Happy Mabon/Equinox

The Sabbats ~ The Autumn Equinox, Mabon

I was reading up on Maybon and ran into this and while reading decided I had to share it with you all.

Mabon, pronounced May-bon, MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn, is the Fall Equinox, named after the Celtic God of the same name. This lesser Sabbat is known, not only by the name of Mabon, but also that of Harvest Home, Winter Finding and Alban Elved plus various other names, such as The Second Harvest Festival, the Festival of Dionysus, Harvest of First Fruits, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from this Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honour The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees.

The word “equinox” is derived from Latin term “æquinoctium” which, in turn, came from “æquus” (equal), and “nox” (night). It refers to the phenomenon that occurs but twice a year, a day and night of equal proportion, each being twelve hours in duration.

The seasons of the year are as a result of the 23.5º tilt of the earth’s axis. The earth rotates like a gyroscope, and points in a fixed direction towards a point in space close to the North Star. Yet because the earth also revolves around the sun, the northern hemisphere is more exposed to the sun than the southern hemisphere for half of the year. During the rest of the year, the reverse is true. As we know, the sun is at its highest point at the time of the Summer Solstice (about June 21st) and lowest at the Winter Solstice (around December 21st in the northern hemisphere. The halfway points between these two events are known as the equinoxes.

Mabon is the solar festival that marks the Autumn Equinox – the transition from the light half to the dark half of the year. The autumn quarter of the year runs from Lammas/Lughnasadh (the time of the orthodox harvest festival) to Samhain (Halloween), so Mabon marks the mid-point of autumn. By the time of Mabon, the earth is displaying unmistakable signs of the journey to winter – the nights are rapidly drawing in, leaves are beginning to turn autumnal shades, and birds are preparing for migration.

Mabon is the time of harvesting apples, blackberries, grapes and hops, as the arable crops have now all been gathered and celebrated at Lammas, the first of the harvest festivals. Mabon recognizes the completion of the grain harvest that began during Lammas and it is an occasion of great joy and sorrow – a time of change and transition. We are at this time symbolically between the worlds as we mourn that which is passing; long days, a warm and fruitful earth, and bountiful harvests. This is a time of realization that the Wheel of the Year has again turned and will continue to turn towards, that time is an entity of cyclical nature – there is no end but only new beginnings; births, deaths and re-births.

So although Mabon is a celebration of successful harvests and the bounty mother-earth has provided, it is also an acknowledgement of and preparation for the winter to come. This is a time when folk traditionally measured their success by the food and provisions they had managed to harvest to see them through the long winter months – success meant a comfortable winter season, whereas a less fruitful bounty boded of severe hardship.

Hence Mabon is a time of preparation for winter survival, a fact that is apparent throughout the natural world. It is at this time that the squirrels begin to gather and store their winter food, lairs are being lined with autumn leaves and we begin to see the first of the ducks and geese starting their long winter journeys.

Survival is very much the key word for Mabon. The rutting stags of autumn display this sentiment most fiercely as they battle for the hind harems. They begin in early September for a six-week battle period, at the end of which the victor will claim the harem as his right, with the unsuccessful fighters ostracized to the edge of the herd.

Mabon is also known as the Feast of Avalon and the festival of the Wine Harvest. Avalon is the mystical burial site of the Celts, and literally means the “land of apples” in Celtic lore. In addition, the festival is also named after the Welsh God Mabon. Mabon means the “great son”. In Celtic mythology Mabon was the son of Modron the Mother Goddess, kidnapped at three days old by the Lord of the Underworld who wanted to stop his light shining on the Earth. Mabon escaped (or according to other Arthurian legend was rescued by King Arthur) and returned the light to the world. Thus the link to the equinox in the folklore of Mabon (a story of the battle between light and dark) is highly evident as this event marks the start of autumn, but is also the perfect balance of day and night.

The God Mabon is also representative of the circle of life in the sense that he epitomizes the innocence of youth, the strength of survival and the wisdom gained throughout life. Perhaps then, this link with the life cycle explains another guise of Mabon – King of the Otherworld and the God of Darkness.

The legend of Mabon coincides with other Gods such as the Welsh God Gwyn Ap Nuad, meaning, “white son of darkness”. He is seen as the God of war and death, the patron God of fallen warriors. Again, this is a representation or connection to the mythical land of Avalon.

To the Druids this celebration is known as “Mea’n Fo’mhair”, and honours the Green Man, the God of the Forest, with libations and offerings to their sacred trees. Wiccans also celebrate the maturing Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for his death and re-birth.

Mabon as a holiday or time of celebration is a period of release and of letting go. It is a time to honour those who have passed and a way of saying goodbye to the summer. The themes of closing, letting go and remembering should be observed; for the year, the harvest and for those we have lost during the year and years past.

Although in the main we view the Harvest season as a celebration of life, it is also a celebration of death. The bounty you gather from your garden and that which is harvested from the fields provides nourishment for you and your loved ones. Yet we must also consider that it is the demise of those plants and vegetables from which we gain our sustenance. Furthermore, it is the fallow period that follows the harvest that allows the earth to regenerate and sustain us anew. Thus Mabon is a celebration of the cycle of life; a holiday for celebrating the bounty of the harvest, the imminent latency of the earth, the remembrance of loved ones passed and all the ways in which they enriched our lives – it is not a time of melancholy, more so of celebration of the circle of life and all that it gives and teaches us.

On a personal level also, the celebration of Mabon reminds us of the need for restful periods. These times allow us to regenerate and learn from the lessons of the year that has passed thus far. Acceptance is the key, for in life things happen, decisions are made, and actions occur as a consequence – we cannot go back and change that which has passed, only accept that which has happened. However we can reap the harvest of wisdom that these incidences, decisions and consequences bring. Our lives are shaped by such things, they make us the multi-faceted people that we are, and Mabon is a wonderful time to give thanks for all the events that have shaped our lives, for all that we perceive as wonderful and all is not, for they are part of the whole which makes each and every one of us unique. Now is the time to look back on the past and forward to the future and to exult in what we are and what we may become, the ways in which our lives have changed in such a short space of time – the leaps and bounds we have made, and the mistakes we have learned from. With contemplation of rebirth and the future return of the abundance of the spring and summer months, take this time to meditate on these aspects of your life, sit back, reassess and take stock.

