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Angel Lore: The Choirs

There has been some recent interest in Angel Lore, so I thought I would share some from my own original story, Trinity.  This lore is the amalgamation of more than a decade of research into the stories.  I’ve drawn influence from Dante’s Devine Comedy, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the Bible (including the apocryphal Book of Enoch) and many other sources.  There is some of my own flair added to it, for story, character and a  cohesive mythology.  

What you are about to read is not the entirety of the lore, but a lot of it.  Somethings I’ve decided to hold back because they are spoilers for later stories.  

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

Angels

Angels are divided into three spheres which are, in turn, divided into three choirs for a total of nine choirs.  The upper sphere manages Heaven the middle sphere manages the universe and the lowest sphere manages the inhabitants of the universe.  The seven upper choirs each have a Ruling Prince.  These Princes are also the seven Archangels.  

Sphere 1

Seraphim

The highest choir of angels, the name literally means “burning ones”.  They are the caretakers of the Throne and, with the exception of their Archangel, remain close to the Temple of the Tetragrammaton.  They have six wings, two from their back, two on their waist and one of each wrist.  Tall and made of light and fire, they are both beautiful and terrible.  With a few exceptions, any human that looks upon them would go mad and never recover.

Cherubim

The guardians of knowledge, these creatures are not the small childlike creatures one typically expects.  Cherubs are massive, hulking creatures with more similarities to a griffin than a toddler.  With the head of an eagle, the mane of a lion, the body of a man and the legs of a bull, Cherubs are anything but cute.  They have four wings, two from the back and two from the waste.  Several sit as guards to sacred places, including Eden, the Pearly Gates and Temple of the Tetragrammaton.  The rest manage the Library, where all thought has been recorded and managed.  

Ophanim

Sometimes described as the Chariot of God, this is slightly incorrect.  The majority of Ophanim appear as great horses with the proportions of a clydesdale.  Their mane, feet and tail burn with the light and fire of creation.  Great wings emerge from their back, allowing them to fly.  They pull the Chariot of God and, during the War, acted as mounts to the Archangels.  

Galgallin

A subset of Ophanim, these beings are the Chrariots of God.  They appear similar to atomic structure, with several wheels wrapped around a single core.  The outside of each wheel is covered with what are thought to be eyes, but are in fact the Symbol of Heaven, a black dot within a white sphere.  

Sphere 2

Dominions

The Dominions manage the physical universe.  They enforce the Laws of Physics and keep the universe from falling into entropy and going cold.  They rarely make themselves known to humans and often work in secret.  These angels, like all the choirs below, appear more or less like winged humans, although Dominion long ears with diamond tips.

Virtues

The Virtues manage life.  They bring it to fruition, manage evolution, oversees habitats and collect the souls of the dead.  The will often only appear to humans in their duties of psychopomps, usually hooded and with a small reaping blade.  They have long, pointed chins and long, pointed ears, giving them an elvish appearance.  

Powers

The Powers are perhaps the most mysterious of the choirs.  Some say they are just the enforcers of the the two previous choirs.  Others say they are soldiers in Heaven’s army.  Some say that they are fiercely loyal to God and none have ever fallen.  Some say that the largest portion of fallen angels came from this choir.  These short, stocky angels certainly appear like fierce warriors, always armored, carrying shields and short broad swords.  But their true task if known only to Archangels.  

Sphere 3

Principalities

Simply put, these guys are the middle management of Heaven.  They take orders from the upper choirs and pass them to the lower.  They pass reports upwards and they ensure everyone is doing their jobs correctly.  In many ways, they are bureaucrats, being meticulously organized and thorough.  It isn’t a glamorous job, but they do it.  

Archangels

Don’t let their low rank on this list fool you, the Archangels are the most powerful of all the angelic choirs.  Consisting of the seven Ruling Princes of the previous seven choirs, the Archangels are often called upon to interact directly with the physical world in errands and missions too important of complex for anyone else.  Ruled by the Metatron, the viceroy of Heaven who belongs in no choir, the Archangels consist of Micha-el, Gabri-el, Rapha-el, Uri-el, Azra-el, Sari-el and Remi-el.

Angels

The lowest but not the least important.  They are the Messengers of God and interact the most with the Physical World with some Angels never returning to Heaven for several long centuries.

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels interact with humans on a regular basis, although we often don’t know it.  They can’t interfere with our freewill, but can do small things to guide us towards to the right decision or away from danger.

Putti

Don’t let their toddler like appearance fool you, Putti are beings of love and passion.  Not simply romantic love, they can inspire your feelings of passion in your work and subject matter.  

Grigori

Also known as the Watchers, the Grigori observe the natural world.  The closest to humans, they have no wings and appear as large, bearded men.  They even have functioning reproductive organs as several mated with human women, spawning the Nephilim, a race of giants also called Titans. These beasts ruled the Earth until their own offspring, the Olympians, threw them down.  

