Creatures of the water: Mermaids and Undines

In a previous article we have already dealt with the spirits of nature, the ” little people “, the elemental beings who live and work in their natural elements which are: earth, air, water and fire. And today, as you will have understood from the title, we are going to deal with the spirits of the waterContinua a leggere “Creatures of the water: Mermaids and Undines”

The Imp of the Perverse: what drives a man to his self-destruction?

The Imp of the Perverse is a short story written in nonfiction form by Edgar Allan Poe. We discuss the various self-destructive impulses that can come to take possession of man, all embodied as a symbolic metaphor of the so-called “ genius of perversion “: the narrator describes this sprite as the agent who tries to make peopleContinua a leggere “The Imp of the Perverse: what drives a man to his self-destruction?”

Dragons: among the most extraordinary creatures that existed

The dragon is a mythical-legendary creature with features usually serpentines or in any case akin to reptiles, and is present in the collective imagination of all cultures, in the western ones as an evil being bearer of death and destruction, while in the eastern one as a bearer of luck and goodness. The term derivesContinua a leggere “Dragons: among the most extraordinary creatures that existed”

Gesture of the horns: all the meanings from antiquity to today

The gesture of the horns is one of the most famous and used hand gestures in the world. Gesture with various meanings: it can be of approval, good luck and complicity with diffusion in central and northern Europe, or vulgar and offensive with diffusion in Mediterranean Europe, whose origins date back to ancient Greece. MythologyContinua a leggere “Gesture of the horns: all the meanings from antiquity to today”

Life, research and esoteric works of Helena Blavatsky

Eléna Petróvna von Hahn, in Russian Еле́на Петро́вна Ган, married to Blaváckij; Anglicized into Helena Blavatsky or even, Madame Blavatsky was a philosopher, theosophist, occultist essayist and Russian naturalized American medium. He was born on August 12 or 31, 1831 in Dnipro, Ukraine and died on May 8, 1891 in London. Also known with the initialsContinua a leggere “Life, research and esoteric works of Helena Blavatsky”

Lupercalia

Il 14 febbraio, come tutti ben sappiamo, si celebra la festa degli innamorati, in ricordo del martirio di San Valentino. Narrano le fonti agiografiche che il martire, nato a Terni da una nobile famiglia, si convertì al cristianesimo diventando vescovo poco più che ventenne. Fu arrestato in seguito sotto Aureliano e giustiziato tramite decapitazione il 14 febbraio delContinua a leggere “Lupercalia”

Druids

The druid (plural: druids) is the dignitary belonging to a priestly ruling class, which was responsible, among the Celts of Gaul and the British Isles, for the performance of cult rites including human sacrifice, in the interpretation of omens, the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge, the presidency of religious assemblies, arbitration in controversies betweenContinua a leggere “Druids”