whys and wherefores

viadolorosa  asked:

what would you ask god, if you had only one question and as much time in the world to think about it as you needed?

Since I’m in answer-questions-earnestly mode: I don’t have any questions for God. I just have praise and thanks for God. God doesn’t owe me any answers, but I owe God thanks and praise. I don’t view God as a Person With All The Answers: God is out there beyond questions and answers, in my view. There is a (pretty modern and recent) model of God as a supercomputer who knows all the whys & wherefores of things that happened in a person’s life, that’s not my experience of God at all. My experience of God is more like the experience of standing beneath a waterfall. It feels and sounds amazing and places all questions to the side, as you’re totally caught up in the immediacy of the moment and its beauty. Extend that moment to infinity and that’s the desired intimacy with God, and a very rough imagined version of the experience of communion. 

[Revised 11/16] Book Recommendations for Witches

Greetings, all. Quite some time ago, I created an annotated bibliography of some of my favorite texts on magical subjects. I was browsing it a few days ago and quickly realized, though, that it had become woefully out-of-date. There were quite a few books I’d only recently finished reading that belonged on the list! 

So, I’ve made an updated version here! Below, you can find my book recommendations, organized into loose categories. I’ve had to add a few new categories since last time, and expand several others. I do plan on doing long-form book reviews on some of these titles, and if there’s a particular one listed that you’d like to see a long review for, please let me know and I’ll work on that.

I hope you find something on here that suits your fancy! Happy reading!

For Absolute Beginners

Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, by Judika Illes. Even better than the Weiser Field Guide to Witches - this book is huge and chock-full of information. It’ll explain in easy-to-understand language how the concept has developed throughout time, why witches do what they do, and different types of witches.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, by Judika Illes. This gives an excellent look at the historical lore concerning witches, from the perspective of a witch herself. It’s kind of tongue-in-cheek, but it does have some information that won’t be found elsewhere.

The Modern Guide to Witchcraft, by Skye Alexander. Great book for those who’re really absolute beginners and are wondering what witchcraft is all about. Skye takes a very postmodern, utilitarian, and unfailingly honest approach, and it’s geared towards those of almost any belief system.

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. Attractively packaged and readible for almost all ages, this is a great (mostly) non-denominational look at the foundations of magical practice. It’s extremely detailed. Some of it only applies to Zell’s own tradition, but it’s quite useful, anyways.

Basic Techniques

Protection and Reversal Magick, by Jason Miller. This gets a little woo-woo at times, but he gives good advice on how to avoid serious problems that can come up as you begin to practice. Take with a grain of salt, though - some of this has the potential to make you feel paranoid.

City Magick, by Christopher Penczak. If you’re at all interested in tech witchery, or just want to practice magick within an urban setting, do check this out. It is by far the best look at the subject I’ve seen, and his discussion of urban tutelary spirits is worth the price alone.

Power Spellcraft for Life, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock. Nicely done, quite secular book providing basic beginner information regarding writing original spells and workings. It does fall prey to the trap of just listing correspondences with little information at times, but also contains a great deal of detail about ritual timing, raising power, and other topics essential for the beginner.

Sorcerer’s Secrets, by Jason Miller. This is a decent volume that describes a lot of techniques you don’t usually see in books, such as gesture and gaze-based magick. Be warned that Miller writes extensively about manipulative techniques, but it’s useful theory regardless of how you put it into practice.

Witch’s Bag of Tricks, by Melanie Marquis. This is not recommended for beginners, because the whole point of this book is to help existing practitioners refine and improve their already-established techniques. It’s got some novel ideas in it, and I like the author’s approach to symbolism in spellcasting.

Direct Magick (Energy Work)

The Un-Spell Book, by Mya Om. This non-denominational guide to working with magical forces is filled with useful exercises that go beyond the author’s previous work. I recommend reading this after reading Energy Essentials.

Instant Magick, by Christopher Penczak. Excellent beginner’s guide for those who don’t have access to a lot of fancy tools or prefer to work without them. This book won’t instantly teach you magick, but it will help even a seasoned practitioner find quicker, less-complicated ways of achieving results.

Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters, by Mya Om. Though I balk at the use of the term “energy” to describe magical forces, this book is worth a look. It’s a bit like a workbook, with various exercises. Expect a lot of pseudoscience, though, and there are many religious references, but the techniques are solid.

Magical Writing, Words, and Symbols

Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells, by Claude Lecouteux. Mostly a historical text, this book isn’t exactly practical or terribly useful. It is, nevertheless, incredibly interesting. It’s a bit difficult to navigate, but worth a glance.

