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  1. By Odin's Beard

    Who is Quaithe?

    In British heraldry Quatherine means a "red ship in full sail"--Quaithe's mask is red wood, and her mask is made of starlight, and her voice is the whisperings of stars. Quaithe is the red comet. The comet is shierak qiya, the Bleeding Star. Sierra Seastar (seastar = starfish = asteroid) --star seastar/asteroid? ETA looked up Dothraki phrases, shierak means star. I just rewatched the Fifth Element, and in that there is a genetically engineered female who defeats a black planet (that was created by an eclipse) by shooting a beam of light off the surface of the Earth. In George's other stories people with Valyrian looks are genetically engineered (Glass Flower and Star Lady), Dany's thinks, "If I flew high enough, I could even see the Seven Kingdoms, and reach up and touch the comet. " In one of her Quaithe visions: "She dreamed. All her cares fell away from her, and all her pains as well, and she seemed to float upward into the sky. She was flying once again, spinning, laughing, dancing, as the stars wheeled around her and whispered secrets in her ear." I am starting to think Dany is going to warg a comet and destroy a black planet. "to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow." Mirri tells Dany she will be with Drogo again when the sun rises in the west, which I think refers to a weirwood comet launching in the West.
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    Did the Red Comet _____ ?

    Jon says "he could find the seven wanderers sacred to the Faith" --no-one would say they could "find the moon" --so I think the seven are planets not including the sun or moon. People used to think the appearance of Venus in the morning and in the evening were two separate planets. It is mentioned in the Audubon manual to the Night Sky, that I am almost certain George used to write his astronomy sections. "Because of its appearances at sunrise and sunset, the ancient Greeks thought it was two different planets, and gave them different names: Phosphorus (Light-bringer) the morning star, and Hesperus (Latin, Vesper) the evening star." About Saturn being a female Crone--I think George wanted a triple aspect female deity, so there had to be three females in the seven. Bonus trivia, in Hindu astronomy, Saturn is Shani ("slow") who rides a crow, and in ASOIAF the crone's lantern is the constellation Corvus, the crow. And the Crone let the first raven in through the door of death. I think there is a play on words between crone/corone. (also the myth of the constellation Corvus involves a woman name Coronis) And in the Sworn Sword, the constellations King's Crown and Crone's Lantern are listed together, and I think the King's Crown is the constellation Corona Borealis--so crone/corone/corona-- and Corona Borealis and Corvus are adjacent entries in the Audubon manual.
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    Did the Red Comet _____ ?

    " the red wanderer that septons preached was sacred to their Smith up here was called the Thief. " I think the warrior is Mercury because he/she is quick. Jupiter is the Father, Saturn (Cronos) is the Crone--because she is slow. Venus morningstar is the Maiden, Venus Evenstar is the Mother, and the black planet is the Stranger.
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    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    The three headed dragon in Persian mythology is called Azhi Dahak. azi means "serpent or dragon", ahi means "snake". In Hindu mythology Asuras are described as powerful superhuman demigods. The malevolent Asuras are led by Vritra, also called Ahi (or Azhi), Ahi appears as a dragon blocking the course of the rivers and is heroically slain by Indra (the Storm God). Asura Ahi = Azor Ahai, and Azhi = Asshai = dragon, (In Zoroastrianism Azhi Dahak the three-headed dragon wanted to depopulate the world) Ahi blocks rivers, and the Long Night caused the Rhoyne to dwindle and disappear. Azor Ahai is a "dragon," Asshai is named after him. A dragon that causes the Long Night and is a shadow over Asshai--also in the sci-fi book Mutineer's Moon, Dahak is the name of a moon sized spaceship that orbits Earth disguised as our moon, and it's sigil is a three-headed dragon. In ASOIAF black dragons block out the sun.
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    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    I am a carpenter and today I was using a nail-puller called a cat's paw--and I realized that it is a type of crow--as one of the meanings of crow is a pry bar. What if the 3 eyed crow was the trickster who got Joff to send the cat's paw in order to pry Cat away from Bran and out of Winterfell so that Bran could escape north? (the Star Trek episode Catspaw is about using magic and illusion to deceive) Last month I discovered that Galladon / gaileadán means "boiler" in gaelic and that sent me down a rabbit hole investigating every mention of kettles, pots, tubs, etc. and people whose names refer to those objects because I think they are clues about the "second moon" that causes the Long Night eclipse (because it is a hollow metallic "moon"--the greek word for boiler/cauldron is "levitas"--with the implication that the "cauldron" levitates) In gaelic, lothar means "cauldron" and bruinne means "judgment, doom" and bruin means "cauldron, kettle" in other languages brunn means "dark, brown"--a dark cauldron of doom Lothor Brune is associated with Fossaway, fass means "barrel, keg, vat" in german, and in english fossa means " A long, narrow, shallow depression on the body of an extraterrestrial body, such as a planet or moon "--so apples are associated with extraterrestrial bodies. In Slavic mythology the sky god Perun/Perkune possesses the golden apples which are "a talisman of ultimate destruction" which he throws up into the sky and they shoot lighting at people. Cerwyn means "vat, large tub" in welsh and come from the latin carina (keel of a ship)--and he was another mythological figure who fights the dragon Urrax, (possible name meanings: aurochs means bull, auric means gold--Cerwyn killed the sun?, furax means thief, urraca means magpie), He has a Mirror Shield so no-one sees him approach--like an all black moon that emerges out of the night? The Mirror Shield is also a reference to Perseus slaying Medusa (and I have been saying that the weirwood is a kind of Medusa). Cerwyn is "haunted by the ghosts of all the knights he'd killed" --Others are ghostly knights, and Cerwyn is followed by them? He is almost always mentioned along with Symeon Star Eyes who is an Other with blue star eyes. Maybe the legends have it backwards and the dragon killed Cerwyn with a spear from the (God's) Eye?. In the Irish tale of Bran the Blessed, he is described as a giant floating mountain, and he has a cauldron that can reanimate the dead. And when Bran and his army of giants invade there is a battle where almost everyone dies. The gaelic word abhran means "cauldron" and brannra means "a pot" and catillus means "small bowl" in latin, and in germanic katilaz mean "kettle"--if Bran is a cauldron/pot it makes sense that his mother is a kettle of some sort also. Bran's cauldron that brings back the dead is the Lion of Night/"second moon" that brings back the Others. Bran the Blessed gets decapitated but remains alive--he is a giant floating head. In the Feast prologue they are at the Quill and Tankard, and Alleras the sand snake shoots apples out of the air in the dark with goldenheart red feathered arrows, in real life ancient astronomy comets are sometimes depicted as feathers. A quill is a feather, and a tankard is a hollow metal vessel. Alleras shooting the apples out the air before the dawn is a metaphor for the weirwoods ending the Long Night by shooting the second moon out of eclipse. Brienne's father is Selwyn--which is close to Cerwyn and he is the Evenstar and Lord of Evenfall--the first star of the night and the lord of Nightfall, and their sigil maybe depicts an eclipse, and she had a brother Galladon who drowned. Brienne is the moon, a huge woman with a messed up moon face, The word "Tarth" is pretty close to "Earth", and it is a Sapphire Isle--Earth is a pale blue dot. She had two sisters Arianne and Alysane,, Arion was the name of a planet in the Way of Cross and Dragon, and Arianrhod is the name of the constellation the Northern Crown and it means "silver circle" and alysan means to "detach, remove" In gaelic "brothaire" means "cauldron of soup"--and Nimble Dick (in latin levitas means "nimble" and a penis is a sword) mentions the Brothers Brune (cauldron cauldron, or cauldron of doom), after Lucifer Hardy (lucifer means lightbringer, the lightbringer comet mentioned along with the cauldron of doom, Hardy is an anagram of Hydra, and Nimble Dick mentions folk hero Clarence Crabb who was a giant who uprooted trees and threw them (he launched trees and crabs are undersea equivalents of crows), and Brienne mentions Galladon of Morne--gaileadan means "boiler" and mornan means "a small tub")) Dick says "I would have used the bloody sword"--he pretty much tells us that the Just Maid was a magic bloody sword--it was the red comet. This could have implications for the black brothers of the Night's Watch, there is a lot of kettle soup talk at the wall, and Jon gets elected Lord Crow by Mormont's raven flying out of a huge black kettle. When the raven says "corn" it means death, and the raven says "corn? kettle, kettle, kettle" In the weasel soup incident, Arya, Jaqen, Rorge and Biter take steal soup kettles, kill the guards and release the Northmen from imprisonment--who immediately start killing people. The black kettle releases the Northmen--the Lion of Night releases the Others. ("rorge and biter" is an anagram of "orbiter danger" and "jachin hagar" roughly translates to "he will establish the stranger") Gregor is called a kettle by Tyrion, "the Mountain That Rides was a kettle of a different color." In Bran's coma dream he is a hollow stone giant that eclipses the sun, and "Ser Gregor Clegane's face might have been hewn from rock." and in the fight between Oberyn and Gregor, Gregor eclipses the sun and Oberyn uses the mirror shield trick--and it was the Red Viper who impaled the Stone Giant on a leafy ash spear and pinned him to the Earth with it. A floating mountain that is a kettle, that is a hollow stone giant that eclipses the sun and is brought down by a leafy wooden spear. (egregore means "watcher" and they were supernatural beings from the Book of Enoch that fathered the Nephilim.) The Kettleblacks all have names that start with "os"--a prefix meaning "bone" cleagainne means "skull" --Cersei is a lion who has surrounded her self with black kettles and skulls and bones, and she is jealous dark sister to Jaime's solar character. In gaelic neasa means "earthenware vessel" (nissa nissa is associated with the moon) Mad Danelle Lothston had black bats that abducted children on moonless nights to put in her cookpot. In The Stone City there is a spaceship called the Corey Dark, coire means "cauldron" in gaelic. coirean means "little cauldron" The Selaesoli Qhoran was a "wallowing tub" and the captain was flinty (dark?) and kettle-bellied. selaesori is an anagram of "leo arises" --the Lion of Night arises. (also similar sounding "currasan" means a "large deep vessel" cronan means "cauldron") While on the Selaesori: "Tyrion had never seen a bigger moon. Monstrous, swollen, it looked as if it had swallowed the sun and woken with a fever. Its twin, floating on the sea beyond the ship," Two moons, one swallowed the sun. Tyrion was in charge of cisterns in Casterly Rock, a cistern is a tank or vat. Tyrion wears a huge bucket helm to cover his huge head and gets hit in the face by a morningstar. Tyrion travels around Westeros in a shadowskin cloak, he desperately wants Casterly Rock which is a gigantic stone lion, and Tyrion's name is a rearrangement of Yin Tar --Tar Yin. Tyrion is a giant, a stone, and a lion: "Stone, I must be stone, I must be Casterly Rock, hard and unmovable. . . A lion, I must be a lion, live a lion, die a lion." "You are my lion, aren't you? My giant of Lannister?" The name Tyrian comes from the ancient city Tyre, named after the rocky outcrop of stone that it was built upon. Tyrian purple was a color of purple cloth that only the Imperial Elites were legally allowed to wear in Rome. "a rock that some say looks like a lion in repose when the sun sets and the shadows fall." "the power of Casterly Rock looming to the west like a shadow" Tyrion will cast a very large shadow: "ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow" "And you. A small man with a big shadow" In gaelic luighe means "cauldron, kettle" in gaelic, and luan means "moon" and "doomsday" and Luwin was mapping the shadow planet, and was an astronomer. llew means "lion" and the Lion of Night is the doomsday moon/cauldron. Davos' sigil is a black ship and "Davos Seaworth" is an anagram of "sat overshadow" as in satellite overshadows Earth? or "shadow sat over" like the shadow that sits over the Earth like in Asshai? In the HoBW the Lion of Night sits an ebony throne. Mirri Maaz Dur's blood sacrifice ritual with Drogo has him "floating in a tub, like one dead already" and his red horse gets sacrificed with a leaf shaped blade and sprays blood all over Drogo--the dying sun floating in a tub accompanied by a red comet, and later "The slaves erected Khal Drogo's tent beneath a jagged outcrop of black rock whose shadow gave some relief from the heat of the afternoon sun"--dying sun in a tub, and in the shadow of a black rock, then gets smothered to death by Dany/the moon. The word murra / myrrha in latin means "a material of which costly vessels were made--myrrh means "bitterness" and mazdur / mazdoor means "laborer" in indian) (kaleso means "cauldron" in esperanto, kaldrono means "kettle" in esperanto)
  6. By Odin's Beard

    Did Bran Go Back in Time in ACoK?

    Reread the prologue, Varamyr's soul completely jumps out of his body--he went to the next level above skinchanging--his entire soul left his body, it tries to take over Thistle, fails, becomes a disembodied spirit floating around, then Varamyr's body dies and he goes into One-Eye at the same moment. And the point I was trying to make is that neither we nor Bran know what he will capable of--it is uncharted territory. Bran could do this with Hodor, then mercy kill Bran's body and stay in Hodor and escape. A skinchanger stays in their animal when they die, so Bran would stay in Hodor.
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    Did Bran Go Back in Time in ACoK?

    I agree with you that the roots will grow out of Bran and trap his body in the cave while he dreams--I have said that several times here before. But that does not rule out the idea of Bran's consciousness/soul leaving his body altogether to escape the cave. Arya "remembered a story Old Nan had told once, about a man imprisoned in a dark castle by evil giants. He was very brave and smart and he tricked the giants and escaped . . . but no sooner was he outside the castle than the Others took him, and drank his hot red blood." There is heavy foreshadowing of Bran permanently taking over Hodor's body: "If I had a poleaxe with a big long haft, Hodor could be my legs. We could be a knight together." "Hodor must stay with Bran, to be his legs," "Hodor wandered through dark tunnels with a sword in his right hand and a torch in his left. Or was it Bran wandering? No one must ever know." "But after they were gone, he slipped inside Hodor's skin and followed them. . . "No one wants to hurt you, Hodor, he said silently, to the child-man whose flesh he'd taken. I just want to be strong again for a while. I'll give it back, the way I always do. No one ever knew when he was wearing Hodor's skin." "Then there came a brown-haired girl slender as a spear who stood on the tips of her toes to kiss the lips of a young knight as tall as Hodor. " Meera is a brown-haired girl slender as a spear, who fights with a spear, Bran is in love with Meera and thinks about using Hodor's body to hold Meera. "I could put on Hodor's skin, he thought. Hodor could hold her and pat her on the back. The thought made Bran feel strange" (Hodr/Hother means "warrior," and in Norse mythology Hodr marries Nanna, and the slender girl was Old Nan, and Hodr kills Baldor who in some stories cannot walk and is confined to a cart--Baldur represents summer, Bran is a sweet summer child with a wolf named summer, and Hodr is the winter god that slays him) The CoTF think they have Bran trapped, and they are going to eat him metaphorically like the Undying tried to do with Dany (that is the secret song they are singing that makes the ravens peck at Bran's flesh), but Bran's consciousness is going to jump out of his body completely to escape the cave--likely in Hodor's body, which has been heavily foreshadowed. "If the gods hadn't taken your wits, you would have been a great knight." And in the Ghost of Winterfell chapter, Theon refers to Bran as a god and a ghost. And in Turncloak he thinks "The gods could not kill Bran, no more than I could. It was a strange thought, and stranger still to remember that Bran might still be alive" Hodr is a god of winter, Bran is a god of winter, Hodr = Hother, and Bran is the Great Other,
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    Did Bran Go Back in Time in ACoK?

    Bloodraven really makes the point that all Bran can do is see into the past and future--you will gaze, you will look, you will see, but the last line of Bran's POV in Dance is the "Brandon Stark could taste the blood." --in Bran's weirwood trip he did not just gaze into the past, he wasn't just watching a recording of events in the past, he was actually there. His second time in the network he already surpassed Bloodraven, and Bran did it without even being in contact with the weirwood roots. (when Varamyr's soul jumped out of his body he was the weirwood briefly, and then he was everything in the forest, "I am the wood and everything that's in it"--the disembodied soul of a skinchanger can be anything and everything) The answer is yes, because when he is talking to Theon through the tree it looks like Bran. Ned heard Bran through the tree, Theon heard Bran through the tree. And when fake Arya is presented before the Heart Tree: "The weirwood's carved red eyes stared down at them, its great red mouth open as if to laugh. In the branches overhead a raven quorked." Whereas in book 1 the "face had been carved in the trunk of the great tree, its features long and melancholy, the deep-cut eyes red with dried sap and strangely watchful." and " the great white weirwood brooded over its reflection" The tree/Bran is laughing because that's not Arya. Bran is not subject to the limitations others have. A thousand other dreamers failed that test, and got impaled on ice spires, but Bran passed. (major chekov's gun) The gods give people different skill sets, ("your blood makes you a greenseer" "By these signs do the gods mark those they have chosen to receive the gift.") Jojen could see the future but couldn't change it, Bloodraven could see the past but not change it, Jojen says Bran's skill set is vastly superior to Jojen's and there is no saying how high he might fly. As a 10 year old boy he already surpassed Varamyr in skinchanging (he can successfully take over a living human and he beat Varamyr/One-eye wolf while in Summer and took over the pack) and better than Bloodraven at surfing the weirwood net. (and no time travel discussion is complete without mentioning the Bridge of Dream)
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    Carl Sagan's Dark Sister and Red Comets

    Whoa, Harrats are made of a soft volcanic rock/compressed ash called "tuff" and the Ark is the name of Tuf's all-powerful black god ship from Plague Star. If a harrat is where the Ark landed, the Ark landed on Tuff. In Dreamsongs, George says that a Tuf sequel was going to be called Tuf Landing. (he says he doesn't remember where the name Tuf came from) I am reading about the Ark of the Covenant for parallels between Arks because George blended them together for the Ark ship--a huge ship full of animals and a DNA catalogue and it gave him godly powers. The Ark of the Covenant had godly powers, it was always veiled/hidden in a cave, "When carried, the Ark was always hidden under a large veil made of skins and blue cloth, always carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests," it had a golden crown, it was carried before an advancing army, it made defensive walls collapse, it brought plague and disease. The Lion of Night is veiled, it advances before the invasion of the Others and veils the sun for them and gets a golden crown (the Night King's Crown), its arrival will coincide with the Wall collapsing, I just stumbled on this passage which really jumped out at me in light of the galladon = gaileadan = dark kettle: A dark lord of vengeance in an all black/night castle that wants to take over the kingdom and is associated harpies, a legion of crows, and Galyeon (one letter away from sounding like galladon, and a galleon is a ship--so it is a dark kettle ship)--this sounds like a retelling of the Long Night. "Hair of gold" is eclipse/corona imagery. I was just reading about Bran the Blessed and found this passage: Bran is known for his magical cauldron that brought back the dead, a kettle = cauldron = galladon. The cauldron that brings back the dead is a gigantic floating head or floating mountain, Bran means crow, and later he is a decapitated head, so it is a black floating head, that is associated with Uthr (the Others?). Bran's cauldron is the Dark Star that brings back the Others. (Urien and Vran sound like Euron, the Crow's Eye who spys death from afar) A partial answer to @Seams question in another thread, about Myles Toyne. toin means "other" and mille means "innumerable" and the Toyne sigil is a flying black heart on a field of gold--eclipse imagery--and the Others' servants oft have black hearts. The golden company are exiles who will return to their homeland and a gilded grinning skull held high on a spear will go before the advancing army, like the Ark and like Bran's cauldron.
  10. By Odin's Beard

    The secret to Valyrian Steel?

    I think Blackfyre darkened because it drank his soul: "the ironborn were demons risen from some watery hell, protected by fell sorceries and possessed of foul black weapons that drank the very souls of those they slew." Elric of Melnibone's sword Stormbringer drank the souls of those it killed, it was a black blade imbued with a demon of chaos that has a mind and will of its own and hungered for more souls. Valyrian steel has a memory of its own and drinks the sun: "But Valyrian steel is stubborn. These old swords remember, it is said, and they do not change easily. I worked half a hundred spells and brightened the red time and time again, but always the color would darken, as if the blade was drinking the sun from it." "Tobho had learned to work Valyrian steel at the forges of Qohor as a boy. Only a man who knew the spells could take old weapons and forge them anew." "The properties of Valyrian steel are well-known, and are the result of both folding iron many times to balance and remove impurities, and the use of spells—or at least arts we do not know—to give unnatural strength to the resulting steel. Those arts are now lost, though the smiths of Qohor claim to still know magics for reworking Valyrian steel without losing its strength or unsurpassed ability to hold an edge." "and the city's smiths have perfected the art of infusing deep color into the metals of their work, producing armor and weaponry of lasting beauty. Only here, in all the world, has the art of reworking Valyrian steel been preserved, its secrets jealously guarded. " "According to Pol, the true reason for his final exile was his discovery of blood sacrifices—including the killing of slaves as young as infants—which the Qohorik smiths used in their efforts to produce a steel to equal that of the Freehold." Blood sacrifice is what keeps the blade sharp and gives it unnatural strength. (Ned smearing blood on Ice under the weirwood as some sort of ritual) Tobho Mott's shop has weirwood doors, it is at the top of a hill, "a huge house of timber and plaster (wood and white) whose upper stories loomed over the street", and the forge is cavernous, and when the door opens it is like a blast of dragonfire. He has a special smith who has ice blue eyes, and bull symbolism. Mot is the Semitic god of death, tobo means "burrow or den" in gaelic tob means "up!" and "torch" tobar means "a well, spring, or source" In gaelic geangaire means "hammer" and geangaireacht means "the act of hammering" Tobho Mott is from Qohor where they worship an underground deity that requires blood sacrifice. Mott and the Qohorik smiths are the only ones who know how to rework Valyrian steel. Mott's shop is a symbolic weirwood, where he has the Smith inside a cave, and he supplies flaming swords to Red Priests (Thoros). "This is Valyrian steel," he said when the link of dark grey metal lay against the apple of his throat. "Only one maester in a hundred wears such a link. This signifies that I have studied what the Citadel calls the higher mysteries—magic, for want of a better word." Did Luwin kill a baby to forge his Valyrian Steel link?
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    Did Bran Go Back in Time in ACoK?

    "The tree was slender compared to other weirwoods he had seen, no more than a sapling, yet it was growing as he watched, its limbs thickening as they reached for the sky." is a mirror version of "The tree itself was shrinking, growing smaller with each vision, whilst the lesser trees dwindled into saplings and vanished," Accelerated tree growth indicates fast-forwarding in time, and shrinking trees indicate going back in time. In Celtic astronomy the constellation corvus is Bran/the crow, or the soul of Bran. The carrion crow is corvus corone. In ASOIAF the crone's lantern constellation is the constellation corvus, and the crone sees our fates and lights the way, there is a word play on crone/corone--the crow lights the way. The soul of Bran is the crow, Bran's name means crow, his pet birds are crows. Jojen says Bran is a winged wolf--a winged Stark. Bran is the 3 eyed crow, he opened his own third eye through the network from the future, and he did the same to Jon, it is all part of Bran's master plan, brannamh is a chess-like game, and Bran is the chessmaster. Bran is also the god of winter in Celtic astronomy and I think Bran saw himself in the Heart of Winter--the crow's 3rd eye was full of terrible knowledge--Jojen tells Bran that there are things to fear in dreams--"the past, the future, the truth" Mel sees him as the Great Other, or at least the Great Other's champion. That is probably the Death that Ghost smelled. Opening third eyes is advanced greenseerer stuff, and I don't think 9 year old Bran did it by accident. At that point in Bran's journey, he did not even know weirwoods were a source of magical power, he thought the 3 eyed crow was going to be a wizard. He had a vague memory of the interaction with Jon in the dream because it was him, just not current him, and he got some kind of echo of a memory.
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    Carl Sagan's Dark Sister and Red Comets

    Yes, Rahu and Ketu, the dragon's head and the dragon's tail, the Shadow planets. There are parallels between Shiva the Destroyer and weirwoods also, Shiva has many faces, a thousand heads, and a thousand eyes, he is blue from drinking poison, has a necklace of skulls, his hair is snakes, he has a flaming bow, "dripping with blood, having a capacious stomach and a vast mouth" and he is accompanied by a sacred milky white bull (Marwyn is described as a white bull with a bloody mouth, and Gerold Hightower is a White Bull, and the Hightower sigil is a white tower with red flames atop) Mt Ararat is shaped like a lion, and it was supposed to be where the Ark landed. On Armenia's flag, the Ark is perched upon the Mountain.
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    Carl Sagan's Dark Sister and Red Comets

    Brutal. I lost hundreds of hours of work last year to a hard drive crash, you would think I would've learned my lesson. . . Wow, that poem is essentially the plots of Dying of the Light, In the House of the Worm, and Tarnhouse--the sun has gone out and we are dwindling to oblivion. Speaking of the sun going out and everyone dying: jachin means "he will establish" and hagar means "wanderer or stranger"--and Jaqen is a member of a death cult, who worship the god of many faces, the manifestations of whom are the Stranger, the Hooded Wayfarer, the Lion of Night, the Great Stone Face. The faceless men are headquartered in a lightless building, that has weirwood doors (gates?) and chairs (thrones?), filled with skulls, and their motto is "all men must die" "rorge and biter" is an anagram for "orbiter danger" and they are black and white. (Biter takes a bite out Brienne (the moon's face) and he gets a spear through the neck from Gendry, the Smith) The Jaqen's identity is Lorathi, in Lorath they worshipped the Blind God Boash, whose eunuch priests "wore eyeless hoods in honor of their god, as they believed that only in darkness their third eye would open, allowing them to see the 'higher truths' of creation that lay concealed behind the illusions of the material world" Jaqen wants to summon the Stranger. jachin and boaz are the black and white pillars of Solomon's temple, where the Ark was kept. The Stranger is the Ark from Plague Star. (There is a book called The Lion of Boaz-Jachin where Boaz-Jachin awakens a dead stone lion that is impaled on a spear) Here's another piece of eclipse/moon-breaking symbolism that relates to that: "It ends in blood, as it began," said Lady Nym. "It ends when Casterly Rock is cracked open, so the sun can shine on the maggots and the worms within." I said above that Casterly Rock is a metaphor for the Lion of Night, and that a giant stone lion eclipses the sun/Jaime in his weirwood dream, and Lady Nym wants to crack it open so the sun can shine. The phrase "a nimeri" means "to hit the mark" and Nymeria is associated with ships and burning ships, and she is associated with stars/comet symbolism: “Do you see the white one, Quentyn? That is Nymeria's star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships.” (I think she is looking at the star Canopus and the Milky Way, but the way that it is worded sounds comet-like, a bright star with a band behind it.) A star/comet/ship captain wants to crack open the lion-shaped Rock. (one of the chapters from Comet is "Stars of the Great Captains" and it deals with steering comets, and humans living on tree comets and flying away into space on them--and the chapter before that is called "A Flotilla Rising") And more Casterly Rock/Lion of Night parallels: @Jova Snow recently brought to my attention that the founder of house Casterly was named Corlos--and Corlos means "hell" from George's story Only Kids are Afraid of the Dark: "The servants of Saagael ruled supreme on earth, and their dark lord hunted for men’s souls. The gates of Corlos were opened, and a great shadow descended over the land. Not in a thousand generations would it be lifted." Here is the account of the founding of Casterly Rock: A "lion" who lives in a colossal stone was causing a disturbance and bothering the people, and Corlos (aka hell) killed the "lion" with a spear, there is a "shaft of sunlight" (spears have shafts, a sunspear, a comet?) that shines into the cave, and Corlos took over her den. Corlos took up residence in a cave. In gaelic cur means "pit, fountain, well" cor means "to throw, to cast" and cora means "a weir" lios means a "garth (a weir), a fairy fort, a rath or liss" (Lorath has a black maze to the underworld, and they worship Saagael in Lys) sgail means "shadow, or eclipse" and sgailp means "cave" Corlos is the son of Caster--someone who casts, as in spearcaster, or as in casts a shadow? (c)Aster = star. In gaelic Lann means "scales (as of a fish), a blade of a sword, uncoined gold or silver" and lannair means "a swordsman, a lancer, a gladiator" lannista means "a trainer of gladiators" The weirwood is the underworld/afterlife and the weirwood is associated with gates--the Gates of Corlos is the weirwood, and Saagael's goal is the Long Night that never ends--he is the Others. The weirwood killed the "lion" with a spear and took over her den so they can live comfy in the darkness of the Lion's shadow cave of night. The weirwood prefers darkness "Never fear the darkness, Bran. . . The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother's milk. Darkness will make you strong." It is in the darkness that your third eye can open. The Lion of Night is parked over Asshai and the Ghost Grass/Others lives under its Shadow--Stygai the corpse city is in the Heart of Darkness, in the Shadow's Heart and Stygia is hades. And Stygai is associated with caves and underground rivers. In Jaime's weirwood dream the Others live under the cave of the Lion-shaped Casterly Rock, and there is a river in the cave. (there is a weirwood in the Stone Garden--inside the Rock?) (There is also an underground river in Bloodraven's cave, and a Stygian sunless sea) The big blue heart in the House of the Undying (Essos weirwood cave) is a dark heart, Arya is a CoTF stand-in and she is a dark heart, "The Other's servants oft hide black hearts" Jon has a bastard's black heart. "Daenerys Targaryen stepped into the hot heart of darkness and stopped at the lip of a deep pit." A cave where dragons are kept is a heart of darkness. Bloodraven is a dragon that lives in a cave. "The trees were huge and dark, somehow threatening. . .The trees hate us all, deep in their wooden hearts."
  14. By Odin's Beard

    Carl Sagan's Dark Sister and Red Comets

    Can I get a moment of silence for the 2.5 hours I spent writing a reply to you which the editor then ate? That's a good one. Here is another: "That is not a friendly face, Jon Snow reflected. The faces that the First Men and the children of the forest had carved into the weirwoods in eons past had stern or savage visages more oft than not, but the great oak looked especially angry, as if it were about to tear its roots from the earth and come roaring after them." An angry tree, tearing its roots from the Earth, and roaring after them--weirwood rocket. "The tree had been dead a long time, but it seemed to live again in the fire, as fiery dancers woke within each stick of wood to whirl and spin in their glowing gowns of yellow, red, and orange. " Weirwood trees can live a second life as fiery dancers, with glowing gowns of red. The Red Priests have a lot of weirwood and Red Comet symbolism applied to them, and they are all named after the comet or described like a comet. I just realized that Mel's real name is Melony, and in latin melos means "song" and sandyx means "scarlet"--if the red comet is a song, that fits. I recently wrote posted about several different lines of evidence in support of the weirwood rocket theory, but you are not alone in your skepticism, I think I have converted exactly no-one on this subject so far. But central to this theory is that the Faith of the Seven is like Roman and Greek paganism and that Mars is the Azor Ahai from the Long Night Lightbringer legend, and I sort of glossed over it, so let me lay out the argument a little better. The Red Wanderer is the Thief, and Mars being in the Moonmaid is somehow significant to taking wives, and that to steal a woman is to marry her. Mars is on the ecliptic and so passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac, Virgo "the Maiden" is the largest constellation of the zodiac, so Mars would spend the most time with her, (the moon also passes through Virgo,) "Virgo is the only female constellation of the zodiac. It is also one of the oldest constellations and has assumed the identity of just about every important female deity since history has been recorded." I think I figured out why the Wildlings call Mars the Thief—it has to do with Mars’ retrograde orbit, being further out from the sun and with a slower orbit than Earth as we approach Mars and pass by it, it does something odd, viewed over successive nights in the sky it appears to be going one direction, then halts, and reverses direction. (What the astronomers used to describe as epicycles). When this happens every 15 years or so with the constellation Virgo, Mars approachs her from the west, changes direction in her constellation and they move off together. Mars “steals” her. With the other constellations he looks like a pickpocket, who sneaks up and takes something and then runs away. To steal a woman is to marry her, Mars is married to Virgo. The three forgings: Azor Ahai plunged the first sword into water, Aquarius is the water-bearer, and the Audubon night sky manual says "one of the most ancient constellations . . . It is located in a region of the sky that was known thousands of years ago as 'the Water' or the Sea' " and is surrounded by a bunch of other water-related constellations. He plunged the second sword into the heart of a lion, Mars travels through Leo, and Cor Leonis, the "lion's heart" (and the manual says "The Greeks claimed the the figure was the mythological Nemean Lion, which fell from the Moon in the form of a meteor and ravaged the countryside . . . until slain by Heracles" and Sagan's book talks about meteor showers coming from Leo) He plunged the third sword into the heart of his wife, Mars passes through the chest of Virgo, and by Wildling custom she is his wife. The three forgings are Mars launching three comets when in different constellations. Not only does Mars steal the Moonmaid, he also "steels" her--he gives her the sword--right in her heart. Lightbringer is a flaming sword, the Red Comet is a flaming sword. Azor Ahai was a smith, Mars is the Smith, and the Red Comet looked like a sword red-hot from the forge, (and like Ice, and comets are ice). Mars is the Red Wanderer and the comet is red and it is also a wanderer: " The black brothers had dubbed the wanderer Mormont's Torch," (mormont means "wormwood" a comet from the Bible). Virgo is "the Maiden" and is some times depicted as holding the scales of justice of Libra, Virgo is also the Just Maid: An enchanted sword that no defense can withstand, that involves "the Maiden" losing her heart (tree), and three appearances of this magical sword. This sounds like a garbled account of the Long Night Lightbringer event--if one group of people did not notice Mars was in Virgo, and only saw a comet come from Virgo. Comets when depicted as swords travel pommel first, so it would look like the Maiden was offering him a sword. But what if it is "gave him the sword" as in she stabbed him with it--just like Azor gave her the sword? Galladon is character from Brandon Sanderson's Elantris, who is totally bald, has dark silvery metallic skin, and can move between the worlds. In gaelic, gallda means "foreign, strange" and gal means "vapor, steam, smoke, gaseous exhalation" (and Aristotle thought comets were "gaseous exhalations") and gaileadan means "boiler, kettle, voracious eater" A dark round kettle-like metallic object, that is a voracious eater, and is possibly a stranger? That sounds like the Dark Sister/Dark Star god of death. "Once Azor Ahai fought a monster. When he thrust the sword through the belly of the beast, its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks, and its body burst into flame." gaileadan mean "boiler" "Just Maid. He used her once to slay a dragon, they say." (I bet it was a stone dragon) The Maiden shot a heart/sword/comet out of her chest and killed a dragon/round dark silver metallic object. "Ser Galladon of Morne, who was said to wield a sword called the Just Maid given to him by the Seven themselves." One of the seven "gave him the sword" --the Smith is one of the seven. Morne could be a mourn/morn wordplay, as his defeat brought the Dawn. In gaelic, mornan means "ruin and confusion" and the Mountains of the Morne are the mountains of Asshai, where the Shadow is. And I have argued that the Dark Star is parked over Asshai and keeping it in permanent eclipse (and is the Mother of Mountains, and the God Kings Palace seen from afar).
  15. By Odin's Beard

    Carl Sagan's Dark Sister and Red Comets

    I meant Mars is the Smith in the Faith of the Seven, "the red wanderer that septons preached was sacred to their Smith up here was called the Thief." Dark Star lives in a castle called the High Hermitage. And I think the name Visenya comes from the Latin phrase "vicina astris"--meaning "in the vicinity of the stars", and her sword is Dark Sister.
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