rose is the flower of the goddess Venus but also the blood of Adonis
and of Christ. It is a symbol of transmutation - that of taking food
from the earth and transmuting it into the beautiful fragrant rose.
The rose garden is a symbol of Paradise. It is the place of the mystic
marriage. In ancient Rome, roses were grown in the funerary gardens
to symbolize resurrection. The thorns have represented suffering
and sacrifice as well as the sins of the Fall from Paradise The rose
has also been used as a sign of silence and secrecy. The word sub
rosa "under the rose" referring to the demand for
discretion whenever a rose was hung from the ceiling at a meeting.
Mysteries roses were sacred to Isis. It is also the flower
of her son Harpocrates
or younger Horus, the god of silence....The number five being
associated with the rose (as they have five petals) has linked
them with the
5 senses. In an absolute sense the rose has represented the
expanding awareness of being through the development of the
I asked him: J.
Horgan, Rational Mysticism. Boston, MA., 2003. p.169. "One
of the most important achievements of Western philosophy of science
is the recognition that scientific theories are but conceptual models
organizing the data about reality available at the time. As useful
approximations to reality, they should not be mistaken for correct
descriptions of reality itself. The relationship between theory and
reality which it describes is like that between a map and territory
in Korzybski's sense; to confuse the two represents a violation of
scientific thinking—a serious error in what is called logical
typing." " S. Grof, "East and West: Ancient
Wisdom and Modern Science." In, S. Grof, Editor, Ancient Wisdom
and Modern Science. Albany, NY., 1984. p.5; A. Korzybski, Science
and Sanity. Lakeville, CT., 1933.
Corkscrew Hazel: “This
unusual European hazelnut was found around 1850 growing in a hedgerow
in England. It has been propagated by cuttings and grafting ever
since. The plant has become commonly known as 'Harry Lauder's Walking
Stick.' Harry Lauder [1870-1936] was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He wrote such songs as 'Roamin in the Gloamin,' and became a
beloved performer) or 'Contorted Hazelnut.' The stems and leaves
naturally twist and turn as they grow. The plant would normally grow
as a sprawling bush, but if it is grafted onto a 4 ft. tall upright
stock (Corylus colurna L. is a good non-suckering rootstock) it forms
a very ornamental specimen tree.” http://www.ars-grin.gov/ars/PacWest/Corvallis/ncgr/cool/contorta.html. Hazel
is symbolic of female wisdom and is sacred the witches. Thus, "witch
hazel." Celtic bards claimed their creativity came from "sacred
hazelnuts" that drop from the Tree of Wisdom. Hazel is also
used for dowsing, water being the female principle.
pisifera: Sawara Falsecypress, Sawara False Cypress, or
rune: "Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used
for writing, divination and magick. They were used throughout northern
Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about
100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E....Since ancient times, runes have been
used for divination and magic, in addition to writing. The word "rune" actually
means mystery, secret or whisper. Each rune has esoteric meanings
and properties associated with it, beyond its mundane meaning and
phonetic value. Each translates into a word or a phrase signifying
concepts important to the early peoples who used them, representing
the forces of nature and mind. Each rune has a story attached to
it, a relationship to a Norse God.
"Odin, the Norse High God of the Aesir, hung from the world tree, Yggdrasil,
impaled on his own spear, for nine days and nights in order to gain the knowledge
of runes. When the runes appeared below him, he reached down and took them up..." http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/intro.html
Wounded I hung
on a wind-swept gallows
For nine long nights,
Pierced by a spear, pledged to Odin,
Offered, myself to myself
The wisest know not from whence spring
The roots of that ancient rood.
They gave me no
They gave me no mead,
I looked down;
With a loud cry
I took up runes;
From that tree I fell.
From, "The Hàvamàl" The
Elder Edda. W. H. Auden and P. B. Taylor, Translators.
said: W.C. Williams, Kora in Hell. San
Francisco, CA., 1974.