The Phoenix: the Immortal Firebird

Many myths, fantastic creatures have gone through centuries of history and thus mark our memories almost immutably. It is an animal whose myth is as old as its legendary longevity: the Phoenix.

The Phoenix: the Immortal Firebird

Hello my Marmosets!

I hope I missed you? Yes ? No ? Never mind ! I am still incrusted! Today, I come to make you a little “chat” about this animal that fascinates me as much as the dragon.

The phoenix is a legendary bird, resembling the heron, which has a long longevity that is characterized by its ability to reborn after consuming its own flames. It thus symbolizes the cycles of death, resurrection, but also of nobility. For the latter, I suppose, but as usual, it is only my humble opinion, that this is due to its majestic, almost imperial aspect.

The phoenix, or phoenix, comes from the ancient Greek φοῖνιξ / phoînix, meaning: “purple red”.

This fabulous bird was originally from Arabia and attached to the cult of the Sun in ancient Egypt, where it was also venerated. The narratives describe the phoenix as a sort of eagle adorned with a plumage of brilliant colors. Certainly because of this attachment to the worship of the sun. It is also probably the reason why, it remains in our minds like “the bird of fire” par excellence. When we think “phoenix” do we not immediately think of “immortal” and “fire“?

The phoenix can live for a long time, for centuries (the poor, it must be bored firmly); no tradition mentions an existence of less than five hundred years (nothing but that!). Whereas the shock for him is that suddenly our friend the phoenix reproduces himself: when he feels his end arrive, he builds a nest of aromatic branches and incense (he has the taste … or ought I to say smell), sets it on fire and burns itself in its flames. From the ashes of this pyre arises the new phoenix.

Georges Cuvier (anatomist and paleontologist) saw in him the golden pheasant. It has also been identified with birds of paradise and flamingos.

As with any mystical and fabulous creature, the phoenix has crossed several civilizations, and thus several myths. It is for this reason that we find birds similar to the one that is anchored in our current imagination in the mythologies: Persian under the name of “Simurgh” or “Rokh”, Chinese under the name of “Fenghuang” which means “immortal bird”, Native American with “Thunderbird” or aboriginal in Australia with “Minka bird”.

Through myths

As for the Persian phoenix, the bird has a connotation of lightness, the quintessence of things and beings. Here the animal incarnates the thought opposed to matter, the inner search for man, his “deep self, his spirit.

The Egyptian phoenix (the bénou) and the Greek are the oldest.

Herodotus (Greek historian and geographer) describes it thus:

“It is only in their country that every five hundred years […] its wings are partly golden and partly red, and it is entirely in conformity with the eagle as to the figure and the detailed description …”

However, the point of view of Herodotus contains several inconsistencies. Notably the burial of the father, knowing that there would be only one at a time.

The Moderns (who thought that literary creation consisted of innovating and militating for literature adapted to contemporary times and new artistic forms) saw it more like the Egyptian benou: a heron perched on the benben stone, the sacred stone of the temple solar of Heliopolis on which the first rays of the sun fall. The bird would then be the incarnation of the soul of Re or also the manifestation of Osiris.

As for the Roman phoenix for Ovidus, Pliny and Tacitus, the phoenix decomposes to be reborn, whereas in Martial and Stace the theme of the pyre and its spices appears analogous to the funerary practices of the Romans.

The effigy of the phoenix appears on the coins of Trajan to Constantine I (Roman emperors) and his sons.

Whatever the myths, the legendary phoenix is intimately linked to fire, either by solar attachment or by its own flames.

And religion in all that?

The Midrash Rabbah (set of ten aggadic midrashim collections on the five Torah Books and the five Rolls) reports that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge all the animals also ate fruit forbidden, and that death was decreed for them all, except one bird called Khôlעוף החול” who did not eat it. That is why the phoenix lives forever. And Rabbi Yannai (or Rabbi Jannai, a wise Jew who lived in the third century) explains that his life takes place as follows: he lives a period of a thousand years at the end of which a fire bursts from his nest and consumes him an egg, and from this egg it grows again.

The phoenix is ​​also one of the most widespread Christian symbols. Numerous literary sources, profane and Christian, evoke the legend of the phoenix. Its symbolism is probably Stoic inspiration: the eternal fire destroys everything and brings it all back to life. It is the symbol of the Resurrection. The Christians have brought to light all that in nature could prepare the acceptance of this mystery. The legend of the phoenix contributes to it, as does the cock that announces the new day: a metaphor for the Christian who awaits the day when Christ returns. From that moment he occupied a prominent position on the bell-tower of the churches.

Whether in myths, religion, or even literature, the phoenix fuels our imagination in a marked way. He is, with the dragon, one of the few fantastic creatures to have not undergone any real physical change. It remains over the years as we imagine it: a kind of flaming eagle that is reborn from its ashes.

Its traces even go back to genesis, you are entitled, my Marmosets, to ask me these questions: has it really existed? Does he exist today? Obviously, I can not answer you. But, as for many of you, I remain passionate about all these wonderful creatures. I do not care if they are real or not, what matters to me is that they make us live our imagination, and that, along with the sirens and all the others, makes them , in my opinion, truly immortal.


The Phoenix in the manga

  • “Phoenix, the bird of fire”, by Osamu Tezuka

  • Ikki, character of “Saint Seya”

  • Marco, character of “One Piece”

  • “The Wings of the Phoenix”, Lim Jin Ju

  • “Phoenix”, Osamu Tezuka


The Phoenix in Music

  • PHÉNIX, the French Heavy Metal band


The Phoenix in Science

  • Phénix (nuclear), the fast breeder reactor located in Marcoule (Gard).

  • Phoenix is a constellation of the southern hemisphere.


The Phoenix in Literature

  • “The Order of the Phoenix”, (Harry Potter) JK Rowling, [NB: Fumesck, the Phoenix of Dumbledore, however appears before this volume.]

  • “The Metamorphoses of the Phoenix in Ancient Christianity,” in Folia Electronica Classica No. 8, Paul-Augustin Deproost.

  • The Bestiary of Christ, Milano, Arche, Louis Charbonneau-Lassay.

  • “The colorful phoenix (from Herodotus to Ambrose of Milan)”, Bulletin of the Association Guillaume Budé vol. 1, Laurence Gosserez

  • “The creation of the world and the phoenix”, Laurence Gosserez.

  • “The Birds Conference,” (Persian tale of the thirteenth century), Sufi Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur (poet).

  • “The Phoenix Trilogy”, Bernard Simonay

  • “Cycle of the Phoenix”, Sébastien Pennes

  • “The Phoenix Guards”, Steven Brust


See you soon for new discoveries always more fabulous …

S-P Decroix, Author of The Princess Of The Deepest Times.

The magic formulas: their secrets unveiled!

All those who practice magic know this well: prayer and, more generally, words have powerful power. And there are some more powerful words than others; They trigger vibrations and put you in direct contact with the Universe. We are going to reveal here these magic formulas, which some also call “mantras” or “oral talisman”.

What is a magic formula?

A magic formula is a mantra.

A mantra is a condensed formula, consisting of a single, several or a series of syllables that are repeated for a certain time with a suitable rhythm. The mantra is widely used in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and … esoteric circles!

