“We have to look at the structures of male dominance and the exploitation of women worldwide. The structures of patriarchal greed, hatred, and delusion are interrelated with the violence in the world. Modern militarism is also closely associated with patriarchy. Buddhist practice points toward the development of full and balanced human beings, free from the socially-learned “masculine” and “feminine” patterns of thought, speech, and behavior, in touch with both aspects of themselves.”—Sulak Sivaraksa (via zerohale)
“For alchemists and Aristotle matter was not something that you could see or touch. The world, the material world, consisted of five basic elements? Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. This last element was the prima materia, the element that made up all things in this world. It was the key to finding the Philosophers Stone (Lapis Philosophorum). This prima materia had an enormous potency, a small quantity of which would “transform a very much larger quantity of base metals into silver or gold, and which had unexampled powers of healing the human body and indeed of perfecting all things in their kind”.15”—
“Early Egyptian alchemists had certain theories about the nature of matter. The most crucial was its “essential unity”. It was this unity that made it possible to convert one form of matter into another. With this unity there was a progressive scale in nature, from the corrupt, bases metals (lead), to the pure indestructible ones (gold). Nature always intends and strives to the perfection of gold. This philosophy of the “essential unity of matter” and its movement towards perfection is said to derive from Aristotle. Early Alchemists are said to have taken Aristotle’s theories about matter and change and incorporated them into their science.”—http://www.beezone.com/edwardo/Alchemy/alchemy.htm
“Every evening the young Fisherman went out upon the sea, and called to the Mermaid, and she rose out of the water and sang to him. Round and round her swam the dolphins, and the wild gulls wheeled above her head. And she sang a marvellous song. For she sang of the Sea-folk who drive their flocks from cave to cave, and carry the little calves on their shoulders; of the Tritons who have long green beards, and hairy breasts, and blow through twisted conchs when the King passes by; of the palace of the King which is all of amber, with a roof of clear emerald, and a pavement of bright pearl; and of the gardens of the sea where the great filigrane fans of coral wave all day long, and the fish dart about like silver birds, and the anemones cling to the rocks, and the pinks bourgeon in the ribbed yellow sand. She sang of the big whales that come down from the north seas and have sharp icicles hanging to their fins; of the Sirens who tell of such wonderful things that the merchants have to stop their ears with wax lest they should hear them, and leap into the water and be drowned; of the sunken galleys with their tall masts, and the frozen sailors clinging to the rigging, and the mackerel swimming in and out of the open portholes; of the little barnacles who are great travellers, and cling to the keels of the ships and go round and round the world; and of the cuttlefish who live in the sides of the cliffs and stretch out their long black arms, and can make night come when they will it. She sang of the nautilus who has a boat of her own that is carved out of an opal and steered with a silken sail; of the happy Mermen who play upon harps and can charm the great Kraken to sleep; of the little children who catch hold of the slippery porpoises and ride laughing upon their backs; of the Mermaids who lie in the white foam and hold out their arms to the mariners; and of the sea-lions with their curved tusks, and the sea-horses with their floating manes.”—The Fisherman and his Soul by Oscar Wilde @ Classic Reader
“Goddess Jurate and fisherman Kastytis Sculpture by Nijole Gaigalaite, 1961. Palanga, Lithuania Jurate and Kastytis is one of the most famous and popular Lithuanian legends and tales. Goddess (sometimes described as a mermaid) Jūratė (from the noun jūra meaning the sea) lived under the Baltic Sea in a beautiful amber castle. She ruled the sea and all of the sea-life. A young fisherman named Kastytis was disturbing the peace as he was catching a lot of fish. Jūratė decided to punish him and restore the peace, but she fell in love with the handsome young fisherman. They spent some happy time in the castle, but Perkunas, the thunder-god, found out that the immortal goddess had fallen in love with a mortal man. He became furious and struck the amber castle. It exploded into millions of pieces. Then Jūratė was chained to either the ruins or a rock on the seafloor by Perkūnas. According to legend, that is why pieces of amber come ashore after a storm on the Baltic Sea.
According to other variations, Jūratė rescued Kastytis from drowning in a storm. Kastytis was killed by Perkūnas and Jūratė mourns him to this day. Her tear drops are amber pieces washed ashore and one could hear her sad voice in a stormy sea.”—Goddess Jurate and fisherman Kastytis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!