nature objects

senshiofmom  asked:

Top 10 sailor Moon Monster of the week

10. Screaming violin woman (093)

9. Pegasus hits the gym (143)

8. WHAT the ACTUAL HELL (151)

7. An 80s stripper who also happens to be a shoe (106)

6. Me (114)

5. The animation department had a lot of extra pink paint (174)

4. An elephant vacuum cleaner, but like in a sexy way (094)

3. My breasts are two small screaming snowmen (038)

2. Ball Family (132, 140, 146)

1. A straight-up, actual volcano (067)

Moon Signs & Shame/Guilt

Aries Moons face shame or regret rarely but when faced with shame they might actually find it as a huge  learning experience, a door to understanding. Aries in their nature are open and adaptable.

Taurus Moons can hang onto emotions and become fixed, this is dangerous when they come across heavy emotions like shame. But due to Taurus’s level-headedness and maybe stubbornness they might not always recognize guilt.

Gemini Moon isn’t prone to easily feeling guilty, this is from their detachment. They might approach a shameful feeling with objectivity and can find many ways to justify themselves. When weighed down by shame they can become confused, lost, and need help to overcome it.

Cancer Moons can easily be guilt-tripped by loved ones. They need to guard themselves sometimes from those who might push blame onto them. They take things to heart when it comes to feelings like shame.

Leo Moon can have a complex relationship with shame. Having an emphasis on pride means shame is very damaging to their psyche. 

Virgo Moon doesn’t handle shame well, they can really internalize it. Shame can easily be self-induced. They might harshly judge themselves.

Libra Moon usually don’t face shame, due to being good at justifying, having an objective nature, and many believing their intentions are usually good. But facing authentic guilt could really help them to mature and find self discovery. This isn’t to be mistaken with Libra’s desire to please.

Scorpio Moons can become self-destructive with their guilt. On the other hand they can be talented at denying such a feeling for self-interest.

Sagittarius Moons aren’t one to face a lot of guilt in their life but when they do, it tends to be a realization type of event/emotion.

Capricorn Moons can actually carry guilt a lot but almost never shows it. Usually their guilt comes from self-blame and is related to fear of failure. More often is their guilt because they weren’t good at something, couldn’t finish a task, meet a promise, carry out a duty, or excel. 

Aquarius Moon can have a firm grasp on good or bad and may recognize wrongdoing or frustration on a collective level but doesn’t always see how they influence others on a personal level, shame isn’t easily felt or seen for them.  But they are susceptible to people shaming them for their identity, lifestyle, or differences. This is something they might have to occasionally work thru.

Pisces Moon can get plagued by guilt but they also are masters of deflecting guilt. This is a position who understands the nature of shame well.

Science is not nature. Science is not truth. Science is the process by which humans try to uncover truths about nature. 

Nature is objective and exists outside of humanity. We are products of nature and exist within it. 

But science is socially constructed, because science can’t exist without us. Science is something that must be done. And because it only exists within the context of us messy political humans it reflects our messy political society. It’s biased and political and can be (and often is) wrong. 

Science can be harmful. It can, and is, used to support and justify bigotry and hatred. And support harmful power structures. And justify whatever status quo those in power wish to maintain. 

It also does amazing things and brings to light beauty and elegance and things previously unimaginable. It can also be used to fight against the damaging and harmful. 

But these are two sides of the same coin. And if we really want science to be the best it can be we need to recognize that. 

Mimetic Words | Onomatopoeia

Hey guys, today we’re gonna talk about mimetic words and onomatopoeia in Japanese! Mimetic words, just like onomatopoeia, are words that phonetically resemble the source of sound that they’re describing – they mimic sounds, feelings, and senses! You will often see these mimetic words and onomatopoeia in either ひらがな or カタカナ! It doesn’t really matter which one you use.

