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I know this is an explosive topic but…

Yesterday, during the Great Entrance, when I had the aer tied around my shoulders, I realized that part of the difficulty modern Americans have with the idea of physical modesty is the loss of our Christian concept of the veil between us and the sacred. Physically we manifest this through veiling or covering sacred things: the Gospel on the altar is covered with a veil, the diskos and chalice are covered with veils, and then covered with another veil, the deacon’s orarion covers the Gospel during the Little entrance, the altar itself has a cover, and, as I said, the deacon is covered with the aer when he holds the diskos. 

There’s a Christian concept that sacred things have been, and should be, sometimes hidden from view, that adequate preparation should take place before they are beheld, just as mankind had to be prepared before beholding Christ. Moses had to hide his face, but the apostles saw Christ. They are veiled so they can be uncovered, and re-participate in the act of Divine revelation. Just so, we prepare by prayer and hearing Scripture and coming together in peace before we receive Communion and our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit, should be veiled at times and revealed only to the proper people and at the proper times. Times which have been prepared for beforehand, and people who have prepared. 

And what this might say for the adornments we put on our bodies is interesting as well, but I’ll leave Sacred Style for a different post ;) 

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Aere Perennius - MoonwalkingCrab - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hux/Kylo Ren, Hux/Ben Solo | Kylo Ren
Characters: Hux (Star Wars), Ben Solo | Kylo Ren, Phasma (Star Wars), Finn (Star Wars), Dopheld Mitaka, Poe Dameron, Leia Organa, Rey (Star Wars), Maz Kanata, Lor San Tekka, Unkar Plutt, Millicent the Cat (Star Wars), Snoke (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Ancient Rome, Alternate Universe - Ancient Rome, Slow Burn, Rivals to Lovers, Emperor Hux, Bodyguard Ren, not historically accurate, Minor Violence, Claustrophobia, Anal Sex, Panic Attacks, Prophetic Dreams, Phasma is Always Right
Summary:

After the mysterious death of Emperor Snoke a race of succession arises. The candidates: Hux, a legate in the Imperial army, and Ren, leader of the Praetorian guard, rumoured to have killed Snoke himself. As the two try to win each other over it becomes clear that there is only one choice for Emperor, and one man who will stand by his side no matter what.

3

My first attempt at trying to draw an actual background/room/thing that has furniture inside.

psssst dirty laundry

Repeat after me:

I am allowed to correct people who deadname me.

I am not a bad person or rude to point out when people aren’t using my pronouns.

I deserve respect and love.

I am entitled to it.

I am not wrong for insisting that people refer to me correctly.

I am valid.

Mermaid’s Breath Spell  💋

a spell for the ability to survive in emotional or situational circumstances a bit out of your depth or comfort zone, like a fish out of water.

💋  gather: sea water, stormwater, aventurine, a seashell, and a blue candle

💋  embed the candle with the aventurine and light it. 

💋  mix the sea and storm water, and fill the seashell with it

💋  blow the candle out and pass the seashell through the smoke. chant:

“ Aquea pulmonem there:
Come winds of the Caspian Sea
Demersi sunt in aere,
tenere spiritum, La spiritus to me.”

💋  place the seashell somewhere safe to hold the water until the spell is over.

Curious about auras? This article will hopefully explain the specifics of this peculiar phenomenon.

What’s an aura, anyways?

The term aura refers to an individual’s subtle energetic emanations. Auras aren’t visible to everyone, but plenty of people see them. They appear as a sphere of light or color around the body. 

The color, size, brightness, and other features of the aura depend on the nature of the person it belongs to. These things can vary based on mood. They can also relate to metabolic factors, magical activity, and many other things.

Many New Age writers say that the aura is energy in the scientific sense. This is a common misconception. No physicist has ever measured anything resembling auras as they’re commonly understood.

A few days ago, someone told me that they believed the aura was a human’s magnetic field. This isn’t true. The magnetic field of a human doesn’t act like an aura. It doesn’t change based on emotions or other things like that.

Others say it is something electrical, or related to quantum mechanics. The truth of the matter is that science can’t (yet) measure the aura in any way. Many are skeptical about its existence for this reason.

Still, many, many people have seen auras throughout history. To me, it’s a real phenomenon. Science may not understand it yet, but, for me, it’s real!

The energy that extends beyond our physical bodies is called the aura. The word “aura” is derived from Latin aere, meaning “air” or “gentle breeze.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines the aura as “an invisible breath, emanation, or radiation.” In metaphysics, the aura is seen as the human energy field, that portion of the subtle body that radiates out beyond the limits of the physical body.

Belanger, Michelle  A.. The Psychic Energy Codex: Awakening Your Subtle Senses (p. 117). Red Wheel Weiser. Kindle Edition.

Some gifted people see auras without trying. Also, many children see auras in early childhood. Often, this ability, if not cultivated, disappears as they grow up. Many magicians and witches develop the ability to see auras.

This involves a great deal of practice and effort. It’s worthwhile, but everyone is different. Not everyone will have the same aptitude to see auras. Some people can see only a little bit of the aura, like a vague mist. Others see brighter colors and light.

Everyone’s aura is different, too! Most witches and psychics believe this extends only few feet from the body. Size can and does vary, though. Some people may have an aura of only several inches. 

Others might have a very large aura. Size, color, brightness, and other features change throughout a person’s life. If you see a person’s aura at one point, expect it to change within hours, if not minutes. This reflects how dynamic people can be.

Auras in History

People have observed and recorded auras throughout time. It appears in many pieces of religious and spiritual artwork. Historically, auras are usually shown emanating from the body of holy men and women.

Christian artists often depict them surrounding saints. They appear in other cultures, as well. Medieval authors referred to the light surround a person’s head as the “aureole”. They called light around the body the “nimbus.“ These authors called the whole aura the “glory.”

In Scrying for Beginners, Donald Tyson writes about the auras shape in artwork. While many modern seers refer to the aura as a sphere, the ancients saw it differently. They believed that saints emanated two spheres that overlapped.

The glory is sometimes depicted in religious art as the vesica or vesica piscis, a lens-shaped figure formed by the overlap of two equal circles that pass through each other at their centers. Christ, the Virgin Mary, and other saints are often painted within this pointed oval, which is also called a mandorla (from the Italian word for "almond”).

Donald Tyson. Scrying For Beginners (For Beginners (Llewellyn’s)) (p. 200). Llewellyn - A. Kindle Edition.

During the occult revival of the late 19th and early 20th century, many people wrote about the aura. Theosophists and other occultists developed complex systems for understanding it. 

Madame Blavatsky and Walter Kilner believed there were distinct layers to the aura. They named them and sought to understand them.

As science merged with occultism, seers began to look for ways to measure the aura. There have been plenty of attempts. None were particularly fruitful.

Of note is “Kirlian Photography.” Symon and Valentina Kirlian developed this practice in 1940s Russia. It involves sending an electrical current through the individual.

A photographic plate records the resulting discharge. Later scientists argued that the image was more mundane. They believed the interaction of this electric field and ambient moisture caused it.

Today, most people seem to agree with that sentiment. Kirlian images recorded don’t behave in a manner consistent with how seers perceive the aura. For example, Kirlian images rarely change based on state of mind.

Despite many attempts, science still doesn’t understand the aura! For that reason, most people relegate it to the realm of metaphysics and occultism. I don’t have a problem with that.

I am supportive of science, but acknowledge that not everything is currently known. As a witch, I do believe in magick, for example. Magick itself isn’t understood or measurable by science. The aura isn’t, but I still find the concept useful.

Seeing the Aura

Over time, it has been evident that people can develop aura sight. I myself saw auras occasionally as a child. I did not have further experiences with this until I began studying magick, though. I don’t consider myself to have natural aura vision.

Still, I see auras in certain circumstances these days. It’s something I practiced and developed. While not everyone can develop this ability, most people can! The level of detail you see will vary, but why not try?

Now, I’ll give you my own method for inducing aura vision. It may or may not work for you. I have read that many other people found these techniques helpful, though.

It is best to begin by looking for your own aura. Some people do begin by working with a partner, though. For me, aura vision comes best when I’m a bit sleepy. I don’t have the focus for it when I’m completely exhausted, but a little sleepiness works well.

I’ve found that auras are easiest to see in a dim environment without bright artificial lights. Natural light in the early morning or evening works best for me. While some folks say candlelight works, I find that the flickering distracts me.

Some herbs and incense can help with aura sight. Herbal blends designed for psychic enhancement have worked well for me in the past. 

My favorite herb for inducing aura vision is mugwort. It is good for other magical purposes, as well. Do some research and be careful if you decide to try it, of course. Not everyone reacts well to herbs.

Begin by focusing your vision on the edges of the body. This is regardless of whether you’re working by yourself or with someone else. 

With other people, I like to fix my vision above the top of the head. When looking for my own aura, I extend my hand flat and at an angle. Then, I gaze above my palm.

This is tricky, though. It takes a lot of practice. It works best for me if I look at the space  close to the body, and try to ignore the body itself. It’s difficult, though. We’re used to looking directly at objects, not the area around them.

I would suggest not wearing very bright clothing when attempting this. That can be distracting. It’s also good to do this against a blank, uncolored surface, like a white wall.

The aura will usually appear first as a light shimmering in the air. This may have a wispy mist-like appearance. It usually begins with a grayish color. Once you can see this, focus on it, and not the object.

When you can see the aura very close to the body, begin to glance around that area. After a time, you will be able to see a larger, more diffuse part.

Aura Colors

While many people can see auras, not everyone can see aura colors. This is especially true for beginners. For those that don’t see colors, the aura appears as that shifting, shimmering mist.

If color does appear in the aura, focus on the color. It may seem to grow brighter and brighter. Most seers agree that the colors correspond to the nature of the person at that specific time. 

Some books will list “color meanings” for the aura. My view is a bit different. Aura colors do have meaning, but, to me, a given color’s meaning depends on the seer.

If you associate yellow with happiness, seeing a yellow aura would show that the subject is happy. We don’t all process color the same way! We tend to absorb cultural associations for certain colors. Still, everyone has a different view. Keep this in mind when reading the aura!

Conclusion

I hope this article provides a good beginning for potential aura seers! Developing aura vision is fun and exciting. You can learn about a person (and how to connect with them!) by examining their aura.

It can also be helpful for witches and magicians. It’s a good first step to seeing all kinds of subtle forces. If you can see them, it’s easier to connect with them! Anyways, I hope you’re all having a great day. May your magick be glorious!

Degeaba mă judeci că fumez! Nu fumez de plăcere, fumez ca să uit.

Degeaba afirmi că te ignor! De fapt, îmi e rușine și nu știu cum să-ți vorbesc.

Te superi că nu-ți spun că te iubesc! Prefer fapte, nu vorbe.

Te superi că nu-ți spun ce am pe suflet! Nu vreau să te împovărez și pe tine.

Mă etichetezi ca fiind un ciudat! Din contră, sunt original.

Mă etichetezi ca fiind un bolnav! Doar oamenii bolnavi afirmă că sunt sănătoși.