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I LOVE the way the lights look like crosses.

It’s so symbolic of the authoritarian Crusader / Spanish Inquisition mirrors for the bmol.

They think they know best and are doing terrible things for the greater good. They’ve lost their way, they’ve lost their morality. They are targeting whole groups of people regardless of guilt. Those that stand against them are ruthlessly targeted. Those that dared to question it from the inside are disposed of.

It also kind of reminds me of the Angels’ military command symbolism but that’s for another time.

I just love this imagery :)

Asteroids and Their Female Archetypes/How to Interpret

Four of the most commonly used asteroids are Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta. I thought I’d look into them a bit more since I don’t really touch on asteroids too much. In my research so far I’ve found a widely recommended book on the four popular asteroids called “Asteroid Goddesses; The Mythology Psychology And Astrology Of The Re Emerging Feminine”
I would recommend it if you want to see one astrologer’s in-depth research on those asteroids. 


-[The Mandela of the Asteroid Goddesses], Dementra George & Douglas Bloch’s “Asteroid Goddesses”

According to the book, this Mandela symbolizes all feminine energy in one (Moon and Venus). I’m not really sure what their source was on this diagram, either way, it’s a very interesting way to interpret the four asteroids; it was clearly well thought out and balanced. The four asteroids symbolize the female archetypes, Mother, Daughter, Wife, and Sister. 

Ceres symbolizes the Mother. Placed a the Imum Coeli with significant connection to the 4th house and most areas ruled there; Ceres rules over all the experiences between a mother and child (birth, caring for a child, separation of a child, protecting your children). In mythology, Ceres is the goddess of agriculture, motherly relations, and fertility. By sign and house, this asteroid could indicate where someone gives or receives unconditional love. It can also indicate what type of environment they were raised in as well as their relationship with their mother and nurturing people in general. Strong aspects to Ceres would indicate the Mother archetype having significance to the planet involved. 

Pallas (Athene) symbolizes the Daughter archetype and is placed at the Midheaven of the Mandela. Mythologically speaking she is Zeus’ greatest creation as she was considered to be an accomplished and high ranking military strategist. She symbolizes a daughter that makes her father, or family as a whole, very proud. In history and around the world, we’ve seen having a daughter to be a burden on the family, but Pallas Athene’s mythological roots proves that wrong by showing what equal opportunity to brothers and sons could really mean; she symbolizes the potential in females to be extremely clever, vivacious, powerful, self-sufficient, and talented. Its placement in a birth chart can indicate where someone’s greatest recognized accomplishments and talents come from as well as feminine wisdom. This is where a woman makes herself equal to men. In a male’s chart it may indicate more of how he views Pallas-type women based on his own accomplishments.

Juno symbolizes the Wife archetype with clear connection to the Descendant. In Greek mythology she named Hera and she is Zeus’ wife; Zeus is well known for taking advantage of women/cheating on Hera and these actions ultimately made Hera to be a very jealous and vindictive wife. Despite Zeus’ unforgivable actions, she remained committed to him and he still her to be his one and only love. So with this mythological backstory, we can uncover that Juno symbolizes eternal martial commitment as well as the vengeful feelings that come along with that when loyalty and commitment is threatened. In a person’s chart, Juno might indicate someone who “completes” you, a committed martial partner, karmic marriages, what you want in a marriage, infidelity, trust, forgiveness, common ups in downs of a relationship, and people you may rival with over your martial partner. 

Vesta symbolizes the Sister archetype and sits on the ascendant of the Mandela. She represents focus and dedication to oneself. The Greek equivalent to Vesta is Hestia, Zeus’s sister. Hestia made a vow to remain a virgin which in itself is a very high form of devotion and self-respect. In a chart it indicates a person’s focus, devotion, where they remain virtuous, and their level of self-respect. Sexual expression does come into play with Vesta as well, as mentioned before she is portrayed as a virgin; Sexual freedom is something we look at nowadays are a way, especially for women, to feel empowered and in control of what we can do with our bodies, but Vesta is the other side of this spectrum, which is, the power of self-respect in remaining abstinent and choosing to not to give yourself to just anyone; the control and ideology that not just anyone deserves you. Prominence of strong, harmonious aspects of Vesta will indicate someone of a Vesta-like character whereas negative aspects would indicate the opposite or conflicted Vesta-like character. 

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Mle 1886 ‘Lebel’ Rifle - “Fusil de 8mm Modèle 1886″

Designed in 1886, produced from 1887 to 1920 by MAC, MAT and MAS.
8x50mmR Lebel, 8+1+1 rounds.

Read below for everything you wanted to know about this rifle, and then more, and then even more, Jippers you didn’t need to know all that, what the fuck it’s still going, why did they keep it for this long, just let the fucking thing die already.

