Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Iluma, The Canaanite Pantheon

Canaanite God in Smiting Pose.The word Iluma, or ʻilūma, comes from the Canaanite language of Ugaritic and means "gods" and refers to the Canaanite pantheon. Sometimes the word is lengthened to ʻilahūma, and it is from this variation that one of the Hebrew names for "god" comes from: Elohīm. The iluma, or puḫru ilīma (Assembly of Gods) meets atop the legemdary Mount Lalu, sometimes called Lel. Mount Tzapunu (Ṣapunu), Ba'lu Haddi's holy mountain, known as Mount Casius or Jebel al-Aqra'a in Lebanon is as important to the Canaanites in the city of Ugarit as Mount Olympus is to the Greeks. In no particular order below are the Iluma, the Canaanite gods and goddesses: this is by no means an exhaustive list--I just cover the more well-known deities here.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Canaanite Source Texts for Religious Studies

Ugaritic abecedary, circa 1200 BCE 
I am often asked, or even told point-blank that there isn’t enough information on which to understand or revivify Canaanite religion. This is exceedingly erroneous. While Canaanite religion doesn’t have the same vast quantities of resources as do the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, it has considerably more than the Celts, and even the Norse.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Animal Symbolism in Natib Qadish

These are animals present in the Canaanite world, and these are their associations according to Canaanite, Near Eastern, and Jewish folklore. A few of the animals' names are given in Ugaritic, a Canaanite language from the city-state of Ugarit, roughly 3200 years ago.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cover Art for *The Horned Altar*

13 [Gapnu] (month), Shanatu 84 (year)

Feast your eyes on this lovely:

Book Cover Art for *The Horned Altar*
by Tess Dawson, 2013, Llewellyn Worldwide

This is the official "sneak peak" at the cover art for my new book: The Horned Altar: Rediscovering and Rekindling Canaanite Magic, published through Llewellyn Worldwide and scheduled for release in April 2013.

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Photo credits: Cover art photo used with permission from Llewellyn, Worldwide. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Why I Hate Using the Word “Energy”, from Dadaism to South Park

12 [Gapnu] (month), Shanatu 84 (year)

Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel, 1951.
Is it the "positive space" of the bicycle wheel and the stool
that constitutes art, or is it the "negative space"
of the openness of the items or the shadows they create?
I have a personal vendetta against using the word “energy.” It has become meaningless for its hair-pulling ambiguity and over-use.

I’ve seen people use the word “energy” to describe any and all of these topics, in no particular order:

Potential energy, kinetic energy, electricity, vitality, appetite, soul, sexuality, strength, health, ambiance of a location whether good or bad, place memory, object memory, spirits of the dead and ghosts, leadership, divine aid, deities themselves, physical states, mental states, negative energy...