As the sun spirals its longest dance, Cleanse us! As nature shows bounty and fertility Bless us! Let all things live with loving intent And to fulfill their truest destiny. -- from a Wiccan Summer Blessing (as reported by the BBC)
Roman Gold Coin Pertinax. Pertinax was Roman emperor in 193 for 86 days. Publius Helvius Pertinax was born on August 1, 126 in Alba, Italy to a freedman, and died on March 28, 193. An urban prefect, Pertinax was made emperor the day after the emperor Commodus was assassinated on December 31, 192. He was killed by the Praetorian Guard and replaced by Didius Julianus. http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/emperors/ig/Roman-Emperors/Pertinax.htm
Murmur of starlings So I was hurrying out to the parking lot one cold November day after work, round 4:30 EST. The sky was grey, but gradually blackened, and I discovered hundreds of starlings flying overhead. I lost count at 200 and they still came. What was the most curious thing was that they were SILENT. It felt like something awful was going to happen. But it did not. Thank God.
One this day in 1922, Howard Carter & Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb of King Tut after 3,000 years. View of the antechamber of the Tomb of Tutankhamun looking south, Valley of the Kings (gelatin silver print) by Harry Burton / The Stapleton Collection
'Svjatogor' by Petar Meseldžija. Svjatogor is a titanic hero-warrior in Russian mythology and folklore. A giant living in the Holy Mountains after which he is named, he and his mighty steed are so large that, when they ride forth, the crest of his helmet sweeps away the clouds. He is the eldest of Russia’s 'Bogatyri', and in many ways He is the saddest. His days of glory are long behind Him, and he is depicted in most epic poems as an old, tired warrior, doomed to fade away...
Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life; protection magick; and divination. It is said that the best Full Moon magick can be conjured for 7 days: the 3 days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and 3 days after the Full Moon. - Spring Wolf's Pagan Path, http://www.paganspath.com/magik/moon.htm, artwork by Claudia McKinney (~Gabriellyn~)