exotic encounters

Lilith

Lilith is the Dark Feminine. She was Adam’s first wife, God created them at the same time and they were to be equals. But once it was time to make love, they began fighting over who got to be on top. Lilith demanded equality and Adam wanted her to submit to him. She fled and went to live by the Red Sea, where she would copulate with demons and monsters. She became known as the child-killer/seductress/witch/she-demon.

Before this, Lilith, in Sumerian mythology, was handmaiden to Innana, the Queen of Heaven. Lilith’s job was to approach men on the street and bring them to the temple for sexual rites. During these days female sexuality was revered and seen as holy. Once the patriarchy decided it wanted more power, it began demonizing the female sexual power and its hold over men. Hence, later myths depict Lilith as evil. Really, her only sin was sticking up for herself. This is what Lilith represents in our charts - the dark feminine aspect, unbridled sexuality, equality amongst the sexes. Wherever Lilith is in your chart shows where you may have an unconscious (or conscious, if you are identified with this side of yourself) need to express your sexuality, demand personal satisfaction, and be yourself. Lilith wouldn’t change herself for Adam and she went off to live a life of passion.

Pluto is a similar archetype. Lilith is associated with the serpent (sexuality) and the bird (messenger for the goddess). Scorpio is also associated with the snake and the eagle. Lilith is more specifically feminine and deals with our feminine wounds, and for men, their projection of the evil woman onto others. Lilith is an important element in your psyche if you’ve ever suffered sexual abuse, have been ostracized for expressing your sexuality, or if you identify with the darker aspects of the feminine (or are attracted to the femme fatale type). Lilith asks us to own our sexual nature and to put our needs above society’s (especially today, in this patriarchal society).

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Aries

Lilith in Aries is the firey sex siren, she knows what she wants and is going to get it. Assertive, aggressive, dominant  - she take the power of Mars and lets Lilith ride away in its war chariot. She may be a little selfish in the bedroom, putting her pleasure first. She may be perceived as masculine if she takes on the more dominant role. She can also imbue sex with a youthful energy, like teenagers first falling in love. Underneath her cutting aggression, she is a hopeless romantic. She tends to love the chase and may lose interest after making a conquest, but it’s only because she’s searching for the perfect partner, someone who will keep her flame burning forever. The most passionate of the Liliths, her sex recalls the days of knights and maidens.

Taurus

Lilith in Taurus is an earthy lust goddess, the most sensual of the Liliths, decadent in her approach. She loves all things beautiful, perfume, candles, soft furry blankets, all these things make her feel sexier. She is a woman of the forest, a forest nymph, dancing around with Pan and enjoying all of the earth’s delights. Her sex is full of love and romance, she can pull anyone into her world of intense romantic connection. Perhaps she loves everyone that she sleeps with, even if it’s only once. She is simple in her approach, there’s a bare nakedness to her, knowing that all it takes is letting Venus flow through her. She is Venus’s priestess (along with Lilith in Libra). She would perhaps be able to express her sexuality to the fullest within a loving relationship.

Gemini

Lilith in Gemini would be very playful sexually, probably into dirty talk, they probably love trying on different sexual styles (maybe into roleplaying), adaptable to different partners and enjoys trying on different people. They also make smart sexy, they would find sex in the mind, like getting aroused just having an intellectual conversation with someone. Turned on by cleverness, wit, intelligence, knowledgeable people. I would also think maybe their sense of sexualness may fluctuate, feeling celibate one day and promiscuous the next, because they feel the myriad of possibilities when it comes to sexual expression. Bisexuality would be something to pin on Gemini (or pansexuality). They feel the feminine and the masculine within them, and can express both sides (passive or active).

Cancer

Lilith in Cancer has sex with her soul. She is bewitching and psychic, calling down the powers of the Moon. Her power is her insight into the hearts of men, the world of feelings. She has felt it all, and this is where her wisdom lies. There is a timelessness to her, her past-lives are ever-present, and she can be nostalgic for places she lived centuries ago. The emotional bond is what is paramount in the sexual act - and it is always felt more strongly by her, as she is aware that they met before, in other lives. She is the nurturer, the comforter, but can just as easily turn into the dark mother. To gain access to Lilith in Cancer’s body is to gain access to her soul, the home in her heart. Those that disrespect the sanctity of her inner world may find that she’s not just a cute and cuddly comforter. She’s a natural witch and has no qualms banishing you from her temple. She offers you a return to the womb, a reunion with the Great Mother, if you are able to handle her ever-changing emotional landscape.

