this is now a thing rite

Once again the stars align themselves before you, Reader. And here, now, at the Glade of Lu, I have to say, you’ve come so very far. But there are those, such as your adversaries called the Chastity, who have toiled for this, too. They know that with their freedom comes great opportunity. It could be yours, instead. Please show the Chastity that the Nightwings are superior.

I as zoomed in super close on the upper part of the tree for so long fixing things that I started to see all the greys in photoshop as green. It’s wild how eyeballs work.

Book of Rites || Spring of Jomuer || Cairn of Ha’ub || Pit of Milithe || Ridge of Gol 
Hulk of Ores || Isle of Khaylmer 

kaysno  asked:

ot6 where Jeremy goes back to art college know that he has the funds but everybody thinks that the hot men picking Jeremy up from school are actually his sugar daddies?

now for something a little more lighthearted.

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“Seriously,” Jeremy insisted. “You don’t have to do this.” He was clutching his art bag close to his chest, dreading the moment when Geoff would pull up alongside the curb and let Jeremy out.

It was one thing to be twenty-five and going back to fulfill his dream of earning his fine arts degree, but it was an entirely other thing for your more or less partners to drop you off personally like they were taking their kid to school.

“Nonsense,” said Geoff, waving off his concern. “Besides, we want to share this experience with you! Now you go out there and show these people what an artist you are.” He parked the car. They were right in front of the main building.

Jeremy slipped out of the car, slamming it quickly but not before Geoff said, “Have a good day!”

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So I am sure most people who follow astrology know Jupiter is Retrograde and Venus is on the cusp of doing so.

Every-time a planet goes retrograde I see a number of tumblr posts go up about talking about retrogrades.

One common theme I see is people explaining how retrograde periods are times to not “not take chances, not participate in the affairs of the planet, wait things out.”

Have 4 years of extensively researching Astrology I have to say this advice is often very poor.  Life does NOT stop for a retrograde.  Reality is in adult life decisions need to be made and things go on.  The real issue I have is in the concept of what people say to do during retrogrades.

Retrogrades are when a planet’s orbit brings it close as it can to Earth during it’s planetary orbit.  When the planet is close to Earth it is “closer” to our consciousness; meaning the nature of that planet is highlighted more in our day to day life.  So if you have placements in your chart that make you neglect that planet’s nature they simply will come up more during the retrograde cycle.

Let me propose a different viewpoint.  Retrogrades are GOOD!.

They are very important for our day to day life and moving forward as we grow, progress and live.  When a planet goes retrograde we are challenged by the divine universe to contemplate how the sectors of life that planet in life rule are working for us.  We are to consider them, make changes if necessary and work to better things.  If we ignore or fear retrogrades (like some posts hint at) we are missing out on the purpose of retrogrades.

With Jupiter Retrograde rite now we are to challenge our morals, beliefs, educational pursuits, philosophies; etc.  It helps you open your mind to the path you took and ultimately determine if it is correct.  Sometimes you will change teachers or gurus in hopes of a better path before you.  With Venus Retrograde you challenge your stance on social relationships.  Do they benefit you as much as you hope?  Is it time to start looking for what brings you happiness which you may be skipping out on?  Perhaps you think more about what you own, things you want to possess, their purpose in your life or what you want.

All of those examples of how retrogrades BENEFIT you and cannot be ignored.

anonymous asked:

How do you do the lik bred things?

yu see, my frend,
it goes like so:
yu rite 4 beates
then downe yu go.
the even lines
(2, 4, 6, 8)
should end in words
which dont create

a problem when
yu need to find
a riming pair -
dont be resined
to assonance:
that’s not enugh.
we must be strikt
about this stuff.

and wen yu’ve writ
two riming sets 
avoid what’s called
‘reblog regrets’
and check befor
yur post’s complete
that words yu’ve used
do not repeet.

(with so few lines
it stiks out plain
wen words come twice
in one refrane:
just look how cheep 
my third text sounds;
‘i’ rimed with ‘eye’?! 
for shayme! oh, zounds!) 

another thing
yu neede, yung Calfe:
an ending lyne
that brings a laugh - 
it’s here that folk
oft mention bred -
but if yu want
make do insted

with something else
that may appeel.
yu’ll do no rong. 
rite what yu feel.
and if yu still 
need bredlik aid -
i link this post 
that someone mayde

explaining this 
with less ado.
i hope between 
posts one and two
the question asked
is answered now: 
go forth, lik bred,
be like the Cow. 

GOT7 as shit my groupchat says

Mark: “no homo tho rite”

Jaebum: “i’m going to angrily take a shit now”

Jackson: “i just called my mom crying she hung up on me”

Jinyoung: “shut up you second class trashcan”

Youngjae: “ ‘You’ve all’ if you’re gonna spill the tea spill the whole kettle bitch what’s good”

BamBam: “I was having too much fun dabbing”


I can’t believe I didn’t realize this till now but The Goldfinch is your classic story of the child hero but told in an absolutely, brutally honest fashion. Not only are there constant, quiet allusions to childhood/fairy-tale throughout the book ex. mention of things like fairy-lights, the Russian lullaby Boris sings, Theo’s literal nickname is Potter (there’s hundreds of examples)… But Theo fulfills every level of the Hero Patent (hero needs to be taken away from state of innocence and place of origins, experiences physical journey, the results of the revelation) and the Hero’s Rites of Passage (separation, isolation,illumination,discovery,result of discovery) and the Hero’s Journey:

#1. Mystery Birth/Origins where the hero’s past defines them as someone different that triggers their later journey (losing mother, the explosion, stealing the painting)

#2 Transition where the hero is given faithful companions (Boris), education through the wise tutor/mentor/father figure (Hobie), Descent to the spiritual/physical underworld (Vegas, Theo’s depression), finally there’s a catch where there’s a battle at the end (Amsterdam).

#3 Get Rid of the Hero Somehow where the hero comes back with a gift for man kind (the paintings) and leaves wherever the action/land of where the story took place (Theo’s in-between state roaming from hotel to hotel I won’t give spoilers by describing more)

Tartt took the classic design of the child hero and was like…. I do what I want. The Goldfinch almost acts like a fucked up fairytale the way Theo’s perception of reality is so screwed and the spaces between dream, nightmare and reality intertwine so tightly.

Working on my BB fic and i wanna share a little thing with y’all;

Nursey is a witch. An old witch. He’s been around for a long ass time. He looks young but he stopped aging a long ass time ago. Chowder is maybe only a little younger, give or take a couple centuries. Dex is the youngest of all of them with only a little under a century under his belt

Nursey is a full-fledged witch. Chowder is a full-fledged witch. Dex is a witch in training. And boy, does Nursey have fun with that.

and this is gonna get a little long, so have a cut

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… Must we? I mean, you know how that went back in Act 1. We’d really just be better off setting them all on fire. Well, all right, if you insist.

Time to play  ‘let’s try to report some of these horrific abuses of power to someone in authority – Act 2 edition’.

All right. Grand Cleric Elthina. We’ve got evidence that a Templar officer has been advocating for widespread use of the Rite of Tranquillity, and we know that other Templars in the Order are aware that he has already been using it in order to abuse mages, including children.

… And it didn’t occur to you that ‘suggesting’ that innocent people be lobotomised as soon as they reach adulthood might indicate that Alrik was unsuitable as a ‘protector’ of mages? This didn’t trigger any sort of investigation into his behaviour? You didn’t think, if you felt this was beyond your ability to handle, that it might be time to call the Seekers of Truth back in?

You say suggested, like he voiced the idea of putting chicken in the pie this week instead of beef. It’s nice to see that you can talk so calmly and rationally about taking the only thing these people have left – their minds – from them so they can’t inconvenience you anymore.

… Fine.

Knight-Captain Cullen, we have evidence that a man under your command has been abusing his power, and went so far as to suggest that the Kirkwall mages be made Tranquil en masse.

… Is that supposed to be comforting?

What you’re saying is that you knew. Either Alrik approached you directly, or Meredith told you. You knew, and you said nothing. You did nothing. Hell, for all I know, you encouraged him.

… Then there’s this stuff, which just makes my blood run cold. In his way, Cullen is as threatening as Alrik. 

What does Alrik say?

“You know what happens to mage girls who don’t toe the line around here, don’t you?”

That’s exactly what Cullen is saying here. If you don’t ‘toe the line’, we will destroy you. And not just you – we’ll destroy everyone like you on general principle. And it will be your fault, because you pushed us. It’s ‘up to you’ whether we make all of you Tranquil or not – not in the sense that we’re going to ask you or anything, or even give you as much of a horrible, pointless choice as the Harrowing … but in the sense that, if we choose to do it, we will always be in a position to tell the world it was your fault.

Everyone remember: in Inquisition, Cullen is a romance option for an ex-Circle mage. If that’s not a thought to make your skin crawl, I don’t know what is.

Which just leaves this:

To Her Excellency, Divine Justinia,
I am well aware both you and Knight-Commander Meredith have rejected my proposal, but I beg you to reconsider. The mages in the Free Marches are past controlling, their numbers have doubled in three years, and they have found a way to plant their abominations in our ranks. They cannot be contained!

The Tranquil Solution is our answer. All mages at the age of majority must be made Tranquil. They’ll coexist peacefully, retain their usefulness—a perfect strategy! It’s simply the best way to ensure mages obey the laws of men and Maker.

I remain, as always, your obedient servant,
Ser Otto Alrik

There’s nowhere else to go. The Divine already knows, and nothing was done about it. The young, vital, and apparently pro-mage Justinia heard this and did nothing at all.

I know Anders finds her rejection of the plan comforting. And I get that: when you think this might be happening right now, the simple fact that it’s not is going to be a relief.

But I’m not very comforted. The idea was raised, considered and gently dismissed. No one was outraged or sickened by it. Some people thought it was a good idea. It’s still in the air.

The thing is, I’m doubtful that something like this would happen all at once. It could happen, yes, but it would take a zealot to do it. It’s more likely that custom would simply drift in this direction.

The first step would be legitimising the way the Rite is already used in Kirkwall (and probably elsewhere, if less blatantly): as a punishment for serious transgressions. Of course, practically speaking, ‘serious’ is defined at a local level. A ‘good’ commander might reserve it for people who made repeated escape attempts, dabbled in dark magic or broke the law. But a commander can always find a charge that will fit, if they want to. Asking a man to deliver a letter is ‘corrupting a Templar’ after all.

Then it can be raised as a possible alternative to the Rite of Annulment. That’s messy, right? It puts Templar lives at risk, it thins the veil, it creates a horrible mess. This, though – well, you’re not killing anyone, are you? It’s merciful. And they needn’t do it all in one go, which is what makes Annulment so nasty: the mages fight back if they all know they’re going to die. If you just take people off a few at a time, eventually the problem of a troubled Circle goes away.

And then you can start asking – do we really need all these mages? A few are useful, yes, in war or as healers … but a lot of them could probably be more useful as Tranquil craftsmen, or failing that as compliant servants. And some of them are elves. We don’t need elven mages, surely? A talented healer from a noble human family is one thing – but some rabble-rousing knife ear with the ability to throw fireballs? I mean, really.

It might never be completed entirely. They might find that magic is too useful to be without it entirely. But it would be all too easy to reach a point where being allowed to take your Harrowing is a precious privilege offered only to a few – generally the wealthy, or the exceptionally talented.

To be clear, I don’t think we’re meant to think Justinia would go for any of that. But she is one woman, and she is a politician. She will take some risks to help the mages, but only on her own terms. And if all the Grand Clerics and Knight-Commanders united against her, in the long term it might not matter very much what she thought.

In the end, rebellion is the only option.

Might be of interest to people-

Walmart is clearancing the “iHome iSS50 5-in-1 Smartmonitor” for $20 down from $75. Can track temperature, humidity, motion, sound, and light, and send you alerts on your phone if things fall out of your desired range. Check the clearance rack in the electronics section.

Probably more ideal for people heating their ambient room temp.

So yeah I can check everything in an app now instead of pointing my ip cam at the acu-rite lol. It’s awesome.

Autumn Equinox/Michaelmas rite from the other night. I’ve been doing the witchcraft thing for a little bit. I’ve noticed that as the whole pumpkin-spice-latte-omg-it’s-fall trend gets bigger and bigger, autumn celebrations do as well. I can remember when nobody cared about Mabon/Autumn Equinox/Michaelmas/Harvest Home and now it’s kind of a big deal, which is cool.

