i love the beach and the ocean but i respect the ocean's power

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Luki O’Keefe

There’s something about Luki’s photos that standout amongst the thousands of other surf photographers, and for us it’s the way she captures tranquil moments in the ocean with a modernized retro vibe that gives us all the nostalgic feels. We’ve spent hours scrolling through her Instagram feed getting lost in the serene colors and gorgeous light she snaps, and just had to learn more about her. We’re chatting with Luki about how she inherited her love for the ocean, and what her dream shoot would be (hint hint, this one includes time travel!).

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anonymous asked:

AAAAAH I DID NOT REALIZE THIS TURNED OUT AS LONG AS IT DID SHIT WELL: and got in the way of everybody playing their best (which would never be the case), especially since G told a few people that he’d be leaving for “Russia” (*cough cough* he’s meeting the witch off the coast of Florida, so he’s close enough to draw the other Mer away from Sid, but far enough away to give him time to get to the witch) the morning after locker cleanout. Predictably, he gets cornered by Flower, who calls him out

he’s leaving to do that plan to help Sid, but he’s gonna need Flower and whomever else to say whatever bullshit is necessary to convince Sidney to swim to his sea witch at noon in three days, and absolutely not mention him while doing it. Flower just barely looks comforted by any of what Geno says, but agrees to it, and makes him swear to not be a fucking idiot about whatever he’s about to pull. Geno feels a little scummy when he agrees, knowing he’s full of shit, but whatever, this is important 

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My Concepts for my Modern Olympian sets explained (part 1)

[LINK TO ALL CONCEPTS]

This is just my explanations for all my Modern Olympian Greek God aesthetics series. The concepts I had in mind while making it, and the story behind each one. If you haven’t seen it, the link is HERE

This is part one, there are too many to put all on one post, and I keep making more. So here are the first six concepts.

Zeus– 

Cronus, Zeus’ father, used to be a corporate monster. In fact, he was greedy, and terrible, and wouldn’t even let his sons inherit the business. Zeus inherited nothing from him, essentially building himself from ground zero. He overthrew his father, becoming even more powerful and appraised by the nation. Zeus is now a powerhouse of a businessman, now grown to political power. He’s fair to the people, as well as making making more jobs and saving money for the middle class. He’s no saint though, he likes to spend tax payer’s money on things for himself and his family. Not to mention he’s a known playboy, and has openly slept with other women that have not been his wife. And has many bastards, some he knows about, and others he doesn’t. Opinions of Zeus among the citizens are conflicted; while many still support him, and others believe he is only a tamer version of his father.

Hera–

Hera is a woman that you do not want to cross or upset. She’s a strong and independent woman who is married to someone that takes her for granted, or so some people say. Though Hera does not need Zeus’ money to be stable; she is the Editor and Chief of a bridal magazine, as well as owns her own bridal chain store that have many locations all over the nation. When you meet Hera, you know she can get any man she wants; she’s a gorgeous woman who demands your respect. However, unlike her husband, she values marriage above all things and endures Zeus’ scandals with grace… and a little bit of revenge. Hera is a strong maternal figure with her kids, putting them above everyone else, and would do anything to protect them and steer them in the right direction so they can become their best. However, as their kids could attest, but never out loud, they are more afraid of mommy than they are of daddy.

Poseidon–

Poseidon has power on a different level. He has various hobbies, including surfing and building cars, but he does not lead a chill lifestyle. He conquers the urban beach cities with his MC (Motorcycle Club or rather Motorcycle Gang). He is a rather likeable man, but like the ocean he lives next to, Poseidon can be as unpredictable as he is deadly. Insult him, and you’ll be sleeping with the fishes. Literally. Poseidon has a colourful set of skin, littered with various oceanic tattoos, as well as slightly tanned from living on the beach. As the MC leader, he has branches all over the nation, all of which run garages and other establishments that he all owns. He makes quite a bit of cash for someone who looks like a beach bum. Like his brother, he has a young and beautiful wife, but has one too many concubines and bastard children spread around in the nation. Though his true love is his 67 Blue Mustang.

