"Relish each moment as if it were your last, for in reality it is only the beginning"
Book of Jubilees
Greetings folks, as a religious scholar I tend to be fascinated with all religions and spiritual paths. I find it interesting that the Catholics do not consider the Protestants to be proper Christians and vice-versa. I would like to share one of the many differences amongst the Jewish, Protestants and Catholic religions.
And so between the years 200 BCE and 200 CE there were many books written in relation to Jewish and Christian religious works that were considered to be pseudepigrapha, meaning "books with false titles."Some of these books were accepted biblical literature within the Roman canon (Deuterocanonical Apocrypha) but treated as apocryphal by Jewish and Protestant canons. There are many such books within this collection. Some of these are the Books of Tobit, Judith, Baruch, and The Wisdom of Solomon.
Another one of these books is "The Book of Jubilees", which was probably written in the 2nd century BCE.. It is an account of the Biblical history of the world beginning with creation and continuing on to Moses. It is divided into periods of 49 years which is one "Jubilee. Generally the narrative follows the familiar account in Genesis, but it contains some additional details such as the names of Adam and Eve's daughters. It also mentions a demonic entity called 'Mastema'. The part about the "other children" of the Christian's, Adam and Eve, kind of caught my eye and so I would like to share it with you folks here.
Cain and Abel (iv. 1-12; cf. Gen. iv.).
IV. And in the third week in the second jubilee
she gave birth to Cain, and in the fourth she gave birth
to Abel, and in the fifth she gave birth to her daughter
2. And in the first (year) of the third jubilee,
Cain slew Abel because (God) accepted the sacrifice of Abel, and did not accept the offering of Cain.
3 And he slew him in the field: and his blood cried from the ground to heaven, complaining because he had slain him.
4 And the Lord reproved Cain because of Abel, because he had slain him, and he made him a fugitive on the earth because of the blood of his brother, and he cursed him upon the earth.
5 And on this account it is written on the heavenly tables, "Cursed is he who smiteth his neighbour treacherously, and let all who have seen and heard say, So be it; and the man who hath seen and not declared (it), let him be accursed as the other."
6. And for this reason we announce when we come before the Lord our God all the sin which is committed in heaven and on earth, and in light and in darkness, and everywhere.
7. And Adam and his wife mourned for Abel four weeks of years, and in the fourth year
of the fifth week they became joyful, and Adam knew his wife again, and she bare him a son, and he 1 called his name Seth; for he said "God hath raised up a second seed unto us on the earth instead of Abel; for Cain slew him."
8. And in the sixth week he begat his daughter ’Azûrâ.
9. And Cain took ’Âwân his sister to be his wife and she bare him Enoch at the close of the fourth jubilee. And in the first year of the first week of the fifth jubilee, houses were built on the earth, and Cain built a city, and called its name after the name of his son Enoch.
10. And Adam knew Eve his wife and she bare yet nine sons.
11. And in the fifth week of the fifth jubilee Seth took ’Azûrâ his sister to be his wife, and in the fourth (year of the sixth week) she bare him Enos.
12. He began to call on the name of the Lord on the earth.
When reading the King James version of the Christian bible, the daughters are not named but mentioned very briefly as an afterthought.
Also an interesting fact about King James, his mother was Mary Queen of Scots who was deposed in 1567 and executed in 1587 after 19 years in prison. His father, Lord Darnley, was murdered in 1567. Also in the King James version is the verse; Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. King James was reported to have consulted with two witches from his native Scotland who told him that his bloodline was at end. King James, being outraged at the answers he sought, then altered the original Hebrew text that translated as "Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live."
Here is a passage related to Mastema. It suggests that evil is inherent in mankind even without the help of demons. As if humankind itself were of demon seed.
"When Mastema, the leader of the spirits, came, he said: 'Lord creator, leave some of them before me; let them listen to me and do everything that I tell them, because if none of them is left for me I shall not be able to exercise the authority of my will aong mankind. For they are meant for (the purposes of) destroying and misleading before my punishment because the evil of mankind is great.' Then he said that a tenth of them should be left before him, while he would make nine parts descend to the place of judgment."
- Jubilees 10:8-9
Though I am a priest myself (Celtic witch) I personally believe that Deity resides in our hearts. And so a priest is not required for one to connect with Deity. Especially if the priests of a particular religion/spiritual path are all of one sex. As this conflicts with my personal held views of polarity. It is also interesting to note how certain passages can be altered and certain texts left out all together if they don't meet the prevailing views of the warrior/priest caste. But then the Book of Jubilees is but one of these examples. And as always I encourage you to expand your minds and do the research into yet another fascinating subject.
