of one’s faith.  I also have a paracord bracelet I wear. Paracord bracelets are a survival item. You can unravel them to use the sturdy cord for doing a lot of things.
If you are the formal type you can wear a tie. You can tie them around your head as a sweat band or tie off and injury. The idea is to be creative and not to let other’s opinions decide what you like. You never know what will be useful. You may even surprise yourself.
A friend of mine saw my handkerchief and was shocked. I always keep one in my back pocket. She said she didn’t think anyone carried them anymore except old people. I was a little insulted by that. There are a lot of uses for them other than blowing your nose on or whipping your forehead. You can cover your mouth with them to avoid breathing in poison, picking up something you don’t want to touch with your bare hands like collecting evidence. I cleaned off mom’s cup the other day when we got vanilla cream Dr. peppers. It spilled over the lid when she put the straw in and didn’t want it to run everywhere. It’s not just for old people.

For this lesson.

Plan out a basic outfit for average weather. An everyday sort of outfit that covers mild but not extreme weather that protects from the sun, but keeps you cool.

Upper body base layers:_____________________________________

Lower Body base layers:_____________________________________

 

Upper body mid layers:______________________________________

Lower body mid layers:______________________________________

 

Upper body Outer layers:_______________________________________

Lower body outer layers:_______________________________________

 

Added effects(flare):_______________________________________

 

Print and Design your own t-shirt.

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This is a print out of a Jesus paper toy you can color and dress up.

