What you need to know about Greek Gods

The Greek Gods, we know about them. We read stories, we secretly laughed about Zeus who was always fooling around with girls.

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But do the Greek Gods still play a role in our life? Let’s explore.

Greek Gods: Archetypes

In the ’80s Jean Shinolda Bolen wrote a book called: Goddesses in Everywoman. It became a huge hit.

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(Do you ever wonder like me why nobody wrote the same book for men?)

The book had the appealing assumption that Greek Mythology was based an archetypes. Jean Shinolda Bolen had carefully selected 7 (my favourite number) archetypes that characterized typical behaviour in women.

7 Greek Goddesses:

Artemis

The queen of the hunt, an old mother goddess archetype. Jean associated her with the “workaholic” lady.

Athena

My personal favourite. I always loved the story that she was born from her father’s head. The science nerd lady.

Hestia

The nun. Queen of hearth and solitude.

Hera

The Queen of marriage.

Demeter

The Mother archetype: always pregnant.

Persephone

The Queen of the underworld, the Gothic Lady.

Aphrodite

Always on a date, the Queen of Love

Do you want to know who you are? Here is a quiz.

Greek Gods: The Cradle of Civilization

 

Greece, Athens is seen as the cradle of modern civilization. The place where democracy started. But I will let you in on a little secret. The Greek Gods were assholes.

In mythology, we have gotten so addicted to the Hero story of Campbell, that we really would like those 12 Greek guys and girls up the Olympus to be really cool dudes who want the best for mankind.

They didn’t.

They stole, raped, murdered and tortured…

Let’s start with the “Big Brothers”.

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Olympus

Zeus, King of the sky, was a typical wind god. These are the gods of fertility. He fooled around, changed shape and multiplied himself whenever he could.

Prometheus was punished severely for giving humanity fire. You might be aware of the fact that fire, cooking our food, gave us humans, time to do something else with our day than just to sit around and digest.

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Prometheus Carrying Fire’ by Jan Cossiers

Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock, where an eagle came and ate his liver away each day..

Doesn’t that remind you of God’s anger towards man when Adam and Eve ate the Tree of Knowledge? Somehow Gods don’t like humans to empower themselves…

Poseidon, his brother and god of the sea. Having a blue beard and a trident, he was considered the god of the earth quakes. Like his brother he was always out to have some fun with women.

In a contest about who will win the control of the city of Athens, Athene touches the ground witha  spear and an olive tree emerges. Poseidon, on the other hand, struck his trident on a rock and produced a horse.

And.. the olive tree not only symbolises economical growth, but also peace. Remember the biblical dove with the olive tree in its mouth?

Hades, the third brother was king of the Underworld. It was his job to make sure that the deceased did not escape his kingdom.

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Bingley: The Abduction of Persephone

Hades decided to abduct the daughter of Demeter, Persephone. Demeter decided to mourn her daughter in winter when she was at Hades.

On the other side: it is a mythological script for every girl. Going away from mother, becoming queen of your own kingdom.

The rest of the Gods had their problems and neuroses too. But I wanted you to be aware that the magical number 3 and 12 are important in Greek Mythology. We will explore that in next paragraph.

Greek Gods: Mythology and Magic Numbers

In almost every mythology, the number three (three brothers: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) and the number 12 are important. Why?

In Norse Mythology the number three is mentioned again and again. There are three wise women, three Norns at the well of Urd who determine the fate of humans.



In the bible, Jesus died for three days and came back from the death. There is the holy trinity: father son and holy spirit.

It is the first number with ‘something in the middle’ like a new birth. And it has a connection to the moon, that is gone for three days (or nights) to be reborn.

The number 12: 12 gods live on mount Olympus. Jesus had 12 disciples, Odin had 12 followers…

The number 12 is associated with completeness. If you interpret the Gods as psychological energies within your own psyche, you will see that you have got a whole range of conduct to choose from. It is up to you to make a conscious choice. It can be the challenge of a life time!


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Loki, a Loud Loser or a Lucky Lord?


This is a blog about Loki, subject of our third lesson in the online Norse Mythology Course.

