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listen to me. listen. jensen ackles is so hot. the only singular thought in my head when he’s on screen is “hot.” I’ve been staring at his fucking face for the past four years of my life and still it’s just. hot. you’d think I’d get used to it? get over it? grow weary of it? my tired eyes cannot take this much longer. he’s so hot. why am I like this. hot.

watch me talk about shark emojis 🦈

a realistic Friend. looks like it might be a lil distracting in a text but hes doing the best he can. 10/10 a good friend.

hes seen some shit. his eyes are narrowed bc the demons of his past are chasing him. a good blue friend, wise but probably quiet and has a lot of secrets under his fin. 9/10 a wise man.

he is trying his best, too big of lines but its not his fault. his teeth are gone, poor baby. 6/10 this friend needs help.

a stunning lady. a beautiful lady. her dorsal fin is elegantly swept to the side. her mouth is red and stunning. shes beautiful. 9/10 a beautiful lady.

a small friend who wants to make a difference in emojis. very beautiful, strong, but a bit lost in his life. i will guide him. 10/10 a small and compact friend.

this lady has had enough. shes done. shes seen shit. not just scary shit but some Bullshit. shes done and i love her. her teeth are big just like her heart. 8/10 tired but good lady.

did emojipedia really copy and paste a real shark pic but tried to make it look small and blurred for an emoji. why would u do this to this poor friend. he was real but now he’s smalll and trapped. 6/10 free my friend.

this guy will steal ur lunch money. he’ll kick ur sandbox. he’ll fight u. dont mess with this man. 6/10 scary man.

is this friend ok. is he going to attack or is he gasping for breath. help my friend. i worry for him is he alright. 5/10 this friend is sad.

Witch Bullet Journal Collection Ideas

Here’s some ideas for collections and habit tracker ideas for your BuJo. I’m Slow to to do this myself, but it’s hard to find time to BuJo with two children and being really depressed. So here it is.

  • Tarot Keep Guide - Lists of general meanings of the cards
  • Meditation Habit Tracker
  • Watering plants habit tracker
  • Garden Tips - this is handy for city witches that notice that certain plants may or may not grow on your patios/balconies. Make a little guide with sun, shade and water requirements as well as other useful notes
  • Essential Oil Quick Guide - I only have 10 essential oils because they are expensive in my area, but I wrote a little correspondence for them in my journal
  • An Actual Calendar! - Sorry but the traditional future log messes me up every time, so I use full calendar months
  • Eating Habit tracker - When I get really done in the downy dumps I start to loss my appetite, So I use this to make sure I eat at least something three times a day, even if it’s just soup. This is great to do with water so you can make sure you’re getting enough
  • Leave a space for sigils on every page. Or doodle. I always try and watch the doodle with what I’m writing.
  • Things to research - the names says it all

This is it for now, feel free to reblog with your own ideas. I’m going to post some of my Bullet journal pages on my Instagram.

- Witchy Wolf

Skin Care Product Order 🗒️👌

Let me just jump right into things. When we start talking about “10 Step Korean Skin Care” and similar multistep routines, the order in which you use those 10+ products can get confusing. This is a guide that incorporates a fusion of Western and Eastern skin care.

Step 1: Point Makeup Removal (Night)

   This is the specific removal of difficult makeup, such as mascara. A makeup remover can be used, but if you feel comfortable, then you can use the following oil cleanse to remove all of your makeup and skip this step.

Step 2: Oil Cleanse (Night)

Step 3: 2nd Cleanser (Day +/or Night)

Step 4: Wash Off Masks (Day +/or Night)

   Face masks that you keep on for a period of time and then wash off. Ex. Clay masks, exfoliating masks, etc.

Step 5: Acids (Day +/or Night)/ Retinols (Night)

   This is where you would use BHAs (ex. salicylic acid, betaine salicylate) and AHAs (ex. glycolic acid, lactic acid). In that order if you’re using both at the same time. A 20 minute wait time after each acid allows for them to have the most effect (unless otherwise directed by the product). SUNSCREEN IS ESSENTIAL WHEN USING ACIDS/RETINOLS. I would not recommend using retinols and acids on the same night.

Step 6: Vitamin C (Day)

   Vitamin C serums can be photo-protective, so its good for use during the day. They also work best at a low pH, thus their place early on in the routine. Works best with a 20 minute post-application wait time.

Step 7: First Essence (Day +/or Night)

Step 8: Hydrating Toner (Day + Night)

Step 9: Essences, Serums, and Ampoules (ESAs) (Day + Night)

   Use the order of thinnest to thickest consistency. If an ESA contains oil, use it after ESAs that do not contain oil.

Step 10: Sheet Masks (Day + Night)

Step 11: Eye Cream (Day + Night)

Step 12: Moisturizer/Facial Oil (Day + Night)

Step 13: Sleeping Pack (Night)

   These are heavy duty, occlusive moisturizers you can apply at night to seal in and boost moisture/hydration.

Step 14: Spot Treatment

   I cleanse the area where the zit is and then apply.

Step 15: Sunscreen (Day)

   Wait 20-30 minutes after application before going out into the sun.

Obviously, you would not use all of these products every day and this guide doesn’t touch on the interactions some of these steps might have with each other. You do not need all of these products to have a good routine. This guide can be flexible in some cases. I’ll update this guide if I create dedicated posts for these steps.