This Sanskrit word is made up of the verb root man (think) and the suffix -tra, which forms neutral substantives for the instrument performing the action in question. It is based on the power of sound, linked to the name of a specific deity.

The vibration of the sound and its resonance has the power to modify the environment of the speaker.


To know: Any properly pronounced name, as we learn from the kabbalistic tradition, can be mastered if pronunciation and repetition are correct. In the Jewish religion it is forbidden to pronounce the name of God for this reason, for man can not dominate the Divine.


However, you can use these heavenly entities to help you through a specific request…

With these magic formulas, be sure of it: whatever your wish, it will come true! These words are of extreme power.

The magic formulas

These entities are not to be invoked all at the same time, you only have to solicit one power at a time, you can invoke one as soon as your wish has been fulfilled. Otherwise, your requests would annihilate each other.

RITUAL

Choose from these powers the one that will help you fulfill your wish. Then repeat 21 times its name in a remote place, away from daylight. The ideal would be to be in complete black. This ritual is to be performed 3 times during the day: when you wake up, then in the middle of the afternoon and in the evening before going to bed. Once the ideal quiet place found, relax and concentrate on the reason for your request. Think of what you want to see realized, then, as soon as you feel ready to invoke the power in question: recite his name in a low voice, taking your time. You can use your hands to help you count up to 21. Do not forget to mentally thank the power in question. After the ritual is finished, resume your activities or rest, knowing that your request has just been transmitted to the Universe and that it considers it already fulfilled! You no longer have to wait until your wish is fulfilled.

ATTENTION: Every act of magic must be done in the greatest secrecy. If you do any ritual: keep silent, and do not tell anyone (at least, as long as your wish has not been realized)!


To win a lawsuit

 GODOLIAS

Meaning: Great is Yahweh

Call him to solve your problems with Justice. You will win your case if you are a victim and you will have the leniency of the judges if you are charged.


 To bring back the loved one

BAAL-PERCIM

Meaning: Brakes, broken

If you want to bring back the person who left you and repair your love story, that’s the name to invoke! He or she will come back to you for sure!


 To be serene and spiritually elevated

ELDAD

Meaning: Spirit of God

If you want to get serenity, enjoy the best conditions to meditate or elevate yourself spiritually, invoke this power that will help you get closer to God.


 To make the right decision

ARISTOBULE

Meaning: Best Counselor

Invoke this name if you have an important decision to make. You will therefore be protected from the choice you have made and no longer doubts.


 To put your mind in order

ELQANA

Meaning: God created

If you are lost at this moment and you are asking questions, invoke this power to help you put your mind in order. You will find calm and light.


To have a positive entourage

QEMOUËL

Meaning: raised by God

You wish to have a positive entourage, people whose can help you in your sentimental, family or professional life, it is the entity that you must call! You will meet the right people at the right time. Assistance may be moral or financial.


 To find work quickly

YEOUEL

Meaning: Treasure of God

Call him in case of financial problems. You will not win the lottery, but great opportunities will present themselves to you in order to earn money by the fruit of your work.


 To get rid of loneliness

YEDO

Meaning: friend of God

If you want to end the loneliness, invoking this name to make friendly or loving encounters!


 To reconnect with relatives

MASPHA

Meaning: watch station

If you want to quickly have news from a loved one or people with whom you took some distance, this magic formula will make you renew contact!


 To guarantee a good trip and a good stay

MEDABA

Meaning: Steppes of Moab

Before traveling abroad, invoke this name to be protected from any problems you may encounter during your stay. Be sure of it: everything will go well, leave the mind alone!


To get rid of bad people

IYYIM

Meaning: Ruins

This power will remove from you all false friends, enemies and people who do not want you but good. Very effective also for a particular person who is causing you harm.


To provoke a miracle

CHIMEÏ

Meaning: God is listening

You can invoke this power for a unique and exceptional request. This formula is especially pronounced for causes in which all hope seems lost. A miracle can therefore be expected!


 To improve one's work situation

KEBRON

Meaning: Trouble, obscurity

If you have a complicated business situation or a variety of problems, you can use this entity to eliminate all your worries at work, including jealousies, persecution or bad intentions.


 To reconcile with your family

AMMINADAB

Meaning: Generous parent

If your family situation is complex and conflicting, by invoking this name you will be reconciled with your parents. You can also invoke it for members of your family that you have not seen for some time.


 To have the house of his dreams

LITHOTROTOS

Meaning: stone paving

Before buying a property, invoke this power and you will be sure to find the apartment or the house in the ideal place that will meet your expectations!


 To drive away bad energies

TAHPNES

Meaning: the one that protects the palate

To get rid of the evil eye and restore broken harmony in your home, invoke this entity. Thanks to her, love will flood your home and all the evil energies will be hunted!


To win at games of chance

HELDAÏ

Meaning: noble

The invocation of this power favors money-making at games of chance, however, if you win, remember to donate one-tenth of your earnings to a person in need. Otherwise, you will never win again!


For justice to be done

SEDECIAS

Meaning:  Divine Justice

If you have been robbed of any property or reward, justice will take place; You will find what you own or be compensated. At the professional level, you will have access to the position you deserve!


 For better finances

CHEBNA

Meaning: that God sits

A magic formula that will quickly end your money problems. Your worries will disappear and cash flows will be expected.


 Breaking the deadlock

BECALEEL

Meaning: in the shadow of God

If you are in a situation of despair and do not know what to do to improve your life, invoke this power and help will come to you in a totally unexpected way.


To have more self-confidence

EBEN-HA-EZER

Meaning: stone of the rescue

If you lack courage, strength or will, invoke this name to regain self-confidence and become more and more effective in your competences.


Here are 21 magic formulas at your disposal to fulfill your wishes! Make good use of it!

Be vigilant if you share these secrets from esoteric circles.

This knowledge should not be used to disturb these entities wrongly and do these rituals with derision!

The law of triple return always applies…

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[Zoom] Focus on the hero in literature

Today, we meet for a new series of articles: “Zoom on…”. Regularly, “Zoom on…” will make a quick point on a topic related to literature. And I decided to start with the one who carries the novel throughout the chapters: the hero.

The hero or the “super” hero

The hero – as we understand him today – is a human or supernatural person, showing courage and self-denial. He is distinguished from the ancient hero, whose etymological definition describes him as a demigod.

It is mainly from the nineteenth century that the hero became more realistic.

Indeed, he no longer possesses the nobility or the glorious side of ancient and medieval heroes. On the contrary, his journey, full of feelings, could be that of the reader. It is in this that it is appreciated. It is realistic, even ordinary.

Through its history, it is easy to identify with him, according to its progress, its reflections, its doubts.

Depending on the genre of the novel, the hero will embody our desire for exploration, social ascension or will be subjected to the throes of passion.

Finally,

The hero in literature unconsciously awakens the one who is dormant in us.

It’s never too late to let him express himself, and who knows, you could one day be the one who gave inspiration to an author who, in turn, breathed life into a hero through Literature !

See you soon for a new “Zoom“!

Article written by Maud Wlek, author of Nayra.