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The first lesson, starting March 20 2017 is dedicated to Freya, the spring and fertility;
The second lesson, starting March 27 2017, will be dedicated to Odin;

The third lesson, starting April 3 2017, is dedicated to our inner trickster Loki;
The last lesson, starting April 10 2017, we will concentrate on connecting in a lucid dream with the goddess underneath Yggdrasil, who dreams up the cosmos.

Loki Lucky Lord

Loki always seems to escape the harm that he does. He easily outsmarts his victims and he is always the one who walks away seemingly unharmed.
He is the only male god who is also a mother. He is the mother of Sleipnir…

He is the god of fire and mischief, the evil twin of Odin. Odin is like Faust. Loki like Mephistopheles. Loki has Mercurial qualities that enable him to stir up just enough trouble to make you question everything you believe in.

He is the only Giant that is allowed to live among the gods. He is an ultimate trickster that tells about their infidelities. He tells Odin that Freya has slept with the four dwarfs Afrigg, Dvalin, Berling and Grerr in order to get the necklace that makes her irresistible.

 

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Loki and Indur

He is the one who deprives the gods of their rejuvenating apples. But one day he goes to far.

Loki Loud Loser

If there is one thing mythology teaches you it is that there is something called fate. When Odin got his beloved son Baldr, a seer told him that Baldr would be murdered. And that it would lead to Ragnarok, the destruction of life as the people of that time knew it.

We seem to be addicted to such end of life stories. In the games my sons play, the earth is destroyed, only some survive and have to rebuild the world from scratch.

In many tv series a similar theme prevails. The world will be destroyed by a powerful enemy and a hero or a group of hero’s will safe it.

One day, Loki went to far and the light of the world, the symbol of clairvoyance Baldr was killed.

Loki on Mindfunda Norse Mythology

In this lesson you will find out more incredible stories about the pranks that Loki pulls on the other gods.

We will look closer at the half-brother relationship between Odin and Loki.

We will laugh about how Loki had to borrow the feathered robe of Freya to get Thor’s Hammer back.

You will have an inspiring dream incubation so you can dream up all the ways in which you are or have been your own trickster.

And last but not least, there is a paragraph about the fate of Loki, which will help you determine what your thoughts are about predestination. You might be holding yourself back more than you think!

I hope to see you March 20


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Odin: Ongoing Original Inner Wisdom

Odin is the Norse Father God. This blog is about my new online Norse Mythology course that starts March 20, the first day of spring.

Odin the Father

Being brought up Catholic, my young mind attached godly wisdom into the image of a Father God. This Father god, somewhere up high, was an old grumpy guy, with a beard.

As soon as I read in the bible that he had ordered a father to sacrifice his only son, I became very suspicious about this Father God.  I liked mother Mary much more.

Odin is a father god of the human beings on earth, but also of Baldr. The way Odin endeared me was that he sacrificed his own eye into the well of Mirmir.

In this course we will investigate these tory about the murder of his som Baldr and how that resonates with our own feelings of betrayal when something you valued more than life itself has gone lost.

Odin and the Well

In order to gain inner wisdom Odin sacrificed an eye in the well of Mirmir. Whenever you dream about eyes, whenever you dream about wells, you should definitely be signing up for this course.

On the forum you will be able to share those dreams with your fellow students. In the dream incubation that is included in this course, you will visit the well, and draw the water of life out of the Well of Remembrance.

Your inner knowledge is available to you. All you need to do is to consciously lift this knowledge up from out of the darkness of the well of remembrance into the daylight.

Odin and the Ravens Huginn and Muninn

If you have a connection with ravens as totem animal, this is the lesson for you. Odin had two ravens:

Huginn and Muninn,
Every day
They fly over earth ground.
I fear for Huginn,
That he may not return,
But even more  I fear
For the loss of Muninn.

The Elder Edda

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Photo by Eamon Maguire

 

Huginn is usually associated with thought, and Muninn with memory. You will most certainly understand why thoughts can be like birds, flying in and out of your head.

Losing your memory is like losing yourself. yes, I know that we are more than the  addition of our past experiences. But there are core-memories your sense of self is build around. We will explore this in this lesson of the course.

