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I was working on this page all week, and through pure determination I colored it today. I wanted to practice action scenes, and limit shading detail in the comic so the Gif doesn’t have a heart attack. It worked out pretty well~

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After a long long pause I am finally motivated to draw again<3

I wanted to try out different colouring and shading techniques I found while watching speedpaints the whole winter long

And while I’ve been listening to a lot of welcome to night vale lately I felt inspired to do some fanart of my favourite episode(s) “The Sandstorm A & B”

Also decided to change my signature because I never really liked my old one

this-is-andavs replied to X

I always thouht of an oldest human brother, but now I REALLY love the idea of an older wolf, that Laura wasn’t meant to be alpha either. Because if she was meant to be, you’d think there would’ve been a solid plan set up incase of emergency for her to follow beyond “run as far as possible”. Like Deaton stepping in, or an allied pack to go to. But if she wasn’t trained for it and didn’t know, of course she panicked, cut ties, and ran.

Exactly! I mean I just thought of this now but it makes so much sense. Because… sure Deaton didn’t prove to be the most helpful/sympathetic toward Derek in s1 but he was their mother’s emissary. Why wouldn’t it have been plan A to go to him in times of crisis? Unless maybe it was, and Laura just didn’t know that. Honestly, even with the events of “VIsionary” considered, there must have been packs Talia was allied with that Laura and Derek could have run to for sanctuary. And I’m sure the fire was worse than anything they could have expected to happen, but the way Laura and Derek reacted… honestly, it wasn’t much different from the way eleven year old Cora reacted: run and keep on running until you’re far enough and hidden enough to feel safe. And that’s not a leader move, that’s a… “if you’re a kid and you hear someone breaking into the house, go and hide under the bed until a parent comes to save you” move. That’s the move of someone just trying to stay alive until a leader tracks you down and makes things better again.

And despite Laura knowing she’s the Alpha now, that she’s the highest authority and the responsibility rests on her, she doesn’t have the training or the drive to do anything except hide for the next six years. We know she doesn’t form a new pack to help reestablish her family, and Derek doesn’t seem to have any ties in New York he thinks worth going back for after she dies. So what does that mean? That Laura grabbed Derek, bolted across the country, and spent the next six years in a more or less stalled out state, not making significant connections, not rebuilding her pack. Just… waiting. For some clue or sign or something to pull her out from under that bed and get her life moving again and…

now I kind of want to cry, because what if that’s what Laura was trying to do when she came back to Beacon Hills? She saw this symbol of revenge back home where her family died, and it was the push she needed to finally get herself in gear, head home in the hopes of finding some kind of ally (after all, wanting revenge for the Hales could only be a good sign for her… right?) and it was that, Laura taking her first, unsure steps to rebuild, that ultimately got her killed.

Nemesis Mine

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Chapter 13. Simon.

The worst thing about it all is that I miss Baz.

I keep thinking if only. If only the last few days hadn’t happened, and I didn’t know, and Baz was actually just my roommate who liked me. If only he wasn’t my arch-nemesis.

And it’s also true what I said to him; it doesn’t have to be like this. I don’t think he was faking it when he was being sweet and sarcastic Baz. The chemistry between us, that was real, too.

But it’s just so fucking useless to be thinking like this.

I keep expecting him to do something. Now that he knows where I sleep, I keep expecting him to take the opportunity to finally end me. It’s only the knowledge that he cares about his degree and would probably be questioned if his ex-boyfriend and roommate suddenly disappeared that allows me to get any sleep at night. We don’t speak to each other or look at each other if we can help it, and we both continue our superhero duties as if nothing has happened. The only difference is that now when one of us is hurt, we either avoid the room until we’ve healed, or we suffer in silence.

I prefer when he leaves the room. It’s hard, sometimes, to fight the instinct to walk over and try to comfort him, try to make it all better. I tell myself that it’s just my natural response as a superhero, and that any feelings I have left will disappear with time. The problem is that I’m still thinking of them as two separate people, Baz my roommate and Basilton my nemesis. I have to get used to the fact that the Baz who liked me doesn’t exist.

