►Mythology: “Psychopomps, Border Crossers and Guiders of Souls”🌟.-

The following is a reblog of post entitled “Mythology: Psychopomps, Border Crossers and Guiders of Souls”🌟 dated 10/11/2017 by Aquileana. This is an insightful and informative post that relates mythical elements of the psychopomp to Jung’s theory of the conscious and subconscious. It is fascinating how various religions throughout history have used the concept of the psychopomp to describe how various entities guide the spirits of the dead on their journey to the underworld or spiritual world.

As I love Celtic mythology, I have taken the concept of the raven as a messenger that can transverse both the spiritual and physical world in my book Apollo’s Raven that is briefly mention as an animal psychopomp in the post. Hope you enjoy article which provides insight on how mythology relates to the modern world.

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►Mythology: “Psychopomps, Border Crossers and Guiders of Souls”🌟:

“Souls on the Banks of the Acheron”, by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl. 1898

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⇒♦ Introduction. Definition of Psychopomp and Sketch of this post:

A Psychopomp is a god, spirit, or demon who is responsible for guiding the spirits of the dead on their journey to the underworld. His role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to provide safe passage. The word comes from the Greek   ψυχοπομπός, which means “conductor of souls.” Psycho– (ψυχο) originally meant “of, or relating to the soul,” while pomps (πομπός) meant “guide” or “conductor.”

Classical examples of a Psychopomp are the ancient Egyptian god Anubis, the Greek ferryman CharonHermes and Hecate, the Roman god Mercury (equivalent: Hermes in Greek Mythology) and Archangel Gabriel in the Catholic religion, to name the most important ones.

Firstly, in the first section (I), let´s look at some examples of Psychopomps in Mythology.

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Luciana Cavallaro Author Interview

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure to introduce Luciana Cavallaro, an Australian historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher. Luciana likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

Luciana has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. She recently released The Labyrinthine Journey, Book 2 in the Servant of the God series. Click below for more information:

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Tell us about your latest book, The Labyrinthine Journey? Is it part of a series?

The Labyrinthine Journey is Book 2 in the Servant of the Gods series. Evan and his companions need to locate the second sacred object of the Mother Goddess, and to do so they need to visit Pythia, the Oracle at Delphi, who reveals a few surprises. While on this epic journey, Evan grudgingly accepts that to get back to the 21st Century CE, he needs to take on the role as leader and use his knowledge to succeed in the quest. He’s still not happy and angry at Zeus, and we get to see a darker side to his personality.

How much research was involved in writing your book? How did you go about it?

There was a lot of research done to make sure the places Evan and his companions journey to were as accurate as I could describe. I want to give readers a vicarious experience of the locations and what it would have been like to live in the 6th Century BCE. I spent time researching books, read the works of Pausanias, Herodotus, and various texts where primary sources have been translated, read many authoritative websites, used maps and layouts of places, and watched documentaries.

I have notebooks where I write notes for each of my books. I make notes on description of the settings and buildings, what people wore, what was eaten, farming practices, the length to journey from place to place. It is all handwritten. I find this process is much more conducive for me to remember the little details and the big ones as well.

What is your inspiration for writing about the modern day hero, Evan, who is dragged back to 6th Century BCE, to fulfill a quest demanded by an ancient god?

Actually, the series didn’t start out that way. Evan’s character had a different name and started the quest with his Atlantean companions. I had the story critiqued, and well, let’s just say the person/s didn’t hold back on their opinion. The basic plot of the story remained the same, and after I had gotten over the harshness of the feedback, I reworked and rewrote the story. To make the story more accessible and for readers to accept Evan’s plight, I recreated his persona. The story and Evan’s character, as well as the others, are much more rounded, plus I introduced Phameas into the storyline. In the initial concept, he had a very minor role.

The critique and feedback I received did work in my favour, though at the time, it was hurtful and very difficult to overcome.

Is there something that Evan did in The Labyrinthine Journey that surprised you by what he did or said that was totally unexpected?

I am constantly surprised by Evan. I never know what is going to come out of his mouth, or how he is going to behave. Weird, probably as I am his creator, and I do have a profile of all my characters, however how they interact with each other, and what they say is all them. When Evan learns his half-brother Homer and his heckler, Hektor, both have families and children, he surprised me by vowing to complete the quest to make sure they get home. In Book 1, there was no way he would have considered that, but in The Labyrinthine Journey, he realises in order to get back to the 21st Century CE, he needs them to help him go home. I didn’t expect him to react that way.

Of all places that Evan and his companions visit, which place is your favorite and why?

Unfair question, Linnea! All the places Evan and his companions journey to are my favourite. If I really have to choose, then it is Thira, present day Santorini. For me, this place is where Plato gets his Atlantis story from. Visit Akrotiri and the palace of Knossos on Crete and not be convinced this isn’t the fabled city of Atlantis. There are too many similarities to his descriptions of Atlantis and what was found at Akrotiri. You just have to see the wall friezes of the island, the buildings and ships in the circular bay.

