gods and goddesses of the guard world

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  • Asgard is the reign of the Æsir, the principal race of Norse gods. Is difficult to access due to its huge walls, though after the war with the Vanir, they were destroyed, being vulnerable to attack of the giants. To rebuild the defensive wall, the Æsir hired the services of a giant who agreed to repair the walls in a very short time, and the Gods accepted, influenced by Loki. He cheated them, saying that he would give back the walls toAsgard in exchange for the Sun, the Moon, and the goddess Freyja.
    Asgard is connected to Midgard (the realm of men) by Bifrost (also called Asbru), the rainbow bridge, guarded by the god Heimdall. Each god has a different home in Asgard. The best known is Valhalla, the abode of Odin. Heroes killed in action are brought to Valhalla by the Valkyries. Mythologhy says a faster way to go to Valhalla is die hanged, as Odin did. [Let’s not do that.]
  • Vanaheim is the world of the Vanir, the other race of Norse dieties, who usually were the responsible of the fertility functions. The Vanes (Vanir) were faced with the Aces (Aesir), but eventually reconciled, they came to live in a relative peace. It can suppose that Vanaheim, like the Vanir themselves, is somewhat more wild or “natural,” and less “cultural,” than the world of the Vanir’s Aesir counterparts, or even than the humanity. It’s a sort of nature world, free of technology or modern influences.
    *Alfheim is the world of elves, governed by the god Freyr. The elves have not an important relevance in the Norse legends, although the ancient sagas identify two types of elves that live in Alfheim: ljósálfar (or light elves) and svartálfar (or dark elves that live inside the mountains)
  • Midgard ( Miðgarðr in old Norse ) is the world of men created by the gods Odin and his brothers, Vili and Ve after battle with the primeval giant Ymir .
    After the battle, Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve took the body of the giant Ymir and took him to the great abyss to begin creating an habitable world. Thus, with his skin, they created the lands, with his blood and sweat, the oceans, with his bones the rocks and mountains, with his hair the vegetation and with his teeth the cliffs, where also placed the giant’s eyebrows to make the borders of the sea. To complete the work, the Gods thought to close this world with the cranial vault of the defeated, ordering to four dwarves to hold it. These were called Nordri , Sudri, Austri and Vestri and symbolized the four cardinal points. By placing the vault of heaven with the skull of the vanquished giant, his brains were scattered through the air, giving life to the clouds.
    However, this new territory was still dark, so the gods decided to go Muspelheim to steal the shining sparks of a sword called Surtr . With the two largest they created the sun and the moon and the other stars.
    Once the gods finished his work, they just added the winter and summer ,being ready to receive the first humans.
  • Svartálfaheim ( connected with Nidavellir -dark - fields ) This underground world is placed between the lowest sphere of  Midgard and the highest sphere of Helheim,. There lived the dark elves, (referring black to the hair and not the skin) called svartálfar,  and the Norse dwarves or dvergar, being the counterpart of the light elves .
    They’re associated with stones, the underground, death, luck, magic and technology, especially forging. The dark elves reside in the underground and are ancestral spirits that protect people, but they can also be threatening, especially when they are treated rudely . The Svartalfar try to avoid the light, though they can go outside without problems. They’re great architects , intelligent and industrious, and among other wonders, created the Mjolnir hammer of Thor, Odin ’s spear Gungnir, the magic ring Draupnir, and the ship Skíðblaðnir, the Brisingamen necklace of Freyja and Freyr’s golden boar .
  • Jotunheim is the land of the frozen giants. The giants are usually enemies of the gods, but they had also children with them. It is ruled by Thrym, the king of the frost giants. In Jotunheim, where also live rock giants, it’s placed the strength of Utgard. From there, they threaten Midgard’s humans and the gods of Asgard, of which they are separated by the river Iving.
  • Niflheim is the world of the dead. I'ts a gloomy kingdom where go the men who have not had a glorious death. There inhabits the dragon Níðhöggr, constantly gnawing the roots of perennial ash Yggdrasil. After Ragnarök, the dragon will be devoted to torment the souls left in the world.
    In one of the creation myths, Niflheim is the cold matter, the opposite of Muspelheim or hot matter. This world was born of the clash of these in the magical space called Ginnungagap.
    One of the most dark and gloomy parts of the vast and icy Niflheim is Helheim, where lives  the giant queen or goddess Hela, in company of her dog Garm. The belief that when Ragnarok comes, the doomsday battle, Loki and the giants will come in a boat built with the nails of the dead from Hel, creating with this the habit of clipping the nails of the dead to delay these events.
  • Muspelheim is the world of the fire giants, enemies of the gods. It’s a kingdom full of flames located in the southern hemisphere. It’s governed by Surt, the king and the most powerful of the fire giants. In Norse mythology, the creation starts cof the contact between fire and ice in the huge initial vacuum known as Ginnungagap, creating then the water. The brightest objects in the night sky such as planets, comets and stars, emerged from Muspelheim sparks.
    In Ragnarok, the heavens will open and Surt will leave Muspelheim, followed  by all giants, marching  to Asgard and destroying the Bifrost bridge at their passing.
  • Hel or Helheim, is known as the kingdom of death and is in the deepest, dark and dreary part of Niflheim, one of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil. In the nordic mythology, it was ruled by Hela, the daughter of Loki, and the entrance was guarded by a huge dog known as Garm. Helheim and Niflheim are often associated as the same world, but this is not so: Niflheim is the realm of cold, ice and darkness mainly, and, although there it’s also common the death and destruction, Helheim is specifically the “Capital of Death”.
    In this world will end those who died by disease or old age, and once they entered there , not even gods could get out  because of the endless, inexhaustible and impassable presence of the river Gjöll around this dark reign.

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Hesperidium

Noun

[hes-puh-rid-ee-uh m] 

1. the fruit of a citrus plant, as an orange.

Origin:
Hesperidium ultimately derives from the Greek noun Hesperídes (the plural of the adjective hesperís “western”), the daughters of Night or Evening who guarded the golden apples that Gaea, the goddess of the earth, gave to Hera at Hera’s marriage. It is uncertain whether the “golden apples” were apples or a kind of citrus fruit, especially the orange. The golden apples grew in a garden at the western edge of the world (the same location as the Elysian Fields). The Greek noun and adjective hésperos (dialect wésperos) “evening, evening star, Venus (the planet), (the god) of evening (i.e., death)” is closely related to Latin vesper “evening, the west.” The Swedish botanist Linnaeus (1707-78), alluding to the golden apples of the Hesperides, gave the taxonomic name Hesperideæ to the botanical order that contains the genus Citrus. Modern botany and chemistry use the combining form hesperid- “derived from citrus fruit.” The suffix -ium is used in scientific terms modeled on Latin. Hesperidium entered English in the 19th century.

