I think Jung is overused - and frequently incorrectly - in the metaphysical community in general, but one really can’t deny his influence. I still love the ideas of archetypes and symbols and how they relate to elements of the psyche and personality. Also, how symbolism can be subjective yet somehow shared within and across cultures.


Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols credited with magical effect preserved in various grimoires dating from the 17th century and later. According to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the effects credited to most of the staves were very relevant to the average Icelanders of the time, who were mostly substitence farmers and had to deal with harsh climatic conditions.

Send me a symbol for a horror-inspired starter

☠   Our muses are going ghost hunting together
☮   One of our muses is infected with a mysterious virus (effects are up to the mun)
☯   Our muses are survivors after a nuclear holocaust
Ω   Our muses are survivors after a zombie apocalypse
♤   One of our muses is a ghost and the other just moved into their house
♣   One of our muses is a werewolf, and it’s a full moon
♡   One of our muses is a vampire
♢   Our muses have just created a monster in a lab  
⚜  Our muses are lost in the woods when they hear ghostly voices/singing
★   Our muses get stuck in an abandoned building
☆   Our muses are being chased by a masked killer
☾   One of our muses is a masked killer and the other is their victim
☼  One of our muses has the other chained up
☀   Our muses are at sea when something stirs underneath the water
☹   Our muses are babysitting late at night and they get spooked
¢    Our muses find a spellbook and decide to test it out
☚   Our muses play with a Ouija board
☝    Our muses find a possessed item

“Writing is.... being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.” ― Mary Gaitskill

twistedrecesses submitted:

One page (not folio, oddly enough) of several sporting POC from BnF fr. 22297, Guillaume Revel’s “Registre d'armes” ou armoriel d'Auvergne (Book of Arms of Bourbon and Auvergne). Originally intended for Charles I of Bourbon, the book was not completed before his death in 1456; it was then dedicated to Charles VII of France.


This is probably a representation of The Good Thief, also called Saint Dismas.

The depiction of a Black man with a white headband or blindfold used as a symbol or device is often meant to represent this saint, who was crucified next to Jesus and converted to Christianity on the cross.

Although Saint Maurice is almost always shown bearing the standard that would later become the Coat of Arms of Germany:

There are depictions where he is shown bearing the standard of Saint Dismas: