Asherah the Divine Feminine

March is women’s history month, so to celebrate the Divine Feminine I have been taking a looksey at a Goddess long forgotten about named Asherah.  

 

 

This four-tiered cult stand found at Tanaach is thought to represent Yahweh and Asherah, with each deity being depicted on alternating tiers. Note that on tier two, which is dedicated to Asherah, is the image of a living tree, often thought to be how the asherim as a cult symbol was expressed. Photo: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority (photograph by Avraham Hay).

 

 

Warning …. this is a super long post.  So before I begin, I will state this.

The problem is we simply do not know enough about the goddesses of antiquity.  We know there were many. And we know there were women who didn’t claim divinity as well. Basically, we just don’t know!

According to theologian and historian Francesca Stavrakopoulou, God had a wife and her name was Asherah.

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Phoenician figure, probably of the Canaanite goddess Astarte (also known as Ashera), 7th century B.C.E.

So who was Asherah or more importantly what is Asherah?  

Well, she  crops up in many ancient sources, and crosses ancients civilisations.   

  • Ancient Semitic Religion – a mother goddesss.   Consort to the God Anu.
  • Akkadian (3000 BC) writings by the name of Ashratum/Ashratu
  • Hittite (16th -13th c BC) as Asherdu(s) or Ashertu(s) or Aserdu(s) or Asertu(s).
  • Asherah, along with Astarte and Anath, was one of the three great goddesses of the Canaanite pantheon. In Canaanite religion her primary role was that of mother goddess
  • Asherah is generally considered identical with the Ugaritic (6000 -1200 BC) goddess ʼAṯirat.- A consort of the god El
  • Consort to the God Yahweh the god of Israel and Judah during the Iron Age 930-586 BC.  אשרה Hebrew.  In the Bible Asherah is mostly associated with sacred trees or poles (Exodus 34:13, Judges 6:25).
  • According to the Oxford Companion to the Bible, Asherah was associated with lions, serpents and sacred trees.
  • Asherah – is Hecate.

Asherah Epithets 

Ancient texts contain many epithets for the Goddess Asherah. To mention a few:- 

“Great Mother Goddess”
“Creator of Vegetation and Life” 
“Queen of Heaven” 
“Lady who Treads on the Sea” 
“Mother of the Gods” 
“Holiness” 
“Hebrew Goddess”
“Vital Force of Nature”

“Lion Lady”
“Eve”
“the One of the Serpent.”

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Asherah and Yahweh
Transpositions of graffiti done on a pitcher found at Kuntillet Ajrud (Sinai).
Was the phallus on the figure with breasts on the right (N) engraved on purpose by the ancient sculptor, or is it a wear scratch? In this case, it could be a representation of Asherah alongside Yahweh, especially as the lion represented on the same object is often associated with it. (© left picture: from “Dieux, déesses et figures divines”, by Othmar Keel and Christoph Uehlinger, Paris: Editions Cerf; © right picture: from “L’invention de Dieu” by Thomas Römer, Paris: Seuil.

If there was a “Mrs God” before Yahweh became the only God, archaeologists should logically have found traces of this goddess. But it was a sensitive subject, as any proof of the union between Yahweh and his Asherah was heavily disputed. As happened with the inscribed jars, found at Kuntillet Ajrud. Because this pottery does not just evoke “Yahweh and his Asherah”, but is richly illustrated too.

On the jar, two cows can be seen, a seated lady musician and two humanoid figures, one with a phallus and the other with breasts. There are a lot of animal drawings on the other side of the jar, particularly lions, which are often associated with Asherah, around a stylised tree.

The remains excited intense debate. Was the goddess depicted on this jar? If she was, which one was she? One of the cows? The lady musician or the humanoid figure with breasts? Or the stylised tree?

The name Asherah translates as “she who moves across the water.” Pure and timeless, Asherah is the Spirit of God who was there in the beginning, moving upon the face of the deep and rejoicing over God’s handiwork (Genesis 1:1; Proverbs 8:30). She is the Queen of Heaven mentioned in Revelation 12:1. She is represented in Scripture by her namesake Sarah— her name being a variation and archetype of Asherah. However, by the time we get to the prophets, we see a whole new pattern emerging— that of a people committing spiritual harlotry, characterised by the prostitute Gomer being pursued by her faithful husband Hosea. This image is further perpetuated by the Cannanite belief that Asherah was constantly cheating on her husband El with his arch-nemesis Baal, the god of the storms; this story mirroring the strange and erratic behavior of the gods in the ancient world. However, whatever this is, it is my firm conviction that this is not behavior that is becoming of an Israelite goddess! Something about this scenario just does not sit quite right with me. It almost seems as if Asherah has had her dignity stripped of her by the very people she represents, not the fertility rituals that have come to characterise and mar Her image.

Okay, she’s a goddess – what rituals were performed ? 

Here is the thing about studying about Asherah worship. When I started studying this and looking into this goddess worship, I couldn’t find a thing. I wanted to know how it was that they served her. I wanted to know the rituals and the ways of Asherah. But, as I studied, I found out that it was a ‘secret’ female religion. They didn’t write much about it because of the secrecy of it. Therefore, for us, who live in the NOW, we struggle to find out what Asherah worship entailed. We struggle to find out what really happened during ceremonies and rituals that belonged to the ‘the secret sect of female goddess worship’. Therefore, scholars can’t agree on what was what. They can’t agree on her rituals or what she required of her worshipers. 