“I’ve had so many people on the street ask me, “Do you know the Way?” One time, someone who walked by me asked me for directions out of the blue, then started telling me that my eyes were so bright and that I should at least buy them a thing of milk. And then they pulled me into a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m not good at saying no, so I just followed them in. We talked for about two hours in there. They said that I have to go to a temple for two weeks and perform ancestral rites. If I don’t, bad things might happen to not only me but the people around me… I remember just barely getting away and crying my heart out when I got home. There were many more times like that. Even just last night, I met one of these pseudo-religious people and thought, ‘Why me again?’” Now I can tell if someone is one of these people or not because they have the same pattern of approaching me.”
“Didn’t the way we started talking to you seem like one of these pseudo-religious people?”
“No, these people usually come up to you asking for directions. They do it so naturally, like they’ve asked it a thousand times before. But I’ve never seen a pattern like yours before.”

“제가 길거리에서 ‘도를 아십니까’를 진짜 많이 만났어요. 한 번은 갑자기 지나가던 사람이 길을 물어보더니 제 눈이 맑다면서 이렇게 만났으면 우유라도 한 잔 사주는 거라고 말하는 거예요. 그리고는 옆에 있던 던킨도너츠로 저를 끌고 들어갔어요. 제가 웬만하면 거절을 못 하는 성격이라 그냥 따라가버렸죠. 가게에서 거의 두 시간을 얘기했어요. 뭐 2주 동안 절에 들어가서 제사를 치뤄야 한대요. 그렇지 않으면 저 뿐만 아니고 주변 사람들 한테도 안 좋은 일이 생긴다고… 겨우 겨우 떼어놓고 집에 와서 엉엉 울었던 기억이 나요. 그거 말고도 정말 많이 걸렸어요. 바로 어젯밤만 해도 사이비를 만나서 ‘왜 또 나일까.’ 싶었죠. 이제는 접근하는 패턴만 봐도 사이비인지 아닌지 알아볼 수 있어요.”
“저희가 말 거는 건 사이비같지 않았어요?”
“네, 사이비들은 보통 길을 물어보면서 다가와요. 거의 천 번은 물어본 사람처럼 자연스럽게요. 그런데 그쪽은 처음보는 패턴이었거든요.”

Feynman’s study habits through time

[Quoted from James Gleick, Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics, Abacus Books, 1993.]

As a teenager (p. 35-36, 47): 

In school every problem had an answer. In recreational mathematics one could quickly understand and investigate problems that were open. Mathematical game playing also brought a release from authority. Recognizing some illogic in the customary notation for trigonometric functions, Feynman invented a new notation of his own … He was free, but he was also extremely methodical. He memorized tables of logarithms and practiced mentally deriving values in between. He began to fill notebooks with formulas, continued fractions whose sums produced the constants π and e.

… By the end of this year he had mastered trigonometry and calculus, both differential and integral. His teachers could see where he was heading. After three days of Mr. Augsbury’s geometry class, Mr. Augsbury abdicated, putting his feet up on his desk and asking Richard to take charge. In algebra Richard had now taught himself conic sections and complex numbers, domains where the business of equation solving acquired a geometrical tinge, the solver having to associate symbols with curves in the plane or in space. He made sure the knowledge was practical. His notebooks contained not just the principles of these subjects but also extensive tables of trigonometric functions and integrals—not copied but calculated, often by original techniques that he devised for the purpose. For his calculus notebook he borrowed a title from the primers he had studied so avidly, Calculus for the Practical Man. When his classmates handed out yearbook sobriquets, Feynman was not in contention for the genuinely desirable Most Likely to Succeed and Most Intellectual. The consensus was Mad Genius.

… Each book Richard possessed burned itself into his memory. When a primer on mathematical methods baffled him, he worked through it formula by formula, filling a notebook with self-imposed exercises. He and his friends traded mathematical tidbits like baseball cards. If a boy named Morrie Jacobs told him that the cosine of 20 degrees multiplied by the cosine of 40 degrees multiplied by the cosine of 80 degrees equaled exactly one-eighth, he would remember that curiosity for the rest of his life, and he would remember that he was standing in Morrie’s father’s leather shop when he learned it.

As a graduate student (p. 130):

Feynman had not yet finished his second year of graduate school. He remained ignorant of the basic literature and unwilling even to read through the papers of Dirac or Bohr. This was now deliberate. In preparing for his oral qualifying examination, a rite of passage for every graduate student, he chose not to study the outlines of known physics. Instead he went up to MIT, where he could be alone, and opened a fresh notebook. On the title page he wrote: Notebook Of Things I Don’t Know About. For the first but not the last time he reorganized his knowledge. He worked for weeks at disassembling each branch of physics, oiling the parts, and putting them back together, looking all the while for the raw edges and inconsistencies. He tried to find the essential kernels of each subject. When he was done he had a notebook of which he was especially proud. It was not much use in preparing for the examination, as it turned out.

