Even if you don’t believe in astrology, you cannot deny the powerful effect the Moon has; upon our tides, upon nature and upon the Human mind. For She lights up the night, so we in the dark may see.
As of my writing this, a New Moon has just occurred in the sign of the scales, Libra ♎︎ A New Moon marks the beginning of the lunar month, a cycle that lasts for between 29 and 30 days.
In my experience it is very beneficial to live by the rhythm of the Moon. This way we can work on our creating our future, the way we would like it to be, one month at a time. But how?
NEW MOON/ SET AN INTENTION:
Whilst the moon is lightless, crossing in front of the sun, set your goal, what do you want to have achieved in 30 days time?
Perhaps set one big goal, and several smaller ones, which may or may not be directly supporting the larger goal - just ensure you avoid spreading yourself too thin. The New Moon is the perfect time to decide to try something new for a month.
WAXING MOON/ WORK:
Now one day at a time, with your goals in mind, work towards making them a reality. Avoid expecting too much at once, and take each day as it comes!
FULL MOON/ CELEBRATION:
As this is the brightest the moon is during her cycle it is possible that one’s intentions can manifest at this time of the month, but in any case it is a point to recognise how far you have come over the last two weeks - if you have been working steadily towards your targets you will definitely notice your improvements since you began. This may also be the time in which you realise your vision, and see the potential final form your project might take! It’s a time to celebrate!
WANING MOON/ MANAGING:
As the Moon’s light begins to turn away from the earth, one’s focus shifts from building up towards the goal to maintaining the infrastructure they have already implemented. This is the time to make tweaks and ensure that the details are indeed all in place and as they should be; perform any trimming and pruning as you see fit to ensure your project’s longevity.
BLACK MOON/ CLEANSING:
Once the waning crescent disappears from the night sky, vanishing into the rays of dawn, we reach the end of our cycle. At this time we must review the past month, how did we perform, what was successful, where could we have improved? Through this process of review we can identify what held us back, and make the conscious decision to let it go, to banish it from us, so that we may enter the next cycle without baggage and doubt; cleansed and ready to take on the next month!
You may find it particularly beneficial to choose a project that is associated with the the sign of the New Moon, this month is ♎︎ Libra so subjects related to art, law, relationships and balance will naturally take focus in some way for the month. The next Full Moon will be in ♉︎ Taurus which is associated with ART, BEAUTY & NATURE ~ it really is the perfect time for Deviants to try out experimenting with a new medium, technique or subject for the month and really make use of the chance to kickstart some growth in your art form!
Project Smalltown (a.k.a. Stars Hollow) - Town square shops tour (1)
In the next few posts, I’ll give you a tour of Smalltown center. Today, I’m focusing on the town square shops. It’s 4 shops in total, all of them located in the same lot, next to the library and the gazebo. These will be my NPC-run stores, since they are types of stores that I don’t like to actively manage, but that I like my sims to visit.
In the pictures, you can see the first two shops: the corner store (loosely based on Doose’s market) and the florists/herbs store. As you will see, they are not very “fancy” but I wanted to keep true to the “small town” feeling, so nothing too over-the-top, etc.
Since Tumblr is acting out today I divided this post in two parts. In the next post, I’ll show you the other two stores: the antique shop and the baby store!
Today, we have access to highly advanced technologies; but, our social and economic system has not kept up with our technological capabilities that could easily create a world of abundance, free of servitude and debt.
My third image in a series of Leyendecker studies where I replace the figures within with Sailor Moon characters. In this case I’ve added Rei and Minako, with their respective sports equipment of choice.
I’ve started creating stories in my head as I paint these things, and in this case I can’t decide if Minako has said something utterly brilliant or mind-mindbogglingly daft. Either way, Rei is giving her a not so subtle side-eye (or is perhaps looking at us, The Office style).
War, poverty, corruption, hunger misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system, there’ll be very little significant change is going to take the redesign of our culture our values and it has to be related to the carrying capacity of the earth not some human opinion or some politician’s notions of the way the world ought to be or some religious notions of the conduct of human affairs. Your system is not designed to serve the well being of people. If you still don’t understand that, there would be no outsourcing of jobs if they cared about people. Industry does not care. They only hire people because it hasn’t been automated yet. So, don’t talk about decency and ethics, we cannot afford it and remain in business.
It’s not politicians that can solve problems. They have no technical capabilities. They don’t know how to solve problems. Even if they were sincere, they don’t know how to solve problems. It’s the technicians that produce the desalinization plants. It’s the technicians that give you electricity, that give you motor vehicles, that heat your house and cool it in the summertime. It’s technology that solves problems, not politics. Politics cannot solve problems, because they are not trained to do so. The future will have great difficulty. And the question that’s raised by politicians is, “How much will a project cost?” The question is not, “How much will it cost?” “Do we have the resources?” And we have the resources today, to house everyone, build hospitals all over the world, build schools all over the world, the finest equipment in labs for teaching and doing medical research. So you see, we have all that, but we are in a monetary system, and in a monetary system there’s profit.
When people have access to the necessities of life, their incentives change. What about the moon and the stars? New incentives arise, if you make a painting that you enjoy, you will enjoy giving it to other people, not selling it. We’re such an abominable, sick society, that we won’t make the history books, they’ll just say that large nations took land from smaller nations, used force and violence. You’ll get history talked about as corrupt behavior all the way along, until the beginning of the civilized world.
Jacque Fresco “ The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War”
Quotes from In the Hearts of Emperors - Tears fall Down in order to Watch us fall.