Ancient word of the day: Athene Noctua or Athena's Owl

Ancient word of the day: Athene Noctua or Athena’s Owl

The Greek goddess Athena had as her sacred animal familiar the owl, also known as the Athene Noctua in Latin. The Romans, fond as they were of stealing from the Greek pantheon, renamed Athena to Minerva. Athena and her owl are considered to be symbols of wisdom, in both cultures. Silver tetradrachm coin at the…

Sky-level beauty: Hawaii from above

Hawaii’s volcanic spectacle and Pele the Fire Goddess

This sky-level satellite image above shows how most of Puna is covered in a lush green canopy, with some visible lava flows in the District of Puna. Puna is one of the smaller islands in the American states of Hawaii. At around 1,300km2 Puna is slightly smaller than the island of Kaua.  It's subtropical climate and…

The sacred feminine: The art of Chie Yoshii

Chie Yoshii's oil paintings explore timeless psychological themes and the inner landscape of women's experiences. There's a hint of luminosity to her panels that's reminiscent of traditional Flemish paintings, although also a pagan symbolism and a dark sensuality to them as well. Born in Kochi, Japan, Chie Yoshii moved to the US to complete a BFA at Massachusetts…