Rosamond’s Maze

There is an attempt underway to take my daughter and grandson from me by people who like to drink a whole lot. Being a Nazarite, who believes God gifted him with a child when he believed he would have no children, makes this attempt an exceedingly interesting story – even Biblical!

This morning I discovered that Jane Eyre did a portrait of Rosamond Oliver a beautiful young woman who would have married Saint John, but for the truth he sought a relationship with God – in India! Here is another John and Rosamond union that has made literary – and artistic history – from which no one caught in Rosamond’s Maze can deny – nor escape!

And they so cunningly contriv’d
With turnings round about
That none but with a clew of thread
Could enter in or out.

My Muse, Rena Christiansen, was reading Jane Eyre when I met her. She was born a Muse in search of her Artist, Poet, Author. She became Rosamond’s Muse as well. Why? What great masterpeice is near completion – if we all step back and look at the big pircture?

I am going to do a painting of Fayre Rosamond employing Rena as my model. She will be the Queen of Labyrinth who will return all the rosy energy that many have taken in part, to the whole – to the Source! No one will escpape from my story ‘Capturing Beauty’. Thieves who think they have the whole to own, will only hold a piece of a shattered mirror. Their vanity will hold them as prisoners until they let go…………….surrender!

John Rosamond

After working with her students for a while, Jane discovers some intelligence among them. Jane is even surprised by their progress and begins personally to like some of the girls — and they like her. Jane teaches them grammar, geography, history, and needlework. Despite her popularity within the community and her growing happiness with her job, Jane is still troubled by strange dreams at night in which she always meets Rochester. Rosamond Oliver visits the school almost every day, usually when St. John is giving his daily catechism lesson. Although he knows Rosamond loves him, and he obviously loves her, St. John is not willing to sacrifice his heavenly ambition for worldly pleasure. When Rosamond learns that Jane can draw, she asks her to make a portrait.

St. John visits Jane while she is working on Rosamond’s portrait. He has brought her a book of poetry, Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion. While St. John gazes at Rosamond’s picture, Jane offers to make him a copy, then, being bold, she suggests that he marry Rosamond at once. For exactly fifteen minutes, St. John imagines himself yielding to Rosamond, allowing human love to overwhelm him with its pleasures. Although St. John loves Rosamond wildly, he knows she wouldn’t be a good wife for him, and he’d probably tire of her in twelve months. Rosamond wouldn’t make an effective missionary’s wife, and St. John isn’t willing to relinquish his goals, because he is a cold, hard, ambitious man. As they sit talking, St. John suddenly notices something on Jane’s blank piece of paper. She doesn’t know what it is, but he snatches the paper, then shoots Jane a “peculiar” and “inexpressible” glance. He replaces the paper, tearing a narrow slip from the margin, then bids Jane “good-afternoon.”

Rosamund’s Bower – a hedge maze at Woodstock

Henry II supposedly built a hedge maze at Woodstock, with a hedged arbour at the centre, designed for trysts with his mistress Rosamund Clifford. As it happens, this is probably an apocryphal story, an “urban myth” that was passed on because it was an amusing and salacious story. Either way it helped to popularise hedge mazes in subsequent centuries, possibly because it gave them a faint promise of sensuality.

This is an sixteenth-century poem about “Rosamond’s Bower”, which comes from “A Mournfull Dittie on the death of Rosamond, King Henry the Seconds Concubine” by Thomas Deloney. (Here the hedge has been hyped up into “stone and timber”.)

Yea, Rosamond, Fair Rosamond,
Her name was called so,
To whom dame Elinor our Queene
Was known a deadly foe,
The King therefore for her defense
Against the furious Queene
At Woodstock builded such a Bower
The like was never seen.
Most curiously that Bower was built
Of stone and timber strong,
An hundred and fifty dores
Did to this Bower belong,
And they so cunningly contriv’d
With turnings round about
That none but with a clew of thread
Could enter in or out.
(It’s worth noting that the “clew of thread” detail almost certainly derives from older labrynth legends such as the Minotaur. Possibly a rumour about the king’s trysts became mixed up with older stories to create the story of “Rosamund’s Bower”.)

 Blowing Roses is technique for  dissolving negatives and stuck energy etc., You imagine or visualize  placing the negative energy or the pain or anger  etc,  into an image of a rose which you then visualize blowing up ,
This technique  was made famous by the Berkeley Psychic institute .
Older versions of this practice use balls or bubbles of light.
Some groups use a personal or organizational symbol instead of a rose.  A dove, a dove in a heart star ,a triangle
with a flame are some that are used for this . I notice that there are various individuals who now claim ownership or origination of this technique but it has been around for decades and  cannot be attributed to any one person or organization.

