mythology book

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7/100 days of productivity: 21st of January

So, after finally finishing to rewrite all my notes, I actually started studying and getting to the reads I didn’t finish during the semester; I also annotated the chapters of The Odyssey and The Iliad that I studied with all the info I gathered. I still have so much to do for the exam, but at least I love studying this.

  • Other witches: Contact your deities only on the full moon!!! Make sure to ask them meaningful questions!!! Talk to them respectfully!!!
  • Me summoning my deities in the middle of Walmart: what up my bois I got nervous standing in the middle of the store alone so I decided to summon the gang

What if Atlantis is just a Greek wizarding school.

Muggles originally knew of the island in Ancient Greek times, but then as new spells and magic was created, muggles thought it sank/mysteriously disappeared, after anti muggle spells were cast on the island to hide the school.

i. meeting you: when I saw you, the world didn’t reroute on a new axis but the stars seemed to glimmer a little more than I remembered them doing the night before. from the moment our hands brushed, something in me shivered, some part of my heart shook, a form of a yes. a yes, you belong in my life, a yes, you are meant to matter. but we clashed in a storm of fire and ice and it took me what looking back seems like a lifetime to realize that you’ve changed me, that a part of me recognized your scars as the same as mine the moment you spoke a part of my name.


ii. understanding you: it took breaking, it took sobbing in the middle of night and realizing that yes I can be alone with you. it’s this moment, where I see you looking at me, not like you can save me, no. but like you recognize the shadows dancing on my skin, the faint bruises and clenched fists and the ache inside my heart. And the world grows quiet, like it’s giving this moment the weight it deserves, and it’s in the darkness that I realize we can change the universe.


iii. trusting you: and our hands grow bloody as our hearts open, spilling part of us on the ground that the other picks up and remakes. forging a sword, a shield, a song out the echoes we let break away from our souls. somehow I realize the voice in the back of my mind, giving me hope, giving me faith, sounds a lot like yours, it sounds like the way you say my name and I say yours the same way. as absolution, as something almost like salvation, as a need that I can’t live without


iv. loving you: and it’s when you’re threatened, it’s when you’re hurt and the rage that raises up inside me contains the bitten scream of “mine”. it’s when you take my hand, you take my burden like I haven’t transformed myself into atlas to save you. It’s when you gaze into my eyes like i’m something worth worshipping, like i’m something worth burning the universe for. and it comes and goes in waves until one day I wake up and my first thought is you, and when I dream the last name I utter is yours


v. losing you: but the stars that stayed silent at our turning point aren’t content to watch us, no they want to test us but they didn’t understand that loving you  stopped being something that scared me the moment I realized it because, darling, I don’t know where you end and where I begin.  so yes, I lost you to space and time, I nearly lost you to fate but we were always fighters and so I know you’ll come back to me, I know you’ll come home to me.  and our devotion outstrips the fairytales because we were never guaranteed a happy ending, with our dirty hands, with our sly smiles, with our cuts and scars but we’ve made the constellations want to chart our names


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  vi. finding you:  when we crash back together, the world narrows down to the sound of a beating heart, pounding loud enough to be a greek chorus and it’s a welcome change from the way my chest seemed empty. I always knew that in a crowd of thousands I’d be able to meet your eyes, to find you. and with our smiles the universe restarts, with my name dropping from your lips the sun reignites, because we are the center of the story, from the beginning up till now and we’re only just past the first chapter.

—  The 5 Stages of Loving You by Abby S
Thoughts on Patroclus

Friendly reminder that Patroclus should not be remember simply as “Achilles’ bitch”.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was a little shit. He had the power, the looks and the skills, and he knew it. Not only he excelled at battle; he did it while taunting his enemies all the fucking time cause he was going to win and he knew it.

