Fruit of thy womb

Children brought up under the Catholic regime could be forgiven for getting the impression that Jesus was the …

sweet, ripened ovary of a seed-bearing plant

aka a fruit.

I wonder just how many times this prayer has been chanted since it’s inception.

“Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women …


and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.”

We are gathered here today to pay a little attention to some of the more enduring plans/plants of nature.

While we have been fooled into thinking we can live without connection to nature, other generations routed their lives & meaning within it.  

Now we can’t remember the vastness of what we’ve lost.

Or even imagine that it matters.

Here’s a few possible reminders. 

Yggdrasil is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology; the world tree, and around the tree existed nine worlds

the giant ash tree that links and shelters all the worlds. Beneath the three roots the realms of Asgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim are located.

The generally accepted meaning of Old Norse Yggdrasill is “Odin’s horse”. This conclusion is drawn on the basis that drasill means “horse” and Ygg(r) is one of Odin’s many names …

… [Another] interpretation … is that the name Yggdrasill refers to the word yggr (“terror”), yet not in reference to the Odinic name, but rather as Yggdrasill as the “tree of terror, gallows“.

In Egyptian mythology … the acacia tree  … [was] considered the “tree of life” … the “tree in which life and death are enclosed.”

In mythology, the first gods were born under the sacred acacia tree of the goddess Saosis, identified with Hathor, and Horus was also said to have emerged from it. The acacia of Heliopolis was a tree in which life and death was decided upon

Acacia is one of the main symbols of Freemasonry.

The Christmas tree, also known as a Yule tree, is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas.

The next summer the soil, fertilised by twenty thousand corpses, broke forth into millions of poppies. The traveller who, on the road … could hardly help fancying that the figurative prediction of the Hebrew prophet was literally accomplished, that the earth was disclosing her blood, and refusing to cover the slain.”

Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.  Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep

This symbolism was evoked in the children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which a magical poppy field threatened to make the protagonists to sleep forever.”

In Greek mythology, Hypnos was the god of sleep. He lived on the island of Lemnos in a dark cave surrounded by poppies.”

Few people – even anthropologists – comprehend how influential mushrooms have been in affecting the course of human evolution. Mushrooms have played pivotal roles in ancient Greece, India and Mesoamerica

…  True to their beguiling nature, fungi have always elicited deep emotional responses: from adulation by those who understand them to outright fear by those who do not.”

 wormwood = чорнобиль = ‘Ch O R N O B Y L’ (courtesy Aferrismoon)

Wormwood – “the bitterest of herbs …  Legend has it that this plant first sprang up on the impressions marking the serpent’s tail as he slithered his way out of Eden. According to folk beliefs, wormwood was reputed to deprive a man of his courage

in the Book of Revelation: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”

In the Book of Genesis in the Bible, Adam and Eve clad themselves with fig leaves after eating the “forbidden fruit” from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Likewise, fig leaves, or depictions of fig leaves, have long been used to cover the genitals of nude figures in painting and sculpture.

Buddha achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree, a large and old sacred fig tree.”

Just a small taster to whet the appetite to a world I think we desperately need to remember.

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April 27, 2011. Uncategorized.

22 Comments

  1. Mick replied:

    Curious – I was just thinking of Yggdrasil this afternoon, and the squirrel that runs up and down it. This was because of a particular O2 advert involving a satyr and a squirrel looking at the moon through telescopes – and I wondered, why a squirrel?

    Anyway, isn’t the moon called Sin in Sumerian legend?

  2. Jon Kidd replied:

    Very good. Sitting here on the couch, with my 4 month old in the swing, with random classical music on the TV and I was thinking I needed to go and visit Wise. Sure as shiitake mushrooms you unfold another vast plot of thought.

    BTW ——‘Ch O R N O B Y L’—— :^\\ !!!

    Atomic explosions/the tree of life. The forbidden TRUTH/fruit? Isn’t a seed the word and the plant the truth?

    This post conjured images of trees from the past. When plants were like pets. And we respected everything. Maybe that’s why God told us to leave the tree of good and bad alone. Instead we cut it down, and therefore killed something so sacred that God left us to our own demise and curses. Like holding someones head under water. See if they struggle to live and survive. Then if they don’t then….f^^k em’.

    I feel that there is a narrow path to the future. And survival plays a large part in it. And luck. We need to listen to the wise.

    Thank you Alex-and-ra, you beautiful soul.
    Alex and the sun.
    Your a light for sure.

  3. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Isn’t it amazing how disconnected from the Earth and the plants most people are and society as a whole? We never, not even in Biology class in high school, learned squat about plants. Not even in boy scouts either, just what ones you could eat and what ones not too!

    High time we relearned the knowledge we knew at one point and that the plants hold. Amazing piece Alex, loved the play! Pretty good story they came up with after consuming too many hallucinogenic plants eh? Just kidding. ;) Maybe

    Cheers my friend!
    Go fourth and fertilize your garden

  4. alex robinson replied:

    Hi Mick – always nice to sync up & be reminded how distance has no effect on real magic.
    Good point on the squirrel & yes I believe the moon does Sin in Sumeria!
    All the best to you

    Thank you kindly Jon
    All credit for the wormwood/Chernobyl/Revelations connection goes to Aferrismoon – really an amazing find is it not?

    In Mystery of the White Lions, Credo Mutwa tells of being soundly whacked by his grandfather as a youngster, for not understanding that a tree is a ‘person’. His grandfather would talk & sing & make offerings to the tree outside their home – what a far cry from today!

    I honour those who are walking this path Jon, magic is being seeded.
    Very best to you & all your wondrous clan

    So right Michael – if there’s an epidemic or plague in this world now, it is that – DISCONNECTION – I’m reading a glorious book on animal communication & the author somehow is able to convey the exquisite aliveness of wild animals in nature – it’s breathtaking – what oh what are we missing out on I wonder???

    Very best to you my friend.

  5. dennis igou replied:

    Thank you for your exploration of what it memes to be human.

  6. tom replied:

    Connection To musical notes A-G. Even though a thin
    connection, like accord {a-chord}, the plants give us most
    of these letters as important vitamins. At the middle is
    D, comes directly from the sun, and we synthesize within.

    Homeopathy, like sound, is vibration brings us back to
    the key first seven letters. Letters possibly assigned arbitrarily,
    nonetheless, the first. A being first, and F being {f}irst, no
    significance detected {yet}.

    Vibrational healing, knowledge through feeling, sensing, and
    given to us as the opening phrase in our A-B-C nursery rhymes,
    or hymns.

    No bumper music. Tah Dah.

    Love thinking about your words.

  7. alex robinson replied:

    Thanks Dennis.

    Tom, what great ideas. I don’t actually have anything to add, I simply need take time to digest them!

    Very best to you

  8. Chiller replied:

    The methapor of ”eternal sleep” for death puzzles me.

    It might be that after death we end up in a reality with much more awakening and energy and action compared to this world.

    We dont know for sure.

    ——–
    I have experienced how Sleep (and food) deprivation heightens the senses and clarity. You start feelin lighter and Higher from within.
    Maybe thats one of the reasons we are trained to consume all day , so we sleep deep, long hours.

    why is the propaganda that we need 8 hours of sleep ?
    who decided this ?
    ——
    My Take :

    I think that it’s for manipulation of our awareness-mode.
    Keeping our brain-chemistry a certain way, so we are Sleep-walking. The living Dead.

    I see Sleep as a metaphor for Submissive .It has nothing to do with death but a mode of operating in this realm.

    Thats what happens when you use heroin every day.

    But it also can happen when you drink every day, go to church every week , watch daily news. etc.

    Doing the same things the same way .Not taking risks of goin into the wilderniss. we go into a routine.

    A specific confined mode of consciousness. we stop exploring other ways and perspectives.

    we become robots and creativity stops.

    It happens automatically because of our built-in system of learning ( left brain).

    It’s no surprise that NLP uses repetition , it hacks into your left brain.

  9. tom cuddy replied:

    The rumor began as just a thought.
    What about calling it vibrational materialism?
    The vibration covers the sound aspect, while
    the supplements (to keep us supple)or vitamins the
    material side. In order to objectify this
    concept, a g(rant) could be applied for openly
    asserting its validity.

    The end of this addendumb.

    Vibrational materialism. Dialectical materialism
    with less alphabet. Hmmm.

  10. Mick replied:

    The thing i like about sleep is the dreams i have. It is an escape to another world.
    In the comments to the previous article Peter made a valid point about non-biological vs biological. The latest interview with Richard Sauder on Red Ice is very relevant in this respect.

    [audio src="http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2011/05/RIR-110501-rsauder.mp3" /]

  11. alex robinson replied:

    Hi Chiller
    Etymology;
    sleep (v.) O.E. slæpan “to sleep” … from PIE base *sleb- “to be weak, sleep”

    I read a suggestion once that we should break our sleep up into two four hour sessions spaced over a 24 hour period – it was suggested that being immobile for 8 hours is quite detrimental – of course society is so well strictured that would be nigh on impossible for most people – but it’s food for thought.

    Agreed on the need for (meaning-filled) RISKS, I know nothing else so sure-fire for re-awakening the body & mind. Safety & security = slow & SURE death.

    Thanks for your thoughts

    Hi Tom
    I’m sure materialism has a definite vibration – low, continuous & very, very deadening – somehow it is enhanced or even made possible by our all-consuming English language – perhaps our language stimulates the ravenous desire for the material – one thing I’m sure of it’s a ‘damned’ work of art!

    Best to you

    Hi Mick,
    But is the escape of much use to us? I’m sure we should be able to connect with our dreams on a far deeper basis – we’re so used to them being out of our control, but surely like ‘this’ life, we deserve the right to determine & direct the path we have to travel, instead of forever simply REACTING. I personally would like some decent dreams simply without having to become a yogi & meditate for 500 years – who’s doing the living??? Shouldn’t we be able to choose the direction of our paths???
    oops sorry for the rant! Thanks for the link.
    Best to you

  12. Chiller replied:

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for the etynology .

    Please check out these links. I believe they are part of the puzzle why our mental capabilieties are sluggish.

    About the danger of dehydration and why most people are toxic because of not drinking enough water. It helped me greatly with my lifelong Astma-situation. I’m off the meds.
    http://www.watercure2.org
    (non-commercial site)

    Basically this guy studied the spartan diet and wich consists of an overeating and undereating phase in a 24 hour cycle. Consuming and Expending, day and night etc.
    (commercial site)
    http://www.warriordiet.com/content/view/23/34/

    So If you are already dehydrated and sleep 8 hours you start the day already with a bad start.
    Because your lungs exchange toxins with the air and you lose a lot of water with breathing.
    Thats why you receive a Salt-water IV drip and most people get better with that procedure .

    Good info from you on the Celtic Rebel show.

    Thank You !

    ( btw : poppies are called papaver Somniferum ( sleepbringer) , almost same as Soma ( the drug in brave new world). )

  13. Mick replied:

    You may be right, Alex, but i deal with internal crap in my dreams – it is given form and interacts with me, so i often feel like i’ve sorted something out. I kind of regret posting the Richard Sauder link as i found him way too negative. It was just interesting that his ayahuasca experience gave him the A.I. connection. I really do believe that we are magical beings, and that life can be transformed in a moment.

  14. Marty replied:

    This is something I’ve been wondering about for a while now…your post has got me thinking again about nature – the natural world that we have ‘blocked out’ with our concrete structures. I was thinking how I have a fear of flying insects and how they always find their way into my home and I have an endless battle to rid them from my environment…I thought about the little flies and ants and spiders that come in and try to take over corners of my home…like they are trying to re-claim their ground…and the roads we build…how the earth cracks open beneath our feet…the black tarmac is like a skin which the earth continually tries to shed…I don’t know if this is making any sense…the more we try to keep nature out, the more it seems to fight back at us…
    N.B. I believe that the ‘bitter waters’ are probably that terrible event of Fuc-u-she-ma! which we seem to have finally managed to do – F*ck the planet up for good!

  15. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Liked Mick & Marty’s latest comments, though be careful Marty, don’t lump yourself into the “We have” brainwash. No, not all of us are fucking up the planet, look at your demons in the corporations and governments. I don’t support them nor will I allow them to use Eugenic brainwash to make me think I am the one f**king up the planet. They are. I have much love, gratitude and respect for nature and the Earth.

    Cheers mates

    We are indeed magical beings.

  16. alex robinson replied:

    Chiller, thanks for the links & ideas.
    I have found a dilemma in the water issue which I have not be able to resolve. I read a book on the ‘bodies cries for water’ some time back & started drinking, but found it hard to keep up & a question arose, how did people in the past who did not have access to so much water survive? Would the constant need to for so much water make sense, on top of that I came across two different places that suggested we drink ‘too much’ water – one was via Australian aborigines.
    Looking at the push to drink water by all the caring marketers around the world made me question – is it possible that we are heavily encouraged to drink a lot of water to make us a better conducter to all the energies that are zapped thro’ our bodies these days? I have no answer either way – maybe we all have differing needs for water & if we can learn to listen maybe our own bodies can tell us what they need.
    The spartan diet was interesting, I recall all my ‘programming’ says do NOT eat big before bed – I always enjoy ideas that overturn programmes :)

    Very best to you

    Hiya Mick
    Very glad to hear you get sense & help from your dreams – I’m sure we are all meant to, EVERY night. No worries about the link – if people cannot pick & choose & question from what they’re presented with by now then maybe there’s not much harm you can do – I’ll remove the link if you want however.
    Yes, yes I second us as magical beings, I’m so tired of non-magical living – I’d rather be considered an idiot & live with magic than be one of the successful with their dead eyes.
    All the best

    Hi Marty
    The ants keep trying to move into my home too, this time I haven’t fought them, I have been developing a respect for them – I think this comes as you suggest from not blocking out nature – the more time I spend out of doors the more I seem to resonate with what’s there. Maybe the insects are our friends & teachers – they sure face life a lot more fearlessly than we do. I’m reading a stunning book called ‘How Animals Talk’ – written in 1919 & republished by Rupert Sheldrake – I think you might like it – altho’ it deals with animals, it brings the spirit of nature to life in a heartrending & joyous way – the author talks of how the human fear of dark is fake – what we think is fear is actually our senses coming back to life – maybe your reaction to bugs is something akin to that.

