Capricorn 13: A fire worshipper

T h e w o r d f i r e d e sce n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t p a ewr w h i c h m e a n s “ fi r e . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e p yre , p yre ti c ( ca u s i n g f e v e r ) , p yro s is ( he a r t b u r n ) a n d t h e p r e f i x p yro - . There are also two IndoE u r o p e a n r o ot s t ha t m e a n f i r e . T h e f i r s t i s at er - a n d i t s d e r i v a t i ve s a r e at ra b i li o u s ( i n c li n e d t o m e l a n c h o l y ; h a v i n g a p e e vi s h d i s p o s i t i on ; s u r l y ) , at ri u m , a t ro c i o u s , zirc o n ( a b r o w n t o c o l o r l e s s m i n e r a l , Z rS i O 4 , w h i c h i s h e a t e d, c u t , a n d p ol i s h e d t o f o r m a b r i l l i a n t b l u e - w h i t e g e m ) , a n d A t h a rva - Ve da ( on e o f t h e f o u r V e d a s , c o n s i st i n g m o st l y o f s p e l l s o f b l a c k a n d w h i t e m a gi c ) . 2 T h e s e c on d r o o t m e a n i n g b o t h “ he a t a n d f i r e ” i s k er -4 . 3 A m o n g i t s d e ri v a t i v e s a r e t he w o r d s c a rb o n , c a rbu n c l e , c e ra m ic , c ras h ( a c o a r s e , li g h t , u n e v e n l y w o v e n f a b r i c o f c ot t o n o r l i n e n , u se d f o r t o we l s a n d c u r t a i n s ) , cre m a t e , a n d

h e a rt h .
T h e w o r d w orshi p i s a c o mb i n a t i o n or b l e n d o f t he b a s e wo rt h a n d t he s u f f i x – s h ip . T he b a s e d e s ce n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot w er -3 , “ t o t u r n , b e n d . ” 4 O t h e r p a r on y m s i n c l u d e t h e s u f f i x – wa rd , i n wa rd, o u t ward , wo rt h ,

s t a l wa rt , we i rd , vers u s , ve rs at i le , ve rs i o n , ve rs e , ve rte x , ve rt i go , vo rte x , a dve rs e , a ve rt , c o nt ro ve rs y , ve rte b rae , di ve rt , e x t ro ve rt , o b ve rt , t ra n s ve rse , de xt ro rs e , p e rve rt , p ro s e , re ve rt , s u b ve rt , e xt ro rs e , i n t ro rse ,
a n d u n i ve rse . T h e s u f f i x –shi p d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I E r o o t ( s )k ep - w hi c h i s “ t h e b a s e o f w o r d s w i t h v a r i o u s t e c h n i c a l me a n i n g s s u c h a s t o c ut , t o s c r a p e , a n d

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t o h a c k . ” 5 A m on g i t s p a r o n y m s a r e s hap e, s c o op , s c ab , la nds c a p e, s ha b b y,

s a p sa go ( a h a r d g r e e n c he e se ) , s ca p ho i d ( s h a p e d li k e a b o a t ) , s c ap u l a
( s h o u l d e r b la d e s) , c a p o n ( ca s t r a t e d ma l e c h i c k e n ) , sc a bbl e ( t o w o r k o r dress stone roughly). TH EMES : T he f i r s t t h e m e c on c e r n s WEA LTH . T h e w o r d s wo rt h a n d ‘ t r e a s u r e ’ a r e s y n on y m s o f WEALT H de f i n e d a s “ m o n e y, re s o u r c e s. ” 6 T h e w o r d s ‘ g e m ’ a n d ‘ w e a l t h ’ a r e s y n on y m s o f ‘ t r e a s u r e ’ w h e n i t d e fi n e d a s “ p r i z e d p o s se s s i o n o r e n t i t y . ” 7 A s n o t e d a b o v e , t h e re i s on e g e m f o u n d a m o n g t h e w o r d s a s s o c i a t e d w i t h fi re— zi rc o n . A s e c o n d t he m e c on c e r n s D IV I NIT Y . On e o f t he s y n on y m s o f ma gi c i s t h e w o r d ‘ p r o p he cy . ’ 8 O n e o f t h e s yn on y m s o f wo rshi p i s t h e p h r a s e ‘ d i v i n e se r v i c e . ’ 9 O n e o f t h e s y n o n y m s o f ‘ p r o p he c y ’ i s t h e w o r d ‘ d i v i n a t i o n . ’ 10

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