In Greek mythology, Atlas was a leader of the Titans. After their defeat in their war against Zeus and the Olympians, Atlas was condemned to carry the heavens upon his shoulders.
Atlas was also the god who guided mankind in the art of astronomy, a tool which was used by sailors in navigation and farmers in measuring the seasons. These roles were often combined and Atlas becomes the god who turns the heaven on their axis, causing the stars to revolve.
The Art of Maps: Cartography
Cartography is the art and science of creating maps. It requires a skilled artist with a steady hand, a focused mind, and an extensive knowledge of geography to produce an accurate map. Combining science, aesthetics, and careful technique, cartography builds on the idea that our world can be illustrated in ways that communicate spatial information effectively.
In the early age of exploration, many explorers did not have the luxury of a map. Maps were expensive and were left to the fortune of Royalty and the wealthy.
Explorers were left to their own wits when charting out an unknown area. It must have taken an impressive amount of courage and strength to set out on such incredible expeditions.
The old ancient maps from ages ago become famous for being beautiful, revolutionary, or historically significant. Though most of them have become virtually useless for navigating due to updated information, they provide a respected look into what explorers, geographers, and cartographers of their time understood about the world around them.
The Weight of the World and the Map that Guides Us
In life, it is easy to get carried away with the troubles that we face. We live as though we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We carry the burden of the past, all of the regrets that we have, the questions we cannot find answers to. We hold on the worries of the day. We are always anxious for what is ahead. This weight that we carry around can become increasingly overwhelming. Unlike Atlas, who was condemned to carry the weight alone, we are not alone. We are all in this together. When humanity comes together, when we connect, and when we share the weight of the sky above us, beautiful things take place.
We all have our journeys to make. We have a path set before us, a compass within us and the choices we make determine our destinations. We forge our own maps as we live our life.
The Hatlas Top Hat
Among the many different styles of all the beautiful top hats that we have, my personal favorite is the Hatlas. I fell in love with this hat the first time I saw it.
This hat perfectly illustrates the beauty of cartography. It reminds us to take the time to notice the intricate details of the world around us.
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean
Have a perfectly topped off weekend,