setting pattern

aguilamagica  asked:

With the old block model(s), you've said you usually lead design for the large set. How have you split it up now: roughly every other set, some other pattern, or no pattern just whichever you want to lead?

I’m currently leading the majority of the vision designs.

Take Your Gatekeeping and Shove It.

So, this past weekend, I took my 11-year-old daughter to SuperCon to meet her favorite actor (and favorite Doctor), Peter Capaldi.

She wore a little blue TARDIS-decorated dress and some Doctor Who pins, and she nearly cried with joy when Capaldi greeted her for the photo op. He was a consummate gentleman and such a sweet and enthusiastic person.

An hour or so after the wonderful photo op experience, she and I were sitting at a table in the food court area.

A burly, older man plopped down nearby.  He looked at my little girl’s outfit, smiled, and said, “Do you even KNOW anything about Doctor Who?”

WTF, dude?

I was too stunned for a second to even respond, so he started right in with the ‘quizzing.’

“Who are the Doctor’s biggest enemies, and what planet does he come from?” this stranger asked.

Now I had moved past shocked and right into indignant/angry/protective mode.

“I don’t want her to be quizzed on something she loves, because I don’t want her thinking she has to prove ANYthing in order to be a fan,“ I told him.

Looking at my daughter, I said “You don’t owe strangers explanations or information, ok?“  She said OK and looked relieved.

Still he pressed on, patronizing grin and all: “Oh, I just want to be sure parents are raising their kids right.” Then he turned to my daughter again and asked “Who was the first Doctor, then?”

I cut him off right there. “No. I don’t want her quizzed. At all.”

Dude blinked in disbelief, sighed, and left about a minute later.

“Thanks,” my daughter said. “He was making me feel awkward.”

I held her hand and looked into her eyes. “Some men think they can have power over you by making you prove yourself. You never have to do it. They’re just insecure and pitiful, so they want to make you feel like it, too.  It’s not only about fan stuff, and it’s not always just men, but be careful not to fall into that trap, ok?”

That crap isn’t harmless fun. It sets up a pattern of approval-seeking, self-justification, self-doubt, and fear of exclusion that is very dangerous for children (particularly girls).

Fuck that.

TL;DR:  Do NOT come at me, my little girl, or anyone in my vicinity with your condescending, gatekeeping bullshit.

The next time, I won’t make the mistake of even TRYING to be polite.

Originally posted by tum-binha

Keith Doesn’t Defend Himself

I noticed something really sad yesterday. Keith has a habit of letting people get off deeply personal emotional attacks on him without defending himself. I can think of three specific occasions on the show where he has been personally attacked and just turned the other cheek.

1.) In the first episode, Lance called him a dropout, Keith just congratulated Lance on making fighter pilot and moved on.

2.) In the Blade of Mamora, Lance began yelling about how Keith would blow the mission to the BoM base because he’s a hot head. Keith didn’t say a single word in his own defense.

3.) After his heritage was revealed, Allura started glaring at him and refusing to speak to him. He never once spoke up about how he had done nothing to deserve this treatment. He just accepted her hatred.

It happens often enough through out the series, it sets a definite pattern for Keith’s character. Almost like he expects people to treat him this way, and has decided that this is just how the world works for him.

It makes the scene of illusion Shiro calling him selfish all the more emotional, because for once, he isn’t passively accepting someone’s bad opinion of him. The rest of the world he expects to think of him as dirt, but Shiro is supposed to be different in his mind.

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The 12th House Of Demons and Past.


Aries in 12th house cups: the aggressor, the wild and the secretly unrestrained. Their inner demon is disguised as unconscious rage without a tangible source. Anger can seem to Spring from the cracks of their psyche at times without their knowing. There inner mind is constantly in defense and despite their calm demeanor they take everything to the core and every slight is felt. Their mannerisms can be masculine-coming across as confrontational. They have a mighty strong will and an even more defined sense of self despite this being the house of the unconscious. They tend to struggle with approaching life in a more direct way out of a fear of themselves really. They fear the violence in them-and for this reason they tend to shake and shut down when provoked or in a agitated state as they often don’t know where to direct their anger. The secret desires of these natives would be described as impulsive-raw sex. The aggressive and more dominate persona tends to come out instinctually in them during sex and at times would be described as their “true” sexual nature as this is the final house. When alone they are often far more driven and energetic than they lead on. Naturally driven to their goals and a strong sense of self are indicated here.


