Friday, 18 June 2010

Friday's Flower

Lovers know there are roses
in the bloody veil of love;
they live astounded
by Love's matchless beauty.
The intellect says,
"The six directions are blocked!"
Love says, "There's a way!"
Intellect sees a market
and starts to haggle;
Loves sees thousands of markets
beyond that market.
How many mystic martyrs
hidden in Love's soul
have abandoned the preacher's chair
to climb onto the scaffold!
Lovers who drink the wine’s dregs
reel from bliss to bliss;
dark-hearted skeptics
burn inwardly with denial.
Intellect says, "Stay where you are!"
Annihilation has only thorns!
Love laughs, "The thorns are in you!"
Keep silent, and tear Being's thorn
out of your heart;
discover in your own soul
rose garden after rose garden.

- Rumi

Wishing you a beautiful Hemera Aphrodites.  The moon is waxing in Virgo today.  A good day for grounding, centring, meditation, clearing out the mental clutter and take some gentle exercise.  Tear out the thorns of annihilation and discover the roses of your soul.

Peace and blessings,

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

All the Lovers

Following on from this post about Kylie Minogue's new single and CD, I've now heard the new song "All the Lovers" and seen the video.  Watch it here.

Interesting video, but not as interesting as it would be if the people in the video were naked rather than just in their underwear.  Can't say the song impresses me that much, but overall, it made me smile.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Aphrodite of War

We all know that Aphrodite has warlike epithets, Enoplias-Bearing Weapons, Androphonos-Killer of Men, and that she was lover of Ares-God of War, and wife of Hephaestos, creator of arms.
Black (Warlike) Aphrodites flourished in Sparta, Cyprus, and elsewhere, according to Paul Friedrich, in his book Aphrodite. They haunted cemetaries, slew men, and the Black Aphrodites were war Goddesses. The most famous example of their power occured when the prostitutes at Corinth offered a group prayer that was seen as responsible, partly for the naval victory at Salamis.
 "For the Greeks and for their hard fighting armies
These girls stood forth to pray to the Lady Cypris,
And Aphrodite willed that none should betray,
to Persian archers this citadel of Hellas."

*references Paul Friedrich, "The Meaning of Aphrodite" pg. 218