Beyond the Sphere

in aura of it all

SherriThis week I’m revealing a lot more about myself. Sherri has challenged me to reveal five secrets, and yesterday I revealed possibly the biggest secret ever. Me. Well, I have been revealed before in part, but yesterday I went all out and posted several photos of me from yesteryear.

Today, I reveal three more secret photos of me. Well, a side of me that not a lot of people tend to see.

My aura.

I can’t exactly remember when, unfortunately, but for three consecutive years I visited a Mind, Body and Spirit exhibition, and had my aura photographed on each occasion.

The people that took the photographs had a wonderful stand set up, and they even had photos dotted around the stand of other people’s auras.

Each aura is completely different to another, with some being tiny specks of colour above the person’s head.

Before I had the first photograph taken, I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea as to how my aura would look, but I was hoping that I didn’t have a ‘boring’ one, if any such thing could exist!

I needn’t have worried. I was slightly impressed by my aura when I saw it, to say the least. I think the photographer was equally impressed, although they didn’t show it completely!

The next thing to happen was to have my aura read.

And with my aura being red (mostly) it was quite easy for an interpretation from the reader.

According to my aura, I’m pioneering and outgoing; confident; ambitious; and seek out  new physical directions (which is indicated by the red). I’m creative and artistic, self confident and aware and open to new ideas / plans / projects (orange). I’m intelligent and logical, with a bright and active mind and I’m also open to new mental challenges (yellow). The green indicates a caring and balanced side of me, and shows that I’m reliable and responsible.

Well, that was me back then, anyway. I wasn’t as outgoing, confident or ambitious as my aura tends to let on, although I suppose I could have been depending on the situation. I’m not sure what I was doing to cause the green to show through, but our auras can change at any given moment, depending on our moods, what we’re experiencing at the time and other day to day stuff.

We’re never the same person all of the time as we change, and our auras also reflect this too. Which, considering I went on three different occasions – and on one of them I also had a full body aura photograph which was also mostly red – it’s quite remarkable how similar the photos are.

The third photo above looks as though I’m wearing a hooded cloak, which I wasn’t on the day!

I will have to make time to get another aura photograph taken – I’m interested to see how it is now, after all this time…

Pssst… Want to know a secret?


Tom! I’ve tagged you for the Tell 5 Secrets Blog Hop!


Recently, Sherri challenged me. I say recently, but I’ve altered my blogging style, and I’m now writing a few weeks in the past, so although it is very recent for me, it isn’t as recent for Sherri herself. But, I did accept the challenge, and as my recent posts have been time related, it’s quite fitting that I reveal my first secret thusly. I understand that the secrets Sherri has challenged me to write about aren’t meant to be facts like I now schedule my posts, so I’ll just throw that one in for good measure. An extra secret, if you like, before I even begin.

This knowledge may come in useful when I’m writing about a major news story that broke weeks ago, like them finding that ocean on Ganymede…


A week’s worth of secrets await to be revealed. I’ve decided to post a secret a day. Five secrets in five days.

I’m stalling because I can’t think of one secret. This may be a short week.

No… I’ve got one.


I know that I post hundreds of Selfies of me every now and again. I can’t seem to get the camera angle correct, so end up with the majority of me being chopped off. I don’t mind that, being honest, although sometimes it would be nice to introduce myself to the world properly.

Maybe one day, when I’m not as shy and retiring.

On my about page, I’ve already done that – introduced myself, that is – with a photo of me from decades ago, so what I’m about to do will be the ultimate reveal. A secret to beat all secrets. I shall reveal more of me from that time.

Back then, I was on a cruise ship holiday. I visited Egypt, Cyprus and Israel. I knew my way around Cyprus.  I was amazed at how close the Pyramids were to Cairo:

In the above photo, you can see the reflection of the ear of the person who was sitting in the seat in front of me on the coach as we travelled from the port to the Pyramids.

And above, I present me. Probably the biggest secret on this blog ever. I’m such a private person. Hello World! I’m real! From way back when: me in Egypt (this is the photo I have on my ‘about me’ page, so you don’t need to go there and check now, if you thought of doing that!); me floating on the Dead Sea, looking muscular as usual; me standing in front of a ship’s wheel dressed to the nines; and me standing in front of a Pyramid, being blinded by the morning Sun.

