When we start on the Path we often hardly even know. It is already below our feet by the time we have any idea what it is, and we are often years before we have any idea where it is going. Yet it is there, taking us someplace, showing us the thin places in the Veil, revealing to us vistas and hollows hardly known to the world of men. Again and again throughout our lives constructing seemingly impossible narratives to push and pull us into the necessary changes for growth. The Path is the plot that runs through our lives.
Where we linger on that path often decides how long our journey takes between its start and its end. How well we perceive that which is off the edges of our path is a good indicator of how far along we are in our journey.
As much as a thousand writers and bloggers would have you otherwise it is most important to spend a great deal of time alone in the path of discovery. Without the books and theories, without the rhymes and reasons. Most of all without the jabbering idiocy of social commitment and simpering personal dramas known as the coven, or these days the facebook group. Just oneself and some bits and bobs that you know somehow happen to fit into that puzzle called hex, that whisper called curse, that promise called charm. Out in the landscape, looking for the variables we need, knowing which paths that cross are the chosen. Feeling innately that the grove is correct for the operation at hand.
The modern world is made of soft minds who seek constant guidance and desire to travel well worn paths that have been laid before them without thorn nor rose. Those paths may even lead to darkness and delight, but they are the paths of others. Other’s songs to sing, others spells to weave, others charms to hide. There is no learning in the well worn path. Just tourism.
The folkwitch must eschew the path worn by others. Like the fox, must walk against the paths to see the shape of the landscape. We must not just linger at the edge of ancient paths, we must delve into the bush, fight through the bracken, and discover what lies on the other side of the hedge.
Exploration and experimentation should guide those who seek to understand the Craft. Learning through long consideration and careful experimentation which plants yield the correct results. Hearing in the air the voice in the trees that guides you in your quest for understanding. Listening deeply to the forest and the seashore. To the mountain spring and the laughing whisper of the air through an evening meadow. Exploring the landscape that is the center of your practice, knowing well all of those places where footsteps do not go. Seeing as birds and foxes see the landscape; as hedgehogs, rats, and vipers.
The role of discovery is the single most important part of the Craft. The constant learning of new things, of new ways of seeing. Never should one settle for what they already know, growing callous in our beliefs leads to stagnation. We should turn over the leaf, taste the dew, sniff the air.
he’s the kind of art you’ll lose yourself in– the kind of silence you don’t need to call to ensure no fingers have been bent in the process of preserving leaves for a second chance at autumn, a second chance at learning how to say I love you without cutting a vein for a life line, a rewrite of home tucking you in at night when you know sleep is a thirteen hour flight detoured from your eyelids. I can write you a poem or I can look into your eyes and tell you what I see– an aging thought stewed long enough to handle with care, smile erased from pain prolonged to ebb a collection of can do’s when the rain weighs you down. The first time I heard your voice, I knew I was going to love you like this. You’re the one piece of happiness I’ll always have when the world spins faster than my thoughts, the hand I’ll tire of showing flowers how to stand tall. she’s the kind of moonlight that doesn’t require the night to be enjoyed. i can see you fine from a world away, you’ve got enough heart to heal the burning cities. you cry for the flowers and you laugh for the children, sometimes i confuse myself about our reality– if i died too soon, would you ever be mad at me? she places the stars into your scars, we rip away the ugly pieces of us– she’ll always kiss you goodnight, she’ll always kiss you goodnight. you can’t accept beauty without understanding the beast’s undying love. you can’t hand someone a rose without first explaining the thorns. you can’t say that love is a strong word unless you’ve been hurt before. she’s been hurt before. she’s been loved before. she’s been left before. run on home star child, water the flowers with more sunlight– we’re all abstract and aesthetics when it comes to heartache, there’s something so real about pain that we must paint it into fiction. there’s something so flawed about being human that it’s hard to accept ourselves. so i’ve been trying to write us down as more than star-crossed who never made it to the alter. prayers don’t mean a thing if we’re all sinners. drugs don’t do a thing when you’re a few months high. you’ve been alive, but dead this whole time. she’s the promise that stops time, we’re a little lost without a sense of direction. she keeps track of the days when you’ve been away because little details mean everything. she rocketships herself to your smile just to say her apologies. she keeps you under umbrellas because you believed that magic was real at some point. we used to love like it would never break us. we used to laugh like a broken funny bone. we used to smile like your first crush finally kissing you first. we used to dance like petals during open spring endless weeks of rain. we used to know who we were– but then we met people like you and realized the people that we had to become to love a little lighter, hold a little tighter, scream a little more poetry, die a little later, live a little longer than forever and we make promises to our insecurities because even if you don’t love me– i’ll always love myself enough to forget about how you couldn’t.
