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4 Elementals

LZMarie logoThey are supernaturally natural!

The Elementals: aka: Sylphs. Gnomes. Salamanders. Undines. All created by God to protect the world from negligent wasteful humans.

Maybe you’ve heard of them?

Elementals look like humans but do not possess immortal souls.

They are an equal mixture of flesh and spirit—not an uncommon belief. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis writes that humans are amphibians: half human, half spirit.

At death, elementals simply revert to the element of which they are composed.

Only those  humans who are especially attune to high vibrations can communicate with elementals. During events like thunderstorms, earthquakes, tornadoes, and volcanic eruptions, everyone is made aware of the elemental’s power.

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Sylphs—aerial beings: Traditionally depicted as waif-like young woman with unpredictable and unreliable personalities, ( you probably know a few, right?) these beings have the highest energy vibration, live atop the mountains, and are deemed ethereal. Sometimes sylphs have to work with undines ( water creatures) to create clouds or snowflakes. ( I’m pretty sure I saw this on an episode of Myth Busters—haha)

Gnomes—earth guardians: Oh sure, you thought they just lay around fancy-shmancy hotels like they do in the TV commercials but they have another divine task. Gnomes guard the precious metals, minerals, and stones found in the earth. You’ll find them hanging out in caves, caverns, and other subterranean places. They are depicted as bearded dudes with round bellies who have a penchant for earth-colored duds—go figure! Gnomes have been known to disappear into  trees stumps or vanish into a crevice. If they like you they are nice—if not, they are pernicious little buggers.

Salamander—fire elemental: You might remember the salamander symbolism in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 452, if not, that’s OK. The fire-salamander link is ancient—a passage in the Talmud ( Jewish book of mysticism) contends that smearing the blood of a salamander ( yuck) on your skin will grant protection from flames. (Don’t try this at home, kiddies). The salamander is an angry element and portrayed as thin, red, and dry of skin. ( I don’t know about you but I see many of these salamander people in beach towns.)

Undine—water beings: These lovely creatures are depicted as beautiful women, fish, or snakes. They possess soft skin, melodious singing voices, and can be found in lakes, ponds and streams. Undine like to marry human men, but things get UGLY if the man betrays them.

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In the Merkabah Series, an empathic professor discovers the shadowy line between myth and cosmic reality when she is hired to work for a mysterious organization. Embracing New Age, ancient history, myths, and science, the author explores a world of infinite wonder and possibility. Available at Amazon

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Devilish Details

angel 4Heaven. Hell. Angels. Demons. A world of difference? Or a difference of worlds?

The devil’s in the details!

Folks often use the names “Lucifer” and “Satan” as though they were interchangeable and one in the same. They’re not.

Isaiah 14:12 reads: How art though fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning. Scholars believe this was a reference to Nebuchadnezzar–King of Babylon.

Lucifer translates as “giver of light”  and refers to the morning or evening star. In fact, fallen or evil angels are not mentioned in the Old Testament. However, in Job 4:18, the Lord says that he puts “no trust in his angels” and “charged them with folly” ( which doesn’t sound very angelic, does it?)

St Jerome and other church elders assumed that  Lucifer and Satan were the same being. Milton perpetuated the mix-up by naming the demon of pride Lucifer in  Paradise Lost. The name is also used by Vondel in an epic poem.

Satan, on the other hand, means “adversary” in Hebrew and is mentioned in Numbers 22:22.  Biblical scholars believe the word denotes a position or job–and  is not connected to Evil or an evil entity.

Different interpretations and nuances provide lots of ambiguity regarding Satan.

Here’s a few quick facts to make your head spin. (LOL)

  • ha-satan was the chief of the seraphim order and the order of virtues
  • note: seraphim are portrayed as having 6 wings, whereas Satan had 12
  • Described as the the “prince of this world” in John 16:11
  • Described as Prince of the Power of the Air in Ephesians 2:2
  • Some scholars contend that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was an avatar of Satan OR worked/spoke through the snake
  • The New Testament  is where Satan is first equated with an Evil/Sinful being
  • The Talmud states that Satan was created on the 6th day
  • Cabalistic doctrine contend that Satan will get his old titles back ( sometime in the future)
  • Satan  also goes by the name  “the ugly one”
  • Other names for Satan: Angel of Edom, Sammael, Azazel, Gadreel, Duma, Beliel, Beliar Mastema.

This is just a small fraction of the information I researched for my Merkabah series, a SassySmartSexy blend where legends, lies, and mystical mayhem thwart an empathic investigator’s attempts to solve paranormal crimes.

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Merkabah Facts


merkabahThe most frequent question I’m asked
is “What’s a Merkabah?”


The short answer: The Merkabah is an ancient geometry and spiritual tool found in many religions.

Pronounce it as though each syllable was its own word:  Mer …..kah….bah.

The word comes from ancient Egyptian texts and each syllable has a specific meaning.

