The Seal of Solomon

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Seal of Solomon

Solomon was the son of King David – the poetic king who as a boy slew the giant Goliath. This is the bloodline through which Jesus is descended. Solomon was famous for the temple he built and the temple was famous for supposedly housing the Ark of the Covenant. Solomon  wrote the Song of Songs, the poetic verses that are found in both Christian, Judaic and Islamic texts. Solomon also possessed a seal that was said to have given to him from Heaven and have great powers. These powers allowed him to accomplish feats that no other human was capable of and a complete understanding of the Universe. “Behold I have given you a wise and understanding heart; there has been none like you before you, nor after you shall any arise like you” (Kings 1, 3, 12). 

The layers of meaning behind the symbol itself are many. First, the upright triangle represents the masculine aspect, earth, and fire. The inverted triangle represents the female aspect, heaven and air. In combining the two, there is a symbolic alchemy that occurs; a balance of opposites. There is the balance of masculine and feminine; heaven and earth, or “as above, so below”; fire and air combine to make water. Thus the symbol also embodies all the elements in perfect order and balance. “King Solomon’s Seal, whose base is on the ground and whose tip reaches heaven, symbolizes a harmony of opposites, whose significance is manifold as much as it is multi-cultural. It reflects the cosmic order, the skies, the movement of the stars in their spheres, and the perpetual flow between heaven and earth, between the elements of air and fire. The Seal, therefore, symbolizes super-human wisdom and rule by divine grace” (Source)

This symbol has become identfiable in many other cultures, but still maintaining it’s message of balance and knowledge.

Vatican museum floor, commissioned by Pope Leo XIII

Natsarim Synagogue

Flower of Life

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What I Believe

I think I’ve had a hard time writing this blog because I’ve had the fear of coming right out and saying exactly what it is I believe in. I’m not ashamed of what I believe, and I think that now that I know that I’m not alone in what I believe, I have the confidence to come out and say it.  I am a Heretic, and I’m proud of it.

I believe that there is an equal male and female aspect of God.

I believe that the Divine Feminine has been purposefully left out through history, so that various groups of people would gain control of others.

I believe that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a family.

I believe that Jesus and Mary taught people how to live a life of Love and Peace.

I believe in restoring the balance of masculine and feminine.

I believe in following the Way of Love that Jesus taught us.

I believe in standing up and telling the Truth and not just saying what the world thinks should be said about history.

I think I’ve been afraid of people not liking me for what I believe. No more. If anyone does not like what I have to say here, the simple solution is to not read this blog. I certainly respect others with different beliefs and opinions. But I am simply not afraid anymore to openly discuss what I believe.

Love and Peace to all!

A Flurry of Creativity

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I love when waves of creativity rush in! I’ve been a busy bee, working on prayer beads. Today, this strand of beads begged to be. The meaning behind all the elements seemed to flow together: Truth, the Divine Feminine, Shelter and bonds of Sacred Love. The flower on the connector resembles the center of the Chartres Labyrinth: something so special to prayer and meditation.

olivine and pearl prayer beads with prayer box

The Peace and Joy I receive from this work is a true gift to me. I hope it finds the person it is meant for in this great world!

God and Science

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I believe in God.

My husband is Atheist.

And we make it work – beautifully. Believe it or not, we have never had an argument on the existence of the Divine, although we talk about faith in something and faith in nothing all the time. We discovered the fundamentals of what we believe individually meet somewhere in between. He believes in what he can see and touch, and what science proves with fact. I believe in the existence of an eternal soul, the equality of male and female aspects of the Divine and the power of prayer as taught by Jesus.

Together we believe in the responsibility of humans to respect and care for each other. We believe that we all have a responsiblity to care for our environment and we believe in the responsibility of caring for our children.

We respect each other more for our differences and being true to our beliefs. Neither of us want the other to feel obligated to give up who we are for the sake of the other. We are united by our love for each other and for the love of our daughter. We see our relationship as a way of showing our child through example and  action that two people can be very different and still love and respect each other. It is an opportunity to prove there is always a commonality among people.

I wonder if God is science? If you look at Evolution, the amazing ways that life on Earth has adapted and how powerful all that is, as a believer I see God as the power behind it all. I believe in the awesome creativity of the Divine and I have no doubt that Power is behind it all. My Atheist husband had a very good point in our last discussion: We don’t know. Maybe we will only know after we die, but God or no God, shouldn’t we all live to the fullest of our potential?

It’s Not About The Money

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When money is tight, it’s hard to say that “it’s not about the money”, especially when the bills need to be paid and there are extra but necessary things that must be taken care of.  But when you think about it, it really isn’t the currency we need.

It is actually about simply meeting your needs. In the last months, I’ve come to realize what it is like to really live in the simple abundance that God provides. It has taken a lot of Faith and a mountain of Surrender. And it has taken being open to God’s wonderful creativity as well as using the creativity that God has given me.  I have seen my needs being met- every single one of them- without having to come up with a single extra dime to do it.

