The Goddess-Given Empowerment Of The Indo-European Hero – As Beautifully Illustrated Via Athena In The Iliad And Vak Devi

It is FRIDAY - Devi's Day ! And therefore, art by HC for a broad Indo-European mythic typology which I have long had trouble finding illustrated anywhere else. Now, in essence, what we have observed is a standard situation wherein the Goddess bestows empowerment to Her Chosen. This is found at several prominent points in … Continue reading The Goddess-Given Empowerment Of The Indo-European Hero – As Beautifully Illustrated Via Athena In The Iliad And Vak Devi

On Indo-European ‘Glory Imperishable’ And Becoming The Myth

The brightest stars do tend to burn up upon re-entry. But oh how they shine on the way out ! ἀριστεία - Aristea - refers to 'Excellence',κλέος - Kleos - to 'Renown', 'Glory'. The result of said Excellence. Grand exemplars are to be found - of course - within the Iliad. We are literally still … Continue reading On Indo-European ‘Glory Imperishable’ And Becoming The Myth

Toward The ‘Western Shakta’ Approach – A Preliminary Outlining For Goddess Engagement And Esoteric Empowerment In The European Indo-European Spheres

Something I have been thinking about over the past few hours is what we might term 'Western Shakta' conceptry. Now, to explicate what I mean by this … if we consider several of the major strands of Western Indo-European religious belief, we find that these are co-expressive of significant strands found amidst the Hindusphere. This … Continue reading Toward The ‘Western Shakta’ Approach – A Preliminary Outlining For Goddess Engagement And Esoteric Empowerment In The European Indo-European Spheres

On “Literary Criticism” Of The Iliad Which Fundamentally Misses Its Point

See, that's the thing. Various characters of prominence in the Iliad are pretty heavily rooted in the living-mythology (living mythos, indeed) of the world around them. It isn't just some abstract set of stories - they can literally tell you which Gods they personally descend from (and often not all that far back in the … Continue reading On “Literary Criticism” Of The Iliad Which Fundamentally Misses Its Point

The AtharvaVeda’s Invocation Of The Mother Of Indra To Impart Strength And Splendour To The Worshipper

The AtharvaVeda is a trove of interesting and otherwise under-thought of lore. It has to be due to the nature of its subject-matter - the invoking via allusion of elements to pointed projects and intended outcomes. Here are two translations of AV VI 38, entitled by Griffith as "A prayer for surpassing strength and energy" … Continue reading The AtharvaVeda’s Invocation Of The Mother Of Indra To Impart Strength And Splendour To The Worshipper

Indo-European Worship Of The God As Guest – A Ritual Primer Overview

'Dost thou know how to ask, dost thou know how to offer,dost thou know how to send, dost thou know how to spend?"- Havamal, verse 143 Something we have often been asked for is a simple 'how-to' for regular devotional offerings / observances. There are certainly a few of these out there for various Indo-European … Continue reading Indo-European Worship Of The God As Guest – A Ritual Primer Overview

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. 

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

On Bowing To The Gods – The Greek Perception (An Excerpt)

Now, when these debates come up in earnest around something as simple as bowing before a God - we inevitably find people objecting upon the basis of a rather skewed (mis-)understanding of history and scripture (yes, Indo-European religions have scripture - almost as if this is rather important as a feature of an enduring tradition … Continue reading On Bowing To The Gods – The Greek Perception (An Excerpt)