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The Fan’s Guide to the Altean Language

UPDATED FOR SEASON 4 - First update for season 4

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With the increase of alien characters in season 3, we are getting away from this being purely the Altean language. Unfortunately, there’s no real way of knowing what is and isn’t considered “altean”, so I’m just going to continue to use “Altean Language” as the tag.

Units of time (Confirmed with Official Guidebook!)

  • Quintant = 1 day
  • Deca-Phoeb = 1 year
  • Phoeb = 1 month
  • Dobosh = minute
  • Varga = hour
  • Tick = a tad longer than a second
  • movement = week
  • @saiikavon has pointed out that in S2E8, the Blades of Marmora base would be closed for 2 quintants. When they mention that 10 Vargas have passed, Lance correctly estimates another 30 Vargas until the base is open again. From this it can be assumed that 2 Quintants = 40 Vargas or 1 Quintant = 20 Vargas.  

Planets/regions and Inhabitants 

  • Olkarion, home of the Olkari (Voltron Coalition HQ)
  • Arus, home of the Arusians
  • Taujeer, home of the Taujeerians
  • Daibazaal, home of the Galra (destroyed)
  • Altea, home of the Alteans (destroyed)
  • Puig, home of the Puigian
  • Unnamed planet, home of the cubserions
  • Valurian Quadrant, home of the Tando people
  • Kythra, has desert tribes
  • Ulippa system, contains ice worms
  • Paglium quadrant
  • Thayserix (planet), unknown if inhabited
  • Va’kar quadrant
  • Thaldycon system
  • Unilu, homeland unknown
  • Signa 3 quadrant - overrun by rebels
  • Fimm System
  • Reiphod (Planet) - recently liberated by rebels
  • Quadrant Omega-Raylar-6
  • Karthan-Sigma Quadrant
  • Kraydah’s Moon - Rebel base
  • Unknown planet (destroyed) - Rebel memorial site
  • Unknown asteroid - Matt’s communication outpost
  • Naxzela (Planet) - Formerly a decommissioned Altean Terra-forming planet. Major Galra base. Part of the Rebulon Zone.
  • Vantax-5 -Galra satellite relay orbiting it
  • Teq (planet) - Galra controlled. Had Zaiforge cannon nearby
  • Senfama (planet) - Jungle planet. Galra controlled. Had Zaiforge cannon
  • Sector Zar-Niomofor
  • Nah-veer-5 (unstable star)
  • Zone Everall 71
  • Zones Rebulon 4-69 (Naxzela is in one of these zones)

Phrases

  • Stick out like a choferiaks nose
  • blown straight to Wozblay
  • faster than an angry klanmüirl
  • Jump like a spritely clovenheifer
  • mad as a wet chüper
  • linked at the ears like a pack of yalmor
  • crack a squizzle on the balmera (I.E. break a leg)
  • puffed up like a Trufalian meringue
  • hold your gazurgas (I.E. hold your horses)
  • and I’m the phloban of Gargalaz (I.E. I’m the king of France)
  • what, in the name of King Groggery the infirm, is going on?
  • a day late and a fertonium short
  • from her to Vlexlar
  • hello bii-bohs and boh-biis
  • what the ruggle is that?

Random

  • Nunvill - a purple beverage that purportedly tastes like hotdog water and feet. Other commentary includes “the nectar of the gods”, “makes a wonderful hair tonic”, and “settles the stomach and brightens your smile”
  • Quiznak - a swear word, similar in use to Fuck, crap, or hell (ie: “Oh quiznak” or “What the quiznak”)
  • Quintessence - a type of energy. Context from the world indicates that it is likely some form of Life/spirit energy [EDIT] It’s a real word! According to dictionary.com : noun1.the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.2.the most perfect embodiment of something.3.(in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element,ether, supposed to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies,the others being air, fire, earth, and water. Thanks @nickelpenn for the info!
  • Weblum - a giant space worm that eats dead planets, repurposing the material into “the building blocks of new solar systems”. They produce the scaultrite mineral, used for Altean Teludav lenses.
  • Sloven-de-hoe - literally the altean word for “gone”
  • Duflax - an altean creature with a beak and webbed feet.
  • Xznly Squiwl - an altean creature with a white body and 4 limbs
  • bogwaggle cape - a type of cape that Coran claims he trained to sing his theme song when he walked in a room
  • Hoktril - a device from the alternate reality that is embedded in the back of the subjects head, eliminating their “will”. Basically turns them into mind controlled puppets
  • Skort pantaloons - a breathable trouser worn by the Tando people. Worn by the aliens who rescued Matt.
  • Klygarg - a computer used to record logs. Used by Vakala and his partner
  • Guns of Gamara - a resistance group in the alternate reality.
  • Zaipirium siege - an event in Galra history. The underwater Galra base from this period is implied to be very old
  • Fluuto beans - “…No more beans for Hunk” - Lance
  • Conscious-neezy mind enhancers - pills containing parasitic worms (never bargain with shady Unilu running illegal enhancement shops out of their wheelchairs)
  • Swathian Meerakeet - giant lizard-armadillo that is attracted to lights.
  • Zaiforge cannons - very powerful galra cannons. Commandeered by the rebels and Blades of Marmora
  • Sincline ships - Lotor’s trans-reality ships. A nod to Lotor’s origional GoLion name


Other useful info

  • The paladins left earth on a monday (S1E2)
  • Cryopod, cryo replenishers, and sleep pods have all been used to describe the same unit
  • The black lion is largest, the yellow/blue lions next largest, and the red/green ones the smallest. So Lance and Hunks lions would be described as about the same size
  • The swords the blades of Mamora use are made of Luxite, which is rare
  • Coran accompanied his Grandfather while the castle of lions was being built, potentially putting his age in the 600s (not counting the 10k year cryo-sleep)
  • He/him pronouns are used for Pidge until S1E6, and She/her pronouns from S1E6 onwards
  • Coran’s full name is Coran Hieronymus Wimbleton Smythe
  • Haggar’s altean name is Honerva. Her official title is High Priestess
  • On Altea, the color pink is used to honor fallen warriors
  • The mice are Platt (largest), Chulatt (blue fur/eyes), Plachu (Blue fur, red eyes), and Chuchule (pink fur)
  • The Holt family dog was originally named Gunther, later changed to Bae Bae (in honor of the studio’s late pet)
  • The dates on Matt’s tombstone are 0010-05-25 to 0014-04-28. This format may be the correct date format, as Pidge didn’t realize anything was off until she realized Matt’s b-day was wrong
  • The coordinates for Matt’s base are 19.82.05.11
  • Alteans don’t get brain freeze

Birthdays

  • Hunk - January 13th
  • Shiro - Febuary 29th (leap day)
  • Pidge - April 3rd
  • Lance - July 28th
  • Keith - October 23rd
  • Allura -  Unknown as of 10/20/17
  • Coran -  Unknown as of 10/20/17

Original Paladins

  • Black - Zarkon of Daibazaal
  • Yellow - Gyrga from Rygnirath
  • Green - Trigel of the Dalterion Belt
  • Blue - Blaytz from Nalquod
  • Red - Alfor of Altea

Lotor’s generals

  • Zethrid - big, with the fluffy ears
  • Narti - the blind lizard woman
  • Ezor - the bubbly, giggly one
  • Acxa - Weblum galra (spelling confirmed on official voltron page)
  • Kova - the space cat, assuming the one with Narti is the same as the one Haggar used to have

Rebel Commanders

  • Ozar - The blue guy who talks with Pidge
  • Te-osh (deceased) - rescued Matt
  • Olia - star fox

Galra squadrons (all hunting Lotor btw)

  • Squadron Erto
  • Fighter squadrons Djalg 14 & 15
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In case you don’t know this story, the Norse gods wanted a wall around Asgard to protect themselves and a jotun only known as The Builder offers to make it in exchange for Freya, Sun and Moon. Freya gets rightfully pissed and refuses (no word on Sun or Moon’s feelings about this), so Loki turns into a female horse and lures The Builder’s horse away, causing all work on the wall to stop. Because he can’t finish the wall The Builder has to leave without Freya, Sun and Moon. Loki disappears for 9 nine months and returns with an eight-legged foal (yes, he had sex with the horse and got pregnant. I know you all love that part). The end.

For some reason people often leave out that The Builder wanted Sun and Moon too, and English translations often translate it to “the sun and moon” as if he wanted the heavenly bodies, but no, he wanted the goddess and god responsible for said heavenly bodies. He absolutely intended to have sex with all of them which is why a lot of translations leave out Moon because ew that’s gay.

Freya didn’t want to marry a Jotun, let alone as part of a god damn harem me thinks.

When the world doesn’t make what you want, you make what you want for the world.
Work in progress of a witch’s umbrella.

Final product is here https://barberwitch.tumblr.com/post/167054401531/witch-riding-umbrella

Lilith

Throw me to the wolves, and I will return leading the pack.

Lilith represents the dark, sexual, raw parts of us that are ugly and instinctual. Things we don’t like to acknowledge, but they are as much a part of our being as anything else.

She is a rebel, an exile, a survivor, and she’s not afraid to get what she wants. Despite the negativity that surrounds her in astrology, she’s within each of us and she’s not a source of evil but of power. Embrace your Lilith, and you embrace yourself.

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Nut is the Egyptian goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies. Envisioned as as star-covered woman arching over the earth, Nut is the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in the world and is considered to be one of the oldest deities in the Egyptian pantheon.