It has taken using the brain that God gave me. Something as simple as window blinds and  ceiling fans, needed to beat the summer heat and reduce our electricity bill, have been provided. For free. The creative part is realizing that these things didn’t need to be purchased, and a watchful eye on a “free item” recycling board did the trick. And I think God took it a step further in his Divine Creativity by helping me to keep unwanted or unneeded items out of landfills. I am not the only winner in this process!

I think we need to be constantly open to God’s wonderful humor and creativity. Some of the simplest things that God provides in our lives may seem mundane and unimpactful, but if we look closer at the snowball effect that these tiny gifts create, we see that what God provides in the big picture is huge and amazing.

Be open to the Divine Creative Hand in your lives, my friends. Have the eyes to see what God is giving you and the ears to hear His voice!

Oh Happy Day!

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No one can tell me that God isn’t in the details!
Things have been tight lately. We are making it, but just barely and this month is no exception. But a few weeks ago my daughter and I were in a car accident (thankfully we are not hurt), and the added expense of car repairs has required us to tighten our belts to the last notch. As in, we don’t dare mess up with one dollar.
I have an Etsy shop in which I sell faith-based items. I enjoy creating these items so much- it feels like something that I’m supposed to do. I have been inspired greatly and it is an outlet. This little shop and one person who I have great respect for have made this month not quite as fearful as it started out… a huge order of book marks has given us exactly what we needed to ease through the month.
God has such a sweet sense of humor. The person who placed the order that is saving our rear-ends this month is the same person who brought me back to faith and has served as a source of inspiration.

Gratitude to God and a sweet angel!

Almost There

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I’m excited to delve back into my quest for purpose, and for starters I’ll be listening to the Conscious Awakenings: Life Purpose Telesummit beginning tomorrow night through Sole Purpose. One of the speakers is my favorite author, Kathleen McGowan. I am ready to have an open mind and open ears to what may help me find the right path for purpose this year. McGowan’s book, The Source of Miracles has been life-changing for me and I’m ready to hear what McGowan and the other speakers in the Summit have to say to help me move on in the next step. I feel like I’ve been waiting for a message, and have just been buried too deep in school work to hear it.

More Time to Focus

I have been so busy with classes this semester. I’m looking forward to having more time available to me that I will be able to focus on developing my faith and spirituality. Catching snippets here and there has left me feeling drained and disconnected from God. Although school is what ultimately will allow me to pursue my Life Mission, it is still  difficult to do much else besides work and care for my family. The coming down-time is much needed.

This summer I will be making some changes that I’m very excited about! I have been a member of a Unitarian Universalist church for the last five or six years and it was the right place to be while I was figuring out what direction I needed to go in. It gave me the confidence to find what was in my heart and to follow it, no matter how different it was from everyone else. However, in July, just after the feast day of Mary Magdalene, I will be joining a Methodist church that I have also been attending as a guest for the last couple of years. It allows a closer focus on Christ that I desire, while still being open enough for my less-than-mainstream beliefs to not get me torched. AND… this summer they are building a full-sized stone Chartres labyrinth! Everything has been so smooth and clear in this direction; I know it is the right choice to make.

The summer months will give me ample time to write as well. I started this blog with very little time to say everything that is in my heart and it has been frustrating to see it sitting here so empty.

Peace to all.

Jesus’ Great Grandmother

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A month or so ago, articles were published highlighting St. Ismeria as Jesus’ Great Grandmother. I suppose biblical scholars find this a bit of old news, but for the rest of us, (read: me) its fascinating. History is almost always written by men, and patrilineages were the only historical lineages that mattered, mostly for tracing the rights to property and inheritance, so finding a bit of such a profound matrilineage was actually a big deal. Read one of the articles here. I think there are several reports, but this was the first one shared with me by my husband.

Ortenburg Alterpiece

I love this image of the Ortenburg altarpiece. St. Ismeria is on the back row, to the far right. But all the women have red hair. The crowns have fleur-de-lis, and a beautiful white lily is being handed to the Mary at center. It says so much.What I’m thinking is a little deeper, though. Red hair and lilies are well connected to Mary Magdalene, but what this image says to me is that it’s not just her, but a lineage of women, who inherit these symbols. Women of God, women healers. “Ismeria then goes to a hospital where she finds refuge. She is said to perform a miracle, filling a shell with fish to feed all of the hospital’s patients.” It is known that Mary Magdalene went to France after the Crucifixion, but why that specific location? It always appears that it was a random location, without a support network save for the few loyal companions she brought with her. But what if it wasn’t random at all? What if Ismeria, years before,  founded the hospital she retired to, in France? What if Mary Magdalene not only went there after the Crucifixion seeking refuge, but had actually been there before to mourn Ismeria and was familiar with the area and the people? Not a far stretch, my friends. I’m even willing to go as far as to say that this lineage of women were not just spiritual but physical healers and leaders, as well; a calling from God.’While the author of the Ismeria legend remains unknown, Lawless thinks it could have been a layperson from Tuscany. During the medieval period, “the story may have been used as a model for continent wifehood and active, charitable widowhood in one of the many hospitals of medieval Florence.”‘ This is plausible, but here is another limb I’m willing to go out on: What if the chronicler of the Ismeria legend was Countess Matilda of Tuscany? She was known for her generous contributions to the church, as well as her commitment to education and the love of architecture.

Just pondering…