Saturday, January 21, 2006

Night Hag

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Nightmares were often given names such as Hag-riding, Wizard-pressing, Mare-riding, Witch-dancing etc. The Night Hag rides her mare through the realm of the eighth continent. In the worst of situations the rider feels in jeopardy, experiences an over-riding terror, panic, total vulnerability and the inability to distinguish between imagined and internal aggressors and external reality. But this is not to say that one should not ride the night mare in search of the light which lies within the dark. Here le Enchanteur is the Night Hag riding in search of a truth.


At 3:37 AM, Blogger faucon of Sakin'el said...

In more modern Turkish usage, a nightmare is 'karabasan' -- "the press of black." But 'bas' is also the root of 'printer' and 'stairs', a seeming confusion. So one must turn to ancient myths. 'Printer' undoubtedly comes from 'to press' as in early printing arts. The other drift is linked to a concept that every dream is a portal of opportunity -- a stairway leading up, or down (no link to religious duality of good or bad) -- allowing one to go to your divine side or introspection of your more human limitations.

In our Western cultures it has evolved that 'happy dreams' have lead to the use of the word 'dream' to also relate to a planned goal or aspiration on slightly out of reach; while those 'search of soul', wrestled sheet episodes are hidden and viewed a 'non-happy'. Thus, we are trained to look at one as good, and the other bad. Consider Pegasus as the bright dream that takes us where we wish to go, while 'nightmare' takes us where we do not wish to go. What then is 'her' name, this 'mare of darkness'?

Some of you may recall by writings about the 'Night Messengers' (ancient Turkic) who rode two horses, one back and the other white -- the riders dressed in kind representing ultimate power and 'vision of light', but you never knew which rider was on which horse. If we relate this to dreams, or introspection then we never know whether a 'happy-dream' or a 'nightmare' is of greater value, and which should be feared. I dare say that pursuing false dreams has led man to far greater disaster than casting light into the shadows of their minds and hearts.

The two horses had names of sorts. The white one was 'Dalgin' which means 'dreamy'; while the black horse was called 'Kisrak' -- 'the mare'. Perhaps this is where our usage found its beginning.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

Courageous Heather.


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