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November 12, 2013

The History of the Pinecone as a Symbol

The humble pinecone has always been a
powerful symbol of regeneration, nourishment 
and
enlightenment. Some of the earliest records are from
Ancient Sumerian palace carvings that date back to 713-716 BC which
depict winged gods holding pinecones and using them to pollinate
the tree of life. What other mysteries do they hold?

Sumerian god Marduk/ Dionysus

Sumerian god / Dionysus

Dionysus, the Greek god of winemaking
and ecstasy, later known as ‘Bacchus’ to the Romans was known to
carry a staff topped with a pinecone called a ‘Thyrsus.’ The
pinecone is also found on the Egyptian staff of Osiris,
which
depicts two intertwining serpents, like kundalini rising or like the caduceus symbol of medicine in the West.

Egyptian Staff-of-Osiris Egyptian museum Turino Italy 1224 BC

Egyptian Staff-of-Osiris Egyptian museum Turino Italy 1224 BC

In India in Hindu tradition
Kundalini energy shows two spiralling snakes
wrapping around the seven chakras rising up along the spine into
wings, which represents the path to enlightenment. Chakras are an
energy system, and the snakes that encase the chakras represent
another energy system, kundalini but also associated with the infinity symbol. The
infinity symbol is the prototype for DNA and means infinite life.
In Celtic tradition it’s represented in the ancient weave
carvings of the infinity symbol.

Learn more about the infinity symbol-

http://earthelixir.ca/2012/10/10/infinity-symbol/

A statue of the Mexican god
‘Chicomecoatl’ which means seven snakes, has a pinecone in one hand
and an evergreen tree in the other.Mexican god

There is also a pinecone on the
Pope’s staff, and the largest pinecone in the world is a
bronze sculpture located in Vatican Square in the
Courtyard of the Pinecone.

Pigna in Pinecone Courtyard, Vatican

Pigna in Pinecone Courtyard, Vatican

Legend has it that Romans built an
enormous bronze pinecone they called ‘Pigna’ which stood on
top of the Pantheon and acted as a lid for the round opening in the
centre of the buildings vault. It is confirmed the
pinecone was part of an overflowing fountain next to the
temple of Isis. Pinecone symbols adorn candle holders and
lamps in the Church as a symbol for the source of illumination.
Pinecones are found in Freemason art and sculptures. Pinecones
appear on the ceilings of Masonic temples and lodges, and in
architecture like the one on display in the Financial District in
New York on the side of the Whitehall building, which depicts two
spiralling serpents rising to meet a pinecone overlooking Battery
Place.

Masonic-Pine-Cone-Caduceus whitehall nyMasonic sculpture Caduceus
with pinecone, Whitehall NY

DIY Pinecone Ornaments http://earthelixir.ca/2011/12/09/diy-aromatherapy-pinecone-ornaments/

Pinecones resemble the structure of
the pineal gland aka epithalamus, which is located in the
centre of our brain and is an unpaired structure. It
is isolated from the blood brain barrier while it receives a large
percentage of blood flow. The pineal gland which is
pronounced (‘pine’ eel) has been referred to as the seat
of the soul and the ‘third eye.’ The pineal gland has rods and
cones just like our seeing eyes do which could be the reason it is
called the ‘third eye.’ It is responsible for melatonin
production and governs our circadian rhythms, which regulates light
perception to regulate our light awake and dark sleep periods.
The pineal gland has always been a mystery and little has been said
about it in anatomy physiology books until recently. The tree of
life could represent the
arbor vitae’ which literally translates
as
the tree of life, in the cerebellum. It consists of bands of white
matter that forms a tree like appearance when it is cut in section.
The cerebellum is responsible for muscle activity in response from
higher centers.

October 3, 2012

The History of the Aura in Art and Photography

THE AURA~

The rainbow around our body.

The aura is a protective energy field that emanates around us and connects to the
chakras. That is why the aura is sometimes called the eighth chakra. This shifting shield of light is as unique as we are. The aura can change size, shape and colour depending on mood, sound, frequencies, environment, and reflects physical, mental and spiritual health.

The word aura originated from the Latin word
aurea which means golden. It represents a
symbol of transcendental divinity, holiness and has a long history
of being depicted in art, particularly around religious figures.
Earlier depictions of the aura were known as the halo or corona.
The corona is the halo around the sun, and its rays of light
represented Gods like the Greek Sun God Apollo.

Ancient Egyptians
wore headdresses to show this corona in the physical material
sense. This is where the crown symbol has come from, designated for
royalty. The crown which symbolizes figureheads or god-like humans
is the halo aura power symbol of divine nature, and means
transcendence from ordinary existence.

In religious paintings of the aura, called aureole, early depictions display rays of white light or had rainbow shadings. The coloured auras gold or blue indicated
celestial glory  during the Renaissance Era.

