thatthinggggg:

sixpenceee:

sixpenceee:

I am completely respectful of everyone’s beliefs even if they don’t agree with mine, but here are some ways of approaching the after-life from an academic perspective. 
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
So before we delve into if the mind survives death, we first need to establish that the mind is a powerful entity. It’s not just a product of the brain but instead something that it’s own thing, and can even influence the brain itself.

Take the classical placebo effect for example. That’s a mind over matter phenomena, how does believing something so much cause physical changes? Other ways include the existence of psychic powers, hypnosis, and mind over matter interactions (some of these are ofcourse still up to debate) 
Here are a bunch of experiments and case studies that approach the mind-body connection. 
POWER OF HYPNOSIS
SENSE OF BEING STARED AT
GANZFELD EXPERIMENTS
CURE FOR CANCER BY THOUGHT
SCIENTISTS CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT THEIR HANDS ARE ROCKS
LYING ON A BED OF NAILS WITHOUT INJURY
MANY PEOPLE: ONE BODY
YOGI STOPS HEARTBEAT
NOCEBO EFFECT
PHANTOM PREGNANCY
MEDITATION TO CHANGE BODY TEMPERATURE
 DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE)
An NDE is when someone is clinically dead for a long period of time. Thanks to recent medical innovations however, they can be brought back to life. In that “clinically dead” stage, their brain completely shuts down. 
They should hence report back no perception. However, a large number of people do report seeing things such as a bright white light, a life review, deceased family members, and another world.
The AWARE study is a current on-going research project that decided to study this phenomenon. They will also be testing the validity of NDE through the use of randomly generated hidden images. 
These images are not visible unless viewed from specific vantage points above. A patient will be put under cardiac arrest. Once the patient is resuscitated, they will be asked if they had an NDE and if so can they describe the image? 
You can visit their official website here: X
Read about the most famous case of a near death experience: X
REINCARNATION EXPERIMENTS
While this is a topic that may not agree with many people religions, there has been fascinating case studies of reincarnation. Most reincarnation cases have been involved in Indian, China yes, where reincarnation is a huge religious ideal.

HOWEVER, there have been plenty of reincarnation cases in the USA and Europe. You may be wondering what a reincarnation case even is. It’s when a small child, usually around the age of 2-5, starts to recall past life events.
They say things like “I want to back to my real mom, you’re not my real mom”. They start to behave like how their “past life” person behaved, so if the past life was a shoemaker, they’d start to play around with shoes a lot. And sometimes they even give out factual evidence, like “I used to be a carpenter that lived on the yellow house in 1098 St.” Researchers go to the exact spot and find that yes, not to long ago someone did died there who was a carpenter.
READ MORE INTERESTING CASES OF REINCARNATION HERE: X
If you are really, really interested I recommend the book Life Before Life by Raymond Moody. The book can be read from google books: X
There have even been experiments, where an old, dying person was given a mark on his/her body and told to reincarnate themselves. A couple months later, a baby was born with the same exact mark on the same exact part of the body. You can read more about those cases in Life Before Life.
APPARITIONS 
There have been millions and millions cases of ghostly sightings, dating as far back as prehistoric eras. 
If someone is going to ask for repeatable scientific evidence of “ghosts” and “proof of a soul after death” well the answer is no one can really give you that. Atleast not yet. 
A ghost is a fleeting concept. You can’t predict it. It comes and it goes. 
But you know what that sounds like?
A meteorite. 

Imagine being a person 100,000 years back, seeing a flaming rock in the sky. You go and tell all your friends, and they probably will tell you “you’re crazy” or that you “imagined it”. 
But it’s there. It exists. You just can’t go and show them. 
The different thing about meteorites, is that our technology improved and we can track them in outer space now. They’ve become a scientific fact. They exist. With ghosts, and the non-material world, we have yet to do that.
Well anyway, that’s my academic and almost philosophical (the last part) take on the after-life. As you can see the points shown here do favor the existence of an after-life.

Hey I made this a long time ago but I am really proud of it

You deserve to be proud of this, god damn girl

thatthinggggg:

sixpenceee:

sixpenceee:

I am completely respectful of everyone’s beliefs even if they don’t agree with mine, but here are some ways of approaching the after-life from an academic perspective. 

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION

So before we delve into if the mind survives death, we first need to establish that the mind is a powerful entity. It’s not just a product of the brain but instead something that it’s own thing, and can even influence the brain itself.

Take the classical placebo effect for example. That’s a mind over matter phenomena, how does believing something so much cause physical changes? Other ways include the existence of psychic powers, hypnosis, and mind over matter interactions (some of these are ofcourse still up to debate) 

Here are a bunch of experiments and case studies that approach the mind-body connection. 

 DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE)

An NDE is when someone is clinically dead for a long period of time. Thanks to recent medical innovations however, they can be brought back to life. In that “clinically dead” stage, their brain completely shuts down.

They should hence report back no perception. However, a large number of people do report seeing things such as a bright white light, a life review, deceased family members, and another world.



The AWARE study is a current on-going research project that decided to study this phenomenon. They will also be testing the validity of NDE through the use of randomly generated hidden images.

These images are not visible unless viewed from specific vantage points above. A patient will be put under cardiac arrest. Once the patient is resuscitated, they will be asked if they had an NDE and if so can they describe the image? 

You can visit their official website here: X

Read about the most famous case of a near death experience: X

REINCARNATION EXPERIMENTS

While this is a topic that may not agree with many people religions, there has been fascinating case studies of reincarnation. Most reincarnation cases have been involved in Indian, China yes, where reincarnation is a huge religious ideal.

HOWEVER, there have been plenty of reincarnation cases in the USA and Europe. You may be wondering what a reincarnation case even is. It’s when a small child, usually around the age of 2-5, starts to recall past life events.

They say things like “I want to back to my real mom, you’re not my real mom”. They start to behave like how their “past life” person behaved, so if the past life was a shoemaker, they’d start to play around with shoes a lot. And sometimes they even give out factual evidence, like “I used to be a carpenter that lived on the yellow house in 1098 St.” Researchers go to the exact spot and find that yes, not to long ago someone did died there who was a carpenter.

READ MORE INTERESTING CASES OF REINCARNATION HERE: X

If you are really, really interested I recommend the book Life Before Life by Raymond Moody. The book can be read from google books: X

There have even been experiments, where an old, dying person was given a mark on his/her body and told to reincarnate themselves. A couple months later, a baby was born with the same exact mark on the same exact part of the body. You can read more about those cases in Life Before Life.

APPARITIONS 

There have been millions and millions cases of ghostly sightings, dating as far back as prehistoric eras. 

If someone is going to ask for repeatable scientific evidence of “ghosts” and “proof of a soul after death” well the answer is no one can really give you that. Atleast not yet. 

A ghost is a fleeting concept. You can’t predict it. It comes and it goes. 

But you know what that sounds like?

A meteorite. 

Imagine being a person 100,000 years back, seeing a flaming rock in the sky. You go and tell all your friends, and they probably will tell you “you’re crazy” or that you “imagined it”. 

But it’s there. It exists. You just can’t go and show them. 

The different thing about meteorites, is that our technology improved and we can track them in outer space now. They’ve become a scientific fact. They exist. With ghosts, and the non-material world, we have yet to do that.

Well anyway, that’s my academic and almost philosophical (the last part) take on the after-life. As you can see the points shown here do favor the existence of an after-life.

Hey I made this a long time ago but I am really proud of it

You deserve to be proud of this, god damn girl

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witchofthewild:

My old post from Paganspace: I *really* suggest anyone interested in goddesses and if you want to go by more modern terms: ‘The Goddess’ and how they/she was worshipped by ancient Hebrews and how it effects Kabbalah and the supposed dual gender of God, to read the Hebrew Goddess by famed scholar Raphael Patai. It also includes a chapter on the demon Lilith for those interested. Snippets of the book can be found here. I’m going to cover some things from the book and other resources in a small overview of the goddesses that the Hebrews worshipped and its effect on the image of God, as well as demonstrate just how much paganism is actually in Judaism. I’m going to put this in a series of “chapters” so that the reader, if citing can skip to where the want to.Asherah: The Canaanite goddess Asherah appears to be the earliest female deity that the ancient Israelite adapted to worship. This early period, in which Asherah was first worshiped, is following the arrival of the Israelite tribes in Canaan. The Hebrews worshiped her for about six centuries, until about 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem. Despite the bible’s anti-polytheistic attitude, there’s a hesitation by the writers to reveal any ritual detail of worship of deities other than Yahweh in Israel’s religious transgressions. However, it is from the bible that we know of three goddesses the Hebrews worshiped during the days of Babylonian exile. One of them being the Queen of Heaven; Asherah. Starting from before Hebrew adaptation, its clear that Asherah is the chief Canaanite goddess by rich archeological evidence discovered in Ugarit. (Modern Ras Shamra) Here Asherah was the prominent wife of El, the chief god. Her name in its entirity was “Lady Asherah of the Sea”. As her husband’s domain was heaven, hers was the ocean. She was also referred to Elath or “Goddess”. Her devotion to her husband was not unlike a Oriental queen to her master. When Baal wanted to have permission to build his house, he’d have his mother: Asherah, to intercede with El. When Baal dies, it is El that asks her to name one of sons to succeed him as king. She was labeled as “the Progenitress of the Gods”, that is all other gods, numbering 70, were her children. This including Baal, Anath, and Mot. Asherah is a mother goddess whose maternal instinct goes so far as to be a wetnurse to the gods. She suckled deserving humans as well. Such as Yassib, the son of King Keret. Not much is known about Asherah before the Urgaritic myths. A Sumerian inscription from ca. 1750 B.C. in honor of the Hammurabi, labels Asherah as Ashtratum and the bride of Anu. The Akkadian and Sumerian deity Anu bears a resemblence to the Canaanite El in being the god of heaven, so then it appears that Asherah may have been worshipped and held a chief or mother goddess postion at least for three centuries prior to the Ugaritic period. She was known in Southern Arabia from Ugarit tablets as “Atharath” and in letters from Canaanite chieftens to the pharaoh of Egypt the names “Astarte” and “Asherah” interchange. The same confusion between Astarte and Asherah is found in the Hebrew bible and has still persisted in the modern era among scholars. Among the Hebrews we find biblical references to “Asherahs”. This seems to indicate the carved wooden images, which were set up by implanting their base into the ground. Thus the word “Asherah” in the bible can refer to the goddess herself or her images. Because of the climate of Palestine, unfortunaley none of these wooden objects survive. However, evidence of Asherah as a important household goddess does survive, which consists of small clay nude images of the goddess. They were discovered across Palestine and are dated from all ages of the Israelite period. They may have been clay counterparts to the Asherah poles. The frequent occurance of these figures that are independent of male deities gives us the idea of just how widely popular Asherah was in all segments of Hebrew society. This may have to do with belief that the goddess helped in childbirth and promoted fertility. A Hebrew incantation from Arslan Tarsh and dated 7th B.C. seeks the help of Asherah for a woman in childbirth. < Patai p.39> In the biblical story of Elijah’s challenge to the Baal prophets of Mt. Carmel that ended in the defeat of a Canaanite deity and the victory of Yahweh, that Elijah did not accuse the people of abandoning Yahweh for outside gods, but rather for dividing attention among both. It is in this contest between Elijah and Baal priests that it seems the priests of Asherah attended, but were never challenged. It would appear that Baal was considered a threatening rival to Yahweh, while Asherah was considered a inevitable, tolerable, female counterpart. Shocking archeological evidence of Asherah’s consort role with the Hebrew Yahweh has been discovered. Two large pithoi (storage jars) were discovered, one of them had a inscription that read: “Amaryau said to my lord… may you be blessed by Yahweh and by his Asherah” Another inscription from the same site says ” I may have blessed you by Yahweh shmrn and his Asherah.” The word “shmrn” has a unknown meaning, but it may refer to Shomon, that is Samaria. Nine miles west of Hebron, has a inscription that says: “Uriah the rich has caused it to be written: Blessed be uriah by Yahweh and by his Asherah; from his enemies he has saved them.” These inscriptions would lead us to assume that the very popular Asherah was associated with Yahweh, probaly as his consort, and that they were the most popular divine couple. These finds have helped piece togather a emendation of a difficult passage in Hosea, in which God is speaking. Pieced togather the passage of 14:9 would be:"Ephraim, what have I to do any more with idols? I [Yahweh] am his Anath and Asherah, I am like a leafy cypress tree From me is thy fruit found” Summarized from this passage in Hosea, coupled with the historical evidence, we have a picture of Asherah as the consort of Yahweh and who was a integral part of religious life until the reforms introduced by King Josiah in 621 B.C. < Patai p.53> We can also summarize the history of Asherah worship among the ancient Hebrews: 1.The Israelites took over the cult of the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah from the days of their first settlements. 2. Wooden carvings of the goddess implanted into the ground and set next to a altar of Baal, and located on hilltops or under leafy trees were used in public worship of Asherah. While popular private religious use consisted of clay figurines of Asherah, where she is depicted with emphasis on her fertility by making the gesture of holding her breasts. 3.During Ahab’s reign, his Sidonian wife, Jezebel convinced him to make a elaborate public statue of Asherah and it was made and set up in the city Samaria. Making Ahab’s capital the center of the Asherah cult. 4. Asherah’s cult avoids the anti-Baal and Pro-Yahweh upsurging led by Elijah, that took place under Ahab. 5. Number of years later, the Asherah of Samaria escapes harm when Jehu destroys Baal’s temple and massacres Baalists, & her worship contiued until the end of Israel monarchy when the Assyrians put a end to the kingdom.< Patai p.45>

