The Wandering Mind


Posted in Books and Book-Making,Dictionary,Etymology,Mormonism,Religious History by wandren on 3 October 2007

Current interpretations, dating to about 1200 – 1300 C.E., define worship as “the reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.” …But does the current attribution of meaning for the word worship jive with the meaning attributed to the word in its ancient form?

The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word Worship comes from the Anglo/Saxon wurð/weorð, meaning ‘worth,’ and scip/scipe, meaning ‘ship.’

Worth, also according to the OED, means “equal in value to,” “to come to be,” or “to become, be, to befall.”

My 1975 Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary indicates that the word Worship derives from the Middle English worschip (also spelled weor), which may be related to weorc, the Old English word for Work.

Interestingly, the OED states that as a suffix, -ship/-scip means a state, or “condition of being,” or “to create, ordain, appoint,” further referring to shape (verb), meaning “to create, form, destine.”

According to the Free Dictionary, the word Ship, as a noun, describes, a sailing vessel, aircraft or spacecraft.


Bejewelled Bookmarks

Posted in Beading,Books and Book-Making by wandren on 27 September 2007
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Finally loaded some of my bookmarks into my Etsy Store… Very excited!!

Beaded Abalone Bookmark - Book Jewels - Book Thong
Beaded Bookmark - Book Jewels - Book Thong

Book Preservation and Restoration

Posted in Books and Book-Making,Paper Crafts by wandren on 17 September 2007

IOBA, the Independent Online Booksellers Association, has a Step-by-Step Book Repair guide, and a Book Care Brochure.

Dartmouth College has an online Book Repair Manual.

How to Take a Wheat Grass Implant

Posted in Books and Book-Making,Cleansing by wandren on 15 September 2007

Found a book from 1983 called the Hippocrates Diet and Health Program, which describes what a Wheatgrass implant is and how to do it. Summarized below:

Wheatgrass juice “is effective as either an immediate purge or as a retention enema.” The hemorrhoidal vein, which lies just inside the rectum, receive liquids, minerals and toxins from the colon, transporting them directly to the liver for processing. Since the wheatgrass juice implant sits in the lower bowel where the portal vein is, it travels directly to the liver to detoxify it, and is absorbed directly into the blood stream to be distributed throughout the body.

Using a sterilized infant enema syringe, squeeze one-to-two ounces of wheat grass juice into the rectum, and hold for as long as you feel comfortable, up to one hour. Once per day should be plenty, though three attempts may be required (in one sitting) to achieve the desired effect. The first attempt will probably only hold for a few seconds, a second attempt may hold for a few minutes, and a third attempt, with three-to-four ounces of juice may hold for as long as 20 minutes; each successive implant should flush more fecal matter.

The author further notes that one need not be concerned with forgetting about an implant, as she has slept with an implant, retaining it overnight, and states that the juice may be completely absorbed by the body.

Human Wildlife

Posted in Books and Book-Making,Cleansing,Mythology,Religious History by wandren on 11 September 2007

While searching for a manual for my Wheat Grass Juicer, I came across an e-book called “Diagnosis Unknown.” This book is written by the husband of a woman whose illness odyssey took them from having complete faith in the American medical system to disillusionment, as they tried desperately to find the cure for a disabling condition that kept her teetering on the edge of life for two years, as she was handed-off from one doctor to another.

While the story itself is very moving, it touches on many subjects, including the overuse of antibiotics, colon cleansing, candidiasis (systemic candida infections), dust mites, and chiropractic care – and I’m only on page 59 of 252!

As I left the book to run some errands, IColon Cleanse couldn’t help but feel sick to my stomach, since I still feel crampy and clogged from last night’s bout with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and just yesterday, I finished reading a book called “The Judas Strain.” It’s no coincidence that I stumbled-upon this book (Diagnosis Unknown).

The author of “Diagnosis Unknown,” Randy Smith describes, with enough detail to sicken, what came out his and his wife’s bowels while practicing a form of colonics called (I think) colemics, which is a blended form of the words colonics and enema. I’ve seen pictures of large convoluted plastic-looking things people claimed to have excreted from the bowel through various cleansing regimes, but since those authors always had something to sell, I didn’t place much credibility on them – but now, having combined Mr. Smith’s words with those photos, I feel ill, imagining what lies inside me.


The Origins of Modern Witchcraft

Posted in Books and Book-Making,Etymology,Religious History by wandren on 2 September 2007

A few weeks ago I read somewhere that the Brahmins, the highest class of people in India’s caste system, are descendants of Abraham, the Old Testament’s first patriarch… This seemed logical to me, as Abraham’s name was Abrahm (A-Brahm) prior to God changing his name upon his promise that Sarah (Sarai) would bear him a child within a year.

[start SideBar] Not wanting to stray too far from the topic, but feeling this requires a little note, my understanding of the ancient language is that multi-syllabic words, such as A-Brahm and A-Bra-Ham, are compounds of single-syllable base words. So the first syllable in the name Abrahm (purely for example’s sake) might be a title, like first, and the second syllable might be a descriptive word, like king. People in the time of the Ancients would have known and understood this.

To us, in my incorrect example of what the name Abrahm means, it would be the same as calling him First King… So this little sidebar relates to the introductory paragraph by explaining how it is that the descendants and followers of Abrahm would be called Brahmins, rather than Abrahmites, and why this claim I read about the Brahmins makes sense. [end SideBar]

When I entered the search terms “Abrahm, Abraham and Brahmins” into Google, a page description in a book about the origins of Wicca claimed that “…they (the Brahmins and Levites) are both the same people, the Levites proudly descended from a Brahmin—Abrahm, Abraham” caught my eye. Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion

This piqued my interest since I believe 1) that all world religions have some seed of truth in them, and 2) that we have lost the full truth over time and distance, and 3) because one of the source documents, as I understand it, for modern Wicca claims to be a grimoire of the Keys of Solomon, as used in Solomon’s Temple. While this grimoire may be a work of modern fiction, I think it still merits some investigation.

From the sample pages I was able to read from this book, the author seems to compare the similarities between the Aryan mountain god, a male volcano deity, and the Judaic God, Yahweh, who is found in the mountains, and whose name is Sanskrit for “Everflowing,” as a volcano flow; the Levites and Brahmins, each in their respective cultural systems, were promised the wealth of the land and its people, and were told not to intermarry with other tribes or conquered peoples; they were the priests of their god and perpetuators of a cast system…

This, states the author, “was only natural since they are both the same people,” both descendants of Abraham.

[start SideBar] The author also makes a very nice sounding claim that the Anglo-Saxon origin of the words Witchcraft and Wicca means Wisdom, and that their German origin means Science, making a practitioner of Wicca a whole being unified of mind, body and spirit… Sounds very nice, but my 1954 Consolidated Webster Comprehensive Encyclopedic Dictionary says that the word Witch comes from the Anglo-Saxon Wicce, a witch, and Wicca, a wizard, and that ancient forms of the word Science include scientia and scio. [end SideBar]