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Doom Eternal – Most Metal Game of 2020

For anyone here who is a gamer and a metal head, definitely check out Doom Eternal.

It’s probably the only good thing that has happened in 2020.

Great graphics. Great gameplay. Great music.


Joker Review – Dionysus Rising (Spoilers)

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I am not the first to compare the relationship between the Joker and Batman to the Ancient Greek legends of Dionysus and Apollo. (Jays Analysis) (Pop Philo and Literature) (Research Gate)

In Ancient Greek mythology, Apollo represents order, law, beauty, reason. Dionysus represents chaos, drunkness, primal instincts, sexual urges. The battle between them is one of order versus chaos.

And the sources I mentioned above frame the battle between Batman and the Joker as one of order versus chaos.

What is very interesting to me is that in every Batman versus Joker movie/show I’ve seen so far, Batman is always framed solidly as the source of good, and while the Joker (who is obviously evil) may wreak havoc for a while, before law and order get restored at the end of the day.

Yet Todd Phillips’ Joker tells a different story.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

Joaquin Phoenix plays a sympathetic Joker. While the things he does are certainly destructive and evil, the way the movie plays out, we the audience, the typical proletariat layman living in the day-to-day grind, we can actually find ourselves empathizing far more with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker than the Waynes (Batman’s parents) who isolate themselves from the problems of Gotham in their own world of wealth and privilege.

Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is struggling to become a stand-up comedian in Gotham City in 1981. His day job is as a clown, in which he gets beat up by the hooligans on the mean streets of Gotham. He works this crappy job to take care of his ailing mother Penny (Frances Conroy). She calls him “Happy,” while deep down, Arthur is anything but. Yet he does his best to “smile and put on a happy face” to please her. But life has not been kind to Arthur. He’s had at least one stint at Arkham Asylum, was abused as a child, and because of his childhood abuse, suffers from a neurological disorder that causes him to break out in maniacal laughter whenever he is anxious or stressed (which is often).  (Ars Technica)

Todd Phillips’ Joker is not a diabolical mastermind, but a troubled man who fell between the cracks of a society that has betrayed him. He goes to court-ordered therapy. But when the funding for that therapy gets cut, he has nowhere to go to get help or medication. And that’s when his further descent into violence and madness begins.

Eventually, he gets fired from his day job being a clown. And while still in clown makeup, he kills three Wallstreet executives on a train. The three men started to physically assault him because of his neurological disorder. When Arthur fights back, it’s self-defense at first. But when the third guy flees the scene, running and screaming for help, Arthur gleefully pursues and kills this man. No longer out of self-defense, but because it made him happy to do so.

Immediately after the attack, Thomas Wayne (Bruce Wayne’s dad) who is running for mayor, publically condemns these three murders. Yet many of the people of Gotham rejoice because they’re tired of living in poverty, and tired of living under a wealthy elite that clearly doesn’t care about them. Protesters put on clown paint, hold signs that say ‘Resist!’ and start rioting in the city.

End the end, Arthur Fleck makes the transition from an unsuccessful, lonely comedian who no one knows about, to becoming a symbol of the city’s Dionysian rage. He stands triumphant with a circle of protesters celebrating him, protesters who are burning and destroying the city. While Bruce Wayne and his parents flee this destruction, only for a masked protester to kill and rob his parents.

The Ancient Greek Bacchae is very similar. It is a story of drunkness, intoxication and self-destruction. In this story, the cult of Apollo reigns over all. It is a cult of order and society. Yet where it once represented ideas of enlightenment and knowledge, it later came to represent a politically corrupt authority, an authority that was drunk off of power and wealth. The ruling authority was a senile group that was far removed from the people and stuck in their own ways.

The God of chaos and hedonism, Dionysus, enters the situation to shake things up. There is a vacuum of power into which he surges. As a long-haired, non-conformist, he arrives at the capital city with an angry mob. This demigod is arrested, interrogated, mocked and thrown into prison.

Yet the authorities could not imprison the violent forces of the primeval. An earthquake leveled the royal palace, destroying the symbol of the Apollonian World Order. Wild women tore cattle to bits with their own hands. Then these women proceeded to dismember the current authorities just like cattle. They played ball with their arms and feet, and then impaled their heads on sticks.

While Todd Phillips’ Joker takes place in 1981, it relates far more to our world today than any other movie I’ve seen this year. I walked out of the movie theater with chills. The character of Arthur Fleck managed to personify a rage/nihilism/antipathy of an increasing number of people who feel that the forces of law/order/society are failing them. Fleck represents a rage that is a powder keg waiting to explode.

Though Todd Phillips’ movie is not at all a glorification of nihilism and violence. Clearly, the violence caused by Arthur Fleck’s insanity is shown as deranged and evil. Rather, the movie is a character study in how these traits arise and manifest in a man who society has abandoned.


Greta Thunberg Climate Activist Metal Video

16-year-old Swedish environmental activist ripped the hearts out of the leaders of the UN for their betrayal of young people, for their failure to act concerning the greatest threat of our time, climate change.

She said: “How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

Afterward, Death Metal internet phenomenon G.T – aka John Mollusk, the drummer of New York thrash metal band Suaka – converted the speech into a death metal song.

Now this death metal version of Greta Thunberg’s fiery speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York is being released as a single with all profits going to Greenpeace.

The song is actually pretty brutal. And the lyrics do make for great metal. Probably because she is saying the harsh truth that today’s world leaders and adults are too cowardly to say.

Greta has commented on this herself. (Jokingly)

‘How Dare You’ is bring released as a single in collaboration with the independent hard rock label Despotz Records from Thunberg’s native Sweden. All the record label’s profits from the single will go directly to Greenpeace.

Check out the artwork below:

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Despotz Records have also launched a campaign under the hashtag #GREENMETAL and they’re hoping that ‘How Dare You’ will enter the Billboard Top 10 and charts around the world.

LINKS

Greta Thunberg’s Message to the UN

Read Full Speech

Greta Thunberg death metal song ‘How Dare You’ gets released (Planet Rock, 10-1-19)


Ancient African Empires Map

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Most of the African countries that exist today are a remnant of British and French colonial rule, where borders were often drawn arbitrarily.

This map shows the pre-colonial empires that existed. I think it might also be pre-Islamic.


New Rammstein Video “Ausländer” NSFW

New Rammstein video!

It examines some of the darker moments of Germany’s history in Africa.

“Ausländer” is German for “foreigner.”

NSFW because there are boobs…like no one’s ever seen a boob before. *Rolls eyes*

 


A Better Ending for Game of Thrones

As someone who was a huge fan of Game of Thrones for the nine years it was on television, I joined the rest of the television watching world by being incredibly disappointed and feeling betrayed by the rushed and thoughtless ending provided by the shows writers. It’s very clearly they were eager to just be done with the matter and go off to work on the new Star Wars trilogy, which I will not be watching because of this disaster.

People keep saying, “Oh, well they didn’t have time to make a good ending because they only had six episodes.” First of all, HBO would have given them as many episodes as they wanted.

But anyways, in the video above, the YouTube personality Overlord DVD, very eloquently describes how he would have written the last few episodes of Game of Thrones.

It’s so good. And if fulfills the prophesies of the story.

Even though there is a petition with over a million signatures to remake the ending of Game of Thrones, I doubt it will happen, because hundreds of millions of dollars would be needed for the purpose, and already the actors are going on to do other things.

HOWEVER…

I think it would be very possible for someone to animate the ending described in the video above. And if disappointed fans can’t have a remake, they could at least have an animation that fulfills that purpose.

 


The Garden of Eden – A Defense of Eve

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Most people in the Judeo-Christian world are familiar with the tale of Eve. God put Adam and Eve in Eden, a paradise in which they would never want for anything, never struggle or suffer, and have all their needs taken care of (it’s the best Welfare plan one can imagine). But then Eve ruined it all by becoming tricked by Satan, who disguised himself as a snake, and tempted Eve to eat the fruit (apple) of knowledge. After that, Eve subsequently tempted her husband, Adam, to also eat the apple.

Since then, Judeo-Christian folk have blamed Eve, and by proxy the entire female gender for the fault of humanity inheriting original sin. Women are seen as more easily tempted by evil than men are. They are seen as evil temptresses to the menfolk, who must be constrained and controlled lest they lure men to sin.

(Interestingly, in Islam, the story is different. Eve and Adam were both tempted at the same time.)

But anyways, getting back to my point.

An example of this attitude of Eve blaming is quite abundant in the history of Western Literature.

In 1924, one JHR wrote an article entitled, “The Ugliness of Women.” JHR argues in his column that “in every woman born there is a seed of terrible, unmentionable evil: evil such as man—a simple creature for all his passions and lusts—could never dream of in the most horrible of nightmares, could never conceive in imagination.”

“No doubt,” he writes, “the evil growth is derived from Eve, who certainly did or thought something wicked beyond words.”

Much earlier, Tertullian, a prolific Christian writer (155-240 CE) in the Roman province of Carthage, was just one of many to expand upon the biblical account of Eve to further denigrate women:

And do you not know that you are Eve? God’s sentence hangs still over all your sex and His punishment weighs down upon you. You are the devil’s gateway; you are she who first violated the forbidden tree and broke the law of God. It was you who coaxed your way around him whom the devil had not the force to attack. With what ease you shattered that image of God: Man! Because of the death you merited, even the Son of God had to die…Woman, you are the gate to hell.

However, is this castigation of the entire female gender, and Eve herself really fair?

When you think about it, Eve (a simple being without knowledge) was tempted by Satan, the Lord and Master of all Evil. Expecting her to resist such trickery is a tall order. Whereas her husband was simply tempted by her. Who really made the bigger mistake?

Also, is it possible that the Judeo-Christian tale of Eve in Eden is a subversion of an older tale that might have placed Eve (or whoever the original female character was) in a better light?


EVE’S ASSOCIATION WITH ASHERAH, A SEMITIC TREE GODDESS

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Look into the mother goddess Asherah, she was the consort of the God Yahweh, Yahweh which is the Hebrew name of God in the bible. At this point you might be saying, “Yahweh didn’t have a wife.” But in earlier, pagan times, he did. This role gave her high status in the Ugaritic pantheon (a Canaanite religion, an ancient Semitic religion of the people in the ancient Levant.) However, in Deuteronomy 12, Yahweh demands the destruction of her shrines to maintain the purity of his worship (that’s one brutal divorce).

What is interesting is that Asherah is associated with groves and trees.  The association with Asherah in the Hebrew Bible with trees is very strong.

For example, she is found under trees (1K 14:23; 2K 17:10) and is made of wood by human beings (1K 14:15, 2K 16:3-4). Trees described as being an asherah or part of an asherah include grapevines, pomegranates, walnuts, myrtles, and willows (Danby:1933:90,176).

Some scholars have found an early link between Asherah and Eve, based upon the coincidence of their common title as “the mother of all living” in Genesis 3:20through the identification with the Hurrian mother goddess Hebat.

Asherah poles, which were sacred trees or poles, are mentioned many times in the Hebrew Bible. The Asherah pole was prohibited by the Deuteronomic Code which commanded “You shall not plant any tree as an Asherah beside the altar of the Lord your God.”

In the story of Adam and Eve, the fact that Eve procures wisdom from a tree is twisted into a tale of the “downfall” of mankind. But perhaps in the Pre-Israelite, Ugaritic religion, Asherah was seen as a source of wisdom (in a positive way). And when the monotheistic and more patriarchal religion of the Israelites developed, perhaps the tale was subverted in order to paint the divine feminine as a villain, rather than a hero, as she may originally have been.


THE TALE OF EDEN MAY DERIVE FROM SUMERIAN MYTH

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(Ninhursag)

Enki, one of the early gods of the Sumerians, was believed to have lived in a place near an aquifer, which was called the “Sweet Waters God.” He lived in Dilmun, “the pure clean and bright land of the living, the garden of the Great Gods and Earthly paradise” which was located eastward in Eden.

Ninhursag was a female goddess. In the story, she feels the waters of Enki within her and asks him to tend to her earthly body and provide waters for it. He responds willingly and creates waters and streams which allow great vegetation to grow. She leaves for the winter to prepare for the spring and all it brings to the earth.

I won’t get into the whole story, but it eventually involves Enki eating some seeds, one of which is a “tree plant.” He becomes sick and complains of a rib pain. Ninhursag responds with the incantation “to the goddess Ninti, the Lady of the Rib and the One who makes Live, I have given birth for you to set your rib free.” The Sumerian word “ti” means both “rib” and “life.” In Genesis, the word Eve means life but the Hebrew word for rib is different, thus missing the pun in the Sumerian version.


CONCLUSIONS

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In the ancient, Pre-Israelite, pagan religions of the Middle East, female goddesses were associated with life and wisdom. It is my belief that the story of Eve captured in the bible intentionally subverted the power women once had in the region, in order to paint Eve as a villain. But even if she is a villain, she gave the gift of knowledge to mankind, and I, for one, am quite thankful for that gift.


LINKS

The Garden of Eden (Faithless Feminist)

On journey to Eden, Bruce Feiler discovers the Creation of Man is really an egalitarian tale (Times of Israel)

God’s Wife Edited Out of the Bible — Almost (Seeker)

The Gods and Goddesses of Canaan (The Met)

Archaeologists Discover: God’s Wife? (Haaretz)

Did God Have a Wife (NBC News)

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Asherah on Wikipedia

Asherah Pole on Wikipedia

Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah (Mythology Matters)


Periphery IV: HAIL STAN (Full Album Stream)

Genre: American progressive metal

Location: Washington DC

And now for something entirely different. I’m not a fan of the vocals. Their style is a little too screamo for me. But they are very experimental and strange, so might be something worth checking out.