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Lesson 11: Cosmic Witchcraft 101

By: Teacher Nova

Live class date and time: 1/19/2017 at 7:00pm CST

Cosmic witchcraft involves bonding with and utilizing celestial or planetary energy in your practice. You may choose to work with one celestial body or a multitude of them, calling upon their energy depending on your intent. In this lesson, we will discuss terminology associated with cosmic magick, and the correspondences associated with various celestial bodies.

What is a cosmic witch?

  • A cosmic witch, by my own definition, is a witch who utilizes planetary and celestial energy in their practice. While some witches tend to feel a connection with elements like earth, air, fire, and water, cosmic witches feel this connection with celestial bodies instead.
  • Some practitioners who practice planetary magick focus on the seven classic “planets” (I know the sun and moon aren’t planets but: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn), whereas a cosmic witch includes the planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto as well.
  • A cosmic witch also includes the energy of other celestial bodies when appropriate, such as comets, asteroids, meteors, supernovas, stars/star clusters, galaxies, black holes, etc. We may not be able to see these specific occurrences with the naked eye (most of the time), but we know they exist and harness energy from them when we see fit.
  • A cosmic witch not only uses astrology in their practice, but also astronomy. The big difference here is that astrology is basically a form of divination using the placement of celestial bodies to analyze our emotions and behaviors. Astronomy, on the other hand, is a science that examines the positions, motions, and properties of these celestial bodies.
  • Astrology may be a cosmic witch’s preferred form of divination, but other mediums can be used. I like to use an oracle deck whose meanings are based on astrology, but I also enjoy using Elder Futhark runes and tarot cards. Perhaps a cosmic witch with a strong affinity for Lunar or Neptunian energy might take up water scrying; a cosmic witch who connects with Jupiter may want to use a pair of dice or playing cards; a cosmic witch who connects with Plutonian energy may utilize reading bones as a form of divination, etc.
  • Cosmic witches may worship deities and call upon them for assistance, the most common and relatable being those of Greco-Roman origin considering the planets were named after Roman and Greek Gods, but it is not required and we are not bound by religion. I personally worship the planets themselves, with a focus on Saturn.
  • Aside from deities, the belief in alien beings is totally plausible in the same way that some witches believe in fae or angels.
  • Cosmic witches are not limited to what kind of items they use in their practice: herbs, crystals, incense, sigils, charged water, and other things can be used to utilize and represent celestial energy.
  • The timing used for spells can be based on a variety of things, such as planetary positions/alignments, lunar cycles, days of the week as they correspond to the planet the day was named for, or planetary hours.
  • Astral travel is useful for cosmic witches if they decide to travel within the cosmos, being able to “visit” and visualize the different celestial bodies in their own way.
  • Cosmic witches may use celestial energy to ground, center, and cleanse themselves (and other objects), instead of “earth grounding” or other common methods.

 

Terminology:

Astral - connected to or resembling the stars

Celestial - relating to the sky or outer space

Celestial Body - any natural body that exists outside of Earth’s atmosphere

Chaos - the void before the universe or cosmos was created

Cosmic - relating to the universe or cosmos

Jovian - relating to Jupiter

Lunar - relating to the Moon

Martian - relating to Mars

Mercurian - relating to Mercury

Natal Chart - a chart that shows the position of the planets and other celestial bodies at the time of your birth

Neptunian - relating to Neptune

Planetary - relating to the planets

Plutonian - relating to Pluto

Saturnian - relating to Saturn

Solar - relating to the Sun

Stellar - relating to the stars

Uranian - relating to Uranus

Venusian - relating to Venus

Zodiac - a circle of celestial longitude divided into 12 sections, each section represented by a different astrological sign

Correspondences for each planet: (I personally believe these correspondences to originate from the deity they were each named for)

Moon -

Associations: Emotions, moods, peace, dreams, imagination, the unconscious mind, memory, safe travel, protection, psychic abilities, balance, sensitivity, nostalgia