“As I was carefully filing the new postal arrivals alphabetically in the paper shredder, I noticed, amongst the profusion of catalogues that hawked everything from bird feeders to monthly deliveries of sundry drupe and hesperidium, there was an unsolicited little journal…”
- Woody Allen, “To Err is Human–To Float, Divine,” Mere Anarchy, 2007

anonymous asked:

What are somethings things you do to honour the gods daily? (Like something you do every morning or night)

Well, I bind my hair every day, and I blog every day as well as perform my duties for Elaion and Pandora’s Kharis when I am not swamped. But I think you are talking about ritual. This is my routine:

Night time prayers (before bed):

Preparation:

  • Pour wine in my kylix
  • Empty water bowl and fill anew with water previously prepared by mixing tap water with sea water and asking Okeanos’ blessing
  • Empty sacrificial bowl
  • Add ethanol to sacrificial bowl
  • Lay out a match and a hand towel
  • Lay out (dried) herbs or scented wood

Rite:

  • Procession to the shrine
  • Strewing of barley groats on the altar
  • Preparation of khernips 
  • Purification – washing of hands and face, sprinkling the room and altar with fingers
  • Add khernips to wine

“Blessed Okeanos, may your bright waters purify this space, and prepare both me, and it, for the rites that are about to unfold.”

  • Lighting of Hestia’s candle (if not yet burning, mine almost always is), as well as the ethanol to burn sacrifices in
  • Hymn and prayers to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord Apollo, the Far-shooter at goodly Pytho, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into this house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise—draw near, and withal bestow grace upon my song. Blessed Goddess Hestia, accept this offering of honey sweet wine, and guard this house as you guard the houses of all who sacrifice to you. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

“Blessed Nyx, Goddess of night. She who holds the world in her dark embrace, and Selene, Goddess of the moon, who illuminates the night like a torch. Accept this offering of sweetest wine, and come always, as the day follows the night. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

“Blessed Hypnos, Morpheus, Gods of sleep and dreams, respectively. Accept this offering of honey sweet wine, and grant me equally sweet sleep, and even sweeter dreams. Carry my mind far beyond the limits of my imagination. Accept my prayer, and allow me to rise rested and rejuvenated so I may continue my hard work. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Hypnos and Morpheus
  • Hymns, prayers and libations to the night time or Khthonic Theoi whose sacred day it is, or any night time or Khthonic Theoi whom I feel the need to pray and sacrifice to.
  • Hymn and prayer to Hekate

“I call Einodian Hekate, lovely dame, of earthly, wat'ry, and celestial frame, Sepulchral, in a saffron veil array’d. Goddess of the night, companion to Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld. You, key bearer of this world. Accept my offering of honey sweet wine, and guard the borders of this house as you guard the borders of the houses of all who sacrifice to you. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Hekate
  • Hymn to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, Goddess of home and hearth. To you, I offer last of all, as any pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love, and guard the houses of the pious. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libations to Hestia
  • Drink remaining wine
  • Extinguishing of the candle or replace with electric one, as I always do.
  • Clean up and off to bed


Day time prayers (after waking up):

Preparation:

  • Pour water into my kylix
  • Add ethanol to sacrificial bowl
  • Lay out a packet of matches and a hand towel

Rite:

  • Procession to the shrine
  • Strewing of barley groats on the altar
  • Purification – washing of hands and face, sprinkling the room and altar with fingers
  • Add khernips to wine

“Blessed Okeanos, may your bright waters purify this space, and prepare both me, and it, for the rites that are about to unfold.”

  • Lighting of Hestia’s candle, as well as the ethanol to burn sacrifices in, and the incense burner
  • Hymn and prayers to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord Apollo, the Far-shooter at goodly Pytho, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into this house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise—draw near, and withal bestow grace upon my song.
Blessed Goddess Hestia, accept this offering of honey sweet wine, and guard this house as you guard the houses of all who sacrifice to you. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

“Blessed Goddes Eos, Goddess of the bright dawn. You who speed forth from the gates of heaven before everyone else; Hêmera, blessed Goddess who pulls back the veil of darkest night; and Hēlios, God of the sun; He who brings light and warmth to all on earth, accept this libation of honey sweet wine and come always, as the night follows the day. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Eos, Hêmera, and Hēlios
  • Hymns, prayers and libations to the Ouranic Theoi whose sacred day it is, or any Ouranic Theoi whom I feel the need to pray and sacrifice to.
  • Hymns and prayers to Athena

“Come forth, blessed Athena, Sacker of Cities, golden-helmeted, who rejoices in the din of horse and shield. Guard over this house. May your shield protect us always and may your spear slay any who wishes us harm.”

“Blessed Asklēpiós, Giver of Health, prophet in the night, You who has the most lovely of daughters, may your blessings forever reach my home.”

  • Libations to Asklēpiós and His daughters
  • Hymns and prayers to Ares

“Blessed Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden-helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defender of Olympos, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth, hear me. Provide strength and endurance and make the weights light to bear, make the hikes easy to complete. You who provides physical strength, harden me.”

  • Libations to Ares
  • Hymns and prayers to the household Gods

“And to the household deities I offer libations, to Zeus Kthesios, Zeus Ephestios, Zeus Herkeios, Apollon Aguieus, Hermes Propylaios, and Agathós Daímōn, in gratitude of all you have bestowed upon me.”

  • Libations to the household Gods
  • Hymns and prayers to Zeus and Hera

“Blessed Zeus, King of Gods, and protector of the household, and Hera, Queen of the Gods, and protector of unions: guard mankind, and share with us the wisdom and strenth to worship the Theoi as they should be worshipped. Guard those I love, and all who need protection. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libations to Zeus and Hera
  • Hymn to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, Goddess of home and hearth. To you, I offer last of all, as any pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love, and guard the houses of the pious. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libations to Hestia
  • Drink remaining wine
  • Extinguish incense burner
  • Clean up and on with the day
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Gods of “American Gods”

Mr. Wednesday – An aspect of Odin, the Old Norse god of knowledge and wisdom.

Bilquis – Queen of Sheba, as mentioned in the Bible.

Czernobog – The Slavic god of darkness, twin brother to Belobog, the god of light.

The Zorya Sisters – The Zorya Sisters, relatives of Czernobog, are sisters representing the Morning Star (Zorya Utrennyaya), and the Midnight Star (Zorya Polunochnaya). In Slavic lore, they are servants of Dažbog who guard and watch over the doomsday hound, Simargl, who is chained to the star Polaris in the constellation Ursa Minor, the “little bear”. If the chain ever breaks, the hound will devour the world.

Easter – Ēostre, the Germanic goddess of the dawn.

Mr. Nancy – Anansi, a trickster spider-man from African folklore. He often makes fun of people for their stupidity, a recurring aspect of his personality in his old stories.

Part 3 - Iduna and her apples: How Loki put the gods in danger.

From Sacred Texts

In Asgard there was a garden, and in that garden there grew a tree, and on that tree there grew shining apples. Thou knowst, O well-loved one, that every day that passes makes us older and brings us to that day when we will be bent and feeble, grey-headed and weak-eyed. But those shining apples that grew in Asgard - they who ate of them every day grew never a day older, for the eating of the apples kept old age away. 

Iduna, the Goddess, tended the tree on which the shining apples grew. None would grow on the tree unless she was there to tend it. No one but Iduna might pluck the shining apples. Each morning she plucked them and left them in her basket and every day the Gods and Goddesses came to her garden that they might eat the shining apples and so stay forever young.

