and cream silk chiffon layered over silver lamé, metallic lace hem
studded with sequins, short sleeve bodice decorated with crossed
stylized flowers in white, crystal and ombreéd pink beads, metallic lace
insert under tulle, sleeves having cutouts edged in paste jewels,
off-center beaded band with ombreéd tassel and three lotus flowers,
chiffon underskirt edged in crystal beads, corset interior
Below is my retelling of Zeus wooing Hera. I think that retelling the stories of the Theoi is an important way for us to connect the myths with our own values and to continue the tradition of sharing the stories of the Theoi. This is just one of many versions, and is only my own small contribution to how we tell the stories of our deities. If you’re a pjo fanblog, please be respectful that these stories are part of my faith and religion. The myths of the Theoi are an important part in Hellenism, and are not fanfiction or head cannons.
Listen, oh faithful ones, to the story of our King Zeus and His sweet Hera. The story has been told many times, and each version is just a bit different, but I will sing to you now of how Blessed Zeus won over the heart of Golden Hera.
The world was still young by our count, but far older than we can fathom, when Zeus had taken His throne from Kronos. He had already proven Himself a capable warrior, a just king, and of wise council. He had already taken
Metis, Themis, Eurynome, Demeter, Mnemosyne, and Leto all as lovers in turn, and fathered by Them many children. And in further time, He would take other lovers to His bed, though this is not the story we tell now.
No, it is the story of Zeus and Hera’s love and marriage which we share on this day. Some say it was at Argos that it happened, where Hera’s love for Zeus bloomed, but it was far earlier when Zeus had fallen for Her. For three hundred years Zeus had watched Hera, and fallen more in love with Her every day. The grace with which She carried Herself, Her patience, and Her unwavering standards. She knew tough lessons were never learned from soft hearts, and would set Her heart as stone when needed. Still, when the air was calm and the day quiet, She would wander, surrounded in retinue by the
Hesperides, and share sweet moments of peace with Them. Her laughter sounded like bells on the wind, and Her gentle hands would scoop up whatever wild creature She could, the beast taming instantly in Her gentle care.
Zeus would approach Hera when She was surrounded by the dancing light of sunset, and each time She was cool and formal towards Him. He brought Her gifts, jewels and lotus flowers, and none of it warmed Her heart. Hera had no desire to be another of His lovers, a mother to Zeus’ children, but not His wife. Hers was a heart set upon home and family, not passing romances, and She thought Zeus had no room in His heart to take a wife and queen. None of His attempts could convince Hera that Zeus’ intentions were born of respect and love.
So Zeus thought, how best to show Hera His sincerity? And it was as He watched Hera with Her golden lion that He was struck with an idea. He took upon Himself the form of a cuckoo bird, and He flew down, landing beside Her. He took up a song and it filled Hera with such joy that Her laughter rang through the air. And She was so delighted with His song that She lifted the small cuckoo into Her hand and asked of it, “Would you like to be my songbird? You may perch upon my shoulder and sing in my ear each day if you would like, oh gentle bird. And in return, you shall be sacred to my name.”
And Zeus came back to Her in that form, every day, singing to lovely Hera. In this form He still brought to Her gifts, again laying lotus blossoms in Her lap and singing to hear Her laugh. And still, every day He came to Her. He would fly about Her head, playing games and tugging gently at Her tightly curled hair, and Hera would feed Him berries and place the flowers He brought in Her hair. For decades this continued, and Zeus was content to be by Hera’s side each day, with Her treating Him as gently as any of the nymphs or beasts which kept Her company.
Then one day, Zeus sat upon Hera’s lap, in His feathered form, resting there as She petted His feathers. And it was then that Hera spoke, “I believe you, you know. I have for some while, my King, but I did not want this time of ours to change. Please, let me see your face once more, Zeus.”
It was with a startle that Zeus flew from Her lap, returning to His godly form. Hera had known Him and seen through His transformation, but had played along with His guise, thinking that He would soon tire of the game and move on. But He had shown such sincerity every day, for a hundred years, that Hera was moved by His affection, that the King of Gods and mortals both would rather be a bird upon Her shoulder than to not be by Her side at all. Once She knew His actions to be honest, She began to let Her own heart fall prey to Eros’ game, and She took such pleasure in knowing a side of Zeus that no other had been privileged to see.
Mighty Zeus kneeled before Hera, and spoke, careful to be honest with Her always, “Lovely Hera, I’ve much to say, if you would hear me. It is true that I have loved many, and I can not promise you that I shall never love another, but I can promise that you will be the only wife I take. Yours will be the first council I hear each day, and the last each night. Yours will be a crown matching my own. And You shall have a throne of gold and marble which will sit beside mine atop Olympus. I would have you as my wife, until the end of time, if you would have me as your husband.”
Hera took up a flower in Her hands,smiling as She counted the petals and thought. And when She spoke, Her response was such, “Then we should arrange the feast and procession, should we not, husband of mine?” And it was with more joy than He had felt before that Zeus declared to all the deathless Gods that Hera, daughter of Rhea, would forever be known as Queen of Gods and mortals both, and Theirs would be a wedding which mortals would reenact for all of time in reverence of Their love.
All messengers of the Light reveal to us that the human being carries a spark of the eternal Light within him. Jesus called it the kingdom of God within you; oriental philosophy speaks of the jewel in the lotus; the Rosicrucians speak of the spirit-spark atom, the primordial atom or the rose of the heart. The theosophists characteristically call it the last remnant of the once divine human being.
“Aum”, “Om”: Sanskrit/Hindu/Buddhist. The most sacred mantra. The universal name of the divine. The vibration of the universal consciousness.
In Buddhist and Hindu tradition the OM or AUM sound navigates chakra energy through your left (A) channel, right (U) channel and centers your energy through the center (M) channel. It helps to achieve effortless meditation state. If you ever wondered why monks or any other group of people who meditate say OM and not AUM, here is the answer.
Position your mouth as you would say the vowel “U”. With your mouth position unchanged, start pronouncing AUM. This is where the throaty “O” comes from.
Finish with “M” as deep humming.
Keep the mouth position unchanged until you get to the finishing M part. Remember that if you keep you body still your mind will be more able to concentrate on your energy flowing through your left, right and center energy channels.
How to pronounce and chant Om.
“Om Mani Padme Hum”: Buddhist, meaning “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus”
“Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”: Buddhist and Hindu, the starting of Om followed by peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech.”
“Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha” ,:Buddhist, from The Heart Sutra, meaning “Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, Enlightenment hail!”. “
“So Hum”: Sanskrit, meaning “I am THAT”. It is suggested to use “So” on inhale, “Hum” on exhale.“
“Maranatha”: Christian, meaning “Come Lord” and understood by some as the final teaching of the Christian Bible
“El Shaddai”: Hebrew, meaning “God Almighty”“
Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih”: Buddhist, and I’m not even going to try to break out the meaning of this in a list.
“Namo Amitabha”: meaning “Homage to the Buddha of boundless light”
“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu”: Buddhist, Pali phrase meaning “May all beings be well and happy.
The wondrous nature of Emptiness
Yet with mind empty,
It is not at all difficult to realize.
A jewel burns on the mountain,
Its color constantly bright.
A lotus blooms in the furnace,
Its moisture never parched.
My favourite albums ever:
1. Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Beleive
2. Tame impala - Lonerism
3. Tame impala - Innerspeaker
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Tyler, the Creator - Wolf
6. Tyler, the Creator - Bastard
7. Gorillaz - Demon Days
8. Gorillaz - Gorillaz
9. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
10. The xx - The xx
11. The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
12. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
13. Captain Murphy - Duality
14. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
15. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
16. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
17. Flying Lotus - Until The Quit Comes
18. Outkast - Stankonia
19. MØ - No Mythologies To Follow
20. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
21. Yung Lean - Unknown Death 2002
22. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
23. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
