I would like to know your opinion on this: How to you feel about reposts?
Personally, I hate reposts, especially when the reposters call someone as “unknown” or say something like “this picture was found without a source”, but i admit that sites like Pinterest, Safebooru or Zerochan do not bother me THAT much, because people don’t gain fame or earn any profit by using the art, they are merely giving visibility to it. It took me a while to understand that Pinterest is a very good dissemination channel, but the sources should work better and link the art to the artist.
However, I despise sites like Amino, IFunny, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook, because people can earn money and credibility by using something that is not theirs. Moreover, most of the time they are extremely rude to artists, especially Amino users, where they mock or make fun of artists who don’t like having their art reposted.
Of course reposting under any circumstances is super disrespectful if they didin’t asked for permission to repost, but I think in some situations, we don’t have to worry so much,
Keith was the most spoiled cub this side of the galaxy—in no small part due to the fact that he was the only cub that had been on the main base in well over a decade. As such, it was no surprise that his name day celebration had ended up being kind of a big deal. Most of the Blades who had been on base at the time had been invited to give Keith gifts. While most didn’t end up sticking around, as their gifts were mostly a customary gesture, most of the initiates and several older officers stayed for what could have constituted a party on this base. It was made a bigger deal than Thace felt was warranted, considering Keith had only just come up on his second name day and cared for little besides the gifts he was being given.
So this is something I’ve wanted to bring up for a little while and now that the season 7 finale has aired as of this post (albeit in Canada) I feel it’s an opportune time to bring it up. Now MLP plays it pretty loose with how magic works, but on top of this, Twilight’s power has been in flux every now and again. The most recent example of this is in the finale when she defends her idol, Starswirl the Bearded from the Pony of Shadows
“This one is almost as strong as you Starswirl,”
Excuse me? ALMOST as strong? Are we forgetting how when Celestia, someone who knew Starswirl personally, first met Twilight, she said she’d “Never seen a unicorn with [her] raw abilities,”? And that was when Twilight was a foal. And now here she is, years later and now an alicorn and suddenly she’s only almost as strong as a Unicorn?
I’ve had this same issue in the season 5 finale. How does Starlight, a predominately self-taught unicorn able to match an Alicorn Princess who studied magic her whole life under the tutelage of a Princess and with access to all the magical knowledge at her disposal? This has left me flummoxed for quite some time because we’ve seen Twilight do some pretty crazy stuff with magic. So what’s been nerfing her all of a sudden?
Then I considered something. What if it’s her? What if she’s subconsciously holding herself back?
Let’s look at SciTwi, Twilight’s human counterpart in Equestria Girls. Her first experience with magic was in the Friendship Games and it turned her into Midnight Sparkle, making her go mad with power. In Legend of Everfree, the movie after that, she fears the magic inside her and wants to just try to hide it. Even when she starts using it, she fears losing control and to turn back into Midnight Sparkle, thus keeping her from using it to her full potential.
What if it’s the same with this Twilight. Her first serious use of magic was during a complete loss of control. Afterwards, Celestia herself told her she needed to learn to tame her abilities. Even if this Twilight loves magic, this experience likely cemented in her head that she cannot lose control again, even if it means limiting herself. This mentality likely cemented itself further after her ascension as now she’s packing alicorn magic. She may have developed mental blocks that keep her from realizing her full potential. As such, other talented unicorns like Starlight and Star swirl who show significantly less self-doubt when it comes to magic, are able to keep up with her.
Here’s hoping we get an episode about Twilight overcoming her mental blocks in season 8.
Hello Emma! I would just like to ask you about whether or not you listen to music while studying. If you do, what kind of music do you usually listen to? I've also heard that BiNaural beats help with memory retention and concentration but most BiNaural beats study music bore me out and make me sleepy...
Hey :-) It depends on what I’m doing really - if I’m properly ‘studying’ then I can’t focus with proper music. I get to dancey and forget I should be paying attention to the work. Most of the time, I probably won’t have music on but when I do it might just be rain/thunderstorm sounds! However, for essay writing or just university tasks which aren’t studying, I do listen to music from time to time. I tend to listen to EDM/house/trap music - I believe that is what it is called :’-) I just have a little Youtube playlist with a few songs I like and let it run with autoplay! xx
I spent the rest of my day over at Arlene’s again. We’re getting along better now. I spent most of the time talking with Arlene and Oliver, while Oliver made dinner. I didn’t see Marci because she had to work on her school work.
Arlene and Oliver seem like great parents and a happy couple. I’m a little jealous of the happy little life they’ve made for themselves here. Maybe one day I’ll have something like they have.
ways to study for exams that are actually productive
use actual note cards for vocab. yes, apps like quizlet are dandy when you’re on the go, but actually physically writing out each note card helps put the information into memory faster than typing them.
visual learner? make charts and diagrams. they don’t have to be pretty. the lines don’t have to be perfectly straight. it doesn’t have to be photogenic. but if it helps you learn, do it.
after you take notes (in class or at home/from your text book), write down possible quiz questions about the material on the next page while it’s still fresh in your mind. later on when you’re studying for the test, use these questions to gauge what specifics out of that chapter you need to work on the most.
start sooner rather than later. i know, you’ve heard this a million times from every teacher ever. but it’s legit. especially as you get into harder level classes and college courses because there is literally so much material that the tests cover that you simply can not accurately learn all of it over night. instead, start about 10 days in advance (but of coarse, the sooner the better).
studying doesn’t have to be a big giant study session that takes hours. if you start far enough in advance, study sessions can be around an hour, hell even 45 minutes is a good. if you go too long in one study session your brain will be fried and studying will be pointless because your brain won’t be processing any of it. that’s why it’s important to take breaks and not just cram for 5 hours the night before an exam.
actually study. hold yourself accountable and make your education a priority. if you have homework and studying to do, make it a priority over going partying or watching tv. there will be another party. you can dvr your show. you can’t take your test on a later day because you don’t feel ready. so be ready.
be careful with study groups. if you have a study group with all of your best friends, lets face it, you’re going to end up spending more time talking about harry styles and supernatural than actually studying. it’s better to have a study group with people who are your friends, but not best friends. and it’s better to keep it between 5-7 people so that everyone can be involved.
if the material is just super confusing and you can’t seem to understand it no matter how hard you study, it’s not you.it’s the way you were taught it. each teacher teaches a bit differently, and maybe their style of teaching just isn’t for you. if this happens, find a way that explains it the best for you. for example, if chemistry is just super confusing for you, try watching the Crash Course chemistry videos on youtube or have a friend explain it to you. this will give you a completely different perspective on the material and will help you understand it better.
at the end of the day, remember that everything will be okay. studying can be stressful, especially if it’s in a class that you struggle in. but i promise you that you are not the only one who struggles sometimes in school, it’s a part of being human. as long as you actually put in an effort and try your best, be proud of yourself. take a deep breath. and remember:you got this.
I’m sitting in my hotel room, skillfully eating some leftover chicken and dumplings from Cracker Barrel with a coffee straw cause I don’t have a fork, putting off taking off my makeup, and writing this post while everything is still kinda fresh in my mind.
I had the most amazing time tonight at the show! I honesty wish my brain was working better now so I could write better words but this is all I got lol
The show was SO GOOD!! I had so much fun and the Louisville Palace was beautiful!! Like wow it was a gorgeous theater and I’m so glad I got the chance to go! I appreciate so much what everyone did to put this show together for all of us and it all went so well!
I had VIP seats so I got to see Mark sing before the show started and I am honestly so proud of him for facing his fear of singing in front of everyone and doing so well! Sorry the phone lights threw you off a little but tbh it really added to the moment. And I’m glad you got your little guitar clamp thing back lol Thank you so much for doing that for us~
I had seen little clips of the show here and there from June and I thought it looked amazing but I was not prepared for how much more fun and amazing it was to actually be there and participate in the show! Every second was so funny and fun and I think my favorite part was the dance off! Sorry Ethan but Mark won this one lol The fan participation was so cool!
I love the whole team so much it was awesome to see them all perform in person. ALSO AMY AND KATHRYN!! Shout-out to them for being awesome and beautiful and going around to get questions from people!
Okay I better wrap this up cause I’ve rambled too much at this point. I might write more tomorrow if I can think of more to say. But thank you Mark, Ethan, Bob, Wade, Tyler, Amy, Kathryn, and of course Dan the Music Man for putting on a fantastic show that I won’t forget~
P.S. - My mom also loved the show and thought you all did amazing!
Millions of older Americans, too broke to retire, plan to work until they die
Richard Dever had swabbed the campground shower stalls and emptied 20 garbage cans, and now he climbed slowly onto a John Deere mower to cut a couple acres of grass.
“I’m going to work until I die, if I can, because I need the money,” said Dever, 74, who drove 1,400 miles to this Maine campground from his home in Indiana to take a temporary job that pays $10 an hour.
Dever shifted gently in the tractor seat, a rubber cushion carefully positioned to ease the bursitis in his hip — a snapshot of the new reality of old age in America.
People are living longer, more expensive lives, often without much of a safety net. As a result, record numbers of Americans older than 65 are working — now nearly 1 in 5. That proportion has risen steadily over the past decade, and at a far faster rate than any other age group. Today, 9 million senior citizens work, compared with 4 million in 2000.
While some work by choice rather than need, millions of others are entering their golden years with alarmingly fragile finances. Fundamental changes in the U.S. retirement system have shifted responsibility for saving from the employer to the worker, exacerbating the nation’s rich-poor divide. Two recent recessions devastated personal savings. And at a time when 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, Social Security benefits have lost about a third of their purchasing power since 2000.
Polls show that most older people are more worried about running out of money than dying.
“There is no part of the country where the majority of middle-class older workers have adequate retirement savings to maintain their standard of living in their retirement,” said Teresa Ghilarducci, a labor economist who specializes in retirement security. “People are coming into retirement with a lot more anxiety and a lot less buying power.”
