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El-Sharra ELSWheRe

Work of a pagan artist, writer and photographer from Kitchener, Ontario. See more of my work at WhiteRaven Creations

Posts tagged hellenic

Feb 28 '14

Fervour Ekstasis

A whisper, like ivy tendrils

Caresses my mind

And makes me shiver.

I see the God in his eyes,

Smell Him in his sweat,

Taste Him on his skin.

I feel Him in his fingers.

My sight turns to mist

And drum beats echo from far away.

 
I slip, slide from his embrace 

And fall into His

Through smoke and wine and madness.

 
In frenzy, I feel the need to scream,

To dance, to roar – We are lions! –

The need to tear flesh and wash it down with blood.

 
I fall from myself

Deeper and madder and to a darker place;

I fall into silence.

 
I fall before Him,

Desire set upon the altar of my flesh;

My thoughts of Him alone.


My obsession, my dream, my Muse-man.

In bondage to His glorious call

I drink of His inspiration -


Fill me, O God, with Your heat

And when the flames consume me

Lead me to be reborn. 

Apr 11 '12
Alpha is for Ariadne, Queen of the Mysteries and wife of DionusosBeta is for Bythos, an IkhthyokentaurGamma is for Gaia, the EarthDelta is for Dionusos, lord of wine and ecstasyEpsilon is for Enyo, goddess of warZeta is for Zeus, Stormlord and King of the GodsEta is for Hera, Queen of HeavenTheta is for Thysa, goddess of the Bakkhic frenzyIota is for Iris, messenger goddess of the rainbowKappa is for Kalliope, eldest of the MousaiLambda is for Lakhesis, the Apportioner, one of the MoraieMu is for Morpheus, god of dreamsNu is for Nereus, the Old Man of the SeaXi is for Xanthe, Okeanid of the yellowed clouds of dawn and duskOmicron is for Oenos, the daemon of winePi is for Priapus, the endowed fertility godRho is for Rhea, Earth Mother and Mother of the OlympiansSigma is for Styx, one of the rivers of the underworldTau is for Typhoeus, Monstrous deamon of the cyclone Upsilon is for Hyperion, titan of the sunPhi is for Pherespondos, satyr messenger of DionusosChi is for Kharon, Ferryman of the underworldPsi is for Psykhe, goddess of the soulOmega is for Okeanos, titan of the world-ocean

Alpha is for Ariadne, Queen of the Mysteries and wife of Dionusos
Beta is for Bythos, an Ikhthyokentaur
Gamma is for Gaia, the Earth
Delta is for Dionusos, lord of wine and ecstasy
Epsilon is for Enyo, goddess of war
Zeta is for Zeus, Stormlord and King of the Gods
Eta is for Hera, Queen of Heaven
Theta is for Thysa, goddess of the Bakkhic frenzy
Iota is for Iris, messenger goddess of the rainbow
Kappa is for Kalliope, eldest of the Mousai
Lambda is for Lakhesis, the Apportioner, one of the Moraie
Mu is for Morpheus, god of dreams
Nu is for Nereus, the Old Man of the Sea
Xi is for Xanthe, Okeanid of the yellowed clouds of dawn and dusk
Omicron is for Oenos, the daemon of wine
Pi is for Priapus, the endowed fertility god
Rho is for Rhea, Earth Mother and Mother of the Olympians
Sigma is for Styx, one of the rivers of the underworld
Tau is for Typhoeus, Monstrous deamon of the cyclone
Upsilon is for Hyperion, titan of the sun
Phi is for Pherespondos, satyr messenger of Dionusos
Chi is for Kharon, Ferryman of the underworld
Psi is for Psykhe, goddess of the soul
Omega is for Okeanos, titan of the world-ocean

Nov 16 '11

Hestia

Hestia, Lady of the Heath

Hestia is the eldest of the six original Olympians, the six children of Khronos and Rhea and her cult is probably one of the oldest of all the Greek gods, going far back into the time of the wandering Indo-Europeans.  Hestia is also the youngest of the Olympians, she was the last released from Khronos’ grasp, the final of the civilizing Olympians to be freed from the chaotic powers of Titan-ruled earth. 

 

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Oct 28 '11
Fervour Ekstasis

Fervour Ekstasis

Oct 11 '11
My Hellenic Tarot, finally complete! 
I’ve  been working on this for quite a while, I first decided who I wanted on  each card, drew them all up and coloured them. Made the box and created  a booklet with card meanings and descriptions. Next time I get this ambitious, someone stop me.

My Hellenic Tarot, finally complete! 


I’ve been working on this for quite a while, I first decided who I wanted on each card, drew them all up and coloured them. Made the box and created a booklet with card meanings and descriptions.

Next time I get this ambitious, someone stop me.

Sep 28 '11
0 Fool 
Hermes, the Olympian god of boundaries, travel and luck represents the Fool: new beginnings and endless possibilities, the spark that sets things to motion, the Divine breath, the force that inspires towards fulfillment. The Fool begins the vital first steps, he is the cause behind effect; he does what is comfortable for himself and has total faith in himself (well placed or not). The classic picture of the Fool shows him about to step off a cliff, here Hermes is about to step off the proverbial cliff to tell Apollon he did not (!) steal his sacred cattle! He’s just a new-born, how could Apollon think such a thing…. (Those sacrificed cows over there? Just ignore them).  Hermes is the god of choices and chance of travel and of boundaries (and especially the breaking of them), he personifies the concept of the Fool as the willing wanderer who walks into a situation with full confidence of their ability to master it (whether the confidence is warranted or not is another matter).  Hermes is the god who says “yeah, sure, what the hell!”

0 Fool

Hermes, the Olympian god of boundaries, travel and luck represents the Fool: new beginnings and endless possibilities, the spark that sets things to motion, the Divine breath, the force that inspires towards fulfillment. The Fool begins the vital first steps, he is the cause behind effect; he does what is comfortable for himself and has total faith in himself (well placed or not). The classic picture of the Fool shows him about to step off a cliff, here Hermes is about to step off the proverbial cliff to tell Apollon he did not (!) steal his sacred cattle! He’s just a new-born, how could Apollon think such a thing…. (Those sacrificed cows over there? Just ignore them).  Hermes is the god of choices and chance of travel and of boundaries (and especially the breaking of them), he personifies the concept of the Fool as the willing wanderer who walks into a situation with full confidence of their ability to master it (whether the confidence is warranted or not is another matter).  Hermes is the god who says “yeah, sure, what the hell!”

Sep 28 '11
The Back of Cards
On the back of the cards are Ananke and Khronos; older than that which is the oldest of all things; as far beyond the gods as the gods are mortals. They are Time and Necessity (or, in a more scientific sense, Spacetime), bound together eternally, they are the very essence of existence.   Beings such as Gaia and Ouranos are Protogenoi: Gaia is the earth itself, the very mater of being, Ouranos is the sky; Ananke and Khronos are the DNA of reality.  In one early creation myth it was the writhing and twisting of their serpentine bodies that crushed the World Egg and let free, in one big Bang, all that is the universe

The Back of Cards

On the back of the cards are Ananke and Khronos; older than that which is the oldest of all things; as far beyond the gods as the gods are mortals. They are Time and Necessity (or, in a more scientific sense, Spacetime), bound together eternally, they are the very essence of existence.   Beings such as Gaia and Ouranos are Protogenoi: Gaia is the earth itself, the very mater of being, Ouranos is the sky; Ananke and Khronos are the DNA of reality.  In one early creation myth it was the writhing and twisting of their serpentine bodies that crushed the World Egg and let free, in one big Bang, all that is the universe

Sep 28 '11
1 Magician 
Hephaistos, the Olympian god of the forge, metalwork, smithcraft and artisans serves as the Magician, the card which symbolizes creation, will power and revelation.  The Magician is a creator, he is a highly skilled, powerful and dynamic being who builds the reality around him that he wishes (consciously or unconsciously) to exist through the mastery of the four elements that symbolically make up reality. The magician is the harnessing of power to change events according to our Will… even if that is not necessarily in our best interest. Among the ancient peoples the blacksmith was often viewed as a powerful magician of sorts, an outsider who held great knowledge and power necessary to the survival of the people - they created the tools by which civilization was created, maintained and defended. Among the realm of Olympos, Hephaistos was a magician who brightened beauty and gilded perfection in the heaven of the gods. The card shows the Smith-God at his forge; his deformed bulk being harnessed by his keen mind to create the most magnificent expressions of beauty and physical creation.  The symbols of the magician, the symbols of the suits of the Minor Arcana and thus the symbol of the four elements of the universe adorn his workshop, symbols of his knowledge of their use. 