Nat’s Glo Up Challenge

So I was inspired to create this “challenge” for those of us trying to better ourselves thanks to the @shrinkingblonde Full Potential Challenge. I absolutely love it and plan on starting it this weekend, but I feel like it only touches base on your daily routine and I wanted something that touches base on a little bit of everything. Thus, I created an outline for my Glo Up Challenge. This challenge entails ​developing your looks, becoming a better you in various areas, reaching to achieve future goals, loving yourself, treating yourself right, being comfortable in your own skin, being optimistic about life. I organised it in the order I want to work on each thing but feel free to change it around!

Let Go Of The Past

The first step is to let go of the past by tying up any loose ends and close that chapter of your life. You’re starting a new chapter. Somethings from Chapter 1 will follow into Chapter 2 while rest stays behind.

  • Delete/unfollow anyone you follow on social media that you don’t talk to or follow only to see what they’re doing. 
  • Acknowledge any mistakes you’ve made in the past. Accept that you made those mistakes but carry the lesson you learnt.
  • Write down everything you’ve wanted to get off of your chest whether it be to someone in your life or a general feeling about something. Once you’re finished tear it up and throw it out. (Or if you’re feeling brave give it to them)

Goal setting

Now that we’re feeling ready to get our glo up on, it’s time to set goals.

  • Where do you want to be in x amount of time? How do you want to feel? What do you want to achieve?
  • Make a list of your goals.
  • Break down your goals into steps and go from there. It’s important to take it slow so you don’t stress yourself out.
  • Set a time frame for when you want to accomplish each part of it.
  • Review and adjust goals and steps towards reaching them monthly.
  • Don’t let anyone put you down or tell you your goals are stupid, irrelevant etc.
  • When you lose motivation (which is completely ok) remember why you started.

Squad

Going into this I want the right people surrounding me. People who are going to cheer me on, give me brutal pep talks when needed, and be there with me through the good and the bad.

  • Start by keeping in mind you don’t needs millions of friends. A handful of friends is all you need (if so much).
  • Also, pick your friends wisely because you become like the 5 people you hang around most.
  • Ditch Toxic Relationships
  • If you’re someone who has 30 different people who you call your friends, weed through them and determine which ones would really have your back in times of need.
  • Surround yourself with positive people, negativity can affect you way more than you realize
  • I know it’s said all the time, but join a club or sport! It’s an instant way to meet someone new not to mention you already share something in common which is a bonus
  • Once you’ve established who you’re friends are, make sure you’re loyal, kind, reliable, trustworthy, and a good listener.
  • Also don’t forget to encourage your friends!

Health

Having good health is so important because it affects our emotions, thoughts, and physical body. Having good health or at least working on it will make the rest of your journey throughout life much easier.

  • Invest in a water bottle to have on hand all the time. Seeing your water bottle near you will make you more likely to want to drink water.
  • Try out a Mediterranean diet (I plan on making a different post for that later on)
  • Depending on what your day looks like, stretch 5 minutes in the morning, then exercise at least 30 minutes in the evening
  • Adopt a morning and evening routine to help make good habits and break bad ones. It can also help eliminate procrastination
  • Take multivitamins
  • Meditate - Headspace is an app that has ten minute sessions of guided meditation called Take 10 with Andy. Some of the sessions include fun animations at the start of them so you get a better idea of how meditation helps your mind. There are also mini meditation sessions for when you’re on the go and session tailored towards every age group.
  • Try to get 71/2 - 8 hours of sleep every night
  • If you have an iphone, optimized night shift to help stop the blue light that’s emitted from disrupting your sleep. I suggest turning it on at least an hour before bed. For Android users, you can search the app store for an app that cancels blue light - I believe the one I used to use is called Twilight.

Mental

  • Like I mentioned before meditate to get extra headspace
  • Eat brain foods such as: Berries, Nuts, Fish, Dark Chocolate, Avocado, Eggs, etc
  • Challenge yourself. Don’t settle with what you already know or can do, strive to be better.
  • Learn something new, whether it be a language, instrument, or a new word a day
  • Read. Read. Read. 20 minutes a day is all it takes.

Confidence

  • Get to know yourself, what you like, what you don’t like etc
  • Don’t talk badly about yourself. You’re (one of your) own best friend(s). You wouldn’t talk badly or degrade your best friend so don’t do it to yourself.
  • Stay away from negative people. Literally, walk away if you have to.
  • Be grateful - For a fun project, get a jar and decorate it as you like. Every night write one good thing that happened to you that day and place it in the jar. Then when you’re feeling less than stellar, read all the good things that have happened to you.
  • Practice self care everyday
  • Wear the clothes you feel good in
  • Walk with your head held high no matter what and stand tall
  • When you speak, speak with a purpose
  • Stop apologizing so much, especially when it’s not even your fault  
  • Have good manners
  • Laugh at yourself when you make mistakes
  • Empower yourself and others
  • Fake it until you make it  
  • Don’t forget to smile!

Fitness

Now it’s time to get into the physical part of things.

  • The beginning is always the hardest which means consistency (and perseverance) is key 
  • Don’t skip meals. Not gonna lie I’m a huge culprit of this.
  • Create a workout routine
  • Exercise a minimum of 5 days a week. No excuses!
  • Eat Healthy
  • Always stretch before you workout to avoid injuring yourself
  • Find a workout partner. It can be a friend, sibling, or even your mum!
  • Track your progress
  • Remember ~ strive for fit not skinny!

