On this day in music history: July 20, 1980 - “New Clear Days”, the debut album by The Vapors is released. Produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven, it is recorded at Basing Street Studios and The Town House Recording Studios in London from Late 1979 - Mid 1980. Formed in 1978, The Vapors consist of David Fenton (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Howard Smith (drums), Edward Bazalgette (lead guitar) and Steve Smith (bass, vocals). Their break comes early on when they’re seen by Jam bassist Bruce Foxton while playing the pub circuit. Foxton offers to co-manage them along with Paul Weller’s father John. Shortly after, they are touring as the opening act for The Jam. The Vapors sign to United Artists Records, working with The Jam’s producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven. Releasing the single “Prisoner” in the Fall of 1979, it fails to make a ripple in the charts. With Fenton writing the songs, their debut album is completed over the next few months. Their fortunes turn around with the release of “Turning Japanese” (#3 UK, #36 US Pop) in February of 1980. The song becomes a smash in the UK, leading to its release around the world. An urban myth about what the song title really means, lead to some US stations refusing to play it. A rumor spreads that the song is actually “a euphemism for masturbation”. In truth, the lyrics are about the angst experienced in youth and it having an unexpected outcome. In the US, United Artists promote the single by pressing a special 7" white vinyl disc shaped like a Japanese flag. The album title “New Clear Days” is a pun on “nuclear days”, with the cover art of a weatherman pointing at a map of England with a radioactive symbol and a mushroom cloud over London. The title and cover art are meant to be commentary over the cold war and conflicted views over the use of nuclear power. It spins off two other singles including “Waiting For The Weekend” and “News At Ten” (#44 UK). The chart performance of “News” is scuttled in the UK when a strike at the BBC pre-empts “Top Of The Pops”, cutting off a major source of public exposure for the record. BBC-1 radio also refuses to play the record after the band appear on rival network ITV performing the song. They also have their momentum impeded in the US when United Artists is abruptly shuttered, with the record being transferred to Capitol subsidiary Liberty Records. The US release of “New” features a shifted running order, and omits the track “America”. In spite of their “one hit wonder” status, “Turning Japanese” goes on to become a new wave classic, and is later featured in the films “Sixteen Candles”, “Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion” and “Charlie’s Angels”. The album is released on CD in 2000 by UK label Captain Mod Records with eight additional bonus tracks. “New Clear Days” peaks at number forty four on the UK album chart, and number sixty two on the Billboard Top 200.
Yikes the seats are more than empty and she’s the opening act 😐 I don’t want to b that person bcuz 5h also has not sold out shows sometimes but this just goes to show that 5h girls were right when they said that canola shud have stayed one more album. She’s clearly not as popular as a musician as she overestimates herself to be. Having more SM followers doesn’t mean ur a famous musician. Rihanna has less ig followers than selena but clearly is the more superior musician. And canolas song dint even become a hit as her team was expecting. She should stick to being a sm influencer or go into Latin music. I’m sure if this concert was in south America there would have been more ppl. This is just an empty concert.
It’s that time again! If you live near Seattle or have friends in Seattle, tell them about Outdoor Trek–an episode of the Original Series of Star Trek adapted for live outdoor theater and performed for free in Seattle’s Blanche Lavizzo Park!
My theater company tries to celebrate the diversity and optimism of Star Trek by color/size/gender/age/ability/etc conscious casting and a diy aesthetic that brings the ideals of Star Trek closer to home. We also have a live band, an opening act at 6pm, and a hotdog stand.
Our first show is 7pm on July 22 in Blanche Lavizzo Park (the Central District), and every Saturday and Sunday at 7pm until August 13. Here’s our Kirk and Spock:
Time moves on and trends change and people change with them. While I can understand this fact, I refuse to accept it (for now) and I just can’t move on and completely forget about all these amazing groups that have either disbanded or have been inactive for a long time.
With that out of the way, I would like to introduce you to this guide I created, to help new K-pop fans who may be interested to check out a few of the older groups that were around for the 2007-2015 era of K-pop.
(Note: Some groups underwent line-up changes along the way of their careers, so I will be using the line-up that was more recently active to present each group)
Girls’ Generation (2007-Present)
Taeyeon - Leader, Main Vocalist
Sunny - Lead Vocalist
Tiffany - Lead Vocalist
Hyoyeon - Vocalist, Main Dancer
Yuri - Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Sooyoung - Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Yoona - Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Face of the Group
Seohyun - Lead Vocalist, Maknae
Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007 with the single “Into the New World”. Their musical style relies heavily on electropop and bubblegum pop as well as dance music and their image focuses on carefree and cheerful themes but they have tackled other musical and visual styles as well. While they were relatively well-received since debut, their big hit “Gee” is what boosted their way to the top and has made them a household name in South Korea and most of East Asia, with K-pop fans referring to them as “The Nation’s Girl Group” and other similar titles. Their 2010 Japanese debut with a translated version of their 2009 hit “Genie” was largely succesful and they have met further popularity and success in their neighbouring country ever since.
Minzy - Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Main Dancer, Maknae
2NE1 debuted in 2009 with their hit single “Fire”. Known for their electronic-based sound and bold, in-your-face type of image, 2NE1 was loved for their fierce style and for daring to stand out, refusing to fit into any mold. Their best-selling hit “I Don’t Care” solidified their position as a top-tier group right after their debut and their follow-up hits allowed them to remain on top for the next six years after their debut.
SISTAR debuted in 2010 with the single “Push Push”. They worked closely with producer Brave Sound for the better part of their career and released extremely catchy dance singles which they accompanied with their sexy image and choreographies. Their rise to stardom started in 2011 with their best-selling hit “So Cool” and for the following six years they dominated the digital singles charts with their subsequent releases, a feat which earned them the nickname “Digital Monsters” for their astonishing digital sales and helped them solidify their position as a top group and form what Korean fans call “The Unbreakable Wall” along with Girls’ Generation and 2NE1.
Hara (2008-2016) - Vocalist, Rapper, Main Daner, Face of the Group
Youngji (2014-2016) - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Maknae
KARA debuted in 2007 with their first studio album “The First Blooming” and used “Break It” as the lead single to promote it. After failing to reach the expected ammount of sales and recognition they had hoped to achieve, the group underwent a complete image change one year after debut, switching from R&B/Hip-Hop influenced sound and style, to a cute and bubbly image that was well-received by the public. Their first number-one hit, “Honey” (2009) soon followed and the group continued to gain more and more popularity with follow-up singles “Mister” (2009) and “Lupin”(2010), among others . Debuting in Japan with a translated version of their Korean hit “Mister” in 2010, KARA received further love and fame in Japan, making them one of the most-succeful Korean acts promoting in the Japanese market, with some members still working in Japan after the group’s disbandment.
Yeeun (2007-2017) - Leader, Main Vocalist, Keyboardist
Sunmi (2007-2010, 2015-2017) - Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Bassist
Yubin (2007-2017) - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Drummer
Hyerim (2010-2017) - Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Guitarist, Maknae
Wonder Girls debuted in 2007 with the maxi single “The Wonder Begins” and “Irony” as their debut single. The Wonder Girls are known as the “Retro Queens” of Korea thanks to their musical style that draws inspiration from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a fashion sense and visual style to match. In the later years of their career, the dance group learned how to play musical instruments, and made it a core part of their revamped image. Their rise to fame followed soon after their debut with their singles “Tell Me” which took their home country by storm and “Nobody” which followed the next year. Following the huge domestic success of “Nobody”, the group released an English version of the song the next year, specifically-made to target the American music market. The song was a hit and the group was the first Korean act to enter the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. They went on to appear on TV and radio shows and even tour with the Jonas Brothers as their opening act and star in their own Nickelodeon-produced movie while working even harder to polish their musical style and skills during their stay in the United States.
Eunjung (2009-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Hyomin (2009-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
Jiyeon (2009-Present) - Vocalist, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Maknae
Dani (Predebut) [2012-2014]
T-ara debuted in 2009 with the single “Lie”. Known as “K-pop’s Chameleons”, T-ara constantly redefine their musical and visual image while at the same time mainting their trademark hook-heavy dance style. Their first hit was “Bo Peep Bo Peep”, released in 2009. They continued to release hit songs for the three following years, and went on to debut in Japan in 2011 with a Japanese version of “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and then China, with their collaboration single “Little Apple” (2014) with Chinese duo Chopstick Brothers, making them one of the most succesful groups in South Korea, Japan and China. Their public image in South Korea suffered a big hit in 2012 after fabricated rumours arouse, claiming that the original members of the group were bullying a member who was removed from the group and company at that time. The group continued to release music in their home country, but were mostly supported by their international fans. Said rumours were finally proven false five years later, restoring the group’s image and ceasing all of the unjust accusations made against them.
