General meaning: The Sun composes the basics of one’s identity; it is the foundation of one’s personality, the ego, the sense of self, the backdrop to the rest of one’s natal chart. Its positions describe the base assets of a person.
General meaning: The Moon embodies one’s emotional realm. It constitutes one’s instincts, habits and behaviors formed from childhood, immediate reactions – its positions illustrate our needs and core tendencies.
General meaning: Mercury is all about thought and communication. One will find that they operate much like their Mercury sign – mental processes and lingual expression have everything to do with this planet.
General meaning: Venus is the planet of love & beauty. One’s view of art and romance may be attributed to this planet, as can their needs and desires in a relationship. The love language of a person has to do with their Venus positions.
General meaning: Mars constitutes the drive of a person, be it sexual or ambitious. It has to do with strong emotions, passion, aspiration, intention, determination, sex, primal urges, and self-control.
Domicile: Aries Detriment: Libra Exaltation: Capricorn Fall: Cancer House: First Glyph: ♂ Energy: Masculine Type: Personal Planet
General meaning: Jupiter’s positions in a chart indicate the way one treats other people and one’s attitude toward knowledge. Generosity, education, journeys, mentors, and travel are all associated with this planet.
Domicile: Sagittarius Detriment: Gemini Exaltation: Cancer Fall: Capricorn House: Ninth Glyph:
♃ Energy: Masculine Type: Social Planet
General meaning: Saturn influences the roles one feels obligated to adhere to. It causes trouble and strife, but spurs on growth and the learning of lessons. Inhibitions, fears, self-control, work ethic, maturity, and responsibility are associated with Saturn.
Domicile: Capricorn Detriment: Cancer Exaltation: Libra Fall: Aries House: Tenth Glyph:
♄ Energy: Masculine Type: Social Planet
General meaning: Uranus has everything to do with the way a generation views progression, technology, and revolution. It influences the trends, developments, and changes a particular era makes (or fails to make).
General meaning: Neptune is about fantasy and reality, truth and deception, confusion and clarity. It influences a generation’s worldview and sense of actuality. Dreams, uncertainty, ignorance, mysteries, and perplexity are associated with Neptune.
General meaning: Pluto is about power, transformation, and discovery. It influences the destruction an era will face and the rebirth that will come from it. The way a generation uses or reacts to dominion is heavily colored by Pluto.
About addictive magic? How can I work it? How can I make my characters to seem addicted in magic, specifically, dark magic?
Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. (x)
Writing addictive magic is similar to writing addictive substances such as drugs, or habits such as gambling. Write it and plan for it in a similar way.
Your first thing to consider is why your character does it. What are the effects of the magic that make it desirable? What’s the draw? If there’s already a knowledge of what happens when someone uses magic on a regular basis, or over-uses it to the point of not being able to stop, what makes your character do it anyway? No matter how they got started, you need to know what they get out of it. It may be advanced powers, a feel-good power-rush, an altered outlook on the world (for better or worse), or any number of other benefits from the magic. The why is dreadfully important to it making sense in your story. If there’s no good reason why, there’s no good reason to have it happen. Think about how your magic system is structured already; it may be that the addictiveness of it is already written into the system (ex.: holding a spell longer than 10 seconds taps a user into a ‘call of magic/siren effect’ that causes them to want to use and use and use) or it’s not (ex.: a user has always had favorable outcomes in the past despite that success is only a 50% chance; they have now used so many times in all circumstances that they don’t believe they have the know-how or capability to achieve goals without using). Whatever the reason why, know what makes it addictive.
What are the consequences of using the magic? Substances in the long-run often don’t turn out well, so unless your magic is dependent on over-drawing power, which would be strange, consider what makes it dangerous. Honestly, if it’s not dangerous, why worry about the addiction at all, and why isn’t everyone addicted to it? Make sure you outline the effects at each stage of the addiction, including how your characters feel and what they think about the situation.
Include thoughts on the symptoms of withdrawal whether with the intention to quit or the inability to use in a timely manner. Are withdrawal symptoms purely physical, purely mental/emotional, or a combination of both? Can someone quit the use of magic? Does it just mean that your characters interact with magic warily and are as strictly careful about it as possible? Do they time themselves or limit themselves in some way?
Always know where in the stages of addiction your characters are at every moment you are writing with them. Constantly reassess how “under the sway” of this thing they are. Small things can cause drastic changes, very quickly, so always be aware. Know the rules of your magic. Know when it’s a danger, and know when and how to properly use it. Don’t shy away from showing the effects within your narration! Try not to rely too heavily on thoughts or on other characters to illustrate how that character is losing their will to the use of this magic. The more you can put your addicted character front-and-center and actually show the tendencies of the addiction, the better.
Whether the magic is “black magic” or another kind makes no difference. The magic does specific things, operates in specific ways, and then you apply the addiction of it to your character. You could have a character addicted to earth magic, growing a flower with every step or consumed by it to become a tree, just as easily as you could have a character addicted to “black magic” bringing people back from the dead in droves or inflicting pain on others. Have a reason why they do it, show how it changes them and affects them, and think about what happens when they don’t. I’ve included some resources for addiction including substance for ideas on effects and for progression of addiction.
Hey Sheila! I recently started cosplaying so I'm still trying to get used to getting my picture taken. I have never modeled before and being in front of the camera feels... awkward and unnatural? I only look good from very certain angles and it's hard to adjust myself into the right angle when the camera is always in a different position. Do you have any suggestions for feeling more comfortable and coming up with poses? Also, general tips on facial expressions?
Everything just takes practice. Seeing yourself on camera is gonna feel and look really STUPID for the first few times. Then you start looking at it more clinically. “That angle should have been higher, etc etc”
My major advice first: Spend an hour in front of the mirror, or take a fuck ton of selfies. Experiment. YOU WILL NEVER LOOK GOOD FROM EVERY ANGLE. At least not to you. Even Beyonce probably has a specific angle of her face she prefers. Learn which ones you like and dont— so that way you can position yourself correctly when someone asks for a pictures. It’s your job to know your face better than anyone, so spend some qaulity time in front of the mirror smiling, laughing, looking angry, looking sad, and turn your face in those expressions in every directions. Do you like your profile? Is you nose too big when you tilt your head up? Forehead too big to look downward?
Talk to your photographer. Just because they raise the camera doesn’t mean they know best. If they are shooting you from a bad light or angle, let them know. “I’m gonna turn this way so it looks better.” They will follow your lead 99% of the time. They just want a good photo.
Lightlightlightlight. When the camera goes up, you are now a FLOWER. Direct your face to the strongest light source. Hotel overhead lights, the sun— angle your face at that sucker. It always improves the casted shadows of your face and makes you look more prominent. This also helps you elongate your neck which is very important. It helps you avoid looking short, squatty, or double chinned.
Photography isn’t just about taking a picture — it’s like a stage. You need to ACT as much as you need to pose. Over exaggerating is your friend. Especially since photos are flat and not dimensional.
Pose ideas: Collect 3-4 poses from your character. Literally copy their promotional images, their standing idles, their cutscene movements. Practice it like choreography. Anything you see your character do is fodder for poses.
Relax your face: In between photos, puff out your cheeks, snarl your face, scretch your mouth wide liek a dog — basically, loosen your muscles. We are so used to stiffening up and smiling for a camera that its hard to break that habit. A trick is: Inhale or exhale sharply, forming the word: “YOU”. Yes, I know it sounds stupid, but: “YOU” Your facial structure will come alive, your cheekbones and mouth will look more prominent, and the look will be overall more engaging. Wether your smiling or not, this will help you look waayyy natural on camera.
Summary: “It’s like that nursery rhyme or whatever,” says Gina, lounging in her chair and blowing on the sparkly coat of polish she’s just applied to her pinky. “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t arrest Doug Judy again!”
“Not helping, Gina,” says Jake in a muffled voice, his face smushed uncomfortably against his desk with no intention of being lifted in the near future.
“Don’t worry,” says Amy consolingly, chewing on a cherry tomato from her salad and patting his hand. “I’m sure you’ll catch him someday.”
OKAY SO LIKE. this fic is completely dedicated to @elsaclack, who pretty much collaborated with me to write it. Half the best ideas are hers, okay, she should be lauded for loving Doug Judy as much as she does. This fic was basically as a result of that – me and Em’s deep and abiding love for Douglas Judy, the best arch nemesis to ever exist on TV. And … this fic was born. I swear, it wasn’t supposed to be this long when I started it two months ago. :))))). Anyways, thanks to @weaslayyy for proofreading!! xoxo
When he’s eight,
Jake’s Nana tells him that bad habits are never things that happen on their
own, but something that you – however unconsciously – cultivate yourself. You
need to nip them at the bud, Nana says, nodding wisely, so that you don’t end
up being that fool who picks his nose in a job interview or can’t stand in line
for pizza without wiggling his behind to the invisible tune of If I Were A
Rich Man without even noticing you’re doing it.
Of course, Jake is,
in fact, eight years old, and doesn’t quite know what cultivate mean.
But he does think that it would be pretty cool if he could wiggle out
all of If I Were A Rich Man with his butt, which is something that he
then proceeds to do.
Nana laughs for a
whole ten minutes and then tells him to sit down and do his math homework or
she’ll cancel cable television. An empty threat, to be sure, but at the time
Jake is very offended.
(In retrospect, Jake
might say that the fact that he got a B-minus on his math quiz the next day was
not because he was concentrating on the movements of his afore-mentioned
behind in his seat instead of adding two-digit numbers – but because somehow,
somewhere, Doug Judy was plotting his demise.
Rosa when he tells her this, which Jake translates as That’s a pretty good
theory, Jake, so he grins at her and goes back to trying to throw
paperclips across the room and into Scully’s wide-open snoring mouth.)
Early mornings begin with a gentle giant and a little kid .. the BFG of Stephen Spielberg, being dubbed in Hindi, and they chose me as the giant’s voice ..it is quite remarkable to see the advancement of technology in film .. and of course in the digital virtual world ..
Soon after Kailash Kher with that wondrous voice needs my voice in a bhajan he has structured for the Kedarnath Temple and I sing a few lines .. “jai jai kedara” ..
Divinity was ever personal with us .. our faith and our prayers and our temples were and are within the house .. there is no need to make them public .. or to bring it to the masses .. it is a belief, and beliefs are within and personal ..
Divinity .. our faith .. and our support system .. in all circumstances .. the power of belief moving mountains and monuments .. how ever did they structure those temples at such remote locations and heights .. and how did they survive .. and continue to do so even after thousands of years ..
As I drive by in the early hours of rain drenched surroundings, overcast skies and the shine and glitter of washed streets and plants, one does observe a certain effort towards cleanliness and efforts being made to keep it that way ..
It is a matter of discipline .. discipline teaches many other aspects in our society, takes care of and reflects attitude and compassion towards many other aspects of our living ..
So .. we appreciate and applaud the drives in other countries, but do not in ours .. its habit forming .. its education .. its discipline .. when they get together, achievement is not too far away ..
The effects of discipline reflect at the time of our singing the National Anthem .. watching the UEFA EURO cup 2016 each night has the maximum attraction for me at the time of the singing of the anthems of the two teams playing .. to me it is the most dynamic moment in the game .. that moment describes a world, which no other can understand .. it is a link a binding to a community which we know and believe is ours .. mine !!
Ours and mine are those that bear the stamp of possession .. of having my stamp of authority on it .. it belongs to me and I shall protect it ever .. and moments of national pride are expressed in the deepest of emotions on our faces, when we are in the environment of that moment .. it is the stillness .. it is the respect and face of its national .. its more than any other communal singing or concert ..
There is something about it .. which endears us all to its bearing ..
May each anthem from all the countries be their guidance in hours of extraneous presence .. may the chorus of such, become the impregnable wall that builds itself in the protection from all other evil and destruction .. may the peace of one be reflected in the peace of the other .. and the other and the other .. ever ..
I am tired of the wars and the fighting and the violence .. the destruction and the futility of it ..