mortal divine

okay, but angels

angels seeking their siblings, both heavenly and fallen, in the face of every stranger

angels avoiding eye contact at all costs, because they just don’t want to be found

angels reverently walking into churches and being overwhelmed with home

angels shaking furiously as they pass churches, because they are overwhelmed with memories

angels staring into the mirror, counting flaws like stars and crying because they were glorious once

angels smirking into their reflection, because they could get used to this

angels smiling as they watch their loved ones just live, knowing they were brought here to protect them

angels snarling at strangers, angry because they can’t even begin to fathom

angels in country fields, weeping at night, begging to come home

angels walking city sidewalks, more in love with this home than they ever were in heaven

angels, who clutch at memories of souls of gold and bones of eternity

angels, who live by iron, dirt, and sheer force of will

angels, who walk the line of mortal and divine, who see no need to make the choice

angels seeking divinity

angels running from divinity

angels who just don’t care about divinity

angels

Dark, Disdainful Deities: Kiss the Tentacle

By Ken Hart

Cthulhu, powerful aboleths, and creatures from Beyond—what they have in common is an inhuman attitude toward life, as well as thought processes and motives that are hard to fathom. 

What we do comprehend is that they don’t like mortals, unless possibly as appetizers. 

Yet in mythology, fiction, and roleplaying games, such beings are worshiped as gods by deranged, fanatical cults. 

Many of these cultists act covertly to corrupt influential people and institutions, paving the way for widespread subversion or invasion.

What if such cultists were not covert about it? 

Faiths based on bizarre creatures of the Elemental Chaos or the Far Realm may well dominate the mortal world, while worship of the astral gods is limited to secretive cults.

Divine heroes who revere alien entities might not always be evil, but they’re certainly a little strange…

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“Ttam Rec'Mer, the trickster god. The God of many faces. Nobody knows what his true face looks like, for he has taken many faces that even he forgets. He’s one of only a few gods that stayed on the mortal plane when the divine gate was formed. They say he stayed behind for his love of mortals. That he sometimes has a guiding hand with many adventurers, leading them to the path of victory and glory. Whispering in there ears, giving them hope in the darkest of times.” - Book of The Old Gods: Chapter 17; those that time forgot……. (pic from G&S Twitter, NOT MINE)

What Ardyn did wrong... and why everything was wrong with Noctis’ fate

Ardyn is the most interesting character in FFXV, indeed. Mysterious man of no consequences. Despite his horrible actions, a lot of people being sympathetic to him, because Trash Jesus is very charismatic person with aura of tragic, misunderstood hero, who was punished by terrible Gods for nothing.

But people simply ignore a big elephant in the room.

Ardyn didn’t cure Starscourge. 

He didn’t fullfill God’s task, he absorbed Starscourge within himself, but didn’t destroy the plague properly. 

But why? Why didn’t he sacrifice himself like Noctis? Why did once selfless and kind man choose the path of Accursed?

Keep reading

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Hermes, an Olympian god in Greek religion and mythology, the son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia, and the second youngest of the Olympian gods. He was the emissary and messenger of the gods. He is described as moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, and was the conductor of souls into the afterlife. He was also viewed as the protector and patron of roads and travelers.

requested by @electrokinetic 

Rubens, river of oblivion, garden of indolence,
Pillow of cool flesh where one cannot love,
But where life moves and whirls incessantly
Like the air in the sky and the tide in the sea;


Leonardo, dark, unfathomable mirror,
In which charming angels, with sweet smiles
Full of mystery, appear in the shadow
Of the glaciers and pines that enclose their country;


Rembrandt, gloomy hospital filled with murmuring,
Ornamented only with a large crucifix,
Lit for a moment by a wintry sun,
Where from rot and ordure rise tearful prayers;


Angelo, shadowy place where Hercules’ are seen
Mingling with Christs, and rising straight up,
Powerful phantoms, which in the twilights
Rend their winding-sheets with outstretched fingers;


Boxer’s wrath, shamelessness of Fauns, you whose genius
Showed to us the beauty in a villain,
Great heart filled with pride, sickly, yellow man,
Puget, melancholy emperor of galley slaves;


Watteau, carnival where the loves of many famous hearts
Flutter capriciously like butterflies with gaudy wings;
Cool, airy settings where the candelabras’ light
Touches with madness the couples whirling in the dance


Goya, nightmare full of unknown things,
Of fetuses roasted in the midst of witches’ sabbaths,
Of old women at the mirror and of nude children,
Tightening their hose to tempt the demons;


Delacroix, lake of blood haunted by bad angels,
Shaded by a wood of fir-trees, ever green,
Where, under a gloomy sky, strange fanfares
Pass, like a stifled sigh from Weber;


These curses, these blasphemies, these lamentations,
These Te Deums, these ecstasies, these cries, these tears,
Are an echo repeated by a thousand labyrinths;
They are for mortal hearts a divine opium.


They are a cry passed on by a thousand sentinels,
An order re-echoed through a thousand megaphones;
They are a beacon lighted on a thousand citadels,
A call from hunters lost deep in the woods!


For truly, Lord, the clearest proofs
That we can give of our nobility,
Are these impassioned sobs that through the ages roll,
And die away upon the shore of your Eternity.

—  Les Phares (The Beacons), by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
2016 Fic Masterpost; KageHina-centric

This is almost everything I wrote this year! Including fics in collections, here are 81 completed fics, totaling 376,418 words. I am a little bit proud :’) 

This is absolutely the most productive I’ve ever been and it’s because of this series and fandom. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!


Series

Hunger - KageHina. Mildly A/B/O influenced medieval AU. 57k words total.

  • Hunger, rated E. Shouyou is a prince fleeing his kingdom, when he comes across a hungry Wolf in the woods. 32.6k.
  • Homecoming, E. Three small words. 7.1k.
  • Mercy, E. Heat. 4.7k.
  • Howl, E. Fitting in. 11k. 
  • Chill, E. Snow. 1.3k. 

Speed Demons - Street racing AU. 35k words total.

  • Speed Demons, M. KageHina. Hinata is desperate to race, but first must impress his grumpy mechanic partner. 17.4k.
  • Finish Line, E. KageHina. Road head. 1.7k.
  • Radiator, E. KageHina. Kageyama is just a really hot mechanic. 3.6k.
  • Jump Start, T. Gen. Pre-series Kageyama backstory. 12k.

Gods AU - Mortal meets divine. Standalone stories. 

Better Late Than Never - KageSugaHina one shots. 13.4k words total.


Collections (all KageHina)

Fics written for RC’s 30 Day NSFW Challenge

2016 KageHina Week [9/10] MasterpostRatings vary. 24.5k total.

2016 Kinktober MasterpostGenerally rated E. 83.7k total.

2016 Winter MasterpostSanta Baby + some extras. Ratings vary. 8.5k total.


Stand-Alone Fics (all KageHina)


Little things that fit nowhere else (all KageHina)

And now here we are at the start of a new year! I’m ready for 2017 :) Thanks again to everyone who read all or any of these words. 

Divinity

Sometimes, divinity is gold and ivory, rose water and soft, white feathers. It is towering clouds and iridescent seas.

But other times, divinity is dried blood under your nails. Divinity is a scream trapped in your throat, burning to be free and tear your mortal vessel apart. Divinity is rage, blindness, the raw and sanguinary repentance of sin, the merciless cleansing of the damned.

And other times still, divinity is nothing at all. It is intangible, empyrean nihility.

What is divinity to you, my angel?

agentalex  asked:

For your greek!mythology au for supergirl do you think Alex would be daughter of Athena or Ares? Who would the other characters parents be? Winn would probably be the son of Hephaestus right? J'onn would be like the son of Hecate. What are some of your headcanons?

Okay so FIRST OF ALL!!!! That is mean. I’ve been racking my brain trying to decide which is a better fit for Alex, and you just forced me to do research (I love it, thank you).

Here we go. (Kara and Lena here)

Alex:

Whilst in a first look, Ares would be a good fit for Alex, I think that’s mostly an act. I think all that aggressiveness of hers is mostly an act that she puts on so she won’t get hurt, because if you see her with Kara and Maggie, she’s the softest softy. Also, in the books it is said that daughters of Ares are massively built ‘Ares’ daughters, in particular, have the physical bodies, skeletal structure, and muscle distribution of exceptionally large, strong, and well-conditioned human men.’ and Alex is tall but rather tiny in structure (Chyler is very skinny, I’m afraid she’s going to break like half the time I see her)

Most of the cool stuff Ares gets Athena also has. Athena is, after all, the female counterpart of Ares.

Athena’s children’s abilities include:

  • Enhanced strength and swiftness.
  • Able to adapt to using various types of weapons quicker than normal.
  • Never forget what they heard.
  • Immense expertise in war strategy.
  • Great control over any weapon.
  • Highly skilled in armed and hand-to-hand combat.
  • Possess high intelligence and wisdom.

Again, Athena is the goddess of:  courage, inspiration, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, etc.

Alex is very brave, Alex is just, Alex is a fighter and a genius, she admittedly loves the sciences, she’s very good at using various different weapons (we’ve seen so many) she’s great at hand-to-hand, she’s a good strategist, she’s in a really good rank at the DEO so that proves that she is very intelligent even if we hadn’t seen other proof.

