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Halcyon the Mythical Bird

halcyon-ceyx-shipwreckIn Greek mythology, there was a goddess Halcyon (Alcyone in Greek) whose dad was Aleoulus, the ruler of the winds. Aeolus lived in caves, where winds were imprisoned. He was the one who chose when to let them out, depending on how the more powerful gods instructed him.

Halcyon was married to the mortal king: Ceyx of Tachis. Their love for each other was well known. When gods listened into their private conversations, they heard some jokes about the other gods they didn’t like much.

Once, when Ceyx had to go to Delphi to consult the oracle of Apollo, he chose to sail the seas to get there, despite all of the cries of his beloved Halcyon, who was terribly afraid of the sea.

Halcyon proved to be rightfully afraid because eventually Ceyx drowned. This occured when a huge storm took his life not far from the coast and his boat disappeared in the waves.

Trying to fight the storm, aware that he was to drown, Ceyx asked Poseidon (the Greek sea god) to bring his body to his wife’s arms. In the meantime, afraid for her husband and not knowing yet what had happened, Halcyon asked Hera to ensure his safe trip.

It was too late. Hera had no choice but to send for Hypnos, who instructed Morpheus, the God of Dreams, to appear in the poor woman’s dreams and tell her about the tragedy. The desperate Halcyon went to the coast where she found Ceyx’s body and threw herself into the dark waves. Amazed by her love and devotion, the gods decided to save her and to transform her into a seabird. They also turned Ceyx into another kingfisher so the two could live and be together.

But even in Greek mythology, life was not always easy. Zeus ordered that Halcyon would lay her eggs only in winter. Having her nest near the shore, close by the spot where she found the body of Ceyx, the stormy waves kept sweeping away her eggs.

Crying and praying endlessly, Halcyon finally managed to touch Zeus’s heart. Encouraged by the other Gods as well, Zeus decided to give her 14 days of good and calm weather in the middle of winter.

So those two kingfisher birds, or Halcyon birds as they are also known, were able to keep their eggs safe every winter during the period that came seven days before and seven days after winter solstice. During these days Halcyon’s father would keep the winds calm on the sea.

Halcyon days are still celebrated in Greece, in memory of Halcyon and her sacrifice. Practically, Halcyon days appear in mid January and do not last for more than a week or ten days maximum.

The Phoenix

pheonixIn ancient Egyptian mythology and in myths derived from it, the phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird.

Said to live for 500 to 1461 years, the phoenix is a bird with gold and red plumage. At the end of its life cycle the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix is born. The new phoenix embalms the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (“the city of the sun” in Greek). The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible — a symbol of fire and divinity. This concept was mirrored with some changes to it in the famous movie, Harry Potter, where it said that phoenix tears have healing properties. Although descriptions vary, the phoenix became popular in early Christian art, literature and Christian symbolism, as a symbol of Christ, and further represented the resurrection, immortality, and the life-after-death of Jesus Christ.

Originally, the phoenix was identified by the Egyptians as a stork or heron-like bird called a benu, known from the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian writings as one of the sacred symbols of worship at Heliopolis, closely related to the rising sun and the Egyptian sun-god, Ra. The phoenix is a breed of bird. More commonly found in colder climates that hot, if you were to find it, these birds can mainly only be called forth by those who have a certain magic within them, and be asked for help, and if someone creates a powerful enough bond with a phoenix, the bird can become their familiar. If the bird feels compelled to do so.

Phoenix is a bird of prey, like the eagle, hawk, and falcon. They commonly dive into the cold waters of the arctic to get their prey – fish, krill, baby mammals, and even ears of adult bears. Although it would be assumed that water, particularly sub-zero water, would harm these birds, their internal fire makes them too hot to live in any other climate.

I hope this information is entertaining and useful, please vote on what mythical creature should be next!

History of the Basilisk

basiliskIt is called the king (regulus) of the serpents because its Greek name basiliscus means “little king”; its odor is said to kill snakes. Fire coming from the basilisk’s mouth kills birds, and its glance will kill a man. It can kill by hissing, which is why it is also called the sibilus. The basilisk remained an object of terror long after the collapse of the Roman empire and was popular in medieval legends. It was in this period that a great deal of additional myth grew up around it. It became less a giant serpent than a mix of snake and rooster; it was almost literally hellish. An aged cock, which had lost its virility, would sometimes lay a small, abnormal egg. If this egg is laid in a dunghill and hatched by a toad, a misshapen creature, with the upper body of a rooster, bat-like wings, and the tail of a snake will come forth. Once hatched, the young basilisk creeps down to a cellar or a deep well to wait for some unsuspecting man to come by, and be overcome by its noxious vapors.

Other stories say that the basilisk is born from a rooster egg hatched from underneath a frog. It is believed as a giant serpent, with venom that can kill instantaneously. It also says that the only cure for basilisk venom is phoenix tears, which contain magical healing properties. I would go into further depth on phoenix’s properties, but this is basilisks, not phoenixes. It is also believed anyone who looks into the eyes of a basilisk will die immediately.  The This is from the book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. This is the second book of the Harry Potter series.

Some manuscripts have separate entries and/or illustrations for the basilisk and the regulus, possibly because the basilisk account in some places has three sections, one each for the basilisk, the “kinglet” (reguli), and the sibilus. Where the regulus is treated separately, the bite of the basilisk causing hydrophobia is generally ascribed to the regulus. If you find a basilisk, I highly recommend you do not try to keep it as a pet, no matter how small it is.

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Sphinxes Around The World

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In Greek mythology, the sphinx was the daughter of Echidna, which had a head of a nymph and a body of a serpent and the Typhon, which breathed fire and had many venomous heads. It had a head of a woman, body of a lioness and the tail of a serpent. She was an evil giant monster who guarded the gates of the Thebes. She would attack anyone passing the gates and ask them a riddle: “Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?” she would not let the passenger go until the passenger solved the riddle. If the person failed, she would strangle him and eat him.

Egypt

In contrast to the Greek mythology which portrays the sphinx as a greedy and an evil creature, the Egyptians paid much more respect to the sphinx. The ancient Egyptians considered the sphinx as a powerful creature that guarded their temples, palaces and their pyramids also guarding the secrets within their temples. The Egyptian sphinx had a head of human or an animal, particularly of a ram, and the body of a lion. In many of the sphinx monuments that were made in the later part of the Egyptian era, the sphinx had a head of a pharaoh. The greatest example is the world’s greatest sphinx monument, the Giza, guarding the pyramid of Khafre, it also has the head of the same pharaoh.

China

The sphinx plays a great role in many south east and south Asian countries where, unlike other cultures, its legend is still followed and is alive. The sphinx in the culture of many Asian countries has the same identity like other i.e. having a woman’s head and body of a lion.However, the Asian sphinx has wings and a strong tail.

Dragons: Fact or Fiction?

Picture 1Stories of dragons have been told for generations in many civilizations. Many of these stories have probably been exaggerated through the years.However, that does not mean they had no original basis in fact. Even some living lizards look like dragons and it is easy to see how a larger variety of such an animal could frighten a community. Have you ever seen an old dinosaur film where they used an iguana in a miniature town set to create the illusion of a powerful dragon?

In 2004 a fascinating dinosaur skull was donated to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis by three Iowa residents who found it during a trip to the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota. Special features of the skull include its dragon-like head, horns and teeth, the new species was dubbed Dracorex Hogwartsia. The dinosaur’s skull mixes spiky horns, bumps and a long muzzle. However, unlike other members of the pachycephalosaur family, which have domed foreheads, this one is flat-headed. Considering some of the ancient stories of dragons, some fictional and some that might be authentic history of dinosaurs.

In medieval times, the some civilizations described water dragons and the Vikings placed dragons on the front of their ships to scare off the “sea monsters”. As a missionary to Greenland, Egede was known as a meticulous recorder of the natural world. Numerous stories have been recorded from the age of sailing ships (1500-1900 A.D.). The familiar story of Beowulf and the legend of Saint George slaying a dragon, which are well-known in English literature, likely to have some basis in fact. Dragons were even described in papers published during the Middle Ages.