Demeter–

Living a simpler life than the others, Demeter took after her grandmother in way of life. She lives on a farm with acres of barley, and tends to everything mostly by herself. She also has an apple orchard, and during the fall, she grows pumpkins. Demeter loves to garden and getting her hands dirty; feeling her fingers push into the soil and feel the roots reminds her a lot of embracing her grandmother. It was mostly the smell of the earth. She had once lived with her darling daughter, Persephone, and life was so much brighter than. She would chase her little flower through the fields and together they would braid their hair and make crowns with wild flowers. They would play with the piglets in the mud and nurse then after a long day of playing. Though now her daughter is all grown up, she has her own life. And while Demeter does not approve of Persephone’s husband, she is content enough that she found someone she loves. Only now without her in the house, every season feels like winter. It’s only when she visits her that she feels as warm as spring.

Hades–

A man that people seldom talk about in a conversation. Hades is a mob boss who has businesses in the underground of the nation. A filthy rich man who a lot of people owe money to. His debt collector? Charon. Everyone has to pay the ferryman eventually, and if they try to run, Hades has an arsenal of gangsters to find them. His prize hitman, Thanatos, and of course, his three faithful dobermans who are all too willing to rip a man’s throat if given the command. Despite being someone that many fear, Hades is a complex individual. On his exterior he comes off as foreboding, ominous and terrifying. Though who he is, is truly different. Hades is a romantic, and he is the most faithful out of his brothers. He would be too, because falling in love with Persephone was unexpected. She is so much younger than him, so full of life that he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. In Persephone, he sees what he lacks, and is devoted to his queen, because her love balances his life, which has always been full of death.

Hestia–

Hestia, like her sister Demeter, lives a modest life as well. Hestia is incapable of having children, but her heart is always in her home and with family. She holds many jobs, all of which she loves, because it allows her to be closer to people. As a kindergarten teacher, she is able to be with children, since she cannot have them herself. She even calls them “her kids”, since every year she grows to love each young heart that she has the honour of teaching and knowing. Hestia is also a realtor, which is one of her passions. To find the perfect home for a family brings her much joy. She also loves to home decorate, and provide DIY decorations for people on her etsy. Hestia lives in a peaceful suburban town with a low population, where everyone knows everyone. The winters are strong and long, but with a burning fireplace, and a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows, Hestia never feels cold in her beautiful forest home. Her walls are covered with pictures of her sisters and brothers, and her nieces and nephews, and friends she had made over the year, as well as school photos with her kids at work. 

I’ll post part two in a couple of days! (Next six is Dionysus, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, and Ares)

armored-bear  asked:

How do you choose your deity and what would your deity represent in this matter? Like what is it for?

I worship Dionysus, Hermes, Persephone, Haides, And Amphitrite. I also honor Demeter, Aphrodite, and Ariadne. Additionally, I’ve been toying with the idea of honoring several daemons, including Medusa, Scylla, Kharybdis, and the Minotaur. 

I’m not sure if you’re asking how I specifically chose my deities, or how someone would go about choosing deities. If it’s the later, I’ve got a post here on  How Do I Pick a Deity?

If you’re asking how I came to worship my deities, that’s a much longer answer. I came to Hermes and Artemis from a very neo-pagan place. I was in my teens when I started looking into worship of Hellenic deities, and everything I got my hands on about actually worshiping them, was from a neo-pagan and strongly Wiccan bent. Things didn’t pan out with Artemis, I was worshiping her for the wrong reasons, and broke an oath I’d made, in a very disrespectful way. (No, I won’t talk about the specifics of it) Hermes however, Hermes sort of clicked with me. I’ve always looked at his aspect as a god of travelers, and thought that his benevolence would extend to people who were metaphorically traveling, finding themselves; as well as those who were literally going places.

