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Friday, April 4, 2008

Lotus, Symbol of the Goddess


From Barbara Walker's "A Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets." (Image: not from Walker - Nakht and wife holding water lily, a large water lily also to the right of the couple, resting on the offering table, another water lily wrapped around Nakht's wife's right wrist, also notice the lotus intertwined with the pilar to the far right - that is classic. Nakht's tomb, ancient Egypt - the symbolism will become apparent when you read the entry below!)

Lotus
Asia's primary symbol of the yoni (vulva), often personified as the Goddes Padma, "Lotus," also known as Cunti, Lakshmi, or Shakti.

The central phrase of Tantrism, Om mani padme hum, meant the Jewel (male) in the Lotus (female), with interlocking connotations, the penis in the vagina, the fetus in the womb, the corpse in the earth, the God in the Goddess representing all of these.(1)

The father-god Brahma claimed to be a universal creator, nevertheless, he was styled "Lotus-born," for he arose from the primal Goddess's yoni. Egypt's father-god Ra also claimed to be a creator but owed his existence to the Goddess called "great world lotus flower, out of which rose the sun for the first time at the creation."(2)

Virtually all Egyptian Goddess-forms were symbolized by the lotus.(3) Pharaohs were sexually united with the World Lotus to achieve rebirth after death. The funeral hymn of Unas declared that he "had union with the goddess Mut, Unas hath drawn unto himself the flame of Isis, Unas hath united himself to the lotus."(4)

One way of uniting oneself with the lotus was the custom of ritual cunnilingus, widely practiced throughout the east as communion with the feminine life-principle.(5) This was probably the true meaning of the Land of Lotus-Easters visited by Odysseus and his crew. The sensual Land of the Lotus-Easters was described as a tropical place beyond the southern sea, which could apply to any land from Egypt to India.(6)

Ascetic Jain Buddhism tried to eradicate the lotus symbol because of its erotic implications. Nevertheless, a few centuries after Buddha's time, the most prominent figures on Buddhist monuments was again Padma, openly displaying her genital lotus.(7) A similar resurgence of erotic imagery overtook ascetic Christianity, when "obscene" figures proliferated in cathedrals and chruches, for example the Irish shelia-na-gig.

Most Oriental mystics held that spiritual knowledge began with carnal knowledge. The lotus was the Goddess's gate, and sex was the Way through the gate to her inner mysteries. With proper sexual exercises, a true sage might achieve the final flowering of revelation described as the thousand-petaled lotus of invisible light emanting from the top of the head after ascending the spinal chakras from the pelvis.

Worshippers of Vishnu sometimes painted their god as the source of the World Lotus, which grew on a long stem from his navel. But since "the primary reference of the lotus in India has always been the goddess Padma, 'Lotus,' whose body itself is the universe, the long stem from navel to lotus should properly connote an umbilical cord through which the flow of energy would be running from the goddess to the god, mother to child, not the other way."(8) Some Hindu cosmogonies saw the whole world as the lotus flower, with seven petals representing the seven divisions of the heavens where the cities and palaces of the god were located.(9)

In the Middle East, the lotus was lilu, or lily.(10) It was the flower of Lilith, the Sumero-Babylonian earth mother claimed by the Jews as Adam's first wife. The three-lobed lily or fleu-de-lis, like the shamrock, one stood for the Triple Goddess's three yonis, which is why the lily was sacred to the trune Queen of Heaven. The Blessed Virgin Juno conceived her savior-son Mars by the lily, and the same flower was adopted as a conception-charm of the Blessed Virgin Mary.(11) When Isis was assimilated to the burgeoning legends of the Virgin, her Egyptian images held the phallic cross in one hand, the female lotus seed-vessel in the other, like the Goddess shown on the Isiac Table.(12)

