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Little tribute to tonight’s ultimate BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE (oh and Mars will glow brightly too I guess)
We’ll have the longest moon eclipse of the 21. century and I really hope I’ll get to see it! The darkest period of the blood moon will be around 22:22 ( 10:22 pm CEST) 

That number is so ridiculous that it wouldn’t surprise me if anybody is planning on doing some satanic rituals tonight to open the gates to hell. (But looking at the wild fires in Europe, they already seem to be open, so if anybody would have the decency to close them again tonight, that would be great, thanks 👌)

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Set of postcards I made for Shanghai Comic Con, less than two weeks away!

8 species of cats in Starfleet uniforms from various periods in Startrek history. Because of the international nature of Starfleet, I picked cats from each continent/region of the Earth (sans Australia, since it doesn’t have native cats)

Pallas Cat - Central Asia

Tiger - Indian Subcontinent

Asian Golden Cat - East Asia

Serval - Subsaharan Africa

Caracal - North Africa and Middle East

Jaguarundi - South America

Bobcat - North America

European Wild Cat - Europe


Come see me at Shanghai Comic Con on November 5-6! I will be Artist Alley table 38!

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That’s a lot of trust.

By crawling towards them on hands and knees, I was able to get close to these two wild stallions as they were rearing up and testing each other’s strength. I had to trust that they would dance around me. The Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve in the Netherlands has become a remarkable habitat for these and other large grazing mammals that once roamed wild across Western Europe.

{ folklore } - the wild hunt

The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. It’s a well-known folk myth of a ghostly leader and his group of hunters and hounds flying through the cold night sky, accompanied by the sounds of the howling wind. The hunter may be an unidentified lost soul, a deity or spirit either male or female, or may be a historical or legendary figure. The legend of the hunt has been adapted over the years and, depending also on the geographical location, the leader of the hunt along with it.

In the Northern tradition, the Wild Hunt was synonymous with great winter storms or changes of season. The hunt was said to pass through the forests in the coldest, stormiest time of the year. Anyone found outdoors at the time would be swept up into the hunting party involuntarily. Clerics in 12th century Britain reportedly witnessed the Wild Hunt. In Germany, the hunter is sometimes associated with a devil or dragon and rides a horse, accompanied by numerous hounds. And in Scotland, the Wild Hunt is closely linked to the fairy world in some sources.

{ folklore } - la santa compaña

The Santa Compaña (Holy Company) is a deep-rooted myth that for centuries, and even today, it has become one of the most widespread legends of Galicia, Asturias and Northern Portugal. It’s also known under the names of Estadea or Estantiga (estantigua in Spanish, from Latin hostis antiquus, meaning “ancient host”). Its origin is rooted in European legends belonging to the Middle Ages.

So, the Santa Compaña appears headed by a living person, a mortal who in their hands leads from a cross, through a cauldron with water according to witnesses. Next to this, followed by several masked people in a perfect row that is accompanied by songs and prayers. Carrying a candle and a small bell, the Santa Compaña will kick off the march at night, lifting behind a dense fog.

anonymous asked:

molly anne are you staying in ship's house? is it awkward at all?how does one even have a good encounter with a mutual? one time a mutual flew over from england to my apartment in canada and she nearly got us both murdered because of sleep deprivation, so i blocked her on all platforms, like i am wondering how does one be normal and have a normal interaction with a mutual they meet irl

That’s. Wild? ? ? I’ve gone to Europe to meet mutual twice too but like. When I say mutuals, I mean my trusted friends with whom I’ve spoken like. A lot. Before I go to see them??

I’m sorry you had such a bad experience jeez dude. The key is to be close good friends I guess? A talk about your expectations beforehand maybe?

Also no we’re camping together and it hasn’t been awkward at all because we’re both idiots. :^)

07cash19  asked:

Why is the Lion such a favored royal symbol among European nobility. When in the middle ages there were no Lions in Europe?

To be clear, even though there are certainly no lions in the wild in Europe today, real lions were very much part of the consciousness of medieval Europeans. Lions actually did live in Greece up until about 100 AD, and consequently were featured prominently in any number of Greek myths and stories (e.g. the Nemean Lion whose pelt Heracles is very often depicted wearing, the constellation Leo - which had in fact been given a leonine epithet by the ancient Mesopotamians and Babylonians as well - and several of the stories of Aesop). Lions were hunted for sport in Greece and Macedonia: the historian Xenophon, writing in the fifth century BC, noted that lions could be hunted on what was known in antiquity as Mount Kissos, while the tomb of Philip II of Macedon depicts a lion hunt, as does the Alexander Sarcophagus. The great stronghold of Mycenae included the Lion Gate, with two lionesses prominently carved at its peak; 12 snarling marble lions originally guarded the Sacred Way on the island of Delos; and when the Sacred Band of Thebes was defeated at the Battle of Chaeronea, the Thebans (probably) erected a nearly 13-feet tall statue of a lion on a great pedestal to commemorate their dead. Rome was no stranger to lions either: lions were among the most popular entertainments in coliseum games (though these would usually have been the now-extinct Barbary lions of North Africa), and Roman mosaics of lions depict them with close accuracy to their actual form, indicating that the Romans were quite familiar with lions on sight (which is borne out by the extensive use of lion stories and similes in classic literature). All of this classical familiarity with lions would have in turn influenced European understanding of lions, and subsequently their popularity in heraldry. 

Too, and just as importantly, lions would have been known to medieval Europeans through their presence in the Bible. Mentions of lions are found dozens of times in the Old and New Testaments, often highlighting lions’ power, courage, ferocity, and ravenousness. Samson is set upon by a lion, but tears it apart with his bare hands (there’s a neat story related to this from Russian history, but I’ll tell that another time); Daniel is thrown into a den of lions for worshiping God, but is protected by an angel; in his vision in the Book of Revelation, John sees four living creatures worshiping God, one of which resembles a lion; and in that same book, Christ is referred to as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”. St. Mark the Evangelist became associated with the winged lion of Revelation, since his gospel begins with St. John the Baptist preaching in the desert, like a roaring lion. (This is the reason why the winged lion is so often featured in or associated with Venice, as the city’s patron saint is St. Mark.) With such a prominent place in biblical texts and Christian tradition, in what was a more religious age, lions would certainly have been underlined as strong, fearsome creatures, the very sort who would make excellent symbolic representations of noble and royal dynasties.