As you can clearly see, I got redder and redder as the holiday went on. By the time I came home, I certainly gave the scarlet ibis a run for its money:

And that has given me the idea for secret number two. But not today…

Offa’s Wheel


I wonder what went behind the invention of the wheel?

Was it created after many months of trials of objects of varying shapes and sizes by our Stone Age ancestors until they got it right? Or perhaps the wheel had been invented many eons earlier than the Stone Age, and kept a closely guarded secret, passed on by generations of the same family like some secret heirloom until the time was right for it to be revealed to the eagerly awaiting and utterly desperate world. Or maybe, someone by the name of Offa Rockstone, fast asleep in his cave dwelling under his comfortable sheepskin blanket dreamt of one of the inventions that would revolutionise humanity.

Maybe it was all three. Offa’s ancestors had tried for decades to come up with a simple solution to help them to carry their wears to wherever they needed to go. They were close to inventing the wheel… but not close enough. Their devices were too heavy, too bulky or too square. Their challenge was for someone in the family to create this marvellous contraption that would help not only them, but all mankind. For generations this challenge was passed on… from father to son, mother to daughter… and eventually it arrived on Offa’s lap.

He had his eureka! moment one cold, dark winter’s night, as he slept after carting all of his worldly goods into a cave for the night. In his sleep, he had a vision… and the very next day the wheel was born. It had a bit of a wonky start, of course things always have teething troubles, but eventually Offa’s wheel took the world by storm.

Well, it may have happened that way. I don’t think there are any recorded cases of the invention of the wheel. And dreams have started many a successful enterprise all throughout history, and hopefully included in this count will be my dream (see yesterday’s post for more details!)

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is Wheel, and I’ve been desperately trying to come up with some kind of way to illustrate the wheel without using a vehicle. The Sanskrit word for wheel is Chakra, and the Chakras are the centres of life-force energy that are dotted around the body. I could have gone down that route, but, thanks to my blogging friend Shree Jacob, I’m still learning about the relevant Chakras, so decided to go with something I know absolutely nothing about – the invention of the wheel!

The picture above is my interpretation of Offa trying to sleep, but finding his thoughts controlled by a certain circular object that was mere hours away from creation. Would you be able to sleep if you were so close to the dawning of something so simple, yet so monumental?

Also, Sideview’s weekend theme for the weekend just gone (yes, I know I’m a little late!) is Family Heirloom, so I thought I’d have a little fun and tie in both themes with this post. Shree, incidentally, also participates in Illustration Friday, and has come up with a fabulous mandala design for a wheel, which reminds me of a Chakra image if ever I saw one… click here if you’d like to have a look!

It’s more than likely that more thought went into the creation of the wheel than I give credit for in this post, but if something so great has lasted for so long, since those days in the Neolithic Period, imagine what great things we can create today, with our technological advances, if we put our minds to it.

Or, put another way, followed our dreams…

The Superhero Diaries 1.1: Reds and Greens

This is from the minutes of a meeting of a certain Elite Force of Britain, a team of heroes who banded themselves together to protect a city from a group of underhanded businessmen who wanted to own the city for themselves. The businessmen dealt with, the superheroes decided to stick together, and call upon each other in times of need, to look after more national interests.

In Attendance: The Stealth Gentleman (SG); The Green Gladiator (GG); Bettystretch246 (BS); The Crimson Songbird (CS)

Not In Attendance: Aquatom1968 (AQ); Psychic Sue (PS); Cloud (CL); Muriel Magnificent (MM); The Firetop (FT); Invisible Charlie (IC); Lycralad (LY); The Diver (DI); The Puddleton Protector (PP)

Chair and Minutes: Viridian (VI)

Subject of Discussion: Jackets

Reason for Meeting: GG, BS, MM(in absence), IC (in absence), LY (in absence) and VI have all voted against the wearing of the bright red jackets supplied by the Sunbottle Labelling Company. Although this is below half of the group it isn’t an overall majority, but as it is around 43% of the membership a discussion has been called.

Other Notes: The Stealth Gentleman remained quiet in his seat throughout the meeting

The main concern was actually with the colour, rather than the design.
Nobody objected to the large sun logo on the back, which looked remarkably like the Sunbottle logo.
Everyone was aware that The Stealth Gentleman wasn’t too keen on wearing the less-than stealth-like jacket, although he didn’t say so in as many words, and if he had, this meeting wouldn’t have been called, and the jackets would have been rejected. SG still remained quiet.

