Lore Ipsum: Birth and Renewal
Hello! Today’s cards, accidentally appropriate for the upcoming New Year, have a theme of new life.
As usual, both of these myths were recently recounted in vlog form by Dael Kingsmill of Geek & Sundry, which i highly recommend you watch before you proceed to the cards (links to the specific vlogs will follow). I won’t necessarily be covering the whole myths, only the aspects my cards drew from, and she tells them far better than me anyway. Let’s get started!
Zeus, while on a social call to his grandparents, Gaia and Uranus, received from them a prophecy that his wife, Metis, would give birth to a glorious, strong and intelligent baby girl. Her second born, however, would be a boy so great and powerful that he would overthrow Zeus and claim domain of the sky. As Greek deities go, there was obviously only one solution for this problem: Zeus would have to devour the kid. He wasn’t about to wait around and risk suffering the same fate as his father Cronus though (who was tricked into devouring a rock instead of newborn Zeus to avoid a similar prophecy), so he found an even more straightforward solution and just devoured Metis herself.
Around nine months later after the cannibalism, as Zeus was having a lovely stroll, he started having an awful headache. Hephaestus (or Prometheus, accounts vary) studied him and realized what the problem was and, in another display of Greek deity subtlety, promptly swung an axe to his head. From the wound Athena jumped out, fully armored and grown up and ready to be awesome. Also, Metis still resided inside Zeus and gave him advice from time to time, because why wouldn’t she.
Unorthodox Birth was obvious and i just found the whole concept hilarious. It might be too weak, as i tend to overestimate this type of effect.
Divine Dismissal was an additional card that came to my mind as i start to realize that the Greek gods always tended to settle disputes in the same way: turning mortals into various creatures (especially birds), and devouring other immortals.
Beira was the personification of Winter in Scottish lore, and held full control of the weather during that season. She survived for hundreds of years by drinking from the Well of Youth at the beginning of Spring, its magic water rejuvenating her until the next Winter.
The Well of Youth was what i used for my card so i’ll not be recounting the actual myth of Angus and Bride, save for one important record: during an event where Beira and her Winter hags are raging furious snowstorms upon the land, one solitary duck rose up to face and mock her, saying that her powers were so weak that they couldn’t even kill a duck and her ducklings. And that is truly what this story is about.
Water of Youth represents the effect of the Well of Youth’s power on Beira, rejuvenating her but waning down as the seasons pass, until she drinks again.
The Duck is actually not accurate, as it does end up dying from Beira’s snowstorms, but it was just too silly not to make.
Until next time, happy new year!