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Pagan Creations: Goddess Symbols: Circle

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微笑棋牌现金版下载The Circle is the quintessential Goddess symbol.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Moon, the Earth, a lactating breast, a pregnant belly are all Circles. Life is a circle. Eggs and many seeds are, roughly, circular. The stars and the seasons and the Sun all travel in circles around the Earth - at least visibly. Chakras are also circular.

The Circle represents protected space, and sacred space. They also represent equal power-sharing … People who gather in Circles meet as equals, with no single person set apart or above the others.

Anything that contains a Circle reflects unmistakably an aspect of the Goddess.

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SYMBOLISM

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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 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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ASTROLOGY ASPIRATIONS

THIRD SIGN OF THE ZODIAC-GEMINI

微笑棋牌现金版下载Dates: May 21 - June 21

Third Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Twins

Birthstone of Gemini: Pearl

Alternate Birthstones of Gemini: 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:

  • Inquisitive

  • Clever

  • Adaptable

  • Lively

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Negative Traits:

  • Restless

  • Inconsistent

  • Nervous

  • Superficial

  • 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:

  • Loyalty, faithfulness and friendship

  • Modesty, chastity and purity

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载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:

  • Heart, spleen, stomach

  • Intestine & ulcer problems

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SECOND SIGN OF THE ZODIAC-TAURUS

微笑棋牌现金版下载Dates: April 21 - May 20

微笑棋牌现金版下载Second Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Bull

Birthstone of Taurus: Emerald

Alternate Birthstones of Taurus微笑棋牌现金版下载: Sapphire, Garnet Agate, and Diamond

Ruling Planet of Taurus: Venus

Ruling Element of Taurus: Earth

The Zodiac sign of Taurus represents the placement in the sky where the sun was during the time of birth and, in the case of Taurus, influences people who were born between the dates of April 21 - May 20. The Zodiac sign of Taurus is ruled by Venus, one of the planets in the Solar system. The planet Venus rules over the gemstone, or birthstone Emerald. The Emerald has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities. The Emerald gemstone, or birthstone assigned to Taurus is believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics of those born under the astrological sign of Taurus.

Taurus Characteristics and Personality:

Taurus (the sign of the Bull) is the second sign of the Zodiac, influencing people born between April 21 - May 20. The Earth signs of Taurus微笑棋牌现金版下载, Virgo and Capricorn are associated with sensation, stability and practicality. Combined with other elements, earth feels that air will dry it, fire will parch it, but water will refresh and nourish it.

Positive Characteristics and Personality Traits:

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Affectionate

  • Reliable

  • Ambitious

  • Practical

  • Patient

Negative Personality Traits:

  • Jealous

  • Inflexible

  • Stubborn

  • Lazy

  • Will not be hurried

The birthstone for Taurus is the Emerald. The Zodiac sign of Taurus also responds to Sapphire, Garnet Agate, and Diamond. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Emerald is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Venus 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 Emerald, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Taurus, is associated are as follows:

  • Loyalty, faithfulness and friendship

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Memory, clairvoyance and faith

The Healing Properties of the Taurus birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

  • Eyes, fertility, the spine and headaches

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载To enhance mental capabilities

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GODDESS SYMBOLS-TRIPLE SPIRAL

The Triple Spiral, or Triskele, is believed to be one of the ancient Goddess symbols of the Celts. It represents the Triple Goddess, and in particular is associated with the Celtic Goddess Brighid.

The Triple Spiral is sometimes also used to represent the three realms of land, sea, and sky.

Pre-Christian Symbolism

Believed by many people to be an ancient symbol of pre-Celtic and Celtic beliefs, the triple spiral appears in various forms in pre-Celtic and Celtic art, with the earliest examples having been carved on pre-Celtic stone monuments, and later examples found in the Celtic Christian illuminated manuscripts of Insular art. The triple spiral was possibly the precursor to the later triskele微笑棋牌现金版下载 design found in the manuscripts.

Christian Celtic Symbolism

What the symbol meant to the pagans who built Newgrange and other monuments is unknown; but, as Christianity came into the forefront in Ireland before the 5th century, AD, the triskele took on new meaning, as a symbol of the Trinity (i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and, therefore, also a symbol of eternity. Its popularity continues today as a decorative symbol of faith for Christians of Celtic descent around the world.

Other Interpretations

The triple spiral is one of the main symbols of Celtic Re-constructionist Paganism, often standing for the “three realms” - Land, Sea and Sky, or for one of a number of deities who are described in the lore as “threefold” or triadic. The god Manannán is probably most often the one symbolized by the triskele, though some also use it for the goddess Brighid. Some Celtic-inspired Wiccans also use the triple spiral symbol, most often to represent the concept of the Triple Goddess.

According to Uriel’s Machine by Knight and Lomas (2003), the triple spiral may represent the nine-month period of human pregnancy, since the sun takes a fourth of a year to go from the celestial equator (an equinox) to extreme north or south declination (a solstice), and vice versa. During each three-month period, the sun’s path across the sky appears to form a closely wound quasi-helical shape, which can be likened to a spiral, so that three spirals could represent nine months, providing an explanation for a link between fertility and the triple spiral symbol.

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GODDESS SYMBOLS-SPIRAL

A Spiral is one of the ancient Goddess symbols, as a sign of Life. As such, it is also one of the primary Wicca symbols.

A Spiral is a created by a Circle 微笑棋牌现金版下载moving forward, so to speak.

微笑棋牌现金版下载As the Wheel turns, you come around again, but not to the same point as before. You arrive at same place, but on a new level.

A spiral line uncoiling is “the movement of creation,” according to Arthur Avalon in Shakti and Shakta. The Spiral微笑棋牌现金版下载 represents the path of life - from your Essence, outward to the world. Or, depending on your perspective, from worldly existence to spiritual Essence.

As Walker so eloquently phrases it, a Spiral represents “death and rebirth as movement into the disappearing-point of formlessness, and out of it again, to a new world of form.” ( The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, p 491)

The Spiral is one of the most common natural shapes, seen in nature from galaxies to sea shells to the pattern of a falcon’s dive.

Spirals微笑棋牌现金版下载 have been primary Goddess symbols since the late Paleolithic, where they were marked on tombs.

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GODDESS SYMBOLS-OCEAN

The Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 is the Womb of the Earth Mother.

The Ocean is the symbol of the Ocean of the Mother’s sacred and magical blood. It is the primordial womb that gave birth to the universe when there was only the Darkness of non-form.

From Her womb, was born night, and water, and eternity. From these were born light, and earth, and time.

All life comes from the sea, as the Wicca chant goes. Life on Earth began in the Ocean.

And when we moved onto land, the Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 came with us, traveling within our cells.

The Ocean is the fluid which runs in your veins. The salt water of the Ocean lives in your sweat, flows in your tears, fountains in your sexual juices.

Mother Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 purifies and rebirths everything that enters Her.

The Ocean is virtually interchangeable as a Goddess symbol with the Moon. The Moon’s effects on the Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 demonstrate their eternal inter-connectivity.

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GODDESS SYMBOLS-MOON

The Moon微笑棋牌现金版下载 has been one of the most universal and ancient Goddess symbols.

The Moon has been worshiped in every religion, even though that fact has been obscured or corrupted through the domination paradigm that has ruled for a handful of millennia. For example, according to Walker . .

“A primal deity of Persia was Al-Mah, the moon, whose name became the Hebraic almah,微笑棋牌现金版下载 ‘nubile woman’: the word that Christians insisted on translating 'virgin’ when it was applied to the mother of Jesus. …

As Manat, the old Moon-mother of Mecca, she once ruled the fates of all her sons, who also called her Al-Lat, the Goddess. Now she has been masculinized into 'Allah,’ who forbids women to enter the shrines that were once founded by priestesses of the Moon.” (Barbara Walker, Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects, p 345, 346)

The Moon is the eye of the Goddess, the Mirror that sees and reflects everything on the Earth. The Moon is also the Yoni through which all life is born.

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GODDESS SYMBOLS-HECATE’S WHEEL

Hecate’s Wheel is a stylized womb-like Labyrinth and is a symbol of Hecate as Triple Goddess.

Of all the Goddess symbols, this is one that refers to a specific rather than general Goddess - Hecate微笑棋牌现金版下载. Although it is likely that it is Her Triple Goddess, or Great Mother Goddess, aspect.

According to Wikipedia, “The symbolism referred to the serpent’s power of rebirth, to the labyrinth of knowledge through which Hecate微笑棋牌现金版下载 could lead mankind, and to the flame of life itself.”

This symbol comes to us through the Greeks, who found it in the Chaldean Oracles. These are texts from the 2nd century AD, which were believed to have originated in Babylon (Chaldea).

Hecate’s Wheels微笑棋牌现金版下载 are not commonly used as Goddess symbols, even in Wicca. Apparently, it is used primarily by practitioners of Hellenic Recon or Dianic Traditions.

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