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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2009|01:56 am]
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Welcome to the "Penumbra"
- A Personal Journey with Umbra Ingredior.

Here you will find within my personal journal (or rather journey) exerpts from workings that I have done, experiences had and amongst other things, phenomenon that have validated workings.

Please feel free to make yourself at home here and please - if you wish - do share your thoughts, providing that they are in transient tastes.

I have also created a new community here at livejournal.com if you wish to join that also. You can find it here at http://www.livejournal.com/community/bhrealms

Or you wish to visit my website - "Beyond Hidden Realms" at http://bhrealms.tripod.com
and Remember!   "Stay safe within the shadows"

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Jisei no ku [Jul. 18th, 2008|11:07 am]
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Jisei no ku
"I have walked a thousand miles
Some with, some without smiles.

Things done and seen, all past - all been.

The life once led, now comes to a close -
As the dawn upon my worlds now become dead."

Live Free, Die Well...
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Chaka! [Jul. 17th, 2008|01:47 am]
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...  Inspirational  ...

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Age and Natural State of Altered Consciousness: [Jan. 28th, 2008|12:51 am]
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Age and Natural State of Altered Consciousness:

¥ Conception to Age 8: You are in a constant natural state
of altered consciousness

¥ Ages 9 - 12 for 5 - 10 SECONDS per minute *C.P.S.
¥ Ages 13 - 14 - 30 SECONDS per minute *C.P.S.
¥ Ages 15 - 25 - 3 - 5 SECONDS per minute *C.P.S.


Levels of consciousness:

BETA The critical thought level, 15 to 33 C.P.S.*

We are in Beta during most of our waking hours.

Our average C.P.S. level is 21.

ALPHA Is the relaxation level, 8 to 13 C.P.S.

Corresponds to the light stage of hypnosis.

THETA Is the creative level, 5 to 7 C.P.S.

Corresponds to medium hypnosis.

DELTA Deep hypnosis and sleep, 5 to 3 C.P.S.

From the moment of your conception until approximately eight years of
age, the primary and secondary authority figures in your life were the source of all information, which you accepted as your subconscious reality. As a child, you accepted as absolute truth whatever you were exposed to in words, actions, emotions or feelings.

This is your Primary Subconscious Programming (PSP). Your PSP always
generates the first thought or feeling that comes to your mind,  creating your emotional and physical response to every circumstance, whether positive or negative.

*: Brain Wave Cycles Per Second


 
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Symbology of the Cowries. [Dec. 18th, 2007|03:14 pm]
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Shell Description: The shells of cowries are almost always smooth and shiny (a few species have granular shells) and more or less egg-shaped, with a long, narrow, slit-like opening (aperture).

All varieties have a porcelain-like shine (except Hawaii's granulated cowry) and many have colorful patterns. Lengths range from 5 mm (1/5") for some species up to 15 cm (6") for the tiger cowry, Cypraea tigris.

Human Use:
Cowries (esp. Cypraea moneta) were used as a currency in Africa (Ghanaian cedi in Ghana named after cowry shells) and elsewhere, such as in China and India where the shell or copies of the shell were in theory used as a means of exchange. They are also worn as jewelry or otherwise used as ornaments or charms, as they are viewed as symbols of womanhood, fertility, birth and wealth.

Cowry shells are sometimes used in a way similar to dice, e.g., in board games like Pachisi, or in divination (cf. Ifá and the annual customs of Dahomey). A number of shells (6 or 7 in Pachisi) are thrown, with those landing aperture upwards indicating the actual number rolled.

Large cowries have also been used in the recent past as a frame over which sock heels were stretched for darning. The cowry's smooth surface allows the needle to be positioned under the cloth more easily.

The Ojibway aboriginal people in North America used the cowry shells (which they called sacred Megis Shells or whiteshells) in Midewiwin ceremonies, and the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada is named after this type of shell. There is some debate about how they traded for or found these shells so far inland, away from the natural sources. Oral stories and birch bark scrolls seem to indicate that they were found in the ground, and/or washed up on the shores of lakes or rivers. The cowry shells so far inland may indicate the use of them by an earlier tribe or group in the area, and an extensive trade network in the ancient past. Petroforms in the Whiteshell Provincial Park may be as old as 8,000 years, and there are questions about how long the shells were used in that area as well.