In the footsteps of the Sirens: from myth to reality!

Hello my Marmosets,

Between the legendary animals, the nocturnal creatures and the various characters that populate our imagination, there is another kind of “mystical entities”: these are the hybrid beings. Half-human, half-animal, these “creatures” often allow us (in our mind and therefore our subconscious) to exteriorize our own fears, our own “bestiality” by giving the human being a semi-animal appearance. These beings resemble us, but are different. Above all my marmosets, know that, concerning the sirens, there are two “myths” (why make it simple when one can make complicated?):

The siren most ingrained in our minds and the one we know best comes from medieval and Scandinavian folklore (contemporary myth): the siren half-woman half-fish.

The second comes from Greek mythology (ancient mythology) where the siren is depicted as a chimera half-woman half-bird.

For these two myths, the origin of the word would come from the Greek: “seirến“, and from the Latin “siren“.

From siren to siren

Their real meaning

“In general, demons of the souls, demons of the dead, tutelary geniuses of tombs, beings in turn or at the same time beneficial and malicious, as many characters of ancient demonology are, the Sirens are all this, and this aspect Is no longer disputed since Weicker’s important work on this subject. “

[Source: Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, “De quand date la Sirène-poisson” (“When did the Mermaid-fish appear?”)]

Their evolution through time

For the Scandinavians, the mermaid is a formidable monster called Margygr (the “giant sea”). This monster looked tall, with a terrible face, a pointed forehead, wide eyes, a large mouth and wrinkled cheeks. Yes, we are far from Ariel the little mermi super siren of Disney… sorry girls if I just break the image you made of her? … what? I’m a bit sadistic? Think about it, maybe a little!

According to Édouard Brasey, a French novelist, these oceanic creatures look in a mirror, symbol of the planet Venus in astronomy. Aphrodite, goddess of Love born of sea foam, is often represented with a mirror of gold. Even if she has no fish tail,

Aphrodite would be “the ancestor of sirens and protector of sailors”.

As with all the creatures of our imagination, the physical appearance we are giving them today is a succession of more or less important transformations over time. The Nordic siren, therefore, does not escape the rule!

In the medieval bestiaries, sirens are described as women “from head to pelvis” and fish from “basin to bottom with claws and wings”, thus merging the fabulous traditions of the Greek and German mythologies. Their image is engraved on the steles, tombs or Romanesque churches where they personify the soul of the dead as in ancient Egypt.

The Norwegian work “Konungs skuggsjá” describes her as a lovable creature, resembling a woman up to the waist, for “this monster had big nipples on her chest, like a woman.” She would also have long arms and long hair, and her face seemed human.

In the seventh century, the English monk Aldhelm of Sherborne describes them as fish-tailed virgins covered with scales. (So good!)

These two representations will coexist until the fifteenth century when the flying sirens (of the Greek myth) leave definitely the place, at least in our minds, a pretty woman with long hair and fish tail.

I would point out that at the time when all these myths permeate our imagination, women, or feminine beings, have mostly long hair. I think, and it is only my opinion (That’s it, I think I’m starting to play it smart to death again?), That the hair, like the nipples, are not only a feminine attribute, but also a “sexual” attribute having To attract, from a purely physical point of view, the “male” in its… nets… (yeah, I know, I’m too strong to take you where I want!). And then I can understand that it is more pleasant for the male sex to look at a pretty girl even if she has a fish tail (each her tastes) rather than a humanoid that squalls for a long time and goes away “at the wing” to the slightest annoyance (Alexia said, I remind you, that I was armored with humor: woman bird, at the wing, it’s rather funny, is not it?). Fine. I close the parenthesis.

Johannes of Cuba, a German naturalist, makes them live in gulfs at the bottom of the seas. As for Jacob Van Maerlant, a Flemish writer, says that one can find them as well in the seas as in the rivers. I suppose the latter has relied on the folklore of many European legends which mention sirens, living not only in the sea, but also in rivers and small streams. [] They are then called sirens, but are also sometimes called “naudia” (nymphs) in Germanic beliefs, “dragas” or “donas d’aiga” (water ladies) ) In Occitania, etc.

Note that anglophones call them siren, the sirens antique (half-women, half-birds), and mermaid, the sirens scandinavian (with a tail of fish).

The origins and first traces…

From woman-bird to woman-fish

The bird-woman appeared in the first half of the 8th century BC, gradually giving way to the woman-fish.

The origin of the sirens, as we know them, probably comes from the narratives of navigators; The sailors might have mistaken the sirens with manatees (large aquatic mammals [their head reminds me of a dolphin]) and / or dugongs also called “sea cows“.

Well, I do not know what you think my marmosets, but to confuse a marine mammal whatever it is with a female creature (fish tail, we understood, thank you) must still be drunk a few liters of mead, or… have drunk a few liters of mead! Because physically, it’s still not the same thing!

In 1403, near Edam in Holland, two young girls captured a “specimen”. It was in fact a woman, found naked in the water and speaking no known language, and who was nicknamed the “siren of Edam”.

Christopher Columbus himself reports that he would have crossed three sirens near the coast of Santo Domingo. Disappointed, he would have said that they were not as beautiful as in the writings!

(Sorry my guy, but you can not have everything in life: “discover America” ​​and fish the beautiful fish). On the other hand, American sailors would have seen it near the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii], (sandwich like tuna sandwich … ok … there, it’s not funny) “of great beauty that yielded nothing to the most beautiful women “. It is my opinion that it was not the same sirens. Especially that between the two “locations” almost 400 years ago. Unless in the meantime the sirens have embellished.

The influence of Ulysses on their transformation into women-fishes

A Megarian bowl discovered in Athens in 1947 during the excavations of the Agora, and a Roman lamp (belonging to the Canterbury Museum) illustrate a passage of the song where Ulysses is seduced by the daughters of Achéloos and both make their sirens Of women with tails of marine animals. And hang on well: the lamp dates from the 1st-2nd century AD, and the bowl of the second century BC!

The siren depicted on the Roman lamp is a woman of long, curly hair, with a prolonged torso, not a real caudal fin, but by the volute tail, smooth and without scales, of a marine reptile.

[Source: Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, “De quand date la Sirène-poisson ?” (“When did the Mermaid-fish appear?”)]


The legend of the siren-fish has spread to Haiti where it is known as “Mami Wata” (now, after several changes over time), where it would be assimilated to a sort of divinity of fertilization. But she would also be the “Mother of the Waters“, fear of the fishermen, symbol of the foster mother and destructive ocean. The cult of Mami Wata has spread to the Atlantic coast of Togo through Nigeria, Cameroon and Congo.

Today we owe our modern siren to Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer, thanks to his story where the siren is no longer the terrible temptress but becomes a romantic heroine in search of love.


[To know: In Greek mythology, the descendants of Triton, son of Poseidon, called “tritons“, are considered the masculine equivalent of sirens. But, unlike them, this class of marine creatures could be male or female!]


Between myth and reality

A fascinating figure

The siren inflames the spirits, sometimes the hearts. She enchants us so much by her bewitching voice, as by all the myths that accompany her. (Girls in power!) However, the mysteries were such that scientists tried to find a rational answer.

