Dear Steph, I love your blog! I want to share some thoughts with you.
1) AMMO- When we see the word AMMO on screen when Sherlock talks to Mycroft it flips on screen reading OMMA. OMMA is ancient greek for EYE. Also the owls-statuettes that we see through TST, owls have night vision and they are the sacred bird of Athena goddess of wisdom.Also the norse god Odin gave his eye for wisdom.
2) Vampire - Sherlock rises as if from the dead (although he is risen already-like a vampire from death) when Mary drugs him, in a crypt, and gets out of the desanctified church (from TAB), his lair, in an unnecessary gothic show with lightning and rain and gothic arches. So who else could be the vampire messaging John?
3) Daisies - The daisy is symbolic of the death of an infant in celtic mythology.
4) White roses - Seen in euru’s office when she is a doctor. Symbolic of pure love and new beginnings and used in weddings.
5) Fern - I may be mistaken but it must be a fern. A fern decorative piece in eurus’s office. A fern on the wall of the Watson’s living room. A fern as a brooch warn by lady Smallwood and Mrs Hudson. Ferns symbolize Ying and Yang two opposites coming together.
6) It’s old actually but I think that on Angelo’s sign we can see two lilies - the big ones. Symbol of male sexuality.
Well, sorry for any mistakes, I’m not a native speaker and I have a fever, but really I had to write it down.Thank you !
Well, I think you did fabulous for someone who has a fever! I’ve spaced this out for easier reading, but all in all this is all so very interesting!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! I don’t know much about symbolism as a whole, but I enjoy reading other people’s interpretations of it all!
*slams fist down on table* tell me what you know about vikings
>Vikings NEVER wore the horns on their helmets; Romans made it up to make them seem scarier.
>Vikings had a very important free-dudes only meeting called a Thing. No weapons were allowed at the Thing; topics were discussed at the Thing and everyone had the right to have their say (except thralls and women, there were some exceptions).
>Vikings had slaves, called Thralls.
Vikings could name them whatever the hell they wanted, so you might have ended up with a nasty nickname.
>Dying in Battle was the BEST THING for Vikings. If you fought and died well, Valkyries would come get your bloodstained ass to go to Valhalla; where you’d get to feast and fight with the dudely gods.
>The Morrigan was a goddess who often appeared to a warrior who was about to die in battle. You might see her as a crow with a bloody rope around her neck, or as a beautiful woman who was washing your bloodstained clothing in a river.
>Vikings thought maths was magic; also women. Magic was a female craft, and they were taught maths and herblore from a young age.
>Viking men wore makeup. Specifically eyeliner, to emphasise their eyes.
That’s right fuckbois. Big bad raiders… wore eyeliner.
And sewed. And Knitted. And did all the little handicrafts necessary for them to survive.
Not to mention women knew how to fight… they could defend their own land.
>Vikings had a precursor to chess called Hnefatafl.
>If a Viking Lord died, one of his household’s female thralls could volunteer to accompany him. She would be laid beside him and stabbed through the heart by an elderly woman dressed all in black (can’t remember if she’s an Angel of Mercy or an Angel of Death). Some tales said she would go to a different type of valhalla, for women, for her bravery.
Alternately, Viking OFTEN sacrificed slaves during funeral rites; a bit like some pharaohs did. So they could continue serving him in Valhalla.
>Several instances of widows being sacrificed at their husband’s funeral have been found. Grave goods were common - dependent on their status and craft in life.
>Funerary ships were either cremated or buried; the most amazing buried funeral ship they ever found was one they assumed was for a high-born or ranking woman. So, you know, some ladies got a hell of a send-off too.
>Viking ladies were gifted a kitten on their wedding day, to be a mouser.
>Vikings lived in long houses; and often consisted of one long room. Animals could be brought inside for warmth. They were actually quite fuctional with a hole in the roof to let out cookingfire smoke.
>If you bothered a viking lady, there were repercussions. Like, if you didn’t take no for an answer, you were in the wrong and her family (os she herself) would enforce that. If you put hands on her, and she did not want it, you could lose your damn hands.
Striking a woman was the most horrendous thing… women were mystical creatures of magic and very important. And it showed you were a savage with no control.
