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George the Brave and the Dragon (4018.04.20)
The Story of George and the Dragon - What does it mean? Read More

A Mithraic Statue (4018.04.12)
A new lion-headed Mithraic statue has been discovered.
Read more at ancient.eu
Rune Uruz, and the name of the seer Zarathustra (4018.04.11)
In the ancient Germanic Futhark alphabet Uruz is the rune of “virility, primal raw energies, life force, and the valiant spirit.” Rune Uruz symbolizes the “subconscious will power, and passion of the untamed nature.” Uruz literally means “auroch,” and stands for “primal, pristine energies.” Read More

Spring festival of Novalux (4018.03.14)
I recommend Western Mithraists celebrate Novalux ("New Light") as a Spring Festival on the spring equinox or 21st March , as the Persians are celebrating Nowruz at the same time. Read More

Three kinds of Mithraism (4018.02.09)
Explaining Pagan, Krestic and Humanic Mithraism Read More

Constituents of Human Beings (4018.01.17)
9 Constituents of Human Beings in Physical, ultra-physical and Immortal Worlds Read More

Ossetian Nart Saga 1 (4018.01.17)
High up in the Caucasian mountains there is a small country called Ossetia-Alania. The inhabitants of this country, the Ossetians, are said to be descended from the tribe of Alans, who themselves are related to the Sarmatians and Scythians of the ancient steppes. Read More

Toynbees theory of decay (4018.01.08)
Toynbee argues that the breakdown of civilizations is not caused by loss of control over the environment, over the human environment, or attacks from outside.Rather, societies that develop great expertise in problem solving become incapable of solving new problems by overdeveloping their structures for solving old ones. Read More

The history of Christmas tree (4017.12.20)
Did you know that the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree has its roots in an ancient Persian tradition that is all but forgotten today? Ancient Iranians used to decorate a cedar tree very much similar to how the world today decorates a pine tree. Read More

What is Mithraism about? (4017.12.18)
Mithraism starts with the duality of Good and Bad. Most fundamentally as living beings we can have a good life or a bad one. Read More

Zurvan - the Time Lord (4017.10.17)
Zurvan is the senior god of the Mitravian trinity. He is the Lord of Time and ultimately responsible for everything that happens in time, everything that is process, everything that is alive, everything that really exists. Read More

Arkus and Arkons (4017.09.05)
Arkus is the World-Ruler. It is the aspect of the Entus or World-Being which shapes its future course. Read More

Entus, Arkus and Entons (4017.09.05)
Entus, Arkus and Entons Read More

Sol Divinus (4017.09.01)
The Divine Sun is the unending source of light and music to the spiritual existence. Read More

George the Brave (4017.08.30)
Georgius Fortis, like the Iranian god Verethragna, represents the power to break through resistance. Read More

The Meaning and Concept of Arya (4017.07.05)
The word “arya” is probably one of most miscued, misunderstood and misinterpreted words in recent times. No one is sure how the word came into existence but after Hitler adapted the word to denote pure German race, the word became synonymous with racism. The truth is the word was used in ancient India to denote people of certain social background rather than a particular race. Read More

Western Mithraism - July 4017 (4017.07.04)
Western Zoroastrian Mithraism is an experimental new religious movement aimed especially at those modern Europeans who have rejected their traditional Christianity and are searching for an alternative. Read More

Mithraism as a global religion? (4017.06.19)
Until recently I thought that Mithraism would be a specifically European religion. Mithraism would rectify the deficiencies of Christianity, bolster a European sense of identity and support the struggle for better government. Read More

New ideas - June 4017 (4017.06.19)
Yazdan Trinity, Three Mentalities, Saintly Trinity, Ages Read More

Mitravian Festivals (4017.04.22)
Festivals of Mitravism Read More

Why should we not throw anything into a well ? (4017.04.21)
Teaching of Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia Read More

Zoroastrianism & Nature (4017.04.20)
Teaching of Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia Read More

