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10 Movies that could change your understanding about life

Every movie has the ability to affect its viewer differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others provoke fear or sorrow, but a commonality among all films is a prevailing message or theme.

Some films can summon such profound questions, that it changes the way you perceive life as you once knew it. The following list contains 10 unique movies that do just that.

10) Donnie Darko

Richard Kelly’s cult-classic Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled, sleep-walking teen who is insistent in challenging authority and who is often visited by Frank, a monstrous rabbit that urges Donnie to perform dangerous and destructive pranks.

A haunting work of loneliness, alienation and the universal desire for companionship and meaning that’s wrapped in a guise of understated ‘80s nostalgia and head-spinning science fiction mythology, Donnie Darko is a film you shouldn’t miss.

What makes Donnie Darko especially fascinating is its take on multiple realities and universes. The film explores concepts of imploding universes, black holes and alternate timelines. It leaves most scratching their heads and itching for an immediate second viewing. Richard Kelly stated that the film has varying interpretations, which is why the film is still analysed and debated about to this day.

9) The Matrix

A smartly crafted combination of stimulating action and mind-bending philosophy, The Matrix is a film that throws our perceived reality into question. The film’s premise finds Neo (Keanu Reeves), an office-worker by day, computer hacker by night, who is told about the grand illusion. That is, the reality as we know it is false, a simulated and constructed reality in which mankind is unknowingly imprisoned.

The film is an allegory for the concept of a spiritual awakening. Neo is woken up to the fact that he’s been enslaved to the system, the matrix, his entire life. He is re-taught about his unlimited potential as a creator-being, and stands up against the dark forces which impose humanity. Amazing in every sense, The Matrix has a lot to offer, with the potential to change the way you understand the world we live in.

8) Waking Life

Absurd, transporting, and strikingly original, Waking Life poses many life-changing questions, such as ‘What are dreams and what is reality?’ Within the animated film, the line between the dream-state and reality become blurred as the protagonist wanders through various scenarios and interacts with an eclectic cast of characters.

Each character throws science and philosophy into question, and as the main character continues to experience the extended dream, he begins to worry he will not awaken.

Humans and inanimate details are sometimes quite realistic, even recognizable (such as Ethan Hawke) but the computer “painting” can give subjects forms, movements and dimensions that are wildly exaggerated, limber and stylized in cartoon-like fashion. The movie looks like an LSD trip, and is a cult classic that could find a spot in everyone’s top ten list.

7) Cloud Atlas

Colossal in scale, Cloud Atlas follows 6 interwoven story lines that span hundreds of years. The official synopsis describes it as “an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”

Cloud Atlas’s prevalent theme delves into the theory of reincarnation, which boasts that an eternal aspect of our self, the soul, experiences any number of lives incarnating here on Earth. The film also explores the concept of karma and the karmic cycle, suggesting that our actions in one lifetime may reverberate into the next.

Although the critic consensus is mixed for Cloud Atlas, one must applaud the film for tackling an unconventional theory such as reincarnation as well as a massively ambitious story line.

6) Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring is a Korean film that follows a Buddhist monk and his journey at a monastery that floats on a lake in a pristine forest. The story follows the monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age.

Each changing season act as beautiful metaphors and lesson that the main character is experiencing. The film is very quiet, but the breathtaking imagery speaks for itself. Although the story has only a handful of characters and everything takes place in a small area, it encompasses a surprisingly large chunk of the human experience, including lust, love, jealousy, murder, suicide and redemption. It has important things to say about the difficulty of teaching and the elusiveness of wisdom.

This film is about learning from one’s mistakes and becoming a better person by seeking wisdom.

5) Samsara

In a number of Eastern faiths, samsara literally means “continuous flow,” referring obliquely to the ongoing cycle of life and death, decay and renewal.

Samsara, the film, turns that idea into a sprawling concept, a continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it. The film envelops the audience with a barrage of diverse imagery that shifts rapidly from one locale and one theme to the next.

Through watching the continuous imagery, we are given the chance to truly observe our world with utmost presence, something we tend not do in our fast-paced culture. It’s a journey through life and death, and a film which may give you a new perspective on the human experience.

4) Detachment

Detachment is a chronicle of one month in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody).  Barthes’ method of imparting vital knowledge to his temporary students is interrupted by the arrival of three women in his life — the damaged and naïve prostitute Erica, a fellow teacher and a troubled teen named Meredith.

These women all have profound effects on Barthes’ life, forcing him to both re-discover aspects of his own personality, and to come to terms with both the tragic suicide of his mother and the impending death of his grandfather.

Henry impacts his students’ lives and makes them more focused and attentive, but he alone can only do so much. The film is a character study of one man, and a social commentary on the failing education and social systems.

3) Her

Her follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely introverted middle-aged man who  hears of the new OS1, the world’s first artificial intelligent operating system. When Theodore meets Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the charming female voice of his OS1, he soon finds himself drawn to  her romantically. As he becomes closer to Samantha, Theodore must decipher where his desire to be with her is really coming from.

