energy requirement

PSA

Avoidant people don’t avoid responding to messages because they’re trying to be rude or don’t care about you; in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
We care all too much and we spin around in circles trying to figure out the correct and ideal reply that will be the best for you and this makes us so anxious and exhausted that we just don’t have the energy required to formulate a response.

The body horror headcanon realization I just had about Reyes is fucking terrifying.

Ok, we know nanobots are a thing in the Overwatch universe. 

We know they have serious medical applications, allowing an elderly combat veteran with serious injuries run like a fit athlete.

What if, when Reyes was there dying, they tried to bring him back?

What if the nanobots, because of the damage from the explosion and their prototype nature, misinterpreted their intended function, and instead tried to save Reyes even though he was too far gone?

They would find the last vestiges of his thinking mind, slowly dying and they would copy that neural net, store it for safekeeping, maybe try to resuscitate the body and then dump the brain back into it.

Except, that much processing power requires energy. 

A lot of energy. Carbon-based energy. 

So, while the nanobot swarm is trying to save his mind, it’s eating his body away like acid, imprinting his mind and causing it to bleed across to physical existences, one which is a literal mesh networked swarm of nanobots, the other his now rapidly dissolving body. 

His first memory is seeing his own skull dissolve before eyes that aren’t even his.

This explains his wraith ability; he isn’t a single body, but a mesh network of trillions of nanoscopic robots, and it explains his ability to consume corpses, his death blossom, as well has his “infinite shotguns.” 

It also means he’s terrifying, because all bullets/pulse weapons would do is destabilize him; you probably couldn’t actually kill him per-se unless you were able to nuke the nanobot swarm full-on. 

things about Slytherins #136

When a Slytherin gets motivation to do something, they begin a project with a full heart and passion running through their veins! Then after about twenty minutes to an hour (depending on the Slytherins commitment), they realize this is taking much longer and requires more energy than they thought it would. They leave said project thinking they will get back to it later. Maybe in a couple of hours or so. …Or maybe in a couple of months…

The Importance of Iron in Witchcraft

So, I got a lot of really positive feedback about my post about salt in witchcraft, so here’s another one just for you about iron!

Iron, like salt, has been used for many thousands of years as a potent tool in the practices of witchcraft. Iron is one of the most abundant metals in our planet, and is also a really great metal for making into tools. It’s tough, hard, ductile and with a high melting point that makes it ideal for situations in which you might need a tool to work under extremely hot conditions. It’s also one of only three ferromagnetic metals (along with nickel and cobalt), making it an essential part of most magnets and compasses.

In astrophysics, iron is extremely important in the life cycle of stars. Iron is one of the most atomically stable substances in the universe, and it’s also unique because it’s the first element in the periodic table to require more energy to MAKE it than it gives out from atomic fusion. This is important, because when a star gets older and fuses hydrogen to make helium, helium to make beryllium and all the rest, once it starts fusing atoms to make iron, the star begins to die. So, iron is an element that signals the death of stars, and any element that weighs MORE than iron (atomically speaking) can only be made in supernovas - that is, the explosion that takes place when a really BIG star dies.

In biology, iron is one of the most important elements in mammalian, reptilian and avian blood, because it’s the element that we use in the chemical haemoglobin. This is the chemical in our blood cells that binds to oxygen and keeps us alive. Crustaceans like lobsters don’t use iron - they use copper, and instead make haemocyanin, which makes their blood blue! However, just like in stars, iron can mean death for humans as well. If we overdose on iron, we suffer from iron heavy metal poisoning; when we get crushed by a heavy object we can suffer a disease called traumatic rhabdomyolysis or Crush Syndrome, caused by vast amounts of myoglobin (another iron-based compound, found in muscles, which gives them extra oxygen to use) entering our kidneys and killing them, and as a result killing us.

Iron in science is an element of life, death, and of many points in between. But what about its uses in witchcraft?

Witchy Facts about Iron!

  1. Iron is stable. Iron’s stability, both atomically and magickally, makes it a fantastic magickal conductor, and also means that magick doesn’t seem to affect iron very much. Enchantments on iron are never as strong as on other metals, and even the best witches will have difficulty making an enchantment or other spell anchor properly. However, this has the advantage that iron doesn’t pick up negative magick from background sources, and it’s extremely unlikely that there will be issues with ritual or altar tools made from iron. Keeping your magickal supplies inside an iron or steel box, or a box that’s been nailed together with iron nails, will prevent them from leaking out and attracting spirits that might cause harm.

  2. Iron is protective. Along with silver and a few other little bits and bobs, negative spirits and fae folk cannot touch iron lest it burn them and cause them pain. Additionally, negative magicks targetted at someone wearing an iron pendant will be attracted into the pendant and then dispelled. This makes it an ideal protective charm for everyday carry or everyday wear.

    This is why horseshoes are considered lucky
    - back in Medieval times, when protection against negative spirits and magick was much more widely practiced, poor families would often be unable to afford much iron. However, a horseshoe is made of iron, and comes with holes already cast into it, which allow you to nail one over your door easily, which keeps out harmful spirits, magick, and fae, who might seek to hurt you or your family.

  3. Iron is inconspicuous. Anyone can carry an iron nail after all, and a little piece of iron wrought and twisted into a small pendant is far from a traditional witch’s item. Those secret witches who perhaps do not live with accepting families or within an accepting community or country can find great solace in the use of iron as a protective charm.

  4. Iron is cheap. Iron nails, iron rods and iron knifes are pretty easy to get hold of and relatively quite cheap. They’re versatile and not especially likely to draw attention to you - after all, nobody’s likely to question why someone has a couple of iron nails twisted into a pendant, and if they do question it, why it’s just an artistic display! And of course, easy to replace with $5 worth of string, iron and a hammer.

  5. Iron is ancient. Iron is one of the oldest protective charms out there, right up with salt and sage. It’s been used for literally thousands of years to protect people against everything from wolves to armies to poltergeists. That’s a pretty impressive history!

  6. Iron is practical! The best cookware I’ve ever used has always been my cast iron cookware set, which makes better food than I’ve ever tasted, and it’s very easy to clean. It’s also extremely hardwearing - I wholly expect to one day be able to pass on my cast iron frying pan and wok to my grandchildren, and it was already been owned by my mother and father before me. Iron knifes are sharper and cut cleaner than almost anything except obsidian, and high-carbon steel (an alloy of iron and carbon) is the best cutting edge known in bushcrafting circles, where all the best knives are made from it

I hope this helps all you lovely witches and magick users out there!

– Juniper

My scalp: *itchy and need to be cleaned again after two days or less*
Me: Please stop this
My hair: *With all its thickness glory* Fuck u

My speech abilities suck compared to my writing ability. It’s easier to say everything is fine and not fuss with getting my mouth and brain to cooperate with each other.

I say I’m fine a lot. Most of the time it’s the truth. But sometimes, “I’m fine” is what comes out because the long essay in my brain has no hope of getting to my lips.

Speech difficulties for autistic people are not just an inability to talk at all. Sometimes it’s an inability to turn thoughts into spoken words, so other words get substituted instead. Most of my complex thoughts go unsaid because the energy required to say that much exceeds my body’s capacity to say it.

If the way my brain treats speech was art, you’ll see a stick figure where my mouth is and the Sistine Chapel where my brain is.

Hello, this is Kang Jaehee.

Hachigatsu said she is almost ‘out of battery’, and very sad to being unable to draw more plushie for tonight. She’s really happy when her ‘doodles made people who love cute things squealed and screamed AAAHHHHH!!’.

So to make up for it, she passed me something for @mysticmessimagines ! It is a doodle of… me? Oh… ❤

She promised to ‘draw a proper plushie before end of Jaehee’s day’. It’s already night time at her place.

That’s all of her message. Thank you for making her happy. :)


‘Why did her way of talking a little bit weird? Anyhow I hope Hachigatsu can take care of herself properly.. and stop procrastinating for her future sake.’

Moon Phases

New Moon- New Moon magick begins on the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after. Use the energy of the new moon for new ventures and new beginnings. Also use the new moon for love spells, job hunting, and healing.

