This week I will cover Qudshu, Quintessence, Quirinus, and Quetzalcoatl.
We start off in Egypt this week with the Egyptian goddess “of good health and consort of the fertility god Min” (Tresidder, 2004:402). Tresidder (2004:402) notes that Qudshu is Syrian in origin and was seen at times to be “a form of the goddess Hathor” (Tresidder, 2004:402).
“She is depicted naked, holding lotus flowers and snakes, standing on the back of a lion” (Tresidder, 2004:402).
Quintessence is “perfected matter” (Tresidder, 2004:403). “Western alchemists said that the fout elements (earth, air, fire and water) were surrounded by a purer, mystic element, the ‘fifth essence’ … similar to the Indic notion of prana, the energizing etheric spirit, or the Chinese qi…” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
Tresidder (2004:403) also notes: “[the] animal symbols eagle (air), phoenix (fire), dolphin (water) and man (earth), were grouped together to represent the quitessence”.
Moving on to Classical mythology, Quirinus was a Roman god of war, “in origin possibly the Sabine equivalent of Mars” (Tresidder, 2004:403). Tresidder (2004:403) notes that Romulus was identified with Quirinus after his deification.
Quetzacoatl is one of the most important Aztec gods (Tresidder, 2004:403) “although he has his origins in pre-Aztec cultures” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
“The Aztecs adopted Quetzacoatl as the patron of priests, learning and crafts and the inventor of the calendar” (Tresidder, 2004:403). His name means “Feathered Spirit” and “Precious Twin” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
“He appeared in numerous other guises, such as the god of twins and, especially, as the god of the wind, Ehecatl” (Tresidder, 2004:403). He also played a great part in the “myth of the Five Suns” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
See also Tresidder (2004:403) for more information about Quetzacoatl or follow this “Quetzacoatl” link.
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Tresidder, J. (2004). The Complete Dictionary of Symbols in Myth, Art and Literature. London: Duncan Baird Publishers.