on cultural differences regarding demonlogy, and how it relates to Cypora’s Guide
Christian ideas of “demons” are very different from traditional Jewish ones. Our demons, the shedim, are tempters, corruptors, and destroyers, sure. But the ways they do these things relate back to the different mentalities about sin & wickedness between the two faiths/cultures.
In one old Jewish tale, a man discovers his wife is actually a demon and rejects her—so she uses the law to argue in favor of her rights. In another, a man is abducted by a demonic steed and taken to a mansion of smoke and shadow where he is tempted with objects of great wealth, only to make the right choice and be rewarded for it. Other tales describe shedim that try to snatch and claw, to steal people away when they wander in the liminal hours. They’re shomrei Shabbos, they have a demonstrable sense of honor & adherence to laws and codes yet deviate strangely from human morals and ethics.
An English translation of the memoir of Saadi Levi (from J.M. Benardete’s Hispanic Culture, which i found as cited in Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire, by Rabbi Marc D. Angel) mentions the shedim being else known by the names “those who are better than we”, and “those from below”.
Shedim might be translated as “demons”, but i’m sure lots of goyish Tumblr users will recognize right away that they’re more analogous to the Sidhe.
It’s that time of the year again where our brains start going cray-cray theorising about the upcoming season. After the tiny breadcrumbs we got at sdcc, an idea popped into my head. The more I think about it, the more I think it could be a possibility.
The theme of season 6 is about family; blood family and found family. The most obvious interpretation of this would be Oliver wrestling with fatherhood. However, when Marc mentioned “found family” the wheels in my brain started short circuiting. Why would that be a particular focus?
They’ll obviously want to explore the team becoming more of a family, but specifically for Oliver could it be because, apart from William, Oliver has no more blood family?
Maybe Thea dies on the island and Oliver thinks that he’s lost his whole family. Maybe someone reminds him that family isn’t just blood. That he has John, the team and Felicity. They are his family. Maybe losing Thea will be his impetus to really move forward in his life, building his own family with William and Felicity.
This is where my theory kicks into overdrive. A while back I made a post about storylines and possibilities I’d like to see in season 6. I talked about the possibility of someone being left behind on the island. Of them being thought to be dead only to find out that they are very much alive. This is where Thea could come in. It looks like she runs after Samantha in the trailer. It also looks like Samantha is the one that bites the dust. Maybe someone tells Oliver that Thea was with Samantha and when he can’t find her, he believes the worst has happened. So for the whole first episode we, and everyone else believe Thea to be dead. Then the big shocker at the end is Thea is alive. She’s still on the island, and just like her brother, has found a way to survive. For the first 9 episodes Thea is stuck on the island, or elsewhere trying to get home. When she finally makes it back she discovers that everyone has moved on without her. Oliver and Felicity are married etc. Maybe she feels betrayed and turns to a familiar face; Black Siren.
Usually the villain matches the theme of the season. Last year’s theme was Legacy and we all know how that played out with Prometheus. This season the theme is family, and it usually works better when the main villain is personally tied to Oliver. I know they talked about having a group of villains. That they become like a family. Maybe Thea would find a place with them. We saw her inner Moira come out to play last season. She stepped away from being Speedy because she didn’t like the person she had become. We know she has a little darkness in her.
Personally I’m a little torn with this idea. I truly want Thea to find some kind of peace and happiness. But Arrow is Arrow.
Anyway this is just theory one of a million. I’m sure there will be plenty more where that came from lol.
You see, the first of the con is you can’t cheat an honest man. It’s never been done. Can’t happen. Impossible. The only way this thing works is if you want something for nothing. So what do we do? Well, we give you nothing for something. You’re a grand up so far, it’s a very good time to walk away. But he can’t. Because he’s so greedy. So what do we do? Feed the greed.
One week ago today, I was sitting in a theatre while something was happening that I hadn’t even fully imagined or dreamed about as a possibility. On Tuesday, I experienced one of the most painful events of my life. On Friday, I experienced one of the most exciting. It was surreal in an explainable way and it will be a treasured memory. I thought about trying to type out a long writeup about that night, but I don’t think there’s a way to recount it adequately. I saw him in the hall and then watched the last 15ish minutes of the film with him sitting a few feet to my left, one long leg crossed over the other, hand up to his face in a thoughtful intent pose. I took a few photos and then tried to soak in what was taking place and truly live in that moment.