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THE MEANING OF THE EOD BADGE

The Wreath
Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD officers and men who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.

The Bomb
Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.

Lightning Bolts
Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.

The Shield
Represents the EOD mission - to prevent a detonation and protect the surrounding area and property to 

Meaning of Each Level
There are three levels of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. The first is the Basic EOD, the second is the Senior EOD and the third is the Master EOD. Requirements vary between the badge levels and branches of service. In general, the Basic badge requires explosive handling training and between 18 to 24 months of on-the-job training. The Senior badge is issued after three to five years as a specialist. Those with between seven and 15 years of service in a senior, supervisory position may receive the Master badge.

Massive SNK/AOT Pixel Dump

Flags/Symbols:

  • The Military Police:

  • The Scout Regiment:

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  • The Trainees Squad:

  • Walls:

Eren:

Mikasa:

Armin:

Jean:

Sasha:

Marco:

Annie:

Levi:

Erwin:

Hange:

Bertholdt:

Christa:

Connie:

Reiner:

Ymir:

Rico:

Titans:

Jean+Marco:

Christa+Ymir:

Eren+Levi:

Bertholdt+Reiner:

Erwin+Levi:

Squad Levi:

Armin+Eren:

The Main Trio:

Annie+Bert+Reiner:

Connie+Sasha:

Hange+Levi:

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Spirit Series Pt. 1: Gravestone Symbolism

For those of you with an affinity for spirit work and cemeteries, I have begun a series of informational posts on various related topics. Today, we will discuss the symbols found on old gravstones in the cemetery. 

Anchor: Denotes hope, a symbol of naval service, and is sometimes used as an early christian symbol

Angels: A symbol of Rebirth/Ressurection or a virtuous life (Wisdom, Justice, Mercy)

Arrow: Symbolizes death & mortality

Ball or Orb: Symbolizes faith

Bible: Denotes a former minister or teacher, and symbolizes knowledge 

Bugel: Denotes Military Service / Symbolizes Resurrection 

Butterfly: Premature Death

Celtic Cross: Symbolizes Irish Ancestry

Chain with 3 Links: Denotes membership of the Oddfellows

A Small Chair, Lamb or a Cherub: Denotes that it is a child’s grave

Broken Column: Symbolizes the premature death of the head of the family

Crown with Cross: Denotes membership or ties to the freemasons

DAR: Stands for “Daughters of the American Revolution”

Garland: Symbolizes Victory over Death

Clasped Hands: Symbolizes hope for being reunited in the afterlife

Oak Leaves or Wheat: Denotes a long life, death at an old age

Tree Strump: Life Interrupted

Inverted Torch: An Extinguished Life

So there you go, so now you can know a little bit more about the symbols on Graves and their inhabitants. Please feel free to add to or correct this list if you have something to share!!

5 Times Garrus Vakarian met Hannah Shepard (Shakarian, T) 1/5

Summary: The first time she met Garrus Vakarian was at her daughter’s funeral. (Warning: Character death; although she gets better, this chapter deals with a lot of Hannah’s grief.)

Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4 : Part 5.1 : Part 5.2 (FIN)

Nothing would bring Janie back.

Nothing.

There was little comfort in knowing that she wasn’t the only one mourning. Most of Janie’s crewmen and even a few of her friends from basic had traveled to the Citadel for her “funeral.”

There wasn’t a body. Therefore, logically, there shouldn’t be a burial, but the Alliance brass had seen fit to honor a hero with a memorial service.

There was nothing here for Hannah but mourning and loss and raw pain so intense she wanted nothing more than to scream and pull her hair out, just so the pain of that could distract her from this. 

But it seemed like too much effort to bother with.  Everything did.

Truth be told, she did not remember most of the funeral, too caught up in her disbelief that Janie was gone. She certainly did not dwell on the presence of multiple aliens who had attended. Janie seemed to have cultivated friends from every single star system. 

Even a Turian – C-SEC, young – stood in mourning, watching the casket with his sharp blue eyes. He sat a row across from her, up front, eyes never wavering from the casket that did not hold her Janie.

She didn’t think much of it.

At best, she had a passing thought that it was strange, a turian at a human’s funeral.

But it was even more strange to be burying your not-even-thirty year old daughter.

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Trump visits Macron in Paris

President Donald Trump watched U.S. and French soldiers march together through the Paris sunshine on Friday in a double celebration marking 100 years since the United States entered World War One and France’s annual Bastille Day holiday.

Also featuring a bi-national fly-past of American F16 and French Rafale jets symbolizing military cooperation in the Middle East and elsewhere, the occasion followed a day of talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, a first ladies’ tour of Paris, and a dinner for the four at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

“Great evening with President @EmmanuelMacron & Mrs. Macron. Went to Eiffel Tower for dinner. Relationship with France stronger than ever,” Trump wrote in a tweet.

The ceremonies brought to an end a visit Macron needs as a boost to France’s standing on the world stage – one which could also help a U.S. leader left short of international friends by his stance on free trade and climate change.

Trump, also dogged at home by an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, appeared on Thursday to leave open the door for more talks on the Paris accord which he pulled the United States out of earlier this year. (Reuters)

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Donald Trump waves goodbye

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Orly Airport in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017, en route to Bedminster, N.J., after attending the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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The Macrons watch the Trumps leave

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte watch President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania leaving after the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP)

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Donald Trump shakes Emmanuel Macron’s hand

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) shakes hands with President Donald Trump, next to Macron’s wife Brigitte Macron (L) and First Lady Melania Trump during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Christophe Archambault/Pool/Reuters)

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After the parade

French President Emmanuel Macron ® and his wife Brigitte Macron (2nd R) stand with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Christophe Archambault/Pool/Reuters)

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Standing in front of the U.S. flag

(From right) First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, stand in front of the U.S. national flag held by soldiers, at the end of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

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Looking up during the parade

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters)

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French Alphajets fly over

French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs Elysees avenue, with the Arc de Triomphe in background, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP)

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Emmanuel Macron points

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters)

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U.S. troops march

U.S. troops, with soldiers wearing WWI helmets, march past French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters)

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Donald Trump looks up

President Donald Trump attends the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

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Seen on a giant screen

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen on a giant screen on the Place de la Concorde as they attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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Emmanuel Macron holds Donald Trump’s arm

French President Emmanuel Macron, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

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The Trumps stand

First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump attend the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Christophe Archambault/Pool/Reuters)

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Donald Trump talks with Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Senate speaker Gerard Larcher attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters)

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The Trumps arrive for the parade

President Donald Trump ® shakes hands as he steps out of the presidential state car called “The Beast” as First Lady Melania Trump (L) kisses Brigitte Macron, wife of French President, ahead of the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

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The illuminated Eiffel Tower

People with umbrellas walk at the Palais de Chaillot near the illuminated Eiffel Tower in Paris on July 13, 2017, as President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a dinner with their wives at the restaurant ‘Le Jules Verne’ on the tower’s second floor. (Photo: Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Macrons and Trumps dine

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron his wife Brigitte Macron, sit for dinner at the Jules Verne Restaurant on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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Joint press conference

President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron ® hold a press conference following meetings at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 13, 2017. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

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Handshake

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after a press confrence at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Trump says the two nations have “occasional disagreements” but that doesn’t disrupt a friendship that dates to the American Revolution. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) and President Donald Trump (L) hold a press conference following meetings at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 13, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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French President Emmanuel Macron ® and President Donald Trump attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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French police officers

French police officers on a dinghy escort U.S. First Lady and French President’s wife during their boat trop down the river Seine in Paris, on July 13, 2017. (Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

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Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron after a boat trip

First Lady Melania Trump, right, and French president’s wife Brigitte Macron leave after a boat trip down the River Seine in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Martin Bureau/Pool Photo via AP)

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Tourists at Notre Dame Cathedral

Tourists take pictures of First Lady Melania Trump and French president’s wife Brigitte Macron visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

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Donald Trump reaches to shake hands

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump, left, shake hands as they meet at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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Donald Trump’s car is polished

A person cleans the car of President Donald Trump at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 13, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

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Protesters hold up placards

Protesters hold a placard reading ‘Pro America – Anti-Trump’ as they gather at the Memorial to the American volunteers at the Place des Etats-Unis in Paris, on July 13, 2017, to demonstrate against the visit of President Donald Trump. (Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sharing a laugh

French President Emmanuel Macron shares a laugh with President Donald Trump as they arrive at the Elysee Palace on July 13, 2017 in Paris. (Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump waves

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, walks as President Donald Trump waves before a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP)

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Donald Trump arrives at the Elysee Palace

President Donald Trump gets out of the car as he arrives at the Elysee Palace on July 13, 2017 in Paris. (Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tour of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Tomb

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte Macron with David Guillet, Director of the Army Museum, tour Napoleon Bonaparte’s Tomb at Les Invalides in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Pool/Reuters)

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Walking together

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump attend a welcoming ceremony at the Invalides in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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After the welcoming ceremony

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump walk in the courtyard as they leave after a welcoming ceremony at the Invalides in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters)

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National anthems are played

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump listen to national anthems as they review troops during a welcoming ceremony at the Invalides in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters)

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Review of the honor guard

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump, center left, review an honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Matthieu Alexandre/AP)

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Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump’s shoes

Brigitte Macron, right, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, and First Lady MelaniaTrump attend an official welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo:Matthieu Alexandre/AP)

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Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump stand together

French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a welcoming ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

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The Macrons welcome the Trumps

