Ok forgive me but I just need gush about Anissa Pierce (AKA Thunder), a DC superhero, because first of all look at her, she’s amazing:
A badass woman of color whose power is to control her own density (which sounds kind of strange at first until you realize that means she can make herself completely invincible and kick everyone’s ass by dropping herself on top of them holy shit)
Not only that but she’s got a medical degree because she wanted to graduate before becoming a superhero so like???? she’s a fucking doctor oh my god
And she’s multilingual (English, French, and Spanish) so that’s amazing
But wait! There’s more!!
She has a girlfriend who is also a woman of color and is also super badass:
That’s Grace Choi, a seven foot tall (so big!!!) Amazonian and Asian-American woman who is clearly amazing.
Grace is an abuse survivor with superhuman strength, durability, and healing so good luck trying to beat her up, she’ll kick anyone’s ass
So anyway the two of them are cute together and they’re each super awesome LGBTQ+ women of color which is great
Also here they are playing video games because that’s adorable:
A compilation of ideas I have read or thought up! I do not claim originality for this post. Some ideas crossover between fields and are not repeated.
Program your drawing tools with intent - for lighter/darker lines, for clarity of the stroke, for following through with the motion, for consistency.
Draw sigils on your drawing board or easel or table for inspiration.
(And if you’re using a flat table to draw, consider getting a drawing board. Drawing large on a flat surface distorts your POV.)
Energize your brush water for better removal of paint.
Draw a sigil on your palette or mirror/glass for paint to keep your paints moist for longer.
Use a clothes pin (for pink rubber erasers) or a 2B/light graphite pencil (for the kneadable erasers) to draw sigils for better removal of lines.
Enchant all your tools - brushes, paper pads, canvases, pencil cases, anything - for durability.
Program a stone (of your choice) to prevent loss of your tools and keep it in your backpack, pencil pouch, or portfolio bag.
Draw sigils on the back of your finished works for extra attention.
Sacrifice the first tip of your pencils and charcoal (both light and dark and especially anything past 6B) to a jar, and put a spell on the jar to keep your light lines light and your dark lines dark.
If you use a ruler or a stick to check proportions, dip it in enchanted water the night before - enchant the water to give you clarity of vision.
Optional: Enchant your clothes to repel paint stains, charcoal dust, pastel sticks, etc. (Optional because unless you’re Yves Klein, most artists I am familiar with are careful not to get excessively dirty because of wasted materials.)
Keep your paints/color-tools in a container enchanted to maintain their vibrancy.
Draw a sigil on any face-mask you have so that it filters all hazardous fumes out, especially if you are using spray paint.
Enchant spray paint cans for less dripping, as well as fixative cans.
Enchant any and all materials and projects for durability, especially after welding, gluing, slipping, or firing a project.
Use chalk to draw a sigil on welding or plasma cutter surfaces for clean lines and careful motions.
Enchant any material used to bind objects together or secure objects with power and specific purpose (ex. glue to bind these two pieces of wood together, straps to bind these several pieces of plaster mold together).
Use magic to make a specific place where you rest your work (a table, a board, a section of floor) so that while you are away it is protected and safe.
Enchant all your small tools so that they are returned to you if lost. (Also sharpie your name all over those things. Do it.)
If you have access to YOUR OWN power tools, put a sigil for sharpness and durability on any saw blades. Do not do this if you are at a school using public equipment - you may not be allowed to draw on blades or remove them from the machines to draw on.
Siphon any frustration or anger as energy into hammers for extra force.
Invent a small chant to increase precision and say it before drilling, cutting, or altering anything.
Write sigils for protection, durability, and good color on paper and leave them in the kilns with your art work during firing. (For ceramics and hardening metal casting sand-resin molds. Wouldn’t advise it for glass kilns due to potential contamination by ash in small glass kilns.)
Enchant the hell out of your workspace for cleanliness, organization, and loss-prevention. Do this like everyday, I swear. I know sculptors. DO IT NOW.
Sharpness enchantments on every single blade in your work area.
Draw durability and precision sigils on any sewing equipment used.
Enchant water for color-vibrancy and attention and use it to anoint all fabric lengths (usually best while they are still rolled up or immediately after purchasing them).
Energize paper reams with color-vibrancy and attention rather than using water.
Cast spells on all inks for good consistency and ease of use.
Enchant ink-mixing area for cleanliness and lack of contamination.
Likewise, enchant cleaning supplies (mineral oils, etc) for extra power while cleaning.
Say a protective chant over your pieces while they are drying to prevent damage.
Sigil the back of your stamps (and the printmaking word for the ‘stamps’ you use, I forgot) for durability.
Visualize your paper/fabric as imbibed with energy of fire for faster drying times.
Enchant thread for strength, enchant needle for sharpness, enchant any backing for protection.
Cast spells all over your electronics for protection, battery life, memory space, anything you can think of.
If you use a tablet, clean it (carefully) and while doing that visualize your intent for the tablet to provide you with clean lines while drawing.
Draw a sigil on your workspace to remind you to save, frequently, often, and with more than one file name during a big project.
Enchant your external hard drives and USB sticks with loss prevention spells.
Draw a sigil for attention on the background of your digital file before starting a project, erase it for the sigil to activate or leave it hidden in the background for permanence.
Turn your digital signature into an enchantment for protection, attention, or theft-prevention.
Draw a sigil lightly on the reverse of any photographs printed for protection, attention, or theft prevention.
Hold camera lenses up to the sun for good lighting and angles and to the moon for clarity and cleanliness of your lens.
Ritualize cleaning of equipment to imbibe materials with specific attributes.
Enchant water pre-performance for strength, focus, and energy.
Draw sigils for attention on your body underneath your clothes (if you are the performer) or on the focus of your art.
Enchant digital or recorded files of your performance for protection (from loss due to accidental trashing) and for locating it later.
Sorry I don’t know much about performance, but call upon the spirits of Carol Schneeman and Joseph Beuys and I bet they’d help. (Schneeman’s still living but summon her anyways.)
Enchant your coffee, tea, or drink of choice for clarity during critiques and focus during those same critiques.
Put sigils on your clothes to decrease anxiety and stress, put sigils on your clothes to prevent damage to yourself or to your clothes.
Invent a chant to increase retention while studying for Art History.
Venus in Aries people flirt by being up-front, direct, and even daring. They try to win you over by expressing how enterprising and independent they are. Their style of expressing love can be maddeningly “me”-centered, but the right person for them will find this approach charming. People get turned on by Venus in Aries’ aura of innocent charm, even when they are being childish and impatient.
Venus in Aries men and women behave in a childlike, fun-loving manner in love. They are turned on by energy and activity. Turn-offs include a relationship that is considered stuffy or too “mature”, vagueness, and beating around the bush. In love, Venus in Aries people are hopelessly addicted to the conquest. In order for a relationship to remain fresh and new for them, they require plenty of stimulation.
Pleasing Venus in Aries involves fueling their need for action. Be direct, open, and honest with them – they won’t much like game-playing or evasiveness, unless it is in the complete spirit of fun. Feed their need for spontaneity, and appreciate their playfulness. Understand their desire for the relationship to remain young and fresh. Aries likes to take the lead in love (even if their Sun Sign is gentle Pisces) – let them, at least most of the time. Indulge them their many whims, and understand that they thrive on competition, even when they’re competing with you!
My Personal Ad Bio: “I have a strong sense of adventure. I will win you over. I’m self-taught and self-sufficient.”
Venus in Aries people don’t necessarily take control but they do instinctively take the lead in matters of the heart. They don’t easily adapt to others’ feelings and moods.
Can be demanding in love, addicted to the chase or the intense passions of the moment. Loves spontaneous expressions of affection and sexuality. Very enthusiastic and attractive. Innocent charm. Attracts by being direct and not beating around the bush - gets to the point. Hard to resist. Quick attractions.
With money, Venus in Aries may be impulse buyers. They are attracted to new and innovative products, but would do well to wait a few days before buying because the desire can pass quite quickly. Art that appeals to them is bold and active in tone.
VENUS IN TAURUS–
Love for Venus in Taurus centers on the physical world and creature comforts – they revel in sensual surroundings. These people project themselves as solid and comfortable. In fact, something about their manner promises they will be satisfying lovers and partners. They need a certain measure of predictability and dependability in their relationships, even if their Sun is in the more spontaneous signs of Aries or Gemini.
Venus in Taurus men and women can be possessive in love, and they are threatened by fast-paced, high-energy situations in the context of relationships and love. These are sensual partners who require lots of “hands-on” expressions of love. Their lovers may complain that Venus in Taurus can get a little too comfortable and settled. It’s true that they resist change in their relationships, but even when they seem stuck in a groove, you can always reassure yourself by remembering that they are constant partners.
Pleasing Venus in Taurus involves emphasizing your loyalty, and their worth to you. You may need to give in to them in love matters, because they won’t readily give in to you! Get physical with them; do comfortable things. Avoid pushing them in love – give them plenty of time. You will probably need to cultivate patience if you are in a relationship with Venus in Taurus. Remember to be simple and natural – Taurus will appreciate it. Promise them a comfortable, cozy time.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I am a dependable guy/gal. My ideal date consists of good food, fine wine, and cuddling up with each other at home.”
Venus in Taurus people are very physical lovers, with a great appreciation for scents, sounds, feels, and pleasing form. Can be very patient in love. Their charm is natural and earthy.
They can be possessive in love and with objects. Venus in Taurus people are attracted to products of high quality and durability. They can be good with their money, spending lavishly only on objects of beauty, long-lasting objects, and food. They are not usually especially generous people and are typically quite practical and patient when it comes to saving and spending money. Harmony and peace are important factors in the art and music they are attracted to. They abhor gaudy, cheap, tacky, or excessively loud/bold art, clothing, and possessions.
VENUS IN GEMINI–
Venus in Gemini people will try to win over the object of their affection with witty conversation, displaying just how much they “know”, and demonstrating their diverse interests. These lovers are playful – some might even call them a tease. They are hard to pin down, and they resist relationships that promise to become too “comfortable”. Even those with their Sun in Taurus or Cancer, whose outward demeanor may suggest some reserve and caution, will want their relationships to be stimulating and full of conversation with Venus in Gemini.
Venus in Gemini men and women don’t want to be tied or bogged down in their relationships. They appreciate lightheartedness in love. Although they are willing to talk (perhaps endlessly) about the relationship, you may get the feeling that they gloss over some of the deeper issues. In love, their tastes change often, and it can be hard to know what to expect from one day to the next (or, sometimes, from one hour to the next!).
Pleasing Venus in Gemini involves supporting their need for fun and variety, showing interest in their brainpower and knowledge, and giving them space for friends and activities outside of the relationship. Let them know just how much fun you have with them. Try not to get overly miffed by Venus in Gemini’s changeable, fickle ways. Remember that time spent with your lover will be exciting and invigorating.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I am fun-loving. My ideal date consists of going to a cafe, taking in a movie, and talking about it.”
Venus in Gemini sometimes get involved in relationships solely out of curiosity. They are intellectually curious about people, and are eternally fascinated by social interactions. Although they usually enjoy flirting, they may remain somewhat aloof when it comes to matters of the heart.
Curiosity motivates them on romantic and social levels. “Variety is the spice of life” is their attitude in love, in social relationships, and with personal possessions. They are sociable, communicative, and interested. They can be animated and fun but may also keep their distance on an emotional level. Attractions often begin with words, as they tend to bond more readily on a mental level. The shadow side of Venus in Gemini is fickleness.