In summation, everyone has a right to their particular beliefs, whether it agrees with my own or not, for the only right religion is the one that works for the individual...
THE FORGOTTEN EAR OF CORN
An Arikara woman was once gathering corn from the field to store away for winter use. She passed from stalk to stalk, tearing off the ears and dropping them into her folded robe. When all was gathered she started to go, when she heard a faint voice, like a child's, weeping and calling:
"Oh, do not leave me! Do not go away without me."
The woman was astonished. "What child can that be?" she asked herself. "What babe can be lost in the cornfield?"
She set down her robe in which she had tied up her corn, and went back to search; but she found nothing.
As she started away she heard the voice again:
"Oh, do not leave me. Do not go away without me."
She searched for a long time. At last in one corner of the field, hidden under the leaves of the stalks, she found one little ear of corn. This it was that had been crying, and this is why all Indian women have since garnered their corn crop very carefully, so that the succulent food product should not even to the last small nubbin be neglected or wasted, and thus displease the Great Mystery.
Irish Triad: Three tendencies of a persons lifetime: hope, love, and joy.
Written by Nicole
At my very first job interview, my future employer asked me “If you woke up one morning and found a pink elephant in your living room, what would you do?” I replied “I would introduce myself and ask it what it wanted from me.” She told me later that I got the job because I was not disturbed by unusual things. Well, being born with a physical disability and entering Kindergarten using a wheelchair kind of helped me get comfortable with the unusual pretty quickly. It also helped me to see things from the elephant’s point of view.
As a child I realized that, weather I wanted to or not, I could cause chaos by simply entering a room. I was conditioned, like everyone in our society, to believe that chaos was bad, it was something that no one wanted to deal with, and that we should work to create as little of it in the world as possible. So I tried. It was sometime during Graduate school that I read an article about Eris, the Goddess of Discord, and things started to make sense.
Eris is the Greek Goddess of discord and Chaos. She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. The myth of the “Apple of Discord” states that Peleus and Thetis were getting married and Zeus was planning the wedding. He did not invite Eris because she had a reputation for being a troublemaker. When Eris found out that she was not invited she became angry. She created a golden apple and inscribed the word “KALLISTI” which means “to the prettiest one.” On the day of the wedding she rolled the golden apple into the banquet hall. When Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite saw the apple each of them claimed it belonged to them because of the inscription. A terrible fight broke out and Zeus decided to have a shepherd of Troy, whose name was Paris, come and settle the argument. Each of the goddesses tried to bribe him to choose them. Athena offered him Heroic War Victories, Hera offered him Great Wealth, and Aphrodite offered him the Most Beautiful Woman on Earth (Helen of Troy). He decided to choose Aphrodite’s offer. Aphrodite took Helen away from her husband, and the Trojan War began.
Eris is blamed for starting the first war, but in reality she just introduced the stimulus that made the Goddesses show their true nature. Discord and chaos are a natural part of our world and they cannot be avoided. Change and uncertainly can be uncomfortable and even painful at times, but they always produce growth. When we encounter a problem that rests outside of the scope of logic, we often become frustrated because we cannot use our trusted tool, our minds, to put things back in order. When our logical minds are rendered useless, we are forced to rely on intuition and emotion. When this happens we end up acting in a way that truly expresses our identity When you look back at the most challenging and confusing times in your life, you will surely see some positive effect that came out of the confusion. . There is an entire spiritual path, known as Discordanism, which is designed to honor and celebrate the concepts of discord and chaos.
The religion known as Discordanism was founded in the 1950’s by Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Ravenhurst. One night the two men were sitting and trying to figure out how to eliminate chaos and discord in their lives. They both had a strange vision. They spent the next 5 days researching and trying to understand their vision. On the 5th day they discovered the Goddess known to the Greeks as Eris, and to the Romans as Discordia. That night both men had the same dream. They dreamed that the Goddess came to them. She said, “ I have come to tell you that you are free. Many ages ago, my consciousness left man, that he might develop himself. I return to find this development approaching completion, but hindered by fear and by misunderstanding.
You have built for yourselves psychic suits of armor, and clad in them, your vision is restricted, your movements are clumsy and painful, your skin is bruised, and your spirit is broiled in the sun.
