|Statue of Mercury at Pavlovsk Park|
Image by Aleksandrov (Wikimedia Commons)
Sunday, 28 November 2021
Sunday, 22 August 2021
|"Abbot Armand-Jean le Bouthillier de Rance" |
by Hyacinthe Rigaud (17th century)
Friday, 12 February 2021
|Roman Forum in 2011 (image is my own, as used on my Facebook page)|
Monday, 21 December 2020
|"Julaftonen" by Carl Larsson (1904)|
Sunday, 8 November 2020
|"The Ghost of a Flea" by Blake (1810s)|
Saturday, 26 September 2020
The primary symbol of Germanic Paganism today is Thor's hammer, and there are a number of websites where you can buy really stunning Mjolnir pieces to wear, but they tend to be chunky and are clearly intended to be worn primarily by men. The hammer is a symbol of strength so it makes sense that men would want to wear a Mjolnir amulet, but I am no man and so here follows images of feminine jewellery that can be worn with contemporary dress while being evocative of Germanic deities. All of the pictures refer to the websites where you can buy them (as of September 2020). Click on the image to enlarge.
Odin, God of victory, wisdom, eloquence, wandering, death, inspiration and more
|Silver pendant based on a 6th century image of a berserker|
|Silver pendant, Valkyrie with horn replica|
|Raven feather earrings in oxidised silver by Aurum|
|Swan feathers ring (swans are associated with Valkyries)|
While spears, wolves and ravens are more obvious symbols of Odin, horns are associated with Odin for a number of reasons. Firstly, archeologists have found a number of images of warriors with horned helmets who are thought to be connected to Odin. Secondly, Valkyries are said to bring horns of mead to the warriors of Valhalla, and thirdly, it is said that Odin gained three drinks of the mead of poetry (this is the origin story of the triple horn symbol). With this in mind I think the following high end jewellery from georgjensen.com is subtly Odinic.
Sunday, 12 July 2020
|"Lucretia" by Bassano (16th/17th century)|
“Let them worship deities … who have won a place in heaven through their merits, such as Hercules, Liber, Aesculapius, Castor, Pollux and Quirinus; and those qualities through which men may gain access to heaven – Mens <Mind>, Virtus <Virtue>, Pietas <Piety>, Fides <Faith>; of these virtues let there be shrines but none of any of the vices … Let sacrilege committed that cannot be expiated be deemed impious …Except for the servants of the Magna Mater – and they only on their fixed days – let no one beg for contributions. He who steals or takes away what is sacred or in trust in a public place, let him count as a parricide. For perjury the punishment is destruction from the Gods, shame from men. The pontifices [priests] shall punish incest with the capital penalty … Let them fulfil vows scrupulously … Let them treat their dead kinsfolk as divine. Let there be limits to expenditure and mourning for them [cited in Beard, North and Price, Vol 2, at 353-355]”.
- The healthy mind, which a Roman would understand to include intelligence and mental courage.
- Piety, meaning unflinching devotion and loyalty to family, friends, country and Gods.
- Faithfulness, by which is meant trustworthiness and reliability.
Friday, 29 May 2020
|"For Karin's Name Day" by Larsson (1899)|
Sunday, 19 April 2020
|"A sick child brought into the temple of Aesculapius" by Waterhouse (1877)|
“As for the sundry figures called Aesculapius, the first is the son of Apollo and is worshipped by the Arcadians; he is said to have invented the probe, and to have been the first to use splints for healing. The second is that [he is] the brother of Mercury mark two. The story goes that he was struck by lightning, and that he is buried at Cynosura. The third, the son of Arsippus and Arsinoe, was reportedly a pioneer in the application of purgatives and the extraction of teeth. His tomb and grove are open to inspection in Arcadia [3.57]”.
“Hippolytus, after [being] … torn apart by stampeding horses … came again to the heavenly stars, and the upper air beneath the sky, recalled by Apollo’s herbs and Diana’s love. Then the all-powerful father, indignant that any mortal should rise from the shadows to the light of life, hurled Aesculapius, Apollo’s son, the discoverer of such skill and healing, down to the Stygian waves [Virgil, The Aeneid, 7.641-782]”.