“If you would look down from the moon…and see the innumerable broils of mortals, you would think you were looking at a great cloud of flies or gnats, quarelling among themselves, warring, plotting, plundering, playing, frisking, being born, declining, dying. It is downright incredible what tumults, what tragedies can be stirred up by such tiny creatures, so frail and short-lived.”
Erasmus

Follow the light of your own truth. 

  
No matter what you’re experiencing right now, it’s okay to have hope. In fact, your soul is probably begging for it. Hope is expansive and allows us to receive our prayers. Sometimes, we have to become the person for whom our prayers can be answered in order to have them answered at all. The truth is, when we tighten up, contract and loose hope, we disconnect ourselves from ourselves and in doing so, we disconnect from source energy. We jump into our minds and out of our being; therefore, we can’t even SEE the answer, the subtle cues or the lit up path because we’re disengaged from our internal guidance system. Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. So, if we want to change our reality, we have to change our thinking, we have to change our consciousness and we have to be willing and vulnerable enough to relax into hope; even if it’s little at a time. In this way, hope becomes a conscious prayer that expands us into receiving mode. By allowing hope, we literally change the dial of our own frequency and create a new rhythm, the rhythm that the Universe feels, responds to, and reflects back into our experience. 
Miss Metamorphisis 

Me 

  

 
Woman is not to be adored for her beauty alone, for her feminine charms. She is to be revered in all forms, from the most sublimely beautiful to the frightening, from the young girl child to the old crone, from the bloodthirsty to the motherly, from the gentle to the fierce. 

I am. 

I am. 

I am that. I am that I am.

I am the live Essence. I am the Galactivator. 

I am the human Context. I am the third eye of One. 

I am the dawn of a new Era. I am the center of all Sources. 

I am the intimacies of Eternity. I am the distinguisher of Realms. 

I am the Light of all Luminosities. I am the the wanderer of the Path.

I am the emittance of Consciousness. I am the anima mundi of natural Worlds. 

I am the consistent form of a Nebula. I am the spattered truth of Earth. 

I am the ruling factor of Equation. I am the synchronization of Souls. 

I am the everlasting Exoticism. I am the range of Capacities. 

I am the softness of Clouds. I am the twinkle in the Eye. 

I am the all Encompassing. I am the truth of Future. 

I am the broken Lock. I am the Kymatica.

           I am that I am. I am that. I am. 

For she has returned,
and her voice roaring as a thousand mighty lions,
echoing for races and generations to come.
 No longer shall her womb be kept in chains,
for her children of earth,
stand in an unbreakable circle
with one voice, one heartbeat and one soul united,
through the darkest of hours,
over the threshold, into a new dawn.

Twiggie, 2015?

Operation Pied Piper 

Young British children are evacuated as part of Operation Pied Piper. Ultimately 3.5 million people were relocated as part of the evacuation. Imperial War Museum photo

In the early hours of 1 September 1939, German troops crossed the border into Poland. At the same time in Britain, thousands of children, in cities all over the country crocodile-marched to the nearest railway station to board trains that would take them to the safety of the countryside.

Two days later, war was declared. Operation Pied Piper was the secret code name given to the mass evacuation of over 3 million children.

http://youtu.be/voUe1WFBD9Q

Given the large numbers and different social classes involved, individual experiences ran the gamut from excellent to terrible. 

On  6th December, 1941, Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, reported the results of a 12-month study she had authorised. Its conclusion was that “separation from their parents was a worse shock for children than a bombing.” In the 2003 BBC Radio 4 documentary, “Evacuation: The True Story,” Steve Davis, a clinical psychologist specialising in the study of war trauma, stated that in the worst cases, “It was little more than a pedophile’s charter.”

The oldest known picture of the Pied Piper copied from the glass window of the Market Church in Hameln/Hamelin Germany (c.1300-1633). Image source: Wikimedia.

When, lo! as they reached the mountain-side, 

A wondrous portal opened wide,

As if a cavern was suddenly hollowed;

And the Piper advanced and the children followed,

And when all were in to the very last,

The door in the mountain-side shut fast.

