Fruit, frogs, birds, insects, plants: they are all enjoying a warm autumn as the seasons go topsy-turvy. Ecologists are observing a rash of freak occurrences and oddities throughout England.
Active queen wasps have been spotted this warm autumn from Devon to Northamptonshire. Photograph: Nigel Cattlin / Alamy/Alamy
Poppies in the long grass, frogs croaking for mates, wasps droning lazily at the window, tomatoes and strawberries ripening in garden pots and crickets buzzing at dusk: these are the sights and sounds of an English summer. Except that they have all been recorded in the last week or so, even as shops are decking out in shiny baubles and cranking out Christmas carols.
Phenologists who track the subtle changes in the seasons over decades have reported for some time that plants and animals are breeding, flowering, fruiting and hibernating earlier and earlier.
“And there shall be whirlwinds and great storms upon the earth such as men have not seen before. And the summers will be without rain, or there shall be times of great floods. The seasons shall be as quicksilver, and they shall be so that they can no longer be predicted.”
“Your crops shall fail, and your beasts die. Even the frogs shall not be able to live in the waters, as they will be poisoned with the folly and the filth of men. And man shall show no reason.”
“And you shall know of this, as even the heavens will open, and the very sun that succours you will start to kill you, and the firmament will be rent with great storms, and pestilence will fall over the earth. And men shall reason, or men will die.”
(Extract from the last prophecy of Jesus the Christ, upon the opening of the Seventh Seal, in 1998)
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La ProfecÃa de Jesus el Cristo:
When the consistency of The Way is known, the mind is receptive to its states of change. It is by being at one with The All that the Caulbearer holds no prejudice against his fellow man. If accepted as a leader of men, he is held in high esteem. Throughout his life, both being and non-being, The Force of the All and of Life protects him.
It is only by means of being that non-being may be found. When society changes from its natural state of continuous flux to that which seems like chaos, the inner world of the superiorly minded man remains uncluttered and at peace. By remaining still, his self-detached attitude allows him to aid his communities and his society in their return to the way of nature and of peace. The value of his insight may be clearly seen when chaos ceases. Being one with the Force of Life is to be at peace; and to be in conflict with it, leads to chaos, dysfunction and death.
The Masters of old were profound and wise. Like a man at a ford, they took great care; alert, perceptive and aware of their surroundings. Desiring nothing for themselves, and having no desire for change for changes sake, their actions were difficult to understand. Being watchful, they had no fear of danger; being responsive, they had no need of fear. The Master was courteous, like a visiting guest and as yielding as the springtime ice. Having no desires, he was untouched by craving. Receptive and mysterious, his knowledge was unfathomable, causing others to think him hesitant. Pure in heart, like an uncut diamond, he cleared the muddy water by leaving it alone. By remaining calm and active, the need for renewing was and is reduced.
It is not beyond our understanding that though it (The Way) cannot be called by any name, it exists amongst the obvious. It has no beginning; even when followed, it has no end. In the now it exists; and also in the future, where it is paramount. To the present, apply it carefully, follow it well and reach its beginning, which is the fountainhead of The All, from where life comes from, and returns to. It is the wheel that keeps turning, and yet never moves from its just place.
The Way is abstract, and therefore has no form. It is neither bright in rising nor dark in sinking. It cannot be grasped, and makes no sound. Without form or image, without existence, the form of the formless is beyond defining, and cannot be described. It is pure thought using reason, knowledge, logic and provable fact. All these have no form; and yet they are forming.
The ordinary man seeks to make himself the centre of his universe; whilst the universe of the follower is at his centre. He loves the world, and thus remains unmoved by things of with which others are deeply concerned. He acts with humility, is neither moved nor moving, and can therefore be trusted in his caring for all things.
The ordinary man seeks honour, not dishonour. He cherishes success and abominates failure, loving life, whilst fearing death. The follower does not recognize these things as necessary to his life, and so lives his life quite simply and without unnecessary anxieties.
He who collects treasures for himself, more easily becomes fearful of loss. The wise person fulfils his needs, rather than sensory temptations and unnecessary cravings.
When hunting for sport and chasing for pleasure, the mind of the lowest beast is made obvious in the hunter. He is so decreased in value as a man, as his tendency is to kill without good reason. He does so for perverse, base instinct only, which has no reason, nor does it possess anything of goodness, and will therefore override all good tendencies in him.