Hygiene

Having good hygiene is so important because even when you’re not having the best day it can still determine if you look put together or not

  • Brush your teeth at least 2x a day
  • Floss! I used to shrug it off but after having braces I realized how much of a difference it made.
  • Speaking of braces - where your retainers. You didn’t endure all of that torture to revert back to their original form. Don’t want to wear them all day long or can’t? Then wear them at night.
  • Wear clean and ironed clothes
  • Make sure your fingernails (and toes) are always cleaned and trimmed.
  • Use deodorant
  • Freshen up throughout the day. Carry travel sized wipes, tissues, mouthwash, deodorant etc.
  • Remove makeup before bed - try Pond’s Cold Cleansing Cream.
  • Avoid touching your face and popping pimples

Skincare

  • First step to taking care of your skin is determining what type of skin you have (Oily, Dry, Normal, Combination)
  • Wash your face morning and night
  • Be cautious using toners - sometimes they do more harm than good
  • Moisturize all over. For your body apply a generous amount to combat dry skin. Also consider trying baby oil gel it leaves skin smooth and stays on all day long, even after showering.
  • Shower with warm water not hot water. Hot water dries out your skin.
  • Drink water! It helps to hydrate your skin
  • Do a body scrub to exfoliate your skin
  • Do a face mask 1-2x a week
  • Clean your makeup brushes
  • Don’t sleep with makeup on
  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase. If you can’t wash your pillowcase every week to get rid of germs/bacteria that can cause your face to break out.
  • Strive for 8 hours of sleep every night so your skin can repair it skin
  • Disinfect your phone with antibacterial gel or disinfectant wipes

Hair

  • Try something new with your hair such as getting it coloured or cut.
  • Now some people may think I’m crazy and dirty for doing this but I wash my hair every 1-2 weeks and straighten my hair once during that time IF I straighten it at all. I’m aware that this may not work for everyone depending on their hair type. I’m mixed Caribbean so it works for my hair.
  • Do a hot oil treatment on your hair every couple of weeks  
  • Don’t forget to trim your hair
  • Keep your hair moisturized
  • Minimize the amount of heat you put on your hair
  • Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase and/or tie your hair at night

Nail Care

  • Give yourself a manicure every week. It doesn’t have to include painting your nails, it can be as simple as trimming and cleaning them.
  • Invest in cuticle oil
  • Keep nails clean
  • Keep your hands moisturized.
  • Avoid overexposure to water + harsh chemicals as they can eat away your nails
  • If your skin around your nails start to peel DON’T PICK AT IT
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Avoid using acetone based nail polish remover
  • Always have an Emory board with you so you can fix a ripped or jagged nail
  • Disinfect and replace tools regularly

Foot Care

  • Comfortable and proper fitting shoes is an absolute must.
  • To get rid of calluses soak your feet in warm water, then use a foot file or pumice stone
  • Lotion your feet and put them in socks afterwards to soften your feet. *It won’t happen overnight so you have to do it continuously
  • Trim nails properly to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Dry your feet well
  • Inspect your feet regularly to make sure they’re healthy
  • Remember to let your feet breathe  

Style

  • Try out different styles, Get inspo from polyvore, pinterest, tumblr etc
  • For a classy put together look shop for classic/neutral colours
  • Get fitted to make sure you’re wearing the right sizes
  • Wear clothes that flatter your body type
  • Get your clothes altered so they fit properly
  • Make sure you’re comfortable in the clothes you’re wearing
  • Take care of your clothes by washing, drying, and folding/hanging them the right way
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Keep your outfits simple
  • Try out different accessories to help finish off a look
  • Upcycle old clothes
  • Change out your clothes every season or every Spring and Fall

Make Up

  • Find your signature look. When people talk about your makeup, what do you want to be the thing that sets your look apart from everyone else’s?
  • Go to a makeup counter and get a makeover and get a free makeover. I think Sephora offers free 15 minute makeovers and 45 minute makeovers you have to pay for
  • When applying make up always start with a clean face
  • Start with moisturizer followed by~ primer, foundation, concealer, powder to set foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, shape+fill eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip liner + lipstick, setting spray
  • Some Beginner/Cheap Makeup Brands: Elf, NYX, Maybelline, Revlon, Covergirl, Wet and Wild   

Money  

  • Get a job
  • Do the $5 challenge  
  • Sell your old stuff
  • Start budgeting to help set spending limits and reduce your expenses
  • Get a debit card~ you can’t spend what you don’t have
  • Have multiple sources of income if possible
  • Invest first, spend what’s left
  • Work on paying off your debts if you have any
  • Create an emergency fund

So the last step in all of this is maintaining your accomplishments. If you feel you need to go back on something by the time you’re done or part way through, go back and work on it some more. Also there are lots of other little stuff you can do to help get yourself together. I know it’s kind of long but I hope this post helps you or puts you in the right direction. If you want me to make a specific post on something don’t be afraid to shoot me a message in my ask box. I’m going to be starting this challenge on April 1st and I’ll (hopefully) be updating you guys on my progress as I go along.

