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when i got this ask i got so nervous because i really suck at teaching;;; sorry for getting to this so late and letting this stew in my drafts but here’s my best shot! 

Some things to consider: Line of action is perhaps the most important thing when drawing poses and figures, as it is the balancing rod that guides the body’s movement. If the line of action is weak or doesn’t make sense, then the pose will not work no matter how much you try to fudge it. 

I forgot to mention this in the drawings but you can see that i start every drawing with a basic skeleton. As much as i wish i could draw without the aid of a skeleton, it’s the most essential part of drawing figures. 

USING REFERENCE PHOTOS IS A GODSEND. Do not disregard using references, it helps clarify the way a body can move and bend so so much. If you have trouble imagining how the fingers in a pose should look, try it out in the mirror and study your own hand!  

there’s so much to talk about with posing and figures, i feel like i hardly scratched the surface. But i hoped this helped somewhat! 

Astral Projection Warnings

  • Only astrally project if you are in a stable mood (if you are clouded by negative thoughts and feelings, you will attract negative entities). 
  • Do not astrally project if you are on drugs - this will take you to a lower plane of disorientation and will be less vibrant. 
  • Just in case, ask your guides to protect you (as there can be malevolent beings). 
  • Ideally, only do it if you believe it will be spiritually benefiting (it is not a necessary part of spirituality) rather than a source of entertainment. 
  • If you do it incorrectly, it could lead to sleep paralysis
  • You cannot get possessed by malevolent entities, but they can get attached to you.
  • Always surround yourself with nurturing and higher vibrational energy, and avoid beings with darker/clouded auras as they tend to be less benevolent (but not always - it is just a precaution if you are new to astral projection). 
  • Avoid fear - do not worry that you can die while astrally projecting (as you will not), if your astral body senses danger it will immediately return to your physical body. 
Clear Skin Guide

This guide and these tips have been approved by a dermatologist.

If you’re suffering from acne and you want clear skin, just know that it’s not an overnight thing and it will take some time. It might even take up to three weeks for you to see any kind of drastic differences. You have to be true to yourself and dedicated as well. Below are some tips that I’ve combined from personal experiences as well as some tips from my dermatologist.

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Voodoo Mama's Spellbook: A Lunar Menstrual Love Spell

*My spells, though voodoo/hoodoo influenced, are open to everyone*

This is a powerful love spell for those of us who have menstrual cycles. The menstrual cycle is proof that the universe is connected to you. The very moon is guiding your body like the tides of an ocean. So this is a spell written by my grandmother and she swears by it. She says that she met my papa two weeks after performing this spell. The concept is to allow the moon to lead your body to a new love. I have actually never done this spell but upon posting this I will be trying. (Single lesbian sobsob)

This love spell can be used two ways and I will get into more detail into the instructions. I prefer to ask for love to be guided to me instead of focusing on a particular person but you can do otherwise with a slight variation I will include. Let me note that everyone has their opinion on love spells. I do not care to hear yours.

Ingredients:

SPELL MUST BE DONE ON A FRIDAY WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON

  • -6 drops of menstrual blood 
  • -red wine 
  • -2 basil leaves 
  • -2 pinches ginger powder
  • -2 peaches 
  • -9 drops of juice from an orange
  • -full moon charged water 
  • -cheesecloth or something to strain water
  • -6 red rose petals 
  • -1 jar or container 
  • -(Optional) Hair of the person if there is someone in particular.

Directions:

  1. First of all you want to mix your moon water, ginger powder and drops of orange juice. 
  2. Set it out in the moonlight while you peel and slice your peaches. Be very slow and delicate while you do this. It symbolized you opening yourself up to the new experiences.  
  3. Get your pot back and add the sliced peaches into the pot. 
  4. Add the basil and rose petals and place the pot on the stove. 
  5. While it boils, focus on it and push your desires onto it. This potion of love will be charged with your dreams and everything that you need from a lover. Think about certain aspects that you wish for that person to have. Don’t forget to stir every now and again. 
  6. Once it is boiling, let it go for 30 seconds or so. 
  7. Strain the water with your cheesecloth or whatever you plan to use into a jar. You can throw the items strained into the trash or use them for any gardening you need. 
  8. Make sure that your jar is only about ¾ of the way filled up. 
  9. Meditate while watching the jar. You can talk to any deity and do any prayers at this time. Ask it to be blessed. This water is a potion of love, charged by the moon. 
  10. Once you are ready, slowly add your blood. As it hits the water, the love potion is bound to you by blood. Watch it fall through the mixture. Think about how one of your most intimate aspects is now here. If you are using this on a person, add their hair now and think the same about them. They are tied to you. 
  11. Finally, add the red wine and fill the jar all the way up. This seals the deal. Think about the romance you want. Maybe talk to the mixture and tell it out loud. It loves suggestions. Please be specific and careful with your words. 
  12. Close the jar and give it 9 shakes filled with emotion and want. 
  13. If this is meant for a certain person, go to their home and pour the mixture below their window. If it is for just anyone, pour it under your own window. 
  14. Within the next month or two, if the spell has worked, you will meet someone who is brought to you by the pull of the moon. 
رب

When my heart eventually breaks,
When the tears finally fall
And when my patience begins to falter,
Guide me, my Lord
And comfort my old soul.
Wipe away my tears,
And strength me in Your deen.

When my soul grows tired,
When this world finally tears me
And when my body begins to ache,
Guide me, my Lord
And take me to Yourself.
Forgive me for what I have done,
And keep my heart on Your deen.

do you remember the night you came home from work crying harder than the clouds were? i took your blushed cheeks into my hands then kissed every tear away before your raincoat left your body.

i guided you to our couch after your broken voice insisted being held would make the night slow down. you sat patiently as i undressed you with a shiver running through your body every so often. taking hold of both ankles gently, i shifted you onto your back & proceeded to place you into your favorite pink butterfly onesie. before zipping up the pajamas, i trailed kisses up your tummy for a smile. the sides of your mouth reluctantly upturned as rouge tears entered the valleys of your lips.

my hand clutched a warm bottle just in time for your fingers to latch onto my wrist. while easing the silicone into your mouth, i picked up your favorite stuffed animal in attempts to diminish your sour day. hiding behind his soft fur, i gave him a comedic voice that sent you soaring into a positive head space. muffled giggles filled the room as milk started dripping down your chin: you couldn’t keep the bottle in your mouth any longer due to laughter. after letting out a few chuckles myself, i cleaned you up with a damp washcloth then put a pacifier back between your teeth.

with whatever upset you now running far behind, the night slowly faded; your glassy irises never left mine until your eyelids stole them away. deep sleep entered your brain just as fast as your tears once fell… do you remember the night i fell in love with that little world of yours?
—  (via @whispymilk)

When I was 13 I wanted to end my life. I hated who I was, I hated looking in the mirror. Food was how I dealt with my feelings. When I was 20 years old, I weighed 315 lbs. I had no direction in life, nothing to look forward to. At 27, I’m a healthy, confident, self employed girl boss. I have such vision for my life and SUCH passion for my work. I have learned to love my body. I have learned I can accomplish ANYTHING. The coaching opportunity scared the shit out of me if I’m being honest. I mean, who would take me seriously? I was still well over 200 lbs when I started. Who would care about me? Thankfully, I did it ANYWAY. I learned that people ON their journey make the BEST coaches. I was able to say “let’s do this TOGETHER!” I mean, how POWERFUL is that?!? I was relatable! I talked about the crappy days and the good days. I think about what would have happened if I said NO. It’s a scary thought honestly… Let me ask you this…if you do nothing now, what will your life look like in a year? How about 5 years? The same? Exactly. MAGIC does NOT happen in your comfort zone, I can PROMISE you that. Changing your life won’t happen by accident. Real talk 💕 

J.’s passing tips for FTMs

Um hello there.
After reading several guides myself, practicing, finding out what’s comfortable for me and so on and so forth, I decided to write a passing guide myself, for all those FtM people out there who need a bit of help.


First: Clothing.
✘ Clothing is a very important point. Feminine clothing obviously will not help you passing as a male. Keep that in mind when you are out shopping (on your own, or with a person who knows about your mental state - a little help from a second pair of eyes is worth more than rubies.)
✘ Despite what people say - rather stick to bigger sizes! I’ve made this experience myself. Look, your body shape is the one of a woman. (I know it’s hard, I fvck up myself because of that every single day again, but it just is a fact you shouldn’t forget about.) You need to cover up this shape and this won’t work when you buy men’s clothing in your very size (mine is - German -  M/L, idk what sizes are existing over the whole world), because then you just look like a butch girl in men’s clothing. But don’t break the limit of oversizing. I’ve noticed that one to two sizes over your normal are enough in the most cases. Bigger clothing will not only help you correct your body shape in front of others, it’s also super comfortable and, depending on your style, it can really look cool. (I will soon upload a photo series of my favorite outfits, some that made me help pass in front of curious cis males, friends, and random ppl like in the train.)
✘ I highly recommend wearing T-Shirts with a round cleavage, sweaters, hoodies, and, most important of all, men’s trousers. This is hella important. At the beginning, you might think “Oh that’s a woman’s trouser, I can wear that one since it is a little to big for me” - don’t do that. Just don’t. Woman’s pants are always cut to fit your female body shape, so it points out your curves - thighs, ass, and nearly everything else covered with it. Whatever you try, in a woman’s trouser, you will always look female in some way. It doesn’t matter if it’s oversized it still has the same effect. Therefore I recommend to get yourself men’s pants with a regular leg or a straight leg cut. Mine hide my ass (which is quite large since I’m riding a horse 2-3 times per week), straighten my thighs and overall give me a straighter body shape - and that’s just what you want to look like, right?
Be super careful with hats. By that I do not only include hats, but also beanies, etc. You really need to try them on in front of a mirror and do some positioning chances in case you really want to wear one. Beanies usually are good (maybe if you have quite long hair and can’t get a haircut at an instant?), but sometimes, they make your head appear bigger than it is, which lowers your change of passing because all the attention is drawn on your face (I will talk about the face thing below!). Here, you need to go check yourself what is comfortable for you and what you really want.


Second: Packing.
This is the point I always hate the most. I have not tried it yet, but I have already ordered my STP packer and then, I will post another text about his topic. But still, I will explain my opinion and thoughts to you here.

✘ PRO PACKING: Well, that’s obvious, isn’t it? A packer can reduce some of your weaknesses caused by your female body. I wouldn’t go that far to say those are “defects”, but I refer to transsexuality as a defect in genetics, where boys are born with a X chromosome to much and a Y chromosome missing. I have noticed myself on journeys or festivals that going to loo can be extremely hard and distressing and even depressing (depends on the person tho) when you lack something a cis male is born with. (An STP can help there, that’s why I’m going to try it.) Plus, some transmen I know like to see the small bulge the packer creates in their pants. For optics, it just looks like there really was the stuff you are still bodily lacking in your pants! That always depends on the packer and on the person. You may like it, or you may feel like you’re carrying a boner around.

✘ CON PACKING: Where there a pros, there always have to be cons. Some may regard packing as unneccessary and I can totally understand that. You can walk around with that bulge or pee standing up or you don’t, that’s up to you. It is not neccessary to pack. You even might be reminded of what you biologically lack and that can be suuuuper depressing and discouraging. Besides, nobody looks your crotch closely anyway. (A good packing is not catching the eye anyway since you don’t want to look like a molester with an erection, right?) And people who might see you in underwear are also in the most cases likely to see you naked, so there basically is no need to convince them of something you really don’t have. And, on top of it all, a really good, hand-made packer, that doesn’t only consist of a GoGirl & a Mr Limpy, but is one piece in fact, can be really expensive. (And you are most likely to need a harness to wear your packer, which creates more costs and can also be quite difficult to handle in reality!)


