elemental attraction

Who Do I Attract?

So, I have a lot of these asks in my inbox right now, and it’s not really an ask meme, it’s an entire area of astrology! I figured it’d be easiest to just make a post on what areas and ways you may attract certain signs or placements.

The placements here are likely to draw in people of certain signs or planetary dominants. Usually, it will attract the Suns, Risings and dominants of these signs. 

Below, in no particular order, are areas of your chart that may attract certain people or placements.


Your Moon Element will attract the same element and it’s pairing one. For example, a fire moon will attract fire and air moons. This is because your inner workings and feelings are understood by each other more so than typically incompatible elements, like water and air.

Your Rising Element will also attract the same element and it’s pairing one, but it may attract the Rising or Sun sign. For example, an earth rising will attract earth suns and/or risings. This is because your flow and ego is attractive to those who think and appear like you too, rather than those who are more reserved or wild than yourself.

Your Rising Sign is likely to attract, and in turn be drawn to, it’s sister sign. This can be in Sun, Rising or Dominance. This is because your ascendant is the opposite of your descendant, and this is the type of person we look for and admire. For example, Virgo Risings have Pisces Descendants, so are attracted/attractive to Pisces Suns, Risings and/or Dominance as the two act as a whole.

Stelliums which you may have will attract people of a certain sign. If you have a Stellium in a sign, such as Aries, you will attract Aries. This could be Aries Sun, Rising or Dominant. It may also attract Mars, Fire or 1st house dominance. If you have a Stellium in a house, such as the 3rd house, you will attract Gemini. This could be Gemini Sun, Rising or Dominant. It may also attract Mercury, Air or 3rd house dominance. A list of possible sign and house stelliums and the placements they may attract is below. The people you attract may not be mathematically dominant in these ways, but they may be prominent in their chart, like in their Moon or Mars placements.

  • Aries/1st House Stellium: Aries, Mars, Sun, 1st House, Fire dominance
  • Taurus/2nd House Stellium: Taurus, Venus, Moon, 2nd House, Earth dominance
  • Gemini/3rd House Stellium: Gemini, Mercury, 3rd House, Air dominance
  • Cancer/4th House Stellium: Cancer, Moon, Jupiter, 4th House, Water dominance
  • Leo/5th House Stellium: Leo, Sun, 5th House, Fire dominance
  • Virgo/6th House Stellium: Virgo, Mercury, 6th House, Earth dominance
  • Libra/7th House Stellium: Libra, Venus, 7th House, Air dominance
  • Scorpio/8th House Stellium: Scorpio, Mars, Pluto, 8th House, Water dominance
  • Sagittarius/9th House Stellium: Sagittarius, Jupiter, 9th House, Fire dominance
  • Capricorn/10th House Stellium: Capricorn, Saturn, Mars, 10th House, Earth dominance
  • Aquarius/11th House Stellium: Aquarius, Uranus, Saturn, 11th House, Air dominance
  • Pisces/12th House Stellium: Neptune, Jupiter, Venus, Pisces, 12th House, Water dominance

Your Dominant Sign will also attract certain signs. For example, if you are Aquarius dominant, it is likely you attract air or fire Sun and Risings, as well as fellow air/fire dominants.

Your Dominant Planet will also attract certain signs as it is the energy dominant within you. A list is given below. The sign in capitals is the sign ruled by this planet, so it is the most likely to be drawn to you. The one in normal case is where this planet exalts, so whilst they are drawn to you, it is not as much as the first.

