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The Christmas Tree, Decking the Halls The so-called Christmas Tree is one of the most purely pagan of the modern holiday observances. Modern whitewash attributes the custom of lighted Christmas trees to Protestant reformer Martin Luther, with with a charming tale wherein he glimpses the starry sky between evergreen branches. It’s sweet, but hogwash. (Luther, who railed against excess, doesn’t seem a likely promoter of frivolous decor). The custom of decorating trees in honor of the gods is in fact so old it is specifically prohibited in the Old Testament*- which is why our Jewish friends don’t have Hanukkah trees**)

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Simple Symbol Meaning Simple Symbol Meanings This page on simple symbol meaning is an attempt to lay a foundation for very basic visual symbols, like circles, triangles, squares, etc. For example, if we look at the triskelion, we can visually whittle down this motif to a triangle shape. Therefore, by contemplating the triangle, we gather more insight into the message of the triskelion (as well as other symbolism drawing on the power of three). Very basic shapes , those symbols humankind first scrawled on cave walls, or wrote in the sky with imaginary air pens, are the first rung on the ascending ladder of creative expression. Magick Alphabets - The Language of Magic Magick Alphabets create language. Language is a metaphor, representing concepts and objects without being those concepts or objects. So, too, are the building blocks of our written language, the alphabets. We use our alphabets to symbolize our spoken language. The shapes of the characters comprising an alphabet are often comparisons to things real or imagined. An obvious example of this is the English letter "S" which mimics the shape of the snake which, oddly enough perhaps, makes that sound.

Visual Dictionary, Visual Thesaurus Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. List of symbols This is a list of graphical signs, icons, and symbols. Languages[edit] Many (but not all) graphemes that are part of a writing system that encodes a full spoken language are included in the Unicode standard, which also includes graphical symbols.

Iconography JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 571 Giovani Baptista della Porta was a magus, or a natural magician*, who searched nature for similarities that would serve to build a broad template of forced understanding of seeming likenesses, looking for the great connector in the exceptional and the unusual, the stuff outside of the formerly Aristotlean world. Natural Magic is his magnum opus, an expansion of its earlier version (Magna naturalis) published in Latin in 1558, which Porta expanded to twenty sections in 1589. It was an encyclopedic work of vast proportions, a gold-mine of information and clever wishfulness, and very accessible due to Porta’s wide inter-personal travel**, very wide reading and critical abilities, clear reasoning and deep vision: the book was hugely successful, going into at least twelve Latin, four Italian, seven French, two German, and two English editions in the early modern era.

Word Root Of The Day Archive « Previous1234Next » #120 Dec 01, 15 ego The Latin root word ego means “I.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including ego and egotistical. The Latin root word ego is easily recalled through the English word ego—someone with a big ego is always thinking about number one, that is, himself, and how great he is. Free Cloud Alliance The information below concerns the UNG 1.0 project, for current efforts, see the UNG 2.0 project. The UNG project intends to provide a complete alternative to proprietary cloud computing solutions, starting from enterprise applications and ending with search engines. The current development focus is Web Office and Web Groupware. We invite all Javascript developers to help the UNG project by improving community projects which have been select for UNG. screenshot of the first prototype of UNG Docs The table bellow provides an overview of the status of UNG.

Clues to van Cleve 'Mystery Artist' in Early Passiflora Art By Michael E. Abrams Copyrighted Where did the mystery artist find the model for the passion flower he (or she) put into the 1535 Joos van Cleve painting atop the red carnation? Why was it added? Language Arts Games - Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, Vocabulary Sheppard Software's Language Arts page features a variety of games for different grade levels. Elementary students (and anyone who needs a refresher) can play the animated grammar and punctuation games, which review basic punctuation and grammar concepts. This section is continually being refined and expanded, so check back often! Middle school, high school, and adult learners can review their SAT and advanced vocabulary through the SAT Words and Vocabulary in Context games. Memorizing a wide variety of important vocabulary words will really help you succeed in the verbal sections of the SATs and GREs.

List of Radiation Radioactive Nuclear Fallout Monitoring Websites « Continuous Learning & Development Want to get your own data about radiation (nuclear fallout). There are several official and independent monitoring sites. This blog post will be continually updated. 41th update: September 12th 2011. Please help to identify new radiation monitoring sites. Thank you. Syncretism Syncretism /ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/ is the combining of different, often seemingly contradictory beliefs, while melding practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in expressions of arts and culture (known as eclecticism) as well as politics (syncretic politics). Nomenclature, orthography, and etymology[edit] The Oxford English Dictionary first attests the word syncretism in English in 1618.

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