nature's-creations

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THE ACT 6 TAROT ANTHOLOGY: THE MAJOR DECK (PART I)


0. The Fool (Artist: Meruz)

  • ▲ Innocence, new beginnings, freedom of the unfettered soul, infinite possibilities
  • ▼ Recklessness, uncertainty, being manipulated, a lack of consideration or regard for others and oneself

I. The Magician (Artist: IndustrialRage)

  • ▲ Manifestation of potential, willpower, imagination and creativity
  • ▼ Stagnation, mediocrity, self-doubt, becoming out of touch with oneself and others

II. The High Priestess (Artist: Cosmiccu)

  • ▲ Intuition, balance, knowledge and wisdom of the unknowable, quiet observation
  • ▼ Instability, a loss of one’s inner voice, repressed emotions, anxiety and meddlesome behaviour

III. The Empress (Artist: Knightic)

  • ▲ Motherhood, nature, creation, matriarchal power and rulership
  • ▼ Tyranny, ruthlessness, suffocation and oppression of others

MAJOR ARCANA

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI

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Follow me while we walk through this beautiful creation of nature my father made and don’t think about those humans for a second, with all their obsessions

How to be a princess 👑

-wear lots of skirts, dresses, and pastels!! it will give you a more feminine appeal no matter what you identify as
-stick to a more natural makeup look, princesses are effortless
-be kind !
-appreciate animals and nature, find the beauty in natural creations
-make yourself some sort of headwear! a crown, a veil, a flower crown, a scarf! princesses love headwear :)
-pick some wildflowers and put them in your hair
-wear velvet, silk, or fluffy dresses
-wear all of the jewelry you want
-be yourself! no matter who you are, you’re royalty to me !

On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God -

a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside

this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope

it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.
—  Mary Oliver, “Song of the Builders”

I would like to put forth the argument that Moana is an epic story, in the classical sense. 

Consider: 

  • The hero(ine) is outstanding: Moana begins the story as the only child of a chief and the designated future ruler of her people
  • The setting is large: she makes long ocean voyages throughout the story (first to find Maui, then to Ti Fiti, then back to Motunui). ALSO, there’s the traditional journey to the underworld
  • The action is made of deeds of great valor or supernatural strength: Maui is, of course, a demigod, and Moana proves herself braver than him on a number of occasions
  • Supernatural forces insert themselves in the action: ✔️
  • Written in a special style: while it’s not completely in verse, large parts of it are (the songs)
  • Narrative opens in medias res: at the beginning of the story, Maui has already stolen the heart of Ti Fiti about a thousand years ago
  • things are cataloged or genealogies presented: consider the coconut! a Maui listing his deeds / creation of natural phenomena 
  • begins with the theme or subject of the story: Moana’s grandma begins by telling the tale of Maui
  • presents heroic ideals:  ✔️
  • gives a clear pictures of social / cultural life:  ✔️

In conclusion, Moana is an epic hero(ine), and the film should be considered our modern epic, in the style of the Iliad or the Aeneid.

As I walk through the wilderness, my eyes and my heart are pulled towards the thicket, the ever-changing landscapes, the gentle daisy and the old beloved stones; as I marvel at the timeless complexities of creation, Nature never disappoints me.
—  Amelia Dashwood

Lagoon and Triffid Nebula - M8, M20

First deep space image from my trip to Tenerife last week. M8 and M20 are huge interstellar clouds of gas sitting in the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way. Taken at an altitude of 2138m on El Teide Volcano, Tenerife. May 25th 2017. 

Canon 700D mod, Canon 200mm 78x30sec

So :)

There’s a topic near & dear to my heart that I’ve been wanting to talk about for the longest time. That is, Akashi’s DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). [If you’re not aware, DID is the cutting edge term for multiple personality disorder – what causes Akashi to split himself into Oreshi and Bokushi.]

We were first introduced to Akashi’s DID when Midorima mentions to Kagami that “Akashi Seijuro has two people” in chapter 203, and Kagami asks Kuroko what he meant. This is when Kuroko (the Ultimate Secret Keeper) finally tells Seirin what happened in Teiko. Thus, we are introduced to Akashi’s transformation from Kuroko’s perspective – in which Akashi told him what was happening. So what is Kuroko’s perspective?

A while after the “I am Akashi Seijuro, of course” scene, Kuroko brings up that Akashi has changed [ch222]:

Bokushi asserts that he has always existed. And certainly, this is backed up by the suspicions that Midorima (apparently at some point) expressed to Kuroko [ch211] –

This is how Akashi’s DID is introduced: there are two Akashi, Oreshi and Bokushi, that always existed together, and they each are different personalities.

Except that’s not actually the case, is it?

It’s interesting to note that the GoM were the only ones that noticed that Akashi had switched personalities:

But why didn’t they notice? There’s a scene that’s a game changer in Extra Game, one that I love: the one where Akashi tries to warn the team that Bokushi will be coming out.

“Akashi-kun is Akashi-kun. There is no difference.”

“…Yes, you’re right.”

Now you could take this as Kuroko just being nice to Bokushi, but there’s more. For one, Oreshi affectionately calls Bokushi his “younger brother,” suggesting that Bokushi came about later than the original personality (Oreshi) did. For two, Bokushi says something interesting when saying goodbye to Oreshi:

So Bokushi came later than Oreshi, and wasn’t a natural creation. That is, he was always a secondary personality created by Akashi, and this falls in line with real DID cases. So let’s talk about real DID cases for a second. They are strongly associated with childhood trauma (which makes sense, considering Akashi was traumatized by his mother’s death and his father’s subsequent terrible terrible parenting). In response to that childhood trauma, they create secondary personalities that are capable of doing things that they are not. If you couldn’t stand up for yourself, your secondary personality could. If you were put in a stressful situation, your secondary personality would be triggered, and do things that you didn’t feel you could.

