we are being deceived

My feelings on Gotham 3x20

Retrogrades are an especially more subjective and delicate time. It’s always a time to look deeper within yourself in the subconscious to find the real truth and purpose behind what the planetary cycles are asking of you. Everything is a cycle and happens for a reason within the stars, planets and universe itself. It all comes back around again to repeat the same lessons for those that have not passed them the first time, and also for those that need to do another sweeping of their personal lives. The neptune retrograde that will last until November is going to lift the veil between our reality and the subconscious, we have to take a deeper look inside our subconscious self to see if we are being deceived or tricked by neptune. Everything is not what it seems is what the magic of neptune teaches us. We must grow to see past the sadistic side to neptune and use it to its highest, divine purpose. It is more useful to check your transits and where neptune is for you right now, that’s more likely where you’re going to need to investigate deeper to see the blinded beliefs you’re holding over yourself for the sake of bliss. Within our own subconscious is where the real answers lie, we just have to snap out of the hypnotism. There will also be another mercury retrograde occurring in August. The answers truly lie within us, we have to utilize our solitude and introspection periods to their most efficient use. Learn about yourself through yourself. Be comfortable being alone with yourself. Get in touch with your Higher Self.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any metas on SwanQueen endgame? Or why do you think they are secretly in love?

…uh… most of what I’ve written since this blog started touches on that? It’s probably best if you check the sq meta and dumb positivity tags. There are probably better blogs if you just want to find their moments together. @frankie-blue-sq is the master of SQ moments!

Of what I’ve written, I like these ones best.

Realms of consciousness
Every member of the Swan Mills family represents a realm of consciousness. Emma and Regina need to share True Love’s kiss to connect the last two realms and restore balance. The true meaning of what it means true love can transcend realms.

The same but different
Emma and Regina has been sufficiently foreshadowed and it will come as a surprise at the same time. It fits the requirements of good storytelling.

The need to complete
The audiences are being deceived by using their assumptions against them. We are being served half cliches with Emma & Hook, creating a situation in which people assume they are watching a familiar trope while they aren’t. 

Know your ending
The beginning of the show tells us most about what to expect in the end. It really was always about Henry bringing Emma home, except back then, neither one of these people were ready for it.

Emma queer coding
An older post about some of Emma’s queer coding.

“Is the problem, therefore, we the people? Are we at fault for having been seduced by those in power to sell us blank bill of goods, drugs, products and policies that are more harmful than beneficial? Are we at fault for having deceived our selves by being convinced that their illusion is the truth? Or is the elite, the best and brightest in Wall Street, Washington and throughout the top stories of the multinational corporate networks, the real obstacle to a promising future for all? Are the oligarchic elite, including corporate Democrats and corporate Republicans in all branches of government, not in fact a special breed of psychopath with no moral compass, striving solely to maintain their power, control and wealth?

Watching from afar (Superhuman x Volturi)

Originally posted by volturiqueen77

The Volturi continued to watch the human. They seemed to be looking for something. The human looked in all directions before slowly pushing a car out of their way.
“Now what on earth is that?” Demetri asked mostly to himself.
“How is that possible?” Felix added.

Suddenly they were disturbed by a whistling tune approaching. With super speed they ran off searching for a place to hide. Soon enough a man in his forties was walking past and whistling only stopping for a moment to comment on the displaced car. “Don’t even want to think of where they ever got their licence.” Before continuing on until out of sight and earshot.

The human was back instantly searching hurriedly yet unsuccessfully.
“Should we approach?” Felix asked.
“Of course not! Despite these events I will remind you that this is still a human.” Demetri said with a disapproving tone.
“Surely we are mistaken and that is not a human…” Alec looked to his sister. “No brother, we are not being deceived. That is a human down there that somehow has supernatural abilities.”
“What do you suppose we do sister?”
“I think we should report back to our masters and see what they should decide our next course of action.”
The human felt as though being watched and so checked the perimeter once more. They kept a sharp eye but too late as the Volturi were already gone before ever being seen.

anonymous asked:

How do you know that a spirit is who they say they are ?? Is there some questions you can ask or things you can do? I want to start conjuring and I know pretty much everything I have to know but this is the only thing that I find scary. How would I know if a spirit is lying ?