As a result, many older workers are hitting the road as work campers — also called “workampers” — those who shed costly lifestyles, purchase RVs and travel the nation picking up seasonal jobs that typically offer hourly wages and few or no benefits.
I am the worst! Sorry guys! Between a full course load and two jobs I’m drowning a little, but I still really love you guys!
He loves it (the little shit). He likes to make sure everyone around knows exactly who you’re with. Since you refuse to wear the t-shirt that says “Property of Tony Stark” (even though he wears his “Property of Y/N” all the time) he’s gotta let people know some other way. He doesn’t go so far as to touch you inappropriately (maybe a quick slap or pinch on your “perfect” butt but nothing more than that). Kisses, however, are a different story. Quick pecks in the grocery story line, heated kisses in front of the press, tender kisses in front of the team before they leave on a mission. Tony doesn’t care what others are thinking, he just wants you to know his feelings for you, and the best way to do that is with his lips on yours.
Steve isn’t exactly embarrassed by PDA. Sure it wasn’t highly approved of back in the day, but c’mon he was best friends with THE Bucky Barnes, so he was rather used to PDA. So no, Steve wasn’t embarrassed by PDA, it was more that Steve was surprised someone wanted to display PDA with him. Yeah he was bigger and muscular now, but he still remembered all those dates he had been dragged on where the girl didn’t even bother to learn his name, let alone let the rest of the world know they were together. So when you grab his hand and kiss him in front of everyone like you hope the world is watching he’s shocked, rather than embarrassed, that such an amazing and beautiful girl would care to claim him.
While it took him a while to warm back up with the idea (just like with everything else), Bucky was soon back to his charming, PDA loving self. While he loves holding your hand, he prefers to place his hand on the small of you back since you can’t wander as far away. And he loves to drop small kisses to your forehead, temple, of nose when you make him laugh (whether from cracking a joke or because you “just look so cute when you’re frustrated”). He also loves leaning his forehead against yours and gently nudging your nose with his when you’re having hushed discussions in the middle of a crowded room. Bucky loves to feel your skin on his in anyway he can. And while he prefers you not hold his metal hand, it’s mostly because he knows he can protect you better if he has it free.
Surprisingly Bruce doesn’t mind PDA. While he’s almost never the one to initiate it, he’s not about to pull away when you grab his hand and kiss him in public. He likes the kisses you press to his cheek when he knows you’re being possessive, or the ones you press to his lips when he knows you’re drawing strength from him. And even though he loves the kisses you initiate most, he’s not afraid to initiate a few moments of his own. When he needs calming down you can feel his lips press firmly to your temple, or when he’s feeling particularly protective he’ll wrap you up in his arms shooting glares at anyone who gets too near.
It’s not that Clint doesn’t like PDA, it’s more that Clint is too preoccupied watching the world and dangers around him to do anything more than hold your hand or press a quick kiss to your forehead. When you’re out and about he’s often found looking at the guy acting slightly sketchy across the room rather than looking at the shirt you’re trying to make him get. But it’s fine because as soon as your lips make contact with his and he recovers, he wraps his arms around you, pulling you close, and forgetting about the rest of the world, since his world is wrapped securely in his tight embrace.
Believe it or not, but Pietro actually gets super embarrassed with PDA. Growing up with just him and Wanda, other kids often teased him when he would act sweetly towards his sister. While that never stopped him from caring it has caused him to be slightly more reserved when it came to showing physical affection. It took him a while to get comfortable holding your hand in public (but he eventually got used to it when he realized other guys were staring at what was his, and even though he’s embarrassed by PDA he’s way too possessive to let it slide). But Pietro definitely still blushes when your lips sweep his cheek, and his wide eyes will make a quick sweep of the room to make sure not too many people are watching as he returns the favor.
Thor loves PDA. Too much. It honestly doesn’t matter where you guys are. Whether you’re window shopping in Midtown, or in the middle of SHIELD HQ, he’ll simply sweep you into his arms and kiss you senseless. People have tried to tell him why he isn’t allowed to basically frisk you in front of everyone, but he hasn’t quite gotten it yet. Apparently in Asgard it is a great sign of how successful a King’s reign will be when he loves his Queen enough to show physical affection in public, and he definitely loves his Queen. So while your Midgardian friends may get a little uncomfortable with the way Thor kisses you like you’re the only thing keeping him alive, your Asgardian friends simply cheer at the sign of what surely looks like the greatest reign Asgard will ever see.
Loki kind of hates PDA. He hates looking weak in front of others, and he’ll be honest (with you)- you’re his weakness. So while he’s more than happy to have you stand by his side, he would prefer if you both kept your hands to yourselves until you were in private. The only time his rule wavers is before he goes off to do something stupid and possibly not come back, or after you have done stupid and got hurt. In those few instances he has no qualms about fiercely pressing his lips to yours and letting you feel all of his emotions rolled into that one kiss, no matter who is watching.