Venus in Gemini people spend money on books, information, social events. They are somewhat fickle when it comes to their attachment to objects and personal possessions, and they seek variety in the things that they own. Some enjoy the thought that can go behind making purchases, weighing various options. They are attracted to art that is expressive, verbal and social in tone, light, and happy.
VENUS IN CANCER–
Love for Venus in Cancer is best when it is committed and rather predictable. These people are sensitive in love, even if their Sun sign is the more playful and outgoing signs of Gemini or Leo. You may even say their egos are a little underdeveloped when it comes to love, but they have a lot to give in return: namely, security, comfort, and care.
Venus in Cancer men and women show their love by caring for you. They pay more attention to your feelings than your words, and observe you rather carefully. They want a safe, solid relationship. They can be a little moody in love, and some go so far as giving silent treatments and engaging in pouting routines to get attention from their mate. They are turned off by anything impersonal, and too much rationalizing leaves them cold. They are not afraid of emotional confrontations (even if they have a Gemini Sun and appear flighty in other areas of life). Still, these lovers are always worried they’ll be left high and dry. If you’ve hurt them, they’ll have a hard time forgetting. Every so often, they’ll retreat into themselves (not unlike a Crab), and it can be difficult to pull them out. This is when they use their extraordinary “nursing” abilities on themselves, instead of you…and you simply don’t want that!
Pleasing Venus in Cancer involves lots of snuggling and sentimentality. Recognize their attachments to their family and home. Help them to feel confident with you – when they are fearful of being rejected, they can resort to some frustrating tactics to find out just how loved they are. Think about how a crab (the symbol of Cancer) moves towards its goal, and you will get a fair idea of Venus in Cancer’s approach. Do your best to make them feel secure and cared for, and you will be rewarded with a patient, dependable, and loving mate.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I’m just a regular guy/gal. I’ve built a solid foundation. I’m comfortable and comforting. I care. I stick around. My ideal date consists of eating in, and snuggling up to each other.”
Venus in Cancer people are sensitive, sentimental, and caring. They can be possessive and clannish. They will generally bend over backwards for someone they love, but might keep too much to themselves and eventually feel resentful if affection is not returned in a similar manner. Venus in Cancer people are nurturing, protective and self-protective, cautious, and fertile. They may experience many emotional ups and downs in love due to sensitivity and impressionability. They are tender, romantic, and attached. Cancer love is dedicated, warm, and devoted. They show their love through devotion, care, and concern. They are affectionate and cuddly, and are at their best when they feel safe and secure.
Too much attachment to the past can prevent Venus in Cancer people from enjoying the moment. In fact, the past may be glorified with Venus in Cancer to the point that the present is not appreciated, even though it will one day be the past!
Venus in Cancer people generally save for a rainy day and can be quite frugal with their money. They will spend the most on their family and close friends, as well as on building their homes. They are attracted to art that is traditional, homey, and romantic.
VENUS IN LEO–
When Venus in Leo people are in love, they are proud, even boastful. This position of Venus can turn humble Virgo Suns or retiring Cancer Suns into somewhat demanding lovers. Venus in Leo loves to court and be courted, and they need to feel very special. They are warm, generous, and even grand. Though really quite loyal to their partners (remember that love is THE most important thing in Leo’s life), they thrive on romantic attention. Be prepared for their displays: they will tell you about any romantic advances made on them. Remember, they’re just showing off toyou, and it’s likely harmless. It’s a different story if you do the same, however. That’s when you’ll hear the lion roar…and, no doubt, you’ll want to keep these cats purring. Venus in Leo wants to appear experienced in love, even if they have little or no experience whatsoever!
Venus in Leo men and women have high expectations, but once you know that these expectations revolve only around how much attention you are giving them, you’ll see that they are really quite big-hearted about most everything else. They are threatened by a relationship that appears to have settled too much, or one that’s lost its spark. They are also threatened by indifferent or impersonal behavior on your part.
Although their needs for physical expression through sex are generally quite strong, their need for love is perhaps even stronger. It is hard for Venus in Leo people to separate love and sex, and even their most erotic fantasies are infused with love and affection. For this reason, few Venus in Leo folk would last long in a relationship that is mostly sexual. On the flip side, they may last longer in a love-only relationship in the absence of satisfying sex, but they are unlikely to feel very satisfied.
Pleasing Venus in Leo involves paying loads of attention to them. If you’re willing to make only one adjustment in your ways, it should be to remind Leo how wonderful they are. Respect and appreciate them, always. Put up with their childlike moments and their tall tales. They want to be seen as attractive by you, so avoid (at all costs!) putting them down in this area. They actually lose interest when they perceive the slightest loss of interest in their partner, and you can expect that any letdown will be acted out in a dramatic fashion. Remind them, in a gentle way, that your emotions count too. If you are feeling a little jealous, let them know. Remember, to Venus in Leo, your small jealousies are affirmations that you find them attractive and expect the rest of the world to as well. Let them decide where to go on a date, and let them pay too. When Venus in Leo feels loved and appreciated, they reward you with loyalty, a big sense of fun, and plenty of physical expressions of their love.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I’m warm-hearted and fun. I’m funny, and experienced. Let me show you a good time.”
Love is magnificent and grand to Venus in Leo people. They take pride in love and their love relationships, and they are typically generous with their money. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game–a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. They feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. They have a strong ego investment in their love lives. The negative expression of this placement is overstating of feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
Venus in Leo people may spend a lot on entertainment or sometimes just to show off! They generally are big tippers and give special and generous gifts. They are attracted to art, furnishings, clothing, and music that is bold and passionate, renaissance, lush or opulent, lavishly comfortable, and romantic.
VENUS IN VIRGO–
Venus in Virgo people are not the flirtatious sort. Instead, their appeal lies in their dedication, their willingness to work on the relationship, and to make the relationship work in real terms. Unlike Venus in Leo, they won’t try to impress you with grand gifts or promises. Their gifts are less showy, but perhaps far more generous – gifts of devotion and attention to details about you.
