catholic symbols

All of Mello’s Glorious Outfits

Whattup Tumblr, so I was looking for a post that detailed each outfit Mello wears in the manga and couldn’t find one smh, so here it goes. Please enjoy the high fashion of our favorite pint-sized criminal.

Alright, so when we first meet Mello as a lil bb, his clothes are pretty plain:

Black shirt, black…jeans? I’m having a hard time deciding what fabric this is. And he’s barefoot.

When he leaves Wammy’s, the look is completed with a denim jacket…and shoes:

OK SO LET’S GET STRAIGHT TO IT WITH HIS FIRST APPEARANCE POST TIME SKIP, GLORIOUS:

WOW, THAT FEATHERED PARKA. You’ve got the drug dealer steez down Mello, great job, my boy. Let’s peep those details:

Leather gloves, Catholic symbolism, that flawless bob, damn!

Detailing on the boots:

Alright, last shot of this getup just so we have the profile view, since this is his best known look:

Parka has pockets likely filled with discarded chocolate wrappers, pants tucked into boots, overall nicely done, 10/10 look.

Now onto an often overlooked ensemble, Mello’s spring alternative to the usual leather complete with white pants:

Now it looks like these are the same boots as the first look, just not tied up all the way.

Here’s detailing on the pants:

Decorative stitched seaming details the pockets and…zipper? Cause Mello is fond of drawing attention to the crotch with a variety of accoutrements. Fiendish expression completes the look.

Alright, so you know earlier when I said his iconic look? I lied. That’s a completely different outfit. THIS is his signature outfit:

So this top looks similar to the last, but this one is obviously leather, the last one looks like cloth. Also, this one has the peekaboo cut in the midriff that the other lacks. New belt (last one was square, this one is circular), and we see him in dress boots for the first time instead of combat boots. I think these are new pants, too. They’re frayed at the bottom and flare out like bellbottoms:

(The pair in the first look were tucked into his boots, so I’m assuming they were bootcut—would be awkward to keep tucked.) Also this is the first appearance of the bracelet rosary and the chain on the side of his pants. Still, Mello must be proud of his arms cause he’s really fond of sleeveless vests??

Alright, so this panel I like cause it gives us a detailing on the belt, plus Mello’s amazing expressions are the gifts that keep on giving:

So then we don’t see our mini-mafioso for a hot minute, till he reappears in Hal Lidner’s apartment….and he’s got a new jacket!

Another jacket with a furry hood, although the fur on this one is much more lowkey and less…feather boa-ish. It’s also got some ~sick flame decals around the shoulders and down the arms; frayed edges; and those…throwing star looking decals on the side of the arms:

If anyone knows what that symbol is, feel free to holla at ya girl.

The cuffs on the sleeves are darker and match the color of the flames. You can also see the fraying better here. The pants have laces, which we didn’t see in the previous scenes at the Mafia’s hideout. And just for added measure….

The buttons are skulls, LMAO.

The next new outfit we get is after he appears with Matt wearing this badass moto jacket:

I honestly can’t tell what the design is supposed to be. At first I thought they were zippers, but it looks like they’re either studs or a braided motif (or both):

Also, some pretty sweet new shades he’s rocking, and he’s letting his hair grow out, nice.

Still confused by this design, but it’s likely braided.

This next one isn’t actually in the story, it’s just a chapter illustration, but it does feature Mello in yet another jacket, this time with what for sure looks to be a zipper appliqué:

This is definitely different from the one above—not a moto jacket, and looks like it might have a hoodie attached (or it could be a different piece layered underneath, as we see some of the white fabric at the bottom, and the hoodie is white).

Back to the plot! So Mello kidnaps Takada and blesses us with yet another jacket:

This seems like more of a true motorcycle jacket. Nothing fancy, has padding at the shoulders and elbows. The front zips up and includes a snap enclosure at the neck. These are also different gloves that go to the mid forearm. Also can I just say, Mello looks like…ten years older post-scar. 

Ok, last but not least:

Mello looking clandestine af in his parcel deliverer uniform.

Thank you for your many costume changes, Mello. Each delivers. What a guy.