I was thinking about Nesta today and how she reacted when Feyre found out about Clare Beddor and her family. How Feyre was clearly upset and Nesta just knew - she knew that there was trouble, could read in her sisters expression that she was going to leave. And Nesta did what she could to help without either of them even needing to say a word. She shut their father up and was immediately just… there for Feyre, knowing she needed to leave and go help the Spring Court and Tamlin.
I guess it shows a certain depth to her that maybe people take for granted? That Nesta is observant and able to tell what it is that people need in a given moment. (Which actually makes her quite like Mor, but I digress.) And while she may not give a shit about everyone, she knows what they are capable of, and in Feyre’s case, she knew that her sister was capable of taking care of herself. And so she chose not to intervene or expend more energy worrying about her when it wasn’t necessary.
And yeah was there some bitterness involved, early on? Yeah. But she didn’t just… suddenly figure her sister out and know what Feyre needed, how to best help her. That was there already.
Summary: A Valentine’s Day special based on the show “Impractical Jokers”. Natsu, Gray, Gajeel, and Loke love their jobs. They get to go around pulling pranks on people and each other all while earning a paycheck. It seemed like a normal day on the job, but one prank ends up changing Natsu’s life forever when he runs into a special woman at the park.
“So your friend,” Loke started, running a hand through his short orange hair, “is she hot?”
“She’s engaged,” Levy said, wanting to crush whatever hopes the playboy had of hitting on her old college roommate in one blow. “Happily, I might add, judging by her tone when I talked to her.”
“Sooo,” he grinned, “what you’re saying is she’s not married yet?”
Levy could only drag a hand over her face in frustration. “She’s unavailable to you, and any other man for that matter.” She turned to face Jellal, seeing he finishing up a conversation with the sound crew. “Change of plans. Loke can’t prank Lucy tomorrow.”
“What?” Loke’s jaw dropped, shoulders going slack. “But I wanted to meet her!”
“Yeah, and I don’t want her getting hit on by a pervert!” Levy reasoned, then spoke to Jellal. “Throw someone like Gray or Natsu on her prank.”
“Why not Gajeel?” Jellal asked, taking a sip of his coffee.
“Lucy’s already met Gajeel. We all went to college together, so she’ll recognize him,” Levy explained. “It has to be a guy she doesn’t know,” she cast a glare over her shoulder at Loke, “but I don’t want her getting hit on.”
“Sounds good,” Levy smiled, excited to see Lucy’s expression tomorrow. Gray was married already, but his wife was back in their hometown holding down the fort. There was no way Gray would hit on her friend.
Levy McGarden worked with her boyfriend, Gajeel, and friends for a TV show called ‘Fairy Tail Pranks’. The show was fairly new, only started up two years ago. They were now back in Levy’s hometown where her old friend still lived. She hadn’t seen the beautiful woman known as Lucy Heartfilia in years, so she was excited for a reunion.
I need hcs on Yura asking Viktor for advice on how to be extra™ with his boyfriend
Oh my god can we just appreciate for a moment how much Yuri would have to psych himself up before asking Viktor for advice on how to be extra? But when he finally did, he’d be in for a hell of a ride.
There is no way that Yura is getting away without at least three full pages of notes.
“Here’s the biggest thing, Yurio. If you only learn one thing from me, let it be this: go big or go home.”
Yura realizes what he’s gotten himself into when Viktor starts grilling him about Otabek’s sleep habits and eating schedule. “What do you mean, I have to make sure that I’m sleeping with him? We already sleep together! No, we will not be eating on gold plated silverware asshole, that’s going too far.”
Okay so no goldware, but Victor does talk him into using plates coated in gold leaf and actual silverware for their anniversary the secret thing that Yuri refuses to tell him about
It’s almost as if there’s no limit to Viktor’s lack of personal space. “Pretend I’m Otabek. What would you say to me? No, that’s too plain. I thought you wanted to make him swoon?”
“That’s not what I–”
“Yura, listen to your father. Now, let’s try this again. Pretend I’m Otabek.”
By the time the lesson is over three 5 hour sessions later, Yuri has a new arsenal of Extra including but not limited to:
the exact amount of pressure needed to keep a rose between your teeth without crushing it or stabbing yourself with thorns
an actual psychologist’s recommendation on the color of lace he should wear to get Otabek going
and the angle at which to hold his head so that the sexy-look-up-at-him-through-your-lashes look has maximum effect
(all methods have been tried and approved by Viktor Nikiforov, guaranteed 100% effectiveness on pain of Yuri’s wrath)
they work, even if Otabek is laughing the entire time
i’ve never heard about rose without thorns. this one under her fury has so much more. she is like the flower drowned in midnight’s mist; more delicate than lover, more poisonous than kiss. it’s her power that reigns, it’s her beauty that takes. i would do anything for that bittersweet sin. long live the scarlet queen
The fact that Feyre and Tamlin’s love resembles a rose says many things about their relationship.
A rose is typically the flower to resemble love on Valentine’s day, a gift to your significant other, etc.
In ACOTAR, Feyre and Tamlin’s love was passionate and deep. They loved each other
— think of it like a rose blooming. When in full bloom, they are truly in love and would go to the ends of the earth to find each other again. Lustful, faithful, imaginative.
But a rose has thorns, does it not?
Tamlin said he loves Feyre, thorns and all. I think the thorns resemble the dangers of love. Note that Rhys once said love can be a poison as well.
The thorns show the dangers and unhealthiness of loving someone too much. It shows that when you do love someone too much, too much that it can become a sickness, the thorns are what suffocate you. The rose may be blooming endlessly but the thorns are stabbing you constantly. Telling you, this is wrong, this isn’t right, this is an overdose of something not right.
Here is research to back up what I said:
A proverb is a short and wise saying that expresses a basic truth about life or mankind. “Every rose has its thorn” is a famous proverb generally used to teach an important fact about human nature-nobody is perfect. Even the rose, beautiful and enticing, is not without its flaws; the prickly thorns of the rose can poke and pierce the flesh. In fact, there is a type of plant in the Rose family, Hawthorn, whose thorns are toxic to the eye, and scratching of the cornea with it often leads to loss of vision. Even something as beautiful as a rose has its flaws.
Alternatively, “Every rose has its thorn” can be understood to speak of life situations, teaching the valuable life lesson that even the best situations have their down-sides. It follows, therefore, that even the bad situations have their positive sides.
Furisode. Mid to late
Meiji period (1880-1911), Japan. The
Kimono Gallery. A chirimen (crepe) silk
furisode featuring yuzen-dyeing, silk and metallic thread highlights. Five mon.
The peacock is associated with the Japanese goddesses of mercy. In the Buddhist
tradition, the peacock’s ability to eat poisonous snakes can be understood as a
symbol of the transmutation of evil into good. It is also considered the
representation of true beauty. The green peacock is said to have been
introduced into Japan in the year 1680. As the flower of summer, the peony has
always been regarded as a symbol of magnificent wealth, fortune and prosperity
to the extent that it is sometimes known as the ‘king of flowers”. The peony
has a lush, full, and beautiful bloom suggesting luxury and opulence and has
become an emblem of regal power in Japan. Rich in color and beauty, the peony
was regarded as the flower of riches and honor, associated with aristocracy and
prosperity. The peony is the rose without thorns, and so embodies romance and
love, and is regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage as well.
The depiction of a phoenix or peacock among flowering peonies is a decorative
motif that dates to at least the eighth century in China. In Japan, Ando Hiroshige
(1797-1858), the foremost woodblock artist of his day, specialized in scenes of
birds and flowers: the peacock with peonies was a favorite subject for
Hiroshige. Hiroshige’s art was very popular among the wealthy of Japan during
the 19th century, and likely inspired the extraordinary artwork on this
furisode. The conjunction of the auspicious peacock and peony motifs enhances
the furisode’s function and is an indication of the gender and high status of
You fucking permanently ink that shit into your skin. Tattoo removal costs thousands and is fucking painful. When they say a “tattoo is for life”, they mean it. Now.
Ships: #1 Meaning for a ship according to a survey is “Home”. Funny. I feel like I know someone who has a tattoo with the word “home” in it, and it’s not the one with the actual goddamn ship tattoo. Quote: “Some men and women believe that the ship tattoo symbolizes that in life,
we go through troubled waters. Somehow and someway, we make it out to
calm waters. Maybe trouble and turmoil has been a part of your life
lately and you want to embark on a new journey. The ship tattoo can
symbolize this. Some people believe that the ship tattoo represents our
journey through life. You can add any maritime symbol to your ship tattoo. Some common ones
include the compass, anchor, nautical star, and swallow. Another
interesting design for ship tattoos portrays the ship in a framed
picture. An anchor can symbolize home or stability, while a star or
compass symbolizes direction and faith. You may want to choose a famous quote or saying for your ship tattoo,
such as “ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG” or “FOREVER IN MY HEART."”
Compasses: This maritime symbol was popular among early sailors and it was believed
that getting a compass tattoo would protect you on rough waters and
ensure that you would return home safely. One of the main reasons sailors opted for this tattoo was that of
protection. As a token of good luck, images of compasses were painted on
the ships as well. The seas were rough and unforgiving and often times
ships and the men onboard would disappear without a trace so these
images served as a beacon of hope that they would be guided out of the
treacherous waters alive. The star compass is the most popular of the aforementioned designs and
is said to represent the North Star. Before maps and technology existed,
humans used the North Star to guide them in the right direction.
Because of this, this style of tattoo stands for guidance, direction and
finding a way home. (Louis seems to have a modified star compass design. It’s almost a star within a lodestone within a prismatic compass, but I’m adding the star in). Compass tattoos have also represented the ideal of following one’s
dreams. It is symbolic of staying your course in life and to not give up
no matter how rough things may seem. The compass will guide you where
you need to be.
Anatomical Hearts: The heart keeps your blood flowing through your whole body, irrigating
brain and other organs, and thus allowing you to be alive and in good
health. It is the main element of your biological life. But it is also
the symbol of another kind of life, a more interior one, with feelings
and beliefs. That’s why anatomical hearts stand for bravery, sorrow,
love and faith. The Ancient Egyptians believed that sins and virtues of a
human were inside his heart and weighed it to decide of his fate. It is
the place of the soul, also in modern religions. Hold in a hand, it is a
symbol of charity and dedication to God or your family and friends.
Locked, it means you are waiting for another eelationship to open it
again. Of course, it is also a symbol of hope, freedom, and
Arrow Tattoos: The arrow was a weapon in Native American culture, it was used to hunt and
provide for their families as well as offer protection, and because of
this it was a tool for sustaining life.One of the biggest factors in altering the meaning, is the way the
arrow is depicted or placed in the tattoo design. For example:A solitary arrow represents defense and protection from harm. It can also be used as a symbol of movement or direction. For anyone searching to depict a positive outlook on life, an arrow
tattoo can be a great place to start. An arrow being pulled back on the
bow can depict life dragging someone down, whereas the arrow being
released propels them straight ahead into something new and positive.
With that being said, an arrow can only shoot forward by being pulled
back, so only by going through dark times can you push yourself to
better ones.The arrow is also thought to stand for; love- as with Cupid’s bow and
arrow, hunting, swiftness, power, flight, penetration and direction. It
can also be seen as a phallic symbol of masculinity. An arrow shown
with a bow can also symbolize the zodiac sign Sagittarius. (I know Louis’ doesn’t have a bow and he’s a Capricorn, but he’s actually a Sag/Cap cusp so I found this interesting.)
Anchor Tattoos: (For the anchor -and rope- tattoos, I think it’s essential to remember that Harry’s anchor covers up the words “I Can’t Change”, tattooed on the very same wrist on which he wore his Leeds bracelet, and Louis has quote marks on the inside of his opposite wrist that remain there to this day.) In the past it is believed that the anchor design was used to camouflage
and shelter the symbol of the holy Cross. This was done as a means to
avoid being targeted but at the same time to have a symbol of their
faith to be displayed in some form. They used this clever ruse to keep
their faith but not have it on full display. Since an anchor is what puts down roots deep into the sea to hold a ship
in place, it has been associated with strength and stability. By this
association the anchor can be seen symbolically as something that holds
you in place and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how
rough things what. Many people pick an anchor tattoo design to remind themselves that no
matter how stormy and rough things get out there and how much the
factors around you try to uproot you, you need to hold on and keep doing
what you are supposed to. Some anchor tattoos are dedicated to the near
and dear one who played this role in your life. That has provided you
the strength and wherewithal to hold on no matter what comes your way by
being there through it all. Symbolizing a faith that would not give up in the face of abuse and
persecution has to be one of the most spiritual and profound
significances of the anchor tattoo. We can be sure that the sea evokes some kind of strong emotion in all of
us. Some of us love the sea and some of do not like it all , whereas
there are some of us who fear it. But one thing we cannot feel towards
the sea is complete and absolute indifference.
Infinity Rope Tattoos: (This tattoo is truly unique. It’s very difficult to find other people who have a rope tattoo with no anchor. Think on that.) Infinity tattoo designs are especially
popular among couples and you will often see hearts tattooed next to
infinity tattoos or intertwined with them. Couples that get this tattoo
to symbolize their never ending, limitless love will usually get this
tattoo in the same part of their bodies to further add meaning to this
embellishment. If you and your love want to show commitment to each
other in the form of a tattoo, the infinity tattoo is an excellent
choice. In nautical themes, a rope tattooed around the wrist signifies a deckhand. In addition to helping with the day-to-day operation of the vessel, deckhands may also be responsible for safety and security.The jobs a deckhand performs vary greatly, depending upon the ship,
and the experience level of the individual. Those just starting out on a
ship may be mainly responsible for looking after lines used to moor the
ship to the dock. The image of an anchor wrapped with a rope or chain is generally called a
‘fouled anchor’. When at sea, having a fouled anchor is bad, since it
becomes highly instable and extremely insecure. (If you’re asking, yes, this is why they separated them in my opinion.)
Rose Tattoos: In mythology, Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was often
depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be
interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that
grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover (Adonis), and so a
common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death. In tarot, the rose is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. As a depiction of love it can be a symbol of being in love
particularly when the rose is without thorns, or with as a reminder that
love does not come without certain sacrifices when the thorns are
present. So even the thorns have their meaning, some say that when
thorns are present on the tattoo it means the person does not place a
great deal of emphasis on outer beauty, whilst for others the tattoo
refers to endless beauty with the thorn meaning you can look but you
can’t touch. Sailors chose the rose tattoo for an honorary purpose, as its willowy
build being linked to femininity, to represent their girlfriend or their wife. Life was rough on the seas for these brave
men and their rose tattoo could bring peace to them in a symbolic way. In addition to being a symbol of love, the rose is also symbolic carrier of secretsor tacit understanding. The term “sub rosa” means under the rose and
comes from the practice of Romans hanging roses above meeting tables. Here it was understood that anything said at this table, beneath the hanging roses, was forbidden to be repeated elsewhere.
Dagger Tattoos: In pre-dynastic Egypt, elaborate daggers with golden hilts were worn by
royalty as ceremonial or decorative objects: In Tutankhamun’s tomb they
found two daggers. In WWI, soldiers at the front used daggers in trench
warfare; after the war, those daggers were displayed with pride as a
sign of having served on the front line. During the Vietnam War, many US
soldiers and marines carried daggers. "Cloak and dagger” is a phrase that describes things that involve
mystery, intrigue, or espionage. Because they are so easily concealed,
daggers may be associated with deception, stealth, and treachery. Thus,
the dagger makes an ideal weapon for a sneak attack and many
assassinations have been done with daggers, including that of Julius
Caesar. Alternatively, in some cultures, the dagger symbolizes bravery.
