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Feb.27.2012
The lies they told to protect the truth.
Yes, millions of people have European ancestors that were Jewish and hid the fact. After Spain and Portugal's Inquisitions, and France, Italy, Germany, Russia and Poland's persecutions, European Jews wanted to own land and be free of special taxes and fees imposed upon them. Why don't you know?...
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Feb.24.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
A Templar is a Knight of the Order of the Temple, referring to Solomon's Temple that the Knights protected in Jerusalem during the Crusades. The Knights Templar are Freemasons.   Suellen Ocean is the author of The Celtic Prince available at Amazon and B&N.
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Feb.24.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Solomon was the king of the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, during the 10th century B.C. Solomon's Seal is a six-pointed star that is a mystic symbol used to protect its bearer. Used as an ornament or charm to ward off evil and to protect one from ill health, Solomon's Seal is also seen cut or...
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Feb.23.2012
Taken from the words "akros" meaning highest and "polis" meaning city, the Acropolis in Athens, Greece refers to the upper part of the city. The temple of the Greek Goddess Athena is located on this higher portion "Acropolis" that was built in the 5th century B.C. Ancient temples began as open air...
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Feb.22.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
In Hebrew it is "Shelomoh" and in French it is "shalom" which means "peace". Known for his great wisdom, Solomon was the king of the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, during the 10th century B.C. He was a prolific writer including the book of the bible, Proverbs. Solomon's father was King David, the...
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Feb.15.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
The wives, sisters, mothers and daughters formed their own secret society and though both of my grandmothers were members for over fifty years, I haven't a clue what their "secrets" were. One of my grandmothers told my mother, "I have secrets I can't tell you." This is the same grandmother that...
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Feb.14.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Good question. When I hear news stories about John F. Kennedy and his family, they are often referred to as "Camelot". But "Camelot" is taken from Arthurian legend. King Arthur's legendary palace is named "Camelot" and was placed in Southwest England. Camelot is where King Arthur held court and had...
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Feb.14.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
A Masonic Fraternity is a Freemason association of men who believe in a supreme being and hold common interests in business. The Freemason brotherhood usually holds men of similar character and social status. Masonic Fraternities of men hold regular meetings and have for centuries. Initiation rites...
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Feb.09.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
The Greeks came up with the name, sphingein meaning, "to strangle" because their own similar images were purported to hold riddles that strangled those unable to decipher them. Carved out of rock, the Great Egyptian Sphinx of Gizeh is a lion with a man's head, beard and all, whom was said to have "...
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Feb.09.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
Full of lush ferns and palm trees, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built on the roof of the huge palace of the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, who reined between 604 to 561 B.C.E. This Babylonian king destroyed Jerusalem and captured the Jews who then refused to bow before his golden image....
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Feb.07.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Over two-thousand-years ago, tribes from the desert and the hills migrated into Assyria (think Babylon). One of the tribes that came in great numbers was the "Syrian Arameans". I guess it was just a numbers game. The masses spoke Aramaic and it became the predominant language across western Asia...
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Feb.07.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
During ancient times there were two sections of the Holy Land, the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which was called Samaria and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, called Judea. Technically, “Jews” are the names of the descendants of Judea but “Jews” is also used when speaking of “Israelites”. The twelve...
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Feb.07.2012
Small towns make for big romances.
Yesterday I took my dog to a clinic for a rabies shot. There was a long line of dogs waiting their turn. One chubby poodle mix could have fit into my purse if he wasn't so fat. That he was tethered to a jiggling female, same size, same breed but different disposition added to the cartoonish scene...
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Feb.06.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
The Round Table is the table where King Arthur and his knights sat. The table was circular so that all in attendance were considered equal. The circular nature of it made it so none claimed precedence.   Suellen Ocean is the author of The Celtic Prince available at Amazon and B&N.
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Feb.06.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
As I read about the ancient kingdoms of Sumer, Ur, Babylon, Akkad, etc, it's amazing how world politics don't seem to have changed. Kingdoms that grew strong enough to overpower a larger kingdom did so. Babylon, which was once a glorious kingdom was eventually laid to waste as a "backwater of...
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