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Fire Survival

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Fire is an element somewhere between a gas and a liquid, but not either. Fire is closest to a plasma. Like the Sun and lightning is a plasma. It is an intangible energy of light and heat. Fire can be unpredictable and dangerous. In th Bible it is often used to describe God’s wrath, as it is one of the most destructive elements.
If your clothing or something on you catches on fire, remember to Stop-Drop-and roll. You have probably heard of this before or seen it on tv. This is where you drop to the ground and roll around to try to smother the fire out. Fire can not grow without oxygen. It needs it to burn. So smothering it will put it out. Like putting a lid back on a jar candle. The flame will go out.
                          It can only take 30 seconds for a small fire to turn into a full blown raging fire. Getting caught in a house fire can be a scary event. If it is small and slow enough it may be possible to  put out the fire with a fire extinguisher or smother it with a blanket or something. However fires can be tricky and if it is already growing it may be best to get out as soon as possible and call for help. It is not worth your life, so evaluate the situation quickly. At work our Lead happened to walk into a situation like this. One of the light fixtures fell from the ceiling and ignited some boxes. She happened to be there and grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out before it could grow.
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House/Building Fire
Of course in a House/Building fire the fire itself is not the most dangerous part. Most people die from smoke inhalation. Breathing in the smoke will cause you to  cough uncontrollably and pass out from lack of oxygen. After that they are consumed by the fire raging around them. The last thing you want to do is pass out in a fire. That is why you want to stay low to the ground when in a fire. The heat and smoke will rise to the ceiling. It will be easier to breath if you stay low and crawl. Easier said than done I know.
You would think that with all that fire it would be easy to see, but it is not. All the smoke will sting your eyes and the blackness will make it hard to see. If you are can’t see that can make it hard to find a way out. Most places of business have emergency exits clearly marked, and places of employment have fire drills. It is always a good idea to make note of emergency exits wherever you are. So stay low, cover your nose and mouth with something to filter the air you are breathing and crawl to the nearest exit. If you can go out a window.
If you come to a door that is closed place your hand on it and feel if there is a fire on the other side. If the door is very hot, don’t go that way. It;s not safe.  Have a plan on how to get out of your home in case of a fire and teach it to the rest of your family. Also have a fire safe to store your important documents and pictures. Have smoke detectors in every room.
When I was in elementary school I we had a fire safety day where the fire department came and instructed us in fire safety and emergency exits. We had a fire drill and we all had to walk through the building and to the exit for a roll call. One of the men grabbed me and pulled me aside down a hall where I was to play the part of a victim so the teachers would have students who didn’t turn up and have to report it.
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Car Fire
Cars, in general, do not explode like they do on tv. They do ignite however and burn fast. The pinto was a famous car because it had a manufacturing flaw that would make it suddenly ignite while you were driving it. Most cars though will not unless you are in and accident and something ignites the fuel leak. You have a limited time to get out and it wont be easy. Your best bet will be to go out a window. (I am assuming this fire was caused by and accident and your door is jammed always check the door first) First check your legs to make sure you are not pinned in and get your seatbelt undone. You should be wearing it, especially if you were in an accident. It may be necessary to cut it. They sell little devices for this sort of thing that even have a glass breaker. They look like little hammers. They even sell some on key chains that would be handy. They would be hanging just in front of you in the ignition. Now that your seatbelt is off the next step is to get out a window. Check the one on the door. Is it out already, Can you manage to get through it? If not try the windshield. It is the largest and Right in front of you if you can get around the steering wheel. If not what about the back glass.
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Wildfire
You commonly hear about them in dry, hot climates like California, but they can happen anywhere. They  usually start small and grow fast by feeding on dry burnable materials. Sometimes the heat from the sun in a combination with dry brush and the right conditions can start a wildfire, but this is rare. Most are caused by human conditions and carelessness. Wildfires are dangerous and can spread quickly, because the winds can send smoke, ash, and embers for miles. One can cause another one for miles around and they can meet and grow even bigger. The way they spread can be unpredictable and can suddenly change direction. Fire jumpers are well trained for these situations, but still can’t always be completely prepared. If you are ever out and get caught in a wildfire it is important to know what to do.
The first thing is not to panic. Remain calm as to not make any mistakes. After you have calmed yourself cover your nose and mouth with something. A bandanna or even just your shirt pulled up. It works best if you can wet it down with something if you have a bottle of water or access to water. Smoke inhalation is very dangerous. If you have trouble breathing and are breathing in the soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide you might pass out. At that point it is over for you, so Keep you airways covered as much as you can. Stay low to the ground. Remember the smoke and ash will be going up.
You need to formulate a plan for getting out of there. Remember that the worst places to be is uphill from a fire and down wind from a fire. SO always try to stay up wind from. That is moving against the wind so that the wind is blowing the fire away from you. It would make moving hard if the wind was blowing the smoke and heat into your face and the fire will be moving quickest in the direction the wind is moving it. So use the wind as a guide. If the wind is behind you blowing towards the fire move into the wind and if the wind is behind the fire blowing it towards you move perpendicular to the fire because you want to get away from the flames and out of it’s potential path. Keep in mind that the wind can blow sparks up to a mile ahead and start new mini fires beyond the existing fire. The last thing you want is to get sandwiched between two raging fires. So glance up at the top of the flames and watch the smoke and see what direction the wind is blowing it in and take the next course of action to escape them.
If possible head towards the next body of terrain that is non flammable. Head in the direction of the nearest area that is free of  trees and bush and less likely to burn. If you can put a body of water between you and the fire do so. Avoid moving through dense brush and thick undergrowth as these places will burn quickly and can leave you trapped.
If for some reason you are trapped, the best option is to hunker down in an area that will not burn. Always keep fleeing if it is possible though. SO your best bet if you can not keep moving is to take shelter in a vehicle or building if at all possible. Sometimes the best place to move is a place that has already burned if it is cooled down enough to do so. These areas can suddenly spring back up if it is still hot enough and new burnable (you) material is added and if it is still smoldering it can make breathing difficult.
If you can cross a body of water do so, fire will not cross a lake or river unless it is narrow with a lot of overgrowth on the other side. If there is a large paved area use that as a barrier. It will take a fire some time to move across the pavement, but watch out for overhanging branches. If you can not follow the road because of the width of the fire lie face down on the pavement as far from the fire as possible. If there is a ditch lie face down in the ditch farthest from the fire.
When you hunker down try to cover your body with something to protect you from the fire. A wet blanket or clothing works best. Covering the back of your head and body with  cool mud or soil will help protect you from the heat. Stay put until the fire passes.
Escaping or hunkering in a vehicle
That is if you are escaping on foot, if you have a vehicle use it. Be sure to roll up the windows and close the vents. You are now in an enclosed area and smoke getting in can make it hard to breath. Drive safely. This means to drive slow and do not drive into thick smoke. If you get your car stuck or strike a tree you are reducing your odds of survival. If you must stop your vehicle park far away from trees and heavy brush.
If you must take shelter in your vehicle and can not escape, then hunkering down in your vehicle is the best option for you. Vehicles with metal gas tanks rarely explode. Keep your windows up and lie in the back floorboard. Cover yourself with a blanket or coat if possible. Even if the fire surrounds your car stay inside, you still have a better chance of survival than running from the car at this point. Stay inside and stay low. The low air currents may rock the car, just don’t panic.
If you are hunkering down in a building for shelter. Take as many precautions as you can, but if the fire is moving rapidly, that may not be an option. First shut off any fuel lines such as propane, natural gas, or oil. Move curtains and fabric covered furniture away from windows and  sliding doors. If the glass breaks you wont want anything flammable near them. Remove any combustible materials from the yard like gas grills or fuel cans. Remove any fire wood or debris far from the structure.
If time permits try to wet the area down as much as possible this will make it harder to burn and slow down an advancing fire. Not just the ground, but the building you will be in as well. If you have several large containers fill them with water and surround the building with them.
So now stay inside. Keep window and doors closed. Do not lock any doors or windows. If fire rescue arrive you want to be able to get out or them to get in quickly. Stay away fro exterior walls. Try to stay near the middle of the building on the ground floor. Take a towel or a sheet and wet it down. If nothing is available you can dunk it in the tank of the toilet (tank not bowl) and drape it over your head.
Santelmo
A spiritual and intelligent fireball. It is said to chase people through the woods and fire them to death if caught.
Name                     Body  Mind   Spirit   Heart points
Santelmo’s Fire     3        6           7           ❤ ❤
                 Scenario: You wake in your hotel room. It is hard to breath. You can smell smoke though it is not thick yet. It seem to be coming from around the door. You place your hand on the door and it is very hot meaning a fire is right on the other side. You have a window, but you are on the third story and it doesn’t open. You have an adjacent bathroom. You wet several towels and place them around the door. It is possible to run through the fire and make it to the fire escape stairs. How are you going to get out? Braking the window has a body challenge of <7> Tying a rope from the sheets has a mental challenge of <7> Braving the fire to find a way out through the flames has a spirit challenge of <7> Throwing the mattress out the window and landing on it has a body challenge of <9>
Further study:
Playlist:
Ring of fire- Johnny Cash

