We're in the process of producing a really straightforward guide for the broader IE sphere on how to perform a simple 'Guest Worship' rite in your home. The Guests in question, of course, being the Gods thusly invoked. The model we'll be using for this is a Hindu Panchopachar [Pancha - Five ; Upachar - … Continue reading Panchopachar – Guest-Worship Offering In Manner Elemental
Month: November 2021
Shiva As Kirata – The Hunter Of The Himalayan Wilds
It is MONDAY - Lord Shiva's Day ! And therefore - a fine sculpture of Lord Shiva as Hunter. Now, this particular representation is of Shiva as a Kirata. These days the term refers to a particular and significantly Sino-Tibetan ethnic sphere found in the northeast of the SubContinent (this sculpture is situated in Namchi … Continue reading Shiva As Kirata – The Hunter Of The Himalayan Wilds
Look After Dogs On KaalBhairavJayanti
An important point - KaalBhairav Jayanti is also an occasion where, as an act of piety, we try to do something nice for a dog. Often this entails feeding ; although if you are doing the full style thing, then in Nepal it is common to see dogs having had tilaka applied and garlanded with … Continue reading Look After Dogs On KaalBhairavJayanti
Sri Bhuvanesvari Yantra
[Author's Note: It has since been pointed out to me by an associate whom I trust that this is, in fact, more likely a Surya yantra. I had presumed that the Solar theonymics were due to the association of the Goddess Form with the Sun. The post is left up, otherwise as it is, for … Continue reading Sri Bhuvanesvari Yantra
On Erilaz – Runecarver ?
Something I have been intending to take a look at for some time is the meaning of 'Erilaz'. It is a controversial term. Why? Because its etymology and derivations are that of the warrior-aristocracy - 'Jarl', 'Earl'; and yet if we look at its archaic attestations in various Runic inscriptions, it appears almost as if … Continue reading On Erilaz – Runecarver ?
On Odin As Jupiter In The Icelandic Rune Poem
It is always nice to be vindicated. This is a page from a manuscript - AM 687d 4° - which constitutes one of the oldest presentations of the Icelandic Rune Poem. That is to say - the occasionally rather cryptic explication of just what each Rune is to mean. The relevant word for our interest, … Continue reading On Odin As Jupiter In The Icelandic Rune Poem
Of Artemis And Actaeon, The Wolf As Defender Of The Goddess – A Forensic Theology Examination Of A Classical Myth In The Vedas And In The Stars
Many are aware of the broad outlines of the Classical instance of Artemis having Actaeon put to death. Roughly speaking - Actaeon commits an outrage against the Goddess's modesty, and so is turned into a deer and torn to pieces by his own hunting dogs. What few realize is that this particular story is also … Continue reading Of Artemis And Actaeon, The Wolf As Defender Of The Goddess – A Forensic Theology Examination Of A Classical Myth In The Vedas And In The Stars
Vrtraghni Vasti Sustutim – The Hailing Of Ma Saraswati As Unstoppable Warrior Goddess
वर्त्रघ्नी वष्टि सुष्टुतिमVrtraghni Vasti Sustutim‘Foe-Slayer Claims Our Eulogy’ RV VI 61 [Griffith Translation]: 1 To Vadhryasva when he worshipped Her with gifts She gave fierce Divodāsa, canceller of debts[Variant Translation: She gave […] Divodasa Who shakes the debtor]Consumer of the churlish niggard, one and all, Thine, O Sarasvatī, are these effectual boons. 2 She with … Continue reading Vrtraghni Vasti Sustutim – The Hailing Of Ma Saraswati As Unstoppable Warrior Goddess
Rahu – For Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse
With tonight's Lunar Eclipse, it seemed apt to mention Rahu - one of the two 'dark' Graha ['Influencers', 'Planets'] of Vedic Astrology … and rather directly responsible for Eclipses, as we discussed in our earlier 'Rahu – The Dark Graha And His Veiled Grasp' Here are a few lines from AtharvaVeda XIX 9 that I … Continue reading Rahu – For Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse
Some Brief Points On The Indo-European Empowering Elixir – Nectar, Ambrosia, Amrit, Soma, Kvasir.
Earlier, an Indian associate had lamented what he termed the rather "lazy" translation of Amrit as "Nectar".Now for what it's worth, I somewhat agree with him - because when people see 'nectar' in print, they tend to presume it simply means something to do with the inside of flowers. Except truth be told, 'Nectar' is … Continue reading Some Brief Points On The Indo-European Empowering Elixir – Nectar, Ambrosia, Amrit, Soma, Kvasir.