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Seven of Chalices

Seven of Chalices

The Seven of Chalices is a representation in Tarot card reading that represents an illusion. The symbol of the Seven Chalices speaks to over-imagination, confusion, or wishful thinking. The seven cups float on a cloud, showing that sometimes even the choices that seem like the best option are actually not real choices at all.  They are chalices of vision;  they are ungrounded and impractical. Above each of the seven chalices there is a symbol of a choice to be made.  The symbol of a snake represents wisdom and knowledge, though it might also represent animalistic passion and desire, and in effect base knowledge being understood as the truest form of […]

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Taurus Symbol in Astrology

Taurus Symbol in Astrology

Let the spirit of the goddess shine upon you with a free sample Goddess Within Reading! The Taurus Symbol Meaning The Taurus astrological sign is represented by the Bull.  Like the Bull these people are patient until they are pushed too far, and then they stampede.  Those with the Taurus horoscope symbol also push through issues in their life most people would walk away from. Stubbornness The Zodiac sign of Taurus is one of the four fixed signs, and that makes them stubborn and stable; resolute in all their decisions and actions.  Those with the Zodiac sign of Taurus do not like to deviate from their routine, and use the […]

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Passover (Jewish Holiday)

Passover (Jewish Holiday)

-Find Passover on Amazon What Does Passover Symbolize? The Passover narrative can be found in Chapter 12 of the Book of Exodus. I have taken part in my fair share of Passover Seders in 22 years (I have Jewish god-parents). Passover Seders are full of symbols that come directly from the text of the Exodus. •    Karpas- some kind of vegetable dipped into salt water. The salt water is symbolic of the tears of the Israelite slaves when they were in Egypt. •    Yachatz- breaking of the Matzah. Recalls God splitting the Red Sea. •    Maggid- the question is asked: Why is this night different from all other nights? The […]

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Torah (Book)

Torah (Book)

-Find the Torah on Amazon Symbolism in the Torah Myths tell people who they are. The Book of Genesis told the Israelites who they were, where they had come from, and where they were headed as a people.  The books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy continued the myth of the Israelite people. The Book of the Leviticus does carry the myth as well but is a book of laws and regulations rather than a book of creation myth. The Book of Genesis told the Israelite people why they were in Egypt and where they were headed as people. The Book of Exodus gave details about the captivity of the Hebrew […]

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Mountains in the Bible

Mountains in the Bible

-Find Biblical Mountains on Amazon What Do Mountains Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? Mountains are another symbol of the sacred. Mountains are not mentioned in the creation myths found in the Book of Genesis.  The first mention of a mountain in the Book of Genesis was part of the narrative of the great flood.  As the floodwaters receded from the earth, “the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat…in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains began to appear.” Mountains become a symbol of struggle in chapter 19 of the Book of Genesis. After the destruction of Sodom and […]

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Mountains in Exodus

Mountains in Exodus

-Find Exodus on Amazon What Do Mountains Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? In the Book of Exodus, mountains were symbols of the sacred. In chapter 3 of the Book of Exodus, Moses encountered a burning bush on Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. In this narrative God charged Moses with the task of, “…I [God] will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” Moses, argued with God about his task because he did not believe that the Pharaoh would listen to him nor would the Israelite people. God told Moses, “I am who I am… Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I […]

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Mountain Psalm (Bible)

Mountain Psalm (Bible)

-Find the Bible on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? The psalmists used imagery found in the books of Genesis and Exodus to provide hope for their audience. In the books of Genesis and Exodus mountains were symbols that God was sovereign and that God had not forgotten his people. The psalmists used mountains to symbolize the sovereignty of their God. Examples of this include: 1. On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the Lord loves the gates of Zion
 more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Psalm 87:1 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, […]

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Harry Potter, Mythology, and the Bible

Harry Potter, Mythology, and the Bible

-Find Harry Potter on Amazon The Symbolism of Harry Potter, the Bible, and Mythology Myths are either alive or dead. Western culture lost its ability to create myth, especially myth connected to sacred words and sacred space upon the arrival of the Enlightenment.  However, centuries of cultural memories of sacred space and sacred words are alive and thriving in modern Western culture. Images of the sacred can be found throughout modern literature and modern films. J.k. Rowling’s the Harry Potter series has sold millions of copies in multiple languages and The Harry Potter movies have made billions of dollars at box offices worldwide. In the film Harry Potter and the […]

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Genesis as a myth

Genesis as a myth

-Find the Book of Genesis on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? I fell in love with symbols in world religious traditions my sophomore year of college. I was sitting in REL 100- Introduction to Religious Studies when the professor said something that caught my attention and has not let go of it since then. He started talking about myth. My first thoughts were the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson. I soon learned that myth in religious studies had nothing to do with Cinderella. Then my professor said, “The Bible is one of the oldest myths in our world,” for someone […]

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Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

-Learn How to Read Music! What Do Cain and Abel Symbolize in the Old Testament? The narrative of Cain and Abel, found in chapter four of the Book of Genesis, was symbolic of the entrance of violence into society. Cain murdered his brother Abel because Abel’s sacrifice to God was acceptable to God and Cain’s was not. It is important to note that the sacrifices were symbolic of the brothers. Abel was the second-born and gave God the “firstlings of his flock.” Cain was the first-born child and he did not give God the first fruits of his harvest. As the first-born son Cain’s offering should have been acceptable because […]

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