‘It’s more blessed to give than to take…’

‘It’s more blessed to give than to take…’

People that live in Western countries tend to believe in the concept of ‘cycle of kindness,’ while people living in Eastern countries believe in the ‘Causal Principle’ – they share the belief that when someone ...

The red string of destiny: true love is predetermined

The red string of destiny: true love is predetermined

It was the ancient sages’ belief that every human being’s life and fate had already been pre-arranged in a divine realm, intangible and invisible to the human eye. They understood that every single event that ...

Vestal Virgins: The pious maidens of ancient Rome

Vestal Virgins: The pious maidens of ancient Rome

In the Res Gestae Divi Augustus (‘The Deeds of the Divine Augustus’), Augustus demonstrates his piety by stating that he was a member of all four major priesthoods in Rome – the Pontifices, Augures, Quindecemviri and Septemviri. ...

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year.  But there is nothing new about New Year’s.  In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the beginning of ...