  • Sun dominant: LEO, Aries
  • Moon dominant: CANCER, Taurus
  • Mercury dominant: GEMINI, VIRGO
  • Venus dominant: TAURUS, LIBRA, Pisces
  • Mars dominant: ARIES, SCORPIO, Capricorn
  • Jupiter dominant: SAGITTARIUS, PISCES, Cancer
  • Saturn dominant: CAPRICORN, AQUARIUS, Libra
  • Uranus dominant: AQUARIUS, Scorpio
  • Neptune dominant: PISCES, Leo, Cancer (People debate whether Neptune exalts in Leo or Cancer - to keep peace I have written both)
  • Pluto dominant: SCORPIO, Pisces, Aries (People debate whether Pluto exalts in Pisces or Aries - to keep peace I have written both)

For example, someone with Jupiter dominant is likely to attract Sagittarius dominants. Or, equally, someone with Sagittarius dominant is likely to attract Jupiter dominants.


There are even more areas you could personally look, but referring to this list can give you a good idea. For example, if you have Scorpio Venus and Mars, you can tell from this you’re likely to attract Pluto dominants, Taurus Risings, and/or people with 8th house stelliums.

Your Midheaven can also work here for the first attraction! For example, I was instantly attracted to my boyfriend when I first saw him as he was a mystery to me, and as it turns out his Midheaven is the sister of mine. The basic rule for this first sight attraction would be like this:

  • Opposite signs: Mysterious, wanting to know more, seemingly the same yet different to you
  • Element match: Similar, you feel they are like you in some way
  • Compatible elements: You seem to appreciate them for who they appear to be, but know you are not one in the same
  • Midheaven ruled by same planet: You seem so different, but there is a similar energy within you
  • You can obviously attract and be attracted to any Midheaven, but these matches would stand out for the purposes of this post
which elements your sign attracts

aries: fire, air

taurus: water, earth

gemini: air, fire

cancer: fire, air

leo: air, water

virgo: water, earth

libra: fire, water

scorpio: fire, earth

sagittarius: water, air

capricorn: earth, air

aquarius: air, water

pisces: earth, fire

“I know many people have their critics to Descendants of the Sun (it’s their right). But what I like more about this show is that my mom saw on Netflix and enjoyed, much like my friends are watching Train to Busan and liking the movie. This kind of dramas and movies get to the international public (it’s good for them and for us, now my friends/family don’t see me as the weird that watches Korean dramas and movies, they see as normal).”

Candle Color Correspondences

RED - Energy, health, passion, sex, protection, fire, fertility, fast action, strength, potency, lust, blood. Element: Fire

PINK - Love, friendship, romance, honor, spiritual healing, caring, affection, forming partnerships, peace, emotional healing.

YELLOW - Action, inspiration and creativity, studying and intelligence, concentration, memory, logic, learning, attraction, confidence. Element: Sun/Fire

ORANGE - Happiness, business deals, attracting good things, success, career, goals, stimulation, attraction, power, luck, sudden changes.

GREEN - Plant magic, mother earth, earth worship, money, success, growth, wealth, physical healing, health, marriage, fertility, employment, balance. Element: Earth

BLUE - Peace, calm, loosing weight, wisdom, understanding, protection, harmony, inspiration, truth, patience, health and happiness, luck, communication, loyalty, occult power. Element: Water

DARK BLUE - Represents the subconscious, healing, psychism, slow change. Element: Water

PURPLE - Ancient wisdom, the third eye, psychic powers, meditation, spirituality, success, confidence, hidden knowledge, protection, divination, contact with spirit world, Element: Soul or the Spirit

BROWN - Home, friendships, balance, animal magic, earth magic, concentration and studying, wealth, success, intuition, psychic powers and ESP. Element: Earth

BLACK - Protection, hex-breaking, reversing, banishing, destroying evil or negativity, binding, and repelling. Also used for healing very powerful illnesses.

WHITE - Dawn, purification, peace, truth, protection, spirituality. White can be used in place of any other candle color and is suitable for any ritual. Element: All

MAGENTA - Quick change. Use this candle with other candles to initiate a quick response or fast changes.

INDIGO - Karma, balance, restoration of balance, meditation, stop another person’s spell against you.

GOLD - Sun-Worship, the God, success, wealth, money, masculinity, playfulness, luck, divination, victory.

