We shouldn’t be afraid to reach our full potential in life and blossom. Yet we do. Are we so scared of decay and rot and to be forgotten?
Seems that way.
We must not fight what and whom we were born to be.
Why do I have to pick the one tree that I love, over all the other ones, that is only with us briefly?
A blossom tree
I wanted to get married under one. There is something so ethereal about them when I see them at the height of their beauty.
The moment they seem most exquisite is when they are closer to death than life.
I see beauty in death.
I see beauty in life.
I researched about what the Blossom tree has been used for as a symbol.
In Japan, in world war 2,
It became the symbol of patriotism to the Japanese people.
They too see how fleeting life is. All the more to live it with great deep breaths and with as much gusto and energy as one can.
What does piss me off is the propaganda the government spread around beliefs of the blossom tree.
As poetic as it sounds : It is said that people were encouraged to believe that when the souls of warriors died ,they came back as blossom flowers.
A lovely notion but this is on a par with Roman rhetoric. It is a manipulation and I hate seeing the words – Nature and manipulation standing together.
But can the two exist without the other?
I think, let flowers live and be what they are.
Let us humans live and be what we are.
Humans with a heightened awareness of the fragility of life,
are the ones that put the humane in humaneness.
We don’t need to be any other but ourselves to stand out and be beautiful .
Look how how magnificent we look when we coexist with nature.
Appreciate what we have today.
Our beauty in all its manifestations from the second we shine never leaves us -not even in physical death.
It does transform.
Transformation is not a bad thing.
Revel in each one.
MINI LIFE UPDATE
Daisy gets hang out with a lovely bunch of Blossoms this evening. It has come around with great rapidity .
My hen do!
I’m so excited. I feel like my tender has sprinkled drops over me, stroked my petals and said:
“you are loved and tonight we are going to make sure you don’t become a wall flower and keep the weed side of you at home.”
First night out since NYE 2015. A wedding costs a lot of money
. Obvious fact of the day. 😉
Always closer to death but rocking the wabisabi philosophy.
“Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet—that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust.
Nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and erosion are embodied in frayed edges, rust, liver spots. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace both the glory and the melancholy found in these marks of passing time.”
Beautiful because I am withered.
So as you may or may not know – you should know 😉 I go on about it enough. I’m getting married on 22/06.
Yesterday me and my better half went to have a look at wedding bands. Nothing fussy. There were sales on. We found the most simple ,nondescript looking band and thought that will do. Then seemingly at the same time our eyes veered to the price tag underneath £299. *SALE* WOW! DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.
We both looked at one another.
Our eye connected. This sounds so romantic .
This is it.
We both looked at the entrance to the jewellers.
Smiles mirroring each others.
We both had the same thoughts.
True soul mates.
We backed away and I may have mumbled something about looking for a ring another day. Today was paying bills day.
I may have said to my better half
” Why don’t we get tattooed rings.”
My other half’s face said it all. How can you be so tacky,Daisy. I shrugged, it was just an idea. He is a bit of a dude- long hair,skater type.
So I kind of imagined this was running through his head
My other half is from the North of England. The cheaper the better or so I thought.
He was mumbling about how as soon as the word ‘wedding’ was put n front of anything consumable the price triples. He has a point. He is not cheap.
I merely jest. I jest…… 😀
So, it got me thinking. Why do we need a wedding band any way?
Let’s buck tradition.
Oh no– I get the same look again -this time the thoughts that seem to go thorough his mind are: Oh Daisy. Do you always have to be so otherwise, so ,so rebellious. He is already planning on invites to make me conform to how a traditional wife thinks.
So what does all this ring malarkey mean?
I get the whole ring /circle thing represents something eternal, something un breakable. A bond, a pact.
There must be more to it than just a symbol of our undying love towards one another.
Can’t we just seal the deal with a blood pact? I’m kidding. …
So the research begins and like a ring never ends, so does the shopping… I’m kidding.. .. I do get tired and I do need sleep.
Lets go back to Egypt and walk like an Egyptian for a moment. The brides used to wear a woven plant circle ring on their finger as a sign of I am not going to go off with that rather sexy slave of ours.
We humans are an indecisive bunch. The ring was worn on the right finger for a time. The Romans had to make up their own rules, of course and decide the ring will go on the left finger.
Do they need a reason?
It is actually quite romantic:
According to a tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart.
Before you start swooning ladies they also were the first people to use iron to make a ring.
Not because it would last longer but it was a sign that women were owned. A bit like a mini dog chain.
Here’s me thinking the Romans redeemed themselves.
Another more reserved and practical reason for wearing the ring on the left hand and fourth finger comes from the Christians. Not a bone of romanticism in this reason:
Most people are right handed,and it was seen as the finger that would do the least amount of work.
*DISCRIMINATION ALERT* . (I take offence to that, I am a lefty) I think the fourth finger would like to point out he does as much work as the others….
Interestingly, in many countries, even today, including Norway, Russia, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Austria, Germany,Portugal and Spain, the wedding ring in worn on the ring finger of the right hand and not the left
So, do we even need a ring. Can’t our vows be enough?
