Saturday, 29 September 2012

Crystals for my little battle

I'm presently on a fighting path. It's a tough one for me. My path has entered unknown territory and I need a special crystal for power, both of strength and healing. I use Wolf as a special companion and guide.

I don't often post about disease and personal info. At this point in time I may not post very much because of many future treatments and hospital visits I'll be on. I plan to finish the series based on Norse gods, and will continue Golden Girl Project when I can do it. There's going to be a lot of other stuff I will post about when I can. I've been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and so now I'm on a fighting journey.

By the way, since having surgery five days ago, I look like Frankie Stein from "Monster High". There are metal clips in my neck! There's more to come.

Not sure if this will be helpful but I found some interesting healing stones.
This is healing gems and crystals for thyroid cancer:
Smokey quartz
Clear quartz

Important and useful links:
Healing Crystals
Thyroid cancer - Wikipedia

(The picture of wolf and warrior woman is from Cris Ortega)

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Hidden Within the Norse Gods - Part II

This is the second part of "Hidden Within the Norse Gods" series. This subject will be divided into four parts. I will write about the gods and goddesses of Germanic/Norse myth and what lies within their names, similarities with gods of other Indo-European cultures and how they could be linked.

Tyr: This is the war god of law and order, son of Odin in the Eddic version.  He lost his hand during a conflict with Fenris the wolf. Unusual as it seems, Tyr was also considered to be an earlier type of god, who was a prehistoric All Father. His other names are Tiwaz, Tio, Tiw and Cyo. Tuesday, day of the week, took his name, as in Tyr's Day or Tiw's Day upon dies Martis or Mars' Day. The name Tyr is Old Norse for Tivar or "the gods". The PIE version of Tyr becomes "Tiwos" then "Deiwoz" further back in time. This meant "Celestial man" or "celestial god", otherwise "Man of the sky". The Welsh cousin name of Tyr is "Dwy" meaning Day in English. Sanskrit is "Deva" or deity. Here the words Day and Deity have a close connection through the god Tyr. All this creates the modern English word divine. Tyr is basically a Deva (male deity of day) and part of an earlier establishment of gods from PIE words that say "Father Sky". "Man of the Sky", "Father of the sky", "God of the sky", "The day god", "One of the sky devas" = Tyr.   

Heimdall: The golden child of the gods, who had nine mothers, owner of a magical horn named Gjallerhorn, and a gold horse. He's considered one who illuminates. He has three other names, Gullintanni (gold toothed) and "Vindler" (protects against the wind) and "Rig" (ruler). He's the Watcher and guardian at Bifrost the rainbow bridge between Midgard and Asgard. He's a difficult god to research because there is much unknown origins about his name Heimdall or Heimdallr. He is simply the guard, watcher and sentinel. However this brings me to discuss the next divinity. It's also believed that Heimdall is the Norse counterpart of the Roman god Janus. Janus or Lanus is the god of gates, the guardian of doors and entrances to other worlds, the past as well as the future. His name is rooted in the PIE word Yana or ya (wheel).Heimdall also represents the beginning, the past and the future. "Guard of Valhalla", "god of light", "he who waits," "master of the worlds" = Heimdall.

Bifrost: A rainbow bridge? Why would I include that for, you may ask. Well the word Bifrost means "bow", "shine", "shimmer", "glow" and "lights". Bifrost is a popular name for girls in Norway. It comes from the Icelandic name "Bifa" meaning to "shake" and "Rost" meaning "pathway". Some people in academia theorise that Bifrost is not actually a rainbow but the Milky Way. Bifrost is a spiritual connection between the physical and astral. The word Rainbow itself is Regbogi in Icelandic, with regn (rain) added before older words bogo and bogi (bow). It's therefore quite a different meaning as the latter suggests an object while the word Bifrost suggests something else. I also found that the Greek Goddess of the rainbow named Iris because her name means "rainbow". Is it possible that Bifrost was itself not just a bridge or pathway but a goddess like the goddess Iris also? Was Heimdall her guardian? The Norse myths that we know of have a lot of missing pieces because certain elements don't add up and have lost tales, unknown meanings and confused names. I think there are missing gods and goddesses also. They were not all written down and the myths were once passed around orally. Bifrost itself, or she and maybe they also, a group of goddesses that might be the same as The Northern Lights, the Valkyries. "Rainbow bridge and spiritual quest", "a journey of life", "destiny", "the sparkling bridge of magic", "passage from here to there" = Bifrost.

The Valkyries: Female elemental beings or goddesses that collected souls of dead warriors. Plural Valkyries and singular Valkyrie. Also spelt walkyr, valkyr and valkyria. It's original is Old Norse valkyrja. Val, means "war dead" or to have slain in warfare. Kyrja means Chooser. It's the root Kjosa and PIE Guese or Gus. It's the same as the meaning for taste. Gust and gusto, to choose and taste or eat. To devour. The Celtic is Cosen and German is kusten. A sense of taste is guste in Old English. Val-kyrja is chooser of the war dead AND devourers of the dead!
The Valkyries are considered the Northern Lights in poetry, and earlier as choosers of the slain. Earlier oral traditions of the Valkyries made them out to be like sinister female ghosts. Later on Valkyries were portrayed as friendly and angelic with romances written about them. They've been called various titles from battle maids, choosers of the slain, girls of Odin, swan maidens and crow maidens.
In Greek myth, are the Harpies or Keres who were female demons. These winged women appeared to those who were brutally killed in battle. They ate dead bodies. Originally the Norse Valkyries were considered quite demonic but these were full of influences. According to Hesiod though, the harpies were beautiful blonde maidens with wings who took souls to the afterlife. In my personal view, which is possibly how the actual myths of the valkyries appeared, they were a magical type of goddess. The valkyries were benign celestial nymphs, such as the Aurai and Pleiades girls, instead of demonic creatures. They are associated with stars and the Aurora Borealis. The Pleiades were also called the Seven Sisters. Among them is the famous star nymph Electra. They were either daughters of titans or daughters of gods and Amazon queens. Also the Greek goddess of victory Nike was winged and had certain battle traits with valkyries. So the "choosers of the slain", "battle maidens", "northern lights", "girls of Odin", "celestial girls" and "nymphs of the north" = Valkyries.

