"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched."
“I come from the slums where a lot of people don’t make it, especially African-Americans like myself. Someone has to make it, and I’m determined to be that one. I want greatness.”
“What kind of greatness do you want to accomplish?”
“Oh, I want to have my own school for underprivileged kids. Picture this: my last name is Gray, G-R-A-Y. It stands for ‘Greatness Revolves Around You’—that would be the name of my school.”
And what if you could go back in time and take all those hours of pain and darkness and replace them with something better?
Donnie Darko (2001) director Richard Kelly
(Source: filmwitches, via vanitywasted)
Lake Retba in Senegal
The bizarre colour is caused by high levels of salt - with some areas containing up to 40% of the condiment.
Michael Danson, an expert in extremophile bacteria from Bath University, said: “The strawberry colour is produced by salt-loving organism Dunaliella salina.
“They produce a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink.
“Lakes like Retba and the Dead Sea, which have high salt concentrations, were once thought to be incompatible with life - hence the names. But they are very much alive.”
"moon dust in your lungs
stars in your eyes
you are a child of the cosmos
and ruler of the skies"
Jourdan Dunn photographed by Hans Feurer for Antidote S/S 2013