  • Mer— inner light
  • Ka—spirit or character
  • Bah- physical body

Here’s a few definitions:

  • Chariot of Ascension
  • Angel of the Chariot ( the cheribum)
  • Cart to ride in
  • Throne of God or chariot  ( Hebrew)
  • Ship—(Arabic)
A spiritual ascension
Or
Inter-dimensional travel

merkabah EzekielMerkabah facts:

  • Jewish mystics believe the prophet Ezekiel witnessed the might of the Merkabah. He claimed it was made of angels, and their faces resembled an eagle, a man, a lion, and an ox. There’s a wonderful interpretation of his vision  at St John the Baptist church in Kratova, Republic of Macedonia
  • The Old Testament refers to its divine powers when it appears to take Elijah in a whirlwind.
  • Followers of the Talmud (mystical interpretation of the Old Testament)  are forbidden to speak of the merkabah or its powers. Rabbi Moshe be maimon—Maimonides—a Jewish Talmud scholar who lived during the Middle ages, warns that only those who are wise, self-possessed, and spiritually strong should be given knowledge of the Merkabah.
  • There  are 8 Merkabah Angels who represent the 6 classes of angels—the galgallim, the hayyoth, the ofanim, and the seraphim. Their names are Anafiel, Galgaliel, Rikbiel, Sopheriel, Soqed Hozi , and 3 others.
  • Some believe the Merkabah is a complex analogy about man and his interactions with the world
  • A few tribes in Africa believe the Merkabah is an intergalactic, time-jumping medium to a higher or lower plane of existence

 

Merkabah Spirituality

  • Imagined as a rotating field of light that impacts both  body and mind
  • Generates a higher personal magnetic field
  • Produces powerful thoughts and feelings
  • A living field of light
  • Possesses the ability for one to travel within dimensions.

NOTE: This is not an uncommon concept. Most religions, even Christianity, recount stories of people physically manifesting in another place or time.

  • Accessed through fasting, meditation, and breath control

 

One thing is for certain. The Merkabah is steeped in mystery, its power and divinity lost in ancient texts and buried in the sands of time.

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Chakra Quick Guide

For those of you who are not exactly sure what chakras are, here’s a quick definition.

 A chakra is the wheel of light spinning around you, and the spinning energy created by the vortex of magnetic earth energies and electric cosmos energies.

The convergence of these energy forms your personal chakra or personal energy. Through meditation, prayer, nutrition, exercise, and right living one can increase this subtle energy to achieve physical & spiritual healing for living a balanced life.

In a world is rife with chemicals, stress, drugs, and pollution, understanding the ancient knowledge of chakras is one way to manage the daily assaults on our body and mind.

Here’s a  downloadable PDF.Chakra Quick Guide

Chakra quick guide

 

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Demonic Animals

 

black catYour neighbor’s cat is NOT a demon…well, maybe it is.

From waaaay back to Sumerian times, man has imbued animals with diabolical traits. Mesopotamian demons (animal-man hybrids on 2 feet)  and monsters ( animal-man hybrids on 4 feet) plagued folks with disease, disaster and sin. The Bull of Heaven, centaur, griffin, Asakku, lion-fish, and Imdugod are just a few.

Those demonic creatures morphed over time to become the allegorical representations of the devil in Christianity.

In art, Evil—or the Devil—is often portrayed with animal appendages like claws or hooves, or depicted as a craven beast-like creature. Below is a short list of those animals associated with Evil.

Warning: This is a post about symbolism! Before leaving a nasty response about your cat NOT being a demon you might want to read the post about symbolism.

Cat/Black cat: Associated with witchcraft and demons. The black cat was believed a gift from the devil. (They have those creepy demonic-looking eyes, too.)

Fly: A symbol of corruption and evil. Bringer of plague and disease. The Lord of the Flies ( Beezlebub is the Hebrew word ) is another name for Satan. Remember reading the novel Lord of the Flies…remember all the religious symbolism?

Frog: Associated with magic and the familiar of witches, the frog and its toxic skin is symbolic of evil doings.

Grasshopper: Perhaps derived from Aesop and his ancient tales, the fun-loving grasshopper plays around instead of preparing for the winter ( like the ant). When winter arrives, the grasshopper begs for food and shelter from the industrious ant. The ant says “no way” and the grasshopper dies. The grasshopper is a symbol of human foolishness.

he-goats: A symbol of lust and fertility. With its early links to the Greek gods like Pan ( a licentious goat-man), Dionysus (let’s get drunk & fornicate god), and Zeus ( serial cheater ), no wonder the horns ( horny?) and hooves were bestial indicators of the Devil.

Monkey: They made an evil comeback as flying goons for the Wicked Witch, but themonkey  creature is actually linked to deception and vanity. It’s considered one of the three senseless creatures—the other two are tigers ( for anger issues) and the deer ( for pining love).

Snake: It’s a no-brainer. The serpent beguiled Eve into taking a bite of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Toad: A familiar of witches, the skin  secretions are poisonous if eaten. In Milton’s Paradise Lost, it is a toad that pours poison into  Eve’s ear.

Wolf: Associated with cruelty, avarice, carnality, and dishonesty.

Note: I teach literary analysis ( must pay the bills) and remind my students to look closely at the symbolism in a novel. Why did the author include that fruit? Or name the character Neil? Why is the protagonist sitting under a pear tree? Why is her dress blue? Before jumping to any symbolic conclusions however, we look at the symbol in context of setting, history, and culture.

