STL 1St. Lorenz: One of the most important medieval churches, situated in Nuremburg, Bavaria. While building began in 1270, the structure took more than 200 years to complete; its intricate design and Gothic traceries over the arched doorway depict heavenly, biblical themes of redemption – from the sins of Adam and Eve, to the ultimate atonement of God’s Final Judgement.

While bombings during the Second World War left St. Lorenz badly damaged, much of its interior remains in its original resplendence; decorated with intricate carvings and stained glass dated from the 14th century.

TZA 1Tzarina: The wife or widow of a Russian Czar.

Salamander: A small, elemental lizard, capable of regenerating its limbs; many myths and legends believe it to be born and live most of its life shrouded in fire – some even insist that the heavily stoked furnaces of the glass-blowers brought about their creation. Rosicrucians – a German medieval society of mystics – long thought the salamander to be one symbol of the prima materia; a potent alchemical process, allowing the substance under transformation to better give up its secret fire. In tarot, the symbol of the salamander can be used to signify pure, primal energy and the power of transformation.

ET 1Teach, Edward: The fearsome, archetypal pirate more commonly known as Blackbeard. Operating throughout the waters of the Caribbean Sea during the 18th century, he ruthlessly plundered merchant ships and fought fierce, running battles with the British navy.

Legend suggests that he also wore lit matches tied into his beard, the better to intimidate enemies. His reputation as a bloodthirsty pillager is well documented throughout history, and Teach happily revelled in his reputation as a barbarian. Although he accepted a pardon and eventually retired from piracy, his end came at the hands of Robert Maynard and his men; while fighting the Lieutenant, a naval soldier slit Blackbeard’s throat, severing his head – which hung from the bowspirit of the Adventure thereafter.

THE 1Theomachia: The battle of mortal man against the gods, or even the gods amongst themselves.

SEPH 1Sephiroth: Hebrew for ‘enumerations’. The ten emanations in Kabbalah, believed to be God’s methods of revealing himself and creating the physical realms of consciousness. It is believed that the sephiroth describe the spiritual lives of mortal men, as well as creating a connection between the human soul and the unknown Divine.

Though configurations differ between schools of teaching, the sephiroth is usually divided into three sephirah;Divine Will above all others; conscious Divine Intellect, and secondary-conscious Divine Emotions. Keter (crown), part of the Divine Will, indicates an unconscious mediation between God and the other. Chochmah (wisdom) and Binah (understanding) become part of the conscious Divine Intellect, while Chesed (kindness), Gevurah (severity), Tiferet (beauty), Netzach (victory), Hod (glory), Yesod (foundation), and Malchut (kingship) are believed to be the primary, compassionate attributes of the Divine Emotions. Through the sephiroth, Kabbalists wish to harness their inner motivational force and understand the role they take in service to God.

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