From the 16th century, “dried” reproductions were exhibited in fairs and museums! (Berk!) In the seventeenth century, in the Netherlands, a certain Pavio would have dissected a siren in the presence of Johannes de Laet, a renowned doctor, which would have brought credit to their real existence. The head and chest were human, however, from the navel to the foot the creature was shapeless… but without tail.

The human being being what it is, it’s reported that in the nineteenth, Japan, India or China, hideous monsters were made with a monkey bust and a fish tail. It is obvious that this kind of “mutation” does not, in general, allow the survival of the child.

When science is involved!

In 1758, the sirens were briefly noted in the Systema naturae of Carl von Linné [] (a work which founded the scientific classification of living organisms), but this taxon was soon abandoned by scientific classifications for lack of specimens or Credible descriptions [].

Although the existence of sirens has not been considered by scientists since the 19th century, some have continued to take an interest in it, with more or less seriousness, such as ocean scientist Karl Banse.

According to him, sirens would be marine mammals and therefore would not have scales, and their corpulence would limit their distribution to the warmest waters of the tropics, they would have an agricultural way of life (algae, molluscs). They would eventually supplement their diet with human flesh, which would explain their habit of charming the sailors and taking them to the depths.

Conversely, some studies have addressed biological problems that prevent the existence of beings such as sirens. Several physiological parameters make it impossible for an animal of such an appearance to be viable, such as without going into details, temperature, etc. Other scientific possibilities suggest marine primates, but this is another story…

We can, as in the case of many fantastic creatures, ask us whether or not the siren (Nordic or not) really existed (or really exists). However, if it seems that eating fish helps us to have a good memory, some Asian writings report that eating siren flesh would make immortal!

I’ll stop you right now! Do not rush on pieces of breaded fish or various fish-based burgers, there is little chance that they contain siren flesh! Rather, precipitate yourself on the books and various media that relate more or less their legends: you will see: reading does good as much for the mind as for the memory!

Where to find them?

Literature:

  • The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen, 1876.
  • Peter Pan, written by J. M. Barrie, 1911 (including sirens, among others)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, characters of sirens are approached. (The book and the film)
  • Mermaid, written by Carolyn Turgeon, 2011 (new literary).
  • The Kingdom of Lenacia, written by Priska Poirier, 2011 (series of popular literary works)
  • The siren, Kiera Cass and Madeleine Nasalik, 2016.

Movies – TV Series:

  • The Little Mermaid / Rusalochka, Ivan Aksenchuk, 1968.
  • The Little Mermaid / Malá mořská víla, CSR; Miroslava
  • Safránková – Mermaid and Libuse Safránková, 1976
  • The Little Mermaid / The Little Mermaid / Russalotschka / Rusalka, Bulgaria / RSS, Vika Novikova – Mermaid, 1976.
  • The Little Mermaid, Tomoharu Katsumata, 1979.
  • Splash, 1984.
  • The Prince and the Mermaid, television series, 1995,
  • Sirens, 2003 (telefilm).
  • H2O, 2006 (Australian television series)
  • Aquamarine, 2006.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth, 2011.
  • Mako Mermaids, 2013 (Australian TV series)

Mangas – cartoon – Animated features:

  • The Little Mermaid, from Disney Studios, 1989.
  • Mermaid Melody, 2003.
  • Mermaidia, 2006 (Barbie’s animated feature)
  • Ponyo on the cliff, Hayao Miyazaki, 2009.

By immersing ourselves in all these fabulous archives and manuscripts (whatever they may be), we appropriate, during the time of their reading, a little of that immortality which, through all these fabulous creatures, passes through the centuries and Will survive tomorrow…

The writings remain, the words fly away … but the mystery still reigns …

See you soon my Marmosets!

Article written by S-P Decroix (author of The Princess Of The Deepest Times) and Leandro De Carvalho (author of Little Red Riding Hood: A New World).

The new sorcerers and witches, who are they really?

Sorcerers and witches: beings that fascinate us… or scare!

Like the author S-P Decroix, I would like us to look at fascinating beings: sorcerers and witches. Why did I choose to distinguish between sorcerers and witches? When one evokes the witches, we imagine unconsciously an old madman on his broom flying or around an immense cauldron. Conversely, for sorcerers, it is more difficult to get an idea. For my part, I visualize a rather young being, all dressed in black, casting any spell with a magic wand or just by simple thought.

Curious, isn’t it?

Let’s develop…

What is a sorcerer or a witch?

From the popular Latin “sortiarius”, derived from “fate,” originally designating a process of divination, then “destiny, fate.”

A sorcerer or a witch is a witchcraft practitioner. It’s a mortal being, like you and me, with powers we called supernatural and very close to Nature and entities. A sorcerer is a being with knowledge of the occult sciences, it’s an intermediary between the world of the visible and the invisible. It’s said that their powers would be hereditary from generation to generation and they would even be formally forbidden to fall in love so as not to be disturbed by their emotions during magical practices that they would sometimes realize in total nudity.

Some would want to help human beings, protect the planet and living beings and others, having yielded to their desire for revenge or thirst for power, would want to make their lives hard and use their gifts to satisfy their every desire.

Witchcraft is a magic, typically drawn from plant energy, lunar cycles, seasons, entities and essentially practiced in the form of rituals, magic formulas, prayers and spells. It should be noted that the term witchcraft is perceived very pejoratively and applies in a very different way from one society to another, according to beliefs, traditions, religions and rites.

Long associated with the Devil by religions, they suffer from a bad image due to their ability to defy space, time and matter, predict the future, modify events, change the destiny of people, Influencing and manipulating others solely by their thoughts… gifts that would be lent more to the work of the Devil than to that of God…

It is also necessary to distinguish different magic: white magic (only for the purpose of helping man and to cure his ills), red magic (magic called love, thanks to spells, love philters .. .), dark magic (obscure, for revenge, harm, hurt, or even kill), elemental magic (appealing to the spirits of nature, controlling fire, air, water and land, in particular) and there are other appellations to categorize practices (psychic, natural, invocative, etc.).

Witchcraft in History

From antiquity, sorcerers and witches appear in the Bible, and are condemned by Moses. They are also mentioned in some texts dating back to ancient Egypt, and evoked in Homer’s Odyssey. Apart from these references, it is complicated to know more, as witchcraft was already firmly repressed at that time (the practice was forbidden and condemned to death).

At the beginning of the Middle Ages, in France, Clovis promulgated a law (the “Lex Salica“) which condemns those practicing sorcery to pay heavy fines. For Charlemagne, they deserve rather imprisonment. In 1326, Pope John XXII defined witchcraft as a heresy. The first witch hunts took place in 1484, on the orders of Pope Innocent VIII. In 1486 is published the Malleus Maleficarum (the “hammer of the witches”). This treatise, which describes the witches, their practices, how to capture them and eliminate them, was immensely successful, so that he knew thirty-four re-editions between 1487 and 1669.

Waves of arrests were taking place throughout Europe, mainly in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Italy. The victims, 80% women (sometimes teenage girls), are tortured to confess their sins, and very often sent to the stake.