~Nat

Happy Spring, my dears! To celebrate my favourite season, I present to you a tarot challenge for the month of April. You are 100% welcome to alter or skip days as makes you comfortable, as these are just my own silly suggestions. Also, please feel free to @ me or tag with April Fool Tarot Challenge to share your adventures through the month! Write as artistically or as informally as you like! (PS I realise this is a little early/long-winded, I honestly just got excited). Anyway, with your consent, I wish you all the growth and warmth of the season! :)


1. The April Fool Spread: Shuffle, and find the Fool. The cards on either side are “what to be optimistic about this month” and “what to be wary of, in case it’s a trick”

2. Tarot Garden: Go through your decks and see if you can find at least three different flower species depicted. Take a super aesthetic photo of this tarot garden!

3. The Sun Cross Spread: Shuffle and find the Sun. The cards on either side are things that will warm up your spring

4. Green Thumb: Find three cards (or more!) with green as the dominant colour. Do the cards’ meanings relate somehow? If differentiating colours is difficult, select one or more cards that mean “growth” to you.

5. The April Showers Spread: Pull a card to represent April showers (an upcoming challenge), and another to show May flowers (a potential positive outcome of this challenge)

6. The Spring Cleaning Spread: Pull (randomly or by design) a card to represent something that needs to leave your life

7. The “That Gross Dirty Melting Snow” Spread (I asked my boyfriend what spring reminds him of, which was a mistake): Tell your deck the beginning of a classic joke, and then pull the punchline. Guaranteed to be an experience.

8. The Diamond Spread: For the April birthstone, pull four cards to represent Luxury, Clarity, Strength, and Rarity for the situation of your choosing

9. The Blossom Spread: Pull a Blossom (something to strive for), a Stem (what to do to help you get there), and Roots (what you already have that will guide your journey).

10. Wild Cards: Take a photo of your cards out in nature (or if you can’t leave your house, with a sweet houseplant!)

11. Haiku: Pull three random cards to write a haiku

12. Sweet Pea: For the birth flower of April, talk about a card that always makes you feel good when you pull it

13. Rubber Boots: Pull a card randomly. Its numerical value is your puddle-jumping-armour stat. How wet are your feet?

14. Hanami: Pull a card (randomly or by design) to represent something that doesn’t last long, so needs to be appreciated while it’s here

15. Tea Time: Have some tea with your cards! You’re halfway through and deserve a break.

16. The Two Easters Spread: My family celebrates both new and old calendar holidays, meaning that we usually have two Easters a year. This year, both fall on the same day (today)! To celebrate, pull two cards: The Resurrection (a lesson you could learn from your childhood self), and Renewed Hope (a message you need to hear from your deck). Feel free to alter this one as is comfortable for your spirituality.

17. The Spring Fling Spread: Shuffle, then spread your cards face up. Are the Lovers closer to the Emperor or the Empress? Use this as advice in your interpersonal relationships

18. Fairy Tales: Pull a card or two to tell us what your life as a garden fairy would be like

19. The Aries Spread: For the last day of this sign, pull a card each for the four stars of the Aries constellation. These will represent Passion (something to pour your heart into), Impulse (something to follow your gut on), Optimism (something to lift your spirits), and Aggression (something frustrating to work on).

20. The Taurus Spread: Taurus has way too many stars for this (lol), so instead, pull a card each for its two horns. One to represent something wonderfully stable, and one to represent something just a little stubborn.

21. The Chinook Spread: Pull a card to represent a very rapid change

22. The Earth Day Spread: Pull a card (or two or three) as a reminder of everything the planet has done for you!

23. The Rainy Day Spread: Pull three cards suggesting your next rainy day activities

24. Tanka: Pull five cards to write a tanka (like a haiku, but the syllables are 5-7-5-7-7)

25. Spring Break: Build a house of cards as best you can. Share pictures, even if it’s kind of a mess (I know mine will be)

26. The Weather: Describe today’s weather using tarot cards! Maybe even try to predict tomorrow’s weather, if you’re feeling it

27. The Migration Spread: Place five cards in a V, like geese flying north for the summer. What are you flying towards?

28. The Arbour Day Spread: A pine tree needs all four classical elements to survive: earth to hold onto, air to breathe, water to drink, and fire to release its seeds. Choose one card of each suit to describe yourself.

29. Rainbow: Find cards in each colour of the rainbow, for the sheer aesthetic of it. If differentiating colours is difficult (or your deck is fairly monochrome), find a handful of your happiest cards and lay them out in an arch.

30. Sunday Brunch: You’re off for a lovely Sunday brunch. Which court card(s) do you invite?

This is a comprehensive guide talking about 10 of the most used house systems in Astrology today.  Included are basic information pertaining to each system as well as the strengths and weakness each system presents.  Begins below:

A house system derived from the works of Placidus de Titis in the 17th Century based on the idea that life is motion and not stationary. This method casts a chart using the time measured for the Ascendant to become the midheaven.  Paths are drawn outward from every single degree occupying the space from the 4th house to the horizon and the horizon to the midheaven.  After that both drawn out quadrants are trisected which create the entirety of the houses.

Placidus is the most commonly used house system in the world today.  It began gaining popularity in the late renaissance period and was adapted as a standard onward.  Placidus is extremely popular in the United States and is used mainly in the psychological interpretation of a chart.  Despite its popularity it still has struggles as a time-space based system which causes controversy.  

Placidus well known for its unequal house sizes along with signs enveloped completely in a house called interceptions.  Interceptions can explain psychological issues pertaining to a person’s life; and intercepted planets can show potential issues with energies manifesting outward.

