Privilege and Perspective in A Game of Thrones:
Jon Snow

I feel the need to start this analysis post with a huge disclaimer: I have only recently started reading A Game of Thrones. I have not watched the show, but through the wonder that is popular culture, I am aware of many of the bigger spoilers for both the books and show. 

So this bit of observation/analysis is pretty narrowly focused on just a small portion of the novel, specifically the two Jon sections as he is on the road toward and as he adjusts to life at The Wall. 

Jon’s identity as Ned Stark’s “bastard” son is established very quickly and very often. It’s clear that as a young teen, Jon is struggling with that aspect of his identity; the ways the rest of his family treat fall all over the spectrum from Arya’s blind adoration of the older brother who understands her best to Catelyn’s minimal tolerance. 

The arrival of the Lannisters and specifically, Tyrion, reinforce Jon’s awareness of his social station but also alter his perspective on that particular label: bastard. When Tyrion sees Jon struggling, he offers him advice:  

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. 

And then later:

Let them see that their words can cut you, and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore. 

Tyrion encourages Jon not to hide or be ashamed of that label––bastard––because if he does, he is handing power over to others rather than keeping it for himself. In those immediate chapters, it is something Jon takes to heart and he demonstrates a bit more pride. 

When Jon has trouble with the other young men training for a life at The Wall, he is still working on incorporating Tyrion’s philosophy into his own. He takes offense less at being called bastard than at his unknown mother being referred to as a whore. And just as Tyrion offered Jon advice, the armorer offers Jon some insight of his own:

They hate you because you act like you’re better than they are. They look at you and see a castle-bred bastard who thinks he’s a lordling. […] You’re a bastard and a bully. […] You leave them nothing. You shame them. Does that make you proud? […] Now think on this, boy. None of these others have ever had a master-at-arms until Ser Alliser. Their fathers were farmers and wagonmen and poachers, smiths and miners and oars on a trading galley. What they know of fighting they learned between decks, in the alleys of Oldtown and Lannisport, in wayside brothels and taverns on the kingsroad. They may have clacked a few sticks together before they came here, but I promise you, not one in twenty was ever rich enough to own a real sword. […] So how do you like the taste of your victories now[?]

Despite the associations and limited position of being a bastard, Jon still enjoyed many privileges. 

Whether or not Jon as a character successfully incorporates both these perspectives/attitudes into himself to the point where they impact his behavior moving forward, I loved the way they were juxtaposed in these two chapters. It resonated with me, in part, because of the current political climate and discussions of intersectionality in the various minority rights movements. Take pride in what you are and don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed of it, but also don’t try to raise yourself up by knocking others down. You may be disenfranchised or discriminated against in one way but there still might be others in which you enjoy privilege. Recognize and acknowledge both so you can help others as well as yourself. 


celtic mythology au:

Daenerys as Morrigan, Goddess of War

Morrigan is known as the goddess of war, with her name loosely interpreted to mean “Great Queen,” “Phantom Queen” or “Queen of Demons.”

She was believed to hover over a battlefield in the form of Esther a crow or a raven, and supposedly influenced or predicted the outcome of the battle.

She appeared to Dagda on the feast of Samhain and promised to aid him in the upcoming battle. With her aid, Dagda was victorious in his battle.

Colours associated with her: black and red.

Jon as Dagda, the Good God.

Dagda is known as ‘The Good God.’ He is portrayed as having both super-human strength and appetite.

His attributions were a large club which had the dual power of killing men, as well as bringing them back to life.

Colours associated with him: white and red.

ebonyheartnet  asked:

I am insanely curious how one actually does a rune reading. Care to explain? Oh, and those are elder futhark runes you're using, correct?

Correct! The runes of the Elder Futhark. I do not use the blank rune that some modern sets include; it is a much newer addition and not necessary. 

To do rune readings, you must have a set of runes. You can find them many places online for sale, but for best results you should make them yourself. 

 I cut mine myself, as is tradition, from the branch of a fruit-bearing tree (I used a branch from an apple tree; nut-bearing trees are also good). I sawed, sanded, polished, and burned the runes into them myself, and bound them to my will with a drop of my own blood on each rune. (You see references in Norse myth to ‘reddening the runes’, and this refers to either consecrating the runes with red ochre or blood. If you’re using them for divination, the best thing is to bind them to yourself with your own blood.). 

You can buy runes, but they will never be as good as a set you make yourself. You pour a little of yourself into runes, when you make them from scratch. My set is so firmly bound to me that when other witches/psychic or emphatic individuals touch them, they feel actual discomfort. When I touch them, there’s a profound sense of connection and power. 

I keep them in a pouch I made years ago out of a scrap of velvet. Any pouch will do. 

To do a reading, I reach into the pouch and rifle through the runes without looking. until I feel a sense of yes this one. I then draw it and examine it. 

Each rune has a meaning. Some are obvious, such as when I draw Fehu in regard to a question regarding financial issues (Fehu is the rune of wealth; upright, good, reversed, bad.) The art of divination is discerning which meaning is relevant. Some are less so. Eihwaz, for example, the rune of Yggdrasil, the world tree. It is a protective rune, and one of victory, but also one associated with death and struggle. If I draw it in regards to a question regarding “Will I be successful at X” it usually means “Yes”. If I draw it in regards to a romantic inquiry, then it is a bit more ambiguous, and usually indicates “Yes, but only after some strife is faced and overcome” 

The placing in the spread also matters. There are many spreads, and each is read differently. 

It takes practice and time to become comfortable with it. There’s no short cut; you just have to do it. Keep a guide on hand at first, but with time you’ll learn them by sight. 


Andrea Mantegna - Trionfo della Virtù (o Minerva scaccia i Vizi dal Giardino delle Virtù) - 1502

(Triumph of the Virtues or Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue)

Musée du Louvre, Paris

Fun fact: Minerva’s spear is broken, symbolizing her victory. Renaissance contemporaries associated the broken spear with success, indicating the target has been struck.

anonymous asked:

What if the foxes were demigods? Who would their godly parents be?

ok so I have put a LOT of thought into this since I received the ask and I’ve come up with a list I’m pretty happy with… but lmk your opinions tbh. and I’m going Greek mythology because of Percy Jackson so it’s the type I’m most familiar with lmao

DAN: Nike, the goddess of victory (fun fact: more associated with sports than her Roman counterpart Victoria)
KEVIN: ok I toyed with him and Riko having like Zeus and Hades, but that would make Wymack a god so I threw that out. Instead, I figured Persephone, goddess of springtime and queen of the Underworld. I could ramble about why but no one asked
ANDREW/AARON: Eris, goddess of discord and strife. 
MATT: Hermes, god of commerce, communication, borders, eloquence, diplomacy, thieves and games, and messenger of the gods.
SETH: Ares, god of war, violence, and bloodshed. Wikipedia specifies that all the other gods hated him. Relevant.
ALLISON: Nemesis, goddess of retribution and revenge. Aphrodite would be easy, I think she’s more about evening the scales and people getting what they deserve.
NICKY: however speaking of… Aphrodite, goddess of love, beauty, and desire.
RENEE: Athena, goddess of wisdom, reason, intelligent activity, literature, handicrafts and science, defense and strategic warfare. This covers both her violent past and her hypothetical scenarios with Andrew.
NEIL: Hermes. bonus for brotp with Matt, and for the pulling the Foxes together.

Hestia, goddess of the hearth and of the right ordering of domesticity and the family. This would let Kevin descend from multiple goddesses which is pretty sick, too.
ABBY: Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing.
BEE: Harmonia, goddess of concord and harmony. She is intended to be the opposite of Eris, which would make her pretty effective as a therapist for the twins… js………………….

anyway hmu with debates, ur thoughts, questions on parts i haven’t explained of my thinking, etc, etc, this was fun 

(edit: Foxes + Greek mythology for discussion)

Vulpecula, God Of Runners

So this happened. 


Vulpecula is the diminutive form of the Latin Vulpes, meaning Fox; the god may be seen in the constellation Vulpecula cum Ansere, The Fox And The Goose, which in contemporary literature are usually two separate constellations.

Vulpecula is a god exclusive to runners, but traditionally encompassing a wide variety of runners including athletes, foot couriers, and “those fleeing persecution”.

Vulpecula is depicted visually as a fox with wings on the shoulders or ankles (see “In Early Art” for more detail). In references to Vulpecula in literature, the fox is usually a silent guide to a traveler. On one occasion in late Roman literature, they are depicted as a trickster, whose goal is “always to obtain a large meal”.

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Iroas, God of Victory

The beacon of glory in combat, Iroas takes the form of a muscular, centaur-like being. He governs both personal valor and bravery in battle, and thus he also governs warfare. He is twin to Mogis, god of slaughter, who commands the dark and brutal side of war, and the two spar constantly.

Iroas seeks to encourage the honorable aspects of warfare in mortals. He favors the militaristic polis of Akros and has established the Iroan Games in that city’s arena, whose podium is also the main temple to the god. Each year, during the height of summer, athletes and soldiers from all across Theros compete for the wreath that signifies the highest achievement in physical prowess.

The god of victory is associated with red and white mana. His devotees include champions of the Games and charismatic commanders of troops. King Anax of Akros, a ferocious warrior and skilled tactician, is a longtime worshipper of Iroas, although in recent years he has also embraced Purphoros as he forges his polis into an empire.


Why are wrinkles,
Which denote survival
Through hardship;
Triumph over adversity;
Victory against time;
Associated with ugliness?
What if we accentuated;
Emphasized; embellished;
Our wrinkles?
What if we said,
“Our wrinkles aren’t our shame,
They are our glory.”?
What if we turned our wrinkles
Into rainbows?

This beautiful piece of artwork was done in response to my poem “A New Wrinkle” by the very talented sconesandswords. I am honored and flattered.