those who from heaven to earth came

Now, many centuries after those days when the mermaid came to earth and then left it, after so many daughters and sons have been born, there are people all over the world who carry the mermaid inside them, that otherworldly beauty and longing and desire that made her reach for heaven when she lived in the darkness of the sea.
—  Carolyn Turgeon, from Mermaid
Humans and Malaks

Malaks in the World
Malaks are a species that have lived in the world alongside humans since the ancient times. Though some malaks descended onto the Earth from Heaven, and some were born on Earth, both are, in the widest sense, beings known as seraphs. The Empyreans, figures of worship for the populace, were the leaders for the seraphs who descended to Earth. The rest of the malaks were said to obey and follow the Empyreans, but both the Empyreans and regular malaks are considered seraphs, and there is no difference in species between them.*

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Holy Saturday – 15 April – The Lord’s descent into hell 

 The Creed proclaims “He descended into Hell.”    This homily for Holy Saturday from the 4th Century treats of the “harrowing of hell” and the rescue of Adam and Eve.  Note the parallels between Adam and Eve’s sin, which lost paradise for us and the passion of Christ, which won for us not simply an earthly paradise, but eternal life.   It was to the Limbo of the Fathers that Christ descended, a place of the dead that was emptied through His Passion, Resurrection and Ascension and no longer exists.   By this “Harrowing of Hell,” as His Descent is sometimes called, the doors to Heaven were swung open so that those who die in a state of grace may enter in, alleluia!   Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, the good thief on the cross — all the righteous were illuminated by the Presence of Christ in the place of death, making Sheol itself a paradise.   They remained there with Him until His Bodily Resurrection when the the “bars of Hell” were broken down and they were later able to enter into Heaven itself with His glorious Ascension.

“What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.

Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son.

The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

‘I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.

‘I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.

‘For you, I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form; that of slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden and crucified in a garden.

‘Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image.

‘See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose, for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one.

`I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword has checked the sword which was turned against you.

‘But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.

“The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.”

A reading from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday – prepared by Pontifical University Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome.   While it appears that this comes from a Holy Saturday homily written in Greek dating back to the fourth century liturgy (PG 43, 439, 462f), the author of this text is unknown.


For our Edification – what does Hell mean?

Christ is in His tomb. Rather, His Body is in the tomb but when His Soul left His Body, He descended into Hell to “free the captives.”    “Hell” here refers to the place of the dead in general (“Sheol” in the Hebrew, or “Hades” in the Greek), not to the place of torment with which the word “Hell” is most usually associated with today.    The world “Hell” in the loosest, earliest sense includes:1.     the Limbo of the Fathers, the place for those who were righteous by charity and faith in the coming Messiah and who died before His Coming

2.     the Limbo of Infants, where, possibly, those who are sent who die without personal guilt but without Baptism after the time of Christ, or who died without charity and faith in the coming Messiah before the time of Christ.    This would be a place of beautiful, natural happiness, no punishment and no sensible suffering.

3.     Purgatory, where righteous people go to be cleansed of the temporal effects of their sins

4.     Gehenna, the “Hell of the Lost,” the eternal place of punishment for the damned, the place we usually refer to as simply “Hell” today

Hail, children of Zeus! Grant lovely song and celebrate the holy race of the deathless gods who are for ever, those that were born of Earth and starry Heaven and gloomy Night and them that briny Sea did rear. Tell how at the first gods and earth came to be, and rivers, and the boundless sea with its raging swell, and the gleaming stars, and the wide heaven above, and the gods who were born of them, givers of good things, and how they divided their wealth, and how they shared their honours amongst them, and also how at the first they took many-folded Olympus. These things declare to me from the beginning, ye Muses who dwell in the house of Olympus, and tell me which of them first came to be.
Hesiod, Theogony

Hesiod and the Muse by Eugene Delacroix.

