ancient ceremonies

September 20, 2017 - New Moon in Virgo 

Virgo is the sign that honours the ancient ceremonies of the moon through the pattern of everyday ritual. The moon is also the soul ruler of Virgo, so the crackling energies of the new moon can be especially potent in Virgo as the new soul of the mother is born. It revitalises the need for self care and preservation. It can generate intense self reflection and bring contaminated thoughts, untreated illness or aches, and destructive patterns to light to produce an internal cleanse. We all know Virgo for being the sign that keeps order and arrangement around the home. They keep what they need and frequently discard what is no longer useful, they do routine clean ups and clean outs. In Australia spring time is beginning during the new moon in Virgo and it makes me think of the ‘spring clean out’. The new moon calls for the external and internal detox. Like tidying and re-arranging your room, it’s time to self reflect and cleanse the body and mind. If we have unknowingly formed bad habits these may be revealed to us. Symptoms we have been ignoring accelerate and demand attention. The mind, body, and spirit is open and receptive to cleansing, changing and re-arranging. Contaminations in these areas induced by worn out thinking patterns, negative self talk, and exhausting rituals can be detoxed with genuine lunar tonic. These energies can be the initiation of energy preparing for the Libra equinox 

Aries rising ~ Can detoxify and purify the mind from self destructive thinking patterns and mental rituals they feel they are bound to 

Taurus rising ~ Can recognise and release self depreciating beliefs. Can begin to heal parental disputes 

Gemini rising: Can be assisted to let go of painful and tormenting memories

Cancer rising: Can detoxify and purify the mind from self destructive thinking patterns and mental rituals they feel they are bound to 

Leo rising: Can begin to get to the core of physical and emotional security and safety concerns

Virgo rising:  Can begin to release from emotionally conditioned habits and rituals 

Libra rising: Emotional detox, can release pent up suffering 

Scorpio rising: Can begin to initiate the deep connections they need with others

Sagittarius rising: Can begin to free themselves from expectation and the torment of unmet desire 

Capricorn rising: Can clean out the cobwebs in the mind and dissolve the restrictions they have placed on it 

Aquarius rising: Can begin to disturbance in the unconscious that have resulted in destructive habits or rituals

Pisces rising: Can cleanse the heart for a fresh perspective on the current relationship, or begin to heal heartache 

-C.

