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thewickedandthehufflepuff  asked:

Hi! Sorry if you've already been asked that but I thought your post about Judas was SO INTERESTING and it's got me yearnin' to learnin' about nonfiction Bible/gnostic books? do u have any recs? Historical and crticial contexts of Biblical stuff is really interesting to me

WELCOME TO THE NICHE CORNER, MY FRIEND

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this is a topic of much interest to me, and I love to read about it! This is a list of books I’ve read and heartily recommend for anyone interested in the Bible or biblical history, context, and interpretation. It is by no means exhaustive - I tend towards common sense writing with a sociological or history lens when it comes to non fiction, and away from anything scathingly atheist or overtly preachy - but it’s more than enough to get you started.

  • This may sound stupid, but you’d be surprised how many people who are interested in the bible haven’t read… the Bible. There are lots of reasons - people think it’s boring, people think it’s just for the religious, people have been scarred by Sunday school and/or scripture and/or those terrifying concerts your teachers made you endure with muppet like characters telling you the word of the lord was Totally Cool - but I’m here to tell you to think again, friends. The bible is a fascinatingly hot mess of a text that has influenced nearly every writer, politician, thinker, artist and layperson in the Western world and beyond for two thousand years. It is literally the basis of western civilization. The truth is, you probably have heard of or been influenced by stories and parables in the bible for your whole life - many people who read it as adults for the first time find themselves going, oh shit. That’s where that’s from, huh. The trick is in the telling - choose a bible that’s written in a style that’s not going to put you to sleep. I’m a fan of the King James version, because it’s the first one i read completely, but it’s flowery. The English Standard version is the most accessible, in my opinion (it’s what my new barbie bible is, lmao) - go down to your local bookstore and have a flick through whatever copies they’ve got. Another resource I love is biblehub - you can compare the way different versions have written verses + heaps of other tools.
  • The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls are another primary source vital to the way we view the bible and the time of Christ in the modern era. This penguin version is the one I own and it’s both well translated and comprehensive.
  • Judas: the troubling history of the renegade apostle - 12/10 HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC.
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - there are a lot of biographical works about Jesus out there but this is the best one I’ve read. It’s all about examining context, baby - Judea in 4BC had no mass communication et al.
  • If you can get your hands on it, Biblica: The Bible Atlas is an amazing text. It is enormous - like, enormous, here is my copy:


I’ve linked all the titles here to their goodreads pages for anyone interested, and I’ve collated them into a shelf on my own goodreads if you want to bookmark it for a later date.

areyouahauntedpotato  asked:

Hey if you're around and not busy and stuff, can I ask for you to weigh in on a thing? Someone named xoxogarnet is kicking up a fuss in the spirit companions tag about how "relationships" with spirits are fake and impossible and letting newbies think that they aren't is dangerous. And you've always got such well-thought-out opinions, as well as this being an area of expertise for you, I think you would be a good influence on the conversation.

First I want to say thank you for asking me this off of anon. Since most folks ask for input while on anon (which I will no longer oblige 9 times out of 10, just fyi for those reading.) So thank you for that.

I’ve flipped through the thread, and it definitely is a dumpster fire from start to finish. For those who don’t feel like looking at the original, here are some choice bits…

Dating Spirits, is NOT a thing. You are not dating a God, you are not in a committed relationship with an angel or demon, or anything that falls under the spirit/entity category.
You aren’t creating “children” either, just thought forms/tulpas/entities that may or may not develop free will.

THIS IS NOT HEALTHY. This is TOXIC and everyone who is doing this is either being taken advantage of by something darker or are willfully misinforming other witchlings of how to abuse Spirit Work!

I have seen my fair share of ridiculous claims in the magical community but to all the witchlings and Spirit Worker’s new and experienced, THIS IS BUNK. Its not what Spirit Work and Companionship is about.

and

Seeing run of the mill entities in ‘relationships’ with people is alarming as well because I fail to see how it takes the place of a living person. The human body craves touch and I don’t mean just ‘sex’ and other sexual activities, I mean hugs, hand holding, pats on the back, kisses, snuggling, tummy rubs, etc! You simply can’t have that with an entity not on this plane! Its why I keep saying this  is so unhealthy, because it IS.  You can’t start your life with a Spirit, a spirit can’t take you to dinner or drive you to the doctor when you’re sick, or push you on the swings at the park.
No matter how you slice it, a 'relationship’ with a spirit is just an affectionate friends with benefits type of deal, it doesn’t fix or replace the need for a real living partner. 

and

These kind of unhealthy emotional attachments just helps people and spirits take advantage of casters who don’t know any better and I was noticing that the vast majority of people doing this are brand new or a few years in and this is not helping these new witchlings experiment with their Craft, SAFELY. 

And i know that you had asked me to weigh in on the conversation, but I’m of the mindset that OP will likely not be persuaded into any sort of other thinking. Given that the thread has over 100 notes as of right now, I don’t expect that they’d be willing to listen to anything I say.

However, for those who are interest in spirit work and/or spirit relationships, I can say this much:

OP is not wrong in that it’s not something that everyone has to do. It’s also not something you should just run into without thinking it through and quadruple testing your discernment. I understand their concern, as it is a good way to wreck your life if you’re not careful.

However, OP is assuming a fuckload about what people in these relationships think and how they advise people who are interested in non-corp relationships. And I think they’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater in a lot of their responses. Assuming a lot, and bordering on ableism in some of their responses (or more accurately, who they’re agreeing with in the responses.)

I think anyone who is in a non-corp relationship knows that it’s not easy, that its not always fun, that these entities are not around to help you with things. That you can still get lonely because a spirit is not a physical being. that doesn’t invalidate the relationship, though. Nor does it mean that non-corp relationships can’t add to someone’s life.

I have been in a physical relationship with someone for about ten years now, and I never set out to get a man harem, but let me tell you, my menz add to my life in a way that my physical SO can’t. Similarly, my SO adds to my life in a way that my non-physical menz can’t. My non-physical family enriches my life in many ways and anyone who says otherwise can Fight Me.

I guess the overall takeaway is that OP’s posts are filled with “been there, done that, stfu” because nothing they’ve said is not anything I haven’t heard before. All of their crying and whinging and pearl wringing is old news that won’t stop ppl from forming these relationships, nor is anything they’ve said going to prepare someone for being responsible and informed about any sort of relationships they form. Its all of the most frustrating elements of these conversations rolled into one thread.

TL;DR: I’m sorry that people assume so much about consorts and spouses and that everyone has to put up with this fuckery on the regular. You keep doing you and just be sure to be smart and responsible about how you form these relationships and everyone can take a long walk off a short pier <3

*rolls away*

The signs from a Cancer Point of view (use 🌞 + 🌜):
  • (My posts are backwards on purpose)
  • Pisces: Oh my lord, you can be so silly. I love how infectious your giggle is. You can think of things in ways I would have never even thought; you're almost too creative for your own good. I know sometimes you're not so good at art, like most posts predict, but the way you speak is beautiful, like your words were perfectly arranged to form a mosaic of variegated interpretations. You let everyone's experiences influence you to the point where you take them on as your own, and that's ok. I know that just helps you stay close to the ones you love, as if living in their memories with them strengthens your connection with them.
  • Aquarius: You can be distant, but care with every pulse of your heart. Sometimes that's what confuses me. There's a reason for everything to you. You want to know cause and effect, but I'm worried for the day when you realise that not everything has an explanation; at least not one easily confined by mere words. You're not devoid of emotion. You're just much better at deciding when and how to deal with them. How do you do that? How do you know how to reach out for help without burdening everyone?
  • Capricorn: We are opposites. You work so hard to be happy, that sometimes I think you hardly stop to enjoy even the small things that have a magical air to them; like the plush towels against your skin, or the pattern of the sky that will only freeze for a few seconds more. To you, it's all about pushing forward and getting things done, and I love your motivation, but don't you realise how stressed out you get yourself? You can be cold, but that's only because sometimes you don't want to stop to feel...you know what will happen if you do.
  • Sagittarius: I am amazed at how much patience I have with you. You're so carefree, and I don't believe I have ever seen you stressed. Sometimes I get frustrated with how you treat others, but I know you don't mean to hurt people on purpose. I love how you want to be a free thinker, you don't let others cloud your thoughts or decisions, unless you really love them, then in that case you trust their opinions. Not everyone can or could ever earn your trust. You have clarity when most others are stressed because you've detached yourself from them so successfully. I'm glad that you of all people could take the weight that you do, though I'm not pleased that you have to in the first place. You handle beatings with grace, and you hold your ground firmly.
  • Scorpio: You're the most passionate person I know. When you talk about what you love or hate, I can see the propellers churn in your eyes. You love to love and hate to hate. I know it's hard to let people in, but I'm thankful you chose me of all people. I'm sorry I can't always be there when you sob in your bed late at night, but you always hold off when you're ready. That's ok too. I know you don't like to be pushed. Sometimes you let others passions overtake your own and you get so confused and tired that it's hard to face anyone. You want to love so badly, but you're always doubting yourself. Your thoughts can be overwhelming and it seems lonely in crowds, even around your own family, but even you need to trust more than one person.
  • Libra: You of all people know what to do and say all the time. I enjoy just sitting back and watching you talk and interact with people; you get that everyone is different, and you treat them according to how they are. If only people had that same respect towards you. I love how you can diffuse conflict as if you're stroking the nuzzle of a wild horse. You listen and think before you speak. You thrive on the subject of philosophy because you think, and it does, makes you a better person. You love everyone and you value friendships and relationships. You don't know who the right partner is, but I know when you find them, they will make you feel like the only person in the world, just like you do with everybody else.
  • Virgo: There's a lot to worry about. You are the one that I wish I was the most like. You live in the moment, without leaving the past or planning for the future. You're aware of the things larger than life, and you respect them, but you understand how all the little things contribute to the infinite tapestry. I wish I could notice and appreciate as you do. I know you focus too much on the tangible, and I understand that it's easy to get lost in the world of perfection and imperfections, to ignore the thoughts and feelings of others. Most people think you are cold, but I think there's more to it than that. Maybe you just know what to do with your feelings, and they're under your control, and yours alone. You're calm and always seem to be at ease. In no way should that be a crime, after all, many could learn a thing or two from you.
  • Leo: I find a lot of admiration towards how confident you are. Your presence alone is awe-inspiring. Everything you do--the way you walk, how you speak, your gestures, everything--looks so effortless but well thought out. Watching you is like enjoying a movie where every movement is perfect. I love the way you make me feel like we've know each other for years. I am at ease and comfortable by your very presence. One might expect your voice to be loud and authoritative, but it's soothing and suggestive more than anything. You want to make everyone feel like your friend, and I know it has no malevolent purposes, but it's for your own conscious because you can't bear a single person disliking you.
  • Cancer: I could tell you how seething your own mind is, but I'm sure you already know that. You can be so optimistic that you become blind to the worse in human nature. You have fallen victim to many schemes of manipulation, and each time you've beaten yourself up for it. It's ok to yell and scream and cuss. In fact, it's normal to let yourself explode. Nothing could ever right the wrongs that you can never seem to forget. I'm sure that even though they haven't made it up to, or apologised, that they still love you. Not everyone is like you where they can hold onto their emotions and keep it from lapping over the edge. People say things they don't mean, and they make mistakes. It's ok to not be able to forget, you just have to find a way to love again despite their wrong doings.
  • Gemini: When I am with you, I am never bored. There's always something to talk about, and you're willing to look at every side of a story because you love to be fascinated. You are so animated when you speak, as if you're trying to replay and exert the experience to everyone so that they can experience it as you once did. I love your acceptance of art in all its forms but most of all, I appreciate your desire for knowledge. You may not be the smartest, but you are the one to show me how to think.
  • Taurus: I see a lot of posts categorising you as being a glutton for food. Truth is, you love to enjoy things you like, and by no means is that bad. Some people talk about what they like and you feel their radiance through their words, but with you, you don't have to say anything. I feel your content seeping into my veins and I too become enveloped in this world of yours where the finer things of life are adored. I value your opinion because you learn to know and feel every inch of something before you can decide to love or hate it. You have to know for sure because once you make a decision, by God you stick to it. I love how you're supporting and refreshing for anyone who needs it. You've made some good calls, and also so bad ones, but you've learned from both and you can separate truth and fiction like nothing I've seen before.
  • Aries: You are the epitome of fire. I know it's easy to think of everything at once, and it gets extremely overwhelming. I think you tend to overlook other people's feelings for the small minute things that really don't matter. Your opinions and desires matter, just understand that you can't make anyone agree with you. You have a silver tongue, and it's hard to resist your logic, because despite how wrong you may be, you take record time in thinking up of an argument and at the same time shred your adversary to pieces. Some say it's water that wears you down slow and painfully, but I have witnessed the hot flash of your flames burn and dissipate. You get caught up in the moment. It's no biggie. I respect that you have confidence, I love that. You are into fast paced things, and I don't think I've ever seen you relax without falling asleep. You really amaze me at how adept you are at working under so much pressure. You've been through a lot, heaven knows, but we both know you've become a better person because of it. Your optimism is what pushed me through my own experiences, and I am most grateful for you especially.

anonymous asked:

so I super love your various karabitas and headcannons like it is possible they are my complete favorite. I was wondering tho if u have any thoughts on karabita +iyami? like you've talked abt how you see the matsu family reacting, what about chibita's kind-of family?

Yeah, I will admit that I don’t write Iyami very often because he’s just…kind of annoying to write… Er. Dialogue-wise. The only fic I really have going that explores Iyami’s relationship with Chibita (both good and bad) and what Iyami would think about Karamatsu is the phantom thief AU.

Iyami and Chibita is kind of an interesting case, because Iyami is really a very awful caretaker. My pet theory about Chibita is that one of the reasons he grew up to be so responsible is that growing up the way he did, he really grew to crave stability and dependability more than anything. I don’t mean that Iyami didn’t care about his little charge; more that he was so unpredictable (and so often got him in danger and/or withheld affection) that it was possibly even more damaging than always being a dick. It’s hard and sad and a little scary when you don’t know when someone is going to be kind to you, and Chibita was just so starved for regular parental affection.

But at the same time, he was all Chibita had, and Chibita was really all he had (regardless of how much he always wanted to acknowledge that) so they do have that bond there. Iyami does care about Chibita, and he still goes to him when he has some scam in mind, and he seems to be the only one that can get Chibita to revert to his lil scamp personality. Whether that means he’s a bad influence (because he’s convincing Chibita to get in trouble) or a good influence (because he’s giving Chibita a chance to let his hair down - uh, so to speak) is kind of up for debate.

In Osomatsu-san, Chibita still clearly cares about Iyami, his old semi-caretaker and definite partner in crime, but it seems like a sort of exasperated love. I mean, what do you even do when you grow up but the person you always looked up to as a parental figure doesn’t? Like. He watched Iyami fight with a cat over a spare scrap of oden. He tried to just give Iyami a normal plate of oden! (Chibita has such a thing for strays, probably because he knows what it’s like to be one.) And he’s still got loyalty to Iyami! But I think he also knows he can’t depend on him; he can only depend on himself. It must have been a sad thing to finally realize. I wonder how old he was when he got to the point where he could look at Iyami and realize exactly what kind of adult he really was. Was it through jaded child’s eyes? Or was it when he became an adult himself, and realized that he had become the kind of person that he’d always wished would parent him? When did he realize that Iyami never really had the ability to take care of anyone, but he now had the ability to take care of Iyami?

I do wonder how often Chibita ends up feeding Iyami, and comforting him. Like how many times his schemes have gone completely belly up and he goes crawling back to Chibita to cry and get drunk and eat food that he can no longer afford. Idk. Does Chibita see it as repaying old debts, or taking care of an ailing parent? Or did he just grow up to be exceedingly kind despite, or perhaps because of, his own struggles? Chibita’s oden cart has such a soup kitchen vibe at times, and that aspect of Chibita’s personality (when he grew up as absolutely destitute as he did) is really fascinating to me. He seems the type to pay it forward, and he’s soaked up all those years of being abandoned and hungry and friendless and turned it into caring for Iyami and a cat and six shitty NEETs and a little flower. I love Chibita a lot for that.

I do think that aspect of his personality has a lot to do with his relationship with Karamatsu. The Karamatsu Incident was where you really saw it, that intersection between the backbone of steel he had to grow in order to get through his childhood, and his strong drive to comfort, protect, and caretake. He kidnapped Karamatsu and hurt him in order to protect his own livelihood and to finally take a stand against the brothers who had hurt him his entire life, but the minute he realized that he’d really just been tormenting someone just as unloved as he was, he felt terrible. Absolutely awful. All he wanted to do was make things better for Karamatsu. He tried giving him food first (absolutely typical for Chibita, growing up hungry and now trying to feed the world’s problems away) and then cried with him and held onto him and then tried to emotionally manipulate (the emotionally un-manipulatable, unfortunately) his family into loving him and not taking him for granted anymore. I think Chibita has kind of idealized the Matsuno family for having all this love that they just squander, and I think he was honestly really shaken to find that Karamatsu wasn’t in a boat all that dissimilar to his own. So, in a very…Chibita way, he tried to make things better. And he couldn’t. He couldn’t make Karamatsu’s family love him, or appreciate him, or take care of him. (Just like he really could never get Iyami to take care of him.) But that just means that he started filling in that gap himself. He really sort of took Karamatsu under his wing, tried to give him everything he could, and even let him move in with him. (Chibita’s not letting any of his loved ones become homeless on his watch. Karamatsu’s not gonna be living in no pipe in the dump.)

So Karamatsu does annoy Chibita at times, but I think Chibita’s used to his family members being a bit unreliable. He always seems to have faith in them that they can be better. Iyami…well, Chibita probably still hopes that he’ll become better. Maybe Karamatsu won’t let Chibita down on that front.

As for Iyami’s thoughts about Karamatsu… Well, I mean. He wants Chibita to be happy, even though he couldn’t always provide that for him himself. And he knows that the sextuplets are basically the literal worst. So I can’t see him being happy about the development. I think Iyami more than anyone knows that Chibita has a weakness for utter garbage because he doesn’t know that he’s always deserved better, but he also knows that Chibita clawed his way out of the dump. He probably doesn’t want to see him fall right back into it. So he’d definitely be like DATE SOMEONE BETTER and DON’T FUCK THIS UP, MATSUNO, and generally just be unhappy about the development. But if Karamatsu stays, and Karamatsu improves, and Chibita just keeps loving him, I think Iyami will realize that maybe this time Chibita’s faith (and tendency to take home strays) actually paid off. I think that would actually be a lovely realization for him, that Chibita’s hope and faith in those he loves is not necessarily misplaced. And I think he’d be happy to know that Chibita has finally found someone to take care of him.

(….I also think that he’d be terribly jealous and he and Karamatsu would sometimes have to fight for a clueless Chibita’s affection ahahaha. No one ever seems to realize that he has more than enough to go around.)

anonymous asked:

I think you've already addressed it, but what are your thoughts on the whole "The Kids chose to reject the character arcs SBURB was imposing on them in the post-retcon timeline" and the whole "The pre-retcon wasn't any better the kids were just suffering" line of thinking.

Yeah there are some applicable rants in my #bluh bluh huge bitching alert tag, but I can summarize. Unfortunately I’m using a non-xkit computer right now, so I’ll have to quickly jump in and edit this under a read more and tag it once it’s posted.

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