Hecate, Queen of GhostsHecate, Queen of Ghosts4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
We're talking once again about mythology. And this time, the topic of interest is Hecate, the Queen of Ghosts and Spirits.
Hecate was a Greco-Roman goddess who has affiliations with witchcraft, magick, necromancy, which is to say the art of communicating with the dead and spirits, not the art of raising zombies, and crossroads. An inscription in the ancient Greek city of Miletus named her as the protector of entrances, as well. She also was later associated with the Underworld and the spirits therein, earning her the moniker Queen of the Ghosts.
She was the daughter of the Titans Perses and Asteria, which gave her power over the realms of heaven, earth, and the sea. When Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, was abducted by Hades, Hecate gave aid in the search, guiding Demeter and later becoming a companion to Persephone. Hecate was usually depicted as a woman holding two torches, sometimes much like Artemis in knee-length maiden's skirt and hunting boots. Also like Artemis, she was dep
Spells EssaySpells are More Than FormulasSpells Essay4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
By: Eric Thomas
Warning: This essay holds spiritual views and is therefore not for everyone.
Reading various different books on spellcraft, I always seem to find something, in one way or another. And this something is that spells are formulaic in nature, and that preparations for using magick are required. This isn't the case with every book, but it seems to be a majority opinion. So much so that there are books solely dedicated to the formulaic nature of spellcraft.
While having preparations for spells are good to have, they're not necessary. There are, in fact, entire belief systems where magick is spontaneous or just something that exists for use, without needing a cleared space, preparation, and the right tools first. The stock in ritualism and ceremonialism seem to stem from the belief that the magick performed these ways are more powerful, somehow. On top of that, there are the people who just like the rituals and ceremonies,
TarotTarot4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Tarot is a magickal tool used in divination, in the form of a deck of 78 cards, broken up into the Lower Arcana, made up of 56 cards and designed just like a regular playing card deck, and the Major Arcana, the 22 cards that often represent the journey of life. And it's an incredibly versatile tool, at that. Even people who argue the existence of psychic abilities can't touch the Tarot, because you don't have to even know about magick to use them. You can use them without having any connection to the psychic world, though it's believed that intuition is in itself psychic, so there's that.
The actual Tarot started out, most likely, as a series of card games known collectively as Triomfi in most places. The earliest mention of it was somewhere between 1332 and 1450 AD, in Italy. The actual mentioning was found in a letter from a duke to his treasurer, asking him to find a Tarot deck, and a normal deck of playing cards if a Tarot deck couldn't be found. In the 15th century, the Tarot was
Psychic AbilitiesPsychic Abilities4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Hello, everyone. This time, we're going to be talking about psychic abilities.
Because there are an unbelievable number of different psychic abilities, in mythology, fantasy, and reality, I won't be talking about any of them specifically, in this article, and will most likely have individual essays for them somewhere down the road.
But for this essay, we'll be talking about the basics.
First off, a psychic ability is any ability that goes beyond the regular five senses. Anyone can utilize them, even if they don't believe in the supernatural. Some instances of that would be intuition, where you get a gut feeling about something that turns out to be right, and even something as subtle as being very persuasive could possibly be psychic in nature.
The actual abilities come from the human mind, and there are generally five basic abilities, from which all others originate.
The most commonly known is clairvoyance, which is getting information from psychic sight. This often manifests in things
Nyx and ErebusNyx and Erebus4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Hello, all, it's ET, talking about the ultimate creatures of the night.
I'm talking about Nyx and Erebus. Who are they?
Nyx and Erebus are primordial gods from the Greek pantheon, and they reproduced like bunnies. In mythology, they had at least nineteen different children, deities of everything from Aether, the first-born elemental god of atmosphere, to Eris the goddess of strife, the Fates, and several others.
Individually, they weren't both gods of the night. Only Nyx was the goddess of the night, a shadowy being that was around either at or near the beginning of creation. She was the mother of personified gods like Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She wasn't often depicted in mythology, but when she was, she was said to be a woman of incredible beauty and power, depicted variably as a winged goddess, sometimes wearing a dark garment and accompanied by the stars as she rode around on a chariot. I'd think she'd make an impression on people. According to Homer
FamiliarsFamiliars4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Most people have heard the term before, I'm sure, but what exactly is a familiar?
In European folklore, familiar spirits were supernatural beings which were believed to aid witches in magick. According to the myths, they would be shapeshifters, usually animals, but also humans or humanoid creatures, until they later became associated with ghosts. They were also sometimes said to be temporary, physical forms of spirits or tricksters. In shamanism, astral travel was believed to be done in a special form outside of the physical shell of a human's body; this form was believed to be an animal's form.
While serving witches, they were believed to be evil, though when working for the cunning folk, the professional practitioners of folk magick from the medieval period to the early 20th century, they were believed to be good. Associated with demons and fairies both, familiars were believed to serve witches, protecting them as they came into their powers and giving magickal aid before forming a c
Morpheus, God of DreamsMorpheus, God of Dreams4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Hello, all. This time I'm talking about more mythology. And the topic here is Morpheus. No, not the Morpheus I'm sure most people reading this will think of, from the Matrix movies. At least, not technically.
See, in Greek mythology, Morpheus is the god of dreams. Which is why, technically, you could argue that the Matrix character was derived from the god, since in the film, he's said to wake Neo up from his 'sleep'. But we're not here to talk about The Matrix, at least not in this video, so let's get to the mythology.
In Greek mythology, Morpheus was the son of Nyx and Erebus, who I've covered previously. He is the oldest of the Oneiroi (which means "dreams") triplets, sons of said consorting primordial deities, at least according to Hesiod and Cicero. The poet Ovid suggested that he, and his brothers, were actually children of Hypnos, the god of sleep, and to merely be descendants of Nyx and Erebus.
Morpheus was the leader of the gods and spirits of dreams, and manifested himself in
Atlas and CalypsoAtlas and Calypso4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
This time, we're talking about a pair of figures in Greek mythology. These two are a good display of how sadistic some of the Greek pantheon could be to those who pissed them off.
We're talking about Atlas and Calypso.
I'm sure there are quite a few people who have used an atlas, without knowing why it's called that. But I was curious, so I looked it up, and found out about the Titan for whom they're named. Atlas was one of the second-generation Titans in the Greek pantheon.
In one instance, it was believed that Atlas led a rebellion against Zeus. When the Titans lost, Zeus condemned him to bear the weight of the heavens upon his shoulder. He also taught humans the art of astronomy, which was a tool used by sailors for navigation and farmers for measuring the seasons. When these two things were combined, Atlas became the god who spun the heavens on their axis, which moved the stars.
The demigod Herakles (adapted later as Hercules) met Atlas when looking for the Golden Apples of Hesperi
Bast, Queen of the CatsBast, Queen of the Cats4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
This time we're talking about Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of the sun, the moon, cats, women, and secrets. Quite the load she has on her shoulders.
Bastet is probably the most famous Egyptian goddess after Isis, who it seems everyone's at least heard of. Bast was the daughter of Ra, born well after the creation of the other primal gods. Originally, she was the goddess of the sun, but after the Greeks caught her mythos, she became a moon goddess, due most likely to an association with Artemis.
Much like Artemis, Bast is a wild goddess. While having her favor meant many blessings, her wrath was legendary, earning her a listing as one of Ra's avenging deities who punished the enemies of Egypt and the corrupt. It's said this is keeping with her totem animal, the cat, which was a sacred animal to Bast. Bastet's importance may have something to do directly with her connection to cats, as cats stopped the spread of disease via vermin, which made cats a very important animal to the Egyptians a
Pentacles and PentagramsPentacles and Pentagrams4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
You know, it's amazing to me all the different meanings one symbol can have.
I'm sure everyone's at least heard of or seen the pentagram before. This is because a pentagram isn't inherently going to point down, and even when it does, no evil is there unless it's in the intent with which it's drawn. Most people who aren't Pagan think of Satanism when they see it, but that's not correct. This one star has a ton of different meanings.
Like the cross or the Star of David, the pentacle is a symbol of faith. But that's not the only aspect of this star. It has magical associations, and as well as Freemasonry, Neopaganism, and numerous belief systems, it is seen as a symbol of mathematical perfection in Pythagoreanism and a mnemonic device of all the elements and aspects of life in Taoism. In the Order of the Eastern Star, a Freemason organization, the inverted pentagram was used as a symbol.
Some common interpretations are that the points of the pentagram represent the elements, the phases of
Fata MorganaFata MorganaFata Morgana4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
-A Morgana Lugus Investigation-
By: Eric Thomas
I woke up when a knock came at my door, finding that I had, once again, fallen asleep in my office.
With a curse, I sat up, glaring at the door.
"Morgana, you've got clients," a bright voice called from the other side of the barrier.
"Send them in," I said, straightening.
The door opened and in walked a couple, wearing business suits and clearly looking unhappy to be here in my office.
"Hello. Please take a seat," I said, gesturing to the chairs opposite my desk.
They woodenly did so, looking as though they were afraid they'd be burnt.
"What can I help you with?" I asked, gauging the two.
"Are you the witch?" the woman asked tartly.
She appeared to be in her late 50's, with graying red hair and cold, icy blue eyes. She wore a powerful black business suit, and the way she was looking at me gave me the feeling that she was used to having people speak to her without bein
Lugus, the WiseLugus, the Wise4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
This time, we're talking about a more Celtic side of mythology. Lugus is the god we're talking about this time around.
Lugus or Lúgh was a Celtic god who is arguably one of the best documented around. Due to the large amount of writings and drawings related to him, it seems he was a very important deity to the ancient Celts.
He also seems to have been a very gifted deity, having been said to represent arts and crafts, intelligence, wisdom, oaths, a magical spear, and that he's a trickster. He was attributed to also being the Roman god Mercury. This isn't necessarily true, because the Romans had a tendency to take Pagan things at that time and force it into their own beliefs in some shape or form.
Lugus has been called a catch-all god, and it shows.
Another very interesting fact is that Lugus is associated with Lughnasadh, which is a festival usually celebrated on the first of August, which literally means The Marriage of Lugh.
So that was Lugus! Hope it was informative.
Magick CirclesMagick Circles4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
This time we're talking about one of the basics of spellcraft, and magick in general, the magick circle.
First, what is a magick circle? I won't be a smartass and say it's a circle that's magickal, and instead say that it's a very basic form of protection magick, inscribed in the form of a circle around the magick worker or workers. It's also known as a sacred space, a place where time and everyday issues drop away and are left behind whilst inside doing magickal work. Beyond a basic circle, it's customizable from there, for whatever purpose you want it to serve.
How a circle is created can be as simple as imagining a circle of light around you, or taking an athame or other object in a circle around you or your group, or it can be as concrete as pouring salt in a circle or physically carving the circle somewhere if you use it very often and don't want to repeatedly draw it. Generally, the Four Quarters (the four directions of a compass) or the five elements are called to give the circl
The MorriganThe Morrigan4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
This time, we're talking about the Morrigan.
The Morrigan, which is literally "phantom queen", appears to be a goddess from Celtic mythos, though she's never explicitly said to be such.
The Morrigan is a goddess of battle and strife, and inversely, fertility. Funny how that works. She would often appear as a carrion crow above warriors, though she would also take the forms of eels, wolves, and a cow. She is also associated with the Valkyries. She would often be depicted as a triple goddess, but membership is ambiguous, including the Badb, a goddess who caused confusion in battle to aid her favored side, and her sisters Macha and the Morrigan. Talk about identity issues. Other accounts include Nemain, a fairy spirit of havoc, her sister Fea, and Anand, the goddess personification of death.
The Morrigan mythos seems to date back to the cult of the Matrones, often depicted via their cult through ecstasy in fighting. As a Goddess of war, and therefore life and death, she had a habit to app
AurasAuras4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Hello, everyone. This time, we're talking about auras, both in mythology as well as reality.
First off, what is an aura? Most people have heard about them. They're generally conceived as bands of light or color surrounding a person. What an aura actually is has been debated from the beginning of the concept, and has been deemed everything from the energy a body gives off, electromagnetic energies around a person, to even a marker for seizures or synesthesia, a condition that mixes senses due to a misfire somewhere in the brain of an individual, though these are explanations made by skeptics.
Auras are usually believed to exist in all things living, and that it's perceptible, either at random or through training and practice. In the case of the latter, it's believed to be due to the third eye, one of the areas of psychic energy in a human that can lead to enlightenment when released. The aura itself doesn't necessarily appear as a color, but when it does, the colors are believed to be a