musings of an alterægo

fuck this. i don't know what i am.

i read the divergent trilogy in a day but i can’t bring myself to do this class reading that i’ve needed to do for three weeks

thewritersramblings asked: CAN WE TALK ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN WITCHES AND WIZARDS THOUGH. AND HOW THEY'RE SPELLS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE LATIN, GREEK OR ANGLO SAXON, BUT INSTEAD LIKE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN, OR SOMETHING. AND THAT THEIR TIES BETWEEN SPELLS AND MAGIC WOULD BE STRONGER SINCE THEIR WORDS ARE MORE ANCIENT AND FAR OLDER SO THEY'D BE WAY MORE POWERFUL???? SORRY FOR THE CAPS?????

strawberrypatty:

avatar-trisana:

amarielah:

bramblepatch:

shiraglassman:

avatar-trisana:

thejewsareinspace:

thecompleteillustrated:

petrichorlore:

petrichorlore:

NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.

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Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.

Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.

And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?

DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS

jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws

jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor

JEWISH WIZARDS

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Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)

Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.

See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?

Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.

JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??

Magic is a natural extension of the self; Therefore, one should be allowed to use magic on Shabbos. You might put restrictions on what kind of magic, and brewing potions (even ones that don’t require heat) and using wands…

I wrote a paper for a Harry Potter conference on foreign wizardry and how the systems of magic must have evolved to be completely separate entities that have very little in common. We’re only seen a TINY portion of the wizarding world and for the most part it’s Western European. I like to imagine Bill Weasley had to extensively train for cursebreaking in Egypt, because you can’t just waltz into a tomb, wave your wand, shout Latin and expect it to work.

I also love the idea of foreign magics being a bit wonky in a duel against each other because they’re not quite compatible. Like, it’s really hard to block a spell from a foreign wizard because you don’t understand exactly what you’re blocking against.

God, so many foreign wizard feels.

frontier001:

tpringsgirlfriend:

IF TRILLS AREN’T SUPPOSED TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS FROM LIFE TO LIFE, EVEN THEIR OWN CHILDREN AND SPOUSES, HOW IS DAX STILL FRIENDS WITH BENJAMIN SISKO

I’ve always imagined friendships are either exempt, or when duty like to Starfleet is involved, it’s exempt.

Not to mention that a friendship is very relaxed. You can stay friends or you can make new friends. On the romantic end of things, however, there could be a sort of force that pushes two Trill together even though the host bodies don’t have any other reason to get together. The ban maintains the host’s ability to determine their life, rather than have it determined by the lives the symbiote has had prior.

Hosts are different from their symbiotes, and while the line is slightly blurred amongst the Trill (where the persistence of the symbiote is sometimes valued over the impermanence of the host, excusing the immortality of the host qua part of the symbiote’s memory), DS9 gives us a very good frame within which to view the taboo, namely Jadzia’s relationship with Worf. After Jadzia’s death, there should be no expectation on Ezri’s part to be able to fill that role, or on Worf’s part to feel the same towards Ezri as he did towards Jadzia. The symbiote certainly colors the host, but in the end it is not the entity that people enter into relation with.

So basically in friendship there is no onus to remain friends with the persistent symbiote (though Sisko is friends with Dax specifically, regardless of host), but the skills of the symbiote can place the host in a place such that it is among the friends of the previous host, and the host must forge new relation with the friends, whereas there is an element of force in romantic entanglement where one party feels perhaps entitled to the other due to previous encounter.

this is tumblr

merkkultra:

do men have resting bitch faces as well or do they not have negative characteristics ascribed to them for putting on a neutral rather than a deliriously happy facial expression

pencilhaberdashery asked: As a firm anti-Nazi and Egalitarian, even I have to admit that Hitler wanted what was best for his people. He did not succeed, and only ended up demonizing his people to the world and going down in the history books as one of the most evil men in history. And his actions were very very evil, and I do not condone them, just like you do not condone them. As someone once said, "Every villain is a hero in his own mind" and that quote perfectly sums up Adolf Hitler.

hatewizard:

social-justice-suckers:

YES!

That’s what I’m talking about!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnah

ew. no.

In short: totalitarianism is not best for the people. Read some Arendt.