BRILLIANT
Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.

Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth  (via thewaking)

Literally the most important thing you will read today.

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#staywoke

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naturally, ‘virile’ retains its original meaning

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When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.
Lemony Snicket (via dailydoseofbookssauce)
Anthony Perkins on the set of Psycho

Anthony Perkins on the set of Psycho

omgthatdress:

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Cristobal Balenciaga, 1953
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

omgthatdress:

Dress

Cristobal Balenciaga, 1953

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

omgthatdress:

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Halston, 1971
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

omgthatdress:

Dress

Halston, 1971

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Some may say the suit makes the man but in his case, Bowie makes the suit. He is simply class and elegance personified”
Jonathan Demme and Anthony Hopkins on the set of  The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme and Anthony Hopkins on the set of The Silence of the Lambs

I need a pair of not-chunky boots that I won’t be able to walk through in a couple of months, suggestions?