So I came across this story today about an Ancient Egyptian SunDial on Yahoo news.
I have contemplated the thought of making a sun dial for the yard and now well this just brought it back up to the front of my mind. I love to be creative and MAKE things. I reading love old texts/codices, or I should say reproductions and translations of things written long ago.
For instance, The Emerald Tablet of Hermes http://www.sacred-texts.com/alc/emerald.htm
Translation of Issac Newton c. 1680.
1) Tis true without lying, certain & most true.
2) That wch is below is like that wch is above & that wch is above is like yt wch is below to do ye miracles of one only thing.
3) And as all things have been & arose from one by ye mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
4) The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
5) the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nourse.
6) The father of all perfection in ye whole world is here.
7) Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
7a) Seperate thou ye earth from ye fire, ye subtile from the gross sweetly wth great indoustry.
8) It ascends from ye earth to ye heaven & again it desends to ye earth and receives ye force of things superior & inferior.
9) By this means you shall have ye glory of ye whole world & thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
10) Its force is above all force. ffor it vanquishes every subtile thing & penetrates every solid thing.
11a) So was ye world created.
12) From this are & do come admirable adaptaions whereof ye means (Or process) is here in this.
13) Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of ye philosophy of ye whole world.
14) That wch I have said of ye operation of ye Sun is accomplished & ended.
[Dobbs 1988: 183-4.]
And the Songs of Solomon
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.”
Another favorite that I have read is: The Gospel of Mary. According to information found on the internet and in my local library:
The gospel of Mary was discovered in the Akhmim Codex in Cairo, Egypt, in 1896. It was not made public until 1955, when it was published due to the popularity of theNag Hammadilibrary. Written in Greek and Coptic, the gospel of Mary codex is dated to the 3rd (Greek) and 5th (Coptic) centuries A.D. The gospel of Mary is mentioned in the writings of some of the early church fathers as early as the 3rd century A.D. In the only known copy of the text, ten entire pages are missing, including the first six pages. As a result, it is difficult to arrive at a coherent and consistent overall message.
I read a lot..always have. Remember this is the girl who grew up reading books like Milton’s Paradise Lost and Shakespeare as well as Catholic Missals as a child and an adult. I have a VORACIOUS appetite for books and knowledge of all kinds. I am re-reading a book called the Celestine Prophecy which was written in 1993.
This modern fable is written in the enthralling tradition of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Road Less Traveled. The discovery of an ancient manuscript in a Peruvian rainforest makes a powerful prediction about the fate of humankind, as the world moves into a new era of increased awareness and spirituality.
Well, just thought I’d share…back to the books.