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Friday, 27 September 2013

Lady of the Vine.

The sister who does a deal with death and learns to live in the Great Below.



The sister, on account of her brother, roamed the city like a circling bird.


Tears blind Geshtinanna seeking her brother beyond the city, out into the desert of grass, Eden (Edin-na-u-sag-ga)

She goes, she goes,
towards the breast of the hills of death
The day waning, the day waning,
towards the hills still bright
to him who lies in blood and water,
the sleeping lord
To him who knows no healing lustrations
to "The Road That Destroys Him Who Walks It"

She, following his path into Eden, knowing that he had been attacked and beaten, ultimately hacked to death by the servants of The Great Below, the lifeless and deathless Galli...

Says:

"I will go to the one who committed this outrage on my brother. 
I will enter any house."

With those words, Geshtinanna lays down a challenge to Ereshkigal, Queen of the Great Earth...
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Translation of names is the first step to understanding..

Geshtinanna is "the leafy grapevine' and also Ama-mutinna (Eme-sal dialect) meaning 'Root stock of the grapevine'.

She and her brother are the 'spirit' within grape and barley; a power created through death.
Alcohol via fermentation.

Both sister and brother must die and both will be stored in jars buried under the earth. The two equinox of the year mark their ascension and descent.

As the autumn sun begins to sink below the Celestial Equator, Geshtinanna comes to Eleusis- until the cults and mysteries are outlawed.

Geshtinanna, Dumuzi (Enlil) and Ereshkigal are names forgotten centuries before in Crete, and gods  remembered.

Geshtinanna and Ereshkigal become Persephone: Maiden and Queen of the Underworld, whilst Geshtinanna and her brother become Dionysos dancing along the road, leading the dead, and Demeter, Mother of the Mysteries and the Grain.

In early spring the late January-February full moon signals the festival of The opening of the wine vats (the Anthesteria) celebrating Geshtinanna's return; but no one remembers her name.

It also heralds the death of Dumuzi.

It is a strange time, a Halloween time, because whenever the entrance to the Otherworld is opened,  the ghosts and spirits closest may rise and wonder among the living.

They appear as the strangers, the foreigners.

More disconcerting still, are the Galli.

They are all The Kur..or Kares.

Even in Crete- the Eleusinian festival was probably Cretan in origin- Geshtinanna's name had been forgotten. A Cretan text found at Kydonia reads: "I die at twelve years of age, unmarried ... I have left the light and lie in the depths in Persephone's murky chamber." This chamber (thalamos) implies a store-room where seed-corn was often put in underground pits so that it might be fertilized by contact with the dead. (Willetts Cretan Cults, p. 149)

At the time of Eleusinian mysteries, in September, Dumuzi, the brother, has been dead and gone since the spring.

Now the sun grows weaker, it is time for Geshtinanna to die once more.
And for Dumuzi to return to the arms of the Queen of Heaven.

This had been forgotten at Eleusis.

Dumuzi's return and Enlil's (breath of life) is remembered though, as Triptolemnos- 'The Three-fold warrior' charged by Demeter with the task of spreading agriculture through out the world. Enlil, by whose power the wind blew life, in the form of fertilized seeds, into the earth.

None of this name changing business matters!

It is time for Geshtinanna to leave, once more.
I like to think of her in The Great Below brewing medicine for the Galli to ease their troubled hearts, and seeking out the hidden books so that she alone knows what is written in those forbidden tomes..







Thursday, 26 September 2013

Falling into gravity.



"Does death come alone or with eager reinforcements?
 Does death come alone or with eager reinforcements?
 Death is centrifugal Solar and logical
 Decadent and symmetrical
Angels are mathematical
Angels are bestial
Man is the animal Man is the animal
The blacker the sun
The darker the dawn
Flashes from the axis
Flashes from the axis
On the hummingway to the stars
Holy holy, holy holy, holy oh holy
Holy holy, holy holy, holy Holy holy.
Man is the animal
The blacker the suns
The darker the dawn..."
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I had something that could kill me.

My wild dogs
Turned against me.

Simply bacteria

It made me cry sorry, sorry, sorry...
As the agony burrowed deeper
For three months

There was pain

But there is always pain..
is a process of dying

Life falling into gravity.
Energy reconfigured in rot and decay

Not sudden

Closer to The Great Below...
Death
Than I knew

Guilt
By dying I would break my children's hearts..
Break the bond of love between myself and the world.

Yesterday I got treatment..

Today I weigh a thousand times less

Returned to earth's surface.
Only by feeling so much lighter
Do I know this to be true.