Here is a very simple version

Roses have long represented purity and in this exercise are used to eliminate energies in your energy field that are unnatural or foreign to you. For example, if you feel congestion in your heart chakra, you can release the stuck energy with a rose. Place the image of a large, fully blooming rose in your heart chakra, , allow the rose to fill up with the stuck energy. Then remove the rose from your aura . Send the rose outside your aura, and visualize it dissolving, vaporizing, or simply  going “poof.” The negative or stuck energy will dissolve along with the
rose. As the rose disappears, the energy being removed from your heart chakra is neutralized and sent back to wherever it belongs. This technique is called “blowing roses”.

Duties of the goel
The obligations of the goel include the duty to redeem the relative from slavery, if the latter had been obliged to sell himself into serfdom (Leviticus 25: 48-49); to repurchase the property of a relative who had had to sell it because of poverty; to avenge the blood of his relative; to marry his brother’s widow in order to have a son for his brother, in case the brother had not got any son to pass his name forth (Deuteronomy 25:5-6); and to receive the restitution if the injured relative had died (Numbers 5:8).
Numbers 35:9-30 regulates the duties of the goel. The congregation has to judge the case before it puts a murderer in the hands of a goel. More than one witness is needed for conviction. In case of accidental manslaughter, the slayer can save his life by fleeing to a “city of refuge” and staying there for the term of the high priest (who is appointed for his lifetime). Ransom is not accepted for murder. Revenge cannot be taken on the offender’s children or parents (Deuteronomy 24:16). Leviticus 25:48-49 gives the order in which the nearest relative is considered the goel in the case of redeeming a slave: brother, uncle, male cousin and then other relatives. The same order was probably observed in the other cases, except in marrying a sister-in-law.
Jewish tradition has also ascribed to the blood avenger the role performed in modern times by a prosecuting attorney, who thus pleads on behalf of the victim the case against the criminal. Thus, he is responsible for bringing the offender to court, finding evidence against him, presenting the case to the court, and collecting damages from the offender. It is also his task to argue against any attempts to pardon the sinner.[1]

Explanatory Notes on Chart: The goal of this chart is to show how the OT shadow of the Goel or Kinsman-Redeemer is perfectly fulfilled in the substance of Christ (Col 2:17-note,  cp “the very form of things” in Heb 10:1-note) and to summarize the results of His redemption which has wrought for us “so great a salvation” (Heb 2:3-note), God’s truth which should motivate us to walk worthy of the calling to which we have been called in Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer (Eph 4:1, 2, 3-note, Col 1:9-note, Col 1:10-note, 1Th 2:10, 11, 12-note, cp the “ultimate worthy walk” in Rev 3:4-note) .
The Problem – Because of Adam’s sin (“the man” = Ge 2:16, 17, 3:6, Ro 5:12-note, Ps 51:5, Job 14:4, 1Ki 8:46, Ec 7:20, Ps 130:3-note, Ps 143:2-note, Pr 20:9), everyone ever born was born into a state of servitude or slavery to Sin (Jn 8:34, Pr 5:22-note, Ro 6:6-note, Ro 6:12-note, Ro 6:16-note, Ro 6:19, 20-note), Statutes (Ro 3:19-note, Gal 4:4, 5, 3:13, Gal 5:18-note), Satan (cp diabolos) (Ep 2:2NLT-note, Ep 6:12-note, Lk 4:6, Jn 8:44 = speaking to unbelieving Jews but applicable to all unbelievers, Jn 12:31, 1Jn 5:19, Acts 26:18, Re 12:9-note) and Stablishment (The World System [see kosmos] – Gal 1:4, 1Jn 2:15-note, 1Jn 2:16-note, 1Jn 2:17-note, Jas 4:4-note), and as slaves to these harsh task masters, men and women needed a radical redemption that would pay the price to set the slaves free. Every religion other than Christianity (which is more of a relationship than a religion) seeks in one way or another to do “good works” in order to pay off the the debt (to merit or earn freedom) that resulted in enslavement. But all human efforts fall short for “No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him–for the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever” (Ps 49:7,8-note, Isa 64:6)
The Price – As summarized in this column above, the price of redemption is blood and only the blood of a perfect sacrifice was acceptable to effect redemption.
The Person – Christ came to earth in order that He might be our Goel or Kinsman Redeemer, the OT type He fulfilled perfectly by (1) becoming our “Kinsman”, (2) possessing the means or price of redemption and (3) manifesting a willingness to redeem.
The Results – The results of Christ’s radical redemption liberate sinful men from each of the harsh task masters – Sin, Statutes (Death), Satan,  and Stablishment (the World System).
Of special note is the association of Christ’s redemption with forgiveness of sins (Mt 26:28, Eph 1:7-note, Col 1:14-note), which has radical implications on our responsibility and ability to forgive others. See the following resources for discussion of the liberating truth regarding forgiveness…

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1 Response to Rosamond’s Maze

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    I posted about my search for a model for Fair Rosamond in 2012 – two years before I met Belle Burch.

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