This house system is notorious for its struggles in higher latitudes.  As the latitude increases from a birth location the house cusps become wider, sometimes cause two or more signs to exist in a single house.  For this reason the distortion effect can cause struggles doing interpretations, thus other house systems can be used.

Due to the uneven house sizes this house system was the origin point for “Pletomy’s five degree rule”  all signs within five degrees at the end of the house are to be interpreted as being in the next house (or influencing both prior and the following.

Strengths of the Placidus House System

  • Much has been published about it due it’s mass accepted nature and popularity
  • Every major angle starts at a house cusp thereby diffusing any kind of controversy that confuses some astrologers.
  • inside the 66 parallels it works well and tends to explain issues on the psychological level due to interceptions created with the system
  • Intercepted planets have more strength coming out when transit planets or progressions activate them

Weakness of the Placidus House System

  • The mathematical time space formula to cast the system leaves distortion and holes in charts
  • People living above and below 66th parallels have distorted chart’s not may not always represent their psychological states
  • Planetary rulership readings can be out of line due to sign interceptions
  • Doing transits with this house system can be difficult and sometimes inaccurate more so then other house systems due to uneven house spacing
  • It is more difficult to do mass horoscope readings due to unequal house sizes that are more individualized in this system

Dr Walter Koch’s house system is based upon the idea that houses in a horoscope are relative to the birth place using geographic latitude. The Koch system uses mathematical time calculations from the birth data and points on the ecliptic to formulate it’s house divisions.  

Koch is a more advanced version of the Placidus house system and uses the Midheaven as the starting point for the casting of the chart.  After the midheaven is drawn houses are formed by trisecting the time it takes for the ascendant and midheaven to rise to the ecliptic from the horizon.

Strengths of the Koch House System:

  • More accurately uses the latitude birth location to draw up natal charts
  • The house cusps are more accurately defined due to more advanced math techniques in play
  • Rulerships flow better and the planets in houses may make sense for many more people
  • Since it is similar to Placidus many of the same rules can apply; namely Ptolemy’s five degree rule

Weakness of the Koch House System

  • “Dead zones” in the mathematical spacing from geographic latitudes to determine houses cause distortions in the charts (interceptions and inaccurate planets in houses.)
  • Still faces the issues of Placidus with Intercepted planets and signs
  • Struggles to portray equality when birth latitude is above 66th parallel

Quadrant based House system which is based on space as opposed to time. It is calculated using the prime vertical passing east to west of the Zenith of a specific point on a map.  The Campanus house system casts 12 houses after the prime vertical is cut into 12 equal parts.  The Ascendant begins the 1st house and the midheaven is fixed to the start of the 10th.  This house system shares many similarities to Placidus house system in theory.

As with the Placidus house system this chart is best used for psychological understanding purposes.  It does contain interceptions as every sign may not rule a house cusp despite the equal division of the chart.  Planets may be intercepted and contained within a sign of a house which is said to inhibit their expression outward.  Unlike Placidus this house system can be used all over the earth.  It does not have a restriction on the 66th parallel where the houses dissipate and get distorted.

Strengths of the Campanus House System:

  • Ability to accurately explain the psychological complex of a person
  • Intercepted signs and planets tend to explain shortcomings and issues expressing certain traits
  • Intercepted planets have more strength coming out when transit planets or progressions activate them
  • Is useable anywhere on the Earth with no distortion of the house sizes
  • Every major angle starts at a house cusp thereby diffusing any kind of controversy that confuses some astrologers.
  • The midheaven is fixed to the 10th house for easy interpretation of adult life focus

Weaknesses of the Campanus House System:

  • Planetary rulership readings can be off due to sign interceptions
  • Doing transits with this house system can be difficult and sometimes inaccurate more so then other house systems due to uneven house spacing
  • It is more difficult to do mass horoscope readings due to unequal house sizes that are more individualized in this system

Regiomontanus is a time based divisional quadrant house system.  The celestial equator is divided into twelve divisions and projected on the ecliptic plane. The houses are cast based off the division and come out very similar to Placidus.  The Ascendant starts the 1st house, IC starts the 4th house, 7th house begins the Descendant and Midheaven starts the 10th house.  

The difference with Placidus is usually seen in the degrees the succedent and cadent houses start at.  When compared to Placidus there is usually a difference in the position of the Moon’s nodes.  This is due to the positioning of the crossing of the moon in the elliptical orbit.  Usually the variance comes in the node falling in a different house in some Placidus charts.

Due to the striking similarities in the time based system shared with Placidus, Regiomontanus shares interceptions a cast horoscope.  Like most time-based systems not every sign will rule a house and distortions can exist in the houses when the birth place is close to the poles.

Strengths of the Regiomontanus House System

  • Takes into account the importance of birth location
  • Every major angle starts at a house cusp thereby diffusing any kind of controversy that confuses some astrologers
  • Intercepted planets have more strength coming out when transit planets or progressions activate them

Weaknesses of the Regiomontanus House system

  • The mathematical time space formula to cast the system leaves distortion and holes in charts
  • People living above and below 66th parallels have distorted chart’s not always representing their psychological states
  • Planetary rulership readings can be out of line due to sign interceptions
  • Doing transits with this house system can be difficult and sometimes inaccurate more so then other house systems due to uneven house spacing
  • It is more difficult to do mass horoscope readings due to unequal house sizes that are more individualized in this system

Meridian is a time based divisional quadrant house system sharing similarities to Regiomontanus.  The celestial equator is divided into twelve divisions and projected on the ecliptic plane. The Major difference between Meridian and Regiomontanus/Placidus is the Meridian system uses the east point in calculation as the ascendant. The houses are cast based off the division made. 

