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Meta Post: How did Shiro get his scar?

So a few days ago I did a post about Shiro’s prosthetic arm and the response was amazing! Many of you also showed interest in me doing one on Shiro’s scar as well, so here we are. This one took me a lot longer to make because it’s not as cut-and-dry as the arm. There’s a lot of variables and speculation. We can’t really know for sure what DID happen, but we can most likely deduce what DIDN’T happen. (WARNING–I’m going to discuss some graphic stuff, blood/gore/injuries, etc. So be aware.)

In this post we’ll go through the possibilities and see which ones are the most likely to occur. There will be one numbered point per general option, and I will narrow them down to the ones I think could happen. I would love for you to share your thoughts on the matter! At one point most of us, myself included, assumed Shiro got the scar on his face during battle, so this brings us to the first option:

1. The scar is the result of a sword or other blade swipe during battle

Let’s take a look at what would have to happen for this option to be the case. There’s an easy way to visualize this in 10 seconds or less.

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they say grief is a well.
deep with creeping water that
seeps first into your socks. it climbs
like ivy, making an abandoned
building out of your bones.

i can see it. the well, i mean,
the grief and the water and the
creeping. i can see it.

but.

i think grief is more like a storm.
clouds that hug the horizon, caress
the sky with fingers that leave bruises
the colour of the skin under your eyes
when you haven’t slept for a week.

lightning bolts that illuminate
the shapes in the dark for just long enough
that you get to see remnants of a normal life,
picnic blankets not abandoned to rain,
beaches covered with sand and not hail,
but the light never lasts.

and thunder. thunder that drowns out
the sound of laughter. thunder that only knows
how to emphasise the gaps of quiet
in between each earth shaking sigh.

they say that grief is a well,
it collects in your chest and fills and spills over
as the walls wage war with the water. i can see it. i can.
but my grief is more like a storm where lightning likes
to strike the same place a thousand times each day.

l.s. | ON GRIEF © 2016

Sticks, Stones, and Bones; Divination Through Casting Objects

My wonderful friend @peacock-witch and I regularly Skype and have fun divining with found objects. This means, whatever is at hand! One night I picked up a pack of cigarettes and started tossing them in the air to see how they fell. Thus was born my love of casting objects to divine. Casting objects is simple, easy, and super “witchy” and in my opinion quite fun and accurate as well! All you need is a selection of two to ten power objects.

What are power objects?

In this context, a power object is whatever has special significance or meaning to you. Just as a deck of tarot cards has 78 distinct meanings to it, your collection of power objects will each have their own distinct meaning. When you cast them on your cloth, the way these objects fall in relation to each other will determine what the reading is.

Here are some ideas of what power objects could be and what their meanings might be:

  • Crystals, stones: Use traditional magical meanings (love, strength, wisdom, protection, etc.).
  • Runes, ogham: Include a full set of runes or ogham sticks, or include certain ones that have special significance to you.
  • Matches, lighters: Guiding light, technology, civilization, fire element.
  • Feathers: Air element, communication, travel, motion, movement.
  • Cigarettes: Sickness, indulgence, hedonism, disease.
  • Ring: Family, bond, friendship, trust.
  • Key: Answers, wisdom, truth, opening, awakening.
  • Coin: Wealth, prosperity, earth element.
  • Glass beads: Creativity, glamour, manipulation, water element.
  • Pills: A state of being unwell, problems, where healing is needed.
  • Battery: High energy, energy blockage, energy containment, energetic flow has been altered.
  • Pen or pencil: Society, lawfulness, rules, order, regulations.
  • Skittles: Sweetness, well-being, happiness.
  • Animal figurines: Use animal lore and meanings to determine what the animal should represent.
  • Walnuts: Brain, intelligence, mind, cunning.
  • Popsicle stick: Bridge, pathway, path, route, solution.
  • Pins and needles: Pain, attack, aggression, fear, worry, unease.