On the island of Fiji, the golden cowry, Cypraea aurantium, was worn by chieftans as a badge of rank.

About:
  The cowrie shell has many uses and meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and even religious accessories in almost every part of the world.

Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa. Its influence, however, also spread to China, where it was used as a form of currency to such an extent that the Chinese used its shape to form their pictograph for money. Today excavations have found some of the money of ancient China in the form of brass and silver cowrie shells. Wherever the cowrie shells were found, it seems as if they were thought of as wealth.

The back side of a cowrie shell resembles a female sexual organ. The front side is shaped like the abdomen of a pregnant woman. The meaning is not erotic, but represents a miricle of life. This unique design of the cowrie shell is one main reason why this shell has maintained so much popularity throughout history.

Spiritually, according to African legend if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas, it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect.

However you interpret these tiny white shells they are a fascinating, unique addition to your wardrobe. Whether in jewelry, or in crafts, or in any other use you can imagine these shells are sure to add an exotic feel of Africa and make an excellent, one of a kind, fashion statement.

Wayne Kiltz is the founder and owner of Africa Imports. You can find over 100 other articles on African art, culture, and fashion, along with African proverbs, recipes, and African business opportunities at http://www.africaimports.com/

 General Information: The Cowry is primarily a female symbol, and so it is often used as a fertility charm.  In Gujarat they are sewn on the front of tunics at the appropriate place.  They are also sewn around the hems of garments.  The symbol for love, fertility and by extension, life itself, they serve as amulets and talismans on every continent. 

In Nepal, during the autumn festival celebrating goddess Durga that is called Dasain (Hindi: Dasara>dasa-hara="ten-removing") gambling is allowed.  The game turns on how many of a handful of 10 cowrie shells dropped on the table or cloth-covered floor land face up.  The eldest male throws and the others bet.  If there is more than one head-of-household, then each of the possible "up" combinations is assigned to other people in order of traditional rank.  The younger people can bet on one of those.

Lakhpat on the banks of the Kori in Kutch, Gujarat (India) has been devastated by earthquakes more than once, but it used to be a thriving port, where people of the Thar desert traded with their Arabian counterparts.  Lakhpat got its name from the amount of trade it handled --  to the tune of 100, 000 cowry shells (one lakh).

On the South Pacific island of Fiji during a kava-drinking or yaqona (Macropiper methysticum) ceremony, a long fibre cord decorated with cowries leads from the bowl to the guests of honor.  The white cowry at the end of the cord emphasizes the link with ancestral spirits that this cord stands for. 

Since ancient times, the spotted cowry (mainly Cypraeidae, or Erosaria ocellata) was used as a medium of exchange, and was the accepted currency from Africa to China until the sixteenth century.   The cowry that was found in use in the Maldives is yellow, and earned the descriptive name C. moneta for its use as money.  

There is some evidence that the use of cowries as jewelery in Africa was and is an extension of their introduction as currency by Arab and Indian traders. 

The Divination of the Dagara is a highly articulated method of divination, application,
prescription, and practice.   The purpose of divination is to discern the patterns of the world and the intersections with spirit as they relate to our lives. 
It is helpful to know of up-coming difficulties or opportunities so that we can adopt an appropriate attitude towards them.   We learn how to create our own divination cloth and be instructed in the meaning of the stones, shells and bones and other objects that are used.   We are given the opportunity for witnessing and participating in interpreting spreads done by the training group.   We also get direct observation pointing out patterns that are laid out in front of us.   This training is for those with a serious interest in utilizing divination as a tool to foster a deepened connection with spirit and as a means of aiding others in bringing greater meaning into their lives.

 

Bibliography:

 

-          Divination by Jacqueline.