The number of process is estimated between 100 and 200 000 between 1480 and 1650. The number of executions remains difficult to quantify, however, some historians estimate between 40 000 and 100 000.

In England, the witch-hunt was less severe, but peaked in 1645.

One of the best known tests to detect a witch was to tie her to a chair and throw her in the water, then wait to see if she came to the surface! If she drowned: they thought she was not, but she would die anyway, and if she did not drown (which never happened) she was considered a witch and was going to be burned afterwards . In any case, these women ended up drowned…

Practices attributed to witches:

  • Pact with the Devil;
  • Sabbath (nocturnal assemblies of witches)
  • Flying on a broom (especially at night);
  • Use of Dark Magic;
  • Animal metamorphoses;
  • Cannibal meals of children.

The witch-hunt mainly ended in the 1680s. In the United States, precisely in Salem, a famous trial led to the death of twenty-five people and the imprisonment of many others in 1692. The law against Witchcraft in England was abolished in 1736. However, some women are still accused of practicing sorcery and sentenced to death. Anna Göldin will be one of the last in Europe (in Switzerland, 18 June 1782).

In addition to two isolated cases, in 1826 and 1856, witch-hunt will no longer be talked about in France.

Since the mid-twentieth century, witchcraft has developed in the Western world, through the practice of certain neo-traditional religions (the best known being Wicca). Today, witchcraft is widely practiced in Africa by three types of people:

  • The Thakatha (seeking to harm others);
  • The Sangoma (divine);
  • The Inyanga (conjures the evil spell). (In contrast to Thakatha and Sangoma, it is almost always a man).

Many countries in Africa and the Middle East still punish the practice of witchcraft, from simple fines to the death penalty!

The voodoo doll, a doll depicting a person’s mind using several needles to cast a spell, is the most widely known and popular magic practice object.

Finally

The image of sorcerers and witches has nevertheless been revived in many works of fiction. Whether with the nice and pretty sisters Halliwell (Charmed series) or with the heroic Harry Potter (literary saga)…

The New Sorcerers

In reality, sorcerers and witches have always existed at all times, but they are nevertheless very discreet, speak little of their activities, adapt perfectly to society, express themselves freely without being considered demented and are much less associated with the Devil as in ancient times.

Today, many trades that are freely and legally practiced would have been prohibited at the time and these people imprisoned or sentenced to death, such as psychics, psychics, hypnotists, mentalists, NLP specialists. They do not practice witchcraft, but they also act as intermediaries between this world and the afterlife, between the conscious and the unconscious, between the rational and the irrational, or they use scientific techniques using the psyche Or techniques not yet explained by science and beyond the understanding of most people, such as magnetizers, healers and other people with extraordinary abilities. Sorcerers are no longer just those marginalized who are excluded from society, they can hide from everywhere, especially in secret societies that are well known for practicing the occult sciences and other mysterious rituals that are not brought to our knowledge!

Moreover, the practice of witchcraft is no longer considered as heresy, but as an activity that is part of folklore, in traditions, beliefs; It is tolerated and is no longer the object of persecutions or witch hunts, at least in the majority of the terrestrial globe!

The image of the sorcerer or evil witch is far behind us, henceforth the “new” sorcerer or witch is more assimilated to the divine, the beyond and Nature. They aspire to show us that everyone can connect to the Source who created life and who is called magic! And they themselves say it today: each of us has the capacity to exploit his extrasensory gifts and to communicate with his share of divinity! To do this, we must get closer to Mother Nature!

Some people who would not call themselves “sorcerers” (although they might have been called this way) would today insist on the need to “live in full consciousness“, and is not this a desire Reconnect with that magic and those faculties that these sorcerers and wizards of yesteryear seemed to manifest and wanted to share? Mindfulness invites us to see life differently and encourages us to exploit more our intuition, our psyche, to believe in miracles, to live new experiences by refocusing on the importance of our thoughts and actions that could transform considerably our reality! Music, books and any work of the spirit also invites us to this opening… (Coincidence?) Hmm… it looks like magic… in French, the word magic, “magie” also rymes with the words “l’âme agit” wich means: the soul acts… (with special effects in Less, I grant you, but emotion and influence are there!) Perhaps it is just our definition of magic that is to be reviewed … Anyway:

Sorcerer has become a profession, whether challenged or not, is recognized by law (in France, perhaps in other countries too?) And there is no barrier to the practice of witchcraft. Witchcraft is considered as a domain of belief (a sorcerer can act as a priest, for example)! Free to everyone to believe or not in magic, however, there are still sorcerers and their condition has evolved since those times… just like mentalities!


In the literature (best known works – non exhaustive list):

  • The witch of the Closet with the brooms (Pierre Gripari);
  • The Harry Potter saga (J.K.Rowling);
  • The saga of the Pays d’Oz (Lyman Franck Baum);
  • Saga of the Witches (Anne Rice);
  • At the crossroads of the worlds (Philip Pullman).

To conclude…

You will have noticed that the McBowen brothers of Nayra are special wizards! Here is a short summary about sorcery described in the saga:

Transformation into Wizards or Witches:

  • Drink the blood of a sorcerer so that the magic energy circulates in the soon mutated body;
  • Cast a spell on a full moon evening (which is a call to the dark and demonic forces);
  • To commit a sacrifice (the obligation to do evil in order to receive powers from dark forces).

Capacity / powers:

  • Immortality (sorcerers can, however, kill each other, a human being can also achieve this by showing intolerable cruelty);
  • Influencing people through thought;
  • Appearance and instantaneous disappearance;
  • The share of blackness inherent in each one is multiplied tenfold;
  • Cast spells, hear from afar, telekinesis and read in minds (reserved for wizards and high-level witches).

Everyone is free to create their magical beings, to remodel them according to their desires, to believe or not to the impossible, sorcerers or witches… Because after all, in matters of magic and imagination, freedom Is total and infinite… just like the power of our mind!

Perhaps the new sorcerers and witches are all those beings who aspire to fill our world with magic, no matter what rituals they use to improve our daily lives, as long as the soul acts for our own Great good! The new wizards are much closer to life than to death… So don’t be afraid by their spells!

Article written by Maud Wlek (author of Nayra) and Leandro De Carvalho (author of Living In Harmony).

Jack Kerouac, on his breton road…

An Icon Of American Literature

Jack Kerouac. The first time I saw the name of this writer I knew nothing about him, it was a few years ago in the memoirs of a famous Montana author. He was referring to Jack Kerouac as an icon of American literature, and I was surprised that a family name with such Breton resonance could associate with America.

A few days later I was in my hands. On the road, the Beat Generation’s leading book, realizing with enthusiasm that I had just found the kind of literature I had been waiting for. Long descriptions of landscapes, a style of spontaneous writing mixed with great lyricism where travel also rhymes with melancholy. The fact that this icon of literature is as Breton, as I am, being the icing on the cake.

He is considered one of the most important American authors of the 20th century. His style of writing has inspired American singers Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.

On the road, his most famous novel is an ode to the great outdoors, to the epic adventure towards the west, and to the discovery of new worlds.

