3 billion years!

Stones for Witchcraft~

Sure, everybody says you should start out with quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, citrine but what about for witchcraft and magic specifically. What stone carries the witchy soul? I will be listing some stones perfect for use in magick to aid and strengthen you.

You probably guessed the first one ;D

1. Labradorite

The Inuit people believe that Labradorite fell from the Aurora Borealis. Another legend claims that a warrior struck the stone with his spear creating the Northern Lights as a result.

This is a stone of magick, it is a stone for shamans, diviners, healers and people seeking knowledge or looking for guidance. Perfect for honing in your strength and power as a witch. Labradorite helps awaken physic abilities, strengthen intuition and create awareness. If you wear labradorite, it will help your innate magickal abilities rise to the surface.

This stone is the most protective stone you can get. It shields the aura and strengthens the energy within. It guards against negativity. Due to this, it is a difficult stone to use in black or negative magicks. Some say it is impossible. Because of it’s protective and shielding quality it is perfect to use when exploring alternate levels of consciousness and doing visionary explorations. This stone will keep you safe from all harm.

Labradorite is good for seeing past illusion and into the truth.

2. Dendritic Agate AKA Merlinite

Do not mistake with Mystic Merlinite. This is not the same.

This is another stone of pure magic! It is a stone of duality, of light and dark, black and white. It is the stone of good luck and the dark night of the soul.

It is said to be able to help the user recall memories of alchemists and even the great Merlin of Arthurian times (thus its name).

This stone attracts good luck and magick into the life of one who carries it. This stone is good for shadow work, allowing you to travel and see the deep dark parts of yourself. Merlinite, is a very shamanistic stone, aiding you to commune with the natural world and elementals and work with its energies.

It stimulates deep intuition and a psychic knowing. It helps to bring you in contact with teachers in other realms.

A stone of harmony it helps aid the birth of creativity. This stone is not only for the light aspects as it will allow you to see the reality of your own inner darkness.

Use this to bring balance to light and dark, masculine and feminine. Use it to balance any kind of duality.

3. Moqui Marbles AKA Boji Stones AKA Shaman Stone

“Moqui” is the Hopi word for the dead. They say that the dead come around sunset to play with these stones.

This stone is believed to carry two genders, like animals and people. The flatter more oval ones are said to be male while the rounder ones are female. They are often used as pairs. They bring balance to the masculine and feminine energies inside all of us.

Use for inner transformational work. Use them for protection during journeying and out of body travel. These stones prevent negative entities from attaching to you.

These stones are perfect for overcoming fears of any kind, especially death.

They elevate your intuition and help you come in contact and communicate with spirit guides and totems.

Moqui Marbles also help you to become aware of parts of yourself that may be hidden including tendencies or habits that come from past lives.

4. Nuummite

Nuummite is know as the sorcerer’s stone as it is a stone of sorcery and magick. It draws and combines the fiery energies of the earth with the energies of a raging storm.

Nuummite is the oldest stone on earth; it is approximately over 3 billion years old and has volcanic origins.

This stone is good for personal magick, increasing synchronicities and luck, clairvoyance and intuition. Nuummite allows for deep journeying into your psyche allowing you to see your true, authentic self- the good and the bad, the whole of you. This stone will bring you gifts of inner power and self mastery.

A great stone for grounding and highly protective, it shields the auric field and fiercely fends off against negativity, manipulation, and environmental pollutants.

Nuummite heavily draws from wild earth energies.

Be careful. This stone has intense energy and may be too much for some to work with. Nuummite is a strong magick stone and should be taken seriously and treated respectfully. Use with good intent as harmful intent rebounds on the user.

5. Hag Stones

These stones you can find around lakes, rivers, and creeks. They are natural stones with a naturally-forming hole (or holes) straight through.

Hag stones are believed to ward against evil, negativity, curses, illness and nightmares.

The holes inside the stones are used to look through and are said to help you see other worlds, spirits, and even fairies.

Hag stones can be used to enhance the magick abilities of anyone who uses it or keeps one on them. If you cannot afford any stone at this time, look for hag stones outside. They are powerful and have been held as sacred to many ancient Pagan religions for thousands of years.

Monthly Gem Challenge: Nuummite

Just like last month, we’re giving you an unusual gem and challenging you to design a gemsona based on it! You can go as in-depth with your character designs as you’d like: come up with their personality and backstory, or just show what you think they’d look like. They can even be a fusion if you prefer; the choice is up to you!

This month’s gem is Nuummite! (If you already have a Nuummite gemsona, they can still participate, this month is for all Nuummite gemsonas, old or new!)

Gem Meaning: (Note: You can use the gem’s meaning to help you come up with ideas for your gemsona, but it’s not a requirement). This is a gem of luck and intuition, and it has strong ties to the element of earth. It’s said to be a protective stone, and that it brings forth an individual’s inner-power (and supposedly, magic), which has earned it some unique names… 

Cool Facts: This gem is also known as the “Magician’s Stone” or “The Philosopher’s Stone”. That’s right, it really does exist! (Well, sort of). It’s one of the oldest minerals (some say 3 billion years old!) Variations of the stone can have gold flecks (as shown above), or blue (see below), and some Nuummite only have white speckles, making the gem look like a piece of the starry night sky. 

Want to know more about Nuummite to help get you inspired? Check out our “Gem Meaning Resource” page for other sites where you can look up information about this month’s gem! Need help getting the gem’s color palette? Check out these resources!

Please tag your responses to the challenge as #MGC August or drop it in the  #GEMSONA AUGUST PROMPT tag so we can reblog them here!

Once upon a time, your parents had sex...

And good thing too, since it wasn’t just any sex—it was the sex that led to you. There was a moment, a fraction of a second, where one single sperm that happened to be the carrier of half your genetic code, beat out, in a photo finish, nearly 300 million competitors. That would be like entering a foot race with the entire population of the United States—and winning. If that tight race had played out even slightly otherwise, if a different sperm had successfully infiltrated that ovum wall, well, you could bet your bottom dollar that it wouldn’t be you sitting here reading these words. You wouldn’t even be alive. Your entire existence, everything you are, is utterly contingent on the precise moment your father ejaculated. That one sperm, that single, creepy, wriggling little tadpole, united with your mother’s egg and crafted the perfect recipe for a human being later known as you. What serendipitous timing! What necessary timing!

But hold up, that’s not the whole story. It’s not just that one act of successful intercourse that matters. That same exact scenario occurred—had to occur—between your grandparents, and your great grandparents, and your great great grandparents, and your great great great grandparents… And so on, stretching all the way back—over 3 billion years—to the beginning of life on this here blue marble. Every relevant relative of yours was able to survive just long enough to reproduce (or replicate) and continue on its legacy. You are that legacy. And, it’s important to note, this is on a planet where over 99% of all the species that have ever existed are now extinct (meaning they didn’t share your luck). If ancestry.com could map this out, you would see a lineage consisting of hundreds of millions of your direct ancestors all having successfully reproduced, all at the exact millisecond required to pass on the exact combination of DNA that would lead exactly to you.

So next time you run into some bad luck—perhaps a burnt soufflé or a clogged toilet or another traffic jam or losing lottery ticket—just take a moment to think about your parents having sex. And remember all of the lotteries you’ve already won.

In Northern California, two intoxicants are king — wine and weed.

Both products drive the $3.2 billion-a-year tourism industry in Napa and Sonoma counties. But as wildfires continue to rage through the region this week, marijuana growers and winemakers are struggling to keep their crops safe.

The Napa Valley Vintners Association says 47 out of 330 member wineries reported direct damage and only a handful suffered significant property loss. There are more than 900 vintners across the Napa Valley.

But the situation is more dire for the area’s fledgling marijuana industry.

California Fires Spare Most Vineyards, But Marijuana Crops Go Up In Smoke

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

anonymous asked:

Yknow what would have been super cool? If instead of lawyers the Zircon’s were these wise old ladies that could see into the past (opposite to sapphire) because Zircon is one of the oldest known materials on earth and traces of it in rocks found in Australia date back to around 3.8 billion years ago. I think it would be really interesting if the crewniverse put more thought into this stuff instead of skimming the wikepedia articles for gem ideas and using the most basic information

i feel like if we got a team of writers from tumblr we could get a competent show- mod sai

Bio professors are weird

So this year I had my first Bio course in college. I had anticipated interesting statements, but I waited to post them until the last day of class, which was today.

Here is the best of out of context quotes from my biology course:

- Next time you get surgery go to a surgeon who will do it outside because hospitals are a DEATHTRAP

- Male ducks just have to look pretty, it’s their job

- Those two groups aren’t going to be swapping gametes, are they?

- Not all insects are bugs!

- I don’t know your name so it’s not going to help your test score

- Jellyfish aren’t good at making fossils.  They die and in 10 seconds they’re like snot.

- All the genes to make a T. Rex are in a turkey.

- You could probably make a Terror Bird out of an ostrich.

- Years in Earth’s history is like dollars to the American government.

- If you were walking around on the surface of the planet back then, you would be dead.

- If you just pretend you’re not breathing oxygen you can pretend you’re on Earth about 3 billion years ago.

- It has -zoic in it because the people making this up just HAPPEN to be zoic.

- By the end of the Cambrian it’s a party!  You’ve got forests, giant centipedes, lizards…

- They’re multicellular but they don’t have any fancy bits

- You’d feel pretty good walking around in the Cambrian.  At least until something comes and tries to eat you.  Probably wouldn’t feel good after that.

- Mammals show up but they’re these pathetic little egg laying things

- Sauropods are walking around, and they keep changing their names, which is frustrating

- YOU SHALL NOT PASS! *strikes the ground with a tree branch*

- Some volcanos are more oozey and some are more explosive.

- It’s hard to fossilize snot

- I’M A LIZARD!  I’m not a lizard, but if I was-

- Am I gonna die in a swamp or a marsh?

- When Motorola first came out with the Razor -  man, that was such a cool flip phone…

- You’ve gone so deep you’re in Hell or something.  I don’t know.

- You’ve done that to poor, defenseless cats before.  Because it’s fun.

- Three years of this slide and I was clueless as to why people were laughing

- … and if you don’t know what I’m talking about good for you.

- Let’s talk about fly sex!

- Now I’m not an expert on fly sex, but–

- I dunno what’s with science books and sexual behavior but they like that!  Now let’s look at rats!

- Next time you have calamari just remember you’re eating seafood with an I.Q.!

- Plants don’t move they prefer to put down roots.  *silence*  I thought that would be funnier.

- Don’t let anyone tell you that you’ll never amount to anything because you’re single handedly increasing the entropy of the universe.

- When I was a grad student I figured out what the metal in a human was worth on the market and it was about $1.87.  Probably around $5 now.

- You don’t want to take a long nap on the wet forest floor you might wake up recycled.

- Something happened, it was explained, I don’t remember.

- If it’s GREEN, YELLOW, or RED, it’s gotten more acidic! *while pointing at a map of the ocean that is entirely green, yellow, and red*

- If I put you on a NASA rocket sled and accellerated you to 300 mph in 3 seconds you’d be DEAD but while you were dying you’d be saying ‘oh but I’ve been faster on an airplane’

- Maybe we should introduce mutagens to increase our rate of evolution.  Like alcohol.  Or at least that will just make you forget.

anonymous asked:

What's all the discourse with Wonder Woman? It's just suddenly popped out of nowhere and so I just wanted to know more about it.

Absolutely! I’ll post what I know, since this is has come to my attention recently as well.

