red cords

It’s all about trust

So I’m loving the posts going around really digging into the details of Season 2 and I’d like to add one of my own that I haven’t seen covered yet.  Let’s talk about this:

This is one of the first times we see Shiro talking to his lion since the end of season 1 and its not at all the way we’ve seen the other Paladins talk to theirs so far.  To be fair, we’re skipping ahead in the conversation, which started out very much as a ‘we’ve got some work to do’ (implied ‘together’;) but it escalates to this point pretty quickly.  *side note?  Shiro is the only one not shown talking to his lion after the team comes out of the corrupted wormhole and crash lands on their respective planets/nebulas.  Maybe he does, but we get no indication of it the way we did with the others and I think that’s deliberate of the show writers.*  In season 1, we saw that Shiro had, possibly, the strongest bond with his lion in the flying blind incident so how did we get to the point where Shiro’s voice actually holds panic when he’s talking to his lion now?

That’s the easy part, really.  We all remember this scene.

Shiro basically gets kicked out of his own lion and, Zarkon controlled or not, it would be very hard for him to not feel as if the lion itself was, if not actively participating, at least complacent in the act.  This isn’t just a mindless mechanical response - it looks like a rejection of him as a pilot and as the pilot of the Black Lion.  Now we need to consider Shiro’s state of mind for a moment to understand just how deeply this would effect him.  For an entire year of his life, he hasn’t been treated as though he had any intrinsic worth at all.  He’s been a piece of meat, entertainment fodder, a pawn, a toy, a commodity.  He has had his physical and mental state forceably changed against his will.  All the things that probably make up what he considers himself have been ignored or outright mowed right over.  And he remembers just enough to know that - and not enough to know how deep the damage or the alien change inside of him has gone.  He’s someone that’s struggling to rebuild his sense of self, to figure out who he is and what his worth is and its not hard to suppose that his place as team leader, Black paladin and pilot of his lion are stones he’s been building a lot of his new foundation on.  ‘Defenders of the Universe, huh? It has a nice ring to it’ he says as everyone else is quietly freaking out over the concept.  This gives Shiro purpose, this assures him he’s still worth something, this helps tell him who he is beyond slave, gladiator, experiment.

And this has just summarily rejected him in favor of a universe crushing tyrant.

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This is gospel
For the fallen ones


It’s better if you turn the subtitles on. 

It’s mostly young justice, but Jason needed a tribute so there’s a bit from Under the Red Hood in here too. 

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Evenstar shawl knitted. Border lifelines not taken out yet and I have to block it. I had to frog it once at least 1/3 of the way through. I watched endless murder mysteries and crime procedurals while knitting. So this color is appropriate. It’s a wedding present for my cousin–the color is called “love is a verb.” I’ll take better photos once it’s blocked.

Powerful Spell to Enchant/Catch the Attention of Someone

This is a powerful spell to create an herbal/crystal sachet that will encourage someone specific to think you are particularly charming/beautiful. I have written the spell to be as non-invasive as possible and focus on your own charm rather than casting a spell on them. Best done during a waxing moon. You will need all or any combination of the following:

♥ Lemon balm (love attraction)

♥ Cardamom (love and lust)

♥ Catnip (luck, beauty, happiness and love)

♥ Cinnamon (love and lust)

♥ Rosemary (love, protection against negative energy)

♥ Lavender (beauty and love)

♥ Amethyst and/or quartz

♥ Paper and pen

♥ Pink, red, or white fabric (roughly 8x8 or 9x9 square) and cord

♥ Pink, red, purple, white candles

♥ Optional: Apricot Jam (love, charm, sweetness)

1. Cast your circle. Light your candles with romantic intent. Lay the square of fabric on your work surface.

2. On a small piece of paper, write your name and then write the name of your chosen below it. Fold the paper in half in a way so the names are touching each other. If you’d like, you can stick the pages together using a small amount of apricot jam.

3. Place the paper in the center of the fabric. Atop it, place your amethyst or quartz. Take a moment to charge the crystal with thoughts of what you want; visualize them smiling at you, kissing you, touching you, or even just looking your way.

4. One by one, sprinkle your herbs around the paper/crystal in the shape of a heart. The order doesn’t matter; just make sure to surround the center as best you can within the fabric. 

5. Once you’ve done so, hone in all your energy into the fabric and chant three times:

“Within this cloth lays my desire

To be charming and pretty for (name) to admire

May these herbs emphasize all the beauty in me

This is my will, so mote it be!”

6. Gather the corners of the fabric and tie the cord to enclose the contents. You can sleep with it under your pillow for 3 nights, carry it in your purse, or keep it at your altar. To break the spell, cut the cord, sprinkle the herbs outdoors and burn the piece of paper.