Iduna never went from her garden. All day and every day she stayed in the garden or in her golden house beside it, and all day and every day she listened to Bragi, her husband, tell a story that never had an end. Ah, but a time came when Iduna and her apples were lost to Asgard, and the Gods and Goddesses felt old age approach them. How all that happened shall be told thee.

Odin, the Father of the Gods, often went into the land of men to watch over their doings. Once he took Loki with him, Loki, the doer of good and the doer of evil. For a long time they went traveling through the world of men. At last they came near Jötunheim, the realm of the Giants. It was a bleak and empty region. There were no growing things there, not even trees with berries. There were no birds, there were no animals. As Odin, the Father of the Gods, and Loki, the doer of good and the doer of evil, went through this region hunger came upon them. But in all the land around they saw nothing that they could eat.

Loki, running here and running there, came at last upon a herd of wild cattle. Creeping up on them, he caught hold of a young bull and killed him. Then he cut up the flesh into strips of meat. He lit a fire and put the meat on spits to roast. While the meat was being cooked, Odin, the Father of the Gods, a little way off, sat thinking on the things he had seen in the world of men. Loki made himself busy by putting more and more logs on the fire. At last he called to Odin, and the Father of the Gods came and sat down near the fire to eat the meal.

But when the meat was taken off the cooking-spits and when Odin went to cut it, he found that it was still raw. He smiled at Loki for thinking the meat was cooked, and Loki, troubled that he had made a mistake, put the meat back, and put more logs upon the fire. Again Loki took the meat off the cooking-spits and called Odin to the meal.

Odin, when he took the meat that Loki brought him, found that it was as raw as if it had never been put upon the fire. “Is this a trick of yours, Loki?” he said.

Loki was so angry at the meat being uncooked that Odin saw he was playing no tricks. In his hunger he raged at the meat and he raged at the fire. Again he put the meat on the cooking-spits and put more logs on the fire. Every hour he would take up the meat, sure that it was now cooked, and every time he took it off Odin would find that the meat was as raw as the first time they took it off the fire.

Now Odin knew that the meat must be under some enchantment by the Giants. He stood up and went on his way, hungry but strong. Loki, however, would not leave the meat that he had put back on the fire. He would make it be cooked, he declared, and he would not leave that place hungry. The dawn came and he took up the meat again. As he was lifting it off the fire he heard a whirr of wings above his head. Looking up, he saw a mighty eagle, the largest eagle that ever appeared in the sky. The eagle circled round and round and came above Loki’s head. “Canst thou not cook thy food?” the eagle screamed to him.

“I cannot cook it,” said Loki.

“I will cook it for thee, if thou wilt give me a share,” screamed the eagle.

“Come, then, and cook it for me,” said Loki.

The eagle circled round until he was above the fire. Then flapping his great wings over it, he made the fire blaze and blaze. A heat that Loki had never felt before came from the burning logs. In a minute he drew the meat from the spits and found it was well cooked.

“My share, my share, give me my share,” the eagle screamed at him. He flew down, and seizing on a large piece of meat instantly devoured it. He seized on another piece. Piece after piece he devoured until it looked as if Loki would be left with no meat for his meal.

As the eagle seized on the last piece Loki became angry indeed. Taking up the spit on which the meat had been cooked, he struck at the eagle. There was a clang as if he had struck some metal. The wood of the spit did not come away. It stuck to the breast of the eagle. But Loki did not let go his hold on the spit. Suddenly the eagle rose up in the air. Loki, who held to the spit that was fastened to the eagle’s breast, was drawn up with him. Before he knew what had happened Loki was miles and miles up in the air and the eagle was flying with him toward Jötunheim, the Realm of the Giants. And the eagle was screaming out, “Loki, friend Loki, I have thee at last. it was thou who didst cheat my brother of his reward for building the wall round Asgard. But, Loki, I have thee at last. Know now that Thiassi the Giant has captured thee, O Loki, most cunning of the dwellers in Asgard." 

Thus the eagle screamed as he went flying with Loki toward Jötunheim, the Realm of the Giants. They passed over the river that divides Jötunheim from Midgard, the World of Men. And now Loki saw a terrible place beneath him, a land of ice and rock. Great mountains were there: they were lit by neither sun nor moon, but by columns of fire thrown up now and again through cracks in the earth or out of the peaks of the mountains.

Over a great iceberg the eagle hovered. Suddenly he shook the spit from his breast and Loki fell down on the ice. The eagle screamed out to him, "Thou art in my power at last, O thou most cunning of all the Dwellers in Asgard.” The eagle left Loki there and flew within a crack in the mountain.

Miserable indeed was Loki upon that iceberg. The cold was deadly. He could not die there, for he was one of the Dwellers in Asgard and death might not come to him that way. He might not die, but he felt bound to that iceberg with chains of cold.

After a day his captor came to him, not as an eagle this time, but in his own form, Thiassi the Giant.

“Wouldst thou leave thine iceberg, Loki,” he said, “and return to thy pleasant place in Asgard? Thou dost delight in Asgard, although only by one-half dost thou belong to the Gods. Thy father, Loki, was the Wind Giant.”

“O that I might leave this iceberg,” Loki said, with the tears freezing on his face.

“Thou mayst leave it when thou showest thyself ready to pay thy ransom to me,” said Thiassi. “Thou wilt have to get me the shining apples that Iduna keeps in her basket.”

“I cannot get Iduna’s apples for thee, Thiassi,” said Loki.

“Then stay upon the iceberg,” said Thiassi the Giant. He went away and left Loki there with the terrible winds buffeting him as with blows of a hammer.

When Thiassi came again and spoke to him about his ransom, Loki said, “There is no way of getting the shining apples from Iduna.”

“There must be some way, O cunning Loki,” said the Giant.

“Iduna, although she guards well the shining apples, is simple-minded,” said Loki. “It may be that I shall be able to get her to go outside the wall of Asgard. If she goes she will bring her shining apples with her, for she never lets them go out of her hand except when she gives them to the Gods and Goddesses to eat.”

“Make it so that she will go beyond the wall of Asgard,” said the Giant. “If she goes outside of the wall I shall get the apples from her. Swear by the World-Tree that thou wilt lure Iduna beyond the wall of Asgard. Swear it, Loki, and I shall let thee go.”

“I swear it by Ygdrassil, the World-Tree, that I will lure Iduna beyond the wall of Asgard if thou wilt take me off this iceberg,” said Loki.

Then Thiassi changed himself into a mighty eagle, and taking Loki in his talons, he flew with him over the stream that divides Jötunheim, the Realm of the Giants, from Midgard, the World of Men. He left Loki on the ground of Midgard, and Loki then went on his way to Asgard.

Now Odin had already returned and he had told the Dwellers in Asgard of Loki’s attempt to cook the enchanted meat. All laughed to think that Loki had been left hungry for all his cunning. Then when he came into Asgard looking so famished, they thought it was because Loki had had nothing to eat. They laughed at him more and more. But they brought him into the Feast Hall and they gave him the best of food with wine out of Odin’s wine cup. When the feast was over the Dwellers in Asgard went to Iduna’s garden.

