It is amazing and inspiring to see and experience the varieties of life. The collage above shows a few of the birds that I saw and photographed in Africa. This is but a small percentage of the birds that exist in this region of the world. But even with this small sampling it is hard not to be in-awe of the magnificence of the Earth and the acts of creation that have made it all fit together. Being so inspired I have created a new translation of Psalm 104:24
Here is the traditional King James Version:
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all:
the earth is full of thy riches
Here is the Mystic Pagan Version:
Mother/Father Creator! Mysterious and abundant is your artistry:
in wisdom, wholeness and treasure, consecrated to Earth.
Here are the words which make this translation possible:
LORD is YHVH which is a combination of the supernal male (Y) and the supernal female (HVH or EVE). First word is “mah” (“how” in KJV) which also means the sea as a place of mystery, “rabbu,” manifold in the KJV also means abundant, the word for works can also mean artistry, the word “kullam” meaning “all” is a fascinating word which also refers to making something whole or full, and the word for “riches” also means the building of a nest to hold the seeds. Seeds are the primal treasure, which bring life to earth in both the physical and spiritual realms.
The Bible as we know it today is actually a mishmash of translations, from ancient Hebrew into Greek and Latin and, from there, into English and a host of other languages. What began as oral lore became written verse, which in turn became holy text.
Much has been lost over the course of these translations—sometimes unintentionally, sometimes deliberately by religious authorities pursuing their own agendas. The earliest earth-based spiritual teachings found in the Bible were actually driven underground, their messages hidden and virtually inaccessible.
In When Eve Was a Goddess, shamanic practitioner and author Janet Rudolph applies spiritual forensics to scripture and Hebrew hieroglyphics, working backward to their original intent. Join her on a quest to explore long-obscured wisdom and mysteries buried for millennia.
From the mystery that is the story of Adam and Eve, to the breathtaking journey that is Exodus, Rudolph reminds us of the Bible’s multi-layered nature, one that allows for a variety of interpretations —and offers a treasure map to passages between heaven and earth.
Spiritual seekers, shamanic journeyers, and those with an interest in cross-cultural mythology will find Rudolph’s work invaluable as readers look back in order to look forward.
Rachel Pollack wrote the following about ONE GODS
A fascinating book. Janet Rudolph has done some strong research, much deeper than the usual deconstruction of patriarchal myths and Bible passages. I really like the respect and awareness she brings to the Hebrew scriptures, along with a strong cross-cultural approach.
Rachel Pollock is a maven-extraordinaire of the Tarot, creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot and author of many books including The Child Eater and Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot.
Ancient Hebrew was written with pictographs much like (and sometimes the same as) Egyptian hieroglyphs. Hieroglyph literally means sacred script. Glyph means writing and hiero means sacred or holy. In this and my next few posts I am going to look at three letters which form a very important word in the Bible. It is a word we are all familiar with but in common translations appears very different than its pictographic meaning. I will reveal the word and its importance when all three letters have been presented.
Ancient letters put together form a rebus or a word puzzle which helps us to understand its original meaning. These meanings are frequently lost when the text is translated into English.
The pictograph of B is considered by many to be the inside layout of a tent from the time period. The entrance to the dwelling or home is in the upper left corner and there is a separation between the men’s and women’s sections (with the women’s section being the interior). There is, however, another meaning to this pictograph. It can be seen as the very center of a labyrinth. Labyrinths and spirals have long been considered to be the womb of the great mother goddess. What is born through such a pathway? Life here on earth. In fact throughout Neolithic Europe, figurines of goddesses can be found which have the symbol of the ancient B inscribed on Her belly, Her womb. (Note: I have several of these images in my book ONE GODS: The Mystic Pagan’s Guide to the Bible.)
So the letter B can mean all that is quintessentially Earth material. All that has been birthed from the Great Goddess. It represents our home here on the Earth which includes us in our mortal bodies.