The so-called “Colchester Vase,” depicting four gladiators named by inscriptions as Secundus, Mario, Memnon, and Valentinus.  Artist unknown; ca. 175 CE.  Found in a Roman grave at West Lodge, Colchester (= ancient Camulodunum), England, UK; now in the Colchester Castle Museum.  Photo credit: Carole Raddato.

Teasing is caring (Derek Morgan x Reader)

Request (by @latina-spice​): Derek Morgan, #12 and #14 please and thanks!⇒ “Wait, I have an idea.” “Really?” s/he looked at him with a fake seriousness “Your mother would be so proud.” & “What’s your biggest regret?” “Trusting you.” “You make it so dramatic. All I did was eat the last piece of cake!” “Exactly.”

Fandom: Criminal Minds (no specific season)
Pairing: Derek Morgan x Fem!Reader (romantic)
Summary: You work at the BAU and, besides your job, the thing you love the most is teasing a certain agent. Valentines Day comes around and you have no date but who knows what can happen.

Warnings: fluff
Word Count: 829

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Valentine’s Day vocabulary in Arabic

Thank you @rahaflearns for helping me make this vocabulary list!

Valentine’s Day - عيد الحب
Happy Valentine’s Day! - عيد حب سعيد
Saint Valentinus - القديس فالنتينوس
Love - حب
Flower - وردة
Bouquet - باقة
Rose - زهرة
Candy - سكاكر
Chocolate - شوكولاته
Gift - هدية
Card - بطاقة
Love letter - رسالة حب
Poem - قصيدة
Heart - قلب
Angel - ملاك
Bow and arrow - قوس وسهم
Boyfriend - حبيب
Girlfriend - حبيبة
Secret admirer - معجب سري
Red - أحمر
Pink - زهري
Date - موعد
Hug - عناق/احتضان
Kiss - قبلة
Romantic - رومنسي


V.I.T.R.I.O.L (Masonic/Alchemical Motto)

In chemistry, vitriol is iron or copper sulfate salts and their derivative, sulfuric acid. The name comes from the Latin for “glassy,” after the resemblance of iron sulfate to shards of green glass. Vitriol is symbolized alchemically as the “green lion,” a poisonous substance that appears when metal is degraded by acid. Sulfuric acid, or oil of vitriol, was used in the synthesis of the lapis philosophorum- the Philosopher’s Stone. One unique property of sulfuric acid is the dissolution of metals- all except for gold, on which it has no effect.

The alchemical motto for vitriol is “Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem,” “Visit the interior of the earth and rectifying (purifying) you will find the hidden stone.” The motto originated in L’Azoth des Philosophes by the 15th Century alchemist Basilius Valentinus.

In Freemasonry, the motto is a common component of the symbolic “Chamber of reflection,” where a Mason contemplates and reflects on the nature of death. In both Freemasonry and Alchemy, the motto refers to a process of internal, spiritual purification.

Bee Mine

Anonymous said: Prompt Dean asking Cas out with cheesy pick up lines

Overuse of Cas’s love of bees is my favorite troupe. Fight me. 

Originally posted by guardian-of-lavender-dawn

“Hey, Cas.” Dean smiles, sitting down across from the angel, “What are you up to?” 

“Research,” he says, not taking his eyes off of the book in front of him.

Dean nods to himself and watches as Cas chews on his bottom lip, trying to gain as much knowledge as he can from the ancient text, “Well, Valentine’s day is coming up…” Cas doesn’t respond, so Dean shifts in his chair and clears his throat, “And I just thought…you know, it’s the day of…love or whatever so…”

“It’s actually supposed to be the liturgical celebration of one of the more early Christian saints named Valentinus,” Cas says, finally looking up from the book, his blue eyes meeting Dean’s green ones, “It had nothing to do with love until it was changed in-”

“Cas,” Dean laughs nervously, licking his lips and shaking his head a bit, “I know the-the history of it, but I’m talking about the now traditions.”

Cas tilted his head and furrowed his brow in that adorable way Dean had come to love, “I don’t understand.”

