spiritual link

In Judaism, we do not say “Rest in Peace.” We say “may their memory be for a blessing” or some variation of the phrase. We don’t say rest in peace because we don’t have a fixed idea of heaven or hell nor are those concepts important to us. What is more important is the legacy we left on earth: the work we have done, the lives we have touched. Elie Wiesel’s memory will most certainly be for a blessing.

anonymous asked:

Hi. What planets in 12th house do you consider being fluid and planets more hard to deal with ? Thank you

This is a very deep and profound topic to discuss…the nature of the 12th house is so grand that the human mind can’t even begin to understand it’s lack of boundaries…in the 12th house there is no “best” or “worst” expression of any of these planets….Any of the planets here can be used for the good of all mankind or for the destruction and ending of the self….They all have equal potential in their own ways….

Venus, Jupiter, Neptune all have an ability to heal on a great lever due to their compassionate nature of being linked to the 12th house.  Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and it rules over the 12th house naturally.  Neptune is of course naturally at home in the 12th and really stresses the good and the bad. Jupiter is anciently ruled by Pisces which is at home in the 12th due to it’s link to spirituality, religion and faith in general.

Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Uranus and Pluto tend to struggle more, especially the inner planets.  If you ever wondered how a 12th house planet manifests just think of the sign that rules that planet…..those are the traits that are confused and lost in the 12th house and struggle to come outward in the behavior.

Sun in 12 for instance is like a virgo ascendant with leo in 12….Struggles with having fun, confused about the sense of self.  In a sense it causes the person to work, work, work but for what reason it feels always lost to them.  Moon in 12 is like Like a Leo ascendant with cancer in 12…Troubles showing the emotions outward, recognizing their importance and place….Leo is king and needs to stand tall no matter what over the kingdom…..Mercury in 12 is like having either a Cancer Ascendant or Libra Ascendant.  In terms of cancer ascendant the thoughts are reserved for the end of the day when they have nurtured everyone else.  In similarity to libra ascendant, taking care of the self is reserved for alone time after they are done mingling out in the world and experiencing life through others.

Mars in 12….is like a taurus ascendant.  Anger is confusing, aggression is withheld internally.  Sometimes there is abuse in life in the early years that restricts the vital energy from flowing outward.  Uranus in 12 is like Pisces Ascendant.  Confusion and struggles with the individuality lead to a sense of dissolving with everything.  The subconscious here is riddled with the need to change or give the individuality away towards the benefit of all.  This is why pisces ascendant has a chameleon like appearance.  

Saturn in 12 is a bit more confusing as it outs like a pisces ascendant too. There is a larger overwhelming guilt complex floating around the subconscious where a person has trouble showing their ambitious and focused sides in life. You can see it act out like both capricorn and aquarius in 12; as it also has a bit of the flavoring of uranus in 12.  There is a desire to help underprivileged people due to feeling the guilt of the suffering of the masses;  Afterall classically Saturn classically rules over the impoverished (depressed) masses.  Finally pluto in 12….Quite a tough one.  Like a Sagittarius Ascendant, pluto in 12 shows traits of scorpio in 12.  The willful and intense side is internalized, sometimes confusing.  The need to understand the self and others is given way to the need for freedom and not being held back by the thought of being tied down (by the process of death and intimacy.)

The trick for the planets that struggle in the 12th house listed above is to realize their true potential by connecting with the source.  By researching astrology you see the confusion is only a shield created by the fog of neptune in the 12th house.  Former renowned psychic Edward Cayce shared that all of the planets have souls….by getting in touch with the soul traits of these hidden planets and understanding them we can give them to the greater good of everyone. 

Believe it or not the 12th house is without a doubt the most blessed gift in the entire horoscope…the only problem is you have to see past your own suffering and ego and merge with the ideas suffering is necessary for a great connection to everything.  Since the 12th house is the last house below the horizon before you were born, the souls of these planets were the last ones you took in with you before you were born.  You were given a gift by the universe to be something greater then the physical plane has to offer…you just have to grow into the spiritual mold and understand this through time.

One must remember the 12th house teaches us the most important lessons of all.  Life is not just us, it is everyone and everything.  Letting go of self and ego and understanding all of the struggles on the physical plane are just that…struggles and temporary.

theguardian.com
Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience
By Hannah Devlin

By Hannah Devlin

(Guardian) A Catholic priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist walk into a bar and order some magic mushrooms. It may sound like the first line of a bad joke, but this scenario is playing out in one of the first scientific investigations into the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience – albeit in a laboratory rather than a bar.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have enlisted two dozen religious leaders from a wide range of denominations, to participate in a study in which they will be given two powerful doses of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

Dr William Richards, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland who is involved in the work, said: “With psilocybin, these profound mystical experiences are quite common. It seemed like a no-brainer that they might be of interest, if not valuable, to clergy.”