Botanicals: Cabbage, datura, evening primrose, honeysuckle, hydrangea, iris, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lotus, mallow, moonwort, morning glory, mugwort, myrtle, orris root, sandalwood, sweet pea, violet, watercress, water lily, white rose, wild lettuce, willow

Crystals: Moonstone, selenite, pearl, milky quartz, aquamarine

Metals: Silver

Colors: Silver, white, light blue

Numbers: 2

Elements: Water

Zodiac Signs: Cancer
Day of the Week: Monday

Sun -

Associations: Self-confidence, self-awareness, success, leadership, health, employment, pride, self-centeredness, ambition, money, optimism, potency, courage, generosity, nobility

Botanicals: Bergamot, buttercup, calamus, calendula, cedar, celandine, centaury, chamomile, cinnamon, citronella, frankincense, heliotrope, hibiscus, laurel, mandarin, marigold, orange, peony, poppy, rosemary, rue, saffron, st. john’s wort, sunflower

Crystals: Topaz, citrine, goldstone, gold, amber, carnelian, tiger’s eye

Metals: Gold

Colors: Gold, red, orange, yellow

Numbers: 1

Elements: Fire

Zodiac Signs: Leo

Day of the Week: Sunday

Mercury -

Associations: Communication, learning, memory, comprehension, intellect, agility, good fortune, gratitude, gain, exchanges, trade, reason, duality, education, travel

Botanicals: Almond, bladderwrack, caraway, cassia, celery, clover, eucalyptus, fennel, fenugreek, heather, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, lily, mandrake, marjoram, mint (peppermint, spearmint), narcissus, parsley, sandalwood, sweet pea, valerian, wintergreen, wormwood

Crystals: Blue lace agate, fire agate, aventurine, opal, alexandrite, mottled jasper, citrine

Metals: Mercury/quicksilver

Colors: Green, yellow, purple

Numbers: 5

Elements: Air

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Virgo

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Venus -

Associations: Cooperation, unity, agreements, originality, creativity, beauty, love, companionship, fertility, joy, romance, peace, sexuality

Botanicals: Apple, bergamot, cashew, daffodil, daisy, damiana, geranium, goldenrod, hibiscus, larkspur, lavender, lemon verbena, lilac, passion flower, peach, plantain, primrose, raspberry, rose, spearmint, strawberry, tansy, thyme, vanilla, violet, yarrow, ylang ylang

Crystals: Emerald, jade, rose quartz, celestite, turquoise, peridot, malachite, sodalite, coral

Metals: Copper

Colors: Pink, green, aqua, peach

Numbers: 6

Elements: Earth

Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Libra

Day of the Week: Friday

Mars -

Associations: Power, lust, force, passion, will, courage, physical strength, war, male virility, energy, action, independence, practicality, protection

Botanicals: Acacia, allspice, basil, black pepper, calamus, cardamom, cassava, chives, coriander, cumin, dragon’s blood, garlic, ginger, hawthorn, hyacinth, nettle, onion, patchouli, pennyroyal, rue, thistle, turmeric

Crystals: Ruby, garnet, red jasper, bloodstone, sardonyx, lavastone, red tourmaline

Metals: Iron

Colors: Red, brown

Numbers: 9

Elements: Fire

Zodiac Signs: Aries

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Jupiter -

Associations: Gain, riches, prosperity, wealth, success, luck, self-confidence, investment, gatherings, favors, ambition, mercy, humanity, publicity 

Botanicals: Anise, bayberry, bergamot, blessed thistle, carnation, catnip, chamomile, cinquefoil, clove, clover, corn, crampbark, eyebright, hops, hyssop, nutmeg, oak, sage, stevia, tulip

Crystals: Yellow sapphire, yellow apatite, yellow jasper, green aventurine, azurite, lepidolite, kyanite

Metals: Tin

Colors: Blue, purple, yellow

Numbers: 3

Elements: Air

Zodiac Signs: Sagittarius

Day of the Week: Thursday

Saturn -

Associations: Safety, protection, intellect, life lessons, loss, past lives, law, justice, sincerity, restraint, discipline, responsibility, caution, time, chaos

Botanicals: Black poppy seeds, bluebell, comfrey, cypress, daffodil, datura, elm, foxglove, garlic, hemlock, hemp, holly, mandrake, mullein, myrrh, nightshade, patchouli, rosemary, skullcap, snowdrop, thyme, tobacco, valerian, vetiver, wolfsbane (aconite, monkshood), wintergreen, witch hazel

Crystals: Hematite, jet, onyx, obsidian, blue sapphire, halite, black tourmaline, black diamond, garnet

Metals: Lead

Colors: Black, maroon, purple, yellow

Numbers: 8

Elements: Earth

Zodiac Signs: Capricorn

Day of the Week: Saturday

Uranus -

Associations: Changes, revolution, independence, freedom, clairvoyance, disruption, metaphysics, higher consciousness, intuition, technology

Botanicals: Calamus, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, coffee, eucalyptus, ginger, guarana, kava kava, lime, nutmeg, orange blossom, pansy, pokeweed, Solomon’s seal

Crystals: Quartz, diamond, aquamarine, amazonite, blue topaz, tanzanite, opalite, aqua aura

Metals: Uranium

Colors: Blue, purple, white

Numbers: 4

Elements: Air

Zodiac Signs: Aquarius

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Neptune -

Associations: Confusion, mysticism, imagination, illusion, chaos, divination, inner vision, perception, sacrifice, inspiration, emotions, compassion

Botanicals: Hemp, honeysuckle, jasmine, lobelia, lotus, melon, morning glory, mugwort, orange blossom, pine, poppy, skullcap, water lily, wild lettuce, willow, wisteria 

Crystals: Sapphire, amethyst, turquoise, fluorite, labradorite, aquamarine, celestite, vauxite

Metals: Platinum

Colors: Blue, grey, aqua, lavender

Numbers: 7

Elements: Water

Zodiac Signs: Pisces

Day of the Week: Friday

Pluto -

Associations: Death, the underworld, astral travel, realms, transformation, metamorphosis, cooperation, regeneration, mystery, power, change, crisis 

Botanicals: Acacia, barley, basil, chrysanthemum, columbine, cypress, damiana, dogwood, dragon’s blood, eucalyptus, fern, foxglove, galangal root, hops, larkspur, oats, pansy, passion flower, psilocybin, saw palmetto, silverweed, skullcap, strawberry, valerian, wheat, yohimbe 

Crystals: Smoky quartz, snowflake obsidian, black tourmaline, kunzite

Metals: Plutonium

Colors: Black, white

Numbers: 0

Elements: Water

Zodiac Signs: Scorpio

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Correspondences for other celestial bodies:

Asteroids, Comets, & Minor Planets

[] Ceres (dwarf planet) - named for the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, motherly love, and fertility: nurturing, love, comfort, growth, compassion, fertility

[] Chiron (comet) - in Greek mythology, he was a centaur, the foster son of Apollo, and the biological son of Cronus - his most notable abilities included healing, prophecy, wisdom, and intelligence: wisdom, patience, life lessons, self-worth, perseverance, relief, healing

[⇨⇦] Eris (dwarf planet) - named for the Greek goddess of strife and discord: discord, rivalry, jealousy, revenge, battles, power, resourcefulness, clarity 

[] Eros (asteroid) - named for the Greek god of love: sexuality, intimacy, passion, desire, creativity, unity 

[] Hygieia (asteroid) - named for the goddess of health, cleanliness, and hygiene; was the daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine: balance, satisfaction, indulgence, health concerns of all kinds - hygiene, medicine, vaccines, fitness, nutrition, illness

[] Juno (asteroid/minor planet) - Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth; said to be the highest goddess; sister of Saturn, and wife of Jupiter: attraction, commitment, beauty, companionship, compromise, security 

[] Lilith (asteroid/dark moon/black moon) - Lilith is the name given to a few different celestial bodies in the cosmos - the first one being an asteroid, the second being a hypothetical satellite that orbits between the moon and the earth, the third being used to describe the earth’s moon at its farthest point from the earth (black moon) - in biblical mythology, Lilith was Adam’s first wife who escaped the Garden of Eden after refusing to be subservient to Adam, and went on to procreate with demonic creatures - some say she was a demon herself - this is possibly due to the rise of patriarchal society: independence, temptation, consequence, fear, suffering, limitations, crisis, conflict 

[] Pallas (asteroid) - also known as Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, craft, and war: creativity, power, intuition, justice, wisdom, protection

[] Psyche (asteroid) - former mortal and goddess of the soul in Greek mythology - wife to Eros: unconscious mind, self-actualization, truth, perseverance, trials, transformation 

[] Vesta (asteroid/minor planet) - Roman goddess of hearth, home, and family: focus, dedication, passion, mental clarity, self-respect, diligence, purification

Other:

Asteroid (a small rocky body orbiting the sun) - strength, protection, stability, courage

Aurora (a natural light produced when the magnetosphere of earth is disturbed by solar wind) - peace, spirituality, guidance, enlightenment

Black Hole (a region of the cosmos that exhibits such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it) - darkness, destruction, absorption, banishing 

Comet (a celestial body composed of ice and other debris) - stillness, isolation, balance, control, transformation 

Dark Matter (matter that does not emit or interact with electromagnetic radiation, thus making it invisible) - invisibility, protection, shielding

Meteor (the visible passage of a meteoroid, asteroid, or comet passing through earth’s atmosphere, causing a streak of light in the sky) - hope, wishes, luck, fortune, wealth 

Nebula (an interstellar cloud of gas) - foundation, illumination, radiance, renewal, cleansing

Star Cluster (groups of stars) - unity, strength, peace

Supernova (a stellar explosion that occurs during the last stages of a star’s life) - energy, illumination, manifestation, destruction, rebirth, cleansing

Lunar Phases:

New Moon (the first phase of the moon; the moon is not visible because it is in the sun’s shadow) – new beginnings, health, cleansing, inner harmony, peace, love

Waxing Crescent (right side of moon visible by 1% to 49%) – growth, wealth, prosperity, luck, attraction

First Quarter (right side of moon visible by 50%) – balance, decision-making, challenges 

Waxing Gibbous (right side of moon visible by 51% to 99%) – motivation, positivity, success, attraction

Full Moon (moon is 100% visible) – power, cleansing, charging, healing, divination, emotions, psychic awareness, enlightenment, banishing

Waning Gibbous (left side of moon visible by 51% to 99%) – reassessment, letting go, clearing away, cleansing, releasing, undoing bindings, opening up, making amends, making space

Third Quarter (left side of moon visible by 50%) – letting go, banishing, breaking bad habits

Waning Crescent (left side of moon visible by 1% to 49%) – achievement, rest, peace, deep wisdom, completion, banishing 

Dark Moon (the moon during the time where it is not visible in the backdrop of the sky; the new moon occurs during this time) – retreat, reflection of self, destruction, banishing, justice

Blue Moon (the third of four full moons in a season, or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar) – achieving goals, focus, major wishes and dreams, divination

Black Moon (has 4 meanings: a month with 2 new moons, a month with no new moons, a season with 4 new moons, or a month without a full moon) – power, manifestation

Homework: complete your natal/birth chart (astro.com > extended chart selection > fill out your info > select “pullen/astrolog” > select “simple chart delineation” from the dropdown menu > scroll down about ¾ of the way and find the section of the report that has percentages of the planets, zodiac signs, elements, etc.), and find out what your dominant planet is. In the chart, your dominant planet will be the one with the highest percentage. Do you resonate with that particular planet? If not, which planet do you like the most and why? Your favorite celestial body that is not a planet? Why?

Next week’s lesson:

Cosmic Witchcraft 101: Lesson 2 - incorporating cosmic magick into your daily life

Some MHA manga redraws, because I’ve been binge reading it and I really really love the style!! It’s really good. With obvious Todoroki bias coz I see those parallels my boy good job on the friend thing I’m so proud

Also Aizawa’s trolling smiles crack me up every time help