Composing Magick, by Elizabeth Barrette. A very general, but well-done, look at writing in a magical context. Some of the ritual templates are slightly specific to religious witchcraft traditions, but most information is widely applicable.

Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink, by Susan Pesnecker. Focuses both on the physical act of writing as a magical act, and the mental state associated with it. Highly recommended

The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire, by Skye Alexander. This book is for those who want to create their own grimoire. It gives fairly good advice for doing so, as well as providing hints and tricks for spellcasting and useful correspondences.

General Concepts

Planetary Magick, by Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips. If you want to work with the planets at all, particularly in a highly ritualized context, I recommend this book. It’s large, comprehensive and gives a good foundation beyond what you find in general astrology books.

Practical Planetary Magick, by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine. Shorter than I would have liked, but a useful reference to have on your shelf, with excellent tables and appendices in the back. The meditations are also quite useful.

Practical Elemental Magick, by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine. Should be read alongside the other book by this pair. Comprehensive guide to working with the elements in a ritualized fashion. Not as accessible to newbies as Lipp’s book, but good for seasoned practitioners.

The Way of Four, by Deborah Lipp. Though mostly geared towards Wiccans, I found this author’s in-depth treatment of the four elements highly fascinating. I will note that it’s probably best to get the print version of this book, as it contains exercises and quizzes.

Ingredients and Correspondences

The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook, by Karen Harrison. I cannot praise this book enough for its concise and well-formulated approach to astrology, herbs, and magick as a whole.

The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick, by Judith Hawkins-Tillirson. This is excellent for anyone who’s interested in any kind of magick. Yes, the focus is generally herbs, but there’s a lot to be learned here about Kabbalah and other correspondence systems, as well.

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic, by Sandra Kynes. Fills a very difficult gap in published knowledge regarding the use of essential oils by discussing, in great detail, how scents interact with each other and how to create a formula that’s not only palatable, but evocative.

Dunwich’s Guide to Gemstone Sorcery, by Gerina Dunwich. Given the New Age fascination with all things shiny, it was quite a chore to sort through the myriad crystal books to find something with good information. While far from perfect and not exactly devoid of fluff, this book does give a level of detail about the lore surrounding gemstones not seen in many other texts.

Real Alchemy, by Robert Allen Bartlett. Excellent book, lots of history and detail. There’s a strong focus on tradition within the text, yet the author is quite accommodating of his audience and describes alternate methods that work better in a modern context.

Spagyrics, by Manfred M. Junius. With a highly-developed academic tone and attention to detail, this book is a meaty look at traditional alchemy. I recommend this more for intermediate practitioners due to the sheer density of information.


The Goodly Spellbook, by Dixie Deerman and Steve Rasmussen. The title sounds horribly fluffy, but this is a hidden gem. It explains obscure concepts like alternative alphabets and potential uses of musical notes, as well as plant lore and other bits and pieces. Definitely worth checking out. It’s way more than just “a book of spells.”

Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, by Judika Illes. The title sounds trite to some, but it delivers. This book has spells from almost every culture and spiritual philosophy, as well as a very detailed formulary. I read it when I’m bored sometimes, too, just because I always learn some tidbit from it.

Book of Spells, by Nicola Pulford. In most editions, this book is absolutely gorgeous and describes spellcasting traditions from a variety of perspectives and traditions. Recommended for those who already understand the basics, as this book jumps straight into spellcasting and gives only a small amount of information about how things work.

Ceremonial Magick

Modern Magick, by Donald Michael Kraig. I received this as a gift several years ago. It is essentially a workbook meant to be completed slowly, step by step, and while the format will not appeal to everyone, it’s a good easy-to-read introduction to ceremonial magick.

Familiar Spirits, by Donald Tyson. Though geared towards ceremonialists, any practitioner can likely learn a thing or two from Tyson’s interesting stroll through the whys and wherefores of spirit work and thoughtform creation. This is by far the best book I’ve seen on the topic of familiar spirits.

Secrets of High Magick, by Francis Melville. The most recent edition of this (the one I own) is lavishly-illustrated and full of rudimentary, yet useful information. He stresses the basics of ceremonial practice, and his writing style is very accessible. Highly recommended for absolute beginners.

My Life With The Spirits, by Lon Milo DuQuette. This is a memoir of a ceremonial magician, but it gives a good look at the magickal mindset in a highly developed form from someone who’s experienced quite a lot. I have major issues with DuQuette’s approach to Qabalah, but his memoirs are worth a read.

Chaos Magick

Liber Null and Psychonaut, by Peter Carroll. Classic book of chaos magick. I consider it required reading for almost anyone interested in the occult. Even if you have no love for chaos magick, do give it a read, just to understand how influential Carroll is, and why.

Hands-On Chaos Magic, by Andrieh Vitimus. Knowing some of the people involved in the creation of this book, I’m a bit biased towards it. That said, even if I didn’t know them, I would still recommend it. It’s especially interesting to read alongside Liber Null and Psychonautin order to see how the chaos “current” has developed over the years.

Pop Culture Magic 2.0 by Taylor Ellwood. There aren’t a lot of books on using pop culture symbolism in magick, but this one is nearly perfect. The author writes in a highly erudite, literate fashion, while still being accessible to newbies. Many useful resources cited, as well, so prepare to branch off a bit while reading it.


Triumph of the Moon, by Ronald Hutton. An inside no-holds-barred look at the history of Wicca and Modern paganism. Highly recommended. This is sort of the book that fluffbunnies don’t want you to read.

Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult, by Richard Metzger. Lots of facts and history of magick in the context of Postmodernity. This is different from the Crowley text of the same name, which I wouldn’t recommend unless you want to focus on his tradition.

The Place of Enchantment, by Alex Owen. This is a purely historical text that documents the occult revival within the context of Modernity. I remember it being very good, but please realize I haven’t really picked it up much since graduating, and it might just have served my mindset at the time.

Sunday Afternoon

Characters: Clint x Reader

Summary: For the past few months you have noticed a change in your relationship with a certain Avenger and you can’t help but wonder if this is the end.

Word Count:  1324 words

Prompt: Tell Me On A Sunday

Originally posted by deedeethegirl

There wasn’t a moment that you could point at and say ‘there, that was when things changed’, it was just a gradual ebbing away but once you had seen it you couldn’t ‘unsee’ it.  In fact, you had begun to wonder if the others had noticed, if you had been the last one to see.  Sitting on the roof of the compound you didn’t even turn when you heard footsteps approach which you knew were his.  He sat down next to you and a silence enfolded you both for a few moments.  “We need to talk.” His four words pierced through the quiet and you took a deep breath, bracing yourself for what you knew was coming.

You had been wondering how he would break the news, that he didn’t love you anymore, that this relationship was dead.  It made sense that he would tell you face to face.  He wasn’t the type of guy who would simply send a text message or slide a post it note under your door.  He wasn’t Tony.  The long ‘Dean John’ letter would be more Bucky’s thing, possibly Steve. Yeah, Steve hated seeing any pain he caused people.  He would probably start to tell a girl to her face and almost instantly change his mind and stay in the relationship for a few more weeks before he found the courage to break her heart.  You wouldn’t want a letter.  Words deliberately captured permanently on paper for you to go over and analyses, causing the pain to stab at your heart over and over again.  No.  You were glad this wasn’t a letter.  It also wasn’t the drunken 3am call from a friends house, which was Scotts method. Not only did the poor girl get dumped but she also had to deal with being woken up!  You would much rather be sat out in the sun, looking down on Wanda and Vision playing catch while Steve and Bucky leaned on the fence laughing.  The reminder that even though your life was about to fall apart at the seams everything else just carried on as normal. Just a typical Sunday afternoon.

You look over at Clint and see he is looking out over the scene below with a sense of detachment and you look up at the clouds that lazily made their way through the bright azure sky.  There wasn’t going to be a big argument, no deep conversation where you went into the whys and wherefores of the situation.  You knew he was searching for a way to let you down easy, to lessen the blow.  Here was the man you loved with every fiber of your being trying to find the kindest way of saying goodbye and if your heart wasn’t already breaking that sure as hell would have done it.  

It wasn’t as if you had been fighting more recently.  Sure, there were your usual squabbles about nothing much but it was the silence that had been the scary thing to realise. Those moments when you would walk into a room where he was deep in conversation with Nat and they would both clam up as soon as they noticed you.  Those moments just before sleep where once you would have discussed your day were now filled with a void of wordlessness leaving you to drift off into an uneasy sleep.  The silence between you was suffocating.  Where once you had found it easy to talk to him about everything now you struggled to find anything to say.

