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You just want me to drive the bus?” “I’m not asking. And it’s a really nice bus.

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The Hermit

Keywords: Solitude, self-awareness, study, soul searching, patience, withdrawal, reluctant leadership.

The Hermit Tarot card speaks of introspection, inward focus, and isolation. After several renditions with different animals, I choose the bear because of his association with hibernation and caves. My bear is wounded but the wound is bringing forth new life. The Hermit may indicate that a time for self-care and intense learning/growth has come. Libra is associated with this card, as is the number 9, and the star in the lantern is a six-pointed star (the Seal of Solomon, a symbol of wisdom).

The reversed Hermit may mean that you are not taking enough time for personal reflection, healing, or study. However, in contrast, the appearance of the reversed Hermit may suggest that you are spending too much time in excessive isolation and that it may be time to move out of the cave and back into the sunlight. You may be in danger of losing important connections to others because you have neglected those relationships while in hibernation.

Correspondences:

ASTROLOGY: Virgo, Aquarius

NUMBER: 9

ASSOCIATED ANIMALS: Eagle, snake, bear

HERBLORE: Licorice

(for more about this deck: http://www.linestridertarot.com)

Many South Africans look at the attacks on enterprising African immigrants from Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria and Malawi as afrophobic

The attacks on migrant shop owners in Durban this week reminds us the position of foreigner in South Africa is a complex one. After decades of isolation from the rest of the African continent, and the world, during apartheid, South Africa finally opened up to the rest of world in 1994.

Under apartheid, South Africa’s immigration mirrored the narrow mindedness and prejudice of the National Party. Several laws made visiting or living in South Africa unpalatable to many. Particularly those of non-European descent.

At the dawn of the “new South Africa” in 1994, the country became home to many outsiders playing a key role in offering protection and refuge to people who had suffered unfavorable conditions in their home countries.

At the heart of South Africa’s complex problem with xenophobia is the loaded meaning of the term “foreigner.” Pejoratively, the term “foreigner” in South Africa usually refers to African and Asian non-nationals.

“Other” foreigners—particularly those from the Americas and Europe go unnoticed—they are often lumped up with “tourists,” or even better, referred to as “expats.”

It is this reason why the South African government says its hesitant to call the recent attacks on foreign nationals as xenophobic.

Is it “Afrophobia” or xenophobia?

Many South Africans look at the attacks on enterprising African immigrants from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria and Malawi—often running shops, stalls and other businesses in the informal economy—and resolve that the current attacks on foreigners are more afrophobic, than xenophobic.

Many ask: “Why is it that a Somali man can run a shop in a township, get raided and beaten up, while a white immigrant in town continues to run a restaurant full of patrons?”

It is this delineation that breeds ground for denial.

While this sentiment may be correct—that the violent expression of xenophobia in South Africa is meted out mainly against African immigrants – it is unhelpful to resolve the crisis that has left many foreign nationals homeless, tortured and dispossessed.

While we can ascribe the attacks to sentiments of Afrophobia, we must be willing to agree that the attacks are fuelled by a sense of hatred, dislike and fear of foreigners – and that is xenophobia. And given the fact that foreign nationals from Pakistan and Bangladesh have been profiled in this wave of attacks, it will soon no longer be enough for South Africans to cry “Afrophobia.”

A hangover from the past, fueled by present

South Africa’s xenophobia reflects the country’s history of isolation. As a country at the Southern most tip of Africa, South Africans are fond of referring to their continental counterparts as “Africans” or “people from Africa.” Many business ventures, news publications and events—aimed at local audiences—routinely speak about “going to Africa.”

Of course this narrow-mindedness, suffered by both black and white South Africans, is a by-product of apartheid. For black people, apartheid was an insidious tool used to induce self-hate and tribalize people of the same race. For white South Africans, apartheid was a false rubber-stamp of the white race as superior.

It is these two conceptions that gave rise to the myth that South Africa is not part of the African continent, but a different place that just happens to be on the tip of the continent.

Long after the scourge of apartheid, it is also clear that we’re fueling this prejudice in the present.

It remains to be seen whether South Africans will break away from these shackles, and rid themselves of this horrid prejudice anchored in our past, but seemingly fuelled by our present.

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[ How long had they been down there? How long would they be down there? Lapis had waited thousands of years for someone to even find her mirror again, and she could wait thousands more. Yet somehow– this was easier. She hated to admit it, even to herself, but it was. ]

I hate you.

[ She’s said that before, but maybe that’s what it was. The idea that she wasn’t alone this time, even if the company was someone who was bound to hate her as much as she hated them. ]

[ Some form of company was better than nothing, after all, better than isolation.  ]

The Ragged Mists by TheVineSpeaketh

Bard isn’t one to fall into the realm of gossip. He’s heard a lot about the Doriath Heir who disappeared into self-isolation after his father died and barred the lands to everyone, especially hunters. He didn’t think much of it.

Of course, when the circumstances are made clear to him, his perspective on the matter changes. There is more to Thranduil’s death and Legolas’s social introversion than may appear.

Okay, maybe I missed it but I haven’t seen anything about this fic on the tag before, so let me tell you something: it’s a Modern!AU with fantasy elements and it is damn good. You should all give it a try, this fic promises to grow amazing, and it’s already incredible. There’s some mystery, the characterization is on point and it’s well-written. What more could you ask for?

So yeah, give it a try and give the author comments and kudos, they’re well deserved! :3

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian FM about to become a national hero in Iran. After 18 months of negotiations a deal has finally been reached with P5+1 in Switzerland that will gradually lift sanctions against Iran, finally relieving a stagnant iranian economy. In return Iran will slowly dismantle its capabilities of constructing a nuclear weapon. After 36 years of isolation Iran will finally be able to reenter the international community. Unprecedented, Iran state tv showed Obama’s speech live on air. Truly a historic moment.

Bit of a life update ~

So I wrote a while back that I got an interview for Derrimut gym and I got a full time position!! :D:D:D:D So I am super duper stoked, but also my anxiety is going through the roof because this is the first time since pre anorexia that I’ve had commitments/ had to be reliant on myself/have to be around people

Today I had to go in to fill out some forms and pick up my uniform and I was filling out my forms with 2 other girls that are going to be working at the gym. We all hit it off straight away and we are already so excited to work with each other because we get along so well :’3
After being isolated for so long I forgot how well I get along with people and how much I love them :) I’m just so excited that I’m going to be making really good friends and really enjoy where I am working :) 

I start training in 2 weeks and I am just really happy and excited to finally kickstart my life into gear :D