because he believes himself to be the ultimate power

Teru (& some TeruMob) meta

Warning: contains some fandom salt, oops.

Fandom opinion from what I have gathered so far tends to either characterize Teru as this pure boy who has a crush on or lives for the attention of Mob and gets nervous and anxious over it like a shoujo heroine, OR this somewhat edgy yandere that fucks a girl every week and would probably choke and abuse Mob or something… and I fucking cringe.

Both are so wrong I don’t even know where to begin and I know both characterizations are passive aggressive wars between “antis” and “nasties” but lol, that’s something I am not coming within a 20 ft pole of and I can’t stand when ppl warp characterization to piss off the other parts of a fandom instead of reading carefully with canon… but I digress.

I think what’s jarring and easily misinterpreted is Teru’s change of behavior following his battle with Mob.

There was a great Tumblr post awhile back (which seems to have been deleted, argh) that hypothesized that Teru’s change in personality is an example of altruistic surrender.

Altruistic surrender refers to an ego-defence mechanism postulated by Anna Freud by which a person internalizes the values of another person and lives his or her life in accordance with those values.

I never took a psych class so I’m not going to delve into this further but this makes a lot of sense, since Teru’s previous identity and system of values took such a huge collapse that it’s impossible for him to formulate and rebuild it quickly, so he latches onto and internalizes Mob’s values, which does ultimately change him for the better and is a powerful driving force in him learning to reform his own personality, but does clash with his inherent personality traits to an extent.

Teru says during his battle with Mob that “people can’t change that easily” and that point is simultaneously right and wrong regarding himself. On the surface, it seems like he’s suddenly changed, but that’s because his entire world has been uprooted to the point he can’t return to it so he’s substituting believing in (and thus admiring) Mob until he figures himself out again.

However, for a person with stubborn pride like Teru, when that pride is shattered it doesn’t smooth out immediately, but impales the person on its pieces. You definitely see flashes of those gaping wounds post-defeat - an example being when he intimidates Ritsu, which I believe was both genuine advice and a way to vent frustration with his own former self.

In the manga, you see that Teru gets addicted to developing and refining his psychic power and learning multiple techniques. Sure, it’s probably because it’s useful if he and Mob ever have to fight a shady organization again (and they do), but on some level he’s still trying to surpass Mob in some way. He’s not demanding Mob acquiesce to his values like he did initially, but he’s trying to prove, perhaps both to Mob and himself that he’s an equal - since he can’t match Mob in overwhelming power reserves, he makes up for it in versatility. And from my point of view he seems to be always, on some subconscious level, trying to figure out why he wants to prove himself to Mob - as a friend? A rival? Maybe both? Why? Does he simply want peace of mind by proving that point? Or does he want to ‘repay’ Mob for ‘saving’ him? Shrugs, we can never know exactly but those are both possible.

It’s interesting that Teru’s catchphrase is “I am an ordinary person” and it seems like something he both accepts and fights at the same time. He accepts it in that he’s gotten through to his head that psychic powers don’t make him a better person inherently, they’re just another talent, etc. He fights it because he simply has too much ambition to sit quietly and not be outstanding in some way (“through effort, I have become an exception”).

Unlike Mob, he doesn’t easily accept being ‘nothing’ and having ‘no presence’ - he doesn’t quite have the strength of heart to embrace that ideal without looking back. But I do feel like this time the way he deals with it is healthier because he wants to stand out for genuine hard-earned achievement, not arbitrary factors he was born into.

Now, I’ll address the characterization in most TeruMob fics of Teru as the “nervous blushing shoujo heroine” and WHY I think people make that mistake a lot of times when writing fluff. Those writers aren’t 100% utterly WRONG in reading how Teru would act towards Mob in a romantic fanon context but they oversimplify his internal thought processes and fixate too much on the tropey outwards actions.

Teru has never had a real friend before Mob because his previous “friendships” were for status and ego boosts. Mob saw through that facade while everybody else bought into it.

There’s a lot that could give him anxiety re: forming his first friendship because it’s new and difficult and he’s learning as he goes along without being able to skip any steps, and also because Mob is particularly difficult to read as is. Teru and Mob, in the earlier stages of their friendship (outside of the necessary temporary alliance in the Claw infiltration arc) would probably be very awkward as both of them can easily be concerned with what could go wrong.

Mob is bad at reading the atmosphere, and Teru is not the greatest at genuine communication without putting up a front, so you can imagine how that goes.

Now if we’re going the route of implying Teru having romantic feelings for Mob, that complicates things further. Teru’s dated girls for show but when it comes to somebody he genuinely likes… given the way he’s handled facing his own emotional problems thus far I’m inclined to think he’d be in denial. While Mob’s clinical, pathological compartmentalization of his emotions made him a literal time bomb of sorts, Teru is more of the “self-aware but actively avoiding” type is my interpretation. And frankly speaking, there’s a lot that could go wrong should he get into a relationship with somebody he has genuine feelings for because he has too much to unpack about himself. His admiration of Mob in general would prompt him to also keep those feelings under wraps because the friendship is already an intricate maze to navigate.