Violence was for the battlefield, never amongst your own people.
>There is new evidence to suggest that Vikings even made it to Asia, with some goods and even skeletons of persons of asian descent being located in ancient viking settlements.
>Women wore clothes called Kirtles. You had the underkirtle (usually plain) and an overkirtle (dyed).
>Vikings believe that the world and gods came into being from the armpit sweat of a giant.
>Odin GAVE his eye for the power of Knowledge/Wisdom. He has two ravens to watch the worlds (usually Midgard, we keep fucking up) for him.
>My favourite story about Thor was the one where the Giants stole Mjolnir.
So like, rather than just go get it… Thor dressed up as a chick; nice dress and everything. Didn’t shave the breard though, but the Giants were like ‘whatevs, her beard is lovely and luscious’.
He convinces like the chief giant king dude to marry him, and there they are at the wedding banquet, right?
Why the ruse? You’re probs asking right now… well, here’s the reason:
In many variations of the tale, the couple has to be blessed by a hammer (in other tales, it gets placed on the bride’s knees to symbolise their commitment to a truce between Asgard and the Giants through their union)…
So right about the end of the wedding, at the banquet part, Mjolnir gets brought out… and my fav version of the tale has Thor vaulting the table in his dress, taking it back, and kicking all kinds of ass.
>Loki fucked a horse.
Like… literally, went full on Ancient Brony, my friend.
LOKI WAS THE FIRST BRONY.
Then he got pregnant and birthed an eight-legged horse (Slepnir) that Odin his grandady, now rides evrywhere. Bc that’s not something the Asgardian Child Safety needs to look into or whatever…
Not to mention his other kids (giant ass snake, massive wolf, his daughter Hel).
>Hel. Not hot. The worst thing for vikings was COLD, so Hel is a cold, dark, bleak, nothing place ruled over by Loki’s Daughter. Who was born ‘hideous’ and cast away by dbag Odin himself.
>In several texts, Loki tied his testicles to a goat as entertainment at a banquet feast. The Asgardians thought it hilarious.
>The dwarves got pissed off from Loki stealing or conning their best weapons out of them, so they punished him by sewing his false mouth shut.
>Vikings put dragons on the prow as a scare-tactic.
> Sewing was forbidden (for men) during raiding months (it was an indoor winter activity); exceptions being - sewing the sails, fixing torn clothing whilst a-viking, and making/mending nets.
>Vikings had purple carrots.
>Vikings had their own versions of french knitting.
>Vikings had a whole bunch of very clever, but really fiddly things to make clothes and embroidered embellishments (like, tablet weaving). Vikings had a real thing about looking good to show their status.
>Vikings often raided churches, bc in medieval times they got first dibs on a lot of shiny money things… and vikings liked shiny money things.
>Vikings found both Iceland and Greenland.
>Goddess Freya rides on a chariot pulled by cats.
>Her twin brother Frey is perpetually hella nekkid.
>Frey taught Loki magic; because he was more inclined.
It is one of the reasons he always made others uneasy; magic is for women, and women only… that he used it to shapeshift and cause mischief was… odd, to viking sensibilities.
>Vikings were actually very clean. They believed in remaining clean, where possible. Sure, bathing in a tub everyday wasn’t a thing; but they made sure to wash faces, hands, feet, important bits.
>They ate a lot of fish; sheep and other stock had other uses, but would also be eaten. Vikings had a lot of stew. It was simpler, ad vegetables were more aailable. They also made bread and other general items.
>Vikings DID have drinking horns. And they required special pegs to hold them.
Drank a LOT of mead, held a lot of feasts, etc. Feasting was an art, everyone liked out-storying the others; it was a really big thing, having the best epic.
>Beowulf has a fucktonne of verses, but they used to memorise it all and repeat it from end to end.
>THE SHOW VIKINGS IS ABOUT AS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE AS THE LAST PISS I TOOK… PLEASE STOP BOTHERING REENACTORS!!!
My friends, it is hollywood concocted nonsense. The next one of you self-righteous fuckbois that try to argue that something a reenactor is doing (based on what they have learned/researched/practiced/demonstrated knowledge of to be asked to join the reenactment event), because the shitty half-assed not-even-vaguely-historically-accurate tv show depicts the actors doing something different… I will fly in from the sky on a goddamn pegasus and stab you with my sword. STOP DOING THaT.
>Ragnarok is the viking armageddon. Frost and Fire giants will battle, Thor will die fighting Jormungdr (his nephew the slytherin, btw), Odin’s fucked, Loki is in trouble… basically chaos.
>There are nine realms in Viking mythology, all connected to one another by Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Midgard and Asgard are only two of the realms held aloft by it’s branches.
>Vikings loved a bit of flair. Jewellery was a must. All forms.
hi friend, I used to be way more active in my devotional activities but bc of college and work and mental illness/probably just me being lazy I've really declined, I feel so ashamed I can barely approach the gods and I have so little energy to do anything... Do you have any thoughts on this? :(
When I was first researching, I remember reading something that always stuck with me. The Gods will never ask for more than you can give.
Disclaimer: I’m also very guilty of this. I have a week of being a Good Upstanding Devotee and then like three weeks of tossing the occasional Swedish Fish on my altar. That being said, this is what I have that might be useful.
Just apologize and move forward. I’ve been in the same place, where I felt like whatever I did for Them would have been insulting because I had been gone so long. Just own up, say “hey, I know I’ve been gone due to x, y, z, I know I can do better, I’m sorry.” Know that you’re not instantly going to have that relationship back, it may take time for them to open back up to you.
Pick part of your daily routine and use it devotionally. Got a long commute? Cool, time for prayer. Morning coffee? Chat with your Gods. Workout? Devoted to Thor, or literally any warrior God.
Especially since you’re in school, remember that bettering yourself is doing right by your Gods. Odin gave his eye for wisdom. What are you giving up? That’s devotion. And it matters.
Also my personal favorite lazy hack is to buy a box/bag of your deity’s favorite snack(cherry sours for Loki) and then every day or so you can put a few on their altar and throw out the old one. Say a nice thing about them while you do it. Low-maintenance devotion, my pal.
For serious tho, don’t beat yourself up. The Gods understand.
“You have your father’s eyes… unfortunately.” “He searches for your death.” “What are you preparing for?” “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under the sun.” “Don’t take any foolish risks and don’t get separated from the others.”
Picture: Odinn with Mimir’s head. Unknown who drew this wonderful picture. Odin wanted the knowledge that Mimir knew. Odin placed some herbs and cast a spell to make Mimir speak. Mimir offered Odin a drink from the well, which would gave Odin the knowledge he seek, in exchanged for Odin’s eye. Odin gave his eye and drink from Mimir’s well. Odin uses Mimir as an adviser. Mimir’s head was cut off by the Vanir.
This book on runes: Odin gave his eye for knowledge! He hung from Yggdrasil for nine (9) days for the runes! You must be prepared to either sacrifice for knowledge of the runes or have something taken from you!!
Me, unable to find my pen in my purse: Dammit, Odin.
Let’s go with the obvious: Valhalla. A hall of Odin, where chosen warriors go to train each day and await Ragnarök, when they (Einherjar) will fight for the gods. Immortan Joe promises the War Boys that Valhalla, their highest honor, awaits after death. Nux says that all the great heroes are there, which is consistent with the Valhalla of myth.
Immortan Joe serves not only in Odin’s position as war god, but also as a god of death, another area of Odin’s expertise. Immortan Joe decrees which War Boys will be admitted to Valhalla. He plays the part of Odin’s name-kin, the Germanic Wodan, in his Wild Hunt. This hunt is now led in big-ass cars across a desert, rather than on horseback through the sky. The hunting party throw spears with some kind of napalm or bomb on the end, and traditionally, if you wanted your army to be victorious in battle, it was deemed prudent by some to dedicate your foes to Odin by hurling a spear over the entire host. The spear is an item sacred to Odin, and marking your enemies in this fashion meant that you intended them as a sacrifice to Odin or Wodan.
