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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Baobabs, the weirwoods of Earth


The prime axis mundi of the Earth are the giant old sentinel trees, those ancient baobab trees. They can live more than 3,000 years and have seen history. These trees have witnessed the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Industrial revolution, two World Wars, rise in technology and Space Age. Now within thirteen years, about nine of those ancient and wise baobab trees have perished. Science can't explain why this has been happening although many have said it's caused by climate change. Well why?
Baobab trees are found in Africa and other parts of the world, which is our world's own Weirwood counterparts. Weirwoods are ancient white giant trees found in the ongoing saga "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels. Baobabs and other trees like oaks, redwoods and ash are connected to the cosmic giant trees, like Yggdrasil.
The weirwoods contain magic and vast networks of caves beneath the soil, tunnelled by roots. The trees came under attack with the arrival of the Andals (invaders from far away, Essos, meaning "East continent"). This caused the Children of the Forest to carve faces in the trees and the oldest trees all have faces. The mythology of being watched by trees is like a connection server, the weirwoods the computer hardware, the roots all the cables. Children of the Forest are agents who operate in the dark and in hiding. Symbolically, they're the guardians of the natural world, protecting their soil and trees against humans. When the original wave of invaders arrived before the Andals, they were called the First Men, who threatened the Children of the Forest and caused a war, resulting in climatic disasters, called The Long Night where Winter lasts years. As this occurred, another danger appeared to threaten humans, the Others, a horde of supernatural creatures and undead armies.
This is a story of our own historic past, told in a parallel. The First Men, who obviously were the early human settlers, encountered the Neanderthal species and their great animals. The Long Night is like our own Ice Age era on a grand scale. Climate change, global warming, and threats of another ice age and collision from space is always going to be there in our news and stories.
The Doom of Valyria is perhaps a slightly different event that happened in Essos, but the Valyrian freehold was always remembered for it's beauty and magnificent wonder. Such a place can't be explored as it rests in constant disasters and no one can survive it. While such a place happened in our legends called Atlantis, there is a similar location on our world that is also hostile like Old Valyria and this would be the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
Reading into the books, weirwoods and their magic, as northerners still pray to them as their Old Gods kind of explains how baobabs are dying at the moment: Because of Climate change. It's always that isn't it?
I hope you enjoyed my post even though I went deep into George R. R. Martin's works of fiction to talk about the ancient trees in Africa.
Howls ^^      
 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Did hippies really vanish at Stonehenge?


With the most powerful symbols of ancient Britain, the megalithic site of Stonehenge, comes the mysterious event in 1971. A number of happy young people with some grass stayed for the night at Stonehenge, during a warm Summer in the era of glam rock. It was a place to enjoy a mystical night for these youngsters. The group consisted of three girls and two boys, named Julia Ashton, Wilma Rupert, Shary Wilson Jr, Lucas Addam and Danniel Wilson.
The Summer was proving "beautiful" at the ancient stones, they thought. They wanted to enjoy the stars and be close to the magnificent prehistoric structure. Then all were taken by surprise when a sudden violent storm happened after midnight. There was plenty of vivid streaks of lightning that disturbed even people everywhere in Salisbury. People in the location heard screams coming from Stonehenge, as lightning struck the megaliths.
Then the young campers at Stonehenge just disappeared during that very storm. Only their tents were found burnt from the lightning. So where did these young people go that night? Perhaps even more strange is why a diary belonging to one of the boys in the group, Danniel Addams, was found decades later just near the site. Pieces of paper was partially burnt, belonging to the young missing five people. According to the notes, the people wanted to have an adventure, although Wilma Rupert was described as feeling unnerved about it. There were notes that describe how Wilma dreamt that something scary might happen at Stonehenge.
Is this an urban legend, a piece of fiction or did it happen?
My conclusion: This sounds a bit too Hollywood for my liking, especially with the whole theme of American hippies taking a trip to England's ancient site, where they can chill out and get stoned. The entries in the half burnt diary about the girl Wilma's prophetic dream sounds just like a plot for a supernatural story. Stonehenge attracts millions of visitors every year, and there are tons of people who've spent the night there, before it was banned to do so. Lightning hits the stones in Summer storms, and the key paranormal of the place is a leyline. If that story of the vanishing hippies is true, the investigation into their disappearance was stopped, and it's likely more happened than what was revealed. If it did happen, then none of the families of the missing ever came forward to tell their story or appeal to the Press. Some conspiracy theorists claim it happened and the hippies vanished into a portal that was opened up by the storm, a bit like Dorothy from "Wizard of Oz" who disappeared when a storm struck her home. Perhaps it's just not a real event. My guess is as good as yours.
Info with diary of Danniel Addams at http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Disappearance_of_the_Stonehenge_Hippies
Howls ^^

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Howling VI: The Freaks



The next Howling movie is "Howling VI: The Freaks" (1991) directed by Hope Perello, starring Bruce Payne, Michele Matheson and Brendan Hughes. This film in particular isn't about werewolves, but it has one werewolf character, Ian the anti-hero, who has a tragic past. His entire family were slaughtered by a sinister vampire. He travels alone on foot carrying just a toy that belonged to his dead sister and a bag full of old paper clippings. He finds work in a small town church, befriends the local preacher and his daughter, then a circus arrives in town. The circus performers were quite a show, and the rest of the movie lacks the gore and darkness of an atmospheric werewolf setting. It focused mainly on the circus and it's creepy owner Harker. All in all, quite tense in places, a bit too sunny in others. I rate this film a 5/10.
Howls ^^

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Howling V: The Rebirth


"Howling V: The Rebirth" 1989, directed by Neal Sundstrom, starring Phil Davis, Victoria Catlin and Ben Cole. This particular sequal saved the Howling series because it was a very different type of Howling. It had a serious tone. It was darker and eerie, set in a Medieval castle and a werewolf lurked within the passages. A group of people were invited there to the castle in Budapest, although something seemed off. The castle projects a sinister vibe. 500 years earlier was a bleak "Red Wedding" style history of the castle. I thought this was a very creepy film with real horror.
The most frightful thing about it was getting chased.
I mark this film a 7/10.
Howls ^^