So why isn’t it called Attismas?

On pHantacea on pHacebook, December 19, 2015, there is this note under the entry expanded upon in a separate pHantaBlog entry here:

“Something similar can be found here:…/10-christ-like-figures-who…/…. Don’t know anything about Glycon but Zarathustra and Attis appear with some background info. The comments about Dionysus vis-a-vis Christ are, um, intriguing.”

Have now looked up Glycon and discovered, among other things, that it’s a brand name for metformin, an antidiabetic agent used for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus; as monotherapy when hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) cannot be managed with diet and exercise alone.”

Glycon Rumanian Serpent God, image taken from Web

Serpent God worshipped in Black Sea area of what’s nowadays Rumania, where this statuette was found

Which rang a bell, for a couple of altogether disparate reasons. Neither of which is what the post, without any corroborative lynx, says about Glycon:

In the middle of the 100s AD, out along the south coast of the Black Sea, Glycon was the son of the God Apollo, who: came to Earth through a miraculous birth, was the Earthly manifestation of divinity, came to earth in fulfillment of divine prophecy, gave his chief believer the power of prophecy, gave believers the power to speak in tongues, performed miracles, healed the sick, and raised the dead.

Seems Glycon (metaformin) is not derived from from goat’s rue, a kind of Goan curry that I  seem to recall was, despite its name, quite tasty when I visited Goa, India, for a week or so in 2005. Instead the goat’s rue it derives from is a kind of pea also known as French lilac.

Has been making headlines of late, however. One of them is: World’s first anti-ageing drug could see humans live to 120. Plus, according to Wikipedia, world renowned, self-described lazy, comic book writer Alan Moore “… has declared himself a devotee of Glycon.”

Attis taken from Web

Bust taken from web of Phrygain Attis. Note the Liberty Cap or Freedom Hat. It became a symbol during the French Revolution

Admittedly neither has anything to do with Attis. However, for what it’s worth, this does:

“Attis was born on December 25 of the Virgin Nana. He was considered the savior who was slain for the salvation of mankind. His body as bread was eaten by his worshippers. He was both the Divine Son and the Father. On “Black Friday,” he was crucified on a tree, from which his holy blood ran down to redeem the earth. He descended into the underworld. After three days, Attis was resurrected.

Note the picture taken from the post then compare it to the next shot as found on the Louvre’s Website. It’s supposed to be of Mithras, who in PHANTACEA, is the Attis’s father.

For good reason, I’d say.

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Plenty more on Taurus Chrysaor Attis here, here and via the three-site Search Engine atop either of those pages. Earlier blog posts re Solstitial Saviours are here, here and here.

8 collages against the back drop of the Louvre's Dual Entities

The Dual Entities are two thousand years old. The ‘Launch 1980’ collages were prepared in 2014. Details and double-click enlargements of most of them can be found on the Phantacea Publications Welcoming Page:

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Top of the Solstice Season, Saturnalia Salutations and/or Merry Mithramas

 Happy Xmas from deities born on or around December 25!

(Introductory Note: Xmas may come from the Greek letter X, pronounced Chi, as in the first letters of Christ. However, in the Phantacea Mythos, it comes from Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah. Who, on account of the Noh Theatre, looks Japanese on the cover of “Forever & 40 Days — the Genesis of Phantacea”, a graphic novel that came out in 1990.)

Got this graphic off the web after it appeared somewhere on Facebook.

Image of coins containing heads of 16 gods taken from Web.

Sixteen “mythological” gods who celebrated their birthday around the Winter Solstice

Quite a lot of these fellows (no goddesses on list), or variations thereof, appear during the course of the Phantacea Mythos.

Photo by Jim McPherson, taken in Sintra Portugal in 2008

The All-Seeing Eye of Providence, not Horus, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2008, within the chapel of the highly recommended Quinta da Regaleira (where it’s called “The Flaming Triangle” for some reason) in Sintra Portugal