Oh Sam. While he doesn’t like to make out or blatantly show you off in public, he does enjoy small and sweet signs of PDA. He likes to wrap his arms from behind you while you wait in line and hum the jeopardy theme song in your ear. He likes to sneak up behind you while you’re looking at a book and swiftly kiss you on the cheek. He likes to give you eskimo kisses when he knows you’re mad at him. He likes to carry you bridal style to breakfast and to bed when you’re too sleepy to walk and you cuddle into his chest. He loves to show you he loves you in the little things, because he knows that that is what truly matters.
Scott is kind of childish in his PDA (like most other things). Think high school boy with his first girlfriend. Heated kisses and some light frisking no matter where you are or who’s watching. His arm’s always around your shoulder to make sure people know you’re his and so he can keep you close. It often makes you roll your eyes because you know he can be sweet and sensitive, but he keeps that to closed doors. He would prefer to make you blush when people find you straddling his lap, or make you laugh when Tony has to loudly clear his throat for the third time because you’re making out in front of his lab… again. It’s what makes Scott, Scott.
T’Challa is a reserved man. He prefers to keep his private matters private, and that includes you guys’ relationship. So while you guys are out and about the most the paps will ever catch is hand holding or a guiding hand to the small of your back. But that isn’t the full story. Anyone working inside the palace or Avengers HQ will tell you that you two always have skin to skin, but more like lip to lip, contact. The servants and fellow Avengers have seen it all. From T’Challa randomly pushing you up against a wall to “suck your face off”, to him pulling you in for a close dance as he presses his forehead against yours and looks into your eyes as he hums your favorite song to you. T’Challa is a reserved and private man, but still a man who is deeply and madly in love.
Again I’m so sorry guys! I hope this is okay! I didn’t have time to edit because I’m just trying to get it out there for you guys, but I hope you enjoy it! I had a lot of fun writing it! (Also there are over 2000 of you?! WHAT?! Love you all dearly!)
I definitely want to know more about this reversal au!
sorry its so long !! i love this au
So basically in this AU, the losers club is are misfit space demons in the form of a circus group, and penny is just an ordinary man. This AU takes place in the 80s/It (2017) timeline
The demon kids feed on the dissatisfaction that starts to grow in adults as they get stuck into the routines of their life (hence why they usually prey on office workers as opposed to like more stimulating jobs.) from afar and when they’ve exhausted that food source, they lure in adult with their prey’s subconscious parental instincts by pretending to be in danger to gain trust and finish the job.
Pendleton Wise, or Penny for short, has been in Derry, Maine for a few years now. Other than working a 9-5 office job, he doesn’t go out much and his neighbors like to gossip about his homes state. Penny has hoarding tendencies (think pennywise’s lair thing) and never talks to peers or coworkers unless he has to. On top of this, he tends to have an overactive imagination.
Bill is the ringmaster and he mainly plans out attacks. He can get into your head and become your subconscious, controlling your actions.
Ben is the juggler and arguably the most sympathetic of the group. His aim is more than perfect and his juggling balls can catch on fire. He can also displace his head and juggle that too.
Stan is the mime and only opens his mouth to eat, he can make invisible barriers (walls, etc.) to slow down or block in prey.
Bev is the trapeze artist and she can turn invisible and she has the most physical strength but also works hard and has the most control when around in public.
Mike is the beast tamer and he can summon the help of multiple demons who usually take the form of lions (for the circus aesthetic??? Perhaps,, but they aren’t real lions and that’s all that matters to me)
And richie and eddie perform acrobatics with a sun and moon motif. They are the tricksters of the group and their ribbons can become animated (forming into snakes at times) and contain prey.
Georgie is the clown and while the others have adapted and matured to have some composure in public, georgie is impulsive and bitey.
On penny’s way home one night, he found a child hiding around his drain pipes. Penny, wanting to help tried to ask him if he knew where his parents were and if he knew his family’s phone number. Because of Penny’s overactive imagination, he wasn’t prone to getting stuck in the daily routine because he always found small joy/put care in everything he did. When georgie couldn’t smell the dissatisfaction, he was too hungry and decided to attack anyways. Penny managed to get away (losing a finger in the process) and now the circus is after him to clean up georgies mess. Sometimes even just taunting and terrorizing him from day to day.
Request: Can you do an imagine where your family is having a party (like ur moms bday or something) and Shawn comes and is being super cute and comfortable with everyone like ur family and friends??? A lotta fluff plz!
Author’s note: HI this is me taking a break from the Percy Jackson AU and for once actually writing up some requests.
Warning: There is so much fluff in this you could possibly die
“You can carry the cake Shawn.” I grab the container holding the precious chocolate cake and pass it into his hands. He tries to take it but I hold on tighter, meeting his eyes. “Don’t you dare drop this. Its my Mum’s birthday cake, okay?” I raise an eyebrow.
He rolls his eyes. “Y/n, sweetie. You know that before was an accident. I didn’t purposely mean to drop you’re birthday cake.” Shawn grins at me sheepishly.
“I know but I just want you to take extra precaution this time.” I say sternly, releasing my hold. He pulls it closer to his chest, protecting it with his arms.
“I will protect it with my life.” He winks, moving forward to press a kiss to my forehead gently.
“Yeah yeah, get inside.” I laugh, slamming the boot of the car. I trail behind Shawn as we make our way to the front door of my parent’s house for my Mother’s 50th birthday party.
“Be on your best behavior baby,” I tease, leaning up on my tiptoes to ruffle his hair- the hair that he spent a good hour perfecting.
“Y/n!” Shawn gasps, twisting to see me as I press the doorbell.
“I spent an hour on this hairstyle. You knew how I felt about it so why would you do something like this?” he huffs, lifting one hand to fix the strands.
“Honestly Shawn, you look just as handsome no matter what your hair looks like.” I grin, Shawn unamused with my response.
“Honestly Y/n, I think I should just leave you to fend for yourself whil- Hi Mrs Y/L/N,” Shawn is cut off by the door opening and he quickly composes himself to look excited to see my family.
“Hi Mum, happy birthday!” I peer over Shawn’s shoulder to meet my mother’s warm hazel eyes who peer at the both of us curiously. “Don’t worry about Shawn, Mum. He’s just having a hair crisis at the moment.”
“Hey,” Shawn protests, elbowing me in the side of my stomach and I scowl at him while he smirks back proudly.
“You’ve haven’t changed at all, either of you.” Mum laughs, holding the door open for us to come inside. I give her a hug once the door is shut, taking the cake out of Shawn’s hands while he greets her himself.
I leave the two alone, walking towards the kitchen and placing the dessert on the counter. Their voices float down the hallway and I can’t help but listen in.
“You’ve gotten taller, Shawn?” My Mum asks, and I hear Shawn laugh in response.
“Maybe, since I’m a growing boy I’ll need a good feed today Mrs Y/L/N.” Shawn comments. I roll my eyes at the joke while my Mum laps it up, her chuckles filling the silence.
“Don’t worry we’ll put some meat on you’re bones.” She pauses, her voice lowering. “Now tell me, how’s my daughter going since she moved in with you.”
“She’s amazing, we make dinner every night together- or at least when I’m home in time which most nights I am. We have our own little schedules worked out and life with her.. it just works, you know?” I can hear the smile in his voice.
“Ever since she got that job in the city she’s been so happy and I love it, I love living with her.” My mum aw’s at Shawn.
“So should I be expecting any wedding bells any time soon?” I faintly catch her giggles.
“Maybe. I can’t say I haven’t been thinking about it.” Shawn replies, my cheeks heating up.
“Okay, Shawn, come say hi to Dad.” I break off their little chat, appearing in the hallway.
“Happy Birthday again, Mrs Y/L/N.” Shawn calls over his shoulder as I drag him out to the back deck where the rest of my family is.
A chorus of greetings meet us as Shawn and I step through the door. I smile warmly at all my Mum’s friends, Shawn’s arm slipping around my waist.
“Y/n!” A voice calls and I turn to see my Dad walking towards me with a giant grin on his face.
“Dad!” I beam, letting go of Shawn to hug my Father.
“How you doing kiddo?” He asks, kissing the top of my head.
“I’m good, great actually.” I laugh, turning back to Shawn to see him already looking at me with a fond expression on his face.
“Dad you remember Shawn right? You’re son in law?” I ask innocently, watching my Dad splutter and Shawn blush beet red.
“She’s joking, sir, we’re not engaged yet.” Shawn excuses himself, and he looks like he wants to be anywhere else right now. You could say Shawn was scared of my Dad.
“Yet?” My Dad’s voice raises, eyebrows raising along with it.
“Change that to never.” Shawn rushes to say, and you could almost see a bead of sweat on his forehead.
“What? Shawn! I thought you said we were going to get married before the baby came.” I tease, watching Shawn pale, my Dad letting out a loud bellow of laughter.
“I’m just kidding Shawn,” Dad chuckles, slapping his shoulder. “Y/n’s joking as well, the little terror.”
I grin at them both. “Like father like daughter, as they say.”
“Nice seeing you Shawn, and my little terror, but the barbecue is calling me,” Shawn nods faintly, Dad walking off. I smile, leaning my head against Shawn’s shoulder.
“You’re too cute.” I giggle, kissing his shoulder blade. It was a nice day, the sun shining and a light breeze that ruffled my hair, my sundress flaring.
“That was mean.” Shawn pouts, his eyes filled with humor.
“You loved it.” I scoff. He turns to face me, his hands resting above my hips.
“Maybe.” He kisses me briefly before starting to pull away.
“Where are you going?” Its my turn to pout as I tug him back to me.
“We’re in front of your family, isn’t it weird?” He blushes faintly and I laugh.
“You’re so lame.” I grin, holding his chin as I step on the tips of my toes to press my mouth to his.
“You’re lamer.” Shawn whispers against my lips and I bite my lip to stop my laughter.
“The fact that you just said that sentence is proof enough that you are the one whose more lame.” I snicker, kissing him again.
“When you kiss me I always forget my comeback.” Shawn frowns, leaning his forehead against mine.
