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Aries 22: The gate to the garden of desire

Aries 22: The gate to the garden of desire

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Aries 22: The gate to the garden of desire
T h e w o r d g a t e ha s t w o d i s t i n c t s e n s e s . T h e f i r s t a n d m os t c o mm o n i s “ a s t r u c t u r e t h a t ca n b e s w u n g , d r a w n , o r l o w e r e d t o b l o c k a n e n t r a n ce or p a s sa g e w a y . ” 1 geat. A It descends se n se f r om of the the Old word English second

concerns paths and ways themselves, e.g. “a p a r t i c u la r w a y o f a c t i n g o r d o i n g ; m a n n e r” a n d “ a p a t h o r w
Aries 22: The gate to the garden of desire
T h e w o r d g a t e ha s t w o d i s t i n c t s e n s e s . T h e f i r s t a n d m os t c o mm o n i s “ a s t r u c t u r e t h a t ca n b e s w u n g , d r a w n , o r l o w e r e d t o b l o c k a n e n t r a n ce or p a s sa g e w a y . ” 1 geat. A It descends se n se f r om of the the Old word English second

concerns paths and ways themselves, e.g. “a p a r t i c u la r w a y o f a c t i n g o r d o i n g ; m a n n e r” a n d “ a p a t h o r w

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Aries 22: The gate to the garden of desire
The word
gate 
has
 
two distinct senses. The
first and most common is “a structure that can be
swung, drawn, or lowered to block an entrance
or passageway.”
1
It descends from the OldEnglish
geat 
.
A second sense of the word
concerns paths and ways themselves, e.g. “a
particular way of acting or do
ing; manner” and “apath or way.”
2
This sense descends from theIndo-European (IE) root 
ghe-
 
which means “to release, let go; to bereleased, go.”
3
Among its paronyms are the words
anchorite
,
chore
,
  gauntlet 
,
go
,
heir 
,
heredity 
, and
 gait 
(a particular way or manner of moving on foot), a homonym of 
 gate.
 The word
garden
descends from the IE root 
gher-1
 
which means “tograsp, enclose.”
4
Among its paronyms are
carol 
,
choir 
,
cohort 
,
court 
,
 courtesy 
,
curtsy 
,
garth
,
gird 
,
hangar 
,
orchard 
, and
 yard 
.
The base of the word
desire
descends from the IE root 
sweid-1
which
means “to shine.”
5
Among its paronyms are the words
sidereal 
,
consider 
,and
swidden 
(an area cleared for temporary cultivation by cutting andburning the vegetation). More proximally
desire 
descends from the Latin
desiderare
which is comprised of the prefix
de
, which means out of,removed from, and the opposite of plus the base
sidus 
or
sider 
meaning
“star.” Literally, then the word means “star
-
like” or “from the stars.”
THEMES: 
One integrating theme concerns
RELIGION
and
SPIRITUALPRACTICE
, particularly of the ascetic or renouncing variety. Recall that the paronyms of 
gate
includes
anchorite,
a person who has retired into
1
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/gate
 
2
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/gate_2
 
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 28
 
4
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 30
 
5
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 88
 

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