By Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Of all the creatures who had yet walked on Earth, the
Man-apes were the first to look steadfastly at the Moon.
And though he could not remember it, when he was very
young Moon-Watcher would sometimes reach out and try
to touch that ghostly face rising above the hills. He has
never succeeded, and now he was old enough to understand
why. For first, of course, He must find a high enough tree to
– Arthur C. Clarke, 2001 A Space Odyssey
Well, we Earthling Moon-Watchers built ourselves some
really tall trees so that we could get to the moon.
Rocket-propelled trees to carry us through space. And
so we got to the moon.
No sooner did we land there than we set about trashing
it. In the short time that we have been visiting our
attendance upon it, we have left over twenty tons of
debris — biological, atmospheric and manufactured —
on the surface of our once pristine satellite.
Here are just some of things we left to litter Lady Luna:
flags and dedication plaques from each moon mission,
video cameras at the launch sites, sensitometers, the
launch legs for the lunar module, geologic tools, laser
reflecting mirrors, the lunar rovers, a gold plated
extreme ultraviolet telescope, a Tesco super market
shopping cart, several Apollo backpacks, and three golf
As if that wasn’t bad enough, we have reached new highs
in our lows. At 7:30AM EDT on Friday, October 9, 2009
the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
mission, will fire a Centaur rocket into a crater at the South
Pole of the moon which will act as a “heavy impactor”
crashing into the lunar surface at nearly 6,000 mph sending a
debris plume of 300,000 to 350,000 tons of material from
the crater floor over 30 miles high.
A second sensor satellite will then drop down into this plume
analyzing its contents in the hope of finding water. The result
of this search will ultimately determine how realistic a full-time
base on moon can be.
After the booster rocket hits the crater, blasting out a hole 90
feet deep, the shepherd will follow through the plume. After
analyzing the plume, the shepherd craft will itself slam into the
crater four minutes later, creating a second hole 60 feet deep.
According to NASA, this crash will be so big that we on Earth may
be able to view the resulting plume of material it ejects with a
good amateur telescope. The operation will unfold live on the
Internet, as well as under the watchful eyes of dozens of amateur
and professional astronomers and orbiting observatories, including
the Hubble Space Telescope. Front row seats to a cosmic rape.
“Water on the moon has haunted us for years,” said William
Hartmann of the Planetary Science Institute. “It’s all part of
humanity’s quest to understand our nearby cosmic environment.”
Yeah, right. He means “exploit.”
Who (said the moon)
Do you think I am and precisely who
Pipsqueak, who are you
With your uncivil liberties
To do as you damn please?
I am the serene
Moon (said the moon).
Don’t touch me again.
To your poking telescopes,
Your peeking eyes
I have long been wise.
Science? another word
You heard me.
Get down, little man, go home,
Back where you come from,
Or my gold will be turning green
On me (said the moon)
If you know what I mean.
– Robert Francis
Yours with heartsick, heartfelt blessings for Mama Moon,
Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman,
eco-ceremonialist, ritual expert, award-winning author, syndicated columnist, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary multicultural, nondenominational ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. In addition to her popular public rituals for equinoxes and solstices, she is the official Grand Spirit Marshall of the world famous Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and the Mistress of Blessing Ceremonies for NYC Earth Day Festivities. She has conducted public blessings of the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street, of the Waters of the Hudson River, of the Fleet for the Governor’s Quadricentennial Celebration, and an Inauguration Purification Ritual in Washington, DC.
She has published four books, a CD and an acclaimed quarterly journal. She currently writes a column for UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum, as well as a monthly Ezine. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers spiritual counseling, tarot readings, and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.
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