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A Blessing to Welcome Winter

Purpose: To invoke and inspire contentment, inner peace, and the strength to better resolve any conflict within the upcoming season. Let your worries fall with the snowflakes!

Acquire Your Items: Two sticks of cinnamon, a small light blue ribbon or thread, a white candle

Pre-Ritual: Deep-clean the space you wish to perform your blessing within. Let this area be your designated spot for the following steps, once it has been wiped down, vacuumed, and cleared of any messiness. Lay your supplies out before you.

Ritual: Choose a time in early December in which you feel ready to transition to the coming Winter (regardless of how the weather is outside)! Take ten deep breaths, tie your two cinnamon sticks together, and light your white candle before you; the cinnamon representing luck and fortune, the color blue representing tranquility, and the white candle representing peace and oneness. Light the candle. Hold onto your cinnamon bundle, charging it with your most gentle, welcoming, abundant energies. Visualize your worries falling with the snowflakes, and eventually melting away for good. Recognize the season of Winter as the ending of a period, a time to both rejoice in your accomplishments, and to welcome any upcoming change. Repeat the following chant:

My heart is warm and I have earned

All that which I have gained.

The year shall close but I shall not;

There’s so much left to learn.”

Post-Ritual: Keep your cinnamon stick bundle in a special spot with your candle (like near your bed), lighting the candle whenever your soul calls for peace. Blessed be! 🕊✨❄️

Galra Genetics and Breeding

This week on Voltron Unsolved, we’ll be discussing the mystery of Galra breeding and genetics. Many have wondered or posed the question as to how Keith can look human when all the half-Galra we’ve seen thus far have looked similar to the full-blooded Galra that we’ve seen thus far. We’ll be going to go into scientific detail about how this might be possible, along with some theories on how breeding might work between the Galra and different species. 

To start, by looking at how the other half-Galra present, it’s safe to assume that, when dealing with other races, Galra genes are recessive when speaking in terms of dominance. If they were dominant traits, then we wouldn’t get half-Galra like Ezor where almost no part of them looks Galra. The only Galra trait she has is the yellow eyes, and because we haven’t seen her species of origin, we have no idea if this is a trait that is common among her people. This would explain why half-Galra tend to look more their original species with only a select few traits presenting, as those might, also, present as recessive in their species or have incomplete dominance over the Galra traits.

To further explain and tie this back to Keith, if human traits, despite having their own recessive and dominant traits, always have complete dominance over Galra traits Papa Keith’s Mendelian inheritance code would be ‘HH’ while Mama Keith’s code would be ‘gg’. The capital ‘H’ represents the dominant human gene while the lowercase ‘g’ represents the recessive Galra gene. So, all their children would have codes that looked like ‘Hg’, which would mean that they carry the Galra traits, but don’t visibly show signs of it, like how I carry the trait for green eyes yet mine are brown. Which means, that Keith might not look Galra because of how dominant Keith’s human genes are. However, if Keith were to breed with someone else who was Galra or carried recessive Galra genes then his children would more likely be the ones to show Galra traits than him showing the Galra traits himself.

Keith’s Punnett Square:

If his future spouse or donor had ‘Hg’ as well then, their children would look like:

If his future spouse or donor had ‘gg’ as well then, their children would look like:

However, that brings us into a different set of the complications, which is breeding. In order to breed and have offspring that can breed, each parent has to have the exact same number of chromosomes. While if they’re similar, they can produce offspring, but that offspring will be infertile and unable to breed itself due to the mismatch. (See the mule and hinny) This might also even prevent conception, as the material needed to create life would be incompatible.

That brings us to the complication, and why breeding between alien species is next to impossible. First, it is highly unlikely that all sentient species across the galaxy share the same number of chromosomes, and even more unlikely that they evolved from carbon as we did, as different planets have different elemental structures. For the Galra to mate with other species then these conditions would have to be met or the union would result in no offspring or offspring that couldn’t produce children of their own.

Now that we’ve discussed the basics, let’s get into the theories.

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