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castillomichaela  asked:

Okay so hey you said that you had all the references for those facts about cesare borgia and I looked it up on your blog and I think no-one asked you, so could you show them please? I mean that sounds so amazing I'm so intruigued

i got probably 90% of these from Sarah Bradford’s biography of Cesare; I have the kindle version (you can get a download of it and a lot of other great Borgia books here) so unfortunately I don’t have page numbers but I do have them highlighted and can give you the passages!

  • has a silver port a potty
    • about Cesare, on his way to the French court: “He went to the extremes of extravagance in his determination to bedazzle the French; the Gonzaga coursers were to be shod with silver, while Cattaneo reported that he took with him a most princely travelling privy ‘covered with gold brocade without and scarlet within, with silver vessels within the silver urinals …’” Sarah Bradford, Cesare Borgia
  • wears a unicorn suit
    •  Regarding Lucrezia’s second wedding, to Alfonso of Aragon: “After this the Pope and his party withdrew to the Borgia Apartments where Cesare had set up magnificent tableaux – a fountain richly worked with depictions of cobras and other poisonous snakes, while in another room there was a wood in which wandered seven mummers dressed as animals: Jofre, quaintly, as a sea goose; the prior of Santa Eufemia (Ludovico Borgia), brother of Cardinal Borgia, as an elephant; and other gentlemen of Cesare’s dressed as a fox, a stag, a lion and a giraffe. Cesare himself appeared as a unicorn. They were all dressed in satin according to the colour of the animal they represented and came in one by one, dancing before the Pope. At last Cesare asked permission to dance with Lucrezia, after which each of the mummers danced with the ladies.” Sarah Bradford, Lucrezia Borgia
  • steals nun porn from the king of france
    • Cesare “had captured part of the French baggage train - which included a piece of the Holy Cross, a sacred thorn, a limb of Saint-Denis, the Blessed Virgin’s vest, and a book depicting naked women “painted at various times and places… with sketches of intercourse and lasciviousness in each city” Christopher Hibbert, The Borgias and Their Enemies
    • ok so a couple of primary sources list it as noblewomen and a few as nuns but i like to believe it’s nuns because That’s So Cesare
  • takes laxatives instead of ye olde viagra on his wedding night
  • has letters about his sex life sent to his dad and read out in consistory meetings
    • “The marriage was consummated that afternoon, and again in the evening, with the usual lack of privacy enjoyed by important couples of the time. Charlotte’s ladies spied on them through the keyhole, and reported that Cesare, victim of an embarrassing practical joke, spent an unusually disturbed night. Robert de la Marck, seigneur de Fleurange, wrote: ‘To tell you of the Duke of Valentinois’ wedding night, he asked the apothecary for some pills to pleasure his lady, from whom he received a bad turn, for, instead of giving him what he asked for, he gave him laxative pills, to such an effect that he never ceased going to the privy the whole night, as the ladies reported in the morning.’ Nonetheless, between dashes to the privy, Cesare did his duty valiantly, as he hastened to inform his father the next day. News of his performance reached Rome by special courier on 23 May, and Burchard noted to his diary: ‘A courier from France arrived in Rome, who announced to Our Most Holy Lord that his son, the former Cardinal Valentinus, had contracted matrimony with the magnificent lady, and on Sunday the twelfth of this month, had consummated it: which he did eight times in succession.’ Not quite in succession: Louis, who had supplied the Pope with details of his own wedding night with Anne of Brittany, wrote to Alexander informing him that Cesare’s performance had surpassed his own. ‘Valencia has broken four lances more than he, two before supper and six at night, since it is the custom there to consummate the marriage by day,’ reported Cattaneo. Such public relevations of intimate details were a combination of boasting and business. While Cesare naturally prided himself on demonstrating his exceptional virility, he was anxious to record that his marriage had been consummated and therefore could not be nullified, and to assure his father that he had done his duty in the Borgia dynastic interest.” Sarah Bradford, Cesare Borgia
  • tries to escape a spanish prison by tying bedsheets together and rappelling down the side of the tower
  • breaks his shoulder while trying to escape a spanish prison
    • “In fact the true account of his abortive escape was probably that given out by the Spanish envoy in Rome, who told one of Isabella d’Este’s correspondents that Cesare had used the more prosaic but no less dangerous method of knotting his sheets together and lowering himself out of the window, but the improvised lifeline broke and he fell heavily into the fosse of the castle, fracturing his shoulder, whereupon he was carried back to his room and kept under strict surveillance.” Sarah Bradford, Cesare Borgia

‘’Heavenly Bodies’’  is a book by  Dr. Paul Koudounaris  with photographs of  literally ‘’Decorated Martyrs’’   

 #1) St. Pancratius (Wil, Switzlerand) “He wear armor because he was an Early Christian soldier who was martyred. The current suit of armor was made by a silversmith in Augsburg, Germany, in the 18th century. The skeleton was vandalized in the 20th century its skull was stolen, but later returned and placed back in its helmet.”

#2) St. Luciana (Heiligkreuztal, Germany)  “One of four full skeletons once owned by the nuns at the convent in Heiligkreuztal. She is no longer displayed in the church, but is kept in a small museum on the property.”

#3) St. Valentinus (Waldsassen, Germany) “One of ten full articulated, jeweled skeletons in the town’s church, which is the largest intact collection in existence.”

#4)St. Munditia (Munich, Germany) “Thought to be the patron saint of spinsters, she was boarded up because she was seen as too grotesque for modern tastes.”

#5) St. Deodatus (Rheinau, Swizterland) “One of two seated skeletons which arrived late in the 17th century in the town’s monastic church. He shows a rare style of facial decorations, with a wax mask molded over the upper half of the skull, and a cloth wrap over the lower half, with a cut away to reveal the teeth.”

#6)  Konrad II (Mondsee, Austria)  “He is the only one in this group that was not believed to be an Early Christian martyr. A medieval abbot of the town’s monastery, he was so famed that when the fad for decorating skeletons became popularized, his bones were exhumed and decorated in the same style in order to give him prominence.”

#7)  St. Konstantious (Rorschach, Switzerland)   “One of the finest decorated skeletons in Switzerland, he has been present in the church since the 17th century, but is now hidden behind a painted cover.”

#8) Head relic of St. Deodatus (Roggenburg, Germany)  “In some cases, not enough of the original skeleton was found to enable the decorators to articulate the entire body. That was apparently the case here, and a wax face and mesh veil were fashioned over the skull.”

#9) St. Leontius (Muri, Switzerland)  “One of the most famous of the jeweled skeletons, he was a popular healing saint, and his relic was said to even have the power to raise dead children.”

You know perhaps the aphorisms from the Fama Fraternitatis that appeared on the tomb of C.R.C.  One of these aphorisms was: “There is no empty space”.  The classical Rosicrucians wished to indicate covertly that, besides the visible, partially known universe, other universes exist.  There are different cosmic regions which, although very near, are invisible and unknown to human understanding and which are also unknown to the dead and so inaccessible to them.  Consequently, they are considered as empty space for everyone in dialectics.

It is also known to us that the ancient gnostics quoted from tenets that made reference to universes which are unknown to ordinary man.  Their aim was the exploration of the path of salvation, whereby man would change to such an extent, in his nature and existence, that the unknown, the apparently empty space would open up for him.  The gnostics teach that the invisible universes are our true, divine Fatherland.  They are our origin and our destination.  Now we live in night and darkness; we have fallen from the nature of God and so the call to return resounds.  The so-called empty space takes on a very deep and profound sense to everyone who desires this return and attunes his striving to this call.

Valentinus, a gnostic philosopher of the beginning of our era, the author of the gnostic gospel Pistis Sophia, explained the unknown divine worlds to his pupils.  He called the empty, unknown spaces of God, the Pleroma.  He proved that an outpouring of power takes place from the Pleroma into our darkness to enable all those who truly seek the regions of God to find them.