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Cross-Polarity Pairings

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Generally, compatibility is restricted to signs within the same polarity, or gender. Masculine signs, the fire and air signs, are said to best with each other, and feminine signs, the earth and water signs, supposedly are more compatible. Ultimately, however, compatibility is a flawed concept.  Same-gender relationships are actually just easier, but ease is not directly correlated to benefit.  Cross-gender relationships, although certainly a bit tougher, are perhaps more rewarding in the long run, as the individuals make up for each others’ faults and use their strengths in tandem.

Aries and Virgo

At first, it may seem strange to pair chaotic Aries with the order-obsessed Virgo, but these signs have a lot more in common than it may initially seem.  They are both generous, sensitive, and, believe it or not, perfectionistic.  They both embody the hard shell, soft core archetype.  Aries is the body and Virgo is the mind; Aries’s impulsiveness is softened by Virgo’s need for routine, just as Virgo’s lack of spontaneity is nudged by Aries’s need for newness.  Virgo provides Aries with patience but they’re not too shy and won’t let Aries walk all over them, as can be the case with Aries and the air signs.  Aries helps Virgo establish a stronger sense of self outside of their work and learn to enjoy the simpler things in life.  They nurture one another’s natural curiosity and are able to love each other while remaining independent, a desire of both Aries and Virgo.

Taurus and Aquarius

Although they are traditionally highly incompatible, these two fixed signs have a lot going for them when they get together.  They share the gift of both morality and objectivity, and where Taurus is artistic, material, and hedonistic, Aquarius is scientific, abstract, and restrained.  They are two of the most loyal signs and are also apt to seek a best friend in a relationship.  Where one of them fails, the other prevails, and they can always provide support for one another, even through Aquarius’s erratic behavior and Taurus’s hard-headedness.  Both are hard workers and they are perfectly equipped to help each other achieve their goals.  Taurus helps to ease the edge off of Aquarius, who may seem strange at first, and Aquarius encourages Taurus to develop a slightly more defined personality.

Gemini and Scorpio

For Scorpio, this is at once an ideal and frightening relationship, as they are able to explore the secrets of not just one person, but thousands of people, all of whom exist within the heavenly psyche of the Gemini.  However, the Gemini will never be able to commit to Scorpio as much as they want them to.  Still, this relationship has its merits, namely the lightening up of Scorpio, who so desperately needs to learn to see the silver lining.  Gemini is flexible enough to tolerate Scorpio’s probing, and as they like to talk, it’s really not much of a problem for them to be interrogated.  Scorpio will force Gemini to focus, an area where the Gemini is severely lacking, and if Scorpio succeeds in getting the Gemini to love them and only them, they will both be rewarded with the most fascinating person they’ve ever known.

Cancer and Leo

When Leo comes home from a long day of inspiring and leading, as they always do, who better to see standing in the doorway than Cancer, the ultimate supporter?  Cancer takes care of and appreciates Leo in exactly the ways they’ve always dreamed of, just as Leo gives Cancer an outlet for their love and is able to return it.  Cancer, a cardinal sign, won’t be overshadowed by Leo, no, they will share their podium.  Cancer will keep Leo happy in the home so that Leo can succeed in the world, and Leo will romance Cancer perfectly, opening up to them and showing them their private persona.  Leo and Cancer are both huge-hearted people, so they are well-equipped to handle the humongous weights of each others’ love.

Libra and Pisces

No one is more romantic than Libra, except for, of course, Pisces.  They are at their best together; Pisces is the only person who will let Libra be the boss, and Libra is the only person who will understand Pisces’s all-encompassing kindness and love and who won’t take advantage of it.  Libra’s feelings of being a doormat do not exist here because Pisces will never try to dominate Libra. Rather, they will help Libra come to realize their true self.  Pisces, in return, finally experiences the love they give.  They will truly want to hear every word the other has to say, and will never try to hurt each other.  These two have grand ideas of love that can only be realized with each other.

Sagittarius and Capricorn

If ever anyone were to give Sagittarius a run for their money as far as bluntness, wit, and detachment are concerned, Capricorn would be it.  Although the Sagittarius has quite a few walls to scale with their goat, once they get into the Capricorn’s heart, they’ve found the only person who thinks the same way they do.  Their moral codes mirror each other and they are both hard workers.  Jovial Sagittarius, who has good luck naturally, is finally brought down to Earth by the Saturnian, serious Capricorn, who sees life as one big problem to solve.  They are both fairly headstrong and will command each other’s loyalty, honesty, and respect.  They are the only people who seem true to each other.