Mars in the 12th house: their past lives where marked by war and a life that was lived through aggression and in a sense constantly having to test ones will in that of the world they stood in. I see people with mars in the 12th(including myself) as people whom have had some sort of a violent life style previously and for that reason coming into this life they’re frightened of their own strength and anger. They’re afraid of who they were before coming to the surface. That being said this is unconsciously acted out so often times the body Itself tries to avoid confrontation as a defense mechanism. These natives are not necessarily “passive aggressive” in reality it’s done out of need for them to place an imaginary chain on the child of war living in them. This also points to a sexual life style in the past life that may have had an aggressive quality to it and one that may have had their sexuality robbed of them in a sense, via forced sex by another or sexual exploitation. So now In this life the sexuality is often a blur and cloudy for these natives and many often take some time throughout their lives figuring out what they want and desire sexually and what motivates them for that matter. They have a secret desire for intense and more aggressively dominant sex despite how sensitive and caring they are. They are for the most part immensely powerful both spiritually and physically but they pour much of their power into spirituality and compassion for those around them. They are deeply feeling and easily sacrifice for those they must. Many are natural fighters and easily gifted in sports as their body retained knowledge of “battle” from the previous life. The birth could’ve been painful for the mother and in some cases the mother may have had the child unexpectedly and may have sought to rid of the child(not saying this is always the case) there is often someone from above guarding them in this life and they tend to pull through physical aliments that most do not! That being said the vitality is based upon the emotional constitution of the native.


Taurus in the 12th house cups: the inner trait of these natives is gluttony. They unconsciously seek to be surrounded by abundance-the more of it they have the less they are able to value what they own. They can unconsciously have a tendency to be stuck deeply in their own ways without realizing and have a set of repeated patterns that they constantly play out. At times they do look inward for the root of these cycles but in their early stages they can lean towards looking around the room for someone else to blame. They fear falling into stagnancy, and as a combative they try to challenge themselves mentally as often as they can-but that being said the tendency to slow down is their shadow and no matter how much they fly from place to place somehow they always end up finding foundation where there is none. They are deeply grounded and can at times recover from some of life’s greatest misfortunes because of this. Their true sex nature is earthy and sensual-the secretly desire the skin to skin of sex and often fantasize about slow silky touch added to the act. Something slow and full of erotic foreplay.


Venus in the 12th house: the past life was lived in vanity and extreme lust. They were adored, often by many. People sought after them for love but also to use them. They often themselves had a vain outlook towards others and during their previous life although they may or may not have learned to look beyond just the superficial qualities of others they often had a grand love affair and one that they sacrificed it all for. This is often seen in the charts of people who had the past life of someone in a royal position or to a high class family. They were often seen as a gift but sadly they might’ve lost it all because of who they fell in love with. That being said it’s not necessarily tragedy as often this means they found their true love in their past life and will meet them again in this life. Their love lives in this life will often have an immense level of karma and will often be a “wrapping up” of business so to speak romantically. The relationship can seem heart wrenching and seemingly destroy these natives but what comes from the ashes is often something so spiritually enlightened-that they often are nothing like they were previously. Many of the people and lovers attracted to you are people whom have had relations with you in the past(be it enemies, lovers,family members(platonically of course) and so on) the love nature in this life is deeply shy and reserved mainly due to the inherited past association of what “love means” they have a overwhelming love nature and it can almost seem like a dream. They often have a deeply ethereal beauty about them-something that seems not of this time or era but something entrancing. They do tend to attract “out of light” relationships and or secret relationships and often times people whom are married or already in a relationship are drawn to them as Neptune’s influence here blurs the lines. They will often be faced with many life changing obstacles that will serve to prepare them for the right one. They desire deeply emotional sex that is genuine and pure, something endearing and sensual in nature-since libra and Taurus individual nature’s would be combined here there is a desire for slow and erotic touch along with mutual satisfaction and pleasure. The mother might’ve been plump around the time of the child’s birth and the child might’ve also been rather quiet when born. The child was received with much love upon birth.


