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The Japanese deity Jizō (地蔵) is the protector of children, pregnant women, firemen, travellers and pilgrims. He has many forms, including Mizuko Jizō (水子地蔵) or Water-Child Jizō, the guardian of children who die prematurely due to miscarriage, abortion or any other means. It’s relatively easy to identify this deity, since he’s often carrying a baby. He’s also surrounded by toys left by a parent whose child has been cured of an illness thanks to Jizō’s intervention, or a gift to help a deceased child in the afterlife. 

Gem of the Day 4: Malachite

3/1/2017

Since time began, Malachite has been a stalwart protector of humans. Carved into lions, decorating the strong oak doors, and adorning the cavalry shields, this stone is a warrior’s gem, tried and true.

Malachite is a green stone, valued for it’s strange texture and resilient composition. The gem will instill you with bravery, strength, and passion. Too much of a good thing, however, always ends in bloodshed.

Adored in ancient Egypt for it’s cosmetic properties (and paired with Lapis Lazuli when powdered into makeup), this stone has enjoyed comfortable popularity in nearly every civilization to date. Chinese generals wore Malachite and it’s sister stone Jade into battle, it was used as ink in Rome, and the Malachite Room in St. Petersburg is a testament to both the strength of this stone and the place it holds in the hearts of Man.

Malachite is a heartstone, place it there to overcome any obstacle and bring passion to your loved ones. It is also masculine by nature, meaning it’s associated with the fervor of battle, protection of the clan, hunting, and unbridled love for family. But again, be warned. This gem can create a craving for violence and war if left unchecked. 

However, the good of Malachite vastly outweighs the bad. This stone is first and foremost a guardian stone, a catch-all protector against evil and those who mean your loved ones harm. In stark contrast to most guardian stones, the protector wears the gem on their person as opposed to the ones being protected. It allows good fathers to become great fathers, mediocre friends to become best friends, and disconnected lovers to become as passionate as the first day they met.

Things associated with Malachite are sports, shields, sibling protection, fatherly love, and lions.

Zodiac signs that are amplified by Malachite are Leo, Cancer, and Virgo. All of the signs have an instinct to protect, which is helped by the power of Malachite.

Patron deities of Malachite are Ares (God of War), Nike (Goddess of Victory), Zhong Kui (The Demon Repeller), Vishnu (The Universal Protector), Guan Yu (Protector of Warriors), Hariti (The Selfish Mother) and Jizo Bosatsu (The Protector of Children).

baileywhatever said: do you know why they have knitted hats on?

@baileywhatever, yes, I do! :) Jizō is the protector of  pregnant women and children. You often see toys at Jizō statues: the gifts of a parent whose child has been cured of an illness thanks to Jizō’s intervention, or a gift to help the deceased child in the afterlife. A little hat or bib (often red, because red is believed to drive out demons) is displayed as well, for the same reason. 

Sometimes these hats and bibs are made by mothers; sometimes – at bigger temples with many statues – it’s done as a labour of love by the women of the neighbourhood / congregation.

If zanpakuto *literally* obeyed their release commands...


As requested by anon. :)


Bleach zanpakuto have suddenly and inexplicably begun to literally obey their release commands! How will everyone react?


1. Renji

Renji: Howl, Zabimaru!

Zabimaru: Awoooooooooooooo!

Bazz-B: OH MAN THAT’S SO LOUD THAT I HAVE TO DROP MY GUARD AND COVER MY EARS

Renji: Okay well that works.


2. Yumcihika

Yumichika: Bloom, Fuji Kujaku!

Giselle:
 So……what? You’re going to kill me with all those flowers that just bloomed at your feet?

Yumichika: S-shut up! I hate my zanpakuto!


3. Ikkaku

Ikkaku: Grow, Hozukimaru!

Ikkaku: …

Ikkaku: A giant sword! Awesome!


4. Kenpachi

Kenpachi: Drink, Nozarashi!

Nozarashi: Later. Gonna go drinking with Kyoraku.

Kenpachi: HEY WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE FRIENDS NOW


5. Hinamori

Hinamori: Snap, Tobiume!

Tobiume: Fuck you! Don’t tell me what to do!

Hinamori: T-Tobiume?


6. Aizen

Aizen: Shatter, Kyoka Suigetsu.

Kyoka Suigetsu: [shatters into a thousand pieces]

Aizen: …

Aizen: I’M SORRY I PICKED THE HOGYOKU OVER YOU, OKAY


7. Shinji

Shinji: Ha, ha, nice! Now’s the time for me to finally take out Aizen!

