Ancient Egyptian Magic

Ancient Egyptian Magic by Bob Brier

Aethyrius Axiomata (Excerpts), Deep Magic, Mythology & Religion

Ancient Egyptian Magic was the first authoritative modern work on the magic of ancient Egypt, delving into the occult practices and spiritual beliefs across thirty centuries of dynastic rule during the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. Though it was written in 1980, and much has been learned since that time, this authoritative work will appeal to anyone interested in Egyptology, …

Sumerian Gods & Goddesses

Sumerian Gods & Goddesses

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

In this post, we are covering the main Sumerian Gods and Goddesses—their myths and roles in ancient Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia as a whole. It is important to note that, as with most ancient mythologies, there are several different versions of stories and their interpretations. We will focus on the most widespread and well established. Sumerian Cosmology Heaven and Earth …

World Tree

The World Tree & Its Function in Myth

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

In exploring the concepts of the World Tree, it is interesting to recall that the mythologist Joseph Campbell, after a lifetime of study devoted to the myths and legends of cultures spanning the planet, identified four functions of myth that were common to all its manifestations. The second of these was “to present an image of the cosmos… that will …

Moon Goddess Compendium

Moon Goddess Compendium

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

The Moon Goddess and her soft glow in the night sky has been equated with power for thousands of years. Her rulership of many aspects of magic and the lunar powers within theurgy (initiatory magic) practices, along with her worship, has been a recurrent theme for as long as history has been recorded; her legends are painted on ancient walls …

Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia—Civilizations & Religions

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

The civilization of ancient Mesopotamia is one that had significant influence on the ancient world, and the world at large. It was part of what is called the Cradle of Civilization, where some of the earliest forms of intellectual and social institutions emerged, including cities, writing systems, government and law. In this article, we will cover the period starting from …

Spider Goddess Mythology

Spider Goddess Mythology & Weaving in the Mysteries

Aethyrius Mythology & Religion

Because a spider carefully and patiently weaves an intricate web, their use in deified symbolism has been incorporated into ancient creation mythologies the world over. The mythologies in Western history related to spider goddesses and spider-beings as creators of life are numerous and wide-spread. Many can be traced to the common source of the ancient Egyptians which were subsequently adapted …

Alchemical Allegory Solar Religion

Unveiling Aspects of Alchemical Allegory in Solar Religion

Aethyrius Unveiling Allegory, Mythology & Religion

As the initial post in the new ‘Unveiling Allegory’ category, this is an excerpt from Chapter XX, Unveiling Alchemical Allegory in Religion, from Practical Alchemy: Path to High Alchemical Arts. The crux of spiritual allegory is to use a surface level of meaning to conceal something of much deeper substance, value, and meaning in a way that protects the hidden …