So Alex would be a Daughter of Athena.

Winn:

Winn is also a constant struggle for me because I can see the Athena qualities in him, but let’s analyze Hephaestus.

Hephaestus was the god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture. He was a kind and peace-loving god. And he made a few of the other gods’ weapons as well as armors for demigods, he also made jewelry and many other crafty stuff. Was the patron of the arts.

on the books, he is also the god of technology, craftsmen, and blacksmiths.

Hephaestus children’s abilities are:

  • They are expert builders.
  • They are mechanics.
  • Technokinesis: As children of Hephaestus, they can control and manipulate machines.
    • Can sense machines, mechanics, or metal.
    • Can identify machinery type and use by touch.
    • Can sense faults in metal ore.
  • Can find and sense traps in the ground.

These all fit for Winn the techy guy who likes toys and computers and other machinery and is really good at making stuff, including suits, armors, traps, gadgets and so on. Like, just everything Guardian is enough to prove this, and that is only a fraction of what we’ve seen him do. Winn is a genius with mechanics, great builder, and good at fixing stuff. He is also comical and stubborn and kind and not very into fighting, which are all traits of Hephaestus.

But he is much more than simply mechanical minded, he is a genius in other fields of expertises, admittedly good with math and sciences and languages and being a super nerd.

So Winn would be a Son of Hephaestus but I’ll go as far as saying he’d have the grace of Athena as well.

J’onn:

I’ve never thought of J’onn as being on the same level as the rest of the characters. He is Spacedad. He has his own category. 

I like the idea of J’onn being a full on immortal who directs the camp and loves all the campers as his own children. However, he coul be a demigod who gained immortality from the gods.

In that case, I don’t really think Hecate would fit him because she’s the goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, crossroads, trivial knowledge, and necromancy. Those aren’t things I associate J’onn with.

I feel like Hypnos would fit him better. Although he is the God of sleep, here are some abilities of his children:

  • They are capable of memory retrieval.
  • They are capable of memory alteration.
  • They can induce sleep.
  • They can use hypnosis.
  • They can astral project/dream travel. (when asleep)
  • They can manipulate dreams.

J’onn is a telepath, on the show he can both retrieve, read and alter people’s memories, hypnosis is also a thing for a lot of telepaths and astral projection would be something I wouldn’t cross out of his powers just yet, it’s definitelly something I think he could do. He is also very calm and knowledgeable and insightful, and the son of Hypnos we see in the books, Clovis, is like that.

So J’onn would be an immortal Son of Hypnos and the director of activities of the camp.

Other characters, 

James:

James is a little tricky one. But I think he could be a Son of Apollo like Kara. 

Not only is he ridiculously good looking and athletic, but he is also very artistic, he is a skilled fighter, could be a good archer if they just gave him a bow on the show. He is a photographer, and Photography is all about light and Apollo is the god of light. Children of Apollo are skilled in physical contests and games, James is shown to be good at anything physical he likes games. Children of Apollo are natural healers and James really cares about helping people so I think that is something James would like to have do great use of.

And I’m sorry but that is literally the only God I could think for James.

So James would be a Son of Apollo.

Maggie:

For some reason, I think she’d be a daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of agriculture. I don’t have a good excuse for that, just that there are a few jokes of her being vegan and Demeter children can control plants. It’s silly, sorry.

But for real, Maggie could be a Daughter of Nike, who is the goddess of strenght and victory. I particularly like Nike.

Nike’s children’s abilities include:

  • They are extremely competitive.
  • They live for contests and never settle for second best.
  • They can be pretty intense and driven but they are hard workers and tough opponents.
  • They never turn down a challenge.

I think that fits Maggie. She is always making bets and challenging people at pool, doesn’t seem like the type to turn down a challenge or settle for second best. She’s tiny and she had that air that she’s ready to fight and challenge everyone all the time. She seems very competitive from what we’ve seen, and hard worker.

So Maggie would be a Daughter of Nike.

Vasquez:

I love her, we need more Vasquez.

Vasquez is a Daughter of Nemesis, goddess of balance, justice, and vengeance.

Children of Nemesis:

  • Believe that people who are full of themselves should be brought down.
  • Never forget an insult.
  • Make good allies.

For me it fits Vasquez, she’s a great ally for the Danvers’ sisters, she looks like she’d fight people for calling her the wrong name, and she cared about justice and fucking up the patriarchy. lol

Lucy:

Lucy is really smart, but she would definitely not be a Daughter of Athena. I think Lucy would be a Daughter of Aphrodite. She’s very poised, she always looks good, canonly smells great and seems to have a lot of social skills and awareness.

