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At a certain point, you have to recognize that the laser targeted harms towards disabled people aren’t a fucking coincidence.

When open eugenicists propose policies guaranteed to kill millions of disabled people if enacted, why are people still pretending that effect is unintentional?

anonymous asked:

Victims can become abusers later on in their lives. The relationship between the Eldians and Marleyans reflects that. Marleyans were victims that gained power to cast down their Eldian abusers. Then they used that same power to enact vengeance on the Eldians. They made them hurt and suffer as they did because for the Marleyans, it is justice. They couldn't comprehend that they're not victims anymore and had transformed into abusers themselves.

I’ve had the abuse analogy stuck in my head since Historia threw her dad.

I’ve seen people say what she did might eventually be recontextualized as wrong and always disliked that possibility. At the very least the part where people say we’re supposed to see her throwing her dad as bad and listening to him would’ve been right.

Why? Rod is showing commonly known abuser behaviour and Historia believing him is equally common behaviour of abuse victims. People cling to their family out of instinct and out of a desire for emotional safety and support and as a result often stick to their family even through heavy abuse, emotional and physical. In Historia’s case it was physical on her mother’s part and emotional on her father’s part, both which traumatized her heavily. Frieda’s teachings meant no harm, but regardless affected her negatively.

Usually to heal, the person suffering in a abusive relationship has to be separated from the abuser. They have to learn what a normal relationship is actually like to be able to escape the abusive one. Ymir’s and Historia’s relationship isn’t perfect, but it’s much more healthier than her relationship (or lack of relationship) with her mother and father. Her relationship with the 104th in general, ranging from Eren to everyone else is miles healthier and allowed her resolve to let her abusive relationship with her father go to happen.

Her behaviour should be in particular thematically right. I don’t want the story ever saying escaping an unhealthy relationship is wrong.

All the Marleyan Eldians are essentially abuse victims. Out of the adults, Karina is a good example. The brainwashing creates a sort of Stockholm syndrome where the people cling to the Marleyan system as a strange source of comfort and hope that their lives will be better eventually. Karina does so by putting Reiner through misery while thinking it’s an honour. She deserves to see beyond the system and heal, I think. Many people hate her character, I think, but I wish for her to realize she’s been hurting Reiner and become a better mother for the remainder of Reiner’s short life.

But this is AoT, so sad tragedy is more likely.

Thank you for the ask!

anonymous asked:

I'm so torn between wanting to see Aly back in the sport, kicking ass as a big f you to USAG (and doing a piked patterson) sand wanting her to move forward with her life and find success (which she undoubtedly will) in other avenues. :-/

Yeah, honestly it’s hard for me to really want her back in gymnastics now. Her voice is so strong and powerful that I feel like if she continues speaking out that she’s really capable of helping enact change. What she’s already accomplished as a gymnast was amazing, but it’s hardly a drop in the ocean of what she could do. 

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Arrow's Echo Kellum: Can a 'Fractured' Team Stop Cayden James' Grand Plan?
When Arrow resumes Season 6 this Thursday (The CW, 9/8c), the team is still quite splintered in the wake of Curtis, Rene and Dinah realizing that OTA had been spying on them...
By Matt Webb Mitovich

…in the name of identifying the FBI’s snitch.

That bunker bust-up was masterfully orchestrated by Cayden James, as he, Black Siren, Anatoly Knyazev and Vince Sobel prepare to enact the next step in… whatever it is their li’l cabal is planning, to be revealed very soon.

TVLine invited Echo Kellum to assess the state of Team Arrow’s shattered union, how it might be affecting Curtis and Felicity’s work on Helix Dynamics, and what steps could be taken to restore the lost trust and get the band back together — before Star City is lost!

TVLINE | I have to say that at the end of the fall finale, I was most moved by Curtis’ reaction to it all. He’s usually the logical guy, the considerate one, so for him to be taken so aback by Oliver’s actions… I was feeling for him.

Yeah, when I read that I thought it was so cool that he was going to take a stand and draw that line. Trust is so important, man, and when you feel like someone violates that, you’ve got to take a stand. It was cool to see him plow forward, confident that he can do his thing — by himself, with the team, whatever. I liked that moment.

TVLINE | What is Curtis doing with any downtime — tending to Helix Dynamics matters? Or has the bunker rift with Felicity gotten in the way of that?

He has definitely been delving into the Helix aspect of life, making sure that that work is still a good thing. He’s still gotta make that money, he’s still gotta get that paper, so he’s still very much focused on that — which doesn’t mean that it’s an easy work situation, knowing that your partner kind of betrayed you in a major way.

TVLINE | Right, because when it all comes down to it, Felicity was the one actually telling the computers to snoop on everyone.

She was the one, so he feels very personal about the betrayal, but I don’t think he’s going to let that stand in the way of Helix trying to do some good work for humanity, pushing forward with creating power cells or helping John with his [hand tremor] situation…. Curtis can be mad but still do the work that he needs to do, and still help a friend that he’s not too friendly with at the moment. He puts his own feelings on the backburner for the better good.

TVLINE | What is going on in this photo (above) where everyone is in the loft, and Curtis and Oliver seem to be staring each other down?

Yeah, they’re about to have a rap battle, and it’s pretty intense. [Laughs] No, right there, they’re at a point where they’re really getting into the weeds of what life is going to look like for all of them moving forward.

TVLINE | It’s not like Curtis and the others are outright bailing.

Right, it’s not just like, “OK, I’m leaving.” They’re not bailing on the city, they’re bailing on the way that Team Arrow handles being a team. They want to do right by the city but do it in a different, more inclusive, democratic and trusting way, so as to not alienate each other. That being said, it doesn’t mean they’re going to execute that with 100-perfect perfection, like a flawless team of robots who come in and do the job. It’s a goal that they’re trying to achieve, in having a different approach to the complex problems of Star City.

TVLINE | What will it take for them to mend fences and get the whole team back together? Will it be baby steps, or one ginormous gesture down the road?

I think it’s going to have to be a whole bunch of baby steps and some giant steps, too, because right now they’re pretty fractured. There have been some pretty hard accusations, and what Rene is doing…. How can you work with somebody who is going to testify against you, expose you and possibly make it tougher for your son? At the same time, how can you not think about your family first? It’s a tough position for Rene and Oliver, whose kids are at the center of everything. That’s the kind of thing that really makes the relationship tough to mend, but I think that if there is some huge problem or crisis, they will probably form back to a team. Especially on Curtis’ side. Rene can be stubborn sometimes, Dinah too, but Curtis is not stubborn. I could see him coming back to do the right thing, kind of like he is doing with Helix.

TVLINE | OK, because the fans have been pretty patient this season doing without Oliver in the suit for a stretch, and now a splintered team. They’re not going to want to go too much longer without the status quo.

That’s true, yeah.

TVLINE | Viewers now know that Cayden James and Black Siren are in cahoots with Anatoly and the other nefarious types in town. Are we going to learn more about his grand plan soon?

That’s one of the things we pick right back up on — you’re going to find out why he is even planning a grand plan. You’re going to delve into what they’re trying to get out of this, and see whether or not a fractured team can handle things the way they need to.

TVLINE | Lastly, I was curious if you have seen Black Lightning yet. It is very much continuing the strides made when Curtis became the Arrowverse’s first black DC Comics hero, being The CW’s first African American-led drama — and one that eventually will boast a lesbian hero, to boot.

I have it on my DVR, and I am very very pumped to see it. All of the reactions I have heard have been just phenomenal and I can’t wait to get into it.
I am so thankful to be alive today, especially in terms of the representation we see on television and in movies. We still have a long way to go, but it’s very cool to see a lot of the networks and studios taking more chances on women and people of color. As more studios and independent places get hip to the fact that we also are a huge part of America, consuming media and products and all these things, they will start being more and more inclusive. That’s part of what moves people’s prejudices and changes the stereotypes they see. Sometimes people can’t travel all over the country, so they take that in through entertainment at home. It’s good to see that constantly being supported and shown.

idk if bother is the the right word instead of like “continuously enacts racial violence against me through emotional physical and sexual abuse since childhood” but like ok 

In this sense, ballets at the end of Louis’ reign were very much of their time: lighthearted portraits of a court art in decline.  L'Europe Galante, after all, was little more than a pageant of divertissements – a commonplace trope mocked by Molière in the Ballet des Nations and reaching back to the earliest days of the ballet de cour.  But it was not just that these ballets had a wispy, retroactive air.  Things really had changed, and not only in matters of taste and etiquette.  Courtiers and kings had once been the main players in ballets, but at the Paris Opera they now watched professionals enact their roles onstage.  Ballets had once originated at court; now these at the Opera rarely did.  Moreover, social dances were becoming simpler, whereas professional technique was gaining complexity, with new and more difficult steps and dances added each year.  Underscoring the magnitude of the change, in 1713 a formal school was established at the Paris Opera to train professional dancers – and continues to do so to this day.
— 

“Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet”

- on ballet at the Paris Opera in the late 1600′s/early 1700′s

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So Magnus and Alec had a bit of a problem where Magnus was in Valentine’s body, and Alec didn’t believe him? And there was a lot of, sort of betrayal on that? And it didn’t really went anywhere? Is that something that’s gonna come back?

2x12 Alec/Valentine/Magnus Scene Recap by Matthew Daddario 

Venus in Aries The girl who knows how to set hearts on fire
romance with venus in aries is like jumping aboard a merry-go-round and re-discovering your childhood. there is good natured rivalry and playful pranking. venus in aries will test your physical, emotional, and psychological limits. everything moves fast and furious, they show you secret worlds inside of this one. plenty of rare qualities, but venus in aries can certainly cause a headache. they generate intense pressure inside their own head when they become agitated. and they unconsciously will it in the direction of their anger - straight toward the lover. never a dull moment, rarely a moment of boredom. they will breathe fire in a rampage, and it’s your own fault if you were standing in the path of their fury 

Venus in Taurus The girl who makes people fall in love with classical beauty again 
romance with venus in taurus is largely a sensual and physical experience. there is great pleasure in tantalising the lover’s tastebuds, intimate massage, and generating a powerful carnal desire for each other’s flesh. your body won’t let you forget the touch and tactile memory of venus in taurus. their aroma can stay under your nose for days, you can sense their vacancy and absence as much as their presence. you can hear the empty silence swallowing the sound of her whistling, humming, and singing. it can be hard to go back to sleeping alone because they filled a space beside you that is now so void and hollow. 

Venus in Gemini The girl who spellbinds with her spelling 
venus in gemini doesn’t have the emphasised multiplicity like gemini suns and ascendants, but the personality is experimental and flexible enough to try everything before they buy anything, and the same goes for romantic interests. they can decide with lightning speed if their date is worth half a second more of their time. they find it almost impossible to get lovers out of their mind and think about them all the time. most of their conversations will revolve exclusively around this person. falling asleep by the side of venus in gemini can be purely enchanting, late night conversation is deliriously hypnotic like their final words for the day are written like poetry across the tongue

Venus in Cancer: The girl who invites the moon for sleepovers 
venus in cancer romance can be quite old fashioned and reflective of family values. if venus in cancer is on good terms with the parents they will be very observant of how well you interact and fit into the family dynamic. the opinion of family is often influential. the person will also be very attentive to the way you treat children, animals, retail workers, and waiters. venus in cancer won’t take very long to begin planning a life, future, and family with you. one of the favourite past times in this relationship is eating out, cooking together while the sun goes down, and enjoying meals together. they value simplicity, closeness, and basic company more than anything grand and opulent. 
 

Venus in Leo: The girl with a heart of gold
love elevates the individual to the top of the worldthe energy of venus with leo is unity and heart, so they are not looking for solo stardom. they want to bask their lover with honey sun, sit together in the heat of the day sharing wine, good music, affection, laughter, dreams, and memories. venus in leo can turn every romantic encounter and experience into a royal gala, they know how to make people feel important and indispensable, like queens and descendants of royalty. and they can make just about anybody fall in love with them, they have a charismatic sultriness, playful sense of humour, sensitivity, and a golden auric glow. romance with venus in leo feels like the sun is shining brightly everyday. so the good times are ultra good, and when they are happy you will feel like you are on top of the world. but when they are miserable, have no doubt you will be sorrowfully miserable too 

Venus in Virgo: The girl whose heart was caged in her mind
you know how just about every romantic movie has a story about two people with undeniable chemistry, compatibility, and attraction and if only they revealed their true feelings to one another they could be happy together 5 years ago? this is a good re-enactment of a venus in virgo scenario. the ideal relationship can be in the clasp of their hands, the words on the tip of the tongue, and the heart and mind paralyse. venus in virgo are unconditional lovers. they are very unlikely to leave a partner due to illness, unemployment, or even addiction. they integrate people into their life, ritual, and thinking patterns so they typically stick by people regardless of how challenging the circumstance. they always provide a shoulder to lean on

Venus in Libra: The girl everyone wants to know 
the venus in libra essence evokes people’s carnal desires, secret temptations, the image of their dream lover. strangers can routinely comment that the venus in libra person ‘reminds’ them of someone they know or will insist they have met before. associates and strangers construct the image of venus in libra a large amount of imaginative input, so people can be quite shocked that the person they meet is so different to who or what they expected. there is typically a natural sense of style and classy social conduct, their glamour can remind you of the golden hollywood age.  

Venus in Scorpio: The girl who hides deep inside you 
you will rarely experience anything with the same intensity as a venus in scorpio relationship. ending a relationship with a venus in scorpio can also be a grieving period, they take a part of the lover’s soul with them and cherish them like special keepsakes. the powerful arousing, spirit sensational, cosmic central experienced with venus in scorpio can make people feel like they will never be truly satisfied again, or the person who walked out was completely different from the person that walked in. they wrangle your hidden fantasies, rituals, and desires out from your hiding place. there is no place inside you that is safe 

Venus in Sagittarius: The girl that fell in love with the world 
you will never truly have a venus in sagittarius lover all to yourself, their first and foremost lover is the kiss of the sun, the cool cleanse of the sea, the landscapes that call to her spirit and want her to visit home. it’s definitely possible for venus in sagittarius people to connect, settle, and commit. but sagittarius is law, and there are a few laws to be imposed in their relationship. the playground is to be open all hours, there is to be no jealousy or attempts to control or belittle, the house is to have big rooms with big windows and lots of fresh air and savings go toward traveling, holidays, and spontaneous expenditures. they question the smallness of your dreams and make unplanned moments meaningful life experiences. 

Venus in Capricorn: The girl with the ancient heart 
you can have an aged, intangible photographic memory of intimate experiences with a venus in capricorn because it seems like time stops or disappears completely. there is something timeless about their love, their heart is encased in the antiquity of amber resin that preserves eternity. and they really make a whole new little world just for the both of you. they are devoted for the long term, and they will do just about anything to make it work. your success is their success, and they want the relationship to bring out the best potential in both people. of all their formidable dreams and ambitions, establishing a beautiful life with you is the greatest.  

Venus in Aquarius: The girl whose love is pure madness
romance with venus in aquarius is like riding a cosmic rollercoaster looping through galaxies. nothing will ever be the same again after experiencing their love, everything can seem mundane and tedious in comparison. you rarely experience the same day twice, and it can be difficult not to lose control as you become whipped in their complex and fascinating web. your mind is opened with your heart and life becomes a continuous act of spontaneity. they find something unique and special about you to love, and they help you to discover who you truly are. what you once cared about now seems so small 

Venus in Pisces: The girl who cried and drowned Hawaii
venus in pisces has a reputation for peace and harmony, but nothing is really still and stable about their union. they unveil a universe of possibilities and unrealities, you can find yourself questioning your beliefs, sanity, and the legitimacy of your experiences. they can be unpredictable in the sense that you are loved by someone different everyday, their emotional temperament sways their emotional needs and conduct. the heart chameleon, psychic, and wild. it makes their love a very creative, dreamy, imposing, consuming and influential union that can be very difficult to separate from because it reminds you of a place you wish you never left 

-C.

Witchcraft uses a lot of words you might not have heard before; here’s a breakdown of some of the most common!

Basics

Intent: The goal or desire; the will for something to come into being.

Visualisation: A technique used in magical workings in which the witch pictures the desired effect within their mind’s eye.

Manifestation: The process of a desired intent being brought into reality.

Charging: The act of filling an object with energy.

Cleansing: A magical working with the intent of removing all lingering energies from an object, place or person, be those energies negative or positive.

Grounding: A magical technique in which the individual removes excess unwanted energy (often by ‘pushing’ it into the ground while sitting down) and aligns themselves with the energy of the earth.

Banishing: A magical working with the intent of sending something away, removing an individual from your life or cutting out negative acts and behaviours.

Warding: A magical working in which the individual creates ‘Wards’. Wards are barriers of energy which deny any unwanted entity entrance to the place warded. Wards can also be placed upon oneself to prevent a magical attack.

Deity: A supreme being. Often represented by Gods and Goddesses though not limited to these terms.

Tools, Objects & Symbology

Grimoire:  A personal magical inventory of beliefs, spells, ingredients and anything else deemed essential to a witches path. 

Altar: A sacred space in which to enact magical workings, meditation and worship.