Linkycraft: An Awesome Minecraft server

Picture 2Linkycraft is my personal favorite Minecraft server, with no PvP or griefing. The people on it are friendly, and trade prices are reasonable. I found this server and it is one of the best I could find online. At the spawn, there is a huge castle , which is the center of trade. You can’t build in the castle, though. Just press “t” and type /warp wilds to go where you can build anything you can imagine. A mine to the core, a tower of diamond blocks, or even a cave hidden by a waterfall. All of it is at your fingertips when you enter the world of Linkycraft. It’s practically impossible to die, as you’ve got many people to help you at any time, and if a creeper tries to blow up your house, it automatically rebuilds! If you need any more information, got to Linkycraft’s site at http://www.linkycraft.net/. You can also vote daily for 15 free diamonds and $500 FREE. There are also donor upgrades, such as scholar, apprentice, king, or even God!

At the spawn there is a magnificent castle made of lapis lazuli, wool, glow stone, and snow. Almost everybody makes a little farm near their house, but I have a huge farm consisting of melons, pumpkins, wheat, carrots, and potatoes. I used to have trees in my farm, but it got too crowded. My walls are spider-proof, and I hit zombies on the head with a shovel from atop it. I used to be a hard-core miner, so I have plenty of coal, red stone, iron, and diamonds to build pretty much anything I need. I have a trapdoor in front of my house that traps anything that might get over or through my wall (creepers, for instance). Since there’s no PvP I don’t have to worry about other players killing me in my sleep(this is figurative, I don’t actually have a bed).

If you become a donor, you can fly in creative mode, turn into any animal, and have a rank (scholar, apprentice, king etc.) which will show up every time you chat. I am not currently a donor (I’m only a citizen), but plan to be one soon. Anyways, I hope you like the server and its website is here. I Hope you enjoy and if you have any problems, I’m sure anyone who’s online would gladly help you.

If the link above didn’t work, go to here.

Minecraft Skin Editor

Picture 2     Minecraft is a sandbox game where you can build pretty much anything, from Atlantis to the Sear’s tower. To move around, use the wasd keys, and move the mouse to look around. Left click and hold to destroy blocks, and right click to place them again. There are plenty of crafting guides online, if you ever get stuck, however, creating on the game is not far off from the real world. If you want to try the old mine craft, go to minecraft.net. If you buy Minecraft, you can change your skin, which is how you look to other players in the game when on a multi-player server (They won’t kill you unless you’re on a PVP server).

With a skin editor, you can make your own skin from existing templates. Say you wanted to look like an assassin, but not like the one already made. You could change the trim, hat, or anything else you want to mess with.

Just remember to download the skin onto your computer and upload it to your Minecraft profile online. You can do that by going to Minecraft.net. Once you’re there, log in/sign up, and on the homepage go to profile. From there, you can change some settings on your account. Just click “browse”, find your sketch, and upload it. See the picture above for one of my creations.

Website review: Kongregate.com

Kongregate is one of my personal favorite gaming sites. It is user-friendly, fun , and easy to use. It is easy to use because of its search system, because you don’t leave the page when you search, the results appear right under the search bar, and doesn’t block your view from anything else except your notifications. It’s gets even better when you create an account. It’s free and easy, just follow the directions on the page. When you create a account, you open an entirely new world. You can compare scores, level up, and add new freinds. to add a friend, hover over your username at the top, and click on the friends link. Once you’re there, type in your friends username. Once you’ve invited all your friends, you can see their favorite games, their levels, and even new badges they’ve completed. You can compete scores in games, and challenge them to beat you to winning a badge!

Runescape: Fishing

I am writing a new ‘Runescape’ series, telling people about all of the stats you can level up.  First up, Fishing.

You can do many things with fishing, earn money, get cooking up without paying any GP, you can go for the skill cape (level 99), or you can just do it for fun. The higher your fishing level, the more often you’ll catch fish and you will be able to catch higher-level fish, or even use better gear. the first thing you catch is shrimp, and they only give you 5 xp, but they are very abundant, and not very many people fish them. my favorite fishing spot for shrimp is just south of  Lumbridge. Once you’re level 8, I usually go caging crayfish, until level 15. Then I figure out which fishing will give me the most money, and fish that until I get bored of it. Please give me your vote for next stat review through comments, thank you!

JUICE!!!

Everyone thinks that one juice is better than all the rest, but what is really the best? If you read this, then answer my poll, we’ll all find out. In the poll, you can choose Grape juice, OrangLuis's favoritee juice, Apple juice , and Pear juice. If you think pear juice is weird, get this! I also have Artichoke juice just to stir up the fun. Yes, Artichoke juice. In one month after I post this, I will see which is the best. Have fun!