strengthen and courage

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♡ BRAVERY - PROTECTION SPELL ♡
Intent: to strengthen feelings of courage and general protection against negativity
Ingredients:
♡ dried calendula (ward off negativity),
♡ marshmallow root (protection, cleansing, guiding),
♡ black salt (soak up and trap negative energy),
♡ lavender (soothing, purification, protection),
♡ amethyst (cleansing, purification, healing)
Instructions: First make black salt; I made mine by mixing ashes and coarse sea salt with my mortar and pestle. While grinding it visualize what challenges you are facing. Pour the black salt into the bottom of the container.
Take a pinch of lavender and add on top of the black salt. I used this primarily to calm any negative feelings brought out in the first step.
Next take the calendula and marshmallow root and burn it until charred. Waft the smoke and think about specific insecurities and weaknesses burning with the herbs. Once charred add them to the container.
Lastly add amethyst (I used small pieces) to the top before sealing it to purify the spell. When sealing it, think the phrase “MY COURAGE IS ARMOR.”
Optional: incorporate the sigil I created (I wrote it before the preparation, charged it with clear quartz during the preparation, then cut and tucked it in to the bottle), seal with wax, whisper the chant, incorporate hand motions with the wafting.
This is my first time posting a spell to tumblr; I hope you like it ♡


ultimate list of herbs/plants

In relation to my second blog: The School of Magick. ⛥

Acacia: Blessing, raising of vibration, and protection via spiritual elevation.
Agrimony (cocklebur): Helps to overcome fear, dispel negative emotions, and overcome inner blockages.
Allspice: Adds strength to will and gives determination and perseverance. Gives added vitality and energy. Also good for social gatherings: increases harmony, sympathy, and cooperation between people and stimulates friendly interaction and conversation.
Almond: Attracts money. Promotes alertness and wakefulness.
Aloe: Promotes patience, persistence, and resolve. Also inner healing and overcoming blockages.
Amber: Mental clarity and focus. Protection from harm, outside influences, and psychic attack.
Ambergris: Strengthens the effect of anything it is added to or used with. By itself, gives strength and vitality (substitute: cypress and patchouli mix)
Anise: Psychic opening and clairvoyance. Opens third eye. Aids in perception of and connection to the Divine.
Aphrodisia: Passion, sexuality, and romance.
Apple or Apple Blossom: Promotes peace of mind, contentment, happiness, and success in all undertakings.
Apricot: Encourages sexuality and sensual passion. An aphrodisiac.
Asafoetida: Protection and banishing negativity.
Azalea: Encourages light spirits, happiness, and gaiety.
Banana: Helps overcome serious blockages or obstacles.
Basil: Promotes sympathy, financial prosperity, peace, and understanding. Helps to avoid arguments and clashes. 
Bayberry: Good fortune, blessing, and money and prosperity.
Bay Leaf (laurel): Protection and purification. Repels negativity. Promotes good fortune, success, and victory.
Benzoin: Used for cleansing and purification. Helps to remove blockages. Promotes strength, confidence, and willpower. Strengthens the effect of anything it is added to or used with.
Bergamot: Protection and prosperity. Combined with mint to work faster.
Birch: Spiritual and psychic opening, connecting with spirit helpers. Promotes balance, harmony, in connection to others.
Camphor: Increases one’s persuasiveness and personal influence. Adds strength to any mixture it is a part of. Also used for purification.

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Tiger’s-eye

Energy: Projective

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Associated metal: Gold

Powers: Money, protection, courage, energy, luck, divination

Magical/ritual lore: Roman soldiers wore tiger’s-eye engraved with symbols for protection during battle. 

Magical uses: Tiger’s-eye is a fine stone for promoting wealth and money. A simple money spell involves empowering several tiger’s-eyes with your need for money. Use them to surround a green candle. Light the candle and visualize. 

They are also carried for protection against all forms of danger. A tiger’s-eye cabochon set in gold is a fine protective ring or pendant. 

Ruled by the Sun and possessing a golden flash of light, tiger’s-eye is worn to strengthen convictions and create courage and confidence.

This is a warm stone, and it promotes energy flow through the body when worn. It is also beneficial for the weak or sick.

Sit outside on a sunny day. Hold a tiger’s-eye in your hands and gaze at the flashes of light. Still your conscious mind and look into the future. Or, use the stone as a tool to delve into past lives.

(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic) 

A Real Hug || Peter Parker

So since I’ve watched the Homecoming trailer at least a million times already, you guys should feel me when I say that Peter’s awkward hug with Tony Stark was my favorite part. 

Peter just wants all of the affections, like he so rightfully DESERVES, and I’mma go ahead and give him all of the hugs that he needs ♡♡

**don’t repost/plagiarize this story! reblogs are fine!


Originally posted by mychemicalmaria

This is the first time I’ve spent the night at my boyfriend’s place, and admittedly, I’m a little nervous.

You were settled on the couch with Peter as he sat next to you with his arm casually draped across your shoulder. Because you were still new to this whole dating Peter thing, you weren’t sure what Peter’s preference was when it came to being physically affectionate. 

In fact, everything about this relationship was still so new to you. 

You and Peter had only been friends for about 6 months tops when Peter had confessed to you. He told you that he really liked you and wanted you to be his girlfriend, to which you accepted his request with zero hesitation. 

You didn’t care if Peter wasn’t exactly the richest kid in all of Queens, nor did you care about his loner status at Midtown High. All that mattered was that his feelings for you were mutual, and that he was willing to share all of his firsts with you. 

