Aries: Your hero. Your fun loving wild child. The woman in a male dominated field. Your sportsman. Your adrenaline junkie. Your catalyst for chaos Expresses as excitable, decisive, unpredictable, defender, destructor, antagonist, revolutionary The Aries character is youthful, brave, competitive, and will do anything to win. A character with a strong will and even stronger body to follow. A character who triggers chaos to ease their own boredom. Likes wearing red. Has an equally fun loving and energetic dog that is adored. A character that is capable of working under high pressure situations like paramedicine or emergencies. A character that is fighting for her cause. Mars is the ruler of Aries and corresponds with accidents, a character that displays remarkable inner strength to recover from a trauma. A character who won’t hesitate charging into danger to save somebody. Wonder Woman.
Taurus Your figure of beauty. Your desired one. Your affluent one. The stylish artist. Your business owner. Your hippie. Your hopeless romantic. Expresses as socially graceful and considerate. May be very indulgent. A character who knows how to enjoy the good things in life. A socialite. A character who loves throwing dinner parties. A savvy business woman with elegance, beauty, and sass. A character longing for traditional, classical romance in a world that seems to have forgotten what that is. A character who suffers financial instabilities. Has a taste for the aesthetic. Loves to stylise. A character who can play instruments or write music. The beautiful girl next door. A character working at the art gallery longing for her portraits to be on the wall. A woman who runs the floors of Wall Street with her stunning heels and pink blazer.
Gemini Your main voice. Your student. Your teacher. Your intellect. Your author. Your gossip. Your talkative barista. Your school starter Expresses as clever, charming, and a little cunning. A unpredictable character. Your character who shuts down debate instantly with wicked wit. She could be comedic. She may speak many languages. She may be a professional student. A character who is the ‘go to’ when people have questions. A character who is always using her phone. A character who seems to know everything about everyone. A character that you never quite figure out what the real intention was. Likes to wear fresh, cute and youthful outfits. A character who takes off in a moment’s notice, and plays the devil’s advocate. A character who is underestimated due to her scattered and erratic behaviour but solves great codes or crimes or mysteries. Fyi. Sherlock Holmes was a Gemini
Cancer: Your mystical fantasy. The adored child of the family. Your first time mother. Your People’s Princess. Your Queen Mother. Your witch or sorceress. The family matriarch Expresses emotional and maternal qualities, often moody, easily provoked, imaginative, and nostalgic The Cancer character is protective. She could be a psychic or receive messages from crossed ancestors. Likes wearing darker hues. Maybe also a cross. A character who may be lost in time or attempting to run or heal from her past, one who makes admirable sacrifices. This character prefers to be home with loved ones and retains traditional values. She may live in a house the family has had for decades, probably haunted. Very caring and sensitive, could be a nurse, counsellor, or work with children. A character who has a vivid and intriguing inner life that is shut off to others. A character who is reuniting with her family or meeting her mother for the first time.
