October 14, 2019
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White

The Place of White in the Color Spectrum White is the color of milk and fresh snow, the color produced by the combination of all the colors of the visible spectrum. [5]  As a symbol, white is the opposite of black, and often represents light in contrast with darkness. According to surveys in Europe and the United States, white is the color most often associated with innocence, perfection, the good, ...

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Almond in Flower

The Place of Almond in the Vegetal World The almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus, Amygdalus communis, Amygdalus dulcis) is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. “Almond” is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. The word “almond” comes from Old French almande or alemande, Late Latin *amandula, derived through a form amygdala from the Greek ἀμυγδαλή (amygdalē) (cf. amygdala), an almond. Other related names of ...

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Diamond

The Place of Diamonds in Mineralogy In mineralogy, diamond is a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek αδάμας(adámas), “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable”, “untamed”, from ἀ- (a-), “un-” + δαμάω(damáō), “I overpower”, “I tame”.  Diamonds are thought to have been first recognized and mined in India, where significant alluvial deposits ...

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Primum Mobile

In classical, medieval, and Renaissance astronomy, the Primum Mobile (or “first moved”) was the outermost moving sphere in the geocentric model of the universe.[1] The concept was introduced by Ptolemy to account for the apparent daily motion of the heavens around the Earth, producing the east-to-west rising and setting of the sun and stars, and reached Western Europe via Avicenna.[2] The Ptolemaic system presented a view of the universe in which apparent motion was taken for real – a viewpoint still maintained in ...

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Four Holy Living Creatures

The Place of the Holy Creatures in the Heavenly Realms The living creatures, living beings, or Hayyoth (Hebrew חַיּוֹת chayot, from חַיּ chai, “live”) are a class of heavenly beings described in the prophet Ezekiel‘s vision of the heavenly chariot in the first and tenth chapters of the Book of Ezekiel. References to the creatures recur in texts of Second Temple Judaism, in rabbinical merkabah (“chariot”) literature, in the Book of Daniel, and in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. Ezekiel’s four living creatures ...

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Metatron

Significance of the Name ‘Metatron’ The angelic attribution for this Sephira is Metatron. [0] Metatron (Hebrew מטטרון) or Mattatron (a differentiation of Metatron) is an archangel in Judaism and in Christian folklore. According to Jewish medieval apocrypha, he is Enoch, ancestor of Noah, transformed into an angel. There are no references to Metatron as an angel in the Jewish Tanakh or Christian scriptures (Old and New Testament); however, Genesis 5:24 ...

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Ptah

Ptah’s Place in the Egyptian Pantheon In Egyptian mythology, the deity named Ptah (Egyptian: ptḥ) is the demiurge of Memphis, god of craftsmen and architects. In the triad of Memphis, he is the spouse of Sekhmet and the father of Nefertum. He was also regarded as the father of the sage Imhotep. The Greeks knew him as the god Hephaestus, and in this form Manetho made him the first king of ...

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Star Ruby

The Place of Star Ruby in the World of Gems and Precious Stones Asteria, or star stone (from Gr. star) is a name applied to ornamental stones that exhibit a luminous star when cut en cabochon. [5] Star Rubies are a rare variety of the gemstone Ruby. These magnificent gems display a sharp six-rayed star which seems to glide magically across the surface of the gem when the latter is moved. This ...

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Amaranth

The Place of Amaranth in the Vegetal Kingdom Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. They have catkin (cylindrical flower cluster) -like cymes of densely packed flowers that grows in summer or autumn. [3] Approximately 60 species are recognized, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple and red to green or gold. Members of this genus share many characteristics and uses with members ...

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Orchitic Musk

The Place of Orchitic Musk in the Vegetal World Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species.  More specifically to the point, Herminium monorchis, the musk orchid, is a commonly occurring species ...

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