Despite how you had your eyes glued to the screen, you were barely paying attention to the movie. Your mind was preoccupied with Peter and whether you should just give in and cuddle the fuck out of this boy because you were so in love with him. 

You knew that it was silly of you to be afraid, but you couldn’t help it. You’ve had a few boyfriends in the past, and the majority of them didn’t like to cuddle and preferred to have their free space, even when you were around. Because of all those shitty relationships, you became wary of what you could and couldn’t do. 

But Peter’s not like those douchebags, he’s different. Your internal thoughts help a great deal with strengthening your courage when you faced him, inching closer to where he was on the couch. 

Peter notices how you were getting closer to him and looks at you. Before he could ask what was wrong, you were practically on his lap as you wrapped your arms around his back. You hugged him tightly, expecting him to hug you back when Peter suddenly turned away from you. 

You give him a questioning glance while still having your arms around him, watching Peter as he reached over to the side table to give you your open can of soda, “Sorry babe, were you thirsty?” 

“Huh?! W-Why would I be thirsty?” You loosen your embrace to finally get a good look at him, absolutely adoring the red blush that dyed his cheeks. 

“W-Well, you were reaching over me. So I j-just naturally assumed that you were getting your drink.” 

You shake your head and press a quick kiss against his nose, making his stutter even worse when you hugged him again, “You’re such a dumb, oblivious idiot when it comes to romantic cues. The reason why I have my arms around you is because I wanna cuddle with you, you dork.”

“O-Oh!” Peter apologizes and quickly places the drink back on the table. Once his hands were free, he wraps them around your back before pulling you closer to his chest, “Sorry for not realizing, it’s just…This one time, Mr. Stark reached over me, and I totally thought he was gonna hug me, so I-I awkwardly hugged him back only for him to say ‘I was just getting the door for you.’”

You gasp, feigning a forlorn expression at hearing that his all time idol didn’t genuinely hug him, “My poor Peter Parker, you’ve been wary of hugs ever since that tragic event!” 

Peter laughs and nods, going along with this so called ‘tragic’ event when he answers you with a pout, “I can never trust hugs again. But maybe- just maybe, I can learn to trust hugs again so long as this beautiful girl in my arms gives me plenty of hugs and kisses every day.” 

You smile and gently pinch at his cheeks, unable to handle how adorable he was when you reply, “It’s a deal.”

[end]

In an age dominated by the Internet, which magnifies messages that menace faith, we must increase our exposure to spiritual truth in order to strengthen our faith and stay rooted in the gospel.
—  Dallin H. Oaks
the signs as gem stones
  • (NOT BY BIRTH STONE) (I DIDNT WRITE THE DEFINITIONS)
  • aries: Malachite- Power, success, inspiration, releasing pain/anger, concentration, healing, inspiration, overcoming negativity
  • taurus: Opal- joy, inner beauty, loyalty, spontaneity, clarity, healing, passion, eloquence, faithfulness, self-confidence, wisdom, and beauty.
  • gemini: Ruby- Wealth, passion, protection from negativity, power, joy, courage, enthusiasm, generosity, will power, contentment
  • cancer: Blue Lace Agate- Peace, calm, patience, happiness, warmth, gentleness, domestic harmony, and tenderness.
  • leo: Emerald- meditation, insight, tranquility, peace, love, friendship, protection from evil, memory, recognition, faith, serenity, romance
  • virgo: Sodalite- Alleviates fear, clears the mind, calms inner conflict, truth, stress, relief, peace, harmony, wisdom, relaxation, communication, dispels guilt, merges logic & spirituality
  • libra: Zoisite- Health, strength, entusiasm, poise, and composure
  • scorpio: Pearl- protection, intuition, chastity, wisdom, youth, purity, serenity, truth, innocence, money, prosperity, friendship, emotional clarity, and concentration.
  • sagittarius: Peridot- balance, compassion, protection against nightmares, anger management, overcoming nervousness, friendship
  • capricorn: Labradorite- Earth magic, faith, patience, imagination, introspection, strength, sleep, protection, stress, relief, calming, divination, strengthening convictions, courage
  • aquarius: Citrine- luck, creativity, protection, self-esteem, magical power, optimism, mental focus, endurance
  • pisces: Ametrine- Astral travel, magickal power, meditation, and removing negativity.

Aquamarine 

Energy: receptive

Planet: Moon

Element: water

Powers: psychism, peace, courage, purification

Magical/ritual lore: The aquamarine is the stone of the sea-goddesses of past times. Beads of aquamarine were found in ancient Egyptian mummy pits.

Magical uses: The aquamarine, a semiprecious variety of beryl, is a pale blue-green color and so has long been associated with the sea and with the element of water. Sea Witches cleanse the stone in ocean water at night by the light of the Full Moon. To do the same far from the coast, fill a blue vessel of water, add sea salt, and let the stone sit in this mixture overnight. 

In magic, this beautiful stone is worn or carried to enhance the use of psychic powers. Holding a crystal of the stone, or wearing a faceted aquamarine around the neck, reduces our conscious mind’s hold on the psychic mind and allows the ever-present psychic impulses to be heard and to enter our consciousness. 

Because the aquamarine is a cleansing and purificatory stone, it can be worn or rubbed on the body as a part of a purification prior to magical acts. A large crystal can also be worn or placed in the bathtub during cleansing dips.

A gentle, cleansing tincture can be made by placing an aquamarine in a glass of fresh water. Let this sit in full moon light, outdoors, if possible, for three hours. Retrieve the stone and drink the liquid for purification and heightened psychic awareness. 