HyunA - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Face of the Group
Sohyun - Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer, Maknae
4Minute debuted in 2009 with their best-selling hit single “Hot Issue” which helped them gain fame and recognition at the start of their careers. The group focused on dance, electronic and EDM music and sported a sexy but bold and independent image. They maintained their sound and style as well as the popularity they acquired with their debut and never failed to release music each year during the entirety of their career, making them one of the most consistent groups when it comes to hiatus periods between each of their comebacks.
Krystal - Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group, Maknae
f(x) made their debut with single “LA chA TA” in 2009. Their style is a perfect mix of cute and soft vocals with an alternative visual and artistic style, often experimenting with new sounds and styles. Their big breakthrough came in 2011 with their single “Pinocchio” and the follow-up and best-selling single “Hot Summer”, receiving much love and adoration from K-pop fans worldwide.
Jia (2010-2016) - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
Min (2010-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Main Dancer
Suzy (2010-Present) - Main Vocalist, Rapper, Face of the Group, Maknae
miss A debuted in 2010 with hit single “Bad Girl Good Girl” from their debut EP “Bad but Good”. Adapting a sexy but also strong and independent public image right from the start of their career, miss A are famous for their dance-heavy title tracks and R&B-influenced b-sides and songs that promote female sexuality (”Touch”, “Hush”) but also independence and feminism (”Good Bye Baby”, “I Don’t Need a Man”). miss A’s songs never fail to impress and capture audiences.
Gain - Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Maknae
Brown Eyed Girls debuted as an R&B/Ballad vocal group with “Come Closer” in 2006. Brown Eyed Girls are what one would call the ultimate feminist icons in the K-pop industry. Mature, bold, brave, sexy, strong, independent, unapologetic are all words that perfectly describe the core concepts that the group’s music and image revolve around. They started gaining popularity in 2008 with their song “L.O.V.E” and then captivated their home country with “Abracadabra” the following year. The Brown Eyed Girls are also notable for the relatively big age gap they have compared to their contemporary colleagues, and for staying together for eleven (and counting!) years, without any member changes too.
Jung-A (2009-2016) - Leader, Main Vocalist, Main Dancer
Juyeon (2009-2015) - Vocalist, Dancer
U-ie (2009-2017) - Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer, Face of the Group
Raina (2009-Present) - Main Vocalist, Dancer
Nana (2009-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer
Lizzy (2010-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Dancer
E-Young (2011-Present) - Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Kaeun (2012-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Dancer, Maknae
After School debuted in 2009 with maxi single “New Schoolgirl” and used “Ah” to promote it. After School are notable for their admission-graduation system, but most importantly, for their complex choreographies; from drum-marching, to tap dancing, to pole dancing, they’ve trained for months to perfect said choreographies and have succeeded with much grace and efficiency. Their best-selling hit “Because of You” is their best-known hit and its success enabled them to continue releasing great music for the next six years after it’s release.
- when someone glances at u and then turns to have another long, long, look
- when someone’s face drops when they look at u
- “thank u ma'am, oh no it’s okay sir don’t worry, ma'am-”
- kids asking their parents why that girl has long hair, why that man’s wearing a dress and then mum shushing them and giving u a look of contempt
- announcing that ur gay but everyone’s like “so u like? girls? boys?”
- feeling like you’re passing and comfortable until u open ur mouth
- ^ someone acting normally around u until u speak and they look at you like Oh
- not knowing whether to introduce yourself with Mr or Mrs or Mx because wtf will this person im talking to react like
- having ur guardians/parents’ family over and tHe BIg COnFuSioN
- a parent who really doesn’t want to tell any of their friends that their “precious son/daughter” is no longer what they were
- being looked up and down for a good 10 ten minutes before the person moves on
- not being able to breathe for a MINUTE without someone asking you what gender you are what genitals you have why you dress the way you do etc
- not being able to “just keep your head down and ignore everyone else” because people want to make it Very Clear that they don’t like whatever’s going on with your gender
Finally, a KageHina feature! I’ve been asked to do KageHina ship for quite some time now. Which… I was actually going to do, but didn’t get the chance to ‘til now! I was always gonna do it at some point, hehe! ( °٢° )
Anyway, I’m back to comics and will obsessively trying to update my AUs as fast as I can. Might even throw a new one some time soon cos I run with the wind ~ (~O▽O)~
so… now we’re using the “30 day title defense” rule?
let get me this straight, it was perfectly okay when brock went AWOL when he had the wwe title, but it’s not with naomi?
if you knew she was going to be out– why not let her keep the title and build up the other women in the division? OR… have somebody “attack” naomi and take her out of commission, like how they used to do.
i swear to god- you cannot pick and choose when you want to enforce “rules”. because watch, when goldberg wins the wwe universal championship, they sure as hell aren’t going to be using this stipulation.