Odin and the Sacrifice

We are surrounded by data. Big Brother Google is bringing you every website about every subject you are curious about.

Little entrepreneurs like me have to give away knowledge for free, in order to get paying customers. And we do that, because it is in our genes to help people get the best out of themselves.

Odin would have thrived in an age like this. Not only did he sacrifice an eye to gain wisdom. He also hung himself on the tree of life for nine days.

On the Yggdrasil he made the ultimate sacrifice to unveil the magic knowledge of the runes.

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Runes

We will not be getting into the oracle of the runes, but we will be exploring magic in our own dreams, visions and lives that can tell us something about our life’s destiny.

Odin and the Yggdrasil

Last but not least, another theme in this course will be the Yggdrasil and its nine realms of being, the nine days that Odin hung himself. What is the spiritual value of number nine?

What does this magic number mean in your own life and in your own dreams? How many of the different reams of Yggdrasil do you recognise from films, from books, from poetry, or from dreams?

 

 


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Trickster Gods: Tricky Ways to Discover the Self

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Today I like to tell you more about our online course Mindfunda Mythology.

This is the fifth of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword

 

Trickster Gods are tricky. They tease you, they obstruct your path, and when you look back at your life you see how much they have helped you.

A trickster breaks the rules. The Trickster Gods have knowledge beyond this world. They can be mean, but they always put the hero on the path of his life.

Let me know in the comments who has been a trickster in your life. Identifying your trickster gods will shine a light on your life’s path.

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Roadrunner: Copyright by Warner Brothers, Inc.
Trickster gods: the butterfly

There is one story that will help you understand the function of the Trickster. It is a short story about a man and a butterfly.

A man saw a caterpillar struggling to get out of its shell. It did not seem to work for this butterfly to be.

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Photo: Eddy Van 3000 on Flickr

So he decided to help and gently cut away the cocoon. Out came the butterfly. But it was not able to fly…

The struggle of getting out of its cocoon would have enabled it to gain the strength its wings need to fly.

You need struggle in your life to find out who you are. Your trickster helps you to gain strength. Who has done that in your life? Let me know in the comments.

Trickster Gods: My story

When I look back upon my life, I can clearly distinguish my tricksters. One of them is my older sister. She was always more popular, more beautiful and much funnier than I was.

My sister could be extremely cruel to me, telling others how much of a loser I was. And to my great surprise, that did not seem to turn off other people. She was my trickster.

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Copyright: Disney

This trickster taught me that I had a path in life. Hers was to be beautiful and charming, mine was to be intellectual. I still like thinking and reading very much.

The lesson about the Trickster in Mindfunda’s Mythology course will tell you stories. Trickster stories. We will analyse them, and learn lessons about ourself.

And ask the daunting question: in what way(s) have we been tricksters ourselves?

Trickster gods: Trusting the Trickster

The first paragraph is about trust. We all get betrayed in our life. No matter how good treat others. Everybody gets hurt. The magic is in healing. Daring to open your heart again after you have been betrayed by a loved one.

No, this paragraph of the course is not about being naive or stupid.  If someone treats you bad, either mentally or physically, you need to get away.

It is about trust that you are going to be alright. No matter what you have been through, to believe that you have the spiritual power to learn and grow.

Trickster gods: Loki the killing prankster

The second paragraph of the Mindfunda Mythology course tells a story about Loki.

Loki is the asshole who kills another god. Baldr, son of Odin and Freya. He does not get away with it. He gets severely punished. But it is apparent that a trickster transcends divinity.

James Hillman says in The Souls Code: “Loki is a Giant, a representation of the forces of nature that are beyond human control”.

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Doug Savage

 

In our current society we are held responsible for so many things. Often things beyond our control. It is healthy to acknowledge that some things are trickster – stuff. Using stories and  questions, this course will give you techniques to recognise these patterns in the story of your own life.

TRICKSTER GODS: Carl Gustav Jung

First thing I want to do is to tell you all that I admire the spirit of Carl Jung and all that he has given this world. He had a brilliant mind. But he also was a great trickster.

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Artwork: Copyright Funny Times

I do consider him to be a shaman, a magician. And like everybody, Jung himself had a dark side.