Again, everything I’ve just explained is probably where TeruMob fic writers are coming from but they tend to gloss over or skip depicting these parts and thus end up with a hollow shell of what could have been. Also, for anime-only watchers, it’s easy to not get a good grasp on Teru (because you miss out on his technique-developing obsession and what that implies) I feel.

Yuri on Ice interview translation - Otomedia 2017/02 (p21)

Here’s the other interview with producer Manabu Otsuka from February’s Otomedia. This is from February so of course it’s after the end of the series.

As I mentioned in the other post, Otsuka is a producer and also the current representative director of studio MAPPA, so he’s actually a very important guy. In other words, as long as he’s fine with more YOI we will get more YOI…

I know Otsuka from Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis, because he often appeared in the crazy staff live talk they had every week. I always had the impression that he is a nice guy who is open to challenges and lets creators fairly free to do what they wish, which in anime such as YOI is a good thing because it means that creators don’t have to fight against an army of narrow-minded higher-ups to make the story how they want it (though I think they still have to fight against sponsors, distributors etc..). Yamamoto and Kubo would probably have had a much harder time making YOI if they had teamed up with a more old-fashioned anime studio.

As most of the anime staff, Otsuka didn’t really create the story of YOI, he just managed the team that animated it, that’s why often speaks with “it’s my opinion” “I think that” etc.

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MAPPA producer Manabu Otsuka interview
The story of the two continues after the Grand Prix Final

—Let us know how you feel now that the last episode aired.

In the last episode Victor decided to go back to competing and Yuuri decided to continue. I feel that (Mitsurou) Kubo-san and director (Sayo) Yamamoto-san were able to successfully depict the progress and final destination of their relationship of coach and student, as well as the theme of this work, which is “love”, bringing everything to a beautiful conclusion.

—Was it decided from the start that Yuuri would place 2nd in the Grand Prix Final?

Yes. When I received the plan of the story until the last episode, it had Yurio (Yuri Plisetsky) as the winner. I think that, from the start, the story of Yuuri and the other figure skaters was portrayed as something that was going to continue even after the Grand Prix Final. If Yuuri had won he might have chosen to retire this season.

—Were there any other alternative plans for the ending?

Kubo-san and director Yamamoto might have discussed other plans between themselves, but the production staff only knew the current ending. The way we portrayed the exhibition changed from the original plan, but I think that this version with Victor barging in on Yuuri’s exhibition and the story ending with the two of them was probably the best option.

—Why do you think Victor decided to go back to competing?

Victor has been winning all this time with his overwhelming strength and has always surprised the audience, but I think that he might have gotten into a slump because he didn’t know what to do next. Just at that time, at the banquet of last year’s Grand Prix Final, Yuuri told him “become my coach”. This is just my imagination, but I think Victor might have seen it as an occasion for he himself to change. After that he becomes Yuuri’s coach and they fight together, and I think that Yuuri kept on surprising Victor. As they spend time together not only in tournaments but in their private life too, Victor is attracted by Yuuri and is influenced by him. Unlike when he was always winning alone, the influence of another person caused something inside him to change, and I think he might have become curious to know what kind of performance this new himself was capable of and how he could fight against the other skaters. Of course it’s just my personal opinion.

—So this change led him to return to competing.

In the Grand Prix Final we are also shown how both his personal best scores in the short program and free skating were surpassed by the two Yuris, and he can’t just stay there twiddling his thumbs as the others surpass him. Also, in episode 11 we see Victor watching the other skaters’ performances, and of course I don’t think his feelings are that simple, but Yuuri takes it as “see, Victor wants to skate again after all” and “I’m the one who is stopping him from doing that”, so at the beginning of episode 12 he tries to set Victor free.

—So you are saying that he didn’t decide to retire just because of his physical limits.

Yes. And I also believe that Victor’s return to competition might have stopped Yuuri from retiring.

—I had the impression that Yurio’s free skating in episode 12 also had a strong role in stopping Yuuri’s retirement.

I do think that Victor himself and his choice were one of the ultimate reasons causing Yuuri to change his mind about retiring, but at the same time, on a different level, Yurio as an athlete showed him how earnestly he wanted to win against him. I think that power affected Yuuri’s feelings as a figure skater and made him decide to continue competing. Love and bonds with people are portrayed through his relationship with Victor, and the spirit of an athlete and the importance of keeping a strong motivation are portrayed through Yurio. I felt that the way the story is structured with Yurio, who is the youngest one, fiercely representing the essence of an athlete and confronting the adults, was very cleverly thought.

—What do you think about Jean-Jacques Leroy (JJ), who placed 3rd in the Grand Prix Final?

He’s a character I really like. He was overwhelmingly strong ever since he appeared, has a crazy personality and many things about him are more definite than other characters. He says he’s “the king” and delivers. I think that JJ’s collapse increased the tension of the Grand Prix Final. I felt that he had the role of making the audience think “What will happen to Yuuri and Yurio?”, “What will be the results?”. As someone on the creators’ side I was also happy that in the end he was able to rank 3rd overall (LOL).

—It’s amazing that he could recover in the free skating.

I was moved watching him, because unlike the previous JJ, this time he was suffering and struggling to achieve good results. In any sport it always leaves a strong impression when someone is able to overcome adversity, and depicting this through JJ’s development was a good thing for this work as a sport anime.

—From episode 10 we have Otabek too.

Otabek is an athlete who pursues strength as a competitor. He stoically endeavors to become stronger to win competitions. This personality also makes him lonely, and I think that’s why he became friends with Yurio. Yurio has Yakov, Lilia and the others, but I was happy to see that he could finally find a fellow athlete who shared the same loneliness.

—Regarding Yuuri and Victor, how do you interpret their relationship over the course of the whole anime?

This is just my opinion, but I think that for the two of them the relationship of coach and student is just the surface. It looks as if Victor showed up and saved Yuuri from a crisis, but at the same time Victor needs Yuuri too. Yuuri has fallen to the very bottom and Victor has lost sight of something. They meet when they are both going through a difficult phase and need to change something, they complement each other and go further ahead. Yuuri said “this feeling doesn’t have a name”, and I really think their relationship is just like that. It’s surely beautiful to call it “love”, but I think that it goes even beyond that; it’s a relationship where they motivate each other to go in a better direction.

—Every episode had a big response, but do you think in episode 10 it was particularly impressive?

I felt that Kubo-san and director Yamamoto, just like Victor, like to always surprise the audience. And they even set a series of surprises in a row. Showing something clearly can be scary because some people might not be impressed by it, but it’s amazing how they still pushed forward without hesitation (LOL). However, I think that the aggressive stance of this work is what helped it reach the hearts of many people. I personally felt that episode 10 was the culmination of that. It was full of thrills.

—Many people are already hoping for a sequel. What are the current plans for the future?

I think that Kubo-san and director Yamamoto want to continue as long as they can, and there are probably lots of things that they want to portray. If they wish so, the company and I will be glad to work on it as we’ve done so far (LOL).


I figured out why Harry didn’t feel any pain when Voldemort hit his “corpse” with the Cruciatus Curse

So, even Harry himself was surprised when he didn’t feel anything, but he didn’t know why. Well, as Bellatrix established for us and Harry reaffirmed in the scene below, you have to mean it in order to effectively cast an Unforgivable Curse.

Well, when Voldemort cast the Cruciatus Curse at Harry, he believed him to be dead.

Narcissa Malfoy had affirmed what everyone believed, what Voldemort believed was the only possible outcome of Avada Kedavra: Harry’s death.

Harry felt nothing because there was nothing to feel. Voldemort didn’t put any meaning or conviction behind his “Crucio” because he didn’t believe it would yield any reaction. You-Know-Who cast the curse purely for the purpose of showing off.

“No man alive can threaten me now! Watch!”

Voldemort was so confident nothing would happen that he put no power behind the curse. He was so drunk on power that his arrogance ultimately resulted in him thwarting himself.

OK HEAR ME OUT

Its weird that Shadow is teaming up with the bad guys especially after his character arc, it seems really uncharacteristic of him at this point.
Similar can be said for Chaos, at the end of sa1 wasn’t he freed from his anger? Why is he teaming up with the bad guys and destroying the world, and by an extension destroying chao?

There is no way these characters would be led by another (except Metal) nor would they now down to anyone else unless something else was going on.

I believe that this new character is another god like entity, which makes sense due to his Dark Gaia/Solaris appearance. This guy is clearly powerful, judging by the final image we get he is INFINITELY powerful. I presume that he has some power over dimensions due to Classic apparently being from a separate dimension.
As well as this I think that he has an influence over minds.

We’ve already seen that the Zeti are easily manipulated through the shell, Chaos is easily manipulated through Eggman’s trickery, and Metal is easily manipulated because…he’s a robot.

As for Shadow, who isn’t easily manipulated (at least any more) I believe this may be because this guy is more powerful than the ultimate lifeform himself, and so he can sway him just as easy.

‘Why doesn’t this guy have power over the heroes?’ Maybe his power is negative. He can easily take over the minds of those who are negative themselves or have suffered negative experiences. It is possible to manipulate good guys, yet the resistance have to fight and not falter. If they let negative thoughts consume them then their minds are susceptible to his control.

Eggman may think he has full control over this god like figure, but as we have seen time and time again he is probably wrong.

A year after Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

I wanted to write something about the movie but others here who are way better at explaining themes and how the movie was made can school me and others and will do. So I’ll write about how I feel about it.

I walked out the theater feeling hopeful. Bruce Wayne’s words to Diana kept playing in my mind. “Men are still good.” The man who said without hesitation “we’re criminals Alfred” just earlier in the film had a change of heart. The man who dreamed of a giant bat attacking him from his mother’s resting place spoke with some hope. And it was powerful to me, who for many years was the hopeful friend to many. Then depression and life beat me down to someone who believed in hope but many times struggle to see it for himself. Who felt like a hypocrite. I saw one of my favorite heroes be the darkest version of himself and in the end, speak of a better world.

Diana Prince. The Warrior who lost her hope many many years ago. A Hero who became a ghost in man’s world. A Woman who found herself pulled back in to the cause she once believed was a worthy one to leave her home for. The battle to save humanity. She fought side by side with others again, putting herself in risk for them and the world. If someone that could be so hurt by the ugliness of the world can still find the strength to stand up and fight for others, I can also find the strength to not allow myself to be jaded by the ugliness of others. To continue on being the best person I can be to the ones around me. Even if the world deems it pointless or naive.

A man with incredible power is given the knowledge that not only does he have that power, he is the Last Son of a lost world. We saw the man do his best to do what’s right. He did what felt right in his heart and gut. As much as his parents love and fear of what could happen if the world found out about him tried to protect him, his desire and almost impulse to do what’s right and fair always led him to do amazing things. He was debated on. Every action was questioned. The man who was doing his best had doubts if he was actually in the right. Was his best actually his best? Is he making a difference or making things worse? That man in the end, found his world in the strongest human (next to his mother) he had known. The woman who didn’t see him as a god or a devil but as simply as Clark. And if she could see him and be proud. Then he could also be proud of himself. He could also do what’s right and what’s necessary. And he paid the ultimate sacrifice for a world who debated him and feared him. Because he knew they were worth it. Earth is his home and he has the power to defend it. If the Man of Steel has doubts and can still do the right thing, then I can overcome my doubts. I can look at the good people in my life and know that if they believe in me then I can do what’s right. I can always do my best.

This might not make sense to anyone. For that I apologize. But it felt great to write out my thoughts. BvS isn’t for everybody. We know that. But to me, I’ll always cherish this film. Because even in the lowest moments, when things are dark and grey, you can be the little light that makes the difference. You can be an Amazon who decides to fight again. You can be the broken man that against all odds, finds the hope again and takes the first step to change for the better. You can be Super, you can rise above your insecurities, flaws, fears, and anxieties to the amazing things for yourself and others.

Thank you for reading this. Hope you have a good one.

I saw a post a few days ago about how big a deal it is that Dave (who breaks swords) was able to cut through Dirk’s sword (the unbreakable katana), and I got to wondering on why that was the case. I think I’ve come up with an answer.

A warning: I went full literary analysis with this, and it’s pretty long. Prepare yourself.

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messedupmoon  asked:

Can Danny touch North's swords? Or Bunny's boomerang? (Sorry this thought just came to me out of the blue)

Short answer? Yes.

Long and detailed answer?

Its because Danny is half ghost. And while he gets the advantages of being human (people seeing him, touching “real objects”, and not needing believe to stay substance) his ghost half allows him to be just in contact with the spirit world as though he himself is a spirit. Meaning that he can see, touch, smell, hear, and, taste anything that an average spirit can.

It's Mainly because of his ectoplasm energy. (Even though Fate put a stopper on Danny’s ghost powers, and memories, Danny is still ultimately a Halfa and still has ectoplasm in his DNA)

Now, in Jack’s Frost world, there is no ectoplasm and “ghosts” don’t really exist, at least not like Danny’s world. Hence Danny being from a different universe. So, Danny naturally breaks all the rules by being an exception to basically all of the rules set out in this AU (I’m going to not get into too much detail because I (hope) to expand on this further in the fanfic, When Fate Plots and Portals Glitches.)

So, I, um, hope I answered your question to your satisfaction?

Castiel’s true weakness

In a recent post, I explained why I think Cas’ love for Dean Winchester involves eros. Over there, I said the show itself has made an effort to prove that Dean means to Cas more than Sam Winchester and a lot more than humanity. The show has singled out Dean many times, but in that post I only explained the most recent one. I think it’s important to talk about the other moments as well.

Destiel was never something the writers came up with, and we all know that. Castiel wasn’t even a character who was supposed to last in the show. It was his popularity in the fandom and Misha’s chemistry with Jensen that made Cas the recurrent character he is nowadays. However, since season 4 we can see that Castiel had a closer relationship with Dean than with Sam. That’s why we got lines like this in 4x16: “I was getting too close to the humans in my charge. You.” Cas was getting close to Dean, not to Sam, and that was obvious without having a textual line in the show.

In season 5, we got two of the most well-known Destiel lines. Cas rebelled against Heaven, and even the Kripke era singled Dean out when in 5x02 Cas said this, “I’m hunted. I rebelled. And I did it, all of it, for you”. And let’s not forget 5x18 when Cas said, “I gave everything for you. And this is what you give to me.” Never did Cas say that what he did was for humanity or for “you and your brother”. It was very clear that everything was for Dean.

Season 6 singled Dean out visually and textually. It did it visually when we got this:

And it did it textually when Castiel himself told Dean this in 6x20: “I’m doing this for you, Dean. I’m doing this because of you.” It was not for humanity. It was not because he wanted to stop the apocalypse 2.0 and save thousands and thousands of people. It was not for Dean and Sam. It was for Dean.

In season 7, even though the person Cas hurt directly was Sam, Cas’ priority was still Dean. As usual. In 7x01, we got this conversation:

CASTIEL: Dean?

DEAN: What, you need something else?

CASTIEL: No. I feel regret, about you and what I did to Sam.

He could have said that he felt regret about what he did to Sam, and only that, but nope. His priority was that he felt regret about DEAN. He knew that what he did to Sam was something that hurt Dean more than anything, and Cas regretted it deeply. In fact, later in the episode, Cas said this: “I’m gonna find some way to redeem myself to you.” Cas didn’t want to redeem himself “to you and your brother”, or “to all of you” (including Bobby). Not at all. He wanted to redeem himself to Dean. That’s what mattered to him.

In season 8, thanks to the Carver era, things got even more obvious than in the Kripke and Gamble eras. Naomi had to brainwash Castiel into killing thousands of Deans to get him ready to obey Heaven and kill Dean without hesitation.

The only person that could make Cas disobey Heaven was Dean Winchester. Castiel didn’t need to kill thousands of humans, he didn’t need to kill thousands of Sams. But he definitely needed to kill thousands of Deans to be ready to kill the real one. And guess what? Not even after all the brainwashing could Cas kill the real Dean. The “I won’t hurt Dean” was so rooted in Cas’ brain that he overcame Naomi’s mind-control.

In season 9, we got one of the closest things to textual canon that we could hope for. As I said in my other post:

In 9x22, Metatron made Hannah believe that Cas only cared about himself and the Winchesters. BOTH OF THEM. He said the “Hardy boys”. Plural. But notice that when Hannah asked for proof in order to believe Cas, she didn’t say “punish THEM”; she said “punish HIM”, “Don’t lose it over ONE MAN”, referring to Dean. […]  In that same episode, Metatron said this about Castiel, “His true weakness is revealed. He’s in love… with humanity.” 

The Winchesters have been more important than “humanity” to Cas for a very long time. It seems a little contradictory to say Cas’ weakness is humanity when basically Cas’ whole story in the show has been his defying Heaven again and again because of Dean. In this case, however, Metatron was saying “humanity” at the same time the show was emphasizing that everything was about Dean, not Dean and Sam, and definitely not humanity. The show was telling us that Dean was a different category altogether. In case we didn’t get the memo, Dean himself emphasized it in the same episode when he said, “You just gave up an entire army for ONE GUY.” 

For those who really thought Metatron truly believed Cas’ weakness was humanity, we got Metatron correcting himself in 9x23 when he said, “And the Angel tablet – arguably the most powerful instrument in the history of the universe – is in pieces, and for what again? Oh, that’s right – TO SAVE DEAN WINCHESTER. That was your goal, right? I mean, you draped yourself in the flag of heaven, but ultimately, it was all about SAVING ONE HUMAN, right?” Why would the show single out Dean again? Everything Cas did wasn’t about saving the Winchesters. It wasn’t about saving humanity. It was about saving ONE HUMAN. Why? Because Cas’ weakness is that “he’s in love…” with one human.

Because of all these moments, I believe Cas’ love for Dean is eros. Some philia and agape might go along with it since a relationship based merely on eros is doomed, but if eros was not part of the equation, Cas’ love for Dean would be exactly the same as his love for Sam. And that would totally contradict the canon of the whole show regarding Castiel and his relationship with the Winchesters –especially his relationship with Dean.

The important question now is how will season 10 single Dean out? We have gotten good lines like “I miss him” (10x01), “for Dean” (10x21), but that’s not nearly enough. Something else will happen in the last two episodes of the season. And that something has to be even more obvious than what happened in season 9. One thing I know for sure is that Castiel’s weakness will prove to be Dean as it’s been since he first laid a hand on him in Hell. (ETA: The post about how season 10 singled Dean out is here).

The show has given us a lot of Samstiel this season because it was necessary to prove that Cas loves Sam. A LOT. But Cas’ love for Sam continues to be different from the love he has for Dean? Why is that? 

*whispers in the distance*

He’s in love!

weaverworks replied to your postQuintessa is still alive, and Megs is still alive……

Megatron is not under her control. He is willing to those things for the Cybertron. His eyes are purple. Purplr means he is under Quintess control.

When Optimus was under Quintessa’s control, he had a red marking on his face. We know that this mark is related to Quintessa’s control over him because, as he came back to himself, the red receded and eventually vanished entirely.

Megatron is seen with the same on his face. Maybe it has to do with the degree of control she has over them—it’s reasonable to believe it would take more to get Optimus to want to destroy Earth than Megatron—but just because Megatron didn’t have purple optics does not mean he’s acting without Quintessa’s influence.

Because, ultimately, Megatron wasn’t just destroying Earth, he was giving Quintessa power. And this may just be me, but after previous events I don’t think Megatron, in his right mind, would be very keen on giving anyone more power than he gets for himself. The only reason I see him doing this, and not turning on Quintessa at the first opportunity, is because he’s being lead.

But yeah… that’s just me and how I interpret the—limited—information at hand. > >

The Magician is the archetype of the active, masculine principle - the ultimate achiever. He symbolizes the power to tap universal forces and use them for creative purposes. Note his stance in the picture. He acts as a lightening rod - one arm extended up into the Divine for inspiration, the other pointing toward Earth to ground this potent energy. His abilities appear magical at times because his will helps him achieve what seem to be miracles.

What makes the Magician so powerful? First, he is not afraid to act. He believes in himself and is willing to put that belief on the line. He also knows what he intends to do and why. He doesn’t hesitate because he understands his situation exactly. The Magician can focus with single-minded determination. As long as he remembers the divine source of his power, the Magician remains the perfect conduit for miracles.

In a reading, the Magician implies that the primal forces of creativity are yours if you can claim your power and act with awareness and concentration. This card is a signal to act and act now, provided you understand exactly what you want and are committed to getting it.



if I ever have to work with conducting batons and viola bows ever again pls kill me this took two weeks fml

If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Halfway through my fifth viewing of The Force Awakens, I came upon a striking realization. The film has obviously set up many parallels to characters in A New Hope, and I noticed one more that really took me aback with how deep its implications could run. It involved this series’ Obi-Wan. 

Everyone expected Luke to fill the Obi-Wan role, but since he doesn’t appear in this movie until the very end, he is actually being set up to be Yoda. This means that another wizened old hero is clearly the Obi-Wan of this series, and that hero is Han Solo. 

I had kind of noticed right away that Han was a bit like Obi-Wan. He clearly makes himself a father figure to Rey. He guides her to her role with the Resistance, offers her the opportunity of a life off of Jakku, and introduces her to the depth of the galaxy outside of her previously small world. But, Han’s role as this series’ Obi-Wan is so much more important than I previously realized, and it has a lot to do with Kylo Ren’s possible redemption arc. 

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accipitri  asked:

Do you really think Cas' love for Dean is eros? Any specific moments that point to that? I ask because I'm having a hard time seeing it. (His love comes across to me as agape.) Just wanted to hear your thoughts!

Hello, dear coulson-in-the-tardis! Sorry I didn’t reply before. I’ve been very busy at work, and this week’s episode of Supernatural didn’t do anything to improve my mood.

I’m guessing you’re asking me about Cas’ love for Dean because you read my description of their relationship since season 4. Over there, I said I believe Cas’ love for Dean is eros. I appreciate your question because it gives me a chance to better explain myself.

I know most people think of sexual passion and desire when they see the word “eros”. But let’s remember the word was also used as the name of the Greek god of love, Eros (who the Romans called “Cupid”, the god of desire, affection, and erotic love). When I wrote my post about Cas, I probably should have said “romantic love” to be closest to my head canon, but if I was to use the Greek words for “love”, the only one that refers to romantic love is eros.

Since the moment I call myself a Destiel shipper, I’m basically saying that I believe both Dean and Cas have feelings for each other, and I consider those feelings romantic, not platonic. You say that Cas’ love to Dean comes across to you as agape and that you have a hard time seeing any other type of love. Because of your words, I can see that probably nothing I say is going to change your mind, and nothing you say will change mine, but still, I’d like to share my thoughts with you.  

I might have agreed with you if you had told me Cas’ love for Dean is “philia” (brotherly love). For those people who don’t see the romance, this is like the best option. Philia is about a “deep comradely friendship that developed between brothers in arms who had fought side by side on the battlefield. It [is] about showing loyalty to your friends, sacrificing for them, as well as sharing your emotions with them.” (x) Sounds familiar?

Agape, on the other hand, means compassion, forgiveness, charity. Agape is selfless love that you extend to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. If Supernatural has done something very well is to show us that Dean means to Cas A LOT MORE than the rest of humanity does. Too much heart has always been Castiel’s problem because he loves a lot. But all the sacrifices he’s made for Dean don’t necessarily benefit humanity in general.

What about Cas’ love for Sam? I said I consider it between “philia” and “storge” (familial love) because Cas would definitely do anything to protect Sam Winchester. After all these years, nobody could deny the “familial” relationship between Sam and Cas. They have fought side by side, they are brothers in arms, very good friends, but they’re also family. Storge is the affection that can apply to all family members. So I believe both philia and storge apply to Sam, and both apply to Dean as well if we don’t want to consider their relationship romantic.

What makes Dean different, then? The fact that the show itself has made an effort to single out Dean. The most obvious moment for this was in 9x22. (ETA: If you want to know about all the other moments the show has singled Dean out, you can read this). Metatron made Hannah believe that Cas only cared about himself and the Winchesters. BOTH OF THEM. He said the “Hardy boys”. Plural. But notice that when Hannah asked for proof in order to believe Cas, she didn’t say “punish THEM”; she said “punish HIM”, “Don’t lose it over ONE MAN”, referring to Dean. If the show didn’t want us to think that Dean meant to Cas more than even Sam himself, that part could have simply been written differently. Why did the show have to single Dean out? What were they trying to prove?

In that same episode, Metatron said this about Castiel, “His true weakness is revealed. He’s in love… with humanity.” The Winchesters have been more important than “humanity” to Cas for a very long time. It seems a little contradictory to say Cas’ weakness is humanity when basically Cas’ whole story in the show has been his defying Heaven again and again because of Dean (and Sam?). In this case, however, Metatron was saying “humanity” at the same time the show was emphasizing that everything was about Dean, not Dean and Sam, and definitely not humanity. The show was telling us that Dean was a different category altogether. In case we didn’t get the memo, Dean himself emphasized it in the same episode when he said, “You just gave up an entire army for ONE GUY.”

For those who really thought Metatron truly believed Cas’ weakness was humanity, we got Metatron correcting himself in 9x23 when he said, “And the Angel tablet – arguably the most powerful instrument in the history of the universe – is in pieces, and for what again? Oh, that’s right – TO SAVE DEAN WINCHESTER. That was your goal, right? I mean, you draped yourself in the flag of heaven, but ultimately, it was all about SAVING ONE HUMAN, right?” Why would the show single out Dean again?

Everything Cas did wasn’t about saving the Winchesters. It wasn’t about saving humanity. It was about saving ONE HUMAN. Why? Because Cas’ weakness is that “he’s in love…” with one human.

So, yeah, I believe Cas’ love for Dean is eros, but you’re right to question me. My opinion was not complete. I believe Cas’ love for Dean has a little bit of everything because a relationship based solely on eros is doomed to failure. It’s necessary to have some philia and agape to go along with it. That’s what brings kindness, affection, and self-sacrifice to the equation. But if eros was not present, I would believe Cas’ love for Dean equals his love for Sam. And that would totally contradict the canon of episodes 9x22 and 9x23.

crayshack  asked:

What if the stories about Ekkreth in Tatooine slave culture came from someone long ago having a detailed vision about Vader's life but they didn't have the context to correctly understand it so it turned into the stories of Ekkreth?

So, uh, I’m not sure how to say this but…I’m actually really uncomfortable with this idea. For a couple of reasons:

One is that I really really hate the tendency towards religious reductionism in Star Wars fandom: that idea that says, really, everything is the Force, and other people just don’t understand it as fully as the Jedi. It has far too many tones of religious imperialism for my taste.

Another is that I’m a firm believer in the power of stories, and in the way that the stories people need grow out of their own experience. The slaves of Tatooine tell stories about Ekkreth because Ekkreth is one of them. Because in Ekkreth they express their own cleverness and strength and courage and grit and dreams of freedom. Ekkreth arises out of slave culture and ultimately every slave can be and is Ekkreth, who wears infinite shapes.

And maybe the biggest reason is this: When Anakin kills Palpatine, he frees himself, he frees Luke and by extension Leia, he frees the galaxy from the grip of the Emperor….

But none of that actually helps the slaves on Tatooine. That is hugely important to me. These are people who were slaves under the old Republic. They were slaves under the Empire. And I have no doubt that they’re still slaves under the new Republic. Because no one in any of those governments at any point ever addressed the situation on Tatooine.

Killing Palpatine doesn’t help anyone on Tatooine. So for the people of Tatooine? No, Anakin isn’t Ekkreth at all.

anonymous asked:

What are your reasons for typing Albus Dumbledore as an INTJ?

Albus Dumbledore (INTJ) [SPOILERS] shows…

Dominant Ni: (Looks at consistency of ideas and thoughts with an internal framework. Trusts flashes from the unconscious, which may be hard for others to understand.) Think of Dumbledore’s long term plan for Harry–he knows for years that Harry will have to die, and trusts that intuition, hiding it even from Snape. He has instincts about the horcruxes, about Harry’s friends, about teachers. It’s all in his own framework that no one, not even Harry, totally gets.

Originally posted by nellwholock

Auxiliary Te: (Seeks logic and consistency in the outside world. Concern for external laws and rules.) Dumbledore is not a “rule-follower” per se; he is a rule-maker. He organizes Hogwarts and the wizarding world (Te) through his own vision (Ni). Also, he is ultimately willing to make “hard” or “unsympathetic” decisions because they are what is most pragmatic for the long term.

Originally posted by lifeslikeacupoftea

Tertiary Fi: (Seeks harmony of action and thoughts with personal values. May not always articulate those values.) Dumbledore does not care if other people think he’s right, so long as he himself feels he’s on the right path. He does not need the approval of Fudge or anyone in power. He acts according to what he believes is right.

Originally posted by harrypottergif

Inferior Se: (Acts on concrete data from here and now. Trusts the present, then lets it go.) Dumbledore acts in the moment, though he has a long term plan for it. He makes seemingly spontaneous decisions, and can let the present go, though it is harder for him to let go of the past.

Originally posted by teendotcom

However, Dumbledore, as a character seen through the lens of Harry, can be seen as many other types. I’ve seen arguments for INFJ, ENFJ, INTP, and INFP. Essentially the only consensus is that he’s xNxx. I ultimately went with INTJ, and I believe he’s a wonderfully mature, non-stereotypical INTJ. 

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Tonight I’m gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world it’s turning inside out

Things I should probably talk about this chapter:

  • Eren
  • Rod
  • Plot stuff

Things I will choose to resent for interfering with my pure flailing over having the best favorite character ever:

  • Eren
  • Rod
  • Plot stuff

Don’t stop me now
I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball

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One of the most highly regarded left wing writers on economics today is the Frenchman Thomas Picketty. His work  has been praised by high profile liberal media figures such as Paul Krugman and others. But in his most recent book, primarily devoted to the subject of income inequality, Picketty makes a statement that must  be seen as absurd to any sensible student of history. He claims that the growth and development produced by the Industrial revolution were meaningless to the common man since it was the wealthy industrialists who made the fortunes while the common man continued to struggle. In reality there was no group of people upon whom the Industrial revolution had a more profound impact than the common man. 

Infant mortality was  reduced to such an extent that the population of Britain literally doubled. It helped to establish our entire modern  population dynamic. Picketty and others miss this because their real preoccupation is not with general benefit  but  how much POWER  the wealthy have within the economy  (power they believe the government should have instead).  But before an individual can exert power within an economy he must possess it over himself  and his own affairs. This was the ultimate fruit of the Industrial revolution (or more of it).  Unlike the serf or peasant of the feudal era whose fate was often tied to the grace of a single man the  common man today  is an independent agent. He can bargain with  thousands of corporations and businesses for his services and issue his own demands. 

 And this privilege of self possession is precisely why in the modern era men and women rise from the bottom to the top with a frequency that no previous era could have imagined.

anonymous asked:

do u think baelish storyline is about rewriting history and having a second chance? a la Gatsby, but in a more extreme, murdery, creeeeeepy, sociopathic way. Cat is dead, but Sansa (who’s for Baelish a version of her mother. she migh mean more for him, but I think the fact that he first was interested in her because of her likeness with Cat is undeniable!) is not. Sorry, but I find it very hard to think he has ever been in love with someone. He's too much in love with himself and too egocentric.

I assume you’re quoting this meta by @sansalayned? The two things (seeking a second chance a la Gatsby / being too self centered to love anyone besides himself) aren’t mutually exclusive, once you consider that LF’s “love” (more like one-sided pining) for Catelyn is an alibi he uses to justify his generic, yet extreme hunger for power, rather than something that deeply affects him on an intimate level.

I’ll try to explain myself better. LF has a grudge against the nobility, that he thinks wronged him. Catelyn was, for him, a symbol of the class status he wanted to gain, so naturally losing her became the epitome of everything he was “unfairly” denied. By the same logic, he fetishizes Sansa both as his second chance at living out his romantic fantasy, and as a tool to get payback from the nobleborn: he is going to humiliate and destroy them by fucking up the system from the inside, letting the various dynasties butcher each other while he twirls his mustache and steals their power, their wealth, their lands, their daughters and eventually the throne. But all these things—including Catelyn and Sansa—are just objects of his greed, things he’s committed to conquer to please his own gigantic ego and because he enjoys robbing the high lords of everything they have, in itself and for itself. 

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