Magic & Science

“Magic’s fundamental conception is identical with that of modern Science; underlying the whole system is a faith… in the order and uniformity of Nature.” Sir James Frazer ~ The Golden Bough.     This may look like a mandala… Is it ancient sacred art?  Or is it a modern computer graphic of DNA? Mandalas and Mantras are magical ancient ritual practices...
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Wine’s Inner Terroir

Wine portrait: Pinot Noir 2008 hope & grace. The French use a term “terroir” to talk about a wine’s expression of place.  They say that only certain wines express terroir which means they express the land and its temperament. We experience terroir  as sensory qualities of  a wine’s nature, its personality and spirit. What influences ‘terroir’ land where...
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The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires that would, of course,...
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