Every Elixir

Sammi/21/Midwest USA.

I am a lover of all things artful and smart, diverse and raw. I feel, think, love, and live intensely. I have sometimes been destroyed by my tendency to over-commit, but I value nothing more than this violently passionate, unendingly tragic, and unfashionably complex manner of existence.
I will one day be free from my own faults and insecurities, but until then I will collect what moves me to break into such independence through this blog. Things seen here are not mine unless I say otherwise. What you see is my way of chronicling this untitled journey, nothing more. nothing less.
climacus:

Max Beckmann (Leipzig 1884 - New York City 1950); Odysseus und Kalypso, 1943; oil on canvas, 115.5 x 150 cm; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

climacus:

Max Beckmann (Leipzig 1884 - New York City 1950); Odysseus und Kalypso, 1943; oil on canvas, 115.5 x 150 cm; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Nature comes up with surprises that far exceed those that the human imagination can generate.

Lawrence Krauss, A Universe From Nothing (via whats-out-there)

cimmerianweathers:

Cupid and Psyche, Orazio Gentileschi, 17th century. Oil on canvas.

cimmerianweathers:

Cupid and Psyche, Orazio Gentileschi, 17th century. Oil on canvas.

Perhaps the most wrenching by-product of the scientific revolution has been to render untenable many of our most cherished and comforting beliefs…But I see the emergence in our consciousness of a Universe of a magnificence, and an intricate, elegant order far beyond anything our ancestors imagined.

Carl Sagan (via whats-out-there)

shrinemaidens:

MYTHIC POETRY series:

Author of the law’s delays, you who as talisman and totem still wear the aegis, baleful with Medusa’s scowl (though shrunken and self-mummified, a Gorgon still).

"Athena" — Amy Clampitt

shall the water not remember my hand’s slow gesture, tracing above its mirror my half imaginary portrait?

(Source: facina-oris)

indigenousdialogues:

"The Alkonost is, according to Russian mythos and folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. It makes sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again.She lives in the underworld with her counterpart the Sirin.The alkonost lays her eggs on a beach and then rolls them into the sea. When the alkonost’s eggs hatch, a thunderstorm sets in and the sea becomes so rough that it is untravelable. The name of the alkonost came from a Greek demigoddess whose name was Alcyone. In Greek mythology, Alcyone was transformed by the gods into a kingfisher.

Source: A Polar Bear’s Tale / Image: Birds of Joy and Sorrow [Sirin (left) and Alkonost (right)] by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848–1926)

slythaerin:

mythology meme - achilles, the greek war hero
whose wrath had burnt so bright, that the gods themselves descended.

vassilias:

MYTHOLOGY MEME  |  [1/9] GREEK GODS & GODDESSES » THE FURIES ( ERINYES )

The Furies, otherwise known as the Erinyes were the cruel underworld goddesses of vengeance and retribution. The three sisters consisted of Alecto (the angry), Megara (the grudging), and Tisiphone (the avenging) and were wards of the god Hades where they dwelled in the underworld. In some versions they are said to have been created by the blood of the titan Uranus while other versions praise them as daughter of the goddess Nyx, the goddess of the night. The sisters served as persecutors against crimes such as murder (especially within one’s own family), disrespect, perjury, and injustice and they drew great joy from the punishment which they gave to others. They were said to be of a ghastly and frightful sight, with poisonous blood in their veins, serpents snaking through their hair and bat-like wings The wrath of the Furies would follow any who would dare to commit crimes, and in the old days, people held this truth against their conscience as the furies would punish their victims by driving them into an unrelenting insanity.