In the Mindfunda Mythology course I consider Jung an example of the Know it All Trickster. This Trickster is a boy who has a sense of mental superiority from early childhood on.

A mental superiority that he feels compelled to prove and show off in various ways. The Know It All Trickster knows how to use his charm.

Trickster gods: animals

Exploring Carl Jung’s life in Trickster terms helps us get a grip on the Trickster as theme of the development of the Self.

The Trickster as animal also explores the theme of the Self, coming out of the unconscious darkness and becoming more shrewd,  cunning, and wise along the way.

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Artwork: Mark Parisi

This lesson will share stories of the Chinook tribe, indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, to explore this energy in your life.

Trickster Gods: Death the final trickster?

The concluding paragraph of this lesson explores if death is the final trickster in our lives.

One of the themes of the Trickster Mythologies found around the world is to defeat death.

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Artwork: Ahley Cooped

In our day and age, the mighty God Google, who knows everything about you and in that sense has gotten god-like qualities, has hired Kurzweil to see if they can defeat death.

Who has been the trickster in your life? Let me know in the comments!

TRICKSTER GODS: Fifth lesson of Mindfunda mythology

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.

 

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THIS CONTENT IS CREATED BY SUSANNE VAN DOORN, AUTHOR AND OWNER OF MINDFUNDA; MAKING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGY, MYTHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY EASY TO USE IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE!

What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
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Yggdrasil: Tree of Life, Portal to Nine Worlds

Yggdrasil, Tree of Life in Norse mythology, is an appealing topic. Several years ago, I was part of a panel discussing this tree of life.

During this panel, any people had emotional stories to tell. Stories about how they have beautiful, inspiring dreams about trees, that connect them with nature. Stories about how mad they are that we screw up nature like we do.

Today I will share a book review about Yggdrasil, based on an analysis made by Maria Kvilhaug. Maria has a master degree in Old Norse mythology and initiation rituals.

The Seed of Yggdrasil. Deciphering the hidden messages in Old Norse Myths
by Maria Kvilhaug
Whyte Tracks 2013
Hardcover $77.99, Kindle Edition $43.03
ISBN 13: 978-8792632289
ISBN 10: 8792632289
Reviewed by Susanne van Doorn

 

 

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Yggdrasil and Comparative Mythology

It is so natural for me to compare mythologies worldwide. People have the same challenges everywhere. The same problems to solve. So one naturally assumes people have myths about similar problems.

But since the star from Joseph Campbell has faded, so has the trust in comparative mythology. You know that I am a big fan of Campbell, but I agree that not every story is a hero story.

Campbell was known to have “cherry picked” myths, so he could build the mono myth theory.

Maria Kvilhaug uses the same comparative mythology in her book. And I must say, just like Campbell’s books are nice to read, so is hers.

She is a “Pantheist”: “there is an ultimate unity behind the many gods, and that they are united in a single source” (page 635).

Yggdrasil and Edda

In 1643, the Edda, composed of several stories, was given to Bishop Svensson. He immediately recognised the value of those papers. Verses written by Snorri Sturluson in 1243.

At this time, Snorri was afraid that the young people would forget their rituals.

Yggdrasil

“Snorri had a clear and outspoken agenda with his work. He realised people were beginning to forget the myths of their ancestors” (page 21).

But the pagan gods, initiations and rituals are being described as devilish, satanic. Maria explains how the verses are written with respect (or fear?) for the church.

Yggdrasil as parable

A parable is a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.

Maria invites us to interpret the Edda as if it is an illustration of possible behaviours within the world.

Yggdrasil
Artwork: Welcome Images

 

In this way, Yggdrasil becomes a symbol of the human body. A representation of the tree-shaped nervous system, or the vascular system in our body.

Yggdrasil and The Eagle

At the top of the Yggdrasil, there is an eagle “and he knows much” (p 163). At the bottom of the Yggdrasil, there is a serpent coiled by the roots, eating them away.

 

Yggdrasil

 

Maria suggests that the eagle is a symbol for the all-knowing observer. Being a spiritual atheist, I am not so inclined towards a god/goddess who observes all.