Death is Her Great Compassion
Gravity, opposite to entropy...
Concentrates
Solidifies

Strips all away.
Creates from collision

Beyond
At the bottom of the lowest line...
The pure water

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

In praise of Ares...


"Let this poem stand forever, let it endure till eternity.
"Let all lands hear it and praise my valor,
"Let all inhabitants witness and extol my name,"

Image nicked from Sannion's blog:
http://thehouseofvines.com/2013/09/23/hail-ares-2/


When Marduk saw what war had done to Babylon, he wept...

And as he lamented the destruction..
Watched the people of Babylon turning upon each other...

The Seven warriors unrivalled left the city
To Syria..

Only when Syria was destroyed did the Lord of War stop.

For now the people and gods remembered who he was...

who he still is.



The poem, 'Erra and Ishum' was a dream transcribed by Kabti-ilani-Marduk. The words were copied out many times and kept, perhaps placed on shrines, as a sign of respect for the Lord of The Great City, the God of War.

Erra and Ishum.
From the dream transcribed by Kabti-ilani-Marduk of the Dabibi clan.
Circa 765 BC.

The Lord of the Great City
Lord Irri-Gal
Was sleeping in Mami's arms..

He heard The Seven talking to him.
The Seven warriors unrivalled.

It had been a long time
The Seven were restless..

Still half asleep..
The Lord listened...

Then
Lord Irri-Gal called Ishum Lord of Fire
Ordered him to lead the way through the darkness.

The Seven to follow

To The Seven he gave orders:
'Rub yourselves with poison- arm yourselves!'

Yet Lord Irri-Gal felt as weak as a kitten.
Like a man who has not had enough sleep.

He stayed in his bed.

The Seven
Now armed and ready to go
Spoke to Lord Irri-Gal.:

"Up, do your duty!

War is long over due.
For the city breeds soft men..and order must be destroyed so that a better future can arise...

"Why have you been sitting in the city like a feeble old man,
"Why sitting at home like a helpless child?

"Shall we eat woman food, like non-combatants?
Have we turned timorous and trembling, as if we can’t fight?

"King Marduk! His people hold him in low esteem, he will command no respect,
"How could he threaten a campaigner?

"However well developed is the strength of the city dweller,
"How could he possibly best a campaigner?

"However toothsome city bread, it holds nothing to the campfire loaf,
"However sweet fine beer, it holds nothing to water from a skin,

"The terraced palace holds nothing to the wayside sleeping spot!

And on and on...giving the Lord no rest.

The Seven, The Sibitti..
Told Lord Irri-Gal that the world was a broken place
That order had broken down...

That the the people were crying out for a strong leader.

Lord Irri-Gal drank in their words..as smooth as the finest oil.

Lord Irri-Gal, Nergal
Brought up the Battle-Net
Preparing...

Lord Flame looked on in horror.
Finally he spoke:

" Lord Irri-Gal, why have you plotted evil against the gods and to lay waste the lands and decimate the people?"

Lord Irri-Gal was annoyed by this:
"Keep quiet, listen to what I say, O vanguard of the gods, wise Lord Flame, whose counsel is always for the best (sarcasm).

"All the gods are afraid of a fight, so the black-headed folk are contemptuous!

"As for me, since they did not fear my name, I have disregarded Marduk’s command. I will make Marduk angry, stir him from his dwelling, and lay waste the people!"

Lord Irri-Gal reaches Babylon
He enters Esagila, palace of heaven and earth and stands before king Marduk.

Lord Irri-Gal issues his challenge:
"Why has your precious image, symbol of your lordship, lost its brilliance?
How come no one respects you, old King!"

Marduk tells Lord Irri-Gal of how Babylon lost its brilliance.

Long ago king Marduk left Babylon.
A temporary excursion
What could go wrong?

All order, the regulation of heaven and earth disintegrated!

On his return, some order was restored.
But Marduk was old...
Everything was a struggle.
Too much effort...

"Productivity of living offspring declined, nor did I renew it,
such that were I a plowman, I could hold all seed in my hand.
So I built another house and settled therein."
"As to my precious image, which had been struck by the deluge that its appearance was sullied,
I commanded Lord fire to make my features shine and cleanse my apparel.
When it had shined my precious image and completed the task,
I donned my lordly diadem and returned.
"Haughty were my features, terrifying my glare!
The survivors of the deluge saw what was done!"