(By AmberSkyfire)

Well, that was lovely.

I believe the last straight up shounen-ai anime I watched was Gravitation, years and years ago, and that led me to certain expectations re which narrative space the tall, steel-gray older man was going to inhabit, but I think what we can all respect about this show in the end was that while the, y’know, romantic attraction between human beings bit was important, it was nowhere near as important as the ICE SKATING

And in fact, every element of that attraction, problematic or divine - the hesitancy, the difficulties in communication, the rivalry, the jealousy, the misunderstandings, the power imbalance - they all existed as mechanisms by which to enhance the ICE SKATING, explicitly -

Which had the immense, salutary knock-on effect that nobody ended up wanting to control anybody else, or destroy anybody else, or keep anybody else entirely for themselves, on account of the deleterious effect such activity would most likely have on their ICE SKATING

Because while these men may have wanted on a very real level to fuck, marry or kill each other, these feelings were kept in healthy perspective - acknowledged as important, precious, maybe even timeless, but known to be useful primarily in the construction, maintenance and perfection of certain moments, moments written in archimedean parabolae along the four-dimensional coordinate space of art, desire, labor and time, in utter futile and disutile dedication to that endeavor which transcends human purpose and therefore embodies our utmost humanity -

i.e., ice skating.

Ritual To Invite Spirit Contact

This spell is designed to let a specific spirit know that you are open to communication. It includes protective elements to avoid attracting negative entities.

*It is important to research the side effects of herbs before coming into contact with them. One should also keep in mind their personal allergies and medications taken when ingesting herbs. Your safety is more important than an ingredient.*

Ingredients

  • Dried Rose Hip (2 or more)
  • Clove incense
  • Dandelion (one stem and flower)
  • Mint leaf or scent, in any natural form
  • An item that relates to the spirit you wish to contact
  • A Brown or White candle

Directions

  • Light your Clove incense and your candle.
  • Sit with your item in your hand. Rub it clockwise.
  • Picture the spirit as you know it in your mind. Verbalize your openness to receiving communications (if you are unable to verbalize this or do not feel comfortable you can think it instead).
  • Take your rose hip and dandelion. Wrap them together (with string or cloth). Bury them under your doorstep (if you do not have a traditional doorstep you can put it on your porch, hang it in your doorway, or bury it by an entrance).
  • Leave a window or door open (it could be slightly open or fully open) for one hour.
  • Be sure to pay attention to little signs and happenings after performing this ritual and be sure to try and remember your dreams!

This spell is dedicated to my Grandmother, Marie, who I never had the chance to meet during her short time on earth. I hope to see you someday.

“It’s better to be a cute boy than an ugly butch lesbian.”

Six or seven years ago (and longer!) there were huge debates taking place about the term “queer”, what it meant to the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community, whether it should be added onto the acronym and whether people who defined specifically as “queer”, to the exclusion of any of the other letters, should be welcomed into LGBT spaces.

At the time, the term “queer” represented a radical element that was highly attractive. Here were a group of people who seemed to be anti-capitalist, unapologetic, anti-assimilationist, aggressive and non-conformist. And to 20 year-old-me they just looked so bloody cool. I came through school and college having the word lesbian hissed at me, but not really having any other language to describe myself. I argued viciously for the inclusion of the “Q”, and shouted down the concerns raised by older (and sometimes not) members of the LGBT community that the word “queer” for them echoed horrendous experiences of homophobic assault and bullying.

“We’re reclaiming it,” I spat, “and anyway you can still be lesbian, or gay, or bi, and/or trans if you want.”

Fuelled by zeal, well-meaning enthusiasm, a complete lack of understanding of LGBT and women’s history and a massive streak of arrogance, I wrote these concerns off as archaic and narrow minded, and for that, I am truly sorry. 

As time passed, I started to feel ashamed about being a lesbian within the queer community. As one ex said to me “lesbianism is sooooo last century”. I was butch too, a real stereotype. I was ashamed of being a butch lesbian stereotype, and felt that I sucked at being a woman so much, that maybe I couldn’t be one, but the term “genderqueer” left me cold. I also didn’t fancy men, and they didn’t fancy me.

I didn’t realise until much more recently, but what is happening is the sexism and homophobia found in mainstream society is just being re-appropriated and shoved out from the other side under the guise of radical queer politics; women who exclusively date and sleep with other women are being shamed for it by the very community they are supposed to be a part of, in a way that men who exclusively date and sleep with other men are not. Being a lesbian in a society that heaps pressure on women to be with men is and always has been an enormously radical act.

An avalanche of hypocrisy, or was it always there?

In the last couple of years I noticed a big push within the community to educate on trans issues, change the culture around checking which pronouns people use, increase trans visibility and promote more respect and understanding around gender identity, which are all good things in my book. Intentional mispronouning, both in and outside of the LGBT community is a constant micro-aggression. But then something else happened. The same queers who were screaming bloody murder about people not getting their pronouns right, started to use gender neutral pronouns for me without asking. It didn’t feel right. Occasionally someone would ask what pronoun I used, and on hearing me say “she and her” would double take and say “are you sure?”

Why weren’t these queers taking my first answer? They certainly got angry when people questioned using the neutral “they”. It occurred to me that members of the queer community were questioning my right to define as a woman because of my androgynous appearance almost as much as straight homophobes had questioned my validity as a woman for the exact same reason. I felt increasingly pressured to define as something other than “woman”, and that being a woman, particularly without prefixing it with something like “genderqueer” or “genderfluid” or “non-binary”, was increasingly difficult to get people to accept. Was I so bad at being a woman that my own community wouldn’t even believe me? Isn’t it ironic that a supposedly radical community seemed to find the concept of a masculine woman so difficult to swallow?

If our behaviour falls outside of certain prescriptive boundaries laid out by straight people, must we now question our right to be women at all? Why has it become so offensive and revolting to be considered a woman in the queer community? Why don’t people, who experience the world as women, are treated and seen and oppressed as women, want to be women?

It’s because to be a woman in our patriarchal society is to be less. To be a woman is to be in an undesirable position. To abandon the label “woman” is to claw back some individual power, rather than see women as a political class and collective. In short, its because of sexism. An acquaintance said recently:

“It’s better to be a cute boy than an ugly butch woman.”

We need to talk about class, or the lack of talk about class.

I have lost count of the number of times I have heard or heard of some middle class MA Gender/Sexualities/Sociology Studies twerp shaming and condemning some poor gay seventeen year old for not knowing what a demisexual, panromantic, masc of centre genderqueer is. There are large numbers of the queer community who need to face up to the fact that they have a huge amount of social, educational and class privilege, and that some people do not get to read books that introduce them to all these terms. Some people grow up in houses where there are no books, or the only thing they ever read with the terms “lesbian” and “gay” are tabloid newspapers spitting bile. Sometimes people make mistakes, or have limitations of language. And some of us think that the obsessive developing of endless terms is an intentional attempt to stretch the definition of our community so much that the community in fact will not exist.

Butch and femme are terms that were prominently used amongst working class lesbian communities, and were later sneered at and denounced as aping heterosexuality by elements of the separatist feminist movement, who were often middle class and/or had more academic backgrounds. Now we see lesbian women and gay men being sneered at and dismissed as “monosexual” by elements of the community in much the same spirit, “femme” has been appropriated and is frequently used to refer to any feminine presenting queer person and the word butch is still coded as ugly. There are no cafes, bars or clubs that specifically cater to LBTQ women left in London and very few spaces elsewhere.

You have a right to be queer, and others have a right to be lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans.