Hermes introduced me to Dionysus, and Dionysus was very forceful about being accepted into my life. For years I developed a strong relationship with him. I’ve learned much from him in my life, including how to take care of myself and my needs, and that there is nothing wrong with being sick just so long as I continue to try and do better, to be better. He’s taught me to stand up for what I need, to let go of the control sometimes and accept what is, and to find balance in myself and my life.

I started worshiping Persephone about three years ago now. I sought her out. I felt like I’d reached a point of personal stagnation, and that I needed new experiences and influences in my life to help me to continue to grow as a person. I have always been enamored with Persephone, the young goddess who rules as an equal beside Haides, as Queen of the Dead. I admire that ability to be undoubtedly feminine, and the most terrifying thing in the room.

Haides and Demeter came naturally to me as my worship with Persephone grew. I wanted to extend my worship to include those dearest to her. Ariadne found her way into my religion the same way, only through Dionysus. 

I’ve found Amphitrite in the past year, and I can’t even put into words how drawn I am to her. She is everything about the ocean that I love–have always loved, and she is that awe inspiring combination of beauty, emotion, and raw power. She is the ocean. She is the sea foam on the beach, the waves crashing on rocks, the current pulling you out to drown, the monsters lurking beneath the waves, the eerie sounds the ocean makes in a storm, the soft kiss of sea mist on your face……

I’ve brought Aphrodite into my worship in the past six months really. I reached a place in myself, and a tipping point in my relationship with Beau, where I felt it would be wrong not to honor her for the gifts she grants me every day that we’re together. I honestly believe that he’s my soul-mate, and the realization of that is what pushed me to thank Aphrodite and welcome her into my heart.

Now, I’m not sure what you’re asking when you say “what would your deity represent in this matter? Like what is it for?” I genuinely hate boiling deities down to simple representations, because it’s a watered down, corrupted version of who they are, that doesn’t do any justice to who they are at all. It would be similar to constantly describing your best friend as the girl with the Nissan. Each one holds domain over multiple areas that all influence my life. 

As far as what my deities are for–you might as well ask what we’re for. I worship the deities I do in order to honor them. I learn from them, their stories and lessons, to improve myself as a person. This in turn honors them, makes my life more fulfilling, and makes me more satisfied with my life. That’s without even going into detail about the specific ways I’ve benefited from having each of these theoi in my life.

Dionysus has saved my life. I more than likely wouldn’t be alive right now if I hadn’t learned from him that it’s okay for me to seek help, to admit I’m taking on too much, to tell people it hurts, and to heal.

Persephone has taught me to defend myself. That I have a right to be respected, to a voice, and to hell with anyone who wants to make less of me than I am.

Hermes has taught me to ask directions. I’m confident in my life decisions for the first time, thanks to Hermes and his lessons that it’s alright to seek guidance, try different roads, and to take the journey as having value–not just the destination.

Haides has taught me not to fear death. I’m quiet confident that the afterlife is nothing for me to fear. Death is a normal part of the cycle, and without it we can’t treasure life. 

Demeter has taught me patience. Crops don’t grow over night, and results can take time in any field.

Aphrodite has taught me in this short time that I am worth being loved. I’m not lucky to have love, it is my right. I deserve to be happy, to be loved, to be treasured, and no one can take that from me.

Amphitrite has taught me not to hide me emotions. I am passionate, and I feel deeply. If that offends people, that is their problem. My emotions are not an inconvenience. 

Ariadne has taught me that not all monsters are to be feared. Some of them are our brothers and sisters. Some of them are monsters because of how they have been treated, and that we have made them that way.

I’m going to post this others can add their experiences and reasons, since mine are not the end-all-be-all, and there are many more reasons why people worship and how they find their deities.

A Korean's Thoughts: Sea Witchery

Tired and I’m wanting
to embrace this haunting
Feeling deep within,
the ache of you beneath my skin.
You have my all.
- Eternity by Rachel Taylor

These lyrics I felt were something that explained my ties to the sea. It’s not something I really escape. Neither is it something I tend to actively bring forth in my practice these days. It takes a more subtle role, which I will explain in this article.

Spirits of the sea
Koreans have a large, popular island called 제주 (Jeju) Island. Its history is steeped in mugyo (the Korean initiatory animistic religion), though unlike the rest of the country, its mudang tended to be men. Some of Jeju’s women were called 해녀 (haenyeo), which literally means “sea women” and were traditionally female divers, very important for Jeju’s economy. They have also been called Korea’s mermaids.

I remember 해녀 when I work. They have to have excellent diligence and energy to work all day to fill their nets and make a living. ALL year. In some respect, I can easily envision what we believe to be mermaids within their bodies. Sometimes they have to fend off the sea’s dangers, such as sharks and jellyfish. When a manyeo or manshin does sea work, they give thanks to haenyeo and ask for that strength and tenacity. We remember them and pay homage. They are a part of our ancestors.

Now, the sea actually has a deity. Yongwang, the Dragon King. He is typically seen as an old man with a staff surrounded by dragons, sometimes he may choose to be seen as a dragon. The great thing about mugyo is that it adapts to whatever religion the manyeo and manshin are participants in - so my respective sea deity would be Sobek-Ra as the Nile flows into the sea and Nile crocodiles have been found residing in the ocean. Though I still view Yongwang as residing and controlling the ocean as well. A couple other manshin have been noted to have their patron spirits identify with “Jesus Christ” and a famous war general.

Tactics, techniques and everything in between
My work tends to focus on these things: sympathetic magic, words, motion, paper/pen, oils and candles.

So where exactly does the ocean come in?

Simple answer: from me.

When you are as a part of the sea as some of us, you are never far from its shores, its waves, its storms. All of that resides within us. Every time I blow into a bowl of water, I am breathing down harsh winds to crush their ships. Every time I stir the water around, I am creating a maelstrom to devour my enemies. Every time I sink a stone with their essence, I am drowning their core.

Yeah yeah so what can I do to be a sea witch?

Well, I know (and it tends to be more popular in the summer) that it can seem all showy and constantly cool, but it’s not. I want you to think about why you want to be a sea witch in particular (and not just with this path, it’s the same with any other).

Is it because you like feeling ‘powerful’ and 'mysterious’?

Is it because you love sitting on a sunny beach in the tropics?

Is it because you feel that the ocean is some forgiving mother-like deity?

If you said yes to any of these, I’m going to need you to full on stop. None of these things automatically mean you’d be a sea witch, let alone a good one. The sea in my practice has its ebbs and flows, its own tides. It comes forth in bursts for a while, I’m constantly bubbling with ideas and then it pulls back and it is simply there to help me contemplate.

What is so important for aspiring sea witches to know and remember?
The sea owes us nothing and takes everything.

Will you still feel so connected to it when you’ve nearly drowned by its waves?

Will you still feel so connected to it when you’ve almost been killed by its inhabitants, the sharks and jellyfish and countless others?

Will you still feel so connected to it when it’s frozen outside, the wind as sharp as the icicles hanging from your roof and the shore is as rough as a champion MMA fighter?

How many of these things can aspiring sea witches say they’ve lived through and accepted as a part of their history with the ocean? How many can honestly tell themselves that even if this did happen, they would harness the lesson and power that came from it all the while not allowing these events to make the connection suffer?

I’m betting they die off. Just like the typical summer children, these shore crabs disappear once the season’s over.

No, you don’t need shells, kelp, rocks, glass. But it’s all pretty, isn’t it? What’s the point of keeping them around if you never use them?

I know landlocked sea witches in particular truly feel the hurt and separation. Like I said in a previous sea witch guide, you can buy these kinds of things for (relatively) cheap from law-abiding beach combers. But the tools of the trade isn’t always necessary. The true sea witches have been born again from the waves in one way or another. With each of us, there are different methods.

What are yours?

I mainly use sea witchery for scapegoats, defensive spells, guardians. Sometimes I’ll write a person’s name on one and crush the shell to curse them. There’s nothing too different with my methods, other than when I buy seafood to eat at home, I tend to use the shells/bones.