Geomantica is an international web magazine of geomancy, dowsing, eco-sensitivity, esoteric agriculture and eco-living, published three times per year.
Editor: Alanna Moore.
News – Interview with Alanna Moore in Germany
EMR News – Try this experiment with wifi at home
Feature articles –
My Dryland Permaculture Farm by Alanna Moore
Bucket Gardening for Abundant Leafy Greens by Alanna Moore
Nazca plain – static electricity by Miroslav Provod
Antigravity by Miroslav Provod
Russia’s Anastasia and Permaculture by Michael Pilarski, USA 2010
Geomantica Events coming up
Wow, 60 issues, quite a milestone!
Hoping you enjoy this new one, with its focus on growing food with less water plus a spiritual approach to permaculture from the Russian Anastasia camp, I mean kin domain. Plus an intriguing look at global geomancy, megaliths and the Nazca Plain by Miroslav Provod.
As you will see from the article about Mucklestone Farm, the current home of Geomantica, this dryland permaculture designed farmlet is now being offered for sale, so that I can move back over to Ireland, where I left my heart behind! Expect to see more articles about the magic of Ireland and new Geomantica ventures there in 2015. But you will have to wait until early next year to find out more…
Thanks to all who have contributed to this issue,
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Hi there Alanna –
How I love your work! Fascinating, inspiring and gives me hope.
I wanted to say that the power tower and dowsing and layline work I learnt from you has been *stunning*. I naturally have adapted it to my way of doing things and the Australian landscape, however I find myself with others being amazed at the energetic and natural beauty results and so the benefits to human health and sustainability. I am just now working on a ladies property of Irish ancestory who has many fairies in the garden…and am creating a grove for them….with different flowers and herbs and wanted to ask you for more sources of information on *ley lines*. Any information would be welcome and I hope we can meet up again or speak on the phone re developing more awareness of the importance and possability for developing these divine Nature zones…
An interview with Alanna Moore was recorded at Lindenhof/Germany in September 2014 and is now online here:
(The short introduction only is in German, otherwise the whole interview is in English).
An Experiment to Try with Wifi
(source is lost, sorry, possibly Dr Mercola)
April 02, 2014
ALMONT Michigan, USA — When the school district rolled out the Ipads this year, Aiden Fitchett noticed something new; as he did when seated near the wireless projector any time a teacher used one for a presentation: headaches. Bad ones. Bad enough that the 8-year-old second grader would come home crying from the pain.
“I want to know why I get headaches when I’m around wireless devices but not the wires,” Aiden says. “We use a laptop at home, and we have a television set, and it’s only around wireless that I get the headaches.” So Aiden set about to answer his question. Patterning his experiment after a Danish experiment by a group of 9th grade students, Aiden and his mom bought some garden cress seeds, growing trays and napkins and got to work.
Aiden placed an equal amount of garden cress seeds atop two napkins, which he placed inside two growing trays. Each was watered until damp. One tray was placed six inches from a wired laptop which was kept on the whole time. The other tray was placed six inches from a WiFi router in a neighbor’s home which was turned on the whole time as well. Both trays received sunlight from west windows, and both rooms were kept at 69 degrees. The trays were watered daily with the same amount of water.
After six days, the results—similar to those in the Danish experiment—were stunning.
“At first Aiden was excited as the seeds started to grow, but by the second to the last day one of his notations on the WiFi sprouts was ‘strange,’” Rachel says. In the Danish experiment, the cress seeds placed near the WiFi device did not sprout at all. While Aiden’s WiFi seeds sprouted, they did not look anything like the robust sprouts growing in the wired room.
The sprouts tasted different as well. Garden cress is a fast-growing herb with a peppery, tangy flavor and smell. The wired seeds tasted strong and peppery—so much so that Aiden had to run for a glass of water. The WiFi seeds had little taste at all. In fact, Aiden said they tasted “like water.”
The following article was written for an environmental magazine and all the esoteric bits have been left out! However you can read about adventures with the nature beings and energies on this farm in Alanna Moore’s book Sensitive Permaculture.