Robert Browning, The Pied Piper of Hamelin: A Child’s Story

http://youtu.be/4RFLm5eZuHM

Many are familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Few realise however, that the story is based on real events, which evolved over the years into a fairy tale made to scare children.
For those unfamiliar with the tale, it is set in 1284 in the town of Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany. This town was facing a rat infestation, and a piper, dressed in a coat of many coloured, bright cloth, appeared. This piper promised to get rid of the rats in return for a payment, to which the townspeople agreed too. Although the piper got rid of the rats by leading them away with his music, the people of Hamelin reneged on their promise. The furious piper left, vowing revenge. On the 26th of July of that same year, the piper returned and led the children away, never to be seen again, just as he did the rats. Nevertheless, one or three children were left behind, depending on which version is being told. One of these children was lame, and could not keep up, another was deaf and could not hear the music, while the third one was blind and could not see where he was going.

If the children’s disappearance was not an act of revenge, then what was its cause? There have been numerous theories trying to explain what happened to the children of Hamelin. For instance, one theory suggests that the children died of some natural causes, and that the Pied Piper was the personification of Death. By associating the rats with the Black Death, it has been suggested that the children were victims of this plague. Yet, the Black Death was most severe in Europe between 1348 and 1350, more than half a century after the event in Hamelin. Another theory suggests that the children were actually sent away by their parents, due to the extreme poverty that they were living in. Yet another theory speculates that the children were participants of a doomed ‘Children’s Crusade’, and might have ended up in modern day Romania, or that the departure of Hamelin’s children is tied to the Ostsiedlung, in which a number of Germans left their homes to colonize Eastern Europe. One of the darker theories even proposes that the Pied Piper was actually a paedophile who crept into the town of Hamelin to abduct children during their sleep.
Sources. 

Being born in the 70s I was unaware of the name of the secret operation Pied Piper until 9th September, a special day here in England as Queen, Elizabeth Windsor became the longest ruling monarch of the United Kingdom.   

The papers and media were full of accolades and celebrations, stories of the Queen and her achievements.   One, which caught my eye in the Huffington Post.  

In the last couple of weeks millions of people are migrating across the Middle East, some making treacherous journeys across the Meditteranan, children drowning, loss of life and now upon the shires of Europe, this migration is stirring much discontent.  
  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJI9LPFQth4&sns=em

So zooming back in time, Queen Elizabeth’s first ever public speech and address reveals a compassionate message of solidarity to child migrants.  When she was just 14 – and still a princess as her father was on the throne – Elizabeth addressed the UK’s children who left their homes to escape the dangers of Word War II, on the BBC’s Children’s Hour radio slot in 1940.

Teenage Elizabeth tells the thousands of homesick children who travelled abroad to Commonwealth countries to escape the threat of German invasion and bombings that she was “not forgetting” them.

Why, was this operation named Pied Piper ? We now know from historical sources and documented evidence available in the Public Domain that this operation was planned a year before – a contingency plan.  For some reason, this just does not sit right with me and I cannot put my finger on it.  There are many stories about these turbulent times, some happy stories and too some very tragic.   I just can not comprehend being whisked away from my parents and being sent to live with strangers who would pick you – like cattle.  

I then think again of the Pied Piper and one character springs to my mind, not the fairy tale character but Russell Brand. 

  

“More than anything else I’m the trickster”  Russell Brand 

Brand’s status as a pied piper of the champagne anarchist is even more ridiculous when one considers his past.  The man now putting himself forward as a Shoreditch Che Guevara, a crusader against bigotry and the capitalist system, shot to fame as a presenter on Big Brother, a programme that has been blighted by racism and relies on sponsorship from firms such as TalkTalk and the Carphone Warehouse. It has also been alleged (though never proven) that his film company is bankrolled by a group of City financiers, the very people he purports to despise. 

Brand claims to represent the young people of this country, those under the age of 45.  Well I belong to that generation (just about) and I can categorically say this man does not represent me. Nor would I swap his tricky dicky story for the original version.  
When you think about it’s weird what he/they did, taking those  children away and it makes you ask questions. Why did he/they do it? Is that okay? Why did it happen? What’s the story trying to tell us? The Pied Pieper makes you think. 

There’s something about it. You have your basic story: there’s a tow/country, the town has a rat problem, the town calls the Pied Piper, the Pied Piper gets rid of the rats, the town doesn’t pay the the Pied Piper and the Pied Piper takes the children. But everything else is up for grabs, you can change it, you can set it anywhere in the world, you can say it means anything you like. 

I wonder what the children thought was going to happen? Being led away with music.  The pipe is really significant because music is something that has a powerful effect that we can’t really understand. In itself it’s a metaphor for the other things that have an effect on us that we can’t see or even really understand.

Today, we tell the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin to our children to teach them a lesson in morality, that lesson being don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep and don’t back out on a deal. And today we usually tack on a happy ending with the children of Hamelin all being released from the cave they were being held in when their parents finally decided to keep their part of the bargain.

However, as with most fairy tales, the Pied Piper has some basis in fact, and those facts are, indeed, pretty gruesome.

Sources 
Anderson, D., 2012. The Pied Piper of Hamelin: The facts behind the fairy tale. [Online] Available at: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-pied-piper-of-hamelin-the-facts-behind-the-fairy-tale

Ashliman, D. L., 2013. The Pied Piper of Hameln and related legends from other towns. [Online] Available at: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/hameln.html

Cuervo, M. J. P., 2010. The Lost Children of Hamelin. [Online] Available at: http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/3805/the_lost_children_of_hamelin.html

Ridley, L., Huffington Post [Online] Available at: The Queen’s First Ever Speech In 1940 Was About Child Migrants

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/08/the-queen-elizabeth-longest-reigning-first-speech-refugees_n_8103470.html

Wikipedia, 2014. Pied Piper of Hamelin. [Online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_Piper_of_Hamelin

Hamelin

Henry Wheaton – Norse Cosmos of the Nine Worlds, “Histoire des peuples du nord, et des Danois et des Normands”, 1844.

  
The cosmic geography in which the Norse deities dwell encompasses nine realms of interconnected realities that are often referred to as the Nine Worlds. These realms are all linked together by the various branches of the cosmic ash tree referred to in the myths as Yggdrasil. Asgard was connected to Midgard (the Earth) by a rainbow-hued bridge called Bifrost. The Nine Worlds of the Norse cosmology are the following:

An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in the Icelandic Prose Edda.

1. Asgard – the realm inhabited by the great majority of the Norse deities, and ruled by Odin and Frigga. Most of the deities have their own palace, and it’s the original home of the war-loving Aesir tribe. Asgard is described in the myths as an amazing and majestic realm of towering spires and palaces of gold and silver situated within a remarkable city. It is surrounded by miles and miles of enchanted woodlands, rivers, and seas, which are populated by a large number of life forms, many of them analogous to Earth creatures, such as dogs, cats, and horses, and others unlike anything natural to the biological fauna of Earth, including dragons and various types of sea serpents. This realm is also the original home of the Aesir, one of the two tribes of deities who merged into a single tribe, the Asgardians. A special section of Asgard called Valhalla is inhabited by the souls of heroic and virtuous mortals who followed the Norse path, and these honored dead, known collectively as the Einerjar, are ruled by Odin and Freya (each of whom rules over half of these fallen heroes). 

Asgard home of the Gods

2. Vanaheim – former home of the Vanir, a tribe of peaceful but powerful fertility deities, that went to war with the Aesir of Asgard and eventually achieved peace with them, merging and intermarrying with this other tribe, and making their home with them in Asgard. Vanaheim, like Asgard, is a spectacular realm that is dotted with vast, unspoiled forests and bodies of water, all of which are inhabited by nature spirits and equivalents of Earth animals. 

  

3. Alfheim – the realm of the Light Elves, once ruled by the Norse god Frey in his youth (who since migrated to Asgard). The light elves are the enchanted, shape-shifting beings of great magickal power who were known to the Celtic people as the faerie folk, or faes, and Alfheim is simply another word for the twilight realm known in Ireland and Scotland as Faerieland. 

  

4. Svartalfheim – the home of the Dark Elves, an offshoot species of the inhabitants of Alfheim, who have been known to people in the Western world as goblins, bogarts, and many other names. 

 

 Many Norse thought that dark elves were also responsible for nightmares. These dark elves were called mare. A mare would sit on a sleeping person’s chest and whisper bad dreams to haunt the person. A mare can also haunt animals, particularly horses. The dark elves can not be exposed to the sun, if the sun’s beams of light reached them they would instantly turn into stones. 

5. Midgard – this word, meaning “Middle Realm,” is the Asgardian name for the Earth dimension, which is the material manifested world of humanity that we mortals inhabit. As we all know, our realm operates under a set of physical laws recognized by science, but the quantum nature of our reality enables mortals of varying skill to wield energies that can be drawn from the other, magickal realms comprising the Nine Worlds (and beyond). 

  

6. Jotunheim – the realm of the Jotun, or Giants, a third tribe of humanoid beings of great magickal power to rival the Aesir and Vanir who never made peace with either of these other two tribes, and are considered their sworn enemies. This realm is distinguished by an extremely cold, snow-capped tundra and huge mountain ranges. 

  

7. Nidavellir – rocky realm characterized by miles of caves whose whose lower levels are inhabited by the diminutive and elusive race of humanoid beings known as the Dwarves, where they maintain their forges that they sometimes use in the service of the deities, and occasionally for a few select mortals. 

  

8. Helheim (Hel) – this is the twilight realm of the common dead, the souls of those mortals and deities living under the purview of the Norse cosmology who were neither truly heroic nor truly evil, and are ruled by the death goddess Hela, where her great palace resides. Helheim (not to be confused with the Hell of Biblical legend) is described as having a gray, barren, and bleak landscape. 

9. Niflheim – this frozen reality of endless snowscapes is the bitter realm of the dishonored – i.e., evil dead, the relatively small number of mortal souls of those people who were truly and remorselessly malicious or murderous while alive. It’s described in the legends as being an extremely cold, frozen landscape of endless night. The souls confined to that realm are subject to frequent hardships and tortures, and also fall under the rulership of the death goddess Hela. Niflheim is the former home of Ymir, the primal frost giant, and the birthplace of the later race of giants whom he spawned during the early history of the Nine Worlds. Niflheim may also be the same dimensional plane as the afterlife realm sometimes referred to as Winterland, where a small number of Wiccans fear that the most malign amongst their number may dwell at least temporarily following their mortal demise. 

  

Twig, 2015 

Sources 

Viking mythology
Norse mythology

Little Boxes on the Hillside… Made of ticky tacky… WAR.

What foresight Malvina Reynolds had when she composed this song is over 50 years ago.

In the 60s, this was a protest song about the development of suburbia and associated conformist middle-class attitudes reflected in the United States. It refers to suburban tract housing as “little boxes” of different colors “all made out of ticky-tacky“, and which “all look just the same.” “Ticky-tacky” is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of housing of that time.Unknown-1

I can remembering singing this song when I was in the Brownies, here in the Shire, 30 years ago.   It sounds like a children’s song and to be honest 30 years ago when accompanying Brown Owl on her guitar, singing our little hearts out we did not understand what we were really singing about.  It was a catchy tune with simple words to remember.

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,1
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there’s doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Malvina Reynolds

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There is no doubt that this was a view of a conformist and homogenized American society that was being portrayed in the song.  Not only did Malvina Reynolds demonstrate a baby-boomer era societals need to maintain uniformity with each other, but also to base success on material and superficial things.  Everyone  seeking the same progressions (doctors, lawyers, business executives) and living in identical houses. This is exactly what we see now in 2015, even more so here in the United Kingdom.

images-2As far as our values are concerned, religious affiliation is dwindling (which my expressive view is a good thing as it is indeed a control mechanism – however, this has also affected peoples decision making).   Being a “good person” isn’t as important as being a rich person. Morality is changing dramatically as people put money and power over being virtuous. Individuals will behave the way they need to, to reach their desired outcome; societies perception of success.  We have indeed been reduced to mere cogs in the machines… look around us at the automated, redundant, cliche, monotonous and generic society that has been built up around us. Conformity becomes us, abit like ‘Toys R Us’

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This is, in my humble opinion, ticky-tacky.    Until our society begins to appreciate the diverse reality of “success”, like being happy, accomplishing dreams, and being a generous and caring human being, the cookie-cutter hold, these invisible values that our Government keep on barking about, those that if you ask any citizen here in the United Kingdom about, they would look at you as though you have totally lost the plot, and they would have to actually think about what you have asked them –  Mind control in its blandest form, creating predictable, simple people, with simple problems, too trapped in a maze of sameness to ever look upwards or outwards, too concentrated on the tiny problems of fitting in and making it up the corporate ladder to do much questioning of the system. Too worried about keeping up with the Jones’ to question why we’re here, what it means, and why things ended up this way.images

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1929)“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1929)

So., with this in mind., I am trying to understand the middle east crisis which is raising its ugly head once again, and is ever prevalent on our news and in the mind of the masses.

The difference between the West and East is that the West has developed science, which is objective in spirit, critical in method. Its pursuit tends to lay stress on the independence of judgment—hence, a sturdy individualism and a fierce nationalism. The drive behind science is the desire to subdue nature. Through science and its application the West has acquired enormous power over the materials and forces of nature and has built up a civilisation characterised by an economy of abundance, an ideology of unlimited progress and a fear complex which urges it ever onward to unceasing effort and sleepless vigilance (Remaining in the box)

Therefore , the concept of the supremacy of law is bound up with the ideas of equality and liberty. Equality before the law is incompatible with privilege, whether based on creed, caste, hereditary position or wealth. Liberties inhere in persona—the rights which an individual holds.  TheEastern holders of persona, so far as state and society were are are concerned, as a  collective village, the occupational fraternity, the family; the individual was merged in the group. Under the influence of Western law and the stress of modern socio-economic forces the individual has become emancipated. Society becomes an integration of individuals instead of being a community of communities.

Morris., talks extensively about the effects of the west on eastern philosophies on his You Tube Channel, link here.

This is an excellent video regarding the creation of the refugees.

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Shine

Twig, 2015

Sources

Malvina Reynolds (Online) Accessed http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/MALVINA/mr094.htm

Propaganda

Ancestors

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“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children.“

Philip Carr-Gomm

“Originality has nothing to do with producing something ’ new’ – it is about seeking the source, the primordial ground from which you draw and have always drawn your being. It comes about when one works from one’s origins, it is the dance of the eternal return… and is as ancient as the Dreamtime.

“I’m not descended from anybody. All my ancestors are ascending from me.”

Jarod Kintz

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“We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.”

~ Paul Tsongas

Mother Moon

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Oh Mother Moon, who guides this inner world,
You are my secret dream, my hidden inmost need
Obscured by the outer facade
That keeps me shrouded in deception.
You are the gatekeeper
Of the nethermost regions of my soul.

Internal sanctums of consciousness,
Oh Luna, are your garden for my inner child.
Vulnerable, exposed,
When your luminous light shines upon me
I am naked,
Conflicted with my exoteric nature.

Oh Selene, beautiful winged Goddess!
You ride upon the intuitive waters
Of my psyche,
Expanding my resilience on golden wing,
Clipped, I am mercurial,
Quicksilver, changing from moment to moment.

Sentimental fool you take me for,
Immersing me in a pool of nostalgia
Only to rebirth the past,
Again and again.
You slumber in the dark abyss
Of my imagination, laying in wait
To reveal my aesthetic beauty.

Mother Moon, arcane enchantress,
Animating the rhythmic
Ebb and flow of all life,
Waxing maiden, waning crone,
Wandering through my clandestine realms,
Bending me to my knees, your lesson
In wholeness unravels me.
You whisper of ‘new beginnings’, forcing
Me to bury old wounds in the
Graveyard of my heart, where you stand
As guardian of my authentic Self.

Nirvani

Henry Wheaton – Norse Cosmos of the Nine Worlds, “Histoire des peuples du nord, et des Danois et des Normands”, 1844.

  
The cosmic geography in which the Norse deities dwell encompasses nine realms of interconnected realities that are often referred to as the Nine Worlds. These realms are all linked together by the various branches of the cosmic ash tree referred to in the myths as Yggdrasil. Asgard was connected to Midgard (the Earth) by a rainbow-hued bridge called Bifrost. The Nine Worlds of the Norse cosmology are the following:

 

An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in the Icelandic Prose Edda.
 
1. Asgard – the realm inhabited by the great majority of the Norse deities, and ruled by Odin and Frigga. Most of the deities have their own palace, and it’s the original home of the war-loving Aesir tribe. Asgard is described in the myths as an amazing and majestic realm of towering spires and palaces of gold and silver situated within a remarkable city. It is surrounded by miles and miles of enchanted woodlands, rivers, and seas, which are populated by a large number of life forms, many of them analogous to Earth creatures, such as dogs, cats, and horses, and others unlike anything natural to the biological fauna of Earth, including dragons and various types of sea serpents. This realm is also the original home of the Aesir, one of the two tribes of deities who merged into a single tribe, the Asgardians. A special section of Asgard called Valhalla is inhabited by the souls of heroic and virtuous mortals who followed the Norse path, and these honored dead, known collectively as the Einerjar, are ruled by Odin and Freya (each of whom rules over half of these fallen heroes). 