I have learnt to be unapologetic about being a woman who exclusively has romantic relationships with other women. But it is a shame that I had to learn this twice. There are other people who feel that their identity, although not hetero/cisnormative, is not represented in the L, B, G or T, and they define as queer (or both). That is fine, if that is what they want. What is not fine is the shaming and erasing of lesbians that goes on. What is not fine is to make the identity of “lesbian” synonymous with trans exclusive feminism when it isn’t. What is not fine is the ridicule of butch women that goes on, whilst skinny white masculine of centre genderqueers enjoy pedestal type positions in the queer community. It is not fine to disrespect and enter and disrupt the few women only spaces left when you know you do not experience oppression as a woman. It is not fine to harass the organisers of a women only event because you’re a man* and consider yourself a lesbian and feel you should be welcomed. That’s just complete misogynist douchebaggery.

It is not fine to force people to call themselves queer and erase their gay and lesbian and bi identities in the process. It’s just hypocritical. And its shit politics. Stop it.

I am a butch lesbian woman. And that’s ok.


*I am talking here about douchebag men who exploit nuanced gender politics to harrass lesbians, so don’t bother with the OP is a TERF stuff.

Elements the Rising Signs Attract

Aries: Fire and Water

Taurus: Water and Fire

Gemini: Air and Fire

Cancer: Earth and Water

Leo: Air and Water

Virgo: Earth and Air

Libra: Earth and Water

Scorpio: Fire and Earth

Sagittarius: Air and Fire

Capricorn: Fire and Air

Aquarius: Fire and Earth

Pisces: Air and Earth

mothyseawitchery  asked:

The Hanged Man, The Lovers, Death

The Hanged Man: Which area of witchcraft are you least familiar with?

technology witchcraft! i think it’s hella cool but honestly i fuck up every electronic thing i touch. i cannot keep. for the sake of me being alive, a mobile phone all good longer than two months lol. i can’t even imagine what craft with technology would be like. i’ve never taken interest in it tbh, i see some posts around on tumblr and i think it’s hella cool it just ain’t for me XD

The Lovers: Which sign or signs(zodiac or elements) are you most attracted to?

TAUREANS AND SCORPIOS. I FALL FOR THEM SO EASILY. EVERY TIME IM ATTRACTED TO SOMEBODY AND I ASK THEIR SIGN ITS ALWAYS EITHER TAURUS OR SCORPIO. I AM CURSED . THEY ALL HATE ME LOL 

taurus people are so fukcking soft like i can’t stop drooling over them! they have such pretty hair, such beautiful energetic smiles, such soft skin like omfg how are you real. they all have the face and voice of an angel like hioly fucking hell take me im yours do whatever you want with me

and scorpios are sexy as hell like holy fuck. when they look me in the eyes i can feel galaxies inside of me dying lmfao. they usually have very intense looks, and im a sucker to find out what i don’t know and run after them like a mother fucker! but even though they look that intense, underneath they’re all like soft little kittens!! NOT SCARy AT ALL. I LOVE THEM . LITTLE BABIES <3 

naturally im attracted to fire signs as well, i fall for them in 5 secs but lose interest in 0.3 seconds lol

Death: Do you believe in, or have experience with past lives?