Public service announcement:

The cross on the left is the ‘Petrine Cross’,
A.K.A the cross of Saint Peter. Simon Peter did not feel worthy of being crucified in the same fashion as Jesus Christs, and requested his crucifixion be inverted for the sake of humilty.
As such it is also one of the symbols of the Papacy and the Keys of Heaven.
So if you think it is an edgy 'Satanic’ symbol or in someway alternative - it quite literaly is one of the most powerful and well known Catholic symbols.

The cross on the right is the 'Leviathan Cross’, it is mad up of a double cross and the infinity symbol, and is also the Alchemical symbol for Sulphur, or in the East, Brimstone.
It symbolises the unity and eqaulity in all things, the free Will of the human soul.
It was created by the Knights Templar and adopted by Anton LaVey in The Satanic Bible as Sulphur is a Masculine Fire element, and the association between Sulphur/Brimstone in the Biblical texts refering to Hell, and the fact that it represents ones own ability to control their destiny.

I like this particular image (origin unknown at present), because the Petrine Cross is on the Left, and the Leviathan Cross is on the Right - when the left and right hand philosophies are considered, it shines a light on the darkness of Christianity, and the stigma now attached to the symbol of freedom for the human soul, as a result of the Templar arrests, assassinations and deaths by decree of Pope Clemant V and Philip IV of France.

Frater 440.’.
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tr0utpout  asked:

Hello! How would you distinguish between ENFP and ESFP - specifically how do you determine whether someone is a se user, or whether they just have well developed te and can turn ideas into immediate actions?

(Gif: Aurora and Klaus, The Originals. ENFP + ESFP.)

N’s are more interested in the unseen intangible meaning of things. They read into situations. They see something and move beyond it to what it says without words. The object interests them less than the thoughts that come from the object. Se’s are not like this. The object is the object. It is to be used, worked with, manipulated, experienced in its realness. The idealism of Ne, intangible focus of Ne, “unrealistic” element of Ne, seems naive and out of touch to Se.

It’s not about ideas. Anyone can have ideas. Tons of them, in fact. Se’s are great with ideas and with making them HAPPEN. The idea becomes an action, due to Se’s desire to “make real” what is in the mind. This is why a lot of high Se’s have one primary goal in life; they are experiencing life to the fullest, but the lower pull of Ni tries to give them a singular greater purpose in life. Like the catchphrase for The Last Kingdom: “Destiny is all.” (Se: I’ll get around to it.)

A real Ne, a HIGH Ne, is more interested in what is unseen, in what is happening between the lines, in “intuiting” into circumstances, people, their motives. It makes everything more complicated than it seems on the surface. Its focus is connections, establishing and linking things together.

I’ll give you a personal example.

Would you believe I wrote upward of 300,000 words on the Christian / Catholic symbolism in The Lord of the Rings? For fun? I could have had a college level thesis, for the amount of work I voluntarily did out of personal enjoyment, just because the first time I saw the film I went, “Oh, look, Gandalf falls into the abyss in the position of the cross… and he’s going to come back later as a resurrected higher being! Hahaha, that’s great. I wonder what other symbolism I could come up with?”

It ranged from the Mother Mary embodiment of Galadriel to the four different incarnations of a Christ figure (Aragorn, Sam, Frodo, Gandalf) to Sam’s little box of salt, and how believers are called to be the salt of the earth. I explored what salt is for, what the meaning behind the salt is; I talked about Tolkien’s Catholic concepts of Purgatory and how they influenced the Dead Marshes, and Gollum’s state of half-life, and what the White Tree of Gondor represents, and how the entire last section of the film speaks to deeper symbolism; how people change, how death comes upon us, etc. One little (okay, LONG) movie opened up an entire world of imagination for me, which I then went on to make infinitely more complex.*

That’s what Ne does.

It was a movie the first time I saw it. Now, it’s an entire mythology in my mind, far and beyond what Tolkien intended. My Ne saw a ton of symbolic connections and entwined them together, until literally every scene in that film is pregnant with deeper messages.

And, I do that with almost everything, all the time.

I went to The Force Awakens and came out with a thousand questions about Kylo Ren, why he chooses voluntarily enslavement while most villains are either trying to create an enslavement of others or escape the chains confining them; what that means for his psyche; what the mask represents, in his mind, and to the external world – and within the mythology of Star Wars. I went on to think about the natural antagonism between sons and their fathers, and how that branches into an overall attitude toward God. I branched from there into the inverted (reversed) symbolism of Anakin being a Christ figure for the DARK SIDE and whether Kylo Ren will follow in his shoes; I thought about how the Jedi represent a rigid moral force of service without love, and how that can cause severe failure and black and white rejection of those who need their help, but have too much “darkness” in them to be thought of as worthy.

Tired yet? Or excited?

So far in this season of watching Doctor Who, I’ve thought about the ethics of slavery, the moral complexities of replacing humankind (and animals) with slave-robots, the black and white nature of morality, the duality of parenting with arguments for both sides (too much or not enough?), the literal, figurative, and $$ of sacrifice in a comparison between morality and capitalism, and the ultimately terrifying but enlightening realization of “I don’t have all the answers.”

Oh, and this is what happened after I watched Labyrinth.

Basically, what I like inspires my imagination and what I like, I must INFUSE with my imagination and entwine it deeply into the things that I value the most (Fi) through giving it individualized greater significance.

I have no idea if that helps or not. But… there it is. My Se friends love what I do, but they are not initiators of similar books, blog posts, or conversations. My mind naturally rushes to the unseen and makes “a big deal out of nothing.”

- ENFP Mod

* Eventually the book wound up in this format, after I tried 10 different approaches over a six month period. And I’ve taken some criticism for it, due to my “cheekiness” and “casual relationship with God.” Sorry. Good natured irreverence comes with the Ne. Even the sacred isn’t… well, that sacred. ;)

It would be a lot easier to take the concept of “cultural appropriation” seriously if a handful of people didn’t screech the term every single time a piece of gear representing a RL culture (or should I specify, a culture that these people specifically exotify, fetishize, and romanticize, because there’s never many complaints about the Japanese or European inspired things in game, even all the hella Catholic religious symbolism, or all the Thavnairian gear and turbans) is thrown into the game, even if it’s a normal article of clothing with no spiritual/religious significance that is open for everyone to wear even in real life and often come from cultures who are very welcoming and love to see outsiders learning about and partaking in their culture. Nothing like undermining your own cause. Stop crying wolf and trying to earn yourself SJW points championing some “downtrodden” people who probably don’t even want your white asses defending them in that specific matter. You’re more offensive than you are progressive. 

FOR ALL YOU LADIES WHO WEAR, CARRY OR HAVE THIS SYMBOL AS A TATT, TAKE NOTES.
THE FLEUR DE LIS OR “FLOWER OF LILY” IS SYMBOL NOT QUITE KNOWN FOR IT’S ORIGIN, BUT IS KNOWN IN MANY PLACES, MAINLY FRANCE ALSO WELL SEEN IN LOUISIANA. OVER THE YEARS IT HAS TAKEN MANY MEANINGS, BUT BY IN LARGE IT HAS BEEN KNOWN TO REPRESENT FRENCH ROYALTY AND WITH THAT ASSOCIATION, STRENGTH, PURITY  & POWER.  
THE CHRISTIANS, MAINLY THE CATHOLICS USE IT A SYMBOL OF THEIR TRINITY AND AT TIMES Mary THE MOTHER OF THE NAZARENE. THIS PASSAGE GIVES A BRIEF REASON AS TO IT’S ADOPTION AND EMBRACE BY FRANCE:
The fleur-de-lis’ symbolic origins with French monarchs may stem from the baptismal lily used in the crowning of King Clovis I.
An ancient legend tell, a golden lily flower given at his baptism to Clovis, king of the Franks (466–511), by an angel or even the Virgin Mary. The lily was said to have sprung from the tears shed by Eve as she left Eden. The lily flower was a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity.

DOESN’T SOUND SO BAD RIGHT?  WAIT, THERE’S MORE. THE FLEUR DE LIS LATER BECAME AS THIS PASSAGE ILLUSTRATES: The dark code was an arrangement of controls received in Louisiana in 1724 from other French settlements around the globe, intended to represent the state’s slave populace. Those guidelines included marking slaves with the fleur-de-lis as discipline for fleeing.
THAT’S RIGHT, MARKING SLAVES. NOW IT COULD BE SAID I’M MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF THAT DARK LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY, BUT  GIVEN THAT THIS LITTLE TIDBIT EFFECTED A WHOLE GROUP OF PPL NEGATIVELY…. LET’S EXPLORE.

 The fleur de lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in Louisiana’s history. Seen in architecture, the state flag and on the helmets of the Saints, it’s everywhere.
   But while it is now seen as the mark of our great state, it was once used to mark slaves.
   “Code noir, those words are French and mean black code,” said slave historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck.
   The black code was a set of regulations adopted in Louisiana in 1724 from other French colonies around the world, meant to govern the state’s slave population. Seck said those rules included branding slaves with the fleur de lis as punishment for running away.
   “He would be taken before a court and the sentence would be being branded on one shoulder and with the fleur de lis, and then they would crop their ears,” Seck said.
   Seck said if that slave ran away a second time, he or she would be branded again, but with another brutality added. Their hamstrings would be cut.
   To him, this symbol only brings sad thoughts.
   “As an African I find it painful, and I think people whose ancestors were enslaved here may feel it even harder than I do as an African,” Seck said.
   Tulane history professor Terence Fitzmorris said the fleur de lis has roots in the French the revolution and, similar to other symbols, was used as a mark of supremacy.
“It was a brutal way of scarring someone and also identifying someone as a particular troublemaker,” Fitzmorris said.
KNOWING THIS, MAKES IT A LITTLE HARD TO SEE THE FLEUR IN ANY SORT OF “GLORIOUS” LIGHT, BUT IT SHOULD AT THE VERY LEAST MAKE U RECONSIDER PROUDLY SPORTING IT ESP. IF YOU CALL YOURSELF BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN. IT’S ONE THING TO BE CALLED A SLAVE, BUT TO WILLINGLY WEAR A MARK OF SLAVERY AND BRUTALITY ASSOCIATED WITH IT PROUDLY IS JUST MENTAL ILLNESS. I’M LOOKING AT YOU BEYONCE’!!!

ALTHOUGH, TO BE FAIR, I’M AWARE IS MOM IS FROM LOUISIANA (ALL THE MORE REASON TO NOT GLORIFY IT) BUT HER AND HER MOM’S LINE DEREON LOGO SPORTS AN INVERTED FLEUR DE LIS, WE COULD ASSUME THAT IT’S A KNOCK AT THE DARK HISTORY THAT THE SYMBOL REPRESENTS. WE COULD……IF IT WEREN’T FOR HER PROUDLY SPORTING A COON TRENCH COAT PAINTED BY A FRENCH ARTIST BY THE NAME OF LA FORGE.

IF HOWEVER IT IS A KNOCK, AND THE INTENT WAS TO USE IT AS SAYING IDK “WE’VE OVERCOME THE ATROCITY”, THE FOOLISH IDEA OF TAKING SOMETHING THAT WAS USED TO OPPRESS OR SLANDER YOU OR YOUR FOREPARENTS AND “CLAIMING” IT NOW AS A “DEFIANT” FORM OF “EMPOWERING” YOURSELF IS JUST…….C’MON SON!

anonymous asked:

Is it wrong to be uncomfortable with how Beyoncé is almost deified by people? She's been using a lot of religious symbolism that kind of buys into this image, and I'm not sure how I feel, because she is so loved, practically revered, that she's been put into a position where she can pretty much do nothing wrong. Plus, I'm Roman Catholic, and the religious symbolism and comparisons make me uncomfortable. I like her, and I like her music, I just don't see her as a Queen or goddess or whatever.

I’d say quite the opposite is true, because she’s so watched and admired anything she does wrong could be 100000x magnified and made worse. And she’s definitely not loved by all, a Lot of people smugly declare that they are not, in fact, Beyonce fans. She receives a lot of ‘hate’ (misogyny, racism, misogynoir).

Now, one Roman Catholic to another, what part of her symbolism is making you uncomfortable? She’s not using any imagery reminiscent of this religion.

Mod A.

Religious beliefs:

-all of the women in the Bible did as much as and even more than the men around them but were held back by the sexism around them

-Mary Magdalene was not a fucking prostitute

-non Christians can go to heaven, too

-the Eucharist is fucking symbolic @ Catholics

-women can be priests. Women ARE priests.

-mary was not “meek and humble” she carries the Son of God in her womb. She has bridled power.

-God is genderless

Michi Muses: Solas, Wisdom, and Pride

I come back to Solas a lot because he bothers me, he’s bothered by for like 3 years now as this itch I can’t stop scratching. I find the flaws and foibles of his character fascinating, especially as his journey (and by extension the Inquisitor’s) is left unfinished.

Whenever I rewatch Babylon 5, I always get reminded of two very important facts. (Babylon 5 is important to understanding Weekes’ writing, though if you’ve never seen the series I can understand how one might miss the obvious road signs.)

1) Solas is not wise.

2) Solas mistakes having knowledge for wisdom.

Solas is supposed to be the ancient, elder wizard trope. The Merlin, I suppose, the Gandalf, the Elrond, the Galadriel, or the Kosh. The wise old guy who occasionally passes off bits of cryptic info designed to make the protagonist think and question the world around them. They give advice, usually based off the secret knowledge they’ve attained or due to the breadth of their experience which lends them greater insight into the human condition. It is not so much that they know the world’s secrets, it is that they understand the knowledge they’ve obtained.

Wisdom, after all, is to ken, to understand. The road to wisdom begins with understanding. No matter how much you think you know, there is always more you don’t. We begin at the beginning.

The character Solas reminds me of most is Galen from the short lived series, Crusade. Galen is a technomage, he’s from an order of traditional wizards for the setting. They’re secretive and hoard their knowledge. Galen is a character who is trying to be wise. He’s young, much younger than the others and acting in ways he shouldn’t be. He’s proud, and sarcastic, and enigmatic. He knows a great deal, but he doesn’t truly understand it. He is reckless, hasty, an emotional powder keg waiting to go off. He is caught up in what should be, rather than what is. This is obvious when you compare him to any other technomage in the setting or the series protagonist Gideon. An idealist, rather than a pragmatist. Someone trying to be what he thinks he should be, rather than existing as he is. Who knows more than anyone else, and because he does believes he knows better. Battered, bruised, and, if the series had continued, destined to be broken. There goeth the pride before the fall.

Yet, that fall is a necessary part of character development. The antithesis of Pride is not Wisdom, it’s Humility. Humility is the first step on the road to wisdom, in humility we are given opportunity to see outside ourselves. In order to be wise, one first needs to be humble or humbled. This is a necessary step on the road of nearly every legend of every religious leader ever, regardless of affiliation. After all, in order to understand we must first understand that we need to understand and recognize that we don’t. In order to be wise, our minds must be open to new ideas and alternate viewpoints. That there are others who know their subjects of study better than we do. Allow ourselves to be taught as well as instruct, even by those whose attitudes we find disagreeable.

If you listen to Solas’ companion banter, you’ll often find him focusing on the way things should be and asking why they’re not that way. With Sera, he tells her he knows who she is better than she does. Looking more for a kindred spirit than trying to discover who she is. It’s the same with the other characters, he decides he knows who they are before he begins discussion. (He’s wrong about… all of them.) If anything, his conversations are more about finding confirmation bias for his path than they are about discovering new truths in a world he’s been part of for a single year.

That is Pride. He knows better than anyone else, and he’s not really willing to reconsider. You can’t be wise or advise others when actively searching for confirmation bias. “They’re wrong because they don’t want to listen, not me.” Solas dictates to others what he believes to be right, and ascribes moral judgements to the cultures and people he disagrees with. He dislikes the choices they’ve made, so they either must be evil, ignorant, or both. (See also: Iron Bull, Vivienne, Sera.)

Solas has secret knowledge, yes, but he is not wise.

On the subject of my eternal irritation with Bioware and their world building. If we’re going to go with spirits as concepts or ideas, then their opposite is in their antonyms.

The opposition to Wisdom is the Fool. It’s Folly.

The opposition to Empathy is Apathy or Cruelty.

The opposition to Knowledge is Ignorance.

The opposition to Justice is not Vengeance, it’s Injustice.

The Seven Deadly Sins versus The Seven Contrary Virtues: Humility against Pride, Kindness against Envy, Abstinence against Gluttony, Chastity against Lust, Patience against Anger,  Liberality against Greed, and Diligence against Sloth.

I know, the Catholics get it done.

I don’t know if Bioware knew they played straight into the standard thematic juxtaposition between Kindness and Envy (given the way the quest runs and how Cole behaves, unlikely) with the Templar quest in Inquisition, but if you live in Western civilization you can’t escape Catholic symbolism, themes, and storytelling. They’re baked into our culture, whether you’re religious or not.

I get that the setting is working off the Warhammer 40k base, where Chaos is the primordial psychic center of the universe so everyone gets to have a say and the desires of mortals inherently corrupt, but if that was the case then there’d be more available versions of Bioware’s demons when the spirits are corrupted. Transformed into X by a specific individual who corrupts them, and not because that is the opposing force.

On a case by case basis, I can see the Anders/Vengeance connection because what Anders actually wanted wasn’t justice for the mages. He wanted vengeance. He didn’t corrupt Justice in set opposition to its nature, but changed it. Vengeance isn’t evil, it’s a natural expression of anger over perceived injustice. (You could, however, just as easily find Justice perverted by legalism and the law into defending the Status Quo. The problem here is that potential corruptive influences are endless. Humans have many different desires and thousands of ways to pervert singular concepts into negative aspects. One, however, does not mirror the other.) Justice itself can become evil, when it goes too far, when it grows cold and unfeeling, when it will not bend, and is not moderated by kindness, mercy, or compassion. (I might argue that the Spirit of Justice we see in the DAO expansion is actually Valor, not Justice. Just like Cole is Kindness, not Compassion.)

I’ll point out that Solas was probably never wise to begin with. He’s a classic ivory tower wizard of traditional fantasy. Knowledgeable? Yes. Intelligent? Yes. Wise? No.

That is the problem with DnD wizards, you know. Wisdom is a dump stat.

anonymous asked:

Y’all are over here with your “catholic vibes” meanwhile i very nearly literally go to the school from im not okay except 10x more catholic and my trans athiest ass is s u f f e r i n g

yeah actual catholicism is not really the vibe,,,, the point is to irreverently steal catholic symbols for goth purposes cuz most a those fuckers dont deserve the respect they get,,, with most other religions its pretty not good to just take their words and imagery and play with em cuz they sound cool,, but christianity kinda unfairly monopolizes culture so like if ur gonna shove it down my throat yeah i’ll use it to be emo,,,,, but i wish u luck dude you’ll be outta there soon

anonymous asked:

Can you explain your URL?

I’ve had a particular affinity for both the word trefoil (from Latin trifolium “three-leaved plant,” from tri- “three” + folium “leaf”) and trefoil symbols since I was young. The biohazard symbol, radiation, classical catholic symbols for the trinity, clovers in general, simple forms of the celtic knot, even the recycling symbol have a really wonderful balanced feel to me. The word is beautiful as well.

its the equivalent of like, a Catholic Traditionalist frevently celebrating Dante Alighieri as a symbol of “Catholic culture” even though Dante was an opponent of the hierarchal church and believed in secular rule like theres a reason why Hell is full of popes

R.I.P. to my youth

And you could call this the funeral
I’m just telling the truth
And you can play this at my funeral
Might go to Hell and there ain’t no stopping
Might be a sinner and I might be a saint
I’d like to be proud, but somehow I’m ashamed
Everybody’s talking, but what’s anybody saying?

And you could call this the funeral
I’m just telling the truth, yeah
You can play this at my funeral
Tell my sister don’t cry and don’t be sad
I’m in Paradise with Dad
I was naive and hopeful and lost
Now I’m aware and trapped in my thoughts
(x)

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anonymous asked:

What does it mean when you see repeating numbers? I have every single day, even multiple times a day, for over the past year. What is this signaling?

Hello Love,

Repeating numbers are a common sign sent from Spirit (your Spirit Guides / Spiritual Allies / Spirit Companions / Loved Ones on the Other Side / Higher Self), to provide affirmation and validation for you in terms of what you are doing in life right now.

If you are currently going through any form of change in your life, these repeating numbers can be a form of acceptance from the Universe around you that you are indeed on the right path and making the right choices.

* Keep Reading for a super quick Repeating Numbers Cheat Sheet *

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anonymous asked:

Hey, so I just had a super shitty weekend, my girlfriend broke up with me, my little bro got a severe concussion, and my absentee father showed up at my front door with absolutely no warning whatsoever! This happened all in two days! Anyways, enough of my problems, I was wondering of you could cheer me up and rec me some super long fics, with a plot like All The Angels and Saints by Speranza? Preferably smutty? Just anything with World War II, non-AU would be fine. Thank you so so so so much!!!!

i suggest these searches:

All The Angels and The Saints by Speranza

In which Steve Rogers loses God and finds God and loses God, and also: Bucky.

Common and not-so-common weaknesses: Vampires

Disclaimer: The following series of posts are to do with pop culture and should be taken lightly.


Common and not so common weaknesses for vampires:

Sunlight - Though Vampires did not burn in the sun until the film Nosferatu (1922) early depictions of Dracula (including the original 1897 novel) suggested that he was weaker by day, tired, and unable to take his wolf, bat, or mist forms by day even though he could walk about by day.    

Silver - It’s become popular to say that silver only works on werewolves but in early lore vampires and werewolves had similar weaknesses. In fact it was believed that if a werewolf is killed he would become a vampire.  Popular fictions that have silver as a weakness for vampires -  Dark Shadows (1966 TV series), Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), Dracula 2: The Ascension (2003), Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D (2012), Dark Shadows (2012)

Roses / Wild Roses in particular - Though rarely addressed in the movies the novel Dracula says that wild roses placed on a grave will prevent a vampire from rising. It may even ward them off as surely as garlic.   This comes up in the Dracula novel, Dracula The series (1990 show) and Fright Night 2 (1988).   The weakness is only subtlely hinted at in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the 1992 movie).

Wolfsbane - Wolfsbane was used as a vampiric weakness in the 1931 Dracula movie.   It is also a common weakness of werewolves and was used to “keep” Lawrence Talbot dead in Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman.   Once the wolfsbane was removed from his grave he healed and rose from the dead. (In the original Universal monster movies werewolves were immortal).   Note: Wolfsbane is a real world toxic plant that can kill a human being if ingested. There is no antidote so this is not something that is harmless to ordinary humans.  

Garlic - Common in Eastern European folklore and popularized in Dracula is the weakness to garlic.  Sometimes the scent will repulse a vampire while in other vampires the touch will burn them.  Usually it acts like an irritant.  Vampires are supposed to have heightened senses so the scent might be too much for them.  Raw garlic is believed to help to build the blood and garlic is very good for cholesterol and other circulatory problems. It may be the beneficial health properties of garlic that made peasants believe it warded off vampires that might have been preying on the sickly.    

Hawthorn - Hawthorn is believed to be the plant used in Jesus’ crown of thorns and so it became a weakness for Dracula in Satanic Rites of Dracula.

Running Water - In some lore vampires cannot cross running water.  It may be that a vampire cannot cross running water without help.   Dracula crossed water just fine in the 1897 novel.  

Specific obsessive compulsive tendencies:

Poppy Seeds - In Eastern European folklore poppy seeds are a common weakness of vampires, not that it would hurt them but that vampires would feel a compulsive need to count them.  This might also work with grains, rice, or even toothpicks or other small objects.  Movies rarely acknowledge this weakness but it does come up in Dracula 2: The ascension.  As a change on this, in Dracula The Series (1990 series) poppy seeds were irresistible to easily addicted vampires.  

Another obsessive compulsion common in Eastern European vampire lore is that vampires do not like knots in rope.  If you keep a long cord with knots near your bed the vampire would feel a compulsive need to de-tangle it and may get so distracted as to not have the time to feed on you.

Mirrors - Vampires won’t die from looking in a mirror but in many folklore they do not cast a reflection. One myth says that it’s the magical properties of the silver backing of older mirrors that allows this, which means newer mirrors would allow a reflection in the mirror.

