Friday, May 9, 2014

Ancient Malawi’s so above (hills) is the same as below (water) Triangle

Upright Triangle representing hills and high mountains like the mythical Sapitwa peak of Mulanje Mountain
Once upon a time before “civilization” was brought to Malawi by western nations, there were several beliefs connected to ancient female priestesses of Malawi like the first Nyangu who fell from grace.
She’s a mythical water spirit and when she appeared above which is on land and at the mythical astral real of Sapitwa, it would represent the belief system that spirits appear above on hills or high mountain tops of Mulanje Mountain and below in the water like in Dziwe la Nkhalamba. 
Dziwe la Nkhalamba (pool for the elderly) now a tourist attraction site.
This photo was taken by Menno Welling for a different story and not this one
Now when she pointed her right hand up and the left one down it would symbolize her taking of energy among other things to empower herself and make her stronger by using a narrow necked calabash locally known as Nsupa which female healers have not used since or the harmless Nsengwa small basket.
Today only a few male Malawi healers who use the “magicial” Nsupa made from the African wine kettle gourd which some ancient Malawi’s “kings’ used for drinking alcohol.
Now this blog is trying to establish if the “So above as below” saying online has some similarities to the ancient Malawi secrets of priests and priestesses (nsembe) responsible for sacrifices and offerings at Sapitwa.
Upside triangle for water below
and chin of a witch (mfiti)
Symbols involved with that include two mating serpents which many Sapitwa healers found vulgar and pornographic as there’s an ancient Malawi myth involving such two beasts (zirombo) which this blog will not explain in details.
However, one female Sapitwa healer insists there is only one upright serpent used for healing and the symbol of most asing’anga involved in healing and not the two mating snakes.
Caduceus resembling mating serpents say Sapitwa healers
Globally “as above, so below” is circulated throughout occult and magical circles (matsenga) and recorded in Hermetic texts but unlike with ancient Africa they are attributed to men.
The actual text of thatmaxim, as translated by Dennis W. Hauck from The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, is: “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.”

Thus, whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level.

Hermeticism also called Hermetism, a religious and philosophical tradition based primarily upon pseudepigraphical writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (“Thrice Great”).
Magician Tarot card from various Internet sources

These writings have greatly influenced the Western esoteric tradition and were considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the Reformation.

“The tradition claims descent from a prisca theologia, a doctrine which affirms that a single, true theology exists which is present in all religions and was given by God to man in antiquity.

“Many Christian writers, including EmersonLactantiusThomas of Aquinas, AugustineGiordano BrunoMarsilio FicinoCampanella and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola considered Hermes Trismegistus to be a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity,” partly reads

 Much of the importance of Hermeticism arises from its connection with the development of science during the time from 1300 to 1600 A.D. 

The prominence that it gave to the idea of influencing or controlling nature led many scientists to look to magic and its allied arts (e.g., alchemy, astrology) which, it was thought, could put Nature to the test by means of experiments.

The same Wikipedia also claims that consequently it was the practical aspects of Hermetic writings that attracted the attention of scientists.

"Isaac Newton placed great faith in the concept of an unadulterated, pure, ancient doctrine, which he studied vigorously to aid his understanding of the physical world.

“Many of Newton’s manuscripts—most of which are still unpublished—detail his thorough study of the Corpus Hermeticum, writings said to have been transmitted from ancient times, in which the secrets and techniques of influencing the stars and the forces of nature were revealed.”
Sapitwa likes this photo with the upright healing snake with Ancient Malawi's Makewana
© 2013 Max Dashu – image created for Woman Shaman: the Ancients

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Tracing footsteps to lead me home

Greetings from the Warm Heart Africa, Malawi.

I'm a Malawian journalist who grew up in many countries including South Africa, Belgium, then West Germany, UK, Washington DC and New York in the US and I love New York.

Trying to come up with the production of my life and by compiling some of my 1000 poems into a book called ‘Tracing Footsteps’ to lead me Home with excellent photography.

I also plan to film award winning documentaries based on the history of this ancient land called Malawi and the mysteries of Sapitwa and the Sirius star. this space.