So this is it for Angel Lore for right now.  If this is popular, I’ll do more parts discussing the specific Archangels, the Hierarchy of Hell and even the realms of Otherworld.  I’ll also be posting more artwork of the different choirs and characters.  I have some stuff that’s a couple years old now that I need to update.  As I do, I’ll post it here.  

dreadlord-mr-son replied to your post “Friendly reminder that de-aging is an actual canonical thing real…”

Er… the thing about lobsters not aging is a myth. They can totally die of old age.

No, okay, so this is actually a really neat subject!  Thank you for the excuse to babble.

To clarify, I am basing this off of discussions with a labmate/colleague who is doing his postdoctoral research on aging, with arthropods as a study system.  (He’s not working on lobsters, though.  Although that would be awesome.)

So lobsters are certainly not immortal.  They have a general lifespan, estimated at about 100 years or so.  Lobsters die! But, what lobsters don’t do, precisely is age.  Or, more specifically, they have what’s called ‘negligible senescence’, where senescence means deterioration with age.  

Organisms with negligible senescence perform neither reproductively nor functionally worse as they get older, and, in the case of lobsters are actually more fit the older they get.  This is because they get BIGGER, and bigger lobsters are less likely to get eaten, etc.  

A 100 year old lobster is a super-stud.

However, as in all things, there are trade-offs.  See, as an arthropod, you have to shed your skin to grow.  The bigger you are, the more energetically costly it is to molt.  And eventually, you’re going to try to molt, and the process is going to be so draining you’re going die of exhaustion before you finish.

So, yeah.  Lobsters don’t die of old age in the traditional sense: accumulated oxidative damage, mutations, deterioration of function.  Lobsters die of massive, exhausting molting marthons gone wrong.

Other organisms with (maybe) negligible senescence: hydras, naked mole rats (eusocial mammals, so cool!), some turtles, some trees, some clams.

it’s 4am and idk why i wrote this but i felt like it lol. but anyway here are some loose thoughts i’ve been having and these don’t form the entirety of my process but here’s where i am u prolly need tuh skip this if you are very invested in privilege politics (which i reject lol). locating women’s oppression in the qualities of their biology reifies conservative ideas about how the supremacy of men over women is inevitable (this is biological determinism); if women are oppressed by nature then inequality will be seen as natural and fighting against it would be seen as a farce. the location of women’s oppression isn’t determined by the fact of their reproductive capacity, but rather in the ways that both their productive and reproductive capacities have historically & socially been regulated through class society in order to maintain their lower socio-economic power relative to men of similar class standing for hundreds of years. the social devaluation and hatred of vulvas, uteri, menstruation etc etc stems from misogynist ideology put in place to obfuscate, justify, and perpetuate women’s oppression and relegate women’s social worth entirely to reproductive exploitation. women do not all have the same physical bodies or reproductive functions, and all women’s bodies are degraded, however this does not mean that there is no history behind how vulvas, uteri, menstruation etc are seen socially in terms of misogyny.

the way these misogynist ideologies harm nontrans and trans women will have commonalities, and there are also differences that need to be taken seriously to account for how and why they experience misogyny in particular ways (so yes, for example, women who can become pregnant must talk about pregnancy in relation to the socioeconomic & ideological struggles that motherhood forms for them as women when they need to, and women who cannot become pregnant must not be pathologized and they too need to discuss their various positions in terms of womanhood wrt reproduction & motherhood when they need to). women’s various forms of embodiment cannot be divorced from how they experience womanhood; it is imperative that women do not pathologize each other’s bodies or attempt to silence each other. and equally important, women should form bonds, relationships, coalitions among each other and empathize with each other. to me it’s not about having the perfect theory, but about having empathy and healing relationships and accountability so women can suppress and eliminate the patriarchal ideas we project on each other. there is a very real trauma all women feel and all of it needs to be recognized so perhaps one day our descendants don’t have it as bad as we do. we ought to celebrate when we can. as audre lorde says — ‘It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.’

to suppress patriarchy there needs to be a fight waged against misogynist ideology and against the social and material issues that lie at the foundation of women’s oppression (among a plethora of other things - patrarchy is primarily a woman’s issue but it is not solely a woman’s issue after all) so their standard of living may be improved. maybe when i’m less sleepy i’ll expound of race and geolocation but i got chicken tenders to eat.

Undertale and asexuality

Monsters come in a wide variety of physical configurations including “a rope on fire” and “an ice cube if you take their hat off”

Monster bodies are made of magic, not fleshy physical stuff like water, lipids, and proteins. Do they even have DNA?

Monster reproduction could function so differently from human reproduction that they might not even require anything humans would recognize as sex.

Hypothetically speaking, what we’d define as a romantic asexual could be the cultural default for monsters.

On a mostly unrelated note, they could also not have cultural defaults regarding sexual and romantic orientation, which would be even better. After all, the lesbian fish warrior and the bi nerd lizard hooking up was not at any point regarded as unusual.

anonymous asked:

What I'm curious about is whether or not Alucard semen would be white like normal, or blood. And if it's blood, would it be watery, or thick? I'm curious because I've only read two fics where his semen was blood. Which doesn't really (part 1)

Doesn’t really make sense since his tears are blood and I don’t think he’s ever sweat in the anime, but if his tears are blood, why wouldn’t his sweat? If he even can. So with that logic, wouldn’t his semen be blood or at least TINGED pink? (Part 2)


I should just rename this blog inside-alucards-trousers……
This is actually my life.

Well, If I’m going to answer this then I’m going to answer this right! ( since you sent it two parts you clearly want answers,) Lets look at Alucard like a biology project!

Alucard’s Blood tears:
It’s heavily implied that the reason Alucard cries blood and not Seras is because Alucard’s tears stopped when he finally lost his humanity.
Realistically he probably shouldn’t be able to produce tears if that’s the case, but we’re dealing with the biggest male primadonna ever so why wouldn’t it be blood tears?

Alucard and His anatomy:
Well, I guess first we should address that in all likelihood, Alucard is still genetically a human male, test his blood and it’ll tell you his sex, nationality, blood type ect.
His corporeal form is a human male, so it’s safe to assume he still manifests all the necessary equipments downstairs. 
And if vampire media is anything to go by, vampires clearly do because they seem to really like sex.
SO
There was a previous weird thread discussing if Alucard need to piss. Basing assumptions on Vampire Bats it was decided by the fandom that yes Alucard passes urine, meaning he has a working renal system and winky.
Assuming Alucard still has a functional reproductive system ( can have and maintain an erection, reach orgasm ect) it’s unlikely it’s deviated from the human norm, meaning I don’t think he’d be passing blood in place of semen. If he did that’s a medical condition and he needs to see a GP for referral.

Semen’s consistency and taste ect can be altered based on diet. 
So looking at what semen and blood is made of….

Blood:
Your blood is made up of liquid and solids. The liquid part, called plasma, is made of water, salts, and protein. Over half of your blood is plasma. The solid part of your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.  
A lot of blood is water.

Most of what he eats is gonna be digested the old fashioned way just the Vampire Bat. And vampire bats also have normal coloured semen. (I have done some fucked up google searches for you today).

Semen:
Semen is only one percent sperm; the rest is composed of over 200 separate proteins, as well as vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, chlorine, citric acid, fructose, lactic acid, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin B12, and zinc 

Conclusion:
Everything inside semen is secreted by the body….so looking at what Alucard eats, he’s probably horribly deficient in a LOT of vitamins which means he’ll have next to no sperm mobility and a very low sperm count (if he even still produces them) and it’s probably kind of watery and clear with the lack of protein……..
This probably explains why vampires have such difficulty reproducing legitimate offspring of their own and why dhampirs aren’t all that common.

ur telling me that Voldemort split his soul into seven parts and still had a fully-functional reproductive system……..bye

IMAGINE Kanan summoning Ezra for a special Jedi lesson: Sex Ed...

Ezra: Oh no.

Kanan: So this was what I was taught at the Temple. So pay attention closely, because this is important. *deep breath* Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

*Over a Decade Ago*

Caleb Dume: Master Billaba, what’s sex?

Depa: Oh, young Caleb, it’s the biological distinction between reproductive functions applied to species.

Caleb: I mean, what’s sexual intercourse?

Depa: Ummmmmmmmm… Why don’t my old master, your grandmaster explain it to you.

Mace Windu: So you see, my grandpadawan, it’s… Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… Why don’t the Council try to answer this

*Later*

The entire circle of the Council: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

Master Ki-Adi-Mundi: Hey wait, I’m one of the few Jedi allowed to marry. I got four wives and that resulted in seven darling little girls. So young Dume, I can testify that…– 

*Yoda makes a slit throat gesture at him*

Master Ki-Adi-Mundi: Oh, I’m sorry, Dume, I mean… Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

*BACK TO THE PRESENT*

Kanan: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm… and that’s it.

Ezra: Wait, what?

Kanan: That doesn’t satisfy you?

Ezra: That’s it?

Kanan: Yeah, that’s literally it. That’s how the lesson went at the Jedi Temple. At first I thought it was just some kind of riddle that got past along, but that’s literally all there is to sex. So there you go.

Ezra: Oh, that wasn’t a bad lesson.

Kanan: Now if you would excuse me, I’m going to have regularly scheduled alone time with Hera.

6

Clear was a regular girl (albeit, foreign) before she got in a really bad car accident.  most of her skin was burnt severely, and the impact left her with fractures, a damaged lung, and no activity in her brain.  Clear remembers nothing of her previous life.

After being in a Coma for some time, with no family to speak of, the hospital was going to pull the plug, but Toue had other plans for her.

Curious to see if he could use mechanical parts in a human body to control them, he took her body form the hospital and got to work.  Her body still functioned, but she had no brain activity.  she was a blank slate to work with, so Toue created the first ever HUMAN Alpha.  She looks like an Alpha and her mind is wired to the signal of scrap.  her hearing and strength is also enhanced, and her vocal chords are artificial, so she can produce Dye music.

he replaced the fractured bones with stronger mechanical ones, and installed reactors up her spine to bring activity back to her brain.  As a result, her mind works very similarly to how it would as a robot, since that brain activity comes form her artificial parts.  Her reproductive system was still functional, but after giving birth to Tori it became obsolete since it wasn’t being supported by machinery.  One day her heart will do the same, the question is when.

She used to have a safety lock mechanism too, that would begin to shut down the devices sending signals to her brain if she were ever to attack her master or a fellow Alpha.  That’s gone now, for reasons.

the same story occurred with a scientist taking pity on her half human heart and taking her away from Toue’s lab.  That man she still considers her “grandpa”

The disease which is passed from mother to daughter is the disease of being female – an abject creature not far removed from the animal world and one dominated totally by her feelings and reproductive functions.
—  Barbara Creed, The Monstrous Feminine: Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis.

*Edited because I was incorrect on one point, now better reflects the current science. 

Not so fun facts you probably didn’t know about why honeybees are dying off:

Commercial honey production is highly questionable in its practices. They use thin plastic sheets with specifically sized cells already in place for bees to draw comb off of. This comb is unnaturally large for worker bees, but too small to produce drones, the male bees whose only function is reproduction. When wild bees draw their own comb, worker bee comb is significantly smaller and there are many many more drones produced than in foundation-based hives.

Due to the lowered production of drones, who can’t help honey production and are thus considered worthless by commercial honey producers but are essential to the species as a whole, there is a distinct lack of genetic diversity. This, coupled with wild habitat destruction that’s killed off so many wild hives, means that almost all currently kept strains of bee have functionally identical genetics. Which is awful, to say the least, especially for a species that’s already struggling to fight off new parasites.

Their genetics are further weakened by the reliance on chemical treatments to fight parasites. The parasites are getting more resistant, and weaker lines are being preserved.

The other main culprits are constant habitat destruction, pollution, insecticides and pesticides, and the tendency to treat bee swarms as pests (DO NOT DO THIS. DO NOT CALL AN EXTERMINATOR. CALL A BEEKEEPER.)

Support local beekeepers who practice sustainable beekeeping with a focus on the survival of the bees and not on honey production. Don’t buy commercial honey.

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The Egyptian snake mythology goes beyond deities to encompass another understanding, also expressed in the Hindu concept of Kundalini and the Eastern concept of Chi. It is the life force as it expresses itself, and the cycles it makes.  The spine is the central navigating path for the life force, which the Egyptians call Ka. This life force, understood in Hindu mythology as the chakra system, expresses itself through  seven energy centers in the astral body which  correspond to nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column. Gordon and Schwabe speak of the “Egyptian association of ‘back’ and 'spine’ with magical powers”, and notes “the Egyptian word psd for 'spine’…with a different determinative also means 'to give light’, 'to gleam’, 'to shine’.

(The Quick and the Dead, pages 88-89) I found the hieroglyphs in Budge’s two volume dictionary:   While searching for that word, I found another word for ‘spine’, and with the determinative for ‘7’, it means “the seven magical knots” of protection. Here ‘seven’ is expressly associated with the spine! Returning to our snakes, "a snake is mostly a living spinal column”, (TQatD, page 109) something the Egyptians noticed, see snake-spine illustration, which comes from a ‘Magician’s Manual’: 

The Egyptians understood the vivifying nature of the spine, endowed “with life-giving properties. Texts from the Old Kingdom on mention the back (spine) or the bones which comprise it (i.e. the neck, trunk and tail vertebrae) in contexts that suggest they were all believed to fulfill magic or physiological functions in reproduction and revivification of the dead. Thus, in PT Utterance 336, the king says to the sun god ‘Hail to you, Bull of bulls, when you rise, I grasp you by your tail, I grip you by the root of your tail (?) … As for my corpse, it is rejuvenated.’ And similarly, in PT Utterance 539, ‘I will ascend and rise up to the sky. My spine is the Wild Bull;…[my vertebrae (?) are the two Enneads; I will ascend and rise up to the sky.’’’ (TQatD, page 95)
The Egyptian word for ‘Bull’ is the same word for the vital life force, ‘KA’, possibly the sameness due to their belief that bulls were especially “high in this energy or life force.” (Ibid, page 82)
Interestingly, the bull also enjoys a special role in Hindu mythology, as Nandi is the bull which Shiva rides and is the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati. The yogic notion of ‘prana’, the vital breath, is most similar to the Egyptian ‘ka’. However, the the Oriental ‘Ch’i’, ‘qi’ or ‘ki’, the vital force which flows, even has a similar sound.
As one Egyptian word for ‘spine’ has associations with ‘to shine’, so does the Egyptian glyph for ‘Ka’, the two hands outstretched; if it is combined with other glyphs, also means ‘to shine’ or ‘to be radiant’: 

To return back to the Pyramid Texts”, one passage “tells us that the King 'absorbed the seven frontal cobras [uraei] which then became the seven frontal vertebrai which commanded the entire dorsal spine'”. (Lucie Lamy in _Egyptian Mysteries_, page 170)
In Utterance 478, the king exclaims:
I am the Eye of Horus…I ascend to the sky upon the ladder of the god [Seth].
I appear as the uraeus which is on the vertex of Seth.“
(From _The Midnight Sun_, by Alan F. Alford, page 266)
This concept of Set being as a ladder is born out elsewhere, for Alford in _Midnight Sun_ declares "the Seth-animal was drawn with its ears and tail in the shape of the hieroglyph for the prop of the sky” (Ibid, 294). Most scholars agree the Was scepter bears the head of Set. Also, Wilkinson in _Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art_ shows Was scepters shown standing on the hieroglyph denoting earth (ta) and holding up the sky (pet hieroglyph), Set, as son of Nut, the sky goddess, and son of Geb, the earth god, forms then the ladder from earth to heaven ( page 139):

Perhaps then we can better understand the image of the Was scepter supporting an uraeus (page 11) from a 12th dynasty North Pyramid of Lisht. Not only is the was scepter an emblem of Set’s power, Alan F. Alford reveals “according to G.A. Wainwright the djed-pillar at Busiris (Djedu) belonged originally to Seth prior to its reassignment to Osiris.“ (Alford, Midnight Sun, page 294) The djed pillar represents the spine. The spine gives support to the chakras via the nerve ganglia. Note, too, the serpent in that relief is carrying the ‘shen’ glyph (=eternity), meaning it carries the way to immortality of the spirit.
DeLubicz via Paul LaViolette speaks of the Was (uas) as "a living branch that conducts nourishing, vivifying sap, fluid that ascends…” and even found some Was scepters that were “made from the living branch of a tree that had been cut so as to include a section of the lower source branch as well as two offshoots coming from its upper end (figure 2.5)." 

The Met museum has examples of wooden Was fragments.
This is the concept of the sap coming up from the earthly root. Although the Taoist internal yogic tradition only speaks of three energy centers (or ‘Tan Tien’), they do speak of the root area and endeavor to build Chi pressure in the lower Tan Tien through 'contraction of the anus and perineum’. Through the breath and this drawing inwards and upwards, they increase their Ch’i.
Another Egyptian scepter, the Wadj, a stylized depiction of the papyrus plant, also conveys the idea of sap ascending from the root. “Wadj-amulets were worn by the living as well as the dead,” and the glyph of a stylized papyrus stem meant “green’ and 'flourishing” (From _Papyrus_, by R. B. Parkinson, Stephen Quirke, Ute Wartenberg, and Bridget Leach, page 11). Here we are back to Wadj and 'Wadjet/Uatchit’, and 'the seven companions of Uatchit’, noted by Budge, and the cobra goddess’s shrine, the 'per-nu’, or 'house of flame’.
‘House of flame’, the spine with its radiating centers is a house of the kundalini flame which rises up. Here are two scarabs showing the god Set with a rising uraeus: 

The small faience scarab (above, left) is from 19th to 21st Dynasty, and shows the god Set with
an uraeus. The other one with Set and two uraei is from Ramses II’s time. As we have seen before, the uraeus has associations with kingship:
"Pepi is the one who has grasped the White Crown,
The one upon whom is the curl of the Red Crown;
Pepi is the uraeus which proceeded from Seth,
The uraeus which moves back and forth, acquiring and fetching:
Restore Pepi to health, restore him to life…”
Adapted from two different translations of utterance 570 of the Pyramid Texts, Pepi I: Vestibule, West and East Walls:
_The Literature of Ancient Egypt_, edited by William K. Simpson, pages 260-261
_The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts_,James P. Allen and Peter Der Manuelian, page 178
The Egyptians weren’t the only ones to be concerned with the soul’s immortality, the Oriental yogic system also was/is. “The nei tan or 'inner alchemical’ school was concerned with the development of the nei qi, or inner qi… Few martial artists today realize that the concept of the tan tien (tanden in Japanese) derives from the Taoist internal yogic tradition; the term tan (or dan) refers to the secret drug of immortality that participants in the yogic tradition believed could be developed in the area of the lower belly (the tien, literally, 'field’). Thus, tan tien translates as the 'field of the elixir of immortality.’“ (_Ba Gua: Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art_, by John Bracy, page 11)
There are three of these tan tiens, a lower tan tien which correlates either to the solar plexus or lower back chakra, a middle tan tien which correlates to the heart chakra, and an upper tan tien which correlates to the third eye/ uraeus chakra. It’s interesting that while the nei qi school
doesn’t count seven fields, they do speak of the importance of the root area, as mentioned earlier. They endeavor to build Chi pressure in the lower Tan Tien through 'contraction of the anus and perineum’. (_Tan Tien Chi Kung: Foundational Exercises for Empty Force and Perineum Power, by Mantak Chia, page 69)

In Coffin text, spell 612 the reciter declares "I have swallowed the seven uraei”, (Ritner, _The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice_, page 104). ‘Swallowing’ has magical implications, not necessarily with physical consumption (although a spell may include such), but it is to facilitate the intake of heka, the magical energy-force. Here are some correspondences between the chakras and Egyptian concepts: 

In the Pyramid text, Unis ‘eats’ the magic of men and gods. “Unis’s privileges will not be taken from him, for he has swallowed the Perception of every god.” The ‘belly’ is understood to be the repository of heka, as the Pyramid text speaks of “their belly filled with magic”. Can this be aligned to the Manipura chakra, known as the ‘Power chakra’? So equipped, Unis is very powerful indeed:
“For Unis’s kas are about him, his guardian forces under his feet,
his gods atop him, his uraei on his brow;
for Unis’s lead uraeus is on his forehead,
ba when seen and akh for shooting fire;
for Unis’s powers are on his torso.”
Unis: Antechamber, East Gable and Wall page 51
_The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts_, translated by Allen and Der Manuelian
“Unis’s lead uraeus is on his forehead”, like the “Ajna” chakra, which leads by ‘perceiving and commanding’:
“I ascend to the sky upon the ladder of the god Seth”, says the king in the Pyramid texts, how interesting that even the chakra site uses the word “ladder”:
“Together, the seven chakras form a connecting ladder between matter and consciousness, body and mind, Earth and Heaven.” {llewellynencyclopedia.com/article/249} by: Anodea Judith) The ladder begins with the Muladhara chakra, which has its roots in matter and proceeds upwards to the crown chakra, which “is the place where we study consciousness itself.” {llewellynencyclopedia.com/article/258} by: Anodea Judith.)
Kundalini is the "force” of consciousness”, which Setians call the ‘gift of Set’, that enables the entire process.
Another website on Kundalini Yoga says “The Kundalini is the internal fire that ignites our
Soul” {kundaliniyoga.org/kyt08.html}. Likewise, this seems a fair definition of another Setian term, the ‘Black Flame’. Kundalini is also described as a flame which rises up. (Remember the Egyptian word ‘Iaret’, ‘she who rises up’?) Although it is usually fairly quiet, resting about the lower back chakra, I have felt the little energy ball (aka ‘Ch’i ball’) shoot upwards incandescent, blazing all the way up the spine. Ever since this experience, the Setian term “Black Flame” has had this additional meaning for me.
Returning to yogic thought, Evola notes “Arthur Avalon remarked: ‘As the diamond is hard and indestructible, and as the thunderbolt is powerful and irresistible, likewise the term vajra is used to describe that which is stable, permanent, indestructible, and powerful.’ A special kind of scepter used during magical rituals and ceremonies symbolizes the vajra and is even called by the same word.” (_The Yoga of Power_, page 217)
The Was scepter when it is spiraled is called djam (tcham), and “The spiral shaft of the djam-sceptre might be an imitation of lightning.”(TeVelde, SGoC, page 90)

Lightning moves downwards, which Evola explains it is a sort of “command of those who have reached this supreme plane is like a thunderbolt that travels along the entire hierarchy,
starting from the top until it reaches the vibrations at the very bottom, which shape matter. This is the so-called vajra-vak, the diamond-thunderbolt of the living word.” (TYoP, page 13) The cyclical nature then allows the initiate to ‘shape matter’. Then he begins again at the bottom, as Evola describes the process of upward moving chakras:
“Through the earth chakra one acquires an extraordinary material strength. Through the water chakra one may acquire youthful energies, thus neutralizing the processes of aging and of organic decay (“The Water of Life”). Through the fire chakra one acquires the power of transforming and of dissolving the elements (this corresponds to the Hermetic saying solve et coagula).” (TyoP, page 184)
The fire (Manipura) chakra is the HEKA chakra, the seat of magical force and its transmission.
A frequent phrase concerning possessing magical powers is, “’…I have filled my belly with magic…” (Coffin Text spell 239), “I have called to mind all the magic which is in my belly.”
(Coffin Text spell 657), both via Ancient Egyptian Magic by Bob Brier, pages 124, 126) The earlier Pyramid texts declare “Unis’s powers are on his torso.” (_The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts_, translated by James P. Allen, page 51)
The first three chakras are enabling inner powers, as sacredcenters.com explains, “self-preservation, self-gratification, and self-definition”. What do the upper chakras enable?
The fifth, sixth and seventh chakras are powers aiming outwards, the fifth towards communication, the sixth towards perception, and psychic faculties, and the seventh towards connection that goes beyond time or space. You may even meet there your ‘Self ahead of self’, and thereby receive wisdom from your future self.
And where is the heart, the center? “The heart is mentioned frequently throughout the rest of the BD [Book of the Dead] in a wide variety of contexts because, among other things, the heart was considered to be the seat of the emotions and the intellect.” (The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day_, by Faulkner and others, page 151)
The heart chakra is the integrator of opposites in the psyche. Ritner makes reference to “heart of Hermes (=Thoth)” (_The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice_, page 40) Thoth, called “the son of the two lords” (_Seth, God of Confusion, TeVelde, page 44) reconciles the two lords, so the heart can be seen as balancing (reconciling) the inner realm of Set with the outer realm of Horus.
There are images of Antewy, a combined form of Horus and Set, standing amidst a series of uraei. I think the following two images are illustrating the ‘chakras’, with the position of Set-Horus at the center, the heart chakra.
The heart is “the insubstantial centre of being… Everything comes from the heart and returns to it, it sends forth and it receives.” (_Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt_, by Christian Jacq, page 17) “It is the magician’s access to knowledge that entitles him to claim, ‘I am the master of life in whom life is eternally renewed…’” (Ibid, page 35)

