Virgo 24: Mary and her white lamb

T h e n a m e M ar y d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e S e m i t i c r o o t r y m, “ t o g i v e . ” 1 O t h e r d e r i v a t i v e s i n c l u d e t h e n a m e M i ria m a n d

m a ri go l d .
T h e w o r d w hi t e de s c e n d s f r o m kw ei t which means “white, to shine.” 2 Other d e r i v a t i v e s i n c l u d e wh e a t, b is m u t h,

e de l we i s s, wh it i n g ( a f o o d f i s h), a n d wi t l o o f .
T h e w o r d l a mb d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e P r e G e r m a n i c l a m ba z , a s d o t h e O l d N o r se , O l d F r i s i a n a n d G o t h i c l a m b , a n d t he M i d d l e H i g h Ge r m a n lam p . 3 TH EMES : M i n e ra l s , p l a n t s, a n i m a l s, a n d m a n — t he f o u r k i n g d o m s o f t h e n a t u r a l w o r l d a r e e v i d e n t a m on g t h e k e y w o r d s , r o o t s , a n d d e r i v a t i v e s. Bi s m ut h i s “ a he a v y b r i t t l e d i a m a g n e t i c t r i va l e n t m e t a l l i c e l e m e n t . ” 4 T h e p l a n t k i n g d o m i s r e p r e s e n t e d b y e d e l w e i ss ( a lp i n e p e r e n n i a l p la n t n a t i v e t o E u r o p e ) , wit l o o f ( w i d e l y c u lt i v a t e d h e r b w i t h l e a v e s v a l ue d a s sa l a d g r e e n ) , whe a t , a n d m a ri go l d ( An y o f v a r i o u s A m e r i c a n p l a n t s o f t h e g e n us T a ge te s, w i d e l y c u l t i v a t e d f o r t h e i r s h o w y y e l l o w o r o r a n g e f lo w e r s ) . T h e a n i m a ls i n t h e a b o v e a r e t h e wh i t in g ( a f o o d f i s h o f t h e At la n t i c w a t e r s o f E u ro p e r e s e m b li n g t he c o d ) a n d t h e

l a m b . A f i n a ll y , t he h u m a n b e i n g i s M a r y . O n e o f t h e d e f i n i t i o n s o f t h i s
n a m e r e fe r s t o t h e M a r y , “ t he m o t he r o f J e s u s a n d t he p ri n c i p a l sa i n t i n m a n y C h r i s t i a n c h ur c h e s . ” 5 I n t h e o s op h y , J e s u s h o l d t he t i t l e M a st e r J e s u s t o i n d i c a t e h i s a c h i e ve m e n t o f t h e 5 t h i n i t i a t i on a n d m e m b e r s h i p i n

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http://web.archive.org/web/20080405203648/www.bartleby.com/61/roots/s274.html Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo -European Roots, p. 45 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lamb http://onelook.com/?w=bismuth&ls=a http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/mary Starling Hunter © 2011 1

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