sacred vessel

Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled. Trying to control leads to ruin. Trying to grasp, we lose. Allow your life to unfold naturally. Know that it too is a vessel of perfection. Just as you breathe in and breathe out, there is a time for being ahead and a time for being behind; a time for being in motion and a time for being at rest; a time for being vigorous and a time for being exhausted; a time for being safe and a time for being in danger.
—  Lao Tzu
The Lunar Nodes

The North Node and South Node are opposite points in the sky, where the Moon crosses the ecliptic. In Vedic astrology, they are called Rahu and Ketu, the dragon’s head and tail. The South Node represents the past - our past lives and the lessons we have already mastered. The sign and house will describe that which comes naturally to us, what we have already focused on and achieved. The North Node is our destiny - that which is before us. It describes the lessons we have not yet mastered yet. It is our highest potential, what we came here to learn. It might be more difficult for us to embody our North Node. We feel more comfortable dwelling in the realm of the South Node, as there is not much of a challenge there.

The Nodes are in each sign for around a year and a half, so the house position will be more personal in your chart. Read the description for both the sign and the house.

North Node in Aries/1st House + South Node in Libra/7th House:
Your destiny in this life is to find yourself. It is to assert your divine Will, to live unencumbered by the expectations of others, and to be courageous. In the past you mastered the art of compromise, reconciliation, and partnership. You already know how to make decisions with other people in mind.

North Node in Taurus/2nd House + South Node in Scorpio/8th House:
Your destiny in this life is to focus on the material world. You must learn how to experience pleasure and life, while securing a financial foundation. In the past you mastered the underworld, you may have already concentrated on the occult, the dark, the mysterious. You may have benefited from the financial security provided to you by others.

North Node in Gemini/3rd House + South Node in Sagittarius/9th House:
Your destiny in this life is to learn, communicate, speak, and write. You must learn how to communicate and teach that which you know, and focus on the logical side of life. In the past you mastered the world of the abstract. Big ideas come naturally to you, but not always the details. You may have had a past that involved religion or philosophy.

North Node in Cancer/4th House + South Node in Capricorn/10th House:
Your destiny in this life is to focus on the inner world, the emotions, family, and the home. The soul and and the personal should be your focus. In the past you focused on the public sphere, and career was most important to you. You might have been more practical, and less emotional. Outward success came first.

North Node in Leo/5th House + South Node in Aquarius/11th House:
Your destiny in this life is to focus on your individualism. This is a life for creating, expressing, and loving. You are to play and enjoy life like a child. In the past you focused on the group, the collective, and that which benefited humanity. You were more scientific and rational, as opposed to heart-centered.

North Node in Virgo/6th House + South Node in Pisces/12th House:
Your destiny in this life is to focus on the everyday. You must learn how to get into the rhythm of routine, finding divinity in the small things, like cleaning, service, work, diet, exercise. Your body is a sacred vessel. In the past you were not so connected to the body, focusing on the spiritual, the otherworldly. Your focus was on the divine.

For the sake of brevity, if your North Node is in Libra - Pisces, or the 7th - 12th House, you can switch around the descriptions from above.

- Pegasus Astrology / Lauren Crowley

being an earth sign gives appreciation to the wholesome 

you may stray towards materials in the consumerism of it all but there is nothing greater than the perspicuity of your being caressing earthly product. holding your own hand is a reprieve, you are here - this vessel bearing sacred weight, there is security in this 

Originally posted by hanwooz


seungcheol + ‘I’ll fuck you if you let me, baby.’

also known as dean’s new song keeps doing things to me And I Can’t Write Smut Except For When I Feel Like It

word count: 512

His hands roamed over your body, carefully peeling off every garment he could. Every nook, every cranny he made sure to hold within his grasp. He simply adored every inch of you, a sacred vessel that held the love of his absolute life.

There were only two garments separating his mouth and your pleasure barriers. His hand roughly forked through the one closer to your core, and his lips fluttered against your neck. He savored every emotion and sound that came from the shaking body under him. The bed creaked every now and then, but it was all a pure mixture of love and limbs.

