Archaeologists thrilled by lucky discovery of 2,000-year-old Roman god figurine

The 1,000th officially recorded archaeological find of the year in Yorkshire is a mercurial one. Registered on May the 15th – the day of the festival of Mercury – a 2,000-year-old figurine of the Roman god, found by Dave Cooper while he was metal detecting in a field near Selby, is a remarkable reminder of Roman times.

“It honestly was pure coincidence – but a very happy one,” says Rebecca Griffiths, the Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the York Museums Trust.

“I recorded this object on May 15th, which just so happens to be Mercuralia – the Roman Festival of Mercury.

“Mercury was the god of commerce and so merchants would sprinkle their heads and merchandise with water from Mercury’s well, near the Porta Capena, to appeal to the god for luck in their endeavours.” Read more.

  • Sun:Our inner and outer glow
  • Moon:The person we become when we need our mother
  • Mercury:The chatterbox in the mind
  • Venus:Senses, the music of the heart
  • Mars:Directed energy, impulse, surges
  • Jupiter:The voice of celebration, encouragement, the treasure map
  • Saturn:The critical parent voice
  • Neptune:What we seek for redemption
  • Uranus:Light bulb 'eureka' moments
  • Pluto:The soul's manuscript

MESSENGER probe, which has been orbiting Mercury since March 2011, is nearly out of fuel and will smash into the planet tomorrow (April 30). As a tribute, NASA released a new MESSENGER video.

MESSENGER mission (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging), launched in August 2004, has delivered a lot of amazing finds. “The mission discovered a surface rich in diverse chemistry. It sensed a bizarrely offset magnetic field. It photographed strange "hollows” where material seems to have boiled away into space under the scorching sun. It mapped vast volcanic deposits, found that the entire planet has shrunk by as much as 7 kilometers [4.3 miles] in radius, and, of all things, uncovered deposits of water ice in the depths of polar craters where the sun never shines.“

Earlier this week, NASA released these false-color photos showing various surface details to learn more about the minerals and surface processes of the Solar System’s innermost planet.
image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Each Signs Favorite Fire Sign ♈️♌️♐️

Aries- Sagittarius
Taurus- Aries
Gemini- Aries
Cancer- Leo
Leo- Sagittarius
Virgo- Leo
Libra- Leo
Scorpio- Aries
Sagittarius- Leo
Capricorn- Sagittarius
Aquarius- Sagittarius
Pisces- Leo

the planets as descriptions

the sun, is golden streams of happiness. a child’s laughter, and rush of pride. the sense of self among all. the sun is the heart of your personality, the core of your soaring heart.

mercury is your megaphone. it’s a silky honey-like voice, and the roll of a tongue. mercury is the way you slip your hair behind your ear when embarrassed, the way you clap when you laugh, your communicative drive.

venus is the rise in your heart when in love. its the feeling of anticipation before a date, and the warm feeling in your heart after the first kiss. its the excitement before going out with your friends, and the happiness when staying up the whole night on the phone with your lover. 

mars is the burning feeling in the back of your throat during confrontation. its the power and energy you feel when angered, and the huff of breath after rage. mars is the instinct you feel, your natural behavior, and your wild attraction.

jupiter is the philosopher. it’s the intuitive search for answer, curiosity and luck. its purpose, and knowledge. jupiter is the force leading you towards higher intellect and adventure.

saturn is your limit, your breaking point. saturn is the conscience reminding you of your responsibilities, bringing you back to reality. saturn brings wisdom and growth. saturn is self-growth. saturn reminds us of our father figures, our authority and teachers. 

uranus is rebellion, innovation. uranus is breaking the tradition. uranus brings us forward, and moves us further. uranus is the creation of something new, its the discovery of uniqueness. our difference from everyone else. 

neptune is illusion. neptune is a blind belief, a naive trust. neptune is kindness, and forgiveness. neptune gives us the benefit of the doubt, and the ability to give mercy. neptune is a dreamy wonderland, and a sense of hope.

pluto is rebirth. a somber feeling of distrust, everything beneath your knowledge. pluto is a power struggle, a curtain shielding the truth. 

Mercury is the non stop chatter in your head. It’s the ‘roommates’ in your mind that offer their opinions and voice even if you didn’t ask. But you did ask? Because Mercury is the instrument of question. And yet Mercury is not just the ‘voice’, but also the person that hears it. Are you confused yet? Yep Mercury will do that - he’s not known as the ‘cosmic trickster’ for nothing! This is why Mercury rules journalists and sales men

Mercury in Aries - Zealous, Black and white thinker, Reactive
Mercury in Taurus - Deliberate, Creative, Melodic
Mercury in Gemini - Curious, Clever, Inconsistent
Mercury in Cancer - Lyrical, Retentive, Nostalgic
Mercury in Leo - Booming, Optimistic, Excitable
Mercury in Virgo - Witty, Intricate, Systematic
Mercury in Libra - Impartial, Idealistic, Perceptive
Mercury in Scorpio - Intrigued, Obsessive, Intelligent 
Mercury in Sagittarius - Liberal, Knowledgeable, Expanding
Mercury in Capricorn - Precise, Methodical, Wise
Mercury in Aquarius - Inventive, Puzzling, Fascinated
Mercury in Pisces - Poetic, Confused, Vague 


mercury sign key words

your Mercury sign is how you communicate with other people

Mercury in…

Aries: blunt
Taurus: sensible
Gemini: witty
Cancer: gentle
Leo: enthusiastic
Virgo: humble
Libra: kind
Scorpio: passionate
Sagittarius: invigorating
Capricorn: honest
Aquarius: spontaneous
Pisces: welcoming

advice for the signs during the mercury retrograde

aries: don’t take things too personally

taurus: keep to a budget

gemini: think before you speak

cancer: you might get a visit from something you thought was in the past - don’t let it consume you, though

leo: keep your priorities straight

virgo: stay true to your morals

libra: be careful who you vent to

scorpio: avoid overreacting

sagittarius: don’t sign anything without reading it

capricorn: avoid major changes to your lifestyle

aquarius: pushing your loved ones away won’t benefit you

pisces: hope for the best; prepare for the worst

(the mercury retrograde will occur between May 19 - June 11)