New Spiritual Forms
Water - Spiritual Conversion: An ancient technique practiced by Water Tribe chieftains to commune with Spirits and release the light energy within them; rediscovered by Chief Unalaq, taught to Avatar Korra
Fire - Spiritual Reading: An ability exhibited by the Fire Shaman, principal amongst the Fire Sages, to detect dark spiritual contaminants within the Avatar Spirit of Avatar Korra
Air - Spiritual Cleansing: A ceremonial process enacted by Master Tenzin to purge an Ancient Airbender meditation circle of the dark pteropine spirits housed therein; taught to Tenzin by Avatar Aang
Cleansin’ with Tenzin!
After repeated failings with spiritual matters
his whole life this episode, Tenzin finally displayed useful application of his ceaseless training and indefatigable pursuit of the spiritual. Even if he didn’t realize his dream, even if he won’t by season’s end, we know his tutelage under Aang and his mastery of Air hasn’t failed us.
Love these techniques! What would the Book of Spirits be without exploration of how human’s interact with their counterparts?▲3370 | reblog
Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Seven: Beginnings, Part 1
Reflection of The Self
Location: Korra’s Psychic Plane, Spirit World▲29 | reblog
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Wan bending in the Spirit World raised my hackles a bit…
Incongruity, I thought! RIGHT THERE! No one can bend in the Spirit World!
But alas, I believe Wan’s actions predicate this future, universal condition.
When Wan sealed away Vaatu he sealed away an ancient era, one of (seemingly) unbreakable, ceaseless cycles. In a sense, Wan granted Vaatu’s wish for the end of Raava’s Era. Wan bent the once immutable spirits of Light and Dark and disrupted the natural ebb and flow of yin and yang in growth and destruction changing hands every eon of 10,000 years. How coincidental, then, can the resurgence of Dark Spirit activity be when on the eve of Harmonic Convergence?
This of course makes me itch with plot questions. How will the Dark and Light Spirits Converge for battle if Raava remains bound in Korra, especially if Korra intends to subvert fate by sealing the portal? This is not at all similar to Wan’s plan of action: to enter the Spirit World physically and willfully engage Vaatu. Then, too, Raava was still around in her external Spirit form. Must Raava emerge from her binding in Korra as Vaatu emerges from his? Or, on the contrary, will Vaatu, unable to reassume his past form, possess a host to carry him into battle against Raava in her Avatar form?
Nonetheless, I’d like to discuss the ramifications of Unalaq’s physical journey to the Spirit World, witnessed only at its close in “The Sting.” This is unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed in ATLA. All previous Spirit World journeys, such as this:
the bluey, astroprojection of “The Winter Solstice”
the spirit travels through memories of Avatars past (not unlike what Korra experienced in “Beginnings”)
and even this:
which is what we thought to be actual entrance into the Spirit World. They all seem to be pale imitation of physical entry into the alternate plane of existence, which was enacted by Wan when he entered into the Spirit World and battled Vaatu. Physical entrance was accomplished once and will be, or has been really, accomplished again.
This is, again, thanks to Wan and his manipulation of the Avatar World’s ontological state. In one way, Wan’s forcible split of the two, Raava and Vaatu, triggered it first…
Then he fused with Raava:
Vanquished Vaatu and sealed him away:
And Wan proclaims he has locked Vaatu away and will similarly seal the Spirit Portals so that no human can physically enter the Spirit World to free him…
So this explains the difference in Spirit World entry, and also why Unalaq wanted Korra to unlock the Southern Portal…and why this happened…
Either way, I cannot help anticipate something World ALTERING on the horizon. Book Two: Spirits seems to possess a catalytic blend for cataclysm, and each component is equally unprecedented: a reactionary political leader with Spiritual Powers outflanking those of the Avatar, an Avatar now privy to the creation of her essence, mounting darkness in a form never before seen by humans of the Avatar Era, and the end of that Era teetering on the brink of The Harmonic Convergence.
Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Four: Civil Wars, Part 2
Location: Hall of Statues, Southern Air Temple▲90 | reblog
Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Two: The Southern Lights
Spirits at Play
Location: Hall of Statues, Southern Air Temple▲34 | reblog