mental qualities

lately i’ve been replacing my “i’m sorry”s with “thank you”s, like instead of “sorry i’m late” i’ll say “thanks for waiting for me”, or instead of “sorry for being such a mess” i’ll say “thank you for loving me and caring about me unconditionally” and it’s not only shifted the way i think and feel about myself but also improved my relationships with others who now get to receive my gratitude instead of my negativity

Libra - Power and Pretty

We associate a lot of Libran qualities with geniality, sweetness, and the feminine expression of the Venus lover. But the sign of Libra is incredibly complex, dual bodied, and fierce. While the Libra can be painted as meek, easily intimidated, and fearful of conflict, there are expressions of Libra that exhibit powerful mental qualities, a furious fight for justice, and great ambition. There are many world leaders, male and female who have their natal Sun in Libra. They are aggressive on the debate floor, intelligent in negotiation, and level headed in their ascension up the career ladder. Libra is ruled by Venus and exalts in Saturn. We have the humanistic judgment of Venus fusing with the disciplined and determined will of Saturn. Libras are a tour de force, and they can be absolutely unmovable and resolute.

The double lined Libra symbol indicates a sign that experiences dual states of consciousness. While we have an archetype that is focused on developing relationships and connecting others, we also have the scales of justice. This is the need to throw oneself into battle so that what is fair and right prevails. Libra is an air sign, and the intellectual capacity of the individual is one of his greatest assets. There is a tremendous verbal acuity and the mind to dominate any debate. He can view the world through multiple perspectives and rapidly absorb information and fact. So we have four critical areas of intelligence expressed through Libra, and this is a secret of the sign’s success. There is socially receptive Venus, mentally astute Air, the fire of Cardinal, and wise, formidable Saturn. Life arenas like politics and law resonate here because the individual emanates tremendous leadership skills, formidable wit on the parliament floor, and a very focused approach to success.

Many female world leaders have their natal Sun in Libra, especially pioneering ones like Margaret Thatcher and Julia Gillard. Many male shock jocks are Sun Libras. There is ferocious dialogue and the reigning in of the Mars duality’s aggression, inferno, and combativeness. Libras stand by what they believe in, and their battle scars tend to be hidden by flowers and jewellery. The individual can be too easily underestimated, and his ability to adapt to the personality required means he can fly under the radar while achieving great feats. Libras are not unequipped for the world, they hold swords of power as they tackle the cosmic balance beam.


mercury in houses

Mercury in 1st House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to personal issues relating to self-awareness and the search for an intellectual social identity. You have an inquiring, competitive and intellectual mental disposition, with above-average ability to express yourself orally and in writing. Many intellectual avenues will be explored through an innate drive for knowledge and new personal experiences that stimulate the growth of mind and personality. Your mental qualities are ideally suited to academic and scientific work.

Mercury in 2nd House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to financial, business and managerial affairs. You have an innate ability for making money by means of intellectual effort. In this respect you view education and learning only as means of increasing your earning potential. You are not inclined to involve yourself in anything that does not, at the end of the day, produce concrete practical results. Your mental qualities are ideally suited to business and commercial enterprise.

Mercury in 3rd House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to gaining superior intellectual ability, through education, travel and philosophical debate. An original thinker with much mental agility you excel in speaking, writing and communicating generally. This is a strong placing for Mercury and if mental power is directed to defined objectives then much success can be attained in any chosen direction.

Mercury in 4th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to your domestic and private life, and issues relating to home and family. Intellectual interests, further education and general studies are carried out within the home environment. It is probable that your work or career is also home based.

Mercury in 5th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to personal issues. Although very intelligent, your mind will often dwell on pleasures, hobbies, love-making and amusements; you especially enjoy games requiring mental competition. You have a deep need of mental pleasure and intellectual stimulation; therefore, your friends and romantic partner are likely to be intellectual types. An interest in gambling or other forms of speculation is indicated. You may also have some interest for art, music and literature.

Mercury in 6th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to acquiring specialized skills or knowledge for professional use. Your work may demand an intellectual quality of mind, analytical ability and strict attention to detail. There is a concern for personal health, hygiene, tidiness, correct dress and polite speech. You may find success in fields such as science, teaching or administration.

Mercury in 7th House: Your reasoning abilities will largely be applied to the growth and development of the mind through co-operation and communications inside human relationships. You prefer to work in partnership or with others rather than individually. You enjoy good company and social life and have the ability for communicating well with the public in general. Marriage is especially important to your mental well-being. Your partner should be an intellectual type who can give the necessary mental companionship and support. Your qualities are ideally suited to public relations work, counseling and arbitration.

