The God of the Arena
The God of the Arena
Just before nightfall I decided to take a walk outside. The sky was low, enveloping any object in its reach. It formed a dull, purplish haze - like nothing I’d seen before. The streets were empty. Not a single soul was out. It was oddly peaceful - imagining I was the only one left.
Deptford County calls…
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Meaning: Protection Symbol better known as ‘Helm of awe’ to induce fear and to protect against abuse of power.
Aegishjalmur, also called Ægishjálmur is an ancient protective talisman of the Norse —-but the true nature of its magic has many interpretations. In icelandic sagas it can be found to confer power and dominance in conflict. To instill fear in one’s enemies and to conquer fear in one’s own mind. And while its literal translation is “Terror Helm”, it is believed that it was never actually a helm, but rather something worn impressed or imprinted upon the forehead.
Secrets Hidden in Aegishjalmur
Aegishjalmur contains two numerical patterns, 3 and 8, that were sacred to the Northern tradition. And multiples like 24, the number of runes in the elder futhark, or runic alphabet. But its most prominent feature is the rune Elhaz. Elhaz can be used by itself for protection of a person, place or thing. It can create a sacred space or can be employed more aggressively to scatter negative energy, people or groups. Elhaz protects by connecting a circuit to our spiritual resources. Linking us to guardianship, a sovereign right to exist, for our time here. The rune is shaped like someone with outstretched hands to the heavens. And adopting this posture can touch and develop a feel for its streams of influence. Can summon it with its song.
In the Aegishjalmur, Elhaz is also contained 8 times not only at the ends of each spoke, but 8 times hidden in the spokes themselves. Truly a defense in depth, in other ways as well.
There are many ways to activate the power of an archetype in daily life. You can wear it on an article of clothing. You can embody it with a temporary or permanent tattoo. You can wear jewelry with the design.You can carry an image in your head. Most of these rely on a part of the mind knowing this symbol is present and connected to you in some physical, symbolic or image awareness. The psychologist Carl Jung believed these archetypes act as beacons to deeper energies within the self. Energies reaching back into a communal reality of consciousness, deeper than the mind of the individual. In this sense the symbol primes the pump and taps an energy much deeper, older and more powerful than the currents typically at play in our day to day awareness. It sets up a vibration, answered and amplified in a more powerful resonance.
But this older mind isn’t impressed with words and reason. It prefers the potencies of song and music, of the tactile and the visual, of story and image. Ritual and play. Poetry and rhythm.
So a playful ritual for imprinting Aegishjalmur into the fabric of your energy is to use a mirror. Either the one in your bathroom, hall or dresser. Or a small one you carry with you. Or a special one framed for this purpose. On the mirror, with the markers used for white boards, draw the Aegishjalmur . Draw it of a size and height that when you look into the mirror, the symbol appears emblazoned upon your forehead. Repeat the ancient activation:”Ægishjalm eg ber milli bruna mjer” (Ægishjalm I carry between my brows) Or construct your own phrase or poem.
I might just get this when I am a little older
an original pome by Trimm Suttner
i deliver the mail
i never read it,
because i fear jail
but one day curiosity
got the better of me
i opened an envelope
just to see
a loud, sharp crack
a flash of light
my voice squeaked and i realized
that i’d lost my sight
now i’m a bat
copyright 2013 Trimm Suttner do not steal
an original pome by Trimm Suttner
i’ve sailed upon the seven seas
where even the slightest hint of breeze
would carry the worst kind of disease
that would send a sailor to her knees
i’ve fought all over the moors and plains
crossed swords with the ancient geats and danes
Bioshock’s RAPTURE by artist Tim Warnock.
I so wish it was real… you know, without the splicing and whatnot.
Jürgen Heckel - Slide, 2013
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I CAN TBREATHE WTF IS THIS I JUST FOUND IT ON MY COMPUTER I DONT EVER REMEMBER MAKING It OMG
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Today, in Overthinking It:
In these .gifs from S04E02, Tywin sees Joffrey fall, and his first impulse is to put his hands on King Tommen, First of His Name.
It’s a protective gesture, and also consistent for a man who has walked the halls of power for all of his adult life, feeling where authority is going to settle when this latest change blows over. Whose protection will Tommen remember as his brother died? His Hand’s, of course.
[It’s the same protective gesture that Yoren and Arya share at the Sept of Baelor, too.]
This move speaks to Tywin’s understanding of dynastic power struggle, that an attack on one of his grandsons suggests a current threat to all of his kin. For all he knows, the poisoned chalice is just phase 1 of a multi-phase RW-style massacre. Tommen is the person of highest value going unprotected in the chaos; Tywin instinctively shields him while he takes in the situation.
[Also note that the .gif captures what could be Tyrion checking Tommen and/or noting his father’s move to protect. Tywin is not the only person with an eye on the big picture.]
And let’s take a moment to appreciate Charles Dance’s work here. We don’t know whether the director and production team staged this, but to me it feels actor-driven. Dance and Dean-Charles Chapman were probably directed to stay behind the banquet table as Joffrey falls, and may not have been given anything further to do. If that was the case, Dance had an acting problem to solve. Why isn’t he charging into the scrum around Joffrey to help? His personal stakes couldn’t be higher, so he can’t justify just standing around doing nothing. Shielding Tommen elegantly solves several staging and story problems when the camera happens to pan over their position, and is perfectly in character.
It also raises the interesting question of whether show!Tywin immediately sees the attack on Joffrey as a fresh opportunity for the Lannister usurpation to get a fresh start.
tl;dr: Tywin is a political animal, even when he’s embracing his grandson, and Charles Dance knows it.