Most creative YouTube comment goes to…

“This makes me want to drink orange juice after brushing my teeth.”

Rotting Christ – In the Name of God – (Official animated video)

Genre: Black Metal/Gothic Metal/Melodic Black Metal

Location: Greece

Themes: Anti-Christianity, Occultism, Mythology, Satanism

Enjoy the (relatively) new Rotting Christ video above! Released a couple of weeks ago. I personally enjoy the music better without the video, but maybe that’s just me. Their new album The Heretics  was released in February 2019.

Rotting Christ is a Greek black metal band formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European underground metal scene. They are also responsible for creating the signature Greek black metal sound prevalent in the early 1990s.

 


Quotes from the Prophets of World Religions – New Twitter Page

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Check Out the Twitter Page Here

Many of the great major religions and philosophies of the world have similar values.

I wanted to make a twitter where I could post one quote a day from an influential prophet, philosopher, or God of a different religion, so we could learn from the wisdom of all the religions.

 


Unitarian Universalist Earth Blessing

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Happy Earth Day everyone!


Map of the Viking World

Below are two maps of the Viking world. One in English. One in Norse.

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Cinematic Music – ‘Falls of Glory’ BrunuhVille

 

BrunuhVille is an independent composer from Portugal who creates a world of magic and fantasy between the fusion of Gothic, Orchestral, Celtic, Folk, Movie, Ethnic and World music.

I think those of you who like folk music and cinematic composers, such as “Two Steps from Hell,” will really like this song.

 

LINKS

Bandcamp

YouTube

Facebook

 

 

 


Metal to Come in 2019

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Happy Fucking New Year, Metal Heads!

Here’s a list of all the new tunes to expect in the new year.

Let me know if I’ve missed anything.

January

Day Artist Album
4 Callejon Hartgeld im Club
Festerday Iihtallan
John Garcia and the Band of Gold John Garcia and the Band of Gold
Legion of the Damned Slaves of the Shadow Realm
Mark Deutrom The Blue Bird
11 Born of Osiris The Simulation
Jinjer Micro (EP)
Soilwork Verkligheten
18 A Pale Horse Named Death When the World Becomes Undone
Arch Enemy Covered in Blood (compilation album)
Cane Hill Kill the Sun (EP)
Flotsam and Jetsam The End of Chaos
Lemuria The Hysterical Hunt
Malevolent Creation The 13th Beast
Oomph! Ritual
Papa Roach Who Do You Trust?
Raven Screaming Murder Death from Above: Live in Aalborg (live album)
Rifftera Across the Acheron
21 Oblivion Oblivion
25 Bring Me the Horizon Amo
Carnal Forge Gun to Mouth Salvation
Evergrey The Atlantic
Hecate Enthroned Embrace of the Godless Aeon
Incite Built to Destroy
Jetboy Born to Fly
Kane Roberts The New Normal
King 810 Suicide King
King Diamond Songs for the Dead Live (live album)
Quiet Riot One Night in Milan (live album)
Starbreaker Dysphoria
Swallow the Sun When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light
26 Corroded Bitter

February

Day Artist Album
1 Metallica Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (live album)
Soen Lotus
Within Temptation Resist
8 Beast In Black From Hell with Love
Herman Frank Fight the Fear
15 Avantasia Moonglow
Born from Pain True Love
Rotting Christ The Heretics
22 Attila Villain
Candlemass The Door to Doom
Delain Hunter’s Moon
Dream Theater Distance Over Time
Imperia Flames of Eternity
Last in Line II
The Moth Gatherer Esoteric Oppression
Overkill The Wings of War
Rhapsody of Fire The Eighth Mountain
Rock Goddess This Time
Tora Tora Bastards of Beale

March

Day Artist Album
1 Demon Hunter Peace
Demon Hunter War
In Flames I, the Mask
Mark Morton Anesthetic
Mike Tramp Stray from the Flock
Queensrÿche The Verdict
While She Sleeps So What?
8 Children of Bodom Hexed
Doro Backstage to Heaven (EP)
Misery Index Rituals of Power
The Raven Age Conspiracy
15 Any Given Day Overpower
22 Battle Beast No More Hollywood Endings
29 Anthem Nucleus (compilation album)
Nightrage Wolf to Man
Whitechapel The Valley

April

Day Artist Album
5 Enterprise Earth Luciferous
19 Per Wiberg Head Without Eye
26 Månegarm Fornaldarsagorna

August

Day Artist Album
16 HammerFall Dominion

 


Sabarimala Temple: Indian Women Form 620km (385 mile) Human Chain For Equality

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(God of the Sabarimala Temple, Ayyappa)