art: Raul Guerra

100 Art Objects, Historical Artifacts, and Miscellaneous Loot
  1. A marble bust of a large-nosed woman
  2. A richly woven carpet with nautical patterns
  3. Soft, clean bedsheets sewn with golden thread
  4. A portrait of a bashful looking tiefling
  5. Eight matching silver cups
  6. A ceremonial helm with a daisy motif
  7. A coil of silken cable, intricately braided and tasseled
  8. An ancient fertility sculpture
  9. A nautilus shell
  10. A stack of fine vellum
  11. Richly embroidered blue sleeping robes
  12. A huge tortoise shell
  13. A polished silver looking-glass
  14. A set of gem-encrusted cutlery
  15. Silk handkerchiefs
  16. A necklace thickly adorned with bright feathers
  17. A small dragon skull
  18. A collection of beautiful glass bottles of all colours
  19. A snake skin of tremendous length and quality
  20. Well preserved tapestries depicting an important historical event
  21. A set of fine jewelcrafting tools
  22. A chess set of excellent quality
  23. A set of non-magical but intricately etched daggers
  24. An ermine coat
  25. Soft doeskin boots beautifully crafted for small feet
  26. A collection of flags and banners once flown by nations now extinct
  27. White silk gloves
  28. A satchel made of glossy crimson leather
  29. A rattle made from a cloven hoof
  30. Paper pouches full of dried herbs and spices
  31. A red and silver scepter
  32. A porcelain doll garbed in a beautiful ballgown
  33. A large bismuth crystal
  34. A box containing several elaborately decorated animal masks
  35. A glass orb containing a tablespoon of quicksilver
  36. A vase containing numerous exotic feathers
  37. A golden ceremonial shield featuring an unfamiliar charge
  38. Ten large glass marbles of various colours
  39. A richly illuminated, leather-bound manuscript of local history
  40. A rare coin collection
  41. A massive scarlet crustacean claw
  42. Pots of powdered henna, turmeric, and indigo
  43. A long spiral antelope horn, polished and banded in silver
  44. Two oblong pearls of modest size
  45. An exquisitely preserved fish fossil
  46. A set of lavish quills and two pots of deep blue ink
  47. Three canopic jars, and the broken lid of a fourth
  48. A hand-carved, gold leaf frame, sans painting
  49. A masterful portrait of a stern couple, sans frame
  50. Beautiful horse tack
  51. A glass jar filled with layers of sand of various colours
  52. A snow leopard skin in fine condition
  53. A huge vanilla scented candle
  54. A wooden case containing two dozen bars of sealing wax
  55. A hand-carved mash paddle made from black wood
  56. A silver locket containing a lock of silver hair
  57. A crystal bottle of perfume
  58. A carving made from jet featuring the head of a gorgon
  59. Twelve fine drinking glasses wrapped in cotton
  60. A brass cast of a skull
  61. An ancient ceremonial sword of a powerful queen, its blade half rotted away
  62. A silver flask
  63. A wooden frame containing a complex gear mechanism of unknown purpose
  64. Pouches of very rare seeds that grow into valuable plants
  65. A geode
  66. A tome of forgotten ballads written by a legendary bard
  67. A terribly gaudy cuckoo clock elaborately inlaid with silver and gold
  68. A half-finished bolt of patterned cloth, still attached to the loom
  69. A large tangle of coral
  70. A church bell featuring a religious tale in bas relief
  71. Gold candleabras
  72. A brass statuette of a religious figure
  73. Two oak barrels of alcoholic spirits
  74. A sack of bathing salts
  75. A box of lace
  76. A folder stuffed with dwarven beer recipes
  77. Spools of excellent leather cord
  78. Medicated creams and ointments
  79. A box of colourful makeup
  80. A pouch full of glimmering pearlescent fish scales
  81. A silver dog whistle shaped like a howling wolf
  82. Ivory spice shakers
  83. A jar of herbal honey
  84. A large incisor on a leather thong
  85. Powdered animal parts
  86. Gold false teeth
  87. A bulk lot of mundane smithed items, including locks, hinges, etc.
  88. An empty silver lockbox with key
  89. Elegant red skates
  90. Blue suede shoes
  91. A dried caul
  92. A taxedermied platypus
  93. A censer
  94. Three wax likenesses, one slightly melted
  95. A telescope
  96. A set of tinkling hand bells
  97. Coffee beans
  98. Tortoiseshell combs
  99. Copper bottom cook pots
  100. A flanged steel plug of some kind
Dance Magic

Dance Magic is one of the most pure forms of energy work. It is powerful. While performing a spell, one can not only feel the energy, but can smell, see, taste, and hear it as you move it around your body.

Using dancing as a tool for magic is ancient. The Aztecs and Mayans used it to draw rain into Mexico. The Celtics used it to sanctify their dead so they could transcend to the afterlife. The Aborigines use it to balance the body and connect with nature, as well as a portal to the Dreamtime. 

As a Reiki Master, a privilege I do not take lightly,  dance magic is a cornerstone in balancing my body and mind, as well as giving an ofrenda (Offering) of energy to the Earth, Directions, Spirits, and The Center (God, but as I like to call it, “The Omniplex”).

Witch tip for babes:

Having trouble with this type of magic? Want to try it but have no idea where to start? Good news! There’s no right way to do dance magic.

Music? Doesn’t matter

Style? Whatever is comfortable

Rythm? If you got it. 


Need some inspiration?
Watch the Netflix Original: The OA.