Mercury in 8th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to the growth and development of the mind through the study of fundamental questions of life and death, and a search for the beyond. There is an interest in scientific, metaphysical and occult subjects. Much of your knowledge may be gained through intuitive means rather than the study of books. There is an aptitude for business and other financial dealings. Your mental disposition is ideally suited to work of an investigative nature, research, psychotherapy, psychiatry, police or detective work.

Mercury in 9th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to the expansion of the intellect through foreign travel, philosophy, higher education and other profound studies. Your mental disposition is well-suited to positions of authority; likely occupations could include law, religion, science, medicine, teaching, literature and philosophy. You may have a deep desire to reach a position of intellectual superiority in your chosen field.

Mercury in 10th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to professional worldly ambitions where knowledge and education are pursued in order to enhance career prospects or social standing. Your mental qualities are well-suited to managerial posts, government positions, politics and any work requiring communication skill and executive ability. With this placing of Mercury financial security, professional prestige and social status are the dominant mental issues.

Mercury in 11th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to the pursuit of truth and profound knowledge; mainly through the mental companionship of friends, or within social groups and in a teach and learn situation. This position of Mercury strengthens the intellect, gives a good memory and a strong comprehensive mind capable of much hard work. Intuitive insights and original reasoning ability produce the occasional touch of genius - you often comprehend issues that others find quite incomprehensible. Your objective and original thinking can be used for the scientific investigation of advanced metaphysical concepts and humanitarian ideals - or other profound issues that could lead humanity towards a better future.

Mercury in 12th House: Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied in an inner search for spiritual truth and mental enlightenment. Intellectual understanding is related to intuitive mystical guidance and hunches from a mind turned inward - like in meditation. This placement of Mercury is powerful for creative endeavor and occupations that require your special qualities - acting, writing, art, poetry, singing, music, nursing or humanitarian work. On occasion, your mind may be overpowered by deep emotional eruptions; to retain balance you will need to seek peace, quiet and seclusion.

Things neurotypicals need to stop

- making jokes at mentally ill people’s expense
- stereotyping mental illness
- being scared of mentally ill people
- talking uneducatedly about mental illness
- mocking qualities in mentally ill people
- demonizing clinginess
- demonizing lack of empathy
- demonizing personality disorders
- calling people who don’t fit neurotypical norms crazy
- calling mentally ill people abusive

I think after I graduate I wanna get myself a decent recording microphone and do a YouTube video series celebrating and highlighting various animators or figures who have worked in animation. I’m so amazed by so many people in this industry who are often the unsung heroes of hours and hours of tireless work in bringing the lifeless to life as well as the fascinating history of some of the studios in television and film as well as some of the unknown controversies that take place behind the scenes in animation (way more than you’d think for those not in the know!) But I just have so much respect and admiration for these people who have served this fascinating medium for decades while continuing to devote to it even as the industry and tastes change. I can’t think of anything more exciting than to share that with others who may not even know some of the names of the people who had a hand in their favorite childhood films or even their favorite works today. My mind is already brimming with creative minds I want to discuss like Brenda Chapman, Brad Bird, Matt Groening, Chris Sanders, Genndy Tartakovsky, Ron and John, Jennifer Lee, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken. I could go on and on about all the people I want to talk about.

I’ve always wanted to make online videos for an audience but always had trouble finding a content that I could really consistently come back to and discuss since reviews based on surreal or bad movies/tv has just been done so much by now. But if there’s anything the world is short on, it’s respect for people in the animation industry and until I can join their ranks I’d be thrilled to create a series that gives them the props they deserve

this week, I’ve been struggling.

Usually, when I see clients with severe trauma histories, the trauma is terrible things that have happened to them. Now I have some clients with severe trauma, and the trauma is terrible things that they’ve done. 

Although I truly believe that all people deserve quality, accessible mental health care (#savetheACA), it has been hard for me to understand- or maybe accept -how I should deliver those services to these clients. Is my job to help them feel okay about the things they did? Is that right? 

I’m lucky to have close friends and colleagues to talk to about this. None of them have said “yes” or “no” to my moral worries. What they have done is validate that it’s okay for me to hear these trauma stories and assign a negative value label to what these people have done. It’s okay for me to recognize that some of my clients have done immoral and/or illegal things- objectively bad things -and to be upset that these bad things have happened. 

Maybe this is the dialectic: A person can do something terrible, and I can judge it as terrible, and yet, I can support them to be better and feel better. The dialectic for them, of course, is: A person can do terrible things and not be a terrible person. Past does not have to dictate future. 

I don’t know. I’m working on it. But at least, at this point, I’m not beating myself up for judging these clients, for being angry that these things have happened. 

