Irish Fairies by W. B. Yeats (1890)
When I tell people that the Irish peasantry still believe in fairies, I am often doubted. They think that I am merely trying to weave a forlorn piece of gilt thread into the dull grey worsted of this century. They do not imagine it possible that our highly thought of philosophies so soon grow silent outside the walls of the lecture room, or that any kind of ghost or goblin can live within the range of our daily papers. If the papers and the lectures have not done it, they think, surely at any rate the steam-whistle has scared the whole tribe out of the world. They are quite wrong. The ghosts and goblins do still live and rule in the imaginations of the innumerable Irish men and women, and not merely in remote places, but close even to big cities.
Just what is it about the making of pictures? Endless pondering on the nature of image-making, of the desire and the need to make images, has left me no closer to that mirage despite all the assiduous musing.
From where do images come – for they must have an origin – and how do we make sense of them and, through them, make sense of ourselves?
The images we make are not mirrors – or if they are, they are imperfect ones at best. They reflect those things we cannot clearly behold except by the imperfect process of drawing and painting.
The process is of course inspiration, a will o’ the wisp disguised as a discipline, the elusive resource upon which all depends. By the flickering light of that ignis fatuus masquerading as a profession, the midnight oil of the small hours of the mind, artists the world over sketch, draw, paint… create.
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 .
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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.
Ask the average person to describe the aesthetic appearance of a typical ‘Viking’, and immediately, from the depths of their cognition, they will invariably begin with the horned helmet. The stereotypical and long-clichéd, off-the-rack, standard-issue ‘Viking’ with the rugged, fierce expression of extreme violence, while constantly sporting his twin-horned accessory of murder, mayhem, pillage and rape. An image which has become so deeply entrenched within the subconscious of the human mind, that for most people to even imagine a Viking not wearing a horned helmet is inconceivable; even laughable.
Yet, not a single archaeological record of a Viking horned helmet has ever been uncovered. Nor will a Viking horned helmet ever be discovered. The so-called horned helmet of the Vikings simply did not exist, and no Viking head has ever been adorned with a horned helmet, except in the illustrations of countless novels, historical text books and popular comic books, and along with the portrayal of Vikings in cinemas and on TV screens.
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.
When the Science and Art of magic is submerged under the miasma of moral subjectivity—borne out of spirituality and religion—elemental demonic forces begin to prey upon the priest class and aristocrats of the tribe by infecting the weakest psychic links among them.
Maria Kvilhaug is a historian of religions. She graduated with a master’s degree in Old Norse Mythology and Initiation Rituals from the University of Oslo. Her master’s dissertation was the later published work “The Maiden with the Mead — A Goddess of Initiation in Old Norse Myths?” She is also the author of “The Seed of Yggdrasil.” Maria runs the YouTube channel, Earth Mythic Library under the username LadyoftheLabyrinth, which is inspired by the Minoan term “Labyrinthos Potnia.” Maria takes a historical and spiritual approach to Old Norse myths and legends and considers them on par with other classical philosophical principles. We’ll begin on the ancient Norse lifestyle of both men and women, including the ranking system. Maria explains how shamanism has an important place in Norse mythology. She’ll point out symbolism found in Norse stories and art that is also seen in other mythologies around the world. In the second hour, we’ll discuss the Vikings, who travelled far and wide. We’ll talk about how Viking raids began in retaliation of Roman Christian aggression. She’ll talk about the destruction of pagans and their fight to ward off Christian invasion, which also included Norse sorcery. As the Vikings were scattered, we’ll discuss where they went. We’ll also hear about hierarchy and the expectations of a man within the Viking society. Later, Maria discusses Norse cosmology and elaborates more on Norse myths that are conveyed in poems, riddles and tales.
In the multicultural west we are told to say Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas or these days Happy Holidays as to not offend others. Lana tells about the true origins of newcomer holidays such as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Where did these holidays originate? Are they original? Why are they also in December, like Christmas? She’ll also talk about the true origins of Christmas, which is entirely borrowed from Yule, the pre-Christian European celebration of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas are all imposters, culturally appropriating from the ancient European Winter Solstice celebration. Learn about the myth, symbolism and tradition of Yule.