Just putting my two cents on this stupid drama even though most of the awesome reylo fam have stated this. 

Rian: “no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia, burning, unrequited love. In our story, that’s not a centerpiece.”

Using common sense and not reaching like petty cough ant*s cough you can pretty much understand what he said. 

1.  no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia ➜ He’s bluntly stating there is no carbon copy version of HanLeia in VIII, nor should there be.

2.  burning, unrequited love.➜ If you’ve done your research, you’d know Rian is prequel defender. You know he’s not talking about HanLeia. There’s nothing in their whole relationship that was unrequited,  Which OTP is he talking about which had “burning, unrequited love” in the prequel trilogy? ANIDALA. Anakin had an unrequited, burning love for Padme during most off EP II. She was rejecting him until the end of the film.

3. In our story, that’s not a centerpiece. ➜ Rian’s basically saying neither HanLeia or Anidala’s relationships are even remotely similar to the new (reylo/ also counting finnrose) relationship VIII.  “that’s not a centerpiece” What does centerpiece mean?“an item or issue intended to be a focus of attention.In contrast to Ep II, where the love-story was the main focus. Does that mean there will be no romance? NO. Because he did not state that. 

This is perhaps the best news for Reylo Fam because, Kylo in the general public is still not viewed in favorable light. He killed his father and has done heinous acts, all reminiscing of his grandfather. He’s not fleshed out enough for the general audience to side with him completely. They don’t read canon metas, databanks, books (like bloodline) like we do. We’re ahead of the pack a bit too much, so, to expect romance between Kylo and Rey so fast, it’s not what we should have. Kylo has to have full redemption arc. We need to see much more of his struggle against the light, more on his background, why he turned to the dark side. Adam Driver stated “Humanity” when asked about how Kylo was going to be like in VIII. Same with Rey, we need her to be fleshed out a bit more. More of her struggles as an orphan. Both of their struggles, shown throughout the film. This will strengthen the connection between them. CONNECTION. This is where Rian is headed towards. A deep, fulfilling, perplexing connection they will have. They’re both tortured souls, both longing to belong.  Carrie saying Rey is very forgiving. FORGIVENESS. It’s the meaning of Star Wars. Forgiving and pushing forward. Rey’s forgiveness and Kylo’s humanity.

Remember these lovely Rian J tweets?↴

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The Red String of Fate (simplified Chinese: 姻缘红线; traditional Chinese: 姻緣紅線; pinyin: Yīnyuán hóngxiàn), also referred to as the Red String of Marriage, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese and Korean culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of "the red thread” is believed to be Yuè Xià Lǎorén (月下老人), often abbreviated to Yuè Lǎo (月老), the old lunar matchmaker god, who is in charge of marriages.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined flame.

and in relation to that, this gem from Kylo’s canon databank ❝ He sensed his destiny and Rey’s were somehow intertwined, but how?❞

Something BIG is gonna happen in the trilogy, and it will be done in the slow-burner process. Deeper than any other OTP from the SW saga, it’s the first of it’s kind… It will change SW, bring the balance and cement the force-bond theory for the first time in the sw movies… Reylo. 

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Awkward Anime Episode 8.1: Kimi No Na Wa - The Red Thread of Fate

Director Makoto Shinkai was asked on numerous occasions when promoting his 2016 phenomenon Kimi No Na Wa about the inspiration behind the unusual connection of Mistuha and Taki, answering each time with the inclusion of a phrase that peaked my interest: The Red Thread of Fate.

“In Japan, there is always this talk about the red thread of fate that links two people together and that is where the idea came from.” 

The Red Thread of Fate is an East Asian belief originating from China which says that the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. We see a red thread or cord as a massive symbol of the connection between the two timeline-crossed lovers throughout the entire film, yet there is never a need to explain the meaning behind this.

There was no need in delving into this as the people of Japan are aware of this belief in which the myth says that everyone’s pinky finger is tied to an invisible red thread or string that will lead him/her to another person with whom they will make history. Unlike the Chinese, the belief among the Japanese people is that this red thread is not limited to couples and that the two people will have an important story regardless of the time, place or circumstances.

Makoto Shinkai made sure that this connection was indeed the main plot as he has stated on many occasions about how “The main theme here is these two people have met and then meet again at the end”. Yet the additions of the comedic body-swapping and the “once every 100 year” comet was just as important as the main theme. These three elements make this into truly a remarkable film.

