Past-Present-and-Future

Bee Fact #663

Each bee has three lives: one past, one present, one future. Each cat has nine lives, and each cat year is the same at 7 human years. Logically then, each cat must swallow seven bees each year in order to stay alive.

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The Sacred Isle of Angelgard has a history long forgot, remembered only by the gods themselves. It is the Heart of Creation, where Etro first sprung forth Bahamut the Draconian and Ifrit the Infernian. On it too, She sprung the other deities of the Pantheon. On the Isle of Angelgard converges all the planes of existence, and to this day the faint traces of the raw power of the cosmos can still be felt upon its hallowed shores.

Because of its uniqueness, Angelgard always exists in parallel universes; always exists in the Past, the Present and the Future. The topography and surrounding landscape or the location by exact latitudes and longitudes may change, but whatever realm of existence, there shall always be an Angelgard, the holy isle.

It is unknown why the gods withdrew from the Isle of Angelgard, but the withdrawal is a well-documented fact. The Pantheon retreated unto their own realms, though Angelgard still remains a point of interest in whatever world it exists in. The gods still gather around it, though such a sight is rarely beheld in a mortal lifetime.

Taylor Swift the celebrity is such a magnet for attention, she can distract from Taylor Swift the artist. But Swift was a songwriter before she was a star, and she’ll be a songwriter long after she graduates from that racket. It’s in her music where she’s made her mark on history – as a performer, record-crafter, guitar hero and all-around pop mastermind, with songs that can leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar. She was soaring on the level of the all-time greats before she was old enough to rent a car, with the crafty guile of a Carole King and the reckless heart of a Paul Westerberg – and she hasn’t exactly slowed down since then.
—  Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 21 September 2017 (x)

it’s important to take care of your studies, but you need to take care of yourself! focus on little every day things that will keep you happy and relaxed! 

1. drink water. hydration will keep you healthy, alive, and functioning to your best ability! in between studying, make sure to continuously drink water. this will make sure your brain is active. if ever you feel really dull, wash your face and chug a glass. you’ll feel rejuvenated immediately.  (but do not drink too much water or you’ll deplete yourself of important body resources.)

2. eat fruits. even a simple banana or apple will do the trick. rather than drinking the sugary juices you can buy in stores, cut up a fruit and eat it while you do something. this will not only prevent you from munching on unhealthy snacks, but your skin will become fresh! don’t overeat the snacks that are full of calories. studying requires being pretty much physically inactive while our brain does all of the work. eat fruits, get your vitamins and important nutrients, stay healthy, and keep your skin glowing!

3. keep moisturized. drinking water will do half the trick, but make sure to apply some form of moisturizer. some acne breakouts are due to allergy, but most of them are due to dry skin. dry skin will force the face to make more oil which will clog the pores and cause a breakout. however, if you are already moisturized, your face will not produce extra oils. Make sure to wash your face at least three times (moderate based on skin type) a day aside from your shower to keep any grime from sticking to your lotion/cream. coconut oil is an amazing alternative that will keep your skin glowing, eyebrows healthy, and eyelashes long. (not for everyone)

4. smile. smiling will relax your facial muscles and make you feel (somewhat) better. you’ll feel positive and others will feel nice by looking at you too! radiating a smile from inside will project a good feeling outside, keeping you motivated at all times. try to be positive! 

5. keep organized. organization will make you feel less cluttered and stressed both outside and inside. you will get the feeling that you have your life under your hands and be able to find everything-do everything-you want. organization will create great habits for your future, too. try to follow a certain aesthetic (colour, furniture, etc.) that you love and this will guide you to a more organized, beautiful, and neat environment.

6. do things that make you happy. studying all the time will only get you good grades, which does bring some level of happiness. but pursuing a hobby will make you feel a lot better as well. take care of your plants, knit a sweater, go jogging. be active outside of studying, especially while doing something you love. meet someone nice, call a friend, hang with family. or just chill by yourself! all of this will cumulate into a healthy lifestyle.