Lao Tzu Said

Heaven sets up the sun and moon, arrays the stars and planets, sets out the four seasons, and tunes darkness and light. It warms by means of the sun, gives rest by means of the night, dries by means of the wind, and moistens by means of rain and dew. As it gives birth to beings, no-one can see it nurturing, yet all beings grow. As it kills beings, no-one can see it destroying, yet all beings pass away. This is called sacred and miraculous.
Therefore sages emulate this: when they promote blessings, no one sees how they do it, yet blessings arise, and when they remove calamities, no one sees how it happens, yet calamities disappear. It cannot be found out by inquiry, yet when examined it is not unreal. Calculating short term, there is lack, but calculating long term, there is extra.
Silent and voiceless, yet moving the world tremendously with a single word - such are whose who move evolution by means of the celestial mind. Thus when pure sincerity forms within, its energy moves heaven: auspicious stars appear, yellow dragons descend, phoenixes arrive, flavourful springs emerge, fine grains grow, the rivers do not overflow, the oceans do not have tidal waves.
But if we oppose heaven and are violent toward beings, then the sun and moon will be eclipsed, the stars will deviate from their courses, the four seasons will impinge upon one another, days will be dark and nights will be light, mountains will crumble and rivers dry up, there will be thunderstorms in winter and frost in summer.
Heaven and humanity have interconnections, so when nations perish, the signs of heaven change. When the morals of society are chaotic, rainbows appear. Myriad beings have interconnections, vitality and energy have ways of thinning each other out.
Therefore the sacred and miraculous cannot be fabricated artificially by knowledge and cannot be forced to happen by exertion of strength.
So great people join virtues with heaven and earth, join lights with sun and moon, join hearts with ghosts and spirits, and join trustworthiness with the four seasons. Embracing the mind of heaven and the energy of the earth, they hold to harmony and absorb its peace. They travel the four seas without leaving their houses, changing customs so that people change for the better in such a manner that it seems like it came from themselves. Such are those who are capable of exercising spiritual influence.

The Anunnaki are deities of ancient Mesopotamian cultures (Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian) in areas now known as Iraq, Kuwait, Northeastern Syria, Southeastern Turkey, and Southwestern Iran. The name means “princely offspring” or “offspring of Anu”. Alternative translations such as “those who from the heavens came to earth” based on the work of Zecharia Sitchin have been rejected as pseudoscience. Their relation to the group of gods known as Igigi is unclear; at times the names are used synonymously but in the Atra-Hasis flood myth, the Igigi are the 6th generation of the gods who have to work for the Anunnaki, rebelling after 40 days and replaced by the creation of the first humans, possibly as a slave race. The Anunnaki appear in the Babylonian creation myth, Enuma Elish. In a late version magnifying Marduk, after the creation of mankind, Marduk divides the Anunnaki and assigns them to their proper stations, 300 in heaven, 300 on earth, and hence, they remained in charge, directing newly created slave races. The Anunnaki are mentioned in The Epic of Gilgamesh when Utnapishtim tells the story of the flood. According to later Assyrian and Babylonian myth, the Anunnaki were the children of Anu and Ki, brother and sister gods. 

Do not fear then, that your past faithlessness must make you unworthy of God’s mercy. Nothing is so worthy of mercy as utter weakness. He came from heaven to earth to seek sinners, not the righteous; to seek that which was lost – as indeed all were lost if it were not for him. The physician seeks the sick, not the healthy. Oh, how God loves those who come boldly to him in their foul, ragged garments and ask, as of a father, for some garment worthy of him!
—  François Fénelon

Esoteric Origins of Alchemy

Early alchemists Zosimus and Isis said alchemical knowledge came from fallen angels sexually attracted to human women. The early Christian church fathers believed them and claimed the angels had sinned against the orders of god. Who were these angels?
The Book of Enoch (Enoch 1), the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (Enoch 2) and the Book of Jubilees contain more details about the fallen angels referred to in Genesis. Enoch 2 was probably written by a Hellenistic Jew in the first century CE. Enoch 1 and the Book of Jubilees are Jewish works of the intertestamental period written down in the second century BCE. The information contained in them is much older than the date of these manuscripts.
Enoch was the great grandfather of Noah. Genesis 5: 22-24 says, “And E-noch walked with God after he begat Me-thu-se-lah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of E-noch were three hundred sixty and five years: And E-noch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” The Books of Enoch describe how he was taken to the heavens after a tour of the
earth: “The Lord spoke, ‘Have no fear, Enoch, good man and scribe of goodness. Come hear my voice. Go speak to the Watcher of Heaven, who have sent you to intercede for them. Tell them: You should intercede for men, and not men for you. Why did you leave lofty, holy Heaven to sleep with women, to defile yourselves with the daughters of men and take them as your wives…?’” After God’s rhetorical admonition against his lustful yet loving angels he said to Enoch, “As for the Watcher who sent you to intercede for them, tell them: ‘You were in Heaven but the mysteries were not revealed to you. You knew worthless ones, and in the hardness of your hearts you revealed these to women, and through these secrets women and men work much evil [on] earth.’ Say to them, ‘You have no peace.’" After his audience with God, angels including the archangel Uriel took Enoch on journeys through hell and heaven. From there the angel Raguel took him to the Seven Mountains in the Northwest and the Tree of Life. “Fragrant trees encircled the throne. Among them was a tree like no other. Its fragrance was beyond all fragrance, and its leaves and blooms and wood never withered….” Michael, the leader of the angels tells Enoch, “As for this fragrant tree, no mortal is permitted to touch it till the great judgment….” Enoch was instructed by the Lord to write down what had been revealed to him and to teach the people this wisdom. He did so in 366 books. Scholars believe the meaning of the name Enoch stems from a variant of the Hebrew root connoting “to train, to educate.” Scholars have been able to verify the general historical accuracy of the Old Testament by comparing the biblical episodes to much older parallel chronicles written in cuneiform characters on clay tablets from the ancient Mesopotamian kingdoms of Assyria and Babylonia. The oldest of all are from Sumer. Shumer is “land of the Watchers” in Akkadian, the root semitic language used by the Assyrians and Babylonians. The Sumerian King List records all the rulers of earth back over 400,000 years. This huge stretch of time coupled with reigns into the thousands of years has caused most historians to reject its accuracy. However all the early rulers were gods—immortals. The King List does record the reign of Enmeduranki whose name meant “ruler whose me connect Heaven and Earth.” A tablet described by W.G. Lambert tells a story similar to Enoch’s: “Enmeduranki [was] a prince in Sippar, beloved of Anu, Enlil and Ea. Shamash in the Bright Temple appointed him. Shamash and Adad [took him] to the assembly [of the gods]… They showed him how to observe oil on water, a secret of Anu, Enlil and Ea. They gave him the Divine Tablet, the kibdu secret of Heaven and Earth… They taught him how to make calculations with numbers.” Anu, Enlil, Ea, Shamash and Adad were Sumerian gods called Anunnaki meaning “those who from Heaven to Earth came.”
A tablet referred to as CBS 14061 describes an incident paralleling the Enochian marriage of an angel to a human woman. The tablet tells of a young god named Martu who fell in love with the daughter of the high priest of Nin-ab. Martu complained to his goddess mother, “In my city I have friends, they have taken wives. I have companions, they have taken wives. In my city, unlike my friends, I have not taken a wife; I have no wife, I have no children.” Martu’s mother asked him if the woman he desired “appreciated his gaze.” Then the goddess gave her consent to the marriage. Enlil the leader of the gods on Earth became increasingly upset over the pollution of Anunnaki blood by these marriages and over the young Anunnaki gods becoming more interested in freedom and idyllic life on earth than taking orders from Enlil. He said “I will destroy the Earthling whom I have created off the face of the Earth.” The peoples of ancient civilization, Sumerians, Egyptians, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Hebrews etc., in their sacred writings all describe gods that physically dwelt on Earth. This was aside from their writings on philosophy and mysticism. According to the Sumerians these gods came from the planet Nibiru, “planet of the crossing;” the Assyrians and Babylonians called it Marduk, after their chief god. The Sumerians never called the Anunnaki, “gods.” They were called din.gir, a two syllable word. Din meant “righteous, pure, bright;” gir was a term used to describe a sharp-edged object. As an epithet for the Anunnaki dingir meant “righteous ones of the bright pointed objects.” The Sumerian pictograph for the word looks like a two-staged rocket with a pointed capsule at the top. Sumerian texts break up history into two epochs divided by the great Deluge—the Biblical Flood. After the waters receded “‘the great Anunnaki who decree the fate’ decided that the gods ‘were too lofty for mankind.’ The term used—elu in Akkadian—means exactly that: ‘Lofty Ones;’ from it comes the Babylonian, Assyrian, Hebrew, and Ugaritic El—the term to which the Greeks gave the connotation ‘god.’” Returning to Genesis chapter six, after the sons of God took human wives, verse four continues: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became the mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” However the King James version erroneously translated the Hebrew term ne-filim as “giants,” and shem as “renown.” If the original words are used the verse reads: “The Nefilim were upon the Earth, in those days and thereafter too, when the sons of the gods cohabitated with the daughters of the Adam, and they bore children unto them. They were the mighty ones of Eternity—The People of the shem.” Nefilim stems from the Semitic root NFL, “to be cast down.” The first line of Genesis 6:4 means Those who were cast down were upon the Earth. They were the fallen angels!
They were also the People of the shem. “The Mesopotamian texts that refer to the inner enclosures of temples, or the heavenly journeys of the gods, or even to instances where mortals ascended to the heavens, employ the Sumerian term mu or its Semitic derivatives shu-mu (“that which is a mu”), sham, or shem. Because the term also connoted ‘that by which one is remembered,’ the word has come to be taken as meaning ‘name….’ Like most Sumerian syllabic words, mu had a primary meaning; in the case of mu, it was ‘that which rises straight.’ Its thirty-odd nuances encompassed the meanings heights, fire, command, a counted period…” After Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II had rebuilt Marduk’s sacred precinct within fortified walls made of fired brick and gleaming black marble, he recorded: “I raised the head of the boat ID.GE.UL the chariot of Marduk’s princeliness; The boat ZAG.MU.KU, whose approach is observed, the supreme traveler between Heaven and Earth, in the midst of the pavilion I enclosed, screening off its sides.” ID.GE.UL means high to heaven, bright at night. ZAG.MU.KU means bright mu which is for afar. The Mesopotamians believed the gods were immortal. The Sumerians said one year on planet Nibiru, a sar, was equivalent in time to 3600 earth years. They also said Anunnaki lifespans were 120 sars which is 120 x 3600 or 432,000 years. According to the King List 120 sars had passed from the time the Anunnaki arrived on Earth to the time of the Flood. However when the Lofty Ones came to Earth their lifespans began to sync with Earth’s faster orbit and they faced rapid aging compared to that on Nibiru. They discovered that by eating food from their home planet they could keep the aging process synced to the pace of Nibiru. The Sumerian god of wisdom Enki (Ea) was the leader of the first sons of Anu that came down to Earth. He played the pivotal role in saving humanity from the global Deluge. He defied the Anunnaki ruling council and told Ziusudra (the Sumerian Noah) how to build a ship on which to save humanity from the killing flood. Ea would have been over 120 sars old at that time, yet his relationship with humanity continued to be actively reported for thousands of years thereafter.
Within his sacred precinct “Mound of Creation” in Eridu, Enki unraveled the secrets of life and death. His emblem was two serpents entwined on a staff—the basis for the winged caduceus symbol used by modern Western medicine. Enki was the god who created the first humans: “In those days, in those years, The Wise One of Eridu, Ea, created him as a model of men.” His name was Adapa, Adam in the Old Testament: “Elohim created the Adam in His image—in the image of Elohim created He him.” Through Enki’s creative efforts “wide understanding he perfected for him…. Wisdom [he had given him]…. To him he had given Knowledge; Eternal Life he had not given him.” Anu wondered “why did Ea, to a worthless human the plan of Heaven disclose—rendering him distinguished, making a shem for him?” Enki “made him take the road to Heaven, and to Heaven he went up. When he had ascended to Heaven he approached the Gate of Anu.” Enki had told Adapa that if Anu offered him food, he was not to eat the Bread of Life nor drink the Water of Life because they were poison.
After Adapa answered Anu’s questions Anu said, “‘What can we do for him? Fetch him the bread of (eternal) life and let him eat!’
“They fetched him the bread of (eternal) life, but he would not eat. They fetched him the water of (eternal) life, but he would not drink…Anu watched him and laughed at him.
‘Come, Adapa, why didn’t you eat? Why didn’t you drink? Didn’t you want to be immortal? Alas for downtrodden people!’
“‘(But) Ea my lord told me: “You mustn’t eat! You mustn’t drink.”
“‘Take him and send him back to his earth.’” And so humanity missed out on immortality until the sons of the gods fell in love with the daughters of men, married them and had children by them. Then not wanting their lovers to die they taught them the secrets of immortality that Ea had discovered. Those secrets were the secrets of alchemy. Ea’s youngest son was Ningizzida, Lord of the Tree of Truth, in Mesopotamia. He was revered as Thoth in Egypt and Hermes in the West.
By the beginning of the current era philosophers had removed the physical existence of the gods to the abstract, implying their powers were aspects of spiritual phenomena coincident to the forces of Nature. The early alchemists of that time period still claimed like the ancient priests before them, that the knowledge they possessed was a gift from the gods, and their pursuit of immortality was in emulation of the gods’ pursuit of immortality.