::summary— it’s been a couple of months since you and your
sugar daddy changed your arrangement and while all has been well, practically
floating on cloud 9, something is about to happen that will drop kick you back
The Esbats, or Wiccan lunar holy days, celebrate the moon’s passage around the Earth. The Esbats offer Wiccans a chance to regularly put aside time to step away from the ordinary world and dedicate time to spiritual reflection and/or magical work. In Wicca, each phase of the Moon is noted, because different kinds of Moon energy are used for different kinds of magick.
Some groups extend these celebrations to include the dark moon/new moon, or even the first and last quarters. In many traditions, the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year (Sabbats) are considered times of celebration, while the main “magickal work” is done on the Esbats. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what phase the moon is in, there are many phone apps and websites that track it. Here are the usual basics. (Please Note: if you do not wish to practice magick for any reason at any time on any phase, you can simply meditate on the moon phases. For example, during the dark/new moon you would meditate on banishing something severely negative in your life instead of performing an intense banishment spell. If you don’t have the time or energy to meditate or practice magick for any reason at any time on any phase, that’s okay! Take a break!)
Dark Moon/New Moon
A potent time for your most powerful destructive magick. Note, destructive does not necessarily mean ‘harmful’. You don’t have to destroy a person.
Magickal workings conducive to the dark moon include destroying or banishing very powerful things, such as unwanted entities, addictions or serious diseases. I would not use this time lightly– it’s got a little too much 'umph’ behind it to just get rid of a whiny ex who still calls you once in a while, to break your habit of having a second cup of coffee in the morning, or if you have the sniffles. But if you were dealing with, say, a stalker, a drug addiction, cancer, etc.– something that poses a serious threat – then this is the best timing for it.
Waxing Crescent Moon
When the moon is “waxing” it appears to be growing, the period from the dark to full moon phases. It’s magnetic energy assists with bringing things to out. This entire waxing period is the best time to work with constructive magick, or magick that builds things/brings things to us.
The waxing crescent is the best time for magick on yourself (or on the subject) pertaining to new beginnings, such as starting a new project or making plans for the future. If you’re looking to conjure energies into your life such as a more positive attitude, more patience, more understanding in your relationship, this is the perfect timing for such goals. When you want to cast spells for self improvement, such as if you want to improve your psychic abilities, to absorb the information in a new class, or bring out your inner beauty, this is the time to do it. Artists or anyone artistic/creative will find this the best time to cast spells or perform meditations that will bring inspiration and passion into your work.
First Quarter Moon
The First Quarter, or Waxing Half Moon, is the time when energies are most conducive to attraction. Unlike the Waxing Crescent, which is best for going within and bringing things out, this is the best time for magick that attempts to draw things outside of yourself to you.
Use this time for spells and meditations meant to attract things you want in your life, such as money, protection or success. It’s also an ideal time for attracting people into your life, such as friends, lovers and clients. If you’re looking for an animal companion or have one that you want to bond with, this is a good time to perform the workings.
If you’re looking for a lost object, or house hunting, etc., this is a good time to perform spells for success in that area to help you bring that which you most desire into manifestation.
Waxing Gibbous Moon
The Waxing Gibbous is still a time for constructive magick, best used towards 'reeling in’ that which you’ve been working for already. If you started a project and it’s floundering, stalled, if you’re at the point when the thing you’re working for is coming into the home stretch and you need some extra energy to bring it home, the Waxing Gibbous will give it a boost.
This phase is a great energy for renewing your strength, will and determination to see your efforts through. If you are giving in to temptation on your diet, working hard toward something and feeling burnt out or are at the point where you’re getting lazy and distracted from completing your tasks, give yourself a power boost during the Waxing Gibbous.
When the Earth is caught between the moon and the sun, the result is the Full Moon bearing the most powerful energies of the lunar cycle. The Full Moon is often seen by people as 'all purpose’– it’s energies are prismatic in that it flows into all areas and needs, be it constructive or destructive.
Even more so than the Dark Moon, the Full Moon is a time you would utilize for extra power when you’re facing very difficult challenges. This is not just for minor mundane tasks, such as looking for the energy to reorganize your closet or trying to clear negativity out of the house after an argument; this is a time to reserve for those important things in your life that need major changes or major boosts.
While you can plan spells for anything, utilize this energy for your priorities that really matter in your life. If you need to win a court case, or find a new job with better pay to prevent you from losing your home,
Magicks and meditations revolving around spirituality, psychic development, dreams and divination are particularly well times for the Full Moon.
Waning Gibbous Moon
After the Full Moon peaks, we enter the waning half of the lunar cycle. Waning energies repel rather than attract, so it’s a good time to begin working on spells to get rid of things.
Minor banishings can begin with the Waning Gibbous. This is a good time for general cleansings to upkeep your home, office, garden or any of your personal spaces, etc., to keep things from mounting up. This is also a good time to cleanse any personal objects you may have, such as your jewelry or magickal tools. Think of this more like routine dusting– there’s no major build-up, you’re just trying to keep things clear to prevent problems.
If you have something for which you need closure, or if you’re ready to end something in your life (such as an unfulfilling relationship or unsatisfying business venture), this is a good time for spells to bring things to their fruition.
