The Eye of Horus Eco-House | View from the Eye

I’m not sure if 25 bedrooms and 5 lounges qualifies as a house.  This Eye of Horus complex is more a private village or a defenseless castle.  Created by architect Luis de Garrido from Spain for Naomi Campbell, and free of any pesky budget limitations, this glass domed village (I refuse to call it a house) has it’s own microclimate. It’s all really quite mind-boggling. I mean, it’s great that it’s eco-everything (the Eye shape is actually formed by photo-voltaic panels).  It’s just the whole private island in Turkey is so James Bond, I keep wondering if it’s just an elaborate hoax (reported on dozens of sites) and I’ve fallen for it.

Eye of Horus Eco House

That's not a House, It's a Village

All the details of Ms. Campbell’s little Eye of Horus, including multiple other photos and diagrams are on the Inhabitat Article. which reviews all of the green tech involved.  The Inhabit site is worth checking out  in and of itself.

But I look at this amazing piece of art/architecture and I ask, Would I want to live there? I don’t know. That level of isolation seems a bit harsh, and although the building is all set up for eco-everything, what about getting to and fro . . . sailboats only, maybe? Somehow I doubt it. I’d love to visit, though.  What do you think? I’d love to hear other people comment on this one. It seems like a great place to go to get away from everything, and maybe that’s the point. That and simple uber-rich self-indulgence.  Very Pharaoh-like, really. Again, it seems so unreal. I suppose the first person who saw the great pyramid in all it’s glory, without knowing anything about its existence before-hand would have that same sense of wonder.

Urban Farming, Druids, Trees and Street Faeries – View from the Eye

In the midst of the urban problems in London, and all the shakeups and downs coming from “the Street” comes some hope for a different way of dealing with difficulty from The Urban Farming Guys  “This is the epic story of a band of pioneers–several families who have uprooted from comfortable suburbia & made their homes for good in one of the most blighted zip codes in the U.S.–64127, Lykins neighborhood, inner-city Kansas City. Each of us, standing with our neighbors, believe there is hope, but we know that money alone will not solve the problem.”

This just proves you can get back to nature in the city. If you wonder at the roots of the current set of issues we face, just check out the Salvage series  of articles by John Michael Greer in the ArchDruid Report.  But it’s not for the faint-of-heart. It’s more for those who are willing to face the future and wade in and do something.

Speaking of doing something to solve problems, here’s one for the Druids and other tree-lovers.  A 13-Year old was inspired by trees and came up with a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. This story comes from Inhabitat.com – a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

Just look around, and you will find wonder to behold. Beth Hansen-Buth, the Faerie Artist (and my twin sister), pointed me to the Fairy Street Fashion of Finland. (We’re half-Finnish). For those of you who who embrace the Fae Lifestyle, music, art etc., you should check out these outstanding Faerieworlds events>

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” ~William Butler Yeats

 

Saving Sacred Paths

At Eye of Horus, we look at all the products we offer, the way we do things, the people we work with, and the concerts or events we support, and we ask the question, “Does it have heart and meaning?” So when we heard that the fledgling Sacred Paths Center (which opened this March) was struggling, we decided to step up.  Because the answer to that question, when it comes to the SPC, is a big YES. Here is their description off their website:

“Sacred Paths Center is a unique blend of retail, healing center, classroom space, community space, library, art gallery and more. We strive to honor all spiritual paths but focus primarily on Earth-reverent religions. Our primary goal is to offer a place to come together as a community. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.”

They have enough space to provide room for events, rituals and concerts with seating of over 50 people.  In fact, Thraicie and I attended a last-minute concert performance by SJ Tucker just a couple months ago. It was awesome!  We have also been talking with them about hosting off-site events or workshops which need more space than the store can provide.

Click here to visit the Sacred Paths Center Website

We just got the Email this morning that they needed to raise $10,000 to pay past-due bills and keep their doors open, with $5,000 due by the end of the this month, and the remaining due by the end of September. This felt like a physical blow, so we decided to do what we could immediately, and sent them what we had in our Paypal account.  But we wanted to do more.

10% Solution Sale

So we’re also having a very special kind of sale this weekend.  The fact is, we’ve never had a sale, because we try to provide the best prices every day.  Well, not only are we going to have select clearance items on sale for 20-30% off, but 10% of the gross sales of ALL merchandise sold on Saturday and Sunday will be donated to Sacred Paths Center.

Reiki-Artist Beth Hansen-Buth will also be here on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm offering Reiki Energy Healing for $1 per minute, with all the proceeds going to the Sacred Paths Center. That’s right, 100% of the price you pay for Reiki will go to the SPC.

So stop on in and stock up on candles or incense, or pick up that statue or piece of art you’ve been thinking about, and know that 10% of your purchase price will be going to benefit the broader pagan and earth-spirituality community.

What does your heart tell you?

We are also asking all of you, even if you are not local, to take a moment, and ask your deepest heart and spirit whether you can give a little extra to help this seedling make it through to Harvest.

Click here to make a one-time donation

Better yet, become a member of the Sacred Paths Center. Even if you can only do $5 a month, you enable their ongoing effort to provide the space and the resources to support a spiritually eco-conscious community:

Click here to learn the benefits of membership

If just 25% of our Email and Group list can become members at $10 per month, the SPC won’t ever have a crisis like this again, because their costs will be covered.

If you don’t have the funds to give, please light a candle, open your heart and send out strength and an image of that donation jar full and overflowing . . . and of all the great events, circles, potlucks and gatherings that can still happen at Sacred Paths Center.

But most importantly, don’t delay.  Give today. We did.

Blessings to all,

Jane & Thraicie