OH BOY. do i believe in them. they were kind of an obsession of mine this summer. i exhausted myself with divination of past lives! i have seen myself in some lives through a mirror scrying spell and one life during a dream. i am certain i have been a viking, i dreamt going into a fight and winning. i was the person that blew the horn before the fight and the dream felt so real. every time i swung the axe i could feel my muscles get more tense and it was really weird. i could feel everything on my own skin. not to mention i had big muscular and hairy arms. im also certain i was a native american. i had a huge native american phase when i was a kid. when i started meditating i would randomly get pictures of me meditating on the back of the neck of an giant native american dude. i also have seen myself as a native american during a scrying spell, i was the same man i had seen myself meditating on in my earlier ages. i have also seen myself as this old man, i think i was a drunk or something in that life in ireland or england based on my looks. very depressive life. i have seen one death of mine, i died of fear, i was an old lady and i witnessed some strange beings. most people on tumblr said they were called ‘the greys’ i think??? not sure, but they had grey skin and pitch black eyes. when i am doing the scrying i can feel what i have felt in that life during the ‘scene’ i am seeing. I HAVE NEVER EVER felt so terrified in this life, never. but what i felt from that lady, wooo. definitely died of fear in that life. i have seen one life from a little baby - i grew up poor, when i was a kid i was always dirty and had raggy clothes but growing up i became more and more beautiful and lady like. i died of old age then and it’s one of my favorite lives, i had reached nirvana before i passed away. seeing into my eyes through that old lady was very beautiful. she seemed like a woman of great wisdom. my facial structure was very similar to the facial structure i have now. aaand there was this one time i fucked up and saw every single one of my corpses and skeletons. i have died at least 20 times because of head injuries lol - this is where i laid back on the past life spells, i needed like 10 mins to calm myself from that trance 

thank you so much for asking! :’) <3

Candle Color Correspondences

RED - Energy, health, passion, sex, protection, fire, fertility, fast action, strength, potency, lust, blood. Element: Fire

PINK - Love, friendship, romance, honor, spiritual healing, caring, affection, forming partnerships, peace, emotional healing.

YELLOW - Action, inspiration and creativity, studying and intelligence, concentration, memory, logic, learning, attraction, confidence. Element: Sun/Fire

ORANGE - Happiness, business deals, attracting good things, success, career, goals, stimulation, attraction, power, luck, sudden changes.

GREEN - Plant magic, mother earth, earth worship, money, success, growth, wealth, physical healing, health, marriage, fertility, employment, balance. Element: Earth

BLUE - Peace, calm, loosing weight, wisdom, understanding, protection, harmony, inspiration, truth, patience, health and happiness, luck, communication, loyalty, occult power. Element: Water

DARK BLUE - Represents the subconscious, healing, psychism, slow change. Element: Water

PURPLE - Ancient wisdom, the third eye, psychic powers, meditation, spirituality, success, confidence, hidden knowledge, protection, divination, contact with spirit world, Element: Soul or the Spirit

BROWN - Home, friendships, balance, animal magic, earth magic, concentration and studying, wealth, success, intuition, psychic powers and ESP. Element: Earth

BLACK - Protection, hex-breaking, reversing, banishing, destroying evil or negativity, binding, and repelling. Also used for healing very powerful illnesses.

WHITE - Dawn, purification, peace, truth, protection, spirituality. White can be used in place of any other candle color and is suitable for any ritual. Element: All

MAGENTA - Quick change. Use this candle with other candles to initiate a quick response or fast changes.

INDIGO - Karma, balance, restoration of balance, meditation, stop another person’s spell against you.

GOLD - Sun Worship, the God, success, wealth, money, masculinity, playfulness, luck, divination, victory.

Three River Episodes that Should’ve Been:

With the first River/Doctor solo episode less than a week away (!!!!) I’ve been thinking back on all the times River could’ve and frankly should’ve had a solo episode before now and it all came out like this.

Planet of the Dead

David Tennant was leaving the role as the Tenth Doctor, finishing off his Who legacy with a handful of Specials sprinkled over 2009 and this was the second one. It would’ve been so ideal for River to have popped up at Easter and fulfilled solo on screen adventure with Ten before he exploded into regeneration-ville. And think about it: the companion we do have is Lady Christina de Souza. She’s a Lady, a thief, she enjoys taking the lead in her scenes with Ten, there’s an element of attraction where she plants one on him, and her Lady to his Lord is played up symbolically because they’re trying to give a sense of her being his equal in the episode. All of those things are what River Song does later and, with more heart, does better. It would’ve been far more rewarding to have River in place of Christina to further flesh out pre-Library!River and the River/Ten (and River/future!Doctors) dynamic. I keep thinking how I can see River pulling off the Cup of Athelstan heist and then getting stuck on San Helios and having her archaeology skills come into play to figure out the mystery of the planet and what happened to it.

