“May heaven and earth make me glorious. May lord Frey and the wise sage god Odin make me glorious. May I attain the glory of divine light. May this great glory never abandon me. May it never abandon my people, among whom, let me be a speaker of truth.” ~ Found on Reddit.
A modified Hindu prayer. The author supplanted Indra with Frey and Bṛhaspati with Odin. It is taken from the Vedas.
A contemporary garden created in honor of a Powerful Celtic Goddess
There are parallels between this Garden and Brigit’s cross.
Much like Brigit’s cross, this garden was created with four aspects: the four aspects or four seasons of the year.
A public garden devoted to an Ancient Goddess would be unthinkable a few decades ago.
In the modern era, much reverence for all things Pagan has taken place at home altars or secretive groups. Yet as pagans come out of the broom closet and make their way into everyday life, there is becoming more tolerance for projects like this, for our ability to create public spaces which revere the ancient Gods.
Much of modern life is very linear and we mainly focus on progress. Yet the purpose of this garden is to attune visitors to the cyclic aspect of life, to attune the visitors to nature. Nature is a wheel and the most ancient representations of the divine, whether it be Brigit’s Cross, a sun wheel, (or the Hindu Swastika that later became controversial), depict all life as a sort of sacred spiral, an eternal cycle.
“Once we were strong; we lived as gods in nature; but we became arrogant and greedy. we consumed other cultures, instead of killing them, we enslaved them in our arrogance only to let them falsely assimilate and poison us with age old hatred; we forgot to listen to the winds and to watch the world grow; we fed ourselves with lust not born of flesh, but rather the lust of possession. Once we were strong; we lived as gods in nature’s bosom. Our folk and faith we believed, were from heaven and soil. Our heaven so far away, our soil we could and did.. kneel upon. Once we were strong in the hunt and in the harvest, slowly and surely we will starve and die. and in the final words of our generations not yet born they will wonder and cry ‘how did we ever have anything.'”
One of the most emblematic moments of Christianity’s destruction of the Ancient World lies in the ruins of Alexandria.
The Library of Alexandria was a crowning jewel of knowledge in the Ancient Pagan world.
It represented a place where multiple ideologies on the Gods, Culture, Knowledge and Science could co-exist on the same shelf.
Hypathia herself is a personification of this destruction. She was a wealthy, well educated woman who was a professor in this academic city. Yet a woman who tried creating her own Astronomical instruments to study the heavens was equivalent to a “witch” to the Christians.
An angry, Christian mob dragged her out of her cart to their church. They stripped her of her clothes and flayed her to death with any object they could find. They ripped apart her body and burned the remains. This is exactly what these people tried to do to the life and blood of the Ancient Pagan World.
While many priceless texts were lost, much of the knowledge of the Ancient World was preserved by Islamic scholars in the Middle East. Eventually this knowledge came back to Europe during the Renaissance and brought Europe out of a dark age.
Now the internet is a new library, a new place where knowledge from all corners of the globe can once again come together and co-exist. The Christians tried in vain to destroy the ancient knowledge and as a result brought an age of darkness and ignorance upon themselves. Yet the Ancient Ways remain and grow stronger everyday. Our ways are thousands of years old, connected to unshakable truths about nature and reality itself. They will not be destroyed.