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PAGAN CREATIONS: GODDESS SYMBOLS-SERPENT

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The Serpent is one of the first Goddess symbols. Serpents are mysterious creatures. They dwell in the dark inner Earth and sunlit outer Earth equally - crossing the borders between the worlds. They move with the fluidity of water. In ancient times, it was believed that snakes never died of age, but shed their old skins and were reborn.

Serpents are ancient Goddess symbols, for all these reasons, and many more … They have been identified from time immemorial as the Consciousness and Will of the Divine, which creates all life and guides humanity to the realization of its spiritual potential.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The serpent represents the Feminine Spiritual Energy. This is the Kundalini - the Goddess Within. This life energy lies essentially dormant in most people. It seems to awaken spontaneously, to some degree, in women during menopause and childbirth.

The Serpent has a long and fascinating history of worship and supernatural struggle between the Gods and Goddesses.

Even in Gnostic Judaism and Gnostic Christianity, the Serpent was revered as Divine.

There is also a connection between the serpent and the mysterious and magical DNA molecules. This Rainbow Serpent is worshiped in many forms, all over the world, by shamanic cultures.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Goddess has been celebrated in the serpentine motions of belly dance, for millennia, despite efforts to stamp it out and defame the women who practiced it. This is a practice that is gaining great popularity again, as the Goddess becomes honored once more.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-ITALIAN HORN (ALSO KNOWN AS THE CORNO)

The cornuto, corno, or cornicello is an Italian amulet of ancient origin. Corno means “horn” and cornicello means “little horn” – these names refer to a long, gently twisted horn-shaped amulet worn in Italy to protect against the evil eye微笑棋牌现金版下载. Cornicelli are usually carved out of red coral or made of gold or silver. The type of horn they are intended to copy is not a curled-over sheep horn or goat horn but rather like the twisted horn of an African eland or something similar. Over the years they have become rather stylized and now look less like a natural animal horn than they once did. A regionally popular amulet, they are primarily found in Italy and in America among descendants of Italian immigrants.

These little horns (like the horns of all horned animals) are presumed to have once been sacred to the Old European moon goddess, before the rise of Christianity. Some modern evangelical Catholics disparage the continued use of cornicelli among Italian Catholics and refer to them as “Satan’s horns” or “Lucifer’s horns” but this is absolutely nonsense, as they were always seen as the horns of the moon goddess – and hence, in Catholic symbolism, would be related to the Virgin Mary, who is shown standing on a lunar crescent.

The Neapolitan custom of making cornuto charms from silver (formerly sacred to the moon goddess Luna) and blood coral (formerly sacred to the sea goddess Venus) hints at the cultural survival of a link between the horned animal head and ancient worship of a neolithic-era mother- or fertility-goddess whose consort was a male deity sometimes called the Horned God.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-INFINITY

Infinity. Ouroboros. The Auryn. Neverending Story. This symbol appears in many other cultures depicting similar shapes and meanings. In mythology, the Oroborus is a symbol representing the Milky Way galaxy. In Gnosticism and alchemy representing cyclical natural life and the fusion of opposites. It also symbolizes the transcendence of duality. It represents the spirit of Mercury (the substance that permeates all matter)

The infinity sign, the figure of eight, and the mathematical lemniscate all refer to the same shape that contains a wealth of complex meaning within its fluid lines. This mysterious symbol is found on an everyday object, the camera, where it appears as the infinity微笑棋牌现金版下载 lens focus.

As a mathematical device, the infinity sign was first “discovered” in 1655 by John Wallis, but its significance as a religious symbol is much older. The infinity sign has its origins in the Arabic numerals that actually came from India in the first place. The sign can be drawn in one continuous movement, making a seesaw movement of clockwise and counterclockwise loops. These loops reflect the balance of opposites; male and female,day and night,dark and light.

Because the circles of the lemniscate sit side by side, the sign implies equality between these opposing forces, with the connecting point in the center the convergent point. The sign epitomizes the idea of sexual union and of “two becoming one.” The infinity微笑棋牌现金版下载 sign stands for wholeness and completion.

The lemniscate appears in the elaborate curlicues in Arabic calligraphic renderings of the Name of God; the elegant loops providing a decorative device as well as pointing toward the idea of eternity.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-HORNED HAND

The sign of the horns is a hand gesture with a variety of meanings and uses in various cultures. It is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers微笑棋牌现金版下载 down with the thumb.

Its earliest use can be seen in India, as a gesture very commonly used by Gautama Buddha as Karana Mudra which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative thoughts. The same usage can be seen in Italy and Mediterranean culture as well where, when confronted with unfortunate events, or simply when these events are mentioned, the sign of the horns may be given to ward off bad luck. It is also used traditionally to counter or ward off the “evil eye” (malocchio).

