the spark of the rebellion

When Hera Calls Kanan 'Love'

I’ve honestly been a little surprised this week by the wide variety of reactions to Hera calling Kanan ‘Love’ in the Rebels season three finale.

This is my take:

Kanan and Hera’s canon relationship status is established from their very first scene together in the pilot, in which Hera calls Kanan—you guessed it, 'Love.’

Hera continues to call Kanan 'Love’ or 'Dear’ repeatedly throughout the first season of the show as our heroes fight the Empire around their home base of Lothal and beyond. But then the season ends and so do the terms of endearment, vanishing entirely from her lips until we reach “Zero Hour.” (And we all collectively groaned “Whhhyyyyyyy????”)

This is where I think it gets interesting and says so much about Hera’s character. The real key, to me, is what happens at the end of season 1: the Ghost crew joins the Phoenix Squadron/greater rebellion—a move which was, first and foremost, Hera’s idea. And she quickly becomes a ranking member of the military group.

Suddenly, they are no longer just the space family roaming about solo anymore, they are part of something larger, and their missions, rather than being personal, are now professional, even when they are not with the rest of the fleet. Since before A New Dawn, Hera has been, is, and always will be devoted to and driven by her larger goals in life, and she quickly embraces the professionalism of her new role.

Thus, because we nearly always see Kanan and Hera in the company of others and on a mission, 'dear’ and 'love’ vanish from her public vocabulary. If you happened to work with your significant other (especially in a highly structured or professional environment), you wouldn’t call them 'babe’, hubby’, 'wifey’, etc. at work either.

Over the course of the next two seasons, Hera’s professionalism continues; she grows as a leader and her sense of command expands, until we reach the crisis of “Zero Hour.” The imperial bombardment rains down on Chopper Base, and we watch Hera’s expression shift from confidence/hope to a visceral fear/terror. Before the bombardment, she tells Kanan “You need to get back to base immediately"—a command, an order, properly phrased and neutral. But afterwards (and in front of General Dodonna, no less) that shifts to: "Now please, come home, Love.”

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In the face of their mutual near death experiences, Hera drops her professional guard and for a single moment, they are just them. She’s Hera, and Kanan’s the man she loves, whose safety matters more than anything else in the galaxy. The moment is both minuscule and enormous. It’s just one slip, but it reassures us—it tells us that no matter where they go, what they do, or who they work with, Kanan and Hera are still Kanan and Hera.

Their private life may be private, but they are still as in love and devoted as ever. And this is beautiful to me.

I also want to note that her admission isn’t a weakness, in any way. Just a little while later, when Thrawn threatens Kanan to try to get Hera to surrender (certainly inferring the nature of their relationship himself), she stands as strong as ever.

Tough as durasteel and always in love with her Jedi, that’s my girl.

If anything in recent American history bears comparison to the Watergate scandal, it’s this. If anything demands congressional action, it’s this. But congressional action depends on the Republican Party, which holds majorities in both chambers of Congress. And with few exceptions, Republicans are uninterested in challenging Trump’s actions. The GOP has all but abdicated its role as a check on executive power and a defender of constitutional government and seems indifferent to this latest—and most serious—assault on the integrity of our democracy. Which raises an unsettling question: Is there anything Trump could do to spark rebellion from the Republican Party? Any action that breaks the thrall of partisanship?
Astrology Milestones

Age 12 - First Jupiter Return: The ancients celebrated puberty because the biological God and Goddess of creation had been awakened and it was a sacred time in one’s life. This was recognised with jubilance and honour. Jupiter rules hormones and cultural conditioning. In modern times we shame and denigrate the phase, remarking on hormonal changes that inconvenience society, and yet we wonder why teenagers self destruct, rebel, and turn to substance. This changing biology transforms the lower body and activates the spirit, and yet we are not prepared or nurtured for this powerful change. 