You groaned as his mouth finally left your neck, but he sat up straighter, dragging your hips closer towards him.

His tongue was magic, feeling through every fold. It was all so beautiful, so raw—he couldn’t help himself from sticking a finger in. His intricacy, mixed with his finger movements had you reaching cloud 9 quickly. “C-Cheol–,” you choked out. “—Gonna c-cum.”

He removed his fingers, although your whine nearly convinced him to let you have the small moment of pleasure. “Not yet, darling. Not until I have you on me.”


Seungcheol moaned low, sucking noises making the experience even richer for him. He despised foreplay most of the time, but watching the most beautiful person in front of him suck him off was something he’d be willing to give all the attention in the world. He didn’t fuck your face, much to your displeasure, but his moans of content and his cute little thrusts every now and then was worth it all the same.

“Ah–ah, ah, ah—!” His moans raised in pitch and frequency until they cut off roughly. He moaned, annoyed, half-glaring at you. “Not until you’re in me,” you playfully muttered.


“I love you,” he whispered, but you were only able to gasp, feeling him enter. Every inch, every small sliver of skin—he was yours, and you were his. It was bliss. Your arms found purchase around his neck as his hips moved. He rocked his hips slowly, moaning low with every thrust, your moans mixing with his in a perfect harmony.

Still not having come down from your previous near orgasms, you could only whimper, feeling that same pressure, but stronger. Seungcheol felt it as well, biting his lip, pressing your foreheads together. “I’m close,” he whispered your name. “I love you, I love you, I love you—” He came first, yelling in one guttural cry, and you milked him until he was dry, feeling his seed travel through you. The bed creaked louder as he rocked his hips faster, wanting to take you there. You cried his name out in response, keeping eye contact with him as you convulsed around him, clenching.

“I love you,” you whispered as he pulled out, and felt his lips capture yours in a sweet kiss. “I know,” he grinned. 

“Forever?” you asked, intertwining your hands and looking in their direction. Seungcheol nodded, watching as a silver gleam came from the bands around your ring fingers. “Forever.”

If I were to make a list of things I have trouble believing, I would start with this:
There are people who will love me regardless of my size.


And I know, I know it’s silly, but this body has been a burden for so long that it’s hard to see it as anything but dead weight.


But how can that be? This thing that carries me, this sacred vessel of life, how can my softness still be a sin?


What if this was the body that laughed on mountain tops and got orange peel stuck under its fingernails and slept with the stars and sang children to sleep and what if that love could hold cities together? Hold heartbeats?
Hold me?


What if I let it?
What if my joints still crack a symphony but I start to learn the tune?


I have been so faithful in my unfaithfulness to compassion directed inward, twisted the needles off my compass and tried to sew my parts together the ‘right way’ this time.
Always smaller. Never more, more of me, more hand to reach with more arm to hold with more skin to memorize what sun feels like in autumn.


More of me to love with.


And what if I carried more life? What if my heartbeat reached farther through veins, echoed louder in a chest more sturdy than slim?
Would it be harder to hear why I shouldn’t?
Would it somehow, finally,
after twenty-one years of holding my breath
be easier
to breathe?

—  Hold, Elizabeth McNamara
WE: An honest  WIP review (that probably says more about me than the book)

As a natural cynic, “coper” and self-help avoider, my first perusal of WE was less than satisfying. Dipping in and out I saw words like “miracle” and “sacred vessel” that made me want to run screaming back to my comfort zone. Skimming the surface, I couldn’t see the feminist fighting spirit I’d hoped for and I seriously considered pretending I’d never received a reading copy, enjoying the events I had committed to attend, and then shoving it to the back of my bookshelf. And then I landed on the page that summarises the book’s nine principles. Acceptance… Kindness… Humility… principles that I had definitely not embraced as I approached writing this review.

I began reading this book not as someone hoping to transform their life, but as a pessimistic publishing professional with an interest in Gillian Anderson who figured they’d give it a go. And so, I had not really read it. I’d perused it through the trappings of my ego and expectations, and as early reviews began to trickle in I began to suspect that in doing so, I had entirely missed the point.

So I started again. 

I forced myself into the unnatural position of someone who might gravitate naturally to this type of book, left my preconceptions at the title page and tried to read with an open mind. And what I found, once I pushed myself past the occasional word that set off my “woo-woo” alarm, was rather more interesting, impactful, and considerably more inconvenient than what I’d expected.

I would like to add a caveat before I get into my thoughts, addressing the elephant in the subtitle… because this is not a manifesto, or at least not in the sense one would expect as a regular reader of modern feminist publications. In fact, the final section explains as much. If you go into this expecting a feminist rallying cry, you will likely walk away disappointed and that would be a shame. What this book is, is a call to women to take care of themselves, support one another, and some good advice on how to go about doing that. While self-care is an inherently political act, reading WE through the lens of politics is setting it up to fail.

Read it instead as you, the you that exists for those precious few moments in a day (if you’re lucky) when the world is shut out, the makeup is off and there’s a moment for reflection. Read all the words, even the ones that make you cringe a little, because they come from a positive place. Under all the motivating quotes, the structure of a “guide” and the language of self-help is a very simple intention; a couple of women, average in some ways and exceptional in others, who have survived their lives so far and then taken the time to think through and write down how they’ve stayed afloat in order to pass it on.

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cryingteacups  asked:

Hi Father! I once saw a thing that said that Mary and Joseph didn't really have romantic feelings for each other and that they only married because it was arranged. Are there any parts of the Bible that disprove this? I've always imagined that they were a couple that loved each other wholly so I got a bit taken aback with this news. Thank you!

Hello,

The Catholic faith teaches that Mary was a virgin before, during, and after the birth of Jesus her Son.

That means that her relationship with Joseph would have been a loving, faithful, devoted, affectionate relationship, as husband and wife, but without having sexual relations. 

As for their marriage being arranged, remember that the Bible says an angel appeared to Joseph and said that God wanted Joseph to take Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:20). Thus, Mary and Joseph’s marriage was part of God’s plan.

However, I would not say that they “only married because it was arranged.” After all, Joseph was already betrothed to Mary even before the incarnation. That means that Joseph and Mary loved each other, sought each other, and wanted to spend their lives together, even before they knew that they would be entrusted with Our Savior.

The Bible cannot prove that Mary and Joseph were virginal in their marriage. However, if we see how the Ark of the Covenant was treated in the time of Moses and afterward, we get a good sense of the Virgin Mary as a new Ark of the Covenant. The old Ark held the tablets of the Law, some of the Manna that fell from heaven, and the staff of Aaron. And yet it was such a sacred and untouchable vessel.

If God commanded that the Ark of the Old Testament be regarded as such a sacred vessel, how much more so the Ark of Mary’s flesh and blood? Mary’s womb held Jesus, and gave Jesus, His Flesh and Blood. That is certainly more sacred, more holy, than the tablets of the Law. Thus, from the Catholic point of view, it is only fitting and appropriate that the Ark of Mary’s body be held as sacred and untouchable also.

This is not to denigrate or put down the beauty of marriage, and the sacred act of a man making love to his wife and holding her body and receiving joy and pleasure from her body. But rather, the Catholic belief is that Joseph understood that Mary’s body was a unique vessel, a singular temple or tabernacle. 

As Catholics understand it, Joseph willingly sacrificed relations with his wife so that her body would always be honored for holding Jesus’ Flesh. He had the right to have relations with her, but he did not demand that right, so that he could cherish the Mother of Jesus in other ways for being the Ark of the new covenant.

The Bible does refer to Joseph not “knowing” Mary until after the birth of Jesus, but Catholics say that this refers to knowing in a spiritual sense, being deeply connected as partners and parents, without sexual relations. Non-Catholics can certainly disagree based on Biblical phrasing.