Long before joining 17, I already started working in the entertainment industry, it’s been around 18 years. Since I was two years old in China, I’ve appeared in TV shows, dramas, movies, and commercials as a child actor. I’ve also walked for a fashion show.
The guys are visiting their friends at their part time job, partly cos they’re a bunch of curious college kids (possibly never even been to a ‘normal’ strip club) who just went to have a silly good time! Lol. But of course, nothing goes too normally in the Gold Diggers Club! Especially not with these rowdy kids. ;-)
P.S. Sorry I’m not replying to any messages for a while. Just dropping by to drop updates. I will reply when I have more free time. (;w;)
His long legs extended across her lap as he took a large gulp of the amber liquid. Sighing contently, he placed the glass bottle on the floor and snuggled deeper into his couch.
Her hands were lazily drapped over his feet as she focused on the television. The movie that they had been watching was fairly interesting although she was having a bit of a hard time following the plot.
“Wait, is he the sister’s boyfriend?” Y/N asked her best friend who shook his head in return.
“No, that’s the guy they met at the bar who looks like the boyfriend.” Dylan explained.
Furrowing her eyebrows, Y/N continued to watch the film hoping somewhere along the way things would make sense.
This was their routine. Every Friday night for the past 3 years was spent on his lumpy couch drinking beer, eating pizza, and watching movies.
As the ending credits started, Y/N let out a soft yawn as she extended her arms.
“What did you think?” Dylan asked, eager to know what she thought of the film.
“I thought she was going to pick the boyfriend’s brother’s friend.” Y/N admitted with a giggle, thinking about the cliched love triangle movie she just watched. “The ending was very unexpected.”
Pulling his feet off of her lap, he sat on the edge of the couch.
“What about you?” She called out as he walked to the kitchen with his empty beer bottle.
“I was routing for the boyfriend’s brother’s friend too.” His laugh echoed throughout the kitchen.
Their friendship consisted of watching cheesy romance movies together, texts at 3am when they couldn’t sleep, and the comfort of knowing that they always had someone they could count on. It was completely platonic.
a/n: Your english is perfectly fine, there’s no need to apologize for it ^^
He tried to seem strong and not affected by your performance in front of his members, but he knew that he would not last for long so he excused himself to go to his room.
Once he was there he allowed himself to shed a few tears and think about all of your time spent together, wondering he made the right choice when he listened to his manager and broke up with you.
He was skimming over the TV channels when he came across the one that was showing your live concert. He stopped without even realising and imagined that you were once again in his living room doing silly songs to cheer him up.
Once he saw you start to tear up singing the melody you wrote for your one year anniversary he immediately turned of the TV and moved back to his desk, drowning himself in work so he couldn’t think about you.
Since the rest of the boys were close to you they wanted to watch your entire concert. They tried convincing Hoseok that he shouldn’t stay with them since they knew their friend was still not over you but he wouldn’t bulge of the couch.
Everything seemed to be fine until your last song when he started to cry his eyes out at the same time as you. His bandmates were there to offer him a shoulder to cry on.
”I miss her so much. I just want her back. i want to be able to hold her, and kiss her, and love her once again”
As if his heart ache was not enough, regret hit him once he saw you slowly breaking down on stage. He felt guilty for making you suffer and breaking your heart.
He wished he had the courage to call you and give it another try but his insecurities were stopping him.
“If we couldn’t make it work then, how could we succeed now”, so he just kept filling his mind with ‘what if’s’.
Same as Seokjin,he would try to hide his pain. Even if he was more successful that his eldest friend, the rest still noticed the way his gaze shifted to the wall behind the TV and his fists and jaw clenched when you started crying.
After punching the pillow multiple times in an attempt to get rid of his feelings once and for all, and failing miserably, he decided to send you a message.
”Can we meet up?”
They were the opening act before your concert, but even if the boys went back to the dorms he stayed back to watch you.
