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The Magi- A series of I made for my illustration final. 

Frankincense is symbolic of a connection to the divine and of spirituality. 

Gold is symbolic of mortal wealth and often royalty .

Myrrh is symbolic of mortality and life after death. Each of the illustrations is related to the symbolism linked with the object.

The signs as Monster Factory monster descriptions
  • Aries: looks like a human goldfish cracker
  • Taurus: looks like darth maul undercover at a high school
  • Gemini: looks like if you saw someone who you suspected of being two kids standing on each others’ shoulders and then you ripped away the trench coat and it was one single human person
  • Cancer: looks like the movie the fly, if instead of a fly in the chamber with jeff goldblum it was like a big bowl of pasta salad
  • Leo: looks like a ghost chef boyardee
  • Virgo: looks like someone cut their face out of a magazine, is a human ransom note
  • Libra: looks like they’re from a dark version of gift of the magi where they sold their face to buy a gift and their wife bought them like, a face scarf
  • Scorpio: looks exactly like benedict cumberbatch
  • Sagittarius: looks like one of those optical illusions; can you see the other face in this face?
  • Capricorn: looks like they’re holding a bundle of dry spaghetti but the spaghetti is them
  • Aquarius: look likes they’re being permanently pinched by two grandmas
  • Pisces: looks like the crypt keeper is trying to sneak into a rave in the old west
Zimbits wedding headcanon

Warning - this was meant to be a “Gift of the Magi” sort of cracky headcanon, but it veered much more sad-wards as I thought things through.

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When it comes to planning their wedding, the important thing for both Jack and Bitty is that they’ll be married at the end of it. They’re both firmly agreed on that. As for the rest of it…

For Jack, everyone expects him to want to keep things small and quiet. More than one person (Bob, Marty, Lardo, George, to name just a few) is expecting to have to tell him that a quick courthouse ceremony after lunch is really not the way to go. But what none of them counted on is that when it comes to anything Bitty-related, 110% Jack will beat out socially awkward Jack every. single. time.

For Jack, this wedding is his chance to show off to everyone he knows just how amazing Bitty is. He’s had Alicia help him look into everything from a flower-bedecked chuppah to live doves to a horse and carriage (to take them from the ceremony to the reception, as one does) to a live chamber orchestra to… well, you get the idea. He wants the wedding to be perfect, amazing, and everything Bitty could possibly want and deserve.

For Bitty, there are only three things that he truly wants from his wedding.

The first, obviously, is Jack.

The second thing he truly wants is to make his own wedding cake. He’s been designing it in his mind long before he even imagined that getting married was a thing that could ever happen to him.

The third thing he truly wants is for his family to be happy for him.

He tries to tell himself that two out of three isn’t bad.

Late birthday gift for dear @romya-the-pirate <3 I know everybody drew Draher for you but I’ve been wanting to draw them for so long… Sorry for being late and uncreative.

AU featuring Drakon and Saher where Drakon remained hot human and lived happily ever after with his wife, Saher. I decided to keep the red cape because I like it plus he keeps wearing one even as a dragon.
I’d have finished this last weekend if I hadn’t messed up Drakon. ovo;;;
Actually, I kind of missed drawing romance. I don’t even remember the last time I drew a shippy pic, heheh~

Red vs Blue fic: Gift of the Magi (4/12)

Summary: Wash has already gone through too much, been broken too often. So when they get captured by Hargrove together, Tucker figures he has one job: until the cavalry shows up, keep Wash alive and (relatively) sane. No matter the cost.

Unfortunately, Wash is just as determined to protect him.

Parings: None.

Warnings: Canon-typical language, aftermath of canonical character death, psychological torture, hallucinations, hallucinated child harm, mentions of torture and suicide, fake-out character death.

Notes: Also available on AO3!


The guards come to get Tucker out of his cell, and he doesn’t fight them. He never fights them. He agreed to this, and he knows what happens if he stops playing nice.

But he knows what’s waiting for him in the lab, and he feels sick as they march him down the hallway. He’s tired of watching his friends die. He’s tired of his friends killing him. He wants to know why the fuck the others haven’t come to get them yet. It’s got to have been at least three days by now.

Sure, he could understand the Reds fucking around and wasting time. Simmons would need to make a spreadsheet, and Sarge would want to build a robot. Grif would just say “meh” and find another bag of cheetos. But Carolina? Being an actual badass is her entire job.

Not to mention that Tucker and Wash are supposed to be heroes of Chorus now. Rescuing them should be Kimball’s priority number one.

Hargrove can’t be hidden that well.

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Born into it

Here’s the thing: some people are born with magick seeping out of their pores and it draws things to them. Their dreams are prophetic, their words and thoughts become commands on the nature around them, and they See. And for a while they don’t realize that not everyone Sees, but they learn fast. Don’t look at the hulking dark forms that lean out of the crossroad alleys- they have yellow eyes and smile all sharp teeth and malice when they notice you staring. Sometimes black dogs like walking tar and shadow follow you home, and you get -that look- from your family when you yelp in horrified surprise. These children learn not to react early on.

These children turn to witchcraft because they have to to survive. They need to learn somehow, and the Witches are sharing their information eagerly nowadays.

I’m tipping a glass of whiskey and long nights to you, my fellow witch-borns. The Earth’s little Magi. Born of soil and titan blood. Here’s to never having the choice, but having the gifts anyways. Fortune favors the magi.

I’ve just been reminded of the story of the Magi in Christian folklore - you know, the bit with the three gifts and whatnot. Folks like to joke about the appropriateness of those gifts - who the hell gives funerary incense to a baby? - but their practical value is often overlooked.

The value of the gold is obvious, but it’s easy for modern readers to miss the frankincense and myrrh. In a well-developed barter economy, rare spices and aromatic resins are premium trade goods: compact, portable, easily hidden, extremely high value for their size and weight, and readily exchanged for goods or local currency at any market with no awkward questions. They’re basically as good as cash, if not better.

Symbolism entirely aside, in practical terms those gifts are the equivalent of showing up at a baby shower with briefcases stuffed full of small, unmarked bills.

Those kings knew what was up.

ltleflrt  asked:

I feel like Dean voicing his understanding of Castiel's problems while fixing his truck is symbolic.

YES. SAME.

I mean, Cas demonstrated his understanding of Dean, what the gesture of returning the tape meant, the fact that Dean told him to keep it, heck even knowing Dean would keep the Colt under his pillow… but he so desperately wanted to protect Dean and feel worthy of Dean’s offer to stay…

Meanwhile he’s googling “how to fix a truck” instead of just ASKING Dean who knows how to fix trucks…

Cas didn’t even know the right question to ask, because he couldn’t even figure out the specific problem his truck was having. He just knew it was broken.

Meanwhile Dean gets his hands on the truck and just goes right to work figuring out the problem, all the while delivering his really accurate diagnosis:

Sam: How does this happen?
Dean: What? The lying? The Heaven plan? Or the fact that I’m working on this stupid truck?
Sam: No, I mean what’s wrong with Cas?
Dean: Well, he hasn’t exactly had a banner year. I mean think about it. Between Lucifer, killing Billie, and Ramiel. He’s so desperate for a win he can’t see straight.

He sees the problem, but he hasn’t found the right words to “fix” it.

It’s like they’re both approaching the problem from right angles to each other. Heck it’s a Gift of the Magi situation, and I’m crying again.

Cas wants to protect Dean from having to do this horrifying thing, Dean wants to protect Cas from doing this horrifying thing…

HECK SEND HELP. I’ve got 6.21 on in the background:

DEAN: Thank you. I wish this changed anything. (Dean is visibly upset.)
CASTIEL: I know. So do I. All else aside, I just wanted to fix what I could.

*insert that clip of willy wonka on the freaky terror boat*

*runs screaming off a cliff*