Archive for October, 2010

Media Astra Ac Terra Episode 25

October 21, 2010

Media Astra Ac Terra Episode 25 is now available for download!  In this episode, we look at Uranus in the Astra segment, and the mineralogy and metaphysics of celestite in the Terra segment.  Then in the main show I share some of my recent adventures with mice and angels.  :)

In the introduction, I also give a brief book review of Math for Mystics by Renna Shesso, and in the main show I mention Lon Milo Duquette’s recent book, Enochian Vision Magick.  The online class he’s teaching based on that book can be found at the Maybe Logic Academy, with more details on the Course Info page.

During the episode, I played promos for The Infinite and the Beyond, New World Witchery (check out their recent folktale mini-sodes!), and a fun new show bumper from Rikki Lacoste (und Wolfgang Schtrüdelburger) of Kakophonos:)

Last but not least, I said that I would include a little more of a write-up on the things I’ve come across in my research into how to keep mice and other rodents out of your car, whether you live in the country or you’re storing your vehicle for a season. I ignored most advice about setting traps or using poison, because for one thing, I think poison is cruel and too apt to kill random other creatures, and frankly, it’s just not an option to trap or kill all of the mice around my house. Killing or removing some would just make room for more. The second most common advice I came across was to get a cat, although again, my interest was more in learning how to keep mice out of my car rather than cut down on the mouse population in general. Besides, I’m allergic to cats, although lately I’ve been considering giving one a try, since my partner loves cats and would love to have one.

So, the best options I came across that work for me involve stinking up my car. My understanding is that mice rely heavily on their sense of smell, and they don’t like going into a place where that sense is overwhelmed. That’s why things like mothballs will keep them away – but frankly, they’d keep me away, too, and I didn’t want to make my car toxic to ME. So I went with scented dryer sheets and smelly soap; the things I saw recommended most often were Bounce dryer sheets in the glove compartment and Irish Spring soap under the hood, so I went with those. I tied the soap in sections of nylon pantyhose to keep them in place, and tied those in areas that don’t get too hot from the engine – the last thing I need is a fire hazard, or soap clogging my engine – and when I park the car at home I put a cardboard box underneath that has both dryer sheets and a bar of the soap in it, to discourage them from coming in close to the car at all. I also made up a spray bottle with peppermint oil in water; mice don’t like the smell of mint, I hear, so I occasionally mist around the wheel wells, too. So far it seems to be working. I’m not thrilled with the smell of all this stuff, either, but I can deal with it.

If you’ve got any suggestions that I haven’t mentioned – especially from personal experience – feel free to share!

Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy the show!
– Oraia Sphinx


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