1 Magician

Hephaistos, the Olympian god of the forge, metalwork, smithcraft and artisans serves as the Magician, the card which symbolizes creation, will power and revelation.  The Magician is a creator, he is a highly skilled, powerful and dynamic being who builds the reality around him that he wishes (consciously or unconsciously) to exist through the mastery of the four elements that symbolically make up reality. The magician is the harnessing of power to change events according to our Will… even if that is not necessarily in our best interest. Among the ancient peoples the blacksmith was often viewed as a powerful magician of sorts, an outsider who held great knowledge and power necessary to the survival of the people - they created the tools by which civilization was created, maintained and defended. Among the realm of Olympos, Hephaistos was a magician who brightened beauty and gilded perfection in the heaven of the gods. The card shows the Smith-God at his forge; his deformed bulk being harnessed by his keen mind to create the most magnificent expressions of beauty and physical creation.  The symbols of the magician, the symbols of the suits of the Minor Arcana and thus the symbol of the four elements of the universe adorn his workshop, symbols of his knowledge of their use. 

Sep 28 '11
2 High Priestess 
The Musoi, or Nine Muses are the daemon-goddesses of inspiration and the arts, here serving as the High Priestess, the card of knowledge, mystery and the unconscious. The High Priestess represents the taking of the raw skills and abilities of the Fool and adding insight and focus.  She is the complimentary partner of The Magician working more subtly and subconsciously within reality. The High Priestess allows us to explore the deeper secrets of existence; she is the bridge between our subconscious and consciousness. She represents our dreams and our most inner desires. The Musoi are spirits of inspiration, they poke and prod (and poke and poke and poke and poke and poke) the subconscious and drive the artist to create. They take the raw skill of the Magician and instill a never-ending drive to make, make, make; to discover the depths of human existence and find ways to express those discoveries in ways that maybe, just maybe, another person will look at and grasp and thus share that experience with you. In this card Kalliope, leader and eldest of the Musoi, sits in the traditional position of the High Priestess, flanked by two pillars – black and white. These pillars are here her sisters, the spirits of insight who whisper into the subconscious minds of mortals and gods alike; the moon, symbol of the subconscious floats high over head.

2 High Priestess

The Musoi, or Nine Muses are the daemon-goddesses of inspiration and the arts, here serving as the High Priestess, the card of knowledge, mystery and the unconscious. The High Priestess represents the taking of the raw skills and abilities of the Fool and adding insight and focus.  She is the complimentary partner of The Magician working more subtly and subconsciously within reality. The High Priestess allows us to explore the deeper secrets of existence; she is the bridge between our subconscious and consciousness. She represents our dreams and our most inner desires. The Musoi are spirits of inspiration, they poke and prod (and poke and poke and poke and poke and poke) the subconscious and drive the artist to create. They take the raw skill of the Magician and instill a never-ending drive to make, make, make; to discover the depths of human existence and find ways to express those discoveries in ways that maybe, just maybe, another person will look at and grasp and thus share that experience with you. In this card Kalliope, leader and eldest of the Musoi, sits in the traditional position of the High Priestess, flanked by two pillars – black and white. These pillars are here her sisters, the spirits of insight who whisper into the subconscious minds of mortals and gods alike; the moon, symbol of the subconscious floats high over head.

Sep 28 '11
3 Empress
Demeter, the Olympian goddess of the fertility of the earth and all growing things is the Empress, card of creation, of making real the insubstantial and of abundance.  The Empress represents half of a perfect balance, the receptive aspect of nature which perfectly reflects the equal but different active aspect of nature personified by the Emperor.  The Empress is the power of nature - nurturing, unquenchable and generous.  She is the symbol of fertility and growth of purity and of unconditional love.
Demeter is the Earth Mother; she is the force behind the growth and survival of all growing things, in her grief all things wither and die in winter’s harsh chill, and with her joy life blooms and bursts forth again. Here Demeter’s gentle nature shelters and protects a field of new grain, one of the primary tools that lead to civilization, and watches over it so that it may grow and nurture the lives of all creatures. 

3 Empress

Demeter, the Olympian goddess of the fertility of the earth and all growing things is the Empress, card of creation, of making real the insubstantial and of abundance.  The Empress represents half of a perfect balance, the receptive aspect of nature which perfectly reflects the equal but different active aspect of nature personified by the Emperor.  The Empress is the power of nature - nurturing, unquenchable and generous.  She is the symbol of fertility and growth of purity and of unconditional love.

Demeter is the Earth Mother; she is the force behind the growth and survival of all growing things, in her grief all things wither and die in winter’s harsh chill, and with her joy life blooms and bursts forth again. Here Demeter’s gentle nature shelters and protects a field of new grain, one of the primary tools that lead to civilization, and watches over it so that it may grow and nurture the lives of all creatures. 

Sep 28 '11
4 Emperor 
Zeus, Olympian ruler of the gods, father of mankind, and king of sky and of storms sits enthroned atop Mount Olympos, the heavenly abode of the immortals. He is the Emperor, a card representing energy, enthusiasm, authority and structure.  The Emperor is a man who is Worthy, he is born to rule and has proven himself capable of doing just that; he is the universal Father: Protector and Provider.  He is the fertile, active force of nature balancing the receptivity of the Empress.  Zeus was the last born of Kronos and Rhea, the Titan rulers of the cosmos.  Kronos, frightened of succession devoured his children upon their birth, or else Rhea hid them scattered around the earth. Only Zeus was able to defeat his father and in doing was raised as ruler over all things; patriarch over all existence.

4 Emperor

Zeus, Olympian ruler of the gods, father of mankind, and king of sky and of storms sits enthroned atop Mount Olympos, the heavenly abode of the immortals. He is the Emperor, a card representing energy, enthusiasm, authority and structure.  The Emperor is a man who is Worthy, he is born to rule and has proven himself capable of doing just that; he is the universal Father: Protector and Provider.  He is the fertile, active force of nature balancing the receptivity of the Empress.  Zeus was the last born of Kronos and Rhea, the Titan rulers of the cosmos.  Kronos, frightened of succession devoured his children upon their birth, or else Rhea hid them scattered around the earth. Only Zeus was able to defeat his father and in doing was raised as ruler over all things; patriarch over all existence.

Sep 28 '11
5 Hierophant 
Poseidon is the Olympian god of the seas but the god was worshiped before that as the lord of earthquakes and horses. Brother of the king of the gods, there is evidence that he had greater importance than Zeus in the worship of the pre-Olympian pantheon of the Mykaneans (and possibly Minoan) where he was joined with ‘the two queens’ (Persephone and Demeter?) in a very important triad.  It is this that this card reflects – not rulership, but Old Tradition, things remembered, becoming so engrained that even a monumental shift of thought retains hints of it in symbols and in mysteries an remaining in stories. The Hierophant is the teacher, the imparter of wisdom and of Tradition, he is one who has experienced life and who uses their knowledge to help guide others through the Mysteries.

5 Hierophant

Poseidon is the Olympian god of the seas but the god was worshiped before that as the lord of earthquakes and horses. Brother of the king of the gods, there is evidence that he had greater importance than Zeus in the worship of the pre-Olympian pantheon of the Mykaneans (and possibly Minoan) where he was joined with ‘the two queens’ (Persephone and Demeter?) in a very important triad.  It is this that this card reflects – not rulership, but Old Tradition, things remembered, becoming so engrained that even a monumental shift of thought retains hints of it in symbols and in mysteries an remaining in stories. The Hierophant is the teacher, the imparter of wisdom and of Tradition, he is one who has experienced life and who uses their knowledge to help guide others through the Mysteries.

