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"...never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

In old pagan days, March 31 was the celebration of the Luna goddess. 

“Luna’s themes are all lunar attributes – instinct, creativity, luck, femininity, water element, miracles (on a Blue Moon) – also safety in travel.  Her symbols are silver or white Items, water, moon images and the number 13.

The Roman Goddess personifying the moon, Luna had the additional unique quality of being a protectress of charioteers, which in modern times could make Her a patroness of automobiles!
While March came in like a lion, Luna escorts it out lavishly, with Her soft, shimmering light. She is the full moon, which symbolizes the growing awareness developed this month, the fullness of loving emotions, and charms and enchantments empowered by the silvery light of the moon.
 
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 Today in 1631 John Donne died in London.
This contemporary of Shakespeare's published almost nothing during his lifetime. Centuries later, we are lucky to have a few of the verses he left behind.

Like this:

         Twice or thrice had I loved thee,
          Before I knew thy face or name...

Or this:

          It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,
          And in this flea, our two bloods mingled be...
          This flea is you and I, and this
         Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is...

Not to fret, poet John Donne did leave us words we can take to heart in these Covet-19 troubling times:

"...never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

Which means (for my Republican readers): because we are all part of mankind, any person's death is a loss to all of us: “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” The line also suggests that we all will die: the bell will toll for each one of us.
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On this date in the year 1848, the famous Fox Sisters supposedly made communication with the spirit world at Hydesville Cottage in upstate New York.  Their famous seances gave birth to the popular spiritualist movement, which was all the rage in the United States and England from the mid-1880's to the early twentieth century.

If they were fakes in life, they are certainly not in death.   For we still see them in mirrors, alone at night, try it.   They do come for a shilling. 


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