Excerpt From A Letter Unsent – On The Manifestation Of The Animal Forms Of Fylgja And Vahana

[Author's Note: The following is an extract from a rather personal letter I'd written some years ago. It attempts to establish a unified metaphysics for the presentations of the animal forms of the Fylgia of humans, the Vahanas of the Gods, etc. Its 'core idea' is that the essence-tial spark of the nature at the … Continue reading Excerpt From A Letter Unsent – On The Manifestation Of The Animal Forms Of Fylgja And Vahana

Eight Forms And Energies Of Shiva As Sky Father

It is Wednesday - Woden's Day. And so therefore, as has become our tradition, we present an illumination of Eight Forms or Facings of the God, as attested in archaic Vedic scripture.  Now I have chosen this particular set of eight, because they represent a most useful conceptual framework with which to link various Aspects and … Continue reading Eight Forms And Energies Of Shiva As Sky Father

On The Etymology of Marut – A Mytholinguistic Illumination As To The Indo-European ‘Storm Troops’ Of The Skies

[Author's Note: I am a great proponent of 'mytholinguistics' - the notion that we can make important and useful addeucements as to the effective mythic essence of an element by looking at its etymological roots and likely even further archaic depth of meaning. And, as part of this, the application of remarkably consistent patterns of … Continue reading On The Etymology of Marut – A Mytholinguistic Illumination As To The Indo-European ‘Storm Troops’ Of The Skies

Devi At Panjikent – A Sogdian Depiction Of The Great Goddess Accompanied By The Spear-Wielder

I am a bit late with this one - but Friday's Day is Devi's Day, and with Dawn just creeping over the horizon … outline reproduction of one of the incredible mural paintings from Panjikent, a Sogdian centre in modern-day Tajikistan. The central figure to the depiction is Nana, mounted upon a lion-like vahana. As … Continue reading Devi At Panjikent – A Sogdian Depiction Of The Great Goddess Accompanied By The Spear-Wielder

On Roman Vejovis or Vediovis Via Light Of Vedic Rudra

It is Thursday - more properly, Dies Iovis, the Day of Jupiter (in Vedic terms - Brihaspati is the figure hailed for this occasion). And therefore … a brief look at the likely Indo-European positioning for a lesser-known Roman figure - the deific known as 'Vejovis' ('Veiovis', sometimes 'Veiove' or 'Vejove') or 'Vedius' / 'Vediovis'. … Continue reading On Roman Vejovis or Vediovis Via Light Of Vedic Rudra

‘Nomads’, ‘Murmurers’, & ‘Death-Seekers At the Border’ – Three Further Perspectives On Barbarians Drawn Into The Broader Indo-European Sphere

Following on from our earlier piece looking at 'Barbarian' in Vedic understanding - here are several further examples .. along with broader Indo-European comparanda contextualizing each. Two of these were furnished by the same associate [A.P.] whom I had been discussing with in the excerpt posted earlier. I have not independently tracked them down in … Continue reading ‘Nomads’, ‘Murmurers’, & ‘Death-Seekers At the Border’ – Three Further Perspectives On Barbarians Drawn Into The Broader Indo-European Sphere

Deific On Horseback With Two Ravens From Central Asia

Another votive panel from the Khotanese Saka (Scythians) at Dandan Oilik in the Taklamakan. Now there are a few points of interest here. Obviously, one of these is the fine horseman figure on the right of the image. He's a direct resonancy with the similar figure I wrote about yesterday - tentatively identifiable as a … Continue reading Deific On Horseback With Two Ravens From Central Asia

Sirius In Central Asia – Soma, Tisya, Tishtrya, Rudra

It is Wednesday - Odin's Day - and so therefore, as has become our custom, some fine devotional (a)art-i.  Except this exquisite piece is not from the Northlands of Scandinavia - rather, its provenance is that most mysterious of Indo-European lands … far-flung Central Asia. Khotan, amidst the deserts and mountains fringing China's western edge in … Continue reading Sirius In Central Asia – Soma, Tisya, Tishtrya, Rudra