Venus in Virgo men and women quietly (and often slowly) make their way into your heart. They are quite sensitive in love – even insecure – and this reserved, loner-like quality is part of their appeal. They prefer to play it safe in their relationships, and they need to be confident that you like them before they make a move. They are great listeners and they make it a habit to observe and learn all of your ins and outs. Their love can be of the Kindergarten variety – they show they care by nagging or criticizing. Remember, though, that they are not trying to hurt you when they are pointing out the flaws in your thinking, plans, or even character. They truly are trying to help! Venus in Virgo is attracted to nondescript people who have largely gone unnoticed. Show-offs and know-it-alls turn them off.
Pleasing Venus in Virgo involves showing you appreciate them for all the little things they do – and they do a lot. The problem is, they do these things so quietly that you may not always notice or credit them for all these kind gestures. They do need some space (after all, they’re generally quite busy making everything work), so give it to them. Be genuine, not ostentatious. They are really not difficult to please after you have taken care of these basic needs. Avoid pushing your friends or family on them too fast – remember they are a little shy. They aim to please, and are easily intimidated by your experiences. Let them know how much you value them, and they will reward you with devotion and a charming willingness to talk things out.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I will care for you, and do lots of little things for you. I will help you.”
Venus in Virgo people express their love through practical means and gestures–running errands, doing detail work, or just being there for their lovers. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose with Venus in Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, which is sensual but also quite practical. What they buy and the types of entertainment they enjoy are ruled by whether or not things make sense. They could easily feel guilty if they are too self-indulgent. Rendering services to others can fill a need, and can be an expression of love. The shadow side of this position is being overly critical of partners, picky, or worrisome. They might over-analyze their lovers, their lovers’ reactions and words chosen, and their love lives in general.
Venus in Virgo people often spend their money with care, and usually on practical items instead of frivolous ones.
VENUS IN LIBRA–
Venus in Libra people will try to impress you with their kindness, evenhandedness, and willingness to make your relationship work. They have a polished manner in love, which sometimes makes them appear insincere or superficial. They are gentle lovers who hate to be offended. They are threatened by bad manners and direct or abrasive expression of feelings. They not only prefer to choose the middle road, they seek the middle ground in their relationships. You can expect to be treated fairly, and you may be turned on by Venus in Libra’s willingness to concede and adjust their lives to fully accommodate you.
Venus in Libra men and women have idealized images of their relationships, even to the point where the relationship becomes bigger than life, taking on a life of its own. They can become quietly resentful if they feel they are being taken advantage of – and they make it easy for more aggressive types to bully them around.
Pleasing Venus in Libra involves treating them kindly and fairly. They love to share everything with you, so let them. Foreplay for them can be mental – they love to communicate with you about the relationship. Sharing turns them on, and tactless or uncouth behavior is a turn-off. Although they seem to put up with a lot, be fair with them. Over time, imbalance in their relationship is sure to make them unhappy, and when it comes to this, they may try to even the score in subtle, roundabout ways. Don’t let it come to that, and you will be rewarded with a lover who puts themselves in your shoes and treats you exactly how they would like to be treated.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I’m just a nice guy/gal – some say I’m too nice. I’m romantic and love good conversations. I will please you. All I ask for is fairness.”
Venus in Libra people tend to employ charm rather than aggressive behavior in order to get what they want. Although Venus in Libra people virtually live for relationships, there can be an air of cool detachment to their demeanor. They are very obliging with others–quite willing to negotiate and compromise.
Venus in Libra people can be especially idealistic about love. They prefer things be done the “right” way, and are turned off by aggressive or uncouth behavior. The shadow side of this position is dependency, inconsistency, and superficiality. In an attempt to avoid unpleasant situations, they could easily gloss over deeper issues at play in their relationships. It’s probably best to avoid the trap of acquiescing to their partners but privately resenting the fact or thinking themselves martyrs for doing so! They can be quite artistically inclined. They tend to seek balance in their personal environment, and can be quite picky or choosy when it comes to aesthetics–balanced, harmonious, classical art is preferred. They abhor gaudy, tacky, or overly “noisy” art, clothing, furnishings, and music.
VENUS IN SCORPIO–
Venus in Scorpio people attract others with their intensity and willingness to commit. They have a strong and concentrated manner which suggests their feelings run deep. Their actions in love tend to promise deep commitment and sexual pleasure, even if they are not telling you this directly. Their appeal lies in their focus on you, and their dedication. Venus in Scorpio seems fearless when it comes to intimacy. Potential lovers get the feeling that Venus in Scorpio will never stray, that they are intensely loyal to the one they love. They possess you, and somehow make it seem attractive to be possessed.
Venus in Scorpio men and women give you their complete attention. These people are very focused on their partners. Depending on your personality, you may find this unnerving or entirely flattering. They have a strong need to control their partner, although this won’t be immediately apparent, and they may not ever admit to this. Their body-and-soul love and commitment can be so intense that it eclipses fun and makes loving them a very heavy experience. Their emotion and intensity may seem overdone to those looking for a more lighthearted relationship. These people take things to extremes, and can be very provocative. Although they want to explore all of your nooks and crannies, they won’t always be forthcoming with their own. When you’ve upset these lovers, you’ll know it. Depending on the moment, Venus in Scorpio will shoot you one of the most piercing glares around, or totally blow up. Whichever style they choose, a slighted Scorpio lover is not a pretty sight. These people can be jealous of all of your attachments, but few will admit it. They’re not afraid of being underhanded in matters of the heart, and they are experts at cutting through all the fluff and seeing you for what you are. Still, you may find their conclusions about you seem skewed and mistrustful.
Pleasing Venus in Scorpio involves demonstrating your complete commitment and loyalty to them. Appreciate their guts when it comes to love and intimacy – they’re proud of their courage in these matters. If you can, and they’re deserving, relinquish some of the control in the relationship. Let them feel they own you, without taking it to extremes. Remember, though, that some Venus in Scorpio lovers can and will take advantage of you on a subtle level, if only to keep you all to themselves. Let them have their secrets and their silences.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I’m emotional and deep. I’ll be very loyal too, forever. I’m looking for commitment. I’ll make you happy in bed.”