Acts 11:1-18 (HCSB)
The apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles had welcomed God’s message also. When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who stressed circumcision argued with him, saying, “You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them!”

Peter began to explain to them in an orderly sequence, saying: “I was in the town of Joppa praying, and I saw, in a visionary state, an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came to me. When I looked closely and considered it, I saw the four-footed animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky. Then I also heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’

“‘No, Lord!’ I said. ‘For nothing common or ritually unclean has ever entered my mouth!’ But a voice answered from heaven a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call common.’

“Now this happened three times, and then everything was drawn up again into heaven. At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were. Then the Spirit told me to accompany them with no doubts at all. These six brothers accompanied me, and we went into the man’s house. He reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is also named Peter. He will speak a message to you that you and all your household will be saved by.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore, if God gave them the same gift that He also gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?”

When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, “So God has granted repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles!”

If you want to begin to understand the origins of Humanity, and why the human collective consciousness has evolved the way it has, I recommend these two very thorough, well researched books by Michael Tellinger. He also has informative videos regarding this subject on YouTube, in which he will also address ‘lost’ energy technologies, one area being the work of Nikola Tesla. When people realize what has happened throughout human history some get a bit angry with all the pervasive deceit, lies and manipulation - I would suggest that anger and hate isn’t the way to go, our discovery of this is all a part of the cosmic game, we choose our incarnations, so no need to get cross :-) But if you do it’s a good opportunity to transmute and let go of some stored pain - to really surrender to, and feel, those feelings. And maybe you can then see what fearful beliefs you have that bring up those feelings/anger (anger stems from fear) within you. And then get back to spreading love :-)

Anunnaki literally means, “Those who from heaven came down to earth.”

And in ancients times ‘the heavens’ meant - the sky, firmament, or expanse of space surrounding the Earth.

Always Remember!

I never cease to be amazed at the capacity of jews to take negative things and transform them into the positive…. To take an insult and transform it into a rallying cry. Things like #Gettlefish, and #extravagantjewishwealth here on tumblr, among many more real-life circumstances, which I’m sure many of you have seen or experienced - situations where jews took the words or actions of antisemites and turned them into something empowering.

That said, this week was parshas Zachor - going into Purim, it’s our job to to remember what Amalek did to us, in order to wipe out Amalek from under the heavens… But who is Amalek, and what on Earth are we supposed to do by remembering him. How do you perform such a mitzvah?!

Amalek was a king… An antisemite, not unlike those today, except that then, there weren’t any laws - or law enforcement - to get in their way. He came to attack the jews in the desert, shortly after the splitting of the sea. How? He came to attack from the rear, attacking the stragglers… Those who were falling behind.

After the splitting of the sea, we were invincible. We were untouchable. We were G-d’s people, who had been delivered from the hands of the Egyptians with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. We knew it… And the nations did as well. They were afraid, and even if they hated us, they respected that we should be left alone, because we had the omnipresent on our side (still do, by the way!). We were compared to a scalding pool of water - we were burning, the flames of our souls searing the sand on which we placed our feet and reached the skies. Amalek was compared to the fool who jumped in first. Much like today’s antisemites, he let his hate rule over him until he had to let go of logic and reason in order to perpetuate it. He got burned, yes. He was defeated. But it cooled us down. It made us vulnerable again, in the eyes of the nations… And even more important, it made us vulnerable in our own eyes.

Sure enough, the perpetrator of the plan to destroy us in the time of Mordechai and Ester - Haman - was a descendent of Amalek, and, of course, of the same stock of logicless antisemite. In the days of Purim, the jews ate gettlefi- I mean, they took the plan of Haman, to destroy the jews, and ultimately, through their taking on of the mitzvos, and being proud of being jewish, they reversed the decree, and it was in the end brought upon those who decreed it, Haman and his 10 sons. Adar was a month that, like Av, was marked for us to be a month of sadness and tragedy… And in the wording of the posuk “נהפך מיגון לשמחה”, it was transformed from sadness to joy!

Who is Amalek now? Amalek (עמלק, 70-40-30-100, gematria of 240) has the same gematria, numerical value as sofek (ספק, 60-80-100, 240) meaning “doubt”. Amalek is the doubt that comes into you when you are excited to do something good. He says to you “Maybe you should cool off. Don’t move so fast. Maybe this isn’t the right thing to do. You’re too tired. There’s always tomorrow”… It is a commandment in the Torah to destroy Amalek. To rise above the doubt, and be a jew, and be proud. I don’t care what these social justice nuts on this website say, the antisemites of our generation, who push off logic for hate. Be proud to be jewish! Light shabbos candles, put on tefillin. In our generation, the real mesiras nefesh isn’t in dying for judaism. it’s in living as a jew. It’s time to stop dying, and to start living proudly in our heritage. And don’t worry, we’ll take all the other months, just like Adar… And we’ll reverse them too. We’ll transform the darkness into light, and the sadness into joy, and there is NOBODY who can stop us.

Shavuah tov!

–Aharon Ephraim

Where is the horse? Where the young warrior? Where now the gift-giver?
Where are the feast-seats? Where all the hall-joys?
Alas for the bright cup! Alas byrnied warrior!
Alas the lord’s glory! How this time hastens,
grows dark under night-helm, as it were not!

Stands now behind the dear warband
a wondrous high wall, varied with snake-shapes,
warriors forsaken by might of the ash-spears,
corpse-hungry weapons–famous that fate–
and this stone-cliff storms dash on;
snowstorm, attacking, binds all the ground,
tumult of winter, when the dark one comes,
night-shadow blackens, sends from the north
rough hailstorm in anger toward men.

All is the earth-realm laden with hardship,
fate of creation turns world under heaven.
Here goldhoard passes, here friendship passes,
here mankind passes, here kinsman passes:
all does this earth-frame turn worthless!

So said the one wise in mind, at secret conclaves sat him apart.
Good, he who keeps faith, nor too quickly his grief
from his breast makes known, except he, noble, knows how beforehand to do cure with courage.

—  The Wanderer (translated from the Old English)

anonymous asked:

Hey... I've heard you're Mormon. But mormons believe gay people are sinners right? Don't you think love is love? Why would it be different if it was two woman? Or a trans person?

Okay first off I’m going to say this right now, we do not believe that gay people are sinners. 

Being gay is something that you cannot control, why on earth would that make you a sinner? No no no no no, I would never ever call my dear friends this. 

There are parts of our doctrine that address these things, and why we believe that you should abstain from those feelings, which I know that sounds cruel and wrong, but knowing quite a few gay LDS members who have dealt and gone through this, it’s helped me understand them and how they have come to terms with how they feel and how they can continue to be a member of our church and still be part of the queer community. They amaze me, they are so strong, probably a lot stronger than I am.

I know that I have doctrine and gospel teachings that explain why we believe that gay people should live a life of celibacy, BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT MOST PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH DO NOT HAVE THOSE SAME PERSPECTIVES THAT I HAVE. 

I am not going to hold them accountable for that. I am not

This is my religion and it’s what I believe. And my close friend who is gay and a mormon has my religious perspectives too, and he lives his life of celibacy with a feeling of peace. It has a lot to do with where we came from before all of this crazy earth stuff, and what we believe God wants us to do in our lives and how heaven is going to be someday.

I know that it seems strange and confusing, and sometimes it’s a little strange and confusing to me too. But that’s okay. Because when I pray about it, and I learn more about it, I have that feeling of peace that completely overwhelms me, and it helps me feel confident in what I believe and know that everything is going to be okay in the end. 

I know that no matter what I say, people are still going to label me as a hateful person, even though I would hope to have shown through my actions that I am not. Sharing things like this on tumblr is basically a death sentence. I know that I’m getting better every day in becoming more sensitive to those around me, and I’m a better and more understanding person than I was even last year about these kinds of topics. I know that what you guys feel IS love, and it IS valid, I hope you never think that I think you’re “faking it”.

I’m going to stand strong with my beliefs because I have faith that what I believe is true. And part of my beliefs is to be a friend to others, and be kind and show people that I LOVE THEM, and that sure does include Queer people. 

I guess this sounds really jumbled and strange, but I hope it helped you understand my thoughts a little better. 

If you want to hear some stories right from the mouths of queer members of my church, here’s a link to an official website we have:

Watching these videos has brought me a lot of peace and it’s helped me understand how others feel too. 

I really do love you.

Every single one of you.

Please do not ever believe that I think of you as lower or ‘a sinner’ because of these things. I do not believe that, I’m like crying right now, my heart aches thinking that some people will always think that I don’t love them no matter what I say.

I honestly pray for you guys all the time, I know how hard life can be, no matter what kind of trials we’re going through. I want you all to stay safe and feel loved. I wish I could just hold you all right now for as long as you need it, and try and heal the hurt that has been dealt to you in your lives. <3

I believe that God will judge us on how we lived, how we treated others, and how we grew as people. He has so much love for all of us, every one, no one excluded. No one at all. 

White Picket Fences

Growing up, my home was surrounded by a white picket fence.

You wouldn’t see it on Google Earth. In fact, it took me until coming back from college to see it at all. But it was there all along, invisible to me by my obliviousness, or at least by the privileged future I foresaw for myself at the time.

Its low, white pointy slats told you to keep your dogs off the grass and your feet off the flowers. But more than that, it dictated who was welcome. If you were white, straight, married, and middle class, you could enter without a second thought. Anyone else needed to stay on the sidewalk.

Because I (thought I) fit the mold, the gate had always parted for me without a second thought.

