Tagged: Garden of Eden

The Derivation of Smaug

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.

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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.

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The Unbearable Yearning for Paradise Lost

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

The trashing of wisdom in the Garden of Good and Evil

What’s not often understood about evil is that it’s never spiritual, but it is always political. It is about trying to make us believe that people who our manipulators want us to conquer or rise up against are essentially and inherently evil because “they follow evil spirits” ~ like Lucifer or the Archons. Our manipulators use scriptural texts to do this. However, the stories in these ancient texts, known as myths, are not about literal devils and demons, but are metaphorical teaching stories. This means that the ‘devils’ in them are no more real than Voldemort or Sauron. Continue reading