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The anima as a friend or soror mystica (mystical sister) has always played a great role in history. In the "cours d’amour" (courts of love) of René d’Anjou she even takes precedence over the wife. The term maîtresse actually means mistress or master. In the Middle Ages, for example, the worship of the anima led to courtly love, in which...

Harvest traditions have roots in Eleusis. The foundation of the Mysteries of Eleusis was the story of Demeter and Persephone. In this tale, Hades fell in love with Persephone and kidnapped her from the fields where she played, taking her back to his kingdom in the underworld. When Demeter discovered her child missing, she searched everywhere on Earth for her. [vc_row][vc_column...

In ancient times the Maidenschaft (Society of maidens) was organized in 4 groups, which are the Hexas (the lowest group), the Drudas, the Walas and finally the Albrunas. The Hexas group had as their duty the care and preservation of the eternal flame. These Hexas were also initiated into herbology and arts of animal-healing. [vc_row][vc_column width='3/4'] The DRUDAS, however, provided service as...

Crows are brought up in the mythology of countless cultures around the world as they are frequently characterised as guides for traveling between worlds. In European folklore, crows were said to convene courts, pass judgments, and also execute guilty members. Connected with the Goddess’s death aspect, crows came to be perceived as evil or simply fearsome. In medieval days, finding...

Otto Maier's secret texts. Is there more than meets the eye? Wali - Wili - Widi - Widar. In Eddic mythology Odihn is avenged on the Fenris wolf by Widar. Wili is named alongside We as Odhin's or Wotan's brother. According to the third poem in the Poetic Edda, the vafthrudnismal (Vafþrúðnismál). Widar and Wali (who avenges Baldur and Hödur)...

Since the dawn of civilization, labyrinths have fascinated humankind. Knossos in Crete, has a distinctive circular maze design with seven rings. Exactly the same design appears mysteriously at different periods in history on stones and artifacts as far apart as India, Norway, Germany, Ireland, England, Arizona, ...

Apart from gods or goddesses, medieval authors often refer to female guardian spirits identified as dísir and sometimes fylgjur. The conceptions under-lying these two kinds of spirits undoubtedly differed initially, however some of the later authors employed the terms interchangeably. [vc_row][vc_column width='3/4'] Reference is made several times to sacrifice to the dísir, conducted at the start of the winter season. The ritual...

The sator arepo formula was well known throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, and in fact, known as the "Devil's latin" or the "Devil's Square". It remained quite popular in Scandinavia into the 19th century as protection against theft and various illnesses. The magical effect of the formula lies in the fact that if properly spelt and laid out, it...

The Hellirunar, Helrunar or Haljarunae describes people who ‘rune’ (speak, sing, whisper) with Hel/Helja, the goddess and realm of the underworld. “Hell”, in its original meaning is the hidden realm, the dark and foggy place where the dead and unborn dwell. The always reoccuring contradiction in everything is that Hel also means bright, shiny or clear. [vc_row][vc_column width='3/4']Often the term is...