With fingers down, it is a common apotropaic gesture, by which people seek protection in unlucky situations (It is a more Mediterranean equivalent of knocking on wood). Thus, for example, the President of the Italian Republic, Giovanni Leone, shocked the country when, while in Naples during an outbreak of cholera, he shook the hands of patients with one hand while with the other behind his back he made the corna. This act was well documented by the journalists and photographers who were right behind him, a fact that had escaped President Leone’s mind in that moment. In Italy, one can also “touch iron” (tocca ferro) or touch one’s nose. Males in Italy and some other countries may grab their testicles微笑棋牌现金版下载 when confronted by bad luck; however, this is considered more vulgar.

In Peru one says contra (against). In the Dominican Republic the expression is zafa, said against curses known as fukú. All of these gestures are meant to conjure supernatural protection.

The sign of the horns is used to represented the Horned God of Wicca in Neopaganism.

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PAGAN CREATIONS

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ASTROLOGY ASPIRATIONS

EIGHTH SIGN OF THE ZODIAC-SCORPIO

Dates: October 24 - November 22

Eighth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Scorpion

Birthstone of Scorpio: Topaz

Alternate Birthstones of Scorpio: Beryl, Opal, Amethyst, Aquamarine and Tourmaline

Ruling Planet of Scorpio: Pluto

Ruling Element of Scorpio: Water

The Zodiac sign of Scorpio represents the placement in the sky where the sun was during the time of birth and, in the case of Scorpio, influences people who were born between the dates of October 24 - November 22. The Zodiac sign of Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, one of the planets in the Solar system. The planet Pluto rules over the gemstone, or birthstone Topaz. The Topaz has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities. The Topaz gemstone, or birthstone assigned to Scorpio is believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics of those born under the astrological sign of Scorpio.

Scorpio (the sign of the Scorpion) is the eighth sign of the Zodiac, influencing people born between October 24 - November 22. The Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are associated with growth processes, identification and emotion. Combined with other elements, water feels that fire will make it boil, air will evaporate it, but earth will shape and channel it.

Positive Characteristics and Personality Traits:

  • Focused

  • Determined

  • Emotional

  • Hypnotic

  • Complex

Negative Traits:

  • Jealous

  • Possessive

  • Stubborn

  • Cruel

  • Capable of hurting feelings

The birthstone for Scorpio is the Topaz. The Zodiac sign of Scorpio also responds to Beryl, Amethyst,  Aquamarine, Tourmaline and Opal. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Topaz is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Pluto with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem.

The properties with which the Topaz, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Scorpio, is associated are as follows:

  • Constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and friendship

  • Strength, releasing tension and balancing emotions

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-HAMSA

The hamsa (Arabic: خمسةkhamsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. “five”) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. In Islam, it is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad’s daughter Fatima Zahra微笑棋牌现金版下载 (c. 605 or 615– 633).

The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye. One of the most common components of gold and silver jewellery in the region, historically and traditionally, it was most commonly carved in jet微笑棋牌现金版下载 or formed from silver, a metal believed to represent purity and hold magical properties. It is also painted in red (sometimes using the blood of a sacrificed animal) on the walls of houses for protection, or painted or hung on the doorways of rooms, such as those of an expectant mother or new baby. The hand can be depicted with the fingers spread apart to ward off evil, or as closed together to bring good luck. Highly stylized versions may be difficult to recognize as hands, and can consist of five circles representing the fingers, situated around a central circle representing the palm. It symbolizes the Five Pillars of Islam for Sunnis, and the Five People of the Cloak for Shi'ites.

Used to protect against evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause illness, death, or just general unluckiness, hamsas often contain an eye symbol. Depictions of the hand, the eye, or the number five in Arabic (and Berber) tradition are related to warding off the evil eye, as exemplified in the saying khamsa fi ainek (“five [fingers] in your eye”). Raising one’s right hand with the palm showing and the fingers slightly apart is part of this curse meant “to blind the aggressor.” Another formula uttered against the evil eye in Arabic, but without hand gestures, is khamsa wa-khamis (“five and Thursday”). As the fifth day of the week, Thursday is considered a good day for magic rites and pilgrimages to the tombs of revered saints to counteract the effects of the evil eye.