There sat Iduna in the golden house that opened on her garden. Had she been in the world of men, every one who saw her would have remembered their own innocence, seeing one who was so fair and good. She had eyes blue as the blue sky, and she smiled as if she were remembering lovely things she had seen or heard. The basket of shining apples was beside her.

To each God and Goddess Iduna gave a shining apple. Each one ate the apple given, rejoicing to think that they would never become a day older. Then Odin, the Father of the Gods, said the runes that were always said in praise of Iduna, and the Dwellers in Asgard went out of Iduna’s garden, each one going to his or her own shining house.

All went except Loki, the doer of good and the doer of evil. Loki sat in the garden, watching fair and simple Iduna. After a while she spoke to him and said, “Why dost thou still stay here, wise Loki?”

“To look well on thine apples,” Loki said. “I am wondering if the apples I saw yesterday are really as shining as the apples that are in thy basket.”

“There are no apples in the world as shining as mine,” said Iduna.

“The apples I saw were more shining,” said Loki. “Aye, and they smelled better, Iduna.”

Iduna was troubled at what Loki, whom she deemed so wise, told her. Her eyes filled with tears that there might be more shining apples in the world than hers. “O Loki,” she said, “it cannot be. No apples are more shining, and none smell so sweet, as the apples I pluck off the tree in my garden.”

“Go, then, and see,” said Loki. “Just outside Asgard is the tree that has the apples I saw. Thou, Iduna, dost never leave thy garden, and so thou dost not know what grows in the world. Go outside of Asgard and see.”

“I will go, Loki,” said Iduna, the fair and simple.

Iduna went outside the wall of Asgard. She went to the place Loki had told her that the apples grew in. But as she looked this way and that way, Iduna heard a whirr of wings above her. Looking up, she saw a mighty eagle, the largest eagle that had ever appeared in the sky. She drew back toward the gate of Asgard. Then the great eagle swooped down; Iduna felt herself lifted up, and then she was being carried away from Asgard, away, away; away over Midgard where men lived, away toward the rocks and snows of Jötunheim. Across the river that flows between the World of Men and the Realm of the Giants Iduna was borne. Then the eagle flew into a cleft in a mountain and Iduna was left in a cavernous hall lit up by columns of fire that burst up from the earth.

The eagle loosened his grip on Iduna and she sank down on the ground of the cavern. The wings and the feathers fell from him and she saw her captor as a terrible Giant.

“Oh, why have you carried me off from Asgard and brought me to this place?” Iduna cried.

“That I might eat your shining apples, Iduna,” said Thiassi the Giant.

“That will never be, for I will not give them to you,” said Iduna.

“Give me the apples to eat, and I shall carry you back to Asgard.”

“No, no, that cannot be. I have been trusted with the shining apples that I might give them to the Gods only.”

“Then I shall take the apples from you,” said Thiassi the Giant.

He took the basket out of her hands and opened it. But when he touched the apples they shrivelled under his hands. He left them in the basket and he set the basket down, for he knew now that the apples would be no good to him unless Iduna gave them to him with her own hands.

“You must stay with me here until you give me the shining apples,” he said to her.

Then was Poor Iduna frightened: she was frightened of the strange cave and frightened of the fire that kept bursting up out of the earth and she was frightened of the terrible Giant. But above all she was frightened to think of the evil that would fall upon the Dwellers in Asgard if she were not there to give them the shining apples to eat. The Giant came to her again. But still Iduna. would not give him the shining apples. And there in the cave she stayed, the Giant troubling her every day. And she grew more and more fearful as she saw in her dreams the Dwellers in Asgard go to her garden - go there, and not being given the shining apples, feel and see a change coming over themselves and over each other.

It was as Iduna saw it in her dreams. Every day the Dwellers in Asgard went to her garden - Odin and Thor, Hödur and Baldur, Tyr and Heimdall, Vidar and Vali, with Frigga, Freya, Nanna, and Sif. There was no one to pluck the apples of their tree. And a change began to come over the Gods and Goddesses. They no longer walked lightly; their shoulders became bent; their eyes no longer were as bright as dewdrops. And when they looked upon one another they saw the change. Age was coming upon the Dwellers in Asgard.

They knew that the time would come when Frigga would be grey and old; when Sif’s golden hair would fade; when Odin would no longer have his clear wisdom, and when Thor would not have strength enough to raise and fling his thunderbolts. And the Dwellers in Asgard were saddened by this knowledge, and it seemed to them that all brightness had gone from their shining City.

Where was Iduna whose apples would give back youth and strength and beauty to the Dwellers in Asgard? The Gods had searched for her through the World of Men. No trace of her did they find. But now Odin, searching through his wisdom, saw a means to get knowledge of where Iduna was hidden. He summoned his two ravens, Hugin and Munin, his two ravens that flew through the earth and through the Realm of the Giants and that knew all things that were past and all things that were to come. He summoned Hugin and Munin and they came, and one sat on his right shoulder and one sat on his left shoulder and they told him deep secrets: they told him of Thiassi and of his desire for the shining apples that the Dwellers in Asgard ate, and of Loki’s deception of Iduna, the fair and simple.   

What Odin learnt from his ravens was told in the Council of the Gods. Then Thor the Strong went to Loki and laid hands upon him. When Loki found himself in the grip of the strong God, he said, “What wouldst thou with me, O Thor?”

“I would hurl thee into a chasm in the ground and strike thee with my thunder,” said the strong God. “It was thou who didst bring it about that Iduna went from Asgard.”

“O Thor,” said Loki, “do not crush me with thy thunder. Let me stay in Asgard. I will strive to win Iduna back.”

“The judgement of the Gods,” said Thor, “is that thou, the cunning one, shouldst go to Jötunheim, and by thy craft win Iduna back from the Giants. Go or else I shall hurl thee into a chasm and crush thee with my thunder.”

“I will go,” said Loki.

From Frigga, the wife of Odin, Loki borrowed the dress of falcon feathers that she owned. He clad himself in it, and flew to Jötunheim in the form of a falcon. He searched through Jötunheim until he found Thiassi’s daughter, Skadi. He flew before Skadi and he let the Giant maid catch him and hold him as a pet. One day the Giant maid carried him into the cave where Iduna, the fair and simple, was held.

When Loki saw Iduna there he knew that part of his quest was ended. Now he had to get Iduna out of Jötunheim and away to Asgard. He stayed no more with the Giant maid, but flew up into the high rocks of the cave. Skadi wept for the flight of her pet, but she ceased to search and to call and went away from the cave.

Then Loki the doer of good and the doer of evil, flew to where Iduna was sitting and spoke to her. Iduna, when she knew that one of the Dwellers in Asgard was near, wept with joy.

Loki told her what she was to do. By the power of a spell that was given him he was able to change her into the form of a sparrow. But before she did this she took the shining apples out of her basket and flung them into places where the Giant would never find them.

Skadi, coming back to the cave, saw the falcon fly out with the sparrow beside him. She cried out to her father and the Giant knew that the falcon was Loki and the sparrow was Iduna. He changed himself into the form of a mighty eagle. By this time sparrow and falcon were out of sight, but Thiassi, knowing that he could make better flight than they, flew toward Asgard.

Soon he saw them. They flew with all the power they had, but the great wings of the eagle brought him nearer and nearer to them. The Dwellers in Asgard, standing on the wall, saw the falcon and the sparrow with the great eagle pursuing them. They knew who they were - Loki and Iduna with Thiassi in pursuit.

As they watched the eagle winging nearer and nearer, the Dwellers in Asgard were fearful that the falcon and the sparrow would be caught upon and that Iduna would be taken again by Thiassi. They lit great fires upon the wall, knowing that Loki would find a way through the fires, bringing Iduna with him, but that Thiassi would not find a way.

The falcon and the sparrow-flew toward the fires. Loki went between the flames and brought Iduna with him. And Thiassi, coming up to the fires and finding no way through, beat his wings against the flames. He fell down from the wall and the death that came to him afterwards was laid to Loki.  

Thus Iduna was brought back to Asgard. Once again she sat in the golden house that opened to her garden, once again she plucked the shining apples off the tree she tended, and once again she gave them to the Dwellers in Asgard. And the Dwellers in Asgard walked lightly again, and brightness came into their eyes and into their cheeks; age no more approached them; youth came back; light and joy were again in Asgard.

Hades!Michael / Persephone!Reader pt.2

part 1

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“Michael,” I start, “I want to go outside.” I tell him.

“I’ve told you before, love. You aren’t gonna like what’s out there.” He tells me but I’m already headed to the doors.

“I didn’t hear a no.” I tease and he rolls his eyes.

“I guess you didn’t. There’s a garden down the right of the stairs. Made specially for you.” He tells and I smile, opening the double doors. I became used to the souls and heat and what not.

I must’ve been out for an hour or so. I saw the garden, seeping with beauty. The garden seemed to carry beauty in a different way, just like Michael. The darkened colors blended beautifully with the shiny gold that made it’s way in. Out of habit, I reach for one of the darkened roses, and suddenly the rose blooms out at my touch, opening the inside and showing the golden lining. I couldn’t do that before. I mean, I was the daughter of Demeter, but I was also half human. I shouldn’t be able to do this.

Hurrying into the palace, I call for Michael, wanting to show him the beautiful thing I had made, but he was nowhere to be seen.

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“What the hell-“ Michael growls as he finds himself not in his study. The sunlight seeped in from everywhere, wherever he was at and he seemed to be laying on a cloud. Oh great. Mount Olympus.

“Hades. I see you’ve been ignoring our calls for you.” His brother calls as he stands.

“I go by Michael.” He tells him, seeing the other gods and goddesses staring his way. They usually stared but this time, it was different.

“You have my daughter!” A goddess screamed from the crowd. Demeter was fuming, he could see that.

“Oh Demeter, nice to see you.” Michael smirks halfway.

“My daughter! Persephone! She doesn’t belong with you, you monster.” Ouch. It’s not like he heard that everyday.

“Actually,” Michael corrects her. “She’s mine. She’s eaten pomegranate seeds on the first day of her capture. And her name is Y/n.”

“You must’ve tricked her!” She screams, “Zeus, if I do not get my daughter back, I will forbid any growth in the world for these humans! They will all perish and you will have no one to worship you!”

That sparked his interest.

“Hade- Michael, you swear on her life that she ate the entire fruit and that she doesn’t want to come home.” Zeus asks and Michael looks down.

“She didn’t finish it,” Michael starts, “and she did want to go home when I told her she could in 6 months, but I lied. She still ate the food, she still belongs to the Underworld.” He says, staring right into Demeter’s eyes.

“She didn’t finish! That shouldn’t count! She is a demigod!” Demeter argued but Michael smirked, knowing there couldn’t be a way out.

Zeus hummed in thought.

“Demeter may not grow food for the mortals, but what would happen if I did not guard the gates? How would a world of the living and dead together sound?” Michael growls, the determination seeping through as the gods and goddesses gasped.

“Hades, you wouldn’t dare.” He growled.

“We’ll see if you take her away from me, now won’t we?” Michael says slyly.

“Zeus, let the girl stay for a little bit longer,” Aphrodite buts in, “ Hades is head over heels for her.” She giggles and Michael turns.

“So you love Persephone.” Zeus asks and Michael looks up with a cold stare as they keep calling her by her greek name.

“Of course I do. I wouldn’t be fighting for her place in the Underworld if I didn’t.” He told them and the crowd muttered with rumors of how the god of the dead and the half-goddess of life could ever fall in love.

“I’ll make you a deal.” Zeus smiles, seemingly proud with his decision, “Since you lied to her and told her she would be leaving in six months, then for six months of each year, she’ll be with you, Hades, and for the remaining six months of the year, she’ll be with her mother.”

“What!?” Both gods cried. Although the compromise was fair, neither wanted it to go that way.

“It is final. Hades you have three more months with her.” Zeus roared and Michael muttered, “It’s Michael,,“ before disappearing in a black smoke.

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“Y/n!” Michael called out to you when he returned. He expected you to be in the realm still, discovering things.

But then he heard the ever so familiar bark of his gate guard, Cerberus, and he panicked. If you decided to peek into the ruthless dog’s room you were definitely dead, seeing as the dog didn’t even warm up to Michael until the puppy was about 50 years old. Michael ran down the hall to the slightly opened door, only to find three-headed dog overturned, on his back as you rubbed his belly.

“Cerb, you’re a good dog dog.” You cheered before you noticed the tall figure in the doorway.

“Oh, hey. I found your dog.” She half smiled and Michael could have fallen to his knees in adoration. He couldn’t believe he had to lose you for half a year.

“I- we need to talk.” He stutters. No one could make him stutter, yet here he was.

“Y/n,” He started once you closed the door, “About the six months thing.”

“Yeah, I know.” She finishes, “Six months and I’m out if I want to. You told me.”

“No, love, I lied, ‘He breaks, “You weren’t supposed to leave. I lied to try to soften the blow of you hating me. The first night I fed you was the night where you shall remain here forever. I fed you the underworld’s food, you belong to the underworld.”

Her face was a mix of emotions, ranging from anger to hopelessness to hurt.

“Your mother, Demeter, argued for you, as did I, and Zeus came to an agreement. For six months in a year, you will stay with me, and the remaining six months, you will be with your mother.” Michael barely got to finish as Y/n stormed upstairs.

Let me tell you, that night, you best believe she made the biggest pillow fort the Underworld had ever seen.


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Compendium of Dangerous Dragons and Drakes: VOLUME 2

Throughout history there have been many mythological creatures that inspire awe and fear in the hearts of man. yet, only one such beast has brought true terror with only its name. Legends tell of many with scales as tough as shields, claws as sharp as swords. Mighty wings that black out the sky and their very breath a harbinger of their destruction. 

Below, we have compiled a list of dragons created from our followers to inspire any story you as both a player or dungeon master might create. 

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anonymous asked:

Hello Mrs. Elani. I was wondering about daily rituals. i actually don't know what to do for morning and evening rituals. Which gods should I honor upon rising in the morning and before retiring for the night? I've never really found any elaboration on daily ritual in Hellenismos, and was wondering if you could help, thank you.

Errr… I can give you mine…? Which Theoi you choose to worship as part of your household practice is entirely up to you, however. These are the Theoi I have built kharis with or whom I think influence the cycles of day and night. These are the Theoi I feel comfortable worshipping daily. Who those are to you is a matter of personal preference.

Night time prayers (before bed):

Preparation:

  • Pour wine in my kylix
  • Empty water bowl and fill anew with water previously prepared by mixing tap water with sea water and asking Okeanos’ blessing
  • Empty sacrificial bowl
  • Add ethanol to sacrificial bowl
  • Lay out a match and a hand towel
  • Lay out (dried) herbs or scented wood and incense

Rite:

  • Procession to the shrine
  • Strewing of barley groats on the altar
  • Preparation of khernips 
  • Purification – washing of hands and face, sprinkling the room and altar with fingers
  • Add khernips to wine
  • Hymn (Orphic, 82, to Okeanos) and prayers to Okeanos

“Blessed Okeanos, may your bright waters purify this space, and prepare both me, and it, for the rites that are about to unfold.”

  • Lighting of Hestia’s candle (if not yet burning, mine almost always is), as well as the ethanol to burn sacrifices in
  • Hymn (Homeric, 14, to Hestia) and prayers to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, accept this offering of honey sweet wine, and guard this house as you guard the houses of all who sacrifice to you. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation of honey sweet wine to Hestia
  • Hymns (Orphic, 2, to Nyx + Orphic, 8, to Selene) and prayers to Nyx and Selene

“Blessed Nyx, Goddess of night. She who holds the world in her dark embrace, and Selene, Goddess of the moon, who illuminates the night like a torch. Accept this offering of sweetest wine, and come always, as the day follows the night. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Nyx and Selene
  • Hymns (Orphic, 84, to Hypnos + Orphic, 85, to Dreams) and prayers to Hypnos and Morpheus

“Blessed Hypnos, Morpheus, Gods of sleep and dreams, respectively. Accept this offering of honey sweet wine, and grant me equally sweet sleep, and even sweeter dreams. Carry my mind far beyond the limits of my imagination. Accept my prayer, and allow me to rise rested and rejuvenated so I may continue my hard work. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Hypnos and Morpheus
  • Hymns, prayers and libations to the night time or Khthonic Theoi whose sacred day it is, or any night time or Khthonic Theoi whom I feel the need to pray and sacrifice to.
  • Hymn (Orphic, 0, to Musae, final five lines) and prayer to Hekate

“I call Einodian Hekate, lovely dame, of earthly, wat'ry, and celestial frame, Sepulchral, in a saffron veil array’d. Goddess of the night, companion to Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld. You, key bearer of this world. Accept my offering of honey sweet wine, and guard the borders of this house as you guard the borders of the houses of all who sacrifice to you. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Hekate
  • Hymn (Homeric, 14, to Hestia) to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, Goddess of home and hearth. To you, I offer last of all, as any pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love, and guard the houses of the pious. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Drink remaining wine
  • Extinguishing of the candle or replace with electric one, as I always do.
  • Clean up and off to bed

 

Day time prayers (after waking up):

Preparation:

  • Pour water in my kylix
  • Add ethanol to sacrificial bowl
  • Lay out a packet of matches and a hand towel
  • Lay out (dried) herbs or scented wood and incense

Rite:

  • Procession to the shrine
  • Strewing of barley groats on the altar
  • Purification – washing of hands and face, sprinkling the room and altar with fingers
  • Add khernips to wine
  • Hymn (Orphic, 82, to Okeanos) and prayers to Okeanos

“Blessed Okeanos, may your bright waters purify this space, and prepare both me, and it, for the rites that are about to unfold.”

  • Lighting of Hestia’s candle, as well as the ethanol to burn sacrifices in, and the incense burner
  • Hymns (Homeric, 14, to Hestia) and prayers to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, accept this offering of honey sweet wine, and guard this house as you guard the houses of all who sacrifice to you. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Hestia
  • Hymns (Homeric, 31, to Helios) and prayers to Eos, Hêmera and Hēlios

“Blessed Goddes Eos, Goddess of the bright dawn. You who speed forth from the gates of heaven before everyone else; Hêmera, blessed Goddess who pulls back the veil of darkest night; and Hēlios, God of the sun; He who brings light and warmth to all on earth, accept this libation of honey sweet wine and come always, as the night follows the day. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libation to Eos, Hêmera, and Hēlios
  • Hymns, prayers and libations to the Ouranic Theoi whose sacred day it is, or any Ouranic Theoi whom I feel the need to pray and sacrifice to.
  • Hymns (Homeric, 26, to Athena) and prayers to Athena

“Come forth, blessed Athena, Sacker of Cities, golden-helmeted, who rejoices in the din of horse and shield. Guard over this house. May your shield protect us always and may your spear slay any who wishes us harm.”

  • Libation to Athena
  • Hymns (Orphic, 64, to Ares) and prayers to Ares

“Blessed Ares, exceeding in strength, strong of arm, unwearying. O  hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth! Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may mould my body in your image and never falter in feats of strength.”

  • Libation to Ares
  • Hymns (Homeric, 16, to Asklēpiós) and prayers to Asklēpiós

“Blessed Asklēpiós, Giver of Health, prophet in the night, You who has the most lovely of daughters, may your blessings forever reach my home.”

“And to the household deities I offer libations, to Zeus Kthesios, Zeus Ephestios, Zeus Herkeios, Apollon Aguieus, Hermes Propylaios, and Agathós Daímōn, in gratitude of all you have bestowed upon me.”

  • Libations to the household Gods
  • Hymns (ending of Kallimachos’ Hymn to Zeus + Homeric, 12, to Hera) and prayers to Zeus and Hera

“Hail, greatly hail, most high Son of Kronos, giver of good things, giver of safety. Thy works who could sing? There hath not been, there shall not be, who shall sing the works of Zeus. Hail! Father, hail again! And grant goodness and prosperity. Without goodness wealth cannot bless men, nor goodness without prosperity. Give us goodness and wealth.”

“Blessed Zeus, King of Gods, and protector of the household, and Hera, Queen of the Gods, and protector of unions: guard mankind, and share with us the wisdom and strenth to worship the Theoi as they should be worshipped. Guard those I love, and all who need protection. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Libations to Zeus and Hera
  • Hymn (Homeric, 14, to Hestia) to Hestia

“Blessed Goddess Hestia, Goddess of home and hearth. To you, I offer last of all, as any pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love, and guard the houses of the pious. As the Gods will it, so shall it be.”

  • Drink remaining wine
  • Extinguish incense burner
  • Clean up and on with the day
Buddy Cop Fantasy Prompts

Highish fantasy with a few, modern and children’s fantasy prompts added in.  Prompts for partnering up and fighting crime.  I tried to leave enough vague that you could mix and match setting a bit.  As always feel free to tweak in your writing forays.