D'Aulaires Greek Myths - The Greek Gods (4017.04.20)
IN OLDEN TIMES when men still worshipped ugly idols, there lived in the land of Greece a folk of shepherds and herdsmen who cherished light and beauty. They did not worship dark idols like their neighbours, but created instead their own beautiful, radiant gods. Read More

The Creation (4017.04.20)
In the beginning there was the CELESTIUM - a realm of pure ideas outside normal time and space in which lived MAZDA CELESTIA - the Celestial Wisdom - Queen of Heaven. Read More

Mitravism - Creation, Trinity & Arkons (4017.04.20)
In the beginning there was the CELESTIUM - a realm of pure ideas outside normal time and space in which lived MAZDA CELESTIA - the Celestial Wisdom - Queen of Heaven. Read More

The Chalipa (4017.03.08)
The Chalipa is a symbol used by some Western Mithraists to represent the religion. It is made up of a cross and 4 small circles enclosed in a larger circle. But what does it mean? Read More

GOOD, EVIL, RELIGION & DISABILITY (4017.02.11)
I recently got a thoughtful message from someone who works with severely disabled people asking why God allows this to happen. This is my answer (with the original message underneath). Read More

Homage to Lord Mithra (1.1) (4017.02.03)
A prayer to Mithra. "Thou art all in all to me, Lord Mithra". Read More

The Benedict Option (4017.02.01)
In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. Read More

Mithraism is Neoplatonic - R.P. (4017.01.05)
Since some people are telling what they think mithraism is, I decided to share my opinion about this religion, too. I strongly connect mithraism with neoplatonic philosophy. The neoplatonic world view, as it was teached by Plotinus and Iamblichus for example, tells about a hierarchy of existence: The eternal transcendent realm of the Monad. Read More

Mithra by Aashrai Arun (4017.01.04)
He can be everywhere. He can be nowhere. He can know everything, and yet teach you nothing. He can be as kind to you as your own mother. Or He could be as horrifyingly ferocious as your worst nightmare. Rewarding to the good man, unforgiving to the evil. Read More

Daylamite Warriors (4017.00.00)
The Daylamites or Dailamites were an Iranian people inhabiting the mountainous regions of northern Iran. They were employed as soldiers from the time of the Sasanian Empire, and long resisted the Muslim conquest of Persia and subsequent Islamization. Read More

The Origin of Yalda - Ali Jafarey (4016.12.19)
Climate and seasons have greatly governed animal behavior since the beginning of life on this planet. Survival, search for food, storage, shelter, hibernation, migration, and many activities have depended on the change of seasons. Man is an animal and his life has all along been subject to seasonal changes. Read More

Birth of Mithra - P.J. (4016.12.19)
Happy ZAYESH - MEHR ( Birth of Mithra ) Let us celebrate the birth of MEHR Izad, The Lord of Light and Justice. Read More

Persian Yalda (4016.12.18)
Zayeshmehr* which is known as Yalda and Shab-e Cheleh in Persian is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter (December 21-22) in the Iranian calendar, which falls on the Winter Solstice and forty days before the next major Iranian festival "Jashn-e Sadeh (fire festival)". Read More

Mazdan Musings - Daniel Levie (4016.12.07)
This small volume is meant to be a meditation on Mazdan topics. It is designed to encourage good thoughts. It contains seed- thoughts. It is filled with short, mini-essays which can be absorbed by the initiate in a short period but which help to understand some basic principles in Mazdan thought. Read More

Consciousness in Zoroastrianism - Sam Kerr (4016.12.03)
The modern meaning of the word “Consciousness” is construed differently in different disciplines. For the philosophical purpose of this paper let us make the meaning simple. The most fundamental aspect of “Consciousness” is the capacity to sense existence and value. Read More

Mithra - Jorjani (4016.11.02)
"Mithra, or Mehr in contemporary Persian, means “Light”, “Love”, and “Friend.” He was born of his virgin mother in the middle of the night from December 24th to 25th, which (by the reckoning of ancient calendars) is the Winter Solstice – the rebirth of light from out of the most encompassing darkness. This is celebrated at Yalda (an Indo-European cognate of Yule Day), one of the four most sacred Zoroastrian holidays still commemorated in Iran. Read More

Seven degrees of Mithraism (4016.11.01)
In Persia during the time of Mithraism, when the sun god was honored above earthly things, seven were the degrees, the candidate receiving a name relevant to each stage of interior growth. Read More

Month of Mithra (AGZ) (4016.10.31)
From friendship with the Immortal Gods to the stewardship of the entire Creation, and the worship of the sun, moon, fire and waters Read More

With the God Mithras at Carnuntum (4016.10.31)
I’ve explored hundreds of spiritual sites from many different faith traditions. But today marks the first time I’ve ever written about spirituality in ancient Rome—in particular, about the worship of the Roman god known as Mithras. I didn’t expect to encounter the Romans on our recent trip to Austria. But at Carnuntum, an attraction on the border between Austria and Slovakia, I encountered the most amazing archeological site I’ve ever visited. Read More (external link)
Iranian Mithraism (4016.10.20)
Having started out as a Gathic Zoroastrian I am only gradually learning about the Iranian Mithra. Originally of course Mithra was just one of the gods that the ancient tribal Iranians would have worshipped - though Mithra was very popular he was not at the centre of everything. Read More

Capacity to care (4016.10.18)
The capacity to care is a crucial resource of energy and emotion. To care obsessively, is to be suicidal, mentally and physically, since it drains you of your precious vitality in your life. Read More

The Axial Age: Britannica (4016.10.18)
the ways that we perceive ourselves and how we relate with our communities and our world overall were shaped just over two millennia ago in the fundamentally transformative, creative, and ingenious stage of human history now called the Axial Age. Read More

Origin of concepts of Heaven and Hell (4016.10.17)
As you know, fundamentalist Christians and Evangelicals believe in the doctrine that the saved go to heaven, while the unsaved non-believers go to hell for eternity after they die, to suffer an eternity of torture without end, a fate beyond the scope of anyone’s imagination. Read More

Where Does Religion Come From? (4016.10.17)
We believe that the roots of our personal faith provide an answer to questions of creation. As Arthur Schopenhauer put it, "Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world." Read More

John the Eunuch (4016.10.04)
Historic mystery fiction with a Mithraic angle
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Mehregan Thanksgiving Festival (4016.09.20)
Mehregan is one of the two most ancient Iranian festivals known, dating back at least as far as the earliest Aryans Read More

khvaetvadatha - Jafarey (4016.09.07)
What does 'KHVAETVADATHA' - often translated kin-marriage really mean? Read More

Cult of Mithras (4016.08.31)
10 Myths And Mysteries From The Cult Of Mithras
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Roman Fort (4016.08.31)
Ancient Roman fort in England may have been constructed to pay homage to Mithra or Sol Invictus Read More (External Link)
Scythian Warriors (4016.08.30)
Warrior king found in ancient Russian tomb: Scythian ruler was buried with riches, weapons and even his HORSE Read More (Daily Mail)
From Parsomazdaism to Euromazdaism (4016.08.29)
by Marcus Zartianus

Parsomazdaism is the traditional religion of the Persians. Growing out of Indo-Iranian paganism it received its distinctive flavour with the teachings of Zarathustra who lived at least a millenium before the Christian era.

Zarathustra introduced a very philosophical kind of religious view in which Mazda or Cosmic Wisdom was given the highest praise. He taught that it is Wisdom which produces the Good Order of existence which is most conducive to happiness and the good life. Thus we must support the Wisdom force especially by developing Humanah – Good Mind.

