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Modern Pagan Ways to Worship

I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways I worship the gods, and watching my other Pagan friends to see how different our styles are. I thought I might list some of the ways I’ve noticed. Feel free to add anything you think is worth mentioning!

Learning about the gods: This is always the first thing I tell people to do when they decide to work with a new god. Read the stories we do have about them, even if there’s only one. What are scholars saying about the story/ies? What can we learn from knowing about the culture of the time? Is there any crossover from other cultures and mythologies?

Prayer: The obvious one, but perhaps not one that all Pagans engage in for fear of feeling ‘too Christian.’ Ceiswir Serith has a great guide, “A Book of Pagan Prayer,” if you want to take a look at new ways to pray. 

Offering food/drink: Whether you’re offering a separate meal to the goddesses or sharing a part of your plate, this is a very old tradition. Some gods prefer you partake of the meal, and others don’t. Whatever is best for you, offering a glass of wine or a portion of your lunch to the gods also makes you more conscious of the food you’re ingesting.

Building/maintaining an altar: Another very common one under the Pagan umbrella. We dedicate a space to a deity or deities, and decorate it as a workspace for spells, a welcome mat for the god(s)/ess(es) we worship.

Donning a deities’ associations: If yours is a sea goddess, it is likely she’ll prefer you wearing shells, pearls, or colors that remind her of her home. By contrast, a fire god might like to see you sporting some carnelian or even lava rock. Wearing their colors, crystals/stones, scents, animal representations, symbols (either overt or covert), etc., is a way to remind yourself of them throughout the day.

Writing: Some Pagans keep journals, a Book of Shadows, and blogs to write to and about the gods. If you’re a verbal learner, this can be a great way to figure out your feelings if you’re working through new concepts, or to tell stories about your deities if they like to hear you talk about them.

Art: Other Pagans like to draw, paint, or otherwise decorate parts of their world with a visual representation of their god(s)/ess(es), their associations, or experiences they’ve had with their deity.

Music: Writing a chant, alternative Christmas carol lyrics, or compositions can be a great way to worship! Don’t forget drum circles and jam sessions.

Meditation: One of my personal favorites, guiding yourself (or having them guide you) through a visual meditation to show them more of their world. You can learn a lot about a god this way.

Crafty hobbies: Making jewelery, fetishes, or other gifts for the gods can be a relaxing and informative way to learn about how you see your goddesses compared to how other people do.

Volunteer work: Many goddesses and gods require their followers to flow good energy back into the world, whether that’s by volunteering at a women’s shelter, running a recycling campaign in your neighborhood, or counselling LGBTQ+ youth, this is a rewarding way to prove you can put your money where your mouth is, spiritually speaking.

Academic work: Particularly for knowledge/wisdom deities, this can be a good one for students. Silently dedicating your homework assignments to your gods can boost the quality of the work you turn in–it’s going to someone a little higher than your professor, after all!

Designing sigils and symbols: A lot of people are starting to take up the sigil-making hobby, which is great! Making a unique symbol for your deities lets them know you’re thinking of them, without necessarily letting other people know. Particularly good for people in non-Pagan-friendly households.

Rebelcaptain // You’ve Got Mail AU

Jyn Erso runs Partisan Books, an independent communist bookstore in New York’s Lower East Side, a shop that her mother Lyra ran before her. At night, Jyn’s guilty pleasure is chatting online. Over the past few months, under the handle “Stardust,” she’s started chatting and exclusively emailing “a friend” who she’s met online who calls himself “Fulcrum.” There’s a hitch, though. There are boundaries to their online relationship: no specifics, including no names, careers, class information, or family details.

It turns out that “Fulcrum” is Cassian Andor, a VP at Rebellion Books, an online book sales juggernaut that specializes in leftist literature, and whose parent company, Alliance LLC, wants to buy out small bookshops like Jyn’s in order to bring together like-minded booksellers under one umbrella in order to fight the creep of fascism.

At a reading by the up-and-coming nonfiction memoirist, Bodhi Rook, Jyn and Cassian finally meet in person. They take an immediate liking to one another, until Jyn finds out who Cassian works for and what they are trying to do to her bookstore. Then it’s nothing but hate.