However, it is also quite reasonable and rational to see Mary’s body as being treated different than the body of any other wife, because of her singular vocation as a Tabernacle, or Ark, for holding God’s Flesh and Blood. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

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“Goddess of the sacred feminine, embodied in your vessel of light. Let us honor your infinite intelligence, that shines bright though all of the night. As a symbol of forgiveness, of empowerment and strength. An eternal flame of wisdom, carried with every breath that you take.”
~Artwork & poetry by Tori Bird Pope aka @jah-feel ~

'big bang is like the beyonce of kpop'

i have never heard anything more accurate tbh

The Quest of the Holy Grail

Composed by an unknown author in early thirteenth-century France, The Quest of the Holy Grail is a fusion of Arthurian legend and Christian symbolism, reinterpreting ancient Celtic myth as a profound spiritual fable. It recounts the quest of the knights of Camelot - the simple Perceval, the thoughtful Bors, the rash Gawain, the weak Lancelot and the saintly Galahad - as they journey through danger and temptation to reach the elusive Holy Grail. But only one of them is judged worthy to see the mysteries within the sacred vessel, and look upon the ineffable. Enfused with tragic grandeur and an aura of mysticism, The Quest is an absorbing and radiant allegory of man’s perilous search for divine grace, and had a profound influence on later Arthurian romances and versions of the Grail legend.

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Symbology of the Cauldron

The cauldron symbolizes a lot of things for the many different people that use it. It is seen as representing Water and the West. It is viewed as the womb of the Goddess which is the vessel in which all life is said to begin, which is why it is considered such a sacred vessel to the Goddess and many pagans and witch’s. The cauldron is also seen as a symbol of renewal, artistic inspiration, a source of infinite sustenance (both physically and spiritually), and rebirth and purification through Fire.

Cauldrons are typically a pot-bellied shape (rounded with the opening smaller than the widest part of the pot) and have 3 legs on the bottom to support it.

The three legs are thought to be important to the cauldron because they are representative of the three aspects of the Triple Goddess (the Maiden, Mother, and Crone) and are believed to aid in the magical workings of whatever the cauldron is used for.

Uses of the Cauldron

It can be used for:

Brewing potions and herbal remedies in

Cooking magical and/or ritual foods in

To put candles in during rituals and magical workings

Mixing herbs in (for incense)

Burning incense during meditation, yoga, magical workings, and rituals

Holding water and/or beverages in (for during or after the ritual)

Holding herbs and/or flowers for the ritual

Small fires (such as in the winter to symbolize the return of the Sun God)

Burning paper and other items in rituals or magical workings (such as to rid yourself of unwanted energies or habits)

Consecration of other tools

Scrying with when filled with water (if using a cast iron or other dark metal)

Simmering herbs in water over low heat on the stove (for protection, purification, or just to smell good)

As you can see, the cauldron can easily be a valuable and adaptable tool that can be used for an assortment of things. I’m sure that if you do decide to invest in a cauldron that you will surely consider it to be an important tool that you will use for many different things in the years to come.

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🌟Honoring the divine feminine and the birth of source through our sacred vessel. A rebirth into the next state of being. Transforming into motherhood. I meditate. Holding my belly. Sending all my love to this being of light within me. The infinite circle of life. Growth and expansion. Creator experiencing itself through every facet of being. I connect to the Soul Star Chakra above, and feel its golden light encompass my aura. Inhale truth. Exhale essence. Sat Nam. Truth is our essence. Our identity. We are love in every form.🌟
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as @jah-feel

Everything is holy. Nothing is profane when we bring the eyes of awareness and a heart of presence to what we do and how we move through the world. In the Rule of Benedict all the tools of the monastery are considered as sacred as the vessels of the altar. Each plate and fork is holy. Each object serves us with its function, worthy of reverence. What are the sacred tools of the work you do? Is your computer a holy vessel? Is your phone a portal to the divine? Could they be, if you just transformed your awareness of them?
—  Christine Valters Paintner