Cat:

My love. Cat is brilliant, Cat is elegant, Cat is witty, Cat dominant (ha, yes I rhymed). She’s really good with her words, she knows how to hold herself, she knows how to control people and boss them, she constantly insults people for their appearance and sometimes lack of wit/a brain, she always looks perfect beyond comparison, she’s sophisticated, she’s attractive, she is hinted to be strong on seduction, very influential, high social abilities and awareness.

Cat Grant is a Daughter of Aphrodite!

Like, there’s hardly room for debate on this. But she definitelly would have the grace of Athena.

And I can’t think of any other character of Supergirl, but I’m taking the liberty to add my favorite Flash characters here as well because why not, though I won’t go much into them because this is already huge, but they’re pretty much obvious

except for Barry and Wally, so here:

Hermes is the god of roads, speed, messengers, commerce, travel, thieves, merchants, athletes and mail deliverers (cuz that’s not random). Hermes was known to be quick and cunning and had the ability to freely move between the mortal and divine worlds. He is also the patron and protector of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade. In some myths Hermes is also depicted as a trickster where he would outwit the gods either for the good of humankind or for his own personal amusement and satisfaction.

Children of Hermes:

  • Are skilled at theft and trickery.
  • Have a high athletic ability.
  • Are persuasive.
  • Some or all of Hermes’s children have the ability to pick most locks with their minds.
  • Can sense any physical traps.
  • Are good at alchemy and making potions.
  • Are good with money.

Barry is a forensic Forensic scientist which means he is good with alchemy, he is a speedster and a good leader. He can ‘freely move between worlds’ and he is also good with inventions.

Wally likes the roads, like literally, he was into car racing, he loves speed, I’m pretty sure he is skilled at theft and lockpicking, he seems to be really into sports, he is witty and fun, totally into playing tricks on people.


So we have:

  • Kara Danvers, Daughter of Apollo 
    • With the grace of Zeus, aka she can fly
  • Alex Danvers, Daughter of Athena
  • J’onn J’onzz, immortal son of Hypnos and camp activity director
  • Winn Schott, jr, Son of Hephaestus
    • With the grace of Athena
  • Lena Luthor, Daughter of Athena
    • With the grace of Aphrodite
  • Cat Grant, Daughter of Aphrodite
    • With the grace of Athena
  • Lucy Lane, Daughter of Aphrodite
  • James Olsen, Son of Apollo
  • Susan Vasquez, Daughter of Nemesis
  • Maggie Sawyer, Daughter of Nike
  • Barry Allen, Son of Hermes
  • Iris West, Daughter Aphrodite
  • Wally West, Son of Hermes
  • Caitlyn Snow, Daughter of Athena
  • Cisco Ramon, Son of Hephaestus

As for Headcanons:

  • Athena is the only deity to claim their children at birth, but Lena was ‘adopted’ by the Luthors and Lionel died when she was young, Lillian decided to never tell Lena about her real mother. And so Lena remained oblivious to her demigod nature and parentage until she went to camp at the age of fourteen
  • Lena is immediately claimed by Aphrodite when she arrives at camp and it takes a few years before she finds out she’s actually a daughter of Athena, so she’s the only demigod(ess) to be claimed by more than one God and because of that, some people don’t like her.
      • most people feel abandoned by their godly parent so they don’t like her having too much attention from the goddesses
    • Children of Aphrodite don’t like her because she’s too smart and cares more about studying than caring about her looks
    • Children of Athena don’t like her because they think she’s too vain, but they eventually come around when she proves herself as a true daughter of Athena
    • When she still believed to be a daughter of Aphrodite and lived in cabin 10, she would mostly spend time with children of Athena studying and stuff
  • It is said on the books that Hephaestus has a crush on Athena, and also he is married to Aphrodite, so Winn totally has a huge crush on Lena, for both her claims and they are total besties. Lena is constantly sneaking into the forgery to work with Winn on their crazy inventions
  • Winn doesn’t have Pyrokinesis, but he has bunker 9 and managed to open it one time when his gadget exploded in his hand while he tried to fix it.
  • Literally everyone in the camp is in love with Kara
  • Everyone but the children of Aphrodite and Athena have the hugest crush on Lena because she’s just ridiculously hot
  • Single mother Eliza Danvers raising her two demigod daughters, Alex and Kara, by herself and taking in Winn when he is not on camp
  • Winn actually being led to the Danvers, by J’onn, when his mother died before any of them went/were sent to camp
  • Eliza is just so freaking smart that Athena took a liking of her so much so that Alex is one of the only Daughters of Athena with a human mother
  • Alex, Kara and Winn all arrived at camp together after some crazy spider attacks on the girls’ bedroom made Eliza decide to send them off for the summers. Kara was six, making her the youngest person to arrive at camp, Winn was seven and Alex was eight
  • James was the one who showed them around when they arrived and decided to take Kara and Winn under his protection because they were both so tiny. Alex was initially jealous of him because ‘they’re my siblings’, but came around when she saw how well he took care of Kara
  • Kara cried the first few nights at camp because she had never been away from Alex and Eliza before, but James made sure to calm her and tell her she was safe and she’d be able to spend time with Alex the next day
  • Kara cried when James said she had to throw part of her food in the fire for the gods
  • James arrived at camp with a satyr at the age of nine, he was eleven when Kara, Alex and Winn arrived
  • Cat was fourteen when Kara arrived, Kara all but imprinted on her and decided to follow the ‘pretty girl’ around. Cat pretended to be annoyed but she adored Kara
  • Cat was the counselor of Aphrodite’s cabin and passed it down to Iris
  • Lucy and Cat are a little bit of nemeses
  • As an Aphrodite tradition, Lucy was told to break James’ heart but refused and they maintain a strong lasting relationship
  • Alex fights everyone who dares look at Kara, she once broke a boy’s nose because he tried to kiss Kara and a boy’s arm because he checked Kara out with too much avidity… they may of may not be the same person named Mike.
  • The moment she set her eyes on Kara, Lena was in love
  • Kara and Lena became really fast friends, but neither Alex nor James were very fond of the situation. Cat and Lucy were their number one shippers
  • Kara and Lena danced around each other for two years before Lena kissed Kara on the last day of summer, they started officially dating the winter after that when Lena spent the holidays with the Danvers instead of going home
  • Even before they started dating Kara would fight anyone who tried to say anything bad about Lena. She spent three entire weeks without talking to James because he called Lena untrustworthy and wouldn’t let her be in their team for capture flag and two days without talking to Alex because she called Lena vain. Has physically fought people for things they said about Lena. Broke a guy’s arm and nose because he touched Lena’s butt and tried to kiss her, Alex had never been more proud
  • Alex only started liking/accepting Lena when it was revealed that she was actually a Daughter of Athena
  • Vasquez is always Alex’s second at capture the flag and Kara is often jealous
  • Maggie went to camp at the age of twelve after her parents kicked her out
  • Alex and Maggie started dating without even knowing. Everyone just thought they were dating and when they found out they didn’t care to correct people and decided to start dating anyways
  • Winn is the nerdy and annoying little brother of the group. Everyone calls Winn ‘Danvers’ and he loves it, Alex and Kara never corrected this, and have many times encouraged and used the name for him
  • Winn likes to tease Alex about Maggie and run to hide behind Kara before Alex can hit him
  • Alex and Maggie take turns scaring Winn, James and Kara are his protectors
  • Alex and Maggie always compete against each other, they are never on the same team for anything, they like trash-talking the other with the silliest lines. Alex calls Maggie Adidas to get her riled up, Maggie teases Alex about not having a bellybutton and calls her ‘brainy’
  • James and Maggie stay at camp all year around. Kara, Winn and Alex stay on school breaks (all of them). Lucy only stays on summers. Lena goes to boarding school when she’s not on camp. Cat refused to stop going to camp even after she started college, she goes back every summer. No one knows anything about Vasquez’s life, there is no pattern of when she stays on camp, she disappears for long periods of time only to show up again as if she never left.
  • Eliza takes in any and every demigod that shows up at her door, her children often bring home friends to spend the last week or so of summer

And I will stop now because this is too long and has taken up too much time, I’ve been writing this for at least six hours why am I like this? I got a little bit carried away, can you tell?

Quick and Simple - Threshold Blessing

Thresholds are sacred places in Celtic tradition. They are between-places, boundaries between one space and another. There are thresholds between the physical and the spiritual that witches and druids crossed with faith and ritual. There is the threshold between the mortal and the divine, and human experience is the gate between those realms. There are also everyday thresholds, such as the division between private and public life. The entrance of your home is a type of threshold; a merging of the personal world you shape and inhabit and the outside world that influences you and is impacted by you. The door serves as a type of gate between these two spheres that you can use to merge or separate the two; this parallels how the human experience acts as a gateway between the mortal and the divine. As you allow others to cross your threshold from outside to personal and vice versa, you want them to feel welcomed and blessed in both realms. This is a simple spell to offer blessings on those who cross your threshold.

Casting
Stand on the threshold of your door, facing outward to the world. Place your feet in the left and right corners and your arms stretched up and touching the frame on either side. You should be positioned in the spot the door is when the door is closed, so you are neither inside nor outside.

