Friday, March 13, 2015

Queen Pharaoh - Hatshepsut

ART BY Dean Mitchell 

Hatshepsut ,  meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies; (1508–1458 BC) was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt.

18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt

Hatshepsut came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC. She was the daughter of Thutmose I and his primary wife Ahmes. Her husband Thutmose II was the son of Thutmose I and secondary wife Mutneferet, who carried the title King's daughter and was probably a child of Ahmose I.

Queen Hatshepsut reigned over Egypt for more than 20 years. She served as queen alongside her husband, Thutmose II, after his death she claimed the role of pharaoh while acting as regent to her nephew, Thutmose III.

Hatshepsut established the trade networks that had been disrupted during the Hyksos occupation of Egypt, thereby building the wealth of the eighteenth dynasty. She oversaw the preparations and funding for a mission to the Land of Punt, which set out in her name with five ships, each measuring 70 feet (21 m) long bearing several sails and accommodating 210 men that included sailors and 30 rowers. Many trade goods were bought in Punt, notably frankincense and myrrh.

The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut,, is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt

The life and accomplishments of the first and most powerful female Pharaoh of Egypt. A&E

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Martyr Tatiana of Rome

Saint Tatiana was a Christian martyr in 3rd-century Rome during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severuss (222-235). She was a deaconess of the early church. One day the jurist Ulpian captured Tatiana and attempted to force her to make a sacrifice to Apollo. She prayed, and miraculously, an earthquake destroyed the Apollo statue and part of the temple collapsed and fell down on the pagan priests and many pagans. The demon inhabiting the idol fled screeching from that place. Those present saw its shadow flying through the air.

Tatiana was then blinded, they tore her eyes out with hooks, and beaten for two days, before being brought to a circus and thrown into the pit with a hungry lion. But the lion did not touch her and lay at her feet. 

The next morning they took St Tatiana to the tribunal once more. The torturers beheld with astonishment that after such terrible torments she appeared completely healthy. They urged her to offer sacrifice to the goddess Diana. St Tatiana made the Sign of the Cross and began to pray. Suddenly, there was a crash of deafening thunder, and lightning struck the idol, the sacrificial offerings and the pagan priests. For this, the martyr was again fiercely tortured. She was hung up and scraped with iron claws, and her breasts were cut off.

 They threw Tatiana into a fire, but the fire did not harm the martyr. The pagans, thinking that she was a sorceress, cut her hair to take away her magical powers, then locked her up in the temple of Zeus.

On the third day, pagan priests came to the temple intending to offer sacrifice to Zeus. They beheld the idol on the floor, shattered to pieces, and the holy martyr Tatiana joyously praising the Lord Jesus Christ. The judge then condemned the valiant sufferer to be beheaded with a sword. Her father was also executed with her.

Tatiana is venerated as a saint, and her feast day is on January 12 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, January 12 currently falls on January 25 of the modern Gregorian Calendar). The miracles performed by Saint Tatiana are said to have converted many people to the fledgling religion. Saint Tatiana is patron saint of students. In BelarusRussia, and UkraineTatiana Day, also known as "Students Day", is a public holiday.

For more information:  WikipediaThe Orthodox Church in America

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Morrígan Mythology

Morrígan  (also known as the Morrigu) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have been considered a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster Cycle she also takes the forms of an eel, a wolf and a cow.


She has been known by many names throughout Ireland, Britain and Wales, such as Morrigu, Morgain, Morgan and The Morrigan. She has also been given many titles, including the Lady of the Lake and the Goddess of Water and Magick. They have called her the Phantom Queen, the Goddess of War, Fate and Death and the Goddess of Battle, Strife, and Fertility, as well as a Moon Goddess, the Queen of the Fairies, the Goddess of Rivers, Lakes and Fresh Water, and the Patroness of Priestesses and Witches. There are people who both fear her and admire her, and it is only right and proper that they do, because this amazingly powerful goddess is The Morrigan, the Celtic Goddess of War. More at: Angelfire

The Morrígan is a triple goddess in Ireland, consisting of Babd, the mother aspect , associated with the cauldron, crows and ravens and of life, wisdom, inspiration and enlightenment. The second aspect is Macha, the Protectress in war as in peace, goddess of war and death. Cunning, sheer physical force, sexuality, fertility, dominance over men. And the third aspect, Nemain- Celtic Goddess of panic and war. More at:  Etsy

Flying above the warriors, by Jose Augusto Rodríguez Sepúlveda

The Celts believed that, as they engaged in warfare, the Morrigan flew shrieking overhead in the form of a raven or carrion crow, summoning a host of slain soldiers to a macabre spectral bane. When the battle had ended, the warriors would leave the field until dawn in order that the Morrigan could claim the trophies of heads, euphemistically known as "the Morrigan's acorn crop." More at: The GuardHouse

Morrigan goddess of war of the celts. Her totem is the raven

A Goddess of battles who appears in the form of a scavenging scald-crow or a ragged winged raven, glorying in death and battle'.

