March 24, 2019

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USA: Unlike What The Media Reported, President Trump DID SIGN Major DEALS Worth More Than $20 BILLION While He Visited Vietnam. Days Later Vietnam Opens Up To Amazon Business.



Politico News
written by Rebecca Morin
Wednesday February 27, 2019

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Vietnam for working to reduce the trade imbalance with the U.S. as Vietnamese carriers signed deals to buy Boeing jets and technologies valued at more than $20 billion.

VietJet is buying 100 Boeing 737-Max jets and 215 GE/CFM joint venture engines, and Bamboo Airways is buying 10 Boeing 787-9 jets. In addition, Vietnam Airlines is buying $100 million in services and technology from Sabre Corp.

Trump, who is in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hailed the deals.

“We are going to be signing some very big trade deals,” Trump said at the top of a bilateral meeting with President Nguyen Phu Trong of Vietnam, adding that Vietnam was going to be “buying a lot of different products from the United States … which we appreciate,” according to a report from the press pool there.

Bamboo Airways is looking to open routes to the United States, which would be the first time a Vietnamese carrier could fly and codeshare with U.S. airlines, Yahoo Finance reported. The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month declared Vietnam in compliance with international aviation standards.

Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Allen Paxson, vice president and general manager of the CFM Program at GE Aviation, were present for the event.


Fortune Magazine
written by By Nguyen Kieu Giang, Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, Kyunghee Park, and Bloomberg
Wednesday February 27, 2019

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet Aviation JSC signed deals to buy 110 aircraft from Boeing Co. during President Donald Trump’s visit to Hanoi for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Bamboo agreed to purchase 10 787-9 Dreamliners worth about $3 billion, while VietJet’s order is for 100 737 Max planes valued at $12.7 billion, Boeing said Wednesday. VietJet’s 100-plane commitment was unveiled at the Farnborough air show last year. The accords were signed in the presence of Trump and Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Vietnam’s airlines are expanding their fleets as rising incomes and the region’s growing economies are spurring many to fly for the first time, boosting demand in the Asia Pacific, whose air-travel market is projected to surpass that of North America and Europe combined. Demand in Vietnam is also expected to climb after U.S. regulators last month gave their approval to the nation’s air-safety system, making its airlines eligible to begin direct flights to the U.S. and codeshare with American carriers.
These orders mean JOBS JOBS JOBS! But the public wouldn't know about this awesome news because almost everyone reported "Trump left with no deal" or "Trump left empty handed." and even worse reporting. The public wants non-partisan news, not the bratty childish garbage being reported today. (emphasis mine)
The Chicago-based planemaker had been involved in the effort to get the safety rating, which would allow state-owned Vietnam Airlines to launch nonstop flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and proceed with a long-planned order for either Boeing 777-8 or Airbus SE A350-1000 aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines is considering purchasing as many as 100 737 Max planes this year to replace its aging fleet of Airbus SE single-aisle jets, with the new aircraft due for delivery between 2020 and 2030, Chief Executive Officer Duong Tri Thanh said in an interview last week. It may also buy long-range aircraft in preparation for flights to California.

Bamboo plans to order as many as 25 narrow- and wide-body Boeing aircraft this year, on top of the 10 Dreamliners it agreed to buy Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter. The carrier has said it plans to fly to the U.S. later this year or early 2020, with possible routes to Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Separately, General Electric Co. signed a $5.3 billion deal with VietJet to service engines for 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.
Tuoi Tre News, Vietnam local
written by Staff
Saturday March 2, 2019

Amazon is cooperating with a Vietnamese agency to select 100 Vietnamese businesses to sell their products on the network of the U.S. e-commerce giant.

Through the Amazon Global Selling program, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) and Amazon experts will guide the firms on how to complete export-import and customs procedures, and to study the U.S. market.

The selected Vietnamese businesses will also learn how to build online shops on Amazon.com, develop their products and brands, and receive training on e-commerce and selling skills on Amazon, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.
President Trump was in Vietnam on Wednesday February 27th. Vietnam News Agency reported this Amazon news on Friday, March 1st, two days later. (emphasis mine)
Amazon Global Selling is a program that enables merchants to list and sell their products across the world on Amazon's global marketplaces.

More than 98 percent of Vietnam’s businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the General Statistics Office.

In 2018, 60 percent of Vietnam’s SMEs could not access loans from official sources, the World Bank has reported. The lack of capital prevents the SMEs from making appropriate investments to upgrade the quality of products for both domestic consumption and exports.

The Amazon program is a chance for local businesses to reach global consumers.

Previously, Walmart carried out a campaign to seek Vietnamese suppliers, according to the Vietnam News Agency report. This enabled products of Vinamit, Vietnam’s leading maker of fruit chips, to be available at Walmart China, while the country’s famous coffee brand Trung Nguyen is sold at Walmarts in Chile, Brazil, Mexico and China.

Vietnam’s e-commerce has emerged as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, with value jumping from about $4 billion in 2015 to $5.1 billion and $6.2 billion in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Revenue from online retail in the Southeast Asian country is forecast to hit $10 billion by 2020, accounting for five percent of the country’s retail market, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
I want to point out that I could not find this news reported by any major news outlet. This is why I follow local news on Twitter for most countries worldwide. I would not have known about this Vietnam Amazon news had I not caught it being shared by Tuoi Tre News on Twitter. (emphasis mine)

BRAZIL: Ahead Of New Leader Jair Bolsonaro’s First Meeting Tuesday With President Trump, Brazil Ends Visa Requirements For Visitors From U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia.

The Daily Caller
written by Evie Fordham
Wednesday March 20, 2019

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, wants to “make Brazil great” and says he owes his life “to God” after being stabbed on the campaign trail, according to his interview with American media following his meeting with President Donald Trump Tuesday.

The U.S. and Brazil have had a fraught relationship in the past, but Bolsonaro and Trump want to turn over a new leaf. They have not, for example, ruled out cooperating in military action in Venezuela, where socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime is in turmoil.