Mod Peony and I have wards up when conjuring that anybody without a true intent can’t get pass. If somebody does we look to our spirit guides to help us. We spend a lot of time vetting and getting to know the spirit. If anything feels off or we notice something is strange then we get to the bottom of it. We have a couple of old and wise spirit guides that are forthcoming if they think we are being deceived. Unless you’re my first companion who is a vanguard vampyre from @magickalmenagerie then he boots them faster than I can tell him no. We make sure to take all precautions needed to make sure you guys are safe as well as the spirits.

-Mod Dalliah


If you don’t know how to discern, please, please DO NOT start conjuring! Discernment is the second most important part of conjuring (the most important being ale to put up wards and protections). If you are god at telling when someone in real life is lying, it helps a lot.

~Mod Peony

If it were so, as conceited sagacity, proud of not being deceived, thinks, that we should believe nothing that we cannot see with our physical eyes, then we first and foremost ought to give up believing in love. If we were to do so and do it out of fear lest we be deceived, would we not then be deceived? We can, of course, be deceived in many ways. We can be deceived by believing what is untrue, but we certainly are also deceived by not believing what is true. We can be deceived by appearances, but we certainly are also deceived by the sagacious appearance, by the flattering conceit that considers itself absolutely secure against being deceived. Which deception is more dangerous? Whose recovery is more doubtful, that of the one who does not see, or that of the person who sees and yet does not see? What is more difficult—to awaken someone who is sleeping or to awaken someone who, awake, is dreaming that he is awake?
—  Søren Kierkegaard, “Works of Love” [translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (1995)
Okay, so I noticed something in Neko Atsume

So, everyone knows this little cutie, right?

Dottie. Ah yes, Dottie. One of the lesser known cats on Neko Atsume. Interestingly, she shares a name with a Russian espionage agent on Marvel’s Agent Carter TV show. Interesting.

So I was chilling on Neko Atsume, as you do, when I noticed something.

See the difference? No? Let me give you a dramatic close up.

There it is. The tip of Dottie’s tail is orange. What color was it in my profile picture for her again?

BLACK.

Naturally, I decided I needed to dig a little deeper into this mystery. Maybe it was just a one time thing? I had to have taken other pictures of Dottie. What color is her tail in the other photos?

In the three most recent photo’s I’ve taken of her, Dottie’s tail is orange. But previously, it was black. Perhaps the Neko Atsume design crew decided to spice things up a little and change the colors. But why? What purpose would that serve? Cats don’t do that in real life.

Maybe this new orange-tailed Dottie isn’t actually Dottie at all. Maybe she’s an intruder, a doppelgänger of sorts, a mysterious replacement to the old Dottie - an agent of espionage, if you will.

What does one do with information such as this? Well, I obviously have no idea. I’m making crack theories about cats on an iPhone app. But this isn’t just isolated to my phone - my friend haycon has the same conflicting tail colors for Dottie as I do. My friend schwing-man doesn’t, which just adds to the mystery.

So, has anyone else noticed this? What does it mean? Are we being deceived by a feline infiltrator? Has Dottie decided to dye her tail orange in support of some estranged secret society? Or is the Neko Atsume staff simply screwing with us to see which poor souls spend too much time looking at cats on their cell phones? Perhaps, we will never know.

A year ago, I published this segment of a lecture I gave in Helsinki. It’s more than relevant today:

Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump, part 4: The fault lies in ourselves

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It would be wrong to assume that the rise of Donald Trump is the result solely of technological and media changes, however. Rather, we need to acknowledge an often-ignored facet of our political life: our willing participation in our deception.

