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By Logan Hawkes There is much about our world that we still do not understand. Scientists tell us that natural mysteries abound in every corner of the Earth, from the lifeless desert of Chile to the bottomless depths of the Pacific, there are things we simply do not comprehend. Perhaps this is the best way to describe a place in northern Mexico in the middle of the hot, searing, punishing Chihuahuan desert, a place commonly called the "Zone of Silence" by the few locals, scientists, students and visitors that wander there from time to time in search of answers.
Archetypal Stories In the Poetics , Aristotle (4th century BC) developed the earliest known model of narrative form, based on the ideas of thematic organisation, completeness of form (1450b), and the creating and resolution of tension (1455b). The possibility of being even more specific depends on the validity of identifying characters as types. Aristotle viewed dramatic character in terms of making choices (1450b), so a wrong choice is made because of some defect of character, or 'tragic flaw' (1453a).
by Sean Reagan on December 1, 2011 The Apocalypse – also know as the last judgment – is one of the more frightening aspects of Christianity. Drawn from the Book of Revelation, it features spectacular imagery and widespread pain and violence. For a lot of us, the apocalypse is akin to living through some sort of horror movie. And while some Christians see this as positive – because it’s avoidable if you’re selected by Jesus based on your acceptance of him as savior – it still seems to cause a lot of fear and anguish that might otherwise be avoided.
They stretch from Syria to Saudi Arabia, can be seen from the air but not the ground, and are virtually unknown to the public. They are the Middle East's own version of the Nazca Lines — ancient "geolyphs," or drawings, that span deserts in southern Peru — and now, thanks to new satellite-mapping technologies, and an aerial photography program in Jordan, researchers are discovering more of them than ever before. They number well into the thousands. Referred to by archaeologists as "wheels," these stone structures have a wide variety of designs, with a common one being a circle with spokes radiating inside. Researchers believe that they date back to antiquity, at least 2,000 years ago.
"A wedding ring is sort of a tourniquet worn on one's finger to stop circulation" (Anon) Since ancient times, marriages have been symbolised by the wearing of a ring. Usually worn by the wife, they were given as a token of possession. Once ringed, she was no longer available to circulate amongst other men. You've heard the term 'husbandry', a task performed by a farmer , in particular when raising livestock. Is this the origin of the term 'husband'?
Symbolic Rose Meanings The symbolic meaning of the rose is known by almost everyone on some level – otherwise it wouldn’t be the most popularly sent flower on Valentine’s Day (I know, I’m 2 weeks too late here). The rose is associated with Aphrodite (Greek) goddess of love who was often depicted adorned with roses around her head, feet and or neck. In myth we track down this association when we discover that a rose bush grew within the pool of blood spilled from Aphrodite’s slain lover (Adonis). We can interpret the symbolism here several ways. The most common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love or a union that will never fade – even through time or death.
The following essay was written by Margaret Starbird, and is published here with her permission. I was fascinated with her observations after several discussions about them. I asked her to write something on it that I could post on this site.
Why are there no professors of symbology in the world? John Langdon, the professor of typography who is also the inspiration for Dan Brown’s super-sleuth Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology at Harvard, explained yesterday on Slate that all the real-life academics who pursue lines of study similar to the fictional Langdon’s—interpreting religious iconography, deciphering codes made of symbols—already have perfectly fine titles to describe what they do. So we have “professors of religious iconography,” “professors of cryptography,” and plain-old “art historians.”