Morpheus, God of Dreams
Hello, all. This time I'm talking about more mythology. And the topic here is Morpheus. No, not the Morpheus I'm sure most people reading this will think of, from the Matrix movies. At least, not technically.
See, in Greek mythology, Morpheus is the god of dreams. Which is why, technically, you could argue that the Matrix character was derived from the god, since in the film, he's said to wake Neo up from his 'sleep'. But we're not here to talk about The Matrix, at least not in this video, so let's get to the mythology.
In Greek mythology, Morpheus was the son of Nyx and Erebus, who I've covered previously. He is the oldest of the Oneiroi (which means "dreams") triplets, sons of said consorting primordial deities, at least according to Hesiod and Cicero. The poet Ovid suggested that he, and his brothers, were actually children of Hypnos, the god of sleep, and to merely be descendants of Nyx and Erebus.
Morpheus was the leader of the gods and spirits of dreams, and manifested himself in
Tarot is a magickal tool used in divination, in the form of a deck of 78 cards, broken up into the Lower Arcana, made up of 56 cards and designed just like a regular playing card deck, and the Major Arcana, the 22 cards that often represent the journey of life. And it's an incredibly versatile tool, at that. Even people who argue the existence of psychic abilities can't touch the Tarot, because you don't have to even know about magick to use them. You can use them without having any connection to the psychic world, though it's believed that intuition is in itself psychic, so there's that.
The actual Tarot started out, most likely, as a series of card games known collectively as Triomfi in most places. The earliest mention of it was somewhere between 1332 and 1450 AD, in Italy. The actual mentioning was found in a letter from a duke to his treasurer, asking him to find a Tarot deck, and a normal deck of playing cards if a Tarot deck couldn't be found. In the 15th century, the Tarot was
It never ceases to amaze me that, even in the year 2011, people are still tragically uninformed about many of the nontraditional religions, by which I mean Paganism even though Paganism has some of the most traditional religions there are. It's even sadder, because there are plenty of resources that the people holding these beliefs have at their disposal, and choose not to use. While this is no longer true for as many people as it once was, bigotry still pervades today, and beliefs that all Wiccans are witches, and all witches are devil worshippers is surprisingly prominent even into today. So that's what I'm going to talk about here.
Okay, so let's start with the basics of the topic. Wicca is an earth-based Goddess Neopagan religion that developed in the early half of the 20th century and was popularized by Gerald Brousseau Gardner in the 1950s and 60s. Being a witch means you practice witchcraft, the ancient, timeless skill of manipulating the world around
Nyx and Erebus
Hello, all, it's ET, talking about the ultimate creatures of the night.
I'm talking about Nyx and Erebus. Who are they?
Nyx and Erebus are primordial gods from the Greek pantheon, and they reproduced like bunnies. In mythology, they had at least nineteen different children, deities of everything from Aether, the first-born elemental god of atmosphere, to Eris the goddess of strife, the Fates, and several others.
Individually, they weren't both gods of the night. Only Nyx was the goddess of the night, a shadowy being that was around either at or near the beginning of creation. She was the mother of personified gods like Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She wasn't often depicted in mythology, but when she was, she was said to be a woman of incredible beauty and power, depicted variably as a winged goddess, sometimes wearing a dark garment and accompanied by the stars as she rode around on a chariot. I'd think she'd make an impression on people. According to Homer