Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day!

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint valentine is celebrated on February 14th. What most people don't know is that Valentine's day is celebrated in many countries.
St. valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration for one or more early christian saints named Valentinus. It is said that Valentinus was imprisoned for preforming wedding for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. As the legend goes, before his execution he wrote "from your valentine" as a farewell to her.
Saint Valentine's Day is offical feast day in the Anglican communion as well as in the Lutheran Church. Valentine's Day is also celebrated by the Eastern Orthadox church but it is celebrated on July 6th for the Roman Saint Valentine and then on July 30th for the honor of hieromartyr Valentine, the bishop of Interamna.
The day is mostly associated with love and became popular in the High Middle Ages when courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other with offerings. With the dawn of the 19th century hand written Valentines were made which gave way for mass-produced greeting cards.
There is no evidence of any link between Saint Valentine's Day and the rites of the ancient Roman festival, Despite many claims by authors. The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer's poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century. There are modern sources that claim links to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St. valentine's Day. Before Chaucer in the 14th century, there were no links between the Saints named Valentinus and romantic love.

THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT VALENTINE'S DAY!

1. Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.
2. In the ancient Athenian calendar the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera.
3.In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13-15, was an archaid rite connected to fertility.
4.The festival of Juno Februa, meaning "Juno the purifier: or "the chaste Juno", was celebrated on February 13-14.
5. The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement  of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Chaucer wrote:
         For this was seynt Volantynys day
         Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.



 History Channels Valentine's Day history

 


PS: searching for important links for you guys I came across a video made by a guy that claimed that Valentine's day was a Satanic holiday.....it just stuns me at how people so closed minded can walk on the Earth these days when there are so many ways to do research. Instead they say things they don't understand are sins.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho BOOK REVIEW!




Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Published: HarperCollins



I was on Amazon one day just looking at the book recommendations for me and I notice that it keep telling me to read The Alchemist. So I looked into the reviews for the book on Amazon and I noticed that it got quite a negative review from most women. Most women that read the book said it was and I quote "sexist fiddle-fabble" and "new age blather" there was also one that called the book a " childish fable." I fully expected not to like this book but I tried it anyways.

The book starts off with you following a shepherd and his sheep as he is trudging along across the Andalusian country side. The first few pages you learn a bit about the "boy" as he is called through out the book and how he can't wait to get to his next town to sale wool because there is a pretty shop keepers daughter there waiting for him. That night when the boy has his last rest before coming upon the town he has the same dream he has been having for days about finding treasure at the bottom of the pyramids of Egypt. The boy can't figure out why he keeps having this dream so the next day when he gets to the town he first goes to see a gypsy that is said to read dreams. The gypsy tells him after looking at his palms that his dreams are repeating for a reason and that he must go to Egypt and when he finds his treasure which she was sure he would he must give her a small portion of it.
The boy takes what the woman says as a bunch of crap and carries on with his normal duties. After the boy puts his sheep in a stable for a rest the boy goes to sit on a bench in the middle of town and read his brand new book that he traded to get. As he is sitting there a man dressed in white sits down next to him and begins to tell him about personal legends and omens. The boy getting annoyed was going to tell the man to get lost when all of a sudden the man dressed in white tells him about his dream that he keeps having and that finding that treasure is his personal legend and he should go get it.
The boy never told the man about his dream so how did he know this? After talking with the man in white the boy sales all his sheep and uses the money to start his journey to find his treasure. The boy comes across many people during his travels and learns many MANY things. The boy also meets the most beautiful woman he has every met and falls in love!



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Thoughts: As far as all the sexist bull that people were complaining about this was back in the old days and it takes place in the Middle East where women are very secretive and mysterious. Also the women of that time period and location had different values in the sense that they wanted to get married and have a family and if their husband left for war or work they would watch the deserts for their return.
What people have to remember is that times were different then and to just read the book and take in the message it gives you which is FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!


Quotes:

" It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary."

"Each day, in itself,brings with it an eternity."

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Boy Who Lived Between Universes

I was reading a book today and I came across a story that made me think and I thought I would share it with you today.

Markandeya was not born in our world. He was actually born in a previous world cycle, the last incarnation of our planet.
One day Markandeya noticed his parents were extremely upset. When he asked what was wrong, his father tearfully admitted that when Markandeya was born, the village astrologer predicted the boy would die on his sixteenth birthday.
Well, that very day was his sixteenth birthday. So now it was Markandeya who was upset! He ran to the nearby temple and threw up his arms around the image of the god Shiva.
At that very moment the god of death entered the temple, ready to slip his noose around Markandeya's neck and drag him out of his body. But just as Death reached for the young boy, Shiva materialized in front of them both, and he didn't look happy. In fact, Shiva was furious that Death would disturb a devotee who was worshiping him. Death was so terrified at Shiva's angry gaze that he ran away and never dared approach Markandeya again.
That was fine for the time being, but after a few billion years, a problem developed. the Sun eventually flickered out of existence; the Earth passed away; and Markandeya floated around in empty space for eons. Finally the Earth reshaped itself back into existence, and Markandeya was able to walk on terra firma once more. He reported what he'd experienced between worlds to anyone who asked.
What happens when the solar system dies, he explained, is that the Sun slowly turns red and expands to many times it present size. The surface of the Earth eventually becomes so hot no living thing can survive, and the planet becomes as bare as a turtle's back. Then the Sun explodes, emitting a burning wind that blasts the planet to ashes.



The strange thing about this Hindu story is that it describes the end of the world the way astrophysicists do but this story is older. Coincidence?

For more stories like this one read this book!