More will continue in part three.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Golden Girl Project - Xi Shi

The "Golden Girl Project" is my research and topics about the various women in history and stories, who were both powerful and beautiful. So far I've been focusing this project on the Four Beauties of China.

Xi Shi, as she is known, although her name was Shi Yiguang. It's said Xi Shi was so beautiful that even the fish in the pond swam to look at her but soon they forgot how to swim. She lived in the Spring and Autumn period at the city of Zhuji, belonging to State of Yue, now Zhejiang province in China.

She lived during 770 - 497 B.C.E. Now of her beauty, this quote from this page:

She has been described as "equally charming in both heavy and light makeup", "as appealing when she frowns as when she smiles". Of her figure it has been said that "were she plump, you would admire her plumpness, were she thin you would admire her for being slender". She is celebrated as a woman of extraordinary natural beauty with a universal appeal.
Also there is a temple dedicated to her, the Xishi Temple. In poems she is associated with lakes and ponds. Another quote from here:
Many famous poems are made for her and buildings set for her memorization. Even the stream where she once washed silks enjoys a fine name as Huan Sha Xi (Silk Washing Stream), which has become a reminder of the great woman and her moving stories.

Her father was a tea trader who was from the Ninglou Mountain of the Zhejiang Province. This region had been part of the earlier State of Yue that was overtaken by the State of Wu. The king of Yue, Gou Jian, was overthrown, imprisoned, released, humilated and ruled by the victors and monarch of Wu, Prince Fuchai. Reduced to poverty and treated as a slave, Gou Jian wanted revenge. He sought out his advisor Wen Zhong, and told him to locate beautiful women, for the purpose of deceit. They would become a "gift" to Prince Fechai who had a softness for women.

Fan Li, the minister of Gou Jian, discovered the beautiful Xi Shi. Shi and another maiden, Zheng Dan, were sent to Prince Fuchai as presents. The prince was enchanted by both women and he lost interest in everything else, including running the state!

He built a palace dedicated to beautiful women, Guanwa Palace, on the Lingyan Mountain. After a time, besotted by Xi Shi, the country turned defenseless and chaotic. Here is where Gou Jian was able to attack the new state. The public lost faith in the prince, and Gou Jian invaded. Prince Fuchai took his own life. The State of Wu collapsed.      

The power of this woman's beauty was so stunning that she captured the heart of a conqueror, making him forget about his royal duties. This weakened him and the State of Wu, followed by the failure, his death and a change in the country again. The former monarch got his revenge by using the most powerful weapon: A woman. This woman helped to bring about the collapse of Wu.

Afterwards, nothing else is really recorded about Xi Shi. Some say that she went into obscurity and lived a quiet life. Other sources hint that she died aged forty four, possibly by drowning. She is one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.

Xi Shi along with Diao Chan, Wang Zhaojun and Yang Guifei.

Location of the Guanwa Palace or "Palace of Beautiful Women".
Xishi Temple
Xi Shi

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Secrets of Autumn

Autumn is popular for it's vivid fiery colours. Changes from warm to cold. Gather of crops, fruits and vegetation. And a season of gathering wood. It's also a time to hunt and fish. Bringing in plenty of food and wood to keep warm for the coming chill ahead. It's when light turns darker. Yet Autumn (also called "Fall"), is much better known as a period of death. There are many celebrations such as found throughout the globe during Autumn, when it comes to honouring, or proection against the dead. The war dead. Dead ancestors. Even the threshold of seeing the dead, or sinister spirits. It's better called Festival of the Dead

In the UK, Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) coincides with the rituals of burning effigies of the Guy (on Guy Fawkes Night), mischief night, Samhain (Summer's End) and Remembrance Sunday. Anyway Samhain is much celebrated by Wiccans and modern neopagan Celtic religions.

There is also an ancient form of Thanksgiving in Autumn, around the time of the autumnal equinox, or later in the season, with harvest festivals, Harvest End, Mabon. This is to honour the glories and life force of the Earth and thank the gods for providing us with a bounty of food.   

The Norse version of Samhain is "Winternights". This is to recognise the period of the fallen, souls of the dead, warrior dead, ancestral dead, ghosts, and the start of the Wild Hunt. All this really continues and ebbs off until the following wheel of the year, at the other equinox. The Anglo-Saxons adopted Samhain, due to the All Saints Day of the church, that tried replacing this time. The celebration became a darker play and was renamed All Hallow's Eve, or Halloween. That bulk of supernatural celebration, like the witches and ghosts, was a part of the Spring time season. In most Germanic countries in Europe, Walpurgis continues it's tradition of witches and spooks.

Apart from the supernatural element, Autumn has been associated with particular themes and creatures. Wolves, bats, domestic cats (especially black cats), spiders, mice, squirrels, dragonflies, moths, ravens, stag, boar and bison. Mist and fog is associated with Autumn, such as the dew on cobwebs, rain, snails, bonfires and fallen leaves. Smells like cinnamon, pumpkins, wood and berries are Autumny scents. Pumpkins, long time held as a typical Autumn foodstuff, is also a replica of a lantern. It has been carved into different shapes, and eaten in various ways from a soup to a biscuit. The colour orange is a soft, dark reminder of a setting, fading summer.

Picture if "Autumn Witch" by Shadow Brooke