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A History of the Female Sun by Donna Henes


In archaic times, people perceived the sun, in its shining prime and glory, the giver of heat and light and life, to be the effulgent force of the female. A passionate aspect of the great mother, the versatile jill-of-all-trades who issues forth and supports whole life. She is the heaven Illuminating goddess, Amaterasu Omikame, in Japan, and the queen of heaven and Earth, Arinna, in Mesopotamia. She was Yhi, sun woman, to the Arunta of Australia. Sun sister was known in Anatolia, Siberia and Native America.

Tribal North Europe knew her, too. The Germans called her Sunna, as did the Norwegians. In Scandinavia, she was Glory-of-Elves or Sol. The Eddas say that on doomsday, she will bear a daughter who will be the new sun, the next creation. The luminous world to come. She was Sol, as well, to the Celts who also called her Sul or Sulis. Her celebrations took place on open plains, on hilltops, overlooking springs. A major ceremonial site was Silbury Hill (Sulisbury Hill) and the springs at Bath, once called Aquae Sulis, were the site of Roman altars sacred to Sul Minerva.

The great mother in ancient India was Aditi, the mother of the 12 spirits of the zodiac, the Adityas who would "reveal their light at doomsday." The Mahanirvanatantra describes the sun as a golden garment of light that graces the great goddess. "The sun, the most glorious symbol in the physical world, is the vesture of Her who is ‘clothed with the sun.’"

Tantric Buddhist monks greeted the sun goddess, Marici, at dawn, chanting to her, "the glorious one, the sun of happiness… I salute you O Goddess Marici! Bless me and fulfill my desires. Protect me, O Goddess, from all the eight fears." Marici, or Mari, was a precursor of the Christian Mary. The New Testament Book of Revelation refers to her as a "woman clothed in the sun."

Some early Christian mystics gazed upon the sun, the shining shawl that encircles Our Lady’s shoulders, until they "became blinded by the light." The theory being, that once having contemplated such magnificent brilliance, there was nothing left worthy of being seen. The success of this practice seems to have been a sure path to sainthood. An odd parallel is Saint Lucy, Santa Lucia, Santa Luz who plucked out her own eyes to discourage unwanted suitors and sexual advances. In the dark, with the one she truly loved, she was rewarded with the clear vision of the light of her faith.
The goddess was not always the sun herself, but often the force behind it. The grand controller of the cosmos, the sun, and the celestial cycles. According to Greek mythology, Leto laid an egg that produced two offspring, the sun and the moon, Apollo and Artemis. The Egyptian Goddess, Hathor, hatched the "golden egg of the sun" at the dawn of creation. The sun god, Osiris-Ra, died each night to return to the womb of the great mother, from whose "gate" he was reborn each morning. The same is said of the Maori sun god, who must descend into the uterine cave of the Waters of Life in order to be regenerated daily.

With the advent of the patriarchy, the sun underwent a sex change. Profound, this gender shift was a portrayal of the left brain revolution, the ascendance of ration over passion. Female divinity was overthrown, overthrone, overgrown. Her domain plundered, her authority usurped, her worship polluted. The sun, with the strength of it’s brilliance, it’s sheer presence and potency, came to stand for the masculine principle, the power of rational thinking. The moon, reflective, more subtle and seemingly erratic, came to be associated with the feminine in most cultures. Although the traits of the sun are thought to be male, it retains its female designation in the languages of Northern Europe, Arabia and Japan.
In Mesopotamian mythology, the Hittite sun goddess, Estan, evolved into Istanu, a male sun god. In pre-Islamic Arabia, the sun goddess was known as Torch of the Gods, Atthar or Al-llat. She was honored daily by pouring libations at roof top altars. Her name was subsequently masculinized to Allah. Her other name, Shams, along with her attributes became associated with a male sun god, Shams-On. The Babylonian sun god was Shamash, clearly related. The Hebrew word for sun, as well as the appellation of the biblical character Samson, were also derived from her name.

This summer let us each reflect and radiate the warming, nurturing energy of the sun in all her shining glory.

Shamelessly
orange like a
parrot’s beak,
arousing with a lover’s
touch the clustered
lotus buds,
I praise this
great wheel the sun —
rising it is an
earring for
the Lady of the East.

— Vidya Kara
11th Century Sanskrit Poetess

Orange Juice is not what you Thought


Orange Juice Is Not What You Thought

Is NONE of my Food Sacred?!

Ah, orange juice.  So pure. So natural. So refreshing.  Or so I thought until I found out the industry’s dirty little secret.

I drink orange juice everyday.  Let me rephrase.  I DRANK orange juice every day.  In fact, I was beginning to think something was wrong with me.  I drank it A LOT.  Almost addictively.  It was becoming an expensive habit.  But I never gave myself a hard time over it because it was orange juice…what could be so wrong with drinking a lot of orange juice, right? (Besides the fact that it is pasteurized, but I digress…..)  After all, I wasn’t buying it from concentrate, which is way worse for you.

Well, now I know why I was drinking it so incessantly.

  • There’s a reason why your orange juice always tastes consistent i.e. the taste never changes.
  • There’s a reason why Tropicana doesn’t taste like Simply Orange.
  • Besides pasteurization, there’s another reason why the shelf life is really long.

Hey kids, an you say ‘Aseptic Storage’ and ‘DE aeration’?  These words of the day are brought to you by the orange juice industry itself and should replace ‘Fresh Picked’ and ‘Natural’.

Most, If Not All, Store Bought Orange Juice is Made the Following Way

What I thought was a product that was merely grown, picked, squeezed, pasteurized and then put in a carton is not that simple of a process.  The step between pasteurizing and packaging is an open secret in the Orange Juice industry and is standard industry practice.

After juicing the oranges, the juice goes to giant holding tanks and the oxygen is removed from them. This means that it can safely sit in there for up to a year.  This also means that the liquid is now tasteless.  What gives orange juice its flavor has 100% to do with the oxygen in it!

Flavor …Packets

So how come your orange juice tastes like – well – orange juice, then?  Ah….the company add in flavor packets.

When the juice is stripped of oxygen it is also stripped of flavor providing chemicals. Juice companies therefore hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that formulate perfumes for Dior and Calvin Klein, to engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature. The packs added to juice earmarked for the North American market tend to contain high amounts of ethyl butyrate, a chemical in the fragrance of fresh squeezed orange juice that, juice companies have discovered, Americans favor. Mexicans and Brazilians have a different palate. Flavor packs fabricated for juice geared to these markets therefore highlight different chemicals, the decanals say, or trepan compounds such as valancing.

Beliefs-Believe-Unbelievable


 

BELIEF

If you believe, you will never know. If you really want to know, don´t believe. That does not mean to disbelieve, because disbelief is another kind of belief. Don´t believe, but experiment. Go into it yourself, and if you can see, if you can feel, only then believe. But then it is no more belief; then it is trust. That is the difference between trust and belief: trust comes out of experience; belief is just a prejudice without any experience to support it.
Don´t believe because scriptures say so, and don´t believe because respectable people say so, because they may be saying it only because by saying it they become respectable. Don´t believe because priests say so, because priests are just doing a kind of business. They have to say so; they are salesmen. They are selling some invisible commodity, which you cannot see but you have to believe.
Experiment, go into the existential experience of it all. Become a lab – your own lab. And unless it has become your own understanding, don´t believe. Unless it has become your own understanding, don´t believe, and then only can you come to trust. Truth believed is a lie. Truth experienced is a totally different phenomenon. This is the approach of a scientific mind.

Contagious Disease Exposed


Contagious Diseases Exposed

Think About It:
Contagious diseases are a European superstition, because if u cannot "catch healthy" then u cannot "catch sick" or AIDS 4 that matter. It is illogical for a person to be healthy enough to get a "cold" (so called contagious disease) and then become sick enough to get rid of the colds.
You Cannot catch the weather – Colds, Hot, Partly Cloudy, Storms, snow etc.. The so called contagious diseases of Flu, chicken pox, mumps, measles, polio are still called contagious and occur among people with and without immunization shots. They recur year after year.

Reference: ==> Nutricide By: Dr Laila Afrika

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