“To a large extent, I support what Trump does; he wants to make America great, I also want to make Brazil great. I also have concerns about the indiscriminate entrance of foreigners without any criteria. But beyond this, we are both Christians and we are God-fearing men,” Bolsonaro told Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in an interview published Wednesday.

Bolsonaro’s election marked a turn in his home country as well. Brazil had been ruled by politicians from the left for years, and Bolsonaro is the country’s first conservative leader in its democratic era, reported CBN.

“It is time to overcome old resistances and explore the very best potential between Brazil and the United States. After all, it is fair to say that today, Brazil does have a president who is not anti-American,” Bolsonaro said in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday, according to CBN.

Bolsonaro is only three months into his first term and has been nicknamed “Trump of the Tropics” for his brash rhetoric and desire to bring conservative reform to Brazil. Bolsonaro’s critics claim he uses “misogynistic and homophobic” rhetoric and wants to take away land rights from indigenous people.

The Brazilian politician also discussed the stabbing that almost cost him his life when he was a leading candidate in his country’s presidential election in 2018. The man who allegedly stabbed him was a former member of a socialist political party and sympathizer of radically left leaders.

“Doctors who attended to me said that for every 100 stabbings of the kind I endured, only one person survives. So, I am a survivor and owe my life to God. It was His will for me to live,” Bolsonaro told CBN.

Prompted by Bolsonaro’s White House visit, progressive U.S. lawmakers piled on criticism of the Brazilian leader after decrying U.S. action in Venezuela against Maduro.

Brazil recognized Guaido over Maduro in January. Maduro compared Bolsonaro to former German dictator Adolf Hitler in a speech on Jan. 14 after he questioned the integrity of Venezuela’s elections.
The Wall Street Journal
written by Samantha Pearson
Monday March 18, 2019

SรƒO PAULO—Brazil has dropped visa requirements for visitors from the U.S. and several other nations, ahead of new leader Jair Bolsonaro’s first meeting Tuesday with President Trump.

Brazil’s government said Monday that tourists and business travelers from the U.S., as well as Canada, Japan and Australia, won’t need visas to visit the Latin American country as of June 17.

Please CLICK HERE to read the entire article...
Conde Nest Traveler
written by Katherine LaGrave and Meredith Carey
Tuesday March 19, 2019

In 2016, Brazil temporarily waived visa requirements for U.S. travelers to the country in the hopes of drawing travelers for the Summer Olympics. Two years later, in January 2018, it launched an e-visa program that let U.S. citizens get a visa with the click of a button, and for $44 instead of the usual $160. Now, the Brazilian government has officially scrapped the visa requirement for U.S. travelers altogether.
I would like to point out that this article from Conde Nest Traveler doesn't mention President Trump at all. Nor does this article mention the date Brazil's government made this change because it happened the day before Brazil's President met with President Trump. This article ends telling the reader this article was published in January 2019 and has been updated with new information? wth? Brazil made the announcement on Monday, March 18, 2019. I did a google search for another article with better details and almost everything in my search was skewed Left and just plain mean like bratty children. People want news, not the crapola that's being put out there. The Wall Street Journal piece was the only non-partisan article I could find on the Brazil visa subject. (emphasis mine)
Starting June 17, American visitors to Rio, Sรฃo Paulo, and the rest of the country will be able to stay for up to 90 days each year without a visa. But it isn't just Americans who are getting in on visa-free entry: Canadian, Japanese, and Australian passport holders will also be able to enter the country without a visa after that June date. (If you're traveling to Brazil between now and mid-June, you'll still need to apply and pay for that e-visa here.)

This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country," Tourism Minister Marcelo Alvaro Antonio said in a press release. The move to eliminate visitor visas for Americans is part of a twofold initiative for Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in on January 1 and is looking to boost the country's tourism industry and align himself with the U.S. Brazil currently sees 6.6 million annual visitor—on par with countries like the Dominican Republic—but has a goal of drawing 12 million annual visitors by 2022.

Visa-free access to Brazil is good news for U.S. travelers, who have seen their passport lose power in recent years, thanks to a combination of things: the country's focus on tightening its borders and an unwillingness to revise its visa policies, and other countries' openness to visa-waiver agreements with diplomatic allies. We're coming for your spot, Japan.

This article was originally published in January 2019 and has been updated with new information.

USA: The European Union Announced Americans Will Need To Obtain Authorization Through The European Travel Information and Authorization System To Travel To 26 Nations Starting In 2021.

Fox11 News, Los Angeles
written by Fox5 DC staff
Friday March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Traveling to Europe will become more complicated for Americans beginning in 2021.

The European Union announced Americans will need to obtain authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, to travel to 26 nations starting in 2021. Among the nations include France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. One ETIAS grants access to all 26 nations for up to 90 days of travel, according to officials.

Currently, U.S. citizens do not need an ETIAS when visiting Europe for less than 90 days. But beginning in 2021, Americans will not be able to board a plane or cruise ship heading to one of the 26 nations without an approved ETIAS. The European Union said the ETIAS requirement is to protect and strengthen its borders by identifying possible threats from visitors traveling to its countries.

Officials said the online application takes approximately 10 minutes and automatic approval is granted in more than 95 percent of cases. Travelers between the ages of 18 and 70 years old will have to pay a one-time fee of €7 and the visa will be valid for three years.

An ETIAS is only necessary when traveling to the Schengen area and Americans will not need one when traveling to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus.

Americans will need an ETIAS beginning in 2021 to enter the following countries:

- Austria

- Belgium

- Czech Republic

- Denmark

- Estonia

- Finland

- France

- Germany

- Greece

- Hungary

- Iceland

- Italy

- Latvia

- Liechtenstein

- Lithuania

- Luxembourg

- Malta

- Netherlands

- Norway

- Poland

- Portugal

- Slovakia

- Slovenia

- Spain

- Sweden

- Switzerland

To learn more information, click here.

