I have been very busy planting fall bulbs envisioning a beautiful floral spring. I have planted over 200. Here are pictures of what I have to look forward to. Bulbs were purchased from Brecks and Dutch Bulbs. Stay positive and dream for a beautiful future.
It is now December, my flower garden has gone to sleep. I am loving this fragrant white rose who is still persevering. No leaves left but a pretty flower. I know it’s days are numbered but spring will come soon enough.
Japanese Garden Project -Day 4 (by: Garden of Eve)
My Yin Yang Zen Garden is pretty much complete. I added the stones today. I love the big one I found. It reminds me of Mt. Fuji. The gate will be painted in the spring. I will sit and enjoy until the leaves return.
I went shopping again and bought 2 more maples. I bought an Orangeola and another Paper Bark. I planted the Paperbark at the entrance to my new garden I am making. I found perfect spots for them. Springtime will be so exciting!
Japanese Garden Project Day 3 ( by: Garden of Eve)
This was such a good day. I finally figured out a design for the center. I installed the water stone and bamboo fountain and put in weed lining to go under gravel. Also put in electric for the pump. I also bought some more plants. A pretty Twombly maple and some firepower nandinas. The spring will be spectacular. I have 100’s of bulbs to plant and still the rocks and bench to add. Getting closer to serenity.
Japanese Garden Project- Day 2 (by: Garden of Eve)
The Torii gate is almost done. It will be painted in the fall when the wood dries up. I have a liner and Japanese water stone my mother brought back from Japan over 50yrs ago that will be set up. Edging has been installed to hold gravel path. This will be my Zen Garden.
Japanese Garden Project -Day 1 (by: Garden of Eve)
I have always dreamed of having a peaceful tranquil Japanese Garden. Since my trees shaded my vegetable garden, the day has finally arrived. Over these last few months, I have collected some lovely Japanese maple trees. I am now putting up a Japanese Torii Gate for the entrance. Here is the gate under construction. This will be my retreat during this tough time. More to come…🌸
Couldn’t resist. Just bought this Japanese Maple Bihou. It has magnificent yellow and reddish bark which will put on quite a show in the winter. The leaves are yellow, green and and all different shades in the fall. I’m so excited!
Ningishzida’s name means “Lord
of the Good Tree”, which is also known as “The Tree of Death”. It is this
sacred tree that grants wisdom once eaten from, causing a “death” to one’s
ignorance and a rebirth through knowledge. This tree is also an entrance to the
Underworld, since wisdom comes from allowing one’s
current self to die. Its sister-tree is the “Tree of Life” which is equivalent
In depictions, Ningishzida is shown
as either a large serpent, a serpent with the head of a man, a crowned man with
snakes coming from his shoulders, or as a double-headed serpent that is coiled
into a double helix. This last representation makes him the first appearance of
the caduceus symbol, predating the one shown with Hermes and Asclepius in
Greece. In another depiction, Ningishzida is shown beside the Tree of Death (a unique tree that is shown bearing some sort of fruit), along with two
griffins, which are divine protectors. Ningishzida is also associated with
dragons, the mušhuššu and balm. He is also referred to as a snake, (muš-mah,
meaning “exalted serpent”). Due to these, he is moreso a serpentine-dragon,
rather than just a serpent.
Myths: In mythology, Ningishzida is one of
the deities thought to travel to the Underworld (Kur) during the dead seasons
(mid-summer to mid-winter); the other deity being Dumuzi. These two gods are
also featured in the myth of Adapa, one of the first humans. When Adapa is
commanded to arrive before Anu, god of the heavens, after speaking a curse to
break the south wind, he sees both Ningishzida and Dumuzi placed as guards for
Anu’s celestial palace. As for Ningishzida’s chthonic connections, a title of
his is “gu-za-lá-kur-ra” (the chair-bearer of the netherworld). He is also the overseer for the twin-gods who guard the gates of the
Underworld: Lugal-irra and Meslamta-ea. An additional role of his is being
involved with divine law in both the Underworld and on Earth, making him a
guardian/overseer of many things.
The Tree of Death had also been linked
with the serpent or dragon (winged serpent) for over 1,000 years before Genesis
was written. In 2025 BC, the cup of the Sumerian King Gudea of Lagash showed
two winged dragons holding back a pair of opening doors to reveal a caduceus of
uniting snakes, the incarnation of the god Ningishzida, to whom the cup is inscribed: “Lord of
the Tree of Truth”. In northern Babylonia the goddess who embodied the Tree of Wisdom was called the “Divine Lady of Eden” or “Edin”, and in the south she was
called the “Lady of the Vine”, an understandable change of name given that the
Sumerian sign for ‘life’ was originally a vine leaf.
Appearance: Ningishzida is an enormous serpent with yellow eyes and a
body that is over 30 meters in length. His body is made out of black Sumerian syllables
that shift all around his form, due to his power of words. He also has
shimmering black plumes on his head and around his neck. While his form is that
of a great serpent, he is a species of dragon and has similar abilities to
Personality: Ningishzida is reserved, serious, highly
intelligent and wise, honest, diligent, intuitive, and deeply loyal. He is a
highly respectable being and seeks to teach promising humans of true wisdom and
knowledge. He has said that the path to true wisdom is a painful one and very
few make it; yet those who do are fully reborn. Just like a serpent, they must shed
themselves and become anew. Although the majority of humans do not impress him
anymore; he wishes to work only with those who fully love truth and are willing
to achieve spiritual evolution despite the strife it costs. He dislikes laziness, pretentiousness,
cruelty, stubbornness, and those who prefer to believe lies in order to be
comfortable. Ningishzida has also stated that he is neither Lucifer nor Satan,
or any other demon; he teaches very similar things as Lucifer and is on good terms
with him, but they are not the same. Overall, Ningishzida is a god of vast
knowledge and wisdom who seeks to bring enlightenment to those who prove
themselves worthy to him.
The Story of the Tree of Death: Ningishzida has described that the tree mentioned in Biblical
texts is indeed his own tree, but the actual event was much different than
described. He tells that when humans were being created, it was done so
through guided evolution. The birth-place of the final result for humanity took
place within several gardens full of life upon Earth, such as Dilmun and Eden (e-din: “the land between two rivers”;
i.e. a location within Mesopotamia). When the humans were created within these sacred
gardens, they were not actually created in pairs, but as large groups. This is
because there is no possible way that two humans alone could populate the
Earth. Once these humans were created, they were often visited by certain deities
(such as Enki, their creator), as well as some dragons. The dragons are a race
of beings who possess advanced intelligence and wisdom, many of them are also
deities. These beings all came to the humans in order to teach them and show them how to become independent. One such mentor to the humans was the serpentine-dragon
himself, Ningishzida, who guarded the Tree of Wisdom.
These gardens of paradise were select areas upon Earth
that were enhanced with magickal fields due to divine pillars the
deities had placed within. This caused the gardens to be otherworldly in their
beauty, with plenty of food, water, and even luminescent architectures where the
humans could live. The Tree of Death is a divine tree of otherworldly beauty that
was projected into each of these sacred gardens, each one being protected by
Ningishzida. These gardens were to serve as temporary dwelling places for the
new humans, allowing them to be closely mentored until they were fully ready to
become independent. Once a human made it far enough in their training,
Ningishzida would allow them to eat from his tree and become truly wise.
However, the tyrant Aeon god, Jehovah, sought to take Earth
as his own by manipulating mankind. He managed to convince many humans that they
were being held captive in these gardens and that eating from the Tree of Death
meant literal death, in order to prevent them from becoming wise. Due to this,
very few humans got to eat from the fruits of wisdom. Thinking that their
mentors had been corrupting them all along, the humans prematurely left from
the gardens and convinced others to do the same. Once many had left, the humans
gradually began to realize how difficult surviving on Earth actually was and
tried to enter one of the remaining gardens. But in order to keep the humans inside
this garden safe, the deities prevented them from entering and guarded the
entrances with flaming swords. In a rage, the humans attacked the divine
pillars of all the gardens, causing them to lose their magick essences. The
gardens of paradise thus lost their power and became nothing but regular places
of nature, eventually being absorbed into the rest of the landscape.
the lies of Jehovah that the fruits had condemned them all to a painful fate,
the humans placed the blame on Ningishzida and the rest of the dragons. They
raged at their old mentors and cursed their names. It did not take long until
the humans began hunting down the dragons in order to kill them, though only
succeeding a few times. This act of treachery greatly angered the draconic beings
and eventually, they abandoned the humans to completely fend for themselves on
Earth. All because of the coaxing of Jehovah, a long history began of humans portraying the dragons as evil and
selfish, whereas humans are their victims. However, the humans who had remained in the gardens did not end up following Jehovah, which allowed them to pass down an actual record of the divinities and how Ningishzida represents truth. Unfortunately, a lot of the records were eventually destroyed by zealots and this act of giving wisdom was twisted
into meaning something “evil” for many people. Overtime, this account was reformed and
simplified into the Abrahamic texts (along with plenty of other Mesopotamian
myths). The humans “Adam and Eve” are representations of humanity overall, and
the giver of wisdom, Ningishzida, is portrayed as a devil.
Devotional actions: Ningishzida mainly prefers
offerings of action over physical offerings. He can be honoured through actions
such as gaining knowledge, overcoming your Ego so wisdom can develop, making mystical
pilgrimages for enlightenment, seeking deeper meaning of yourself, and allowing
the struggles of life to transform you for the better.
Offerings: lapis lazuli, amethyst, bitter oranges
(signify the bittersweet taste of wisdom), snakeskin, desert sand, cedar trees,
skulls (represent death), femur bones (contain the oldest tissues),
Arab incense, incense of oud, amber, saffron, or saffron + rose