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044 The Druid's Egg

044 The Druid's Egg

February 25, 2020 2 min read

Many have heard of the Philosopher’s Stone, sought after by alchemists throughout history. Roman historian Pliny talks about an object held in similar renown by the Druids, the Druid’s Egg. What was the Druid’s Egg, how was it used and what properties was it believed to hold?
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043 The Real Dracula – Hero or Tyrant?

043 The Real Dracula – Hero or Tyrant?

February 19, 2020 2 min read

In this modern day, everyone is familiar with Bram Stoker’s tales and the numerous movies and books of the fictional vampire, Dracula. Bram Stoker was part inspired after reading about the Romanian fifteenth century three times ruler of Walachia, Vlad III Tepes, who inherited the nickname Dracula (which he himself used) from his father. There are so many accounts about Vlad’s behaviour towards enemies and traitors, but what is the truth about the real Dracula? Was he a hero or tyrant?
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042 The Twelve Olympians

042 The Twelve Olympians

February 12, 2020 2 min read 2 Comments

Who were the Olympians, how did they rule and is there any significance in their number?
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041 Lupercalia - Valentine's Day In Ancient Rome?

041 Lupercalia - Valentine's Day In Ancient Rome?

February 03, 2020 2 min read

Lupercalia was held every year, on the 15 February in ancient Rome. It took place in the Lupercal, where Romulus and Remus were said to have been nurtured by a she-wolf. The Lupercal contained an altar and a grove sacred to the god Lupercus. Since St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14 February many believe that there is a link between this ancient celebratory ritual and the romance of the latter. What actually happened on Lupercalia and is there a link to Valentine’s Day?
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040 St. Brigid’s Day

040 St. Brigid’s Day

January 27, 2020 2 min read 2 Comments

1 February is St. Brigid’s Day, which has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Ireland. Who was St. Brigid, how is her day celebrated today and what are her links to a much older Celtic Goddess?
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039 Mulan – Fact vs Fiction

039 Mulan – Fact vs Fiction

January 20, 2020 2 min read

Many of us have seen the Disney movie Mulan, soon to be released as a live action movie. It was based on a legendary female warrior from Chinese history, Hua Mulan, and there is even a crater on Venus named after her. What do we know about this figure and how accurate is the Disney depiction compared with the original tale? 
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038 Aztec Sun Stone

038 Aztec Sun Stone

January 13, 2020 3 min read 3 Comments

Cortez and his men virtually destroyed the Aztec civilisation and their artefacts. The Spanish melted down other artefacts of gold, so the existence of the Aztec sun stone is a rare look into this civilisation’s beliefs. So, what is the sun stone, how was it discovered and what does it mean?
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037 The Old Religion of Wicca

037 The Old Religion of Wicca

January 06, 2020 2 min read

Witchcraft is as old as religion itself. Even the Bible refers to a necromancer sought by Saul to summon Samuel the Witch of Endor. There has been the Greek Oracle, the Vates of the Celts and other seers. Then there are the ancient medicine men and women, who performed healing (sometimes way beyond their time). But what about Wicca, the most popular pagan movement of modern times. What are the origins of Wicca and can it claim ancient roots?
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036 Mysteries of the Knights Templar

036 Mysteries of the Knights Templar

December 30, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

The mysterious Knights Templar may have been disbanded over 700 years ago, but they have 
sparked the imagination and left a legacy that still influences popular culture today. They served the 
poor, assisted pilgrims and despite their humble beginnings, became vastly rich and established 
banking. Some mysteries, though, remain unsolved.
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#035 Ojibwe, Ancient Tribe of North America

#035 Ojibwe, Ancient Tribe of North America

December 23, 2019 3 min read

Who are the Ojibwe, where is their territory and what is the story of totems? How did they react to European settlers and land treaties?
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#034 Huginn and Muninn, Odin’s eyes and ears

#034 Huginn and Muninn, Odin’s eyes and ears

December 16, 2019 2 min read

Why does Odin have a pair of ravens? What do their names Huginn and Muninn mean? How were ravens venerated by the Norse and other cultures?
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#033 Cronus

#033 Cronus

December 09, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

Who were Cronus and the Greek Titans? What happened to them? Was he venerated as a beneficent ruler and how did he later become connected with Father Time?

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