Shinji: Collapse, Sakanade!

Shinji: DAMMIT


8. Rukia

Rukia: Dance, Sode no Shirayuki!

[Strobe lights appear]

[Music begins to thump]

Sode no Shirayuki: Look at me! I’m doing the robot!

Rukia: Somehow I expected something more like ballet. 


9. Byakuya

Byakuya: Scatter, Senbonzakura.

Byakuya: …

Byakuya: Where is that bird seed coming from?

Byakuya: Senbonzakura no.


10. Kensei

Kensei: Blow it away, Tachikaze!

[Opponent goes tumbling away like a leaf]

Kensei: …

Kensei: I’m counting that as a victory.


11. Isane

Isane: Run, Itegumo!

Isane: WAIT COME BACK


12. Tosen

Tosen: Cry, Suzumushi!

Suzumushi: M-my life is just so hard! I…I can’t….I….

Suzumushi: [gross sobbing]

Tosen: What


13. Soi Fon

Soi Fon: Sting all enemies to death, Suzumebachi!

Suzumebachi: [zooms out of Soi Fon’s hand]

Suzumebachi: [systematically murders every single one of the Quincy]

Soi Fon: Well that worked better than usual.

Urahara: [screaming in the distance]

Soi Fon: Best day ever!


14. Omaeda

Omaeda: Crush, Gegetsuburi!

Omaeda: NOT *ME* YOU MORON


15. Kurotsuchi

Kurotsuchi: Rip, Ashisogi Jizo!

Kurotsuchi: Did you just tear yourself in half?

Kurotsuchi: I will be punishing you for that.


16. Matsumoto

Matsumoto: Growl, Haineko!

Haneiko: Grrrrrrrrrrrr…..

Matsumoto: …

Matsumoto: This is no time to be stubborn, Haineko!


17. Sasakibe

Sasakibe: Bite, Gonryomaru!

Sasakibe: Ouch! What the hell??


18. Hisagi

Hisagi: Reap, Kazeshini!

Hisagi: Um….where did you get that straw hat from?

Hisagi: What do you MEAN you’ll be back after you harvest some crops??

Hisagi: K-Kazeshini! Come back!


19. Komamura

Komamura: Roar, Tenken!

Tenken: Rawr!

Komamura: Please stop being so adorable about it. It is not the time.


20. Hitsugaya

Hitsugaya: Sit upon the frosted heavens, Hyorinmaru!

Hitsugaya: …

Hitsugaya: GET DOWN FROM THERE


21. Urahara

Urahara: Wake up, Benihime!

Benihime: Fuuuuuucking alarm! Where’s the coffee?


22. Rose

Rose: Play, Kinshara!

Kinshara: Tag, you’re it!!!!

Rose: Wrong kind of playing, Kinshara.


23. Kira

Kira: Raise your head, Wabisuke!

Wabisuke: Um, I’m a sword. What head?

Kira: …


24. Hiyori

Hiyori: Chop cleanly, Kubikiri Orochi!

Hiyori: Cauterization. Nice.


25. Gin

Gin: Shoot to kill, Shinso.

Shinso: [machine-gun fire]

Gin: I think I need to go see Aizen again.


26. Kyoraku

Kyoraku: Flower Wind Rage and Flower God Roar, Heavenly Wind Rage and Heavenly Demon Sneer - Katen Kyokotsu!

Katen Kyokotsu: I don’t even know what a flower wind is.

Kyoraku: Well we tried.


27. Ukitake

Ukitake: All Waves, Rise now and Become my Shield, Lightning, Strike now and Become my Blade - Sogyo no Kotowari!

Ukitake: HELP THE OCEAN IS COMING DOWN ON MY HEAD AND I KEEP GETTING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

Ukitake: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH


28. Yamamoto

Yamamoto: B-

Kyoraku & Ukitake: YAMAMOTO NO

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Moss Jizo わらべ地蔵 by Patrick Vierthaler
Via Flickr:
Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. 三千院門跡、大原。

This is a so-called Salt Jizō (塩地蔵, Shio Jizō). If you rub salt on his body corresponding to wherever you’re feeling an ache on your own body, your pain will disappear. This particular one can also cure warts: take a pinch of salt from the statue, rub it on your warts and there you go. It stands at Gochisan Henjōin Sōji-ji, commonly known as Nishiarai Daishi, in Adachi.