In this show, there is a dance called the “Movements”. These movements were derived from ancient ceremonial dances of the Aztecs and Maya, as well as a coagulation of a few other traditions. It is beautifully portrayed. 


A warning:

Because of how powerful Dance Magic can be at it’s highest potential, I feel I must warn you of the potential effects.

Mindfulness:
After a dance spell, you might enter an altered state. This could be extremely beneficial or extremely unwanted based on the current situation. Be mindful of this.

Equilibrium:
Be sure to replace all energy you take from your environment (Unless from the Earth itself, space, The Center, or a designated energy source). Taking from house plants, for example, can damage their ability to thrive. 

Overpowering:
If you’re using Dance Magic to amplify a spell, be weary. You could run the potentiality of overpowering the spell, which could broaden the range of the spell’s effects. Bure sure your spell has set guidelines to follow. Make sure your intentions are extremely consistent while casting. Especially if you’re amplifying a spell with the Dance Magic of a group of people. EVERYONE must be on the same page, even the same paragraph if possible before the ceremony begins.  

Rano Kau - Chile 

At 324 metres tall, Rano Kau is an extinct volcano, that forms the south western headland of Easter Island. The volcanoes crater lake is one of only three natural sources of freshwater on the island. The edges of the crater face onto the ocean, and have eroded back to create steep, rigid cliffs. Inside the crater, the walls slope, at an angle of 65° at the steepest point, to 45° at the gentlest. The ruins of the ancient ceremonial village, Orongo, can be found on the edge of the crater, on the south western side. 

The islands famous Moai statues had been recorded as being found on the edge of the volcano, but have since disappeared, falling into the sea. The crater was also the site of the last Toromiro tree in the wild, until the specimen was chopped down for firewood in 1960.

Kindergarten Teacher Gothic
  •  at the beginning of the year, you buy 18 boxes of crayons. By the end of the first month, you have to go buy 10 more. Who is taking your crayons? The children aren’t–you check their bags every afternoon, and all the crayons are in their containers when you leave for the night. The next morning they are gone.
  •  one of your students can write her letters A through F perfectly on Friday. You are very proud of her. When you check her paper on Monday, you see nothing but scribbles and archaic symbols. You do not ask what they mean. 
  • the children are chanting in perfect unison, their voices matched perfectly in pitch. Is it a new game? Is it an ancient ceremony? They only do it at recess, and you are not on duty this week, so it is not your problem. You pray for the teachers on duty.
  • there is a teacher in the teacher’s lounge you have never seen before. She says she has been here for seven years but you know you are not wrong. Every picture of her in the yearbook is obscured by shadows and blurs, and you are afraid.
  • the songs you sing to your class about the days of the week and the colors of the rainbow echo in your mind day after day until you can’t tell one from another. Are they even words anymore?
  • you hear a scream and hurried footsteps in the hallway. When you check, no one is there. There was never anyone there. You tell the emptiness to walk quietly in the hall anyway.
  • you are working one-on-one with a student. You look down for a moment. When you look back, it is a different student. You do not question this.
  • an announcement comes from the office: the principal has not been seen anywhere in the building this week. If anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the office. You wonder how this week is different from any other week.

Benito Mussolini in Libya, 1939. 

Note he is being escorted by two men carrying fasces, an axe bundled in sticks.  The fasces was an ancient ceremonial symbol originating with the Roman Republic, symbolizing the state’s power to of life and death.  Mussolini chose to revive much of the symbolism from Ancient Rome, the fasces among them.  Thus Mussolini’s political movement was called fascism. 