Notes:
(1) Rawson, E.A., 151.
(2) Budge, G.E., 1, 473.
(3) Angus, 139.
(4) Budge, G.E., 2, 32.
(5) Rawson, E.A., 103.
(6) Thomson, 176.
(7) Campbell, Or. M., 301.
(8) Campbell, Oc.M., 157.
(9) Lethaby, 124-25.
(10) Summers, V., 226.
(11) Simons, 103.
(12) Knight, D.W.P., 50.
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About ancient Egypt, the symbol of the lotus figured greatly in tomb art and official carvings, as far as I can tell, from the earliest pre-dynastic days right through to the final collapse of the ancient Egyptian identity, beginning with the destruction of the last of the old temples by the Christians in about 400 CE or so and then the onslaught of the Mohammedists in the 7th century CE. An ancient Egyptian god, Nefertem, who was later personified as the god of perfume (scent), wore a lotus on his head and engendered physical characteristics of both male and female (like the Indian gods so often do), appearing as a hermaphrodite. See Caroline Seawright's excellent short piece, "Nefertem, God of Perfume, Water Lily of the Sun..." for information. See also "Nefertem, Ancient Lord of Perfume" at Tour Egypt.

What was the Isiac Table?

According to the Theosophical Society (yes, they still exist):
Isiac table: Spiritual Theosophical Dictionary on Isiac table
Isiac table. A true monument of Egyptian art. It represents the goddess Isis under many of her aspects. The Jesuit Kircher describes it as a table of copper overlaid with black enamel and silver incrustations. It was in the possession of Cardinal Bembo, and therefore called "Tabula Bembina sive Mensa Isiaca ". Under this title it is described by W. Wynn Westcott, M.B., who gives its "History and Occult Significance" in an extremely interesting and learned volume (with photographs and illustrations). The tablet was believed to have been a votive offering to Isis in one of her numerous temples. At the sack of Rome in 1525, it came into the possession of a soldier who sold it to Cardinal Bembo. Then it passed to the Duke of Mantua in 1630, when it was lost.

(See also: Isiac table, Theosophy, Spirituality, Body mind and Soul, Spiritual Dictionary)

But, according to information at Sacred Texts (under entry "The Bembine Table of Isis"), the Table (tablet) was NOT lost/destroyed! There is also a enlargeable line drawing of the Table which would take days to try and decipher - I see so many interesting things in it! Wow. Who knew? I sure didn't and I've been studying this stuff since 1999!

Added 4/5/08 - from Isis:
I read the article about the Lotus, and I thought you might like to know that the famous blue lotus of Egypt, now exstinct, had aphrodesiac properties...Pharmacologists test dryed lotus from tombs and discovered that the lotus was a form of natural Viagra. The Egyptians would soak the lotus in wine to extract the lotus viagra.

Friday, 17 August 2012

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Thursday, 9 August 2012


When extensions go wrong: Naomi Campbell displays shocking bald patches after years of wearing weaves

As one of the world's foremost supermodels, Naomi Campbell rarely looks anything other than picture perfect.
But it was a different story for the 42-year-old beauty as she enjoyed a holiday in Ibiza earlier this week.
With her hair pulled back in a ponytail, Naomi revealed her incredibly receding hairline, the result of her over-reliance on hair extensions and weaves for most of her modelling career. 
When extensions go wrong: Naomi Campbell displayed shocking bald patches as she holidayed in Ibiza earlier this week
When extensions go wrong: Naomi Campbell displayed shocking bald patches as she holidayed in Ibiza earlier this week
Sparking concern: It is thought Naomi is suffering from traction alopecia - a hair loss condition caused by the use of too many extensions
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Sparking concern: t Naomi could be suffering from traction alopecia - a hair loss condition caused by the overuse of extensions
Back in the day: Naomi's hair looked much healthier at the beginning of her career
Back in the day: Naomi's hair looked much healthier at the beginning of her career
And while Naomi still looked in great shape in her patterned bikini, all attention was focused on her hairline, with her exposed scalp causing concern.
This is not the first time Naomi has sparked concern with her thinning hair, with experts saying she is suffering from traction alopecia - hair loss caused by the use of extensions.
The supermodel, originally from Streatham, South London, has worn straight extensions over her naturally curly hair for a number of years.
Traction alopecia occurs when the extensions pull on the natural hair causing it to break, and usually affects the hairline just above the forehead or the sides, where the hair is weaker.
It can take between three months to a year for hair to grow back in moderate cases. 
But if the pulling continues the hair will never grow back and the only option is a hair transplant.
Stars including Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears and Alexandra Burke are all reported to have suffered traction alopecia as a result of hair extensions.
Soaking up the sunshine: Naomi looked in great shape in the patterned bikini but all the attention was on her receding hairline
Still looking super: Naomi looked in great shape in the patterned bikini, a more revealing choice than Naomi's usual glamorous evening gowns
Still looking super: Naomi looked in great shape in the patterned bikini, a more revealing choice than Naomi's usual glamorous evening gowns
Celebrity hair extensions expert Tatiana Karelina, who counts famous faces including Danielle O'Hara, Stacey Solomon and Lauren Goodger among her clients, said of Naomi's condition: 'The interesting thing to note is that traction alopecia doesn't progress like other hair diseases. 
'At the initial stages it is reversible but prolonged tension may destroys the hair follicles and will not re-grow under any circumstances.
'It is unclear from the pictures if Naomi's condition is permanent but given the time that has passed since she was first spotted with this condition it is more than likely that the damage she has suffered is permanent.'
Is it my go now? Naomi looked on eagerly as preparations were made for her to go diving off the side of the ship
Is it my go now? Naomi looked on eagerly as preparations were made for her to go diving off the side of the ship
Taking a dip: Naomi lowered herself into the sea as she got ready for her underwater expedition
Taking a dip: Naomi lowered herself into the sea as she got ready for her underwater expedition
Back on board: Naomi appeared to have enjoyed herself as she got back on the vessel after the trip
Back on board: Naomi appeared to have enjoyed herself as she got back on the vessel after the trip
Tatiana added to MailOnline: 'Hair extensions, when done properly, can give amazing results, but when done with no care for natural hair in some cases it can leave the follicles and your own hair damaged beyond repair.
'Heavy extensions can literally pull the follicles out over time, some glue extensions, tight weaves and elastic bands can create and enhance patches of baldness on the scalp. 
'Putting glue in your hair is similar to putting gum in it. It's going to be hard to get out and even with the best removers some hairs will get pulled out leaving you with broken hair, damage and in some cases balding.'
Easy rider: Naomi's boyfriend Vladislav Doronin showed off his jetskiing skills during the holiday
Easy rider: Naomi's boyfriend Vladislav Doronin showed off his jetskiing skills during the holiday
Cooling down: Vladimir looked back to check on his girlfriend as the pair enjoyed a quick swim
Cooling down: Vladimir looked back to check on his girlfriend as the pair enjoyed a quick swim


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2185897/Naomi-Campbells-shocking-bald-patches-years-relying-hair-extensions.html#ixzz235UzRlay

Monday, 30 July 2012



Metaphysics: Defined
Metaphysic comes from 2 words, the word “meta” meaning  “beyond”. So and "physics"  meaning "the study of the material world." The practice of metaphysics means “beyond physics.” Metaphysics is considered to be a branch of philosophy that examines the fundamental nature of life itself. Metaphysics examines life and all of its myriad aspects from the perspective of one who asks questions that go beyond the limited scope of science itself.
 
Metaphysics as a discipline, was a central part of scholarly education even before the age of Aristotle who considered it "the Queen of Sciences." Its issues were considered by the masses  to be no less important than the other main formal subjects like physical science, medicine, and mathematics. Eventually, metaphysics grew to encompass the philosophy of religion where it continues to thrive to this day.Unfortunately, by the 18th century, people began to ask “how do you know that?” This change in the direction of questioning lead to what is now known as modern day science.




So what does it mean to go “beyond physics”? This concept, considered crazy talk in some circles, encourages the student tolook behind the veil, to explore every idea, to examine new ways of looking at any subject. More than that, we take these ideas and we test them, we put them into practice, and we seek to live on the cutting edge of physics and metaphysics in a way that shakes up traditional thinking.  


So you must ask yourself, is this YOU? Are you the kind of person who sees the world through different eyes? Are you the kind of person who wants to take these new ideas, put them into action, and make the world a better place?

