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Orisa PSA: Centaur Mom

Now that Orisa is finally revealed, let’s talk about some cool facts about our new favorite Centaur Mom!

Orisa is our first African hero from Numbani! Rejoice! Hailing from the fictional African city, Orisa’s primary directive is to protect the innocent. She is programmed with an adaptable and strong moral compass, meaning she will always do what is right and can update her own morals as needed.

Orisa’s ultimate ability, Supercharger, is based on a traditional Djembe, or African drum. Orisa can deploy this drum in battle, amplifying her team’s damage if they stay in range. 

These drums are key in most African musical activities, and encourage multi-person dancing and freedom of movement. Orisa’s body and drum are adorned with the zig-zag patterns common to many African textiles (like Bògòlanfini). Many of Orisa’s sprays feature her and her creator, Efi Oladele, playing these drums.

Orisa’s legendary skins, Dynastinae and Megasoma, are named and modeled after two different species of beetles. 

Dynastinae, also called the Rhinoceros beetle, is a common household pet in many parts of the world and is associated with strength, honor, and power.

Her second skin, Megasoma, is based on the Elephant beetle. This beetle is less common as a pet, but is nonetheless just as strong and powerful as it’s blue cousin.

The two protrusions on Orisa’s head are not horns, but tusks! African Elephants hold a special place in the ecosystem and culture of Africa, symbolizing power and honor, as well as having a very strong emphasis and protection and family. Elephants never forget!

Orisa’s mask-like face is based on a Baluba mask, a mask of the once-enormous Luba Kingdom in Africa! This specific type of mask represented the arts and creativity, and carvers in the Luba Kingdom had a high place in society.

Fun fact: Orisa is currently in the game right now on the live servers. Thing is, she’s smashed into a wall in Numbani Airport.

Orisa was the OR-15 unit that tried to engage Doomfist (or whoever crushed the airport) head-on, earning her a spot in the wall. Eli saw this and knew that this specific OR-15 had the capabilities to become something amazing if given a little TLC. Now, Orisa is back and better than ever! Get ready for centaur mom, she’ll be dropping onto the live servers in a few weeks, rebuilt and ready for action!

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Hunk, you big, gassy genius!

blueeyedsoulme  asked:

Yes! I am so sorry, every time I see it!

You’ve seen the video where Louis, Harry, Liam and Zayn are doing an interview and then in the background Niall comes running out but he slams his face into the sign? If not… I need to try and find it. I die laughing. 

But seriously… we must protect these boys! All of them!

They are a danger to others and themselves. 

Just Give Me a Reason

Originally posted by guille-eav

Request: Hey I’ve just discovered your blog and I really love your writing! I was wondering if you would write a Sebastian fic where the reader and Sebastian are dating and finally announce it to their singing groups at one time. The room descends into chaos because no one approves whatsoever and people begin making plans to “rescue” their beloved group member. After multiple plans on both ends are pulled off, they eventually do break up and it’s not pretty. After that the ex-couple’s performances aren’t as good as they had been and both sides begin to realize what they did to their friends. So they team up without the reader or Sebastian knowing and make them both learn half of a duet for some special performance and when that night comes it’s revealed who their dear partner is. Thank you!

Notes: So I only realized after I wrote the entire imagine that I changed it a little, instead of Y/N and Sebastian learning the duet earlier they’re just forced to sing it together. And I didn’t really do ‘multiple plans’ because it would take just way too long, but anyways I hope you enjoy!!

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Threshold magic 101

Doorways are one of the first concepts we learn as we begin to explore our surroundings as infants. In those early memories doorways are magical passages dividing entire worlds in our perceptions. We pass through into new places with entirely different obstacles and experiences to encounter.

As we age, we grow more accustomed to the idea of different rooms and separations of space. Even without a proper door separating them we define spaces by their function and even without a physical barrier between them we acknowledge them as separate and distinct. For an example, consider the layout of a studio apartment, the kitchen, dining room and living room are, functionally one room, and yet people gather in distinct groups in each section of the space, separating themselves into “rooms” with no actual barriers except those imagined by those present.

The Romans had a god, Janus, whose entire domain was doorways, the transition between spaces and spans of time. The first month of the year was named for him as it was the transition between years.

The most instinctive spatial transition is that between one’s home and the outside world. The territorial sanctity of home is a spiritually powerful concept. it protects us just as our homes do. The most direct manifestation of this power is the phenomena of thresholds.

Mythology is filled with creatures which cannot enter a person’s home without their express permission and invitation. From vampires, to demons, to fairies, everything needs permission from the homeowner to enter. in a more modern context, many practitioners report feeling weaker if they enter someone else’s home uninvited.

This is a threshold, a spiritual barrier between us and the outside world. Those who cross it uninvited leave a great deal of their power behind them, so much so that some creatures cannot survive the experience.

While thresholds fall under what would normally be considered “passive” of “innate” magic, there are ways to consciously strengthen, build off, or direct the energy of your threshold to better protect you and your family.

Strengthening:

A threshold can be strengthened in a number of ways. The simplest way is to enhance your sense of home, filling your home with things which are uniquely yours, which hold sentiment or meaning for you personally, and spending time getting your home comfortable and familiar will build up your threshold over time.

Another method is through active warding. Wreaths were an early form of warding charm hung in doorways to drive off evil and malicious spirits. Honeysuckle, St. John’s wart, Rowan, oak, Birch, and Yarrow hung above, in, or beside the doorway will add energies of purification and protection. an Iron nail driven into the door frame combines the warding power of iron, and the tranquil aspects of the rune Isa, which the nail resembles. Daggaz and ing, either painted, scratched or inscribed in a doorway bring luck and safety to those within.

Some witches like to seal their homes by painting pentacles above the major openings, including doors and windows, using either actual paint, or some variety of holy water/oil, or putting lines of salt or blessed sand along the doorways and window sills. This method has the disadvantage of being easily physically disrupted, although some industrious witches have been known to protect such lines by placing them under the metal strips which smooth the transition between the door frame and the floor.

Another method is to hang amulets in the door frame bearing symbols for protection. These can be as simple as a painted piece of paper, or as elaborate as a cast silver charm.  Another example is Amish Hex signs. A six petaled flower or 6 pointed star, represents preservation and continuity for the home, a rooster represents a watchful guardian, and a jagged circle represents the power of thurisaz to drive away evil and disruptive energies.

Building upon:

A threshold is a solid foundation for any magic which is intended to effect the home, or everyone who enters the home.  Such spells work based on the principal of the threshold as not being just a barrier, but a portal which must be passed through.

One use for magic of this kind is to ward against a particular person or type of entity. to do this it is useful to use materials and objects known to be harmful or hateful to that entity. (garlic for vampires, iron for fairies, things the person is allergic to, audio tape containing music they hate, etc.) As was mentioned before, placing these things in, on, or near the doorway is an effective method, but this may not always be convenient or practical. In this case, using them in a ritual to charge another object, such as a stone a piece of wood, or an ornament which can be attached less obtrusively is perfectly acceptable.

Another use is to place spells upon those who come and go through the door. Spells to encourage health, prosperity, peacefulness and joy are common choices. for these uses it’s best to use an object or material which is associated with your desired outcome, and place it in or above the door frame. Traditionally horseshoes were hung in this way to pour luck on those who entered. This is another situation where amulets hung in doorway can be useful, particularly if people are willing to touch or handle the objects as they come through.

A slightly sneakier method might be to paint or inscribe a spell into the door handle, so that a person HAS to handle it to enter, or building your spell to be charged and renewed by the act of using the knocker or doorbell, if it’s intended to drive off unwanted guests, or help visitors.

Directing the threshold:

The threshold, like any other magic, can be channeled and directed. The most common use would be directing the threshold’s protections to include or exclude a particular person, either helping guests feel comfortable and “at home” or making a resident feel unwelcome and vulnerable in their own home. This is most easily done by the homeowner, or head of household, The person with the most authority within the home, and is typically linked to their will, though an explicit statement of intent from this person goes a long way.

Another means of warping the threshold is to have objects or tokens which can be carried outside, bringing a bit of home with you, and therefore bringing a bit of the protection of home as well. This can be tricky, usually requiring some degree of sympathetic magic and thaumaturgy (ie. the use of a small part of a thing to represent the entire thing such as using a chip from the fireplace bricks to represent the hearth, or a shaving of wood from a doorframe to represent the door itself,) typically these tokens are either single use, or must be maintained by restoring them as part of the home upon the person’s return. Removable tiles from a floor mosaic, or a distinctive knob from the cabinets work well for this purpose, as they are small, unique, and easily reattached.

Lesson 25: Cosmic Witchcraft 101 - Stellar Magick

By: Teacher Nova

Live class date and time: 03/16/2017 at 5:30pm CST

~How to do Stellar Magick~

  1. Choose candles based on the color of a certain star using the Harvard Spectral Classification System
    1. O (blue)
    2. B (blue-white)
    3. A (white)
    4. F (yellow-white)
    5. G (yellow)
    6. K (orange)
    7. M (red)
  2. Carve a specific constellation or star name into a single candle
  3. Choose other objects such as flowers or crystals to represent the stars in a constellation
  4. Channel star energy based on your intent 
    1. Method 1: 
      1. ground and center as usual
      2. place the palms of your hands face up
      3. visualize drawing down energy from the stars and into yourself 
    2. Method 2 - Spiral:
      1. make some room - this can be done indoors or outdoors
      2. create a spiral shape on the ground to represent the birth of a star in a nebula - this can be done using herbs, flowers, garlands, confetti, etc.
        1. leave enough space between the winds of the spiral so you can both walk and sit
      3. stand at the entrance of the spiral and clear your mind
      4. when ready, walk to the center of the spiral
      5. at the center, sit down with your palms up and draw down star energy
        1. to charge items during this ritual: place the item at the center of the spiral before beginning, and channel star energy into the object at this time
      6. meditate for as long as you feel necessary
      7. when ready, walk out of the spiral and take this opportunity to ground yourself and reflect on your actions
  5. Charge items by placing them in the center of their own spiral 
  6. Use star energy to ground, center, and to aid in astral travel 
  7. Charge a talisman with star energy and dedicate it to be used during astral travel or divination
  8. Draw a constellation pattern or individual star plus your intent on a piece of paper and place under pillow to aid in dreamwork 
    1. Burn the piece of paper the night after your dreamwork outside under the stars 
  9. Make a dream pillow or sachet with herbs or flowers that correspond with a particular star 
    1. You can also coordinate the color of the pillow/sachet and sew or write the name of the star on the outside

Constellation Correspondences

A

Andromeda - power, removing barriers, release, letting go

Aquarius - new beginnings, luck, wishes

Aquila - guidance, psychic work, astral travel

Ara - hearth, home, devotion, refuge, protection

Aries - fertility, abundance, protection, banishing

Auriga - wisdom, knowledge, storm warding

 

B

Boötes - inspiration, nature, storm warding

 

C

Cancer - astral travel, dreamwork, psychic abilities, imagination, creativity, subconscious desire

Canes Venatici - companionship, faithfulness, protection, healing

Canis Major & Canis Minor - death, renewal, new beginnings, protection, purification

Capricornus - harvest, energy, abundance

Cassiopeia & Cepheus - balance, relationships, love, union, healing, maternal conflict (Cassiopeia), and familial/home conflict (Cepheus)

Centaurus - balance, duality, healing, wisdom

Cetus - power, intelligence, communication, change, growth, happiness

Columba - peace, relaxation, fidelity, devotion, marriage, union

Corona Australis - emotions, love, spirituality, success, manifestation of goals

Corona Borealis - guidance, protection, knowledge, divination, success, manifestation of goals

Corvus - wisdom, secrets, duality, prophecy, divination

Crater - life, emotions, abundance

Crux - elemental energy, crossroads, decision-making

Cygnus - light, death, transformation, prophecy, self-esteem

 

D

Delphinus - intelligence, wisdom, truth, releasing negativity, fertility, safe travels

Draco - wisdom, power, knowledge, prosperity, luck, protection

 

E

Eridanus - life, health, abundance, power, wisdom, transformation, meditation

 

G

Gemini - balance, change, transition, increased power, banishing

Grus - death, rebirth, mysticism, truth, divination  

 

H

Hercules - wisdom, creativity, strength, energy

Hydra/Hydrus - life, reproduction, forces of nature, power, healing, transformation

 

L

Leo - power, protection, courage, strength

Lepus - abundance, swiftness, wisdom, divination, hidden knowledge, transformation, lunar magick

Libra - balance, healing, legal matters

Lupus - power, purpose, loyalty, protection

Lynx - isolation, purification, cleansing, illumination, insight, hidden knowledge, swiftness

Lyra - underworld, enchantment, immortality of the soul, music

 

M

Monoceros - beauty, freedom, love, luck, spirituality, transformation, wisdom, creativity

 

O

Ophiuchus & Serpens - healing, balance, the flow of energy

Orion - self-confidence, strength, victory, winter storms

 

P

Pegasus & Equuleus - travel between realms, contacting the dead, astral travel, divination, psychic abilities

Perseus - hope, desire, wishes, manifestation, power

Phoenix - change, cycles, transformation, rebirth, renewal, personal growth

Pisces - creation, fertility, union, creativity

Piscis Austrinus - prophecy, divination, inspiration, astral travel, wisdom, otherworldly knowledge

Pleiades, the - mysticism, power, higher consciousness, wisdom, awareness

 

S

Sagittarius - mental stimulation, virility, sexuality, physical energy, power, skill, manifestation of goals

Scorpius - protection, the underworld, creativity, transformation, psychic abilities

 

T

Taurus - abundance, regeneration, power, strength, potency

Triangulum - balance, change, transformation

 

U

Ursa Major - healing, protection, survival

Ursa Minor - renewal, rebirth, awakening

 

V

Virgo - rebirth, harvest, regeneration, prosperity 

Behenian Fixed Stars

The Behenian fixed stars are a selection of fifteen stars considered especially useful for magical applications in medieval astrology.

1.    Aldebaran 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Tauri 
  • Constellation: Taurus 
  • Gemstones: Garnet, ruby 
  • Plants: Milk thistle, woodruff 
  • Planets: Mars and Venus 
  • Honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, courage, honesty, success

2.    Algol 

  • Official Designation: Beta Persei 
  • Constellation: Perseus 
  • Gemstone: Diamond 
  • Plants: Black hellebore, mugwort 
  • Planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Lilith  
  • Strength, intense passion, the forces of the natural world

3.    Alphecca 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Coronae Borealis 
  • Constellation: Corona Borealis 
  • Gemstone: Topaz 
  • Plants: Rosemary, trefoil, ivy 
  • Planets: Venus and Mars
  • Love, honor, artistic skills, quiet achievement, a change in social status that is earned 

4.    Antares 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Scorpii 
  • Constellation: Scorpius 
  • Gemstones: Amethyst, sardonyx 
  • Plants: Saffron, snakeroot 
  • Planets: Mars and Jupiter 
  • Strength, protection, defense

5.    Arcturus 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Boötis 
  • Constellation: Boötes 
  • Gemstone: Jasper 
  • Plant: Plantain 
  • Planets: Mars and Jupiter 
  • Protection, guidance, success in the arts, learning, teaching, leading, exploring

6.    Capella 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Aurigae 
  • Constellation: Auriga 
  • Gemstone: Sapphire 
  • Plants: Horehound, mint, mugwort, thyme 
  • Planets: Jupiter and Saturn 
  • Honors, public position, wealth, ambition 

7.    Deneb Algedi 

  • Official Designation: Delta Capricorni 
  • Constellation: Capricornus 
  • Gemstone: Chalcedony 
  • Plants: Mandrake, marjoram, mugwort 
  • Planets: Saturn and Mercury 
  • Wisdom, integrity, justice, balance

8.    Algorab 

  • Official Designation: Gamma Corvi and Delta Corvi 
  • Constellation: Corvus 
  • Gemstone: Onyx 
  • Plants: Burdock, henbane, comfrey 
  • Planets: Saturn and Mars
  • Protection, repelling evil

9.    The Pleiades 

  • Official Designation: M45 
  • Constellation: Taurus 
  • Gemstone: Quartz
  • Plants: Frankincense, fennel 
  • Planets: Mars and the Moon
  • Love, eminence, seeking inner knowledge, peace, spirit communication

10. Polaris 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Ursae Minoris 
  • Constellation: Ursa Minor 
  • Gemstone: Lodestone 
  • Plants: Chicory, mugwort, periwinkle 
  • Planets: Venus and the Moon 
  • Protection, direction, guidance 

11. Procyon 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Canis Minoris 
  • Constellation: Canis Minor 
  • Gemstone: Agate 
  • Plants: Buttercup, marigold, pennyroyal 
  • Planets: Mercury and Mars
  • Power, good health, wealth, fame

12. Regulus 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Leonis 
  • Constellation: Leo 
  • Gemstones: Garnet, granite 
  • Plant: Mugwort 
  • Planets: Jupiter and Mars
  • Power, success, strength

13. Sirius 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Canis Majoris 
  • Constellation: Canis Major 
  • Gemstone: Beryl 
  • Plants: Juniper, dragonwort 
  • Planets: Jupiter and Mars
  • Communication, marital peace, passion, faithfulness, wealth 

14. Spica 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Virginis 
  • Constellation: Virgo 
  • Gemstone: Emerald 
  • Plants: Sage, clover 
  • Planets: Venus and Mercury
  • Protection, abundance, psychic abilities, knowledge, insight

15. Vega 

  • Official Designation: Alpha Lyrae 
  • Constellation: Lyra 
  • Gemstone: Chrysolite 
  • Plant: Winter savory 
  • Planets: Mercury and Venus
  • Artistic talents, social awareness, magic, hopefulness, idealism, averting fear


Royal Stars

The Royal Stars were regarded as “guardians of the sky” in Ancient Persia.  The Persians believed that the sky was divided into four districts with each district being guarded by one of the four Royal Stars. Because of their reverence as “guardians of the sky or heavens” Ancient Persians looked to these stars for guidance and prophecy. These stars are the brightest stars in their associated constellation, and correspond with each of the seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. 

The four Royal Stars are as follows:

·         Aldebaran (Watcher of the East)

o Time of year: Vernal (Spring) equinox 

o Time of day: Sunrise

o Constellation: Taurus

o Zodiac Sign: Taurus

o Element: Earth

o Associations: Eloquence, intelligence, integrity, courage, popularity, agitation, loss, violent death

·         Regulus (Watcher of the North)

o Time of year: Summer solstice 

o Time of day: Noon

o Constellation: Leo

o Zodiac Sign: Leo

o Element: Fire

o Associations: Success, power, nobility, ambition, fame, great power, alertness, leadership, sudden downfall, accidents, violence

·         Antares (Watcher of the West)

o Time of year: Autumnal equinox 

o Time of day: Sunset

o Constellation: Scorpio

o Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

o Element: Water

o Associations: Passion, creativity, adventure, fortune, risk-taking, obstinacy, stubbornness, violence, intensity 

·         Fomalhaut (Watcher of the South) 

o Time of year: Winter solstice 

o Time of day: Midnight

o Constellation: Piscis Austrinus

o Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

o Element: Air

o Associations: Charisma, magick, fame, the occult, spirituality, alchemy, servitude, materialism 

anonymous asked:

Since it's Chuuya's birthday could you please do a top 5 Chuuya's moments?

Of course my dear, what a perfect way to celebrate the birthday of my favorite character! 

1. When he used corruption. Well, of course. This episode (and the chapter) despite the soukokuness was all about Chuuya and, as tainted as they may be, it showed his true colors. I’m emotionally attached to Corruption because it’s the testament of how selfless Chuuya is, how he’s willing to sacrifice himself and putting his life in the hands of another person (that partner he hates so much) in a blink of an eye if this means saving someone or fulfilling a mission. Thinking about how many times he did that in the past physically pains me. He didn’t know if he could have trusted Dazai on this, Dazai could have left him to die this time, it could have been all a plan to force him to use Corruption and then take him out…and yet. And yet he trusted him, once more. Despite the betrayal, he will always trust him. WHAT THE FUCK. 

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2. When he was ready to go against his orders to avenge his subordinates. Mori told him to bring Q back alive, but still Chuuya wasn’t going to stop Dazai. This shows how much Chuuya cares about his subordinates, how he doesn’t consider people as just pawns in his hands, how their deaths affected him more than he’s willing to show, how human and full of emotions he is. This moment speaks louder about what kind of person Chuuya is. He’s not an executive for nothing, he’s loyal and one of the most powerful members of the Mafia, but if you wrong someone under his direct protection, you’re dead to him. 

3. When he went to visit the ADA’s secret base. A moment in which I’m Kenji tbh. I LOVED HIM during this scene, everything was quite frankly iconic. Mori telling him that he has “enough force to crush the ADA” alone (HONESTLY), the flirting with Ranpo (wink wink manga readers the next chapter is gonna be GOOD), his overconfident attitude, the fact that Dazai canonically talks about Chuuya, “WHO WANTS TO FIGHT AGAINST GRAVITY” (*Katniss voice*: I VOLUNTEER AS A TRIBUTE), the fact that he did defeat the ADA alone with nothing but his manipulative skills. He does have so much strength, a strength that doesn’t lie just in his physical abilities. 

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4. When the almost killed Dazai. As I already said in my top 5 soukoku moments, this is such a powerful moment, the cherry on top of a perfect introduction scene. You know I’m not the fondest person when it comes to Dazai, so for a split second I almost hoped for Chuuya to kill him regardless, but I already know he would have never done it for real. Still, I can’t help but think how liberating almost stabbing him in his throat must have been for Chuuya, he finally let out a little bit of a frustration that he had inside (that’s why he was there in the first place. After four years he’s still bugged by him, he still wants some sort of revenge, he still needs a closure Dazai is not willing to give him). But you can say you’ll kill him all you want, my little Chuuya, but will you really? I don’t think so because despite everything you still care and love him so much it’s almost painful to watch.

5. His every single appearance in the official art is my favorite moment, but this one surely takes the cake. This is such a relaxed version of Chuuya, without his signature clothes, his hat, his choker, his constantly worried and angry glare. He’s simply impossible to look away from. (WHERE IS THE MODELING CONTRACT THO)

- bonus: a special mention goes to bsd wan Chuuya, he’s simply the cutest (and the most relatable)

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Leadership Lesson

 A group of wolves; 3 in front are old & sick, they walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind; 5 behind are the strongest & best, they are tasked to protect the front side if there is an attack; the ‘citizens’ in the midst, protected from any attack; 5 behind are the strongest & best, they are tasked to protect the back side if there is an attack; The last one is the Leader; He ensures that no one is left behind and all keep stay one-on pack; He is always ready to run in any direction to protect & serve to the 'bodyguard’ group. This what its called GOOD LEADERSHIP.     #OriginalAuthorUnknown

anonymous asked:

not only MP, now also misha said that cas will be back but we must consider there are also alternate universes, this is making me more nervous I don't want an alternate cas , all the character development and his history with dean lost, it's so upsetting :(

Yeah, I’ve had questions along this line, but I haven’t been able to really answer formally. Along these lines and also in my inbox this morning: (AN: all things in italics are other anon messages… sometimes my inbox helps me out with anons sort of answering each other… Eldritch Inbox):

Hello, i’m sorry if you answered this already, but i do have a question about a certain theory going about about the idea of an au!cas (possibly the one who got killed?) I guess i’m kind of confused about it and was wondering if you’ve either already spoken on it or can expand on the idea? thanks :)

and

Im worried now theyll just exchange Cas for AU cas and think thats fine because we still have the same actor. The flash did the same thing had the character leavd and brozgh the guys alernative version to stick around

and:

While I can see them (hopefully) using AU Cas in good way for a few eps (tho it doesn’t make sense because there would be no reason for JimmyCas in the other world, but they often don’t address stuff that doesn’t make sense well) I don’t think they would decide to not bring regular Cas back. They have 2 seasons left. I don’t think they would get rid of 1 of the mains. 50% if you counted Crowley. Tho they did that with Angel and the relationship on that show in the last season. Hmm.


Okay, I really, truly 100% honestly don’t think they’re going to use AU Cas at all as a replacement for OUR Cas. If the show is going to open up more alternate realities, I can see OUR Cas (and Sam and Dean) meeting those alternate universe versions for an episode here and there, if only to MIRROR what our Cas is going through, but WHY would they bring Cas THIS FAR in his story, to the point where HE HIMSELF has developed and grown and learned SO MUCH ABOUT HIMSELF, and been prodded by practically EVERY CHARACTER EVER about WHO HE IS and WHAT HE WOULD CHOOSE TO BE if they were just gonna toss him out and bring in replacement copies with entirely different life experiences?

We don’t just love the concept of what would essentially boil down to a random character wearing Misha’s face, WE LOVE OUR CAS. Who we’ve watched struggle FOR NINE DAMN YEARS to get to this point in his understanding of humanity, his compassion, his sense of family, and his LOVE for the Winchesters… like two steps before he was ready to make some BIG FINAL CHOICES for himself… And I can’t think of ANY reason for the writers to just erase ALL of that and start over with a “blank slate” version of Cas. Honestly if that’s what they’re planning to do, I would forever be officially done with this damn show.

Talk about your Jump The Shark moments.

BUT! Considering the Cas we saw on screen looked identical to our Cas, down to the coat and tie, and the fact that the Apocalypse AU didn’t look like they had a Dillard’s, I’m assuming that we have not met a Castiel from that AU. What reason would he have for looking like Jimmy Novak in our Castiel’s outfit when AU Bobby looked the way he did, and when AU demons LOOKED like demons (not possessed humans), and when we heard AU angels were human-hating monsters too… Something tells me AU Cas would look NOTHING like Jimmy in suit and tie. It just makes no logical sense.