A politician in five acts

1. I WOULD BEND THE KNEE. It is critical that Jon decides to say this, at this precise moment, when he’s in a position in which he has a convenient excuse for not physically kneeling:

This might explain the inconsistency in timing. Why does he say it, even after she said she’d help? It’s strategic. He’s thinking: “Say it now, when I can’t move and when I’m not actually held accountable…” And saying it in this position, he’s hedging that he could claim he never did. Anything before the word BUT was a Ned Stark saying, after all. Northerners would respect platitudes from him. They would also respect the official, ancient traditional ceremonies of fealty like this one:

Originally posted by midqueenally

Jon knows the power of an actual kneel. You know, the one where the knee touches the floor. After living among the wildlings, Jon will never be a kneeler again. He knows the symbolic power of this gesture, and he refuses to give it to her. In this way, he’s similar to Sansa who also plays “kneeler” politics, with Tyrion as the casualty:

“As he moved behind her, Sansa felt a sharp tug on her skirt. He wants me to kneel, she realized, blushing. She was mortified. It was not supposed to be this way. She had dreamed of her wedding a thousand times, and always she had pictured how her betrothed would stand behind her tall and strong, sweep the cloak of his protection over her shoulders, and tenderly kiss her cheek as he leaned forward to fasten the clasp.

She felt another tug at her skirt, more insistent. I won’t. Why should I spare his feelings, when no one cares about mine?

-Sansa, ASoS

2. MY QUEEN is another strategy, and it comes from this scene below. Jon watches and observes D with Jorah, and notes how they have formed a tight bond/connection, based on his unflagging loyalty (an “old friend”). Jorah is the perfect leal subject who clearly adores and worships her. He kneels (note: we still haven’t seen Jon do this at the end of S7) and says “My Queen” immediately upon their meeting. D is emotional and affected by him. Jon is making a calculated move to mimic Jorah as much as he can stand it.

3. YOU’RE NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Jon knows that D likes titles and wants to feel exceptional. D wants to feel special, but she also wants special treatment. This is an important distinction because there is nothing wrong with the former; it’s insistence on the latter that triggers abnormal psychology. The special treatment D wants to receive is from her subjects. She uses dragons to achieve this: “They filled people with wonder and awe.” Like a stage mom, she wants to live vicariously through her children and receive special accommodations. For Jon, these “accommodations” come in her insistence to fight his war on HER terms (I can’t pretend Cersei won’t take back what I’ve won). Jon doesn’t allow her to do that. 

Moreover, from military strategy to everyday interactions, D places value on special treatment in the form of flattery. Even if she knows it comes from dishonest men, adulation, at least, is a language she knows how to speak. In fact, D has played the same kind of politics of flattery that Jon is low-key playing with her in S7:

To rule Meereen I must win the Meereenese, however much I may despise them. 

Reznak and Skahaz waited atop the marble steps. “Great queen,” declared Reznak mo Reznak, “you are so radiant today I fear to look on you.” 

You are kind to say so,” Dany answered, in the same tongue. 

- D, ADwD

And we also have evidence of this flattery being effective on her:

“I always grow solemn in the presence of such beauty.”

It was a good start. “Drink with me.”

-Hizdar to D, ADwD

Of course, Jon’s version of this is going to look different. He’s trying to deploy charisma, but in a “very Jon Snow way” (Kit’s words). Therefore, “You’re not like everyone else,” sounds downright modest compared to the fawning she experienced in Meereen in the books. Perhaps she would be more likely to fall for it because it’s coming from what looks like an “honest” broker. She even says:

NOW you seem trustworthy. She even regrets not trusting him. Jon, thinking he’s got her full commitment, asks: “SO WHAT NOW?” and she replies: “I can’t pretend that Cersei won’t take back half the country the moment I march North.” At this, Jon realizes he has to take it to the next level, as @tiny-little-bird has pointed out.

So we have him convincing her to travel by boat where he knocks first. Here, he’s doing his best to deploy his own style of swagger and bravado that she clearly likes. Jon notices that she wants to feel desired. She’s been told she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Jon pretends to act like this:

“I have only one urgent need: Danerys.”

“Shall I send for food? You must be hungry.”

“I have not eaten in two days, but now that I am here, it is enough for me to feast upon your beauty.”

-Daario to D, ADwD

4. WORDS SHOULD MEAN SOMETHING. Sure, Jan. What’s that phrase that is repeated over and over again in the books? Oh yeah.

Words are wind. 

Also, in the dragon pit, Jon’s “I cannot tell a lie” = D’s “I’m only a young girl…” Both phrases ingratiate the person to trust them. They’re both playing naive waifs, too disingenuous to harm anyone. Words are wind, and we know they aren’t really who they say they are.

5. HE HAS TO. Thank you Kit for giving us this word: politician. Like any good one, he’s weighing his options and thinking about what he has to do. Who he’ll have to take down to get what he wants. He did the same with Mance - 

I will kill him if I must. The prospect gave Jon no joy; there would be no honor in such a killing, and it would mean his own death as well. Yet he could not let the wildlings breach the Wall.

Bran and Rickon are still at Winterfell besides. Maester Luwin, Ser Rodrik, Old Nan, Farlen the kennelmaster, Mikken at his forge and Gage by his ovens … everyone I ever knew, everyone I ever loved. If Jon must slay a man he half admired and almost liked to save them from the mercies of Rattleshirt and Harma Dogshead and the earless Magnar of Thenn, that was what he meant to do.

- only instead of being prepared to kill, with D, he’s prepared to control. He’s using her desire of him to act as the “real monarch” behind her decisions, to get her to care about him, and gain her full commitment to stop the WW. It’s almost like Jon knows that he needs to be in a position of power. And who knows about that? “We both want to help people. We can only help them from a position of strength. Sometimes strength is terrible.” - D, S7E6

Finally, Show!D would really benefit from some important advice that Book!D received. This advice was given to her by a character whom she tried to manipulate to gain his ships:

“Danerys, my delight, beneath that sweet young breast beats a tender heart … but take counsel from an older, wiser head. Things are not always as they seem.” - Xaro, ADwD

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The Fundamental Teachings of Ancient Alchemy and Hermeticism

Mermaid AU

It’s finally here, everyone! I stayed up late to finish this, but I hope you enjoy. I really enjoy writing for any kind of Mystical Creature AUs so it was only natural that I decided to write about mermaids. Enjoy yourselves everyone! <3


The Seven Seas

As you may know there are seven main regions that the world’s oceans are split into: Arctic, Antarctic, North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and the Indian ocean. Depending on where a mermaid was born, they have different physical attributes including tails, scales, and body markings. They can also acquire powers, but not all mermaids have them. 

General Rules for Mermaids

  1. Mermaids are unable to walk on land unless they possess an enchanted pendant that can only be acquired by Sea Witches. It’s quite difficult to obtain them, and nothing comes without a price. You have to give in order to get something in return. Most Sea Witches will accept payment in the form of rare items or gems, but some are crueler, and will even ask you o give up your voice in return.
  2. If a mermaid were to take a human lover, they would have to undergo the rights of passage to become a mer-person themselves. That being said, it’s possible to change into a mermaid, but can only be done using an intricate spell that can only be accessed by the King/Queen of the Sea or a specific Sea Witch that goes by the name of Lana. (I kind of had to do this since Sea Witches play a big part in this AU. ;))
  3. For committing crimes, a mermaid can be banished to the human realm (as a human themselves) for all eternity without having memory of who they were before. This rarely happens, but it is possible.
  4. Mermaids are not immortal creatures, but their lifespan lasts for an extensive amount of time. They are able to be killed or mortally wounded.
  5. Mermaids ‘mate’ when it comes to terms of marriage. They choose to have a partner for a life time and undergo the “Rite of Souls”, an ancient ceremony performed by the mer-people to bind two people together, human or mermaid.This allows their life forces to intertwine.

Social Classes for Mermaids

Like a highly-functioning society, there are social classes to keep balance within the population.

Royalty

  • They can be distinguished by the intricate markings across their bodies as well as the appearance of their tail. While colour depends on the region you were born in, a royal’s tail is much larger and extravagant than a normal mermaid’s tail. Usually embedded with jewels and other things to determine status. 