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Skyway to Heaven

heaven1Two days ago, we made a really quick trip to fire and brimstone Hades.

Today, our jaunt is ever so much more pleasant. Destination: Heaven. Aka Arcadia, Elysium, Utopia, Zion, Pearly gates, Paradise, Canaan, happy hunting ground,and a few other divine euphemisms.

Note: Heaven is a vast subject–and my blog references mostly judeo-christian beliefs.

For expediency’s sake, we will zoom past Limbo–where the souls of the righteous missed the Jesus boat—-fly over the Island of the Dead–where legends & demi-gods enjoy their Atlantis vacation—glide past Purgatory–where the righteous are purified before entering Heaven—and crash through those Heavenly Gates!

The word paradise comes from the Old Persian pairidaeza, meaning encosure, or park.heaven 2

You must pass Peter before you can be enfolded into the Bosom of Abraham.

The gates are made of pearls and the walls made from precious stones. The foundations are made of jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, topaz, amethyst and a bunch of other stones I never heard of.

The city is made of gold.

Main Attractions: Tree of Life, Fountain of Grace, Mystic Lamb

There’s a few rivers ( some say 4) and about a gazillion angels.

Empyrean is the highest level of Heaven. ( It means flames in Greek). It’s infinite, white_clouds.jpgmotionless, and blazes with God’s light.

Jewish mysticism/Kabbalah states that Heaven has 7 levels.

From lowest to highest, they are:

  • 1. Shamayin: Closest to earth. Governed by Archangel Gabriel.
  • 2. Raqia: A realm governed by Raphael and location where Moses met the angelic host.
  • 3. Shehagim: Home to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life. Manna comes from this realm, and, oh, yeah, Hell is just to the north.
  • 4. Ma’on: Home of heavenly Jerusalem and ruled by Archangel Michael.
  • 5. Makhon: Ruled by Samael–a dark servant of God.
  • 6. Zebul: Ruled by Sachiel.
  • 7. Araboth: The most holy of the 7 heavens and governed by Cassiel. Houses the Throne of God. Residence of:

Seraphim: Highest order of angel. They repeat “holy, holy, holy” foreever and all eternity.  They have 4 faces,  6 wings and have been likened to fiery serpents ( Numbers 21:6).

Cherubum: Huge winged creatures with 4 faces and 4 wings. Best known for guarding the Tree of Life with a flaming sword.


merkabahHayyoth:
Heavenly beasts and class of Merkabah angles with 4 wings, 4 faces, 2,000 thrones.

God dwells in the highest level.  location,location, location, right?  Under the throne resides all the unborn human souls.

Well,  it’s time to return to Earth. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Paradise.

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Highway to Hell

hell 2Yeah, yeah…you’re not going there...well…maybe some of you are!  As many of you know, I spend lots of time researching for my mystery/supernatural MERKABAH series. (The work-in-progress historical fiction also requires slavish research–but, hey, I’m a nerd)

And it’s summer in Southern California and hot as hell!

Here’s a snippet of the information I learned during one of my research days.

Aw Hell! Most religions have some version of Hell. Our “modern” Christian view is no less colorful than ancient Babylonian and Assyrian versions. Most of our knowledge of Hell comes from apocrypha–that is, sources of doubtful origins.

Hell is referenced in the Bible anywhere from 65 to 31 times depending on the translation. Why the discrepancy?  Hell has lots of synonyms–and they don’t all mean the exact same thing: Sheol (Hebrew), grave, pit, Hades, hellfire, Gehenna, tartaroos, Abyss—to name a few. (Your first marriage to that man doesn’t qualify)

Anyway, here’s a brief tour of Hell according to classic art, Dante, and otherhell 1 apocryphal texts. See ya on the other side!

Hell: Location: Bowels of the earth. Residence of Satan. A downward spiral with distinctive levels. Guarded by Satan’s gruesome minions.

Gates of the Netherworld: Art depicts the entrance as the mouth of a ferocious beast who devours folks’ souls  as they enter. Jesus even referenced the gates when he says to Peter,  “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the Netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Kind of like the roach motel-you can check in, but you can’t check out. Luckily, an angel holds the key that locks the gates.

The City of Dis: The city of the damned is fortified with iron walls that burn with fire, guarded by demons, and surrounded by the Stygian swamp. ( No, it wasn’t the last house your real estate agent showed you) The city also boasts several burning red towers. Once inside, you’ll find the usual suspects–heretics, swindlers, and sadists– being eternally tormented.

ice swampAcheron, Styx, Phlegethon, Cocytus Rivers: No jet-skiing in these infernal rivers! Charon’s boat ( a myth with Babylonian origins) ferries the damned across the Acheron river. Further downriver, it becomes the Styx ( named for an underworld deity) where it circles Hades 9 times. It becomes the fiery volcano-feeding Phlegethon, where those who kill their fathers are punished. The river then surges into the Cocytus, where the tears of the damned form an ice lake at Hell’s ground zero. Chained traitors writhe in the ice with only the tops of their heads breaking through the frozen surface. Whether a traitor’s head is down or up is determined by the type of betrayal. By the way, traitors were considered the worst sinner of all, thus their torments in the deepest depths of hell.

