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A proverb says that "Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots". Plants and flowers start to grow on this day. It has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day.
February - ultimately from Latin februarius mensis "month of purification," from februare "to purify," from februa "purifications, expiatory rites" (plural of februum "means of purification, expiatory offerings"), which is of uncertain origin, said to be a Sabine word. De Vaan says from Proto-Italic *f(w)esro-, from a PIE word meaning "the smoking" or "the burning" (thus possibly connected with fume. The sense then could be either purification by smoke or a burnt offering.
Lupercalia began with the sacrifice by the Luperci of goats and a dog, after which two of the Luperci were led to the altar, their foreheads were touched with a bloody knife, and the blood was wiped off with wool dipped in milk; the ritual required that the two young men laugh. The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut thongs from the skins of the sacrificial animals and ran in two bands around the Palatine hill, striking with the thongs at any woman who came near them. A blow from the thong was supposed to render a woman fertile.
In ancient times, the constellation was considered an asterism within Centaurus, and was thought to have been an arbitrary animal, killed, or about to be killed, on behalf of, or for, Centaurus. Hipparchus of Bithynia named it Therion (Medieval Latin: Fera meaning "beast") in the 2nd century BC.
The Greek constellation is probably based on the Babylonian figure known as the Mad Dog (UR.IDIM). This was a strange hybrid creature that combined the head and torso of a man with the legs and tail of a lion (the cuneiform sign 'UR' simply refers to a large carnivore; lions, wolves and dogs are all included)
A fragmentary cosmology in demotic from Tebtunis in the Fayyum and dating from the second century CE speaks of ‘Pshai’ (that is, Shai, with the addition of the late Egyptian definite article at the front of his name) as existing in the beginning pa Nwn, in or as the Nun, or primordial abyss.
This cosmology is unusual for placing Shai in the position of primordial creator, and he either does so in the tradition of personal creator-Gods such as Atum or as a symbol of natural, destinal forces within the abyss
...his origin was as one of the eleven monsters borne by Tiamat to help her in her fight against Marduk, He appears in later iconography paired with Kusarikku, "Bull-Man", a similar anthropomorphic character, as attendants to the god Šamaš
As one of the eleven spawn of Tiamat in the Enûma Eliš vanquished by Marduk, he was displayed as a trophy on doorways to ward off evil and later became an apotropaic figurine buried in buildings for a similar purpose. He became identified as MUL- or dUR.IDIM with the constellation known by the Greeks as Wolf (Lupus)
The last of the beasts is different from all the beasts that preceded it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, when another horn appeared, a little one coming up among them; to make room for it.
A Neo-Assyrian mystical text mentions also the horns of the “dromedary”of Tiamat , which is not evidenced at all in the Epic, but certainly was part of the myth: “The dromedary is the ghost of Tiamat. Bel defeated her. Bel cut off her horns, clove her feet and docked her tail.” The same text mentions also a particular horn, which is somehow identified with Tiamat herself
These spring purification activities occurred at about the same time as Lupercalia, a Roman festival in honor of Faun and also the wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus, during which expiatory sacrifices and ritual purifications were also performed. Because of this coincidence, the two gods (Faun and Februus) were often considered the same entity.
Laḫmu is depicted as a bearded man with a red sash–usually with three strands–and four to six curls on his head. He is often associated with the Kusarikku or “Bull-Man.”
In Sumerian times Laḫmu may have meant “the muddy one”. Lahmu guarded the gates of the Abzu temple of Enki at Eridu.
He and his sister Laḫamu are primordial deities in the Babylonian Epic of Creation-–Enuma Elis.
The star to its side, the Harrow, the weapon of Mar-biti, within which one sees the Abyss (The western part of Centaurus)
I have personal links, threads, evidence that places this land known as Australia as the hub of government sanction/ global child trafficking and genocidal practices
What I can verify is that Australia is the centre of international Satanism and has been since I started researching back in the early 1990s
Shai’s name comes from the word sha, to ordain, order, assign, settle, or decide. Possibly related words are sha’e, meaning to begin or be the first (to do something), or to originate
That which is fated’ refers here, as elsewhere, most immediately to lifespan, but there is a wider sense in which what is ‘fated’ for an individual is what might be expected in general or for the most part, while the Gods can offer the unexpected and the exceptional. The unexpected and the expected alike refer to the potential which lies in the personality or character. Character is destiny, the saying goes, and this was true in a particular sense for Egyptians.
His name means opener of the ways and he is often depicted as a wolf standing at the prow of a solar-boat. Some interpret that Wepwawet was seen as a scout, going out to clear routes for the army to proceed forward Over time, the connection to war and thus to death led to Wepwawet also being seen as one who opened the ways to, and through, Duat, for the spirits of the dead. Through this, and the similarity of the jackal to the wolf, Wepwawet became associated with Anubis, a deity that was worshiped in Asyut, eventually being considered his son. Seen as a jackal, he also was said to be Set's son.
The Sumerians believed in a trio of female demons consisting of Labasu, Labartu (Lamashtu) and Akhkhazu, a female demon from the Akkadic mythology. Her Sumerian name is Dimme-kur. She is also called “the seizer”. She brings fever and plagues, the word “Akhkhazu” has a male gender, Akhkazu is often described as having a female nature.