Feel the space you are in, the step between realms and fill that space mentally. As a witch, you are the threshold between the seen and the unseen and you have the strength to pull energy from the physical and the spiritual. Allow yourself to feel the energy of your home behind you and the reality of the world before you. Take in the power of each. You stand between the here and the there, you bring the two together; they do not merge with one another, but they abutt each other, and you are the representation of that.

In your mind, wish well on all who cross your threshold. Wish them peace. Wish them wisdom. Wish them health. Wish them enlightenment. Feel the warmth and light you radiate. Picture that light expanding from your centre and moving outward, filling the space of the threshold until it is a space of shimmering light. Say with conviction:

Céad míle fáilte
(A hundred thousand welcomes)

Step back into your home, knowing that those you allow to cross your threshold will feel your warmth and welcome.

Notes
If you have trouble pronouncing the Gaelic, just saying the English will work as well.

anonymous asked:

Can I ask you to give examples of myths like objects/food that gives you Immortality? Fountain of Youth or Holy Grail are two examples I can think of. I'm writing a story of someone who gains immortality, never dying or aging (whatever is closest, I believe Fountain of Youth you never age but can still be hurt and die). I am definitely leaning towards non-West myths, no Greek or Norse but the rest are good. Thank you so much for the work you all do :)

Originally posted by fallenfay-l-h

Hi nonny! You’ve actually got several options for this. Because people have always been fascinated by the idea of immortality.

In Chinese mythology the peaches of immortality were grown in the garden of the Heavenly Queen Mother. If eaten they would grant one 3,000 years of health and youth and the gods held a banquet every 500 years to celebrate and feast on them. The peaches themselves took ages to grow: it took one thousand years for the trees to bloom and then the fruit would only ripen after 3000, 6000, and 9000 years. This is why representations of peaches are so ubiquitous in China. You can see them in paintings, sculptures, altarpieces, housewares, and clothing. They are symbols of health and longevity and people will often eat peach shaped dumplings on their birthday. 

Soma could fit the bill for your request but keep in mind that it’s an intrinsic component of Hindu mythology and it’s complex. Soma is, in Hindu tradition, simultaneously a plant, a drink of bravery, inspiration and health made from that plant, the drink of the gods, the force that flows through all living things in blood and sap, the bridge between gods and mortals, the divine cure for all evil, the home of the honored and venerated dead, and the god of the moon (which in Vedic scripture is the cup of the gods, constantly being drained and self-regenerating). Hinduism doesn’t distinguish much between any of these aspects. Although it is interesting to note that Soma is actually a drink that existed, although there is significant debate about what plant/s it was made from. Poets were well known to gain incredible inspiration from it and warriors would consume it in battle to grant them bravery. It was absolutely a powerful hallucinogenic and appears in Persian and Zoroastrian mythology as well.

In Japanese folklore, one could gain immortality by eating the flesh of a mermaid (ningyo, literally: human-fish), although this was typically seen by the receiver as a curse in the end, as they would retain their youth while all their loved ones died. There is a story of a fisherman who caught a fish like he had never seen before and decided to invite all of his friends to taste it. When they arrived however, one happened to look in the kitchen and saw that the fish had a human face. He warned all the other guests not to eat it so when the time came, they secretly wrapped their portions in paper and hid them under their clothes to throw away on their way home. One man however, was drunk and forgot to do so. When he arrived home his young daughter demanded a present and he carelessly gave her the fish.  Suddenly remembering his friend’s warning, he tried to stop her but he was too late and she ate all of it. He was afraid she would be poisoned but she seemed to have suffered no ill effects so he soon forgot all about it. Eventually the girl grew up into a lovely young woman and married. But it soon became obvious that while her husband aged, she did not, and it was only a matter of time before he and all her other friends and family died, leaving her alone and very unhappy. Eventually, in her despair, she decided to shave her head and become a wandering nun, and after 800 years the Buddha finally took pity on her and allowed her to die. It’s noteworthy here that ningyo don’t resemble their European cousins much, they’re often described as a fish with a human face or the upper half of a monkey.

I hope this helped!

~Tora

Achilles is a mishmash of divinity and mortality; just erring enough to be extraordinary without being immortal; Helen likes the halo he carries, the posture: cocksure youth, the blade an extension of his body(here is a hunter, hunter, hunter).

Helen watches her divine cousin on the other side of the war, smiling with teeth from atop the walls of Troy. She remembers running with him under the Spartan sun, one long summer while men competed for her hand. He had been the only one who could keep up with Zeus’ blood in her veins.

