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Change is inevitable. Your personal and spiritual evolution will always be seen as a betrayal by those whose values you abandon. You have a right to change your values, beliefs and ideas. The discomfort you feel when you attempt to change is just the social control that surrounds you becoming more obvious and bearing down on you. There is nothing more spiritual than freedom and it is very spiritual to violate old beliefs for new values. — Bryant McGill
It’s called a stellium when you have several planets in a single house or sign. Whether three or four planets should be the minimum is debatable; personally, I believe three or more is a comfortable standard. Stellia, when present, are vital factors in the natal chart. They indicate a considerable cluster of energies that demands attention & development, and paints a vivid picture of the native’s patterns, motives, lessons to learn, and potential.
If you believe in karma, a stellium may suggest that the native has dues to pay, so to speak – the opposing house or sign could’ve been overdeveloped in their past life and now it is time to restore balance. If they have a “heavy” stellium (with many volatile energies involved), it may be considered a punishment. Even if you don’t believe in karma, however, there is still something karmic about the stellium, if only in the sense of personal growth. The more planets there are in a house or sign, the more that house’s theme or sign’s energy will either (a) come naturally to you, or (b) call for advancement. It is likely that sign stellia imply an abundance of that particular archetype’s energy in the native’s psyche, and the house stellia are what require healing, expansion, and awareness. There are many ways to interpret stellia; below, I’ve tried to break down my method of doing so as simply as possible.
The sun’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a fundamental & innate part of the native’s identity. It may also mean that the sign or house must be accepted or grown into. The moon’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme lies at the native’s core, there are habits formed around it, and emotions are filtered through it. Pain or comfort may be attached to it. Mercury’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a learning process that the native will likely share with others. Teaching their findings or forming a way of life around them is probable. Venus’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is softened and modified (by either the native or the person/group of people associated with the sign or house) to be more pleasant & “beautiful” in whatever sense. It may be ideally expressed through art or in relationships. It is very likely that there will be an amount of romanticization involved with it. Mars’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a part of what drives & inspires the native. It may have a violent or otherwise volatile inclination, and will probably produce intensity or conflict. Jupiter’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme produces a fruitful journey throughout the native’s life. It may or may not be very fun (depending on other planets involved), but it promises a positive result, as it is cultivating & expanding the qualities of that area of life (or self). Saturn’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme has detrimental tendencies that will, at some point, be painfully abolished & replaced with a more mature and/or healthy method of approach. Much struggle and unhappiness will take place there, but you’ll learn from it. Uranus’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is dynamic and may have a strange or “urgent” feeling to it; the former is caused by unconventionality and the latter is caused by the inevitability of change taking place in that area of life or self. It may also be a crucial part of a bigger picture, a revolutionary bloom that’ll take place outside of the native. Neptune’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a buried or neglected part of the native’s psyche that affects them on a subconscious & often uncontrollable or invisible level. This is usually detrimental, but sometimes it is similar to the moon’s presence in a stellium. Pluto’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a chaotic & powerful force that causes immense pain, turmoil, conflict, disturbance, and, most importantly, profound transformation. The troubles will be destructive and recurrent, but with each cycle the native is further refined.
Aries stellium: the native’s sense of self is prominent & innate. They know how to assert & fight for themselves, sometimes to excess. Taurus stellium: the native’s sense of security is prominent & innate. They know how to establish themselves in life, sometimes to excess. Gemini stellium: the native’s ability to communicate is prominent & innate. They know how to share themselves, sometimes to excess. Cancer stellium: the native’s ability to nurture is prominent & innate. They know how to protect themselves, sometimes to excess. Leo stellium: the native’s sense of worth is prominent & innate. They know how to project themselves, sometimes to excess. Virgo stellium: the native’s sense of imperfection is prominent & innate. They know how to improve themselves (or think they do), sometimes to excess. Libra stellium: the native’s ability to create peace is prominent & innate. They know how to balance (or unbalance) themselves, sometimes to excess. Scorpio stellium: the native’s ability to transform is prominent & innate. They know how to repair (or destroy) themselves, sometimes to excess. Sagittarius stellium: the native’s sense of expansion is prominent & innate. They know how to develop themselves (their minds), sometimes to excess. Capricorn stellium: the native’s sense of duty is prominent & innate. They know how to build themselves and their lives, sometimes to excess. Aquarius stellium: the native’s ability to reinvent is prominent & innate. They know how to change themselves and others, sometimes to excess. Pisces stellium: the native’s ability to imagine is prominent & innate. They know how to elevate themselves and others, sometimes to excess. (The signs & their ruling planets may have similar affects on a stellium, depending on the overall nature of the chart.)
1st house stellium: the native easily establishes and expresses their identity. They know & understand themselves, or assume or claim personalities that may not be entirely accurate because they know who they aspire to be. Their life is majorly composed of self-expression or self-discovery. If this does not come naturally, the object is to discover, accept, and share themselves fully. 2nd house stellium: the native easily takes care of themselves; they know what they like & what they want, & they work toward achieving it. They desire pleasure, comfort, & stability, & their life is majorly composed of those pursuits. If this does not come naturally, the object is to learn how to become a part of the physical realm, and to enjoy & savor it, to stop taking it for granted. 3rd house stellium: the native easily incorporates their active consciousness into daily life through exchanges, be they verbal or literal. To learn & to understand are what they passively yearn for – they aren’t inclined to seek it because they are generally satisfied with what they intellectually receive on an everyday basis. If this does not come naturally, the object is to cultivate that receptivity to & appreciation for the great things that pass them by regularly. 4th house stellium: the native easily finds or creates a home for themselves when they need it. They feel secure within themselves, they are a safe space for themselves and for others, and they are capable of drawing inspiration & growing from their past in a healthy, mature way. If this does not come naturally, the object is to discover a sense of internal stability, to let go of issues of the past and grow from them, and to discover the true meaning of home. 5th house stellium: the native easily attains emotional & creative pleasure through their expressive endeavors. They can demonstrate who they are through art and relationships, and prosper in their satisfactory establishment of self. They feel free. If this does not come naturally, the object is to learn how to let go of fear and restrictions while respecting moderation, and to acquire a skillful method of releasing or satisfying their feelings, ideas, and desires. 6th house stellium: the native easily comprehends their own imperfections and is devoted to the pursuit of improving themselves. There is a strong theme of seeking a better life experience with them; they strive for optimal health and physical/mental functioning, so much so that they may disregard comfort & relaxation or may become very fearful individuals. The object, no matter whether these traits come naturally, is to discover what it truly means to be human and to balance acceptance with perseverance rather than allowing one to outweigh the other, in turn scattering & wasting the human condition. 7th house stellium: the native easily connects to other people & assimilates well to most social dynamics. They are usually quite empathetic individuals, but it comes from a place of interpersonal intellect rather than heart (unless other placements suggest that). Love is very important to them in any form, and they tend to define themselves by it. The object is generally to learn to differentiate themselves & their identities from other people’s, to establish themselves singularly, and to rearrange their innate priorities to put themselves first. Alternatively, they may need to learn how to be more receptive. 8th house stellium: the native easily comprehends dark, buried subjects. They are extremely intuitive (often psychic), investigative, and usually secretive. They seek to know and understand everything most people refuse to look at, as they are only fulfilled by deep, profound experiences & knowledge. If this does not come naturally, they likely have an aversion to controversy; the object is to learn to allow their penetrative, transformative nature to flourish. 9th house stellium: the native easily lends themselves to the process of intellectual expansion, and define themselves by the search of knowledge and experience. They tend to be grandiose & adventurous people with very big imaginations and a yearning for all things unknown & interesting to them. If this does not come naturally, the object is to detach from their roots, to cultivate a more open mind, and to discover a personal appeal to discovery. 10th house stellium: the native easily achieves what they set their mind to. They thrive in the spotlight and revel in recognition, as long as it is well-deserved. They strive to be exactly the person they want to be, and can thus confine themselves to an unattainable or caricatured ideal. Reward motivates them, and they’re remarkably hardworking. If this does not come naturally, the object is to develop & elevate a sense of duty to their own self-respect, to abolish their lazy habits, and to realize their true purpose in life. 11th house stellium: the native easily fabricates vivid dreams and aspirations. They are creative, innovative, logical thinkers with immense potential. They apply their ideas to a desire for worth; they may measure their value by their contributions to society. They are highly concerned with the greater good, and are usually capable of creating great benefit for humanity. If this does not come naturally, the object is to become more progressive & open-minded, to find their altruism, & to create the good they want to see. 12th house stellium: the native easily tunes into their meditative, subconscious state, but are rarely capable of bringing that rich spiritual realm into contact with reality. They tend to have a lot of unlocked potential. They may feel that they are instruments in a “divine plan” or that they have a special connection to whatever they perceive to be divine. They repress much of their personality and usually do not know exactly who they are or how they operate. They’re deeply introverted, and pain is a significant factor in their identity. If this does not come naturally, the object is to come to understand that there is something sacred about them, that they can discover their true selves if they dig deep enough, that their sacrifices are appreciated, and that they mustn’t suppress themselves any more than they naturally do.
I got too deep into the booklr fandom. There was a lot of bullying and guilt tripping over reading books that some considered controversial or trigger harmful. It got very crazy. I ended up deleting my book blog and unfollowing almost all of the booklrs. Yours is one of the very few remaining that I follow. Thank you for having a safe and positive (and inspiring) blog.
Wow, we’re honored to be your booklr blog of choice! We try
very hard to be an open community to ALL readers and we love to celebrate all
of our books with our amazing community. We’re glad to have you as part of it!
Community and fandom are tricky beasts, and are often ruled
by trends and styles of discourse or criticism that can very easily become
hostile or unfriendly. We believe that readers are at heart empathetic people
who are open to ideas, proven by their decision to pick up a 150-400 page book
that transports them into someone else’s life, real or imagined. But in the
mire of the internet where tone can be so hard to discern and intentions are
not often clear, it can be hard to approach every opinion and every person with
that same empathy and kindness.
Part of why we love books so much is because even if you
read something you don’t like, you can learn from it, if you’re open. It can be
the start of a conversation, rather than the end of one! Talking about book
with friends and strangers is one of the best parts of being a reader, and here
at Penguin Teen we want to celebrate all the ways that people do that.
Books are doorways to another world! It’s a cliché, sure,
but it’s cliché for a reason. It’s true. Books help us imagine what it’s like
to be someone we’re not, and it’s our job as readers to remember that lesson
and carry it with us when we engage with one another. Whether that means
listening earnestly when someone critiques a book you like, or being gentle and
patient and kind with someone who’s tastes or reading habits might differ from
“The internet can be
a hard place to find kindness… but I believe it’s worth fighting for because I
believe it makes the world bigger, and that it eases the hard but inevitable
changes that define life.”
Life is full of changes, and especially when you’re
a teen when there are so many crazy new experience and people and moments
happening in and to your life. So READ ON in this ever changing landscape of
book lovers and book critics, keep an open mind, and remember to be kind to one
Thanks to all of you for being a part of our little kind community
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One of my friends who is a VLD fan but not into the fandom aspect of it asked me why I drop money on art and merch and write fic and if I’ll regret investing that money and time into fandom when my interests inevitably change.
And I just…I don’t expect VLD to play a major role in my entire life. Of course not. Interests change as they do but for me, regardless of how I feel about the show next year or 10 years from now, VLD got me into writing again which was unexpected. I hadn’t written in 8 years and then all of a sudden, this show comes out and I WANT to write.
And writing is such a minor thing when I think about the friends I’ve made in this fandom. I’m feeling sappy lately but I’ve met so many creative, supportive, thoughtful people who make me laugh like you would not believe and who give me comfort when I am at peak depression and self-doubt. I’ve come to rely on these people, and you know who you are, for things outside of fandom. Real life shit.
So yeah. I’m not going to regret buying art or agonizing over writing fanfiction because it’s all tied back to a period in my life when I was inspired and encouraged and surrounded by people I absolutely adore. Plus, all the art I’ve procured is fucking gorgeous.
We have officially started work on our Cinderella Phenomenon Fandisk! Featured above is our current progress chart and timeline.
Kooriiko will be in charge of writing Waltz’s and Rod’s routes, and Tajina will be undertaking the task of writing Karma, Rumpel and Fritz’s routes.
Progress on art will be stagnant for awhile, and will probably not be started until the majority of the writing has been done. (As Kooriiko tends to change her style over long periods of time XD ) As shown on the timeline, the art portion of the FD will be started on July. The date is tentative, and may be moved to an earlier date if writing progress moves more smoothly than anticipated.
So, what changes will the FD feature besides a new storyline?
> All sprites will be redrawn.
> All main characters (The five guys) will now have a second pose, as that stretch goal was reached on KS.
> New characters!
> Blinking sprites!
While we originally stated on our KS that our FD would be released between April - June, the delay of the original game has inevitably caused a change in schedule for our release of the FD. In addition, we have decided to make the FD longer than we originally anticipated, which means it will most likely take us longer to write. Even given these changes, we will do our best to stick to our timeline; we hope to release the game before the year ends.
Thank you all very much for your support! We hope to update again as soon as we have made more progress.
be very careful not to tie your political beliefs to particular people or groups, b/c when they inevitably change their positions, you have to either rationalize it and change with them, or you have to admit you were wrong. the latter is harder than you’d expect, and the former is disturbingly easy. think for yourself from the start and you won’t have this problem.
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So, if Buddhism teaches us that the key to enlightenment is the cessation of desire and full acceptance of inevitable change including the fact that everything we hold dear will be taken from us then is this not the same as saying the key is not to want anything and not to care what happens?
