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Basic Astrology - The Houses

What the houses mean:

ℋouse One: This is your ‘main’ House and Zodiac sigh. It represents your personality, attitude, the first impression you give, your behaviour, and your temperament. Aries rules this house in the natural Zodiac.

ℋouse Ƭwo: The second house addresses your money and personal goods, such as your finances, possessions, savings, how you spend, your financial security, as well as your personal values. Taurus rules this house.

ℋouse Ƭhree: This house rules communication and small travels; family, neighbours, than letters, phone calls, books, cars, and so on. It additionally represents your mental attitude, learning style, the analytical mind, self expression, speech, and opinions. This house is ruled in the natural Zodiac by Gemini.

ℋouse ℱour: This house represents your domestic life; family, childhood, property, inner emotions, and psychological foundation. Cancer rules this house.

ℋouse ℱive: Children and how one related to them, love affairs (not leading to romance), pleasures, fun,enjoyments, amusement, leisure activities, and self expression through creativity. This house is ruled by Leo.

ℋouse Six: The sixth house is the domain of health and service. It rules schedules, organisation, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. It is ruled by Virgo

ℋouse Seven: This house represents marriage, committed relationships, one-on-one relationships, business partnerships, rivals, law, justice, 
(The fifth house rules love affords whereas the seventh represents deep commitments of love. It also shows what one needs from a life partner.)  It is ruled by Libra.

ℋouse ℰight: This is the House of ‘The Phoenix riding up from the ashes.’ It represents rebirth and regeneration. Your birth, death, surgeries, healing, well being, gifts, inheritance, will, legacies, and sex and attitude towards sex. This house is governed by Scorpio.

ℋouse Ɲine: This house represents long distance travel; voyages, the unknown physically and mentally, foreign places, church, religion, theology, philosophy, beliefs, languages, higher learning, literature, truth, justice, and expansion and broadening one’s horizons. Sagittarius rules this house.

ℋouse Ƭen: This house shows career and status; ambitions, aspirations, attainments, success, occupation, reputation, public image, and your identity within communities. Naturally, this house is in the order of Capricorn.

ℋouse ℰleven: Hopes, dreams, wishes… This is where your dreams come true, and if they don’t you have to wait for a specific planetary transition into this house. Aquarius rules here.

ℋouse Ƭwelve: Things that are hidden are in this house; seclusion, secrets, occult activities, psychic matters, escapism, drugs, alcohol, confinement, imprisonment, hospitals, unconscious self, dreams, hidden fears, paranoia, self-undoing, subconscious, and psychological problems. This house is rules by Pisces.

This Writer’s Guild event prompt was: take your inspiration from an 80s movie. I guess this kind of started with me picking Labyrinth but it spiralled from there and really has nothing to do with the movie—I just wanted to imagine Steve dressed as Jareth. It also wouldn’t have gotten written without @stevemossington and her unique brand of “optimism” 


Halloween 1987

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“What kind of magic spell to use?” Steve sung aloud, slightly off-key, as he stared at himself in the mirror and carefully teased his hair. With pride, he had been working on growing it out since last June when Jonathan had taken him to see Labyrinth and he had immediately known Jareth would make for a killer Halloween costume— one that would do more than just slightly impress his often grumpy boyfriend. Receiving no response to his song, Steve paused with the comb in his hand and looked expectantly back at Jonathan, who was reclining on the bed and dressed in his usual dark clothing, albeit somewhat baggier than usual. Jonathan returned his gaze with nonchalance. 

“I know you know the words,” Steve teasingly urged, “Come on.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Jonathan shrugged, continuing after a beat of silence, “Who are you supposed to be again?” Steve rolled his eyes and scoffed, playing at hurt, before he went back to teasing his hair. He knew Jonathan was screwing around with him, and two could play at that game. Adding a final spritz of hairspray to the pieces of hair swept across his forehead, Steve gave himself a once-over in the mirror and smiled—he may not have had Bowie’s cheekbones, but he was still impressed with his reflection. Dramatically, Steve strode over to the bed and struck a pose, gesturing towards his legs, tightly clad in grey.

“Do these pants make my butt look good?” Steve wiggled his eyebrows and Jonathan groaned, shoving Steve’s body out of his face with feigned annoyance. Yes, Steve’s butt looked absolutely fantastic—and he had totally nailed the entire look—but Jonathan wasn’t about to admit it.

“Of course they do,” Nancy cut in as she entered the room, adjusting a large hat over her hair, now gathered in a low, loose ponytail. Mike had convinced her to dress as Indiana Jones, even lending her the collector’s edition hat he protected so carefully the last time they had been in Hawkins. Nancy would have never admitted it aloud, especially to her teenaged brother, but it fondly reminded her of the days she had dressed up as an elf princess for Mike’s campaigns. “And you look good too, Jon,” Nancy continued, smirking in his direction as she readjusted the buttons on her coat, taking over the spot in front of the bedroom mirror.

“He looks exactly the same as he always does,” Steve pointed out, playfully tousling Jonathan’s hair as he flopped onto the bed next to him.

“Exactly,” Nancy grinned. Stepping away from the mirror, she began rummaging around the top of their cluttered dresser for a moment before holding out a long strip of black cloth. Jonathan semi-begrudgingly took it from her and tied it around his head while Nancy clapped and Steve whistled suggestively. Jonathan felt his cheeks turn red and had to keep himself from rolling his eyes too hard. He had never been one for Halloween—too many disappointing evenings in his childhood while his mother had been at work and his father had been too drunk to take him trick-or-treating. This year, Jonathan had been convinced, would be no different. That was until they had gone to see The Princess Bride two weeks earlier. Nancy, after a fair amount of coaxing, had cut up one of her old black t-shirts into a mask and insisted that dressing up as Westley hardly constituted effort. Jonathan relented and played along, mostly because he knew how much Nancy and Steve adored Halloween—or how much they used to.

The three had forgone celebrated October 31st for the past two years, the horrific memories of ‘84 still too fresh. But now, living in a different city, things had changed. Sure, they spent their summers endlessly driving down dirt roads to dreary little towns, but the city was something else. It had always been a place without mystery and, more importantly, without monsters—at least, not of the interdimensional variety. This year Steve had convinced them to attend a party at the bar he worked on weekends; “free drinks,” he had boasted, “and a reserved table—so Byers doesn’t have to scare us with his dance moves.” Nancy had been more eager than Jonathan, though she kept quiet about the extra assurance she needed on this particular night of the year. Tucked subtly into one of her tall tan boots was a small but sharp kitchen knife; tucked into the other was the pack of matches she always kept somewhere on her person.

“Shall we?” Steve asked, pulling a mini-chocolate bar from the nightstand and popping it into his mouth before he offered a hand to each Nancy and Jonathan.


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As the Lights Fade

*trigger warnings apply, mention of death*

Christmas 1999

The holidays are quiet this year, simple. Everyone convenes in Hawkins at the Byers-Hopper house, and they say that it’s quainter there, a homier Christmas. But everyone knows it’s because Joyce can’t get far from the couch or her bed these days. Will has moved back to Hawkins and El and Mike are down most weekends so planning is easy.

The tree has been trimmed and the lights have been hung and Joyce has been tucked into the armchair. Christmas songs play on the radio while El and Will work on dinner in the kitchen and Hopper and Mike move chairs around. Andrew, Will’s boyfriend, sits on the couch and chats with Joyce.

Then comes a flurry of activity at the door and the room fills with sounds that only two toddlers (and one Steve) can produce. He waltzes in with a boy under each arm and they shriek with excitement. Jonathan and Nancy follow with luggage and smiles and cheeks flushed from the cold. It’s only been a month since Jonathan last saw his mother but he can see the change in her face, just as he does every time he visits. The sunken eyes, the gaunt face, a pale complexion barely offset by the colorful headscarf she wears. But he grits his teeth and kisses her cheek and tells her she’s beautiful. She hasn’t lost a bit of her personality and she scoffs while lightly smacking his shoulder. Her eyes sparkle.

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The Signs as Types of Spells

Aries: Grounding Spells - Aries are powerfully loyal, thoughtful, and bright, able to see situations from all sides and approach problems rationally like a Grounding Spell ought to help you do.

Taurus: Bath Spells - A type of glamour spell, often used for self-love and self-care. They are the perfect spell for loyal Taurus to help in loyalty and honesty towards themselves.

Gemini: Banishing Spells - Expressive, quick-witted members of the Zodiac, Geminis can be symbolised in banishing spells to protect, guard, and ward oneself from negative social and emotional situations. 

Cancer: Friendship Spells - Cancers are so emotional and spiritual, making relationships of all sorts extremely valuable to them.

Leo: Job/Money/Success Spells - Leos are masters of ego and self-care, very high in view of themselves, and able to understand how to take care of their needs.

Virgo: Jar/Bottle Spells - Like a bottle or jar filled with ingredients for a spell, Virgos are outwardly calm and collected and inwardly a powerful mass of intent, thought, and emotion.

Libra: Chants - Spells of repetition and the cementing of intent into words. Chants are perfect for balanced, strong willed Libra.

Scorpio: Curses - Anyone who knows about the Signs should know not to harm a Scorpio. Be it for self-protection or the shielding of another, Curses are a Scorpio’s strong point. Curses take an exorbitant amount of energy and emotion and Scorpio has plenty to spare.

Sagittarius: Luck Spells -  Lovers of change, enthusiastic, and wanderers, Sagittarius’ represent luck spells

Capricorn: Emoji Spells - Whimsical, creative, Capricorn makes good use of small things and knows how to work well with limited needs. (This also makes them wonderful closet-witches when necessary.)

Aquarius: Glamour Spells - Usually the most creative of all spells, Glamour Spells change the physical perception of one’s body in the eyes and other senses of a chosen person or people. Aquarius’ are highly imaginative and artistic, making them masters of Glamour Magick.

Pisces: Dream Spells - Dream Spells often involve prophecy, divination, restful sleep, or warding of nightmares, and as such artistic and intuitive natured signs, Pisces are perfect for these spells.

The Wiccan’s Glossary

Oh No

There was a creature that haunted the children of Hawkins, Indiana, a beast who hung on the edge of their dreams. He was gone from their memories when they woke, leaving only a cold, crimson feeling. And he would have stayed there, in the shadows of the mind, if not for one little girl. Drowning in fear, she ripped open a hole between worlds and set the monster free.

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TWG, Vattanac Capital Tower

Hey guys!

I’m so excited to be finally opening this blog!! (honestly I don’t know what to call it but i’ll just stick with blog) Today I went to visit TWG to film for the look book that I’m currently working on!! In the look book there will be a total of five places. Those will be; Farm to Table, Sa Sa Gallery, Il Forno Restaurant, Hun Sen Park, and TWG. So yay thats something to look forward to.

In TWG we decided to take the couple set which included two different types of tea and eight different types of pastries. The two types of tea were Sakura! Sakura! and Napoléon. On the top of tier there were three types; a fruit tart, chocolate strawberry cake, and pandan and coconut cake. The second had two types of scones. They were your ordinary cones and green tea. The last tier had smoked tuna on a slice of bread, a sort of salmon and onion wrap, and a chicken sandwich. There will be a more detailed description of the tea and snacks on the other images corresponding to it.

The bill was a total of $15.75 which I personally consider worth it because both of us felt pretty full after! I’ll be posting a more detailed description of the tea and snacks under their corresponding photo. So, if you want to see that go look for the snack/tea you’re interested in!

Brewtifully yours,

Valerie

P.S. If you didn’t get that I was trying to make a tea pun ahah

Model of the Day // Sarah Duong

Instagram // @saraahiscool

Youtube // @saraahiscool

Outfit

Top // Zara

Shorts // Topshop

Shoes // Kenzo

Necklace // M+Y Steel

Bracelet // Pandora

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RIFFS AND VARIATIONS

(Alternate Takes, Live Versions, and Early Mixes)

Björk - “Who Is It (Choir Mix)”

I’m a big dork for Björk. So much so that I know that “dork” and “Björk” don’t actually rhyme. It’s pronounced like “Byerk.”

(…although I still say “Byork” when I’m talking about her because I don’t want to sound any more like a pretentious asshole than I already do.)

ANYWAY, the point is I like Björk a lot and one of my favorite tracks by her is “Who Is It” the show-stopping first single from her vocals-only (well, vocals-mostly) album Medulla. The original version is a dazzling kaleidoscope of magical details, from Rahzel’s beatboxed breakbeats, to the Matmos-assisted fruit machine noises, to that weird, scraping inhale sound. But my favorite part are Björk’s wordless vocalizations.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that I also love the alternate mix above. It comes from the European DVD Single for the track (oh Björk…) and it essentially stretches out the intro and outro of the song, thus making room for even more wordless vocal riffs from our girl. The result is a song that’s even more elemental, primal, and sensuous than the original. It’s strange and bewitching in the way that only Björk can be.

-TWG

The Wiccan’s Glossary

Celesitite, sometimes called ‘The Stone of Heaven’ because its Latin name comes from the word ‘heaven,’ is a stone of heavenly peace, celestial feelings of safety, feelings of divine protection and connections, especially with angels, ambrosial restfulness and sleep, and is truly befitting of its ‘celestial name’.

It wards from nightmares, helps with dream recall, and emotional rehabilitation.

Celestite is an excellent choice for clearing and balancing the chakras. It is associated with the throat charka.

Associations:
Elements - Air, Water
Chakra - Throat
Zodiac - Libra, Cancer
Planets - Neptune, Venus

TWG’s Mid-2017 List-O-Rama Showdown Throwdown Countdown-A-Go-Go

My Top 10 Albums

  1. Slowdive - Slowdive
  2. Migos - Culture
  3. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
  4. Perfume Genius - No Shape
  5. Arca - Arca
  6. Blanck Mass - World Eater
  7. Tiny Vipers - Laughter
  8. WHY? - Moh Lhean
  9. Mary Lattimore - Collected Pieces
  10. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

My Top 25 Tracks

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Cut To The Feeling”
  2. Creek Boyz - “With My Team”
  3. Migos feat. 2 Chainz - “Deadz”
  4. Lorde - “Green Light”
  5. Lydia Ainsworth - “The Road”
  6. The War On Drugs - “Holding On”
  7. Dirty Projectors - “Little Bubble”
  8. The National - “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness”
  9. Kendrick Lamar - “HUMBLE.”
  10. Chief Keef - “Can You Be My Friend”
  11. Drake - “Gyalchester”
  12. Perfume Genius - “Slip Away”
  13. Stormzy - “Big For Your Boots”
  14. Slowdive - “Don’t Know Why”
  15. Japanese Breakfast - “Machinist”
  16. WHY? - “Proactive Evolution”
  17. J Hus feat. Burna Boy - “Good Time”
  18. Future - “Mask Off”
  19. Arca - “Piel”
  20. Ibibio Sound System - “Give Me A Reason”
  21. Young Thug - “Do You Love Me”
  22. Karen Gwyer - “The Workers Are On Strike”
  23. St. Vincent - “New York”
  24. Tiny Vipers - “K.I.S.S.”
  25. Swet Shop Boys - “Anthem”

The Top 10 Albums I Feel The Worst About Not Getting To Yet

  1. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
  2. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
  3. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
  4. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
  5. Amber Coffman - City of No Reply
  6. Lorde - Melodrama
  7. Chuck Johnson - Balsams
  8. Gas - Narkopop
  9. V/A - Mono No Aware
  10. Chief Keef - Thot Breaker

My Top 2 Music Videos

  1. Future - “Mask Off”
  2. Lil Uzi Vert - “Now I Do What I Want”

My Top 10 Wrestling Matches*

  1. Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata at Sakura Genesis
  2. Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom XI
  3. John Cena vs. AJ Styles at Royal Rumble
  4. Tesuya Naito vs. Michael Elgin at The New Beginning in Osaka
  5. Himoru Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee at The New Beginning In Osaka
  6. Kushida vs. Ryusuke Taguchi at Best of the Super Juniors Day 11
  7. Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate at Takeover: Chicago
  8. Neville vs. Jack Gallagher at Fastlane
  9. Braun Strowman vs. The Big Show on Raw 4/17/17
  10. Breezango vs. The Usos at Backlash
    *(I still haven’t seen Okada vs. Tiger Mask W or Okada vs. Omega II)

My Top 5 Films

  1. Baby Driver
  2. Get Out
  3. Raw
  4. It Comes At Night
  5. Wonder Woman

The Top 5 Amazing 2016 Records I Missed Because I Am Dumb

  1. Crying - Beneath The Fleeting Gales
    (especiallly “Origin”)
  2. Equiknoxx - Bird Sound Power
    (especially “Lizard of Oz”)
  3. Demdike Stare - Wonderland
    (especially “Airbourne Latency”)
  4. D.R.A.M. - Big Baby D.R.A.M.
    (especially “Cash Machine”)
  5. Willow - Workshop 23
    (especially “Untitled B1″)

The Top 5 Amazing 2016 Songs I Missed Because I Am Dumb

  1. Danny L Harle feat. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Supernatural”
  2. T-Pain feat. Lil Yachty - “Dan Blizeran”
  3. The xx - “On Hold”
  4. Hannah Diamond - “Fade Away”
  5. Avalon Emerson - “The Frontier”
  6. French Montana feat. Kodak Black - “Lockjaw”
  7. Sampha - “Blood On Me”
  8. Rae Sremmurd - “Just Like Us”
  9. WizKid - “Pick Up The Phone (Refix)”
  10. Grouper - “I’m Clean Now”

You are safe here.

I do not need to know you personally. We may, and probably do, have vital differences in thought processing, and opinions, but this does not mean you deserve to be tarred, feathered, and put on display,

You are safe here.

This is a peaceful space on its own. When people enter this domain, I can only hope they are here with good intentions, seeking enlightenment or knowledge, references or answers. I cannot deny someone the right to feel as they will, and experience as they have.

You are safe here.

All are invited. All are welcomed with open arms as Human Beings. And when you breach my trust in you, to be a civilized Human, capable of accepting differences in thought and opinion as easily as the color of one’s hair and skin, this place is no longer safe for me.

You are safe here.

I allow you to feel safe, and encourage it even! But please allow me to feel safe as well. This is a place for knowledge, and learning. This is a place of new experiences, intended for good. This is a place for people to seek inspiration.

And you are safe here.

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Types of spells

Banishing: To send and keep something away.

Binding: To keep something or someone in your will for it.

Cleansing: To clear of negative energy.

Glamour: Spells which work on physical appearance; usually for beauty.

Communication: To contact, sometimes summoning, spirits to speak to them.

Warding: To keep something back, usually for safety. Avoidance.

Curses: A spell with negative intent towards a person or object; see also, jinx and hex.