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January 04 2013

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The Secret Dakini Oracle - a Tarot deck by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas

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The Secret Dakini Oracle - a Tarot deck by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas

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doc-avalon:

The Cosmic Carrot from The Secret Dakini Oracle Tantric divination deck.

“28 Cosmic Carrot     The occult transmission. Earnest desire for liberation. Discipline. Commitment to the spiritual path. Fruition.    Air

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The Secret Dakini Oracle - a Tarot deck by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas

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The Secret Dakini Oracle - a Tarot deck by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas

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The Secret Dakini Oracle - a Tarot deck by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas

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December 24 2012

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I'm not an overly religious person, but I was raised Roman Catholic. I was never confirmed because, while I believe in the message of the bible (don't be a dick and the world will be a better place), I cannot condone a lot of the actions that the Church has taken over the centuries, but that's a different story. I go to church on Christmas and Easter now, which makes my Mother sad (I really am sorry, Mom), but this year is different. I don't know why, but someone has been making bomb threats at my Church/Elementary school. This year, I'm almost afraid to go to the Christmas Eve Children's Mass. If people have problems with the Church, or the Catholic faith, I get it. I'm not saying people are not entitled to their beliefs, but when someone has such a problem with a system of belief that they are willing to threaten children, and people who have probably done nothing to harm them, I cannot comprehend it. I don't think I want to; at best, it's selfish and childish; at worst, it's idiotic. I don't know why someone is threatening to blow up the church that I have gone to since I was a child, and that my Mother went to when she was a child, but I gotta say, it's scaring the shit out of me.
 I thought about trying to talk my Mother out of going to mass tomorrow, but then I realized she would go anyway because she's my Mother and that's what she does. I thought about staying  home myself, but then I realized that, if my family is going to be there and something happens to them, I would never be able to live without them. If there's one thing I know about myself, it's that I am nothing without my family. So I'm going to go tomorrow, and if I die, I just wanted to let everyone out there who is a friend or a family member that I love you dearly, more than words can say, in fact, and I hope that you will live long and wonderful lives, and have fabulous adventures. 
But mostly, I really hope that I don't get blown up by some imbecilic asshole on Christmas Eve because he has some deranged obsession with proving his hatred for a belief system by murdering children and other potentially innocent people. Because that would be a stupid reason to die, and I want to die for a LEGITIMATE FUCKING REASON, GODDAMNIT.
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December 20 2012

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John Silence, Physician Extraordinary - Wikisource, the free online library

John Silence, Physician Extraordinary By Algernon Blackwood To M.L.W. The Original of John Silence and My Companion in Many Adventures

November 29 2012

MerelyGifted
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By Thomas Small

“Inspired by the artwork upon the coffins of the Ancient Egyptian priest, Nesyamun.”

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Details of 15th century Rosslyn Chapel.

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Chapter IX.
PTAH, THE DIVINE LOGOS.

This interesting deity is considered one of the great primeval gods of Egypt, and from earliest times to the end of the nation his distinctive characteristics appear to have suffered no change. So great was the reverence paid to him throughout the land that the whole country became known as Het-ka-Ptah, “the house of the soul of Ptah,” which by the Greeks was pronounced Aigyptos, and by us “Egypt,” though originally it was only the name of the city of Memphis, the most ancient capital of the nation.

With singular unanimity all the Egyptologists agree that the name of Ptah, (by the Greeks written “Pthah”), can be recognized, letter for letter, in the well known Hebrew verb patach, “to open,” “to begin,” and derivatively, “to carve, to engrave, to make a sculpture.” Each of these meanings thoroughly supports our interpretation of the significance of Ptah, who stands for the idea of Revelation, the Divine Word, the creative Logos which was in the beginning with God. By it were all things made that were made; by it the Infinite created, [in Hebrew bara, “carved”], all things out of His own Divine substance, and by it He opens His Infinity to His human creatures in representative types or letters which in ancient times were carved upon tablets of stone. Ptah is generally represented as a man clothed in a close-fitting garment or mummy shroud, with face and hands bare, while on his head is a skull-cap without any crown or other emblematic ornaments. He is sometimes seen standing, sometimes sitting on an ornamental chair or throne, holding in one hand a roll of papyrus, and in the other a writer’s pen ;* but whether standing or sitting there is always beneath him a kind of pedestal, the name of which is Maat, (= truth), “shaped like a cubit rod which is the sign for truth and just measurement.” (Wiedemann, p. 131.) When standing he holds in his two hands the usual staff, combined with the ankh and a miniature djed-pillar, and at his back there is again the djed-pillar with its three degrees, while from the back of his neck there extends into the highest degree of the djed-pillar the menat, formed like a pendant bell-shaped flower.

Every one of these emblems is full of significance, representing various truths of the Doctrine concerning the Word.

1). The close-fitting garment or mummy shroud represents the letter of the Word, in itself dead, while the naked face and hands represent the internal sense which in places is open even in the letter. The Assyrians and Babylonians in the same way represented the letter of the Word by their god Nebo.** The bald head with the skull-cap again represents the letter of the Word in which, as a whole, spiritual truths are not apparent, (compare the “bald head” of Elisha, who represents the letter of the Word).

2). The papyrus-roll and the writer’s pen speak for themselves as signs of the written Word. The pedestal of “truth” also, is the self-evident emblem of the letter of the Word as the basis of the internal senses. The staff represents the Word as the “firmament” which confirms and supports the interior truth, while the ankh in his hands is the universal emblem of spiritual life and holiness. Thus we find that the Ancient Egyptians were well acquainted with the “New” Church Doctrine that the letter of the Word is the basis, firmament and containant of the internal sense, and that in it the Divine Truth is in its fulness, in its holiness and in its power.

3. The djed-pillar behind Ptah speaks volumes concerning that internal sense behind the letter which is contained in a series of three successive degrees, while the menat, — the emblem of conjunction and delight, — is a symbol of the affection and delight which is extended especially to those who enter into the inmost sense of the Word, — the sense which treats of uses, of goods, of love to the neighbor and to the Lord, and which like a flower exhales the fragrant delight of perception.

Porphyry states that Ptah came forth from an egg which issued from the mouth of Khnum, and the monuments describe him as “the Lord of Truth;” “the very great god who came into being in the earliest time;” “the Father of the mighty fathers; Father of the beginning; he who created the sun-egg and the moon-egg;” he from whose eye the gods came forth, while men came forth from his mouth. Ptah is recognized as the primeval creative power; not such as the sun, for he is never represented with any solar emblems, “but as an abstract idea of intellectual power.” A bas-relief in the island of Philae shows him turning upon a potter’s wheel a lump of clay, or, as others say, a chaos-egg, from which all things were made, just as Khnum, Amon and Ra are represented in the same creative act. But their distinctive emblems show that the One Creator is thus variously represented as to His distinct essentials, just as a Newchurchman might, without contradicting himself, ascribe the act of Creation successively to the Divine Love itself, to the Divine Wisdom, to the spiritual Sun, and to the Word.

Regarded originally as the creative Logos, Ptah became gradually invested with the character of a demiurge and master architect and designer of everything created, as the chief god of all handicraft, the great artificer in metals, as smelter, caster, sculptor and engraver of all forms in the universe. By the Greeks he was identified with Hephaistos or Vulcan, (= Tubal-cain, the “loud-sounding smith,” the “instructor of every artificer in brass and iron”), but Hephaistos was a very subordinate deity as compared with Ptah, and Wiedemann shows that “Ptah has no essential connection whatever with Hephaistos,” (R. A. E., p. 137), unless it be, as he suggests, that the name of Hephaistos was originally derived from Ptah.

Many of the Egyptologists recognize the close relation of Ptah with the Ibis-headed god Thoth. The attributes and associations of the two are, indeed, very similar. Ptah, like Thoth, figures as the scribe of the gods, and like him is called “Lord of maat,” i. e., of “truth.” The goddess Maat, the wife of Thoth, is also said to be the wife of Ptah, and Dr. Budge comes very close to the true interpretation of the two deities when he states that “Thoth was in reality only a personification of the intelligence of Ptah.” (G. E. i:516.) For though both of them represent the Word, Thoth more particularly stands for the understanding of the Word in its interior sense, as is evident from his emblems: the Ibis bird, the udjat eye, the crescent moon, etc. …


*”The writings of Ptah” are referred to in the book of the dead. (G.E. i:502.)
**In Hebrew, nebu, a prophet, from naba, to bubble forth, to utter inspired sentences. The name is frequently used as part of personal names such as Nebuchadnezzar, Nabopolassar, etc.

Outdated in some ways (e.g., ‘anch” and “tet” instead of “ankh” and “djed,” etc), but interesting. It has large, mostly fascinating illustrations, and also seems rather spiritually useful.


(via THE CORRESPONDENCES OF EGYPT by C. TH. ODHNER - THE ACADEMY BOOK ROOM; BRYN ATHYN. PA. - 1914)

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