Two Operations For Ritual Purification – The Invocation Of The Seven Rivers & The All-Conditions Purification Mantra

As we have often observed, purity is a foundation for good piety. By which we (also) mean - the acts of purification are a necessary predicate for engaging in proper formalized ritual worship.After all, one would hardly seek to petition and to honour the rulers of the cosmos in a manner that might seem 'lacking in … Continue reading Two Operations For Ritual Purification – The Invocation Of The Seven Rivers & The All-Conditions Purification Mantra

On Danu , Danann , Danube , And Other Watery Sources Of Life For The Ancient Indo-European Peoples

[Author's Note: This is an excerpt from my recent 'The Queen of Serpents - The Serpentine Figure Of The Indo-European Earth Mother'. Given some recent inaccuracies around Tuatha De Danann that have appeared in circulation, it seemed an ideal time to present this as something of a correction. The segment of the original article immediately … Continue reading On Danu , Danann , Danube , And Other Watery Sources Of Life For The Ancient Indo-European Peoples

THE QUEEN OF SERPENTS – THE SERPENTINE FIGURE OF THE INDO-EUROPEAN EARTH MOTHER

As we have often noted, the prevalent mythic perception of the Serpent amidst the minds of many is that of a demonic antagonist - and a male one, at that. There are solid reasons for this, of course: foremost among these is the Judeo-Christian baseline many of tend to operate under, where a certain serpent … Continue reading THE QUEEN OF SERPENTS – THE SERPENTINE FIGURE OF THE INDO-EUROPEAN EARTH MOTHER

DE-MIST-IFYING PARJANYA – DISTANCING PERKWUNOS

Ours is a complex field. And as with any sphere wherein depth, detail, and nuance swirls like mist - there are certain comfortable, complacent conceptions of things which stubbornly stick around long after they ought otherwise to have been dispensed with. The reasons for this are various - and include that certain of these 'seem' … Continue reading DE-MIST-IFYING PARJANYA – DISTANCING PERKWUNOS

Neb(h) – Neptune – Sky As Sea Unending

Proto-Indo-European Neb(h) - Moist/Cloudy This gives us "Nebula", "Nabhas", "Nebel", "Nifl"Terms for Clouds, Mists, Waters-Of-The-SkiesAnd "Njola" - 'Night/Darkness' in Old Norse. It may also underlie "Neptune" - althoughmany argue that "Nepots" ['Descendant -like Nephew or Nepotism] is more accurate. I suspect that it may be both: Neb & NepotsFor Neptune/Poseidon, Ouranos, Varuna -These are all … Continue reading Neb(h) – Neptune – Sky As Sea Unending

Saraswati Puja – The Power Of The Smiter Of Foes

Yesterday (by now) marked Saraswati Puja ; and as has become my custom, I present some brief thoughts and enlightenment via way of tribute. Seems the appropriate thing to do, given the nature of the Devi in question, and customary associations of Same. And speaking of just those customary associations - it seems to me … Continue reading Saraswati Puja – The Power Of The Smiter Of Foes

Swear By The Sea, Swear By The Stars, Swear By The Sky – On The Mytholinguistics Of Varuna Neptune Ouranos

Within the realms of Indo-European mytho-theology, there are some areas wherein the paths of connectivity grow dark, occluded, hidden amidst the mists of time and conceptual space. This does not mean that they are not there - only that we aren't sure what the precise course of their path may be. And in the absence … Continue reading Swear By The Sea, Swear By The Stars, Swear By The Sky – On The Mytholinguistics Of Varuna Neptune Ouranos

NAGA PANCHAMI – A CELEBRATION OF SERPENTS

Today marks the Hindu observance of Naga Panchami - an occasion where we honour the Snakes. Now, this might seem a most curious thing to those cursorily acquainted with Indo-European mythology. After all, pretty much every Indo-European culture and religion has voluminous accountings of the righteous and holy *smiting* of the Serpentine, the Draconic, the … Continue reading NAGA PANCHAMI – A CELEBRATION OF SERPENTS

On Stepping Into The Same River Twice – An Indo-European Theory Of Time (Travel)

It has been said, with some justification, that one 'cannot step in the same river twice'. That the inexorable flow of time ineffably means that the past reality of a thing is irrecoverable, in the present nor future. And yet, despite the provenance of this proverb, it is not ... or not entirely accurately, at … Continue reading On Stepping Into The Same River Twice – An Indo-European Theory Of Time (Travel)