(Excerpt please click link for the full article)

It’s a bond that is covered beyond just love on a kind of eternal level, it’s a bond, it’s a connection, it’s a kind of a spiritual link between the two, so I think it’s one of the more important relationships on the show, personally, and I love it, I love the parabatai relationship, it’s really beautiful.
—  Dom Sherwood on the parabatai bond [x]
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Parabatai Aesthetic Edits I made originally from my aesthetic account on IG (aestheticstvshows)

(I’ve just been informed that the characters in Jem sections are Japanese and not Cantonese or Mandarin, sorry for the inconvenience if you noticed it. I found the pics on we heart it so I didn’t know.

(Jace & Alec)
(Clary & Simon)
(Emma & Julian)
(Will & Jem)
(James & Matthew)
(Lucie & Cordelia)

“The words of the parabatai oath is a variation of the verse Ruth 1:16-17 from the Bible: “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Parabatai Oath)

“It’s a bond that is covered beyond just love on a kind of eternal level, it’s a bond, it’s a connection, it’s a kind of a spiritual link between the two, so I think it’s one of the more important relationships on the show, personally, and I love it, I love the parabatai relationship, it’s really beautiful.” – Dom Sherwood on the parabatai bond

“The parabatai bond is important in every season and it will be till the end of time as long as I have any say in that manner.” –Matthew Daddario on the parabatai bond

There’s always something about true Parabatai. They don’t need to speak to communicate. I saw the two of you having an entire conversation without saying a word. […] (Jem about Clary and Simon)

“We are bound together, Emma, bound together—I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belong to you!” )“– Julian to Emma

Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy. (Will and Jem)

“I know about parabatai,” said Magnus, an angry, dark undercurrent to his voice. “I’ve known parabatai so close they were almost the same person; do you know what happens, when one of them dies, to the one that’s left —?”

Matthew held out his hands. "Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.” James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew. -Snippet for The Last Hours (James and Matthew)

It’s International Fanworks Day, which means it’s time for another rec list! I read so much fanfic (so much) but here’s just a select few for some of the pairings that I’ve been reading for this past year that I love very much.

Stucky

Easy Work for Easy Pay by AustinB

Bucky gets assigned to (babysit) catch Steve up on everything that he missed while being stuck in the ice. In which things are a little bit different but will always end up somewhat the same. This fic makes you feel shit whether it’s happy or sappy or angsty (and oh god does it hurt so good) you kiddies better strap in for the roller coaster, cuz it’s worth it.

Sparked Up like a Book of Matches by Sena

Steve keeps seeing Bucky out the corner of his eye, and he’s not completely sure if he’s going insane or not. The author captures the character’s voices incredibly well, especially cynical depressed Steve who just wants some more of Tony’s super alcohol. The historical aspects are obviously well researched, and the sass is phenomenal.

4 Minute Window by Speranza

Bucky wants to get Steve out, and Steve wants nothing more than to let him. Thus begins a twisted game of cat and mouse and spider. The fic does a great job of playing both sides, showing you how desperately Steve just wants to be with Bucky, but also the logic behind his friend’s choices when trying to keep him safe.

00Q

The Mating Dance of Wolf and Fox by epithalamium and TheCatOnTheMoon

Everyone at MI6 adores Q, sees him like their precious little brother they just have to feed and protect. Which normally isn’t a problem until the agents find out that Q watches their honeypot missions. Like, the whole mission. Needless to say, shit gets crazy. Full of wonderful references and hilarious banter, along with an MI6 civil war over protecting Q’s virtue.

Wheelhouse by recrudescene

Bond isn’t used to sleeping with people and them not dying afterward. So of course he goes a bit overboard once he sleeps with Q. Absolutely adorable.

The Inevitability of Time by dhampir72

This shit had me fucked up for weeks afterward. The soulmate AU that ruins your life. God I love this one so much. I cried like a bitch and I was happy about it. If you read nothing else for the rest of your life at least read this.

Victuuri

Souls Bond, Hearts Follow by dianamoth

Soulmate AU where partners are spiritually linked with empathetic abilities. Yuuri is pretty quick on the uptake, Victor not so much. Still, that doesn’t stop this fic from being unbearably cute. So pure, so fluffy.