Other hot facts:
  • The 9 circles of Hell correspond to the 9 angelic choirs.
  • Hellfire is mentioned in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Even Jesus referred to an unquenchable fire that will torment the doers of evil.
  • Gehenna–another name for Hell–was  actually Jerusalem’s city dump. It was located in a ravine outside of the city–and it was always on fire.

Whew, we made it out of Hell!

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Fiends from Hell

satan1a summer of symbolism continues…

Evil as pure thought–not so scary. Evil made  flesh—YIKES!

Demons come in all shapes and sizes, offering a multitude of guises, but they all represent the darker side of man  We have a plethora of names for Evil from arch fiend to hellion to vampire–every culture has their own set of evil minions and Evil Lords.

Here’s a tiny sample of Evil Incarnate:

Note: Tomes have been written about each demon, this is a VERY simplified (blog-sized) version.

Ahriman: One of, if not the first religion to espouse the dualistic doctrine of Good vs Evil comes from Zoroastrianism ( ancient Persia). Ahriman symbolized “The Lie” that was avarice, anger, and jealousy.

Asuras: A power-hungry cabal in Hindu mythology who were always warring with the gods. They started out Good, but  eventually changed. They’re not so much devils who symbolize Evil as much as they represent drought, flood, and plague–tragic occurrences that bring out the evil in men.

Galla: A 7-demon collective with Mesopotamian origins who kidnap people at night and drag them into the underworld. The “offspring of Hell” symbolize death and terror.

Mara’s daughters: Symbolic of temptation in Buddhism, Daddy Mara sent his gorgeous daughters to distract Buddha from his meditations. Didn’t work! Mara symbolizes unholy impulses, distracting man from pursuing a wholesome and spiritual life. Can you say Tempter?

Rahu: If you try to drink from the Cup of Immortality (amrita), heads will roll! Yours! That was Rahu’s fate, a beheaded asura whose head became immortal! His job is to create chaos and wickedness. He is also symbolic of rapid success without wisdom and a desire for material possessions.

Seth/Set:  The nasty Egyptian god of darkness, chaos, storms, and foreign invaders. Toseth become supreme ruler he chopped his brother Osiris into pieces (so he couldn’t be resurrected).

Ravana: Hailing from Sri Lanka, this god of 10 heads is  symbolic of man’s ego. Lots of strong arms help Ravana indulge his greed. He causes people to scream in anguish, and his belly holds the nectar of immortality.

Tikoloshe/Tokoloshe: South African mini-demons who like to attack at night, these mischievous trouble makers (OK, that’s redundant) have been known to bring about illness and cause death. Call in the local witch doctor if one is following you!

Symbols of Satan from Christianity:

…of horns and tridents: Early Christians demonized many pagan symbols.

Poseidon/Neptune–God of the Seas– used the trident as a weapon to form water, generate earthquakes, and cause tidal waves. Early Christians demonized the trident by making it a symbol of Satan. (Hindu God Shiva also carries a 3-pronged spear)

bacchusHorns weren’t always a symbol of the devil. Cerunnos is a  mysterious Celtic god who possessed a nice set of horns on his head. He lacked a good publicist though because little is written about him. Some believe he is the god of nature and fertility. He is identified by the neck rings or torcs around his horns/antlers.

Bacchus/Dionysus the wine, sex, fertility god enjoyed morphing into a bull. Romans outlawed the wine-induced frenzy and fornicating rituals of his followers. Some believe our image of Satan comes from the demonization of Bacchus.

The Grimoire of Honorius: Need an evil incantation? This is the go-to guide for all evil doers. Published in the 17th century, the book contained spells, chants, and instructions for all your demon-summoning needs.

Black Mass: Lovers of Satan turn the cross upside-down (also known as Peter’s Cross) and reverse the service. For example, blood instead of wine is drunk from the cup.

Note: I teach literary analysis ( must pay the bills) and remind my students to look closely at the symbolism in a novel. Why did the author include that fruit? Or name the character Neil? Why is the protagonist sitting under a pear tree? Why is her dress blue? Before jumping to any symbolic conclusions however, we look at the symbol in context of setting, history, and culture.

Related LinksBugsFruit of the Gods; Tree of LifeSacred Spices; 

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Lucky Charms

eyesummer of symbolism continues…

Need a little protective power?  Rabbit’s foot no longer workin’ for you?

Good thing there’s a whole bunch of other symbolic accessories to fill the void.

Amulets have been used to ward off evil and invoke fortune since Eve and Adam were kicked out of Eden ( that’s a really, really long time). Many talismans protect against the dreaded–the terrible--EVIL EYE!!!!!

So what is the Evil Eye–besides the look you give your significant other when they **** up?

When someone looks at you with an evil intent--say with hatred, wicked envy, or with malicious wishes–it is so fraught with negative energy it was dubbed the Evil Eye. The greatest injury is to those who do not know the Evil Eye was aimed at them–thereby allowing the negative energy to permeate their bodies and souls. To counter this, people wore amulets to deflect these cursed stares.

Here’s a few of my favorite and a quick synopsis of their symbolic power.

Ankh: An ancient Egyptian amulet which symbolizes the sun and life eternal. It was also placed on tombs because it restored one’s breath for the Afterlife.
Azabache: Given to infants in South America, this clenched fist charm of red or blackazabache coral helps prevent the Evil Eye.
Buddha talisman: The wearer is demonstrating his devotion to Buddha. The postures of the Buddha have additional meanings.
Crucifix: The cross protects its wearer from evil and is a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion.
The Eye: This eye protects against the other eye–the Evil Eye. Evidently, the eye works by deflecting the cursed looks of another.
Eye of Horus: Don’t get your eyes confused! The right eye symbolizes the sun. The left eye symbolizes the moon. The wearer is granted the powers of healing and it protects them from evil.
hei tikiHei Tiki: A Maori human-shaped charm that gives woman an extra fertility boost.
Knight’s amulet: Need some extra power and health before doing battle? Medieval knights sure did!
Lockets: They didn’t always contain miniature paintings of loved ones! They were originally deigned to hold the herbs that protect against disease.

Merkabah: Pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable:  Mer-kah-bah. An  ancient geometry that’s beenmomsheader.jpg around for 3,000 years,this hexagon star is is believed to have mystical powers, allowing one to enter enlightenment, zen, or achieve a spiritual and or physical ascension or cosmic travel. Resembling a 3D star of David but also portrayed with  one or two circles enclosing it, the word and shape have Egyptian origins. Find out  more when history, mythology & science collide in the novel, The Merkabah Recruit.

pazuzuPazuzu: Pregnant Assyrian woman made sure to string this little devil–yes–a demon–around their neck. Seems Pazuzu prevented miscarriage and stillbirths.
Pomander: These little lockets filled with spices and fragrance were thought to ward off infectious disease in the Middle Ages.
Rabbit’s foot: It’s been a western symbol of good luck ( not for the rabbit–haha) for long time. It also promotes fertility ( OK, that’s a no-brainer).
Red Bracelet: Kabbalists wear a red wool string as protection from the Evil Eye. It is worn on the left wrist to block evil from entering the body. (Energy enters on the left and leaves on the right).
Scarab Beetle: Scarabs protect the heart and symbolize the Egyptian sun god.
St. Christopher: We see plenty of these hanging from a car’s rear-view mirror. It was worn to protect believers from the Black Plague. Now, it denotes safety and protection, especially while traveling.
Tiger Tooth: Usually an amulet of an animal part symbolized the best qualities of the beast. A tiger tooth denoted strength and courage.

 

Note: I teach literary analysis ( must pay the bills) and remind my students to look closely at the symbolism in a novel. Why did the author include that fruit? Or name the character Neil? Why is the protagonist sitting under a pear tree? Why is her dress blue? Before jumping to any symbolic conclusions however, we look at the symbol in context of setting, history, and culture.

For more information on literary analysis click On Writing/For Teachers/ to see Elements of a novel. The Art of Fiction, and How to Read Like a Literature Professor.

Or click Blog Archive/Sassy Scholar

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Ecuador’s Mythological Creatures

Spooks, goblins, and demons!  Every culture has them! Creepy and suspicious how the myths of so many counties and cultures are so very similar.

Creatures from the Shadow World, Sacred Avatars, Nature Spirits, Hybrid Monsters…they’re out there.

Since THE MERKABAH DECEPTION-the 2nd in the Merkabah Series, the  continued adventures of the empathic professor who solves paranormal crimes for a mystical organization— takes place in Ecuador,  I thought it fitting to provide a small sampling of  South American mythological creatures.

Azeman: (South American vampire)
  • A female who dons an animal skin at night and sucks blood from the big toes of its victims ( creepy foot fetish, don’t you think?)
  • The creature is responsible for spreading disease.
  • Similar to other vampire myths, the Azeman turns to ash if caught outside when the sun rises.
  • To keep the she-demon away from your house, lay a broom across the doorway–she  will become so engrossed with counting the bristles that little notice will be taken of the deadly rising sun.

 

Bakru: (evil fairy or evil familiar)
  • A tiny creature created from wood pulp and flesh and controlled by witches.
  • Their  appearance resembles that of  children.
  • They always work in pairs, enjoy loud music and shiny things.
  • They are familiars– demonic supernatural entities used to serve the evil witches who created them

duendeEl duende(goblin or brownie)

  • These mischievous little gnomes inhabit the walls of  human homes. The naughty goblins like to dash about, scaring folks half to death, and playing mean-jokes
  • Parents tell their naughty children to behave or el duende will steal their soul.
Encantado 
  • One of the most feared sexual predators in the land, they lure unsuspecting humans to their death with their beauty, voice, and sexual skills.
  • But before killing them, they drive their victim  insane, enchanting them with their seductive ways.
  • They live in a secret place in the Amazon, morphing from the Amazon river dolphin into a human to do evil.
Pishtaco ( Bogey man)
  • A legend from the High Andes, this scary pale monster-man hybrid stalks folks walking late at night on deserted roads ( isn’t that always the way).
  • He commits unspeakable acts of horror upon his victims, devours them, and harvests their fat.
  • He sells the fat to people as fried chicharrones

 

