ancient journeys


“Tôi thích thời đại tự tay mình chầm chậm làm mọi thứ, có người lặn lội ngàn núi muôn sông chỉ vì gặp mặt một lần, hồng nhạn đi về nhẫn nại chờ đợi, đêm xuân rỗi việc ngồi nhàn giữa sân, lắng nghe giọt mưa rớt trên lá chuối, xây cả ngôi đình gác chỉ vì ngóng nhìn hoa hạnh nở rộ”
. - An Ni Bảo Bối-


Pudding meets Mummy!Goth comic…

Oh anon…

You have no idea how long I waited you….


Pudding and Mummy!Goth me…

Original Fell!Palette belongs to angexci

Original Goth belongs to nekophy

I love Journey and Abzu, and it’s my personal headcanon that the two ancient civilizations existed at the same time and had contact.

While the Journey people didn’t seem godless, the Abzu people seemed way more into gods and religion.

Also, it’s obvious that the Journey people had a civil war over recourses, but it isn’t as clear what happened to the Abzu people because we only see one person using a war machine. I like to think a leader of the Abzu people saw the Journey people fighting and decided to control the Abzu people’s recourses to try and prevent it happening to them, but turned into a dictator and things just went downhill from there.

I know the ancients in Journey have white faces, but I think it might be because they’re spirits because they seem to have black faces in the murals.


Khoảng trầm ở Hội An.

Chả hiểu từ bao giờ mình vốn nghĩ rằng đi đâu thì đi, nhưng Hội An là nơi mà mình sẽ dành để đi với người mình yêu. Vậy nên từ nhiều năm trước, khi mà bạn bè đã đi chán mọi ngóc ngách của phố Hội thì với mình nó vẫn là ẩn số. Thế rồi vì công việc mà mình đi Hội An khá nhiều lần, lần nào cũng có đồng nghiệp đi cùng, và hầu như lần nào cũng thấy trống rỗng. Có lần nọ mình vào Hội An, theo lịch trình thì sẽ chỉ ở đấy 2 ngày thôi, nhưng vì biết tin chàng trai nọ cũng vào HA sau đấy 2 hôm nên mình đã quyết định ở lại thêm 3 ngày, với hy vọng biết đâu tình cờ mình và bạn ấy sẽ gặp nhau trong một con ngõ nào đấy ở Hội An, vì khu phố nhỏ thế cơ mà. Mà nếu dù ko thể vô tình gặp nhau thì mình cũng sẽ chủ động liên lạc rồi rủ đi dạo loanh quanh thôi. Nhưng cuối cùng đợi đến thể nào đi chăng nữa, mình và bạn ấy cũng ko thể gặp nhau trong suốt chừng đấy ngày. Thật sự đến giờ mình cũng chả hiểu mình đã làm gì ở Hội An cho hết 5 ngày kia nữa. Hình như toàn ăn là ăn haha.
A Possible Break in One of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries
Whales have one of the strangest, least-understood histories of any animal—and barnacles might be the key to unlocking their secrets.
By Peter Brannen

The evolution of whales spans whole ages and unfamiliar worlds. It draws from an oeuvre that includes, not only paleontology, but paleoclimatology, oceanography, geology and paleoecology as well. To get a foothold on this dizzying sweep, UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Larry Taylor has decided to probe something smaller. Not the whales themselves, but the barnacles that cling to the animals—hitching rides around the planet.

As Taylor realized, oxygen isotopes in barnacle shells act as a chemical passport of a whale’s travels, filled with stamps from the world’s various oceans. And humpback-whale barnacles go back millions of years in the fossil record. Taylor hopes to find ancient whale journeys coded in these fossil shells—journeys that could illuminate the evolution of whales and, perhaps even, why some got so preposterously large…

Robert M. Place - The Ancient View of the Cosmos: From Earth to Heaven, the Seven Ancient Planets as the Cosmic Soul Centers, “The Fool’s Journey: The History, Art, and Symbolism of the Tarot”, 2010.

From the ancient world to the Renaissance, the earth was believed to be a sphere located at the unmoving center of the universe and the fixed stars, formed into constellations, were thought to revolve around the earth. Between the fixed stars and the earth, ancient astronomers placed a series of seven crystal spheres in seven layers. On each sphere there was a planet that orbited independently from the fixed stars. When viewed with the naked eye, these are the only objects in the sky that seemed to do this.

The planets were each named after a god and, by the Hellenistic period, their order was determined by the speed of each planet. From the bottom up, they were: Luna, Mercury, Venus, Sol, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

The planets were also believed to form a ladder between heaven and earth that the soul would descend at birth and, as it did so, at each planet it was given certain qualities by the god of the planet. Once the soul made it to the Earth plane, it was clothed in a body made of the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire; and subject to mortality and fate or fortune.

The seven planets of the ancients were also thought of as the soul centers of the cosmos and corresponding soul centers could be found ascending the spine, from the sacrum to the crown of the head, in the microcosm of the human body.

The Neoplatonist philosopher, Iamblichus, tells us in his biography of Pythagoras, that this mystical philosopher developed the diatonic music scale with seven notes, marked by the seven vowels of the Greek alphabet, to capture the sound that each planet made as it orbited the Earth. This harmony was called the music of the spheres. Further, Iamblichus tells us that Pythagoras used this scale in a musical treatment to bring the human soul centers into harmony with the planets. Effectively, these notes functioned like virtues meant to cure the imbalances, or vices, located in each soul center.

Ancient mystics looked at the ladder of the planets as a two-way path. They believed that by entering a deep state of contemplation they could climb this sevenfold ladder while they were alive, let go of the seven endowments of the planets, and in this purified state enter the heaven beyond and receive a vision of their true immortal nature.

As we can see, astrological beliefs were intimately connected with the philosophical Hermetic goal – the achievement of enlightenment – and the process involved letting go of or healing the seven vices attributed to the gods of the seven planets: Luna’s force of increase and decrease, Mercury’s evil cunning, Venus’ lust, Sol’s arrogance, Mars’ audacity, Jupiter’s greed, and Saturn’s falsehood.

In alchemical texts, which also looked to Hermes Trismegistus as their initial source, the seven planets were equated to a hierarchy of seven metals: lead to Saturn, iron to Mars, tin to Jupiter, copper to Venus, quicksilver to Mercury, silver to Luna, and gold to Sol. The alchemists believed that all of these metals were made of one substance but impurities caused their diverse qualities. Lead, the most impure, fell to the bottom of the list but through alchemical processes it could be purified and transformed into the ascending purer forms of metal until it became gold, the most pure. Therefore, the alchemical quest to transmute lead to gold can be seen as a manifestation of this same mystical purification and ascent of the soul.

  • someone: you know, that character of yours looks exactly like *character from property i've never seen*
  • me: *adding said property to list of things i'm never going to watch just out of spite now* oh wow neat.

Getting the blue flame, finding old memories, hearing an ancient song, and journeying to an island shrine with a way-too-tough test. ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ


Sky Pirate ‘verse Aesthetic: Sherlock Holmes + James Moriarty + Sebastian Moran (Mormorlock)

In a world where the continents float in mid-air and ships fly, populated with fantastic creatures and horrible monsters, Sebastian Moran is the twenty yeared old captain of the ship ‘the Raft’, run away from the Navy and in search of adventures; his fortunate companions are James Moriarty, a lame young mathematician who is seeking beauty in his wanderings around the world, and Sherlock Holmes, a chemist devoted to knowledge who’s after the thrill of life.
The three of them are pursuing an unusual treasure, the Spheres, which contain the secret Lost Knowledge of that ancient world.
Their journey hides unexpected dangers and incredible risks, but it will eventually teach them who they really are and what the purpose of their wandering lives is.

Start by leaving home. It’s not where the heart is,
but where the hard edge is. When ice begins
to ebb from shoreline,
freeing mangy marsh grass,
And as you pick up speed, let your life arc out
away from you.

Realize that you don’t know where you’re going
and that the weather changes often.
Steer between the stars
like songbirds coming back at night.
Listen to the whirring
of a thousand, thousand miles of dark.

Remember you are ancient,
that once you walked out of the sea
and in the trees became another thing.
Know you can again.
Become three kinds of lonely.

Light a torch.
Leave a trail of handprints on the walls.
Or start by staying put.
Be a whisper looking for a mouth: luna, luna, luna.
Sit underneath the porch light.
Eat walnuts and persimmons.
Spread your red-edged wings.
‘Calling time’ begins near midnight.

Be hungry. Want.

—  “How To Fall In Love,” Susan Elbe