another form

the idea that connected humans form another higher-level organism baffles me, because while it’s vacuously true, the higher organism would have nothing in common with us and would not share our interests or preferences except at the most superficial level.

skyflyinginaction  asked:

there are 2 tarots I am dong the art and the adjustment social links the art came from the tarot the temperence and the adjustment the justice. what are the cards about? what are the art and the adjustment cards are all about?

“Art” is another name for “Temperance”.

“Adjustment” is another name for “Temperance”.

Much like how in P4G, Adachi’s true Arcana is “Lust” (mistranslated as “Hunger”), which is another form of “Strength”, which puts more emphasis on what happens when one *fails* to tame their passion, rather than on what happens when it is correctly tamed, these two alternate names also imply decks, in which the focus of the cards’ archetypes is shifted a little from the common interpretation.

The “Art” focuses more on the very real skills acquired by finding balance, rather than just the act of finding balance itself (which is the traditional Temperance.)

“Adjustment” focuses more on being able to flexibly evolve ones own understanding of good and bad, while the traditional Justice has a stronger implication of the trap that is seeing everything in black and white. (Out of the Persona characters associated with “Justice”, Nanako is probably the one who would fit the Adjustment the best, since she actually learns to become more flexible in her understanding of good and evil, whereas other characters stay more… polarized in their thinking… *coughcoughP5coughcough*)

anonymous asked:

I've heard a lot of things said about that Library of Alexandria chart, but I've never heard anyone call it racist. Could you elaborate?

It’s racist because it assumes the slight decline of scientific achievement in Western Europe during the early medieval period somehow meant the entire world came to a screeching halt. It ignores the continuing rapid progress in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India, and China, because that doesn’t fit the narrative of western supremacy.

Also everything about the Library of Alexandria is bullshit. It’s famous because it got mentioned in an ancient travel guide, and that’s the only reason we care that it was destroyed. Nothing was lost when it was destroyed that didn’t exist elsewhere. There were larger and more important libraries in the world. The first time the Library of Alexandria burned its entire collection was replaced by another library. The Library of Constantinople was larger, more important, and existed until the 15th century in one form or another. The Library of Alexandria was impressive, but hardly unique.

It also wasn’t destroyed by any one person or at any one time it was destroyed in bits and pieces over centuries. The famous “burning” even happened decades before Christ was born, much less Christians being around to be evil book burners that the myths surrounding the Library always claim.

New Inktober for 2017!

I was asked a lot if I could make a new list of art prompts for October this year! Since last year was so much fun, I’ve decided to give it another try at making a new list! Hope you enjoy!! (I’ll be adding the other days soon! Just wanted to get it started so you guys knew what to draw for tomorrow lol)

Day 1: (Since this seemed to be a great way to kick it off last year) Draw yourself on Sept. 30th vs. yourself on Oct. 1st!

Day 2: A Netflix original show doing a crossover special with another Netflix original show (Bonus points if it’s a holiday special!)

Day 3: A Disney princess (or any Disney female protagonist) reimagined as a traditional Halloween monster.

Day 4: A traditional Halloween monster in a lovely Disney princess-like gown that matches their aesthetic.

Day 5: Your favorite Fall/Halloween treat reimagined as a Pokemon (bonus points if you give the pokemon stats!)

Day 6: Your OTP in Halloween costumes that are designed to go together.

Day 7: The Marvel/DC Universe characters if they were optional playable characters in Mario Kart.

Day 8: A character from your favorite cartoon/television show/movie and summoning their Patronus.

Day 9: Take a song title that’s not meant to be scary, imagine it to be the title of a new horror movie. Draw the poster art for that new horror movie.

Day 10: Use an old picture of yourself in a previous Halloween costume as a reference, and recreate it as ornately and imaginative as you remember feeling while wearing it!

Day 11: A modern AAA video game (Uncharted, Gears of War, etc.) reimagined as an old 8- or 16-bit video game! [This was a suggestion from Joan!]

Day 12: Your favorite scary movie/television show/video game/anime/whatever… but they’re cats. [This was a suggestion from Talyn haha]

Day 13: A character or characters from one musical that has/have been cast in another musical that’s totally different.

Day 14: What exactly DOES the Monster Mash look like??

Day 15: What characters from different shows would be the BEST zombie-fighting team??

Day 16: There’s a certain ethereal feeling that comes from Fall. Using colors, imagery, and whatever else you may deem necessary, try to depict that emotion.

Day 17: Think of one really good/funny/happy memory from this year or sometime recently that you’d like to illustrate and accompany with explanation. I think we can always use more positive/light stories!

Day 18: Because I’ve been asked to do something specific to my videos, what would the Sanders Sides go as for Halloween??

Day 19: Use some element of Halloween (decoration/candy/monster/etc) as the inspiration for a new species of flower. Draw that flower or a bouquet of those flowers.

Day 20: This one will be quite a challenge, but I’m interested to see what you can do!! Depict a Halloween/Fall-themed/whatever-show-you-like landscape or collection of items, that, when seen from afar, come together to form another object. If this is confusing, use this image as an example: https://goo.gl/images/CmyRTZ

Day 21: Take a recent cartoon/animation and draw it in the form of old-timey animation!

Day 22: Draw any group or family from television/film (or your own family!) as if they were The Addams Family.

Day 23: The kids from Stranger Things and the kids from It having the most epic crossover special.

Day 24: Draw your house if it was suddenly transformed into the most epic haunted house ever!

Day 25: Use the title of a scary movie and reimagine it as the title of a comedy or romance film. Draw the poster art for that film!

Pumpkin pie puppy

Crystal Terminology

Originally posted by fullmagicthings

Below is a list of helpful terms to know when working with gems and minerals. It includes terminology on various crystal shapes and forms. Terms specific to mineral shapes have “(form)” next to them for ease of reference.

Abundance (form): An abundance crystal consists of one long quartz crystal with many small crystals clustered around its base. Its function is to attract wealth and abundance.  

Adamantine Luster: A particularly brilliant shine as shown by a specimen such as a diamond.

Amorphous (form): Amorphous crystals, such as obsidian, have no particular shape. Energy flows rapidly through and amorphous crystal as it has no rigid internal organization.

Aura: The subtle bio-magnetic sheath that surrounds the physical body, providing a protective zone that extends for about 18 inches to 3 feet from the body and contains information about a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state of being. 

Aura Crystal: A crystal specimen, usually of the quartz variety, that has been coated with metal (i.e. gold, titanium) in a vacuum chamber resulting in an iridescent sheen.

Ball (form): Balls are usually shaped from a larger piece of crystal and may have planes or flaws within them. They emit energy in all directions equally. 

Barnacle (form): A barnacle crystal has many small crystals covering a larger crystal. 

Bridge (form): A bridge crystal grows out of another larger crystal. It assists in bridging gaps and bringing things together.

Carat: The standard measure of weight for precious stones and metals. A carat is equal to 0.007 oz (0.2g).

Cathedral Quartz (form): Cathedral quartz may appear to be composed of several convoluted pieces, but these are in fact all part of the main crystal which has multiple terminations with at least one point at the apex.

Channeler (form): A channeling crystal has a 7 sided facet at the front of the termination and a triangular face on the opposite side. It channels healing energy or information from higher sources. 

Cleavage: The way a mineral or rock breaks along a certain plane, or in a certain direction.

Cluster (form): A cluster has many points bedded, but not necessarily fixed, into a base. The crystals may be small or large. 

Companion (form): A companion crystal has two crystals entwined and partly growing in each other, or a small crystal that grows out of the main crystal. 

Cross (form): A cross formation has one crystal at right angles to another, usually larger crystal. 

Crystal: A naturally occurring substance whose atoms are arranged in a regular manner. 

Crystal System: The systems in which crystals are grouped based on their symmetry. There are 6 crystal systems: cubic, monoclinic, triclinic, trigonal/hexagonal, orthorhombic, and tetragonal. 

Diamond Window (form): Flat faces at the top of crystals are called windows. A diamond window is large and connected to the apex and the base.

Double Terminated (form): A crystal with two naturally faceted ends. 

Dull Luster: A shine that reflects very little.

Earthy Luster: A non-reflective mineral luster.

Egg (form): A crystal cut in the shape of an egg. 

Elestial (form): An elestial has many natural terminations and folds over a multilayered crystal. 

Etched (form): An etched crystal that looks as though hieroglyphs or cuneiform writing has been inscribed on its faces. 

Faces: The External flat surface that make up a crystal’s shape.

Fault Line: An inner flaw or break in a crystal that refracts light and appears to divide the crystal into sections. 

Fluorescence: The optical effect whereby a mineral appears a different color in ultraviolet light than in ordinary daylight. 

Fracture: The distinctive way a mineral breaks.

Friable: Minerals that easily crumble are referred to as friable.

Gemstone: A mineral, usually crystal-like, which is valued for its color, rarity, and hardness.

Generator (form): A generator crystal has six facets meeting equally in a sharp point. 

Geode (form): A geode is contained within an outer form. When opened, it is hollow with many crystals pointing inward. 

Geologist: A scientist who studies the Earth and its structure and composition.

Gridding: The placing of crystals around a building, person, or room for protection or enhancement energies.

Habit: The general shape of a mineral.

Inclusion: Any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation, often producing a rainbow.

Iridescence: A play of colors that looks like oil on water that occurs when light reflects off internal elements of a rock or mineral. 

Layered (form): Plate-like crystals such as lepidolite are referred to as layered. 

Luster: The way in which light reflects of the surface of a mineral.

Manifestation (form): One or more small crystals are totally enclosed by a larger crystal. 

Matrix: The bedrock on which crystals are formed.

Metallic Luster: A shine like that of polished metal.

Mineral: A naturally occurring solid with specific characteristics, such as a particular chemical composition and crystal shape.

Mineralogist: A scientist who studies minerals.

Mohs Scale: A scale of hardness used in classifying minerals. It runs from 1 to 10 using a series of reference minerals, and a position on the scale depends on the ability to scratch minerals rated lower.

Occlusion: A mineral deposit within a crystal, which usually shows up as cloudy patches, spots, or a ghostlike image depending on the color of the material.

Opaque: A substance or material that does not let light pass through it.

Ore: A rock or mineral from which metal can be extracted

Phantom (form): A phantom crystal appears ghostlike within the body of a larger crystal. 

Pleochroic: In a crystal, appearing to have two or more different colors or shades of color, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. 

Point (form): Points may be natural or artificially shaped. A single crystal point has a faceted pointed end and the other end tends to look ragged where it has been separated from a cluster base. 

Prism: A solid geometric figure with a set of faces parallel to one another.

Pyramid (form): A crystal with four sides on a base, but the base itself may be squared off if the crystal is natural (i.e. apophyllite) rather than artificially shaped.

Record Keeper (form): A record keeper crystal has clearly etched pyramid shapes on its side or sides. 

Resinous Luster: A shine like that of resin.

Scepter Quartz (form): A scepter quartz is a large central rod around one end of which another crystal is formed. 

Seer Stone (form): A seer stone is a natural, water polished stone that is cut to reveal an inner world. 

Specific Gravity: The ratio of a mineral’s weight compared to the weight of an equal volume of water.

Square (form): A square crystal consolidates energy within its form. It’s useful for anchoring intention and grounding. 

Streak: The color of a mineral’s powder. It is less variable than the color of the mineral, so is a more reliable identification tool.

Striation: One of multiple, usually parallel grooves or scratches on a rock surface, produced by abrasion associated with glacial movement, stream flow, a geologic fault, or meteoric impact.

Tabular (form): A tabular crystal has two wide sides resulting in a flat crystal which may be double terminated. 

Transmitter (form): A transmitter crystal has two seven-sided facets with two perfect triangles between them. 

Tumbled (form): Refers to stones that have been polished in a large drum with grit, resulting in a smooth and often shiny stone.

Vitreous Luster: A shine like that of glass.

Vogal Wand (form): A crystal with specially created, indented facets with specific angles down the sides of a quartz wand. 

Wand (form): A crystal in the shape of a wand, either naturally occurring or artificially cut. 

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Revised 30 September 2017

Astrology and Elemental Imbalance

Elemental imbalances occur when an individual has a limited element present in their birth chart and most often an excess of another. An unattended imbalance can cause stress of extremes of an element being projected by ones personality (Think of the knights in the Tarot).

Having 10 planets in the natal chart, including the rising sign, we naturally have a high chance of having an elemental imbalance in our birth chart and personality.

An imbalance of elements often looks like a minimum of 2 planets in an element, often seen as only having 2-0 planets missing from being familiar with that elements associations.

Having aspects from planets  that naturally contain the missing elemental energies prominent in the natal chart (example, if you lack air but have many mercury aspects), this can aid the elemental lack, though it will not necessarily bring the elements in ones personality into balance for the planet will still be in an excess sign (example mercury in pisces), and it will still act accordingly to the element it’s placed in.


Fire Signs: Aries/Leo/Sagittarius 

Air Signs: Gemini/Libra/Aquarius 

Earth Signs: Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn 

Water Signs: Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces

Signs, symptoms and manifestations of having a limited element in the chart

Limited Fire:

  • Lacking passion and enthusiasm to do things
  • Having difficulty standing up for yourself
  • Tending to drift along with the flow of things which ends up being time consuming and making things progress slower than others
  • Feeling easily offended by harsh words or criticisms
  • Feeling uncomfortable around those who are quite flamboyant and expressive
  • Can’t stand noise of fast movement of things and people
  • Being highly introverted
  • Often feeling a lack of creativity
  • Lethargy and low energy often
  • Inertia and lack of motivation to take action
  • Feeling cold often
  • Often being too passive
  • Hypersensitivity to everything/everyone

Limited Air:

  • Leaping before thinking which ends up resulting in problems later on
  • Cognitive issues
  • Disconnected from others (either from self isolation of difficulty relating to people)
  • Limited socialising
  • Difficulty understanding other perspectives and ideas
  • Prefer expressing the self through non-verbal ways of communicating
  • Not a fan of social media and/or technology
  • Quiet (or very loud) speaking voice
  • Difficultly conveying thoughts and ideas cohesively
  • Tending to care more about ones own endeavours or how one self feels over another
  • Putting oneself down in analytical and ‘logical/rationalising’ areas of life (aka “Im dumb because i don’t know or understand this”)
  • Getting too emotionally involved with people, places and situations
  • Having a difficult time when it comes to standing back and rationally observe whats going on.

Limited Earth:

  • Having difficulty creating a practical plan and routine
  • Not caring too much about the material world and possessions
  • Having a difficult relationship with ones own body (can develop eating problems, wanting body modifications, excess dieting and bodybuilding)
  • A difficulty getting in touch with the body and its functions (can’t tell if hungry or full, if its hot or cold ect)
  • Having a difficulty staying grounded and often day dreaming
  • Giving things away to freely
  • Having a poor sense of taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing in one form or another
  • Difficulty creating the reality one wants
  • Not feeling connected to nature or animals
  • Getting too lost in thoughts, ideas and feelings and forgetting the reality of whats going on around you
  • Not caring about money or material possessions making the day-to-day life difficult
  • Not bothering keeping track of money and bills
  • Avoidance of hard work if possible
  • Easily physically fatigued