Victor Effing Nikiforov by shysweetthing

Yuuri manages to not actually bomb Nationals so he ends up at Worlds with everyone’s faves once again. He still doesn’t remember the banquet though, which makes all of his current social interactions…interesting. Terribly cute and so funny, the irony is played out perfectly.

A Silhouette of Three by arctic_grey

A/B/O where Yuuri realizes he’s pregnant halfway through qualifiers but desperately wants to finish out his final season anyway. The anxiety Yuuri feels while trying to keep his secret is tangible throughout the fic. It’s a tear jerker every time I read it.

BruDick

Mirrors by lacemonster

Dick desperately wants to prove to Bruce that’s he’s old enough to be trusted on bigger missions, and Bruce desperately doesn’t want anything to happen to his ward. The characterization for this is spot on, especially for early Batman and Robin who are still figuring things out. I absolutely adore the way the nuances of their relationship are handled here.

A Half-Laugh and a Half-Moan by kasuutan

Suddenly everyone is dressing up like Batman and Robin to get it on with their significant other because Cosmo told them to, and it’s mortifying, but also, admittedly, worth a try. This fic is hilarious, especially because Bruce and Dick aren’t even together yet when it starts. The irony is oh so sweet.

Hanging Work by cereta

What if instead of being taken in by Bruce, Dick is taken in by Selena? A long, well fleshed out universe that is certainly worth the build up (can anyone say slow burn? cuz my god). The relationships and characterization in this are incredibly well done.

TimKon

You Can’t Escape Arkham by animegoil

Tim is obviously suffering after his short stint in Arkham, and Kon just wants to help. Tim, however, doesn’t want to burden him. This fic angsts so good, and you can feel how much the two boys care about one another, even if Tim sometimes has trouble showing it.

Perennial by glymer

What if instead of Gotham, Tim grew up in a small town in Kansas? Kind of a high school AU but also so much more. What if Kon was still Superboy but Tim was just Tim, still as incredibly smart and determined as always. Long as fuck, but these boys are so sweet on each other.

The Mystery of the Superboy Shirts by Aviatricks

Where does Conner get all of his Superboy shirts from? Is there a factory somewhere? What are the health benefits for working there? These are questions Tim needs the answers to, and he has an idea of how to get them. So adorable and fluffy, these boys are precious.

Cat Folklore & Superstition

Cats, particularly black cats, have played many roles in folklore in cultures across the world.

Folklore

In Egypt, cats were considered scared and were worshipped; jewellery in hieroglyphics were also dedicated to cats. Bastet was known as the Goddess of cats, protection, stealth and independence. She bestowed the gifts of joy, beauty and grace. Cats were so revered that a person killing a cat, even accidentally, was put to death. This sacred animal was so important to the Egyptian society and religion, that after the cat’s death, its body was mummified and buried in a special cemetery.

In Celtic countries, cats played a role in mythology and folklore. In Ireland, and across the celtic world, the skin of a wild cat was worn by warriors, to invoke the avenging and protective power of the gods. The cat was associated with the Goddess, so it was considered feminine. The cat was also a totem animal amongst many clans, particularly Scottish. They believed that cats were guardians of the of the gates to the Otherworld, guardians of their treasures and also bring to the people the wholeness, as a spiritual link between humans and the universe. However, black cats in Celtic lore were considered evil, and were sacrificed.

In Norse mythology, cats are sacred to Freyja, the goddess of love and beauty, one of the original fertility goddesses of the region. Freyja is viewed as the protector of the weak, healer, granter of magic and source of love and peace. The chariot of Freyja is drawn by two large cats, other cats were also associated with this kind and loving goddess. As cats are sacred to Freyja, farmers would leave out precious milk for them, to ensure that she blessed their harvest

Fairy Cat - Cat Sìth

It is a creature from Celtic mythology, said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its breast. Legend has it that the spectral cat haunts the Scottish highlands. Some common folklore suggested that the Cat Sìth was not a fairy, but a witch that could transform into a cat nine times. If one of these witches chose to go back into their cat form for the ninth time, they would remain a cat for the rest of their lives. It is believed by some that this is how the idea of a cat having nine lives originated.

The people of the Scottish Highlands did not trust the Cat Sìth. They believed that it could steal a person’s soul before it was claimed by the Gods by passing over a corpse before burial; therefore watches called the Feill Fadalach (Late Wake) were performed night and day to keep the Cat Sìth away from a corpse before burial. Methods of “distraction” such as games of leaping and wrestling, catnip, riddles, and music would be employed to keep the Cat Sìth away from the room in which the corpse lay. In addition, there were no fires where the body lay, as it was legend that the Cat Sìth was attracted to the warmth.