The War Boys. Ah, let’s talk about the War Boys. They were the most fascinating mix of the mythological and also the historical. They serve as warriors of the “cult” of Odin, as it would be said in circles of academia; so very much the “cult” of Immortan Joe. It can be assumed that they will be his warriors in the afterlife, his equivalent of the Einherjar. But the War Boys are first and foremost berserkers. Berserkers were a special kind of brutish warrior, dedicated to Odin or Wodan. Odin quite literally means “frenzy”, the frenzy of creativity and of passion. Berserkers were warriors of frenzy who would drink heavily or in some cases imbibe other substances and become unable to be “bitten by iron”. Invincible, because they were high as hell and couldn’t feel a thing. These warriors would run at the fore or stand at the head of the ships, and their rage was incredible. The War Boys have no fear of death and are driven by bloodlust and dedication to Immortan Joe. The silver paint (or whatever that is) may be akin to a symbol of the berserker’s draught, something to send them over the edge into a fearless state.
The War Boys also have lips with stitching scars, a possible reference to the wily Loki, who had his face sewn shut with a leather thong, which he tore out, leaving scars.
The Valkyries. One of the desert women that Furiosa calls kindred is even named The Valkyrie. They guard the war machine and pick off the war boys, essentially “choosing” who dies by hand: Valkyrie means “chooser of the slain”.
The wives are also reminiscent of Valkyries. They are ethereal, meant to be more beautiful than the rest of the cast. Their “marriage” to Immortan Joe is reminiscent of the Valkyries service of Odin; whether or not the Valkyries were symbolic wives of Odin is often debated. The wives could also resemble the Disír, mysterious women of childbirth and death, but I think the historical association with volvas (prophetesses) is more apparent. The volva seem to have had a very specific form of dress, a uniform almost, that all wore, much like the wives white linen. These travelling prophetesses predicted matters of health and relationships, and also the outcomes of battles. If the prophetess said the battle should be waged on a certain day in a certain place, it was so. Likewise, the wives are the ones who decide to make the journey to “The Green Place” and rope Furiosa into it, and they decide to go back to the Citadel (Furiosa would not have gone without them).
Furiosa could be seen as Valkyrie-like, but I think she almost further resembles a goddess, one of the Ásynjur. She has the warrior’s confidence of the Jotun Skaði, the beauty of Freyja, and the wisdom of Frigg. Furiosa is a one of a kind goddess, yo.
Max resembles the saga hero, a man who is best suited to war and violence. But he also has a bit of the Odinic wanderer in him. Odin would disguise himself and travel among human kind, leaving once he’s accomplished his task. Max does the same.
The town/civilization leaders all sacrificed something to gain exactly that which they’d sacrificed. This is a tried theme in the Norse myths: Freyr gives away his sword (his symbolic dick) even though he’s a god of fertility, Tyr- who perhaps comes from an earlier war god, Tîwaz- is viewed as a “just” god, and he gave his right hand to observe the truth and prevent war (he can no longer shake hands in an agreement); Odin gave his eye for the ability to see further- to possess wisdom. Immortan Joe wears a mask to cover what I assume is a misshapen mouth, yet his power comes from his voice, his commands. The head of the bullet farm looses his eyes, though those are what he needs most to make a shot. And the head of gas town is unable to drive, while he thrives on mobility. All give away what they need most, symbolically.
And that’s all I got, I’m exhausted and I need to go to bed.
Josh, you’re always talking about gods and goddesses. It’s Cerridwen this and Cernunnos that, Bast this and Odin that. Do I really have to work with gods and goddesses in order to be a witch? What if I just want to be a witch without the hassle of religion?
I see this a lot. One of the most troubling and difficult things for a lot of newbie witches is that when they first begin delving into magic and witchcraft, most, if not all, of the material they come across is geared toward a pagan audience, whether that audience is Wiccan, Celtic, Hoodoo, or Vodoun. For witches who are curious about incorporating witchcraft into a belief system they already have, this is disheartening, because it may give the impression that they may have to convert. For witches who don’t have any religious beliefs or leanings, it might make them feel as if believing in a deity is a requirement.
In truth, witchcraft is far more simple, and not even dependent upon religion. So for those of you who are beginning to feel disheartened by the sheer amount of pagan teachings in various blogs or books or websites, this article is for you! First, we’ll ask the question of why so much of witchcraft tends to be tied to religion. Then, we’ll look at what witchcraft is without all of the deity talk and how you can take spells and methods from pagan blogs and make them into your own brand of magic!