Deeply passionate relations are desired with Venus in Scorpio. Superficial flirtations and contacts do not satisfy, as they yearn for “body and soul” contact with someone special–contact that breaks the taboos, that is extreme and intense, and that is unforgettable. This is a highly emotional position for Venus. It is a passionate, sensual, and intense energy. Their relationships are immensely important to them, and they may even feel that relationships consume them. In fact, they tend to want to be consumed by them! Although the basic drive is toward intense closeness, blind faith in their partners is extremely hard. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up their own power to others is strong. Scorpio is an “all or nothing” energy, and relationships tend to be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as a result. Disdain for mediocrity and superficiality can compel them to create crises in order to feel alive and vital.
They can be hard to figure out or to get close to because they can go from one extreme of emotion to the next quite quickly. They sometimes appear very sensitive and yielding, and other times completely closed off, for example.
Their tastes in art, clothing, furnishings, and music tend to be dark, surreal, Gothic, passionate. Most of their true character lies beneath the surface, and what they choose to put on display may even be deceptive. Fashion trends mean little to them.
VENUS IN SAGITTARIUS–
When Venus in Sagittarius people are in love, they need to feel they can grow and expand their horizons through their relationship. They want to learn new things, and experience everything together. These are idealistic lovers who want you to appreciate their beliefs, visions, and ideals. They can be a confusing mix of the lighthearted and serious. They are roamers and seekers, and don’t commit in their relationships as easily as others.
Venus in Sagittarius men and women turn others on with their big smiles and laughs, their jokes, their grand schemes, their dreams, and their friendly, flirtatious behavior. They pride themselves on their open minds, but you may notice they can be judgmental too. They are threatened by inhibitions on the part of their lover, dullness, and emotional overkill. They are restless, and won’t put up with lovers who dwell on any one thing. When the going gets tough in their relationship, they have an overwhelming need to run away. Usually this only means getting out and experiencing something new before they come back, but sometimes it can be for good. They are attracted to people in love with life. You don’t need to be refined, polished, or graceful to win their favor.
Pleasing Venus in Sagittarius involves allowing them lots of room in the relationship to grow. Avoid getting stuck in a rut, and understand their need to move on. Learn to laugh, but take their rants and raves seriously. Avoid criticising their beliefs, join them in debates, and philosophise along with them. When they feel the need for more experience, join them! Learn to look past their clumsiness with you and your feelings, and avoid cornering them or forcing them to commit.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I am fun and funny. I have joie de vivre and I love to laugh. I am open to experience.”
Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward–even blunt–approach to love, are themes with Venus in Sagittarius. Truth and higher meaning are things that take priority with Sagittarius. There can be some inconstancy and possibly a tendency to escape or flee when love is too complex, intricate, or needy.
They are usually sincere, upright, and straightforward about what they want. They enjoy getting to know a lover on a philosophical level, exchanging ideas, and experiencing things together.
Venus in Sagittarius people are not always especially attached to personal possessions. They are not known to be especially frugal, although some of them equate money with freedom, and will gladly put money aside for travel.
VENUS IN CAPRICORN–
Venus in Capricorn people will try to win your heart by displaying self-control, presence of mind, and responsible behavior. These lovers want you to know they are goal-oriented, witty, savvy, and controlled. Nobody can get the best of them. They want you to see just how competent they are. They like some measure of predictability in their relationships as they are cautious in love.
Venus in Capricorn men and women project an aura of competency and their loner-like behavior can be attractive, in a cool way. They don’t go gaa-gaa over love, or at least they don’t express as much. Their lovers may complain that Venus in Capricorns are a little toopractical and deliberate. Certainly, they can come across as lacking in warmth and spontaneity. Truth is, they can be rather romantic souls who yearn for a partner to share their lives with. Others’ image of their relationship matters to them. They are conservative and willing to commit. Venus in Capricorn people are attracted to serious, goal-oriented lovers. They are a little shy in matters of the heart, but they don’t want you to know it. If you like knowing where your relationship is headed, you’ll be mighty pleased with Venus in Capricorn. These people plan ahead in love, and, unlike Venus in Pisces, they will let you know exactly where they (and the relationship) are headed.
Pleasing Venus in Capricorn involves showing them you are practical and realistic. They want to impress you with the things they do. Appreciate their “saving for a rainy day” attitude, and be aware that they want to show you off in a quiet way.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I have a good job, I invest wisely. I will give you security. Marriage and family are important to me.”
Venus in Capricorn people are generally serious about their finances. They are talented at creating artistic structure and form. They value enduring connections, reliability, and faithfulness in their love and social relationships. They take expressing their feelings seriously, and they definitely take their time to warm up to others. They generally keep their “cool” in relationships. Some may want to be financially stable before marrying, as this is an expression of their commitment. However, they fear instability, and they usually have a deep fear of rejection and of not measuring up, which can also be a motivator behind a strong drive to provide for a partner. Living up to others’ expectations can also be a problem for some, and can prevent them from truly appreciating the moment.
While not the most spontaneous of partners, they are generally quite constant and true in love. They instinctively value effort and the long-term, and won’t run away from responsibility or difficulties. This is largely because their visions of love are not especially idealistic, and they accept realistic and practical concerns as a healthy part of any love relationship.
With money, Venus in Capricorn people are generally frugal and often save for a rainy day (they worry about stability and the future). They are rather discriminating in taste when it comes to entertainment, art, furnishings, music, and clothing. They are attracted to high quality, high status, and professional objects of art, furnishing, and clothing.
VENUS IN AQUARIUS–
Venus in Aquarius people try to impress you with their open-minded, future-thinking spirit. They want you to see them as unique, rebellious, and a little provocative. They are attractive when they are acting a little aloof. They want you to acknowledge and appreciate that they don’t follow the beaten track in matters of the heart.