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Matt Smith’s second Christmas Special. Eleven just married River Song in the previous season finale and left Amy and Rory believing him dead, without knowing River would pop off after the Byzantium and set them straight. Why the hell is he off running around without his wife and telling Madge Arwell he has no family? He’s got River, who know is the only other person in on their secret! He should’ve been spending this Christmas with her and then, at the end, when he finally comes to his senses and decides to tell Amy and Rory the truth Family Pond the whole gets to have Christmas dinner together because Amy and Rory saved two empty seats.

The Snowmen

Matt Smith’s third Christmas Special, right after the Angel sends Rory back to 1938 New York and Amy elects to go with him, leaving the Doctor devastated. Problem is, River was also devastated, but she stayed strong for him and wanted to help him through the loss of his best friends, even though said friends were also her parents. She even inspires the Afterword, both for Amy and the Doctor’s memory of the last page. Unfortunately, after that moment, she doesn’t make another appearance in TATM. Fine, okay, but then she’s also vanished in “The Snowmen” and the Doctor has retired to a cloud. It’s unclear what happened to River until “The Name of the Doctor,” which seems to imply there’s been a huge time jump and he took her to Darillium and lost her shortly after losing her parents. Very not cool. This episode should have been a transition between the Ponds and Clara, allowing the Doctor and more importantly River to grieve openly, since she didn’t get that at the end of the previous episode and Eleven only realizes at the end that he was being a selfish twit. It could’ve ended with River leaving because she needed her own space and some kind of cheeky clue leading into 7x06, where the Doctor could’ve kicked off the second part of the season by finding the next Clara echo. Much as I love Clara (and “The Snowmen” is, of today, my favorite Christmas episode–though that might change in a week), it was so very unfair to jump right into her storyline like that right after Christmas and write River out without a word or allowing her to properly mourn. River lost her parents, wasn’t even in the last few minutes of TATM, and then was swept under the rug in the very next episode and right up until the end of the season just to get Clara into the mix and that was not right.

And while I’m at it, a handful of instances that weren’t necessarily “River episodes,” but should’ve had River in cameo or at least referenced:

  • The Girl Who Waited: Amy proclaims she hates the Doctor for not coming back for her in time on Apalapucia. This is a woman who has spent decades on her own, the time has allowed her to think of every way the Doctor has let her down, and she is incredibly hardened by that that it takes her own past self to break through. It really does not make sense that Old Amy didn’t bring up Melody/River among her reasons for hating the Doctor.
  • Pond Life: it covers four months in Amy and Rory’s home life and despite the title, still manages to cover more of the Doctor’s perspective than theirs. Why couldn’t River have appeared a couple times, either during the Doctor’s adventures or visiting her parents?
  • Asylum of the Daleks: while Amy’s infertility issues due to Kovarian and Demon’s Run are understandable and, given her characterization, “giving Rory up” was totally in character, River should’ve at least been mentioned because Amy and Rory did have a biological child. She should’ve been brought up and their complex feelings over her kidnapping and their inability to raise her like a normal set of parents should’ve been talked about as a part of Amy’s and Rory’s perspectives on the near-divorce and infertility and where they could go from there once that much needed hashing out occurred.
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: when Nefertit asks Amy if the Doctor has a Queen, Amy should’ve proudly told her that yes he does and that Queen is her very own daughter!
  • The Power of Three: a literal year is spent in Amy and Rory’s life. A year that aliens slowly invaded Earth and the Doctor lived with them. River should’ve popped in for visits (whether via a cameo from Kingston or a body double during montage scenes), sent mail, had a phone call (one-sided or voiceover depending on Kingston’s availability), and definitely showed up for her parents’ big anniversary party!
  • P.S.: this is the most egregious of all by actually replacing the established character of River with the just-made-up character of Anthony, recycling the “grandkid that’s older than you bit is super weird” joke, and not even so much as referencing River let along allowing her to be with Anthony when Rory’s goodbye letter is hand delivered. Giving her grandfather closure should’ve been River’s moment, with her brother at her side as a bonus. How beautiful would that have been?

