In my researches as a story archaeologist, I often find myself plundering the same rich, golden seams of ancient Celtic and Norse myths that inspired the imaginations of much greater writers that went before me, notably J.S. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. And as I stand there, trowel in hand, before these gloriously resonant archetypal images – such as the dragon Smaug, from The Hobbit, that hoards piles of gold – I become fascinated to find out where such imagery came from because I know that will also give me its deeper, original wisdom meaning.
So where can we find the derivation of the dragon Smaug?
Well, we need to dig down even further into a dark, peaty layer that hasn’t seen the light of day for many thousands of years.
When Odin claimed the Mead of Wisdom and Poetry it was the final episode of a larger mythic cycle covered partly by the Prose Edda and partly by the Poetic Edda. It records the origins of the mead and its passage through existence, returning full circle to its starting point. Along the way, the mead is met by several of the beings who inhabit the World Tree; suggesting all of these different beings contribute to the progress of wisdom itself.
The mead’s first ingredient came about when the Aesir and Vanir Gods agreed a truce after their futile war. They all spat into a vat and out of their spittle arose a being called Kvasir.
The Vanir Gods are associated with wilderness, nature, fertility and possibly magic. The Aesir Gods seem more associated with the protection of social order, “civilization” and religious observance. Kvasir embodies their differences and their common peaceful interest. He contains everything those deities stood for, a compendium of cosmological knowledge. As Snorri Sturlason stated in the Prose Edda “He was so wise that no one could ask him a question that he could not answer”.
Ken or Kennaz is the rune most associated with the Autumn Equinox, and it represents a flaming torch that lights up the darkness, leading to flashes of enlightenment. I had such a flash today when reading about it in Nigel Pennick’s excellent book “Runic Astrology”. Continue reading
By Rosemary Taylor, Shamanic Practitioner
As I explained in my last article, Odin Part One – Journeying God of Magical and Social Wisdom, Odin travels throughout the Nine Worlds in his quest for wisdom and to avert his own prophesied end, told him by a Seeress. He gains amazing resources along the way, including the runes and the mead of wisdom and poetry. He grows in magical and transformative power.
I also ventured that gaining this kind of occult wisdom may not be everyone’s path in life. If this path is your choice then you might well ask what were the processes, the methods by which he gained such power? Enough information is given in the Poetic and Prose Eddas to establish that he engages in forms of initiation and sacrifice in order to alter or expand consciousness, gaining knowledge of himself and the nature of reality. Continue reading
I’ve described myself previously as a sort of story archaeologist – someone who digs underneath the story mats of the wandering troubadours and tale-tellers of old to find the original myths. What I didn’t say, though, is that when you eventually reach the bottom, what you find is not the first rug but a richly woven carpet depicting remarkably similar tales and sagas, with just small local differences, that must have been spread all over the Northern Hemisphere.
Why would that be? Well, ancient myths are stories that contain allegories and metaphors for cosmological truths that our ancestors wrote in the stars, and everyone north of the equator looked up at the same stars. However, this form of storytelling was not just an an idle pastime of the wandering hunter gatherers; many of these sagas were only written in the eternal stars because they held an eternal message.
Fast forward to modern times, when people are no longer taught the real meanings of these star stories, or the importance of what they represent, and we find others – Death Cult initiates with evil in their hearts – who pull up just a handful of the carpet’s silken threads and twist them into a whole new narrative which they use to serve their own war-like agendas.
This Gordian knot of deception becomes very clear when we examine the likely origins of the story of Adam and Eve – so hopefully you’re ready for a bit of untangling? Continue reading
By Rosemary Taylor
Odin – such a complex character: a warrior, god of poetic inspiration, shapeshifter, leader of the Aesir Gods; husband; father; and mysterious man of the road. Often depicted as a lone traveller, a wide-brimmed hat pulled down over his face hiding his true identity, ravens perched on his staff or upon his shoulders.
I was told he has 99 names, which in itself seems to demonstrate his variety and changeability; sometimes these names are “fake IDs” that disguise and protect him as he travels through the nine worlds seeking wisdom. Continue reading
In order to interpret the metaphors contained in ancient myths, one has to first of all understand that they were meant to act as mnemonics, and so they were based on characters that our ancestors drew in the stars over their heads. In this way, these nomadic nocturnal wanderers and seafarers could carry their memory guide with them; they only had to look up and it was there.
This is no less true of the stories of the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons and the Norse – loosely known as the Northern Tradition. However, the stars of the Northern Tradition are not the same as those that were valued by the Greeks or the Egyptians astrologers, who created classic Western astrology. Therefore, to correctly interpret the stories of our ancestors in the northern hemisphere, we must know which stars were important to them. Continue reading
This is a real faery story …
The Bright World of the Gods was gifted into my Dreamtime by the spirits of the land that inhabit the other dimensions permeating the Vale of Avalon, in Somerset, England. These spirits are known locally as the Gentle Folk, or the Fae, although you might know them better as faeries. So this is a real faery story for enlightened adults from a benevolent Elder race whose role it is to guide the steps of humanity. Continue reading
On 23rd June 2016, the British people up and down the land voted resoundingly to leave the European Union. If this vote had been counted as if it had been a General Election, it wouldn’t just have been 17 million-plus in favour of leaving; two-thirds of constituencies voted overwhelmingly to Leave. And they did so, in such vast numbers, not solely because of out-of-control immigration, nor because they were swayed by a big bright number on a shiny red bus. The majority voted for Brexit in order to claim their country back from foreign domination. They did it to reclaim their Sovereignty from those who, if they don’t actually seek to drive us over the cliffs like Gabriel Oak’s poor sheep in Far From the Madding Crowd, are driving our race in that direction. Continue reading
Please forgive the plain speaking – but I can no longer keep it in. Too many innocent people are being raped or murdered in cold blood daily, now, right across Europe, and it is solely because of the agenda which is largely being operated by the sterile, barren-wombed women who are being forced upon us, as our leaders.
It is five minutes to midnight and so it’s time to call a spade a spade. And before the usual suspects start sending me the usual nasty tweets – please understand. This is not an attack on childless women, many of whom have my deepest sympathies if they had wanted to have children. It is an attack on a shadow world government that has shown that it will only put childless women in positions of power, because they are are the figureheads for an anti-human, Death Cult which our ancestors warned us about in their myths. Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I wrote an article called Fire and Ice: the real revolution we’ve been waiting for about the two different races of man on Earth – the Creators and the Takers. It was a bit of a breakthrough for me. I became aware of this brain – not necessarily the one in the cerebral cortex – but perhaps I should say multi-dimensional intelligence (and no, I don’t mean ETs!) reaching around the Akashic Library of my experience and knowledge acquired over 65 years, and getting into some old, dusty and forgotten corners to put together previously unrelated stuff which was a revelation to me, once my synapses had joined up the dots – a process which was ongoing, even as I was writing it. So that was good …!
But then fast forward to today – and a huge piece of magical synchronicity landed on my desk in the form of some talks that Stefan Molyneux did more than a year ago, entitled The Truth About Gene Wars, and I really recommend them if your interest became at all piqued by the subject from my article. It turns out that are two separate genetic strains within humanity, and those who have studied the different traits of this genetic divide call it the r/K selection theory.
The fabric of this dimension is based on dualistic principles – and so our ancestors, going back thousands of years, have left us stories which contain metaphors about this duality, and about how the duality is found in every kind of being. How it translates in human kind is in the two different races on Earth, the Creators and the Takers.
These stories have been left to us as a warning … because even though some are thousands of years old, human nature doesn’t change… or doesn’t appear to have done so yet! My intuition is telling me that the Creators are today once again in a struggle for survival with the Takers which will only be resolved when the Creators realise their divinity. Continue reading
One upon a time, many aeons ago, a long way back and hidden by the mists of ages, there was a small settlement on that coastal part of the Mediterranean that we now call Africa, and in that settlement lived some gentle and wise cattle farmers who spent their days happily tending their cows. Continue reading
I’m reminded so often in these difficult days of crazy-makers running amuck on the world stage of the battle at the heart of the Bhagavad Gita. If you haven’t read it, I seriously recommend it …because this Indian Vedic classic still retains the understanding of the importance of breaking through the duality of war and peace which has been lost in Jesus’s turning-of-the-other-cheek type. This is what our enemy does – mixes up the spiritual and the material, the metaphorical with the literal, and it fools the non-initiates every time. Continue reading
On the subject of human rights – it really puts things into perspective when you try to use historical precedent to make a logical case for the human being’s right to live on this planet. And not just humans – because all plant and animal life that exists on Earth was just not here billions of years ago. Continue reading
The term claiming one’s Sovereignty has become quite fashionable in recent years, since it was taken up by the Freeman on the Land people. In the mouths of such political activists, it has become a sort of buzz term, a comfort blanket or flag for them all to nestle under in the hope that this magic word will make the bogeyman go away. But whether or not it will stop the worst excesses of the New World Order is yet to be shown. I’m doubtful, because I believe that the concept of Sovereignty has been misunderstood. Continue reading
Because of the bastardisation of mythology into history over the past 1500 years or so, any research on the internet about the origins of the story of the Garden of Eden quickly disintegrates into a wild goose chase for its original location, with any number of possible Mesopotamian locations being offered up.
And so via that cyber rabbit hole of infinite length and diversity of possibilities, we are quickly shepherded away from searching for the real meaning of the story of The Garden of Eden, or at least one that makes sense to mystics and mythologists. Continue reading
There’s a story in the Bible about the Hebrew patriarch Joshua winning an important battle – because, as it says, God made the sun stand still for a whole 24-hour day. It’s known as Joshua’s Long Day. Catastrophe theorists – you know, those guys who’re always putting out You Tubes about this or that comet about to hit us, and it never does? – insist that Joshua’s Long Day was real and that it happened, literally, as described here in the Book of Joshua…. and that it could happen again. Continue reading