“The magician goes out at night, in the darkness, with Horus in front of him and Seth at his right hand…” His message to anyone who would threaten him, “’I am Horus-Seth,’ he proclaims, thus creating an extraordinary union, beyond duality, beyond ‘good’ or ‘evil’. (Ibid, page 115)
During Egypt’s Late Period, Setne Khamuast, (aka Setem Khaemwaset), Ramses II’s fourth son, known to be an extraordinary magician during his lifetime, makes an appearance in Demotic tales. John Ray, who wrote about “The First Egyptologist" declares “The Setne of these tales is sometimes recognisable as the scholarly priest…“ who then goes through wild adventures as "here we find Setne in characteristic style, reading hieroglyphs on temple walls, when he receives a tip-off that a book containing the secrets of the universe is hidden in an ancient tomb.” (_Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt_, page 95)
In “The Romance of Setna Khaemuas”, he seeks after the Scroll of Thoth. He did go into that tomb, and found the scroll, as well as having a long conversation with the ghost of the mummy in that tomb. Naneferkaptah, the ghost, predicts he will return this scroll bearing “a forked stick in his hand and a brazier of fire on his head.” (The Literature of Ancient Egypt, edited by William Kelly Simpson, page 463)
As we have seen, the was (uas) and spiraled djam (tcham) scepters all are forked, and some were even made of sticks. The ‘brazier of fire’ likely refers to what the Hindus call the ‘crown chakra’, brilliantly luminous.
The magician finds the secrets, and learns the methods.
The symbolism is abundantly clear how the ancient Egyptians saw the evolving human with evolving consciousness, rising upwards to become the akh, the immortal, luminous, effective spirit. Serpent imagery is used flexibly to illustrate this, which those of us on the quest for sovereignty seek. Meanwhile, in ancient times, those in the know would understand the subtle meanings which might pass the ordinary person by. The tomb worker, the farm worker might not know the subtlety, as he made his appeals to Meretseger and Renenutet for boons, feeling much of his life not under his control. But I like to imagine that a few of the common workers had a clue of enticing mysteries drawing them forward, sensing “Ir Shti Shta-tu!”
For it is like that today, a fortunate few have a clue of these enticing mysteries. The past has left clues, and that which was suppressed for many centuries is coming to light. Fragments of ancient knowledge still exist for us to tease out clues. However, today literacy is not limited to only the nobility and the priesthood. Today, anyone with burning curiosity may seek the mysteries, possibly thereby returning from the search, as Setne of old, bearing “a forked stick in his hand and a brazier of fire on his head.”

The essence of women’s oppression is the denial of our autonomy, particularly in regard to our sexual and reproductive functions; though restrictions on women’s access to economic resources have been a major means of keeping us in our place, the object has been less to create a class of specially exploited workers than to ensure our dependence on marriage and subordination to men.
—  Ellen Willis, quoted in Feminist Interpretations of Emma Goldman (2007)
Do you think Caleb Dume ever approached Depa Billaba with “Master, what’s sex?”

One day, Caleb is being all inquisitive as usual, 

“Master, why are droids programmed to feel pain, that doesn’t make them inefficient?”

“Master, why does Yoda speak in constant riddles that take time to solve. Couldn’t he just cut to the chase and give us the answer to make things go faster?”

And then,

“Master, what’s sex?”

“Oh, young Padawan, um, either of the two categories in which species are divided according to their reproductive functions.”

“Master, what’s sexual intercourse?”

And being that the Jedi might ironically have no Sex Ed in the Jedi Temple (or basically just tell them No Romance and expect them to go along with it) Depa might sweat nervously and go, “Ummmmmmm”.

She might just enlist her old master Mace Windu, Kanan’s great-master in a sense, to tell him. And it really isn’t any easier for him.

“Well, you see, young Dume, my former Padawan Depa put me up to give you the lowdown on sex, sooooo, ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…”

Quite a while ago, this post was requested by pantslessking, and even though it took me forever to get around to it I am so excited to do this! The endocrine system is super fascinating and it is one of my favorite subjects to study. You guys also had a huge response to our post on Sylveon, so I’m sure you guys will love this as well. 

Yay! Definition time:

The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.

Epinephrine (aka adrenaline) is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion.

We know Epinephrine as the “fight or flight” hormone. It’s what really gets your blood pumping in times of stress and makes you want to run away from something or get up and fight it off. When you are in the “fighting spirit” you really are just having a flush of Epinephrine through your system.

So if Meganium is able to take that “fighting spirit” out of its foes, then there must be something in its flower’s scent that inhibits that Epinephrine, or causes adverse effects. 

Beta blockers are a class of drugs that are particularly used for the management of cardiac arrhythmias, protecting the heart from a second heart attack after a first heart attack, and, in certain cases, hypertension.

