Saturday, December 12, 2009

Choice Gold

כ"ו בכסלו תש"ע
Shamash 28

In follow-up to Between the Pages of Time, on the significance of the color orange (to scribal writing and to the time of faerie/niddah), Balashon writes:

Katom כתום - orange - is also a "new" color, coined for the first time in Modern Hebrew. Klein writes that it derives from ketem כתם - gold.

As far as the connection between gold and writing, Steinberg claims that ketem refers to choice gold, and was so named because it was marked to indicate its value (see a similar opinion here).


In post-Biblical literature, ketem refers exclusively to the signs of niddah (menstruation) blood.

Thus, the color orange in my most recent dream connects scribal writing directly to the archetypes of feminine leadership (and specifically to the time of faerie/niddah).

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