For example …

  1. The All-Seeing Eye of Providence, not Horus, shows up a bunch of places on the main website. Here’s one (; here’s another (
  2. Tammuz and Osiraq are the names of the Idiot or Atomic Twins who figure so devastatingly in end-game of “The Death’s Head Hellion” mini-novel (
  3. Arguably, given Phantacea has always been ‘Anheroic Fantasy’, Chrysaor Attis is the central protagonist ( in “Feeling Theocidal“. 
  4. His Great God of a devic half-father, Thyrgragos Varuna Mithras (, might be considered the novel’s main antagonist. Phantacea‘s Mithras even mocks Zoroastrian tradition here (
  5. Tvasitar Smithmonger is considered the devic Prometheus. He lives in the huge, as well as hugely impressive, cyclopean structure known as the Prometheum. Also as per  “The Death’s Head Hellion“, it stands atop the cliffs overlooking the molten Brainrock, lava lake in the caldera of Sedon’s Peak (
  6. Finally, for now, Lazareme’s female messenger is known as Irisiel Mercherm (; her last name being half Hermes.
E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008; Feel Theo’s web page is here:

Additionally seems to me Adonis was mentioned during the course of ‘Feel Theo’ as one of Attis’s aspects during the 500-year era of the Goddess Culture on the Outer Earth (ca 2000 – 1500 BC).

Certainly Krishna’s girlfriend Lakshmi, even if she wasn’t nominally considered that in ancient times due to the prevalence of avatars, contributed her name to a surviving leader of D-Brig’s boo-hiss meter in the aftermath of “The War of the Apocalyptics“.

While on the topic of goddesses, Dionysus’s mother was Semele, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, variations of whom appear in the upcoming “Wilderwitch’s Babies” storyline.

Cover for E-Versions of "The War of the Apocalyptics", artwork by Ian Bateson

E-Pox now available on the Kindle platform

His Cretan consort contributed her name to a character,  Ariadne Atreides, who appeared during ‘The Volsung Variations‘ web-serials of the early 2000s on pH-Webworld.

Further to this and Point 2 above, being Master Devas, Tammuz and Osiraq weren’t just twins. They were two of three. Their triplet came to be called Novadev.

Artwork from front cover of "Helios on the Moon" by Ricardo Sandoval; promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Helios, with his ‘holocaster’, and the She-Sphinx (All of Incain) , with Thunder and Lightning Lord Yajur (Lord Order) sneaking up on them; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval taken from front cover of print version of Helios on the Moon

As per Feeling Theocidal, he was atomized (cathonitized, become a star in the night’s sky above the Hidden Headworld) circa 1500 BC. Did so while drinking with Phantacea  versions of that Cadmus (called Kadmon) and that Harmonia (the incomparable Harmony Unity).

Just in case you missed it in “Helios on the Moon“, or way back in 1977’s Phantacea One, Colonel Avatar Sol exploded near the moon. Miracle Memory (at least partially based on that Harmony) tells Heliosophos (who may have been that Kadmon in his second lifetime) that Sol was possessed of that Novadev.

One of the first postings on pHantaBlog was entitled “Make that Merry Mithramas“. If you need any more lynx on any of the above try the search engine atop most of the pages throughout

Oh, yes, one of the subplots in the upcoming “Wilderwitch’s Babies” storyline has to do with efforts by the aforementioned Pyrame (Providence) Silverstar seeking to entice her forever lover, the Moloch Sedon — none other than the Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky that was featured on the wraparound cover reprinted immediately below — into undoing the damage done by the Idiot Twins as per the aforementioned mini-novel “The Death’s Head Hellion“.

Wraparound cover for Phantacea Phase One #1, artwork by Ian Bateson, ca 1985

Wraparound cover for Phantacea Phase One #1, artwork by Ian Bateson, ca 1985

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Modern mythology meshed with the ancient

Recall this fellow ( from the Louvre museum in Paris? It’s most of two thousand years old.

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Unfortunately it may not be in the Louvre anymore — at least Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, couldn’t find it when he was there in June 2014. (Plenty of his shots from Paris are on pHanta-pHlickr starting here, with commentary from your faithful blog-meister.)

However, aka Generic, as opposed to geriatric, Sol and Generic Luna live on here …

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

and here …

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

The two fellows in opposite corners at the top of both collages are, yes, Helios the Sun God and Mnemosyne the Moon Goddess as they looked all those centuries ago in Imperial Roman times.

(Generic Luna is sometimes erroneously called Selene. She’s not to be confused with the Silver Signaller who uses Selene as her code name, though that’s the latter day Greek goddess where she got it from.)

In terms of the Phantacea Mythos, Helios and Mnemosyne are two of its cornerstone characters, without whom there would be no such a thing. (pH-Webworld = Modern Age Mythology.) They’re the the time-tumbling Dual Entities; of whom much, much more can be found here, with even more lynx.

As for the six internal collages themselves, more on them currently links from here; double click to enlarge in a separate window. Just bye the bye, both collages have been added to the ever-growing heading banners of, you guessed it, pHantaBlog.

You can also buy the buy “Helios on the Moon“, the climactic entry of the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle and, indeed, of Phantacea Phase One itself. Order online, with credit card, here or direct from the publisher here.

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Evil Eye-Tems

Here’s a telling sequence from the first chapter of “Nuclear Dragons

It [Daemonicus] wasn’t in a coercive mood today. It was as furious as they were frightened.

“Nowhere in this world, nor in the other – nor in the next, be assured of that. I am a generous master yet unre­lenting in the pursuit of those who have wronged me. You will do exactly as instructed. There shall be no variations. No devi­ations. If you fear Hell coming to Earth, look no further than me.

“Eyefire-burn, Milo Mind!”

From the phantasm’s third eye came a burst of blazing fury. It engulfed Mind only briefly then dissipated. The major fell out of his chair and began to weep uncontrollably.

Longtime readers of stories featuring Jim McPherson’s PHANTACEA Mythos will recognize the speaker — though possibly not as Daemonicus. Which is how WORLD’s masterminds know him, as opposed to it. (For more on their fellow felon see here and here.)

Now consider these statements, from the Free Dictionary article on the Evil Eye (

The spreading in the belief of the evil eye towards the east is believed to have been propagated by the Empire of Alexander the Great.

In the Greco-Roman period a scientific explanation of the evil eye was common. Plutarch’s scientific explanation stated that the eyes were the chief, if not sole, source of the deadly rays that were supposed to spring up like poisoned darts from the inner recesses of a person possessing the evil eye (Quaest.Conv. 5.7.2-3=Mor.80F-81f). Plutarch treated the phenomenon of the evil eye as something seemingly inexplicable that is a source of wonder and cause of incredulity.

The phallic charm called fascinum in Latin (from the verb fascinare, “to cast a spell” — the origin of the English word “fascinate”), was used against the evil eye.

Sounds like Major Mind and the rest of WORLD’s brain trust should have exposed themselves instead of suffered the indignities Daemonicus foisted on them whenever he got pissed off.

Plutarch, in case you too were fascinated by the article, lived c. 46 – 120 AD. {Note: “KAI SU” means “and you (too)”.}

Here’s more on just how old belief in the Evil Eye. And what to do about it.

Roman-era mosaic from Antioch depicting a plethora of devices against the evil eye

Roman-era mosaic from Antioch depicting a plethora of devices against the evil eye, image taken from the Web

Additional apotropaic remedies for the Evil Eye:

The eye is pierced by a trident and sword, pecked by a raven, barked at by a dog and attacked by a centipede, scorpion, cat and a snake. A horned dwarf with a gigantic phallus crosses two sticks.

Curiously, especially for a guy for whom mythos matters, the various countermeasures described are highly reminiscent of elements found in Roman Mithraism. For example, consider the description of the Louvre’s tauroctony (

It lacks a horned dwarf with a gigantic phallus but it does bring in two of Phantacea’s Cornerstone Characters, the Dual Entities. Plus, as per “Feeling Theocidal“, should mention that the bull-slayer is Chrysaor Attis, not his father Thrygragos Varuna Mithras.

Mithras slaying the bull in a cave, above which in the upper corners Sol (top left) and Luna (top right) emerge. Luna has a crescent behind her shoulders. Around Sol’s head is a crown of twelve rays, plus another that darts out in the direction of Mithras. Also in the upper left is a raven. The dog, serpent, scorpion are set at their standard positions.


Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

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Look out below! Nuclear Dragons are on their way

Don’t quote me, quote Tad, Dolph Dulles, his Enormity and the Great Man (Loxus Abraham Ryne):

Tadpole didn’t need thought beams coming from the moon to ignore the old man. He never had much use for authority. “Have a look at these, then tell me I was wrong.” He handed an envelope of photographs to Dulles. “One of the pilots sent them to us just before we lost contact with him.”

Dolph whistled gravely. “If this … is real, we can’t deal with it.”

Sentalli took one look at the picture then swore: “They are … dragons!”

Ryne had to grin. “And my name’s St George!”

