the schuyler gems au: gem!eliza !! her gem is amazonite, which is associated with hope and has a calming effect, dispelling grief and sadness. she’s a healing gem in blue diamond’s court and heals by singing to the wounded.
Many of these misconceptions can be very popular, but have no historical backing.
-She is a “crone goddess”
This misconception probably comes from more recent literary representations of her. In Ancient Greek religion she was always portrayed as a young maiden.
-She is a “triple goddess” or the Triple Goddess
The Triple Goddess is a purely modern creation/belief. This concept of deity was created in the mid 1900s along with Wicca. Since Hekate predates Wicca and neo-pagan movements by about 2,000 years, she couldn’t really be the Triple Goddess. She is not a Wiccan deity, so therefore, she would not be defined or characterized by a Wiccan concept of deity. While she is commonly portrayed as three women, that was only to depict her domain over the three way crossroads, unlike the Triple Goddess whose aspects each represent a different thing.
-Hekate is not a witch goddess
This is so far from true. Even if this role isn’t one of her original roles, such as the ones described by Hesiod, this aspect did become quite prevalent later in the Hellenic world. The evidence of her role as a witch goddess is very commonly portrayed in Ancient Greek literature and mythos. Kirke and Medea, arguably two of the most popular witches ever, were both priestesses, or in some cases daughters, of Hekate. Whenever witches performed their magic such as necromancy, binding spells, curses, image magic, and other spells, they called on Hekate. This relationship between witches and Hekate is not only shown in Greek literature but in Roman literature as well such as the tale of the witch Erichtho is Lucan’s Pharsalia.
-Hekate is JUST a witch goddess
Though her role as a witch goddess is probably the most popular in literature and with neo pagans and Wiccans, this is far from her only aspect. As described by Hesiod, she was a goddess of the heavens, the earth, and the sea, and a child protector. She was also known to be a goddess of the crossroads and the dead. She guards the gates to the underworld and holds dominions over the daemones (spirits) and ghosts. She also later became a goddess of the moon and is celebrated every dark moon at her Deipnon.
-Hekate is evil
This is more of a modern literary misconception. The Ancient Greeks did not believe in gods of pure good or pure evil. Each deity had aspects of both. The power to create or destroy. To bless or to curse.
many an edgelord has observed that morality is purely a human creation, and has thus concluded that it must be fake, and lame, etc.
this, of course, misses the whole point- morality is social technology.
imagine a prehistoric community of hunter-gatherers. they’re doing decently for themselves but they have a problem- conflicts in the community keep escalating to violence, even killing. so a moral edict is created- “do not spill blood”- and people following this edict helps to keep conflicts from spiraling out of control, increasing the overall welfare of the community. decades go by, and with the help of the social technology of morality, the hunter-gather community has settled down, developed agriculture, and formed a small early city.
then someone in the community figures out how to drain poison from snakebites, or some other early form of surgery- and a problem emerges, because according to the moral edict, this practice is banned, since it spills blood.
so an underground develops, of people using these banned practices. and the society struggles to stamp this out, and the underground surgeons struggle against this repression- until as a result of the struggle, it is realized that the moral edict is flawed, and is preventing well-being, rather than encouraging it. so the moral edict is revised to “do not spill blood involuntarily,” legalizing surgery, and further improving the well-being of the community.
through this process- a dialectic between hegemony and counter-hegemony, an alchemical process of the conjunction of opposites- the social technology of morality is refined and improved.
both moral realism and moral nihilism stymie this process. we must not fall into the trap of thinking morality is One Definite Unchanging Thing. and we also must not fall into the trap of thinking morality is Fake And Lame And Nothing Matters.
we must remember that morality is social technology, which must be continually revised and rectified, through a repeating process of revolutionary struggle.
I hope you don’t mind me answering here, but I don’t want to have to make multiple posts about this.
Poe – The Latino Lover with Hundreds of Hookups
As a latina myself, this….”headcanon” was already I had to ignore a lot of the time. Even more so because it obviously only exists because Poe is played by a latino since Poe being sexually promiscuous is purely a fandom creation. Any who has read his comic or the books knows he is in fact…a huge fucking nerd. But sadly this is how a lot of white people, specially white women, tend to see us.
Then you have people like another poster saying Poe just doesn’t look “POC enough”, which results in a lot of artists outright whitewashing his skin color in art.
Finn - The Prop
I quickly realized a lot of fans where first and foremost Poe fans. Finn is usually written to be, as again that oster commented, Poe’s property. He is constantly dumbed down by writers just to give an excuse for Poe to “teach him to do better” (for smut fics this is usually connected to Poe being the sexy experienced latino lover to Finn’s sometimes grossly childlike innocence”).