There are many themes in Her that parallel the issues of our current technology-obsessed culture. We’ve become so attached to our phones, laptops and tablets that we’ve begun to lose touch with an essential aspect of life, authentic human interaction. Her reveals how technology is propelling isolation and loneliness to a scary degree, something we all should consider.

2) Fight Club

Fight Club teaches its viewer many things. A big lesson realized from watching the film is the emptiness that exists within consumerism and materialism. It’s also a film which questions our attachment to identity -are we really who we believe ourselves to be? The film shocks its viewer when we discover that the ‘revolution’ which has been building up is a mere satire constructed to teach the main character a massive lesson about the state of humanity.

1) Life Is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful reveals the power of optimism and perception during dark times. The story is simple: A father tries to shelter his son and family from the horrors of WWII. It teaches us how preserving our child-like innocence can protect us from the troubles life may throw at us. A simple concept that is beautifully crafted.

Obviously this list only skims the amount of life-changing films available today. I didn’t even mention documentaries, because there are too many to start listing. What are some movies or documentaries that have impacted your life?

The “Taylor Swift” PR Virus

On the night of the Met Gala, dated May 2, 2016, Tom Hiddleston contracted what is to be  known later as the Taylor Swift PR virus, which after introduction and a month’s time of incubation, will exhibit first symptoms, such as complete reversal in PR goodwill, being gaslighted, and getting dragged into petty, childish drama by overgrown, emotionally-handicapped adults. Like many other victims before him, the disease is incurable and widely believed to have originated from a parasite known as the Taylor Swift.*

*as narrated by nature documentarian, Sir David Attenborough

Its etymology is two-fold. First, the parasite “tailors” itself to its host for a time, often mimicking the prey’s preferences and appearance, exhibiting to the host only its pleasant aspects. During the boyfriend shopping phase, the Taylor Swift commits to extensive research on its prey. As the parasite enters into a relationship with the host, during the honeymoon phase, the Taylor Swift dispenses a collection of mouthpieces (e.g. #squadgoals inducted members) and unnamed “sources” that speak on its behalf, often dropping planted leaks of the pairing to the press. Typically in a few weeks’ time, after feeding on the host’s goodwill and PR mileage, extracting an album’s worth of songwriting material, the Taylor Swift leaves its prey paralyzed with the disease in quick fashion, mobilizing itself and its horde of enablers towards its next host, hence the name, “swift”. The victim left behind undoubtedly will have to endure an extensive period of PR viral agony before containment of the contagion. Cure is yet to be discovered, but at the moment, only treatments known as Karma™ and fast news cycle can alleviate the symptoms.

Experts have warned the public at large to avoid exposure to the Taylor Swift during the phenomenon known as the shading event, if possible. It may be difficult as the Taylor Swift produces what is known as the ear worm. Public advisory weighs heavily towards covering the ears and chanting “la la la” when its ear worm makes it through the airwaves. Unsuspecting bystanders are forced to endure the unfolding of unsolicited and passive aggressive “shading” of a former host while waiting in checkout line at the local market.

Experts also suggest changing the station, or, if trapped unwittingly in the elevator extensively with the invasive parasite, to promptly eject oneself from the mechanical enclosure or to simply put on earphones to prevent infection. Those naturally resistant to the Taylor Swift ear worms typically have alternative preferences in music. Experts advise putting on Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Beyonce, or the Taylor Swift’s natural countermeasure, the Katy Perry, its equal in maturation stasis. The Katy Perry has proven to be especially effective during moments of the Taylor Swift’s mysteriously timed PR announcements, such as a calculated maneuver coined, The Boyfriend Rollout™. On rare occasions, the Katy Perry dispenses copious amounts of Karma™ to combat the natural byproduct of bullshit produced by the Taylor Swift.

Pictured Above: Joe Alwyn the host being compromised | Source: Splash News

Researchers have yet to understand how the Taylor Swift chooses its prey, but some patterns have emerged on its choice of mates, such as birthplace, typically U.K., race and sex (white and male), strong built-in fan bases, unblemished PR, and impeccable growing star power. The closest researchers can compare the parasite’s behavior to is the preying mantis, although with the exception of literally eating its prey alive after seducing it, the meaning is a figurative one. The Taylor Swift’s new host, Joe Alwyn, is at the mercy of its parasite, with no built-in fan base or star wattage to help bat off some of the infection already taking hold. Those naturally resistant to the Taylor Swift parasite will undoubtedly reject narratives planted by the chlorophyllous symbiote, Tree Paine, in choice rags such as E!, People, Us Weekly, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. Experts have concluded that the Taylor Swift parasite is perhaps addicted to mad love.*

*a chemical addiction to copious amounts of adulation and comparably 25 million pumpkin spiced lattes in patriotic dollars

Developments to follow.

Joker Game Tarot

The same lovely user who submitted this has also submitted this. This was submitted a while ago and I apologise for the delay, but this was an interesting read and feel free to add your own thoughts.

While some are quite clear to understand from the name, I’ve added a few words associated with the card’s meaning to all just in case they might seem confusing.

Card No.0: The Fool - Kaminaga

Beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, a free spirit, unlimited potential.

Card No.1: The Magician -  Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki

Power, skill, concentration, action, resourcefulness.

Card No.2:  The High Priestess - Jitsui

Intuition, Higher powers, mystery, subconscious mind.

Card No.3: The Empress - Nogami Yuriko

Femininity, beauty, nature, abundance,  harmony, luxury, beauty and grace. 

Card No.4: The Emperor - Lieutenant ColonelWolff

Authority, father-figure, structure, solid foundation.

Card No.5: The Hierophant - Gamou Jirou

Group identification, conformity, tradition, beliefs.

Card No.6: The Lovers - Aaron & Ellen Price

Love, union, relationships, values alignment, choices.

Card No.7: The Chariot - Hatano

Control, will power, victory, assertion, determination.

Card No.8: Strength - Synthia Grane

Strength, courage, patience, control, compassion.

Card No.9: The Hermit - Fukumoto

Soul-searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance.

Card No.10: Wheel of Fortune - Amari

Good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point.

Card No.11: Justice - Honma Eiji

Justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law.

Card No.12: The Hanged Man - Sakuma

Suspension, restriction, letting go, sacrifice.

Card No.13: Death - Miyoshi

Endings, beginnings, change, transformation, transition.

Card No.14: Temperance - Tazaki

Balance, moderation, patience, purpose, meaning.

Card No.15: The Devil - Oikawa

Addiction, sexuality, materialism, detachment, breaking free, power reclaimed.

Card No.16: The Tower - Lieutenant Colonel Kazato

Disaster, upheaval, sudden change, revelation. 

Card No.17: The Star - Alan Lernier

Hope, spirituality, renewal, inspiration, serenity.

Card No.18: The Moon - Odagiri

Illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, subconscious, confusion.

Card No.19: The Sun - Emma Grane

Fun, warmth, success, positivity, vitality.

Card No.20: Judgement - “Coffin”

Judgement, rebirth, inner calling, absolution.

Card No.21: The World - D-Agency

Completion, integration, accomplishment, travel.

( Ah… How nice would it be if someone draws Joker Game tarot cards…) I would very much love to see that as well

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On this day in music history: June 30, 1973 - “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” by George Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written and produced by George Harrison, it is the second US chart topper for the former lead guitarist of The Beatles. Following the break up of The Beatles in 1970, George Harrison’s post band activity keep him extremely busy, including the release of his triple album set “All Things Must Pass” as well as organizing the landmark “Concert For Bangladesh” benefit concerts, triple album set and film. He takes a break from the spotlight throughout most of 1972 before returning to the studio in the Fall of that year to record his fourth solo album. After working with Phil Spector of “All Things Must Pass” and “Bangladesh” albums, Harrison makes a conscious decision to scale back the large production of those works, producing the album himself as well as working with small core group of musicians which include keyboardists Leon Russell, Nicky Hopkins (The Jeff Beck Group, The Rolling Stones), Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth), Klaus Voorman (bass), Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner and Jim Gordon (drums). Many of the songs that appear on the “Living In The Material World” focuses around Harrison’s quest for “spiritual enlightenment”, inner peace and contentment. With much of the world in turmoil in the early 1970’s, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” is written as a prayer for his spirit “to be free of karma and the constant cycle of rebirth”. Issued as the lone single from “Material World” in May of 1973, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #59 on May 19, 1973, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later, unseating his former band mate Paul McCartney’s “My Love” from the top of the chart. “Living In The Material World” also replaces McCartney & Wings’ “Red Rose Speedway” at the top of the Billboard Top 200 album chart the previous week on June 23, 1973.

X THE DINER (aka Wheel of Fortune)

The Wheel of Fortune is all about your luck turning, about karma, destiny, the cycles of life, a turning point, right? And for me, diners have long been the place where my luck changed or I met someone who set something in motion. I’ve gone to diners when I was traveling and broke, and told them so, and often gotten a free meal or at least a free cup of coffee. I’ve gone to diners and had friends or strangers pay for my food, without my asking. I’ve gone to diners when I was lonesome, and ran into an old friend or made a new one. I’ve met people who later became my lovers at diners. I once had a stranger approach me and offer to do a tarot spread for me, and I said sure, and it was so right on it was spooky. Once, while eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation, I heard one of the most fantastic life stories I have ever heard, and I made notes about it, and I’m still planning on turning that into a story or poem one day. There have been multiple times when I sat down at a diner, thinking that’s where I was going to spend my evening, but then a friend or acquaintance would show up and say something like: “Hey, this rad band is playing a show down the street, and I can get us in free!” Or: “Hey, wanna go walk around by the lake and get stoned with me?” And hell, even on the rare occasions when all I did was sit, drinking coffee and writing for hours, that always felt like exactly what I was supposed to be doing. Oh, Marina Gardens and Frank’s in Kenosha, Ma Fisher’s in Milwaukee, Hanny’s and Olympic Restaurant in Lake Geneva, various Waffle Houses, Clarke’s (the one on Belmont) and Hollywood Grill and The Golden Nugget (and Jeri’s Grill and…) in Chicago, and really so many more across the whole country that it would take forever to list them, they’ve all been my Wheels of Fortune. Hell, an old friend once described Clarke’s by paraphrasing the World/Inferno Friendship Society, saying it was “our roulette wheel, spinning tricks and exit visas.” And she wasn’t wrong. Dammit. Now I’m craving hashbrowns and shitty coffee.

-Jessie Lynn McMains, from Major Arcana of the Punk Rock Tarot (2015)

BTS YOU NEVER WALK ALONE THEORY Pt.1

I will just based this theory on the released concept photos and album.

 1. The individual concept photos for the pink/right version. (Without confetti)

Originally posted by toxicbangtan

 Did you notice anything ? 

 Rap monster/ Namjoon is the only one smiling. Same goes to the group photo for the right ver. 

 2. The concept photos for the right ver also includes the confetti version for individual members in which every single members are smiling. 

Originally posted by toxicbangtan

 Explanation: The members are enjoying their ‘most beautiful moment in life’ where they have glory and success in which the confetti signifies that. 

 Yet, in the group photo they are all not smiling except well namjoon. And if you notice the confetti are all over the floor and not dropping anymore.

 why ? Because their ‘most beautiful moment in life’ have ended this is further emphasised by the rusty pipes and surroundings. And now .

 Why is namjoon smiling ? Since namjoon is the narrator to their mvs and stories.

 1. Because he is the one that can speak english and leader.

 2. Because just maybe he knows that this is the RIGHT way they are going. ( remember? This is the concept photo for the Right version) 

 So now you must be wondering. What is this ‘right’ way ? 

Namjoon probably knows that their youth /most beautiful moment in life is not going to last. It’s going to end. This is what life is about. You can never stay young forever and happy forever. So. The right way is to enter into the adult world and face all evils of the society (read on my wings theory if you want to know more) 

 3. The concept photos for the left version of BTS. The group photo at the bustop have every single member smiling.

Why? There is a bustop sign which some armys figured out to be linked to a story book of OWL SERVICE which is about people living in a loop. And about reborn and reincarnation. So by taking bus 59 they are able to keep living the happiest moment of their lives in their youth which is signified by the route map found in their concept photos showing the various eras BTS had. 

 Then. Some armys found and article to link to bus 59 about seriously injuring 7 people when it tried to avoid a vehicle. Just maybe it hints at the fact that keep living life in a loop and not wanting to move forward is a wrong/left decision. 

 The signboard also states ‘operates between 59th cicero & 60th stoney island’ and to get from cicero to stoney island you can choose between a pink line or blue line similar to the album colours ? Or maybe just the korean version of demian book colours. 


 4. The album cover is just an empty bustop and empty rusty pipes as background and the leaked back of the album photo is in black and white. Could it be that the members chose the wrong and left version and died in the process and reborn again in a never ending loop of the very used word ’nirvana’: a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth.  Therefore they do not exist anymore.  If they die and reborn, their success and memories of the right or pink version would be erased therefore having a blank background and in the left or blue version they are never physically there since they pass away leaving an empty bustop.

To put it simply, the boys had their fair share of fun and games in their youth and abundance of pain and sufferings of the youth which made up their “most beautiful moment in life. However, in wings they showed the temptation of the evil of the world when they entered adulthood( read up on my previous theories on wings) and in You never walk alone, they are desperately hoping to reminiscence about their youth and had to make decision to either move forward or stay in the past but i think the most emphasis is on the fact that they will be together forever, because after all it it call you never walk alone.

However! This is just my theory based on concept photos only. Once the mv and album are release i will have a full detailed theory on it linking it with wings too. Just too little details to work with. So in the meantime find out more about my wings theory. 

 I know there are many more to discover from the concept photos with the link between members and popsicles and all. This theory here just explains the main concept of the story. But i will go indepth into the individual characters and link between members soon. 

 Update too: sorry for putting 2 ongoing fanfictions on hold for a week. My school just started and i am soo done with the new people there. ): but i will update soon. With more theories and stories!

 -J.L

About the Urie cover art of :re vol 10

Quick thought. If the Urie cover for vol 10 of:rei s legit I really like what Ishida did with it. Not only is Urie’s taped mouth a nod to how Urie holds his tongue and does not speak out loud what he thinks, the tapes also seem to make an X shape, which is roman numeral for number 10. 

Also, this is a stretch but I guess one could it see as a nod to the Wheels of Fortune (10/X) tarot card too, which have these meanings:

“Upright: Good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point

Reversed: Bad luck, negative external forces, out of control.”

Writing on the walls of Run Japanese Ver.