Here, for the first time on pHantablog is its full back and front covers. It’s what you’ll get when you buy it. Which you will, right. (No question mark, also right?)

For birthday and Christmas presents, too. (Even for Xuthrodites like the patriarch (that would be Abe Ryne) who call it Xmas or Sedonites who prefer Mithramas).

Double-click to enlarge separate window.
Front and Back Covers for "Nuclear Dragons"; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

Front and Back Covers for “Nuclear Dragons”; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

More on “Nuclear Dragons” can be found here, here and here. It’s auctorial preamble is here and here.

The first entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle was 2009’s “The War of the Apocalyptics“. A note re the dreaded letter ‘D’ and the spoiler alert that goes with it are here and here. Both apply to “Nuclear Dragons” and both were taken from 2011’s “Janna Fangfingers“.


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Except they might use lightning bolts

As per here, recently made note of a BBC entry in its online Magazine:

“The Greeks who worship the ancient gods” by Matthew Brunwasser PRI’s The World, Mount Olympus —

Here’s a different excerpt from the same article:

 ,,, These groups are idealizing an ancient religion that had little to do with ethics or morality.

“The whole point of it is that you keep the gods sweet – you scratch their back, they will scratch yours,” says Peter Jones, co-founder of Friends of Classics.

“You establish a quid pro quo relationship… It is simply an acknowledgement of the gods, in the hope that the gods will help you,” he says. “Values and virtues are entirely meaningless in ancient terms.”

Which might not be a good idea considering some gods have lightning bolt fingertips whereas others toss it around like you or I might a Frisbee.

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson for Phantacea Publications, ca 2007

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson for Phantacea Publications, ca 2007; for more hit here:

Here’s yet another quote from the article. The fellow being quoted is the same Peter Jones, co-founder ‘Friends of Classics’, who’s quoted above.

“Ancient religion embraces every feature of the natural world. The original deities are earth and sky. Sky comes down to earth and copulates … [the gods] are made by the world, they are internal to the world.

You never know when you might stumble across a god. Greek myths are just stories about the gods, they are not sacred texts in any way – there was no such thing as a Greek bible.”

As per here, Mr Myth would probably agree. And he’s one of Phantacea’s Cornerstone Characters.

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Heliodromi in Vancouver

We’ll start this with the opening paragraphs of “Feeling Theocidal“. (Which, as per here and here, you can look inside online for free.)

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008; Feel Theo’s web page is here:


“Arise, Gorgon ‘Q for Quisling’ Tethys,” intoned the Mithrant praetor.


When the chained, and badly beaten, deposed governor had done so, the adjudicator began reading off his personally prepared script. “You freely admit to committing crimes of mass murder, including parricide, uxoricide, filicide and effective fratricide; this last with respect to your underlings within the Mithrant Brotherhood, who were attempting to take you into lawful custody.

“You also admit to secreting about yourself, undeclared, a number of Utopian eyeorbs, what they sometimes refer to as prison pods. Compounding your crimes in this regard, you used one of them to capture and hold onto the Master Deva intending  to invest you into the sixth rung of our brotherhood’s seven steps to exaltation, that of the Heliodromus.”

He paused to allow the crowd’s murmurings of mostly outrage die down. “Your name shall assuredly survive within the annals of infamy for you are guilty on all counts …”


Jim McPherson writes:

So here I am driving downtown to work the Phantacea Publications’ table on the Sunday (no pun intended) of this year’s Van Expo (Vancouver Fan Expo — 2013 April 20-21). What’s this? My nearest bridge is blocked by vast numbers of horribly fit-looking joggers.

Old Buggery, I think to myself, it’s the Sun Run. (Thus the unintended pun.)

I detour, find another bridge and make my way to the Convention Centre where Van Expo’s being held. All the way I’m muttering to myself: “Darn Heliodromi”. Added to my (minor) annoyance, I arrive late for re-opening of show; hence no doubt missing dozens of sales.

I’m still mumbling about Darn Heliodromi when this fellow stops at my table. “Nice costume,” I say to him. He’s wearing shorts, a number vest, a sweaty tee-shirt, sneakers, a sunhat and a Green Lantern dressing gown.

(There were plenty of fine costumes on display throughout weekend. Funnily enough, when men and women are wearing masks, or heavy makeup, they don’t seem to care what else is on display. Ask me body painters must be made of sterner stuff than those who have their bodies painted then strut about the convention floor inviting boggle-eyes and flashing cameras.)