The flawlessly animated skies with the comet seemingly running across the horizon was a perfect way for Shinkai to tell of the connection between Mitsuha and Taki. As the animated feature rolls on, we see skies lit up with stars to emphasise the effect of this natural phenomenon, but we know that it was indeed a method for showing the braided ties which links our two main characters.

According to the Chinese Legend of the red thread of fate, the deity in charge of the red thread is believed to be Yue Xia Laoren(Yue Lao), the old lunar matchmaker God, who is in charge of marriages.

Strings are resembled from the shooting stars, a deliberate method by the Writer turned Director to symbolise the linked teenagers. The main focus from the start of writing in 2014 was the connection between the protagonist and romantic interest and every element that was put forward in this animated feature were cleverly used plot devices, from the body-swapping to the natural disaster.

Makoto Shinkai did confirm that the 2011 Earthquake in Japan was where the idea of using the comet as a blockbuster element originated from. While doing research in early 2014, he discovered that the specific Earthquake to hit Japan in 2011 is said to come approximately every 100 years. The story teller wanted that something to really enhance the plot and keep the audience on the edges of their seats.

“I thought that that a regular natural phenomenon could be the narrative tool I needed to tell the story”

All of these elements produce to me not a romance, but that of a story where one desires a certain life, that feeling of being in a normal town with normal friends and a normal family. Though what is normal? By saying “normal” I do not mean at all a “perfected” lifestyle where everything you dream of is your reality. We humans wander through life working and striving for something. That something, is familiarity. The feeling of yeah, this is my simple life and it’s natural.

Mitsuha throwing her red thread to Taki on the train clearly shows the dedication Director Makoto Shinkai put into researching to create a masterpiece. The circumstances of the main characters challenge the strength of that bond fate created. Time passes, personalities change and grow, but the one and indeed only one constant, is that Red Thread of Fate. The labyrinth of encounters and shared stories the two go through to only always be a thread away from each other.

“This is a story centred around the romance of Taki and Mitsuha, I wanted a symbol that connected the two of them.”


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Check out previous Eps:

Ep 7 - The Boy and the Beast

Ep 6.2 - Fading innocence of Ame

Ep 6.1 - Wolf Children Poster

Ep 5 - My Neighbor Totoro

Ep 4 - Summer Wars

Ep 3 - Spirited Away

Ep 2 - Koe no Katachi

Home Protection Spell(s)

This is mainly for the super patient @poppyrosewitch who asked for these almost two weeks ago. I’ve been super busy with life and just now got around to posting this. I hope you can forgive me!!!

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1) House Protection Amulet

  • Two Birch Sticks (The Birch tree has great protective properties)
  • Red Thread (you can also use black or blue thread as well)
  • Optional: Any crystals that you want

What to Do:

  1. Form a cross with the two Birch sticks
  2. Bind them together with the red thread and hang this in your house (I recommend the heart of the home)
  3. For extra power/enhancement attach crystals to where the twigs meet, above, or underneath the cross. 

2) Door Protection

  • Place a Dill plant or a small bag of dried Dill near or above any doors of your room. (Dill is used for preventing anyone/thing that harbors hostile or envious feelings towards the members of the house.

3) Doorstep Rice Spell

  • Empty Jar (mason jar will be perfect)
  • Uncooked Rice (either white or brown up to you)

What to Do:

  1. Fill an open jar with the raw rice.
  2. Place jar by the main door (so your front door or the door most often used) for protection.
  3. Rice doesn’t repel evil but absorbs it, so you will have to replace the rice weekly to get rid of any negative energies that have been absorbed.
  4. Do NOT bring the rice into your home when you are replacing the old rice. Do NOT cook it either. Dispose of it outside by burning, tossing it away, or scattering it on the Earth. The pure energy of Mother Nature will cleanse the rice so don’t worry about putting the negative energies out into the world.

4) Home Protection Floor wash

What to Do:

  1. Add the War Water to a bucket of floor wash water with some vinegar
  2. Cleanse the floors and any surfaces you feel need to be cleansed as well.
  3. When the cleansing is complete, toss the used wash water out the back door (if you do not have a back door or window, you can just flush out the leftover water down the toilet).
  4. Rise the mop and bucket out thoroughly. Flush this rinse water down the toilet.

5) War Water Spell

  • Wash all thresholds, doorways, and gateways with some War Water (and vinegar if you want to add an extra boost) to set up a front line of defense against anything evil.

6) Witch’s Bottle: Protection Spell (Warning: This calls for a drop or two of Blood)

  • Three Pin (you can use red/black/blue pins)
  • Three Needles (any size will do)
  • Three Nails (again any size will do)
  • Lots of Salt
  • A glass/ceramic/stone/metal bottle (anything but plastic will work!)

