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  • dottie zold
    Among the ancients a fabulous bird called the Phoenix is described by early writers ... in size and shape it resembles the eagle, but with certain
    Message 1 of 418 , May 2, 2010
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      "Among the ancients a fabulous bird called the Phoenix is described by early writers ... in size and shape it resembles the eagle, but with certain differences.  The body of the Phoenix is one covered with glossy purple feathers, and the plumes in its tail are alternately blue and red.  The head of the bird is light in color, and about its neck is a circlet of golden plumage.  At the back of its back the Phoenix has a crest of feathers of brilliant color ... The Phoenix, it is said, lives for 500 years, and at its death its body opens and the new born Phoenix emerges.  Because of this symbolism, the Phoenix is generally regarded as representing immortality and resurrection ... The Phoenix is one sign of the secret orders of the ancient world and of the initiate of those orders, for it was common to refer to one who had been accepted into the temples as a man twice-born, or reborn.  Wisdom confers a new life, and those who become wise are born again." [p. p. 176-77]
       
       
      One of the Early Catholic Church Fathers, Clement, related the following regarding the Phoenix in chapter 25 of The First Epistle of Clement:
      Let us consider that wonderful sign [of the resurrection] which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. This is the only one of its kind, and lives five hundred years. And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which, when the time is fulfilled, it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis. And, in open day, flying in the sight of all men, it places them on the altar of the sun, and having done this, hastens back to its former abode. The priests then inspect the registers of the dates, and find that it has returned exactly as the five hundredth year was completed.
       
      Dottie: And then I went further and found this:
       
      Michael W. Holmes points out that early Christian writers justified their use of this myth because the word appears in Psalm 92:12 [LXX Psalm 91:13], but in that passage it actually refers to a palm tree, not a mythological bird.[3] However, it was the flourishing of Christian Hebraist interpretations of Job 29:18 that brought the Joban phoenix to life for Christian readers of the seventeenth century. At the heart of these interpretations is the proliferation of richly complementary meanings that turn upon three translations of the word chol (חול) — as phoenix, palm tree, or sand — in Job 29:18.[4]
      Dottie: And I am shocked! I am shocked because a week or so back around easter time i guess I saw a palm tree in the light and it shimmered! in the same exact way as the rainbow christ.....i was amazed as it was of a few others but this one was caught by the wind and in the light it shimmered so strange....so strange and I remember having a thought about something but cannot recall what, but ....or maybe it was how it is li....oh it is light shown in not its color but in its movement! okay, that is strange...anyway,
       

       
      Oh boy and i guess this is why the peacock has its own level of note in the mysteries:
       
       
      Form and function
      Sassanid silver plate of a simurgh (Sēnmurw), 7-8th c. CE
      The simurgh is depicted in Iranian art as a winged creature in the shape of a bird, gigantic enough to carry off an elephant or a whale. It appears as a kind of peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion; sometimes however also with a human face. The simurgh is inherently benevolent and unambiguously female. Being part mammal, she suckles her young. The simurgh has teeth. It has an enmity towards snakes and its natural habitat is a place with plenty of water. Its feathers are said to be the colour of copper, and though it was originally described as being a Dog-Bird, later it was shown with either the head of a man or a dog.
      "Si-", the first element in the name, has been connected in folk etymology to Modern Persian si "thirty". Although this prefix is not historically related to the origin of the name simurgh, "thirty" has nonetheless been the basis for legends incorporating that number, for instance, that the simurgh was as large as thirty birds or had thirty colours (siræng).
      Iranian legends consider the bird so old that it had seen the destruction of the World three times over. The simurgh learned so much by living so long that it is thought to possess the knowledge of all the Ages. In one legend, the simurgh was said to live 1,700 years before plunging itself into flames (much like the phoenix).
      The simurgh was considered to purify the land and waters and hence bestow fertility. The creature represented the union between the earth and the sky, serving as mediator and messenger between the two. The simurgh roosted in Gaokerena, the Hōm (Avestan: Haoma) Tree of Life, which stands in the middle of the world sea Vourukhasa. The plant is potent medicine, is called all-healing, and the seeds of all plants are deposited on it. When the simurgh took flight, the leaves of the tree of life shook making all the seeds of every plant to fall out. These seeds floated around the world on the winds of Vayu-Vata and the rains of Tishtrya, in cosmology taking root to become every type of plant that ever lived, and curing all the illnesses of mankind.
      The relationship between the simurgh and Hōm is extremely close. Like the simurgh, Hōm is represented as a bird, a messenger and as the essence of purity that can heal any illness or wound. Hōm - appointed as the first priest - is the essence of divinity, a property it shares with the simurgh. The Hōm is in addition the vehicle of farr(ah) (MP: khwarrah, Avestan: khvarenah, kavaēm kharēno) "[divine] glory" or "fortune". Farrah in turn represents the divine mandate that was the foundation of a king's authority.
       
      Dastan takes leave of the Simorgh
       
       
      Shakespear:
      The Phoenix and the Turtle
      Let the bird of loudest lay,
      On the sole Arabian tree,
      Herald sad and trumpet be,
      To whose sound chaste wings obey.
      But thou, shriking harbinger,
      Foul pre-currer of the fiend,
      Augur of the fever's end,
      To this troop come thou not near.
      From this session interdict
      Every fowl of tyrant wing,
      Save the eagle, feather'd king:
      Keep the obsequy so strict.
      Let the priest in surplice white,
      That defunctive music can,
      Be the death-divining swan,
      Lest the requiem lack his right.
      And thou, treble-dated crow,
      That thy sable gender mak'st
      With the breath thou giv'st and tak'st,
      'Mongst our mourners shalt thou go.
      Here the anthem doth commence:
      Love and constancy is dead;
      Phoenix and the turtle fled
      In a mutual flame from hence.
      So they lov'd, as love in twain
      Had the essence but in one;
      Two distincts, division none:
      Number there in love was slain.
      Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
      Distance, and no space was seen
      'Twixt the turtle and his queen;
      But in them it were a wonder.
      So between them love did shine,
      That the turtle saw his right
      Flaming in the phoenix' sight:
      Either was the other's mine.
      Property was thus appall'd,
      That the self was not the same;
      Single nature's double name
      Neither two nor one was call'd.
      Reason, in itself confounded,
      Saw division grow together;
      To themselves yet either-neither,
      Simple were so well compounded
      That it cried how true a twain
      Seemeth this concordant one!
      Love hath reason, reason none
      If what parts can so remain.
      Whereupon it made this threne
      To the phoenix and the dove,
      Co-supreme and stars of love;
      As chorus to their tragic scene.
      THRENOS.
      Beauty, truth, and rarity.
      Grace in all simplicity,
      Here enclos'd in cinders lie.
      Death is now the phoenix' nest;
      And the turtle's loyal breast
      To eternity doth rest,
      Leaving no posterity:--
      'Twas not their infirmity,
      It was married chastity.
      Truth may seem, but cannot be:
      Beauty brag, but 'tis not she;
      Truth and beauty buried be.
      To this urn let those repair
      That are either true or fair;
      For these dead birds sigh a prayer.
       
       
        Listen to the explanation given by a radical feminist, Barbara Walker, in her occult book, Now Is The Dawning , p. 281.  Egyptians believed that the Phoenix was the representative of a god who "rose to heaven in the form of a morning star, like Lucifer, after his fire-immolation of death and rebirth ..." 
       
       "The Phoenix, of Bunnu is believed to be a divine bird going back to Egypt ... This Phoenix destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes.  Most occultists believe that the Phoenix is a symbol of Lucifer who was cast down in flames and who ... will one day rise triumphant.  This [belief] also relates to the raising of Hiram Abiff, the Masonic 'christ'."
      "Hence only by means of love can we give real help for karma to work out in the right way." Rudolf Steiner



      --- On Sun, 5/2/10, dottie zold <dottie_z@...> wrote:

      From: dottie zold <dottie_z@...>
      Subject: Re: SV: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: The Rainbow Christ
      To: anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:14 PM



      Okay, this eagle, in its wings, is how the rainbow Christ has the colors lined up although there is a zigzag to each where they fit into a groove of sorts, their own individually and at the same time connected to the whole...
       
      33rd degree double eagle

      "Hence only by means of love can we give real help for karma to work out in the right way." Rudolf Steiner




    • val2160
      Those who don t feel this Love By Rumi Those who don t feel this Love pulling them like a river, those who don t drink dawn like a cup of spring water or take
      Message 418 of 418 , May 19, 2010
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        Those who don't feel this Love

        By Rumi


        Those who don't feel this Love
        pulling them like a river,
        those who don't drink dawn
        like a cup of spring water
        or take in sunset like supper,
        those who don't want to change,

        let them sleep.

        This Love is beyond the study of theology,
        that old trickery and hypocrisy.
        If you want to improve your mind that way,

        sleep on.

        I've given up on my brain.
        I've torn the cloth to shreds
        and thrown it away.

        If you're not completely naked,
        wrap your beautiful robe of words
        around you,

        and sleep.
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