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It's almost Walpurgisnacht. No better moment to have a closer look at our witches of the special unit Hexen in Maier files. Where did this cruel hatred against women and the ancient pre-christian sanctuaries start? [vc_row][vc_column width='3/4'] When Pope Innocent VIII (1484–92) professed his belief in witchcraft, he condemned it, and dispatched inquisitors to Germany to try its supposed practitioners and punish...

It’s been said that Otto Maier headed to Pohjola. Maybe this was an astray for the powerful men who tried to track him down. Maybe it's just a clue or perhaps a code. But where’s Pohjola? Pohjola_ (poch'-yo-la) means the Northland something very  similar to Hyperborea. Far up in the ice-bound north, where the sun is almost invisible in winter, and where...

If you try to unravel the different levels, connections, storylines and hidden meanings in Maier files, getting into the world of Disir and ancient European goddesses can be very helpful. An interesting read is the original work written by Alice Karlsdóttir a leading expert on Norse religion, the Norse Goddess. [vc_row][vc_column width='3/4'] Mrs. Karlsdóttir in her book Norse Goddess Magic  states that...

Deeper levels and meanings in tales not only transcend time, they also cross continents and cultures. These links and hidden meanings one can find best in original local tradition and folklore. One such link is the original French myth of Melusine, whose name is associated with honey. Her story recalls the Indian tradition whereby the royal lineage claimed to come...

“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day, but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.” — Thomas Jefferson    American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and...

Parzival,   Teutonic legend. a music drama by Richard Wagner: composed 1877-82; premiere 1882 a male given name: from Old French words meaning “pierce” and “valley” comparable to Percival a knight of King Arthur’s court who sought the Holy Grail a German mythical division (military) [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='' down=''] What lies beneath?   In Parzival, Wolfram von Eschenbach tells us that the...

Otto Maier and his theorem about waves, reality and time curves are rooted in the works of the men he looked up to, Leibniz and Descartes. But who was Leibniz?  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) lived an extraordinarily rich and varied intellectual life in troubled times. Although remembered as a great thinker, he was a man who more than anything else wanted to...

The Amber Room is a world-famous chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg. Originally constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the Amber Room disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was lost, it was considered an "Eighth Wonder...

We already mentioned Holle.  But there are still some extra tidbits about Frau Holda, Holle. The benevolent Holle from central Europe reigns the sky and the weather—when she shakes out her feather bed it snows, when she does her washing it rains, the fluffy white clouds are her linen things put out to bleach, and the gray clouds are her...

We already mentioned Saga, now let's meet Frigg.  Frigg was one of the more widely worshipped Germanic goddesses, appearing in Scandinavia, Britain, and on the Continent. Snorri names her the foremost of the Asynjur, a group of goddesses described as being equal in holiness and authority to the male Aesir (Gylfaginning, ch. 20). Nevertheless, very little is known about her...