What else have you written? Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

Besides the first book in the Servant of the Gods series, I’ve written a series of short stories that I published back in 2013 titled Accursed Women. Mostly, I have received positive feedback, but as you know, there are always going be negative reviews. Not easy to ignore those ones, and people are entitled to their opinion… as long as it is constructive. The best comment I had was for Aphrodite’s Curse, the first short story I ever wrote. A reader commented that though she “appreciated the author’s use of Greek spelling of names etc”, she didn’t like it, and as a result she gave the story one-star review.

What are the most important qualities you look for in a friend?

Generosity, camaraderie, honesty, loyalty, kindness, being a good listener, overall a good person. I know if I need to, I can call my closest and dearest friends any time of the day or night, and they will be there for me. They are very special people.

What is the best gift that you have received and why?

The best gift I have received was unexpected. It was a birthday I had, I wasn’t able to celebrate it with my family due to work, and unknown to me, my sister had arranged for my parents, grandmother, my younger sister and her husband with my 18-month nephew to come up and share the day with me. That was a special day, especially now that my grandmother has recently passed.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Being with my family.

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Book Review The Labyrinthine Journey

The Labyrinthine Journey by Luciana Cavallaro My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In sixth century BCE, the modern day hero and time traveler, Evan, continues his quest to recover three relics of the Mother Goddess, so that the new Christian religion does not obliterate the worship of the Olympian gods. The Labyrinthine Journey, the 2nd book in the Servant of the Gods series by Luciana Cavallaro, has an epic mythological quality similar to Ulysses in Homer’s Odyssey.

Evan, also referred as Evandros, embodies Joseph Campbell’s archetypal hero found in world mythologies. In Book 1, Evan reluctantly accepts the call by his father Zeus to travel back in time from 21st Century to Ancient Greece, so he can use his skills, insight, and knowledge to recover the first relic, the golden serpent.

In the Labyrinthine Journey, Evan embraces his leadership role and commands a group consisting of a Phoenician, a Sicilian boy, Atlanteans, and a High Priestess who are also on the quest with him. He learns from the Oracle of Delphi that he can find the two remaining relics in the Minotaur’s labyrinth. The journey to recover these relics is fraught with dangers from hostile armies, Titans seeking to thwart Zeus, and mythological creatures such as harpies, a hydra, and a sea monster. Evans meets Jason of the Argonauts and Plato who both help him on his quest. The odyssey culminates in a cliffhanger where Evan must face his greatest obstacle that threatens to obstruct his goal of retrieving the relics.

Luciana has masterfully crafted a story that weaves mythology into the backdrop of historical events. The action scenes are riveting, particularly toward the end of the book. One of the aspects I liked most about the novel is the vivid, sensory description of each of the locations. As with any myth, The Labyrinthine Journey is more than what you see on the surface. It is an exploration of how humankind adopts religion to meet their needs and to help them define their culture. Evan’s modern day perceptions are challenged by the ancient traditions. He must adapt to these ancient beliefs to survive. Ultimately, it is a universal story of a hero’s journey into his soul and the wisdom he gains by meeting the various challenges.

I highly recommend this book for readers who love adventure, historical fiction, and mythology.

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The Labyrinthine Journey Available April 1

Exciting news! Australian Author Luciana Cavallaro is releasing The Labyrinthine Journey at 99 cents on October 1st.

 

eBooks can be purchased from: Amazon

For all other eBook formats: Smashwords

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t already joined Luciana Cavallero’s Facebook event, click VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY and join in the fun from around the world.

Chance to Win Prizes. Giveaways. Meet New Friends!

Join other authors of historical fiction and historical fantasy from around the globe. Check out the time when each author will be on Facebook helping Luciana launch her 2nd book in the Servant of the Gods series.

I’ll be on line at 7:00 p.m. Colorado time Oct 1st [9:00 a.m. Oct 2nd Perth Australia; 3:00 a.m. Oct 2nd London; 9:00 p.m. Oct 1  USA Eastern].

Follow Modern-Day Hero on The Labyrinthine Journey

Follow the modern-day hero and time traveler, Evan, as he continues his odyssey as Servant of the Gods in The Labyrinthine Journey. The quest to locate the sacred object adds pressure to the uneasy alliance between Evan and the Atlanteans. His inability to accept the world he’s in, and his constant battle with Zeus, both threaten to derail the expedition and his life.

Traversing the mountainous terrain of the Peloponnese and Corinthian Gulf to the centre of the spiritual world, Evan meets with Pythia, Oracle of Delphi. Her cryptic prophecy reveals much more than he expected; something that changes his concept of the ancient world and his former way of life.

Will Evan and his friends succeed in their quest to find the relics and stop the advent of Christianity?

Meet Luciana Cavallaro 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meaningful discourse, subscribe to her mailing list at luccav.com.