Mental Qualities (Gunas)

These are attributes of the mind and can be gauged by how one is feeling. These qualities show the capacity of the mind to perceive truth and act accordingly. One can say that these qualities reflect the level of development of the soul.

1. Sattva

Sattva is clarity.It brings about internalization of the mind, movement of the consciousness inward and unification of the head and heart. The mind that is still, calm, pure, focused but not feverish and harmonious is sattvic. Sattvic people tend to be harmonious and adaptable in nature. They are considerate of others, take care of themselves and their bodies, strive towards balance and enjoy a general peace of mind that keeps them healthy and happy. They tend to see the good in everything and look at life as a learning experience. Sattva can be improved by spiritual cultivation, yoga, meditation, chanting, mantra, sattvic diet and lifestyle, spending time in nature and living life in harmony with one’s constitution.

2. Rajas

Rajas is distraction or turbulence of the mind.It causes us to look outward and lose ourselves in the external world. Desire, disturbed thoughts, anger, ego, greed, envy are all rajas. The mind that is seeking stimulation is rajasic in nature. Rajasic people have good (sometimes excessive) energy and have a tendency to burn themselves out with excessive activity. They are often impatient and inconsistent in their general approach to life and tend to blame others for their problems.

3. Tamas

Tamas is heaviness, lethargy, dullness. It causes the mind to be clouded by fear and ignorance and results in an inability to perceive.The mind that is unfocused, inattentive, dull and dominated by subconscious forces, is tamasic in nature. Tamasic people tend to have blocked or stagnant energy and emotions. They are often caught in bad habits, addictions and attachments that they are unable to question.

As I sit here, staring at a brick wall, I realise my mind is in a void. No emotion lingers, all memories stripped, any recognition long gone. Colours pass by, sounds waft past, emotions leak through. I understand, finally, the meaning of nothing.
—  {g.j.t}

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

Character Profile Questionnaire

Some useful information for writers developing intricate characters.

Basic Statistics 
Socioeconomic Level as a child:
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Children (describe relationship):
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Glasses or contact lenses?
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How does he/she dress?
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
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Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Greatest flaw:
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Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
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Any Mental Illnesses?
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Character’s short-term goals in life:
Character’s long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarass this character?
Emotional Characteristics
Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
With sadness?
With conflict?
With change?
With loss?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?
Spiritual Characteristics
Does the character believe in God?
What are the character’s spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character’s life?
If so, what role does it play?

a sign in its ruling planet is highly emphasized and expressive. it gives potential for the person to embody the planet and sign’s most generous qualities. the sun is magic in leo. pluto is most powerful in scorpio. exalt means ‘to lift’, so the qualities in the planets of exaltion are defined and striking. the moon is really safe in taurus. libra collaborates with saturn well.
there are also signs and planets that seem to nurture each other. capricorn can establish profound mental qualities in mercury. it gives mercury the stability and focus to exhibit his golden mind. venus is blissful in gemini. gemini is all
about establishing relationships between ideas and people, forming harmony between oppositions. it gives a tremendous love of conversation and literature. the moon is potent in pisces, it swirls into the high emotional frequency of this pair, it gives rise to the creative texture and intuitive function. mars glows in sagittarius. it adds jet fuel to the spell of wanderlust, emphasizes the energetic components of both elements, and gives endless territory within the mind to explore. the exaggerated and exuberant hysterics of jupiter respond well in larger than life leo. it’s like diving headfirst into an icecream cake at the top of a rollercoaster. it’s all jovial and novel. saturn could express well in virgo because there is that severe sense of discipline, calculation, and logic. the outer planets i am not so sure about. exalting planets are yet to be established. there is much confusion and debate. uranus is very focused on transformation and intuitive focus like scorpio. neptune infuses with the homely transportation of cancer. after the dead of winter, to burn into dawn light and bring forth new life as aries does resonate with the renewal and rebirth theme explored in pluto.


There is absolutely no reason why a well off person should have access to higher quality mental health treatment.

How can you get angry at mentally ill people for not being able to handle work when they cannot afford the treatment they would need to do so?

Money should not determine whether or not you have a right to live.



its interesting if you think about mercury being the conscious conduit and mental qualities/thought, the ability to comprehend the world around us. the lower mind. and this is the first planet. pluto, at the polar end of the sky is the unconscious. the stirrings from the deepest places within us. and from bright, ultra receptive and somewhat primitive mercury consciousness, we are forced through the seven planets (six in astrology) to reach these unconscious plutonian dwellings. pluto is the truest test of the chart. mercury is hugging the sun, it’s in easy view. pluto is saturated in darkness, furthermost away, in the darkness…waiting for those who have charmed venus, won with mars, grown with jupiter, pleased saturn, surprised uranus, and dissolved neptune to reach these innermost unconscious cradles