Thursday, October 18, 2012

Favorite Movie/ Sacred Holiday

My Favorite Movies:
-Riding in Cars with Boys
-Mean Girls
- I am Sam

Sacred Holiday:
My saced holiday would be Christmas Eve/ Christmas Day. On this day my entire family gathers together to celebrate Jesus's Birthday. We always join at my aunt's house and everyone brings gifts that we place under the Christmas tree. My mom and aunts join together to make an enormous meal for everyone to enjoy. Loud music plays throughout the entire house.  One of my uncles always dresses up as Santa Claus and ends up scareing at least one of my neices or newphews. At midnight we all surround the Christmas tree to open gifts, take pictures and enjoy the celebration. Eliades argument of primordial chaos takes place within my sacred holiday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lambchop "Is a Woman" Analysis

In Lambchops, "Is a Woman" video he uses Eliade's ideas such as, aboltion of past time, restoration of primordial chaos and repition of cosmogonic act as he expresses the theme of life. He begins the video with the last leaf of fall falling from a tree and quickly it becomes winter, which signifies death and also ends profane time. The leaf travels through a river, the water symbolizes purification or a new start. Still in the river the season begins to morph from winter to spring and the leaf jumps out of the river, but as it does so, an overflow of leaves also jump out out showing what Eliade calls indeterminate unity. Finally, the leaves find a tree and they all jump onto it and he also shows the sun coming out for a new day which symbolizes fire and  Eliade claims the fire represents renewal  or a new begining.

Monday, October 15, 2012

"Celestial Model" of Name & "Sacred" Center

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Κασσανδρα (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: kə-SAN-drə (English), kə-SAHN-drə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Greek Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), which possibly meant "shining upon man", derived from κεκασμαι (kekasmai) "to shine" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of Priam and Hecuba. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.
In the Middle Ages this name was common in England due to the popularity of medieval tales about the Trojan War. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.

My mom named me Cassandra simply because she like the name, it doesn't have any personal family meaning behind it.

One of my sacred centers would be my home. It's not only a house, for me, it means a whole lot more.  It is a symbol of hardwork, love, and comfort.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The River

In the song “The River,” Bruce Springsteen uses the symbols and archetypes of river, swimming, and youth to express the theme of life’s disappointments. According to Stevens, “the river is also an obstacle to migration” (11).   At first swimming in the river was a “feeling [of being] at home” but through life’s disappointments turned into a “horror of being overwhelmed” (Stevens 421).  A child is a symbol of youth: “the child points to the future and carries within itself the seeds of its own maturity and completion” (Stevens 240).

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Quotes from Ariadne's Clue

I find Jung's idea interesting, he says, "We possess an innate symbol-forming propensity which exists as a healthy, creative, and integral part of our total psychic equipment. Although possessing a flexible capacity for local variations, this symbolizing ability proceeds on an archetypal basis which gives rise to characteristic symbolic manifestations (p.10)."
There are two quotes I found insightful the first is when Kekule says, "Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then we may perhaps find the truth (p.14)." The other is, "A thing is a thing. Its symbolic value is derived from the meanings and emotions it evokes in us. In other words, a thing becomes a symbol when something has been added to it. This does not alter its nature or its practical significance: it loads it with an increased weight of meaning (p.6-7)."
The quote I find most confusing is "the indicidual has a copy of that pattern in its CNS[central nervous sytem] and is structured to react in special kinds of ways when it perceives a matching pattern in the environment (p.24)."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Dream

Last night I had a dream about my brother’s unborn baby.  The baby is not born yet, but I saw him in my dream, and imagined it being a boy. In my dream I could feel and smell him. As I held him in my arms, I became overfilled with joy and pride.  While I stared into his big brown eyes, I felt his hand grab on tightly to my finger, and at that moment I knew I would love him forever.