Guest Author: Paul Andruss – PSYCHOPOMP


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Have you ever wondered what a psychopomp was?

What do you mean no!

If you think the fact you just don’t care is ever going to stop me, then think again!

A psychopomp is an animal or person that guides the newly dead to the afterlife. In Greek and Roman mythology it was the messenger of the gods, Hermes or Mercury (same god – different names).

In Norse mythology, the Valkyries (choosers of the slain) perform the role. Odin’s twelve handmaidens swept battlefields on their sky-steeds, often thought of as ravens not horses, collecting the souls of the heroic fallen to take to Valhalla – the Hall of Heroes- where they will feast until Ragnarok: the end times; the Twilight of the Gods.

Ancient Ireland was matrilineal – a…

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Author: Cianaodh Óg - a.k.a. Troy Young

Cianaodh (Pronounced Key-Ah-Knee) is Old Irish and means Ancient Fire. Óg is also Old Irish and it means Young which is my surname in modern English. My given or legal name is James "Troy" Young but my chosen, Pagan name is Cianaodh Óg and most people who know me outside of my spiritual family know me by my middle name, Troy. I am the High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones in Arlington, Texas - Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition and variety blogger at Our Pantheons Way.

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