wisdom was self-knowledge

"Wisdom is like rain.
the Source is limitless,
it comes according to the season."


Chinese charater for wisdom

It may be an unfortunate reality that human life span
may be too short for most humans ever to attain wisdom

Throughout human history only those embarking
on the quest for truth open the door to wisdom.

The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

"No earthly water can quench the flame of divine wisdom."

"The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false;
the second, to know that which is true." - Lactantius

"Developing wisdom is the process of bringing our minds into
accordance with the Way things really are. Through this process we
gradually remove the incorrect perceptions of reality
." - Dalai Lama

spotted owl on the mooon

"He who in early days was unwise but later found wisdom, he sheds
a light over the world like that of the moon when free from clouds


"Wisdom, or the art of living wisely, is perhaps only another name for prudential ethics which constitutes a very large part of all ethics."

Henry Hazlitt

"Whatever wisdom constituently is, it is like a seedless plant;
it may be reared when it appears, but it cannot be voluntarily produced."

Thomas Paine

Chinese charater for wisdom

wisdom defined:


intelligently realistic

wise teachings of ancient sages

a wise outlook, plan, or course of action

understanding scientific and practical truth

common sense due to clear unbiased judgement

the sum of learning through the ages; applied knowledge

the union of emotional intelligence with rational intelligence

the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight

combination of knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

The quality of being wise requires the ability to understand the three forms of acquired knowledge and the capacity to make due use of them; understanding of the best ends and the best means which result in a wise judgement; discernment, discretion, sagacity, skill, talent, erudition, dexterity learned through experience and used after careful judgement.

"A characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things"

Henry David Thoreau

wisdom mandala

"Science is organized knowledge.

Wisdom is organized life."

Immanuel Kant

"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn." - George Santayana

"It should be noted that the seeds of wisdom that are to bear fruit in the intellect are sown less by critical studies and learned monographs than by insight, broad impressions, and flashes of intuition." - Carl von Clausewitz

mother of wisdom

three faces of the Sophia of Christ

self-knowledge and self-awareness are the sisters of self-consciousness
Saul of Tarsus refers to Jesus in I Corinthians 1: 24 as the "Sophia of God"


"I came from the First Infinite Light, that I might reveal everything. I have awakened the divine spark from Sophia, that it might bear fruit." - Sophia of Jesus

"Sophia is no rarefied divine being who dwells on high.

Sophia goes out into the marketplace and gets her hands dirty.

Wisdom sets a table inviting those who appreciate her to partake.

The inclusive meals of Jesus, where he located his most intense teachings, deliberately transgressed the purity codes by including those considered unclean - terrorists, madmen, outcasts, heretics, and blasphemers.

An alliance of expediency between the religious and the political authorities murdered Jesus, Sophia's prophet and messenger." - Joanna Manning

Sophia in Greek, Asherah in Sumerian, Hohkma in Hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Sheela-na-gigs in Celtic - all mean wisdom.

Sophia has been revered as the Wise Bride of Solomon.

The Song of Songs - known as Song of Solomon or Canticle of Canticles - speaks of Solomon's marriage to Holy Sophia.

There are many references to Sophia in the book of Proverbs and in the apocryphal books of Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon.

Sophia is the deity of wisdom called by the name Holy Spirit in Christianity.

Sophia's symbol, the white dove, represents spirit descending.

Sophia wears a crown of stars to indicate her absolute divinity.

Sophia, the Mother, unites the Father and Child.

Sophia is the Knowledge of the Way of Nurture.

Sophia the Mother of Creation is Wisdom Incarnate.

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Sophia, the Holy Spirit, is the source of the strength of the Creator.

Come, Sustainer of the Eternal Soul.

Give everyone rest from their efforts,

respite from their hard labor,

extinguish the pain in moments of fire,

release the joy that dries up their

tears and comforts their sorrows.

Enter the deepest depth of their soul,

Oh Holy Spirit, Oh Divine Sophia, and enrich it.

Look at the emptiness within when you are not present.

See spiritual corruption when you do not breathe within.

Water the dry Earth of their Eternal Soul,

heal their wounded heart,

wash them clean of spiritual corruption,

place the warmth of life back within their hardened hearts,

conquer their uncontrollable ego,

guide them when the way is confusing.

"Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity? Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom? Wisdom hath been forged before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting. The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting commandments." - Ecclesiasticus 1:2-5 (Sirach)


Brigid, the Mother of Wisdom, Daghda had a maternal function and was closely identified with the land.

The Celts formulated female triads to overcome the bicameral mind.

Brigid is a prime example of this type of deity which is associated with the sacred number three, the triple aspect of the divine.

Brigid had two sisters, patrons of healing and smithcraft.

She was venerated not only as Brigid, but also as Bride, Briginda, Brigidu, and in North Britain as Briganda, which can be translated as 'High One or Exalted One'. Other titles include;

'Ashless Flame', 'Flame of Two Eternities', and 'Mother of All Wisdom'.

One of the most potent symbols of the triple nature Brigid is FIRE:

the flame of life and healing;

the fire of the hearth and smithy;

the flame of divine inspiration.

The hearth is the focus of the
home and integral to everyday functions.

"The circle of the campfire divided the world into two parts: the safe, domestic part, and the Wild.

Here was the hearth, the center of the circle of domesticity.

Here was warmth, keeping the cold world at a distance.

Here was safety, keeping predators at bay.

Here was light, defining a human realm but making the night beyond all the deeper, all the more alien.

Outside the circle of firelight was the other, the wild, the unknown."- Charles Eisenstein

simple sun campfire of the hearth complex

In many ancient traditions the hearth is connected to the sun, the source of warmth and light.

As the patroness of filidhact, bardic lore, Brigid guides the flame of inspiration, poetry and divination.

Heroes who set off on spiritual tasks would also request protection and guidance from Brigid.

Another important symbol of Brigid is water, which in all its forms was venerated in the Celtic times.

Sacred springs, many associated with Brigid, were a focus for Celtic rituals.

Spring water symbolically unites the underworld and the upper world by rising out of the darkness of the Earth and reflecting the light of the heavens.

Hot springs provide a link between fire and water, Brigid's key symbols.

All springs and wells remain powerful sources of inspiration, healing, and a means of both physical and spiritual purification.

One legend which connects Brigid with water, tells how a crystal drop from the mantle of Brigid touched the Earth and became a deep and clear lake.

This was said to be a lake from Tir-Na-Moe 'Land of the Living Heart' and there was healing in it for all weariness and battle wounds.

Historical references to Saint Brigid begin in the seventh century. Saint Brigid was venerated in an Irish convent at Kildare or Cill Dara, which means the church of the Oak Tree. Originally the site of an ancient temple with a perpetual flame, a magical ashless fire.

In Gaelic-speaking Scotland the goddess was remembered as another saint, St. Brigit of the Isles.

To this day she is remembered as patron saint of the family hearth, originally a peat fire that was kept burning in her honor.

The first day of February, dedicated to Brigid, is known as Imbolg, meaning 'of/in the womb'.

Another name connected with this celebration is Oimelc, a Germanic word meaning 'ewes-milk' or 'lactation', which is a direct reference to the birth of young animals in the spring.

According to Celtic tradition Imbolg was the first day of spring and stock who had been penned in for the winter were allowed out.

On Brigid's Eve in parts of Ireland it was customary for groups of young girls, who were either disguised or clad in white, to go from house to house singing and dancing.

The householders would give the girls a gift for Brigid, usually either eggs or money.

The leader usually was a girl who would carry an image of Brigid, a 'brideog', into the fields.

The brideog was fashioned from rushes or oats and decorated with colored shells, spring flowers, greenery and ornaments.

The best and brightest of ornaments were attached over the heart and called reul-iuil Bride, The 'Guiding Star of Brigid'.

Older women prepared a Brigid's Bed which was made of an oval basket filled with rushes.

A straw image was placed in the basket which was put on the hearth.

Then the main door was opened and the men said a prayer invoking and asking Brigid to come in for her bed was ready.

Brigid was believed to travel with her white milk cow on her festival and bring blessings to each household.

In some areas of Scotland and Ireland offerings of grass were left on doorsteps for her cow.

The goddess Brigid is a great eternal being who, like the flame of life itself, keeps alight and rekindles hope and inspiration.

The sacred power of Brigid can act as a catalyst awakening creativity, compassion and skill.

-adapted from Liafal

a truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn

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