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A Collection Of Books By Neurologist Oliver Sacks

If you’re interested in neuroscience or psychology, I’d highly reccomend any book by Oliver Sacks! I get asked a lot about books to read so you can also check out this video I made with my top 7 and this masterpost which includes websites where you can learn more!

1. Migrane

For centuries, physicians have been fascinated by the many manifestations of migraine, and especially by the visual hallucinations or auras- similar in some ways to those induced by hallucinogenic drugs or deliria–which often precede a migraine. Dr. Sacks describes these hallucinatory constants, and what they reveal about the working of the brain. 

2. Awakenings

Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment.

3. The Island of The Color Blind

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands, and this book is an account of his work with an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind.  He listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow.

4. Uncle Tungsten

A book about Sacks’ childood;  his discovery of biology, his departure from his childhood love of chemistry and, at age 14, a new understanding that he would become a doctor.

5. An Anthropologist on Mars

This book talks about 7 seemingly paradoxical neurological conditions: including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. 

6.  Seeing Voices

 A journey into the world of deaf culture, and the neurological and social underpinnings of the remarkable visual language of the congenitally deaf. Sacks writes “The existence of a visual language, Sign, and the visual intelligence that goes with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.”

Altar Tips
  1. You don’t have to get a definitive altar- You can set up an altar only when you need one. You can keep your things in a box.
  2. Wardrobe altar- You can set up your altar in your wardrobe, in case you don’t have space or you are not allowed to have an altar in another place
  3. Bathroom altar- This is also for the case you don’t have liberty to have it somewhere else and you need privacy. This is good for non-definitive altars.
  4. Travel altar/ mini altar- You can create your own version of your altar for travelling, by making it with natural things and in a smaller proportion to fit your bag or you can buy one. There are some cute mini altars available on internet.
  5. Outdoor altar- This one is good for connecting better with nature. Also it’s a good way to the non- definitive altar, because obviously if you leave your things outside someone might take it or the wind and the rain might destroy it.
  6. Kitchen Altar- if you are a kitchen witch, you can set up an altar in your kitchen. It can be with the tools and the position as you wish or you can go the some other traditional set up. 
  7. Garden- If you are into gardening and herbs you can create your whole garden in positions and add tools that represent that place as a sort of sacred/ altar place to perform your magic. Or you can get a recipient and create a mini version of it. The set up and the tools can be as you feel it’s correct for your work. 
  8. Wicca altar- This is the “traditional” set up, that you will find in most wiccan books:

      9. Other types:

  • Divide the tools into feminine (left); masculine (right), here you can use whatever you want and the set up can be as you wish.
  • Seasonal altar: decorate with the fruits, colors, and symbols that best represent the season

What to use in an altar:

  • Cloth
  • Candles
  • Feather
  • Incense/ incense holder
  • Crystals
  • Herbs
  • Pentacle
  • Images
  • Athame/ sword/ knife
  • Bowl/ chalice
  • Cauldron
  • Wand/ staff
  • Book of shadows/ grimoire
  • Flowers/ fruits (extra)

How to organize:

4 elements traditional tools:

  • South: Fire: masculine: orange, red- Athame, sword, candle
  • North: Earth: feminine: green, brown- pentacle
  • East: air: masculine: yellow- feather, incense
  • West: water: feminine: blue- bowl, chalice, cauldron

To represent the gods or spirits:

  • Use symbols
  • Use images
  • Use candles. Can be white. Can be gold for the masculine and silver for the feminine

Tools that can replace the expensive ones:

  • Fire: citrine, amber, kitchen knife, banana, cinnamon, ginger, candle, fire symbol
  • Water: bowl, cup, water, jasmine, lavender, lapis lazuli, blue quartz, aquamarine
  • Air: incense, flute, wand, stick, staff, branch of a tree, feather, tree leaves
  • Earth: handmade pentacle, salt, dirt, apple, flower, black tourmaline, onyx, obsidian

Why have an altar:

  • To cast spells
  • To perform rituals
  • To meditate
  • For prayers
  • To use it for crafting: witch bags, witch bottles, herbal medicine


PENTACLES - material, physical, sensual, ordinary, money, domestic

PAGE | new opportunity, desire, material venture, enthusiasm
®* | enthusiasm tapered off, daydreaming instead of action
KNIGHT | hard worker, extreme efficiency, not giving up
® | work without reward, not seeing the big picture
QUEEN | domestically talented woman, provides material comfort
® | imbalance of work and home life
KING | abundance, security, financial success
® | greed, temptation, infinite desire for more things
ACE | new opportunity for material gain, prosperity
® | lost opportunity, blocked path
II | balance, adapting to quick change, priorities
® | loss of balance, overwhelmed, disorganized
III | teamwork, collaborative building, swift progress
® | lack of teamwork, group conflict, self-interest
IV | frugality, conservation of accumulated wealth
® | stingy, possessive, miserly, hoarding
V | need, poverty, desperation, but help is available
® | recovering from poverty, seeing chances you can use
VI | charity, generosity, sharing, earning good karma
® | unwillingness to help those in need, selfish, stingy
VII | perseverance, almost ready to harvest rewards, a little more work left
® | work without adequate rewards, frustration, distraction
VIII | time to buckle down and study, achieve new skills
® | lack of focus, ambition, or motivation
IX | fruits of labor, rewards, luxury, satisfaction and peace
® | mistakes that have set you back
X | legacy, culmination of life’s journeys and work
® | failure, lack of stability and riches, not much to show

*® = reverse card meaning

Tarot Cheat Sheet #1 - Major Arcana

Tarot Cheat Sheet #2 - Wands

Tarot Cheat Sheet #3 - Cups

Tarot Cheat Sheet #4 - Swords

Tarot Cheat Sheet #5 - Pentacles

Spells from my personal Book of Shadows

Hello guys! I haven’t posted any of my spells lately, so here’s some things from my BoS ♥ Really no one has seen these spells; so you’re a lucky bunch! (not really they’re just random spells that prob don’t even work smh)

Study Oil


*Star Anise

*Star anise seeds

*Cinnamon stick



*Fennel seeds


*Rose petals



Sleep/Prophetic Potion

(Okay here’s the story of this; I made it for my Mum to try, since I don’t like the herbs I put it in it lol. It was supposed to make your have prophetic dreams, but it just made her not have any dreams. So take this recipe with a grain of salt lol)

*Hot water




*Star Anise

Protection Spray

*Spray bottle

*Warm water

*Dried garlic


Note; when salt water dries, it leaves clumps of salt.

“Get your Way” Spell

You’ll need; Yellow Candles, Yellow Thread, Pen & Paper.

–Put the candles in any order you want. Write what you desire on the paper, roll it up tightly and tie it up tightly with the thread. Wrap the cord around the candles, intertwining it all (put it thread down near the bottom of the candles so it doesn’t catch on fire.) Light your candles and deeply think of your intent and desire. Let the candles burn down.

Note; this is for good  desires and intent only.


Cursing Salt

*White sea salt

*Paprika (powder)

*Cinnamon (powder)

*Nutmeg (powder)

*Dried garlic

*Crushed dried red pepper

*Black pepper

*Crushed anise

–I’m not honestly sure why this is in my BoS? I don’t usually put curses in this one (I have about 4 book of shadows), and secondly, most of this stuff (like garlic and sometimes even cinnamon)  is used in protection spells and not commonly used in curses? Like idk if I wrote the recipe down correctly, or mistranslated it (i wrote it in Rune alphabet) but idk I’m just  confused about it lol. I personally don’t curses but I make things to use in curses lmao. But if you do use this, I made it for the intent of giving curses an extra kick.

Anyways, I’ll post more things like this soon. Love and Light, Amaryllis♥~


boydi. 16 years old, before 23/05/2016

(for @caravaggion)

Book of Shadows - an upcoming BTS Modern Witchcraft AU Series 

Moodboards :: 4/7


Tarot, runes, crystal balls; they help me sort out what the Universe wants me to know. The images, the visions I get, they aren’t clear. Sometimes they’re so frustratingly vague I want to scream. I saw you though, crystal clear. Amidst all this uncertainty and danger, you’re the only solid thing I can hang on to. I knew we had to find you and your coven; that as long as we’re together we stand a chance against what’s coming for us.” 

“The future is never set in stone. I get flashes. All the time. Thousands of possibilities of what could be. Very rarely do I see a glimpse of something that stays with me. And with you I’ve seen things that I desperately want to make real - I’ve seen a future that feels so perfect I can almost taste it.”

↳ For updates on the series check here!

Carlyle and Skull aesthetic.

“Quite clearly we make an excellent team, and I have an idea. I suggest we go into business together. ‘Carlyle and Skull,’ we’d call it, or possibly ‘Skull and Co.’ Yes, that’s it, with a little picture of me over the door. I can see it now….”

- (Lockwood and Co. Book 4, The Creeping Shadow)

The Shadow Players and the Greek Tragic Chorus

One thing that you see a lot in the Revolutionary Girl Utena fandom is comparison of the Shadow Players with the ‘Greek chorus’, which in some ways is quite appropriate. However, as a classicist who’s read and studied a bit (although not a lot) of Greek drama, it’s clear to me that there are a lot of misunderstandings floating around about what a Greek chorus actually does and what similarities it shares with the Shadow Players, and visa versa. I think a lot of these come from the place where we all get our basic media analysis toolbox: the TV tropes page. This is reasonable, since obviously not everyone is a classicist nor is interested in reading tragedy; but it’s also a problem, because even with my limited knowledge of tragedy it’s clear to me that the trope page (as of the time of writing) does not accurately describe the Greek tragic chorus. It even manages, as far as I can tell, to completely misquote Aristotle’s Poetics on the topic (check your sources, everyone!). The Shadow Players do, in fact, conform fairly well to the TV Tropes definition of a ‘Greek Chorus’: a character or group, somehow removed from the action, offering commentary on the main characters and events in a fairly impartial way, often speaking directly to the audience. This is a perfectly good comparison to make, since it is a fairly widespread trope; it just has very little to do with actual Greek choruses. Therefore, lengthy introduction aside, I thought it might be instructive to get some context on the Greek tragic chorus as it originally was, and reconsider the question of whether the Shadow Players can be usefully compared to it.

Keep reading

the suffer server

Day one. This is fine.

I stole the Codex Umbra and Willow suggested to burn it. Who am I to say no?

Wait, Woodie, what?

I gave the book back. Also Willow had a point.

I was followed by 4-5 shadow monsters, it started to rain, everyone was starving and the hounds came. Once again Wendy saved all of us.

…and this is how useful I was.

@itstheblob as Willow, @indigogrim as Woodie, @maxwellsdoor as Maxwell with @umbrae-vocavi as Wendy.


Witches Of Moonlight Falls (Season 4): Part 40}

- Supreme -

A spell to find out who wants you dead? It’s possible as the list is too long for the charmed ones but Beatrice wants to find a more specific and recent person who attempted to end their lives. As the eldest sister, supreme and the most powerful witch in favour of good magic in the small town of Moonlight Falls, Beatrice can tap into magic differently to get a more specific outcome.

Beatrice walks up to the top floor of the manor, the attic. The room is a mess, so many things cluttering over the wooden tables. Probably old and dangerous cursed objects. There were all sorts of Wiccan ingredients sprawled and piles of books everywhere. “What a mess!” Beatrice is put into a grumpy mood as she makes her way to the spell book. This may effect the spells outcome.

Before the sisters came through the portal in the other universe they were trapped in bad luck and someone had tried to kill them. It got really bad, to the point to when this anonymous killer was shooting through their windows with advanced weaponry… They were definitely an assassin or highly skilled witch hunter… Whats worse is that they could have easily followed them through the portal. Beatrice’s spell is to  hopefully reveal the identity of this killer.

Instead of adding lord-leaf to the potion, Beatrice adds wolfsbane, this changes the outcome to get a face, a person to be shown to her. The liquid turns a dark blue, quite a demonic looking colour, the substance reminded Beatrice of ectoplasm. She followed the book but her alterations look like they might take a dangerous turn! Maybe she should’ve waited for her sisters to help her.


Dear God, what she saw in that look! How he had hidden these many years behind the guise of a simple schoolmaster, she didn’t know. Anger, passion, lust, and surging hunger swirled in his stormy eyes. Emotions so stark, so strong, she didn’t understand how he kept them under control. He looked as if he were about to attack her, ravish her, and conquer London and the world itself. He could’ve been a warrior, a statesman, a king.

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt
(Maiden Lane #4)

**images not mine

Teen Romance

So last night I tumblr’d wrong. Someone had asked me about recommendations for teen romances. This is my answer..

I haven’t read too many young adult books lately. Usually if I am looking for a romance, I pick adult romance. When I pick a ya up, I am looking for an adventure, supernatural, which usually has romance but is not the whole of the book. I did look back on past ya books that I loved that had romance and this is what I came up with:

° Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini.
3.5 books in series.

° Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

° The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
6 + sequeal

° The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole
4.5 and still going

° Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier

° The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck
4 books

° Splintered by A.G. Howard
3.5 books

° Shadow Falls by CC Hunter
5 + sequeals

° Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

° The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

° An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
2 + on going

° Song Of The Lioness by Tamora Pierce
4 + sequeal with daughter

If anyone else has any suggestions please share