Sea Witches

  • Unlike how you would think, high witches are highly regarded in mermaid culture, the good ones at least. Since they are able to perform a multitude of spells and services, they are highly sought after. They usually have a small crescent moon engraved into a visible area of their body to display their status.  However, there are few (one at the moment) who happens to be both a Sea Witch as well as a Royal. This has only occurred once so far with the Sea Witch and Princess, Lana. (I had to add this i because Sea Witches play a big part, and if you wanted to request something, it’d all come together with Lana in here.)

The “Gifted”

  • This is a class of mermaids who were bestowed powers from birth. Not all mermaids are gifted with powers, but a large amount of them have them. Their powers vary, but aren’t strictly limited to where they were born.

Commoners

  • Regular mermaids that are simply citizens. They perform regular jobs such as being veterinarians, chefs, teachers, etc.

Arctic Ocean 

Mermaids of this region are born in extremely cold temperatures and are able to withstand the coldest weather. Their tails are slender and dip into a sharp ‘V’ shape at the end. Tail colours are usually pale in comparison, ranging from snow white to icy blues. In the light, they appear to look like glittering diamonds. It’s safe to say that many mer-people were jealous of their beauty. This place is known for their adorable seals and guppies.

Who was born in this region?

  • Tsukishima Kei
  • Lev Haiba
  • Semi Eita
  • Aone Takanobu
  • Matsukawa Issei

Antarctic Ocean

Another cold region with mermaids able to withstand freezing temperatures. Similar to those in the Arctic Ocean, their tails are also of blue and lavender hues, but have flecks of pinks and purples embedded in them. The tails are slender, but branch out into wispy fins near the end to give them flair. Known for the penguins and orcas.

Who was born in this region?

  • Kenma Kozume
  • Kageyama Tobio
  • Kiyoko Shimizu
  • Ennoshita Chikara
  • Akaashi Keiji
  • Oikawa Tooru
  • Sugawara Koushi

North and South Atlantic

Depending on where you live in this ocean, it can be warm or cool. This is area is home to hundreds of northern mermaids. Their tails are hues of greens and turquoise mixed together to represent the undertones pf the ocean themselves. The mer-people that reside here are usually friendly people and welcome others to their home. That’s generally speaking however.

Who was born in this region?

  • Yachi Hitoka
  • Asahi Azumane
  • Bokuto Koutaro
  • Nishinoya Yu
  • Tanaka Ryuunosuke
  • Hanamaki Takahiro

North and South Pacific

This ocean is quite warm and a local tourist attraction for traveling mermaids due to the many historical sights. Mermaids who were born of in this region usually have bronze tails decorated with hints of pinks, greens, and even blues. 

Who was born in this region?

  • Daichi Sawamura
  • Futakuchi Kenji
  • Iwaizumi Hajime
  • Kyoutani Kentarou

Indian Ocean

One of the more exotic and warmer areas of the seven seas. This place is home to an exotic type of mermaid and the infamous Royal Sea Witch, Lana. Many are attracted here for the supposedly hidden power that lies here. Mermaids born here have unique tails that tend to vary in size, but each are layered with different sets of fins. The colours usually range from golds to silvery hues dotted with reds and purplish tones.

Who was born in this region?

  • Ukai Keishin
  • Yamaguchi Tadashi

  • Hinata Shoyou

  • Kuroo Tetsurou

  • Ushijima Wakatoshi

Excerpt from a TESV: Skyrim design document, with slight changes for wording. Art by Adam Adamowicz. 



The gods are cyclical, just like the world is. There are the Dead Gods, who fought and died to bring about the new cycle; the Hearth Gods, who watch over the present cycle; the Testing Gods, who threaten the Hearth and thus are watched; and the Twilight Gods, who usher in the next cycle. The end of a cycle is said to be preceded by the Dragonborn God, a god that did not exist in the previous cycle but whose presence means that the current one is almost over.


