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Floating tori in Miyajima, Japan.

“Ten Octaves” is inspired by the mystic, scientist, artist Walter Russell’s diagram of integrating light octaves. “These octaves constitute one complete cycle of the transfer of the universal constant of energy into, and through, all of it’s dimensions in sequence. “

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Seahenge
also known as Holme I, was a prehistoric monument located in the village of Holme-next-the-Sea, near Old Hunstanton in the English county of Norfolk. A timber circle with an upturned tree root in the centre, Seahenge was apparently built in the 21st century BCE, during the early Bronze Age in Britain, most likely for ritual purposes.The site consisted of an outer ring comprising fifty-five small split oak trunks forming a roughly circular enclosure around 7 by 6 metres (23 by 20 ft). Rather than being placed in individual holes, the timbers had been arranged around a circular construction trench. Their split sides faced inwards and their bark faced outwards (with one exception where the opposite is the case). One of the trunks on the south western side had a narrow Y fork in it, permitting access to the central area. Another post had been placed outside this entrance, which would have prevented anyone from seeing inside. The timbers were set in ground to a depth of 1-metre (3 ft 3 in) from the contemporary surface although how far they originally extended upwards is not known. In the centre of the ring was a large inverted oak stump. 
Holme I was excavated in October 1998, and now resides at the Lynn Museum in King’s Lynn and opened to the public in April 2008.

One hundred metres east, another older ring has been found, consisting of two concentric timber circles surrounding a hurdle lined pit containing two oak logs. Known as Holme II, it dates to the centuries before Holme I (c. 2400-2030 BCE) although the two sites may have been in use together.
Although also threatened with destruction by the sea, this site has been left in situ and exposed to the tidal actions of the sea. Archaeologists have suggested that this decision by English Heritage relates to the controversy over digging Holme I.

Spring officially starts in 19 days and we know you’re SO ready to leave the cold behind. Luckily, we know just what you need. Read on for 9 books about the strength of the human spirit that will propel your winter-ravaged soul through these last few weeks!

1. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione refuses to be anyone’s cautionary tale after she gets assaulted at cheer camp – and she’ll face a wrenching decision to regain the control she’s always had.

2. I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody’s journey to find out why her best friend Meg decided to take her own life is one of loss, bravery, and redemption.

3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When Mim Malone hops on a 1,000 mile bus ride to find her mother, she’ll end up facing all of her demons along the way.

4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

At the end of WWII, 3 young people fight to survive a tragedy that history has forgotten.

5. The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Ariel is a refugee and the sole survivor of an attack on his small village who now lives in West Virginia, and his story will have you questioning what it is to be human.

6. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

After moving around for 5 years to escape the demons of her father’s PTSD, Hayley and her dad are finally settling down. But is this truly her chance at a normal life?

7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly Stephanie Oakes

A hard-hitting yet ultimately hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith…and having faith in yourself.

8. Blind by Rachel Dewoskin

Emma lost her sight in a nightmare accident, and after her classmate is found dead, she’ll have to untangle what happened in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

When Theo’s oldest friend returns home after four long years with his kidnapper, Theo must choose between telling the truth and keeping quiet – both options with unfathomable consequences.

Athena Apaturia is Athena
of deception: Athena, deceiver. O clear-eyed goddess,
you who counsel us to our wisest paths,
what could call you to lie?

For green-eyed Poseidon you lied to her,
for the birth of Theseus you sent Aethra
to the sea. A sacred island was named
in your honor, and you were given your name,

deceiver. I suppose clear eyes and clear thoughts
must not always point to the truth:
I suppose wise goddesses must be wise
for the world, and perhaps not for me.

—  athena, deceiver // rsb
I was rewatching “Cheeseburger Backpack” when something occurred to me.

As we all know by now It seems like the main purpose of Gemkind occupying Earth was to breed more gems and/or exploit it for resources. But this brings up a very big question:

Why are there so many temples and other sacred Gem sites on Earth? There is the Beach City Temple, the Lunar Sea Spire, the Sky Spire, the Sea Shrine, the dueling arena, Rose’s Garden and who knows how many others that might have not been seen yet on the show. Why bother building so many ornate places of Gem culture on an ultimately doomed planet?

For this I can only think of two theories.

One theory is that these places were merely for Gems stationed on Earth to inhabit. The Kindergarten process likely takes a very long time to happen, so in the mean time Gems would create these places to make Earth feel more like home during their stay. The problem I see with this is I doubt a simple station for the gems would be this ornate unless they were inhabited by Gem nobles or their was an incredibly large Gem population on Earth. They may be beautiful but I doubt military or engineer minded gems would live in something so inefficient.

The second theory is more detailed and is personally the one I prefer to believe in. I believe that those in Rose’s faction are who built the temples. Like I said before I highly doubt Gems like Jasper or Peridot would build such places. So perhaps these sites didn’t exist before the gem war. Suppose more than just Rose, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl survived the war. Perhaps dozens if not hundreds of gems are now on Earth forever. What do these gems do? Make Earth feel like home, since it is now the only home that they now know. However the corruption starts to set in, causing more and more sites being abandoned and forgotten. Without gems looking after them, these areas start to fall into disrepair like the Lunar Sea Spire, until only one site is left that isn’t forlorn. This site is the Beach City Temple, since it is the home of the remaining Crystal Gems.  

 This is why Pearl has fond memories of some of these sites and why the Crystal Gems care about the condition of these places. These sites were the homes of their culture and their comrades, whom unfortunately can no longer look after these places themselves.

This has been a fan analysis of Gem temples and other sites of interest. This is only my personal outlook, so don’t let it discourage any head-canons or fanwork.