Sep 28 '11
6 Lovers 
The Lovers card is a representation of impulse, desire, beliefs, harmony, trust and honour. The Lovers represents the perfect union, the blending of qualities seen separate so far in the previous cards. They are the embodiment of the ‘Other’ – that which is equal but different – balancing together to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Dionusos & Ariadne, the Olympian god of wine and spiritual ecstasy and his once-mortal wife, the Queen of the Mysteries embody the spirit of the Lovers card. Ariadne betrayed her family by aiding Theseus to kill her half-brother, the Minotaur, but her reward from him was abandonment.  She was discovered on the isle of Naxos by Dionusos who, rarely following the patterns set up by the other gods, is the only Younger Olympian to take a wife; moreover he is also faithful to her!  The union of the Lovers and the union of Dionusos and Ariadne is the union of the active and receptive powers of reality, together making all existence possible. (Ariadne and Dionusos always seemed like they’d make out in the back of a muscle car; they didn’t have Cameros in ancient Greece, so they’re in the back of a chariot instead, it seemed fitting).

6 Lovers

The Lovers card is a representation of impulse, desire, beliefs, harmony, trust and honour. The Lovers represents the perfect union, the blending of qualities seen separate so far in the previous cards. They are the embodiment of the ‘Other’ – that which is equal but different – balancing together to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Dionusos & Ariadne, the Olympian god of wine and spiritual ecstasy and his once-mortal wife, the Queen of the Mysteries embody the spirit of the Lovers card. Ariadne betrayed her family by aiding Theseus to kill her half-brother, the Minotaur, but her reward from him was abandonment.  She was discovered on the isle of Naxos by Dionusos who, rarely following the patterns set up by the other gods, is the only Younger Olympian to take a wife; moreover he is also faithful to her!  The union of the Lovers and the union of Dionusos and Ariadne is the union of the active and receptive powers of reality, together making all existence possible. (Ariadne and Dionusos always seemed like they’d make out in the back of a muscle car; they didn’t have Cameros in ancient Greece, so they’re in the back of a chariot instead, it seemed fitting).

Sep 28 '11
7 Chariot 
Ares, Olympian god of battle and slaughter here serves as the model for the Chariot, the card representing battle, conquest and willpower.  The Chariot represents the harnessing of our Will, our true Self and all the power that entails in order to fight for and push towards a set goal.  Ares is the god of war and battle; unlike Athene who represents the ordered, cold and detached aspects of warfare Ares is the sheer instinct to survive,  blood-soaked, scarred warrior at the center of the fray reveling in the power of the kill, and the glory of life bending to ones desires. Here Ares harnesses His army - His chariot, to achieve His ends, just as we must harness the various aspects of our lives and personalities in order to steer them towards our goal.

7 Chariot

Ares, Olympian god of battle and slaughter here serves as the model for the Chariot, the card representing battle, conquest and willpower.  The Chariot represents the harnessing of our Will, our true Self and all the power that entails in order to fight for and push towards a set goal.  Ares is the god of war and battle; unlike Athene who represents the ordered, cold and detached aspects of warfare Ares is the sheer instinct to survive,  blood-soaked, scarred warrior at the center of the fray reveling in the power of the kill, and the glory of life bending to ones desires. Here Ares harnesses His army - His chariot, to achieve His ends, just as we must harness the various aspects of our lives and personalities in order to steer them towards our goal.

Sep 28 '11
8 Strength         
Athene stands here in the position of the Athene Parthenos, the Warrior Virgin, whose statue was once counted among the great Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Athene, Olympian goddess of wisdom, strategy, war and invention is the symbol of the Strength card, the card representing discipline, control and pride. Unlike the rash power of Ares, Athene is the cold, detached strength that we all must draw upon when hard decisions and difficult tasks must be faced. The Strength card teaches the importance of doing and saying the right thing and facing, without shame or fear, the consequences of our actions and choices. 
                       

8 Strength        

Athene stands here in the position of the Athene Parthenos, the Warrior Virgin, whose statue was once counted among the great Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Athene, Olympian goddess of wisdom, strategy, war and invention is the symbol of the Strength card, the card representing discipline, control and pride. Unlike the rash power of Ares, Athene is the cold, detached strength that we all must draw upon when hard decisions and difficult tasks must be faced. The Strength card teaches the importance of doing and saying the right thing and facing, without shame or fear, the consequences of our actions and choices.