Monday, June 6, 2022

News....


 Hey everyone! I'm excited to announce my book with Lethe Press was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards! While it didn't win I'm still extremely excited and will brag for a short minute. OK, I'm done now. 

You can still get a copy if you haven't already!

Friday, May 27, 2022

MERCURIUS

MERCURIUS
 
“The spiritus Mercuialis and his transformations represented as a monstrous dragon. It is a quaternary, in which the fourth is at the same time the unity of the three, the unity of being symbolized by the mystagogue Hermes. The three are: Luna, Sol and coniunctio Solis et Lunae in Taurus, the House Of Venus. Together They form ☿= Mercurius.” 
Carl Jung, The Collected Works Of C.G. Jung

Thursday, May 26, 2022

MINOTAUR

MINOTAUR
“Minotaur, in Greek mythology, was a fabulous monster of Crete that had the body of a man and the head of a bull. It was the offspring of Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, and a snow-white bull sent to Minos by the god Poseidon for sacrifice. Minos, instead of sacrificing it, kept it alive; Poseidon as a punishment made Pasiphae fall in love with it. Her child by the bull was shut up in the Labyrinth created for Minos by Daedalus.” 
Encyclopedia Britannica 

“It was built to house the fearsome Minotaur, a creature born of the union of Parsiphaneë and a white bull, a monster half man and half bull itself. Ringed by a hedge or thorns, it lived in the very centre of the Labyrinth, existing only on human flesh. It was said that no man could survive the onslaught of its scythe-like horns.” 

“He gave Ariadne a ball of silken cord with which Theseus would be able to find his way through the Labyrinth. If she tied one end of the cord to the lintel of the maze doorway, the ball would unwind itself, threading its way through the twists and turns of the passages to the spot at the very centre where the Minotaur waited for its prey.” 
Michael Gibson, Gods, Men and Monsters

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

CAMAZOTZ

CAMAZOTZ
“In the Quiché Popol Vuh, the Underworld Camazotz or “death bat,” cuts off the head of the Hero Twin, hunahpu.”
Mary Miller & Karl Taube, The Gods and Symbols Of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

 “Camazotz; A vampire bat god of the Quiché Maya in Guatemala. They Maya considered him a terrible god who served death and ruled twilight. He lived in the bloody caverns and other dark places that people tried to avoid for fear of disturbing him.”
 Ann Bingham & Jeremy Roberts, South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z

“He is said to have a leaf-like nose, an anthropomorphized bat whose name evoked fear of darkness and the unknown.”
Sebastian Berg, Maya Mythology

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

QUINOTAUR

QUINOTAUR 
“The Quinotaur has the head, chest and forelegs of a bull and the body and tail of a fish or serpent.”
Nicolle R. Murray, Naturally Monstrous and Magical Creatures of Western Europe 

“A far older legend of the Merovingian bloodline exists. Meroveus, the progenitor, was said to be sired by the Quinotaur, Neptune’s half-bull, half-fish sea-god or demigod.” 
Nialla Ni Macha, The Witches’ Almanac

Monday, May 23, 2022

AMMUT

AMMUT 
“Creature in the netherworld, usually depicted with the head of a crocodile, the foreparts of a lion (or panther) and the rear of a hippopotamus, whose principal epithets were ‘devourer of the dead’ and ‘great of death’. She is portrayed in vignettes illustrating Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead. The scenes show her waiting beside the scales in the Hall of the Two Truths, where the hearts of the dead were weighed against the feather of Maat. It was Ammut who consumed the hearts of those whose evil deeds made them unfit to proceed into the afterlife.” 
Ian Shaw & Paul Nicholson, The Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt

Friday, May 20, 2022

CHNOUBIS

CHNOUBIS
“This ringstone bears the name of the Egyptian Gnostic solar god Chnoubis, a lion-headed serpent.” 
The Penn Museum

“The lion-headed serpent was popular in magic and is often found pictured on amulets. The daimon is a syncretistic combination of the Egyptian creator god Khnum, the serpent Kneph and the star Knm.“ 
Hans Dieter Betz, The Greek Magical Papyri

“Kneph, a winged egg or globe with serpent or serpents.” 
James Stevens Curl, The Egyptian Revival

Thursday, May 19, 2022

GLYCON

GLYCON
“In the middle of the 2nd century CE, on the shore of the Black Sea, any visitor could have had his future foretold by a divine snake with a human-like head, called Glycon. The serpent and his prophet Alexander were so respected, even the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius asked them for help.”


“The serpent’s head looked out from Alexander’s beard and it bore a striking resemblance to a human face.

Viktor Susnyak, Glycon, The Fake Snake Oracle and Alexander, His Prophet


“When they went in, the thing, of course, seemed to them a miracle, that the formerly tiny snake within a few days had turned into so great a serpent, with a human face, moreover, and tame!”

Lucian Of Samosata, Alexander The False Prophet


“The next morning he leapt forth into the city’s marketplace frenziedly hailed the city as blessed for being on the point of receiving the manifestation of the god, ran to the temple side and scooped around in the mud until he dredged up the egg, breaking it in his hand to reveal the young snake, to the amazement of the bystanders, who raised a shout, welcomed the god, called the city blessed, and cried out prayers for riches and health.”


“The marble and the bronzes portray Glycon as a rampant snake with sami-humanoid face and human hair, compatibly with Lucian’s description of the god. They also tell us things Lucian does not, namely that Glycon wore his hair long in the Pythagorean fashion of his sponsor, that he boasted prominent humanoid ears with which to heed his petitioners, and a final tail that was either bifurcated, trifurcated or leonine.”

Daniel Ogden, Drakon: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult In the Greek and Roman Worlds

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

PAZUZU

PAZUZU
“This amulet took the form of either a grotesque head of [Pazuzu] carved in the round or a bronze or stone plaque of the whole creature, with a bird-like chest, human arms and legs terminating in talons with one hand holding a thunderbolt aloft, four wings and a curled tail.”
H.W.F. Saggs, The Babylonians

“Pazuzu is represented in statuettes and engravings with bulging eyes in a canine face, a scaly body, snake-headed penis, the talons of a large bird, and enormous wings.”

Joshua J. Mark, World History Encyclopedia


“He stands on two legs and has human arms ending in claws, with two pairs of wings, a scorpion's tail, a snake-headed, erect penis, and a horned, bearded head with bulging eyes and snarling canine mouth.“

Sarah Graff, Pazuzu: Beyond Good and Evil

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

LEONTOCEPHALINE GOD

LEONTOCEPHALINE GOD
“Where the lion-headed figure, 'this cruel, ugly deity, clearly appears with his serpent, his four wings, as the master of the world’.”
Jacques Duchesne-Guillemin, The Western Response to Zoroaster

“The Mithraic lion-man was usually depicted entwined by a serpent with the serpent's head resting on his leonine visage, which often appeared menacing if not infernal. The lion-man was variously portrayed with keys and scepters.”

Yuri Stoyanov, The Other God: Dualist Religions From Antiquity to the Cathar Heresy