In Kerala India, women have formed a 620km (385 mile) human chain in support of gender equality amidst a row over access to the Sabarimala Shrine. (BBC)

I think it is a very positive thing for women in India to protest for gender equality. Because even though they’re a culture that worships Goddesses, the treatment of real flesh and blood women in India is often problematic. Not only does India have a high rate of female infanticide, but in a list of “most dangerous countries for women,” India tops the list. Levels of violence against women run high. (Straits Times)

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India ranked as the most dangerous on three issues – the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, from cultural and traditional practices, and from human trafficking including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude. (Straits Times)

When I worked at an Indian restaurant, my co-workers often told me that behavior toward women at home was “not good.”

But let’s bring this back to the discussion about the Sabarimala shrine. The Sabarimala shrine was historically closed to women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50. And this ban was enforced by a law that was adopted in 1991, because until then, women did reportedly go to the temple in small numbers.

India’s top court overturned the ban in September 2018, but protesters have since attacked female visitors.

The “women’s wall” was organised by the state’s left-wing coalition government.

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(Sabarimala Temple)

However, in reading about this protest, one has to keep in mind that the function of a Hindu temple is different than a Christian Church or a Muslim Mosque. Often for Hindus, the temples are places where they believe their Gods and Goddesses live. The Sabarimala temple that the article is talking about is devoted to the deity Ayyappa, the child of Shiva and Mohini (Vishnu’s female form). Specifically, the form of Ayyappa that is worshiped in the temple is in the form of a celibate student. The reason the temple women of menstruating age (10 to 50) from entering the temple is apparently out of respect for the deity’s celibacy.

And what is not captured in the media’s depiction of this issue is the scores of women who took to the streets for #SaveSabarimala, a protest against the supreme court verdict to permit women to enter the temple.

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So in terms of temple entrance, the issue may be more complicated than non-hindu readers may understand.

But in terms of marching for gender equality, I think that is a positive thing for women in India.

RELATED LINKS

Indian Metal Band Sceptre Takes a Stand On Violence Against Women (Interview)

Hindu Articles on Metal-Gaia

Hindu Origins of Christianity?


New Environmentalist Facebook – Earth Now

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Hey, everyone!

Here’s a new facebook group I created dedicated to fighting human made climate change, finding solutions and raising awareness.

Check it out here!


Slain – Brutal Video Game With Brutal Soundtrack

 

If you want a platformer that blares Slayer inspired riffs and assaults you with wave after wave of skeletons and fireballs, this is the game for you.

Get your warrior on.


Help Urarv Drummer Fight Cancer

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Recently Trish, the drummer of the Norwegian avant-garde black metal band Urarv found out she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I myself have battled breast cancer, and know how expensive and difficult this disease can be to deal with.

So please do what you can to help Trish, even if it’s just donating a few dollars along with a few minutes of your time.

Thanks!

 


Ancestral Prayer

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Halloween/Samhain is a time for remembering and honoring your ancestors.


Goatwhore “Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed” (Death/Thrash Metal)

Genre: Death/Thrash/Black Metal

Location: United States, New Orleans Louisiana

Themes: Satanism, Darkness, Anti-religion, Armageddon

If there was ever a band that had a very satisfying combination of death and thrash in their sound, it is Goatwhore. Goatwhore masterfully combines the brutality of death, with the fun, drunken brawling sound that is thrash. They’re definitely a fun band to just head-bang and drink to.

Yet their sound isn’t as simple as it seems. They do enjoy switching up time signatures, or playing a riff 7 times instead of 8 randomly.

LINKS 

Goatwhore (Official Site)

Goatwhore (Encyclopedia Metallum)

Facebook

Twitter

 


The Four Elements – The Basics

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The ancient Greeks believed the universe was broken down into four basic elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire (as proposed by the philosopher Empedocles). Aristotle added a fifth element, Aether – the matter that fills the universe above the terrestrial sphere.

Many cultures actually believe in five basic elements.

In Hinduism there is Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Void. This is the same in Japan.

In China there is Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal,  Water.

The Celts believed in three: Earth, Sea, Sky.

However, in this article, I’m going to focus on the four elements.

Obviously we know today that the universe is broken down into the 118 elements on the periodic table, which is ordered by each element’s atomic number (the number of protons in its nucleus).

Yet the “four elements” provide an important way for people to conceptualize who they are on a spiritual level. Understanding what each element represents helps us evaluate where our individual strengths and weaknesses are. And in the West, the four classical elements seem to be the default.

