This weblog is dedicated to the Goddess and to saving the planet -- by gently replacing God the Father with God the Mother by the year 2035. Too simplistic? Nope, I don't think so. Female deities are role models for unconditional love. Violent sky/war gods are dangerous, to men as well as women. People are biologically programmed to need religion of one kind or another. (BTW, "thea"=Goddess, "theo"=god)
Sunday, July 13, 2014
MYSTERIOUS word MAGIC
Ah, the mysterious mysteries of word magic!
In Ariadne’s Thread* Laura Perry labels the following jaw-dropping ancient Roman
word-square a “letter labyrinth:
See how all five words pop out at you four times each – once
forward, once backward, once heading down and once heading up? Utter wizardry!
According to Perry, letter labyrinths descended from the labyrinth
of Theseus-and-the Minotaur fame. Medieval
European Pagans used them as magic devices – and Perry thinks modern Pagans can
So what exactly does “Sator arepo tenet opera rotas”
Although I have an idea what “Sator arepo tenet opera rotas”
means, I’m not going to spoil your fun by telling you right away. Meditate
on the square for a while. What
magic meaning can you pound out of it?
Wikipedia’s suggested meaning is stunningly devoid of anything
remotely aromatic of magic: “The
farmer Arepo has [as] works wheels [a plough]”, or, “The farmer uses his plough as his form of
On the other hand, Laura Perry‘s
translation definitely smacks of magic: “The sower Sator holds the wheels as
his work” (Perry says “The name Sator is possibly that of a regional grain god
or demigod”)(p. 49).