As the mother of Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys, Nut is regarded as the mother of the gods and of all things living. She and her husband Geb are considered to be the givers of food and water, not only to the living but also to the dead. In this role she is seen as a protector of the dead. 

Front Bottoms Songs for the Signs
  • Aries: Lone Star// "She looks me dead in the eyes and says 'hey Brian if you still believe in the Lord above,
  • get on your hands and knees and pray for us"
  • Taurus: Santa Monica// "Where I'm standing there is a cool, cool breeze. Heavenly bodies make the devil a little uncomfortable."
  • Gemini: Father// "And I am leaving as soon as I come.
  • As soon as I come you will probably forget my name.
  • I hope I fall asleep at the wheel and crash my car."
  • Cancer: Flashlight// "You are still here, you are still happy, you are still smiling and laughing, you are still the only thing and everything I need in my life."
  • Leo: Cough It Out// "All the branches on the tree, that we carved our initials in seem to bend and take the shape of them."
  • Virgo: The Beers// "And I will remember that summer, as the summer I was taking steroids, because you like a man with muscles, and I like you."
  • Libra: Funny You Should Ask// "But you were young, you thought you didn't have to care about anyone, but you're older now and wish that you could."
  • Scorpio: Swimming Pool// "There's no doubt in my mind that if you could then you would try to crack my ribcage open and pull my heart right through."
  • Sagittarius: West Virginia// "I thought I had it figured out, how to organize my words good before they fall right out my mouth."
  • Capricorn: Awkward Conversations// "I personally think it's too cold to have the window open, but you want to smoke your menthol cigarettes."
  • Aquarius: Maps// "And what about your friends. Don't you love them enough to stay? And I say if I don't leave now then I will never get away."
  • Pisces: 12 Feet Deep// "Maybe college won't work out, I can come live at your house. I'm supposed to be at class now but my roommate just passed out."
Eclipse/New Moon Ritual 🌙

A ritual to gather power and renew oneself through the power of an eclipse or new moon.

🌙 gather: full moon water, amethyst, white and black candles, ribbon, bay leaf, and any other prefered crystals/artifacts of power, and a wand/athame.

🌙 perform ritual when the moon is present. Note: if during an eclipse, take appropriate eye-protection precautions (nasa-approved solar glasses, not regular sun glasses)

🌙 arrange the crystals/artifacts as points of a pentagram, or prefered/appropriate geometric shape.

🌙 place candles in the center, tied together with the ribbon.

🌙 light the white candle, use the bay leaf to transfer the light to the black candle.

🌙 let the bay leaf burn to ash on a fire safe plate.

🌙 ground with the moon:

the shadow cast over you allows you make you one with the dark, your own heavenly body afloat in the universe. You blend into the darkness, you are only your eyes. When you close them you become nothing. Between your stomach and your heart, you summon a spark, that grows inside you. It burns away the emptiness and fills you to the brim, until you are whole again.

🌙ground until the ashes are cooled, then crumble the leaf between fingers and rub ash into hands.

🌙 reach for the moon. Feel its power spreading into you. (This is the time for eye protection, if youre going to be looming at the moon)

🌙 extinguish the candles and wash hands in the full moon water. It does not charge you, because you are already brim-full.

Astrological Rulerships and Psychic Faculties

Psychic receptivity and psychic faculties are primarily ruled by Pisces, Neptune, and the 12th House. But, they are also tied to Scorpio, the Moon, Uranus, Pluto, the 8th and 9th Houses.

Empathic abilities are ruled by these signs, planets, and houses which are ruled by Water.

Telepathy is ruled by Neptune and Uranus, and can be present especially when these heavenly bodies favorably aspect Mercury.

Prophecy is ruled by the planets Jupiter and Neptune, while also being associated with the Moon. It is also strongly tied with Sagittarius and the 9th House.

Intuition is ruled by Neptune, Uranus, the Moon, and the 9th House.

Divination, on the other hand, is ruled by Neptune and Pluto.

Clairaudience is ruled by Aquarius.

Clairsentience is ruled by Neptune.

Clairvoyance is ruled by Neptune, Uranus, the Moon, Pluto, Pisces, and Virgo.

Auras are ruled by Uranus.

Levitation is ruled by Pluto.

Psychic or faith healing is ruled primarily by Uranus, but also Neptune and Pluto. Healing in general is a matter of Mercury, Virgo, and the 6th House, but also the Sun and Mars in some respects, so when any of these rulers of psychic healing touch the rulers of general healing the power is strengthened.

Mediumship is primarily ruled by Neptune and Pisces, but also Pluto and the Moon.

Psychometry is ruled by Taurus.

Witchraft and manifestation are ruled by Neptune, Pluto, Scorpio, and the 12th House.

The occult in general is ruled by Neptune, Uranus, Pisces, Aquarius, the 8th House, and the 12th House.

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