I suspect I’m going to lose this argument. I even got shot down with another look of disgust mixed with pity, when I mentioned Haribo rings!
And so the search ring band shopping continues……….. forever and ever and ever and ever. There seems to be no end to this search…
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Today’s topic on symbolism on the Roman God ‘ Janus’ was inspired by a YA book trilogy series I am nearly finished reading 😦 called ‘ The originals’ . Originally, a spin off T.V. series off the back of Vampire diaries series/books.
His image shows a young child looking to the past and an old bearded man looking to the future.
Something we can all relate to.
Some images have him depicted as having three heads. Here is why it is interesting to know this
Whenever the symbolism of Janus relates to time, between the past (which is no longer) and the future (which is not yet), the true Face of Janus—that which looks at the present and is supposed to face us—is not shown; it is neither one nor the other of the two we can see.
This third face is, in fact, invisible because the present in its temporal manifestation is but an intangible and imperceptible instant. (This is also why certain languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic, do not have present tense verbs.)
I see this as a rather hopeful symbol as opposed to something sad. It is always better, in my experience, to reflect on the ‘what you can do’ as opposed to ‘the what if’s’. Call me a reborn optimist. I was always a pessimist.
I’ve got my Geek head on now, Janus dates back to pre Roman times. So that goes back to the days before the “founder” of Rome- Romulas.
Interestingly, the month of January is named after him so we can see how his duplicitous image has been used as an opportunity for reflection.
He is seen as the door to the past and the the door to the future.
I think it so important not to close the door on your past completely because we humans thrive on self refection – well I do.
The past is a great way to reflect -not wallow- at how we might do things differently.
So what is true reflection?
Reflecting is thinking about what and how we have done something.
It is a way of assessing what has happened and how you are going to go forward and apply this new knowledge to existing and upcoming experiences .
So self reflection is an essential part of learning be it at school or in life.
I know a person who has what she calls “bad luck” in her choice of men. We have had arguments about this. My argument is always take bad luck out of the equation. I always remind her that there are good men in the world.
What is it that she may be doing that attracts her to the same type of man. I’ve seen her heart trampled on many times. I might come across as insensitive. I am not. I do give hugs. 🙂
I also say to her,
What good can you take away from this experience for future choices with men?
She always shoots me down and says something like ” not to ever allow another man in my life” .
To me that is a sad prognosis and way to self reflect. Why only take away the negative lessons away with you?
Why not try to always take something positive you can take with you on your journey through life from whatever negative experience you have?
How can we use self reflection to move forward on a solid footing?
Self reflection can help us develop new skills
Self reflection can develop our strengths and work on our weaknesses
By asking questions-we can come to a different solution to a problem
Self refection is a brilliant and balanced way of looking at our achievements
Self reflection can help you find out what truly makes you happy and what doesn’t
Reflection requires effort but the long term results are usually worth the initial effort.
It requires us to ask ourselves questions about our beliefs and values constantly and consistently – and try and be objective about the questions we ask ourselves.
THE MESSAGE: It is so important that we understand ourselves first and foremost before we can begin to understand others behaviour and actions around us and what is going on around us.
The past if used in a way to self reflect can become the solid basis for how we make the transition from the present to the the future.
All this from reading a YA book
Stag do’s seem to go back to the Spartans , in the 5 century? Spartan’s afraid to get married?
Spartans! this challenge of taking on a bride is no ordinary scuffle in the arena. You will never win –
Mwahahahaha – from the evil bride(lurking in the back ground) from some obscure adults only pantomime
Henry the 8 th was partial to oh I don’t know -say roughly 8 stag do’s in his time.
I look at him with a fresh perspective, he was just a wild party animal who didn’t know when to retire and let the young ones pick up the party where he left off.
I could get really rude here and suggest an innuendo of a she be a heading stag do?
I think. I would rather not go into that too much. Daisy has a filthy mind.
Okay so on to Hen do’s?
There is some research – it’s on Google 😀 that says that the word ‘hen’ way back could refer to any type of bird.
Us “chicks” have been associated with augury -divination by birds since Greek times. So,quite rightly, our Grooms- to -be would need to get together with there fellow stags to have a few beverages. If only to help prop the poor groom to be on the day or give him a few pointers on how to win an argument with his bride. Good luck with that one…
In the East henna is believed to have properties to purify us sinful brides and I quote
“…. and hold her risk free from the evil eye”
The evil eye, hey?
Ah of course us ladies,over the centuries, have honed in our ability on how to make sure the recipient of our evil eye – men- make them feel the wrath of their inability to bring back the right colour box of tampons.
Are we that bad?
The research on these stag/hen do’s are rather hazy – maybe that is the point. I mean I thought there would be tons of information on how and when the stag and hen do originated but not much is coming up. Only suggestions.
What am I doing for my hen night?
A cocktail making class with a difference.
And my beloved stag,
Well, it started with rock climbing- the only reason was so my hubby-to -be could laugh at his supposedly unfit friends – He is a cruel bastard isn’t he? 😉
He out right refused paint balling. He doesn’t want to look all bruised on the day. This coming from the same mouth who had to be dragged into a shop and forced into a suit on by his Best man along with the help of the best man’s wife!