-          Santeria Divination by Medsen Fey Loulou

-          Urban Voodoo by S.Jason Black & Christopher S. Hyatt Ph.D

-          The Yoruba Domino Oracle by Carlos G. y Poenna

-          Voodoo in New Orleans by Robert Tallant

-          Voodoo in Haiti by Alfred Metraux

-          Charms, Spells and Formulas by Ray T. Malbrough.

 

Other useful Resources:

 

-          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowrie-shell_divination

-          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowrie

-          www.mbad.org/cowrie.htm

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Voodoo. [Dec. 1st, 2007|05:03 pm]
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[mood |naughtynaughty]

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The Real Devil. [Nov. 23rd, 2007|01:12 pm]
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It has often been wondered why the biblical God of the Hebrews led the people through trials and tribulations, floods and disaster when, from time to time, he appears to have performed with a quite contrary and merciful personality. The answer is that, although now seemingly embraced as the One God by the Jewish, Muslem, and Christian faiths, there was originally a distinct difference between the figures of Jehovah and "the Lord". They were, in fact, quite separate deities. The god referred to as Jehovah was traditionally a storm god - a god of wrath and vengeance - whereas the god referred to as "the Lord", was a god of fertility and wisdom.

 

The name given to the Lord in the early writings was Adon – the prevailing Semitic word for Lord. As for the apparent personal name of Jehovah, this was not used in the early days, and the Vulgate Bible explains that the God of Abraham was called El Shaddai, which relates to a Great One of the Mountain.

 

The identity of Jehovah (Yahweh) came from the an original Hebrew stem (YHVH) which, according to Exodus, meant 'I am that I am'. This was said to be a statement made by God, to Moses, on Mount Sinai hundreds of years after the mythical time of Abraham. Jehovah was, therefore, not a name at all, and early texts refer simply to El Shaddai, with his opposing counterpart being the Adon. To the Canaanites, these gods were respectively called El Elyon and Baal.

 

In modern Bibles, the definitions God and Lord are used and intermixed throughout, as if they were one and the same character - but originally they were not. One was a vengeful god (a people suppressor); the other was a social god (a people supporter), and they each had wives, sons and daughters.

 

The old writings tell us that, throughout the patriarchal era, the Israelites endeavoured to support Adon the Lord - but at every turn El Shaddai (the storm god Jehovah) retaliated with floods, tempests, famines and destruction. Even at the very last (around 600 BC), the Bible explains that Jerusalem was overthrown at Jehovah's bidding. Tens of thousands of Israelites were taken into Babylonian captivity simply because one of their previous kings had erected altars in veneration of Baal the Adon.

 

It was during the course of this captivity that the Israelites finally succumbed to the Jehovah god of wrath. They developed a new religion out of sheer fear of his retribution - and this was only 500 years before the time of Jesus. Subsequently, the Christians took Jehovah on board as well, calling him simply God, while the hitherto social concepts of the Adon were totally discarded. The two religions were henceforth both faiths of fear.

 

This leaves us knowing that, within an overall pantheon of gods and goddesses (many of whom are actually named in the Bible), there were two predominant and opposing deities. In different cultures the pair have been called: El Elyon and Baal, El Shaddai and Adon, Ahriman and Mazda, Jehovah and Lord, God and Father - but these styles are all titular; they are not personal names. So who precisely were they?

 

To find the answer we have to look no further than where these gods were operative, and old Canaanite texts (discovered in Syria in the 1920s) tell us that their courts were in the Tigris-Euphrates valley in Mesopotamia. We can trace the related Sumerian records back to about 3700 BC, and they relate that the gods in question were brothers. In Sumer, the storm-god (who eventually became known as Jehovah) was called Enlil or Ilu-kur-gal (meaning Ruler of the Mountain), and his brother (who became Adon the Lord) was called Enki, which means 'archetype'.

 

The texts inform us that it was Enlil who brought the Flood; it was Enlil who destroyed Ur and Babylon, and it was Enlil who constantly opposed the education and enlightenment of humankind. Indeed, Syrian texts tell us that it was Enlil who obliterated the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah on the Dead Sea - not because they were dens of wickedness, but because they were great centres of wisdom and learning.

 

It was the Lord Enki, on the other hand, who (despite the wrath of his brother) granted the Sumerians access to the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. It was Enki who set up the escape strategy during the Flood, and it was Enki who passed over the time honoured Tablets of Destiny - the tablets of scientific law which became the bedrock of the early mystery schools in Egypt.

 

http://graal.co.uk/genesislecture.html

 

Bible god Jehovia/Enlil is also known to them as Melek Ta'us to the Kurdish Yezidi (a division of Islam with Jewish origins).

 

The diety to whom child sacrifice was offered was Yahweh, the chief; and for normative Hebrew religion, the only-- god of the nation, honored in this connection as "the king." So repulsive was this abnormal practice, largely confined to the apostatizing reigns of Ahaz (II Kings xvi, 3) and Manasseh (II Kings xxi, 6), that the later Hebrews transformed the divine title associated with it into the artificial name Moloch, as though the sacrifices had indeed been offered to a foreign god.

 

The above is further evidence the god, christians and others worship is a false god and is not the creator of humanity.

 

According to Scholars: The name "Molech," later corrupted into "Moloch," is an intentional mispointing of "Melek," after the analogy of "bosheth" (comp. Hoffmann in Stade's "Zeitschrift," iii. 124). As to the rites which the worshipers of Molech performed, it has sometimes been inferred, from the phrase "pass through the fire to Molech," that children were made to pass between two lines of fire as a kind of consecration or februation; but it is clear that the children were killed and burned. The whole point of the offering consisted, therefore, in the fact that it was a human sacrifice. It is evident that both prophets regarded these human sacrifices as extraordinary offerings to YHVH.

 

Ezekiel says YHVH himself polluted the Israelites in their offerings by permitting them to sacrifice their first-born, so that through chastisement they might know that YHVH was YHVH. The fact, therefore, now generally accepted by critical scholars, is that in the last days of the kingdom human sacrifices were offered to YHVH as King or Counselor of the nation and that the Prophets knew of it and largly made excueses for it. In course of time the pointing of "Melek" was changed to "Molech" to still further stigmatize the rites.

 

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=718&letter=M

 

he Hebrew letters &1502;&1500;&1498; (mlk) usually stands for melek 'king' but when vocalized as m&333;lek in Masoretic Hebrew text, they have been traditionally understood as a proper name (molokh) in the corresponding Greek renderings in the Septuagint translation, in Aquila, and in the Greek Targum. The form usually appears in the compound lmlk. The Hebrew preposition l- means 'to', but it can often mean 'for' or 'as a(n)'. Accordingly one can translate lmlk as "to Moloch" or "for Moloch" or "as a Moloch", or "to the Moloch" or "for the Moloch" or "as the Moloch", whatever a "Moloch" or "the Moloch" might be. We also once find hmlk 'the Moloch' standing by itself.

 

Because there is no difference between mlk 'king' and mlk 'moloch' in unpointed text, interpreters sometimes suggest molek should be understood where the Masoretic text is vocalized as melek and vice versa.

 

Moloch has been traditionally interpreted as the name of a god, possibly a god titled the king, but purposely misvocalized as Molek instead of Melek using the vowels of Hebrew bosheth 'shame'.

 

http://moloch.biography.ms

 

http://www.answers.com/topic/moloch

 

There you have it the true (pagan) idenity of biblegod/Jehovia/YHVH/Yahweh, the god of the Christians, Jews, and Muslems is Enlil/Moloch/Melek Ta'us (And Ahken in Egypt). And considering the twisted Evil nature of this god, it's not at all suprising the activitys and depravity of some of his followers. You also have the idenity of the REAL creator god of humanity, that being Enki (Ptah to the Egyptians). More to the point the creator god is Enki/Ptah and the creator goddess is Ninhursag (Sumerian) / Hathor (Egyptian)~(same goddess). These two are the TRUE creator God & Goddess of the human race. So from this we can see there are some good parts in the Bible, but one must be very selective in knowing which gods they are REALLY dealing with.

 

I linked these articles in case the Hebrew letters did not post on the board. They are kinda funny about that. Numbers may appear in the place of these letters.

