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Behind the Masks of the Feminine VII: Sepia

Behind the Masks of the Feminine VII


By Hwaa Irfan


Three Minerals


I. Previously, we explored the female connection via the homeopathic remedy Natrum muriaticum, depicting a woman who is very much a product of the Industrial Revolution. Raised in a family where mother bonding is disrupted. Natrum muriaticum has grown up in an environment emotionally distant depriving this type of woman of what she needs to flourish in her life.

II. Then we explored the feminine face of Natrum carbonicum, more down to earth and open than Natrum muriaticum, but whose sensibilities are around rejection, a rejection that began as a traumatic experience from her past. She stays within her comfort zone to define her place in the world, as stepping outside that zone brings on anticipatory anxiety about anything new because she feels unworthy of love.

III. With Natrum phosphoricum her sensibility is grief, being quite volatile in nature and sensitive to external influences. Out of a deep sense of worthlessness, she reacts to her pain out of fear which suppresses her internal communications, emotions, and the normal functioning of their bodies.

Three Flowers

IV. Pulsatilla is a vibrant person who moves with the flow of events. She has an innate sense of human relations, and God’s plan for human society. Unlike the Natrum sisters, Pulsatilla’s problem is not one of grief, or inner suppression, but of external censorship. She expects fairness, and when that fairness is missing, they become distressed, and instead of moving with the flow, they become tossed by the wind of events. This dissipates their life force, becoming weakened without ongoing environmental support and love. Hiding her vulnerabilities through the veil of a sophistication, they desire space, and self expression that separates their inner world from their outer world.

V. Staphysagria is a born intuitive, who likes to stand above the crowd. Their level of intuition makes them sensitive to external influences, and combined with their desire to be noticed they feel deeply hurt if ignored. With a lifetime of rejection Staphysagria reacts in a variety of ways the result of which is a struggle of suppression vs. expression.

VI. Belladonna has abundant life force and gives out a lot of energy. Extremely healthy looking belladonna stands out in a crowd, but they do not desire company as they have no need for external stimulation. Their intelligence is apparent, emotions vivid, but can be quite excitable. She is both creator and destroyer working towards the nurturance of humanity by destroying the false ego. If they are suffering in any way they prefer to keep it to themselves. Belladonna’s sensibility is shock disappointment in love, fear or too much sun. As she loses sense of a true self, it becomes replaced by a false-self filled with fear and anger.

Now we take a snapshot at another world, the world of three homeopathic remedies from the sea.

VI. Sepia Officinalis

Sepia is the Grass/Common Cuttle fish, an invertebrate with a hard shell. Over the 21million years of their existence, they have adapted well to wide ranging environs. from which a brownish black ink is obtained. This ink is a liquid excreted by Sepia as a camouflage, which artists use, but if licked there are not so pleasant consequences.

Belonging to the Cephalopoda family, Sepia Officinalis has evolved without the need for a shell, instead they have a soft body with all their organs enclosed within a mantle (layer of skin). They have elongated bodies, and three hearts of which one is systemic, and the other two are gilled. Through the rhythmic contractions of the mantle, they are able to facilitate the circulation of water, gas, and blood. The minute hairs on their heads and tentacles detect low frequency vibrations, which helps them to locate their prey, and their saliva contains a toxin that immobilizes the prey, but it also assists in their digestion.

This soft-bodied mollusc has it shell located inside the body, and can change shape, colour and texture as a part of their camouflage, mating ritual, and emotions. With eight arms around the mouth, and two tentacles behind the eyes, it is closely related to the octopus, and the squid. Sepia Officinalis propels itself forward by means of squirting jets of water from specially designed organs with her body. Their eyes are located so that they can see backwards, and forwards in horizontal visual field of 360°, they can see things from afar. When threatened, she releases the ink we call Sepia from a grape-sized pouch, which clouds the water enough to make the potential threat retreat.

Sepia Officinalis has a preference for coastal waters, especially around the Cape of Good Hope, the Nortg Sea, east Atlantic, and the Mediterranean, but they are sensitive to heavy metal, and copper in the water.  They hide during the day, and feed at night.  When it comes to strangers who are human, Sepia Officinalis seem to have no fear to the extent that they will follow the human who has dived into their depths.

Sepia Officinalis is very much an independent creature, which likes to swim alone, but with a life span of two years there has to be time for mating. To attract females, the male will splay their tentacles which usually serve the function of getting food. Typical of the animal kingdom, they will display all their colours to make them stand out more. If accepted they will swim side by side to continue the courtship, and if she rejects she will swim away to only be stalked by the male – eventually they will embrace. The male will protect what is his, until she retreats into a cave for spawning purpose, but the male will guard the den. The females may produce up to 200 – 500 rice grained eggs, all of which are laid one-by-one, so not surprisingly she has a ravenous hunger soon after laying. They are cannibalistic in nature, and also feed on crabs, and prawns. In turn, Sepia Officinalis are also prey for dolphins, humans, rays, seabirds, and sharks. The process of birthing makes them very lethargic, which leads to their own deterioration, and finally death.


Sepia the woman falls under one of the homeopathic female archetypes, along with Pulsatilla, and Natrum Muriaticum. She has a strong regard for her independence, and likes to be away from people, and withdraw into nature. In fact, Sepia has a great need for personal space as indicated by the living habits of Sepia Officinalis.  She seeks to be herself, unfettered by the expectations of others, especially men, unlike Natrum Muriaticum who seeks independence as a protective mechanism against hurt.

There are two main types of women: the one who is independent, ambitious and career minded who is organized, efficient, strong, powerful, and she needs and enjoys intellectual challenge. Her independence can fall prey to stereotypes, as that level of independence is what is generally expected from men. But she celebrates her freedom, her connection with her own body, and her connection with the earth, which requires being sensitive to one’s body and fully centred in its natural wisdom.

She enjoys her life and may have many relationships because this allows her to have time alone. The other Sepia is the motherly type who feels the responsibilities of her family, but has no time left for herself. Sometimes, as many of us know, the two types can combine on one, with the woman caught between work and home having no time left for herself.  Essentially, Sepia prefers to work on their own as this allows them to do things their own way. They dislike opposition, and when hurt or feeling bad they prefer to be on their own as consolation is out of the question.

In Dis-ease

Her love of independence, and being unfettered by the expectations of others, becomes the means by which she falls into a state of dis-ease as her vital force becomes blocked by the suppressive impingement of her environment – censorship from others.

The traditional homeopathic profile of Sepia is a woman who has a broad vacant hairy face, is flat-chested, she has a small pelvis, an infantile uterus, a pot belly, and a masculine type frame. She may look uninterested, as a sign of withdrawal, but inside they are quite vulnerable.

When Sepia does not get the space that she needs, she exudes a negative cloud, like the Sepia Officinalis who spurts out the Sepia ink to put off that which approaches her. The woman who is caught between work and home, and no time left for herself finds the situation conflicting, which can result in her being psychologically exhausted. The reason behind her physical exhaustion is a slow blood circulation, especially around the stomach. This then leads to a weak sex-drive, a weakness in her sex organs, possible prolapsed of the vagina and the womb, and of course menstrual and reproductive problems.

Initially, she will try to compensate for the sluggish feeling brought on by a slow blood circulation through strong physical exercise, like dancing, or even gardening, which provides her time alone in nature, because these activities speed up the circulation, though she might not consciously know this. She becomes overworked, exhausted, will tolerate a dysfunctional family guided by the feeling  that she has got to do better, while hiding her emotions, but when it all gets too much, she will cry.

Homepathic consultant, David Lilley describes the emotions of Sepia as changing like neon lights, which is a signature of the chameleon nature of Sepia officinalis. Lilley  finds many Sepia are feminists who will take advantage of male vulnerabilities. Becoming irritable, Sepia becomes a distant shadow of her true self, as she becomes dull, and forgetful even resenting the very things that she held a high regard for. Her mind becomes so tired, that it is as if it is empty as she is unable to think any longer. In that state, Sepia becomes volatile like Sepia officinalis that means negative, always complaining, always scolding, arguing, jealous, indifferent, and bares grudges. It is not that they do not love their children, or their husband, but because they have become so exhausted they can no longer access that love, and become too tired for any sort of company. Her sense of independence gone, she fears poverty, and in so doing become materialistic.

Because of her relationship with her body, Sepia feels worse with any sudden changes, pertaining to the menstrual and reproductive system. She feels suffocated in warm rooms, but is irritated by the cold, and any sudden movements. There is an affinity with the venous circulation (digestive tract. Portal system, female pelvic organs), the nerves and the skin, and rejecting the feminine right side, the complaints tend to be mostly on the left side, the side which she expresses in the world, through her intellect.

Physiologically, they look a bit off colour, in fact yellow, as the liver does not function properly with a tendency to sweat a lot. They have a constant hunger likened to Sepia officianalis after she has given birth, but sometimes even the smell of food can make them feel nauseous as is the symptom in some pregnant women. They like stimulating foods, like spices, sour or bitter, but the consumption of milk, and fatty foods causes indigestion.

Their need for stimulation is not only reflected in the foods they eat, but by any strong physical activity, which tends to change their mood, and they are also stimulated by thunderstorms, and being outdoors.

Male Sepia’s tend to be extremely negative, closed, reserved, sarcastic, possessive, materialistic and lazy. He can be the modern man who returns home, has his dinner watches television, feels sleepy and turns his back on his grumbling wife according to Dr. Sonawala. The level of rigidity, is signature in the sepia ink of Sepia officinalis, which contains calcium.

Sepia personality type, clearly demonstrates an aspect of woman who once had greater expression through having greater access to her environment than in modern times. Just as the female Sepia officinalis exhibits a luminescence at night, Sepia the person is not only the intellect, but the dancer, the athlete, the actress who acts out of expression of herself, the musician, the artist, and the medicine woman. If she is fortunate, as a child her avenues will be open, but if closed by the narrow expectations of her upbringing, higher education might be the only means for her, a means that might not necessarily reflect her true nature.

We all want to be appreciated, and that is the root of the problem! If we are not appreciated for our true selves, we don a false ego, or claim an ‘ideal’ both of which is far removed from who and what we really are!


Bailey, P. “Hoemopathic Psychology.” Narayana Publishers, Germany

Kusse, F. “Homeopathic Types.” Narayana Publishers, Germany

Lilley, D. “Major Archetypes of the Materia Medica: Sepia.” The British Homeopathic Association.

Vermeulen, F. “Prisma: The Arcana of Materia Medica Illuminated.” Emryss, Netherlands. 2002.

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Nuke Plant Flooding from Missouri Floodwaters

Nuke Plant Flooding from Missouri Floodwaters – No-Fly Zone Enforced

From: Alexandra Bruce
June 17, 2011

Two nuclear plants in Nebraska are under siege from Missouri River floodwaters released by the Army Corps of Engineers.

When watching this video, please keep in mind that the flood surrounding the Fort Calhoun Nuclear plant is man-made by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Is this a case of “disaster economics”? The current level of flooding is expected to last for 3-4 more months. The local levees are not designed for flooding for such long periods of time.

Last Wednesday, there was a Bloomberg Money Managers Conference held in Boston called “Preparing for the Next Black Swans.” The event description:

“The year 2011 will most certainly be remembered for its Black Swan events, including the spreading unrest in the Middle East and the earthquake in Japan. Money Managers need to be prepared for unexpected events as they position their investments across asset classes. The Bloomberg Money Managers conference will bring together mutual fund, hedge fund and private equity investors to consider events that could rock the markets, portfolio strategies for managing the unforeseen and the future of actively-managed investing.”

Financial blogger, Kevin Depew of observed on June 1, 2011:

“Can you see the shift that has occurred? If you have not participated in or observed the financial services and money management industry throughout the 1990s and before, perhaps not.

“Prior to 2000, the very concept of a black swan — an unexpected event that has an outsized impact and which endures post-impact rationalization as wholly expected (a la dot-com crash, subprime collapse, debt crisis, etc.) — was anathema. The models accounted for all possibilities. Math and science, financial engineering had permanently eliminated tail risk. This is not overstating things. Fast-forward a full decade, black swans are everywhere, their ubiquity serving as a sort of psychic balm. Today, every unpredicted event is black swan-worthy.”


Two Nebraska Nuclear Plants Partially Submerged by Missouri Floodwaters
June 17, 2011

Ignored by the Mainstream Media, two nuclear power facilities in Nebraska which were designated temporary restricted no fly zones by the FAA in early June due to ‘hazards’. The FAA restrictions, ‘effectively immediately’, ‘until further notice’. The Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, currently sandbagged against the floodwaters of the Missouri River, and, the Cooper Nuclear Station, located on the Missouri River. According to the NRC, there’s no need to panic. If so, then why the No Fly Zones due to ‘hazards’ issued by the FAA?

Video news report from local NBC 6 on the Ft. Calhoun Power Plant and the massive amount of farm land flooded by the Missouri River. According to a local farmer worried about the levees, ‘We need the Corps-Army Corps of Engineers–to do more. The Corps needs to tell us what to do and where to go. This is not mother nature, this is manmade.’

Omaha, NE – Homes and businesses north of Ames, east of Florence Boulevard and east of South 16th Street are at risk for flooding if the north Omaha levee breaks. The Qwest Center, Gallup Campus, North Omaha Power Plant and all of Eppley Airfield would be affected. That’s about 2,700 people the city would have to evacuate.