Even in Ancient Rome, they had a celebration that only women could attend and was kept a secret. The only reason that we know about it, is because lawsuits were recorded. 

 

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Asherah There is strong evidence for a female deity venerated in the first temple of Judiasm

 

The Iron Age occupants of Israel have a reputation as the creators of monotheism, but objective biblical scholars (the ones without a religious motive behind their research) believe that archaeological and religious records indicate this development was slow in coming. To be blunt: most of the Israelites through most of their history were probably, as it turns out, polytheists. And this was not simply a matter of falling into the habit of taking on foreign religion. Rather, the Israelites were probably themselves Canaanites and their original gods appear to have been Canaanite gods. The Hebrew means “happy” or “upright” and some suggest “(sacred) place.” The term appears 40 times in the Hebrew Bible.  Asherah appears as a Goddess by the side of Baʿal, whose consort She evidently became, at least among the Canaanites of the south.

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It is also believed that The Book of Jeremiah, written around 628 BC, possibly refers to Asherah when it uses the title “Queen of Heaven”.   This is also a title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses worshipped throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during ancient times.

If there was a doctrine of rebirth in early Israelite religion, then perhaps the closest one may come to such a teaching would be within the cult precinct of the goddess or the grove. There is strong evidence that in first temple Judaism fertility was venerated, not under the auspices of Yahweh, but with his consort Asherah, the goddess of rebirth.

Let’s just pause here and reflect.   Agriculture, the first and most important invention of humans, was strongly influenced by such things as a fertility goddess. Because crops were a life or death issue to everyone, Asherah was pictured as being equal to Yahweh and, in fact, his loving bride.   An Oxford scholar has argued that the Book of Kings reveals the Hebrews worshiped Asherah and Yahweh in Yahweh’s Israelite temple.

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Although during the past decades many religious scholars, historians and some theologians have discussed Asherah and her relationship to the Hebrew God Yahweh, it’s generally recognised that the first to discover that the ancient Hebrews worshiped both deities equally was historian Raphael Patai.  It was in 1967 when Raphael Patai was the first historian to mention that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah. 

By the time of the Babylonian exile she had been exiled from the religion and dropped from all the texts. Egyptian Jews, however, maintained a temple to the Queen of Heaven, and early Christian Jews, according to Margaret Barker, may have imported this tradition into the new faith, flowering in the cult of the Virgin Mary.  This was about the time 586BC.  Eventually only one male God—without a wife—was accepted and preached and believed by people of all the countries of the world.

~ Queen of Heaven, Asherah ~

Biblical texts reveal how Asherah was worshipped as the Queen of Heaven in
Judah and Jerusalem: 

“We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven
and will pour out drink offerings to her
just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials
did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. 

At that time we had plenty of food
and were well off and suffered no harm.
But ever since we stopped burning incense to the
Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her,
we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”
Jeremiah 44:17-18

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Gaza Coin of Asherah & Yahweh 538-328BC

 

Despite continual denials, the Bible clearly states that Asherah/Lady Wisdom was there from the very beginning.

Asherah / Lady Wisdom declares:-

 

“The Lord possessed me               
                       in the beginning of his way… 
I was set up from everlasting, 
              from the beginning…” 
“Then I was by him,                  
                      as one brought up with him: 
  and I was daily his delight… ” 
(Prov. 8:22,30 KJV) 

So, The Lord God, through Moses, forbade the worship of Asherah.

Typical! The day that women were recognised for her wisdom, beauty and guile was now to be wiped.   History HIS-STORY now written mainly by men and about men’s activities in the public sphere—war, politics, diplomacy and administration.  Women to be demonised and excluded and, when mentioned, are usually portrayed in sex-stereotypical roles such as wives, mothers, daughters and mistresses.   Okay little rant over and back to narrative, so The Law (made by men) specified that a grove of trees was not to be near the altar of the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:21). Despite God’s clear instructions, Asherah-worship was a perennial problem in Israel.  They still worshiped Her under every green tree, according to the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament).  

So Asherah didn’t completely disappear, however. When Moses is instructed by God to make a menorah to light the temple, it is described as a stylised almond tree (Exodus 25.31-39). The biblical historian Margaret Barker suspects that this sacred tree figure was one of the symbols of Asherah. So the menorah may be one last lingering trace of the bible’s first couple.

The Bible also tells us Her image was to be found for years in the temple of Solomon, where the women wove hangings for Her. In temple and forest grove, Her image was apparently made of wood, since monotheistic reformers demanded it be chopped down and burned. It appears to have been a manmade object, but one carved of a tree and perhaps the image was a stylised tree of some kind.

So … Asherah or God-the-Mother was considered God’s equal and his spouse for centuries up until around 500 years before Christ.

For several reasons at that time, among which was all the perversions surrounding Her worship, it was deemed “safer” to go to all-male-god religion. People just could not separate sex from Goddess worship, and her temples and places of worship (groves of trees on hilltops) sadly had become glorified brothels.   These groves were date palms.

So … why does Moses carry an Asherah stick / staff) 

It was a secret staff of power.  

The Divine Feminine.

Asherah, tree goddess, mother of life, was lost. Truly, WOMEN were cast out of the Garden of Eden by Yahweh, or at least, his supporters. Separated from the Tree of Life, our mother, we flounder like orphans.    We are surrounded by Mother Nature and she seeps into our traditions – Goddess is lost, officially, but remembered deep within. perhaps without noticing.

