Before me there were none

and after me there shall be no more!

Sail into the dream of new worlds!

~ The Ancient Librarian

Port_Scene_with_the_Embarkation_of_Saint_Ursula_1641The eternal vox of Ireland’s Lisa Gerrard and composer Patrick Cassidy, merging as if every instrument in the ethers integrated into one enormous celestial storm of orchestral myth.  The composition, Sailing to Byzantium was inspired by the poet William Butler Yeats’ poem by the same title.

Yeats wrote the poem in 1926, at the age of around 60. It is definitive of the agony of lost youth, an abyss of pain and inevitability of old age, societal insignificance, and the spiritual and imaginative inner work necessary to remain vital.

Byzantium was an ancient Greek city that later become Constantinople. It was the center of European civilization and the source of its spiritual philosophy. Therefore, Yeats symbolized a metaphorical journey for the spiritual life by a man pursuing his visual quest of eternal life, and the conception of paradise by sailing to the Holy City of Byzantium. Byzantium is now Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.

astral_voyage-1Astral Voyage ~ Art Image by Josephine Wall ~ http://www.josephinewall.co.uk

Sailing to Byzantium

That is no country for old men.  The young

In one another’s arms, birds in the trees

– Those dying generations—at their song,

The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,

Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long

Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.

Caught in that sensual music all neglect

Monuments of unaging intellect.

An aged man is but a paltry thing,

A tattered coat upon a stick, unless

Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing

For every tatter in its mortal dress,

Nor is there singing school but studying

Monuments of its own magnificence;

And therefore I have sailed the seas and come

To the holy city of Byzantium.

O sages standing in God’s holy fire

As in the gold mosaic of a wall,

Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,

And be the singing-masters of my soul.

Consume my heart away; sick with desire

And fastened to a dying animal

It knows not what it is; and gather me

Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take

My bodily form from any natural thing,

But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make

Of hammered gold and gold enameling

To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;

Or set upon a golden bough to sing

To lords and ladies of Byzantium

Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

Sailing to Byzantium ~ Lisa Gerrard and Patrick Cassidy (Album: Immortal Memory)




The Charioteer, an armored warrior riding his bronze chariot, triumphantly wearing a breastplate of unwavering confidence, willpower, assertive and concentrated goals, is ready to emerge from the shackles of restrictions.

The Charioteer is victorious, and a driving force, who has mastered the use of focused intention to overcome obstacles of distractions and defeat opposition.

The Charioteer is a conqueror, on a mission, and with discipline, determination, self-mastery and control, has assumed the reins of power to harness the energy of exploration and conquest.

The Chariot is associated with Cancer in the tarot.


Enter the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus,

and create your Epic!

“Great Jupiter, I kneel before you

in humility to honor and give thanks

for the elixir of the Gods to create

the best and greatest magnum opus”

~The Ancient Librarian


Joseph Michael Gandy~Jupiter Pluvius

Music entitled “Epic” from the Video Game – Total War by Jeff Van Dyck


art-wallpapers-fantasy-collection-dehong-photography-popular-pictures-tonyx-photocombo-best-191231HAPPY NEW YEAR!

th-8It’s 2013, a new year to dream, imagine, and let go of fear of adventure to voyage into the eye of the storm.  Allow a flood of wisdom to summon legions of invisible helpers to fight your stormy battles, and weave abundance into your life.

Light a candle and ride the Eternal OM of Universal goodness and mercy.  Rejoice and expect a new beginning.


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Evelyn de Morgan: Spirits of the Storm



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The hustle and bustle of a thriving Empire.

Are you thriving, and celebrating the fertility dance of Cornucopia?


Athena, Mighty Olympian and Guardian of Historia!

Grant us the ability to glimpse into the realm of ethereal wisdom and retrieve the sceptre of divine truth to rule over the imperial shrine of the spiritus!

~The Ancient Librarian

The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library.  He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


In classical myth, Altis was the sacred sanctuary of Olympia, and monumental site for Greek heroes, and the ancient games.  The first Olympic Games were held every four years in honor of Zeus, and date back to 776 B.C.


Various myths have been written about the foundation of the ancient Olympics.  One myth states that Hercules founded the first games, but the myth of King Pelops’ victory against Oenomaus in a chariot race is an alternative.

NIKE:  The Divine Charioteer

NIKE, the Winged Goddess of Victory, Speed, and Strength is personified in a bronze chariot, guided by four horses.  She holds a staff graced by a magnificent bird, or a flaming torch.

The ancient games showcased many events, but Chariot racing was held at the hippodrome, a Greek stadium for chariot racing, and was a major event in honor of the Goddess Nike.


When the Titans and Olympians declared war, Nike was among Zeus’ allies, and she assumed the role of divine charioteer.  Her participation in the battle signified a symbol of “victory,” which included competitions, military, and athletics.

Let us honor the first Olympians for bravery, perseverance, strength, victory, and speed.

O’ Mighty Nike

We petition your wisdom and favor

to guide our chariots steady, and straightforward

with divine and valiant speed, toward victory,

triumph, trophies and medallions




Mercury is retrograde!  Find time to repaint the illusions of your story.

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