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2019-01-31 at 3:22 pm #3907
Please feel free to jump in on this discussion! If you have any thoughts or articles to links please post them here! Welcome wary net traveller, I am based in what you call today Norfolk & Suffolk,
I lived in a ancestral prestige mound the resembles a long barrow in the flat lands of Norfolk, the mound was constructed from a Neolithic burial tribal manmade hill and it aids to our protection to sleep peacefully against tribal brigands, bears & wolves, the world of nature shut out by our wooden ramparts and steep, very slippery earthworks.
We call our settlement simply Pine Ridge, the banks of the River Ychen are rich in herbs and henbane, we call our family & kin The Ychen, The People Of The Oxen, although the Men of Stone call us The Iceni?
2019-05-29 at 8:25 am #5097BericForum Editor@beric_debenkahRank: Honorary Scribe
Morgana – The Death Mother, the Goddess of Magic, fertility, shape-shifting & war, the daughter of Llyr of the Sea and Anuand the shape-shifter, Morgana is associated with sea shells, cypress trees, the Irish shoreline, and battle ravens and crows.
Morrigan – The beautiful and powerful sea Goddess of wisdom and beauty, referred to in Irish mythology as the Great Queen or The Mother of the Sea. On the Festival of the Samhain (Sawen) Morrigan takes Dagda, the good God, as her lover, Morrigan is associated with the ocean’s vegetation, the manta rays of the Western Shores of Ireland, whales that mythology referred to as Water Bulls, always depicted with the Queen’s Rod of Command.
Morrigu – The Dark Grey Lady of Irish mythology, the Goddess of Life, and magic, the protectress of the sea-faring and the sandy shores of Erin, she of a gentle nature who destroys when angry, associated with the ocean waves, playing of the harp of silver, sea shells and pearls of the oyster.
Macha – The Goddess of War, whose name means ‘the venomous one’, or Battle Frenzy, associated with the aftermath crows and the coiled serpent. Nuada – The Good Father, with his consort Fea, the War Goddess. Justice must played a part in their relationship. Nuada was a powerful Chieftain God (like Gallic Camulos), both associated with Thunder, Storm Demons, Loyal Kingship, Rebirth, War & Wealth, Nuada carried fearlessly the four treasures of The Children Of Dannan, one was the sword of Findais, on one Summer Soltice, he loses his hand in battle, the druidic rule that a disfigured king cannot rule the Irish Celts, so Diancecht the physician created for Nuada a silver arm. Nuada is associated with thunder & the magic spear.
Nodens – The God of Dream Magic, of sleep, dreams & nightmares, Nodens is associated with initiation rituals and the various gateways to the Underworld. Ogimios – The inventor of Ogham writing, the handsome God of Knowledge, and of civilisation, he who carves runes on clubs & apples.
Reference Used : Sarah Owen.
2019-05-27 at 3:25 am #4980BericForum Editor@beric_debenkahRank: Honorary Scribe
Vivienne, the Life-Mother & the Goddess of Love & Emotional Entanglement.
Look in any good Encyclopedia of mythology under the name of Vivienne and it redirects you to Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, the daughter of King Pellimore, it also states that Vivienne was the Siren of Dinas, in Welsh mythology Vivienne was the daughter of Dylan Eil Ton, at Arthur’s wedding feast the proceedings were interrupted when a white stag galloped into the feasting hall, followed by a white doe with piecing blue eyes, Underworld implications, and a pack of hounds.
A lady on a horse rode after the wildlife claiming that the hounds were hers, the hunt found another exit and the lady Nimue (Vivienne) found herself in the forest chased by the knight Ontelake, Vivienne was later rescued from the clutches of Ontelake by her father Pellimore and brought back to Camelot, (Camelos) where she studied magic with Merlin. The enchanted kiss and the entanglement of the Wild Roses. The Rose is one of the most important symbols in the world, a sacred flower pervading all cultures and religious beliefs.
The reason the Rose and its many beliefs are now shrouded in Medieval mysteries, the fossilised roses of 35 million years ago have been found by archaeologists, wreaths of roses were recorded at ancient tombs, alchemists regarded a rose as an essential part of a love potion, rosebuds springing from the muddy earth is a synonym of triumph of the spirit, the original Wild Rose before cultivation had five petals, in fact Vivienne is the Lady of Five Petals, acknowledging the pentagram and the five-pointed-star, because of its beauty and perfection the rose becomes the symbol of purity, sensuousness, life, death, heavenly perfection, earthly desire, fertility & chastity.
The rose is also the symbol of secrecy, to speak of something as ‘sub rosa’, under-the-rose means that the information must be kept confidential, practiced by the Masons & the Alchemists, meetings where roses are always present, in alchemy the colour of the rose is very important, the white rose symbolises the female energy, the yellow rose (why do I want to put Texas) the yellow rose symbolises compassion & humanity, the pink rose friendship & thankfulness, the orange rose for enthusiasm & optimism. The Medieval artists painted the black rose to symbolises, death, depression and tragic loss, thankfully we only have dark purple roses in nature.
