You have the power of context. As long as you focus on something - whether it’s something you see, hear, smell or touch - you know the history and facts surrounding it. The more you focus, the further into the history you can go. Usually, you avoid any and all sketchy people that you meet - but when someone from the CIA shows up on your doorstep, you quickly review their story and decide that this time you really can’t afford to shoo them away.
Sticks, Stones, and Bones; Divination Through Casting Objects
wonderful friend @peacock-witch and I regularly Skype and have fun
divining with found objects. This means, whatever is at hand! One
night I picked up a pack of cigarettes and started tossing them in
the air to see how they fell. Thus was born my love of casting
objects to divine. Casting objects is simple, easy, and super
“witchy” and in my opinion quite fun and accurate as well! All
you need is a selection of two to ten power objects.
are power objects?
this context, a power object is whatever has special significance or
meaning to you. Just as a deck of tarot cards has 78 distinct
meanings to it, your collection of power objects will each have their
own distinct meaning. When you cast them on your cloth, the way these
objects fall in relation to each other will determine what the
are some ideas of what power objects could be and what their meanings
stones: Use traditional magical
meanings (love, strength, wisdom, protection, etc.).
ogham: Include a full set of
runes or ogham sticks, or include certain ones that have special
significance to you.
lighters: Guiding light,
technology, civilization, fire element.
Air element, communication, travel, motion, movement.
and needles: Pain, attack,
aggression, fear, worry, unease.
can really pick up any object around you, assign it a meaning, and
cast it with your power objects. Over time you will gain the
discernment to tell when an object adds meaning and depth to your
readings, or when it becomes clunky and unwieldy. At the start, just
cast 2-5 power objects; as time goes on you should experiment with
adding more and seeing how it affects your reading. Don’t be afraid
to add or especially remove objects that aren’t working for you.
is a good idea to search for object that are equal in size. For
example, casting 5 cigarettes may be a more balanced reading than
casting a dime, a lighter, and a crow’s feather. When objects are
similar in size they fall similarly and may provide with a more
balanced reading to start with, or at least, a reading that is easier
to read! This is in my own experience however, perhaps to you the
size of the items doesn’t matter at all.
where do you find power objects? Anywhere!
and I pick
up whatever is in the room with us and figure out a way to divine
with it. To make that list of objects above I just sat still and
looked around my kitchen. Even carrots and celery sticks will do if
you’re really short on objects to toss around.
that you can mark on or alter your objects! I draw meanings on the
filters of cigarettes. You can draw symbols on coin with permanent
marker, write words on Popsicle sticks, or dab paint on figurines to
give them extra meaning.
meaning to your objects
way your power object collection looks will reflect what type of
questions you want to divine for. If you want to do love divinations
you may have five different objects each representing a subtle form
of love. If money is your concern, you may have extra objects
representing the economy, cash money, debt, savings, wealth, and
one object to represent the person you are reading for. Suppose you
are using Skittles to divine. Red can represent the person you are
reading for; Green stands for love, yellow for wealth, purple for
spirituality, and orange for success.
with different meanings for your objects. See what group of meanings
works well together. You should be quickly able to tell what meanings
work as a group, and what are clunky, redundant, or nonsensical.
as you trust tarot cards to come up correctly, you need to trust your
power objects to come up correctly. What works for me, and for many
other readers, is to have a ritual you follow each time you cast for
a question. One such example ritual is to hold the power objects,
focus on your question, then cast in the same way every time.
you have focused on your question and cast your power objects, the
real fun begins!
go back to our Skittles example. Suppose you want to divine a
person’s love life, so you cast the red candy (the querent), the
green candy (love), and the orange candy (success). Now, you read the
position of the candies to determine whether or not love will soon be
in their life. Suppose the person is closely touching love but is far
away from success. Maybe this means they will get very close to their
goal but never be successful. Or, what if it means they do not need
to be successful to find love? As a reader it is your job to
interpret how the candies fall.
at how your power objects are oriented on the board.