The relevance of Mabon to the individual is evident, but how does this translate to family life? As we know, Mabon is considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they are from our careers, raising our families, working in our gardens, or just coping with everyday life. If this is the time for us to take the opportunity to look at our lives and reassess where we are going, what we have so far achieved and what it is that we are still seeking, so it can also be for our families. Mabon is a time to consider which aspects of your life you wish to preserve and which you would prefer to discard. This relates incredibility well to family life. Prepare a lovely Mabon meal with your family – the use of seasonal vegetables is perfect, especially from your own garden. Picking blackberries earlier in the day is a lovely traditional past time, and all the more fun for the fruits of your labor – blackberry pie and cream for pudding please! If you are feeling creative, have fun making a lovely centerpiece for the table with your children. An arrangement of autumn leaves, apples and berries is lovely. Sit down together, and during your meal, share tales and happy stories about those you lost during the year. Or share your experiences and chat about the lessons you feel you have learned during this past season. Reflect on your deeds and actions and give thanks for knowledge you were endowed with as a result. You may find upon reflection that your family life has become automated, or stuck in a familiar pattern. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but as the old saying goes, “a change is as good as a rest”. For example, you could perhaps decide to plan a family event once a month, or more often if time and finances allow, as this creates an opportunity to spend some time together, which is something for everyone to look forwards too. You could decide to begin a new phase of development with your younger children – a new challenge. Discuss new hobbies and interests with your older children, or even better, a hobby that could include the whole family such as rambling or bird watching. Mabon is a wonderful time to really appreciate each other, and reminisce about the events of the year so far. A cozy night in together can engender some surprising conversations with your children. Discuss their hopes and fears, ease their troubles, and allow them the space and sense of security to openly talk about the things they regret without judgment. Simply airing these things can be enough to learn from them and banish any residual feelings of negativity and guilt – so good for the soul!

Mabon is also a good time to brooch the subject of death, as we have already mentioned. This sounds morbid I know, but it doesn’t have to be seen this way. Of course it is not suggested that we do not miss our loved ones, but to focus on celebrating their lives, and the wonderful people that they were is such a positive thing to do, a real gift if you can give this to your children. It is a good time to let your children feel their sadness, cry and be comforted, and then share happy memories, and laugh out loud.

For younger children, the subject of death can be something as simple as watching the leaves fall from the trees. Talk about the changes in colour, and what it signifies. Run about in the fallen leaves, and collect some, a myriad of different shades to take home and make collages with. Discuss the cycle of the year – the flowers blooming, the fruit or seeds budding on the trees, the harvests of fruit and the inevitable of shedding of leaves. Mother Nature gives us all the gentle and beautiful ways we need to discuss the tricky subject of death!

So, this Mabon cut away the chaff, the useless things and situations that are holding up your life. Sit back a take stock of all the progress you have made, and reflect upon how you can spread some of your good fortune around to others. What changes can you make for the better? How can you work to balance any conflict that is around you? Mabon begins with the sign of Libra and it is no coincidence, in this time of natural balance, that Libra’s symbol is a set of scales. It is also time to truly appreciate the special people in your life. These things are your modern day “Harvest.”

The Wheel of the year continues to turn, the nights steadily get longer, the days shorter and the weather cooler still and on the night of Mabon, we know that we accomplished much and the hard work is done. The light from the sun is still golden, warming the earth and ripening the last of the year’s natural bounty. We can look forward to this time of contemplation, of the warmth and comfort of our homes surrounded with people we love. Give thanks!

Correspondences

Date: September 21, 22, 23

Pronunciation: May-bon, or Ma-bon

Type: Lesser Sabbat

Etymology: In Welsh mythology, Mabon (“divine son”) was the son of Modron (“divine mother”).

Other Names: )

Symbolism:Honoring the Solar deities, celebrating the second harvest, preparing for winter, gathering. Thanksgiving for the Earth’s abundance. It is a day of planning, reflection, and the contemplation of mysteries. This is a time of balance, when day and night are equal once again.

Place in the Natural Cycle: Midpoint of Fall. Both the day and night are equal as the sun is at the equator. Most birds have gone south, bears are beginning to get ready for their hibernation, the leaves start to fall, and everything begins to get ready for the period of sleep.

Animals: dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, owl, salmon and goat.

Altar & House Decor:acrorns, pinecones, fallen leaves, nuts, corn, harvested vegetables, apples, corn dollies, horn of plenty, baskets of fruit and flowers, squashes and pumpkins, grape vines and leaves

Herbs & Plants: yarrow,marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, dried apple or apple seeds, vines, ivy, hazel, hops, tobacco, corn, wheat, acorns, pine and cypress cones, all harvest gleanings, autumn leaves

Incense: Cedar, pine, pine, myrrh, frankincense, sage, cinnamon

Oils: Cedar, Myrrh, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Pine, Sage, Sandalwood, Sweetgrass, Grape

Flowers: Last flowers of the year, red flowers, purple flowers

Trees: Cedar, aspen, oak, pine, cypress

Planetary ruler: Venus

Zodiac: 15 degrees of Libra

Moon: Harvest Moon/Wine Moon

Traditional Foods:Bread, berries, apples, potatoes, carrots, harvested vegetables, beans, cornbread, grains, nuts, grapes, corn, nuts, baked squash

Traditional Drinks: Cider, wine, mead.

Stones/Gems: , lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye, citrine, clear quartz, gold

Symbols: Grapes, wine, vines, garland, burial cairns, rattles, Indian corn, sun wheels, apples, gourd, cornucopia/horn of plenty

Goddesses:Morgan, Persephone

Gods: Thor, the Green Man.

Element: Earth, Air

Colors: usset, brown, violet, maroon, orange, deep gold

Threshold: Sunset/Dusk

Tarot Card: Judgment and The World

Taboos: Cutting the very last of the harvest.

