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This bridge will only take you halfway there,
to those mysterious lands you long to see.
Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair,
and moonlit woods where unicorns run free.
So come and walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails
and wondrous worlds I’ve known.
But this bridge will only take you halfway there.
The last few steps you have to take alone.
a·le·a·to·ry: adj; depending on the throw of a die or on chance; random. relying on an uncontrolled element in the details of life or in the creation of art.
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Symbolic elephant meaning deals primarily with strength, honor, stability and patience, among other attributes.
To the Hindu way of thought, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha who is the god of luck, fortune, protection and is a blessing upon all new projects.
In many western cultures, the elephant meaning pertains to:
In Christian symbolism the elephant is an icon of temperance, patience, and chastity.
As a Chinese Symbol, the elephant is considered a symbol of:
Some Asian cultures also believe the elephant is a cosmic creature, and carries the world upon it’s back.
The elephant also has immense determination and loyalty - always standing up for others and always defending members of the group in its natural habitat.
Elephants also express advanced sensitivity and social connection, particularly during time of death - they travel to a specific place upon their death - fulfilling personal responsibility - even at the end of their days.
The elephant, in its most global and universal meaning, symbolizes strength and power, not only physical but also mental and spiritual.
Its strength allows whoever invokes the power of the elephant to realize his heart’s desires. When one wishes to begin an important endeavor, the elephant is invoked as God of Knowledge and destroyer of obstacles, under the appearance of Ganesha. It is also invoked at the beginning of Buddhist prayers.
When placed on top of a pillar, an elephant evokes the Light of Knowledge. Finally, the Bodhisattva rides an elephant as a display of the power of knowledge, which can awaken man to the consciousness of his own destiny.
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"Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist’s shop. If you work hard and do as you’re told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and go for rides in taxis. But if you are naughty and idle, you shall sleep in the back kitchen amongst the black beetles, and be wolloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you will be taken to Buckingham Palace, in a carriage, beautifully dressed. If the king finds out you are not a lady, you will be taken to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls! But if you are not found out, you shall have a present… of, ah… seven and six to start life with as a lady in a shop. If you refuse this offer, you will be the most ungrateful, wicked girl, and the angels will weep for you."
I’ve spent so much time in my head and in my heart that I forgot to live in my body.
The way you wear your hat;
The way you sip your tea;
The memory of all that.
They can’t take that away from me.
— Theodore Roethke
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