Daggers are often seen in the insignias of elite military units or
special forces, depicting extraordinary courage. According to Arthurian legend, King Arthur himself wore a dagger
named Carnwennan (or Little White-Hilt) which was said to have the
magical ability to hide its user in shadow. And in Tolkein’s stories,
the hobbit Bilbo Baggins carried a long Elvish dagger he named Sting. The dagger-and-rose tattoo can be portrayed with a rose
in front of or pierced by the dagger. The dagger can also have a rose
painted on it. This design symbolizes the harsh reality of life. It is
linked to the phrase “life is no bed of roses” and represents the
strength needed to endure. It can be a reminder to stay strong or keep
at it. The dagger-and-swallow variation was and still is
popular among sailors. The swallow represents good luck, wealth, and a
safe passage. This design might express a hope for a safe trip home.
i absolutely adore your worldbuilding, so, this is a question i've been wondering for a while, but is there a specific meaning attached to the dragon tattoo? or is it just a very impressive denotation of rank, or..? thank you!!
Thank you so much for answering this question, I am actually gonna use this to post a meta about Yuuri’s tattoos, because I put a lot of thought into them.
This is what I went off for the dragon, I already knew beforehand what they represented, but this one fit exactly for my purposes.
“In the west, it is a greedy, fire-breathing, cave-dwelling, and fear-inspiring creature that jealously guards its hoard. in the Japanese dragon tattoo, however, it symbolizes something very different. Oriental dragons are equally at home in the air or in the water. Usually embodying wisdom, strength and manipulating the forces of the universe for the benefit of people.
The face of the oriental dragon is generally not the face of one creature but many and can be different from dragon to dragon. The dragon can take on characteristics of animals it encounters through its life. The eyes can be of a demon, or rabbit, while the ears are those of a cow, the neck and belly of a snake, the horns of a stag and the scales of a koi. Its hands or talons are from the hawk or eagle and it has saliva and breath like perfume, a voice like the musical ringing of a copper bell or basin. The Asian dragon is usually the bearer of profound blessings. Like other Oriental tattoo designs, the choice of a dragon is generally an aspiration to the qualities of great goodness, wisdom, and power.”
All those bolded bits sung to me, the faces of many (masquerade) different personas in the eyes, hands like talons(his knives) and great goodness, wisdom and power, these all make me think of Yuuri.
I also put my own meaning/feelings into it, to me dragons are the ultimate being, to me they’re associated with royalty and high standing, like not just anyone can have a full back piece dragon tattoo and Yuuri, being the son of the Katsuki; is someone strong enough and worthy enough by blood and personality to have one on his skin.
For the peonies I gave him, (it should also be noted that in traditional irezumi that you can only have one type of flower on your body if you get a sleeve or bodysuit done) I went by this, peonies are special to me, I have a huge one on my forearm.
“The Peony is considered the best of flowers and is known as the King of flowers. In short it means elegance and wealth. With it’s large and spreading petals, which are delicately curled at the edges, the peony has been called “the rose without thorns”. Although often depicted in tattoo imagery in deep red, it is today also cultivated in many other colours.
In the ornate, complex, and extensive body coverage that is typically involved in Japanese tattoos, it may seem as though entire gardens appear, but the floral repertoire of traditional Japanese tattoo is not as extensive as it might first appear, among the select flowers that are used is the peony, it is regarded as a symbol of wealth, good fortune and prosperity. In addition though, it also suggests a sort of gambling, daring and even a masculine devil-may-care attitude, quite unlike its character in the west”.
I’m pretty sure the bolded parts speak for themselves in that one haha, but that’s why I gave Yuuri peonies out of all the flowers.
Fujin and Raijin I have explained a tiny bit in the fic (I think).
The gods of wind (Fujin) and thunder (Raijin) that loom ominously atop a summit of clouds are usually depicted as oni, showing that oni are not evil, but carry out duties and deeds given them by powerful deities and forces. Although fujin and raijin can be depicted using other than typical oni forms.
They’re both depicted as evil and ferocious, “but both the Wind God and the Thunder God are originally subordinates to the Senju Kannon, and worshipped together with Kannon’s 28 attendants.” (link) so all in all Yuuri is a powerful creature that works for a power higher than him, long story short anyway XD
There are a few more things I could add, about the spacing in windbars in traditional irezumi in regards to how wide or thin they are represents where in Japan you might be from, but that’s pretty much the basics of all Yuuri’s tattoo for now.