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Why Zuko and Katara Were Going To Be Soul Mates
This is a very good question, and I’ve been meaning to do a meta on it for a long time. The reason Zutara is associated with the Sun falling in love with the Moon has to do with the concept of the Twin Flame. Historically, common depictions of Twin Flames use Sun and Moon symbolism. This is because the Sun represents Divine Masculine energy and the Moon represents Divine Feminine energy. Aaron Ehasz seemed to be directly inspired by the concept of the Twin Flame when he envisioned the Zutara romance. I used descriptions from these websites for this meta.
The concept of Twin Flames developed among the ancient philosophers, mystics, and sages. At the moment of a soul’s creation it was split into two halves, each exploring a different aspect of spirituality or duality. One side is the Divine Masculine spirituality; the other is Divine Feminine spirituality. A Twin Flame is essentially the other half of your soul. This person can be of the same or opposite sex, but spiritually they will encompass the yin or yang essence to complement yours.
A Twin Flame is like the ultimate soul mate. Although you can gave many soul mates, you can only have one Twin Flame. Twin Flames connections are of a much higher vibratory frequency than soulmates. Even though they are two individual souls, they do complement each other very well, and they understand and connect in a very unique way.
The koi fish Tui and La represent the Sun and the Moon, as well as the yin-yang. Zuko rises with the Sun, and Katara rises with the Moon. Given this symbolism, Zuko and Katara’s fight at the Spirit Oasis seemed to be a deliberate foreshadowing of their eventual romance as Twin Flames.
In the depiction of the Kundalini there is the left pillar, representing the Divine Feminine, the right pillar, representing the Divine Masculine, and the spine – the Zero Point, where the two snakes become one in holy union (Divine Oneness). Activated Kundalini flow allows a deep soul-healing, can clear away pain and blockages, and emotes the frequency of Twin Flame Love. Within Twin Flames, Kundalini usually awakens either in both or one of the Twins prior to the Twin Flame Union.
Each twin is a complete soul, not half a soul. The Twin Flame is not ‘the other half of your soul’ but one soul (masculine/feminine) in two individual bodies. It is their task to become more whole, balancing their female and male sides, and ideally becoming enlightened, before reuniting with their twin. This reunion is of two complete and whole beings. All other relationships through all our lives could be said to be “practice” for the twin, the ultimate relationship.
Twin soul mates may sometimes share similar backgrounds to each other, and similar life experiences or events that occurred around the same time period. This is because the individual souls are working on similar issues to overcome or complementary lessons.
Though compatible in every regard, they will find themselves in drastically different circumstances. Their ages may be 30 years apart or they may come from incompatible cultures or religions. This is for the reason that Twin Flames are here to create a new template for all relationships on the planet. They unite to tear down the old societal conventions, traditions and belief systems in order to restore the planet to a state of harmony, balance, and unconditional love.
Any perceived negative karma between them will be required to be balanced first before they are capable of moving into world service together and the highest service of unconditional love that is capable of being given while in embodiment.
There are many lessons when one connects with their Twin Flame, but the one main reason is to teach each other about accepting love without fear, and to heal each other of pain and loss to eventually to bring their souls back together again.
Sometimes each twin soul may have the same emotional issues or karmic energies that need to be healed together, balanced within their own lives, or resolved with people close to them. The Twin Flames will often experience life tests and trials at similar times before and after meeting as their souls reflect each other’s lessons.
If you are seeking your Twin Flame, you must first work on self-development. When you focus on healing your body, heart and soul, chances are very good that your Twin will find you. Often your introduction to each other may seem coincidental; you will both meet when you are ready to work together. However, your first meeting is Divinely appointed. Twin Flames do not meet by chance, and the only reason that they come together in the same lifetime is to fulfill a shared mission.
There may be some unusual circumstances and powerful events that occur around the time when Twin Flames meet. Many twin souls may have even crossed paths at one time or another in the past, without even realizing it. There will usually be several signs, synchronicities, or ‘meaningful symbolic coincidences’ that lead up to the meeting of the Twin Flame, often guiding them both to one another initially and onward in the relationship.
When Twin Flames come together there may be a sense of familiarity between them. They can feel as if they have met one another before, or like they are ‘continuing’ where they left off in the past. Since Twin Flames are always spiritually connected, the feeling of having known each other all their lives can be strong.
The connection between twin souls is often instantaneous and a deep friendship bond or a relationship can develop quickly between them. Both twins recognize one another at the soul level and feel as if they have met before. The Heart Chakras open and both souls quickly merge into a third unified energy.