Gemini on the 12th house cusp: there is a pronounced angel and demon-god and devil archetype here. These natives can unconsciously play out two sides and flop between them without knowing, one side of them is pure-like a newborn child often seeking the thrill-bouncing about life without a care but this is done without notice and often time it can seem sporadic in nature. While other times the demon takes center stage and shows itself through darker thoughts and random bouts of melancholy. They can often run in and out of depression in some cases. The mind can run on a completely superhuman level. They don’t process things the same way others do and due to mercury-Gemini’s ruler having influence here rather than outside of this house there is often a cosmic and spiritual flow to their thoughts. They often get spiritual intuition and can seemingly be guided into things. Someone from above constantly brings to light the ideal of surrender to the unknown and they can often feel at the mercy of something out side of them. The hall Mark twin like nature of good and evil is also present in their sexual desires-the often fly between playful and sweet sex and dark almost tantric sexual experiences. They are inner nervous and can often get highly anxious in large groups. They often struggle with saying what’s really on their mind out of being unable to put their deep thoughts into words. Wherever mercury is situated will show where this is most prevalent and the sign it’s in will show what is hardest for them to identify with. When alone they are quick of wit and easily brainiacs. They are emotionally detached and can often struggle deep down with pin pointing what emotions belongs to what.


Mercury in the 12th house cusp: the mental complexity of these natives is beyond words-they often lived a past life gathering knowledge-a life where their ideas where often challenged and belittled . There ideas where often built from the ground up and originated from continuous trial and error and because of this-their brains have regained their immense storage, maintaining the ability to absorb and re-dispense knowledge quicker and more detailed than most. They often lost their mental facilities in their previous life and often this points to a wound of the head near their death in their last life that brought their mind to its highest state in their last moments. The mind in this life flys like electrical currents and can be hard to shut off. They are deeply feelings and often absorb the feelings and emotions of others very easily which can also overwhelm them due to the immense flux of energy. They have a hard time expressing what they mean and can be anxious in one on ones conversations. In some cases the mother may have been rather frail at the time of the child’s birth. This might also mean that the child was either completely silent when born or highly composed.


Cancer on the 12th house: these natives can be quite the polar opposite of what they present. Deep down they are deeply feeling and emotionally complex. It’s not all about the ego and in fact it’s not all about the attention or gratification of the masses for them-it’s about the feelings and intentions that come with those acts that they often sit alone and contemplate. They aren’t readily trusting and can unconsciously push those away out of a fear of opening up to quickly or allowing their more insecure side to rear its head. They resent their sensitivities and often time try to ignore their emotions in an effort to seem more level headed. The family is extremely important to them and they unconsciously place their family, especially the mother above most things in life. Their is often sentimental mush in these natives that is often ignored which can show up as bad coping mechanisms in their behavior when not dealt with properly. Their relations with women can often be described as odd and confusing-theirs a hidden level of malice but also a hidden level of intimacy. They themselves are very feminine in nature and have feminine mannerisms as there more nurturing shadow tends to reveal itself through their facial expression and mannerisms. They deeply crave an emotional connection in sex and need to feel nurtured and cared for in reality. Their true sexual nature is very considerate and tender. No matter what their chart looks like abrasive lovers can shut them down.


Moon in the 12th house: the emotions can seem to be at times lost in a well, completely out of sight and mind from the native. The relationship with the mother may as well be something all hidden cables and wires filled with cloudy disconnected feelings and feelings of burden by ones mother carried over from the past life. The mother in the past life was often of deep importance to the native and for better or worse was the sole shaper of the individuals past life. She often had an illness that required many sacrifices on the natives part to take care of her. Often times the mother leeched of the child to such a point that the natives life was often put on a back burner. Their emotions were often so poured into the mother that they became lost on the native. So in this life their can be much confusion on the direction of ones emotions and what they truly do care for and what they do not. They can have disturbing relationships with women in the early years that can be seen as acting out pent in aggression carried from the last life. As they grow older they do often learn to understand their more hidden instinctual needs as they learn through others. Unlike Pisces moons who are deeply receptive and caring moon in the 12th house natives aren’t outwardly receptive and have a hard time being sympathetic until much later in life. They have deep and powerful feelings but they hold them deep between their heart like a bird cage so no one can get in and steal from them again. They are so sacrificial and often love very passionately despite their aversion to opening up. The sexual nature was often and is still intense and deeply weightful-sex with them is truly in its truest form an exchange of souls.


Leo in the 12th house cusp: the ego talks in secret with this position and I often describe these natives as the prowling lion, gazing from behind the trees watching its prey in complete silence. These natives often unconsciously observe-they tend to secretly view themselves as better and more elite than those they are around and of course this isn’t done out of arrogance or thinking they are superior more so than it is their more need to size up their environment and those around them in relation to themselves. They often feel deeply confused about their own ego and sense of self from time to time and usually seek out a need to alleviate this sensation by down sizing others. They have a huge sense of inner pride and do secretly see themselves as enterprising. They are very much so confident but in a more discrete way. They often dislike to be put on the spot-thought they do dream of being the center of attention. Alone they are very entertaining and can be quite the star-they have a inner sense of happiness that’s prevalent but often struggle with finding common ground with their more bright characteristics in a practical real world sense. Their real sexuality is rooted in praise and adoration! They love feeling important and as if they are their lovers soul happiness. They tend to want to be in charge in bed settings and fantasize about boiling passion on the side of their partner.


Sun in the 12th house: “The Who am I” is often routinely the focal point in this life. These natives can constantly feel as though they are seeing parts of who they should be in others. Almost like a mirror on the wall they take fragments and try to often piece together a person with it. Unlike the moon which deals with the mother devouring the child’s emotional state-here this can point to a past life where the father may have constantly subdued the native and often times enforced his desires and wishes onto the native in the past life to become someone or something completely opposite of who they were. In a sense this can point to a past life of a dynasty like lineage where one was forced to carry on the legacy of the fathers bloodline. There is also a sense that the last life was often one where the native had a strong will and often lead many but due to there extreme influence they often come into this life rejecting their inner leadership abilities-the run away from the sense of self out of a fear of the amount of responsibility and devotion they associate with leading and guiding others. These natives in this life often go threw many transitions and transformations in this life on their journey to become “them” and often times they meet people who are nothing like them and at some point in time will learn that the qualities associated with those people don’t match up to who they really are. These natives have a natural magnetism and once tapped into they can be some of the most powerful people.


Virgo in the 12th house: in a sense they’re critical, but they’re also deeply critical of themselves. They’re the virgin but also the whore. Similarly to Gemini there is a dual nature between the perfectionist-the innocent and quietly poised native and the more unkempt and self loathing, insecure persona that rears its head behind the perfect upkeep. They unconsciously move in precise movements often trying to keep their intentions out of sight of others. They can secretly fear stability and the day to day of life and often Try to portray and more polite and easy aura in an attempt to seek refuge from their more cut throat and blunter thoughts. They can have restless nerves that seemingly go on for ages. Virgo creates a self awareness here so much like Pisces in the 12th house cusp the natives are often aware of their shadow side and actively seek to control it . Their true sexual nature is that of a inner desire for pleasure sex. Sexual encounters that are built from trust but also have a deeply servicing aspect about them.


Chiron in the 12th house: there is often a hidden but internal feasible pain in these natives. Scars carried over from the past life are brought into this life and act out as unconsciously motivated patterns. The past life was often ended in a martyr like fashion-these natives fought for a cause and often endured a great deal of pain as consequence. They gave up much of themselves and often were placed through a great deal of betrayal, loss and sadness but always overcame-they paved the way for many and protected many in their wake. Although it may not seem like this as a blessing they where given another life-a life that would allow them to be free and to enjoy life differently than they had previously. It can be hard for them to relate to their pain in this life and it can almost seem like they bounce back from things quicker than most. They understand pain but also have an easy time detaching from it due to just “having been though worse” they have a natural optimism and usually keep their heads held high no matter the circumstance


Libra on the 12th house cusp: the inner nature is rather pure and warm nature despite the overly intense and black and white image they hold themselves up to. They are in a sense vain and do at times have a hard time coming to terms with the occasional bouts of superficiality in their nature. They unconsciously desire to be liked by others and at times can change themselves out of a desire and need to feel understood and seen as charming by others. They tend to deny their more vain qualities and search for deepness where their is none as a defense mechanism. They’re secretly very passive and aren’t always readily able to determine what it is they’re after or want. Part of them is deeply indecisive and always balancing their options. Although they don’t mean to apart of them is secretly dancing between choices. Their mannerisms can be angelic and rather sensual in nature. Their true sexuality is often rooted in mutual satisfaction and sensual exploration of the body.