Question 1: Why is Witchcraft Always Linked With Paganism?
To answer this question, we have several factors to look at. First, the definition of “pagan.” Over the centuries, the word has kind of become a bit watered down to specifically refer to nature worship. In truth, the word “pagan” refers to any non-Christian, non-Abrahamic religion (this being religions founded from the scriptures of the Old Testament, or Torah - all of the different denominations of Christianity [including Catholicism], Judaism, and Islam).
By this definition, paganism isn’t limited to Celtic or Norse belief. It also applies to Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, Native American, the various African beliefs, et cetera. The reason paganism began to gradually be specific to the beliefs of the Celts and Norse is because during the rise of the Catholic empire (yes, this was a thing - at one point in history, the Roman Empire was synonymous with the Catholic Church), the northern lands and the islands off the west coast were particularly difficult to control. The best way to gain control at the time was often through religious conversion instead of conquest.
It’s okay, you don’t have to get the reference… but bonus points if you do!
In time, the similarities between the Catholic faith and the pagan faiths (remember, at the time pagan was an umbrella term - the frequency with which the Church encountered Norse and Celtic tribes began to give a particular flavor to the word) allowed for simple conversion, while the Church began taking what was different and re-flavoring them in different ways. For instance, Cernunnos - a Celtic god of fertility and nature - was painted as a devil because of the antlers he was often portrayed as wearing. Mankind and nature were supposed to be separate, according to belief, not primal and base. Meanwhile, Brigid - an Irish Celtic goddess of fire, healing, and smithing - was adopted into Catholic belief as St. Bridget.
During this time, the majority of the populace was illiterate. Unless you were nobility or clergy, chances are you would not be able to read or write. As a result, the very same monks who were sent to travel and spread the word of God were the ones who recorded what they witnessed. These texts were carried down through history, and the descriptions of the pagans they encountered led to the term having connotations linked specifically to Celtic and Norse culture.
The next factor is the place magic holds in different beliefs. Many pagans find some irony in the Church’s historical condemnation of magic-related practices that were part of Catholic practice under a different name. What magic is in most cultures is built upon self-reliance. The gods didn’t just throw miracles your way. You either had to earn or barter for blessings. In harsh environments, it was understood that if you couldn’t keep your cattle alive, you were going to starve. If you couldn’t raid a region of its valuables, you were not going to be wealthy or have any food outside of what you’ve produced yourself.
As a result, both Norse and Celtic belief held that the gods were, like us, often flawed and capable of dying. However, their powers and abilities were far beyond ours, to the point of determining whether the winter was long and you starved or the winter was short and you had a surplus of crops for the next year.
Magic was performed as a way of helping the individual in day to day life. However, magic was also linked to the gods either due to a belief in origin or due to the belief that magic allowed for conversation with the divine. In Norse belief, for example, magic was discovered by Odin, who gave up his eye in order to discover the secrets of runes. This gift to humanity became a method by which the Norsemen could receive messages from the gods.
Meanwhile, the Catholic faith maintained an all-powerful, infallible God, but communicated to that deity in much the same ways - prayer and ritual. From baptism to communion to rites of passage, many of those practices were shared between many cultures, and in Catholicism were pulled directly from Roman practice.
But take it back even further, before the Norse gods, before the Celtic gods, before Christianity and even Zoraostrianism. When we as a species were entirely hunter-gathering tribes scattered throughout the world, we would find ourselves in the midst of terrifying yet spectacular natural events - thunderstorms, rainbows, droughts, floods… Animism was much more prevalent because of how everything in the natural world seemed to hum with life. The stones would move during earthquakes. Mountains could become angry and spit fire. Water could keep you alive, but it could also kill you.
Magic at the time was a way to maintain our relationship with the spirits of the world and avoid angering them. One could thank the river for a drink, the deer for giving its life to sustain that of one’s tribe. But even further, it was a way for us to rise above the challenges that life would send our way. If the world had spirits, so must we. We can use our spirits to protect ourselves, to survive, and to learn. So by channeling intent we began casting spells. Religion came soon after - a tool to make channeling that intent much easier to do. After all, if the whole tribe prays, that could be anywhere between fifty and a hundred people all channeling their intent for a specific purpose - a powerful spell, indeed!
Religion did not inform magic. In some ways, it was the other way around. However, the two do have a very close relationship that is maintained to this day. Magic is the bread and butter for modern Celtic belief, Asatru, and Wicca. None of the old pagan beliefs as we think of them exist in the modern day. Wicca was founded in the 1950′s after Gerald Gardner revived the practice of witchcraft in Britain. The similarities between Wicca and old Celtic belief revived Celtic and Druidic practice. Rediscovery and incorporation of Norse belief brought back Asatru. And on and on. However, the magic is still present, and is often brought to the forefront of witchcraft.
Question 2: What is Witchcraft Without Deity?
In my post about energy bubbling, I mentioned that the simplest form of spellcasting is channeling intent. Combining witchcraft with religion is merely using religious belief as a focus for channeling intent, much as a witch might use a crystal or candleflame as a focus.
Secular witchcraft is just as powerful as religious, and is no less valid. So how would you go about practicing secular witchcraft?
First would be acknowledging the power within yourself. You’re capable of changing the world around you for the better, and it’s through your intent that you are able to do that.
So let’s take a look at a pagan spell - mine, to be exact, because if I’m going to pick apart a spell publicly, I’m less likely to offend! In this case, I’ll use the most recent recipe I’ve posted: the Protection from Fear and Anxiety Spell Bottle. I’ve done a fairly good job of making the recipe as secular as possible, but being pagan, I do sometimes slip!
First thing’s first is the altar setup. I used my Brigid altar because it felt appropriate to me. But say you don’t follow any goddess or god. In such a case, an altar is not religious, but functional. Instead of arranging religious iconography, arrange materials and items that you feel would enhance the flow of energy in the space, and would help you in focusing on the purpose of the spell - for this spell, banishing fear and anxiety.
Where my altar has two statues for divine masculine and feminine, as well as a pentacle in the center, you could instead place crystals or completely omit those objects. If a pentacle feels too religious for you, replace it with something less so. Mandalas are excellent replacements for pentacles, and my though my best friend is pagan, she uses a fossilized spiral shell instead of a pentacle. What matters is that your altar resonates with you and your intent.
Next up is the use of blessed salt. Many spells may call for blessed salt or water. This may seem inherently religious, but in truth it isn’t. In most cases, blessed merely means charged. My salts and waters are almost never charged with religious blessings. Instead, for those, I use elemental invocations. You could use elemental magic or you could simply focus your intent into the ingredients as you would when directing an energy bubble to infuse with something else.
Finally, the incantation. Incantations are tools in magic just as wands or athames may be. My incantation made the use of religious wording, as that’s part and parcel to my practice. However, if you prefer to follow a secular path, you could omit the incantation in favor of simply charging the bottle, or you could rewrite the incantation for something more appropriate. You could use elemental wording if you wanted: “By the powers of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water…”
Same goes for the closing phrases of the incantation. “As Above, So Below” is linked both to witchcraft and alchemy, with the concept that visualizations can be just as real as physical reality, and that by casting your spell, you’re making that visualization “Above” become real physically here “Below.” Meanwhile, “So Mote It Be!” is a phrase often used by Wiccans and pagans as an affirmation of the spells completion. You’ve finished the spell, so you’re making it so!
In this case, you could omit those phrases, or use something more appropriate to your practice.
But what about correspondences? If you don’t feel much influence from astrology, then you can do away with it! I’ve heard that money spells are better done on Thursdays. Witch, I’ll do my money spells on a Monday if I feel like it! The same goes for any other kind of correspondence. Not everyone puts stock into Ogham practice (magic focusing around different types of trees and wood in Celtic and Druid lore) or into the abilities of stones. Use what works best for you. And that applies as well to the religious aspects of others’ spells. Don’t worship Bast? That’s alright. Dedicate the spell to your personal femininity!
