emotional individual

the signs as I've known them
  • Aries: they love deeply but don't necessarily want to admit it. enjoys scarier/darker stuff. introverted. wannabe rebel. communicating/ conveying feelings isn't very easy for them. passionate. have some kind of edge/darkness to them. ambitious. restless. watch out when they're pissed.
  • Taurus: stubborn. logical and practical. wants to talk about feelings. can be insensitive but loyal. intelligent af. adores music. grammar, punctuation, spelling freaks. for some reason does goofy voices and makes weird noises a lot. lives on the computer. hilariously clever.
  • Gemini: probably won't hesitate to throw someone else under the bus to succeed, but is friendly and nice. soft spoken, quiet. intimidatingly smart. athletic as hell. cute sense of style.
  • Cancer: soft squishy lil lovebugs. when they find their passion they go and do it. will love you forever. struggles with self love/respect. makes very good points in arguments. really likes food. odd obsession with animals.
  • Leo: egotistical and self-glorifying, but owns up to mistakes and apologizes for them. though if they're embarrassed by it they tell you to shut up. likes to be the center of attention. honesty about feelings is not their forte. just wants to be loved. hugs and cuddles are their fave, any kind of touching really. suck at texting. commitment issues.
  • Virgo: pretentious. super smart, probably in a lot of advanced classes. struggles with depression and self-image. looks to make deep connections. insightful. always knows obscure facts. really likes video games. awkward.
  • Libra: super understanding. on your side 100% of the time. amazing listeners. artsy. good with their hands. deep problems at home. gets annoyed pretty easily. puts on a mask a lot. trust issues. creative. rants for hours. twinge of sadness about them. can be really negative. has great hair.
  • Scorpio: kinky. excellent huggers. wants to help but kinda sucks at it. arrogant. great friends. saying "I love you" isn't natural for them. smart. tries. knows they've fucked up but doesn't do much to stop or fix it. a mysterious heaviness to them. abhors ignorance/stupidity. doesn't know how to handle breakups.
  • Sagittarius: boss ass bitch. motivated. intelligent. works hard. very understanding. cares about you. flips out at little things. wants fulfilling relationships. artist. listens well. family issues. not always honest about how they feel. strong. confident. full package.
  • Capricorn: quiet. judgey. soft and gentle huggers. aren't very concerned with relationships. hard to talk to, but want you to talk to them. will probably make it in business. articulate with feelings.
  • Aquarius: kind. hot as hell. craves physical contact. easy to befriend. fun to spend time with. honor roll af. manages emotions healthily. well-rounded individual. points out interesting things. stimulating conversation. there for you.
  • Pisces: innocent and doe-eyed. super cute. in advanced classes, as they should be. empathetic. caring. defensive of their friends. will always love that one person. easy to talk to. fully immerses themselves in their music genre. tries to be threatening but isn't. avoids conflict. bubbly. can miss the point a lot.

Empath: a person with the paranormal ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual when they are within presence.

Clairsentient: is the ability to sense the present, past or future physical and emotional states of other people & objects, without the use of the normal five senses.

Clairvoyant: refers to the ability to gain visual telepathic information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses.

Clairaudient: is the ability to perceive sounds or words from outside sources in the spirit world.

Claircognizance: is the ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge without knowing how or why he or she knew it. The user can gain information about a person, object, place, or event through intrinsic knowledge, as in it just “comes to” the user’s mind.

Remember: Feel, Sense, See, Hear = Knowing

anonymous asked:

Hello! These blogs are so super helpful, and yours is here just in time for me to begin writing my story! So thank you so much for your help in advance. I'm writing a story about a soldier that was captured during war. Part of the story is him struggling to trust his therapist enough to open up about what happened. During this time where he refuses to talk to anyone, how would PTSD affect his everyday actions, his thoughts, etc.? Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend!!!

Hooboy. I’m going to just list several symptoms of PTSD and explain how they would each drain his energy and limit his ability to do things and how to include these in your writing. 

1. Hyper-Arousal

  • Hyper-vigilance: Every little sound and shadow is going to make his brain go into overdrive. It is going to kick his fight-or-flight mode on high and its almost never going to calm down. This is EXTREMELY draining. His brain and body is going to be a coiled spring, ready for danger, at all times. This is physically exhausting and drains spoons incredibly quickly. 
    • Some ways this will change his daily life - he won’t be able to spend as much time in crowds or even just outside his house because there is too much stimulation for him to handle for to long. He probably won’t sleep well because again, all those little noises houses make at night is going to make him panic and lose more spoons - he could combat this by getting a white noise machine. 
  • Emotional Outbursts: Many individuals with PTSD may experience unstable emotional states. 
    • It wouldn’t be odd for him to suddenly feel very angry or irritable with no recognizable reason or target. He may also swing the other way and start crying without any warning. These episodes are extremely draining and there frequency may prevent your character from getting things done. 
  • Lack of Concentration: High levels of distraction, the hyper-vigilance, the adrenaline constantly running through his body is going to make if difficult for your character to concentration for an extended period of time.
    • This lack of concentration may make it difficult for your character to work, attend school, do homework or fill out things like medical forms for doctors appointments. This could lead to him pushing such appointments back because he is unable to prepare for them.

2. Avoidance 

  • Situational Avoidance: Your character is going to try to avoid any situation that might remind him of his trauma.
    • If he was in a tank that was bombed, he may go out of his way to avoid driving. If something happened in a wooded area, he may take a longer route to avoid a similar area because it reminds him of his trauma. This could make your character miss deadlines, appointment times, or cause a significant amount of time to be dedicated to this avoidance which means other things will not get done. 
  • Social Isolation: Another type of avoidance is social avoidance - this means your character may avoid his family and friends, either because he doesn’t have the energy to be social or being around other people cause him to panic. Being forced into these situations would drain his energy very quickly.
    • This may cause him to avoid things like birthday celebrations, holiday parties, any type of gathering. These events are going to be extremely exhausting as your character is already tired and the amount of people and noise are going to exhaust him. 
    • Something else that might influence his social isolation is his PTSD influencing his view of other people - he may begin to mistrust others and feel as if the world is a dangerous place. This mindset is extraordinarily draining and would significantly impact his energy levels. 
  • Triggers: Triggers are sights, sounds, smells, situations, items; pretty much anything that reminds your character of his trauma. 
    • Before he is aware of his triggers, he will most likely stumble upon many of them and suffer from flashbacks or anxiety attacks, which is extremely exhausting.
    • When he knows his triggers, he is going to try his best to avoid them, which may mean changing his routine, getting up earlier to go shopping when it is quieter, not going to fun events like fairs or the movies because he doesn’t want to fun into a trigger. 
    • Triggers are often unavoidable or unexpected, prompting exhausting anxiety attacks or flashbacks multiple times a day, eating up time to get things done and exhausting your character.
      • Consider what his trauma consists of - does it involve guns? If so, it might not be just real guns that can trigger an anxiety attack or flashback. Plastic guns, guns in movies or TV shows, sounds that are similar like a car backfiring or fireworks, the smell of gunpowder, even just something that shoots something, like a Nerf Gun. Think through his potential triggers and then think about all the situations those could be found in - he is going to have to schedule his entire day around avoiding these triggers, especially when he is not actively working with his therapist on his trauma at this point.

3. Flashbacks/Remembering the Trauma

  • Nightmares: When he does fall asleep, he is most likely going to have nightmares. 
    • He may or may not remember the specifics of the nightmare, but he will most likely wake up in a panic, shaking, sweating. It’s going to take him a long time to fall back to sleep, if he even does. If he does fall back to sleep, it may be a very tense sleep, waking up frequently and not allowing his body to relax - this means he is going to wake up in the morning already exhausted, anxious, and running on panic. 
  • Flashbacks: Flashbacks are often one of the stereotypical symptoms of PTSD, however they are extremely common. Flashbacks may happen multiple times a day, at varying severity each time. 
    • One type of flashback is an emotional flashback - these flashbacks only affect the individuals emotional state, not their senses. So if your character is triggered and reminded of his trauma, his emotional state may quickly move to match the emotional state during the trauma - so intense fear, adrenaline, anger, sadness. These intense episodes that may come at anytime, last up to an hour, and are extremely exhausting. 
    • The common type of flashbacks you see in media are sometimes called ‘full flashbacks’ or ‘psychological flashbacks’. This is when the brain believes that it is back during the traumatic event, and the individuals senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste - are going to be taken back to the moment of the trauma. Your character will not be fully in reality at the time and any attempts to touch or otherwise break the individual out of the flashback could result in a negative or fearful reaction. These flashbacks can also last a significant amount of time and be draining. 

Now, you said that this was before your character began working with his therapist, but these symptoms won’t go away suddenly. As your character begins to work through his trauma and develop coping skills, these symptoms may decrease in severity or disappear all together eventually. However, some PTSD sufferers will always have some of these symptoms and have to cope with them. 

I hope this helps!

- Mod Riley

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Romanticism/
Was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical. It was partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. The aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment, and the scientific rationalization of nature. It was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature, but had a major impact on historiography, education, and the natural sciences. It had a significant and complex effect on politics, and while for much of the Romantic period it was associated with liberalism and radicalism, its long-term effect on the growth of nationalism was perhaps more significant.

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Someone recently asked me to compare two Van Gogh pieces - I’ll start a tag for this because I like the idea - here’s the first set: 

Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette, 1886. 
Self-Portrait with Pipe, 1886. 

These two pieces are from what I consider to be Van Gogh’s “first awakening” period. In 1885-1886 he finally released himself from the drab green-grey-brown Dutch palette, and started to branch-out more in to Impressionistic and even what we could consider (at least here) to be Gothic influence. 

This period symbolizes his beginning steps toward becoming the most masterful colorist of all-time, the father of expressionism, and a pioneer for bringing sacrifice, individuality and emotion in to his work. 

Both of these are in fact Self-Portraits, although the first is more of an allusion or a joke of sorts - with this juxtaposition it’s easy to see that Vincent used himself as a model. The smoking in each piece likely serves a dual, and balanced purpose, first, it represents the creative fire within (life), and at the same time, it represents a certain understanding of, and resolve with death. 

Characteristics & Traits of Borderline Personality Disorder

Alienation - The act of cutting off or interfering with an individual’s relationships with others.

“Always” and “Never” Statements - “Always” and “Never” Statements are declarations containing the words “always” or “never”. They are commonly used but rarely true.

Anger - People who suffer from personality disorders often feel a sense of unresolved anger and a heightened or exaggerated perception that they have been wronged, invalidated, neglected or abused.

Baiting - A provocative act used to solicit an angry, aggressive or emotional response from another individual.

Blaming - The practice of identifying a person or people responsible for creating a problem, rather than identifying ways of dealing with the problem.

Bullying - Any systematic action of hurting a person from a position of relative physical, social, economic or emotional strength.

Catastrophizing - The habit of automatically assuming a “worst case scenario” and inappropriately characterizing minor or moderate problems or issues as catastrophic events.

Chaos Manufacture - Unnecessarily creating or maintaining an environment of risk, destruction, confusion or mess.

Cheating - Sharing a romantic or intimate relationship with somebody when you are already committed to a monogamous relationship with someone else.

Circular Conversations - Arguments which go on almost endlessly, repeating the same patterns with no resolution.

Cognitive Dissonance - A psychological term for the discomfort that most people feel when they encounter information which contradicts their existing set of beliefs or values. People who suffer from personality disorders often experience cognitive dissonance when they are confronted with evidence that their actions have hurt others or have contradicted their stated morals.

“Control-Me” Syndrome - This describes a tendency which some people have to foster relationships with people who have a controlling narcissistic, antisocial or “acting-out” nature.

