A day to celebrate love! And after thinking about it a bit, it becomes obvious how unfair it is to keep it only for a significant other.
There’s love in all friendships and that is something to celebrate in itself! Specially as sadly, there are cases where the love from a friend is greater and more genuine than the love of a spouse or partner with whom people stay in regard to circumstances.
Go forward and celebrate love! Just make sure you’re clear about celebrating friendship-love, just to avoid misunderstandings and awkward replies…
A new Lunar Year has started on the 25th January and celebrations will go on until the 8th of February- it’s the (Metal) Rat Year bringing stability and longevity.
This means that besides having the beginning of the new year of 2020, it’s also the beginning of a new decade and even more exciting, it’s the beginning of a new cycle of the 12-year zodiac signs!
The beginning of this new cycle is believed to bring a new wave of new opportunities and chances for each person to make responsible choices that can turn unfortunate or less favourable situations into productive and pleasant factors.
With renewed strength and determination, let’s grab this ship’s wheel and steer it safely into new beginnings with better endings!
This time it’s the linework behind the “Sol Invictus” piece, which in Latin means “unconquered” and “undefeated”, referring to a Sun god worshipped in the late Roman Empire as a patron to soldiers.
As per usual, let us bring you deeper into the meanings of the elements!
Since he is a Sun god, we chose themes that we feel that speak for the entity: sun, victory and fire.
The halo around him represents the sun rays basking the common mortal in its warmth and light, the laurel leaves and laurel motif on his belt represent victory, as his name prompts us. The circle floating over his hand is the alchemical symbol for the sun and the symbol at the center of his belt is an adaptation of the representation of the Manipura chakra, the third primary chakra according to Vedic tradition (associated with fire). On his chest the gemstone is a Sunstone, which instils good nature, heightens intuition and allows the real self to shine though happily.
Finally the sunflowers, known to turn to the sun are all facing him, as they represent adoration, loyalty and longevity.
If you enjoyed the lines, please check out the full coloured version, if you haven’t yet!
Perchta, Berchte, Berta among other names. In modern days is a totem for the righteous. “Rewarder of the generous and punisher of the bad, particularly lying children.”
Very well, “Winter Witch Season” can be overly dramatizing but it is a fact that until the 6th of January, in various parts of the world there were celebrations related to winter witches and goddesses.
While some of these witches were nice others were very admonishing, but most did call to your best behaviour. They protected the weak -and children’s souls who passed away among other traits- and maybe more importantly for the lucky ones, deliverers of good fortune and blessings. Unless you decided to stick to bad deeds and stepping out of your way to forsaken their specific rituals of the season.
Some entities would not be as forgiving, as among the benevolent ones there would be some like Berchta or Perchta – a goddess of Alpine paganism from the upper parts of the Alps- whose punishment could be somewhat absolute, as it involved having your stomach open, your insides pulled out and replaced with straw and pebbles…
Naughty or nice had a whole different kind of pressure. Quite an incentive to do good instead!
There was a Sun god in the late Roman Empire, patron to soldiers, whose ritual was celebrated on the 25th December.
With the imagery of fire and light, we decided to portray Sol Invictus (latin for unconquered/undefeated Sun) so you can feel how he shines upon you, in hopes that you find the strength to work towards your Great Work, your Magnum Opus, your better self.
Introspect as much as you can and need, find what drives you and what you can do with your current situation and try to avoid being discouraged. But also, don’t blame others if they can’t support or walk with you because everyone is on their own stage of one’s path.
We wish you all the energy and drive needed to thrive and reach your better version and for those you wish well.
★StarTwo wishes you a Happy New Year 2020, everyone!★