Animal and Human Sounds・擬声語・ぎせいご:
Bear・ガオー・Roar
Bee・ブーン・Buzz
Cat・ニャー・Meow
Cow・モーモー・Moo
Dog・ワンワン・Woof
Duck・ガーガー・Quack
Fox・コンコン・???
Frog・げろげろ・Ribbit
Horse・ひひいん・Neigh
Monkey・ウキウキ・Oo-oo-aa-aa
Mouse・チューチュー・Squeak
Pig・ブーブー・Oink
Sheep・めーめー・Baa

Child crying loudly・うわーん
Chuckling secretively・ウフフ・(´∀`*)ウフフ
Clearing your throat for attention・おほん
Loud laugh・アハハ
Speaking a foreign language fluently・ぺらぺら
Surprised scream・うぎゃー
Unable to contain laughter・クスクス

Inanimate Objects and Nature Sounds・擬音語・ぎおんご:
You will often see 擬音語used in manga!

Bursting into flames・メラメラ
Heavy rain pouring down・ザーザー
Rock tumbling down a hill・ゴロゴロ
Running at full speed・タタタタ
Stepping on dirt or sand・サクサク
Thunder rumbling・ゴロゴロ
Water bubbling gently・こぽこぽ

Movement and Motion・擬容語
 ・ぎようご:
Asleep・ぐっすり
Fast paced walking・すたこら
Joints shaking・がくがく
Nodding off・うとうと
Trembling from cold, fear, or anger・ブルブル
Wandering aimlessly・ウロウロ

Feelings・擬情語・ぎじょうご:
Excited from anticipation・わくわく
Fascinated by something beautiful・うっとり
Happy, full of hope・うきうき
Running around hurriedly・あたふた
Throbbing pain・ずきずき
Worrying about the past・くよくよ
Worrying or wondering what to do・もやもや

Onomatopoeia・オノマト:
Banging・ごんごん
Chubby・ぽっちゃり
Grass rustling・わさわさ
Gushing water・ごぼごぼ
Knocking・こんこん
Loud snoring・ぐーぐー
Long yawn・ふわ~
Moving slowly・のそり
Rough・ざらざら
Rustling・ばらばら
Smooth / Silky・さらさら
Strong cough・ごほん
Suddenly waking up・がばっ
Tapping・とんとん
Vomiting・げっ
Wandering around aimlessly・のらりのらり

Witchy Goals for the New Year

🌿 Complete a book of Shadows

🌿 Meditate more often

🌿 Write down everything you learn

🌿 Take mindless walks through the woods, focusing on your breathing and            the chirping of the birds

🌿 Plant a garden

🌿 Spend more time under the moon

🌿 Do a deep self and house cleansing

🌿 Collect objects that speak to you from nature and thrift shops

🌿 Practice Tarot more consistently

🌿  Drink a cup of tea daily

🌿 Take one night from your week to light candles, drink a cup of tea, and relax

🌿 Make a witchy mood board

🌿 Start a dream journal

🌿 Add more magick in your cooking

🌿 Make spell jars to scatter through out your home

🌿 Sew dream sachets into pillows

🌿 Plan day-to-day witchy things to do each week

🌿 Start a gratitude page in your grimoire

🌿 Make your own candles

🌿 Grow and dry your own herbs

🌿 Learn to identify the constellations 

🌿 Scatter your home with live plants to attract more good energy

🌿 Become pen pals with a witch from a different country

🌿 Hang sun catchers and bells near windows

🌿 Cleanse yourself with ritual baths once a month

🌿 Keep track of the moon phases and sacred days

🌿 Learn Latin

🌿 Every morning spritz your bed with a lavender and chamomile infusion

🌿 Create a space that is exclusively for practicing magick

🌿 Practice botanical and fauna sketches

🌿 Organize and rewrite pages in your completed grimoire

🌿 Create garlands made from natural objects (ie wheat, pinecones, etc) 

To all the witches out there: Add to this list and start new years off with the right mind set. 

May the moon light your path!

==Moonlight Academy==

Jupiter Signs

Jupiter in Aries: You have confidence, energy and a great enthusiasm in life. You often ignite, sometimes to the point of becoming maniac, and you have many interests, although you may not all maintain them in the long run. It’s easy for you to get carried away by your own problems, and you have to be careful with your tendency to self-centeredness and forget the details.

Jupiter in Taurus: You are devoted and kind; lovers of nature, material objects and of pleasures of the senses. You can easily get into the habit of not denying you anything. So you’re awesome in bed - but also tormented by being overweight. Fortunately, you balance your search for pleasure through your practical mind. Essentially, your judgment is sound.

Jupiter in Gemini: Nothing excites you more than an idea. You are an intelligent, multi-talented, curious and easily captivated, although you run the risk of losing interest in a subject by talking to death. All that concerns the writings is beneficial to you - from the diary to a job in a bookstore or the practice of journalism.

Jupiter in Cancer: You are sincere, benevolent, intuitive, protective and sympathetic, the absolute nurturing mother, even if you are a man. Understanding and indulgent, you love the pleasures of home, property, as well as parenthood.

Jupiter in Leo: You are magnanimous, compassionate, exuberant and theatrical, with enormous vitality and a deep need for social recognition, respect and power. Although you may sometimes be bossy or superficial, you are a sincere person who likes to include others, and you tend to be appreciated. This position is considered happy and often brings success.

Jupiter in Virgo: You are organized, practical and happy when your efforts produce concrete results. You possess a fine intellect, you are willing to work hard, and you tend to spend too many hours looking for perfection. However, this position creates an internal voltage.

Jupiter in Libra: You are kind, friendly, fair and popular. Gifted with a natural charm, you work well with other people and you feel naturally attracted to the arts. But you may be forced to fight against the classic defect of Libras who are having difficulty making important decisions.

Jupiter in Scorpio: You have gigantic passions, a magnetic intensity that other people feel, and a highly sexual nature. Although you may be booked, you have a sincere interest in what may be hiding behind appearances, and you are still observing and collecting information. You are ambitious and sometimes aggressive, with a lot of pride and a fierce will that can help you achieve your dreams.

Jupiter in Sagittarius: As Jupiter is the master of Sagittarius, this position is considered as happy. The Sagittarius draws the best from Jupiter. It makes you genial, optimistic, generous, tolerant and philosopher (you are not obsessed with little things). Gifted for teaching, you are attracted to overseas travel, higher education, and universal philosophies, religions and belief systems. But be aware that this position also accentuates your faith (or fanaticism) at the same time as your tendency to do morals.

Jupiter in Capricorn: With the planet of expansion in cautious Capricorn, you are ambitious, obedient, honest, serious, realistic, disciplined, and you work hard. When you set a goal, your chances of achieving it are excellent. But you will have to fight pessimism.

Jupiter in Aquarius: Open minded, altruistic and innovative, you have a great originality and you are interested in everything that is the latest. You are also naturally tolerant. But you do not react well to disappointment. If your high ideals do not come true, you can become selfish and authoritarian.

Jupiter in Pisces: You are friendly, indulgent and imaginative. Endowed with a powerful intuition, you capture everything that happens around you. Generous, you try to improve things by even going so far as to sacrifice yourself. But when you feel out of place, you can turn into a hermit. The spiritual quest interests you.

Milky Way over Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina : What are those streaks of light in the sky? First and foremost, the arching structure is the central band of our Milky Way galaxy. Visible in this galactic band are millions of distant stars mixed with numerous lanes of dark dust. Harder to discern is a nearly vertical beam of light rising from the horizon, just to the right of the image center. This beam is zodiacal light, sunlight scattered by dust in our Solar System that may be surprisingly prominent just after sunset or just before sunrise. In the foreground are several telescopes of the Bosque Alegre Astrophysical Station of the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. The station schedules weekend tours and conducts research into the nature of many astronomical objects including comets, active galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. The featured image was taken early this month. via NASA

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Witchcraft: Some Basic Terms to Know

ENERGY MANIPULATION:

GROUNDING— To ground is an exercise that is used to clear and release excess energy, as well as to renew the energies within oneself and clear out the old. Traditionally done by envisioning roots stretching out from oneself into the ground, like a tree, and connecting through them to the earth. However, it can be done with simple visualization, and does not need to include nature, as long as the cycling of energy is completed. Various techniques will be mentioned later.

CENTERING— Usually done after grounding. To center oneself is to organize and become aware of the energies within you, and overall be magically aware. 

CLEANSE— To remove negative or unwanted energies, spirits, and imprints from an object or a space. There are a number of simple rituals and actions that are done to cleanse. This is often done to rid an object of past memories or uses, to make it spiritually new.

CHARGE— To infuse an object with personal or external power/energies/intent. There are vast many methods that can be used to charge an object, water, or crystal.

VISUALIZE— Similar to imagining, the intended conjuring of images in one’s mind that are accompanied by energy, and used to help conduct one’s intent.

 INTENT— Your goal, or purpose behind casting a spell. The emotions and power within you that power the spell and bring about the effect of the spell.  

BEWITCHED OBJECTS

CHARM— Any object that is worn or used that is meant to have magical effects on the holder/user.

AMULET— Usually a natural object, worn to ward off illness, evil, and possession. Often crystal-based, for protection.

TALISMAN— Typically gives power to the wearer, often a crafted object that has gone through a consecration ceremony.

MISC.

SABBAT—Witch festivals/holidays, based off the changing of the seasons and equinoxes. Wiccan influenced, celebration is not mandatory.

ESBAT— Full moon celebrations.

BPD Symptoms and Features

**please note: the following post was originally posted by kellyann-graceful-warrior and has been reposted here by me and bolded and italicized to reflect which symptoms i feel apply to myself**

BPD is a chronic mental disorder of emotional dysregulation+hypersensitivity due to factors such as:

-A result of an overactive autonomic nervous system (fight or flight- functions associated to panic, anxiety, anger reactions, etc)
-An under-active parasympathetic nervous system (The system that is responsible to regulate the autonomic nervous system)
-Less active and smaller in volume abnormalities in the limbic system which has functions linked to: emotional reactions, memory, decision making, motivation, behavior, learning and developmental ability, thought pattern, instincts, psychotic symptoms, seizures, and senses/the way the body perceives external stimuli.
-Reduced volume in frontal lobe which has functions linked to: decision making, communication responses, ability to comprehend consequences, emotional-based memories and triggers, and relations to people, events and situations.
-Abnormal blood flow to parts of the brain that control emotions, resulting in one to be more reactive
-Emotional reactions firing off 20% longer
-A ton of other factors

Here are the 9 main symptoms noted in the criteria and research.

1. Extreme reactions to real or perceived/feared abandonment, rejection, or criticism

2. Splitting and idealization/devaluation

3. Identity disturbance- impoverished self image/self esteem and sense of self, dysphoria, despising ones self, and extreme instability and no direction towards the future, aspirations, goals, [career] plans, values, etc

4. Impulsive behavior- a sense of urgency to relieve intensity of emotions from stimuli, often self damaging (spending sprees, binge eating, steal, substance abuse, etc).

5. Reoccurring suicidal behavior/ideations (gestures, extensive thoughts, planning, role playing) and self-harm

6. Intense rapid cycling of affective instability due to hypersensitivity+dysregulation reactions

7. Depressive symptoms- chronic feelings of emptiness, frequent feelings of being miserable, shame, self-inferiority, and extreme difficulty recovering from such feelings

8. Intense anger and/or aggression reactions- frequent anger easily triggered from incidents

9. Paranoia/panic and dissociation reactions (often in response to stresses/anxieties)
[People with BPD may often experience reactions/episodes of psychosis- paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, body dysmorphic figures, etc, as well]

Then there are hundreds of other symptoms and features to this very complex, and unfortunately, highly stigmatized and misunderstood disorder. Here are a few indicated in research.
(Note- One with the disorder may display some or most of these, but nothing is guaranteed as each person with the disorder is an individual, so don’t use these as assumptions. Some may not have the same symptoms as others, and no person with it is portrayed the same way.
They are rather a guideline to mental health workers because they are often seen and developed from the disorder and symptoms).

(ALSO NOTE- Others without it can obviously ‘display/relate’ to some of this from time to time once you take a look, but the reasoning, cause, severity, and pattern is different and this is a chronic disorder.Please note it’s completely different than that and that this post is just for awareness/education purposes since not many know about it- how to deal, what to expect, etc.
Percentages show that 8/10 of these individuals attempt suicide, while 1/10 complete it. Stigma and assumptions don’t help, but awareness does.

10. Anxiety, nervousness

11. Headaches/migraines are common

12. Seizures

13. Higher nociception (pain tolerance)- Studies show alterations in pain processing in over 50% of those with BPD. The result of this comes from different systematic responses and antinociception and may be a result of long-term self harm behavior in some cases).

14. Distorted/irregular eating patterns- reduced food intake, impoverished diet, etc

15. Obsessive compulsive features- intrusive thoughts in the thought pattern/processes, repetitive behavior as a result of self harm, paranoia, distress, etc, and repetitive speech, to name a few

16. Self discipline/work orientation as a result of OCD features

17. Attachment

18. Extreme reckless-daring behavior

19. Baiting

20. Unstable relationships

21. “Always” and “Never” statements/reactions (splitting)

22. Sleep deprivation or irregular sleeping patterns

23. Voice changing

24. “Acting out”

25. Extreme curiosity and interest  

26. Dependency

27. Sarcasm

28. Promiscuity

29. Mimicking/mirroring

30. Flashbacks

31.
Nightmares  

32. Difficulty processing information

33. Difficulty focusing and concentrating and poor attention span

34. Consistent/radical change of appearance

35. Certain feelings of fear, negativity, or rejection of authority/people of “high importance” in their mind.

36. Alluring/seductive behavior

37. Extreme need for acceptance

38. A need to prove themselves over and over as identity may be graded on a scale of what was done that very day

39. Extreme apathy, boredom, dullness, and indifference

40. ‘Flat affect”- lack of emotional reactivity and inability to express/show emotions due to depression, absence of emotional response

41. Creative thinking

42. Studies show some are able to read others easily from such hypersensitivity; however, often mistaking neutrality as anger probably as a result of symptoms


43. Isolation

44. Defensive


45. Magical thinking (assumed correlation, interconnection, etc)

46. Fantasizing

47. Panic attacks

48. Anxiety Attacks


49. Hypersensitivity to caffeine, alcohol, some sugars and foods. Often described as being “allergic” to such things as it causes reactions from hypersensitivity and symptoms.

50. Memory lapses- a result of dissociation, intense reactions, etc

51. Extreme perfectionism

52. Avoidance

53. Euphoric reactions

54. Detachment

55.
Avoidance of eye contact

56. Difficulty transitioning with life aspects such as changes to plans and arrangements

57. Difficulty with awareness

58. Sensitivity to senses- light, sounds, temperatures, etc- from hypersensitivity  

59. Resistance

60. Difficulty with decision making, poor decisions, and/or indecisiveness, insecurity

61. Difficulty completing tasks

62.Rapid” or excessive speech

63. Restlessness, difficulty relaxing, feelings of “being on edge.”

64. Extreme sense of security, comfort, and connection with animals/nature and inanimate objects such as transitional objects

65. Undermining a goal, success, or relationship

66. Often occurs with PMDD (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) or worse reactions to menstrual cycles because of the hypersensitive and systematic changes

67. Extreme difficulty and lack of object consistency (inability to recall that people or objects are ‘still there,’ consistent, and reliable when they are not currently being physically seen/there and difficulty maintaining these feelings

68. Flight of ideas, racing thoughts, rapid thought patterns

69. Brief remission of symptoms in response to certain events (positive reactions)

70. Disrupted or delayed life aspects- education, relationships, jobs, etc

No particular order. If you may need a source, example, description/explanation for more understanding for any of these, feel free to ask :)

SILVERWITCH MAGIC THEORY

You stop explaining yourself when you realize people only understand from their level of perception—but perhaps you may be open to my perception and perhaps it will help you on your journey through life.

The Cosmic Calendar is a method to visualize the chronology of the universe, scaling its current age of 13.8 billion years to a single year in order to help intuit it for pedagogical purposes in science education or popular science. In this visualization, the Big Bang took place at the beginning of January 1 at midnight, and the current moment maps onto the end of December 31 just before midnight. At this scale, there are 437.5 years per second, 1.575 million years per hour, and 37.8 million years per day.

Humans, in the entire span of existence, have only been around for one day of the cosmic year calendar. Humans didn’t even start cave painting until the last 60 seconds of the cosmic year calendar, a mere 30,000 years ago. Scientific practice didn’t occur until the last second. The last second. Everyday we discover something new about our reality through the practice of science—and we’ve only been doing it for one second.