You can really pick up any object around you, assign it a meaning, and cast it with your power objects. Over time you will gain the discernment to tell when an object adds meaning and depth to your readings, or when it becomes clunky and unwieldy. At the start, just cast 2-5 power objects; as time goes on you should experiment with adding more and seeing how it affects your reading. Don’t be afraid to add or especially remove objects that aren’t working for you.

It is a good idea to search for object that are equal in size. For example, casting 5 cigarettes may be a more balanced reading than casting a dime, a lighter, and a crow’s feather. When objects are similar in size they fall similarly and may provide with a more balanced reading to start with, or at least, a reading that is easier to read! This is in my own experience however, perhaps to you the size of the items doesn’t matter at all.

So where do you find power objects? Anywhere! @peacock-witch​ and I pick up whatever is in the room with us and figure out a way to divine with it. To make that list of objects above I just sat still and looked around my kitchen. Even carrots and celery sticks will do if you’re really short on objects to toss around.

Remember that you can mark on or alter your objects! I draw meanings on the filters of cigarettes. You can draw symbols on coin with permanent marker, write words on Popsicle sticks, or dab paint on figurines to give them extra meaning.

Put meaning to your objects

The way your power object collection looks will reflect what type of questions you want to divine for. If you want to do love divinations you may have five different objects each representing a subtle form of love. If money is your concern, you may have extra objects representing the economy, cash money, debt, savings, wealth, and financial players.

Assign one object to represent the person you are reading for. Suppose you are using Skittles to divine. Red can represent the person you are reading for; Green stands for love, yellow for wealth, purple for spirituality, and orange for success.

Experiment with different meanings for your objects. See what group of meanings works well together. You should be quickly able to tell what meanings work as a group, and what are clunky, redundant, or nonsensical.

Trust your throw

Just as you trust tarot cards to come up correctly, you need to trust your power objects to come up correctly. What works for me, and for many other readers, is to have a ritual you follow each time you cast for a question. One such example ritual is to hold the power objects, focus on your question, then cast in the same way every time.

Observe the fall

Once you have focused on your question and cast your power objects, the real fun begins!

Let’s go back to our Skittles example. Suppose you want to divine a person’s love life, so you cast the red candy (the querent), the green candy (love), and the orange candy (success). Now, you read the position of the candies to determine whether or not love will soon be in their life. Suppose the person is closely touching love but is far away from success. Maybe this means they will get very close to their goal but never be successful. Or, what if it means they do not need to be successful to find love? As a reader it is your job to interpret how the candies fall.

  • Look at how your power objects are oriented on the board. Do they appear to make a shape or picture? Do all the power objects appear to be pointing towards one side of the board? Do they give you a feeling of active motion, or a feeling of stillness? Do some seem to be clustered together as if they are stuck in a gravity well, or are they spread outwards as if there was an explosion? Take time to consider the board as a whole and the entire picture made by the objects.
  • Look at how your power objects interact with each other. Are some objects touching or even stacked on top of each other? Do some objects seem to mirror each other across the board? Are two or more objects pointing at each other or facing away from each other? Consider everything!! This is the true fun and excitement of casting power objects :3 Take time to consider the objects individually and how they interact with each other.

Casting power objects is an especially useful form of divination to use when you want to determine the nature of relationships between things. It is a powerful system because you can select as many objects as you want and give them their own meanings, as opposed to runes or tarot where there are a set number of meanings for a set number of objects. It is also impressive because you can pick up literally anything and cast it, and you will be able to divine (once you get the technique down of course!)

My advice is to be careful about how you label your objects and pay special attention as to how the objects interact until you get a good team of power objects working for you. Also make sure to keep looking for new levels and depths of meaning. Group readings are a great way to get new levels of depth in your readings, by having multiple friends each read the same spread and share their interpretations.

Beginner witch’s glossary of commonly used terms

This isn’t complete; it is generally for beginner use so they can familiarise themselves with some of the terminology which often pops up around tumblr, in books, etc.

Altar- A space where you can conjure spells, or worship deities. This is where tools are presented and can be decorated in any way. Often these can be in the form of a travel altar.

Black Salt- A powdery substance made from the ashes of incense and salt. Used to banish negativity and can be used in spells.

Book of Shadows- A book which contains personal information and connections to witchcraft; a journal for witches. It can contain anything you wish.

Charging- To fill an object or spell with power. It can be charged with positive energy or can be charged to become aligned with a certain purpose.

Circle Casting- Creating a space around yourself when performing a spell, which is closed off until the spell is complete, to contain power and protect the caster. It is often done with a wand.

Cleansing- To clean an object that has been used for witchcraft or divination purposes; for example cleansing crystals or tarot cards after use.

Correspondence- A connection or close similarity with elements, deities, objects, etc. For example Aphrodite’s correspondences would be things like pink, roses, love, Venus, apples, honey, etc.

Cursing- A spell or concentration of negative energy which is focused on a target. This is often used in cases where the target has done something unforgivable, and the level of harm from the curse is gauged based on the amount of energy the caster produces for the spell. 

Deity- A god or goddess. The plural for this word is Deities.

Divination- A practise widely used in witchcraft, although it is separate. It is an umbrella term for many specific practises such as Tarot, Pendulum reading, Bibliomancy, Runes, Shufflemancy, Tasseomancy, Scrying, etc.

Familiar- An animal/ plant/spirit of any form which has a special magical connection with you. They are able to walk through a cast circle without breaking it, and will be forever bonded to you magically. A familiar will find you 

Grimoire- This is similar to a Book of Shadows; except it does not contain personal information, but instead acts as a reference book which you would fill with correspondences, information on your craft and often contains spells. The two types of book can be combined however.

Grounding- Syncing yourself with the earth or another source of energy either physically or mentally before performing a spell.

Incantation- A line or verse of words that are carefully put together to bring energy and power to a spell.

Incense- Either in the form of a stick or cone, they are made with natural material which when burned in a suitable holder, will provide aromas and smoke; often used to cleanse the surrounding area.

Sachet- A sealed bag made from fabric or other suitable material which is filled with herbs, flowers, or whatever materials the creator chooses. It is often kept under a pillow or carried for desired purposes.

Sigil- A symbol which is drawn which a specific intention in mind. It is made up of lines and sometimes dots, can be straight or curved and can take on any form the creator desires. They can be drawn onto objects or skin to draw in desired power.

Spell Jar- A jar which is commonly filled with herbs which is then stoppered with a cork and then sealed with wax or in other methods. These can be cleaned out and refilled when the effects have worn out.

Travel Altar- A smaller version of an altar, but carries the same tools. It is often carried in a tin or bag which can be set up anywhere.

Witches Ladder- A braided piece of ribbon, cord or string which has been decorated with objects such as animal bones, feathers, crystals, etc. It is hung around the home to provide protection, or to bring positivity. It can be tailored with other intentions to suit the user.

Sectarianism is probably the biggest hurdle the left has to overcome if it wants to, you know, be able to actually change rather than just interpret the world.

Let’s say I want to start a cooperative movement in my region. Well, I don’t really have many choices when it comes to who I can work with. I can’t just say I’m only going to work with people who think like me, because the number of people who think like I do is a very small one. But there are people who think along similar lines, have similar objectives, who I could work with. If I say I won’t work with them, because our analyses and objectives are not one and the same, I’m fucked. I can’t form a movement of any kind.

In Jackson, MS, radicals of all stripes are coming together and forming assemblies which act as dual power institutions (called People’s Assemblies). These assemblies give communities institutions which are answerable to them, which they have substantive control over. They aren’t the project of one group or another, but of several groups working together toward a common goal (in the case of Jackson, the build up of community-owned and democratically managed wealth in the form of cooperatives).

The assemblies, surprisingly enough, do not devolve into sectarianism. Debate is freely allowed as per the democratic norms the assemblies embody. The groups making up the assembly are still autonomous, but they come together to work in good faith, recognizing the necessity of coalition building in the present time.

