classical mythology

Whimsical Dreamscapes on Eyelids by Tal Peleg

Israeli make-up artist Tal Peleg composes impressive miniature dreamscapes on her eyelid with the sole use of liquid eyeliner, eyeshadows and small design accessories, such as glitter. By imagining scenes from fairy tales, mythology and classic novels, Pele demonstrates her incredible talent on her eyes to give viewers an insight look into her world of beauty. Featuring popular figures and stories such as Garfield, Rapunzel, Ariel and Pandora’s Box, Peleg’s aim is to demonstrate the artistry in beauty and makeup by showcasing an unconventional point of view.

Zodiac Signs as Greek Gods (Olympians)

Athena: Aries (and Pisces)

Athena‘s connection with Aries is fairly straight forward. Aries is associated with the head, and anyone even remotely aware of classical mythology knows that Athena sprung fully-formed from Zeus’ head, and is associated with intellect and all that it entails. Aries in particular is associated with traits like leadership, strategy and courage, all traits intrinsinc to Athena in her myths. Aries in particular is associated with the fire of the mind, raw creativity and thought, as well as the rising of the dawn, being the start of the Zodiac and exalted in the Sun, all traits visceral to the nature of Athena’s story, being the Nous of Zeus. Notably, the bird most associated with Aries is the owl, though Ares is also associated with owls (indeed, owls are also associated with Scorpio).

(See also what’s Aries’ Symbol Meaning Here!)

Athena in Aries is easily comparable to Hephaistos in Libra and Ares in Scorpio. The former relates directly to their mythology: the daughter of Zeus without a mother and the son of Hera without a father, the use of fire in benefit of civilisation, even their very unfortunate encounter. Aries and Scorpio are both signs associated with Mars, and represent vividly the contrast between Athena and Ares: the goddess of strategy versus the god of bloodlust, the light of the mind versus the water of the blood, the symbol of the dawn and renewal versus the symbol of death and the end.

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Swamp Witch’s Charms: Custom Mini Lily Ring, Hand Carved Oxidized Silver Water Lily Pad and Moss Agate Gemstone
by Moon & Serpent

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The lily was the Minoan sacred flower, a special attribute of the Great Minoan Goddess Britomartis (Dictynna), goddess of mountains and hunting. She passed through the Mycenaeans’ culture into classical Greek mythology. For the Greeks, Britomartis was a mountain nymph (an oread) whom they recognized also in Artemis and in Aphaea, the “invisible” patroness of Aegina.

The lily was also dedicated to Hera, the goddess of women. Legend has it that when Zeus fathered Hercules with the mortal woman Alceme, he wished his son to partake more fully of divinity. To this end he had the baby brought to Hera after he drugged her to sleep. He had the baby placed at her breast and Hercules nursed. Hera awoke in horrified surprise and flung the baby from her. Some of her milk gushed across the heavens and formed the milky way. A few drops fell to earth and from those drops sprang the first lilies.

Roman legend has it that when Venus rose from the sea-foam she saw a lily and she became jealous of its beauty. Seeing it as a competitor she caused a huge and monstrous pistil to spring from the lily’s snow-white center. This myth accounts for the the lily being associated with Venus and the Satyrs who are the personification of lustful ardor.

The magical property of this herb is protection, it is used to remove love spells.

Eduard the Eldritch Abomination - Monstertalia ficlet (gen, Estonia and Lithuania)

“He could remove all of existence with a single thought. Or, he could help out a mortal man with his anxiety issues. The latter was much more appealing.”

I’ve always loved the concept of compassionate and friendly monsters, and it’s an idea I’ve explored with monsters of mythology and classic Hollywood horror, but something compelled me to tackle another type of monster. The type that is essentially a god, the type that can drive a mortal mind to insanity just by hearings its true name. Good ol’ Lovecraftian horror, full of monsters the human mind cannot comprehend and the names of which cannot be spoken. Can I make a monster like that into a sympathetic character, or a character that feels sympathy? I sure as heck tried, and this little ficlet is the result of being awake too late and waking up too early, brought about by the frustrations of stress dreams and stomach aches. And as always, Hetalia is my favorite series to explore AUs with, and Monstertalia is my favorite AU to explore. And why Estonia? Well, aside from the fact that “Eduard the Eldtritch Abomination” just has a nice ring to it, he’s been on my mind a lot lately considering I’ll be studying there by the end of this month, and, really, I feel like if he had all cosmic power and knowledge, he’d do some nice things with it.

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The Minotaur.  The surrounding inscription reads ὁ παῖς καλός (”The boy is handsome/beautiful”).  Tondo of an Attic black-figure kylix,  attributed to the Painter of London E4; ca. 515 BCE.  Now in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid.  Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons.

Jean Nicolas Laugier (French; 1785–1875) after Louis Hersent (French; 1777–1860)
Daphnis et Chloé = Daphnis and Chloe
Etching and engraving, on chine collé
The British Museum, London | © The Trustees of the British Museum