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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. Emblems connected with Phallic Worship. IT was the opinion of the ancients, that all the constituent parts of the great machine of the universe were mutually dependent upon each other: and the luminaries of heaven, while they contributed to fecundate and organise terrestrial matter, were in their turn nourished and sustained by exhalations drawn from the humidity of the earth and its atmosphere. Hence the Egyptians placed the personifications of the sun and moon in boats (Plutarch: Isis and Osiris), while the Greeks, among whom the horse was a symbol of humidity, placed them in chariots, drawn sometimes by two, sometimes by three, and sometimes by four of these animals: which is the reason of the number of Bigse, Trigse, and Quadrigse, which we find upon coins: for they could not have had any reference to the public games, as has been supposed, a great part of them having been struck by states, which not being of Hellenic origin, had never the privilege of entering the lists on those occasions. The vehicle itself appears likewise to have been a symbol of the female generative power, or the means by which the emanations of the sun acted: whence the Delphians called Venus by the singular title of the Chariot (Plutarch): but the same meaning is more frequently expressed by the figure called a Victory accompanying it: and by the fish, or some other symbol of the waters, under it. In some instances, have been observed, composite symbols signifying both attributes in this situation: such as the lion destroying the bull, or the Scylla, which is a continuation of emblems of the same kind, as those which compose the Sphinx and Chimsera, and has no resemblance to the monster described in the Odyssey. Ancient writers describing the initiation of votaries into the celeb...  
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