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Does anyone know what this symbol is, or where I can find out? I found this necklace at my grandma’s house, and have no idea what it is. It may actually be nothing, but I thought I’d see if anyone in the Tumblr world could help me out. It looks kind of like a cross between a Fleur-de-lis, an Ankh, and an Anchor. 

The pictures are a bit blurry, but they were the best I could do being so close. If you know anyone who might know, feel free to pass it along. If the symbol has any meaning, I’d like to find out what it is.

The Gravestone Code

Since my brain hurts from writing that previous entry, I decided to post something fun next. This one is a brain challenge, but actually a really simple one!

This is James Leeson’s gravestone (1794), at Trinity Churchyard in lower Manhattan. I went there with my nephew Thomas on the 4th of July last year, and noticed the curious squares at the top of the stone, which I pointed out to him. (They are actually pretty hard to see unless the lighting is perfect. I took this photo another time, when I went back in September.) Then I kind of forgot about it, because I often observe interesting details on gravestones, and there was a lot of other stuff going on that week. Later Thomas must’ve researched the stone, and he told me how to decipher the code!

Here’s what you do:
- Draw three tic-tac-toe grids.
- Fill in the grids with the letters of the alphabet (one per section), but don’t include the letter “J”—i.e., skip straight from “I” to “K.” There is no “J” in the code because, as I’ve discussed before, originally “I” and “J” were the same letter. You will have two empty sections at the end.
- In each section of the first grid, draw a single dot.
- In each section of the second grid, draw two dots.
- In the last grid, draw no dots.

That’s it! Now you can solve the code and read the hidden massage.

This type of code is known as a “pigpen cipher,” and it was used by the Masons. The meaning of the cryptogram was a mystery for over a century, until the answer was published in 1899 in the Trinity Record.

By the way, the other images on the stone are:
- A winged hourglass, a classic gravestone symbol which stands for “Tempus Fugit”—literally time flees (= flies!). This symbol is meant to remind us that life is short.
- A flaming urn, which symbolizes the immortality of the soul.
- A compass, a square, and a level with plumb, all entangled together. These are Masonic symbols. The square and compass joined together is the most common symbol of the Freemasons and it’s fun to occasionally spot it on their gravestones. It’s much more unusual to see this variation with the level and plumb.

So I’ve been thinking about soulmate AUs. The kind where your soulmate’s name is written on your skin. How would that start? When would that start?

Not with the beginning of writing. For centuries, in China, in Sumer, in Egypt, in Mesoamerica, writing was used for accounting or religion, and nothing else. Most people would never be able write their names or recognize them if they were written. Only royalty, gods, and perhaps some property owners would.

Individual scribes might have had signatures. For that matter, for all we know individual Paleolithic artists might have had signatures. But most people wouldn’t. What would happen the first time someone was born with an unknown symbol on their hand?

Probably it would be an isolated mystery. Remember, in most of these scenarios there’s no actual guarantee that you’ll ever meet your soulmate (although most people seem to end up with one from the same general area. Which is statistically unlikely). No one would know what it meant. Maybe people with symbols would be seen as special, or divine, or demonic.

And then it might start happening more often - or stop happening, if writing stopped being used (like in Greece after 1200 BCE). But most of the time still no one would know what the symbol meant. And most people wouldn’t have symbols, because most people’s soulmates wouldn’t know how to write.

(Sometimes I think the theory is that people would have a thumbprint instead of a soulmate mark? But this would be basically useless for matching purposes - you would have no idea where to start. So from that point of view the first people with actual names would just have them instead of the thumbprints that everyone else had and didn’t know the meaning of.

Incidentally, using thumbprints for recognition isn’t universal in non-literate societies either. European society didn’t realize that fingerprints were unique until the late 19th century. In a lot of places, they weren’t used until people were already using signatures, and needed an option for illiterate people. Also, while they are an identifying mark, they really have no relation at all to your name. For most of human existence, having a physical marker of your identity really wasn’t that important.)

Only somewhere with at least moderately widespread literacy would someone be able to look at a mark and go “Oh, that’s my friend Imhotep’s name. What a coincidence!” And only somewhere with widespread literacy would Imhotep’s soulmate also be able to write their name. Most early languages were logographic, and in cuneiform names specifically were almost always logographic, so you wouldn’t even be able to sound it out.

Phoenician (starting 1050 BCE) was the first widespread writing system, and was simple enough and common enough that sailors could write in it. It was also the first phoenetic script which would allow you to easily approximate the pronounciation of the writing on your skin.

But still, most people wouldn’t have symbols. Most people would never meet anyone with their name on their skin.

This would be a problem in AUs where you never feel sexual attraction to anyone who isn’t your soulmate. Imagine religion and culture in a world where almost everyone is functionally asexual.

How long would it take, until someone realized that if people’s names matched up, they had some kind of bond? How long would it take before this was a generally accepted theory?

Also, how long before this was seen as at all important, given that most people with the status to know how to read would also have arranged marriages?

But once it was generally accepted, suddenly literacy would become a lot more important. People would demand to learn how to write. (Some people would learn that their soulmate’s name wasn’t in the local writing system. What happens then?) People would want to give their children more unique names (ancient Rome had about thirty given names for men total, and they named their daughters “first Julia” and “second Julia.”)

Anyway, around ancient Rome or so, when there would not only be a lot of literate people but also a lot of people able to recognize foreign alphabets, suddenly there would be a huge drive for 1) more literacy and 2) better long distance communication, so you could find the Caius or Ξανθίππη or שָׂרָה who had your name on their skin. And as this idea became more and more widespread, so would this desire. The same thing would be happening in China and Ethiopia and India.

This would revolutionize world history. There would be strong motivations both for exploration and for making peace with foreign cultures. Everyone in Rome with a Jewish soulmate would want to make sure they wouldn’t be killed before they could meet them. Everyone with a soulmate in a strange language would want to know at least what language it was.

Come to think of it, these are also all good reasons for why people wouldn’t believe in soulmates. Your soulmate can’t be one of the hated barbarians, so that symbol doesn’t mean anything!

And that’s leaving out the fact that lots of people still wouldn’t have a soulmate who could write, and completely ignoring the existence of polyamory.

So getting to a modern society with everyone just knowing that that was your soulmate’s name would involve a really complicated history, probably nothing at all like ours. And there would be huge pressure to ignore the existence of soulmates at all.

No conclusions here, just taking an illogical premise way too logically.

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More and more I look at this two artworks: "Perseus Slaying Medusa" by Laurent-Honoré Marqueste and "The Archangel Michael defeating Satan" by Guido Reni - I am increasingly confident that, as in the case of St. George killing the dragon (here) we are dealing with a conscious and perfidious reworking (history) by the Patriarchal System…

They changed old matriarchal symbols in 180 degrees in such a way that everything connected with the cult of Mother Goddess was considered as an evil incarnate. And they do so to this very day. Church itself has created a superstition that the number 13 is unlucky, or that the serpent, snake (or dragon) are the incarnation of evil, though both snake and dragon long ago were exclusively associated with wisdom, clairvoyance and most of all with the cult of clairvoyant female oracles. Is it all a coincidence?

Just like the wings on a head of Perseus, so the wings of archangel Michael killing Satan, or the serpent or dragon (call it whatever u want), are no there by accident, but they’R a deliberate cover-up ancient/forgotten and forbidden truth.

That is my personal opinion based on many years of studying how the Patriarchy came to power over the ancient world, and that the patriarchal religions with spirituality have nothing in common.

Gosh, I really hate these two artworks! : /

Why f(x) Doesn’t Have a Fanclub Name

f(x) a mathematical formula; variable function, depending on input – ‘f’ is function, ‘x’ is the unknown, symbolizing that each member, with their unique and valuable talents, brings something different to the group. Without this input, x has no meaning, it’s just empty. So if the group name is an unknown function because it’s subject to variation depending on input from the group, wouldn’t the fan club name is subject to variation on the same principle, but from fan input? 

C’mon, everyone. Stay strong. Stan f(x).

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The many tattoos of anime-related dreams!

Anime is just one of my many loves, and I love many anime! With this much love comes many ideas. I only have two tattoos currently, a puzzle piece on my left wrist (for my brother with autism) and my zodiac sign on my right ankle (aquarius). I would get more in a heartbeat if I wasn’t saving my money for other future plans. This just gives me more time to plan out all my ideas! I won’t give you ALL of them though … just the anime-related ones. So here they are, divided by anime:

Digimon

- Crest of Love
- Lyrics: “If we’re all for one world, there’s a world for us all.”
- Quote: “Momentai”

Fairy Tail

- Fairy Tail symbol
- Quote (unknown; just a possibility)

Fullmetal Alchemist

- Ouroboros
- Quote: “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.”

Inuyasha

- Beads of Subjugation
- Kanji (犬夜叉)
- Red String of Fate

Pokémon

- Lyrics: “In my heart there’s no doubt of who I want to be.”
- PokéBall (pink instead or red)
- Quote: “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”

Sailor Moon

- Crescent Moon with a Rose
- Quote (unknown; just a possibility)

I’m unsure of the locations for most of these, and some I’m unsure how badly I want them (usually because I have another tattoo idea that I want in the same location). For sure I know the Beads of Subjugation will be an ankle bracelet on my left ankle; that is my next tattoo goal! I’m thinking of putting the Crest of Love near my collarbone on the left side.

Fatimah az-Zahra [sa] to the Garden of Abode

The sorrow for the loss of her father affected Fatima (s.a.) terribly and paved the way for diseases to attack and make her weak and feeble until she kept to her bed. Death walked toward her quickly while she was in the prime of youth yet.It was time for her to meet with her father who had left her and taken with him the warm love and kindness. She impatiently was waiting for that moment where she would join her lovely,kind father to complain to him about what she suffered from his people.

When the signs of departure appeared, Fatima (s.a.) said her will to her cousin Imam Ali (a.s.).She asked him to bury her under the darkness of night and not to let anyone from those who had wronged her to attend her funerals because they were her and her father‘s enemies as she said.She asked him to level her tomb and leave it unknown as a symbol of her anger against those people. She asked him to get married to her sister‘s daughter Umama who would bring up her children al-Hasan, al-Husayn, and Zaynab in the best way. Imam Ali (a.s.) assured her that he would fulfill her will.

Fatima (s.a.) asked Asma‘ bint Umays, who was preferred and loved by her and was her nurse, to make her a special coffin that would hide all her body. At that time, a dead one was carried on a board that his\her body appeared. Fatima (s.a.) did not want her body to be distinguished before people; therefore, Asma‘ made her a coffin like one she had seen in Abyssinia during her immigration. When Fatima (s.a.) saw the coffin, she admired it and smiled. It was the first smile of Fatima (s.a.) since her father had left to the better world.

[Al-Majalis as-Saniyya, vol. 2 p. 137]

On the last day of her life, Fatima (s.a.) restored some of her health and she was delighted. She knew that it was her last day in this world and soon she would join her father. She bathed her two sons and made them enough food for that day. She asked them to go to visit their grandfather‘s tomb. She looked at them with a look of farewell while her heart was about to melt with sorrow and grief.Al-Hasan and al-Husayn went out while feeling that there was something unusual. They worried too much about their mother.Fatima (s.a.) said to Asma‘ bint Umays, O mother!‘ Asma‘ replied, O yes, darling of the messenger of Allah!‘ Fatima (s.a.) asked Asma‘ to pour her some water for bathing and Asma‘ did. After bathing, Fatima (s.a.) asked Asma‘ to bring her her new clothes and Asma‘ did. Then, Fatima (s.a.) asked Asma‘ to put her bed in the middle of the house (in the yard). Asma‘ became worried and upset.She was frightened by that for she felt that Fatima (s.a.) was going to die soon.Fatima (s.a.) lay in her bed with her face toward the Qibla. She said to Asma‘, O mother, I am going to die now. I have purified myself. Let no one uncover me!‘ She began reciting some verses of the Qur’an until she breathed her last, and her great soul went up to its Creator surrounded by the angels to be received by the prophets at the head of whom would be the master of all the creation, her father Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.). She died in the period between the Maghrib (sunset) Prayer and the Isha‘ (evening) Prayer.

