also I used feminine for the sea

The Domestic Garden Witch: I Sea What Ye Did There!

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Where The Garden Meets The Sea

This is a little garden idea that might not be accessible for everyone. However, I live very close to the ocean, and as the days begin to get longer and the weather warmer, the beach becomes more and more of a destination (yes, even when you live right there, you still wind up wanting to go down and sunbathe, swim, explore tide pools, and spend the rest of the day cleaning sand out of places you didn’t know you had). It makes sense, then, to look at sea shells as an option for incorporating into garden witchery.

Most often, I’ve seen seashells used as no more than decorative additions to gardens, carefully placed among flower beds and succulent gardens as accents, or incorporated into the container either by having been cemented or glued in. But very rarely do I ever see shells be used as the container for a plant.

Ideally, you may have to use small succulents for this project, as their shallow root systems and limited size allow them to grow with very little trouble, depending upon what shell you’re using. Take a reasonably sized seashell (conches like the one pictured above work, but here on California’s Central Coast, I feel abalone is much more appropriate) and check to see if it has any breathing holes (some species have holes in the shells to facilitate the movement of water into and out of the creature’s gills without having to be exposed to predators - this is particularly noticeable in abalone). If it does not, carefully drill small holes into the bottom of the shell to promote drainage.

Using a fine gravel (aquarium gravel works well), place a drainage layer into the shell before adding your potting mix and plants. Water them and make sure they get plenty of sunlight!

This is an excellent way of bringing a bit of both the sea and the garden into a dorm room, windowsill, or even into a well-lit bathroom!

How Can I Witch This?

Continuing with last week’s theme of focusing on the material of the container rather than the decorations that can be added to it, seashells are an exceptional addition to a practice if you have a bit of a connection with the element of water.

Seashells have long been used for various reasons ranging from divination tools to eating utensils to decorative and fashionable trinkets, and even as currency (as is the case with cowry and abalone).

When working with shells, consider the creature they come from, and how they may play a role in your practice. For instance, abalone (I know I mention it quite a bit, but it’s one of my favorites and is strongly linked to local history) is a form of sea snail that was often caught for food. Not only is it therefore linked with prosperity and health in addition to water, it is also linked to well-being and financial stability - both the meat and the shells were often traded between Native American tribes in the area. The inside of an abalone shell is lined with Mother of Pearl, a beautiful substance that can be linked with money, protection, and feminine beauty. All of these aspects come to play in the way that I use abalone shells in my practice, and this is a great example of how to approach using seashells in your work.

Try to use shells that correspond with the plants that you’re using to enhance those properties, and you could even treat the shells much like you would stones if you make multiple gardens, creating garden grids that further enhance the energies you’re trying to bring into your life!

Using a seashell as a gardening container is a potent symbol for life-giving energies. Though the earth is most often associated with motherhood, so too is water linked with life, and the sea nearly always connected with feminine qualities in some way or another. As such, a shell garden like this could make for a beautiful and potent charm for expectant mothers or couples who are trying to have a child. If you’re a male witch trying to get in touch with your femininity, this is a great form of spellwork for such a purpose, as well.

So next time you walk along the beach and find an abandoned shell, consider whether such a gift is meant for such a beautiful union with the earth!

May all your harvests be bountiful!
Blessed Be! )O(

How should I write this?

A list of some of the most common Italian grammar doubts you might have (and even Italians have) when writing.

1- qual è VS qual’è
Sometimes it’s common to see the apostrophe among these two words, despite it is not a case of “elisione” (= you don’t write/say the last vowel in front of words starting with a vowel), but a simple “troncamento” (= the last vowel just drops - despite exceptions). In fact, the same happens in front of words starting with consonants (ex. qual buon vento!), and also tal, buon and pover act the same way.
Qual era too doesn’t need the apostrophe, but qual’erano does (in fact this is an “elisione”, as it originates from “quali” - in fact you can write it also as “quali erano”). [ X ]

2- celeberrimo VS celebrissimo
Celebre’s (=famous) superlativo assoluto [ X ]  is “celeberrimo” and not “celebrissimo”. It is one of the few adjectives (with aspro -sour- => asperrimo, for example) that uses the suffix -errimo and not the usual -issimo when turning into absolute superlative. 

3- meteorologia VS metereologia, aeroplano VS aereoplano 
The correct form is meteorologia, as this word originates from “meteora”; while the correct forms for all words air/plane-related start with “aero-” (from the french prefix that means “air”): aeroplano, aeroporto, aeronautica, aeromodellismo, aerosol, aerostato... The doubt originates with the habit of using the abbreviation “aereo” (from the latin aèreus) to indicate an avion, instead of saying the whole original definition “veicolo aereo” (air vehicle).

4- un po VS un po’ VS un pò
Ofc the only correct form is the one with the apostrophe, un po’, as it originates from a troncamento of the word “poco” and the apostrophe shows that a syllable got dropped at the end of it. [ troncamento’s exceptions need the apostrophe ]

5- è piovuto VS ha piovuto
Both are correct when you refer to rainfall (same goes for all the other verbs that express a weather condition). But use only the auxiliary verb “essere” if you mean it figuratively. Ex. Sono piovute critiche = criticism rolled in

6- Se stesso VS sé stesso
You might find it without the accent before the word (aggettivo dimostrativo) “stesso”, as for someone there is no chance to mistake it for “se” in this situation, while it’s good to use “” when it is used alone. Tbh, to avoid confusion, it’s probably better to use the accent version anyway. [ X ]

7- “C” VS “Q”
There are some words that might cause you problems on how to write them bc of their sound, and make you wonder if you have to put a “c” or a “q”. For example, these are all written with the “c”: evacuare (to evacuate), proficuo (profitable), scuotere (to shake), riscuotere (to cash in), promiscuo (promiscuous), scuola (school), innocuo (innocuous).
The only Italian word with the double “q” is “soqquadro” = in disarray.
If you have a water-related word, in general you have to use “cq” (as water = acqua, is written with both).: ex. sciacquare = to rinse.

8- ne VS né
If you’re using it as a negation (usually a double one), then it needs the accent. If not, then use the version without the accent. 
Non vado né al mare né in montagna. = I’m going neither at the sea nor on the alps.
Te ne vai? = Are you going away?  [ X ] [ X ] 

9- ciliegie VS ciliege, spiaggie VS spiagge
The plural of feminine nouns ending with -gia and -cia (not -già or -cià) at the singular, keep the “i” when the “c” and the “g” are preceded by a vowel. When they are preceded by a consonant, they drop the “i”.
So you have to write ciliegie (ciliegia = cherry), camicie (camicia = shirt), acacie (acacia) but also spiagge (spiaggia = shore, beach), gocce (goccia = drop), facce (faccia = face).
Same happens with the group -scia (the “c” is always preceded by the consonant “s”) : coscia (thigh) -> cosce, fascia (band) -> fasce

10- perchè VS perché
Perché has to be written, as most of the words ending with -ché (dacché, sicché, affinché…)  with the accento acuto. [ X ]

11- sopratutto VS soprattutto, anzitutto VS anzittutto… **
Another common doubt is the one about doubles and words (it has to be written as a one word or not?). There are different situations according to each word, for example: dopotutto (that can be written as “dopo tutto” as well), oltretuttosoprattutto (needs a double t also in the middle) and anzitutto (that can be found as “anzi tutto” as well).

12- da VS dà, fa VS fà…
How it works: da is a preposition, is a verb (da’ is imperative mood); fa is the correct one, as is only used as a desinence for verbs (fa’ is imperative mood). [ X ]

13- a VS ad, e VS ed
It is madatory to add the letter “d” only if you put the preposizione “a” in front of words starting with “a” and the conjuction “e” in front of words starting with “e”. It is not mandatory if the words following “e” and “a” start with a different vowel. [ X ]

14- si VS sì
If you’re using it as a statement, you have to write “” (yes). Write “si” in any other situation. [ X ]

15- dasse VS desse, stasse VS stesse
Subjunctive is a tough mood to conjugate, especially at the imperfetto tense. Some verbs are even more difficult to conjugate [ x, x, x, x ]. In these examples, the correct third singular person of these verbs are che egli desse and che egli stesse, (with the “e”, despite these verbs ends in -are => this might be the reason of all the doubts).