  Asgard home of the Gods
2. Vanaheim – former home of the Vanir, a tribe of peaceful but powerful fertility deities, that went to war with the Aesir of Asgard and eventually achieved peace with them, merging and intermarrying with this other tribe, and making their home with them in Asgard. Vanaheim, like Asgard, is a spectacular realm that is dotted with vast, unspoiled forests and bodies of water, all of which are inhabited by nature spirits and equivalents of Earth animals. 

  
3. Alfheim – the realm of the Light Elves, once ruled by the Norse god Frey in his youth (who since migrated to Asgard). The light elves are the enchanted, shape-shifting beings of great magickal power who were known to the Celtic people as the faerie folk, or faes, and Alfheim is simply another word for the twilight realm known in Ireland and Scotland as Faerieland. 

  
4. Svartalfheim – the home of the Dark Elves, an offshoot species of the inhabitants of Alfheim, who have been known to people in the Western world as goblins, bogarts, and many other names. 

  Many Norse thought that dark elves were also responsible for nightmares. These dark elves were called mare. A mare would sit on a sleeping person’s chest and whisper bad dreams to haunt the person. A mare can also haunt animals, particularly horses. The dark elves can not be exposed to the sun, if the sun’s beams of light reached them they would instantly turn into stones. 
5. Midgard – this word, meaning “Middle Realm,” is the Asgardian name for the Earth dimension, which is the material manifested world of humanity that we mortals inhabit. As we all know, our realm operates under a set of physical laws recognized by science, but the quantum nature of our reality enables mortals of varying skill to wield energies that can be drawn from the other, magickal realms comprising the Nine Worlds (and beyond). 

  
6. Jotunheim – the realm of the Jotun, or Giants, a third tribe of humanoid beings of great magickal power to rival the Aesir and Vanir who never made peace with either of these other two tribes, and are considered their sworn enemies. This realm is distinguished by an extremely cold, snow-capped tundra and huge mountain ranges. 

  
7. Nidavellir – rocky realm characterized by miles of caves whose whose lower levels are inhabited by the diminutive and elusive race of humanoid beings known as the Dwarves, where they maintain their forges that they sometimes use in the service of the deities, and occasionally for a few select mortals. 

  
8. Helheim (Hel) – this is the twilight realm of the common dead, the souls of those mortals and deities living under the purview of the Norse cosmology who were neither truly heroic nor truly evil, and are ruled by the death goddess Hela, where her great palace resides. Helheim (not to be confused with the Hell of Biblical legend) is described as having a gray, barren, and bleak landscape. 

9. Niflheim – this frozen reality of endless snowscapes is the bitter realm of the dishonored – i.e., evil dead, the relatively small number of mortal souls of those people who were truly and remorselessly malicious or murderous while alive. It’s described in the legends as being an extremely cold, frozen landscape of endless night. The souls confined to that realm are subject to frequent hardships and tortures, and also fall under the rulership of the death goddess Hela. Niflheim is the former home of Ymir, the primal frost giant, and the birthplace of the later race of giants whom he spawned during the early history of the Nine Worlds. Niflheim may also be the same dimensional plane as the afterlife realm sometimes referred to as Winterland, where a small number of Wiccans fear that the most malign amongst their number may dwell at least temporarily following their mortal demise. 

  

Sources 

Viking mythology
Norse mythology

Things…

 

There are things that we know – but we can not say. There are things – that cause in us a sense of shame or fear of being recognised as a freak. There are things – that we can prove, but there is no one who could understand. There are marks on our body and in the body or outside which seem to be less real than our dreams – in which we live over and over again tasks that we never wanted to do. There are things which awaken us in the middle of the night and there is good when our body will wake up at the same time as our brain, because sometimes, is stiff like a log, lips are silent, limb are passive, while brain and eyes, quite the contrary. The pain is always the same… real. There are red spots and strange sounds, repetitive sequences of these same numbers on clocks, registrations, documents. There are things that allow you to stop a time, disperse wind, mocking with gravity, play cat and mouse with steel wings. The thoughts which are not ours – yet not always bad. There are tests which still we need to pass, like adult children thrown into the small benches, while on the board – equations of quantum mechanics: Can you view the world only using colors and sounds? Try to see the true colors of nature – “forbidden colors”, “prohibited tones”. There are things that hold us back from moving – because we have to always be in the same place. There are things that affect on our feeling, because we do not belong to ourselves. We touch the sky every night, just to the morning almost nothing remember. Some say, the faster you move, the more time slows down … It’s no wonder that I look younger than 15 years ago. But at what price, at what price … 😦