From these seeds, new touchscreens and solar cells may grow. Duke University chemists are working with copper oxide nanoparticles–each in the pic above is less than a micron wide–to grow copper nanowires. The process could one day allow transparent conductive films made of copper nanowires to supplement or replace the more expensive material now used in touchscreens and photovoltaic solar panels. 

“The fact that Cu [copper] is only 6 percent less conductive than the most conductive element, Ag [silver], and yet is 1,000 times more abundant, makes it a particularly attractive element from which to grow nanowires for a diverse range of applications that require high electrical conductivity,” wrote the authors of study published in the journal Small.

When placed in the right solution, the octahedral cuprous oxide (Cu2O) seeds shown above sprout nanowires within minutes. The Duke team’s work is continuing efforts to control the length of nanowire growth to improve their performance in different applications.

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I enjoy the romance, the poignant element of that attraction to self-destruction and decay, to imperiled beauty. I mean, what could be more fascinating than some pretty young actress with a drug problem on the cover of a magazine? I like it when you cut through the shit and just say what you want.
DAY 3017

Jalsa, Mumbai                July  4/5,  2016               Mon/Tue  12:53 am




At times just the joy of being and doing nothing is the most attractive element of a day .. I am in attraction mode .. been like this since I got up .. helps at times .. I have been helped ..



There is a story behind this picture ..

Shooting for ‘Do Anjane’ in Kolkata a day after the release of ‘Deewar’ .. and the love of the people at its limits .. getting in out of the Grand Hotel was like an armed exercise ..

There was a song to be shot at the Botanical Gardens, which are situated beyond the river Hoogly flowing past the city, and it was felt that instead of going by car and attracting more people, to surreptitiously drive to the banks of the river, get into a steamer and quietly get to the location without anyone knowing .. 

Bad idea ..

They came to know, and were at the banks even before I could come. Seeing me trying to slither away on the boat, they became even smarter .. about 200 of them jumped into the river to follow the steamer .. !!

Botanical Gardens are almost heritage property with  exquisite flora and fauna and that world renowned landmark the ‘banyan tree’ with the vast roots all over.

To secure a safe place to be able to shoot we chose a location within the gardens that was beyond a natural lake - no one could get there, and the police stopped any fans from coming across to us ; the lake being a natural barrier.

Work continued without any problems, except the crowds that had collected across the lake were restless and passionate on a meeting .. the picture you see is me with that 8mm camera, shooting them across the lake ..

There was one very determined fan that kept shouting and screaming for attention, for he said he would not stop unless he got my autograph. Looking at his desperation, I gave an indication to him to come over. But, how was he going to get across to me. He had a solution .. he said he would swim across the lake to me get my autograph and swim back. I agreed. 

So a paper in his hand, a pen in his mouth, the young man jumped into the lake, head above the water and dog paddled his way across, making sure that the properties he was carrying for the signature be not destroyed by the water. He reached me happy, I gave him the autograph, he was delighted and then in his enthusiasm held the properties in his mouth to go back .. AND .. dived headlong into the lake .. destroying the inked signature !!

The picture is a record of that moment ..

At times your enthusiasm does not have a credible explanation. It is an act of immense energy and consequence. Good to be in its possession. Yes the signature was lost .. but who cares .. the act itself creates mention today even after .. what .. 30 years ..!! If he had not dived back into the lake he would have just remained another fan with an autograph .. but now he has a most exciting story to him .. God bless him ..


Love 


Amitabh Bachchan