Wand: A pointed object used to direct energy.

Priapic Wand: A phallus-shaped wand.

Athame: A knife used in ritual to cut out a sacred space and to direct energy. Typically you will never use this to cut solid objects.

Book Of Shadows: A personal magical inventory of beliefs, spells, ingredients and anything else deemed essential to a Wiccan’s path.

Boline: A knife, often but not always a sickle, used for the cutting of ingredients, inscribing of candles and carving of wood.

Besom: A broomstick used to cleanse an area.

Cauldron: A metal pot used for spellwork. (Boiling, mixing, stirring).

Chalice: A goblet, cup or class containing ritual drink. Typically containing offerings.

Dark Mirror: A black piece of glass or reflective material used for scrying.

Pentagram: A five-pointed star widely used amongst many Pagan religions.

Pentacle: A pentagram with a circle around it, typically worn as a necklace for protection.

Inversed Pentagram: A symbol relating to Satanic practises and beliefs.

Septagram: A seven-sided star, usually used in reference to workings with the Fae.

Triquetra: An ancient Celtic symbol which has lost its initial meanings which is today adopted by Pagans of varying paths to mean different things. In Christianity referred to as the trinity knot and believed to represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A secular way of viewing this is that it represents life, death and rebirth. In Wicca believed to represent the triple Goddess. 

Amulet: An object that has innate magical properties used as a necklace.

Charm: An object that has been given magical properties.

Talisman: An object that has been created with the intention of having a specific magical property

Hag Stone: A stone with a hole worn naturally worn through it in which the other side is visible. Thought to be used to see the ‘unseen’ and often the Fae.

Poppet: An object designed to take on the likeness of an individual upon which spells are used. A taglock is used to bind the person to the poppet.

Taglock: The personal effect of an individual that can be used in spellwork as a link to that target. 


Festivities, Holidays & Events

Wheel Of The Year: A name used to refer to the cycle of the eight holidays observed in Wicca; synonymously used to describe the turn of the seasons.

Solstice: Two points in the year in which the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky. The longest and shortest days of the year.

Esbat: A meeting upon the full moon.

Sabbat: Used to refer to any of the eight holidays observed by Wiccans and others.

Skyclad: To be naked. Believed to promote a greater connection to nature during ritual and worship. 

Equinox: The time in which day and night are of equal length as the sun crosses the celestial equator.

Coven: A meeting of witches with the intent to perform magic or worship as a group.

Circle: A temporary space marked out by a magical practitioner that is capable of containing, enhancing and binding magical energy.


Further Reading  

Mage: Another term for a magical practitioner.

Aether: The fifth element after Earth, Air, Fire and Water meaning Spirit, Energy, Life Essense & Soul.

Abjuration: Practices of magic relating to the protection of oneself through the suppression of spells cast by other magic practitioners.

Conjuration: Practices of magic relating to bringing desired effects into reality.

Divination: Practices of magic relating to gathering further insight on desired topics, including knowledge of the past and the future. 

Enchantment: Practices of magic relating to enacting influence over the minds and decisions of others.

Evocation: Practices of magic relating to working with raw, sometimes uncontrollable forces of power.

Animism: The belief that all things are alive or have a soul.

Glamour: Practices of magic pertaining to achieving desired intent via altering, enhancing or changing one’s appearance.

Blasting: A magical working with the intent of causing infertility and ill health, in both people and crops.

Sigil: A magical symbol created by the individual, usually constructed by breaking down a word or sentence and using the letters.

Seal: A magical symbol. Often used to finalise a working.

Elemental (Noun): A force, being, entity or representation of an element given form and sometimes rudimentary conscious thought, though not in a way thought to be understood correctly by humankind. 

Elemental (Adjective): Pertaining to any workings regarding the elements


Witchcraft Types

Secular: The practice of witchcraft at its core. Devoid of any influence from religion or spirituality.

Atheistic: The practice of witchcraft from an Athiest perspective.

Elemental: The practice of witchcraft in which the individual utilises the power of the Elements as their primary source of energy and spell structure. E.g Water Witch, Fire Witch, etc.

Wiccan: Belonging to Wicca, a relatively new nature-based religion born in the 1940′s/50′s in which Witchcraft is expressed as the main form of worship for the God and Goddess.

Traditional: Witchcraft that predates the rebirth in popularity of Witchcraft during the 20th Century.

Hedge: A solitary practitioner who utilises herbs in their practice. Once used exclusively for witches who follow the practice of ‘Hedge Riding’ this term has opened out to encompass those following the archetype of the ‘village witch’ providing salves and potions. 

Stregheria: A form of Italian witchcraft, often centred around the worship of Leyland’s version of Aradia and Diana (though the term can also be used for other forms of Italian witchcraft).

Christian: The practice of witchcraft from a Christian perspective. 

Witchling / Baby Witch: Terms used to describe new practitioners.

Mars: Blood and spice, the internal fever, the victor

🔥Mars in Aries: Beware the girl that wears fire mascara🔥 the enemy is oppressive, dominating, and injustice. they light the fire beneath lovers and rekindle the flame of youth, carnal desire, and passionate existence. mars in aries is prepared to wage a war for personal rights and prefer to confront their issues and people head on. they ignite the fire to clear the air. they can be physically explosive and it tends to be very beneficial for mars in aries to learn and practice martial arts so they can express and sublimate their intense energy. the people in their lives quickly become used to chaos, conflict, amusement, and unconditional body guard security

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Mars in Taurus: Beware the girl that never truly wakes up

🔥 the will is enduring, resilient, and sublimely focused. intimacy is satiating, a gradual, measured, and long lasting release of sensual temptation and physical gratification. mars in taurus people have an appetite for satisfying and ravenously devouring the lover. they win the game from behind, overcoming their opponent with tenacity, solitary focus, and energy that flows and self-preserves until the end. they will absolutely trample their opponent often with a voice so ferocious it makes the devil himself step aside. mars in taurus can be slow to demonstrate anger, but once the fire ignites the expression of rage is in no means controlled or restrained. this fury can vibrate the world and rattle everything in proximity 


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Mars in Gemini: Beware the girl with the dragon twin

🔥the enemy is boredom, ignorance, and judgement. the mind creates provocative sexual fantasies and desires, they can be naturals at role play, experimentation, and switching between domination and submission. mars in gemini people can be aroused by the intimate words used by the lover. the enemy is weakened through strategic innocence and manipulation, playing the devil’s advocate, passionately wearing them down, and critically wounding with their fiery verbal daggers. they win the debate with sharp, spontaneous wit and piercing verbal delivery. their voice can vibrate powerfully enough to reduce everyone in radius to silence


🔥Mars in Cancer: The girl who cried a tidal wave

🔥 the emotional baseline is a continuous storm at sea, and the violent rogue highs and lows can be exhausting and nauseating. it’s no wonder that these people can have a weak stomach or feel seasick in the presence of intense emotion. their intimate experience can give them a sense of belonging, protection, emotional peace, and being owned and integrated. intimacy can become a comfort measure or emotional reliever, and their satisfaction requires deep passion, desire, and warmth. mars in cancer has a rage that ignites a wildfire like no other, their psychic and emotional nature sharpen the blades that are hurled to hit the target centre of the opponent’s most sensitive and sore wounds


🔥Mars in Leo: Beware the girl who plays with wolves

🔥 this is a creative demonstration of solar flares, and their energy is enhanced by sunlight, warmth, and freedom. they will viciously defend slights against their honour, heart, territory, and loved ones and they are not afraid to throw their whole spirit into a hot and burning battle of wills and command. their heart spins into a furious fireball and they can just about breathe fire in a demonstration that re-enacts a god of war. mars in leo people are desperate to get what they want, and they will go to extreme and fanatical lengths in order to satisfy their desires. they can be sexual performers and that charm and dominate with creative, carnal heated sexuality, they are validated by the specialness of intimacy and intimate satisfaction, and they can be extremely offended by sexual rejection 


🔥Mars in Virgo: Beware the girl with glass in her eyes

🔥 it’s rare to come across anyone that internalises so much rage toward themselves. they also have a very commanding and devouring sexual appetite that requires the daily routine of sex. mars in virgo people have a very inflamed mind, they can become very agitated in response to disruption and problems in their environment, there can be a great attempt to control the immediate world around them. they can have some extremist behaviour, and because virgo rules digestion this may be dietary, such as punishing or excessive diets or self-discipline 


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Mars in Libra: Beware the girl that has been underestimated

🔥mars in libra people may not operate in explosive, quick large-scale rages but rather express their agitation in a slow, continual process where they poke and prod, use silence and refuse to be satisfied, and slowly but surely bend your mood and wellbeing into a state of itching irritation. mars in libra people may not respond in the moment, but they will soon after make you regret your decision to go into battle with them. they can be quite submissive and desire domination, they are mutually satisfied by their lover’s satisfaction


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Mars in Scorpio: Beware the girl that raises hell

🔥these people have bedroom eyes. and their intimate cardinal desires unleash the beast inside. they have a provocative, passionate, and relentless sexual appetite that must be satisfied. mars in scorpio can be oblivious or unaware about the temperature of anger and rage heating up inside, it can be a largely unconscious process that does not make itself known until its complete boiling point and meltdown, so the fury of mars in scorpio can seem like they are raising hell, no one packs a bigger psychic punch. they can also take aggression or like to have aggression taken out on them sexually


🔥Mars in Sagittarius: Beware the girl that chases storms

🔥absolutely unapologetic and righteous in their defence of burning with truth. they respond furiously to dishonesty and lies, and they find it very hard to forgive and forget once they have been deceived by someone. mars in sagittarius is typically sexually experimental and adventurous, they can like the risk of outdoor or perilous intimate escapades, they are very aroused by the mind and spontaneity. mars in sagittarius like to be sexually surprised and caught off guard. they love good competition and they can have a very excessive impulsive and reckless streak where they make big gambling bets, spend a lot of money, go on eating or drinking binges, and push their physical boundaries to the limit 


🔥Mars in Capricorn: Beware the girl who can dress to impress the devil

🔥 mars in capricorn is ultimately internalised, private, self-starting, and self-sustaining. they shut out the world in the pursuit of their objective, and they are willing to fight against everything and everyone to win the challenge that has been set. mars in capricorn are mostly disinterested in low-level, base, and interpersonal conflict. they regard trivial and superficial battle as a waste of energy and resources. they are focused on the large-scale war at hand, the crusade against mental and physical limitation, the personal upward climb toward success and satisfaction, the opportunity to catch the vision of their ultimate potential. mars in capricorn people know they are entitled and sculpted for something important


🔥Mars in Aquarius: Beware the girl that has already seen your future

🔥mars in aquarius is like a great electric jolt in the atmosphere, they create a lot of friction so they can zap themselves and other people often. they are sexually liberal, expressive, and experimental, they can almost become like a different ‘self’ during intimacy and satiate your pleasure points with vibrating magnets on your fingertips and provoke you to discover and express your hidden desires and sexual taste, they can seem to adapt into your wildest fantasies. rage can cause unconscious, telepathic waves of fury through surrounding frequencies, and you can cross a very detached, sterile, and nonchalant person who treats you like they’ve never met you before



🔥Mars in Pisces: Beware the girl that will haunt your dreams 🔥mars in pisces don’t have to say or do anything outwardly physical, but you will feel the rage directed toward you all throughout your body in the air surrounding you. they have a glamorous, elusive, and devouring appetite for the transportive and escapist experience of unifying intimacy and gratification. they are very emotionally present but mentally absent, and it allows them to sink entrancingly into the connective moment. mars in pisces can conjure your greatest and most secretly carnal sexual desires and visual performance. they have a way of pulling your whole existence into the ether of nothingness

-C.

‘m sorr whAT

Is she straight up going to Ashenvale to slaughter elves right after joining the Horde?

The questions I would like to see Episode IX tackle

One of the most fascinating things I’ve observed about the fan reaction to The Last Jedi has been how many people were thrown off because what they saw as the big questions of The Force Awakens were either shrugged off or weren’t even acknowledged. This, naturally, means it is dangerous to go into Episode IX expecting answers to specific questions. Nonetheless, I think it is fun and potentially constructive to consider which questions J.J. Abrams will have been asking himself when coming up with a story to wrap up the sequel trilogy. 

So, with no further adieu, check out the questions that I would like to see tackled in Episode IX below.

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Necromancy: Sing Them Awake

After receiving a few requests for a post on this and a bit of extra time, I decided to finally sit down and have a chat about necromancy. 

Since Biblical days, necromancy has been considered one of the most immoral magics that a magician could perform. The conjuration of souls which have passed through death’s gate was and still is considered a foul act. Fiddling with bones and whispering damnable words makes the skin crawl, and as it should. This is playing with death.  

The word necromancy refers to the act of divining through the use of the dead. Through the definition itself seems rather ambiguous, the act of necromancy is commonly illustrated through two methods within pop culture and common belief. The first is the actual raising of the body itself to utter secrets. The second is the raising of the soul to relay information. In actuality, the latter is true while the former remains to be a dramatization, though the magicians of some cultures use poison to temporarily paralyze and ‘revive’ people to simulate the creation of a zombie. 
The idea of what necromancy was changed over time. The suffix of the word was disregarded. In time, the practice of raising the dead, whether bodily or by spirit, was considered to be necromancy. Soon, the definition expanded further into being any magic that dealt in death and spirits of the dead. 

Necromancy has long been known to be quite a ceremonial art. Grimoires accounting for necromantic rituals give lucid instruction on how to follow the procedure for the most successful result, even giving counter incantations and workings for the possible failure or derailment of the working. Swords, knives, staffs, wands, and pointed weapons were used to command the spirits and force their compliance. Names of God, incantations in Hebrew and Latin (sometimes a corruption of both), and angelic invocation were also used for force compliance of a spirit. Circles and measures of protection were used to keep the magician safe in his efforts to raise the dead, especially for when the spirit was particularly malicious or violent.The ceremonies needed to be followed quite closely, lest the spirits be loosened and either attack the practitioner or flee. 
However, in places where folk magic flourished, other acts of necromancy became clear. In Northern countries, most acts to become a sorcerer or to gain supernatural power were done in graveyards or churchyards (which would act as a local graveyard for many small towns). In these rituals, the magician would ask the spirits of the dead to lease power or knowledge to them. It might even be suggested that a spirit within that graveyard might act as a future familiar spirit to the magician in question, teaching, serving, and acting as a connector to the Other World. 
However, even within the accounts of folk Necromancy, a sense of formality is still stressed. A ‘charmed ring’ as described in a tale called “The Ghost of Stythians” is used by a Cornish white witch to protect her client from the possible attacks of churchyard spirits that she intended to raise. Incantations in foreign tongues are accounted for. So too, powers beyond the magician are invoked to control the spirit and force compliance. 
In Germanic cultures, and later in Anglo-Saxon society, raising the dead was a magical act accounted for in both practice and in mythological source. Volvas, sorcerous Norse seeresses, were told to be raised by both gods and man alike to be asked for advice and tellings of the future. Later, in 10th Century Anglo Saxon England, King Edgar enacts a law that commands that people who live upon the land should drive out all known witches, wizards, and morthwyrtha. Morthwyrtha were people who venerated the dead, specifically, their beloved dead or ancestors. Though this practice was thought to be religious in some sense, it still retained necromantic connotations because it involved working with the dead. 

Just as witchcraft is, necromancy is a common magical practice found in nearly every culture. However, the method of practice is what makes it unique to each culture. Some traditions account for different methods, while other more rural customs account for others. Of course, the kind of necromancy being talked about makes these methods vary, as well as the kind of connotation it holds culturally. 

Ancestral Veneration
- Is it necromancy? It depends on who you ask. Some will assert that it clearly fits the word’s meaning and definition, and thus clearly can be classified as a necromantic act. Others are less than convinced by this, arguing that necromancy has connotations that would suggest asserting magical dominance over the spirit in question rather than praying to it or venerating it in any way. What is clear is that it is a magical act that has been accounted for in many old tales and myths, most of which include questioning the spirit of an ancestor for guidance. This would, by definition, classify it as necromantic in some way. 
The way that many cultures partake in venerating their beloved dead is quite varied and at the same time, rather similar. Objects of focus are used to symbolize the dead, whether that be a photograph, one of their belongings, a gift from them to the practitioner, or an altar made in their name. They are fed with food, drinks, gifts, incense, etc. Then, they are prayed to by the practitioner. Cultural intricacies will individualize the practice, but those three steps are the most common in any practice that includes ancestral veneration. 

Mediumship- Much controversy is put around the claim that mediumship is necromancy. With the recent increase in popularity with the term, any purported relation to such an act as necromancy is vehemently struck down without consideration. It remains, however, that an act of necromancy is often coupled with some form of mediumship. To be a medium is to mediate between the living and the dead, often through a variety of forms. Classic mediums are possessed and relay information that way. Though, some hear or see the Dead, as with those with the Sight. It is popularly, and very broadly, considered to be the ability to perceive and communicate with spirits of the dead. Because it is so intrinsically tied up with spirits of dead folks and because it’s often used by people to gain information, it fits with the definition of necromancy. However, for it to be necromancy, it requires the dead to be summoned or called in some way. It is this act of magic which is found in most necromantic rites. 
Is it fair to call a gifted medium a necromancer? I would think not without context. If they were to use magic to summon the spirits which they mediate for, then I would be more inclined to believe it. The use of magic in the act of divining through the dead seems to be the indicator of whether it is necromancy or not. 

Acquisition of Sorcerous Power- As stated before, many rural magical traditions account for magicians acquiring power through the dead in a variety of means. Not only is it thought that the dead would act as helpers to this magicians, but they would be the current through which power would flow to the newly made sorcerer. 
Most of the workings accounted for take place on a Thursday, usually between the hours of midnight to two o’clock. Some account for going to a churchyard and taking metal from the church-bell and promising to return it in death. Others account for leaving things behind, like blood or gifts. One of the most popular methods, which is not bound to Northern cultures alone, is that of grave-sleeping. Sleeping upon a grave is thought to connect the living practitioner with the spirits of the dead within that place. Through them, power is allowed to flow to the practitioner, effectively making them a sorcerer. 

Bone Work- Less about the spirit which needs to be summoned and much more about the local spirits is bone work. Bone work involves a practice in which one seeks to commune with and, ultimately either help or control, the spirit found inside of the bones which they have found or been given. Though it is popularly believed now that the spirit completely leaves the bones upon death, the folklore of old is not so clean cut on its belief about death. The soul has parts. Some bits stay and some bits go. When a person, dead or not, leaves a bit of their body behind, it carries a part of their spirit. The rest of their spirit may be accessed and leveraged by the smaller part. This is the intrinsic nature of animism, which is ultimately the relationship between the micro and the macro. By working rites and magic over the bone, the magician is able to control the spirit which is already inside the bone, and effectively gaining contact with the rest of the spirit as well. 
Beyond this, the belief which is common across many cultures is that the material of bone itself provides connection to the dead. A single human skull may be used as a symbol and a bridge, allowing connection to ancestral spirits and shades. The skull of a fox might act as a go-between, a bridge between the Wild Unknown and the Living Order. It is through working with the bones that the magician is able to work with the spirits, whether native to its remains, or something connected to it in some way, shape, or form. 

Spirit-Raising- Without a doubt, this is certainly the most recognizable and identifiable acts of necromantic magic. In this, the magician is looking to bring the spirit of a dead individual to them and, presumably, answer their questions or bidding. Methods of this act vary greatly between traditions of magic and cultures, but the nature of the raising itself may also change the method. 
If perhaps the magician wishes to raise the spirit of a dead loved one, or with whom they are connected in some way, they may not approach the raising as any other necromantic act. In this, gentleness and coaxing is used to bring the spirit back to the magician. Incantations, food, and light can be beacons to the named spirit so that it might return successfully. 
The magician might also wish to raise the spirit of a man with whom they were not acquainted with in life or with whom we had quarreled with. In this case, a much different tone is undertaken. The spirit might show resistance to the magician and refuse their calls. The spirit might attack the magician for disturbing them. The spirit might attempt to flee. In any case, there is a great chance for issue and flaw. In this case, a much more traditional undertaking is likely to be taken up. Protective measures, likely a circle of some sort, are used to ensure the magician’s safety in this most trying operation. So too are tools or weapons are used for force and compulsion. A blasting rod with forked tongs, a black handled knife, a silver sword, a yew wand, or any number of such tools have been employed in the past for such tasks. 
Then, of course, comes the next part of the task which is to question the dead. Such tools of complement become of use again. The spirit must be compelled to speak the truth to the necromancer. After they do the magician’s will, they will be given the license to depart.  Such an incantation will give the spirit freedom to leave the magician’s bonds, only under the condition that it will not harm anyone or anything on its way back to its place of origin. This is not a banishment and will not force a spirit to leave. Some spirits are intent upon staying, if for no other reason that to try to fight the magician’s will. Under such a circumstance, a banishment and exorcism of the space is required to force the spirit to return from where the magician summoned it. 
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With these being some of the most popular forms of necromancy, there are also innumerable other examples of necromantic work. Given that the definition has widened so much into being magic that deals in spirits of the dead, it covers a broad spectrum of magical systems and traditions. 

Attending necromancy’s reputation of being one of the darkest arts is a large amount of caution which is issued with workings of that nature. Not all spirits will come forward of their own volition. Often times, classic necromantic workings are designed to force compliance. With that, the spirit might become enraged or wish to exact vengeance. A few things need to be taken into consideration before diving into this. 

Protection- When playing with spirits that are possibly malicious or could become violent, protection of some kind is always suggested. Most magicians will lay a circle of some kind to protect themselves from the powers that they seek to command. They will also carry with them talismans and charms which protect them from the touch of the summoned shades, but will not necessarily deter the working itself. Of course, the tools they carry are also a means of protection. Not only do these tools command such powers as those being summoned, but they act as weapons when the spirits attack or break loose of compulsion. Black handled knives, iron blades, water purified with silver and salt, staves and wands made of hazel or yew, etc. all prove effective as weapons against spirits of the dead. A combination of tools, glyphs, charms, and the like is suggested when one seeks to command the dead. However, these protective measures should be just that, protective, but not an interference with the working itself. Injury is best avoided, but when one practices this art, no one leaves untouched. 

Tone- Different acts of necromancy call for different approaches. This is a simple thing. However, there are a great many complexities to this. Each act will call for a different method, but above all, it will call for a different tone. In acts looking to summon spirits of dead loved ones, family, friends, or beloved ancestors, the working will look and feel intrinsically different than that of a rite to conjure the spirit of an unfamiliar ghost. Kinder words will be used, gentler motions and actions are taken. Food and offering might be used, and flames and light to be a beacon. This is not something which will pull a spirit from the grave, but invite them to your side. 
On the other hand, with much more characteristic examples of necromancy, the magician might also wish to conjure the spirit of a person who they never knew, but wish to obtain something from. In this case, caution is taken, as is a pronounced sense of sangfroid. They might use words that are much more commanding, actions and spells that are much more coercive, and ritual components that are generally more saturnian. 
The tone between rituals changes depending upon the goal and the spirit that the magician intends to conjure. It is for the best of all parties involved, including the spirits, that this is the case. Relationships with spirits may be spoiled or built depending upon the actions of the magician. No word or action hence shall go unnoticed.

Knowledge- It should go without saying that no working of necromancy should be approached blindly. The magician requires knowledge to perform the rite to their set goal. What kind of knowledge? 
Foremost, knowledge about the working they are about to attempt. Are there quirks or important intricacies about the exact rite they are about to perform? Is there a set order in which ritual actions are performed? Is there a specific kind of circle or rite space-preperation that needs to be followed? These are all very general questions, but in matters of necromancy, they are to be followed quite closely. 
Secondly, but certainly not any less important, is knowledge about the spirit which they will attempt to summon. The more you know about the spirit, the better. Descriptions, especially by familial relation, will help in the summoning of the proper spirit. The thing you don’t want to happen is accidentally summon the wrong spirit. Knowledge about the spirit, about their living life, their interests, their loves, their hates, etc. can help in the summoning. Not only will this help build a proper summoning incantation, but it will help you in deciding the spell components used in their calling. What will lure them into your trap? What will wake them up enough from the grave to come to you? Will it be something that they love, crave, or hate? In that respect, knowledge truly is power. 

Power- Such a small word with such large consequence. Amusingly enough, this has little to do with the power which the magician carries internally and everything to do with the power they must acquire over individual spirits. Usually, necromantic workings require a representation of the spirit being summoned. These representations, commonly shown as photographs, drawings, possessions, etc. are not only links to the spirit in question, but a means of exercising power over it. Possessions, photographs, drawings, and the like only work as magical links because they carry a piece of that spirit inside of them. It can be used to compel a spirit, though it does not hold absolute power. 
This conversation of power also includes non-magical methods of gaining the upper hand. Folk tales of necromancy or spirits often include outsmarting a spirit. The living have their secrets. Many think they can carry them into the grave. Such secrets can be used to gain an upper hand against the spirit. They were once living. Reputation still matters for some. 
This topic intrinsically also has to do with the power used by the magician which stems from a much larger source. Much historical necromancy calls upon God, Christ, or the Holy Trine to compel the spirits that they conjure. The direct use of power lent by God unto a magician is an important one, as it not only addresses the source of a magician’s power over something which many think unconquerable, but it also addresses the understanding of a magician that the power they might draw from a larger source would be infallible in the act of something considered as dangerous as necromancy. It is not only the branching out of spirit relationships, but it is also the amassing of power. 
This is something found in non-abrahamic examples as well. The calling on deities, demons, or spirits to open doors, control the dead, or give protection during the process is something found in both modern and historical examples. This should give an indication as to the necessity of spirit work before the act of necromancy. Nothing comes from nothing. Power comes from relativity. 
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Having talked about those, the details and components of a necromantic working should be expounded upon. Things like location, timing, and ingredients are exponentially important and interestingly unified across cultures. 

The question of time and place of necromantic acts is usually answered quite lucidly by most texts. It is agreed upon that the hours between 12:00 AM and 3:00 AM are quite fitting for necromancy. Even modern folklore provides backing for this, as most people believe it to be the ‘witching hours’, or a liminal time period in which supernatural activity is at its highest. 
The best location for it is also usually agreed upon. A churchyard or a graveyard are the most common and considered to be some of the most fitting. Not only is this where bodies lay below, but at night, they are secluded and silent. Some also believe necromantic work is best done in the wilderness. Some hold necromancy rites in their consecrated temples or spaces which have been set aside for such an art. Most agree that to perform it in one’s own home is risky at best, especially in one’s own bedroom. Though as previously stated, some have spaces set aside for their arts. 
The location and time are not only meant to connect the magician to the dead they wish to summon, but to shroud them. Silence and stillness are best for raising dead, true, but it’s also best for not getting caught. 

Most necromantic acts are undertaken by a magician equipped with one or more tools of the art. These classic tools include black handled knives, blades of silver or iron, a yew wand, a hazel blasting rod, a rowan staff, etc. The construction of such tools are detailed in old grimoires and require a lengthy process of consecration. Upon creating such a tool, the magician wields it to defend themselves against spirit and compel the spirits they have summoned. It is best not to practice spirit raising without having such a tool. It not only affords power, but it proves to be a source of protection for the magician. 

The ingredients or components commonly used in necromantic arts are intriguing, as there is a contradiction in their nature. A lot of recipes for rites and spells call for the use of Saturnian ingredients, which is to say that they call for things that are death-like in nature. However, in many cultures, rituals of necromancy also call for the use of things that are to be considered ‘lively’ or full of life, like honey, herbs, flowers, blood, and serpents.  These components are a representation of the purpose of necromancy, which is a contradiction in itself. To make the dead live is contradicting. It is through the saturnian components that spirits are drawn and compelled, but it is through the lively ones that they are given voice, breath, and life. 

To practice necromancy is to contradict both powers of life and death by marrying them, a crime that even Zeus saw as unnatural. Out of all arts, it is one of the darkest and most risky. Practiced with caution and precision, it can be an invaluable tool. Though once started, it isn’t likely to stop. When a magician becomes a necromancer, they open two doors. One is outside and the other is within. 

Below, I will provide a few examples of necromantic rites and spells; a Black Booklet, if you will. The process behind each is different and serves a different end. These are simply one witch’s way to achieve what many witches, conjurors, and ceremonial magicians have been doing for centuries. 
Caution and care should be taken. 

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