As a scientist (p. 437):

In one corner of [Feynman’s] dusty office blackboard he had written a pair of self-conscious mottoes: “What I cannot create I do not understand” and “Know how to solve every problem that has been solved.” Nearby was a running list under the heading, “TO LEARN” (”Bethe Ansatz Prob., 2D Hall …”). 

Hylink Time!

Title: As We Are [AO3]

Rating: G

Mood Music: Hymn #1 (Eluvium)

Notes: Sooo, this is the entirely unsolicited fic I wrote based (loosely) on this lovely headcanon by @meibara34​. I do hope I did it justice. The manga is only marginally relevant to this fic lmao. Also, this fic was meant to be just the final section, but it turned into a pseudo-character study for Hylia. Whoops. My own headcanons are rampant in this fic and if y’all want to talk about them, shoot me an ask :) 

Anyway, without further ado:

During one of the last days of peace before the final battle with the Demon King and his hoard, Hylia and the remainder of her army settled near the banks of Lake Floria. They set up camp with low spirit, but feeling restless. Hylia had walked among mortals long enough to find herself similarly affected, and so she directed her forces to the lake before the met the Demon King at the temple. They were ahead of the hoard, she reasoned. They needed the rest. Exhausted as she was, however, Hylia slept but little that first night. She was easily awoken by the light of the dawn – the kind of light that made everything look soft to her war-worn eyes.

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you say sochi, i say fuck me - spookyfoot - Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Rating: Teen
Archive Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Category: M/M
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Omega Victor Nikiforov, Alpha Katsuki Yuuri, Getting Together, this is basically a/b/o light, is that a thing?, it is now, essentially the a/b/o is there in the background so i can make jokes, as per usual it’s all about the jokes


“You couldn’t find your room key,” Victor continues, “and I certainly wasn’t going to let you sleep alone.”

“What…happened?” Yuuri squeaks, wincing. His voice cracks in a way it hasn’t since Victor skated to Rite of Spring.

“Oh!” Victor somehow leans even closer and now Yuuri can see Victor has a matching set of freckles scattered across his nose. “You showed me your pole!”

“Oh my god.” But clearly God is dead because Yuuri is still alive right now.

Victor continues, utterly oblivious to Yuuri’s distress, “….dancing skills. Pole dancing skills. Sorry, I had your come stuck in my throat.” He punctuates it with a conspiratorial wink.

Yuuri stares, dumfounded as his brain goes offline. He’s not sure which part of that sentence is more horrifying.

Yuuri wakes up in Victor’s room after the Sochi Banquet.

thank you to @forochel @pencilwalla and @phoenixrei for beta’ing! <33

White people in Haitian vodou, again.

There have been a series of messages in my ask box hitting the same point in several different ways, based on a bunch of things I’ve posted recently regarding the participation of white folks in vodou.

It’s not a lie or even a stretch of the imagination that white folks, in general, are fucking AWFUL when it comes to anything that has to do with minority anything. We generally kick down the door, grab what we want, head home, and then repackage and sell it at a profit, which inevitably robs the original owners of life and livelihood. It happens ALL THE TIME with Haitian vodou (looking at you, purveyors of random objects covered in veve, so-called paket kongo, lwa ‘elekes’, lwa ‘conjure oils’, ‘voodoo dolls’, and on and on and onnnn) and it has for a long, LONG time. Entire religious movements have been made on the backs of a white kidnapping of aesthetic ideas of Haitian vodou, and they thrive in parts of the US, with so-called places of worship filled with only white folks, the wrong drums, a so-called priye ginen crammed with Kabbalah and other white people babble, and plastic maraca stand-ins for asson.

It’s not okay, but that’s an unpopular opinion in the US because the idea of easy-access spirituality is kind of the flavor of the moment and folks who have learned traditionally get shit flung at them for speaking up. Another topic for another time.

None of that, though, precludes a white person being legitimately involved in Haitian vodou in an appropriate way, which involves going to the actual community of practitioners–real live Haitian folks practicing a Haitian religion–and presenting oneself in the hopes that the spirits and the community will find a place for you. It’s not easy, and it requires a LOT of work–not only are there practical considerations like actually traveling to that community, learning the language/songs/prayers/dances, ways of interaction, and more, but there is the work of decolonizing yourself and the way you move in the world. Coming into Haitian vodou as a white and/or non-Haitian person is voluntarily entering into cultural deprogramming. Whiteness is not the center of the universe and it’s not a consideration in the flow and function of the religion, beyond if you can be trusted as a white person, since white people exploit Haiti all the time.

These are tasks white vodouwizan can tackle right off the bat in the US, where that is a hard enough task. Confronting our inherent in-grown racism is a large task and it is solely on our shoulders–it is not the responsibility of the Haitians that may welcome us to participate. Haitian sosyetes that welcome white folks often go out of their way to bring in outsiders–white or not–as softly as possible, since they are well aware that white folks don’t have a culturally-based religious upbringing, nor have most white folks seen anything like vodou before. That doesn’t mean they are holding our hands while we sort of blink in the sunlight of being in a place where we are the minority, the outsider, the one who gets looked at sideways. That increases thousandfold if you go to Haiti, where distrust can be blatant and where there is largely no cushioning available–Haiti is a hard place and vodou is a hard religion.

The central function of vodou in terms of who is welcome is two-part–the community/people and the spirits. No one can make their way into the djevo without the support and approval of the community who in turn supports that djevo and the support and approval of the spirits who own that djevo and the community that supports it. If the community won’t have you, the spirits can’t overrule that. If the spirits won’t have you, the community should not overrule that (and it will go terribly for them if they do–think initiatory chamber on fire, people dying during kanzo etc). That extends to who is welcome at public ceremonies, too. Reactions range from the spirits having shown up, looked at a person, and literally asked them ‘what are you doing here’ (mild side) to a spirit literally chasing someone out of the temple while screaming and attempting to stab them with a knife (the hole are still in the door that the spirit stabbed instead). I have been at fetes that have ground to a halt when someone showed up who was not welcome by the community showed up and had to be dealt with.

If all of those musters are passed, there are still layers of approval from the spirits that come via divination and direct interaction–NOTHING is done without approval from the spirits, and their approval is sought after frequently. It’s not a matter of just showing up and, bam, you’re in. It’s layers and layers of commitment, work, and approval. The community watches and the spirits watch, and things develop.

Most criticism of white folks in the religion comes from people outside of religion, who carry a Western view of religion and community where showing up means tacit approval and where things are simple and clear cut. This leads to pronouncements of ‘no, only Type Of Person can join vodou’ or ‘it’s closed except for Black folks’, which disregard the actual cultural function of vodou and show a lack of understanding of how skin color is conceived of in Haiti.

From where I sit, this has three main causes:

1. Lack of perceived agency for Haitian vodouwizan and the spirits of vodou. Either Haitian vodouwizan can open their mouths and declare who is welcome in their religion, or they cannot. Either the spirits have agency to decide who they will bring into the religion, or they don’t. Speaking for or over Haitians has a simple root cause–racism and bigotry. Since Haiti is a country that has a long and complicated relationship with poverty, this often translates outside of Haiti to Haitians being simple or unintelligent, which is misplaced. And, of course, many Haitians are people of color, which leaves a lot of people feeling like they can speak over them. 

Declaring who a spirit will call is super interesting, because it makes me wonder why someone is seeking out a religion while discarding a core tenet of the religion (the lwa are act of their own volition, to satisfy their will and desires and to serve the will and desire of the master of the universe). If you can’t support how a religion functions, then perhaps seeking out a community that doesn’t have that tenet is a better choice.

2. Haitian vodou is not an African religion, it is a HAITIAN religion. While vodou has roots in Africa and the Middle Passage, it is a distinctly Haitian religion that is deeply, DEEPLY rooted in Haiti and Haitian culture. Bwa Kayiman–the rite that both started the Haitian revolution and really codified what Haitian vodou is today–held at it’s core a realization by those enslaved Africans who would become the first Haitians that they would never be able to return to Africa and that Haiti was now their home and their children’s birthright, so things had to change to account for that. Lumping Haitian vodou into a pan-African worldview erases what makes the religion vodou–it cannot be separated from Haitian culture, at all, without losing what vodou is.

Pushing Haitian vodou into a pan-African paradigm sets up Black folks who are interested in vodou for a really hard time because it communicates a unifying ideal that is just not present. While non-Haitian Black folks may blend well in a religion where most of the adherents would be assigned Black/African-American by a US census taker, the same cultural challenges will be present them as a white person would face–language, cultural understandings, etc. If anything, non-Haitian Black folks can face bigger scrutiny in the religion than white folks do. It is understood that white folks generally won’t know their ass from their head when they show up but someone who can visually be mistaken to be Haitian? Why don’t they know what is going on? How come they can’t turn? Don’t they know any Kreyol?

Birthright CAN exist for Haitians in vodou, but it doesn’t really extend past that.

3. There is a deep and growing need for religious and spiritual spaces for Black folks and other people of color that are only available for Black folks and other people of color. I don’t have a lot to say about this because it’s not my place, beyond that I think that’s a vital and important thing and should be supported by any person who wants to step under the ally umbrella. Vodou as a religion, though, has been open to non-Haitians and white folks for long, long time, and so cannot and does not provide that. I know that there is a lot happening in various corners of pagan and witchcraft communities for Black folks and people of color in general, and I am happy to amplify anything I see about that for folks who might be interested.

So, there’s that. I welcome more discussion and questions on vodou in general and vodou and race in specific if people have them!

“It is my honor to meet you, Princess…”

< Inktober day 19 - The Imperial Assassin >

So listen, this list has a lot of similar prompts.  The Bounty Hunters, the Mercenary, and now this one.  I didn’t know what to do with it, but I settled on Matt for the simple reason that I LOVE HIM I know he would easily kill a bitch for Allura.  

Edit: @colonelchansan pointed out he would do the same for Pidge as well, which I knew, but didn’t say due to Allura being Royalty and the whole “Imperial” thing.  But then I realized I am a fool, u rite as hell.  Pidge is my queen.

Space Travelers

anonymous asked:

So I just read Twist and Shout and don't know if I'll ever be okay again...



  • What Has Eight Tentacles and Isn’t Allowed to Eat Pie? by Annie D (scaramouche) | 16,188 | Dean gets turned into an octopus. It’s really great. 
  • Sex is Weird by artsyUnderstudy | 1,826 | He thinks maybe he’s been falling for a long time, now.
  • Professional Couple Only by saltyfeathers | 37,153 | There’s a haunted apartment building in Vermont, and the ad says “Professional couple only”. Dean and Cas rise to the occasion.
  • The One Thing You Can’t Lose by MajorEnglishEsquire | 4,955 |  You know what I like a lot? The thought that Dean can just tug Cas anywhere at any time and Cas, who can lift tons without effort, who can demolish things with the light of his grace, who has battled and gone to war, has defended and broken, will just let Dean do it.
  • The (Mostly Accidental) Courtship of Dean Winchester by tuesday | 11,171 | Angelic marriage rites were never intended to go quite like this.
  • Thank You For Noticing by suspiciousflashlight | 3,004 | They “make it official” on a Friday at Cas’s house, with Dean stammering and blushing his way through the stereotypical I-really-like-you-in-a-different-than-friends-way speech and Cas listening, terrifyingly impassive, right to the end, at which point he grabs Dean by the shoulders and kisses him.
  • The Breath Of All Things by KismetJeska | 65,404 | Dean Winchester was twenty-six years old when a car accident killed his father and left him paralysed from the waist down. A year and a half later, Dean is in a wheelchair and lives in a care home in Kansas, where he spends his days waiting to die. It’s only when Castiel Novak starts volunteering at the care home that Dean starts to wonder if a changed life always equals a ruined one. (This sounds depressing, but it’s a beautiful story of healing and recovery and love.)
  • Shut Up (Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is) by kototyph | 23,878 | Dean’s done some pretty stupid things, but getting drunk-hitched in Vegas to a colleague he barely knows might just take the cake.
  • Convenient Husbands by Annie D (scaramouche) | 39,283 | “It’s only temporary, right?” Dean says. “Just until you’re healed up, and then we’ll never have to see each other again. So what do you say, Castiel, do you want to marry me or not?” (Marriage of convenience and grumpy telepathy!!)
  • Minty Fresh Kisses by almaasi | 7,905 | Dean teaches a newly-human Castiel how to brush his teeth properly. Things don’t go according to plan – but for once, the unexpected development actually presents a more promising outcome.
  • Softly Spoken, Softly Received by TamrynEradani | 3,357 | Cas tells Dean he can’t speak so that when Cas tells him he’s beautiful, Dean won’t argue with him. Also, touching and sex. But mostly feelings.
  • Creature of Habit by trinityofone | 5,197 | The more you love someone, the more you want to kill them. Or: How Cas developed some bad habits, and Dean coped surprisingly well.
  • How to Romance a Human by CloudyJenn | 4,433 | Castiel consults Cosmopolitan magazine in order to win Dean’s heart.
  • lights, camera, action by donutsandcoffee | 3,560 | If Dean’s life were a movie, it would be one of those cheap, bait-and-switch movies. The ones that look like they are of this one genre, but when you get around to watch it, it turns out to be something completely different. Dean’s life right now would totally look like a romantic comedy.
  • PWP: Pie Without Plot by MajorEnglishEsquire, orange_crushed | 82,517 | Team Free Will opens a bakery. There’s pie and kisses.
  • Failure (to Cuddle) is Not an Option by Annie D (scaramouche) | 3,766 | All Castiel wants for Christmas is to cuddle, is that really too much to ask? 
  • The face of heaven. by orange_crushed | 9,772 | Castiel is a fallen star.
  • Someone New by whelvenwings | 2,942 | When they’re left stranded in the middle of nowhere together, Dean and Cas talk about stars, and birthdays, and becoming someone new. 
  • hummed low by mishcollin | 3,250 | Dean pulls the Impala over at a cider barn about thirty miles out; doesn’t really think about it, just sees the hokey orange lettering off the roadside and lets his hands guide the Impala off the interstate with gravel spitting under the wheels. 
  • As You Wish by alullabytoleaveby | 1,682 | Dean’s not good with words, never has been, not like Cas. He has no idea how to dress this up, soften the blow, so he comes right out and says it: “I accidentally adopted five kittens.” 





