Better Red than Dead!
Red, perhaps the first color our eyes perceive.
It is said that people suffering from temporary color-blindness for whatever reason start to perceive red before they can discern any other color.
Red simply screams at us, demanding our attention. It may be the force of our collective human history, culture or genetics; we are dangerously attracted to this paradoxical, double-edged color which evokes an avalanche of emotions; Infra-red radiation produces a warm and pleasant healing effect; while the color red triggers aggression and violence. Red is the color of emotional outbursts, shyness, shame and anger all color our faces deep crimson. Red is blood, bravery, valor and courage. Ancient warriors painted their axes and spear-catapults red to endow their weapons with magic powers, a custom still followed by some Australian aborigines of today. Neolithic hunters and Germanic warriors even painted their bodies in the blood of slain animals, while Roman gladiators drank blood of their dying adversaries to take over their strength.
Red painted amulets or red gems, such as rubies or garnets, were used as charms against the evil eye and to bring about invincibility. Red bed-clothes were customary in Germany up to the Middle Ages as protection against "red illnesses", such as fever, rashes or even miscarriages
Yet red is also the symbol of love and fidelity. Greek mythology tells us that red roses, dedicated to the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, were born from Adonis' blood when he was killed by a wild boar on a hunt. Red garlands and red scarves were part of wedding ceremonies in many cultures. Roman brides were wrapped in a fiery red veil, called the flammeum (Latin for flame-colored), supposedly warranting love and fertility. Greek, Albanian and Armenian brides wear red veils even today, and the Russian word for red (krassnyj) and beautiful (krassivyj) are curiously similar.
Red is also the color of lust, arguably the other face of love. Red is stimulating, appetizing and evokes erotic feelings. It is fire and passion; the sign of "fallen" women and the satisfaction of sexual yearnings which can be found in red light districts.
Red; drawing amazing images in our head. Danger, love, fidelity, lust, courage, ecstasy, protection and much more I'm sure. Images which seem contradictory yet are all somehow connected.
A magical color, sometimes red spells danger and sometimes red announces the mating season - perhaps not only in the animal kingdom (has anyone read The Naked Ape, by Desmond Morris?)
My specialty is chokers. My concept: painting with beads. With semiprecious stones, Venetian style, lamp, & faceted crystals/beads, I create limited edition pieces. After spending much time studying beads & bead history, I discovered that glass beads have an auspicious background just like diamonds, pearls, & semiprecious stones. Inspired by this & by many pleasures in life, I design individual chokers that each have a name, a character, a story.
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Astrology Signs and Planets Reveal Who You Are
But people are starting to take a new look at astrology.The well-known astronomer/astrophysicist, Dr.
ARTHUR KOESTLER:Humanitarian, historian and scientist are just a few of the labels associated with this most excellent man of letters. Here is a quote from his book The Act of Creation.
Saturn: Your Challenge to Become An Expert
The true meaning of Saturn is that he is the teacher of the deeper lessons of life. Therefore, what he demands is that you learn your life lessons so well that you will never forget them.
When We Was Kids In Chicago (Part 2)
From an early age my Mother sent me to the schools, she thought, would do the best for my education. Whether or not, my Father agreed, mattered little.
ZORRO:Timon of Athens. But most often they wrote in code or refused to write at all.
A decade that stands out above the rest of our world's history as a time of revolutionary changes from all over the globe - changes that even effected outer space. There was unprecedented levels of sexual freedom celebrated among the world's youth, and teenagers around the world revolted against the generations before them.
Books on Horsemanship - Xenophon Had it Right
Xenophon was a 4th Century BC Greek cavalry officer and military hero, student of Socrates, historian, author, and expert on horsemanship - a man of many talents. His horsemanship writings addressed the proper care of the horse, how to choose a horse, and the training of the war horse.
A Hidden Oriental Jewel: 100% Chinese Hand-Made Silk Embroidery
IntroductionDo you know what "silk embroidery is? Do you know what it looks like? Many people I come across in the U.S.
Elvis Presley, Lifting Off
He seems to live forever. A network television movie about his life is scheduled for 2005.
The Trafalgar Way - Devon Remembers the Battle of Trafalgar
During the third week of August 2005 the Trafalgar Way was officially inaugurated in Devon to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.The Lorna Doone, an original North Devon stagecoach visited inns and hostels along the full length of what is now know as the Trafalgar Way in Devon.
Original Tribal masks are often seen by unknowing eyes as art objects in themselves. That is not the case, unless of course they are modern copies.
OM to Ogham
Plato observed that the advent of an alphabet making writing efficient for average people actually lead to less knowledge or disciplined communication. We need not blame the Phoenicians for this because people really could benefit from writing.
Family, Incest, and Law
Family Values in Ancient Times:Many people of the present make some very grave and disturbing assumptions about prior unethical behaviour by humans. My theories may be biased and overly appreciative of a time before Empire and there is less data due to the destructive power of Empire and the hegemony to go on.
Authenticity Of Vastu (Science of Indian architecture)
Vastu is one of the most ancient sciences of Indian architecture and is composed of specific rules, regulations and directions, set down by sages of the vedic times. For the modern society it is the highly evolved, comprehensive building philosophy.
Hip-hop Jewelry and Todays Stars
Watch any of the major movie, television, and music award shows on television today and one of the first things you'll notice about the celebrities on the red carpet, aside from their extravagant (and sometimes outlandish) attire, are the amount and size of the jewelry they are wearing. Hip-hop jewelry, more commonly known as bling-bling, is definitely not understated fashion.
Gymnastics History - A Brief Overview
Gymnastics, as an activity, has been around for more thantwo thousand years in one form or another, from the ancientGreek Olympics, to Roman ceremony, to today's modern meets.As an organized and truly competitive sport, gymnasticshas existed for a little more than a century.
Mexican Living: So You Want To Expatriate?
Expatriate wannebees often ask us how we managed our expatriation to Guanajuato, Mexico. They want to know how we overcame the seemingly overwhelming logistics of deciding where to live, if it's affordable, if there is reasonable medical care, how to find housing, can Americans find work, what about visas, and will the culture shock be too great to handle?All of these questions are legitimate and answers are obtainable if you are willing to do the homework.
Precious Stones v.s. Semi-Precious Stones
Stones have been worn by both women and men since prehistoric times. Just as in the jewelry of modern times, beautiful stones, rare and colorful, are most often the dominant feature of a piece with a metallic setting for ornamentation.
Understanding Astrological Predictions
Opinions about astrological prediction are generally divided: "Mysterious! Magical!", say some; "Nonsense!", reply others. In fact, both views are based on a misunderstanding of the nature of how astrology really "works".
The Origin of Americas Corporate Elite (BC)
Ephesus had a shrine to the Anatolian mother-goddess and the Cretan Lady of Wild Things that was later incorporated into the Greek worship of Artemis. (33) This magnificent statue has many 'cosmic eggs' on it that are extremely relevant to the Berber painting of ostrich eggs that are found in the Saharan finds mentioned in Carthage as well as connected to the Druid's eggs.
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