Dryland Permaculture Farm
In 2000 I found my 14 acre central Victorian farm with its beautiful hilltop rock outcrop (an Aboriginal sacred site, seen right) and I was smitten! It was two years into a 12 year drought. But I knew I could design around it. This was to be my dream permaculture farm!
The Goldfields area is known for its hard rocky ground, hot dry summers and cold winters. Often there is no topsoil at all! However the back paddock has red soil from a lava flow from Mount Franklin. It has a fine pond too. But after 2000 it often dried up. I had another dam made and installed water tanks. But they all got low at times. You can design for water collection, but you can’t make it rain!
I couldn’t wait to start growing food close to the house that I built. But the many thirsty eucalyptus trees soon learned where I was watering the rock gardens. Their roots plundered all the moisture and nutrients and so I had to give up on that. Better luck was with the orchard in the valley, where all the topsoil had washed down to and there were no gums.
Outwitting the competition
Someone told me about Wicking Beds as a way of conserving water. You create a water reservoir beneath plants using a plastic liner or equivalent. Tree roots are excluded as well. You can thus grow plants anywhere! I transformed my hot house into a sub-tropical garden of several Wicking Beds and the veggies grew profusely.
What to do with the other acres? I hired a Yeoman’s Plough /Soil Aerator that ripped up the hard packed soil, following the contours. Wind-breaking wildlife corridors were planted with hundreds of trees, each one protected from hungry rabbits by a tree guard. I noted which plants rabbits preferred not to eat, which included many natives and most things aromatic.
Edible European plants were planted here and there, but ones far from a tap mostly died. Natives have been the top survivors, as well as providing welcome habitat for wildlife. I eventually evolved my own mostly Indigenous Permaculture. So what worked the best?
Olives proved great survivors, however rabbits and wallabies were also partial to eating them, so protection was important. Carob trees are another great stalwart and I found their sluggish growth is accelerated with lashings of diluted urine as fertiliser (watered down 10 parts to 1). Gingko biloba trees are tough in the back paddock, but have to be protected from nibbling llamas. (My llamas keep down the grass, conveniently dung in one spot and provide lovely wool.)
Photo right – Making swales by hand in the olive grove.
Of the natives, I’ve had great success with local Acacias – Golden Wattle and Wirilda (Ac. pycnantha and Ac. retinodes). After two years they produce an abundance of edible seed. When roasted and ground, the protein-rich seed can be added to flour for baking, or drunk as a delicious coffee substitute.
The standout crop is from Western Australia. Santalum spicatum, the source of Sandalwood oil, is not harvested very sustainably in the wild. Sandalwoods can handle sizzling heatwaves and cold down to minus 7 degrees C, plus they love it dry.
Hundreds of baby Sandalwood trees were trucked over in 2006, each with a host Acacia in the pot – as semi-parasites they need to attach their roots to those of another. They also need another host around a metre away, as the one closest will need culling or may out compete them. So I planted them amidst existing Wattles and trees, and kept on planting more around the Wattles that are short lived.
Seven years passed. Now each April I enjoy the divine perfume of Sandalwood flowers and by December trees are festooned with large edible (and medicinal) nuts (seen above), which some think to be more valuable than the oil crop. Sandalwoods are also unattractive to rabbits and other nibblers. I can direct seed them around my pesty gums too! What a winner!
It just proves the permaculture maxim, that for every problem there will be many solutions, if you think ‘outside the box’.
NOTE – This farm is now for sale. And there will be a final farm tour offered on Saturday December 6th. Enquiries to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bucket Gardening for Abundant Leafy Greens
Many people finding veggie growing too difficult and it’s understandable when you see the number of marauding slugs. They also don’t want to be slaves to their veggies, when summer holidays entice them away from the home for days on end.
The solution? A bucket garden that works on the principle of the Wicking Bed, where in-built water conservation allows for less regular watering. It can have a very small energy footprint as well, if only second hand/re-used and local materials are sourced.
Being offered a regular source of empty 15 litre buckets that a restaurant is throwing out was the start of a whole new phase of gardening for me, here in Ireland. The outcome was luscious! Plentiful green leaves for the salad or stir fry in moveable containers is the way to go, I’ve decided! Here’s the basics of how I like to do it.
1. Drill small holes into the sides of your buckets at about 2″ to 3″ up from the bottom. This will create a water reservoir, but allows for overflowing so your plants don’t drown on a wet day. When watering you’ll know when they’re full when you see water start trickling out the holes.
2. Fill this reservoir with small stones or gravel and top this with a layer of dry grass or straw, to stop soil from clogging the holes. If you are stuck, dry grass or straw can also be an alternative to the gravel layer. Make sure that the holes are just below the top of the dry grass/straw layer.
3. Then fill the rest of the bucket with good topsoil and / or good compost. Fill to the very top then bang the bucket on the ground a few times to allow the materials to settle down.
4. Find a good sunny site for the buckets. Ideally on a deck or flat ground. If not a level site, check the levels with a spirit level and adjust. This way your water reservoir will work best. Water will wick upwards towards the roots of plants. They love to get their water this way, from below.
6. Fertilise regularly, eg with a dilution of urine, 10 parts water to one of wee, when plants are small. When more mature, raise the dilution rate to 1 in 5. Water this onto the soil/compost surface, not on the leaves. Wash leaves before eating.
7. Repeat every 2 or 3 weeks for an ongoing plentiful supply of greens.
8. If slugs do find their way up into the buckets, buy some copper anti-slug tape and attach it around the middle of the bucket. They will get a bit of a shock on contact with it and go elsewhere.
Nazca plain – static electricity
by Miroslav Provod
A large amount of literature, hypotheses and links on the Internet suggests various theories that Nazca is something mysterious that can not prove anything. A new piece of information is however sufficient to change everything – in the Caucasus mountains there are three thousand ton solid rocks that have been worked, transported and lifted to a height of forty feet. Manipulation of the rock of three thousand tons can only be done by antigravity, which for us is still an unknown concept. We realize that based on our historical information, the reality is that it will not be easy to achieve the technical level of the ancient civilization in our knowledge of natural laws in many ways that require to change our view of ancient history, rewrite textbooks, respect the findings that emerged from the newly-explored properties of static electricity and many others. Nazca can not be considered as a separate “building”, it is the climactic part of a global composition of megalithic structures. Zones created by countless charges of static electricity on the Earth form a three-dimensional grid that is in constant motion due to flowing streams, the movement of the clouds and many other charges. The straight lines marked on the Nazca plain may be zones of several ocean currents with the largest energy values. Their connection can easily be manipulated by flowing water in underground channels. This way you can manipulate the energy grid around the Earth. Nazca is a monument of inestimable value, which should be preserved for future generations and unharmed. Nowhere else in the world are recordings of the energy component in the purest natural form, which was in its time optimal for all life on Earth.
During experiments with capacitors, I just happened to noticed unknown energetic reaction that stimulated me to further research. The result was the finding that all matter has a charge of static electricity and the other two energy components, which I have called Zones and Inter-Zones. At http://www.miroslavprovod.com in Article 3 – Diagrams are described in detail and illustrated graphically. After writing the “Caucasian antigravity” article I have noticed an increased interest in research. Researchers have realized that they lack information about the real laws of nature that people already knew thousands of years ago. Four previously unknown forms of static electricity open up a new dimension for research.
The first finding suggests that all matter has a charge of static electricity, which perceives the aura, zones and inter zones. The zones are electrically conductive and form a huge three-dimensional grid around the Earth. The second observation suggests that contact of auras two or more objects merge in one joint aura, with joint zones and Inter-Zones. The third finding suggests that this fusion of the 2 or more zones gradually equals their electrical potentials. The fourth finding suggests that during the equalization of energetic potential a transfer of chemical properties occurs.
Static electricity and its three components of energy were used by people for thousands of years. Aristoteles tried to explain the unknown energy and called it the ether that is weightless, flexible and indestructible. Throughout history, the ether has prompted countless discussions, until the time when Einstein rejected and denied the existence of ether. Ether is not subject to gravity, is intangible – ether is “nothing.” It can not be seen, can not be measured or weighed. We can not calculate it – “nothing” can not exist. The logic and knowledge of modern physics does not allow scientists to protest against Einstein and the existence of ether. Contemporary physics is simply not able, on the basis of its knowledge of the existence of ether, to accept it and therefore it must reject it. But if we replace the word ether with the word ZONE, you can discuss the matter further. The properties of both phenomena are identical, with one exception – the existence of zones can easily be proved. Through the Morse alphabet zones can send and receive messages, zones can also be visible, especially under high voltage power lines (Article 3, Diagrams). Zones throughout history have an essential role in many areas from prehistoric times until the present time.
You can not overlook the fact that only the zone of static electricity may provide an explanation for the megalithic culture, and many other human activities. “Caucasian antigravity” indicates to us that it is necessary to focus research on other yet unknown properties of static electricity, areas for further research are a big help. Sacred buildings of all time were located in places of high energy. We can deduce that the builders of these knew the attributes of static electricity. This information has metastasized to multiple directions, which can be expected to deliver new knowledge, particularly in the areas of medicine, architecture, urban planning, environment and other fields.
by Miroslav Provod
Nikola Tesla once wrote: “The day when science begins to explore beyond physical phenomena, more will be discovered in a decade than over the centuries of its existence.”
Photographs of incredible discovery can be found online by the use of search engines. On the mountain Shoria in southern Siberia, scientists have discovered a massive wall of granite stones. Some of the huge granite stones weighed more than 3,000 tons and were built into the wall at a height of 40 meters. Zahi Hawass presents a similar case: “Some of the tombs are recessed and covered with rectangular blocks of stone the size of several freight wagons or small houses.” He does not comment on it so it sounds as if it was an everyday occurrence. Under the current interpretation of science, the transport of three-thousand-ton rock blocks was performed by towing ropes. These were then hailed up to 40 meters high by an unknown way. Unfortunately, this is an opinion of many other scientists and it can not stand up to rational considerations. Since the weight of one solid cuboid is 3,000 tons, which equals fifty to sixty-ton tanks, it precludes further discussion.
This crucial information requires attracting the interest of research students. It needs to be highlighted that current science is unable to explain the lack of information about the transport of oversized rocks. The Granite wall on Mount Shoria will constantly remind researchers that people in ancient times had to solve the movement of rocks under the same natural conditions as those at present. The previously unseen features of one of the natural forces – the electric field, were creating a large obstacle to progress in many fields.
I consider antigravity as an unknown property of static electricity, without which the transport of oversized rocks would be unthinkable. Isolated cases of people or matter floating weightlessly have been described in history, but are not widely discussed due to the lack of convincing justification.
There are descriptions of people flying without the help of any technical device. A successful levitation has even been watched by the Emperor Francis I and his courtiers. The unusual hero was a mystic Schindler, who claimed that he can raise himself weightlessly at any time for at least fifteen minutes. The Emperor decided to investigate his claims. The testimony of the success of the test is preserved thanks to the free lord du Prel. The Emperor decided to remove the chandelier in the high hall of the Imperial Castle and replaced it with a hundred ducats. Schindler could keep it if he could get it without the help of any equipment. Schindler has struggled for about a minute as if he was warming up, but eventually managed to grab the money. Then he turned into a horizontal position by the ceiling and laid in space for a few minutes as if he rested after exercise. Finally, he slowly retreated back on the floor.
The Oregon Vortex is a circle that has a diameter of about fifty yards and exhibits anomalies the current knowledge of science can not explain. Tourists are amazed when they put a glass on a slippery slope and it rolls upwards. Another attraction is a fifteen-kilogram ball hanging on a chain. Visitors can see it hanging “from an angle,” thereby denying the laws of gravity. The sphere is swaying so that it only approaches the centre of the circle. Anyone can push the ball to the centre quite easily, but it is much harder to swivel it to the edge of the circle.
A similar anomaly is located in Italy near the Pope’s summer residence at the village of Rocca di Papa. The law of gravity does not work for about a hundred meters of a local road. People stop and watch their cars and leave bottles and cans roll up the hill. Local youth are riding on a bike uphill without having to step on the pedals. It is easy to see how a car with the engine off slowly travels up the hill. Nuclear physicist Luciano Gelmi poured water on the tarmac and watched in amazement as the water flowed uphill. Such places are also located in Japan, Poland, Germany and Scotland.
Antigravity is not easy to believe, but the three-thousand-ton solid rock that was elevated to a height of forty feet leaves little doubt. I think it will be more useful to familiarize students with the unknown characteristics of Oregon circle than having them drag the statues of Easter Island. It would be equally useful not to try to make up justifications of unconfirmed experiments at any cost.
If you would like to work towards antigravity, it is necessary to realize the fact that the megalithic culture went through the history as a unified group from menhirs to the cathedral, with static charge being the base of matter. Anti-gravity didn’t just fall from the sky, it was the result of the development of ancient civilization and we have to first get to know it. I believe that to gain knowledge about antigravity we first need to explain a wide range of prehistoric mysteries, like who was able to overcome the language barrier and construct very similar megalithic structures throughout the world.
Large concentrations of menhirs and dolmens in places such as the Golan Heights in Asia or the Caucasus Mountains indicate that, with regard to the population of the areas, dolmens were built disproportionately. The answer may not only lie in the energy reason, but also in the knowledge of other properties of static electricity. Russian dolmens are characterized by a progressive feature – the leading rock has a regular circular inlet opening in itself, thereby further increasing the wall energy concentration. This indicates a growing interest in research in this area. In this sense, we return to each megalithic structure that needs to be thoroughly evaluated. Let me give a few examples:
Throughout the territory of the Italian island of Sardinia, historians have counted over seven thousand Nuraghes, which are wondrous ancient “beacons.” These buildings are in fact built from large; often several-ton weighing stones laid on each other without mortar, and are hollow in its centre. The essence of all megalithic structures is the racking up material over the energy space to form a common charge. The areas around the Nuraghes contained enough stones, so they were used as a building material. The vertically tapered construction ensures stability, especially when not using mortar – the interior space could be used as dolmens, to supplement the body’s energy. Nuraghes worked as menhirs and other megalithic structures, but their excessive concentration has not been explained. Similar conical structures – called Brooches – were built in Scotland.
On the American continent people built earthed mounds that have the same function as Nuraghes or dolmens. These were less labour intensive and, in some cases, there was a lack of rocks. In the Czech Republic I noticed an unobtrusive but highly effective battery of static electricity by the river Vltava. It us a two meters high and several meters long stone wall, positioned perpendicular to the direction of water flow. Due to the changes in river flows, the zones of the water flow are in constant contact with the stone wall, which supplies energy. Similar stone walls, reminiscent of landfill stones are found in other places. The construction of energy structures never ceased. It was located mainly in church buildings, through antiquity and the Middle Ages, and remains to our time. It is unbelievable that a huge natural energy remained hidden to the attention of science and influenced us without our knowledge.
The Golan Heights is an area of about 1250 square kilometres, which is an important water source supplying water to four states. Excessive presence of static electricity can be deduced from a number of megalithic structures. The local circular structure with a diameter of 159 m consists of five concentric circles that are laid out in bulk stones with a total weight of about 37,000 tons. The largest stones used weigh around 20 tons. There are 8,500 other dolmens and menhirs located In the vicinity of this building, the largest of which weighs 50 tonnes and they are up to 7 meters high.
Sardinia has over seven thousand Nuraghes, the Caucasian mountains about 3,000 dolmens, and there are about 100,000 mounds as well as menhirs and dolmens on the American continent. From this we can deduce that there were millions of megalithic structures built across the globe. These are interesting data, but in order to come to any conclusion it is necessary to obtain more detailed information. It is unthinkable to deal with millions of megaliths, it could be enough to thoroughly examine a few selected sites, especially those where there were transports of millions of multi-ton rocks such as in the Caucasus, Lebanon, and the Golan Heights.
By the term investigate I mean: photographic documentation, coordinates, altitude, type of local surrounding rock, the type of rock that the megaliths consist of, etc.. If the megalith is functional, then obtain the size of the aura and the spaces between the three zones to try to identify the source energy of the megalith, and possibly other information required by the specialists. Particular attention should be paid to “balanced rocks”, which may have been a replacement source of a communication structure.
It is a very time consuming task, but I think the magic word antigravity could work in the same way as the word gold rush. The prospect of high profits from fuel savings due to reduced weight of thousands of aircraft, ships and millions of cars may cause an increased research interest in some business groups. This will be further encouraged that it is nothing new, it is only necessary to reveal something that has already been found in the distant past.
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Russia’s Anastasia and Permaculture
by Michael Pilarski. December 2010, USA
On the international level, perhaps the biggest news for permaculture is the widespread adoption of permaculture by the Anastasia movement in Russia which is inspired by the nine books in the Ringing Cedar Series written by Vladimir Megre. If you haven’t heard of the Anastasia movement, here is a nutshell sketch.
Anastasia is a mythical person in the Siberian taiga who promotes a back-to-the-land, self-reliant lifestyle. She promotes that every person has the right to a small parcel of land to grow their own food, build their own house, and raise their family, without taxes. She calls these family parcels “Kin’s Domains”, and this is one of the major parts of her message. The movement is petitioning the Russian government to give title to 1-hectare (two and a half acre) parcels to every Russian citizen who requests one. They are also petitioning the United Nations to facilitate this land reform movement around the world. In their petition to the United Nations, the international Anastasia movement clearly recommends that permaculture and the Transition Towns movement as a way to reach the desired future. A utopia on earth. With over 11 million copies of Anastasia books sold in 20 languages, the movement has been growing fast in Russia and internationally.
Upon first looking at the Anastasia publicity I thought it looked like a bunch of hype. At a later date it took a respected friend’s urging to induce me to start reading one of the books. Once I actually started reading the books, I couldn’t put them down and had revelation after revelation.
I have been reading the Anastasia books from the perspective of a permaculture elder. I find much of value here and highly recommend the books. I also recommend the video produced by the English translator Leonid Sharashkin, titled “Reconnecting to Nature through Spiritual Permaculture”. It is a video of a talk he gave at the 2007 Earth Transformation Conference in Kona, Hawai`i. It includes lots of slides from Russia. The talk focuses on the home gardening movement in Russia, which has got to be one of the best models in the world at this point.
Here is a list of statistics that permaculturists can only dream of happening in the US. 70% of Russians are gardeners. Home gardeners grow 92% of the nation’s production of potatoes, 87% of the fruit and berries, 77% of the vegetables, 60 % of the meat and 49% of the milk. Plus large numbers of people hunt, gather and fish. How long do you think it will take us to achieve that in the US?
The home gardening movement produces 54% of total Russian food production. 43% is grown by the big cooperatives with machinery and 10% is grown by independent farmers. More impressively the gardeners produce their 54% on 7% of the land in food production. The independent farmers produce 6% of the food on 10% of the land and the mechanized cooperatives produce 43% of the food on 83% of the land. The cooperatives get the best farmland and the land given to the dachniks (people who have country houses and small bits of land where they produce food on weekends and after work, called dachaus) is generally poor-quality land. On 7% of the agricultural land footprint they are producing 54% of the food. All very decentralized and very little machinery is used. This was pretty much in place when the first Anastasia book was published in 1996, but her books have now stimulated home food production even more. The Russians may be behind the USA in the military race but they are way ahead of us in the food race. Which isn’t to say it is perfect there yet.
The Anastasia movement is publicly promoting permaculture. It is unclear how much permaculture is influencing the evolution of this movement at this time and how much of it is indigenous knowledge. Certainly most of it is indigenous knowledge. The organic movement in the USA/Europe has been influencing home gardening in Russia and probably Biodynamics has as well. John Jeavon’s Grow Biointensive system has been taught quite a bit in Russia. I would love to hear how many permaculture design courses have been held in Russia and former USSR countries. Joe Bullock was one of the first permaculturalists to teach permaculture design courses in Russia. Joe is one of the three Bullock Brothers from the famous “Bullock Brothers Permaculture Homestead” on Orcas Island, Washington, one of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound. Joe speaks excellent Russian and has been there many times.
Many of our most tried and true permaculture techniques can be recognized in the Anastasia material. Here are a few similarities.
* Multi-purpose hedgerows. One of the distinctive features of Anastasia’s kin’s domains is that each domain is surrounded by a hedge of trees and shrubs which provide privacy, windbreak, shade, shelter, habitat, food and medicine for humans. Most permaculture designs include similar contraptions.
