20 10 / 2014

asheathes:

WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: SOUTH AFRICA

Clinging haphazardly to the jagged sides of the Drakensberg escarpment, the South African Institute for Witches and Wizards is an impressive conglomeration of architectural wonder and eccentric contraptions that keep the sprawling institute welded to the steep slopes of the mountains. Many say roaming the institute is an arduous test of one’s stamina as the primarily vertical layout of the institute relies on a plethora of stairs to navigate (luckily it has gotten better after the restriction on the indoor use of broomsticks was lifted). Over centuries, many pockets of shallow caves have been dug out and furnished by students who like to spend their free time observing the vast landscape before them from high up in the mountainside. The student population supplies much of the profits for Mava’s Zoomtastic Glasses, which is a popular accessory for observing the abundance of wildlife that roam the lands.

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19 10 / 2014

almualimbeatbox said: Your post about Helen was one of the realist, sickest, things I have ever read in my life.

elucipher:

oh, i didn’t even begin

because helen of troy doesn’t have one face; she has a thousand. to the men of troy her face is a divine epiphany, αἰνῶς ἀθανάτῃσι θεῇς εἰς ὦπα ἔοικεν. helen, who is dreamed up again and again—all these fair shapes where desire and fear and love and womanhood and godhood meet. whatever form helen takes—even when she is reviled—she is powerful.

there’s helen, daughter of nemesis, the goddess of vengeance who was raped by zeus and gave birth to a clutch of fatal children. on a spartan riverbank they hatch wet and blinking from their eggs. clytaemnestra will be famed in blood: the queen who slaughters her husband agamemnon after he returns, polluted and pride-swollen, from troy. but helen’s ambition is unbounded. she is divine wrath: old-eyed, implacable, scourging men for their unfettered desire and hubris. this is a helen who chooses to love paris and run away with him—helen, the fair and harrowing arm of fate. according to pausanias, nemesis’ bloodline belongs to the sea; and from ilium’s tall towers helen watches the red waves of men’s bodies breaking upon a shore of swords in glinting rank-and-file. greece, as one, bends its neck on her altar of war. helen lifts the knife.  

and there’s helen, the radiance of women, the half-goddess who contains vestiges of a more ancient nature deity, worshipped all over ancient greece. she is a divinity of erotic love and life in its trembling fullness, earth and flesh and fruit; often flanked by her brothers, twin stars, the dioscuri: castor & pollux. her abduction by paris becomes summer’s abduction by winter. this helen is honoured in shrines and rites; she is present when young spartan girls are left alone together on the banks of the river eurotas, to dance and sing and feast through the suspiring night-hours, ready to become women with the dawn.  

and there’s helen, princess and queen of sparta. the late bronze age is a violent era, when the earth thunders and seizes and ruptures; cities are buried in lava like hot sudden blood, staved in by tidal-waves. lives are short; power belongs to the young. in this country of clans and great walled citadels, perhaps there is a helen: a queen of such uncanny power and beauty that rumour and lyre-song made her mythic. she treads the palace floors in skirts of linen and wild-silk, layer over layer, saffron and red and tyrian purple, sewn all over with gold sequins. her clothes and skin are rubbed with olive oil to make them gleam; she coils her hair and paints her face white and her lips dark fruit-red and limns her eyes with kohl pestled from soot and burnt almond-shells and frankincense. in this time women are at the heart of religion—holy places are full of woman-icons, particularly goddesses—and if she is a mycenaean queen, perhaps she is also a high priestess, a bridge between mortality and divinity. you can think of her pouring out libations in a spartan temple open to the sky: helen who is beautiful and powerful, reaching out arms to her gods. 

19 10 / 2014

19 10 / 2014

indoorqueen:

is that regina george

indoorqueen:

is that regina george

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18 10 / 2014

replasy:

unamusedsloth:

"Thank you, you’ve been great."

give em the ol razzle dazzle

replasy:

unamusedsloth:

"Thank you, you’ve been great."

give em the ol razzle dazzle

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18 10 / 2014

tastefullyoffensive:

Why we shouldn’t travel to other planets.

tastefullyoffensive:

Why we shouldn’t travel to other planets.

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18 10 / 2014

carrotsarepeopletoo:

perfcub:

Radical Orpheus descends to the underworld.

he wrote eurydice power ballads with guitar solos so intense they made hades headbang

carrotsarepeopletoo:

perfcub:

Radical Orpheus descends to the underworld.

he wrote eurydice power ballads with guitar solos so intense they made hades headbang

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17 10 / 2014

moarrrmagazine:

Miniature dogs by SuAmi

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17 10 / 2014

17 10 / 2014

lillinox:

lightspeedsound:

Ok but what if mermaids didn’t just live in liquid bodies of water.

What if there were mermaids who lived in thunder clouds and lured air plane pilots to their doom

What if Amelia Earhart was just seduced by a tropical storm mermaid and they’re living happily together in some seasonal monsoon system somewhere above the Bermuda Triangle

I ship it.

(via ablativeofyourmotherssorrow)

16 10 / 2014

life-of-a-latin-student:

// Classicist //

16 10 / 2014

supercargautier:

he’s at an expensive restaurant with watson on the company dime of a wall street firm, which he hates on principle

he notices a young couple nearby, and deduces that (A) the man is about to propose to the woman and (B) they can’t normally afford to eat at a place like this

cumberbatch-sherlock would just be a dick and rattle off a bunch of deductions about them to impress watson

downey-sherlock would be an even bigger dick, march up to the couple, and tell them everything about each other that might destroy their relationship

but miller-sherlock goes and buys them the most expensive wine on the list, and charges it to the wall street firm because man, fuck wall street

(via gloomthkin)

16 10 / 2014

16 10 / 2014

  • *character shows signs of possible attraction to more than one gender*
  • 1: omg what if they're bi??
  • 2: what if they're GAY?
  • 2: what if they're STRAIGHT with an EXCEPTION?
  • 2: what if they are a COLLECTIVE of SIXTEEN FISH imitating HUMAN ATTRACTION PATTERNS as a part of their DEVIOUS DISGUISE?

16 10 / 2014

languagegirl:

asking someone what their favourite tense is as an icebreaker

(via generally-nauseated)