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Aegis (In This World or Any Other), Chapter 4 | Reylo fanfic

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Rey makes her first foray into Ren’s realm. This should be interesting. ;) 

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The mouth of the cave she stares into is like nothing Rey’s ever seen in her life. Plush, green grasses roll ahead of her in a soft blanket as she takes one step in and blinks. A look behind her shows her that, yes, the Sun God’s temple is still behind her, the walls back-lit by a dozen pyres, the sounds of celebration now a hum to her ears. Rey looks once again at the cave, standing at its mouth. Either she’s hallucinating all this — did she drink too much wine before the ceremony? Inhale too much pyre smoke? — or she’s fallen asleep at her post and the High Priestess will wake her up at any moment now, yelling. It’s not like it hadn’t happened before. She’d fallen asleep standing plenty of times as a child. Rey can’t imagine how this place has come to exist, otherwise.



Author’s Note: This update has so much art embedded in it I ain’t even bothering with a gif here. Another HUGE thanks to @a1army for the stunning temple and throne room art, and to @darth-ej for being the best beta in the world and hilarious commentary in her notes to me <3 I hope you all enjoy the chapter! 

And a Happy 4th to all my US followers <3 

Pisces Risings 🌥

Those born with Pisces ascending on the horizon at the moment of birth had their identity blessed by Neptune’s glittering vapours, creating a sensitive manner of projection of the self.

Pisces Rising people present themselves much like dissolving clouds in the air. For the most part, they don’t like being identified, defined or limited by other people’s impressions and opinions. Where Aquarius Risings were instinctually trying to make sure they were perceived as exotic, witty and different from everyone else, Pisces Risings act as if to make it impossible for others to tell exactly what they’re all about. Like a cloud, they seem to have no clear limits and no physical form. This may be because Pisces Risings instinctually value sensitivity and compassion above everything else. And, in this context, to describe is also to draw limits, and to draw limits is to discriminate. When they make it impossible for people to define them, Pisces Risings teach others the value of sensitivity and of the essence, the true self, insivible for most, instead of the value of the physical body’s characteristics.

Automatically, those with Pisces on the Ascendant approach projects and changes with a rather confused attitude. Despite knowing what they truly want and desire in this world, Pisces Risings may find difficult to actually make their way and to be assertive. They pass in their lives as if they’re being carried by gentle waves of the sea, which rise and fall at wind’s will. It is important to pay subtle attention to one’s intuition and feelings, observing the world through a sensitive but courageous perspective. There may also be difficulties when dealing with more “real” and tangible aspects of life. The world may seem too harsh for Pisces Risings, maybe to the point when they recur to drugs or alcohol to dissolve the world’s defined traces and pointy ends.

Where Virgo Risings serve other people through material work, Pisces Risings, their opposite, will try to help others through their ability to be loving and understanding. They’re constantly dealing with other people’s souls and feelings.

Neptune/6th house: a peaceful monk meditates quietly by a lake where many fishes swirl. One’s daily habits are embedded in spirituality and arts. This is someone able to deal swiftly with both material and spiritual aspects of the human experience on Earth. Through one’s sensitivity, one’s able to discriminate and analyze material matters.

Neptune/7th house: an ancient royal palace is now flooded by the waters of a nearby lake; many people come to see what has become of it. Great interest for how people work in the social realm. One’s able to observe and feel people all around, understanding their minds and the ties people create between themselves. This is someone who’s peaceful and is always looking for sincere partnerships. Looks can be deceiving…

Neptune/8th house: from a bridge, a traveler looks down at a beautiful black lake; it seems infinitely deep and cold. Observant and critical, this is someone who goes deep in other people’s feelings and, after finding them, weighs them with their Libra scales. One projects themselves as very private and very intense, maybe hiding their massive sensitivity?… Despite the cold looks, one’s able to instinctually find people who are going through emotional hardships, with whom this Neptune has the ultimate opportunity to show his otherwordly understanding and compassion.

Neptune/9th house: behind falling strings of shimmering silver, a gigantic waterfall hides an old temple of a forgotten civilization. Curiosity and interest regarding the world’s secrets and hidden meanings. This is someone who’s very good at revealing humanity’s darker side and, at the same time, showing people all things can be transformed into something better, stronger.

Neptune/10th house: a famous military fortress, built in the middle of the sea, is crushed mercilessly by its singing waves; in a few minutes, it’s as if it had never existed. Sensitivity and focus are combined here to dissolve existing social structures. One will feel the need to humanize cruel systems in the world and will feel the need to be valued for it.

Neptune/11th house: a colossal tidal wave rises suddenly in the horizon, destroying everything in its path; after many years, societies have rebuilt themselves for the better. One’s able to slowly charm other people with their shining and sensitive ideas in order to change people’s perspectives. Beautiful revolutions and questionings regarding social structures and policies.



Thank you for reading~

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BOOK OF THE DAY:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“‘The Goldfinch’ is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.” –Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

We seldom make grand romantic gestures or definitive statements, but Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch restored our faith in literature. With an outstanding 784 pages, every turn is extraordinarily beautiful, haunting and restless, making it one of the first instant classics of the 21st century. When an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum kills fifteen-year-old Theo Decker’s mother, Theo steals a famous painting (The Goldfinch, Carel Fabritius) his mother deeply loved to keep safe from harm. Abandoned by his father, he is adopted by the family of a wealthy friend. Entering a new world on Park Avenue, Theo unbearably misses his mother and seeks solace in the painting, which eventually leads him into the secret world of the black market for art.

From adolescence to adulthood, Theo agonizes over the painting. Anxious about what punishment he may face or how to return it, he becomes engrossed in a complicated scam. Extremely rich and detailed-oriented, we are enamored with Tartt’s prose. Dark, sharp, intelligent and beautifully written, The Goldfinchis a declaration of love for art embedded in the commodity of fiction. Philosophy, art history and criticism, culture and literature, from Proust to Dostoyevsky are covered.