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A Song to Mithras - Kipling (4016.08.29)
Poem by Rudyard Kipling

MITHRAS, God of the Morning, our trumpets waken the Wall!
‘ Rome is above the Nations, but Thou art over all!’
Now as the names are answered, and the guards are marched away,
Mithras, also a soldier, give us strength for the day!
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Ctesiphon - capital of empire (4016.08.29)
The imperial capital of the Sasanian Empire, Ctesiphon and its environs were among the largest urban sites in the late antiquity. It became the capital and the winter residence of the Parthian kings. Read More

Only religion can defeat the new barbarians (4016.08.21)
The West is suffering for its loss of faith. Unless we rediscover religion, our civilisation is in peril Read More

Jorjani - The Return of Zarathustra, Part V (4016.08.05)
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Jorjani - The Return of Zarathustra, Part IV (4016.08.04)
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Jorjani - The Return of Zarathustra, Part III (4016.08.03)
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Jorjani - The Return of Zarathustra, Part II (4016.08.02)
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Jorjani - The Return of Zarathustra, Part I (4016.08.01)
Zarathustra was the first archeofuturist. Ahura Mazda is the prototype of Prometheus, and an Iranian visionary is the true father of what you are used to calling your “Faustian civilization.” Read More

From Parsomazdaism to Euromazdaism (4016.08.00)
Parsomazdaism is the traditional religion of the Persians. Growing out of Indo-Iranian paganism it received its distinctive flavour with the teachings of Zarathustra who lived at least a millenium before the Christian era. Read More

The Good Religion by Stephen Flowers (4016.04.01)
Darban I Den – having spent years in his previous incarnation as Stephen Flowers enlightening us with works on Germanic Studies, Runes, Gnosticism and the Left-Hand Path – now turns his attention to revealing and renovating ‘the world’s newest oldest religion’ – Zoroastrianism. Read More

On Mithra and Mithraism by Ardeshir (4014.10.07)
October 2nd marks the beginning of Mithrá festival culminating on October 8th. It is a most happy festival of love, red wine, pomegranates, nuts and amore. Read More

Khordad Sal (4014.09.03)
Zoroastrians get particularly festive during the period of Khordad Sal. Khordad Sal can be likened to the Christian holiday of Christmas as it celebrates the birth of their prophet. Read More

Monsters and serpents in the ancient lore (4014.05.08)
Unlike the ancient Egyptian religion, where serpents, snakes, frogs, crocodiles, flies, rats, and a host of other creatures were worshipped; the ancient Aryan looked upon many of these creatures as hideous, grotesque, monstrous and malformed freaks of nature. Read More

Asha - the law governing the Universe (4014.04.24)
As divine/natural law, Asha connotes the eternal, immutable law that governs the universe. It regulates both the spiritual and the corporal worlds. In Zoroastrianism, natural law and divine law are the same. Read More

Spirituality - Kersey Antia (4014.00.00)
Spirituality takes different forms in different religious philosophies. Almost all religions emphasize the need for good deeds but some may prescribe certain pre-requisites such as believing in the prophet as Savior or the Son of God, or believing him to be the sole legitimate prophet on earth. Read More

Haurvatat and Ameretat - K.D.Irani (4013.11.09)
Understanding these two concepts requires that their roles in the scheme of the theological framework of the Gathas be grasped. Read More

The Faravahar (4013.10.21)
The history of the Faravahar design begins in ancient Egypt, with a stylized bird pattern which is known as the spread-eagle. Read More

A Zoroastrian Catechism (alternative translation) (4013.10.21)
Now it is the beautiful religion of the Mazdyasna that explores/discovers, makes things easily comprehensible, and mediates/intervenes by means of wisdom, and brings enlightenment. Read More

A Zoroastrian Catechism (4013.10.21)
So this must one know without venturing to doubt: "I have come from the unseen world, nor was I (always) of this world. I was created and have not (always) been. I belong to Ohrmazd, not to Ahriman. Read More