1. The adventures of two skeleton guards making the rounds in the dungeon and making sure the spiders stay out of trouble when adventures roll up on the dungeon.

2. You’re an elven ranger and I’m an orc enforcer, we’re both chasing the same necromancer who wrecked out cities.  We keep running into each other.  I guess we better work together.

3. There’s the super serious, cue epic music, looking dramatically into the magnificent landscape, then there’s the ridiculous slip of ranger who survives of luck, wits, and quips.  I’m the ranger that has to keep them from killing each other.

4. We’re the enormous stone guardians of the magical castle, only when someone wakes us up the magical castle’s gone missing.  Now we’re on an epic journey to find where it’s gone.

5. I’m a goddess of justice, you’re a goddess of truth and together was keep the secret worlds of gods and goddesses from getting into trouble.

6. We’re the guards in a magical town that hosts the thief’s guild with all the baby thieves trying to practice and oh no, who’s stolen the thing.  It can’t be whoever’s feet are showing under the curtain.  What a mystery!  (Really though, the baby thieves, they’re adorable.)

7. Mr. Sparrow and Miss Badger go on an adventure to find out who’s stealing all the strawberries.

8. It’s a trick to be wizard cops because wizards.  My partner and I are trying to track a wizard who may or may not be a goat and also stealing amulets.

9. The portal to the dark world has opened, spewing forth monsters and you’re the thief and I’m the butler that’s become what’s left of the city guard to turn them back.  Will you stop reading city guard regulations at me!  I’m not arresting anyone during teatime, that’s just savagery!

10. I’m trying to teach my new goblin partner good cop/bad cop, but he keeps offering to let the suspect eat me.  How do I explain that’s not how good cop works with people who aren’t goblins?

11. I appreciate the rangers are trying to be equal opportunity employers, but my new partner is a dragon.  Have you ever tried to do this job with a dragon?

12. We’re part of an interkingdom exchange program.  I’m a fae enforcer for the King, and I’m used to doing my job through tricking someone into stumbling through supposed misfortune into a metaphysical journey in which they learn a life lesson and stop picking on pixies.  You’re a dwarf who worships procedure and processes and repeats the same boring steps over and over with the only goal of doling out punishment. Let’s try to find out who’s selling black market fairy dust without sabotaging each other.

13. Little magic bee cops in a little magic bee hive doing investigative bee dances.

14. I’m like 80% sure my old partner is in fact some sort of evil villain who did some sort of spell thing to change their appearance and replace them.  At first I was just trying to figure out what they were trying to do, but now I think they’re really getting into solving crime and saving babies.

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i gotta jump in on this Fine Stud Lexa fitness bc im such a hoe for this shit- ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN:

  1. she eats controlled amounts and measures and weighs all her shit so she knows what she’s putting in her body
  2. meanwhile clarke sits at the other end of the dining table w a half eaten Lean Pocket thinking “???? how”
  3. HOMEGIRL DOES KICKBOXING, CALISTHENICS, AND HIIT TRAINING DONT FIGHT ME ON THIS
  4. she works out 2 hours a day 6 days a week- kickboxing for skill, calisthenics for physique/toning, and HIIT training for fat burn/muscle gain (she does a 90 min yoga on saturday bc u gotta lengthen those muscles to look sinewy u feel)
  5. Reebok shorts/bras are e v e r y t h i n g bc they hold everything in place and also they don’t squeeze the living shit outta her ribs/crotch
  6. CLARKE LOVES SEEING HER TRAPS/LATS RIPPLE WHEN LEXA GOES INTO A HANDSTAND ESP W THE SHEEN OF SWEAT. GOD
  7. clarke joins her for kickboxing bc a) she thinks its way hot and b) she’s gotta know how to defend herself lbr its a cruel world; sometimes she joins lexa for her HIIT workouts if she feels up to it but shes more content w a 3 hour nap
  8. she has the legs of a sculpted goddess just fucking end me here and now
  9. her arms are A++ but her sHOULDERS her delts look like Bronze Shoulder-guards for god’s sake and her traps… clarke knows abt her traps ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  10. she hates long term running. she h a t e s it. she’d rather do sprints than run at a steady pace
  11. yes she can bench press clarke 
  12. yes she can squat w clarke 
  13. she tries to make sure she gets enough sleep bc w this regimen shes tight w time (w included sexytimes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)) but she always manages at least 6 hrs 
  14. on her rest days she chills in baggy sweatpants (or tiny ass shorts if its warmer out) that hang off her hips and a t-cut off so she can ~show off~ all of her hard work
  15. clarke loves the baggy sweatpants
  16. you know why
  17. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

ok that’s it have a good morning y'all

SpiritTale AU

AU Creator(s): Pikateon

Official AU Blog: None 

Creator Tracked Tags: None

AU Canon:  Instead of being pushed into MT Ebbot, the humans killed all monsters. The monsters became spirits that were moved to different realms bssed on their personality, LV, EXP, and HP. In this world, HP gets a meaning which is HoPe. The longer a monster was there, the more their HP may change. The Royal Guard is replaced with The Holy Guard. King and Queen is replaced with God and Goddess. Sans is Death. Papyrus is part of the Holy Guard. Undyne is also part of the Holy Guard. Alphys is a Genuis with knowledge of all Human and Monster Technology. Flowey is a normal flower with Asriel’s spirit tied to it bevause Asriel reset too much when he was an alive monster and then his soul was corrupted so when Alphys tied his soul to the flower, it gave the flower a glitched appearance.  Muffet and Grillby along with any other characters stay pretty much the same. Everyone has a Halo. All the ghosts/dummies have a robot body from Alphys. The Ruins and First area is replaced with a Heaven-like area named The Holy Ruins. Snowdin and Snowdin Forest are replaced with The Frozen Realm and the Icey Forest. Waterfall is replaced with The Damp Realm. Hotland is replaced with a Hell-like area named The Eternal Flame Land. The Core is replaced with only a gateway as no one needs the power that was created from The Core in Undertale. New Home is replaced with The Home of Ruin. The Judgement Hall is still the same except that it looks a bit more like a church and renamed “Death’s Judgement”. Asgore’s Castle is replaced with a big, white office named God’s Throne Room. God Asgore must collect 7 human spirits to regain his powers to reshape the human world. 

Any Monster Spirit can gather a Human Spirit or vice versa to gather powers to guard one living person, Human or Monster. In short, they become a Guardian Angel if they choose to. They can also be a Death Angel that tracks when they die and when they don’t. All spirits that have been judged quickly do not end up into these realms as they are placed into Heaven or Hell. The power of SAVE and RESET is completely gone as a spirit cannot die after dying once. All that happens is that they need to heal/wake up from unconsciousness.

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Blue Moon July 31st

The Moon of July is called the Hay Moon. This moon gives is a chance for you to reevaluate your life and take note of what you need to pay attention to. This is a perfect time to make plans for the future.

This moon falls on a Friday. A day ruled by Venus, the planet of love, this is a perfect day for romance. By performing a love centered moon spell on this day you increase your chances of it succeeding. It’s also a great day to make over yourself or your home.

