List of lunar deities The Hindu Chandra, riding his celestial chariot. Moon in mythology Also of significance is that many religions and societies are oriented chronologically by the Moon as opposed to the sun. One common example is Hinduism in which the word Chandra means Moon and has religious significance during many Hindu festivals (e.g. Karwa Chauth, Sankasht Chaturthi and during the eclipses). The moon is also worshipped in witchcraft, both in its modern form and in Medieval times, for example, in the cult of Madonna Oriente. The moon features prominently in art and literature and also the purported influence of the moon in human affairs remains a feature of astrology and theology. North and South America Mesoamerica Ancient Near East Europe Asia Africa Oceania See also References
Kelley Harrell: You Don't Call, You Don't Write... The Quiet Dead During the Samhain season much emphasis is put on spirits, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. As psychopomp is a critical role of my personal and professional shamanic path, I'm often approached by those who want me to communicate with deceased loved ones. In some cases a different scenario arises and I'm asked, "Why doesn't my deceased loved one visit me?" My immediate response is, "How do know your loved one doesn't?" There is an assumption that because we are emotionally close to a deceased loved one that we are open to and will recognize a visit from that dear soul. Emotional involvement isn't the only impediment to visitation from beyond the grave. Our consciousness is organized into beliefs and personal truths so that we can make sense of data coming in. Another reason that the dead don't visit is simply because they have no need to. So what's the magickal combination? The thing is, there isn't anything special about people who experience spirits and those who don't.
Adlivun When an Inuk dies, they are wrapped in caribou skin and buried. Elderly corpses have their feet pointing towards west or southwest, while children's feet point east or southeast and young adults towards the south. Three days of mourning follow, with relatives staying in the deceased's hut with nostrils closed by a piece of caribou skin. After three days, the mourners ritualistically circle the grave three times, promising venison to the spirit, which is then brought when the grave is visited. The psychopomps Pinga and Anguta bring the souls of the dead to Adlivun, where they must stay for one year before moving on. Bhagavad Gita The Bhagavad Gita ( Hindi : श्रीमद् भगवद् गीता , Śrīmad bhagavad gītā ) (pronounced: [ˈbʱəɡəʋəd̪ ɡiːˈt̪aː] ( listen ) ), The Song of the Bhagavan , often referred to as simply the Gita , is a 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata . This scripture contains a conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide Lord Krishna on a variety of theological and philosophical issues. Faced with a fratricidal war, a despondent Arjuna turns to his charioteer Krishna for counsel on the battlefield. Numerous commentaries have been written on the Bhagavad Gita with widely differing views on the essentials, beginning with Adi Sankara's commentary on the Gita in the eighth century CE. [ edit ] Composition and significance Bronze chariot, depicting discourse of Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra Due to its presence in the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita is classified as a Smṛiti text or "that which is remembered". [ edit ] Content [ edit ] Background [ edit ] Characters [ edit ] Themes
Finnish paganism The elk is a common image in many Finnish petroglyphs Finnish paganism shows many similarities with the religious practices of neighbouring cultures, such as Germanic, Norse and Baltic paganism. However, it has some distinct differences due to the Uralic and Finnic culture of the region. Finnish paganism provided the inspiration for a contemporary pagan movement Suomenusko (Finnish: Finnish faith), which is an attempt to reconstruct the old religion of the Finns. Deities The Finnish pagans were polytheistic, believing in a number of different deities. Finnish paganism was based on deities of nature, and it evolved in a time where the Finns were highly dependent on the natural world for survival. Major deities Several key deities were venerated across nearly all of Finland and Karelia. Haltija Local animistic deities, known as haltijas, were also worshipped. Maan Haltija Väki Haltija Different elements and environments had their own haltijas. Soul Burial
Sky father "Sky Father" is a direct translation of the Vedic Dyaus Pita, etymologically identical to the Greek Zeus Pater. While there are numerous parallels adduced from outside of Indo-European mythology, the concept is far from universal (e.g. Egyptian mythology has a "Heavenly Mother"). "Sky Father" in historical mythology "Nomadic" hypothesis In late 19th century opinions on comparative religion, in a line of thinking that begins with Friedrich Engels and J. This view was stylized as reflecting not only a conflict of nomadism vs. agriculturalism but of "patriarchy" vs. Reception in modern culture The theory about earth goddesses, sky father, and patriarchal invaders was a stirring tale that fired various imaginations. See also References
The Psychopomp SOuL Searchers - Articles Many religious belief systems have a particular spirit, deity, demon or angel whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife. These creatures are called psychopomps or death walkers. The term psychopomp from the Greek word psychopompos, literally meaning the "guide of souls". They were often associated with animals such as horses, whippoorwills, ravens, dogs, crows, owls, sparrows, harts, and dolphins. In Mythology a psychopomp was primarily a god or goddess of the Underworld. The following is a listing of Underworld Gods & Goddesses, this list is not inclusive. All links in the table below lead to the Spheres Of Light website - just use the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms. Psychopomp, means "soul conductor". Psychopomps may have varying degrees of psychic abilities.
World Pantheist Movement The World Pantheist Movement (WPM) is the world's largest organization of people associated with pantheism, a philosophy which asserts that spirituality should be centered on nature. The WPM promotes strict naturalistic pantheism without belief in any supernatural beings, realms, or powers. Beliefs and practices The official views of the World Pantheist Movement are listed in the nine points of the Belief Statement (see external links). The specific Statement is as follows: 1. The WPM encourages wonder and awe at the beauty and mystery of the Universe and fosters the full range of positive emotional responses to life. It respects the scientific method as humanity's most accurate approach for deepening its understanding of nature, while accepting that science is a never-ending quest and that some technologies have created massive social and environmental problems. It does not prescribe any particular set of religious practices, instead leaving the matter up to individuals.
Pleroma Pleroma (Greek πλήρωμα) generally refers to the totality of divine powers. The word means fullness from πληρόω ("I fill") comparable to πλήρης which means "full", and is used in Christian theological contexts: both in Gnosticism generally, and by St. Paul the Apostle in Colossians 2:9 (the word is used 17 times in the NT). Pleroma is also used in the general Greek language and is used by the Greek Orthodox church in this general form since the word appears in the book of Colossians. Proponents of the view that Paul was actually a Gnostic, such as Elaine Pagels of Princeton University, view the reference in Colossians as something that was to be interpreted in the Gnostic sense. Christianity New Testament The word itself is a relative term, capable of many shades of meaning, according to the subject with which it is joined and the antithesis to which it is contrasted. to fill up an empty thing (e.g. and the verbal substantive in -ma may express either Gnosticism
Super Japanese Ghouls 'n Ghosts Japanese folklore has a rich and terrifying tradition of all sorts of zany ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and goblins. Japanese ghosts collectively known as yūrei (幽霊), and Japanese monsters collectively known as yōkai (妖怪) are arguably the most popular. But how many traditional Japanese spooks do you actually know anything about? Read on to see what you should really be afraid of this Halloween. Traditional Japanese Ghosts Traditional Japanese beliefs state that every human being has a soul called a reikon (霊魂). However, if a person dies an unnatural, traumatic death, or if their final rites aren’t properly performed, the reikon becomes a yūrei and starts wreaking havoc on everyone’s sanity. These ghosts dwell on Earth, haunting its fleshy inhabitants. Onryō – 怨霊 Onryō are female ghosts who were abused or neglected by their lovers in life. Ubume – 産女 Women who die in childbirth or without providing for their children before death are classified as ubume. Goryō – 御霊 Funayūrei – 船幽霊 Kappa – 河童
Dying-and-rising god The methods of death can be diverse, the Norse Baldr mistakenly dies by the arrow of his blind brother, the Aztec Quetzalcoatl sets himself on fire after over-drinking, and the Japanese Izanami dies of a fever. Some gods who die are also seen as either returning or bringing about life in some other form, in many cases associated with a vegetation deity related to a staple. The very existence of the category "dying-and-rising-god" was debated throughout the 20th century, and the soundness of the category was widely questioned, given that many of the proposed gods did not return in a permanent sense as the same deity. By the end of the 20th century, scholarly consensus had formed against the reasoning used to suggest the category, and it was generally considered inappropriate from a historical perspective. Overview Odin whispering to a dead Baldr as he is to be sent out to sea Development of the concept Myth theorist Robert M. See also
Deathwalkers | Makers | Contemporary Shamanism The deathwalker is not a grim reaper; they are releasing that which is trapped, moving that which is beyond life, but not yet truly within the clutches of death. Shamans are often identified in older or more primitive cultures as essential in aiding the process of fertility and birth. Very often, in modern society, we want to overlook another one of their fundamental tasks in serving their communities, and that is to be there also at the end of life, assisting the dying and those departed on their journeys from this world. This is not Hollywood; the deathwalker perceives their task as part of the necessary cycle of life and one that they are particularly adept at through virtue of their own predilections. We have no issues when we look at primitive cultures in allowing for both those positions in a shamanic culture, but in our own we have defied both in order to embrace what we like to think of as more culturally sophisticated and civilized behaviors. Seeing Energy Unravel Oh! Yes.
Is rotten egg gas the fountain of youth? | Hydrogen sulphide In the hunt for ways to extend life, scientists are turning to an unlikely source: the gas that gives rotten eggs their distinctive foul smell. Hydrogen sulphide - maligned for its toxic and explosive properties - may slow ageing and block damaging chemical reactions inside cells, according to scientists in China, who reviewed studies on the malodorous gas and its effects on the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Hydrogen sulphide activates a gene implicated in longevity in a similar way to resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine that GlaxoSmithKline tried unsuccessfully to turn into a drug, scientists found. Unlike resveratrol, hydrogen sulphide is made by the body. Pills that boost levels of the compound may one day prolong life while tapping into a dietary supplement market that's worth $US28 billion a year in the US alone. Advertisement Chemical Weapon Colourless and flammable, hydrogen sulphide was used briefly in warfare during the First World War as a chemical weapon. Greek fates
Tree of life (Kabbalah) The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim (עץ החיים) in Hebrew, is a classic descriptive term for the central mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism, also known as the 10 Sephirot. Its diagrammatic representation, arranged in 3 columns/pillars, derives from Christian and esoteric sources and is not known to the earlier Jewish tradition. The tree, visually or conceptually, represents as a series of divine emanations God's creation itself ex nihilo, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man. The symbolic configuration of 10 spiritual principles (11 can be shown, of which - Keter and Da'at are interchangeable), Jewish Kabbalah usually refers to the symbol as the 10 Sephirot, while non-Jewish Christian Cabala and Hermetic Qabalah generally terms it universally as the Cabalistic/Qabalistic Tree of Life. In Zoroastrianism: The sacred plant haoma and the drink made from it. Haoma is the Avestan form of the Sanskrit soma.