Bokushi is the person that Akashi wished he could become – aggressive, controlling, infallible, capable of holding his friends together even once they’d fallen apart by sheer force. He’s not the person Akashi actually is.

But why are Bokushi and Oreshi referred to as two separate people? There are only two people who ever refer to Bokushi/Oreshi as two separate people, and that’s Akashi and Midorima. Midorima clearly uses it to explain the strong shift in Akashi’s personality that he observed. But for Akashi, there’s more to it than that. He’s talking about himself. He feels like two different people (which is also in keeping with real cases of DID). In other words, Akashi is dissociating from himself in these moments, and does things that he does not believe he would normally be able to do. Crushing his friends to keep them under control? Oreshi would never, but Bokushi did. Swinging around a pair of scissors like a rapier? Oreshi wouldn’t, Bokushi did. And so on.

There’s one more moment that I feel is pertinent to understanding Akashi. That is, when Oreshi returns to take control [ch266]:

Above, we see the discrepancy in Akashi’s thoughts – he understands that Bokushi was born from his weakness, but he can’t wrap his head around Bokushi being himself. Instead, it’s “his other self.” Why?

Because he feels immense guilt over the things he has done. Admitting that he is Bokushi would mean taking on responsibility for his actions in a way that he currently doesn’t have to do. While Akashi is more than willing to make amends with the GoM, he doesn’t want to have to point at the awful things that he has said and done, and believe that he was capable of it. It’s far easier to attribute it to “his other self.” However, in Extra Game, it’s spelled out that Bokushi is an integral part of Akashi. Oreshi can’t use Emperor Eye as well as he can. Real parts of Akashi’s personality that stay with him after Bokushi is gone were present in Bokushi:

And so we arrive at the true meaning of this scene:

To the GoM, Akashi was always one person. But Akashi needed to believe that he was two. And you can see the strange calm that washes over him as he sighs (the “fu” sfx). He doesn’t smile. He’s not actually happy about this acceptance, because it forces him to see the way he has been perceived. He’s been telling himself this whole time “I am me and Bokushi is him,” but the GoM always perceived him as one person. In some ways, it would have been more comforting to him if they had kicked up a fuss – because then he would have known that they didn’t really believe he had done those things, but Bokushi did. But they do believe he did, and they’re willing to forgive him anyways. It’s a bit of a bittersweet scene, really.

Charging Sigils

This is from sigilathenaeum’s page and I in no way claim it as my own. 

Earth: grounding, centering, nature, growth, life, creation, birth, fertility, health, the physical body, prosperity, money, savings, career, job, employment, business, maturity, age, boundaries, protection, home, family, trust, stability, reliability, practicality, strength, calm,

Air: voice, speech, eloquence, communication, intellect, memory, knowledge, information, education, school, song, music, youth, freedom, astral travel, mental power, divination, spirituality, finding lost things, happiness, joy, laughter, fairies, fae,

Fire: passion, desire, love, sex, sexuality, romance, protection (but with a kick), banishing, energy, inspiration, motivation, competition, athleticism, strength, empowerment,  ego, success, leadership, courage, bravery, anger, power, destruction, purification,

Water: fluidity, flexibility, change, adaptability, intuition, maturity, rebirth, renewal, mental health, emotions, sadness, dreams, sleep, psychic powers, travel, cleansing, beauty, appearance, healing, menstruation,

Sunlight: clarity, understanding, finding, truth, sight, vision, learning, school, education divination, confidence, happiness, mental health, anti-depressant, beauty, clear skin, perfection, talent, glory, prosperity, friendship,

Moonlight: dreams, sleep, astral travel, clairvoyance, potential, prophecy, mystery, secrets, love, menstruation,

Music: musical instruments, singing, dance, art, emotions, creativity, mix and match! (match the music to the intent: lullabies for sleep and dreams, love songs for relationships, etc.)

Personal Energy: confidence, anti-anxiety, self-love, self-harm, personal characteristics, anything personal,

the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.

Chat Neige

Paris is covered in an unprecedented amount of snowfall. Undeterred, Paris’ reliable heroes, Ladybug and Chat Noir, still take on the responsibility of their patrol - but what’s the harm of taking a break to enjoy the snow?

I wrote this in December, but looking at the Adrienette Month Prompt for today - Snow Day - totally reminded me of this small little oneshot! Thought I’d post it - since I’m still working on catching up on a few of the prompts (got something in the works for childhood friends au, the reveal, and maybe a disney au!)! Enjoy

(ao3 link)

“Oof!”

It was another cold night of patrolling Ladybug and Chat Noir. With Christmas fast approaching Paris had been hit with record breaking snowfall, leaving the City of Lights covered in a new layer of snow. Yet while many businesses and shops had taken to closing early for the night, the City’s superheroes still took to their duties, undeterred by the unexpected weather.

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#OBS South Africa

I began an observation drawing while I was outside on my cintiq, one day in a break time and, well… I just pushed it, helped by a picture, as if I was drawing a background for a movie :)

For the tourism : the mountain behind is called Table Mountain, it’s a mesmerizing mountain, nominated as one of most beautiful nature creation in the world. The bridge you can see there is used to go other the peripheric, and The Animation School is a building just on the right of the picture !

Drawn on TVPaint (android’s version)

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tillandsia + smoky citrine quartz point decor by auramore

auramore’s natural, bohemian home decor creations combine earthiness and botanicals into one shimmering piece, like this air plant-and-quartz display. the low-maintenance care makes it the ideal botanical something-something for plant killas such as myself … ;)