The number five in Islam is connected to the open hand, the pentagram of the five senses, marriage, the Five Pillars of Islam, the five daily prayers, and the hand of Fatima. Sufi staffs or poles are often topped with a khamsa. Among Shiites, the fingers of the hand of Fatima also represent the ‘five holy persons’ of Muhammed’s family: Muhammed, Fatima, Ali, Hassan, and Hussein. Ali’s name or those of all of The Twelve Imams are sometimes engraved on metal Hands of Fatima. Hamsas can also include a heart, a hexagram, or the word Allah微笑棋牌现金版下载 inscribed in the palm of the hand.

Due to its significance in both Arabic and Berber culture, the hamsa is one of the national symbols of Algeria and appears in its emblem. It is also the most popular among the different amulets (such as the Eye and the Hirz—a silver box containing verses of the Quran) for warding off the evil eye in Egypt. Egyptian women who live in baladi (“traditional”) urban quarters often make khamaysa which are amulets made up of five (khamsa) objects to attach to their children’s hair or black aprons. The five objects can be made of peppers, hands, circles, or stars hanging from hooks.

After the establishment of the State of Israel, the widespread use of the talisman by Jews from Islamic countries was considered a sign of 'Easternness’, looked down upon in the Eurocentric Ashkenazi cultural milieu that dominated.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-FROG

Egyptian Mythology:

To the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile, which brought fertility to the otherwise barren lands. Consequently, in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a frog-goddess, who represented fertility, named Heget (also Heqet, Heket), meaning frog. Heget was usually depicted as a frog, or a woman with a frog’s head, or more rarely as a frog on the end of a phallus to explicitly indicate her association with fertility.

The Ogdoad are the eight deities worshiped in Hermopolis. They were arranged in four male-female pairs, with the males associated with frogs, and the females with snakes

Hapy, was a deification of the annual flood of the Nile River, in Egyptian mythology, which deposited rich silt on the banks, allowing the Egyptians to grow crops. In Lower Egypt, he was adorned with papyrus plants, and attended by frogs, present in the region, and symbols of it.

The Biblical plague of frogs sent to curse ancient Egypt, like the nature of the other plagues, was intended to show the sovereignty of the God of Moses over the gods of Egypt.

Ancient Greece and Rome:

The Greeks and Romans associated frogs with fertility and harmony, and with licentiousness in association with Aphrodite.

  • The combat between the Frogs and the Mice (Batrachomyomachia) was a mock epic, commonly attributed to Homer.

  • The Frogs Who Desired a King is a fable, attributed to Aesop. The Frogs prayed to Zeus微笑棋牌现金版下载 asking for a King. Zeus set up a log to be their monarch. The Frogs protested they wanted a fierce and terrible king, not a mere figurehead. So Zeus sent them a Stork to be their king. The new king hunted and devoured his subjects (as many human kings also do).

  • The Frogs is a comic play by Aristophanes. The choir of frogs sings the famous line: “Brekekekex koax koax.”

Ancient China:

The frog represents the lunar yin, and the Frog spirit Ch'ing-Wa Sheng is associated with healing and good fortune in business, although a frog in a well is symbolic of a person lacking in understanding and vision.

Indochina:

To Vietnamese people, toad is the uncle of the Sky. According to a Vietnamese ancient story, whenever toads grind their teeth, it is going to rain.

South America:

The Moche people of ancient Peru微笑棋牌现金版下载 worshiped animals and often depicted toads in their art.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-FISH

Symbolic Meaning

An early circular ichthys symbol, created by combining the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥΣ, Ephesus.

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) is an acronym/acrostic for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ”, (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”.

  • Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for “Jesus”.

  • Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for “anointed”.

  • Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεου), Greek for “God’s”, the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos微笑棋牌现金版下载, Greek for “God”.

  • Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)uios (Υἱός), Greek for “Son”.

  • Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for “Savior”.

This explanation is given among others by Augustine in his Civitate Dei, where he notes that the generating sentence “ Ἰησοῦς Χρειστὸς [sic] Θεοῦ Υἱὸς Σωτήρ” has 27 letters, i.e. 3 x 3 x 3, which in that age indicated power. Augustine quotes also an ancient text from the Sibylline oracles whose verses are an acrostic微笑棋牌现金版下载 of the generating sentence.

Historians say the 20th-century use of the ichthys motif is an adaptation based on an Early Christian symbol which included a small cross for the eye or the Greek letters “ΙΧΘΥΣ”.

A fourth century A.D. adaptation of ichthys as a wheel contains the letters ΙΧΘΥΣ superimposed such that the result resembles an eight-spoked wheel.

Fish in the Gospels

Fish are mentioned and given symbolic meaning several times in the Gospels. Several of Jesus’ twelve Apostles were fishermen. He commissions them with the words “I will make you fishers of men”.