16- apostrophe: yes VS no
In general, you use the apostrophe when you have an “elisione” (for example, in front of feminine nouns: ex. un’amica). It is used also to indicate the drop of part of a number as in a date: ex. Nel ‘15-’18 ( In the 1915-1918 years ).  [ elisione + troncamento’s exceptions X ] [ X ]

17- affianco VS a fianco, apposto VS a posto… **
If you mean “to the side”, the correct one is “a fianco”. Affianco is used mostly as a verb (1st singular person of “affiancare / affiancarsi” = place side by side, support). As for the other one, “a posto” means “sorted, in place” but also “tutto a posto = all is well”. Apposto is used as a past participle of the verb “apporre” = to put, to place.

18- entusiasto VS entusiasta
Enthusiastic in Italian is used with the ending in -a also with singular masculine subjects. Ex. Luca è entusiasta. Entusiasto doesn’t exists, but entusiasti (plural masculine) and entusiaste (plural feminine) do both (it changes the last vowel according to the subject’s gender only at the plural, basically).

19- accelerare VS accellerare
The correct form is the one with only one “l”, accelerare. Doubles are a tough matter in Italian though.

20- imparare VS insegnare
Despite in some Italian regional idioms these verbs are used as equivalents more or less, to teach = insegnare, to learn = imparare. Ex. Ti insegno a leggere. = I teach you how to read ; Imparo a leggere. = I learn to read.

21- accettazzione VS accettazione
In general, all the words with the suffix “-zio” and “-zione” only need one “z”: accettazione, gestazione, collutazione, attenzione, pozione….

22- scienza VS conoscenza
In the words with the suffix -scenza, you don’t have to put the “i” as it is not necessary before the “e” (”sc” is read with the correct sound anyway, basically as “sh” in “shame”). ex. conoscenza, adolescenza….
In the words with the suffix -scienza, or science-related, is good to keep the “i”. ex. coscienza, fantascienza, neuroscienza

23- eclisse VS eclissi
This word (eclypse) underwent a lot of changes since the past (ecclipsi, ecclissi, eclipsi, eclisse, eclissi, eclypsi, ecrissi): it has been considered a very specific, difficult and rare noun, used in the science field, and it evolved from Greek ( ékleipsis ) into Latin ( eclīpsis ) and then into Italian mostly through books.
Nowadays, the most common form used at the singular is eclissi, considered a feminine noun (l’eclissi -> elisione of la eclissi). To write eclisse is not considered a mistake btw, it is only less common. At the plural, the only correct choice is eclissi (le eclissi, plural, feminine).


** I tought it would have been nice to add some more doubtful words, even just for curiosity. So, I put a list under the keep reading link:

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anonymous asked:

I don't understand the word 'mar' for sea. Is it 'el mar' or 'la mar' I've also I think heard 'al mar' being said. I'm really confused as to how to use this word appropriately. If you could explain this that would be absolutely fantastic! Thank you.

Hola! Both “la mar” and “el mar” are accepted. In my opinion “la mar” sounds more poetic and “el mar” is used more regularly. 

If you read a geography book you will most likely read “el mar Mediterráneo” and so on. 

There are some expressions the are tied to one of the genders, for example: 

  • Alta mar (feminine) = high seas
  • La mar de” (feminine) = extremely. 
    Estoy la mar de calmada. I am extremely calm.

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Al mar” means “to the sea” and you are using here the masculine gender (a + el + mar)

  1. Cada vez que voy al mar azul me siento feliz. 
  2. Every time I go to the blue sea I feel happy.
 Man and the Sea

Free man, you will always cherish the sea!
The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul
In the infinite unrolling of its billows;
Your mind is an abyss that is no less bitter.

You like to plunge into the bosom of your image;
You embrace it with eyes and arms, and your heart
Is distracted at times from its own clamoring
By the sound of this plaint, wild and untamable.

Both of you are gloomy and reticent:
Man, no one has sounded the depths of your being;
O Sea, no person knows your most hidden riches,
So zealously do you keep your secrets!

