Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Therianthropic Ascension

Therianthropes come in all manner of forms. Many prefer to use the term "were", a modern variant of Old English wer, to mean "man" or basically human. It's a non-term because it's a half word short for "werewolf" but because there are so many different shapeshifters, with different selves, including extraordinary spirit breeds, it is used to mean "were whatever, we are not all werewolves, we are also werecats too, and werebears, and so on and so on!" Okayyy. So this is the point I'm making, about why I don't think using the word "were" is appropriate to describe a Therianthrope. It simply says "human". Yes but we are. I prefer to say Therianthrope but all this is my opinion. Now onto the next issue and subject, a special meditation for therianthropes.

There are different therianthropes. Some are weretigers, some werefoxes (kitsune), werewolves, werebears, werecats, werelions... half-humans and half beasts. The more stranger kinds that I was referring to are:

1. The combo therianthrope sides, or one person claiming to be more than just one inner animal self, but a hybrid (Polywere), a mixture of animals.

2. The exotic types of Therianthropes such as sealife (dolphin, whales, sharks,) birds, crocodiles, badgers, deer and even extinct animals!

3 The fantastic types such as dragons, griffins, winged wolves, fairies and angels (who are better regarded as Otherkin).

 Whatever type you are, you know what you are. There is no right or wrong. If you feel you are aparticular type then who is to tell you otherwise? No one has the right to say you are not what you want to be or what you feel inside.

So let me take you one step further. When you have spare time and no one around to disturb you, find some moments of peace. Once you're on your own in a calm mood, think of YOUR Therianthrope self. Really try to concentrate. Imagine you are this other animal self, the Therianthrope side, or the creature you feel you are. Go and close your eyes. Imagine being somewhere nice, a place you've been before probably and you liked going to or a place you wish to go and see. It could be a beautiful beach or a quiet secluded garden. Anywhere you like that is quiet and calm. Really imagine it as if you are there. Imagine what it feels like, warm and comforting. Imagine the gentle soft breeze.

Now try and picture the sunlight (or moonlight with stars). If you want to, imagine you are indoors even on a sunny afternoon or even inside in the warm as it rains outside, it depends on what you find the most comforting and relaxing.

Picture yourself in that dreamy peaceful lovely setting. Try and think you there. Imagine you are hearing the breeze,birds, crickets, rain, trees blowing, waves, ect.

Also now imagine the scents: perfume from the ozone, the sea, the trees, flowers, grass, rain. (some people may prefer to imagine they're sitting by a riverbank or in a small boat on a lake). Imagine those wonderful perfumes and take a deep breathe.

Don't forget you are also imagining that you ARE the therianthrope side, not your human side.

What do you feel now? Is there a slight tingling or movement in your body? Does your hair feel static? Can you even feel a tail? Or a flicker of animal ears?

If you want to you can imagine that you are exploring this location. That is basically how you sense your own inner self, and you can just touch it. That's all and this can be done again and again. Sometimes it may help to think of this if you have trouble getting to sleep because these sorts of imaginations put me to sleep!

If you haven't felt any physical sensation, no need to worry at all, it's not going to happen to everyone on every occasion. It might not ever happen but so what. This is something that you might feel, not that you would definately feel. Don't think you've not done this properly either. If you found that form of meditation good and quite calming then you've succeeded with it. As I mentioned before, make sure you're alone and relaxed, not if you're uncomfortable. Don't do it if you feel nervous. Stick on some music, by all means keep the TV on for company, whatever you prefer. It hasn't have to be too silent if you don't want that. It's meditation using your imagination and trying to become your inner animal/being. 

(The picture is "Moonbeams" by Wayne Pruse)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Monsters caught on camera

Hi, this is S.W.N. reporting.

In Iceland, a strange creature was captured on film. The video was made by Hjorter Kjrulf. The film shows a large serpentine object moving through the water of a lake. The video footage was at a icy lake in East Iceland, located at Jokulsa i Fljotsdal.

People believe this film shows the monster Lagarfljotsormurinn, the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness Monster from Scotland.  

More on this story can be found here:
Iceland Review

Now in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Siberia, another mysterious beast was filmed. The available video features a large creature walking across a river. It resembles a woolly mammoth. Some people in the region think woolly mammoths are still thriving.

The source for that is:

Strange monsters and unusual creatures have been filmed for a long time. I don't have the answers.

Check this out: Mammoth fake

Monday, 6 February 2012

The Snow and Moon

Both snow and the moon are blazing and cold white. There is a moon god named Mani in Germanic mythology but no actual knowned moon goddess. Or is there one and She's obscured by different stories and clashes of myth and time? I want to investigate this for one, and see if there is a hidden lunar goddess, or White Goddess, in Germanic myth.

In Germanic myths as told in the Eddas, there is a solar goddess, a powerful divinity queen named Sunna. She has a brother named Mani, a lesser known male god. I don't think enough has been written about sun goddesses and even moon gods, as this removes the solar and lunar from male and female by dividing this in tight catagories. For instance in Wicca, the great god and goddess are partitioned and the female goddess is moon/night/winter/water and the male god is considered sunlight/day/summer/fire. This view places too much value on male and female without looking into the deeper source. Fire and water is just fire and water. A male can be considered a story rough sea, while female water is calm. A male fire is angry and blazing, while the female fire is a hot dancing flame.

The lunar goddess is a major power. She features in other Indo-Aryan myths from the Greeks to the Celts and the Vedic Indians. She appears also in other cultural myths. Yet the male lunar god is vastly popular, sometimes unknown depending on whereabouts the myth comes from, and also just as significant as the sun gods and goddesses. For instance, besides Mani of Germanic myth, there are well known moon gods who are Manno (from the Finnish Sami), Jarilo (Slavic), Men (Phrygian Greek), Kaskuh (Hittite), and others.

Moon gods are also established fact, and these moon worshipping people focus primarily on one aspect of themselves. They avoid the solar and the lights. This is probably why the sun goddess is little known, or why the moon god isn't talked about because the sun goddess - gentle sun. The moon god - aggression and influence. Many people don't think of the three main world religions as lunar because of the hypnotic influence delving too much into the wrong side of the brain.

Now what of the Germanic moon goddess? There should be one, but there isn't a mention of one in the Eddas. However, I can locate different clues.

Most obvious is the Goddess of Night, named Natt. She rides two horses, and one is brilliant white as the moon. Yes she's a cosmic goddess of darkness.

As in many myths, there are different types of gods. Some of the earlier gods, the first ones were giants or titans. This includes the sun and the moon. Mani is a brother. To the solar male god Apollo of the Greeks, he has a lunar sister Artemis. The Germanic myths have the twins in reverse, the girl is the sun and boy is the moon. Yet there were many lunar dieties in Greek and Roman myths, Apollo and Artemis the humanlike gods and children of gods, but the Great Sun and Great Moon symbolised more powerful beings.

There is a female aspect of the moon. There is a widely accepted moon goddess and she has many names but not so in Germanic myth. For instance these myths were passed down orally. They were written down during the Middle Ages by Christians and monks. They would've had a say-so in what to extract and also whatever to write down, and I'm suggesting censorship took place when they wrote it down.

Among the gods and goddesses were giants. I can think of a goddess that is a White Goddess of winter, and winter is linked with snow and the moon. Could Skadi, the frost giantess be a moon goddess also? Skadi has been associated with hunting, sport and being a maiden. Although gods and goddesses have their special animals, many are with animals, Skadi has been artistically portrayed as a wolf goddess. The frost giantess of beauty might have been attributed to the full moon, or winter moon. Maidens and moonlight and snow are often interwined, as Nordic and Celtic brides wear white gowns on their wedding days. Snow White princess of the fairytale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" by Brothers Grimm, was a different aspect of Skadi and possibly so was "The Snow Queen." Skadi the Northern huntress goddess living in the palace mountains of Thrymheim or lunar lit landscape, night shaded place, cold and frigid. I know she's the northern White Goddess of Germanic myths. She has to be. I suspect she's a hidden moon goddess. She's a northern version of cold huntress goddess Artemis / Diana.       

In the cold chill of northern Europe, the moon and winter was seen as masculine due to its severity. The sun was considered feminine and blissful. However in southern Europe where the temperature is less harsh and the days are more golden, the sun is considered male because of the burning raging light, when the moon was thought of as purely female and serene. It seems whereever people go and live, they associate anger and strength with men and quietness and gentleness with women. It isn't so much that there isn't a lunar goddess in Norse myth (perhaps Mani has a daughter) but the conditions influenced people's story telling.

(The image at the top of the page features the goddess Skadi. The artist is unknown.)