Lord Irri-Gal  says:
"We are of one mind"
"Shall I raise my weapon and destroy the rest"?

king Marduk agrees, perhaps the destruction did not go far enough.
Perhaps fire is the only answer
A way to renew the good
To destroy the pestilential.
War is the answer
Lord Erra.

Marduk sets out for Heaven
Leaving kingship in the hands of Lord Irri-Gal
Who blocks the way to Heaven
Begins seeding the land with disorder and bad governance...

To Lord Flame, Lord Irri-Gal explains his method:
"I confiscate their households and cut short their lives,
"I assassinate the righteous man who intercedes,
"I set the wicked cutthroat in the highest rank.
"I estrange people's hearts so father listens not to son,
"And daughter speaks spitefully to her mother.
"I make their utterances evil, they forget their gods,
"They speak gross blasphemy to their goddesses,
"I stir up the robber and so cut off travel absolutely,
"People rifle one another's belongings in the heart of the city.
"Lion and wolf fell the livestock.
"I aggravate [Aruru ] and she cuts off birth-giving,
"I deprive the nurse of the wail of toddler and infant,
"I banish the work song of harvest home from the fields,
"Shepherd and herdsman forget their field shelters.
"I cut the clothes from the bodies of men, the young man I parade naked through the city street,
"The young man without clothes I send down to hell,
"The ordinary man has not so much as a sheep to offer up for his life,
"For the nobleman's divination lambs are few and precious.
"The patient yearns for a bit of roast to offer for his recovery,
"It does him no good, so he gets up and walks till he dies.

Lord Flame is horrified, remonstrating that this is in no way 'good governance'.
No way to restore kingship.

Lord Irri-Gal, in a frenzy, cries for more
And lets loose the Seven.

As massacres begin in Babylon
Lord Flame, demands to know the reason for it.

Lord Irri-Gal replies:

"Why are you, indeed, talking like a know-nothing?
"You are advising me as if you knew not Marduk's command!
"The king of the gods has risen from his dwelling!
"What of all lands has endured?
"He has removed his lordly diadem:
"King and prince forget their duties.
"He has undone his girdle:
"The bond of god and man is undone, it is impossible to tighten it again..."

Lord Flame speaks:
O warrior Erra (Lord Irri-Gal), you are the one who feared not noble Marduk's name!
"You have undone Dimkurkurra, the bond of the world (Babylon)
"You changed your divine nature and made yourself a mortal
"You girded on your weaponry and entered Babylon.
"Inside Babylon, you spoke like a rabble-rouser, as if to take over the city"

"The citizenry of Babylon, like reeds in a thicket, had no one in charge so they rallied around you!"

"He who knew nothing of weapons - his sword was drawn,
"He who knew nothing of archery - his bow was taut,
"He who knew nothing of fighting - set to the fray,
"He who knew nothing of wings - flew off like a bird."

"The cripple could surpass the fleet of foot, the weakling could overpower the strong.
"They give voice to gross insolence against the governor who provides for their holy places,
"With their own hands they blockaded the gate of Babylon their lifeline,
"They have torched the sanctuaries of Babylon like marauders of the land"

"You, the vanguard, took their lead!
"You aimed your shaft at the innermost wall,
'Woe! My heart!' it exclaims,
"You flung the seat of Muhra, its gatekeeper, into the blood of young men and girls,
"The inhabitants of Babylon themselves - they the bird, you the decoy -
"You snared in a net, caught and killed them, warrior Erra!
"You quit the city and have gone out to the outskirts,
"You took a lion's face and have entered the palace.
"When the troops saw you, they girded on their weapons,
"The heart of the governor, avenger of Babylon, turned to fury,
"He issued orders to his army to plunder, as if plundering enemies,
"He incited the commander to atrocities,
' You, my man, for that city I am sending you to,
' Fear no god, respect no man!
' Do young and old alike to death!
' Spare no one, not even the baby sucking milk!
' You shall plunder the accumulated wealth of Babylon!'
"The royal troops drew up and have invaded the city,
"With flashing shafts and outstretched blades,
"You homed their weapons upon those under special protection, sacred to Anu and Dagan,
"You made their blood course like ditch-water in the city streets,
"You opened their arteries and let the watercourses hear their blood away."

"When the great lord Marduk saw that, he cried 'Woe!' and his heart was hardened,
"An irreversible curse rose to his lips.

