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Moss – How a Simple Plant Can Benefit The Environment

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants|Tags: , , , , |

Mosses are simple dense clumpy plants that usually grow in the shade. They have recently been categorized as their own type of Bryophytes and are building a reputation amongst the gardening community due to their positive environmental impact. It is commonly believed that mosses are poorly developed plants that can only be used for decorative purposes however, that is far from the truth. Moss plants [...]

Astarte: Goddess of Sexuality and Fertility

January 24th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Astarte is the Hellenized form of the Middle Eastern goddess Ashtoreth, a form of Ishtar, worshipped from the Bronze Age through classical antiquity. The name is particularly associated with her worship in the ancient Levant among the Canaanites and Phoenicians. She was also celebrated in Egypt following the importation of Levantine cults there. The name Astarte is sometimes also applied to her cults in Mesopotamian [...]

7 Ways to Handle Bad Karma

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Have you been in a very difficult place in life, where nothing seems to be going in your favor? Where did you feel you were at the bottom of your despair, only to find out the next day that you have fallen deeper? In times such as these, it is essential to try to find a deeper meaning to your suffering, its cause (or causes), [...]

5 Ways to Break a Curse or a Hex

January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Are hexes and curses real? Short answer: yes. Long answer: hexes and curses are sorts of like energetic cold and flu bugs. They’re essentially vibrational patterns that affect one’s personal energy field in an undesirable and challenging way. What’s the difference? Well, hexes are spells cast on others with malevolent intent. Curses are similar, but generally, these are less formal in that they are set [...]

5 Interesting Facts About Voltaire

January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

If I ask my friends about Voltaire, their first reply will likely be: it’s a big boulevard. Lots of political rallies take place there because it leads from Republic Plaza to Nation Plaza. But Voltaire is of course first and foremost a great man of French literature. So, if you’re familiar with French literature and philosophy, it’s almost certain that you’ve heard of the French [...]

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

January 20th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as listed by Hellenic culture, described as a remarkable feat of engineering with an ascending series of tiered gardens containing a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and vines, resembling a large green mountain constructed of mud bricks, and said to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon, near [...]

Number One: The Number of Creation

January 18th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

In Numerology, each of the nine single-digit numbers has a personality -- a limited range of qualities and traits that make it unique and recognizable. To me, each number is a character, like any human being. In order to understand how numbers affect us based on their location in the chart, it helps to get to know each single digit number as if it were [...]

Works of Art and Architecture Designed With the Golden Ratio

January 17th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Many works of art are claimed to have been designed using the golden ratio. However, many of these claims are disputed, or refuted by measurement. The golden ratio, an irrational number, is approximately 1.618; it is often denoted by the Greek letter φ (phi). Early history Various authors have claimed that early monuments have golden ratio proportions, often on conjectural interpretations, using approximate measurements, and [...]

What Does Compassion Mean To You?

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Compassion is a strong component of many religions, cultures, philosophies, and households. However, no teachings on compassion are quite as well-articulated or well-developed as the Buddhist teachings on it. The way in which followers of Buddhism cultivate and practice this powerful quality is extraordinary, admirable even. In Buddhist teachings, Buddha is said to have described two qualities as being essential to a person’s true enlightenment; [...]