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The Wild Hunt, here as envisioned and painted by Peter Nicolai Arbo in1872, is an ancient part of north European folklore, tales of which survived continuously into modern times.

The Wild Hunt is often said to be lead by Odin, sometimes known as the Yule Master, and is most likely to be seen at or around Yuletide or Midwinter. Horses and hounds are connected with death, and the wild hunt can involve both the dead and the souls of the living who participate through the art of Seithr, through which the soul is thought able to leave the living body and then return to it.

Of course, in Heathenism, Yule represents, in part, both the “death” of the old year and the birth of the new one.  This can be seen as symbolic of death, rebirth and new life generally, not just for people, but for the entire universe.

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I’m wondering if this scene in 5x01 is the first time the Ghost Riders arrive to Beacon Hills and that’s why we are expected to believe Peter wasn’t at Eichen House.

This is also the episode Ken and Noshiko Yukimura mention the Wild Hunt.

Mr Yukimura: You know there’s a legend for a storm like this…

Kira: Dad, please don’t turn a three hour traffic jam into an educational experience.

Noshiko: He’s talking about the wild hunt, about the ghost riders, imagine a night like this Kira, with storm clouds just like these, phantom hunters would appear, riding black horses with blood red eyes, wolves and hounds at their side baying and snarling.

Kira: What were they hunting?

Noshiko: Souls

If Peter was taken by the Ghost Riders: Why? How did they find him? Did he escape EH and bump into them? Or did the Ghost Riders go to EH and Peter saw them there? 

And if he has been gone that long, then there’s definitely inconsistency with the writing because Lydia or Scott (think it was Lydia) mention Peter in 5x17 when they’re in the library, but he should’ve been erased from their memories. 

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Thinking in the Deep: Inside the Mind of an Octopus
In “Other Minds,” Peter Godfrey-Smith shows how the abilities of the octopus offer insight into the evolution of animal intelligence.
By Carl Safina

If we met an alien whose intelligence derived through an entirely separate provenance from ours, would we recognize the sparkle in each other’s eyes?

In “Other Minds,” Peter Godfrey-Smith hunts the commonalities and origins of sentience. He is an academic philosopher but also a diver. Watching octopuses watching him, our author considers minds and meanings.

Octopuses and cuttlefish — cephalopods — make surprisingly good foils here. Our last common ancestor, 600 million years ago, was a wormlike creature. Cephalopods are therefore an independent voyage into complexity.

“If we can make contact with cephalopods as sentient beings, it is . . . because evolution built minds twice over,” Godfrey-Smith writes. “This is probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.” When seeking other minds, we find that “the minds of cephalopods are the most other of all…”