The Truth About Its Origins

Breton origins that the writer has long sought to understand and document throughout his life in particular in 1965 where, a few years before his death, he visited the city of BREST after having found in the National Archives of thin information about his ancestor Maurice -Louis Le Bris de Kervoac. Information that unfortunately will not suffice to shed light on its history.

The surname of his ancestor is actually Urbain-François Le Bihan de Kervoac.

Son of notaries from Huelgoat, who, targeted by justice for charges of thefts, decides to go into exile in Quebec. An ancestor who, to protect himself from justice, will constantly hide his true identity, thus preventing the writer from pinpointing his genealogy.

His demons and successes

In 1946, his father died and took refuge in books. His writings became increasingly autobiographical and he worked frantically on the tapestry of On the Road, from his numerous notebooks of preparatory notes. This “introspective writing leads him to wonder about the foundations of his evil of life” and Kerouac realizes that he has “a subconscious desire to fail, a kind of wish of death. “

Having problems with alcohol and drugs, during 10 years his writings will be refused by the publishing houses. His income became very low and his addiction to alcohol and amphetamines reached a climax. He plans to stop writing several times, in vain.

In 1955, in San Francisco, Kerouac made an important encounter: Gary Snyder, an enthusiast of hiking and Japanese philosophy. The two men, accompanied by a bookseller, John Montgomery, make an expedition at an altitude of 3600 meters to the peak of Matterhorn. Kerouac is introduced to meditation and haiku, short Japanese poems that evoke a feeling, a situation, an atmosphere. The encounter with himself and with the simplicity, the absence of excesses and drugs or alcohol makes Kerouac decide to begin a “new life”.

2 years later, his novel On the Road is published and the success is immediate. According to the poet Kenneth Rexroth, he is even “the most famous author in America.

At the end of his life, covered with debts, Urbain-Francois Le Bihan of Kervoac died leaving a wife and three children who fathered the descendants of Jack Kerouac among them Jean Baptiste Kerouac, French-Canadian grandfather of Jack Kerouac who emigrates In the USA, thus making his grandson the most Breton American writers.

In 2012, the Brazilian film-event Walter Salles, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, is presented in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the first exhibition in France of the original text of the mythical On The Road. Reclus of the world and without a penny, but with an archive that will be valued at more than 10 million euros …

In spite of his demons and though he died prematurely due to his excesses, Jack Kerouac brilliantly succeeded in impressing minds by his genius and inspiring positively many people on his way, beyond the origins and the borders…

Article written by Jude Castel, author of destination and wandering.

The Inspirational Life Of Stephen King

At 4, he attends a terrible drama… and writes his first stories at the age of 6 years old!

Today, he is a great master of horror and has sold more than 350 million copies worldwide!

Discover his inspiring life in this short video!

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Article written by Leandro De Carvalho (Author of Living In Harmony).

The Voynich manuscript: a very mysterious book

Voynich’s manuscript: I have always been fascinated by this enigma. Being an unconditional fan of the fantastic and the mysterious, it could not be otherwise. This manuscript is a secret all by itself, pages after pages, jealously guarding the smallest piece of truth. Lara Croft and Sydney Fox would gladly pull it off, trying to uncover its true story – Indiana Jones, seeming to have already done it…

How can a simple block of leaves, connected together, arouse so much wonder and mystery at the same time?

After all, it’s just a book! Yes, but precisely:

What is this book? Its goal ? When was it written? Who is the author ?

Even today, all these questions remain in suspense, lost between mysticism and more down-to-earth theories. However, despite these many assumptions, all doubts remain allowed. That is what fascinates so much.

The discovery of the manuscript

The manuscript bears the name of the man who discovered it in 1912, near Rome, in a Roman religious congregation: Wilfrid M. Voynich. Composed of 234 pages, this book is made of vellum (dead-calf skin, worked in parchment). It would seem, according to pagination, that the work is missing 13 folios. Presumably, the latter were already missing when Voynich acquired the manuscript. Written in a totally unknown language, the book contains many illustrations, mainly plants, unidentifiable.

A carbon-14 analysis showed that it was manufactured between 1404 and 1438. Apart from what we know from our technologies, the manuscript only appeared in history in 1665. In fact, a letter dated from this time, Jan Marek Marci (scientist and philosopher) indicates that the book was bought by Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire (Prince of the House of Austria – great royal family). According to a correspondence study, the oldest owner of this book was Georg Baresch, an alchemist living in Prague in the 17th century. According to the hypothesis advanced, the manuscript will be held by the Roman College between 1648 and 1912.

The only signs reflecting the antiquity of the Voynich manuscript – the text remains incomprehensible – can be found in the illustrations, more specifically in the dresses and headdresses of the characters, as well as in the two castles that appear. These elements are characteristic of the European style, between 1450 and 1520. Although these illustrations remain mysterious, they were classified by researchers into six sections:

  • Herbarium;
  • Astronomy;
  • Biology;
  • Cosmology;
  • Chemotherapy;
  • Recipes.

Even the American cryptologist William Friedman, known for having successfully deciphered the code used by the Japanese army during the Second World War, failed in his attempt to understand Voynich’s manuscript.

The main theories

The Voynich manuscript would be an encyclopedic work listing therapeutic plants, as well as substances of animal and mineral origin.

Some hypotheses suggest that it would be a medieval recipe to create the philosopher’s stone.

In 1970, a cryptographer of the US Navy said that the book had been written by several authors. This conclusion has recently been challenged by a writing expert.

Many authors have been attributed to this book, some of which have been discarded recently thanks to carbon-14 dating, others by the results of research – and for some, the mystery remains: Roger Bacon (author dismissed but long evoked John Dee, Edward Kelley, Anthony Ascham, Jacobus Sinapius, Jan Marci, Raphael Mnishovsky, Wilfrid Voynich (also dismissed by correspondence dated 1639).

An undecodable manuscript

The manuscript would be written in a European language, intentionally hidden by letter-coding.

Words would be encoded so that they can be found using a dictionary or an encryption table.

Much of the text would make no sense, hiding information in unnoticed details.

The language used would be invented from scratch.

The linguist Jacques Guy suggested that the manuscript used an exotic natural language, written with an invented alphabet. This theory would be the most coherent, and historically plausible.

The manuscript would come from Mexico and not from Europe, some plants appearing to resemble Mesoamerican species.

Many people think that this manuscript is purely an imposture. However, this hypothesis has been ruled out by all the studies carried out on the book.

The very fragile Voynich manuscript aroused so much curiosity in the world that the Beinecke Library where it was preserved (Yale University, United States) decided to cede – to a secret amount – the reproduction rights to a house Of Spanish edition, specializing in the publication of ancient manuscript facsimiles. Thus, 898 replicas will be produced, for a price of 7000 to 8000 euros each. For the manufacture of the first facsimile, the process will take no less than eighteen months.
Skeptics and more convinced must all admit a fact: the Voynich manuscript contains many mysteries. For to the questions “who?”, “when?”, “where?”, “why?”, no one can answer with absolute certainty.

And you, are you subjugated by the secrets that hide this old work? What are your theories?

Article written by Maud Wlek (Author of Nayra).

Did the vampires really exist?