 

~Xeper~

Author: Magister Reverend Setnakt, Founder, and co-CEC, Siaion Temple Groups

 

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Spider - Totem [Nov. 22nd, 2007|11:34 pm]
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Earlier sitting at my home office desk, I caught a spider sitting on the wall in front of me, just to the side of my computer screen and placed it on my desk and mused...

The Origin of the Spider Dance Ritual

(by Walter Lübeck)

Since the first time mankind walked on earth, the spiritual guides have been taking care of it. One of them who is closest to human beings is a kind of angel, which in many places is known as Grandma Spider. She is the spiritual force, who is weaving the web of life together with Her servants, the three Nornes, who are called Urd, Verdandi and Skuld in northern Europe and Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho in the Greek mythology. Together, they govern the structures of life processes in the past, present and future. The way the Three Nornes and Grandma Spider work together is not easy to explain. Often, they are so close to each other, when producing and modulating the structure of time, space and life that they seem to be the same. To understand their very special kind of relationship imagine that fate and the special energy patterns, which relate all the many parts of the material level of existence need to be produced out of the primal energy, which comes from The Creator, which is the source of life and includes everything what is. This work is done by Grandma Spider. The Three Nornes use this spiritual fate energy together, with the information they get from individual beings from the Web of Life of the Goddess [1] and other angels to create different small and new Web of Life’s for individuals, races, groups, regions, families and alike. Grandma Spider adds the patterns of spiritual fate for a certain incarnation and meta-incarnation [2]. Grandma Spider is also able to combine the life-structures of individual beings out of spiritual reasons. In Her web there is a spark of divine light in the very center which connects the fate of each being to the Creator. 

The Spider Dance Ritual came to me in the year 1992, through a process of intense work with a medicine wheel. According to the northern European spiritual tradition, I set up near my home, at an ancient power spot in the forest, a Celtic labyrinth. During the process of gathering the necessary stones for the wheel, the blessing rituals and the placement of the stones the Goddess explained to me about the nature of time, fate, and existence. Several times I entered a kind of trance state where She showed me the work done by Grandma Spider and the Nornes. The more I became to know, the more I wanted to use this knowledge for healing. But, I had no idea how this could be done.

Later, when I did the blessing ritual, which finished the empowerment of the medicine wheel, while the moon was full, I had a vision of elves and faeries dancing a strange kind of dance on Grandma Spiders Web. This vision continued for more than an hour and taught me how to help people to relate to Grandma Spider and the Nornes for changing their life to the positive, to support healing and well being on all levels of existence.

From this time on, I regularly integrated the Grandma Spider Dance into my seminars and my appearances at spiritual congresses. In 1993, there where several of these rituals, within a range of about two weeks. During this time, I was blessed with some strong energy transmissions given to me by The Goddess and Grandma Spider. This created the fundament for a new level of spiritual energy work, with the Grandma Spider Dance. Also, I became empowered to initiate teachers for the Grandma Spider Dance.

Since this time, The Goddess and Grandma Spider have brought very special men and women to me to share my knowledge, with them. Today (2003), there are teachers of the Grandma Spider Dance in Germany, Austria, Brazil and the USA.


[1] The Web of Life of the Goddess is a grid of high frequent spiritual energies which relate all the beings, their life processes and the matter which they use in a certain biosphere like the planet earth. The Web of Life makes it possible to adjust the life process of a biosphere in general to the needs of all the races, populations and individuals by the means of intuition and magik which are done by The Goddess and Her angels. Because of The Web of Life our planet behaves like a human being with a well adjusted metabolism. In the human body the pendant to The Web of Life are the spiritual energy channels ida, sushumna and pingala which relate all the main charkas to each other, the nadis, which relate the main chakras to the secondary chakras and the meridians known from Chinese acupuncture which relate the system of the chakras to the material body organs, glands, nerves and tissues. [back]

[2] Meta-incarnation = incarnations on earth with certain common spiritual learning topics. [back]

 


Grandmother Spider Information


(From Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker)

The spider was a totemic form of the fate-spinner where man’s helplessness in the web of Fate was symbolized by the helplessness of the fly in the spider’s web. The fly was a common archaic symbol of the human soul, even thought to be the actual embodiment of the soul in passage from one life to the next. In Hindu myth, the spider represented Maya, virgin aspect of the Triple Goddess, spinner of magic, fate and earthly appearances. The spider’s web was likened to the Wheel of Fate and the spider to the Goddess as a spinner, sitting at the hub of her wheel. The female spider’s habit of devouring her mate led to identification of the spider with the death goddess.

(From Susan Elenor Boulet’s Animal Spirit card on Spider)

The symbology of the spider is protection, aid, and wisdom.

Spiders are found throughout the world and appear in the legends of nearly all peoples. They are depicted as helpers, protectors, and creators. The Ojibwa people hang hoops of spider webs over their infants to protect them from harmful influences. Native American peoples from the Southwest of the USA associate the spider with a grandmother spirit who lives underground who is a source of wisdom. 

(From Goddess Meditations by Barbara Ardinger)

Dark work is cleansing, letting go, and destroying one thing so another can be born. There is a definite cycle of creation, destruction, and re-creation to make the necessary changes in our lives.

Grandmother Spider is a weaver of dark work. To the Cherokee, Keres, and Dine people she is seen as the grandmother of sun, wind and the corn, perhaps of all creation.

(From different sites on the Internet I have found the following information about Grandmother Spider)

Spider Woman, creator and weaver of life, is the great teacher, protector and Mother of all creation to many southwestern Native American cultures. She appears as a young and an old woman, as well as a spider who whispers her wisdom into the ears of women and men. According to mythology, Spider Woman spun two silver strands, one connecting east to west, the other north to south. This connected the four corners of the earth. The strands created the Road of Life in the Hopi Tradition. Spider Woman created her own children, twin daughters and twin sons, who brought forth the sun, moon and stars, and made the earth revolve safely in its orbit. As Earth Mother, Spider Woman created all vegetation, birds and animals. Using clay in four colors, she created the red, black, yellow and white people.

Spider Woman as Creator and Mother affirms that women are essential and central to the life process. She reminds us that people of all races were created from the same source, with equal rights and responsibilities. As a sustainer, Spider Woman is always urging us to reconnect to our own spiritual source of higher power. She tells us that our natural role is to live in peace and harmony, with reverence toward the earth and its beings. She empowers women to keep the dream of life alive and encourages them to continue weaving their dreams, even in times of despair and unknowing.

From the Cherokee Tribe’s legend of Grandmother Spider it says that she spun a web (the Milky Way) across the sky in which she snatched up the sun in a clay bowl to bring light to the darkness of the world.

The Choctaw People of Tennessee and Mississippi tell a legend of how Grandmother Spider found clay, made a clay container and spun a web to the east where she found fire. She put the fire in the clay container and brought it back along her web to the people. She then taught the people how to feed the fire sticks and wood to keep it from dying, and how to keep the fire safe in a circle of stones.

The spider lives everywhere and blesses our homes with her elegant webs, and at the same time keeps us free from insects. One of her modern incarnations is E.B. White’s cheerful and maternal Charlotte.

The spider aligns the parallel realities occurring on this plane. When you are running along in synchronization to your own spirit then you enter the synchronized world of the spider beings. Example you will see clocks saying the same time 12:12, 11:11 etc. 

The Spider is seen as both as a destroyer and a creator. Grandmother Spider represents moving from the dark into the light. Often there has to be a death in some sense for new birth and life to begin.


Symbols of Grandmother Spider are Dream Catchers and Labyrinths. 


Spider: Grandmother of Creation


(From an Article by Ashley Costanzo and Janice VrMeer)

The Spider web is a spiral bringing more and more possibilities into manifestation. Her story, her web is the spiral of life. We learn from the Spider how and what to create in our sacred roles of Creators.

