The West’s Greatest Sin is Betraying Ourselves

BY CAROLYN EMERICK These are dark days. Thousands of people are being caught up in mob mentality. People are literally attacking others for thoughts that they find “abhorrent.” Whether these mobs are using internet bullying, harsh words, or literal physical assault, the effect is the same. We are being told that there is an institutionally approved narrative and those …

Mythic Dawn ~ The real meaning of Easter/Ostara

I wrote an article about Ostara in the debut issue of Carolyn Emerick‘s new magazine dedicated to mythology called Mythic Dawn. Ostara is the ancient pagan celebration that we still celebrate today but changed the name to “Easter” which is a direct cognate to the goddess Eostre. In Germany it is Ostern for goddess Ostara. This is …

Twilight of Europe: Hundreds of European Languages Facing Extinction

BY: CAROLYN EMERICK  Europe, like other regions of the world, possesses it’s own indigenous ethno-culture that is a rich tapestry of unique diversity. Thousands of years have formed unique pockets of distinct culture, with regional cuisines, native costumes, and very special dialects. The diaspora of ethnic-Europeans to far flung corners of the world has resulted in ethnic-Europeans of …

Beware of Krampus, The Holiday Devil

If you thought the Yule Trolls of Iceland were terrifying, meet Krampus. He is pretty much the exact opposite of Santa Claus. Krampus is a twisted half-demon/half-goat creature with sharp horns and hooves who enjoys terrorizing children in the central and eastern European Alps. Every year, on Krampusnacht (December 5th) he punishes the unfortunate misbehaving children …

Iceland’s Yule Lads, a celebration of Icelandic folklore

Here in North America, children are visited by jolly ole’ Santa Claus, who rewards them for their good behavior by giving them free gifts on Christmas Eve. However Iceland celebrates the winter holidays a little differently. Thirteen nights before Yule (Christmas Eve), the Yule Trolls take turns visiting Icelandic children. They leave behind sweets or …