The ark was made of acacia [shittim] wood, and ornamented with gold designs inside and outside. It had a rim to keep the cover in place, on which the cherubim stood, and rings at the four corners for the poles with which it was carried.
The ark was the most mysterious of all the Jewish symbols, in the estimation of the Rabbies. The Egyptians used an ark as a symbol of mother earth, which received the body which earth had nourished, and they also made it a symbol of hope and of faith in immortality, saying that the body would be revived and come out of the ark again in a new birth. In their fable of Osiris the mystical body was placed in an ark on a certain day [17th Athor], with solemn ceremonies, during a festival. The body of the dead Apis was also placed in an ark, and was then Osir-Apis, Serapis, the dead Apis or Osiris in the under world.
Three days after the body of Osiris had been put into the ark the priests played the second act in the sacred drama, and pretended to discover the lost Osiris, that is the Sun that had been in the underworld, during the three longest nights of winter, and was said to be born again, and as the young son, began its life anew, on our 25th of December.
The ancient writer, Pausanias, says the emblem of Bacchus was kept in an ark, was made by Vulcan, and was the gift of Jupiter to Dardanus, and Eusebius says that the Phoenicians used an ark in the mysteries of the Cabeiri, and the Greeks in the worship of Ceres and Proserpine.
The tabernacle was a type of the universe, and the ark represented the central source of life, law, authority, and the residence of the Creator.
The Cherubim in Ezekiel i.11 that are said to have four wings, and in Isaiah vi.2 six. The Cherubim on the curtains had only two faces, but the carved cherubim had four each.
Seraphim before God
Avenar, the Jewish astrologer, names the Wolf [zeeb, the word in the Hebrew text] as the Oriental sign of the constellation called Gemini, and figured by the Egyptians and Greeks by two men, or a man and a woman, and by the Hindu as two girls. The Egyptians fabled that the god Anubis had his station in this sign, and he was the type of the planet Mercury, which was a morning star at one time and an evening star at another season of the year. The Egyptians had names for all the various phenomena of nature, and the horizon just after the setting of the sun was called Anubis, who is figured with a jackal’s [wolf’s] head. He is called the golden , in reference to the golden tints of clouds at this time of the day. Joseph and Benjamin are the sons of Rachel, and the word Rachel is Hebrew for sheep.
The Acropolis at Athens could be entered only from the west. A flight of sixty marble steps led up to the magnificent Entrance Building, which was made of white marble trimmed with black. The Parthenon and other main buildings on the Acropolis were built by Pericles in the fifth century BC as a monument to the cultural and political achievements of the inhabitants of Athens.
Athens The Erecthion sits on the most sacred site of the Acropolis where Poseidon and Athena had their contest over who would be the Patron of the city.
Pallas Athena, Athena, Pallas of Athens
Known period of worship circa 800 BC and earlier, until about 400 AD
Most important centers of worship include the following
Athens sanctuary the Parthenon, also cities of Argos, Sparta, Gortyn, Larisa, Thessaly, Lindos and Ilion or the Troy of Homer
Gifts to mankind include the olive branch, olive tree, and olive oil given to the victors in the Panathenaia festival.
In Rome, the Goddess of the Brow is called Minerva, Roman Goddess of Wisdom, War and Peace, and Second Sight
Known period of worship circa 400 BC until 400 AD
Centers of worship include following
Capitoline temple shared with the Lord and Lady of Heaven Jupiter and Juno, the two physical eyes in the occult anatomy. Also an important sanctuary on the Esquiline.
Like the Greek goddess Pallas Athena, Minerva sprang fully armored from the forehead of Jupiter, who had complained of a terrible headache until Vulcan opened it up with his ax.
As Minerva Medica she is the tutelary goddess of Rome. She is also goddess of arts and crafts, including the loom. Her annual festivals Minervalia and Quinquatria, are celebrated March 19 through 23.
Henry Ryland - British, 1856 - 1924
At the Fountain
Independence Hall, Reading, PA, the Birthplace of Our Nation
The Pennsylvania State House hosted sessions of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783. On July 4, 1776, the congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, in which the North American colonies proclaimed their political separation from Great Britain.
The bell in the tower of the building is said to have summoned citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Square. The Pennsylvania assembly had installed the bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the commonwealth Charter of Privileges, the original constitution of Pennsylvania. For this reason, the bell was inscribed with a quote from Leviticus 25:10:
Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema - Dutch, 1836 - 1912
On the Road to the Temple of Ceres: A Spring Festival
Albrecht Durer, St Jerome in his Study, a copperplate engraving
Walter Crane - British, 1845 - 1915
Study for The Fate of Persephone
The Kennedy Center When the gods made music from Mt. Olympus
35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: Led Zeppelin
Sperlonga, the ship of great Ulysseus from
USC School of Cinematic Arts - special edition
George Lucas Request to Filmmakers Today: Remember the Basics March 14, 2014
By Alex Stedman
The reason this is happening is because I am pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach, said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but he drove his point home.
Do not forget the basics. Do not get enamored with new technology, because it is not new. Just the medium we are working in is new, but that does not change anything. The art of what we do is exactly the same. It is beyond technology. It is the art of movies.
George Lucas and George Lucas Indiana Jones and Star Wars
Elgin Marbles in British Museum
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The World War II Memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated one month later on May 29. It is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring December 7, 2013, as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in the State of California.
go text of the proclamation
Eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor on December 7 notes include Trump XV and Trump XVI.
Agents of Change
Shrines of Power (1978) -
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