While you have hundreds of stories exploring Poe’s character and his trauma during TFA, there are barely a dozen stories that do the same for Finn, most of his POV stories revolve around his feelings for Poe, and helping Poe, and being all about Poe. Finn is also written as having no life outside of Poe a lot, his friends are pretty much Poe’s friends (with the few stories that include Rey as being more of his friend than Poe’s but those usually end with her bonding with Poe over both being pilots), he likes are Poe’s etc. Finn is shown to be very sociable but so many writers write him as socially inept and needing Poe there to do anything.
I mean it says something when one of the most popular supposedly “st*rmpilot” blogs has outright stated they are only here for Poe and ship his character with everyone and “st*rmpilot” just happens to be one of those ships.
Hell Poe, even though he has a lot less screentime than Finn HAS ALMOST 1000 more stories under his tag than Finn does.
Stormpilot used as a shield to deny racism
And lastly too many people using this ship as a shield. I can’t count how many times I have seen R*ylos or even K*lux use the “I can’t be racist, I like St*rmpilot too” whenever anyone dares to point out racism. Half the time they only include this ship as background noise in their stories or reblogging something about them every full moon. That or to be “well I have to ship Rey with this white boy because St*rmpilot has to be canon….because representation!”
Being rude to POCs and Finnrey shippers
I am a multishipper. And while both ships got along at the start. A lot of st*rmpilot fans have become outright aggressive and rude towards finnrey shippers, especially fans of colors. Even I have gotten rude comments about it.
When you’ve got nothing to do but wait for some sort of creative energy to invade your spirit and awaken your mind so your body can rush into some inhuman experience which will eventually lead to the misinterpretation of your own thoughts.
Johann Georg Faust - Mephistophiels Sigillum, “Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis”, 1849.
Variations: “The Destroyer,” Mephisto, Mephistophiel, Mephistophilis, Mephistophilus, Mephostopheles.
The Demon Mephistopheles is purely a fictional creation by the anonymous author of Fausebush (published in 1587) and has ever since been associated as the Devil. The name has its roots in Greek and Hebrew and means “Destroyer Liar” or “he who loves not the Light.” Although this Demon is the fictional creation of an author, it did not stop medieval scholars and demonologists from adding him to their hierarchies. Medieval literature says that this fictional Demon is one of the Princes of Hell, one of the Fallen Angels, and formerly of the Order of Archangels, who now stands under the planet Jupiter. His personal adversary is Zadkiel (”Righteousness of God”), and equally fictitious enthroned Angel.
How do you keep your faith in God strong when there's so much evidence supporting evolution?
Well, to answer this question we have to step back and look at things that have been assumed: one, that faith in God and belief in evolution are mutually exclusive, and two, that there is “so much evidence” for evolution.
The first assumption is pretty easy to dismiss. There’s a lot of Christians who believe that God created the world using evolution, and that the Genesis account of creation is purely poetic, not literal. It’s the second assumption that is a little harder to address.
It’s important to note that I am definitely not a scientist. I’m just a 16-year-old girl with strong opinions. I’m really not even that science-minded (I actually much prefer English). So that’s why I’m just going to post paragraphs and links from people who understand science a whole lot more than me.
“Everything that makes up your body requires genetic information. You’ve got hands and feet because your genes code for it. The same is true for any creature—dogs, camels, you name it.
The genetic information in humans varies from the information in animals, plants, and so on. Seems obvious, so why point it out? Because for animal kind A to somehow “presto-change-o” into animal kind B, the information’s got to change. A fish doesn’t just morph into an amphibian without something changing in the genes. It would have to gain some new information.
Here’s the clincher: when we use operational science—the kind involving observable, repeatable, testable results—we have never observed, repeated, or been able to test animal kind A turning into animal kind B—at all. Sure, there’s some genetic “do-si-do” going on through mutations and gene drift, but there’s no way fish are going to sprout hair and opposable thumbs. Just in case you think by “no way” we mean there’s still a chance, there’s not—none, zilch, nada, not going to happen. What if we add billions of years and cool artistic renderings? Still no.” (x)
“You’ve probably heard news accounts about how life could have started on earth ‘gazillions’ of years ago in volcanoes, slush pools, crystals, rocks, you name it. Maybe you’ve heard something about “artificial” life or test-tube life.
Those are interesting speculations, but they overlook one important rule in biology: life doesn’t, cannot, and will never come from non-life. Life comes from life. Always. That’s the law—the Law of Biogenesis, to be exact.
Ballerina Alicia Alonso executing a pas de bourrée at the American Ballet Theatre, December, 1943. LIFE, January 1, 1944. Photograph by Gjon Mili.
The different phases of the pas de bourrée, its deconstruction in the style of Italian Futurism, demonstrated technology put to use in documenting pure artistic creation. These avant-garde images strengthened the commitment of photographers like Mili to reinterpreting and rethinking their art.