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i actually disagree with the stereotype that earth signs have no feelings

yes, while earth signs are one of the most *logical* signs of the zodiac, and do tend to analyse their emotions logically, i believe they still feel them very strongly

i mean, think about the earth: while you can come across some very hard ground, soil and earth in general has the potential to soak all the water and moisture around them to become very soft, breakable and malleable

and often, in life and in literature, you’ll have a lot of moments where people just walk along the ground barefoot, feel and hold the earth

earth signs are like that; they will feel all the emotions around them and literally soak them up, however their mind acts like a filter and processes every one of their emotions because they need to understand what’s going on

plus, earth signs like to serve, fix and nurture/look after; they like to help and do something for the people around them- they cannot do this unless they empathise with people, their surroundings and what they need, because you cannot help, nurture or understand someone without connecting with them on a certain emotional level

it is true that earth signs find it harder to show emotion, and generally prefer not to mostly because it’s one of the hardest things for them to make sense of and logically organise, and to them, that’s a weakness because they don’t understand it as well as they do other things and because it’s so illogical, but they definitely feel emotions quite intensely because they care

this especially goes for earth moons; earth moons like to understand people, help them and look after them, and they often strongly empathise with other people in order to do so- yes they are still very logical about emotions, but they feel them as nonetheless 

unlike air signs, earth signs don’t detach from their emotions, they try to understand them but since emotions are generally quite illogical, it makes it unlikely and hard for them to express emotions, until they learn how to

The Five Phases (Wu Xing)

The Wu Xing (Chinese: 五行; pinyin: Wǔ Xíng), also known as the Five Elements or Five Phases, is one of the major systems of thought within traditional Chinese fields including Chinese medicine, Feng Shui, Astrology, Music, Military Strategy and Martial arts.

A Short History
The Wu Xing theory was originally a moral theory and evolved from the doctrines of the Confuciuan school (or Zi-Si-Mencius school). Later, In the third century BCE Zou Yan combined and systematized two current theories during the Warring States period: Yin-Yang and the Wuxing.

*personal note: the Wuxing seem to be related to the Eight Trigrams (bagua) from the I Ching, the original version of the I Ching (it was edited by King Wen in 2852 BC) goes back to the supposed writer Fuxi, the legendary ruler.  

A closer look at the Five Phases
Ultimately the natural cycles and interrelationships in both our environment and within ourselves have let to the theory of the Wu Xing. The foundation of the theory rests in the correspondences of each element to a variety of phenomena. 

These “Five Phases” are
Wood (木 )
Fire (火 huǒ)
Earth (土 )
Metal (金 jīn)
Water (水 shuǐ

Wood
Wood is flexible, like bamboo. It grows and expands. It is also associated with qualities of generosity and idealism and leadership. It is the leader within us, that can take charge and determine a plan of action. Spring is the season of wood and it is the period of sprouting. The color associated with wood is green. In Chinese Medicine the liver is the organ of wood. 

Fire
In Chinese thought Fire is passionate, it is joy, laughter and playfulness. But also the qualities of dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. Summer is the season of fire and it is the period of blooming. The color associated with fire is red. In Chinese Medicine the heart is the organ of fire. 

Earth
Earth is patient, thoughtful, practical and hard working. It brings harmony and stability. Late summer is associated with earth and it is the period of Ripening. The Color of Earth is yellow. In Chinese Medicine the spleen is the organ of earth. 

Metal
Metal is unyielding, rigid and persistence. Metal type people like minimalism. They are organized, clean, and contained. The Fall is associated with metal and it is the period of withering. The Color is white. In Chinese Medicine the Lungs are the organ of metal. 

Water
In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy. Water can be weak like fluid but it can also turn into a flood and overwhelm the land. The winter is the season of water and it is the period of dormancy. The color of Water is black. In Chinese Medicine the Kidneys are the organ of water.  


Elements or Phases
You will often see Wu xing translated as “Five Elements” but the Xíng are primarily concerned with process and change, they are not the same as the   classical Greek elements that are concerned with substances or natural qualities.

