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review 2017-07-26 18:01
The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects - Barbara G. Walker

A wonderful work on the study of symbols and sacred objects as they relate to the female. It's an excellent companion to the marvelous "The Book Of Symbols: Reflections On Archetypal Images" offering insight on the feminine roots of many of our symbols.

 

Just as an example, one such symbol is the fish, widely accepted to be the symbol of Christianity, but which is actually FAR older. Ichthys was the offspring of the ancient Sea goddess Atargatis, and was known in various mythic systems as Tirgata, Aphrodite, Pelagia, or Delphine. The word also meant "womb" and "dolphin" in some tongues, and representations of this appeared in the depiction of mermaids. The fish is also a central element in other stories, including the Goddess of Ephesus, as well as the tale of the fish of the Nile that swallowed part of Osiris' body (the penis), and was also considered a symbol of the sexuality of Isis for she had sexual intercourse with Osiris after his death which resulted in the conception and birth of his posthumous son, Harpocrates, Horus-the-child. So, in pagan beliefs, the fish is a symbol of birth and fertility.

 

Before Christianity adopted the fish symbol, it was known by pagans as "the Great Mother", and "womb". Its link to fertility, birth, and the natural force of women was acknowledged also by the Celts, as well as pagan cultures throughout northern Europe.

The Romans called the goddess of sexual fertility by the name of Venus. And thus it is from the name of the goddess Venus that our modern words "venereal" and "venereal disease" have come. Friday was regarded as her sacred day, because it was believed that the planet Venus ruled the first hour of Friday and thus it was called dies Veneris. And to make the significance complete, the fish was also regarded as being sacred to her. The similarities between the two, would indicate that Venus and Freya were originally one and the same goddess and that original being the mother-goddess of Babylon.

 

The same association of the mother goddess with the fish-fertility symbol is evidenced among the symbols of the goddess in other forms also. The fish was regarded as sacred to Ashtoreth, the name under which the Israelites worshiped the pagan goddess. And in ancient Egypt, Isis is represented with a fish on her head.

Great stuff. Wonderful for those of us who do dream work, and who look for the deep plumb line of the Sacred that runs through all time, all people, and all place. More evidence the world is full of wonder, magic, and miracle.

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text 2014-07-12 01:52
Library haul - I need to start clearing these out....
Fiction First Aid - Raymond Obstfeld
Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction - Jessica Page Morrell
Cybersexualities: A Reader in Feminist Theory, Cyborgs and Cyberspace - Jenny Wolmark
The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools - Jessie Klein
Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction -
Roustabout: A Fiction - Michelle Chalfoun
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection - David F. Dufty
Feedback: The Communication of Praise, Criticism, and Advice (Language As Social Action) - Robbie Sutton
Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age - Robin M. Kowalski,Susan P. Limber,Patricia W. Agatston

Had some of these for a while, and I'm going to try to tackle the ones that are due first.

 

I had checked out a bunch of materials on bullying, cyberbullying, and literary criticism/feedback a while back to write a post, but I ended up archiving it because I felt like it was saying some of the same things I'd already said in some capacities.  I still want to read some of these books though as food for thought, so I'll let you guys know how they go.  They seem like very interesting reads. 

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review 2012-12-27 00:00
Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude - Danielle Henderson This is funny. With references to Derrida, Lacan, Butler, Chicago, Grier and a plethora of theorists and activists this is smart and the tongue in cheek bites just hard enough.
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review 2011-10-24 09:42
Desert Children
Desert Children - Waris Dirie Brilliant touching and true! i absolutely loved it!
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review 2011-08-18 11:03
Women Who Run with the Wolves
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola Estés I found this a difficult book to get through. However, it did make me think about myths and stories in a different way. Sometimes in a direction that I would never have gone on my own.
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