Then there were the times he would go off on a mission without waking you to say goodbye.  Of course, when he returned he had said he just didn’t want to wake you when you’d been having such trouble sleeping and his explanation made sense but… you couldn’t help thinking about how you would have felt if he hadn’t come back, if you hadn’t had the chance to tell him you loved him one last time.  It hit you that from this moment on you would never that that opportunity ever again and unshed tears blurred your vision.

Other couples would have made this moment into a dramatic spectacle, pulled everyone into the scene with slammed doors and thrown wine bottles. You two weren’t destined for a dramatic goodbye.  No running off in the pouring rain or last minute calls from the airport as one of you left never to return.  No. For you it would be a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon as the light breeze ruffled the leaves of the nearby trees and Sam glided through the air trying out his latest adjustments.  Clint took a deep breath and turned to look at you. “I’m sorry.”

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The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive—but real—allies of the Haves. They are the ones Jacques Maritain referred to in his statement, “The fear of soiling ourselves by entering the context of history is not virtue, but a way of escaping virtue.” These non-doers were the ones who chose not to fight the Nazis in the only way they could have been fought; they were the ones who drew their window blinds to shut out the shameful spectacle of Jews and political prisoners being dragged through the streets; they were the ones who privately deplored the horror of it all—and did nothing. This is the nadir of immorality. The most unethical of all means is the nonuse of any means. It is this species of man who so vehemently and militantly participated in that classically idealistic debate at the old League of Nations on the ethical differences between defensive and offensive weapons. Their fears of action drive them to refuge in an ethics so divorced from the politics of life that it can apply only to angels, not to men. The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.
—  Saul Alinsky, “Of Means and Ends,” from Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (1971).
Steven Universe: Blue Diamond [ISTJ]

OFFICIAL TYPING by mysterylover123 & thedarkmonarch


Introverted Sensing (Si): In 5000 years, Blue Diamond has never gotten over the death of Pink, and returns to the precise spot where she died to reminisce on what happened before the earth is destroyed. Blue is perennially living in the past, stuck in going over this one moment she can’t move past; this contrasts her sharply with Yellow Diamond (INTJ), who is always looking forward, always concentrating on the future. She keeps around all the reminders of Pink Diamond, including the Rose Quartz gems, the Human Zoo, and even seems to have trouble letting go of the Earth, where Pink met her demise. Blue is also a traditionalist; she follows the orders and ideals laid out by Gem society, ordering Ruby to be shattered for violating those rules. During ‘Rose’s’ trial, she insists that ‘Rose’ relate every detail of her shattering of Pink Diamond, and corrects he when she is wrong. She seems to go along with the Diamond goals of destroying and conquering planets because it’s her duty or what’s expected of her, rather than because of a true commitment to the long-term goal, or inner desire for it (mysterylover123)

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Blue Diamond is very much a take-control gem. She is the one to oversee home world’s occupation of earth. To which, Blue Diamond controls her subordinates with an iron fist. She has no patience for nonsense or anything less than perfection from her subordinates (thedarkmonarch.) When Blue is not with the few people she forms a trusting, emotional bond with (Yellow, Greg, Blue Pearl), she adopts a cold, demanding, authoritative attitude. Her Te shows itself around her servants or any other gems/beings she does not consider her equals. She struggles to comprehend the nature of the earth (“How could a being as fragile as a human survive, and a being as powerful as a diamond perish?”); how, indeed, could something so objectively powerful be destroyed? But Blue does not seek to analyze or descover these whys and wherefores. Simply, she wishes to take action, to do what needs to be done while she can (mysterylover123).

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Blue’s emotions are pretty obvious during her season 4 onwards story arcs; however, as mentioned above, she only opens up and shows her inner emotions to a selected handful of beings with whom she feels comfortable. She forms a sudden, strong emotional bond with Greg over their shared loss, despite him being a human and knowing very little about him. She still holds on to her love for Pink, even when Pink is long perished. Her morality, of course, is hard to detect in any form since she’s a despotic overlord, but she does seem to have objections to not giving ‘Rose’ a fair trial (which may be due to her private need for vengeance rather than morality) (mysterylover123). Blue Diamond’s emotional range is limited to extreme rage at those who she feels wronged by. This is evident when she rages at Ruby for letting the rebels escape and smash her crystal (thedarkmonarch)

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Blue seeks to assure herself about the future, about the negative possibilities that could occur, by having an actual Sapphire come to her court and give her solid, concrete predictions. She has no reliance on her own intuition or gut feelings; she needs to be reassured that the future will be all right. She is open to the possibilities presented at ‘Rose’s’ trial, to the option that things may not be quite right and that ‘Rose’ isn’t even Rose at all; this contrasts her with Yellow again (Ni-dom). (mysterylover123)

NOTE: RETYPE in light of recent Steven Universe episodes, by user request. Used some of TDM’s original typing to build on the re-type. (mysterylover123)

anonymous asked:

Could I please request something similar to the fluff with Gaston's s/o bothering him while he's shaving, except this time she's reading and Gaston's the one with all the questions - what's so interesting about books, why are you always smelling the pages, pay attention to me woman. :')

I came home to three new request and I actually said out loud “yes…yeS…yES…YES…YESSS! MOOOORREE!”

Word count:  i’m so sorry it’s short, it’s just a drabble.

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Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me
For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
Lag of a brother? why ‘bastard’? Wherefore ‘base,’
When my dimensions-

“Darling, what the blazes are you doing?” Gaston interrupted you, plopping on the floor beside your rocking chair.

“Reading,” you respond not looking up from your book.

“When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous and my shape as true
As honest madam’s-”

“What for?” Your husband interrupted again, leaning his head on your knee and looking up with those beautiful baby blues. “Why bother reading fantasy when you have me to entertain you?” He threw you a suggestive wink before sliding his hand under your skirt just a bit.

“Because, I find it fascinating,” you chirp with a giggle, shaking your head at your husband’s antics. “Far more intellectually stimulating than you, dear husband mine.”

Without missing a beat, Gaston was on his knees before you, his hands resting on your thighs as he looked up under your book. “I may not be intellectually stimulating,” he lowered his head towards your lap, “But I’m sure I can stimulate you in other ways.”

“Gaston, you are positively primeval,” you chuckle, attempting to go back to your reading. “Wait at least until sunset for such things.”

“-honest madam’s issue? Why brand they us
With 'base,’ with 'baseness,’ 'bastardy,’ 'base,’ -”

“And if I don’t want to?” Gaston smirked, taking his hands to the hem of your skirt and slowly rolling it up. “What then?”

Sighing and setting your book aside, you grabbed Gaston by the frills on his shirt and looked him in the eye. “Then, husband dear, I suppose I should have you entertain me instead- since apparently my book is too low for the likes of Gaston Desrochers’ wife.”

Iron Fist Countdown: 7 Days

Danny’s Superpowers

    Danny is the most powerful member of the Netflix Defenders team. Or at least, he has the greatest power potential. In addition to his mad kung fu skills, the uses for the chi of Shou-Lao could (and, in fact, do) fill an entire book, and the vast power it grants its wielders is ever-evolving. Even Danny hasn’t yet learned everything he’s capable of. Here are some of the highlights of what various Iron Fists have achieved over the years, and of what we might possibly see in the show.  

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May be the face I can’t forget
The trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price I have to pay
May be the song that summer sings
May be the chill that autumn brings
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day

May be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell
She may be the mirror of my dreams
The smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell

Who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No one’s allowed to see them when they cry
May be the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past
That I’ll remember till the day I die

May be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I’m alive
The one I’ll care for through the rough in ready years
I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I’ve got to be
The meaning of my life is

She, oh she

The Mystery of Mal Reynolds

I guess it’s pretty fitting that a character as enigmatic as this would be a challenge to type. I have seen so many typings of Firefly’s Mal Reynolds online that it’s enough to get my head spinning. They range all over the place; there’s almost no consensus, and even this very site has seen different typings of him over the years. I’ve recently started re-watching Firefly, and I’m still very conflicted about what MBTI type Mal could be. As such, this is my little analysis/dissertation about what types Mal could be, rather than what specific type he is. I’ve thought a lot about his character, and these are the few concrete facts I’ve gleaned:

1. Mal is DEFINITELY an Fi/Te user.

I’ve occasionally seen him typed ENTP, or some other type using Fe/Ti. I can safely say that he does not use those functions anywhere in his stack. Mal has no interest in interpersonal peace; he keeps his feelings as close to the vest as he possibly can and never discusses them with others, and if his Fe were negative, he never goes for emotional manipulation or turning others’ feelings against them. His sense of morality and honor is all from within; check in Shindig, where Mal stays to fight the sword duel his way, regardless of the society’s rules about it or what Inara asks him to do. He’s doing it for his own sense of honor, his internal ideas about right and wrong. Same for his motives in fighting the alliance. Mal’s honor is quiet and internal; his emotions are the same. He also displays no Ti either; no analysis, no questioning of the whys and wherefores of a situation, avoids asking questions on a job. He simply prefers to get things done; he’s brusque and efficient and unhesitating when it comes to logic. He barks orders to his crew and takes command, he’s constantly coming up with and executing logical long-term plans to further his goals, he states his opinion of others’ mistakes and follies bluntly and without any filter; in the same episode as before, Shindig, he tells Kaylee “What are you going to do in that rig? Flounce around the engine room? Be like a sheep walking on its hind legs,” of her dress. This is Mal stating the objective truth, with no room for error, regardless of Kaylee’s feelings or any analysis of why this might be so. He uses Te/Fi. 

