Santiago de Compostela – Iacchus and The Green Language, re-blogged by request

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Iacchus and The Green Language of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

 ‘Iacchus was the torch bearer of the procession from Eleusis, sometimes regarded as the herald of the ‘divine child’ of the Goddess, born in the underworld, and sometimes as the child itself.’
Iacchus is an epithet of Dionysus, particularly associated with the Mysteries at Eleusis, where he was considered to be the son of Zeus and Demeter. In a Paean to Dionysus discovered at Delphi, the god is described as being named Iacchos at Eleusis, where he “brings salvation”.
Iakkhos bearing a torch, seen here with Hekate

 The name Iacchus is often associated with the modern name Giacomo, but when we look at the Spanish name, Iago (St. Iago), other links become apparent. Iacchus was considered the ‘Light Bearing Star of the nocturnal mysteries’ and some of the earliest pre-Christian pilgrimages were…

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Echoes of Gilgamesh in the Jacob Story

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The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets.

"In order to bring all this mass of material together, Hepburn must have had a wide range of source material to study, and it seems most likely that this material was available in the Vatican Library itself. As to what Hepburn's motives were for publishing such a collection of alphabets, we can only speculate. He … Continue reading The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets.