Gandalf Brihaspati – For Tolkien Jayanti

Yes, we know it's not Thursday … but it IS J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday ! So, upon this occasion of Tolkien-Jayanti , here's something we prepared earlier looking at a rather … surprising underpinning Indo-European characterization to the figure of Gandalf : IT IS THURSDAY - JUPITER'S DAY - THEREFORE, BRIHASPATI Now, some among ye are … Continue reading Gandalf Brihaspati – For Tolkien Jayanti

Demeter – An Indo-European Sky Mother Goddess ?

The conventional wisdom is that Demeter is an Earth Mother deific - as attested via both the mythology and also, speculatively, via the linguistics. Now, my contention is that this is not 'inaccurate' per se - just 'incomplete'; and potentially the result of the linguistic analysis only seeing what previous generations of academics thought they … Continue reading Demeter – An Indo-European Sky Mother Goddess ?

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

The Indo-European Cosmology – A Brief Guided Tour : Part One – Ritual Space And The Radiating Law

Two areas I have long intended to direct more effort towards extolling - are Indo-European Cosmology and Ritual. Both are fascinating, and as it happens, quite fundamentally coterminous much of the time. However, they're also both huge - and so instead of a series of five-to-fifty-thousand wor(l)d plus megaliths, I thought I'd try something a … Continue reading The Indo-European Cosmology – A Brief Guided Tour : Part One – Ritual Space And The Radiating Law

The Black Avenging Form Of The Earth Mother And The Pursuits Of The Sky Father As Solar Horseman – A Comparative Indo-European Typological Evocation [Part Two: Surya, Saranyu And Chhaya – The Shadowy ‘Second’ Wife Of The Sky Father]

[Author's Note: This piece continues our look at a fundamentally coterminous myth of the Indo-Europeans found reasonably intact in both the Greek and the Hindu canons - wherein the Sky Father engages with a 'Darkened' form of His Consort, often in symbolically resonant animal shape. Part One examined the situation of Poseidon in pursuit of … Continue reading The Black Avenging Form Of The Earth Mother And The Pursuits Of The Sky Father As Solar Horseman – A Comparative Indo-European Typological Evocation [Part Two: Surya, Saranyu And Chhaya – The Shadowy ‘Second’ Wife Of The Sky Father]

On The Still Active Dyaus Pitar Of The Indo-Europeans – The Sky Father Still Roars Supreme

There is much misinformation and misapprehension about Dyaus Pitar (also known as Dyeus Phter if we are going with the PIE reconstruction) - none more so, in my estimation than that He is somehow a 'remote' or 'inactive' deity Who plays no real functional role in our still-living mythology. In line with which, you will … Continue reading On The Still Active Dyaus Pitar Of The Indo-Europeans – The Sky Father Still Roars Supreme

ON THE HORSE TWINS – The Savior Sons of the Sky Father [Part 1 – Introductions, Inceptions, And Asvins]

One of the more pervasive, yet perplexing of the elements of the Indo-European mythology must surely be the Heroic Horse-Twins. Whether the Asvins / Nasatyas / Divo Napata of the Vedas, the Dioscuri of the Greeks (Castor & Pollux / Polydeuces), the Asvieniai / Dievo Suneliai of the Lithuianians, or Hengist and Horsa of the … Continue reading ON THE HORSE TWINS – The Savior Sons of the Sky Father [Part 1 – Introductions, Inceptions, And Asvins]

Dyaus; Deva, Deus, Tyr: Many Gods, One Sky Father

Despite His centrality to our mythology, the Indo-European Sky Father is probably one of the most misunderstood Gods of our pantheon(s). You will semi-regularly hear people make all manner of outlandish claims about Him. The most common of which tend to be either that the Sky Father 'withered away' and was superceded by another God or … Continue reading Dyaus; Deva, Deus, Tyr: Many Gods, One Sky Father

The Radiant Queen of the Heavens – On Scythian Tabiti As Template For The Greater Indo-European Solar Goddess [Part 2 – The Suns of the Sky Father and the Hidden Suns]

However, before we attempt to address Tabiti directly - as well as the Queen of the Heavens Indo-European deific complex for which She stands - it is first necessary to spend a bit more time sketching out the broader Solar Goddess typology of the Indo-Europeans. This is because, as it happens, there are several and … Continue reading The Radiant Queen of the Heavens – On Scythian Tabiti As Template For The Greater Indo-European Solar Goddess [Part 2 – The Suns of the Sky Father and the Hidden Suns]