The Moon, Planets and, Oh My! by Mark Ledingham Via Flickr: The reflections of the setting moon (left) and the planets, Mars, Venus and Uranus, were easily seen with the naked eye on 1 March. Viewed closely, the outline of the quarter moon may be discovered in this image. The northern lights highlighted the events of the evening.
Location: The Norwegian Sea, at Ersfjordbotn, Arctic Norway.
Lavenderwhisp’s Witch Types Master Post (Jan 2016)
Witch: magical practitioner
Elemental Witch: Witches who work around the 5 elements: Water, Earth, Air,
Fire, and Spirit.
Earth Witch: Witches who specifically work with their magic around the
element of Earth, through grounding exercises, rock/soil collecting, crystal
magic, and Green Witchery. Earth zodiac signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Types of Earth Witches:
Green Witch: use
plants/herbs/flowers in herbal and natural magic, such as using them in spells
and creating remedies with them.
Garden Witch: A version of
a Green Witch, they enjoy working with the earth through gardening and using
their herbs and plants to help and care for their families and loved ones.
Flora Witch: Similar to
the above witches, they work with flowers in their practice. Their Book of
Shadows would likely be full of Green Witchery, such as than herbs and herbal
recipes, and flower classifications and associations.
Marijuana Witch: A type of
Green Witch, Marijuana has been used for spiritual and medicinal purposes
throughout history. These witches use marijuana for magical purposes and use
herbal recipes with marijuana.
Rock Witch: Witches who
work with all rocks, including stones and crystals. They enjoy geology and
their Book of Shadows is full of geology and crystal healing. They are most
likely involved in a scientific field, such as geography or archaeology where
they can be close to the Earth.
Crystal Witch: Witches who
work with stones and crystals, such as through crystal healing. Their Book of
Shadows will most likely have information about the stones, chakra balance, and
Forest Witch: A witch who
enjoys the company of trees and live amongst them. The seclusion is perfect for
cottage magic and tree magic. They also enjoy the company of fey and woodland
animals, and use local plants.
Swamp Witch: Witches who
live within the swamps, use swamp plants, and enjoy the company of swamp
Desert Witch: A witch who
lives in the desert, enjoys the natural desert scenery, uses desert plants,
bones, sand in their practice, collects desert rocks, and befriend desert
animals such as snakes, lizards, and scorpions. They also tend to use the
elements of Wind and Fire as well as Earth in their practice. They normally
worship desert deities and study desert lore in their area.
Sand Witch: Sand witches
live where a lot of sand is in the local earth, such as the desert or the
beach. Their home is filled with different types of sand and rocks.
Ending my little hiatus with a wholesome, totally abstract description of each of the types :^)
ENTP: They’re like the breeze of the autumn seasons – always moving along, never hesitating to take anyone willing with them. Those who fail to keep up, fail to understand, they’re all left behind for the autumn breeze has no tolerance for the weak minded.
ENTJ: They are the active volcanoes that we deeply fear. Their sparks, creativity, and glow draws people toward them. At a distance, watching them at their peak is nothing but amazing. However, if you get too close, you might get burnt by their heated passion.
ENFP: They’re like the sunlight in the winter. You seek the warmth of the rays in the freezing temperatures and it feels like you’ve finally felt at peace again when you’re in the sunlight at just the right spot. The world is cold, my friends. Keep an ENFP with you.
ENFJ: Confident that their time will never end sooner than old age, their motivation and energy is like a rushing river. Roaring in the distance, they are irresistible. Whispering after a hard day’s of work, they are calming. However, if stopped, it’s truly a disaster.
ESTP: They’d be the forever travelling clouds, all spread out across the sky. When in doubt, look at the clouds for a hint, a signal. Because no matter when and where, the clouds will always be ahead of you.
ESTJ: They are the old evergreen trees, dedicated to keeping their colour all their life. No matter what time of year it is, the seasons will always see the standing. You can always rely on them to remain graceful.
ESFP: They’d be the fields of wild flowers, filling the horizons with red, blue, and gold. With the winds, they dance endlessly, mesmerising whoever happened to be there. They are variety – always with something beautiful to show.
ESFJ: The seasons treat the leaves harshly, with heavy downpours and burning rays. No matter what, as long as it’s their time, they will always be there to provide shade and shelter. An ESFJ will always be there to save you, even in the most subtle ways.
