Tyrtylius' records

Half-halfling, half-elf wizard of the geomancer variety.

Faithfull scribe of the Noldor Calastir, Dark Lord of the Phallic Symbols. Currently living in his tower, trying to manage his household and estate while he searches for a cure for old age for his somnostatic human wife, the warpriestess Zena.


alchemy, anatomy, astronomy, geography, mathematics, herbology, maps, mycology, language, script, technology,


history, History of Europe, History of Africa, history of America


mythology, mesopotamian mythology, egyptian mythology, greek mythology, celtic mythology, norse mythology, japanese mythology, west-african mythology, gods, mythical creature,

Magic, folklore and ritual

magic, shamanism, curses, runes, tarot,folklore,magical plant, wizards workshop

Arts and crafts

theater, manuscript, illumination, sculpture, jewelry


Goddess Demeter


Lugh is often perceived as a sacrificial God of rebirth, representing the cycle of agriculture — a John Barleycorn-like figure who is sown, grows and harvested; some of the grain is prepared as bread, some stored, to begin the cycle all over again.

Ancient Egyptian harvest scene, from the tomb of Sennedjem and Iy-Neferti.

Scanned from ‘7000 jaar wereldgeschiedenis: De oude Grieken’  by Lecturama.


Reaping, gleaning, and harvesting c.1180 from the Fécamp Psalter


As we are slowly (or rapidly, in my case) approaching autumn, here’s a reminder from the Breviarium Grimani, an illuminated manuscript from c. 1510 by Gerard Horenbout & Simon Bening, of the beauty of the upcoming season.


fortune teller sign 


ॐ The Hippie Treehouse 

(via themagicfarawayttree)


Chrome Palmistry Hand

'Zodiac Horse' from 'Obras de Albeyteria..' by Martín Arredondo, 1704.

Source: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.nl/2006/08/equus.html

for more pictures like this and some interesting background info, see also: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/horse/gallery.html


"The Anatomy of Man’s Body, As Governed By The Twelve Constellations" by Robert Fludd 

Van Limbourg brothers (ca. 1385–1416)
Page from the ‘Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry’
 L’Homme anatomique / L’Homme zodiacal (Anatomical Man / Zodiac man)

source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anatomical_Man.jpg

This is one of the most beautiful examples of a zodiac man.

Medical astrology (traditionally known as Iatromathematics) is an ancient medical system that associates various parts of the body, diseases, and drugs as under the influence of the sun, moon, and planets, along with the twelve astrological signs.

Medical astrology posits the association of each sign of the zodiac with parts of the body, and was already mentioned by Marcus Manilius (1st century AD) in his epic poem (8000 verses) Astronomica. The signs of the zodiac were believed to preside over the parts of the body, covering the body from head  to toe, as follows:

  • Aries - head, face, brain, eyes
  • Taurus - throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract
  • Gemini - arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system, brain
  • Cancer - chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal
  • Leo - heart, chest, spine, spinal column, upper back
  • Virgo - digestive system, intestines, spleen, nervous system
  • Libra - kidneys, skin, lumbar region, buttocks
  • Scorpio - reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system
  • Sagittarius - hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve
  • Capricorn - knees, joints, skeletal system
  • Aquarius - ankles, calves, circulatory system
  • Pisces - feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue

After examining an individual’s natal chart, a medical astrologer may give advice to the client about the areas of the body in which they are most likely to experience trouble. For instance, an individual with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or many planets in the sign of Aries is presumed to have more headaches than other people because of the association of Aries with the head. A person with Taurus strong in the natal chart is predicted to have many sore throats and problems with the voice because of the Taurean association with that particular part of the body.



Zodiac Man, 15th century

(via medieval)


The Beauty of Math in Science - Lissajous Curve

Lissajous curve, also known as Lissajous figure or Bowditch curve, is the graph of a system of parametric equations: x = A.sin(a.t + δ) and y = B.cos(bt)
The appearance of the figure is highly sensitive to the ratio a/b - Image 3 (3/2, 3/4 and 5/4). For a ratio of 1, the figure is an ellipse, with special cases including circles (A = B, δ = π/2 radians) and lines (δ = 0). Another simple Lissajous figure is the parabola (a/b = 2, δ = π/4). Other ratios produce more complicated curves, which are closed only if a/b is rational. The visual form of these curves is often suggestive of a three-dimensional knot, and indeed many kinds of knots, including those known as Lissajous knots, project to the plane as Lissajous figures.

Visually, the ratio a/b determines the number of “lobes” of the figure. For example, a ratio of 3/1 or 1/3 produces a figure with three major lobes (see image).  The ratio A/B determines the relative width-to-height ratio of the curve. For example, a ratio of 2/1 produces a figure that is twice as wide as it is high. Finally, the value of δ determines the apparent “rotation” angle of the figure, viewed as if it were actually a three-dimensional curve. For example, δ=0 produces x and y components that are exactly in phase, so the resulting figure appears as an apparent three-dimensional figure viewed from straight on (0°). In contrast, any non-zero δ produces a figure that appears to be rotated, either as a left/right or an up/down rotation (depending on the ratio a/b).

See more at source: Lissajous curve.

Images: 3D Lissajous curve - Lissajous curve - How to Make a Three-Pendulum Rotary Harmonograph by Karl Sims.

(via thenewenlightenmentage)


A  Bézier curve is a mathematically defined curve used in computer graphics and similar applications. The curve is defined by four points: the initial position and the terminating position (which are called “anchors”) and two separate middle points (which are called “handles”). The shape of a Bézier curve can be altered by moving the handles.

The mathematical method for drawing curves was created by Pierre Bézier in the late 1960’s for the manufacturing of automobiles at Renault.

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Many Different Ways of Obtaining an Ellipse

In mathematics, an ellipse is a curve on a plane surrounding two focal points such that a straight line drawn from one of the focal points to any point on the curve and then back to the other focal point has the same length for every point on the curve. As such, it is a generalization of a circle which is a special type of an ellipse that has both focal points at the same location. The shape of an ellipse (how ‘elongated’ it is) is represented by its eccentricity which for an ellipse can be any number from 0 (the limiting case of a circle) to arbitrarily close to but less than 1.

There are many different ways of forming an ellipse. Above are a few examples!

In order:

  1. An animation of the Trammel of Archimides.
  2. An animation of Van Schooten’s Ellipse.
  3. An ellipse as a special case of a hypotrochoid.
  4. Matt Henderson’s animation of a curve surrounding two foci.

Can you think of other ways of forming an ellipse (there’s a really obvious method that isn’t listed above…)?

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