In many instances the Ascendant comes off wildly different than other popular house systems.  The houses also come out closer to equal all the way around due to using the equator to cast them.  The Ascendant itself can fall anywhere between the 1st and 12th house in this system.  An interesting factor to note is the Meridian ascendant tends to portray the way a person sees themselves.

Strengths of the Meridian House System

  • Takes into account the importance of birth location
  • Tends to cut down on house distortion due to casting the chart based on the eastern point causing more equal house sizes

Weaknesses of the Meridian House system

  • Still has a slight chance of containing intercepted signs and planets
  • The Ascendant is not traditional and may cause confusion in interpretation for some
  • Signs on the houses tend to come out dramatically different versus other house systems which may turn people away.

A house system which is based on the most simplest of formulas to divide houses.  Created by the Greek philosopher Porphyry, he created a simple system of dividing the ecliptic to cast charts quickly.  Some say this birth chart system was the birth and inspiration for all house systems used in Astrology going forward.  

The ascendant and midheaven are calculated and straight lines are drawn through the chart to create the angular houses of 1, 4, 7 and 10.  After that is established the remaining houses are drawn up by splitting each quadrant into three equal parts of 30 degrees each.  Easiest for drawing up house systems, can be done on the fly, and solves issues with 66 parallel issues with Placidus and Koch.

Strengths of the Porphyry House System:

  • Quick and simply way of dividing the ecliptic to form houses
  • Back in predated times it was easier to cast a chart without the need for mathematicians or computers (like we have today of course)
  • The chart is balanced and every house is equally defined with no chart interceptions
  • Has no issues with latitude parallel’s failing to form a readable chart

Weaknesses of the Porphyry House System:

  • Does not define the chart based on the birth latitude as well as more modern house systems like Placidus of Koch
  • Has short comings interpreting the psychological aspects of a person due to the simplicity of the chart
  • The quick calculating speed of present day computers has surpasses this house systems use

House system in which every house in the horoscope is divided up evenly in 30 degree segments.  Every house begins in the same degree in the next sign as the ascendant began.  The ascendant and it’s degree marks the start of the 1st house.  The 7th house of course is drawn opposite the ascendant a full 180 degrees.  

The midheaven and IC begin 90 degrees equally away from the Ascendant and Descendant.  The midheaven point itself “floats” and is not attached to the start of the 10th house cusp. The Succedent and Cadent houses are drawn up in each quadrant after the angular house 30 degrees apart from one another.

Strengths of the Equal House System:

  • Easy to Draw up.  Just need the ascendant starting degree.
  • Every sign rules a house cusp and is easier for predictive purposes.
  • The Midheaven floats allowing for more versatility in translation
  • No interceptions of signs or planets in house cusps.
  • The system works above and below 60 degrees lateral

Negatives of the Equal House System:

  • Does not factor deeply into the location born on Earth and its impact on development
  • Lacking interceptions with planets and signs means less psychological in depth translation potential of chart
  • The house size difference may cause issues with predictive astrology; especially transits and pinpointing when effects are felt
  • The midheaven may be confusing to interpret for less experienced Astrologers

One of the most ancient and simplest house systems ever created.  A system where all houses are equal in size, and every house is ruled by and contains an entire sign.  The sign of the Ascendant becomes the 1st first house despite the location in degree of the Ascendant.  This can mean a Capricorn ascendant at 15 degrees shows the Ascendant in the middle of the 1st house with 0 degree Capricorn starting the 1st house.  Unlike more modern house systems the Ascendant, Descendant, IC and midheaven points float and don’t always start the 1st 4th 7th and 10th houses cusps.  

This house system is used most popularly by modern astrologers to showcase transit readings in mass horoscope interpretation.  The area of life impacted is easily interpreted since a sign is enclosed in a single house.  Since a planet moves through an entire sign while in transit, it is easy to tell the impact for a specific ascendant.  The house shows the area of life impacted which is easy to read.

An example of above; Scorpio ascendant natal with Mars transiting Sagittarius.  An astrologer would see in whole sign that every Scorpio Ascendant has Sagittarius in the second house.  Mars would be transiting the 2nd house for every Scorpio Ascendant; thus an interpretation may look like “Scorpio Ascendant may have struggles or ups and downs with personal finances this month…”

Strengths of the Whole Signs House system

  • Very easy to draw a chart by finding the ascendant and equally dispersing a wheel around it
  • Lacks interceptions and house distortion due to every sign ruling a house
  • The chart casts and works well anywhere on Earth birth occurs with no parallel issues
  • Mudane aspects (planets aspecting planets through houses) are easier to see with equal sized houses
  • Strong with current transiting planets because every time a planet movies into the sky it starts transiting a new house
  • Astrologers can cast mass horoscopes based on ascendant signs because they can see when a planet switches and which area of life it will affect for a person based on the house it moves into
  • The ASC, DSC, MC and IC are not fixed to the start of the angular houses allowing for more interpretation of how they impact life
  • Due to the ancient working of the house systems, the Arabic lots works best in this house system because they were created using it.