Even though officials are confident in the levees through Omaha, they still want people to know about the risk and be prepared for the worst case scenario. City leaders say the worst case would put a huge part of northeast Omaha in up to 10 feet of water. This is one of many reasons why officials monitor it so closely.

On June 6, 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration put into effect ‘temporary flying restrictions’–until further notice–over the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Blaine, Nebraska.

On June 16, 2011, local ABC News NTV Nebraska reported Radioactive Releases Not Expected at Omaha Nuclear Power Plant:


Officials at the Omaha Public Power District say there have been no releases of radioactive material since flooding from the Missouri River caused them to declare a low-level emergency June 6 at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant.

The emergency level, declared as “a notification of an unusual event,” is the lowest possible of four standard emergency classifications set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and, as of now, there has been no risk to the public.

Officials say they have sandbagged the area surrounding the plant to a level greater than what the projected water levels will reach, and that they do not expect any release of radioactivity.

On June 7, 2011, the FAA issued temporary flying restrictions until further notice above the Cooper Nuclear Station located on the Missouri River near Brownsville, NE.

On June 7, 2011, the FAA issued temporary flying restrictions until further notice above the Cooper Nuclear Station located on the Missouri River near Brownsville, NE.

A fire in an electrical switch room on Tuesday, June 9 briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant outside Omaha, Neb., plant officials said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Back in January 2010, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited the plant for failure to maintain procedures for combating a significant flood, as previously recommended.

The plant is now engulfed in flood waters, which are expected to rise five more feet. Fairewinds Associates’ Arnie Gundersen says that the plant is built to sustain current flooding but if any one of several surrounding dams breach, it could cause a Midwestern tsunami and lead to a situation similar to the Fukushima disaster, as there are several years’ worth of very radioactive spent fuel rods in the cooling pools.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg…

On June 14, 2011, the report Cooper Nuke Plant Will Get More NRC Oversight:


NRC inspectors said some of the station’s procedures for manually operating valves – which are part of system for releasing coolants under high pressure – wouldn’t work in the event of a fire. The independent emergency cooling system is one means available to provide water to cool the reactor in case of an emergency.

“Fire protection programs are a critical component in plant safety and the NRC is paying special attention to ensure [Cooper] takes actions to fully correct this issue,” according to Region IV Administrator Elmo E. Collins.

According to an informative post at the site The People’s Voice, the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant and the Cooper Nuclear station are ‘partially submerged’ by Missouri floodwaters.


On June 7, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant filed an Alert with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after a fire broke out in the switchgear room. During the event, “spent fuel pool cooling was lost” when two fuel pumps failed for about 90 minutes.

On June 9, Nebraska’s other plant, Cooper Nuclear Power Station near Brownville, filed a Notice of Unusual Event (NOUE), advising it is unable to discharge sludge into the Missouri River due to flooding, and therefore “overtopped” its sludge pond.

“Missouri River Breaks Flood Records In Nebraska & Iowa”

Fort Calhoun Power Station near Omaha Nebraska is going to flood, this was the water they did not need upstream ….. NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Two more Missouri River flood records have been broken in southeast Nebraska, and more records are likely to fall because the amount of water being released upstream is increasing.

The National Weather Service says records from 1993 were surpassed Tuesday at Plattsmouth and Nebraska City. Last weekend, Brownville also set a record.

The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this week, so the river will rise even more in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

The corps estimates the river will rise as much as a foot over its already high levels at Sioux City, Iowa.

The river will rise roughly 3 to 5 inches from Omaha to Rulo, and it will surge about 8 inches higher at Kansas City.

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Fort Calhoun, Neb., is surrounded by flood waters from the Missouri River, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. On Tuesday, the releases at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota hit the maximum planned amount of 150,000 cubic feet of water per second, which are expected to raise the Missouri River 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in most of Nebraska and Iowa.

There are still potential problems looming for the other Nebraska nuclear facility.

“Breaking Levee Near Nebraska’s Cooper Nuke Plant”


June 28

“A beam holding the flooded Missouri River back from a Nebraska nuclear power station
collapsed early Sunday, but federal regulators said they were monitoring the situation and
there was no danger…
“The power supply was cut after water surrounded the main electrical transformers, the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission said.

“Emergency generators powered the plant Sunday while workers tried to restore power.” — AP

The plant is currently storing several years’ worth of spent fuel rods from other Nebraska
nuclear plants. Nuclear waste is more radioactive than nuclear fuel.

NRC Chairman, Gregory Jaczko visited the plant…

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It’s Time to Bake Your Own Bread!

It’s Time to Bake Your Own Bread!