Venus in Aquarius men and women are attracted to unusual or unconventional relationships. They don’t want to follow all the rules, although they may make quite a few of their own. They can appear quite standoffish at times, and are threatened by restrictions of any kind. Emotional types may be put off by their detached manner in love. Venus in Aquarius wants you to love them for their intellect, and to admire their visions. They value lovers who are also good friends, and they avoid emotional displays or confrontations like the plague. Venus in Aquarius will delight in shocking you with their unusual ways and their forward-looking thinking.
Pleasing Venus in Aquarius involves letting them know just how interesting they are. Put up with their occasional need to act superior on an intellectual level – they are very proud of their unique ideas and visions. Dream along with them, and don’t fence them in. They need space and will happily return the favor, giving you lots of room to breathe and to be yourself.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I’m liberal. I’m not possessive. I’m looking for a friend in a lover. I’m unique. Let’s talk and have some fun.”
Venus in Aquarius people are attracted to unconventionality, independence, and freedom as themes in their social relationships. Experimental relationships are intriguing to them. Being friends as well as lovers is important to Venus in Aquarius.
They like to choose their terms when involved in a relationship, and this can be challenging for a partner, as their terms can be changeable! They may be reacting to a condition or situation of the moment, for example. With the exception of this quality, Venus in Aquarius people are some of the most unselfish people in love. They allow you freedom to be yourself, and are rarely clinging or controlling. They are easygoing in this manner because a partner can appeal to their sense of reason, and they always strive to be exceptionally fair and impartial. They are often attracted to art, furnishings, clothing, and music from ancient times as well as modern, abstract, and futuristic.
VENUS IN PISCES–
Venus in Pisces people project themselves as dreamy, soft-hearted partners. Everything about the way they flirt promises a lovely time. Theirs is an elusive charm – they are sweetly playful, a little moody, and perhaps a little irregular. They appreciate romance and poetry, and they prefer to “feel out” both you and the relationship you share, so don’t expect too much planning ahead. Their sensitivity can be a little misleading at times. Yes, they are sensitive folk, but lovers may find it maddening that this sensitivity is not only directed at them, but towards all of mankind.
Venus in Pisces men and women want you to know that their love is unconditional. They are unimpressed by your status, and love and accept you for all that you are inside. They love the underdog and are attracted to wayward folks, or those in need of a little help. With their romantic view of the world, they can be unreasonably attracted to states of suffering and martyrdom, so they easily get into the role of saving someone, or being saved. Unlike Venus in Libra, which thrives on equality, Venus in Pisces is actually turned on by inequality! They can be rather confusing and hard to pin down as they feel their way through their relationships. As much as they may want to, they find it hard to commit. Many do end up committing, however, at least on the surface.
Pleasing Venus in Pisces involves enjoying tender moments and romantic times with them. You won’t always be able to count on them. In fact, you can be sure they will stretch the truth every once in a while. But remember they do this because they fear they might hurt you, and they can’t bear to cause you any heartache. Try to understand them, although that’s never an easy task considering the fact that they don’t always know themselves. And, truth is, some Venus in Pisces privately have a love affair going with the idea of being misunderstood. Try to put up with their apparent lack of direction in the relationship – they are so receptive and open to all possibilities that it is hard for them to commit to any one thing, idea, or even person. These intriguing partners will reward you with a love that is accepting and comes as close to unconditional as humans can get.
My Personal Ad Bio: “I will love you for you. I will accept you. Even if the rest of the world thinks you are unlovable, I will see you for what you really are.”
Pisces never sees the world in black-and-white terms. Rather, Pisces sees all the colors of the rainbow. With the goddess of love in Pisces, love is all-embracing, they are able to forgive and understand, they are seducible and seductive, and they show tremendous compassion to their partners. Venus in Pisces is tender and affectionate, although hard to reach nevertheless, as there is a longing for something that is hard to define and hard to satisfy. Borders and boundaries blur under Venus in Pisces. The shadow side of this position is allowing themselves to be victimized or deluded, as well as evasiveness.
Venus in Pisces people are attracted to situations of giving, martyrdom, and mercy. They want very much to forgive, allow, and give unselfishly. Because this is not always possible – they are only human after all! – there can be problems with seeing a lover or a relationship accurately and with resentments for being put upon or used.
In love, Venus in Pisces gives a lot, but not everything. Most important to remember is this: it’s a mistake to assume a Venus in Pisces person is weak, but it’s also a mistake to assume Pisces is strong. They are both. The message is: don’t push them beyond their limits, because although it might appear that they have none, they do draw the line at some point. Avoid taking advantage of their good nature and willingness to make sacrifices. They see their willingness to forgive and understand as a strength, and you should too.
To get a good, flexible, durable piece of steel that can retain an edge, you need to do two things; harden and temper it.
Hardening is done by heating the steel to a point where the molecular structure is on the verge of breaking down (high heat, like orange hot), then suddenly and rapidly contracting the molecular structure by quenching, in oil (not recommended because it can catch fire, but some steels require an oil quench) or water. In some cases, special alloys are air quenching, meaning they’ll do this simply by being heated and left to cool in open air. The opposite of hardening is annealing, where you take a piece of hard steel, heat it really hot, and let it cool slowly, thereby disordering the material at a molecular level.
Hardened steel is brittle. Too brittle to function as a sword, because a shocking impact would cause the material to fracture. You need to temper or otherwise normalize the material at this point. Tempering means heating the material to a lower temperature (usually a straw or dull cherry color) and holding it there for a while. The molecular structure relaxes a little, but not so much as heating it to a high temperature again. Small blades like a lot of modern pocket knives can be hardened then put in a cryogenic (very cold) bath to normalize the steel, so it remains very, very hard, but also develops some durability from the cold normalization relieving stresses in the material. This is fine, because pocket knife blades are short and don’t really need to flex.
