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In ancient and modern Gnostic literature, the ignorant and demonic ruling powers of the world of matter, created by the dark lord Ialdabaoth to help him maintain his dominion over human souls and keep them from escaping back to their home in the world of light were Archons. Many of the surviving Gnostic scriptures provide lists of the Archons, who...

  Since ancient times, when myths filled the earth with underground kingdoms inhabited by monsters and goblins, the idea of hidden realms beneath the surface has captured the human imagination. As with mythology of other kinds, the truths behind the stories include spiritual and psychological symbolism, ancient astronomy and seasonal lore, visionary and shamanic experiences, and much else. Here and there,...

AKHENATEN the Pharaoh of Egypt, c.1400–c.1350 BCE. The second son of Amenhotep III of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, the future Pharaoh Akhenaten was originally named Amenhotep. There may have been ill feeling between father and son, as the young Amenhotep is never named or portrayed alongside his siblings on his father’s monuments, but he became crown prince after the death of...

Legends and myths have commonly viewed as work of fiction, superstition, or fantasy. However, many have theorized that myths were, in fact, a way for people to explain real—and perhaps baffling — events using the knowledge and beliefs of their time. One of those myths is known as the Tannhauser tale, and a similar event will occur later on in the...

  Who were the keepers of forgotten knowledge? The writer Aventinus stated that the Minne and the Minnesingers did not have anything to do with love and constant courting. Minne means “memories”. The sonnets render last honors to old lords, to the proud history of a folk and their secrets. In these songs one can find a hidden knowledge … Troubadours such...

  TIDBITS - Backstory Apollo from Hyperborea - Apollo, the Bearer of Light, patron of poets and travellers, would never abandon his own in distress. He himself had become an outlaw, even seen as the Devil. But as he was not the Devil, he watched over, in accordance with the celestial laws, the forests and the routes. On the bridle of...

Beorc-Berkana-Brica-Berkna-Bairkan-Bjarkan  is one of the tree runes. The basic symbolism points at the birch tree. The birch was one of the first trees to grow after the retreat of the glaciers, a tree of beginning that was involved in numerous spring festivals. The birch is one of the fertility trees, its rune sign suggesting breasts, the breasts and a pregnant...