The Italian Aura version called the Mandorla, meaning almond-shaped, indicates the in-between middle shape of the Vesica piscis symbol, that happens when two circles overlap. It represents the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ. The painted auras had multi-layers of colours encased around the person. Rare occasions showed 7 doves, indicating the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost, in 7 coloured layers.

A square halo around the head in art indicated an earth element, and
usually distinguished the living from the saints.

A triangle halo represented the trinity, used to represent God the father, as well
as the son and the Holy Ghost, which is the feminine mother.

A cruciform nimbus is three rays of light that form a nimbus halo, which is a cross within a circle referring to the redemption through the cross of Christ. This is an ancient symbol of a compass for travellers.

Hexagonal nimbus represented the persons having allegorical virtues.

The circular halo is the most popular, which reflects the circle of sun rays. All halo shapes express exalted states of divinity, holiness and transcendental power.

The rainbow and auras are more common in Eastern art than in
Western art. In Eastern art it is not mandatory that spiritual
beings have an aura, and everyone had an aura.

In the Sacred Art of Tibet the aura and people are inseparable, and the outermost layer usually has the 7 colours of the rainbow.

The first known photograph of the aura is from the 1890’s by electrical engineer
and pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla used a device that
attached to the body that was able to photograph the bio-electric
energy field around the body and fingertips.

Soviet studies of documenting energy fields around living things date back to 1939,
when Semyon Kirlian, an electrician, who was working at a hospital
in Krasnodar discovered that the energy flowing between the
physiotherapy machine he had repaired and the patients skin could
be photographed. He fixed his hand to a photographic plate with an
electrode and pulled the switch. He burned his hand but managed to
capture on film the aura energy imprint around his hand. Along with
the help of his wife Valentina, he developed Kirlian photography
devices to capture this mysterious energy field. Kirlian
photography has 14 Soviet patents, and is based on directing a high
frequency electrical field that oscillates 75000-200 000 times a
second, which then captures the bio-plasma field that surrounds our
body and puts it on photography paper. There were now patterns and
correlations of auric energy captured through this electric body
photography.

Auras are for protection and communication. The size depends on personal vitality. Just like the rainbow in the sky, the rainbow around our body is a mysterious natural phenomenon, and one that we can tune into, if we are only conscious of it.

Activities that promote a healthy aura are:

meditation, a healthy diet, yoga, chakra clearing, visualization,
scanning the aura, and achieving moderation in all activities.

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My aura captured by First Star which is a form of
Kirlian photography. Symbols and spirit lights sometime show up but
not for everyone.  Right before this picture was taken I
called to the angels to protect me in the four corners and four
spirit lights showed up. Thank you angels.

Although auras have every colour of the rainbow, Kirlian aura
photography acts as a biofeedback mechanism with colours and
symbols acting as guidance and feedback for us, like a reflection
in the mirror.

Bibliography: The
Rainbow Book, edited by F. Lanier Graham, Vintage Books, 1975
Viktor Adamenko, Human Control of the Bioelectric Field,
March 1973, A.R.E. journal Alexander David-Neal, Magic and Mystery
in Tibet, Dover Press, 1971 Martin Ebon, Psychic Discoveries by the
Russians, Signet books, 1971 Sheila Ostrander and Lynn schroeder,
Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron curtain, Prentice-hall, New
York Bantam 1970 Stanley Krippner and Daniel Rubin, Galaxies
of Life: Human Aura in Acupuncture and Kirlian Photography,
Gordon and Breach, 1973 Kirlian Aura: Photographing the
Galaxies of Life, Doubleday, 1974 Lowell Ponte, A Personal defense
of Parapsychology, Popular Psychology 1973 C.W. Leadbeater, Man
invisible and Invisible, Quest Books, 1969 Kilner, The Human Aura,
University Books, 1965 The Aura, Samuel Weiser 1973 Lama Govinda,
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, 1960

December 20, 2011

Sacred Heart Kaleidoscope

Sacred Heart

The sacred heart took me on an incredible journey. I had no idea that superimposing heart shapes on one another created another sacred geometric shape known as the merkabah. The Merkabah is the three-dimensional (and beyond) star of David, which is two triangles on top of each other that create the two-dimensional star shape. The merkabah is the chariot of the heart and love is the fuel.

Other shapes that I found in the heart are circles and diamonds. The circles on the tops of the hearts quickly turned into Infinity symbols for me. Infinity symbols look like sideways figure eights. The heart is definitely eternal!

Sending out eternal love vibrations to you! <<<<<<<<<Happy Holidaze!

October 26, 2011

Seasons

Seasons

Travel through the faces of the seasons winter, spring, summer and fall.

Can you guess what the hidden 5th season is?

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