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Zodiac Cheat Sheet (Part 2)

ARIES:

  • Ruling planet: Mars
  • Ruling Olympian: Athena
  • Ruling House: 1st house, House of Self (Latin: “Vita” meaning “life”)
  • Element & Group: Cardinal Fire sign
  • Symbol: The Ram
  • Ruling body part (medical zodiac): Head, Face, Eyes
  • Motto: I Am

TAURUS:

  • Ruling planet: Venus
  • Ruling Olympian: Aphrodite
  • Ruling House: 2nd house, House of Value (Latin: “Lucrum” meaning “Wealth”)
  • Element & Group: Fixed Earth sign
  • Symbol: The Bull
  • Ruling body part (medical zodiac): Neck, throat, vocal tract
  • Motto: I have

GEMINI:

  • Ruling planet: Mercury
  • Ruling Olympian: Apollo
  • Ruling House: 3rd house, House of Communication (Latin: “Fratres” meaning “Brothers”)
  • Element & Group: Mutable Air sign
  • Symbol: The Twins
  • Ruling body parts (medical zodiac): Hands, Arms, Nervous System
  • Motto: I Think

CANCER:

  • Ruling “planet”: The moon
  • Ruling Olympian: Hermes
  • Ruling House: 4th house, House of Home and Family (Latin: “Genitor” meaning “parents”)
  • Element & Group: Cardinal Water sign
  • Symbol: The Crab
  • Ruling body parts (Medical zodiac): Breasts, Chest, Stomach
  • Motto: I Feel

LEO:

  • Ruling “planet”: The sun
  • Ruling Olympian: Zeus
  • Ruling House: 5th house, House of Pleasure/Leisure (Latin: “Nati” meaning “children”)
  • Element & Group: Fixed Fire sign
  • Symbol: The Lion
  • Ruling body parts (Medical Zodiac): Heart, Spine, Spinal column
  • Motto: I will

VIRGO:

  • Ruling planet: Mercury
  • Ruling Olympian: Demeter
  • Ruling House: 6th house, House of Health (Latin: “Valetudo” meaning health"
  • Element & Group: Mutable Earth sign
  • Symbol: The Virgin
  • Ruling body parts (Medical Zodiac): Digestive system, spleen
  • Motto: I analyze

LIBRA:

  • Ruling planet: Venus
  • Ruling Olympian: Hephaestus (Even though Libras are considered the “attractive sign”)
  • Ruling House: 7th house, House of Partnership (Latin: “Uxor” meaning “spouse”)
  • Element & Group: Cardinal Air sign
  • Symbol: The Scales
  • Ruling body parts (Medical Zodiac): Kidneys, skin, buttocks
  • Motto: I balance

SCORPIO:

  • Ruling planets: Pluto and Mars
  • Ruling Olympian: Ares
  • Ruling House: 8th house, House of Death and Sex (Latin: “Mors” meaning “Death”)
  • Element & Group: Fixed Water sign
  • Symbol: The Scorpion
  • Ruling body parts (Medical zodiac): Sexual organs, reproductive system, bowel
  • Motto: I want

SAGITTARIUS:

  • Ruling planet: Jupiter
  • Ruling Olympian: Artemis
  • Ruling House: 9th house, House of Philosophy (Latin: “Iter” meaning “journey”)
  • Element & Group: Mutable Fire sign
  • Symbol: The Centaur / The Archer
  • Ruling body parts (Medical Zodiac): Thighs, Hips, Muscles
  • Motto: I see

CAPRICORN:

  • Ruling planet: Saturn
  • Ruling Olympian: Hestia
  • Ruling House: 10th house, House of Social Status (Latin: “Regnum” meaning “kingdom”)
  • Element & Group: Cardinal Earth sign
  • Symbol: The Sea-Goat
  • Ruling body parts (Medical zodiac): Skeletal system, knees, joints
  • Motto: I use

AQUARIUS:

  • Ruling planet: Uranus and Saturn
  • Ruling Olympian: Hera
  • Ruling House: 11th House, House of Friendship (Latin: “Benefacta” meaning “Friendships”)
  • Element & Group: Fixed Air sign
  • Symbol: The Water Bearer (And not that good at it since he’s actually pouring it out!)
  • Ruling Body parts (Medical zodiac): legs, veins, heels
  • Motto: I know

PISCES:

  • Ruling planet: Neptune and Jupiter
  • Ruling Olympian: Poseidon
  • Ruling House: 12th house, House of Self-Undoing (Latin: “Carcer” meaning “Prison”)
  • Element & Group: Mutable Water sign
  • Symbol: The two fishes
  • Ruling body parts (Medical zodiac): immune system, feet, toes
  • Motto: I believe
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White sunset

The weather in Bombay(I still prefer to call it that) has been unexpectedly charming since yesterday morning. The drizzly sky, coupled with cold breeze has made the temperature plummet so quick, the city suddenly feels so much lovelier!  No more heat and harsh sun(at least for the moment.) Absolutely in love with the weather today!


I’ve been wanting to do something with white fabric and silver oxidised jewellery for a while now, it being such a classic combination. Even though Indian textiles are known for being colourful, my wardrobe is still dominated by blacks and whites. I personally feel oxidised jewellery looks good with almost everything.

These photographs are clicked by a friend of mine, Abhishek Verma. Abhishek and I went to the Versova beach one evening hoping to get a good picturesque location, but instead ended on wondering which angles we could click to avoid the dirt and grime on the beach(Welcome to Bombay!)
Thankfully for us, we did manage to get some good shots, :)



P.S. If any of you guys want to collaborate, shoot me a mail at thescarletwindow@gmail.com or drop in a message on tumblr. I’m absolutely free for a couple of weeks, and would love to create exciting new stuff. :)

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1. Title

Choose what subject you’re focusing the mindmap on and write the title in a bubble at the centre of the page. If the subject is very broad, make sure to use large A3 paper to fit all the information you need on!

2. Split up your subject

Work out what sub-sections there are within the subject- I chose the mindmap above because the sections are very clear. Working this out before you start writing will help you plan how much space your writing can take up, as well as making you less likely to repeat information in other parts of the mind map. I usually make these sub-sections related to exam questions that can be asked on the subject. Draw an arrow from the centre bubble and write the title of your first section.

3. Elaborate

Now write down the important facts within each section, using arrows coming from the sub-titles. Keep writing brief and highlight important information in a bright colour so that you can easily scan the mind map later to see the key facts. Use bullet points if you find it hard to write concisely. I also like to use illustrations to make my mindmaps stand out (although there aren’t any on the mindmap above because I was trying to keep it qite minimal) I find that if I add funny pictures to the information, I remember it better.

4. Extras

If there is anything else important that doesn’t fit your categories, put it around the edges of the mindmap. In the map above, I’ve added some examples of past exam questions in a space at the top right of the mindmap. Sometimes I even staple down flashcards or important handouts that are related to the subject! Try adding your own little touches and see what you find most useful.

I hope this helps you to study in a more creative way! x

another style of mindmap that I often make

my post on how to take good notes

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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

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Ive been getting an influx of messages from students asking me what they can do to become a story artist. I decided to put together a list of a few basic things to get you started on the journey. There is much more that goes into making a good story artist but these are just some of my personal suggestions to start.

First, I always like to suggest some reading material. Here are  few books that really helped me wrap my head around a few ideas:

  1. Visual Story- Bruce Block
  2. Story- Robert Mckee
  3. The 5C’s of Cinematography- Joseph Mascelli
  4. Save the Cat-Blake Snyder
  5. On Filmmaking- Alexander Mackendrick 

Next i’d suggest watching as many movies as possible. Studies from the greats Kubrick, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Coen Brothers, Kurosawa, or whoever else you find yourself drawn to. When I say study, I mean really analyze the film from all angles. (camera, composition, Story telling, dialogue, acting.) Have a piece of paper nearby and draw small thumbnails of compositions. 

Check out the AFI Top 100 lists for starters:  http://www.afi.com/100years/movies10.aspx

Storyboarding involves a lot of drawing. Usually quick drawings that have clear reads. So to better your skills draw as much as possible! Draw everything! But not just mindless drawing really think about what you are drawing and why. Look for specific gestures, facial expressions, and designs. A great way to learn this is through life drawing. 

Lastly, Tell stories! The job of a story artist is to visually tell a story through drawings in order to inform others in the production. Great drawings are really second to great storytelling. A good way to improve on telling stories is to do it as much as possible no matter the medium.

Again these are just some of my personal suggestions and a place to start the journey. Hope its helpful! 

Yule - Winter Solstice

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Yule is the first minor sabbat of the year, celebrated at Winter Solstice (which is on December 22nd in 2015), the longest night of the year. This day marks the return of the sun, as the days will start to get longer again from here on, and the rebirth of the Horned God, as well as the beginning reign of the Oak King, taking the Holly King’s place and bringing the light half of the year.

This is a day for introspection, peace, planning for the future and new beginnings and spending time with your family and friends. Parallels can be seen in Christmas, Hannukah and other festivals around this time of the year, all with the same motifs: light and joy. Giving gifts and decorating a Yule tree (I decorate mine with candied oranges and other handmade decor!) are popular activities, as is creating a Yule log and burning it in honour of the sun returning.

Other activities include caroling, wassailing, kissing under the mistletoe, making wreaths, storytelling, sending greetings, lighting a fire, as well as charity, donating food and clothing, volunteering or putting up bird feeders.

Edit: It’s that time of year again! I’ll be reposting this for the upcoming Sabbat but will probably be updating it as I go along. Not everything at the bottom is a link yet but the ones that are there should work. If you guys find any problems just let me know! 