INTP: They’re like the clear, midnight sky: reserved, tempting, and untouchable. If each star could represent each question and wonder, each planet would represent an answer. The cycle is simply that, and you’ll die waiting for the end.
INFP: They are the seaside at sunset, the moment everyone stays for. They are sweetness, romance, calmness, but also the balance between day and night. They are the ones whose each word is like harmony, bonding people together with beauty.
INTJ: They’d be the glaciers across the seas and arctic. At first cold and aloof, but once you change your view, they create such wonderful scenes. When they find their purpose, they’ll put their entire being into it, even if it pains them in the process.
INFJ: Springtime showers. Their mind will never stop growing, but in the most wondrous way. Gazing into the field of flowers ready to bloom gives off a feeling of delight, however, ‘you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain’.
ISTP: They’re like the natural fires caused by lightning. Independent and slow to surprise, yet once they’ve got something, they’ll make sure everyone’s aware because not even they know exactly what they can do.
ISFP: They are the auroras, waves of indefinite colours soaring throughout the sky. Not everyone has the chance to see their potential, but they will not disappoint. Life’s not complete until you’ve witnessed their unbounded imagination.
ISTJ: They’d be the hollow caves that are full of mystery and thrill. They remain independent, but provide for those brave enough to ask and reward with treasures hidden within them. They’ve endured years of the world – and they will live more.
ISFJ: They’re like the clear springs you’d find out in the middle of nowhere where you’d least expect it. They are the comforter, the provider, and the mother. Without the springs, there’d be chaos in a world meant for order.
A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?
Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again.
Oh, except that administrator is Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA multiple times over what he sees as its overly aggressive environmental regulations. Plus, he denies the mainstream scientific conclusion that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global warming.
Pruitt has also questioned the dangers of mercury contamination and other hazardous substances the EPA is in charge of regulating. His record is so one-sided that the Sierra Club calls him simply, “… The most dangerous EPA Administrator in the history of our country.”
Pruitt’s reputation as an agency foe eager to give states more autonomy in regulating air and water pollution, combined with the EPA transition team’s gag order of the agency, has instilled so much fear among the EPA rank-and-file that agency scientists were among the thousands of people calling their senators on Thursday urging them to vote no on the nomination, a rare step for federal employees to take.
Pruitt, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry, all have expressed views doubting climate science findings, and each of them are in charge of agencies deeply involved with the U.S. response to the global issue.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
During his confirmation hearing, Pruitt said he does not quite agree with the vast majority of climate scientists whose work has shown that greenhouse gases are causing global warming.
“I believe the ability to measure with precision the degree of human activity’s impact on the climate is subject to more debate on whether the climate is changing or whether human activity contributes to it,” he said.
“If you don’t believe in climate science, you don’t belong at the EPA,“ said May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org, in a statement on Friday.
What happens now?
Pruitt is expected to try to dismantle large parts of the EPA’s portfolio of regulations and science research put in place under prior presidents, particularly the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Without that plan, the U.S. cannot live up to its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.
However, Trump may be poised to pull the U.S. out of that pact entirely, which would make dismantling the Clean Power Plan easier. Trump is also expected to sign executive orders as early as Friday that would begin rolling back the EPA’s climate change work, though it’s easier to order that than it is to actually accomplish it.
Remarkably, Pruitt was confirmed only hours after a judge in Oklahoma ordered the release of nearly 3,000 emails between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies from his time as attorney general.
We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA.
Senators never got a chance to factor those into their decision-making.
Senate Democrats tried in vain to delay the vote to allow senators to see the emails, which stemmed from a state lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. Those organizations were concerned about Pruitt’s cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry there.
Pruitt’s backers, including mainstream Republican groups like FreedomWorks, see him as an administrator to will try to get red tape off the backs of business owners, despite studies showing that the EPA’s regulations don’t stifle job growth.
A 2014 New York Times investigation already established that Pruitt often did favors for the oil and gas industry, particularly for major donors to the Republican Attorneys General Association. These included writing letters to lawmakers and the EPA seeking regulatory changes.
In the end, Pruitt won confirmation narrowly, on a 52 to 46 vote, garnering the most "no” votes of any EPA nominee since the agency was founded in 1970.