They continue to email each other anonymously, falling in love slowly, and not knowing the other’s identity until one day Jyn decides that “Stardust” and “Fulcrum” should finally meet. On a rainy evening, they are supposed to finally meet at Kyber Coffee in Soho. While they wait to meet each other, they clash, and Cassian slowly realizes that Jyn and Stardust are one in the same.

How will they overcome their conflicts? Can they be friends or more than friends if Jyn finds out the truth?

Do you remember the moment when you told me you loved me?

It was raining that day.

We were out in the rain, standing under one umbrella, waiting to get our morning coffee.

Do you remember?

I know I didn’t say it back.

I know I didn’t tell you I loved you.

I couldn’t. I had never said it before.

I had thought about it, but I was scared.

You know, I kept thinking about those guys that said it an instant, because they think that’s what the girl wants to hear and then she will sleep with them that instant.

Yes, that’s what I was thinking about and I was scared.

I wanted to say it.

Do you remember?

I felt it. I felt you. I’m sorry it took me longer to say it, but I tried.

—  Navin E. (I did love you. I do love you. Always have - just took me longer to say it.)

anonymous asked:

On the topic of appropriating hoodoo and voodoo, could you possibly list some other closed religions? Especially ones under the umbrella of witchcraft or paganism? I'm a beginner, still mostly just doing research and trying to get a feel and understanding for things, and I don't wanna step on any toes.

Here is a basic over view of open and closed religions. 

You need to understand that bi erasure is real and does occur. Not only does it lead to internalization of biphobia - bi people questioning whether they “belong” in the community and whether their identity is real or not - but it also obscures proper ways to address violence against bi people that require specific handling (such as addressing the high rates of IPV that bi women face in m/f relationships, or the high rates of mental illness and suicidality that bi people report). 

However, to articulate all of this, and to make the point that bisexuality is not just defined by its relation to being gay (that it is its own unique orientation), you need to stop blaming lesbian/gay people for our erasure and you need to stop blaming them for our invisibility. I’ve said this a million times, but the problem is derived from heteropatriarchy and heteronormativity. It’s straight people that pushed gay/lesbian people into hypervisibility in the first place; it’s straight people who routinely erase bisexuality; it’s straight people who have constructed the straight/gay binary; and it’s straight people who are enacting material violence against us. LGBT people who inflict horizontal aggression against each other have learned it from straight people. We see and learn and then reflect what we’ve learned onto each other and blame it on ourselves rather than on the structure that’s caused the problem. 

Certainly there are some lesbian/gay people who continue to engage in bi erasure, who flatly refuse to acknowledge or share a community with bisexuals, who reject potential romantic/sexual partners that are bisexual, who have told bisexuals that they aren’t “gay” enough for the community, who make bisexuals feel unwelcome, who blame bisexuals for societal homophobia, who lump bisexuals in with straight people, who call us annoying and obnoxious for wanting to be heard and validated. I have acknowledged all of this. But addressing those instances of horizontal aggression by claiming that this gives lesbian/gay people “material” privilege over bi/pan people, or acting like they’re oppressing us, or using a framework that posits lesbian/gay people as equivalent to straight people in terms of the marginalization that bi people face, is egregiously homophobic. 

Not to mention that it does nothing to solve bi erasure or combat bi people’s issues. 

That bi people had to, at many points in history, refer to themselves as “gay” is not the fault of ~the cis LG’s~ as some of you deign to call them. It’s not just bi people who had to do that. Lesbians and even trans women were all lumped under the “gay” mantle during the earliest stages of LGBT activism. Straight people weren’t going around distinguishing between every specific subset of the community, hence why they’d call any LGBT person “gay” (and use gay as a pejorative term). They still do this! Heteropatriarchy still recognizes and lumps all LGBT people together under one term/one umbrella! Thus LGBT people themselves took up the mantle of “gay” (which they then extended to “gay/lesbian”). Obviously this has partially contributed to bi and trans erasure, but modern LGBT organizations have taken steps to fix this and most of them have either changed their names to encompass the entire community or they’ve changed their agendas to encompass the entire community. Either way, these organizations and community spaces have recognized that the way we conceptualize our identities has changed. In the West, people are beginning to realize that there are specific identities that require specific attention & action - but it’s only the beginning. And like I said, regardless of how we specifically identify, if we are visibly not-straight or not-cis, we’re going to marked and targeted under one label whether we like it or not. Such is the problem with heteronormativity. 