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only — if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things — beautiful things — that they connect you to some larger beauty?”

Although a modern novel, its Dickensian themes of kindness and class, it becomes evident that Tartt has concocted a rarity in literature by fusing the classic approach with a modern existential condition. The power of art and its effect reign heavily. But, Tartt explores every aspect that makes us human, from aging, beauty, the difficulty in letting go, and remaining incredibly flawed. This is not an exaggeration, The Goldfinch is a rarity in contemporary literature. It caters to a highly intellectual and cultured reader. It demands to be consumed intellectually, emotionally, and philosophically. It is simply brilliant.

Read excerpts from the book here!

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Something Wicked - Cryo_Bucky - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: N/A
Relationships: James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James “Bucky” Barnes, Sarah Rogers, Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, witch steve, Ghost Bucky, Pre-Serum Steve Rogers, character death (outside of story), since bucky is a ghost, unprecedented levels of sass, Magic Circles, witch hats from ebay, Dark Humor, Meet-Ugly, Schmoop, buck’s terrible jokes, Redwing the dog, Sam and Nat are good bros, handwavey magic, embedded art
Summary: Steve finds an old spell book with the power to summon the dead. He casts the spell hoping to meet the father he never knew, but some wires get crossed and he ends up summoning this cutie named Bucky …and then somehow the same thing happens the next night… and the night after that. He definitely doesn’t have a crush on the dead guy.

Summary and embedded art from Hopelessgeek! ( @hopelessartgeek )

If you embed images on AO3, you might have noticed that wide images like covers extend past the screen width on smaller mobile devices. To view the whole image, a reader has to scroll to the right.

There’s an easy fix for this. Go to Skins –> My Work Skins –> Create Work Skin (or edit your existing skin). Enter the following:

#workskin img {
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This sets your image’s maximum possible width as the width of the element that contains it. So if the image is 800px wide, but its parent is just 600px wide, the image will adjust to fit. Setting the height to adjust automatically ensures the image ratio is maintained. 

Bulk-apply the work skin or just edit the fics with embedded art. If you need help with this, let me know!

ETA: I edited the explanation for why this works so it was more precise, but I wanted to say you can also use this technique on your tumblr theme, if you have elements that extend past their parents. You might have to play around to get it working. Feel free to message me if you get stuck.

anonymous asked:

Hello, this wasn't on your Magic AU list so I thought I'd recommend it. It's an urban fantasy AU by Kevystel called ascent - I think it's quite popular so its likely that most have already read it. But it wasn't on the list so I thought I'd let you know anyway. Regardless, it is a very, very good fic with stunning descriptions and worldbuilding. The description of Minako's Swan Lake Pas de Deux is my favourite. Plus it has embedded animated art, which is stunning as well! Great work on the blog!

I’ll check it out!! Sounds AWESOME!

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Surprise – I joined the Team Free Will Big Bang at @tfwbigbang ! These are the illustrations I made to go with @lasafara ‘s adorable fluffy de-aged Team Free Will fic Mommy’s Little Hunter Assets, which you can check out right here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/12095748 . I illustrated specific scenes, so watch for my art embedded in the story where the scenes are.

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I keep watching this and I can’t get my head around it. They captured his movement and style so well and yet the viewcount on this is so low. Go watch Shawols!! ^^

Bring Up the Deep

Bring Up the Deep by beenghosting
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 22,700
Summary: They went back and forth on whether or not to make the drive until Sam found an article in the town’s local paper dated a week earlier about a lobster fisherman who swore a monster sank his boat.


Nothing beats a good case fic with Dean, Sam and Cas working together to solve a mystery. Well, adding an eldritch horror vibe on top of a fishy murder case makes it even better. And definitely, the fact that Dean and Cas are already together and being protective of each other while sneaking behind Sam’s back is just the cherry on the top, caviar if you will. Sorry, my sea creature analogies got out of hand! All I’ll say is that this atmospheric piece of fiction flawlessly captures the subdued horror that has settled over a fog soaked town on a Maine beach. It has a very unexpected resolution, which shouldn’t be surprising if you’re familiar with other stories from this author. 
Note: Be sure to check out the lovely art embedded in the fic. If you just use an eReader, you might miss them!


Fanworks inspired by this fanfic at destielfanworks (other fanworks by title)

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Old animation. Just checking how embedding works.

anonymous asked:

Why are so many glitch artists into the occult?

I think because glitch art is in many ways a postmodern movement that illustrates the supernatural, the “unreality,” things like hauntology and the human psyche even if reflected through a digital medium. Humans look for patterns and meaning wherever we can, it makes sense that in the information age, we still try and do this even with things like computers and their literal glitches (e.g. perhaps you’ve once noticed a glitch happen in conjunction to something in a manner that screamed synchronicity to you). Additionally, because the digital revolution lacks spirituality in and of itself, it’s up to us to find our own truths and interpretations and share them to keep growing and learning.

Everyone has their own reason for applying any sort of philosophical or religious or spiritual aspects to their art. Some may just do it for the shock factor, others may have magick embedded into their art as a means of focusing intent/manifestation. Some may be attempting to develop their own magical workings. Glitch art is in a sense, a form of chaos magick in and of itself, whether consciously or not, at least in my opinion. Vaporwave aesthetics and obviously witch house among other slightly similar movements can be too.

The occult occupies a great deal of space in a lot of art movements, particularly surrealism – glitch art is one of the most new and recent surreal art movements (a new incarnation of dada, fluxus, futurism, etc) and so it follows that there is much fascination with occultism as a means of artistic and spritual exploration.