Collective reality and personal reality are concepts affected by perception. For a very basic example of the collective, humans once believed the Earth was flat, now we know the Earth is round. Our reality today is simply different than the reality of our beginning. Reality changes according to what we perceive and know.

On a more immediate, personal scale, a patient takes a placebo pill and suddenly they are cured. Was it because, in their reality, they believed or knew that the pill would cure them? Or was it because they were never really ill in the first place? Either way, the placebo pill altered that individuals reality. In a very basic sense, perception equals reality.

As I mentioned before, we are only in the first second of scientific study. There are still elements to be discovered, cures to be found, tools to be invented that can read and measure energies we never knew existed in a scientific sense. We’ve only explored 5% of the ocean and only 1% of the ocean floor. We are constantly discovering new species of plants and animals. We’ve discovered a planet so large that it technically shouldn’t exist according to our current laws of physics. Humanity still fights wars in the name of religion resulting in needless casualties. We still kill animals who feel the same pain and fear we do when we are just animals ourselves—taking our very first steps on two legs.

For some pre-mind metaphysical prep, let’s talk about the 21 grams experiment. In 1901, Duncan MacDougall, a physician from Haverhill, Massachusetts, who wished to scientifically determine if a soul had weight, identified six patients in nursing homes whose death was imminent. Four were suffering from tuberculosis, one from diabetes, and one from unspecified causes. MacDougall specifically chose people who were suffering from conditions that caused physical exhaustion, as he needed the patients to remain still when they died to measure them accurately. When the patients looked like they were close to death, their entire bed was placed on an industrial sized scale that was sensitive within two tenths of an ounce (5.6 grams). On the belief that humans have souls and that animals do not, MacDougall later measured the changes in weight from fifteen dogs after death. MacDougall said he wished to use dogs that were sick or dying for his experiment, though was unable to find any. It is therefore presumed he poisoned healthy dogs.

One of the patients lost weight but then put the weight back on, and two of the other patients registered a loss of weight at death but a few minutes later lost even more weight. One of the patients lost “three-fourths of an ounce” (21.3 grams) in weight, coinciding with the time of death. MacDougall disregarded the results of another patient on the grounds the scales were “not finely adjusted”, and discounted the results of another as the patient died while the equipment was still being calibrated. MacDougall reported that none of the dogs lost any weight after death.

While MacDougall believed the results from his experiment showed the human soul might have weight, his report, which was not published until 1907, stated the experiment would have to be repeated many times before any conclusion could be obtained. Despite its rejection within the scientific community, MacDougall’s experiment popularized the idea that the soul has weight, and specifically that it weighs 21 grams. If he had not been so rejected by the scientific community and was instead encouraged and supported, what might have he gone on to discover? How would his possible discoveries have affected society? Who would we be now? What would life be like?

With all of that said, we are still in our very beginning and there is still so much to know—it would be foolish to believe that we can’t willfully change our reality any further than it already has. Ultimately, it would be childish to assume anything.

So how does magic work? What is magic? No one really knows, yet. The majority of the population doesn’t know or believe it exists, much like an astronomer from the 17th century didn’t know Pluto existed. I won’t sit here and tell you facts because there are none, yet—but there are very convincing theories just waiting to be tested to their full extent in a distant future when controlled experiments for metaphysics can be properly conducted without biased criticism and with scientific tools not yet invented.

Let’s start with the Chaos Theory. Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, long-range weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom. For example, by understanding the complex, chaotic dynamics of the atmosphere, a balloon pilot can “steer” a balloon to a desired location. By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.