“This isn’t a costume,” he says to me. “I’ve just come from the Sun Run.”

Darn Heliodromus didn’t buy anything either.

(Heliodromus means Sun-Runner. Its plural I’m assuming would be Heliodromi. In Phantacea I take it to mean a messenger to or from the gods a la Hermes, Thoth or Mercury. Devilish Heliodromi are referred to as Sky Magicians. However, in Roman Mithraism, a Sun Runner is the sixth rung up the ladder to enlightenment.

(Interestingly, to me anyhow, the seventh and top rung is Pater Patrum or simply the Father. When Christianity supplanted Mithraism amongst the Roman soldiery in the 4th Century AD, its headman gained that very title; hence the Pope.

(Along more than a few devilish Heliodromi have appeared during the course of chronicling the Phantacea Mythos, the Sky Magician who appears most often, at least in the printed books, is the very Master Deva referred to in the quote above: Djinn Domitian, the lion-headed Heliodromus of Mithras, aka the Masochist, of whom more is here.)

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Phantacea pHree Online

Seems over the years enterprising characters have scanned in various pages from the comic book series. These, I suppose, could be googled, though wouldn’t recommend it. A couple did contact Jim McPherson via, sought and got his permission to scan and mount not just a few pages but entire issues.

As near as I can make out only 1 is still online:

Five covers from Phantacea comics or graphic novels, artwork by Ian Bateson except for pH-5 which Ian finished over Verne Andru's original black and white cover

Plenty more on the Phantacea Comic Book series and graphic novels can be found here:

However, and please note the situation may change as the months and years pass, you can look inside “Feeling Theocidal” anytime you please. The link is here:

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008; Feel Theo’s web page is here:

One hopes the lynx not only work but you take advantage of their availability. Once you’ve looked inside the book(s), you could, should you feel the urge, either provide your review(s) on or else come back to this entry and add it (or them) to the comments below.

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Raven in Roman Mithraism

Should draw your attention to this article on the raven in mythology:

It mentions all sorts of characters and concepts that come up in the Phantacea Mythos including the Morrigan and Badb (Battle Baby) who feature in “Goddess Gambit“.

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

Unfortunately I didn’t realize that ravens were the choughs of the Valkyries” when I wrote “Feeling Theocidal” (but that’s only because I’d never heard the word before). As per here I did know they were connected to them, though.

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

One thing the article doesn’t mention is that Corax (Raven) is the first step for initiates in Roman Mithraism. (Seen the stonework in Ostia Antica haven’t I.) More re Roman Mithraism is here:

While I knew that the collective noun for crows was murder I didn’t realize it was unkindness for ravens. Then again, other than ravens are much bigger, I’m still not sure how to tell the difference.

I’d like to tell you that Phantacea’s Raven’s Head was deliberately created to connect to all these mythologies, and perhaps she was, but the name came from a Yates & Jackson, Lancaster beer mug that I still have.

Collage of images  prepared by Jim McPherson entitled Raven's Head

Raven’s Head collage prepared by Jim McPherson mostly using his own shots

Remind me to take a picture of it sometime for pHantaBlog. Ravenhead Glass may actually still exist, too. More on Raven is here:


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Make that Merry Mithramas from now on

Top of the Solstice Season to y’all, ye old pHant-pHaithful most especial.

I usually say that, or Merry Mithramas, instead of Merry Christmas mostly because I know Christmas wasn’t established as the date for Christ’s nativity until sometime after Constantine I legitimized Christianity in the Fourth Century A.D.

Now the Pope agrees with me.

Don’t say “Huh?!?”. Read this instead:

‘The idea that Christ was born on Dec 25 also has no basis in historical fact. “We don’t even know which season he was born in. The whole idea of celebrating his birth during the darkest part of the year is probably linked to pagan traditions and the winter solstice.”‘

Statement taken from an article in the Telegraph written by Rick Squires. The quotation is from “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives”. Its author is Pope Benedict. The article is online here:

The pagan tradition referred to is Saturnalia. The god honoured was Mithras, whom the Roman Soldiery worshipped for centuries. They sometimes referred to him as Sol Invictus and of course Saturn was Kronos was Mithras.

As for what become of him …

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

For a decidedly Phantacea-slant on this, order your copy of “Feeling Theocidal” in either print or any number of e-book formats today. Here’s the link:


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