Photographs -  Vampires not showing up on camera is actually a newer myth, probably tied to the idea that they do not cast reflections in the mirror however things like Fright Night 2 (1988) contradict this.

Symbols of Faith - Catholic symbols worked in the novel Dracula to ward off vampires.   Often the rule is the person using the symbol of faith has to have a personal believe in the power of the object o what the object represents for it to work.  In The Dresden Files this is called Faith Magick.  In Fred Saberhagen’s Dracula books this is blamed on a psychosomatic suggestion.  Vampires are actually highly susceptible to suggestion and conscious or unconscious psychic influence.  They are very psychic but also very vulnerable to psychic influence because of this.  In The Dresden Files Harry Dresden is able to use his pentacle to ward off vampires as it’s the symbol he has faith in.  In Forever Knight an Ancient Egyptian symbol of Ra works.   In Penny Dreadful a combination of Catholic symbols, Native American blessing, and Hebrew warding also works.

Hypnosis - Due to Vampires being very psychic and apex predators they are not gifted in defending themselves against psychic assault as their prey usually have no such power.   According to Fred Saberhagen’s Seance for a Vampire this makes them very easy to hypnotize.

Stake through the heart - In Buffy The Vampire Slayer staking a vampire will cause them to disintergrate.  In True Blood they explode.  In earlier fictions this just stops the heart, preventing the flow of blood and thus paralyzing the vampire. In this case the vampire can be revived if the stake is removed unless the vampire is decapitated and burned.  In some lore the stake has to be wood but in others it has to be a particular wood like yew or hawthorn or holly yet in other fictions it’s any long thin object that can pierce the heart and pin down the vampire and even iron will suffice.

Fire - Fire works against vampires in The Seven Golden Vampires and the novels of Anne Rice. It makes sense that anything burned to ashes will likely stay dead.  There are exceptions. In some vampire lore if you pour fresh blood (particularly vampire blood) onto a vampire who has been rendered ashes by fire (or daylight) that it may revive them.

Decapitation - In many vampire fictions decapitation will work against them.

Dismemberment / Disorientation - Removing the limbs of a vampire and turning them upside down in their grave is not so much supposed to destory a vampire as it is supposed to trap them because the vampire won’t be able to tell which end is up so even if they manage to re-attach their limbs they won’t know which direction to climb and dig to get out of the earth.

Loss of homeland soil - In the novel Dracula (and one episode of the 1960s Dark Shadows) vampires require soil from their homeland in order to properly rest otherwise the vampire will be unable to sleep and or replenish their strength. Without it the vampire becomes weak and tired.

The touch of an innocent - This is a weird one. It comes up in Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula in which the touch of someone innocent or pure of heart would harm Dracula.

Werewolves - in Van Helsing the saliva of a werewolf / werewolf bite was actually a weakness of vampires for some reason…

Magick - Almost anything has at least some weakness to magick.

Wood - In Fred Saberhagen’s Dracula books vampires are as vulnerable to wood as faeries are to iron. It’s a symbolic aspect having to do with wood having been something alive and changed into something else, much like a vampire.  In some folklore particular wood like yew or hawthorne or Holly is what would harm a vampire.

Invitations - In traditional Vampire folklore a vampire cannot enter a home without an invitation.   Fred Saberhagen’s version of Dracula described it as like a mortal trying to leap up a sky scraper. You simply cannot do it.  In Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV series) it’s like an invisible barrier.   The same is true in True Blood. In Let the Right One In Eli could enter without an invitation but it caused her to start to bleed from various parts of her body.   She may have died if she did not flee or gain the invitation.  In True Blood the invitation being revoked would cause the vampire to be pulled out of the house.  In Lost Boys The Vampires could enter without an invitation but if they did get an invitation it meant the usual weaknesses were void while in that house.  In the comedy What we do in the Shadows they cannot even enter a public building without an invitation which results in them needing a bouncer to let them into a Night Club via spoken invitation. Sometimes the invitation can be mere gesture but being spoken is the traditional rout to give a vampire an invitation.  The need for an invitation is usually only for a private home.