From THE ORANTE AND THE GODDESS IN THE ROMAN CATACOMBS
By Valerie Abrahamsen
Traditional Interpretations of the Orante
Ever since their modern discovery in the catacombs and on other artifacts such as sarcophagi, Orante figures have been studied and interpreted by early church historians, art historians and other scholars. However, among present-day scholars, there is no consensus on their meaning.
One common interpretation of the Orante is that she represents the “soul of the dead person – whether a man or a woman – rather than an actual […] woman” 7 or “the immortal image of the dead, under the guise of a young girl.”8 The question becomes, why use a female figure to depict the soul? One explanation is that the word for soul in Greek, psyche, is feminine, and that the Orante is similar to other personifications of qualities and virtues; Nike, for instance, is a female personification of the quality Victory, and Tyche/Fortuna personifies Luck or Fortune.
However, in Gnostic and other literature of the early Christian period, Continue reading
La Siren / La Balenn: Mother of the Deep
By Sosyete du Marche
In Kreyol, we sing the following song to LaSiren, the mermaid of Haitian mythology: LaSiren, La Balenn, chapeau tombe a la mer!
It translates as: “La Siren, La Balen, my hat falls into the sea!” Falling hats into the sea is code for going under possession. Your head “falls” into the sea of consciousness, where all the knowledge and power of the world preside. Here is where we meet LaSirenn, wife of Agwe Tawayo, the supreme lwa of the ocean.
LaSiren is feminine, enchanting, sensual. She moves with unerring grace through the water domains of her husband. She carries her trumpet, which she uses to call the faithful to service, seducing us with her siren song, taking our heads as it were, under the sea, to gain “konesans” – consciousness of the intuitive world
La Siren is considered to be the “Mother of the Fish”. She shares this title with Yemaya of Santeria, whose names also mean “Mother whose Children are the Fish. In both cases, the inner meaning is that since she is the mother of the world, her children are too numerous to count – not unlike the fish who Continue reading
Yemaya, The Mother of Earth
By Yamaya Cruz, 2011 [Edited]
Humanity started in Africa. Everyone human being can trace his or her lineage back to our mitochondria mother in Africa. This mitochondria mother is known as Yemaya in Santeria. She is known as Yemoja in Yoruba. She is also known as Yemanja in Brazil. She is known all over the world.
There are thousands of stories, great myths, and legends about the African goddess. In Yoruba, she was known as the river goddess. She became the Yoruba deity of the ocean during the enslavement of Africans after the Mid Atlanticcrossing. Millions of enslaved Africans appealed to her for guidance and support. Thus, she became the Orisha who presided over the oceans.
Yemaya can also be associated with Our Lady of Regla in Santeria. She is linked to the second chakra or swadhisthana chakra in Sanskrit. The 2nd chakra is located in the womb area and is a vessel for creativity [creation and protection of the hero]. Yemaya presides over the womb and is called upon for maternity purposes, or to help aid mothers while giving birth. She helps mothers give birth, not only to children, but also to new ideas, opportunities, and beliefs. Yemaya is the divinity of creation itself. Continue reading
Mercury in Pisces
By Kelly Fox [Edited]
DO: Carry a pocket calendar to help you make dates and excuses.
DON’T: Run away or hide from your problems.
Pisces Mercury is a highly impressionable and artistic planetary influence that is as slippery as water in your hands. Not particularly prone to logical processes, this period brings forth an imaginative, ethereal quality to your way of thinking, especially useful for artistic endeavors such as music, art, or poetry. You yearn for things that nurture your mind and soul.
Highly sensitive to any kind of criticism, you may want to surround yourself with calming sounds and pleasant pictures. Your dreams may be more vivid than usual, you may find answers from otherworldly realms that you would normally not be open to. Your sensitivity to life around you may be an experience that delights you, or makes you a little apprehensive. Continue reading
Water Sign Compatibility: What Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces Want You to Know
As well as being notoriously sensitive, water sign people are highly emotional, deeply romantic and very changeable (or moody, depending on your point of view!), but their beautiful, kind natures can also hide a mass of insecurities which a lover needs to be aware of.
Although Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces all share these water sign traits, they are of different astrological modes.
Cancer, for example, is a cardinal water sign. Cardinal signs are initiators and leaders, impulsive and dynamic. In Cancer, this mode of action is expressed emotionally, through the heart. You’ll find Cancer to be the mother figure of the zodiac, always first to help anyone in need, first to shed tears for someone but also first to take practical steps to deal with the crisis. Cancer doesn’t sit around and wallow in his or her emotions, but instead takes active charge of them. In a compatibility reading, we might say that Cancer is the toughest of the water signs, but it’s an inner toughness, hidden well behind a soft and vulnerable exterior. Continue reading
From Astrology Zone
Brings Emotional Sensitivity and Intuition
Pisces: February 19 – March 20
Cancer: June 22 – July 22
Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
Water takes many forms–it can be a liquid, it can be a gas (as in steam), or it can be frozen. It can be gentle as a little babbling brook, or violent as a thundering tidal wave.
Torrents of passion well within water signs and they feel things deeply. However, water signs are always emotionally reserved, no matter what impression they might give on the surface. Still water, it as been said, runs deep, and the mystery about water pertains to this group (especially Scorpio). A water sign will always become quiet or withdrawn when they are trying to sort things out. It will take some time to get to know them well, for they reveal themselves slowly. They realize their intense emotions hold tremendous power, and they tend to handle their feelings carefully. When they fall in love, water signs love with their whole hearts and all their devotion. Their sensitivity makes them highly romantic, even sentimental. Often psychic, water signs read your true intentions simply by reading your gestures and body language and will trust actions more than words (Pisces, particularly, has elevated this talent to high art). Continue reading
Astrological Characteristics Scorpio
From Sexual Astrology
The SCORPIO Oct. 24 – Nov. 21
Determined, Forceful, Emotional, Intuitive, Powerful, Passionate, Exciting and Magnetic
Jealous, Resentful, Compulsive, Obsessive, Secretive and Obstinate
Intuitive and ever curious, Scorpios are the great investigators of the Zodiac. They want to know everything about everyone. When an answer is needed, a Scorpio will find it for you. Unfortunately Scorpios seem to see only in black and white. They always have their own agenda and never fail to promote it.
Scorpios are the masters of their fate. They know only one way to live: on their own terms. They do not live life but attack it. When life hands them a loss, they do not waste time sulking, but rather continue on their path, sure they will eventually succeed. Scorpios are driven by their intense passions and desires. Often they are seen as imperious. Continue reading