As for meditations and divination, rather than looking to the future or onto new things, it’s a good time for introspection. Where have your previous attitudes and actions brought you? What things in your life have been affecting you most? Are you happy with where you are? Do you need to make any attitude or behavior adjustments?
Third Quarter Moon
The Third Quarter, or the Waning Half-Moon, is the perfect timing for dealing with obstacles or leaping over hurdles that might cause you to stumble on your way. Whenever you’ve been working toward something, and there’s a roadblock in your path, the timing of this moon phase offers appropriate energies for helping you burst through it.
Temptations are the number one thing I like to deal with during the Third Quarter. If I’m finding that I often want to cheat on my life-diet, or lay in bed rather than get up and do my exercise, or watch TV and fool around on the internet rather than working, I banish that temptation with a spell.
Another good use of this moon phase’s energy is in aiding with transitions, whether these are transitions that you have to make or simply want to make in your life. It can help smooth out any wrinkles that might cause snags as you go on your way.
Waning Crescent Moon
If you need to clear your life and home of negativity, stress, strife, chaos, etc., now is the time to do it. The Waning Crescent, as it approaches the Dark Moon phase, it suitable for stronger banishing than at any other time of the waning moon phases. Get rid of whatever has been plaguing you– anything you find to be seriously annoying, frustrating or concerning (save things that are serious threats for that Dark Moon).
If you need things to end– not just to finish up and bring to a close, but things that no longer serve you that you need to just stop in their tracks– this moon phase is a good time to do it. Dropping a hopeless project, relationship, friendship, etc. is best done at this time. This is a good time to cast a spell for anything for which you wish to bring about a swift and benign ending.
January Full Moon
The Wolf Moon, also known as the, Cold, Snow or Winter Moon, etc., is a time of protection and strength. The Wolf Moon can be seen as a time of both beginnings and endings.
February Full Moon
The Storm Moon, also known as the Death or Quickening Moon,
is a time to do magick for fertility and strength. In the olden days, it was a time of true hardship.
March Full Moon
The Chaste Moon, also known as the Seed or Worm Moon,
the Chaste Moon is a time to plant mental seeds- thoughts of success and hope. This is also a time of purity and newness. It is a time to mentally prepare yourself for new experiences.
April Full Moon
The Seed Moon, also known as the Egg, Grass, or Wind Moon,
etc., This is the time to sow the seeds of Magick. If you’re planting a magickal garden, you want to get out there and put things into the earth. This is a time to move your planning phase into action.
May Full Moon
The Hare Moon, also known as the Flower or Planting Moon,
is a time of health, love, romance, and wisdom. It is also a great time to rekindle the romantic spark and passion in a relationship.
June Full Moon
The Lovers Moon, also known as the Strawberry or Rose Moon,
the Lovers Moon brings with it energy for love, marriage, and success.
July Full Moon
The Mead Moon, also known as the Blessing, Lightning, or Thunder Moon,
is a time of enchantment, health, rebirth, success and strength. It is also a time of celebration and magick. Remember that mead is the nectar of the Gods. Now is a good time for prosperity magick.
August Full Moon
The Wyrt Moon, also known as the Wort, Barley, Corn, or Red Moon,
is a time of abundance, agriculture and marriage. At this time you might want to do magick to help someone else reap the benefits of the Earth’s abundance. (With their permission of course!)
September Full Moon
The Harvest Moon, also known as the Barley or Hunters Moon,
the harvest Moon is a time of protection, prosperity, and abundance. The energy of the Harvest Moon will help along any magick that is geared to bring you or someone else abundance.
October Full Moon
The Blood Moon is sometimes called the Falling Leaf or Hunters Moon,
etc. It is a Moon of new goals, protection, resolution, and spirituality. The night of the Blood Moon is a great time for divination of any kind. At this time of year all of nature is making ready for winter. This is a time to reflect on what you did during the year and to evaluate your accomplishments.
November Full Moon
The Snow Moon, is also known as the Beaver, Mourning, or Tree Moon
etc. This is a good time to work with abundance, prosperity, and the bonds of family and friendship. This is also an excellent time to use divination to get an idea of what’s up ahead. Remind yourself that although winter is coming, it will not last forever.
December Full Moon
The Oak Moon, also known as the Cold or Long Night Moon,
etc., the oak Moon is a time for hope and healing. This time of the year the Moon has reign over the earth, because there are more hours of night than day. Our thoughts turn to rebirth of the light and the longer days that are promised after winter solstice. This is a great time to let go of old patterns or problems and start anew. If something has been eating at you for a long time, work to give it up at this time. Let go of the negative and let the light of longer days shine inside you.
*I had to re-upload as i accidentally the original post!*
◇ summary: It was supposed to be a weekend of mischief and fun, but when your ex-boyfriend tags along you soon realize that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay in Vegas
◇ pairing: reader x Jungkook
◇ genre: angst, smut, childhood sweethearts
◇ word count: 6,508
◇ warnings: alcohol use, language, explicit sexual content
“Please tell me why we are going to the airport at 4 in the damn morning?” you groan, handing your suitcase over to your cab driver who is trying hard not to laugh at your current state of sweatpants wrapped in a denim jacket.