Magickal Studies: Herbal work, wildcrafting, connecting with the earth, saying “goodnight” to the land

Tools: Sickle, scythe, stang, horn or cup, boline, fruit-gathering basket, harvest tools, scrying Mirror

Spellwork/Rituals: Works including prosperity, abundance, thanksgiving, luck and health, fruit is honored, sprinkling of leaves, prayers and offerings of thanksgiving, celebration of the harvest, sacrifices and offerings, feasting, honoring community and family, renewing oaths

Meditations: Meditations on you personal and spiritual harvest. Appreciate the connection we have with those around us, as well as those who have gone before us.

Balefire: Cedar, aspen, oak, pine, cypress

Personal Adornments:Grape vines, fall colors, garlands and necklaces made of seeds and nuts

Ways to Celebrate

• Plant bulbs for spring.

• Collect fallen leaves, acorns, pinecones, twigs & branches, rocks, etc.

• Make wine with grapes.

• Planting bulbs and fruit seeds

• Gather the last remaining of your herbs, and vegetables for the harvest.

• Give offerings to the Deities, the spirits of the land.

• Cutting down logs, buying them, for winter fires.

• Gather seed pods and dried plants.

• Select the best of your vegetables, herbs, fruits, etc. from your harvest and give it back to Mother Earth for thanks.

• Hang dried ears of corn around the home.

• Have a thanksgiving circle, saying thanks toward the elementals.

• In a basket put your harvests, or fallen leaves as a decoration.

• Make grapevine wreaths.

• Save the collected leaves to burn in Yule fire.

• Pick apples and hang in tree.

• Apples are the perfect symbol of the Mabon season. Long connected to wisdom and magic, there are so many wonderful things you can do with an apple. Find an orchard near you, and spend a day with your family. As you pick the apples, give thanks to Pomona goddess of fruit trees. Be sure to only pick what you’re going to use — if you can, gather plenty to take home and preserve for the coming winter months. Take your apples home and use them in rituals, for divination, and for delicious recipes that your family can enjoy all season long.

• Sit down and make a gratitude list Write down things that you are thankful for.

• Tell stories, especially ones of life and death, and the cycles of life.

• Have a potluck feast with a group of friends and loved ones to celebrate the abundance of the season.

• Take a walk in a wild place with your family or circle members; Sing songs and talk about all the things you’ve done over the summer and spend time discussing other things you’ve done together in the last year; gather wild seeds and seed pods to decorate your circle for ritual.

• Create decorations for your front door out of colored leaves, pine cones, nuts, acorns and Indian Corn bundles.

• Make rattles out of empty gourds and sunflower seeds or seeds collected from nature walks. Use the rattles to make music or scare away bad dreams.

• Fill your kitchen with the fruits of the season: pumpkins in all sizes, colourful gourds if you can get them, juicy grapes, baskets of berries and corn. Decorate your door with corn husks. Gather acorns and apples in every colour for your altar.

• Make a corn dolly charm out of the first grain you harvest or acquire. Corn dollies are appropriate altar decorations for any of the 3 harvest sabbats.

• Light candles at dusk … Yellow for health, orange for sharing the harvest, and purple for deepening spiritual awareness.

• Gather the spices of the season and toss out last year’s stale spices during the waning moon, and visualise old habits, obstacles, and outworn desires being cleared from your life. Restock your pantry with fresh cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole nutmegs, allspice, curry powder, cumin, chilli powder, cayenne, peppercorns, sea salt. Warming herbs such as dried basil, marjoram, and dill are wonderful for the chill of the coming winter. Rosemary, thyme and sage are traditional must-haves for the months to come.

• Make a dream pillow by stitching two 7” square pieces of fabric together and fill with two cups of some sound sleep, deep dream, better dream-recall herbs such as hops, lavender flowers, rosemary and rose petals.

• Find your balance by sitting or standing quietly with your eyes closed, breathing deeply and be mindful of your body. How does your body feel? Now bring your hands to your heart center and be mindful of whether you still feel balanced. Let this be a gentle reminder to you of the grace, beauty and balance that comes with the autumnal equinox between day and night, light and dark, activity and rest.

• Decorate your home with the colors of the season (reds, oranges, browns and yellows), the symbols of the season, including corn, sheaf’s of wheat, squash and root vegetables, scales a yin-yang symbol, one white candle and one black candle, wine, vines, grapes, apples, pomegranates, God’s eyes, corn dolls, nut shells, baskets, and other similar items.

• Plan a harvest meal giving thanks for all you have been blessed with. Some foods you may want to incorporate are a honey wheat bread, apple butter, stuffed grape leaves, cranberry sauce, pumpkin bread, squash pie, an autumn beef stew loaded with root vegetables, roasted butternut squash soup, warm apple pie, etc.

• Invite prosperity into your life with prosperity candles which you can create with an unscented candle in a harvest color ( yellow, orange, brown), your choice of essential oil (cinnamon, orange or ginger), something to inscribe the candle with ( pencil, stylus, etc), pinch of dried sage, basil or dill. Light the candle and meditate on the flame and allow the candle to burn out on it’s own

Via Fb

NAMED AFTER GODS AND PLANETS

I have posted about Saturn day before but here’s the full week. The origin is Sumerian and based on lunar cycles.

Via: https://www.faenglishverse.com/post/origin-of-the-names-of-the-days-of-the-week

NAMED AFTER GODS AND PLANETS

The names of the 7 days of the week in most Latin-based languages come from the Roman calendar, which related each day with 7 celestial bodies considered to be gods: the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

The English language has retained the planet names for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. However, the names for the other days of the week have been replaced by their equivalent Norse or Germanic gods.

Some Asiatic languages such as Hindi, Japanese, and Korean have a similar relationship between the weekdays and the planets.

