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Sun sign = the essence of a person, the potential & ideal personality

Moon sign = the inner core of a person, private feelings, subconscious habits and attitudes

Ascendant sign = (aka rising sign) the outer layer, mask, the first impression a person gives to others

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Source Wells, Energy & Their Effect on Entity Classifications

Originally posted by protobacillus

Conjurer Lethe here! This post was inspired by @sordhent‘s post on Source Wells. I encourage you all to read it, since it’s a great way to gain more insight into the topic!

Finding in-depth, detailed information on energy alignments and how these alignments affect spirit work and entity classification (beyond Dark Arts, Light Arts) can be near-impossible. The information I have compiled in this document is Unverified Personal Gnosis, and derived from my own experiences and interpretation of these experiences. However, I believe at least some of these points are relevant regardless of what your personal practice looks like. I encourage you to assess  these definitions critically and challenge them, or incorporate them into your own personal views as you see fit.  

It’s also important to note that my understanding of Source Well theory is still evolving. As such, as I gain more information and continue to study/ have more experiences in relation to Source wells, etc. the information on this post might become obsolete or be updated.

What is a Source? A source is energy. (The kind of energy you manipulate, use to power-up your practice, fuel your spells and do your spirit work with). It is my belief that all sources are “alive” and have a certain degree of consciousness to them. The level of agency a source has is directly proportional to how developed/old it is. The source/ sources you connect to innately have a direct relationship with your energy core and the energy alignments you have.

Origin Sources: These are the “original” energy alignments. They are the “‘oldest” energy types (Ex. void, likely reiki). There is not a concrete list of Origin Sources although I would like to study them more.

How did Origin Sources come to be? Hell if I know. I have theories, of course…. But…. I cannot concretely say “This Is the Truth About How Origin Sources Came Into Existence.” 

Possible theory: At one point there was some “Universal” energy mass. This energy became so unstable that eventually…bam- the energies shattered/exploded/ separated leading to the creation of distinct Origin Sources.

Divergence Sources: Energy alignments formed throughout time, either by naturally evolving from an Origin Source or because Origin sources or different Divergence Sources intermingled.

Source wells: Unadulterated energy centre in its purest form. This is where all energy of a specific type would be derived from. Ground zero. Pure energy found in source wells is incredibly potent, but also dangerous. Energy direct from the source is so undiluted that the majority of living entities coming even close to it would be fucking deader than dead. Goodbye life cycles, goodbye consciousness, hello darkness my old friend. These source wells have energy pathways flowing everywhere. (Like veins of energy flowing into the living organism that is our lovely universe).

Source veins: Pathways through which diluted source energy flows. At times, these pathways intersect, creating distinct energy mixes. These distinct energy mixes can eventually evolve and become source wells too.

Is all energy trapped in this system? There  is energy outside of these wells/ vein systems but in negligible amounts. In order to do something like significantly manipulate energy or perform spirit work, etc.  you’d need a connection to a vein or energy system. Connecting to a source is not something you have to do consciously, either. Most of us are innately attracted to work with the sources that we are connected with, and draw energy from these sources subconsciously when we are doing spirit work or energy work.

Can I access energy sources outside of the one I am naturally connected to? Humans  can access different sources (although not every entity you encounter will have the same abilities, and not every energy worker will be able to manipulate other sources skillfully). However, manipulating energy sources outside of the one(s) that you are innately connected to can be extremely challenging. Furthermore, the level of energy work you will be able to achieve (if you do not create an energy system that is linked to this source) will be mediocre at best. You might find manipulating energy from sources closely related to your innate source to be easiest. Manipulating energy from sources that you are not innately connected to OR that you have not been aligned with [through initiation, for example] can be very trying both physically and mentally. Doing this for a prolonged period of time is not recommended or sustainable, particularly if you want to advance in your practice.

Fragments: For the purpose  of this post, they are considered conscious embodiments of the source. They are the source, but have also developed free-will and agency. They can interact with living things (as long as they control their energy output). As part of the source they have direct access and ability to manipulate unadulterated energy from source wells without repercussion. There can be multiple fragments of the same source. Fragments of the source are very powerful. Their personalities are distinct, but likely will mirror the qualities/ traits of the source energy they come from. They generally have little interest in interacting with the world/ humans/ other entities, although there are exceptions. Do not humanize them- they are unlike any other entities you will encounter. Avoidance is recommended. If not possible, proceed with Extreme caution. Do not seek them out, and cross your fingers hoping that you won’t run into one of them. They will fuck you up if they feel like it.

Deities: For the purpose of this post, deities are defined as high-level, highly developed entities. They are distinct beings from the source, but can access source wells and manipulate pure energy without concern (they will not be negatively affected by the concentration of energy, etc.). Not all deity-type beings are known to humans, nor do they always demand worship. Deities tend to be more comfortable interacting with the world than fragments. While all deities are able to access source wells, the extent of manipulation that they are capable of is highly variable. However, all deities are very powerful. Approach cautiously. (Although deities are likely less incomprehensible than fragments, they are still not human. Remember this in your dealings with them).  