The mind boggles….
Then it changed to a RPG night a the pub with a Ghost busters theme!? That one went straight over my head.
Last time I checked it could be a toss up of bowling and a “historic” pub crawl. The difference is (according to my partner )a normal pub crawl is going from one bar to the next and consuming as much alcohol as possible and a historic pub crawl is visiting pubs with history and admiring the decor,as you do.
Interpret that as you may. My partner doesn’t drink alcohol but hey? It’s his stag do.
His theory in the ‘historic’ pub crawl is not focused on the drinking but on the pubs themselves and his other stags company.
And I thought is was us ladies who changed our mind as and when.
I’m sure him and his besties will have an epic time. I intend to 😀
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One of my favourite mantra’s/ quotes is:
“‘Every cloud,’ says the proverb, ‘has a silver lining,’ and so I did not despair.‘”
So of course I was going to get around to researching the symbolism of this mantra.
The moon basked in silvery light is a message of hope – in darkness there are shades of light -no matter how subtle. We only need a small flicker of light to switch on our hope.
Hope is pretty much how we carry on living in this world of ours. No hope = mere existence. Death even.
It is also a symbol of strength. We often need to summon up great strength from within to grasp onto the concept that hope is a choice.
This is symbolic of a subtle strength. The message here is that we ourselves can be flexible enough to be molded into something better – but strong enough to keep our core integrity in tact.
What is really interesting to me is where the saying,
‘Always look for the silver lining.’ came from?
Some one once told me that if I can imagine a storm cloud clearing , soemtimes the rays from the sun shine behind the cloud like a lamp and can give the cloud an appearance that there is a sliver lining around it., this is where the ‘silver lining’ term came from ,
So, the idea for this phrase is that when things are looking dreary, there’s always a brighter side; the comparison looks to be drawn from how dark clouds have a brighter side to them: their ‘silver linings.’
This saying was huge in ‘ the great depression’ era. Tons of upbeat songs were written about it. This says a lot about humans capacity to never give up hope, even when the world seems on the brink of an apocalypse.
I read so many things about how humans how humans have lost their humanity but the silver lining in this post and it’s message is clear:
If we can still hang on to some shred of hope that there is a chance that humanity can still be awakened in even the hardest iron clad of hearts. HUMANITY AND OUR WORLD HAS CHANCE
I shall let the lovely Judy Garland help you to ‘look for the silver lining’ today
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*If you are religious you may take offence to this post.* Just saying 😀
Ashes as you probably know signal the end of a persons life . Nobody really knows when/ what ashes were and are exactly meant to represent. The most common symbolism is mortality.
Come , now people… let’s just accept we are all gonna die.
In a world that often expects us to be perfect, Ash Wednesday gives us an opportunity to freely confess our imperfections. We can let down our pretenses and be truly honest with each other about who we are. We all bear the mark of sin, from the youngest babies to the oldest seniors. We all stand guilty before a holy God. We all are mortal and will someday experience bodily death. Thus we all need a Savior.
My aunt died of Lung cancer on 21/02/ 2015. She wanted to be cremated. We honoured her wish. She was a free spirited hippy Catholic and she would rather give up her mortality -riddled with illness and attached to this mortal life by an invisible leash – so with courage and dignity she accepted her fate. Morphine may or may not have helped her speed up the process.
This is a bit of a random story . My twin uncles were supposed to fly out from Miami to the the U.K. for her funeral. They do a lot of travelling and were on an up grade standby.
They didn’t make the funeral – no upgrade. There were no more than 10 people at her funeral. That’s kind of sad, isn’t it?
My aunt wanted her ashes to be spread in the Miami ocean – as close to Key West as possible. One night after having consumed many drinks she said to me all she wanted was to leave the world behind and move to key west and own a bunch of chickens and just be.
Her saying was
‘Eventually’ (as in it will happen, whatever it is you out seek out and work for eventually it will be )
I’m kind of thinking she got her wish -some of her ashes must have lapped up on to the key west isle shores by now. I don’t know about the chickens ..
When I think about ashes as a symbol of mortality or sin , I am not superstitious. My uncles wanted to get my aunts ashes Fed- exed to Miami.
Yes, that is correct.
They didn’t want to travel with them in case my aunt came back to haunt them or they spilled the ashes or for whatever “rational” reason. Strange men -my uncles-
so, double strange. ( I will confirm I love my uncles)
Are they so scared to face up to their own mortality?
Why should they be afraid when they are so religious and God loving men?
In the end ,they paid for a three week trip, for my Ma to go see them in Miami,as long as she travelled with my Aunts ashes.
I have an eccentric family.
Knowing my aunt like I did, she would have been giving my uncles a few clucks(slaps) around the face telling them to ‘man up’ or ‘put on their big boy boots’ – so maybe she got her chickens in the end.
A double cluck!
I remember going to a catholic school that had a church – my Ma and Pa got married in that church. My family thought it would be a great idea to send me to that school .
No problem, except I have never been baptised.