Waxing Moon- The waxing moon begins seven to fourteen days after the new moon. Use the waxing moon for constructive magick, such as love spells, magick for wealth and success, courage, friendship, luck or good health.

Full Moon- A powerful energy for rituals of prophecy, divination and protection. Any spell work that requires  extra energy, such as finding a new job or healing serious conditions, is best begun during the full moon. Also for love, gaining sacred knowledge, legal matters, attracting
money and prophetic dreams.

Waning Moon- Begin waning moon magick three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. The waning moon is used for banishing negativity, for curing addictions, and illness.

Dark Moon- The energy of the dark moon is useful for working magick against attackers, and for understanding your own angers and passions. Also for rituals designed to bring justice to bear in very negative situations.

Dark Matter Invisibility Spell ✨

Because dark matter does not emit or interact with electromagnetic radiation, it’s invisible to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. This spell is designed to shield you from unwanted energy. 

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

Items required:

  • Visualization
  • A dimly lit, quiet environment
  • Star water made with blue glitter
  • Ambient music (optional, but it always helps me personally)

Instructions:

  • In a dim, quiet room, turn on some ambient music if you wish and get comfortable
  • Take some time to meditate and fall into a calm, relaxed state of mind
  • Visualize a blanket of dark matter (generally depicted as being blue in color even though it’s technically invisible) covering every fiber of your being, making you invisible to any unwanted, harmful, or negative energy (be specific with the energies you want to avoid)
  • Anoint yourself with star water to seal the spell (your forehead or the inside of your wrists would be a good place to do this)

To do this on the go:

  • Perform the spell as originally intended, but in addition, enchant a bottle of star water with the energy emitted from dark matter and anoint yourself before going out or leaving your comfort zone

Easy poor student sandwich maker recipe.

Sandwich makers with removable plates are really versatile tools for people without the proper cooking equipment or energy/time required to cook. They’re compact little appliances that you fill with ingredients, close for a few minutes, and open to a hot meal. They seal the sides of a sandwich to keep all of the fillings inside, like an Uncrustable. If you don’t have a sandwich maker, you can make this recipe on the stove, just fry each side of the sandwich like you would for a grilled cheese, but it won’t seal the insides so be careful when eating with some of the variations.

Ingredients

  • egg
  • slice of american cheese (or any type of cheese you have on hand, soy cheese for those with restricted diets)
  • salt and pepper
  • water (or milk)
  • turkey bacon (or really any type of meat)
  • sandwich bread

Tools

Process

  1. Heat up sandwich maker with the triangular plates.
  2. Place bacon or other meat on it to cook for a few minutes.
  3. Whisk egg with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of water as if you were making scrambled eggs.
  4. Dip one side of each slice of bread in the egg mixture.
  5. Remove bacon from plates.
  6. Place one slice egg side down on the hot plates.
  7. Tear up bacon and place on top with cheese.
  8. Top with second piece of bread, egg side up.
  9. Close sandwich maker and let it cook for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Enjoy.

Tip: if you have extra egg, pour it in one of the dips of the sandwich maker, close the lid, and cook it for 3-ish minutes. You’ll have a nice fluffy side of eggs!

Variations:

Bread dipped in egg is a great addition to any sandwich because you hardly taste it but it adds more texture and protein. Here are some other things you can fill the egg-bread with, in order from less to more energy needed to cook them.

  • just plain american cheese or cheddar (grilled cheese)
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • jam
  • nutella
  • diced canned fruits like peaches
  • honey and canned fruit
  • canned pie filling
  • nutella and banana
  • nutella and mini-marshmallows (s'mores!)
  • no filling, just dip both sides of the bread in egg, cook as usual, and sprinkle with powdered sugar once cooled (french toast)
  • fried or scrambled egg (egg-ception)
  • fried or scrambled egg with bacon or another meat and hashbrowns (straight up breakfast)
  • cooked ground beef and cheese (hamburger)
  • cooked ground beef, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese - dip in salsa (tacos)

The possibilities are endless!