Weakness of the Whole Signs House system

  • Inexperienced Astrologers can struggle without the ASC, DSC, MC and IC fixed to the start of the angular houses
  • Requires more intuitive interpretation to synthesize how the whole chart melds
  • Planets in houses can shift considerably when the chart is cast versus Placidus, Koch and Campanus

A specific form of Astrological chart used when the birth time is unknown.  The Sun is moved to the rising position of the horoscope and becomes the start of the ascendant and 1st angular house.  This chart is meant to show the fully developed Ego and how the aspects with it play out. Some argue it is not fully realized and accurate; but for many without birth times it is better than nothing.

Strengths of the Solar Chart house system

  • Gives a house system to work with when the birth time is unknown
  • Can help correct distorted house systems (Even though better options exist)
  • Can see important aspects to a person’s inner self

Weakness of the Solar Chart House System

  • Doesn’t have a true Ascendant so much of the chart is missing
  • Lacks any kind of angular house structure so it’s impossible to translate their impact on a person’s life

A Zodiac system in which the stars play a significant role in calculating the planet’s, houses and interpretation of the general celestial sky into a natal chart.  This system’s strength is the consistency over time with the degrees of signs not changing as they do in Placidus and other such western house systems.  This can be attributed by the fact that the stars are “fixed” and do not as wobble the earth does.  The wobble accounts for the variation in degrees over time between sidereal and time based western systems.

The effect of degree difference in the tropical zodiac is caused by the seasons change ever so slightly over time due to the wobble.  This action makes the equinox’s fall later in time.  This is why over the course of history Western Tropical house systems have a 23 degree difference (currently) in planets in signs as opposed to the Sidereal placements.  The stars have not moved from their celestial positions, but appear to through western house systems.  The Sidereal will always generate the same consistent chart throughout time.

Sidereal is mainly used in the Vedic Jjoytish Astrology.  When a chart is cast all houses are equal of 30 degree denominations.  Sidereal, unlike western, is mainly used for its fixed star interpretations seen in lunar mansions (or nakshatra’s.)  The moon is the main source of interpretation in Indian charts, as well as Rahu (the north node) and ketu (the south node.)  

Through interpretation, the other planets (up to Saturn, since this system is based on planets only observable by the naked eye) are either cited as malefic or benefic to a chart.  Depending on the ascendant, each sign on a house can create super charged friendly planets called functional benefics.  Functional malefics are the opposite end of the spectrum and can cause blockages from planets expressing themselves.  These concepts are used in place of planetary aspects like conjunctions, trines and sextiles.  

One of the most important things to realize is most people Astrologers do not judge a sidereal chart by planets in signs, rather by planets aspect each other, houses and fixed stars.  Since the sidereal system is consistent it has more scientific interpretations.  Divisional (or Varga charts) are the one of strengths of this house system which brings added depth to a person’s reading.  The other main advantage is the creation of Dasha periods in which a planetary time period is signified which give that planet priority in a chart.

Strengths of the Sidereal House System

  • Time proven and tested system which has been around for thousands of years
  • Consistent due to being based on fixed stars in the celestial sky
  • Does not create interceptions due to its equal house cusps
  • Strong scientific and mathematical calculation method allows for accurate divisional varga charts
  • Easy to read system of planets aspecting each other, houses and fixed stars

Weaknesses of the Sidereal House System

  • Does not incorporate new age philosophies into calculations and casting of chart
  • Since the system lacks interceptions it struggles and doesn’t dive into psychological issues a person may face
  • The system may be far too scientific and not esoteric like some Western Astrologers prefer
  • The translations of the texts that utilize the sidereal system are based off Jyotish writings
  • They can be hard to interpret and some of the translations are either out of date or seem nonsensical

littlemisstfp  asked:

Which Ben 10 show do you recommend to a new fan?

If you are completely new to the series then watch the shows in this order:

A lot of these are continuations of the very first Ben 10 show and add onto it! Omniverse is still recent and it refers to the old shows a lot. Hope this helps~

I recommend starting with Ben 10 (original) then going to Alien force!

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four is without a doubt the most inspirational book I have ever read in my entire life.

Lexa’s 10-Step Guide to Wooing Women

Step 1: Meet potential love interest.

(Be sure to make a memorable first impression.)

Step 2: Ensure potential love interest is, in fact, single.

Step 3: Nonchalantly drop gay note.

@fanofsashaalexander thanks for the gif

(If interest freaks: abort mission.  If interest remains unfazed: continue mission.)

Step 4: Invite out to dinner/drinks.

(Bonus if potential love interest can drink you under the table.)

Step 5: Take on a Date to the Local Zoo. (PS:Don’t die.)

Step 6: Meet Friends.

(Don’t get jelly)

(Okay maybe a little jelly)

Step 7: Sneak a Kiss

Step 8: Invite to Home

Step 9: Meet Parents

Step 10: Propose


Bonus:  Clarke’s 10 2-Step Guide to Wooing Women

Step 1: Draw Bae

Step 2: Bed Bae

A list of things I want for Lena Luthor:


1. Kara is her soft girlfriend. She comes by every morning to bring her a cup of coffee and kiss her softly on the lips. Then when she is almost out of the door, she turns around and races back, kisses her a bit more chastely now and leaves. She does this every morning. Without fail. 

2. Kara picks her up from work most nights. Lena tends to forget the time and often Kara just walks in, scoops her up  and flies them both right out of there. Jess has stopped asking questions on how Lena manages to disappear most nights. Lena has stopped arguing as well, she’d rather be with Kara anyway. 

3. Kara sends her text messages throughout the day, mostly consisting of memes, and Lena doesn’t get a single one. Kara knows this but refuses to explain them to her. Lena often starts kissing her then, straddling her lap and when Kara’s arms wrap around her neck, she pulls back a little and whispers, “explain the meme.”  

4. Sometimes Lena gets shy around Kara. She’s not used to the whole relationship thing and sometimes it scares her how quickly she has fallen. But every time she doubts herself, doubts whether she is deserving enough for this person that is pure light, Kara is there. Kara is always right there to kiss her on the nose and forehead, every kiss accompanied with a whisper of, “I love you. You are enough. You and I deserve this.”

5. Kara makes them watch Mamma Mia at least once every month. And while Lena rolls her eyes at her every time she proclaims that “it’s time.” She secretly loves it, sings along to the songs under her breath and loves the way Kara always ends up with her head in her lap, dramatically singing into the remote held in front of her mouth like a microphone. She loves that her girlfriend is a dork. 

6. Alex Danvers rings her frequently about mathematical or technical issues and she loves that she is being included in this. She signed a million papers at the DEO and knows all the access codes and Alex always calls her an honorary member and it makes her heart swell every time. 

7. She is always invited to game night and Winn always throws peanuts at her whenever she beats him at monopoly. She acts like she is offended every time but it’s always accompanied by a smile. Because she knows she is welcome here. She knows they are her family too now. 

8. Kara shows her the stars whenever there is a clear night. She knows all the formations and names of stars that aren’t even visible from earth. Sometimes she traces those foreign constellations onto the skin of Lena’s arm and it always elicits a shiver where her fingertips brush over her skin. 

9. She asks Kara about Krypton a lot. And Kara always answers, tells her Kryptonian bedtime stories and sings her lullabies in their strange tongue and Lena always sits there, amazed that somehow she’s found this girl even though statistics would have suggested it to be impossible.She knows that the possibility of Kara being in her life was close to zero, but somehow space has brought her to her anyway. And sometimes, when Kara is asleep, she steps to their bedroom window, looks at the full sky above them and whispers a silent thank you to the stars for keeping Kara safe on her journey to her, for guiding her home.

10. Lena visits the holograph of Kara’s mother a lot and asks her to teach her Kryptonian. When she proposes to Kara, she hires a planetarium and puts up all the Kryptonian constellations on its dome. And when she asks the important question she does so in her girlfriend’s native language. Kara cries for about ten minutes before kissing her senseless, tasting like salt and happiness and home, whispering, “yes, oh Rao, yes,” over and over again.

your not-so-average pleco

Over the years the chain stores have begun offering a wider assortment of plecos to the every day public, each with different needs, but have the same info slapped onto them at the store. Commons, rubberlips, bristlenoses and clowns all have different care and come from different environments. Plecos are not algae eaters; they may eat it if they wish, but only with they are not provided with other options. A starving pleco is a pleco that eats algae. These are fish that have lifespans of nearly 20 years, that’s two whole decades of your life, that’s longer than most dogs. If kept properly, you will have your plec friend for a long time.

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anonymous asked:

hi!! <3 do you have favourite infographic/printable makers? i want to follow some more :(

*cracks knuckles* I hope you strapped in, because this is gonna be a long ride.

@graphis has super cute simple printables that go with ANYTHING I S2G (the undated calendar is A++++)

@aescademic​ ooh boy I love her printables so much (and those INFOGRAPHICS??? SWOON^10). They’re so cute and minimalistic omg

@educatier​ her style is just so cute (and functional), and I love it so much. I would not be opposed to the idea of Kitty making more printables just saying (PS HAVE YOU SEEN this girl’s infographic guides? 12/10 would recommend again)

@apricot-studies​ OMG I love Lisa’s printables – That 2k17 at a glance printable? best thing I’ve ever seen hands down

@productiveflower has VERY VERY VERY cute calendars (you have to buy these but honestly???? The best investment you could make) and planners and to do lists

@emmastudies ​ she started making printables and I was like YESS, and they did not disappoint AT ALL (ps Emma also has super cute desktop calendars that I’m high key in love with)

@colllegeruled fun fact I once spent a day looking for the font she uses for her headers and found it. Her printables are great for specific classes(!!!!) The formulas to know and key people ones saved my life just saying

@thearialligraphyproject ​ LOVE LOVe Ariadne’s printables they’re so pretty and her wallpaper callendars are adorable!! (ps she has super helpful bullet journal guides too

@boligraff ​ Have you seen that assignment tracker?? Or any printables made by them at all??? THE DEDICATION blows my mind??

@cmpsbls ​ OMGG I can’t handle any of Nicole’s printables they’re to amazing. You have got to check out her STICKERS I LOVE THEM SM

@studyquill ​ They’RE so Helpful™ like that curve of forgetting printable is basically my lifeline

I have more printable makers that I follow, but these are my absolute favorites. I’m pretty sure the moral of this is that printable makers are the BEst thing to happen to the studyblr community. I mean, they make amazing things for us for free??? What a concept..

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Happy 45th Birthday Ewan Gordon McGregor! (March 31, 1971)

I like kissing boys on screen. As a straight guy, it’s quite an interesting proposition. Anything on a film set that takes you by surprise like that, that gets your blood up, is good.”