Is the Buddhist path a path to happiness or just numbness?
Is the Buddhist path something that can be achieved by regular people or is it just another one of those impossible religious standards that nobody can possibly meet except the rare saint?
How can the realization that all will be lost possibly make anybody happy much less enlightened?
Is enlightenment any more real than heaven or hell?
Why would anybody want to live without desires? Isn’t love a desire?
Does acceptance that we are going to lose everything make these losses less painful? How would this lessen my pain if my beloved dog was run over?
We all know we are going to die. Everybody dies. We have no choice but to accept this fact but does this acceptance in any way make death less frightening? According to Buddhism, it should but it doesn’t does it?
Where is the comfort in Buddhism? At least the Abrahamic religions hold out the remote possibility of immortality. Isn’t this far more comforting?
If Buddhism is a peaceful religion then why were the Buddhist nations of China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and others so militant historically?
Why do Buddhists put little kids into monasteries before they even have a basic understanding of the world much less Buddhism?
Aren’t Buddhist monks living useless and selfish lives by living on charity so they can reach enlightenment?
If Buddhism is non-materialistic then why are people in Buddhist countries like China, Japan, and South Korea so materialistic?
Isn’t reincarnation just a way of keeping the poor people in their place by making them focus on the next world just like Christianity does?
Didn’t the Buddha abandon his family including his newborn son and leave his elderly father alone to eventually lose his kingdom?
Didn’t the Buddha refuse to ordain women at first? Aren’t women still second class citizens in most Buddhist traditions?
If the Buddha was just a teacher then why are there so many miracle stories associated with him? Why do people pray to his idols?
How is just sitting quietly going to accomplish anything? In fact isn’t it true that most of the world’s Buddhists don’t meditate?
Isn’t possible that the Buddha only wanted people to be compassionate and kind and the rest of the stuff is just window dressing?
Isn’t it true that the discourses attributed to the Buddha are often vague and even contradictory? Example: the Buddha instructs us not to believe something just because he or another teacher says it but in another discourse identifies doubt as a hindrance to the attainment of enlightenment. Is this correct?
Isn’t it true that Buddhism romanticizes poverty? How is this a good thing?
“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.” ― Carl Sagan
It’s inevitable really- Charles is friendly, and charming,
and tactile, and his telepathy gives him somewhat of an unfair advantage when
it comes to winning other people over. Charles tries not to be so lazy as to
rely on his mutation all the time, but when he’s had a few drinks it’s easy to
get complacent, and to take certain shortcuts.
Of course, when it comes to Erik, flirting is never that
Hey just something I need to remind myself and my lesbian followers might like to hear:
Being a lesbian is good. There is nothing wrong with loving women. There is nothing wrong with not loving men. Your sexuality does not need to be “fluid” there is nothing wrong with loving women exclusively. (And when I say women, I obviously mean trans, nb, and cis women) You are not a bad person for not wanting to “try” men. You can live a happy and full life without a man.
Overview: It’s junior year and Riley’s best friend develops a crush on her first love, Lucas. Not wanting to stand in between them she lies and says she’s okay with them being together. As it turns out, Lucas has an older trouble making brother that none of his friends knew about. One that just so happens to take an interest in Riley. Author’s Notes: In this AU, the triangle never happened and Farkle never outed Riley’s feelings. [Italics indicate flashbacks.] Previous Chapters:1 | 2 Chapter Three: “Rejected.” Word Count: 2,676
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End Of Junior Year, Texas.
Soon the only noise that can be heard is the crackling of the bonfire and the distant sound of footsteps. Riley’s footsteps to be specific. Lucas waited a beat, turning his head slightly to stare at the fire in front of him. He watched the colors dance around each other, casting a terracotta glow against his face.
He could feel his body holding tension as he tried to process everything that just happened. Riley doesn’t see him the way he sees her. Brother, she said. He’s like her brother. The worlds echoing in his head leaving a nauseous feeling at the pit of his stomach.
It takes him a minute to remember he’s not alone. Sat on a log behind him is Maya. She has yet to say a word since Riley’s reveal, instead she’s just sitting there, eyes locked on the fire. She quickly glances up at him, expecting him to say something pertaining to everything that just happened but he just holds up a finger. “I’ll be right back.”
And with that he’s on his feet, following the same path Riley and Farkle walked down, hoping it wasn’t too late. Hoping he could still catch her.
Sure enough he spots her, standing off to the side by herself, arms crossed over her chest as she leans against a tree on the outskirts of the ranch. Farkle was nowhere in sight and he figured it was the perfect opportunity to let everything out. If she wanted to drop a bomb on him he was going to return the favor, no matter how messy or painful the outcome was.