On Bowing To Gods – AND Drinking With Them !

I've had this image - and its underlying sentiment - on my mind for a few days now. It's something that often comes up in Western (neo-)pagan circles, and represents multiple layers of fundamental misapprehension about Indo-European religion. Indeed, it is very much a modern take - reflective of modern prejudices, (mis-)perceptions, and hangups - masquerading … Continue reading On Bowing To Gods – AND Drinking With Them !

On Triptolemus And Demeter, Soma And The Sacral Rites Of Life And Land

A foundational principle of Indo-European ritual is succinctly expressed in the Latin maxim - 'Do Ut Des' : "I Give So That You Might Give". The Tale of Triptolemus might be thought to similarly simply express the truth of this utterance - although upon closer examination, its resonancies are anything but "simple", especially when considered in … Continue reading On Triptolemus And Demeter, Soma And The Sacral Rites Of Life And Land

Artemis Orthia – The Inescapable Indo-European Goddess Of Cosmic Law ‘Midst The Mediterranean : Part Two – Tracking the Skeins of Fate Via The Golden Bowstring

A particularly intriguing resonance is pointed via Artemis' Χρυσηλακατος ('Khryselakatos' - 'of the Golden Distaff'), for whilst we are not accustomed in the mythology to perceiving Artemis as engaged in such a 'housewife' and literally 'economic' role … this is not exactly what is meant via the term in specific application to Her. The notion of … Continue reading Artemis Orthia – The Inescapable Indo-European Goddess Of Cosmic Law ‘Midst The Mediterranean : Part Two – Tracking the Skeins of Fate Via The Golden Bowstring

Artemis Orthia – The Inescapable Indo-European Goddess Of Cosmic Law ‘Midst The Mediterranean : Part One – ‘Calling To Order’

Every so often, I am delighted to find that my work has become predictive in its accuracy. That the reconstructive efforts which we engage in are not merely idle conjecture of 'fitting together' elements within the confines of my mind - but the subtle perceptions of actually-extant archaic Indo-European religiosity and myth. In ways that I … Continue reading Artemis Orthia – The Inescapable Indo-European Goddess Of Cosmic Law ‘Midst The Mediterranean : Part One – ‘Calling To Order’

The Black Avenging Form Of The Indo-European Mother Goddess [ Arya Akasha Arka ]

As we have explored in an array of previous articles, the Indo-European Mother Goddess is closely correlate with Cosmic Law (Rta, Orlog, etc.), and is a truly formidable force in War. The 'Black Avenging Form' Aspect brings these two competencies together - and sees the Mother Goddess obscure Her beautiful, radiant visage with a darkened, … Continue reading The Black Avenging Form Of The Indo-European Mother Goddess [ Arya Akasha Arka ]

Against The ‘Superhero’ Reductionism Of Indo-European Mythology

An associate asked this question - and I think it is an interesting one for us to address. My reply : "I mean … not necessarily - like, it depends upon what you mean by "superhero", of course - but there's pretty strong evidence that PIE deifics aren't … super-powered humans ; like, it's one … Continue reading Against The ‘Superhero’ Reductionism Of Indo-European Mythology

On The Restoration Of The Position Of Women To That Of Archaic Indo-European Society

I find this image - and what it represents - rather intriguing. Because what we are presented with here is an instance of a Past challenging a Present. And it is something with quite archaic Indo-European mytho-cultural resonancy. What do I mean by this? Well, first, here's a brief description of what's going on in … Continue reading On The Restoration Of The Position Of Women To That Of Archaic Indo-European Society

Kaal Hades Erebus – A Brief Look At The Darkening Veil Betwixt Light And Life, Darkness And Death – The Solar Underworld Covered 

Something I love about our field is the manner in which the linguistics - the etymology - facilitates the proper understanding and construal of meaning. This is occasionally derided as being the supplanting of serious theology via etymology … but with this I do not agree. At most, it is the supplementation - and as … Continue reading Kaal Hades Erebus – A Brief Look At The Darkening Veil Betwixt Light And Life, Darkness And Death – The Solar Underworld Covered 

The Black Avenging Form Of The Serpentine Earth Mother

[An extract from 'The Queen of Serpents - The Serpentine Figure Of The Indo-European Earth Mother', looking at the prominent association of the Dark Avenging form of the Earth Mother deific with both Serpents, and the upholding of Divine Law and morality. Particular exemplar instances parsed include the Nordic Skadi's snake-delivered sanctioning of Loki, the … Continue reading The Black Avenging Form Of The Serpentine Earth Mother