Tag Archives: Mythology

Goddess’ Betrayal

in the curves of her form a hero found his wanton goddess

Aphrodite symbolises

a lover’s eternal choices

of feminine enchantments

exploiting sexual differences

intellectual harmony balances

emotions desired disharmonies

wants needs desires dreams lusts

pleasures’ ecstasies turned into dust

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

later thoughts of high noon

I like road trips.  Once I went on a road trip with a woman who was leaving herself behind.  Seems I am always doomed to play Shane to her Mrs. Starrett.  It could have been worse, she could have left me when I needed her most.

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apologize

The only man I have ever been afraid of is myself

sometimes real men stand up to be counted.

please listen responsibly to the lyrics

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Pagan Fire Festival

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August 1st is an important day in the Pagan Calendar ~ Lughnasadh, a fire festival.

Historically, August 1st was an important day across the English-speaking world ~ Lammas, a harvest festival.

Come Lammas-Eve at night shall she {Juliet} be fourteen; that shall she marry…  ~  Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

The Christian Church used to celebrate Lammas Day, (Loaf Mass Day), which they then started to call the feast of St. Peter in Chains.  Mostly August 1st isn’t celebrated in the Christian Church as anything any more.

Lammas / Lughnasadh is one of the four fire festivals in the Pagan world.  How you mark today depends on where you are in your own spiritual development, but celebrations usually focus on the grain harvest or the Pagan God Lugh, or both.

gaia__artemis__aphroditeIf I have a Pagan God it is Lugh, the God of craftsmanship and metalworking skills.  Lugh had so many accomplishments he was reputed to be able to do almost anything.  Julius Caesar sometimes called the Roman God Mercury ~ Lugus, the Latin equivalent of Lugh.  Depending on how you look at it, Lugh married the Mother Goddess Nas, (Artemis).  Artemis is said to hate my personal goddess Aphrodite, and after that my grasp of mythology and interpersonal relationships gets complicated.

As for me, at this point in my spiritual life, I associate August 1st with Lugh and the Rowan Tree, the mountain ash.  In my mind there is a debate as to whether the English Sacred World Tree is a true ash, (fraxinus excelsior), or the rowan tree, (sorbus aucuparia).  Of the two, the rowan is the rarer in England, and maybe the rowan is the more magical.

The rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower.

Dreaming AphroditeThe rowan allows the power within to call forth the elegance and mystery of the logical mind as it is intermingled with intuitive powers.  The rowan calls the spiritual into the path of future planning, and brings dreams to fruition.  When using rowan magic you should trust your intuitive insights.

If you wish, you can try to forecast the future using rowan magic.  Drinking some / a lot of proper absinthe helps here.  Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) is the active ingredient in absinth, other than the booze.  Shakespeare goes on about wormwood in the Lammas-Eve speech.  Which brings us neatly back to the Goddess Artemis and the Pagan God Lugh.

Today I have a piece of rowan wood by the garret’s door to keep witches away.  (Rule #2 Nobody is allowed into the garret, applies especially to witches).  As I don’t drink booze these days, there’s no absinthe around, which is probably just as well.

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Rowanjackcollier7@taltalk.net

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Mythology and Ethnicity

There is no doubt that I am a Briton.  My people were of Celtic origin and were around in the North of England during Roman times.  I have an old and deep bond with the country here, most especially with the North Sea.  My entire sense of place is predicated upon the understanding that the sea lies to the east and that the sun always rises to the south and east.

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I believe I have an intense understanding of the present and the future ~ not merely the things there are, but also the things that could be.

The mystery of past life recall is no stranger to me.  For those who don’t know, it’s nothing like you would first think.  Riffle the pages in an unread book and everything you see is permanently stored in your brain.  Accessing those pages with your conscious mind is something else entirely.  An eidetic memory is an uncommon thing in adults ~ or so the psychologists would have you believe.  Most of of your life you have been told that you cannot…  If you listen to yourself you will know that you can….

True sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination ~ Einstein

By training and inclination I am a scientist and engineer.  I can design, build and repair just about anything.  Yet I know there is far more to the Cosmos than can be explained by our current scientific method.  Either we know too little, or we know too much.

A myth is a traditional story, usually including some unexplained or unexplainable events.  Not all myths are false.  I know that I need to explore the mythology and spirituality of my own past, present and future.  I know that some of my legend is also yours.  I intend to share the things I discover of my own mythology in this blog.  You are welcome to share with me.

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P1010573Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

English Gentleman

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