Books have been invaluable sources of information for centuries. For those who study the colonial era, the Aztec codices are some of the only resources about Aztec culture. Some contain the Aztec language, called Nahuatl, and almost all display a marked difference from contemporary European texts in their heavy use of images rather than words to convey meaning.

This limited edition facsimile of the Codice Veitia, published in 1986, details the Aztec calendar and ceremonies. The original 1755 manuscript resides in the Royal Palace of Madrid, and was itself made by copying an older codex called the Codex Ixtlilxóchitl (1550).

-Lauren Galloway, student employee

One of these is a nonsensical shitpost

1.) Joan of Arc has an alternate version of her created by a Gilles de Rais maddened by his knowledge of Cthulu. This alternate version of her drinks an elixir from Gilgamesh, the Mesopotamian King, in an effort to upstage a female King Arthur’s alternate version in a Santa hat. The elixir turns out to be a youth elixir, and creates an alternate, younger version of Joan of Arc’s alternate version, in a Santa hat.

2.) Kotomine Kirei, a sadistic priest, enjoys extremely spicy mapo tofu because every time he eats it, while he feels nothing, he can imagine the pain others might feel upon eating it and this gives him sexual pleasure.

3.) An ancient Aztec warrior possesses a twenty-something Japanese woman and runs around in a tiger fursuit attacking people with a broom.

Setting Aesthetics for the Types

Based on people I know, stereotypes, and cognitive functions.

ENTP: A comic book store. The International Space Station. Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.
INTP: A museum at night. The Space Needle in Seattle. A telescope on an apartment rooftop.
ENTJ: A game of chess in the park. Pike’s Peak. The head of a long dining table at Thanksgiving.
INTJ: Physics and chemistry laboratories. Secret passageways in old buildings. A sealed vault.
ENFP: A poetry slam. Ancient Aztec ruins. A room full of decorative, metal-framed mirrors.
INFP: A window seat in a library. A small countryside chapel with stained glass windows. A canopy bed in a cluttered bedroom.
ENFJ: Making snow angels in a park. A birthday party with lots of balloons. A pay-per-view telescope at the beach.
INFJ: The Notre Dame Cathedral. Cloud watching on a grassy knoll. Watching the roe deer in the Hallerbos forest in Belgium.
ESTP: An arcade. Hang gliding over the Grand Canyon. Labeling arteries in a cadaver lab.
ISTP: On a motorcycle in the city at night. Sheer cliffs with waterfalls. Jigsaw puzzles by the fireplace.
ESTJ: The labyrinth of Versailles. Rehearsing in an empty auditorium. The top of the Statue of Liberty.
ISTJ: A subway station early in the morning. The archives of the Library of Congress. A well-worn path through twisted woods.
ESFP: Snorkeling at a coral reef. Fashion week in New York. A performance of Shakespeare at The Globe Theater.
ISFP: Botanical gardens. A blanket fort in the attic. The Santa Maria Cathedral in Florence, Italy.
ESFJ: A picnic in a park with kites. A bustling marketplace with fresh food and flowers. Feeding lorikeets at an aviary.
ISFJ: A petting zoo with baby goats. A meadow of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Studying at a familiar coffee shop with a house band.

vividlasagna  asked:

question: was there as much of a coherent ideology behind art deco as there was behind modernism? and if so what was it?

Art Deco is a style not an ideology like Modernism.

Radio City Hall in New York City

The term “Art Deco” comes from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts), the World’s fair held in Paris, France from April to October 1925. It was derived by shortening the words “Arts Décoratifs” in the title of the exposition.

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Hello, can you help me find reliable info about Nahuatl, Aztlan and Ancient Mexico?

Hello, I am writing a story set in 65 AD/CE and I am wonder which cultures were in Mexico and how to properly write about that part of the world. The story is a global story and so I already have Rome all figured out, but I need to find some reliable sources and voices to tell me about Aztlan and Nahuatl. Also, I am not sure what cultures were around in my time frame because history books are not clear on it. I also want to note, that I don’t want people pointing to Spanish Info Sources right now. I want to hear from the people who actually LIVED there, not people who invaded and killed everyone.