El Mono (  Bigfoot )
  • Aka marimondas or maribundas, or el Mono Grande
  • The hirsute beast attacks and eats humans, but likes to carry off the bonita senoritas (pretty ladies) to his secret lair for some monkey time.
  • Sightings have been reported in Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
 Chuzalongo
  • This dwarfish creature live in the craggy rocks of the Andes.
  • Folks swear the creature possesess human facial features, pale skin, and blue eyes.
  • Their feet are backwards ( forget about following them)
  • They  attack women
  • Not surprisingly, the lil’ creature appeared about the same time as the Spanish conquistadors–perhaps as a way for the native woman to explain a light-haired, blue-eyed, fair skinned child from a lusty conquistador.
A few others:
  • Werejaguar: Obvious, right..and ever so much sexier than a werewolf
  •  Lajabless: A  demonic being who appears as an attractive and volumptous women, but has talons as feet
  • Yurupari: A race of Ogres

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Intrigued?
  • Myth, history, and science collide when an empathic professor is recruited by a paranormal organization.
    Distraught by the frequent psychotic episodes and convulsions spreading through the student body, the owner of a prestigious prep school in Ecuador seeks help from an occult society. Summoned by a mystical society known as The Watchers, Daphne Sites must determine if the mass hysteria has unearthly origins. She’s a bit anxious—this is only her second assignment.
     Daphne soon discovers she’s in way over her head after a terrifying encounter with one of the affected students. And attacks by thugs and nonhuman enemies don’t bolster her courage or confidence either!
    The search for answers sends Daphne and Serik to the Amazon jungle, Ecuador’s majestic cathedrals, a creepy hacienda, and a ghoul-infested catacomb. Discerning the truth from the lies is critical if Daphne hopes to stop the evil from its release into the world.
  • For an 8-chapter sneak peak of THE MERKABAH RECRUIT, the 1st in the series click HERE.
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    The Merkabah Deception

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Mass Psychogenic Illness

AKA, MASS HYSTERIA!

dancingplague-235x300What is MPI? It’s a mysterious– and still unknown-– psychological illness that mysteriously manifests in a group of people! And it spreads quickly!

The most recent case was in 2012 and involved a group of teens at a high school in upstate New York. Symptoms included twitching movements and verbal outbursts similar to that of Tourette’s syndrome.

Incidents of  mass hysteria have been chronicled for hundreds of years.

It’s the subject of THE MERKABAH DECEPTION, the 2nd in the Merkabah Series, the  continued adventures of the empathic professor who solves paranormal crimes for a mystical organization.

The most famous example of Mass Hysteria might be the Dancing Plague of 1518. One lady began some impromptu dancing in the streets of Strasbourg,France. Still dancing, and about a week later, 30 folks had joined her. By months end, 400 people were dancing feverishly, often dancing until they died from dehydration, stroke, heart attack, and/or exhaustion.

Eyewitness accounts of the time claim the people were not dancing because they wanted to but because something possessed them. Creepy!

  • In 2001 in New Delhi, people claimed a monkey-like creature with red eyes attacked them in the night. A few people even jumped to their deaths when they thought the monkey-man was chasing them.
  • A laughing epidemic was reported in Kashasha, Tanzania, in 1962 when students who began laughing at a joke could not stop. The laughing spread throughout the area, affecting thousands of residents. The laughing-mania did not cease for 18 months. In addition to laughing, the suffers reported respiratory problems, crying, pain, rashes, and and fainting.
  • In 1962, the US Public Health Department attributed Mass Hysteria as the reason why 62 textile workers fell so ill they required hospitalization. Symptoms included vomiting, nausea, numbness, and dizziness.
  • In 1944, a woman suffering from cervical cancer in Riverside, California was taken to the hospital, and shortly thereafter anyone who came in contact with her grew ill and fainted. The panic stemmed from both the patient’s odd garlic and fruit body odor and the unidentifiable flecks in in her blood.
  • In 2006 in Portugal, over 300 students in 14 different schools reported breathing difficulties, dizziness, and explainable rashes after watching a popular TV soap opera.

Quick facts about MPI:

  • no identifiable organic basis
  • occurs in segregated groups
  • intense anxiety is always one of the symptoms
  • one can catch the illness after hearing or witnessing an affected group/individual
  • females are most susceptible.

Intrigued?

For an 8-chapter sneak peak of THE MERKABAH RECRUIT, the 1st in the series click HERE.
To purchase on Amazon: click HERE.

For a sneak peak of THE MERKABAH DECEPTION,  the 2nd in the series, click HERE.

An insidious evil is threatening to escape into our world and only an empathic professor can stop it.

Distraught by the frequent psychotic episodes and convulsions spreading through the student body, the owner of a prestigious prep school seeks help from an occult society. Daphne Sites, the newest member, must determine if the mass hysteria has unearthly origins. She’s a bit anxious—this is only her second assignment.

Daphne soon discovers she’s in way over her head after a terrifying encounter with one of the possessed students. And attacks by thugs and nonhuman enemies don’t bolster her courage or confidence either!

The search for answers sends Daphne to the Amazon jungle, Ecuador’s majestic cathedrals, a creepy hacienda, and a ghoul-infested catacomb. Discerning the truth from the lies is critical if Daphne hopes to survive.