We could say the same about Mary Magdalene whom was kept hidden (veiled) and edited out of mainstream Christianity. She  remained in Gnostic scriptures and in underground Christianity.

Symbology and Representations

Asherah was represented by a limbless tree trunk planted in the ground. The trunk was usually carved into a symbolic representation of the goddess. Because of the association with carved trees, the places of Asherah worship were commonly called “groves,” and the Hebrew word “asherah” (plural, “asherim”) could refer either to the goddess or to a grove of trees.

Some of the drawings also conform to well-established or at least suggested iconography of the goddess Asherah. Some conservative scholars used to make a distinction between Asherah the goddess and Asherah as an cultic object (sacred pole).

 

 

Themes are kindness, love, divination and foresight.

However, this sounds delightful we have then in the His-Story written record that these groves were used as places of debaunchery, whoring and glorified brothels (as mentioned above).

So in the bible written by men she was largely excluded.  Her name   appears as ha asherah, meaning “the” asherah. In such instances the reference is not to the goddess but to a symbol of her, as discussed above, an object (in the plural asherim) that was apparently a sacred pole, tree, or group of trees, which got me thinking about the Tree and Pole.

“Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE”

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Kuntillet Ajrud’s “ceramic inscription that suggests ancient Israelites worshipped a God AND Goddess in the same temple.”Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou 

 

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Evidence? Dr Stavrakopoulou with a reconstruction of a biblical inscription mentioning Asherah and Yahweh

The inscription was photographed and recorded by archaeologists and scholars of ancient Israelite religion, so we know what it looked like  –  and importantly  –  what it said.

Dating to about the 8th Century BC, it was found at a remote site called Kuntillet ‘Ajrud, and was written on a large piece of a broken pottery.  The inscription is a petition for a blessing. Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from ‘Yahweh and his Asherah’. Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair.

Finds in Israel add weight to theory God “had wife”

YahooNews Hebrew HeadFemale figurines and inscribed prayers to a “divine couple” found in temples in Israel suggest that the “one God” of the Bible may not have been entirely alone.
A find by Jerusalem at Tel Motza, “suggests that Iron Age religion in the area around Jerusalem may not have been monotheistic just before the time the Hebrew Bible – the basis of the Old Testament – started to be written.

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“Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden” or Was the Garden of Eden story created to dishonour and defame Asherah?

The Garden of Eden story is a recycling of standard  Mesopotamian myths. It is no accident that the narrative includes a sacred Tree of Life (one of Asherah’s attributes) and a serpent (another one of Asherah’s attributes).  By deliberately interweaving Asherah representations into the Garden of Eden story, the authors were able to successfully defame Eve/Asherah – the Feminine component of religious worship.

Author Arthur George presents addresses this further in “Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden.”

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Eve Autun Cathedral

Jesus’ Wife Expunged from Bible Also

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Asherah may not be the only female expunged from biblical texts!!

“My wife” – declares Jesus on a coptic papyrus fragment translated by Karen King, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and validated by two other experts from Princeton and NYU.

Do we secretly,  without knowing, acknowledge Asherah’s presence ?  

YES!

The churches here in England are often sited on the grounds where Yew Trees grow.  They used to be placed within a circle of Yews which is more than likely s legacy of the Druids.   The Yew being associated with immortality, renewal, regeneration, everlasting life, rebirth and transformation – Does this sound familiar as these qualities are all associated with the Mother Goddess Asherah.   Many of the sacred yew groves were destroyed by The Romans as too the Druids when Christianity and her Legions marched through our sacred lands.

What’s with these Poles? 

Ha! they are Phalic Symbols ! Well they have to be don’t they.   Asherah was a fertility goddess for Pete’s sake.

The first mention of the Asherah pole is in Exodus 34:13 (NIV): “Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.” The Israelites were commanded to destroy any Asherah pole they found among the other people in the land.   Again, what’s with all the anger from this monotheistic God !

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We see them daily, of course they are the steeples on our Churches and of course let’s not forget Obelisks !  One most famous Obelisk is featured at the Vatican City – that being 4000 years old and in actual fact, many are located in Rome, I was actually stunned by the amount of Obelisks I encountered.  In fact, 13 of them!

It was the largest non-inscribed obelisk to leave Egypt, at 25.31 m high on a base of 8.25m wide and weighing an estimated 326 tonnes.

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One could also say, that the Statue of Liberty could well be an Asherah Pole!

“Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God” – Deuteronomy 16:21 NIV

Statue_of_liberty_01.jpgIf you look at the Statue of Liberty you will notice that near her feet the robe resembles a tree trunk. The statue appears such that she totally *could* be carved out of a single (yet giant) tree. Even the angle at which she holds the torch is extraordinarily parallel – much like a pole. From torch to toe the Statue of Liberty resembles a pole.

Asherah Poles are located as Obelisks in Capital Cities (for an indepth gallery of these, visit wiki), the following gives a flavour.

  • Cleopatra’s Needle – London
  • Carlton Hill, Edinburgh,
  • Place de la Concorde, Paris
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Washington, USA
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Delhi, India
  • Manila, Phillipines
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand

Asherah Pole – Jewish Gematria = 328   English Gematria = 648   Simple Gematria = 108 which also is the gematria for The Lord God, Born of Fire, Dark Messiah, Lord of Death, I am not Here etc etc..

But what is celebrated here in England every 1st May.

The Ribbons represent the female principle and the wreath which is normally placed at the top represents the vagina of the goddess.  Some researchers believe the Maypole dance can be traced as far back as ancient Babylon.

 

 The maypole – which originally was a huge phallus.  A  huge wooden phallus, and people would dance around it, wrapping it in colorful ribbons as they worshipped their sex deity, Asherah.

This was  later simplified into a pole, and it’s previous meanings have been veiled in ignorance through tradition and denial. Look carefully, and you’ll see there is a boy and a girl closely aligned to the pole, being told to stand there, yet being completely unaware of the significance of the setting they are at the center of. This is why Pagan worship is called occult — the true meaning of things is “hidden” from view, yet in plain sight to those who are initiated to the secrets!

Oh and let’s not forget that time of year when we erect a TREE in our house and pop presents around it (offerings).   This solstice tree is drawn directly from the Pagan worship, transformed for public consumption. The Asherim were considered altars in themselves also, where animals and humans were ritually sacrificed. This altar could take the form of a tree stump, with the trunk snapped-off, leaving jagged spike-like splinters.

Obviously, this can be broken down further, totem poles, the cross but yes …. YES YES she is hidden, but open your eyes and she is still rather hip today.

 

 

Asherah – Simple Gematria = 60

Asherah – Jewish Gematria = 193

              

The Mormon church began in a sacred grove where Joseph Smith had his first vision. From the beginning the Goddess was there. She may not have been there in physical form, but She was there symbolically. 

Freemasonry / Masonic

 

 

The sun associated with Ba’al and the Moon associated with Asherah.  The all seeing eye (Lucifer).  This video breaks it down further and is well worth watching.   

 

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Asherah/Cybele in Chariot Drawn by Lions – Masonic Image 

Vestiges of submerged, historical traditions are reflected in this Masonic depiction,
including an image of a goddess in a chariot drawn by lions with a reference to Asherah or Cybele. 
-History’s Vanquished Goddess Asherah

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Conclusion

When you really think about it “Asherah” has morphed from goddess to wooden pole to obscurity, Father God, Creator of the universe, has never changed.  

Whether Asherah was worshiped as God’s wife, remains a matter of debate. Although folk religion accepted the worship of the Mother Goddess, it remains a fact that no Hebrew word for “goddess” appears in the Hebrew Bible, that Yahweh is never called “mother” in the Old Testament, and that he was never worshiped as a female deity.

To call God “mother” and to worship him as a female God is to return to Canaanite religion and to the pagan practices of the religions of the ancient Near East. In the Hebrew Bible God is presented as the father and husband of Israel. The Bible never refers to God as mother or wife.

To address God as a “she” or as “mother” is to return to the worldview prevalent in Canaanite religion. The prophets of the Old Testament struggled against the syncretistic tendencies of the people of Israel. To return to the practices of the folk religion of Israel is to abandon the prophetic struggle to desacralise sexuality in Israel.

Twiggie 

 


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“Little Man” Homunculus

 
Homunculus: (n.) a little human

 

A tiny person within a Sperm By N Hartsoecker, C.1695
 

There are only a few subjects in art history that always grab my attention, no matter who created the object or when it was created or what museum, collection, or gallery I happen to be visiting.

One such subject is the homunculus, a Latin word meaning “little man/human.” In the ancient art of alchemy (another analog of the transformation process), the soul is depicted as a homunculus, or “small man.” It was symbolically equivalent to the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Elixer or Universal Medicine. This homunculus personified the unconscious as an Inner Man, a hermaphroditic being, a spirit in the bottle, a “brain child.”

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Often the homunculus is shown in moments of Mary’s annunciation by the angel Gabriel: in place of the dove, representing the Holy Spirit, a small image of baby Jesus flies from Heaven towards the Virgin. 

Pacino di Binaguida, Tree of Life c. 1310


If you look carefully you can see Baby Jesus flying through the air. 

Concepts relating to the creation of artificial life such as genetic engineering and human cloning are relatively modern scientific ideas. In the past, however, it was in the field of Alchemy that Medieval scientists sought to artificially create life. One of the beings that alchemists were purportedly able to create was the Homunculus.  

Medieval Manuscripts are bountiful

The Homunculus is first referred to in alchemical writings of the 16th century, and the idea that miniature fully-formed people can be created has been traced to the early Middle Ages.

But homunculi (plural) need not always be of Jesus. In the example below, the holy Trinity sit in Heaven, to the left, and a homunculus flies across the bedroom towards a sleeping woman, whose husband appears to witness the miraculous conception. The scroll that surrounds the Trinity reads, “Let us create man in our image and likeness” (‘Faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudem nostram’). Thus, the image makes visible the invisible moment in which the woman becomes pregnant by divine intervention.

The first known account of the production of the Homunculus is said to be found in an undated Arabic work called the “Book of the Cow”, purportedly written by the Greek philosopher Plato himself. The materials required for the creation of the Homunculus include human semen, a cow or ewe and animal blood, whilst the process includes the artificial insemination of the cow / ewe, smearing the inseminated animal’s genitals with the blood of another animal, and feeding it exclusively on the blood of another animal. The pregnant animal would eventually give birth to an unformed substance, which would then be places in a powder made of ground sunstone (a mystical phosphorescent elixir), sulphur, magnet, green tutia (a sulphate of iron) and the sap of a white willow. When the blob starts growing human skin, it would be required to be placed in a large glass or lead container for three days. After that, it has to be fed with the blood of its decapitated mother for seven days before becoming a fully-formed Homunculus.

 
The first type of Homunculus may be used to make the Full Moon appear on the last day of the month, allow a person to take the form of a cow, a sheep or even an ape, allow one to walk on water and know things that are happening far away. The second type of Homunculus can be used to enable a person to see Demons and Spirits, as well as to converse with them, whilst the last type of Homunculus can be used to summon rain at unseasonable times and produce extremely poisonous snakes.

 
Paracelsus provides a different recipe for creating the Homunculus in his work, “De Natura Rerum”. This recipe uses a horse as the surrogate mother of the Homunculus, and the semen of a man is left inside the animal’s womb to putrefy for forty days, before a little man is born. Rather than using the Homunculus to perform magical feats, Paracelsus instructs that the Homunculus ought to be “educated with the greatest care and zeal, until it grows up and begins to display intelligence.” Paracelsus also claims that the procedure for making the Homunculus is one of the greatest secrets revealed by God to mortals, perhaps suggesting that the creation of artificial life is Divine Wisdom that may be used by human beings.

 
Scientists today dismiss the work prescribed by the “Book of the Cow” and “De Natura Rerum” (beautiful manuscript here) as mere fantasy, while others suggest the writing was intended to be taken symbolically, rather than literally, and contains hidden messages regarding the process of Spiritual Ascension. 


Moving into the 20-21st Century  “Life is created in test tube”, one newspaper announced after Edwards and Steptoe reported the first in vitro fertilisation of a human egg in 1969.  In the imagination of popular culture, it was not a microscopic ball of embryonic cells that the test-tube held, but a developing or even a full-term baby: IVF was immediately elided with the speculative technology called ectogenesis, in which gestation too happens in vitro.

Yet homunculus-making was rarely condemned merely on hubristic grounds. Rather, the medieval debate, informed by Plato and Aristotle, was about whether human art could compete with nature. Alchemical gold was suspect not because it was fake but because it was deemed inferior. In the case of the homunculus, this supposed shortcoming of human art had a particularly incendiary implication: the artificial being was considered to lack a soul. The impiety therefore hinged on the fact that either one was seen to be compelling God to give it one, or the homunculus would be free from original sin and not in need of Christ’s salvation

This was no coincidence, for the methods of IVF fitted comfortably into ancient anthropoetic imagery (test tube babies) Alchemical symbolism abounds with pictures of people in glass jars, and arguably the first artificial people-making technology was the alchemical creation of a homunculus, often said to be done by fermenting human sperm in a sealed vessel.

When Time magazine interviewed Ian Wilmut after his team announced the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1997, it remarked that “One doesn’t expect Dr Frankenstein to show up in a wool sweater, baggy parka, soft British accent and the face of a bank clerk.” It was one of many examples of how Frankenstein, supplemented by other myths both ancient (Faust) and modern (Brave New World), sets the context for media commentary on new developments that allow us to modify and perhaps to create living organisms. 

A newbie on the block of course, is the Cortical Homunculus.   This a physical representation of the human body, located within the BRAIN. A cortical homunculus is a neurological “map” of the anatomical divisions of the body. There are two types of cortical homunculi: sensory and motor.

Sophia, the Holy Wisdom, 1812
 

Now let’s meet Sophia, a lifelike humanoid robot capable of remarkable.  

The name Sophia is honored as a goddess of wisdom by Gnostics, as well as by some Neopagan, New Age, and Goddess spirituality groups. In Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity, Sophia, or rather Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), is an expression of understanding for the second person of the Holy Trinity, I find it incredibly intriguing that this name was given specifically to the first woman robot.  Why was the Robot a woman ? Sophia can be described as the wisdom of God, and, at times, as a pure virgin spirit which emanates from God. In this case, Humanity is God as it has created the being, even though it is AI.   The Sophia is seen as being expressed in all creation and the natural world as well as, for some of the Christian mystics.  

 
Sophia was unveiled by Hanson Robotics at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. Sophia became an instant sensation.   She is designed to interact with us ‘mere humans’.   Sophia features two sophisticated cameras in her eyes that, combined with computer algorithms, can track the facial expressions and eye movement of the people she talks to and recognise individuals. She also wishes to anniliate humanity. This synthetic “creature” dubbed “Sophia” it’s creator has Faustian overtones of “Playing God”. Some might say that, in the age of assisted conception and cloning, Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel is more relevant than ever.

But any possibility that the artificial being might be more-than-human is eclipsed by Frankenstein. By making Victor a “modern Prometheus”, Mary Shelley ensured that hubris was placed at the centre of her fable; because hers was a world in which God no longer intervened directly, the creature itself was called upon to exact the retribution that Faustian tradition demanded. What’s more, it was no longer sufficient for the artificial being to be conjured up by occult alchemical forces. 

Incredibly fascinating is that there is a Homunculus Nebula.   This being a bipolar emission and reflection nebula which surrounds the massive star system Eta Carinae.  

Could this be where humanity originated ? 

 

Situated within the arm of Sagittarius, within the Homunculus is a smaller Little Homunculus, and within that a shell of shocked material from stellar winds that has been called Baby Homunculus.

The Homunculus was ejected in an enormous outburst from Eta Carinae. Light from this event reached Earth in 1841, creating a brightening event in the night sky which was visible from the Earth’s surface at the time. During the event (as seen from Earth) Eta Carinae briefly became the second-brightest star in the sky, after Sirius.

 

Twiggie

Plato’s Theory of Forms 

Plato’s Theory of Forms.
  
Plato’s Theory of Forms or Theory of Ideas, holds that forms (the abstract quality or property of something) exist independent of Space and Time. It asserts that non-material abstract (but substantial) forms (or ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of Reality.

Forms are:

Transcendent – the forms are not located in Space and Time. For example, there is no particular place or time at which redness exists.

Pure – the forms only exemplify one property. Material objects are impure; they combine a number of properties such as blackness, circularity, and hardness into one object. A form, such as circularity, only exemplifies one property.

Archetypes – the forms are archetypes; that is, they are perfect examples of the property that they exemplify. The forms are the perfect models upon which all material objects are based. The form of redness, for example, is red, and all red objects are simply imperfect, impure copies of this perfect form of redness.

Ultimately Real – the forms are the ultimately real entities, not material objects. All material objects are copies or images of some collection of forms; their Reality comes only from the forms.

Causes – the forms are the causes of all things. They provide the explanation of why any thing is the way it is, and they are the source or origin of the being of all things.

Systematically Interconnected – the forms comprise a system leading down from the form of the good moving from more general to more particular, from more objective to more subjective. This systematic structure is reflected in the structure of the dialectic process by which we come to knowledge of the forms.
Twiggie 2016 

Snake unlikely to have killed Cleopatra

  According to accepted historical accounts, Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of ancient Egypt who ruled after Alexander the Great’s death during the Hellenistic period, committed suicide by holding a snake to her body and allowing it to bite her, killing her with its poisonous venom. Memories of Cleopatra’s life have vanished as monuments and palaces have fallen to ruins over the millennia. But the question still remains: did she really commit suicide, or was there something more sinister involved? 

Cleopatra was born in 69 BC and lived and died in Alexandria. She was a member of the Macedonian Greek royalty and her family ruled Egypt for more than three centuries. She was well educated and fluent in seven languages. Although there was no history of suicide in her family, there were cases of murder in every direction. Cleopatra is described as fiery and strong-willed, begging the question was to whether she would really have just given up and ended it all.

 
Academics at The University of Manchester have dismissed the long-held argument that the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra was killed by a snake bite.

Andrew Gray, curator of herpetology at Manchester Museum, says venomous snakes in Egypt—cobras or vipers—would have been too large to get unseen into the queen’s palace.

 

The Death of Cleopatra by Reginald Arthur, 1892. (Public Domain). According to historical accounts, Cleopatra committed suicide by allowing a snake known as an asp to bite her.
 
He was speaking to Egyptologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley in a new video which is part of a new online course introducing ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the Museum’s collection.

According to Dr Tyldesley, the ancient accounts say a snake hid in a basket of figs brought in from the countryside, and was also used to kill one or two of her serving maids.  According to Andrew Gray, cobras are typically five to six feet long but can grow up to eight feet—too big to hide very easily.

There would also be too little time to kill two or three people- because snake venom kills you slowly- with in any case only a 10 per cent chance of death.

  He said: “Not only are cobras too big, but there’s just a 10 percent chance you would die from a snake bite”  Most bites are dry bites that don’t inject venom.

That’s not to say they aren’t dangerous: the venom causes necrosis and will certainly kill you, but quite slowly.

“So it would be impossible to use a snake to kill two or three people one after the other. Snakes use venom to protect themselves and for hunting – so they conserve their venom and use it in times of need.”

Cleopatra is strongly associated with snakes, like many ancient Egyptian kings and queens of Egypt. In addition, Cleopatra also believed she was the embodiment of the Goddess Isis, who can take on the form of a snake.

Dr Tyldesley, whose book “Cleopatra: Egypt’s Last Queen” was a BBC Radio 4 book of the week, says one aspect of the accounts has proved to be correct. The ancient Egyptians believed snakes were good mothers.

“Very few snakes have a maternal instinct. However, the cobra is an exception: They sit on the nest and protect them until they hatch. So in this case, it seems the Egyptians were right,” agrees Dr Gray.

  
Sources 

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-10-snake-cleopatra.html#jCp

Follow the light of your own truth. 

  
No matter what you’re experiencing right now, it’s okay to have hope. In fact, your soul is probably begging for it. Hope is expansive and allows us to receive our prayers. Sometimes, we have to become the person for whom our prayers can be answered in order to have them answered at all. The truth is, when we tighten up, contract and loose hope, we disconnect ourselves from ourselves and in doing so, we disconnect from source energy. We jump into our minds and out of our being; therefore, we can’t even SEE the answer, the subtle cues or the lit up path because we’re disengaged from our internal guidance system. Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. So, if we want to change our reality, we have to change our thinking, we have to change our consciousness and we have to be willing and vulnerable enough to relax into hope; even if it’s little at a time. In this way, hope becomes a conscious prayer that expands us into receiving mode. By allowing hope, we literally change the dial of our own frequency and create a new rhythm, the rhythm that the Universe feels, responds to, and reflects back into our experience. 
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Culture 

  
Culture is simply clothing upon the human organism.
The EXHILARATION of opening into the freedom of your own unique flow is second to none..
May we pilgrimage upon the path less traveled with peace, passion and pride♥

Me 

  

 
Woman is not to be adored for her beauty alone, for her feminine charms. She is to be revered in all forms, from the most sublimely beautiful to the frightening, from the young girl child to the old crone, from the bloodthirsty to the motherly, from the gentle to the fierce. 

I am. 

I am. 

I am that. I am that I am.

I am the live Essence. I am the Galactivator. 

I am the human Context. I am the third eye of One. 

I am the dawn of a new Era. I am the center of all Sources. 

I am the intimacies of Eternity. I am the distinguisher of Realms. 

I am the Light of all Luminosities. I am the the wanderer of the Path.

I am the emittance of Consciousness. I am the anima mundi of natural Worlds. 

I am the consistent form of a Nebula. I am the spattered truth of Earth. 

I am the ruling factor of Equation. I am the synchronization of Souls. 

I am the everlasting Exoticism. I am the range of Capacities. 

I am the softness of Clouds. I am the twinkle in the Eye. 

I am the all Encompassing. I am the truth of Future. 

I am the broken Lock. I am the Kymatica.

           I am that I am. I am that. I am. 

For she has returned,
and her voice roaring as a thousand mighty lions,
echoing for races and generations to come.
 No longer shall her womb be kept in chains,
for her children of earth,
stand in an unbreakable circle
with one voice, one heartbeat and one soul united,
through the darkest of hours,
over the threshold, into a new dawn.

Twiggie, 2015?

History and meaning of Slavic Swastika,Kolovrat’

The earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine, which dates an incredible 12,000 years, and one of the earliest cultures that are known to have used the Swastika was a Neolithic culture in Southern Europe, in the area that is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca Culture, which dates back around 8,000 years.
Indo European nations in this case the Slavs and Vedic culture of Indo-Aryans attached great importance to the cross-like objects in history. The Swastika, known in Slavic world as Kolovrat was a sacred symbol that carried a huge significance in Early Slavic culture.
Swastika or Kolovrat symbolised infinite values in our culture for example from mythological aspect the spinning wheel symbolised the infinity and repeating the cycle (the fight between Slavic Gods Perun and Veles) in fight between Good and Evil.

Kolovrat and Swastika also beside the never ending cycle symbolised the … Sun, that grants us life and warmth. Just as among other Indo-European cultures as Germanic, Latin, Celtic, Vedic (Indian) and early, pre-arabic Iran, among Slavs some of the oldest examples of Slavic Kolovrat Swastikas have been found in Ukraine.

There are also early Indo-European Slavs with these symbols found in Tarim Basin in China – mummies of proto-Slav. 

  

  
The Tarim mummies are a series of mummies discovered in the Tarim Basin in present-day Xinjiang, China, which date from 1900 BCE to 200 CE. Some of the mummies are frequently associated with the presence of the Indo-European Tocharian languages in the Tarim Basin, although the evidence is not totally conclusive. Research into the subject has attracted controversy, due to ethnic tensions in modern day Xinjiang. 

There have been concerns whether DNA results could affect claims by Uyghur peoples of being indigenous to the region. In comparing the DNA of the mummies to that of modern day Uyghur peoples, Victor H. Mair’s team found some genetic similarities with the mummies, but no direct links, stating that “modern DNA and ancient DNA show that Uighurs, Kazaks, Krygyzs, the peoples of Central Asia are all mixed Caucasian and East Asian… the modern and ancient DNA tell the same story.”

He concludes that the mummies are Caucasoid, likely speakers of an Indo-European language; that East Asian peoples “began showing up in the eastern portions of the Tarim Basin about 3,000 years ago… while the Uighur peoples arrived after the collapse of the Orkon Uighur Kingdom, largely based in modern day Mongolia, around the year 842.

  
  Images of this cross-like symbol among Slavs and other Indo-European Aryan groups vary a lot, and there has been historically found over 144 variations of this symbol.

In other words the Swastika and Kolovrat constantly evolved during their history, each Indo-European group developed their own types over time. Unlike the Christian Cross with it’s fixed design, the Swastika and Kolvorat evolved and today this is the reason so many archaeological excavations find different varieties of this once magical symbols, in other words like life, sun or spinning wheel Kolovrat is in constant cycle and it changes.

  
Symbol of Swastika and Kolovrat have been used in early Indo-European astronomy, the interaction of the Spirit and Matter, Life and Death, Darkness or Light and even Truth or Lies.

The so called moving cross of Indo-European populations today is displayed in rich variety of graphic forms and coloration’s. In Slavic mythology the Swastika or Kolovrat was also called the “little sun” and in the early phases of Slavic Pagans it was the symbol of the Sun God = ,Svarog’ (in Polish also ,Swarożyc’).

Wooden Slavic monuments called “Idols” were usually depictions of Slavic gods and on most of these Idols Slavs used to engrave them with Swastika.

  
Also during burials the Symbol of Swastika or Kolovrat was also engraved on wooden Idols above graves of deceased ones as a symbol of eternity and constant cycle between Life and Death.

Swastika or Kolovrat as a symbol was first published in the book “Prasłowiańskie motywy architektoniczne” (In english: “Early Slavic Architectural Motifs”) back in 1923 by a Polish painter Stanisław Jakubowski after his inspection of the early Slavic symbolism found from various historical sources.

  
Embroidery among Slavs is one of the oldest crafts and in history Kolovrat was one of the most common symbols. Today there Kolvorat as a symbol is gaining large popularity among neo-pagan Slavic groups holding Kolovrat as the symbol of their identity. Many neo-Nazi groups also use these symbols which makes Kolovrat symbol usage dubious and matter of on going discussion so many country ban usage of Nazi Germany Swastika and punish the usage of the same by law, however Swastika symbol (such as Kolovrat) and similar version are allowed as religious and historical symbol for usage to anyone. The swastika as a religious and cultural symbol is not the property of the Germans only, but it is widely known and respected symbol in the whole Europe and Asia. Confusing this fact with the period of World War II is a mistake, just as Hitler mistaken many things about Slavs.
TwiggieTruth 

UFOs in Middle Age and Renaissance Paintings

A fourteenth century fresco of the Madonna and Child depict on the top right side the image of a UFO hovering in the distance. A blow up of this fresco reveals tremendous details about this UFO including port holes.
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This painting has also been attributed to Jacopo del Sellaio and to Sebastiano Mainardi; but it’s not the speculation over the work’s creator that draws the crowds, rather, it’s the claims by alien theorists that it clearly depicts an extra-terrestrial object. For hovering in the background, just above the left shoulder of the Madonna, is an oval shaped object and beneath this stands a man who appears to be looking up at the strange shape in the sky, while at his feet his dog appears to be barking at it.

A multitude of bright beams of light are emitted from the suspected UFO that appears to be a substantial construction and it’s this that convinces some people that the shape is a flying saucer or could it be the biblical Noah’s Ark?

Attributed to the school of Sebastiano Mainardi and on display at Sommariva Perno, shows the same scene of a shepherd who, with a hand to his forehead and a dog at his side, looks towards the apparition of the red-dressed Angel. And in the center, above the Madonna’s head, there is the same light-rayed cloud.

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Two other suggestions that alien theorists have used is that the Madonna has deliberately positioned herself so that she can shield the children in her lap and that her halo, which looks vaporous, is possibly being diminished by the object in the sky.

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In truth, many artists inserted symbols into their artworks, random pieces of iconography to please the pious and potential purchasers of their artworks. The object painted here by Ghirlandaio could simply be his interpretation of an angelic presence or a depiction of a brilliant star, for on the left of the painting there’s a depiction of the Nativity star. Or, it may, who knows, be an ancient and now forgotten piece of Christian iconography.

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In the Nativity by Lorenzo Monaco (1409), we find the same cloud over the Madonna, while the Angel comes out of a similar cloud to make his announcement to the shepherds.

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In the Renaissance sacred art, there were represented not only scenes taken from the four canonical Gospels. Artists, often,took their inspirations from more recent devotional texts, containing characters and situations with more popular and narrative streaks

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The announcement to the shepherds as appears in the Nativity of Vincenzo Foppa (Detroit Institute of Arts)

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Two shepherds, as in the tondo of Palazzo Vecchio, are looking to the angel coming out from the cloud. We can see this scene represented in much the same way of the Madonna with Child of Palazzo Vecchio (above) in many other paintings of the Nativity or the Adoration of the Child:

Many of the paintings in The Middle Ages and Renaissance periods of Western civilisations  created some of the most iconic and defining works of art and in question are religious in nature, which was very common for the era. In many of these paintings flying saucers, UFOs, laser beams, and men in aircraft seem to be depicted flying overhead observing religious events such as the birth of Jesus, or his crucifixion.

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People who believe these objects could depict UFOs seen in the Middle Ages, say the people of the day may have mistook the appearance of alien aircraft as religious events. This may explain the incorporation of these objects into religiously significant scenes. Others say the depicted objects are simply spiritual in origin and have nothing to do with flying saucers.

Why is it that Madonna always looks glum?

These paintings also call attention to other paintings representing similar characters and settings, only with clearly defined angels and religious figures. Such paintings include the 15th century painting “Adoration of the Christ Child” by Vincenzo Foppa. The painting is very similar to “The Madonna With Saint Giovannino,” including a figure in the background staring at the sky. The object he is looking up at in this case, however, isn’t a flying saucer, but a winged angel emanating light.

Many paintings by Piero Della Francesca, including this, “The Baptism of Christ” (1450), contain lenticular shaped clouds that many believe to be UFOs.

Many paintings by Piero Della Francesca, including this, “The Baptism of Christ” (1450), contain lenticular shaped clouds that many believe to be UFOs.

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Fra Angelico, c. 1425
Fra Angelico, c. 1425

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11ball-ufoThese two tapestries were created in the 14th century. Both depict the life of Mary. Hat shaped objects can be clearly seen in both tapestries. The one on the right was created in 1330. The one on the left is entitled “The Magnificat”. Both are located at the French basillica Notre-Dame in Beaune, Burgandy.

This image on the right comes from the french book “Le Livre Des Bonnes Moeurs” by Jacques Legrand. You can find this book in Chantilly Condé’s Museum ref 1338 ,297 part 15 B 8. Some people say that the sphere is a balloon.   However, gallons were not in France in 1338.

Below is my video which highlights a few of these masterful artworks.
Enjoy.

Sources

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ufoart/esp_ovnis_arte_9.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20021218161308/http:/digilander.libero.it/mysterica/Ufocrivelli.htm

http://sprezzatura.it/Arte/Arte_UFO_5_eng.htm

Picture of Tortoise beside Cymatic Sound Patterns. 

Picture of Tortoise beside Cymatic Sound Patterns. 

The Tortoise, so often seen as supporting the World in Creation Myths, has a striking similarity to Cymatic Sound Pattern within its Shell. It was a Tortoise Shell that was used to Create the Ancient Chinese Divination System of the I-Ching.  Marie Louise Von Franz suggests the I-Ching as a Perfect Mathematical Model of our DNA. Could this Creation Myth be an Explanation of how our very Existence is supported and made possible by DNA?