I think too many of our thoughts on organizing are centered around contexts which no longer exist. We can look to 1917, or 1936, or whatever, as inspirations, but we can’t pretend that those models are totally applicable to present day conditions. This is not revolutionary Russia or Spain. This is the belly of the imperialist beast, where a substantial portion of the population is beginning to see its standard of living decline for the first time in decades. There are no pre-existing institutions which we can take over, we have to build our own. This requires a spirit of cooperation and non-sectarianism.

At this point, if you’re insisting on sectarian quibbles, you are a counter-revolutionary, full stop. The time for quibbling about details has long passed. We need a left which is capable of expressing disagreements without splitting.

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The male bowerbird’s obsession with the arrangement of objects in his bower might seem ludicrous, but it actually has a very distinct purpose.  Many male bowerbirds have been observed using the arrangement of objects to create optical illusions, particularly forced perspective, by arranging similar objects from smallest to largest.  It’s been determined that females find these illusions intriguing, and will spend more time at bowers containing them and give the males a better chance of mating.  This behaviour makes many researchers count bowerbirds among the most behaviourally complex of all birds.

anonymous asked:

Would you be willing to share some of your thoughts about Yuri's motivation over the rings, at least? I'd be curious to read your thoughts especially since that scene in particular has a lot of cultural terminology and background that doesn't translate perfectly for International audiences to begin with.

This is a hard one because, as you wrote, I think there are cultural differences especially regarding the concept of “omamori” (protective charms).

First of all it would be very useful to read this interesting and complete post about “omamori”. Although regarding the part about the rings being round and that symbolizing a bond I’m not sure, I think that might be reading too deeply. At the end there’s also my comment on the meaning of the word “omajinai”, which is also not that easy to translate…

This said, the rest under the cut. Of course this is just my personal interpretation based on the Japanese dialogues in the anime and partly on interviews (I think it doesn’t even clash with the “soulmates” thing in the interview from CREA). All quotes from the dialogues are translated by me and do not use the English sub/dub. I am translating “omamori” as “protective charm”.

Warning: it’s kind of long and has pictures because if I don’t explain it thoroughly it might be hard to get my point across.

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I really don’t understand the claims that Anne With An E is “too gritty”, or even “gritty” at all. I’m sorry, were we watching the same show? The show about a child full of sunshine and love who spreads happiness to every life she touches? (Even when she smashes them over the head with a blackboard. Even when she’s actively trying to disgust, she delights.)

Of course drama was heightened in places, and emotive storylines added in. Each episode needs its own contained storyline, as well as furthering the characters’ overall arcs, that’s just… that’s just what episodic storytelling is. Were these critics expecting a word for word enactment of every chapter of the original work, including ones where the entire action consists of Anne monologuing and Marilla throwing in a few dry remarks?

There are audiobooks for that, folks. Don’t watch an adaptation expecting no level of adaption. It’s like putting on a scarf and then getting mad when your neck gets warm.

The so-called “grit” is largely historical realism, and the book has tonnes of that?? It’s not a book about happy events strung together in a happy life, it’s about happiness despite past pain, despite poverty and loss. The type of happiness the Cuthberts didn’t even know they were missing until Anne came into their lives.

Real organic happiness. The show captured that. Get your heads out of your asses.

Don’t call things ‘overly gritty’ just to prove you were Here First. That’s such a tired cliche that rests on the assumption that just because older media, by necessity or reluctance, veiled some aspects of the subject material, it must automatically be better. Some modern adaptions are better, some are worse, some are objectively similar in quality than what came before, or what they’re based on. They all deserve to be judged on their own merit, gosh.

Anne With An E isn’t some dark thriller reimagining (although Anne would have LOVED that, c'mon) and it’s saturated with nostalgia for the book. Calm it with the grit accusations, concentrate on the flower crowns.

Lesson 9: Past tense 았/었어요, irregular verbs/adjectives, “also”, and making negative sentences.

