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Since the stars have fallen…

Posted in The Deep with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by Mj Rains

Stars_by_DerTyrannSince the stars have fallen from heaven and our highest symbols have pales, a secret life holds sway in the unconscious.  That is why we have psychology today, and why we speak of the unconscious. All this would be quite superfluous in an age or culture that possessed symbols. Symbols are spirit from above, and under those conditions the spirit is above too.  Therefore it would be a foolish and senseless undertaking for such people to wish to experience or investigate an unconscious that contains nothing but silent, undisturbed sway of nature.  Our unconscious, on the other hand, hides living water, spirit that has become nature, and that is why it is disturbed.  Heaven has become for us the cosmic space of the physicians, and the divine empyrean a fair memory of things that once were.  But “the heart glows,” and a secret unrest gnaws at the roots of our being.

~from The Nature and Activity of the Psyche, by C.G. Jung

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An apple a day…

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2012 by Mj Rains

appleIt is ultimately strange to me how Eve’s fruit, which is a symbol of life, a beautiful red apple, has the biblical connotation of death…death through knowledge, and banishment from paradise upon consumption. The fruit of knowledge is the Goddess’s sacred heart of immortal life and was known as the apples of immortality. The Celts called the western paradise Avalon, or “Apple-land,” a country ruled by Morgan, the queen of the dead. Kings received the magic apples of Avalon and went to live in immortality under the sunset of Morgan’s land, King Arthur among them.

Greeks have a historic tradition about Mother Hera who kept a magic garden in the west where the Tree of Life was guarded by her sacred serpent. The whole story of Eve, Adam, and the serpent in the tree was purposely changed from icons showing the Great Goddess offering life to her worshipper, in the form of an apple, with the tree and the serpent in the background.


Romans gave the apple mother the name of Pomona. She symbolized all fruition. A Roman banquet = ab ova usque mala, from eggs to apples – the beginning or the symbol of creation and ending with the symbol of completion. It was recorded that King Herod finished every meal in the Roman style, with an apple.


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Source: Women’s Book of Myths and Secrets


Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by Mj Rains

Luna is the Latin name of the Moon-Goddess. In Gnostic symbolism and magic texts she is coupled with Sol, the male sun. Together they represent fire and water, the combination produced the Blood of Life.

Chaucer wrote of Luna:

Luna the Serene
Chief goddess of the ocean and its queen,
Though Neptune have therein his deity,
Is over him and empress of the sea.

Many myths present the Moon-Goddess as the Creatress who first drifted alone on the primal ocean of chaos until she decided to bring orderly forms out of elemental formlessness. She has been known in pagan cultures as “Moon Shining Over the Ocean” and called Luonnatar, Daughter of Nature. But she was not the daughter of anything; she existed all alone in primordial time, until she tired of loneliness and decided to create a world.

Christians claimed the worshippers of Luna were crazy, hence the word “lunatic”, a person moon-touched or moon-struck. To this day, many people believe lunacy is affected by the moon, being characterized by increased psychic disturbances when the moon is full.

Text source: Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

Out of the Ashes: The Symbolic Story of Cinderella

Posted in Tales with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by Mj Rains


We again find our fairy tales are so much more than kids stories.  “The fairy tale fo the cinder-maid originated as an anti-ecclesiastical allegory repeated by real ‘fairies’ –that is, pagans.”  Ella was the daughter of Mother Earth and her ugly stepsisters were considered the church’s darlings, the military aristocracy and the clergy. 

“An early German version of the story said Cinderella’s real mother, the Earth, though dead, sent from her grave a fairy tree in answer to her daughter’s prayer.  This tree produced golden apples, fine clothes, and other gifts.”  Thus the “fairy godmother” of the tale may have been the ghost of the mother. 

Beautified with her new riches, Cinderella won the “prince” who represents mankind, and their union was symbolized by fitting her foot into a shoe, which was a common sexual allegory.  The Eleusinian Mysteries signified sacred marriage by placing a phallic object in a woman’s shoe.  The glass slipper perhaps stood for the Crystal Cave by which pagan heroes entered. 

Like other secret medieval prophecies of the overthrow of the rich, powerful theocracy, the downfall of Cinderella’s ugly stepmother and stepsisters may have been intended as a prophecy.”

Source: The Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

Photo: Cinderella by Citron Rouge at Deviant Art

Symbols: The Flower of Life

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by Mj Rains


The Flower of Life symbol is considered to be sacred among many cultures around the world, both ancient and modern.  Within this symbol can be found all the building blocks of the universe.  The symbol can be used as a metaphor to illustrate the connectedness  of all life and spirit within the universe.

The Flower of Life has powerful energy and challenges us to unify out hearts, minds, and spirits.  It can strengthen our awareness of God and enhance our feeling of connection to all that it. 

It also gives The Wit Continuum that needed burst of energy and artisic inspiration.  Having one of these symbols around give the person better focus and positive energy. 


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