Even MAGIC in that AU didn’t seem to work properly. Crowley’s spell didn’t seem to be what closed the portal. It was the nephilim’s birth that closed it.

Which brings me back around to the beginning of the line (just like the structure of the episode, and the meta-ness of the title– a song that ends at the beginning…)

Kelly grabs Cas’s hand, after he’s seen the AU that the nephilim SHOWED HIM SPECIFICALLY, of what the world without the Winchesters would look like– remember in 12.09 when Cas was ADAMANT that the world needs every last Winchester? And he was willing to break cosmic-level deals to make sure the world could keep its Winchesters? To me, in this scene where Kelly needs reassurance about Castiel’s “vision of the future” the nephilim showed him, that is something that’s ALSO forefront on his mind:

Kelly: Tell me again. Tell me again what you saw.
Cas: All right. I saw… I saw (he closes his eyes and concentrates on Kelly taking his hand in 12.19, exactly as she just did now)… I saw the future. (flashback to 12.19, with the nephilim’s power flowing through Cas and lighting his eyes up gold). I saw a world without pain, or hunger, or want. I saw the world that this child– that your child– will create. And it is a world without fear, and without suffering, and without hate. I saw paradise.

As he finishes recounting the memory for her, the lights flicker and we hear the Impala pulling up outside. Like the nephilim was alerting Cas to the Winchesters’ presence.

And then Cas learns that Lucifer isn’t in the cage. He can’t even believe it at first. So that’s something the nephilim obviously didn’t bother informing him about… Dean asks Cas if he’ll be able to torch Lucifer the same way he torched Dagon, and Cas attributes that 100% to the baby (who’s a little busy being born at the moment…). But in 12.19, Cas said it was a combination of their powers… so what’s the truth?

Even as Cas tells Dean that it was only the nephilim working through him, he heals Dean in a way that is VERY DIFFERENT from every other time in history. I’m not the only one who noticed. I refer you again to my inbox:

I think it’s interesting that literally seconds after Cas tells Dean he doesn’t have the nephilim’s power at his disposal, he heals Dean’s leg with the nephilim’s gold light. It makes me wonder if Cas has some of the nephilim’s power within him that could save him. OR when Cas healed Dean, maybe that power transferred to Dean. He seemed oddly invigorated after he was healed, ya know? Like more so than usual.

and:

Hi so when I was watching the second ep after Cas first left the alternate dimension I noticed he seemed a bit off. Do u think there’s any way that he was like possessed or something?

BECAUSE YES! HELLO! I’ve been saying that the nephilim has somehow been using Cas since 12.19. Maybe it’s not “brainwashing” or “mind control,” but I’ve been struggling to explain the nuance here. Maybe more like “infection?” or “poison?” In a similar way the Lance of Michael “poisoned” Cas in 12.12, But that’s not even right.

Like the Angel Tablet was able to direct Cas to protect it over everything else, even his relationship with the Winchesters, I think the nephilim has that kind of power over him. And that for whatever reason, he Chose Cas as his protector.

Cas also tried to prevent Sam and Dean from going out back and seeing the portal in the first place. And then he downplayed it while also being mesmerized by it. But he’s absolutely certain that Jack OPENED the door, and that he will close it too.

Cas then goes up to talk to Kelly alone, and she asks him what’s wrong… and it looks like he’s SINCERELY HAVING DOUBTS. While Dean’s downstairs telling Sam that he has faith in US… 

WE DO NOT SEE WHAT GOES DOWN BETWEEN CAS AND KELLY aside from him holding her hand AGAIN and sort of robotically saying, “Don’t worry, it will be fine. Remember, paradise.”

Did he tell her about the portal between worlds, and the horror on the other side of the doorway her child had opened? When Crowley showed up at the exact right moment, seemingly already knowing about the portal and exactly how to close it (in theory?) When Lucifer shows up out front (seemingly NOT already knowing about the portal?).

And Lucifer’s reasoning is the same as Amara’s was, and the same as Jack the Nephilim’s is– “I can do better than god, so I’m gonna burn the place down and start over to make the world just how I want it.”

Right before Cas attacks, Dean says, “See you on the other side, boys.”

THE OTHER SIDE.

The other side of the house… the other side of the portal.

THEIR PLAN, I CAN ONLY ASSUME, IS TO TRAP LUCIFER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PORTAL BEFORE JACK CAN CLOSE IT.

I think that’s what the nephilim WANTED. And also why he waited SO LONG to close it… because Crowley’s spell was never going to work there. But the nephilim wanted Sam and Dean and CAS TOO on THIS SIDE OF THE PORTAL. I think that AU was the nephilim’s solution to shoving Luci back in the cage. To send him to a world where his vessel bloodline is extinct. A world he can’t possibly destroy any more than it’s already destroyed. He wanted an apocalypse, that’s what Jack gave him.

Cas is knocked out in front of the house. I’m sort of enamored with the idea that he’s still unconscious out there, and the Cas we saw in the rest of the episode was nothing more than a construct– an illusion sent by Jack to act as a lure, for whatever reason. Because his actions after this are a bit confusing…

Sam and Dean lead Lucifer around to the portal and then cross over to lure Luci through. Dean plays bait while Sam and Crowley work the spell (why on THAT side of the rift? Why not on the “right side”?