When a British student went on an environmental project in Sinai, Egypt, she commented that their bread tasted better and healthier than the bread back in the U.K.

Instead of complaining about the standardized unhealthy bread on the supermarket shelves, note that there is nothing like the old ways, i.e. bake your own…


Wholemeal Bread


–        100ml (4 fl oz) warm water

–        20g (3/4 oz) dried active baking yeast

–        4 tablespoons bread flour

–        1 tablespoon caster sugar

–        175g (6 oz) porridge oats

–        225g (8 oz) wholemeal flour

–        1L (1 3/4 pints) warm water

–        1 1/2 tablespoons salt

–        75g (3 oz) dark brown soft sugar

–        150ml (5 fl oz) vegetable oil

–        1.3kg (3 lb) bread flour


1. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, stir together 100ml warm water, yeast, 4 tablespoons flour and caster sugar. Let stand for about 5 minutes. It will bubble almost immediately.

2. Measure oats, wholemeal flour, 1 litre warm water, salt, brown sugar and oil into the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with a dough hook for 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, and begin adding bread flour a little at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Humidity determines how much flour you need before the bread pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It is normal for the dough to be sticky.

3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Shape loaves, and place in greased 20x10cm (8×4 in) tins. Let rise until dough is 2.5cm (1 in) above rim of tins, usually 1 hour.

5. Bake at 180 C / Gas mark 4 for 35 minutes, or until tops are browned. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.


Wholemeal Bread Take II


–        1.25kg of plain flour

–        1.25kg of wholemeal flour

–        40gms of bread soda

–        60gms of wheat bran

–        50gms of salt

–        100gms of brown sugar

–        2 litres of butter milk

–        12gms of baking powder

–        500mls of milk



  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add both milks slowly
  3. Grease six 11lbs loaf tins with oil
  4. Bake in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius for an hour


Rewena (Maori Bread)


–        2 cups of flour

–        1 tsp of sugar

–        3 slices of potato


Boil potato in one cup of water until potato is ready for mashing

Combine all ingredients until of a firm texture

Cover and allow to rise

Take 1 tablespoon of the dough and place in one jar.

Feed the dough with ½ cup of warm potato water one day, and following day feed with 1 tsp of sugar

Ingredients – Round 2

–        5 cups of flour

–        1 tsp of salt

–        1 tsp of salt baking soda


  1. Mix flour, salt and baking soda
  2. Pour in Rewena (1st preparation) (keep a portion for next time)
  3. Pour in a greased dish
  4. Allow to rise to double the size
  5. Bake at 150° – 180° for 1 hour


Russian Rye Bread


–        1.25kg of plain flour

–        1.25kg of wholemeal flour

–        40gms of bread soda

–        60gms of wheat bran

–        50gms of salt

–        100gms of brown sugar

–        2 litres of butter milk

–        12gms of baking powder

–        500mls of milk

–        1 ½  cups water (140 degrees F, just barely hot to touch)

–        2 tablespoons dark corn syrup

–        2 tablespoons cider vinegar

–        2 tablespoons butter, softened

–        1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

–        2 ½  cups bread flour

–        1 cup rye flour

–        1 teaspoon salt

–        4 teaspoons dark brown sugar

–        3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

–        1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (or coffee substitute)

–        1 tablespoon caraway seed

–        1/4 teaspoon fennel seed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease two loaf pans.
  2. In a small bowl combine the hot water, corn syrup, vinegar, butter, and yeast. Mix thoroughly and allow to set until bubbly and creamy (a few minutes).
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the yeast mixture. Knead Russian rye dough (add more bread flour if necessary) and shape into a ball. Allow to rise covered in a warm place 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  4. Punch down and divide Russian rye dough and place each loaf in a bread pan. Allow to rise, again, covered in a warm place 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool at least 45 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm with butter. Enjoy.




–        1lb whole wheat flour

–        ½ pint of water

–        Large tsp salt

–        1 tsp ghee


–        Set aside a handful of flour

–        Knead the rest of the flour adding water gradually

–        Add salt to taste

–        Knead for 10 minutes+

–        Roll the dough into an 8 inch roll and leave to stand for 1 ½ hours

–        Before ready to serve, knead and roll again

–        Break off a small portion, add a dash of ghee and roll into a ball between the palms of the hands

–        Flatten the ball with a little dry flour (previously put aside), then roll into a thin round pancake with a rolling pin

–        Gently remove from the surface and place on a hotplate

–        First cook one side, then turn over and slightly cook the other side

–        Place on hot coals/barbecue stove and let the chapatti rise like a balloon