Happy beginning of Nowruz

Nowruz, the annual Iranian New Year celebration begins on this date and continues for thirteen days.  Bonfires are lit and sacred rituals involving eggs and mirrors are performed.

A Pagan religious festival was held each year on this day in ancient Mesopotamia to celebrate the sacred union of the God and Goddess, and to give thanks for the creation of the human race.


Unicorns are real and Kim Jong Il is Christ.

Can this be so?  The skeleton of a unicorn?   Well, according to a North Korea state newspaper ad, a "unicorn lair" has been found.   What?  According to this same articleKim Jong Il was born beneath a double rainbow and that a new star appeared when he was born.  What, not only a unicorn, but another Christ.  

So whats the truth?  Well, the Christ thing is definitely another false alarm much as 2000 years ago, but the unicorn, according to U.S.News, the unicorn really looked like more of a rhinoceros than a horse. It reportedly stood about 6 feet 6 inches tall, measured around 15 feet long, and weighed about 8,000 pounds; which makes perfectly good sense seeing how everyone knows the unicorn liked to play around and never got on the arc when Noah was calling in the rain.   Crazy horse just kept fucking around.   


Get over it: Easter has nothing to do with Christ.

Easter gets its name from a Pagan god, some say Ishtar, but here at Esoteric Daily, we prefer Oestre.  They are the same stories told to different tribes before Christianity stole the festivity in name of their Myth.  Nonetheless, here is the real reason for the season: Spring, rebirth, fertility.  

Yes, the Teutonic goddess of spring and the dawn, whose name is spelled Oestre or Eastre (the origin of the word "east" comes from various Germanic, Austro-Hungarian words for dawn that share the root for the word "aurora" which means " to shine"). Modern pagans have generally accepted the spelling "Ostara" which honors this goddess as our word for the Vernal Equinox. The 1974 edition of Webster's New World Dictionary defines Easter thus: "orig., name of pagan vernal festival almost coincident in date with paschal festival of the church; Eastre, dawn goddess; 1. An annual Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, held on the first Sunday after the date of the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21." The Vernal Equinox usually falls somewhere between March 19th and 22nd (note that the dictionary only mentions March 21st, as opposed to the date of the actual Equinox), and depending upon when the first full moon on or after the Equinox occurs, Easter falls sometime between late-March and mid-April.

Because the Equinox and Easter are so close, many Catholics and others who celebrate Easter often see this holiday (which observes Christ's resurrection from the dead after his death on Good Friday) as being synonymous with rebirth and rejuvenation: the symbolic resurrection of Christ is echoed in the awakening of the plant and animal life around us. But if we look more closely at some of these Easter customs, we will see that the origins are surprisingly, well, pagan! Eggs, bunnies, candy, Easter baskets, new clothes, all these "traditions" have their origin in practices which may nothing to do with the Christian holiday.

For example, the traditional coloring and giving of eggs at Easter is a Pagan ritual.  Period.  Eggs are clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate and flowers and trees pollinate and reproduce. In England and Northern Europe, eggs were often employed in folk magic when women wanted to be blessed with children. There is a great scene in the film The Wicker Man where a woman sits upon a tombstone in the cemetery, holding a child against her bared breasts with one hand, and holding up an egg in the other, rocking back and forth as she stares at the scandalized (and very uptight!) Sargent Howie. Many cultures have a strong tradition of egg coloring; among Greeks, eggs are traditionally dyed dark red and given as gifts.

As for the Easter egg hunt, a fun game for kids, I have heard at least one pagan teacher say that there is a rather scary history to this. As with many elements of our "ancient history, " there is little or no factual documentation to back this up. But the story goes like this: Eggs were decorated and offered as gifts and to bring blessings of prosperity and abundance in the coming year; this was common in Old Europe. As Christianity rose and the ways of the "Old Religion" were shunned, people took to hiding the eggs and having children make a game out of finding them. This would take place with all the children of the village looking at the same time in everyone's gardens and beneath fences and other spots.


Ouch: Day of Blood for Cybele

In ancient Rome on this date, March 24, our ancestors mourned.  For it was the annual religious custom on this for people to lacerate themselves with knives and for new priests to castrate themselves and spill their good on the altar in the temple of the Mother-Goddess Cybele .

Cybele, the Great Mother Goddess in a Classical Guise.
The statue is representing a seated mature woman. On her head she wears a so-called mural crown formed as a city wall in ashlar masonry with seven corner turrets and three gates. The wall is surmounted by a parapet with merlons.
With her left hand she originally supported a frame drum similar to a tambourine, while beside there once stood a lion. She is Cybele, the great Oriental Mother Goddess. From early times she was venerated in Greece, and later in Rome where she was called Magna Mater, the great mother.
Representations of the goddess were widespread and small marble temples, naiskoi, wherein the goddess sits, are found all over the Mediterranean.


Dance of the Salii

Dance of the Salii

On this date in ancient Rome, the gods Mars and Saturn were invoked each year by dancing priest brandishing spears and clashing holy shields. The evil spirits of Winter are thus expelled from the city, and the growth of crops and gardens were stimulated through sympathetic magic.

If you feel like dancing today, that's why.


On this date in the year 1893, Eileen J. Garrett (a gifted medium, psychic, and founder of the Parapsychology Foundation) was born in Ireland. At a young age she began experiencing visions of the dead. She was ranted United States citizenship in 1947 and she founded her own publishing house (Creative Age Press) and magazine (Tomorrow, a journal of paranormal phenomena). She established the Parapsychology Foundation in 1951, and wrote numerous books under the pen name of Jean Little. She died in France on September 15, 1970.


Aliens: Why Roswell, New Mexico Is So Important

Over at his UFO Conjecture(s) blog, Rich Reynolds has a new post titled "'Roswell' in a blog title increases blog-views." And, as you'll see from Rich's stats, indeed it does! But, the big question is: why? Well, at first glance, the answer seems simple. Roswell is the most well-known of all the thousands of UFO cases…


Happy Butter Lamp Festival Day!

On this date (March 9th), the annual Butter Lamp Festival in held by Buddhist monks in Tibet to render demons powerless and to secure the favor of the gods.  Yak-butter sculptures of Buddhist heroes are paraded through the streets as sacred chants are recited.  After the procession, the sculptures are then cast into the waters of the river.


Huge UFO Just Entered Our Solar System - Astronomers Release Images

There was excitement in the online UFO community earlier this week after UFO hunters announced that images captured by amateur astronomers show a giant alien structure that entered our solar system very recently. The giant alien structure, which was spotted approaching Jupiter's moon Europa, resembles an interstellar mothership or an intergalactic UFO armada, according to UFO…