I’m so glad that he got to sneak in and sit and hear the audience begin to sing at the end of the film, but I’m especially glad that he heard the applause in that theatre as the last frame faded. Because his performance is honestly astounding and astoundingly honest and the love and dedication he poured into it should be acknowledged and remembered.
Hello! I just read the second part to ‘Torn Apart’ and I’m just going to say; “It finally got a second part! :D” I was too shy to ask for another part when it came out, but I pulled myself together and ask if there’s going to do a third part, and if so, will it be soon? You don’t have to do it now! Just when you have time and feel like it. Also, since I’m here, I love your blog! Your writing is amazing, seriously!
Please part three of “Torn Apart” please please pleaseeee You are an amazing writer! - true-brotherhood
˝Why do you think that? ˝ Dean asked, every
possible scenario playing in his head. And not one of them ended well.
Castiel tilted his head, eyes set on a
small box in Dean’s arms. ˝Is that? ˝ he asked, confused.
˝Yes. Engagement ring. Why do you think
there’s something wrong with Y/N?! ˝ Dean yelled, quickly losing his patience. He
didn’t mean to yell at Castiel, he didn’t mean anything. Dean just wanted you
back, safe in his arms.
˝I can’t find her. I can hear her prayers,
but I can’t find her. ˝ Cas explained calmly. He understood Dean’s reaction. He
and Sam tried to find you for the last few days and it was eating him that he
couldn’t find you and help you.
˝What … what do you mean? She’s praying to
you and you can’t find her? How? ˝ Dean asked, afraid of hearing Castiel’s
˝Somehow someone hid her from us. ˝ Castiel
said quietly. ˝I think she was kidnapped, Dean. ˝
Dean buried head in his hands, repeating
that it’s his fault. If he did something different, if he called you back or
ask why are you leaving. Maybe then you’d be safe now.
˝Can we do anything? To find her? ˝ Sam
turned to Castiel. He was as worried as Dean, but had to keep himself calm.
Dean wasn’t thinking straight now and Sam had to think for both of them.
˝There is a way. But I’m not sure if you’ll
like it. ˝
A loud pop followed and suddenly
Gabriel was standing in the room. ˝Well hello. ˝ he greeted, big smile on his
face. ˝Deano, I heard you lost your sweetheart … what a shame. ˝
Dean couldn’t help but roll his eyes. ˝Please
tell me he’s not ‘the way’. ˝ he begged.
Neither Sam nor Dean had good experience from
the archangel. Short story, he was a big pain in the ass for the Winchesters.
Castiel wanted to apologize, but Gabriel
cut him off, before he opened his mouth. ˝You want me on this one, believe me.
Y/N is in big trouble. ˝
˝You know what I’m thinking… ˝ Marc smiled
in a creepy way at you.
A smile like this was bad news. Especially
from him. Your body was now covered in wounds,
fresh and dried, all made by him. Marc enjoyed seeing you suffer more
than anything. He enjoyed when you screamed, when you cried or begged him to
stop. He’d just laugh and continue.
˝That boy of yours is going to come here,
wanting to save you. I’m sure that his brother and the angel will do anything
to find you. ˝ he continued, while walking up and down.
You thought of Dean every second possible.
There was no doubt, you hurt him bad. You saw tears in his eyes when you were
leaving. He was searching your face back then, trying to find something that would
tell him, you were lying. Something that would tell him, you still love him, that
nothing has changed.
It crushed you too. You missed Dean more
than anything in the world. His arms, cute little kisses he gave you when you
were feeling down. And you couldn’t even think about Marc hurting him.
˝He won’t come. ˝ you mumbled. ˝I did my
job fine. ˝
˝Oh sweetie… ˝ Marc laughed. ˝He’s already
searching for you. And when he comes, I’ll kill him slowly in front of you. Or
maybe … maybe I’ll kill you in front of him and then let him bleed out. ˝
You clenched your jaw angrily ˝Don’t you
dare to touch him… ˝ Immediately you regretted your words. Marc cut into your
cheek, deeply, and you cried out from the pain.
˝Shut up whore! ˝ he shouted, leaving the
˝Right before she disappeared, she was in Cleveland.
Any idea what she could be doing there? ˝ Gabriel asked.
Everyone was gathered around the table,
making a plan. First, how to find you and then how to save you. All three men shook their heads.
˝No idea. ˝ Dean muttered, kind of desperate
by now. That was almost 2 days drive from here and he had no idea why you’d
wanted to be there.
˝Well she was calling for help back then. So
I suggest, we start searching there. Get your stuff together boys, so we can
Dean was first to jump up and grab two
bags. One for him and one for Sam. Most necessary things were always packed in
case of emergency. And Dean knew that they don’t have much time left. It was a
race with time.
˝Let’s go. ˝ he threw one bag to Sam.
They were in the motel in one second and in
next they were standing in Cleveland. Everything around them gave Dean a bad feeling.
This place was abandoned, far away from people. It was dark and calling for
˝How did they even hide her? ˝ Sam broke
˝A spell, hex bag, there are some ways, but
you need someone powerful for that. ˝ Gabriel answered, turning around. He
could tell, you were near. But he couldn’t tell where, which made an archangel
nervous. It was really rare for him to feel powerless like here. And he really,
really hated this feeling. ˝I’m the one to kill the bastard. ˝ he muttered,
more to himself than to anyone else.
You were alone in the room and that made
you a little calmer. That usually meant that you have an hour or two for
yourself and your thoughts.
Marc mentioned that Dean’s searching for
you. You couldn’t help but smile at that thought. Maybe he didn’t buy your
acting at all. You were happy, knowing that he can find you, sure. But on the
other side you were scared. Marc can do horrible things, you knew that much.
And if that means he’ll hurt you, he will sure as hell do the worst thing
The door opened, breaking your trail of
thoughts. In horror you looked Marc entering.
˝Guess who came for a visit? ˝ he asked,
smile resting on his face. Your eyes widened and he nodded quickly ˝Look, she’s
not as stupid as she looks. ˝
He was next to you, his hand on your
˝She’s near, I can feel her. ˝ unknown
And then it happened. The door opened,
revealing Dean in front of it. He landed
his eyes on you and you couldn’t help but smile. Suddenly all felt fine. Dean
was there. Dean will save you. You didn’t see Sam or Castiel next to him. For
you there was only Dean.
˝Hello boys. ˝ Marc greeted them, not
moving his hand.
˝If you don’t leave her right now, I swear….˝
˝You swear what? ˝ Marc laughed. ˝You think
you can beat me? With your angel friend? C’mon, let’s be real, Dean. I’ll kill
her, before you even move your finger.
Horror was written over Dean’s face at Marc’s
words. He couldn’t stand losing you. Not again.
˝If you touch her, I’ll kill you. And
before that I’ll make you beg for it. ˝ Castiel threatened.
But again, Marc just laughed. He took a
step closer to them, making Dean clench his jaw. You were right there, few
meters in front of him and he couldn’t do anything to save you.
˝Little nervous Dean? ˝ Marc teased. ˝OK, I’ll
let you come in here. But those two stay out. ˝ he pointed at Sam and Castiel.
Slowly Dean took a step forward. He had his
eyes set on Marc now, waiting for his next move. Step by step he came closer to
Meanwhile, you were paralyzed, waiting for
Marc to finish his plan. There was not a single doubt that he isn’t going to do
it. And it didn’t take long for your fears to come true. In a blink Dean was
pushed against a wall and the doors closed, blocking Sam’s and Castiel’s way
˝That’s just what I wanted. ˝ Marc was
really pleased with his work. He glanced at Dean and then set his eyes back on
you. ˝Told you it was going to end like this. ˝
˝Let him go, please. ˝ you begged at the
same time as Dean begged Marc to let you go.
˝You two are cute … I’m not letting anyone
walk out of this. ˝
Then all of a sudden a person appeared
behind Marc. A guy had a smile on his face, looking all relaxed. The weird
thing was, though, that Marc didn’t seem to notice anyone behind him.
˝With who shall I start… ˝
You looked at Dean, his eyes meeting yours
once again. He had guilt written all over his face. Once again Dean took
everything on his shoulders.
˝I love you. ˝ you mouthed, hoping that
somehow Marc wouldn’t notice. Dean smiled at you, letting you know he feels the
˝Maybe with the angel standing behind me… ˝
Marc shrugged his shoulders. ˝Or maybe with Y/N. ˝
In exactly the same moment Marc snapped his
fingers and a man behind him, put his hand on him. Your eyes widened in
realization that someone’s going to die. You just weren’t sure who. Dean, the
angel or you.