In lesson 8 we had a look at conjugating sentences in the informal polite present tense. Today we’re going to have a quick look at the informal polite past tense. The informal polite past tense can indicate an action as well as a state of being. The rules for past tense conjugation are the same as for the present tense.

If the final vowel in a verb stem is 아 or 오, then 았어요 is added to the verb stem.

살다 (to live) → 살 + 았어요 = 살았어요
오다 (to come) → 오 + 았어요 = 왔어요 (오 + 았 = 왔)
가다 (to go) →  가 + 았어요 = 갔어요 (가 + 았 = 갔)

If the final vowel in a verb stem is a vowel other than 아 or 오 then 었어요 is added to the verb stem.

먹다 (to eat) → 먹 + 었어요 = 먹었어요
읽다 (to read) →  읽 + 었어요 = 읽었어요
마시다 (to drink) → 마시 + 었어요 = 마셨어요 (마시 + 었 = 마셨 )

 Any verb or adjective that ends in 하다 becomes 했어요 in the past tense.

말하다 (to speak) → 말했어요
공부하다 (to study) → 공부했어요
피곤하다 (to be tired) → 피곤했어요

Now let’s take a look at some irregular verbs/adjectives. Some verbs and adjectives change their stem spelling when certain endings (such as 아/어요) or conjugations are applied to them. Some verbs and adjectives that have irregular forms are ones with stems ending in ㄷ, ㄹ, ㅂ, ㅅ, 으, and 르. Today we’re going to have a look at 으 verbs/adjectives only. Other irregular verbs will be covered in a later lesson.

If the final vowel of a verb stem is 으, the 으 is dropped entirely when the verb is conjugated, and the next to last vowel is used to determine spelling instead.

If the vowel before 으 is 아 or 오 then 아요 is added.

바쁘다 (to be busy) →  바쁘 + 아요 = 바빠요 →  레오 씨가 바빠요. (Leo is busy.)

If the vowel before 으 is a vowel other than 아 or 오 then 어요 is added.

예쁘다 (to be pretty) →  예쁘 + 어요 = 예뻐요 →  채연 씨가 예뻐요. (Chaeyeon is pretty.)

If the verb stem is monosyllabic, 어요 is added.

쓰다 (to write) →  쓰 + 어요 = 써요 →  켄 씨가 버스 번호를 써요. (Ken writes the bus number.)

What if you wanted to make a negative sentence? There are numerous ways in Korean to make a sentence with a negative connotation, but in this lesson we’re going to be looking at one of the easiest and most common ways a sentence can be made negative using the adverb 안 (not).

Placed directly before a verb or adjective, 안 is used to express negation.

안 + verb = 레오 씨가 오늘 회사에 안 가요. (Leo isn’t going to the office today.)
안 + adjective = 그 옷이 안 예뻐요. (Those clothes aren’t pretty.)

For verbs that end with 하다, the 안 is placed between the noun and 하다.

noun + 안 + 하다 = 홍빈 씨가 공부 안 해요. (Hongbin doesn’t study.)

Now let’s take a look at how to express similarity using the subject/object marker 도 (also, too). There are multiple ways to do this, but using 도 is one of the easiest.

Original sentences:
켄 씨가 치킨을 좋아해요. 레오 씨가 치킨을 좋아해요. (Ken likes chicken. Leo likes chicken.) While these sentences are grammatically correct, it is much more natural when speaking this way to say that Leo likes chicken too.

Using 도:
켄 씨가 치킨을 좋아해요. 레오 씨도 치킨을 좋아해요. (Ken likes chicken. Leo also likes chicken).

Keeping everything we covered today in mind, can you understand the following? :)

켄 씨가 피곤해요. 학교에 안 갔어요. 켄 씨가 공부 아 해요. 오늘 레오 씨도 학교에 안 갔어요. 레오 씨가 바빴어요.
Ken is tired. He didn’t go to school. Ken doesn’t study. Today Leo also didn’t go to school. Leo was busy.

About the alien in your garage... part 2

Now you’ve figured out some basics about the injured alien your protagonist has taken into their garage to try to help, they need to figure out how to actually help them.

But how do you do that? In a universe full of infinite possibilities, how can you possibly determine what is helpful and what is harmful to a completely alien species?

Fortunately, with some scientific method and some patience, this should be doable.

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cosmic witchcraft 101: how to write stellar spells

There’s a lot to consider when you’re writing any spell, but cosmic witchcraft requires being in tune with the night sky in a way most of us aren’t used to, thanks to light pollution. These are a few of the questions I ask myself when I’m writing my spells and some solutions if your stargazing conditions are less than optimal.

  • What goal do I hope to accomplish/What is my intent?
  • What stellar objects (stars, planets, constellations, nebulas, galaxies, and other deep sky objects) have properties/energies that correspond with my intent?
    • Do I want to work with a stellar object that’s traditionally associated with my intent, or do I want to create my own correspondences?
  • How do I want to use this object’s energy?
    • Do I want it to charge/enchant an object like a spell jar or a crystal pouch?
    • Do I want to use it for meditation/astral travel/divination?
  • When will the object be visible in the sky?
    • You can find out when planets and major stars/constellations will be visible with a quick Google, but if you’re working with specific nebulas, galaxies, or other deep sky objects, you may need an astronomy app such as:
      • SkyView
      • Star Walk 2 (you have to buy upgrades to see some things)
      • Stellarium (Stellarium is my favorite and it can also be downloaded to your computer for free!!)
  • Do I need to see the object to work with it?
    • For example, certain stars may not be visible in your part of the sky (i.e. Southern hemisphere witches and the North Star), it may be perpetually cloudy where you live, or you may live in an urban area with too much light pollution to see much of anything. Here are some options for situations like these:
      • Draw energy from the object even though you can’t see it - it’s still there, it just might require a little more effort down on Earth
      • Choose a different stellar object with similar properties that will be visible when you cast your spell
      • Tech witches may even be comfortable using software like Stellarium in place of viewing the object directly
  • How do I want to connect with the sky’s energy?
    • Stargaze with or without binoculars/telescope
    • Organize your altar to reflect the stellar object
    • Drink teas using herbs that correspond with your intent/the stellar object you’re working with
    • Drink moonwater
    • Try star scrying
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Anatomy of Spanish: An indirect object [objeto indirecto] is typically a person, animate object, or personified object that receives the result of the action. While a direct object is the thing being acted upon, the indirect object is the person or thing that is the recipient of the action.

In the sentence te mando la carta, it is la carta that is the direct object - being acted upon by the subject through the verb. And the te “to you” indicates who the recipient of the action is; “to whom” or “for whom” an action is done. In a case system, an indirect object is typically identified under the “dative” case.

The indirect object pronouns - me, te, le, les, nos, os - are pretty standard and look similar to the direct object pronouns (which are me, te, lo/la, los/las, nos, os).

For an indirect object, you can make it emphatic by adding an a plus the subject. With me, te, nos, os - who create no confusion as they only apply to yo, tú, nosotros/nosotras, vosotros/vosotras - the addition of the a is even more emphatic. So.. no me digas “don’t tell me” is even more emphatic as no me digas a mí “don’t tell ME”.

It is third person singular (le) and third person plural (les) that are the ones to watch for. Because le mando la carta could be “I am sending the letter to him/her/You”. You can mark the subject’s name or the pronoun; le mando la carta a Ana / le mando la carta a ellale mando la carta a Luis / le mando la carta a él… and le mando la carta a usted.

The same applies for les which is plural.

When joining a direct object and an indirect object, there’s typically no problem with me, te, nos, os staying the same; te lo mando, me lo mandan, nos la mandas, etc.

With third person - le and les - they change to se when joined with a direct object. This is because le lo or les lo would sound silly and trip up the tongue.

A sentence like… se lo mando, se la mando could potentially refer to ANY third person subject. In proper context, there’s no confusion. But if you think there could be, you can say… se lo mando (a él / ella / usted / ellos / ellas / ustedes)

Many verbs, especially the verbs like gustar - gustar, encantar, molestar, interesar, importar, fascinar, aburrir, cansar, agradecer etc. - use indirect objects, so it’s important to know how they work and why.

The Pencil In The Lunchroom Ceiling

Ok, so I actually submitted a story about this pencil that had been stuck in the 20-foot or so high ceiling in our lunchroom, and my friends and I noticed that it was missing one day and we started coming up with sorts of theories as to how it was removed. The most popular was that a janitor tossed a broom or similar object up and knocked it outta the ceiling.

zvyezda  asked:

What is the difference between тоже, также, and all the other words that simply translate to "also" in English? And how do I apply them in conversation? Thank you!

Hi! The difference is indeed subtle, and sometimes these two words are interchangeable, but: 

Тоже means ‘also’ and ‘too’, and when it means ‘too’ it can not be replaces with также:
- Я учу испанский. I’m learning Spanish.
- Я тоже! Me too!

When listing things, также is preferable:
- Я учу испанский, а также французский и китайский. I’m learning Spanish, and also French and Mandarin. 

Another example: 

- Мои друзья учат немецкий. My friends are learning German. Я тоже хочу учить немецкий! I want to learn German, too! (=like my friends). 

Я уже учу испанский и французский, но я также хочу учить немецкий и греческий. I’m already learning Spanish and French, but I also want to learn German and Greek. (=also, along with other similar objects in the list). 

Again, quite often, these words are interchangeable, but not when тоже = too, and также = adding the list. 

A Skeleton goes House Hunting

As I mentioned before, September has taken to looking at different containers and similar objects to see if he wants to live in them.


Today, he’s looking at a bit of an unusual object…


I really only bought this cage for decorative purposes. Are you sure about this, September?


The paper is so you won’t hurt your feet on the grating.


I guess you could say it’s open and lets in a lot of light…


…and that it comes with a nice step for you to sit on.


True, you can also climb on it.


And it does come with a pre-installed ‘friend.’


Oh, September…


Yes.


There’s another ‘friend’ there, too.


It makes for a great perch?


Won’t you feel trapped behind bars, though?


You’re doing a sleep test. Okay.


…well?


You had a nightmare.


I must say I’m glad you won’t live in the cage. You’re not a pet.


Please don’t be sad. I promise we’ll find the right home for you yet, September.

The Kingsglaive + Their Appearance (Spoilers?)

And here I am once more, trying to pick apart the armor the Glaives have available to them. I’ll be honest: I always thought they have two outfits, the black coat one with black boots and their battle uniforms.

But since I took my time to find every little bit of clothing, I’m wiser than before. Read More if you want to!

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Tutorial: How to bake shadow for clothing

I decided to make a tutorial for this although there’s already a similar one for objects on s4s forum, in case some of you didn’t realize you can bake shadow for clothing too. This also applies to any other CAS items.

Charging Objects with Energy

This list is by no means meant to be a list of every way to charge things and some ways might not be things people commonly use. This list is meant to mention some older ways to charge things, while perhaps giving people a few new ways to charge things they might not have considered before.

Fire: Probably one of the oldest ways to charge an object, this method involves drawing the power of the flame into the object or sigil you’re using.  Light the candle, and hold the object above the flame (be careful not to catch it on fire).  Let the energy of the flame pass into the object to charge it.  If the object you’re using is flat or large, place the candle on top of it instead.

Technology: This is actually my favorite way to charge objects.  With this method, I tend to use my cell phone and sigils, but other pieces of technology/spells work as well.  Place the object, sigil, or spell components on top of your device when it’s low on battery, then put the object you’re planning on charging of top of that.  Plug your device in, and, as it draws energy to charge its battery, it’ll draw the energy through the spell and into the object you’re trying to charge.

Light: This can refer to sunlight, moonlight, starlight, or even a lamp you’re using if it’s raining outside.  Leave the object out in the light after setting your intent.  The light will charge the object with your intent, though how long you leave it out there will depend on the spell.  Be careful with this method however, as some stones bleach when left out in direct sunlight.

Intent: This is the easiest method of charging and perfect on the fly.  Take whatever object you’re charging and hold it in your hands.  Close your eyes and focus on your intent, then pour your energy into the object.  If it helps, imagine your energy as a specific color of light, depending on the spell you’re using, and add magic until the object’s energy glows with that color.

Breath: Similar to the above way of charging, this one uses your life energy to charge the object.  Since air and breathing is extremely important to living, this is a powerful way to add energy to the object.  Focus your intent and energy into your breath, the breathe out onto the object to charge it.

A Kiss: Kissing is a very intimate act and can be used to solidify the charge or finalize a spell.  Similar to using your breath, you focus your energy and intent into the kiss.  This actually works very well with remote spells, kissing a picture or representation of the object or person you’re working the spell for.  This method is not advisable for curses or malicious spells since kissing is generally positive in intent (there’s also the kiss of death, so don’t let me rain on your parade).

Crystals: The most important part of using this type of charging is making sure whatever crystal you’re using has been cleansed beforehand.  The last thing you want is left over energy muddling your spell.  Place your crystal(s) near or on the object you’re charging, then focus your intent through them.

Smoke: Also a way to cleanse an object, this involves using incense or herbs that have the same properties as your spell.  Light them on fire, then pass the object through the smoke.  If the object is too large or unable to be moved, waft the smoke over it.  Be careful when choosing your herbs, as some herbs are toxic when burned.

Higher Power: This method works even if you’re technically atheist, but believe in more powerful beings or energies than yourself. Potentially, you could ask a god, goddess, spirit, the Earth itself, or other being on a higher plane to help charge the object, be it through prayer, ritual, meditation, or some other way of calling for aid.

Water: Water is extremely powerful, whether it is storm water, moon water, or holy water.  Pick the type of water that works best for your spell, then place the object into the water.  If the item you’re using can’t be placed in water, such as paper or some stones that are water soluble, then use a bowl  or jar inside the bowl of water to put them in.  You can either leave the item in the water overnight to charge, or use your own energy to transfer the energy of the water into the object.

Long-Distance or Huge Object Charging: If you have something too big to charge, or something you want to charge but have to do so while you’re away, you can always try transferring energy. Basically, you can do this one of three ways: you can have a piece of that object with you to charge, you can have something similar to charge, or you can make or use something that symbolizes the real object. Essentially, you charge the object you have with you and imagine a tether between the object you have and the real thing. The more alike they are, the easier this should be. For instance, if you want to charge your entire car, you could try charging your keys or something else you associate with your car. This might work for a building, for instance. Or maybe for something you forgot at home when you go on vacation. If you don’t have anything similar to the object with you, you could always try drawing a picture of the object to charge, or try making something similar to the object out of clay, Play-Doh, or another medium.

Using Symbols: Symbols can also be used to charge objects, or even in place of them. For instance, if it’s raining outside but you need to charge something with sunlight, a lamp can work. Throughout human history, symbols have often been used to replace things. For instance, a yellow disc on a wall isn’t the sun, but it looks kind of like it and can represent it. A bit of seawater or a shell can symbolize the ocean and a feather can symbolize air. This very concept exists in language in the form of synecdoche and metonymy. Synecdoche is when you use a part of something or one piece of it to represent a whole thing, like using the word “bread” to stand for food in general. Bread isn’t all food, but it’s used to symbolize food. Metonymy is when you use a word associated with something to represent it. For instance, many people use the term “crown” to represent royalty. Like, “the crown ordered higher taxes”. The crown isn’t the king himself, or even a part of the king, but it is associated with royalty and used to represent them.

Rituals and Incantations:  Possibly the most drawn out way of charging an object, this method draws in the power of many different methods.  Locate a spell that has the same intent you wish to charge your item with.  Prepare your spell and the items need, then use the energy you summon with the spell or incantation to charge the item.

~Victoria and Elyce