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Many symbols and images have held sacred meaning within religious traditions around the world and throughout time: the circle, the cross, the pillar, the pentagram. These symbols don’t necessarily mean the same thing in every tradition, and sometimes we can’t even be sure what the original significance was for each culture. One such symbol is the knot. You may be familiar with the tale of the Gordian knot from Greek and Roman mythology (the one Alexander the Great famously sliced with his sword) or the tyet of Isis from Egyptian mythology, often found in the form of amulets but also related to the knot on some Egyptian deities’ garments. But there’s another one you might not have heard of: the Minoan sacral knot. Let’s explore this symbol and see what we can discover about it.
The famed ‘snake goddess’ figurine from Knossos (in the photo at the top of this post) has an object that Sir Arthur Evans identified as a sacral knot between her breasts, at the top of the girdle that encircles her waist. A second ‘snake goddess’ figurine, also found at Knossos, has a similar, though larger, knot between the front edges of her top. I find it interesting that the snakes themselves form a large knot over her lower abdomen. I have to wonder if that has any significance. What do you think?...
So: a hate group in Texas mounts an art show featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet.
At the urging of a local imam, the local Muslim community decides to respond with silence. No one pickets, blogs, editorializes, or writes about it in the press. No one does anything whatsoever to give the show any publicity.
An expatriate American who has gone to Syria to fight for the So-Called So-Called spreads word of the show on the web, urging retaliation.
Two Muslim converts from another state drive to Texas, wound a security guard, and are themselves killed. “Allah, accept your mujahideen,” one tweets.
The So-Called So-Called claims responsibility.
As one who strives to live in accordance with the thews (virtues) of the ancestors, I ask myself:
In today's PaganNewsBeagle we bring attention to the ways in which political action and Pagan culture intersect: sometimes easily, other times with a fair degree of dissonance and friction. We've got anti-capitalist May Day history tied into Beltane; racism in the Pagan community; a test (are you racist?) for the brave; BlackWitch on Baltimore, and HecateDemeter undermining the patriarchy as only she can.
Gods&Radicals blogger Rhyd Wildermuth points out that the intersection between the wild Pagan holiday of Beltane and the anti-capitalist holiday of May Day is hardly coincidental in this post on the Wild Hunt....
My Dear Fellow Empaths,
I know it can seem overwhelming to live in a world with so much cruelty and violence. Especially when you're so sensitive that your heart breaks for even the most passing challenging emotions experienced by your fellow creatures...I feel your pain--literally! Because I'm an empath too.
But it's important that we learn to overcome emotional paralysis and live fully in this world. Not just with tolerance, but with actual joy.
Why? Well, first, because we're here anyway so we might as well make the most of it. But on a grander scale, consciousness is contagious, and compassion transforms challenges into blessings. So our fellow humans, animals, and plants need nothing more at this particular time than for us to spread our compassionate and loving state of being.
That's why I thought I'd share the three main things I've learned about living comfortably in this modern world.
First, it's important that we recognize that our empathy is a gift, not a curse. Yes, it can be overwhelming at times, but our capacity for grief is exactly equal to our capacity for transcendence. The very sensitivity that can pierce our hearts with excruciating pain can also elevate our consciousness to the realm of the miraculous. Would we willingly renounce our ability to connect with other creatures at the deepest of levels, or to see infinity in a raindrop? Never. I'll take excruciating emotion over a more mundane, less painful level of consciousness any day.
Second, it's important that we clear, shield, and recharge our energy field on a regular basis. Employing the gift of empathy effectively and sustainably requires that we wield our power consciously. This way, we can recognize what feelings are coming from us, and what feelings are coming from others. And, we can shift feelings in a positive way rather than letting ourselves get bogged down in the negative. To do this, we must clear and shield our auras regularly and be sure to recharge our energy fields by spending time in nature, taking sea salt baths, and devoting plenty of time to rest, play, and loving self-care.
Third, it's important that we use our superpower for good. Once we follow the two guidelines above, we are empowered to shift the overall energy of the planet to greater harmony, rather than letting it shift us into greater discord. And doing so regularly takes us from a place of overwhelm to a place of joy. We no longer feel buffeted about by the negativity in the world and instead notice the ever-increasing positive. Yes, we will still feel the pain of others and even weep from the depths of our soul on occasion, but it will be different. Because we will know that we are an important piece of the growing wave of energy that is even now transforming cruelty into compassion, and violence into peace.
Today we celebrate in Netherlands 70 years of freedom, On this day 70 years ago the World war II ended in Netherlands. How do you celebrate your freedom today?
I will be celebrating by taking full access to everything there is- whatever that is. Especially my connection with Gaia. There is that much more beauty, more light, more energy available! For me freedom is taking access to all of that.
It starts with my connection to Mother Earth. Allowing it to bloom to it’s full potential. The life energy will surge. Allow my ego to surrender, allow the ecstacy of deep unconditional connection. Will you join me?