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Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (CMa)   7 comments

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CANIS MAJOR AND SIRIUS

Constellation Canis Major is the homeland of Sirius. This star goes by the name Alpha Canis Majoris and less formally, the Dog Star. Sirius holds the title of brightest star in the sky, and it is the fifth closest known star system. Canis Major also contains the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, M41 – an open star cluster, and Thor’s Helmet – an emission nebula. Also included are the colliding spiral galaxies, NGC 2207, and IC 2163. They are approximately eighty million light years distant and were discovered by the English astronomer John Herschel in 1835.

Sirius –Alpha Canis Majoris

Sirius is a binary system star with an apparent magnitude of -1.42. The Sirius system is only 8.6 light years distant Sirius is a large, bluish-white star, known as a white main sequence star, and the brightest of the 2-star system. It has a mass twice that of the Sun and a luminosity twenty-five times greater. Its tiny, and thereby faint, but extremely hot, blue-white companion star, known as Sirius B, is one of the most massive white dwarfs known. With a mass of 0.98 solar masses, it is almost on a par to the Sun in this respect, and slightly smaller in size than Earth. These binary stars take approximately 50 years to orbit one another. The Sirius system is so close to Earth that if many of the well-known constellations seen in the skies of Earth were viewed from Sirius, they would appear almost identical to those in Earth’s skies.

Mythologically speaking, Canis Major is allied with the world’s fastest canine, known as Laelaps This dog could never fail to capture any prey it was in pursuit of. The god Zeus bestowed this dog upon Europa as a gift, together with a spear that was incapable of missing its target. Laelaps was given a position in the nocturnal sky and became the Canis Major constellation.

Sopdet – Egyptian goddess of the Sky and Stars, personifies Sirius the Dog Star. Her symbols are stars and dogs. The arrival of Sirius in the sky heralds the approach of New Year and this event is celebrated with a festival – ‘The Coming of Sopdet.’ In Greece she is known as the Greek goddess Sothis, and Sirius, as Seirios. – the celestial dog in the constellation of Canis Major – the Great Dog and the Guard dog of Orion.

Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (CMa Dwarf)

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The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (CMa Dwarf), also known as “Overdensity,” is a small, irregular galaxy, roughly elliptical in shape, and thought to be the closest galaxy to our location in the Milky Way. It is roughly 25,000 light years distant from our solar system and 42,000 light years from the Galactic Centre of the Milky Way. The next closest galaxy (70,000 light years) is the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (SagDEG) discovered in 1994.

The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy was first discovered in 2003 by an international team of astronomers using data derived via the “Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)” (infrared survey). Observation of CMa is difficult due to its masking by the stars, dense dust, and vapour in the of our galaxy.

Its “irregular galaxy” status is due to it being gradually torn asunder by the gravitational force of our own galaxy. Gravitational interactions between the two galaxies, have resulted in extensive, astral streams – formed by tidal forces, which were plundered from the Canis Major dwarf galaxy. They went on to wind themselves three times around the Milky Way, forming a 200,000-light year-long strand-like edifice consisting of a nebulous circle of stars, vapours, and dust which encircles the Milky Way, and is known as the “Monoceros Ring”.

Monoceros - the Unicorn

It was during the investigation of this ring – discovered in 2002, by astronomers conducting the “Sloan Digital Sky Survey,” that the Canis Major Dwarf galaxy was discovered, one year later in 2003. As a result, it swiped the title of “closest galaxy to our location in the Milky Way” from the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (SagDEG)

References:

https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/features/cosmic/nearest_galaxy_info.html

https://www.wise-geek.com/what-is-the-canis-majoris-dwarf-galaxy.htm

https://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-list/canis-major-constellation/

https://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/c/Canis+Major+Dwarf

Tomansion Dimensions (2)   14 comments

Tom's Greek Mansion2

Tomansion Dimensions Part 2,  inspired by and dedicated to my wonderfully imaginative friend, Tom – You can visit Tom’s blog at The Mansionic Perspective and share in the wonders of his blog world, where you can also enjoy his perspective of the trip through The Galactic Vortex – following on from Shifty Mansionic Dimensions on this blog. You can learn all about gargoyles in his post The Winged Lion and the Gargoyle, and enjoy a further fantastic post about Winged Wolves so do check this one out as well – it’s awesome! The Wild Winged Wolves of the Wilderness

“TomAstreaus! This is the Temple of Sopdet – Egyptian goddess of the sky and stars, she personifies Sirius the Dog Star – the Star of the Celestial Wolf. Can you see it? Over there above the Great Pyramid! This is wonderful news – the arrival of Sirius in the sky heralds the approach of New Year and we celebrate with a festival – ‘The Coming of Sopdet.’ See? Those are her symbols, stars and dogs. And there is her statue– isn’t she wonderful?” Adopting a suitably god-like expression of awe and respect Tom studied the portrayal of the goddess Sopdet whilst wondering what a statue of himself might look like. Sopdet in the lofty pointy white coronet of Upper Egypt crowned by a star was very much the Egyptian goddess. The presence of the statue of a Greek god such as himself, possibly minus the hairy legs if Lady TometteNut’s beseeching worked, could surely only serve to enhance her reverent position in the temple!

Adobe_20220511_223739“You know of her TomAstreaus! In Greece she is known as the Greek goddess Sothis and Sirius as Seirios. – the celestial dog in the constellation of Canis Major – the Great Dog and the Guard dog of Orion!”

Prompted by such imagery Tom’s inner poet piped up with a section of Tennyson’s poem, The Princess – “…the fiery Sirius alters hue. And bickers into red and emerald.”

“Sopdet is a Source of great knowledge and power guiding both the heavens and human destiny. TomAstreaus, she is the perfect goddess to beseech to change your destiny! She will surely take pity on you! If not, we will return and give her a little whack!!”

“What?!!”

“Yes, the statues residing within our temple walls are known as temple gods – they are tasked with listening diligently to our beseechings. We bring our requests to the appropriate temple god and they relay our beseechings to the god most suited to dealing with the beseeching. Of course they may decide not to grant the request so on the next visitation to the temple of the gods it maybe that we decide to whack the temple statue with a reed!”

ThomasinAsteria snorted loudly and struggled unsuccessfully to stifle an explosive, irreverent giggling fit. Fingers handed her a convenient to tissue to dry the tears streaming unashamedly down her godly features but that only served to accentuate her irreverent giggles still further. Fingers took matters into his own hand and clamped it firmly over ThomasinAsteria’s mouth succeeding at least partially in stifling her helpless giggles.