I am chaos. I am the substance from which your artists and scientists build rhythms. I am the spirit with which your children and clowns laugh in happy anarchy. I am chaos. I am alive, and I tell you that you are free.” Principia Discordia(1958)
Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Ravenhurst realized that Eris had always been feared as a disruptive Goddess, and even today Chaos was considered negative, something to be avoided at all costs. They realized that discord was an important and even necessary element in the universe and in each of our lives. They decided to spread this message by starting a religion based on The Goddess of Confusion, and so Discordianism was born. The Discordians have a book called the Principia Discordia, which is a collection of stories, rituals and sarcastic documents aimed at highlighting the absurdity of organized religion and society in general. Discordians attempt to tear down your old mental paradigms without offering anything with which to replace them. I believe that the goal is to force people to live with fewer (or ideally no) limitations and to help them accept and embrace Chaos as it inevitably flows in and out of our lives.
Today I am a special education teacher working primarily with students who are Autistic. In order to help my students adapt to the ever changing world around them, I try to expose them to as many unusual circumstances as possible. Students who are new to my class will often make comments like “Miss LeCause, that is crazy!” or “That doesn’t make sense!” The students who I have had for a while invariably answer them with “It’s crazy, but we’re okay with it!”
What is a Discordian?
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Eris - Goddess of Discord
The Dark Goddess
"Such evil deeds could religion prompt."
Lucretius (96 BCE - 55 BCE)
A map of the area you want rain
Bowl filled with water or a small river
Cast the circle
Place the rice over the exact area you wish it to rain
Chant the following:
" On these places that there is rice
some seasonal rain would be nice
but not so much that the rain should flood
or those in need would drown in mud
Anu and Lugh blessed be
and as my will so mote it be "
Chant this until you feel it is right, then fold the map with rice still in it and submerge it in water. Thank the Gods and close the circle. Wait up to a week before repeating.
THE TAKING OF THE FAIRY MOUND
A Celtic saga
(The Mythological Cycle)
There was once a famous king of the Tuatha Dé Danann in Ireland, whose name was the Dagda.1 Although the land had belonged to the Sons of Míl ever since they conquered it, the Dagda still had great power, and the Túatha Dé destroyed all the corn and soured all the milk around the Sons of Míl until they made peace with the Dagda. After that, he protected the corn and milk.
At the beginning of his reign he was incredibly powerful. He shared out the síd mounds among the men of the Fir Dé (Men of the Gods). Lug mac Ethnenn got Síd Rodrubán, and Ogma got Síd Aircelltrai. But the Dagda got Síd Leithet Lachtmaige, Oí Asíd, Cnocc Báine and Brú Ruais, and had been in possession of Síd an Broga all along.
The Macc Óc, foster-son of Midir of Brí Léith and Nindid the seer, came to the Dagda to petition him for land after it had all been shared out.
'I have no land for you,' said the Dagda. 'I've shared it all out.'
'In that case,' said the Macc Óc, 'grant me a day and a night in your own home.' And that was granted to him.
'Go home,' said the Dagda. 'Your time is all used up.'
'It is obvious,' he replied, 'that night and day are the whole world, and that's what you have given to me.'
And at that, the Dagda left, and the Macc Óc remained in the síd. It's a wonderful place. The trees always bear fruit, and the pigs can be killed, roasted and eaten one night, and be there, alive, the next morning, and there is a vat full of marvellous liquor which never runs out.
4 egg yolks
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons orange-flower water
2 sticks butter, softened
Beat together egg yolks and sugar; blend in the orange-flower water and butter. Force it through a cookie press to form decorative shapes, and serve on a plate at supper.
Irish Coffee Pudding
8 oz. sugar
1 cup water with tablespoon instant coffee ( or 1 cup of very strong tea )
1 1/2 oz. powdered gelatine
1/3 cup Irish Whiskey or Irish Mist liqueur
1/2 pint double cream
3 oz. crushed walnuts
Separate yolks from the whites of eggs. In a bowl, cream the yolks with the sugar. Blend the instant coffee with the water and heat but don't boil. Dissolve the gelatine in the hot coffee and add all the yolks to the sugar. Beat well and put the bowl over a pan of boiling water. Continue beating until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and when the bowl has cooled a little, put in the fridge for a little while until the mixture starts to set. Then fold in the cream, add the booze and last of all, fold in the egg whites. Pour all this into a 7 inch souffle case lined with greasproof paper. The paper should come up about 3 inches above the top. (strange bit!) Oil a jam jar or a bottle and press it down into the centre of the pudding and leave to set. Remove the paper and the jar and fill the centre with 1 cup of double whipped cream with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Now all you have to do is decorate the sides you can see above the dish with crushed walnuts.....lot of work but looks really neat! 10-12 servings
Babylonian Charm Against The Seven Evil Spirits
Seven are they, seven are they!
In the channel of the deep seven are they!
In the radiance of heaven seven are they!
In the channel of the deep in a palace grew they up.
Male they are not, female they are not.
In the midst of the deep are their paths.
Wife they have not, son they have not.