Phone Booth

“Dedicated to all the boys who have lived in this painful world. Shit”

“Res, non verba”

Latin for “deeds rather than words”, or “actions to be used instead of words”. Also appears in bathroom that Taehyung is in.

“Pain past is pleasure”

I can’t find much on the origin of this, however it may derive from the Chinese proverb “苦尽甘来”, which literally translates to “suffering ends, good comes” (may be slightly off because my Chinese is not the best, but it’s along the same lines)

“Dum spiro spero”

Latin for “While I breathe, I hope”. Also appears in the main room.

“Papillon”

French for “butterfly”. Papillon was the name of one of the concept shoots for 화양연화 pt. 2.

“Je ne regrette rien”

French for “I regret nothing”. Je ne regrette rien was the name of another concept shoot.
Non, Je ne regrette rien was also the title of a song by Édith Piaf near the end of her life, as pointed out by this lovely anon. The lyrics are about forgetting the past and starting over.

“Carpe diem”

Latin saying, often translated to “Seize the day”

“Only me and my…”

I can’t see this one too clearly, but it looks like “Only me and my style”

“Memento mori”

Latin for “remember that you will die”.
It is also the name of a short story by Jonathan Nolan, which is about a man who uses tattoos and notes to keep track of his life as he has anterograde amnesia. The story cuts between two timeframes- while the man is in a mental institution, and when he is on the run after he escapes. This reminds me of the part in Run where Hoseok wakes up in the hospital after Tae and Namjoon have been arrested. It then cuts to the party scene. The contrast between scenes is similar to the contrasting timeframes in Memento Mori.

“Chill”

“La vita dolce”

Italian for “the sweet life”, or “the good life”

“Draw me like one of your french girls”

The iconic line from the Titanic which has become a meme of sorts. This is a seemingly random inclusion from Bighit.

“This train ruined my life”

This line was originally hidden in the music video by Namjoon, but thanks to the new photos that came out, I finally figured out what it said. The trains in the I Need U and Run music videos are probably referenced here. In Run, when Namjoon opens the door to the train carriage, it cuts straight to him entering the party scene. “Train” could be a metaphor for his delinquency, as we later see him vandalising and getting arrested. 




Taehyung’s room

“…while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to die live humbly for one”

This is a quote from J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye.
The full quote reads: “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
It should be noted that the original quote has been modified, replacing the word “live” with “die”, however “die” is then crossed out and replaced again with “live”. The first half of this quote appears in the main room.

“Hoi doei”

Dutch for “hi bye” (informal)

“Youth is never coming back”

Also appears in the room Jimin is in.

“Don’t fear”

“Won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust”

“Save me from myself”

Name of Brian Welch (also know as Head), guitarist of Korn’s autobiography. Also a Christina Aguilera song.

“I paid love”

“Pain paid”

“High & Dry”

Title of a Radiohead song. While reading the lyrics, I noticed the line “You broke another mirror”, which links to Yoongi and his shards of glass from the mirror he broke in Run, which seemed to create some sort of chain reaction among the boys.

“Siste, viator”

Typically used on Roman roadside tombs, meaning “stop, traveller”

“Collapsing”

“Paradise is”

“I do believe in fairies”

A quote from Peter Pan. @taetaetown has a really good theory on how Peter Pan links to the whole INU/Prologue/Run universe, which you can read here and here.

“To young to die”

Probably supposed to be “too young to die”, which links to the possible deaths of the members. The words are split up into two lines, and the word “paid” is written before “to die”, giving it an overall reading of “paid to die”. Not sure if this was intentional or not, but that seems pretty fishy.

“The end”

“Vida”

Vida has Latin origins, and means “Long live”, or just “Live!” in languages such as Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.




Seokjin’s room

“Nevermind”

Name of Intro for 화양연화 pt. 2, as well as an album by Nirvana.

“In bloom”

Song by Nirvana, written by Kurt Cobain. It is the second track in Nevermind.

“Butterfly”

The black spray paint towards the top right of the butterfly looks like it may have said “Butterfly” before most of the word got erased. There are also butterflies flying in the room, and Seokjin is known to be connected with butterflies throughout the music videos.

“Goodbye Jin”

Originally, I thought this said “collapsing”, which also appears in Taehyung’s room, but it has been since pointed out to me that it might also say “Goodbye Jin”. It’s rare that they included a direct reference to one of the members, and this is significant as it alienates Seokjin even more from the members. Either they have left him, or he has left them.




Main Room

“YOLO”

“You only live once”

“Pro Memoria”

Latin for “for memory”. Also in Taehyung’s room. Thank you very much to  @little-boat-boy for telling me that this phrase was said to “remind you not to forget about the dead, and that they are alive in your minds.” This is scarily relevant (if the theories are true) to the fact that the members, apart from Namjoon, have died, and that Seokjin is living with his memories of them. People also added “gloria” to the phrase, which means butterfly. This is because butterflies are fragile yet still important. Butterflies were often related to memories and the dead.

