Who is she who shines like the Morning Star
Beautiful as the moon,
Radiant as the sun,
Awe-inspiring as a cascade of starlight.
Song of Songs 6:10
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.
Beginning to unravel the mystery of the serpent in the Bible: It must be remembered that the serpent is responsible for Adam and Eve leaving the garden. According to the Bible it is the “fault” of the serpent that Adam and Eve ate the fruit which causes their expulsion. But think about this? The tree is Eve’s tree. The tree is named after her. It is the tree of life. The name Eve means life, making it in actuality the tree of Eve. She doesn’t need the permission of the serpent, a deity or anyone to eat from her own tree. It is her right. It is more than her right, it is an expression of her essence. In fact, if she doesn’t eat from the tree, she would never leave the garden of Eden bringing herself/ her life essence to fruition here on Earth. If it is the serpent who midwifed this process, then the serpent as well is responsible for bringing/birthing life here on Earth as we know it today. This is not a curse at all, but a precious blessing.
The way that the serpent is best known in the Bible is as the cunning traitor who convinces Eve to eat the “forbidden fruit.” But there are other representations that are less well known. There are serpent priests, a feathered serpent, a healing serpent and a wise serpent. (Chapter 13 in When Eve Was a Goddess). The serpent priests are the Levites, the feathered serpent is a seraph (Isaiah 30:6), the healing serpent is the fiery serpent that Moses carries on a pole (Numbers 21:8) and the wise serpent appears in Matthew 10:16 “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Why, then, is the serpent so reviled? Could the image of the serpent be a Biblical reversal of even more ancient teachings?