When he saw you started to tear up he knew he had to do something. He knew that, just like him, you haven’t moved on yet. With new found determination, he was now impatiently waiting for you to finish so he could talk to you. He was going to make it work now matter what.
The last thing he needed after thinking about you 24/7 since you broke up, was seeing you on a huge screen crying.
He rushed to his room sliding to the floor the moment the door closed with a loud bang. He started crying after you, his first love, his first everything, all the emotions hitting him with more strength than before. He doesn’t know how long he’s been sitting there until he felt his phone vibrate in his back pocket and brought him back to reality. He wanted to ignore it, but something inside of him made him check who was texting him.
It was just a simple “I miss you” but his world started spinning again.
What if The Cube represented the tight knit family?
In the beginning it started out intact. As the show progressed and we learn about Marvin, the cast kept taking pieces out of it and rearranging it, representing the fact that this family was changing and being torn apart by everything.
At the opening of act 2 the blocks were all assembled, then as Marvin sings “it’s about time” they collapsed and the cast tried to fix them so they would be comfortable sitting around the blocks. Maybe this represents that the family doesn’t have to be perfect, that everyone had to make their own little tweaks in order for it to work out for everyone. That the family needed to experience breaking before it could be “fixed”.
Then as Whizzer dies, he turns his back on the audience and walks toward the back of the stage as two parts of the cube come together and close in front of him, forming the same cube from the beginning of the show. Mendel and Jason later take out a single block which becomes Whizzer’s headstone.
So now we have the same cube, but with a single piece missing. Whizzer’s death brought the family together; Trina and Marvin, Marvin and Mendel, Charlotte and Cordelia with the rest of the family. They were finally able to support and love each other unconditionally, but at the price of Whizzer. Most importantly, they all felt the loss. Every person mourned Whizzer’s death, and this tight-knit family was essentially brought together through the loss of a very important person in that family.
Whizzer is the reason everyone became so close, the reason The Cube was a cube again by the end of the show, BUT ALSO the reason why the last time you see the cube it’s missing a single piece. Whizzer is that piece that everyone lost that day. Although the family is together they will never be complete.
The topic of communicating with deities is the question I get asked the most so I figured it was time to give it its own post. Especially because this question doesn’t have an easy answer. It’s not as simple as learning to give an offering or how to devote yourself to a deity. There’s no step by step, made for everyone and every deity, guide to communicating. Its ultimately something you have to figure out yourself, though I can offer some help in ways to go about figuring it out. But first I want to clear some things up about communication with deities. I feel there are a lot of misconceptions that surround it and I also need to explain WHY it’s a topic I can’t give you an easy answer to. So let’s get to that!
Faith- So I’ll admit that the obsession that a lot of people have with communicating with their deities confuses me. When I started I didn’t really think much of the hows of interacting with Aphrodite because I, just like with any other religion, assumed that I had to have faith that Aphrodite was listening. I feel like a lot of people are missing that, like being a Hellenic Polytheist means you have constant, consistent, and direct messages from the gods, but that’s not the case. Faith is still an element and honestly it remains an element even when you have been devoted for years. You’re not always going to get confirmations on things you do or ask, actually most of the time you don’t. You just have to have faith they are there and listening
Tumblr -This point is directly related to the first point. I believe that a lot of the misconceptions of communicating with deities and even the obsession with it has a lot to do with our community here on tumblr. I’m not here to accuse anyone or point any blame. I’m not even saying that people are lying or exaggerating. I just think because of everyone sharing their wonderful experiences it’s creating an image of communicating being a natural part of a devotee’s everyday life with their deity. I mean maybe it is for some, but not all. Honestly, a lot of what you are looking at on tumblr are snapshots of worship. Maybe that devotee received an AMAZING sign or message from their deity but perhaps that was the first one in a few months. The truth is, just like with most aspects of our lives, we like to share the fantastic on social media, so don’t take everything you read as the “normal” or the “standard” of devotion. The truth is there really isn’t one and definitely not one for communicating with deities.
Skills - It’s important to keep in mind that communicating with deities can be seen as a skill. And just like with any skill there are those who are “naturally gifted” and others who have to practice practice practice in order to see any results. This is also a reason why you shouldn’t look to others’ experiences as the way it works for everyone. They could be one of those naturally gifted people who are just born tuned into the god frequency or they could also have been practicing and doing a lot of work to get the point where it’s easier to receive messages. So those of you starting out shouldn’t automatically think you will begin getting signs and messages right away, it most likely will be something you have to work towards.
