Dear Don: Thunder-Stone…

Ancient of Days, William Blake

Ancient of Days, William Blake

Dear Don,

Your lion-headed Aion is also associated with Mithras whose story, in symbolic terms, has close parallels with that of so many later religions including Christianity. He too is often depicted with a thunderbolt.

Your mention of the thunderbolts reminded me straight away of the Valknut, the triangular knot of Norse mythology that we came across before… the entwined thunderbolts thought to refer… perhaps…to the power of Odin to bind the minds of men with fear or unleash them through inspiration. The double edged sword…

Mithras. Image source: Wkipedia

Mithras. Image source: Wikipedia

We know the same symbol was found associated with Woden as lord of the dead in Anglo-Saxon cemeteries… the binding and unbinding of the cords of life seems a similar interpretation, albeit operating on another level of being.

The thunderbolt is a perfect symbol, really, for those flashes of illumination that seem to come out of nowhere, light us with the utter clarity of understanding… then fade, leaving only an impression and a knowing behind.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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