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.

 

 

 

 

 

Tree of Life

Captured this on an evening stroll last week and all I could think about was the Tree of Life.

As a reminder the Tree of Life “alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense.”  In other words, man is not the top of the food chain, man is not machine.  We are connected to every other living organism on this planet in one way or another and each and every one plays an equally significant role in maintaining the balance.

-Forest

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Green

Green has ALWAYS been my favourite colour, drawn to it from a very early age.  I have always said the reason is because green represents growth and life and renewal.  I decided to actually look up some fun facts about the colour to accompany this post and it appears I wasn’t too far off with the feelings the colour has always generated for me.  Below are some fun facts for you to enjoy as well!  -Forest

Green Represents:
Harmony and balance: Green is the great balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies which is why there is so much green on our planet. Green is the heart centre of the body.
Growth: As in nature, green leaves are an indication the plant is still growing.
Hope: Green is the anticipation of things to come.

Effects of Green:
Rejuvenating: The color green revitalizes us when we are physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted.
Nurturing: Because of its link with the heart, green urges us to nurture others. Green is also nurturing to us – another reason why it is the most predominant colour on earth.
Dependable, agreeable and diplomatic: The color green helps us to see situations clearly from all sides.
Possessiveness: Green is a color that encourages us to want to own things and people, to collect and possess. Green encourages materialism.
Envy:Green with envy’ is a common phrase and a negative reaction to the color green.