originally posted by: Unity_99
a reply to: muzzleflash
And if flash is mercury and is an aspect of Creator God, then for creation. The other kind of dreams, that can help a person achieve some real life
dreams as well.
This opens so many doorways. I've thought on it for several hours and was inspired with creation (something I'm working on right now on the side).
Ok so Mercury is an aspect of the Creator - and it exemplifies Communication / Communion.
Come + Union.
The Messenger comes and goes.
Ok but also "Merchants", which has so many connotations.
"Comm-erce / Comm-ercial" as in trade or gifts / giving.
So therefore Mercury the Merchant brings gifts and relays messages back to God.
Mer- as a prefix means "Sea" from Proto-Germanic *mari (“sea”).
Come + Union = Married (mari) / Communion.
The hidden reference being "See", as in a vision.
Dreams are visions as well as memory, creative thought, etc.
So in every major system of thought, the Creator has a "Herald" or "Angel" that brings messages to we mortals, and also takes our messages back to
that divine realm. In some instances it is personified, like Mercury/Hermes or as Iris etc. In others it could just be a symbol representing a pathway
or road or 'channel'. Therefore someone who communicates between the divine and our mundane reality is called a "Channel" or "Medium".
So Athena/Minerva statues are usually depicted holding a winged angelic being like Iris.
Iris = Eye (I) and See (Sea) as well as Light/Rainbows (the Specter-Spectator of the Spectrum).
In the myths of Morpheus, the God of Dreams, Iris the messenger plays a pivotal role.
This represents among other things, the act of Vision and Communication via the Dream realm of consciousness.
There are a ton of routes to look at this, for example "Mercy" and "Mercury".
Mercy comes from the idea of 'gifts' or 'merchandise'.
Mer + Chan + Dise? Dies, Dice, Dyes, d'eyes of Iris? Hahah couldn't help it.
Forgive is what is given for. So we Repent and Confess, seek Amends to that which was broken, etc.
I don't even want to get into "Hermes" right now, that could go all over the place.
There is a lot of similar thought there but just from a different etymological and thematic juncture of our nervous system (the brain).
Athena - Minerva holds Iris the Rainbow Angel.
The rainbow bridge is the path between us and God - which is Light / Consciousness.
Mercury gives Jupiter his thunderbolts. Jupiter/Zeus may be seen holding Victoria/Nike.
I'll boil this down to it's core:
Duality, can be depicted as male+male, male+female, female+male, or female+female.
1 is creator/knowledge/source/power, the other is the messenger, the light or bolt (Flash).
So Zeus has a lightning bolt, but Athena/Minerva has a Bow+Arrows which the arrow is the lightning bolt symbolically.
The lightning bolt / arrow symbolizes transmission or communication of thought. It is light so therefore brings sight. Sight being a gift from God. It
also is God's might and would go in the right hand to smite in spite.
Fight fright plight height night tight write cite site sprite (these rhyming words all share a similar notion somewhere in their general conceptual
territory. Of course there are exceptions but the overall idea applies fairly well.
One way to look at this is from the neurological perspective. The brain is a complex organ made of nerve pathways that are connected into a vast
network. Our brain functions in a fairly predictable way, and it organizes things according to various associations and similarities or chronology of
experience etc. Certain categories will be grouped and then connected to other groups, and so on and so forth, establishing an organized neural
network aimed at efficiency and effectiveness.
So Jupiter/Zeus is just the masculine of Athena/Minerva in this sense, and mythology shows that Minerva just sprout forth from Jupiter's head.
Mercury/Iris the Light or Angel would be simply Communication, Communion, Trading, Traveling, Giving and Taking, and so therefore also deeply
associated with Dreams and Visions, Sight, Thought, Ideas, etc.
Minerva is like My+Nerve. Miner of the Gems of the Mind that are Mined and now Mine.
Nerve being thread, cord, chord (chorus of Kore), sinew (sin new/knew), and figuratively meaning energy, strength, vigor, and also feeling or
Greek neuron "sinew, tendon,".
And note this - Armenian neard "sinew,".
Near Neared and Nereid.
The Nereids are sea nymphs (female spirits of sea waters) = see sprites?
The letter C (see sea) is also the Crescent Moon symbol, and it is the bow from which the bolts are fired from.
Archery, arch, rain-bow, Iris+Minerva.
Iris is the rainbow and messenger, it's your eye that sees.
Minerva represents archery.
A ship in the seas forward part is the bow, we take a bow to accept our gifts, etc.
I am the ship and it's captain, the lighthouse symbol represents God giving us direction from the light beam warning of rocky shores to avoid. An Ark
is a ship, the bow is an arch, the Arc of the Covenant is covered with Angels or Cherubs so therefore the Charities.
Charity is what? Love, gifts, mercy, grace.
The 3 Graces or Charities include Pasithea
, the personification of relaxation, meditation,
hallucinations and all other altered states of consciousness.
Pasithea was mated with Hypnos the personification of Sleep.
So Pasithea and Hypnos are intimately related with Morpheus and Iris.
This all relates back to the themes of this thread.
Fortuna/Abundania is essentially a feminine personification of gifts, giving, grace, charity, love, destiny/destination.
I'm just giving you a short idea here of what we can discover just from a cursory glance at all of the hidden aspects of our own selves and the divine
nature of all things and their connections.