“It’s just a little whack – every now and again it is good to demonstrate to the gods how much they have disappointed us! – ThomasinAsteria please control yourself! Surely yourself and TomAstraeus have given your Greek temple gods a small whacking from time to time!“

Tumbling out of the chariot and into the marketplace, they found it to be teeming with Egyptians purchasing everything from medicinal products to amulets, fine perfumes, and jewellery, fruit and vegetables, exotic clothing…. Fingers and Tombie ran off, inexplicably, to investigate the grave goods stand whilst Tommy, the inner werewolf headed eagerly for the dead animals stand. Fingers the easily distracted Inner typist sped off to the papyrus and ink stand accidently taking Tombie’s arm along…ThomasinAsteria and Lady TometteNut were quickly engaged in the rugs and furniture stands, shrieking in wild abandon, over their shoulders – “Such beautiful and refined Egyptian items will look wonderfully becoming, adorning the Mansion-Villa, TomAstraeus!” Temporarily abandoned by his goddesses TomAstreaus was left to investigate the tools stand, the metal and leather goods stands and the salt stand…which was conveniently close to the live animals stand…

“Oh look! The evil wolf gargoyle door knocker – over there – shopping at the spell stand! Maybe it can persuade the Tommy knockers to go back to work…”

“No! Quickly ThomasinAsteria…. Hide before it sees us! Head for the Great pyramid by the river Nile!”

“But the spell to change your destiny TomAstraeus!They are written on very fine papyrus and once they have added your name to the spell, we can chant over it!” 

“Nevermind the spell Lady TometteNut, your beseeching of the goddess Sopdet was more than enough – Now to the chariot! Fingers is waiting and Tombie can get the spell later!”

Holding tight to Tommy, the werewolf, with one hand and Tombie who was hanging off the chariot in a cloud of sand and flying limbs with the other, Tom let off a string of godly expletives and sent out a beseeching of his own to the goddess Sopdet along the lines of could he perhaps survive this wild chariot ride hotly pursued by glowing volcanic pyramid rocks? Fingers was taking his job very seriously and the chariot steeds were careering towards the Great Pyramid with all the finesse of those being hunted by dark creatures from the pits of hell. Glancing at the Seba-symbolled pyramid artifacts scrambling to catch up with them Tom couldn’t help feeling there might be some justification for that.

Oh gods! TomAstreaus – Quickly – you must put on some make-up!”

“Make-up Lady TometteNut? What are you talking about?! I am a god!!”

“Eye make-up TomAstreaus – it is completely normal in Egypt for men and gods to wear make-up -eyes with-out make up are defenceless against the ‘Evil Eye!’ ”

“The Evil – What?!! The Evil Eye? What Evil Eye Lady Tomette?!!”

“There is no time to explain now – Here, put on the eye make-up! Your inner creator and inner make-up artist will guide you in the noble steps involved!”

“It is said” the Tomipedia boomed through the clouds of sand and hieroglyphics “that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built specifically to align with the stars in particular with Sirius, Seirios to you TomAstreaus – the Wolf or the Dog Star.”

“This is the Great Pyramid of Giza?! Oh gods!”

“Yes. And the ancestral home of those fiery volcanic pyramid rocks ThomasinAsteria – the ones about to join you in the Chariot of Fire –“

“Oh gods! Lady TometteNut, help me to catch them! That’s right – hurl them back out as fast as you can!”

Returning its attentions to TomAstreaus who was standing god-like and all-powerful, or so he hoped, to the rear of the bucking Chariot, the Tomipedia turned up its volume and yelled determinedly over the screams of the women and thunder of hooves,

“When you have finished worshipping the Dog Star TomAstreaus…. “ It’s boom was laced with sarcasm but Tom chose to ignore that in a masterful display of godly disdain, “The constellation of Canis major (The Great Dog) not only accommodates the brightest star in the sky – Sirius (The Dog/Wolf Star) but also the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy. We know TomAstreaus of no other galaxy bearing such a close proximity to the Milky Way. Hence the wolf star is also known as the ‘Watchman of the Heavens at the bridge of the Milky Way’

“And the Seba symbol? What else do you know about that?”

“The Seba? Oh that!” Feigning nonchalance the Tomipedia waited casually for Tom to dislodge the Seba-marked volcanic pyramid styled hitch-hiker clinging onto his leg, and toss it back off the chariot.

“Yes Tomipedia. That!”

“Oh TomAstreaus! You are so masterful today!” ThomasinAsteria gushed delightedly over the rising wind and the thundering chariot.

“The Seba,” the Tomipedia paused for dramatic effect, as the chariot swept through the entranceway and into the heart of the Great Pyramid,” is the symbol of the stars – associated with gateways and doors and time….”

“I think we already know that… anything else – that we don’t know?

“It is also connected with the concepts of leadership, self-control, travel, studying, and fresh starts,” the Tomipedia snapped huffily, before adding pointedly, “and it is associated with the Sopdet – Egyptian goddess of the Sky and Stars!”

And the Great Pyramid?”

“- Is a vortex-portal into the Canis major Dwarf Galaxy!”

PSX_20220513_143212“Look TomAstreaus! Over there – amongst the hieroglyphics on the pyramid wall – You have invoked the god of the dog star – Seirios! We must direct our beseechings towards him!”

Tom gave his hairy legs a brief glance simultaneously admiring his physique adorned in his godly Tomga. This didn’t seem an entirely appropriate subject for beseechings at this point. Fingers was driving the chariot of fire like a hand possessed and Tom’s inner werewolf was on the loose again. Tombie lurched after it, but his leg fell off, and the Inner Leader of the Opposition was shouting about the rights of the volcanic pyramid artifacts – currently being hurled out of the chariot and into its complementary flames.

“Your destiny lies ahead of you TomAstraeus, god of the Dusk, the Stars, and the Planets, and of the art of Astronomy and Astrology!” Seirios howled above the noise and chaos.

Yes, I can see that!” Tom yelled as they hurtled ever closer to the swirling eye of the vortex spiralling towards them, accompanied, inexplicably, by the tentacles from the “giant multi-faceted nebula vortex in the (mansion’s) bathroom” that had last been spied stretching down the stairs, which were on the last viewing an Egyptian ramp.

“It is written in ‘The Calendar of lucky and unlucky days’

“This does not strike me as a lucky day Lady TometteNut! “

“We really need that spell!

“We do ThomasinAsteria? Don’t you think it’s a bit late for that now?”

“Look on the bright side TomAstreaus!”

“Seirios -what does ‘The calendar of lucky and unlucky days’ say?”

“That is for you to deduce TomAstreaus – You are the Titan, who fought against Zeus and the Olympian gods!”

An almighty roar shook the Great Pyramid, and for a moment it seemed like the whole of the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy and the Milky Way, combined into the heart of the vortex. Space and time melted into impossible dimensions, hurling the Chariot of Fire, its gods and goddesses, and all accompanying participants, on a mind-bending trip of carnival lights and shapes, and dancing hieroglyphics. Somewhere up ahead of them, a tiny wolf gargoyle doorknocker held up a sheet of papyrus covered in hieroglyphics –

“It’s all in Egyptian!” ThomasinAsteria screamed, spinning past TomAstraeus, caught in a cosmic whirlwind.

“It says…. ‘To Tom’s!’ “Lady TometteNut yelled as she floated, waving to them.

“That’s it?”

“No TomAstreaus …It also says, ‘Straight ahead to Greece!’ And just below that… ‘To the Canis major Dwarf Galaxy!’”

Adobe_20220513_150416But they’re all pointing in the same direction!!!”

