I hope you accidentally brag about being better than a Greek god at something.
My favourite crystal is Green Calcite! Re-blog with your favourite crystal/stone!
I really like plain quartz and citrine. :)
My favorite is tigers eye :D
rutilated quartz, rhodochrosite, and citrine
Amethyst, Pearls, and Rose Quartz. Always.
Amethyst, rose quartz, moonstone, and aquamarine (obviously)
all of the quartz, just all of it yes
maybe some peacock ore
Malachite, tiger’s eye, rhodochrosite.
Anonymous asked: Hey I'm going to Peru this summer and I wanted to learn about some of the gods of that area such as Inca and pre-Inca gods. But when it comes to pre-Inca gods I'm having quite a hard time finding information on them can you please help me out? XD Especially the god Paryaqaqa or Parya Qaqa the name varies. I will be hiking near the Paryaqaqa mountain range and I thought it would be interesting to know a little bit about the god before going. ^_^
Peru! Wow, lucky you :) Unfortunately I don’t know very much about Inca mythology, so I can’t in good conscience write anything on the subject. Maybe my followers know something??
Jupiter and Mercury in the house of Philemon and Baucis (circa 1608) by Adam Elsheimer
Ovid, in his Metamorphoses, tells the story of Baucis and Philemon.
It is a story of xenia (ξενία): The ancient Hellenic concept of hospitality. Xenia was a big deal in ancient Hellas, especially xenia towards strangers since the Gods were known to disguise themselves as travellers or beggars (or otherwise undesirables) to test the hospitality and generosity of mortals.
That is were the myth of Baucis and Philemon comes into the picture. They were an old married couple, who lived in a hut in the outskirts of a small, rural village.
The couple was poverty-stricken and had poor living conditions, but they were satisfied with their lot in life. One day, the Gods Zeus and Hermes conceiled their true identities, dressed up as travellers, and knocked on doors in a small village.
The Gods were met by bolted doors - no kindness was shown, until they came to the old man Philemon and his wife Baucis’ house.
The couple welcomed them by the door, and shared food, drinks, and the warmth of the hearth with the two disguised Gods. They treated them with respect and kindness - even though they thought them no more than two weary travellers.
Philemon and Baucis kept pouring wine in the Gods’ glasses, and when they saw the wine-bowl refilled itself, they realized the two travellers weren’t travellers - but Gods. They apologized for their humble abode.
"But while they served, the wine-bowl often drained, as often was replenished, though unfilled, and Baucis and Philemon, full of fear, as they observed the wine spontaneous well, increasing when it should diminish, raised their hands in supplication, and implored indulgence for their simple home and fare."
The deities waved off their apologies, and showed them up to the summit of a hill, where Philemon and Baucis watched as Zeus flooded the village, killing all the disrespectful residents who had not welcomed the Gods. The only thing that remained in the village was the couple’s house, which promptly tranformed into a temple of the Gods.
Then, Zeus and Hermes turned to Baucis and Philemon, and asked them what they wanted in return for their hospitality. Philemon answered:
"We pray you let us have the care of your new temple; and since we have passed so many years in harmony, let us depart this life together—Let the same hour take us both—I would not see the tomb of my dear wife; and let me not be destined to be buried by her hands!"
And the Gods granted their wish.
handshour asked: Hello! I really love reading through your collection here. I wonder if you could post up something about rivers of the Underworld? I believe Lethe is one, the river of forgetfulness.
Hello! I am glad to hear you like my blog. I have already made a post about the rivers of the Underworld! It is right here :)
A solar bird with much the same symbolism as the eagle; it is an attribute of all sun gods and represents the heavens; power; royalty; nobility.
Like the eagle, it was regarded as being able to fly up to the sun and gaze on it without flinching.
Gods with a hawk, or hawk-headed, are sun gods.
Aztec: A messenger of the gods.
Egyptian: The royal bird; the Spirit; the soul; inspiration; the Bird of Khensu; Ra, the sun. Other gods with hawks, or hawk-headed, are Ptah, Horus, Mentu, Rehu, Sokar, Kebhsenuf. The hawk-headed crocodile is Sebek-Ra; the sphinx is sometimes hawk-headed. The hawk is also an emblem of Amenti, Great Mother and goddess of the West and the underworld.
Graeco-Roman: The ‘swift messenger of Apollo’; attribute of Circe.
Hindu: Gayatri, the hawk, brought soma from heaven. The hawk is also a vehicle of Indra.
Iranian: An attribute of Ahura Maxza, or Ormuzd, as light.
Mithraic: An attribute of Mithra as sun god.
[Source: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper]
The Stymphalian Birds were, in Greek mythology, a flock of man-eating birds that haunted Lake Stymphalis in Arkadia. The hero Herakles killed them as his sixth labor. He used a bronze rattle to rouse the birds from the thick vegetation of the lake, and then he shot them down with a bow and arrows or a sling.
The return of Hephaistos to Mount Olympos
The donkey carries not only Hephaistos but also Dionysos, who grasps His kantharos (drinking cup) with both hands. Hephaistos behind Him holds a hammer and tongs in His left hand and gestures with his right.
From Attica, ca. 430–420 B.C. now in the Metropolitan Museum…
An interactive world map has now been created where all hellenic polytheists can add their location, and find others of the same religion.
You don’t have to create an account to add your location.
Select “Additions” in the top left corner of the page, and click the first option: “Add Marker - Simple”. A pop-up window will now appear and ask you for your information. Fill in your name, location, and under “directions” you can fill in any contact information you wish to leave. I have chosen to write my email address and this blog’s URL in case anyone wants to get in touch. Your entry is saved by clicking “submit”.
I hope all my Hellenic polytheist followers will consider adding your location to this map, and please help spread the word to any people you might know of this religion! :)
The banshee is a spirit in Irish mythology whose wails foretell the coming of death. Depending on the story, a banshee can appear as a withered old hag or a beautiful young woman.
Unlike in some modern interpretations, hearing the sound of a banshee does not kill a person, but rather acts as an omen of death. Hearing the wails of a banshee means that “someone” (most likely a family member) will soon die.
Type of Mythology: Irish Folklore
This is a part of my October Series posts on creepy mythology and folklore.
Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu (or the “Stele of Revealing”)
The Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu is anancient Egyptian funerary tablet. It was made for a priest of Montu (an Egyptian falcon-god of war) named Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu i. The priest is painted on the tablet as giving offerings to the falcon-headed Egyptian deity Re-Harakhty (“Re-Horus of the Two Horizons”), who is a synchronistic form of the gods Ra and Horus.
On the painted wooden stele is depicted the sky goddess Nut. Beneath Nut is Behdety seen - the winged solar disk that is a symbol of royalty and divinity.