Principles of Chaos

  • The Butterfly Effect: This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened. A more rigorous way to express this is that small changes in the initial conditions lead to drastic changes in the results. Our lives are an ongoing demonstration of this principle. Who knows what the long-term effects of teaching millions of children about chaos and fractals will be?
  • Unpredictability: Because we can never know all the initial conditions of a complex system in sufficient (i.e. perfect) detail, we cannot hope to predict the ultimate fate of a complex system. Even slight errors in measuring the state of a system will be amplified dramatically, rendering any prediction useless. Since it is impossible to measure the effects of all the butterflies (etc) in the World, accurate long-range weather prediction will always remain impossible.
  • Order / Disorder: Chaos is not simply disorder. Chaos explores the transitions between order and disorder, which often occur in surprising ways.
  • Mixing: Turbulence ensures that two adjacent points in a complex system will eventually end up in very different positions after some time has elapsed. Examples: Two neighboring water molecules may end up in different parts of the ocean or even in different oceans. A group of helium balloons that launch together will eventually land in drastically different places. Mixing is thorough because turbulence occurs at all scales. It is also nonlinear: fluids cannot be unmixed.
  • Feedback: Systems often become chaotic when there is feedback present. A good example is the behavior of the stock market. As the value of a stock rises or falls, people are inclined to buy or sell that stock. This in turn further affects the price of the stock, causing it to rise or fall chaotically.
  • Fractals: A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc.

Now that you know the basics of Chaos theory, let’s delve into chaos magic. What is chaos magic? Because of the tumultuous nature of chaos, it can mean different things to different people. But according to Phil Hine’s Condensed Chaos (the book to read about chaos magic if you want to delve further into the subject), chaos magic is a form of practice that helps you change your circumstances so that you can throw off societal structures, achieve freedom, and “strive to live according to a developing sense of personal responsibility.”

Chaos magic relies on using focused energy to disrupt the Universe. Much of the science of chaos magic involves the practitioner using a properly executed release of energy to affect the turbulence that naturally occurs in the physical world. To oversimplify the concept: since most of life is irregular and chaotic, if you put a specific, focused energy out into the world, you’ll be able to influence that chaos and affect the world around you.

The biggest difference between chaos magic and more traditional left-hand/right-hand path magic is that with chaos, there’s no set boundaries for what you can and can’t do. With other forms of magic, you’re thrust into a more strict set of guidelines for how you have to practice. Much of traditional magic is made up of an endless amount of ritual that you can get into if you want, but just by taking on the mantle of a chaos practitioner, you’re saying that none of that ritual is important unless it needs to be in the moment.

You don’t have to love math or freak out about patterns like a lot of people do who get into chaos, but it doesn’t hurt. If you’re going to be practicing chaos magic, you should at least be cognizant of things like synchronicity, semiotics, fractals, and mathematical coincidences. Practitioners of chaos magic may use charts and equations as ways to think about chaos, probability, and what is possible.

To achieve maximization of all these factors the magician may in practice need wands, robes, visualizations, symbolic systems, sigils, old languages, rituals, deities, and other means of egress from normal states of mind, even though in theory a supreme exponent of magic could achieve it all whilst sitting quietly in a chair, rather like a mathematician working without pencil or paper, waste paper basket, blackboard, geometry instruments, books of reference, or a computer.
In summary, chaos magic is the liberating practice of expressing your will (focusing your energy, your desires, releasing them to the Universe. Exempli gratia: cause and effect.) through any means possible and/or desired to alter the chaotic Universe in your favor through the Chaos theory. You are the butterfly flapping its wings and causing a powerful hurricane.

Popular Chaos practitioner quote: “Nothing is true, all is permitted.” It means, “Nothing is certain, all is possible.”

Nothing is certain, but all is possible. Let that soak in. You know how I said before that we now know the Earth is round? What if it’s not and NASA is a lie? I’m not saying it’s not (I firmly believe in NASA), but what if the Earth is flat? What if there is life after death; what if there isn’t? What if you get reincarnated as a cockroach; what if you don’t? What if we do have souls; what if we don’t? What if magic really exists; what if it doesn’t? What if one day you believe in God and the next day you believe in Ra, the Egyptian sun god? What if one day, you become an Atheist? What if all of the Multiverse theories are true, causing an infinite loop of possibilities and what if we can tap into those alternate realities; what if we can’t? Whatever you believe has the possibility of being false. That realization may seem negative but it opens up the possibility that all is possible. In the end, reality is what you choose to believe.  

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Artist, Saskia Wariner

Illustrator and cartoonist, Saskia Wariner is no stranger to choosing the path less drawn. Growing up in Germany, Sask found her calling through her favorite Saturday morning cartoons and used them as inspiration to turn her talent and passion into a career. Get a glimpse of Sask’s colorful pieces that give us all the nostalgic 90′s vibes and learn what drew this kick-ass creative to a life of pen and paint.

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