And there’s a certain, balanced logic to the number four. There are four seasons in a year. Four states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma). Most tables are held up by four legs. Most people have four limbs (or a fifth if you include the head). The spiritual significance of the number four is stability and structure.

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There are many healing traditions and religions which incorporate the elements in their practices. The four suits in the Tarot represent the four elements. The medicine wheel is an example of Native Americans recognizing the four elements. Wiccans honor the classical elements along with a fifth added in that represents the spirit or the self.

So, now that we’ve clarified why the number four is important, what is the significance of the elements themselves?


ELEMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE: BASIC DEFINITIONS

  • Air represents intellect, mental intention, and connection to universal life force.
  • Earth represents grounding, the foundation of life, substance, connection to life path, and family roots.
  • Fire represents energy, a tool for transformation, connection to personal power, and inner strength.
  • Water represents emotional release, intuition, and inner reflection.

THE ELEMENT OF AIR

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GODS: Enlil, Kheohera, Mercurym, Shu, Thoth

GODDESSES: Aradia, Arianrhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania.

Cardinal Direction: East (where the sun rises)

Season: Spring (A time of freshness)

Time of Day: Dawn

Color: Yellow

Positive Qualities: vigilance, care-freedom, kind-heartedness, trusting nature, clarity, lightness, independency, dexterity, optimism, diligence, acuity, joy, smiling…

Negative Qualities: lack of perseverance, dishonesty, gossipy, cunningness, backbiting, garrulousness, inconstancy, touchiness, prodigality.

Astrology: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Spiritual Significance: Intellect, freedom, purity.

“The element of Air is vital to human survival, without it we would all perish, its aspects are Thinness, Motion and Darkness and its quality is Active. Air is the manifestation of movement, freshness, communication and of the intelligence. Sound is another manifestation of this element. As an element, it is invisible, but its reality can be felt in the air that we breathe in every day.

To connect with the power of this element, find a place with clean air and breathe deeply, touch a feather or inhale the fragrance of a heavily scented flower. Let yourself experience the energy of this element, and reflect that we also possess Air energy within ourselves.

In magical terms, Air is the power of the mind, the force of intellect, inspiration, imagination. It is ideas, knowledge, dreams and wishes. Air is the element of new life and new possibilities and is essential to spells and rituals of travel, instruction, finding lost items, some types of divination, and freedom. Air aids us in visualization, a vital technique in magic.

Air is a masculine element and governs the magick of the four winds. It is the vital spirit passing through all things, giving life to all things, moving and filling all things. Thus Hebrew doctors ascribe it not as an element but as a medium or glue that binds all things together.” (Source)

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THE ELEMENT OF EARTH

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GODS: Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Marduk, Pan, Tammuz.

GODDESSES: Ceres, Demeter, Gaea, Mah, Nephthys, Persephone, Prithivi, Rhea, Rhiannon.

Cardinal Direction: North

Season: Winter (A Time of Darkness)

Time of Day: Night

Color: Green

Positive Qualities: consistency, conscientiousness, perseverance, punctuality, caution, resistance, responsibility, carefulness, firmness, reliability, sobriety, ambition, respectfulness, matter-of-factness…

Negative Qualities: stuffiness, superficiality, laziness, indifference, cumbersomeness, touchiness, lack of conscientiousness, irregularity, timidity, scornfulness…

Astrology: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Spiritual Significance: Discipline, Vigilance, Stabilizing, Grounding.

“The basis and foundation of all the elements is the Earth. The Earth is the object; subject and receptacle of all celestial rays and influences and in it are the seeds of all things. It is made fruitful by the other elements and the heavens, and brings forth all things of itself. It is the first fountain from whence all things spring; it is the centre, foundation and mother of all things.

Earth is the element of stability, foundations and of the body. The Earth is the realm of wisdom, knowledge, strength, growth and prosperity. It is also the physical Earth on which we live and the very heart of life. It is essential in spells and rituals of prosperity, business, fertility and stability. Earth is a feminine element and governs stone and knot magic.

The Earth can be viewed as our mother, with its fertile and nurturing farmland, providing all Earth’s creatures with nourishment and shelter. The earth takes on qualities of the other elements, whether it is the dry, dusty and hot aspects of Fire and Air, as is found in deserts. Or the moist and fluid aspects of Water, in swamps, marshlands and fens. In its physical manifestations, such as stones, rocks, crystals and gems, the element of Earth represents the densest of the elements.

The Earth is the womb from which all things spring, pressing your hand against fresh soil, you can feel its vitality, stability and earthiness. In its fertile soil, we’ve grown the food that provides life, on its surface we live out our lives, and when the time to return to the Goddess and God comes, we are interred in the earth.