Scorpio in the 12th house cusp: these natives are unconsciously perceptive-the mind and body move in a snake like pattern constantly gauging the actions and motives of others from every angle and every varying variable. They’re not easily trusting and unconsciously tend to test others through a variation of mind games and emotional tug of wars. They tend to in most cases disown their more darker and ruthless tendencies and often play it off as others acting it out rather than them. In many sees they attract darkness to themselves and can be the common denominator just as bad as the person they’ve invited. They can have dark dreams rooted in intense sexuality and often death and or horror. Alone they are rather introspective and sexually empowered. They tend to be quite passionately driven and motivated despite their easy going demeanor. They hold on deep to slights and even more so to those they’ve lose in life and often flux between extreme levels of sadness and periodic anger as a means to cope. Their true sexuality is powerful in nature and full of lust. Sex with a bit of darkness and taboo in it.


Pluto in the 12th house: often these natives carry a dark shadow into this life-one of a deep and weighing intensity. Their past lives where often fret with life changing experiences and often meant that they had experienced many deaths during their lifetime. They often encountered many such treasons-run ins with the id and ego. Often more than not they were active in the night and may have traveled to many places that were of malicious intent. Their is a tendency from the ghost of the past life to circulate in this life and manifest as people and situations repeating itself as a means to test the individuals growth and their heart and wether or not its Purified from its previous life. Not to say these natives where bad in their last life but they were often on the other side of the train tracks so to speak and mainly lived on the other side of the heavenly scale dealing more with the devils sphere. They have powerful intuition and even more then that their capabilities for healing and spiritual guidance are deeply ingrained from their past life. But one thing to note is that their are many trials to be had to tap into this ability. Their sexual nature is prolific and can be overwhelming for those faint of heart.


Sagittarius on the 12th house cusp: these natives are deeply free at heart and larger than life both physically and spiritually. Although this is the house of unconsciousness-in the case of these natives the themes are switched around as Jupiter also co rules Pisces. These natives tend to be deeply intimate with their shadow self and their shadow self takes an actual spiritual form as their guardian angel. They are both rowdy and playful and have a childlike view on the world in its full context. They unconsciously can be a bit lazy and from time to time a bit overindulgent I’m whatever it is that they find pleasure is and he house Jupiter lays in shows where they are most unconsciously “indulgent” they are very religious in their own idea of the word! Not to say it’s even a religion we all recognize but none the less they have a close relationship, often private with religion. Their true sexuality is animalistic, with a slightly playful and organic feel.


Jupiter in the 12th house: they can feel like heaven itself. These natives where often priest and holy monks in their past life-they often dedicated their last lives do their search of spirituality and defining their relationships with the cosmic. They sought solace in the end. In this life they often bring this deeply heavy spiritual nature and often to such a point that those around them feel enlightened and baptized by their aura. These natives retain their healing skills, their abilities of spiritual enlightenment-as well as spiritual guidance remain. They serve in this life to be the guardian angel for the masses. They crave sexual experiences that uncover the truth and touch the sky-something naked and free. Rough yet harmonizing.


Capricorn on the 12th house cusp: there is a rigid, and seemingly stifling nature to these natives. They can unconsciously limit themselves from not only their desires but their true personality may only be only be to reveal 20% or less of who they actually are. A keen awareness on the burdens and struggles of life a often present and no matter their more goofy and crowd shocking persona may be they ultimately seek structure and often unconsciously emit a studious and heavy aura that demands both respect and maturity. Yet they unconsciously sabotage anyone’s attempt to create something stable with them. They can distance and separate themselves from others and when alone they tend to be lonely but also deeply serious and earnest about who they are aside from the influence of others. They crave a bit of a Harsh and control/dominance theme in sex(choking/slapping/aggression) in some cases not in all.


Saturn in the 12th house: the past life was often a hard one, at some point the reckless actions of the native landed them in confinement and often for a very long time if not all their lives. Be it crimes of who they might’ve loved, be it killing someone, be it their ideals they ultimately had their very freedom stripped from them. Coming into this life they carry the weight full energy of their entrapment and can often still feel trapped and in obligation while in this life due to the karmic and often long traveling energy of Saturn. These natives can always feel a sense of guilt especially whenever pleasure or happiness is experienced. Be it sexual, romantic, hobbies, art, love, family and in some cases even the natives own tears and emotions are scrutinized. They can often find many reasons to isolate themselves from “pleasure” unconsciously and in some extreme cases they will purposely sabotage something good in their life out of a fear of losing the one thing that makes them happy. These natives often struggle with maintaining their psyche and place a great deal of effort and protection on keeping it together out of a fear of losing their last speck of sanity. This position often points to an ending of the life cycle. Saturn often symbolizes the final lesson to be learnt and in some cases having Saturn here shows that in their previous life before death the sins where dealt with through loss. And in this life Saturn is still putting these natives through a great deal of pain before they get to experience true pleasure. They’re deeply mature and old souls no matter their age. They seek isolation and as they grow older they seek solitude. Sex is seen so deeply here and often times than not they withhold the act unless it has been some years with that person.in the case of it being Love they make love to their lover passionately and with all they have-they tend to be dominate but also tender.


Aquarius on the 12th house cusp: these natives are quite erratic, their minds and emotional states tend to come and go in how present they currently are in the given situation. They unconsciously can be quite detached from their emotions which can cause branches of confusion in their emotional expression. Their is often an alter ego to these natives and the unconscious dealings of their emotions tend to be an out of body ordeal where an emotions can be felt but viewed as if it were a stranger observing them. They have a hard time relating deep down but try to deny this characteristic by seeking deep intimacy and understanding of others. Their true sexual nature is quite open and innovative! They love the spark and more unpredictable side of the act.


Uranus in the 12th house: these natives where often surgeons and doctors in their past life, in some cases even outright philosophers and scientist whom also challenged human nature. These natives come into this world with an extensive knowledge on human nature as well as an deeply ingrained interest in the many expressions of the human response to life’s discrepancies. The past life was often spent in a pursuit of the big why and how of life. These natives often have a otherworldly and what some would describe genius mind. They process information in such a way that others would be completely a loss for words. They just understand things in the world that most are either oblivious too or are unable to themselves comprehend in the easy format that those with Uranus in the 12th house can. Sexual experiences for them are electric but also more or so an experiment of the many varying reactions to human stimulus.


Pisces in the 12th house: these natives are deeply sensitive and often unsure of their direction deep down despite their more fiery and self confident persona. The world scares them and they unconsciously seek out foundation. They world around them can seem invincible but also all to in their face in the same sense. They feel things through energy and vibrations-usually feeling their way around their environment but due to the nature of Pisces here these natives are usually aware of this tendency and tend to place a higher bravado to defend themselves from those that use their sensitive nature to their detriment. Their sexuality is colored by deem romanticism and sentimental intimacy-sex based on a connection.


Neptune on the 12th house: these natives often come into this life with the veil no longer shrouded over their eyes. They see and perceive the world both in its organic physical manifestation but also in its spiritual and celestial ungrounded state. The past life was often riddled with living life on the cusp of life and death and through this constant flux between this state the natives where able to transcend to a level above sight in the world. They often easily come in and out of being aware and unaware of their immediate surroundings. They have a deep and almost psychic understanding of others and their feelings and are very capable of seeing energy in others no matter how good they are at hiding it! This position denotes to seeing spirits in some cases but it depends on other varying aspects to Neptune. The heart is often deeply sympathetic as carried over from the previous life and the fear of death isn’t something these natives relate to as they often spent much of their life already dead so to speak. Sexually they’re vexing. They can seemingly move you to another planet and have a deeply emotional nature during the act-they desire to feel your souls pain and heal it from the ground up.


Originally posted by faronmckenzie

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Here I have a conversion of @lehgaming June’s Twin Braids for both children and toddlers and a mesh edit of one of the toddler dresses. For the hair, you need the mesh which you can find here. As for the dress, all I did was remove the sleeves, and it comes in two separate packages: EA colors and Easter inspired patterns. (This set was inspired by @belle-718 request)

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Homestuck Meta Theory

Alright, so I know there’s a lot of people disappointed with the ending, again, I sound like a broken record by this point. And don’t get me wrong- While I love the ending, I would still love to see more of the characters and the story! I just feel it’s a good end as it is. I’ve made a lot of theories about what the End means and everything about Act 7, but all of the things I said, about the Jujus, about becoming freed from Paradox Space, it made me think about the rest of the story, and I believe it has made my entire idea of what Homestuck is change.

So the big question here is, what IS Homestuck? Most people, including me, when talking to someone who knows nothing about it, will speak about the story, the 4 Kids playing SBURB, and the subsequent destruction of Earth. And then mention its huge amount of references towards programming languages, popular culture, storytelling in itself, and it’s self-referential nature. But this Ending has got me thinking that maybe the reason why so many people have been disappointed in the End is because they got Hussie’s intentions wrong.

We tend to reference how the humor and the nature of Homestuck’s narrative is a little extra onto the story, and while it is true the story itself and the characters have drawn a big part of the Fandom, I thought… What if the important part of the Narrative isn’t the Story, but the Meta elements.

As soon as I made connection, everything about the ending began to fall into place. I have commented before that I feel Act 7 is like being shown the Good Ending of a video game without seeing its Neutral Route. 

The Kids have Earth, and Juju Vriska uses manages to flip the ending so that instead of being trapped by Paradox Space’s rules…

They manage to ‘End’ the game properly and get their Happy Ever After.

All while Caliborn is shown getting his power of Immortality, and while we’re left ambiguous about what happens to Vriska and Lord English and everyone in the Dream Bubbles…

Another thing people have complained about is the Character Arcs.

They say how ‘different’ the timeline is. What was the point of Rose’s alcoholism if then Vriska just swats the drink away and it never had any relevance anymore? Terezi’s relationship with Gamzee never happened. Dave and Karkat got together? The Game Over Timeline is bad, everyone agrees that people dying is never good, but they also claim that suddenly having all that Character Development changed made them unable to relate to some characters anymore.

And of course there’s always the mention of how Vriska, even though she’s an abusive 8itch, ended up being somewhat of a heroine, or at the very least not seemingly getting too punished…

That’s where the Narrative itself told us there was something off.

DAVE: rose we dont have fuckin “arcs” we are just human beings

Many have mentioned it, about how not having a closure to certain character arcs referenced this portion, the notion that the characters didn’t have an arc. The same way she then references Jade breaking Endgame ships and such. Rose’s power is Light, and her information source comes from the same place as SBURB and Skaia. It’s a game. Of course she’d have the notion that all of them have to fit certain predisposed stereotypes or their stories have to follow a certain pattern- Rose is looking at their lives since SBURB started as it has been. A Story.

But Dave is having none of it. Dave is beyond the thought that all they do has to follow a set pattern, and claims they don’t have character arcs. This might sound like a clever device by Hussie so he didn’t have to explore more of each of these character’s lives and he could close the comic leaving some loose ends but, there’s more.

Hussie? As an entity? Exists within the story. This would be all fun and dandy if it were a couple of stupid references and memes. And that’s what many people think! Most of his appearances in canon have been a joke, really. But…

Hussie joked about his influence on the comic, when his bot-self was about to mess up with the Kids in the Yellow Yard, but eventually didn’t do it. And yet? His fight with Vriska. His interactions with Caliborn. Everything pictured above? Hussie is a physical entity that follows the same rules as everyone else in Paradox Space and can influence the story. But he’s not a self-insert. He IS the Author. He is the one who wrote every of these characters and continued the story. He’s not another character, he’s himself, in the Homestuck Universe.

And then it began to dawn on me, that perhaps the Meta aspect of Homestuck was a bit more than Fourth-Wall Breaking fun and references to real life stuff. Of course, this train of thought led me to another main plot device that has never exactly been explained to its full extent. Jujus.

There’s the Sucker…

The Crowbar…

The House Juju…

A lollipop that could change character’s personalities, making them immediately make up for aaaall of their mistakes without a care in the world, start alchemizing new weapons, and end up exactly where they needed to be.

A crowbar that can break other of these mysterious devices, and more importantly, has been shown to be able to interact with the Website itself, which seems to be its own physical entity as well!

A house that gave John the ability to change the story, and that ended up being used against the Big Bad of the entire comic.

A puppet that trapped the Souls of various characters and became the gateway for the Big Bad of the comic to become who he is.

A mysterious pair of rings that oh so conveniently appear and disappear on characters, and leave you wondering what they really do, but clearly shown to at least be able to revive someone who, by no other means in the story, would have been able to get back to the world of the living.

Jujus are mysterious, when you look at them from the perspective of the characters. They have no beginning, no end, they just appear at some point and do a loop through time, ending up exactly where they appeared first. They are powerful artifacts able to change reality itself, with no explained origin… But we are no characters. We have seen what these things do on the comic through its entire lengths.

