Eye of Horus Celebrates 13 Years

Eye of Horus Celebrates 13 Years

Eye of Horus is celebrating our store’s thirteenth year throughout October. We will have a proper Anniversary Party at the end of the month, but there are numerous events throughout the month with authors, artists, and ritual. It’s the witchiest month of the year, and we are doing it up right.

October 28th Anniversary Costume Party

Where: Eye of Horus Metaphysical Store, 910 West Lake Street in Minneapolis. click here for map
When: 7pm to Midnight, Friday, Oct 28, 2016

This pre-Samhain soirée will feature door prizes for the first 50 customers, starting at 7:00, refreshments, hobnobbing and a mini-psychic fair. You don’t have to wear a costume, but you can get $5 off readings if you do. The theme? Anything magical, steampunk, occult, fantastic or fun. We will have three readers on hand until midnight. Call 612-872-1292 to reserve your reading in advance.

Eye of Horus first opened our doors on October 31st, 2003. We’ve moved a couple of times since then, but the 3rd location, at 910 West Lake Street, in Minneapolis, is a perfect fit.

Kari Tauring In Store Performance

Kari Tauring In Store Performance

Kari TauringJoin Nordic roots musician and teacher Kari Tauring for a free mini-concert on Sunday, September 18th from 2 to 3:30pm! Kari will perform a short set from her most recent recordings, Ljos and Svart. CDs will be available to purchase at the Eye of Horus and Kari will be on hand to sign them and answer questions about the work.

What: In Store Concert
When: September 18th (Sunday) 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Eye of Horus Metaphysical, 910 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Cost: Free but PLEASE Call 612-872-1292 to RSVP

Kari Tauring carries the cultural traditions of her Nordic heritage in story, song, and dance and is called a staff carrier (völva in Old Norse), a culture bearing woman like those preserved in the art, poetry and folksongs that Kari loves to sing and dance.

Do you want to hear Kari sing from her new double album Ljos and Svart?

She sings of the Norns, of Hulda, the Germanic goddess of spinning, seasonal change and the life/death/rebirth cycle. She chants the runes. She sings of Huldre, Trolls, Trees, maidens and magic, and the four dwarves who hold up the sky:

“Austri, Vestri, Sudri, Nordri”
This is the chant of the Four Directions of East, West, South and North and the names of the Four Dwarves which hold the sky (Ymir’s skull) up over Midgard.

Do you want to ask questions?

This intimate setting at the Eye of Horus is perfect for tender bear lullabies, whispering hidden folk, and the poetry of Minnesota’s own staff carrying woman, Kari Tauring.

Concert is free but space is limited so call 612-872-1292 to RSVP today!

Kari combines deep scholarship and personal practice to create new interpretations of what it means to be Nordic for performance, in teaching, and in her writing and musical recordings. Called “innovative folk” music, Tauring gives modern relevance to the ancient poems and songs that inspire her.

CDs will be available at the event.

New Familiar Spirits – Pokémon at the Eye

New Familiar Spirits – Pokémon at the Eye

It is traditional to burn incense as an offering to spirits in many traditions, but some Eye of Horus Staff and readers have discovered our incense selection is drawing some new familiar spirits… Pokémon. It seems there is a pokémon stop just a few steps from the front door to our store. Admittedly, these aren’t the familiar spirits we are used to, but we really do support diversity. Rather than discourage visitations, we have decided to welcome them into our store and even have gotten some photos of them exploring the store. We also think, though this is a game, we can learn a thing or two about nature spirits and incense and archetypes.

Incense Lures Them

Photo of Pokemon Eevee in Incense Section

Eeevee in the Incense Section – After Dragon’s Blood perhaps?

We think it’s our incense section at the front of the store that lures the Pokémon in. There’s stick, cone, dhoop and traditional resin incense and herbs which make that front corner a favorite location. We aren’t sure if they are drawn to the three different types of Nag Champa (Blue Satya, Golden Nag, or Red Shanthimalai), or the Sage Bundles, or the traditional Japanese Incense sticks.

Japanese Incense Ceremony

Seriously, though, cultures from around the world have used incense as offerings and to draw in good energy and spirits for millennia. We carry incense from around the world. All over, various floral and spice scents are used, but different areas have different prime “notes” for the region. Frankincense is sacred in the middle east, Sandalwood and NagChampa in India, Amber in Europe, Sage in America. But in Japan, they take their incense very seriously. Kōdō (香道, “Way of Fragrance”) is the name of the Japanese tradition of incense burning. Kōdō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kadō for flower arrangement, and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony.

Elemental Spirits Aren’t a New Thing

Pokémon originated in Japan and have migrated here. We take the point of view that these characters are simply commercialized archetypes of nature spirits, and anyone familiar with the elemental spirits will see parallels with some of the “types.” There are eighteen different Types of Pokémon which include Normal, Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ground, Rock, Bug, Ghost, Steel, Fire, Grass, Water, Electric, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, Dark and Fairy. Each has their own unique strengths, representing the various gifts and aspects of the world in which they inhabit; not unlike the Earth, Air, Fire and Water, the four elements used in western magic magic and mysticism, and represented in the four suits of the Tarot. We think this is why this Jynx is visiting our Tarot Demo Station… Not only is it a Psychic Type of Pokémon, but the symbols of the Tarot are no doubt familiar.

Jynx Pokemon in Tarot Demo Station

Pokémon are a cultural Phenomenon with Ancient Ancestors

In western Europe, there was a tradition of Fairies, in Scandinavia there were Land Wights and Huldre. Many of our stories, which began as tales of interaction with natural forces and deities, have echos in modern art and cartoons. Pokémon seem like a similar thing to fairies, though with a broader scope.  Though, since Pokémon come from Japan, the creators draw more on their own culture for archetypes. The indigenous practice and beliefs of Japan is Shintō, which literally means “the way of kami” (kami means “mystical,” “superior,” or “divine,” generally sacred or divine power, specifically the various gods or deities). In Shintō all the deities are said to cooperate with one another, and life lived in accordance with a kami’s will is believed to produce a mystical power that gains the protection, cooperation, and approval of all the particular kami.

So, yes, we welcome Pokémon in our store, and people outside “capturing” them, with the understanding that the games we play do affect our outlook on the world, not as profoundly as spiritual practice and interaction with the deities and spirits of earth-based religions, but as an opportunity to celebrate the diversity offered in these characters and to use as a springboard to further understand our own cultural paradigms. It’s also okay to have fun every now and then.

We also think, that when you are out walking, you should turn off your phone now and again to experience the sacred mystery and diversity of the elemental, animal and earth spirits our western culture has either demonized, demoted or forgotten. Step away from the game and into the mystic.