* Natural building methods. Anastasia stresses that people should build their own homes to the extent physically capable. Natural, local materials predominate. A high level of craftmanship is displayed. Each house is highly individualized. Permaculture promotes all of these things.
* Domestic livestock are integrated into the system. Chickens, milk and meat animals are mentioned. This reflects the real life situation on the ground. In Russia 60% of the meat and 49% of the dairy are produced at the home scale.
* Forest Gardens. Fruit production on the Kin’s domains is strongly emphacized. The descriptions leave no doubt that they are referring to species-rich, multi-story polycultures such as we ascribe to in permaculture. An average Russian gardener grows 13 different kinds of vegetables and 7 different fruit, berry, and nut crops on the same small plot.
* Creating habitat for a wide biodiversity of birds, insects, bees, butterflies (think pollinators)(think predators)(checks & balances). This is prominent in permaculture and Anastasia.
* Producing a year-round supply of food including preserving for winter use and full root cellars. Permaculture and Anastasia, ditto.
* Ecovillages. The concept of ecovillages is central to Anastasia’s philosophy and is also a common thread in permaculture. Anastacia’s kin’s domains are not scattered helter skelter across the landscape like current homesteads in the USA. Instead the kin’s domains are clustered together in little ecovillages. Everyone’s zones 1 and 2 are clustered together and surrounded by a more communal zone 3, 4 and 5. The typical European village, clustered together for self defense and social interaction. Ecovillages have taken off in Russia since the publication of the Anastasia books and has made Russia one of the most vibrant areas of ecovillage experimentation on the globe.
But Anastasia is not just another dry, permaculture text. Oh no… It has elements of novel, fiction, supernatural and spiritual as well.
Anastasia is what some would call a “fully-realized human being”, or at least getting close. We could also call her a super-human being. She has the ability to translocate her body, not only to other places on the earth, but to other planets in other solar systems. She has the ability to see at a distance and many other extraordinary abilities.
The story includes the classic battle between Light and Dark. Anastasia, a light-being, is doing battle with a lineage of dark priests that stretch back to Egypt and who are the main force keeping humanity in the dark. Anastasia is fighting for the whole human race. She has super-human allies, but she will only let them help her so far. Anastasia has a message similar to one attributed to Jesus Christ. She says, All these things I do, you can do and more. Anastasia says “I am human and all humans have divine capabilities”.
So what is the overt link between the Anastasia movement and permaculture? The word permaculture is mentioned in the text only several times. However, Leonid Sharashkin, the English language editor of the nine Anastasia books has produced a video called Reconnecting to Nature through Spiritual Permaculture.
Leonid Sharashkin is a Russian scholar visiting the US with a doctoral degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri, Columbia and he specialized in agroforestry. Everyone knows that agroforestry is a cousin of permaculture. Leonid ties together agroforestry, permaculture and the Anastasia principles. My strong points are agroforestry, permaculture and earth-based spirituality.
Anastasia is deeply in love with the Earth. She connects with all the life forms around her. She can communicate with the wild animals and they willingly serve her. A bear is her son’s maid. Wolves protect them. Squirrels gather food for her. An eagle takes her baby high into the sky to show him the earth from the air. She says that the animals serve man because of the love man bestows on them in return. Animals deeply desire and appreciate human love.
In Book 6, page 254, Anastasia says ”To be healthy, one must feed one’s self with lovingly grown produce”. Anastasia points out many times that eating food grown on corporate, mechanized farms is not good for our health or our spirit. One often hears that it is better to eat food prepared by a happy cook than food prepared by an unhappy cook. According to Anastasia this principle applies to the attitude of the farmer that grows the food. In this I heartily concur with Anastasia.
One of the charges brought against Anastasia followers is that they are cultish. I am sure the same charge has been leveled against the perma cult urists. Like with permaculture, and many spiritual traditions, there is no harm in the core teachings, but people can, and do, become dogmatic. Dogmatism is alive and well in both the permaculture movement and the Anastasia movement. Neither should be followed slavishly.
Diet: Anastasia herself is obviously a vegan and mostly a raw foodist at that; but she doesn’t enjoin all her followers to follow that path. In my opinion not everyone is suited to be a vegan or a raw foodist. Anastasia followers who believe this is the “only way” are exhibiting cultishness.
