Aspect Patterns

A grand trine pattern is formed by three planets positioned approximately 120 degrees apart around the circle. This is an aspect of ease and flow, conceptual and interpretive ability; of service, and sensitivity to the senses rather than sensuality. It denotes the ability to feel compassion. Can be apathetic and indifferent to responsibilities if there are not enough challenging aspects in the pattern.

A minor grand trine is a trine with a planet at the midpoint, making a sextile to each end of the trine. It is an easy flow and natural ability, much as the grand trine. It may be of lesser strength, depending upon which planets are involved and their overall ‘weight’ in the chart. So the sun, moon or chart ruler [ruler of the ascendant] would make it much more powerful and significant.

The mystic trine is another quite similar pattern, where a trine is divided by a planet making a quintile to one planet of the trine and a septile to the other. This is an exceptionally fortunate pattern, because the natural ease of the trine is enhanced with the remarkable creativity and talent of the quintile, and charged with the sense of destiny or divine purpose implied by the septile. There is an indication of great potential for creativity, growth and accomplishment within this pattern.

The grand cross, four planets positioned 90 degrees apart around the circle, is a rare and powerful pattern. It is the most rooted and stable of patterns, giving great sensual, practical, and psychic intuition. Potentially a stable structure around which the universe revolves. It can be a source of strength and stability, but also may tend to be self-defeating because of the urge to go in several directions at once, thereby going nowhere.

The wedge is two planets opposed, with another forming a 60/120 degree aspect to the opposition. A pattern of mental work and service, given more to sensitivity than sensuality. Receptivity and awareness of others and of one’s surroundings is indicated. Willing to serve, verbal and social.

The yod is formed by two [or more] planets in sextile [60 degrees] to each other, each forming a quincunx [150 degrees] to a third planet. It is sometimes called the 'Finger of Fate’, or the 'Finger of God’, and its meaning has to do with destiny. It creates a continuous need for adjustment with relation to the planet that is in quincunx to the other two, or to which the 'finger’ is pointing.

A T-square is two planets in opposition, with a third at right angles to both. A powerful pattern on the physical, sensual, and psychic levels. Indicates the ability to sense, intuit, and know things. A strong incarnation, rooted in the practical and the social. May experience cycles of crisis involving the “squared” planet.

A grand sextile is a pattern which includes six connected sextiles, in other words, forms a symmetrical hexagon. This is a very auspicious pattern, a life of great ease and opportunity, but there is danger of a lack of motivation due to not enough challenge in the life. Potentially very creative, there is virtually nothing this person can’t manifest with ease. Extremely gifted.

Mystic rectangle is four planets set 60/120/60/120 apart. A classic pattern pointing to verbal and mental abilities. Sensitive and service-oriented. Sometimes indicates mental syndromes visible to others but hard for the person with the pattern to solve.

basics

signs

aries

  • characteristics: optimistic, energetic, aggressive
  • element: fire
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: libra
  • ruled by: mars
  • rules: first house

taurus

  • characteristics: sensual, stubborn, realistic
  • element: earth
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: scorpio
  • ruled by: venus
  • rules: second house

gemini

  • characteristics: talkative, witty, adaptable
  • element: air
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: sagittarius
  • ruled by: mercury
  • rules: third house

cancer

  • characteristics: nurturing, intuitive, emotional
  • element: water
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: capricorn
  • ruled by: the moon
  • rules: fourth house

leo

  • characteristics: protective, generous, prideful
  • element: fire
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: aquarius
  • ruled by: the sun
  • rules: fifth house

virgo

  • characteristics: critical, organized, shy
  • element: earth
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: pisces
  • ruled by: mercury
  • rules: sixth house

libra

  • characteristics: polite, oblivious, fair
  • element: air
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: aries
  • ruled by: venus
  • rules: seventh house

scorpio

  • characteristics: powerful, secretive, jealous
  • element: water
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: taurus
  • ruled by: pluto
  • rules: eighth house

sagittarius

  • characteristics: adventurous, funny, impatient
  • element: fire
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: gemini
  • ruled by: jupiter
  • rules: ninth house

capricorn

  • characteristics: responsible, independent, unimaginative
  • element: earth
  • modality: cardinal
  • sister sign: cancer
  • ruled by: saturn
  • rules: tenth house

aquarius

  • characteristics: creative, rebellious, eccentric
  • element: air
  • modality: fixed
  • sister sign: leo
  • ruled by: uranus
  • rules: eleventh house

pisces

  • characteristics: imaginative, selfless, sensitive
  • element: water
  • modality: mutable
  • sister sign: virgo
  • ruled by: neptune
  • rules: twelfth house


