Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dream of Babylonian Moon God during Eclipse and New Moon

2 [Gapnu] (month); Shanatu 84 (year)

My photograph of the Super Moon 2012, with filters.
This morning I dreamed of three dark moons, a cuneiform stele, and the face of Sin reflected in the moon’s shadows. I debated on releasing this dream for public perusal, but upon realizing that I had the dream on a new moon and a solar eclipse, I decided others should have the opportunity to read about it. I am a devotee of the Canaanite pantheon, and I find it odd that I should receive communication from the Babylonian moon god Sin, and the very dream itself was unusual.

I dreamed I was in a small city near the city center or a park. The entire dreamscape swept before me in subdued colors, as if a grey filter had been put over the image, when I usually dream in vivid color. It looked like a stylized modern film noir.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Palm of the Phoenix: The Kappu Symbol in Natib Qadish

24 [Ugaru] (month); Shanatu 84 (year)

Unknown photographer,
unknown copyright.
Ancient Canaanite texts and material culture contain many meaningful symbols for Canaanite polytheists: Baʻal Haddi’s war-clubs, young hero Aqhat’s bow, a cup of blessing, an eight-pointed star, a four-rayed solar disk,  and more. I like the palm, both the tree and the palm of the hand, and their layers of symbolism.

The first time we see the symbol of the palm-of-hand alone inscribed is on a stele from a Canaanite stele from Bronze Age Hazor: two hands reach toward a crescent moon. This stele comes from 13th century BCE Hazor.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Twilight Shades: Hauntings from a Modern Canaanite Perspective

18 [Ugaru] (month), Shanatu (year) 84
I avoid smacking poltergeists with a flaking, aged copy of Gideon’s Bible; I shall not flash tarot cards or fumigate with sage. I won’t show up in black robes with cross or pentacle. There’s slim chance that I will ever say you’re plagued with demons or make ambiguous comments about “energy.” While many people rely on crucifixes or crystals, some situations defy understanding from within Christian, Western culture, or New Age perspectives. Knowing different spiritual models increases understanding, efficacy, and protection when confronted with the mysterious unseen world. My perspective and my tools are in keeping with a different religion.
                I practice a religion called Natib Qadish, which means “sacred path” in Ugaritic, a Canaanite language. As a polytheistic religion, Natib Qadish honors the many individual deities of Canaan. In over thirteen years’ research and experience in this religion, I have become a kahinatu and I’ve received initiation into a Lebanese prayer tradition for clearing the Evil Eye. I am a leader in the emerging Near Eastern and Middle Eastern polytheist religious movements