What to Do:

  1. Place the three pins, needles, and nails into your bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with salt (enough to cover the pins, needles, and nails)
  3. Add three drops of your own blood (pricking your finger is the easiest and cleanest way)
  4. Seal the bottle securely, and bury it under the hearth or next to your home.

7) Witch’s Ladder: Protection Spell

The witch’s ladder is a magical device most often used with hexes, but it can also be used for protection! Witch’s ladders, whether malevolent or positive, may be physically indistinguishable, what separates them is the intent of their creator.

Three cords (one red, one black and the third color is up to you)

Feathers (recommended is peacock but use any feather that you feel a connection with/has strong protection properties)

What to Do:

  1. Braid the cords together, visualizing your intent and desires, continually and intently.
  2. Tie a feather to the bottom of the braid.
  3. Continue the braid until you have your desired number of feathers (remember that the numbers 5, 7, & 9 are highly recommend for protection spells).
  4. When complete pass the braid through incense smoke and keep it hidden away safely in a secret spot.

@rupphirebomb Day 3; Highschool/college AU!

I set them in my Family of Love au ( @askthefamilyoflove) where they first ‘‘met’’ and ‘’’’’fell’’’’ for eachother when they were designing props for their school play

lotsa nods to ‘The Answer’ as well as a red string of fate, or in this case, a red cable cord that caused the Gay Fall tm :3c

“ According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. […] The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined flame. ”

Have some Klangst. Its almost Friday.

Crimson Cord

The Red String of Fate:

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb 


Rick’s the only one who can see them.

Those shiny, glowing crimson cords that wrapped themselves around the pinky, frail-looking and resembling the silky threads of a spider web. They were a bright blood red in color, stark obvious against skin, as if it was screaming for its presence to be acknowledged. They tangled and twisted and knotted in impossible shapes, yet they stretched fluidly to keep the fated people connected.

So delicate, so beautiful were these strings, that one would almost expect them to break at the slightest feathery touch. And so varied they were, that Rick thought at times that they were actually representations of the diversity of humans.

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THE RED STRING OF FATE

According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of “the red thread” is believed to be Yue Xia Lao (月下老), the old lunar matchmaker god, who is in charge of marriages.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined flame.

Why you should give Rock Dog a chance:
  • Rather lovely visuals, fantastic lighting effects and expressive animation.
  • Fleetwood Yak
  • The campy, hilarious anti-hero that is Angus Scattergood. 
  • Really good music like REALLY good and not just the main theme the whole score is hella good and the guitar oh my god the guitar.
  • Fleetwood Yak
  • Honestly the whole world design is really fun and simple, very reminiscent of a level in an old video game in a good way. And everything works and has reasoning and makes sense it was obviously well thought out.
  • Charming characters?? Bodi is a sweetheart and deserves nothing but good things??? I loved Darma she is so nice and jaded but she never lets it make her mean??? And the ‘evil’ wolves were genuinely funny I loved them almost as much as the heroes. 
  • The running gag of Sheep being forgetful is pretty funny and never gets old. 
  • You cannot convince me that the two wolves(Skozz and Riff) who are tasked with capturing Bodi are not boyfriends ok they are cute and dating and I love them.
  • Same director as Surf’s Up and that movie is a blessing so???
  • The actual mean characters gets what’s comin’ to them.
  • No potty humor?? Or problematic jokes??? Just all around good humor that isn’t at the expense of anyone and puns? DO YOU KNOW HOW RARE THAT IS????
  • Character Redemption.
  • Dumpster Pizza.
  • Bodi has some tough lessons to learn but it never makes him like mean or anything and in the end the world was just as good as he always believe it to be and I love that?????
  • Fleetwood Yak
  • There is a sheep who just walks around in a towel the whole movie. 
  • A sick end guitar battle with fucking fantastic visual effects and music.
  • A good message about not letting where you come from define you but ALSO never forgetting your roots and the people who made you who you are?? Which was surprisingly deep???
  • “Can we get a RED cord for the RED phone, please?” 
  • Really sweet and surprisingly down-to-earth father-son relationship. 
  • A goat character has a spiritual experience while staring at a french fry.
  • Lewis Black and J. K. Simmons and Mae Whitman like hot damn good voice talent? And it really shows.
  • THE BOOK
  • Fucking Fleetwood Yak.
  • Did I mention the music because holy hell the MUSIC.
  • I was smiling the whole time the whole thing was so charming ugh bless.
  • Honestly it was just a good movie and it really shows that the people who worked on it really cared about it and loved it and made it the best they could and that alone should be enough to convince you to see it so SEE IT.