In the early 1st century AD, Strabo described the sanctuary of Apollo Smintheus as having a statue of Apollo with his foot on a mouse created by the sculptor Scopas of Paros (c. 395 – c. 350 BC), while the Roman scholar Aelian (c. AD 175 – c. 235) related that mice were kept at public expense in the sanctuary and nested beneath the altar.
Then Óðinn rose, | the enchanter old,
And the saddle he laid | on Sleipnir's back;
Thence rode he down | to Niflhel deep,
And the hound he met | that came from hell.
Bloody he was | on his breast before,
At the father of magic | he howled from afar;
Forward rode Óðinn, | the earth resounded
Till the house so high | of Hel he reached.
Stone stelae with sculpted breasts have been discovered at Castelucio de Sauri, some with only breasts and a necklace as a marker. They date back to the Copper Age c.3000BC. In Spain, France, Portugal and England statues, menhirs and stone slabs frequently also display her eyes, her beak and sometimes her vulva. Parts of her seem hidden, then appearing, so as one looks at the pottery artefacts there is more and more of her to piece together. She is a bird goddess, an earth goddess, and her breasts not only nourish the living, they also regenerate the dead
Enki: EN.KI-GA.KAM2; dingir- EN.KI; dingir-IDIM, dingir-nu-dím-mud, dingir-nin-ši-kù
originally posted by: Madrusa
a reply to: primalfractal
Why use four wombats when you can use one aligator, given that in Egypt the crocodile was the symbol of the emergent individual it would make a good symbol of keep your distance safe spacing, all citizens could be mandated to have one on a leash when outdoors at all times or face a Billion Dollar fine and/or Life Imprisonment.
a reply to: Crowfoot
That's largely using this text i linked earlier for the Mesopotamian aspect, the author tries to suggest the symbolism derived from some strange event within the Solar System but i tend to dislike and ignore those sorts of suggestions, because the text is largely concerned with the Astral symbolism rather than the Planetary, and the amplification of the role of Dumuzi in that text is due to his identification as the Champion of Amu-usum-gala/Great Dragon Mother, which can be taken as the Earth/Urash.
In Mesopotamian Cosmology the Pantheon derives from the union of Anu and Urash, Heaven and Earth, all the Planets could be taken as aspects of the Great Dragon Mother, born from her, the rites of Spring are concerned with her fertility, thus the Astral and Planetary associations are supplementary factors in that process of Spring which transpires upon the Earth.
Herakles asked Pluto [Hades] for Kerberos (Cerberus), and was told to take the hound if he could overpower it without using any of the weapons he had brought with him. He found Kerberos at the gates of Akheron, and there, pressed inside his armour and totally covered by the lion's skin, he threw his arms round its head and hung on, despite bites from the serpent-tail, until he convinced the beast with his choke-hold. Then, with it in tow, he made his ascent through Troizen. After showing Kerberos to Eurystheus, he took it back to Hades' realm
the mouth of the river | the wolf remains
Till the gods to destruction go;
Thou too shalt soon, | if thy tongue is not stilled,
Be fettered, thou forger of ill
When the Æsir saw that the Wolf was fully bound, they took the chain that was fast to the fetter, and which is called Gelgja, and passed it through a great rock--it is called Gjöll--and fixed the rock deep down into the earth. Then they took a great stone and drove it yet deeper into the earth--it was called Thviti--and used the stone for a fastening-pin. The Wolf gaped terribly, and thrashed about and strove to bite them; they thrust into his mouth a certain sword: the guards caught in his lower jaw, and the point in the upper; that is his gag. He howls hideously, and slaver runs out of his mouth: that is the river called Ván; there he lies till the Weird of the Gods
Indo-European myths often describe the creature as a "blocker of waters", and his many heads get eventually smashed up by the thunder-god in an epic battle, releasing torrents of water that had previously been pent up
Halia (Sea Brine), the daughter of Sybaris, was entering a grove of Artemis, the grove was in Phrygia [Mysia], when a divine Drakon (Dragon-Serpent) appeared to her--it was of immense size--and lay with her. And from this union sprang the Ophiogeneis (Snake-born) of the first generation
She [Medea, posing as a priestess of Artemis,] declared [to King Pelias] that Artemis, riding through the air upon a chariot drawn by Drakones (Dragon-Serpents), had flown in the air over many parts of the inhabited earth and had chosen the realm of the most pious king in all the world for the establishment of her own worship and for honours which should be for ever and ever . . . By means of certain drugs, Medea caused shapes of Drakones to appear, which she declared had brought the goddess through the air from the Hyperboreans to make her stay with Pelias
Yet, God, my king from the first, author of saving acts throughout the earth, by your power you split the sea in two, and smashed the heads of monsters in the waters. You crushed the heads of Leviathan, leaving him for wild animals to eat, you opened the spring, the torrent, you dried up inexhaustible rivers (Psalm 74:12-15
Anu formed the produced the four winds. He put them in his [Marduk's] hand, 'Let my son play!' He fashioned dust and made a storm bear up, he caused a wave and it roiled Tiamat, Tiamat was roiled, churning day and night
I saw that the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea; four great beasts emerged from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion with eagle's wings...The second beast I saw was different, like a bear... After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard and with four bird's wings on its flanks and it had four heads and power was given to it.... I saw a fourth beast, fearful, terrifying, very strong; it had great iron teeth, and it ate, crushed and trampled underfoot what remained. It was different from the previous beasts and had ten horns".