I know that you might be like, “why do you want to write about X culture?” Because it’s part of my story and I want to respectfully write about Ancient Mexica.

Thank you so much.

Dance Magic

Dance Magic is one of the most pure forms of energy work. It is powerful. While performing a spell, one can not only feel the energy, but can smell, see, taste, and hear it as you move it around your body.

Using dancing as a tool for magic is ancient. The Aztecs and Mayans used it to draw rain into Mexico. The Celtics used it to sanctify their dead so they could transcend to the afterlife. The Aborigines use it to balance the body and connect with nature, as well as a portal to the Dreamtime. 

As a Reiki Master, a privilege I do not take lightly,  dance magic is a cornerstone in balancing my body and mind, as well as giving an ofrenda (Offering) of energy to the Earth, Directions, Spirits, and The Center (God, but as I like to call it, “The Omniplex”).

Witch tip for babes:

Having trouble with this type of magic? Want to try it but have no idea where to start? Good news! There’s no right way to do dance magic.

Music? Doesn’t matter

Style? Whatever is comfortable

Rythm? If you got it. 

Need some inspiration?
Watch the Netflix Original: The OA.

In this show, there is a dance called the “Movements”. These movements were derived from ancient ceremonial dances of the Aztecs and Maya, as well as a coagulation of a few other traditions. It is beautifully portrayed. 

A warning:

Because of how powerful Dance Magic can be at it’s highest potential, I feel I must warn you of the potential effects.

After a dance spell, you might enter an altered state. This could be extremely beneficial or extremely unwanted based on the current situation. Be mindful of this.

Be sure to replace all energy you take from your environment (Unless from the Earth itself, space, The Center, or a designated energy source). Taking from house plants, for example, can damage their ability to thrive. 

If you’re using Dance Magic to amplify a spell, be weary. You could run the potentiality of overpowering the spell, which could broaden the range of the spell’s effects. Bure sure your spell has set guidelines to follow. Make sure your intentions are extremely consistent while casting. Especially if you’re amplifying a spell with the Dance Magic of a group of people. EVERYONE must be on the same page, even the same paragraph if possible before the ceremony begins.  

JOEY: throughout history, stickers have been the backbone of many great civilizations.

JUDE: no they havent

JOEY: the ancient greeks used leeches for stickers. the more stickers you had, the cooler you were!

JUDE: NOPE not true

JOEY: the ancient aztecs’ chest skull is a modern equivalent to today’s (shows a sticker) “orange you happy mon??”

JUDE: yes, aztecs war paints were EXACTLY like a rasta orange. joey have you ever READ a history book?

Honestly, as weird and niche as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is, there’s such a wide variety of locations and genres in each part, that it’s almost impossible to find something in it that doesn’t really resonate with you.

-Part 1 we got superpower kung-fu mixed with classic horror all set in Victorian England

-Part 2 we got ancient Aztec sci-fi mixed with Nazi conspiracy sci-fi with more kung-fu set in various locations (mostly Italy) around WW2

-Part 3 we got 1980′s version of Around the World in 80 days, and from here on out everybody now beats the tar out of each other with imaginary friends

-Part 4 is a slice-of-life/action/comedy/murder mystery set in one town in Japan in 1999

-Part 5 is set in 2001 in Italy and focuses on a FABULOUS squad of mafiosos trying to rise up in ranks in their gang and overthrow the kingpin

-Part 6 is a prison drama set in Florida in 2011. Features a (badass rad) female protag with some other badass rad ladies.

-Part 7 is an AU/reboot set in late 1800′s America and is about a horse race across the continental U.S.

-Part 8 continues the AU/reboot in Japan in 2011 after the Tohoku Earthquake. Mostly a mystery with action, comedy, and drama interwoven. Largely regarded as The Weirdest One (and it’s not even done yet).

All this variety and it still manages to be one cohesive story, with characters and elements from previous parts making returns and other callbacks to show that each part is connected in some way, and built upon one another.

So in TL;DR: Please read/watch JoJo. It good.

How To Have a Vacation With Your Friends

Vacations are the perfect time to forget about worrysome things and spend times with the people you care about. If you want to bring friends with you on your travels, here are steps to spend the best time with them.

