Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Through the doorways of lions

Turning this doorknob leads you into a French restaurant in Ketchum, Idaho. A lion's head doorknob in Montmartre, Paris allows you to enter the Sacre Coeur.

The town hall in Gottingen, Germany has a lion's head doorknob dating from the 1300s. And the imagination of C.S. Lewis, who wrote The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, may have been inspired by the lion's head doorknob on the entry of his grandfather's rectory.

Leo, Latin for lion, is a constellation of the zodiac. Leo lies between Cancer to the west and Virgo to the east. This constellation contains many bright stars, such as Regulus, the lion’s heart; Denebola; and Leonis. In astrology, the sign of Leo rules the heart and spine. In the symbolism of alchemy, Leo signified the absorption or assimilation of one substance by another.

Speaking of constellations, this new image came in from the Hubble Telescope -- the Antennae galaxies. These two galaxies appear to have been in a cosmic collision, which astronomers say has birthed millions of stars--perhaps our sun is one of the offspring?

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