Game of Thrones : The Door (5)

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What better place to start my new blog than the analysis of a show and book I love. And sharing the world of the Pagan Celts. The purpose of this entry is to demonstrate the use of occult and esoteric knowledge within show-business. The more skeptical you are, the more likely you are to pass some of this as coincidence. Which is understandable, these ‘coincidences’ have always passed you by. But you should know that these coincidences, or synchronicities,   exist in other forms of media. With the same measure of abundance. I’ve picked the most recent episode to analyse, which is the 5th episode, of the 6th season. 55th episode over all. Numbers which are quite curious, which I’ll go into later.

Celtic Mythology is the basis for much of the mythology found within GRR Martin’s world, and I’ll be assuming that you watch GoT and have seen the episode, because I can’t be bothered to fully explain the show’s characters or plots to non-viewers. Sorry!

So anyway, this episode was totally amazing, and was filled with tonnes of deep esoteric symbolism. The 2 most significant symbols are of The Raven and The Door. The major themes include transition, prophecy, metamorphosis, sacrifice, life, death, as well as the states between life and death.

 

The Door

The Door, or Gateway symbol can be found in almost all cultures, primarily as metaphor for the passage of life into death, and death into life. It can represent an entrance into the new world, opportunity, they are symbols of a protective nature, they are able to contain. To secure. They can also be seen as portals in and out of the Underworld. All the above is evident in all the stories we saw this episode. And Bran was literally in the ‘underworld.’ Beneath the ground. And above him, a tree. The Weirwood trees in Martin’s world are symbolic of Yggdrasil. The tree of life. Hodor, is a protector. The Door. Bran is able to escape through and pass into life only through the Door.

The Raven

The Raven is a symbol that has been around a very long time, it features in many cultures across the world. Black is a colour we associate with death, ravens are carrion birds. Birds that feast on the dead. They are also considered an ill omen.  In many cultures they are seen as the intermediary between life and death. Already we are beginning to see many references to symbols found in Game of Thrones. Ravens are used as messengers, they are associated with black. Which is abundant in the Jon and Bran story line. The raven is often heard to cackle words such as “cras.” Which is Latin for tomorrow. This is why the raven is seen as a bird who is able to tell the future, they are prophetic, a bird that is able to use divination to seek out omens.  The mythology of the Celts is loosely the setting for the mythos in Martin’s world.  Bran Fendigaid or Bran the Blessed is a king in Celtic mythology, a God. Bran literally meaning raven. The blessed raven.

Sansa, Arya and Dany

sansa

The show immediately starts with Sansa sewing. This is the act of giving life. Creating something from a small thread. She is sewing a protective cloak for Jon. One like her dead father had. The reason why sowing and sewing sound and look similar is because they are essentially the same act in nature. They are both methods of creation. Of giving life to something. In the next scene we see her confront Peter Baelysh. She gives him his life. She doesn’t use Brienne of Tarth, her protector, to kill Littlefinger. We even see the Night’s Watch ‘close the bloody gate.’ The gate protects them.

arya

Arya is still on that bridge between life and death. She is becoming a no-one. She struggles with becoming a dealer of death. She questions the idea of killing. She would rather spare lives. She doesn’t know which door to pass through. Jaqen, tells her how the Faceless Men came to life. The play itself is an act of creation. Giving life to the dead. The whole time she has been there she has had this internal struggle. She trains at the House of Black and White.

Dany

Dany’s scenes are short but do contain some interesting imagery. When Dany approaches Jorah, Daario steps in between them. Daario acts as a protector. Her previous protector has become death. He is marked for death. He was her rock, now he is literally becoming a rock. Also, symbolic of old age, Jorah is getting slowed down. Dany the Mother figure, the young queen. Leaves front facing on a white horse. Jorah leaves with his back to us on a black horse. Representing life and death in this case.  In general, it reminds us of the dualistic nature of reality.

Blood Raven and Leaf

In mythology, Leaf has many parallels with Morrigan, The Queen Goddess of the Celts.

The Weirwood

Trees were important to the Celts. They were seen as connections to the world of spirits and ancestors, or as doorways into other worlds. Their rituals were carried out in sacred groves, woods and forests. The ancient druids held them in very high regard. The King of the Forest was the Oak, the most sacred tree. They beleived the Oak’s roots were the doorway to the realm of the Otherwold. The Celtic word for Oak is daur, the origin for the word, door. Daur also the root word for druid.  Druid combines the word Oak and Seeing. They are learned in the ways of Tree Magic and guardians of the doorway. Both Bran and Blood Raven use the roots of the Weirwood tree to see the unseen. The tree enables them to see the realm of the Otherworld. Celtic lore indicates that spiritually advanced Celts would access ethereal planes of higher thought by “opening the oak door.” The practice of psychic visions or soul-thought.

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The Cave

The cave resembles Newgrange.

 

THIS IS NOT COMPLETE…

To anyone who wonders in…thanks! I’m an introvert, so I get bored easily. I’ll finish entries when I feel like doing it. What’s the point in doing something you don’t want to do. Sorry if that attitude stinks. I’m probably working on another topic or getting high or playing some obscure strategy game. I’m really sorry. 

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