Achilles had already hated Agamemnon, whispering conspiratorially with Helen behind columns: He’s not like us, his blood is just blood. Helen had, for the most part, tolerated her brother-in-law with the same flippancy she aimed at most men. They didn’t matter in the long run, she was a daughter of Zeus.

Helen knows men fear Achilles on the plains of Troy, they whisper his name reverently as if he was an envoy of Hades himself, Achilles can kill men on a battlefield but Helen? Helen can unite them; for or against, to kidnap or take her home. She commands wars with a smile and a tilt of her head.

And even Achilles — Achilles will fight, but he is but a general of Helen’s army, Patroclus by his side.

- retelling troy || Eliot C. for @lhzthepoet

I am not going to type this in all caps but imagine me shouting it to the void anyway because it’s fundamentally important to me.

If you take the existence of god(s) as a given, a universal fact confirmable by divine blessings that regularly manifest as observable miracles via devoted followers, then it stands to reason that these gods must also hold or be held to some variation of the deistic watchmaker theory to ensure free will. They create the world, they create mortals, and then they leave it all to its own devices.

This goes both ways. The gods cannot interfere with the plans of mortals when they are good, and they cannot do so when they are evil. They may grant mortals their power to act in their steed – up to and including the exceedingly rare, exceedingly limited and exceedingly brief direct intervention granted only to their most faithful and powerful conduits – but they cannot act on their own.

Because divine interference on the mortal plane inherently undermines free will. And moreover, as Sarenrae told Vox Machina last night, it risks the entire system.

Remember, you have to break a watch in order to fix it. It must be opened and stopped and parts must be removed and rearranged to put them back in order and there is always, always a chance that you are going to fuck up and make the entire thing unusable forever. This is comparable to the “sparks” that Matt has talked about in the past: massive events that fundamentally change the world on a planar level with mortal existence being caught in the mess.

That sort of risk is not worth it for anything less than extraplanar interference that threatens the very fabric and function of reality.

The idea that the non-interference of god(s) is somehow a moral failing on the part of said gods or a viable argument against their existence or purpose is a hilariously self-centered flaw of human reasoning. The individual lives of mortals, even an entire city or country or continent of mortals, does not matter on a divine scale. 

Mortal fate is in mortal hands, and that’s exactly how it should be.

….

Matt’s gods make me so damn happy you guys, you have no idea how much I love them.

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But this is Cor Ishtec, my Dwemer philosopher character. She’s the one who discovered the Heart of Lorkhan in Red Mountain entirely by accident and goes on to found an order called the Artificers, whose philosophy is essentially that mortals are more divine than the Et’Ada and that Mundus is the cradle of enlightenment and progress and to try and return to the Aetherius would be intellectual and spiritual suicide. They vehemently opposed the creation of the Numidium, but due to being considered somewhat of religious fanatics (comparatively; they weren’t actually religious fanatics, but considering Cor’s belief that Lorkhan was present and alive due to her own conversation with him through his Heart, their status as agnostic was as close to religious zealousness as needed in the eyes of the atheistic Dwemer) they struggled to find a lasting voice in the intellectual community of the Dwemer. Eventually Cor was executed for “corrupting the minds of the populus and conferring with the enemy” (the latter was due to her own close personal friendship to Voryn Dagoth and the ties between House Dagoth and the Artificers.)

Her execution being lauded for by Kagrenac wasn’t any mistake; Cor used to be an apprentice of Kagrenac’s and the High Tonal Architect’s closest confidant. Cor’s opposition to and disgust of the Numidium project was taken as a personal offense, and there was a deep and heated feud between the two up through the development of the Numidium project and until Cor’s execution.

Power

Here it is

defined

In-decision:

NO!
(denial is decisive)


or

Yes-
(affirmative acceptance)


Perhaps potency is known best in stasis as we know it least:

Maybe-
( on the edge of futile nonexistence or fruitful possibility )

What a terrible wonderful nebulous thing,
a hysterical heavenly gag gift of uncertainty…

(And so we see, through history
G-d laughs at the self-assurance of human plans’ so-called certainty)

91. In the dark (with or without torch)

Night Hours

Summary: When touch is more than just feeling skin pressed to skin.
Written by: @czarna-herbata
Warnings: pure smut, poetry, kink: in the darkness, vaginal penetration, nothing graphic
Word count: 1389
A/N: Written for @bucky-plums-barnes 100 kings for Bucky Barnes 100th Birthday. Inspired by this song lyrics. No beta here, this week turned suddenly into mess, so I can’t give you nothing better. Also, I can’t find source of this gif. Anyone, help? Sorry, xoxo C-H


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“Come to me in the night hours I will wait for you” whisper, soft like velvet, was bringing chills to his spine. He was watching as you were playing on the piano, giving all your feelings into music. Feeling of seeing something divine was overwhelming him, bringing his soul to yours, connecting them in some manner he could never understand. Blood was shimmering in his veins, sweet ache of need to touch perfection of imperfect skin, paint wings on your back with his mouth only. You looked at him with wide pupils and sweet invitation on your lips. You want him to devour you.

You made your way to your room, silence of his steps followed you.
And who are you? he asked, doors closed, making altar for you two, demi-gods made of hunger, violence and power unleashed. All you had was your fire, burning deep inside and pure, black darkness. He couldn’t see you, but he heard music when dress kissed with forbidden lust foor and your scent was all around you. His life was spinning out of control, and there, deep down in universe so cold, his hot breath met yours and you gave him soul, pushed it down, into him. 

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I’ve read The Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays edited by Helene P. Foley. Despite the fact that it contained a little too much psychoanalysis for my taste, it was an interesting read. The part that stuck with me was Foley’s own interpretation of the Hymn.

According to Foley, divine existence is partly defined in epic by the gods’ ability to break the rules of human society and avoid the consequences that would have occurred in a mortal context. Even if more constraints are put on the goddesses, they enjoy a freedom that mortal women did not. The Hymn shows that for mortals, like the daughters of Keleos, the best that could be wished for any young woman is marriage and children, and especially a male heir to propagate the family line. But this was not always the rule for goddesses. They mature to an age appropriate to their function (they may choose to remain virgins) and do not need marriage to procreate (Demeter is a good example of that). And if they marry, their marriages are different from that of mortals.

Foley points out that, because Olympian gods live as one community, their marriages are in essence endogamous (between insiders) and do not require the separation of the daughter from her natal family. Nor did it require loss of indepence on the part of the female Olympian, who continued to exercise her own perogatives in the sphere allotted to her.

Persephone’s marriage with Hades is, according to Foley, something new to Olympus, something that more resembles a mortal marriage since the inaccessability of Hades’ realm brutally separates mother and daughter: “Thus Persephone is subjected to an extreme form of virilocal exogamy in which she is permanently denied access to her parents. As with other aspects of the Hymn, this marriage, in which the bride undergoes a symbolic death in the transition from one household to another, brings Persephone closer to human experience.”

However, both Demeter and Persephone refuse to accept this arrangement.  A compromise takes place and as a result Persephone not only gain her own honors from Hades, but her marriage becomes quite different from that of a mortal woman. She will spend more time with her natal family than with her spouse (at least in the Hymn’s version. Other versions distribute the time more equally). “Nor does she in any extant version of the abduction myth (including the Hymn) explicitly fulfill the normal purpose of Greek marriage by producing a child with Hades (who does not, as eternal Lord of the Dead, need an offspring in any case).”

But according to Foley, in the Hymn, it is Demeter’s and Persephone’s experiences that leads to the establishing of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In other versions of the myth the Mysteries are Demeter’s gift to mankind because of human witnesses who told her what had happened to her daughter. But in the Hymn Demeter already knows about Persephone’s abduction when she arrives at Eleusis. Humans do not earn the Mysteries in the Hymn’s version, instead the Mysteries are founded because deities shared for a time a version of the mortal lot and Demeter was reunited with Persephone.

“The poem, above all by its structure, suggests that, although mortals will never understand divinity, and divinity can never be more than partially and temporarily humanized, it was the profound and unique convergence of the two worlds that produced the Mysteries.”

anonymous asked:

concept: pike'ildan and rq/sarenrae, but also rq/vax and sarenrae/pike

I’m a big fan of the parallels between divine and mortal relationships (@percyvex mentioned one recently about percy and vex and erathis and pelor which was Super Neat) but mostly in a vague undefined souls-greater-than-our-skin kind of way

also consider: pike/RQ and Vax/Sarenrae

evergloriousoverlord  asked:

I've been thinking about this for a while, so I decided to find out your thoughts on the matter. How would you go about creating a good fantasy religion?

When it comes to building a religion, the key things to remember is that religion is tied very much to ethics, the nature of reality, the meaning of life (and anything that comes after), and other deep philosophical underpinnings of what it means to be alive, to be good or evil, what responsibilities do we have in life. Religion offered to the people of the past (and continues to offer to the people in the present) profound comfort, meaning, and purpose for the entire life. So, you have your work cut out for you. But this is not beyond the ability of the aspiring worldbuilder and fantasy writer. I’m going to caveat this: I’ve studied religions, but a lot of my studies were focused on western religions. Someone who has studied more Eastern, African, or Pacific religions feel free to add anything. I acknowledge my limitations and have done what I could be as inclusive as possible, but I am certain there was stuff I missed.

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