I did eagle pose too hard today and my knees are unhappy. but it’s a good pose.
The Domovoi is a masculine household spirit.
In appearance, the Domovoi is typically:
- Covered in hair all over.
According to some traditions, domovye take on the appearance of current or former owners of the house and have a grey beard, sometimes with tails or little horns. There are tales of neighbours seeing the master of the house out in the yard while in fact the real master is asleep in bed. It has also been said that domovye can take on the appearance of cats and dogs.
Traditionally, every house is said to have its Domovoi. It does not do evil unless angered by a family’s poor keep of the household, profane language or neglect. The domovoi is seen as the home’s guardian, and he sometimes helps with household chores and field work. Some even treat them as part of the family, albeit an unseen one, and leave them gifts like milk and biscuits in the kitchen overnight.
- To attract a Domovoi, you would go outside of your house wearing your best clothing and say aloud “Grandfather Dobrokhot, please come into my house and tend the flocks.”
- To rid yourself of a rival Domovoi, you would beat your walls with a broom, shouting “Grandfather Domovoi, help me chase away this intruder.”
- When moving, some might make an offering to the Domovoi and say “Domovoi! Domovoi! Don’t stay here but come with our family!”
People made sure they only kept animals the Domovoi liked, as he would torment the ones he did not. Salted bread wrapped in a white cloth would appease this spirit, and putting clean white linen in his room was an invitation to eat a meal with the family. Hanging old boots in the yard was another way to cheer him.
The Domovoi was also an Oracle, as his behavior could foretell or forewarn about the future. He would pull hair to warn a woman of danger from an abusive man. He would moan and howl to warn of coming trouble. If he showed himself, it forewarned of death, and if he was weeping it was said to be a death in the family. If he was laughing, good times could be expected, and if he strummed a comb there would be a wedding in the future.
It is also said that Domovoi like to make the sound, “He! He! He!, Ho! Ho!, Ho!” when they are excited or happy.
The Kikimora is a feminine household spirit.
Appearance varies, in some tales, she looks like an average woman with her hair down (married Slavic women typically kept their hair covered, and young unmarried girls kept it braided.) She may also be described as a small humpbacked woman in dirty clothes.
There are two different kinds of Kikimoras. One kind lives in the forest; the other kind lives in the swamp. The Swamp Kikimora is the wife of Leshy. Her presence can be recognized by wet footprints. When home builders wanted to do something harmful to the person buying the house, they would bring in Kikimora. Once inside, it is difficult to get her to leave.
Her role in the house is usually juxtaposed with that of the Domovoi, whereas one of them is considered a “bad" spirit, and the other, a "good" one. When the kikimora inhabits a house, she lives behind the stove or in the cellar, and usually produces noises similar to those made by the mice in order to obtain food.
When the house is in order, Kikimora looks after the chickens and housework. If not, she whistles, breaks dishes, and makes noises at night. She also comes out at night to spin.
To appease an angry Kikimora, one should wash all the pots and pans with fern tea. An adder stone or a bunch of juniper twigs is hung above the nesting place of chickens to protect their eggs from Kikimora.
The Dvorovoi is the spirit of the courtyard.
The Dvorovoi is similar to the house spirit Domovoi, although it was less benevolent and lived further away from humans. He hates animals with white fur (commonly cats, dogs, and horses), so it was seen as a threat and danger to livestock. However, white chickens were not afraid of the Dvorovoi as they were protected by the chicken god (куриный бог).
Some peasants would ask the Dvorovoi to take care and feed their cattle by offering him glittering objects, bread, and sheep wool.
A tale tells of a Dvorovoi who fell in love with a girl and lived with her for a very long time. The Dvorovoi plaited her hair and told her to keep it that way. However, the night before her marriage, she brushed her hair and unbraided it. The Dvorovoi strangled her while she was sleeping and she was found dead the next morning.