1 Don’t Bring Your Enemies.

It’s important to only bring your friends on the trip. If there’s somebody that’s been bothering you, a vacation is the perfect time to forget all about them. Don’t reflect on bad acquaintances on your vacation or you’ll only be there in body, but not in mind! Instead, stay in the moment and try to have the best time you can have with your good friends.

2 Think About Bringing Your Pets.

The more the merrier! If you have a pet, but have nobody to leave them to during your vacation, why not bring him along with you? He’ll be sure to enjoy the trip too. If you plan on going to the beach or a mountain resort you should be fine, but if you’re going to be exploring ancient Aztec ruins or sightseeing the pyramids in Egypt, you might have to jump through a few more hoops like vaccinations, a pet pasport and so on!

3 Take Lots Of Photos Together.

When you arrive at your destination, make sure to take a group photo. The point of a trip with friends is the shared experience of it all, and what better way of remembering the fun times than with a photograph! You can take selfies in front of monuments, out on the streets, or just in your hotel room! Make sure you pay attention to “no photo” zones though, or you can get in trouble. Some places will also make you pay in order to take pictures inside.

4 Go Out And Explore.

Sightseeing is good and all, but don’t just spend your vacation time on tourist traps. Go out as a group and get lost in the city, take in the authentic history of the place you’re in! Instead of eating food in your hotel, why not try some of the local foods from a street vendor? In general, try to always be out, absorbing as much as you can from the local culture and always be with your friends!

5 Spend Some Time Away From Your Friends.

Sometimes, your friends can be too overbearing and that’s okay. If you ever feel you need some alone time, there’s plenty of things you can still do. Why not go to an expensive spa and take a long bubble bath, just like when you were a little kid? Or just take a breather out on the beach, meditating as the sun sets behind you? A little downtime from all the fun is good, because it will only make you appreciate your great vacation even more!


Xiuhcoátl, the Turquoise Serpent, or Fire Serpent.

Xiuhcoátl is the Nagual, the Spirit Animal of Xiuhtecuhtli, the Turquoise Lord, Teótl of Fire, Time, the Center, the Hearth, and Wisdom, Father to the Teótl and embodiment of wisdom. The Xiuhcoátl is also an atlatl wielded by Huitzilopochtli, the Sun at the Zenith, who personifies the victory of wisdom over ignorance.

The Turquoise Serpent is the dry season, as opposed to Quetzalcoátl, the Plumed Serpent, who is the wet season. Metaphorically, in the wet Mexican summer, Quetzalcoátl descends to the earth and covers it with his skin and plumage; all the earth is covered with his green feathers, and life blooms. In the dry Winter, Xiuhcoátl descends, and with his fiery skin covers the earth, and all the vegetation dries out and dies.

The serpent also represents the movement of time; its very body is shaped like the year-glyph, its body forming trapezoidal, year-glyph shapes, and its tail is the glyph itself. Thus, the serpent Xiuhcoátl is symbolic of day, fire, turquoise, the dry season, and wisdom.

In the photos, he appears at the top as the Spirit Animal of Xiuhtecuhtli; he circles the body of the Turquoise Lord, and from his flaming skin emerges calendar glyphs, representing time. In the detail, can be seen his curling snout and his year-glyph tail. The following two pictures are ancient Mexica stone carvings of Xiuhcoátl, and at the bottom, one of my paintings in which Huitzilopochtli, the Hummingbird on the Left, the Sun at its Zenith, holds Xiuhcoátl in his hand as a weapon with which to defeat his sister the moon, and, metaphorically, the triumph of wisdom over ignorance.

My paintings are available as limited edition prints in my Etsy store at this link.



Quetzal are strikingly colored birds in the trogon family. They are found in forests and woodlands, especially in humid highlands, with the five species from the genus Pharomachrus being exclusively Neotropical, while the single Euptilotis species is found in Mexico and very locally in southern United States. All 6 species are fairly large (all over 13 inches long). Quetzals have iridescent green or golden-green wing coverts, back, chest and head, with a red belly. They are strongly sexually dimorphic, and parts of the females’ plumage are brown or grey. These largely solitary birds feed on fruits, berries, insects and small vertebrates(such as frogs).

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