2. However, I’m not sure which order he uses them in.

While Mal is definitely a Te/Fi user, I’m not sure which order those functions are in. To try and narrow it down, I don’t think either one is his dominant function. While honor and morals are important to Mal, they don’t motivate everything he does. His internal feelings aren’t his first reaction to every situation. Neither does he respond to things first with efficient, logical organization or rational objectivity. That said, I’m conflicted over whether Mal is Te/Fi or Fi/Te. Most typings I’ve seen of him use one order or the other; Mal’s most frequent typings are ESFP, ENFP & INTJ. His Fi and Te are both strong parts of his personality without being his dominant function; neither is likely to be his inferior function. He doesn’t struggle with every being objective or ever following his feelings and morals like an inferior Te or Fi user would. However, there are good arguments to be made for either one as his tertiary or auxiliary functions. He’s rational and objective, but also deeply concerned with his inner honor and ideas of morality. At the outside, I’d say his Fi seems to me more like a Tertiary function, since he uses it much in the same way most Tertiary Fi-users do: as a kind of determined and absolute morality that he constantly acts on. But he could have it strong enough in his function stack to go either way.

3. So which function is his dominant? 

He’s certainly dominated by a perceiving function. Every typing I’ve seen of Mal agrees on that, and I’ve never seen him typed Si-dom. So that leaves Se, Ne, or Ni. My first instinct re-watching the show was Ni, but I’ve learned to be very cautious with Ni-dominant typings; they’re very likely erroneous. Mal has a lot of traits that strike me as Intuitive dominant, namely his ability to quickly size up a situation and predict its outcomes. Of course, that could be either Introverted or Extroverted Intuition. Then there’s Se-dominant, which can also do that if their lower Ni is very well developed. Mal does have his impulsive, living in the moment, flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants side, and yet many of his actions are highly calculated and deliberate, intended to cause a specific reaction. He has such definite, fixed overall ideas; he’s so unstoppable and determined on certain routes in life, and very quickly decides that Serenity is the ship for him on just one glance. Many of these traits seemed like Ni/Se in some order. But the cases I’ve read for Ne/Si have been very strong as well; his inability to move past the failed revolution, for example. As for his dominant function, I can only say for certain that it’s a perceiving one, most likely Intuitive but Se could be a possibility, if his inferior function were developed enough. 

Ultimately, I think I’ll let the comments  section help me along here. I’m sure you all have strong opinions about this character, considering Firefly’s fandom and popularity. I’d like to hear arguments and evidence from the show backing up what function you believe in.  

The old grey donkey, Eeyore, stood by himself in a thistly corner of the forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, “Why?” and sometimes he thought, “Wherefore?” and sometimes he thought, “Inasmuch as which?”—and sometimes he didn’t quite know what he was thinking about. So when Winnie-the-Pooh came thumping along, Eeyore was very glad to be able to stop thinking for a little, in order to say “How do you do?” in a gloomy manner to him.
“And how are you?” said Winnie-the-Pooh.
Eeyore shook his head from side to side.
“Not very how,” he said. “I don’t seem to have felt at all how for a long time.
—  “In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail, and Pooh Finds One”, Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne
Personality Types (MBTI) & English Proverbs

INFJ - “Still waters run deep”
INFP - “It’s better to travel hopefull than to arrive”
ENFJ - “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
ENFP - “Laughter is the best medicine”
ISTJ - “Do righ and fear no man”
ISFJ - “There’s no place like home”
ESTJ - “Business before pleasure”
ESFJ - “There is safety in numbers”
ISTP - “A bad workman blames his tools”
ISFP - “A picture is worth a thousand words”
ESTP - “Rules are made to be broken”
ESFP - “Seize the day”
INTJ - “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”
INTP - “Every why has a wherefore”
ENTJ - “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs”
ENTP - “All’s fair in love and war

eastofelaine  asked:

Hi! Which Shakespearean character is your favorite? Or at least a top three? #thehardquestions

First of all, I AM SO SORRY, THIS HAS BEEN ROTTING IN MY DRAFT BOX FOR MONTHS. I started writing it, then it got away from me and turned into a rant, and I never finished it. So I’m going to do it in parts. Keep an eye out for the others. (I’ll tag you, eastofelaine.)

Without any further ado, top three favorite characters: #thehardquestions or rather, #theBardquestions. In no particular order:

  • Edmund (King Lear)
  • Margaret (Henry VI)
  • Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet)

That’s a lie they’re totally in order. Sort of. That’s also a lie, Edmund is definitely Number 1 but I’m ambivalent on the other two. Anyway. 

Part 1: Edmund. I have ranted about this character a lot but always in like little bits and pieces and never one concise rant, so: Edmund is hands fucking down the most interesting, complex character in King Lear or possibly ever (fight me). Edmund is the illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester, and we first meet him during a brief stint at court. In the first scene he stands by while his dad talks about him like he’s not even there, saying all kinds of shit like, “The whoreson must be acknowledged.” Like it’s not your own fucking fault you got a prostitute pregnant you absolute rocknut. And this is the root of Edmund’s character: the fact that he’s been forever at a disadvantage because of something he can’t control–i.e., the fact that he was born out of wedlock. He has this wonderful monologue where he expresses his consternation that he is in every way as admirable as his brother, but still treated like scum: “Why bastard? wherefore base? / When my dimensions are as well compact, / My mind as generous, and my shape as true, / As honest madam’s issue?” 

But what makes him such a great character is that instead of moping around about his lot in life, he decides to fucking do something about it. And his plan is wicked brilliant. He frames his gullible elder brother for murder and takes his place as foremost in their father’s love and as heir apparent to the Earldom. But he’s not done, oh my sweet shiny soap bubble, no, he’s nowhere near done. He denounces his father as a traitor, gets on the good side of the Duke of Cornwall to get that taken care of, takes the title and then starts flirting aggressively with both elder Lear sisters. And frayaaaandssss, your boy Edmund is hot stuff. (Almost everyone who meets him makes some sort of comment about how ‘well-made’ he is, which is basically the Shakespearean version of saying, “That’s a fine piece of ass.”) Such hot stuff, in fact, THAT GONERIL PLOTS TO MURDER HER HUSBAND, POISONS HER SISTER, AND THEN COMMITS SUICIDE WHEN IT DOESN’T WORK OUT. SHE DOESN’T EVEN CARE ABOUT THE FUCKING WAR. ALL SHE WANTS IS A PIECE OF EDMUND. (But like honestly, who can blame her?)

I haven’t even gotten to the best part of all this, though, due to the man-of-supreme-hotness detour. Remember when I was talking about how, at the start of the play, Edmund is every bit as noble/honorable/fuckable/whatever as his brother, but he’s always seen as inferior because he’s technically a bastard? Right. Well, here’s where Edmund becomes the most interesting character in the play. Almost everyone else rattles on and on about fate and the stars and how everything that happens was destined to happen that way. But Edmund, who has perhaps more reason than anyone to blame his shitty station in life on planetary movements or whatever, calls bullshit on everyone else. Check this out–this is possibly my favorite monologue from the entire Shakespearean canon: 

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc’d obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the Dragon’s Tail, and my nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.

He says FUCK. THAT. I am what I am and the stars I was born under have nothing to do with it. He refuses to passively accept the fate that the unfortunate circumstances of his birth have assigned to him, and instead decides to take matters into his own hands and make a fucking change. 

“But wait,” you say. “He is kind of a dick about it, though.” True. Edmund’s dickery is of epic proportions and I will be the first to admit it (honestly that’s kind of half the reason I love him.) But SLOW YOUR ROLL, O YE ICKLE DOUBTING MARSHWIGGLES,  because my boy Edmund is chock full of surprises. At the beginning of the play he’s the only character willing to take full responsibility for his own (terrible) actions, and the only character to say ‘fuck you,’ to fate, but at the end he defies all this cosmic dogma YET A-FUCKIN-GAIN. He himself has said that he should have been rough and lecherous, whatever star he was born under, but at the end of the play, when everything’s going to absolute shit and he’s dying at his brother’s feet, when he should be bitter and furious because life has kicked him in the teeth one last time, what does he do? HE HAS A FUCKING CHANGE OF HEART AND TRIES TO TURN IT AROUND: “I pant for life. Some good I mean to do, / Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send / (Be brief in’t) to the castle; for my writ / Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia.” 