On Samhain, it was believed that a Cat Sìth would bless any house that left a saucer of milk out for it to drink, but those houses that did not let out a saucer of milk would be cursed into having all of their cows’ milk dry.

Werecat

The transformation to either a domestic cat, a tiger, a lion, a lynx, or any other type, including some that are purely mythical felines.

European folklore usually depicts werecats who transform into domestic cats. Some European werecats became giant domestic cats or panthers. They are generally deemed to be witches, even though they may have no magical ability other than self-transformation. During the witch trials, the official Church doctrine stated that all shapeshifters, including werewolves, were witches whether they were male or female.

African legends describe people who turn into lions or leopards. In the case of leopards, this is often because the creature is really a leopard god or goddess masquerading as a human. When these gods mate with humans, offspring can be produced, and these children sometimes grow up to be shapeshifters; those who do not transform may instead have other powers. In reference to werecats who turn into lions, the ability is often associated with royalty. Such a being may have been a king or queen in a former life, or may be destined for leadership in this life. This quality can be seen in the lions of Tsavo, which were reputed to be kings in lion shape, attempting to repel the invading Europeans by stopping their railroad due to attacks on humans.

Mainland Asian werecats usually become tigers. In India, the weretiger is often a dangerous sorcerer, portrayed as a menace to livestock, who might at any time turn to man-eating. Chinese legends often describe weretigers as the victims of either a hereditary curse or a vindictive ghost. In Thailand, a tiger that eats many humans may become a weretiger. There are also other types of weretigers, such as sorcerers with great powers who can change their form to become animals. In both Indonesia and Malaysia there is another kind of weretiger, known as Harimau jadian. The power of transformation is regarded as due to inheritance, to the use of spells, to fasting and willpower, to the use of charms, etc. Save when it is hungry or has just cause for revenge, it is not hostile to man; in fact, it is said to take its animal form only at night and to guard the plantations from wild pigs.

The foremost were-animal in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures was the were-jaguar.  It was associated with the veneration of the jaguar, with priests and shamans among the various peoples who followed this tradition wearing the skins of jaguars to “become” a were-jaguar. Among the Aztecs,  an entire class of specialised warriors who dressed in the jaguar skins were called “jaguar warriors" or "jaguar knights”. Depictions of the jaguar and the were-jaguar are among the most common motifs among the artifacts of the ancient Mesoamerican civilisations. The balams (magicians) of Yucatán were said to guard the maize fields in animal form.

Superstitions

  • Traits associated with cats include cleverness, unpredictability, healing and witchcraft, since in ancient times it was believed that witches took the form of their cats at night.
  • A kitten born in may will be a witches cat.
  • Dreaming of a cat is sometimes regarded as a sign of bad luck in the future. 
  • If a sailor was approached by the ship’s cat it meant good luck, but if the cat only came halfway, it meant bad luck would befall the sailor.
  • In Normandy, seeing a tortoiseshell cat foretold death by accident.
  • The French believed that if a girl tread on a cat’s tail, she would not find a husband before a year is out
  • To end even one of a cat’s 9 lives was to risk being haunted by that particular cat for the rest of the murderer’s life.
  • If you drown a cat, you will fall victim to a drowning.
  • To kill a cat brings 17 years of bad luck.
  • When the pupil of a cat’s eye broadens, there will be rain.
  • A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.
  • A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it.
  • Occult powers are often attributed to cats. It is said that they also have the power of hypnotism. A cat with three different hues in its coat protect one against fire and fever.
  • When cats rush about wildly, clawing at curtains and cushions, it means that wind is coming.

Cancer is ruled by the moon ☾ and governs the home, family and past on an external level. Inwardly, she rules the soul powers, unconscious instinct, psychic sense, and the emotions of human nature. 

The home translates as the place known in form, and yet look closely and “home” is also the formless home; the soul & the midnight depths of oneself. Family is known as our blood kin, and yet look closer, family is who she lets into her private life, anyone she blesses with her moonlight. The past is that of childhood, but look further and the past is infinite, from ancestors to the unfathomable beginnings of time because she is the Creator.

She is the imaginative alchemist, where her dreamy nature is not in vain but solidifies into life, it is what makes her well versed in the matters of creation. This makes her Mother Midnight, ascending over beginnings and endings just as midnight ends an old day and simultaneously births a new one. She is the merger of form, esoterically where the soul meets matter (the human vessel). Cancer is spiritually linked to Neptune through a mystical umbilical cord, where the moon ☾ is pierced ♆ and creates a mass understanding of emotional pain and suffering in Cancer, fueling her empathetic love and thus her divine protection of all. 

Cancer, the World Mother, teaches us to access the soul powers and unlock sensitivity, emotion and empathy towards oneself and others. She teaches us to not live in the past, but to learn from it so that nostalgic qualms from long ago are healed through precious moments of the present. She shows us the true meaning of “family,” that relationships forced through biological reason are not stronger than bonds formed by emotional instinct. In this way, Cancer guides us all home.

Jewish spirituality is organically linked to the natural rhythms of the universe. To a great extent, Jewish religious traditions serve to bring Jews into a sensitive relationship with the natural world. Many commandments and customs lead in this direction, drawing out the love and reverence that emerge from the contemplation of God’s creations.
—  Rabbi Marc Angel
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a series of unlikely crossovers: *

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This is a very old painting of mine, done when I was around 14 years old. It’s of the Welsh mythological figure of Arianrhod. This is a good talking point regarding something I’ve been thinking about for a while. As you can see, I’ve depicted Arianrhod as a star goddess.

I am not an expert in the Mabinogion or Welsh medieval literature, and I knew even less then as a teenager. At that age, like many people, I encountered the stories of my own nation in the modern spiritual interpretations of pagans, witches and wiccans. That’s partly what inspired the painting above. In the last few decades, these interpretations have taken a life of their own over the last decades, and in this area there is as much colouring in as there is drawing, so to speak!

I’m fond of the pagan community and feel very at home with them. A lot of pagans I’ve met are very educated and interested in history, especially, so I hope they can see where I’m coming from with my thoughts regarding Celtic paganism. The more experienced, knowledgeable ones will know all of this already or might have something to add that I don’t know about. However, my post might surprise, disappoint, enlighten or annoy some people whose main knowlege comes from Googling ‘Welsh gods & goddesses’ and then being led to New Age websites that are filled with personal interpretation rather than any real ancient religion which is what they might be yearning for.

I see mainly two things surrounding popular interests in Welsh mythological figures -

Box-making

People seem to want to put Mabinogion figures into boxes, into genres, into neat soundbites almost. Like - this goddess is the goddess of flowers, this god is the god of the sea and so on. With many mythologies, it really is that simple. There is evidence to show that they were worshipped and their figures are clearly linked to a theme, element, emotion or animal. This is very useful for an artist as it gives you strong visuals to work with and I’ve done this myself. It helps the viewer identify the figure. However, this is all this is used for. I am trying to communicate a recognisable identity within the limited means of a picture. I’m not worshipping that figure for their association with this thing or that thing, whereas some people take the appearance of an object/animal in a story to mean that this figure must therefore be worshipped as the go-to goddess or god for that particular item or issue. I can see where it comes from with some of them, like Blodeuwedd’s association with flowers, but I feel the spiritual link is still tenuous. Blodeuwedd was made of flowers, but beyond that she didn’t use flowers as a magical power or made magical potions out of them. Yes, she turned into an owl at the end, but this was again a passive event. She couldn’t shapeshift into an owl at will and she didn’t have them do her bidding in some way. There are no more stories where she is repeatedly associated with flowers or owls or can communicate with them, although this would be interesting if there were!

Connecting to the past

A lot of the figures in Welsh mythology do magical feats, but it’s unknown and unclear in many cases if they were ever worshiped as gods & goddesses in ancient Britain. We know quite a bit about the ancient religions of many cultures like the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians……but we know very little about the spirituality of the druids and ancient people of Britain.
I feel like worshipping the figures of the medieval Mabinogion text is an attempt to try and fill this void. I suspect it’s a projection of their own spiritual desires onto a medieval text to try and create an ancient spiritual system to connect to, a past that might never have even existed. A lot of the figures in Welsh mythology do magical things, but it’s unknown and unclear in many cases if they were ever worshipped as gods & goddesses. I see the Mabinogion as medieval tales, influenced by Christianity but with memories of an older age. I think some of the figures in the Mabinogion are probably gods or deities from an older age, especially if you draw parallels with similar figures across the Celtic world. However, this doesn’t mean that every single one of the Mabinogion figures are straightforward gods & goddess.

The strongest vision we have of what ancient British people believed in is the spiritual link with water, especially with lakes and rivers. There is an echo of this in the Arthurian figure of Lady of the Lake and the throwing of precious objects into bodies of water as offerings. They might have worshipped local deities whom we know nothing of now, since they left no written records. Some historians believe that they were animists.

All of this is a tricky area indeed for any artist inspired by mythology. When it comes to tagging do you tag the painting as what it is only, or what others might interpret the painting to be in order for it to get visibility by people who are actually interested in that subject, but might have different view of it than you do?? I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer!