In 500,000 years, after humanity (or rather, what comes next) has conquered the entire known universe, they find that there’s nothing out there. Nothing new to be explored. They understand the universe, have defeated death, and everyone is truly equal and there is no more suffering. But this can’t be all there is. Try as they might, they are only gods within the mortal coil. They cannot break free. They will someday fade into nonexistence when the Universe finally dies a slow heat death.
Submitting to this, they decided to put themselves into simulations. Like.. games. Except the object of the game is that they never remember who they were. So, for millions, perhaps billions, of years, they just do that. Simulations of fantasy worlds, of the past, ancient humans, their ancestors (who were resurrected, they resurrected all humans who have ever lived).
Of course, this wasn’t enough. They couldn’t break through a threshold. Their consciousness wouldn’t allow them to remain in simulations for long. It was a failsafe. They had to do something… morally questionable. They made life. The first other life in the universe besides humans and their AI. Thousands of alien races.
So humans sat in their invisible spheres that hover above the galactic plane, and they brought up a screen that says “choose your species!” and they get a thousand options.
They’d be in a simulation for a mere few days, but it would be a lifetime in another body, where they don’t remember they’re human. A brief respite.
Did Mad Sweeney put the coin back in Laura because she didn't give it over willingly?
I’M GOING TO ANSWER THIS REAL QUICK BECAUSE THE LAST EPISODE OF AMERICAN GODS MEANT A LOT TO ME. it’s probably one of my favorite episodes of television that exists.
AHEAD LIES MAJOR AG SPOILERS FOR THE SHOW
what has happened in the show WAS NOT REVEALED IN THE BOOK
so we find out sweeney is the reason laura died. everything has been a setup for shadow up to this point. but this entire episode followed the old tale of a woman who he showed great mercy, and wild peril, towards. but in the end, he showed her the softest, kindest part of a leprechaun and saw her to the afterlife with a gentle hand. she was devoted until the end, and he recognized that with everything he was.
so finding out what wednesday had him do, the coin resonated and screamed to him, and while he could’ve taken it, he then yells to the skies in Old Irish:
Créd as co tarlaid an cac-sa dam?
Nach lór rofhulangas?
Is lór chena, ní am olc! Ní am!
which translates to:
What is it that has brought this shit to me? Is it not enough that I have suffered? It is enough indeed, I’m not evil! I’m not!
he brought laura back to life because he couldn’t give up who he is, which is, in the end
an inherently good being that gives back tenfold of what he receives, which is more often than not a few breadcrumbs from those who still believe in his magic ;n;
Just be free. Love Unconditionally. Forgive every single soul that’s hurt you. Forgive yourself too. Release everything old back into the Universe. You are born anew. The God within you is stirring. Embrace your Truth.
An Orisha is a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of God. Being four hundred and one of them in total, each playing a role within the Yoruba pantheon, twelve of them can be equated to the twelve signs of the Zodiac along with their respective houses. The following is a brief summary of each Zodiac House along with the Orisha that is associated with it.
The first house of the Zodiac is the home of the Ascendant, and symbolises the acting self and how your personality appears to others. The ruling planet of this house is Mars, which is also the Roman God of war, making Ogun the warrior god the Orisha equivalent. Like Aries, Ogun possesses assertive and aggressive characteristics, and is the patron deity of soldiers, police officers, surgeons, railroad workers, welders, body builders, or anyone employed to work with iron and steel. Like the blacksmith who molds his creations to perfection, the first house deals with molding the inner and outward Self and realizing your highest potential.
Taurus is the ruling sign of the second house, which is said to be the house of possessions. This should not only be understood as material possessions but also as traits and characteristics that we value about ourselves. The ruling planet Venus is also the Roman goddess of love, whose Orisha equivalent is Oshun. Oshun is the goddess of fresh water (as opposed to the salty, ocean waters of the goddess Yemoja), sensuality, prosperity, love, and fertility. Oshun is presented as a beautiful young woman who is widely loved for providing protection and needs for the poor and healing the sick.
The third house is ruled by the cosmic twins Ibeji, the Orisha equivalent of Gemini. This house deals with communication and the way you think and operate mentally. An emphasis is put on siblings within this house which is properly represented by the twins, along with short journeys and writings. Ibeji also represents duality and balance; the yin and the yang found within all life. Though presented as twins, Ibeji is actually one Orisha. To the Yoruba people, twins are considered sacred and are said to be one soul inhabiting two bodies, linked together by destiny for life.
The fourth house of the Zodiac is ruled by Cancer and deals with issues surrounding the home life. Cancer is known for being maternal, protective, nurturing, and instinctive, qualities shared by the Orisha Yemoja, the goddess of the ocean and mother of all the Orisha. She is the patron spirit of women, especially pregnant women, whose name is a contraction of the Yoruba words “Yeye omo eja” which means “Mother whose children are like fish”, representing the vastness of her motherhood. Her ebb and flow of the tides of the ocean are a result of the moon which is the ruling “planet” of the fourth house.
The fifth house of the Zodiac is the house of creativity and pleasure, ruled by the sign Leo. This house deals with gaining pleasure through acts of creation, artistically and even procreation i.e. the creation of offspring. The Sun, the ruling “planet” of the fifth house, is a symbol of creative energy, illumination, and knowledge, all of which the Orisha of wisdom, knowledge, and divination Orunmila reflects. It is Orunmila’s duty to record the destiny of individuals at the moment the breath of life is given to them by Yoruba creator Olodumare, who creates because it brings Them pleasure to do so.
The Orisha Eshu is the ruler of the sixth house, the equivalent to the sign Virgo. Health, work, and service are central to the sixth house, which is ruled by the planet Mercury, the messenger of the gods within the Roman pantheon. Eshu is the Orisha that stands at the crossroads between the physical world and the spirit world, whose duty is to be the intermediary between man and the Orisha. Therefore, when one wishes to call upon the Orisha, he or she first gets permission from Eshu. This is symbolic of clearing and preparing the mind to receive whatever message the Orisha have for you.
Oba is the Orisha of marriage and personal transformation, making her fit to be the ruler of the seventh house, the house of partnership. Oba was the first wife of Shango who tended to his castle and everything that he requested, making her the ideal wife before being tricked by her sister Oya into trying to ensnare Shango with witchcraft. After this betrayal she fled to the cemetery in which she went through a transformational journey into her true power. This house is about expediating our life’s purpose through partnerships, whether that partnership be marriage, business relations, contracts, and/or treaties. Through these partnerships we learn a great deal about ourselves, transforming and enhancing our lives, making them fuller and bringing us balance on the scales of Libra.
Oya, the goddess of winds and storms, is the equivalent to Scorpio and is the ruler of the eighth house which is the house of transformation, regeneration, death, sex, and rebirth. She is the powerful force in nature that can change the face of the Earth, embodying the tornadoes and twisters that uproot trees and houses with her destructive winds. This powerful Orisha is also responsible for carrying the spirits of the newly departed to the spirit world.
The ninth house is the house of philosophy and is ruled by the philosopher Sagittarius and the planet Jupiter, the king of the gods within the Roman pantheon. Obatala, the father of all the Orisha, would therefore be the Orisha ruler of this house. Obatala is said to be the Orisha of purity and was sent by the Supreme Being Olodumare at the beginning of time to form the Earth along with construct the bodies of humans. Obatala completed his construction of the bodies he created by adding heads to them, therefore becoming known as the owner of heads. The head is symbolic of intelligence, higher education, and deeper understanding, all which the ninth house represents.
The tenth house is the house of public life and social status, being ruled by Capricorn and the planet Saturn. The aspects within this house deal with how you manifest your individual role within society and your work place, along with the energies and challenges you’ll face meeting your career goals. The Yoruba associate the planet Saturn with Babalú-Ayé, the Orisha of disease and healing. Also known as the “Wrath of the supreme god”, Babalú-Ayé’s job is to punish individuals for their transgressions, but also to heal epidemics like small pox.
The house of friends and membership, the eleventh house of the Zodiac is ruled by the planet Uranus and the sign Aquarius. Aquarius is associated with rapid social change, upheaval, and rebellion, traits that all reflect Shango, the warrior Orisha of thunder, lightning, and fire. Once a living king on Earth, Shango is known for working miracles after his death, elevating him to the status of Orisha. Shango is also the brother of Babalú-Ayé, the Orisha ruler of the tenth house. The work in society represented within the tenth house is expressed through the individual in the activities associated with the eleventh house, the planets and energies indicating how group associations and friendships will operate in your life.
The twelfth house of the Zodiac is ruled by Pisces whose Orisha equivalent is Olokun, the god of the ocean floor. This house is associated with self undoing and confinement, which is reflected in Olokun being chained to the ocean floor by seven chains. As this house deals with the unconscious and things beyond the physical plane, Olokun’s aspects are expressed within the astral, the subconscious, and altered states of consciousness that is experienced during meditation, initiation, and spirit possession. Deep and mysterious is this house of the Zodiac, just like the bottom of the ocean; an old Yoruba proverb says that nobody knows what lies on the ocean floor. Olokun is said to be the owner of the Mysteries, and sparks within our being the genius that activates our super subconscious.
Sun conjunct Venus: Not
typically a disharmonious aspect and only applicable if the sun/Venus conjunction is afflicted by other
circumstances.Difficulty creating cohesive interactions that benefit the
development of the ego and possibly friction with masculine figures. Exhibits
an attractive personality of tact and captivating charisma and inclined to
exercise artistic practices. Charm can be used as a form of manipulation. Apt
to be physically indulgent, lazy and self-concerned. Can embody and identify
(sun) with the Handheld Mirror (Venus ♀), and reflect the character of other
people, which makes an excessively accommodating character where they are
unable to express themselves individually/genuinely.
Moon opposite/square Venus: Unable to emotionally
relate to others and develop harmonious relationships with the mother, sister
or feminine figures. The natural absorber and reflector of light (moon ◯) internalizes the Handheld Mirror (Venus ♀)
so often reflects and mimics the emotions of others, disregarding their own
emotional needs. The sense of creativity, music and imagination are strong and
possibly used as coping mechanisms. A need to love and be loved. Feels they
need relationships, so can experience moments of melancholy during loneliness.
Apt to be indulgent and an exhibit clinginess/neediness. Creates superficial and unmeaningful relationships with
others for the sake of wanting to be loved rooted from a fear of abandonment.
Mercury conjunct Venus:
Not typically a disharmonious aspect and only applicable if the mercury/Venus conjunction is afflicted by other circumstances. The way of
thinking is optimistic, sweet and refined and the individual is inclined to the
arts, music and literature. The conscious perception of realistic love may be
flawed and idealized and the way of thinking can accommodate more to others
then themselves. A superficial tongue and thought trend where lying may become
a problem for the sake of wanting to be adored by everyone. A strong yearning
for social connection with love always on the mind, yet contradicts themselves
by tending to lose interest in interpersonal relationships erratically.
Mars opposite/conjunct/square Venus: The anima and animus
struggle (mars) to reach harmony (Venus). This is the romantic adventurer who
possesses unyielding principles of justice, diplomacy and equity. If sexually
inclined, enjoys the fusion of sex and love. There is much ambition regarding
Venusian matters such as money, love and pleasure. The pleasure principle
however, is prone to compulsion such as impulse buying or reckless sexual urges
that must be consciously balanced. Attracted to danger. The individual wants to be independent, so
could aggressively reject interpersonal and social relationships where they may
feel trapped, dispirited and uninspired, even though they desire it so much.
Apt to be the partner who leads and fights for love, yet also the partner who
dictates, controls, bullies and causes strife within relationships. Venus is
the handheld mirror (♀ reflection and projection) so they may attract partners
of combative essence. Self-isolating due to the feeling that they only need to
love themselves, yet self-antagonize in frustration when they wonder why love
does not come their way.
Jupiter opposite/square Venus: The two favorable
benefics contacting each other regardless of circumstance seldom creates
friction, yet the love (Venus) and charitable (Jupiter) principles are swelled
dramatically and the individual asks too much or gives too much in
relationships. There is a constant search for “god” within everyone
they meet, creating unrealistic idealizations of people, who are only human.
The character is jovial and free-spirited where they are apt to see
relationships as mere one-time adventures as opposed to devoting union,
creating one who wishes to escape from relationships in fear their freedom is
in jeopardy and not realizing that one can free their heart with others. Nonetheless, the character is good-natured, adventurous and big-hearted. Much
emphasis on indulging in pleasure and focusing on mundane discoveries, such as
desiring ample material wealth and valuing physical appearance, unaware that
inner discovery is the “god” they are looking for, where genuine
richness and appreciation rest within.
Saturn opposite/conjunct/square Venus: The love principle is
frozen in time and takes an eternity to thaw and realize its truest potential.
The temperament and response to affection is awkward, withdrawn and reserved.
Likewise, the expression of love or affection is slow to surface and the
individual can experience emotional delays when reciprocating love. There are
ambitions of material security and self-cultivation, but a fear of reaching for
them. Saturn bestows a sense of abandonment to the loving nature and the
individual may feel as though they have never received love that provided
guidance to a dignified sense of self-worth. The coldness, distance and
detachment that was projected onto them is projected onto others. When they are
open to affection and social interaction, there is a high tendency to bitterly
judge, criticize and minimize received affections which further restrict their
own loving nature. With time however, (Saturn) the flower blossoms (Venus).
Uranus opposite/conjunct/square Venus: The character is buzzing
with unique charisma. There is a liking to the unusual and the individual
typically has a quirky aesthetic sense. Acts of affection and love are
unconventional and they are prone to experiencing sudden upsets within
relationships due to their inconsistency. Outwardly magnetizing yet inwardly high-strung,
vacillating and temperamentally emotional causing unpredictable behavior. A
tendency to get bored with people and their routine which creates a desire for thoughtless
and irresponsible recklessness as a form of seeking change. Needs to practice
giving as much space and freedom as they demand for themselves. Wants a connective
social circle and unifying relationships yet will refuse to give themselves
completely for the sake of preserving their independence and individuality.
opposite/conjunct/square Venus: The love principle (Venus) is
dissolved, unclear (Neptune) so the person can feel uncertain and clueless concerning
all themes of Love. The individual is sacrificial to their loved ones or
has unrealistic and idealized expectations that their loved ones should
sacrifice for them. Apt to fall for those who are unavailable or who need
saving, bringing pain in their relationships. Can use art, daydreaming, music, spirituality
and other creative expressions as a form of escapism. Inspirational to others and
emits an alluring, captivating presence. Often projects their fantasies onto
other people, imagining the ‘perfect’ partner and likewise their projections are
reflected (♀) and they are romanticized by others. Apt to indulge and find
pleasure (Venus) in their self-martyrdom (Neptune). Addicted to the idea of
love but does not manifest the idea into action beyond dreams. Could be unknowingly
deceptive; possesses unusual values; and shows inconsistency with resources. A
desire for celestial union. The loving spirit (Venus) contacts the higher octave
of love (Neptune) and so the loving nature is either elevated (Divine,
Universal Love) or drowned (Delusional, Suffering Love).
opposite/conjunct/square Venus: Self-fulfilling prophecy that
love=doom and the power of the handheld mirror projects (♀) this attitude onto
others and therefore makes doom happen in relationships; ruin comes true only because
of their antagonistic and distrustful perceptions regarding love. The mirror is
dual, what an individual sends out is what an individual will receive back. Sultry,
strange compelling charm and an ability to master social situations. Can see
sex as a beautiful art form. Must let go of possessive and jealous behaviors. Can
abuse the love principle and use it to indulge in their obsessions: power, money,
control and pleasure. Demand the utmost privacy yet infiltrates, probes and
invades the privacy of others. Needs to practice monitoring their lust, greed
and other compulsive desires. Deeply longs for love and being empowered by it,
but refuse to acknowledge that only until they are truly loving themselves (until they surrender themselves genuinely to love) will love transform and embolden their spirit.