Wendy rolls her eyes, “Y/N, we are only going to be in Vegas for 2 nights. We need to make the most of it. Plus, the tickets were like $100 less than if we left later in the afternoon. Just sleep on the plane.”
She gets in the back of the cab, hoping to close the door before your sharp tongue can come with a witty remark. But you aren’t about to let her off the hook that easily. You throw open the door, sliding into the seat next to her.
“Y/N, I don’t want to hear it. You are not going to ruin this for me! It’s my bacholerette party. I only get one” Wendy snaps, holding her hand to your face as you buckle your seat belt.
“If you’re lucky,” you mutter under your breathe, making your best friend smack your thigh loudly.
The rest of the drive is spent in silence as both of you are too tired to try and make conversation, especially since you had been up almost the entire night watching Wendy pick out her clothes for the next 2 nights. Two of you spent almost an hour picking out a black dress that looked identical to every other black dress she owned, but swore was different. As the dark purple circles settled under your eyes this morning, the only thing on your mind was getting through security and popping a Nyquil so that you could spend the rest of the flight in peace.
“We’re here,” Wendy whispers, shaking your shoulder to wake you up after what felt like five minutes. Her eyes shift past you, focusing the on something behind you, “I should have probably told you sooner, but Jungkook is coming.”
“And you’re telling me this now?” pointing to the airport outside the window “You decide to inform me that my ex-boyfriend is coming on this trip right now? You told me two days ago that he wasn’t coming because of work.” you hiss, chasing your best friend out of the car and towards the trunk.
“And he wasn’t going to! But then he called Namjoon yesterday and told him that he had managed to get the time off.” Wendy all but pleads for forgiveness, hiding behind the cab driver.
“You should’ve told him he wasn’t invited! That the plane was completely booked! The hotel was completely booked! Anything!”
She shrugs, “He’s Namjoon’s best friend, Y/N. And he had already bought his ticket, what was I supposed to do?”
You take your suitcase from the driver and make a beeline for the airport entrance, “I’m not speaking to you until we get to the gate.”
Wendy knows better than to push you when you’re upset, that law school and your work had given you a short fuse. Your attitude worked in the courtroom, helping your clients leave feeling happy and content and divorced while they fill your pockets with the end of their marriage. But it didn’t always translate the same to your personal life and most of your loved ones knew to stay far away when you were upset, knowing that your emotional time bomb was slowly ticking away.
It isn’t until you’ve both winded your way around the security line that you turn your attention to your best friend and ask, “Is he on our flight?”
Wendy chews on her lip before answering, “He and Namjoon are already waiting at the gate.”
You take a deep breath, trying your best to mentally prepare yourself for seeing your childhood sweetheart for the first time in almost a year.
I was just watching EXÖ’s performance of Boomerang (bomb ass song btw), and I noticed that throughout the performance, Jöngin kept putting in and taking out his ear piece, which was odd because from what I could see all the other members kept one piece in from the beginning to the end. So upon rewatching the video another time, I immediately caught that whether Kyungsöö was singing or not influenced when Jöngin had the earpiece in or out of his ear. The editing made it a little hard to see if this happened consistently throughout the performance (note: this analysis is based on two clips [x, x]), but I have reason to believe so, given these facts:
*The first video albeit a little LQ, gives a good look at the first half of the performance*
So the music starts and Jöngin has both of his ear pieces in. At about the 0:16 second mark, the camera pans at an angle that allows us to see all the members, and you can view Jöngin briefly with his hands up to his ears as if he were adjusting them. A few seconds later the camera focuses on Kyungsöö, but in the corner of the screen we see Jöngin remove his left ear piece and then briefly glances at Kyungsöö as he finishes his part.
At 0:28 when Kyungsöö starts to sing again, Jöngin puts back in the piece.
For a good while, the camera focuses on the other members performing; we’re then given a wide shot of the group where Xüidáe are finishing up the bridge. Pan back to Jöngin who has his ear piece removed again.
In the wide shot, we didn’t see him playing with his ear again which leads me to believe he removed the piece sometime after Kyungöö stopped singing (more than likely during few seconds where there was a tight shot of Mïnsëok).
Moving on to the second video, which is in HD thank goodness, Jöngin still doesn’t have his earphone in.
If up until this point, if you’re like…”where the fuck is she going with this?” I’m going right here:
Jöngin literally puts in the ear piece when Kyungsöö singing then immediately after he’s done, he takes it out; he doesn’t put it in for the rest of the performance.
Like, to me this reads as Jöngin doesn’t really give af to hear anyone else singing unless it’s Kyungsöö. He didn’t even wear the piece for most of the time when he was singing. Isn’t it a lot of work to repeatedly take out and put in the ear piece? If it was bothering him, he would have just kept it out, yet he coincidentally always has the left ear piece in whenever it’s Kyungsöö’s turn to sing.
In the last half of the song, he settles for staring at Kyungsöö while he sings instead of putting in his ear piece again because hearing all the other members singing would probably distract from him from his voice.