Sunshine Blogger Award from Lotus Laura

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Thank you to Lotus Laura for nominating me for my 5th Sunshine Blogger Award! If you haven’t visited her lovely site, I suggest you take a look. She brings a thoughtful, warm outlook to topics of spirituality, health, and life in general. Articles are often grouped by themes tied to days of the week–Self-Care Sunday, Mythology Monday, etc.–but her adventures don’t end there. Explore her posts and you’ll find personal reflections, supplement reviews, and even her original fiction! Many thanks, Laura! Continue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award from Lotus Laura”

Ride the Wave or Run?: A World of Water Horses Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my exploration of mythical creatures known as water horses. In Part 1, I shared a list of kelpie-like water horses in Europe. It’s amazing how many variations on the tempt-and-drown water horse exist, but they are far from the only kind of aquatic equines out there. This time, I’ll range a little farther and cover the water horses that don’t fit the tempt-and-drown mold as well as some “near misses.” In both appearance and habits, these water horses show a great deal of variety. They may look nearly horse-like or only have horse parts. Some are demonic and some are divine. Some are shy and some are deadly. So approach with caution; these water horses may bite.

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Liebster Award

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Erika of Geeky Mythology nominated me for my first ever Liebster Award! In case you haven’t met her already, Erika runs a blog with reviews of books and movies plus more general pieces on media and personal reflection. One of her recent posts uses lessons from Princess Mononoke to consider the current pandemic situation. All topics are handled with a sharp wit and a thoughtful heart. Thank you, Erika! You are awesome!

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Wild Horses Could Drag You Under: A World of Water Horses Part 1

For my last Quarterly Bestiary, I took a deep dive into the kelpie with a brief dip into the each uisge. Originally, I wanted to cover more water horses to give the kelpie context, but it turns out the kelpie was more than enough to tackle at one time. I promised I’d cover those other water horses, though, so today I’d like to start off a list of water horses from around the globe. The list is lengthy enough that I’ll split it into two, starting with the ones cut from the same mythical cloth as the kelpie. Continue reading “Wild Horses Could Drag You Under: A World of Water Horses Part 1”

Quarterly Bestiary: Kelpies: A Dive into Scottish Water Horses

Many dangerous creatures haunt the mythical landscape of Scotland. Kelpies, horse-shaped water spirits, are among the better known, and they even have connections to one of Scotland’s most famous monsters. They are fairy horses, though if you’re thinking of innocent winged ponies, you’d best think again. Kelpies are fierce flesh-eaters. Yet like many fairy beings, kelpies are more than mere monsters up close. They are wild, it’s true, but they still have a complex intelligence hidden deep within their shifting appearance. So today, let’s take a breath and dare to swim with the kelpie.

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Sunshine Blogger Award from Erika

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I’d like to thank Erika of Geeky Mythology for my third Sunshine Blogger Award nomination! If you like book bloggers with a snappy wit and an eye for character nuance, check out Erika’s site! She primarily reviews books and movies, often in the YA vein, as well as covering larger pop culture phenomena. Some of her reviews feature astonishing image collages that convey a visual summery of characters, either individually or in relationship. Also check out her Top Ten Tuesday posts for some fun lists. Thank you, Erika! You always make me smile and think at the same time! Continue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award from Erika”

New Year’s Update 2020: Quarterly Bestiary, New Feature, and Cats

Hello, 2020! The New Year has arrived. What new projects are you planning? Now, I know you can start new ventures at any time during the year. In fact, I hope you do. But the start of a new year is great for drumming up motivation to renew and change with the calendar. In that spirit, I’ve got a couple of news items! Continue reading “New Year’s Update 2020: Quarterly Bestiary, New Feature, and Cats”

Choosing Grizabella: The Importance of Telling Stories about Older Women

Universal Pictures’ movie version of Cats will soon be released in theaters. I’m a long-time fan of Cats, so you’d think I’d be eagerly awaiting its arrival. However, I find myself anxious instead, wondering how this first true Hollywood adaption will handle my favorite character, Grizabella. Trying to write a critique of a film based on the trailer is as unlikely to succeed as trying to stop a future based on a prophecy, so I’ll hold my review until I’ve seen the film. But while I wait for my chance, I want to share my thoughts on Grizabella, and why I think her role is so important. Continue reading “Choosing Grizabella: The Importance of Telling Stories about Older Women”

Behind the Lion Mask: 3 Sources for “The Lion King”

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Half the fun of movies is talking about them afterwards, whether with family and friends or through online communities. I know I’m a little late to the conversation about Disney’s new remake of The Lion King, but I just had to respond to this surprising angle: criticizing the movie’s portrayal of lions. Continue reading “Behind the Lion Mask: 3 Sources for “The Lion King””

Beginning

Greetings, ponderers and pundits, stargazers and sarcasm-slingers! You have located Illuminating the Fool’s Mirror, a blog seeking to trace the fine threads of imagination that bind ancient myth through classic literature and on to the myriad shared dreams of modern media and culture. It’s a murky cosmos out there, a web that spins outward and back on itself again. We may get lost now and then, but sometimes it’s fun to get lost. Your guide on this journey is Ceridwen Silverhart, mythophile and metaphor tinkerer. Feel free to say my name as you wish, though as you may guess, I do so love alliteration. Continue reading “Beginning”