    Very best to you

    Cheers Michael – here’s to ‘magical beings’ & to re-memebring where we left the damn instruction book on neutering dickheads who try to destroy wisdom, beauty & enthusiasm.

    • pavman replied:

      Nice one, but I cant say I am too concerned about insects or ants as they have been through much more than some new-ham intervention. Has anyone left a patch of dirt for a few months? or not maintained part of a building and seen what happens within that time?

      Nature just overgrows the in-organic and starts a-fresh with little memory of past interaction. Little mushrooms sprout alongside wild herbs and mossy corners providing coverage for these life forms. But us humans seem to need near perfect conditions to continue our march forward. It seems to me that 92 % junk matter of our brains needs to be activated or its going to be a long way back.

  17. Mick replied:

    No, Alex, please don’t remove the link, it stands in its relevance.
    Like Marty, i have a strange, irrational fear of insects, especially those that fly. It is the buzzing sound that makes me rigid. Since I share an allotment it is something i have to deal with head on.
    Before artificial light the dark would have been filled with starlight, and moonlight. Of course, it was also inhabited by demons, werewolves, and faeries. I read that, in England, for centuries people drank beer as water was often contaminated. Probably explains why we’re a nation of pissheads. Then there was all the bread made from wheat contaminated with ergot.
    Talking of the magic within:

    http://www.ecstatictrance.com/

  18. Mick replied:

    I found this interview very important:

    [audio src="http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2010/07jul/RIR-100708-staylor.mp3" /]

    What he says dovetails with the insights and inspirations Alex brings forth :)

  19. anna replied:

    Alex, Came here to check on the one person “I know” in Auckland. Hope you’re okay. All you’ve said brings up so many thoughts, but toolonginthisplace for me, is on this chair, at this computer. -May need Rue, ruta graveolens- prime homeopathic for eyestrain. In interest of brevity then, a couple of thoughts, not researched, not guaranteed accurate:1. Mary means both bitter, and sea. And from my v. PROTESTANT upbringing: 2. Martini. 1 part wormwwood [vermouth] to 2 parts gin.[=1/3(the sea?)]
    Something I did look up,[and sorry for cut and paste] :
    “Long before the Christian era, crosses were used by the ancient Babylonians as symbols in their worship of the fertility god Tammuz. The use of the cross spread into Egypt, India, Syria, and China. Then, centuries later, the Israelites adulterated their worship of Jehovah with acts of veneration to the false god Tammuz. The Bible refers to this form of worship as a ‘detestable thing.’—Ezekiel 8:13, 14.
    The Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John use the Greek word stau‧ros′ when referring to the instrument of execution on which Jesus died. (Matthew 27:40; Mark 15:30; Luke 23:26) The word stau‧ros′ refers to an upright pole, stake, or post. The book The Non-Christian Cross, by J. D. Parsons, explains: “There is not a single sentence in any of the numerous writings forming the New Testament, which, in the original Greek, bears even indirect evidence to the effect that the stauros used in the case of Jesus was other than an ordinary stauros; much less to the effect that it consisted, not of one piece of timber, but of two pieces nailed together in the form of a cross.”
    As recorded at Acts 5:30, the apostle Peter used the word xy′lon, meaning “tree,” as a synonym for stau‧ros′, denoting, not a two-beamed cross, but an ordinary piece of upright timber or tree. It was not until about 300 years after Jesus’ death that some professed Christians promoted the idea that Jesus was put to death on a two-beamed cross. However, this view was based on tradition and a misuse of the Greek word stau‧ros′. It is noteworthy that some ancient drawings depicting Roman executions feature a single wooden pole or tree.” [AWAKE 4/06]
    When power was out 4/16 due to OUR tornado, looked up, in the dark at 3pm, in non-virtual atlas some longitudinal data. Amazing what I found, but this [t]oo-long [a T in China] already. Best, anna

  20. Sinead replied:

    Great post! When I was reading about the ‘Yggdrasil’ I couldn’t help but see the word “Gardasil’ which is a series of three vaccinations for ‘HPV’ that we have here in the states…interesting

  21. alex robinson replied:

    Mick, Anna, Sinead, Pavman – thanking you all for your comments – forgive me for not replying fully just yet as I’m writing atm – but all have been read & appreciated – by more than me I am sure :)
    ps Thanks Anna we’re ok, it missed us, though not but not by much

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