Japanese swords don’t usually go through a tempering process, because of the application of clay as an insulator during the hardening process. The back (non-edged part) and body of the sword are covered in clay, thereby slowing down how quickly the material sheds heat. The exposed edge, when quenched, cools rapidly and becomes very hard, while the insulated spine and body cool more slowly, and never develop the brittle molecular structure of hardened steel. This is also called differential hardening, as the Rockwell (a scale to measure steel hardness) value on one part of the steel is high, but on another part lower.
In short, there’s no such thing as clay tempering and that text post about a “16th century swordsman” being excited about their “clay tempered blade” makes me want to pull my teeth out.
Just thought I would give you an update Gwen’s and I got our hormones this morning and kimmy is waiting to hear back about her Medicaid. So as of right now the next big task is housing. We have medical mostly figured out, food stamps are updated & current, and college is applied for. I just am still waiting for the schools to send my transcripts.
Gwen has an interview in the 17th!!! And we have a hiring fair for LivWell on the 16th so jobs are looking up! Keep us in your positive thoughts!
We have to pay $230.00 usd in tickets from a fender bender we got into, and two tickets we got in Wyoming for speeding when we were only driving 4 mph over the 75mph speed limit and I got a ticket because I put the seatbelt under my arm when looking for paperwork so I got a 10$ ticket… :/ pretty much us fuming. Next we also need to get kimmy shoes. Her shoes are torn and have holes in them so we need to get her some new shoes. I want to surprise her with new shoes so i thought I would ask you guys for $50 usd to get kimmy some good durable shoes she can wear everyday.
Besides that we are doing okay, now that we have a lot down we need to hit the housing search as hard as possible!
If you can help us in our journey to beat homelessness our PayPal is firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you so much! The journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step. Or something like that….
This was supposed to be only like 3 sentences long but I really liked this so I turned it into a non shitpost.
A giant guardian that acts like a Colossus from Shadow of the Colossus. You have to climb on top of it and attack it’s glowing weak points in order to kill it. It’s about the size of Dark Beast Ganon and is an optional boss that you can fight whenever, and fight numerous times. Killing it gives you one of two things: Agro, the horse from the game, or The Sword of the Sun.
Agro has infinite stamina (like the giant horse) and already has the maximum bond and best temperament, but isn’t that fast and has the weakest strength possible. Unlike her namestake in SotC, she CAN be killed, but can still be revived by the horse god or by defeating the Guardian again.
The Sword of the Sun does 60 damage, has really good durability, but cannot be thrown. Instead, if you hold the ‘throw’ button while standing in the sun, a beam of light emanates from the sword and points at whatever you’re currently tracking with the Sheika Slate, even if you can’t detect it at the moment. If the target is moving, the beam will move. It acts like a quest arrow in that it will direct you to the proper path to get to your destination instead of telling you to go through a mountain or something. You can only have one at a time. When it breaks, you can get it back by defeating the guardian again or by purchasing it from that guy in Tarry Town that sells the rubber armor and Hylian Shield.
Look what came in yesterday! My pacifier from @cutesylittleshop !! I love it so much! The color is adorable, it’s super durable and good quality, and it came earlier than expected. Plus their prices are really affordable. If anyone is looking to buy a pacifier you should definitely take a look at their shop! :)
Biking to work tips? Or just biking in general? I don't have a license
You are in luck- my boyfriend bikes to work almost every day so I consulted with him to write this post.
1. Choosing the right bike: You need to find a bike that’s in your price range, is durable, and good for all seasons. My boyfriend actually has a bike for winter and a bike for summer, the winter one being more heavy duty. Consult with your local bike store expert to find out which bikes will be best in your climate. Before you buy anything go for a test ride in the bike shop’s parking lot.
2. Pump: Get yourself a portable tire pump like this one. There will be a time when you will get stranded on the side of the road, and this will save the day. You should also get a heavy duty standing pump to leave at home.
3. Tire repair: Get yourself a tire repair kit and several extra tires. You can always have your tire repaired at a bike store, but you’ll save serious $$ if you learn how to do it yourself. Watch videos on Youtube.
4. Bike lock: Especially important because you will occasionally need to leave your bike chained up outside of places. Unfortunately, if someone with wire cutters really wants to take your bike, they will. The best you can do is to deter a passerby from snatching it by locking it up.
5. Bike gear: Invest in some spandex and some high quality bike shoes. If you live in a cold climate, get an insulated jacket, face mask, and thick gloves. My boyfriend rides through the snow all winter long!
6. General maintenance: If you ride often, be sure to clean your bike once a week. Oil up the chain to prevent it from rusting and clean the exterior of the bike (because it will get super muddy). Most bike shops offer expensive tune ups, and if you have the money for it, these are great to do every six months.
7. Safety: If you’re riding at night you absolutely NEED to deck your bike out with lights and to wear some sort of reflective outfit. Please wear a helmet. Also, if you’re out late at night somewhere dangerous, share your Iphone location with a friend, roommate, or family member just in case.
8. Scope out your route: Get to know your route before you travel it. It’s always better to ride on trails and in wooded areas than it is to ride on city streets or near traffic. If you absolutely have to ride on the street, find some back roads to do it on.
9. Time yourself: This is optional, but will help you see your progress! There are lots of tracking apps available (most of them cost a little $$). My boyfriend uses Strava to track his bicycling activities.
10. Carbs: Don’t go for a ride on an empty stomach, even if it’s a 15 minute one. Have a good carb heavy breakfast before setting out on the road.
After completing my first year at university, I have wisdom to share to
anyone thinking of starting university! *this advice is from personal
experience and may differ slightly to other people’s views*
(I attend university in England, so some points may not be applicable,
but I will try my best to make this post useful for everyone!)
If you have any queries feel free to message me :)
Personal university life
Firstly, let me make it clear: university is weird
to begin with. You’re suddenly responsible for what/when you eat, responsible
for the amount of work you do (no parents around to kick you off of Netflix!!!),
and other domestic things e.g. laundry and food shopping
My advice for first term is just to get out there.
Try and meet as many people as you can, spend time getting to know the people
around you… there is nothing sadder than hearing about people living in a flat
with people they barely know for the entire year
Join the societies/sports clubs you’re interested
in, it’s a great way to meet new people and is a bit of away time from work! (only
joining 1 society this year is one of my biggest regrets)
The number one essential item on any shopping list: a door stop. In most English university halls, people are allocated a room to themselves, most in a corridor format. Having a doorstop means that on the first day people will walk past your room and say hey. My university moving in days were staggered, so some people moved in before others, so having your door open lets people know you’re there!
Food and drink advice
Try and eat healthily. Many people think that buying
a lot of vegetables/fruit/pulses ends up becoming very expensive compared to
cheap processed alternatives such as pizza and microwave meals. However, bulk
cooking is your saviour. Find a recipe you like, cook a whole batch of it and
then refrigerate or freeze (if appropriate) for other meals. Once you divide
the cost by servings, healthy food can actually turn out quite cheap.
Obviously, the infamous packet noodle/other student
guilty pleasure is a must. There is no shame. Many a day I have eaten multiple packs
of instant noodles (and I love it.)
Try and bulk cook in exam season – reduces the
stress of cooking everyday (alternatively, treat yourself to a cheeky pizza)
Cutting out meat for a few meals a week (or going
completely vegetarian) can also reduce the sum of your shopping bill. Replacing
a few meals meat with tinned beans and other pulses etc. can help lower the
cost and also provide a healthy alternative!!!
and lots of Tupperware.
The only fresh fruits I buy on a weekly basis are:
apples, oranges and bananas. Everything else is frozen fruit. I find that on
the whole frozen fruit is of a better quality, lasts longer (obviously), and
can be cheaper. So if you’re thinking of treating yourself to a tasty smoothie,
I would always suggest frozen berries and mangoes etc. rather than fresh (it
also removes the need for ice, handy!!!)
Another important point to mention is alcohol. At
university, especially within England, there is a large drinking culture. This
is okay if you enjoy drinking, however, if you don’t want to drink, don’t.
Don’t feel pressured in to drinking if you don’t want to. There is nothing
wrong with not drinking, even if you want to drink one time and not the other.
As long as you feel comfortable yourself, that is all that matters. Its also
highly likely there will be other people who also don’t drink, so you wont be
*this section is incredibly personal to my learning experience and my
learning habits, so may not work for everyone*
The number one rule I have learnt this year is: NO ALL NIGHTERS. EVER. I did a few when
I had a load of work backed up and also had a module test the following
morning, it never worked for me. I always felt ill due to lack of sleep, which was
very distracting. I also then felt exhausted for many days afterwards. It was
usually never worthwhile either, because I would never do as well compared to
if I had just slept and worked a little in the morning.
There are also debates on note-taking methods in
lectures. I tried three ways: solely listening to the lecturer and then writing
notes up after the lecture, writing notes in the lecture electronically, and writing
notes by hand in the lecture. Of these three, writing notes up in the lecture
was more beneficial. If I waited until after, especially when I had 5 lectures
in a day, I found that I was falling behind very quickly. Also, I’m reeeeeally
slow at typing, so that’s a no-go.
Another golden nugget of advice on notes: make them
neat/legible and get them all done way before exams (or even the break before
exams) – this helps massively = less stress and more revision can be done from
HANNAH’S NUMBER ONE RULE OF REVISION? USE REVISION CARDS.
And I don’t mean your standard wall of regurgitated information. I mean
question cards. Question on one side, info on the back. Recalling information
is a great way of learning information!
My revision card method: organise your revision
cards into topics (I did mine by module and then by lecture), go through the
bundle and organise into three piles: I know it; I know it kinda but need to do
it more and I haven’t got a clue.
From this, then
put the ‘I know it’ cards to one side and go through all the others. Keep
organising them into three piles and work your way through the pack, going over
them again and again.
Money saving tips:
Reduced food from supermarkets is an easy way to
save money on food (the food is mostly reduced in the evenings), I find refrigerating
the food means it will last for a couple of days past the sell-by date,
although I would always check the food before you eat it, just in case! (I also
don’t know how it applies to meat as I don’t eat it)
Try to save money on laundry by making sure you
fully load the washing machine rather than half filling it and wasting money on
Don’t be embarrassed by buying ‘value’ supermarket
brand items, some things don’t need a fancy label and are basically the same
product but 1/3rd of the price
Recycle! Old glass bottles etc. can be used for
decoration such as wine bottles as vases!
I love charity shops. I buy a lot of clothes from
charity shops and they also do loads of great bric-a-brac! I know many people don’t
feel comfortable buying second hand items, however I was raised to love them
and they have honestly saved me a fortune! Also, some clothing items e.g.
knitted jumpers are much better quality than your average high-street shop and
much much cheaper.
Group buying items on a special deal. Don’t want 2
packets but don’t wanna pay the normal price?? Ask a friend to go halves!
If durable goods are on sale, don’t be afraid to
stock up! I have a plastic box under my uni bed where I keep durable foods that
I don’t need just yet
A one man crewed armored car used by the Siwi military against Mabalia and Evrosa. The Wovin tends to be effective against infantry and soft targets, surprising considering one man crewed vehicles rarely function well. The vehicle has a rather durable frame, good power to weight ratio, and tight turning radius. Its small wheels while well sprung may have issues with rough terrain, generally however it provides a smooth ride for the driver. Its armor ranges from 6 mm on the hull to 8 mm on the drivers compartment.
It is armed with a ball mounted Siwi machine gun. The wovin also has a small mounting hole on the roof compatible with stationary mg’s and light AT. The secondary gunner must stand in the boot of the vehicle.