Limited Water:

  • Difficulty bearing with ones own emotional nature and that of others
  • Repressing emotions then realising them in private when they overflow
  • Becoming angry/agitated
  • Difficultly empathising with others
  • Not truly understanding what one is feeling
  • Expressing feelings inappropriately (getting angry over the little things/being calm when a tragedy occurs ect)
  • Rejecting ones own pain/refusing to feel it
  • Getting frustrated with those who are in an overly emotional state
  • Trying to rationalise and make feelings a practical and manageable thing
  • Thinking oneself out of feeling (excess air)
  • Expressing rage then calming down immediately after (excess fire)
  • Over spending (excess earth)
  • Difficultly in discriminating or recognising inutile hints and psychic messages
  • Avoiding closeness and touch of others

Signs, symptoms and manifestations of having an excess element in the chart (3+ planets in element)

Excess Fire:

  • Feeling restless and having trouble sitting still/relaxing
  • Constantly thirsty/Drinking very little water
  • Feeling restless
  • Fluctuating Temper/Easily provoked
  • Loud and bold (at inappropriate times)
  • Over enthusiastic about ones own passion
  • Expression can overbear others at times
  • Can be desensitised to the feelings of others
  • Frustration when things are going ‘slow’
  • Leaping before looking

Excess air:

  • Talking too fast/Too loud/Too much
  • Not listening to others
  • Excess thinking to the point of blurring out reality
  • Dominant and sometimes intrusive thoughts
  • Fluctuating emotional stability
  • Difficulty relating to others on an emotional level
  • Detachment to people, places and things
  • Over intellectualising and over processing things
  • Consistent/loud mind chatter
  • Inability/Difficulty relaxing due to a need to move or fidget
  • Short attention span

Excess Earth:

  • Stubbornness
  • Low energy/Vitality
  • Slow process on tasks
  • Can lack drive and enthusiasm
  • Set in ones own ways
  • Emotionally distant by focusing only on what the 5 senses can provide
  • Focus on material gain and maintenance
  • Excluding family and relationships for work
  • Over/Under eating
  • Obsession with body (for good or bad)
  • Overworking ones self
  • Slacking and lazing around excessively

Excess Water:

  • Fearful and oversensitivity
  • Focusing too much on feeling to the point of creating a foggy reality
  • Not seeing reality for what it is
  • Living in a world of daydream
  • Feelings hurt easily
  • Fluctuating emotional state that can be difficult to control
  • Lacking drive to take action
  • Avoidance of everyday tasks if possible (chores/jobs/managing money)
  • Excess desire to connect with the higher realms and detach from the body
  • Physical weakness/lethargy  

How to balance your elements

When we are unbalanced, we either draw others to use (or us to them) to act as an external reflection of the things we lack within ourselves, however, its possible to engage in other activities that can help bring our elemental lack into appropriate balance that can allow for self-healing and improved wellness.

At times due to elemental imbalances in out chart, we may be drawn to another who has excess of the element we lack (even signs) as to experiences a sense of ‘ying and yang’ by interacting with another. You may find you personally may greatly clash with another, yet you are reluctant to part because they seem to ‘fulfil’ you in a way you can’t explain.

For the element you lack the most in your chart, see the table below to find out ways you can help bring the lacking element in your personality.


I felt the mighty need to draw Paddy, she’s way too adorable. Obviously, her senpai is there too.

anonymous asked:

I'm not a shipper, but @ every shippers who want a canon mlm representation, should stop erasing Keith and Shiro's relationship just because it's notp. Because from the look of it they're the ones that seems to have chance in becoming canon. People are screaming broganes! in every posts to the point of sounding like old homophobes, and even from non shipper's view, it's transparent as fuck. Like it'd be easier if people just admit that KL are not important to each other as people make out to be.

Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The very earliest Voltron interview I heard was before the show even released, and when asked about providing more lgbt rep the way they did with korrasami, Lauren said: “We have those first 13 episodes and if we ever went beyond that, we would like to push the envelope.” Which tells me any gay relationship they planned to expand on has been present right from the start. Add to that comments about how “Keith latches onto Shiro,” “Keith’s always scared he’s gonna say or do something wrong that’ll cause him to lose Shiro,” “He supports Keith one hundred percent, he’s stuck his neck out for Keith a lot,” and “Keith and Shiro have the closest relationship”–if they were ever hinting at anything, I think it’s sheith. 

From onscreen canon interactions, Keith and Shiro’s relationship has always read as romantic to me. And claiming what they have is just brotherly when it’s so obviously different from Matt and Pidge’s dynamic–I just don’t understand it. So many of Keith and Shiro’s scenes are incredibly intimate. They confide in one another, comfort each other, offer physical reassurances and hold each other close. Keith prioritizes Shiro’s safety first and foremost and literally vows to save him, “as many times as it takes.” We see from Keith’s very first scene a tenderness between them that’s never replicated with anyone else. So much of their relationship reads as a veritable fairytale romance. I don’t think that’s an accident. 

It’s really transparent to me when people claim that this season was somehow homophobic for veering further towards allurance or not having Keith interact with Lance?? Like, people are literally claiming the staff don’t care about representation and never had any intention of including it, but?? The crew has already blatantly informed us that it was never their intention to tease Kl/ance, and they directly said they wouldn’t queerbait it. Because it was never there. Fans making serious accusations like this is incredibly transparent–if the only representation that matters to you is your ship, then I think you should reevaluate why. As a bi guy, kl/ance has always made me uncomfortable and I never saw any precedence for it in canon. 

Lauren literally said, “we’re working in animation. Our schedule is so far in advance for that–even if people shipped Keith and Lance, we couldn’t go back and just change the story–to be like and now they’re in love!” When asked about Lance’s future “Mr or Mrs Blue Lion,” Lauren responded exclusively with female pronouns. This isn’t like the bait and switch with building up leader Keith only to throw Shiro back in the pilot seat. Representation is serious, there is no gotcha moment, they’re not continually pushing aside kl/ance so they don’t “ruin the surprise.” 

Representation is a very real concern for Joaquim and Lauren, and they’ve already outright said teasing kl/ance was never their intention. They’re completely against queerbaiting. We’ve been definitively told no. If fans are unable to let go of fanon and refuse to acknowledge the narrative we’ve been given, then that’s on them. But it seems hypocritical to me to claim they were led on when they just refused to listen. As Lauren said: “they start out at odds, but then they grow to kind of respect each other. And if that leads into people being like–they’re spending time together! Then that’s a ‘thing,’ but…We’re not trying to cater to or bait anyone into anything, we’re just trying to do what’s right for the story.”

And I’ve seen people claim–but, kl/ance is so popular! The fans love it so much, they shouldn’t discount it just yet! Things can change! And it’s incredibly clear to me that those fans are naive in their understanding of the animation industry. Joaquim said this best: “There’s just no way. We’re already years past that storyline, you know?” He and Lauren outright confirmed they can’t go back and make kl/ance canon, because the decision to do so would’ve had to have been made years ago. Animation is not a medium conducive to major change. That’s just something fans will have to learn to accept. 

Lauren and Joaquim really seem like they actually care and they’re fighting for more representation. That means something to me. And if people expect me to feel sorry for fans who harass them simply because they didn’t make their OTP canon and are trying to focus on their own narrative, then they don’t know me. If it’s representation fans are concerned about and not just ships, then they shouldn’t see kl/ance as the only viable source for it. I’m sorry if people were disappointed and wanted representation in another form, I really am. I understand, I do. But I don’t think it’s fair to tear down the creators for it when they’re trying their best and act like kl/ance was somehow our only chance.