Mystical Peacock


Peacock Symbolism

The peacock is a symbol of immortality because the ancients believed that the peacock had flesh that did not decay after death. As such, early Christian paintings and mosaics use peacock imagery, and peacock feathers can be used during the Easter season as church decorations. This symbol of immortality is also directly linked to Christ.

The peacock naturally replaces his feathers annually; as such, the peacock is also a symbol of renewal.

Early belief held that the Gates of Paradise are guarded by a pair of peacocks.

The peacock has the ability to eat poisonous snakes without harm.

The Greeks dedicated the peacock to Juno, the goddess of sky and stars, in recognition of the golden circles and blue background of the peacock’s tail.
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Ancient Fern

Ferns have been around for the last 40 to 50 million years.  They have been around since the age of the dinosaurs!
Ferns exist on all continents except Antarctica.

From 1880 to 1900, ferns were so popular in England that there was a so-called “a fern craze” (“pteridomania”). English city dwellers took excursions to the woodlands to collect ferns to take back to their homes and estates, nearly stripping some areas ferns. Many fern books were published during this time and new names were created for new varieties for every difference in frond (leaf) shape. Artists and craftsmen used fern foliage motifs in stonework, furniture, pottery, china, art, etched glass, linen, woodwork, and iron castings. These old books have been written and fern theme artworks are now very expensive collector items. Pteridomania was such a social phenomenon in 19th Century England that several books  on the subject.

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Misunderstood Spider

I am one of those seemingly few spider admirers out there.  I find them absolutely beautiful.  Their webs are pretty bad-ass as well.
-Forest 🙂

Fun Facts:
**In conventional psychology the most dangerous concept in dream understanding is the spider – it represents to the human subconscious the eleven stages of grieving (eight legs, torso, two antannae).
**Did you know that spiders are almost all homosexual? Their species evolved to be that way as a form of population control. That’s why there are so many male spiders and so few female. And that’s also why the queen kills the male after mating with it, because she views him as a genetic anomaly
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**Not only is owning large spiders legal, in some places it’s mandatory! In the Sandwhich Islands British zoologists issue spider kits to natives when they reach the age of sixteen. The spiders are necessary because they ward off a host of local bacterium that would otherwise be dangerous to humans. Anyone found to be without their spider can face stiff fines or jail time.