We couldn’t exist in this form without the Earth. But our planet is simply a manifestation of this element on the physical plane, each of the elements exist in the astral planes as pure energy. This Earth energy not only exists within ourselves but also throughout the universe at large.” (Source)

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THE ELEMENT OF WATER

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GODS: Dylan, Ea, Manannan, Osiris, Neptune, Poseidon

GODDESSES: Aphrodite, Isis, Mariamne, Mari, Tiamat, Yemaya.

Cardinal Direction: West (where the sun sets)

Season: Autumn (a time of harvest)

Time of Day: Dusk

Color: Blue

Positive Qualities: understanding, placidity, mildness, trusting nature, devotion, mercy, forgiveness, modesty, compassion, fervour, pliancy, meditativeness, internalization…

Negative Qualities: indifference, heartlessness, laziness, indolence, rigidity, lack of daring, lack of concern, unstableness, dejection

Astrology: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Spiritual Significance: Intuition, Emotion, Compassion, Healing

“Water, is a great necessity, without it nothing can live. Only earth and water can bring forth a living soul. Such is the greatness of water that spiritual regeneration cannot be done without it.

Thales of Miletus concluded that water was the beginning of all things and the first of all elements and most potent because of its mastery over the rest. Pliny said “Water swallow up the earth, extinguishes the flame, ascends on high, and by stretching forth as clouds challenges the heavens for their own, and the same falling down, becomes the cause of all things that grow in the earth.

Water is a cleansing, healing, psychic, and loving element. It is the feeling of friendship and love that pours over us when we are with our family, friends and loved ones. When we swim it is water that supports us, when we are thirsty, it is water the quenches our thirst, another manifestation of this element is the rainstorms that drench us, or the dew formed on plants after the sun has set.

The power of the energy of Water, can be felt by tasting pure spring water, moving you hand through a stream, lake, pool, or bowl full of water. You can feel its cool liquidity; it’s soft and loving touch, this motion and fluidity is the quality of Air within Water. This Water energy is also contained within ourselves, our bodies being mostly composed of Water.

As well as being vital for life, within the energy of this element is contained the essence of love. Love is the underlying reason for all magic. Water is love.

Water is a feminine element, it also the element of emotion and subconscious, of purification, intuition, mysteries of the self, compassion and family. It is psychic ability; water can be used as a means of scrying or as an object for meditation. Water is important in spells and rituals of friendship, marriage, happiness, fertility, healing, pleasure, psychic abilities and spells involving mirrors.” (Source)

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THE ELEMENT OF FIRE

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GODS: Agni, Hepaetus, Horus, Promtheus, Vulcan.

GODDESSES: Brigit, Pele, Vesta.

Cardinal Direction: South

Season: Summer (The Time of Heat)

Time of Day: Noon (When the Sun in Highest)

Color: Red

Positive Qualities: vigorousness, zeal, enthusiasm, courage, decisiveness, power of creativity, daring, sedulity…

Negative Qualities: quarrelsomeness, irritability, urge to destroy everything, passion, immoderacy, jealousy, voraciousness, vindictiveness, violence, hate, anger, sudden ebullition…

Astrology: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Spiritual Significance: Destruction, Renewal, Rebirth, Transformation

“The element of Fire is both creative and destructive, its qualities are Brightness, Thinness and Motion and its mode is Active. It is fire that we and our ancestors used to warm our homes, we use it to cook our food, we sit around it to ward of the darkness of night, and it fuels our passions. Fire, unlike the other elements, does not exist in a natural state. Its physical form can only take place by consuming some other element. Fire is the transformer, converting the energy of other objects into other forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke.

To feel the manifestations of this power, go out on sunny day and feel the warmth and light of the Sun, hear the crackling of logs and smell of smoke from a burning fire. As you gaze into the transformational flame of a candle, immerse yourself in the energy of Fire. Fire is the natural element of animals and mankind, and they “have, in their natures, a most fiery force, and also spring from celestial sources.”

In order to gain benefit from the energy of this element, we need to control Fire’s destructive aspect. When we light a candle, we are not only calling upon the energy of Fire, we are also limiting its power. This destructive aspect should not be seen as negative, forest fires, actually help, clearing away underbrush and encouraging seeds lying dormant within the Earth to burst forth into new life.

Fire is a masculine element, its aspects being change, passion, creativity, motivation, will power, drive and sensuality. It is sexuality, both physical and spiritual. Fire is used in spells, rituals and candle magic for healing, purification, sex, breaking bad habits or destroying illness and disease. Fire is the element of authority and leadership.