During the invasion of Gaza in 2014, Gal Gadot showed her support for the IDF (Israel Defense Forces, which she was formerly enlisted in) on Facebook. A lot of people were disappointed she was cast as such a huge feminist icon, since the IDF routinely and brutally kills Palestinian women and children. The IDF also bombed Lebanon in 2006 (and most Lebanese killed were civilians), and the US provides the Israel military with foreign aid of at least $3 billion a year (because the US wants an aggressive ally to help control the Middle East). Israel has been condemned worldwide for war crimes against Palestine.

My previous post about Gadot being in and supporting the IDF

Another of my posts on why Lebanon banned Wonder Woman (again because of the IDF dropping bombs on them in 2006, not because she’s Jewish)

Gadot has also spoken highly of former Israel President Shimon Peres, who was responsible for horrible atrocities such as the bombing of a 1996 UN refugee camp in Lebanon, where 106 civilians (half of them children) were killed (x) (x)

“Here’s why Gal Gadot shouldn’t be considered a person of color” - by journalist and artist S.I. Rosenbaum (I included this link because people on Tumblr are lauding Gal Gadot as a lead actress of color, and other Ashkenazim Jewish people are pushing back against that, saying they aren’t “white,” but they aren’t people of color either, and actually fit outside that dichotomy)

More info about the Israel/Palestine apartheid state:

Best of the Left Podcast episode - The continuing quagmire of an apartheid state (Israel/Palestine)

Jewish Voice for Peace - Israel Palestine Conflict 101

Ok this budget is really scary. 21% reduction in spending on agriculture. Let that sink in a minute. That is the lowest amount in 40 years. 3 billion in cuts to block grants that help to feed the elderly and disabled. (Seriously, anyone claiming to be pro-life, explain to me how this is ok). Cuts to medicaid. Elimination of Arts funding. Reduction in spending in science and research. 

While he is cutting all of this, he has spent as much on travel in 30 days as Obama did in a year. He is also making sure that the richest in America benefit from tax cuts, reductions in regulations that protect our environment and our safety. Make no mistake, the rich will make BILLIONS because of this rape of the environment.

His budget is a direct slap in the face to the majority of the people who voted for him. If you voted for trump, fine. If you said that we should give him a chance, fine. But lets take score. He has come after immigrants. He has not stood up to hatred toward the LGBTQ community, the Jewish community, the Muslim community. He is working to dismantle education. And now this budget. I just… I can’t.


it took 3.8 billion years
of triumphant evolution,
remarkable collision,
an unbelievable confluence
made by sheer will and influence
of this infinite universe
and all of the stars
to get you here.
i hope you never doubt again
that even when you are in pain,
that you are a miracle,
that every part of you is incredible.
—  ‘miracle’ by nikita gill

Post-College Daze Rhys and Jack :3c

(College AU)

Add GW170104 to the chart of black holes with known mass. The extremely energetic merger of two smaller black holes corresponds to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory’s (LIGO) third detection of gravitational waves. The newfound black hole has a mass about 49 times that of the Sun, filling a gap between the masses of the two merged black holes detected previously by LIGO, with solar masses of 62 (GW150914) and 21 (GW151226). In all three cases, the signal in each of the twin LIGO detectors was unambiguously identified as coming from black hole mergers while a fourth case (LVT151012) resulted in a lower confidence detection. GW170104 is estimated to be some 3 billion light-years away, more distant than present estimates for GW150914 and GW151226. The ripples in spacetime were discovered during LIGO’s current observing run, which began November 30, 2016 and will continue through the summer. 

Illustration Credit: LIGO, NSF, Aurore Simonnet (Sonoma State U.)

♢when I feel discouraged I remember♢
- it takes 1 to 3 biLLION years for a diamond to form💎
- pearls are made on just a gRain of sand
- the rainbow comes out right after the rain ends 🌈
- butterflies never see their wings yet they are still wonderfully beautiful
- flowers 🌻🌹🌷 can grow towards the sun and continue to grow even after they’ve been stepped on

anonymous asked:

luke in #18?

took me SO MUCH self control to not make this a whole thing because this colour palette was fun to work with!!! (but i didnt because i didnt wanna make u wait for 3 billion years since this was supposed to be a quick thing because thats how palette challenges are) sorry that the lightsaber colour is inaccurate but I couldn’t use green since it wasn’t a part of the palette!! thank u for requesting i hope u like it!!

this is why i keep badgering my mom to keep our cat indoors, we rescued this juvenile dark eyed junco from him who was just batting it around. we let it rest for a bit, then i took it into the bathroom for a physical. luckily it’s fully fledged and had no visible injury other than 2 bent up tail feathers so i let it go where we found it and it flew away into the brush.

juncos are ground dwelling birds and nest on the ground too so they’re easily preyed upon by cats. it’s estimated cats only bring home a third of what they catch and kill for fun, which adds up to maybe over 3 billion birds a year.

The nine-member council unanimously approved an ordinance to end its nearly two-decade relationship with its primary financial services provider, Wells Fargo, which is an investor in the pipeline and the company building it, Energy Transfer Partners of Texas. The bank handles about $3 billion a year for the city.

Yet questions over how effective such a move might be rose even before the hearing began, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, following instructions from President Trump, informed Congress earlier Tuesday that it planned to issue the final easement for the pipeline as soon as Wednesday.

The $3.8 billion, 1,170-mile pipeline would travel from North Dakota to Illinois, with the most controversial segment running beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River just north of the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe, which says the pipeline threatens its water supply and sacred sites, said Tuesday it would continue to fight the project’s completion.

Hundreds of protesters remain in snowy camps near the planned river crossing in North Dakota — a fact noted by many people in the far more comfortable City Council chambers.

“It really moves me to think of the people who are hundreds of miles away from us today, waiting in the cold for our vote,” Lisa Herbold, a council member, said shortly before the vote.

Seattle, which is thriving on science and technology a thousand miles west of the pipeline’s route, would not seem to suffer obvious impacts if the pipeline were completed. But the city is deeply liberal, environmentally minded and riding a wave of activism that has put it at the forefront of social and economic causes — most recently as the location where state lawyers persuaded a federal judge, appointed by George W. Bush, to order a stay of President Trump’s travel ban.

The area also has a large Native American community that has actively opposed the pipeline, and one member of the council, Debora Juarez, is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation tribe in Montana. Another council member, Kshama Sawant, is a socialist.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-seattle-divests-from-wells-fargo-20170206-story.html

Future, Meet Past

Day One fic for the Empty Child/Doctor Dances anniversary celebration! By Clare Hope, aka Admin Ianto at We-Are-Torchwood


That sounded like Owen. Why was Owen groaning? Wasn’t it night? Night was usually when Gwen was asleep.

“Owen? Gwen? Are you there?”

And that was Ianto. What was going on? Gwen sat up and rubbed her eyes.

“Gwen, you’re awake. Look, we’re in this room. I can’t find any doors or weaknesses in the walls,” Ianto said. The only light was coming from a small torch that he was carrying. “You and Owen have been out for about 20 minutes.”

“Where are we? How did we get here?” Gwen groaned.

“Well, we were investigating Rift activity, so I’m guessing the Rift brought us here.” Ianto tapped the wall. “It seems to be some sort of high-strength metal alloy.”

Gwen crawled over to Owen and shook him roughly. “Wake up. We’re trapped.”

“Great. You know, I think I’m gonna stay asleep,” he mumbled.

“What’s that noise?” Ianto said suddenly.

Gwen knew that noise. So did Ianto, though he would prefer not to remember it. It was the whirring, wheezing sound of one space-time ship that had once whisked Jack away from them for three months. Their best guess as to the occupant of the ship was whoever Jack’s “doctor” that he kept referring to was, but they didn’t know for sure.

“What the hell is going on?” Owen snapped.

There was a thud, and another, higher pitched whirring. Part of the wall swung inwards, almost hitting Ianto in the face. “Hey!” he cried.

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