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Calling this week “busy” would be an understatement. On top of all the energy this week required, I caught a cold at school and am still recovering… (shoutout to my BFF Niquil, you da real MVP) As much as I’d love to take weekends off to rest like I usually do, life doesn’t stop. It’s hard to stay motivated when you have such a busy schedule, but you just have to remind yourself to make each and every day count. Remind yourself that you’re doing this all for a reason. Take time out of your day to treat yourself. To make someone smile. To make someone else’s day. Take the time to appreciate what you have every day ☁️

Meditation/Energy Work

This is a post I’ve been thinking about for a long time, about meditation and energy work, and the intersection of the two. Not all meditation is for the purposes of raising or using the energy of the world around us, and not all energy work requires meditation…but…they have a lot of intersectionality, and being good at once can help with being good at the other. The below is strictly my own thoughts, and my own practice. I am in no way an expert, and this is only what I’ve finally found has worked for me.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to learn to meditate for probably 2/3rds of my life now. I’ve read books. I’ve done yoga classes. I’ve practiced. I’ve read more books. And I just….never ever managed. I couldn’t do it. If I tried with my eyes closed, I would fall asleep. If I was sitting, my back issues would inevitably rear their ugly head and I’d just end up in pain. Trying to clear my mind entirely would result in frustration and tense muscles, no matter how firmly I stared at the flickering candle. 

I finally had an epiphany though. Which basically boiled down to…that’s all bullshit, and may work for some people but it wasn’t how it worked for me, and I should quit trying to cram my brain into a box. 

Meditation doesn’t have to be about sitting quietly while staring into a candle flame and counting your breaths. It can be so many things. It can be a quick run in the fading evening light, gardening on a warm spring day, or even (and this is mine) your morning drive to work. 

You don’t have to keep your mind clear of all thoughts. Having a thought doesn’t mean you fail at meditation. Let the thoughts flow through your head naturally. Trying to dam the flow is both frustrating and impossible for some of us. But that’s ok! The point isn’t to stop thinking. The point is to let the thoughts flow away. To stop dwelling on one, and let it go. If it is replaced by another, that is fine, but let that one flow away naturally as well. Be present, be mindful, and do not dwell.

Music helps (me). Not just soft new-agey shit (as much as I love soft new-age shit sometimes), but loud rock with lyrics I know by heart and can sing at the top of my lungs, beat-heavy dance music that gets my blood pumping, and power-balads that make the power sing through my veins. The power in the music adds to my own power, and helps me maintain the calm mind I’m aiming for. 

Anyway. Experiment with different ways of clearing your mind, raising energy, and meditating. Don’t get focused on one way that doesn’t work for you, find a way that does, even if it’s not how anyone else does it.

Which is true of really any aspect of witchcraft. Find what works for you, and run with it my witchlings. 

The Weight of Every Living Human

A neutron star is
the pit of a stellar explosion.
Seconds slow in close proximity to the spectacular
mass. A star more than 10 times our mediocre sun’s magnitude
can compress & fuse any element up to iron, the 26th on the Periodic Table. Iron is the end
of the energy chain
requiring more than is derived
from its fusion, no matter the mass of the star. In a fraction
of a second, a wave of matter collapses
& the exterior light elements
collide into the impenetrable
Density of the neutrino
Core & ricochet
at x-ray
speed. Our sun rotates every 30
earth days. A neutron
star
rotates hundreds of times a second.
Gravity loses
its grip
slinging a bevy of elements into the cosmos,
seeding a nebula
with nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, sulphur, & phosphorous.

The remainder,
a sphere as perfect
as humanity can comprehend,
is equivalent to New York City
in circumference. It is so
densely packed
a mm cubed
tips the scale
at 500 billion kg—
the weight of every living human.

exam week @ university: you’re so stressed that you wanna scream but screaming requires energy that you don’t have so you literally can’t so you just sit there wondering why you haven’t dropped out yet before realizing how much time you’ve just wasted which further adds on to the insurmountable pile of internalized stress that you will then carry with you until you get to go home and see your beloved dogs that it feels like you haven’t seen in roughly 10 years

roguelioness  asked:

For DWC: Venara and Dorian arguing about something magic-related :)

I’m so proud of myself, I wrote this without drafting it longhand first! Here’s to my first DWC ever! (Thanks for the prompt, RoLo, this was hilarious to work on!)

For @dadrunkwriting


The Theory of Transit

“Even if it were possible—”

“I’m not saying that it is—”

“The amount of magical energy required—”

“I’m saying that it could be!” Venara shouted. “Creators, Dorian, do you not understand the concept of a theoretical argument?”

Dorian sighed. “I can’t believe you just asked me that. You do remember I assisted the man who took the theoretical concept of time magic and made it practical?”

Venara’s shoulders sunk. She tossed a sour look over her shoulder at Dorian and continued on her way. They were halfway down the stairs between the library and the rotunda. An hour ago they had been tucked away in Dorian’s nook in the library, calmly discussing the long-term effects of reliance on spirit magic when the conversation had taken an abrupt turn into the realm of magical teleportation and became a competitive tête-à-tête .

“Fine,” she said. “Do you not understand the concept of a friendly theoretical argument?”

“Haven’t you heard? There is no such thing as friendly when it comes to academics,” Dorian replied smoothly. “Particularly when there is a theory to disprove.”

Venara let out a frustrated grunt and practically jumped the remaining steps. She burst into the rotunda and gave a quick passing wave to Solas, who stood abruptly to greet her only to find that she had already disappeared through the door to the battlements. Dorian followed, hot on her heels. They passed through Cullen’s office and continued their climb, Venara desperate to reach the highest point possible so she could demonstrate the wild idea circulating her head.

When they reached the highest ramparts, Venara skidded to a halt, her fingers gripping the stonework as she gazed at the courtyard below.

“You have cast a Fade Step before, haven’t you, Dorian?” she said.

“Yes,” he huffed, panting from exertion as he caught up with her. “Once or twice. And I’m familiar enough with the principles. But what you are proposing is not even close—not even similar—to a Fade Step! Instant magical teleportation is conceptual at best. To disappear from one place and appear instantaneously in another, over a great distance—”

“Is possible if the Fade is used to bend the space between the two points!” Venara interrupted.

Dorian shook his head. “No. That is how a Step functions—”

“I know that—I cast them more frequently than you do—”

“A Step is not the same thing as instant teleportation!”

Venara’s eyes narrowed. “We’re going in circles.”

“Clearly.” Dorian folded his arms. “Fine. What is your proposal?”

Venara tapped her fingers against the battlements. “I am going to teleport myself from this rampart to the balcony of my tower room.”

“Yes. And how are you going to accomplish this?”

“By using the Fade to bend space—”

“How?”

Venara let out a frustrated hiss. “I just am. I’m going to feel it out.”

“That’s some very sound reasoning, Inquisitor,” Dorian said blithely.

Venara’s eyes narrowed. “You just don’t want to see me succeed, do you?”

“Oh, I’ll be very impressed if you do,” Dorian said. “I may even buy you a drink. But my ego will be shattered. You’ll forgive me if I seek to protect its fragility at all costs.”

Venara tried not to smile. “I’ll try.”

She turned back to the battlements. She gazed out across the castle grounds, at her tower soaring to the heavens. She saw the balcony. She envisioned herself standing there. She took a breath and pulled at the Fade—

The world shimmered about her.

 “AAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!”

Thump.

From the battlements above, Dorian smacked his forehead with a hand. “Venara… I can’t say I told you so.”

He heard footsteps approach and turned to see Solas standing beside him.

“Instantaneous teleportation?” Solas asked as he looked down over the ramparts.

“Yes,” Dorian said. “I told her not to—”

“She was never going to listen to you,” Solas said. “I knew she was going to end up in that tree the moment she left.”

“Of course you did,” Dorian replied. “Should we assist her? I’m rather concerned.”

Solas smiled. “She’ll be fine. Embarrassed—but fine.”

CunningCelt’s Beginner Guide #2 - Energy Work

When researching witchcraft you will of course come across and want to cast spells. Most spells make use of tools and ingredients, and commonly include a spoken component. But magic isn’t cookery; you cannot simply throw together a bunch of herbs, light a candle, chant a rhyme and expect a spell to work. What is crucial to making magic work is your energy.

Raising energy

There are many various ways of raising the energy required for your magic. The way I raise energy is to close my eyes and engage or tense every muscle in my body that I can. As you begin, regulate your breathing - breathe in through your nose nice and deep, hold the breath, and breathe out through your mouth, and just when you’ve breathed it all out, exhale just a bit further to get all of that oxygen out of your lungs. Continue this breathing as you begin to engage your muscles. Start at your feet by clenching your toes and tensing your feet. Travel up your legs, tensing you calves, thighs, and gluteus. Abs on nice and hard now, tense your stomach as hard as you can. Continue up the torso to your pectoral muscles, then up to your shoulders and traps. Engage your triceps and biceps, your forearms, and then finally tensing your hands and fingers. Hold This. Feel it. Every muscle in your body is engaged; your body is as taut and tight as a spring. Feel the energy, the tension in your muscles. Hear the blood coursing through you, pounding in your ears. It can help to visualise a glowing blue energy spreading throughout your body as you do this. Do not be surprised or disheartened if it takes you several tries at this before you feel successful. Practice it until you can feel the power surging within you. And above all, remember to keep breathing. Other effective visual methods of raising energy that I use are summoning and balancing the four elements within yourself, or to imagine yourself being filled with energy like water filling an empty glass. Other various methods of raising energy exist and are effective, but these are the methods that work best for me.

Visualisation

Now that you’ve raised this energy, what are you to do with it? Put it to work. Direct it toward your goal, into the spell. Hands down the easiest and most effective way to do this is visualisation. Eyes open or closed, see the energy you’ve raised flow into your spell to fulfil your goals. Physically push the energy out of your body. See it and feel it expel from your hands, see it bend and flow, and push it into where you want it to go. Use your imagination for this. You will not see this with your eyes, but rather with your mind’s eye. Imagine a coloured mist or light flowing out of your hands. Know that just because the energy has left your body that that does not mean it has left your control. You control the energy, it is driven and shaped by your will, your intent, and your focus. Again, you will not be perfect at this on the first try. The level of focus and the visualisation or imagination skills that are required will take time and patience to develop. Give yourself that time and be patient with yourself.

Grounding

Sometimes even when you’ve directed energy into a spell, there will be some left in you, a residue or left-over. And if, as you should, you have raised energy without the intent of magic but rather purely for practice, you will want to dispel this energy. When you have raised energy you will likely feel elated, euphoric, tense, and light-headed; this is certainly what I experience. Grounding is a technique we use to literally send that excess energy into the earth and safely out of ourselves, similar to earthing electricity, which incidentally is a fantastic visualisation to use. Again, various methods, spells, and chants exist to ground yourself. For me, grounding is standing, barefoot on bare earth if I can but isn’t necessary, and pushing that excess energy out through my feet and down into the earth, where it is dissipated and nullified. Push the energy out of yourself, the same way as when you direct the energy into a spell. Visualise it flowing into the earth, deep into the soil, leaving your body. Feel yourself return to normal out of that heightened, energised state. It is not uncommon to feel somewhat drained after this. Sit down, have something nutritious to eat and drink, and let yourself come back down to earth.

Shielding

A powerful and effective tool of protection using your energy and visualisation alone. Shielding can protect you from spiritual and psychic attack, and from the negative emotions and vibes of those around you. It is an effective and favoured tool for psychics, mediums, and empaths to ‘switch off’, so they are not constantly bombard by psychic information and influences. As with all energy work, visualisation is the key. You are erecting a shield of energy around yourself, a wall, a forcefield. Visualise that, see it in your mind’s eye. A glowing, powerful ball of light that surrounds you and protects you. Nothing can get past it, nothing can escape it that you do not desire. Raise your energy and push it into your shield, feel it pulse around you, feel your skin tingle with it. Shields are not permanent. Over time they will weaken and disappear, so it is necessary to keep coming back and repairing them, if you sill. Again, practice practice practice. You will not be able to shield if you do not try.


It is this energy, your energy, that is the true source of your magic. Tools, herbs, and crystals will enhance your magic, but without that spark that you prove, they are simply tools, herbs, and crystals.

DISCLAIMER: this is how I started as a beginner witch, not how everyone starts. A dozen different witches will give you a dozen different ways to begin. This is merely how I do things.