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Energy Tethers 101

Updated (again): 04.28.17

*this post is fueled by angst*

Okay, no, seriously though, it really does make me sad that so many people seemed to have no idea what I was talking about when it comes to connecting things for energy transfer.

## So, what even is an energy tether?

I personally use the term “energy tether” to describe this type of energy work, but they could be called anything - energy cords, energy feeds, etc. Basically, it’s a metaphysical connection to allow a direct and continuous flow of energy from a source into a target. And I say target, because it doesn’t need to be an inanimate object - it’s possible to do this with yourself too.

## That sounds a little convoluted, Richtor; can you break it down a bit more?

Yes, I know, I’m fancy with my words. You’re creating an energetic line between two things, one thing to be used as a battery, to allow energy to constantly flow from the battery into the second thing, keeping it charged / powered forever.

Yes.

## Why don’t we do this for everything in magic?

Honestly, I don’t know. If you’ve got an understanding of energy work and visualization, it really isn’t even that hard to create one. It can even be done with representational magic if you really wanna go that far, but it’s not that complex when you get down to it.

I’m assuming it’s just a case of, people don’t think about it like that, or, it wasn’t as widespread a thing as I thought it was.

## Can’t we just do this with passive charging, like how we charge things in moonlight?

Yes, but objects only hold a limited amount of energy before they become full; once you’ve used up the energy, you need to recharge it again. Creating an energy tether allows a constant flow of energy, so as it is being used up by your intent or goal, it just refills itself.

To me, passive charging is no guarantee that the energy will stick or be absorbed by the object, and that is also why I prefer things that require focusing on the energy yourself (direct channeling), or this method.

## What *can* you use energy tethers for, anyway?

Basically anything you want to keep charged for extended periods of time. Optimal for sigils, any sort of charms - hell, you can even connect thoughtforms / servitors this way. But, seriously, anything you want to keep constantly charged with minimal effort, this is a way to do it.

## What can you use for “batteries” or power sources?

Anything that produces an almost endless amount of energy. The sun is the first and most obvious one I think of. You can use anything else that produces a lot of energy, though. If you live near a dam, or those electricity windmills, those would work. Power lines and electric generators are awesome, and a great way to incorporate different feels of energy (and tech magic) into your practice. Space, even; like, the entire damn thing. If it produces energy, it can be tethered.

## What do you mean about different feels of energy?

This isn’t specific to tethers - all things that have and produce energy have different “feels” to them. The sun is more hot and energetic than the moon, which is cool and calming. Rose quartz is a bit more gentle than, say, jasper, which is hot and fire-y. Tiger’s eye is more solid and stable than clear quartz, which is fluid and mold-able to almost any intent.

We all experience feels of energy differently, however; these are just how I “energetically feel” those things.

(You also don’t need to “feel” anything to still do energy work, but that’s like a  whole ‘nother post.)

## Can you tether to something that doesn’t have unlimited energy?

Sure, yeah, but you’ll drain it, and then it won’t be fulfilling its purpose anymore.

## So, you could use yourself as a power source?

You could, but it’s super draining and I wouldn’t recommend it. That object would constantly be taking your energy away from you, and it could have bad consequences, including physical ones - physical exhaustion is a side effect that can occur when you use too much of your energy, and I see it happen often to people who are not careful about their energy expenditure.

However.

You can create switches for your tethers. As in, you can cinch them, close them off, to stop the flow of energy. Like you can turn on a pipe to get water flowing, then shut it off just as easily - you could create a “modification” for a tether similar in that manner.

## Can these energy lines be broken?

Yep, absolutely. You can do it yourself if you no longer want them, someone else could do it if they could sense them, or they can naturally fade over time if you don’t give them proper upkeep and care.

## Wait, upkeep? What happened to endless energy?

Yes, upkeep. You’re creating something to funnel energy, with energy. Energy needs to constantly be molded and kept in shape, or else it tends to just drift away. It really isn’t that hard to upkeep, though.

## How do you keep your energy tethers safe from other people?

Just program that into them when you make them.

## Any disadvantages to using an energy tether?

It depends on how you view the term disadvantage.

I think the thing that energy tethers lack is that bit of personalization that we often talk about being important in witchcraft. For example, you can keep a thoughtform powered by the sun, but it won’t contain your energy, won’t be as personally tied to you as if you charged it with your own energies. That can lose a lot of impact, when you really think about it, especially considering the nature of thoughtforms and the like.

Not to mention, you can overwhelm yourself with energy if you use a tether to connect yourself to an external source that produces more than your body can handle. You know how you can be overwhelmed by external energies, just by walking around? Yeah, now imagine that pumping straight into your body without a natural exit channel. Not fun.

## Are there any other applications for energy tethers?

Fuck yeah. Use them to draw energy out of a target, in the form of a curse - literally sap their energies away so they have none left for their daily lives.

You can even connect yourself and another person with energy tethers, if you want to be able to share energy more freely and with more ease. (This is basically what I did with @ashesforeverashes​, in a sense.)

Some people don’t like their energies taken without consent, though, and certain witchy protections can even prevent these sorts of tethers from forming in the first place, so keep that in mind.

## Okay, all this talk about tethers, are you gonna show us how to make them?

Only if you ask nicely.

Okay that’s better.

It is essentially just a combination of energy work, intent, and visualization.

The first thing you need to do, is have an object you want charged.

Now, pick an energy source. You don’t need to be able to see it, but it can help.

Relax yourself, clear your mind if you can. Hold onto your object in your hands.

If you can, look at your energy source; this is clearly not applicable with the sun, so close your eyes and have your face turned toward it. If you can’t see your energy source, picture it in your mind as clearly as you can. Try to get a feel for its energy as well as you can, too.

Once you are confident with your source, imagine a cord connecting from it and to your object you want to keep charged. A nice visualization for this would be seeing the particles form together out of thin air to form your tether - literally materializing out of nothing and attaching to the source, creating a line that is slowly building down from the source and to your object. This can be done in whatever way you wish - just make it.

Take as long as you need to allow the cord to be build from your energy source to the target - it can take some time, depending on the distance and how experienced you are with energy work.

While you are creating it, focus on any attributes you want it to have - a thick cord that is hard to break, a shimmery appearance so no other magic users can see it, etc. Keep in mind the purpose of the cord, what you want it to do, how you want it to behave, and fuse that into it as it is being formed. If you wish to incorporate a switch, in order to turn on and off the flow of energy, now would be the time to do so - more visualization and intent, and declarations of “I can halt this flow of energy whenever I desire” should do the trick.

Once the cord is in place, you want to draw energy from your source and into the object, through the tether. Make it clear that energy only flows one way through this particular tether. Continue to draw from the energy source and down into the target, until you begin to feel the energy flowing through the tether naturally. Once energy is accumulating into the object on its own, you know the tether is complete.

For the upkeep; about once a week or so, focus on the tether and visualize it still being strong, without any gaps for energy to sift through. See a smooth, clean flow of energy from your energy source and into the target. If there are any obstructions, break them down and funnel them out.

## What was this “representational magic” method you mentioned?

Oh yeah.

As a boost, you can have a representation of your energy source physically attached to the object or target, if you can. So, for example, you could have a tiny model of the sun, connected to the physical vessel for a thoughtform, by a piece of string. This can help keep the energy tether strengthened in a “physical” aspect, especially if you bind the physical to the energetic. Not to mention, just looking at it, you are reaffirmed that the tether is there and the object is charged, and that can assist with the upkeep.

## Are there any “modifications” for energy tethers?

Totally. You can change the “material” you make the tether out of. Think of how people can put spikes onto personal shields, or make them have reflective surfaces - it’s sort of like that, but moreso changing the tether itself into something besides a beam of light. It can be a black cord like the ones electronics use; it can be made out of natural rope or hemp; it can be just a metal pipe that the energy slides through. Try to think about how each “material” might impact the flow and/or feel of energy.

You can also have one tether break off and charge many items at once - you don’t need a separate tether for each thing. Just focus on your tether and how it can fork, and imagine another branch coming from it naturally. Or, if you’re adding a separate line after the original tether has been “installed,” imagine a separate line growing or being molded from the first and down to the new object.

And there you have it - my post on energy tethers. Obviously this isn’t complete or all encompassing. This is just my view on these energetic cords, what they are, and how they can be made and used. I wrote this off the seat of my pants, but I think I covered everything I intended to. (And it feels hardcore like the old windvexer posts to me, which I’m not bothered by lol.)

I hope this helps you guys, or inspires you, or whatever. If you have any more questions, I… guess I can open my ask box, as long as y’all behave. Good luck, and have fun!

