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    what dose this mean

    what does this segment from the Ripley Scroll mean?
    In the sea without lees
    Standeth the bird of Hermes
    Eating his wings variable
    And maketh himself yet full stable
    When all his feathers be from him gone
    He standeth still here as a stone
    Here is now both white and red
    And all so the stone to quicken the dead
    All and some without fable
    Both hard and soft and malleable
    Understand now well and right
    And thank you God of this sight
    The bird of Hermes is my name eating my wings to make me tame.
    what does it symbolize? (esp. the Bird of Hermes and the eating of its wings part cuz' that makes me wanna know what it my refer to..)

    The whole text can be found here

    The Ripley Scroll

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    i dont know but it can refer to hermes not being able to fly any more? because he was the messenger god and had wings on his shoes to fly.

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    Stop wasting your time with those shit.
    That what its means

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    It symbolizes that way back whenever they had nothing better do but write shit like that.

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    ahh i think its like something about awakening of the dead or something
    not fully sure..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dec0r87930 View Post
    Stop wasting your time with those shit.
    That what its means
    Removing and adding an 's' can really help make a sentence what is it.



    There are two types of tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want, the other is getting it.

    If you wake up at a different time in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetamay View Post
    Removing and adding an 's' can really help make a sentence what is it.
    well he is Turkish so i he dose not speak English such fluently =/

    but i still don't know what it means =/

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    gourav i hope u get raped by that old pervy guy in ur sig and avatar

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    When does your school end Gourav?

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    fakk man i still got 2 weeks finals week today

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    I had finals last week, no school

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    june 10 is last day of school for me
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    GOOGLE LADYThe first idea that came to me is that one must accept self imposed limitations for the sake of stability. There is a fine line between inspiration and insanity, and a certain stability is required so that one can survive long enough to perfect one's arts and/or one's progeny. There are many other ideas encoded here as well, that's just my first impression. Now I will go thru the poem in detail and see what else comes to mind.

    The sea without lees is the ocean of the infinite, where the gods dwell, and Hermes is the messenger of the gods, the angel of inspiration. It is the ocean of transformation, symbolized also by the element mercury, the only metal liquid at common temperatures. Hermes, also known as Mercury, is pictured with wings on his head and feet, symbolizing that thought and inspiration are birdlike in their swiftness and their ability to go wherever they wish, over trackless places and barricades, "as the crow flies". Yet a bird whose feathers grow "variable", some much longer than others, would be unstable in his flight, just like there is a fine line between inspiration and insanity. This is why Icarus fell into the sea. So the bird of Hermes eats his feathers to keep them trimmed and shapely so that he can fly in a stable manner.

    Sometimes he eats too much of his wings, just as the inspired person can go too deeply into their arts and consume themselves, and then his feathers are gone and he is still as a stone. Even so, the life force remains, and the bare bones of inspiration can quicken the "death" of a stagnant life path, if one but sits still thru the white and the red, that is, the completion of the cycles. Life and death are both parts of the same cycle. There are parts of our bodies which are dead (hair, the outer layer of teeth and skin, etc) and also a dead body teems with life, or at least it would if it were not embalmed. The last few lines of this poem acknowledge this and thank the gods for this sight or knowledge.

    There is more to it than this, these are just a few impressions I got from the quote after thinking it over some. Since this quote speaks to you so powerfully, perhaps Hermes or Hermes' Bird is calling you to contemplate it for a while and devine all of its meanings, the most profound of which cannot be put into words.

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