divine appearance

I don’t understand...

…why more people don’t hug Lucifer? Like…he’s so lean that hugging him must be very easy. And he wears good suits so it’s not like you’d get scratched by crappy wool or anything. And have you seen his puppy eyes? He can literally compete for hugs with actual puppies. And he really likes Cool Ranch Puffs and Teeny Tiny Donuts, so I don’t get why anyone would find him thereatening.

Happy Mother’s Day with Eris and her mom; the primitive Goddess Nyx

In the Extreme West, beyond the country of Atlas, was the palace of the Goddess Nyx.
The family temple was cold, austere and magnificent at the same time; plunged in darkness and covered with mist. The perfect place for the divinity of the Night. Among the goddess Nyx, it is night even in full day. “The Proud Sun”, as she calls it, never dare to venture there and every evening Nyx extends her veils on the cosmos to spread the night.
despite her appearance and divine functions, Nyx is a caring mother who worries a lot about the future of her eldest daughter Eris…

For the Christian Trump supporters

What is the difference between a theocracy, the kind of government rendered tyrannical by Social Contract Theory, and the religious belief shared by so many Christians that God somehow blesses and presides over presidential inaugurations?

It seems to me that theocratic divine rule also appears within democratic countries, be it via the religious invocations at political ceremonies or via widely held theological dogma which teaches a divine providence over man-made authority. Theocracy can manifest either externally as divinely codified law or internally within the minds of people convinced that all earthly authority is established (or allowed) by an omnipotent god.

Chasing Sunsets (The Alchemy of Fairytales #3)

“I miss you like the moon misses the sun, destined to chase it till the end of time.” - Anonymous

Original Work


Legends tell the stories of how the world came to be. How the skies filled the heavens and how land became solid against our feet.

In the beginning, there was nothing. Just complete and utter darkness. Chaos, they called thee, a void that threatened to swallow everything in its wake.

And then, there was light.

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Kaguya-Hime

Central character from one of the oldest surviving Japanese texts ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.’ When a lowly bamboo cutter named Taketori no Okina or Sanuki Nomiya Tsukomaro discovered a shoot of bamboo that contained a baby girl, he took it home with him to his wife and raised the girl as his own.

Everyday afterwards, every shoot of bamboo the cutter cut was filled with gold and he quickly became rich. The girl also grew quickly and in three months she was already fully grown. With their newfound riches, the family built a beautiful home and spoke to a name giver who told them their daughter should be called Kaguya. In honor of this, they held a festival where everyone saw the newly christened Kaguya’s divine appearance.

Soon after the family were visited by five princes who wished for her hand in marriage but her father would not let them in. For a year they pleaded and waited until he relented and told Kaguya to choose one of them to marry. She devised a test, in that the most devoted to her was the one who she would choose. 

She told the first prince to bring her the stone bowl of the Buddha, the second to bring her a jeweled branch from the mythical island of Hōrai, the third to bring her the robe of the fire rat from China, the fourth to bring her a jewel from the neck of a dragon and the last to bring her a cowry shell that had been birthed by swallows.

The first prince took his servants and hid for three years before producing a old stone bowl to Kaguya. But Kaguya was not deceived as the stone bowl of Buddha was said to be glowing with light, leading the first prince to fail. 

The second prince crafted a gold and silver flowered branch that almost convinced Kaguya, but he was found out when the people he had tasked to create the branch came to Kaguya, angry that he had not paid them. The third prince’s servant brought back a jeweled robe from China that was presented to Kaguya who tested the robe by placing it in a fire. When it burned up, she knew it was a fake as the fire rat’s robe could never be burned.

The fourth prince never returned from his journey and the last prince either died or was severely hurt whilst climbing to a nest. Then the emperor himself came for her but she rebuffed him too. Eventually, Kaguya became sullen and looked upon the moon for nights on end without eating, eventually revealing her secret to her worried father.

Kaguya was in actuality, an alien from the moon who was sent to Earth to protect her during a civil war or as a punishment for some crime. The gold the old man had found was to pay for her upkeep and her true parents were coming to take her home. The emperor upon hearing this, vowed to protect her but the power of the moon’s people was took much for the guards he had posted at her house.

There, a tearful Kaguya drank the elixir of life and gave a letter to her earthly parents. A second letter was sent to the emperor with the elixir attached to it. The girl then placed a feathered robe upon her shoulders, which made her lose all compassion towards humans and went back to the capital of the moon with her true family.

The elixir that the emperor had been given was ordered to be burned atop Mount Fuji, where it still burns to this day.

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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion:

The Epiphany Cycle

The images, mainly on a series of signet rings and seals, depict the stages of an epiphany, i.e the coming of the goddess in the visible world of the faithful. They also show the major cult rituals connected to the divine appearance in the natural landscape, open-air shrines and sanctuaries.The goddess appears as a tiny figure hovering in the air, and then seated on a pedestal or a shrine, or even sailing in a sea-going vessel.The main cult rituals connected with the epiphany of the goddess are tree-worship in which a sacred tree is shaken by ecstatic devotees, and baetyl-worship with the embracing of a baetyl, a sacred stone enshrining the divine powers. The epiphany rites include dancing by groups of women making gestures of invocation of the goddess. The epiphany of the goddess also includes a male figure conversing with the female deity as an equal.

Top and Bottom: “The ring of Minos” The so-called ring of Minos is a masterpiece of Minoan jewellery-making and an artwork of paramount importance for the understanding of religious iconography. The composite image on the bezel of the ring summarizes the three levels of the epiphany. The goddess is depicted hovering in miniature form, seated on a stepped platform topped with horns of consecration, and rowing and steering a boat. Two scenes of tree worship by a male and female enrich the composition. The passage of the goddess through the three natural elements, air, land and sea serves as a symbolic unification of the mortal world and vividly imposes the message of Minoan power over land and sea. From Knossos, 1450-1400 B.C

Left: Gold signet ring depicting a “Sacred Conversation” between a goddess seated above two birds and a male god standing on a podium. The correlation with epiphany is indicated by the small hovering figure and a tree cult scene. From Poros, 1500-1450.

Middle: Gold signet ring showing a goddess, or priestess with scenes of tree and baetyl worship, among insects and sacred symbols. Acharnes, Phourni, 1700-1450 B.C

Right: Gold signet ring with a male figure embracing a baetyl under a tree. The scene includes a flying bird, a column and other sacred symbols. From Knossos, Sellopoulo, 1400-1370 B.C

The Contract Seal

Referring to the post from into–the–abyss about the contract seal:

I researched the meaning of the words and its sigils/symbols written in the pentagram. I think it’s pretty interesting, it sounds really familiar.

Abdia: I conjure thee in secret. (Ciel accidentally summons Sebastian; no one knows)

Ballaton: Come forth from thy abode and speak clearly in my speech. (Sebastian speaks English)

Bellony: Put forth thy might and discover unto me the knowledge and power in thy keep. (Ciel uses Sebastian’s power to achieve his goals)

Halliy: Answer in the inward silence all of my questions without fail. (Ciel orders Sebastian that he shall never lie)

Halliza: Assume and show forth unto me thy form of divine perfection. (Sebastian appears in human form as the perfect butler)

Soluzen: Open unto me thy secret door and fulfill me of my purpose. (Sebastian shall help Ciel to obtain his revenge)

In a way, the contract seal visibly holds all the conditions of the contract between Ciel and Sebastian.

There are two main differences between Sebastian’s contract seal and the original pentagram of Solomon:

One is the ring/chain/circle around the pentacle of Sebastian’s seal (that remarkably resembles Undertaker’s scars but that’s another story). It could symbolize the bond/chain between master and servant.

And the other is that Sebastian’s seal is turned upside down. Originally, a pentagram with a single point projecting upwards was a Christian symbol for the five senses and protected against evil. Conversely, a reversed pentagram (like Sebastian’s) is associated with evil and occultism.

So what could this mean? The way the contract works in both stories (Solomon’s and Kuro) is pretty similar. The master who holds the contract has power over the demon. Therefore, both seals look almost alike.

In the story of Solomon the demon was forced into servitude by the boy who threw the ring (that had been given to Solomon after he had prayed to God) at him. In Kuro, however, Sebastian appeared of his own will after Ciel had lost faith in God and practically forced Ciel to make a contract with him (seeing that Ciel had no other choice (than death) at this point). Maybe this difference is symbolized by the reversed pentagram.

The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely to dwell here, but to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him, and to be manifested according as they could bear it, not vitiating the value of the Divine appearing by exceeding their capacity to receive it.
—  St. Athanasius the Apostolic, On the Incarnation
Perfect Enough For Me - Clint Barton

imagine about the reader being clint’s girlfriend and feeling jealous and insecure about natasha since she’s close with clint and is also a strong and beautiful fighter unlike her that is just an average girl, clint finds out and reassures her, pls?? 

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Five months in a relationship, and two months that you’ve been away from each other because of his work. Five months trying to control your jealousy and insecurity. But how to live in peace when your boyfriend was working and was stuck with a redhead who seemed straight out of Victoria’s Secret for Spies? You took a deep breath, staring at your reflection in the mirror. Your tired face after 8 hours of work and 2 hours of traffic. As much as you tried to eat healthily and sleep well, you couldn’t have that 100% divine appearance. You gently pulled your face up with your fingers, examining your skin marked by sleepless nights, you just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Sighing heavy, you left the bathroom and went straight to bed, lying and hiding in the blanket. Clint would soon be home and you didn’t want to talk to him at the time, not after almost fighting with him on the phone because of your insecurity. And he didn’t seem to want to notice what was happening.

Clint came quietly in the apartment, thinking you’d probably be lying pretending to be asleep to avoid him. He had already noticed your uncertainty about Natasha, even more after discovering the kind of relationship he had with her. But the past was the past, and now you were all he wanted. After taking a long bath and reflect about the small fight that you two had on the phone, Clint decided it was time to be honest about his feelings. Approaching as gently as possible to the bed, he laid on the empty space and covered himself, waiting for a moment some kind of reaction from you that didn’t come.

“(Y / N), honey, I know you’re awake.” He whispered, stretching an arm to be able to pull the blanket that covered your face, making you snort.

“Let me sleep, Barton, I’m tired.” You croaked feigning irritation, staying with your back facing him while trying to contain the urge to cry.

“I love you” Clint said softly, staring at the ceiling for a moment before he turned completely towards you and then pulling you against him, he then whispered in your ear “I love you so much.”

“Are you serious?” You murmured weak, holding his hands when his arms wrapped you. Clint just hummed in agreement and you sniffled softly “I love you too.”

“I don’t want to fight, not about this. Not when you’re the woman who has my heart and not when the only person I want to meet when I come home is you.” the archer said firm and affectionate, burying his face in your hair “You’re my best girl, you’re perfect enough for me.”

Dhumavati Jayanti.

Ma Dhumavati is the form of the Divine Mother who appeared as an old widow, her name means smokey. The story goes that once Devi was hungry and she asked Lord Shiva for food, repeatedly he ignored her request so she ate him whole! Smoke began to emerge from her body and she transformed into an emaciated old widow. She resides in the cremation grounds on a chariot with only crows for company.

The story and image of Dhumavati point to the negative aspects of life, helping us to learn from them and develop a mood of detachment. She holds a winnowing basket the symbol of discrimination, separating the grain from the husk or the real from the unreal. Sri Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Gita 3.38: ‘Just as fire is covered by smoke, a mirror by dust and an embryo by the womb, similarly knowledge is shrouded by desire.’

Dhumavati Jayanti is the day we remember this amazing form of the Divine Mother. For many it falls on the 12th of June 2016, as alway check the Panchang or Hindu calendar for exact dates for your location.