Such willing participation lies at the heart of what I will call the “fantasy” industry, for example. After all, you may be lousy at sports but great at fantasy football. You may be incapable of striking a golf ball anywhere near the direction you intend it to go but can be a god at Tiger Woods Golf. And, of course, Hollywood teaches us that the nerdy boy always gets the girl.

Strikingly, more and more of us are spending more and more time in these virtual worlds. American football ALONE sustains a fantasy market that generates more than $70 billion a year. Likewise, it has been said that porn created the internet – that it was the appeal of privacy (whatever that means today) that drove people online, and that drove the technologies like streaming video that have become the center of internet life today. And, of  course, people regularly become absorbed in playing multiuser games with other people all scattered around the world, all while yet other people follow the intimate details of their favorite stars’ lives to their heart’s content. When reality bites, fantasy satisfies.

As the American comedian and political satirist Stephen Colbert so brilliantly put it many years ago, we live in the age of truthiness. Things are true because I – you – believe them to be true. Evidence, truth, facts – these are mere tools of the narrative I want to spin about my life and ideas. It is the politics of wishful thinking: of hoping that believing that something will be true will somehow make it be true.

Consider, for example, conspiracy theories like birtherism, or bin Laden deathism or any other conspiracy you can name. In the new world order, they actually make an odd kind of sense. If nothing is real, well nothing is real. And, of course, if nothing is real, neither is any “evidence” that one might produce to back up one’s point of view. So, President Obama’s birth certificate? Faked. Osama bin Laden’s death? Faked – after all, they didn’t show us the body. Then again, the body could have been faked, too … so. The same skeptical logic holds true on issues like global climate change: for unbelievers, climate change is clearly just a con pulled by 95% of the world’s climate scientists in order to get government grants.

So whether it is because we are being actively deceived in an overly complex mediaverse, or are willing participants in systems of deception that we enjoy more than the so-called real world (or some combination of both), we have created a world in which it is increasingly impossible to know what is real and what is fake; in which it is hard to distinguish that which is to be respected and trusted from that which is to be challenged and rejected. Media, and technology, and personal choices have combined to build a world in which it is as easy to make up our preferred truths as it is to demonstrate actual ones. Put another way, if Daniel Patrick Moynihan was right, and “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” the problem with the world we’ve built today is that it’s become increasingly difficult to figure out what counts as a fact in the first place.

Donald Trump’s success is, thus, in part grounded on our collective unwillingness to accept facts that disagree with our political preferences as facts at all.

anonymous asked:

would neptune retrograde affect me differently if i have sun conj neptune?? i've actually felt amazing just since it retrograded but that could be something else idk

The neptune retrograde that will last until November is going to lift the veil between our reality and the subconscious, we have to take a deeper look inside our subconscious self to see if we are being deceived or tricked by neptune. Everything is not what it seems is what the magic of neptune teaches us. We must grow to see past the sadistic side to neptune and use it to its highest, divine purpose. It is more useful to check your transits and where neptune is for you right now, that’s more likely where you’re going to need to investigate deeper to see the blinded beliefs you’re holding over yourself for the sake of bliss. Within our own subconscious is where the real answers lie, we just have to snap out of the hypnotism.

Descartes’ famous quotation has almost become a cliché: an overused aphorism thrown in wild association at even the word ‘Philosophy’, but it’s beauty lies in its bold simplicity. It is most frequently translated as: “I think, therefore I am”.

The Cogito was Descartes’ 'Archimedean Point’ in that he hoped it would resolve his own radical scepticism. Descartes had, in his Meditations, argued that even the minutest possibility of an all powerful, manipulating demon meant that we could never really be 100% about anything. This 'reality’ could, after all, be just a Matrix, a Truman Show, or a Hunter S. Thompson trip.

However, even if everything was a deception, there must be something being deceived. The very fact that we have doubts, that we canquestion reality, shows there’s something thinking. A demon does not deceive itself, but deceives a thing - this thing, Descartes thought, was the 'I’.

Tar-Ancalime: First Ruling Queen of Numenor

To kick off Legendarium Ladies April, I just had to write a post about one of my absolute favorite ladies, Tar-Ancalime, also known as the Princess Shepherdess.

Ancalime was the only child of Tar-Aldarion and Erendis. Tar-Aldarion was king of Numenor, but his love for long sea voyages created a huge rift in his relationship with Erendis that they never managed to heal. Erendis raised Ancalime away from the royal court, deep in Numenor’s sheep country. Erendis raised Ancalime with little contact with men, and in many ways instilled her own bitterness in her daughter. Tolkien’s description of the full-grown Ancalime is, to me, fascinating:

Ancalimë, like her father, was resolute in pursuing her policies; and like him she was obstinate, taking the opposite course to any that was counselled. She had something of her mother’s coldness and sense of personal injury; and deep in her heart, almost but not quite forgotten, was the firmness with which Aldarion had unclasped her hand and set her down when he was in haste to be gone. She loved dearly the downlands of her home, and never (as she said) in her life could she sleep at peace far from the sound of sheep. But she did not refuse the Heirship, and determined that when her day came she would be a powerful Ruling Queen; and when so, to live where and how she pleased. 

As she was Tar-Aldarion’s only child, he altered the laws of succession to allow his daughter to assume the throne after him, instead of her male cousin Soronto - with the requirement that any ruling queen be married, so as to ensure that she didn’t die childless (why this wasn’t required of the men, I’m really not sure.) Ancalime was reluctant to be married, though, and especially disliked the idea of marrying against her own will. She rejected many a noble suitor, and eventually moved back to the country and lived in hiding to avoid the social obligations of court life.

While in the country, she spent a good amount of time with a shepherd named Mamandil. Eventually Manamdil confessed his love for Ancalime. She turned him down, explaining that as the heir to the throne she could not marry a shepherd. Then Mamandil revealed that - surprise! - he wasn’t really a shepherd at all, but a noble’s son named Hallacar. He’d pretended to be a shepherd in order to get to know the famous princess, and had in the process fallen in love with her. He then said he was grateful that he was of noble birth as well, so that they could marry. Ancalime - furious at being deceived - responded:

“We could,” said Ancalimë, “if I had any mind to such a state. I could lay down my royalty, and be free. But if I were to do so, I should be free to wed whom I will; and that would be Úner (which is ‘Noman’), whom I prefer above all others." 

Well, despite what Ancalime wanted, due to political pressure to marry, she eventually agreed to Hallacar’s proposal. We actually don’t know much about Ancalime’s rule, since her story focused so much on her family’s drama (seriously, you should read "Aldarion and Erendis”, it’s fantastic.) We do know that she ruled for 205 years - the longest reign after Elros himself. And while her father, Aldarion, actually had a close friendship and alliance with Gil-galad, after Ancalime assumed the throne she basically abandoned these relationships, ignoring the elves of Middle Earth.

Eventually Ancalime and Hallacar had a son, fulfilling Ancalime’s duty to produce an heir. After that their relationship deteriorated even further, and they basically lived separately the rest of their lives. Ancalime never warmed up to the idea of marriage. It’s said that she forbade her female servants (oh yeah, by the way, she only had female servants) from marrying (leading to a fabulously dramatic fight between herself and Hallacar in which he, in secret, arranged for all her servants to be married during a party.) It’s even said that her two granddaughters disliked her, and out of revenge she forbade them from marrying.

Without knowing more about Ancalime’s rule it’s hard to judge her as a queen. And as a person she seems pretty flawed. But that’s actually what makes her so fascinating and important as a character. Most of Tolkien’s women are placed on impossible pedestals, and hardly ever show any imperfections. In that company, Ancalime emerges as one of Tolkien’s most complex and realistic female characters.

SOURCES: The Unfinished Tales (“Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife”)

((I’ll be doing one lady-centric post a day for Legendarium Ladies April. Is there a female character you’d like to know more about? Now’s the time to ask!))

A Court of War and Starlight: Part 57

(Read: Part I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX | X | XI | XII | XIII | XIV | XV | XVI | XVII | XVIII | XIX | XX | XXI | XXII | XXIII | XXIV | XXV | Nessian I | XXVI | XXVII | XXVIII | Elucien I | XXIX | XXX | XXXI | XXXII | XXXIII | XXXIV | XXXV | Elucien II | XXXVI | XXXVII | XXXVIII | Nessian II | XXXIX | XL | Feyrhys I | XLI | Elucien III | XLII | XLIII | Elucien IV | Nessian III | XLIV | XLV | XLVI | Elucien V | Azriel I | XLVII | XLVIII | XLIX | L | Elucien VI | Moriel I | LI | LII | LIII | LIV | LV | LVI | LVII | LVIII | LIX | LX | LXI | Nessian IV | LXII | LXIII | LXIV | LXV | LXVI | LXVII | LXIII | LXIX | LXX | LXXI | LXXII | LXXIII | LXXIV | LXXV | Epilogue )

CHAPTER FIFTY-SEVEN

Elain’s magic worked, and by the late afternoon we were given a tour of the palace and the immediate grounds, and I used the opportunity to get a better sense of who and what we were surrounded with. I didn’t have the sense that we were being deceived or that anyone was anything other than they appeared, but oddly this put me on edge just as much as if had been another way.

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“The Owl is the bringer of wisdom. The all-seeing owl possesses supernatural qualities and is often associated with intuition, clairvoyance and clairaudience.

The Owl’s energy is at its peak in the very heart of darkness.

When we are plunged into blindness and disorientation, the owl comes like a messenger. He penetrates the darkness, seeing and hearing that which others cannot.

If the owl is calling us, or we are aware of the owl being present in life, dreaming or waking- it means we are being called upon to open our eyes, ears and mind to the truth of a situation.

The message is to befriend the darkness inside oneself. To look deeply, and soon the bright light of dawn will illuminate us as to how and by whom are we being deceived? 

To listen to the wisdom deep in the heart and soul. That still small voice is trying to reach us and in some way to assist in a current challenge we may be facing. The Owl is a messenger that can bring clarity and illumination.

The owl teaches us to use our powers of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation.”

Time

Assalamu alaikum everyone. I pray you’re all well. So a lot of us (Muslims) pray 5 times a day alhamdulillah. But how many of us know the translation? We recite surats while praying salat like robots (and wallah by no means am I trying to discourage you… you’re still fulfilling your duty). But wouldn’t it be nice if we knew what we were praying? We knew what we were talking to Allah swt about? We knew what we were asking for?

There’s a surat in the Qur’an (the one I just reblogged), Surat Al-`Asr (103) meaning Time* I think. It’s very short and so a surat most of us are likely to have memorised. But what does this surat actually entail?

Imam Shafi held-that if God had only revealed this surat it would have been sufficient for the guidance of all humankind. It summarised the very essence of the Qur'anic message. Thus, Imam Shafi asserts that if one followed its counsel, it was enough for mankind to achieve success in life.

وَالْعَصْرِ - By time, | Allah swt is swearing by time (showing us the importance of what’s being revealed)

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ - Indeed, mankind is in loss,

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ - Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

Imaam Shafi maintains that, “time is a sword, if you do not cut it then it will cut you”. Then it would stand to reason that one that wastes time, is constantly being slaughtered by time itself.

Why is this the case? The main reason for us wasting time is because we are being deceived by this dun; we are being deceived by this world and its affairs. Uthman bin Affan, the 3rd caliphate of Islam, he mentions that absorption in worldly affairs breeds darkness in the heart, and absorption in the akhirah, in the next world enkindles light in the heart. (taken from a khutbah)

You’ll notice that we come to this world with nothing worldly. That’s exactly how we will leave. You will leave this dunya with nothing as you entered it with nothing. Many people (including myself) think that yeah I’ll get on my deen once my exams are done, once I’ve graduated, once I’ve settled down with a family, once I’m retired… once I’m older but not now. This is the shaytan whispering in your ears. What guarantee do we have that we will live to see tomorrow? Do you have anyway to guarantee you’ll wake up tomorrow? Do I have any guarantee that I won’t pass away while writing these? No. None of us do. Yet we deceive our minds telling us that we will fulfil our responsibilities to Allah swt when we are older. You’ve all heard the saying old habits die hard? So make the changes you have to now. Build a good character now. Be more pious now. The older you get, the harder it will be. And wallah I’m not trying to discourage anyone older reading this. You have time to change! Allah swt is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful. If you make a commitment inshallah He will guide you. And I have seen many people change for the better once they are older subhanallah. But to my younger brothers and sisters. WHAT GUARANTEE DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU WILL LIVE TO SEE THAT DAY? Think of your deen as an apartment. You don’t jump to the 3rd floor when constructing. You have to lay the foundation first. Once the foundation is set and strong, you start constructing bottom up. If the foundation is weak, the apartment will crumble when there’s an earthquake, as will your faith. This is how Islam is. Inshallah we need to all make a collective effort to incorporate it into our daily lives as soon as possible. Inshallah let us not wait to start fulfilling our obligations to Allah swt. Let us not waste time thinking about what a good Muslim should be. Let us become one. We need to hold ourselves accountable before we are called to account on the Day of Judgement. Ameen.

Please note this is advice to me first and foremost so inshallah pray that I can act upon my words. I apologise if I have misquoted or misinterpreted anything (please do tell me). I’m sorry if I have offended anyone or spoken out of place. I hope this was useful to some of my non-Muslim followers too. May Allah swt guide us all to the right path.

Raimunda Cañénguez, 77 years old, walks home in San Antonio Abad, San Salvador, after buying a broom. At her side she carries a backpack with the image of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. When asked the meaning of Romero for her, she said: “God sent him, and his wisdom, to help the poor. With the light of the gospel of Romero, our life makes sense, we cease being deceived.”

Archbishop Romero was assassinated while giving mass on March 24, 1980.

Shady pink objects tracker

This post is devoted to all the times the color pink has been shady af in season 5a. Includes dresses, necklaces, magic dust, and flowers. 

The objects might vary, but each and every time we see pink in season 5 it’s linked to one thing: deception.

5x01

No pink. You could call it the calm before the storm.

5x02: Aka, the RELENTLESSLY PINK episode

This episode throws so much association between shade and the color pink that it is undoubtedly the key to watching the rest of the season.  


We’ve just arrived in Camelot, and Guinevere is dressed all in pink. Cue the alarm bells! 

As we discover later in the season, Guin is actually enchanted. Whenever we see this girl in pink, it’s a visual clue to symbolize that we are being deceived. 

In this case, the deception is Guin’s agency. She may look like her own woman, but she’s being controlled by magic.  


And alas- Guin has no better luck in Storybrooke. Here too, she’s is Arthur’s puppet: devoid of memories and the ability to break the spell. Since she remains cursed, she remains in pink.  

Continuing through the episode, we next see pink in the form of a necklace.


Guys, this necklace creeps me out.

Given what we learn later about the disingenuous nature of anything pink this season, this necklace is giving me really bad vibes. We still don’t know for sure what it did to Regina (though I speculate later on in this post) but there’s 100% chance it was something to do with illusions, lies, and false actions.


Moving on, Regina’s pale pink dress for the ball means some sort of deception is occurring. The simplest reading would be this: Regina’s identity at this moment in time is a facade. Either to herself, or to others, or both.

My vote is for both.

Not only is this not a dress she chose for herself (she’s wearing it to appease Snow and Charming), but this isn’t a narrative she chose for herself, either. She claimed the title “Saviour” to protect Emma. But is she a Saviour? She hasn’t proven it to herself yet. And she’s actively deceiving Arthur to prevent Emma from using dark magic.


Next, Regina wears the pink gown and the pink necklace to the ball, which turns out to be pretty disastrous: Robin gets stabbed.

In the above scene, Regina is pleading with Emma to save Robin because she fails to with her own magic. Notably, Regina’s magic doesn’t seem to be working. Regina claims it doesn’t work because the blade was cursed/meant for her.

Okay.

But you’re also telling me, the audience, that the huge, pink monstrosity of a gem around her neck is just a coincidence and not having any effect on Regina’s magic or actions? And that later in the season, Zelena refers to her magic-inhibiting magic cuff as “restrictive jewelry”? Nah, I don’t buy it. Hope the gem is revisited this season so we find out for sure what was going on with it!

Swen Side-bar: Overall if I HAD to watch Regina beg Emma to use dark magic to save Robin; at least I know she was wearing pink when she did it. A character dressed in pink is coming from a place of deception, whether public or personal, voluntary or involuntary. 

5x03

The following episode continues the motif of pink dresses and falsehood. This time, the writers pass the torch from Regina (who we last saw in a pink dress) to Emma.


Hook, this girl is lying to you left right and three ways to Sunday. Either she’s lying that she wants to date you, or she’s lying that she’s the same Emma she was before the darkness.  

And am I happy about that? You bet my Swen-heart I am.

5x04

The pink in this episode is just as relentless as in 5x02. But here we move away from pink garments and jump into flowers and magic dust.


We begin with a young Guin being courted by young Arthur. A pink rose shows that his love for her is probably more about “winning the girl” and less about “loving the girl.” Sorry, Guin.


Guin’s misery and pink flower-colored life continues into adulthood, where her birthday party rains pink roses. Not because Arthur loves her; but because Lancelot thought it would be a nice touch to tray and deceive Guin into believing Arthur actually gave a fuck about her birthday.

Spoiler: Arthur had zero fucks to give.

Notably, this is the first instance of deception not necessarily being ill-intentioned. Lancelot deceives Guin to try and spare her feelings.  

Continuing on through the episode, a flashback to season 3 makes an appearance. We revisit Snow’s nightmare: where a younger Emma rips out her mother’s heart while dressed like a perfect princess.


The deception here? For one, this moment was always imaginary. In addition, so is the entire concept of Princess teen Emma. That girl was, and forever will be, fantasy. The real teen Emma was an orphan in blue jeans.

But enough of meaningful backstory to Emma and Snow, right?

The show skips ahead to embrace some man-pain in the form of a flashback: Arthur curses Guin to lose all her willpower and be his wife by forced consent. Delightful. Naturally, the magic dust is…pink.

That plus the pink flowers in the same frame, and I’m beginning to associate pink roses with the things I need Pepto-bismol for.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Arthur goes ahead and builds a fake castle using the pink dust. Why be a little shady when you can go all the way, right?


Ending the flashback, we return to Camelot’s present day, where Guin continues her forced imprisonment in the color pink just in time to break Lancelot’s heart. She and King Shady crash the meeting between the Charmings and Lancelot in Granny’s Diner.


Well. It’s more like, almost breaks Lancelot’s heart. Because our dashing hero actually has the perspicacity to immediately realize something is up with Guin. This is not the “true” Guinevere. So probably, his heart isn’t broken; and instead he’s biding his time in prison by planning how to save her.

Lancelot, never change.

As Guin is ordering Lancelot thrown in the dungeon, she curses Charming and Snow for good measure. (And by she I mean Arthur, because he’s the puppet-master here.)


Meanwhile, that same day in Camelot, things between Regina and Robin are just as sour as everyone hopes they are:

Not only do I personally delight in the fact that Regina and Robin are visually divided (symbolizing a divide in their relationship?), but they are specifically divided by a bowl of pink flowers.

Somebody is lyin’ about something in this scene, is all I’m saying. Maybe both of them? Just one of them? Is it about their epic true love? I like the think so.