modalities

cardinal

  • characteristic: initiating 
  • signs: aries, cancer, libra, capricorn

fixed

  • characteristic: sustaining
  • signs: taurus, leo, scorpio, aquarius

mutable

  • characteristic: changing
  • signs: gemini, virgo, sagittarius, pisces


elements

fire

  • characteristics: action-oriented, creative
  • signs: aries, leo, sagittarius

earth

  • characteristics: stable, practicle
  • signs: taurus, virgo, capricorn

air

  • characteristics: intellectual, unpredictable
  • signs: gemini, libra, aquarius

water

  • characteristics: psychic, sensitive
  • signs: cancer, scorpio, pisces


planets

sun: personality, ego

moon: emotions, behavior patterns

mercury: communication, thoughts

venus: beauty, love, female

mars: aggression, vitality, male

jupiter: growth, luck, charity

saturn: boundaries, responsibilities

uranus: rebellion, change

neptune: dreams, imagination

pluto: obsession, power


houses

first house: self, individual (rising/ascendant)

second house: possessions

third house: communication

fourth house: home

fifth house: creativity, fun

sixth house: schedules, health

seventh house: partnerships

eighth house: transformation, death

ninth house: adventure, growth

tenth house: public image, career (midheaven)

eleventh house: friends, social justice

twelfth house: imagination, endings


major aspects

sextile

  • degree: 60°
  • polarity: positive
  • indicates: harmony, natural talents 

trine

  • degree: 120°
  • polarity: positive
  • indicates: luck, oppurtunity, creativity

conjunct

  • degree:
  • polarity: neutral
  • indicates: blend, two energies working as one

opposition

  • degree: 180°
  • polarity: negative
  • indicates: tension, energies compete for center stage

square

  • degree: 90°
  • polarity: negative
  • indicates: conflict, challenges


asteroids

chiron

  • keywords: healing, wounds

ceres

  • keywords: cooking, nuturing, parenting

pallas athena

  • keywords: creativity, justice, talents

juno

  • keywords: soulmates, marriage, commitment

vesta

  • keywords: pure, perfection, insecurities

RETROGRADE PLANETS [IN THE BIRTH CHART]: A retrograde action is a planet slowing down. In contrast to the velocity of the Earth, it appears to be going backward. No planet ever goes backward or leaves its orbit. It is always moving forward. The apparent backward motion of a retrograde is simply the loss of velocity. The Sun and Moon never go into retrograde motion.
Retrograde planets represent work that must be achieved in this lifetime because it was not accomplished or reconciled in a past life.

MERCURY RETROGRADE: A Mercury retrograde usually occurs every three months, so that there are three or four Mercury retrograde periods per year, each lasting exactly twenty-one days. When Mercury goes retrograde, if you were born during a Mercury retrograde, it is a time to really make contact with yourself. You will be inspired and moved to recognize your ideas and thought processes with clarity.
When a person is born with a Mercury retrograde, he has a communication problem. He can tell you what he thinks, but he can’t tell you what he feels. He doesn’t make contact with his emotions because Mercury blocks it. There is also difficulty communicating with the self.

VENUS RETROGRADE: If you were born during a time of a Venus retrograde, your inability to appreciate the self is obvious. You are unable to express self-love. You don’t know how to get what it is you want or how to satisfy the self. You must learn not to expect such things from others but, instead, develop them within yourself.

MARS RETROGRADE: The inability to act is created in a Mars retrograde. It is as though you have been victimized by others because you are not using your aggressive qualities correctly – you either don’t know how to be aggressive or you fear aggression. You water down your energies. This does not make for a happy person; it creates a person who internalizes his aggressions and anger. This is dangerous because a retrograde Mars can lead to brooding or nursing old wounds and, eventually, to health problems ranging from ulcers to anxiety. Angers that cannot be externalized wind up being internalized, which impacts one’s health. Retrograde Mars in a chart indicates the inability to displace its natural energy in a positive or productive manner.

JUPITER RETROGRADE: A retrograde Jupiter usually leads to an overbearing individual, especially if placed in the fourth house – it is a tyrant in that house. It creates an inability to empathize with others, which results in an insensitive and isolated individual.

SATURN RETROGRADE: Saturn retrograde relates to self-worth. The inability to judge oneself accurately shows up in a retrograde Saturn. Saturn, as a maturation planet, puts your self-worth into proper perspective. People who tend to place more importance on themselves than others will certainly learn the lesson – Saturn will restrict them until they balance their own worth with the worth of others.

URANUS RETROGRADE: For those born with a retrograde Uranus, the action of Uranus, which is slow, becomes even slower. The unique and unconventional quality of Uranus ceases to be because something is underdeveloped or undeveloped that must be caught up with. This creates the late bloomer, one who doesn’t readily discover his rare individuality.

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE: Neptune in retrograde is a humdinger. Neptune is a difficult planet, so in retrograde action the negativity of Neptune becomes prominent. Neptune has a depth that can be lifesaving; but when it turns retrograde, it goes underground and doesn’t resurface. All of the wonderful concepts, ideas, and creative forces that are generally in Neptune when it is well-aspected will produce irrational fears and anxieties when in retrograde position. These fears are considered irrational because they are usually not created within the context of this lifetime, but from past-life issues and unfinished business.
If born with a Neptune retrograde, it is necessary to maintain faith and courage in the face of all challenges.

PLUTO RETROGRADE: Pluto is generational. During its long revolution, many people will be born within each of its aspects. If Pluto is in retrograde motion, which it is for about six months of the year, half of the population will be born with a Pluto retrograde. This group of people is not necessarily going to act according to the rest of the group. These individuals will, sooner or later, stand out within that generation. They will either be famous or infamous.

—  Ada Aubin and June Rifkin, The Complete Book of Astrology
Astrology Basics

• Sun Sign - represents our ego; the core of who we are
• Moon Sign - represents the subconscious, our “shadow selves” and our emotional realm
• Ascendant Sign (Rising) - represents the image we give off in public, it is how we behave during first impressions, and can influence physical characteristics
• Mercury Sign - represents the way we communicate, our mind, our linguistic abilities
• Venus Sign - represents what we find pleasing in terms of art, beauty, romance; the friendships we choose to form, and who/what we are drawn to
• Mars Sign - represents our inner drive, anger, the way we express frustration and aggression, our reactions; influences sex drive and what we find sexually gratifying
• Jupiter Sign - represents higher learning/education, spirituality, beliefs, passions, ideas, philosophies, luck, fortune, optimism
• Saturn Sign - represents structure, discipline, limitations, restrictions, authority
• Uranus Sign - represents awakening, innovation, rebellion, disruption, liberation, discovery
• Neptune Sign - represents dreams, fantasy, illusions, imagination, mysticism
• Pluto Sign - represents transformation, death, rebirth, secrets, power, challenges
• Midheaven Sign - it is the sign on the cusp of our tenth house; represents careers, publicity, wealth, reputation, aspirations, responsibilities, achievements

anonymous asked:

What is the difference between the INTJ and the INTP? I've taken several of the personality tests, and have always gotten INTJ, but then I took a test on whether I was an INTJ or INTP, and got INTP.

INTJ vs INTP

Some Key Differences:

  • INTJs may not be neat freaks, but they have a system for finding/sorting everything. INTPs just…don’t.
  • INTJs are more conventional and “purposeful” than INTPs–INTPs do things to just do them, INTJs generally have distinct reasons
  • INTJs tend to be less creative than INTPs
  • INTJs tend to be more satisfied with work than INTPs
  • INTJs are found in far more leadership roles than INTPs
  • Twice as many INTJs are atheistic than INTPs. INTPs are more likely to be agnostic rather than atheistic (Myers, McCaulley, Quenk & Hammer, 1998)
  • INTJs sound more confident in their tone of voice than INTPs. INTJs’ statements are also straightforward and certain, whereas INTPs usually sound speculative and questioning/doubtful in their sentences
  • INTJs are less playful than INTPs 
  • INTJs are “on-time” people, while INTPs are not
  • INTJs are more arrogant and confrontational, INTPs are more laidback and open minded
  • INTJs appreciate clear structure, INTPs are the least loving of structure of all the types 
  • INTJs do not typically find writing to be a fun pastime, INTPs do 
  • INTJs tend to enjoy specific types of exercise, INTPs are ambivalent towards nearly all exercise
  • INTJs like achievement a lot, INTPs like autonomy a lot 
  • Both aren’t typically dressed very fashionably, but INTJs do tend to be more neat with their dress than INTPs
    • Example: INTP I know wears the same shirt several times a week (Mario shirt), often with a clashing jacket. INTJ I know wears a conventional sweatshirt and jeans every day. Every. Single. Day. 
  • INTJs are usually better debaters–they’re very confident and passionate about their arguments, while INTPs are better at brainstorming and theorizing about arguments 
  • INTJs are more likely to be called uptight and mean, INTPs are more likely to be called lazy and sarcastic 
  • INTJs are more likely to be called “put-together” and driven, INTPs are more likely to be called “oblivious but somehow super smart” (I’ve heard that several times lol) and fun to be around
  • INTJs aren’t as interested in relationships as INTPs most times–INTPs idealize romance like a child would. INTJs try to not be involved with too many people, but when they do, they’re incredibly serious about it

Remember, these are generalizations based on my own experience! (and the book The Secret Life of INTJs by Anna Moss ;))

The Basics: Magic Theory 101

I figure since I’ve been seeing quite a few people new to magic lately that I may as well share this page from my grimoire as a good starting point or a reference to help others understand the most basic of the basic

What is Magic?

Magic is something that can never truly be described with the simple words from our physical plane. It is a constant ebb and flow of infinitely different energies from everything. Every object, color, thought, or even concept holds many different types of energies. Such as a black candle; it contains an energy powerful for banishing but also grounding and cursing.  As a mage, the goal is to learn about and to harness these energies in practice even though it is not humanly possible to understand the entirety of them.

