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Language of Flowers
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All of these were posted separately throughout this year before summer, but I kind of wanted to have them altogether in one post, sorry to those who already seen them! :) These illustrations were part of my bachelor’s project. In place of my signature was the project’s logo, typography was slightly different in spacing in presented pieces.

Individual posts:
Peony
Tulip
Hydrangea
Gladiolus
Grass
Lotus
Rose
Iris

16. Monk Gyatso founded the Order of the White Lotus in order to protect Aang from the factions of the Air Nomads who only wanted to turn him into a weapon against the Fire Nation. The Order died along with him when the Southern Air Temple was invaded. It remained dormant for a hundred years until a Fire General stumbled upon their meeting hall under the outskirts of Ba Sing Se, grief-stricken over the loss of his son and searching for a new purpose

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Lotus

(Nelumbium nelumbo, Nymphaea nelumbo, Nelumbo nucifera, Nymphaea lotus) May disturb the digestive system if taken internally.

Folk Names: Baino, Egyptian Lotus.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet: Moon.
Element: Water.
Powers: Protection, Lock-Opening.

Ritual Uses: The lotus has long been revered in the East as a mystical symbol of life, spirituality, and the center of the universe. The ancient Egyptians considered the plant to be sacred and the lotus was used as an offering to the gods.

Magical Uses: Anyone who breathes the scent of the lotus will receive its protection.
Place the root of a lotus under the tongue, and say the words “SIGN, ARGGIS” toward a locked door. It will miraculously open.
Lotus seeds and pods are used as anti- dotes to love spells, and any part of the lotus carried or worn ensures blessings by the Gods and good luck.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)

GUYS
Omg I just had a realization about the avatar universe and it makes so much sense that it’s scaring me. If someone else figured this out already or if I’m completely off, I’m a dummyface and I’ll just go home.

Okay, so we know that all of the people who know about the first Red Lotus kidnapping attempt are FUCKING TERRIFIED of the red lotus. Lin Beifong, who is not someone that gets easily scared, tells the Korra “You don’t want to fight these guys.” Lin knows that Korra is an accomplished bender. Hell, she saw Korra turn into a giant blue spirit and destroy the spirit of pure chaos and evil. And even knowing this, Lin says “You don’t wanna fuck with these guys.” It never made sense to me before why they were so scared. I mean, Tonraq and Tenzin and Sokka and Zuko held their own against them, and let’s be real, none of them are in the same league as Korra.

So why are Tenzin, Lin, and Tonraq all terrified for Korra’s safety when Zaheer escapes?

BECAUSE THEY KILLED SOKKA. Hear me out. The last major event we know of in Sokka’s life is this kidnapping. Somewhere between this and Korra becoming a teenager, Sokka dies. Katara is still alive and outlives him for many years. This might just be because he ate too much red meat and his unhealthy diet led to an early death. This was my theory when I learned that Sokka was dead in Season 1. On the other hand, Sokka was a genius and became an accomplished fighter before he was 20. He and three of the most powerful benders in the world went up against the red lotus. We know that Tenzin, Tonraq, and Zuko all made it out of that fight alive. But the only reason for everyone to be scared of the red lotus is if they did some serious damage. We know their kidnapping attempt failed. If it was just some random kids trying to kidnap korra and failing, they would be concerned, but no matter how good a fight they put up, I don’t think a kidnapping attempt would warrant that kind of response. But if they killed Sokka in that fight? Hooooooly shit. Everyone loves Sokka. As I said, he’s intelligent and a pretty awesome fighter. He was one of a select few people who saved the entire world from being burned to ashes during the 100 year war. And Zaheer and his group (who had to be in their twenties or teens during the kidnapping, barely even adults) manage to face down three powerful benders and one non-bender who is still not someone you would want to fight, and they take out one of those four??? They’re just kids HOW where did these people come from and why were they trying to kidnap Korra they’re obviously dangerous and there might be more people like them out there we better lock these shits away in super complex remote secret prisons and interrogate them to find out everything they know omg they killed Sokka what kind of horrible people could do such a thing

Does that theory make sense to anyone else?

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Egyptian Mosaic Glass Double Cartouche Inlay, Ptolemaic, c. 1st Century BC/AD

Mosaic glass frieze of striped tri-glyph motif alternating with four sets of the double-cartouche “The Great House”, the phrase refers to the Pharaoh, surmounted by lotus flowers. Long offset rectangular fused by canes of opaque blue, red, yellow, white, and green glass.