Vampires are emblematic figures that form an integral part of our culture. These are mythological creatures entered into legend since the dawn of time… Discover their origins and where to find them through this exciting article! Did the vampires really exist?

It’s S-P DECROIX that tells you better about it…

Hello girls, boys and marmosets!

What? There are no boys among you? Ah! Ah! I know, I know, not even funny! Alexia told me I was funny. It’s really nice of you Alexia, but my sense of humor is to see again. So, from today, I will call you “marmosets“.

So, after my article on the dragons I asked myself: “But what am I going to tell them to marmosets next time? “Ah! If you knew all that crosses my mind, you would take your legs to your necks! In short, let’s go back to our monsters and various creatures.

“What’s she going to talk the lady?”

(OK the sentence is super null, but hey, you will have to do with!)

After jargoning about the “dragon”, I decided to talk to you about “creatures of the night”, but which one? No! Not John Travolta! So? You found ? Yes? No?

The Vampires!

Origins

Yes, with their pointed teeth and their pronounced taste for blood, vampires are the creatures of the night par excellence! The origins of this legendary creature are found in ancient myths and diverse throughout the world, but become popular mainly on the European continent.

“Vampire” comes from the German “Vampir”, which comes from the Hungarian “vámpir”, which in most Slavic languages is a word designating a bat.

The vampire is part of the great “ghost” family. According to the different folklore and the most common superstition, this undead man feeds on the blood of the living to derive his life force. Its victims die of having been emptied of their blood or they undergo certain conditions (blood exchange, placing underground with its “genitor” are some of the best-known examples), in vampires, but only after their death: “they die and live again!”

It is Arnold Paole, a Serb, who was the first to be called “vampire” in the eighteenth century.

You may think that it is the one that everyone calls “Dracula” who was the first vampire, but not… Vlad III Basarab, of his real name, knows indeed an important celebrity during his lifetime: the merchants Saxons of Transylvania and the king of Hungary, Matthias Corvin, make him a cruel ruler who impales his enemies, which earned him nicknames such as “The Impaler” or “Drăculea” (“son of the devil” or “son of the dragon”). Inspired by the nickname of Vlad III Basarab, the figure of the Count of Dracula was invented by Bram Stocker for his novel in 1897, which is why Vlad III Basarab is now assimilated to a vampire but he wasn’t one!

The contemporary myth of the vampire would be a sort of “superposition” of several other supernatural creatures from various European folklore, especially Slavic. Some authors have enumerated precursors: spirits, demons, or ghosts in turn, possessed or not (incomplete list): the “visitor”, the “hungry”, the “nightmare”, the “strangler”, the “chewer” (well yes, they chew us gently the neck with their small pointed canines… ok… really must I stop!) And finally the returning to animal form (Bat? Hum … no comment).

Characteristics of Vampires

This undead creature is universally known to feed on the blood of the living as soon as night falls, for, as I said before, to take their vital force and remain immortal! In fact, this is not entirely accurate, as it is for the Vampire to no longer be subject to old age. Other elements of folklore are well entrenched in our minds: the coffin in which he takes refuge during the day to rest and the cemetery: “let’s go home!” (Honestly each his “trip”, me personally, the cemeteries at night, it’s not my trip…).

In many legends, the vampire also feeds on human excrements and flesh, including his own: it is the automation that includes not only his flesh but also his clothes (if you had just eaten, excuse). This detail seems to be verified by old records of stories of shrouds found chewed. (I warned you: Vampires love to chew on).

Of course, what also characterizes the Vampire is his legendary pair of … what? From sharp canines! (Stop having ideas misplaced!) The clothing appearance, it would have been built in the cinematographic and theatrical folklore, in particular his famous cloak.

Some mystical powers are also given to him:

He hypnotizes his victims, seduces them, reads in thoughts, changes into mist, bat, sometimes in wolf or, according to legends, he controls them.

It is also this particular link with the wolf that makes that generally when one thinks of the Vampire, we often associate the Werewolf.

It seems that killing a “master vampire” or a “vampire-genitor” frees those he has transformed or sometimes his children die with him.

The Vampire if he becomes more powerful, fast, and resistant with age, would be “indisposed” by the smell of garlic, wild rose or hawthorn. Some objects would be able to repel it: the mythical crucifix, the rosary, the holy water and the mirror (since it cannot be reflected in it). He cannot walk on consecrated soils (Church, etc.). The legend also says that a Vampire cannot enter a house without being invited.

Bram Stoker’s work, Dracula, was first published in 1897 and is still popular today.

As the Vampire is an undead, he is already dead! So to kill him, it was necessary to rack one’s brains! (Ah, Ah!) Of course, decapitation is the most effective way to eliminate it, followed by a stake in the heart, a nail in the head (definitely) or a cremation in good form!

References to the Vampire

(Incomplete lists, you understand that they are too long…)


Literature:

  • Dracula by Bram Stocker.
  • The Vampyre by John Stagg
  • The Vampire by John William Polidori
  • The Vourdalak Family (published in Tolstoy’s Stories of the Living Dead)
  • History of the Pale Lady, novel by Alexandre Dumas (1849).
  • The Knight of Darkness by Paul Féval (1860)
  • Lokis of Prosper Mérimée.
  • The Horla (in its first version) by Guy de Maupassant
  • The Parasite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Vampire Chronicles, Interview with a vampire by Anne Rice

Movies:

  • Nosferatu the vampire by Friedrich Murnau, in 1922
  • Vampyr, or the strange adventure of David Gray in 1932
  • The Dracula Nightmare, by Terence Fisher in 1958.
  • Polanski’s Ball of the Vampires in 1967 (parody)
  • Tony Scott’s Predators in 1983
  • Vampire, did you say vampire ? Tom Holland in 1985 and Tommy
  • Lee Wallace in 1988 Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992
  • Interview with a vampire by Neil Jordan in 1994
  • Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night in 2011.

Cinematographic and television series:

  • The Blade Saga
  • The Underworld Saga
  • The Twilight Saga
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Angel
  • Vampires Diaries
  • Supernatural (Ahhhhhh the best series in my senses, which has many other creatures!)
  • True Blood
  • Being Human
  • The Clan of the Damned
  • The Originals (I love it!)

Mangas / Comics:

  • Vampire Hunter D (manga)
  • Vampire Princess Miyu (manga)
  • Vampire Knight (manga)
  • Hellsing (manga)
  • Requiem, Chevalier Vampire (BD)
  • The Prince of the Night (BD)
  • 30 days of night (comics)

Video Games:

  • Castlevania (since 1986),
  • Legacy of Kain (since 1996)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in 1993.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Dracula: Resurrection, Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary, Dracula 3: The Way of the Dragon
  • The Masquerade (roleplaying)
  • Dracula’s Fury (board game).

We may never really know if the vampires existed as they are described to us, but is there smoke without fire? One thing is certain: those who inspired these creatures did indeed exist, but they undoubtedly renounced their immortality in order to rest in peace! Their legend, in any case, it, continues to persist in time… for eternity!

Article written by S-P DECROIX.

Is a writer what he writes?

I am what I write.

Is the writer really what he writes? It is a phrase I like to affirm and to which many writers could identify… or not!

