Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
— Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth   (via dilfcomplex)
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Bellarke + influence and growth

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mxtori:

businessinsider:

7 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK AT THE END OF EVERY JOB INTERVIEW.

Click here to find out why these questions help you.

This is so important!

I never know what to ask and end up looking like a fool cause I don’t have a question prepared.

Don’t be me.

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Before you know it it’s 3 am and you’re 80 years old and you can’t remember what it was like to have 20 year old thoughts or a 10 year old heart.
— This is the scariest fucking text post I’ve ever read  (via intensional)
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Finn & Bellamy + looks

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solar-citrus:

I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly.  :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy!  You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through.  You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way!  Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!

Love your art, love yourself!

portraitsofboston:

     “Today, I had a major argument with my mom, and things came into perspective for me. We have people in our lives that we love, and we appreciate what they have to say because they want us to be happy. But I realized that sometimes our loved ones put you in a box, and don’t allow you to be yourself. My mom is overly loving, and tries to protect me from the world. You’ll never find your true self if you’re always in a shelter. You have to make mistakes and experience the world. At some point you have to say, ‘You know what? This is my life. I have to do what’s best for me.’     “I think I’ve finally come to that point. I’ve been addicted to pleasing people. I used to ask for validation a lot from other people, instead of doing things on my own without seeking approval or suggestions. I feel fearless now, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt like that before. My dreams are so big – I want to do anything and everything. There’s still that little girl in me who believes that she can be a ballerina, or an astronaut – you know, all those things we wanted to be when we were little. We believed we could be those things. I still have it in me.”

portraitsofboston:

     “Today, I had a major argument with my mom, and things came into perspective for me. We have people in our lives that we love, and we appreciate what they have to say because they want us to be happy. But I realized that sometimes our loved ones put you in a box, and don’t allow you to be yourself. My mom is overly loving, and tries to protect me from the world. You’ll never find your true self if you’re always in a shelter. You have to make mistakes and experience the world. At some point you have to say, ‘You know what? This is my life. I have to do what’s best for me.’
     “I think I’ve finally come to that point. I’ve been addicted to pleasing people. I used to ask for validation a lot from other people, instead of doing things on my own without seeking approval or suggestions. I feel fearless now, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt like that before. My dreams are so big – I want to do anything and everything. There’s still that little girl in me who believes that she can be a ballerina, or an astronaut – you know, all those things we wanted to be when we were little. We believed we could be those things. I still have it in me.”

all of us have a secret
all of us are guilty
all of us are lost

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Tags: pretty
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
— C.G. Jung (via wordsnquotes)
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Other people are not medicine.
— It took me 9 years to figure that out  (via shante-atthedisco)
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Anne: He loves me? I can’t know why.
MarillaBecause you made Josie Pye and Ruby Gillis and all of those wishy-washy young ladies who waltzed by him look like spineless nothings.
Anne: Marilla, he’s hardly my ideal of a romantic suitor.  

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  • Meat eater: what about the people who pick YOUR vegetables?
  • Vegan: Wait, what do you mean MY vegetables? don't you eat vegetables as well? What are you doing for these peoples rights other than using their struggles as a convenient "gotcha card" in attempts to silence vegans from talking about non human oppression? anything? And I'm guessing since you care so much about migrant workers in poor conditions, you are doing everything in your power to fight for those working in slaughterhouses and meat packing facilities since they are known to be one of the most dangerous and unsafe work places in the entire world, yes?
  • Meat eater: Well...
  • Vegan: Don't you think you should spend a little less time trying to belittle the efforts of people who are genuinely trying to cause the least amount of damage to animals, the environment and humans, and spend more time trying to make an effort of your own?
  • Meat eater: um, I mean...
  • Meat eater: bacon lol
Tags: ABOUT ME TRUTH
Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.
— Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale   (via saintofsass)
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There are some people you’ll never see again. At least, not in the same way.
I Wrote This For You, Iain S. Thomas (via sne)
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Oh, the things we invent when we are scared
and want to be rescued.
— Richard Siken, from I Had A Dream About You (via violentwavesofemotion)
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