Do they appear to make a shape or picture? Do all the power objects
appear to be pointing towards one side of the board? Do they give you
a feeling of active motion, or a feeling of stillness? Do some seem
to be clustered together as if they are stuck in a gravity well, or
are they spread outwards as if there was an explosion? Take time to
consider the board as a whole and the entire picture made by the
at how your power objects interact with each other.
Are some objects touching or even stacked on top of each other? Do
some objects seem to mirror each other across the board? Are two or
more objects pointing at each other or facing away from each other?
Consider everything!! This is the true fun and excitement of casting
power objects :3 Take time to consider the objects individually and
how they interact with each other.
power objects is an especially useful form of divination to use when
you want to determine the nature of relationships between things. It
is a powerful system because you can select as many objects as you
want and give them their own meanings, as opposed to runes or tarot
where there are a set number of meanings for a set number of objects.
It is also impressive because you can pick up literally anything and
cast it, and you will be able to divine (once you get the technique
down of course!)
advice is to be careful about how you label your objects and pay
special attention as to how the objects interact until you get a good
team of power objects working for you. Also make sure to keep looking
for new levels and depths of meaning. Group readings are a great way
to get new levels of depth in your readings, by having multiple
friends each read the same spread and share their interpretations.
Hey guys! In light of the new info we got from the databank, i decided to bring together a few things featured in the novelization, in the commentary and sometimes the movie script. Personally, i’m very happy with the consistency between all the canon sources, which makes me believe that there won’t be any lazy plot twists. Before i start, two points:
Kylo Ren biography:
Now calling himself Kylo Ren, he served the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke. Neither Jedi nor Sith, Kylo used the
pain of his emotional conflict to fuel his extraordinary powers, and dedicated himself to destroying the last traces of the
Kylo Ren biography (cont.):
Kylo swore his loyalties were only to Snoke.But he was intrigued when he captured Rey, a Jakku scavenger whose Force abilities were raw but very powerful. A mysterious connection seemed to link the two.
This supports what i said here, Kylo indeed uses his pain and conflict to fuel his powers. Plus, the context is rather curious because it sounds like Kylo started questioning his loyalty to Snoke when Rey came into picture. I also stated before that maybe when Kylo offers himself to be Rey’s teacher, he wasn’t including Snoke in his plans. A little bit of validation is always good, right?
Kylo Ren biography:
Landing on Takodana, Kylo confronted the young woman who’d escaped from Jakku with BB-8 – and found himself
puzzled by a strange connection he felt with her. Resistance X-wings drove the First Order’s forces away before BB-8
could be found, but Kylo took the young woman, Rey, into custody.
TFA novelization (page 182):
Having circled her, he moved even closer, peering into her face, her eyes. Then the red lightsaber he held came up: close to her flesh, close enough to cast a red glow on her skin. “Something.” He sounded mystified. “There is something…Who are you?”
And he (Kylo Ren) is letting go of the droid as his goal, and he’s focusing just on her (Rey). And clearly, you think, he can just extract the information he wants now, but because he’s taking her you get the sense there might be something else going on here.
Kylo Ren biography:
Speaking with his captive, Kylo removed his mask, revealing his surprisingly young face, and used his powers to dig into
Rey’s mind. But both captor and captive were surprised when Rey found herself able to sense Kylo’s own thoughts¹ –
including his conflicts and doubts. When Snoke requested Kylo’s presence, he donned his sinister mask and left Rey in
her cell. Sneering at Kylo’s weakness, Snoke ordered his apprentice to bring Rey to him².
Kylo interrogated Rey, using his Force powers to dig into her mind. He uncovered her feelings of loneliness, and the fact
that she’d come to see Han as a father figure. But to the surprise of both, Rey found Kylo’s own mind open to her as well¹.