Yet for countless ages you have fought each other
Without pity, without remorse,
So fiercely do you love carnage and death,
O eternal fighters, implacable brothers! 

Charles Baudelaire

One thing (among many) I love about One Piece is how different and interesting most antagonists are. They have deep and rich personalities, sometimes a cool backstory too, great strength, funny laughters (!), great character designs, etc. But there’s one antagonist we scarcely talk about, and in my (humble) opinion it counts as one of the most - if not THE most - important of them all : the Sea.

If you think about it, One Piece is all about crossing the most unpredictable and dangerous oceans in the world to find a treasure. No Sea, no pirates. No pirates, no One Piece. No One Piece, no fun. Isn’t sailing the perilous Grand Line the first real (and expected) challenge to take up in order to become the Pirate King?

The Sea is the first antagonist Luffy ever met. Shanks used to make fun of him as a child for not being able to swim! Then Luffy became a rubberman, thus making the Sea a mortal enemy. Poor boy doesn’t even know how to navigate on his own! With Nami’s help, he could make it so far to the New World with everyone safe, but how many times have they thought they were gonna die in a storm, swallowed by the Sea’s watery mouth, how often have they feared she would steal them all, take them in her furious arms, bring them against her abyssal womb and cradle them goodbye? How many sea creatures have they faced? How many terribly dangerous phenomenons have they witnessed when the Sea got so angry and violent?

“Wild and untamable" The Sea’s unpredictable, destructive, hazardous. The Sea doesn’t care which side you’re in, won’t consider your position, age, rank, sex, family or friends. Not matter how strong you are, if you ate a Devil’s Fruit or can use haki, the Sea does what she wants. The Sea is brutal yet fascinating and mysterious, moody, bitter and cold as death but also full of life; she’s a restless graveyard (Merry *sobs*), infinitely beautiful, forever untamed, eternally FREE.
Luffy once stated: ”I don’t want to conquer anything. I just think the guy with the most freedom in this whole ocean is the Pirate King!“. I also see it that way: you only get freedom if you can, somehow, understand the Sea. Make it your friend, your ally, your family. Sail with it, not against it. Learn to respect it.

O eternal fighters, implacable brothers!“ Because the Sea isn’t just one antagonist. It’s also the path to everyone’s dreams, the salty string that brought the Strawhats together, their everyday home. It’s the nest of the world! Just like our Blue Planet… just look at the maps to see how vast the Sea is in the OP universe. Even the Wold Government’s flag depicts it: the four dots don’t symbolize different countries or organizations, but the four Oceans: North Blue, South Blue, East Blue and West Blue. And we’re not even talking about All Blue! We’re all children of the Sea… as stated by Whitebeard. The Sea carries everyone’s hopes and dreams, but she can also crush them all in a heartbeat.

"The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul" And eventually… the Sea’ll be there at the end of the Strawhats’s journey. She’ll be the last obstacle to the One Piece, I’m sure of it. And once Luffy finds it, once he reaches his dream and gets the Great Treasure, he’ll finally be… as free as the Sea itself. Her equal, her brother.

Free man, you will always cherish the Sea.

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Luz Pavon

Luz Pavon’s positive vibes are infectious. The Mexico-born, NYC-dwelling model and designer not only has amazing style—that hair!—but she’s also intent on being happy and grateful for everything in her life: from her work, to her family and New York taco places that remind her of home. Read it and smile.

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(i tool someone’s photo I hope you don’t mind o~o)

People have been wondering what a hibiscus could possibly sympoblize, and the Malasyan meaning doesn’t exactly make sense; unity, beauty, and peace

BUUT I FOUND SOMETHING FROM A WEBSITE:

THE HIBISCUS is known to help women to reclaim their sexuality, vitality and authenticity and has aided many women who have been SEXUALLY TRAUMATIZED (through the use of Hibiscus essence).

It also helps women to overcome all that stereotypical, degrading imagery that the media pumps out at us which leads us to feeling a combination of inadequacy, shame, belittlement and a sense of being objectified.

Hibiscus essence also helps to promote a steady flow of loving kindness throughout the body and soul — an important trait of the feminine aspect of sexuality.

