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Giving God the Finger

Giving God the Finger

THE IMAGE OF GOD reaching out to Adam with his extended arm and finger, is one of the most recognizable in the world. Perhaps only eclipsed by da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in popularity, the so-called Creation of Adam was painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo in the early 1500’s. There are a lot of things going on in this painting, but notice the body positions of both God and Adam. It looks like the Almighty is reaching…

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The Wonder Woman Archetype: Revealing the Power Within

The Wonder Woman Archetype: Revealing the Power Within

Comic book superheroes seem to be popular recently, to make an understatement. Clearly, we spend a lot of money on movies, merchandise and spin-offs. But why? What is it about these super-powered caped crusaders and mysterious masked marvels that resonates so deeply within each of us? Maybe it’s the desire to be stronger and greater than we are, to save the day, or just fly around whenever we want. Maybe there’s something more. She doesn’t put on a mask; she takes one off….

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American Dualism

American Dualism

The United States have become the divided states: Red vs. Blue. This narrative usually comes about during national elections, as a color symbol for the Democrats vs. the Republicans. Unfortunately, with a so-called 2-party system (there are actually many more parties), dualism, or an ‘us versus them’ mentality naturally arises. We often hear of having to choose between the lesser of two evils for our presidential and other candidates. The founding of America was based on the unity of different regional…

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The Rose Gives the Bees Honey: A Warning from Alchemy

The Rose Gives the Bees Honey: A Warning from Alchemy

An old and obscure Alchemical manuscript came with a specific warning for those who were about to read it: Wisdom is as a flower from which the bee its honey makes and the spider poison, each according to its own nature. This quote appears in Manly P. Hall’s “Secret Teachings of All Ages,” and serves as a stern warning for anyone delving into esoteric practices, and, actually, is a great reminder for all of us, no matter what power we are…

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Shiva the Destroyer: A Powerful Symbol for Change and Transformation

Shiva the Destroyer: A Powerful Symbol for Change and Transformation

Shiva is the third aspect of the Hindu Trimurti (or Trinity): Brahma: The Creator of Life Vishnu: The Sustainer of Life Shiva: The Destroyer of Life At face value, Shiva might seem to be an evil god, but this transformation is absolutely necessary to begin a new cycle of life. In many Western and Native traditions, there are only two: Father God, the creator, and, Mother Earth, the bearer of life. Actually, the Earth Mother is also the taker of live…

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