So, every ‘ash Wednesday’ we all had to come up and be marked with the ash cross of a sinner. My corruption and evilness was made crystal clear at those times.
Maybe I did need to repent.
I was more bothered about finding out how many Easter eggs I was going to get. No one really explained what all this lent fuss was about to me.
All I cared about was going on an egg hunt. My Ma used to do a pretty impressive empty basket dress up and let me go hunting in the garden.
Ash Wednesday is a day to stare death in the face, to acknowledge our mortality. All of us will die. Christians who observe this holiday get ashes “imposed” on their foreheads, while a minister or lay church worker says, “You have come from dust, and to dust you will return.” In other words, “You are going to die. And here are some ashes to remind you, just in case you’ve forgotten.”
Ha ha! . Okay, this is awesome – Why not come together to confess we are all a bunch of sinners. My main problem with this is: why the hell Catholics( and other faiths) get away with being such hypocrites?
Catholics do have a bit of a reputation of being one of the worst abusers of our kind towards people with ‘the most sin’ – that is people with mental health issues.
My quest for the symbolism has left me with feelings that are a tad flaky.
THIS IS A SHOCKINGLY AWFUL POST. APOLOGIES.
Let me try and redeem myself.
The last thing I want to say about my research on th symbolism of ash is:
I symbolise it with war , hate and crime and greed
Many religions have some form of their own ‘Ash Wednesday’, to hold innocent people accountable for their churches sins. Not sins of the present day people but the sins of those who were in the past responsible for the (and whose bloodlines are still in power of the Church)-
the blood slaying,
power hungry psychopaths.
I might not know exactly where I’m going after I leave my mortal body but at least I don’t use some flimsy
‘Ashes to ashes dust to dust’ quote,
to bring people together to acknowledge their so- called sins.
If their is going to be any kind of day where people come together to acknowledge their sins. It should start with the highest church orders and governments of this world to repent and who use religion to control and warp our society.
Lead by example?
just going to throw that out there.
I don’t need a day OR a 40 day lent period to know when I have been bad or good.
So, let me be bad and kick the pedestals from those who preach words to the ‘sinners’
Can you tell I’m not buying into this whole ash -religion thing.
I think I would rather curl up to a good book of vampires, witches and wear wolves than carry on.
My main message:
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
seriously now what is the fuss?
– that’s about as poetic as I get.
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What better day to look at symbols associated with females. It is Mothers day in the U.K. It’s no secret that us, ladies are very in touch with our emotions. This is probably why we have been associated with divination for 1000’s of moons .
How can we just know something without practising magic?
Men have been in awe and petrified by women since the very first lady to grace our earthly shores- Pandora/Eve -pick your choice.
Women have been cursed as being forbidden temptations.
It’s all our fault.
Obviously we cast bewitching spells to make us desirable to men I personally think men should take responsibility for their own feelings. 😀 .I guess our men have made some progress over the centuries so I will try and not give our men too much of a hard time. ( I say this in jest…)
But to re-inforce a point ‘NO’ does actually mean NO. 😀 #FEMALEEMPOWERMENT
The most common symbol connected to females are boats,bowls,baskets,boxes,cup-shaped flowers,goblets,vases and wells. The message is clear: women are seen as carriers, protectors, vessels carrying life.
My favourite symbol of the female is the ocean.
I was born in South Africa, on the coast and I have always been drawn to the ocean or any body of water . The only vessel of water I hate to be in for long periods is my humble bath. I don’t like the idea of bathing in my own dirt. My partner calls my bath -‘Sheep dipping’ – A Yorkshire term.
It’s interesting how much power the ocean or or any body of liquid is. Us, humans are made up of a high percentage of water according to Science. Not a such mystery after all.
We can’t help being so powerful and alluring. Nature or God deemed it so and we have been suppressed from the very beginning.
We can come across as still waters run deep and then with one swell become a tidal wave of emotion. Our poor kings. We are a force to be reckoned with. No man has ever completely come away from an expedition in the ocean untouched and indifferent.
We still live in a society where man has this ‘love -hate’relationship with us ladies. They want to possess us but we are more likely to possess them. Not by some hex or curse but because of the fact that we are naturally made up of an element capable of soothing, cleansing, bathing or drowning.
Why is it that the female form deduced to monsters?
Well , according to the myth she was once a beautiful woman . She took a trip to her local virgin temple and was tending to Athena -goddess of virgins temple. Poseidon saw her and apparently she lay down with Poseidon in the virgin temple – some say she was raped. I wasn’t there so I can’t say for sure what did indeed happen.
A list from a God got her into the position where revenge was taken out on her by the jealous and unwavering sister of Poseidon , Athena. Her punishment was to be forever doomed to turn every thing she looked at into stone. I’m guessing she wasn’t popular on Valentines day .
Harsh or what?
It is true what they say’ God is a jealous God’ -all of them by the looks of it. 😀
The Dude -Poseidon just couldn’t keep it in his trousers. He is not doing any favours to break down the stereotypical navy man reputation of ‘Screw you and leave you for an even harsher mistress.’
Crazy ,that even today men who cheat on their women usually blame the other women and not the male. Our power is a threat.