Order and kindness know they not.
Prayer and supplication hear they not.
The cavern in the mountain they enter.
Unto Hea are they hostile.
The throne-bearers of the gods are they.
Disturbing the lily in the torrents are they set.
Baleful are they, baleful are they.
Seven are they, seven are they, seven twice again are they.
May the spirits of heaven remember, may the spirits of earth remember
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons beeswax
3 tablespoons cocoa butter
1 vitamin e capsule
15 drops lavender oil
Combine the olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and heat in the top of a double boiler. Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin e, lavender oil and beat well. Pour into little jars and allow the mixture to cool before covering.
Maidenhair fern: five-fingered fern
(Adiantum capillus-veneris) Aerial parts are used
Maidenhair fern is used for coughs, colds, pleurisy, bronchitis, catarrh and respiratory ailments. In Europe it was made into a syrup called "capillaire" by boiling fern fronds in sugar and water. The thick mixture was diluted with water and considered a fashionable social drink. A tea from the fresh plant has been used as an expectorant in treating coughs since the time of the ancient Greeks.
The dry leaves are smoked to relieve head colds and chest ailments. Fresh fronds stuffed in a shirt are supposed to aid chest ailments. Use for lung conditions in tea or syrup and to help the liver in jaundice. Useful in cases of kidney stones, it is also said to restore fallen hair. The tea is an excellent hair rinse, adding some body (particularly in sun dried or over-processed hair) and, with Chamomile or Yarrow added to the tea, some sheen. Maidenhair fern is also employed to promote menstruation and as a mild diuretic. In Europe it was used as a menstrual stimulant.
It is used magically for grace, beauty and love, immerse in water. Then remove and keep in the bedroom.
Properties: Astringent, hemostatic, antidandruff, antitussive, analgesic and slightly stimulant to mucus membrane functions. Maidenhair fern contains flavonoids (including rutin and isoquercitin), terpenoids (including adiantone), a tannin, and mucilage.
Growth: Although indigenous to South Africa, it is found growing all over the world. A plant of great delicacy, maidenhair fern has a thin, polished, black main leafstalk and fanlike leaflets supported by stalks as fine as hair. The stems are shiny black and splay out like a fan. Each individual leaflets, or pinnules, have a silhouette similar to a tattered wing of a vulture. Maidenhair fern prefers a wet environment, usually growing in limestone soils dampened by waterfall spray.
Infusion: Make with 50 g dried leaves to 500 ml water, and take for arteriosclerosis and varicose conditions. Use as a wash for varicose ulcers or hemorrhoids.
Decoction - Combine with herbs such as ma huang, elecampane, or mulberry leaves for asthma and severe or persistent coughs: 3 - 4 seeds are enough for three doses.
Maidenhair Fern Syrup:
2 cups fresh maidenhair fern leaves
4 cups water
2 cups un-pasteurized honey
Boil the plant in the water for 3 minutes, cover and infuse for 3 hours. Strain the decoction, and then gently melt the honey, without bringing to a boil, for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into a glass bottle. Store in the refrigerator and consume within 2 months at a rate of 1 to 2 tsp. diluted in water, 3 times daily. Take in the event of chronic pulmonary disease, anemia or persistent skin disorders. This gentle treatment can be followed for 1 month without risk, by adding other, more caustic pectoral plants such as horseradish or wild thyme, but in small quantities.
Did You Know???
That the earliest records of advanced, mathematics date back to the ancient Mesopotamian country of Babylonia?
The Babylonian system which, used clay tablets, consisted of various wedge-shaped marks. A single wedge indicated 1 and an arrowlike wedge stood for 10. Numbers up through 59 were formed from these symbols through an additive process. The number 60, however, was represented by the same symbol as 1, and from this point on a positional symbol was used.
Greetings folks, all my life I have believed that we were here to learn certain lessons before advancing up the spiritual ladder. And I think that the lessons in this realm are on how to overcome negative emotions. When I look at the extended history of humankind. I see more then just a thread weaving its way through the ages. I see a huge rope connecting the days of yore with the current times. All through our history there has been a consistant level of violence.
And since violence is not just physical but verbal as well. It would seem as if we live in a constant, if not daily state of violence. Can you cite one day when you were not exposed to violence in some form or fashion for the entire day?
And the saying goes that negative actions attract negative reactions. And so it is no wonder that this world is in the state that it is in.
The only way to reverse some of this negative trend is to make a concerted effort not to act in a negative way. This may sound easy but is it?
Until next time Cailleachs...
Cha d’fhuair sùil ghionach riamh cunnradh math.
"A covetous eye never got a good bargain."
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