The Dead Gods

Dead Gods don’t need temples. They have the biggest one of all, Svongarde. Nord heroes and clever men visit the Underworld all the time. They bear a symbol to show that they have, which garners much respect.

The Fox - Shor

The Bear - Tsun


The Hearth Gods

The Hearth Gods have temples appropriate to their nature: Kyne’s are built on peaks, Mara’s are the halls of important Witches, Dibella’s are the halls of important Wives– the temples aren’t like those of the Imperials; as Hearth Gods, they are always homes to someone, and the highest-ranking female of that home is their de facto high priestess.

The Hawk, Kyne

The Wolf, Mara

The Moth, Dibella


The Testing Gods

The Testing Gods don’t really have temples – they are propitiated at battlegrounds or other sites where they caused some notable trouble. Nords understand that the Daedric Temples are something else entirely and think them as much of a waste of time as the formalized religion of the Nine Divines of Cyrodiil.

The Snake, Orkey

The Woodland Man, Herma Mora


The Twilight Gods

The Twilight Gods need no temples– when they show up, there won’t be any reason to build them, much less use them – another waste of time. That said, Nords do venerate them, as they always venerate the cycles of things, and especially the Last War where they will show their final, best worth.

The Dragon, Alduin

Alduin is venerated on the winter solstice by ceremonies at ancient Dragon Cult temples, where offerings are made to keep him asleep for one more year. Alduin is also the source of many common superstitious practices before any event of significance.

The Dragonborn God, Talos

Talos’ totem is the newest, but is everywhere – he is the Dragonborn Conquering Son, the first new god of this cycle, whose power is consequently unknown, so the Nords bless nearly everything with his totem, since he might very well be the god of it now, too. Yes, as first of the Twilight Gods, this practice might seem contradictory, but that’s only because, of all the gods, he will be the one that survives in whole into the next cycle.


Nord view of Imperial Religion

The Eight Divines are viewed by the Nords as a “Southern” import. They retain some of the taint of the Alessian Order, and are basically viewed as a religion for foreigners. Their gods are fine for them, but Nords need Nord gods.

Some of the gods are the same (or similar) – significantly these are the three female gods, which are far more important to the Nords than they are in the Imperial Cult. (Kyne is in fact the de facto head of the Nord pantheon.) The Nords are perplexed and disturbed by the Imperial Cult’s focus on the Dragon God – they regard this as a fundamental misunderstanding of the universe, and one likely to cause disaster in the end. (Which fits perfectly with the pessimistic Nord view of the world in general – things are likely to turn out badly, and it will probably be caused by some foreigner.) Lucky for the world that the Nords are so diligent about keeping Alduin asleep, while the southerners are busy trying to get his attention! Any mention of Akatosh in a Nord’s presence is likely to bring a muttered invocation to Alduin to stay asleep in response.

The Nords believe that, During the Oblivion Crisis, it was Talos (Dragonborn, Martin’s forefather) lending his aid, not Alduin.

Tano and Kenobi: A New Assignment

Previously on Tano and Kenobi…

After a tense duel between Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano for the right to train Senior Initiate Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano emerges victorious. After their apprenticeship is approved by the Jedi Council, the two take part in the ancient Jedi ceremony that binds a Master and a Padawan Learner together in the guiding light of the Force.

We rejoin our heroes, two years into their partnership, Obi-Wan determined to become the best Padawan Learner in the Order and Ahsoka determined to prevent the cruel future that threatens to destroy the galaxy once more…

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“When you are ready, please begin, Padawan Kenobi.”

The Northern Solar training room was filled with the brilliant light of midday sun filtered through the high, arched stained glass windows that looked out onto Coruscant and the speeder bay three levels below. A group of padawans, none older than fifteen standard years, were assembled in the far left corner of the room, milling about as they each waited their turn to tackle the complicated obstacle course set up by Master Ki-Adi-Mundi. Three padawans had already made their way through the course with decent times and only a few falls and one face plant but that had been because Quinlan Vos had been showing off again.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padawan Learner to temporally displaced Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano, was next in line and he had every intention of blasting through the obstacle course with a perfect score and the fastest time of the day. He shot a glance over at his master, who was sitting on the benches that lined the side of the room, her legs crossed and her posture relaxed and confident. She gave him a bright smile and two thumbs up as pride and faith flowed across their training bond.

