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Celestial Wonder Still Exists…

November 4, 2013

Celestial – definition: pertaining to the sky or heavens

Celestial Map 1515

The heavens have always fascinated humans throughout our evolution. Monoliths around the globe are evidence of our attempts to connect to whatever power we envisage resides there. My Greek and Roman literature course showed me a world full of complex relationships and deeds of good and bad. Gods sat in Olympus showering the population with favors or disasters.

This map shows a celestial map in 1515.

Modern day astrology utilizes the star signs to predict our live’s path. For some these ‘readings’ are believed while others choose only the ‘good’ predictions detailed in the newspaper.

Whatever religion you follow in some part there will be a celestial component. This belief is deeply rooted from our earliest ancestors worshiping the sun arriving each morning and the moon standing guard in the night.

There has been a shift since the first moon landings and the many deep space missions launched since, which have given us more information regarding the ‘heavens’ than ever before. We now know stars are actually planets or massive moons exploding and we are witnessing the last moment of glory as light travelling to us. However, we still enjoy the globe that is our moon on night’s it is a splendid full sphere. There is still magic in the sky above us. It is now crowded with satellites for communication and debris from our previous explorations but there is a wonder there. Our planet is only one of billions…something that is hard to comprehend.

Take a look at the multitude of missions in operation now. Link:


Ambrosia of the Gods…

July 11, 2013

Ambrosial – definition: exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell


I was taken back to my school days with this word. I studied ancient Greek mythology as well as Roman mythology in my last couple of years of school.

Ambrosia was depicted as food or drink of the Greek gods (or demigods) and had the effect of making them immortal. In the words of Homeric tradition, the ambrosia was taken to Olympus by doves. However, ancient art depicts a nymph, called Ambrosia, delivering the delight.

The myth of King Lycurgus tells us he attacked Ambrosia because she served  Dionysis. This resulted in her being turned into a grapevine. In turn Dionysis brought about Lycurgus’ demise in a rather disgusting way.

Why someone would attack the God who brought such merriment is beyond me! Dionysis was surely the party animal of Olympus. God of wine, winemaking, the grape harvest, ritual madness and ecstasy!

I certainly praise him…nothing like a glass or two – especially as I am enjoying a wonderful vacation.

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