Kelley Armstrong, acclaimed writer of the Otherworld Series, has released her latest book in this series called, "Waking the Witch". An intricately-woven mystery mixed with some supernatural tricks, makes this latest book a wickedly witchy tale of enchantment.
Savannah Levine, assistant Private Investigator, finds a chance to solve a case on her own, while her adoptive parents, who are also the owners of the PI firm, are off on a romantic vacation. Riding her motorcycle through rural Washington, she arrives in a small town, rich with economic woe, to investigate the murders of three teenage girls. Remains of witchcraft rituals are found, giving our first hint of a true supernatural element to this case. From throwing energy bolts, to casting blur spells, our heroine fights both mortal and Supernatural, and receives assistance from half-demons and other Supernaturals, in this intricately woven tale. Being the daughter of a dark witch and a sorcerer, she comes by many of her talents naturally. When all is said and done, it's her human side that we remember most.
This author has taken the time, within this tale, to dispel many myths about witchcraft, and the supernatural. The story is told from the perspective of a 21 year old witch and PI, but you can feel the experienced woman and storyteller behind the book, with every page. Having never read any of Kelley Armstrong's books before, I was left wanting more. I'll be on the lookout for her next one!
The spiral is an ancient symbol that has been used since the beginning of time in many different cultures around the world. Different variations of the spiral, have been found in the British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, Greece and even in the America's. The meaning of this ancient symbol has been up for debate, and while each definition is a little different, the core meaning of this symbol remains the same. Basically representing the spiral of life, the cycles of nature, the cycles of life, and so on.
The triple spiral pictured here, was found carved on the stones of Newgrange, a neolithic passage tomb in Ireland. This particular spiral is said to represent the threefold Goddess and the cycles of life. Another similar triple spiral called the triskele, was used in Europe as well as in the America's by the Hopi Indians. This spiral represents the cycles of life within the three fold, or the three spheres of the material world, such as land, sky and sea.
While in Ireland, I got the pleasure of seeing these beautiful triple spirals carved on the walls of Newgrange. At the entrance to this massive passage tomb, lie three huge smoothed rocks, each of these have triple spirals carved all over them. Some of these carvings are starting to fade sadly. Inside the tomb, they are carved randomly throughout, there are not as many inside as there are on the rocks out front. I also saw some spirals carved in a few other ancient places throughout Ireland.
What I find most interesting about this sacred symbol, is that many different cultures around the world used it. How did all of these ancient cultures use an very similar symbol with almost the same meaning? Could it be possible that the Hopi Indians in North American came into contact with the neolitic Europeans? I would tend to think not, but anything is ultimately possible. I guess we will leave that up to the archaeologists and anthropologists among us to figure out.
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