Even down to our lovely Penelope -the epitome of the dutiful wife -not a monster but capable of using her wits to bide time to wait for Odysseus to return home.
There is a Hindi Goddess called ,Kali, -she is known as the dark mother- maternal figures are often feared. Damn right. Touch my child or anyone I love and you shall feel my wrath.
Let men fear us.
We are not a gender to suffer fools.
We are not going anywhere and we get more powerful with each generation.
Men need to know how to work as a team not all this Alpha wear wolf bullshit. 😉
So today we honour the female in all her beautiful forms.
Yes, thank you men for your seed so that we can grow life and nurture it , give it a home until it is ready to be born.
Motherhood is something pretty epic.
I guess it can look like some kind of magic.
Maybe not such a bad thing after all.
Who doesn’t need a tiny bit of magic in their lives?
I’ve been on Facebook and twitter this morning and came across this status update
“How can a Utopian exist in a Dystopia ?”
( author of source has rights to privacy without breeching any rights/ plagiarism)
“It can only exist for the minority and the ones at the top. One great way the elite create an illusion of Utopia is by conditioning.”
I get mentioned in a comment with this reply- from the author of the status update
“Maybe I have conjured up a perfect paradise in my mind. A place where there is love peace and happiness. A place where everyone works towards the betterment of everyone else. A place where people go out of there way to help and support each other. An environment where laws are just and true.
A place where truth, honour and justice is aspired by all.
A world where equality, brotherhood/sisterhood and fraternity is second nature.
A place where war and the wholesale slaughter and genocide is abhorrent and inconceivable to all the inhabitants of Utopia. T
he Utopian being born in this ideological setting then wakes up one day to find himself or herself trapped inside this present reality of modern day existenc”
I think: what an idealist- how can I respond ? My Brain is doing overtime.
“That place in your mind is a place in my mind of what I think would be the ‘perfect’ society. I don’t know why we need to suffer and why suffering continues to go on mercilessly.
I see so many FB posts of quotes about wanting to wake people up to what the governments of our world do, how we are slaves , To stand up and unite against all the injustice, the crime of pain . I have got bored of these posts for what is enlightenment without action?
I take small steps to not be so influenced by a world of decay and diseased minds and I am not talking about people with MH issues. We have been conditioned to be ignorant for so long that it has become an automatic default- we go to ignorance because it is exhausting to challenge our perceptions.
I still do it.
If this world we want existed how would we know we are happy ? Does suffering and evil have to be a package deal to experience or wish for something better? I don’t know the answer”
What do I think when I re- read these comments? is, what do we as a society symbolise ‘Freedom’ with?
If you can picture the generous extension of France’s ‘Statue of Liberty’ gift to symbolise the centenary of the American war of independence and a symbol of the solidarity of French and the American friendship?
The burning torch is the ultimate emblem of freedom. When I look at this statue and go back to all I have read about it’s true meaning. I see a darkness. I see lies. I see people thinking they are walking around with freedom, to be who they were born to be.
I’m trying to come across as really clever here :D, I studied ‘myth in the Greek and Roman worlds’ in Uni as one of my 30 credit modules. This symbol of fire goes back to Archaic times.
The myth of Prometheus – the Titan who made humans out of clay.
The Titan who went against the Gods and tricked them.
As punishment the Gods took fire away from the humans and he stole it back and gave it back to the humans. . In occult terms ,Prometheus would be associated with the name ‘Satan’ or ‘Lucifer’.
He betrayed the Gods and tempted to elevate humans to God-like status (in the context) of knowledge and free will. I use the term Satan and Lucifer in a metaphorical/philosophical way. He is the symbol of betrayal.
Helena Blavatsky explains in her classic occult work, The Secret Doctrine volume 2 (page 244) that, “The allegory of Prometheus, who steals the divine fire as to allow men to proceed consciously on the path of spiritual evolution, thus transforming the most perfect of animals on Earth into a potential god, and making him free to take the kingdom of heaven by violence.
Hence also, the curse pronounced by Zeus against Prometheus, and by Jehovah against his ‘rebellious son,’ Satan.”
I’m don’t wan’t this post to get too complicated.Here is a summary of my opinion of the duplicitous meanings of symbols of Freedom.
Freemasons/Illuminati – members, know the power of using symbols in business and in governments, to manipulate events so that these events go in favour for the select few. Guess who?
Read these quotes by Adam Weishaupt founder of the Illuminati ( he later said that he didn’t mean what he said)
“There must not a single purpose ever come in sight that is ambiguous, and that may betray our aims against religion and the state. One must speak sometimes one way and sometimes another, but so as never to contradict ourselves, and so that, with respect to our true way of thinking, we may be impenetrable.”
“This can be done in no other way but by secret associations, which will by degrees, and in silence, possess themselves of the government of the States, and make use of those means for this purpose.”
“The Order will, for its own sake, and therefore certainly, place every man in that situation in which he can be most effective. The pupils are convinced that the Order will rule the world. Every member therefore becomes a ruler.”
Us commoners are told that knowledge is power – yet they hide a large portion of that knowledge from us.
We are told:
Freedom is being able to vote democratically.
Freedom is wealth.
Wealth = happiness.
They don’t reveal how they use these symbols to condition us to thinking we are happy and successful. We are mere slaves and help a very small elite portion of the worlds population live,in an almost utopian life, of their making, creating a dystopia for the rest of us.
Most of us don’t know we are anything but free.
Think back to the decade before the roaring 20’s.
Victorian times – solemn ,sombre, emotions in check moderation, void of emotion.
Then, BOOM! The age of decadence arrives.
Diamonds become ‘A girls best friend’-worn by all the stars in Hollywood –
The film industry tells them to wear diamonds. Advertise them.
The message: If you love me -you will buy me a diamond because diamonds = wealth and success which makes me feel happy and loved.
When I am happy and loved I am truly free. There is nothing wrong with this statement
This was a well thought out and executed propaganda . The problem with the above statement is we still believe freedom comes from external things. Cast your mind to the slaves mining for diamonds under the watchful eye of the corrupt Congolese Dictatorship . Not so Utopian and free for all after all ?
Another symbol comes to mind when I think of Freedom. The dove. Here is a bit of information for you – ever heard of the term Augury?
The definition of augury is the practice of clairvoyancy by a prophet or oracle, or is a sign or harbinger of things to happen in the future.
An example of augury is a priest explaining a divine act.
An example of an augury might be the flight patterns of birds.
Remember knowledge is power. What greater power is their than predicting the future? There is no mystical bullshit – governments and people who have their own interests at heart, use the symbol of a Dove to signal that the future holds peace and love.
The dove represents peace of the deepest kind. It soothes and quiets our worried or troubled thoughts, enabling us to find renewal in the silence of the mind. The dove’s singing is most prevalent when the veils between the physical and spiritual worlds are thought to be at their thinnest – first thing in the morning and last thing at night – again representing a link between two divergent domains.
It is a Aldous Huxley -brave new world, brain washing, narcotic to numb us.
All is well with the world.
I could go on and on so I will summarise what I have learnt about these symbols of freedom.
In my opinion,
True freedom can only be found within oneself. So far the best answer to coming up with a solution to this problem, is denounce all modern society and live in Nature and become self sufficient and independent. I don’t see many people willing to give up their mobile phones, flashy cars, collection of fine wines , burn up a bunch of millions of dollars to live a life of true freedom.
A snake has the power to kill yet it can be’ hypnotised’ by a snake charmer…
Does a snake have ears? can it even hear music?
A snake has eyes and responds to what it sees.
What do you see and feel when you see the word FREEDOM?
After last nights melt down of a post, I finally managed to fall asleep. Thank you moon. The moon is often associated with our intuition,sleep and dreams. It is also connected with unconscious wishes. It’s the feminine to the masculine sun.
I received many supportive comments from from She bares all she can bear
It is an new day – a new a dawn – a new life’ Nina Simone.
So today I want to focus on symbols connected to out emotions and instinct.
Yes, I had a shit day yesterday. The beauty of life is: just like the moon will always make it’s appearance so shall the sun. Until the Apocalypse of course. 😀 I’m not suggesting that men equal happiness (sunshine) . Some do but so do women. :D. That’s my equality awareness comment out of the way.
Some see the moon as representing the soul. The moon has so much power over us. It controls the rain, the oceans tides, all four seasons.
There are 8 phases in the Lunar or moon cycle , we are currently in the third quarter of the moons phase. This is meant to be a time for letting go and to forgive. Time to clear the cobwebs from the mind ,tidy up and surrender to my emotions .
I understand now why my feelings have been jumping all over the place. It is interesting how I chose last night to share the post where I felt like I was going ‘mad’. My brain was feeling pressurised. I felt burdened. I felt like I had a myriad of thoughts stuck in the vortex of my mind and not enough resources to process them. The paper of my printed thoughts was jammed and the switch to turn it off was broken.
I need to get my shit together. Time to buy some new ink.The new moon is on it’s way and this will be a time for a fresh start. So no point ruminating over things I can’t change. I am already thinking about the things I need to do, what jobs I need to start. Training courses I need to prioritize. I need to shake out the dust of any excess useless energy leftovers. Only then I can move forward with confidence and make March a month where I achieve what I want to achieve. To use the moons power to aid me instead of being merely governed by it.
Last Quarter MoonNow is the time to let go, release, and forgive anything and everyone that you may feel has hurt you in any way. It is a time of emptying self and allowing the universe to take over or whomever you trust in your faith. It is out of your hands and no more action is needed from you.http://www.astrologizing.net/lunarcycle.html
Maybe I am scared of things being ‘taken out of my hands’ . I want to push forward but the natural cycle and rhythm of nature is compelling me to take no action . To rest, to find peace.
Something I struggle with a lot. I’ve never looked at my struggles in the context of symbolism before. It makes sense why I am exhausted and all over the place emotionally. Natures message is clear:
I need to prepare for the new moon and what I want to achieve.
