"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
- Roy Batty, Blade Runner (1982)
Patronus is the most famous (and famously difficult) defensive charm. The aim is to produce a silvery-white guardian or protector, which takes the form of an animal. The exact form of the Patronus will not be apparent until the spell has been successfully cast. One of the most powerful defensive charms known to wizardkind, the Patronus can also be used as a messenger between wizards. As a pure, protective magical concentration of happiness and hope (the recollection of a single talisman memory is essential in its creation) it is the only spell effective against Dementors.
Look at this stone - To whom it belonged? To whom it now belongs? To whomever will it ever belong?
"Tattoos transmit a vast body of information about who we are, where we came from, our desires and fears and who we aspire to be."
- Lars Krutak
TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS
When I got home from time abroad, she looked at me With eyes as if to say Just take care of business
- Alex Cameron, Jumping the Shark (2013)
MIX AND MATCH
- various portraits -
LASCIA CH'IO PIANGA
Lascia ch'io pianga / Let me weep over mia cruda sorte, / my cruel fate, e che sospiri / and let me sigh for la libertà. / liberty.
Il duolo infranga / May sorrow shatter queste ritorte, / these chains, de' miei martiri / for my torments sol per pietà. / just out of pity.
- Giacomo Rossi for opera Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel (1711)
Psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious.
Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young In a world of magnets and miracles Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary The ringing of the division bell had begun
- Pink Floyd, The Division Bell (1994)
Ourea were the primordial gods of the mountains. Each mountain was believed to have its own ancient deity. Mountains were depicted in classical art as old, bearded men partially emerged from between a pair of crags.
LIFE ON MARS
Womb is the organ in the lower body of a woman or female mammal where offspring are conceived and in which they gestate before birth.
In 400 B.C., the Greek philosopher Hippocrates theorized that the human body contained four major fluids: blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm. A human grew sick when these fluids were out of balance in their body. An excess of black bile would cause someone to become despondent and fearful. The Greeks call this condition melancholia. It became the first term used for depression and the first way it was ever studied or diagnosed.
Equilibrium is the condition of a system in which all competing influences are balanced.
"For the dead travel fast."
- Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
Lucia was an Italian girl, born in Sicily in the 3rd century A.D. It was a time when the Romans were persecuting Christians, and Lucia's family was Christian. When her father died, Lucia vowed to remain unmarried and to serve God, but since she didn't tell anyone about this vow, her widowed mother went ahead and promised her in marriage to a suitor who was not a Christian. Lucia said no thanks, I'd rather be an old maid, and she proceeded to give her dowry away to the poor. The young man's pride was severely injured, so he reported Lucia to the Roman authorities and she was tried and convicted of being a Christian. The judge decided that a suitable punishment for a woman who wanted to remain chaste was to be sold into slavery - to a brothel. But when the soldiers came to take her away, they were unable to move her! Rather than being awed by this, they proceeded to pour oil over her and set her on fire. The oil burned - Lucia did not! Still unimpressed, the soldiers beat and tortured her and tried to get her to deny her Christian faith, but she refused. So they stuck a sword into her throat and that did kill her. She died a martyr's death on December 13, 304 A.D. For her faithfulness, she was made a saint.
It's no place like home.
All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players They have their exits and their entrances And one man in his time plays many parts
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It (1599)
Detail is any small section of a larger structure.