Daily Archives: April 5, 2011

Names


Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name? Or wondered why it means what it does?

Visit: http://www.meaning-of-names.com/

Here’s mine: (Sonja)

Meaning of “Sonja”
Scandinavian name

In Scandinavian, the name Sonja means wisdom. The name Sonja originated as an Scandinavian name. The name Sonja is most often used as a girl name or female name.

Scandinavian Name Meaning – wisdom
Origin – Scandinavia
 
And my last name too: (Campbell)
 
Meaning of Campbell

Campbell Meaning:  one who had a wry or crooked mouth; descendant of Campbell (crooked mouth).

Not so fun…

 
And lastly middle! (Annalise)
 
Meaning of “Annalise”
German name

In German, the name Annalise means gracious, consecrated to god. The name Annalise originated as a German name. The name Annalise is most often used as a girl name or female name.

German Name Meaning – gracious, consecrated to god
Origin – Germany
 
 

Dryads


Dryads are shy Greek nymphs who are connected to trees and are demigods. They protect their forests and the creatures and plants that live there. They are very peaceful. They are long-living and generally very beautiful maidens.

Mythic Trees


I found a bunch of pictures of trees that really just seemed amazing to me. It makes sense to me that mythology so often involves trees – they do have an amazing ability to inspire awe.

Mythology of Dance


I found this website:

http://www.gildedserpent.com/art37/KetiAstro.htm

I thought it was an interesting look at why we dance…

Here’s some of my favorite passages:

“In primitive cultures the links between heaven and earth, spirit and matter, or human and god or nature was understood and celebrated through ritual, song, and movement.”

“Dance, however, in its primal state, bypasses many “mental analyses” and seems to translate a type of elemental universal knowledge directly through the body. One can, I guess, say the same about music, which in its most primal state is almost unconsciously drawn from the musician, with a guidance that cannot be explained in terms of “literal study” or “dissemination of learnt material.” It is sometimes called “inspired,” but where does that really come from? In dance, one of history’s oldest modes of communicating with divinity and nature, the body becomes a vehicle for universal knowledge through music. The two are inextricably linked; the audio becomes the visual. When the two parts become one, the expression is complete. And in its completion, we assume some message has been transposed from the divine “inspiration” to the “vibrational” mode of music to a “physical” understanding through the body. As simple as it seems, this process harnesses various cosmological elements within its progression; there is a clarity or awareness realized through the act itself. Inspiration and instinct often guide both music and dance.”

“In dance, the body becomes a vehicle for three things:a) The establishment of a rhythmic pattern response through the rhythm and tempo of percussion, thus creating a physiological and psychological effect. Drums are primal and instant in their effect with a core range of tempos from 60-180 beats per minute (BPM) that affect our physiology (our entire endocrine system noticeably speeds up simply by listening to 130 BPM, while 60 BPM is pacifying and is often used in hypnosis).b) Creating a music-melody-movement response to the various instruments played, thus tuning body movement with sound wavelength and frequencies. Instruments are held by the player near the body area that harnesses the frequency of the specific instrument. For example, drums are approximately 50 MHz, as is the frequency of the pelvic area in humans. Flutes are pitched at almost 4,000 MHz as is the frequency of the head area in humans. This explains why African warriors dance using low, grounded aggressive movements to earthy drums, while the Sufi dervishes spin to flutes for enlightenment. Fiery guitars sit in the mid-body area, with qualities matching the solar plexus’ characteristics of pride and courage apparent in Spanish flamenco. The emotive heart area tunes into a higher frequency again, so instruments like the accordion and violin create music that engage feeling and “pull the heartstrings.”c) Tuning into cosmological principals based on the body’s ability to create SPACE, WEIGHT and SHAPE in unchanging elemental fractal geometry. We dance the shapes and patterns that music creates, thus replicating the pattern in a physical, kinesthetic dimension”

Interesting huh?

Modern Day Mythology


I thought this was interesting – a modern add that talks about goddesses?

And then I realized that we see this all the time… The Odyssey as an SUV? What about the Venus razor brand? Pretty strange how much of it we just kind of take at face value…

Skadi


The goddess of mountains and skiing… You got to admit that’s pretty cool. Personally, I see Skadi “wanna-be”s everywhere… We are in Bozeman after all. I’m pretty sure she’s MSU’s patron goddess – “mountains and minds”…

Just thought it was fun.

Tron – Hero’s journey


Call to Adventure – Page from missing father

Refusal – there’s no way its him…

Supernatural Aid – gets transported onto the “grid”

Crossing the 1st threshold – Going to the grid

Belly of the whale – in the “games” of the grid

Road of Trials – escaping Clu and finding father

Meeting with the goddess – “iso” shows up and saves

Woman as temptress – “iso”

Atonement with father – reconnecting with father and forgiving him

Apotheosis – in Clu’s stronghold with his army

Ultimate boon – saving the world from an invasion and the iso and love

Refusal of return – won’t leave father behind

Magic flight – transported back to Earth

Rescue from without – Father “reintegrates” Clu

Crossing 2nd threshold – going back to Earth

Master of 2 worlds – the grid and Earth

Freedom to live – Clu is no longer a threat

How To Train Your Dragon – Hero’s Journey


Call to Adventure – Hitting the nightwing with his weapon

Refusal – trying to kill it before he decides he can’t kill it

Supernatural Aid – the dragon doesn’t kill him

Crossing the 1st threshold – going into dragon-killing training

Belly of the whale – flying with Toothless to the dragon-mother’s den

Road of Trials – keeping Toothless secret

Meeting with the goddess – Astrid starts liking/competing with him

Woman as temptress – Astrid tries to kill Toothless

Atonement with father – becomes best new dragon-killer, father is finally proud

Apotheosis – going to fight the mother-dragon

Ultimate boon – no longer have to deal with dragons stealing herds

Refusal of return – almost dies and loses legs

Magic flight – Toothless flies home

Rescue from without – New leg made for him

Crossing 2nd threshold – going back to his home

Master of 2 worlds – dragons and his tribe

Freedom to live – dragons and humans in peace

Tangled – Hero’s Journey


Call to Adventure – Flynn Rider shows up

Refusal – bipolar period of worry about her “mother”

Supernatural Aid – Wanting to see the lanterns?

Crossing the 1st threshold – leaving the tower

Belly of the whale – going to the “Snuggly Duckling”

Road of Trials – Escaping the soldiers and thieves and cave

Meeting with the goddess – Mother Gothel shows up

Woman as temptress – Mother Gothel shows up

Atonement with father – learning of the lost princess

Apotheosis – getting stolen back to tower

Ultimate boon – freedom and love

Refusal of return – “if you let him live I’ll go with you”

Magic flight – “mother” falling out of tower

Rescue from without – Flynn brought back to life

Crossing 2nd threshold – leaving the tower for the last time

Master of 2 worlds – princess and the thieves

Freedom to live – no longer any threat of imprisonment

And just for fun, my favorite song from it: