posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 10:18 PM
reply to post by davethebear
Hi Dave the Bear--
Good catch with the first engraving you posted - the bronze cast image on the pin at the beginning of this threadlet seems to be related to an ancient
Greek witchcraft / mythological tale of Medea & the Goat i.e. a story of death and rebirth / resurrection and eternal life within nature = hence the
‘circular’ (i.e. eternal zodiac, wheel of life etc.) evergreen-wreath images around the images in the casting.
In ancient Greek vase paintings (see below) the witch Medea rejuvenates an old Goat (cf: Capricorn = goat = when the sun dies on Dec 21st and is
reborn on Dec 25th during that Sign in the Sky) into a young Goat by casting a magic spell with the old goat still in a cauldron over a fire – she
holds a knife with which she killed the goat, and the kid (i.e. a young goat) inside the cauldron is the old goat reborn.
Sometimes the goat is depicted on similar vases with Media casting a magic fertility spell over a ram and a lamb instead of a goat – using the
symbol of Spring (Aries – Ram, March 21st = when Nature/Fertility is ‘reborn’ upon the earth in the northern hemisphere (cf: the so-called Book
of Revelation, which makes use of death and rebirth images ‘of the slain Passover spring-lamb’ i.e. in a Jewish-Messianic context – but on a
Daviddic throne not in a pot).
At any rate, the image is pre-Christian in origin and feeds into Wiccan fertility imagery about the new year (where old ideas/cares/worries/the past)
are ritually thrown into a pot at Yule, which is fed by the Yule Log (which burns the night of Dec 25th, the birthday of the sun god when the 'days
begin to grow longer again' at least in the northern hemisphere where these mythologies took root centuries before Judaeism and Christianity came to
Scroll down about half way until you see the Ram/Goat in the Pot and Medea busily working her Fertility Eternal Life Resurrection Magick...