Age 14 - Jupiter opposes Saturn: The resistance to authority and conditioning is activated here, along with self consciousness and the lure into danger. This is the moment a young person can typically choose between ‘indulgence, laziness, and self pleasure’ (Jupiter) in leaving school or ‘responsibility, expectation, and conforming to authority’ (Saturn) in remaining in school or focusing on the future. The karmic lesson is revealed around this period. We face intimidating figures of authority, often threatening with ‘what until you’re in the real world’ shaking confidence even more 

Age 21 - Uranus squares natal Uranus: 21 is the age globally recognised as completed transition into adulthood. This period indicates self expression and experimentation, a time for tattoos and lilac hair and inspiration. It’s a favourable time for sparking people’s interest in astrology. Political activity, protest, and rebellion can begin around here. Cosmically, this is a time where people learn a lot about themselves and generate good self awareness, they start to feel wholly in their body, or as if fogginess has dissolved 

Age 28-30 - First Saturn Return: Everything you have built until this point is under threat. Saturn writes his first report card, and it will rely on how intimate and satisfactory you have been in facilitating Saturn’s condition in the natal chart. This is the biggest overhaul we experience on a physical/mental level, when the anchor of the chart completes transit and writes a new criteria. We are given 29 years because the reading material and substance is so profound. Harsh reality hits with shattering force. It’s time to become an adult. 

-C.

America's Education System

You know what school teaches you? It doesn’t efficiently teach you how to get along with people, pay taxes, ace a job interview or even more importantly: be happy with yourself when others aren’t, know that you don’t need a significant other to be fulfilled, or that everyone is equal. You know what school teaches you? School teaches you to be a homework machine, to spit out worksheets and keep formulas in your head until the next test. It teaches you how to stay up late studying things you don’t even understand and sacrificing time with your family to put yet another number on your transcript. It teaches you to volunteer not because you care, but because colleges like people who volunteer. It teaches you to follow all their rules and then you get into the world and people wonder why everyone is the same, dull person.

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Inmate #0801, [interrogation video]

Found in BL/ind archives, shows footage of 20-year-old Gerard Way, who would later turn into the infamous rebel leader known as Party Poison, interrogated after being taken into custody by S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W operatives for refusing to wear his BLI headphones at the appropriate times and levels. Way claimed that the daily broadcasts were “unnatural” as he continued to show disinterest and even laugh through the interrogation. Many experts say this is the event that sparked the rebellion that would make it’s mark on Battery City history.

Backup Copies

A/N: So after watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 last night I woke up this morning with my muse telling me I needed to write some Yondad Yondu and teenage Peter Quill fluff because I’m in desperate need for it. Yondu may be rough around the edges but he cares so much for Peter and does his best to make him happy.

Word Count: 920

Warnings: None.

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A grimace pulled on Yondu’s mouth as he stomped down the hall towards Peter’s room. Ever since the boy hit puberty it seemed like a switch turned on in his brain that made him go out of his way to disobey Yondu at every turn. When he asked Peter to turn his music down he just turned it up louder. When he asked Peter to clean up around the ship he’d make an even bigger mess. And when he asked Peter to get his ass into gear bright and early so they could get to work, Yondu was stuck going to Peter’s bunk and yanking him out of bed and dragging him along. He was sick of it.

He didn’t bother knocking on Peter’s door and instead whipped it open until it slammed against the wall. He could almost feel a blood vessel in his head burst as he looked at Peter, curled up in bed with the blankets over his head. Without a word Yondu swiftly flipped the sheets back to look at Peter, who was facing away from him.

“Boy have ya lost yer damn mind!?” Yondu yelled, gesturing wildly. “I’m tired of yer petty little mind games here! If ya don’t git yer ass up I’m gonna eat ya like I shoulda done years ago!”

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long ago, back when i thought i had self restraint and impulse control, i stumbled upon an old ask from gav-bot innocently asking id i’d consider a gem-stuck au… 

jk, this was just a very fun way to exercise drawing different body-shapes and silhouettes. ask about fusions if you’d like, i’ve already got a bunch sketched out! (& info for everyone down below since i had so much time to world build while working on everyone and i’d like to get it out somewhere :3c)

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“The galaxy is a dangerous place, as you well know, and safety can never be fully guaranteed. But the letter of the law allows, shall I say, a certain flexibility in both of our duties.” Kallus leaned toward Zataire. “If you give me your fullest cooperation, without any bureaucratic nonsense, I will do my utmost to personally ensure that your son’s big mouth does not get him into further trouble.”

Zataire stared into his wine before finally lifting his head and looking Kallus in the eye. “You’ve always had my fullest cooperation, Agent Kallus.”

“Which I never questioned. You are a fine Imperial, Captain Zataire. If we end the subversive activity on Lothal, you will be commended. But first things first. Have the Lawbringer descend through the atmosphere to hover over the capital city. The locals should tremble when they see the magnificent weapons we wield.”

“You want us to leave orbit? The planet will go unprotected.” It was the only time during the dinner Zataire had raised his voice, a sign that he took his duty seriously.

“Unprotected from whom? There is no imminent threat of invasion anywhere in the galaxy. Like never before, space itself is at peace, because of the Empire’s might.”

Kallus turned in his chair toward the viewport. Since he had boarded the Star Destroyer, Lothal had made a half rotation, bringing dawn to its other side. Now its major continents blazed a brilliant green.

Kallus narrowed his eyes like lasers at the planet. “The one and only danger to our beloved Empire, my dear captain,” he said, “lies not from without, but from within.”

To eliminate rebel activity once and for all on Lothal, he would bleed those lands red.

Rebels, “The Rebellion Begins”.

How much of Azazel is based on Azazel

I’m pretty much a big fan of Azazel (’real’ one) and way back in uni I’ve studied the fallen angels and Watchers a lot. So, I thought I’d just draw some comparisons here (I really don’t have anything better to do). Be mindful, I’m taking into consideration only the Enochian Azazel, not the desert spirit. Though they might be one and the same. And, yeah, it’s all debatable cause no one can scientifically prove anything anyway.

#1. The Fall

Now, that’s a bit of a conjecture, because we don’t know for sure (I didn’t play the game) but in this post is stated that he fell for a human woman. Which could be true because that’s really what happened. In the book of Enoch (grandfather of Noah) Azazel is one of the Watchers - angels tasked with watching (dah) the Earth for god knows what purpose. What they saw though was that daughters of Men were very beautiful and immediately desired them. Their leader Semiazaz gathered his comrades (200 in total, including Azazel) and ventured to Earth where they took them as wives. Their union produced the Nephilim - hybrids said to be literal giants, extremely powerful (also violent because they couldn’t handle well all that power, according to one theory). That was one grave transgression.

#2. Forbidden secrets

Second was, that the fallen angels taught humans secrets not meant for them. Like root-working, astrology, writing, etc. Azazel taught them metal-working and how to make weapons and fight with them (could have taught that together with another angel though). Well, we know that prick is a proficient fighter. Melee fighter, to be precise, as we witnessed many times. He does rely less on magic and more on his martial skill.

Another skill he taught was … cosmetics. I really don’t need to elaborate here lol. Creators of SnB took this part to heart apparently.

Anyway, all that secret knowledge corrupted humankind immeasurably, and it is said Azazel really outdid himself spreading that corruption everywhere. That was probably the inspiration behind his sadistic games with humans in the anime and generally his nasty attitude. I love it though… *blush* 

#3. Rebellion

Well, of course God was furious with insolent whelps and sent other angels to kill Nephilim (publicly, in front of their parents preferably) and punish the Fallen. Which, in turn, sparked the rebellion. Now, that’s where Azazel shined. He spear-headed that rebellion (probably because he was such a skillful warrior) and actually kicked some ass for a time. Alas, it ultimately failed. Obvious parallel with the current situation in anime. His people being subjugated, he secretly resists, eventually starting full-fledged rebellion, but I think we all agree that it’s not going to work. 

Now, in the story Raphael personally cut off his wings and imprisoned him beneath the desert mountain to await the Judgement day. I really don’t want it to end like that (though it would be a really dramatic turn of events). He has such beautiful wings… But we all heard what happened to Mugaro and all other captured demons. Horns and wings are the first things to go in the process of enslaving demons. I wouldn’t put it past Charioce to do just that.

Btw, Nephilim and the legacy of the fallen angels were washed away with the Flood, because God was fed up with their bullshit. Noah and his family survived because they were the only pure-blooded humans left on Earth. How is that for a familiar tale?

#4. Snakes

Truth be told, Azazel is not associated with snakes at all, unless you take into account the symbolism behind snakes in Christianity. Sin and corruption. Also, some attribute the seduction of Eve to Azazel, like, he was the Serpent (he wasn’t even the fallen back then…). But, honestly, let’s leave that to Satan.

#5. Association with Lucifer

Both Lucifer and Azazel has been classified as aspects of Satan in some sources. Which is not the case in this anime and actually is more accurate, as all three are completely different entities (initially) coming from different cultures and eras. Contrary to this anime though (and many other shows), Lucifer and Azazel have nothing to do with each other. There are debates whether there were two separate rebellions of fallen angels or just one, but who knows which one exactly, so really, let’s skip this confusing part.

Anyway, yes, they’re both fallen angels. But Lucifer fell much earlier for completely different reasons (’Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven’, right?). He is the strongest of the two (probably the strongest among demons) because technically Azazel was rank-and-file angel (albeit powerful one) and Lucifer was a cherub, the highest rank in their hierarchy, second only to god (in another angelic hierarchy it’s seraphim), and privy to most of his secrets. Cherubim have multiple sets of wings. Michael and Gabriel might be cherubim too, but honestly angelology is a mess to navigate…

I’m pretty sure they are being constantly thrown together cause they are the most popular in the fallen cadre. I mean, how two such awesome dudes could not know each other?! That being said… I WANT MORE LUCIFER! 

The matter of his current imprisonmnet is quite merky, because it doesn’t stop Azazel from spreading his influence as a demon. According to some demonology sources he is a very high-ranking demon, (apparenlty his abilities expanded vastly after the fall). And Hell Cocytus is such a fun place to make friends that I’m really not surprised Lucifer and Azazel became pals. 

Conclusion

I really love Azazel lol. His character is quite consistent with his prototype, but I hope he’ll have a happy ending instead. I’m really looking forward to learn more about his past (and Lucifer’s).

“It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience — it wasn’t no damn riot” -  Stormé DeLarverie

DeLarverie- A bi-racial, lesbian drag king performer whose activism and perseverance against the injustices imposed by police during the Stonewall Riots, was the person who arguably provided the first blow which sparked and defined the rebellion. Stormé was best known for being an essential core of the Jewel Box Revue, performing as one of the only male impersonators who truly renounced the constructions of gender imposed on women, and inspired many to challenge the pre-determined notions of their identities. In later years, operating as a singer, MC and bouncer for several lesbian bars among copious roles were those that truly reflected her protective nature. Often, DeLarverie was someone who sought out any bullying or intolerance occurring to the most vulnerable LGBT+ people, truly embracing those so heavily marginalized into a loving, unified community. Unquestionably, her actions during June, 27th, 1969 within Stonewall were pivotal and her responses to the homophobic slander and violent attacks of the police were actions that were truly progressive. Furthermore, it truly cements as her as a central core to the Stonewall Veterans Association and to the foundation which has allowed queer rights to flourish.

“She literally walked the streets of downtown Manhattan like a gay superhero; she was not to be messed with by any stretch of the imagination.” – Lisa Cannicati, owner of village lesbian bar, Henrietta Hudson.

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Agent Kallus in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion

Nesta, Elain, and Feyre

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Nesta Archeron: The eldest sister

She is the darkness, constantly reminded of what death feels like. She is reality, sorting out the mess of the real world. She is duty, she feels responsible for your well-being. She is lucidity, a clarity of expression. 

Darkness, reality, duty, lucidity.

Elain Archeron: The middle sister

She is peace, forming bonds that are soothing and patient. She is beauty, living for the beauty of life. She is fantasy, dreaming away the chaos. She is care, she loves you and nurtures you. 

Peace, beauty, fantasy, care.

Feyre Archeron: The youngest sister

She is light, the spark glows when nothing else will. She is rebellion, nothing will stop her from going against what she believes is wrong or right. She is love because she wants to touch you, feel you, adore you. She is wisdom, she has a deep understanding for things.

Light, rebellion, love, wisdom.

Could this be the next animated TV show after Star Wars Rebels?

During Star Wars Celebration 2017, the fourth and final season of Rebels was announced but Dave Filoni promised that there would be more animated works in the future. He also mentioned the following- But I firmly believe that each generation needs to have their own piece of Star Wars.

I feel this implies that the next animated TV show will once again take us on the heroic journey of a young person (or persons), just like we followed a 14 year old street rat Ezra on his journey to becoming a jedi and rebel.

Join the Resistance was a book released in March 2017 which introduces us to Mattis Banz, a 14 year old orphan who is recruited by the resistance in their fight against the First Order and all that is evil in the galaxy. Unbeknownst to everyone, Mattis can feel the force and hopes to one day be a pilot and learn the ways of the force from Luke Skywalker.

The first book introduces us to a lot of new names and a few familiar ones including General Leia, Admiral Ackbar, Poe, Snoke and Snap Wexley.

Some of the new characters include:

- Lorica, a Zeltron girl from an affluent background,

- Dec, a boy from a swamp planet and his droid sibling AG,

-Sari, a giant girl who is highly intelligent, and

- Jo Jerjerrod, who believes in rules and discipline (spoiler: OT fans might recognize the surname)

The second book of this series titled Escape from Vodran is due to be released in October 2017.

I believe that these books might be introducing fans to an upcoming TV show because we saw a similar pattern before the introduction of Star Wars Rebels.

In September 2014, the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn was released and in October 2014, two Rebels episodes titled Spark of Rebellion were aired. Season 1 of Rebels was only aired in September 2015, a whole year later.

Therefore I think similar groundwork is being laid for a TV show that will be aired at the end of 2018, which will bolster the plot of the sequel trilogy by answering all the questions that cannot be addressed in the movies due to paucity of time. It would also be a great opportunity to have cameos by Rey, Kylo, BB-8, Poe, Finn, Rose, Hux, Phasma and Luke in some of the episodes.

The first time they what? Are we about to get a lore bomb?! Something to do with the war maybe? AH!

Oh…nevermind. Aliens who invaded Earth. I thought we knew that already? Maybe it was never outright stated, but it’s been pretty damn obvious here lately. I guess Steven isn’t always as aware of everything as we are though, huh? 

But okay, at least this is firm confirmation that yes - the gems are aliens (duh), yes, they invaded Earth, and yes, Rose led the rebellion against her Homeworld. And we also have the core spark for the rebellion: fighting against construction of the kindergarten, using Earth for the purpose of gem production, and leaving it a barren rock devoid of organic life. I thought that was mostly stated already, too, but it’s good to get hard, solid confirmation. 

Ezra in the latest episode.

Idk why but this latest episode made me cry for Ezra. Nothing bad happened to him or anything I was just so proud of him.

He did such a great job flying that Y-Wing. He’s grown so far since Spark of Rebellion as a Jedi and a character.

The way he led Gold Squadron and stepped up without hesitation when they needed him was just amazing. The way he was prepared to sacrifice himself just so Hera could get away with Mon Mothma, it was all amazing.

Point is Ezra was fantastic in this episode and was just written so well. He never would have done anything like this in season and it shows just how far he’s come. I love him.