For those who missed it and love real biblical studies, check it out.

witchofthewild:

My old post from Paganspace: I *really* suggest anyone interested in goddesses and if you want to go by more modern terms: ‘The Goddess’ and how they/she was worshipped by ancient Hebrews and how it effects Kabbalah and the supposed dual gender of God, to read the Hebrew Goddess by famed scholar Raphael Patai. It also includes a chapter on the demon Lilith for those interested. Snippets of the book can be found here.

I’m going to cover some things from the book and other resources in a small overview of the goddesses that the Hebrews worshipped and its effect on the image of God, as well as demonstrate just how much paganism is actually in Judaism. I’m going to put this in a series of “chapters” so that the reader, if citing can skip to where the want to.


Asherah:

The Canaanite goddess Asherah appears to be the earliest female deity that the ancient Israelite adapted to worship. This early period, in which Asherah was first worshiped, is following the arrival of the Israelite tribes in Canaan. The Hebrews worshiped her for about six centuries, until about 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem.

Despite the bible’s anti-polytheistic attitude, there’s a hesitation by the writers to reveal any ritual detail of worship of deities other than Yahweh in Israel’s religious transgressions. However, it is from the bible that we know of three goddesses the Hebrews worshiped during the days of Babylonian exile. One of them being the Queen of Heaven; Asherah.

Starting from before Hebrew adaptation, its clear that Asherah is the chief Canaanite goddess by rich archeological evidence discovered in Ugarit. (Modern Ras Shamra) Here Asherah was the prominent wife of El, the chief god. Her name in its entirity was “Lady Asherah of the Sea”. As her husband’s domain was heaven, hers was the ocean. She was also referred to Elath or “Goddess”. Her devotion to her husband was not unlike a Oriental queen to her master. When Baal wanted to have permission to build his house, he’d have his mother: Asherah, to intercede with El. When Baal dies, it is El that asks her to name one of sons to succeed him as king.

She was labeled as “the Progenitress of the Gods”, that is all other gods, numbering 70, were her children. This including Baal, Anath, and Mot. Asherah is a mother goddess whose maternal instinct goes so far as to be a wetnurse to the gods. She suckled deserving humans as well. Such as Yassib, the son of King Keret.

Not much is known about Asherah before the Urgaritic myths. A Sumerian inscription from ca. 1750 B.C. in honor of the Hammurabi, labels Asherah as Ashtratum and the bride of Anu. The Akkadian and Sumerian deity Anu bears a resemblence to the Canaanite El in being the god of heaven, so then it appears that Asherah may have been worshipped and held a chief or mother goddess postion at least for three centuries prior to the Ugaritic period. She was known in Southern Arabia from Ugarit tablets as “Atharath” and in letters from Canaanite chieftens to the pharaoh of Egypt the names “Astarte” and “Asherah” interchange. The same confusion between Astarte and Asherah is found in the Hebrew bible and has still persisted in the modern era among scholars.


Among the Hebrews we find biblical references to “Asherahs”. This seems to indicate the carved wooden images, which were set up by implanting their base into the ground. Thus the word “Asherah” in the bible can refer to the goddess herself or her images. Because of the climate of Palestine, unfortunaley none of these wooden objects survive. However, evidence of Asherah as a important household goddess does survive, which consists of small clay nude images of the goddess. They were discovered across Palestine and are dated from all ages of the Israelite period. They may have been clay counterparts to the Asherah poles. The frequent occurance of these figures that are independent of male deities gives us the idea of just how widely popular Asherah was in all segments of Hebrew society. This may have to do with belief that the goddess helped in childbirth and promoted fertility. A Hebrew incantation from Arslan Tarsh and dated 7th B.C. seeks the help of Asherah for a woman in childbirth. < Patai p.39>

In the biblical story of Elijah’s challenge to the Baal prophets of Mt. Carmel that ended in the defeat of a Canaanite deity and the victory of Yahweh, that Elijah did not accuse the people of abandoning Yahweh for outside gods, but rather for dividing attention among both. It is in this contest between Elijah and Baal priests that it seems the priests of Asherah attended, but were never challenged. It would appear that Baal was considered a threatening rival to Yahweh, while Asherah was considered a inevitable, tolerable, female counterpart.