I don’t know about you but this feels pretty relevant judging from what we know of alone at sea and how much hate she’s getting :)

Roleplaying Races: Android

There was a time when I thought Golarion was just a pretty generic fantasy setting, albeit a very culturally diverse one. Of course, back then I only knew so much about the setting as a whole. Then, Inner Sea Bestiary came out. Not only did it have robots, machines left over from a great cataclysm in some place called Numeria, but also a new playable race from the same region!
The word android is derived from the Greek andros and oid, meaning “man” and “like” respectively, but the proper gender-neutral term might be “anthropoid”, whereas the feminine equivalent is of course “gynoid”. However, the masculine form has stuck and is generally used when referring to humanoid robots.
And humanoid robots are indeed what today’s subject are, though they’re considerably more advanced than your average construct, magical or mundane. Composed of synth-flesh, micro-circuitry, and nanites, androids are almost indistinquishable from humans, aside from their circuitry-like tattoos and pale skin. The flesh and internal processes of these beings are based off actual living flesh, and therefore, are just close enough to actually be alive, and thus can benefit from natural and magical healing. However, they also gain many of the requirements of being alive, such as food, sleep, hydration, and so on.
Indeed, androids even possess souls which, upon death can even move on to the outer planes. In fact, though they can only be made, not born, death by old age does not follow the same path as it does for other mortal races. In such a case, the body and mind spend several years reformatting while the current soul moves on, becoming inhabited by a new soul upon completion. In this way, a new individual is born that has a different appearance, personality, even gender compared to the previous incarnation. However, this does not occur if they die by any form of violence.
Though their origins can only be guessed at by most laypersons, androids are quick, if awkward, to adapt to other cultures. While in the Golarion setting these beings still wander out of the country-spanning wrecks of alien ships, in your setting they may very well be magitech creations or the remnants of an ancient civilization.

Agile and analytical, androids are quick and clever, but have trouble processing emotions, making them slow and awkward in social situations. While this does leave them unable to understand the behavior of others, they are otherwise quite adept at taking in their environment. Their semi-mechanical nature also does lend itself to resisting issues that most mortal races have.
Having a colony of nanites does have its advantages though, allowing them to unleash a surge of power and activity from them when they need it, boosting their abilities for a brief few seconds before their circuitry tattoos fade back to their normal appearance after flaring with power. Some androids, however, are constructed not to enhance themselves briefly, but rather to stay alive, their surging nanites going into repair mode when they are harmed.
While normally strong emotion is beyond them, these synthetic beings can learn (via a feat, how to process and understand such thing, becoming more like a normal mortal as a result)
An android can benefit from most any class, with the exception of barbarians and skalds, since they cannot normally process the rage required. Depending on their physical makeup and outlook, they can become any sort of character, though classes that benefit from a logical view of the world, such as alchemists, wizards, and the like, are the most common.

Their difficulty in processing emotion is perhaps the largest difficulty that androids have in interacting with other races, as its further evidence of their non-biological origins. They get along well with other outcast races, even if they don’t always understand their motivations. That being said, their relatively wholesome appearance means that only the most technophobic cultures will be openly hostile towards them.
Those who do know more about them, however, might see them as fascinating curiosities, or at worst, property to be taken, despite their free will and sapience. This makes them unnerved and perhaps wary of scholarly sorts, even among those who are themselves learned.
In the mood for a little sci-fi fun with your character race? This is a perfect option for emulating your favorite synthetic characters and their struggle to be fully “human”

anonymous asked:

Hey Sea Fam, Sorry to bug you but I've recently figured out that I'm nonbinary. But I have long hair. Are there any tricks/hairstyles that will make my hair look more masculine?

Hey, if you’re not willing to cut it, you could try parting it in the middle?
Most guys with long hair (think metal dudes) part their hair in the middle, my partner included. A side part is considered feminine.

As for putting your hair up, you would want to use ‘low’ hairstyles. Ponytails, buns - as long as they sit on the nape of your neck. Higher ones are considered more feminine. Avoid coloured hairties or anything, just stick to black.

You could also try parting it all to the back depending on what your hair’s like - watch this video to see what I mean, this also gives tips on trimming it a bit if you can.

-Solar the Sea Turtle