Akhekh

Akhekh by Topaz Drachen  (Click image to enlarge)

A Year of Dragon Rituals

Part 4. Akhekh (Egypt) 

17 May 2019, Full Moon in Scorpio

Akhekh – this dragon originates from Egypt and is otherwise known as Akhekhu. It is characterized as a fantastical beast with a long serpentine body with four legs to support it. Continue reading

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Veles

veles-by-kriegerman.jpg‘Veles’ by Kriegerman (deviantart.com/kriegerman/art/Veles-352202793)

A Year of Dragon Rituals

Part 3. Veles (Slavic) 

19 Apr 2019, Full Moon in Libra

Veles (Cyrillic Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian : Велес; Polish: Weles; Ukrainian: Велес; Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Montenegrin, Slovak, Slovenian: Veles; Ruthenian and Old Church Slavonic: Велесъ; Belarusian: Вялес, translit. Vialies), also known as Volos (Russian: Волос, listed as a Christian saint in Old Russian texts), is a major Slavic god of earth, waters, and the underworld. Continue reading

Melusine

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A Year of Dragon Rituals

Part 2. Melusine (France) 

22 Mar 2019, Full Moon in Libra

Melusine (French: [melyzin]) or Melusina is a figure of Greek origin a folklore and mythology (mostly Celtic), a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails, or both. Continue reading

A Year of Dragon Rituals

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In 2019 Spheres Of Light will be conducting Dragon Circles and events throughout the year (more information here) so I am planning to find out a bit about each of the deities that have been chosen to work with during each full moon ritual for this year. Our first ritual featured Eurynome & Ophion, a copy of which can be found hereContinue reading

Anatolian Dragon

anatolian_dragonThe Sky God kills the Dragon Illuyanka.

I had a very strange dream this morning about researching ancient texts for information about dragons. In the dream I was in my grandfather’s workshop with a person I’ve never met and we had maps and printed articles spread out on the workbench by the doorway. As we looked at these articles the other person told me I should try to find information about “anatolian dragon”. Continue reading

Serpents and Dragons in British Folklore

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The Laidley Worm of Spinlestone Haugh by Walter Crane (1845-1915)

The following article has been “reblogged” from The Atlantic Religion: A ‘Prisca Theologia’ of European Paganism.

The Atlantic Religion

It is perhaps unsurprising that Britain can lay claim to a number of ‘worm’ or ‘dragon’ legends, given its lands have been settled at various times by peoples to whom the imagery of such creatures has had deep symbolic meaning, not only to the Britons, Gauls and Irish of the Bronze and Iron Ages, but also of the ‘Romanised’ continentals and Germanic peoples who mixed with them, reinforcing and modifying the indigenous ideas of that locality. Through further contact with the East via Byzantium and the Crusades, new style and detail became added to indigenous stories which changed how people imagined these creatures looked and behaved.

The folktales and legends of old Britain were, before the 17thC era when state Protestantism began to encourage widespread literacy, transmitted orally largely in the form of either stories or ballads. Many of those in song form survive because they were published from the late 1600s onward in the form…

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Serpents and Dragons in Irish Mythology

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Péist — the water-beast of Irish and Scottish mythology. (Image from storyarchaeology.com)

The following article has been “reblogged” from The Atlantic Religion: A ‘Prisca Theologia’ of European Paganism.

The Atlantic Religion

“… No country in Europe is so associated with the Serpent as Ireland, and none has so many myths and legends connected with the same… “ Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions – James Bonwick, 1894.

Dragons and great serpents are common themes in the mythology of countries across the world, but their roles and meaning appear to differ depending upon the region concerned. In ancient Europe, serpents (the precursors of the more oriental ‘dragons’) were connected to the chthonic otherworld and underworld, and hence to ideas of decay – the earthy beginnings from which new life grows and the diseases and poisons which caused things to return to that state (i.e. – that process called ‘putrefaction’). They were linked to meres and marshes whose mass of rotting vegetation and sourness was a metaphor for death itself. That such marshy areas were filled with tiny worms, eels and wriggling creatures must have proved…

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