Book review: “How to Survive in Ancient Rome” by LJ Trafford

“How to Survive in Ancient Rome” is a humorous yet enlightening, and certainly gruesome at times, look into ancient history. The time period mainly covers the Roman Empire. The book is divided into chapters that cover one topic at a time — housing, clothing, diet, religion, politics, etc. It basically serves as a how-to guideContinue reading “Book review: “How to Survive in Ancient Rome” by LJ Trafford”

Book review: “Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire”

“Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire” by Bettany Hughes is a nonfiction look into the history of Venus-Aphrodite. The goddess of love, known in Greek as “Aphrodite” and in Rome, as well as more commonly in today’s western society, “Venus,” has always had an impact on humanity. But she is far more thanContinue reading “Book review: “Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire””

Egyptian Astrology | What’s Your Egyptian Zodiac Sign?

Egyptian Astrology is similar to (mainstream) Tropical or Vedic astrology, based on twelve different zodiac signs. However, they are based on specific gods and goddesses from ancient Egyptian mythology. Alongside, the date range is slightly different. Nile January 1–7, June 19–28, September 1–7, November 18–26 This is the only zodiac not based on a deity,Continue reading “Egyptian Astrology | What’s Your Egyptian Zodiac Sign?”

Amen (Amun) the Egyptian Sun God

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Amen (also known as Amun or Amon) is the sun god. He can be compared to the Greek equivalent of Zeus. Known as “king of the gods” and equated to the sun, Amen is immensely powerful. He is often depicted as a ram, representing leadership and confidence. His name is translatedContinue reading “Amen (Amun) the Egyptian Sun God”

Mystical Life of Pythagoras

Lots of mystery surrounds ancient philosopher Pythagoras. In modern times, we best know him from math class by the “Pythagorean theorem” — yet his legacy is far more mystical than what we were taught in school. Existing around 500 BC, there are limited reliable sources on his life, and some conflicting claims. Yet due toContinue reading “Mystical Life of Pythagoras”

A brief retelling of “Aida”

“Aida” (pronounced like eye-YEE-duh) originally began as an Italian opera from 1871. It was later adapted as a movie in 1953, starring Sophia Loren, in which the actors lip-synced opera recordings. Later, in 1998, the plot line was used as a musical in NYC, with music written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Setting &Continue reading “A brief retelling of “Aida””

Neo-paganism vs. Paganism (What is it?)

The meaning of “paganism” is highly misunderstood — it has changed throughout time, and to this day still remains unclear to many. “Pagan” used to be a derogatory term Paganism, today, refers to ancient religions that revolved around polytheism and the interconnectedness of nature. But long, long ago, while these ancient practices were set inContinue reading “Neo-paganism vs. Paganism (What is it?)”

Mythology ~ Persephone (and Hades)

Persephone is an ancient Greek goddess — who’s name is pronounced like purr-seff-uh-nee (rhymes with Stephanie.) The energy surrounding Persephone is very dark, gothic, and almost gloomy. Yet ironically, she is associated with springtime and fertility. Representing death and rebirth, Persephone draws many parallels to the goddesses Isis and Kali. Persephone is the daughter ofContinue reading “Mythology ~ Persephone (and Hades)”

Mythology ~ The Golden Age & Cyclical Time

Greek Mythology: Ages of Man Greek mythology says that humans have gone through five stages of existence. It started out with the Golden Age. This was a time of absolute joy. It was always spring, as the weather never changed and seasons didn’t exist. The sun was always shining and providing sufficient warmth. Everyone wouldContinue reading “Mythology ~ The Golden Age & Cyclical Time”

Halloween Recipe ~ Irish Griddle Cakes

The history of pancakes can be traced back to over 30,000 years ago, during the stone age! The ancient Greeks and Romans truly enjoyed their pancakes, which have also been connected to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas — all over the world! Pancakes are not only tasty, but connect us with all cultures from theContinue reading “Halloween Recipe ~ Irish Griddle Cakes”