5 basic refinements once you’re in triangle pose:
1) Starting with the back leg, extend your calf into your heel and straighten your leg. Reach your tailbone in the direction of your back heel. Keep that, then:
2) Press down and forward with your front foot and from the inside out, pubic bone to outer hip, turn your thigh out. Point your front kneecap forward. Keep 1 and 2, and:
3) Rotate your navel, ribcage and chest up toward the ceiling.
4) Extend out through both hands, bring your lower shoulder blade down your back away from your ear.
5) Lean back into your back body. Breathe.
The administration is putting climate change front and center ahead of Obama’s speech at a United Nations summit next week, where world leaders will discuss action on the issue.
The White House is running a “full court press” on climate change ahead of the summit, and Donovan said the administration’s push is just beginning.
He said climate change has huge implications for the federal budget, and said OMB will have to take those costs into account in the years ahead.
"Climate denial scores … I mean that it scores in the budget — climate denial will cost us billions of dollars."
Donovan said he will bring the “analytical rigor” of OMB to “bear in ensuring the federal budget and the management of federal programs and resources are as ambitious and effective as they can be in tackling this defining challenge of our time.”
Glowing mushrooms - Mycena lux-coeli
Like fireflies, luminescent squid, and other so-called bioluminescent organisms, glow-in-the-dark mushrooms contain an enzyme known as luciferin. When luciferin is oxidized (i.e. comes in contact with oxygen), it emits energy in the form of light, which causes organisms containing it to glow.
Numerous species of Mycena form luminescent mycelium and/or fruiting bodies. No fewer than 26 species of Mycena have been reported as bioluminescent. This one in the picture is Mycena lux-coeli, native to Japan where it is found almost solely on large shi-no-ki trees (Castanopsis sieboldii, or chinkapins in English), one of the dominant climax species in the native forests of the Kii Peninsula in Japan.
Photo credit: ©Masahisa Uemura | Locality: Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (2013)
Does a glow in the dark mushroom leave a glow in the dark spore print?
Well, first of all, one of the distinctive features of the fungi in the Mycena genus is that they are characterized by a white spore print. Secondly, of the several species of Mycena reported as bioluminescent in the literature, some have luminescent mycelium and also the fruiting bodies, some only the mycelium, other only the fruiting bodies, and a few (2) only the spores.
As far as I’ve read, Mycena lux-coeli is one of those species in which only the fruiting body glows, so I suppose that its spore print, white, does not glow in the dark.
Here you can find a paper that lists all species of glowing Mycena.
Everyday Objects With Faces Are Awesome
When you walk around and look at everything around you, chances are, you may see a face. It may be human, it may be an animal, but sometimes you can see faces in inanimate objects. This is called Pareidolia: Seeing faces in random things!
Earlier this year, researchers sending robots and cameras down to the deepest depths stumbled upon what they are calling an incredibly rare and “stunning” sighting. A vibrantly purple siphonophore danced for the camera as it made its away just above the ocean floor.
The video footage, collected as part of the Nautilus Live expedition, was shot by the expedition’s Heculesediving craft during a live broadcast, and you can even hear the expedition teams’ stunned reactions as they realize what they thought was a floating piece of trash was actually an incredibly unusual creature of the deep.
"Oh how cool!" and "I can’t believe that’s a living thing!" were just some of the lines coming from experts who have been studying deep sea creatures for a good portion of their lives.
Siphonophores, intriguing relatives of the jellyfish, are organisms that function as collective communities. The stunning creature featured in the video above, for example, is not just one organism, but many (called zooids), collectively making up the whole and serving various functions such as locomotion and even predatory action. Many siphonophores comb the water around them, catching tiny organisms to consume, but they can also engulf and digest larger creatures - as best seen with the infamous siphonophore, the Portuguese man o’ war.
This specific siphonophore may be an exceptionally successful hunter, according to Jellywatch’s Steve Haddock, who is one of the few people in the world that is given the opportunity to study these animals on a regular basis.
He told Deep Sea News that many species in this group (Erenna spp.) are a dark color, possibly from all the fish they eat, where digested pigments do not immediately fade into the highly transparent predator.
You can check out more stunning images of this unusual creature here.