Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (born on the 22nd of May 1859, died on the 7th of July 1930), an acclaimed author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, had an unexpected side to him. This devotee of logic, fact, and deduction became so incredulous of his beliefs, it’s hard to grasp.
His story is that of human pertinacity and fighting a losing war to protect what you found to be your meaning of life. It’s about losing what you believe in most because of your devotion.
Can sitting, doing nothing, for 10 minutes a day change your mind and body? Yes, it can.
Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular thing. For a few years now CEOs, celebrities and our friends talk about it, telling us how much it helped them. And it’s true: just being in the present moment is truly a powerful tool. Meditation induces in us not only psychological but also biological changes.
But this new social movement also has a dark side. Billions of dollars to be made on people seeking a bit of peace or a way to deal with stress or depression transformed this movement into a market of its own. In some cases, it even provided a way to kill people more effectively.
Buddhists are said to be statistically among the happiest and most peaceful people on the planet. So what does uprooting meditation from its ethical core change? Let’s find out.
It seems today that everyone meditates. The most popular form of meditation is mindfulness.
Apart from being beneficial to your health and performance, it is also strongly associated with the Orient. But – what’s less known – this form of meditation is much more Western than it seems.
Throughout the ages, people died as a result of accusations of worshipping the Devil. But Satanism is a modern religious philosophy. What’s more, Satanists do not kidnap children or sacrifice animals. They even do not see Satan in a theistic way, as they are far from Christian theology and don’t believe in God. So what is Satanism? (more…)
Folk bands rarely manage to create a truly mystical atmosphere in their songs. But there is a band, which does this perfectly and they are not as wildly recognized as they deserve to be. You likely heard them before, but don’t even realise it (read this article till the end to find out where).
Percival is a Polish band that plays what they describe as “the new wave of polish heavy folk”. They grew out of historical reconstruction groups with the intention of creating a perfect background for such events. Their name is taken after a gnome created on the pages of Andrzej Sapkowski’s the Witcher saga – this only adds to the band’s mystique.
Apart from modern instruments, they rely on using lyras, bodhráns or gusles. They heavily draw from Slavic paganism and culture, being positively proud of their roots. They also open themselves to many currents of this culture.
Percival’s members are: Mikołaj Rybacki, Katarzyna Bromirska, Joanna Lacher and Christina Bogdanova.
Gusta mi magla, or “Heavy Fog Has Fallen,” is a Serbian folk song, which describes mists falling onto Kosovo in a very poetic way. You can only see a top of a tree under which a tailor is making a bride’s dress is as many colours as there are stars on the night’s sky. It is a traditional wedding song, with a centuries-old melody. Gusta mi magla was published on Slava: Pieśni Słowian Południowych (“Slava: The Songs of Southern Slavs”) album, which gathers traditional tunes from Serbia, Bulgaria and Croatia among others. (more…)
Modern world goes farther and farther back into its past instead of evolving. Or so the rapid growth of modern paganism (or neopaganism) may suggest, as it is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world.
It is an umbrella term for different nature and earth-based religions, spiritualities and philosophies, such as witchcraft and Wicca, Druidry and Heathenry. But not all witches are pagans and not all pagans are wizards. Pagans share a magical world view filled with fairies, spirits and deities; they are pantheists, animists and polytheists. Some occultists do not share these ideas, hence they are not pagans and we will not deal with them right now.
Neopagans draw inspiration from ancient folk beliefs and fit modern culture into a romantic vision of ancient, pre-industrial life. They think they can learn something about being in tune with the environment and the whole world from their forefathers. It certainly can be an enticing for all those souls lost in the spider’s web of modern day world. And so they gather in Wiccan covens or Druidist groves and perform their mystical rituals. But they certainly do not worship the devil, as many have suggested. They don’t even have a concept of such a being, as it is a Judaeo-Christian construct.
Nonetheless, many countries, especially European, have a long history of witches and druids, where e.g. in the medieval United Kingdom the cunning-folk cast spells to heal and repair. And modern paganism itself is very British, as its history can tell. (more…)
Winter Solstice, the shortest day with the longest night in the year just happened astronomically, at 4:48 GMT on December 22nd.
This event has been celebrated since Neolithic times, marking a turn to the better during the famine months: finally, there will be more sun and soon the winter will pass and the nature will wake. The artefacts telling us about the antiquity of these festivities are many, one of which is Stonehenge –placement of its elements is based on the midwinter sun.
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