spring necessities

anonymous asked:

could you write a tiny love letter to humanity?

THINGS I CURRENTLY LOVE ABOUT HUMANITY, A LIST

  • The way brake lights flicker through the bare limbs of trees out the window of my apartment
  • the soft grinding of the CTA line as it passes into night, carrying unknown individuals pats, to the dark
  • our downstairs neighbors as they have soft, languorous sex, gently rattling our china cabinet as their headboard slams against the wall
  • My criminal law professor, who (despite a rough, emotionally-scarring military and prosecutorial past) articulates the necessity of being open to criticism as “if I alienate you from learning, I have failed as a professor”
  • the very gentle inquiries into what we’re all doing for spring break, the necessity of sunshine and/or our mothers’ cooking
  • Talking about work/life balance with other law students, some of whom believe in nothing of the sort, and others who harbor that spark of romanticism, that love can be found in a desperate place
  • How much people still long for external approval, even into their thirties and foties, so much as to be braggarts, desperate for external approval from law students ten to fifteen years their junior.
  • You are never really not that person you were at twelve and thirteen. It will all be a little easier if you love them gently, and with kindness. 
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30 Days of Deity Devotion: Day 3: Symbols and Icons of This Deity

The Sisters of the Badb

As the prime mistresses of the land and therefore any sovereign claim to it, the Morrigan as a group are goddesses of war, death, magic and take a tutelary role in most of the legends in which they directly interact with other figures. War was a social construct in Pre-Christian Ireland and the success of the king and his right to rule was tied directly with the prosperity and well-being of the land. Shape-shifters, adversaries and psychopomps in their own right, the Sisters herald both chaos and growth in the beats of their wings.

Corvids: Most legends note the members of the Morrigan taking the shape of a Royston (hooded) crow or a raven. This is generally extended to include other corvid species of bird. 

Cattle: Cattle were the intrinsic sign of the land and peoples well-being. If the land was failling, so would the health of the cattle. During the Táin Bó Cúailnge, Morrigu (sometimes known as Anand) takes the form of a white cow during her shape-changing harassment of Cu Chulainn. Bones and skins from cattle make good ornamentation in devotion to her.

White or Grey Horses: Macha is sometimes said to have taken the form of a white mare, walking the remnants of battlefields over the bodies of warriors fallen; multiple mountings of heads on spear tips have been called “Macha’s Forest.” During the fall festival of Samhain, the Irish had a tradition of choosing an individual to wear a white shroud and a horse’s skull, walking the streets as the white mare, an indication of the belief that spirits and ancestors were closer than any other time of the year.

Rivers and Fresh Water: Having created a river in Ireland by urinating it into existence, running water and springs, as core necessities to the land have always been something the Sisters have been found near or around. She takes the form of an eel and the guise of a hag washing the soldiers doomed to death in the Táin; as well as bedding the Dagda near a river the eve before the Tuatha de Danann were set to do battle with the Fomorians. (It’s been theorized that this happened at or around Samhain, which has led to that holiday being strongly associated with her.)

Apples: This is more of a personal association as apples and hazelnuts are traditional spiritual offerings during Samhain. 

Carnelian: A bloody looking stone, this is one that has always seemed to be appropriate.

Weapons: As a war god, weapons and armor are intrinsically associated with them.