natural illumination

Illuminated Leaf


16th Century

(via and The Metropolitan Museum)

Poem by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

My heart is like an oyster shell, the Beloved’s phantom is the pearl; now I am no more contained, for this house is filled with Him.

Night split the lip of my soul with the sweetness of His talk; I am surprised at him who says, “Truth is bitter.”

Mortals’ food comes from without, but the lover’s food is from within; he regurgitates and chews, for the lover is like a camel.

Be swift-faring like a peri, denude yourself of your body; nakedness is not allowed to him who has the mange.

Salah al-Din has come to the chase; all the lions are his quarry; that man is his servant who is free from the two worlds.


photos of the the sơn doòng cave in vietnam. at 200 metres high, 150 metres wide and five kilometres long, it is the biggest cave in the world – so large, it has its own river, jungle and even climate. it also contains the world’s tallest stalagmite, which stands over 80 metres tall (consider that it was formed one drop of mineral saturated water at a time).

despite its immense underground size, the cave is practically invisible from the outside, seen only from the mist wafting from surface cracks. with a huge temperature difference between the cooler air inside the cave and warmer outside air, son doong is home to moving clouds of mist, which can be illuminated by natural light up to four kilometres away. (source xx

The Evolution of the Fire Nation Throne Room

The throne room before the war

Before the war, throne room is bright, and and illuminated by the natural sunlight pouring through the large windows—which is only appropriate seeing how the Sun is the greatest source of fire.

Behind the throne is a dragon–the symbol of the first firebender. Together, the sunlight, and and dragon represent the Fire Nation’s adherence to a more pure form of firebending before the war. Soon, these symbols of the ancient ways of firebending will be shattered, as the throne room slowly transforms.

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destiinyyrosee  asked:

I was curious as to what pisces season brings for everyone? People are saying this is the time where everyone will start being more emotional & stuff, but i want to know more.

gemini, sagittarius experience the sun square so the inner conflicts awaken here, often transgressing between emotion and intellect, other people (esp authority figures) and circumstances present challenges, ego is sensitive and forced on the defensive 

virgo experiences sun opposing sun, shadows of the psyche are illuminated often through challenging and rewarding relationships that force the individual to reveal parts of themselves privately and publicly. these complexes and patterns require other people to guide with awareness, often unconsciously. also as of 25th mercury opposing so the shadows of the mind are forced under the torch, cobwebs are revealed and unintegrated parts of the self are forced into expression, the individual may feel as if they cannot communicate properly or people just arent ‘getting them’ like everyone is on a different wavelength  

scorpio and cancer trine the sun so energy flows sublimely, natural talents are illuminated, the emotional network is awakened, but chartered well. emotional resistances can be released. the creative activity can be rich. it’s their time in the spotlight 

pisces has transiting sun and neptune crossing their natal so the illusion is existence, the spiritual seclusion is indicated, loss in creativity. the psychic sensitivity around people can be exaggerated to the point of exhaustion. the individual may sleep more and find it difficult to resist substances, distraction or escape mechanisms

aries and capricorn have the passing sextile, it’s tremendous for invigoration, in pisces consider this on the emotional spectrum, so emotions can be directed through will and activity for the outcome of creativity, energy can be focused for long term goals

for libra, venus exalts in libra where the sun passes, so the sensitivity and the excitement swirls seductively, so long as they are not fooled by jupiter teasing their sun, the venus retrograde pressures libra because they cannot create without display. inner love and validation is to be cultivated, if the sun is in pisces, they can seek godly/cosmic love

the solar eclipse occured on the 26th and solar is the ruler of leo so the eclipse can be literally shaking to them. when it passes in an oceanic pisces sign then the uncontained heart of leo flows and flows in every direction, hysterically maybe. leo intuition is enriched with the pisces sun. leo can feel energised around now because the planets in aries trine the sun giving a good energy and vitality

the celebrations are over for aquarius… the party went on for so long now we have a permanent hang over with the sun in pisces. now we are resting because the sun energized the aquarian mind, its time to sleep, reflect, and harvest. with sun in the 3rd house this is a good time for mental development and study, especially spiritual study. 

for taurus, their ruler exalts in tear stained pisces so sensitivities are heightened and so is their artistic expression, venus is retrograde so it will withdraw the individual into the dwellings of their own, inner artistic being. relationships may be under pressure here 


I have reflected many times upon our rigid search. It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us, on the inside, looking out. Like you say, inside out. Jonathan, in this way, I will always be along the side of your life. And you will always be along the side of mine.

• Almost all lighting sources used for filming [The Revenant] were natural, explains Fisk. “And this takes place before the kerosine lantern was invented.” Most filming took place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “We’d be scrambling at the end of the day to film the last few hours of daylight.” (x)

• “The whole cast and crew rehearsed meticulously for months beforehand to meet [Alejandro’s] vision and make it all possible. Nearly everyday we reworked the choreography of the scene and shot it at a specific time of day when the natural light was at its best.” - Leonardo DiCaprio (x)