7. think about you! think about your past, present, and future. worry about the things you haven’t done and comfort yourself with a plan to fix the problems. think about your goals and try to set them in place. plan and focus. remember all the great things that have happened and continue down the road of goodness. this, no doubt, will keep you always happy! and remember, do not stress. just breathe and think things through.

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Comic dub of an Overwatch fancomic by @nikanono - featuring the voices of @totalspiffage as Tracer, @hnilmik as D.Va, and Tiana Camacho as Pharah and Mercy! Tracer, please. Acting like you, yourself, haven’t been caught in equally (if not more so) compromising positions in the past, present and near-future? Pfft.

If you enjoyed that, why not watch some of my other comic dubs?

Spirit Guide Communication Guide

Aries rising

Spirit guides communicate through the natural watery flow of intuition, typically erratic in its presence. Spirit guides are guardians. They respond through those you have close, intimate bonds and attachments with. 

Taurus rising

The inner world is glowing, alight, and alive with messages of intuition, often too compelling and magnetic to overlook or ignore. Your spirit guides communicate through your instinct, through tapping into the essence of yourself and projecting it outward, they join in the display

Gemini rising

The intuitive message of spirit guides passes through the conduit of the mind, breaking into thought and self talk. Dialogue with the inner self generates conversation with spirit guides. Questions are answered by more questions 

Cancer rising

You are not likely to receive informative forms of guidance but rather enhancing beauty around you, a moment of stillness in the sun and fresh air as your spirit guides deliver a gentle moment of bliss and exile from reality so you are reminded of pure, true, and everlasting beauty

Leo rising

The most harrowing and profound experiences of life taps into the everlasting wisdom of your spirit guides, like tools of sacred knowledge they arise at moments of catastrophe, it’s very hard to silence their instinct 

Virgo rising

Spirit guides are accessed through pilgrimages in the higher mind, a place where wisdom and symbolism integrate in the human experience, so the spirit guides are leaders toward knowledge and answers, meditation is the easiest way to reach these guides, they are not far away

Libra rising

Your spirit guides arrive at moments of most peril, but you may doubt your worth or entitlement, you may sense that you don’t deserve their help. This of course, weakens their vibration and makes it very difficult for them to reach you. They have already seen your past, present, and future, trust in their understanding of cosmic justice

Scorpio rising

Spirit guides buzz through a sort of electric intuition, almost pulsating, but their presence is erratic and unpredictable. They can leave puzzling messages and it can be like it’s all up to you to figure everything out. Spirit guides enact themselves through this conduit of fast acting intuition 

Sagittarius rising

Your whole world is the conduit where your spirit guides express themselves, they are flying ahead of you, never truly graspable, but always present. Your world is the poetry of your spirit guides and they assemble a personal and private message just for you 

Capricorn rising

Intuitive resources are like a hotplate, they can sizzle uncontrollably and fizzle out at moment’s you deem of most importance. But your spirit guides are what keep you grounded and remind you of what is really important, and it’s very possible for that to get lost in your volatile inner world amongst fury and battles with the self, they are protectors of your insides 

Aquarius  rising

You are not likely to receive informative forms of guidance but rather enhancing beauty around you, a moment of stillness in the sun and fresh air as your spirit guides deliver a gentle moment of bliss and exile from reality so you are reminded of pure, true, and everlasting beauty

Pisces rising

The intuitive message of spirit guides passes through the conduit of the mind, breaking into thought and self talk. Dialogue with the inner self generates conversation with spirit guides. Questions are answered by more questions 

-C.

More things that make you go ‘hmm’ from yesteryear:

Tony: Marriage is a leap of faith. If you love him, you gotta jump in feet first.
Ziva: This coming from a man who did not even go through with his own little wedding.
Tony: Ah, but I rocked the proposal. […] I even managed to shed a little tear

Ahem:

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XV. The Devil - Power of possession, manipulation but also vitality, strength, creative power, sensuality, humor
Anubis - God of the dead, mummification, guide in the underworld, the one who weighs the hearts

So. Hello, Reyes, you shady bastard.

I went crazy with the symbolics. I mean. There is too much of it in this character and I couldn’t resist. The tarot, his past, his … call it present/possible future. Mixed all of it together. I know that Anubis isn’t really the representative of the Devil, but. I just went for it anyway, because the card suits Reyes’ character too well. <3

Also no, I certainly didn’t think I’d dust my old Book of the Dead off to look for references for a scifi fanart. Aka I was looking for the goddamn heart, because I had no idea how to draw it. Hahah.

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
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Anaïs Nin 

Gemini Quotes

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“Don’t look for happiness from others, Ziva. People make too many mistakes. Look to yourself. That is where you’ll find it.”

Hello, ominous foreshadowing of future events!

I’ve been wanting to talk about this scene since I saw “The Missionary Position,” but I also knew that it would probably carry even more weight once I finally got to “Past, Present and Future,” so I held off until now.

I don’t know if the parallels between this scene and the end of PPF are deliberate, but boy, is that a prescient coincidence if they weren’t, right down to one person walking away and leaving the other alone on the foggy pavement.

(Man, Ziva seems so much younger in these screenshots than she does just two years later. Sigh.)

It’s probably too much to ask that Monique’s words here actually impacted Ziva so much that she called back to them during her own crisis, but regardless of of the intent, it’s definitely an interesting link between the two women and the two episodes.

Monique spent her entire career in the shadows, racking up enemies and regrets, and pleads with her young protege here not to follow in her footsteps, because all that does is hurt the people she loves and keeps the boogeymen in the shadows after her at every step.

So it’s easy to see why she’d caution Ziva– follow your heart, stop fighting other people’s wars, etc. – and it’s also a testament to Ziva’s character that she tells her, you can’t make that choice for me and I’ll do what I think is best for me.

But then two years later, it’s hard not to see some of the same issues at play during Ziva’s own conflict. So here she is, faced with her past coming back to haunt her (like Monique), and trying to atone for her sins, when in comes Tony saying all the right things and begging her to go home with him. Which isn’t wrong, and there was nothing else he could have done in the moment– he didn’t care where they were or what they did, as long as they were together. 

But maybe there was the faint echo of what Monique said. That in spite of the part of her mind telling her to follow her heart and go with Tony, she also knew that wouldn’t fix whatever was broken inside her. She could stay in that olive grove or in bed with him for ages, but at the end of the day, she still felt guilt and grief and trauma over what happened to her, and at some point, she was going to have to deal with all of that before she could really move on, or through it.

So maybe Monique’s words stuck. Maybe Ziva decided to look to herself first, even though it arguably wasn’t even mutually exclusive with listening to her heart too, because something inside of her needed to be whole again before she could share it with someone else. Maybe the similarities between the two women ran deeper than Ziva realized, as did their unfortunate outcomes. Maybe Ziva’s choice in the same situation wasn’t as unexpected as it seems, even if it still hurts like crazy and could have turned out so differently, breaking the cycle.

Like I said, it’s probably too much to believe this was done on purpose, but it’s definitely interesting happenstance that it turned out this way. 

List of Infinity Gems and Their Power Sets

Since I had an anon ask about the soul gem earlier I thought it might be helpful to post a list as a tool to help understand the gems individually and then together within the gauntlet (within the comics anyway, the MCU could add or change at will):

Power Gem

  • Gives the owner access to all power and energy that ever has or will exist.
  • Can back the other gems and boost their effects. 
  • Grants its user unlimited stamina and can increase the user’s strength to unlimited levels depending on how much the gem is drawn upon. 
  • It allows the user to duplicate practically any physical superhuman ability and become invincible. 
  • It can also be used as an unlimited power supply for any machine. 

Reality Gem

  • Allows its user to alter reality to what one wants or break the laws of reality and logic such as making 2 + 2 = 5 , as well as the laws of physics.
  • Allows one to resurrect the dead.  
  • Distorts reality around someone so it is incomprehensible.  
  • Allows one to create any type of alternate reality one wishes ( when backed by the other gems it allows one to alter reality on a universal scale).   

Space Gem

  • Allows one to teleport themselves and others any place they can picture in their mind regardless of distance or preventive measures such as walls or spells.
  • Increases the speed of the user.
  • Allows one to appear in multiple places at once or alter the distance between objects contrary to the laws of physics.  
  • At its peak when used in conjunction with the other gems it allows its user to be at all places in the universe at once simultaneously. 

Soul Gem

  • The Soul Gem is sentient; it has a desire to collect souls
  • The gem can attack another’s soul in various ways
  • The gem can reveal information by peering into another’s soul or using the ‘Cold Light of Truth’
  • The gem can trap souls inside itself in an idyllic world.
  • The gem’s wielder can access the memories and skills of those imprisoned within Soul World
  • The gem can revert beings to their natural state.
  • The gem protects its wielder from soul-based attacks.
  • The gem can disrupt the anima of a soul with a karmic blast rendering the target temporarily unconscious. Certain beings are immune to this attack.

Mind Gem

  • Gives the owner psionic powers like telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Can augment the preexisting mental powers of its user.
  • When used in conjunction with the other gems, it can link its user with all other minds in the universe at once. 

Time Gem

  • Allows the user total control over the past, present and future. 
  • Grants its user visions of possible futures. 
  • It allows time travel, control over the age of beings and also be used as a weapon by trapping enemies or entire worlds in unending loops of time.
  • When used with the other gems, it allows its user to exist at all points in time simultaneously.
“What Is My Path and How Do I Find It?”

What is a Path in Witchcraft?

A path is the journey that someone takes as they practice witchcraft. Some use it to describe their past, present and future on their magickal journey. Others use it to represent what they would consider a “label” to themselves and their craft. In general a path in witchcraft is a word to describe that specific witch’s journey, views, experiences, focuses and future goals that surround their own personal magickal practice.

Everyone, absolutely everyone, has a different path because each person is an unique individual with unique interests, hobbies, views, practices and choices. This is why your path may vary so greatly from others around you, your friends and even your mentors/teachers. There is nothing wrong with this because it is your path, not their path.

How do I know what my Witch Type/Path is? Is there a test I can take?

No, there isn’t a test you take to determine what your path is or what type of witch you are. There is only one thing that determines that: you. You are the one who chooses your path and what you wish you focus on.

You don’t have to be any specific type of witch at all. You don’t have to be a storm witch or a green witch. You can be whatever you want. If you want a label and to focus your path onto one thing, then do it. If you want to be labeled as more than one thing, go for it. Do you just want to do whatever you want and have no labels? That’s perfectly fine too!

You decide what kind of witchcraft interests you by:

  • Researching: research every single thing you can find! Save your sources, read through articles, take notes and compare them to other articles, posts, blogs and writings on the same topic. Look at the differences but also examine who is writing: a person who is an atheist witch will have different views on the spirituality and morals of something compared to a Wiccan witch or a Christian witch. Examine who is writing the post, and take their views with a grain of salt and not as solid fact because everyone differs. If you agree with their views that’s great! If not, take it as something to consider. Research the scientific and medical relations of things as well, what I mean by this is each herb is a medicine and like medicine and drugs it has side effects, research it before ingesting it or using it. Research your crystals and stones to ensure you don’t ruin them or harm yourself with them. Science and witchcraft come hand in hand, remember that. It’s not fun sending yourself to the hospital because you overdosed on a herb you didn’t research well enough.
  • Cater to Yourself: By this I mean look at what you as a person enjoy doing: your hobbies, your likes, your dislikes, your talents, your interests, etc. Use these in your craft, take these and put them into your craft. Are you interested in art? Use art supplies, drawing, painting and sigils in your craft. Interested in singing? Sing your spells and incantations, use song lyrics for spells, sing to cleanse a space or attract things. Enjoy collecting stickers? Use stickers to seal spell jars and sachets, use them like sigils and stick them to things, buy stickers that relate to correspondences via color, shape, or imagery. You can use anything you want in your path. If you are passionate about gardening, then your path can bring in gardening and plants into it. If you are passionate about cooking definitely bring kitchen magick into your path. If you just love reading, bring literature, writing and spell books into your path. Bring in your interests, make your path full of things you love. Don’t force yourself to be the “dark mysterious witch” if that is not what interests you. Why bring in tea magick into your craft if you hate tea? Your path is meant for you to enjoy it, it is to cater to you. If you like pink, glitter, candy and soda then use that! Use those things, because they are important to you. That means they hold magick in them, because they are special to you. You will find more success in doing things you love and working with tools you associate with.
  • Follow Your Own Beliefs: This is a big one, some people in our community will try to push that you have to worship a certain religion or deity. You do not have to worship anything or anyone to practice witchcraft. You do not have to be part of any religion, all who tell you otherwise are gatekeeping. If you wish to be Wiccan then be Wiccan, if you wish to be Pagan then be Pagan, if you wish to be Christian then be Christian, if you don’t want to bring religion into your craft at all that’s fine too. It is your choice what your beliefs are, and don’t let others tell you that you are wrong but give that same courtesy to others. Others will likely have different views and beliefs than you and so you should also give them the same respect for their beliefs as you expect them to give you. If you do wish to work with a deity or religion, research it and look into what it is like to be apart of it. Ask others who worship this deity how they do and their bond with them, this can help you figure out your own way to worship.

Why can’t others just tell me how to find my Path? I don’t want to research.

Well, that isn’t how it works I am afraid. Other people don’t know what is important to you in your core, they don’t know what holds your interest or what holds your passion. They can’t just tell you everything about your path. They can give you advice based off of their own experiences however, but this is not the same as them being able to instruct you as to what to do.

Research is apart of witchcraft, that’s just a simple fact. Yes you can ask around to people what things may be or for help but think of it like this: People don’t like feeling like google. Asking someone what the correspondence of a crystal is can get quite annoying if you or just several others keep doing it when you can easily search the phrase: “Correspondence of ____ in witchcraft” and find exactly what you need or to simply search that user’s blog for that specific crystal. Research for yourself, it is your responsibility to do if you wish to use witchcraft. You walk your own path and that means you are responsible for your own lessons. People have out there tons of amazing resources that you can use.

Common Falsehoods, Lies, Red Flags and “Dishonest Truths” about Witchcraft/Paths:

  • You have to be Wiccan/Pagan: As spoken about up above, this not true. You can follow whatever religious practice or belief you desire or none at all.
  • Cursing is Bad!/Three Fold Rule: This is another popular thing people will throw out at new witches to try to scare and shame them away from cursing, hexing and other acts of baneful magick. As a whole, this is a personal opinion. If you choose to curse that is your choice and others have no right to tell you that you’re a bad person for it. But, if you chose not to curse yourself, then that is your choice. Don’t drag others down or insult them for their choice.
  • You can only be one type/kind of Witch: No, you do not even have to label yourself as we talked about above. If you wish to label yourself as a “Sea Witch” or “Cosmic Witch” or “Green Witch” then do so. If you wish not to just focus on one thing then that’s perfectly fine! A lot of witches don’t label themselves as a ‘specific type’ of witch.
  • You have to use crystals/herbs/tea/etc: Nope, you are not required to use any specific ingredients, you don’t even have to use any ingredients at all if you don’t wish to. Use what you have hand and what you like. If you have a lot of candy, make candy spells; if you have a lot of crayons, make drawn and colored spells; if you have a surplus of toilet paper rolls, use those as poppets or for spell containers.
  • You have to have companions/familiars: Nope, you do not have to work with spirits or animals or anything like that if you don’t want to. Before you do get yourself a companion I recommend heavy research into spirit companions and make sure you have a way to communicate with them.
  • “Only women can be witches!”: Nope! Any gender, sexual orientation, race, etc can be a witch. If you practice magick and you want to be called a witch, guess what you’re a witch. If anyone tells you otherwise they are not worth your time.
  • You have to be trained/in a coven to be a witch: Nope! You can be self taught and you can work alone. Beware of toxic covens too, there are some out there who try to gender-shame and can be quite toxic in general. If you wish to be apart of a coven ensure that the rules of the group are ones you are okay with and that you aren’t pressured into behaving a certain way.
  • You have to have “witch blood” if you want to be a strong witch: huge lie right here; your bloodline and family history does not weaken or strengthen your magick. You don’t need to be from a long line of witches to be a witch, you don’t have to be “born a witch”.
  • Tech Magick/Emoji Magick/Pop Culture Magick/Modern Magick is terrible and is ruining true magick!: You will see this a lot on tumblr I am afraid. Lots of people trying to tell other witches that their paths/craft is not “true witchcraft” since it is not based on traditional witchcraft or religions. Don’t listen to them. If you want to practice modern magick and pop culture magick that is your choice and you are valid in every way!
  • If you’re mentally ill/disabled/sick you can’t be a witch: Spoonie witches exist and there are plenty of them! Just because you have found that you may not be as energized as other witches means absolutely nothing. You are valid, even if you use simple and basic magick due to low energy levels you are valid! You are still a witch.
  • You can only be friends with/date other witches: big red flag here! If anyone is telling you this, whether it is a mentor, teacher, friend or coven member/leader you need to find someone else fast. This is majorly toxic behavior used by some witches in this community to make you cut ties with others. It is an abusive manipulative tactic that you have to be aware of and avoid. You can be friends and date whoever you want (obviously within legal terms), whether they are a witch or not.
  • True witches practice magick everyday: Nope! You can take breaks! Especially when you have other things going on, you are tired or you just aren’t mentally/emotionally able to do witchcraft. That is perfectly fine. Take breaks, rest up, focus on other things - its okay. Take care of yourself. You aren’t being a ‘bad witch’ for taking breaks.
  • Everything is related to the supernatural!: No, the mundane is a thing. Not everything you see will be a mystical sign or message. Not everything that happens to you is because of spirits, curses, spells, etc. Rule out the mundane first such as medical problems or common sense/reasoning before you go leaping onto it being some great supernatural occurrence. Once the mundane is ruled out then you can consider other things.
  • Magick is better for you than medicine/doctors!: NO NO NO NO. Magick can aid in medical things if properly researched but never EVER substitute medical procedures, doctors or medicines for magick! Go and take care of yourself! 

aquarius intercepts thoughts conducted by past, present, and future spiritual beings. they use their marvellous mind to transform intuitive messages and different frequency dispatches into human language. aquarius cannot activate their wisdom and become a recluse. it can cause overriding feelings of separation and personal defectiveness. they may forget how to generate natural human responses because they become so secluded and cut off from their own emotions inside. air is a medium shared between all people, so the pyramids and puzzles that reside in the aquarius mind are made for sharing. when aquarius makes a discovery, it means that all of humanity takes a leap in consciousness. they need to connect and unify so that the mind can be frequently aired out and retain its human and social qualities. the further aquarius drifts from people the harder it becomes to communicate, relate, and innovate. the mind can become especially cruel and chaotic because it’s only conversing with itself and its own unique language. the aquarius water jug is made to be filled and poured. without human love and interraction the jug overflows, it can make the individual very confused, verbally stifled, incoherent dazed, difficult to follow in conversation and forgetful with practical matters. violentally high frequency of information is circulating inside, that cannot be truly understood alone, and becomes destructive space junk when not converted to something earthly. jesus was ascended came down to earth so he could deliver a message, to walk amongst the people and feel the ground. this is very much the mission of aquarius, to descend from the elevated esoteric electricity and bring the rain that hydrates the spiritual waters of man. to relinquish all comforts of heaven and stand on the ground with the people and raise them higher together. it can almost seem unnatural for the aquarius to be a constant, brightly lit social figure, they certainly do need to be alone so they can think and reflect, but they cannot disconnect completely or it can become an unpredictable, erratic, and lonely mental ordeal