Aquamarine is used much like the amethyst in soothing and calming emotional problems. It is a stone of peace, joy, and happiness, especially in relationships. Aquamarines exchanged by mates help sooth the path of their interactions, and it is a most magically appropriate gift for a bridegroom to give his bride on the day of their nuptials.

Aquamarine is worn or carried as a protective amulet while sailing or flying over water. When packing for a trip on water, whether a river cruise or a journey across the Pacific ocean, tuck an aquamarine in your suitcase to guard against storms. Fishermen and sailors have long made it their special amulet against danger.

Aquamarine has also been worn to relieve pain of tooth-ache and to cure illness of the stomach, throat and jaw.

As a charm, the aquamarine is worn to ensure good health, to halt fear so as to strengthen the courage hiding behind it, and for alertness of the mind.

(All information retrieved from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic) 

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Natural untreated ruby and gold wire ring size 7.5!~

A natural, untreated ruby stone set in a wire wrapped gold prong setting. Two pieces of wire drape over the top of the stone, and both sides are adorned in a single spiral. Size 7.5, can be resized to a 7 by wrapping the band of the ring. 

“ Ruby is a powerful stone to shield against negative energy, psychic attack, and energy vampirism, especially of the heart energy. Working with Ruby one may feel that all sense of limitation has been removed, strengthening courage, joy, leadership qualities and selfless work in all spiritual endeavors. Ruby is worn during rituals to increase inherent energies that may be available; when one is feeling drained or depleted the stone may be placed beside a red candle to lend energy. ”

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Good Night

Fandom: Fairytail

Ship Title: Gajevy/Gale

Rating: T for language and fluff

A.N.: Hello everyone! I thought I’d give you something to read cause I don’t know when or even “if” I will make a chapter 2 for the other fanfic I most recently posted, titled Beginnings and Ends. So here some fluffy stuff instead. :) You all seem to like that better than my angsty writing anyways.

So I was listening to the radio and I rediscovered one of my favourite songs and my obsessed brain immediately pictured my lovely OTP in it’s story…. So yeah. Go check out the song because I cannot take credit for most of this story. All I did was add some Gajevy and write it…yeah. You all get it. ^ ^’ Hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own Fairytail or it’s characters. This is based on and inspired by the song “(Kissed You) Good Night” by the country band “Gloriana”. Some lines are quotations taken from the song as well.

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Why the hell didn’t I kiss her?

I stare at my keys hanging from the ignition in the ‘on’ position but I can’t make myself take my foot off the brake.

The night had gone well. -Fuck that! It went fantastic! I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever felt so good. We’d had fun and I may actually have a memory to hold on to instead of all the ones I try to push away. 

Except for the ending. I should have kissed her.

So why the fuck didn’t I kiss her!?! My hands tightens on the steering wheel of my truck till my knuckles turn white.

I glance up and out my window at her door. The porch light is off and her house looks asleep. My eyes travel around to the other windows but its too dark to see anything in them. One of my hand releases its grip on the worn steering wheel and reaches for my door handle, hovering over it as I hesitate.

An image of the bluenette pops into my head from only a couple minutes ago with the look of disappointment on her face that I hope I hadn’t imagined. As soon as I had started to walk away she’d turned and rushed into her house.

This was my first date with her and probably my last. My dog tags weigh heavy around my neck suddenly. I’m being shipped out in the morning.

I should have asked her sooner. I’d been watching her all summer trying to find an opportunity but I probably wouldn’t have found one if my friend hadn’t forced me to. Calling me a coward if I didn’t. I ain’t a coward….So why didn't I kiss her!?

Gritting my teeth I put my hand back on the wheel and put the truck in gear. I start to roll forward away from her driveway, pulling back out onto the road from the curb.

“Goodnight Gajeel” Her soft voice whispers to me from my memory. 

I slam my foot onto the brake and the truck halts. I take a deep breath and strengthen the courage that I’d mustered up.

If I ain’t gonna see her again, I’m gonna make sure she won’t ever forget me. I throw the shifter back into park and open my door. Not stopping to think about what the hell I’m doing, I jump out of the driver’s seat and run through the yard and up the steps to her porch.

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I stare through the window at the black truck parked out front. I can’t see inside the cab but I know he started the engine.

“Don’t go.” I whisper the words to the window glass. It fogs slightly at my breath then clears again.

Why hadn’t he kissed me?

Was I not clear enough that I wanted him to? Did he not want to? We’d had so much fun together all night. I felt so happy. I was so sure he was happy too. Was he not?

The grandfather clock chimes to me from its spot in the hall. 12:15. A little after midnight. My hand clutches the white lace curtains at my side when the brake lights go out.

Why didn’t he kiss me?

I try to ignore the feeling of hurt that pushes it’s way up when his truck pulls away from the curb. Would this be the last time I’d see him? I’d been crushing on him all summer and the idiot finally asked me out the day before he leaves.

Should I wait? Does he care? Would he die? Questions swirl in my head in and overwhelming feeling of sadness encompasses them all but I refuse to let myself cry.

My breath catches in my throat when I see the truck stop suddenly. His door flies open and he gets out. Without closing it, he’s running back up the walk towards my door. Before I can register what I’m doing, I’m rushing back to the front door too.

I flip the lock and swing the door open. He’s standing there with his hand raised to knock but it falls back to his side. We’re both breathing a little bit harder than normal and staring at each other.

Then suddenly he moves forward with his intent clear in his eyes. I step up on my tiptoes and tilt my head up. He leans down and brings his face to mine. My eyes close as our lips touch and I see fireworks. It’s light at first then gains strength and he pushes me up against the wall behind me, deepening the kiss. One of his hand comes up and holds my head at the base of my skull, his fingers mingling with my blue hair. The other wraps around me, resting against the small of my back. The passion is hot and my face must be flushed but I don’t care. Butterflies flutter in my stomach. My hands find the front of his shirt and I fist my hands in it, pulling him closer. I don’t know how long it last. All I know is I don’t want it to end.

When he pulls away we’re both breathless. He doesn’t release his hold on me and I don’t let go of him either. His amazing red eyes search deep into mine and his normally scowling mouth is pulled into a breathless smile.

“Goodnight Shorty.” He grins.

And it really is a good night.

Now that he’s kissed me.

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A.N.: Thanks for reading! Hope you liked it! I know it was short but that’s unfortunately all the time I had/have right now. Let me know what you think. :) Everything is appreciated! If you wanna know something about this fanfic, another one that I wrote, or just something about me in general, feel free to ask. :)

If you haven’t already you should go check out that song. I’m a country music girl (not exclusively) I can’t help it. ^ ^' Anyways, thank you all for everything! The support means so much! Hope to see you all in the next fanfic :)

Weiss Schnee - red under the ice

SECOND REVISION

DISCLAIMER: Whatever I mention in this post may or may not have been intended by Monty Oum when he originally designed the character. But regardless of whether it was intentional or not, art is an activity that is deeply connected to the subconscious. For this reason it is emotional, intuitive and mystical, especially when it deals with complex symbolism. Thus, certain pieces of the mosaic will inevitably fall into place on their own behalf, even without the artist’s conscious awareness.

Introduction

Earlier I made a blog post devoted to Weiss, giving a brief overview of her image and symbolism from a purely visual perspective. After giving it some thought, I realized that I relate to this character on a far more intimate level than I had originally felt. Thus, I’m going to go into an in-depth analysis of what she is and what she represents on visual, symbolic, and philosophical grounds. This might prove to be a boring ride for some, but I’m hopeful it will be worth everybody’s time.

Contents:

  1. Icy on the surface - from a first glance.
  2. Shards and mind among the snow - silhouettes and meanings.
  3. Red underneath - colors.
  4. The armor of ice and solitude - putting the pieces together.
  5. “I’m not perfect. Not yet.” - a philosophical analysis.
    + Spirituality - a Christian perspective.
    + Perfectionism - Arete, Eudaimonia, and The Prince.
    + A Princess in the making - summary.
  6. Conclusion - final thoughts.
  7. Notes

Icy on the Surface

Weiss Schnee is traditionally referred to in the series as the “ice queen”, causing a lot of giggles and puns directed her way. Certainly it is intentional. Her dress is a gradient of white and light blue, which represents the color of ice. She wears an elegant pair of winter boots with heels, and her white ponytail is visually resembles an icicle. For better (or worse) her personality and behavior only complement this masterfully crafted design. She’s arrogant and egocentric. She rarely shows warm emotions, or anything for that matter that could make her seem weak in the eyes of others. Likewise, she also finds it difficult to accept warmth from others. Her name speaks for itself: “white snow” - definitely not something you would want to hold in your bare hands, at least not for too long.

But frostiness and style aren’t her only signature traits. She is also very beautiful physically, elegant in her demeanor, eloquent in her speech, and a marvelous singer. All of which causes her to emit an aristocratic aura, and identifies her as one of noble blood and upbringing.

Shards and Mind among the Snow

By further exploring her image, we will discover a prominent presence of sharp silhouettes. Her primary weapon, the Myrtenaster, is a rapier - a sword that functions similarly to a large needle. Rapiers are designed to pierce flesh rather than to slash or chop it. Therefore, they effortlessly dig themselves deeper into the body more than any other sword normally could. Rapiers do not require a lot of force to inflict pain. They simply do it. And to no doubt, anyone who would be asked to envision a needle in his mind would inevitably end up invoking thoughts of sharp pain.

The snowflake logo on the back of her bolero is comprised of large shards. This visual aspect also repeats itself in all of her glyphs. This yet again presents us with sharp, piercing silhouettes, and alludes to pain.

Lastly, she carries a scar on her face throughout the entirety of the series. In the “White” trailer, she’s shown with blood streaming out of her scar, which further intensifies the presence of pain in her image.

Despite putting up a marvelous display of sword mastery and acrobatics, her primary weapon is her magic. Whilst her rapier is designed to chamber a revolving barrel, which can enhance her sword with a multitude of different powers mid-battle. Magic and multi-faceted flexibility are common metaphors for intellect, thoughts, ideas, and wisdom. Traditionally, mages and wizards in stories tend to represent great knowledge, and Weiss is no exception to this rule.

If we combine pain, sharp objects, preoccupation with the mind, and turn to the Tarot cards, we will likely end up with the following:

Nine of Swords depicts a man unable to find peace in his sleep due to the countless nightmares, represented in the picture by swords, which endlessly pierce and cut his mind, thus tormenting him from within. The nightmares represent: failure, disappointments, despair, misery, doubt, solitude, grief, conflict, suffering, sadness, and a fear of loss.

This card’s appearance in the deck tells of a preoccupation with past experiences; particularly those of a hurtful or painful nature. It further speaks of inner-feelings of guilt, sorrow and confusion, and advises to take time for inner reflection in order to overcome debilitating emotions.

In Volume 3, Pyrrha tells us the story of the seasons, and describes the winter maiden as one who understood the reclusive nature of the man, and urged him to use his time to reflect and meditate. Thus, the winter maiden aided him in finding peace in his internal struggles.

Red underneath

What I found particularly interesting about her design was the artist’s choice to contrast the faint icy blue exterior of her clothing, with a bright, almost blood-like red interior of her bolero and boots. This is an important and screaming statement by the artist as well as the character herself.

Red as a color is a double-edged sword of emotions, as it can symbolize love and passion, simultaneously with suffering, blood, torment and conflict. Regardless of what it symbolizes, it is without a doubt a color of intense feelings, positive and negative.

Whereas ice symbolizes the exact opposite of that. Ice is cold, therefore it is numbing. Cold slows life down. It undermines one’s ability to feel pleasure and suffer pain. Cold is insensitive, sleeping, and peaceful.

During the first two volumes, we find out that Weiss had a difficult childhood, potentially suffering numerous emotional traumas, and for whatever reason has a very confrontational relationship with her father. Intense emotional conflict with one’s parents can prove to be devastating for a child, and even for an adult. And growing up in such an environment, with pain molding your personality from early age, would leave a scar one would be unlikely to rid himself off for the rest of his life.

The Armor of Ice and Solitude

Summarizing Weiss’s design, we can conclude that she’s a bundle of intense emotions, all kinds of emotions, boiling red emotions. She spent the most part of her life in torment, which continuously made her more vulnerable to harm, more irritated by pain, thus more fearful of it. She had no one to attend to her wounds, therefore she had no choice but to lose herself, or to construct a protective shell - to freeze her heart to numb the pain, and to create a hard crust for an armor to stand her ground against future harm.

The “White” trailer creates an eye-catching contrast, by pitting a fragile little girl against a large powerful knight. The girl represents her inner nature, whereas the knight represents the impregnable icy wall she constructed around her. She succeeded in protecting herself, but by growing insensitive to her own pain, she thus also grew insensitive to the pain of those around her.

Insensitivity, also, is a double-edged sword. For the most part, she reversed her situation by turning the tables on pain, but as a result, she also alienated everyone who never meant her any harm, thus becoming the architect of her own solitude.

“I’m not perfect. Not yet.”

“I’m not perfect. Not yet.”
- Weiss Schnee, RWBY Vol. 1, Ep. 7

Throughout the series we witness countless episodes of Weiss’s preoccupation with perfection; whether it’s her reluctance to acknowledge that she got herself and Ruby lost in the forest (Vol. 1, Ep. 7), the careful attention she gives to properly aligning paintings in her room (Vol. 1, Ep. 9), her growing upset over Ruby’s inability to tell the difference between two table cloths (Vol. 2, Ep. 6), or her focus on maintaining proper form in battle. (Vol. 3, Ep. 5).

It should be acknowledged that perfectionism isn’t always merely an annoying obsession or a paranoia. Given the right context, it may also imply a much deeper spiritual meaning. To explain spirituality and perfectionism, I’ll have to briefly dive into Christian philosophy and classical philosophy, at the very least from the perspective of how it was taught to me by competent people. Things will get complicated from here on, so I suppose those who find this topic boring can skip it.

Spirituality

Man is divided into 4 elements: the flesh, the soul, the spirit, and the subconscious.

  • The flesh (body) represents the man’s physical needs. i.e. hunger and sex.
  • The soul (heart) represents the man’s emotions. i.e. sadness, anger, despair, happiness, love, fear.
  • The spirit (mind) represents the man’s reason. i.e. the ability to make choices and decisions, the possession and accumulation of knowledge, the capacity and capability of the intellect to perceive, analyze, understand and use information, as well as the ability to act beyond one’s boundaries, i.e. strengthen one’s will and courage by defeating one’s sloth and fears.
  • The subconscious represents the man’s dark side, which unfortunately is too deep and sophisticated for the man to control. The subconscious influences the man’s dreams, as well as some of his feelings, but that’s where his awareness of it ends.

Spirituality, as can be seen in the word itself, is concerned with the spirit. A spiritual creature is one which expands the spirit’s authority over all the other elements. If man was a kingdom, and spirituality would be its constitution, then the spirit (mind) would be its king - the ultimate ruler of the man’s fate.

Thus, in essence, spirituality is when a man’s decisions and actions are ultimately driven by reason, and not by emotions or bodily needs. To be spiritual is to be reasonable. But one cannot be fully reasonable without knowledge, nor can one be fully reasonable if he is devoid of emotion. Spirituality is the ability of the mind to take in everything you are, everything that surrounds you, and make the rightest of right choices, unhindered by the poor judgement of the body, the heart, or insufficient knowledge.

“Emotions can grant you strength.
But you must never let them overpower you.”
Winter Schnee, Vol. 3, Ep. 4

Spirituality is the only element which is unique to human beings. It is what separates them from animals, as animals can also have bodily needs, as much as they can also experience emotions. But very rarely can they reject these things in favor of reason. Those who reject their spirit will have their fate overtaken by their emotions and their body. And such a fate would be one of torment and suffering.

Perfectionism

Note: from here on the words: perfection, virtuosity, and excellence will be used interchangeably.

Many Greek philosophers of antiquity often invoked the concept of Arete. The word itself has no proper translation, but it revolves around the idea of “excellence” and “virtuosity”. One who is Arete-ous must be excellent in all things, including knowledge, beauty, taste, craft, art, moral virtues. He furthermore must be virtuous by mastering his skills and making good use of his talents.

Since governing a country was and still is considered to be the most difficult of tasks given the high responsibility and stakes involved, many philosophers of antiquity agreed that statecraft must be left only to those who are truly and fully Arete-ous (excellent). This led to the inception of Aristocratic rule. (Aristocracy- from Greek “rule of the best”). Although historically, power ended up in the hands of the rich, who only called themselves “aristocrats” to legitimize their hereditary rule in the eyes of the people. But I digress…

Eudaimoania, which also has no proper translation, but is commonly identified as “happiness”, is another classical Greek concept that is directly connected to Arete. From a Eudaimonist perspective, one can achieve a true form of happiness only by living up to one’s full potential, or in other words: “one can be truly happy only if he succeeds in becoming the best person he can be.

To conclude this boring lesson, we’ll step away from western antiquity, and enter the age of the Italian Renaissance. Niccolo Machiavelli was a famous Italian diplomat and philosopher. He expanded on the classic Greek ideas of virtuosity and excellence, and suggested that a man’s fate lies in the hands of two entities: virtù and fortuna.

“It is better to be bold than timid and cautious, because fortune is a woman, and the man who wants to control her must treat her roughly.”
- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

By calling fortune a woman, Machiavelli suggests that it is an element in our life which is beyond our control. Fortune is luck, and luck is unpredictable. But there is a way to combat luck. And this can be done by maximizing one’s virtuosity. In this sense, Machiavelli is calling upon the Greek Arete, i.e. one’s “excellence in all things”, and one’s “mastery of all things”. From a Machiavellian perspective, one who is truly virtuous (excellent or Arete-ous), will share equal power with fortune over his own fate and success. Thus the fate of a virtuous man will depend 50% on his skill and 50% on his luck. If he rejects virtuosity, he will thus hand 100% of his fate into the hands of fortune.

A Princess in the making

Weiss pursues excellence, and this can be seen in everything, including her studies and grades, her clothing, her demeanor and appearance, the amount of attention she gives to perfecting her stance and technique in combat, and the amount of effort she puts into becoming “the best person she can be”, although she originally aspired to become “the best leader”. But given the context of perfectionism explained in the paragraphs prior, it is clear why she sought to become the leader - one’s ability to lead is also a mark of human excellence.

There are two fundamental catalysts in Weiss’s life that motivate her to pursue perfection (or virtuosity). The first catalyst is her position as the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company. She has an enormous responsibly on her shoulders as a future leader, or as Machiavelli would likely identify her, the future Princess. Power and wealth are complex and fundamentally different things. Inheriting them is one thing, holding onto them, to protect one’s family heritage as well as honor, is completely different.

“He chose money over power. In this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the Mc-mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.“
- Francis Underwood, House of Cards 2013

The second catalyst without a doubt is more spiritual. She seeks to attain control over her fate, and primarily over her emotional torment. As we’ve deducted from her character design, she is extremely sensitive underneath, which was likely the product of her difficult childhood. She chose to grow an icy crust around her heart to protect herself from emotional harm. Surrounding herself with an impregnable barrier of ice and snow, she sought to subjugate and control pain directed against her. But as a side-effect, she also lost the ability to sense the pain of others. Insensitivity towards oneself will inevitably produce insensitivity towards those around you. She sought to attain control over her pain, but in exchange she lost control over the pain she inflicts on those around her. She undoubtedly realizes this, and seeks to change it, but only by proceeding to ascend towards perfection.

She isn’t perfect. Not yet. Because if she would be, she would control both: the pain inflicted on her, and the pain she inflicts on others; she would successfully combat her fortune, control her fate, and thus the fate of her family’s heritage and honor.

Conclusion

Weiss Schnee is a fascinating and unique character, as she is the only of them all who actually explores the matters of the spirit, virtue, excellence, pain, weakness, strength, and the will to change one’s fate. For this reason, I identify her as the most human and most spiritual character in the series. She travels a spiritual and philosophical path which I find to be very reminiscent of my own, as I too share many of her circumstances and aspirations.

I don’t know if Monty Oum actually put this much thought into her. I suspect he didn’t. But regardless of this fact, it can’t be denied that he gave life to his art, and his art decided to speak for itself.

Notes

The information presented in this essay is on one hand influenced by my academic studies, and on the other - by my personal thoughts and interests. There’s definitely a lot more I could and would like to say about Weiss, but every monologue must eventually come to an end.

Weiss Schnee - red under the ice

DISCLAIMER: Whatever I mention in this post may or may not have been intended by Monty Oum when he originally designed the character. But regardless of whether it was intentional or not, art is an activity that is deeply connected to the subconscious. For this reason it is emotional, intuitive and mystical, especially when it deals with complex symbolism. Thus, certain pieces of the mosaic will inevitably fall into place on their own behalf, even without the artist’s conscious awareness.

Introduction

Earlier I made a post devoted to Weiss, giving a brief overview of her image and symbolism from a purely visual perspective. After giving it some thought, I realized that I relate to this character on a far more intimate level than I had originally felt. Thus, I’m going to go into a more in-depth analysis of what she is and what she represents. This post will involve most of the things presented in the aforementioned one, and further expand on them. Consider this an essay on Weiss Schnee - it will be long.

Icy on the Surface

Weiss Schnee is traditionally referred to in the series as the “ice queen”, causing a lot of giggles and puns directed her way. Certainly it is intentional. Her dress is a gradient of white and light blue, which represents the color of ice. She wears an elegant pair of winter boots with heels, and her white ponytail is visually reminiscent of an icicle. For better (or worse) her personality and behavior only complement this masterfully crafted design. She’s arrogant and egocentric. She rarely shows warm emotions, or anything for that matter that could make her seem weak in the eyes of others. Likewise, she also finds it difficult to accept warmth from others. Her name speaks for itself: “white snow” - definitely not something you would want to hold in your bare hands, at least not for too long.

