posted on May, 21 2013 @ 06:00 PM
Originally posted by Kantzveldt
It had four pawns apparantly, i think in some way it would relate to the four bee spirits that ruled the four quarters of the world.
I enjoyed this thread quite a bit. It is quite delightful, particularly the photos of the various signet rings.
The bees and the stars come into African religions too. I remember seeing pictures from a Coptic church with stars on the ceiling. Bees and beehives
are part of voodoo. I'm not scholarly enough to comment authoritatively on what those people understand about bees and stars, but from practicing
Vajrayana Buddhism for many years, I would interpret the signet ring above as depicting a mental scene in which the meditator, as deity, would be the
figure at left and the four bees would be part of a spiritual retinue employed by the meditator.
Everyone on earth is working with the same resources, the same basic toolkit: nature, the body and the spirit. These are all of a piece but usually
divided by ordinary understanding. All of the spiritual traditions of the world have done what they can to interpret and understand how the system of
life works. There are numerous similarities between these traditions caused partly by cross pollination and partly by the simple fact that the same
toolkit is employed by all to work on the same resources.
Practicing any spiritual tradition thoroughly will enable one to come to an understanding of many other traditions. The artwork of many ancient
cultures tells a lot about their understanding of spiritual things.
It is interesting to note the similarity between the omphalos
of the Greeks and the lingam
of the Hindus. What is known about the uses
to which the Greek oracles put the omphalos, helps one to understand the possible significance and uses of the lingam for the Hindus.
Similarly, if one knows the purpose of the double headed axe in relation to the African god Shango, it might provide a hint as to the significance of
the axe in other cultures like the Minoan one.
I think it is likely that these cultures simply looked into the toolbox and found the same tools and I also think that these cultures may have
communicated understanding among themselves, sometimes without even meeting one another in person. Sort of like the situation when one looks across
the room at someone and that face looks back unbidden.
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