24. M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Buddha VajradharmaVajradharma Buddha and The Mighty Kindness of The Lama’s Speech. Buddha Vajradharma (or ‘Dharma of Diamond’) appears in the warm night sky above us, glowing deep red, and seated upon a pink lotus. The loving embodiment of the Enlightened Speech of all the Buddhas, his colour evokes his ardour, his radiance and his devotion to his disciples. Haloed by a series of outward flowing spheres, the sky appears to shimmer subtly around him, an enchanting confluence of heat and moisture. The milk white scarves in which he is swathed resonate with the white of the secret bone ornaments he wears. Their whiteness alludes to bodhichitta, and to Buddha Vajradharma’s ever present willingness to become (and be) the Buddha for others’ sake. Poised amidst delicately shifting and mirage-like formations, he seems to abide steadfastly, as if he were consciously making himself available to us. Dharma of Diamond’s two hands cross elegantly at his heart, in a gesture of embrace. In his right hand, he holds a vajra, and in the left, a bell. Together, these accoutrements point to a possible reality in which apparent polarities are in fact integrated,balanced, and yoked. As he directs his naked gaze at us, Buddha Vajradharma’s eyes lock unwaveringly with ours, as if speaking silently of the ardent love for beings we share with him, and the passionate desire to reach Buddhahood we hold in common. Through all, he holds his posture composedly, with a dancer-like grace and fluidity. He remains poised as he hovers above the lotus-shaped cavern whose walls are draped with a heavenly mist (reminiscent of what Thoreau once called “dew-cloth” and “dream drapery.”) The cavern’s outer walls curve inward on either side, joining at the base. A smaller, pink lotus rests lightly on the basal point, upon which offerings (including a vase holding red coral and a vase holding a white flower) have been placed. At the bottom of the image, in the centre, three flaming jewels blaze atop the coloured jewels that are layered in a crystal dish below. Like the vases on either side, the crystal dish which holds the jewels sits nestled in the folds of the pink-hued lotus. Buddha Vajradharma is a rich, warm, attractive red. He is specifically associated with the Lama’s love for their students and with enlightened speech; discussion of his qualities is usually restricted to specific tantric lineages. In the context of the teachings on sutra however, he can still be said to exemplify the kindness the Buddhas show us through their speech. Like the lens that heats the rays of the sun to create a fire, he represents our Lama, that pivotal link through which the blessings of every Buddha are communicated to us. by Ben Christian
1. FKA Twigs//LP1
2. Caribou//Our Love
3. Ty Segall//Manipulator
4. How To Dress Well//What Is This Heart?
5. Flying Lotus//You’re Dead!
6. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib//Pinata
7. The War On Drugs//Lost In The Dream
8. Todd Terje//It’s Album Time
9. Run The Jewels//Run The Jewels 2
10. Real Estate//Atlas
11. Iceage//Plowing into the Field of Love
12. Aphex Twin//Syro
13. Perfume Genius//Too Bright
14. Woods//With Light And With Love
15. Hundred Waters//The Moon Rang Like A Bell
16. Mac Demarco//Salad Days
17. Cloud Nothings//Here And Nowhere Else
18. Ariel Pink//Pom Pom
19. Ought//More Than Any Other Day
20. Sun Kil Moon//Benji
21. Spoon//They Want My Soul
22. Vince Staples//Hell Can Wait
24. Parquet Courts//Sunbathing Animal
26. St. Vincent//St. Vincent
27. A Sunny Day In Glasgow//Sea When Absent
28. Angel Olsen//Burn Your Fire For No Witness
29. SBTRKT//Wonder Where We Land
30. Mr. Twin Sister//Mr. Twin Sister
31. Sharon Van Etten//Are We There
32. The New Pornographers//Brill Bruisers
33. Ben Frost//Aurora
34. Total Control//Typical System
35. East India Youth//Total Strife Forever
36. Lykke Li//I Never Learn
38. White Lung//Deep Fantasy
39. The Men//Tomorrow’s Hits
40. EMA//The Future’s Void
41. Swans//To Be Kind
42. Isaiah Rashad//Cilvia Demo
44. Ex Hex//Rips
45. DJ Dodger Stadium//Friend Of Mine
46. Open Mike Eagle//Dark Comedy
47. Owen Pallett//In Conflict
48. Toki Wright + Big Cats//Pangea
49. Protomartyr//Under Color Of Official Right
50. YG//My Krazy Life
ROYAL JEWELLERY || The Lotus Flower Tiara This beautiful tiara originates some hundred years ago as a wedding gift, a Greek-style diamond and pearl necklace, from the Duke of York, the future King George VI, to his bride, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Since, it was dismantled by Garrard and transformed into the Lotus Flower Tiara as we know it today, a diamond tiara of five fanned motifs crowned by floating diamond arches and studded with two pearls at the base and a slightly larger one on the top. A frequently used piece when she was Duchess of York, once Elizabeth became Queen Consort and gained access to some of the larger tiaras, she used it less and less. In 1959, she passed it on to her youngest daughter, Princess Margaret, who herself used it frequently in her youth. In 1993, she notably lent it to her future daughter-in-law, Serena Stanhope, as her wedding tiara for her wedding to Margaret’s son, Viscount Linley. After Margaret’s death in 2002, several pieces of her jewellery, including the impressive Poltimore Tiara, was sold off but thankfully, the Lotus Flower Tiara was not amongst those items. In 2013, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore the tiara for the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on 3 December 2013, confirming the general assumption that it had been passed back to Queen Elizabeth II’s main collection. Catherine has since worn the tiara once more for her first state banquet in 2015.