But let’s not blame lesbian/gay people for this. When we ask not to be lumped in with our oppressors, doing the same thing to lesbian/gay people - lumping them in with straight people - is just as disgusting. It is hypocritical. We ask to be listened to. We need to listen as well. You’re only going to go in circles if you act so self-righteously and indignantly. 

Finally, let’s remember that this argument is very Western-specific. I do believe that the lumping of all LGBT people under one term happens in non-Western countries as well, but different cultures have different languages & thus different terms altogether that apply to not-cis and not-straight people. What I have learned from them is that sitting around debating amongst ourselves and attempting to push each other out of our spaces does nothing to address the roots of our problems or eradicate the violence we’re exposed to. Learn how to use nuance in this conversations. Learn not to pit marginalized groups from the same community against each other and instead remember that genuine solidarity comes about from accountability, dialogue, and conversation. 

Rain prompts 🌧
  • “I’m drying off your hair with a towel and I’m concentrating so hard until I look down and see you looking up at me with raindrops still clinging to your lashes and freckling your cheeks. your hair’s all mussed and I’m still rubbing the towel over your head and ajshajaklalala” AU
  • “I don’t know why you thought a dumpster would be a good place to take shelter from the rain but here we are I guess” au
  • “There’s only room under this umbrella for one. Oh fine, get under here I guess we’ll both be partially soaked.” AU
  • “kISSING?? IN THE RAIN??? siGn Me tHe FUCK UP” AU

Oswald: it’s been 84 years

YIKES okay explanation beneath the cut as to my absence! I posted it on my multi, but I’ll re-post it here!

I’m so sorry for taking so long! I came back just in time - new episodes Monday, I can’t wait!!

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There’s something about the smell of rain in the city, how it makes oil on the roads turn into rainbows and makes happy little splashes underfoot. Plus, it gives an excuse to lean close together under one umbrella, laughing and talking quietly under the sound of rain pattering on the umbrella above them. Joonmyun wraps a friendly arm around Luhan, seemingly casual, though his pulse is racing. Luhan pretends he doesn’t notice, though he remembers perfectly that Joonmyun once said that he had a crush on Luhan. Knowing that Joonmyun liked him that way when he already knew that beneath his delicate features was a boy determined to seem manly and not that Joonmyun would like a girl that looked like him has his cheeks flaming up as he looks down at the wet sidewalk and their feet walking in tandem through the rain.

- Admin J

Headcanons for the children of Nyx since there isn’t enough to satisfy my soul:

-Being children of the goddess everybody feared, even Zeus; the mother of Death and Deceit and Revenge and Distress and whatnot, they were usually feared and avoided. It just took people some time to realize they’re total cinnamon rolls (most of them).

-Their eyes would glow softly during the night.

-They’re most energetic during the night; most of their activities are during that time, which is why the other cabins can’t sleep properly, and they’d want to go and Nyx Cabin to complain or tell them off or something, but then they remember the harpies and decide to just use earplugs (the Hypnos Cabin doesn’t have a problem tho).

-They usually look like a bunch of Shadowhunters.

-They use shadow travel, but unlike children of Hades, whose shadow travel is full of crying ghosts and stuff, children of Nyx’s shadow travel is basically waves of the color midnight blue swirl around them with constellation shining all over the place.

-They’re good at using stars as navigation maps.

-They have night-vision.

-Their skin is really sensitive to the sun, which is why whenever a child of Nyx arrives at Camp, they’re provided with one.

-Children of Hermes, in fact, used this as a prank, sneaking stealthily into the Nyx Cabin and stealing all of their umbrellas and left one while the night demigods themselves have shadow traveled to the forest at night so that they wouldn’t be seen by the harpies. In the morning, the entire Nyx Cain had to huddle under one umbrella to reach the Dining Pavilion for breakfast, each one of them fighting the other for space.

-After hearing about Annabeth’s encounter with her cousin Magnus and his story, they decide they want to meet the guy called Blitzen and ask him for fashion advice so they can look stylish and avoid sunlight during the day.

-They mostly use Stygian iron swords, and sometimes silver ones.

-Their powers include umbrakinesis and lunakinesis.