"He swore that he would not drink from the watercourses,
"He was revolted by their blood and would not enter Esagila,
'Alas for Babylon, whose crown I fashioned luxuriant as a palm's,
but which the wind has scorched,
'Alas for Babylon, that I had laden with seed, like an evergreen, but of
whose delights I could not have what I hoped for!
'Alas for Babylon, that I tended like a thriving orchard, but whose fruit I
could not taste!
'Alas for Babylon, that I suspended like a gemstone on the neck of the
sky!
'Alas for Babylon, that I clasped in my hand like the tablet of destinies...!'

Now Babylon has become a wasteland and king Marduk weeps endless tears...

With no more to burn...
Lord Flame leads The Seven away from Babylon.
To make war on its enemies.

He set out for the mountain Hehe, the homeland of the Suteans.

The Seven, warriors unrivalled, fell in behind him.

When the warriors reached the mountain Hehe, he raised his hand, he destroyed the mountain,
He reckoned the mountain Hehe as level ground, he cut away the trunks of the cedar forest,
The thicket looked as if the deluge had passed over,
He laid waste cities and turned them into open spaces,
He obliterated mountains and slew their wild life,
He convulsed the sea and destroyed its increase
He brought the stillness of death upon swamp and thicket, burning like fire,
He cursed the wildlife and returned to clay.

Then and only then was Lord Irri-Gal calmed.

All the gods stood around the Lord of war..
The Igigi-gods and the Anunna-gods stood in awe.

Lord Irri-Gal spoke saying:

"Quiet, all of you learn what I have to say!
"No doubt I intended evil in the bygone lapse,
"I was angry and wanted to lay waste the people.
"Like a hireling, I took the lead ram from the flock,
"Like one who did not plant an orchard, I was quick to cut it down,
"Like a scorcher of the earth, I slew indiscriminately good and evil.
"One would not snatch a carcass from the jaws of a ravaging lion,
"So too no one can reason where one is in a frenzy.
"Were it not for Lord Flame, my vanguard, what might have happened?
"Where would your provider be, where your high priest?
"Where your food offering? You would smell no incense".

Lord Flame addressed Lord Irri-Gal:

"Quiet, warrior, hear what I have to say,
"Calm down, let us serve you!
"At a time you are angry, where is he who can face you?"

When Lord Irri-Gal heard this, his face beamed, like radiant daylight his features glowed.
He entered his palace, E-meslam and took up his abode.


Friday, 13 September 2013

What I'm doing...

...I don't know what I'm doing.



Perhaps I'm beginning to enjoy the sense of space whirling around me?
I'm not enjoying the maths!



I decided to leave the mythology of the abducted girl in the contested land of Canaan for a while and go play with the stars.

The idea is...
If you want to understand why Stonehenge has alignments to north east and south
If you wanted to make something to bring the sun to earth
Create the circles and rectangles, spirals and triangles
The glittering mirrors
And ride the Milky Way on your bike in a stream of fairy lights...

You need to know what the sun, moon and stars do each year in relation to where you are and how to link it to the ground.

And you need to know what the stars, sun and moon were up to 5000 years ago so that you can ask questions...

So I'm doing lots of maths and listening to interesting music, playing with mind-maps.
I'm bored because the maths is...
I'm just checking my guesses
Tiresome

And maths proves that this universe doesn't work like clockwork.
People pretend that it does.
I don't blame them

The alternative is doing lots of maths.

The point is, I'm doing the maths only to see if my statements are true. I don't think anyone should have to calculate anything while the sun still shines and the moon still wobbles around the ecliptic and the Swan flies along the Galactic Plane...

At times like these
Music!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Celtic lion, images of nobility.

The past is a puzzle.

The word Nationality, contains the notion that we are of a certain disposition and quality as a result of our place of birth.

The Greek myth of the first king of Athens, makes this manifestly clear; King Erichthonius was born of the soil (autochthonous) and raised by the goddess Athena.

Not just some guy...

Not a bald headed bully with a bigger army than you!
Nor was he good at politics, networking and publicity able to get sufficient funds and backing...

King Eric had divine authority.
A theme that has followed many kings.

It was once believed that the first king of Britain was Brutus the Trojan.
Nationality, what ever it is
Matters.

The first thing I noticed as a non-historian reading history, and as a non-archaeologist studying archaeology, was that 'Persia' has gone missing..from our 'Western' accounts of 'Western' life.

It gets worse.
Europe does not exist in 'our' narratives about the past.

The word 'Indo-European' is just about as good as it gets for any kind of recognition that people lived and loved, worshiped and traded in that land mass above Greece, and Egypt..

And the word Celt, the name for those barbarians above the river Po is another kind of problem..Some people don't beleive in the 'Celts' at all.

Besides which, the word is too convenient.

Celt is supposed to mean axe.