She saw that the seemingly fearsome warlord was vulnerable, filled with conflict and pain.
THEY’RE BOTH SURPRISED: they react to a feeling that passes between them – AN ENERGY THEY RECOGNIZE IN EACH OTHER.
TFA novelization² (page 207):
The Supreme Leader’s voice was flat. “You have compassion for her.” “No—never. Compassion? For an enemy of the Order?” “I perceive the problem,” Snoke intoned. “It isn’t her strength that is making you fail. It’s your weakness.”
1. This is the moment of course where Kylo Ren learns about Rey. And now, these two disparate pieces come together. 2.
One of the new relationships that we were focusing on was between Kylo Ren and Rey. They’ve never met but he’s heard of this girl.
TFA novelization (page 251):
“It is you,” Ren murmured. His words unsettled her: Not for the first time, he seemed to know more about her than she did about herself.
Kylo Ren biography:
But Rey took up Skywalker’s saber.
Rejecting Kylo’s invitation to show her the ways of the Force, she attacked him
– and Kylo found he was no match for her power and rage. Rey defeated him, and
Kylo escaped Starkiller Base before its destruction. He
sensed his destiny and Rey’s were somehow intertwined, but how?
She rejected this call to destiny, but was captured by the dark side warrior
Kylo Ren, with
whom she shared a strange connection.
Another curious “but”, if i may
Feel free to add anything that i forgot
after seeing sufjan live and hearing him say “i heard the voice of god and it sounded like this” and then playing a keyboard solo reminiscent of the noises on the age of adz and enjoy your rabbit was so..like i feel like that was such a key part in truly understanding his music and why it sounds how it does. it just made everything hes made have such a powerful context to it? like, him having that element of electronic noise in his music isnt random or Weird its just him incorporating The Voice Of God into his work in a way ive never seen or heard anyone do that before which is why i really love enjoy your rabbit and age of adz So much…..
consider the possibility that adaptations can mean something.
there is nothing wrong with making a show purely because you think it will be entertaining. but do not underestimate the power of thoughtful awareness of context to widen one’s enjoyment–or the power of mindlessness to narrow or even destroy that enjoyment.
that’s why relying on ‘but it’s canon!’ or ‘but it’s in a new setting!’ are bad rebuttals to critiques of an adaptation. because a.) any adaptation is in its own way almost definitely not canon, and can often be better without it (cf. the Dark Knight Trilogy being faithful to source but not verisimilar to it), and b.) both dedication to and distance from canon require thoughtfulness!
by distancing from canon, Iron Fist would have had the potential to discuss race in the entire setting in a more nuanced way, create an Asian-American lead with potentially radical narrative drives both internally (diasporic identity and the fish-out-of-water story, the personal concern about seeming stereotypical/not liking violence clashing with the Iron Fist as a spiritual responsibility, etc.) and externally (y’know, punchin’), and have a radically diverse Netflix Universe.
instead, Iron Fist tells a story people that, outside of Marvel’s comic universe, people have already seen on TV constantly. but, y’know, with bad punchin’.
by being radically distant from canon, Ghost In The Shell could have either been 1.) a rad original-IP movie about the chick from Lucy being a cyberpolicewoman in an intensely posthuman world, allowing itself to draw more widely not only from Shirow but from Dick or Gibson or anything else, or 2.) a story asking questions about mind/body duality and identity still through the body of an Asian woman, even if that woman isn’t Motoko, continuing to be expended by considerations about the diaspora, race and posthumanism, and the deeper economics of the universe.
by… just being unimaginative about canon, it instead is just a team of white men literally reskinning Oshii’s first movie with a thin layer of ‘you were lied to’ intrigue.
adaptations can mean something. they have the potential to expand, redress, polish, focus, or presently recontextualize a work’s concerns for its audience.
thinking of them instead as just romps for white people to gallop within is a very good way, outside of its racist implications, to just tell shit stories, adaptation or original.