“Oh gods!!! What now?!!”

References:

https://symbolsarchive.com/seba-symbol-history-meaning/

https://www.landofpyramids.org/sothis.htm

https://traveluto.com/famous-landmarks-in-egypt/

www.makeup.lovetoknow.com

www.casorojewelrysafes.com

Tomansion Dimensions (1)   35 comments

Tom's Greek Mansion2

This post is a continuation of the previous one – Shifty Mansionic Dimensions, inspired by and dedicated to my wonderfully imaginative friend, Tom – You can visit Tom’s blog at The Mansionic Perspective and share in the wonders of his blog world, where you can also enjoy his perspective of the trip through The Galactic Vortex – following on from Shifty Mansionic Dimensions on this blog. You can learn all about gargoyles in his post The Winged Lion and the Gargoyle, and enjoy a further fantastic post about Winged Wolves so do check this one out as well – it’s awesome! The Wild Winged Wolves of the Wilderness


Tom was rather ‘pleased to discover that he had taken on the personification of the Greek god of the Stars, or more precisely, of the Dusk, Stars, Planets and the art of Astronomy and Astrology – one of the Titans who had fought against Zeus and the Olympian gods.

“Oh TomAstraeus!” his inner woman Thomasina, gushed delightedly, now personifying the Greek goddess of nocturnal oracles and the stars – Asteria, the starry one. “You are a god! A Greek god no less! And so very becoming in your Tomga!”

Momentarily lost for words, not having realised just how beautiful his inner woman was until now and a little wide-eyed and breathless at the realisation that she was also a Greek goddess, he finally found the right words, “You scrub up pretty good yourself ThomasinAsteria!”

“Fingers,” Tom’s Inner Typist, currently perched on his shoulder, scratched his head thoughtfully, running his fingers appreciatively through Tom’s flowing, golden locks, and pointed downwards to his legs… Tom glanced down and was surprised to see how hairy his legs had become. Following his gaze ThomasinAsteria gasped in admiration/admiringly, adding, “Such a strong and manly god too!”

Fingers fell off Tom’s shoulder and curled up on the ground shaking helplessly – laughing hysterically of course, Tom noted disdainfully. “Do not mock the gods!” he intoned imperiously!

“Oh TomAstraeus!” ThomasinAsteria squealed, bursting with pride at such baritone godly intonations. Ignoring Fingers whose hysterics were clearly getting out of control, Tom smiled indulgently and gave her a knee-tremblingly, strong-god-very-much-in-control-of-his-own-destiny type of look.

Lady Tomette, another of Tom’s inner feminine sides, having taken on the personification of the Egyptian goddess Nut – sky goddess, and goddess of the night, rebirth, and fertility, snorted impishly, eyeing up Tom’s hairy legs. “It’s not your lucky day TomAstraeus! I consulted ‘The calendar of lucky and unlucky days’ and it’s not looking good for you! Come! Let us head down to the marketplace and buy a magic spell or two to change your destiny! I will beseech the gods at the temples (we have over 2000 gods to beseech) and they will surely take pity on you!”

“But I am a god!” Tom protested indignantly.

“Well…yes…of sorts…. But you are not an EGYPTIAN god!!”

“Come TomAstraeus! We will take the Chariot of Fire and go immediately to the marketplace and the temple of the gods!”

“Yes! Hurry Lady TometteNut! There is not a moment to waste! I will call the Tommy Knockers to open the door and Tombie can drive the Chariot for us!” ThomasinAsteria shrieked excitedly.

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“The Tommy knockers are on strike!” Tom’s Inner Leader of the Opposition announced

“Really? They’re all on strike?”

“Yes. We balloted them for strike action and there was a clear majority for striking.”

“They can’t do that! Who’s going to answer the door?!!”

“We’re in Egypt now so no reason why they should be opening doors all day long!” The opposition leader answered smugly.

“Well, where have they gone?!!”

“Into your inner mine TomAstraeus – it’s very busy in there – tommy knockers, glowing volcanic pyramid rocks, that you may have noticed are marked with the sign of Seba, the symbol of the stars. black wolf gargoyle door knockers to guard the entrances…They’re all in there!”

“Oh gods!! The Tommy Knockers are on strike! We must open the doors ourselves! TomAstraeus – you must open the doors for us – it would be very unseemly for a goddess to do so!”

“What! Lady TometteNut? I? TomAstreus the Titan, who fought against Zeus and the Olympian gods? I must open the door?!! Oh gods!”

“Just do it TomAstreaus! We have not a moment to spare and goddesses cannot sully their hands on doorknobs!”

“Fingers! You do it!”

“Oh TomAstraeus,” TomasinAsteria almost swooned at his godly masterfulness.


As Tom had discovered, the Portal in the bathroom of his Mansion was a way INTO his mind not OUT OF his Mansion, which had since taken on an Egyptian persona, and Tom himself, that of a Greek god – proving decisively that Tom was now completely out of his mind. And whilst the “Giant multi-faceted nebula vortex in the bathroom” was still sporting “tentacles stretching down the stairs,” that was now a ramp, there were many other bathrooms scattered around his Egyptian Villa-Mansion. There were also several storerooms full of sealed jars of food, which Tom fondly referred to as “Parlours of the gods”.

The “Grand Staircase” had been replaced by the “Grand Ramp,” ramps being the gold standard in Egyptian homes. Both the front and back doors were also reached by a ramp and since the Tommy Knockers were on strike and the evil wolf gargoyle door knocker had apparently gone to the Market place – according to ThomasinAsteria who had also visited the market place on the hunt for Egyptian make-up products, citing a need to develop a more Egyptian goddess look so as not to be upstaged by Lady TometteNut, Tom should have been free to roam god-like and uninterrupted through his finely adorned Egyptian Villa-Manor. However, it now seemed to be imperative that they must all visit the temple of the gods and pay a visit to the marketplace to buy the necessary spells to change his destiny.

It was at this point that his Inner Werewolf – Tommy woke up and announced its desire to visit “The Grinds” which was now “The Egyptian Grand Garden of the gods.” Tom’s Inner Creator- had been hard at work building and decorating pyramids and tombs for Egyptian Pharaohs, occasionally accompanied by Tom’s Inner Ghost, but when Tom’s inner Opposition Leader got involved, it had soon set to work on decorating the walls of the Villa-Mansion, spicing up the indoor gardens and adding an abundance of brightly coloured fish to the indoor pools, the results of which it was highly impressed with. Even more so the decoration of the outer walls of the The Grinds which was fit for the gods. The Inner Opposition Leader was putting on a show of cockiness, but the Inner Creator was determined to take all the credit. Tombie the Inner Zombie was handy for knocking them off their perch, the only problem being that bits of Tombie were falling off into the laps of the Opposition Party. And the inner creator had accidently pushed Tombie into the fountain used by Egyptian Villa Mansions for natural home air-conditioning, causing him to lose his head and trip over the bathroom pipework and into another vortex in the master bedroom bathroom. This in turn blocked up the pipes and a piece of Tombie’s leg was regurgitated into the Villa-Mansion fountains to the disgust of Thomasina who was posing amongst the daisies and cornflowers of the indoor gardens for a goddess photo shoot, shot by Fingers the inner typist.

Hotly pursued by a variety of glowing volcanic rock artifacts that had materialised at the mention of Chariots and fire, Tom and his goddesses headed for the front door of the Egyptian Villa-Mansion where Tom, not wishing to sully his godly hands on the doorknob any more than the goddesses, opted for grabbing a handy volcanic rock artifact and flinging/hurling it at the doorway. The door flew open at speed not keen on such a collision and the risk of a very unattractive burn on itself. In response the rock billowed and exploded into a glowing pyramid portal adorned with the 5-pointer star of the Seba, symbol of stars, constellations, and star gods, associated with doors and gateways according to his Tomipedia, which he had previously turned off, but which in a fit of huffiness had defiantly switched itself back on.

ThomasinAsteria, keen to exercise her Greek goddess credentials alongside the regular star goddess ones, dived unperturbed into its glowing depths grabbing Tom’s Tomga as she went, and hauling him into a hurtling trip through the portal to land on board the chariot of fire, chased to the marketplace by the glowing volcanic pyramid artifacts.

Sand and pyramids and the River Nile flashed by them, Tom’s smart mansionone snapping the scenes with wild abandon while Tombie lost a leg in the chariot wheels and Tom’s Inner Werewolf – Tommy awoke and gave chase to the glowing volcanic pyramid rocks bouncing cheerily alongside them flashing their Seba symbols whilst giving Tom the non-Egyptian god, the evil eye. Fingers gamely drove the chariot giving little heed to the busy ride as he gave the horses free rein to transport them at the highest speed possible.

Tom couldn’t help but notice the portal seemed to be accompanying them, and that Lady TometteNut was still half in and half out of it waving a volcanic pyramid rock furiously at Tom and the now decapitated Tombie. Tombie grinned and did a quick search for the rest of his body but the legs had already run it off to find some fine Egyptian linen for itself at the marketplace. And Tombie had sand in his eyes so he could no longer see much beyond a pyramid or 2 and what might and might not have been the odd pharaoh. Tom was preoccupied trying to catch his inner werewolf before the world collapsed and after all he was tasked with saving it.

References:

www.souledout.org

www.ancient-origins.net

www.en.m.wikipedia.org

www.galnet.fandom.com

www.egypt.mrdonn.org

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_night_deities

Shifty Mansionic Dimensions   23 comments

This post is inspired by and dedicated to my wonderfully imaginative friend, Tom. You can visit Tom’s blog at The Mansionic Perspective and share in the wonders of his blog world. You can learn all about gargoyles in his post The Winged Lion and the Gargoyle, and enjoy a further fantastic post about Winged Wolves (not the gargoyle wolves featuring in my own post) so do check this one out as well – it’s awesome! The Wild Winged Wolves of the Wilderness

PSX_20220226_200644Spinning haphazardly through a cosmic dimension shift Tom found himself spat out of the mouth of the dimension shift to a crescendo of wild howls and screaming tornadoes, at the front entrance of his Mansion. He was a little disconcerted to note that his Mansion had taken on a dark turreted gothic look in his absence, and he couldn’t say he was overly impressed with its leaning towards the dark and evil side either. Tom was pretty sure that he hadn’t ordered the evil wolf gargoyle door knocker now gracing the front door of the mansion and the fact that one was now there wasn’t a particularly promising sign. He channelled his inner werewolf – affectionately known as Tommy, but Tommy merely raised a hairy eyebrow at him and winked conspiratorially before yawning boredly and showing off a gleaming set of fangs.

The evil wolf gargoyle door knocker was not the friendly variety. At the sight of Tom’s hand reaching out to knock it the door knocker wasted no time in snapping and biting at the offending hand with ferocious devil-spawned wrath and a malevolent snarl for added effect. It smirked an evil smirk as Tom’s hand was hastily withdrawn.

The door swung open on its own, to a gaping dark void in the hallway that melted away to display a scene from Ancient Greece. Greece…in the Mansion’s Hall? Tom eyed the Mansion suspiciously, not for the first time today. A hearty snoring rumbled from within shaking the Mansion wall, and as his eyes adjusted to the darkness swirling in the doorway, Tom spotted a long chain and a heavy door ring attaching a sleeping slave to it. Slave-butlers! – Tom realised in a flash of unexplained knowledge, with the sole the purpose of answering the door. Not too surprisingly this one was exercising the common practice of slave-butlers involving having died of boredom or fallen asleep by the time a visitor materialised. He looked on curiously as a rich Greek visitor approached the door and seized a short iron bar attached to a chain with which he hammered deafeningly on the door. The sleeping slave-butler, rudely awakened, jumped to his feet, muttering a disgraceful string of grumpy Greek obscenities whilst tripping over his own feet scuttling to open the door.

The scene unfolding in the Mansion’s hallway, took on a slightly ugly tone, as the iron bar proved a handy weapon for the rich visitor to use to beat the homeowner to a pulp; in the process, leaving an unsightly mess on the doorstep whilst the grumpy slave snickered maliciously in the background before falling asleep on his feet. Fast forwarding to a future Greece, the scene displayed a world without slave butlers or the potentially lethal iron bars, instead showing a far more civilised heavy-duty plastic ring attached to the door creating a convenient combi door knocker and handle. The history of door knockers was very dark and fraught with dangers Tom noted, before the evil wolf gargoyle swallowed the whole scene with a ghastly groan and eyes that glowed with a hellish fire.

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Taking his chances Tom dived gamely past the gargoyle door knocker and through the front door – The trip down the hall, round to the kitchen and up the newly formed staircase to the study left Tom increasingly sure he hadn’t bought any of the gargoyle wolves he found shrieking furiously at him whenever he should forget and try to approach his doors. He was also left to puzzle over the presence of the glowing volcanic rock artifacts glowing in his sitting room and alongside every evil wolf gargoyle that he encountered along the way. He wondered briefly if it had anything to do with the unexplained knocking on the Mansion windows that seemed to be growing louder as he progressed through the gargoyle adorned Mansion.

A quick detour to the Mansion’s illustrious library of all knowledge saw Tom launch the Tomipedia application, a recent acquisition that the Mansionic App Store had suggested when he had been browsing through his Smart Mansionone”. Tomipedia greeted him with a flash and a bang before exploding into life with a resounding voice-over of the search content it had found somewhere in the depths of itself. Accordingly, the knocking increased in volume and threatening rumblings of discontent.

     


“Tommy knockers,” the Tomipedia grandly informed him, having projected a 3-D version of itself onto the oakwood wall panels of the Library of all Knowledge, mythical, supernatural beings such as ghosts who were generally considered to inhabit a variety of different mines scattered around the globe. For clarity, and having taken note of Tom’s rich imagination, the Tomipedia roundly dispelled his notions that it might have been referring to land mines rather than coal mines and the like. Furthermore, according to the booming Tomipedia, Tommy knockers were little green men sporting white whiskers, and fitted out in old-style miner’s attire. They stood around 2-feet tall, bearing an uncanny resemblance to goblins, gnomes, and leprechauns. In Germany they were known as Berggeister or Bergmännlein, titles which referred to “mountain ghosts” or “little miners.” They had a reputation for impish mischief and were well-known for hiding tools and snuffing out lights, for example. But despite their behaving like naughty little rascals laughing at them or trying to ignore them would be a very foolhardy and unwise move.