Deities Communicate Differently - A big reason it’s nearly impossible to say how or if a deity is communicating with you is because they do it in different ways. The way Aphrodite and me communicate may not be the same way she communicates with another devotee. A lot of it depends on the devotee. We each have a way of communicating that we will be more receptive to, whether you know it or not. Your deity might know that and choose to use that form, even if you haven’t exactly figured that out yet (fun, right? lol). A deity also may choose a way to communicate depending on the message they are trying to send you. They could also pick a way simply because they find it amusing and/or ironic (i’m looking at you, Hermes). It’s really hard for someone on the outside to tell you for sure how your deity is going to interact with you specifically. I can’t speak for the gods and I can’t speak on your personal relationship with them. Again, it’s something you have to journey through and find answers to yourself.
Now that the bad news is over with, how about I give you some good news? As I said above, I can give you some advice/tips on ways you can figure out how to communicate with your deity yourself. Remember this is a process, a journey, it’s not a faucet. Doing one of these things isn’t going to automatically start the flowing of messages. Just keep that in mind! Now onto the list!
Divination - Probably the most popular form of communication with deities is using some form of divination. There’s A LOT to choose from so do your research and see what calls out to you and give it a try! Some examples are tarot, oracle, runes, pendulum, scrying, bibliomancy, shufflemancy, just to name a few.
Meditation - I strongly recommend everyone try meditation because there’s a ton of benefits to it and one of those benefits is connecting with your deities. Not only can you receive messages and signs while mediating, the act itself opens you up to be more receptive in your everyday life!
Astral Travel - This is another popular method used to communicate with deities. Many people talk about not only receiving messages from their deities, but also full on interaction with them. Make sure you do your research before attempting it! It also may help to practice meditation first.
Dreams - Okay so this is one of the easier ones on the list to do. Basically start recording your dreams and see if you notice anything either popping out at you or that’s repeating. Sometimes your deity may just simple show up like “hey, what’s going on? You dreamin?” but other times they aren’t that obvious (why would they make it easy on us?). Recording your dreams is a great way to notice patterns because sometimes it can take multiple dreams to get a message. This applies to the universe as well. Like it took me a good chunk of my life to realize that when the universe wants me to pay attention it throws an abundance of something in my dream, where I’ll be like “shit thats a lot of elephants!” and then another dream years later “What is with all these fucking spiders!?”. Keeping a dream journal makes it easier to notice things like that. You can also ask your deity to appear in your dreams if you so choose (of course whether they do or not is up to them). Also if you’re into it you can use herbs and stones to better receive messages in your dreams and to remember them when you wake up.
Journaling - Anyone who has been a follower of me for awhile can probably tell you that my answer for most things is “Keep a Journal” and they are probably eyerolling me right now, lol! But I really believe in the benefits of journaling because they are abundant! I won’t go into all of them because we are talking about communicating with deities and damn it I WILL stay on topic! Just like recording your dreams, recording your waking life can help you spot patterns and possible signs that you might miss otherwise. If you’re like me and interact a lot with your deity through emotions and feelings, journaling is truly wonderful! You can start making connections between actions and your emotions that could help you better understand your deity. I also recommend doing this even if you choose to do one of the other ideas listed above. Recording your progress and your emotions is great for looking back on and seeing how far you come especially in those moments when you feel like you haven’t done much. So yeah, everyone keep a journal!
Open Yourself - So those of you who are witches don’t really need much explanation on this and honestly you might have already started on this one, but for the sake of those who might not know let me explain. There are different ways you can better open yourself up so receiving messages can be easier. Using certain stones, burning certain herbs/incense, using oils, casting spells, doing rituals, etc. There’s a lot you can do to help open yourself up to the universe! And these aid a lot in the techniques above!
Talk To Others - I know what you’re thinking “Wait, didn’t you say that looking at what someone else does is part of the problem?” Yes, i did, but it can also be helpful as long as you find the balance! Seeing how other devotees of your deity interact with them can at least give you ideas and a direction to go in. The key is not to compare and to not see their devotion as the “one true way”. Think of it more as a brainstorming session!
I just want to add that this post is my own personal opinion and personal reasons why I feel I can’t answer questions of this topic. I hope this post was helpful to those of you who took the time to read it!