Edmund literally uses his dying breath to try to save Lear and Cordelia. It doesn’t work, but isn’t that part of the tragedy? That this man, who has been abused and tormented his whole life, and who has snarled back at the world in reply, flies in the face of his terrible fate and tries to do one good thing before he dies–and it’s too late. 

That. This play and this character rip me the fuck up every single time. You cannot write a more tragic story than this. Edmund, my love, you deserved so much better.

Duke out.

She may be the love that cannot hope to last,
May come to me from shadows of the past,
That I remember till the day I die.

She may be the reason I survive,
The why and wherefore I’m alive,
The one I’ll care for through the
Rough and rainy years.

Me, I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I’ve got to be.
The meaning of my life is she, she, she–.

@frukgiftexchange my gift for @humblerumble They wanted Arthur serenading Francis. This song caught my ear so I chose this one. 

The Book of Satan: Part I

1. In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you may hear. To the East and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong!

2. Open your eyes that you may see, Oh men of mildewed minds, and listen to me ye bewildered millions!

3. For I stand forth to challenge the wisdom of the world; to interrogate the “laws” of man and of “God”!

4. I request reasons for your golden rule and ask the why and wherefore of your ten commandments.

5. Before none of your printed idols do I bend in acquiescence, and he who saith “thou shalt” to me is my mortal foe!

6. I dip my forefinger in the watery blood of your impotent mad redeemer, and write over his thorn-torn brow: The TRUE prince of evil- the king of the slaves!

7. No hoary falsehood shall be a truth to me; no stifling dogma shall encramp my pen!

8. I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.

9. I raise up in stern invasion the standard of the strong!

10. I gaze into the glassy eye of your fearsome Jehovah, and pluck him by the beard; I uplift a broad-axe, and split open his worm-eaten skull!

11. I blast out the ghastly contents of philosophically whited sepulchers and laugh with sardonic wrath!

Source: The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LeVay. 2005. Print. Pg. 30.  

anonymous asked:

if harry and louis ever come out, how do you think they'll dance around the clause of not painting simon cowell negatively? the only option i see, is that they will say it was their choice to not come out. I hate how simon will probably be painted as "supportive".

Oh, dude. Simon is going to be first in line saying “Congratulations, I’m so happy for you!” Be prepared with something to punch when the time comes.

And frankly, I think they are just going to gloss over everything and let people draw their own conclusions about the why and wherefore of it all.

But when it comes right down to it, when they do decide, on their own terms, to come out, that’s all that will matter. Anyone with half a lick of sense will know who instigated it and I’m sure there will be plenty of articles saying “fans always suspected that blah blah, Satan Cowell, blah blah, even though Harry & Louis say that’s not the case (but they would, wouldn’t they?)” Because I see no reason for the media to quit using “fans say” as a way to get information out there.

The point will get across, even if they aren’t the ones saying it.

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The Legend of Korra: Tonraq [ESFP]

OFFICIAL TYPING by mysterylover123

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Tonraq  is largely impulsive, quick to react in the moment, and observant of others, much like his daughter. He usually just works to get through what’s going on in the here and now, and doesn’t for many long-term plans or big overall plots for the future. He doesn’t dwell much on his past either, instead just dealing with what’s right in front of him. He was more impulsive as a young man, choosing to charge in and chase the insurgents into the forest regardless of rules or legends about the forest being sacred. He’s usually quick to spot problems going on around him and to take action to deal with them.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): He has a strong internal sense of honor and will often only cooperate if he feels it is the right thing to do. He plays his real feelings and cards pretty close to the vest, often refusing to share things with others and thus creating blocks in his relationships. He cares very deeply about Korra and acts to protect her from danger when he can. However, he’s often cagey about his motivations for doing so, and keeps a lot of things secret in order to protect Korra, which angers her. 

Extroverted Thinking (Te): He plays an authoritative and decisive role in commanding the Southern water tribe. He’s looked up to as a responsible and clear-headed authority figure in a time of crisis. He’s very straightforward about utilizing his surroundings to better affect his goals and dreams, and spends little time on analysis or the whys and wherefores of what’s going on, instead simply issuing commands and expecting them to be followed. 

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Tonraq has developed this function better as he’s gotten older. His impulsive decisions as a young man seem to have taught him better, and nowadays he considers the potential consequences of his actions and the bigger picture. He’s willing to think about how Korra’s impulsive decisions could potentially play out and to caution her to wait; he’s willing to work for a larger plan, but still largely reacts in the moment.