But being a diabetic, I know from periods were I have suffered a low blood sugar level, that there is something in me that tells me that there is something wrong. My inner eagle. It tells me to go look for food/sugar when I notice that I start to see things unclear.

YGGDRASIL AND the snake

My old friend snake (read more about it in Amazing Animal) is a symbol of our connection to the earth. Remember how in Genesis Eve is being tempted by a snake?

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Snakes in Prague, photo by Susanne van Doorn

 

If our human psyche is wired to seek its own way, not ruled by laws and prescriptions from God(s), there might be a psychic need to embrace the snake as part of our personality.

Remember how in the Matrix agent Smith compares humans to a virus?

“You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure” (The Matrix 1999).

Maybe that is the snake eating at the roots of our Yggdrasil. I always thought it was an excellent summary of the Catholic concept of the original sin. We humans are bad. It eats us. We try to cure it but destruction of the world seems unstoppable.

Yggdrasil and Odin

Norse god Odin is important to me. I met an Odin-like one-eyed wander in a dream once. I bought him some good food, because I assumed he was alcoholic. When I got outside I looked under his big hat and became scared to death. He only had one eye! His missing eye was uncovered…

Maria interprets Odin as “The Universal Spirit”. A shared unconscious, like Jung‘s collective unconscious. It reminds me so much of the religious concept I embraced when I was a child. I used to think that god was the sum of all the good in all the people on the earth.

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Georg von Rosen
Odin, the Wanderer

 

Odin his name means Poetry, Spirit or Frenzy. “Obviously, we have all qualities within us. The Spirit is that what gives us breath and inspiration, which is exactly  what Odin is said to have given to men and women alike. The Poetry is equivalent of the mind, that within us which creates the stories that are our lives, and the Frenzy is our passion, our desire, that with drives us forward and makes us seek, rebelling against everything that limits the fullness of being” (page 643).

Yggdrasil and the Goddess

In the seventies there was a rumour that we once had lived in a matriarchal society. A society ruled by women. This was never the case. But femininity, and the importance of females for the survival of any community is clearly embraced in this book.

“To the initiate of the Mysteries of Isis, the myth is a parable of the quest for salvation” (page 39).

Yggdrasil

Did you know there is a maiden that sleeps at the roots under Yggdrasil? She dreams up the world. This made me think about Anne Baring her assumption that the Cosmos itself is dreaming.

Conclusion

PRO

  • So much information about Norse Mythology. Information about Odin and his origin, about the number nine and the number three. Information about Freya, wife of Odin and all the other famous gods.
  • So much information about history. Because mythologies of different countries are compared you get a view good history lessons too.
  • The difficult poetry of Edda is made so much more understandable by Maria. Even if you do not agree with her interpretation, you are going to learn so much about mythology and its place in the current world.
  • If you like witches this book will have some intriguing chapters about “The Witch Before Time” and “The Way of the Wand Witch”. Women were important in the Viking age, even though they were not supposed to be warriors.
  • The female/Goddess is honoured in this book. You will find out much about

CON

  • The contents page is not right, at least not in my print of 2013. From paragraph 2.2 pages have started to shift. This means that paragraphs or chapters you are looking for are one or even two pages further in the book. This is a sloppy mistake which is uncalled for in such a marvellous book.
  • The font used is extremely small, which makes it less attractive to read.
  • It is a huge book that contains 677 pages. You will have to take your time to read it.
  • The price is for some people a bit high: $77.99. But if you are infatuated with Norse Mythology it is definitely worth your while.
  • There is a biography but not a subject index at the end of the book. Being a book-addict I know which book contains what information but I refuse to bother my brain with the memory of page numbers. So I am a big fan of subject indexes to easily look up things in the multitude of books that have gathered in my house.

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Holda and the winter

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Frau Holda, or Hula is asscociated with the 12 Holy nights. She is seen as the Queen of Winter, and sometimes as the wife of Odin.

Holda, the winter queen
Holda
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Holda is the winter Queen, who decides which children have been naughty and nice. A blond woman with blue eyes, she rules the cold and harsh winter. Sometimes she is the wife of Odin, dressed up in Red.