Often one or both twin souls can be natural empaths and are sensitive to spiritual energy. One’s psychic abilities often manifest for the first time or become more enhanced after meeting the twin soul. Twin Flames can also develop the ability to heal each other on an energetic level.
You feel an overwhelming sense of love and attraction. This love is genuine and heartfelt and you feel magnetically drawn to their energy. This is not to be confused with lust or an obsessive love. Twin Flame love is unconditional and transcends the ego.
When Twin Flames meet, the chakra centers pull them closer to each other and ignites the eternal fire of Kundalini within them. This pull is even felt when you are thinking of your partner and it won’t matter how far away they are. It is often only through separation that their passion for each other becomes internally validated and their egos heal sufficiently to allow the merging to take place.
Unique conditions can oftentimes prevent the Twin Flames from being together in physical person. There may also be something that prevents a romantic relationship between them from forming, or that makes a romantic relationship difficult to maintain. This separation often also includes an incredible sensation of unconditional love, bliss and desire for our Twin Flame.
This does not mean that both Twins are ready for union at this point, it just means that the spark has been ignited and everything from this point on is preparation for their final union together. As the Twins adjust and balance their energies on all levels, these entwine and form one single being– with the physical level often being the final icing on the cake. Therefore, in reality the Kundalini Awakening is the awakening of the oneness they once shared.
Twin Flame soulmates will often share similar important beliefs and positive morals and values deep down, even if not apparent on the surface of the personality (sometimes due to issues with ego). There is an energetic polarization between Twin Flame souls that can be opposite, yet complimentary as a whole. Balance is often a recurring lesson and theme for the Twin Flame souls.
Twin Flames often share the same personal vision for the future, and may have a strong interest in personal and spiritual development. A common indication of a Twin Flame connection is that both souls may have a strong interest in helping others or serving humanity in some profound way.
It’s very common for them to resonate with similar or identical social causes and humanitarian issues. The Twin Flame experience only comes when we are at the end of our lifetimes on earth, and when our greatest service to humanity is being birthed.
Sometimes one or both twins will experience the ‘dark night of the soul’ either prior to meeting, during their connection, or immediately following. The dark night of the soul is a profound period of deep inner spiritual growth and soul reflection that can be accompanied by emotional pain, mental confusion and even physical loneliness.
The dark night of the soul acts as a type of spiritual initiation, or re-birth and can usually bring about a profound shift in consciousness, soul growth and transformation. Sufficient spiritual advancement is necessary to be prepared for reunion with a Twin Flame.
Synchronicities will occur throughout the Twin Flame connection, becoming more frequent during periods of heightened spiritual growth or when energetic shifts occur within the union. There are often cosmic and astrological events that occur around the time of the Twin Flame reunion and at major points during the connection.
Twin Flame souls can bring out the very best and the very worst in one another. When the twin souls are getting along in harmony, it can accelerate positive energy and growth. But when the twin flame souls are not getting along, or when there is constant disharmony, it can have devastating effects. Twin Flame souls can act as energetic mirrors to one another.
Twin Flames can each bring out the light and dark within each other. They can bring out old unresolved issues or unhealed wounds out from within each other, as well as push each other’s emotional buttons like no other can. Being aware of this Twin Flame dynamic can feel like one is coming face to face with one’s self, for better or for worse.
One is usually able to completely be themselves when they are connected to their twin. Trust, acceptance and forgiveness are also qualities that come easily in a Twin Flame union (especially as they evolve spiritually and connect on deeper levels). There can be problems in these areas in a Twin Flame relationship if there are any negative issues that need to be balanced in the union or healed within the self.
In Twin Flame relationships that are in the process of healing and balancing, it can seem like an energetic dance between them as they move back and forth away and towards each other time and time again. When twins reunite, both of them experience an acceleration of their spiritual growth and awakening.
Twin Flames can often have the most deeply profound and heartfelt conversations that can even last for hours at a time. If one were to meet their Twin Flame in this life then there would be a great level of intimacy, comfort and understanding of each other and a great sense of peace. It would feel like you have returned home.
You feel comfortable with them and you feel you can truly be yourself with them. Sometimes conversations seem to last forever and there is not much that Twin Flames are not willing to talk about. It’s as if you could share your entire life with this person and there is a level of openness and understanding between you that brings a comfortable yet intriguing sense of familiarity.
You feel a sense of completion that goes beyond words. This feeling is about wholeness on a soul level that is beyond the physical. Each Twin Flame is still an individual and is not ‘the other half of your soul’ as if you are a complete soul now that you have found them. You are meeting an energetic mirror of your own soul. You share a vibration and you resonate with them.
One’s life is usually changed in a profound way after meeting the Twin Flame. Romantic Twin Flame relationships can be especially dramatic. One is never quite the same after meeting their twin soul because it may be unlike any other connection they’ve had prior in their lifetime. A Twin Flame connection can transform one from the inside out, or even lead to a total breakdown of their life as they have known it prior to that point.
Twin Flames are a divine and sacred union being brought together to serve humanity by illuminating the world with the pure unconditional source love which they embody when their two flames ignite and become one. Twin Flames may also experience memories of past lives together or have visions of their mission together on the planet.
You can create for as many days or as few days as you would like. You can even create late or early for days. It doesn’t matter! The event is simply to foster creativity and new content 😊
In response to the NSFW ban being enacted by Tumblr Staff, on December 17th 2018 I propose that we all log off of our Tumblr accounts for 24 hours.
The lack of respect and communication between staff and users is stark. Users have been begging staff to delete the porn bot outbreak, which has plagued the website for well over a year. The porn bots oftentimes send people asks and messages, trying to get them to go to a website full of viruses. They also spam advertisements on others posts.
Users have also begged that Tumblr ban neo-nazis, child porn, and pedophiles, all which run rampant on the site. The site/app got so bad that it was taken off the app store.
However, instead of answering the users, Tumblr has instead taken the liberty to ban all NSFW content, regardless of age. But users have already run into issues of their SFW content being marked as sensitive and being flagged as NSFW, not allowing them to share their work.
Not only does this discriminate again content creators, but it also discriminates against sex workers. Disgustingly, the ban will be enacted on December 17 which is also International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
This ban is disgusting, and while I (and plenty of others) welcome porn bots and child porn being banned, the Tumblr filtration system is broken. It tags artistic work’s nipples as NSFW (when it is art), it tags SFW art as NSFW (when it is not), and does not stop the porn bots, neo-nazis and dozens of other issues.
This ban is discriminatory. This ban is ineffective. This ban is unacceptable.
To protest, log off of your Tumblr account for the entirety of December 17th. Log off at 12 am EST or 9PM PST and stay off for 24 hours. Don’t post. Don’t log on. Don’t even visit the website. Don’t give them that sweet ad revenue.
Tumblr’s stock has already taken a hard hit. Let’s make it tank. Maybe then they will listen to the users.
Reblog to signal boost! We must force change.
Full collection is on FFNet.
Aang was always a little uncomfortable whenever he and Katara visited the Fire Nation.
He knew he shouldn’t be. It was always good to see Zuko and being in the warm, tropical heat made Katara happy. It took him a while to put his finger on what exactly about being in the Fire Nation filled him with such discomfiture, but around the time of their fourth visit, it finally dawned on him.
I won’t be deleting this blog (or any others) myself, at least for now, but I wanted to give a bit of a directory just in case it gets deleted. (I won’t be posting any links so it’ll actually show up in tags)—
ao3 – AtomicPen
wordpress – theatomicwriter (.) com
discord – Zutara server run by @tatkresiwok (reblogged here, on @thirtydaysofzutara, and on Adamant’s new blog, if you’re not on it)
personal discord – nonstopatomic #5276
fanfiction.net – AtomicPen
pillowfort – TBA
gmail – subatomicpen
Basically, I’m AtomicPen on most fannish sites that I’ve an account with.
And, if anyone’s interested in non-fandom stuff—
Professional Writing Stuff:
twitter – @thelonghandwriter
author site – thelonghandwriter (.) com
ko-fi – atomicpen
this will be updated with my pillowfort once I get one, and also if any other information changes (like if I upgrade on wordpress and the url changes; I’ll likely update that there, too)
So, based on their blog @pillowfort-io, they do not have a mobile app yet, but it’s a possibility. They know there’s interest in one, so that’s a good thing. As of right now, the site is down while they repair some security issues, and they plan to have it reopen this week.
At that point… yes, I plan to sign up and build a zutara community. I’ll still be active on tumblr, but as y’all know, a lot of my content is sex-positive, and I’d like to be able to share that in a community that supports such content without the fear of being randomly deactivated with no communication.
If and when I get in, I’ll let you know! I can even spare to buy a few extra registration links, so if anyone can’t afford the fee (it’s $5 right now), I am willing to help out if you DM me!
As for right now: We got a discord server for Zutara!
Since its founding in 2007, Tumblr has always been a place for wide open, creative self-expression at the heart of community and culture. To borrow from our founder David Karp, we’re proud to have inspired a generation of artists, writers, creators, curators, and crusaders to redefine our culture and to help empower individuality.
Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).
Let’s first be unequivocal about something that should not be confused with today’s policy change: posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community. We’ve always had and always will have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content. To this end, we continuously invest in the enforcement of this policy, including industry-standard machine monitoring, a growing team of human moderators, and user tools that make it easy to report abuse. We also closely partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Watch Foundation, two invaluable organizations at the forefront of protecting our children from abuse, and through these partnerships we report violations of this policy to law enforcement authorities. We can never prevent all bad actors from attempting to abuse our platform, but we make it our highest priority to keep the community as safe as possible.
So what is changing?
Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.
Why are we doing this?
It is our continued, humble aspiration that Tumblr be a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community. As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures, and mindsets. We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves.
Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.
So what’s next?
Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.
Another thing, filtering this type of content versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale. We’re relying on automated tools to identify adult content and humans to help train and keep our systems in check. We know there will be mistakes, but we’ve done our best to create and enforce a policy that acknowledges the breadth of expression we see in the community.
Most importantly, we’re going to be as transparent as possible with you about the decisions we’re making and resources available to you, including more detailed information, product enhancements, and more content moderators to interface directly with the community and content.
Like you, we love Tumblr and what it’s come to mean for millions of people around the world. Our actions are out of love and hope for our community. We won’t always get this right, especially in the beginning, but we are determined to make your experience a positive one.
Hi Tumblr @staff.
This is a mistake. This is a very poor solution to what could have been a solvable problem.
You say you’re all about “sex positivity” while banning all adult content of any kind? Or at least, all content that doesn’t fit your incredibly restrictive guidelines?
You are actively deleting a majority of your account base. People will leave. People will find other, better solutions.
This is a result of negligence and poor planning, and your solution is to bleach your site until it’s unrecognizable.
Not to mention the countless artists and writers who are about to lose their viewer/readership. I understand erotica will still be allowed – but what about the relationships that are fostered between artists and writers? There are so many of us who make fanart of our favorite fics, and a lot of the time that involves smut. This ISN’T A PROBLEM. This is creativity at work, and sex positivity, like you claim to support.
EDIT your site. Make positive changes that we as the community have asked for – don’t blanket-ban the content that, tbh, most of us are here for at least in part.
Patreon took steps to reverse unpopular policies – there is still time to make things right.
Otherwise, we’ll be leaving.
I’ve been using Pillowfort and it’s been great so far! 😀 And there’s a nice easy button you can press to mark a post NSFW if it is. ^_^
From someone who’s survived MySpace, livejournal, deviantart, and fanfiction.nets’ content purges and bad policy updates, here’s some advice on how to get through tumblr’s recent bullshit:
– don’t knee jerk delete. I know it’s tempting to peace out immediately but hang on and do the other steps first. Out right ghosting and erasing everything is how fandoms die.
– archive everything on your blog you want to keep
– tell your followers how they can archive and keep your work too. A lot of fic and art were only saved from ff.net and lj because other people saved it first. If you’re cool with other people saving your work for them to personally keep, let them know this. You can absolutely discourage reposting but I really do highly recommend you allow people to personally save fic and art they like and are worried will disappear forever. Digital Dark Ages are a real thing.
– tell people where you’re jumping ship to. Give links. Keep that info up, even if you’ve left the site.
– go through who you follow and find out where else you can follow them. Save their work if they’ll allow it. It’s tedious as hell but if you want to keep up with people on here clicking on their page to check in is the best way to do it.
– support places like ao3. This is exactly why ao3 asks for donations a few times a year. They are a 100% anti-purging, judgement free, ad free non profit run by an elected board and protected by lawyers. Places like ao3 literally save fandom so please continue to support them and other similar archives. This is exactly why ao3 is so important.
Also, go read the source policies and official Tumblr statements in addition to user analyses and reactions. It’s important to keep abreast of developments over time; staying informed is your power in this situation. Memes and reaction posts are funny and are a useful way to vent / provide commentary, but some of them create an inaccurate picture of what’s happening and should not be taken as evidence on their own of what developments have happened.
For those of you who follow me, I am going to slowly be moving stories over to AO3 (archiveofourown). I have debated this move for a while now, as well as some other things… My username is “Whaleofataleteller”. I am going to start there, and make some decisions for the future of my writing over the next couple weeks… I’ll keep you posted.
If you have a story you love and don’t have AO3, want easy access, or just have a favorite, you are welcome to save my stories. I ask that you don’t repost them, since they aren’t just going to be deleted, but you are welcome to save them for personal use.