March 20, 2019

My Storyboard Spiritual Visual Interpretation Of What This Full Moon In Libra On Wednesday, March 20th Is Ushering In For Us. ๐Ÿ’–

The pictures and gifs that I share sum up my interpretation of the current astrological message.

Okay. I really tried to get away from this message. I almost wasn't going to post this message. But this storyboard had a very strong pull. Each picture popped out and the story fell into place naturally and they're all from different Mickey cartoons. I've been hearing I love you I love you I love you since the message I shared with you 24 hours ago. So, enjoy!

At first sight, this message looks like a straightforward love message. But that's not necessarily true. It can be whatever it is you see. I'll give you an example. It can be God guiding you through the dark lighting your way, helping you crossover to another dimension of blessings, showering you with an abundance of love, reassuring you of His love for you, leaving you feeling overwhelmed with pure unconditional love. ;)

Full Moon In Libra On March 21st and 22nd. Empowerment Through Love and Harmony by Tania Gabrielle.


Full Moon in Libra
Empowerment Through Love and Harmony
written by Tania Gabrielle
contact her at www.TaniaGabrielle.com

The Fifth and FINAL of FIVE consecutive Full Moons at 0° lights up on March 21 (March 20 in the Americas).

This is also the First of TWO consecutive Libra Full Moons – a very rare occurrence!

With the Sun in Aries opposite the moon we have two months of new beginnings – a beautiful, fresh energy – so perfect as we also celebrate the first day of SPRING in the northern hemisphere!

Moon in Libra asks you seek harmony.

Base all your choices on what brings peace, harmony and contentment.

Manifesting your true heart’s desires will help you feel glorious serenity throughout all areas of your life.

Libra rules the 7th house in astrology of intimate relationships, so you will be focusing closely on close relationships during the next couple of months…

Always observe whether you are projecting. Projection creates co-dependency.
  • Instead, ask – how do I feel around this person?
  • Do I love how I AM around this person?
If not, discover the source of your discomfort. Most often there are two reasons:
  1. Is the other person mirroring your own internal conflict (this is a big Libra theme) – if yes, own the part you are playing and stop projecting onto them.
  2. Could it be that you have outgrown this relationship vibrationally?
Other planetary connections during this Full Moon bring wonderful support:
  • The Sun conjuncts Chiron (which just moved into Aries and will remain there until 2027)
This is a very CLOSE conjunction signifying tremendous healing.

Open up your heart to Love.

Bring your life into harmony by focusing on what is healthy and uplifting.

You are healing the inner relationship with yourself and your connections with others.
  • Mars trines Pluto
The BLENDING of Mars-infused goal-directed energy with the power and leadership of Pluto can yield tremendous results!
  • Mercury retrograde sextiles Saturn
You have great powers of concentration and perseverance. You have a greater urge to deepen philosophical thinking and consider everything thoroughly and with patience.
  • Moon is exactly 150° “qunicunx” or inconjunct Uranus
Uranus currently lies at 0° degrees Taurus still having just moved into that sign for the next seven years, and the Moon is at 0° degrees in Libra.

You receive new ideas, new concepts that are ahead of their time – they feel beyond mystical, beyond the conscious, normal understanding, so you are exploring the unseen, and this yields incredible breakthroughs.

Such a powerfully creative Libra Full Moon – the first of TWO!

Enjoy the fresh surge of energy and inspiration!

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle

PS. *FREE Masterclass!* Discover Your Divine Blueprint: How to read any person's birth code in the STARS and NUMBERS!

Full Moon In Libra Equinox Powerful and Rare Supermoon On Wednesday, March 20th by Lena Stevens and Patricia Liles at PowerPath.

I added the picture gif above to the message below.

Intro written by Lena Stevens at www.thepowerpath.com
Body written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com

The Full Moon is on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:42pm with the Equinox being on the same day at 3:58 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

This is a Super Moon and a rare and powerful event with the Equinox landing on the same day. You have an opportunity, a portal through which this power comes through, to set some intentions for potent and inspired new beginnings. All those things you have been dreaming about can now be supported by the fertility of this Equinox. But be careful what you ask for. Make sure it is what you want and not someone else’s dream.

The power of this full moon will energize whatever you put into motion. It is a feminine time but supported by the masculine. A perfect combination of balance between the Sun and the Moon. So we honor both of them on this day. What do want to plant the seeds for, to give birth to, to have manifest in your life? How are you willing to take disciplined action to make it happen? What are you willing to change, give up and push through to move forward into a new landscape?

It is definitely a day to honor the Equinox and Full Moon in some ceremonial way and if you can do it with support and community, all the better.

Blessings,
Lena

REMINDER: to join Jose for a remote Shamanic Healing working with the energies of the Equinox/Full Moon, especially clearing what might be in the way of those new beginnings. Thursday, March 21, 7PM MDT (link here)

Take advantage of 50% off the “Power Path to Prosperity” online course. Equinox is a great time to commit to supporting yourself differently. (link here)

ASTROLOGICAL NOTES:
Written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com

Libra Full Moon
Equinox
Sun in Aries 0ยบ ~ Moon in Libra 0ยบ
Wed. March 20, 7:42 PM Mountain Daylight Time
(Thurs, March 21, 1:42 AM Greenwich Mean Time)

Equinox is one of the four most powerful solar points of the year! With this equinox we are blessed with a Full Moon/SuperMoon marking and expanding that fertile point of new beginnings, the zero Aries point. We begin the new cycle of the zodiac wheel backed by the full emotional power of the Full Moon. The Aries Sun will lend us courage, initiative and a willingness to take a risk and the Libra Moon will emphatically point to emotional cooperation and partnership and bringing more beauty into our life.

