We went to the rodeo again last night, in Gordonsville, a rural Virginia Town. We watched brave men enact ancient rites of facing powerful, awe inspiring, archetypal 2000 lb beasts that can pirouette 360° in the air in a second.
In the presence of a bull one immediately understands it's ancient association with the raw pulsing power of Life Force and of a certain aspect and component of masculinity.
Symbolism is not merely a vague psychological construct or reminder of some mundane aspect of reality. Our ancestors were not children, but men endowed with powers of observation and understanding that exceeds ours.
In a sacred universe created by and therefore imbued with Magical Force on every level, that which exists carries that Force.
Each thing or act depicts and contains frequencies or character of the modifications of that Force which created it and bears the signature in shape, color, texture etc. One may experience and cultivate that Force by proximity and ritual interaction.
It also describes lesser known levels of reality and its processes. For instance to wash before a ritual does not only have a psychological value of settling the mind because one Associates washing with cleanliness and renewal, but also water has particular effects on the shape and character of the field around one's body. An example that may broaden our view of symbolism is the fact that over a period of time the planet Venus draws a geometrical shape with its movement. Geometry then as symbolism again is not merely an abstract but exists. The last example which will bring us back to our subject is the Ankh. The ankh is said to symbolize eternal life. Its shape is derived from a part of the thoracic spine of the bull. In the ancient Egyptian language the word Ka means both bull and life force. This portion of the spine was considered a concentrated source of the marrow which was further refined by the bull into semen. Zoroastrian literature is the compliment to the Vedic, and provides a key to the understanding of the Indo-European revelation, and thereby bull cultures in general and their psychosomatic technologies. In this literature there is a myth about a bull who wa