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I’m sure most of you are unsure what exactly a fractal is. And if you are, that’s okay, because I was too the first time I heard the term.
A very good, very smart, friend of mine mentioned it one day in humorous passing. Since the story he was telling was so funny, I laughed along, and made a mental note to look up ‘fractal’ when we were through.
To my disappointment, the dictionary failed to elucidate a clear meaning; however the images I found expounded more meaning than referential words ever could.
Since today is Valentine’s Day, I would like to
- shed light onto what fractals really are, and
- give a concise history of the holiday–all the way to its foremost, ancient roots
What are fractals, really?
“Fractals are the Reality within which our own physical reality has its existence and expands.”
OK. What is a “thought fractal?”
“I no longer accept that there are ‘accidents’ or ‘coincidences’. I understand now that there are only synchronicities–intersections of harmonic energies attracted one to the other by their common resonances. We attract to ourselves specific energies depending upon what thoughts we ‘send out’ into the Universe — those thoughts which carry our Intent and into which we invest our emotion/desire manifest more rapidly for us than ‘half-baked’ or poorly-formed ones.
Thoughts are ‘things’ that integrally maintain their unique identities within electromagnetic realities as surely as our physical selves do. When we hold a clearly focused thought and attach strong emotion to it, we impel it into the Greater Reality where it ‘takes on a life of its own’. Such a thought attracts to itself sub-quantum particles whose task it is to augment the energies of the thought, to ‘evaluate’ and ‘sort’ the thought according to its impetus/emotional accelerator, and to help manifest whatever Intent it carries. The more precisely and clearly that we embed our desire within a thought (and our degree of ability to do so depends upon how completely we have our Will under our conscious control), the ‘faster’ we’ll manifest our ‘heart’s desire’.”
This site gives beautiful semantic meaning to fractals – Fractals: The Infinite Shapes of Thought.
And no, dear readers, I am not just using that site as reference because it corresponds crazily similar to the name of my blog.
Coincidentally, I typed “thought fractals” into Google only to see if my blog was showing up in search engines; it struck me how many hits came back with sites containing either the exact phrase or strikingly similar wording.
Here I thought the blog name I conjured was so singularly creative, hah.
It’s okay–I still think it is. I didn’t know other people held similar beliefs on the nature of thoughts. At the time, I was wholly and purely creative.
It just goes to show that anything you will ever think or ever do as already been thought of and done before.
Which takes us to today’s history lesson–
I think the most commonly heard “history” (aka: legend) is that of St. Valentine. But, refresh my memory: Who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?
The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘christianize’ celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa.
In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. Written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400, because
- not many people were literate and
- people were terrified to practice anything that wasn’t sanctioned by the church. At that time, lords, manors, rulers, kings, monarchs, et. al were constantly changing, and along with them, so were “rules” about what was holy–legally allowed; not punishable by death–and what was blasphemous–what the “state” would kill them for.
Further reading for cynosure clarification:
- Cupid–this was the Roman God of erotic love and beauty.
- Eros–this is the Greek representation of love, lust and intercourse.
The Greeks came first; Eros came before Cupid.
The Romans came to power after the Greek Empire fell following the death of Alexander.
Cupid did not live on Mt. Olympus, as that was the kingdom of Greek Gods.
Eros was not a Greek God. He was the natural representation of the mysterious, aka love.