Shocking archeological evidence of Asherah’s consort role with the Hebrew Yahweh has been discovered. Two large pithoi (storage jars) were discovered, one of them had a inscription that read: “Amaryau said to my lord… may you be blessed by Yahweh and by his Asherah” Another inscription from the same site says ” I may have blessed you by Yahweh shmrn and his Asherah.” The word “shmrn” has a unknown meaning, but it may refer to Shomon, that is Samaria. Nine miles west of Hebron, has a inscription that says: “Uriah the rich has caused it to be written: Blessed be uriah by Yahweh and by his Asherah; from his enemies he has saved them.” These inscriptions would lead us to assume that the very popular Asherah was associated with Yahweh, probaly as his consort, and that they were the most popular divine couple. These finds have helped piece togather a emendation of a difficult passage in Hosea, in which God is speaking. Pieced togather the passage of 14:9 would be:
"Ephraim, what have I to do any more with idols?
I [Yahweh] am his Anath and Asherah,
I am like a leafy cypress tree
From me is thy fruit found”

Summarized from this passage in Hosea, coupled with the historical evidence, we have a picture of Asherah as the consort of Yahweh and who was a integral part of religious life until the reforms introduced by King Josiah in 621 B.C. < Patai p.53>

We can also summarize the history of Asherah worship among the ancient Hebrews:

1.The Israelites took over the cult of the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah from the days of their first settlements.
2. Wooden carvings of the goddess implanted into the ground and set next to a altar of Baal, and located on hilltops or under leafy trees were used in public worship of Asherah. While popular private religious use consisted of clay figurines of Asherah, where she is depicted with emphasis on her fertility by making the gesture of holding her breasts.
3.During Ahab’s reign, his Sidonian wife, Jezebel convinced him to make a elaborate public statue of Asherah and it was made and set up in the city Samaria. Making Ahab’s capital the center of the Asherah cult.
4. Asherah’s cult avoids the anti-Baal and Pro-Yahweh upsurging led by Elijah, that took place under Ahab.
5. Number of years later, the Asherah of Samaria escapes harm when Jehu destroys Baal’s temple and massacres Baalists, & her worship contiued until the end of Israel monarchy when the Assyrians put a end to the kingdom.< Patai p.45>

For those who missed it and love real biblical studies, check it out.

My old post from Paganspace: I *really* suggest anyone interested in goddesses and if you want to go by more modern terms: &#8216;The Goddess&#8217; and how they/she was worshipped by ancient Hebrews and how it effects Kabbalah and the supposed dual gender of God, to read the Hebrew Goddess by famed scholar Raphael Patai. It also includes a chapter on the demon Lilith for those interested. Snippets of the book can be found here. I&#8217;m going to cover some things from the book and other resources in a small overview of the goddesses that the Hebrews worshipped and its effect on the image of God, as well as demonstrate just how much paganism is actually in Judaism. I&#8217;m going to put this in a series of &#8220;chapters&#8221; so that the reader, if citing can skip to where the want to.Asherah: The Canaanite goddess Asherah appears to be the earliest female deity that the ancient Isralites adapted to worship. This early period, in which Asherah was first worshipped, is following the arrival of the Isralite tribes in Canaan. The Hebrews worshipped her for about six centuries, until about 586&#160;B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem. Despite the bible&#8217;s anti-polytheistic attitude, theres a hesitation by the writers to reveal any ritual detail of worship of deities other than Yahweh in Israel&#8217;s religious transgressions. However, it is from the bible that we know of three goddesses the Hebrews worshipped during the days of Babylonian exile. One of them being the Queen of Heaven; Asherah. Starting from before Hebrew adaptation, its clear that Asherah is the chief Canaanite goddess by rich archeological evidence discovered in Ugarit. (Modern Ras Shamra) Here Asherah was the prominent wife of El, the chief god. Her name in its entirity was &#8220;Lady Asherah of the Sea&#8221;. As her husband&#8217;s domain was heaven, hers was the ocean. She was also referred to Elath or &#8220;Goddess&#8221;. Her devotion to her husband was not unlike a Oriental queen to her master. When Baal wanted to have permission to build his house, he&#8217;d have his mother: Asherah, to intercede with El. When Baal dies, it is El that asks her to name one of sons to succeed him as king. She was labeled as &#8220;the Progenitress of the Gods&#8221;, that is all other gods, numbering 70, were her children. This including Baal, Anath, and Mot. Asherah is a mother goddess whose maternal instinct goes so far as to be a wetnurse to the gods. She suckled deserving humans as well. Such as Yassib, the son of King Keret. Not much is known about Asherah before the Urgaritic myths. A Sumerian inscription from ca. 1750&#160;B.C. in honor of the Hammurabi, labels Asherah as Ashtratum and the bride of Anu. The Akkadian and Sumerian deity Anu bears a resemblence to the Canaanite El in being the god of heaven, so then it appears that Asherah may have been worshipped and held a chief or mother goddess postion at least for three centuries prior to the Ugaritic period. She was known in Southern Arabia from Ugarit tablets as &#8220;Atharath&#8221; and in letters from Canaanite chieftens to the pharaoh of Egypt the names &#8220;Astarte&#8221; and &#8220;Asherah&#8221; interchange. The same confusion between Astarte and Asherah is found in the Hebrew bible and has still persisted in the modern era among scholars. Among the Hebrews we find biblical references to &#8220;Asherahs&#8221;. This seems to indicate the carved wooden images, which were set up by implanting their base into the ground. Thus the word &#8220;Asherah&#8221; in the bible can refer to the goddess herself or her images. Because of the climate of Palestine, unfortunaley none of these wooden objects survive. However, evidence of Asherah as a important household goddess does survive, which consists of small clay nude images of the goddess. They were discovered across Palestine and are dated from all ages of the Israelite period. They may have been clay counterparts to the Asherah poles. The frequent occurance of these figures that are indentipendant of male deities gives us the idea of just how widely popular Asherah was in all segments of Hebrew society. This may have to do with belief that the goddess helped in childbirth and promoted fertility. A Hebrew incantation from Arslan Tarsh and dated 7th B.C. seeks the help of Asherah for a woman in childbirth. &lt; Patai p.39&gt; In the biblical story of Elijah&#8217;s challenge to the Baal prophets of Mt. Carmel that ended in the defeat of a Canaanite deity and the victory of Yahweh, that Elijah did not accuse the people of abandoning Yahweh for outside gods, but rather for dividing attention among both. It is in this contest between Elijah and Baal priests that it seems the priests of Asherah attended, but were never challenged. It would appear that Baal was considered a threatening rival to Yahweh, while Asherah was considered a inevitable, tolerable, female counterpart. Shocking archeological evidence of Asherah&#8217;s consort role with the Hebrew Yahweh has been discovered. Two large pithoi (storage jars) were discovered, one of them had a inscription that read: &#8220;Amaryau said to my lord&#8230; may you be blessed by Yahweh and by his Asherah&#8221; Another inscription from the same site says &#8221; I may have blessed you by Yahweh shmrn and his Asherah.&#8221; The word &#8220;shmrn&#8221; has a unknown meaning, but it may refer to Shomon, that is Samaria. Nine miles west of Hebron, has a inscription that says: &#8220;Uriah the rich has caused it to be written: Blessed be uriah by Yahweh and by his Asherah; from his enemies he has saved them.&#8221; These inscriptions would lead us to assume that the very popular Asherah was associated with Yahweh, probaly as his consort, and that they were the most popular divine couple. These finds have helped piece togather a emendation of a difficult passage in Hosea, in which God is speaking. Pieced togather the passage of 14:9 would be:"Ephraim, what have I to do any more with idols? I [Yahweh] am his Anath and Asherah, I am like a leafy cypress tree From me is thy fruit found&#8221; Summarized from this passage in Hosea, coupled with the historical evidence, we have a picture of Asherah as the consort of Yahweh and who was a integral part of religious life until the reforms introduced by King Josiah in 621&#160;B.C. &lt; Patai p.53&gt; We can also summarize the history of Asherah worship among the ancient Hebrews: 1.The Israelites took over the cult of the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah from the days of their first settlements. 2. Wooden carvings of the goddess implanted into the ground and set next to a altar of Baal, and located on hilltops or under leafy trees were used in public worship of Asherah. While popular private religious use consisted of clay figurines of Asherah, where she is depicted with emphasis on her fertility by making the gesture of holding her breasts. 3.During Ahab&#8217;s reign, his Sidonian wife, Jezebel convinced him to make a elaborate public statue of Asherah and it was made and set up in the city Samaria. Making Ahab&#8217;s capital the center of the Asherah cult. 4. Asherah&#8217;s cult avoids the anti-Baal and Pro-Yahweh upsurging led by Elijah, that took place under Ahab. 5. Number of years later, the Asherah of Samaria escapes harm when Jehu destroys Baal&#8217;s temple and massacres Baalists, &amp; her worship contiued until the end of Israel monarchy when the Assyrians put a end to the kingdom.&lt; Patai p.45&gt;

