fair and balanced

blizzard: mercy has 100% pickrate in comp and no one wants to play the other healers which means she’s too op so we have to nerf her

me climbing up to jeff kaplan’s ear: maybe the reason people only pick mercy isn’t because she’s overpowered but because all the other healers are extremely underpowered and picking mercy as a healer is the only thing that makes sense in winning a game anymore because none of the other healers have abilities that can keep their team alive as efficiently as mercy. this isn’t a problem with mercy jeff, keeping the team alive is what a healer is supposed to do. so maybe instead of nerfing mercy and making her unable to do that, you should be buffing your other three healers so they can be as valuable of a team asset as mercy and make your game actually fair and balanced for support mains for once in your miserable life.

TAROT REFERENCE

Major Arcana

0 The Fool – New beginnings, optimism, trust in life; Reversed: Delays

1 The Magician – Action, the power to manifest; Reversed: Misunderstandings.

2 The High Priestess – Inaction, going within, the subconscious; Reversed: Manipulations.

3 The Empress – Abundance, nurturing, fertility, life in bloom; Reversed: Neglect

4 The Emperor – Structure, stability, rules and power; Reversed: Chaos

5 The Hierophant – Institutions, tradition, society and its rules; Reversed: Hypocrisy

6 The Lovers – Sexuality, passion, choice, uniting; Reversed: Separation

7 The Chariot – Movement, progress, integration; Reversed: Defeat

8 Strength – Courage, subtle power, integration of animal self; Reversed: Fear

9 The Hermit – Meditation, solitude, consciousness; Reversed: Isolation

10 Wheel of Fortune – Cycles, change, ups and downs; Reversed: Stagnation

11 Justice – Fairness, equality, balance; Reversed: Lies

12 The Hanged Man – Surrender, new perspective, enlightenment; Reversed: Stubbornness.

13 Death – The end of something, change, the impermeability of all things; Reversed: Limbo

14 Temperance – Balance, moderation, being sensible; Reversed: Impatience

15 The Devil – Destructive patterns, addiction, giving away your power; Reversed: Freedom

16 The Tower – Collapse of stable structures, release, sudden insight; Reversed: Control

17 The Star – Hope, calm, a good omen; Reversed: Darkness

18 The Moon – Mystery, the subconscious, dreams; Reversed: Paranoia

19 The Sun – Success, happiness, all will be well; Reversed: Failure

20 Judgment – Rebirth, a new phase, inner calling; Reversed: Regrets

21 The World – Completion, wholeness, attainment, celebration of life; Reversed: Incomplete

Suit of Swords
• Other Names: Staves, arrows, spades
• Element: Air
Attributes: Active, male
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
• Direction: West
Season: Pagan – Spring / Esoteric – Autumn
• Self: Mind, thoughts, intellect
Jungian Function: Thinking
Body Part: Head
Qabbalistic World: Yetzirah – the Formative World

Air is seen as the intellect, logic and reasoning. An active element, Air circulates and so cleanses; it carries your thoughts and dreams; is also expansive when hot and is said to be expressive. Your mind or thoughts can be seen as clear or clouded; speech requires breath, which requires air.

Swords represent logic, the mind and your thoughts. They deal with problems and troubles, planning, communication, ideas, your intellect and how you use it. They represent your daily and life struggles, problems in general. The very nature of a sword is aggressive and warlike. Combined with the swiftness of air, the combination can see situations arise quickly. The ability to see clearly means resolution is quick also. Swords people are great thinkers. You will find them in study, research, academia, the sciences, law courts and libraries. They love to learn and live to do it in any capacity.

Keywords: decisions, worries, problems, issues, tension, communication, intelligence, disagreements; arguments, logic, reason, cognition, ideas, inspirations, balance, equilibrium, the mind, mentalism, thinking, facts and figures, definition.
Reversed: vicious, ruthless, manipulative, cold, unemotional, spite and malice, accidents, inertia, indecision, confusion, mental blockages, biased, illogical, mental health issues, negative life changes.


• King – Serious, controlling, rational and mind/intellect-focused; Reversed: Foolish
• Queen – Intelligent, writer, communicative yet cold; Reversed: Ineffective
• Knight – Fierce, determined, aggressively pursues goals; Reversed: Boredom
• Page – mentally unstable or intellectually immature, acts without thinking; Reversed: Stupidity
• Ace of Swords – A fresh start, a sudden opportunity or idea, clarity; Reversed: Improbable
• 2 – Indecision; Reversed: Conflicts
• 3– Heartbreak, betrayal; Reversed: Torment
• 4 – Meditation, rest, retreat; Reversed: Disturbance
• 5 – Mind games, hostility; Reversed: Treachery
• 6 – Leaving, accepting help, going somewhere better; Reversed: Trouble
• 7 – Secret plans, abandoning ship; Reversed: Clumsiness
• 8 – feeling powerless and stuck; Reversed: Escaping
• 9 – Overactive mind, anxiety; Reversed: Martyrdom
• 10 – Feeling defeated, self-sabotage; Reversed: Sabotage

Suit of Cups
• Other Names: Chalices, Grails, Cauldrons, Hearts, Vessels
• Element: Water
Attributes: Passive, female; cold, wet
Astrological Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
• Direction: East
Season: Pagan – Autumn- / Esoteric – Summer
• Self: Emotions, love, receptivity
Jungian Function: Feeling
Body Part: Heart
Qabbalistic World: Briah – the Creative World

Water is seen as the emotions, your feelings, and your intuition. Considered passive, water can be deep or shallow; you like the ocean, are responsive to the moon; your tears can rise and fall; out of control, your emotions flood;

Cups represent your emotions, feelings, your subconscious, intuition and psychism. They deal with love affairs, all relationships, inner expression, your reactions or responses and the pursuit of happiness. Generally passive and not outwardly extrovert, creativity through expression are some of the traits of this suit. Careers are usually in the arts or creative pursuits, they are, poets, painters, florists and designers, nurses, social workers and care-givers. Cups people are happy in the background doing their own thing, though they are often actors distinguishing the limelight from private time like no others.

Keywords: creative, intuitive, clairsentient, psychic, passive, affectionate, receptive, imaginative, caring, relationships, love, dreams, sensitivity, romantic, artistic, spiritual, compassionate, tactile, nurturing, the unconscious mind, domesticity, culture, expression, flexibility, fluidity, calm motion, serenity, empathetic, aesthetics and beauty.
Reversed: needy, co-dependent, intense, neglectful, fantasists, uncaring, cold, unfeeling, moody, unresponsive, illogical, lost, negative, pessimistic, emotional, overly sentimental, tearful, selfish.


• King – Repression of deep feelings, possible alcoholism; Reversed: Selfishness
• Queen – Emotionally nurturing, intuitive, sensitive; Reversed: Ignorance
• Knight – Romantic, adventurous, following one’s heart; Reversed: Pessimism
• Page – Creative, inspired, learning artistic skill; Reversed: Gloomy
• Ace of Cups – emotional fulfillment, joy; Reversed: Indifferent
• 2 – Partnership, mutual attraction, compatibility; Reversed: Abandonment
• 3 – Celebration, fun with friends, laughter; Reversed: Jealousy
• 4 – Boredom, dissatisfaction with what is being offered; Reversed: Avoidance
• 5 – Dwelling on the negative, self-pity; Reversed: Alienation
• 6 – Sentimentality, kindness, help; Reversed: Discouraging
• 7 – So many choices, indecision, getting lost in fantasy, wishing and dreaming; Reversed: Lethargic
• 8 – Abandoning something in search of something better, vision; Reversed: Sacrifice
• 9 – Indulgence, self-satisfaction; Reversed: Disintegration
• 10 – Emotional bliss, happiness, attainment; Reversed: Disruption


Suit of Wands
• Other Names: Batons, Staves, Rods, Clubs, Staffs, Scepters
• Element: Fire
Attributes: Active, masculine; hot, dry
Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
• Direction: South
Season: Pagan – Summer / Esoteric – Spring
• Self: Will, actions, desire
Jungian Function: Intuition
Body Part: Genitals
Qabbalistic World: Atziluth – the Archetypal World

Fire is energy and action, passion, drive and ambition. An active element, it can cause permanent change; is expansive; can be aggressive; is pro-active and undeterred.

Wands represent creativity, energy, passion and action. They cover your spiritual pursuits, your career and creative projects. Leadership, self-growth and general optimism are some traits of this suit. Careers are usually in business, they are leaders, entrepreneurial & sales focused. Wands people like to get ahead and are generally pro-active in all their activities. With an unrivaled healthy vitality, they are often accomplished sports people.

Keywords: intuition; creativity; vitality; sexuality; spirituality; vision; energetic; outgoing; impulsive; motivational; pro-active; spirit and spirited; optimistic; enterprise; commerce; business; careers; opportunities; the thrill of the chase; competitive; growth; personal development; inspirational; enthusiastic; sexual; passionate; action; movement; initiation.
Reversed: rash; impetuous; ruthless; greedy; narrow-minded; hyperactive; brash; manipulative; conniving; mean-spirited; overly optimistic; risk takers; heartless; aggressive; selfish; misleading; sadistic; distrusting of others.

• King – Career focused, mature, passionate; Reversed: Impostor
• Queen – Confidant, focused, has zest for life; Reversed: Fatigue
• Knight – An adventurous risk taker who follows his passions; Reversed: Apathy
• Page – newly inspired, excited about life and work; Reversed: Passive
• Ace of Wands – New beginnings, creative spark, fertile ideas; Reversed: Unpromising
• 2 – Contemplation, assessing one’s life direction; Reversed: Dispute
• 3 – Reaping the rewards of your efforts; Reversed: Idleness
• 4 – Celebration, safety, the home; Reversed: Discord
• 5 – Competition, minor struggles or disagreements; Reversed: Timidness
• 6 – Success, accolades and achievement; Reversed: Disapproval
• 7 – Feeling defensive and on guard; Reversed: Yielding
• 8 – Speed, things manifesting quickly; Reversed: Stagnation
• 9 – Pessimism, gearing up for the worst; Reversed: Weakness
• 10 – Feeling oppressed, exhaustion, too many responsibilities; Reversed: Impractical

Suit of Pentacles
• Other Names: Disks, Coins, Deniers, Stones, Diamonds
• Element: Earth
Attributes: Passive, female
Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
• Direction: North
Season: Pagan – Winter / Esoteric – Winter
• Self: Body,
Jungian Function: Sensation
Body Part: Feet
Qabbalistic World: Assiah

Earth is seen as the material, the physical & the sensual. A Passive element, Earth allows growth & production; promotes prosperity; is the foundation on which anything is built.

Pentacles, represent all things material and physical, what you experience using your senses. They deal with your money, business deals, material possessions, your job, arts, crafts, your home & garden. Working hard & getting the job done are attributes of this suit. Pentacle people don’t mind getting their hands dirty whether that’s working with the land or in a factory. Strong & dependable, often found in the trades, removals, farming, landscaping & homemaking.

Keywords: sensual, sexual; strong; lithe; dependable; reliable; stoic; practical; skilled & skillful; artistic; common sense; traditional; regular; straightforward; grounded; sensible; lush; fertile; growth; luxury; wealth; prosperity; apprenticeships; scholarships; dull; dutiful; realistic; down-to-earth; materialistic; money motivated; domesticity; health & fitness; exercise.
Reversed: miserly; slave drivers; workaholics; pleasure seekers; neglectful; shoddy work; dullards; negative; pessimistic; superstitious; thoughtless; penny pinchers; lazy; unforgiving; selfish; greedy; covetous; moronic.

• King – Enjoys the good life (food, drink and leisure), financially secure; Reversed: Hoarder
• Queen – Healthy in body and finances, grounded and calm; Reversed: Unreasonable
• Knight – Cautious, sensible and slow to progress; Reversed: Inexperienced
• Page – Student, commitment to learning; Reversed: Rookie
• Ace of Pentacles – Financial reward, clarity of life purpose, goals; Reversed: Debt
• 2 – Balance, multitasking; Reversed: Impractical
• 3 – Meaningful work, enjoying one’s work, suitable career; Reversed: Mediocrity
• 4 – Hoarding, feeling poor, holding self-back out of fear; Reversed: Greed
• 5 – Minor money troubles, health problems, feeling like an outsider; Reversed: Helplessness
• 6 – Charity, accepting and giving help; Reversed: Cruelty
• 7 – Patience, waiting for your plans to bear fruit; Reversed: Unemployment
• 8 – Hard work, focused efforts, laying the groundwork; Reversed: Skill-shortage
• 9 – Luxury, rest, financial and material comforts; Reversed: Dependency
• 10 – Financial success, strong business relationships; Reversed: Restrictions

late summer games joke

referee: 76: you guys can’t do that

ref 76: i mean, lena, you’re using your chronal accelerator to blink across the hurdles so you can clear more distance than the other runners

tracer: racing me just means there’s an extra hurdle to overcome ;)

ref 76: fareeha, you’re wearing a POWER SUIT to play basketball, and akande, you’re wearing your death gauntlet to play shot put. neither of those is allowed

pharah: i’m not taking it off

doomfist: i’m not taking it off

ref 76: lucio, you’re using a sonic technology speed boost in soccer. slow down

lucio: soccer is more fun when we’re all going at mach 10 speeds! :)

ref 76: zenyatta, you can’t just hurl all the balls at the enemy team when you start losing

zenyatta: i’m bringing balance back to the match i see no wrongdoing

ref 76: i don’t know how legal it is to have a gorilla playing volleyball, but i’m just gonna go ahead and guess it’s pretty illegal

winston: you never let me have any fun. i’m going to deflate all the balls.

ref 76: the shimadas are not allowed to use their spirit dragons in any sport, i don’t know HOW either of you thought that was even REMOTELY okay

genji: consider it an upgrade from regular boring lame fencing to 𝓈𝓅𝒾𝒸𝓎 fencing

hanzo: i thought sports were a performance art

ref 76: hana you’re not doing terribly but threatening to land a three ton mech on anyone who beats you in a race is not ok. torbjorn you can’t melt the ball with your lobster claw in water polo, especially when people are still IN the water. amélie you can’t threaten the judges with death or poisoning.

d.va: can’t handle the heat get off the track damn

torbjorn: can’t handle third degree burns get out of the pool damn

widow: can’t handle venom in your lungs get off the judge’s table damn

ref 76: sombra you’re a pretty good jumper but you’re not allowed to hack the other competitors or their prosthetics

sombra: i’ve never hacked a thing in my fucking life you liar i have your internet history don’t accuse me of anything ever again 

short interpretations of asteroids

click {here} to find your asteroid signs and the meanings of the asteroids. *please note that these can be a little inaccurate since they are not big parts of your natal chart. Also, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel like another chiron sign.

CHIRON SIGN

Aries //  Tries to overcome feeling worthless.

Taurus // Sometimes they felt like they didn’t receive enough of something. 

Gemini // May feel like no one listens to them.

Cancer // Feels like an outsider. 

Leo // Feels like their talents have been overlooked. 

Virgo // Needs to learn to deal with imperfection.

Libra // May feel like all their relationships have gone wrong. 

Scorpio // May be scared of own power or feel powerless.

Sagittarius // Life may feel like a continuous spiritual crisis.

Capricorn // May be a work-a-holic to prove their own worth.

Aquarius // Feels uncomfortable in a large group.

Pisces // Always at crisis. May be prone to depression or drug abuse.

CERES SIGN

Aries // Nurtures independence. 

Taurus // Feels nurtured when fed and pampered

Gemini // Feels nurtured when someone talks or writes to them.

Cancer // Enjoys being mothered and mothering others.

Leo // Takes pride in nurturing others.

Virgo // Critical when nurturing others.

Libra // Nurtured by beauty.

Scorpio // Nurtured through touch.

Sagittarius // Hides their nurturing qualities.

Capricorn // Nurtured when organized and in control.

Aquarius // Loves the strange and off-beat

Pisces // Reflects emotions of those around them.

PALLAS SIGN

Aries // Finds the fastest solution.

Taurus // Receives information physically.

Gemini // Sees world through words.

Cancer // Sees world through emotions. 

Leo // Sees world as a canvas they can paint on.

Virgo // Perceives analytically.

Libra // Seeks balance.

Scorpio // Sees world through issues beneath the surface.

Sagittarius // Can see the big picture. 

Capricorn // Sees underlying form.

Aquarius // Sees all future possibilities.

Pisces // Interprets mystical reality.

JUNO SIGN

Aries // Attracted to aggressive or dominant partners.

Taurus // Attracted to someone financially stable.

Gemini // Attracted to someone expressive.

Cancer // Attracted to someone emotionally intimate.

Leo // Attracted to someone romantic and exciting.

Virgo // Attracted to someone who sets high standards for themselves.

Libra // Attracted to fair and balanced partners.

Scorpio // Attracted to someone with sexual intimacy.

Sagittarius // Attracted to someone that’s intellectual.

Capricorn // Attracted to someone committed and determined.

Aquarius // Attracted to someone unconventional and will give them freedom.

Pisces // Attracted to someone they can have a spiritual bond with.

VESTA SIGN

Aries // Self-motivated.

Taurus // Fixed routines

Gemini // Strong communicator.

Cancer // Serves others.

Leo // Works creatively.

Virgo // Driven to meet their goals.

Libra // Needs to work with others.

Scorpio // Extremely passionate.

Sagittarius // Devoted to a higher power or universal truth.

Capricorn // Devoted to history and duty.

Aquarius // Serves humanity.

Pisces // Dedicated to serving those in need. 

scarletnightwalker  asked:

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. Lately I've come across the healthy/unhealthy personality types. Though I know, that I'm an ENTP, I would like to learn, how you can tell whether they are healthy or not. Would be great if you would explain this. Thanks in advance PS.: I'm not sure, if this is the right place to ask my questions, so correct me if the 'question' section isn't the right one.

It’s the right place. All the mods are pretty chill coz we’re awesome. :)

Unhealthy NTP: never finishes anything or focuses on the details (zero follow through), uses their Fe to manipulate people (you’re soft, and a pansy, and making you fall for my BS is so fun, maybe I can even get you to cry by pointing out how stupid your ideas are!) or intentionally hurt them rather than forge genuine connections or take into consideration people’s feelings.

Healthy NTP: knows which ideas are better than others, in order to focus on bringing them into fruition and either commits to them long-term by selecting a creative partner (Ne/Fe) or giving their ideas away to others who can nail down the details. Is logical but gentle in correcting others, mindful that people’s feelings matter and it’s important for others to genuinely like you in life, in order to get things done (and because it’s the nice thing to do). Realizes they’re prone to hyperbole, short term interests, and exaggeration, and learns to laugh about it, but also acknowledge it and work on fixing it. Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy NFP: never finishes anything or focuses on details (zero follow through), follows their heart without regard for the consequences, using that to justify hurtful behavior (I don’t care what you think, I fell out of love with you, so I can cheat on you all I want, I’ve done nothing wrong, this is who I am, just deal with it or get out), refuses to take blame for their part of the problem, may intentionally offend others, and doesn’t care about anyone but themselves.

Healthy NFP: knows which ideas are better than others and seeks to bring the best ones into the world through healthy engagement of goals, deadlines, and process of elimination (Te). Sets personal deadlines for self, and beats them, in order to stay motivated. Understands what drives them most, slows them down, or angers them, and commits to doing something about it. Learns such things as “tact,” when dealing with others, but also when and where to defy social norms and stand up for oneself (does that really matter? is it worth a fight?). Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy NTJ: becomes obnoxious in pushing their “vision” on others or asserting they know everything (including your motives) while devaluing your feelings or beliefs, often sneers at people who make emotional decisions, and sometimes passive-aggressively attacks people’s ego or intelligence that they do not like (okay, stupid, I’m just going to make you look like an idiot, while correcting every damn thing you say, all day long, until you run away and cry).

Healthy NTJ: has a fair, balanced, and open-minded approach to life, is willing to listen to others’ ideas and offer practical thoughts on them, but is neither arrogant nor pushy about their knowledge, expertise, and logical detachment. Chooses when to correct others with care, and never does so to humiliate, only to educate. Respects others’ feelings even if they personally feel that the other person is making a mistake. Focuses on taking their ideas and goals and making them real. Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy NFJ: total detachment from reality, while stubbornly clinging to the belief that their irrational interpretation is “the truth” (and the ONLY truth) (It DOES make sense, you’re just too stupid to understand it!), and resorting to a “you’re either with us or against us” mentality, which manifests in creating a single universal (sometimes abstract) enemy and trying to recruit others to join their cause against them / you (bad Ni and Fe).

Healthy NFJ: has a fair, balanced, and open-minded approach to life, accepts their interpretation may be unrealistic, but is committed to bringing their ideas and visualizations to life, often by recruiting others to a positive common cause. Uses their understanding of others’ motives to uplift rather than tear down, and becomes a source of compassionate and guiding “wisdom” for friends (I worry about you choosing this path, and here’s why…). Never recruits others in any negative ways against someone who disagrees with them. Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy STP: irresponsible, reckless, and hedonistic, engaging in short-term behaviors that leave a wake of destruction behind (broken marriages, families, and violated responsibilities), often using Fe to manipulate people to get what they want (hey, I’m super hot and I’ve seen you ogling my backside, so I’m going to wear something that accentuates it so you’ll give me what I want in return one of these days; I don’t care how wrong it is) and then dumping them like hotcakes.

Healthy STP: knows life has much to offer and not only enjoys it but helps others loosen up and try new things, but commits to the people, beliefs, and jobs that are most important to them, for the long term. Understands and respects others’ feelings and seeks to connect to them through that, as well as develop their own ability to communicate. Learns the art of tact and when to use it (is it worth correcting this person or does it matter?). Tries to think about the long-term consequences of impulse, before engaging in it. Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy SFP: irresponsible, reckless, and hedonistic, going through jobs and romantic relationships like wildfire, abandoning people every time they get “bored” or feel unattached; justifies this behavior with selfish reasoning (I just don’t love you anymore, so I don’t have to treat you with respect); unable to be counted upon by other people, since they never show up or follow through; refuses to take responsibility through their actions and doesn’t mind offending others for no reason at all.

Healthy SFP: is good at self-entertaining and eager to try new things, and infects others with a similar excitement; is good at pushing people out of their comfort zones and encouraging them to aim high for their dreams. Has a strong sense of personal beliefs, and is willing to commit to other people, and prioritize them in relationships. Knows when it’s appropriate to defy social convention, and when it’s better to dial back the “but this is just who I am!” and chill. Sets personal goals, deadlines, and achievements, and sticks with things, so they have something tangible to show for their time (Te). Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy STJ: refuses to adapt or change even when their world implodes; may try and “force” or “strong-arm” others into their point of view. Has little interest or respect for people’s feelings and doesn’t mind crushing them on their way to success, but may also play the role of a martyr in the process (since NO ONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE AROUND HERE, I HAVE TO DO IT). May become irrational or paranoid with lower Ne, and turn into a pessimist.

Healthy STJ: uses their extensive past experience to figure out what will and won’t work when dealing with life and problems, but is also open to new ideas, trying out new things, and experiencing what “lies beneath the surface” (Ne). Tries not to shut down ideas until they have considered them. Is practical, efficient, and logical, but also respects people’s feelings and doesn’t intentionally try to hurt, shame, or control them. Becomes able to share what they need emotionally with others, rather than playing a martyr (I would like it if you would take the trash out; since I’m doing this other thing, it seems fair, and it would make me happy). Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

Unhealthy SFJ: refuses to change or adapt, while clinging stubbornly to their idea of “how things were,” while struggling to control their emotions; may resort to being “fake” in order to manipulate others, to “us vs them” thinking and overt moralizing (if you don’t agree with us, you’d better change your mind or face the consequences, because we can’t let you hold such a wrong point of view and will punish you for it).

Healthy SFJ: uses the past to form impressions about people and situations, but changes those perceptions based on new experience; is open to new ideas and beliefs, and willing to look beneath the surface (Ne), with the aim of making those things “useful and tangible” in the real world (how can this idea apply to life and improve our situation?). Learns the art of “polite affirming correction,” which helps others become better, while not shaming, humiliating, or insulting them for their behavior. Aware not everyone needs to agree, and comfortable with those who don’t; never recruits anyone against anyone else, or adopts a mentality of “let’s get that person, together.” Takes personal responsibility for their mistakes. 

- ENFP Mod

“Everybody, on a different level, goes through good times and bad times and you have your fair balance. We aren’t the only ones in that kind of situation, and we shouldn’t feel so down. It’s not the end of the world. We’re very lucky to be where we are.”

Happy 30th Birthday Brendon Urie!

Fëanor brooded in the dark. And it seemed to him that he was beset in a ring of enemies, and the words of Melkor returned to him, saying that the Silmarils were not safe, if the Valar would possess them. ‘And is he not Vala as are they,’ said his thought, ‘and understandeth their hearts? Yea, a thief shall reveal thieves.’ Then he cried aloud: ‘Nay, this thing I will not do of free will. But if the Valar will constrain me, then verily shall I know that Melkor is of their kindred.’
— 

Something that gets overlooked in most analyses I’ve seen of Fëanor’s post-darkening mental state - when it comes to the Valar’s motivations, he’s absolutely right. 

Let’s look at how the Valar, or at least heir representative, acts when he finally get his hands on some silmarils:

Eönwë answered that the right to the work of their father, which the sons of Fëanor formerly possessed, had now perished, because of their many and merciless deeds, being blinded by their oath, and most of all because of their slaying of Dior and the assault upon the Havens. The light of the Silmarils should go now into the West, whence it came in the beginning. 

No. No no no no no. That is not how this works. I’m not trying to excuse the kinslayings, or make any kind of judgement at all on Maedhros and Maglor’s actions. The point is that the Valar have never established rules about property.  And this doesn’t seem to apply to anything else that Maedhros and Maglor own - it’s unique to the silmarils. It’s not like the Fëanorians were party to an agreement with the Valar w/r/t their behavior, which they then broke. Regardless of whether or not his actions are appropriate, Eonwë is just making up this justification out of thin air. 

And the Valar making up new restrictions during times of crisis is historically kind of a big deal. Moving back a few centuries -

Now the unrest of the Noldor was not indeed hidden from the Valar, but its seed had been sown in the dark; and therefore, since Fëanor first spoke openly against them, they judged that he was the mover of discontent, being eminent in self-will and arrogance, though all the Noldor had become proud. And Manwë was grieved, but he watched and said no word. The Valar had brought the Eldar to their land freely, to dwell or to depart; and though they might judge departure to be folly, they might not restrain them from it. But now the deeds of Fëanor could not be passed over, and the Valar were angered and dismayed; and he was summoned to appear before them at the gates of Valmar, to answer for all his words and deeds. 

First off, the line about the Ñoldor being allowed to depart freely is bullshit. The most generous interpretation here is that Manwë literally forgot that trying to cross the Helcaraxë would kill them. Given Manwë, it’s not unlikely. It’s pretty clearly stated that the Teleri would “rather dissuade them than aid them; and no ship would they lend, nor help in the building, against the will of the Valar." The Valar won’t let the Teleri lend their ships or even teach the Ñoldor to build new ones. When the Ñoldor do decide to leave, they’re actively working to prevent them. 

This quote also sheds some interesting light on Fëanor’s trial. Fëanor’s crime - the one he’s exiled for - is drawing a sword on his half-brother. But that’s not why he’s summoned to Valimar. It’s because he’s self-willed and arrogant, the mover of discontent. It’s worth remembering what Fëanor and Fingolfin were arguing about, that caused the sword-drawing incident: Fingolfin had accused Fëanor of agitating against the government, because of his statements that the Valar were trying to trap the Ñoldor in Valinor, and that it would be better for them to return to Middle-earth. In doing so, according to Fingolfin, he’s challenging Finwë’s authority, because Finwë led them all to Valinor in the first place. 

That’s what Fëanor’s trial is about. And as I’ve just said, he turns out to be quite correct in saying that the Valar are trying to keep the Ñoldor trapped in Valinor. He’s made to answer for his words as well as his deeds, his discontent is also criminal. 

I am not the first person to make the argument that it is highly unusual - in fact, probably unique to this one instance - for the Valar to try criminal cases like this. What we do know is that the Ainur are incapable of fully understanding the Children of Illuvatar, and are meant - according to their own theology - to guide rather than rule. If we’re not assuming that Eru is omni-benevolent, they don’t even have that. The elves never asked for near-omnipotent alien beings to start micromanaging them. Even the Eldar agreed to travel to Aman because of the promise of the light of the two trees - a contract Fëanor later brings up as one of his reasons for leaving. Nowhere do the representatives of the Eldar agree to submit to the Valar. Ingwë, Finwë, and Elwë are never asked to do so as a condition of bringing their people to Aman. There’s  no agreement on the part of the Ñoldor to abide by Valian law. 

What this means is that the only reason they’re sentencing Fëanor to exile is because they are capable of enforcing it. They’re physical gods, there’s no point in resisting. Again, whether or not the exile is deserved is irrelevant. Fëanor had no way of knowing he was breaking the law because up to that point there wasn’t any, this was the first (and last) incident of it’s kind. Given the innate power imbalance, the Valar shouldn’t be ruling over Elves at all, but since that the are, it’s incredibly important that they have a consistent legal code. Otherwise, they could use their reality warping abilities to enforce any punishment they like on anyone who displeases them, just because they decide that their actions are illegal after the fact.

As, in fact, they do.

Twice.

And this is Fëanor’s mindset, when he’s refusing to give up the silmarils. He’s just been punished for speaking out against the Valar, there’s mounting evidence to suggest his accusations are true. He knows that the Valar aren’t consistant in their dealings with the Eldar. He really is beset by enemies. He knows they’re willing to leverage their power to limit his freedom when they decide it’s justified and has no reason to believe that they won’t confiscate his property for similar reasons. Which is exactly what happens, courtesy of Eonwë, centuries later.

The Valar, of course, have no idea that what they’re doing is wrong.  They don’t understand the children. Having been imbued with ultimate knowledge of Eru’s plan, it’s incomprehensible to them that everyone else doesn’t just fall into line with what they know is best. Manwë has Eru’s council, dissent against him is dissent against Eru, from his perspective literally all that is good in the universe. This is not an excuse. 

And Fëanor is not, by any means, unduly paranoid. 

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JUST IN TIME FOR THE NORWEGIAN ELECTION

Here’s a helpful guide to the main political parties of Norway. Presented as a comic sans powerpoint cause that’s how you do on tumblr I’m told.

I’d name this "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right" but there’s already a book called that.

Alternatively “holy crap I can’t believe both the revolutionary socialists and the environmentalists might actually get seats in parliament this year!”

Norwegians, remember to vote!

Virgo and Scorpio are two signs that will make themselves quietly and uncomfortably unforgettable to you for a while. Virgo is a sign that sweetly, yet sacrificially serves. There is a bittersweet quality to Virgo that keeps you wondering if the bittersweetness will ever turn into something else more comfortable. Scorpio is a sign that powerful penetrates into the darkness, yet finds light in the darkest of places. There is a powerful quality to Scorpio that keeps on making you come back to the extremity of it all. Virgo can sometimes be associated with Chiron while Scorpio is associated with Pluto. Both celestial bodies are very secretive, yet powerful.

However, Libra, the sign that separates Virgo and Scorpio, is a sign that will attract you in a very obvious manner, yet will be quickly forgotten. Venus rules over Libra, and with Venus, there is a strong initial attraction. Libra is sweet and delightful, luring you in with kind words and fairness. There is balance, peace, and stunning visuals. However, with peace, there is no struggle, meaning that there is no substance to gain form it. With no substance, there is nothing worth remembering and with that, Libra can be easily forgotten. With comfort, there is shallowness, and with shallowness, there is insignificance.

Virgo and Scorpio are signs that don’t have to work so hard to keep themselves important. Libra, on the other hand, constantly tries to please others with the hopes that they will be remembered and loved. This is because Virgo and Scorpio are signs that deal memorable pain, while Libra is a sign that deals with forgettable indulgences.

Air Signs

Gemini
Affectionate, Indecisive, Curious and Inconsistent

Gemini represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. Always ready for fun, playful and clever. Geminis are good communicators
one minute they’re playful, next minute they’re serious. They are extremely curious with everything. Geminis make amazing friends and are also amazing at making them!
They are open-minded, childish and fun loving. Always ready for an intellectual challenge, always faithful and determined. Geminis go through plenty of love interests until they find the right one to settle down with.

Libra
Fair-minded, Indecisive, Gracious and Self-pitying

This sign is ruled by Venus, making them amazing lovers. They are balanced, fair-minded and peaceful. Libras tend to avoid conflict and are usually in the middle of it.
Libras find their own inner personality the most important to them. Strongly intellectual like Gemini, Libras have their own opinions and do not like others shutting them down.
Libras tend to be good at hiding their feelings, unable to explain them but they are caring. They are charming, flirty and loving, always searching for a partner. Sometimes can be manipulative.

Aquarius
Independent, Temperamental, Original and Aloof

Aquarians can be shy and quiet but also the opposite. However, Aquarians love helping other people. They are very deep thinkers, able to look at both sides of the story and can easily solve conflict.
They can also adapt to the energies that surround them but, Aquarians also need their time alone, away from everything else to restore themselves. Much like the other signs, they are intellectual and are mentally stimulated.
Aquarians thrive within a group and strive to be around others, strong sense for freedom. They can also come off as insensitive and cold, they need to learn how to express their inner emotions and learn to trust others!
They find intellectual conversations stimulating and attractive, they respect honesty and freedom within relationships. In love they are loyal and committed.

Griffin: Sitting across from you in another gondola is the regulator crew. You got Casey Fangbattle, you got Killian, and you got Boyland. Who clarified over Twitter that the name is pronounced Boy-lund? But I received explicit permission to go ahead and call this character Boy-land. And so canonically, that’s exactly what it is from now on.

Justin: Fair enough.

Libra  ♎
“Libra is an Air sign and represented by the symbol of the Balancing Scales. They are often surrounded by art, music and beautiful places. Libra-born prefer justice and equality, and they cannot tolerate injustice. People born under this sign are considered to be attractive and fashion-conscious.”

Libra is the balanced, fair and lover of harmony and peace so I used neutral colors. The headdress contains Libra’s lucky stones/birthstones such as Moonstone, Smokey Quartz and Opal.

The Norse Gods in Tarot

I haven’t seen any posts about this, so I thought I’d put out my own interpretation. For each god I’ve listed what card resonates with them the most and other cards, they may appear to you as and why I believe this.

Æsir

  • Odin
    • Primary: The King of Cups - The King of Cups represents leadership, intelligence, emotion and the power of the unconscious. He is stable and in control, and he represents the balance between feelings and the intellect.
    •  May also come to you as: The Hermit, The Emperor, The Magus
  • Frigg
    • Primary: The Queen of Cups - The Queen of Cups represents femininity, spirituality, insight, intuition, nurturing and fertility. She is the queen who rules the realm of emotions and indicated nurturing and love for ourselves and our fellow men, with her powerful unconscious and insight she weaves the fate of men.
    • May also come to you as: The Empress
  • Thor
    • Primary: Strength - Strength represents courage, persistence, motivation, love, patience, and inner strength. As Thor is the god of the common man, strength is the card. It shows inner fortitude and the power of the spirit to overcome any obstacle. 
    • May also come to you as: The Chariot
  • Loki
    • Primary: The Hanged Man - The Hanged Man represents potential growth, restrictions, change, crossroads and letting go. The Hanged Man is suspended from a cave for he is a powerful character others try to restrain but at the right time he can spring into action with his cunning skills.
    • May also come to you as: The Fool
  • Týr
    • Primary: Justice - Justice represents fairness, reason, balance, and honesty. It reflects the search for truth and represents the consequences of your decisions. Tyr, known for his sense of courage and fairness, placed his arm in the god Fenrir’s mouth as an act of trust, but when the Gods bound Fenrir he bit it off.
  • Sigyn
    • Primary: Temperance - Temperance represents balance, communication, healing, art and management of resources. Sigyn is a woman filled with temperance, as she holds a bowl above Loki’s head until Ragnarok, catching the venom that is meant for him.
  • Baldr
    • Primary: King of Wands - The King of Wands represents, charisma, light, power, warmth, charm, and strength. The King of Wands has very powerful energy and is able to bring people together with his light and warm aura easing those around him, making him well loved by all.

Vanir

  • Freyja
    • Primary: The High Priestess - The High Priestess represents honesty, beauty, dreams, spirituality, felinity, and magic. She is the guardian of magic. She helps us keep in touch with our feminine and sexual side, as well as supports us in becoming stronger.
    • May also come to you as: The Lovers 
  • Freyr 
    • Primary: The Star - The Star represents generosity, recovery, hope, humility, optimism, faith and renewal. The Star is in my opinion, the most gentle card in the deck, he often helps to heal and release grudges and negativity. He offers the comfort of a clear night sky in the meadow of the woods.
    • May also come to you as: King of Wands 
  • Idunn
    • Primary: Page of Wands - The Page of Wands represents youth, energy, loyalty, good health, and new beginnings. As Idunn cares for the apples of youth and immortality, the pages of wands represents a youthful, exciting, lustful young woman.
  • Ran
    • Primary: Page of Cups - The Page of Cups represents the unconscious mind, intuition, creativity, inspiration and healing water. 

Other

  • Yggrdasil
    • Primary: The World - The World symbolizes Yggdrasil to me, as Yggdrasil is the base of all nine realms and the sustainer of all life, I see her as the World in a tarot reading.
  • Hel
    • Primary: Death - Death is another personal connection, I make to Hel. As the ruler of Niflheim and goddess of the dead, it only seems to right.
    • May also come to you as: The Queen of Swords
  • The Norns
    • Primary: The Magus -  It was believed that the Norns decided the destinies of gods, giants, and dwarfs, and were responsible for the fates of every individual human being.
  • Sol 
    • Primary: The Sun - Another one with personal connection, Sol is the Sun. 
  • Mani
    • Primary: The Moon - Another personal connection, Mani is the Moon.
A Song of Ice and Astrology

[aka game of thrones, astrology edition]

Aries- Arya/Ygriette- She’s firery, direct, determined, and innocent but has a violent, temperamental streak. 

Taurus- Jon/Eddard- He’s the eye of the hurricane, keeps his cool no matter what happens, and adheres to a strict code of honor.

Gemini- Tyrion/Littlefinger- Intelligent, quick-witted, able to read and play people on both sides of the fence, a master of deception who uses humor to mask his pain

Cancer- Catelyn- Family, duty, and honor, the Tully words, and  the core of cancer’s values, guide all of her decisions. She will do anything for her children.

Leo- Jamie- Arrogant but likable, thrives on love and attention, has a strong sense of pride, along with a heroic streak, although he puts himself first.

Virgo- Sansa- Used to be pure, naive, innocent, and underestimated. Now, she’s intelligent, analytical, and will prove to be a formidable force. (Virgos, once they realize their power, tend to be dangerous and unstoppable.)

Libra- Danerys- A fair leader who seeks balance and justice at any cost. Used to depend on a partner (like underdeveloped libras) but is now fiercely independent (the mark of a self-realized libra).

Scorpio- Varys- The Lord of Whispers who pulls strings from the shadows, intelligent, has hidden motives, and suffered great trauma in the past.

Sagittarius- Oberyn- Arrogant, reckless, funny, free, and very likable. He is impulsive, quick-witted, loyal, and shouldn’t have fucking died. 

Capricorn- Cersei- Cold, ruthless, has serious daddy issues, is manipulative, and values power above almost everything. Cynical, suspicious, classic (unevolved) cap. 

Aquarius- Brienne- An outcast because she doesn’t adhere to society’s values; with determination, she forged her own path. A true rebel. Evolved aquarius. 

Pisces- Bran- Lost his ego/sense of identity with his legs, can literally walk in someone else’s shoes (evolved pisces is intensely empathetic) and is primed to become the most spiritual character. 

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WHY WE NEED SANCTUARY STATES

California lawmakers have just passed “sanctuary state” legislation – the first state since Oregon, which 30 years ago passed a law preventing state agencies from targeting undocumented immigrants solely because of their illegal status. 

Other states should follow California’s and Oregon’s lead. 

Since January, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered immigration authorities to target “public safety” threats, federal arrests of undocumented immigrants have increased by over 37 percent. California is home to an estimated 2.3 million unauthorized immigrants. 

California’s law limits the authority of state and local law enforcers to communicate with federal immigration authorities, and prevents officers from questioning or holding people depending on their immigration status or immigration violations. But it still allows federal immigration authorities to enter county jails to question immigrants, and allow police and sheriffs to share information on people who have been convicted of serious crimes.

This is a fair balance. Sanctuary protections like these make sense because:

1. Under them, undocumented immigrants are more likely to come forth with information about crime when doing so won’t put them at risk of deportation. This improves public safety and builds trusts with law enforcement. 

2. By contrast, turning state and local police into immigration agents invites more crime because it diverts limited time and resources to rounding up undocumented immigrants.

3. Undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born citizens, so it makes even less sense for local and state police to spend their precious time and resources rounding them up.

4. A dragnet aimed at finding and deporting all of America’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants is cruel, costly, and contemptible. It turns this country into more of a police state, breaks up families, and hurts the economy. 

We must resist Jeff Sessions and his dragnet. Help make your state a sanctuary. 

anonymous asked:

don't you think it's interesting that namjoon is a leader and has libra mercury?

it’s no wonder he’s so diplomatic and well spoken~ the way he listens to each of the members ideas and sides of an issue, and is able to diffuse arguments well, a very libran trait. he’s not authoritative like many people given the title of leader, he’s fair and balanced.

Originally posted by marikit257

You can be relieved AND annoyed when a Black cop is found guilty.

Me: That little white girl who led the police on a chase and then kicked one of the cops got arrested with barely a scratch, yet Black folks get gunned from the back.

Whites Being Obtuse:  So you’re saying she should have been killed for resisting arrest?!

Me:  (.__. )


Me: White people and Black people use drugs at roughly the same rate (and more recent stats put drug usage among whites a little higher) yet Black people make up a disproportionately large number of drug arrests.

Whites Being Obtuse:  So you’re saying Black people shouldn’t be arrested for breaking the law just because they’re Black?

Me:  (.__. )


Me: A white woman was just killed by a Black cop in Minnesota so you know he’s going to jail immediately.

Whites Being Obtuse:  So you’re saying it’s okay when white people are killed by the cops?

Me:  (.__. )


It cannot truly be this difficult for white people to wrap their heads around white privilege as a function of the justice system and how our issues with the system stem from a desire to have everyone treated equally.  The problem is one these Obtuse Whites won’t even acknowledge:  They take the conversation to mean Black people aren’t asking for fair treatment so much as we’re asking for special treatment with no consequences…you know…the kind of treatment that being white gets you, the kind these Obtuse Whites won’t even admit exists.

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