charting maps

The Dunhuang Star map is one of the first known graphical representations of stars from ancient Chinese astronomy, dated to the Tang Dynasty (618–907). Before this map, much of the star information mentioned in historical Chinese texts had been questioned. The map provides a graphical verification of the star observations, and are part of a series of pictures on one of the Dunhuang manuscripts. The astronomy behind the map is explained in an educational resource posted on the website of the International Dunhuang Project, where much of the research on the map has been done. The Dunhuang Star map is to date the world’s oldest complete preserved star atlas.

  • Karkat Vantas, A Week From Valentine's Day: Every inch of free space is covered in complex charts and graphics mapping out the day for maximum romantic potential. A dozen potential gifts spill out of various cabinets. Is this tissue paper too ostentatious? Is this card treading that magical line between sappy and irreverent that I know I need to perfectly balance in order to make this shit sing? His days are filled with nervous pacing, gesticulating at television commercials, eyes narrowed, attempting to glean the true spirit and meaning of the upcoming festival
  • Dave Strider, A Week From Valentine's Day: The christmas tree is still up. The lower branches are bare, their ornaments strewn about in a haphazard pile, soundly defeated by some number of cloned cats. Why the fuck is there pink shit everywhere, he wonders, purchasing a dozen energy drinks from his local drug store. Oh well. It's probably nothing,

for over ten years, michael marten travelled to different parts of the british coast (click for location) to photograph identical views at high and low tide, revealing how the twice daily rhythm of ebb and flood can dramatically transform the landscape.

combining coastal maps and charts with tide tables, marten plotted out locations where, and times when, he could witness the greatest tidal differences - like at high spring tides, occurring around the full and new moons, and low neap tides, when the moon is on the wax or wane.

he also refined his own methods as a photographer to devised intricate means of ensuring that his camera was placed in precisely the same posture at both high and low tides, all to document what is the gravitational and centrifugal effects of the sun and the moon on the earth as spins on its axis.

as marten notes, “i hope these photographs will stimulate people’s awareness of natural change, of landscape as dynamic process rather than static image. attending to earth’s rhythms can help us to reconnect with the fundamentals of our planet, which we ignore at our peril.” 

he adds, “[these photos] are also comments on climate change. the tide floods in and quickly recedes again, but rising sea levels will flood our shores and not recede for thousands or millions of years. many of the views in these pictures may have disappeared in 100 years’ time.”


Okay so I understand that a lot of people use astrology to map their lives, which I personally love to do. Childhood environments and events are usually something that people look into a lot (so do I) and I think this can be a good thing because it helps you figure out where personal issues come from, which helps you control them. In the following post I’m going to outline some of the things that are useful to look at in the chart when mapping out childhood. 

Moon, Sun and Saturn Placements/Aspects: As you can imagine, looking at our parents influence in our lives can be a good place to start. The Moon of course represents the Mother, the Sun represents the Father and Saturn represents the authoritarian figure in the family which is usually stereotypes as the father but of course in modern society, things are different so Saturn represents the dominant parent/guardian.

The 4th House Cusp: The sign that is on our 4th House cusp or the IC, shows us a lot about our family situation/dynamic. It represents our childhood within the home and our relationships with our family as well as expectations we had to meet.

Planets/Aspects to the 4th House: Like the 4th House cusp, the planets that reside there (if any) can shows us some striking themes played out through the home while aspects will show you influences from other areas of the chart (your life)

The 3rd House Cusp: The sign on the 3rd House cusp is responsible for early childhood outside of the inner home, it shows you school, your relationship with your siblings and is also responsible for the amount of times you moved house (if any).

Planets/Aspects to the 3rd House: Again like the 4th House, planets here will show you the energy that prevailed in this time of your life and aspects will show you influences from other areas of the chart (your life)

3rd and 4th House Lords: For this you need to look at the sign on the cusps of these houses and then look for where their ruling sign is in your chart. This will show you what other areas of your life these houses have served. You can also do this the opposite way around if you have planets in these houses to see what other areas of your life these houses have served.

IC Persona Chart: For those of you who are quite confident with interpreting charts, the IC persona chart can give you a way more in depth look into your home life. It’s laid out like a normal chart but all the placements are interpreted as your home life/childhood’s personality.

*Bare in mind that your whole chart is a reflection of the person you grew up to be, these are just the main points to look at*

So this is legit the message Trump left at the Holocaust memorial in Israel -

- and, yeah.

One Republican official, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, said after meeting Trump recently he did not think the president had a firm enough grasp on the nuances of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I don’t think he understands it,” said the official, adding that Trump needed more detailed briefings before leaving on Friday. “I think it’s a very difficult challenge and I hope he’s going to talk to a lot of smart people.”

Conversations with some officials who have briefed Trump and others who are aware of how he absorbs information portray a president with a short attention span.