One other bit of esoteric advice from Anastasia is that gardeners should put a few seeds of a crop they are about to sow into their mouth for nine minutes and moisten it with their saliva. Then it is held in the hand for another minute. The seeds get imprinted with that person’s health and nutrition needs and the plant then grows to fill that specific person’s food and healing needs. All the seeds do not have to be held in the mouth, just the first ones for each crop that is sown.
Anastasia spends a lot of time talking about falling in love, choosing a partner, conscious conception, how birthing should be done (just the parents preferably, with midwives and family members hovering outside), education, selecting a kin’s domain and spiritual development. A lot of things that some permaculturists call zone 0.
These are a few of my thoughts upon looking at the Anastasia material from the eyes of a permaculture spiritualist. There is much more to say and many more opinions, so I invite correspondence on this topic. I am one of the most gullible people I know and it is even hard for me to swallow all of the material in the Anastasia books.
[Disclaimer: Some of you practical, scientific types out there will not be able to handle these books. Approach cautiously. Do not ingest if you are allergic.]
For more information: http://www.ringingcedars.com/
Geomantica Events Coming Up
1. Victoria – November 2014
Note: At all events, special stone pendulums will be supplied for use and sale, or bring your own. Alanna’s books will also be available for sale at discounted prices, cash sales only.
* Sunday November 9th, 10am – 4pm
Seymour area, Demeter’s Place Farm Stay
Dowsing for Subtle Energies and Power Towers for the Farm/Garden
Bookings – Melissa Parker 0418675099 or email: email@example.com
* Saturday December 6th 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Final Mucklestone Dryland Permaculture Farm tour
Take the chance to see Alanna Moore’s developing dryland permaculture farm for the last time, as this property is now for sale. Groves of trees include – Sandalwoods, Gingko Bilobas, Olives, Carobs, edible Wattle species, plus other bush foods. Wicking beds for veggies, flock of llamas. Clay/straw outbuildings. Aboriginal women’s sacred site, Towers of Power, etc.
Fee to attend – $10, inc seed pack and Wattle ‘Coffee’ drink.
Tour start 10.45 sharp, gates closed after 10.45am. Wear strong walking shoes.
* Sunday Nov 30th, 10am – 4pm
CERES, Hawthorn, Melbourne
Dowsing for Subtle Energies and Power Towers in the Garden
with Alanna Moore
Booking – CERES website page is HERE
* Sunday November 16th, 2pm – 5pm
30th ANNIVERSARY MEETING of the Dowsers Society of NSW
Alanna Moore will talk about the early days of the society she helped to found and some of her adventures in dowsing. Come help us to celebrate 30 years of the Dowsers Society.
Where – Community Hall, 44 Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill, Sydney.
* November 19th, Wednesday evening
Talk by Alanna Moore on Sensitive Permaculture, for the Mid Blue Mountains Permaculture Group.
Venue: Mid Mountains Community Centre, 9 New St Lawson, Blue Mountains.
More info – permaculturebluemountains.net
* NOTE -Alanna Moore will be available for dowsing consultancy work in the area on Thursday & Friday Nov 20 – 21.
* Saturday Nov. 22 Workshop in Victoria St, Katoomba:
SENSITIVE PERMACULTURE with Alanna Moore
Harnessing intuition and our super senses
Energies of the land
Geopathic and electro-stress
Divining best locations for living and growing
Enhancing the energies of place
Towers of Power (paramagnetic antennae)
Attuning to the intelligences in nature
Sensitive Permaculture design.
Bookings for Saturday workshop – Sandra: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Sunday November 23rd
DOWSING FOR HEALTH & HARMONY
Avalon, North Sydney
One day workshop with Alanna Moore.
Put your intuition on tap with the ancient art of dowsing (divining). Learn pendulum techniques for exploring health and wellbeing. Learn to read the body’s energy patterns and diagnose harmonic imbalances. Find out how dowsing can assist with diet and remedy selection and finding the best location to sleep. How to avoid toxic electro-smog, do remote dowsing and more!
Dates/Times: Sunday November 23rd.
10.30 – 3.30pm
Bookings – ph. Avalon Yoga School, 0410 538 960 or email – email@example.com