Denial - Believing or imagining that some painful or traumatic circumstance, event or memory does not exist or did not happen.

Dependency - An inappropriate and chronic reliance by an adult individual on another individual for their health, subsistence, decision making or personal and emotional well-being.

Depression - When you feel sadder than you think you should, for longer than you think you should - but still can’t seem to break out of it - that’s depression. People who suffer from personality disorders are often also diagnosed with depression resulting from mistreatment at the hands of others, low self-worth and the results of their own poor choices.

Dissociation - Dissociation is a psychological term used to describe a mental departure from reality.

Domestic Theft - Consuming or taking control of a resource or asset belonging to (or shared with) a family member, partner or spouse without first obtaining their approval.

Emotional Blackmail - A system of threats and punishments used in an attempt to control someone’s behaviors.

Engulfment - An unhealthy and overwhelming level of attention and dependency on another person, which comes from imagining or believing one exists only within the context of that relationship.

Sense of Entitlement - An unrealistic, unmerited or inappropriate expectation of favorable living conditions and favorable treatment at the hands of others.

False Accusations - Patterns of unwarranted or exaggerated criticism directed towards someone else.

Favoritism - Favoritism is the practice of systematically giving positive, preferential treatment to one child, subordinate or associate among a family or group of peers.

Fear of Abandonment - An irrational belief that one is imminent danger of being personally rejected, discarded or replaced.

Harassment - Any sustained or chronic pattern of unwelcome behavior by one individual towards another.

High and Low-Functioning - A High-Functioning Personality-Disordered Individual is one who is able to conceal their dysfunctional behavior in certain public settings and maintain a positive public or professional profile while exposing their negative traits to family members behind closed doors. A Low-Functioning Personality-Disordered Individual is one who is unable to conceal their dysfunctional behavior from public view or maintain a positive public or professional profile.

Hoovers & Hoovering - A Hoover is a metaphor taken from the popular brand of vacuum cleaners, to describe how an abuse victim trying to assert their own rights by leaving or limiting contact in a dysfunctional relationship, gets “sucked back in” when the perpetrator temporarily exhibits improved or desirable behavior.

Hysteria - An inappropriate over-reaction to bad news or disappointments, which diverts attention away from the real problem and towards the person who is having the reaction.

Identity Disturbance - A psychological term used to describe a distorted or inconsistent self-view

Impulsiveness - The tendency to act or speak based on current feelings rather than logical reasoning.

Infantilization - Treating a child as if they are much younger than their actual age.

Invalidation - The creation or promotion of an environment which encourages an individual to believe that their thoughts, beliefs, values or physical presence are inferior, flawed, problematic or worthless.

Lack of Object Constancy - An inability to remember that people or objects are consistent, trustworthy and reliable, especially when they are out of your immediate field of vision.

Learned Helplessness - Learned helplessness is when a person begins to believe that they have no control over a situation, even when they do.

Magical Thinking - Looking for supernatural connections between external events and one’s own thoughts, words and actions.

Moments of Clarity - Spontaneous periods when a person with a Personality Disorder becomes more objective and tries to make amends.

Mood Swings - Unpredictable, rapid, dramatic emotional cycles which cannot be readily explained by changes in external circumstances.

Neglect - A passive form of abuse in which the physical or emotional needs of a dependent are disregarded or ignored by the person responsible for them.

Normalizing - Normalizing is a tactic used to desensitize an individual to abusive, coercive or inappropriate behaviors. In essence, normalizing is the manipulation of another human being to get them to agree to, or accept something that is in conflict with the law, social norms or their own basic code of behavior.

No-Win Scenarios - When you are manipulated into choosing between two bad options

Panic Attacks - Short intense episodes of fear or anxiety, often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as hyperventilating, shaking, sweating and chills.

Parentification - A form of role reversal, in which a child is inappropriately given the role of meeting the emotional or physical needs of the parent or of the family’s other children.

Passive-Aggressive Behavior - Expressing negative feelings in an unassertive, passive way.

Pathological Lying - Persistent deception by an individual to serve their own interests and needs with little or no regard to the needs and concerns of others. A pathological liar is a person who habitually lies to serve their own needs.

Projection - The act of attributing one’s own feelings or traits to another person and imagining or believing that the other person has those same feelings or traits.

Push-Pull - A chronic pattern of sabotaging and re-establishing closeness in a relationship without appropriate cause or reason.

Raging, Violence and Impulsive Aggression - Explosive verbal, physical or emotional elevations of a dispute. Rages threaten the security or safety of another individual and violate their personal boundaries.

Sabotage - The spontaneous disruption of calm or status quo in order to serve a personal interest, provoke a conflict or draw attention.

Scapegoating - Singling out an individual or group for unmerited negative treatment or blame.

Selective Competence - The practice of demonstrating different levels of intelligence or ability depending on the situation or environment.

Selective Memory and Selective Amnesia - The use of memory, or a lack of memory, which is selective to the point of reinforcing a bias, belief or desired outcome.

Self-Harm - Self Harm, also known as self-mutilation, self-injury or self-abuse is any form of deliberate, premeditated injury inflicted on oneself, common among adolescents and among people who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. The most common forms are cutting and poisoning/overdosing.

Self-Loathing - An extreme hatred of one’s own self, actions or one’s ethnic or demographic background.

Self-Victimization - Self-Victimization or “playing the victim” is the act of casting oneself as a victim in order to control others by soliciting a sympathetic response from them or diverting their attention away from abusive behavior.

Shaming - The difference between blaming and shaming is that in blaming someone tells you that you did something bad, in shaming someone tells you that you are something bad.

Situational Ethics - A philosophy which promotes the idea that, when dealing with a crisis, the end justifies the means and that a rigid interpretation of rules and laws can be set aside if a greater good or lesser evil is served by doing so.

Splitting - The practice of regarding people and situations as either completely “good” or completely “bad”.

Thought Policing - A process of interrogation or attempt to control another individual’s thoughts or feelings.

Threats - Inappropriate, intentional warnings of destructive actions or consequences.

Triangulation - Gaining an advantage over perceived rivals by manipulating them into conflicts with each other.

Triggering - Small, insignificant or minor actions, statements or events that produce a dramatic or inappropriate response.

Tunnel Vision - A tendency to focus on a single concern, while neglecting or ignoring other important priorities.

The Fifth House-  The Home of Vitality, Glow and Laughter

The fifth house is the house of creativity, pleasure and joy, and any planets there can indicate your relationship with the themes of this house, especially when it comes to the vitality of life. For many, this house fills their hearts to the brim, an area of pleasure, yet for others, it can bring up questions about the nature of life, happiness and the will to live.

Sun in the fifth house- These individuals seem to adopt creativity as part of their identity, of their outward shining energy. They relish in pleasure and joy, finding the happy experiences of life to be very identity affirming. They may view life in an optimistic manner, where they know the preciousness of the fun and laughter, a sparkle in their eyes. They infuse a piece of themselves in everything.

Moon in the fifth house- With this placement comes a sense of creativity and joy very influenced by the emotional realm, where individuals with the Moon here will find that their tastes and creative outlets will wax and wane like the lunar reflector. When under emotional strain, these individuals will likely go into moments of questioning about life itself, including the strains and joys of living. Their recreation will have a place in their heart.

Mercury in the fifth house- These individuals need a mental rapport and interest when it comes to creativity, including the ability for their minds to spread its wings in this house, to create with individual flare and curiosity. Humour and wit is also likely appreciated and often this can be life affirming for them, pointing them in the direction of light over dark. Fairy tales and stories may particularly resonate with them.

Venus in the fifth house- Here, the fifth house is embraced with the charm and sense of interconnection of Venus, with these individuals often finding the treasures of life through romance and friendship. The best memories are likely made with others, which can influence their thoughts about life itself, including the relationship between loneliness and company. 

Mars in the fifth house- Mars here can infuse this house with activity and a need for outward expression, maybe even bringing these individuals into conflict with strict routine or orders. There needs to be a sense of adventure here, pioneering creativity and physicality These individuals may come into conflict with the nature of life itself at times, maybe finding it often troubling.

Jupiter in the fifth house- These lucky charms are full of expansive expression and optimistic creativity, often finding much spirituality in their freedom for joy and laughter. Jupiter shines in the house, filling it with its luck and personal growth. Individuals with this placement may find much wisdom though the treats of life, the lighter side of the world, filling them with positivity and shine.

Saturn in the fifth house- With this placement comes a lesson about rewards and discipline, where these individuals may have to break through many barriers until they reach joy and full creative expression. They may find themselves turned away from fun and laughter at times, viewing the world as a series of obstacles, relentless sometimes. Yet, they will reap the rewards through questioning and constructive creation. 

Uranus in the fifth house- Individual and eccentric expression is present in this house, where it may appear suddenly, chaotically, almost as a stance on the right to individuality. People with this placement likely have a worldview that goes through frequent and swift changes, often leaving them with a feeling of whiplash. Truths may feel like a bucket of cold water, yet also liberating eventually.

Neptune in the fifth house- These individuals may be called into the metaphysical, new age and spiritual practices as a sense of expression, yet may also go through periods of disillusion and confusion when it comes to the nature of the world they live in. Recreation may become dangerous or addictive, a sense of escapism over simply enhancing their life experience. They may feel like they need to sacrifice their happiness for another’s.

Pluto in the fifth house- Obsessive expression and a painful search for higher meaning in life may be present with this placement, where creativity isn’t only frivolous, but rather the shedding of their ego. Life itself may present as somewhat baffling, burdensome and troubling at times, yet through the other side comes an understanding and wisdom should Pluto’s path be followed. Nihilism may beckon, but transformative creativity pushes back powerfully.

Moon-Pluto aspects

Moon-Pluto Contacts ~ Moon sextile Pluto, Moon trine Pluto, Moon square Pluto, Moon opposite Pluto, Moon conjunct Pluto

People with Moon-Pluto aspects wield powerful emotional waves. The emotional experience is intense and the individual is highly receptive to the physic music that circulates the invisible realm. The individual is responsive to unconscious messages and easily intuits the divine profile of her company. There is a brilliant ability to comprehend the emotions of others and sooth the broken and abused. Pluto’s healing tonic infuses with lunar light beams to soak into the wounds of others and regenerate, renew, cleanse the pain away. The individual may spend plenty of time dwelling in unconscious trances and retreat into solitude when the madness of the world becomes overbearing. There is a tremendous devotion and a high responsibility associated with parenting and guarding the collective. During times of heavy distress the individual could become frantic, compulsive, and pedantic. Unconscious barbs erupt through the emotional expression, and the individual may be steered by unseen complexes more than she realises. There tends to be a high level of emotional intelligence, although the individual is likely private about her own feelings. Habits can be difficult to break and imprinted from childhood conditioning. Maybe she finds it difficult to trust people because she was an early victim of betrayal. What provides her with a tremendous emotional sensitivity also reveals the darkness of the world. She may fear vulnerability and swing between emotional extremes. Moon-Pluto aspects can also generate a tremendous intuition for the unconscious. Carl Jung was born with a third house Moon conjunct Pluto. His writings provide a treasure map of our shadow, unconscious realms, and archetypal stamps of our deepest fibres. This aspect is a force of healing and the will of God expressed through emotional desire, maternal instinct, and healing elixir.

-Cherry

Moon in Air

Originally posted by enmimundoimaginario

Gemini Moon:
Individuals with a moon in Gemini, are the charmers they have a sense of humor and a positive presence around them attracting many. Occasionally, they can be moody and irritable with family and friends as they get annoyed easily and will be quite snappy when that happens. Always curious, Moon Geminis are always talking and asking questions in order to retain new information. They are in need of mental stimulation as they are constantly thinking, and trying new things. Moon Geminis are easily bored, as they like variety and enjoys multitasking and want to do almost everything making them lose their true identity sometimes. These individuals are very versatile, is open to change as they adapt well into new environment. Comfortable talking out their emotions, these individuals are very direct and make it easy for you to understand their perspectives. Their wit and tendency to take emotional topics lightly will cheer up anyone in a matter of seconds.

