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Emotional Vocabulary


“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.”
— Jack Gilbert


Words are powerful symbols and yet so inadequate. We all throw around words like love and faith and democracy yet we use very different definitions of the words. Yet the internet runs on misunderstandings that abound from people not agreeing on vocabulary. The average argument on FaceBook or any other social media more than adequately backs this up. Yet there are feelings that we have that if there was ever a word for it then it has been lost to antiquity. Words that describe and impart levels of emotional pain and joy that bliss and despair don’t begin to cover. Words that describe unrecoverable lost love and words that speak of what its like to mourn someone who hasn’t physically left but still has vanished forever.
If only we could find a vocabulary of the soul to express these concepts. Maybe at least, we could agree on their definitions.
Blessings, G


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ChoicesChoices by G A Rosenberg


Abstract RealmAbstract Realm by G A Rosenberg


Symbolic Reverie


“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions


The Moon edges towards full. Wind knocks everything askew. They represent my overpowering emotions and scattered thoughts. A cat gives birth to three kittens, one of them unfortunately still-born. Too bad some of my ideas never make it past the point of expression. I offer a white flower as the only thing that I could find as beautiful as her innocence. It starts to rain as the sky expresses the sadness I keep buried within. I see a star fall and I feel hope.
The sun rises and I know it will all be better.
Blessings, G


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ResolvingResolving by G A Rosenberg


Streaming Ideas In His WakeStreaming Ideas in His Wake by G A Rosenberg


Changing Symbols


The Magician will always be looking for opportunities to create his own magickal system of the world. He will always be looking for ideas and the simplest of elements, to be found anywhere, from which there will emerge a picture of reality, his reality. The creative energies of spider-magi, who are true practicioners of this art of this art of cosmic creation, are collected from here and there and fused together into a very wonderful picture of being. This is the basis of magick — your imagination is making the world to be as it is in itself.

– Michael Bertiaux, “Voudon Gnostic Workbook”


If we create our realities than what do we create them from? What are the symbols we use to represent the elements of which they are comprised? Do we choose them? Do they choose us or is it some combination plus hidden keys that are part of a deeper reality that we all share? By manipulating these symbols, weaving them into new patterns we can alter our lives. The most common symbols most of us use our words. Think how much our language affects our day to day lives. It can be overwhelming. Simple changes such as what we say and what we wear can make huge ripples in both how and what we perceive and how we are perceived by others. Changing our personal symbols such as the animals we relate to or the deities we pray to or invoke can cause even greater changes. The more we learn to manipulate our symbols, the greater control we have over our reality and the more we become conscious (rather than unconscious) magicians.
Blessings, G


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Spider ReachingSpider Reaching by G A Rosenberg


Teaching Fools to Fly (Zagan)Teaching Fools to Fly (Zagan) by G A Rosenberg

Symbolic Travels


“Symbols are to the mind what tools are to the hand–an extended application of its powers.”
–Dion Fortune


Speak to me in the language of dreams
Show me your internal language
where an orange means sunshine
a dark woman, death
and where fools and horses collide
Lend me a guide, a hermit or priest
perhaps a naked woman on lion’s back
to show me the way to where the god’s live.
Snakes and spiders and apple groves
sacred shrines where few are welcome
in each being I meet within you
I come to know you more
I’ll show you mine as well
skulls will dance for us
and we’ll climb rainbows
and I’ll show you worlds / not worlds and not-words
you’ll come to see and we’ll both know
and in the knowing we join
and understand the secret places
that lie between us
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Another Realm's MoonAnother Realm’s Moon by G A Rosenberg


Into the BlueInto the Blue by G A Rosenberg


Surrealistic Symbol Play

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador Dalí


I deal in symbols and meanings both my own and that of others. For symbols are the truest language from which all others derive. We look at the world and filter what we see through symbols both universal and uniquely our own. When we play with symbols, mixing and matching them, we create waking dreams in which we can gain new understanding and thus stretch our understanding of ourselves and the universe. We create possibilities and relationships that did not exist before, opening new pathways in our psyche.
Blessings, G


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Desert TripDesert Trip by G A Rosenberg


Questioning the Fish in the Golden CorridorQuestioning the Fish in the Golden Corridor by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – August 23 2012

“We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges.”
― Gene Wolfe

I awoke in a place filled with fire and smoke. It seemed that the smoke should make things look obscure but instead somehow they seemed brighter.

“What am I doing here? Where is here?”


“You don’t know where you are. Funny I thought you claimed you spent most of the time here inside your own head.” A deep honeyed voice answered with a laughter that was more kind than cruel.

“In my head?”

“Yes it felt like high time that you should meet us?”

“Us?” “Who are you?” Looking up I noticed where the voice was coming from. His eyes shone with love and pride. He radiated power and control and overall love. “Are you gods?”

“No….and Yes. We each symbolize many things for you. Everyone has thousands of symbols that represent their dreams their hopes and yes their deities. Each of us represent a complex of very powerful symbols for you. You have been working on yourself and your awareness quite a bit this past while and we thought we’d help you along. Each of us has something to tell you. Each of us will answer one question for you. I represent the idea of deity and paternal love and pride to you. What would you ask of me?

What questions would you ask?
Blessings, G

To be continued….

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In A Dream I Find My Symbolism by G A Rosenberg


Purple Sun Mandala by G A Rosenberg