Ancient kings presented themselves as the personifications of these gods, taking on the responsibility not only for success in battle but also the fertility of the land, which relied on rainfall. They wore crowns of oak leaves, as a symbol of the god they represented as kings on Earth. Similarly, successful Roman commanders were presented with crowns of oak leaves during their victory parades, and oak leaves have continued as decorative icons of military prowess to the present day. Oak leaves’ connection with rainfall also survived in more recent folklore in a variety of similar rhymes about which tree’s leaves appeared first…
heart, head, hand
#LISTEN #L I S T E N #this is the stuff of dreams #the triumvirate of dreams #wells; who (thanks paloma) is the only character driven by genuine idealism; a lived concept of right and wrong and goodness #clarke; whose intelligence and adaptability is her strongest trait for me; she has ideas about morality #but she’s ever willing to bend them in the face of the pragmatic will to survive #bellamy; who’s willing to beat and bludgeon and brag his way through the world and MAKE it what he wants it to be #or die trying #now bring these three together; throw them in the brutal crucible that is this situation and they’d be absurdly epic #throw in the fact that bellamy attempted to assassinate wells’ dad #clarke has convinced herself that wells is responsible for her own dad’s death #wells is living with the legacy of everything his dad’s done and how that’s shaped him #they’re all three grappling with parents and the ways their choices shape their lives. #AND THEY WOULD LOOK SO HOT NAKED #so disappointing #head;heart;hand (via magalimoons)
caduceus; organisations often mistakenly use it a symbol of medicine. the two snake caduceus has ancient association with trade, eloquence, trickery and negotiation. often depicted carried by mercury, guide of the dead and protector of gamblers, liars, and thieves.(criminals) civic crown made of oak leaves; ancient kings wore crown of oak leaves as a symbol of the gods they represented on earth. romans declared it the second highest military decoration. oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance. raven; a carrion bird, said to be a symbol of good luck, and the god’s messengers. a trickster, a protector. frequently linked with prophecy as both informant and guide, it was thought to be the most prophetic of birds.
Guardians of the Galaxy suffers from the common Hollywood problem of making every single incidental character a man, from the Nova Corps officers to the space pirates to the prison guards to Ronan’s goons. The only background female character is the Collector’s assistant, whose role is to scrub things while wearing a minidress and then get blown up.
I’m so proud of my T.V. husband. From the moment I met him, I knew he was going to be, like, the next Brad Pitt. He’s so handsome, so kind, and such a talented actor. There’s just nowhere for him to go except straight to the top. I’m only shocked that it hasn’t happened already. I’m just so excited for the world to see him if they haven’t already. Because he’s brilliant and I love him and now he has rock-hard abs. Which is just a bonus.
It seems like the Internet has a big crush on Chris … do you feel like it is encroaching on your territory at all?
I have major jealousy [issues] but we start shooting Parks and Recreation next week so I am glad to have him all to myself because if anyone tries to get with him, I will destroy them
― Aubrey Plaza on Chris Pratt x
I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die among my friends.
Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in official images from 'Gone Girl'
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Things that used to bother me don’t bother me so much anymore. The world seems smaller. And I keep waiting for something to happen, and I have to remind myself when it doesn’t happen, that that’s normal.
A few shots from the Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (click images for a better quality and higher resolution)
do you think the russo borthers hate joss whedon? they are so careful with steve’s character development and then joss whedon is just like “haha he’s old” and then jerks it to tony stark
Snapped this young lady who looks prepared to tackle the world in the streets of London, England. She came down from Birmingham.
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You could pretend that Guenever was a sort of man-eating lioncelle herself, or that she was one of those selfish women who insist on ruling everywhere. In fact, this is what she did seem to be to a superficial inspection. She was beautiful, sanguine, hot-tempered, demanding, impulsive, acquisitive, charming - she had all the proper qualities for a man-eater. But the rock on which these easy explanations founder, is that she was not promiscuous. There was never anybody in her life except Lancelot and Arthur. She never ate anybody except these. And even these she did not eat in the full sense of the word. People who have been digested by a man-eating lioncelle tend to become nonentities - to live no life except within the vitals of the devourer. Yet both Arthur and Lancelot, the people whom she apparently devoured, lived full lives, and accomplished things of their own.
She lived in warlike times, when the lives of young people were as short as those of airmen in the twentieth century. In such times, the elderly moralists are content to relax their moral laws a little, in return for being defended. The condemned pilots, with their lust for life and love which is probably to be lost so soon, touch the hearts of young women, or possibly call up an answering bravado. Generosity, courage, honesty, pity, the faculty to look short life in the face - certainly comradeship and tenderness - these qualities may explain why Guenever took Lancelot as well as Arthur. It was courage more than anything else - the courage to take and give from the heart, while there was time. Poets are always urging women to have this kind of courage. She gathered her rose-buds while she might, and the striking thing was that she only gathered two of them, which she kept always, and that those two were the best.