Back to Merlin & Vivienne as the love-struck entangled wild roses, in both of these characters is the psyche of the human condition, the softness of the petal and the prick of the thorn. What is behind the Lady of the Lake ? A freshwater Siren stealing the sunken votive offerings of another tribe and a recycling blacksmith !
References used John Coleman & Adele Nozedar.
2019-05-27 at 2:43 am #4979BericForum Editor@beric_debenkahRank: Honorary Scribe
Myrddin : The Welsh God of Woodland & Nature, the God of Fire & Earth, the Sunshine, laughter & mirth, a Sky God of Healing and of Magic, associated with standing stones, caves, crystals, herb-lore, natural mineral deposits, the pureness of spring water, the wild rose, the Castle of Glass and dancing whilst playing the flute.
Associated with Merlin, also known as Ambrose, the Prince of Enchanters, the Saxon Rof Breoht Woden & the Welsh Emrys, noted for being a Bard & Magician, his consort is Viviana, the Life-Mother & the Goddess of Love & emotional entanglement, associated with birth, life, mothers & children and like Myrddin, the wild rose. Merlin was the father of Vanoc & Inogen, and the brother to Gwendydd.
Merlin, in one account of his actual origin, recorded that the magician was born of both the forces of good and evil, in other stories his mother was said to be Joan Gotot, in the Welsh mythology his mother was Aldan, his father was recorded as being Madog Morgan Frych.
At a young age Merlin foretold of the advent of Arthur and the return of Aurelis & Uther who had been taken to France, but they escaped the fate of their brother Constans at the hands of Vortigern, when Uther wanted a fitting memorial to the knights slaughtered by Hengist, Merlin went to Ireland with Uther, a dismantled the Giant’s Ring and transported it to the Southern Counties. Merlin changed his appearance into the form of Jordon, a knight of the court of Gorlois, and assisted with Uther’s plan to seduce Igraine, by changing Uther’s appearance into Gorlois, on the God’s promise that he would be given a son & heir, the future King Arthur, who would be as strong as a bear, Ector then became the lad’s foster-father.
References used : Sarah Owen & John Coleman.
2019-05-27 at 12:57 am #4978BericForum Editor@beric_debenkahRank: Honorary Scribe
Celtic Goddesses & Gods.
Rhiannon : The Queen Mother, or the Great Queen, originally called Rigatona, the Goddess of Knowledge and of strength, associated with apples and horses, usually depicted with the birds of various species. Robur, the Forest King and the Monadic Tree God of the Forests, associated with mistletoe, oaks, woodland creatures and forest plants, depicted carrying a staff that’s becoming a budding oak sapling.
Rosemerta : The Goddess of Youth, abundance and plenty, the wife of Lugh, associated with gardens, flowers, the flowing cornucopia and all good things, some regard Rosemerta as the All Mother. Sadv : The Goddess of the Deer, and of the forest and nature, the mother of Oisin, the poet, Sadv is associated with woodland creatures, the motherly qualities of the doe & fawn, also Sadv, like Cernunnos, is one of the most ancient deities of the Celts. Sirona : The Astral & Solar Goddess, Borvo was her constant consort, she is associated with the stars, the celestial skies, and the ancient shaman practice of sky-walking.
Smertullos : The Lord of Protection, preservation, the God of the unfathomable Abyss, and the afterlife spirits that can not manifest, associated with serpents and snake, depicted as wearing a belt made out of snake skin. Sucellos : The All-Father and ruler of the Winter months, also a River God, twin in mythology with Dagda, a shape-shifter and the God of Fertility, depicted carrying a spear.
Taillte : Creator of the Tailltean Games, the Irish Earth Goddess who presides over the Lugnassad, she was the foster-mother of Lugh, associated with the Hill of Tara. The Tailltean Games are of strength & endurance. Taliesin : The Poet, the prophet and the Bard, the Son of Kerridwen, with the gift of the Hand of the Gods, a musician and magician, who symbolises the shape-shifting archetypal poet, associated with transmigration, metamorphosis, the quill, creating riddles and hidden messages, and expertly playing the harp, only Lugh could play the harp better than Taliesin.
Taranis : The God of Thunder, the controller of the Storm Demons who impact the dark clouds, the God of the Seasonal Cycle, associated with the eight-spoked wheel, which in turn is associated with the roll of thunder, if evoked in battle fiery wheels could fall from the blackened sky on opposing armies. The first of Lud is also associated with the God of Thunder.
Tarvos : Also known as Trigaranos. Born at Covetina’s Well, the God of Vegetation & Virilty, the famous depiction of Trigaranos, with the oak tree, the bull and three cranes, the meaning of this depiction has had many theories. Tethra : The Sea God of Magic, air and fresh water, associated with reflected moonbeams, the albatross and seagulls. Lastly, Triana : The Triple Goddess, the Sun-Ana, the Earth-Ana & the Moon-Ana, the Goddess of Healing, knowledge, mental and physical arts, nature, life & death, a higher love & wisdom, associated with the golden sun disc, plant life, and the silver crescent moon.
Reference used : Sarah Owen.