This white anemone flower is pretty cool in UVIVF. Just between the teal part of the petals and the outer pink there is a darker band of red. In visible light, that appears to be the only part of the petals that isn’t white. Neat!
I saw a post about introverted humans in Space and thought of this scenario:
Can you imagine the
aliens bringing human companions on board and all of them are boisterous
and loud and spilling their pack-bonding everywhere, except one?
the humans whisper, and the aliens are confused because sweet stars, is
it ill? Is it deficient? Is it going to die? Worse: is it going to get
them all killed?
But, no. It speaks. Quietly and only when
necessary, but it performs the formal greeting of “Friend” when crossing
paths with crewmates, and answers all questions. It attends all
meetings and functions and engagements, but it sits off to the side,
sometimes reading, sometimes participating, sometimes observing. This
observing causes some alarm among the aliens because is it hunting? Are
It even hides in the ventilation shafts - “For peace and quiet,” it says, when asked.
Queries are posed to the other humans: “What is “introvert”? Is it remedial? Will it infect us?“
“No,” the humans respond. “It’s normal. It’s just a trait some humans have. You’re perfectly safe.”
So the aliens continue on but it’s no unknown fact that everyone has a set of eyes on the introvert.
aren’t uncommon in these nebulae. They take anything of value: momentos, tech, food, and crew. Humans are a popular trade item
on black markets - as companions, as toys, as food - and are literally
worth their weight in credits.
The crew is subdued quickly, and
the roster produced. The aliens fear for their humans, all eleven of
them. But wait. Where’s the introvert?
It’s missing, and the pirate captain sends out five of his biggest to recover it.
five don’t even make it to the cargo bay doors before the lights shut
off. Bad news for the pirates who have bio-luminescent markings on their
hides, particularly around their bare heads.
The glare of a fired
photon pistol is their only warning. The number of glares matches the
number of pirates, no more, no less. And when the lights come back up,
there’s the introvert, sliding out of the ventilation shaft to stand in a
lake of bio-luminescent blood with a supernova burning in its eyes.
It smiles at them and murmurs, “Friends” in its usual quiet tone as it cuts the captain free.
There is nothing but stunned awe as each crewmate greets in reply, “Friend.”
No, there truly is nothing wrong with their introverted human whose designation is Danielle, and even if there were, no one would change it. They very much like Danielle the way she is.
sun in the signs: the luminescent qualities of the sign, its radiance, its regal, royal quality, its need to be worshiped aries sun qualities must be worshiped for their greatness and triumphs taurus sun worshiped for beauty, creativity, and conservation gemini sun worshiped for the mind and intellectual qualities cancer sun worshiped for its creativity, empathy, and quality of dream leo sun worshiped for its essence, artistry, and presence virgo sun worshiped for its skill, quality of mind, and technical talents libra sun worshiped for its grace, beauty, and sociability scorpio sun worshiped for its mystique, power, and emotion sagittarius sun worshiped for its knowledge, experience, and philosophy capricorn sun worshiped for its success, glory, and talent aquarius sun worshiped for its individuality, self expression, and altruism pisces sun worshiped for its vision, empathy, and creativity
moon in the signs: increases the intuitive qualities of the sign’s expression an ultra intuitive moon in aries a time sensitive, nature intuitive taurus moon a telepathic gemini moon a clairvoyant cancer moon a creative manifesting leo moon an intuitive virgo moon an interpersonally psychic libra moon a crystal gazer scorpio moon a prophetic sagittarius moon a time sensitive capricorn moon a telepathic aquarius moon a psychic pisces
mercury in the signs: increases the quality of mind and calculation mercury in aries: turns rapid movement into rapid thought mercury in taurus: cerebral creativity mercury in gemini: clever and mercurial mercury in cancer: emotionally intelligent mercury in leo: broadway light mind mercury in virgo: technical intelligence mercury in libra: interpersonal intelligence mercury in scorpio: calculated curiosity mercury in sagittarius: mental adventurer mercury in capricorn: calculates dream mercury in aquarius: mentally unusual mercury in pisces: thinks a dream
venus in the signs: increases the fun and flowery qualities of the sun a childlike aries venus a creative taurus venus a socially harmonic gemini venus a poetic cancer venus a ravishing, loving leo venus a gesturing virgo venus a dancing libra venus an empathic scorpio venus an interested (in people) sagittarius venus a noble hearted capricorn venus a playful aquarius venus an ultra affectionate venus pisces
mars in the signs: increases the potency and raw aggression of the qualities rapid cycling mars in aries bull headed mars in taurus silver tongued mars in gemini scathingly reactive mars in cancer dramatically self centred mars in leo hurtfully critical mars in virgo passive aggressive mars in libra confrontational mars in scorpio blunt to the point of pain mars in sagittarius cold hearted solo minded ambition mars in capricorn unforgiving detachment mars in aquarius psychic wounding mars in pisces
So I learned two cool things about humans: Humans have stripes! Human skin is overlaid with what dermatologists call Blaschko’s Lines, a pattern of stripes covering the body from head to toe. The stripes run up and down your arms and legs and hug your torso. You cannot see them without special equipment as the difference between the stripe cells and the non-stripes are too subtle for human eyes to pick up. You will also notice them at if something irritates the skin, as rashes and moles can form along these invisible lines.
