equanimities

Bad Moon

Addictions, insecurities, habits, and the unconscious side of the personality – May I present to you the negative aspects of the Moon in the signs:

Aries: the Firestarter; loud, bossy behavior looks for a battleground to defend against boredom and personal attacks on the ego; short-lived and short-tempered feelings and impulses cause emotional volatility and childish tantrums; addicted to action and anarchy.

Taurus: the Sensualist; resistant to force or change, the slothful temperament, with sedentary and stubborn feelings, is unable to forgive or see impartially; gluttonous appetite desires constant comfort resulting in snobbish and bratty behavior; addicted to indulgence and the familiar.

Gemini: the Busybody; feelings are imitated and analyzed, and prying curiosity looks for trouble and disorder to soothe inner restlessness; moody mischief maker with an inability to connect deeply due to extreme shallowness; addicted to questions and commotion.

Cancer: the Grudge; lack of boundaries and objectivity, and inability to let go of antique injuries leads to sulking, accusing, and doubting behaviors; clinging dependency and subtle manipulation stemming from fear of abandonment result in irrationality; addicted to the past and pity.

Leo: the Autocrat; haughty temperament vulnerable to rejection and criticism demands obedience and attention from others; excessively self-serving and inconsiderate, emotional displays and reactions are over-the-top and intended to draw a crowd; addicted to theatrics and threats.

Virgo: the Skeptic; feelings are sterilized with cold, critical judgement and stringent handling to avoid the spread of infectious mysticism and foolishness; suspended affections and harbored hatreds build and cause anxiety, hairsplitting and complaining; addicted to routine and practicality.

Libra: the Politician; preoccupied with unattainable perfection, the fear of being disliked or considered unfair or ugly force artificial reactions and passive aggressive behaviors; emotional indecisiveness and uncertainty results in multiple mood swings; addicted to idealism and partnerships.

Scorpio: the Sadist; vulnerability and unmentionable motivations are fanatically concealed in attempts to keep jealousy, bitterness, and a fear of betrayal secret; obsessively searches for ways to test strength through emotional manipulation and pain-inflicting challenges; addicted to payback and power.

Sagittarius: The Maniac; fugitive from restriction and monotony, runs wildly from the gravity of reality to the falsehoods of fiction; unequipped to handle sincerity and consistency which results in the inability to ground down and take things seriously; addicted to risk and popularity.  

Capricorn: the Control Freak; inner core is guarded by rigid routines and restraint which hardens the view of self, forcing deep self-doubt and distrust of modernization; will attempt to unscrupulously manage and control the emotions; addicted to suspicion and structure.

Aquarius: The Nuclear Bomb; feelings are ignored and blocked by the brain until logic and equanimity spontaneously split from consciousness, resulting in a cataclysmic and unexpected release of emotions; thermonuclear implosion of immaturity that directly opposes civilized composure; addicted to absent-mindedness and analysis.

Pisces: the Masochistic Martyr; self-sabotage and suffering act as anesthesia to limit the experience of pain in hopes of numbing the senses and calming nerves; evasion and deception of self & others are used to avoid responsibility and reality; addicted to fantasy and escapism.

The Four Elements of True Love

‘According to Buddhism, there are four elements of true love. The first is maitri, which can be translated as loving-kindness or benevolence. Loving-kindness is not only the desire to make someone happy, to bring joy to a beloved person; it is the ability to bring joy and happiness to the person you love, because even if your intention is to love this person, your love might make him or her suffer.

Training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed towards the person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. That is the message of the Buddha. If a husband, for example, does not understand his wife’s deepest troubles, her deepest aspirations, if he does not understand her suffering, he will not be able to love her in the right way. Without understanding, love is an impossible thing.

What must we do in order to understand a person? We must have time; we must practice looking deeply into this person. We must be there, attentive; we must observe, we must look deeply. And the fruit of this looking deeply is called understanding. Love is a true thing if it is made of a substance called understanding.

The second element of true love is compassion, karuna. This is not only the desire to ease the pain of another person, but the ability to do so. You must practice deep looking in order to gain a good understanding of the nature of the suffering of this person, in order to be able to help him or her to change. Knowledge and understanding are always at the root of practice. The practice of understanding is the practice of meditation. To meditate is to look deeply into the heart of things.

The third element of true love is joy, mudita. If there is no joy in love it is not true love. If you are suffering all the time, if you cry all the time, and if you make the person you love cry, this is not really love, it may even be the opposite. If there is no joy in your love, you can be sure that it is not true love.

The fourth element is upeksha, equanimity or freedom. In true love, you attain freedom. When you love, you bring freedom to the person you love. If the opposite is true, it is not true love. You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free, not only outside but also inside. “Dear one, do you have enough space in your heart and all around you?” This is an intelligent question for testing out whether your love is something real.’

- Thich Nhat Hanh, True Love.

The Signs as Pretty Words

Aries: scintilla (n) - a tiny spark

Taurus: serenity (n) - the state of being untroubled, peaceful

Gemini: ebullience (n) - bubbling enthusiasm 

Cancer: limerence (n) - the state of being infatuated with another person

Leo: lilt (v) - to move musically 

Virgo: eloquence (n) - the art of using language in an apt, fluent way

Libra: equanimity (n) - mental calmness, composure, evenness of temper

Scorpio: surreptitious (adj) - kept secret

Sagittarius: hiraeth (n) - a homesickness for a home you can’t return to, or that never was

Capricorn: petrichor (n) - the smell of earth after rain

Aquarius: renaissance (n) - rebirth

Pisces: ethereal (adj) - extremely delicate, light, not of this world

Real equanimity is accepting of the full range of the heart and experience, whereas indifference is dry, flat and heartless. This point is frequently misunderstood. However, being accepting of the full range of the heart doesn’t mean always acting on whatever impulse comes up. Act only on the impulses of the heart that seem skillful and kind.
—  Daniel Ingram
How Mary Morstan destroyed the moral centre of BBC Sherlock

So let me just start by saying that no one wants two-dimensional, black-and-white characters. Flawed people are normal, believable, more interesting, more relatable. That’s all fine. What the first two series of Sherlock gave us was:

1. Sherlock Holmes: A self-appointed detective, occasional (mostly past, seemingly) drug user who solves crimes as a puzzle to keep his overactive mind occupied. Rude to people, a trait born more out of impatience to get on with saving lives without being hampered by other people’s relative slowness, and possible also because he falls somewhere on the autism spectrum and struggles with social skills. Tries to believe that he is cold, emotionless, but the opposite is palpably true: his facial reaction when Moriarty destroys the old woman in The Great Game. This line: “This hospital’s full of people dying, Doctor. Why don’t you go and cry by their bedside and see what good it does them?” (Read: wasting time wringing our hands won’t save this person’s life.) This exchange:

John: Charming. Well done. 
Sherlock: Just saving her time. Isn’t that kinder? (Read: He attempts to be kind, successful or otherwise.

