of earth: "We hope that by now it is becoming clear that all
places are imaginary, in the sense that they cannot exist for us beyond the image
we are capable of
forming of them in our minds." P. Shurmer-Smith and K. Hannam, Worlds
Realms of Power. London, 1994.
prehistoric caves: B. Johnson, Lady of the Beasts.
San Francisco. 1988.
land of the dead: J.D. Loftin, "Supplication and Participation:
Distance and Relation of the Sacred in Hopi Prayer Rites." Anthropos 81
and the Goddess: "This symbolism of the serpent of eternal life
appearing in the paleolithic period on the reverse of a plaque bearing on its
obverse the labyrinth of death; a fish in the same assemblage bearing the labyrinth
on its side; the birds, suggesting a flight of the soul in death, as in shamanistic
trance; the orientation to the rising sun; and the fetal posture of the little
skeleton--these, in a single grave in a site where twenty statuettes of the goddess
were discovered as well as a number of ceremonially buried beasts, speak for
the presence of a developed mythology in the late paleolithic, in which the goddess
of spiritual rebirth was already associated with the symbols of a very much later
neolithic cult of Ishtar-Aphrodite; the bird, the fish, the serpent, and the
labyrinth." J. Campbell, The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology. New
dream: "When the day was already beginning to decline,
he saw before him in the sky the sign of a cross of light. He said
it was about the sun, and it bore the
inscription 'Conquer with this.' The vision astounded him, as it astounded
the whole army which was with him on this expedition and which also beheld the
"He said that he became disturbed. What could the vision mean?
He continued to ponder and to give great thought to the question, and night came
on him suddenly. When he was asleep, the Christ of God appeared to him and brought
with him the sign which had appeared in the sky. He ordered Constantine to make
a replica of this sign which he had witnessed in the sky, and he was to use it
as a protection during his
encounters with the enemy.
"In the morning he told his friends of this extraordinary occurrence.
Then he summoned those who worked with gold or precious stones, and he sat among
them and described the appearance of the sign. He told them to represent it in
gold and precious
stones..." Eusebius. In, M. Grant, Constantine the Great. New York.
dance: J. Weishaus, "Earth Again."
toes: "Tension in the neck causes many headaches
and eye weaknesses. So after massaging the entire big toe, relax
this neck area by taking the big toe in the fingers and rotating
it in a circular motionCfirst to the left, then to the right, around
and around, until it feels loose." M. Carter, Helping Yourself
Foot Reflexology. West Nyack, NY., 1969.
doesn't change lines: On the
Jack Paar Show (NBC-TV), raconteur Alexander King told this story. King was vacationing
in a Alpine town, when he was told by a villager that there was a man living
in a mountain cabin who had invented a wondrous machine. Intrigued, King hiked
up to the cabin, where he found a huge contraption, that, when its proud inventor
hit a key threw a mechanical arm against a wall. King realized that this hermit
had (re)invented the typewriter.
peoples a space: Jorge Luis Borges.