Symbols: yule log, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, clove studded fruit, wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus

Altar decoration: mistletoe, holly, small Yule log, fairy lights, Yule/Christmas cards, a homemade wreath, presents wrapped in colorful paper

Incense: pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon

Herbs: ash, bay, bayberry, blessed thistle, chamomile, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, juniper, mistletoe, moss, oak, pine, pine cones, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, yew, laurel, yellow cedar

Food: roasted turkey, mulled wine, dried fruit, cranberries, eggnog, pork, beans, gingerbread, cookies, caraway cakes, roasted apples, nuts, hibiscus or ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail

Colours: red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange

Stones: rubies, bloodstone, garnet, emeralds, cat’s eye, diamonds

Animals: stag, wolf, hawk, squirrel, wren, robin, phoenix, troll

Deities: Brighid, Pandora, Tiamat, Isis, Demeter, Diana, Apollo, Balder, Ra, Saturn, Helios, Odin

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Pendulums 101

Originally posted by sautrah

Pendulums can be made of different materials, some people using a simple necklace with a crystal or charm at the end. Be sure the bob or bobber - or weight on the end - is not too light or too heavy. It should weigh less than half an ounce. The best shape for the weight - or point - is something that comes to a point. The best length for the pendulum is six inches. You can make your pendulum or buy one.

Pendulums are a simple way to communicate with the other side. I have seen people in stores use them to select products such as: books, food, clothing, just about anything.

The most common types of pendulums are:

- a crystal tied with wire then suspended on a chain or cord
- a chain necklace with some kind of charm suspended at the bottom
- a chain with metal pointer at the bottom - these are usual store bought
- the human body

How To Use A Pendulum

Once you select your pendulum you are ready to begin.

Sit down and get comfortable. Your mind and body should feel relaxed with no stress.

You can rest your elbow on a table in front of you allow the pendulum to swing free, or you can hold your arm in a horizontal position, again allowing your pendulum to swing freely.

You do not have to be psychic to use a pendulum. It will guide itself. It is moved by either your thoughts or someone in spirit who works through you, generally your spirit guide.

The first step is to get the feel of the pendulum and how it will move for you.


Pendulums movements:

- straight line - side to side or front and back
- circles - clockwise or counterclockwise
- elliptical motion
- some pendulums bob up and down to indicate strong action, usually affirmative

Most questions asked when using a pendulum have Yes or No answers. You must determine the direction your pendulum will take for Yes and for No.

Hold the pendulum in your hand. With the other hand - touch the point/bobber to steady its motion.

Keep your eyes on the point.

Now address the pendulum and say, “Show me ‘Yes’.” It will soon swing in one direction, which could be side to side, back and forth, or circles.

Now say, “Show me No.” It should swing in the opposite direction.

Be certain the pendulum is not being guided by the movement of your hand or fingers.

Once you have determine the pattern for Yes and No - you are ready to begin.

There are times that the answer is unknown - or the spirit needs more information. At that time - the pendulum will generally swing diagonally or not at all.

The faster the movement - the stronger the energies.

Sometimes a pendulum will appear to bob or dance up and down. This is usually an affirmative response. the point is sometimes called a bobber.

There are generally no rituals involve with pendulum use, though some people hold their pendulum in the palm of their hand before they begin, to 'charge’ it.

When you ask your questions you may want to record the answers.

Now you are ready to begin to ask your questions.

Start with something simple such as, “Is it sunny today?” “Is it Monday?” “Are you here to answer my questions?”

Once you get the 'swing’ of it - you can move on to personal questions.

Remember to only ask a question ONCE. If you want more information - you might want to use a chart. At this time the pendulum should be about two inches above the chart - or as is comfortable.

If the motion of your pendulum increases - or the circles get large - the energy is increasing and you can expect change linked to the question you were asking. Pursue further questions to get additional information.

Pendulum Charts

You can create your own chart or print one from here. Charts can say anything - including the words Yes and No. They can have pictures, maps, symbols, or the alphabet, used to spell out words much like a ouija board. You can even use your pendulum over a ouija board as it has letters and often numbers on it. Always remember - no matter how you use this tool - is the information you receive becomes negative - you must STOP!

Pendulums and Chakras

Stand in front of, or directly behind, the person you are working with.

Place the pendulum directly over their crown chakra [top of head]. It will either swing back and forth or side to side - or in circles.

Next place the pendulum in front of the third eye [forehead]. If the chakra is balanced the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction of the crown chakra, or the circles will be reversed.

Continue with each chakra moving downward in order: throat, solar plexus, spleen, and root.

If a chakra is balanced the pendulum will continue to reverse polarities. If it is out of balance the pendulum will swing in the wrong direction - or not at all

You can also use the pendulum by placing it slowly a few inches away from a person’s body. The point should remain still and move when it locates a problem.

Credit: Crystalinks