Okay, Josh, wrap it up…
Long story short, magic is magic. Religion and magic can be a thing, or magic can be standalone. What makes it powerful is not the faith that directs it, not the tools or ingredients you use - it’s you. A whole bunch of ingredients can be thrown together into a pot, but without direction and intent, they can never become a delicious risotto. It takes the patience and focus and intent of the chef to make it happen. The same applies to witchcraft.
So go out there and have no fear, secular witches! You’re just as much a valid witch as any pagan! You’re just as powerful, you’re just as beautiful!
Looking at Raven's portals I'm going to be amused if Yang's fire/probable magic is assumed to be her semblance by the world at large. Because then you have an actual similarity between the two. Given that there is a mole, how bad is it if Salem learns that Qrow is still alive? And did Salen's comment on the /last/ eye imply that she's been taking out Ozpin's field agents without him noticing?
i’m honestly not sure what Salem’s line means - though it’s interesting that when we got our first real plot dump about Qrow (and Raven primarily), in Burning the Candle, there’s a quote about Huginn and Muninn, Odin’s ravens that fly all over the world to bring information back to him. Odin also gave up one of his eyes to be able to see the future. we know Qrow goes on mission for Ozpin a lot and a lot of that seems to be information-based, so it’s possible it’s a reference to that mythos with Qrow filling the role for both the remaining ‘eye’ and one of the ravens, as now the two Branwens (because lets be real, Raven definitely worked for Ozpin at some point and with her powerset that we’ve seen, information gathering would be a cinch) are no longer doing their jobs (because one left and the other ‘died’ as far as Salem knows). Ozpin probably doesn’t have too many field agents so as to draw less attention to himself (and Salem’s clearly aware of Qrow), and interestingly, Salem sounded almost disappointed to hear that Qrow was dead. so it’ll be interesting to know what that’s about
as for how bad it is if Salem learns that Qrow is alive - well, for Tyrian it’ll be very bad because, wow dude, you fucked up the one positive part of your last fuck-up. but less jokingly, if Lionheart tells Salem that Qrow specifically is in Mistral, the heroes lose their one advantage, that Salem doesn’t know Ozpin’s chief agent is still active (and so she’ll be planning for resistance when she inevitably goes after Oscar because unless Ozpin miraculously picks up on the betrayal, Lionheart’s gonna find out Ozpin’s still around and pass that information along)
(I keep finding random bits of writing on my hard drive.)
Where did you learn about Adam and Eve?
Did you learn about them? Or does your
religion have a different myth of origin? Did Ask and Embla step off a beach?
Did Prometheus give you fire, or did some god breathe life into clay?
Adam and Eve are not my myth, but I learned
about them at school when they made me go to religious education class for a
There, I was taught about Adam and Eve,
about a man made in God’s image and a woman formed from a rib and I thought,
how did that work?
Did God – capital G, always capital G – walk
up to Adam one day, asking, “What are you willing to give for a companion?”
Was Adam confused when he pointed at the
animals populating the Garden, asking in turn, “A companion, Lord? But I have
Did God smile, a little condescending, a
little patronizing and say, “A companion like
I don’t know. I never will. So it goes.
A rib. That’s what Adam gave, what God took,
action and reaction. A rib. Why a rib? Why not his hand, or his heart? An arm,
a leg. An eye, the way Odin gave his for wisdom?
And isn’t that what Eve was, wisdom come to
Adam around a few corners, laterally, so he wouldn’t notice until it was too
He gave a rib. Maybe he chose a rib because
he had many, because one more or less didn’t matter.
I wonder what Eve thought about that, about
being made form something that wouldn’t be missed, something non-essential.
Did she ask herself, do you think, why she
was made from Adam at all? If God made Adam, then why not her? Why remove her
from Himself? Why make Adam her creator by proxy, her father by DNA?
And what did Eve’s DNA look like? Adam’s?
Did it look like that of the Chimpanzees
dancing between the trees, or was it a double helix of stardust and divinity?
Did Adam ever wonder about the things that
made him up? I think Eve did. I think she looked at her reflection in the
water, at the curvature of the rib reflected in her body, and she wondered why that
bone? Why that shape? Why her?
I think that, maybe, the Serpent was kicking
down open doors.
And anyway, who puts a tree in a garden,
puts apples on it, and then puts up a sign saying, do not touch?
