➰ Kali, is the powerful and often feared Goddess of death and destruction which is part of the Alchemical process of resurrection, rebirth, and empowerment. She brings the death of the Ego as the illusory self-centered view of reality. She is the great destroyer and transformer of that which is profane and needs to be purified by fire (Shakti) to bring the life force into it's highest expression.
Bust of Commodus as Hercules, AD 190. Marble. Commodus was a largely self-centered emperor who did not care for foreign affairs or the protection of the empire. He once decreed that each month should be renamed after him. He believed he was an incarnation of Jupiter or Hercules, and the depictions of him as these gods only made people dislike him more. He was murdered in AD 192, leaving a damaged empire behind and ending the Antonine dynasty.