Leo: Your starring role. Your Queen. Your dramatic teenager. Your aspiring actor or artist. Your Prince Charming. Expresses the graces and faults of youth, playfulness and fun, leadership and dignity. The Leo character is noble, honest, strong willed, and creative. This is the one who lights up the room. Well liked, but sometimes misunderstood.She may live in a palace, a place of privilege, or more likely a chic and stylish decorated apartment with her prized animal. Likes wearing gold. Will go into battle. But gets very wounded in battle. A character who is trying to feel comfortable in her own skin, a character who expresses with pride and confidence but is secretly very unsure, a character who has overcome all the odds to reach their dreams and rule the world in some form
Virgo Your intellectual progeny. Your puzzle master. Your dedicated and deserving labourer. Your problem solver. Your domestic eccentric. Expresses as competent but self doubtful, has perfectionist tendencies, is very helpful and knowledgable, can be socially awkward in conversation until she is completely comfortable. A character who has odd rituals or phobias. A character who is a nurse or a nursing student. A character who has gruelling self expectation and goes to extremes. A character suffering a health crisis or a character who solves medical mysteries. A character who is special and can decipher number riddles and patterns Appearance can be very primed to perfection. The home can have a unique, very personal set up that reflects deeply ingrained rituals, it may be A character who is under appreciated. A character who carries out secret acts of altruism. Bree on Desperate Housewives is a good but extreme example of a Virgo character
Libra The King’s daughter. Your object of desire. Your hopeless romantic. Your sweetheart. Your lawyer. Your court room darling. Your heartbreaker Expresses as sociable and friendly. Is easily well liked but has quite intense self doubt. Can routinely fall dangerously in love because of her vivid fantasy life. The friend everyone calls when they need a hand, an ear, or a heart. A character who crumbles when she is alone. A character who runs a law firm and throws the best parties like she has a day and night personality. A character who sacrifices everything for love. A character who has dreamed of her wedding since she was a child. A character who has a gleaning, blissful, classical image of romance in her mind. A character who is written off for her femininity or ideals but has a blade on her tongue during debate and slices just about anyone. Well styled, complementary dressed, nothing outlandish but nothing boring. Likes to accessorise. Home is cordially decorated and symmetrical. A character who is forced to choose between her head and her heart. A character who is fighting injustice against a big corporation or government. A dancer who is forced to choose between love and her art
Scorpio Your anointed one. Your gifted one. Your medium. Your seducer. Your revealer. Your hidden catalyst. Your troubled one. Expresses as secretive, knowledgable, calculative, sensitive, and intense. Can easily throw off weaker characters. Can be the intriguing object of desire. A character who is a detective. A character who can read people’s minds. A character who doesn’t trust other people. Scorpio is watery and medicinal, the character could be a grand healer or crone. A character who is a witch or gets involved in dark occult. A character who is forced to undergo psychoanalysis but systematically erodes the mind of the psychiatrist in the process. Lives in the house down the end of the street with the forbidding black fence and cemetery gates with a pet crow A character who uncovers conspiracies or government corruption. A character who follows the trail of serial killers and never fails. A character who assists dead people crossing over. A character that is instantly respected regardless of social skills. A character who can’t help but seduce unsuspecting victims
Sagittarius Your free spirit. Your jet setter. Your foreigner. Your student. Your professor. Your life of the party. Your pilgrim. Your comic. Your philanthropist. Your genie in a bottle Expresses as fun loving, provocative, knowledgeable, open minded, pleasure seeking. A character who has a remarkable change of fortune. A character who celebrates culture, freedom, and life. A character who can provoke tension due to her sharp honesty. A character that wanders endlessly but doesn’t want to be found. A character that lives out of her suitcase and wears flowers in her hair and follows the festivals around. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius so this character has numerous lucky breaks. Earthy, festive, and bohemian styling, cool and casual A character that never gives her real name or address, aspiring to escape the memories and confines of her home town. A character that experiences an enlightenment and goes completely off the grid. A character who falls in love abroad or meets a guru with profound spiritual truths, a character on a journey