Prayer to St.Michael (4013.09.30)
Comment: The Christian Archangel Michael is said to be derived in many aspects from Mithras as known to the Romans. Read More

Zarathushtras Paradise (4013.06.06)
The idea of paradise as expressed in the later Zoroastrian literature,1 some of it written more than a thousand years after the prophet lived is in many ways quite different from the prophet's teachings as expressed in the Gathas. Read More

Why Zoroaster? (4013.06.00)
It can be argued that Zarathustra is the historical father of philosophy yet he doesn't often get the recognition he deserves. Read More

Happy Nowruz (4013.03.26)
Welcome to Nowruz A new beginning A fresh awakening To the joy of living, The beauty of nature, A cascade of colours, Flowers, trees and grass. Read More

Holochrestianism-More (4013.02.00)
Holochrestianism is about 'being useful to the whole' or 'serving the common good'. Read More

Chrestianism (4013.02.00)
A Chrestian is somebody striving to be good. A Chrestian strives to align their mind with actuality, and their heart with the ideal. A Chrestian strives to think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds. A Chrestian strives to be a saviour of the world. Read More

Holochrestianism (4013.02.00)
Modern Holochrestians hope to help rejuvenate the religious culture of the western world by re-awakening its memory of its cultural origins and promoting good cultural forms of wisdom, wisdom-seeking, ethics and worship relevant to its needs. Read More

USHAO: Mazdakism (early iranian communism) (4012.11.11)
Mazdak might well be termed the first Bolshevik in history. Indeed, in some respects Bolsheviks might be regarded as lukewarm compared to Mazdak; he not only preached communism in worldly possession but he also advocated an equal division of women among men Read More

USHAO: Zarathustra by Tim Smith (4012.11.11)
IT is the oldest revealed religion known to us. As such, it is intimately related to the most of other world religions; its doctrine lies at the very foundation of civilized society. Read More

USHAO: "A righteous government for all" (4012.11.10)
A righteous government is of all the most to be wished for, Bearing of blessing and good fortune in the highest. Read More

Is The Vendidad a Zarathushtrian Scripture? (4012.07.03)
The name "vendidad" shows that it concens 'laws", not religion law, but the law of a group of Iranians who had risen before the advent of Asho Zarathushtra, against "daevas" and their worshippers. Read More

Book: Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras (4012.07.03)

Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras: The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe

by Carl Ruck http://www.amazon.com/Mushrooms-Myths-Mithras-Civilized-Europe/dp/0872864707
Repost: Towards an Integration of Mithras/Mithra/Mitra (4012.07.02)
Cumont, in describing a Mithraic fragment from Virunum that depicts the gigantomachy, describes it as "illustrating a Hellenized version of Ahura Mazda's struggle with demons." At first thought, we may be inclined to dismiss his description, because where we expect Zeus wielding his thunderbolt to be named, he has Ahura Mazda. Read More

The six agricultural festivals of ancient Persia (4012.06.15)
Zarathushtra lived in an agrarian society so it is natural that farmers and those who toiled the soil were honoured and major festivals revolved around seasonal activities such as sowing and harvesting. Read More

Happy Newroz (4012.06.15)
This is a special time For celebrating The renewal of nature. The green leaves on the trees The many coloured flowers The songs of the birds And the warmth of the sun Read More

Three types of Monotheism (4012.06.00)
Imperial, Tribal and Philosophical Monotheism Read More

Wisdomism (4012.06.00)
Wisdomism is the worship of wisdom. The Persian word for wisdom is Mazda. So alternative names for Wisdomism are Mazdaism or Mazdayasna. Read More

History of Mithraism by a Freemason (4011.12.21)
The Theory that modern Freemasonry is in some sense a direct descendant from the ancient Mysteries has held a peculiar attraction for Masonic writers this long time, and the end is not yet, for the world is rife with men who argue about the matter up and down endless pages of print. Read More

Christmas,Yalda, and Mithraism (4011.12.16)
Christmas,Yalda, and Mithraism,What is the origin of Christmas? Read More

Zoroastrian Renaissance in Iran by Khosro Pardis (4011.12.16)
In 1979, for the second time Iran was invaded by the Arab culture called Islam. The first time was 1400 years ago. At that time your far away parents refusing to submit to their laws had to leave their mother land, Iran , and settled down in India . Read More

Zarathustra by Tagore (4011.10.17)
The first profound record of change of direction in Man’s religion we find in the message of the great prophet in Persia, Zarathustra, and as usual it was accompanied by a revolution. Read More

Wisdom & Justice: Kherad, Asha, Farah (4011.07.22)
Dr Shervin Vakili, writer and researcher: The term 'Kherad' (wisdom) is one of the oldest words in Persian language. Iranians have used this term for more than 3 thousand years. Read More

Avesta - Bundahisn (4011.07.18)
The Zand-akas, the Zand-knowing or tradition-informed, which is first about Aramazda's original creation and the antagonism of the evil spirit, and afterwards about the nature of the creatures from the original creation till the end, which is the future existence . Read More

Avesta - Hymn to Mithra (4011.07.18)
Lord Wisdom spake unto Spitama Zarathustra, saying: 'Verily, when I created Mithra, the lord of wide pastures, O Spitama! I created him as worthy of sacrifice, as worthy of prayer as myself Lord Wisdom. Read More

Roman Mithraism - Overview (4011.07.18)
The Mithraic Mysteries or Mysteries of Mithras was a mystery religion practised in the Roman Empire, best attested in Rome and Ostia, Mauretania, Britain and in the provinces along the Rhine and Danube frontier. Today, the beliefs of this cult are also referred to as Mithraism, but this is a recent development. Read More

Zarathustra - Song One (4011.07.18)
In humble adoration, with hands outstretched I pray to Thee, O Wisdom! Read More

Avesta - The Underground Refuge (4011.07.18)
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Mithras and Jesus by Moghdam (4011.07.18)
Ahura Mazda is a divine name, but you can meet men in flesh named Hormoz. Mithra is the name of an ancient Iranian divinity, but you can meet men named Mehr, and nowadays boys and even girls are named Mitra. Read More

Zarathustra - Song Two (4011.07.18)
Unto Thee, O Lord, the Soul of Creation cried: "For whom didst Thou create me, and who so fashioned me? Feuds and fury, violence and the insolence of might have oppressed me; Read More

Zoroaster and freedom in European thought (4011.07.01)
It is well known that the past experience can be a guiding light for the present and future actions. In this context I believe that the European experience in search of an identity and freedom of thought started from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century... Read More

The First Universal Religion (4011.06.23)
4000 years ago, mankind was enslaved by superstition. The powers-that-are, priestly or temporal, were dedicated to exploiting and manipulating the people. The many idol-gods were capricious and their favors were for sale through offerings and sacrifices. Read More

Zoroastrian Heritage of Humanity (4011.06.19)
The designation of year 2003 by UNESCO as the 3000th anniversary of Zoroastrianism brought about through the efforts of the government of Tajikistan provides a long overdue opportunity for humanity to be made aware of one of the most fundamental aspects of its heritage. A Read More

Zarathustra's Vision (4010.00.00)
In the history of the world, few men have arisen who are remembered as the founders or reformers of a great religion. Read More

The Enlightenment Message of Zarathushtra (4010.00.00)
“The Enlightenment”, an intellectual movement, which became influential as late as the 18th century in Europe, was a pursuit centered on confidence in the human capacity for thought and judgment. Read More

Zarathustra in troubled times by Stanley Insler (4010.00.00)
We live in troubled times today, when danger, uncertainty, deception and ignorance seem to be rampant. Read More

Zoroastrianism for Today (4009.00.00)
Today we live in a world which appears to many to be full of chaos. Things don't seem to be going right. Many people find their lives are filled with work and chores - but that they are not really happy. Read More