Libra is a diplomatic, gracious sign owing to its rulership by Venus. We refine how we engage others, how we approach them, consider their needs, how we negotiate to get all parties needs heard and met. We gather socially with intention. Libra has both the objectivity of an air sign and the heart of a Venus-ruled sign (like Taurus). Libra gets what it wants, but also keeps in balance with those it deals with. So, we not only have the powerful Sun in balance with the Earth, but the Moon in the sign of balance and harmony in Libra. What will you do with such an auspicious start to this season? When you find yourself on the other side of this transition time about two years from now at Equinox 2021 – what do you want your life to feel like, what do you want to be doing, and who with? What are you releasing to make way for the new? Now is the time to initiate and strengthen those threads.

Chiron is also highly influential here riding within a degree of the Sun at 1ยบ Aries. Consider how Chiron will manifest for you. Chiron is not only the ‘wounded healer’. It also calls in the teacher/mentor, sharing the medicine and wisdom they have earned from their life experiences and challenges. Chiron, a centaur, half animal half human, has lineage in the instinctual realms, the nature realms, linking us to the natural world with support from the animal, plant, mineral and deva kingdoms. Chiron teaches holistic respect for the body giving us contact from our intercellular workings right out to the interconnectiveness of all life. Chiron integrates the mind and body, the instinctual and the intuitive. Chiron is here to remind us of our shamanic origins for healing. In the solar system, it sits between Saturn, the physical, and Uranus, the intuitive aspects of our psyches. Chiron is a wild, unconforming maverick walking his own way in the world responsive to his instincts, connected to nature, sensitive and wise. Chiron is often prominent when a major transition requires a big decision – maybe a hybrid decision – the best under taxing circumstances. Unique insightful solutions can present themselves in the area this Sun/Chiron conjunction resides in your chart. Great benefit can be had from this combination. What we heal personally will bring more intimacy, more joy de vivre, more depth into our relationships. The Moon in Libra opposes the Sun bringing great awareness of what needs to be healed within us individually so we are more present for the other.

Venus in Aquarius (23ยบ) as chart ruler has four strong aspects.

1) A conjunction with Black Moon Lilith and Venus reinforces and mirrors the Sun/Chiron conjunction in expressing our instinctual selves – that which holds our basic creative drives, being true to the self despite the pressures to be acceptable and fit in with the status quo, walking our own true path unwilling to see ourselves as victims, claiming our wholeness and fire.

2) An exact square from Mars in Taurus to Venus in Aquarius – so there may be areas where we are stuck, digging in our heels, or resisting moving into new or unfamiliar actions (where sharing with an intimate may help us see our lives from a new perspective)

3) A close trine with Pallas Athena in Libra to Venus opening a channel where inspired music, poetry, or ideas may lead Venus to open our hearts and let in the electrifying zap of a shift in attitude or the warmth of love from an unexpected source or kick up some artistic or strategic planning part of ourselves.

4) An easy, exact sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius from Venus in Aquarius says ‘there’s always help along the way’, people reaching out with support, growth in our social circle, connection that begets opportunities.

Mercury in Pisces, yes, still retrograde and still doing its dance of forgetting and dissolving with watery Neptune. Is it possible to make cookies and forget the sugar; is it possible to appear in the kitchen with both your shirt and pants inside out? Oh yeah… This retrograde seems to have the quality of forgetting, items/reality going invisible, blinking on and off. Mercury retrograde especially in Pisces is about slowing down, surrendering some of that roadrunner busyness, and visioning where you want to end up in the big picture. Mercury conjuncting Neptune three times in six weeks, 2/18, 3/24, 4/2, supports loosening the linear mind tethers that bind us to consensual reality. Apparently we are being called to dream and float and intuit and surrender in order to dissolve walls and boundaries.

Mercury in Pisces goes direct on March 28 at 16ยบ and is out of its shadow period and moving forward, picking up on April 16 at 29ยบ Pisces where it left off when retrograde began – Nine weeks in a sign where it normally spends three.

Underlying all the energy of rebirthing that Aries brings is still a strong current of surrendering and releasing the old – millenniums worth of old. We’re digging deep here with Pluto and Saturn, those Grand Pooh Bah heavies, nearing conjunction with the South Node in Capricorn where we relinquish the past. We’re finishing up and releasing loooong cycles here. Mars is in a very helpful aspect (all earth signs involved) so, a big push, huge effort, aggressive action may move you through those releases and into a new frequency of productivity.

Make of this what you will: The majority of the planets in this Equinox chart are once again in feminine signs, but the five out of six counted asteroid goddesses are in masculine signs drawing down action, decisiveness, and showing up for what you stand for and value. Celebrate the Sun AND the Moon at this Equinox time of balance.

ENGLAND: Hundreds Of Muslim Parents Protested Schools In Britain About LGBT Rights Curriculum. Islam Got Their Wish After Threatening To Protest Every Week Until The School Stops This LGBT Class.

BBC News, UK
written by Sima Kotecha
Tuesday March 19, 2019

Four more schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching about LGBT rights following complaints by parents.

Leigh Trust said it was suspending the No Outsiders programme until an agreement with parents was reached.

Earlier this month the city's Parkfield Community School suspended the lessons after protests were held.

Campaigner Amir Ahmed said some Muslims felt "victimised" but an LGBT group leader said No Outsiders helped pupils understand it is OK to be different.

In a letter seen by the BBC, Leigh Trust said it was halting the lessons until after Ramadan, which finishes in June.

The schools involved are Leigh Primary School, Alston Primary School, Marlborough Junior and Infants School and Wyndcliff Primary School.

'Outrageous'

Leigh Trust - which is yet to comment publicly - said it wanted to discuss the programme with parents to find "a positive way" of teaching about the Equalities Act.

Some parents at Parkfield, and the other four schools, claim the classes are inappropriate for young children and the schools' LGBT message contradicts Islam.

The No Outsiders project was created and piloted at Parkfield in 2014 by assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat, who was made an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education in 2017.

Ofsted has deemed the lessons as "age-appropriate".

Mr Ahmed, one of the leaders of the Parkfield protests, said he had seen a presentation about the programme that was to be shown to the government as part of the school's Prevent strategy - which is aimed at reducing radicalisation.

"I think that's outrageous," he said.

"It's quite disgusting that the school has presented our children as potential radicals."

A spokesperson for Parkfield Community School said: "The powerpoint was written four years ago in line with Prevent duty at that time.

"No Outsiders is all about tolerance, accepting difference and respect, which are all key aspects of community cohesion and our fundamental British values."

Mr Ahmed said his community was "respectful and tolerant" of British values but now felt victimised.

He claimed parents who had protested were "effectively seen as homophobes in the wider community".

"Fundamentally the issue we have with No Outsiders is that it is changing our children's moral position on family values on sexuality and we are a traditional community.

"Morally we do not accept homosexuality as a valid sexual relationship to have. It's not about being homophobic... that's like saying, if you don't believe in Islam, you're Islamophobic."

But Khakan Qureshi, a gay Muslim activist who runs Birmingham South Asian LGBT and was invited to visit Parkfield School last week, said he supported the need for the lessons.

"Myself and many others knew from a young age that we were different and we wish we had this sort of education," he said.

He feels the Muslim community as a whole is not homophobic, but believes a minority within the protesters are "agitating".

"The attitudes of the protesters towards the No Outsiders programme is completely homophobic," he said.

"No matter how they package it, it still comes across as homophobic."

He said given the existing legislation to stop discrimination, "I don't understand why certain communities here in the UK are not adhering to those laws".


Fox News
written by Lukas Mikelionis
Thursday March 7, 2019

Hundreds of Muslim parents and their children – dressed up as superheroes – protested outside a primary school in Britain on Thursday against planned lessons on LGBT rights.

More than 200 protesters organized the demonstration against Parkfield Community School in Birmingham over the school program called “No Outsiders” that includes teachings about homosexuality, including same-sex relationships and marriages, and challenges homophobia.

The organizers accused assistant head Andrew Moffatt, who is gay, of promoting LGBT rights against the wishes of the parents, who carried placards reading “Say no to sexualizing children” and “respect and be respected.”

Thursday’s protest came even as the school, where virtually every child has Muslim parents, reportedly suspended the curriculum in response to the outrage and protests. About 600 children were withdrawn from the school in a day as a result of the program, which also teaches about race, religion, gender identity, age and disabilities.

“Up to the end of this term, we will not be delivering any No Outsiders lessons in our long-term year curriculum plan, as this half term has already been blocked for religious education (RE),” the school said in a letter to parents, the Guardian reported. “Equality assemblies will continue as normal and our welcoming No Outsiders ethos will be there for all.”

The school denied that it caved to the protesters and said that the class on gay rights stopped at half-term as planned.

But the school admitted that before the return of the classes they will need to have a discussion with parents and teachers about it, according to the BBC.

Some parents during the protest spoke to the crowd through a megaphone, saying the lessons weren’t “age appropriate” and accused the school of violating not only children’s but also their religious beliefs, as Islam doesn’t approve homosexuality.

Protesters said they will continue to protest every week until the school nixes whole program.

According to a 2016 Channel 4 survey on attitudes of British Muslims, more than 50 percent of respondents said they don’t believe homosexuality should be legal in Britain, while 47 percent of respondents said that it’s not acceptable for a teacher to be gay.

JAPAN: The Conservative Politician Fighting for Gay Rights in Japan

Bloomberg News
written by By Isabel Reynolds and Emi Nobuhiro
Thursday February 14, 2019

Tomomi Inada isn’t trying to get Japan to legalize same-sex marriage, or ban discrimination against gay citizens. The conservative lawmaker just wants to “promote understanding” of LGBT issues.

Even that seems too much.

The former defense minister said she’s unsure she’ll be able to introduce new legislation seeking greater tolerance of same-sex relationships amid opposition from her Liberal Democratic Party colleagues. Members of the ruling party have publicly opposed calls for change in recent months, some warning it would slow the already anemic birth rate.

“People asked me if I’d turned left wing,” said Inada, an LDP executive and an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “It’s a tough situation for me, but I think it’s a human rights issue and nothing to do with being conservative or liberal.”

While other developed countries, including the U.S., Australia and most of western Europe have moved to recognize same-sex marriage, traditionalist Japan has barely budged. Now, business groups are cautioning that the country’s LGBT policies are hurting their hunt for top global talent, and activists argue the situation could become a source of embarrassment when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics.

A group of 13 same-sex couples filed suit Thursday -- Valentine’s Day -- over what they contend is marriage discrimination in Japan. The government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, signaled little interest in change.

“Whether or not we recognize same-sex marriage is a problem that relates to the roots of what a family should be in our country,” Suga told parliament. “So it’s something that needs to be considered extremely cautiously.”

Inada’s lonely battle to pass the legislation shows both how Japanese sensibilities may be changing and how much further advocates have to go. Inada, who led the defense ministry from August 2016 to July 2017, is better known for her justification of Japan’s past colonial expansion across Asia, than for promoting minority rights.

“There is so little understanding that some conservatives think recognizing LGBT people will destroy the traditional family, or reduce the birthrate,” Inada, who is one of just 22 women in the 283-member LDP’s lower house caucus, said in an interview last month.

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Like elsewhere, Japanese gay rights advocates found increasingly vocal allies among multinational corporations, who see it as a competitive issue for the world’s third-largest economy. A Hong Kong court ruling allowing dependent visas for same-sex spouses last year raised the pressure on places like Tokyo and Singapore.

“Looking at Tokyo as an international financial center, and how to attract foreigners, it would be better to establish a framework to attract talented people,” Hiroyuki Arita, representative director and president for asset manager BlackRock Inc.’s Japan unit, said in an interview.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan -- supported by sister organizations from Australia, Canada, Ireland and the U.K. -- went a step further in September, publishing a policy paper calling for full marriage equality.

The Japanese public appears more tolerant than the LDP, which has controlled the government for all but four years since 1955. Homosexual relationships were long condoned among the samurai class and Buddhist monks before Japan’s mid-19th century modernization and adoption of “Western” values.

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Transgender entertainers are among the biggest stars on local TV. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which highlighted the difficulties Queen singer Freddie Mercury faced as a gay man, was the country’s top-grossing movie last year.

A poll by public broadcaster NHK in 2017 -- the most recent data available -- found 51 percent of respondents believed same-sex marriage should be allowed in Japan. That compared with 41 percent who were opposed.

Still, some LDP members continue to stoke outrage from the LGBT rights advocates, such as when Katsuei Hirasawa argued in a speech last month that the “nation would collapse” if everyone were gay. Another ruling party lawmaker, Mio Sugita, published a magazine article last year describing gay couples as unproductive because they don’t have children.

Abe himself said in 2015 that the country’s constitution, which requires the consent of “both sexes,” didn’t envisage same-sex marriage. While a few local governments issue certificates to same-sex couples to help them overcome difficulties renting homes, or gain next-of-kin status in hospitals, the unions have no legal standing.

‘No Right’

Ai Nakajima, who was among the activists suing for marriage equality Thursday, said she was being unfairly denied the right to live in Japan with her German spouse, Christina Baumann. “Tina has no right to live here and can’t get a visa,” Nakajima said.

The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan has submitted its own bill that would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination, and is discussing another to allow same-sex marriage, according to Kanako Otsuji, the country’s only openly gay lawmaker. Neither bill can pass at present without support from the ruling party.

“The ball is in their court,” Otsuji said.

Inada, a former lawyer, argues the constitutional wording was intended to give people the right to marry without securing the head of household’s permission, not to exclude same-sex couples. For now, she’s focused on fostering a dialogue between gay rights advocates and the ruling party.

I invited members of the LGBT community to LDP headquarters for discussions,” Inada said. “When I asked them if they’d ever visited before, they said they had -- but only to protest outside.”

HAPPY Tuesday Everybody! :)

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March 17, 2019

Irish Shamrocks and 4-Leaf Clovers Or Is It 3-Leaf Clovers? History Of Shamrocks Draws Clear Distinction Between the Two

written by David Beaulieu
[source: About.com]

The thought of Irish shamrocks evokes visions of the green landscape of the Emerald Isle as surely as does St. Patrick's Day itself. But there is no real McCoy that can claim to be the authoritative version. If you have your heart set on making such an identification, you had better start looking for some 4-leaf clovers, because you'll need lots of luck! But ironically, the latter, themselves do not qualify, for reasons that history makes clear.

The term "shamrock" derives from the Irish word, seamrog, which translates as "little clover." Rather vague, considering that there are many kinds of clovers -- and even more plants that can pass as clovers to the layman. Consequently, in St. Patrick's Day celebrations a number of plants serve as Irish shamrocks. But identifying a particular plant as the one and only true Irish shamrock is a dubious practice, botanically speaking.

Even among the denizens of Ireland, itself, there is no consensus that dubs one particular group of plants as the true Irish shamrocks, as was reported in a 1988 survey. The survey, conducted at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, revealed that when the Irish wear the "shamrock," it can be any one of four plants. Three of the plants are clovers, while the fourth is a clover-like plant known as "medick." All four are in the Pea family:

1.Lesser trefoil, or hop clover (Trifolium dubium): 46%.
2.White clover (Trifolium repens): 35%.
3.Black medick (Medicago lupulina): 7%.
4.Red clover (Trifolium pratense): 4%.

Various members of the Wood Sorrel family (such as Oxalis acetosella) are also sold as shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. These clover look-alikes are more easily cultivated as houseplants than is real clover, making them popular for interior decorating during St. Patrick's Day celebrations. But the wood sorrels are not even related to the four plants listed above. One would be quite justified at this point in asking, "What's the story here, how can such a diverse group of plants all be considered Irish shamrocks?" And there is, indeed, a story that accounts for the confusion ....

The Legend of St. Patrick and Irish Shamrocks

What medick, the wood sorrels and the true clovers all have in common is a trifoliate leaf structure, i.e., a compound leaf with three leaflets. The number 3, of course, is significant in the Christian religion, because of the doctrine of the Trinity. Irish legend has it that the missionary, Saint Patrick demonstrated the principle behind the Trinity using a shamrock, pointing to its three leaflets united by a common stalk. But there is no way of determining with certainty the exact plant referred to in the legend. This much we can say about Irish shamrocks, however. By definition, for a clover to represent the Trinity, it would have to bear 3 (and only 3) leaves. So for all the good luck they allegedly bring, 4-leaf clovers technically can't be considered shamrocks (not in the sense that St. Patrick made the latter famous, at least).

But the foregoing does explain the ease with which multiple "shamrock" representatives are accepted. A candidate's trifoliate leaf structure can override its family history, including geographical anomalies. For instance, some of the wood sorrels widely used in the U.S. as Irish shamrocks are of South American or Central American heritage, which hardly conjures up images of the grassy slopes of the Irish countryside!

Page 2 will look at the belief in 4-leaf clovers as lucky charms....

We have seen on Page 1 that the three leaves of the "shamrock" represent the three persons of the Trinity. But what of the notion that four leaf clovers bring good luck? Since the operative number here is four, the history behind these lucky charms clearly must be different from the Trinitarian tradition behind the shamrock. Indeed, it is widely believed (although I can't cite the ancient sources to back it up) that the significance invested in them pre-dates Christianity, going back to the pagan period, when the Celts attributed great potency to them.

Celtic dominance once extended across Ireland and much of Western Europe. It was the Druids (Celtic priests) who elevated four leaf clovers to the status of good-luck charms, allegedly potent against malevolent spirits. Their status as Celtic charms is the origin of the modern belief in their power to bestow good luck.

What do four leaf clovers mean, symbolically? Besides good luck, they are sometimes said to stand for faith, hope and love. But another interpretation is widely known via the following verse:

I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
No need explaining the one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.

The first literary reference to draw on the tradition of four leaf clovers as good-luck charms seems to have been made in 1620. In that year, according to the University of Illinois, Sir John Melton wrote, "If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing." It is estimated that, on average, there are 10,000 three leaf clovers for every instance of a true four leaf clover.

Oxalis Deppei as a "Four Leaf Clover" Substitute?

Nowadays one can take the easy route to finding "four leaf clovers." Oxalis deppei is widely sold as the "good-luck plant," because it bears a leaf that always has four leaflets. However, as already noted, plants from the Oxalis genus are not true clovers, only clover look-alikes. Besides, when that fourth leaflet is automatic, how could it possibly hold its own with a true good-luck charm? Oxalis deppei strikes me as being suitable for gags only; there's not an ounce of romance in this phenomenon....

Considering the St. Patrick's Day traditions surrounding shamrocks and four leaf clovers, it is surprising that the clover is often looked upon as a weed, the killing of which we deem central to the care of our lawns. But it was not always so. Indeed, the University of Minnesota Extension Service points out that, until relatively recently, it was standard practice to include clover seed in lawn seed mixes:

"Until the 1950s, clover was included in lawn seed mixes as it was regarded as a prestigious lawn plant. It may be considered an attractive, low-maintenance ground cover that is soft to walk on, mows well and will fill in thin spots in a yard."

Landscaping enthusiasts believe in making their own luck through solid decision-making, rather than relying on Celtic charms and the proverbial "luck of the Irish." The information on Page 3 may not send you scurrying to find any four leaf clovers. But it may make you re-think your attitude toward your lawn....

Saint Patrick's Day Symbols and Legends

[source: The Sudburystar]

Leprechauns
Seen as cranky tricksters with hidden pots of gold in Celtic folklore, leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day until 1959, when Walt Disney released Darby O’Gill & the Little People.

The film featured a cheerful, friendly leprechaun who quickly evolved into a symbol of both St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland.

Celtic Cross

When St. Patrick converted the Irish to Christianity, he was successful because he didn't try to make the Irish forget their old beliefs. The true origin of this symbol seems to be unknown. However, legends tell of St. Patrick combining the sun cross, a powerful pagan symbol, with the Christian cross to create a new symbol of Christianity.

Alcohol

Legend says St. Patrick was once served a less-than-full measure of whiskey at an inn. To teach the innkeeper a lesson, St. Patrick claimed there was a devil who fed on dishonesty in the inn’s basement.

Upon return, he found filled glasses and banished the demon, proclaiming everyone should have a drop of the “hard stuff” on his feast day.

Snakes

Legends have always claimed St. Patrick banished all snakes from Ireland.

In fact, there were never snakes on the island. “Banishing of the snakes” seems to be a metaphor for the eradication of paganism and the triumph of Christianity.

Green

Although blue was originally associated with St. Patrick, green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate him as early as the 17th century.

Ireland’s national colour has been green since the 19th century and Ireland is often referred to as the Emerald Isle.

Corned beef and cabbage

Though St. Patrick’s Day fell during Lent, the ban on eating meat was waived in the past and people would dance, drink and feast on Irish bacon and cabbage.

In the 19th century, poor Irish immigrants couldn’t afford Irish bacon and substituted cheaper corned beef instead. The change in meat holds to this day.

Shamrock

According to legend, St. Patrick used three-leaf shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish people.

They are also symbols of good luck, Irish nationalism and the rebirth of spring.

Four-leaf shamrocks are thought to bring extremely good luck as they are so rare.

Harp

The harp is an ancient musical instrument used in Ireland for centuries.

Although not as recognizable as the shamrock, the harp is a widley used symbol, appearing on coins, the presidential flag, uniforms, official documents, and the world famous Guinness Beer.

Saint Patrick, The Patron Saint of Ireland. Find Out Who He Was.

The full story of St. Patrick’s life from kidnapping to
 the Irish people’s faith
written by William A. Thomas
[source: Irish Central]

Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick every March 17. But how many of us can really say that we know who he is – or who he was – and how relevant he is in today’s secular, and for the most part pagan, society?

Saint Patrick is not only the Patron Saint of Ireland, but he is also the Patron Saint of Australia, Nigeria and Montserrat, which gives him a universal recognition in the Church and in the world. He is also ‘Apostle’ by God’s design to the Irish worldwide in the same genre as Saint Paul was ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’. Saint Patrick also becomes the Patron Saint on March 17 in almost every country of the world, as people celebrate their “Irish-ness” or links with Ireland through family and friends.

Saint Patrick is also probably the best known Saint around the world, after Saint Therese of Lisieux. Not only are many people named after him, with some 7 million bearing his name, but many establishments, institutions and churches are called after him. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York being the most famous of all.

By all historical accounts Patrick was captured by an Irish raiding party somewhere along the west coast of what is known today as Great Britain, more than likely Scotland because of its proximity, although many would say Wales. We know that there were boats leaving from, Strangford Lough, in Larne at that time, around the year 426 AD (one can see Scotland from Larne on a clear day; it’s about 10 miles away).

Raiding parties, with warriors known as the “Picts” people would land somewhere on the coast, and if the place was inhabited would usually do a “smash and grab job” of looting: young people, animals, clothes, weapons etc, and if they were opposed by anyone, they would have killed them in order to get what they wanted. They were able to run inland for about three miles non-stop, while leaving a handful of men to guard their vessels.

On one such raid Patrick was snatched and brought to Ireland as a slave. His job was to mind the sheep at night in case wolves, wild dogs, foxes or even wild bears would take them or their lambs. He did this on the slopes of the Slemish Mountains in County Antrim.