Sherlock’s face when he sees John wearing the bomb jacket in The Great Game. Sherlock admitting his fear in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sherlock showing compassion by rescuing Irene in A Scandal in Belgravia. Sherlock’s tear as he was saying goodbye to John in The Reichenbach Fall. These two series are full of evidence that Sherlock absolutely does care about people, so much so that his brother reminds him to be wary of sentiment as though it’s an old refrain, routinely repeated. And the final touch: “I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.” That’s it in a nutshell: Sherlock is no angel – but he is indubitably on their side. He solves crimes. He stops criminals from their actions. He saves lives. He is, despite his surface rudeness, a good person.

2. John Watson: An ex-army captain and doctor with an appetite for adrenaline, an inability to settle into civilian life, post-traumatic shock nightmares, and a dangerous violent streak. A man with a “strong moral centre” who waits until he believes it absolutely necessary to kill, then does it cleanly, quickly, humanely when he thinks he must. John is such an interesting mix. In one way of looking at it, there’s a lot more dark in him than there is in Sherlock. Something obviously went wrong in his family, too, as not one of his immediate family attended his wedding. There’s some resentment there, some thirst to prove his worth – and a corresponding hyper-willingness to assume that people doubt it, that people place blame on him, that they find him wanting in some way. Trust issues, indeed.

And yet he’s the one who’s mindful of when Sherlock is stepping on toes and hurting feelings, the first to pull him into line, to make sure he doesn’t go too far. They’re such a good team this way: John came back from the war with a hand tremor that made it impossible for him to practise medicine and a psychosomatic limp and blasted-up shoulder that made it impossible for him to be the “war hero” Sherlock describes him as during their first cab ride. They fit each other perfectly: Sherlock gives John a safe outlet to let out his demons and channel them into being a hero again, cures him of his impediments almost just by believing him unshakably, always, without one shred of doubt, no matter what his sharp-edged humour might suggest, even giving him back the ability to practise medicine again, and in turn John provides Sherlock with equanimity: someone to come home to, eat with, be normal with, someone who will save him from going too far either verbally or into the deeps to search out a criminal there, who will follow him down and shoot the criminals off his back. They save each other. They do good work: they’re good people.

And then series 3 gave us Mary. Mary the former secret agent gone rogue, Mary who kills for the highest bidder (confirmed in The Six Thatchers), Mary who scales a building pregnant to intimidate or kill a man who is blackmailing her. Mary who shoots a friend in the heart rather than accept his help and request his secrecy, or his help in breaking the truth to John. Mary the pathological liar, who layers lie upon lie upon lie, and feels that she should never have to apologise for anything, including all of these lies. Mary, who got snippy and resentful over John’s “months of silence” after she tried to murder his best friend, as though he had no right to his anger. Mary, who denied John the right to have a say in naming his own child after she put him through all of that. Mary, who would rather drug her friend and abandon her family rather than accept help. Mary, who abandoned her team without confirming that they were beyond rescue and started a new life with a marriage and a baby and not a second thought for the people she’d left behind. Mary, who never for a second left her profession, keeping her guns and her outfits and her secret info stashed in random walls in Norway, her vast collection of wigs and offensive accents.

This might have worked if the show had seen her arc through as the villain she clearly was. Mary was decidedly NOT on the “side of the angels”. Mary was not saving lives. Mary was taking them. Mary was a person whose life choices, past and present, clearly put her on the other side from Sherlock and John – two flawed, yet ultimately good men who do good work. Mary’s work was, in a word, bad. She was the opposite, really: an inherently bad person with a cute façade, who could giggle and make little jokes (that frequently had a sting buried within), who could roll up her pants instead of just getting them hemmed, who could tease and banter, but as soon as the pressure came back on, her real self came out again. The old habits came back: drug a friend, shoot them in the heart, run away without looking back, kill anyone who gets in your way. The fact is that the show did NOT see this arc through. The writers tried to spoon-feed us the façade, and it didn’t work, because the truth was so very visible: Mary was not a good person, and trying to pretend that she was is either completely unbelievable, or else destroys the entire point of who Sherlock and John are, in their essence. To have them take Mary on board without question, without her actual redemption by having felt or demonstrated remorse of any kind at any point for any of the very many terrible things she did, does not work! This is tantamount to Sherlock and John teaming up with Moriarty! Even if they’d needed information from Moriarty or something, it would have been a necessarily temporary arrangement, because they are not on the same team and never have been!

So, tl;dr version: we want characters who are nuanced, who have grey area, who are three-dimensional: but not characters who betray their own moral code by associating themselves willingly with someone they would normally oppose with all of their combined might. Writing their acceptance of Mary Morstan destroyed their moral centre. In a way, it made them no better than she was, and we know from the first two series that this just isn’t who Sherlock and John are. They’re good people. Mary wasn’t.

Essential Crystal List
This is by no means a complete list, just what I’ve got information on at the moment

I’ve included the gems (grouped by color) followed by their color variants (if no color variant is mentioned refer to category color) and keywords for their healing/magical uses.

Use this for what you want. It originally came up when I was discussing gemsonas with a friend but I’m also a stonecaster wiccan.
 
If you have any questions or want more information please just hit me up! :)

Black and Silver

·         Black Tourmaline
grounding, protecting, realigning

·         Obsidian [black, greenish black, grey or red-brown]
revealing, transforming, cleansing

·         Onyx [Black with white bands, occasionally just black]
calming, distancing, quieting

·         Magnetite (Lodestone when magnetized)
aligning, grounding, directing

·         Jet [black, dark brown]
stability, calm, perspective

·         Meteorite [light grey, green-grey or black]
perception, new horizons, awakening

·         Flint [blue-grey, grey or black]
repair, knowledge, confidence

·         Haematite [metallic grey-black or red]
energizing, empowering, grounding

·         Silver
easing, serenity, flow

·         Smoky Quartz [smoky brown to brown black]
potential, beginnings, stability

·         Tektite [various shades of green, brown, black]
containing, amalgamating, transforming 

Brown

·         Tiger`s Eye [brown, gold]
practicality, sociability, realism

·         Vesuvianite [brown, green, black-green, yellow {rarely blue, purple or               colorless}]
brightness, resolution, perspective

·         Halite [pink, brown, white, yellow, blue]
absorbing, protecting, stabilizing

·         Bronzite [brown, bronze-brown]
security, integration, relaxation

·         Staurolite [dark to light brown, yellow]
focusing, quietening, combining

·         Limonite [grey to brown, yellow-brown or black]
attuning, simplifying, de-cluttering 

Red

·         Garnet [red-brown (Pyrope); red-purple or black-brown (Alamandine);                red-orange (Spessartine); red or green (Grossular); all colors                            (Andradite); dark green (Uvarovite)]
initiating, stimulating, fiery

·         Ruby
positive thinking, nourishing, steadying

·         Zincite [red, orange, acid green]
awakening, revelation, surprise, innovation

·         Iron Quartz [red-brown, orange]
gently energizing, restorative, condensing

·         Jasper [red, brown, yellow, green]
practical, grounding, repairing

·         Spinel [red or brown (rarely blue, green or colorless)]
initiating, focusing, cleansing

Orange

·         Carnelian [orange, red-orange]
releasing, repairing, warming

·         Sunstone [orange-brown-gold with gold flecks]
warmth, self-worth, happiness

·         Aragonite [orange, golden brown, yellow, white]
practicality, self-discipline, centering

·         Copper [orange, orange-red]
anti-inflammatory, smoothing, unifying

Gold and Yellow

·         Citrine Quartz [yellow, golden-brown or orange-brown]
warming, comforting, uplifting

·         Amber [gold, yellow, brown, sometimes green]
enlivening, stimulating, strengthening

·         Pyrite [light brass yellow with a dark tarnish]
activating, cleansing, sparking, clarifying

·         Gold
confidence, creativity, stability

·         Rutilated Quartz [clear with fine strands of yellow or orange-brown                   needle-like inclusions]
impelling,binding, restoring

·         Topaz [orange, yellow, pink, white, blue, grey, green, brown, clear]
assuredness, confidence, relaxation 

·         Calcite [comes in all colors as well as in colorless varieties]
soothing, calming. cooling

·         Mookaite [marbled red and yellow]
safety, practical solutions, smoothing

·         Heliodor [yellow, lemon-yellow, sometimes with a blueish tinge]
refreshing, restoring, clearing, quietening

·         Sulphur [bright yellow, yellow-brown]
cleansing. detoxifying, enlivening

Light Green

·         Peridot [green, yellow-green]
cleansing, freshening, invigorating 

·         Chrysoprase [apple to emerald green]
serenity, harmony, calm

·         Prase (Actinolite Quartz) [medium green to dark green]
support, integration, forces of nature

·         Prehnite [yellow-green, clear]
softening, alleviating, reassuring 

Green

·         Aventurine [green with metallic flecks. Rarely red-brown, blue]
balance, tranquility, stability

·         Emerald [bright green]
calming, cleansing, harmonizing

·         Bloodstone [green with red, brown, or yellow markings]
courage, strength, support, stimulation

·         Chlorite [pale and dark green to black]
opening, sensitizing, revealing

·         Dioptase [deep blue-green]
stimulating, nourishing, expanding

·         Diopside [black, dark green or green (occasionally colorless, yellow or             blue)]
revelation, growth, renewal

·         Epidote [pistachio green, green, brown or black]
gathering, strengthening, practical

·         Jade [green, white, grey, bluish]
belonging, stability, instinct

·         Sphene [yellow-green, green-brown, brown-red]
clarifying, aligning, exploring

·         Serpentine [shades of green, yellow, brown and red]
comforting, flowing, enlightening 

·         Malachite [green with dark green or black concentric bands]
balancing, soothing, detoxifying, absorbent 

·         Moldavite [translucent green, brown-green]
transforming, expanding, amplifying

·         Moss Agate [clear with green and brown inclusions]
feeling of space, optimism, opening 

Turquoise

·         Turquoise [turquoise, turquoise-green, light blue]
strengthens, protects, enhances

·         Aquamarine [almost colorless, pale blue, turquoise]
cooling, clarifying, soothing, lightening 

·         Amazonite [pale turquoise to deep mid-green, with lighter striations]
stimulation, communication, memory

·         Chrysocolla [green and turquoise to light mid-blue]
absorbing, communication, relaxing

·         Larimar [light turquoise, light blue, white]
far horizons, equanimity, acceptance

·         Smithsonite [pink, blue, green, green-blue, grey]
blending, combining, smoothing

Light Blue

·         Blue Lace Agate [bands of blue, white, and grey]
gently cooling, nurturing, comforting

·         Celestite [clear, grey-blue or sky blue]
ethereal, revealing, blissful, uplifting  

·         Blue Quartz [dense mid-blue, grey-blue, lavender-blue]
protection, contentment, communication

·         Angelite [light blue, white, grey, violet]
steadiness, coolness, attentiveness 

·         Apatite [blue, yellow or green]
structure, flexibility, strength

·         Tanzanite [strong blue with pleochroism of red, blue and brown]
enlivening, transmutating, expanding

Dark Blue

·         Sodalite [usually blue with white veining]
meditation, contact, peace

·         Sapphire [blue or violet-blue; many other colors including black, green,             yellow]
protection, understanding, power

