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
Xing, the five Chinese elements seem to be the basis for the elements of the
Voltron Lions, just that the element of Metal is replaced by sky for the black lion. There is a
diagram which shows the relations of these elements and while all elements
interact with each other in one way or another I found something interesting
when looking at the cycle of “overcoming”.
Here each element is connected to
two out of the 4 others and these connections happen to be the relationships
between the paladins which have been developed the most during the first
seasons of the series:
overcomes Wood and is overcome by Fire: Shiro
comforts Pidge and connects with her over knowing her secret first. Shiro is
saved by Keith (as many times as it takes).
overcomes Metal and is overcome by Water: Aside from
his strong connection to Shiro Keith starts a weird rivalry/friendship/bond
(call it what you want) with Lance.
overcomes Fire and is overcome by Earth: Aside from
his weird bond with Keith, Lance and Hunk seem to be friends since childhood.
overcomes Water and is overcome by Wood: In addition
to his friendship with Lance, Hunk forms a deep friendship with Pidge who
encourages him to show his smart side.
Earth and is overcome by Metal: Coming full
circle Pidge is comforted by Shiro and becomes friends with Hunk.
interesting, isn’t it? And I don’t think this is a coincidence really. If you
have 5 main characters that means 15 relationships to explore. This is just too
much for a show with 78 episodes of about 20 minutes. And this does not even
include other characters (most importantly Allura and Coran).
Allura in all this? This is a very valid question to be honest. While Coran had
interactions and bonding with all paladins Allura has been rather distant so
far. Even though she pilots the blue lions which represents water from season 3
Lance remains in the blue armor and Allura wears pink. Also, she is an element
of her own possessing pink(!) magical powers. Allura is literally the 6th
element of quintessence, which exists in a lot of fantasy and sci-fi.
in Japanese Godai (five elements) quintessence and sky are the same thing,
putting Allura and Shiro in the same position (Black Paladin Allura
Allura in the cycle of overcoming we see her connect with Keith somewhat but not much with Pidge, aside from a failed attempt in the
another cycle, the “cycle of generating” with five more connections including
two elements each:
be an indication for future interactions on the show? I am not sure. They are
basically all the missing connections from the first cycle. And while we have
seen Hunk interact with Keith and Lance interact with Allura there is not much
hinting at these pairings. So maybe there is something coming up… I don’t know.
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 mù) Fire (火 huǒ) Earth (土 tǔ) 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.
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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…
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
Earth Defense Force 2: Shadow of the Colossal Invaders from
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
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