Sam pulls Dean away to the rift as Crowley sacrifices himself, and for some reason they just stop there? They stand around watching Crowley’s demise. YET SOME VERSION OF CAS THAT DOESN’T EVEN RESPOND TO DEAN, JUST PUSHES PAST HIM AND SAYS NOTHING, just charges through the rift toward Lucifer, and then seemingly just– walks up to Lucifer, stabs him, and then turns right around and comes back out again?

All while Kelly DISAPPEARS ENTIRELY IN A FLASH OF LIGHT AS JACK IS “BORN?”

We see Lucifer completely unaffected by the bullets Dean shot him with in the AU, as if Cas hadn’t been expecting Lucifer to be able to follow him out for some reason…

Kelly’s body has mysteriously returned to the bed after the light flash, and Jack’s huddled in the corner of his nursery staring up at Sam with those creepy yellow eyes.

I think Jack’s been using Cas all along, ever since 12.19, and I have seen nothing to break me of that belief.

It’s as if every time Cas gets near Sam and Dean, Jack loses a little bit of that control though. But Jack understands that Dean is both necessary as a motivation for Cas (he does everything for the Winchesters, not for heaven, not even for himself), as well as a potential risk. It’s as if Dean is what’s opening up Cas’s “doorways to doubt,” that he told Dean about in 4.16, right after Uriel told Dean that he was Cas’s “weakness.”:

DEAN: What’s going on, Cas? Since when does Uriel put a leash on you?
CASTIEL: My superiors have begun to question my sympathies.
DEAN: Your sympathies?
CASTIEL: I was getting too close to the humans in my charge. You. They feel I’ve begun to express emotions. The doorways to doubt. This can impair my judgment.

Then in 4.18 Cas relents and gives Dean the nudge in the right direction he needs to stop Sam from making a deal with Lilith (which could’ve potentially STOPPED the apocalypse, but that was before we knew killing Lilith would START it… but feels almost like a test of Cas’s loyalty to Heaven as much as anything, because that entire EPISODE seems in retrospect like a strange loop of Chuck getting to know the players in his own game), and leads directly to him being dragged back to Heaven Boot Camp for reprogramming.

When Cas comes back at the end of the episode, he’s changed. He serves heaven again, not man, and certainly not Dean…

I think Castiel’s “death” in 12.23 is serving the same sort of function. I’m thinking of it as Jack’s answer to Heaven Boot Camp. I am still absolutely convinced that Jack has been influencing Cas’s actions since 12.19, and that Cas is imbued with Jack’s power (hence the golden light when he healed Dean). There is no other explanation for it. Why else give Dean that little cut on his face that we got to see healed with that weird gold light, if it wasn’t to tell us that it was Jack’s power that healed him? It wasn’t clear in 12.19 because Cas was healing an internal injury beneath Dean’s jacket. We didn’t see that healing at work, because we were supposed to be asking ourselves whether or not Cas was being controlled by Jack still… but NOW WE HAVE VISUAL PROOF.

Why would Jack go through all this trouble to keep Cas close while keeping the Winchesters away unless they (or Dean, really) were interfering with that control somehow? Like Cas and his doubts in s4? And even in s5?

Like every time Cas has been “programmed” in Heaven one of his primary objectives was to STAY AWAY FROM THE WINCHESTERS? Like in 7.17 when he was Emmanuel. One day with Dean and he remembered EVERYTHING. Like Naomi controlling him in 8.17, where one day with Dean and he broke free of her control, only to be ruled by the angel tablet and immediately feel the need to run away from Dean again.

We even learned that CROWLEY spent most of s6 trying to convince Cas to stay away from Sam and Dean. It was the foundation of his entire plan to crack purgatory for the souls… 

Instead of bringing Kelly back to the bunker in 12.19, KELLY (under the control of the nephilim already) STOLE THE IMPALA and ran away from the Winchesters. And then when Cas fell under Jack’s power he booped them unconscious and fled.

WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?

Because all of heaven, earth, hell, and purgatory KNOW that Cas needs to be kept away from Dean if they want to use Cas for their own ends… and that’s exactly what Jack wants. But how can he sever Cas’s connection to the Winchesters?

FACTORY RESET.

He doesn’t have a Heaven Boot Camp with the Dentist’s Chair of Horror.

My guess? The Cas we’re going to see in 13.01 is going to be disturbingly familiar to the Cas at the end of 4.20. Instead of serving Heaven, he’s going to be all aboard the Jack bandwagon. Because Jack still needs SOMEONE, but he needs someone whose faith in him is unshakable. And as long as Cas has ties to the Winchesters as anything more than a symbolic reason for following Jack’s plan for bringing “paradise” to the world, a symbol he’d been willing to sacrifice himself for, then Cas’s loyalty was always in jeopardy.

But resurrected as something NEW, bearing Jack as the source of his power instead of Heaven or God or wherever angel Grace is hooked up to as a power source, he may have much greater control over Cas.

At least, that’s how I’ve been thinking of it…

(and I suspect that Cas will be restored to himself by midseason, and Jack will have effectively moved into Big Bad territory by then…)

The Tommo Tum...
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  • Harry: *does eight cartwheels*
  • Harry: *uses meditation skills to levitate*
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My Descriptions of the Peculiar Children

These are all based on the books, rather than the movie. These are all just opinion and all in good favour. 