“Teen Spirit”

Probably a reference to Smells like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, the first track in Nevermind.

“3.1.2016″

Not sure if this is completely relevant to the story, but I’ll include it anyway. The 1st of March 2016 marks the 97th anniversary of the Samil Movement. 
This was a series of demonstrations for Korea’s independence from Japan, and was suppressed a year later by the Japanese. Over the year, around two million Koreans participated and many were arrested, wounded or killed.
BTS tweeted about this with the hashtag #Remember1919. 

“What really knocks me out is a book…”

From a quote by J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.
The rest of the quote doesn’t seem to appear, however the full quote reads: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

Your skin makes me cry”

A line from Radiohead’s Creep. Guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood once said the song was about “recognizing what you are”.

“Henry II”

This is really random and I can’t seem to find anything at all that links at all to the plot. However it must have some sort of significance, so I’ll be looking into this a bit more.

“Ruined”

“Save me”

Also appears in the phone box multiple times. This was revealed to be a track on the new 화양연화 Young Forever album.

“Our home is nowhere”

This could reference the song …But Home Is Nowhere by AFI. The lyrics of the song are pretty cryptic, and seem to fit into the concept. One particular line stood out to me, “discarnate, preternatural”. Discarnate is defined as “not having a physical body”, a reference to spirits and ghosts. Preternatural, in contrast to supernatural, assumes that it is a phenomena with an unknown explanation. It is said to be “suspended between the mundane and the miraculous.”

“You think I’m bad”

Thank you very much to @dailydoseofdia​ for messaging me about this quote. It could be a reference to a book called Kill or Cure, part of The Afterblight Chronicles, in which a plague has killed a large portion of the human population.
The full quote reads: “You think I’m bad, that this society is bad, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the rest of the world.” I think this is a really interesting quote, as it could link to the naivety and youth of the (dead?) members who really haven’t seen much of the world yet.

“Ode to youth”

A poem written in 1820 by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. Also the name of the OST for Secretly Greatly.

Painful

The word “painful” appears, but it is crossed out. “Pain” is spray painted over and over again on the walls of this room.

“Don’t trust”

Links to “won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust”




Other

Nirvana

There seem to be a lot of references to Nirvana.
The state of nirvana is defined as “a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.”
Essentially, it is an ideal state of peace and happiness.

The Catcher in the Rye

The book is quoted on the walls, as is the author, J.D. Salinger.
Published in 1951, it is about a teenager’s struggle with growing up and death. It highlights the innocence of childhood vs. the artificiality of the adult world. A main theme which appears throughout the book is the preservation of youth, which fits perfectly into Bangtan’s concept, and has an ominous link to the recurring line of “youth is never coming back”

Easy

The word “easy”, or more often, “easy easy”, appear multiple times throughout the video in different rooms. These words also appear in the photobook for 화양연화 pt. 2. Easy easy is a song by King Krule, who had a troubled childhood and was diagnosed with at least one mental illness. The line “Cause if you going through hell, we just keep going” can be easily linked to the struggles that the boys go through in the music video.

Angel Numbers

I’m going out on a limb here, and I’m not too sure about this. The numbers 626 and 42 appear in that main garage where the dance part of the music video occurs. These numbers must be there for one reason or another, so I looked into the meanings of the angel numbers.
Angel number 626 brings the message of trusting your surroundings and the situations you are put in, and knowing that everything will work out in the end, for the better. It also tells you to trust the energies of the angels guiding you. It is a number which relies greatly on trust, and contrasts with the message of “won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust” portrayed in the music video.
Angel number 42 is a message to pursue your passions and fulfil your life purpose. It also encourages you to maintain your faith in the angels, which once again links back to trust. The number 42 is also named as the meaning of life in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Song titles

The titles of some BTS songs appear in the garage as well. I’m not sure if they’re there just to fill up space or if they have some sort of meaning behind them, but Dope, Let Me Know and Just One Day are all written on the walls.

Eighth rest

The musical symbol for an eighth rest, or quaver rest, appears in more than one room. It is the notation for 1/8 of a beat of silence.

I think I got most of the important ones, if there’s any I missed please message me~

Saturn in the 12th house

Blow your crisp air into my depths…

With Saturn in the 12th house, you can choose to either be very cynical and harsh to other people, or very sensitive to others’ plights. You carry much guilt in your psyche that prevents you from living as jubilantly as you possibly could, this may be so deep in your subconscious that you need to meditate to bring it to surface and work thru it, as it has likely built up from previous lives. Life feels overly serious and problems are perceived as more severe than they are, this person must learn to be more light and breezy, allowing conflicts to roll of their shoulder instead of internalizing them. By viewing situations objectively, you will be happier, as they may get stuck in a certain way of thinking. If you embrace new ways of life, you’ll rejuvenate your soul. Fear and inhibitions are prominent in someone with 12th house Saturn.

Ask yourself, are there any life dilemmas that get under my skin more than they need to? Am I subconsciously or consciously holding a grudge on anyone? Do I criticize the mistakes of myself or others more severely than necessary? Do I internalize the harshness of people and the world? How can I work thru it? What are thought patterns that keep me stuck? You may fear the unknown, but as you come of age, you grow to understand it.

People with a strong twelfth house often have trouble understanding boundaries, or with setting them. However, Saturn stabilizes the 12th house. If Saturn is included in a 12th house stellium, this adds some much needed firmness to the person. Twelfth house people can be so undefined that they don’t know themselves, know what they want, or know what direction to take. They can be highly impressionable, molded by what others want, since they are fluid, others subconsciously perceive them as weak. Though, with Saturn in the 12th, the person can either find grounding when they’re lost at sea, be more sure of themselves, and find focus. Or if the person doesn’t tune into their Saturn, consciously making it work for them, the 12th house dissolves Saturn’s reality.

From an Esoteric perspective, Saturn in the 12th is like the wise old occultist, who asks apprentices to show their worthiness. He is alone most of the time because he discerns that many people cannot fathom the worlds he has experienced. He despises superficiality and living a life of shallow joys, he yearns for that which is full of complexity, and shares his wisdom with those who are genuine. Old man winter holds a lantern of secrets, revealing them with caution. Cabin fever sets in and his brilliance turns into mania, dying alone but with contentment, his spirit lives on inside a Smokey Quartz, will you unlock it’s power? Still your mind to receive messages from stones.

In Hellenistic Astrology, the 12th house is the joy of Saturn, it savors the solitude so it can tune into the mysteries of the universe. Whether you have Saturn in the 12th in the natal chart, or in transits, or in your progressed chart, you are experiencing the Capricorn archetype with an emphasis on the fish tail or dolphin tail as you’re swimming deep into the endless well of the collective unconscious. Whichever house Saturn is in can be mastery of that area of life if you are mature enough to work with Saturn’s lessons. In the 12th, Saturn urges you to be introspective about who you are, the dynamics of your behavior, and your psychological complexes, mastering this all in entirety.

This quote from @astrolocherry is perfect to describe the essence of a more esoteric approach to Saturn. ”During the peak of Hermetic philosophy, one who was melancholic or Saturnian in nature was sensitive enough to be in touch with profound mystery. Saturn was the alchemical gold. It opens for the resting place of the master, the guru, the wise one. Saturn’s shadow is what draws the night for a cosmic spark. So Saturn is not all doom and gloom, fierce criticism and obstruction, it is the place where invisible sequence pass through our hands and become golden.”

In the house of endings, there’s a sense of “Time is ticking out”, as Saturn in the 12th house, in a natal chart, could signify that the soul is completing a cycle. Karma from previous lives are culminating into this one, and you have to integrate your lessons and experiences into wisdom instead of bitterness.

In a Progressed Chart, you are going thru a period of clearing out the closet of your mind and feelings, what stays, what goes, focusing on integration.

In Transits, this is a temporary period of dealing with your own emotional baggage. You reflect on yourself, your past, your mistakes, and all that you’ve seen and known as Saturn transits your twelfth. It can feel like a damper, but you’re meant to become melancholic enough to tap into profound mystery. If you do experience a dark night of the soul, you can alchemize it into gold. Depending on the retrograde cycle, Saturn may go back into your 11th house, then re-enter your 12th house. This symbolizes figuring out which friends and ideals are necessary for you, then going inward to pull the weeds in your soul, and set intentions for what truly matters for you.

For either progressions or transits, this can be a profound time of spiritual realizations for you, actualizations where your imagination can become reality! Stabilizing your subconscious mind, clearing out karma from previous lives so that your spirit is clear from what is weighing you down, you can eliminate the demons of your mind and any evil entities attaching to your spirit, so that you can soar with the vastness of all that is. Instead of getting lost in the cosmos, you find mastery in becoming aware of the meaning of existence, as Saturn brings grounding to the ocean of the collective as it transits or progresses thru the 12th. You can safely explore the depths of the collective unconscious and the darker parts of your subconscious mind. Saturn intends for you to learn lessons about the undercurrents of human behavior, absorbing others’ feelings and transmuting the gunk of humanity’s suffering into compassion and releasing it back to the universe. Sure this isn’t always fun, immersing yourself in the agonies of souls across dimensions, but you can potentially come out of it with a feeling of “Yugen” a profound awareness of the universe that triggers deep emotional response too mysterious for words.

If you would like a reading where I incorporate Saturn into your whole chart, I can interpret the major and minor aspects, and tie it into your karmic journey and soul intentions. I can make predictions interpreting your progressed chart, transits, and more. AcaiPsycheLife.tumblr.com/readings

Lemme just share this with everyone

Spoiler warning for DGS1-2. You’d probably expect spoilers on my blog anyway, but this is just to be careful.

When I was first introduced to Susato, I knew the shipping with Ryuunosuke was inevitable. The two make a pretty cute couple indeed. And besides, we have Phoenix, so Ryu obviously married a fine wife at some point in his adulthood.

However, all that changed in the aftermath of DGS1-2, when Susato passes Asougi’s blade Karuma to Ryu. There are a few points to note from that scene.

For one, she refers to Asougi as “Kazuma-sama”. Now, the sama part is a given, since she refers to everyone outside family in that polite way. However, she specifically refers to him by first name. In Meiji Japan, this is a huge sign. First names are reserved to family members or soon-to-be family members.

Most likely, they were lovers. I can’t confirm if they were engaged as well, but that possibility may exist too.

Since then, I’ve grown really fond of AsoSusa. But where does that leave poor Ryu? He can’t be abandoned. Asougi cares too much for him.

I could go into how Asougi may have considered him for a threeway, but that’s probably pushing it a bit. Instead, I’ll move on to his sword - his actual blade, Karuma.

While it is named in a very noble way, there is more to it than just making him look cool (or wealthy). In Buddhist tradition, the cycle of karma is not simply “getting what one deserves”, but also the entire cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

Asougi may have passed away, but the spirit lives on eternally. Ryu does comment on it, suggesting several times that his spirit resides in that blade. However, that’s not quite exactly it.

For a good chunk of that case, Susato distrusted Ryu, first meeting him as a stowaway and murder suspect. Of course she couldn’t leave the beautiful blade in Ryu’s possession. However, by the end, she recognized him for whom he truly is; his own person and not just someone hitching off of Asougi.

By imparting Karuma to him, not only was she granting him Asougi’s honor and memory, she was granting him what is now rightfully his. After all, in that moment, Ryu became Asougi.

Obviously, he’s not the same guy (not nearly as cool and competent), but it was clear to Susato that he is definitely the one to inherit Asougi’s will and dreams; none other.

And while she might not have felt the same level of affection for him as she did for Asougi, faithful love is something that gradually builds over time. Whether or not a canon pairing comes from this will probably never be answered, but it has been heavily implied… unless something happens and Susato is married off to another family instead.

Well, that topic is beyond the scope of this theory, so w/e. The point is, Asougi does live on and he does show in DGS2 - just not in the way you would normally expect.

I hope this theory helps enlighten people on the more subtle touches of the drama of The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band. Thanks for reading.

MA KALI -SYMBOLISM
In Hinduism, all goddesses are ultimately one: Devi. She takes different forms to allow us to understand Her multiple possibilities. One of the most powerful amongst these is Kali Ma.
Kali’s blackness symbolizes Her comprehensive nature, as in black all colours merge. Kali’s colour symbolizes Her transcendence of all form.
Kali’s nudity bears a similar meaning. She is described as dressed by the infinite space or sky. Her nudity represents complete illumined consciousness.
Her garland of fifty human heads, each representing one of the fifty letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, symbolizes knowledge and wisdom. Her girdle of severed human hands signify the action of karma. She blesses devotees by cutting us free from the cycle of karma. Her white teeth are symbolic of purity and Her red tongue shows that She consumes all things and enjoys tasting what society regards as forbidden.
Kali’s four arms represent the complete circle of creation and destruction. Her right hands represent her creative aspect. Her left hands, holding a bloodied sword and a severed demon head, represent her destructive aspect. The bloodied sword and severed head symbolize the destruction of ignorance and the dawn of knowledge.
The image of Shiva lying under the feet of Kali shows Shiva as the passive potential of creation. Kali is Shakti, the universal feminine creative principle and energizing force.
By K.Nagori

yuknoomyichakkahk  asked:

P1. I think there are a lot of unanswered questions about afterlife in the Avatar world. Is the Avatar the only being that can be reborn? What is the nature of spirits like Princess Yue? What is the dominant cosmology in ATLA: Chinese, Hindu, Animist, Buddhist? New Age? I believe Huu and Guru Pathik answered the question about afterlife, because they were the only characters who spoke about the concept of death, and they exposed clear principles of hindu monism, therefore the concepts of

P2. therefore the concepts of Brahman (“there is a universal consciousness that binds everything together”, as araeph wrote), Ātman (soul), Karma (action), Samsara (cycle of rebirth) and Moksha could explain the cosmologic mechanisms in ATLA. I think that, in LoK, Iroh seemed to had become some sort of taoist immortal (xiānrén) (but I didn’t like the cosmology of LoK and its Spirit World). The problem is that many concepts were mixed in ATLA, some of those concepts could be incompatible

P3. some of those concepts could be incompatible (hindu Ātman vs. buddhist Anātman) and, according to what I’ve read in the blog of peacockarehot, fundamental concepts borrowed from the Eastern Philosophies were misunderstood throughout the series (detachment, for example). It would be interesting to know what is the opinion of peacockarehot.

It would be interesting. @peacockarehot, would you like to join the discussion?

Persona 5 Arcana Speculations

Protagonist; FOOL; (confirmed);

Upright: Beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, a free spirit
Reversed: Naivety, foolishness, recklessness, risk-taking

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