The practice of magic is very fluid and varies for each individual mage. Morality and moral boundaries in individual practices are one of the most controversial variations I’ve seen yet. Magic has no set of rules for right and wrong. It depends solely on your personal moral code and where you draw the line. Personally, my lines are very blurred. The actions I take depends heavily on the different factors and potential outcomes of the situation. I act as necessary, even if it’s not considered “right”. I dish out reward as needed and the same goes for punishment, but for the most part my practice revolves around getting what I want. Of course, I’m not here to force my moral stances upon you. I just want to make clear to you, the audience, that your practice should be about what feels right to you, not to anyone else as this is an expression of your core being.


Thaumaturgy vs. Theurgy

Thaumaturgy and theurgy are the two most basic branches of magic. One could describe them as opposites but that would not be accurate. It would be like saying that cats are the opposite of dogs. The two play into each other, though, an individual practice typically leans more towards one than the other.

Thaumaturgy, otherwise known as low magic, is the changing of one’s physical reality. This type of magic is usually used to obtain something tangible. The majority of folk magicians, otherwise known as witches, are thaumaturgists. Some of the most common things that thaumaturgists seek to obtain are wealth, luck, love, etc. This is the more common branch of magic that I’ve seen.

High magic, or theurgy, focuses more on changes of the internal or spiritual reality. In most instances, it is religious or heavily ritualistic. The goal of most theurgists is to reach enlightenment. More often than not, theurgists seek out higher entities to aid in magics and is often very reliant on altered states of consciousness.

Do not be deceived by the use of the words “high” and “low” magics; this does not indicate that one branch is superior to another as this depends on the individual mage. To simplify the explanations above, theurgy could be seen as asking for a divine intervention while thaumaturgy is harnessing the divine power for yourself.

Static vs. Active Magic

Static and active magic are complicated concepts but play a huge role in understanding spellcasting.

For this part, I will use a shielding spell as an example. In static magic, the shield would simply block whatever it is meant to block. It will not move and it will not change. The shield does not act out towards the energies attempting to hit the target. It simply protects the target.

An active shield spell would not only protect the target, but also act out. The shield itself repels the energies but the spikes on the shield damage these energies. The shield could also cleanse, “recycle”, or reflect the energies back at the sender.

Types of Magic

Nonphysical

  • Death

Bone
Necromancy
Vampiric

  • Energy
  • Hedge

Dream
Astral

Elemental/Environmental

  • Cosmic

Solar
Lunar

  • Crystal
  • Green
  • Sea
  • Storm
  • Waste

Classical

  • Enchanting
  • Sorcery
  • Ceremonial

Modern

  • Popculture
  • Urban
  • Tech

Folk

  • Animal
  • Cottage
  • Kitchen
  • Faerie
  • Nymphai
  • Witchcraft

Miscellaneous

  • Draconian
  • Musical
  • Sanguine
  • Sigil
Masculine and Feminine in Astrology vs. Gender

Gender is solely a byproduct and creation of human culture. This has been at various times molded to mimic the polarity of yin and yang, positive and negative, masculine and feminine. It is important, however, to make the distinction that one is a ramshackle recreation of the other, and that the relation does not run both ways. Because of this it is impossible to tell someone’s gender or sex by looking at their natal chart. We all have masculine and feminine energies within us. We are all expressive and receptive in different ways, and this does not have a causal relationship with the gender that we identify with.


In astrology the Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and Air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) Signs are Masculine. They are expressive, active, and dynamic. The Earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) Signs are Feminine. They are receptive, passive, and static.


The Masculine Planets are the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, SaturnUranus, and Pluto. The Feminine Planets are the Moon, Venus, and NeptuneMercury is considered to be Neuter or Changeable.

anonymous asked:

How would a instructor determine students in hand to hand combat 'adequate enough' to move on from the basics? Come to think of it... what would be the basics? Assuming your students have never been in a fight before, what would be the first thing you teach beginners to hand to hand combat?

Usually, there are tests. What those tests are depends on the martial art, and the teacher’s personal teaching style. The teacher has the student, or group of students perform the techniques they were taught then evaluates their performance to determine whether or not they pass or fail. If they pass, they move on to the next set of techniques and if they don’t then they continue to practice until they either eventually pass on the next go round or they give up. However, there may not be tests. The teacher may simply decide the student is adequate and move on, sometimes without ever telling them. The criteria becomes more complicated as they go up in rank.

It may be as simple as: can you do a front kick without falling over? (No, seriously, learning to balance all your weight on one leg is a challenge in and of itself before we get to moving it.) Can you survive me shoving you without falling over? Have you learned how to set your weight? Have you learned to slap the ground when you fall?