Having resurrected, Jesus is offered some broiled fish and honeycomb in Luke 24:41-43.

At the feeding of the five thousand, a boy is brought to Jesus with “five small loaves and two fish”. The question is asked, “But what are they, among so many?” Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish to feed the multitude. In Matthew 13:47-50, the Parable of Drawing in the Net, Jesus compares God’s decision on who will go to heaven or to hell (“the fiery furnace”) at the end of this world to fishers sorting out their catch, keeping the good fish and throwing the bad fish away. In John 21:11, it is related that the disciples fished all night but caught nothing. Jesus instructed them to cast the nets on the other side of the boat, and they drew in 153 fish. In Matthew 17:24-27, upon being asked if his Teacher pays the temple (or two-drachma) tax, Simon Peter answers yes. Christ tells Peter to go to the water and cast a line, saying that a coin sufficient for both of them will be found in the fish’s mouth. Peter does this and finds the coin.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The fish is also used by Jesus to describe “the Sign of Jonah”. (Matthew 12:38-45) This is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ upon which the entire Christian faith is based. ( 1 Corinthians 15:1-58)

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-FOUR ELEMENTS

The Four Elements (四大属性 Shi Dai Zokusei?) are believed to reflect the simplest essential parts and principles of which anything consists or upon which the constitution and fundamental powers of anything are based. In various cultures, religions, and belief systems in the world, the four elements are inexplicably connected to various things, which represent the balance in the world. In the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe the elements and their properties are closely connected with Idol Theory, not because it is a requirement in magic, but because of the many legends, myths, and symbolism that are intertwined with them.

The Classical Elements

There are four classical elements in Western cultures, and if counting the 5th element, quintessence or ether, it matches the 5 elements of Eastern cultures. As such, to Tsuchimikado Motoharu, the Kabbalah, which uses the Western elements, are similar to Onmyoudou, both using the pentagram, one of the fundamental ingredients of a magic array, which designates the positions of the elements. It can be assumed that the similarities in the elements in East and West magical disciplines referred to the Japanese Elements.

  • Western Elements

    • Air

    • Fire

    • Water

    • Earth

    • Ether

  • Eastern Elements

    • Wood

    • Fire

    • Water

    • Metal

    • Void

Modern Western magic uses, the five elements: Air (or Wind), Fire, Water, Earth, and Ether. Each have their own Symbolic Weapon (象徴武器 (シンボリックウェポン) Shōchō Buki (Shinborikku Wepon), lit. “Symbol Weapon”); Dagger, Stick, Cup, Disc, and a Lotus Wand which are referred to as the elemental weapons, respectively. Ether has a special characteristic, and that it can change into any of the four remaining elements. It is carried on with the Lotus Wand using Idol Theory, wherein the staff can be made to represent the other elemental weapons.

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ASTROLOGY ASPIRATIONS

THIRD SIGN OF THE ZODIAC-GEMINI

Dates: May 21 - June 21

Third Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Twins

Birthstone of Gemini: Pearl

Alternate Birthstones of Gemini微笑棋牌现金版下载: Emerald Alexandrite, Agate and Ruby

Ruling Planet of Gemini: Mercury

Ruling Element of Gemini: Air

The Zodiac sign of Gemini represents the placement in the sky where the sun was during the time of birth and, in the case of Gemini, influences people who were born between the dates of May 21 - June 21. The Zodiac sign of Gemini is ruled by Mercury, one of the planets in the Solar system. The planet Mercury rules over the gemstone, or birthstone Pearl. The Pearl has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities. The Pearl gemstone, or birthstone assigned to Gemini is believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics of those born under the astrological sign of Gemini.

Gemini (the sign of the Twins) is the third sign of the Zodiac, influencing people born between May 21 - June 21. The Air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are associated with thought, perspective and communication. Combined with other elements, air feels that water will obscure it, earth will suffocate it, but fire will inspire and uplift it.

Positive Characteristics and Personality Traits for Gemini:

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Inquisitive

  • Clever

  • Adaptable

  • Lively

  • Communicative

Negative Traits:

  • Restless

  • Inconsistent

  • Nervous

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  • Malicious

The birthstone for Gemini is the pearl. The Zodiac sign of Gemini微笑棋牌现金版下载 also responds to Agate, Emerald Alexandrite, Agate and the Ruby. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Pearl is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Mercury with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem.

The properties with which the Pearl, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Gemini, is associated are as follows:

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Loyalty, faithfulness and friendship

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Modesty, chastity and purity

  • The Pearl is also used to enhance personal integrity


The Healing Properties of the Gemini Birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

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  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Intestine & ulcer problems

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