While I am not out to my family yet as nonbinary, I had been out to myself for most of this year and really internalized this part of myself. So when I returned home for the first time after this, I saw the picket fence for the first time. It tried to hold me back. It told me I wasn’t welcome anymore.

I had to leave my transness and aro-aceness on the sidewalk before the gate would let me through. With such a large part of myself left on the street, I could not really enter as myself. This house was no longer my home.

My childhood house wasn’t the only place I could suddenly see a white picket fence either. When I went back to my parents’ church, which had been my spiritual home throughout childhood, I saw that same white picket fence, gleaming tauntingly in the sun. When I went back to my old high school, I saw those white slats loop around the baseball field and the back parking lot. And so on.

The fact is, I can never really walk through a picket fence whole again. I can never be myself inside the walls of the cis-heteronormative picket fences that populate this world. To enter, I must always leave a portion of myself on the curb, or else try to dismantle the fence bar-by-bar. (And this is from someone who is really privileged in most other ways — I can only assume it’s much worse for those who are multiply marginalized!)

Sometimes I worry I will never find a home at all, when it seems every home has a picket fence around it.

But then I think of Jesus. Jesus willingly came from His throne in heaven down to an earth filled with picket fences, and none of them welcomed Him. He was born in a stable because they could not find room in the inn — but there was room for those who step easily through the fences. Throughout His ministry He continued to face picket fences, and He expressed His frustration more than once — “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown” (Luke 4:24).

And not only did Jesus face picket fences and barriers, He shattered them, tearing at them board by board. He ministered to tax collectors, prostitutes, Samaritans, and lepers. He brought the gospel to the Gentiles. In His death and resurrection, He destroyed the fence separating sinners from heaven — and according to Matt 27:51, even “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” at the moment of His death.

In Jesus’ kingdom, there are no picket fences. He has utterly destroyed them.

I guess I can find a home after all, and it’s in the Lord!

The goddess of witchcraft, magic, the night, the moon, ghosts and necromancy. A child of the Titans Perses and Asteria whom granted her power over heaven, earth and sea. Often depicted with three heads; dog, horse, and snake. Sometimes seen with two ghost hounds whom do here bidding. Some believe that she bestows wealth and grants fortune to those who pray to her.The outcome of war and victory of games are similarily dependent on her. One of her many great deeds was the rescue of Persephone from the Underworld. Unfortunately she is currently depiected as a hag and is associated with darkness and evil. However, it’d be best to tread lightly when it came to defying her in any way.

Hail, children of Zeus! Grant lovely song and celebrate the holy race of the deathless gods who are for ever, those that were born of Earth and starry Heaven and gloomy Night and them that briny Sea did rear. Tell how at the first gods and earth came to be, and rivers, and the boundless sea with its raging swell, and the gleaming stars, and the wide heaven above, and the gods who were born of them, givers of good things, and how they divided their wealth, and how they shared their honours amongst them, and also how at the first they took many-folded Olympus. These things declare to me from the beginning, ye Muses who dwell in the house of Olympus, and tell me which of them first came to be.

Hesiod  - The Theogony  

(tr: Hugh G. Evelyn-White)  

Image:  Dance of the Muses on Mount Helicon, 1807,  Bertel Thorvaldsen

Klaine Advent - 12.05 Evening

We move back to the random AU meanderings of the first few days, focusing again on traditions. 1260 words (AO3)


Kurt met Blaine at a bar in The Village about eighteen months ago. They arrived with their own collection of friends, bumped into each other during a break from the go-go show and went home together.

They spent the rest of that night having sloppy drunken sex and daring each other to buy useless pieces of kitchen equipment from Home Shopping Network.

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

They spent the next morning having less sloppy, less drunken sex and, well… they just never really stopped. Sex started things between them to be sure, but the fun they had together, the ease they found in each other’s company, the ridiculous amounts of things they had in common bonded them even further, and here they were, looking at their second Christmas together.

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