Martenitsa is one of the oldest and most interesting symbols. For its meaning and origin there are different views. Some researchers seek connection with the time when Tsar Kaloyan lived, others returned further back in the past – in the era of Asparuh. There are those who try to impose their belief that the oldest martenitsa is from the land of Iran. Overall, however, all these statements are based mostly on personal desires and are not supported by solid arguments. I think the truth is quite different and it may surprise many of my countrymen.
Although we do not know the details of how much further in time the tangled roots of white and red thread goes, we instinctively feel that it concerns something important, something which has arisen in the past but due to its importance has survived until today. This is no accident, it is just instinct, many of our scientists believe that the martenitsa has an apotropaic impact, i.e. it is a charm having magical powers and ability to protect the holder .
First and foremost I will start from the very beginning, and that means that I will try to explain my journey through various musical genres, gaming platforms and how i ended up where I stand right now. I want to point out first, that i completely abandoned video games and that i started to know more about tabletop role-playing games. I did not however abandoned producing music. A lot of things changed since those days and that is just the natural way of my personal development as an individual.
I’ve been a gamer pretty much through my entire conscious existence on this earth and i think i will remain one in one way or another. I remember that i always had a passion for few things. Music, fantasy literature, history, books in general, drawing stuff, and last but not least, video games.
This is a short artistic segment created by me and it is inspired by the philosophical side of Nature, trees, and the mysterious secrets of the runes and also the profound and deep psyche of our forebears and the druids of old. It is also a homage to one of the greatest minds and thinkers of the last century, Sir James Frazer.
Are trees sacred, and did really our forebears worshiped them like living spirits and embraced them as a part of life? Let’s dig into the deep psyche and the fertile soil of the lands and vast European forests and discover the roots of our hidden consciousness.
The text in the video is respectively from the book “The Golden Bough” by the Scottish anthropologist and writer, Sir James George Frazer.
The footage used and taken by me is from the woodland area of the northern part of Bulgaria in my hometown of Veliko Tarnovo.
This article presents healing rituals from the Bulgarian traditional culture, in which the Mother of God plays the central role. Her image there is very different from her Christian canonical one. One of the differences is that in the healing incantations, the Mother of God is invoked together with God as a couple. Additionally, according to the folk beliefs the Mother of God is a patron of some healers and some of them also claim that she has taught and has been guiding them in the proper doing of the healing rituals. The healing incantations present her as a mistress of the elements, ruler of the forest nymphs called samodivi. She appears on crossroads when she hears the cry of the sick. All these functions and special features bring her closer to the ancient notion of the Great Mother Goddess than to the Mary of the Bible. Together with the verbal part of the rites, this research also focuses the attention on the action code, because they both invoke the hypostasis of the divine presence. Some typological similarities with ancient healing rituals connected with the image of the Mother goddess are thoroughly presented. Their distinguishing elements are studied in-depth. The separate parts of the ritual action for healing are commented on as well. The healing is understood as expelling the impurity, which causes the imbalance and as achieving the harmony in the body and the soul of the sick person. The healing happens with the intervention of the Mother of God and she restores the order of the macrocosm (outside the person) and of the microcosm (inside the person). Besides, as the examples show, the Mother of God remains anonymous. She is invoked only by naming her function to be Mother. In the healing spells she is also invoked as mother, but as mother of everything and everyone; she is omnipresent and watches over everyone, responding immediately when her help is asked for. All these patterns of the Mother of God in Bulgarian healing rituals present her as a hypostasis of the Great Mother Goddess.
Merry Magical Yuletide to every Pagan brother and sister out there and all the best for the new 2017! This year was full of interesting events, negative as well as positive ones. Many people passed away and many things changed. Empires will rise and fall. It was a ”charged” year overall and that is good. Many obstacles were presented and challenges were overcome. Let’s see what the new cycle will bring us and how we are going to approach it and lay the foundations for the new reality that emerged from the ruins of a long, treacherous and overall crucial war for the human soul and psyche. GOD JUL! GOTT NYTT ÅR!