SUNDAY: from Middle English sunnenday from Old English sunnandæg (“day of the sun”), from sunne (“sun”), + dæg (“day”), late Proto-Germanic *sunnōniz dagaz, as a translation of Latin dies Solis and of Greek ήμέρα Ἥλιου (heméra Helíou); declared the “venerable day of the sun” by Roman Emperor Constantine on March 7, 321 CE. Compare Dutch zondag, West Frisian snein, German Sonntag, Danish søndag.

SOL – (Roman mythology) ancient Roman god; personification of the sun; counterpart of Greek Hēlios (Greek mythology).

MONDAY from Old English mōnandæġ (“day of the moon”), from mōna (“moon”) + dæg (“day”), late Proto-Germanic *mēniniz dagaz, a translation of Latin dies Lunae and of Greek ήμέρα Σελήνης (heméra Selénes). Compare West Frisian moandei, Dutch maandag, German Montag, Danish mandag.

LUNA – (Roman mythology) the goddess of the Moon; counterpart of Greek Selḗnē (Greek mythology).

TUESDAY from Middle English Tewesday, from Old English Tīwesdæġ (“Tuesday”), from Proto-Germanic *Tīwas dagaz (“Tuesday”, literally “Tiw’s Day”), from *Tīwaz (“Tyr, god of war”) + *dagaz (“day”). This was a Germanic rendering of Latin dies Martis in interpretatio germanica, itself a translation of Ancient Greek ήμέρα ‘Άρεως (heméra Áreos “day of Ares”) (interpretatio romana). Cognate with Scots Tysday (“Tuesday”), West Frisian tiisdei (“Tuesday”), German dialectal Ziestag (“Tuesday”), Danish tirsdag (“Tuesday”), Swedish tisdag (“Tuesday”). More at Tyr, day.

TYR – (Norse mythology) god of war and strife and son of Odin; identified with Anglo-Saxon Tiu or Tiw.

From Old Norse Týr, from Proto-Germanic *Tīwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dhyeu- (“god”). Cognate to Old English Tīw.

WEDNESDAY from Middle English Wednesdai, Wodnesdei, from Old English wōdnesdæġ (“Wednesday”), from a Germanic (compare Proto-Germanic *Wōdanas dagaz) calque of Latin dies (“day”) Mercurii (“of Mercurii”) and Koine Ancient Greek ἡμέρα (hemera, “day”) Ἕρμου (Hermou, “of Hermes”), via an association of the god Odin (Woden) with Mercury and Hermes.

ODIN – (Norse mythology and Heathenry) The supreme god of the Germanic and Norse pantheons, the leader of the Æsir, after whom Wednesday is named; the god of war and poetry, the husband of Frigg, the father of Balder, Hod, Hermod, Thor and Tyr. The Allfather, the One-eyed, the Terrible One, the Father of Battle.

Odin from Old Norse Óðinn, akin to Old High German Wotan and Old English Wōden. From Proto-Germanic *Wōdanaz, derived from Proto-Germanic *wōþuz (“rage, manic inspiration, furor poeticus”), from Proto-Indo-European *wet-. Compare Old Norse óðr and Dutch woede (rage) and woeden (to rage).

THURSDAY from Middle English, from Old English þursdæġ, þurresdæġ (“Thursday”), possibly from a contraction of Old English þunresdæġ (“Thursday”, literally “Thor’s day”), but more likely of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse þōrsdagr or Old Danish þūrsdag (“Thursday”); all from Proto-Germanic *Þunras dagaz (“Thor’s day”). Compare West Frisian tongersdei, Dutch donderdag, German Donnerstag, Danish torsdag. More at thunder, day.

A calque of Latin dies Iovis (dies Jovis) and of Ancient Greek ἡμέρα Ζεύς or ήμέρα Διός (heméra Zeús or heméra Diós, “day of Zeus”), via an association of the god Thor with the Roman god of thunder Jove (Jupiter) and with the Greek god of thunder Zeus.

THOR – (Norse mythology) god of thunder and rain, farming and son of Odin; pictured as wielding a hammer emblematic of the thunderbolt; identified with Teutonic Donar.

Representing Old Norse Þórr (Swedish Tor); cognate with Old English þunor.

FRIDAY from Old English frīġedæġ. Compound of frīġe and dæġ “day”, corresponding to late Proto-Germanic *Frijjōz dagaz (“day of Frigg”). Compare West Frisian freed, Dutch vrijdag, German Freitag, Danish fredag. Old Norse Frigg (genitive Friggjar), Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Common Germanic Frijjō. Frigg is cognate with Sanskrit prīyā́ which means “wife.” The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means “beloved lady”, in Swedish as fria (“to propose for marriage”) and in Icelandic as frjá which means “to love.”

A calque of Latin dies Veneris and of Ancient Greek ήμέρα Άφροδίτης (heméra Afrodítes), via an association of the goddess Frigg with the Roman goddess of love Venus and the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite.

FRIGG – (Germanic mythology, Norse mythology) The wife of Odin, and the Norse/Germanic goddess of married love, the heavens, home and hearth, after whom Friday is named (due to her being identified with Venus and Aphrodite).

From Old Norse Frigg, from Proto-Germanic *Frijjō.

SATURDAY from Old English Sæternesdæg (“day of Saturn”), from Sætern (“Saturn”), from Latin Saturnus and from Greek Κρόνου (kronos) (“the god of fertility, agriculture and vegetation”), possibly from Etruscan, + Old English dæg (“day”); a translation of Latin dies Saturni and of Greek ήμέρα Κρόνου (heméra Krónou “day of Kronos”) Compare West Frisian saterdei, Dutch zaterdag.

SATURN – (Roman mythology) The god of fertility, agriculture and vegetation; counterpart of Greek Kronos (Greek mythology).

From Old English Sætern, from Latin Saturnus, probably of Etruscan origin, plausibly influence by Latin satus, past participle of serere (“to sow”).

Ancient Greek Κρόνος, possibly from the Ancient Greek κραίνω (krainō, “to rule or command”).

THE SHASU OF YHWH. — Outside Books.

Reblogging because I really love Egyptian culture and history, especially in regards to the Abrahamic religion roots in many modern belief systems. This is particularly fascinating.