Legends, lies, and lust thwart an empathic woman’s attempts to stop a supernatural evil in the 2nd book of the Merkabah Series.

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Angel Lore 3

 

angels 9Angel: from the Greek angelos, which means messanger

Fun facts:

The Book of Enoch says angels were men, since they fell in-love with the “daughters of men.” (Together they produced angel half breeds, known as nephilim)

When Mohammed was transported to Heaven, he saw an angel with 70,000 heads, each head having 70,000 faces, each face having 70,000 mouths, each mouth having 70,000 tongues, each tongue speaking 70,000 languages. And they were all praising God.  OK–let’s do the math, that’s 31,000 trillion languages and 5 billion mouths!

Some believe angels are ageless and gender

angels 8There are angels for just about every occasion. The following is a small sampling.

  • Angels of Dreams
  • Angel over Birds
  • Angel of the Bottomless Pit
  • Angel of creation
  • Angels of Cold
  • Angel of Chaos
  • Angel of calculations
  • Angel of Deserts
  • Angel of dust
  • Angel of Forgetfulness
  • Angel of Food
  • Angel of earthquakes
  • Angel of Herbs
  • Angel of Fruit
  • Angel of Patience
  • Angel of Poetry
  • Angel of Song
  • Angel of sleep

well…you get the picture…

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Hope you had fun discovering the world of angels!

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Angel Lore 2

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We are all familiar with the big-name angels like Gabriel and Michael, but there’s a whole angelic host with some pretty impressive creds to their name.

But first, a fun fact: God assigns some angels to Hell, just as there are fallen angels hanging out in Heaven ( the Grigori, for example).

A few angelic heavy hitters!

Abaddon:
  • aka “The Destroyer” or “angel of the bottomless pit”. In Revelation, this is the angel who will bind Satan in Hell for 1,000 years.
  • Some believe Abaddon is a place, rather than a being.
  • In the Christian allegorical story Pilgrim’s Progress, he is a demon or a devil
  • One text claims it was the name God invoked to reign terror upon Egypt in the time of Moses
Anafiel:
  • “branch of God”
  • One of the 8 Merkabah angels
  • Keeps the keys to the heavenly hall
  • Cheif seal bearer
  • Told to whip God’s favorite angel 60 times with fire
  • Took Enoch to heaven
angels & demons 2jpgAzzael: (fallen angel)
  • Leader of the 200 fallen angels
  • Taught men how to forge a sword
  • Introduced women to make-up (nice)
  • Lord of Hell, Seducer of Mankind (not so nice)
  • Depicted as having 7 serpent-like heads, 14 faces, and 12 wings.
  • His  refusal to worship Adam got him kicked out of heaven
Israel
  • “striver with God”
  • Belongs to a prestigious class of angels who surround God’s throne, and may compare with that of seraphim and cherubim
Israfel
  • aka Sarafiel
  • Supposedly has 4 wings and is so tall his head touches the pillars of the Divine Throne
  • Often overcome with tears of grief when he peers down at hell
  • Islamic folklore contends that he, along with 3 other angels, gathered dust from around the world to create Adam
Nathanael:
  • “gift of God”
  • One of the 12 angels of vengeance
  • Lord over fire
  • Saved 7 men from fire during the infamous God vs Baal contest
Nuriel:
  • “of fire”
  • Lord of hailstorms
  • Can  morph into an eagle
  • Has spellbinding power
  • Governs over Virgo
  • Leader of many legions of angels
  • Super tall, but not as tall as the Watchers (fallen angels)
  • Will blow the horn on Judgement Day
Uriel:
  • “fire of god”
  • Interprets Ezra’s visions
  • Watches over thunder and terror
  • Stands at the gate,fiery sword in hand, to guard the entrance to Eden
  • One of the angels who helped destroy the army at Sennacherib
  • Angel of the month of September
  • Gave the Kabbalah to man

angels & demonsReligious art is one of my “things.” Can’t get enough of it! Which means I’m always perusing the museum shops for art books. Along with all the wonderful photos, this little book contains a wealth of information about religious lore.

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Angel Lore

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Specific angels exist for each: day of the week, month, phase of the moon, season, planet, zodiac, 4 directions, and hour of the day! In fact, there’s an angel for just about any occasion!

Our history is rife with lore about angels’ victories, meetings, tasks, and fall from Heaven. Oddly enough, and except for few, their actual names are NOT found in the Bible.

Where do all those angel names come from?

Most of what we know about angels comes from texts other than scripture. Oh sure, there’s the occasion mention of angels in the Bible, but they are described very ambiguously.

So from where does angel lore derive? Many of the names, classifications, rankings, and legends come from apocryphal texts.

the fall2Apocryphal = a text which has been determined to be unauthentic, and/or has dubious origins and/or an unreliable author.

Here’s a list of texts–authentic and not–that discuss angels. Disclaimer: Any inaccuracies are my own, and it is not my intent to marginalize or promote the authenticity of any ancient text. In other words, I’m 100% certain many people know a whole lot more about the texts listed below than I. 

  • 1. The Koran: specifies 7 angels by name
  • 2. The Bible: specifies 3 angels by name
  • 3. The Book of Tobit: Considered apocrypha, although a few fragments were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • 4. The Talmud names a few angels, like Uriel, Reziel,and Metatron,
  • 5. The Zohar: The go-to guide for Jewish mystical Kabalistic philosophy and teachings
  • 6.The Book of Jubilees: Considered pseudepigraphia ( a false work ) by most Christian religions. Early Christians were familiar with this text. ( Interesting reading! One of the characters discusses this dubious text in the 2nd novel of the Merkabah series)
  • 7. The Book of Enoch: Also considered pseudepigraphia. Written by–guess who–Enoch, great great great grandson of Noah. (Also used in research for the 2nd novel)
  • 8. the grimoires: Super spooky incantations and black magic stuff

the zoharIn later years:

  • Paradise Lost by Milton: An epic poem about the fall of man ( in case you were sleeping in class the day the teacher read an excerpt ).
  • Lucifer by Vondal: A 17th century playwright who wrote about the battle between Lucifer and Michael–and both their armies.
  • The Hierarchy of Blessed Angels by Heywood: A long poem by a British playwright in the 17th century.
  • State of Innocence by Dryden: An operetic adaptation of Paradise Lost
  • The Messiah by Klopstock: A German poet whose subject matter of his epic lyrical poems rattled more than a few Christian leaders.

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The Archangels

We are familiar with the 2 most famous archangels, Michael and Gabriel, but according to liturgical sources, there are 8 Princes of the Archangel Order.

Metatron
  • This angel has several titles. Prince of Angels, Angel of the Covenant, Chancellor of Heaven. He’s the link between the Human and the Divine.
  •  He wrestled with Jacob.
  • and is the Watchman of the Night.
  • According to Kabbalah, Metatron led the the People of Israel into the desert.
  • Reportedly (?) he is the tallest angel in Heaven (perhaps that’s a metaphor)  and has been known to appear as a tower of fire.
  • Zoroastrians believe he is bigger than the world itself!
  • Many believe he is ranked higher than Michael or Gabriel.

RaphaelRaphael
  • This angel is first mentioned in the Book of Tobit.  ( a questionable text)
  • He is responsible for healing men’s wounds,
  • Thought to be one of the 3 angels who visited Abraham.
  • Healed Jacob after Metatron roughed him up.
  • Some believe he gave medical advice to Noah after the flood.
  •  Liturgical texts say Raphael guards the Tree of Life ( don’t confuse with the Tree of Knowledge).
  •  A few believe he is one of the 7 angels of the Apocalypse.
  • The SparkNotes version: Raphael is the angel of healing.

MichaelMichael
  • Translation: “who is as God.”
  • Islamic, Christian, and Jewish texts all agree that Michael is one of the greatest angels.
  • He is the angel of repentance and mercy.
  • Conqueror (sort of) of Satan
  • One of the angels who laid waste to the army at Sennacherib. ( Whole army–bam–just dead for no apparent reason–Jews win. )
  • Prevented Abraham, who was proving his obedience to God, from sacrificing his only son.
  • Appears as a burning bush.
  • Argued with Satan over the burial rites for Moses.
  • Holds the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • Destroyed Babylon
  • The above is just a small sampling of his deeds.
GabrielGabriel
  • “God is my strength.”
  • Angel of mercy, resurrection, death, and vengence
  • Along with Michael, he is the only angel mentioned by name in the Old Testament.
  • Oversees paradise (nice gig)
  • Sits at the left hand of God
  • Attributed with having 140 pairs of wings
  • Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Rescued a few Holy men from incineration.
  • Was kicked out of Heaven for a bit because he did not do exactly as God ordered.
  • Gave Mary of Nazareth the good news.
  • Spoke to Joan of Arc
Angel fun fact:  Most angel names end with the suffix “el,” which translates as
“of God.”

 

Barbiel:
  • The angel for the month of October and February
  • Has the distinction of being one of 7 Electors (in the Underworld)  who is under the rule of Zaphiel ( aka, ruler of the Order of  Cherubim)
Jehudiel:
  • Rules the movements of the celestial spheres
  • Not always included in the archangel list

Barachiel/ Barakile/Barkiel:
  • The lightening of God
  • Ruler of February
  • Prince of the Order of Confessors
  • One of 4 ruling seraphim
  • Ruler of the planet Saturn and zodiac signs Scorpio and Pisces
  • One of 3 angels you want to call upon in a game of chance (The Vegas angel?)
  • Ruler/Prince of the 2nd Heaven

angel 6Satan ( before the Fall):

  • Some scholars believe that Satan and Lucifer and not one in the same. Lucifer is thought to refer to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon.  Some believe that St. Jerome mixed up his reading of Isaiah 14:12. The mix-up is perpetrated by Milton in Paradise Lost.
  • The term is used to denote an office/position, not a specific angel
  • Hebrew name meaning “adversary”
  • Originally  ha-satan: cheif of seraphim, head of the Order of Virtues
  • The Talmud says he was created on the 6th day of creation
  • Has 12 wings instead of the “normal” 6
  • Prince of the power of air
  • Either took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden or used the serpent to tempt Eve
  • Not referred to as enemy of God until New Testament
  • By the way, there is no mention of fallen angels in the Old Testament.

 

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