JOIN THE CELEBRATION AT LUCIANA CAVALARRO’S  VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

Cover Image Apollo's Raven

Upcoming Events Author Linnea Tanner

Upcoming Events Author Linnea Tanner

2017 Colorado Gold Conference

The 2017 Colorado Gold Conference sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will be held on September 8-10 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, CO 80207. This promises to be an exciting event, as Diana Galbadon, the award-winning author of the OUTLANDER novels, will be a keynote speaker.

I will be participating in the Author Signing and Book Sale that is open to the public from 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 8th in Ballroom A/B at the Renaissance Hotel. My book, Apollo’s Raven, will be available for sale during the conference. There will be approximately 70 authors at the book signing, including Diana Galbadon and myself.

On the following day, September 9th, I’ll be participating in the IPAL First Book Panel that will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 pm in Ballroom B.

Mark your calendar for this fantastic event where you can meet with your favorite author. If you get a chance, stop by and chat with me.

Library Author Showcase

The Loveland Public Library will be sponsoring the third Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The event will include presentations on marketing, webpage creation and publishing. The event is open to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll have the rare opportunity to meet and to interact with several Northern Colorado authors, including myself. You can buy books and get them signed at this event. I’ll have both softcover and special edition hardcover books of Apollo’s Raven for purchase and signing.

If you can, drop by. I’d love to meet and to interact with you.

Launch and Facebook Event by Luciana Cavallaro

Luciana Cavallaro, Australian Author, Historical Fiction / Fantasy

Luciana Cavallaro, Australian author and historian, will be releasing Book 2: The Labyrinthine Journey, on Sunday, October 1st. The tale is about a modern day hero, time traveler, and demigod forced back to Sixth Century BCE to begin a quest mandated by his father, Zeus. I highly recommend you read the first book in the series, Search for the Golden Serpent, to prepare yourself for the continuing odyssey in
Book 2.

I’m excited to be a part of Luciana’s launch team. On October 1st, during her global launch of The Labyrinthine Journey, I and other authors of historical fiction/fantasy will be available for Q & A on Facebook at various time slots.

This will be a great opportunity for you to win giveaways, such as Amazon gift cards, copies of e-books, signed books, posters, magnetic postcards and a swag.  I’ll be offering free copies of Apollo’s Raven as part of the celebration for Luciana’s book launch.

More details are forthcoming.

Ongoing Deals for Apollo’s Raven

The Apollo’s Raven e-book will be reduced to 99 cents between September 11-17, 2017. Click on one of the following to purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Also note that you can order a signed, special edition of the hard cover book of Apollo’s Raven that includes free shipping in the USA. Order it under the category of books on my website.

For authors you follow, I encourage you to write reviews of their books. This is the best way you can show your support.

As always, thank you for your continued support and friendship.

 

 

Best,
Linnea Tanner

Corruption, sex and St. Paul

The following post by Australian author, Luciana Cavalarro, immediately caught my attention: Corruption, sex and St. Paul. In preparation of the the release of her 2nd book in the series, “The Labyrinthine Journey”, Luciana provides a travel log of all of the places where her modern day hero and time traveler will continue his odyssey to ancient civilizations.

In this post, we learn more about Corinth and why the Greek city was considered corrupt and immoral. The 2nd book in the series promises to be even more epic that the first and full of adventure and love.

Hope you enjoy!

Eternal Atlantis

After leaving Messene, Evan and his companions head north towards the Corinthian Gulf. However, the trip wasn’t without a few incidents: an altercation with a Mycenaean princess and her ignoble father, and a sword fight with brigands, in which Evan was seriously injured. In any case, the group eventually arrive in Corinth, a city St. Paul in 51CE, had preached to and pleaded Christian unity. Why did St. Paul go to Corinth? Aside from stamping out “paganism” and converting pagans to Christianity, Corinth was considered a sinful city.

Apollo Temple has been built in Doric style on the ruins of earlier temple, being a good example of peripteral temple, supported by 38 columns, only 7 of which are still in place.
By Chris Oxford at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44688121

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‘Apollo’s Raven’ by Linnea Tanner

I am deeply honored to share the review of Apollo’s Raven that was posted by Australian Author, Anne Frandi-Coory, on her website and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/myhomelibrary/

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I have just finished reading Apollo’s Raven, and I absolutely loved it, every single, beautifully placed word! I didn’t want the book to end, so I am hanging out for Book Two. When I first began reading Apollo’s Raven, I had no idea of what to expect, not knowing very much about ancient Britannia, or the power of Druid magic.  Reading this wonderful book, was akin to embarking on an epic journey of love, betrayal, mysticism, and Druid’s dark magic, all of which surrounds Catrin, the Celtic warrior princess who was determined to fight for her family’s Cantiaci kingdom, no matter what.

As Catrin is struggling to interpret her mystifying connection with a particular raven, which seems to be following her everywhere, she meets the captivating Roman, Marcellus, son of a high ranking Roman official who has landed in Britannia with a cohort of reconnaissance soldiers ahead of…

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