The Changing qualities or Cycles are:

Generating  
The Xing are Inter-promoting, often called like mother and child. Wood for example is the mother of Fire. You can easily see this because Fire comes after Wood (clockwise) so in that way Wood feeds Fire, like a mother would.
In this way all the Phases can be listed as:

Wood feeds Fire
Fire creates Earth (ash)
Earth bears Metal
Metal enriches Water
Water nourishes Wood

This Cycle of is called the 五行相生 Sheng Cycle (Generating Sequence)

Controling
Each Phase controls or keeps another element in balance, much like Yin and Yang keep each other in balance. In the Wuxing, it will come as little surprise that Water controls Fire and Metal controls Wood. While some of the others are a bit less obvious, it will become clearer when you understand that the five elements all have specific qualities that go beyond just metal chopping wood.
 
All the elements Controlling sequence can be listed as:

Wood controls Earth
Fire controls Metal
Earth controls Water
Metal controls Wood
Water controls Fire

This Cycle is called the 五行相剋 Controlling Sequence or Father-Child relationship.    

Other than these two cycles, the Overacting Cycle (when an element controls too much) and the Insulting sequence (when for example fire starts heating water instead of water extinguishing fire) also exist.

Elements

Earth

Earth represents abundance, strength, femininity, wealth, prosperity and stability. In Ritual we use things like dirt, stones, wood, herbs and leaves to represent the element earth. We might tend to focus more on this element when casting a spell for business, fertility, prosperity and stability.

Earth Correspondence:

  • Direction - North
  • Gender - Feminine
  • Colors - Black, Green, Yellow and Brown
  • Time of Day - Midnight
  • Season - Winter
  • Ritual Tools - Dirt, Leaves, Wood and Stones (or any kind of plant)
  • Herbs (or plants) - Ivy, Grains, Oats, Rice, Patchouli, Nuts, Roots, Oak, Vetivert and Lichens
  • Animals - Wolves, Bears and Dogs (are just a few)
  • Metals - Iron and Lead
  • Signs - Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
  • Stones and Jewels - Rock Crystals, Emerald, Onyx, Jasper, Salt, Azurite and Quartz
  • Goddesses - Gaea, Mah, Ceres, Demeter, Nephtys, Rhea and Persephone
  • Gods - Pan, Arawn, Athos, Cernunnos, Adonis, Dionysus, Mardyk and Tammuz
  • Guardian Angel - Ariel

Air

Air represents our mind and intelligence, psychic powers, knowledge and dreams. In ritual we use things like incense or a wand to represent the element air. We might tend to focus more on this element when cast spells for freedom, seeking something or someone or for travel.

This is why when meditating or doing any type of divination work you’ll notice a lot of people use incense to help them relax and open their minds.

Air Correspondences:

  • Direction - East
  • Gender - Masculine    
  • Colors - Yellow or White
  • Time of Day - Dawn
  • Season - Spring
  • Ritual Tools - Wand or Incenses
  • Herbs - Frankincense, Myrrh, Pansy, Primrose, Vervain, Dill, Lavender and Aspen
  • Animals - Birds, Spider and Raven
  • Metals - Tin and Copper
  • Signs - Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
  • Stones and Jewels - Amethyst, Topaz, Pumice and Alexandrite
  • Goddesses - Cardea, Nuit, Urania, Aradia and Arianrhod
  • Gods - Shu, Kheoheva, Merawrim, Enlil and Thoth
  • Guardian Angel - Raphael

Fire

Fire represents energy, love, passion, inspiration and leadership. In ritual we use incense, candles or ashes to represent the element fire. We might tend to focus more on this element when casting spell for healing or purification.

Like with the element air, we use incense when meditating to symbolize (or help) opening up our minds. We also sometimes use the element fire by lighting candles when meditating to symbolize (or help) healing, or purify the space we are meditating in.

Fire Correspondence:

  • Direction - South
  • Gender - Masculine
  • Colors - Red, Gold, Orange or White
  • Time of Day - Midday
  • Season - Summer
  • Ritual Tools - Athame, Candles, Incense and Anything Burning (like maybe a fire in a fireplace or outside like a bonfire)
  • Herbs (or plants) - Garlic, Cinnamon, Chili Peppers, Walnut, Fig and Coffee
  • Animals - Dragons, Lions, Horses and Snakes (are just a few)
  • Metals - Gold and Brass
  • Signs - Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
  • Stones and Jewels -  Ruby, Fire Opal, Agathe and Volcanic Lava (or rocks)
  • Goddesses - Brigit, Hestia, Pele and Vesta
  • Gods - Agni, Horus, Vulcan and Prometheus
  • Guardian Angel - Michael

Water

Water represents emotions, purification, wisdom, the soul, subconscious, eternal movement, emotional aspects of love and femininity and absorption. In ritual we use bowls of water, a cup or seashells to represent the element water. We might focus more on this element when casting spells for friendship, relationship, happiness and fertility.

Water Correspondence:

  • Direction - West
  • Gender - Feminine
  • Colors - Blue, Turquoise, Gray, Indigo and Black
  • Time of Day - Twilight/Dusk
  • Season - Autumn/Fall
  • Ritual Tools - Bowl of Water, Cup or Seashells
  • Herbs (or plants) - Ferns, Lotus, Mosses, Bushes, Water Lilies and Gardenia
  • Animals - Sea Mammals and Sea Birds (are just a few)
  • Metals - Mercury, Sliver and Copper
  • Signs - Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
  • Stones and Jewels - Aquamarine, Blue Tourmaline, Pearl, Coral and Fluorite (are just a few)
  • Goddesses - Aphrodite, Isis, Marianne, Mari, Tiamat and Yemaha
  • Gods - Dylan, Manannan, Osiris, Ea, Neptune and Poseidon
  • Guardian Angel - Gabriel
The Elements

Earth

Earth is our mother. It’s as fertile and nurturing as farmland; as moist as soil and as dry as sand. In its physical manifestations (such as stones), Earth represents the densest of the elements.

Symbolic associations of Earth

  • Basic Nature: Fertile, moist, nurturing; stabilizing; grounding. Gravity is a manifestation of this element.
  • Type of Energy: Receptive.
  • Color: Green (from the color of living plants).
  • Places: Caves, canyons, chasms, forests, groves, valleys, fields, farms, gardens, arboretums, parks, plant nurseries, farmer’s markets, kitchens, baby nurseries, basements, mines, holes.
  • Rituals: Money, prosperity, fertility, stability, grounding, employment.
  • Ritual Forms: Burying, planting, making images in soil or sand.
  • Herbs: Earth-smelling plants, such as patchouly and vetivert; mosses and lichens; nuts; dry and stiff plants; heavy, low-growing plants; generally roots.
  • Stones: Heavy or opaque, as in coal; green, as in emerald and peridot.
  • Metals: Iron, lead.
  • Musical Instrument: Drum, all percussion instruments.
  • Creatures: Dog, horse, earthworm, gopher, ant, cow, burrowing animals.
  • Season: Winter (the time of darkness).
  • Direction: North (the place of greatest darkness).
  • Time: Night.
  • Magical Tool: Pentacle (a wooden, metal, or clay disc inscribed with a five-pointed star).
  • Point in Life: Advanced age.
  • Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
  • Sense: Touch.
  • Natural Symbols: Salt, clay dish of fresh soil, rocks, sheaves of wheat, acorns.
  • Types of Magic Ruled: Gardening, magnet, image, stone, tree, knot, binding.

Symbols for:

Air

Air is the power of movement; of freshning and of intelligence. It’s the invisible and yet quite real mixture of gases that we breathe in every day. In magical terms, Air is also the power of the mind: the force of intellect.

Symbolic associations of Air

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Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space - Localization Blog #1

Greetings, puny Earthlings!

We’re catching up from E3 this week. Part of that is just taking care of all our equipment and catching up on emails, but the fun part is checking out the new press coverage and following up with all the great fans we got to meet face to face. We all had a wonderful time this year – busy of course, with so many titles, but it was also our first chance to show a lot of what we’ve been working on. (Not everything we’ve been working on, of course, but we’ll talk about that a little later.) We had a total of nine titles on display this year, and while we loved introducing so many fans to our bigger ones like Trails of Cold Steel and Estival Versus, it was also great to see players warm up to the charms of Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space.

We picked up EDF2 together with its PS4 cousin, Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. Both games have the same basic premise, about human military forces fighting against invading aliens and monsters, but while 4.1 has the sleek, modern feel of big-budget Hollywood, 2 hearkens back to the old B-movie days, when movies like Gamera, War of the Colossal Beast, and Them! ruled the Saturday matinee.

As a twenty-year fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and particularly of its old sci-fi movies like The Creeping Terror and Prince of Space, I jumped at the chance to edit a game that captured that same tone; earnest to the point of cheesiness, but still giddy and fun if you let yourself get into it. To bring that vibe across, we wanted to come up with an appropriate title, something that gave the audience just the right kind of wink.

The original official title of the game was Earth Defense Force 2 Portable V2, so to give it a little more kick, we held an office brainstorming session. This quickly descended into all-out chaos, but eventually we cleared away enough of the debris that we can now bring you this, our list of rejected titles for Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space. In no particular order…

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Earth Defense Force 2: Too Big to Fail

Earth Defense Force 2: The Harder They Fall

Earth Defense Force 2: Planet in Peril

Earth Defense Force 2: War of the Humungasaurus

Earth Defense Force 2: They Came From Beyond

Earth Defense Force 2: The Forcening

Earth Defense Force 2: Force Multiplied

Earth Defense Force 2: Unlimited Force Options

Earth Defense Force 2: Shadow of the Colossal Invaders from Outer Space

Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet X

Earth Defense Force 2: Kaiju Chaos

Earth Defense Force 2: In Soviet Russia, Bugs Squash You

Earth Defense Force 2: Revenge of the Space Giants

Earth Defense Force 2: Are You &*#$ing Kidding Me

Earth Defense Force 2: Giants in the Playground

Earth Defense Force 2: Size Matters Not

Earth Defense Force 2: Blast the Aliens

Earth Defense Force 2: Big Ben Boom

Earth Defense Force 2: The Ant Bride

Earth Defense Force 2: Revenge of the Gi-Ants

Earth Defense Force 2: Badass Rumble

Earth Defense Force 2: Defense on Titan

Earth Defense Force 2: London Bridge is Falling Down

Earth Defense Force 2: Thames for the Memories (Note from Nick: “‘cause it’s in LONDON, right?”)

Earth Defense Force 2: Attack of Killer Bugs from Outer Space

Earth Defense Force 2: The Giant Ant Invasion

Earth Defense Force 2: Fire in the Skies

Earth Defense Force 2: Reign of the Insectoids

Earth Defense Force 2: The Last, Best Hope

Earth Defense Force 2: Let Freedom Ring

Earth Defense Force 2: This Time It’s Global

Earth Defense Force 2: Big Aliens…Bigger Guns

Earth Defense Force 2: Mobile Command

Earth Defense Force 2: Nothing Personal

Earth Defense Force 2: Concealed Carry

Earth Defense Force 2: In the 21st Century

Earth Defense Force 2: This Time, It’s Earth-sonal

Earth Defense Force 2: Extinction Event

Earth Defense Force 2: Bug Repellant

Earth Defense Force 2: Doomsday Revenge

Earth Defense Force 2: Alien Scum Eradication

Earth Defense Force 2: They Came Back

Earth Defense Force 2: Alien Raid Revisited

Earth Defense Force 2: It’s Raining Bugs

Earth Defense Force 2: You Eff OH!

Earth Defense Force 2: Bug Report

Earth Defense Force 2: Planet of the Earth

Earth Defense Force 2: Kaiju Rumble

Earth Defense Force 2: Things Explode

Earth Defense Force 2: Kill Everything

Earth Defense Force 2: Bugs Bugs Everywhere

Earth Defense Force 2: London Extermination

Earth Defense Force 2: Attack of the Killer Kaiju

Earth Defense Force 2: Bomb-ass Bugs

Earth Defense Force 2: Radical Extraterrestrial Eradication

Earth Defense Force 2: Sick Space Skirmishes (The note from Kelly on this one says, “This name is my jam, it’s so fly”)

Earth Defense Force 2: Defending the Earth…by Force

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Our thanks to Brittany for coming up with “Invaders from Planet Space” and bringing the madness to an end.

We’re looking to bring both EDF games out in the fall, and we’ll have plenty more to say about them along the way. Until then, then, remember: Your ray guns will have no effect on me!

- Ryan