divine victim

aries
sparkling, startling intuitive or 
ravaged fighter

taurus
floodlight of illumination or 
tormented desire 

gemini
infuser of opposing worlds or 
chaotically confused 

cancer 
wielder of the creative source or 
frightened, defensive battler 

leo
creatively divine exhibitionist or 
held hostage by ego

virgo 
pristine heavenly mathematician or 
hyper critical solitary

libra 
temple of unity and acceptance or 
hollow, empty dependant 

scorpio 
deep soul doctor, healer of spiritual wounds or 
overly tempted by death

sagittarius
cultivated and divinely intimate philosopher or 
skeptical sedative 

capricorn 
resilient soldier of god, co-creator with the divine or 
sorrowful victim 

aquarius 
raiser of conscious spiritual seas or 
mentally defeated solitary

pisces 
healer from the source itself or 
confined, confused escapist 

Litany of St. Therese of Lisieux

Lord, have mercy on us.  

Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,  have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,  have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,  have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,  have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.
Saint Therese, servant of God, pray for us.
Saint Therese, victim of the merciful love of God, pray for us.
Saint Therese, spouse of Jesus, pray for us.
Saint Therese, gift of Heaven, pray for us.
Saint Therese, remarkable in childhood, pray for us.
Saint Therese, an example of obedience, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of the will of God, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of peace, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of patience, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of gentleness, pray for us.
Saint Therese, heroic in sacrifice, pray for us.
Saint Therese, generous in forgiving, pray for us.
Saint Therese, benefactress of the needy, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of Jesus, pray for us.
Saint Therese, devoted to the Holy Face, pray for us.
Saint Therese, consumed with divine love of God, pray for us.
Saint Therese, advocate of extreme cases, pray for us.
Saint Therese, persevering in prayer, pray for us.
Saint Therese, a powerful advocate with God, pray for us.
Saint Therese, showering roses, pray for us.
Saint Therese, doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Saint Therese, answering all prayers, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of holy chastity, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of voluntary poverty, pray for us.
Saint Therese, lover of obedience, pray for us. .
Saint Therese, burning with zeal for God’s glory, pray for us.
Saint Therese, inflamed with the Spirit of Love, pray for us.
Saint Therese, child of benediction, pray for us. pray for us.
Saint Therese, perfect in simplicity, pray for us. pray for us.
Saint Therese, so remarkable for trust in God, pray for us.
Saint Therese, gifted with unusual intelligence, pray for us.
Saint Therese, never invoked without some answer, pray for us.
Saint Therese, teaching us the sure way, pray for us.
Saint Therese, victim of Divine Love, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,   Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,  Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,  Have mercy on us.

V. Saint Therese, the little Flower of Jesus,
R. Pray for us.

Let us pray:

O God, Who inflamed with Thy Spirit of Love the soul of Thy servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we may also love Thee and may make Thee much loved.

R. Amen.

tarotqueen13  asked:

I've seen that HUGE masterpost with all the witch labels, and although it's impressive that you've been able to pull together all those resources, for my purposes I was hoping to get the info only on the regional specific witchery. I find SUPER informative and DIFFERENT so Id love to be able to reblog that from you BUT I don't want to tamper or edit your original post without permission. Do you have the post separated by chance, or could you? Because I'd love to reblog so you get the credit!! :)

Here it is!

Regionally Specific Witchery: most were originally tribal based and feature many similarities, such as Paganism and similar craft practices

Europe

Norse: Norse witches worship Norse deities. Witchcraft was very important in ancient Viking culture and a normal part of their everyday life. Warrior shamanism, runes, and sacrifices to the Gods were just some of their important practices. Heathen Witch: Heathenry is Norse/Anglo-Saxon/any Germanic Paganism, also called Asatrú: Ásatrú is a polytheistic faith based on pre-Christian Northern European Pagan beliefs. Emphasis on historical accuracy and the heroic tales as recorded in texts and personal honor, truth and integrity are considered to be some of the highest virtues.

Druid: Druidry means following a spiritual path rooted in the green Earth and hails from the United Kingdom. It means participating in Celtic wisdom teachings, but embracing the contributions of many peoples and times. Druids worship Celtic deities and practice earth based magic.

Hellenic Witch: Witches who are Hellenic or Greek Pagans (Hellenists, Hellenes, Hellenism) are generally polytheists who worship the ancient Greek Olympian gods. Offerings to the Gods are an extremely important element of ritual practice. Hellenismos consider hospitality of great important and place great value on the study and use of classical Greek philosophical texts.

Roman Witch: Roman Pagan witches practice Religio Romana, the pre-Christian religion of Rome. The modern religion reconstructs the ancient faith of Rome and its gods, goddesses and rituals as closely as possible. Every attempt is based on historical accuracy and archaeological evidence. Like their friends the Hellenic Witches focus on the original classical texts, writers and language of their ancestors.

Italian Witch: Strega (Stregheria, La Vecchia Religione, “The Old Religion”), Italian witches practice a form of Witchcraft that encompasses elements of the pre-Christian European magical teachings and ancient Etruscan and Tuscan religions. Many modern Italian Witches today, especially those who still reside in Italy, are Christians who also practice their Old Religion.

Africa

Egyptian Witch: Kemetist witches practice a modern religion based upon the ancient Egyptian family of gods/goddesses and ancient Egyptian ritual practice. While many gods and goddesses are revered or acknowledged, the Kemetic religion is not primarily polytheistic. In many sects of Kemetism, the concept is better described as one god representing many distinct personalities and divinities. Rituals and offerings are often elaborate, and both ancient texts and modern archeological discoveries are very important to modern Egyptian witches.

African Witch: African witchcraft varies region to region of the African continent and can be tribally specific. African witchcraft normally delves in spirit work and shamanism. The most well known type of African witchcraft is Voodoo (Vodou). Voodoo is an ancient West African religion based on spirit work. Voodoo is a religion of spirits. Voodooists believe that the world of humans is shared by the world of the spirits. When a person dies, his spirit passed to the world of the unseen but is still able to see the human world. Spirits, it is believed, in some cases can even impact the world of the living. They also seen as witch doctors in their communities who can heal, work with divination, and give their customers charms and amulets to bring them luck, love, harm to others, and so on.

The Americas

Native American Witch: Each region and tribe of Native Americans have its own unique kind of witchcraft. Each tribe has their own rituals, performed ceremonies, and ritual outfits. They each have their own tools, carvings, and totem poles. In spite of all their differences, Native Americans share a sense of oneness with their land, practice herbology, and hunt, use, and honor animals of Native America. A common magical practice known to have roots in Native American magic is the practice of smudging.

Haitian Vodou: A sect of African Voodoo, they believe in a supreme creator, Bondye, and worship the spirits subservient to him, the Loa. Every Loa is responsible for a particular aspect of life and they cultivate a relationship and worship them much like Pagans worship their Gods and Goddesses. Haitian religious culture is derived from the Kongolese tradition of kanga, the practice of tying one’s soul to something tangible, which is evident in Haitian Vodou. Fearing an uprising in opposition to the US occupation of Haiti, political and religious elites, along with Hollywood and the film industry, sought to trivialize the practice of Vodou. After the Haitian Revolution, many Haitians fled as refugees to New Orleans. Free and enslaved Haitians who moved to New Orleans brought their religious beliefs with them and reinvigorated the Voodoo practices that were already present in the city. Eventually, Voodoo in New Orleans became hidden and the magical components were left present in the public sphere. This created what is called hoodoo in the southern part of the United States.

Louisiana Voodoo: A sect of African Voodoo, knowledge of herbs, poisons, the ritual creation of charms and amulets, and the intension to protect oneself or harm others are key elements of Louisiana Voodoo. Voodoo queens have great power in their communities, are ritual leaders, and draw crowds to buy their magical products, such as “gris gris” amulets and spells that will grant the customers desire. There also Voodoo kings, their male equivalent.

American Hoodoo: A sect of Louisiana Voodoo that is ever evolving. Hoodoo practitioners use gris-gris items, such as amulets and charms, to cure their customers ailments, bring them luck and love, and whatever they desire. Some work closely with the Bible, and have said to see Moses as magical figure.

Bruja/Brujo Witches: Witches who practice witchcraft, brujeria, who are descended from, or live in Spanish speaking South America.

Brazilian Shamanism: Like other tribal or local shaman, they work with the spirit world, work with divination, and are seen as healers. Shamanism is often hereditary in Brazil and they work with a specific animals spirit to derive power from, such as the jaguar. Umbanda: The incorporation of catholic saints with the beliefs of the Brazilian Indians.

Kahunas of Hawaii: Like other shamans, they invoke spiritual help, conduct rituals, and have Pagan local gods who are given offerings. They also have various crafts of Kahunas, such as a high priest, dream interpreter, and reader of the skies. To the Kahunas, and many witches today and in the past, the subconscious is your greatest ally or greatest foe for achieving health, wealth, and happiness.

Asia

Slavic Witches: Today, old techniques of divination, magic, soul travel and healing is known from their ancestors and their native faith Rodnovery. These families, the volkhvy, who have “witchblood” have ancestors from ancient Rodnover priesthood. They are considered masters of a much larger tradition in Russia called koldovstvo, or chaklynstvo. One does not have to possess the lineage of the volkhvy to practice koldovstvo. The Russian volkhvy are thought to be descended from shamans who could shape-shift into bears and wolves, while in Macedonia and Bulgaria they are considered to be descended from dragons. Slavic witches also revere Baba Yaga, one of the most important witch lore figures in Slavic culture, who commonly appears as an old crone who flies within a mortar and holds a pestle. She has many faces, like the Wiccan triple Goddess, such as an Earth Goddess or a symbol of Death.

Japanese Witch: The Pagan Japanese religion of Shinto is shamanistic. Witch is a very positive term in Japan. Japanese witchcraft is commonly separate into two types: those who familiar snakes and those who familiar foxes.

Korean Shamans( Muism or Sinism): Sinism is Pagan shamanism pre-dating Buddhism and Confucianism. The Mu, also known as magician, medicine man, mystic or poet, have the ability to will people into a trance state and astral project. The Mu provides physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. These shamans emphasize holistic living. There are different types of Mu and they are link to the mother goddess associated with a mountain. Each region has a different mountain association, thus a different goddess associated with that region. They make sacrifices to the gods, worship ancestors, sing songs, and meditate.

Chinese Wuism: Chinese shamanism, also called Wuism, was first recorded in the Shang dynasty. These men and women are seen to meditate with the powers to generate things, worship ancestors, and can communicate with the spirits. Gods of nature are prominent in Wuism.

Filipino Witch: Kulam is a form of folk magic from the Phiippines. It emphasizes personal power and the secret knowledge of Magica Baja. Like other witches they practice candle magic, scrying, spell work, and a mangkukulam, a version of the Voodoo doll. They also are witch doctors like other folk magic practitioners who uses divination to diagnose a victim and try to cure them.


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The Carmelite is a given soul,
One immolated for the glory of God.
With her Christ she is crucified;
But how luminous is her Calvary!
While gazing on the divine Victim,
A light blazed forth in her soul
And, understanding her sublime mission,
Her wounded heart exclaimed: “Here I am!”

The Carmelite is an adoring soul,
Wholly surrendered to the action of God,
Intently communing through all things,
Her heart uplifted and her eyes full of heaven!
She has found the One Thing Necessary,
The divine Being, Light and Love.
Enfolding the world in her prayer,
She is an apostle in truth.

—  St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

I was tagged by @daydreamodyssey and @franku-san to put my music on shuffle and list the 10 first songs that come up without skipping.

So here they are:

  1. Blue Oyster Cult - Stone of Love
  2. Manilla Road - Divine Victim
  3. Judas Priest - Evening Star
  4. Judas Priest - Before the Dawn
  5. Judas Priest - Living After Midnight
  6. Mac Beth - Catch 22
  7. Rush - Closer to the Heart
  8. Rush - Xanadu
  9. Savatage - The Whip
  10. Savatage - Gutter Ballet

I’m afraid that I really annoy all of you with my tags.. So I won’t do it this time.👻✨

to be fair to Dann and his mediocre prose, it’s hard to beat Fitzgerald’s, whatever you think of him as a man: 

He would give to God, he continued, getting down to specifications, the greatest diamond in the world. This diamond would be cut with many more thousand facets than there were leaves on a tree, and yet the whole diamond would be shaped with the perfection of a stone no bigger than a fly. Many men would work upon it for many years. It would be set in a great dome of beaten gold, wonderfully carved and equipped with gates of opal and crusted sapphire. In the middle would be hollowed out a chapel presided over by an altar of iridescent, decomposing, ever-changing radium which would burn out the eyes of any worshipper who lifted up his head from prayer—and on this altar there would be slain for the amusement of the Divine Benefactor any victim He should choose, even though it should be the greatest and most powerful man alive.

Here at the heart of this play of destruction, the divinity has offered his victim peace, rescue, alliance, and blessedness. It is as if the prayers of the two old men had reached him, for he has lookedinto the face of a man who has offendedhim and has proposed salvation for that offender and his city. In response, Pentheus performs his quintessential deed, the one for which he pays in blood. It is one that can be staged, for it is not ritually ill-omened, and yet it is the most dangerous and blasphemous act of man. Pentheus, who has been offered the love of god, refuses it, and turns his back upon divinity. Once again he gives the formal command for troops, and once again, as after the earthquake, as after the command at 780, we expect Dionysus to reveal himself in all his justified wrath. There is no new earthquake, however, nor does a ravening lion stand where the Stranger had stood; there is not even a miracle that carries the prophet suddenly out of the locked city and up to the mountain forces of Dionysus. And yet a wonder does occur, and appropriately enough it is a version of the peculiarly Dionysiac feat of form-changing. Quite suddenly a prophet who has been kind, effeminate, languid, weak, scorned and threatened with death, imaged as a hunted animal, becomes hard, bull-like, energetic and powerful, one who controls the lives of others and is described as a hunter is. In exactly the same moment a ruling prince undergoes the reverse transformation; forgetting his cruel, masculine strength, his contempt, and his public role, he becomes a creature who is pliable, womanish and weak, who is scorned, disguised and hunted like a beast. In the next moment the Bacchants’ persecutor will out-maenad the Maenad in his fussy ritual concern. All this happens in a swift and magical pause that is marked by a break in the stichomythia and signalized by an apparently senseless sound that issues from the lips of the god. “Ah, ” says Dionysus to himself, speaking outside the measured iambics of the dialogue. It is an exclamation not of pain or disappointment, for a god knows no such feelings; it is the sound of readjustment. At this point, and only at this point, Pentheus becomes an object not of beneficence but of justice, and Dionysus begins to function as an agent of punishment. Not a second is wasted; his smile, his rich color, his sweet insinuations in this instant become the instruments for the destruction of an enemy, and the divine vengeance begins with his very next word. “You wish, I think, to see the women at their rites?” the Stranger suavely asks, and with this suggestion Pentheus’ carpet scene is inaugurated, his dismemberment begun. 

Anne Pippin Burnett (1970) “Pentheus and Dionysus: Host and Guest”, Classical Philology Vol. 65, No. 1 

anonymous asked:

I used to not really mind Laura, but after they shoved her down my throat in episode 7 I hate her. I really don't like how she takes away focus from Shadow, the lead.

Completely understandable. You’re not in the wrong for feeling that way. While American Gods is an ensemble show, Shadow is still a main character and as I’ve seen pointed out, Laura is not a Goddess. She is a victim of divine intervention, but that doesn’t put her on the level as Mister Nancy, Media, or Mad Sweeney.

50 Signs of spiritual Awakening: 

1.Spiritual awakening raises your vibration; this involves a release of blockages which allows abundance to flow to you. Being in alignment with a higher vibration results in quicker and more beneficial manifestations to be received by you.

2.Seeking new friends and groups who are interested in the Integrated life of the spirit (meaning balance in mind-body-spirit)
3.You begin to look younger experiencing more vitality
4.A feeling that something has changed within you
5.An increased interest in exercising in ways that honour your body – mind – spirit connection
6.Becoming more aware of how your body moves through space
7.Heightened senses of hearing, smell and taste
8.An increasing ability to access inner peace in the lower chakras
9.Activating grace and fluidity of movement through posture and breath
10.A sense of your own power to create with thought, words, and actions
11.Paying attention to the places of pain/restriction in your body in order to move into them!
12.Knowing that these places within your body are showing you about areas of great opportunity for growth on all levels.

13.A feeling of being grounded to the core of the earth.
14.Seeking holistic health care practitioners as partners in your healing journey…no longer seeking a doctor to “fix you” with prescription drugs
15.Disconnection from the white noise and negative information (TV and radio)
16.More frequent flashes of ‘inner-tuition’, or intuition
17.Increasing Gnosis (knowledge of spiritual mysteries)
18.Making a conscious effort to connect to people through the eyes and the heart
19.Ability to learn new concepts, or languages rapidly increases …this stems from opening to all your soul record and remembering who you are
20.Greater understanding of symbols, numbers and sacred geometry

21.Increasing sense of empathy and connection with all people & animals
22.An increasing willingness to show your emotions to all people, rather than cover up and hide your true self
23.An increased humor; the ability to laugh at the self
24.Feelings of bliss when experiencing simple things, such as a sunset, or a seeing a beautiful cloud formation
25.A returning ability to allow your tears to flow in situations of emotional intensity
26.Letting go of the need to control outcomes
27.Giving yourself permission to follow your heart’s desires
28.“I can and I am” becoming your key words, rather than “I can’t and I am not”
29.Offering from the heart to help others in times of need, knowing that you are helping yourself
30.Increasingly seeing the Divine in the mundane
31.Meeting new people in serendipitous ways and knowing that this is divine direction in your life
32.Loving yourself as you are without the need to qualify
33.Asking for and receiving confirmation from your guides on a regular basis
34.Experiencing true surrender to Divine Will without feeling victimized by your own choices
35.Remembering your dreams and knowing what your spirit is telling you through the symbolism of your dreams
36.Seeing the beauty in each and every person in your life
37.Letting go of expectations of how you think things “should be” and accepting them as they are
38.Being led by spiritual intuition rather than limited by emotional fear
39.Being able to transcend limited perceptions of incarnate dimensions
40.Seeing your life experience in the holographic reality of your soul

41.Feeling God within your body – an awareness of heat coming from your hands and feet.
42.Knowing that your are home now and in every Now you create
43.An increase in occurrences of coincidence, better known assynchronicity, favourable people and beneficial circumstance start to appear with exactly what you need. Answers to questions are revealed to you through signs and messages. Synchronicity is a sign you are on the right track and that you are aware of these miracles happening around you. The more you notice and take heed, the more they appear so show appreciation for the guidance you are receiving.
44.You simply feel different, you may not look any different but you know something has changed internally.
45.Paying more attention to the details of daily life – your old ways are falling by the wayside and the real you is starting to emerge.
46.A desire to enroll in a classroom of “higher” learning. Going to new places and moving outside of your comfort zone
47.For many of you, this is allowing yourself to ask questions in groups, to talk to “strangers” and to let go of your fears of looking uninformed in front of others.
48.A feeling that you are somehow different, with new skills and gifts emerging, especially healing ones.
49.Increased integrity, you realize that it is time for you to seek and speak your truth.
50.A knowing sense of connectedness / Oneness. You have an abiding knowing from within of the intrinsic inter-relatedness of everything, both living and non-living. You have a sense that now your life is a living manifestation of this Truth, and that you are It — as are all people.