The properties of Fire, Heat, Making things fruitful, Celestial light, Giving Life to all things. Its opposite the Infernal Fire are a parching heat, consuming all things and darkness, making all things barren.” (Source)

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LINKS

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The Four Classical Elements  (Wikipedia)

The Elements of Magick (The White Goddess)

The Elements – Fire, Earth, Air and Water (Thought.Co)

Spells on Pinterest

 

 


The Dragon Prince – New Show Involving Avatar Head Writer

The Dragon Prince will be available on Netflix on September 14, though no official episode order has been given as of yet.

To me it looks very Game of Thrones inspired.

I know a lot of you on here are fans of the cartoon series, Avatar the Last Airbender. Even though it’s a show for kids, there are many spiritual themes that make it an interesting show for adults (and of course metal-gaia readers). Avatar the Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic world where a twelve-year old boy named Aang must master the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water so he can bring peace to the world.

The Dragon Prince is an upcoming American computer-animated fantasy television series created for Netflix by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond and produced by Wonderstorm.

Ehasz was the head writer and director of the influential animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a longtime writer and story editor for Futurama. Richmond is the director of the video game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The two co-founded the multimedia production studio Wonderstorm in 2017 with Justin Santistevan to work both on The Dragon Prince and a related video game. Ehasz and Richmond are co-creators and writers on the series, while Volpe, a former director for Avatar, is an executive producer.

The show follows two princes and an elf assassin.

The world of The Dragon Prince, Xadia, already appears to be a rich and diverse one, with a deep lore and interesting basis for its magic system.

According to the panellists, and the episode screened, magic is derived from six natural sources: moon, sun, stars, earth, ocean, and sky. The humans discover the ability to use dark magic, which takes the essence from magical creatures in order to unleash its power. It is that use of dark magic which sets in motion the conflict with the elves and dragons.

When questioned about the possibility of LGBT+ representation in the show, the panel answered that anything specific would constitute a spoiler, but they are trying to create a diverse and inclusive fantasy. This was similarly stated for the ethnic diversity of their cast of characters within the world of Xadia as well.

As for the antagonist in the series, there will be no specific good vs. evil storyline. Unlike the Fire Nation in Avatar: The Last Airbender, the intention for the show is that the sides will be varied, with neither being “ethically homogeneous.”


Novembers Doom – Empathy’s Greed [DOOM METAL]

Genre: Death/Doom

Location: United States

Lyrical Themes: Dark emotions, Doom, Symbolism

As Autumn approaches, days grow short, darkness, death and melancholy fill the natural world. Oh — and there’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes of course. (Yeah, I’m basic).

To celebrate the approach of my favorite time of year, it’s time to crank out the doom metal tunes.

Just discovered this group today. They’re defined as “doom” on Encyclopedia Metallum. But in my opinion, I’d label them as a synthesis between doom and post-metal (the likes of Pelican). I tend to think of doom as slow and droning, like a morbidly obese man who ate too much peanut butter is slowly exploding as the universe pulls apart.

This song, however, while keeping the ominous feel of doom metal, has a faster tempo and more dynamically involved instrumentals, that make them a satisfying fusion between death and post-metal.

So for those who normally can’t stand doom, check out this song. You might be pleasantly surprised.

 


Black Magic, Black Skin: Decolonizing White Witchcraft

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“My witchery is hood. I don’t have an expensively decorated, Instagram-ready altar; I don’t worship some appropriated feminine divinity or semi-European Paganism. When I talk about being a witch, my spirituality, or any combination thereof, I’m not talking dark aesthetics or visual trappings of occultism. My witchcraft is carved out of a history rife with appropriation, misrepresentation, and invisibility. I am the witch I’ve made myself.” (READ MORE HERE)

Since the Neo Pagan movement began in Western countries, it’s no surprise that it involves many European deities. However, for those in the West who are interested in connecting with their African roots, or even marshmallows like me who are just interested in African spirituality, sometimes the resources out there can seem sparse and underwhelming. The colonization of African spirituality has also added a negative connotation to things that aren’t negative.

For instance, the portrayal of Voodoo in many movies is often scary, when it doesn’t need to be.

Back in the day, many people with African heritage (such as the people of Haiti) looked to their African spiritual traditions to give them strength and power. Their white colonizers didn’t like this, so they often regarded these traditions as a kind of Satanic or dark magic.

And yet the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau, healed numerous people. She was such a skilled healer that many Catholic Churches allowed her to offer her services within their walls.

The truth is that African spiritual traditions, like Yoruba, go back thousands of years and even predate Christianity.

To learn more, check out the resources below:

RESOURCES FOR SPIRITUALITY WITH AFRICAN ROOTS

African Gods and Goddesses Re-envisioned With Photography

The Basics of Yoruba – An African Spiritual Tradition