We are usually amazed when we discover hidden knowledge related to mysticism, magic, and witchcraft. In ancient world, people exploited symbolic words, images, and rituals to achieve desired outcomes through magical knowledge. Not only does this ancient knowledge enlighten us but it can also help us understand the very essence of our being. However, most of the time valuable magical information and insight are hidden right before our very eyes. We simply need to know where to look.
“Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there’s a secret.” – Jean Ferris
It’s true that this is World which has never actually cut off from the Old Ways. In fact, so many things we still do, reflect on the Old Religion and our Witchy Ways. Therefore, we decided to publish an article, on all weird things that actually got Pagan Origin or even Witchy! This is going to be really really fun!
Magical Knowledge Hidden in Plain Sight
“It is hidden but always present.” – Laozi
The list is endless. We could keep going on and on about it but we chose 5 facts which make more sense to almost anyone.
1. Why do we Wink to signal about secret knowledge?
A Winker actually signals the Winkee that they share or s/he is about to share some secret knowledge. It’s not obvious why or what it is, but this is a sign to immediately question reality. This is an awakening call. If you really think about it, it’s already pretty weird.
Wink & the one eye of Odin
Odin is the mighty and wise father of the Norse Religion. God of Wisdom, Healing, and Victory, he is beloved in all germanic traditions. He is famous for his thirst for Wisdom and magical knowledge. According to one story, Odin was traveling again in his quest to expand his awareness. One day he ventured to Mimir’s Well, located beneath the world tree Yggdrasil. The Guardian spirit of this well, whose wisdom and magical knowledge for the Realms was unprecedented, greeted Odin. Odin asked for some water.
The mystical creature knew exactly what Odin was asking and he tried to make it as hard as possible. Thus he demanded his eye. Odin was asking for true and absolute wisdom and the price seemed fair for the Guardian. However, Odin gave it instantly and the Guardian gave the God of Wisdom what he was asking.
In many ancient depictions, and due to the fact that Odin has one eye, he seems like he’s winking. This is where the ‘wink’ came from. As Odin lost his eye for hidden truth, we reenact his divine sacrifice by winking, to signal someone for secret knowledge.
“The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.” – George Bernard Shaw
2. Why do we give the ‘middle finger’ to insult someone?
Greeks understood the power of sex & sexuality, thus sexuality was part of each God’s powers. Thus, the ‘Phallus’ aka the erect penis, was a symbol of great potential, a power that could fight every demon, reverse bad luck to golden opportunities, and create a new and successful beginning in everyone’s life.
Middle finger represents a phallus – a magical symbol
Indeed, the middle finger represents an erect penis. The middle finger also is known as “digitus impudicus” or “the impudent finger”. Saint Isidore of Seville explains in his Etymologies that the third finger is called impudent because it often expresses vexation, insult. But why?
“A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.” – Louis Nizer
This rude gesture actually dates back to ancient Greece. This was a sacred and magical gesture – something like a Mudra. Greeks used it to instantly counter any negative activity and dark arts that targeted them. Just like the statues of Phallus in crossroads and anywhere, they did it to repel dark magic.
Therefore, by ‘giving the middle finger and insulting’ the receiver we actually attempt to bind his/her power against us.