Native Workers: Defined as entities who are able to innately access the energy from one of the pure source well veins. They derive their power, abilities, etc. from one of these sources but the level of purity that they can tolerate is variable. (Fire elementals, pure-void creatures, etc. are all examples of native workers). Native Worker personalities are all highly variable. Cultures, religions, & species that can be classified as “Native Workers” are countless.

Energy Hybrids: Entities who are able to innately access the energy from one of the mixed source well veins. Energy hybrids are not a “cross” between two species with different alignments. Rather, they are unique species whose source energy is a mix of two or more sources. They derive their power and abilities from this source mix, and might also be able to access (depending on their skill and power) energy from the pure source well veins that comprise their energy alignment. A Void reaper would be able to access energy from a death/void vein, as well as from a death vein, and a void vein.

Bloodline Hybrids: Entities who are a mix between two species that derive their power from different sources. They might be able to draw energy from mixed source veins, from only one source, or from no source whatsoever. A dragon/water hybrid would be an example of a bloodline hybrid.

Disconnected: Entities and living beings who, for one reason or another, cannot access source energy at all. They might have been cut off in a past life, had a binding performed, or they might be unlucky bloodline hybrids. Being cut off from source energy can have serious physical, mental, and emotional repercussions. It will also make spiritual work either exceedingly difficult or impossible.

Cool story, I still don’t care: Aside from impacting how we classify entities, the Source Wells you innately connect to have a direct impact on your energy core and on your energetic alignment. Having a greater understanding of them can be a great asset if you want to advance your practice/ energy-work skills. These two posts talk in more detail about how sources interact with your own energy core, and why alignments matter at all

definefreakforme  asked:

Ooh could you please do how the characters (the ones from the roommate post) would be as a partner/s.o??

Hello there! I’m so glad you asked as I was planning on doing one of these eventually anyhow! ehem *great minds think alike* ♥♥


The Witcher™ Characters: Relationships.  

Orianna

On the one hand, I doubt you’d ever make it so far as to even be the partner of the lovely lady Orianna. But on the other hand, in simple terms, she’d be quite the toxic partner. She plays the game of power, beating you at every turn. She lacks any empathy, and is quite the incredibly complex, sadistic person. 

Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon

The thing about Ciri is that I doubt she would easily trap herself in any kind of committed relationship at all, as she would just call them that, “confinement”. It’s not that she’s not capable of falling in love, she is, but she’d never want or need to depend on someone else, nor have that weakness exposed by them. Besides, it’s not for everyone to settle and have kids or marry anyways. 

Geralt of Rivia

As wild as he can be sometimes, in regards to him never really being home, or the unlikeliness of him wanting to settle down with just anybody, he’d be a protective and loyal partner, someone you can rely on no matter what storm hails outside. You’d have not just humor, but kindness, love and stability. 

Shani

The sweet Shani is as tender as partners go, she’ll nurture and take care of someone, she’d remain loyal, soft, and most importantly, forever kind. Though she couldn’t physically fight for you, she’d defend you in other ways. 

Yennefer of Vengerberg

As equally hard to tame as Orianna and Ciri, though she’s capable of much love, she’ll not chain herself down unless you’ve proven yourself utterly and entirely worthy of her grace. For she is extremely loyal, protective and wise. To be with her, would be to be to commit to someone for the rest of your life. 

Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy

Eternal and loyal would be his love, incredibly loyal, and he’d not give up on you for the first many tries, as much as you yourself feel you’ve messed up. If you’ve given him love beyond comparison, he feels as if though it’s his duty to stand by you in sorrow, in darkness, in anger, in pain and in sickness. 

Dettlaff van der Eretein

The sensitive one, though his heart is golden, can be incredibly possessive of you. As many as above, he’ll not commit himself to just anyone, so were he to choose you, and only you, he’d not plan to leave anytime soon. If your love shall run out, his won’t, and he’ll not stop wanting to love you. If your love shouldn’t run out just like his, then you’ll be eternally bound to each other.

Vernon Roche

Without his Stripes, or a real purpose to fight for, in the game of love, Roche would be more than confused. On some deep level, he’d care, as he’s not incapable of love and trust. But, due to mysterious reasons, he can’t bring himself to love the way other men would love. He’s protective and loyal, but he’s not loving or affectionate. I’m not even sure he’d ever want to settle down.

Eskel

As he’s given up himself to find love, finding you and learning you’d want to be with him, would make him as fulfilled as ever. He’s smart though, and would wish for a relationship to be trustworthy and loyal, so he wouldn’t go in a relationship without making sure that you are that type of person to provide it. If you’ve proven yourself good, he’d be loving and kind to you forevermore. 

Triss Merigold (book version)

Triss is fleeting, she’d love without cause, without limitations. But as she falls in love quickly, she might as well fall out of love just as quickly. If not, she’d be a tender, caring and sweet partner, putting your needs at the top, as she’s liked by many people around her, she’d invite you to everywhere she went. But be careful, she’s not above betraying her close friends for love. Yourself included.

