the anchorite

‘If we knew that a place was unhealthy and subject to pestilence, would we not withdraw our children from it, without being stopped by the riches that they might heap up in it, or by the fact that their health had not as yet suffered? … Among seculars shipwrecks are more frequent and sudden, because the difficulties of navigation are greater; but with anchorites storms are less violent, the calm is almost undisturbed. This is why we seek to draw as many as we can to the religious life.’

St. John Chrysostom

a medieval hannah montana-style show about an anchorite who tunnels out of her cell at night and gets up to merry harlotry in the town 

Non-Human Trans Representation

As a source of media, comic books trend towards the science fiction and fantasy genres much more heavily than other forms. As a result, trans representation within comic books also tends toward these genres as well.

One example of this is the propensity of characters who are genderfluid to also have the power to shapeshift. One character the is an example of this is Xavin from The Runaways. Xavin is a member of a species of shapeshifting aliens called skrulls. In Xavin’s first appearance (The Runaways Vol. 2 Issue 7), they state that for Skrulls “changing gender is as easy as changing hair color.” Xavin also has an ongoing narrative of finding their “true form”

Another shapeshifting character who identifies as genderfluid is Loki from Thor. Loki is a trickster god who has magical powers which tend towards illusions. In the series, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Loki began being written as a shitching between male and female presenting forms at will. When asked about shapeshift later, Loki respinds that they can change into anything “as long as it’s me”

Yet another example is Sera from Angela: Asgard’s Assasin and Angela Queen of Hel. Sera comes from the realm of Heven where gender dynamics are very different than human ones. Women are winged warriors who run their society while the men are weak and remain cloistered and protected as Anchorites. Sera was among the anchorites but was not truly one of them. Enlisting the help of her future lover Angela, Sera was able to escape and become her true self.

Citations:

[Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Miyazawa, Takeshi (p), Yeung, Craig (i).] Runaways, Vol. 2 #7 (2005). [Marvel Comics].

[Ewing, Al (w), Garbett, Lee (p/i).] Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1 #1-17 (2005). [Marvel Comics].

[Gillen, Kieron (w), Bennett, Marguerite (w), Jimenez, Phil (p), Hans, Stephanie (p/i).] “Priceless” Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, Vol. 1 #1-6 (2015). [Marvel Comics].

We are incredibly thrilled to present our 56 Ring in the New Year with Reylo fics!

Thank you so much to every single one of our writers. Authors are anonymous for now, but will be revealed on January 6th. Please leave some commenting love for our amazing writers, and feel free to guess who wrote what before the reveal!

Home Is… by Anonymous for Sydney508
“Building a life together” is more than just a phrase. For Kylo and Rey, it literally starts with building a home, one little step at a time (but please don’t let them play with electricity anymore.)

Just a Dream by Anonymous for kmanion
At night, desperate to sleep, Rey imagines an island.

we must be killers (children of the wild ones) by Anonymous for personalphilosophie
He chuckles. He can’t help it. “You have to stop terrorizing the merchants, my love.”“I’m ‘your love’ now, am I? You were calling me 'little idiot’ a few days ago—”“Who,” he snaps, “in their right mind would just drop down into the middle of a pack of Sith hounds?”“Element of surprise?” she offers. “Anyway, they were only Sith hounds."There is refuge even here, in their little games. He can’t remember precisely when it started. It crept up on him like salvation, like forgiveness, like dawn seeping through.

Fugue by Anonymous for Queronea
Kylo and Rey keep their marriage in secret during the war, but in the final fight with Snoke, Kylo gets hit in his head and loses all his memories of Kylo Ren. Now he’s Ben Solo, balancing work in the Resistance base, his Jedi training with Luke, the disappearance of his father, and the constant fights with Rey, the only person in the base he cannot seem to get along with.