My old post from Paganspace: I *really* suggest anyone interested in goddesses and if you want to go by more modern terms: ‘The Goddess’ and how they/she was worshipped by ancient Hebrews and how it effects Kabbalah and the supposed dual gender of God, to read the Hebrew Goddess by famed scholar Raphael Patai. It also includes a chapter on the demon Lilith for those interested. Snippets of the book can be found here.

I’m going to cover some things from the book and other resources in a small overview of the goddesses that the Hebrews worshipped and its effect on the image of God, as well as demonstrate just how much paganism is actually in Judaism. I’m going to put this in a series of “chapters” so that the reader, if citing can skip to where the want to.


Asherah:

The Canaanite goddess Asherah appears to be the earliest female deity that the ancient Isralites adapted to worship. This early period, in which Asherah was first worshipped, is following the arrival of the Isralite tribes in Canaan. The Hebrews worshipped her for about six centuries, until about 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem.

Despite the bible’s anti-polytheistic attitude, theres a hesitation by the writers to reveal any ritual detail of worship of deities other than Yahweh in Israel’s religious transgressions. However, it is from the bible that we know of three goddesses the Hebrews worshipped during the days of Babylonian exile. One of them being the Queen of Heaven; Asherah.

Starting from before Hebrew adaptation, its clear that Asherah is the chief Canaanite goddess by rich archeological evidence discovered in Ugarit. (Modern Ras Shamra) Here Asherah was the prominent wife of El, the chief god. Her name in its entirity was “Lady Asherah of the Sea”. As her husband’s domain was heaven, hers was the ocean. She was also referred to Elath or “Goddess”. Her devotion to her husband was not unlike a Oriental queen to her master. When Baal wanted to have permission to build his house, he’d have his mother: Asherah, to intercede with El. When Baal dies, it is El that asks her to name one of sons to succeed him as king.

She was labeled as “the Progenitress of the Gods”, that is all other gods, numbering 70, were her children. This including Baal, Anath, and Mot. Asherah is a mother goddess whose maternal instinct goes so far as to be a wetnurse to the gods. She suckled deserving humans as well. Such as Yassib, the son of King Keret.

Not much is known about Asherah before the Urgaritic myths. A Sumerian inscription from ca. 1750 B.C. in honor of the Hammurabi, labels Asherah as Ashtratum and the bride of Anu. The Akkadian and Sumerian deity Anu bears a resemblence to the Canaanite El in being the god of heaven, so then it appears that Asherah may have been worshipped and held a chief or mother goddess postion at least for three centuries prior to the Ugaritic period. She was known in Southern Arabia from Ugarit tablets as “Atharath” and in letters from Canaanite chieftens to the pharaoh of Egypt the names “Astarte” and “Asherah” interchange. The same confusion between Astarte and Asherah is found in the Hebrew bible and has still persisted in the modern era among scholars.


Among the Hebrews we find biblical references to “Asherahs”. This seems to indicate the carved wooden images, which were set up by implanting their base into the ground. Thus the word “Asherah” in the bible can refer to the goddess herself or her images. Because of the climate of Palestine, unfortunaley none of these wooden objects survive. However, evidence of Asherah as a important household goddess does survive, which consists of small clay nude images of the goddess. They were discovered across Palestine and are dated from all ages of the Israelite period. They may have been clay counterparts to the Asherah poles. The frequent occurance of these figures that are indentipendant of male deities gives us the idea of just how widely popular Asherah was in all segments of Hebrew society. This may have to do with belief that the goddess helped in childbirth and promoted fertility. A Hebrew incantation from Arslan Tarsh and dated 7th B.C. seeks the help of Asherah for a woman in childbirth. < Patai p.39>

In the biblical story of Elijah’s challenge to the Baal prophets of Mt. Carmel that ended in the defeat of a Canaanite deity and the victory of Yahweh, that Elijah did not accuse the people of abandoning Yahweh for outside gods, but rather for dividing attention among both. It is in this contest between Elijah and Baal priests that it seems the priests of Asherah attended, but were never challenged. It would appear that Baal was considered a threatening rival to Yahweh, while Asherah was considered a inevitable, tolerable, female counterpart.

Shocking archeological evidence of Asherah’s consort role with the Hebrew Yahweh has been discovered. Two large pithoi (storage jars) were discovered, one of them had a inscription that read: “Amaryau said to my lord… may you be blessed by Yahweh and by his Asherah” Another inscription from the same site says ” I may have blessed you by Yahweh shmrn and his Asherah.” The word “shmrn” has a unknown meaning, but it may refer to Shomon, that is Samaria. Nine miles west of Hebron, has a inscription that says: “Uriah the rich has caused it to be written: Blessed be uriah by Yahweh and by his Asherah; from his enemies he has saved them.” These inscriptions would lead us to assume that the very popular Asherah was associated with Yahweh, probaly as his consort, and that they were the most popular divine couple. These finds have helped piece togather a emendation of a difficult passage in Hosea, in which God is speaking. Pieced togather the passage of 14:9 would be:
"Ephraim, what have I to do any more with idols?
I [Yahweh] am his Anath and Asherah,
I am like a leafy cypress tree
From me is thy fruit found”

Summarized from this passage in Hosea, coupled with the historical evidence, we have a picture of Asherah as the consort of Yahweh and who was a integral part of religious life until the reforms introduced by King Josiah in 621 B.C. < Patai p.53>

We can also summarize the history of Asherah worship among the ancient Hebrews:

1.The Israelites took over the cult of the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah from the days of their first settlements.
2. Wooden carvings of the goddess implanted into the ground and set next to a altar of Baal, and located on hilltops or under leafy trees were used in public worship of Asherah. While popular private religious use consisted of clay figurines of Asherah, where she is depicted with emphasis on her fertility by making the gesture of holding her breasts.
3.During Ahab’s reign, his Sidonian wife, Jezebel convinced him to make a elaborate public statue of Asherah and it was made and set up in the city Samaria. Making Ahab’s capital the center of the Asherah cult.
4. Asherah’s cult avoids the anti-Baal and Pro-Yahweh upsurging led by Elijah, that took place under Ahab.
5. Number of years later, the Asherah of Samaria escapes harm when Jehu destroys Baal’s temple and massacres Baalists, & her worship contiued until the end of Israel monarchy when the Assyrians put a end to the kingdom.< Patai p.45>

I posted this as Lilituwind when someone made this post called shove you three-fold somewhere else. You know, it&#8217;s nice when people talk about how, as witches, they&#8217;re very different from Wiccans yet still suffer from the same New Age hokey when it comes to beliefs. I&#8217;m lollolol from the computer screen, internet!

I posted this as Lilituwind when someone made this post called shove you three-fold somewhere else. You know, it’s nice when people talk about how, as witches, they’re very different from Wiccans yet still suffer from the same New Age hokey when it comes to beliefs. I’m lollolol from the computer screen, internet!

waffles-chan:

smashmorphed:

Hermaphroditus, Roman marble, Imperial period (3rd century CE) — This Hermaphroditus is called “Stante” (relieved) because carved with the male member in erection, shown by the woman’s dress lifted to the waist. Discovered in a vineyard of Monte Porzio Catone in 1781 and purchased by prince Marcantonio Borghese, it was long kept hidden in a closet because it was considered “indecent”

This statue is very similar to statues of his mother, Aphrodite:

waffles-chan:

smashmorphed:

Hermaphroditus, Roman marble, Imperial period (3rd century CE) — This Hermaphroditus is called “Stante” (relieved) because carved with the male member in erection, shown by the woman’s dress lifted to the waist. Discovered in a vineyard of Monte Porzio Catone in 1781 and purchased by prince Marcantonio Borghese, it was long kept hidden in a closet because it was considered “indecent”

This statue is very similar to statues of his mother, Aphrodite:

(via chaoticbleu)

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bookofmirrors:

Most of you probably know this is one of the Angel’s from Hellboy. But did you know that this is actually a more accurate protrayel of what angels are apparently supposed to look like according to The Bible? Although, and correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I remember they had 6 wings, covered with eyes on the wings. And had two eyes on their face, but used 2 wings to cover their face at all times, because if a mortal ever saw their face they would die. Angels from the bible are fucking terrifying honestly. :P 

boring personal tidbit/rambling: When I was a kid I used compulsive behaviors to control my extreme anxiety. I was also raised Southern Pentecostal which focuses a lot on Old Testament scripture. We were told about what angels really looked like in Sunday School when I was 6 or so. The bible mentions multiple faces, being covered in eyeballs, constant singing, lion heads, etc. This spawned an extreme fear of angels and they became the butt of my anxieties (“If I open and close this door 10 times I won’t see an angel”). I use to pray to never see an angel, and I had recurring nightmares that my sister locked me in a room with cement angel statues that came to life and approached me while screaming. Then they would skin me and sacrifice me.
If you think about it, angels are kind of horrifying. Besides being described as beasts and monsters, they’re practically brainless drones. Heavenly angels are only one step removed from demons. The only difference is demons fell from heaven because they chose to follow Lucifer… who was an angel (angel of music and one of god’s favorites). So they are these eyeball covered animal mashed up monsters who were only created to worship for eternity (part of humanities creation was so that something would choose to love god, not just worship him because they were created to). Angels fall into a lot of new age and conspiracy beliefs too which my church believed and taught. We were taught that the supernatural realms went in the order of Heaven, Hell, then Earth. So when the angels fell from heaven with Lucifer, some fell through hell and landed on Earth. We were taught they intermarried with early humans and created giants (Goliath’s origins) and taught witch craft to women (make-up, sluttiness, etc.) Imagine learning all of that nonsense as a 5 year old kid.

HEY!! haha, this is EXACTLY the concept amy &amp; I are messing around with in the angel project. Angels are such creepy and interesting beings when you examine the source material. We’re also playing with the fact that technically, angels have made their only moral choice, and so experience morality only in theory, which is funour designs for our angel characters are based on the non-humanoid or vaguely humanoid “canon” angels, which can be anything from a ball of wings covered in eyes to a huge, living wheel to animals on fire

I love it when people actually know Angels are not winged bishies that sparkle and love mankind. They’re abominations, they’re alien, they’re beyond us. They’re creatures that biology as we know it does not apply to. Often they do not love mankind, they love God and God alone.
Really, Neon Genesis Evangeleon had a better idea of what Angels should really look and behave like (mindlessly subservient and driven towards their goal) than any other work of fiction I’ve seen so far. Though I’ve heard some tidbits from Supernatural at least, which has angels taking on human form but describing just what they look like when they’re not wearing their skin.

Just a little side note: the entire concept of the phrase “One-Winged Angel” (from Final Fantasy 7) was based on a phrase in the Bible concerning seraphim. It reads, “Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft.” This is much more evident in the form of Safer (?) Sephiroth, who has six white wings and one black wing, thus making him a one-winged angel. The description of angels posted above seems to match that near perfectly.

The angel that visited Mary first said “Do not be afraid”

Supposedly, somewhere in a work of text, Christ is described as a gored sheep with many heads and many horns and maybe many nimbuses/halos as well.
The Abrahamic religions were fucking metal, man. 

Aren’t Archangels also supposed to be on fire all the time and have flaming swords or something? I think I once heard of something like this.

I’ve tried looking some of this stuff up, but i’ve never had much luck. I’ really love to see more info on more “accurate” angels…

Righty-o, I used to be something of a freak when it came to angelogy back in middle/high school, I guess you can chalk it up to that ol’ eighth grader syndrome but angels are split into different ranks with their appearance becoming more alien and bizzare the higher up you go. From bottom to top we have…
The Third Sphere:
Angels: Basic messengers to humankind.
Archangels: Superiors to angels. There seems to be a differentiation between archangels and “Archangels” who are senior named angels that can belong to a different rank, i.e Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, etc.
Principalities/Rulers: They wear crowns or wield scepters. They oversee groups of people and inspire things like art and science.
Second Sphere:
Powers/Authorities: Warrior angels, they oversee the distribution of power among the rulers of man.
Virtues: They oversee the movement of the cosmos. 
Dominions: The angels who are Lords among angels and preside over nations. They look much like the everyday thought of angels but orbs of light above their heads. 
First Sphere: 
Thrones/Orphanim: Living symbols of justice and authority. They appear as a beryl-coloured wheel-within-a-wheel, their rims covered with hundreds of eyes.
Cherubim: Cherubim have four faces: one of each a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. They have four conjoined wings covered with eyes, a lion’s body figure, and they have ox’s feet. They guard the way to the Tree of Life and God’s Throne.
Seraphim: The caretakers of God’s Throne. The name Seraphim means “the burning ones.” The Seraphim have six wings. Two wings cover their face, two cover their body, and two cover their feet.

newjerseykannushi:

pewpuupalace:

dimension13:

jesuslizardjournal:

amberosine:

sirqtip:

vonbaghager:

alizabug:

neon-casket:

bookofmirrors:

Most of you probably know this is one of the Angel’s from Hellboy. But did you know that this is actually a more accurate protrayel of what angels are apparently supposed to look like according to The Bible? Although, and correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I remember they had 6 wings, covered with eyes on the wings. And had two eyes on their face, but used 2 wings to cover their face at all times, because if a mortal ever saw their face they would die. Angels from the bible are fucking terrifying honestly. :P 

boring personal tidbit/rambling: When I was a kid I used compulsive behaviors to control my extreme anxiety. I was also raised Southern Pentecostal which focuses a lot on Old Testament scripture. We were told about what angels really looked like in Sunday School when I was 6 or so. The bible mentions multiple faces, being covered in eyeballs, constant singing, lion heads, etc. This spawned an extreme fear of angels and they became the butt of my anxieties (“If I open and close this door 10 times I won’t see an angel”). I use to pray to never see an angel, and I had recurring nightmares that my sister locked me in a room with cement angel statues that came to life and approached me while screaming. Then they would skin me and sacrifice me.

If you think about it, angels are kind of horrifying. Besides being described as beasts and monsters, they’re practically brainless drones. Heavenly angels are only one step removed from demons. The only difference is demons fell from heaven because they chose to follow Lucifer… who was an angel (angel of music and one of god’s favorites). So they are these eyeball covered animal mashed up monsters who were only created to worship for eternity (part of humanities creation was so that something would choose to love god, not just worship him because they were created to). Angels fall into a lot of new age and conspiracy beliefs too which my church believed and taught. We were taught that the supernatural realms went in the order of Heaven, Hell, then Earth. So when the angels fell from heaven with Lucifer, some fell through hell and landed on Earth. We were taught they intermarried with early humans and created giants (Goliath’s origins) and taught witch craft to women (make-up, sluttiness, etc.) Imagine learning all of that nonsense as a 5 year old kid.

HEY!! haha, this is EXACTLY the concept amy & I are messing around with in the angel project. Angels are such creepy and interesting beings when you examine the source material. We’re also playing with the fact that technically, angels have made their only moral choice, and so experience morality only in theory, which is fun
our designs for our angel characters are based on the non-humanoid or vaguely humanoid “canon” angels, which can be anything from a ball of wings covered in eyes to a huge, living wheel to animals on fire

I love it when people actually know Angels are not winged bishies that sparkle and love mankind. They’re abominations, they’re alien, they’re beyond us. They’re creatures that biology as we know it does not apply to. Often they do not love mankind, they love God and God alone.

Really, Neon Genesis Evangeleon had a better idea of what Angels should really look and behave like (mindlessly subservient and driven towards their goal) than any other work of fiction I’ve seen so far. Though I’ve heard some tidbits from Supernatural at least, which has angels taking on human form but describing just what they look like when they’re not wearing their skin.

Just a little side note: the entire concept of the phrase “One-Winged Angel” (from Final Fantasy 7) was based on a phrase in the Bible concerning seraphim. It reads, “Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft.” This is much more evident in the form of Safer (?) Sephiroth, who has six white wings and one black wing, thus making him a one-winged angel. The description of angels posted above seems to match that near perfectly.

The angel that visited Mary first said “Do not be afraid”

Supposedly, somewhere in a work of text, Christ is described as a gored sheep with many heads and many horns and maybe many nimbuses/halos as well.

The Abrahamic religions were fucking metal, man. 

Aren’t Archangels also supposed to be on fire all the time and have flaming swords or something? I think I once heard of something like this.

I’ve tried looking some of this stuff up, but i’ve never had much luck. I’ really love to see more info on more “accurate” angels…

Righty-o, I used to be something of a freak when it came to angelogy back in middle/high school, I guess you can chalk it up to that ol’ eighth grader syndrome but angels are split into different ranks with their appearance becoming more alien and bizzare the higher up you go. From bottom to top we have…

The Third Sphere:

Angels: Basic messengers to humankind.

Archangels: Superiors to angels. There seems to be a differentiation between archangels and “Archangels” who are senior named angels that can belong to a different rank, i.e Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, etc.

Principalities/Rulers: They wear crowns or wield scepters. They oversee groups of people and inspire things like art and science.

Second Sphere:

Powers/Authorities: Warrior angels, they oversee the distribution of power among the rulers of man.

Virtues: They oversee the movement of the cosmos. 

Dominions: The angels who are Lords among angels and preside over nations. They look much like the everyday thought of angels but orbs of light above their heads. 

First Sphere: 

Thrones/Orphanim: Living symbols of justice and authority. They appear as a beryl-coloured wheel-within-a-wheel, their rims covered with hundreds of eyes.

Cherubim: Cherubim have four faces: one of each a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. They have four conjoined wings covered with eyes, a lion’s body figure, and they have ox’s feet. They guard the way to the Tree of Life and God’s Throne.

Seraphim: The caretakers of God’s Throne. The name Seraphim means “the burning ones.” The Seraphim have six wings. Two wings cover their face, two cover their body, and two cover their feet.

(Source: nospheratusblack666, via dreamerinthedark)

My views on what makes a witch are entirely personal, but then you&#8217;re looking for individual views, so I feel I can provide them. It&#8217;s a bit of my own knowing mixed with some interesting fiction that made a good point.

1: A witch is aware of reality in a way that many other people are not. A witch accepts this difference in perception, and explores said difference.
2: A witch learns or develops techniques based around core concepts and skills; The manipulation of energy, the essence of inner calm and direct thought, observation, analysis of non-physical data (or however you perceive &#8220;that which is not seen&#8221;), contact with entities beyond the knowledge of many other people, made known through the difference in perception, knowledge of people, knowledge of your environment, knowledge of substances, and practicality as applied to the occult.
3: A witch recognizes a need to act. Whether action is taken in defense of another, in support of another, in self-empowerment, in balance, or as a form of idealism, the witch does not approach what they do as an academic exercise, but rather a tool of action, and does not hesitate when action is needed.
4: A witch learns, through years of interaction with reality through their difference in perception, what action is correct to take, and in what form. A witch learns that spells are not necessarily ritual, that healing is not necessarily the movement of energy with the mind, and that not all problems are solved with powah. A witch learns to listen quietly, to see the whole of something, and to utilize the best tool for the job, whether it&#8217;s herb, spell, stone, or inaction.
5: At their core, a witch knows what they are. I stand where I stand, this is where I am, who I am, what I am. My home is in my bones. I am essentially selfish, unwilling to give ground to anyone or anything. That being said, I take my selfishness and use it. I claim this place, these people, as mine to care for within my perception of reality. Because I am selfish, I care for them myself, utilizing my skills and my knowledge. I do not think I am above them, nor do I think I am apart from them, but I am different in my perception, and I have skills that they do not. Thus, I offer service. I find meaning in that service, and I feel connection. &#8220;The land is in my bones&#8221;, as Terry Pratchett said. A witch is at the center of their perception, and whether it&#8217;s going into dark places, or standing in front of a big nasty, or helping make sure an old woman is fed, or listening to a crying girl, a witch is a witch wherever they are and whatever they do.

Of course, all that being said, it&#8217;s still somewhat inaccurate to my feelings on the matter. But that&#8217;ll do for the sake of argument. 

-Uncle Woad on paganspace.

(I agree with this, but swap &#8220;witch&#8221; for &#8220;mage&#8221;.

My views on what makes a witch are entirely personal, but then you’re looking for individual views, so I feel I can provide them. It’s a bit of my own knowing mixed with some interesting fiction that made a good point.

1: A witch is aware of reality in a way that many other people are not. A witch accepts this difference in perception, and explores said difference.

2: A witch learns or develops techniques based around core concepts and skills; The manipulation of energy, the essence of inner calm and direct thought, observation, analysis of non-physical data (or however you perceive “that which is not seen”), contact with entities beyond the knowledge of many other people, made known through the difference in perception, knowledge of people, knowledge of your environment, knowledge of substances, and practicality as applied to the occult.

3: A witch recognizes a need to act. Whether action is taken in defense of another, in support of another, in self-empowerment, in balance, or as a form of idealism, the witch does not approach what they do as an academic exercise, but rather a tool of action, and does not hesitate when action is needed.

4: A witch learns, through years of interaction with reality through their difference in perception, what action is correct to take, and in what form. A witch learns that spells are not necessarily ritual, that healing is not necessarily the movement of energy with the mind, and that not all problems are solved with powah. A witch learns to listen quietly, to see the whole of something, and to utilize the best tool for the job, whether it’s herb, spell, stone, or inaction.

5: At their core, a witch knows what they are. I stand where I stand, this is where I am, who I am, what I am. My home is in my bones. I am essentially selfish, unwilling to give ground to anyone or anything. That being said, I take my selfishness and use it. I claim this place, these people, as mine to care for within my perception of reality. Because I am selfish, I care for them myself, utilizing my skills and my knowledge. I do not think I am above them, nor do I think I am apart from them, but I am different in my perception, and I have skills that they do not. Thus, I offer service. I find meaning in that service, and I feel connection. “The land is in my bones”, as Terry Pratchett said. A witch is at the center of their perception, and whether it’s going into dark places, or standing in front of a big nasty, or helping make sure an old woman is fed, or listening to a crying girl, a witch is a witch wherever they are and whatever they do.

Of course, all that being said, it’s still somewhat inaccurate to my feelings on the matter. But that’ll do for the sake of argument. 

-Uncle Woad on paganspace.

(I agree with this, but swap “witch” for “mage”.