Adventurer’s Almanac Spring Equinox

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Well we in a few days it will be Officially Spring. We have passed Rain’s Fell and are into the overlapping  Time of  Water and Time of Earth. We will be moving out of the water element and into earth fully. Not that it means less rain or storms. We are just heading into the time of growing and blossoms and planting.  The above picture is the  Wheele of the Year for Neo-Christians like myself who take their spirituality a little more seriously.  Still believe in one God and all the praying, but also believe in nature and energy.

Rain’s Fell is the halfway point between the Winter solstice  and the Spring Equinox.  The Spring Equinox is the official end of the time of Water and the  Start of the Time of Earth. The Winter solstice is when Night is strongest and Day is weakest. Rain”s Fell is the point at which Day starts getting stronger again. Taking back the day and at the equinox Day and Night are about equal and then Day starts winning until the Summer solstice when it is at it’s strongest the longest day of the year.

So what is Rains’s Fell. It is a day for celebrating the home and family basically. As the weather tries to change between winter and spring there comes with it rainy and sometimes stormy weather. The earth is being baptized in a way. The end of the old year and beginning  of the new. This is a great time for getting baptized yourself if you havent’ been. At this point you have been cooped up inside mostly and the weather should be getting better and winter is ending. Now is a time to start getting your home life in order. If you are a homesteader then now is the time to get ready to plant. On Rain’s Fell you start your Spring Cleaning. You light a fire in the fireplace or hearth and light candles in every room and ask God for blessings for your home and family. Sprinkle holy water around in each room. Hang a Brigid Cross over your entry way for protection of your home and family. Since the coming season will bring with it lots of rain and storms. Change out your bed clothes and fresh sheets. Time to start anew. Clean home and soul.

Rain’s Fell also signifies the beginning of the Time of Water and Time of Earth overlap. This is a dangerous time spiritually. This is a time when the P-brain (membrane between dimensions) is weak and it is believed that spirits can cross over more easily. Both good and bad ones. It is a time when loved ones can visit the living, but also demons or evil spirits can take advantage of divinations to cross over and attach to people. You must be careful and pray to God for protection to cleanse  you and your home from lingering spirits. Make sure by the end of the Spring Equinox to sweep them out the door and pray to God to seal your home and protect it from any coming back. (well the bad ones anyway)

The Green man is a common spiritual symbol for this time of year. He is a protector spirit of nature. Old Christians  have a problem believing in such spirits, but i don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see why we can’t believe in nature spirits and such. God created all things and as long as we aren’t worshiping them as gods, this doesn’t go against any beliefs or practices. He is often seen on historic buildings and decorations on old churches. If you have ever visited any you probably have seen a few. He is depicted as a man or face with a body made of vines or leaves. Sometimes the vines are coming out of his nose or mouth. My witchy friend has a green shirt that has his face on it and wears it during the spring when we celebrate Spring.

Vernal (Spring) Equinox This marks the first day of spring. Day and night are almost equal again. From here we enter the lightest days of the year, the days will start to get Longer and the night will get shorter until the Summer solstice the longest day of the year. This is the time for new birth. The flowers start popping up and birds start showing up with their songs. Furry critters come out of hibernation. Even worms start coming up out of the ground. This is the time for planting and growth both physical and spiritual.

 

Notable holidays to remember

April Fool’s day: A day for playing harmless pranks on each other. Does not seem significant, but letting off some steam is good and learning to take a joke is real character development.

Passover: This is the time when our ancestors (the Jews)  were led by God out of Egypt and settled in their new land. As Christians we should celebrate and remember this as well as they do. We would not be here either if not for this event and this shows our God’s power and majesty.

Easter: One of our most sacred days. This is the day we celebrate Our savior’s sacrifice and defeat of death. He was nailed to a cross and rose again the third day. And we get chocolate.

Mother’s Day: A day to celebrate mothers. We should always remember them and how important they are. Remember your mother put up with a lot from you.

Shavuot: This is a day that celebrates the giving of the Law by God to Moses on the mountain.

Ash Fall: This is the halfway point between Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This is the beginning of the overlapping of the Time of Earth and the Time of Fire.

Game Mechanics Gear and weight

Here is an overview of what was in a previous post on the starter gear for each path. Those of the body path can carry more. They have a bigger bag with a larger weght limit. Those of the mental path have the in between bag and those of the spirit path have the lightest bag. This can teach you about weight limits and packing. Each one starts with a 100 cash. Use the shop to change out gear and buy new stuff, but each item has a weight and will take up space in your bag. So make sure what you pack is what you want/need. You also must have something to cover each of the ten essentials.

Bags                                                                 Weight Limit      Price

The Expedition backpack            weight limit 40 lbs        80

Wiz bang Rucksack                    weight limit 30 lbs       60

Messenger bag                          weight limit 20 lbs        30

Belt Pouch                           adds 10 lbs to limit             50

Clothing                                weight       pirce

Heavy weather clothing 8 lbs      30

Spring weather clothing 6 lbs     20

Summer weatehr clothing 5 lbs  15

Fall weather clothing   6 lbs      25

Rain gear clothing       5 lbs       15

Tools                     weight        modifiers         price

Hunting knife 3 lbs +2 to body     15

Heavy duty flashlight 3 lbs          10

Pocket tool set 3 lbs                         5

Swiss army knife 1 lbs +1 to body +mental   5

Machete  4 lbs   +3  to body           20

Club        6 lbs   +5 to body              25

Sword  7 lbs  +6 to body               40

Map/Compass 2 lbs                         5

Flint and steel 2 lbs                       4

Head lamp 1 lbs                          3

Lighter 1 lbs                               1

Guide book   4 lbs  +2 mental   10

Multi tool 2 lbs +2 mind        4

Pocket knife 1 lbs + 1 to body      4

Pen light 1 lbs                                   3

Matches .05 lbs                                2

Holy Bible 1 lbs +1 to Spirit           5

First aid kit 2 lbs +1 heart life      30

Pocket Cross  2 lbs  +1 to spirit  3

Rope                  4 lbs                          10

Food                  weight                price

Jerky               6 lbs                    8        lasts two days

Energy bars 5 lbs                       5     Last three days

Powder Drink mix 2 lbs         3         last two days

Hydration            weight           Price

Thermos          4 lbs                3                   Last three days

Bladder Bottle 3 lbs                4           Last  two days

Bottled water 1 lbs                    2            Last one day

Shelters                   weight                price

Dome tent           5 lbs                            10

Hammock Tarp         8 lbs                     8

Tarp                          2 lbs                      5