But frostiness and style aren’t her only signature traits. She is also very beautiful physically, elegant in her demeanor, eloquent in her speech, and a marvelous singer. All of which causes her to emit an aristocratic aura, and identifies her as one of noble blood and upbringing.

Shards and Mind among the Snow

By further exploring her image, we will discover a prominent dominance of sharp silhouettes. Her primary weapon, the Myrtenaster, is a rapier - a sword that functions similarly to a large needle. Rapiers are designed to pierce flesh rather than to slash or chop it. Therefore, they effortlessly dig themselves deeper into the body more than any other sword normally could. Rapiers do not require a lot of strength to inflict pain. They simply do it. And to no doubt, anyone who would be asked to envision a needle in his mind would inevitably end up invoking thoughts of sharp pain.

The snowflake logo on the back of her bolero is comprised of large shards. This visual aspect also repeats itself in all of her glyphs. This yet again presents us with sharp, piercing silhouettes, and alludes to pain.

Lastly, she carries a scar on her face throughout the entirety of the series. In the “White” trailer, she’s shown with blood bursting out of her scar, which again alludes to the idea of wounds and pain.

Despite putting up a marvelous display of sword mastery and acrobatics, her primary weapon is her magic. Whilst her rapier is designed to chamber a revolving barrel, which can enhance her sword with a multitude of different powers mid-battle. Magic and multi-faceted flexibility are common metaphors for intellect, thoughts, ideas, and wisdom. Traditionally, mages and wizards in stories tend to represent great knowledge, and Weiss is no exception to this rule.

If we combine pain, sharp objects, preoccupation with the mind, and turn to the Tarot cards, we will likely end up with the following:

Nine of Swords depicts a man unable to find peace in his sleep due to the countless nightmares, represented in the picture by swords, which endlessly pierce and cut his mind, thus tormenting him from within. The nightmares represent: failure, disappointments, despair, misery, doubt, solitude, grief, conflict, suffering, sadness, and a fear of loss.

This card’s appearance in the deck tells of a preoccupation with past experiences; particularly those of a hurtful or painful nature. It further speaks of inner-feelings of guilt, sorrow and confusion, and advises to take time for inner reflection in order to overcome debilitating emotions.

In Volume 3, Pyrrha tells us the story of the seasons, and describes the winter maiden as one who understood the reclusive nature of the man, and urged him to use his time to reflect and meditate. Thus, the winter maiden aided him in finding peace in his internal struggles.

Red underneath

What I found particularly interesting about her design was the artist’s choice to contrast the faint icy blue exterior of her clothing, with a bright, almost blood-like red interior of her bolero and boots. This is an important and screaming statement by the artist as well as the character herself.

Red as a color is a double-edged sword of emotions, as it can symbolize love and passion, simultaneously with suffering, blood, torment and conflict. Regardless of what it symbolizes, it is without a doubt a color of intense feelings, positive and negative.

Whereas ice symbolizes the exact opposite of that. Ice is cold, therefore it is numbing. Cold slows life down. It undermines one’s ability to feel pleasure and suffer pain. Cold is insensitive, sleeping, and peaceful.

During the first two volumes, we find out that Weiss had a difficult childhood, potentially suffering numerous emotional traumas, and for whatever reason has a very confrontational relationship with her father. Intense emotional conflict with one’s parents can prove to be devastating for a child, and even for an adult. And growing up in such an environment, with pain molding your personality from early age, would leave a scar one would be unlikely to rid himself off for the rest of his life.

The Armor of Ice and Solitude

Summarizing Weiss’s design, we can conclude that she’s a bundle of intense emotions, all kinds of emotions, boiling red emotions. She spent the most part of her life in torment, which continuously made her more vulnerable to harm, more irritated by pain, thus more fearful of it. She had no one to attend to her wounds, therefore she had no choice but to lose herself, or to construct a protective shell - to freeze her heart to numb the pain, and to create a hard crust for an armor to stand her ground against future harm.

The “White” trailer creates an eye-catching contrast, by pitting a fragile little girl against a large powerful knight. The girl represents her inner nature, whereas the knight represents the impregnable icy wall she constructed around her. She succeeded in protecting herself, but by growing insensitive to her own pain, she thus also grew insensitive to the pain of those around her.

Insensitivity, also, is a double-edged sword. For the most part, she reversed her situation by turning the tables on pain, but as a result, she also alienated everyone who never meant her any harm, thus becoming the architect of her own solitude.

Clawing up the Mountain of Perfection

“I’m not perfect. Not yet.”
- Weiss Schnee, RWBY Vol. 1

It should be acknowledged that perfectionism isn’t always merely an annoying obsession or a paranoia. Given the right context, it may also imply a much deeper spiritual context. To explain spirituality and perfectionism, I’ll have to briefly dive into Christian philosophy and classical philosophy, at the very least from the perspective of how it was taught to me by competent people. Things will get complicated from here on, so I suppose those who find this topic boring can skip it.

Spirituality

Man is divided into 4 elements: the flesh, the soul, the spirit, and the subconscious.

