Friday, March 25, 2005

Fishes, Figollas and the Bible

These past few days I was busy trying to bake and decorate my Easter figollas for the second year in a row! I believe in the saying "practise makes perfect" … and in fact this year’s figollas have improved in presentation … they actually look like little fishes covered with chocolate not sharks like last year’s! I guess the taste is good as well since I mixed only delicious yummy good things ;)

taken by Caska on 25 March 2005

While we were busy mixing the ingredients, my sister started this interesting conversation about why last year I chose to buy the fish pattern for the figolla. She thought there was some highly intellectual biblical meaning behind it all … but to say the truth, I just chose that pattern because it was cute and simple. I didn’t get a lamb or rabbit pattern so that I won’t have to go through the trouble of people trying to guess what animal it is!

So I have been trying all morning to find a reasonable explanation of the importance or symbolic meaning of the fish in the Bible. I have gone through lots of rabbi speeches and other biblical sources and finally I think I found what satisfied my curiosity:

… The fish has been an important symbol in Christianity since the early Church. The fish symbol is based on the Greek word, ichthus, which means fish, and is an acronym in Greek for "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour."
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As usual, my interest in the explanation of dreams led me also to find the meaning of dreaming about fish! :

To see fish swimming freely in clear water is an omen of wealth and personal power. If you were fishing in clear water and could see the fish bite, it indicates that you will discover or acquire some knowledge which can be used very advantageously. Dead fish either in their natural habitat or in a market are an omen of disappointment or discouragement. To dream of catching a fish is an augury of success, and the bigger the fish the bigger the success; and if you saw a fish moving its fins, you can expect to be freed of any worrying responsibilities. If your dream featured carp, it is a warning against subjecting yourself to criticism by ill-considered actions. Eating or cooking fish (except carp) is considered a general good omen for your current undertakings. If your dream involved a fishnet, it means reverses if the net was empty, success if it was full, and disappointment if it was torn, unless it was torn but still had fish in it, in which case it signifies success of a limited nature. Tropical or goldfish in tanks, bowls, or pools indicate ephemeral pleasures. Baiting a fishhook in a dream is a prediction of a passionate new love affair--and if you're not eligible, it will be someone close enough to share the excitement with you; but to get a fishhook stuck in any part of the body is a warning against deceitful acquaintances. To dream of seeing a variety of food fish (live) of rather uncommon species, such as salmon, trout, etc., indicates an increase in social activity and prestige. A dream of trying to hold a fish which wriggles out of your grasp has the obvious meaning, and you must be prepared to lower your sights or find a new liaison. Oddly enough, really rotten fish are an exception to the dead fish rule and are a sign of a sudden large increase in income.
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I hope to see fish swimming freely in clear water or catching them in my dreams … meanwhile I will enjoy my cute figolla fishes!! ;) Happy Easter!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Spring Spring Spring

Spring is practically around the corner and my dear Winter will be kissing us goodbye in a couple of days! My favourite season of the year is over *sob*. Today I went for a long walk and I could already feel that the weather is already much warmer than a couple of weeks ago. There were so many daisies in the fields! I was tempted to pick some and play "loves me; loves me not" game ... but then I decided it was not worth ruining a flower to tell me who loves me and who doesn't ;)

Strangely this year I am looking forward to Spring and eventually Summer although I do not have any particular plans to look forward to! ... maybe it is just the urge to start a new page in my life ... and what better season than Spring can plunge me into this? ;)

It's a beehive of buddin' son and daughter life,
Every family has plans in view.
Even down in the brook the underwater life
Is forever blowin' bubbles too.

Every field wears a bonnet
With some spring daisies on it,
Even birds of a feather
show their clothes off together

Sun's gettin' shinery,
to spotlight the finery
Spring, Spring, Spring ...
(taken from "Spring Spring Spring from the musical "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers)

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Nostalgia strikes back!

I have been on a nostalgia kick lately ... not a mellow, sighing sort of nostalgia but rather one that longs for times long out of my memory and probably even nonexistent today.

Some people say that each one of us is like an onion because we all have many layers and over time we keep discovering new things about ourselves. The clock ticks our days off and then ... little by little we learn new things. I learnt many things these past few days which catapulted me into a sea of melancholy. I have learned that I need to be patient and let time take its time. I actually feel some butterflies inside watching, waiting in hope.

These past few days, life has showed me how to hate my burning anger and my suffocating pain ... the eagerness to feel a touch and yet again ... to seek control on anything that might expose me to a world of pain. Could it be that the hope I keep hanging on is right now reading this?