Balsamic Moon Peace. This is the time to surrender, rest, and recuperate. No more thinking, planning, getting in your own way, or action of any kind; just peace. As the Moon slowly enters “the dark of the Moon,” we allow our visual minds to become dark, too, and still. Peace
I’m sure a few of you have heard the connection of our monthlies with the moon. Many moons ago women would retreat into their homes and take a kind of sabbatical. Doors closed with a huge -‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign hanging on the door knob. What a perfect time to tell people what is really on your mind and then we can blame it on the natural cycle of the moon. We can call it ‘Monthly madness truths’- what a great therapy technique, ne ce pas?
This is really interesting and a bit gross too but we are all adults? I started my monthlies yesterday so I am getting rid of physical and metaphorical debris. By the time the new moon arrives. I will once again have my fertility powers restored. I can create new life– again metaphorically or physical I wish Science would give Astrology more credit.
So what can message can we take away with us? Well,I have discovered from this post that I need to be more aware I am of my surroundings, what is happening not only within me but to also look and be more aware of what is going on outside of me. This knowledge can help guide me to focus and get the maximum results out of my life.
We never stop learning
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Once upon a time ( keeping in with the theme of love and in the hope that ‘Disney love’ can exist) people believed that painful symptoms of love were an actual physical and mental illness. I suppose that may be where the saying ‘She/he died of a broken heart’ came from.
In medieval times the images of a deer struck with an arrow through the heart, carrying herbs in it’s mouth was seen as an emblem of love sickness. The deer is seen as being a symbol with healing powers. People thought that they ate food with medicinal herbs.
The deer (particularly the doe, females) has the capacity for infinite generosity. Their heart rhythms pulse in soft waves of kindness. Match that graciousness by offering your trust to her. She will reward you by leading you to the most powerful spiritual medicine you can fathom.
What does this say about the animation ‘Bambi’? Hate or fear of pure love terrifies and tortures the mind of the common man/woman. Why are we so afraid of something as fragile and innocent and graceful as love?
Perhaps it is because heart ache taints the heart when broken.
Yet, how can love ever be tainted? Sorry I know this is a bit early in the morning to start getting philosophical ( 6 a.m.)
When I found my soul mate – I didn’t think he was my soul mate. I was telling the guy who did my tattoo yesterday of how I met my hubby -to-be-. Way back in 2009. I was on a night out and walked into a local pub and was struck by what I saw in front of my eyes. The most beautiful demi God humbly making drinks for customers. He was so far from my reach. I had to get closer but even then I shook off that initial gut reaction, I knew no matter how close I got to him, I would never reach him. He had long dark hair and funnily enough big soft brown Bambi like eyes with the longest lashes I have ever seen on a man. It looked like someone had stopped by and with a expert stroke of a brush painted the darkest and longest eyelashes I had ever seen on a man. Us, ladies pay to get extensions for these kind of lashes. I did everything I could to get him to pay me attention. I LOST ..
or did I?
The ‘Disney love tale’ version is 3 years later I walked into my friends living room and there was my deer- pure and serene- just chilling on the sofa. I forgot how to breathe. I felt impure. I felt hateful.
(The deer) It is often a sign not to be too hard on yourself. Still the voice of the self critic and treat yourself with gentleness and understanding, be yourself and continue along your path. Seek out your inner treasures and use them generously to help those around you. Trust that kindness and graciousness will be well received.
I was going to frighten him off like the proverbial ‘skittish dear’. This was a curse from Eros I thought.
That imp! With his silly games of the heart.
To fall in love with one and to not have that love reciprocated.
True Love cannot be pushed and forced.
Deer is a messenger of serenity, can see between shadows and hear what isn’t being said.
Deer teaches us to maintain our innocence and gentleness so we can share our open-heartedness with others.
As you know or may not know. All my fears were a bunch of bullshit and we are getting married in June 2016!
So fairy tales do happen – but there is a lot more hard work involved going on behind the scenes than a simple magic glass slipper, a kiss of life and the rest. Love needs nurture, to be fed and to be cultivated. It needs a pure heart and transparency.
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Why so many myths about giants?
What do they represent to us symbolically? When we are children the first giants we meet are usually our parents. I can remember how terrified I was when my Mom got angry. She wasn’t being cruel but her anger was volumized because of her physical body and presence. People who get attacked or raped usually describe their attackers as bigger than they are in real life ( if they get caught)
Giants are always in a shit mood. All those anger issues -Sheesh. So uncontrolled, so …. uncivilised. They intimidate with their brute force. Giants are not usually seen to be as the smartest of creatures. Famous myths usually depict Heroes like David in ‘‘DAVID AND GOLIATH’ and Odyssey’s little meeting with CYCLOPS, as only being able to defeat these creatures by using their wits. Thinking on their feet literally.
David has his sling shot and Odysseys? well he gets a rather hospitable greeting with Polyphemus- the Cyclops- throwing rocks at him!
How uncouth ;).
What does our hero do to the one eyed monster? He jabs him in the eye and then flees with his crew mates. One step closer to being reunited with his dutiful and faithful Penelope- who also has had to use her wits in the many years her husband has been sparring at sea. but that is a whole other post and story.
So do GIANTS show us that Wisdom always overcomes Ignorance? Harry potter didn’t do so bad. What does this say about huge multi corporation industries(oil, guns trade, drugs trade, most governments) who in ignorance will do anything to protect their own agenda and interests – bullying , control , destroy the earth even? These are the giant monster of today. I don’t see any one hero coming to our home to rescue it and us; but us folk who stand together and use our wits, can bring down the biggest and scariest of monsters. We just need to over come our fear.
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The labyrinth is a Jungian symbol of the unconscious, the journey through the maze stands fro the enigma of discovery of ‘the Self’. This ties in with rituals and myths in which a cave is a symbol for creepy tunnels of exploration for the quest for knowledge or the hope to exit the cave metamorphosed.
The Labyrinth represents both a journey to our own centre and back out again into the world… at the same time as acting as a metaphor for the path we walk throughout our lives.
A famous Greek myth about a labyrinth is Theseus and the Minotaur .
The famous writer, Silvia Plath uses the symbol of a cave twice in her poem, Nick and the Candlestick . I was drawn to this poem after I had an Abortion in 2009. I was full of regret and I was doing my my final project for my 2 year study of my foundation degree in’ Acting Performance.’ I didn’t know it’s meaning but I connected with it immediately. It is only recently that I have researched possible meanings to this poem and startlingly it is seen as a poem that Sylvia wrote when she was pregnant. The tone of the poem suggests she rejects this baby. Sees it as an invasion of her body.
The cave appears to be a symbol of her womb.
I am a miner. The light burns blue.
Drip and thicken, tears
The earthen womb
Exudes from its dead boredom.
Black bat airs
Wrap me, raggy shawls,
They weld to me like plums.
Old CAVE of calcium
Icicles, old echoer.
Even the newts are white,
Those holy Joes.
And the fish, the fish—
Christ! they are panes of ice,
A vice of knives,
Its first communion out of my live toes.
Gulps and recovers its small altitude,
Its yellows hearten.
O love, how did you get here?
Remembering, even in sleep,
Your crossed position.
The blood blooms clean
In you, ruby.
You wake to is not yours.
I have hung our CAVE with roses,
With soft rugs—
The last of Victoriana.
Let the stars
Plummet to their dark address,
Let the mercuric
Atoms that cripple drip
Into the terrible well,
You are the one
Solid the spaces lean on, envious.
You are the baby in the barn.
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Monday – a perfect excuse for a short rant. I’m a massive fan of The Originals series. Watched 10 episodes of season three on Saturday – DATE NIGHT – in the Willows household.
It’s a supernatural series so inevitably tarot cards would eventually pop up. What pisses me off is the ‘death’ card; is always seen as the symbolic message that bad things are about to happen for the characters. This applies to every series and movie that uses this symbol to imply upcoming doom and gloom. I know it’s the movie industries way of collectively connecting the viewer. I’m still going to rant and give you a lesson in the true meaning of the ‘Death’ grim reaper symbol used in Tarot card decks.
When I used to read Tarot cards, I didn’t see them as something mystical but something more scientific. -more psychological.
“The most powerful sources of information come from within; the Tarot aids in coming in contact with one’s Higher Self.THE HERMETIC ORDER OF THE GOLDEN DAWN
Jung believed that the “collective unconsciousness is the foundation of what the ancients called ‘the sympathy of all things'”. For Jung, the human psyche lived in three separate parts: the conscious, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. Archetypes, powerful universal figures and symbols live in the personal and collective unconscious, shaping our perceptions and experiences.http://indigointentions.com/modern_psychology_tarot.htm
The Tarot is divided into Major and Minor arcana- There are 22 Major arcana which draws on Archetypes- death being but one. For more information UNDERSTANDING TAROT CARDS
*TAROT CARDS ARE NOT EVEN MEANT TO BE USED TO PREDICT THE FUTURE*
In a Tarot reading, these powerful archetypes work together to create a pattern or a message that allows the questioner to understand and sort out their difficulties. Like many other oracles, their powerful symbols can also demonstrate to the reader the feelings or ideas that are lurking just below the surface of their conscious mind. The symbolism of the Tarot can be a gentler way to bring the questioner in touch with feelings they may be refusing to acknowledge.http://indigointentions.com/modern_psychology_tarot.htm
Archetypes can help a reader makes sense of the symbols in their life. It can be a therapeutic method identifying with an Archetype -a person can understand more about their situation and know how to bring out their symbolic strengths and be aware of their symbolic weaknesses.
We all have the ability to be a Warrior, Magician or Mother- archetypes evolve as we do.http://indigointentions.com/modern_psychology_tarot.html
So what does the DEATH archetype mean?
Major Arcana:DeathThe image of Death can be celebrated or feared depending on your culture or custom. Viewed by some as a punishment and others are a natural part of life, Death (and the Grim Reaper) are symbols that have very strong reactions. Whether you see Death as a force to be fought against or as a marker of change, there is no denying that transformation and renewal are a part of Death.Many modern Tarot decks have changed the name of the 13 card in the Major Arcana from Death to Transformation to make it less worrisome. Whether you view Death as an ending or a time of change, there is still the pain of letting things go and the excitement of new opportunities.