Breaking Down the Mythology of the Egyptian Goddess of the Sky: Nut

In every religion, ancient or current, there are explanations for why things exist and how they came to be. Egyptian mythology is no exception. Westerners are most familiar with Greek mythology.  Most of us learning Greek mythology in history class or when we read the Odyssey and/or Iliad for English class. Yet Egyptian mythology is… [Read More]

Valentines Day: From Past to Present

February 14th. Love it or hate it, it’s widely celebrated the world over as a day for lovers. Cue the red roses, chocolates, candlelit dinners and marriage proposals, at least for those lucky in love. But how did the feast day of Saint Valentine become synonymous with love and affection? It certainly wasn’t Saint Valentine… [Read More]

The Oracle of Delphi

The Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi was one of the most prominent shrines in the ancient world, and it is hard to think of any shrine before or since that has surpassed it in influence. Delphi is located in Greece, below the Phaedriades Cliff, on the outer edge of Mount Parnassus and about 110 miles… [Read More]

Mystery of the Megaliths: What are They?

Stonehenge never fails to impress those who view it. This becomes especially true when one learns that the estimated age Stonehenge is 5100 years old. To date, there is no clear answer as to who built Stonehenge, how they built it (since stones weigh up to 50 tons and were brought to the location from… [Read More]

The Strange History of the Christmas Stocking

Like many traditions, the Christmas stocking is a blend from myth, legend and history. The mysterious part of the Christmas stocking tradition seem to be more from mythology than one might suspect. The effort here is not to cloud the whole tradition of a stocking hung by the hearth filled with goodies by Santa Claus,… [Read More]

They Came From The East: The Three Magi of Christmas

The three Magi, also known as the three wise men, are among the most well-known individuals in Christian theology. They are often depicted or referenced in art, literature, and film, especially around Christmas time. Yet, as prominent of figures as the 3 wise men have become, these magi from the east remain enigmatic at best…. [Read More]

Lü Dongbin: China’s Taoist Immortal

Lü Dongbin is the most well-know member of the eight Taoist immortals, a group of legendary figures in Chinese mythology. He is often seen as a carefree trickster with miraculous powers. A wide variety of accounts present him as a poet, hermit, scholar, a warrior against evil, calligrapher, and of course, as an immortal. Perhaps… [Read More]

The Thirteenth Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus: What Does It Mean?

If you have even a passing interest in astrology, you may have heard of the ‘thirteenth sign’. Embraced by some astrologers and debunked by others, it has certainly caused a stir in astrological circles. Whether or not it should be included in an astrological chart reading is entirely up to the individual astrologer and his/her… [Read More]