All things Mystical
This is a belief in or the pursuit in the unification with the One or some other principle; the immediate consciousness of God; or the direct experience of religious truth. Mysticism is nearly universal and unites most religions in the quest for divinity. It can also be a sense of mystical knowledge. Dionysius the Areopagite was the first to introduce the concept "unknown knowing" to the Western World. In areas of the occult and psychic it denotes an additional domain of esoteric knowledge and paranormal communication. Even though it is thought that just monks and ascetics can become mystics, mysticism usually touches all people at least once in their lives.
The mystical event is a personal experience during which one feels as though one has been touched by some higher or greater truth or power. This may occur inside or outside of a religious setting, within or outside a religious tradition.
Legends & Lore
Avalon and King Arthur
Arthur was the legendary English King - 'Arthur of the Britons', before Saxon times. He was born out of wedlock and raised by wizard Merlin. When only a boy, after many men had tried and failed, Arthur gained the throne by withdrawing the magic sword Excalibur from a stone. The nearby Cadbury Castle, at North Cadbury supposedly became his 'Camelot'.
After his many exploits and stories concerning his Knights, the Round Table and the Holy Grail, he was wounded by Mordred at the battle of Camlan. This was around the year 542 and he was then taken across the water to the Isle of Avalon for his wounds to be healed. Glastonbury would indeed still have been an island at that time, so it was quite possible for a boat to bring him to the only place where any medical attention was available, which would have been at a monastery - Glastonbury Abbey. Arthur was mortally wounded however and it is said he was buried in the cemetery on the south side of the Lady Chapel, at Glastonbury Abbey. He was buried between two stone pyramids and at great depth.
Centuries later (in 1191) prompted by hints and rumours, the monks excavated this same spot in the cemetery and they dug down sixteen feet, to find an oaken coffin. At a depth of seven feet they found a stone beneath which was a leaden cross with an inscription His iacet inclitus Arturius in insula Avalonia - variously interpreted to read 'Here lies King Arthur buried in Avalon'! The coffin contained two bodies - a great man and a woman, whose golden hair was still intact, until touched, when it crumbled away. The bodies were said to be Arthur's and Guinevere's.
A century later in 1278 the bones were placed in caskets and transferred during a state visit by King Edward 1, to a black marble tomb before the High Altar in the great Abbey Church. There they remained until the Abbey was vandalised after the dissolution in 1539. No one has seen, or heard anything of them since.
Legend proclaims that after Arthur's death, a powerful spirit haunted the ruins of the Abbey, appearing as a black-armoured knight with red glowing eyes and a burning desire to eradicate all records of the ancient Arthurian legends, which is why, it is said, that those seeking to discover the truth, find so few facts available.
Today a notice board marks the spot of Arthur's final resting place. Occasionally people lay flowers there to honour this mighty King whose life and death gave birth to so many myths and legends. These mystical tales that still envelope Mystical Glastonbury in a cloak of mystery add to its profoundly rich and timeless history.
Of Brutus' blood, in Brittaine borne, King Arthur I am to name; Through Christendome and Heathynesse Well knowne is my worthy fame...
Fairyland, also called Elfland or Tir Nan Og, is an enchanted place where fairies live in an organized community. It may be thought of as an alternate or parallel universe, a place where time stands still and there is no sickness or death. The fairy kingdom is said to be a hilltop one, but invisible, or composed of magnificent underground cities. Fairy kings and queens rule there.
Humans who enter the fairy realm cannot leave once the door closes behind them. Those who do leave may find that years have passed on earth during what was, for them, but minutes in the fairy kingdom.
FAIRY MAGIC Element: Air (airy fairy) Color: green Metal: iron repels fairies For: enchantment - gifts - flower magic - tempests - raising magic mists
Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan
Japanese folklore are heavily influenced by the two primary religions of Japan, Shinto and Buddhism. Japanese mythology is a complex system of beliefs that also embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculture-based folk religion. The Shinto pantheon alone boasts an uncountable number of kami (deities or spirits). One notable aspect of Japanese mythology is that it provided a creation story for Japan and attributed divine origins to the Japanese Imperial family, assigning them godhood. The Japanese word for the Emperor of Japan, tennō (天皇), means "heavenly emperor."
The stories in this volume are transcribed from voluminous illustrated diaries which have been kept by me for some twenty years spent in travel and in sport in many lands--the last nine of them almost entirely in Japan, while collecting subjects of natural history for the British Museum; trawling and dredging in the Inland Sea, sometimes with success, sometimes without, but in the end contributing to the treasury some fifty things new to Science, and, according to Sir Edwin Ray Lankester, 'adding greatly to the knowledge of Japanese Ethnology.' As may be supposed, such a life has brought me into close contact with the people--the fisher, the farmer, the priest, the doctor, the children, and all others from whom there is a possibility of extracting information. Many and weird are the tales I have been told. In this volume the Publishers prefer to have a mixture--stories of Mountains, of Trees, of Flowers, of Places in History, and Legends. For the general results obtained in my diaries I have to thank our late Minister in Tokio, Sir Ernest Satow; the Ministers and Vice-Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Agriculture, who gave me many letters of introduction; my dear friend Mr. Hattori, Governor of Hiogo Prefecture; the translators of the original notes and manuscripts (often roughly written in Japanese), among whom are Mr. Ando, Mr. Matsuzaki, and Mr. Watanabe; and Mr. Mo-No-Yuki, who drew and painted the illustrations from sketches of my own, which must often have grated on his artistic ideas, keeping him awake in reflection on the crudeness of the European sense of art. To my faithful interpreter Yuki Egawa also are due my thanks for continual efforts to find what I wanted; and to many Japanese peasants and fishermen, whose good-nature, kindness, and hospitality have endeared them to me forever. Well is it that they, so worthy a people, have so worthy a Sovereign.
R. GORDON SMITH. June 1908.
Lost Treasure and Gold! Fact or Fiction?
A select number of stories of lost mines, treasure and pirates gold!
- Avalon and King Arthur
Pantheons & Myths
Compendium of Mythology
Get acquainted with the mythology of many different countries and cultures, including Greek, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian mythologies. Famous and infamous characters within those traditions are also explored.
There are many stories that have been formed by peoples from all over the Earth, throughout all of time—from the fascinating legends and myths of the Greeks to the warrior gods in Norse mythology. The mythology and religion of a civilization says alot about its people: explore the history of the world through the stories people told.Help me to be like you, Athena, sure of my own adequacy and unafraid of failure.Great Goddess, help me fulfill my promise by developing my natural talents.Lend me your inner strength and ability to fight back, Athena, so that I can become more independent and self-reliant.Goddess of wisdom, remind me that I can release all indecisiveness and move on with my life.I call on you, Athena, to help me to realize that my goals are attainable and that I can realize my visions.Goddess, guide me to build the right boundaries so I can relinquish any excessive reliance on others.Athena, remind me to be more productive and responsible in all that I do today.Thank you, Athena, for helping me to let go of my fears and become courageous like you.Athena, help me give full attention to the moment I am in so that I do not miss valuable opportunities that come my way.
Celtic: Ireland, Wales, Scotland & Gaul
Artemis, teach me to see new situations as welcome challenges that I can manage with success.
Goddesses of Adventure, help me approach my life as a series of adventures, finding the meaning and excitement in my everyday experiences.
Help me to be like you, Artemis, sure of my own ability and unafraid of failure.
I call on you, Artemis, to help me realize that my goals are attainable, and that I can realize my visions
Great Goddess, help me fulfill my promise by developing my natural talents.
Artemis, help me give full attention to the moment I am in so that I do not miss valuable opportunities that come my way.
Remind me, Artemis, that I can release all indecisiveness and move on with my life.
Artemis, assist me with your archer's eye, to keep my goals in focus.
Artemis, I affirm that, like you, I am fair and honest with those around me.
Thank you, Artemis, for championing the good of others. Help me to do likewise.
Goddess, help me to remember that self-discipline is my ally.
Egyptian mythology is the collection of myths from ancient Egypt, which describe the actions of the Egyptian gods as a means of understanding the world. The beliefs that these myths express are an important part of ancient Egyptian religion. Myths appear frequently in Egyptian writings and art, particularly in short stories and in religious material such as hymns, ritual texts, funerary texts, and temple decoration. These sources rarely contain a complete account of a myth and often describe only brief fragments.
Egyptian Mythology was the belief structure and underlying form of ancient Egyptian culture from at least c. 4000 BCE (as evidenced by burial practices and tomb paintings) to 30 CE with the death of Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt. Every aspect of life in ancient Egypt was informed by the stories which related the creation of the world and the sustaining of that world by the gods.
Greek mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. It was a part of the religion in ancient Greece. Modern scholars refer to and study the myths in an attempt to throw light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece and its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.
The Greeks were polytheistic in their religious beliefs. Polytheistic means they believed in and worshiped many different gods. In Greek mythology, the gods often represented different forms of nature. Their religion/mythology had no formal structure with the exception of various festivals held in honor of the gods. There was no sacred book or code of conduct to live by. The most powerful Greek gods were known as the Olympians. The Greeks believed the Olympians lived on the highest mountain in Greece, Mount Olympus. The Olympian gods included: Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Aphrodite, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hades, Hermes, Hephaestus, Poseidon and Hestia or later she was replaced in some lists by Dionysus.Aphrodite, help me to not constantly compare myself to others.Goddess of love, remind me that I don't have to have a partner to be in love, that I can be happy in love with life itself.Your joy is infectious, Aphrodite. Help me to share it with others.Aphrodite, let me be like you and share my joy and laughter with others to help them celebrate life!Great Goddess, help me celebrate my feminine power today.Share your ability to recover from setbacks quickly with me, Aphrodite, so that I can move forward to the next challenge in my life.Aphrodite, remind me to set my worries aside for a while and to be lighthearted today.Great Goddess, I rejoice with you in all acts of pleasure and love.Thank you, Aphrodite, for helping me to be friendly, optimistic, and cheerful today.
Hinduism is the oldest belief system in the world. It is the only ancient religion that is alive even today, millennia after it originated in the heart of the sub-continent. Ancient Indians practiced the Sanatan Dharma, and to this day, millions of Hindus all over the world, continue to believe in the polytheistic pantheon worshipped by their ancestors.
Over the eons, Hinduism has developed into a highly personalised religion with very few restrictions as each person is allowed to look for his own path to reach the Almighty. One has to listen to his own voice of conscience - the God within - to decide what is right for him. The only requirement to be adhered to is to follow the path of Truth for as the Hindus believe, Good always triumphs over Evil.
The Norse gods and goddesses were loved by the Vikings, mainly from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Faroe Island and Greenland.
People around the world have been fascinated and inspired by Norse Mythology for centuries.
In the late 20th century, references to Norse Mythology became common in science fiction and fantasy literature, role-playing games, and eventually other cultural products such as Japanese animation.
- Compendium of Mythology
Atlantis (in Greek, Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος, "island of Atlas") is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias.
In Plato's account, Atlantis was a naval power lying "in front of the Pillars of Hercules" that conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9600 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune".
Scholars dispute whether and how much Plato's story or account was inspired by older traditions. Some scholars argue Plato drew upon memories of past events such as the Thera eruption or the Trojan War, while others insist that he took inspiration from contemporary events like the destruction of Helike in 373 BC or the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415–413 BC.
The possible existence of a genuine Atlantis was discussed throughout classical antiquity, but it was usually rejected and occasionally parodied by later authors. As Alan Cameron states: "It is only in modern times that people have taken the Atlantis story seriously; no one did so in antiquity". While little known during the Middle Ages, the story of Atlantis was rediscovered by Humanists in the Early Modern period. Plato's description inspired the utopian works of several Renaissance writers, like Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis". Atlantis inspires today's literature, from science fiction to comic books to films. Its name has become a byword for any and all supposed advanced prehistoric lost civilizations.
The interior of the Earth, some believe, is home to strange races of technologically advanced beings. Who are they and where are the hidden entrances to their subterranean cities?
Countless stories, myths, and legends are told about underground cities and subterranean civilizations spread through a vast network of interconnected tunnels across the planet.
Lemuria (pronounced /lɨˈmjʊəriə/) is the name of a hypothetical "lost land" variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The concept's 19th century origins lie in attempts to account for discontinuities in biogeography; however, the concept of Lemuria has been rendered obsolete by modern theories of plate tectonics. Although sunken continents do exist — like Zealandia in the Pacific and the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean — there is no known geological formation under the Indian or Pacific Oceans that corresponds to the hypothetical Lemuria.
Though Lemuria is no longer considered a valid scientific hypothesis, it has been adopted by writers involved in the occult, as well as some Tamil writers of India. Accounts of Lemuria differ, but all share a common belief that a continent existed in ancient times and sank beneath the ocean as a result of a geological, often cataclysmic, change. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
Power Places are an ancient mystery! Our body knows and remembers these sacred places on earth, it longs for these times where the rational part was dormant, and people perceived energy directly. Some places on earth have special, very powerful vibrations, places where feminine and masculine elements blend together to create an exceptional energy. They knew these power places* were a kind of gate to higher realms, and that the high level of energy of these places was like food for their souls.
Power places' energy level varies according to the seasons, it culminates once or twice a year, depending on the alignment of the site with the sun, the moon or the stars. How our ancestors created these extremely precise alignments, working with heavy building elements is an ancient mystery.
SACRED or holy places are found in different cultures, past and present, all over the world. Such places are frequently marked or embellished by architectural structures and art. Since prehistoric times, sacred places have exerted a mysterious attraction on billions of people around the world. Ancient legends and modern day reports tell of extraordinary things that have happened to people while visiting these places. Different sacred sites have the power to heal the body, enlighten the mind, increase creativity, develop psychic abilities, and awaken the soul to a knowing of its true purpose in life. While contemporary science cannot explain - and therefore disregards - the seemingly miraculous phenomena which occurs at the holy places, they continue to be the most venerated and visited locations on planet earth. What is the key to the mystery of the sacred sites and how are we to explain their power?
Exploring the fives senses and more.
Astral projection (or astral travel) is an interpretation of out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an "astral body" separate from the physical body and capable of traveling outside it. Astral projection or travel denotes the astral body leaving the physical body to travel in an astral plane. The idea of astral travel is rooted in common worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife in which the consciousness' or soul's journey or "ascent" is described in such terms as "an... out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveler leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body (or dreambody or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms." It is frequently reported in association with dreams, and forms of meditation.
This results in an altered state of consciousness. There are a large amount of techniques in Astral Travel that can be used to achieve this including meditation, trance and imagination techniques.
A large amount of people who experience astral travel report that the experience happened from a vantage point such as high in the sky looking down. A number of controlled tests have taken place which support the existence of astral travel.
Astral Travel has also been reported by some people who have had a near death experience. Some people who have had this type of experience have reported watching their operation and recalling conversations among hospital staff.
The astral body is often reported as being joined to the physical body by a silver cord - an etheric umbilical cord. Some people believe that if the cord breaks while in astral travel you will not be able to return to the physical body.
- You need to be calm and very relaxed when you Astral travel.
- You should not be over full in the stomach or feeling hungry.
- Practise Astral Travel only when your mind can be focused.
- Make sure the room temperature is comfortable.
- Do not get too excited or fired up.
- Stay balanced.
- People who are having relationship problems usually have difficulty in projecting.
- Build a support system around you on this. Talk to others about astral travel. Join a newsgroup.
- Do not use astral travel for the wrong reasons.
Auras and Chakras
The human aura is the energy field that surrounds your body. It emanates from the body of all living and inanimate things. The energy field known as your aura does more than surround you, it is also within you. Auras vibrate to different color, sound and light frequencies. The color spectrum of your aura varies with your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual state.
Your aura probably consists of many colours. It can extend out far from your body or remain close to the body, which occurs when you are consciously or subconsciously protecting yourself from someone or something.
Your Aura changes all the time according to your mood and environment. The color of your aura is determined by your emotions, physical surroundings, any spiritual work you are doing and nearby items such as crystals, which can magnify or change the colors of the human aura.
Your aura can be seen physically or sensed psychically, or both. Some people can psychically look at you and see images within your aura. These images may be symbols or archetypes, people, digits, or another aspect of your soul that has come through from another realm.
Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.
- Colour, Light and Sound
- Intuitive Connections
- Touch, Taste & Smell
- Astral Travel