Epinephrine has huge effects on your how your heart pumps blood through your body. That’s why you feel it beat so fast and so hard when you’re scared or nervous. Beta blockers have the ability to block epinephrine from affecting your heart, and therefor stopping the fight-or-flight response from occurring. 

This can be really dangerous though, and if the dosage isn’t correct you can throw a person into cardiac arrest, where there heart stops beating all together.

When Meganium is in a stressful situation, its flower releases a pollen containing very low levels of beta blockers that its foe will ingest. This will lower the enemy’s fight or flight response and make it not want to continue battle.

So far, there are only theories as to whether or not beta blockers can be found naturally (since they’re only being synthesized as drugs right now). Many people believe that flowers such as chamomile or passion flower may contain beta blockers, but there isn’t any research to back that up quite yet. But the pokemon universe is a different world, and Meganium is way cooler than chamomile.

frogwhocantjump  asked:

Ganondorf for the headcanon meme! :D

GANONDORF!?! OH COME ON DUDE YOU’RE TEMPTING ME TO WRITE A DAMN BOOK HERE 8D I’ll try to keep it short *ehem*


Sexuality Headcanon: Pansexual. Ganondorf is probably the type of guy who really doesn’t care what you’re packing. If he thinks you’re worth his time, he’ll humor you.


Gender Headcanon: I’ve thought about this, and have seen some interesting ideas. I’m going to say he views himself as male, but strictly in the sense of his reproductive function in society because of where he comes from. Given the Gerudo are all women and pretty much take on all roles in their society where in Hyrule they would be divided based on gender, I don’t think Ganondorf really has any other expectation based on gender (like he wouldn’t be the type to be like, oh this is for women, or this is for men. If he likes it, well fuck you and your stereotypes 8D).

ship I have with said character: Oh man, look I support a couple of Ganondorf ships. My thing has always been that if it’s a consenting adult and you can explain to me why this works with Ganondorf, I’ll accept it (except one EHEM). Currently my work is based around Zelgan or Ganlink.


A BROTP I have with said character: Depending on the context of what I am reading/writing/seeing, the best BROTP I’ve seen for Ganondorf is Nabooru. This would mostly be because she has such a sense of duty towards her people so he can trust her with the care of his tribe, and they seem very alike personality wise (minus the evil). He probably held a lot of trust in her and confided in her regarding decisions amongst other things. Plus, they probably were such pains to each other growing up :P (Then it all went to hell because OoT).


A NOTP I have with said character: TINGLE! Okay, I get he’s a 35 year old man, but Tingle has the mind and personality of a child, and is probably the same size as Ganondorf’s dong. It’s just way too awkward. If anyone out there can write a fic that would truly convince me that this ship works AND can be sexy, I would totally believe you deserve a Nobel prize in Literature :P


A random headcanon: Ganondorf cares a lot about his appearance, because he believes that making the right impression on a person begins with what they see at first. He takes more than an hour everyday to prep himself so he can look regal and imposing at the same time.


General Opinion over said character: Well for anyone who follows my blog or searches the Ganondorf tag (I’m a top Ganondorf blog MISSION ACCOMPLISHED), you can pretty much tell that Ganondorf is probably my most favorite character ever. I was 9 when I first saw him in OoT, and from then on I’ve always rooted for the Demon King. He’s sassy, he has standards and respect when challenging his enemies, and gets sexier with each iteration he comes along in. I could probably go on forever about Ganondorf, but hey that’s what my blog is for 8D

(Headcanon by: @bird-ly)

A beta heat/present headcanon I have is that it all depends on their genes:

A BA (Beta gene carrier of Alpha gene) has milder ruts and milder wallowing be a part of their heat cycle. When first presenting they get aggressive and possessive for a couple of days, with Alpha-like levels of rut and wallowing. Of course, the aggressiveness may stay, depending on the person.

A BO (Beta gene carrier of Omega gene) has cramps, sore limbs, headaches and backaches, coupled with mild nesting and irritability - all rather alike the one of an Omega, but with milder symptoms. Of course, intensity and symptoms depends on the person. When first presenting these symptoms are elevated to omega-like levels. BOs have their heat cycle coincide with their menstrual/estrous cycle, male BOs have their heat/estrous cycle lessened, grandiosely so compared to omegas and mildly so compared to their female counterparts.

BB (Beta genes) have no heat cycle and have their second reproductive systems non-existent, being purely male/female. Some are sterile. About half of the BBs are scentless, where the other half has a very faint and barely noticeable scent. However they have superbly highly developed vomeronasal organs, which grants them an uniquely advanced sense of smell regarding other’s scents.
There was a huge social pressure that these genotypes were to be avoided mating and birthing because of this characteristic. Though with the new ways of thinking of the minds of the youth generation, they are now, slowly but surely, considered valuable and highly sought after thanks to that same characteristic.
A female BB has a normal menstrual cycle and menopause. Male BBs have normally functioning reproductive system.

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“I’ll tell you what you’ve got here. Adhesive capsulitis. They also call it "40-year-old shoulder.” […] You know, you’re losing your reproductive function, so nature deems you unnecessary and therefore ready for decay. Bone density goes. Your elasticity goes. Your eyesight goes.“