Indeed, when this sentence was read, at first sight, one could say that there is something to be afraid when one reads certain writers! For, not everyone writes romance novels or heroic and epic adventures! What is the part of truth and invention in a novel, a book? Where is the essence of the author who completed his work? Is a book just an exercise in style? What does he really reveal about his author and about us? Let’s look at these different points together, and it is a writer who speaks to you! This new approach to writing could well change your look at reading …
Are you sure you keep reading what follows?

All right…

A truth disguised or highlighted

What is true and what is false in what a writer can write? The writer is known to know perfectly how to speak Molière’s language, letters and rhetoric, so it is perfectly legitimate to ask himself whether he is authentic and whether everything he writes reflects the truth or Is a pure exercise in style and imagination?

Although the writer has a great deal of knowledge and verb, he is skilled at expressing in writing what he may not be able to say or reveal by word of mouth. Others, on the other hand, excel in both writing and speaking, but what matters is that he has things to say and a message to convey.

If some writers manage to communicate a clear and clear message, for others it is very difficult to understand at first reading what they meant! However, can he write about subjects that he does not know or feel intimately? Can he actually put words on what he has never experienced personally? Of course, you would tell me immediately! And I will say no. And I explain myself!

When a writer undertakes the writing of a fiction, it has a whole work of observation, investigation and understanding before approaching a subject that is particularly close to his heart. This is a crucial step for the credibility of a universe and the atmosphere it must generate. The illusion must be perfect! This is what makes a work appreciated by the reader: its striking realism, as if we were immersed in the heart of the story and we felt exactly the emotions of the characters; We are not only readers but actors of history; We identify with certain characters, we empathize with them, history makes us live emotions and opens us to understanding.

Everything we feel at the moment of our reading is closely related to the emotions that we could live in real situations! The same goes for the writer when he immortalizes his emotions on paper. As incredible as it may be: everything written by an authentic writer is deeply felt, at different scales certainly, but he cannot share a feeling or an event that would not first have reached his mind in some way ! In this he consciously or unconsciously associates a fictitious or semi-fictitious event with a memory or an emotion that he himself would have lived in his own life. As a film actor imbues himself with his own emotions to embody a character on the screen and give the impression of a perfect illusion, the writer must necessarily soak up his personal history to bring into the world a universe that will be authentic, not by its form, but by the depth with which the writer has chosen the right words to immerse us in the reality he has created in all sincerity. He can not give what he does not have intrinsically.

What is true in any writer’s work is the authenticity with which he shares his emotions. He does not need to have literally experienced what his story tells, but by writing it he transposes his feelings and feels them strongly about the present moment, along with the reader. Exactly as in a film, with an infinite richness of details and an unparalleled freedom of imagination! And that’s what makes the magic of writing! The reader fully appropriates history, transposing its own psychic projections onto those already transcribed. Thus, the reader puts familiar faces on characters that are agreeable to him and unpleasant faces on those who displease him, all this is done in an unconscious way, but actively participates in the pluridimensional character of the work!

A book is always born a second time in the mind of the reader. And it will be like this eternally, is not it magnificent?

A book does not just read, it lives! Although everything is not “real” (in our physical dimension) and the result of the fruit of the imagination, the materialization of its universe resulting from the psyche by words makes it real in the dimension of our imaginary and palpable even in our regions !

Beyond Words…

The authenticity, the very essence of the author, what is deep within himself, often hides between the lines! We might even assert the following phrases, as I myself maintain:

Tell me what you write, I’ll tell you who you are. Tell me what you like to read, I will tell you what you aspire to!

For me, writing transcends speech.

Why?

The writing style of the writer is very revealing of his personality; He does not need to speak, his writing does it in his place. Through it, an infinite amount of information is communicated to us voluntarily or not. Indeed, the way in which one word is used rather than another, to use one phrase rather than another, and to assemble the sentences to one another, reflects the author’s way of handling the verb; Perhaps with simplicity, subtlety, on a mystic wat, meticulousness, intellectuality or complexity. He can not express himself otherwise than what he can not be himself! It seems so obvious. Even if he decides to use terms that he would not normally use in everyday life or to create a pastiche or a parody, if he does it is because he has everything to Makes the abilities and it is a facet of himself that he prefers to turn into derision!

The writer is not fixed to a single register, just as man keeps evolving over time, he also evolves through his writings and the events he lives. The most important, and the most revealing, about himself is the message he has to convey to us.

Why did he write his work and what did he want to tell us through it?

It is no coincidence that we like to study or comment on texts in literature; to raise the veil or to try to understand what a writer does not express in his writings is the essence of the writer. The essence of the writer is both in what he tells us and what he does not tell us! What he tells us and what he keeps silent about is extremely important and meaningful! The ideas he shares have reached him and found refuge in him, feeling a need or a duty to transpose them black and white, to make us share. And if they have found in him a hand disposed to be at their service, it is because at bottom his heart has been sensitive, touched, aligned with the same vibration as this idea or felt the need to transpose them. This can not be the result of chance and it is in this that a reading is exciting and could be the subject of a thorough psychoanalytic study! We read what is said and both we reflect on what is implied and not explicitly stated. There lies the genius of a work. Every book has an important message and often offers us answers to the questions we posed consciously or unconsciously through the verb of an author who expresses for us what we needed to hear to unlock a personal situation Or orient us towards the right choice, the right attitude to adopt in a decision that we would have to take…

Each book speaks to us and reveals to us, just as every written line is the materialization of the vibratory wave emanated by the writer himself at the moment when he writes it. That’s the magic of writing! And it is doubtless this authenticity, this spontaneity that makes the pleasure of reading perpetuates through the centuries and propels authors to a resounding success, succeeding in vibrating with the same intensity that at the time of their writing of the millions of readers around the world!

What does a book tell us about its author and about ourselves?

Books are rich in meaning. This is what makes every work an immeasurable treasure. A book has several readings and as many possible interpretations as human beings on Earth! An authentic writer is necessarily open-hearted! What does a book about its author reveal? And about ourselves?

Only he holds the key to all the mysteries that reign over him, but he can not hand it over to others, for he is the guardian of his psychic and social stability. Its secret garden allows it to make it bloom more beautiful to the delight of those who will want to venture there by reading his books and what he will tell us…

Each book has a soul. A book is a heart that beats. A book is love materialized by writing.

A book is a part of oneself that one finds. It is an inestimable gift that writers offer us in the writing of their work when they are procured, for they not only give themselves up, but deliver us from our preoccupations to bring us back to ourselves and to one of the shortest paths to love: empathy.

The real question to ask is, how far do we want to go in the author’s intimacy and how far are we ready to plunge deep within ourselves?

Writing is an act of love, issued without expecting anything in return. Reading is the best act we can do to continue to spread love and bring us closer to our essence. There are secrets they will probably never reveal to us, but if we keep our eyes open, we could perfectly read between the lines and find out what the book has to say…

Each reading is a prelude to a revelation.

What if the reader was also what he read? There is also reason to reflect on the question! In the meantime, take care of your readings and keep your mind open to the messages a book wants to communicate to you! A book never falls into our hands by chance…

Article written by Leandro De Carvalho, author of Living In Harmony.