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Among the many significant discoveries excavated from Assyrian king Ashurbanipal's royal library in Nineveh were tablets documenting the development of Mesopotamian astrology, now recognized as the earliest astrological science. Drawing upon translations of the Nineveh library tablets as well as many other ancient sources, Michael Baigent reveals the roots of modern astrology in the Babylonian science of omens. He explains how astrology in the Babylonian and Assyrian empires was concerned not with individuals but with the king and the state. He shows that by the first dynasty of Babylon, around 1900 to 1600 BC, astrology had become a systematic discipline, the preserve of highly trained specialists intent upon interpreting omens from the movements of planets and stars. He explores Mesopotamian mythology as it relates to the planets and to astrology as well as to Mesopotamian religion, magic, and politics--for the mythology of Babylon and Assyria served the state and thus changed as the state changed. He shows how this ancient form of astrology uniquely represents both Sun and Moon as masculine entities and Saturn (Ninurta) as the principle of order imposed on chaos. He examines the connections between ancient astrology and the symbolism of Western religions, such as how the "Greek" or "Templar" cross may symbolize the Babylonian god Nabu, now known as Mercury. Baigent reveals how the religious and magical aspects of early Babylonian cosmological speculation played a significant role in the Renaissance, influencing prominent figures such as Cosimo de Medici, Marsilio Ficino, and Botticelli.
Eurythmy is an art form that makes sounds visible. By incorporating zodiac gestures into their art, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner, eurythmists can draw on a deep connection between the earth and the cosmos. The zodiac, as representative of the whole cosmos, is a vital part of human spirituality, acting as the backdrop to human life. But it can be hard to fathom the zodiac's secrets, even through meditation. Barfod draws a parallel between meditative exercises and eurythmy practice, and shows how zodiac gestures in eurythmy can reveal cosmic insights. This is a book for eurythmy teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their art and spiritual work.
In-depth meanings of the zodiac symbols are revealed, making for a richer understanding of human nature
Examining the degrees of the zodiac signs and planets has traditionally involved a dry, technical approach to astrological soul-searching. In this unique book, Ellias Lonsdale encourages personal growth by illuminating the meanings of the signs' degrees. Working in a tradition begun by Marc Edmund Jones's Sabian Symbols and Dane Rudhyar's An Astrological Mandala, Lonsdale fleshes out the symbols and imagery of the degrees with his introduction of the Chandra symbols. These vividly suggestive images, described by shamanic language, raise the level of analysis possible with degrees to a rich, metaphorical tapestry.
Inside Degrees reinvigorates the zodiac with emotional intensity and primal understanding. Because each degree is one-thirtieth a sign -- one episode of an epic tale -- the depth and detail of charting one's character grows tremendously. Lonsdale's book is far more that typical astrology; it is "inner" astrology. Applied with the techniques detailed in Lonsdale's earlier book, Inside Planets, this new work will increase comprehension of one's personal nature.
Hoping to woo a fickle Gemini or a larger-than-life Leo? "The Astrology Cookbook" offers tempting menus geared to the tastes of each sign, with clear, easy-to-follow recipes. Charmingly written astrology insights accompany lighthearted and delicious recipe ideas.
Bleeding Heart Cake
This is the happy ending for dark-and-dirty Scorpios--a deep, rich dessert with a gushy center of hot raspberries and molten dark chocolate. Serve it warm with extra crushed raspberries. Use your favorite bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for the cake--the darker, the better.
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
Toss raspberries with 1 tablespoon sugar and liqueur, if using. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter two ramekins, Pyrex dishes, or custard cups. In a small bowl, stir together cocoa and 1/4 cup sugar. In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter together, stirring frequently until both are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa mixture. Whisk in egg yolks, then whole egg. Sprinkle in flour and stir gently to blend. Half fill ramekins with batter. Drop a spoonful of berries into the center of each ramekin, then cover with remaining batter. Bake cakes uncovered until edges are set but center is still shiny. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out still gooey, about 20-22 minutes. Run a butter knife around edges of each cake to loosen; unmold onto plates. Sift a little powdered sugar over each cake and surround with remaining raspberries.
An award-winning baker, Stephanie Rosenbaum is the author of "Honey: from Flower to Table" and "Williams-Sonoma Kids in the Kitchen: Fun Food." A James Beard Foundation Journalism Award finalist, her writing has appeared in "The San Francisco Bay Guardian" and "San Francisco" magazine.
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