Eyes of justice and truth

She’s back at last! 😉

Who beholds the owls with eyes of justice and truth, lions of divine protection, torcs of yin-yang power, crown of life-force and wings of a goddess?  And what feet she has!

For me, she represents the goddess of the ‘anima’ (yin) cycles. ‘Anima’ is considered the unconscious feminine energy within all men and women – the magnetic charge in our inner space and higher dimensions that is sustaining, nurturing, inspiring and motivating our thoughts and actions, as well as our intuition.

Babylonian plaque of divinity, circa 1750 BCE

Babylonian plaque of divinity, circa 1750 BCE

The consort of ‘anima’ is the ‘animus’ (yang), the unconscious masculine energy within all women and men – the electrical charge in our external 3D world that is forever restless and seeking the magnetic forces, and in doing so brings forth changes, explorations and discoveries. I liken this energy to the Horned god… but more on that later!

Babylonian plaque of divinity, circa 1750 BCE

Babylonian plaque of divinity, circa 1750 BCE

Looking through history,  our ‘anima’ and ‘animus’ has been yearning for harmony and togetherness for quite some time now.  But unlike the perfectly symmetrical symbol of yin (‘anima’) and yang (‘animus’) with which we are familiar, we are in fact very out of balance with these forces today.

Before the patriarchal times in which we live today (the beginnings of which are documented from circa 4000-3100 BCE), sexuality and sacred acts of love were celebrated without shame and degradation. Unlike our modern times, the ritual act of pleasure between lovers honoured the goddess and god within us – that is, our ‘anima’ and ‘animus’ – as a means to experience Hieros Gamos or Divine Union inside ourselves.

Perhaps it is time for all of us to embrace in sacred communion the ‘anima’ and ‘animus’ to celebrate our innermost divinity? Maybe then we can find what was lost by looking within, instead of outside ourselves as we are so often distracted to do!

The Triple Goddess and Horned God  invites us to take pleasure in embracing these two energies for greater synergetic purposes. Have you dared to venture into these realms yet?!

Mould casting

Something I plan to do during 2015 is to learn the art of mould-making 🙂  A local glass studio will be reopening in January offering plenty of courses in mould making techniques, including those of the ancient civilisations.

At the British Museum, I came across lots of small mould-made baked clay plaques which were produced in large numbers during the Old Babylonian period. Notably, in the mould shown below, we have the goddess again!

Old Bablylonian clay mould (on the right) and a modern impression (on the left)

Old Bablylonian clay mould (on the right) and a modern impression (on the left)

We should all know our boundaries!

I fell in love with these boundary stones, also known as a kudurrus, in June 2013 during one of my delirious studies into the human journey, the unknown to all of us… Interestingly, these kudurrus are in fact stone documents, a contract, on which there is also a divine curse inscribed for any person who breaks the contract!

The symbols on these stones can take one on a very deep discovery to Self. Interpret if you dare 😉

This stone records a gift of land and the text contains curses on anyone damaging the stone or the means of the gift. Circa 1100 BCE, southern Babylonia.

This stone records a gift of land and the text contains curses on anyone damaging the stone or the means of the gift. Circa 1100 BCE, southern Babylonia.

Spot the divine symbols! ... star of Venus, moon crescent, Shamash star, serpent, horned crowns, dragon, goat-fish (precursor for Capricorn?), eagle, double lions (associated with Triple Goddess), scorpion-archer god (precursor for Scorpio-Saggitarius) and a seated goddess, amongst others

Spot the divine symbols! … star of Venus, moon crescent, Shamash star, serpent, horned crowns, dragon, goat-fish (precursor for Capricorn?), eagle, double lions (associated with Triple Goddess), scorpion-archer god (precursor for Scorpio-Saggitarius) and a seated goddess, amongst others

These were the times when business and administration went hand-in-hand with magic, astronomy and astrological observations. The scribe had much to preserve on tablets with a delicate hand and cuneiform. These fascinating cylinder seals are another tool of this profession.

Cylinder Seals (click to enlarge)

Cylinder Seals (click to enlarge)

 

Scribes would usually train their son or daughter in their profession, which would take several years to attain the level of education required to serve important roles in the cities. Likewise, these were also times when both men and women would work as diviners, physicians, performers and artists.

Green stone coiled serpent, circa 660 BCE

Green stone coiled serpent, circa 660 BCE

This beautiful coiled serpent above may have originally formed the top of a boundary stone… It was later recycled to support a door-post!

This serpent reminded me of René Lalique’s glass vase serpents, which I also adore. Could this have inspired him perhaps?

Adornment

We all enjoy beauty in its many forms, and here I provide some examples of the adornment from this ancient age.

These beads are made up of lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, red carnelian from the Indus Valley, and, gold-leaf beads covering a bitumen core. I just LOVE them!

Babylonian beads, circa 2000 BCE from Ur

Babylonian beads, circa 2000 BCE from Ur

These pieces were buried beneath the floor of a room in the Temple of Sin, the moon-god, at Ur in about 540 BCE. The items were made about 700-550 BCE, though some beads are earlier than 2000 BCE.

Necklace made of carnelian, agate and chalcedony. Bracelet made of carnelian and agate, including two double eye-stone spacer beads.

Necklace made of carnelian, agate and chalcedony. Bracelet made of carnelian and agate, including two double eye-stone spacer beads.

Blend of carnelian, agate, amethyst, lapis lazuli and chalcedony beads

Blend of carnelian, agate, amethyst, lapis lazuli and chalcedony beads

 

 

More to come on Tell Brak and the discoveries at this site, and, early glass and glazing in these times.

Originally published: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 00:26 in Celebrating Art, Inspiration

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