So, Caity Lotz is mentioned in the official description for Arrow 3rd Season and Marc Guggenheim has mentioned on Twitter that they are discussing about showing Sara’s flashback with the LOA this season!! How awesome is that? So, more amazing scenes with Nyssa too, and then Caity will at least have a recurring role if not a regular one in Season 3! So, fingers crossed*
I mean, if she won’t stay in Arrow, then i would love to see a Spin Off with her and Nyssa in the LOA. That would be awesome!
The Shape of Things to come - An Olicity short story
Spoilers : There was a tweet by Marc Guggenheim yesterday mentioning Oliver visiting Felicity in QC in episode 3x07. And there was that sentence that popped in my head that I really wanted Oliver to say to Felicity. And then I thought, ah, what the heck, I’ll just write a fic around it.
Timeline is around 3x07, obviously.
It sounded better in my head than it finally does on paper but if you like it please let me know :)
i just wanna be living in an apartment or house that is clean and manageable w/ ppl i love and cats i love and i wanna have an Art Desk and and i wanna work a job that i like, or at least do not hate, so i can have money to save and spoil mmy loved ones with and i can make breakfast for everybody on the weekends, we can have those croissant things w/ cinnamon sugar on em and. eggs. and coffee n tea
When your Joker has a better ass than your Harley Quinn*…. You’ve cast Jared Leto.
*her bod is banginnnnnnn’ - but yanno, there’s just no contest on this. Letobooty always wins.
(I pray that gold underwear (with bat symbols) he mentioned to Marc Malkin on e! at the NYC premiere is included in his “R-rated” cut.)
At the beginning of this season, either Marc or Stephen mentioned that by the end of season 3, it will be clear that Oliver Queen will not be “alone;” that there will be other masked vigilantes in Starling City.
Identity issues + learning you’re not alone = Learning to be both Oliver Queen and the Arrow!!!
When tied in with this season’s theme, identity, this really implies that by the end of this season, Oliver will have accepted both sides of himself. The Arrow side of himself.
And, most importantly, because he will begin to allow others to help him, he will be able to accept Oliver Queen (and all that –or shall I say who– comes with it).
This episode is really the start of that transition. Oliver said it himself in this episode: he cannot be the Arrow any longer, and he cannot be Oliver Queen either. In this episode, he had to learn the lesson in the hardest ways: being kept in the dark about Roy’s non-death.
It really says something that Oliver is so caught up in his own headspace, in trying to protect the people he loves, that he forgets that those people love him back. That they can do something to protect him as well.
I think this is an important lesson for him. This is an important character development. Part of the reason why Oliver refuses to allow himself to be with Felicity is because he thinks Oliver Queen is dangerous to her and those he loves; that Oliver is who will get those he loves killed.
So he pushes them away and protects them the only way he knows how: with the Arrow. And the Arrow is alone. The Arrow has the burden of saving the city on his shoulders, and what he believes are his shoulders alone.
So when Oliver begins to understand that the Arrow doesn’t have to be alone, he will be able to open himself up as Oliver Queen to the one person he’s been wanting for more than a year now. To the person he loves: his soulmate! His endgame!
And guess what! He gives in next episode! In 3x20, there is finally Olicity sex. The sex scene will show us what it will be like between them without the Arrow as an obstacle to their relationship.
Because Oliver believes this might be his last chance at being Oliver Queen before that identity is taken from him as well, he’s going to give in.
It will tie in beautifully given what we already know about the season finale, aptly named “my name is Oliver Queen.” Oliver started this season choosing the Arrow, and he went down this hellhole for a LONG ASS TIME.
But now he is finally being forced to learn that sometimes it’s not the Arrow who can win it, it’s Oliver Queen. Most importantly, Oliver LET himself be Oliver Queen in tonight’s episode. As the Arrow, he would’ve done exactly what he said, barged into prison to save Roy. God knows what would’ve happened.
While he was VERY determined to do that this episode, ultimately he listened to his team. Which is fantastic character development.
This mini-theme of accepting help, which fits perfectly into Oliver’s
struggle with himself as the Arrow and Oliver Queen, will continue into
the season finale. To win, Oliver will have to get the help of ALL his
friends. By learning he is not alone and by accepting that, Oliver will begin to accept the Oliver Queen side of himself.
Oliver will win this season’s battles, not with the Arrow, but with Oliver Queen. He will finally learn that both sides of himself are necessary to lead a full and complete life.
PS- Can I just say how MUCH I loved the fact that Felicity almost told Oliver she loves both the Arrow and Oliver Queen. Because at the base of it all, he’s Oliver. Her Oliver.