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Representation in LIWs

In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, back in 2013, there was exactly one queer character. He was a side character with an offscreen love interest created solely so that people wouldn’t ship him with Lizzie at that pivotal point in the story.

2014 was when LIWs really took off, and it was also when there were the greatest differences in LGBTQ+ representation (though no one was very good at it yet). Series like Emma Approved and Green Gables Fables (we’re talking Season One here) had none. Other series, like From Mansfield With Love, made a side character who didn’t have a love interest be gay. So far, no one was really gender-bending or reimagining anything to make it gayer.

But Shakespeare is about the gayest off-copyright source material there is, so it was pretty much impossible to correctly adapt Shakespeare and make it end up totally straight.

From our 2017 standpoint, NMTD looks pretty heterosexual, but it was actually about as queer as any LIW can be without departing from the source material (though we’ll get to Twelfth Grade a little later on). Hero’s moms, though absent, are accepted by everyone, as is Balthazar, who is of course very gay despite never using that word in NMTD (The Candle Wasters really don’t like actually saying things, do they?). But it was Pedro’s coming out that really changed the tides. Goodbye queerbaiting, hello to the possibility of onscreen characters entering into non-heterosexual relationships.

2015 was a transition year in many ways. It was no longer acceptable to make an LIW without some form of queer representation, but the methods were all over the place. Some LIWs put a queer pairing center stage – Pedrazar being the prime example, however you feel about LLL – while most series started to create queer side pairings, either through gender-bending or through creating new arcs for the characters. A few examples of this from 2015 would be George Squared from Call Me Katie, Smarling from The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, and Jamie and Isabella from Northbound. Of course, some LIWs still did LBD-style representation – The Misselthwaite Archives comes to mind – but it was now because the creators wanted queer representation and not because they wanted to avert certain het ships.

Then 2016 happened. We, the viewers, were no longer willing to tolerate entirely cishet shows. 2016 saw the rise of trans and genderqueer LIW characters at long last – Puck in Bright Summer Night and Serena in The Adventures of Serena Berg being the prime examples – as well as multiple characters on the ace spectrum. And with the rise of young, bisexual webseries creators, the number of bisexual characters skyrocketed.

So let’s talk about Twelfth Grade for a minute. I won’t lie and call this series the gayest thing I’ve ever seen, but it is probably the biest. All three of the leads are bisexual, and no one is straight. Literally no one. And no matter who you shipped, it was likely a possibility if not a reality. Again, this was made possible by the source material, which is just about the biest thing ever written, and by the new LIW atmosphere, which was demanding – and getting – the queer representation that just doesn’t exist anywhere else.

Gender-bending skyrocketed in 2016, both with side characters and with mains. And now, in 2017, cishet characters are starting to be the minority. The Emma Agenda and Middlemarch: The Series, my two favorite currently-airing LIWs, have both gender-bent logically and competently all over the place in order to keep canon mostly intact while also making it much, much more diverse. Very few current LIW ships are m/f, and of those, even fewer characters are completely heterosexual.

We’ve come a long way since the days of LBD. and we couldn’t have gotten here without a lot of hard work and thinking and the bravery to tell stories the way we wanted them told. I’m not saying heterosexuality should vanish from LIWs, but I think that the direction we’ve come in is the right one. When a series like NLTS or MMTS gives the same amount of drama to queer pairings as to straight ones, when characters like Roxanne Roberts or Bathsheba Everdeen struggle with their identities in relatable ways, it normalizes every part of the human experience and continues to make LIWs the most representative form of media I know.

While I know I skipped a lot of important moments and didn’t mention several very diverse series, I used examples that I hope most people will be familiar with and that won’t be too spoilery.

LIW creators: keep doing what you’re doing. It is noticed and appreciated. Thank you.

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ty based wizards for giving us confirmed lady goblins who are weird and ugly, like goblins are supposed to be

Thank you so much for your awesome reviews! Would you be able to explain the progression of art through the ages? Like Renaissance, romantic, baroqu...

Alright, art through the ages in 20 minutes flat:

1. Check out this post on Renaissance through Baroque.

2. Okay, once you’re prepped:

ROCOCO: omg these roses go great with these swoops that go great with these curly cues and the swirly whirly-o’s

-The shift of power form royal court to the aristocracy is paralleled by the shift in taste from Baroque to Rococo.

-Characterized by flowery, flowing, detailed and over-stylized architecture and painting. With Rococo, think frivolity and frilly things.

-The French Royal Academy dominated this style and dictated taste in Paris during the 18th century.

-Rococo portrays the wealthy aristocracy in their leisurely pursuits.

-Epic dudes: Jean-Antoine Watteau

-Developed a talented school of satirical painting.

NEOCLASSICISM: ugh, oh my god i am so dramatic, ugh, Rome was so dramatic just like me, ugh, brood, hey doesn’t this julius caesar look just like the king. yeah. that’s not an accident

-Enlightenment - rejection of aristocratic authority

-Neoclassicism perceived as more democratic, inspired by Pompeii and work of art theorist Johann Winckelmann

-Frequent classical allusions within contemporary depictions, and frequent contemporary allusions among classical depictions.

-Drew inspiration from Greek and Rome.

-New technologies because of the Industrial Revolution - bronze carving, cast iron.

-Epic dudes: Jacques-Louis David, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman

ROMANTICISM: i am such a special snowflake, the world is not a machine and I am my own person, also isn’t nature great and i once had a dream about a melting banana so i painted it and also i fantasize about shadows and also fog. nature though

-Influenced by a spirit of individuality and freedom, naturalism of man, and a rejection of the Newtonian ideas of the world-machine and unchanging laws.

-Expresses an appreciation for nature’s excellence and political revolution

-Photography invented in this period

-Architecture does throwback thursday to the Medieval period

-Epic dudes: Eugene Delacroix, William Blake, Goya, Gericault, Joseph MW Turner, Caspar David Friedrich

LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY: i’ll only paint what’s actually there. what the hell is all this mystical crap. what was this. no one ever saw this. what is this shit??? goya??? what is this??? you never saw cronus eat a baby?? oh also isn’t light cool. look at light. wow. imma do that. ugh nevermind that’s way too unstructured. let’s add structure.

Impressionism:

-Modernist movement furthered by the avant-garde artists who spearheaded the movement. Shadow contains color, brushstrokes to capture the ‘dappling effect’ of light on objects.

-Epic dudes: Renoir, Monet

Post-Impressionism:

-Took Impressionist movement and reapplied structure and form to the technique, making impressionism more “solid and durable”, as Cezanne once said. Moved toward abstraction but also managed to preserve solid forms and traditional elements.

-Epic dudes: Van Gogh, Cezanne, Seurat, Munch

EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY: i am all over the map. i don’t know what’s w rong with me??? w orld wARS???? just fuck me up

okay very quickly, the major early twentieth century art forms IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

-expressionism: violent juxtaposition of color, abstraction as a way of perceiving the natural world in means beyond literal representation.

-cubism: took post-impressionism a step further, meant to emphasize angles and shapes, from many perspectives at once. PICASSO.

-dada: a nonsense word that means “hobby horse.” The movement was effected by the disillusionment and hopelessness of the era after World War I. Rejected most conventional methods of representation. Began to champion “ready-mades” as an art form. Basically taking random things and incorporating words. Duchamp, Duchamp, Duchamp.

-destijl: At best, completely abstract. White background, black lines to outline rectangular spaces. Only primary colors used. Diagonals are forbidden. Mondrian.

-bauhaus: The Bauhaus was an architectural school in Germany. Taught that everything, from simple objects to large buildings, should be crafted as a unit. Technology embraced. Simple and elegant designs. Expressive forms.

-surrealism: inspired by psychological breakthroughs of Jung and Freud - represented the unconscious world. Dali.

-art deco: a reaction against popular simplified forms, embraced a taste for refinement and linearity. Streamlined, industrial, mechanic, aerodynamic figures. (think of the Chrysler Building of New York City in the United States)

I hope that helped! Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do. Best wishes!

-The History Geek

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Paul Simonon’s art career has always been a great source of joy for me. His father was a “Sunday painter” who taught Paul very traditional, representational oil painting methods that proved unpopular with the faculty once he finally entered school. Frustrated with his professors’ lack of support for his chosen modes of expression, Paul turned his artistic talents towards punk, painting backdrops and clothing for the Clash’s early gigs as well as designing posters and record sleeves for the Clash and other groups. Following his departure from the music world, he returned to painting full time, adapting the traditional oil painting techniques of his youth to more modern subject matter: blighted industrial landscapes, the full English breakfast, and motorbike paraphernalia.