A wig and glasses isn’t enough by Anonymous for TheJGatsby
Rey meets a celebrity in disguise, and things only get crazier from there… 

Gideon’s Sacrifice by Anonymous for Ceallaigh
Since the loss of Rey, Kylo Ren’s pursuit of these new enemies has been relentless. Planets of no consequence, like Serpindal and Belkadan have gone completely dark from technology - there were no electronic subspace transmissions. Later his Knights of Ren discovered the planets were destroyed by space anomalies, such as the moon crashing into Serpindal, and an overgrowth of insects on Belkadan. His daughter has been left in the care of his mother, Leia. However, in this last visit, New Republic Forces have chosen to arrest him and try him for his crimes against the galaxy from the last war. The war the First Order lost to the Resistance. He was tried by grand jury of the New Republic and convicted of various crimes. His sentence was to be placed in Carbonite stasis by a new protocol that would cause him to be devoid of the Force. Leia refuses to let Kylo Ren surrender to them. Kylo Ren has other plans.

Love makes the galaxy go round by Anonymous for bittersnake
Their masters make a secret arrangement behind their backs.

The Word of Skill by Anonymous for onstraysod 
When Kylo Ren kidnaps Rey from Ahch-to, he expects her to be a worthy rival and a pupil. He’s already seen enough to know she’s a girl who can match him in wits and in Force power. But it’s the other things Rey learned during her years of neglect on Jakku that will make all the difference; not only to Kylo but to the other inhabitants of the Finalizer, and perhaps the Galaxy itself.

The most beautiful souls by Anonymous for dustoftheancients (The_Hollow_Bones)
Rey is a Jedi, trained by Luke Skywalker, granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi, another famous Jedi master.
Kylo Ren has moved his first steps as a Sith: he’s sure of himself, stubborn.
They have felt in love too soon.[Jedi/Sith AU]

Heart Craters, Filled With Light by Anonymous for KagamiSorciere
Rey has never been able to celebrate Christmas before. Kylo can’t help but become a little invested.

His Desire by Anonymous for Ghostsdontdie
Kylo Ren’s hopes and dreams are fulfilled with a marriage to Rey, but he remains uncertain and unsatisfied.“Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?”
― William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair”

the hint of hope that is you by Anonymous for ReyloTrashCompactor (NextToSomething) 
Rey, Poe, Finn, and the rest of the staff at Recto et Verso Books are gearing up for the holiday season when a surprise mass shipment throws them off balance.
Selling 742 copies of anything would be a challenge for a store their size.
Selling 742 copies of pretentious, free form, emo poetry by some asshole named “Kylo Ren” is next to impossible…or so they think.BookstoreAU written for the lovely ReyloTrashCompactor for the “Ring in the New Year with Reylo” challenge. If you love tea, books, and truly horrifying poetry, this story is for you.

let the silver arrow fly by Anonymous for LarirenShadow
Leia plays cupid, and fires a few misshots before getting it right.

Retrouvailles by Anonymous for NatMatryoshka
: The joy or happiness of reuniting with someone after a long separation.Prompt from NatMatryoshka: “Padawan Rey and Senator Ben Organa Solo: Rey and her master Luke escort young Senator Ben Organa for a noisy party in Coruscant. What will happen?”

The Fickle Finger of Fate by Anonymous for OfHealingLove
She should not be afraid of him. She does not understand. She will. He will make her.

such language holds the solemn sea (to sands upon the shore) by Anonymous for cassanah
They only ever met in large cities where they could blend into anonymity. This time they were in a city called Tvell’ia on a bustling trade world in the Outer Rim. Kylo came here once when he was not Kylo Ren. He remembered how the luminescent algae in the ocean glowed in the darkness of the night here, and he wanted Rey to see it.

Stay by Anonymous for Thelittlescrimshaw
Prompt fill for Ring In the Reylo New Year’s gift exchange.

Sins of the Father by Anonymous for Hormonal_Trashbag 
Unable to outrun the sins of his past, Ben Solo is faced with a ghost from that life that threatens his chance to finally find a peace he has sought his entire life.

The Five Times We Met At The Train Station And The One Time We Did Not by Anonymous for the-reylo-void (Anysia)
Exactly what it says on the tin(or the five times rey assaulted ben in some way lmfao)

Clockwork by Anonymous for Vickyshipsreylo
He is young, and there are two things he fears above everything else: death, and clockwork.

Family issues by Anonymous for Artemis1000
Rey tries to understand her feelings for a redeemed Ben Solo while his mother and uncle treat her like the hope for a better galaxy. It’s not easy when you have to be a jedi, a friend, a warrior and a lover.

That One Time Rey Got Drunk by Anonymous for dungeoncrawler
Rey is drunk, Kylo is impulsive, and neither of them can admit their feelings. They can, however, express them through physical intimacy.

Take my hand by Anonymous for tyrantsandcreampuffs 

Opposition in Vain by Anonymous for solikerez
Rey is a factory girl living off of meager pay and the hope that her parents will return. She’s given a new chance at happiness when the parson Luke Skywalker (a former student of her grandfather’s) adopts her. Years later, the Skywalker-Solo merchant business is facing financial ruin. In order to save her found family, she enters into marriage with the prodigal Ben Solo, who became wealthy through betrayal. But there may be more to this arrangement than what meets the eye…

Anchorite by Anonymous for momo_official
It was right, Rey thought, that he had to bend so low to speak to her. Men like Kylo Ren were made to kneel.

the one thing you leave behind (is how did you love) by Anonymous for diasterisms
Kylo’s orders are to turn Rey to the Dark Side. His personal feelings may prevent him from doing so.

Clandestine by Anonymous for kuresoto
She should have just done her job as a Jedi, should have remained detached yet polite, should have guarded Senator Ben Organa, and should not have jumped into bed with him.

Bound in the Balance by Anonymous for TheBridgeIntoYourMind
He sees her struggles. He feels her frustrations. He senses her presence in the Force, a sensation that echoes his own. He feels compelled to help her, to tell her the truth about herself and himself. How much he ends up telling her, he didn’t expect.

Solace for the Damned by Anonymous for incognitajones
Christmas Eve, and a lone priest of a tiny, isolated parish works feverishly in the snow until an old friend drops by. She misses him- what will it take to lure him away? When will he stop hiding behind the cloth?

The Planet of Fates by Anonymous for Juulna
Simple scavenger Rey was almost ready to find Luke, to bring peace to the galaxy once again, until a mysterious force pulled her into the dreaded Kylo Ren’s path. Though this may be a trap, something bigger seems to be playing out for the two adversaries. And it won’t be like anything they’ve faced before…

Between Daydreams and Nightmares by Anonymous for BeMyDarkling
“Bring the girl to me.”
Kylo begins to train Rey after her abduction; however, as he attempts to draw out the Dark Side in her, she ignites the Light in him.

Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit by Anonymous for SouthSideStory
A diplomatic mission to Fest goes differently than expected.

Shadowed by Anonymous for Limra
The war is over. It has been for years. A damaged Kylo is forced to face his fears when Rey tells him that she wants children, believing that the sins of the father would be passed on to the children – his children… much like the sins of Darth Vader ruined the reputation of his mother, then-Senator Leia Organa.Rey? Well. Rey thinks that it’s about time that Kylo faces what people really think about her husband.

A Ghtroc 690, Fully Restored by Anonymous for Chthonia
This is the Force, Rey knows, trying to draw her to Kylo Ren, but she doesn’t care about whatever greater purpose a higher power has in store for them. She hates this man, and she despises any connection they have, no matter how divine its origin. (Or: the Force ruins Rey’s first vacation.)

Quiet Words by Anonymous for RacheyMayBe
She wants to take his heart in her hand and dare it to beat when its fickleness is the reason Han’s never will again.(She doesn’t know yet that this fury doesn’t wholly belong to her.)

One Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous for TehanuFromEarthsea
Really, Rey ought to kill him. But instead she found herself fascinated by him

Trapped by Anonymous for PalenDrome (nerdherderette)
Rey and Kylo get trapped on a shuttle in the middle of deep space. Inspired by ChroniclyFlaming’s “Revanche" 

Jazz Night at the Jakku Philharmonic by Anonymous for SaintHeretical
Rey expects nothing good when the Jakku Philharmonic plays an outdoor gig with weird and reclusive jazz legend Snoke. As for his backing band, they’re something else. Kylo styles himself as "the loudest trumpet player in the universe”, and his mic stand is right behind Rey’s chair in the woodwind section.

This Darkness Which You Know You Cannot Fight by Anonymous for OccasionallyCreative
Rey gives in to her anger. It has been a long time coming.

Fight Like Me by Anonymous for SWAG_77
After mysteriously crashing on a moon, Rey and Kylo Ren find themselves Forced to fight together.

The Force Works in Mysterious Ways by Anonymous for agirlfromniima 
Sometimes you just know what you need to do.

Tall Tales of the Western Wilds by Anonymous for Vivien
They say there’s three sides to every story: his side, her side, and the truth. No matter which you choose to believe, Ragin’ Rey Kenobi was the greatest bounty hunter there ever was.

Exigence in Force Majeure by Anonymous for MostTulip
This war has raged for ages and most of the leaders at its helm are long gone. It’s left to Kylo Ren, and Rey, his constant opposing force, whose minds have seeped so far into each other as to make planning in secret impossible, to come to some accord or else watch the galaxy burn in their futile efforts at mutual destruction.

Muscle Memory by Anonymous for thewayofthetrashcompactor (BriarLily)
The war may be over, but Rey is still encountering Kylo Ren far too frequently for her peace of mind.

Two Comets Lost, Following the Trails of Stars Unknown by Anonymous for Karla_shadow
He calls out to her as if through the Force, a pull that repels and attracts her in equal measure. He draws nearer to her as if he can’t help but follow that strange call.She backs away.“You can’t fight destiny.”

i’m always in this twilight (in the shadow of your heart) by Anonymous for jitterygummy
Coded on a secondhand datapad in a run-down motel room in Mos Eisley, deleted and never sent: Everything about us was a whirlwind.Written on a scrap of durasheet in a Tion Cluster outpost, the words fading after a while into air and ghosts: You shouldn’t have forgiven me for any of it.Scraped into the bark of an oak tree on the Argazdan homeworld: You won’t believe the dreams I have about you.

climb so fast to fall by Anonymous for LueurdeLaube 
Kylo Ren arrived at (crashed into) the Resistance base and fell in front of the general, broken and bleeding. No one was very happy about this development, least of all Rey.

All That’s Best of Dark and Bright (Eallach Monstrosus) by Anonymous for cuddlesome
monster
noun mon·ster \ˈmän(t)-stər\
: a strange or horrible imaginary creature
: something that is extremely or unusually large
: a powerful person or thing that cannot be controlled and that causes many problems
-Source: Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary
A Beauty and the Beast pastiche

In Balance by Anonymous for Fangirltrashbaby
Kylo Ren arrives on Ahch-Too with some surprising news. Rey is hesitant at first but when Luke strands them on the planet she has to learn to get along with him.

soon I know you’ll see (you’re just like me) by Anonymous for KyloWren
She crooks a finger. He kneels.

desperado (where you gonna run to) by Anonymous for La_Catrina
'It is my personal opinion that we cannot take Snoke down without you. Sorry excuse of a man that you are at the moment.’ Rey’s eyes skimmed him up and down as though searching for something, and coming up wanting.Kylo could not fault her for that. He’d failed at being a good man a long time ago, and a bad man more recently. He was adrift between two worlds, belonging in neither.

Captain by Anonymous for politicalmamaduck
“Why?” she blurted.He blinked at her for a few seconds. “Why am I bad at flirting? Or–”“No,” Rey cleared her throat. “Why me?”His head tilted inquisitively, and she felt his gaze as it traveled from her face. “Honestly? Han told me he was looking to hire another pilot. I saw you alone in here and…” he trailed off, glaring at his second whiskey.“And?”He met her eye, squaring his shoulders to say, “I’ll pay you double for the same job.”

Blades Crossed by Anonymous for second_chances
Notorious figure skater Kylo Ren has had a rough few years; once a decorated competitor, now it’s hard to say what he’s losing faster, sponsors or partners. With Nationals just six months out and no qualified partner on the horizon, Kylo finds himself begrudgingly skating with college hockey phenom Rey Kenobi, a scrappy forward coming off injured reserve who doesn’t know a lutz from an axel. It’s only for six months, but family drama, a twisted coach, and a budding closeness to his new partner ensure that this will be the most eventful competition season of Kylo’s career.

Rare and Imprecise by Anonymous for WildConcerto 
Soul bonds are rare and imprecise. Few beings took any stock in their occurrence, though the midwife cooed that it was a sign of great luck to have a son born with an omen etched down his back.Leia didn’t like it.

The Wheels Keep Right on Rolling by Anonymous for Hamliet
Ben Solo is brilliant and handsome. He is also insufferably arrogant, a flagrant womanizer, and a total ass. On certain days, they get along as well as oil and water. On others, it’s more like ammonium nitrate and TNT.Which is why the prospect of spending the next 48-hours cooped up in a car–on a road trip with the man–has left Rey feeling a bit out of sorts….

Convergence by Anonymous for Elywyngirlie
Whatever the next steps are, I want to take them with you.

anonymous asked:

do you have any poetry recommendations? authors, fragments, entire works. anything really

ESTABLISHED POETS

jeanann verlee –  lessons on loving a prophet ; communion ; the unkindness ; finally i allow him the pen
margaret atwood – psalm to snake ; the saints ; the robber bridegroom ; helen of troy does countertop dancing
richard siken  – landscape with a blur of conquerors ; litany in which certain things are crossed out ; snow and dirty rain ; little beast
frank o’hara – meditations in an emergency ; having a coke with you ; three airs
sandra cisneros – valparaiso ; loose woman ; dulzurawith lorenzo at the center of the universe, el zócalo, mexico city
gregory orr – trauma (storm) ; glukupikron
adrienne rich – diving into the wreck ; power ; cartographies of silence ; xvii
wars an shire – questions for the woman i was last nightcrude conversations with boys who fake laughter often ; bonewhat they did yesterday afternoon
marina tsvetaeva – bound for hell ; where does such tenderness comee from
nayyirah waheed – birth lessons ; kindness is a form of intelligence ; therapy ; emotional nutrition

INTERNET POETS

kristina haynes ( fleurisheswe’re all terminal ; silly girl ; we try to love 
ashe vernon ( latenightcornerstore ) – profane ; to myself in my last relationship ; the pomegranate
emma bosacki ( agooduniverse ) – regular boys ; vigilia ; principia mathematica
azra t. ( 5000letters ) –  olivia pope ; brown girl ; whale song
elisabeth hewer ( elisabethhewer ) – obituary for the princess who forgot to be fairytale ; dear apollo, let her goxxvi
emily palermo ( starredsoul ) – on loving a monster ; genesis ; the kings and queens make constellations out of bones
natasza stark ( anexpansionlikegold ) – anchorite ; monasteries ;  how to love a god, part ii
r.i.d ( ink skinned ) – untitledcome over. the quiet ones are the most dangerous, i’m told ; untitled ii
salma deera ( writingwillows ) – habits i can’t quit ; what delilah says to samson years on ; reasons to stay

COLLECTIONS

marina tsvetaeva – my poems: selected poetry
nayyirah waheed – salt.
sandra cisneros – loose woman
stephen mitchell – the selected poetry of rainer maria rilke
anne sexton – the complete poems
richard siken – crush
sharon olds – satan says
margaret atwood – selected poems ii: 1976 - 1986; interlunar; power politics: poems
yrsa daley-ward – bone

ASSORTED POETRY

notbecauseofvictories – chrysopoetics
louise gluck  the triumph of achilles 
jameskirke untitled
wytchbytch – the seven muses of the 11 o’clock news
brotticelli for the boy with the devil in him
percy bysshe shelley – ozymandias
lysander j. anderson ( godmaking ) if i had lived
y.z. ( rustyvoices ) - endangered species list
whatlouisbird – poems for october 30
elisabeth hewer – what colour would god bleed?
shinji moon – advice from dionysus
jeannine hall gailey – the snow queen
jendi reiter – leaving olympus
r. mckinley 8 ways to say i love you
darshana suresh ( afterthelonely ) – the untameable
jeffrey mcdaniel – the archipelago of a kiss

Verse 28. The wise one dispels negligence by means of mindfulness; he ascends the pinnacle of wisdom and being free from sorrow looks at the sorrowing beings. Just as one on the mountain top looks at those on the plain below, so also, the wise one (the arahat) looks at the foolish and the ignorant (worldliness)

Verse 61. If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool.