Via: madeleinintabo From November 18, 2019 

I was reading on the origin and development of the worship of Yhwh right through the bronze age, iron age ,the canonization of monotheism to the present day, when I came across the mysterious Shasu of Yhwh. That had me researching on who this people were and why there is so much speculation on them by researchers. Before I get to the Shasu part, it’s interesting to note that Yhwh is the name of the state God of ancient Israel and Judah. His name is a tetragrammaton that was used to remind the people to use the epithet ‘Adonai’ ( lord ) instead of the holy name. There is so much on this topic and I’ll leave that for another day. Shasu, pronounced ‘Shaswe’, is a word that literally means ‘ people who went by foot ‘ and was used by the Egyptians to refer to lawless bandits, nomads and pastoralists or people from different middle East ancient nations be it Edomites, Hapiru, Midianites etc.The Shasu of Yhwh came into the picture when ruins of an ancient temple of the ancient city of Soleb, in Nubia were excavated ( present day northern Sudan ). The temple was built by Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III, to honour the god Amun-Ra. Within the temple there are a series of columns each with a relief sculpture of a prisoner with his hands tied at his back and a name ring identifying his territory, which were territories conquered by Amenhotep III.

The column of interest was one inscribed, ‘ The land of Shasu of Yhwh, ‘. The immediate conclusions to the inscription were; Around 15B.C, Amenhotep knew about Yhwh, the Exodus must have happened much earlier in history since the pharaoh of the exodus had no clue who Yhwh was ( Exodus 5:2 ) and that a group of people referred to as the Shasu inhabited Canaan and worshipped Yhwh. However, Soleb isn’t the only place the name Yhwh was found, the name was also found in temples built by Ramses II at Amara West and Aksha (still present day Sudan ). In Amara, the inscription read, ‘Yahu in the land of Shasu,’, it also mentioned six groups of Shasu; the Shasu of se’ir ( Edom ), the Shasu of laban, the Shasu of sam’ath, the Shasu of wady hasa, the Shasu of pysps and the Shasu of yhwh.

The Shasu word is also mentioned in the papyrus Anastasi VI, an Egyptian text from the 13th BC. It records the transfer of Shasu tribes specifically the Edomites to the eastern Egyptian delta referred to in the Bible as Goshen, inorder to keep them and their cattle alive. This corresponding to the Bible story of Jacob and his sons ( Genesis 42 – 45 ). The papyrus Anastasi I also uses the term Shasu to refer to a community of giants who lived in Canaan. Speculations link this giants with the very ones the Israelites met during their exodus.

The ifs.

The land of shasu of Yhwh could mean that the shasu of Yhwh were a settled people who had a land of their own and sometimes moved about. Yhwh could also be a geographical place where the shasu wandered such as se’ir, laban, sam’ath etc. The naming of a place by the deity worshipped in the locality not being uncommon in the ancient middle East. In the Bible, however, it’s referred to as Midian, and it’s where Moses first spoke to Yhwh in the form of a burning bush ( Exodus 3:5 and 15 ).Another speculation is that Yahu/Yhw/Jahu in the land of shasu, could also mean that the region was inhabited by two different groups; The Yahu and the Shasu. The theory could be proof of historical conflicts between the shasu, being remnants of the Turkic mongolian colonizers, and the Yahu, being the Judah tribes. The shasu therefore could be nomads who lived in co-operation with other populations but were quick to violence at times of risk.

Some scholars also argue that the worship of Yhwh started with the Edomites and Midianites. This is proven by Edomites of the mines of Timnah,who converted an earlier Egyptian temple to the worship of Yhwh. The biblical verse of judges 5:4 supports this theory by saying:

Lord when you left the mountains of se’ir, when you came out of the region of Edom, the earth shook…

The shasu of Yhwh were therefore hypothetically from northern Edom/ se’ir originally, and later on formed the community of Israel.The shasu of yhwh could also be the Israelites. Mentioned on the ancient inscriptions at Karnak, there was an uprising of a group of Shasu and Habiru who worshipped Yhwh along the border of Egypt and sinai ( 1300 – 1290B.C). Seti I along with his son Ramses II, routed them into Canaan after years of bondage in Egypt as prisoners of war( 1500 – 1200 ).They settled in Se’ir and Midian and others at the hills of Judah to form the ethnic group of Israelites. Egyptian scribes, from then onwards, adapted the term shasu for any group of people that came from the region. This theory is highly disputed since both groups of Shasu and Israelites are depicted in different clothings and hairstyles.

The last of the speculations is that, the Shasu of Yhwh were originally a group of people that escaped Egypt, went through some divine intervention passing through Midian where they picked up the worship of Yhwh from the Midianites . They find their way to the hills of Judea, and spread the message of liberation and Yhwh to the tribes that had fled the canaanite city states. A new community arises composed of nomads, run away slaves and canaanites all united under the freedom loving Yhwh. Their stories, first told and preserved by word of mouth, are later written down to form the Bible.

The interesting bit about the Shasu of Yhwh is that you can choose what speculation to go by!

THE SHASU OF YHWH. — Outside Books.

Lest we should forget

Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leading the Order from 20 April 1292 until it was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1312. Though little is known of his actual life and deeds except for his last years as Grand Master, he is one of the best known Templars.

Via: Wikipedia
Jacques de Molay’s goal as Grand Master was to reform the Order, and adjust it to the situation in the Holy Land during the waning days of the Crusades. As European support for the Crusades had dwindled, other forces were at work which sought to disband the Order and claim the wealth of the Templars as their own. King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Templars, had Molay and many other French Templars arrested in 1307 and tortured into making false confessions. When Molay later retracted his confession, Philip had him burned upon a scaffold on an island in the River Seine in front of Notre-Dame de Paris in March, 1314.[5] Both the sudden end of the centuries-old order of Templars and the dramatic execution of its last leader turned Molay into a legendary figure.

Via the official
www.theknightstemplar.org
Friday the 13th 2017

Today is Friday the 13th. Many people of the superstitious sort consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky. There are people who wear good luck charms all day and some who go so far as to refuse to leave home, lest something unlucky happen to them.

But many don’t know that one legend of the origin of Friday the 13th as unlucky comes from the persecution of the Knights Templar in the 14th Century. On Friday, October 13th, 1307, King Philip IV of France, in league with Pope Clement V ordered all Templars to be rounded up and thrown in prison. The Knights were accused of numerous crimes including heresy and treason. For two hundred years the Knights Templar had been the most dominant force in Christendom, but after their defeat at the Siege of Acre and the loss of the Holy Land, their influence began to wane.

Yet they still held enormous power and great amounts of wealth. Pope Clement sought to merge the Knights Templar with the Knights Hospitaller another powerful order at the time. Neither group found such a merger ideal. And despite the loss of the Holy Land, the Templars were still a part of of everyday life in the Middle Ages. Their houses, churches and farms dotted the countryside throughout Europe. It provided employment for thousands of people. They started an international banking system that allowed nobles to deposit funds and valuables for safekeeping. And in what ultimately led to their downfall, they occasionally helped finance wars.

Philip IV borrowed enormous sums of money to finance a war with England. A poor king and an even worse military commander, Philip was easily defeated. He saw a way of both currying favor with the Pope and eliminating his huge debt. On that fateful day of Friday, October 13, 1307 he ordered all Templars arrested and their property seized. The Grandmaster of the order, Jacques DeMolay was thrown in prison along with several other high-ranking members of the order.

Their ‘trial’ was a farce. The Templars were charged with heresy, worshiping false idols and other crimes against the church. Many of them were tortured until they ‘confessed’ to their crimes. Refusing to capitulate, Jacques DeMolay would not confess and Philip ordered him burned at the stake. In 2007 the Vatican issued a proclamation declaring the Templars innocent of their alleged crimes.

The Knights Templar, which had dominated medieval life for two centuries, was no more. Unfortunately for Philip, the Templars had learned of his planned treachery before hand. Many of them escaped and their vast stores of treasure were hidden from the King’s soldiers.

Another legend that has also persisted is that Jacques DeMolay, the last Grandmaster of the Order, cursed both Philip IV and Pope Clement V, as he died. Whether or not you believe in curses, both Philip and Clement died within months of DeMolay’s death.

Non Nobis Domine,

By Michael P. Spradlin

Source: http://michaelspradlin.com/

For more on the truth behind Friday the 13th continue to page 2 below.

The multiple identities of Thoth (Tehuty, Djehuty, Tahuti, Tehuti, Zehuti, Techu, Tetu,)

Thoth Via: ancientegyptonline.co.uk

Thoth

Thoth (Tehuty, Djehuty, Tahuti, Tehuti, Zehuti, Techu, Tetu) was one of the earlier Egyptian gods. He was popular throughout Egypt, but was particularly venerated in Khnum (Hermopolis Magna) where he was worshipped as part of the Ogdoad. As the power of his cult grew, the myth was rewritten to make Thoth the creator god. According to this variant, Thoth (in the form of an ibis, one of his sacred animals) laid an egg from which Ra (AtumNefertum, or khepri) was born. Other myths suggest that Thoth created himself through the power of language (in an interesting parallel to the phrase in the Gospel according to St John “in the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”). His song was thought to have created eight deities of the Ogdoad (the gods Nun, Heh, Kuk and Amun and the goddesses Nunet, Hauhet, Kuaket and Amaunet).

Thoth at Luxor copyright Jon Bodsworth

The moon and the sun were initially thought of as the left and right eyes of Horus. According to legend, Horus’ left eye (the moon) was injured in a fight with Set and was restored by Thoth (“the eye of Horus”). However, as time progressed the moon came to be associated with Thoth, possibly because the crescent moon resembled the beak of an Ibis. During the Late period Thoth gained prominence when Khnum (Hermopolis Magna) became the capital. Archeologists found thousands of mummified ibis who were buried with honour in his name.

Although Osiris and Isis were generally credited with bringing civilisation to mankind, Thoth was also thought to have invented writing, medicine, magic, and the Egyptian´s civil and religious practices. He was even credited with the invention of music, which was more often associated with Hathor. Thoth was the patron of scribes and of the written word. He was scribe of the underworld who recorded the verdict on the deceased in the hall of Ma´at and was given the epithets “He who Balances”, “God of the Equilibrium” and “Master of the Balance”. Thoth maintained the library of the gods with the help of his wife, Seshat (the goddess of writing). He was the scribe of the gods, and was often described as the “Lord of the Divine Body”, “Scribe of the Company of the Gods”, the “voice of Ra” or the “counsellor of Ra” who (along with Ma’at) stood on the sun barge next to Ra on his nightly voyage across the sky. It was also thought that Ra gave Thoth and area of the underworld to rule in the “Land of the Caves”, He kept a register of those in his realm and decreed just punishments for their transgressions and acted as Ra´s representative in the afterlife. In this role, his wife was Ma´at.

Thoth as a baboon

It was said that he was the author of the spells in the “Book of the Dead” and “Book of Breathings” (which was also attributed to Isis) and he was given the grand title, the “Author of Every Work on Every Branch of Knowledge, Both Human and Divine”. Egyptian mythology speaks of the “Book of Thoth” in which the god inscribed all of the secrets of the universe. Anyone who read it would become the most powerful sorcerer in the world, but would be cursed by their knowledge. Needless to say, people have been searching for this text despite the warning, and some more “colourful” theories propose that it is hidden in a secret chamber in or near the Great Pyramid. This book is said by some to be the “emerald tablets of Thoth” a work of dubious authenticity which suggests that Thoth and the other gods were from Atlantis.

Thoth was a great magician who knew “all that is hidden under the heavenly vault”. He used his knowledge to help Isis after the murder of her husband Osiris by his brother Set. With the help of Anubis he created the first mummification ritual and helped resurrect Osiris (albeit in the land of the Dead). He also protected Isis´s son Horus by driving a magical poison from his body when he was very young and supported him in his fight to gain the throne which was rightfully his.

Thoth as an Ibis copyright Wikipedia Loves Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Many of the Egyptians religious and civil rituals were organised according to a lunar calendar. As Thoth was associated with writing and with the moon it is perhaps unsurprising that he was also linked to the creation of the calendar. As his association with the moon waned, he developed into a god of wisdom, magic and the measurement of time. Similarly he was considered to measure and record time. He was known by the epithets; “the One who Made Calculations Concerning the Heavens, the Stars and the Earth”, “the Reckoner of Time and of Seasons” and “the one who Measured out the Heavens and Planned the Earth”. Thoth was thought to be the inventor of the 365-day calendar (which replaced the inaccurate 360 day calendar). According to myth, he earned the extra days by gambling with the moon (Iabet or Khonsu) in a game of dice to help the goddess Nut. She was pregnant by her brother / husband Geb but Ra forbade her to give birth on any day of the Egyptian calendar. Thoth won a portion of light from the moon (1/72) which equated to five new days, and Nut gave birth to her five children on those days (OsirisHorus the ElderSetIsis and Nephthys).

He was also known as a good counsellor and persuasive speaker. In one version of an ancient myth Thoth and Shu were sent by Ra to persuade the “eye of Ra” (in this version usually in the form of Tefnut) to come home when she left Egypt for Nubia. According to the myth, all of the precious water left Egypt with her causing the land to become parched and dry. Meanwhile she was rampaging around Nubia killing animals and humans and drinking their blood. Thoth and Shu disguised themselves as baboons (an animal sacred to Thoth) and began their search for the wayward goddess. However, when they found her she refused to come home because she was perfectly happy where she was. Thoth told her that Egypt missed her terribly and that the whole land was suffering in her absence and he promised her great processions and celebrations if she would come home. Eventually she agreed, won round by his extravagant tales and the three returned to Egypt accompanied by Nubian musicians, dancers and baboons. They travelled up the Nile from city to city, bringing back the water, and there was much rejoicing.

Thoth with Khaemwaset in QV44

He was said to be the husband (or sometimes father) of Seshat, an ancient goddess of wisdom. As time passed he gradually absorbed most of Seshat´s roles, and she was seen largely as his female aspect. They had a child called Hornub. At Khnum (Hermopolis) he was the husband of Nehmauit (Nahmauit, Nehmetaway), goddess of protection. Their child was the god Neferhor. He was also sometimes considered to be the husband of Ma´at. Because he could take the form of a baboon, he was sometimes described as the partner of Astennu (one of the male baboons who lived in the underworld), although it was also stated that Astennu was simply an aspect of Thoth.

He was most often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis. He often holds a scribe’s palette and stylus but could also be depicted with an ankh (representing life) and a sceptre (representing power). Thoth sometimes wore a crescent moon on his head, but was also depicted wearing the Atef crown, and the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. When he was acting as the “voice of Ra”, he carried the “Eye of Ra” (a symbol of the power of the sun). Occasionally he was depicted as an ibis, or a baboon. It is thought that the bird was associated with the moon because of its crescent shaped beak, and the baboon is nocturnal animal which has the peculiar habit of chattering at the sun every day before going to sleep.

The Greeks associated Thoth with the messenger god Hermes. The two deities were combined to form Hermes Trismegistus and Khmun was renamed Hermopolis (“city of Hermes”). This version of Thoth remains popular with occultists today.

Bibliography
  • Bard, Kathryn (2008) An introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • Budge, E Wallis (1904) The Gods of the Egyptians
  • Goodenough, Simon (1997) Egyptian Mythology
  • Kemp, Barry J (1991) Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation
  • Pinch, Geraldine (2002) Handbook Egyptian Mythology
  • Redford Donald B (2002) Ancient Gods Speak
  • Watterson, Barbara (1996) Gods of Ancient Egypt
  • Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003) The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
  • Wilkinson, Richard H. (2000) The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

copyright J Hill 2010

The Principles of Truth are Seven — The Kybalion.

“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.” — The Kybalion of Hermes Trismegistus

Also I discuss the Emerald Tablets of Thoth below.

These principles have eternal truth that outshines much in philosophers teachings and religious theologians faith and reason. Simple truths are the most powerful and the basic elements of earth, water, fire, and air symbolize very powerful truths, respectively, home, life, creation and thought. Tarot is based in these basic symbolism’s truth.
Also the “The Emerald Tablets of Thoth” are very important. “Magical”
Once you read The EMERALD Tablets Things will change in your life. There is a an energy that is probably a quantum entanglement of some sort that after you have read it all, it causes you start to recognize truth from falsehoods in everything you come across. It’s more than just a philosophical comprehension of these principles. It’s spirituality is divine from before Western Religions that were twisted by humans for control of people, and holy is a great word for it.


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Hermes was the third incarnation of the God Theuti/Thoth to the Egyptians, and in his first incarnation before that he was Thoth the Atlantean. In the Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, the Halls of Amenti are described as a space between worlds where time collides and past, present, and future potentials coexist. It is a crystallized codex of consciousness, which is simultaneously a hall of records and a plane of reality. Egyptian religion is based in these Atlantean God’s that were much older than Egypt. Sometime around 63 BC Plato describes the destruction of Atlantis to have been thousands of years prior in the antediluvian world. There is a sunken monolithic “Pyramid structures” city off the western shores of Cuba estimated to be 50,000 years old, that many are hypothesizing to be Atlantis. This 10 min clip speaks of these unexplained underwater cities, (a similar monolithic city structure has been found off the coast of Japan estimated to be 5000 years old). There are a few others worldwide that are discussed in this great little clip, so take a moment to watch.

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
Tablet one, The History of Thoth, @ crystalinks
next page to get you started.

The wisdom of Manly P. Hall

“The well informed student of occultism is one of the most universally learned of human beings. He must be acquainted with all of the important systems of world philosophy and religion, both Eastern and Western, and he must have a thorough understanding of ancient sciences and arts. There is no place for the superficial thinker in this field; and should he wander in by accident, it would be wise for him to depart in haste.” -Manly P. Hall

Manly P. Hall studied everything he could get his hands on in Alchemy, esoteric studies, and was a Freemason. He traveled the world to find the secrets of all ages. He did it long before it was easy, or fashionable, and while it was still risky. He is my idol. I’m lucky I have the internet to study it from the safety of my home.

The History of Alchemy

History of Alchemy
Via: https://www.alchemylab.com

The Alchemists

To most of us, the word “alchemy” calls up the picture of a medieval and slightly sinister laboratory in which an aged, black-robed wizard broods over the crucibles and alembics that are to bring within his reach the Philosopher’s Stone, and with that discovery, the formula for the Elixir of life and the transmutation of metals. But one can scarcely dismiss so lightly the science — or art, if you will –that won to its service the lifelong devotion of men of culture and attainment from every race and clime over a period of thousands of years, for the beginnings of alchemy are hidden in the mists of time. Such a science is something far more than an outlet for a few eccentric old men in their dotage.

What was the motive behind their constant strivings, their never-failing patience in the unravelling of the mysteries, the tenacity of purpose in the face of persecution and ridicule through the countless ages that led the alchemists to pursue undaunted their appointed way? Something far greater, surely, than a mere vainglorious desire to transmute the base metals into gold, or to brew a potion to prolong a little longer this earthly span, for the devotees of alchemy in the main cared little for such things.

The accounts of their lives almost without exception lead us to believe that they were concerned with things spiritual rather than with things temporal. They were men inspired by a vision, a vision of man made perfect, of man freed from disease and the limitations of warring faculties both mental and physical, standing godlike in the realization of a power that even at this very moment of time lies hidden in the deeper strata of consciousness, a vision of man made truly in the image and likeness of the One Divine Mind in its Perfection, Beauty, and Harmony.

To appreciate and understand the adepts’ visions, it is necessary to trace the history of their philosophy. So let us for step back into the past to catch a glimpse of these men, of their work and ideals, and more important still, of the possibilities that their life-work might bring to those who today are seeking for fuller knowledge and wider horizons.

(cont page 2)

In the Heart of the Supreme Mind: Thoth Hermes Trismegistus

In the Heart of the Supreme Mind: Thoth Hermes Trismegistus

by Symbol Reader WordPress
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Johfra, “Hermes Trismegistus”

In The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, I came across the following passage, which I found very illuminating:

“Before the visible universe was formed its mold was cast. This mold was called the Archetype, and this Archetype was in the Supreme Mind long before the process of creation began. Beholding the Archetypes, the Supreme Mind became enamored with Its own thought; so, taking the Word as a mighty hammer, It gouged out caverns in primordial space and cast the form of the spheres in the Archetypal mold, at the same time sowing in the newly fashioned bodies the seeds of living things. The darkness below, receiving the hammer of the Word, was fashioned into an orderly universe. The elements separated into strata and each brought forth living creatures. The Supreme Being–the Mind–male and female, brought forth the Word; and the Word, suspended between Light and darkness, was delivered of another Mind called the Workman, the Master-Builder, or the Maker of Things.“

The quote comes from a chapter devoted to “The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus,“ and specifically to the first part of the Corpus Hermeticum, i.e. “Poemandres, The Shepherd of Men,“ in which Hermes has a vision of the wise primordial being – the self-begotten World Serpent, the Great Dragon, the Mind of the Universe and the Creative Intelligence – who tells him the secrets of Creation. This supreme being personifies Logos – the word of God/dess which is made flesh.

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As the power of Shiva and Shakti lies in their union, so the greatness of Hermes is derived from his union with Anima Mundi – the Soul of the World. Hermes/Thoth is a patron of all brands of soulful knowledge: he presides over the marriage of mysticim and science. Magic, alchemy, symbology, astrology, tarot are all under his dominion. The Egyptian Thoth was a lunar god characteristically depicted as an ibis with a beak resembling a lunar crescent, thus strengthening the god’s union with the Soul of the World, but also his being bound to the cycles of time and to the sublunar world of matter and manifestation. Manly P. Hall writes this about the lost legendary Book of Thoth:

“This work contained the secret processes by which the regeneration of humanity was to be accomplished and also served as the key to his other writings. Nothing definite is known concerning the contents of the Book of Thoth other than that its pages were covered with strange hieroglyphic figures and symbols, which gave to those acquainted with their use unlimited power over the spirits of the air and the subterranean divinities.“

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Thoth

The ability of mediating and moving freely between different contradictory realms (for example the heavens and the underworld) was one of the chief attributes of the Greek Hermes. In alchemy, it was in the hermetic vessel where the spiritual regeneration and rebirth took place as the intellect was blended with passions and emotions. The richness of this symbolism is visible in the glyph for the astrological symbol of Mercury is interestingly analyzed by Barbara G. Walker in The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets:

“ The cross marked Hermes a god of four-way crossroads, the four quarters of the earth, the four elements, the four divisions of the sacred year, the four winds, and the solstices and equinoxes represented by their zodiacal totems Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius-the bull, lion, serpent, and man-angel symbols adopted by Christians to represent the four evangelists. Sometimes, the cross of Hermes was an ankh, standing on a crescent that signified his mother the moon. This evolved into the conventional sign of Mercury, a circle with a cross Sign of Mercury (Hermes) below and a crescent above.”

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In the quote which opens my post there is a reference to mind as a builder. In astrology, Mercury rules two signs: Gemini and Virgo; this duality refers to a need for practical realization of thoughts, ideas and projects. In his Complete Astrology, Alan Oken refers to Mercury as “the transmitter of the spiritual to the material.” As Mercury approaches a superior conjunction with the sun tomorrow, I was prompted to look at a classic distinction that Michael R. Meyer (inspired by Dane Rudhyar) made into four types of natal Mercury (http://www.khaldea.com/planets/merc_pd.shtml). We are currently in the Promethean-Direct phase of Mercury:

“Promethean-Direct types are generally more able to effectively project their visions, reforms and agendas … upon the social and intellectual world, making things happen on a large-scale.“

I hope this leads us to a creative future.

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Paul Manship, “Prometheus“