These Jade axes on the left were made in the 5th and 4th millennium BC and found in Mainz Gonsenhiem.
The term "celt" came about from what was very probably a copyist's error in many medieval manuscript copies of Job 19:24 in the Latin Vulgate Bible, which became enshrined in the authoritative Sixto-Clementine printed edition of 1592; however the Codex Amiatinus, for example, does not contain the mistake. In the passage: Stylo ferreo, et plumbi lamina, vel certe sculpantur in silice (from Job 19:24, "Let it indeed be carved with an iron pen on a plate of lead or in stone"), the certe ("indeed") was spelled as celte by mistake, which would have to be the ablative of a non-existent third declension noun celtes or celtis, the ablative case giving the sense "with/by a celt".From Wiki.
The reason why the Celts are so called, goes back to  Hecataeus of Miletus, the Greek geographer, in 517 BC. writing about a people living near "Massilia" (Marseille) in France.
According to the testimony of Julius Caesar and Strabo, the Latin name Celtus (pl. Celti or Celtae) and the Greek Κέλτης (pl. Κέλται) or Κελτός (pl. Κελτοί) were borrowed from a native Celtic tribal name.Wiki.
The imperative to gather tax creates countries, and a language creates a national identity.But the truth is, people trade, mix, share, love and fight with one another. Ideas and artifacts do not respect nationality or borders.

This bowl, probably from Athens, was found in a German grave ( Ludwigsburg) dated 500 BC. It pre-dates the famous attack by 'Celts' on the shrine at Delphi by about 200 years.


It was precious to who ever owned it, for it had been repaired with bronze and gold leaf.

Contemporary with, and also much older than the bowl, wooden figures such as these were carved and possibly painted and dressed


An Irminsul (Old Saxon, probably "great/mighty pillar" or "arising pillar") was a kind of pillar which is attested as playing an important role in the Germanic paganism of the Saxon people...
Read The Road To Hell.
These figures were made of oak and found at Ostholstein. The male figure is 2.75 m in height, the female 2.3 meters. The trees felled to make them, 400 BC.

To go back much, much further:
The lion-man found in the Hohlenstein-Stadel cave and beleived to be 32,000 years old


So similar to the Guennol Lioness, a 5000-year-old limestone statue found in Iraq.


Why is it a female lion and not a male?
All those muscles, it doesn't look feminine.

Well...perhaps not, but the omega symbol is used on Elamite boundary stones to represent the Goddess of birth; the omega as the symbol of the womb.



The omega is on this lion's back.





In exactly the same way as the Goddes Hathor has the omega.



Hathor was once Sekmet the lioness (who was stopped from destroying all humanity by being tricked into drinking red beer, and getting so drunk that she couldn't be bothered). ~Link.

After that she took a cow form and stopped being quite so fierce.

The Goddess and the lion.
In this picture, Inanna controls the lion, which seems to be an emblem of destruction. The jaws of death, and the inevitable destruction of everything by time....



The same image of a woman subduing a lion, with Inanna now portrayed as either a saint, or the Virgin Mary at Chartres cathedral, becomes La Force in the tarot.



The lion, in Mesopotamian iconography, started out as the lion-bird (lightning bird) Imdagud.

Here is is portrayed attacking the Bull of Heaven..
The heat of summer kills everything, is one interpretation.
Leo as a summer constellation and Taurus rising at the equinox (no longer the case due to the precession of the equinox, but you get the picture).



The Bull of Heaven is more an underworld entity really, but our culture is convinced that people in the past believed in a triple world, so the paradox of the Bull of Heaven as husband to the Queen of the Underworld is usually glossed over.

Here is a Hittite image of bull-men and lion-men from The Herald's Wall relief Carchemish.



Do the bull men protect us from the lion men?
The lion man may be described as an Ugallu (big deamon) in the Akkadian/Old Babylonian language.





But via mystery religions, the lion man becomes something more,  Zurvan (time). Link. Zervan is the Plenum void, the space of creation and also the ultimate destroyer

Kali.


Who seems to become Mahakala (maha means great, and kala is time.
Mahakala is an 'oath bound protector', once a terrible blood drinking monster, now subdued by Padmasambhava.






The lion-person changes sex and meaning during its 32, 000 years history as a symbol. That is to be expected. But that a symbol can last so long and maintain so much meaning, is truly amazing.

Symbols gather other symbols around them as they travel.
And they travel far and wide.
The core symbol references the experience of lion.

Uniting the lion and human body is practically a magic spell...or one of the oldest words we can recognise.