- The flesh (body) represents the man’s physical needs. i.e. hunger and sex.
- The soul (heart) represents the man’s emotions. i.e. sadness, anger, despair, happiness, love, fear.
- The spirit (mind) represents the man’s reason. i.e. the ability to make choices and decisions, the possession and accumulation of knowledge, the capacity and capability of the intellect to perceive, analyze, understand and use information, as well as the ability to act beyond one’s boundaries, i.e. strengthen one’s will and courage by defeating one’s sloth and fears.
- The subconscious represents the man’s dark side, which unfortunately is too deep and sophisticated for the man to control. The subconscious influences the man’s dreams, as well as some of his feelings, but that’s where his awareness of it ends.

Spirituality, as can be seen in the word itself, is concerned with the spirit. A spiritual creature is one which expands the spirit’s authority over all the other elements. If man was a kingdom, and spirituality would be its constitution, then the spirit (mind) would be its king - the ultimate ruler of the man’s fate.

Thus, in essence, spirituality is when a man’s decisions and actions are ultimately driven by reason, and not by emotions or bodily needs. To be spiritual is to be reasonable. But one cannot be fully reasonable without knowledge, nor can one be fully reasonable if he is devoid of emotion. Spirituality is the ability of the mind to take in everything you are, everything that surrounds you, and make the right choice, unhindered by the poor judgement of the body, the heart, or insufficient knowledge.

Spirituality is the only element which is unique to human beings. It is what separates them from animals, as animals can also have bodily needs, as much as they can also experience emotions. But very rarely can they reject these things in favor of reason. Those who reject their spirit will have their fate overtaken by their emotions and their body. And such a fate would be one of torment and suffering.

Perfectionism

Many Greek philosophers of antiquity (many of whom became the founding fathers of modern western philosophy), often invoked the concept of Arete. The word itself has no proper translation, but it revolves around the idea of “excellence” and “virtuosity”. One who is Arete-ous must be excellent in all things, including knowledge, beauty, taste, craft, art, moral virtues. He furthermore must be virtuous by mastering his skills and making good use of his talents.

Since governing a country was and still is considered to be the most difficult of tasks given the high responsibility and stakes involved, many philosophers of antiquity agreed that statecraft must be left only to those who are truly and fully Arete-ous (excellent). This led to the inception of Aristocratic rule. (Aristocracy - from Greek “rule of the best”). Although historically, power ended up in the hands of the rich, who only called themselves “aristocrats” to legitimize their hereditary rule in the eyes of the people. But I digress…

To conclude this boring lesson, we’ll step away from western antiquity, and enter the age of the Italian Renaissance. Niccolo Machiavelli was a famous Italian diplomat and philosopher. He expanded on the classic Greek ideas of virtuosity and excellence, and suggested that a man’s fate lies in the hands of two entities: virtù and fortuna.

“It is better to be bold than timid and cautious, because fortune is a woman, and the man who wants to control her must treat her roughly.”
- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

By calling fortune a woman, Machiavelli suggests that it is an element in our life which is beyond our control. Fortune is luck, and luck is unpredictable. But there is a way to combat luck. And this can be done by maximizing one’s virtuosity. In this sense, Machiavelli is calling upon the Greek Arete, i.e. one’s “excellence in all things”, and one’s “mastery of all things”. From a Machiavellian perspective, one who is truly virtuous (excellent or Arete-ous), will share equal power with fortune over his own fate and success. Thus the fate of a virtuous man will depend 50% on his skill and 50% on his luck. If he rejects virtuosity, he will thus hand 100% of his fate into the hands of fortune.

Clawing up the Mountain of Perfection

Weiss pursues excellence, and this can be seen in everything, including her studies and grades, her clothing, her demeanor and appearance, the amount of attention she gives to perfecting her stance and technique in combat, and the amount of effort she puts into becoming “the best person she can be”, although she originally aspired to become “the best leader”. And given the context of perfectionism explained in the paragraphs prior, it’s completely understandable why she sought to become the leader.

There are two fundamental catalysts in Weiss’s life that motivate her to pursue perfection (or virtuosity). The first catalyst is undoubtedly her position as the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company. She has an enormous responsibly on her shoulders as a future leader, or as Machiavelli would likely identify her, the future Princess. Power and wealth are complex and fundamentally different things. Inheriting them is one thing, holding onto them, to protect her family’s heritage as well as honor, is completely different.

“He chose money over power. In this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the Mc-mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.“
- Francis Underwood, House of Cards 2013

The second catalyst without a doubt is more spiritual. She seeks to attain control over her fate, and primarily over her emotional torment. As we’ve deducted from her character design, she is extremely sensitive underneath, which was likely the product of her difficult childhood. She chose to grow an icy crust around her heart to protect herself from emotional harm. Surrounding herself with an impregnable barrier of ice and snow, she sought to subjugate and control pain directed against her. But as a side-effect, she also lost the ability to sense the pain of others. Insensitivity towards oneself will inevitably produce insensitivity towards those around you. She sought to attain control over her pain, but in exchange she lost control over the pain she inflicts on those around her. She undoubtedly realizes this, and seeks to change it, but only by proceeding to ascend towards perfection.

She isn’t perfect. Not yet. Because if she would be, she would control both: the pain inflicted on her, and the pain she inflicts on others.

Conclusion

Weiss Schnee is a fascinating and unique character, as she is the only of them all who actually explores the matters of the spirit, virtue, excellence, pain, weakness, strength, and the will to change one’s fate. For this reason, I identify her as the most human and most spiritual character in the series. She travels a spiritual and philosophical path which I find to be very reminiscent of my own, as I too share many of her circumstances and aspirations.

I don’t know if Monty Oum actually put this much thought into her. I suspect he didn’t. But regardless of this fact, it can’t be denied that he gave life to his art, and his art decided to speak for itself.