Review: Some Controversial Aspects of the Myth of Baldr by Anatoly Liberman

Anatoly Liberman uses his book to argue certain points of variation relating to the death of Balder in Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum and Snorri Sturluson’s Eddas. His main points of exploration are:
-The use of the word Mistilteinn being interpreted as mistletoe.
-The character of Hoder and whether he really is blind.
-The true nature of Balder.
-Loki’s role in the story, since he does not appear in Saxo’s rendition.
-The funeral of Balder and its patchwork of different elements.

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Why Amethyst For Isis?

Amethyst is a fairly traditional crystal to use in connection with Isis, but most times the reason behind it is not explained. Isis is often referred to as ‘Great of Magic’, and even succeeded in tricking the great god Ra into giving her his secret name; a source of power. She is also a goddess of healing, restoring life to her husband Osiris’s body long enough for her to conceive their child, Horus. In modern Pagan and Wiccan mythos she has also become the symbol of the divine matriarch, psychic initiation and a symbol of the moon. She is also considered part of a holy triad alongside the resurrected Osiris and their son Horus.

Amethyst is widely touted for its psychic, protective and magical properties. It is also a facilitator for furthering magical and arcane knowledge, as well as being an all-round healer. Amethyst is known as a stone that can regenerate the energy of depleted crystals and, ‘acts as a barrier against lower energies,’¹ as Isis protected her infant son from the threat of his uncle, Set. So there you have it, some of the reasons why Amethyst and Isis are such a good match.

Amethyst is relatively cheap in comparison to a lot of the newer and rarer crystals and is widely available; a perfect addition to your Isis toolkit.

¹ The Book of Stones, page 29

Sources: – The Crystal Bible, vol. 1 – Judy Hall

-The Colour Guide to Crystal Healing

– J.S. Stuart -The Book of Stones – Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian