Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Popular Posts of 2012 - 13

Since this blog hasn't been updated in a long while, except for the post I did today (Dream Catchers & Witch Balls), I thought it would be a good time to do a popular post entry.  This is where I dig up a bunch of old traffic stats, and see which posts have been visited the most.  To make it easier, I'll just do a top 5 list, below:

1) Incas - Sky Gods - was in the lead by a large margin at #1.  I never understood why that relatively simple, short post got so much traffic.  I suppose that either a lot of people are curious about the Incas or perhaps just have a thing about Sky Gods, who knows?

2) The Legend of Mel's Hole - is a humorous post about an asinine legend.  Some people really take Mel's Hole serious, while I can't help but laugh.  There for a while, it was getting the most traffic, but over time it slipped way down, although it still came in 2nd.

3) Poseidon - The Flood - Athens - is a post that received a decent amount of traffic during the last few years.  It is a shame, though, because I wasn't very elaborate on that post and, really, it just wasn't very good.  It was an old "filler" type entry I did on the beginning when starting this blog, and had no idea that many people were interested in Athens or Poseidon.  I can see searching for ancient flood stories, myths, etc., as I meant to do a post about ancient floods, but never did.

4) Mermaids - Aquatic Femme Fatales - is one of those posts that just set there for a while, then all of a sudden started getting a fair amount of traffic.  Thanks to the fictional documentaries about Mermaids on the TV Series known as Animal Planet, it helped arouse the interest of many folks that normally wouldn't be searching online about mermaids.  Oh, by the way, I'm still waiting for those real life stories about mermaids, in the comment field...  LOL!

5) Mysterious Pyramids of Giza - comes in at 5th place.  Although this blog has a lot of interesting stuff on it, most of them didn't make the list as far as traffic is concerned.  However, it comes to no surprise that many people are still out there searching and reading about the ancient pyramids from Egypt.

Well, there you have it.  For whatever reason, those were the top 5 most popular posts for 2012 - 13.  Hopefully, in the distant future, I'll have time to update this site with some fresh content that relates to myths, legends, and folklore; cheers!

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Witch Balls & Dream Catchers

The other day I was looking around in my room at all the interesting things I have bought over the years. Ya know, stuff like ancient egyptian relics, metaphysicals crystals and healing stones, infinity mirrors, dream catchers, etc. Then, I ran across this purple ball I used to hang from the ceiling. It had a very peculiar design on the inside of the sphere, and I was trying to think of what it was called. I remembered what this purple ball was for, which was to remove evil spirits by trapping 'em, not that I believed it would do such things. So, I did a quick web search using the terms "a ball that removes evil spirits" and within no time at all, I found out this purple globe-shaped thingy was considered a witch ball. I was thinking, a what? Witch Ball?

I bought that thing in the past, merely because I liked the way it looked and I've never really been big into superstitions. Now, I must say, regardless of the myths and folklore surrounding these objects, the witch balls are rather attractive - at least most of the ones I've seen. If you're interested in the history of them, I'll provide a resource link in a moment. At the end of this post, you can find additional shopping links to aid in your online search for dream catchers and witch balls. Plus, these items make great gifts for the hard-to-shop-for people.

Anyway, per myths, legends & folklore, the Witch Ball is used for protection against evil spells, witches (Yeah, what about the Bell Witch? Ha!), sickness, bad luck, and negativity. Traditionally, Witch Balls are hung in an east window. However, any area around your home or even outside, is a good spot to place a Witch Ball to deflect negative energy. Witch Balls have had many names and different legends surrounding their existence. Each name has been used depending on their use or time in history. A few of these names are Fairy Orbs, Pond Balls, Spirit Balls, Friendship Balls, Good Luck Balls, Globes of Happiness, Gazing Balls, and Butler Globes. If you'd like to read more about all of these along with the legends attached to 'em, visit: http://www.sunnyreflections.com/witchballs-legends/

I'd say that Dream Catchers are far more common than Witch Balls, at least in a commercial sense. The history of dream catchers go back to how the Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams - both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near your bed while swinging freely in the mystic air of darkness, catches the dreams as they flow by. Supposedly the good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes as they magically slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams, not knowing the way, get tangled in the dream catcher and perish within the first light of a new day.  Wow! Now doesn't that sound cute?  Ha!

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*Fairy Orb - Spirit Ball - Witch Ball