That’s like telling a seven-year-old, “Do
not go into the guest room,” three days before Christmas.
You know, inevitably, that the words, “I
just wanted to look,” will be spoken. You know that Eve looked at that tree, at
Odin’s wisdom made succulent flesh, and she listened to the Serpent hisspering
in her ear about ribs and hearts and stardust helixes. And she thought, “I just
want to know.”
So she ate the fruit and she looked down at
herself and she still saw the curvature of the rib.
And she must have wondered if being made in
His image means having His grace inside of you. And if grace diminishes over time
and generations, was it less in her than in Adam? Did she carry the grace
stored in a single bone in her? Does grace accumulate?
Or does it spread until it equals zero?
Adam, Adam. Adam ate that apple, too. Adam
gained his wisdom in exchange for a rib and a chance at eternal life. I was
seven when I heard about Eve’s crime, or her temptation, and I thought, “Was he
Did he hate Eve? Did he look at her and see
something that wouldn’t be missed, something non-essential? Did he see what Eve
saw, the curvature of a ribbone turned
flesh? And if he did see, did he love himself in Eve, or did he hate her, the
fruit in her hand, the knowledge she brought?
Did he ask himself, after the apple, why he
was only willing to give a rib? Did he offer his heart as recompense for the
And when they left the Garden on bare feet,
wind biting into bare skin, did Adam lead, or did Eve?
The deeprealms were a calm and quiet place, where the souls of people, plants and animals could be free without worry. This particular deeprealm held the scion of two kingdoms, both Nohrian and Ylissean royalty, Ophelia. The young purple haired girl gazed into the sky, painted pink and orange by the celestial brush strokes of the gods, in hopes of seeing her mother and father when they arrived today.
Sure enough, a silhouette appeared on the horizon, two people, riding atop a tattered wyvern. Her parents had arrived.
Odin and Camilla flew quickly to the village where their daughter resided, feeling a mixture of happiness, excitement, and fear. They knew the difference of the flow of time, how it worked here as opposed to their world. They had stayed with Ophelia for the first year of her life, being a normal village family. When it came time to leave, the day after Ophelia’s first birthday, they had come to realize they had only been gone for the better part of 8 hours. Now they had been gone from the deeprealm for 24 hours, which means that 3 years have gone by in their absence. Their baby girl was now 4 by their guess, or close to at the very least.
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“I’ve told you not to screw
this up for me, and you’re already screwing it up.”
Odin never once took his
eyes off the television set, brow knitted in concentration as his thumbs
quickly smash the buttons on the video game controller. “How? Nothing’s even
Laslow, who rubbed his
temples in an attempt to calm himself, heaved a heavy sigh. “You’re not even
dressed yet. Please, Odin I’m begging you, put on some decent clothes. Ones
without wrinkles. They’ll be here soon.”
The desperation in his
voice forced Odin to hold back a chuckle. Watching Laslow get all out of sorts
about things like this was humorous to watch. “But, I am dressed.”
Hello! I dont know you, but i was wondering your thoughts on this: in german the phrase "my name is..." Is "Ich heiße ..." And heiße, is pronounced like Haise. I just though it was interesting that Haise's name was pronounced like the German word for name.
Hello! Karren was actually pretty irritated by his name for that exact reason, remarking on how bizarre it was. She viewed him as a nameless person for the entirety of their interaction.
and it comes back into play later on in Eto’s last book, King Bileygr. The protagonist is a one-eyed ghoul named “Nameless”, who takes on the role of king to lead a rebellion.
There are a few other interesting notes on Haise’s name:
the 世 taken from sekai (world) to create Haise and
木 (tree) from Kaneki/Sasaki makes “World Tree”.
The norse god Odin, aka Bileygr (who gave his left eye in exchange for wisdom), sacrificed himself by hanging from Yggdrasil, a “World Tree”.
Kaneki is associated with the Hanged Man tarot, who gained a new perspective by hanging himself upside down.
琲世 ) can also be read as “string of pearls”- the title of ch 81, in which Kaneki outsmarts Arima.
Pearls are heavily associated with tears and crying, and in some cultures were believed to be tears of gods.