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"Saraswati the divine Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Originally worshiped as the personification of the River Saraswati in northern India, she represented, of course fertility, abundance, and the life-giving flow of water, hence her name, which means "She who flows." Art and quote from Emily Balivet

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Alchemical Symbols C004/6980 Rights Managed Caption: Alchemical symbols on The Hand of Philosophy, from 1667. A salamander surrounded by flames can be seen on the palm. At the time, salamanders were thought to have mystical properties. Alchemy was the pseudo-scientific predecessor of chemistry. Among other pursuits, alchemists searched for formulas that would turn base metals into gold.

"Panacea, the Greek Goddess of healing, was the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. She was said to have a potion with which she healed the sick. This brought about the concept of the panacea in medicine, a substance meant to cure all diseases." At and quote from Emily Balivet

Eidyia The Ocean Goddess In Greek mythology, Eidyia is an Oceanid, one of the three thousand daughters of the Titans, Oceanus and Tethys. Her name was derived from the Greek word eidô, "to see" or "know." In the familial sense she probably personified the magical power of the eye, which in Greek superstition was the source of the witch's supernatural power. Art and quote by Emily Balivet

A group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns continue work on a sand mandala in the chapel at Wellesley College's Houghton Chapel 10/25/12. Ken McGagh/for Daily News and Wicked Local