leviathan |ləˈvīəθən|noun(in biblical use) a sea monster, identified in different passages with the whale and the crocodile (e.g., Job 41, Ps. 74:14), and with the Devil (after Isa. 27:1).• a very large aquatic creature, esp. a whale : the great leviathans of the deep.• a thing that is very large or powerful, esp. a ship.• an autocratic monarch or state. [ORIGIN: with allusion to Hobbes' Leviathan (1651).]ORIGIN via late Latin from Hebrew liwyā t ān.
Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil — commonly referred to as Leviathan — is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651. Its name derives from the biblicalLeviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli's The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642–1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") could only be averted by strong central government.
An Image I find very helpful is to liken the ego to a fishing boat. Such a boat can take on only a certain amount of fish, no more than it can hold. The load must be commensurate with its size. What if you're fishing in a small row boat and catch a whale? If you pull it in, you'll go under. This is an apt image because the problem of the opposites is indeed a whale: grapping with the opposites leads directly to an encounter with the Self.There's a beautiful account of this image in Melville's Moby Dick. The whole book is an expression of it, but at one point in the book Melville discusses the fact that the whale has eyes on opposite sides of its head and thus get two completely different images of the nature of reality simultaneously, two opposite images. Melville comments on what a grand mysterious entity it must be that is able to unite the opposites, illustrating specifically how the whale, Moby Dick, is indeed a symbol of Self.Now I grant you, only a few people are meant to go whale hunting. But, if you are one of those so destined, it is more dangerous to evade your task than it is to face it--because the whale will get you from behind.
All right, how does one go about whale hunting? Where are the opposites to be found?~The Mystery of The Coniunctio E. Edinger
2012 – Year of the Yang Water Dragon
What kind of year will 2012 be? Many expect 2012 to bring about the end of the world, perhaps because they mistakenly think of Mayan or Hindu cosmologies as linear rather than cyclical. From a Feng Shui standpoint 2012, the year of the Yang Water Dragon, brings many possibilities for good fortune.
Most people know that water covers 2/3 of our planet & comprises 95% of our bodies; we simply cannot live without it. In Chinese element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the dragon. The dragon governs east/southeast, wealth accumulation & the hours of 7 a.m. -
9 a.m. Associated with thunder, lightning and arousal, the Water Dragon personifies creativity at its best.
Water Dragons occur every 60 years, so we have had Yang Water Dragons in 1952, 1892, 1832, 1772, 1712, 1652, 1592, etc. Too, the future holds more Water Dragons in the years beyond 2012, in 2072, 2132, 2192, 2252, etc.
In 2012 the Yang Water Dragon Year starts January 23, 2012 and ends February 9, 2013. The energetic high point of the year is the dragon moon, which is from May 20 to June 18 (new moon is May 20, full moon is June 4 and dragon moon is over June 18. June 19 begins the snake moon, which will set up the energy for the following year, 2013, year of the yin water snake.)
Embrace the upcoming 2012 Year of the Water Dragon! Also makes great gifts for people who are Water Dragons (born either between 1/27/1952 – 2/23/1953 OR between 1/23/2012 – 2/9/2013.) There’s even something for the Water Dragon babies of 2012/2013.
So the Dragon has left us! (And she was a doozy!) It has been quite a year. So much in a tiny little space to be thankful for . . .
"Naturally the Serpent challenged them . . . "
Happy New Year!!!