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Urania (Οὐρανία; meaning ‘heavenly’ or 'of heaven’) was, in Greek mythology, the muse of astronomy, able to foretell the future from the arrangement of the stars.  She is often associated with Universal Love and the Holy Spirit, and those who are most concerned with philosophy and the heavens are dearest to her. Eldest of the divine sisters, Urania inherited Zeus’ majesty and power and the beauty and grace of her mother Mnemosyne.

“Men who have been instructed by her she raises aloft to heaven (ouranos), for it is a fact that imagination and the power of thought lift men’s souls to heavenly heights.” -   Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 7. 1 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.)

Poem is from An Ode To Music by James G. Percival

cowardlygrunt  asked:

So, following Jon's death at the hands of Bowen Marsh and the other nights watchmen, what do you think happened to the wildlings at the wall? Like Jon had earned a lot of respect from free folk like Tormund, so I doubt that they would just let it happen without a fight...

Good question, Ryan!

It is difficult to say just what will happen to the wildlings. Certainly, I think there will be uproar at the Wall when we next visit. Like Daenerys, Jon spent A Dance with Dragons ruling a motley - and volatile - mix of people, and like Daenerys, he gets removed in a sudden, violent moment. Unlike Daenerys, though, we don’t get to see - at least for now - what happens after.  Nevertheless, the tension is there, and all it needs is a catalyst - like, say, the death of Lord Snow.

In particular with the wildlings - Bowen Marsh & Co. weren’t exactly shy, in their council meetings with Jon at least, in sharing their none-too-kind thoughts on the wildlings. If it comes out that they’re the ones behind the Ides of Marsh - well, assassinating the wildling-sympathizing Lord Commander isn’t going to win them any favors with the great host of wildlings Tormund brought through the Wall.

It’s also wildlings who make up the crew that volunteer to ride with Jon on his mission to Winterfell:

“The Night’s Watch will make for Hardhome. I ride to Winterfell alone, unless …” Jon paused. “… is there any man here who will come stand with me?”

The roar was all he could have hoped for, the tumult so loud that the two old shields tumbled from the walls. Soren Shieldbreaker was on his feet, the Wanderer as well. Toregg the Tall, Brogg, Harle the Huntsman and Harle the Handsome both, Ygon Oldfather, Blind Doss, even the Great Walrus. I have my swords, thought Jon Snow, and we are coming for you, Bastard. (”Jon XIII”, A Dance with Dragons)

So yes, the wildlings will have something to say about Jon’s assassination when TWOW opens. What that will be … well, I leave that up to GRRM.

The Queen Regent (Nfriel)