1. dandycapp:

    (10 pics)

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  2. tutidas:

    Title: Left Hook!
    Artist: andrep1 ( http://ift.tt/1uBL4FK )

  3. 1337tattoos:

    Saskia Chowles


  5. acupofpoetry:

    O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd
    With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
    Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
    And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
    And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
    Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

    "The narrow bud opens her…

  6. deliaopran:

    The 2014 Autumnal Equinox Is Here

    "Eyes wide open.
    Movement is free and wide.
    Wide net of light is cast.
    Journeys shine brighter.”

    The seasons are changing today. For us, in the Northern Hemisphere, the September equinox, also known as the autumnal equinox, marks the first day of autumn, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the first day of spring. The season officially began at 02:29 UTC. The Latin term equinox, or ‘equal night’, is derived from this phenomenon. The equinox, which occurs twice a year, is that instant when the plane of Earth’s Equator passes the center of the Sun. At that moment, the tilt of Earth’s axis neither inclines away from nor towards the Sun.

    As the Sun travels across the celestial equator, which means shorter days and longer nights for the Northern Hemisphere while the Southern Hemisphere can celebrate longer days and shorter nights, it will rise due east and set due west. If you so happen to be standing on the Equator during the autumnal equinox, you can see the Sun pass directly overhead. These two events also occur during the vernal equinox. The autumnal equinox also marks the start of six months of continuous darkness at the North Pole and six months of continuous daylight at the South Pole.

    Except at the North and South Pole, all latitudes on Earth see the Sun rise at due east and set at due west on the September equinox. Until the winter solstice in December, the Sun will continue to rise and set farther to the south.

    Astronomically speaking, the September equinox marks one of the four major turning points in the cycle of seasons. The Earth spins on its axis, which is tilted at 23.5 degrees with respect to its orbital plane. On these days, however, the Earth’s axis is neither tilted away nor towards the Sun, but has both northern and southern hemispheres experiencing equal amounts of sunshine.

    * The Significance of the Equinox in Spirituality and Ancient Times *

    The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. It marks an essential passage in the process of enlightenment that is often overlooked, misunderstood, and mistaken as dark and heretical.

    It is the time of balance between day and night, before night takes over and brings the coming winter, a time of darkness and death. This duality between light and dark exists within humanity, and in the work of spiritual transformation. All things must die before they can be born, all spiritual ascent requires descent first, and all those who long for light must firstly face their own inner darkness and overcome it. The autumn equinox symbolizes a stage of inner preparation in the process of enlightenment—to make way for the Son to be born within at the winter solstice.

    Remnants of the esoteric meaning of the autumn equinox can barely be found in lasting traditions from the times of ancient peoples who celebrated it and knew of its real significance. To discover the esoteric meaning by looking at rituals and traditions is not easy. There are many traditions which have been passed down today, but these have strayed from their root meanings. Different civilizations and cultures have added their own veneer, altering and losing much of the meaning as they themselves lost the knowledge of it.

    Traditionally, the autumn equinox is a celebration of the harvest, as it is when summer has finished giving its fruits, which are collected in preparation for winter. But there are other indicators given by the most ancient sacred sites that mark the autumn equinox: a descending passage into a subterranean pit lit by a star of the dragon constellation in the Great Pyramid of Egypt, a seven-scaled feathered serpent of light descending a giant pyramid in Mexico, a giant Pyramid of the Sun aligned to the equinoxes built on a cave symbolizing the underworld, and even giant statues facing the sunset that leads to growing darkness on Easter Island.

    September Equinox Customs and Holidays Ancient Greece
    In Greek mythology fall is associated with when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to be with her husband Hades. It was supposedly a good time to enact rituals for protection and security as well as reflect on successes or failures from the previous months.

    Aboriginal Australians have, for a long time, had a good knowledge of astronomy and the seasons. Events like the September equinox, which is during the spring in Australia, played a major role in oral traditions in Indigenous Australian culture.

    In China the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is celebrated around the time of the September equinox. It celebrates the abundance of the summer’s harvest and one of the main foods is the mooncake filled with lotus, sesame seeds, a duck egg or dried fruit.

    Higan, or Higan-e, is a week of Buddhist services observed in Japan during both the September and March equinoxes. Both equinoxes have been national holidays since the Meiji period (1868-1912). Higan means the “other shore” and refers to the spirits of the dead reaching Nirvana. It is a time to remember the dead by visiting, cleaning and decorating their graves.

    The Christian church replaced many early Pagan equinox celebrations with Christianized observances. For example, Michaelmas (also known as the Feast of Michael and All Angels), on September 29, fell near the September equinox.

    Pagan celebration: Mabon
    On the autumnal equinox, many pagans celebrate Mabon as one of the eight Sabbats (a celebration based on the cycles of the sun). Mabon celebrates the second harvest and the start of winter preparations. It is the time to respect the impending dark while giving thanks to the sunlight.

    Sources: Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic, The Path of the Spiritual Sun, www.timeanddate.com


  7. georgetakei:

    He IS the walrus, after all. (And you’re welcome for that earworm.)

    Source: http://po.st/Atwivh

  8. libutron:

    Geissorhiza splendidissima 

    These beautiful flowers belong to the species Geissorhiza splendidissima (Asparagales - Iridaceae), a deciduous geophyte with brilliant dark purple-blue flowers, endemic to the Nieuwoudtville area in Northern Cape, South Africa, and locally known as the Blue pride of Nieuwoudtville.

    Reference: [1]

    Photo credit: ©Jeffs Bulbesetpots | Locality: cultivated (2014)

  9. flickr:

    The Pit Pony by paulchapmanphotos on Flickr.

    "Kite Aerial Photo using a GoPro Hero2. The Panallta Pony is supposedly the largest sculpture in the British Isles. Made of coal slurry on the site of an old coal tip." - Paul Chapman

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  10. mini-girlz:

    Neolithic / Early Cycladic Idol

    Origin: Cycladic Islands

    Found: Malta


    c. 3,000 - 2,000 B.C.

    via > sandrashaw.com

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  13. dropboxofcuriosities:

    Mouton volant, 1936.

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  14. virtual-artifacts:

    Pectoral, necklace and rings (1, 2, 3)  from the Akan people, ca. 1900. 

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  15. virtual-artifacts:

    Shaman’s Amulet. Tsimshian, Northern British Columbia, around 1840. The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario

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