Monday, 16 July 2012


Religion in Ancient Egypt: The Gods and Goddesses

the Gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt
There were an incredible number of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Egypt, one for almost every situation and place. Many of the Gods began as local deities and were later organised and merged with others to form either a Triad or an Ennead (nine). There were several large schools of theological thought in Egypt, and each proclaimed its superiority over the others. A ruling dynasty would often promote their chief local god to the chief national god. For example,Amun (associated with Thebes) did not become a major deity until the shift of power to Thebes in the Middle Kingdom.
Many of Ancient Egypt's Gods and Goddesses share characteristics and epithets at different times in history. For example, Sekhmet (the lion Goddess of Memphis), MutTefnut and Hathor are all given the title 'the Eye of Ra' and given the task of protecting the sun god. There is often confusion about the different gods known as Horus. For example, Horus the elder was often thought to be the consort of Hathor, while Horus the younger was the son of Isisand Osiris. This is unsurprising given that the Egyptian civilisation survived for over three thousand years, and the religious system was constantly evolving.
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In pre-dynastic times, religion was largely animistic (they considered certain animals, plants and geographic features to be the homes of spirits). Many Ancient Egyptian gods are represented by totemic animals based on the ancient understanding of the role or characteristic of the animal. For example, Anubis (the Jackal) was associated with the dead and funeral arrangements because jackals were often seen on the edge of the desert where the Egyptians were buried. It was considered that the jackals guarded the souls of the deceased. As the Egyptians were dependent on the flooding of the life-giving Nile, it is hardly surprising that water deities (such as Hapi and Aunket) and agricultural deities (such as Osiris) would be popular. As their civilisation developed, the gods of Ancient Egypt took more human form and multiplied in number. Cosmological deities (such as the sun and moon) and gods of warfare and hunting soon followed.
Even during the "Atenist heresy" of the Armarna period (when Akhenaten rejected the old gods in favour of the Aten disk) Egypt was not fully monotheistic. Akhenaten himself claimed he would maintain the cult of the Apis bull and representations of Bes (the god of childbirth) were found in his capital city. Furthermore, he and his queen, Nefertitiwere often likened to Shu and Tefnut. However, it is clear that monotheistic Christianity adopted, modified and simplified many of the symbols and myths of the ancient polytheistic religions, in particular that of the Egyptians.
The god's names





Ancient Egyptian Goddesses

AmentetAmmitAnatAnputAnuket (Anukis)BastBatHathorHatmehytHededetHemsutHeqet, Heret-Kau, Hesat,IabetIsis (Isis and Ra,Isis and OsirisIsis and the seven scorpionsIsis and associated goddesses), KauketKebechetMa'at, Mafdet, Mehet-weret, Menhet (Menhit)MeretsegerMeskhenetMutNaunetNehmetawyNekhbetNeithNephthysNut,QadeshRenenutetRenpetSatet (Satis)SekhmetSeshatSerqet (Selkit), Shepset, Shesmetet, Sopdet (Sothis), Ta-bitjet, Tasenetofret, TaweretTayetTefnutTjenenetWadjetWeret-hekau (Urthekau), Wosret 





Ancient Egyptian Gods

Ahy (Ihy)AkenAkerAm-hehAmunAndjetyAnhur/Onuris(Arensnuphis)AnubisApep (Apophis), As, AtenAtum, Auf,BanebdjedBesGebHapiHeka (Hike)Heryshef, Hu, Horus (Horus the ElderHorus Behedet/ Horus of EdfuHorus son of IsisHorakhtyHoremakhetKhentykhem), ImiutKhentiamentiuKhepri (Kheper)Kherty (Cherti)KhonsuKhnumKuk,Maahes (Mihos)MaahafMinMontuNefertum, Nehebkau, Nun, Opet, Osiris, Panebtawny, PtahRa (Re)ReshepSahu,Serapis (Sarapis)SepaSet, Shemsu, Sia, ShaiShuSobekSokarSopdu (Sopedu), Tatenen, Thoth, Weneg, Wepwawet, Yamm, Yah 

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