This is the commonly held image of the Morrigan in folklore and story telling and in this form she plays a significant part in both the mythological story cycle, and the Heroic cycle. More at: Morrighan Raven Moon

The Lilith Myth

There are several accounts of the Lilith Mythology.

The biblical book of Genesis contains two contradictory accounts of humanity’s creation. In the Priestly version, Genesis 1:26-27, Lilith, Adam's first wife, was created at the same time as Adam, and from the same earth. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam's ribs. Lilith (some times called Lamia) left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden after she coupled with the archangel Samael. The resulting Lilith legend is still commonly used as source material in modern Western culture, literature, occultism, fantasy, and horror.

Burney Relief, Babylon (1800-1750 BCE). The figure in the relief was sometimes identified with Lilith, based on a misreading of an outdated translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Modern research has identified the figure as either Ishtar or Ereshkigal.

In the Bible, the only occurrence of lilith is in the Book of Isaiah 34:14, The Hebrew word lilit (or lilith) appears in a list of eight unclean animals, some of which may have demonic associations. Translators often associated the complete list of eight creatures as one whole. More at: From Wikipedia

Hon John CollierBritish, 1850 - 1934 - Lilith - Date: 1887  

Lilith was said to be a figure of terror, feared as a demon or vampire, and a night monster. She is also known as Lamia; Keats describes her as a serpent which assumed the shape of a beautiful woman 'palpitating snake ... of dazzling hue, vermillion spotted, golden, green and blue', and it is this image which seems to have captured Collier's imagination. The subject also attracted John William Waterhouse and the Symbolists. From: ArtMagick

From Adam's union with this demoness, and with another like her named Naamah, Tubal Cain's sister, sprang Asmodeus and innumerable demons that still plague mankind. Many generations later, Lilith and Naamah came to Solomon's judgement seat, disguised as harlots of Jerusalem'.

Michelangelo's painting on the Vatican's Sistine Chapel depicting a serpentine Lilith with Adam and Eve. (1508-12).  There is evidence in Genesis that the Serpent can be identified as Lilith.

Scholars are not certain where the character of Lilith originally comes from, though many believe she was inspired by Sumerian myths about female vampires called “Lillu” or Mesopotamian myths about succubae (female night demons) called “lilin.”

Lilith is also a white-eyed demon who was at one point human. She is the first demon to ever be created, her soul having been twisted by Lucifer as an act of spite against God. Due to her status as the first demon, she is the last of the 66 Seals, with her death breaking the last seal and releasing Lucifer from the Cage he was imprisoned in for her creation.

Powers and Abilities:
Can emanate a blast of explosive white energy from her palm that can decimate structures and presumably anyone caught in the way.She has great control over this power, able to prevent it from affecting specific targets whilst destroying others.
Holds the contracts to all deals made by Crossroads Demons and can therefore break whichever ones she pleases,as Queen of the Crossroads. In addition to holding all contracts, Lilith has the authority to make deals of her own. Unusually, she claims that a deal with her will take a sexual act to seal it rather than the kiss typical to all other demons.
Can possess humans.
Is telekinetic.
Is impervious to holy water.
Can pull other demons from their meatsuits and send them back to Hell.[8] Conversely, she can also send demons in Hell onto Earth.
Can burn things by touch. Lilith can also control the intensity of this power
Has superhuman strength.
Can kill other demons.

Can teleport.

Black Moon LilithDamned if we do, damned if we don’t! So, don’t do! Crawling forth from the great ocean, lost in the desert, aspiring to the heavens,  returning to the ocean, Lilith represents our rise from the ashes.

Lilith, by Michel Desimon, French, 1930-40

Lilith In The Garden by Dawn Austin

Monday, March 9, 2015

Andromeda Chained to the Rock by the Nereids

Andromeda Chained to the Rock by the Nereids

In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of the North African kingdom of Aethiopia (the Upper Nile region).

Andromeda (1869) 

Her mother Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereusand often seen accompanying Poseidon. To punish the queen for her arrogance, Poseidon, brother to Zeus and god of the sea, sent a sea monster named Cetus to ravage the coast of Aethiopia including the kingdom of the vain queen. The desperate king consulted the Oracle of Apollo, who announced that no respite would be found until the king sacrificed his daughter, Andromeda, to the monster. Stripped naked, she was chained to a rock on the coast.

Perseus was returning from having slain the Gorgon Medusa. After he happened upon the chained Andromeda, he approached Cetus while invisible (for he was wearing Hades's helm), and killed the sea monster. He set Andromeda free, and married her in spite of her having been previously promised to her uncle Phineus. At the wedding a quarrel took place between the rivals and Phineus was turned to stone by the sight of the Gorgon's head. More at: Wikipedia

Andromeda Chained to the Rocks 
by Rembrandt in 1631, 
and is now in the Mauritshuis, in The Hagu

Andromeda's parents thank Perseus for freeing her; 
La Délivrance d'Andromède 
by Pierre Mignard (1679)