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Loki, the trickster god, was the most malignant of the Nordic gods, but he could swing from the role of malicious trickster, to the one who baled the gods out of trouble. Read More »
Mars is the Roman god of war and also of agriculture. He was very important to the Romans because he was the father of Romulus and Remus, the mythical founders of Rome.
In the beginning Mars was seen as more of an agricultural or pastoral god, this still had relevance, even after he became more and more associated with war. Read More »
There is a general acceptance that the Green Man is a representation of a pagan deity, but this is not borne out by the abundance of Green Man carvings to be found on or within Christian churches. Could this contradiction be the clue that will lead to our understanding of this archaic figure? Why do we find the Green Many associated with churches? Read More »
The Sun God worshipped throughout the Roman Empire since it was first encountered by them in Persia during the reign of Emperor Nero. Mithra was born from a rock within a cave, and his birth was witnessed by a group of shepherds. He has also been depicted as being born from a tree, and at Housesteads on Hadrians Wall, there was a tradition that he came forth from a Cosmic Egg. Read More »
The Morrigan is the fearsome Irish Goddess of Death, Conflict and Sexuality. Her name means 'Phantom Queen'. She is also known as Nehain (Frenzy) and Badhbh (Raven or Crow). Read More »
If we were making a list of the top 100 ancient sites in Britain and Ireland (as is the current vogue) Newgrange would undoubtedly be in the hallowed top 10. Its great age, size, astronomical features and location in the beautiful Boyne Valley, mark it as one of the most important ‘mystery' sites in Europe. Read More »
Aegir - God of the sea, the wind and waves.
Annar -Another name for Odin.
Angrboda -The mother of Fenris the wolf and Hela the goddess of hell.
Audhumla -The mother goddess, she nourished Ymir the primal giant.
Aurgelmir -The primal god. Read More »
The Germanic god of wisdom, war and magic, he was worshiped throughout Britain, wherever the Vikings and other Nordic tribes settled. Many places are named after him, or from derivations of his name. Read More »
Abandinus - God of Godmanchester in Huntingdonshire.
Apollo -The sun god depicted with a bow and arrow, and a 4 horse chariot.
Bachus -God of wine, feasting, fertility and ecstasy, his feast day is on the 17th of March.
Bellona - Goddess of war. Read More »
Afliae - Goddess of power and strength.
Arvagastiae -Goddess of healing.
Beow - Saxon god of fertility.
Eostre -Goddess of the moon and springtime, she is associated with Easter time.
Erce -The earth goddess or mother.
Fiorgynn -God of the weather. Read More »
Shervage Wood has is home to a number of traditions, perhaps because it was once perceived as being enchanted. In legend and folklore the wood was the home of a dragon known as The Gurt Vurm of Shervage Wood. The dragon was said to have the girth of at least three mature oak trees, and was the bane of the local villages eating cattle and making a general nuisance of itself. Read More »
This small and ancient church has a plethora of legends and traditions associated with it, making it one of the most important mysterious sites on the Isle of Lewis. Read More »
Project Albion is part of one of ASSAP’s longest running and most successful research endeavours and it has been likened to a Domesday book of the paranormal. It is an attempt to record the full spectrum of anomalies, past and present, within their geographical, as well as historical, context. Read More »
By Stephen Skinner. Contains the most complete set of tabular correspondences covering magic, astrology, divination, alchemy, tarot, I-Ching, kabbalah, gematria, grimoires, angels, demons, pagan pantheons, plants, perfumes, incenses, religious and mystical correspondences currently in print. They are more than four times more tables than in Crowley's Liber 777. Read More »
Mounted behind an iron grill in the wall of 111 Cannon Street (originally known as Candlewick Street) can be found what could be described as one of London’s most ancient monuments, The London Stone (also known as The Brutus stone). Read More »
Wayland's Smithy is one of the most impressive and atmospheric Neolithic burial chambers in Britain. Somehow this ancient grave became associated with Wayland, the Saxon god of metalworking, from whom it takes its name.
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Wayland was the traditional Saxon god of smiths who became amalgamated into fairy lore. Many places are associated with Wayland in the British Isles, in particular Wayland's Smithy, a Neolithic burial chamber in Oxfordshire. He is associated with horses, magic, metalworking, cunning, skill and healing. Read More »