Capricorn Your Cinderella story. Your rags to riches Princess. Your leader. Your corporate ruler. Your battler. Your old soul. Your matriarch or patriarch. Expresses as focused, resourceful, dedicated, loyal, overcomes the odds, graceful, elegant, powerful , formidable A character who proves herself against the odds. A character who inspires and leads the way while secretly doubting herself. A character who is a master or expertise of their trade. A character that missed out on childhood. A character with an absent father. A character who has generated remarkable wisdom during her short time on earth. A character who can stop or change time. A character that owns a clock with everyone’s date of mortality. Appearance is sharp, classical, elegant, conservative, dapper May live in a noted part of town or in a well known building considering Capricorn’s social prestige. A character who relentlessly chases her dream. A character who expires through her story from heartache to success. A teacher. A business woman. An expert on intricate statistics. A character who feels like death is always chasing her
Aquarius Your genius. Your eccentric. Your mad professor. Your enigmatic air fairy. Your revolutionary. Your conspiracist. Your misfit. Expresses as highly intelligent, peculiar, outlandish, compassionate, unpredictable, free spirited, intriguing. A character who is relentless and frenetic about proving her unorthodox theories. A radical protestor. An environmental warrior. A character with secret alien friends. A character that experiments with everything with natural style and flair. Unusual or striking appearance, a teal haired character with purple contacts Aquarius is a character who has a lot of friends and appreciates unity. A character who inspires other people to join her plight against an injustice. A character from a small part of the world given nothing but a voice to change the world. A character who indulges in the Aquarian utopia that has been created in the near future
Pisces Your inspiration. Your salient chameleon. Your lover. Your sacrifice. Your Fairy Godmother. Your mythical creature Expresses as highly sensitive, emotional, withdrawing, creative, mysterious, tempting, and delirious. A character who is spiritual and has psychic gifts. A character that listens to fairies. A character who dreams herself into new worlds every night. The Pisces character is gifted, multifaceted, receptive, and intuitive. She can instantly tell if somebody is happy or sad before they say anything at all so she knows all the time that people lie. Styled in darker or purple hues with thick coated mascara. Wears a cross or a symbol. Lives alone because she needs to escape from people. A character who is trying to support and heal people from their mental illness while suffering it herself. A character that receives frequent psychic prophecies. A character who can see what other people can’t. A character that deals with inhuman experiences in a human world. A healer, a witch doctor, a medicine woman, an evangelist
Mummy portraits or Fayum mummy portraits (also Faiyum mummy portraits) is the modern term given to a type of naturalistic painted portrait on wooden boards attached to Egyptian mummies from the Coptic period. They belong to the tradition of panel painting, one of the most highly regarded forms of art in the Classical world. In fact, the Fayum portraits are the only large body of art from that tradition to have survived.
Mummy portraits have been found across Egypt, but are most common in the Faiyum Basin, particularly from Hawara in the Fayum Basin (hence the common name) and the Hadrianic Roman city Antinoopolis. “Faiyum Portraits” is generally thought of as a stylistic, rather than a geographic, description. While painted cartonnage mummy cases date back to pharaonic times, the Faiyum mummy portraits were an innovation dating to the Coptic period at the time of the Roman occupation of Egypt.
They date to the Roman period, from the late 1st century BC or the early 1st century AD onwards. It is not clear when their production ended, but recent research suggests the middle of the 3rd century. They are among the largest groups among the very few survivors of the highly prestigious panel painting tradition of the classical world, which was continued into Byzantine and Western traditions in the post-classical world, including the local tradition of Coptic iconography in Egypt.
The portraits covered the faces of bodies that were mummified for burial. Extant examples indicate that they were mounted into the bands of cloth that were used to wrap the bodies. Almost all have now been detached from the mummies. They usually depict a single person, showing the head, or head and upper chest, viewed frontally. In terms of artistic tradition, the images clearly derive more from Graeco-Roman traditions than Egyptian ones.
Two groups of portraits can be distinguished by technique: one of encaustic (wax) paintings, the other in tempera. The former are usually of higher quality. About 900 mummy portraits are known at present. The majority were found in the necropoleis of Faiyum. Due to the hot dry Egyptian climate, the paintings are frequently very well preserved, often retaining their brilliant colours seemingly unfaded by time.
Personally I`ve seen some at the Museum and was stunned and hypnotized by the ancient 2000 year-old faces looking at me as if they were there with me.
Naboo was a bountiful planet in the Mid Rim, close to the border of the Outer Rim Territories. It was home to the Gungan species and to a population of humans known as the Naboo.
The Naboo developed into a classic feudal society with a hereditary noble class and common folk. The Naboo are known for being peaceful, enlightened, and artistic, among other things.
Naboo’s surface comprised a vast array of different landscapes, from rolling plains and grassy hills to swampy lakes caused by the water-filled network of deep-sea tunnels. Beside its natural features, Naboo was considered a world of classical beauty due to the aesthetics of its population centers.
Naboo’s main export was the plasma that flowed from below the surface of the planet.
Blossom wine was also one of Naboo’s major exports, along with fine art and architectural influence.
[Sappho] lived c. 612–558 BC, and was a renowned poet in her own lifetime, to the extent that statues were erected to honour her and coins—some of which were collected by Renee Vivien during her pilgrimage to Lesbos with Natalie Barney (Livia 1993)—struck bearing her portrait: ‘No woman of her time was more celebrated’ (Klaich 1985). Socrates and Plato were both fulsome in her praise, Plato naming her the tenth Muse. She performed some kind of leadership/teacher function to a group of girls and young women from wealthy families and appears to have run some sort of establishment for them on Lesbos, one of the larger Aegean islands.
Her writings, which were proclaimed as the zenith of the poetic arts in her lifetime, have suffered extensively from the ravages of social upheaval through the centuries. They were publicly burned in the Christian attempt to suppress paganism in the Eastern Roman Empire c. AD 380, and again by Pope (later Saint) Gregory VII (1073–1085) in Rome, along with many other ancient writings. It was not until the early Renaissance that Sappho was rediscovered, in the frustrating form of quoted extracts in classical Greek and Latin texts, by Italian scholars fired by the enthusiasm for the classical pagan world which fuelled the Renaissance.
Translated into English, the fragments (only one or two entire poems were found) were forcibly reshaped to construct a heterosexual Sappho, a misreading which went unchallenged until two Oxford University scholars excavated an ancient rubbish heap at Oxyrhynchus (now called Behneseh) in Egypt and unearthed, among other marvels, discarded papyrus scrolls of Sappho’s verse. The scrolls were all that remained of pagan libraries, trashed in favour of Christian literature, and had been torn into strips before being consigned to the scrap heap, but enough had been preserved in the dry Egyptian climate to dispel the myth of an unproblematically heterosexual Sappho. Many were unambiguously erotic and clearly addressed to women.
Tamsin Wilton, Lesbian Studies: Setting an agenda
So you’re sitting down to study and you want some background music. But when you open Spotify, you don’t really know what to pick. I know the feeling. If I’m using Spotify (and I often am) it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of playlists in their “Focus” category alone. But after some searching, I’ve found some all-time favorites… (Links are included in the titles)
A lot of the time, if I’m looking for studying music, I go for classical. Lyrics can be distracting, so it’s better to find something purely instrumental.
I’m using Classical World: France as an example, but Spotify has a variety of classical world playlists (from Austria to Brazil to Japan, etc). Again, this is a good mix of classical music styles from one country. My favorites are France, Japan and Spain.
This playlist is refreshing, like having the windows open on a cool summer morning. This is good when you’re just starting your day. It’s a gentle way to ease yourself into a day of studying (or writing, or reading, or drawing).
If I’m being honest, this is one of my absolute favorite playlists of all time. I use it when I need to get something done and don’t want to skip around to find something I like (even when I love a playlist I can get picky). I’ve listened to this while reading, writing, even taking a shower. It’s my go-to playlist for almost anything.
While there aren’t any lyrics in this category, I don’t classify it as “traditional classical”. These playlists are contemporary and fresh.
This playlist is a smooth blend between jazz and hip-hop. It’s extremely chill. This is great for intense studying and a quick catch-up session. Most songs fade gracefully into each other, making it easy to focus on your work.
Spotify created this playlist for Asian Pacific American History Month, and it’s a combination of traditional music from India and electronica. Incredibly relaxing, it’s great background when you’re trying to finish up a research paper or creative project. Some songs are upbeat and energizing, while others are very calming. A few songs have lyrics, but I haven’t found them distracting.
This is my first masterpost, I hope y’all like it! Hopefully I’ll be doing more soon. If you have any requests or recommendations, please inbox me!