Spider is the Grandmother of creation. The center of each creation you weave must be strong and well anchored, the center must hold if a world is to rest upon it. The center of what is human is our ability to perceive beauty and divine. Strengthen these things and you will strengthen humanity, stifle them and you remove one delicate strand on which we all rely. Similarly the center of each person must hold strong if the soul is to be fed, if the person is to survive. The true center is the heart.

Spider encourages us to discard the heaviness in our lives. Take only what is yours, and leave behind the old forms and baggage. Take with you only the sweetest relationships, possessions, ideas, the rest belongs to the heavy world of yesterday. Cut free from your life the carcasses of the dead, the forms of your past heavy world, and leave room for the new world of love and light. Ask Spider for help. As Spider gives birth to patterned manifestation (she lives in the grid) she can help you create in a smooth effortless and timely manner. She can weave it all, past, present and future. The patterns that you weave can be changed instantly. If you choose to be limitless, Spider will be happy to escort you beyond her realm to a formless realm where you can begin to spin tales, worlds and patterns of your own.

Spider reminds us that within the web of life, ups and downs are natural, not evil. Her web lays the grid-work for contrast. That is why all creation thanks and despises her. She understands that her constructs facilitate much growth and she helps us to fulfill them.

Like a patient Grandmother she teaches her grandchild to weave, she illustrates for us the sacred geometry at the center of our existence. She creates always in a circle, circles always in spirals, reflecting even within her tiniest creations the grandeur of infinity and the secrets of life. Within the patterns of her webs are the maps of creation, the cosmos, and the laws of the universe.

She makes her web available for you to travel to any destination in any creation. Simply ask for directions.

Create from the perspective of your limitlessness keeping an open heart and mind. Spider is always at the edge of your awareness ready to provide the frame for the worlds you would weave or when you are ready to teach you to lay the geometric patterns for your own foundations. With Spider’s grace, may you forever create the perfect web of life for yourself.

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The 2007 Australian Citizenship Test. [Nov. 6th, 2007|05:56 pm]
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Please find below a copy of the 2007 Australian Citizenship Test that is given to all newcomers who wish residency here in Australia. Shit, I shouldn't be here either, as I flaked on some too, and I'm Aussie bred.  ROFLMAO... Oh! And apparently they are changing the questions each year too... bloody crikey!  LOL.

Enjoy...

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The Federal Government's proposal for a compulsory test for people who want to become Australian citizens has been described as unfair and simplistic. The Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Robb, says a compulsory citizenship test will ensure prospective migrants have a good grasp of English.  He also says a test would ensure migrants have a knowledge of Australian values, customs and laws.  But the chairwoman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils, Voula Messineri, says it is unfair to demand an understanding of Australian values. She says it is not necessary for migrants to leave their cultural backgrounds behind.  "The debate should be the type of society that we all want to build together," she said.  "Let's build a sense of common values together moving into the future.  "I think any sort of notion of citizenship test excludes some people by necessity because of English and because of the notions thay might have of who they are." 

Values unclear
 

The president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Dr Ameer Ali, has told AM it is unclear which values will be singled out as "Australian".  "We are talking about Australian values which has become a political slogan in this country," Dr Ali said.  "Now it's one thing to talk about citizenship values - respect for rule of law, democracy etc - these are not Australian, these are universal values.  "But when you say Australian values, no-one knows what those values are."  Greens Senator Kerry Nettle says rather than dividing the community, the Government should be looking at ways to help migrants.  "If the Government wants to ensure that new migrants have got good English skills then how about providing support and assistance so that people can develop those skills, rather than putting in place a test that says to them if you don't pass this test then you are not adequate to be considered to be an Australian citizen," she said.  The Australian Democrats have also condemned the proposal.  The Democrats immigration spokesman Andrew Bartlett says if the Government is serious about the proposal, it should insist that all Australians take the test. 

Resources
 

The Federal Opposition is warning the Government it will need to put in the resources to back up its proposal for migrants applying for citizenship to have a good grasp of English.  The Opposition spokeswoman on citizenship and multicultural affairs, Annette Hurley, says the Government will need to be careful that the new test does not deter people from applying for citizenship.  "There are programs that guarantee refugees, for example, 510 hours of English tuition," she said.  "There have been some questions lately about how effective these programs are and whether people are able to access them. If for example people do get a job fairly quickly here, it often means that they can't get to English language courses." 

courtesty of: http://www.australiantest.com/aussie/files/ad46bc7eee88450941bca2e88e50aaed-4.html

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And now the 2007 test... (how many can YOU answer?) *giggles...

The "Practice Questions" are a multiple choice questionnaire found here:
http://www.australiantest.com/index.html

And
the 2007 Citizenship Test is here:
http://www.citizenship.gov.au/

The test questions

All questions in the test will be drawn from information in Becoming an Australian Citizen. The test questions will be based on the following:

  • Responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship
  • Australian values
  • Australian history
  • Australian society
  • Governing Australia.

More information about Becoming an Australian Citizen is available.
See: How do I prepare for the test?

courtesy of http://www.citizenship.gov.au/test/works/questions.htm

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But here's just a few of the many questions that may be asked on the 2007 Australian Citizenship Test.

1.  Do you understand the meaning, but are unable to explain the origin of, the term "died in the arse"?

2. What is a "bloody little beauty"?

3. Are there terms related: chuck a sickie, chuck a spaz, chuck a U-ey?

4. Explain the following passage: "In the arvo last Chrissy the relos rocked up for a barbie some bevvies and a few snags.  After a bit of Bex and a lie down we opened the pressies, scoffed all the chockies, bickies and lollies.  Then we drained a few tinnies and Mum did her block after Dad and Steven had a barney and a bit of biffo."

5. Macca, Chooka and Wanger are driving to Surfers in their Torana.  If they are travelling at 200km/h while listening to Barnsey, Farnsey and Acca Dacca, how many slabs will each person on average consume between flashing a brown eye and having a slash?

6. Complete the following sentences:
(a) If the van's rockin' don't bother .... ?
(b) You're going home in the back of a .....?
(c) Fair crack of the .... ?

7. I've had a gutful and I can't be fagged. Discuss.

8. Have you ever been on the giving or recieving end of a wedgie?

9. Do you have a mate or relo who has a bomb in their front yard up on the blocks?  Is his name Bucko and does he have a missus called Chezza?

10. Does your family regularly eat a dish involving mincemeat, cabbage, curry powder and a packet of chicken noodle soup, called either chow mein, chop suey, or kai see ming?

11. What are the ingredients in a rissole?

12. Demonstrate the correct procedure for eating a Tim Tam.

13. Do you have an Aunty Irene who smokes 60 cigarettes a day and sounds like a bloke?

14. In any two-hour period have you ever eaten three-bean salad, a chop and two  serves of pav washed down with someone else's beer that has been flogged from a bath of ice?

15. When you go to bring-your-own-meat barbie can you eat other people's meat or are you only allowed to eat your own?

16. What purple root vegetable beginning with the letter "b" is required by law to be included in a hamburger with the lot?

17. Do you own or have you ever owned a lawn mower, a pair of thongs, and Esky or Ugg Boots?

18.  Is it possible to "prang a car" while doing "circle work"?

19. Who would you like to crack on to?

20. Who is the most Australian: Kevin "Bloody" Wilson, John "True Blue" Williamson, Kylie Minogue or Warnie?

21. Is there someone you are only mates with because they own a trailer or have a pool?

22. What does "sinkin at a mates joint and getten para" mean?

23. What two Australian Native Animals appear on the Commonwealth Coat of Arms?

24. Why do these two native animals appear, and why not others?

25. Did you know that the Kangaroo and Emu are the only two Australian Native animals that cannot move backwards?

 

((( *NB: each question value is worth 4 points and the passing grade is 80%... what grade did you get? )))

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HAVE FUN...... *chortles.

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Changes [Oct. 6th, 2007|04:08 pm]
Umbra

Ever since this year began, there have been many changes. Even those that were trying at the time, are now benefitted by the knowledge of what was, what can be, and what could be.  There are things that, to some - are inconceivable yet experiential - but yet to others these alone create good lessons to learn from.  What have you achieved today?

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