To all the jikook shippers out there who haven’t read a touch of sin by pettey yet: please do! That thing is the best shit i’ve ever read. I mean, literally the best. Not only in jikook fandom, in generally. And i’m a veteran k-pop fan. And I’m not only talking about k-pop ships or fandoms. I’m telling you this fic is literally like a book. Hell, even those who are not jikook shippers: imagine whoever you want in Jimin and Jungkook’s place if it makes it easier for you. But read it! I’m a SAD SAPPY SUCKER that i’m not from some kind of fucking publishing company. Wish I were. I would contact this person and publish the hell out of this masterpiece. It’s such a waste, i’m fucking sad i can’t hold it in my own hands. It’s 102k words and I read it two times… IN A ROW! ME, who’s not even into long fics, i prefer fics with 10-30k words. All the atmospher of this story, the characters, the character developments, the plot, for fucks sake, the plot is so original and special! This whole story is not some cute romantic story, it’s so much more than that. It’s more about the story, the characters, their lives, their little, hidden secrets eating them alive from the inside. There is so much tension. Sexual too, of course, but not only that. Once you start reading it you just can not stop, it pulls you in and suddenly you are drawning in the feelings. And the historical references…

Okay, i’ll stop babbling now. xD

Here’s a link if anyone is interested. I’M BEGGING YOU TO READ IT, PLEASE!!! Give it a chance at least, just start reading it. Trust me you won’t be able to stop. (Hell, it’s not even a genre i like, i mean the horror stuff, i didn’t even want to open it first, i literally just ACCIDENTALLY opened it, and thought i would just scroll down a bit and that was it. That was the end of me. *.*)

a touch of sin by pettey :

Aaaaannnnd TO those of you who are good in making videos: pretty please, someone do a f*cking video to this fic!!! *____* We have so many things to use. Many scene to use with them around a beach, and even have jail-stuffs now, or Kookie has many scene with lighting, or blowing out flames, which is not actually in the fic but could be useful for the rite scenes. And you know what would be even more amazing? Making a video to this fic with Jeongseon Arirang. Have you ever heard it? Yeah, i know. Arirang, unofficial national anthem and all… But it has it. That atmospher and all, that feeling the fic gives you with shaman Jimin and all, oh my god, the chills. Please, someone do it, i’m begging you!!! *.*