Humans are bio-luminescent! We glow in the dark. Natural chemical reactions in our cells let out some energy in the form of visible light. Unfortunately this light is very weak, about 1000 times weaker than the eye can see. Scientists still don’t know if there are animals capable of seeing this light in humans.
So, it gave me an idea, and I will be writing something on it, but I’m also eager to see where others would go with the idea: what if humans met a race that could see our stripes, or our glow, or both! My take on the idea will involve the aliens adoring these glowing stripy creatures. Humans, meanwhile, are really confused about why these aliens find us so much more attractive than the more colourful creatures out there. Their compliments would confuse us. We literally cannot see what makes us beautiful to them.
Anyone who wants to write this, feel free to go other places; love, hate, disgust, confusion. Any reaction from the humans, or aliens, can make a good story.
when we came to earth the heavens designed us a special gift, an invisible energy source that would offer us secret assistance
aries received a finely crafted and exquisite sword. it glows a ruby scarlet and its honourable to her only. it is not sharp nor deadly, but it gives her the inner courage and assertion to fight her battles despite feeling like a child being constantly berated by the world
taurus received an invisible set of headphones. they are rose pink and soft and silky, and she can put these on whenever the chaos on the world reaches its peak, when it begins to disturb her inner world, when her raw senses become too overloaded, she can go into a place of silence inside, she can turn on autopilot
gemini received a tiny, flittering pixie crafted from the mind of hermes, she flies beside the gemini mind with a notebook quickly ascribing the gemini’s thoughts before they disappear into outer space. the notebook is then given to one of gemini’s personalities who wasn’t busy at the time so it can be remembered in future
cancer received a luminescent, delicate sea shell to wear around her neck and caress her heart, the water within this shell contains the spiritual dwelling of her supportive ancestors and guides, each who whisper her words of guidance through the sea shell, each message instantly reaching the heart its touching
leo received a crown that never breaks or crumbles, even when she feels like she will. the crown glows a butterscotch caramel, crafted with divine royalty in mind, so that even in her darkest moments she can wear her crown and be reminded of her magnificence
virgo received a microscope that adapts into a kaleidoscope, perfect for their mutable nature, a microscope with divine contacts that conceive the spiritual harmony in all things, the microscope that envisages the solution before the problem
libra received a sweet bottle of perfume that smells of venus cake batter, but it’s not for her, its her air freshener, a cosmic spritzer that harmonises her environment and dispels social disharmony, an aroma of peace
scorpio received a piece of their own soul wrapped in golden parchment. this was to be accessed and acknowledged in moments of crisis. for the reminder of her immortality even when she is screaming out that she wants to die
sagittarius received a compass pointing in the direction of their personal truth. it spins and turns, sends her on crusades then spins back around again, it keeps everything interesting, its her secret atlas
capricorn received an intricate bracelet that is made of the same substance as saturn’s rings, so when she goes to feel her heart with her pulse, she is reminded of her golden blood, the bracelet moves like clockwork, so she always ‘knows’ the time
aquarius received a telescope that can teleport the mind. when she is staring up at the stars at night, as she so often does, her mind can transit into the cosmos so she can hear their voices up close
pisces received the greatest gift of all, her very own vessel adorned in glittering fairy lights, a vessel that she can board at any moment to sail freely into the spiritual seas, leaving the material world completely behind