May. 2nd, 2012

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I have decided to move a lot of material over from Tumblr. I started there with the intention of a more focused blog but it got way out of hand. So I am going to start over here and try and keep it focused. I hope it works out.
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I think these visuals can help explain some of what I talked about in my opening post here in regards to the different way Sidhe and Tuatha energy comes across to me. I first noticed it in my own art work where if I tried to draw Tuatha, they HAD to have gold items, or it wasn't a Tuatha to me. Sidhe HAD to have silver items and/or silver light. The below pictures illustrate this i think. Now that you have read this, you know I didn't select the second one down for the hairdos......



http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Klq_zDXG_Ek/TkZZonSSwlI/AAAAAAAAAJg/dX5Rvmu7tHU/s400/tuatha.jpg


http://shadowness.com/file/item3/69570/image_t6.jpg

Annwn

May. 2nd, 2012 02:18 am
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Annwn

What is it and where is it? Is it the same as Tir Na Og? Avalon? Alfheim even?
is it an astral locality, a wholly different physical world?

Is it just one name for the general “spirit realm,” and thus a land of the dead?

To me, it likely is not astral as I don’t believe the astral to be a different plane. Seems to me that astral projection is simply projecting a nonphysical sentience component out of one’s body. It seems to me, and what I’ve read of kaballah, that the essence stays here. That is to say, it can float into the neighbors house and see what’s for dinner.

So for me, the question is simple. Do I believe in a whole different realm in which humanoid beings live and die.? A world that looks like earth geologically and botanically speaking.

Ehhhhh…… I suppose there could be. My religious filter is unable to bar the notion. It would, however, be irrelevant if it did exist though, as far as my spirituality goes.

I don’t think it is another name for the general “spirit realm” as I have my own beliefs about that. If the myths are any indication, the beings from Annwn are subject to death, and are physical. Thus I can’t equate it to the realm of elohim. This means I can’t equate it with a land of the dead. Also, I really can’t seem to glean the idea that Annwn is a land of the dead from the surviving tales that mention it.

My only other option then, is that Annwn was an earthly locality that was awash in “energies.”

So that’s two options. Some bizarre “otherworld” connected somehow to earth, or an earthly place awash in “energies.”

Arawn

May. 2nd, 2012 02:25 am
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Arawn of Annwn

PART I

When surfing for information on this figure one may run into a version of Arawn that is a horned god of death, who comes from the underworld of Annwn to conduct the “Wild Hunt” and take the souls of men.

What such a surfer may not know, is that this depiction is far removed from the original depiction of Arawn. He first appears in the White Book of Rhydderch, the source from which we the four branches of the Welsh Mabinogi. In this source, Arawn is marked as an otherworld being by his shock white, red eared hounds, and his dappled horse. He also has the ability to change the appearance of himself, and others.

So where did this change occur? One possible source is another figure called Gwyn Ap Nudd, a figure some take to be another or later the Lord of Annwn. The first appearance of this figure is on the Welsh Arthurian tale of Culwhch and Olwen. There is no explicit statement of him being the Lord of Annwn in this tale however. One possible source of of confusion is that this tale states that Gwyn is given charge over the “Demons of Annwn, lest this world be destroyed.” This may be the reason he is concluded to be the Lord of Annwn as Annwn later becomes a land of the dead and the “demons of Annwn” would be the souls of the dead. However, it is not entirely explicit that Annwn is a land of the dead either.

If, however, it is accepted that Annwn is a land of the dead and if Gwyn became seen as having charge of the souls of the dead, it is only a small leap to connect this figure to the Wyld Hunt that originated within Nordic and Germanic tales concerning Woden/Odin.

PART II

I have re-read the tale of Culwhch and Olwen. I still have not ascertained the source of the idea that Gwyn ap Nudd was a king of Annwn.

He is mentioned a few times 4 or 5 If I recall. The first is in a long list of warriors that Culwhch (I think it’s him speaking, can be hard to tell) swears by. The second is a brief mention that he and another guy fight over this lady once a year. The third is the part that mentions him having the “demons of Annwn” so that they don’t destroy the world. In this part it is being said that Gwyn will be needed for a successful hunt (perhaps this is a huntsman reference). The fourth or fifth (I may be missing one) simply has him talking to another dude with no mention of his title at all.

There is a poem called “cad Goddeu” (battle of the trees) that allegedly tells of a battle between Gwydion and Arawn over some stolen animals. In this, it is alleged that Arawn brings to the battle very strange creatures that possibly could be construed as “demonic.” However, in the long form of the poem, Arawn’s name is not ever mentioned

http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/t08.html

I’ve re-read this a lot, but perhaps I still missed the reference……I doubt it though given the commentary on the bottom. In said commentary, it states that a LATER short version names Arawn and Bran on one side with Gwydion and Amaethon on the other. Amaethon wins by guessing Bran’s name.

However, I cannot find a source for this shorter version at all. I don’t think they are lying, I just can’t find it.

The point? If it can be construed that Arawn led possibly “demonic” creatures to the Battle of the Trees. Then it can be construed that he has charge of the “demons of Annwn” which Culwch and Olwen state that Gwyn ap Nudd has. That would make Gwyn and Arawn one in the same.

This has problems though. the reference to Gwn and the demons of Annwn has GOD placing them lest they destroy the world. Why then would the be allowed loose over some battle and who would be able to lose them if God did the placing?? Obviously, the reference to God is a later christianization of the myth, so it’s actually not a good reference, IMO.

There still seems to be no connection between Gwyn and Arawn, and that Arawn is the only ever king of Annwn in these tales. This is attested by another account in the 14th century book of Talisien where Arthur and seven companions raid Annwn to try to get Arawn’s cauldron.

HOWEVER, cauldron tales are so pervasive in celtic myth that it could just be an adapted, retelling added to arthurian tales.

In the end, my conclusion can only be that Arawn was never a Lord of Death hunting the souls of men. To me he appears a “simple” sidhe king who enlisted the aid of a human, Pwyl of Dyfed, in overcoming his nemesis, Hagvan (to which he seems to have had a geasa).

Gwyn Ap Nudd, by my estimation, is a different character that really can’t be solidly concluded to be the Lord of Annwn. Even if it could be proven that Annwn is indeed a land of the dead, which is a sketchy notion, a figure that simply has charge of the “demons” of Annwn can’t be concluded so easily to be the Lord of the Realm.
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Ecclesiastes 12:6 before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Barring the craziness that may or may not occur when i sleep and dream, I have had a grand total of ONE apparent "astral" jaunt. What makes me conclude this? The silver cord. However, I didn't know about the silver cord thing at the time. I thought it was something on the ground in this purple place.

Explanation: I had just woken up. I went down stairs and sat on the couch. I remember leaning my head back and then all was purple. I was in some purple place that looked the same in all directions. The only feature was this trail of silver light I thought was on the ground. I was puzzled by it because it ran straight through my chest. However, I assumed that, I didn't actually turn to see if it was behind me as well.

I was also able to catch a glimpse of myself somehow in this place. That was very strange. I had a hominid form ( it looked like me) that was also of silver light, transparent. The form seemed to manifest out of this brighter silver "star" if you will, located mid-torso.

This, is my non-physical form. So there is two parts to me, or two forms I have, one within another I think. To put it in simple terms, body and spirit.

What is interesting is...

1.) I found out later about the silver cord and it's relation to astral projection
2.) I found out later that there are other sidhekin who have discovered a silver star as part of their being and/or associate with silver light.

I have no idea what is up with the purple place.....

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