Red and Green should never be seen, quoted Psychic Sue in a letter she submitted to the meeting last week, although she was strangely in favour of the new jacket, strangely as she has started to wear her new red uniform recently. Firetop responded, via video-link and in his typical hot-headed fashion, that she shouldn’t really be giving fashion tips for one, and for two, she should look at the uniform that Parrot Girl wears – her red and greens go well together.

This made the attendees chuckle, partly because Firetop and Parrot Girl had had a blazing row about her uniform the previous week.

The Green Gladiator was also concerned about the clash of colours, stating something about port and starboard sides, although he too thought the red was too bright in comparison to his deep green uniform.

Bettystretch loved the colour red, and the jacket with or without the logo. Her uniform is like a rainbow of colours anyway, due to her stretching ability pulling the fibres out of place, but she objected to the ‘give’ in the jacket. It was unsuitable for her powers, and everyone agreed.

The flexibility of the jacket was also the reason for Invisible Charlie’s no-vote via email.

Everybody groaned about Lycralad’s reason for rejecting with the idea that it wasn’t tight enough. He’d submitted his reason in a text message.

Muriel Magnificent didn’t like change at all, and had worn the same uniform for the last one hundred years. She only changed her ear-rings last year after one was splintered in a battle with the Overthrower, which caused an infection and terrible swelling on the left side of her face. She moaned for months about that, and is now reluctant to change anything else. MM hasn’t actually submitted a rejection, but everyone takes this as a given.

I, Viridian, reject to the jacket solely because it is sponsorship… And the colour red doesn’t go with my green uniform either. But I gave the reason that once, when we were in the EFOB Jet flying high over the Atlantic for some reason, the heroes gathered on that mission were all wearing either red or green uniforms and they looked shocking together, gaudy colours that had a severe and painful affect on anyone who set eyes on us. Even the flight staff wouldn’t serve drinks the clash was that bad.

In favour of the jacket was the Crimson Songbird, as the red shade matched her designer uniform exquisitely.

Cloud, The Diver, Firetop and the Puddleton Protector weren’t bothered either way if we wore the jackets on missions or not. And Aquatom does his own thing anyway.

In Conclusion:
So, in conclusion, with those voicing an opinion present in this meeting, we have decided to reject the wearing of the kindly supplied (at no cost) jackets.

Meeting Adjourned

This has been an entry from The Superhero Diaries, and ties in with Sideview’s Weekend Theme, so I thought I’d mention that.

Look out for more entries from The Superhero Diaries… coming soon.

The Superhero Diaries 1: Be prepared

I’ve decided to abandon my occasional series ‘Top Ten Tips for a wannabe superhero’, thinking instead of referring to pages from the secret files (that all self-respecting superheroes should keep for, say, the time they decide to start a blog and need something to write about). Besides, I have written four posts of top ten tips in the not so distant past, so in actual fact there are forty tips for superheroing here already!

At least by referring to my secret files, and the secret files of my fellow superheroes, and the secret files of the supervillains we have come into contact with, and the computer secret files of both the secret and not so secret headquarters of the secret groups of superheroes, plus the secret diaries kept in the secret lairs of the supervillains, there are a few pages worth of information to quote from there.

Secrets will no longer be secret in the world of superheroing, although all names, and secret identities will be protected, as will locations of secret headquarters, sources of information, details of certain superpowers, salaries and advertising revenue details, sponsorship deals and TV appearances of superfolk in their civilian disguises. Secrets will be referred to in a roundabout way, however, but I will personally not be to blame nor held responsible should the actual secret be revealed to the world. This may not even be me typing, so who would know if it was moi who said it or not?

If any secret plans are revealed, or secret maps for locations of treasure (for example), these will not be genuine, and will appear for illustration purposes only.

I will, however, reveal the secret behind Ravish changing her name to the Slinky Siren. Be prepared… it isn’t what you will be expecting to read. Or maybe it will, if you provided me with that particular piece of information… (thanks, FG, by the way!)

Look out for more entries from The Superhero Diaries… coming soon.