ST NICHOLAS DAY 2013: ALL ABOUT GEMINI
Spirit Guidance: “Dance to the Rhythm of the Stars”
PART 1: THE CEREMONY; PARTS 2/3: MAKING ZHITO & MUSIC – “Divan Je Kiceni Srem” – Serbian Folk Song; and Discovering Delicious “Liquid Breakfast”
The Spirit guides woke me up at 5 this morning. I realized even in semi-consciousness of such an early awakening that this is the morning of St Nicholas Day. Then I heard the music “Divan Je Kiceni Srem” (Beautiful Is the Gilded Srem) in my Third Ear.
It is a folk song from my native Serbia. Srem is a district in just west of Belgrade, the capital. The first time I heard and recorded this music was back in July. It came to me at the height of the tropical storm “Flossie” (Flossie: In the Eye of the Storm, July 29).
About the Saint Day
The Saint Day, or “Krsna Slava,” as it is known in Serbian, is the day on which a family was believed to have converted from “paganism” to Christianity a thousand or so years ago. In my case, however, St Nicholas has a special meaning. We knew each other. Twice. In parallel lifetimes.
Nicholas, or Bishop of Myra, was my contemporary when I was Roman Emperor Constantine. He was almost certainly present at the first ever “global” gathering of Christian spiritual leaders which Constantine convened in the city of Nicaea in 325 AM. The result of this “convention” was the Nicene Creed. Much of it survives to this today in Divine Liturgy.
While I do not have a personal memory of Nicholas and I actually meeting and interacting in Nicaea, two years ago, I learned that I did have a close personal relationship with this wonderful man, whom history remembers as a “miracle maker,” for all the wonderful things he did for other people – anonymously. In a parallel lifetime to that as Constantine, I was also incarnated as Nikolai Gromyko, Bishop of Myra’s (St Nicholas) apprentice.
By the way, St Nicholas’ miracles continue even in modern times. My first-born grandson is called Nikolai. I had nothing do with choosing his name. But when she was about five months pregnant, I had an intuition that it would be a boy. And then two months before the baby was born, I felt he would be named Nikolai.
When I shared these intuitions with my daughter’s “Russian Mom,” a month before the baby was due, she replied, “oh, she didn’t tell you? She has chosen the name Nikolai.”
St Nicholas’ modern day miracles… 🙂
The St Nicholas Morning
The first thing I did after I got up was to turn on the stove and start cooking the “Zhito,” a traditional Serbian dish for this sacred occasion, the “Slava,” the Saint Day of the Djurdjevic family (and others under St Nicholas’ angel wings of protection). Zhito, a sweet treat made from wheat berries, walnuts and sugar, takes about 2-3 hours to cook. And that’s after soaking the wheat berries for 24 hours already. Which is what I have been doing since yesterday morning.
In the process of preparing the Zhito, I also discovered a most delicious “liquid breakfast” recipe. I did not want to waste the leftover ground walnuts stuck at the bottom of the blender. So to peel them off, I added the mango puree Elizabeth had made from fresh mangos at the Rainbow Shower last summer, some egg nog and a little milk. And then I blended it all together into a “smoothie.” Yum! Wish I could share the taste with you. Instead, this photo (left) will have to suffice.
A few hours earlier, before dawn, I had gone out to the spa and meditated. It was still pitch black outside. Cloud cover had prevented the setting Moon from shedding much light. When I finished my meditation and prayers, I opened my eyes, expecting to actually see the Moon.
Then I went outside again to take a picture so I can share it with all of you. I noted the time. It was exactly 5:55 AM. The screen capture of the Stellarium photo also confirmed it.
“Must look up the spiritual meaning of the Angel Number 555,” I said to myself (see below).
And then I drew my Spirit guidance card for the day. This is a second day in a row the Rhythm card turned up. Today is St Nicholas Day. When I looked at the celestial constellations in the west, I realized “it’s all about Gemini” – the Balance.
And when I drew this spirit guidance, I heard two messages message: “Dance to the Rhythm of the Stars.” And then I read this in the card: “Tune to the Universal hum that’s already in you. Embrace the dance. Sing the ancient Rhythm wisdom and drum to a new vibration.”
The second message I heard was associated with #555 guidance, the exact time I took notice of the celestial alignments this morning. That guidance was: “Rebirth.” This message was also confirmed by the spiritual meaning of the Angel Number #555 (see below).
Spiritual meaning of #555
Angel Number 555 tells of significant and necessary changes happening in your life that have been Divinely inspired and guided. These changes will bring about long-awaited circumstances and results and will fully align you with your true Divine life purpose and soul mission. Repeating Angel Number 555 suggests that major life changes are taking place in many areas of your life. Trust that these changes are for both your immediate and long-term benefit. The angels ask that you ‘go with the flow …’
And that’s how my St Nicholas Day morning started…
Making the Zhito
Making the Zhito and answering various phone calls took up most of the rest of the morning. Just before noon, I called Elizabeth on Facetime. We’ll pick up the action from there on this video…
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Here are some still shots from today’s videos…
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“Divan Je Kiceni Srem” – Serbian Folk Song
Well during the course of that eventful morning, I found the time to play this music again. Only this time, using the orchestral voices that you have probably never heard before associated with Serbian folk music. I certainly have not.
For example, in Variation 1, you will hear the song performed on a harp with the full strings orchestra. In Variation 2, it will be the trumpet and a big brass band. There is even an organ version. 🙂
But my favorite is actual Variation 4 performed on an Andean pan flute solo with guitars and drums accompanying it. We close this recording out with the Mandolin and guitars version. Which actually sounds the closest to the Serbian original performed on “tamburica,” a mandolin-like instrument.
Anyway, with that as a preamble, here is now “Divan Je Kiceni Srem.” Enjoy. And do let me know which Variation you liked best.
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Stand by for Part 3 – Making Zhito, Inventing Liquid Breakfast