The Sphinx  

Posted by Stella Clark

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The Sphinx is closely related to the Greek legend of OEdipus. To each who passed her lair the Sphinx addressed the question, "What animal is it that in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two feet, and in the evening on three feet?" Those who failed to answer her riddle she destroyed. OEdipus declared the answer to be man himself, who in childhood crawled upon his hands and knees, in manhood stood erect, and in old age shuffled along supporting himself by a staff. There is still another answer to the riddle of the sphinx, an answer best revealed by a consideration of the Pythagorean values of numbers. The 4, the 2, and the 3 produce the sum of 9, which is the natural number of man and also of the lower worlds. The 4 represents the ignorant man, the 2 the intellectual man, and the 3 the spiritual man. Infant humanity walks on four legs, evolving humanity on two legs, and to the power of his own mind the redeemed and illumined magus adds the staff of wisdom. The sphinx is therefore the mystery of Nature, the embodiment of the secret doctrine, and all who cannot solve her riddle perish. To pass the sphinx is to attain personal immortality.

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Goddess Renenet Done  

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"RENENET" ("SHE WHO GIVES REN") IS AN EGYPTIAN GODDESS OF GREAT POWER WHO, IN ANCIENT TIMES, GAVE NEWBORN BABIES THE GIFT OF THEIR TRUE NAMES ("REN"). THE NAME SHE BESTOWED WAS AN ASPECT OF THE ETERNAL SOUL, AND NOT ONLY DOES "RENENET " FEED THE NEWBORN INFANT AND NAME THE CHILD, BUT SHE WILL ALSO ATTEND TO THEM AFTER DEATH AND PROTECT THE SECRET NAME TO ENABLE ETERNAL SURVIVAL OF THE SOUL.

SHE WAS BOTH A GODDESS ASSOCIATED WITH MOTHERHOOD AND THE TUTELARY DEITY OF THE" PHARAOH". SHE WAS ALSO CONSIDERED THE SOURCE OF NOURISHMENT, THUS A GODDESS OF THE HARVEST. SHE WAS DEPICTED AS A GODDESS OF RICHES AND GOOD FORTUNE, AND OFFERINGS WERE MADE TO HER DURING HARVEST TIME. HER GAZE WAS SAID TO HAVE THE POWER TO VANQUISH ALL ENEMIES AND ALSO TO ENSURE THE FERTILITY OF THE CROPS AND THE BOUNTY OF THE HARVEST.

"RENENET" IS SOMETIMES DEPICTED IN THE FORM OF A SNAKE- HEADED WOMAN SUCKLING A CHILD, THE TWO PLUMES ON HER HEAD INDICATE THAT SHE WAS RECOGNIZED BOTH IN UPPER AND LOWER EGYPT. IN THE "AFTERLIFE," SHE WAS SEEN AS A FIRE-BREATHING COBRA WHO WAS thE PROTECTOR OF THE CLOTHING WORN BY THE PHARAOH IN THE UNDERWORLD, AND THUS THOUGHT TO INSTILL FEAR IN HIS ENEMIES. SHE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MAGICAL PROPERTIES BELIEVED TO INHERE IN LINEN BANDAGES; HENCE, SHE WAS ALSO LINKED TO MUMMY BANDAGES, OFFERING THEM TO THE DEAD.

SHE HAD AN IMPORTANT CULT CENTER IN THE FERTILE "FAIYUM" REGION, WHERE SHE WAS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOCAL CROCODILE GOD SOBEK. IN THE GRECO-ROMAN PERIOD SHE WAS ALSO WORSHIPPED AS THE GODDESS, "HERMOUTHIS, "AND IT WAS IN THIS FORM SHE CAME TO BE COMBINED WITH "ISIS."

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Goddess Coventina  

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COVENTINA IS A CELTIC GODDESS OF HEALING, A RIVER DEITY, THE PERSONIFIED SPIRIT OF A SPRING THAT WELLED UP OUT OF THE GROUND. SHE IS CONNECTED TO HEALING AND PROPHECY AS WELL AS THE EBB AND FLOW OF TIME. ALTHOUGH LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT HER UNTIL THE PERIOD OF THE ROMAN OCCUPATION, WE DO KNOW THAT AT ONE TIME, COVENTINA WAS WORSHIPED AS THE QUEEN OF THE RIVER GODDESSES. IN FACT, SHE IS USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH ALL OF THE RUNNING WATERS,PARTICULARLY AREAS OF LAND WHERE THE WATER DRAINS OFF AND ENTERS INTO THE EARTH; THE CELTS BELIEVED THAT THE POWER OF THE RIVER DEITY COULD BE SEEN AND ITS ENERGY MORE KEENLY FELT.

HER FOLLOWERS TOSSED COINS AND OTHER SACRED OBJECTS--POTTERY, JEWELRY, BELLS--INTO THE WELL AS AN OFFERING FOR HER BLESSING. IN ONE WELL, A HUMAN SKULL WAS FOUND. DURING THE CRUSADES, MANY EUROPEAN WELLS WERE RE-DEDICATED TO SAINTS. IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT THE CELTIC AND ROMAN WELLS DEDICATED TO COVENTINA WERE CONVERTED INTO "WISHING WELLS", AND THE PREVIOUS ROMAN PRACTICE OF THROWING SACRIFICED ANIMALS INTO THE WELL TO WIN HER FAVOR WE REPLACED WITH THE TOSSING OF COINS AND FLOATING VOTIVE CANDLES TO ELICIT GOOD LUCK.

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