Eredin Bréacc Glas

If you’ve managed to take down this wild beast, congratulations! Not that he’s incapable of love, but that he prioritize power and influence above all. If you were to be sacrificed as payment for power, he would. But if you’ve managed to ensnarl him in love to you, I reckon he’d be capable of seeing the whole world burn just to save your hide, if the need ever arose. 

Crevan Espane aep Caomhan Macha

Love is a weakness, by all means, and it’s not something high up on his list of things to achieve. Unless he’d feel he really need to pass on his genes in order to have some form of heir, would he actively be open towards any kind of relationship. But if you aren’t able to bring the necessary qualities and demands he feels is worthy of his level of intellect, you aren’t a good match for him. 

Lambert

Lambert is a smartass, he’s funny, but he’ll never stop sassing you. 


Thank you! I hope you liked it! And sorry for not being able to include more characters, but this post would be 10 miles longer than it already is. (◠◡◠)

anonymous asked:

Where/how would an entj female meet guys that won't run for the hills?

From experience, ENTJ females (also applicable to INTJs) who date someone who’s ‘not quite there yet in life’ tend to get quickly frustrated and exhausted with the inequality in the partnership because you ladies usually hit those objective milestones faster and earlier in life. It potentially creates this dynamic where you’ll feel like his mother because the other person is still ‘finding themselves’ and you’re there waiting for them to catch up to you. If you’re not the type of person who’s patient enough to stick with someone as they’re still developing then look for guys at centers of excellence where you’re most likely to find someone who already has the traits you respect such as top universities, innovation hubs (Silicon Valley), and clubs and associations (personal or professional interests).

It also depends on why they’re running for the hills. Assuming it’s not because of you, in general, look for guys who have already accomplished goals in their lives so they’re stable, they’re established, they’re not insecure, they’re not easily threatened, and they won’t engage you in petty competition because they feel inadequate.

General advice for ENTJ (and INTJ females) dating:

  • Keep your internal checklist of qualities handy (because, let’s be honest, we all have one) but stay open-minded to someone who might not have all those traits but can still make you happy. The goal is to find a good match for you, not for your checklist because sometimes the checklist can be wrong.
  • Happiness comes in many unexpected forms. You may be envisioning in your mind some high-powered CEO type in a suit as ‘your type’ but that stable, established, and secure partner could also arrive in your life in the form of a quiet and dorky engineer who has his life together and loves his job, the dreamy artist who relentlessly pursues his passion, or a boisterous carpenter/mechanic who successfully runs his own business.
  • Don’t dismiss people easily, give them adequate time to show you their strengths. If you two are still incompatible then move on but don’t be hasty because people take time to open up.  
  • You can help people develop and find their way through life, but you can’t fundamentally change who they are. Do you like your relationships with a side of bitterness and resentment? No? Then don’t try to mold someone’s core. It’s not fair to them because they’ll be miserable and it’ll be just as unpleasant for you to attempt this and sustain it over a long period of time. It’s more merciful for both parties to break up than to try to force a life where the other person has to compromise key characteristics of themselves.
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MYTHOLOGY EDITS | angels

an angel is a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence. they are typically described as benevolent, and endowed with wisdom and knowledge of earthly events, but not infallible; for they strive with each other, and god has to make peace between them. angels are usually depicted as having the shape of human beings of extraordinary beauty; they are often identified using the symbols of bird wings, halos, and light. they possess high qualities of goodness, purity, selflessness, intelligence, and beauty.

LoneStorm’s Official Fairy Tail Fanfic Rec List

Alrighty, requested by an anon, my so far fave Fairy Tail multichapter fics!  You’ll probably pick up on how much I love AUs… 

There are some I’m following and haven’t decided on the favorite label yet.  Need to see a LOT of writing before I decide to add, so please don’t feel insulted if you don’t see yours on this list yet.  Or I may not have found it yet haha.  But please send me ones you think should be on the list and I will read and add, even if they’re your own!

Find all my faves (Including awesome oneshots)  on my favorites list on ff.net, but here are my personal recs including ones on tumblr, in alphabetical order.  Ones not marked with the (complete) are still ongoing.  (All have Nalu, Gruvia, Gajevy, Jerza, and the rest is pretty random):

AAA by BlackLynx17

EEE!  In one sentence, the shy otaku freshmen, Wendy, starts an anime club to make friends and shenanigans ensue.  It’s hilarious and though slightly cheesy and confusing at times, it’s a fun read and rather heartwarming.  Natsu’s adorable.  

Age of Gladiators by Nicole4211

WOW.  Historically accurate and picturesque descriptions and interesting plot ftw.  Saw some really good art on this by approvesport.  Natsu as prince but dad gets killed when going off for arranged marriage in Rome and has to become a gladiator and AWESOME STUFF HAPPENS but beware of the smut children do try to keep a clean mind and skip that…  :)

Assassin’s Creed: Bonds by Soprana-Snap

THOSE DESCRIPTIONS THO yeah I know nothing about the game but you don’t really need to to understand.  It’s so FANTASTIC ALREADY EEK So Natsu’s an awesome Assassin (except he doesn’t kill anyone, and that’s why we love him) in the Fairy Tail Assassin’s guild, and when he’s ‘practicing’ he just so happens to fall off a roof.  Don’t worry – he grabs onto a window, but it happens to be the window of a rich heiress longing for freedom… woohoo!!!

Bound by Lock and Key by Ayumu Foxtail-chan

OOO!  This new chapter came out the other day and I FREAKED.  I don’t even know why Natsu is the secret, powerful boy hidden in her father’s dungeon BUT I WANNA SO BAD!  Hard to explain but AWESOME READ IT!!!

Controlled Chaos by Absolutely Unsure (Complete)

This is a buncha beautiful Nalu oneshots in a collection.  Makes your shipper heart sooooar…  These were just fantastic and I couldn’t stop reading it.  But beware – don’t get too excited about the multichapter one in the middle because the fic hasn’t updated in a loooong time.

Dark Waters by Miss Mungoe

WOW FAB!!!  Seen a lot of art for this too, much by the fabulous rboz.  So shark-people/mermaid AU GAJEVY CUTEST EVER mermaid gets a forbidden crush on a shark dude and CHAOS AND EVIL ENSUE AHAHA oh and check out Mungoe’s other stuff too she’s fantastic all around.

Dragon’s Guide to Claim Your Mate by BlackLynx17 (Complete)

I know what you’re thinking.  "Storm, no, not the mating season cliche!“  Chill, dudes.  I know the idea of Natsu’s dragon instincts making Lucy his 'mate’ or whatever is overused and considered way too… no.  But this story is one of the most hilarious and adorable you’ll ever read and I have read it several times.  Ignore the slight OOC and unrealisticness and enjoy the story and Naluness.  Basically Natsu figures he’s in love so he looks at the 'Dragon’s Guide’ that Igneel left him for advice.  Please don’t go without reading ehehehe

Living With Him by amehanaa

OKAY OKAY SO THIS FIC OKAY THIS FIC I FREAK OUT MY FANGIRL SHIP FEELS AL;SDKFJA;SK okay so this one is basically Lucy and Natsu accidentally get assigned the same apartment as high schoolers and decide all they can do is keep it that way, for cost and necessity reasons.  And then stUFF HAPPENS!!!

Love at First Site by amehanaa (Complete)

One of my fave Nalu fics of all all all time.  Honestly my feels couldn’t survive a single chapter of this beautiful frickin’ fluff and cuteness and UGH well basically Lucy gets a laptop, and the first art site she goes on, she sees there’s this guy who likes to draw, and she likes to watch him do it on the site.  Eventually, he invites her to his friends’ and his private chatroom and CUTENESS HAPPENS.

My Sk8er Boi by Tatertotrocks (Complete)

Awww, but the tough guy cute girl thing…  short AU fic but so cute, what with all the skateboarder boy falls for ballerina girl that’s restricted by her father and… just read it.  <3  Cuteness you will find nowhere else.

On Whom the Pale Moon Gleams by snogfairy

WOW SNOGFAIRY SENPAI This is the first fic I read by her and I am still amazed.  This entire concept and they’re so in character and now we’ve got some action and Nalu Nalu Nalu and it’s really hard to explain so just trust that it’s one of my favorite things ever and go read it because WOW LIFE THIS FIC

Opposites Attract by Bugseey

Ah, a lil OOC but it takes a lot to get on this list so that’s fine with me, personally.  Band member that has a mysterious past falls for a young business woman and funny stuff and later action and drama happen and YAY!

Passion is Technically Passion by EvilByNecessity (Complete)

Also a bit OOC but HILARIOUS AND SO CUTE AND WORTH THE READ!  High school AU in which Lucy and Natsu are arch enemies… but do they really hate each other as much as they say they do?  I laughed so much please read.

Possession by HawkofNavarre (Complete)

I CRIED IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORY.  (And then went back and read it like five times)  A very very accurate version about how canon Natsu and Lucy fall in love and ugh just so good.  Really quality.

Shaved Ice by EvilByNecessity

LAUGHED JUST AS MUCH AS HER NALU ONE OMG.  Gruvia prequel to Passion is Technically Passion. Juvia, skilled at swimming though awful on ice, joins the hockey team in order to get closer to the hot captain that she’s in love with.  Much shipping and SO SO FUNNY.

Tails&Talons by snogfairy

alskdja;lkjfa;lkjs honestly probably everyone is reading this because SNOG SENPAI IS THE OFFICIAL FAIRY TAIL WRITER OF THE FANDOM AND AMAZINGNESS WOOT.  CUTEST AU – Natsu is a tattoo artist that gets hired by his cousin, whose shop is next to that of a pretty florist and BEAUTIUFL NALU HAPPENS. *SPOILER* (omg Natsu and Lucy made out like FINALLY ABOUT FREAKING TIME SENPAI… not that I’m one to talk…)

Tales of Fairies by RicardanScholar Clark-Weasley

I cannot explain my love for this fic.  It’s a massive oneshot collection, over 200 chapters, all quality and full of feels, humor, shipping, angst, and ANY FT THING YOU COULD THINK OF!! It updates about every single day.  So, so much love for this.  Every member of the Fairy Tail fandom should be following this.  Much Nalu.

The Amulet of Pyralis by rivendell101

Not very long yet but SUPER INTERESTING AND LIKE YOU JUST ABSOLUTELY NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS YOUR HEART WILL BE BURNING WITH “OMG RIVENDELL TELL ME HOW THE THING HAPPENS ALREADY!!”   It’s a Djinn AU (I don’t really know what that is.)  But basically Lucy is one of the last of the Djinn Clan, who had been wiped out.  Kept in a prison, Lucy never dreamed she’d regain enough magic to break free… (A lot more than that – awesome stuff about the amulet that I cannot yet explain well so JUST READ IT)

The Dragon’s Ward by au revoir pets (Complete)

This is one of the most quality and heartwarming Nalu fics I have read.  Mentioned it in TKOF, too.  Ooooh, the feels.  Everyone on earth should read.  The princess, put to sleep to be protected from the evil Hades, is guarded by a boy with the powers of a dragon…

Troublemaker by LaynaPanda

OOC but so worth it omg.  Natsu is the guy that always torments her, but she ends up falling for him, and his jealousy is proving that he may be hiding something as well… High school AU and super addicting.

Unwanted Necessity by AelithiaSienne

Very, very interesting AU – boarding high school yet with magic and magical Nalu that warms the shipper heart.  Lucy’s the scary girl in school that has to put up a mask to keep herself safe, and while Natsu would have nothing to do with her by choice, he bears a terrible curse in which he just cannot stay away…  It’s really going somewhere!  I wasn’t going to put it on the list because the author had abandoned it, but just the other day, she updated and said she’d decided to continue!  ‘Tis fated to be put on the list, I suppose…  (Some commonly repeating typos, but worth the read nevertheless)

We Are Young by koa-chan

WOW THE WRITING IT’S SO SO SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL A;SLKJFASL;DFJ I CRIED.  A LOT.  YOU KNOW HOW OFTEN I CRY.  ALMOST NEVER.  This author is just so skilled in putting all emotions into the piece, making amazingly long chapters that come out every month,  and keeping the characters beautifully… in character ehe.  This is a high school AU but it is the ultimate high school AU – don’t live without reading this.  Your life would be unfulfilled.  

What’s a Witch by mslead

MSLEAD IS MY FRIEND AND SENPAI. SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE WAS A BAD WRITER WHICH  IS BULLSHIT BECAUSE THIS IS AMAZING.  Okay awesomeness Nalu AU in which Natsu is a demon king that accidentally gets himself bonded by accidental magic to this human girl on earth.  So far it follows the story of them trying to survive with one another until they can get Natsu back to where he came from… if he still wants to leave by then…  THE WRITING IS QUALITY OKAY READ IT

Your Virtual Reality by Dark Shining Light

OOO This one has a really interesting plot!  Reminds me a bit of SAO.  Though they are best friends, Natsu seems to be pushing Lucy away, mostly through playing his new video game.  So Lucy gives it a try… and ends up stuck in the game!  Still wondering how she’s gonna get out and the SUSPENSE A;LSDJFASDFJ

Fin

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The Aston Martin DB11 Gets a V8 Engine Option

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Y'all … I got some Dior lipstick as my birthday sample from Sephora and I am MINDBLOWN. It has been a struggle for years trying to find a matte lip color, either in stick or liquid, that is highly pigmented and has staying power but that won’t dry out my lips and make them look all cracked and weird.

I have tried everything at every price point. I was happy with Nars crayons and Stila’s liquid lipstick but neither one ever really felt comfortable.

I honestly had no expectations putting this Dior on because it was free anyway and a SUPER BRIGHT red I ordinarily wouldn’t wear.

But … Omg. It feels like a high quality lip balm in consistency but is completely matte. In literally one swipe I got full coverage that matched my liner. Blotting didn’t dry it out. My lips feel moist and pleasant and look really pretty. I have no idea how long it will last but consider me sold. Which honestly I regret because like most people I cannot afford Dior products haha.


I know this isn’t directly blog related, but since I’ve mentioned my very pink and very old laptop on here before I feel it’s worth saying.

The motherboard is failing. After almost eight years of being far more powerful than it has any right to be, my Sony vaio is going into retirement. This is the laptop I started this blog on, where all the shitposts and redbubble stuff was designed, a cute little pink laptop that survived falls, scrapes, a grotesquely busted up hinge, and ran Skyrim on high quality. She has a week before she’s put out to pasture.

A moment of silence for the fallen. Sleep well, Bubbles.

The beauty of a high quality connection approach is that you don’t have to overhaul the culture at your workplace to create meaning. Anyone, in any position, can change how they feel, and how their coworkers feel, simply by fostering small moments of connection. The results would be transformative. Dutton has found that high quality connections can revitalize employees emotionally and physically, and help organisations function better. They lead employees to feel more energized and engaged at work, make them more resilient when they encounter setbacks or frustration, and help teams work together more cohesively. Feeling like part of the group can make even the most mundane tasks seem valuable and worth doing well. Yes, brief interactions can be demeaning - but they can also be dignifying.

We can’t control whether someone will make a high quality connection with us, but we can all choose to initiate or reciprocate one. We can decide to respond kindly, rather than antagonistically, to an annoying colleague. We can say hello to a stranger on the street rather than avert our eyes. We can choose to value people rather than devalue them. We can invite people to belong.

—  Emily Esfahani Smith, ‘The Power of Meaning’

anonymous asked:

i absolutely adore your worldbuilding, so, this is a question i've been wondering for a while, but is there a specific meaning attached to the dragon tattoo? or is it just a very impressive denotation of rank, or..? thank you!!

Thank you so much for answering this question, I am actually gonna use this to post a meta about Yuuri’s tattoos, because I put a lot of thought into them. 

This is what I went off for the dragon, I already knew beforehand what they represented, but this one fit exactly for my purposes. 

“In the west, it is a greedy, fire-breathing, cave-dwelling, and fear-inspiring creature that jealously guards its hoard.  in the Japanese dragon tattoo, however, it symbolizes something very different.  Oriental dragons are equally at home in the air or in the water. Usually embodying wisdom, strength and manipulating the forces of the universe for the benefit of people.

The face of the oriental dragon is generally not the face of one creature but many and can be different from dragon to dragon. The dragon can take on characteristics of animals it encounters through its life. The eyes can be of a demon, or rabbit, while the ears are those of a cow, the neck and belly of a snake, the horns of a stag and the scales of a koi. Its hands or talons are from the hawk or eagle and it has saliva and breath like perfume, a voice like the musical ringing of a copper bell or basin.  The Asian dragon is usually the bearer of profound blessings. Like other Oriental tattoo designs, the choice of a dragon is generally an aspiration to the qualities of great goodness, wisdom, and power.

All those bolded bits sung to me, the faces of many (masquerade) different personas in the eyes, hands like talons(his knives) and great goodness, wisdom and power, these all make me think of Yuuri. 

I also put my own meaning/feelings into it, to me dragons are the ultimate being, to me they’re associated with royalty and high standing, like not just anyone can have a full back piece dragon tattoo and Yuuri, being the son of the Katsuki; is someone strong enough and worthy enough by blood and personality to have one on his skin. 

For the peonies I gave him, (it should also be noted that in traditional irezumi that you can only have one type of flower on your body if you get a sleeve or bodysuit done) I went by this, peonies are special to me, I have a huge one on my forearm. 

“The Peony is considered the best of flowers and is known as the King of flowers.  In short it means elegance and wealth. With it’s large and spreading petals, which are delicately curled at the edges, the peony has been called “the rose without thorns”.  Although often depicted in tattoo imagery in deep red, it is today also cultivated in many other colours.

In the ornate, complex, and extensive body coverage that is typically involved in Japanese tattoos, it may seem as though entire gardens appear, but the floral repertoire of traditional Japanese tattoo is not as extensive as it might first appear, among the select flowers that are used is the peony,  it is regarded as a symbol of wealth, good fortune and prosperity.  In addition though,  it also suggests a sort of gambling, daring and even a masculine devil-may-care attitude, quite unlike its character in the west”.

I’m pretty sure the bolded parts speak for themselves in that one haha, but that’s why I gave Yuuri peonies out of all the flowers. 

Fujin and Raijin I have explained a tiny bit in the fic (I think).

The gods of wind (Fujin) and thunder (Raijin) that loom ominously atop a summit of clouds are usually depicted as oni, showing that oni are not evil, but carry out duties and deeds given them by powerful deities and forces.  Although fujin and raijin can be depicted using other than typical oni forms.

They’re both depicted as evil and ferocious, “but both the Wind God and the Thunder God are originally subordinates to the Senju Kannon, and worshipped together with Kannon’s 28 attendants.” (link) so all in all Yuuri is a powerful creature that works for a power higher than him, long story short anyway XD 

There are a few more things I could add, about the spacing in windbars in traditional irezumi in regards to how wide or thin they are represents where in Japan you might be from, but that’s pretty much the basics of all Yuuri’s tattoo for now. 

Most information taken from here. http://www.irezumiart.co.uk/irezumi-symbology/

Okay! I’ve decided to start @engorgio-study’s new #studychallengefeb17 (here’s the original post!) a bit late, so I’m gonna post the first three or four posts between today and tomorrow (just to catch up with the rest of you) and then procede in posting pics day by day as it should be properly done.
The first prompt is: explain your URL/username

The reason behind “productivitybitch” is simple: productivity is like… my main goal in life. Being efficient always mean being happier for me so being productive make my life 100% better and makes me feel proud of myself. I don’t always manage to be productive because of many many reasons nobody cares about (and I should learn not to care about them as well), but I swear I’m trying.
And about the “bitch” part, I just needed a strong word that would make me feel powerful. I love all the pretty soft and sweet names studyblrs generally have, but calling myself “productivitysnowflake” would have made me feel delicate and fragile rather than boosting my motivation. So yess, my life is all about motivating my self, at the moment.

So, basically this is it! I’ve taken a pic of the things I own that help me the most with productivity (planner, highlighters, ipod, studyblr, cute pen…) with my camera and used this psd to edit it. I’m gonna try post more original content here on tumblr, too, even if I would like to post only high quality pics so I don’t think it’s gonna be a daily thing, except for this challenge. Anyway, you can follow my instagram account if you want to see daily content cause I always post pics that I take whith my ipod there.

Byeee!

What People hear: this villain has done nothing wrong, he is my precious cinnamon roll and I’ll protect them until my dying breath because, despite having killed/manipulated/used people, they only do bad thing because of their tragic past so they must be forgiven.


What I say: I like this character as a villain because they have a complex personality and they are entertaining to watch,but I can’t condone their action: even if I understand how their backstory affected them and made them who they are now, there are things that can’t be excused.


What I think: I love this villain! They crave power, they are ambitious, funny, charismatic, narcissistic, arrogant and sassy, but also very very intelligent, smart, manipulative and cunning and those are the qualities I’m usually attracted to: I’m not “excusing” anyone, but I don’t find them “problematic” neither. I don’t like them because they are “interesting”, I like them because I’m attracted to them. Why should I feel guilty about rooting for someone who is trying to take over the world? Like: make me rule by your side, sir??? I love you???? My ethics and morals are pretty inexistent??? I want someone with a very high ambition and IQ by my side to have interesting adventures and conversations????

Please just give me my villains.

Here’s my We Like opinion, not that anyone asked for it.

Firstly, it’s exactly what I expected after their debut, if you’re shocked by the style you must have never listened to Wee Woo.

Secondly, I wasn’t super sold on it the first two listens, mostly because there was a lot going on visually and instrumentally. My brain couldn’t predict where anything was going so it was hard to enjoy mindlessly. However, once I knew the song it was like a complete 180, and the confusing beat became the best part.

Basically, it’s a fantastic catchy song, with the ability to grow on you and get stuck in your head for hours. It almost gives a badass feeling in a happy way, definitely the kind of song that makes doing any task 3x more fun(lowkey excited to listen to it next time I go grocery shopping). Quality first comeback to really cement themselves as a cute but powerful girlcrush group. I am a proud HIgh

Footnote: all the girls looked god damn amazing and anyone who says otherwise with face the wrath of my 5'3 self

I made a new post to continue this one, about Gadreel, because the old one is getting so unwieldy, and when I tried to edit it down to size, x-kit failed me somehow and wouldn’t let me post.

And I’m also only dealing with one tiny portion of all the awesome stuff on the chain, so I apologize, and also might have to go back and follow up on other things in a separate post. But I wanted to say right off the bat that this is the best chain of meta I’ve seen on Gadreel ever. Really A+ effort from everybody involved. @zpublicizes​, I cut your whole meta chain out, but I agree with so much of what you wrote in it, and I feel all warm and fuzzy about the super-high-quality discussion. (´∀`)♡

@idontneedasymbol wrote:

and also Gadreel stuff yeah okay i cannot shut up about this  

Heh, welcome to the hell pit, we’re having tea and cookies at noon. More company is *always* welcome.

I think the concern about Dean’s culpability is about more than assigning blame. It’s largely (at least in my case) about understanding the character.

Yeah, I agree that’s completely valid. And the extensive discussion about blame is even totally valid and important too. I think this is kind of an area where sociological forces are so powerful that there’s a limited amount of free will in how any individual person or group of people even approaches the topic. This is what we have to talk about, because this is what is here.

Even for Carver et al, to a certain extent, they had to structure the narrative the way they did because that’s just how narrative is written [by middle-to-upper class modernist/post-modernist white dudes, and hence by all of us, in the West]. I guess that’s why fic is (imo) such a radical act- it’s the one place we can talk and think about and absorb into ourselves what isn’t there in the same depth we do with what is.

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Torch Song is such a fucking beautiful and underappreciated song on Crash Love. (Which is, as I’ve realized in my ‘old age’ a very underappreciated album.)

There’s all this awe and reverence for the subject of the song with this underlayer of bitterness, something I’ve always loved about AFI’s songs. Now this is probably, actually very likely to just be me projecting, but this is how I’ve always read AFI’s songs from a lyrics/general feeling perspective: There’s a common thread of being in absolute, poetic awe of something whether it’s a former lover, a feeling, or some sort indefinable “spiritual” experience related to either of the above. But there’s always this sense of being destroyed or undone by it, or else overwhelmed to the point of drowning or being consumed by it. Torch Song is such a powerful example of this kind of…dichotomy of feelings.

And the music fits so absolutely perfectly with the lyrics. The guitar starts out kind of high and dissonant but then morphs into this beautiful riff that perfectly accents the important, vital parts of the lyrics. There’s this soaring ballad quality to the chorus especially with the higher pitched backing vocals.

Sorry to go all snobby art school critique mode on you guys, but I’ve just always been overwhelmed by this song. And yet when I let people listen to it they don’t get it. I didn’t get it until I actually looked up the lyrics (because Davey doesn’t enunciate and you miss so much important stuff that really makes the song). I was just floored looking up the first few lyrics which I couldn’t understand at first, the only bits I got were: “I’d tear out my eyes for, you my dear”

But then I read this part: 

“I saw you. Angels came to light your path.
I heard you keep their wings pressed under glass.
Now am I, so enthralled that I might die?
I saw you, sweetly smile, and say “do try”

And just seeing this written out is underwhelming because you need that vocal delivery to really get it.

I dunno guys, I’m overwhelmed with emotion every time I hear it and the only way I can think to express it is by writing overly important sounding sentences.

Are there other people who hear an AFI song, even if they’ve listened to it 50,000 times; but they’ll hear it in the context of a certain moment in time and just have to take a moment to process it? Also, do yourselves a favor, if you’ve never listened to Burials while driving down a pitch black country road at 3 in the morning do it. There’s something about being alone in a vehicle in a place that’s barely recognizable and only being able to see a patch of ground two feet in front of you and hearing the The Sinking Night come on with the booming drums first.

A Brief Guide To Some of My Favorite Kirby Anime Episodes

As you might’ve already known, I’m a big Kirby fan. I love my brave orb son. Specifically, I love the Kirby anime, which you might know as either Hoshi no Kaabi or Kirby: Right Back At Ya! I dig it so much that I spent a sizable chunk of my time going through and screencapping every episode, including the all-too-short 3D special and the… interesting pilot. If that doesn’t sound like much, let me remind you that the anime is exactly 100 episodes long. That’s a lot of Kirby content!

Naturally, that much material means a lot of K:RBAY’s run goes through the motions with the show’s usual formula – copying abilities, saving the Cappies, and admiring the power couple that is Dedede and Escargoon – and spotting the diamonds in the rough is trickier than you’d think. Luckily, this guide is here to help! I wouldn’t say these are objectively the best episodes; just that these are the ones I enjoyed the most for various reasons. At the risk of blabbing your ears off about this beloved children’s cartoon, I’ll stop right here and tell you all about my favorite episodes! I’ll try not to list too many of them. (I should mention that this guide mostly focuses on the subbed version, which can easily be found on Youtube for the most part, though the dub is even easier to find and, admittedly, has its own charm.)

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firenmynus  asked:

Was there anything in the recent Trixie episode that you liked?

Yeah! I know there are a few people who don’t really like Glimglam, but I feel like when she gets out from Twilight’s saccharine influence, she and Trixie really bounce off each other well as “reformed villains”.  They’re opposites in a way and make a really solid and interesting duo. Glimmer is kind of high strung, full of potential, and constantly worried about what Twilight thinks in a frankly unhealthy way, but Trixie undercuts some of the more oppressive qualities of Glimmer’s time on the screen by going so far as to occasionally dump on Twilight and Twilight’s friends. Trixie has pretty limited potential - or she does now, although it looks like maybe they’re going to power her up to Super Saiyan and make her a Wonderbolt if Glimmer keeps teaching her; it’ll be a shame if they ruin her that way. But Trixie is currently kind of self-centered and a bit irredeemable, so it’s endearing to see her do challenging or life-threatening things in spite of all her weaknesses.
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Let’s face it. As of season 7, ponies are the apex animals of the MLP universe. Nothing is depicted as being as smart as ponies, or as dangerous as ponies, or as determined. Every species they run across is flatly inferior until they adopt the ponies’ philosophies. It’s a stupid, careless reversal that’s really ruined the show because it makes them a heck of a lot less cute, but there it is. Still, it’s nice to know that there are at least two significant characters who aren’t generally perfect nor able to browbeat everyone else. It’s nice to have some characters who didn’t use nepotism to get everything they wanted in the world, and unlike Twilight Sparkle, I’m glad they don’t have the gall to try to “guide” other ponies.
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I like them. They’re not the best, they’re not the clearest thinkers. Glimmer is a dangerous sociopath and needs to be contained, but she’s struggling with that. She fails at things. She tries to live by Twilight Sparkle’s teachings and it doesn’t work sometimes because those kinds of platitudes are naturally worthless. She has to work with the vagueness of the lessons and modify them to work for her life, which is a dangerous game because if she’s allowed to logic her way far enough, I’m sure she could justify any evil to herself.
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Trixie and Glimmer are like the only two normal ponies left in the show, or the closest thing to what we had, and I appreciate them for being there even as all the other characters have screwed off to be part of a spoiled, lazy, know-it-all aristocracy. I feel you could nearly re-write the show now to make the original cast into overbearing soft antagonists to Trixie and Glimmer’s misadventures and it could be fun. I just don’t think the people who still waifu the original cast would care for it.