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    Odin [Part 1 of 2]

    Odin is the chief divinity of the Germanic pantheon and the foremost of the Aesir. The most complex of the Germanic gods, Odin is a son of the Giants Bor and Bestla.

    He is called the Alfadir – Allfather – for he is the creator of the Germanic peoples and the father of many important, powerful Gods and human heroes. With his wife Frigga, Odin is the father of Balder, Hod and Hermod. He fathered Thor with the Earth goddess Jord, and Vidar with the giantess Grid.

    Odin is a god of wisdom, and a patron of poets, thinkers and artists. Of all the gods, he takes the most active part in the affairs of humans, and is the one who appears most often in the writings of the Germanic peoples.

    Odin also is a God of magic, war and death. He founded rune magic and gave spiritual ecstasy and magical arts to the mystics and Shamans.

    For nine days, Odin hung – pierced by his own spear – on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and the twenty-four runes that comprise the Elder Futhark. Odin won the runes through his ritual sacrifice.

    Odin has a single eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from the Well of Mímir ("Memory") – the Well of Wisdom – from which he gained immense knowledge.

    He won the mead of divine inspiration and poetry by seducing the giant-maid Gunnlod who had been guarding it. Odin grants knowledge, victory, divine inspiration, magic, the fury of the berserk-warrior – and death when he sees fit.

    Skilled in the arts of necromancy, Odin can make the dead speak to gain in wisdom and insight. His hall in Asgard is called Valaskjalf ("shelf of the slain"). From this throne, Hlidskjalf ( Gate tower), he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. Odin's two ravens, Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) carry news to him in Asgard and in Valhalla, where heroes reside once their earthly life is over.

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    Hera – Hera is Zeus' wife and sister. She was raised by the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She is the supreme goddess, goddess of marriage and childbirth and takes special care of married women.

    Hera's marriage was founded in strife with Zeus and continued in strife. Zeus courted her unsuccesfully. He then turned to trickery, changing himself into disheveled cuckoo. Hera feeling sorry for the bird held it to her breast to warm it. Zeus then resumed his normal form and taking advantage of the suprise he gained, took hr as his own. She then married him to cover her shame.

    Once when Zeus was being partcularly overbearing to the other gods, Hera convinced them to join in a revolt. Her part in the revolt was to drug Zeus, and in this she was successful. The gods then bound the sleeping Zeus to a couch taking care to tie many knots. This done they began to quarrel over the next step. Briareus overheard the arguements. Still full of gratitude to Zeus, Briareus slipped in and was able to quickly untie the many knots. Zeus sprang from the couch and grapped up his thuderbolt. The gods fell to their knees begging and pleading for mercy. He seized Hera and hung her from the sky with gold chains. She wept in pain all night, but none of the others dared to interfere. Her weeping kept Zeus up and the next morning he agreed to release her if she would swear never to rebel again. She had little choice but to agree. While she never again rebeled, she often intrigued against Zeus's plans and she was often able to outwit him.

    Most stories concerning Hera have to do with her jealous revenge for Zeus's infidelities. Her sacred animals are the cow and the peacock. Her favorite city is Argos.

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    Norse Mythology
    The Valkyries: Chooser of the Slain

    The Valkyries were female warlike virgins, who mounted upon horses and armed themselves with helmets and spears. They decided who would die in a battle. They would hover over the battlefield, like birds over their prey. There would be six, nine, or thirteen Valkyries at a time. They would select among half of those who died in battle and then bring them to Valhalla. The other half would go to the goddess Freya’s afterlife field Folkvangr. Freya always had the first pick, of the fallen Vikings.
    Odin allowed some of the maidens to take the form of beautiful white swans, but if a Valkyrie was seen by a human without her swanlike disguise, she would become an ordinary mortal and could never again return to Valhalla.

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    Stonehenge was built on solstice axis, dig confirms
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  • Good morning everyone, and welcome to Monday as another week begins May the gods…
    Good morning everyone, and welcome to Monday as another week begins May the gods grant you the strength to overcome all adversity and the wisdom to see all opportunities and a sense of humor Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
  • 5th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Unicorn.
    Characteristics: Day of duty and defending…

    5th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Unicorn.
    Characteristics: Day of duty and defending of principles, beliefs and ideals. Day when the energy is increasing, we have to focus on our plans, and can achieve goals without obstacles. All new knowledge we receive today, as well as the food we eat, everything is absorbed fully. Mostly positive, lucky and favorable day.

    Recommendations: Today we have to be creatively active, and make effort to to achieve what we want. We can successfully defend someone or something, people or ideas. The food we eat is fully transformed into physical and astral energies. Dairy (cottage cheese especially) is recommended.

    Precautions: Fasting should be avoided, as well as overeating. Sex is not recommended.

  • Moon Day 5
    The Vedic tradition considers this day to be the best for any the act…

    Moon Day 5
    The Vedic tradition considers this day to be the best for any the actions intended to bring benefits, and also excellent for beginning any enterprise. The European tradition states the opposite: the day is inauspicious, bringing losses and dangerous illnesses.
  • Monday — Moon's day
    Middle English monday or mone(n)day
    Old English mon(an)dæg…

    Monday — Moon's day
    Middle English monday or mone(n)day
    Old English mon(an)dæg "day of the moon"
    Latin dies lunae "day of the moon"
    Ancient Greek hemera selenes "day of the moon"
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    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 6:34 AM BST
    Sunset: 7:36 PM BST
    Length of Day: 13h 02m
    Tomorrow will be 3m 51s shorter.
    Moon Rise: 11:14 AM BST
    Moon Set: 9:06 PM BST
    Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent 15% Illuminated
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    Animism

    Animism, comes from the Latin word "anima," which means "soul or life". Animism is the world view that natural physical entities – including animals, plants and even inanimate objects or phenomena – possess a spiritual essence.

    Animism specifically is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the religion of indigenous tribal peoples, especially prior to the development or infiltration of civilization and organized religion.

    While each tribe is unique in its specific mythologies and rituals, the term animism often is used to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous tribe peoples' spiritual or "supernatural" perspectives: their world view, or their "reality."

    Some members of the civilized, non-tribal world also consider themselves animists, and, by the same token, not all peoples who describe themselves as tribal would describe themselves as animistic. In fact the tribal animistic perspective is so fundamental, mundane and taken-for-granted that most animistic indigenous people do not even have a word in their languages that corresponds to "animism" – or even "religion," for that matter.

    Animism is a purely anthropological construct, one designated by tribe peoples themselves. There is debate as to whether animism refers to merely a broadly religious belief or to a full-fledged religion in its own right.

    Animism encompasses the beliefs that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical (or material) world. That souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in all other animals, plants, rocks, geographic features and other entities of the natural environment, including shadows, thunder and wind.

    Animism may further attribute souls to abstract concepts such as words, true names, or metaphors in mythology. Examples of animism can be found in forms of Shinto, Serer, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Pantheism, Paganism and Neo-Paganism.

    Scholars tell us that animism shares similarities with totemism, but differs in its focus on individual spirit beings which help to perpetuate life. Totemism more typically holds that there is a primary source, such as the land itself or the ancestors, who provide the basis to life. Certain indigenous religious groups such as the Australian Aborigines are more typically totemic, whereas others like the Inuit are more typically animistic in their worldview.

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    Völur – magical women of the north The völur were shamanic seeresses, who were very respected in the Germanic society (the Nordic is just a branch of the Germanic). The heathen north men saw their women as very spiritual beings. Their gentle beauty, their social character and their ability to create life gave them this reputation. The increase of this were the völur, who made their reputation – having, as women, special spiritual gifts – to their vocation. They left the family hierarchy and the duties and usually lived far from their family, so they could completely sacrifice themselves to their craft. This included i.e. seidr (magic), spa (fortune-telling), galdr (magical singing) or utiseta (meditation in the nature), but also other things like knowledge about herbs and medicine. Although they usually secluded from society or traveled through the land, everyone in the society gave them much respect. Kings and farmers equally consulted her and asked for wise advices, contacted the spirit-world by her or asked for their destiny. They say that sometimes even Odin himself visit a völva to learn about the future.~Laura)O(

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    Moirae

    The Fates, or Moirae, were the goddesses who controlled the destiny of everyone from the time they were born to the time they died. They were: Clotho, the spinner, who spun the thread of a person's life, Lachesis, the apportioner, who decided how much time was to be allowed each person, and Atropos, the inevitable, who cut the thread when you were supposed to die. Even though the other gods were almighty, and supposedly immortal, even Hera had reason to fear them. All were subject to the whims of the Fates. Ministers of the Fates were always oracles or soothsayers (seers of the future). The Fates were very important, but it is still unknown to who their parents were. There is some speculation that they might be the daughters of Zeus, however, this is debatable.

    The Fates were often depicted as ugly hags, cold and unmerciful. But the Fates were not always deaf to the pleading of others. When Atropos cut the thread of King Admetus, who happened to be Apollo's friend, Apollo begged the Fates to undo their work. It was not in their power to do so, but they promised that if someone took Admetus' place in the gloomy world of Hades' domain, he would live. The king's wife, Alcestis, said she would take his place. But Hercules, who happened to be Admetus' guest, rescued her from the underworld, and Admetus an Alcetis were reunited.

    Muses

    The Greek goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences. They were believed to inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians. The Muses were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. The number of Muses varies over time; initially there was but one, and later there is mention of three: Melete, Mneme, and Aoede (the Elder Muses). They were nymphs in Pieria, western Thrace, and their cult was brought to Helicon in Boeotia by the Aloadae. Usually there is mention of nine muses: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania, the Younger Muses.

    The Muses were venerated throughout Greece, but more so in those areas with many wells and springs. The area of Boeotia, near Helicon, remained the favorite place of the Muses, and there they were more venerated than elsewhere. It is also the place of two well that were sacred to them, Aganippe and Hippocrene. Also Delphi and the Parnassus were their favorite places, and it was here that Apollo became their leader (musagetes).

    The Muses sat near the throne of Zeus, king of the gods, and sang of his greatness and of the origin of the world and its inhabitants and the glorious deeds of the great heroes. From their name words such as music, museum, mosaic are derived.

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    Next up are the winds, however the only wind that is widely written about is the northern one and their keeper of course.

    Aeolus
    Custodian of the four winds. A minor deity, he is the son of a king called Hippotes, and lived on one of the rocky Lipara islands, close to Sicily. In the caves on this island were imprisoned the winds, and Aeolos, directed by the higher gods, let out these winds as soft breezes, gales, or whatever the higher gods wished. Being visited by the Greek hero Odysseus, Aeolos received him favorably, and on the hero's departure presented Odysseus with a bag containing all the adverse winds, so that his friend might reach Ithaca with a fair wind. Odysseus did as Aeolos bid, but in sight of his homeland, having been untroubled by foul weather, he fell asleep and his men, curious, opened the bag, thus releasing all the fierce winds, which blew their ship far off course.
    Aeolus is also the name of the legendary ancestor of the Aeolians.

    Boreas
    The Greek god of the North Wind who lived in Thrace. He is depicted as being winged, extremely strong, bearded and normally clad in a short pleated tunic. He is the son of Eos and Astraeus, and the brother of Zephyrus, Eurus and Notus.
    Boreas Boreas has two sons, two daughters and twelve mares which can race over the ground without destroying the grain. When the Persian navy of Xerxes threatened the city of Athens, the Athenians begged his assistance. The Great Wind of the Wintery North blew his anger at the Persians and 400 Persian ships sank immediately. Among other violent acts he abducted Oreithyia, the daughter of the king of Athens, when she was playing on the banks of the Ilissus. In Latin, he is called Aquilo.