[Wafat as-Siddeeqa  p.107]

That great soul went high to the Gardens and Contentment of Allah where this world had never and will have never had anyone from Eve‘s daughters like her in sacredness, honor, and chastity.Al-Hasan and al-Husayn went back home hurriedly to see what happened to their mother, but they did not found her. Asma‘ told them that their mother died. She asked them to tell their father. They both ran towards their mother‘s body. Al-Hasan threw himself on his mother saying,Mother, talk to me before my soul leaves my body! ‘Al-Husayn, too, threw himself on his mother crying and saying, ‘Mother, I am your son al-Husayn. Talk to me before my heart splits and then I die.‘Asma‘ took al-Hasan and al-Husayn away and began kissing and comforting them. She asked them to get out of the house for fear of them and to go to tell their father about their mother‘s death. They went to the mosque while crying bitterly. Muslims were terrified and they asked them what the matter was and they said that their mother Fatima (s.a.) died.Imam Ali (a.s.) was shocked and confused.

He said, O daughter of Muhammad, with whom shall I console myself? I often consoled myself with you. With what shall I console myself after you?‘ He hurried back home, looked at the sacred corpse of his wife and recited this poetry,

"Every meeting between two friends is followed by separation,
and everything other than separation is little.My loss of Fatima after Ahmed,Is a proof that no friend shall last for ever.”

Muslims, from everywhere, hurried to Imam Ali‘s house weeping for their Prophet‘s daughter whom they wronged and did not regard her rights. By her death, the last page of Prophethood was folded. By her death, Muslims recalled the glory and the honor that the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had established for them and the kindness and love he had to them.Medina shook with crying and weeping by men and women. They waited for the holy corpse to have honor by escorting it. Imam Ali (a.s.) charged Salman al-Farisi to tell the crowded people that the funerals was put off until the next day. People left the house. Aa‘isha came intending to see off the sacred corpse, but Asma‘ prevented her saying, She (Fatima) asked me that no one should see her.

[ Manaqib Aal Abi Talib, vol. 3 p. 365.]

‘On the night, Imam Ali (a.s.), with al-Hasan, al-Husayn, and Asma‘, washed (ritually) the pure body of Fatima (a.s.), and then enshrouded her. Imam Ali (a.s.) asked the children to see off their mother, and they threw themselves over her while crying bitterly. After the farewell look, Imam Ali (a.s.) tied the shroud.

In the last part of night, Imam Ali (a.s.) offered the Prayer of the Dead on the pure corpse, and then he instructed the Hashemites and the Prophet‘s closest companions to carry the sacred corpse to its last abode. He did not tell anyone else about the funerals and the burial except his family and the choice of his companions. He put Fatima (s.a.) in the tomb and poured earth over her.

After the burial, he stood by the tomb and said,
"O messenger of Allah, peace be upon you from me and from your daughter who has come to your neighborhood and who has hastened to meet you.O messenger of Allah, my patience after your choice (daughter) has been exhausted and my endurance has weakened except that I have ground for consolation in having endured the great hardship and great calamity of your separation. I laid you down in your tomb after you had breathed your last (while your head was) between my neck and chest. We are Allah‘s and unto Him shall we return.Now the trust has been returned and what had been given has been taken back. My grief will last forever and my nights will remain sleepless till Allah chooses for me the house in which you are now residing. Certainly your daughter will apprise you of the gathering together of your nation for oppressing her. You ask her in detail and get all the news about the situation. This happened when no long time had elapsed and your remembrance had not disappeared yet. Peace be on you both as a greeting of a parting one not of a disgusted or a hateful person; for if I go away, it is not because of weariness, and if I stay, it is not because of lack of belief in what Allah has promised the patients."

[Nahjol Balagha, vol. 2 p. 207-208]

The Imam went back home very sadly and distressedly. He felt great pains and grief for the misfortunes and calamities that the daughter of the messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) suffered. His children filled the house with weeping for their kind mother who lived with them no long and left them while they were too young before being satiate with her love and kindness.

[The Life of Fatimah az-Zahra (س) p. 243-247 ]