Jun 26, 2007

iris, originally uploaded by Los Ojos.
....Fleur-de-Lis, gradually they took on Marian symbolism and were associated with the Song of Solomon's ;lily among thorns" (lilium inter spinas)
The Black Madonna of Częstochowa (Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Częstochowska in Polish) icon was, according to legend, painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a cypress table top from the house of the Holy Family. The picture shows the Madonna in fleur de lys robes.
The painting displays a traditional from the icons of Eastern Orthodoxy. The Virgin Mary is shown as the "Hodegetria" ("One Who Shows the Way"). In it the Virgin directs attention away from herself, gesturing with her right hand toward Jesus as the source of salvation. In turn, the child extends his right hand toward the viewer in blessing while holding a book of gospels in his left hand.
The Black Madonna, the Earth Mother in the Christian tradition ----The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives, Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition ----Pantera (disambiguation)----- It was reputed that Jesus was the illegitimate son of a Roman archer, Pantera and his mother, the Mary of the gospels.
"Mary Magdalene was the redeemed sinner who was the first to see Christ after his Resurrection. Through her redemption from sin and her unique knowledge of the Risen Christ, she was regarded by the occult initiates of the Middle Ages as a medium of secret revelation. Those initiates had chosen the planet Venus as her symbol in the cosmos. - Henry Lincoln, The Holy Place
Rites of incubation, in which the individual slept in a holy place and received a message in dreams or visions----The natural consequence of this attitude was that people felt it necessary to create the conditions that caused dreams to happen. Incubation rites induces a mantike atechnos, an artificial mania, in which the soul spoke directly, or, in Latin, divinat" (C.A. Meier, p. xiv). In the temples dedicated to Asclepius, incubation was prepared utilising special techniques, seeking rebirth through a type of plunging into the unconscious. "To live" the dream could bring the cure or solution and it was conceived as a transformation experience. Hence the large number of dream interpreters and "therapeutas", like Artemidorus ----

By the 12th century the ancient catacombs of old Marseille had became the much revered shrine of a Christian Black Madonna. But there is little doubt that she harkens way back to the ancient patroness of the Greek city, the goddess Artemis. These catacombs were also once also the site of the mysteries of Persephone, whose torchlight return from the underworld is still celebrated every February under the form of the Christian Candle mass. Little cakes or navettes are baked each year at this time to commemorate the arrival from the Holy Land of the three Mary's, one of them supposed the Magdalene. Could their number be a reminder of the Mother as Triple Goddess?----Listening to our Healing Intuition: A Lesson from the Ancient Temples of Asclepios---

-----RITUAL IN THE JEWISH PSEUDEPIGRAPHA----RE-BALANCING THE MASCULINE AND THE FEMININE----Orpheus redivivus: The Musical Magic of Marsilio Ficino---incubation rites induce a mantike atechnos, an. artificial mania in which the soul speaks directly (Latin, divinat; see -----Parmenides' poem is a "sacred text" (199), a book of incantations that initiated its readers into an experience of death and rebirth and provided magical techniques for "dying before you died"...Parmenides was a healer (iatromantis) and priest of Apollo who guided initiates into rites of incubation and the stillness of death where they, like he, might receive the words of Persephone, goddess of the underworld ----UNEXPLORED DIMENSIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE VISIONARY EXPERIENCE: PARMENIDES, DANTE, AND JUNG'S SEVEN SERMONS TO THE DEAD----Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition

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