Growing Crystals: Under Cross-Polarised Light.

Polarized light microscopy is an optical microscopy technique involving the use of light polarization. Simple techniques include illumination of the sample with polarized light. More complex microscopy techniques include differential interference contrast microscopy and interference reflection microscopy.

These illumination techniques are most commonly used on birefringent samples where the polarized light interacts strongly with the sample and so generating contrast with the background. Polarized light microscopy is used extensively in optical mineralogy.

This optical microscopy technique is capable of providing information on absorption color and optical path boundaries between minerals of differing refractive indices, in a manner similar to brightfield illumination, but the technique can also distinguish between isotropic and anisotropic substances.

Furthermore, the contrast-enhancing technique exploits the optical properties specific to anisotropy and reveals detailed information concerning the structure and composition of materials that are invaluable for identification and diagnostic purposes.

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Thin cross-section under cross polarizing light

These colors are real! Looking at a section under polarizing light can be used to identify minerals through their index of refraction by matching the vivid colors seen here to a handy-dandy chart. Rotating the specimen can reveal diagnostic features like tartan twinning on the left (microcline) or undulose extinction (quartz).

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she really means: In Zootopia, Nick makes at least two references to God, once when he finds the Jerry Vole CDs and once during his flashback. Additionally, Mr. Big's transport polar bear crosses himself when Mr. Big talks about his now deceased grandmother. All of these events imply that there is at the very least a Christian-based religion within the world of Zootopia. Ignoring the fact that this is a Western animated feature intended, largely, for Western audiences and that the scene with Mr. Big was a reference to the Godfather, what does this mean for the religious structure within Zootopia and its surrounding communities? Do they actually believe in God or a god? If so, what form does this being take? Given that there are hundreds if not thousands of species represented in Zootopia, what species is God or the god? What about Jesus, if he exists in Zootopia's world? Do certain species have claim to Jesus as one of theirs? And what about other religions, like Judaism and Islam, that have similarities to Christianity but are not the exact same? Are there different interpretations of the origins that have led to different religions with different species as the main figures in their canons? What of polytheistic religions? Are all religions limited to one species, or are there cross-species religions? Do some species have a greater claim to a religion than others? Have there been religious wars over who has the "right" claim to certain figures that feature predominantly in religious doctrine? Are these possible differences reconciled in Zootopia, like the predator and prey relationship is supposedly like? Or are they still an issue, but not as obvious, much like the predator and prey relationship as explored in the film?

Ann Bancroft (b. 1955) is an adventurer who undertook a number of groundbreaking expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. She was the first woman to reach the North Pole by sled and on foot in 1986, as well as the first woman to ski across Greenland and to cross both polar ice caps to reach the poles.

In 1993 she led an all-female expedition to the South Pole, the first of its kind. In 2001, along with Norwegian adventurer Liv Arnesen, she became the first woman to ski across Antarctica.


∢ LSD — C20H25N3O

⋇ A psychedelic drug of the ergoline family, well known for its psychological effects, which can include altered thinking processes, closed- and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time and spiritual experiences, as well as for its key role in 1960s counterculture. It is used mainly as an entheogen and recreational drug. LSD is non-addictive, and is not known to cause brain damage. However, acute adverse psychiatric reactions such as anxiety, paranoia, and delusions are possible.

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∅ This image is made with a cross polarization microscope with 40x enlargement.

Micrograph Stories by Maurice Mikkers, on medium

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Report on the collections of natural history made in the Antarctic regions during the voyage of the “Southern Cross.”

By British Museum (Natural History)

Lankester, E. Ray Sir, (Edwin Ray), 1847-1929

Publication info London :Printed by order of the Trustees,1902.

Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries


my gf thinks its weird that i like things where “nothing happens” like animal crossing, polar bear cafe, etc but like. honestly characters interacting is way more important to me than an over-arching grand story? I’d probably be a big sitcom fan if sitcoms weren’t written by such jumbled teams of people that I tend to get annoyed by characters’ personalities being really inconsistent