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Ahura Mazda, the supreme god of Zoroastrianism, the God of “learning, wisdom, discovery, and memory”


Mazdá Ahûrá is the Supreme God of ancient Zoroastrianism. The ancient Aryan Prophet Zarathustra called his Supreme God Mazdá Ahûrá “the god of learning, wisdom, discovery, imagination, mind, memory” or the “Mindful Ahûrá.” Mazdá Ahûrá of the Old Avestan lore … Continue reading

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The dominion of the Gods, rich pastures, and the oppressed tillers of the land in the Gathas of Zarathustra


The ancient Zoroastrian spirituality is unequivocally linked to agriculture, animal stewardship, and a celebration of the purity/bounty of nature expressed in the key agricultural festivals of the year. The most sacred mantra in Zoroastrianism, ahü vairyö “will to become godlike,” states: … Continue reading

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Rune Othala and Inheriting the Brilliant Nature, Good Mind of the Gods in Zoroastrianism


In the Elder Futhark symbolism of the ancient Vikings, Othala rune represented the o sound. Othala disappeared from the Scandinavian record around the 6th century, but it survived in the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, and expressed the Old English œ. Viking rune *ōþalą has become ēðel in Old English and … Continue reading

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Rune laguz, Lakes, and the powerful Giants of Ages/Lords of Time in Zoroastrianism


In the runic alphabet of the ancient Norsemen *laguz “lake,” is the rune of “psyche, spirit, soul, vast bodies of water, the rune of unfolding, revelation.” *laguz is a cognate of Gothic *lagus, Old Norse lǫgr, Old English lagu A … Continue reading

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Nowrouz Bal, The end of Summer New Year of the Lush Caspian Mountains, and Gaelic Samhain


The lush Caspian Mountains, and Northeastern Iran were the last strongholds of Zoroastrianism after the arab moslem invasion. While according to the Avesta, the Zoroastrian New Year, Nauv-rouz begins with Vernal Equinox, the people of the beautiful Caspian province of … Continue reading

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Rune EIHAWZ, the yew tree, and the Zoroastrian scarlet tree


The yew tree figured prominently in ancient Germanic legal and ritual symbolism. References to yew tree appear in sacred ritual and legal texts of the pagan Germanic people, perhaps because of yews evergreen properties and extraordinary longevity. For example, the … Continue reading

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Fravahar/Fravar, the Valkyries, and the Parsi Mukhtad Rites


The last ten-days at year’s end, are the “All Hallows or All Saints Festival” in the Zoroastrian calendar, dedicated to fravašis or fravars “Valkyrie-like beings” who are the “pristine prototypes of the creation.” The festival shares many features with Celtic pagan … Continue reading

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