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Frau Holda, the story

The Grimm story about Frau Holda is a story about a mother with two daughters. One is lazy, one is eager. The Lazy one is loved the most. The other daughter is supposed to spin all day. Her spinning wheel gets blood from the girl’s hands all over it. To prevent her mother from getting really angry with the stained spinning wheel, she throws it into the well. She has to dive into the well to retrieve it. She dives in, and gets into another realm. Lovely, abundant, with breath begging to be put out of the oven and apples wanting to be plucked from the tree. A sort of Garden of Eden in reverse.

Now the good girl enters the home of Frau Holda and does her work, The usual cleaning an tidying. Frau Holda approves and sends the girl back home covered in gold.

The lazy sister also jumps in the well, hoping to get covered in god. She is lazy. She does not harvest, she does not take care of Frau Holda, and she gets covered in pitch.

A story about winter, getting into the realms of the earth and harvesting all it has to offer. A story about judging the work, done in the right way.

Holda and the well

Spinning is an ancient motif, associated with the Mother Goddess. The well is used to clean the spinning wheel, the mandala of the Self, from the blood of the girl. Blood is our life force. Blood is red, the color of fire, the color of anger. It is rather upsetting that the ‘good” girl does not get angry at her mother and sister. Instead, she seems to bottle it all up inside. She needs to search for the Goddess inside the well.

When she jumps in, she enters a paradise with plenty of food. Food that screams to be eaten. In the cold of winter she has discovered a Nirvana. Going down to reach for fertility in the water of the well. Going beyond her anger. Accepting her shadow side, the lazy part of her, that does not care about the work.

Close your eyes and envision your well. See how you can use it as a bridge to the treasures that wait to blossom in a few months. It is not only mundane food that yo are growing now, it is also your spiritual well-being…

Did you dive into the well of wisdom the past days? To harvest what you have learned this year? Did you catch some good dreams too? It is a magical dreaming time so make sure you take notes!

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Top books 2015

Top books 2015
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Since February this year, Mindfunda has been talking about dreams, mythology, spirituality and dreams. Looking back at the past months, this is the list of the best books I have reviewed. The Top books 2015 about dreaming, mythology and spirituality.

Top books 2015: Lucid dreaming, plain and simple

Lucid dreaming is a technique that became popular in the seventies because of Carlos Casteneda’s books. He described a technique that was easy: you look at your hands and you wonder if you are awake or asleep. Your hands are always with you. In his younger years Robert Waggoner trained himself to become a lucid dreamer.

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The book is filled  with tips and techniques that are clever and easily usable. Here you can read more about Lucid dreaming plain and simple and here you can see my interview with Robert Waggoner about it.

Top books 2015: Sidewalk Oracles

Robert Moss is an expert writer, a gifted story-teller, and his connection to the Goddess has made him one of my favorite authors when it comes to the subject of dreams and spirituality.

Top books 2015
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When people ask me if I know any good books about dreams I always say: “any book that is written by Robert Moss about the subject is excellent. Mind you, Robert used to be a writer and a journalist before concentrating on the subject of dreams. Sidewalk oracles is filled with ways of bringing magic back into your life. A fun encyclopedia to have around in times when feel the need to breaking the circle to get out of a rut.

Top books 2015: Dreaming

Jennifer Windt has been the one who completed a philosophical map of the field of dreaming. I must confess this is not an easy read, but it will give you so much more insight into the field of dreaming. Its history, its philosophy, its challenges, its limits. Just the book for the cold winter days. A book that will illuminate your mind and hopefully will give you some crazy bold ideas yourself.

 

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Consciousness, what is it? Were in the brain can it be found? When you have a dreamless sleep, where are you? Professor Evan Thompson, who has written the next book on the list, says: “This book sets a new standard for the science and philosophy of dreaming in the twenty-first century.”

Top books 2015: Waking, Dreaming, Being

Using the oldest known map of consciousness, Evan Thompson, uses the newest neurological insights as a form of cartography. You can see Evan Thompson talking about Waking, Dreaming, Being in my Mindfunda interview with him.

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Waking, Dreaming, Being touches the fundamental questions about consciousness, combining the newest scientific knowledge of the West with the ancient Wisdom of the East.

Top books 2015: Wake Up to Your Dreams

Justina Lasley created a method called DreamSynergy. An easy to use method that enables you to comprehend the message in a dream you remember. And to take action. Justina told me in a Mindfunda interview how her dreams turned her life around. She found the love of her life, and followed a new career path.

 

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Wake Up to Your Dreams is an easy to use book, with lots of examples and dreams. Justina says: “Because dreams can be complicated, I wanted to create an easy method in a book filled with exercises”.

Top books 2015: Romance of the Grail

Mythology and Mindfunda. Being as interested in dreams as I am, you can not avoid mythology. I have dreamed about Odin before I knew who he was.
And when you say mythology, you say Joseph Campbell.

 

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The study of the Arthurian myth was a doorway for Joseph Campbell into comparative mythology. Using the mythological tales as symbols for spiritual development in the human psyche. In this book you can find Campbell’s dissertation: “The Dolorous Stroke”.

Top books 2015: The book of SHE

In November I started my first blog series. Throughout the month I publish 4 blogs around a central theme. This month the theme is the Descent. Going into the dark to find your inner light. In November the theme was the Goddess.
The book of SHE fitted right in. We know Joseph Campbell as the man who brought us the knowledge about the hero’s journey. Soon enough there was a lady called Maureen Murduck that acknowledged that women have got another journey.

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Sara Avant Stover has taken this knowledge into the twenty-first century. Things start to change if you embrace your inner Goddess. The connection that Sara feels with Mary Magdalen is a heartfelt one. The heroine’s journey is a challenge all women must face. To have a guidebook is necessary.

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Time Travel: tasting the future while dreaming the present

Lately, I have had several dreams about time travel. In my first dream, at the beginning of 2015 I was part of a group of people who demonstrated for their right to time travel,

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It was a high energy, very positive dream. Lots of laughing, lots of talking. I woke up with a very good feeling.

My second time travel dream was of a different nature. in the first dream I was not actually time traveling. In my second dream I was aware of a different reality. You can read about that dream here. In my dream I meet my husband in another time frame. He has a girlfriend that tells me about how she and him fell in love dancing to a Bob Marley record. On a symbolic level, the dark girlfriend is mother nature, dancing to the inner music we all hear in our veins.

This morning I had my third time travel dream. i am lying on a bed and a man tells me I have to concentrate on the Vikings. I have to travel back to this time and enter another life to experience it. A rather shamanic experience.

 

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Shamanic journey

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Shamans have traveled in different realms of reality. Using dreams (Like on this record above). The sound and certain plants and mushrooms helped shamans to get into a trance.
According to my third dream, Vikings used shamans’ wisdom. My good friend Wikipedia tells me Viking shamans were called Seiðr.  “Various scholars have debated the nature of seiðr, some arguing that it was shamanic in context, involving visionary journeys by its practitioners” And it gets even betterSeiðr practitioners were of both genders, although females are more widely attested, with such sorceresses being variously known as vǫlurseiðkonur and vísendakona.

The Norse theme is relevant in my dream life. I once met Odin in my dream without knowing who he was. A rather archetypical image. In my interview with Ralph Metzner I tell him about my dream. Odin is said to have his shamanistic practices taught to the seiðr. Jan Fries wrote an excellent book about it called Seidways.

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Seidways

I have not read the book yet. But the reviews are promising: “After about 10 pages I decided that Fries is the greatest author on Germanic magic alive. He is able to consider so many perspectives, casually avoids the rigidity of authors such as Thorsson that I found so discouraging as a newbie, and is very open about where research stops and personal opinion starts. His ideas are extremely unorthodox, and the extent of “authenticity” can be questioned about this book in various ways – but Fries never pretends to be anything he is not, and this open honesty is far more preferable than the pompous pretend-authenticity of many other books about historically inspired magical practices“.

While getting all of those Norse mythology dreams: meeting Odin, dreaming about having to re-marry on Wednesday (Odin’s day) in another dream and now this traveling back to the Vikings convince me even more about the inheritance of dream content. Given that I am diabetic and diabetes has “originated” in the North European countries (high sugar level served as anti-freeze during the ice age so my ancestors could get old enough to conceive children) I think this would be such an interesting topic for research…

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Well of Remembrance: what goes down must come up

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Ralph Metzner

The well is a familiar symbol in Myths and dreams.
I talked about it with Ralph Metzner this month
for a brand new Mindfunda Interview.

Ralph is a psychotherapist, Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, poet and author. You can visit his website grounearthfound here. Mythology always played a significant part in his life and he wrote several books about it. One of these books is The Well of remembrance. (Click here to for the interview on YouTube)

The Well of remembrance is an exercise in ancestral remembrance -the kind of remembering that is the healing antidote to dis-membring"

The Well of Remembrance 

is filled with stories and facts about the history of Europe. Mirmir was the guardian of the well of wisdom. The name Mirmir is related to the Latin word memor. Mirmir’s well is the well of remembrance.

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The well of remembrance

The aim of the book is to be a reminder of the importance of mythology in our critical times. Ralph explains in his book that the tribes that took over Europe had a civilization based on weapons, chariots and the taming of the horse. Their Gods and Goddesses where different from the rather peaceful hunter gatherers they submitted.

The one-eyed Odin is the God that builds three bridges that link apparently irreconcilable differences. Differences between the old Land Gods of the early inhabitants and the Sky gods of the new tribes. The first myth about Odin as bridge-builder is the self sacrifice of hanging himself on the Yggdrasil, the World Tree. Here he gets the gift of nature: to see and interpret natural rhythms.

In the second myth about Odin he sacrifices his eye to see how he can reconcile the war between the Aesir Sky gods and the Vanir land gods by creating a ritual of reconciliation. In the interview Ralph mentions that such rituals are so much-needed today in ordinary life as well as in politics.

In the third myth about Odin he descends down the roots of the Yggdrasil, meets Mirmir and gives one eye to the water that feeds the World Tree. Loosing the ability to recognize depth, he gains inner vision.

In my talk with him, Ralph Metzner emphasis that we should connect with the knowledge our ancestors. They wisper the stories you can only hear when you are at the foot of the World Tree Yggdrasil, diving in the emotional water of your past. The generations that lived before you, your ancestors can connect you with the Earth and all its wisdom.

He concludes the talk with the dedication in Well of Rembrance to the ancestors:

To
our ancestors,
who kept and told for us
the ancient stories

Our brothers and sisters,
who love the Earth
with all her beings

Our descendants,
who will inherit the Earth
and hear and tell again
the ancient stories

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Jim Morrison, rider on the storm?

I was re-reading Well of remembrance this weekend. In 1994 Ralph Metzner wrote this magnificent book. It tells you about how the mythology of Europe got integrated in America. You learn about Odin. Odin/Wotan was not only the one-eyed wanderer. He was a shaman. A changeling. He understood the energies of nature and could tape into its source. Traveling to different realms he could take the form of any creature. He was a changeling…

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Well of remembrance

I remember when I was a child. My older brother used to play LA woman. On that record there are two songs that indicate that Jim Morrison was “begeisterd” with the Odin spirit. Listen to his song…

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Odin represents the energy of inspiration, he is the creator of the word. By sacrificing himself hanging in the world tree he mastered the language of the runes and became the master of the power of speech. Jim was a poet, a perfect person to be susceptible for this ancient energy. Odin was the inspirator of poets.
Odin also is a symbol for the power of divination. He was like the “spirit in the bottle”. Unfortunately in Jim, the energies where so much unbalanced that the bottle got the better of him.
A third aspect that is typical about Odin we see also reflected in the songs of Jim. Odin was “walking through the World Wind forming speech through his breath”. The wind could take on a stormy forecast like the black depressing song Riders on the storm. The song is devoted to the wind. The song is based on a legend of a cowboy seeing oxen with red eyes being chased by the spirits of death men on horses. It was the last song Jim would ever record with the Doors.

If you want to read more about Jim Morrison here is a book that portrays him as a wisdom seeker just like Odin who sacrificed his eye to the well of wisdom:

Jim Morrison, friends gathered together

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