October 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
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March 19, 2011 § 3 Comments
In the deck of cards, the word “spade” is derived from the italian word spada (which means “sword”) from the Italo-Spanish suit.
Spades are often the trump suit in card games, the dominance order being spade (highest) > heart > diamond > club (lowest). The Ace of spades then, is the card of highest value in the deck of cards.
The primary symbolic meaning of the sword is of a wound and the power to wound. As a sword of sacrifice (sacrifice in the cosmic sense, where spiritual energy is acquired through the sacrifice of oneself, through the inversion of terrestrial and celestial orders) it is seen as a symbol of physical extermination and psychic decision, therefore also a symbol of spiritual evolution. The sword is a powerful weapon, but has the potential of being both positive and negative since it is double-edged.
Sometimes the sword is connected to the element of Air (thought, spirit, intellect, inspiration), other times with the element of Fire.
Other keywords: truth, clarity, adversities, conflict
January 5, 2011 § 1 Comment
Closing wounds with fire; An old treatment of wounds is the method of burning. Applying white-hot iron, cauters, to the arteries and to tissue of the body in order to make the bleeding stop, and to close the wound. It is a way to stop severe blood-loss, like the heavy bleeding that occurs during amputation. There is still the risk of infection, however. Infections can’t be treated through cauterization, and could eventually lead to a feverishly painful death.
Other keywords: electrocautery, chemical cautery, bloodless knife, branding
December 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
Fire is a symbol of perpetual change, since it is the agent of transmutation: it transforms a substance into another substance without being a substance itself. Heraclitus claimed that fire is the primordial element: Fire is the origin of all matter; all things derive from fire and will return to fire. Heraclitus looked at everything as being in the state of permanent flux – reality being nothing else than a succession of transitory states.
J. E. Cirlot describes the difference between metamorphosis and transmutation as follows: Metamorphosis, the transformation of one being into another, is an expression for the “difference between the primigenial, undifferentiated Oneness and the world of manifestation.” (as well as being related to the general symbolism of Inversion). Everything may be transformed, substituted, for anything else. Transmutation, on the other hand, is metamorphosis in an ascending direction. Moving away from the rim of the ever turning wheel of transformation, moving instead towards the “non-spatial and timeless” Centre.