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10 Rock + Metal Bands That Play Weird Instruments

I can’t say that I’m surprised that Eluveitie and Korpiklaani both made it onto the list. My favorite by far though has to be Jackyl with their infamous chainsaw in “The Lumberjack.”

(Original article on Loudwire)

Spirit Animals

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I came across an article I really liked about spirit animals on shaman.com, so I will share it here.

“The spirit animals , as the name suggest are creature’s spirits inhabiting the two realms of existence . Our own and the realm of the spirits .  They are the reflection of the one’s true inner self . They are an embodiment of  what a person’s needs most at the moment . The spirit animals are part of almost every shamanic traditions worldwide .”

It is helpful to remember that different cultures might have slightly different interpretations of what certain spirit animals symbolize. But what is important is that getting in touch with these animals can help you better yourself, or help you enhance a part of yourself that is lacking. The reason why animals are helpful to us humans is because many of us have forgotten how to get in touch with our instincts. We over intellectualize our lives and our problems. And we forget that at a deep, primitive level, we might already know the solutions to the issues we face. This is why an animal as a pet, a friend, or a spirit you see in a vision or a dream can potentially guide you to the right path.


Here are a few examples of spirit animals. Text taken from original article.

Deer

The deer is a symbol of healing , kindness and unconditional love . He is kind and compassionate . Furthermore this spirit animal rises your intuition  . If you see a deer in your dream is a symbol of natural beauty and gentleness . It represents your ability to deal with problems , your determination and grace .

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Eagle

The eagle is a proud animal . He symbolizes strength , leadership and bravery . The eagle teaches us courage . He gives us the ability to bravely face our fears . The eagle is a spirit that aids the leaders . Dreaming of an eagle may be symbol of pride , freedom courage , fierceness . It can also mean a self-renewal .

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Wolf

The wolf teaches us wisdom . He is the pathfinder . He is a symbol of leadership and intelligence . Dreaming of a wolf may symbolize self confidence and pride . It means you are a loner by choice .

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READ MORE HERE AT THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT SHAMAN.COM

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Political Earthquakes at Twilight

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I don’t normally say anything about politics on this blog, but seeing the dramatic direction that politics is taking in light of America’s current election results and Britain’s Brexit, I had a few thoughts I wanted to write down. Not about the candidates, but about political trends as a mirror of deeper problems within, an omen of the world to come.

What I see evolving as a key catalyst in our political trends today is a growing existentialist dread people have about today’s world order, whether people are liberal, conservative, or whatever they are.

Today we live under a sort of soulless corporate, capitalistic world order that puts out the message that they’re building a better world for all of us – that everyone is important – and that if we work hard, everyone can have a piece of the pie.

But people have figured out that the world is being run by a powerful club, and they’re not part of the club. And now they’re willing to lash out in anger. In violence. To put anyone in power who even hints at doing something to destroy that club. I am not justifying the anger, the violence or the choices. I am just commenting on why people are doing what they do.

We live in a world where people are hungry for change, purpose and meaning. You see the growth of extreme religions as a result of this. Extreme Islam. Extremism in Christianity. Even extremism in Hinduism in India. The extremism and polarization of political movements.

Beneath this is a deep crisis of identity as we all become cogs as part of one large corporate, capitalist machine. And so I think this is why people are now latching onto extreme forms of identity, whether it be religion, race or nationality. Because we live in a time where there is a crisis of authenticity. Where everything seems fake, hopeless and meaningless. Where people are tired of false truths and fake platitudes.

But in addition to that people are terrified. Scared of the loss of their jobs, livelihood, but also scared of something ominous and foreboding to come.

I think this is why it is important for people to connect with new but ancient spiritual truths. Truths that can connect them with the Earth and to themselves. To something eternal. Hopefully a re-connection to our Earthly and eternal roots can be the spiritual medicine to inoculate us against the effects of a disastrous world that has stood against the laws of nature.

But all and all, we are living in a time of dramatic changes ahead. A time of political earthquakes. The twilight of an era. For better or for worse.

Celtefog – The Rain Is Coming From The North

Country: Greece

Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Lyrical Themes: Respect for nature, winter, revenge against humanity.

Damn. When Greece makes black metal they definitely know how to make it dark and intense. Another big Greek Black Metal band to pay attention to is Rotting Christ.

The style of Celtefog also reminds me of the style of atmospheric black metal bands from the American North-West, like Agalloch.

This is definitely a haunting song to listen to as nature around us darkens and we prepare for the winter months


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Aztec War Poetry

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The following “Song-Poems” are taken from the Cantares Mexicanos, a late 16th-century collection transcribed by a Franciscan monk, Bernardino de Sahagún – of  Náhuatl-language (Aztec) poetry known as “flower and song” (” xóchitl in cuícatl “):  stylized, symbolic poem forms composed and performed by nobles – including kings.   These song-poems were believed to be carriers of sacred ritual energy. (Original Source: “War is Like a Flower“)


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To the God of War:  Huitzilopochtli

Huitzilopochtli, the Warrior,
He who acts on high
Follows his own path.
Oh marvellous dweller among clouds,
Oh dweller in the region of the frozen wings.
He causes the walls of fire to fall down
Where the feathers are gathered.
Thus he wages war
And subdues the Peoples.
Eager for war, the Flaming One descends,
He rages where the whirling dust arises.
Come to our aid !
There is War, there is burning.
Those Pipitlan are our enemies…

Explanation of Terms:

Huitzilopochtli: Aztec god of War, from the Náhuatl words for

“hummingbird of the left-side/south-side” – the hummingbird being

known for its aggression, daring, and persistence

Pipitlan: a people to the south of Tenochtitlan (capital of the

Aztec Empire, site of present-day Mexico City)


Heart, have no fright.
There on the battlefield
I cannot wait to die
by the blade of sharp obsidian.
Our hearts want nothing but a war death.
You who are in the struggle:
I am anxious for a death
from sharp obsidian.
Our hearts want nothing but a war death.


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Sacred crazy flowers,
flowers of bonfires,
our only ornament,
war flowers.


How do they fall? How do they fall?
These hearts, ripe fruit for harvest**.
Look at them,
These fall, the hearts — oh our arrows
These fall, the hearts — oh our arrows.

Explanation of Terms: **These hearts, ripe fruit for harvest  –  a reference to the

human hearts that must be offered to Tonatiuh – the Sun god –

to ensure he will make his daily journey across the sky;

Tlaloc, the Rain god, also required human hearts – and

Waging War was the surest method to get them…)


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Where are you going? Where are you going?
To war, to the sacred water.
There our mother, Flying Obsidian,
dyes men, on the battlefield.
The dust rises
on the pool of flame,
the heart of the god of sun is wounded.
Oh Mactlacueye, oh Macuil Malinalli!
War is like a flower.
You are going to hold it in your hands.

Explanation of Terms: Mactlacueye  –  volcano north of the present-day city of Puebla;

locally known as La Malinche

Macuil Malinalli  –  a friend of Aztec King Nezahualpilli (1465-1515)

Spooky Ancient Irish Myths on Halloween

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Samhain is the ancient Irish festival that became Halloween as we know it.

“The Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter. Samhain, or Halloween as it is now called, was the division between these halves. The Celts believed that the veil between our world and the other world was thinnest at this time. Oíche Shamhna (October 31) is Halloween and Lá na Marbh (November 1) is the Day of the Dead, or All Saints Day, when those who have passed away are remembered.

According to the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, Celts wore costumes to confuse the spirits now roaming our world and to avoid capture. (Irish Central)”

Want to learn more about Celtic Halloween legends? Read the rest of the article at Irish Central

Within the Ruins – Enigma – And Surprise Inspector Gadget and Mario Riffs?

Location: Westfield, Massachusetts

Genre:  Metalcore (early), Progressive Metalcore (later)

Themes: Life, Inner struggles

This song, “Enigma,” certainly has the right name. While I’m not necessarily an avid fan of metalcore, I have to say these guys are amazing. And this song itself is definitely an interesting listen. As I was listening, at one point I said to myself, “WTF? Is that the Mario theme?” (at around 1:30) And then I heard something else familiar start up at (2:20). For a few seconds I had to think it through before I realized, “Oh! That’s Inspector Gadget!” So this is definitely a fun listen.

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