PAGAN CREATIONS

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MOON

The Moon is more than just a Wicca symbol. She is a primary Wiccan Goddess.

The Moon represents the Feminine Aspect of the Divine. The Yin which balances the Male God’s Yang.

The Moon is the Mother of all life on Earth. She is associated with the Spiral of Life - birth, death, and rebirth. She grants our wishes. She guides our dreams.

The Moon is perhaps the most universal Wicca symbol. She is depicted in Pagan Jewellery, on ritual robes, and on altar tools.

Moon phases are a part of the great cosmic dance in which everything participates: the movement of the celestial bodies, the pusle of tides, the circulation of blood and sap in animals and plants. Observation of the night sky, of the stars, and especially of the moon, was the beginning of mathematics and science.” The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth” p 139.)

CREDIT http://www.wicca-spirituality.com

"This is a depiction of the Gnostic crucifixion. This is a symbol… If you look at Jesus as The Savior, the Light of the World, the One who is the redeemer of Consciousness…not saying that I necessarily believe in the man Jesus in that realm, we are looking at this as a symbol.

He is crucified at Golgotha, a Greek word which means ‘the place of the skull’. So the Light of the World - the awakened consciousness, the Savior of the World, our consciousness - that is born in the prefrontal neocortex of the brain - the third eye, the Light - is crucified. He’s put to death at the place of the skull. This means that the Light of the World can be put to death in the mind through psychologically being identified with time.

So psychological time is represented by the two thieves that the Light of the World is crucified among. This [left side] is the thief of the past. He robs from the present moment awareness, what is happening Now, the present moment, the gift moment. This [right side] thief is the future. He also robs from the present moment.

So if you can keep people’s consciousness identified with time, they are always either in regret over the past or in anxiety over the future. They are never really rooted or grounded in the present moment. The Gift of Consciousness is the Light of the World - understanding what’s going on within you now and around you at any given time. True present moment awareness.”

-Mark Passio

Talk Symbolism To Me

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 12

Alright, so this episode had a bunch of amazing moments, but one of the highlights had to be Kaneki’s “awakening” as a ghoul. We see an amazing visual metaphor of blood with the white flowers turning red, but there’s so much more to it than that

As he eats Rize, we see they’re laying in an expanse of white roses. Now, in Western culture the white rose is seen as a symbol of purity/chastity. In Japan, it takes on a different meaning. The white rose symbolizes innocence, devotion, and silence.

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In this scene we see them all turn into red spider lilies. In Japan, the red spider lily is a symbol of death. This could symbolize both the death of “Rize” in Kaneki’s mind (since he devours her) and the death of his old self.

However, the red spider lily has one more meaning.

The beginnings of rebirth.

SYMBOLISM

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CELTIC GODS & GODDESSES

BLODEUWEDD

In my mind, Celtic symbols we can connect with archetypes (heroes/heroines) in myth are the most sticky. Meaning, these symbols ‘stick’ in our consciousness.

Why?

Because the story of the heroine becomes personal. We can relate to her plight, and associate the horoine’s journey with our own life path. Therefore, her symbols become intimate in our mental constructs too. This offers of a strong bond with a symbol - something we can relate to.

With this in mind, I’m throwing out the Celtic symbols of Blodeuwedd for your soulful contemplation.

Blodeuwedd herself has several lessons to impart (as is the case with all myths, there is always a moral involved). She was magically conjured up by Gwydion and Math who wanted to provide Lleu Llaw Gyffes a bride.

It’s not that Lleu needed help finding a ladyfriend. Hardly, he was a fair-haired, boldly bright beau…very warrioresque, quite the catch. However, his mother, Arianrhod cursed him, disallowing him the company of a human wife (it’s a long story).

So, Lleu’s uncles conjured Blodeuwedd for his pleasure and company. She is an exquisite beauty (altho, not too faithful). In fact, her name is translated to mean “Flower-Face.” Indeed, Blodeuwedd was magically created from the essence of flowers.

The following are a few Celtic Goddess symbols of Blodeuwedd. As you contemplate her symbols, try to incorporate the depth of their meanings into your own life experience.

Meadoseet Flower, Broom Flower, Oak Pollen, and Owl

IMAGE: “I was fashioned from flowers.I mean that quite literally.Two men,great magicians I am told,crafted my body from bud and blossom,petal and pollen.Nine kinds of flowers, of course, they knew that much: the tiny tassels of great trees, the sweet small meadow blooms, the wild-flowers woven with the wheat. And the hawthorn-bloom, white as winter. Hawthorn. Did they not know? The arrogance of Men, to believe they see.”

CREDIT http://www.whats-your-sign.com

I spotted a hummingbird as it paused midflight earlier today, - precisely how fast her wings fluttered before me I could not begin to approximate for you.. - But there are of course different ways of measuring things. I shall take a moment and call upon the concept of offering ranges. The speed, - you see, - was faster than the blink of an eye, - faster than a cat striking down its prey, - but slower, - I would say, - slower than that trigger somewhere deep within my soul which spawns memories of you and I. Therein lies the worst struggle of them all since I cannot see the wings as the humingbird flies, - and since I cannot do this, - how am I to catch that trigger and bring it to a stop? I am no harry potter and this is no quidditch match.. - my eyes do not work rapidly enough to remove you… And with that, - that beautiful hummingbird continued on its way, - apparently not caring enough to signal a goodbye.

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Sailor Moon Symbolism: Ribbons

Ribbons are featured prominently in the Sailor Moon series. They appear

  • In various artwork.
  • During Sailor Moon’s transformations. Nearly all of her transformations feature masses of dark pink ribbons appearing and forming the basis of her fuku, including her gloves and boots. The series seems to imply that Sailor Moon’s fuku really is made up of magical ribbons; whenever her transformation is forcibly undone, her fuku dissolves into ribbons. 
  • During Sailor Chibi Moon’s transformations. Just like her mother, Chibi Moon’s fuku seems to be made up of ribbons.
  • As Minako’s iconic red bow. Minako is never seen without her red ribbon in her hair. According to the first chapter of Codename: Sailor V, Minako originally started wearing it because her crush said she’d look cute with it in her hair. Later on, that crush turned out to be a youma, and Minako (as Sailor V) was forced to kill him. After that. Minako still continued to wear the red ribbon because she felt that it really suited her. 
  • As part of the Senshi’s fuku. All of the Sol System Senshi have both a front and a back bow, mostly sharing the same color (except for Mars, Venus, and Uranus, whose bows are two different colors). In their Super forms, the back bows are lengthened, and in their Eternal forms, the bows become much thinner and more ribbon-like.

Ribbons themselves are highly symbolic. As the unfortunately defunct (but still salvageable thanks to the Internet archive) magical girl website, Henshin, says:

“Ribbons do have a significance of their own when talking about the magical girl genre. They also evoke a sense of girlhood. When we think of ribbons many of us think of elementary-age and younger with ribbons in their hair or very feminine girls’ clothing. Since the genre deals with that age between being a girl and entering adolescence, then it’s fitting that ribbons appear in transformations that symbolize that mental and physical shift.”

Ribbons are, in a word, feminine. Not only are they feminine, they evoke images of girlhood; shiny sashes on beautiful dresses, trailing decorations that spill from hair and hats, etc. Ribbons are a sign of blossoming, of having enough confidence to want to stand out. Also, a ribbon tied into a bow resembles a flower.

Given that Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon features girls and women who embrace their femininity instead of being ashamed of it, ribbons are a very fitting symbol indeed. Additionally, the way Sailor Moon’s fuku dissolves into ribbons when she goes back to being Usagi Tsukino could represent her going back to the innocence of her normal life.

Finally, Minako’s red ribbon has a special meaning of its own. Many Asian cultures believe in the red string of fate; according to this belief, two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may get stretched or tangled, but it will never break. Given that Sailor Venus is the Soldier of Love and is based on the mythological Aphrodite/Venus (the Goddess of Love who often took it upon herself to play a matchmaker for couples “in need”), it makes perfect sense for the red string of fate to be visualized in her design.

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