Friday, 14 December 2012

Hidden Within the Norse Gods - Part IV

Freyr, or Frey, is like "lord". The masculine god of fertility, the earth, nature and calm skies. He appears in Norse myth riding a large boar named Gullinbursti. His name Yngvi-Frey was associated with the some Scandinavian royal families. He rules Alfheimr (Realm of the light elves) and he owns a magnificent sailing ship. Owner of powerful sword, that he sold in purchase of a giantess' love. He fell in love with the beautiful giantess named Gord or Gerd. Freyr used basic weapons such as bone, antlers and spears to kill monsters after having gone without his sword.  Freyr's "Yngvi" name is a title similar to Ing, Inguz, Ingui, Yngling. These kings and queens are descendants of Freyr. He is often associated with war and nature, perhaps even hunter and gatherer. In Sweden he was called Fricco. His original name was Yngvi and this means, lord, master, king, warrior (all into one). I conclude that Freyr was a man, from a recent enough time as the Bronze Age! He had a legacy that told a story far that he was immortalised, recast as Freyr and made into the brother of prehistoric goddess Freya.  

Loki is the "Trickster god" according to legends as well as modern media. He's a very complex god whose name doesn't seem to have an origin but could mean "luka" for air. He's often depicted in art, stone, poems and sculpture as a god with references to snakes and fire. He's the father of monstrous children and they are Fenrir the giant wolf, Jormungandr the world serpent, and Hel, the goddess of the dead. All of them are deadly enemies of the gods and they threaten to destroy the world. At the time of Ragnarok, those three monstrous children are unleashed. Although said to be a god, Loki is also another kind of immortal. He's been considered "companion of the gods" then an "enemy of the gods." Is he a giant? It makes sense that he's a giant who, for some reason, had deformities, or appeared quite elemental as he could shape shift, spawn out monsters and create magic. Is he a symbol of evil? chaos? or a breakdown of perfection? His name sounds like Lucifer (if pronounced in the proper Roman dialect as "C" was pronounced as ck and not s). Loki is almost similar to Hermes (of the Greeks), Gwydion (Celtic myth) and Veles (Slavic myth). Yet Hermes (or Mercury the Roman version) is a counterpart of Odin!!! 

That is all. I've completed the four parts of this series. I plan to do another series about monsters, trolls, elves, ect. Wait and see.  

Image "Ragnarok" by Harry Buddhapalm

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Most Powerful Rune

The esoteric story of O. This is not about what you think, erotic literature. It's about the meaning of a powerful symbol: O

This O is not only a letter "O" or zerO but a point of continual being. O is the only rune that can't be reversed. Not used in the Futhark as it's message is clearly protection, not divination, writing or alphabet. O is a universal runic sign of protection. It shields you from outside forces like unwanted feedback, magic (black and white) and against ill health. Now it's said that people draw circles around themselves to protect them from evil, as nothing bad can get in.

This is because the shape of the O circle as a perfect circle, not elliptic or oval, bounces away oncoming energies. It may even put off airborne bacteria such as flu epidemics. Well I have no absolute proof of that but this is legend. I guess that the O could be a shape of medicine (the regular tablets) and circulation of a healthy body.

The O shape is immortal and invincible. It's like time itself. It goes on and on without end. There are no twists or sharp corners, no broken places, no bends, no obstacles. It goes round and round like a carousel. This O circle is the shape of a natural bubble. It's the shape of cycles and orbits. It's the shape of planets, moons and heavy stars. It's the shape of our energy field. It's a form of shell, and armour.

The O is also a sound too. Wind makes a perpetual hoooooOOl. Wolves hOOwl. The MoOn is symbolised by the circle shape, as well as the sun (or Sol/SOUL) shaped with a movement of O and a sound of O. A woman's ovum is O and eggs are almost O (the oval shape is sightly narrowed at the tip on one end to make it easier for delivery).

O is used in magic to block, protect and hide.

The meaning of O is found in many cultural things. The powerful symbol of the ring (for instance in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings") was misused because of the hole in the centre was filled with a magical poison that contaminated it's wearer. Now the O symbol in it's purest form is a solid circle or a disk. A ring shape is a thick band with a centre, so it's two tiered, or double, perhaps mirror imaged upon itself. Rings are used for weddings. A solid O is one and the same.  

O is an orgasm and a round object like a creation of a little fiery sphere, born of passion. O is the shape of a woman's breasts and a man's testicles. O is the shape of eyes, the shape of hill bases, the shape of islands (without it's damaged cragginess) and the dance of air currents, even though they spiral up and downwards. The O shape is a relative of the spiral. Spirals don't meet at the end but keep moving on and on in different directions. These spirals twist and turn.Spirals are symbols of chaos and discord. It's like the naughty twin of the circle O, which is ordered and solid. Tornadoes are spiral shaped. They move in mad twists and they howl with twisted screaming sounds. Spirals are defined as wavy patterns or loops, sometimes knotwork. The Celtic and Viking knots are pretty and yet the ends are tied together, so they form a twisted shaped circle! The O has bounded the spiral. The human DNA are double twists with both ends grasped together, so they can't run away.

Mandalas are decorated O circles. Wheels and sun disks all turn in perfect form. There can be other shapes within the O circle because they're controlled by this force. Spirals and curves like the swastika are moving/turning inside the circle disk. The "O" shape is also that of an eye, a mouth, vagina and a doorway. O is a life symbol and a shield symbol.   

I wrote this after having a meditation inspiration.

The picture is "A Child of Promise" by artist Briar.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Golden Girl Project: Wang Zhaojun

The fourth and last of the Four Beauties of China is about Wang Zhaojun. She was a musician who played the kind of music to attract animals, especially birds. When birds flew towards her just to listen to her music, they lost the ability to fly. Wang's music influenced creatures that made them lose their vital senses. It's part of Chinese legend but not known if this actually happened or not, and if it did what the scientific reason for that would be.

She was a beautiful child from a rich family background, growing up in a village of South China, then part of the affluent Han empire. Not only was she talented in music but in academics and painting. She became famous for both her beauty and for her intelligence. She attracted more than birds, and Emperor Yuan wanted her as his concubine after having heard about her. The emperor's palace court had an artist, named Mao Shouyan, who painted portraits of women. As the emperor was looking for a wife, the women often bribed the artist into making them appear very flattering. However, Wang Zhaojun didn't, so the artist punished her by painting her ugly. The emperor saw the portrait and wasn't interested in meeting her, so Wang Zhaojun remained in court as a maid servant for a while.

Then one day she was summoned to meet the emperor. It wasn't because he had an interest in her but believed that she was ugly as depicted in the portrait. The decision was to send her away to northern China as the fake daughter of the emperor, to complete a tradition between the alliance of Han and Xiongnu, and make an official visitor named Huhanye Chanyu the imperial son-in-law. At this time, the only princess was the daughter of Lu, and she was reluctant to be apart from her child. The other concubines refused to journey to the chilly north and this meant Wang Zhaojun was left. When she DID arrive at court, she revealed her truest beauty to everyone, including the emperor himself. He realised his mistake, and blamed the artist for lying to him. The artist was arrested and the emperor reluctantly gave Wang Zhaojun away to a happy Huhanye.

Wang Zhaojun had three children, a daughter and two sons with Huhanye. One of the boys died. The daughter grew to become a prominent figure in ancient politics. Wang influenced her husband into spreading peace amongst the different peoples of China. But after Wang Zhaojun was widowed, she was given a second husband, and bore two children. She became a powerful, political symbol of friendship, love, compassion and the arts. Since her time, poems and plays have been written about her, not to mention many production companies. This woman is a symbol of civilised  progress.  

Picture of Wang Zhaojun by Thammasak Aueragsakul.