Enjoy! x


Jacob Portman is the epitome of the modern teenager. He is pretty depressing at the beginning, but we gradually get to see him grow as a character throughout the book. His grandfather, Abraham, sought refuge in Miss Peregrine’s home, not only because he was a Polish Jew in WWII, but he too, was peculiar. His peculiarity is hollowspeak, which includes being able to see the monsters that the other peculiars are so afraid of. Jacob later inherited this peculiarity, which serves him and the others well throughout the series. He is known to be quite smart, having been placed into his school’s gifted program (hence why Ricky calls him Special Ed). He is curious fellow as he decides to go to Cairnholm to figure out his grandfather’s past; who is was, where he came from. Jacob shows his true bravery when confronted by the loss of Miss Peregrine and takes charge with Emma in order to get her back. In the movie, he is portrayed by Asa Butterfield.


Emma Bloom is a fireball (literally). She is often quick to assume and is brash in her actions. She was abandoned by her parents at a circus when she was younger as they could not find anyone that could help her with her peculiarity. Her peculiarity is the ability to manipulate fire and create it in her hands. She is hot-headed, but trustworthy, as said by Miss Peregrine. She is shown to be fairly confident throughout Hollow City and is quick to try to solve a problem when it arises. Physically, she is described to be light skinned and has wavy hair. In the movie, she is portrayed by Ella Purnell.


Horace Somunsson is probably the most fashion forward of the group, by a long shot. He was originally portrayed to be a bit of a coward, to say the least. Though, he proves himself otherwise in Hollow City when faced with a challenge. His peculiarity is based around his prophetic dreams, meaning that when he is asleep, his dreams have the possibility to predict the future. He also has a special pillow that helps subdue some of the nightmares that he gets, that often seem to come true. In the movie, he is played by Hayden Keeler-Stone.


Millard Nullings is invisible, quite literally; that’s his peculiarity. He was born visible though, but he eventually began to fade away bit by bit. He is a peculiar scholar, to say the least. He has studied everything on Cairnholm; the people, the animals, everything! He seems like a stickler for the rules due to his usual refusal to get involved in the others’ schemes and plans, but he got much entertainment and fun out of his extensive research, which he’s very proud of and has been working on for quite some time. He’s confident when he needs to be, but knows how to read a situation and stay out of things when the time is right. In the movie, he is played by Cameron King.


Enoch O’Connor is the human form of angst. He’s sassy and sometimes obnoxious to be around, but he still has a heart (he has many, actually). He seems to put up this sarcastic defence, but as the story progresses, he seems to open up a bit more and even be a little empathetic at one point. He is a “dead-riser”, which essentially means he has the power to give life to inanimate dead things. He likes to create these clay dolls (homunculi) and train them to fight each other or others. In the movie, he is played by Finlay MacMillan.


Fiona Frauenfeld is honestly one of the most caring people I’ve ever read about, and she is so sweet and kind; but also quite quiet. She is silent for the majority of the series and usually talks through Hugh if there is anything to be said. Fiona is in her late teens and is probably one of the older children in the home. Her peculiarity is agrokinesis, which is the ability to manipulate plants. In the movie, she is played by Georgia Pemberton.


Hugh Apiston is sweeter than honey. He is fairly open-minded to almost anything and he has gone as far as to use his abilities to aid his friends in times of desperate need. He is also fairly smart and can be witty. He is also very rash. His peculiarity is the fact that there is a beehive inside his stomach, which he protects and directs. Sometimes, a bee or two may fly out of his mouth when he talks too. He allows his bees to pollinate, using Fiona’s flowers to do so. While Hugh’s peculiarity is to control the bees, the bees themselves are not peculiar and as most bees do, die after stinging. In the movie, he is played by Milo Parker.


Bronwyn Bruntley is the mother of the household; apart from Miss Peregrine. Especially towards the younger children, like Claire and Olive; she has a maternal instinct and will usually be the one to read the children stories at night. She is fairly loyal to her friends, including Miss Peregrine, which makes her hesitant to go out and find the wight. Her peculiarity is strength, meaning that she can lift heavy objects that normal humans would be incapable of lifting. In the movie, she is portrayed by Pixie Davis.


Olive Abroholos Elephanta is one of the youngest peculiars at the home. She is often upbeat and happy, traits that many of the other peculiars share. She is also called “Little Magpie” by Bronwyn. Her peculiarity is levitation as Olive is lighter than air. She has to wear weighted shoes to stop her from floating away. In the movie, she is played by Lauren McCrostie.


Claire Densmore is another young peculiar at the home. She is portrayed to be quite dainty and very small. She also has blonde curls that hide the mouth on the back of her head, which have sharp teeth. She is fairly shy throughout the series and not much is heard from her. In the movie, she is played by Raffiella Chapman.


Miss Alma Peregrine is the headmistress of the children’s home. Her peculiarity is the fact that she is a specific type of peculiar; an ymbryne. Ymbrynes are responsible for the protection of the peculiars in their care from any outside threats (either in the form of hollowgasts, wights, or ageing). In the movie, she is played by Eva Green.