Well, that was very strange considering Tom wasn’t aware of having an inner mine and until this point hadn’t really considered the possibility that he might have one. He made a mental note to consult his inner Tommy knocker at some point and find out exactly where it was living and what sort of inner mine he might be harbouring. A gold mine wouldn’t go amiss.

A particularly thunderous tapping and knocking on the both the Mansion windows and the surrounding walls, acted as a sharp reminder to Tom of the Tomipedia’s reference to the term “knockers.” This title, his Tomipedia informed him with a flourish and in Tom’s book, a wholly unnecessary and thoroughly over-dramatic, loud boom, was articulated as “knackers.” A term, it added, with slightly sadistic cheer, that arose from the knocking on the walls of the mine – an occurrence that frequently crops up just before cave-ins.” … Cave ins…that wasn’t a good sign…. The Mansion, now a dark, turreted Gothic Mansion, was about to experience a cave-in?!!

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It was definitely experiencing something from the wrenching and cracking sounds emitting from the masonry. The massive tear in the wall probably shouldn’t have been showing him another galaxy let alone a fearsome manifestation of the evil black wolf gargoyle door knocker leaping at him through the galactic vortex and an interstellar star show but it rapidly became clear that that was the case. It didn’t look much like a door knocker anymore and neither did it strike him as looking particularly black though this was likely the result of the galactic star show, but evil and gargoyle sprang to mind without any help from Tom’s abundant imagination. It still had wings, he noted. But then again wings seemed to be an obligatory gargoyle feature. Not so much perhaps, however, the song of the stars that was echoing theatrically, fromdeep within the heart of the gargoyle wolf’s wild howling, nor the shadows of a thousand alien worlds that it now had dancing unnervingly in coal-mine black eyes. The Gargoyle Wolf wasn’t in a good mood. And had a few choice words for Tom.

“Your sighting of black wolves is frequently understood to be a warning omen of your “shadow self” element. Which means Tom, that your visual perception of a black wolf, could be an indication that it’s time to re-examine that element of yourself – right now!!”

The gargoyle wolf reached out and slapped him around the nonce with a hairy brass paw – or rather with the door knocker it had previously been holding in its jaw, and continued in a screaming cosmic howl –

“This element of you is the dwelling place of undesirable thought configurations and philosophies Tom. Are undesirable thoughts creating incomprehensible challenges for your capacity to grasp and perceive the opportunities in your circumstances? Are you in fact cleaving to incorrect and untruthful conjectures that are causing you to defer action on matters of importance, or to postpone your crucial life decisions? Are you hesitating – shaking in your boots no less – because you are uncertain as to whether something is the right thing to do?” W2 (2)C


At this point Tom couldn’t help feeling that all these things might be a possibility, that back hander with a brass door knocker wasn’t the greatest!


“The dark, shadow wolf may be emboldening you to ponder on your attitude – By relinquishing your hold on your undesirable thought configurations, you may well light upon new routes to realize your aspirations.”

At this point Tom’s main aspiration was to find a paracetamol for the headache and an ice pack for the bump on his head, but he was fairly convinced that this wasn’t quite what the wolf gargoyle had in mind when it intoned such words of wisdom to this mere mortal. Probably best to head for the bathroom! There was a big black hole in the bathroom. The door to an alternative universe. Hopefully one that was more sociable than this one! A quick pit-stop at the Mansion’s kitchen to grab an ice pack from the freezer resulted in Cook chasing him back out, brandishing a ladle and a frying pan, closely followed by one of the glowing volcanic artifacts Tom had noted were dotted around the Mansion alongside the evil Wolf Gargoyles….He tumbled back in the direction of the bathroom, which as it turned out was also harbouring an evil wolf gargoyle and several glowing volcanic rock artifacts – lurking menacingly and so far inexplicably, outside the partially open bathroom door…Well, the Mansion had never made life easy for Tom, he reflected, before making a magnificent gargoyle-defying leap through the bathroom door into the swirling galaxy that had appeared where the shower usually stood…this was going to be a really rough ride he realised as his hair took on a new life all of its own and his disembodied legs waved mockingly at the evil wolf gargoyle before vanishing through the galactic vortex to join the rest of his body in a Mansionic Dimension shift to….?

Over to the Illustrious Tom! Do pay a visit to his blog site – his imagination knows no bounds and you’re sure to find something that will grab your own imagination and keep you coming back!

References

Wandering the Paths of the Wolf-Ways   25 comments

Whispers of Wolf Dreams

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As you dream in the shadow of the city lights….
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To see a wolf in your dream symbolises survival, beauty, solitude, mystery self-confidence and pride. You can keep your composure in a variety of social circumstances and blend into any situation with ease and grace. You are a loner by choice.

Negatively the wolf represents hostility, aggression, or sneakiness. It may reflect an uncontrollable situation or an all-consuming force in your life. This could point to an obsession, an addiction or something that is beyond your control.

To see a white wolf in your dream signifies valour and victory. You can see the light even in your darkest hours. To see a black wolf in your dream represents your shadow. 

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There are characteristics of the wolf that you are refusing to acknowledge or incorporate into yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

To dream that you kill a wolf indicates betrayal. Certain secrets will be revealed to you. If you are being chased by a wolf in your dream, then it implies that you are unwilling to confront a problem that has been negatively impacting your life. Instead you are running away from it. To hear a wolf howling in  your dream represents a cry for help from somebody in your waking life. (Reference: F.BK – Source Unknown)

Phaethon – The Mythology   5 comments

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Phaethon in Greek mythology was the son of Helios, the sun god, and a woman/nymph who was known among different sources as Clymene, Prote, or Rhode.

Friends of Phaethon challenged him to prove he was not illegitimate and that his father really was Helios the sun god. His mother assured him this was true and suggested he also gain confirmation from his father Helios. Phaethon decided to request from his father proof of his affiliation with the sun. Helios was happy to consent to give his son anything he wanted, but when Phaethon demanded that he should be allowed to have a whole day to drive his father’s sun chariot Helios strongly advised him not to, pointing out that even Zeus did not have the strength to handle the steeds. However, a promise was a promise and despite his misgivings Helios

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allowed him to take charge of the chariot. As he predicted Phaethon lost control of the horses. Initially the horses climbed too high causing the Earth to freeze over. The out of control steeds then careered so close to the Earth that the chariot burned and charred the Earth. Seeing the imminent disaster and in a bid to prevent that occurrence Zeus elected to bring the chariot down with a bolt of thunder. The unfortunate consequence for Phaethon being that he plummeted down to earth and was killed at the mouth of the river Eridanus, which was later recognized as the Po.

Phaethon’s close friend or even lover, Cycnus (king of Liguria) deeply grieved his demise and so the gods transformed him into a swan. Phaethon also had seven sisters, who were known as the Heliades. They too grieved deeply for him and kept watch in the place that their brother Phaethon careered to Earth and died. This wake continued until the time when the gods transformed the sisters into Poplar trees. Their tears of grief the gods transformed into amber.

The name “Phaethon” – Greek for “Shining/Radiant One”, was given also to:

  • Phaethon (Son of Eos)
  • One of the horses of Eos (the Dawn)
  • The Sun

 

 

 

 

  • The constellation Auriga
  • The planet Jupiter (Some versions refer to the planet Saturn rather than Jupiter)
  • Used as a descriptive word to describe the sun and the moon

 

Today it is the name given to rare blue asteroid “3200 Phaethon” which orbits very close to the sun and is named after the Phaethon of Greek mythology.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaethon

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Phaethon-Greek-mythology

 

Lunar Eclipse Fire Wolves–Eclipse Mythology Of The World   34 comments

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“Eclipses are a chance to see the universe working. It’s the solar system doing its thing right before your eyes and it’s a deep and personal pleasure.”

– E.C Krupp director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

clip_image006clip_image008Blood moon eclipses – the moon is bathed in a red orange hue of refracted (bent) light coming from around the Earth. This April 4, 2015 blood moon eclipse, is part of the series of 4 consecutive Lunar Eclipses known as a “tetrad.” These are set approximately 6 months apart. April 15, 2014 – October 8, 2014 – our most recent one on April 4, 2015 and the shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century and the final one on September 28, 2015. The longest Total Lunar Eclipse this century will last 1 hour 24 minutes and will take place on July 27, 2018. Both Lunar and Solar Eclipses habitually occur in 18 year-long cycles known as Saros Cycles. Eclipses separated by a Saros Cycle are incorporated into a Saros Series. The recent Lunar Eclipse is part of Saros Series 132 which includes 71 Lunar Eclipses – the last one being on June 26, 2754.

“It’s an amazing experience, even though you know it’s just the moon moving in front of the sun. That’s why there are so many eclipse chasers”

Eclipse Fire Wolves

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Lunar Eclipse Myths from around the World

The Chinese word for “eclipse” is shih or chi meaning “to eat.” In many cultures people were of the firm belief that demons or animals were swallowing the sun or the moon at the times of eclipse. As a result of this belief they went to great pains to drive them away, commonly banging pots and pans or playing drums to this end.

clip_image012The Vikings view was that two “sky wolves” were chasing the Sun or the Moon and lunar or solar eclipses occurred whenever the wolves caught one of them. Similarly in Korea’s eclipse myths eclipses occurred when “fire dogs,” acting on orders of the king try catch and steal the Sun or the Moon. Although they only ever manage to bite their prey of “fire or ice” their actions spark an eclipse.The_Hunt_resized

Vietnam have slightly different ideas in so far as they believe it is a frog/toad that consumes the Sun or the Moon and on the West Canadian coast the Kwakiuti tribe is convinced that during the occurrence of an eclipse the “mouth of heaven” eats the Sun or the Moon.

– E.C Krupp director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

In the minds of The Inca lunar eclipses were a result of a Jaguar attacking and eating the Moon. This bloodshed explained the red-brown hue of the “Blood Moon” commonly seen during a total lunar eclipse such as seen recently (4th April 2015) The Inca would fiercely shake their spears at The Moon and make as much noise as possible, often “beating their dogs to make them bark and howl” in the hope of scaring the Jaguar away, afraid that it would fall to Earth and eat the Inca people too!

– David Dearborn, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California

clip_image015Chinese mythology states the Dragon, a “masculine solar energy” causes lunar eclipses when he tries to eat the Moon. The Chinese too would make much noise to chase it away and as late as 19th century cannons were fired by the Chinese navy to this end.

The ancient Mesopotamians whose culture stated that their king also symbolised the land believed that the seven demons they considered to be attacking the Moon at the time of lunar eclipse were also attacking their king. Therefore at such times they would substitute a temporary king – who if he survived the demons attack would probably be killed off later when the real king was reinstated!

Healing Lunar Eclipse Myths

clip_image017In contrast to the more aggressive lunar eclipse myths, The Luisno tribe – Southern California, would sing and chant and say prayers to restore the Moon back to good health and well-being, believing that an eclipse indicated that the Moon was very sick and feeling thoroughly under the weather!

Lunar eclipses are seen as a time of reconciliation by the people of Togo and Benim in Africa – The Batammaliba. In their culture, during an eclipse the Sun and the Moon are in battle with one another. The people work hard to discourage the discord between the two heavenly bodies and it is seen as a time when families and friends get together, and old arguments and disputes are resolved.

– Jarita Holbrook, cultural astronomer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Eclipses are considered to be simply another natural part of the balance of the universe’s cosmic order, by The Navago. It is considered a special time and a time to take a break and reflect on the cosmic order. In order to stay in balance with the universe avoid looking at, sleeping during or eating and drinking for its duration of the eclipse. Instead the time can be spent safely indoors singing special songs and enjoying time with family.

– Nancy Maryboy, President on San Juan Island, Washington working with NASA to bring indigenous astronomy into mainstream awareness

The Hupa were of the mind that 20 wives and an array of pets (Mountain Lions and snakes) were an important part of the Moon’s life. The Moon was required to supply food for them all and when he fell short on his duty he was attacked by the Mountain cats and the snakes. This of course led to blood-letting for the Moon – Blood Moon Eclipses – But luckily for the Moon his 20 wives would come to his aid, protecting him and dutifully collecting his blood so as to restore him to his former glory and good health. This was believed to bring an end to the lunar eclipse.

– E.C Krupp director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.

clip_image004In astrology many believe wars and conflicts, political events and acts of nature such as earthquakes can occur as a result of eclipses. Tibetan Buddhists say that during a lunar eclipse regardless of whether they are good or bad our actions increase by a thousand fold! So if you were naughty during the eclipse look out!!!

Sources:

lifeasmyth.com

Wikipedia

NASA

National Geographic

Mewling The Blues To The Ancient Mythological Cat Goddesses   53 comments

Mewling the Blues To The Ancient Cat Goddesses

Russian Blue Cats, Mythological Cat Goddesses 

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The Russian Blue is considered one of the most chic and ancient breeds in the cat world. Well-known as a one-person cat with a distinctive personality which identifies it as a breed apart from other cats, it is very much a timid and reserved creature although it is also gentle and affectionate, with an interesting and entertaining nature. It is also referred to as the Archangel Blue, Maltese Blue, and the Spanish Blue.

Russian Blue14Little is known about the history of the Russian Blue but the title Archangel may have come from the Archangel Isles in northern Russia or also the Russian White Sea Port by this name. It is thought most likely that nineteenth century Russian sailors brought these silvery-grey cats with them with the intention to sell them in UK. Their rich blue and silver-highlighted fur colouring is sometimes likened to that of a seal, and may also account for their timidness; it is claimed that they used to be hunted for their unusual coats.