Third: Face.
Keep in mind that, despite what you think, your face just has no edges like cis guys have them. You mostly rather have a rounded face, because that’s what’s typical for AFABs. On T, those edges may show, but not before. So whatever you do, whatever you like, do not wear make-up. NOT. EVER. I cannot keep repeating this loud and often enough. It’s something different for eyebrows, but you should leave your skin clean. Even concealer or powder will be noticable, and people will think you are a girl playing guy for fun. If you are very good with make-up, you might try shades to point out edges, but that mostly looks super artificial and won’t help you pass.
✘ It can be super hard to tame your eyebrows. Therefore, I recommend: Let them grow, and then give them a form. And use an eyebrow pencil fitting your haircolor if you like (as for me - my natural hair color is blond, so my eyebrows are blond, but my hair is dyed black and so I’m using a black pencil). Cis males usually have thick eyebrows, and you can create this impression yours are as well by using the pen’s color en masse and then combing the brow’s hairs upwards with a neat comb. Everybody can decide for themselves, but that’s the thing that helped be the most. About the kink (? is this the right word? idk correct me if I’m failing the English language), I solved this problem ( it in fact is a problem, only females have this very kink, males don’t) by letting the eyebrows grow and then shaving/plucking off the hair from above. And then the comb thing. It’s up to you, I’m just sharing my personal experiences.
Shave off your peach fuzz. Peach fuzz is something only guys in puberty have - and females of course. Grown males either have a beard - which will come with the T since you choose to apply for it - or nothing, because they’re shaved. So cut it off. The skin will feel ticklish and dry, but you will get used to it. Cold water directly after shaving, or a skin cream (I have own for sensitive skin, an after-shave care cream), can help.


Fourth: Body.
✘ Sports are important. Also, like every other thing, it’s up to you if you do it or don’t, but I highly recommend it. You might not have a muscular body yet, but you can start building up one with some easy workouts. (T increases your muscle building even more, but starting pre-T will give you the routine!) I’m not saying that you should go to the gym and work out 4 times per week. No. There are many practices you can do on your own at home. (Personally, I am doing 10 - 40 pushups per day, and it significantly changes the line of my arm for I am building muscles there.) You can also check the internet for specific workouts, I’ve seen some on tumblr already.
Be sure you get enough food. The skinnier you are, the more frail you look. But males aren’t really frail (I know some, but those are exceptions.) Eating is important, healthy and tasty. I love food. And everybody else should. When you are starting to work out, you should also supply your body with the energy to do so. What food you eat, is irrelevant. Healthy food of course is the best (but I don’t do that myself, I love sweets). There are some foods that are applying on your bodily testosterone/estrogen levels, but let your fingers off those - it’s not that much that it will significantly change your body.
✘ Never ever take pills that are supposed to make your body super strong and muscular. Or skinny. Those are mostly fake and super dangerous!


Fifth: Hair.
✘ Hair is also one of those personal things, and I am not quite sure what to recommend. From talks and personal experience, I can only say that FTM guys with short, “boyish” hair are most likely to be passing.
Some guys can grow super long hair without looking stupid, most FTMs can’t do that, because it ruins the passing. I have quite long hair myself (ca. 20 - 30 cm), but I want to have dreadlocks and that’s why I’m letting it grow. If your hair matches your face in a way that does not make you totally feminine, you can also keep your long hair.
Do not - EVER - tuck hair behind your ears. Even if you have long(er) or annoying hair that’s always in your face. Just don’t do it.
✘ When you want to make a ponytail, there’s one thing I can recommend: Make the ponytail the lowest that is possible, place the hair tie right over your neck. Also, take all hair strands, and brush them from the from to the back before doing so, so that all the hair is compact in one ponytail without loose strands. Do not let loose strands flutter around or fall in your face. Makes you look feminine. (And don’t use hair slides, but I guess that’s clear.)


Alright, that’s all I can tell you for now.
I hope those tips will help you, at least a little bit. 
Remember, it takes some time to find out what’s good for you. Do not rush yourself.
As I said, I will soon post some pictures referred to in this post.
Liking & Sharing always appreciated.

Best wishes to you from Germany.
~ Julius

“-and this cluster of stars here in the Taurus constellation is called the Pleiades, though it is often referred to as the Seven Sisters by many, though there are obviously more than seven stars witin that open star cluster, so that name is, of course, inaccurate-”

They’ve set down a sheet on the grass and John can feel the cold damp from the nature begin to seep into the thin sheet, but this feeling cannot balance out the heat that he feels throughout his entire body as Sherlock guides his hand through the night sky with his own.

“-though I suppose at the time of the Ancient Greeks, they wouldn’t have had the technology to view the heavens as we do today, so it is only logical to assume that they actually believed there to be only seven stars in the cluster, of course, and anymore stars would likely make their mythological story for the constellation too intricate to follow-”

John is aware that he should probably be looking at this star cluster that Sherlock is going on about but for some reason he cannot seem to unfix his eyes from the beautiful movements Sherlock’s mouth makes when he’s talking. The moonlight illuminates Sherlock in such a way that only his best qualities are visible. Either that or John has just realized that Sherlock has no qualities that John is not attracted to.

It seems that Sherlock has finished his astronomical infodump and he finally tears his eyes away from the night sky to gaze upon John. They need not say anything, really, since they both gravitate towards one another like binary stars. Their lips meeting under the crescent moon can only be comparable to the collision and eventual merging of the two stars.

John slowly breaks the kiss, though his lips are still caught within the gravitational pull of Sherlock’s own.

“Now here I was thinking that you were an idiot when it came to astronomy, or at least deleted all your knowledge of it to make more room in that mind palace of yours”, he lightly teases Sherlock because he loves watching the way his husband’s lips curl up slightly in amusement when he does so.

“Well, I figured I would much rather expand my knowledge on the beautiful qualities of this universe than remain ignorant to them. I’m afraid I’ve allowed myself to be ignorant about the most beautiful things for far too long”

They lie there on the damp sheet, sharing each other’s body heat until the enveloping darkness of the night sky melts into the warmer light of the dawn.

Things That Would Kill: Xero
  • You standing on your tip toes trying to kiss him because he’s tol and you’re smol
  • You trying to do a new dance move and constantly asking if you’re doing it right and him guiding your body with his hands. 

  • You texting him little things throughout the day like “i ate a big meal today!” or “I finally finished that project!” It makes him happy knowing that you are happy and healthy. 

  • Him coming home late one night and seeing you asleep on the couch in one of his giant t-shirts and his boxers and he just has to stare at you and smile because you’re so beautiful. 

  • Wearing his t-shirts in general. He likes coming home and seeing you cooking in one of his t-shirts and humming to the music blaring in the back ground. 

  •  You dancing. Lord he could watch you for hours just dancing your heart out, even if it’s terrible. He loves it and can’t get enough. 

  • Your arms wrapped around his waist and your head on his chest, picking his hand up and placing it on your head so he could play with your hair and rub his hand over your head. 

  • HE. LOVES. BEING. INTRODUCED. AS. YOUR. BOYFRIEND. He gets grumpy when you don’t and then your left with a grumpy baby until you introduce him as your boyfriend and then he gets happy again. 

  • MATCHING OUTFITS. He gets all giggly about it because wow you’re a mini him and it’s so precious. 

  • You snuggling closer to him in bed for warmth because he loves the feeling of your body pressed against his. 

  • You giving him little presents every now and then “just because”. It could literally be a rock from the street, but he would still treasure it because the rock came from you. 

  • CHEEK KISSES. FOREHEAD KISSES. NOSE KISSES. ALL OF THE KISSES. HE LOVES KISSING YOU OR YOU KISSING HIM. 

  • You sending stupid selfies. You often get them in return featuring one of the boys. (usually B-Joo)

  • You once called his mother to ask her how she was doing and he got all flustered because you took time out of your day to ask his mom if she was okay that’s adorable. 

  • You and him chilling out in PJ’s and watching movies and your head is on his chest and his head is on top of yours and he could stay there for hours. 

  • Seeing you after a hard day’s work with food in your hands for all the boys to enjoy, but his always had a sticky note with a heart on it. 

  • You coming up with code words between the other members so that they could talk crap behind his back and you’d giggle and he’d be standing there like “???????”
  • Getting out of bed, but you pull him back down because you want more cuddles.  
  • When you’re sad and he can tell that you’re sad but you looking up at him and smiling anyways. 
  • The sparkle in your eye when you talk about something you love. (Bonus points if you’re talking about him.)