Verse 62. “I have sons, I have wealth”; with this (feeling of attachment) the fool is afflicted. Indeed, he himself is not his own, how can sons and wealth be his?

Verse 152. This man of little learning grows old like an ox; only his flesh grows but not his wisdom.

Verse 184. Forbearance which is long-suffering is the highest austerity. The Buddhas declare nirvana to be the supreme state. Verily he is not an anchorite who harms another; nor is he an ascetic who causes grief to another.

Verse 372. There is no meditation without wisdom, and there is no wisdom without meditation. When a man has both meditation and wisdom, he is indeed close to nirvana.

Dhammapada
(chosen Parts)

anonymous asked:

Hey, do you have any favorite historical fiction? I work at a bookstore and want to order some in

yes i do!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (takeas place in medieval russia and has a fantasy element to it)

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (about a 19th century courtesan)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (about two sisters in 18th century Ghana, one who stays and the other who is sold into slavery and gets sent to america and about their two branches of family up until the modern day)

Illuminations by Mary Sharat (about Hildegard van Bingen’s lif)

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters (a young adult novel about a re telling of hamlet in 1920′s oregon with the a mixed race girl as the lead)

The Wolf Trial by Neil MacKay (okay full disclosure this is a horror novel that takes place in 16th century germany about a man who arrested as a werewolf and it is g o r y and really horrible things happen but it’s really good)

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (takes places in 19th century Ireland about a woman sent to a small village to investigate if the claims made that a local girl can survive without eating)

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson (it’s about the 1612 pendle hill witch trial in lancanshire)

The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader (about a 13th century english nun who becomes an anchorite)

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (a series by the late Ariana Franklin about a sicilian woman who is a doctor a moves to 12th century cambridge at the bequest of king henry ii absolute great series and top notch depiction of henry ii)

i have loads more but i’m tired to type it out so just check out my goodreads shelf i u want more (there 200+ books there lol)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3524615-eva?page=1&shelf=historical-fiction

Noble Attack Foiled, Missing Doctor Spotted

By Risri Elthron

The Special Investigations Unit is seeking information or witnesses to an attack in Elwynn Forest on Tuesday, May 16th. In a suspiciously timed assault, almost within the same hours as Lady Addington and Lord Blackfyre were separately attacked and kidnapped, another attack was attempted on a noblewoman traveling to a wedding in Stormwind.

Lady Raschel, a distant cousin to King Anduin, was traveling with her grandmother and two members of the Church of the Light-Anchorite Kha’tal and a Sayyadina Farrah. In addition, three guards traveled as protection for the young Lady. The assault was carried out via a winged ornithopter. The guards shot down the vehicle leaving the pilot dead and the co-pilot severely injured leading to their subsequent death, the third member of the attackers escaped after parachuting to safety, though not without injury.

Investigators are looking into former Lordearon citizens turned criminals as the parachutes used by the attackers had seals indicating connections to the lost kingdom. The three guards are also sought by investigators as it was revealed during the course of the interviews with Lady Raschel and her grandmother that the three guards may be the missing Lord Doctor Wellson and persons of interests in his case.

Doctor Wellson has been missing since late last year. The two other guards are suspected to be two individuals the Special Investigations Unit has been searching for in connection with Doctor Wellson’s disappearance. A Miss Dove and a Miss Quai Mason, who was thought deceased, were identified by an anonymous source after the interviews with Lady Raschel and her grandmother. All three are now being sought in regards to the attempted attack on Lady Raschel as well as for the escape of Miss Dove from her Abjuration in January this year.

Special Investigations Unit requests any information leading to the finding of the remaining attacker or to the discovery of Doctor Wellson and his compatriots to be sent directly to their office in Stormwind care of Major Glenice Morcant.

The Royal Courier will continue to track this case.


(@quai-mason, @monettemason, @brian-wellson, @justinegrotius, @juniper-rose-blower, @malorincan, and @heyzailene)ely

Meditations on the Light #2: Why the Holy Light

I had visited Netherlight Temple this past weekend and came to find myself totally awash in what I was witnessing in the Conclave, as they call it. This army of priests from denominations across the worlds we know all coming together to face the Burning Crusade. From Hex-Priests of the Trollish jungles to anchorites of Draenor, drawn from holy isolation, meeting in this ancient Naaru shrine floating in the nether, one has to be taken aback.