The Blue Moon is a time of heightened connection with the divine. The veil is a little thinner therefore it is easier to speak with the universe.

Use this ritual set up to work with the Blue Moon on July 31st.

Preparations:

Take up the besom and walk widdershins around the circle sweeping from the center outward to cleanse the circle of negative energy. Recite this chant as you sweep from the center of the circle outwards:

 “Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, Where I do the Lady’s will. Besom, besom, Lady’s Broom, Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom.

Witch’s broom swift in flight, Cast out darkness, bring in light. Earth be hallow, air be pure, fire burn bright, as water cures.

A sacred bridge this site shall be, As I will, so mote it be.”

Altar and Tool Blessing:

Pick up the athame and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar. Replace the athame and say this invocation:

“Blessed Be, Instruments of Light, 

Tools now of magick with power and might.”

Element and Space Blessing:

Hold your hand over the water and salt and pass your hand over the element 3 times to banish, and then hold your hand steady to bless. Visualize a sparkling light surrounding and infusing the element while reciting:

“Element of (Earth, Water),

 I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady.

I bring their blessings upon you now. So mote it be.”

Pour the consecrated salt into the consecrated water. Light the red working candle, cleanse and consecrate the candle (fire) as done above while reciting:

“Element of (Fire),

I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady.

I bring their blessings upon you now. So mote it be.”

Use the consecrated fire it to light the incense. Then cleanse and consecrate the smoke from the incense (air) as done above while reciting:

“Element of (Air), 

I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady. 

I bring their blessings upon you now. So mote it be.”

Take the water/salt and go once deosil (clockwise) around the circle. While walking the circle disperse the elements using a sprig of herbs. Recite:

“Powers of Water and Earth this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space.”

Take up the incense and go once deosil (clockwise) around the circle. While walking the circle disperse the elements using a fan or feathers. Recite:

“Powers of Fire and Air this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space.”

Casting the Circle:

Face east. Hold your athame out at waist level. Walk deosil (clockwise) thrice around the circle perimeter charging it with this chant as you visualize the energy coming from your athame to create the circle. Recite one verse for each of the three circles:

“Maiden, cast your circle white, Weave a web of healing light.

Round and Round the Circle’s Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past”

“Mother, cast your circle red, Weave the strands of family threads.

This Sacred Space shall now be Bound, As I cast this Circle Round.”

“Old Crone, cast your circle black, Weave the wisdom that we lack.

Thrice is the Circle cast this Night/Day and now begins my Magick Rite/Way.”

Once the circle has been cast, salute in the following way:

Take up athame and point it to the sky, while saying, 

“As above…”

Then lower athame to point it at the ground, while saying, 

“So below.“

Calling the Quarters:

Starting in the East and moving deosil around to the North, light the corresponding elemental candle, and then invoke the quarter:

"Hail Mighty Ones of the Eastern Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Air weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Southern Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Fire weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Western Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Water weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Northern Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Earth weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

Invoking the God and the Goddess:

Light the gold God candle:

“I call to the God. Spark of the Spirit Eternal,

Lord of the Wild Hunt, Judge of Gods and Men.

Shining God of the Sun’s rays, Who walks with me through all my days,

Into my circle, I invoke you, To bless and guide all that I do.

Hail and welcome.”

Light the silver Goddess candle:

“I call to the Goddess. Beauty of the Green Earth,

White Moon among the Stars, Mysteries of the Waters.

Shimmering Goddess of the Moon’s light, Who guides me through the dark of night,

Into my circle, I invoke you. To bless and guide all that I do.

Hail and welcome.”

Libation and Opening Toast:

Pour some wine into the libation dish and say, 

“To the Lord and Lady!”

Fill the altar goblet with wine. Hold up the altar goblet and say, 

“I drink to the God and Goddess.“

Take a sip from the goblet, and say, 

"Blessed Be.”

Ritual and Spell Work

Insert optional ritual for sabbat or intended spell work here.

Cakes and Ales

Take up the plate with the cakes and say 

“May I never hunger." 

Take a bite, and then say, 

"Blessed Be.”

Take up the wine and say 

“May I never thirst.” 

Take a sip of the wine and and then say, 

“Blessed Be.”

Give thanks for one thing that you are thankful for, and request assistance for one thing that you are in need of.

Releasing the Quarters:

Starting in the North, and moving widdershins around the circle to the East, go to each quarter and say the following release then extinguish the elemental candle:

“To all those in the Northern sphere, I release you now, depart from here.

I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.

"To all those in the Western sphere, I release you now, depart from here.

I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

“To all those in the Southern sphere, I release you now, depart from here.

I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

“To all those in the Eastern sphere, I release you now, depart from here.

I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

Thanking the God and Goddess

I give thanks to the God for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell.”

Extinguish the gold candle.

“I give thanks to the Goddess for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell.“

Extinguish the silver candle.

Closing and Circle Salute

Take the Athame or Wand and retract the energy of the circle back into yourself moving widdershins beginning in the north around to the east using the following chant:

"Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.

I now Dissolve this Sacred Space and send all Powers back to place.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.

Stay if you can, Go if you must, with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.

My Work is finished for the Night/Day and now I End my Magick Rite/Way.”

Once the circle is closed, say the following salute:

“The circle is open, but unbroken.”

kaehlara  asked:

Do you know of any gods or goddesses associated with dragons? I find myself drawn to items with or pertaining to dragons and I was wondering if there was a good or goddess for it.

Hello there friend.

This is what I could find on deities associated to dragons, I suggest you look into them further to ascertain whether they are your patrons.

Veles - Slavic god of many things, including dragons.
Helios - Greek god that had a chariot pulled by fiery draconic beings when it wasn’t being pulled by horses.
Dewi - Welsh dragon god whose crimson form was said to have appeared in King Arthur’s dreams.
Demeter - Greek goddess who owned a pair of winged dragons that drew her chariot, she gave them to the hero Triptolemos to carry him across the world spreading knowledge of agriculture.
Artemis - Greek goddess who had a dragon that guarded her sacred grove in Mysia.
Poseidon - Greek god, was known to have ‘sea dragons’, sometimes simply regarded as sea monsters.

With luck, Magpie.

little zelda headcanon time

the goddesses and their closest creations communicate with each other not in spoken language, but through light and motion and melody

that’s why when Fi translates Hylia’s messages to Link in Skyward Sword, she dances - she’s actually “speaking” in this ancient divine form of communication and verbally relaying what it means to Link as she does so

and it’s why music is such a keystone of the games and why when characters say they’re praying what they often mean is they’re playing an instrument or singing, because making music is the closest mortals can come to speaking in the divine language

when Link learns a certain song needed to reach a particular area or some such thing, he’s learning the “password” to accomplish this task

objects like the Wind Waker and the Ocarina of Time that use music as magic can tap into the power of the gods by “speaking” to the world around them and “asking” nature to do them a favor, and offer their mortal users just the smallest taste of the goddesses’ abilities, which is why they’re so sought after and so closely guarded by members of the royal family

…yeah