Leo

Lilith in Leo combines the dark bewitching Lilith with the confidence of the Sun, bringing that dark energy out into the light. It reminds me of the 70’s and disco, gold glitter everywhere, people dancing into the night. She’s a woman who demands to be worshiped, and demands that sex be fun, rather than serious. But she also requires a deep need to connect at a heart-level in the sexual sphere, she is a romantic at heart. In Tarot, Leo rules the Strength card which is represents the taming of the animal side. So I would think maybe there would be an animalistic side to the sex, like a wild-cat thing going on. Leo Lilith would have no shame showing off their sexual side, putting on sexual performances (strip shows, dances etc). The bedroom is her stage. There’s a sense of royalty and glamour imbued into her, she is the Queen and knows it.

Virgo

Lilith in Virgo brings together the virgin and the whore, combining innocence with seduction. The self-owned woman, the woman who owns her sexuality and is not dependent on her partners. ‘Virgin’ doesn’t mean abstaining from sex, it means pure, untouched, even if she’s enjoying a bountiful sex life. Ruled by Mercury, Lilith in Virgo can handle multiple partners at once. She loves to serve and would probably fall more naturally into a submissive role. She finds joy in pleasing her partner, even to the point of obeying orders. She knows her power lies outside of this bedroom dynamic. Sex may be a chance to lose the control she so perfectly holds over her life. Like Lilith in Gemini, she would prefer an intellectual partner, one that can ignite her mind.

Libra

Lilith teaming up with Aphrodite. Like Lilith in Taurus, this Lilith embodies pure femininity. While Taurus would be a more earthier, sensual lust goddess, Lilith in Libra would be the charming seductress, beauty is her power. She would maybe be a people-pleaser in the bedroom, putting her partner’s pleasure first. I would see her bringing poise and grace into the sexual act. Libra rules justice so this Lilith may be interested in finding justice for women. Combining soft flowery femininity with dark witch power - like Lilith in Aries she knows how to get what she wants, but instead of taking action she’ll charm you into coming to her. While Lilith herself prefers to be single and independent, Lilith in Libra may find power through relationships, it gives her the stage upon which to perform her sacred sexuality.

Scorpio

Lilith in Scorpio - the true witch. Lurking in the shadows, this is Lilith completely satisfied having sex with demons by the Red Sea - it’s not just rebellion for rebellion’s sake, she just really likes it. She is drawn to the darkness, to the taboo. She is comfortable doing things in the bedroom that would make others blush or cringe. Her sex is filled with intense passion, undying love. She is the reason the French call the orgasm le petit mort - sex brings her to the boundary between life and death. Sex is not a frivolous thing to be entered into, it is the place with the deepest waters. She may be interested in sex magick, knowing the energy produced through sex can be channeled to fulfill her Will. She may also be interested in BDSM, comfortable with the fact that sex is a dance of power. Lilith is associated with vampires and Scorpio takes full advantage of the sexual intrigue the vampire image presents.

Sagittarius

Lilith in Sagittarius brings to mind the centaurs, half-man half-animal. We don’t always talk about Sagittariaus’s sexual prowess but what would expect from the sign following Scorpio? They are able to channel a certain primal strength into their lovemaking. Lilith in Sagittarius turns sex into an adventure, bringing to mind high-class international escorts. Having sex in hotel rooms may feel more right than in the comfort of their own homes, where things are stagnant and predictable. Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of excess, they see no limits to their sex life, it is an expansive frontier they are implored to explore. They’re wild horses running away from boredom. Within a relationship they’re always keen to explore new territory to keep things interesting. They look for anything novel and exotic in their encounters, things that make them feel larger than they are.

Capricorn

Lilith in Capricorn would also have an earthiness to her. There would be an element of seriousness to her and to her approach to sex. She has a practical, keen mind and can orchestrate her sexual encounters in order to have the greatest payoff, whether her desired end is a committed relationship, financial gain, or just pleasure. She is timeless and classy, appearing modest. But underneath this public face, well Capricorn is one of the kinkiest signs (sorry Scorpio lol). Capricorn rules the Devil card in Tarot - the card of all earthly pleasures and delights, especially those forbidden to us. Capricorn may be known as the sign of repression, but on the other side of repression is a thick libido, and who knows what they get up to behind closed doors. You won’t know, though, because outside the bedroom she is the respectable CEO.

Aquarius

Lilith was the first rebel, and Lilith in Aquarius reminds us of this. She is is the experimenter, she’ll try anything in the bedroom once, just for the hell of it. Interested in overcoming sexual limitation, sexual mores and codes of conduct, it’s her body and she’ll do what she wants with it. Aquarius rules technology so probably not shy about using toys in the bedroom. May have a detached view when it comes to sex. Finds independence through sexuality. A sexual ‘weirdo’,  Aquarius is the eccentric. Might try things for the bizarre novelty of it. Radical and revolutionary in their sexuality, may be interested in sexual politics, a true feminist. May be androgynous, finding both the masculine and feminine within themselves. May be drawn to unconventional sexual lifestyles like BDSM, polyamory, orgies. Imbues the dark bewitching Lilith energy with electricity, divine knowledge - she may have sudden mystical revelations at the point of orgasm.

Pisces

Lilith in Pisces brings sex to new heights - the heavens. Sex is not just sex to her, it is a point of departure, a doorway to encounter her higher self. When you have sex with Lilith in Pisces you are being given an invitation to experience heaven on earth. Sex is a transcendent experience - ask her when she feels closest to God and she’ll say in the bedroom. May be interested in spiritual sexuality such as Tantra. There is a certain innocence to Pisces, although she dives into the depths of emotion like Scorpio, her sex is not in the shadows. She finds herself completely merging into one with her partner, she longs for dissolution, absolution. She wants to forget herself. Sex may be a form of escape for her, an addiction, if she’s acting unconsciously. She may love having sex in the water or masturbating in the tub, anything that makes her feel more fluid, so her sense of physical boundaries disappears.

-Pegasus Astrology / Lauren Crowley

Appreciating the Under-Appreciated Part 2: Kaa’s Second Encounter

-The exotic, mysterious. enticing music that plays as Mowgli walks through the jungle and then when he’s up in the trees. Same in the first encounter, it sets the mood beautifully with a hypnotic, lilting quality shot through with hints of danger

-The heaviness of Mowgli’s movements. He’s clearly already tired

-The tail emerges with the same shiver of peril as when Kaa’s head emerged in the first encounter, and it slides down so immediately you know Kaa was just waiting for the boy to rest

-The tail pulls him up effortlessly and silently, giving Kaa the sinuous, subtle tone that a snake needs

-Mowgli grabs onto the tail for support, he clearly doesn’t know it’s Kaa yet

-Kaa’s tail has a life of its own, it keeps trying to tuck back around Mowgli’s belly and prevent him getting off the coil seat

-When Kaa arches over Mowgli’s head, it’s clear that even his neck is thicker than the boy’s torso, he is a huge snake.

-Mowgli does a lousy job of shielding his eyes. He keeps stealing peaks when Kaa talks about seeing to it that he never has to leave the jungle. 

-Mowgli almost falls three times. First, when he jums down from the seat, then when Kaa turns his head to face him, third when he uses his toil around Mowgli’s neck to press their eyes together. All three times, Mowgli’s eyes begin to widen and he has to snap himself out of it. Even without spirals, Kaa’s eyes are clearly appealing to look at

-Mowgli is genuinely interested in the snake’s offer. As soon as not leaving the jungle is mentioned, Mowgli stops trying to push him off right up until the word ‘trust’ and the widening of his eyes reminds him he’s meant to be rejecting friends

-You can just imagine the little loop of coils slipping town over your forehead like a cool, soothing bandana

-That slow, plodding beat starts up and you know something’s about to happen as it seems to reverberate somewhere behind your navel

-Kaa is very clever to block of Mowgli’s vision, he makes Mowgli want to get it off, so it’s the boys actions that doom him. Almost reverse psychology. When he does, he might have been able to block his eyes if he hadn’t been holding up a heavy coil

-Mowgli’s slumps forward slightly as if the desire to stare deeper and the tiredness of his body are causing him to lean 

-The entire song is a demonstration of the trust Kaa is singing about. Mowgli unquestioningly follows Kaa’s seductive beckon, trusting him so much that he walks happily towards the end of the branch and a massive drop. In fact, he probably only manages to walk on the coils because of absolute trust. If he were conscious, he would be imbalanced by the fear of falling.

-The way Mowgli walks with such heavy footfalls like a tin soldier reinforces the idea of oblivious sleepwalking

-He sleepwalks to the beat of the song

-Ooh boy those coils on bare soles…especially when they’re so tired from walking

-Mowgli’s body goes stiff again, just like in the first encounter, allowing him to be perfectly balanced on Kaa’s tail

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Why I talk about African history the way I do:

My blog is not solely dedicated to African history, or history in general, but I do occasionally talk about history. I’m not a professional historian or even particularly academic, but I am interested in these topics.

Lately I’ve been very interested in African history in particular.

Specifically what some might call ‘Sub-Saharan’ or 'Black’ Africa. Of the two terms I prefer Black Africa. Specifically because 'Sub-Saharan’ implies a sort of regional isolationism that didn’t exist, conjuring the idea that all blacks were stuck in their happy little 'jungle ghetto’ and never strayed out beyond the Sahara, with only exotic encounters with those other peoples from beyond that geographic boundary. Racially charged language there, but to illustrate a point.

I don’t talk much about Colonial Africa. Which means I don’t talk much about some very interesting black African figures and events. The reason I don’t is because, well, aren’t there plenty of other places that already talk at length about that specific story? The colonial period was not that long in the span of African history. It did do a great deal of damage in that short time. Damage that is in many ways irreversible. To the history of the continent and to the lives of its people. There are many people who write about that history, history that is in many ways still playing out today. They write about it very well. It’s good and important that they talk about it and keep that history alive.

But I’m here to talk about another part of Black African history. Pre-colonial history. I never guarantee that I talk about it well, only as best as I can. Sometimes I’m wrong or don’t have my facts straight. I’m not a particularly good historian. I’m not university educated.

But despite that, I can still put stuff out there that I’ve heard/read/seen. If I’m wrong, please correct me.

In my amateur studies I have poured over hundreds of articles, pictures, blogs and (actually not that many) published books. Hopefully what I’ve learned has been accurate. In that time I’ve read up on the lance armed knights of Mali. The Dahomey Amazons. The Nubian states, from the days of Rome, to the Christian period, to the Islamic Conquest. The Kingdom of Axum and its disappearance. Ancient Kush.

Over five thousand years of history. City-states, kingdoms, empires. So much stuff its hard to start some times.

I want to share as much of that stuff with the world as possible, because history is important. Particularly African history. Particularly Black African history, that looks beyond and before the years of misery and conquest.

The history of Black Africa doesn’t begin at White invasion and end at Ebola outbreaks.

Let’s talk about that other part of Black African history. Let’s tell these stories as well.

Matcha + Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
If you encounter exotic fruits you’ve never eaten, give them a try. Worst case scenario is you don’t like it and to me that’s way better than never knowing ☺️ My smoothie bowl was 7 bananas, half blended with matcha powder and half blended with pink pitaya (dragon fruit) which you will have the best luck finding at an Asian market if you live in The States. I made some raw treats out of dried figs, mulberries, oats and some spices.. no recipe yet. I hope everyone has a wonderful and healthy day!

Color: Exotic Encounters (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s fall 2012 On Safari collection. It is a dusty yet bright teal with a creme finish. I know this is a 2012 color, but emerald is the color for 2013, and I think this teal is a fun twist on this year’s trend!

As with all China Glaze cremes, I found the formula very easy to work with. The finish is smooth and glossy, and I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

He was fascinating in a way Dorian had never encountered – exotic and beautiful. But it was that spark in his eyes and the kindness in his actions that had Dorian falling hard. 

a mix for dalish inquisitors and tevinter pariahs

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make you better the decemberist // below my feet mumford & sons // into the open air julie fowlis // where no one goes jonsi // butterfly rajaton // sanctuary utada hikaru // come wonder with me agua de annique // to be alone with you sufjan stevens // not with haste mumford & sons // love they say tegan and sara // radio lana del rey // parachute (cover) ryan davies

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I am Second - Kathy Ireland

Photographers. Runways. Magazine covers. TV commercials. Amazing clothes. Travel to exotic locations.

Kathy Ireland encountered all this excitement and glamour when she embarked on her modeling career. By the time she was 18 she was traveling around the world on her own. Early on in her career she needed t decide how she would handle the tough work of the modeling business as well as the trappings that come with being a successful model. Just who and what would be her guide for her career and life?

As time has proven, that crucial decision laid the foundation for becoming one of the world’s top models—called by many a supermodel. It also helped her to grow as a woman of conviction, one who was willing to trust God for her family and future businesses.