·         Lapis Lazuli [deep blues with white and gold flecks]
truth, memory, awareness

·         Azurite [blue to dark blue]
deep release, old memory, integration

·         Dumortierite [light blue to dark blue to violet, usually with dark speckles           and pink and brown areas]
understanding, conciliation, equilibrium

·         Kyanite [usually blue to blue-black, sometimes streaked; also white,                 grey or green]
connecting, friction-less flow, release

·         Preseli Bluestone [blue-grey, blue-green with inclusions]
clarifying, grounding, timeless

Violet

·         Amethyst
integration, spiritual calm, healing

·         Fluorite [purple, blue, green, yellow, clear]
coordination, innovation, inspiration

·         Sugilite [pink, lilac, purple]
integration, sensitivity, spiritual confidence

·         Charoite [violet-purple with white, pink and gold]
calm perspective, flexibility, awareness 

·         Ioite [violet, violet-blue, brown or blue-grey]
clear thinking, decision-making, empathy

·         Purpurite [dark violet to dark red]
contentment, acceptance, focus, calm

Pink

·         Rose Quartz [pink, rose, peach, violet-pink]
love, emotion, release

·         Kunzite [pink, lilac-pink]
love, support, understanding, peace

·         Lepidolite [pink, violet, grey]
fulfillment, security, instinct

·         Morganite
release, simplification, love

·         Rhodonite [pink to dark pink with black or brown areas]
resonance, passion, motivation, communication

·         Rhodocrosite [pink, reddish brown, grey]
self-confidence, ease, empowerment

·         Thulite [pink, red-pink, grey]
exploration, self-assurance, motivation

White

·         Moonstone [pearly white, cream, yellow, blue]
emotional balance, release, empathy, femininity

·         Zeolite [white,, grey-white, yellow, red]
cooperation, variety, innovation

·         Milky Quartz
diffusing, soothing, relaxing

·         Selenite [white, clear (occasionally yellow, brown, red, blue)]
expansion, release, cooling

·         Tourmaline Quartz [white or cloudy with black linear inclusions]
protecting, grounding, strengthening

·         Clear Quartz [transparent, white]
brightening, organizing, amplifying

·         Apophyllite [clear, white, grey, green, pink]
nature, clarity, transcendence 

·         Danburite [colorless, occasionally gold or pink]
brightness, transformation, intuition

·         Diamond [colorless but also blue, green, pink, yellow]
brilliance, alignment, connectivity

·         Ulexite [clear, white]
communication, clarity, visions

·         Zircon [clear, most colors]
revealing, transforming, regulating 

Multicolored

·         Labradorite [grey with iridescence of green, yellow, orange and                       peacock blue]
openness, flexibility, protection

·         Chalcopyrite [brassy yellow (unweathered), blues, pinks, reds, yellows             (weathered)]
protective, cleansing, stimulating 

·         Opal [all colors]
[too many variations]

·         Tourmaline [all colors]
[too many variations]

·         Coral [red, white, pink, gold, blue, black]
community, strength, connectivity

·         Pearl [white, pink, brown, black, blue, green]
sensitivity, tolerance, alignment 

·         Pietersite [black-blue with gold-brown flecks]
stirring, clearing, anchoring 

·         Unakite [pink and green]
perspective, balance, self-worth

Soar in the Freedom of Desirelessness

‘Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that, and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness.’

- Surya Das, Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World.

The signs as fancy words

Aries : Quintessential (adj.) - representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.

Taurus: Zealous (adj.) - Active interest me enthusiasm

Gemini: Camaraderie (noun) - Mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together

Cancer: Fastidious (adj.) - Giving careful attention to detail

Leo: Eloquent (adj.) - Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.

Virgo: Acrimony (noun) - Bitterness or ill feeling
Libra: Revel (Verb)- To take enjoyment in something

Scorpio: Insouciance (adj.) - A casual lack of concern; indifferent

Sagittarius: Assiduous (adj.) - Showing great care or perseverance

Capricorn: Axiomatic (adj.) - Obvious or self evident

Aquarius: Capricious (adj.)- Given sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior

Pisces: Equanimity (noun)- mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation

crystals & the zodiac

aries: diamond, magnetite, aquamarine 

  • diamond is a symbol of purity & light, a stone that represents cleansing of the aura & allowing the soul to shine through. the light of the diamond shows negative emotions or thoughts that require transformation, helping with enlightenment & evolution 
  • magnetite represents positive / negative polarity, providing for balanced & objective perspective and strengthens intuition 
  • aquamarine is a stone of calming energy with an affinity to sensitive people, representing one’s understanding of underlying emotions, self-expression, closure, & perception 

taurus: selenite, emerald, variscite, serpentine 

  • selenite represents deep peace & clarity 
  • emerald helps bring to the surface what is unconsciously known. it is a stone of healing, wisdom, & equilibrium 
  • variscite is a stone of peace, courage, & trust in the universe
  • serpentine is an earthing stone that helps with spiritual exploration & grounding

gemini: tiger’s eye, citrine, rutilated quartz 

  • tiger’s eye is a stone of high vibrational energy, helping to promote clarity for scattered emotions, desires, & intentions to make a coherent whole
  • citrine enhances positive emotions & promotes development of positive energy toward oneself & others
  • rutilated quartz represents protection from negative energy, energy support during emotional release & confrontation, & insights into oneself to reach the root of problems while facilitating positive change

cancer: white calcite, white opal, moonstone 

  • white calcite represents a connection between emotions / intellect & promotes inspiration 
  • opal represents reflection & intensification of feelings, emotional expression, & cohesiveness of emotional energy
  • moonstone is a stone of intuition & a reminder of nature’s cycles; it helps with emotional instability, healing, balance of energies, & synchronicity 

leo: turquoise, quartz, tiger’s eye, honey calcite 

  • turquoise provides solace for the spirit. it represents intuition, releasing of inhibitions, & inner peace 
  • quartz is a stone of positive energy, spirituality, & balance of the chakras 
  • tiger’s eye is a stone of high vibrational energy, helping to promote clarity for scattered emotions, desires, & intentions to make a coherent whole
  • honey calcite is a gentle stone, representing balance of emotions, releasing of fear, strengthening one’s higher consciousness. it corresponds with the sacral chakra, which represents confidence & connection to oneself & the universe 

virgo: amber, peridot, moss agate, 

  • amber is a grounding stone representing positive & bright mental / emotional states, patience, & the throat chakra–encouraging vocalization, honesty, & expression of feelings 
  • peridot represents letting go of negative energies & old vibrations so higher frequencies can begin to guide oneself; it is a stone of necessary change, confidence, & psychological clarity
  • moss agate enables one to see the power in themselves & their emotions through releasing fear & stress

libra: prehnite, jade, chrysoprase 

  • prehnite is a stone for connecting with the universe’s energy & a crystal for healing through connecting to the higher self 
  • jade is a nurturing stone, bringing insight into oneself through calming energy & helping to express passionate emotions in constructive ways
  • chrysoprase represents a sense of belonging in the universe, honesty & truth, letting go of the ego, openness to change, & independence 

scorpio: blue topaz, dioptase, obsidian 

  • blue topaz is a stone of personal truth & wisdom 
  • dioptase represents consciousness in the present moment, releasing the need to control & helping the process of healing. it teaches that pain & difficulty in life is a mirroring of an inner separation from the self
  • obsidian vitalizes the purpose of the soul, grounding the spirit into the body & exploring the depths of the subconscious mind / emotions

sagittarius: gold obsidian, okenite, smoky quartz

  • gold obsidian helps with conflicts of the ego
  • okenite clears obstacles in one’s path, promoting endurance to complete tasks / reach goals. it represents self-forgiveness for mistakes & the cyclical nature of learning
  • smoky quartz relieves negative energy, helps to tolerate difficult times with equanimity, & gently releases fear within oneself

capricorn: onyx, magnetite, smoky quartz, white aragonite

  • onyx represents strength-giving & vigor 
  • magnetite represents positive / negative polarity, providing for balanced & objective perspective and strengthens intuition 
  • smoky quartz relieves negative energy, helps to tolerate difficult times with equanimity, & gently releases fear within oneself 
  • white aragonite represents the earth. it helps develop concentration, flexibility, & tolerance to the mind while combating sensitivity or stress 

aquarius: blue obsidian, aquamarine, boji stone  

  • blue obsidian vitalizes the soul & the self; it represents the throat chakra, supporting communication 
  • aquamarine is a stone of calming energy with an affinity to sensitive people, representing one’s understanding of underlying emotions, self-expression, closure, & perception 
  • boji stone represents feminine energy & awareness of self through clearing blocked or painful emotions & revealing negative thoughts / self-defeating behaviors to the conscious mind 

pisces: blue agate, labradorite, amethyst 

  • blue agate brings peace of mind, effective in healing the throat chakra–free expression of thoughts & feelings 
  • labradorite is a bringer of light & mysticism, stimulating intuition & trust in the universe. it balances rationality & emotions by inspiring contemplation & introspection of the self 
  • amethyst represents calming protection & higher vibrations of spiritual consciousness

llyesterdat  asked:

What do you think about Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, paganism, and other beliefs?

Judaism is plain false. They believe in the same war god the Christians believe in. Their eschatology was either borrowed or at best co-created alongside Zoroastrians. The rabbis condone unspeakable things in the Talmud and that’s not to mention open disagreements that can’t be coming from the same source. Judaism is plagued by the same thing other religions are plagued by: the fingerprints of religious men. If it were truly a revelation, the fingerprints of men wouldn’t be present at all. If it were a religion revealed by a god that is nothing like humans, there wouldn’t be obvious examples of pedophilia considered halakah, which is a term signifying that an act is in accordance with Jewish law. Jews till this day celebrate Simeon ben Yohai, a rabbi who endorsed pedophilia.

Hinduism and Buddhism are quite connected. The ancient asceticisms were noble, in part, but today’s Hinduism is quite disconnected from that. It’s far more diverse with each locality having their gods and representations of certain gods. Secular versions of Advaita Vedanta or Zen Buddhism are unproblematic as these would ask us to achieve mental equanimity, inner peace, self-control, and a number of valuable things. There’s that and meditation is beneficial. I regard Hindu and Buddhist myths as false; asuras, the Narakas, reincarnation, and their entire eschatology are bunk. I also regard the gods of Hinduism as false, for some are credited with creating the universe and I maintain that this universe simply isn’t created and could not have been.

Sikhism has a militant history, but also has palpable connections to Islam and Hinduism. The issue in Sikhism is similar to what I discussed about Judaism: too many gurus purporting to have a revelation from Ik Onkar. This revelation is achieved through nadar and this is how truth is received and known. Yet the gurus had known disagreements. Once again, the fingerprints of men are too present, the desires of men too pronounced. 

Paganism is quite the umbrella term, but included in it are mythology like the now dead religions of the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and indigenous African cultures, the mystery religions that emerged alongside Christianity, and the occult: theosophy, Thelema, Satanism, and Wicca. My knowledge of each varies, but I’ve found enough in all to know that while some of them teach lessons of value and point to truths, specifically about humans, none of them are worth my affiliation. Thelema, for example, has a Kantian principle at its core: in the Liber, the Thelemite is to respect the autonomy of others. “Do what thou wilt” extends not only to oneself, but to others, and this is achieved in realizing that the distinction between oneself and other people is entirely an illusion. As such, the autonomy in you is also the autonomy in them; implicit in this is the Kantian idea of treating others as ends in themselves rather than as means, treating them as self-governing beings rather than seeking ways to use and exploit them. This, to my mind, is probably the marquee truth in all of ethics and it is echoed in Thelema. Despite that, however, I see no good reason to devote myself to the three gods in The Book of the Law.

Ultimately, a religion that earns my affiliation would either have a god that actually exists, rituals that have demonstrable utility, and/or an cosmogony and/or eschatology that is in keeping with what we know about the universe through science. Any religion that is false, unethical, inhumane, or impractical in some way isn’t worth my affiliation. That’s precisely why I’m not religious. Religion is a product of culture, but it is also a response to some sociopolitical need at some given time in that culture’s history. This is why ancient religions that still exist today have as a part of them these inexplicable stories and laws that make modern folks cringe. There’s obviously something repulsive about asking parents to take their disobedient children to the city to get stoned to death and yet, this is exactly what we find in the Bible. Whatever the ancient Jews’ needs were are unbeknownst to us, but such a law makes no sense in the eyes of modern people. Religious law, philosophy, and cosmogony are outmoded and should be treated as such. No religion is a revelation; they are all an inadequate response to a problem at some time in a culture’s history. Clearly, these purported solutions might have covered the wound, but in many cases, they allowed for it to get infected.

Note: I’d like to point out that I lumped in what some may consider cults, but cults and religions are difficult to demarcate and develop over very similar trajectories. While religions serve more communal needs, cults may serve a personal need or the needs of a small group. Joseph Smith may have fabricated his numerous visions just so that he could have multiple wives. Or he could have been trying to undermine the Orthodoxy. Whatever his motivation, it was personal. Mormonism might have started out as a cult, but today it’s a recognized religion.

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
—  Martin Luther King Jr.
My opinion on the signs, ranked from who I get along with the best to not at all

1. Taurus - Simply the best, hands down. Head and shoulders above everyone else. Determination, extreme focus and goal attainment are all part of this sign’s personality. Once a Taurus sets his/her mind to doing something, there is nothing in the universe that can stop them. They will pursue their identified goal until it is reached – even if this comes at great personal sacrifice (health, relationships, etc). They’re determined, stable, they prefer simplicity, and they’re goal driven They have a thing for beauty. Creative and talented. They don’t complain and they’re not precious or delicate. The women generally are good with finances, independent, intelligent, and have an undeniable but reserved earthy femininity and sensuality. Definitely much more a fan of the males than the females, though. The men are my kryptonite. My thirst is real for Taurus men. The men are very protective of me and strong. Generally don’t like to start or have arguments. Equanimous. Sexy as hell. Tough, hard-hearted, extremely helpful, forgiving. Don’t take them for granted. Don’t fuck with them. EVER. Protect at all costs. Logical. Stable. Steady as a rock…there’s just something about them that makes me feel safe and secure. No bullshit with them. Taurus guys are earthy, lusty, manly, sensual, affectionate, and ooze sexuality. They’re also charming, magnetic, independent, genuine, great listeners, sexy, charismatic. Taurus men tend to be gentle and tolerant of others, with a strong sense of honour and integrity. They’re honest, communicative (but not annoyingly so), expressive both verbally and physically. The men are emotionally and mentally stable and smart. They’re possessive but not jealous. They are also rather dominant but mostly in the bedroom. Taurus men are the epitome of what I find truly sexy in a man. They’re practical and have an above average level of common sense. They’re about action, not words, and I love that about them. You could throw anything at them and they’ll handle it with strength, intellect, and class. They’re kind-hearted, generous to those they care about, and extremely focused. They love deeply and completely and are highly successful in business and financial ventures. My best friend, a couple of my very very close friends as well as my father happen to be Taureans. They really make me feel special, so seriously thanks to all the Taurus men for being who they are. Lovely, lovely guys. My favourite earth sign.

2. Aquarius - Cool, detached, aloof, and cerebral, just like me. The geniuses of the zodiac, by far. Visionaries. Impartial and original. Objective. Independent and individualistic. At peace with themselves. Weird. Frequently labeled “cold”, although I love it. Their adaptability and humanitarianism is admirable. They take all sorts of people as they are and I love this about them. Curious. Charismatic. God-complex. Unconventional. Loyal people. Open-minded. Rational. Not precious or delicate. Leaders. Some of the kindest people I know. Its not a smothering kind that freaks one out,its a pure, no silly intention type of kindness that is so soft, but still leaves a mark. And to me, they’re easy to understand - they care, but they also want their own separate lives. It’s lovely. There’s an Aqua girl I used to work with; she’s a really smart girl and everything that comes out of her mouth is interesting and hilarious. Although I liked her, it was usually from a distance because I could never tell if she really liked me as a potential friend. Yet there were times when I was the indirect target (by a Leo) in our meetings, and the Aqua always came by and subtly let me know in various ways that she cared. It was weird, but it was like she never wanted me to feel alone or bad, and I always appreciated that. It’s like we can’t say more than a few words to one another without quickly going back into our “own” space, and I’m thinking that’s maybe because we possibly felt our individuality would be threatened in some way if we got too close, and also maybe we retreated because we both were/are sensitive to the other, but we supported each other on a deeper and more emotional level. It’s hard to explain, but yeah, that’s been my experience. My older brother, whom I love more than anything, is one. More than a few of my favourite associates are Aquarians. What’s not to like? Hands down my favourite air sign.

3. Capricorn - They’re the hardest workers, they have high standards, and they’re pretty engaging; extremely intelligent and have an interesting way of drawing you in. Regal. Never loses their cool unless there’s a valid reason. Witty. I’m totally in love with their ambition. Have been labelled as “mean” or “loners”, but I have a general respect for them, even if I don’t like some of them. Quiet leaders. Untrusting like me. Also equanimous. Patient and calm. They’re bosses. Thinks in advance. Not to be fucked with. Doesn’t let get things get under their skin, very classy and tough like that. Sensible. Pragmatic and practical, but also can be a bit fanciful. The females are very feminine and have great taste in clothing. The men are in control and more often than not, CEOs. The men also make me feel so protected. Two very good friends are Caps. The Cap girls I know are really selective over their friends; they won’t talk to everyone for the sake of it…if they don’t like you or find you interesting then they probably won’t say a word to you or look at you. But they’re all funny, classy, and grounded and I love that. They possess winner’s minds; look at the late David Bowie: classic example of why Capricorns are the shit.

4. Sagittarius - You’re assholes, but you’re my kind of assholes; you’re blunt, you don’t sugar-coat the truth and you people are just brilliant. Absolutely hilarious. Funniest sign in the zodiac. Love having fun with them because their confidence is infectious and inspiring. Not gonna kiss your ass. Brutal. Insensitive. Sometimes downright inhumane. Sociable. Go-getters. They’re about their freedom and their power. It’s onward and upward with these folks and I respect that. Tends not to hold grudges (something I need to work on). They use their asshole-ism for good and for things that make sense (instead of evil and general bullshit like Scorpios do). Will speak their mind even (and especially) if it hurts your feelings. I love it. A couple of very good acquaintances are Sags. The only fire sign that I can stand.

5. Libra - Also protect at all costs. Love, love, love. Complete cinnamon rolls and are diplomatic, charming and fair. Tendency to be lookers. Great friends. Terrible flirts. Intellectual savages. Great personalities. Fun. Love getting guys with these ladies. When we choose to go out, we shut it down in a club and all eyes are on us. Also love how peaceful and easygoing they can be. Warrior’s mentality with a poet’s soul. They tend to be a doormat at times, tend to enjoy being volatile shit-starters on occasion (especially the females), and tend to be liars as well. Usually have good intentions. Indecisive, just like Pisces, but unlike Pisces, their indecisiveness is in a charming, yet slightly maddening way. More often than not, a pleasure to deal with. Another close friend and a few dear acquaintances are Libras. My kind of folks.

6. Gemini - Paraphrasing from Joni Mitchell’s song “Help Me”: “[They] love their lovin’/ But not like they love their freedom”…engaging and usually intelligent conversationalists. An ex-roommate is one. Charming, if not a bit fake, flighty, and two-faced. On the other hand, Stevie Nicks. Marilyn. Fetty Wap. I like that they keep things light and hate dealing with too much emotion, although their “lightness” tends to border on the superficial and shallow. Adventurous. Craves variety. Batshit crazy. Liars. Fucked up when drunk. The children of the zodiac, by far. I mean, bipolar creatures; their mood swings make them excellent case studies. Totally schizophrenic, they specialize in mind games and are the best players, hands down. Flaky. Thirsty as hell. Desperate for attention. These people have issues. Sociable and tend to be very popular for whatever reason. No slouches for sure, they’re definitely entertaining if nothing else.

7. Leo - They remind me of the famous line that Jareth said to Sarah in Labyrinth: “I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.” LOL. Overrated. Unconscionably selfish. Some of them are cool, but for the most part, I’m not impressed. A cousin that I used to be close with is one, we don’t really talk as much anymore, since I’ve outgrown her due, in part, to her tendency to be a bit jejune and silly as well as a drama queen. On the other hand, J. Lo. Jackie O. Kate Bush. They’re sexy, stylish and entertaining, but they’re just short-term/one-night stand material to me; they’re quite pretentious, have delusions of grandeur, and a bit sensitive for me (can’t take criticism, too dramatic, etc.) and as such, there’s nothing of real substance there with them. Tend to be liars. Animated and melodramatic (there’s a reason why most of the best actors are Leos)…they’re overgrown babies in the sense that they have a pathological need to have their asses kissed, they’re bossy, temperamental, and have a tendency to be arrogant and disrespectful (but don’t be this way to them, though, lmaooo). Very childish. Have a tendency to be something they’re not and truly believe that they’re more than what they actually are or ever will be, which is slightly amusing.

8. Scorpio - Ah, the sociopaths of the zodiac. I guess this would be my favourite water sign, if that’s possible. Not a fan of water signs in general, tbh…but out of all of them, you people are the only ones I can somewhat stand, for some strange reason. Probably because my mum is one, with whom I have a love-hate relationship (the only complicated relationship that I’m willing to have ever), as well as an ex-boyfriend. I’m a lot like them in the sense that there’s no room for ambiguity, either people hate you or they love you; regardless, you are who you are and that’s the way it is. As well as the fact that everything’s a state secret with them. However, if one wants brutal honesty, then like the good old Sags, these people are good for that, if nothing else. Opportunistic. Impossibly sexy. Bad to the bone. I’m a sucker for these men; most of the men I’ve “known”, whether we were in a relationship or not (including my current one) are Scorpios. Where we part ways: they (mainly the females, who are just unnecessary cunts, for the most part) are jealous, obsessive, love to be as negative as possible, have a crab-in-the-barrel mentality, and tend to be miserable and like making everyone else miserable as well. Tends to like having their asses kissed. Like all water signs, to me, life’s too short to really deal with them.

9. Cancer - Again, not a fan of water signs and Cancers are some of the reason why. A bit too moody, sensitive, temperamental, and clingy for my taste. Passive-aggressive. Possessive and needy. The females seem to be quite jealous of other females for some odd reason. The men tend to be kinda wishy-washy childish mama’s boys. Protective of those they love and care about, which is nice. Homebodies. Home. Like all water signs, they tend to think they’re billy badasses more than they are and their insecurity drives them to bully folks just to feel good about themselves, which is quite pathetic. These guys are crazy, but they have great music taste, good with money, and are kind of manipulative…the ones born in July tend to be temperamental as fuck. I’ve not gotten along with one ever (which is curious, since I am one), my associate’s boyfriend is one, and he’s a bitch; I have an older half-sister who’s one. To put it succinctly, we no longer speak. But, on the other hand, you guys tend to fly under the radar a bit, so I guess a scant few of them all are actually alright.

10. Virgo - Don’t really get the big deal about these people. I respect their propensity to be analytical, attention to detail and hard working natures, but other than that, you guys are completely irritating; a couple of colleagues are Virgos. They tend to be more sensitive than they like to let on (hence their moodiness), when jealous or self-conscious, they tend to act childish by getting angry and saying things they don’t mean. High maintenance. Self-serving. Also quite opportunistic. Martyr complex. Loves intellectual hair-splitting. Too much insecurity and bullshitting around with you all. Prides themselves on being harshly critical of everything and everyone, but if you tell them about their bullshit then they want to play victim and can’t handle it. People who can’t take their own medicine I don’t respect. Fussy and persnickety as hell; nitpicks everything and are often impossible to please and cowardly. They think the world should stop for them. Liars. Sneaky and shady as fuck. Doesn’t breathe unless it’s planned out thoroughly in advance. Tries too hard to be perfect and omnipotent. I’m sure OCD runs rampant in this sign as well. Control freaks, just like Scorpio. They will self-obsess over their imperfections (and are very quick to point out others’) and think they’re right all the time. Especially applies to those born in September.

11. Pisces -  Again, I truly don’t get the big deal about these people either. At all. Emotionally exhausting. Victim complex. Very artistic and musical, however. Creative. An ex-roommate and former friend are this sign. The main reason why water signs repel me. Evil as hell because they’re disasters who always project their own insecurities onto everyone. Like all water signs, they start drama and then expect you to feel sorry for them. Manipulative. They never take responsibility for their actions, and hide behind gullible people. Spineless. Feels the need to test people (like Scorpios and Aries) and be quarrelsome, then loves to turn around and play the victim (which they do exceptionally well), which is completely pathetic. Indecisive. Indirect. Adores getting offended, just like Virgos. Very passive-aggressive. Easily led. Disingenuous. Emotions/moodiness > logic. They live in a dream world, thinking everything revolves around them. They just annoy the crap out of me. Too co-dependent and (possibly due to low self-esteem) likes to suck the strength from others to validate themselves because they have none of their own. Tend to be harsh in order to overcompensate for how hypersensitive they actually are, which is exasperating. Tends to overreact and are way too emotional, reactive, and sensitive for me to deal with. February Pisceans = barely tolerable (I love you Rihanna); March Pisceans= pieces of shit.

12. Aries - Stay in your lane perhaps? Get some therapy maybe? These people see everything as a fight or an issue, and they need to chill. A boss and a couple of co-workers are this sign. Lack of foresight. Also reactive, loves confrontations just for the sake of having confrontations. Lives for being combative. Very ram-like. Fighters. Malcontents just like Scorpios and Virgos. One of the most ignorant signs.They tend to be outgoing and extroverted generally. I associate them with the colour orange or fluorescent yellow or some other grating colour. Very fast. Very bold. Courageous. Ultra-competitive. Energetic. Dynamic. Loud. Not one to mess with. Always has the need to be right. Downright rude and childish. When volatility, rage and anger is your default emotion (Leo, ARIES, SCORPIO), I dismiss it and completely have no respect for it, since that’s the way you are, so what’s to take personally, really; I have extreme distaste for grown-ass people that insist on acting their shoe size. Quit being so fucking aggressive and pushy all the time. It’s obnoxious.

Good things come in threes

The first time it happens, Kraglin gets temporarily demoted down to crewman for a week, with nothing but scrub duty assigned to every waking shift, while Yondu stomps around the ship with his coat collar high and a murderous scowl on his face. (The ship’s bathroom facilities have never looked so sparkling clean before, because never let it be said the two of them couldn’t find new ways to express their rage through sheer bloody-minded spite.) 

Kraglin gets the last laugh, though, because Yondu promotes Gef, of all people - speaking of spite - into his position for the week. And well, let’s just say that when the words “first mate” finally revert back to their proper spot next to Kraglin’s name on the ship rosters, the collective sigh of relief from the crew actually stirs the back of Kraglin’s mohawk from the force of it as he makes his way back to the bridge. He doesn’t say “I told you so” because that would be inviting swift death by arrow, but he doesn’t work that hard to put away the smirk, either. Especially since Yondu’s still got his collar up.

The second time it happens, Kraglin gets assigned to a Long Distance - solo for almost a flarking astral month - that winds up netting them a healthy balance of units, but also nearly kills him at least half a dozen times. The last of which he only escapes by dint of some truly reckless piloting through flarking Kree territory. All things considered, he feels completely justified bitching to the quartermaster about the cost of repairing the resulting damages to his M-ship, which gets passed up the chain to the cap’n, which is perfectly fine, because he was intending to bawl Yondu out anyway for 1) trying to kill him and 2) not having the common fuckin’ courtesy to try to kill him face-to-face.

The bawling-out goes about as well as can be expected - i.e., Kraglin ends up knocked on his ass. Whereupon he waits until Yondu’s standing over him, clenching his blue fists and breathing hard and doing a piss-poor job of hiding that yellow sharp-toothed grin, then surges up and wraps his long arms around Yondu’s legs and takes his captain down to the floor with him. 

This leads directly to the third time happening. Yondu sits up gingerly afterwards, touching the newest (and largest) hickey on his neck with an expression on his face that looks equally torn between disbelief, furious rage, and post-orgasmic fucked-out daze. It’s almost magnificent to watch.

“You…you just don’t learn, do you, boy?” he grinds out, eyes narrowed.

“Nope,” Kraglin says. He regards the faint but ominous flare of red along the cap’n’s crest with about as much equanimity as can be expected from someone who’s buck-ass naked and has been screwing said cap’n into his own mattress, enthusiastically, for the past hour, and might be a mite dazed himself. He shrugs internally and reaches down to rummage around in his discarded jumpsuit. “I gotchu something for that, though, while I was out on assignment.”

Yondu squints down at the coil of red material that Kraglin holds out to him. “The hell is this?”

“Scarf. Grabbed it from the mark’s closet when zie weren’t looking.” It’s expensive stuff, almost indecently shiny and satin-like. “’S real Shi’ar silk.”

“I know that, ya idjit,” Yondu says, but he’s a true Ravager, and can’t keep the avaricious gleam from his eye.

“Figured I’d try to make up for…y’know…the neck thing,” Kraglin explains diffidently. He might be pretty sure of his place by his captain’s side, but he also ain’t dumb enough to keep going and say that he’d really only been thinking about how good the red would look against Yondu’s blue skin. Wrapped around Yondu’s throat, tucked into the collar of his duster. Wrapped around Yondu’s wrists. Hell, maybe wrapped around Kraglin’s wrists, and ain’t that a fantasy designed to keep all good little first mates up at night.

Yondu doesn’t help his case when he yanks the scarf from Kraglin’s hands and winds it around his fingers, looking thoughtful. 

“Don’t think this means y’got any kinda permission,” he says, with a meaningful purse of his lips.

“’Course not, sir,” Kraglin says, and he’s even mostly sincere this time.

(Dedicated to @ask-a-ravager aka write-like-an-american, because my version of Kraglin, Yondu and the Ravagers owes more than a little bit to theirs.)

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