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Knight of Wands

Zalewski, Chris; Zalewski, Pat Aeon Books ePub

The symbols and divinative meaning and nature of the Knight of Wands The Knight of Wands wears wings on his crown and bodywhich show the swiftness of his nature and his essence having a soul and spiritual origination. The emblem of the winged horse's head which he wears on the head, heart and feet, represent an instinctive nature and that his mind, emotions and body are ready to act in accordance with them. He wears a scale upon his helmet and his club, which shows the division of a circle within a circle, divided by a cross. This is the Divine seed or cosmic egg giving birth through the framework of the four elements.

He is the King of the Salamanders (whom some referred to as Djinn), who move rapidly over short distances in such Elemental forms such as Lightning. It is the function of the King of the Salamanders to start movement patterns, enough for the next in line to take over. As such, like lightning, his movements are violent, sudden and swift. As an initiator of action he expects quick results from any order he gives and does not tolerate fools gladly. His influence on matter and form is a vast one but only as an initial impetus, which will not repeat itself if matters do not get going on the first burst on energy.

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5. Socrates – Religious Teacher in Classical Greece

Symington, Neville Karnac Books ePub

The founder of every new religion possessed at first no greater authority than the founder of a new school of philosophy. Many of them were scorned, persecuted, and even put to death, and their last appeal was always, what it ought to be – an appeal to the spirit of truth with us, and not to twelve legions of angels, nor, as in later times, to the decrees of Councils, to Papal Bulls, or to the written letter of a sacred book.

(Max Müller, 1985)

Socrates was one of the great religious teachers of the Axial Era, although he is not usually recognized as such because he did not found a religious dynasty, or at least he is the only such teacher who remains well known to posterity.

The Socrates I refer to is the one we meet in the dialogues of Plato. Most scholars are agreed that in the Republic and the Laws the Socrates we meet is merely Plato's puppet, mustered to portray Plato's philosophical arguments and probably somewhat distant from the historical Socrates. The man we are studying here is the Socrates of the early dialogues, which are much more faithful to the historical Socrates as he was.

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5 The Deep

Jason L Brown Quarry Books ePub

Anthony Doerr

TOM IS BORN IN 1914 IN DETROIT, a quarter mile from International Salt. His father is offstage, unaccounted for. His mother operates a six-room, underinsulated boarding house populated with locked doors, behind which drowse the grim possessions of itinerant salt workers: coats the colors of mice, tattered mucking boots, aquatints of undressed women, their breasts faded orange. Every six months a miner is laid off, gets drafted, or dies, and is replaced by another, so that very early in his life Tom comes to see how the world continually drains itself of young men, leaving behind only objects—empty tobacco pouches, bladeless jackknives, salt-caked trousers—mute, incapable of memory.

Tom is four when he starts fainting. He’ll be rounding a corner, breathing hard, and the lights will go out. Mother will carry him indoors, set him on the armchair, and send someone for the doctor.

Atrial septal defect. Hole in the heart. The doctor says blood sloshes from the left side to the right side. His heart will have to do three times the work. Lifespan of sixteen. Eighteen if he’s lucky. Best if he doesn’t get excited.

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8 Into the European “Jungle”: Migration and Grammar in the New Europe

Dominic Thomas Indiana University Press ePub

Neither you nor I speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.

Aravind Adiga1

The official vocabulary of African affairs is, as we might suspect, purely axiomatic. Which is to say that it has no value as communication, but only as intimidation. . . . In a general way, it is a language which functions essentially as a code, i.e., the words have no relation to their content, or else a contrary one.

Roland Barthes2

In the first caption to her 2008 volume Aya de Yopougon, Ivorian comic book author Marguerite Abouet offers an ironic statement on the trials and tribulations awaiting new arrivals in France: “We are about to land in Paris’ Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport. It is 6:30 AM and the temperature is 12 degrees. Thanks for choosing Air Afrique.”3 Asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees enter the increasingly patrolled and protected borders of the European Union by air and land, though in recent years the dramatic and hazardous ocean crossings to which they have had recourse have received more attention. Indeed, the gray sky and heavy rainfall in Abouet’s opening sequence also serve as indicators of the challenges associated with the post-migratory experience, whereby “in addition to the dangers associated with travel to Europe (extortion, theft, the perilous crossing of the desert or ocean), one must also add the dangers encountered in Europe itself.”4 As we have seen, these components of twenty-first-century migration have been explored in a significant corpus of documentaries, films, novels, and plays, recording distressing sociopolitical evidentiary modalities, while also contributing to the demystification of constructs and perceptions relating to economic opportunities in the E.U. Accounts intersect around the analysis and treatment of disintegrating national experiments, inadequate governance, limited accountability, and both regional and national conflict, factors that have contributed to economic hardship, social disruption, displaced populations, and translated into growing disparities and dissymmetries between regions.

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Chapter Nine - Reactivation of a Chosen Trauma

Volkan, Vamik D. Karnac Books ePub

This chapter describes the reactivation of Serbs’ chosen trauma in 1989, the shared mental double of the Battle of Kosovo of 1389, and its consequences. When typical historical and political accounts were written after this event took place there were usually no references to the individual and large-group psychology that took central stage in this human drama. By providing certain details, I want to illustrate how utilising psychoanalytic insights about individual and large-group psychology in their own right expand our knowledge of history. I also wish to illustrate that if psychological insights had been available to international decision makers with power at the time this chosen trauma was reactivated, strategies might have been developed to prevent deadly outcomes.

I will start with a brief story of the Battle of Kosovo. After becoming independent from Byzantium in the twelfth century, the kingdom of Serbia thrived for almost 200 years under the leadership of the Nemanjić dynasty, reaching its climax under the beloved Emperor Stefan Dušan. By the end of his twenty-four-year reign, Serbia covered a territory from the Croatian border in the north to the Aegean Sea in the south, from the Adriatic Sea in the west to Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) in the east. Dušan died in 1355 and the Nemanjić dynasty came to an end a short time thereafter. In 1371, Serbian feudal lords elected Lazar Hrebeljanović as leader of Serbia, though he assumed the title of Prince or Duke rather than King or Emperor. The decline of Serbia that followed is primarily attributed to the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Serbian territory, culminating in the Battle of Kosovo on 28 June 1389 at the Kosovo Polje (the Field of the Black Birds) in the southern part of the Yugoslav Federation. Despite a gap of some seventy years between the Battle of Kosovo and the total occupation of Serbia by the Ottoman Turks, a belief gradually developed that equated the two events.

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