‘Basics’ mean the base of the martial arts style. What those basics are and how they’re taught are dependent on the martial art in question. There will be similarities, but you’ll do well by researching specific schools rather than asking broad questions. You’ll get more applicable answers that way.

As for the basics?

You start with the feet.

A good teacher will spend the first lesson on teaching you how to stand. You’re not going to do anything else. When you begin at the beginning, you retrain everything about the student’s physicality. You’re building their base, how they set their weight, their sense of balance, and how to breathe.

After all, if there are cracks in the foundation then the whole house will inevitably fall. It doesn’t matter how many flashy techniques you can perform if a stiff breeze will still blow you over, and your basics are your foundation. They are the difference between a skilled warrior and one that will inevitably die. Beginning at the beginning requires the “boring” stuff.

So, when you have a master in a martial arts action flick shoving their student around in ways that usually look rather abusive to an outside observer that’s what they’re doing. They’re testing their student’s base, which directly relates to their ability to adjust to and receive impact without losing their balance.

After all, if a simple one handed shove to the chest sends a trainee sprawling then they’re doomed against any actual techniques. It doesn’t matter how well you take it in your arms if you can’t in your legs, if you can’t keep your balance. Balance begins with your core (your stomach, your abdomen, your diaphragm), then your feet, then the lower body, and then we get to the upper.

The secondary test that comes with learning the basics is a mental one. Martial combat is a discipline, it requires patience, persistence, determination, humility, and a willingness to learn. There’s no place on the floor for fragile egos. The training styles of most Eastern martial arts traditions like Karate, Taekwondo, and many of the Chinese martial arts are intentionally designed to be frustrating for beginners. It’s a personality test, meant to weed out those unsuitable to the training and those unworthy of the teacher’s time.

When you train in martial arts, you fall down a lot. You’re consistently meeting new skill thresholds, your understanding is often upended as you realize what you thought you knew isn’t what you needed to know. A trainee needs the determination to keep getting up, the confidence to continue and the willingness to listen. Your ego will get battered and bruised far worse at the upper end of training than it ever will in the beginning.

The test is a question of whether or not the trainee has the fortitude to continue. If they quit as most do, or if they keep coming back for more. If they can make the necessary adjustments, if they can listen, and if they get back up after they fall down then you’ve got someone who might just have a chance at surviving.

This isn’t the mentality of a military organization or military training because they have fewer options of who they can say no to, but martial arts masters choose their students.

The question of fortitude is there from the beginning because the troubles and frustrations you face in training are nothing compared to those these trainees will face in the real world and in live combat scenarios. Where their fortitude to continue through injury and their ability to adapt on the fly, to learn quickly as they are faced with the unknown are necessary survival skills.

When you’re writing any training sequence keep in mind that the instructor wants their students to live and trains them in the hopes they’ll develop the skills they need to have a better chance at it.

Never forget, this is fantasy.

You, the writer, needs to weld the notion your character could die into everything and, especially, into their training. The character may be too young, too naive, or too stupid to realize it but you must never forget that death is always on the table. They need to earn their survival. For all their teacher knows they may very well be looking at a walking corpse. Their student is a bright star full of potential, someone they may grow to care about and become invested in, and may just as easily be snuffed out not long after leaving their care.

This is more true for some teachers than others, but its worth keeping in mind. Everything your character learns is meant to help them for when they enter to sphere of live combat, and that starts at the beginning. If the beginning becomes screwed up, then everything else that follows will also fail.

You may also want to check out our #writing training, #training, #basics, and #martialarts tags on the site.

-Michi

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for someone just starting to grow plants for the first time ever? I live on my own now and I finally can ^_^

I’m going to treat this as a distillation of dozens of similar asks I got so far, all of which I’ve been postponing, telling myself “gotta write horticulture 101 one of those days.” And of course it took me literally years to do it.

💚 💚 💚  HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN HERBS (SUCCESSFULLY)  💚 💚 💚

(read on my main blog)

Oh and congrats on your own place, anon! That’s one of the best things there can be.

anonymous asked:

Ok so where "do I find the ENXP crowd"? Preferred habitat? Likes? Mating rituals? What to do if I spot one? Do they bite?

Haha, okay, I’m glad you asked because I’ve been procrastinating on making a post like this for awhile and now I gotta. So here goes. Also guys, I’m dividing this male/female so I’m sorry if it doesn’t apply to you, but I don’t have time for any more descriptions (this is gonna be long)

As written by a female ENTP who knows many ENXPs…

How to find ENTPs

Male

  • Male ENTPs look like the rest of the typical dudes around at first glance. But on closer inspection, they probably have a haircut that is supposed to be trendy but isn’t well-maintained and they also probably have crazy socks, or a crazy scarf, or are making some sort of stupid joke as you observe them
  • They joke all the time. Like there is not a time when you’re talking to them and they’re not thinking or talking about jokes. Could be memes, funny animals, slogans or advertisements…really just anything humorous. And they spew it.
  • They’re the annoying ones in the room. ENTPs are called “class clowns” but honestly I don’t find that to be a super accurate description of us since we’re pretty darn ambiverted. So it’ll be the guy in your class or office that’s really annoying yet funny and has outrageous philosophical or political views. Or has a crazy backstory/family life. Something crazy, I promise
  • Can be pretty shy or socially awkward, many ENTPs have Asperger’s
  • They are very silly and tacky. They wear comical shirts, have smirky expressions all the time, and are actual super softies. Like we’re talking hopeless romantic softie if they’re not super unhealthy. The stereotype is that ENTPs are “bouncy” with relationships and go from partner to partner, but that is largely untrue for both sexes. We may have a lot of partners, but we typically go into the relationship at least trying to make it work long term. It’s only that we break up with people a lot based on the fact that we feel like there’s a lot of stagnancy/we get bored/think that our partner is incompatible with us since we’re “hiding” our true selves, etc.
  • Really bad at using social media 
    • Most guys only have a few pictures on their pages, if they have a social media page at all (this is personal experience, not true for all of them, just seems to be a trend)
  • Wide variety of skills/ineterests/hobbies
    • ENTP friend loves skiing, lifting, exercising…and then is unhealthily obsessed with pug puppies and memes
  • Are usually friends with the STP crowd or the NF crowd, either or
    • Does usually have another NTP friend that’s pretty close to them

Keep reading

the 1st House
The physical birth into the world.  Where the world comes to see someone, the mask worn or the authentic self (depending on what placements project outward in the horoscope.)

the 2nd house
We exist physically (1st house) now “groundwork” is needed.  The resources compiled, how it is spent, what becomes possessed, what is actually valued.  

the 3rd house
Conscious thought and understanding beyond the physical inception (1st house) and planting feet (2nd house.)  The immediate environment and how one interacts, responds and comes to think about things.  Early education and interactions with people immediately around.

the 4th house
How someone comes to know themselves internally.  What feels like home, makes one feel secure and what the basis someone draws from before they go out into the world (To Midheaven.)  Can be seen as “i think (3rd house) therefore I am. It is the gateway to beginning to establish a real identify for oneself.

the 5th House
How we create with what we have.  Taking personal values (2nd house), mental thought and stimulation (3rd house) and how one perceives them and putting them into action.  Creating art, children, love and risks based on perception of what is important.

the 6th house
The routine that is created out of what is valued (2nd house), how we see ourselves (4th house) and getting to work and making service out of creations (5th house).  Gravitation is towards employment that suits how one views themselves internally.

the 7th house
The gateway to others and opening oneself up outside of themselves (1st house).  The important relationships that are formed that complete the "self.”  It is the beginning of understanding how to balance the opposite side of oneself.  Some say “The shadow self.”

the 8th house
Taking resources (2n house) and “breaking them” to make something better of them. Taking comfort and finding more to life.  The house of transforming and renewing; finding intense experience or interaction outside of the comfort zone. Where others resources are allowed to merge with their own.

the 9th house
Taking one’s thought and basic interactions (3rd house) and opening up the possibility of higher thought.  Taking thoughts and putting them into philosophy; morals and belief systems.  Understanding basic ideas and wanting to learn more about them.

the 10th house
How someone wants to come to be known (or conversely becomes known) in the world.  The interactions with the public and ways in which someone becomes widely known.  How one becomes recognized, achieves and “anchors” themselves in the world.  Structure created. More then likely supports the need to feel emotionally secure from the 4th house.  What we learn from the 9th house of greater expanded ideas can be applies to career.  

the 11th house
Where we take the sense of individuality gained in the 5th house and apply to society and others.  Understanding one’s creative self and finding like minded friends and groups.  Taking one’s sense of who they are developing and developing hopes and aspirations to achieve in the world.

the 12th house
The house where everything comes to end (Experience of house 1-11.)  It is the house of karmic understanding, that death is not physical, rather “dissolving” into everything.  How a soul comes to realize it’s greater place among everything.  It is the house someone accepts the greater collective, or wallows in a sense of loss of themselves.  When acceptance of something greater exists it is how one give themselves away for the betterment of all.  If rejected it how someone may “due themselves in.”  May be contributed to fear and personal sorrows.  Surrendering the ego.

The absolute basics.

Let’s talk about the absolute basics in deduction. Seems like there’s a lot of people that misunderstand them, even other deductionists. This post is made to correct some of these misunderstandings.

What do we deductionists do? We gather information and make conclusions about that information. The premise is simple. Is it simple to get to the same level as Sherlock? No. Do I know of someone that is on the same level as Sherlock? No, and I know quite a few deductionists. But here’s the big reason why I don’t know of anyone at the same level as Sherlock, it’s not that Sherlock is fictional, it’s because of perfect situations that Sherlock is in. These happen, but not as often as Sherlock finds himself in them.

The way with OCC:

First of all, you should try and remember OCC. This the order in which you as a deductionist should operate.

Observation – Here you observe the place or person you are deducing. There are things to look for if you have the knowledge, some says you should observe everything, and sure, you should do that in a perfect world but you won’t be able to use everything you observe so that will only waste your time when you get into higher ranks of deduction. And if you want to know what to observe than all you need to do is practice.

Conclusion – The second step is to come to a conclusion from what you have observed. This is the deduction, we will talk more about this later on in this text. This will require both logic and knowledge. If you lack in one of these then you’ll need to train that.

Confirmation – Now this is something most deductionist don’t do because they are scared of failing. If you don’t confirm if you are right you’ll hinder your own progress extremely. If you can confirm, always try to.


The parts

Now, most break down deduction into two parts, logic and knowledge. I think that the knowledge part needs to be split into two parts. Absolute knowledge and statistical knowledge. This is important, I’ll try and explain why but first you need to know about the three kinds of deduction.


Deduction –

This reasoning is used when you have one or more statements that you combine to reach a logical conclusion.

The reasoning is that if the statements are true and clear the conclusion must be true.

An example of deductive reasoning:

Statements:

  1. Pink is not a natural hair colour.
  2. Emily has pink hair.

Conclusion:

  • Someone/something has dyed Emily’s hair pink.


This is deduction in which you use absolute knowledge to make a deduction. And if you truly use absolute knowledge then the conclusion will be correct.


Induction –

In inductive reasoning, you come to a conclusion that’s probable. The statements are viewed as strong evidence for your conclusion.

An example of inductive reasoning:

Statements:

  1. There are marbles in this bag.
  2. All 8 out of 10 marbles I have seen from this bag are black.

Conclusion:

  • All marbles from this bag are black.

This doesn’t tell you if the conclusion is true or not but thanks to the strong evidence of the statements you’re presented with, it’s probable that the conclusion is true. This is statistical knowledge and will be true most of the time.


Abduction –

In abductive reasoning, you have the statements and from that, you make an educated guess about what the conclusion might be. This reasoning is looking for the best explanation.

An example of abductive reasoning:

Statements:

  1. The grass is wet.
  2. The grass is usually dry.


Conclusion:

  • It has rained.

This is something we deductionists often do. We always look for the best explanation based on the evidence we are provided. This, if done correctly, will also most often be true. This will often be your own conducted statistical knowledge.


The reason why “knowledge” should be split into “absolute knowledge” and “statistical knowledge” is that if you have the logic you’ll never be wrong with absolute knowledge, but with statistical knowledge, you can still be wrong. Some tell you that logic is more important than knowledge and vice versa. This couldn’t be more wrong. Logic and knowledge are equally important. Those who don’t agree probably don’t know that much about the category they are dismissing. Logic and knowledge should work together alongside each other.

But if you want the “WOW effect” one of these triumphs over the other. If you do a deduction via logic people can see your train of thought quite easily, especially if you explain it. If you do deduction via knowledge then people won’t be able to follow your train of thought without that specific knowledge. And more people have a good logical mind than specific knowledge about everything. Something magicians have as a catchphrase nowadays are “People aren’t stupid” and that is true. If you, the reader of this thinks that most people are stupid then you need to come out of that bubble of yours.


Some other things.

So can you yourself measure how good you are at deduction? No, not really. You’ll always be biased towards yourself. So if you like yourself, you’ll probably think that you are better at deduction than you really are. If you think the worst of yourself then you’ll probably think you are worse than you really are. Then we have the “Dunning–Kruger effect”, most of you will probably, in the beginning, think that you are better at deduction than you really are, because of the Dunning-Kruger effect. It predicts that beginners rate themselves to be better than they really are while experts rate themselves to be worse than they really are. So no you can’t measure your skill level yourself.

This point I’ll make now is kind of connected to the previous one. Don’t assume you are right. That would be really stupid. If you assume you are right, you’ll fall for confirmation bias. This is when you look for things that would prove what you believe to be true, and miss things that disprove your theory. One more reason this is bad, I know of deductionists that don’t want to accept that they’re wrong, even if it’s confirmed. They think the one that tells them they’re wrong are lying. Extremely bad.

The pattern.

Your knowledge about deduction will improve. In the beginning, before you start deduction you’ll probably not know about it at all, you’ll have an unconscious ignorance towards it. When you start reading about it, you’ll probably understand that you don’t know much about it. So you’ll have a conscious ignorance towards it. After trying it out and really learning you’ll start noticing that you can deduce some things, you’ll have and conscious knowledge towards deduction. When you’ve become an expert to master you’ll make deductions without thinking that much, you’ll have an unconscious knowledge about deduction.


Pattern:

  1. Unconscious ignorance
  2. Conscious ignorance
  3. Conscious knowledge
  4. Unconscious knowledge

So, how do you get better in deduction? Practice, it might sound cliché but it’s true. But however, you can shorten the time quite much, if you confirm your deductions. The second C in OCC is extremely important. If you don’t know what you are doing wrong then you can’t improve. You won’t get better just from reading this. So go out there and make deductions and most importantly confirm your deductions.

If you want me to write a post about confirming your deductions about people without the fear to fail (because if you fail they won’t know that you’ve failed) then write to me about that. A lot of people seem to be afraid of saying their deductions out loud.

And with that, I’ll see you my irregulars.

An ENTP's Late Night Thoughts

Existential crisis, self-discovery, whatever you wanna call it, here’s my thing:

ENTPs are like motivated hippies. We wanna go with the flow–with every single thing–but at the same time we want to try NEW things everyday and all the time, so we PUSH ourselves to do those things. We break rules, break records, blow minds…we have to always be doing and thinking up something new.

ENTPs don’t have Fi, but our suuuuperbly HIDDEN values mean the world to us. We may not give a damn about a single thing on this planet but oNE and that ONE THING can destroy us SOOO easily. For some of us its religion, for some it’s a lover, for some it’s self-image/ego…whatever it is, it keeps us secretly grounded amidst our ever-changing persona. Without it, we are no one (because we try to be everything.)

ENTPs, although it’s antithetical, feel insecure about how other people see them. It’s tertiary Fe. You’ll hear us say things like, “I don’t care what they think! F*ck them!” But deep, deep down, it’s a lie. You have to think of it like this: truly smart people don’t have to say they’re smart, truly gifted people don’t have to say they’re gifted; SO people who truly aren’t worried about what people think of them don’t say they’re not worried about what people think of them.

And this leads me to…
ENTPs are actually pretty antithetical people overall. I mean, other types say they’re living contradictions, but we really ARE. While we parade around saying we live in the moment, bad hair don’t care, say we’re smart and we know it…simultaneously we have well-thought out futures, we do care what you think of us (as aforementioned), and we struggle to be seen as smart by everyone since we, like INTPs, DO second guess ourselves a lot. We just don’t show it, and that in itself creates the contradiction. We ARE the ultimate devil’s advocate for this reason.

All in all:
ENTPs live through the “masks” that we wear to the world, except the “masks” are hardly masks at all; each one is a part of our identity. Whoever we decide to be today is a part of who we are and a part of our growth as a human being, because seeing the world through different perspectives is a GREAT learning process.

And all that is what you have to deal with when you’re close to an ENTP, or are one for that matter.

anonymous asked:

Hi! So I was wondering. How to say if someone is an INTJ. I mean, I know all the basics and stereotypes, but what in the reality? Is there possibility to recognize them at spot? I'm an ENTP and I truly dream of some nice, typical INTJ to waltz into my life ;;

I am struggling with this myself. But, you know, the process I’ve learned is like this:

Typing Your Average INTJ

  • The person under question of being an INTJ is often quiet in most conversations, but very confident and oftentimes sarcastically/sardonically funny when they do pipe up
  • You often have no doubt that they’re an NT type…they’re pretty intellectual and will make sure you know that they are 
  • Often not dressed according to any sort of trend. They usually dress for comfort or display some sort of interest of theirs
    • My INTJ boyfriend is really into Star Wars and America in general and always wears shirts with death stars and Darth Vader and American flags on them
    • Another INTJ I know never dresses in anything but a sweatshirt and jeans, just depends on their will to express themselves (though in the middle of summer this INTJ will wear Rush t-shirts quite often to display his love of the band)
  • Hair is usually standard or unkempt. This type is not one to want to maintain and style their hair a certain way every day–that’s out of the question
  • Often have some sort of “autistic touch” behavior as my ENTP friend says–will have weird “ticks” like scrunching their eyebrows a lot or picking at the soles of their shoes (even on dates/formal meetings/AKA no social awareness) 
  • They’ll be aware of their little ticks and such but are 9 times out of 10 absolutely fine with it. I dunno, as an Fe user that would drive me insane, but to INTJs it’s just being themselves and they’re A-ok with that. This is one thing I particularly really love about INTJs for whatever reason
  • They have a death glare. They don’t know that they do it, but they stare at random people while in deep thought and really scare certain people because they think the INTJ is glaring at them, but in reality they’re just thinking about what it’d be like if British imperialism was revived, only this time in space
  • Alright, stereotype time, they’re usually pretty arrogant or boastful about their intellect and will make you feel like you’re an ant compared to their giant mental prowess
  • They will tell you you’re dumb if they think you’re dumb. Brutally honest folks here, y’all
  • That being said, if they’re super healthy INTJs, they may be nicer and less “mean” with their words and be careful with word choices, but the gist is the same