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Many of Shakespeare's plays were performed at the Inner Temple before they were put out for general consumption. The reason will become apparent once you look at who the plays intended audience was there. It will also give you a clue as to who the author/authors were. Good Luck Edit for sp
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Yesterday
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Here is a copy of a post where I answered the question of the “Handbags” many years ago., when it was first brought up. The whole image that is presented must be looked at in order to determine its symbolic meaning not just one item. Broker You may want to get a copy of Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia An Illustrated Dictionary by Jeremy Black and Anthony Green. They give
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6 months ago
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Hi Madeleine, I’m not sure if this will help you with your search but here is some of the Symbolism related to Boats & Ships. The boat is the symbol of Voyaging, or of a crossing made either by the living or by the dead. All civilizations have their boat of the dead. The belief that the dead accompany the Sun in ‘boats of the sun’ is widespread throughout Oceania (Frobenius, quote
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6 months ago
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Hi Coarvus, I believe the author Freddy Silva did. He was an AOM back in November 2015. I believe he spoke of the experience in The Lost Art of Resurrection: Initiation, secret chambers and the quest for the Otherworld. Best, Broker
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1 year ago
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Hi Andrew, After reading the above post I pulled out The Cygnus Key which I have yet to read and quickly read chapter six. I hope you continue to follow up on this cult. I will offer a link to possibly connect the dots. I have longed maintained the Sphinx is a Leopard. Ancient Egyptian priests wore leopard skins during funeral ceremonies. The skin symbolized the genus of Set, the go
Forum: Author of the Month
1 year ago
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P.D. Newman Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------ > > I've always been fascinated with the traditions > which depict Moses with horns. If I recall > correctly, this comes from the fact that the > Hebrew word for 'shining' used to describe Moses' > face as he descended Sinai also means 'horned.' > Alexander the Great is another figure that is
Forum: Author of the Month
1 year ago
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Hi PD, I'm looking forward to reading your book. My main interest is symbolism and it has led me down many paths. One of those paths gets rarely mentioned on this message board. There is plenty of "discussion" on religion with points of view for and against but the topic of mysticism in religion rarely comes up. What I'm intrigued about is the role that altered states might
Forum: Author of the Month
1 year ago
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Hi Mark, Thank you for the heads up on Jude's book. I just read her article and will have to pick it up and go through the thread of posts for her month. At a cursory glance it seems to resonate. Last year was tough year for me health wise and I went long periods without reading the board. It's a bit overwhelming when you come back and have to wade through the "noise" of peop
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1 year ago
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Hi P.D., I posted this several years ago and thought it might be of interest. I already know the answer to the following question but I thought I would ask it anyway. Do certain masons still practice the use of acacia for enlightenment today? Thank you for a most interesting topic. Best, Broker
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1 year ago
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Egyptian Calendar The ancient Egyptian calendar was a solar calendar with a 365-day year. The year consisted of three seasons of 120 days each, plus an intercalary month of 5 epagomenal days treated as outside of the year proper. Each season was divided into four months of 30 days. These twelve months were initially numbered within each season but came to also be known by the names of their pr
Forum: Mysteries
1 year ago
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Pigtail: Like beards, Hair plaited into pigtails is proof of and a channel for virility and the life force. In addition to this symbol, pigtails stand for a probable link between this world and the Beyond, the home of the dead; and for the intimate entwining of relationships, the mingling of currents and influences and the interdependence of individuals upon one another. Gaulish grave-stones
Forum: Mysteries
1 year ago
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Hi Lee, The hair in the first link appears to have the opposite meaning of a spiral. Plait: As opposed to the Spiral, which he regards as ‘open and optimistic’, Marcel Brion considers the plait to be a ‘closed and pessimistic’ motif: The motif of the plait is far more complicated and harder to define. The motif is as widespread as that of the spiral, but it has a very different mean
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1 year ago
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Hi Lee, Thank you for the links. Going through my books and notes I found quite a bit of interesting material about beards, hair and braiding. Best, Broker
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1 year ago
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Madeleine, Thank you for the kind words. Talking about symbolism is usually an exercise in futility for me. Very few people understand it and I spend more time trying to explain "symbolism" than actually trying to have a meaningful dialogue about what is illustrated. The old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words is absolutely correct. Forgive me if my symbolism ou
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1 year ago
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Hi Madeleine, I spent yesterday looking through a number of books and later web sites on the different types of combs. I also pondered the Djet comb again, along with going over your posts to make sure I hadn't missed anything. I found a number of combs that looked very similar in style to the Djet comb but they came from very different cultures and time frames. Whether they were used
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1 year ago
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Hi Madeleine, If I understand correctly, weaving dates back to 7000 BC in Mesopotamia, 4400 BC in Egypt and 5000 BC in southern Europe. You would probably know better than I when it first appeared. I am noticing that there isn't a huge amount of symbolism material in the earlier cultures although I'm seeing representations in myths. When they date to is anyone's guess. I agree that th
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1 year ago
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Hi Madeleine, I will add a few more bits and pieces I have collected, while I respond to to your post. I have dug out 35-40 books so it may take awhile to sift through them to see what I can find. When I suggested the comb represented rays of the sun, I was looking at notes I had made several years ago in which the comb was often associated with a mirror. There is not a lot of written s
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1 year ago
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Hi Madeleine, I'm not sure if you have reached a satisfactory conclusion to your original post but I will give you my thoughts on it. First of all I agree with your observations on the spinnekrok and its connection to the was sceptre of Egypt. I don't look at objects such as these in literal terms but instead symbolic ones. In symbolism this symbol represents weaving/weaver. What d
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2 years ago
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Hi Jim, Thanks for the links. It certainly looks weathered enough to be from that era. But it's hard to tell sometimes with all the wind and rain, the weathering can occur quite quickly in some places. I have been able to read inscriptions on grave stones dating to the 13th century but in other instances stones cut a few decades ago aren't legible. Depends how exposed they are. Yo
Forum: Misc.
2 years ago
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Hi Molder, Didn't get a link here. As far as Graffiti you see it a lot when travelling around to different sites. Tourists aren't a new phenomena. When Sir Walter Scott wrote historic novels in the early 1800's people travelled from all over the UK, Europe and America to see the places he wrote about. Go to his house (Abbotsford House) near Melrose in the borders. Its a museum of his c
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2 years ago
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Hi Molder, I can understand the frustration. :-( I found that I had to visit sites several times to get the full impact. Spending too much time with the camera would cause me to narrow my focus. Fortunately, I had a second set of eyes that looked at things from a different perspective and tried to keep me "on time". I forgot to warn you about the odd sense of humour you migh
Forum: Misc.
2 years ago
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Hi Molder, You might want to take a look at some of the Brochs in Orkney. They aren't nearly as old as the other sites but still are worth taking a look at. Don't get lost in any of the forests! Trees are such a distraction. ;-) Best
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2 years ago
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Hi Scott, Great to see you are still around! Hope you are keeping well. Best, Pete
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2 years ago
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Hi Molder, Locals can be a huge resource in finding things of interest. If you have any family links to the areas you go to in Scotland it will open doors for you. If weathering hasn't obscured the markings on stones you will find some very interesting graffiti. Neolithic and Bronze Age standing stones, henge monuments, cists, linear cemeteries with burial cairns, cup and ring marks we
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2 years ago
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Hi Molder, After spending a lot of time in Scotland I was able to appreciate a lot of the culture and history. The Highlands and the Islands are very different from the eastern parts of Scotland. Where are you headed after the Orkney's? What period of history you are interested in? The amount of time you have and your ability to travel will be the determining factor. I might su
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2 years ago
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Hi Martin, Thank you for your response. I was at a loss on several occasions when speaking with Mason's on the subject only to be met with blank stares. I'm glad to see that the study is being revived. It has taught me a great deal in the understanding of subjects that were loaded with allegory and symbolism. (history, religion, philosophy) It's unfortunate that too many things a
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 years ago
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I don't think Loveritas is still around but I noticed this link on the Vajra/Dorje. Interesting how this symbol is found in numerous civilizations. Best Edit for spelling.
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2 years ago
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Hi Martin, Not sure if this is the thread to ask you this but.... In the past I have been fortunate enough to talk with many high ranking Masons. Not only those who have done the degrees but have held the chairs and senior Grand Lodge officer positions from numerous countries. I have noticed a huge disparity among Masons on their level of understanding of symbolism. Is it becoming
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 years ago
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Hi Robin, In reading your posts over the past, you seem to keep an open mind on most issues. I try to as well. Lomas and Knight's work is very different from Dan Brown's and Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln's. Dan Brown's da Vinci Code is probably 90% inaccurate. But the 10% that is correct no one pays any attention to. There are elements to Holy Blood, Holy Grail that are correct but it g
Forum: History
2 years ago
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Hi Robin, You might want to check out what Robert Lomas and Christopher Knight suggested in their book, the Second Messiah (exactly what they proposed) Most have dismissed it but who knows for sure. Best
Forum: History
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