He likes single-page memos and visual aids like maps, charts, graphs and photos.

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in ‘as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,’ according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.

[source: Reuters]

“Wow. That is absolutely pathetic. Our President can only understand the world to the extent it involves…himself.”

Astrology is not fate. It is not two pages at the end of a magazine. It is not superpowers owned by a select few. 

Astrology is a guide, a road map, a “show page source’, a birth chart that goes beyond death, a path to the soul and the way to the next life.

— Cosmic Camille

 So, I’ve been getting recently tons of questions regarding my notes, and today I decided to make a post about it. If you find it useful make sure to reblog it! 

First of all lets talk about supplies. 

Should you invest or stick to your regular supplies?

We’re all different and we all have different needs and economy. In my case, I love stationery but my economy right now isn’t that high to buy all of the cute stationery in the world. I’m always trying to find dupes, or products that work similar to expensive ones (i’m also guilty of doing this with makeup oops). Here goes a list of the essentials I keep on my pencil pouch. 

  • Pens in different colors - I like to give a color to every single element on my notes. Kinda like a color scheme. Blue = definitions , Black = general content. My favorite pens are the Pilot G2 Gel pens, they’re just a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
  • Fineliners - Fineliners are by far, one of my must haves. I used to use papermate color pens, but when I bought my first pack of Stabilo’s, It was love at first sight. The two most popular brands are Stabilo and Staedtler. Both of them have their pros and cons, so here i’ll leave you a video of a battle between them. I’ve never tried the Staedtler ones, so I wouldn’t know if they’re better or not. They’re really useful for mind maps, subtitles, decorating, titles, etc. You should totally save some money and buy ones!
  • Mechanical pencils - I stopped using regular pencils because sharpening them was just pissing me off. My favorite ones are by papermate.
  • Markers - this ones to me are pretty optional, but I decided to go for some Crayola ones to make some tabs or titles. I would say they’re useful, but only if you feel like buying them. 
  • Highlighters - There are thousands of types, and thousands of brands. But it’s all about your needs. If the reason you want highlighters is to highlight on books, I would really recommend Sharpies and Stabilos. I have both of them, they work pretty well. And here we go with one of the most popular products around tumblr: mildliners. I have to admit it:  they’re beautiful. They come in different colors and they’re just gorgeous! The only problem to me is the price. They don’t sell mildliners here in my country, so I have to order them from Amazon, and it’s just really expensive. Are they worth it? To me, yes. But if you don’t want to spend that much money on highlighters, you can also try the Pilot Frixion Light ones. Anyways, here’s a video comparing many of these popular brands. 

Now that you have your stationery set and ready, is time to get started with the hardest part : taking notes. One thing you need to know is, I take many of my notes in class time, which means I have to come up with a plan and a color scheme in a matter of seconds to get started when the teacher starts giving class. 

My note taking process:

  1. Set a color scheme - You can make it all pink, all blue, all warm colors, all violets, etc. I always try to alternate and use a different color for every topic, so you should try it out. 
  2. Different fonts - I use cursive for subtitles and my normal handwriting for the rest of the text. I always get asked: What did you do to get such a neat handwriting? My answer is: practice. I used to have a really horrible handwriting when I started high school, but once I discovered studyblrs, I began to copy some of the handwriting on pictures. I came up with my own font and i’m really happy with it! So dont be afraid to copy some handwriting you like, in the end you can always add your style to it. 
  3. Organize your information - Many times teachers ask you to make mind maps, diagrams, charts, etc. Choose the one that fits your information. I’m a huge fan of diagrams, but I also like to use charts a lot. Its all about your personal opinion. Most of the times teachers give me paper sheets with al the information on them, so the next thing I do is to highlight definitions. Once I’m done with definitions, I start highlighting with a different color the rest of the text. 
  4. Start writing - This is my last step, and its pretty simple. Once I have all of my information sorted and organized, I can get writing! I spend a lot of time doing it so I really commend you to find a good and relaxing playlist to have fun while doing it and a bottle of water.

I hope you found this post useful! Love, Dani.

Persona Chart Series - Interpreting Planetary Persona Charts

Okay so throughout the Persona Chart series I will be explaining the interpretations of different components in the chart, I will be starting with planets since they’re the basics.

Interpreting the Personal Planet Persona Charts (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) 

Okay so the personal planets are very specific to us, they represent our personality quite a bit more than the other planets. When we interpret their persona charts, we look at them we look at them like separate people within us (like with the other planets).


Moon Persona Chart - Made up of everything that creates our emotional side. 

  • Ascendant is how our emotional side is received
  • Sun is the main ego (same as our Natal Moon sign)
  • Moon is our deep emotional complexes
  • Mercury is how we communicate our emotions to others
  • Venus is how we comfort others/find our own comfort
  • Mars is the emotional drive behind our actions

Interpreting Outer Planets Persona Charts (Jupiter and Saturn)

While they’re sort of like the personal planets, Jupiter and Saturn are slow moving planets and would more so serve as archetypes, this being said there are only small differences in how they should be interpreted. I would recommend interpreting them more like themes in your life (Jupiter = The world is your oyster, Saturn = weights on your ankles that keep you grounded), rather than different personalities in you.

This way, the planets in the person chart will all relate to those individual themes in your life.

Interpreting the Higher Octave/Generational Planets Persona Charts (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto)

These three are far too abstract for me to regard them as tangible personalities but instead, I see their person charts as maps for the hard to find potential in us. Something the three of these planets have in common is spirituality and a higher existence. I would recommend using these person charts to study the talents you have regarding protest and the supernatural (Uranus), psychology and spirituality (Neptune) and sex and the occult (Pluto).

Note: They say it’s important to look at the Persona chart of your Natal Chart ruler because it can give us a lot of insight and can uncover secrets


THE REMARKABLE IMAGES readers consistently find in National Geographic today weren’t possible when the publication began in 1888. The technology cost too much, and travel moved too slowly to send photographers on assignment. So National Geographic leaned on information graphics, instead. “In the first magazine, the first images that appear there are drawings. They wanted to use maps from the very beginning, because that was how they could tell people about their expeditions.” […] as the cost of professional photography dropped, National Geographic’s editors grew to favor it over the hand drawn maps and charts it once relied on… Then, late in the 20th century, the photography trend reversed course. A proliferation of data generated fresh demand for designers to take on subjects that a camera lens cannot capture. 

“We are deployed to subjects that can’t be photographed,” writes Kaitlin Yarnell, a cartographer currently in National Geographic’s art department, in the book’s introduction. “Things too small (atoms!), too big (black holes!), too complex (migration patterns!), too old (Roman ruins!), too conceptual (dark energy!), or too numeric (trade flows!) to be photographed are our specialty.”

National Geographic’s classic infographics, now in one stunning book

Persona Chart Series - Interpreting The Axes

Okay so in the last post I talked about interpreting the Person Charts of our planetary placements. In this post I will talk about interpreting the axes in the chart - meaning the Ascendant, Descendant, IC and MC.

The chart’s axes or angle represent different faces we show to different people, the Ascendant being the face we show to others on a daily basis, the IC being the face we show to our family/people we consider family, the Descendant being the face we show in our personal relationships and the MC being the face we show in our career and on social media. 

In that sense we can also interpret the axes the way we do the planets (in being a separate person etc).

However, the angles also represent different areas of life that we experience, so when we look at their persona charts it’s helpful to read the chart like a map of these experiences, as if these experiences are lives themselves within our lives. 

For the purposes of this, especially in the ASC and IC persona charts, Sun and Moon can represent the role of the parents as well as their other representations. 

  • Ascendant Persona: Our immediate environment after being born, relationship with our surroundings.
  • Descendant Persona: Our life within our relationships, legal matters, our private life
  • IC: Our childhood, home life, heritage, hereditary traits
  • MC: Our career path, our end game in life. 

The above are just a few of the things that we can look at these persona charts for to help uncover hidden information in our natal chart. I find the angles particularly interesting to interpret because they represent 4 very different experiences that we are bound to encounter in life. 

What to look out for in each Persona Chart

Ascendant Persona Chart:

  • House position of the Sun and its aspects, this will show us where in life we feel we express our Ascendant the most. Can also show us the role of our father in early life.
  • The ascendant, can indicate the nature of the environment we were born into, adds onto how we express ourselves.
  • Position of Saturn, can indicate hardships experienced in early life
  • IC/MC axes, can show us our early needs in contrast to how we developed into childhood. 

Descendant Persona Chart:

  • House position of the Sun and its aspects, can affect how we feel about partnerships with other people
  • Asc/Dc axes, can show how we are received in personal relationships as well as how we handle legal matters. 
  • Pluto position, where we need control in our personal relationships/private life
  • Moon position, emotional motivation to act the way that we do privately. 

IC Persona Chart:

  • House position of the Sun and its aspects, can show how we felt during childhood on a personal level, perception of the father during childhood
  • Saturn position, what held us back during childhood
  • Moon position, perception of the mother during childhood, emotional stimulus
  • Venus position, where we tried to find love as children, what we were taught to view it as
  • IC/MC axes, can show us lessons we were taught in childhood, how we grew from it

MC Persona Chart:

  • House position of the Sun and its aspects, aspects of life we want to incorporate into our line of work.
  • Ascendant, how we appear in our line of work, in the eye of the public.
  • IC/MC axes, links between our childhood and our choice of career/how we present ourselves 
  • MC, area of interest in our career
  • Moon, emotional ties to our choice of career/why we present ourselves in public the way we do
  • Mars placement, our drive and motivation
  • Saturn, lessons we’ve learned that led us to our chose career.