Libra Moon:
Individuals with a moon in Libra are guided by equality and harmony. Partners who cooperate by giving: partnership, peace and fairness are most suitable for Moon Librans. These individuals want to feel involved and connected at times they are known to depend on friends and family because they need support from others. Known for their passive aggressive charm, Moon Librans are very flirty, charming their way into your heart by tossing a compliment here and there just showing their caring side. Often times, they can be very lawyer-like as they tend to have good reasoning skills and ought to defend you or argue against you. These individuals are always trying to make the best out of life, trying to get closest to their ideal lifestyle which may introduce some in contentment in their lives also they tend to be quite indecisive. However, their harmonious nature gives them the ability to get along with many.

Aquarius Moon:
Individuals with a moon in Aquarius are often intrigued by things happening around them, giving them an observant nature. Detached, when growing up they may feel different as other individuals may not be able to understand them. Even though  they are quite shy, they have the ability to socialize well with others. Emotionally Moon Aquarians are very distant as they are an independent individual they feel less need to get attached to others. Also they have a tendency to hide their emotions. These individuals are always cheerful, and likes to be goofy and weird. Wherever they may go Moon Aquarians will add their own twist into different activities or things they may participate in.

vorpalgirl  asked:

Mod Jess said in the 1st chronological post in the "Dragon Lady" tag: "I think when it comes to Asian ladies, they immediately fall into the Dragon Lady stereotype whenever they get angry, no matter what kind of angry it is." Been pondering that, b/c everywhere else lists it as a specific set of traits derived from racist pulp fiction portrayals (not just "angry"), but that sounds more like "Asian equivalent of Angry Black Woman". Makes me wonder. What're your current thoughts/feelings on this?

Anger in the Dragon Lady vs. Angry Black Woman Stereotype

It’s tempting to make superficial comparisons like this, because hearing about specific emotions that fall into multiple stereotypes leads you to think that the root of stereotyping is tied to individual emotions and how they present. Stereotypes are, instead, meant to reinforce a behaviour or belief set about an ethnicity, and as a result cannot be compared on traits.

As a result, our thoughts are that you’re drawing a false comparison without understanding the history and beliefs behind the stereotypes.

Asian women are taken as submissive, and Dragon Ladies are understated, cool anger… when Angry Black Woman is the polar opposite of this, as being loud, brash, and bold. Whiteness views them as extremely different people, and uses the tools to reinforce completely different behaviour sets.

While some stereotypes do indeed share root similarities— Magical Negro and Magical Native American both fall under “x ethnicity has special powers inherent to being x ethnicity"— most do not. Making comparisons like this without understanding the behaviours that are being perpetuated leads to only revealing more ignorance, instead of making you sound educated.
Stereotypes do not come from “x people express emotions in y way”; stereotypes come from “x people should behave in y way, which influences all emotional expressions allowed and imagined.” Of course stereotypes are going to cover the same emotions, because people only have so many emotions. They just express them in different ways, and different people will have different default sets of behaviour.

What racist stereotypes do is limit the set of default behaviours allowed down to a single note. Angry East Asian women are Dragon Ladies because white people assume all Asian women are submissive and restrained in their behaviour, and that falls in line with the Dragon Lady stereotype— clinically calculated, refined, seductive, and deadly. Angry Black Women are their own stereotype because all Black women are loud and hot-tempered— motivated by exploding at the smallest provocation from a chip on their shoulder.

Most racist stereotypes are reinforcing different sets of behaviour, founded in totally different beliefs from centuries of white people creating certain images for certain ethnicities. Dragon Ladies have their roots in the “dangerous Asian who will seduce then kill you” stereotype, while Angry Black Women come from “slaves complain about everything” stereotype. The two do not mix.

You need to have a much deeper understanding of stereotypes before you go throw around comparisons such as this. It is hurtful to try and flatten individual ethnicities’ experiences with “both of these stereotypes impact the same emotion, therefore you’re similar, right?” It’s the same logic that drives “Japan and China are close enough I can blend the two cultures easily, right?” or “Native Americans are all the same, right?”. Just because we have some tenants of shared oppression and limitations in our expression does not mean our experiences are the same. Individual stereotypes should be taken as individual stereotypes until proven otherwise.

— WWC

(A table of contents will become available at the end of the series. Recent additions can be found in the meantime in either the posts by pear or the relationships tags. This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)

Part Eight: Knowing the Outer Family

Family is typically thought of as being those individuals contained within the nuclear family scope: parents, siblings, and the character. Individuals outside of that core take up the title of extended family. This could include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, n-th-removed individuals, and great- individuals. How well a character may know their extended family will depend on quite a few things, not the least of which is the relationship between the extended family members and the character’s parents, as well as the society’s kinship system and their understanding of what is required of extended family.

Establishing Family Ties Outside the Nuclear Family:

All extended family will have some relationship with the character’s parents, whether it’s direct bloodline such as an aunt who is the sister of a parent, or whether it’s through marriage such as step-grandparents. Despite that there are these ties that connect each of these individuals, your character may or may not have any knowledge of them. What they know of each other, how well they know them, and how well they all get along boils down to having a good grasp on your character’s parents. You must know what kind of people they were and what kind of relationship they fostered between their own siblings and parents in order to best assess how your character relates to their extended family, but you also need to assess how important history–specifically family history–is to each of those people, and to the family as a whole. The more interested someone, or a couple someones, is to remembering that history, the more likely your relatives will be to keep in contact. Of course, it helps as well to consider family values and whether certain individuals have irrevocably broken those values, but that should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Taking my own family as an example again, our ties are very close: My grandfather’s cousins regularly attended family functions such as high school and college graduations and weddings for my sister and I despite my family frequently not living a convenient distance from them. I still consider my deceased step-grandmother’s daughters my aunts, despite not being related at all except for a few years of being married into the family. My mother’s cousin’s children are still points of interest in my life. This expanded knowledge of … let’s be real, pretty much the entire extent of my extended family all boils down to two things: Good and friendly relationships between my parents and their families, and a shared family passion for history and maintained knowledge.

What does this mean for your characters? Well, it means that you can choose all kinds of complex backstories for your characters without having to completely cut out family! You may be able to build relationships within the extended family that are stronger for your character than the relationships built between the nuclear family members, a new take on family for literature that’s not all that uncommon in our own world. You can also choose to introduce conflict to your story based around these extended relationships if there are members the character’s parents didn’t get along with. With large and complex families, there’s even the possibility for both! The current trend for stories is for characters to gain their support systems around and beneath themselves from the individuals they gather along their journeys, but you may find that if they bothered to reach out, there’s a grand opportunity within their own family.

Expectations of the Extended Family:

The relationship between your character and their extended family members is automatically different than the relationship between themselves and their nuclear family solely from the fact that they weren’t raised day-in-and-day-out with each other and the extended family isn’t responsible for the discipline of the character. You have an opportunity to establish relationships with your character from an adult perspective, without the strictness of the parent-child relationship. Where parents are trying their hardest to keep a child safe and make sure they go down a good path in life (whatever that equates to), an aunt, uncle, or even so far as a great-uncle can give advice to a character without as much fear of the backlash that often accompanies a parent’s attempt.

In many kinship systems around the world, aunts and uncles are afforded what’s termed a joking relationship. This type of relationship allows for teasing and mocking–making jokes–with or at the other individual, and is often used to diffuse situations, teach lessons through playing tricks, or as an emotional outlet. Individuals in joking relationships generally don’t take offense at the needling of the other since it’s expected and made in good faith. These types of relationships often help establish trust since the adult family member is free from the responsibility of discipline or judgment. They’re free to sympathize–and can sympathize if it’s an issue arising in the character’s life from their parents, since they also have dealt with many of the same things at various times from the character’s parents. Thinking specifically of aunts and uncles, these were the siblings of your character’s parents, and can probably very easily understand the frustration caused by a pushed button, having pushed it themselves several times. There’s a shared history through the character’s parents between them, and that history can create strong bonds–and usually safe bonds as well. Extended family members generally care in a way that holds both investment–the family line–but also an objective distance–not their nuclear family–that allows them to guide and comfort in a meaningful way.

Something else to keep in mind is the cultural idea of what extended family members are responsible for in their niece/nephew/nibling/etc.’s life. Some systems give the aunts and uncles the spiritual lives of their niblings to look after, while others place birthday celebrations for their niblings solely in the hands of the aunts/uncles/piblings, and out of the parents’ hands entirely. Perhaps that’s why the Strange Uncle who’s always traveling turns up only for birthdays, who knows, but the idea that the responsibilities of family members and extended members don’t have to align with those listed by modern interpretations of kinship is an important factor to consider. How can you use that to your advantage within your story?

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Taurus & The Tattooed Memory 

The Taurus body has its on canvas photography system. Every experience and emotion becomes tattooed across the spirit in the blackest ink. The Taurus body is the temple, the vessel, and home. Experienced trauma and distressed becomes scarred by a paper thin layer. For a Taurus, the pain that occurred years ago feels as fresh as yesterday. Venus is the lover and the ruler of Taurus, so the Taurus heart is fragile as it is enduring. They are capable of forgiveness, but not so capable of forgetting. The body has its own bank of memories it refuses unload. Everything in the Taurus world is conserved, from material to memory. Memories are preserved in vivid detail and replayed on conscious or unconscious demand. 

The Taurus nature is naturally collected. They can certainly master the art of living in the moment and soaking up every pleasure and lining of gold in their environment. They feel every moment course through their body in warm vapour, waterfalls, tremors, chills, and immense physical, sensual, experience. The mind can lose control while the body takes over, recognising scents, touches, gratification, and pain. The individual responds to the environment physically, so the body is an osmotic gateway of experience, retaining anything and everything. 

My sister is a Taurus and I can remember them commenting as a child that she had the ‘memory of an elephant’. This physical attachment can give the individual and opportunity to experience fullness in moments and the ability to replay good memories with delight. It can also generate a literal living hell when unsavoury experiences and memories have not been soothed. The Taurus looks into the past for guidance about the future. A damaged Taurus can surely live in a concrete stream of nostalgic melancholy. The challenge is breaking free from attachment and letting memories live in the past rather than the future. Even the mere aroma, touch, date, fabric, or trigger is enough to startle the heavy wave of synonymous emotion, transporting the individual back to the moment of euphoria or despair. The Taurus cheeks have indents from crying the same tears.

C.

BTS Greek Gods

Zeus - God of the Sky

Symbol: Eagle

Ruler of the Olympian gods. His weapon is a thunderbolt, which he hurls at those who displeased or defied him. Can create all natural phenomena related to the air and the sky, such as storms and intense darkness. At his command, mighty thunders would flash and lightning would roll, wreaking havoc, or the skies would open to rejuvenate the earth with life-giving water.

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basic astrology compatibility :)

best combinations to use

venus-mars: how well the feminine and masculine areas of the individuals complement each other

eros-psyche: another form of how well the feminine and masculine areas of the individuals complement each other

sun-moon: how well one individual’s personality heeds the other individual’s feelings, how well one individual can emotionally fulfill the other individual


okay combinations to use

venus-venus: how well the individuals’ ways of loving line up, how easy it is for one individual to romantically fulfill the other and vice versa

mars-mars: how well the individuals’ sexual needs line up, how easy it is for one individual to sexually fulfill the other and vice versa

eros-eros: another form of how we;; the individuals’ sexual line up, how easy it is for one individual to sexually fulfill the other and vice versa

psyche-psyche: another form of how well the individuals’ ways of loving line up, how easy it is for one individual to romantically fulfill the other and vice versa

sun-sun: how well the two personality’s complement each other

moon-moon: how well the individuals’ emotional needs and ways of expressing feelings complement each other


most to least compatible elements for the elements

(use these for any of the above combinations. the more combinations use/the more in dept you get, the more accurate it will be☺)
[for specific signs rather than general elements, use the internet :)]. 

fire signs: fire, air, earth, water

earth signs: earth, water, fire, air

air signs: air, fire, water, earth

water signs: water, earth, air, fire


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first house: if an individual’s planets fall into the 1st house of another individual, there will likely be some sort of instant attraction 

fifth house: if an individual’s planets fall into the 5th house of another individual, there will likely be romantic and creative fun between these two. long-term relationships are not likely if these placements are strong

seventh house: if an individual’s planets fall into the 7th house of another individual, there will likely be a strong ability for taking care of each other and adapting to one another. long-term relationships are very likely if these placements are strong.

Moon in Pisces - Moon Mermaid 

At the nocturnal lunar lagoon the Moon in Pisces bathes in a sea of emotion. Neptune nectar induces the dream that dreams a dream. The individual is a frequent visitor to states of fantasy. Emotions trigger the individual’s powerful sensitivity and generosity. It can be difficult for the individual to switch off feelings once the waterfall begins flowing. Interactions can be enchanting, a sort of indigo myst illuminates against certain moon shadows. There is a celestial coolness, but a reactive nature that can be worrisome and fretting. The individual can be a true escapist and ride the dream cruise into fantasy netherworlds whenever reality becomes to harsh. Or the person can be pedantic with earthly responsibilities, keeping lists and maintaining order because the ground always seems to be slipping beneath them. Pisces is a dual sign so its common for the individual to be both. Nonsensical in their striving for common sense. 

Emotions can be the colour that the Lunar Pisces uses for striking creativity. Indulging in the arts serves as a tremendous emotional coolant, like listening to their favourite song or reading their favourite passages sinks straight into the spirit and soothes the soul. The individual is inspired by art, so they can be a fascinating creator themselves, tapping into the well of human emotion, and conveying depression, euphoria, fear, and emptiness with striking artistry, and these are emotions the individual is quite familiar with. Moon in Pisces people have little to no resistance against environmental influences, material and psychic. Carl Jung suggests the divinity that binds us all together is the unconscious that we all share., he refers to this the ‘collective unconscious’. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and represents fragments of the 11 signs before them. Every emotional experience is activated through the Lunar Pisces, so they can ride the carousel of emotional highs and lows with each day. The individual could wake up in a panic, settle into calmness, daydream into lethargy, awake into frustration, and fall asleep with content. And these emotional states can change from day to day, making it difficult for the individual to make and maintain plans. 

The Moon in Pisces person represents emotional salvation. Their emotional nature is analgesic and healing. The individual is receptive to the agony of people, and therefore needs to heal so their own howls can be silenced. It’s difficult to know where their own feelings stop and other people’s begin. This acute receptivity demands frequent solitude, so its common for the individual to withdraw completely for regeneration. People’s emotions can become so static and exhausting. They are faithful people who emanate warmth, relaxing solicitude, and empathy. The individual is capable of mastering the emotional realm and developing profound wisdom. This endless stream of emotion can also trigger self destruction, especially in terms of relationships and dependency. Fears of abandonment, insufficiency, or the constant lost feeling that hovers can cause the individual to cling onto people, places, and harmful rituals. The individual may find it difficult to understand or appropriately express emotion so these powerful feelings can be internalized. Dark, sick, or addicted people can be drawn to the healing Moon in Pisces lamp, so they can be victim to psychic vampires who deplete their spiritual and emotional energies. Lunar Pisces spend their lives wandering, trying to find a sense of fulfilment, a substance for the empty space within them, a home for the lost traveler from the sea, a person that will give substance to a moon hidden by mist. And yet, they are already complete, overflowing, too full for the conscious mind to comprehend, floating like a starfish in the dream sea, singing the zodiac to sleep.

-C.

when the 12th house is not so good ; our tough karmic lessons

the only interpretation that led me to really understand the twelfth house was through alyssa sharpe. i love poetic description about the 12th house and i think that it’s fairly fitting for what it encompasses and symbolizes, but it never hits me in a way that causes me to really feel it. what i interpreted of her video on the twelfth house is that it is a house of self-sabotage, where we feel compelled to restrict ourselves, and where we feel viscerally wronged in our lives and personality (whether this belief is valid or not- and plenty often, it is not). this is a house that is draped in neptune flow, so whatever we find in this house is adorned with delusion and false expectation. we do not feel the reality of what is in the twelfth house and it is something we must teach ourselves throughout our whole life. we must undo the disillusionment we have given ourselves with planets in this house and & understand how to cut through its cunning escapism to look at things how they really are.

sun in the 12th house: self-sabotage in the ego. individuals with this placement often feel like their ‘true’ self was never allowed to shine in childhood or adolescence, and as a result these are very fragile & introspective people. others might feel like they are walking on eggshells around these people because oftentimes this placement indicates an easily wounded individual. every word that is not positive is felt as an attack to this person. the lesson with the sun in twelfth house is to assert their personality, and learn criticism is necessary for growth and not an attack on the individual.

moon in the 12th house: the thoughts and emotions of the individual feel invalid in this house, and through feelings of perhaps desperation or a demand to feel rational, in-control, or on the other extreme of the spectrum, just noticed, this placement can indicate either extreme coping/burying mechanisms of the emotions, or bursts of energy and rage and instability in an effort to be seen. balance is needed in this house, and a support system of people who will assure them of the validity of their feelings and help them express them in healthy ways. a danger of this house might be self-medicating, and this must be worked on as well.

mercury in the 12th house: it is not uncommon for those with mercury in twelfth not to trust their instincts, for they are not confident enough in their mental capabilities to steer them correctly. they may look to others for guidance and acceptance, validating what they have to say. similar to a retrograde mercury, this is a placement that causes the native to over-critically examine each word to come out of their mouth, so much so that they may not say hardly a thing. on the other hand, they may feel compelled to say too much in search of anyone to listen and pay attention to their words. the mind may be clouded by nothing but their own doubt, and through learning to value one’s thoughts does the mind begin to achieve clarity.

venus in the 12th house: the romantic endeavors in the life of this person feels invisible or vastly under-appreciated. this may also hold true for someone with taurus or libra on the twelfth house cusp. these people can often feel victimized in relationships or they attract people who feel they need to be ‘saved’. on the flip side, they might feel like they need to be saved. the potential to lose yourself in a partner is high here, and one might need to learn more about themselves, their tastes, and what they need from a partner through relationships. one must learn to assert themselves in their romance + creative life, and also to avoid relationships where there is an imbalance of power or support.

mars in the 12th house: cyclical events of repressing one’s anger and, after torturing oneself for too long, explodes in a mess of outward and inward verbal destruction. insecurity in themselves is common, as they feel they cannot assert themselves; they may allow people to walk all over them for fear of standing up for themselves. but again, when they have reached their breaking point, they can truly explode with every word they have wanted to say for months, cutting deep both within the native themself and to the person at which it is directed. since this is a particularly extreme planet placement for the twelfth house, the journey to understanding yourself and finding out how to stand on your own feet must be a gentle, forgiving process to achieve balance between buried and volcanic emotions.

jupiter in the 12th house: this is thought of by many (including myself) as a ‘guardian angel’ placement. some idealize this placement; to me, it is ironic that such is the case because blind optimism can be a trait of this placement. not in a traditional sense, but rather of one failing to set in place a set of checks and balances for jupiter’s unyielding desire to expand and declare philosophy. as such, those with this placement may feel rather attacked when suggested to view the world with a more critical eye. as stated above, wrapping neptune delusion around jupiter viewpoint can cause some harsh extremes when viewing others’ morals and decisions, so a lesson here would be to double-check yourself. open your mind and allow yourself to be more willing to hear other viewpoints, and be open to thinking you might even be wrong about some things.

saturn in the 12th house: can indicate an individual who simply cannot ask for help. in times of hardships or situations where one is burdened with responsibility, the native may evade from these troubles and instead isolate themselves. it may be difficult for this individual to really get in touch with themself in introspective or spiritual senses. in an attempt to have control over their emotions, they may get easily overwhelmed. in a broad, general sense, saturn in twelfth house can indicate persistent feelings of guilt without being able to articulate or solve it. opening up is a necessity with this house, to accept responsibility in order to deal with life healthily, to be honest and objective with the self, and to challenge the harsh standards one may have put on themself.

uranus in the 12th house: the genius and innovation of uranus, in this house, does not reveal itself except for in times of deep introspection and staggering personal overhaul. i saw the phrase ‘the closet rebel’ tacked to this placement, and it is valid. these individuals want to be extraordinary, but an internal (sometimes external) force makes them feel as though their gifts are sabotaged. the need to be great is shoved deep inside, often due to feeling that their individuality and ideas do not deserve to be brought to light. an embrace of their own unique strangeness is needed to learn from this house in order to realize the true potential of their ideas.

neptune in the 12th house: an atlas complex is found with neptune in the twelfth house. this individual feels so compelled to help everyone around them, they can be delusional of how much energy they can afford to bleed out. as a result, there are potentially persisting feelings of guilt or a loss of identity. spreading oneself too thin is a common potential for those with this placement, and as a result they may self-medicate through escapism or self-destructive acts to deal with the confusion, emptiness, or guilt they may feel. one most view the subconscious objectively, if only to understand their limits.

pluto in the 12th house: highly resistant to transformation. heavy changes in the life of this person are met with hesitance and fear as opposed to a healthy understanding. this individual may even exacerbate their problems or resist growth with unhealthy coping mechanisms; the reality of change means harsh introspection and uncovering harsh truths about the self, and they don’t want this! those with this placement need to learn to bite the bullet and discover the things in their life that are hindering their growth and deal with it healthily in order to move forward.

sillyfudgemonkeys  asked:

Hey neni, I remembered you made a picture guide to the different planes in Persona (like the Dark Hour and TV world and Velvet Room etc). I can't seem to find the post tho. ;w; Could you link me to it? (and btw where would you put the Palace and Mementos on said plane?) THan you!

While I still have that graphic, I don’t entirely agree with how I drew it back then anymore, and feel a new version is in order! Here I go:

For everyone who doesn’t understand what this is, this is an updated version of the diagram I posted back in THIS POST. (Link)

It’s supposed to be a rough approximation of how the unconscious world in the Persona Series are structured, and how “deep in” all the sections we’ve seen of it so far I believe to be, based on educated guesses. 

A reminder; The P3 Club Book, which contains some information from the series bible, states that all deities are actually archetypes born from collective human thought and emotion as a means to keep the Collective Unconscious stable (tho they often lose that balance as of late), while Shadows are born of individual, personal emotions. This is why I have the entities closer to the surface mainly labeled as Shadows and the entities closer to the center mainly labeled as deities. 

However, considering that the Persona Universe is based on Jungian ideas and Jung proposed that the complexes of the human soul usually “channel” archetypes, connecting to them, it makes perfect sense that the Shadows in P5 look and act like demons and deities; the distortion of the Palaces and Mementos puts them under the influence of their archetype, and they thus act it out 100%, being avatars of the deities they are “assigned” to.

Anyway, as you can see, I peg Mementos as fairly extensive, spanning multiple layers of the unconscious realms, but not going quite to the core. The reason I think this is spoilery, so follow me under the cut

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