    Eurus
    The god of the east wind, a child of Eos and Astraeus. Eurus was the wind who brought warmth and rain from the east. His Roman equivalent is Vulturnus. Some consider the east wind to be unlucky.

    Notus
    The god of the South Wind, which is a very warm and moist wind. He is the son of Eos and Astraeus. The Romans called him Auster.

    Zephyrus
    Zephyrus is the Greek god of the west wind, believed to live in a cave on Thrace. He is the son of Eos and Astraeus, the brother of Boreas, Eurus and Notus. He abducted the goddess Chloris and gave her dominion over flowers. In Roman myth, he is Favonius, the protector of flowers and plants.

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    So, we'll probably have another couple posts about Greek deities, didn't get to everyone I was hoping we would, but I really need to catch some Zzzs. Leaving you guys with info on two of my favorites, Hypnos and Psyche.

    Hypno
    Hypnos is the personification of sleep in Greek mythology. He is the son of Nyx and Erebus, and the twin of Thanatos ("death"). Both he and his brother live in the underworld. He gave Endymion the power of sleeping with open eyes so he could see his beloved, the moon goddess Selene.
    Hypnos is portrayed as a naked young man with wings attached to his temples, or as a bearded man with wings attached to his shoulders.

    Psyche
    The personification of the human soul. In the well-known fable of the Roman writer Apuleius, Psyche is the youngest of three daughters. She was of such extraordinary beauty that Aphrodite herself became jealous of her. The goddess then sent her son Eros to make Psyche fall in love with an ugly man. However, the god himself fell in love with the girl and visited her every night, but forbade her to see his face, so she did not know who her lover was. On her sisters' instigation she tried to discover the true identity of her beloved. When he lay asleep in her bed, she lit an oil lamp but when she bent over to see Eros' face, a drop of oil from her lamp fell on him and he awakened. When he noticed her intent, he left her. Psyche wandered the earth in search of her lover, until she was finally reunited with him.
    On ancient Greek vases, Psyche is portrayed in the shape of a bird with a human head, sometimes with a beard. Later she is shown in the shape of a cock, butterfly, or a small human figure. As the beloved of Eros she is a fair maiden, often with butterfly wings.

    Going to con my cat into giving back my heating pad now. Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend and I'll be back on Tuesday!

    Good night and sweet dreams everyone
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  • 4th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Tree of Knowledge.
    Characteristics: Day of double m…

    4th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Tree of Knowledge.
    Characteristics: Day of double meaning, good and bad at the same time. Day when we have to make a choice between good and evil. Symbolically may mean a Biblical tree of knowledge that carries a fruit of good and evil.

    Recommendations: Today it is important to think many times before making an important decision. Day best spent taking care of home and family. It is necessary to spend some time alone today, and think of ancestors that passed away. Day when our throat Chakra, is activated and singing holy hymns, prayers and mantras is recommended.

    Precautions: Actions that are not well thought of should be avoided, and are dangerous. Cutting of trees and flowers, as well as harming any living beings should be avoided. Group work is not recommended.

  • Moon Day 4
    This is a contradictory day. In the Vedic and Avesta traditions, it i…

    Moon Day 4
    This is a contradictory day. In the Vedic and Avesta traditions, it is inauspicious and only good for conflict and getting rid of anything outmoded. Nothing should be started, especially if it is connected to any kind of material gain. In the European tradition this is a good day for beginnings, especially if you are searching for something lost. It is also lucky for any kind of business that deals with water.
  • Sunday — Sun's day
    Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
    Old English sunnand…

    Sunday — Sun's day
    Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
    Old English sunnandæg "day of the sun"
    Germanic sunnon-dagaz "day of the sun"
    Latin dies solis "day of the sun"
    Ancient Greek hemera heli(o)u, "day of the sun"

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