-Besides manipulating darkness, Nyx’s children are capable of creating miniature stars with their fingertips (you need to be an older, more experinced demigod).

-Their cabin’s design is a small replica of the mansion of their mother, made out of black marble and encrusted all over the outer walls and the ceiling with white diamonds to represent constellations of stars that would glow whenever the moon’s light reflected off them.

-They have the ability to control dreams and enter other people’s dreams.

-They use this to try and make the demigods’ nightmares more tolerable.

-They also can explain complicated dreams and have a better understanding of the Oracle’s prophecies due to Nyx’s prophetic powers.

-They. Freaking. Hate. Hemera’s. Cabin.

-They’d always avoid them.

-But sometimes Nyx’s children would help a Hemera’s child who’s scared from the darkness of night or somehow got lost in the forest during the night and doesn’t want to get eaten by harpies.

-Also Hemera’s children would sometimes help a Nyx’s child who lost their umbrella.

-^both of these can be the beginning of a new realtionship between a child of Hemera and a child of Nyx, which would bewilder everyone, given the unstable relationship between Nyx and her daughter^

-Some of Nyx’s children would be able to merge into shadows, This power is usually discovered accidentally. Sometimes, the little kids who have this ability would panic and freak out when their hand or foot slowly becomes a shadow, but the older ones with the same ability would calm them down and help them get used to this power.

-Total fans of The House of Night series.

-Their motto/ favorite quotes: “Darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always equate to good.” (basically their reply to whomever even tries to bullies them about being children of the goddess of “night and darkness representing evil” and stuff)+”Stars can’t shine without darkness.”

-Older demigods would sing a soothing lullaby for the younger children who can’t sleep during the night since they’re fully awake and energetic. Sometimes a child of Aphrodite will help to charm-speak them into sleep. (At some point they’ll need to sleep so they can survive the day)

-They grew poppies in front of their cabin with the help of the Demeter cabin.

-Demigod children of Nyx usually have very dark black hair and silver eyes that often look intimidating.

Talking bodies/Victor Zsasz

Name: Talking bodies.

Author: Aya-Fay

Fandom: Gotham

Pairing: Victor Zsasz x Reader

Warning: Smut and everything that goes with it. Lots of smut. You’ve been warned.

Summary: Victor has always been the one. Teasing your love was just too much fun.

First of all, i want to dedicate this one for @under-oswalds-umbrella, because i promised her a gift for her birthday and i do feel like this one would be good for it. So Honey, one more time - happy birthday.
Second. I want to thank @gotham-city-tales, because if it wasn’t for our conversation with her, i would not write this one.
Third, but nonetheless importand is i want to Thank my lovely @queencobblefreezestuff and @mistressofcobblepot, @rawrcoptergaming because really, you make me so happy and your comments give me life and inspiration. I love you all and so happy i’ve met you.

I also wanna thank my dearest ​ @myregardstothereader @jokesterwrites @minpov  @luciebell-writes @just-a-little-crazy @taintedmarker @thequeenofgothamxo @emberandshadow @cobblehearts for being there for me.

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“I’ll keep you safe and dry under my umbrella.”

Random sketch I made while thinking random thoughts to myself. Then randomly slapped ink on it. I like the messy look. It gives it character.

For @eustasskid-redhairedbastard. *hugs and cuddles*

(Kid is totally too shy too admit his feelings for Law in this.)

I’m not sure who decided that “Pagan” and “Neo-Pagan” referred to separate groups of people because whether you identify as either is pretty much a matter of preference. Authors like Isaac Bonewits use the term in a specific way but his system is, well, outdated and doesn’t take into account the wishes of many adherents of polytheistic and indigenous traditions who definitely don’t want to be included under the umbrella. 

One is not more “serious” about their tradition than another.

Seriously, knock it off elitist turnips!

blakeaceington  asked:

I love platnoic Vox Machina where they make pillow forts and giant cuddle puddles but the entire group poly together is weird. There is some good poly ships inside the entirety though. Also Keyleth/Percy BROtp

yeah! yes! exactly!! there are different permutations of relationships within the group that I am 110% here for concurrently or not, whatever the case may be, and their found family relationship means everything to me, but all of them under one umbrella isn’t my cup of tea

DeLiteful rain

(the file name for this was “rooni dazlib btw)