Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of
compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
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 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?
The name Eve, in Hebrew means “life.” There is a tree in the Garden of Eden also named “life.” In fact, its name is the “Tree of Life.” Rather than forbidden fruit, this tree is the Tree of Eve. It was only later in translation that humankind in general and Eve specifically was forbidden access to Her Tree. (Discussed in When Eve Was a Goddess chapter 14, and in more depth in ONE GODS, chapters 10 and 11).