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcome First Lady Melania Trump while and his wife Brigitte, left, welcomes President Donald Trump at Les Invalides museum in Paris Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)

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Donald Trump’s motorcade arrives

The motorcade carrying President Donald Trump arrives at Les Invalides museum in Paris Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)

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Donald and Melania Trump kiss

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump kiss on the tarmac after they arrive on Air Force One at Orly Airport in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The president and first lady will attend the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, on Friday, July 14, 2017. The president got into his motorcade vehicle and the first lady went to hers. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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Air Force One sits on the tarmac

Air Force One sits on the tarmac after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrived at Orly airport, south of Paris, Thursday July 13, 2017. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

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The Trumps arrive

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive at Orly airport, south of Paris, Thursday July 13, 2017. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

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The Trumps llft off

Marine One, with President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump aboard, lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

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Children react as the helicopter lands

Children react to the rotor wash of the helicopter as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Washington. Marine One will take President Donald Trump from the White House for his departure aboard Air Force One. Trump is headed to Paris for Bastille Day. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

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1796 PATTERN INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD

Blade: 83cm

Total length: 1m

A 1796 Infantry officers sword by  Henry Osborne in excellent condition. One of the earliest official sword patterns for the British army these blades were replaced at the start of the 19th century. The blade is clean and bright with minimal patina. It is engraved with a patten of oak leaves and military symbols that extends two thirds of the blade. Whilst it is worn in places it is still clear and legible


The brass folding guard is complete and fully functional, a rare find on one of these blades. The hilt and blade are completely solid with no movement.


Unusually for this type of sword the grip is mahogany rather than wire wrapped, making this a unique and peculiar piece


£380

anonymous asked:

I feel like it was a while back when you talked about having some book and if anyone wanted to know the history of the tree or legend or something that we should ask? im late and idk if this is meta but. now i am asking haha.

Ah yeah! That’d be “Kamikaze, cherry blossoms, and nationalisms: the militarization of aesthetics in Japanese history” by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney. I don’t currently own this book - I’d checked it out from my uni library last summer - but I highly recommend. It’s a really readable look at the mythology/iconology/symbolic history of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture in the first section and an analysis of tokkotai pilots’ motivations in volunteering in the latter. I recommend it, though please note I am not anywhere close to an expert on Japanese culture or history and so can only judge it so well.

Essentially what Ohnuki-Tierney is arguing is that during WWII the government of Japan manipulated cherry blossom imagery in order to fuel nationalism in its war-time population, particularly soldiers and volunteers. Although she’s received various criticism for some vagueness in defining how this was done, and some lack of addressing others’ works in sociopolitical constructions of symbols (though this may be with a eurocentric slant, so grain of salt there), what really hooked me was the way I saw this change as laid out in her book reflected in the Tokyo Babylon mythos of Sakurazukamori.

Sakurazukamori and their sakura tree as it appears in TB isn’t entirely novel, because for it to be all new would negate its purpose as cultural symbol, and it doesn’t necessarily contradict pre-Meiji sakura symbolism. However, it’s a uniquely 20th century conception of what precisely the relationship between sakura, life, and death is. In her assessment of pre-Meiji symbolism, Ohnuki-Tierney details how “[i]n premodern poetry and literature, the cherry blossom in full bloom is associated with evanescence (youth, women, courtship) and the falling cherry blossom with pathos (impermanence, decline, sometimes death) [..and] the depiction of identity: non-normative identity ([madness, homosexuality]) and collective identity ([…] the imperial court, “Japaneseness”). (Quote from Vanessa B. Ward’s review of the book, published in Anthropological Quarterly v.76 no.2 in Spring 2003.) That’s a broad overview of symbolic meanings, notably without their major contexts, but nevertheless one can see what some of TB’s Sakurazukamori symbolism is drawing on but also that there’s an explicit connection to both death and the government that is absent in earlier interpretations.

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Being heterosexual, but playing a gay character, has presumably added some insight into such topical issues as the congressional hearings on gays in the military. “It’s more symbolic than anything else,” he says. “There have always been gays in the military. I think that there is no excuse for violence against anyone for their beliefs. Period. Do [gay men and women] want to walk in the door and say, ‘Hello. We’re here.’ I don’t give a fuck about that. There are more serious priorities to me. It shouldn’t be a long-standing issue. It’s a waste of time. Bottom line. Case closed.
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River Phoenix (Detour, July/Aug 1993)

So right!! 👏🏼

anonymous asked:

In sociology you learn that when clothing and other items become high fashion or for consumers, it becomes an image without bottom, meaning that it loses all meaning. Like when army camo was "in," it was no longer a symbol of military life. It just became a trendy thing for people to wear. Now, imagine this happening to religious and cultural items. So there's a lot that goes into cultural appropriation than just "don't wear this because I don't want you to."

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