We know from our history that Patrick’s father was a deacon and, therefore, a good Catholic. He was one who taught the faith in his own community, and no doubt one who prayed unceasingly for Patrick, in a special way after his son's kidnapping, asking the Lord for his safe return. (We know some of the sources that give testimony to these facts from Patrick's “Confessions,” and the “Epistle against Coroticus” and a number of “Ancient Lives,” including the Book of Armagh II, held in Trinity College Dublin).

Although Patrick was only 16 years old when taken into slavery, he was able to escape six years later and return home. He recounts a “dream” (vision) he had, when an angel of the Lord came in the night, and told him of a ship that was leaving Ireland, and how he might be able to take it by traveling south, near Dublin. By this time having spent six years in virtual isolation away from people, Patrick who was often cold, hungry, and lonely, had turned to prayer and, like his father, had prayed non-stop asking God to deliver him. His prayers were finally heard and God had designs on him. In fact, it would be fair to say, that Patrick had become somewhat of a mystic at this stage, so intense was his prayer life and his constant communication with God.

He arrived home to the delight of his parents and was re-united with his family and friends. He later began to realize that he may have a vocation to the priesthood, or some ministry of prayer in the Church. At this time the Church was already established somewhat in Ireland. There was already an Archbishop of Armagh by the name of Pallidus, who may well have come originally from Scotia again given the proximity of the North of Ireland to the west coast of Scotland.

Ireland was not ecclesiastically independent at the time, but came under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Arles in France, which is connected to the great Mediterranean Sea by the Rhone River and from there by a direct link to Rome. Patrick often thought about the Irish and prayed for their conversion to the faith. In his time in Ireland even though he was a slave, he had developed a profound relationship with God and a great ability to pray. Later as he said himself in his “Confessions” he was tormented by the “Voice of the Irish” whom he had heard calling in the night “Come back to us Patrick.”

Once Patrick was ordained a priest and had learned Latin and French, he asked to be sent as a missionary to Ireland, or, as it was known then, Hiberniae, which means the “Land of Winter.” Patrick had a great missionary zeal and was soon to become Ireland’s second Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland. This he undertook and gave himself two mandates, first to evangelize the pagan Irish, and secondly to setting up the ecclesiastical structures and dioceses with a view to achieving independence from Arles, which was supporting the missionary activity in Ireland up until that time.

To do this without modern communications, roads, rail, telecommunications etc was very difficult, but Patrick was not deterred by hardship, after all he was on fire with the love of God in his heart. He knew what his mission would be, and how difficult it was, but he trusted always in the power of God to deliver him, and so he went about evangelizing. He did this by setting up many quasi-monastic structures in towns and villages when he passed through them.

He may have remained there for a month and preached daily about the Kingdom of Heaven and baptized those who accepted the Gospel. Those who excelled in their faith, he ordained to the deaconate, leaving them in charge of the prayer and the various liturgical ceremonies, while in many cases he ordained many devout men to the priesthood. Later he was able to select from them good and brave men whom he consecrated as bishops with the approval of the Pope. He was also successful in setting up dioceses in larger towns as he journeyed throughout the island of Ireland.

Saint Patrick had laid the foundations not only for the Catholic Church in Ireland, but for all of Western Europe and as such deserves the title, yet to be bestowed, of Co-Patron of Europe along with Saint Benedict, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Holy Cross (Edith Stein) and Saint Bridget of Sweden.

The Catholic Church in Ireland evangelized and educated its own people first and provided the first organized educational infrastructure for a society that previously had none. The monasteries were built and there were plenty of vocations to the priesthood, the religious life and to the lay vocation as craftsmen and women.

The Irish monks became teachers and inventors. They were, in addition to leading the monastic life of prayer, also great builders and craftsmen. Given that there were so many vocations they began to look at the possibilities of becoming missionaries not only to Europe but to the Americas. Many monk missionaries left Ireland well prepared, some bound for Scotland, where they set up a monastery on Iona, still others went to France establishing the famous monastery of Locmine in Brittany which still exists. Others went to Spain and even the likes of Saint Brendan the Abbot, went to North America (474-577).

Saint Patrick also realized that the word Christianisation was synonymous with civilization and therefore as Europe was being evangelized, they were at the same time being civilised. Europeans eventually became educated and were able over time to build the big monasteries and cathedrals of the world, that still exists. This is due initially to the untiring efforts of Saint Patrick and those great missionaries who are, for the most part now, forgotten by the Irish of today. Saint Patrick himself is really a gift of God to the Irish people, and for whom the Irish will be eternally grateful.

Saint Patrick died in Armagh in 461AD after being 29 years as Archbishop in that Archdiocese which now has the Primacy. The current Archbishop is known as “Primate of all Ireland.” His job would be to chair all meetings of the Irish Episcopal Conferences and to make sure that faith and morals are taught and upheld by both the religious and civil authorities.

There exists a very precious relic of Saint Patrick in Northern Ireland, his incorrupt right hand. This sacred and special relic is unfortunately kept in the Ulster Museum and not in a dedicated or special place which is open to pilgrims. There is also the jaw of Saint Patrick kept in a parish church in the Diocese of Down and Connor. His grave is beside the Cathedral of Armagh. Hopefully one day these relics will be gathered together and incorporated into an International Shrine of Saint Patrick, along with all the other materials, books on his life etc which show his influence on the entire Catholic Church.

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, therefore, is to commemorate his life and works and to give thanks to God for the gift of this great Saint, while imploring his intercession before the Most Blessed Trinity. Saint Patrick did indeed use the shamrock to try to explain how there can be Three Divine Persons in one God, because as we all know there are three leaves in one stem on the shamrock.

Patrick is also the one who left us with the Celtic Cross. When he began to evangelize he found that many of the pagans had worshipped the sun and so he incorporated the sun into the Latin Cross, likewise when he met the Druids who worshipped a sacred standing stone, that was marked with a circle, which was symbolic of the moon goddess, he incorporated that also. The Celtic Cross is now world famous and revered by all.

"St Patrick Breast Plate", written by the Saint himself.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.
I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation. Amen!