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It is said that the Russian Blue is a descendant of the Royal Cat of the Russian Czars and also that it was the favourite pet of Queen Victoria. In Russia, it is considered to be lucky hence couples make sure a cat moves into their new home with them. The breed almost disappeared during World War II, but was later revived by the introduction of Siamese blood. One outstanding characteristic of all Russian Blues is the smiling expression they wear– and who doesn’t like to be greeted with a smile!

Russian Blue12Russian Blues always have startlingly vivid green eyes, and to those who gaze into the eyes of such cats, their intensity of those eyes is mesmerizing; the gaze of the cat was first observed by the Egyptians. They associated the cat with the hawk-headed god Horus, who was the son of Isis. In Ancient Egypt, cats “captured the glow of the setting sun in their eyes and kept it safe until morning.”

Russian Blue9There are a great many cultures who consider cats to be mystical creatures who in reality were in fact fairies or goblins who cunningly disguised themselves as cats. Amongst these cultures they believe that staring intensely into cats eyes will reveal visions of the fairy sphere snooping inquisitively back at the human realm through the cat’s eyes. By contrast the Japanese believe that vampires can masquerade in the form of cats but that they give themselves away by the manifestation of two tails!

Russian Blue18One of the most well-known folklore myths regarding the Russian Blue is the narrative about a cat spirit that appears in time of need to help someone in trouble. Once it has gained the trust of that person, the cat’s spirit one way or another reveals rewards that can be physical and/or spiritual treasures.


Cat Mythology

Freyja’s Cat-Driven Chariot

Thor_google2The Norse goddess Freyja, deity of love, beauty, fertility, war, wealth, divination, and magic, was worshipped by the Vikings, who prayed to her for rain and the granting of good crop yields; to this end jugs of milk for the cats were left out in Scandinavian countries. She rode in the heavens in a chariot pulled by two giant, blue-grey cats, (said to be Norwegian Forest cats). These cats are the children of the magic cat, Bauyn, that were a gift from Thor the god of Thunder.

BAST (Ancient Egyptian Lower Kingdom)

Bast_Egyptian goddess2_pinterestBast-cat goddess3_googleThe Egyptian goddess Bast (also known as Bastet, Ubasti, Pasht or Pakhet) was the benevolent and protective goddess of pet and household cats. But like all Egyptian cat goddesses she was also portrayed as a war-like goddess (“Bast” means “devourer”).

Lioness-Cub-by-Rahul-Matthan2Cheetah_google2Lynx_pinterest2She was often illustrated as a fierce lioness but was also symbolized in cheetah or lynx form. However Bast was the only ancient Egyptian cat goddess to also be depicted as a domestic cat, personifying both the strength and ferocity of a combative lioness, and the frisky, elegant, friendly, and wily nature of a cat.

Sun god-Ra2Known originally as “the protector goddess of Lower Egypt” she was the fierce shield and defender of the pharaoh. Bast was also the guard and protector of the sun-god Ra, and was consequently known as the “Lady of Flame” and the “Eye of Ra.”

Russian Blue 16tsIllustrations of her frequently depict her clasping the” ankh” which was designed to signify “the breath of life” or a papyrus wand which was intended to signify Lower Egypt. She occasionally bears a war-sceptre (signifying strength) and is often accompanied by a litter of kittens

She is also seen as the goddess of fertility and the protector of cats, women and children, to harm one was considered to be a crime against her and so very unlucky. Her priests kept sacred cats in her temple, which were considered to be incarnations of the goddess.

Bast_Shadowness2hellenic_mythology___artemis__goddess_of_the_hunt_by_emanuellakozas-d6p4l9n3Bast was originally the goddess of the sunrise, with the ability and command at her disposal to rouse a solar eclipse. but because the Greeks because linked her with Artemis – the lunar goddess, and the brother of Apollo (hence she became the daughter of Isis and Osiris) transformed her into a lunar goddess; the Moon and the cat’s nocturnal nature certainly sit well together!

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Some other ancient Egyptian Cat Goddesses.

Pakhet, "She Who Scratches", was a big cat goddess, presumably with big scratchy claws! She defended from evil the living and the dead.

Mafdet, the first of the cat goddesses, was a protective war goddess who spat fire at cobras and who also took a variety of feline forms – the ancient Egyptian lynx, the cheetah or the lion. Known as the “Runner” she was the cat goddess who killed the colossal snake Apep who was the enemy of Ra the sun-god.

Sources:

landofpyramids.org/cat-goddesses

Wikipedia

Sedna – Goddess of Sea and Marine Animals (Inuit Mythology)   53 comments

 

Sedna – Goddess of Sea and Marine Animals (Inuit Mythology)

 

 

sedna2Inuit mythology tells of Sedna the goddess of the sea and marine animals, Sedna known also as the “Mother/ Mistress of the Sea,” is the star of what is essentially creation mythology, and the tale of the events that led to her becoming the mighty ruler of the Inuit underworld – Adlivun.

The mythology of Sedna exists in several different forms but they all contain common factors.

Sedna the daughter of Anguta, a creation god, takes the form of a giant, who under the influence of an insatiable hunger attack her parents in a misguided attempt to assuage her raging appetite.

An alternative version alleges that she was so frustrated and unhappy with her father’s choice of men for her to potentially marry that she chooses instead to marry a dog!

783224_5f90_625x1000Still more versions of Sedna mythology portray her as a beautiful young woman living in a village of hunters, and whom despite receiving many eager proposals of marriage from the village’s male hunters, rejects them all. Consequently her disillusioned father hands her over to a new and previously unknown hunter as his wife in exchange for a plentiful supply of fresh fish. Unfortunately for Sedna her newly betrothed hunter-husband proves in reality, to be a mighty bird spirit who resides in a large cliff top nest. He is filled with a great wrath which ultimately leads to his vengeful stirring up of a huge storm designed to destroy both Sedna and her father when Sedna’s remorse-ridden father tries his best to rescue her from the plight he has unwittingly plunged her into.

In another version again, Sedna is the abducted and imprisoned on a floating ice island by a different bird like being. In its absence her father sails valiantly to her rescue in a kayak. Consumed by furious outrage at her escape the bird being, calls up a great sea spirit to assist him in wreaking terrible revenge on Sedna and her father, seeking to drown them both in mighty and violent waves of the like that had never before been seen.

Although the exact nature of the assortment of myths regarding Sedna are many and varied, they all have in common three important points:

1.  Her father tossing her out of the kayak and into the ocean waves.

2. Her father chopping off her fingers when she fights to climb back into it, so that she sinks to the ocean depths, down to the sea bed itself.

20029144_4f3f_625x1000As she does so, what had been her fingers undergo a miraculous transformation into the sea animals that the Inuit regularly hunt – Walruses, Seals and Whales. She is sometimes said to have had her head chopped off or to have grown a tail before her descent to the sea bed.

3. She becomes a mighty sea goddess who commands every mammal of the sea.

Sedna considered a vengeful goddess, is the “Mistress of Life and Death” to the Inuit people because she is their provider. Consequently she is worshiped and prayed to by the hunters who seek to please her so that she will liberate the sea and marine life they rely on for their food supply.

She does so happily if she is treated with due respect and concern. But she also expects that one person be willing to undertake the dangerous journey to her home to relieve the torturous pain she experiences in her hands when she is not respected. If this does not happen, and as a result of her pain and suffering, she in turn punishes the people with a combination of storms, starvation and sickness.


There are many great riches to be found if we are but willing to take a risk and venture deep into the dark, cold places each one of us harbours, and that we fear the most. No matter what illnesses and disabilities we may have the misfortune to experience, or the stupid and thoughtless mistakes we may make in life, we are still worthy of love and respect and have every right to expect, and even demand, that others treat us well.

Sources:

goddessgift.com

wikipedia.org

The Wolf and the Firebird Fairy Tale   27 comments

There are a vast number of different versions of this tale of the Russian Firebird. Of the ones I have viewed I have chosen “The Wolf and the Firebird Fairy Tale”  as this was the one I enjoyed the most. I hope you will also enjoy this French version of the Russian Fairy tale, ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

So! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin!! …. 

The Wolf and The Firebird Fairy Tale

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Once upon a time there was a tsar who was the proud owner of an orchard of golden apples. One day he discovered a mysterious thieffirebird Russian Art was sneaking in under the cover of darkness and stealing his golden apples! He was so distressed that he lost his appetite and he tasked his three sons to take it in turns to stand guard in his orchard and catch the thief. Two sons were lazy, worthless men who made no effort to stay awake and simply slept all night. But the third son, Prince Ivan, being a conscientious son, allowed himself no such luxuries. Consequently it was he who saw the orchard light up with an ever-brightening, glowing light which revealed a beautiful golden firebird pecking happily at the golden apples. Prince Ivan made a valiant attempt to capture the firebird but to no avail and it flew away leaving only a single tail feather in his hand.

The following morning the Prince explained everything to his father, Tsar Berendey, showing him the tail feather to prove his story. Determined to catch this golden firebird the tsar sent all three of his sons out on horseback in three different directions to track it down and bring it to him.

 

TheKnightAtTheCrossroadsPrince Ivan eventually arrived at a “crossroads” in a field containing a pillar with an inscription on it offering him three options: : "Whosoever goes from this pillar on the road straight before him will be cold and hungry. "Whosoever goes to the right side will be safe and sound, but his horse will be killed. And whosoever goes to the left side will be killed himself, but his horse will be safe and sound." Prince Ivan opted to go right on the basis he could always get another horse and continue on his quest.

But to his horror a huge magical gray wolf appeared in his path, attacking and killing his horse before running away. However riddled with guilt and seeing the Prince was very sad the wolf returned and said to him "Why, you could have ridden even on your good horse for three years and never found the Firebird for only I know where it lives. I ate your horse, so now I will serve you faithfully and well. Get on my back and hold on tight."

On reaching a fortress the grey wolf said to the Prince, "Listen to me, and remember what I say. Climb over the wall and do not be afraid; all the guards are asleep. In the attic you will see a small window; in the window hangs a golden cage, and in that cage is the Firebird. Take the bird and hide it under your coat; but be sure not to touch the cage."

Prince Ivan did as the wolf had told him but on seeing the cage forgot the wolf’s warning. As soon as he touched the cage he set off alarms all around the fortress and he was unceremoniously hauled up in front of a furious Tsar Afron.You should have come to me and asked me for the Firebird and I would have given it to you out of respect for your father. But now I shall see to it that all the world knows of your behaviour! And in order to earn my forgiveness you will have to enter my service. A certain Tsar Kusman has a horse with a golden mane. Bring that horse to me, and I will give you the Firebird and the cage."

Angry though the wolf was that he had been disobeyed he forgave the Prince and took him to his destination, issuing another warning on their arrival. "Climb over the wall; do not be afraid, the guards are asleep. Go to the stable and bring out the horse. But be sure not to touch the bridle you will see hanging there."

But once again Prince Ivan could not resist temptation and the whole scenario repeated itself, this time with Tsar Kusman. "To attempt to steal a horse shows little wisdom! Even a peasant would not try to do that. But I will let you off, Prince Ivan, if you agree to enter my service. A certain tsar named Dalmat has a daughter, the beautiful Helen. Carry her off and bring her to me, and then I will give you the golden-maned horse and the golden bridle."

Firebird and WolfOnce again, albeit reluctantly, the wolf forgave Prince Ivan and took him on his back to the fortress of Tsar Dalmat. However this time he insisted that he, himself would carry out the task and ordered the Prince to head back to Tsar Afron assuring him he would catch him up. Having seized the Princess the wolf paused only to tell Prince Ivan also to jump on his back so he could carry them both, and in due time they returned back to Tsar Kusman’s fortress.

However Prince Ivan was very sad, not wishing to part with either the horse with the golden mane or the Princess. So the wolf said to him, "I will see to it that you are not parted from her. We will hide her somewhere, then I will turn myself into the beautiful Princess Helen, and you can lead me to the tsar."

The tsar was over the moon with his new wife and gave the Prince the horse with the golden mane and the bridle, not realising that he was going to collect the real princess and ride away with her on the golden maned horse. The realisation hit the tsar full on when he lay down on the marital bed and discovered a huge grey wolf lying next to him!!

In the meantime the Prince and Princess had arrived at the fortress of tsar Afron and once again Prince Ivan was sad not wishing to lose the golden maned horse in exchange for the firebird. So once more the magical wolf took charge and turned himself into the horse with the golden mane. Tsar Afron was over the moon and Prince Ivan, the Princess Helen and the caged firebird rode away to Ivan’s homeland astride the horse with the golden mane. Tsar Afron was not so lucky discovering the trickery only when his golden maned horse turned into a huge grey wolf as he tried to mount it! Terrified he fell from its back and the wolf made good his escape.

On seeing the wolf again Prince Ivan bowed low to it three times in great respect and in thanks for all it had done in making his dreams come true. However the wolf warned him cryptically, "Do not bid goodbye forever to me. I shall yet be of service to you."

As Ivan and Helen and the horse with the golden mane were sleeping, not far from Ivan’s home, his two brothers chanced upon them and filled with jealousy at his success and their failure plotted to kill him and claim the fruits of his success for themselves, and to win favour with their father. As Ivan lay dead the grey wolf appeared alongside him healing his wounds with still water and bringing him back to life with sparkling water.

"I have had such a deep sleep," he yawned.

"Yes, you were sleeping very soundly," the grey wolf said. "But for me you would never have awakened. Your own brothers killed you and carried off all you had gained. Now get on my back, quick!"

On catching up with the brothers the magical grey wolf killed them both and one last time Prince Ivan thanked him again and bowed respectfully three times to him, before saying good bye forever, and returning home to his father Tsar Berendey with the firebird, the princess and the golden maned horse and its bridle. He told everything to his father who was delighted to see them and although he naturally mourned for his two lost sons he gained great comfort from the wedding to Princess Helen of his remaining son Prince Ivan….and they all lived happily ever after!

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