And if I loved that scene’s pink roses/love facade, take a quick guess how I feel about what happened next:


Emma kissing Hook in a fucking field of the things was probably my favorite moment of season 5. That, the C$ shippers and I can agree on. Just, for totally different reasons.

There is enough disingenuous love here to make a pink elephant piñata

And like a hollow dummy meant to be broken, the show is going to hang up and bust open Emma’s love for Hook at some point in the future.

I’ll bring the baseball bat.  

5x05

5x05 sees- NO surprise by this point- poor Guin in yet another “I have no free will, please help” pink dress.

Lancelot, we all know Guin is a badass but come save her, please. She can’t fight pink drugs in her system by herself.

Back in the past, Henry finds himself unwittingly the victim of a staged false love. If only he knew to beware girls in pink!

If the pink dress wasn’t a warning sign, the pink flowers would certainly do the trick. Sorry, Henry. Your lady fair can’t give you a true response yet because your mom took her heart and is forcing her to reject you. 

5x06

The only instance of pink in this episode is a bit of a surprise, since it appears on everyone’s favorite cinnamon roll.


Belle’s cape has pink roses when Merida kidnaps her to go on a quest. And while Belle does nothing nefarious, she does do a bit of deception.

For starters, she doesn’t give Merida the potion that would turn her into a bear. (For her own good.) Still, a lie is a lie. So the roses once again, speak the truth of the matter.

And perhaps, the roses might mean one more lie is being told. Perhaps, she doesn’t not love Rumple, either. Lying to yourself is just as an act of deception as lying to other people.

5x07: Les (pink) Fleurs du Mal?

When the flowers showed up in the title card, I did a little dance. SHADE INCOMING! In 5x07 we finally get the origin story for the flowers, and its just as fun and twisted as we all hoped it would be.

But at first, the flowers are actually a sweet, beautiful reminder of how Nimue wanted to be a good person, and how she and Merlin fell in love. Aw.


But at the same time, the flowers still mean STORM AHEAD.

Yep, no mater how brightly the sun is shini-

oh wait, they’re literally in the shade.

The symbolism is appropriate: Nimue has already deceived Merlin. She’s not cool with raising cute pink flowers and growing old- living the life her family was denied- while the chance to be immortal and powerful exists.

Notably, Merlin never actually gives Nimue a pink rose. Nor does she hand him one. Either action would visually recall Arthur’s extremely disingenuous love for Guin. Instead…


Merlin very conspicuously gives Nimue not a pink rose, but instead its green stem: twisted into a ring that turns to gold.


Maybe, these two will resolve their differences in the end.

But enough speculation about their love. And actually, enough about pink. Since this is the final episode before the mid-season finale, let’s check up on the motif of not just pink flowers, but flowers in general.

There are two other stand-out scenes with flowers in them this episode. The first comes in the form of fashion. Take a look at Zelena’s cape:


The fact that Zelena betrays- or appears to betray?- the Storybrook crew in this scene, makes me wonder if flowers in general are a motif that means “betrayal” in this season.

Because guess when else we saw a flower in this episode?


when Emma puts Excalibur back together, despite Merlin warning her not to.

Are all flowers becoming les fleurs du mal? Or are we being tricked into thinking Zelena and Emma have betrayed us? 

So far this season, only one color flower- an enchanted red rose that Belle uses t monitor Rumple- has been safe from any acts of deception and betrayal. 

Overall, the motif of pink this season is undoubtedly linked to deception. Often, if not always, it specifically appears in respect to romantic relationships.

As for whether most flowers too, are a negative motif…we’ll have to wait and see until the midseason finale airs tomorrow night!

Matthew daddario literally spent his entire time at wondercon trying to throw malec fans off by saying some of the scenes in the upcoming ep could be fake. But thE BEST/WORST thing he said (in regards to 1x12 being called malec) is “names can be deceiving, we call our shoes sneakers but they aren’t actually sneaking”

“WE CALL OUR SHOES SNEAKERS BUT THEY AREN’T ACTUALLY SNEAKING”