ABOUT THE BOOK
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
If Eliza is likely to be involved with construction, it would be reasonable to expect that Elizabeth has even stronger ties with this field; her name is made by adding the full spelling of Beth, meaning "house," to the end of Eliza. However, the Kabbalah is never straightforward, and like a Buddhist koan or riddle, it is constantly presenting us with paradox after paradox. Elizabeth's name can be reduced to eleven, which is the number of magic, and she is likely to have a long-standing interest--if not an active involvement--in the occult or the unexplained. The house signified by Beth is not a physical house but a representation of Elizabeth's complex worldview. Elizabeth likes to be able to categorize, which may manifest itself as a desire to control. She sees the world in some ways as a jigsaw puzzle that fails to make sense only because the pieces are not quite in the right place. In order to solve the puzzle, she brings a sense of the religious or spiritual. But although Elizabeth likes the world to make sense, she also wants it to retain its soul. The first half of the name, Eliza, refers not to physical construction but to a more mysterious building process: the building of a magical or spiritual understanding. Elizabeth retains Eliza's inner strength and potentially vicious tongue, and these will both stand her in good stead when faced with snide comments and ridicule for her beliefs.
Elizabeth is most fortunate to have Thurisaz, the gateway, in her name, which provides her a place in her mind to gather strength and contemplate hidden aspects of the self. The Algiz energy of protection cautions against emotional extreme, so Elizabeth seeks to remain calm and stable. Elizabeth is aware of her personal power, and for her this equals self-discipline, which is her strongest asset. Elizabeth is probably drawn to politics or the courtroom. She is highly motivated to fight for a cause and is persuasive and heartfelt in her appeals for justice. Elizabeth is not easily intimidated, and when the going gets tough, Elizabeth quadruples her efforts and emerges victorious. Elements: Fire, air, air/earth, air, earth, water, air
Elizabeth is a name that gives abilities in all mental pursuits. A woman possessed of a wide variety of intellectual interests, Elizabeth has a very introspective side to her nature, and will find no problem spending time alone investigating what beckons to her. At the same time, her relationships are most important to her sense of personal completion. She requires a partner who will be supportive of her more subjective moments and enjoy sharing her urge to travel and explore all of life's many possibilities.
DERIVATION: English, originally from the Hebrew name Elisheba, meaning "oath of God." Found in the Old Testament as the wife of Aaron, and in the New Testament as the mother of John the Baptist. First became popular with the rise of Queen Elizabeth I in the sixteenth century. Has become extremely popular in the twentieth century.
PRINCIPAL COLORS: Gold, the palest to the deepest shades of green and yellow
GEMSTONES AND PRECIOUS METALS: White stones, including pearls and moonstones
BOTANICALS: Elder, hops, juniper
UNIQUE SPELLINGS: Alisabeth, Alizabeth, Elisabeth, Elizahbeth
RELATED TO: Bess, Bessie, Beth, Bethany, Betsy, Betty, Elisa, Elisabet, Elisabetta, Elise, Eliza, Elizabetta, Elsbeth, Else, Elsie, Elspeth, Ilse, Isabel, Isabelle, Lis, Lisa, Lisbet, Lise, Lisette, Liz, Liza, Lizzie
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the
sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within."
--DR. ELIZABETH KÜBLER-ROSS (AUTHOR)