You’ve got this, Obi-Wan. I know you do.

Obi-Wan took a deep, full-body breath, practically levitating up onto his toes with excitement and nerves. He exhaled and relaxed down into a starter’s crouch, waiting for the Force to sing.

Ki-Adi-Mundi watched the boy with an arched brow but said nothing, trusting Kenobi to know when the time was right.

The Force swirled and let out a note of cheerful harmony and Obi-Wan was off like a shot, his gait smooth and even as he sprinted up an incline and into the obstacle course, adrenaline flowing through him as he vaulted both legs over a low obstacle and moved on to a complicated piece of machinery that was supposed to swing him over a chasm that could have played host to a river, a congested skyway or vein of red hot lava on a volcanic planet somewhere.

Ahsoka watched Obi-Wan breeze through the first two obstacles, cheering him on from the sidelines. There were a few other masters there, observing their own padawans and gossiping about the latest rumors floating around the temple. Apparently Qui-Gon Jinn had managed to improvise his way to a diplomatic solution on a Mid-Rim planet that had been plagued by infighting between powerful dynastic houses. He would be heading back to the Temple after he officiated a few royal weddings and was made a minor deity in the local state religion.

Ahsoka shook her head, her lips quirked. It seemed the Old Glacier was up to his usual antics and she was glad Obi-Wan hadn’t been forced to tag along, especially given his tendencies to rush blindly ahead into danger in his drive to help others and bring peace to the Galaxy. Knowing Obi-Wan, he would have gotten himself betrothed on accident and Qui-Gon would have made things even worse trying to extricate the boy from the unwanted union.

The combination of Jinn and Kenobi might have worked before but Ahsoka was confident that she and Obi-Wan were a much better team this time around. Obi-Wan was already more confident and less critical than when she met him and nearly two years into their pairing as Jedi Master and Padawan Learner their time together had brought a new kind of stability to them both.  Ahsoka’s nightmares of Vader, the Empire, and her lost friends were fewer and farther between and Obi-Wan’s outbursts of righteous anger and destructive self-criticism were slowly coming under control. No one in the Temple could really say they were the model of a perfect master-padawan pair but they were a fiercely devoted team working together to become better than what they were.

To be ready for the darkness when it rose up and threatened the peace of the galaxy yet again.

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Upanayana Ceremony clothing, Bengal
Sudip Kundu (photographer) wrote:
The word Upa+nayana means taking somebody near (upa) knowledge. In ancient times, after the ceremony was performed, the child was sent to the Guru’s house (Gurukul) for education, where the child remained until completion of education.
Even today, there are many Vedic Gurukulas (traditional Vedic schools) which follow this practice.
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Upanayana is one of the traditional saṃskāras (rites of passage) that marked the acceptance of a student by a guru (teacher) and an individual’s entrance to a school in Hinduism.

anonymous asked:

I'm in the mood for something sugary, how about SorMik 114?

Prompt - “Be my wife.”

Warnings for not entirely consensual crossdressing.

(Have so much sugar, your teeth will rot)


They met in a ruin. 

Sorey had seen her before at court. She was accompanying her lord father to the castle to appeal to Sorey’s grandfather, the King, for soldiers to protect their lands. His obvious secondary intent was to put his daughter on display for the gathered nobles that always hovered about the royal family.

Sorey had to admit she was beautiful, with large and beautifully lavender eyes, long lashes that brushed pale cheeks, and silvery-blue hair so long it would trail upon the ground had there not been a portion of it pulled into an intricate up-do. Hers was a beauty that stood out even among the most resplendent of the noble daughters he’d seen.

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