Light and Shadow were the primary characters here, each with their respective altars and focal points. In the Light, the blessed Naaru, Saa’ra, dirfts in the air, brought from the brink of enslavement to the worse natures of the Void. In the Shadow, there stood, high as houses, candle racks lit up to the ceiling to illuminate the darkness that seemed to coat around you like thin silk. I lit a candle for my brother, long passed, and left such a place briskly.

It’s all too easy, in a place such as Netherlight Temple, to see these dichotomies in equal prominence and the Priests of all the worlds’ faiths together and fall into relativism. Indeed, if they can work together against a common threat, if the Loa answer the Trolls, if the elements respond to the Shamans, why would we feel the need to follow the Light in face of such diversity?

Verily, why would a priest of the Holy Light so easily waltz into the Altar of Shadow and light a candle to offer a prayer for my loved ones?

The answer is not always simple–nor should it be, faith without reason is insanity. Comparatively on the surface, it all seems subjective like your favorite flavor of ice cream. The Orcs favors lemon, and the Draenei favors chocolate. What is the harm? 

That is the mistake of relativism, to look only onto the surface of what we have in our world and find our souls all, in the end, on the same track. Indeed we could be, for magicks are firstly means of power, but more often are we subject to choices in our lives of faith that leads us down different paths not only in philosophy, but for our souls’ rest.

The state of the dead is prophesied to all the peoples and no matter the horror, some are willing to choose the terrible. I wrote recently of the Light as a tool, and the same is similarly true for the magicks in the rest of the world. But verily, only the Light can promise eternal peace. Even for the Orcs of Draenor, the Prophet Velen spoke of how housed within the souls of their people were drawn to Oshu’gun, their sacred mountain, in Nagrand, because of the Naaru K’ure inside it. Through the Shaman’s sustaining of K’ure, they allowed the Holy Light from K’ure to sustain the spirits of the past Orcs and allow communion between them and the living. But upon the Orcs’ falling away to the Fel, those same spirits who could no-longer answer them were sucked entirely into the Void.

The Void is the fate of those who cannot find peace with the Light. It is the accepted fate of the Troll following the Loa (the Shadowlands), the fate of the Orcish Shamanic spirits, and especially the fate of those who embrace the Shadow or the Fel without repentance. The ghosts we see tortured on our world lie in between, in hollow limbo, if not tortured by their fate. While many magicks of the universe offer great power, none but the Holy Light can promise you the peace of your soul. For many, the price of great power has been eternal consumption within the Void. 

A priest like I does not Light a candle for the Void, but in prayer that the Light will shine through it and save the souls, and us, from it. Even the Shadow priests walk the fine line between insanity and redemption, and only those on in former would pretend the power is worth their eternal soul.

wanna be like an anchorite except im in one of those little caves and theres a tv set playing the tv show friends from start to finish until i die and once a day someone crams a bag of cheetohs and a quart of apple juice through this little door. idk why im in a church if im jewish but everybody just hears me going to town on this shit and the christ men (men of christ) try to just subtly start talking louder but the crunching and gulping and horrible crinkling sounds do not cease till the end of the service 

greek mythology as verbs
  • to icarus: when you know something is a Bad Idea but you do it anyway and fail spectacularly
  • to medusa: when you level someone so completely with a verbal beat-down that they're left unable to even respond
  • to sappho: to hit them with The Gay™
  • to anchorite: to say ✌️ and live a discourse-free life
  • to achilles: to fight anyone at anytime all day every day

“Exile is a separation from everything, in order that one may hold on totally to God.  For it is said, ‘Learn not from an angel, not from man, and not from a book, but from Me, that is, from My indwelling and illumination and energy in you, for I am meek and humble in heart, and in thought, and in spirit, and you shall find rest from conflict,
and relief in your souls from thoughts’.”

~Saint John Climacus

(Photo of Cave of St. John Climacus via pravoslavie.ru)

The other night I dreamt I was finally out of college
In my own pair of sandals, I had turned into my father
Whistling my tune about the Rio Grande
Like an anchorite in June I took hold of my own hand