All Goblins are Pagans

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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.

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Carl Gustav Jung – The Psychiatrist, the Psychoanalyst, the Philosopher and the Sage, the Alchemist, the Artist and the Magician. The Man who gave birth to the 20th Century.

Carl Jung

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July 26, 1875 – June 6, 1961

Illuminated letter C arl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of a neopsychoanalytic school of psychology, which he named Analytical Psychology.

Jung’s unique and broadly influential approach to psychology has emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician for most of his life, much of his life’s work was spent exploring other realms, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts.

His most notable contributions include his concept of the psychological archetype, his theory of synchronicity and the collective unconscious – also known as “a reservoir of the experiences of our species.”

Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern humans rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of the unconscious realm. Jungian ideas are not typically included in curriculum of most major universities’ psychology departments, but are occasionally explored in humanities departments.

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The Battle of Armageddon Has Been Raging for Centuries

Regardless of whether you are aware of this fact or not, whether you care or not—it does not change the fact that the Battle of Armageddon has already begun and you as an individual, and all of us in society are caught up in the middle of the greatest and most destructive conflict the human race has ever experienced. However, this version of the Battle of Armageddon is not a tangible battle of human slaughter and carnage taking place across the landscape of some rather uninspiring real estate in the Middle East—as was predicted in the Book of Revelations. Rather, this very real and destructive Battle of Armageddon is currently taking place right now in the domain of human consciousness—it is taking place within your own mind.

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We Are The Raven-Fed

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.raven-transparent-16

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The Battle of “Magh Rath”: Its True Site Determined

e74c7de423c46d324afc05174bfbaef2_william-morris-letter-t-by-free-clipart-medieval-letter-t_236-236 he battle of Magh Rath, fought A.D. 637, is one of the most important recorded in the Irish annals; it is mentioned by Adamnan, Abbot of Iona; by the Annalist Tighernach; also in the Chronicon Scotorum, the Annals of the Four Masters, and O’Flaherty’s Ogygia. The entry of Tighernach is as follows :-” A.D. 637.-The Battle of Magh Bath was fought by Domhnall, son of Aedh, and by the sons of Aedh Slaine, (but Domhnall at this time ruled Temoria), in which fell Congal Cacth, King of Uladh, and Faelan, with many nobles; and in which fell Suibhne, the son of Colman Cuar.” O’Flaherty’s entry is much more minute and copious. We quote from Hely’s translation :- “In the year 637, the battle of Moy-rath, in Ulster, is fought by Domnald the Second, King of Ireland, and the sons of Aid Slany, monarch of Ireland, against Congall Olaen, the son of Scandal, King of Ulidia, who was [had been] vanquished in a battle at Dun Kethern, in the year 629, and banished into Britain for his factious and aspiring measures. He levied a great army for this battle, composed of Albanian Scots, with their king Domnall Brec and his brothers, of Picts, Anglo-Saxons, and Britons. In this battle, which continued for seven days, Congall was killed, the rest obliged to fly in the utmost consternation, and Suwney, the son of Cuar, lord of Dalaradia, was drowned. Concerning this war, Adamnan says as follows:-‘ This prediction was fulfilled in our days, in the war of Rath, when Domnal Bree, the grandson of Aidan, was depopulating, without any provocation, the provinces of Domnill, the grandson of Ainmireeh; and, from that day to this, they have been reduced to the last extremity by foreigners: which gives me the most heartfelt concern.'” But the longest and most interesting account of this battle is found in a historical tale of the fifteenth century, the “Cath Muighe Rath”, translated and edited by Dr. O’Donovan, for the Irish Archeological Society, in 1842 and which the editor says has been evidently compiled from earlier accounts.

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The Origin of The Martenitsa (Произходът на Мартеницата)

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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About The Elder Scrolls series and my journey through the world of Gaming and Music.

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

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The Worship of Trees

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.

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Mother of God as a Hypostasis of the Great Mother Goddess in Bulgarian Healing Ritual (Thracian, Bulgarian and Slavic Paganism)

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.

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