What I love about my fantasy series is the ability to explore various mythologies, such as the Ancient Egyptians, and the theory that they had some connection with aliens. The theory goes that aliens visited thousands of years ago and organised the building of the pyramids, which were lined up with points in space that perhaps showed the way to the alien civilisation. Now, I am not suggesting that any of this is true, but it makes great material for a fantasy narrative. Therefore, in the third book of my series The Nine Worlds of Mirrortac, the book I have titled The Gold Sarcophagus, the ancient god associated with the sun, Ra, is resurrected from his sarcophagus deep in the Mediterranean Sea, and redevelops his plan, as part of a master race of aliens, to take control of a now modern world. His race is comprised of two types of human-like beings — the regular two-eyed people, and those with three eyes.
Ra’s rise coincides with an event on one of two other linked planets and awakens his tresoculi (three-eyed) brethren on his home planet where there is a revolutionary uprising that had been in planned for some time, and kept secret from their duoculi (two-eyed) opposites who had been blissfully unaware of any threat.
This begins a chain of events which involves the alien Uranian (Universal Guardians) races, my erfin characters and their friends, and the people of Nerthule (Earth). Ra uses the power of gem crystals to mesmerise the population of Nerthule as well as uplift a hidden metal pyramid that has the power to transmit his thoughts and electric energy throughout the world. I base the pyramid on a Tesla theory that such a structure can create huge amounts of energy.
A war against Ra and his league of tresoculi hinges on the placement of the last Stone of Destiny, which when brought together with the other two stones, will destroy them and undo the power that Ra has through the triad arrangement of the stones on their respective planets.
Another aspect of mythology also ties in with Ra, and that is of Atlantis, which sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea thousands of years ago.
This last book of the series is to date (July 2017) in Beta mode for readers to give their feedback. A cover design has already been created by Irish graphic artist Michael Lenehan. Look out for this exciting finale to the series in the months to come.
Easter is now a time for Christians to recall the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (not his surname), but our celebration of the event today is a combination of the Christian and pagan beliefs and mythology. The name Easter itself derives from the pagan goddess Eostre of old English times, and the word is said to derive from Germanic Austron, meaning Dawn. And this further derives from Indo-European for ‘to shine‘. This is no accident, as the Christian missionaries found it the best way for pagans to accept a new faith is to supplant a pagan celebration with a similar connotation. Jesus’s resurrection is a defeat of death and a new beginning for humanity, in other words, a dawning of a new covenant in Christian terms.
The idea of the Easter bunny that lays eggs doesn’t make sense these days, but a journey into the past clears up the mystery somewhat. The bunny also has its origins with the goddess Eostre who is closely associated with the hare (not rabbits). The celebration for Eostre is in the spring when life is renewing. Both the hare and eggs are associated with fertility and new life. Again, early missionaries adapted the idea of the hare and the eggs to the Christian Easter celebration. There are a number of other theories to the origin of the Easter bunny and coloured eggs that may have also influenced the tradition, but it is my opinion that the adaptation of the pagan feast is the most plausible. For example, Jews — who were the first to become Christians — had to abstain from eggs during the period of Lent preceding Easter. They roasted the eggs to preserve them during this time, then at Easter broke their fast from eggs with a celebration. However, it is interesting to note that modern Christians (especially Catholics) abstain from meat during Fridays in Lent (at least on Good Friday) but will eat eggs instead, or fish.
Whatever your belief or interest in Easter, I extend to you best wishes. Take care on the roads and enjoy the celebration.