Friendly reminder that he was the one guy who got to call out on Achilles, something no one else dared to do. In fact, men went to ask him to call out on Achilles because everyone was scared of him. Except for Patroclus.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus had advanced medical knowledge, something extremly rare at the time. He healed many of his friends and comrades during battle. Hadn’t it been for him, many great warriors would have died.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was loyal to a fault. He was always by Achilles’ side in battle. He never disobeyed Achilles orders. The one time he did, was the time he died.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was kind and had a soft heart. He cried because while Achilles’ Rage lasted, he wouldn’t let any of his men enter battle, Patroclus included. And while Achilles’ troops were hiding in their ships, the rest of the Greek army got crushed. Patroclus felt so powerless and helpless because he couldn’t do nothing as he saw his comrades dying.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus had a character crisis. He had to decide whether obeying his Lord’s commands and abandoning his friends in battle, or going against his Lord’s wishes and engaging fight.

Friendly reminder that he refused to stay behind like a coward. He chose to enter battle, but since he was a honourable man he told Achilles about it. Friendly reminder that he managed to sway Achilles’ Rage. Friendly reminder that he managed to convince Achilles to let their troops rejoin the war, thus returning the victory to the Greeks.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus was flawed. He committed hubris. He got so battle drunk and was so excited by the prospect of finally ending the war, that he disobeyed Achilles’ direct command not to fight near the walls of Troy, and chased the Troyans back to the limits of the city. To the place Achilles had specifically told him not to go because it would be too dangerous. Friendly reminder that this one flaw is his downfall.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus doesn’t go down without giving one hell of a fight. Friendly reminder that Patroclus was so strong that Apollo (the God that protected Troy and Hector [Troy’s heir to the throne]) had to face him and repel him four times. Four times. A god. If that ain’t badass, then I don’t know what could be. In the fourth time, Apollo got inside Patroclus’ head and made him dizzy. Patroclus fell and Apollo removed him from his armour- Achilles’ armour. Patroclus ended up unprotected, vulnerable and dizzy in the middle of the battle field; so a random dude saw the opportunity and stabbed his back with a spear. But was that enough to make him go down? Oh heck no. The pain snapped him out of the dizziness. Patroclus realized he was in a very troublesome situation so he decided to fall back… but at that moment Hector engaged him in battle. And Patroclus wouldn’t retire from a direct combat, oh heck he wouldn’t. Even though he knew this was probably the way he would die, he fought with his all.

Friendly reminder that lacking his armor, tired from battle, with a spear wound on his back and only Achilles’ sword left as weapon, Patroclus faced Hector, Troy’s greatest warrior and didn’t fear.

Friendly reminder that when Hector sheathed his spear in Patroclos’ stomach, Patroclus thought about the love of his life.

Friendly reminder that with his last breath Patroclus smiled at Hector and told him “You are a dead man. This will be your downfall”. Friendly reminder that until his last moment, he was a little shit.

Friendly reminder that Patroclus is a flawed, well-rounded, badass character and that he deserves so much more than his current position as “Achilles’s love interest”.

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“Odin was the chief ruler of the gods. He was tall and old, and his aspect was wise and reverend. White was his beard and long, and he seemed ever to brood deeply over the mysteries of life and death. He had but one eye, because the other he sacrificed so that he might be dowered with great wisdom.” - Donald A. Machenzie / Teutonic Myth and Legend.

if you gave me the chance
I’d love you
until the last star in the universe blinks away
—  let us try by Abby S
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So I wasn’t aware that PJatO and HoO had new character art on its wiki??? And omg they’re so gorgeous!!! You can see that they’ve gone through a lot!

left side by Antonio Caparo
right side by @viria

aries: i know that you are special because you have been saved, protected, or made to move in the final fatal second, something benevolent and protective is watching over you, you’ve had too many close calls to write yourself off as lucky or indestructible. a child born with a war inside would also be supplied with an extra set of eyes in heaven and protection from combat. it doesn’t matter how old an aries grows, you can always see that mischievous child looking back at you, and that kind of youthful energy is what allows angelic and spiritual forces to be. you are the person that everyone is secretly cheering for, revelling in your infectious triumphs 

taurus: i know that you are special because i know that you were the empress of inheritance, and that the gods and goddesses left the natural kingdom all to you. i know you are special because i have watched flowers bloom just for you as you walk on past, nature bows to you as if it prepares for your arrival and hears the unique sound of your footprints in the ground, the flowers, the sea, the stars, and creatures of the world see you and recognise their mother - mother earth. you are the value in which we measure the value of every gold, silver, and crystal 

gemini: i know you are special because i have literally seen you ask a question out of thin air and receive an answer shortly after. i’ve watched you change the most stubborn and convicted mind clever charisma and loquacious flirtation. i know you are special because i have seen teachers watching you from the corner of their eyes, hoping that you take advantage of your brilliant mind. seeing the light in you, because learning is your ceremonial prayer. i’ve seen the gods whisper words into your mind to help you finish sentences and find the right term, i’ve seen you bring down your enemy with nothing more than a flick of the tongue 

cancer: i know that you are special because i have seen you face the moon and her face change as she looks back at you with eyes of love. i know you are special because i have watched you soothe a screaming baby with a mild touch and stop someone’s tears with the softness in your voice. i’ve seen animals respond to you as if they were your own. i know you are special because i have felt old houses welcome you inside like you have always belonged there. you fill the room with your energy, and when you leaves part of you remains like a sweet and mysterious haunting 

leo: i know that you are special because i have seen black auras dissolve before your light, crushed by the blessing that is the beat of your heart. i have seen you walk outside in a mood of joy and delight and raise the sun on a rainy day. i know you are special because when you are happy the whole world is cheerful too, and when you are sad the whole world is miserable too. i have known many who believe in you and support you and would go to the end of the earth to help you shine like the sun they know you are 

virgo: i know you are special because god has trusted your mind and your hands with so much cosmic weight, and you could so easily fracture everything but you can see crystals and cracks that nobody else can. your hands were crafted with divine oversight, gold was poured in slain perfection and heavenly mineral i know you are special because you signed such a heavy contract and donated many of your blessings as a pre-act of service, you were focused so intently toward doing good 

libra: i know you are special because your earthly vessel was designed with curves and angles that allow every spec of light in the cosmos to shine right through it. i know you are special because colours were created just because they looked good on you, and you seemed so gifted at bringing these together and painting people’s souls in this rainbow. you have a way of making people feel loved and important without trying, your spirit plays a melody tuned into a hidden vibration and it blows the tune of beauty and harmony 

scorpio: i know you are special because the divine had no other way of trying to describe you but to create heaven, hell, magic, astral travel, and orgasm. i have seen the way every force good and evil in the universe bows to your presence, like they see and revel an ancient master who has been crossing the borderlands for centuries. i know you are special because you know how to crack the physical shell of skin and thinking, immerse your whole spirit so it flows the veins of your lover like ink that leaves a sacred stain for eternity 

sagittarius: i know you are special because you are the pot of gold that every rainbow pours into and the gods love to make bets on how much you will see and do. i know you are special because they don’t honour your memory by a eulogy, they wrote your whole existence into the ancient books of mythology, theology, and fairytales. you have a lamp inside from where the giant jupiter genie resides. the wheel of cosmic fortune is spun directly in your favour, and the cosmic jackpot is always blowing up

capricorn: i know you are special because i watch the whole world celebrate your birth every year. i’ve watched your spirit be held up as the example, at the height of each divine archetype, as the model of natal chart designs. i know you are special because you seem like you completed this all before and you are just perfecting what you have already done. your heart ticks like the cosmic clock that orbits every planet and in between responsibilities here you seem to maintain the whole universe 

aquarius: i know you are special because you are not of this earth and you find comfort in a place that is above and beyond here. i have seen the whole universe and every colour come alive in the crystal of your eyes, solar glitter and glassy ocean sparkling beneath golden light. i know you are special because the whole celestial space pours into your mind, your thoughts are electricity that illuminate the night 

pisces: i know you are special because you carried the breadth of spiritual substance that contained every divine archetypal design in this lifetime. you surrendered your body and mind as an instrument for the heavens, and the gods and goddesses play their holiest and most exquisite tunes straight through you. i know you are special because your essence and energy is the ultimate muse that inspires every painter, musician, writer, and artist 

-C.

q: how does he love you?
a: with every atom of his existence 


q: how does he look at you?
a: like his soul is screaming at him to be selfish 


q: how do you love him?
a: with hope


q: how do you look at him?
a: with despair

—  You didn’t tell by Abby S

Japanese Ghost & Demons Art of the Supernatural Edited by Stephen Addiss

George Braziller Inc 1985

Scans courtesy of Mark Jiro Okui

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