Jujus are plot devices meant to alter the Meta of the comic. They are not things that make sense in a true physical reality. They are artifacts that alter the rules of the plot. Because that’s what the plot is. A story. Because Homestuck is not real, and it acknowledges this.

Or at least… It was supposed to acknowledge this. Many have also claimed that the last updates were so disappointing, compared to Cascade, as Cascade managed to solve so many plot points, but this last one felt empty of everything. Plot. Character Development. That’s where Jujus and Hussie come in.

Hussie dies, in his own comic, a comic that acknowledges him as the actual AUTHOR of the events taking place. And later, we see…

Caliborn, the young version of Lord English, acknowledging Hussie’s death, as he takes the rest of Act 6 and makes it his. Through the use of the Command Prompt, through his own drawings, he begins to write his own story.

[S] Cascade had so many plot points resolved, and these last updates didn’t. Because that is the point. Ever since Act 5 ended and Act 6 started, Hussie has begun to lose control of the story. He was killed by Lord English, the big bad, who also took control of the narrative. Vriska acknowledges a narrator speaking, and forces the narrative to shift back to her opening the Juju chest out of frustration. The command prompts, John’s retcons- At this point, Hussie is no longer in control of his characters.

The Game Over timeline was bad, but it felt like it had more Character Development. That is because it was a not-retconned Timeline. The characters had struggles, the plot moved on forward, some people was possessed, it was all prime material for a conflict and a resolution afterwards! But Aranea’s intervention made it a Doomed Timeline. A Bad End. We all know how Doomed Timelines work, so everything that happens there would have been totally irrelevant. But John didn’t want to accept that. Roxy was still alive, and sad. And Terezi wanted him to fix things up. So instead of acknowledging he was in a Doomed Timeline, like Roxy did? Roxy, who saw her mother-daughter die in her arms, and claimed there might be nothing left for them. And meanwhile, John just managed to get his powers ready, zapped back in time and solved everything.

New problems arose in the new Timeline, sure, but not as many. And a lot of the character arcs were suddenly shoved back. Rose no longer struggles with alcoholism, Karkat doesn’t chase after Terezi, and becomes Matesprits with Dave after mellowing down. Gamzee, one of the biggest dangers, is shoved back by Vriska until he’s barely relevant anymore.

And all of this might just be me trying to find an explanation to the sudden loose ends not being tied. But I think, all of this, was meant to express more than Hussie rolling the story back or changing the story to fit other things. No.

We go back to Dave’s words. We’re real people, we don’t have arcs. We are real people. In a comic, where the author is a character, and that always acknowledges it’s a comic? Dave saying they’re real people is big. It was taken as a joke, because they are characters, come on! Right? … Right?

Well of course they are. But that’s the thing. Up until Act 6, all of the various characters were nothing more than that. And even during the Game Over Timeline, they were nothing more than that. But Hussie’s death, the ghosts, no longer relevant, trying to fight back against Lord English? Caliborn’s acknowledgement of a story and trying to take control of it? And finally, John’s powers.

The House Juju gave John something more important than being able to change the Timeline.

The ability to make Selfcest canon.

Wait no- That wasn’t it.

The ability to alter the plot to his own whims.

John’s zapping doesn’t follow the rules of Paradox Space. It allows him to change the timeline as he wishes and it still be the Alpha. Not only that, but he can also warp out of the story itself, sending people and things to the background of the website.

It’s when Vriska starts to try and find this Juju that everything about the narrative begins to shift gears. John now can change the plot. Which means he is not adhering to the rules that bound them all anymore. He can go back, bring people who were dead back to life, save his friends, and aid them get a better ending.

And in this new timeline he’s changed? Everyone seems a bit different. They have gone through different things, and are as confused as anyone else about what is going on. This is the moment where these characters stop being characters.

This isn’t a story about Four Kids playing a Game, getting involved in Shenanigans and trying to live a happy ever after as villains try to plot on destroying them and reality. Homestuck is the tale of the characters from a webcomic, becoming self-aware, and escaping the grasp of the author and the narrative.

I don’t know if this is what Hussie intended, and if it is, at what point he planned to start leading the story this way. I might just be crazy and be reading too much into this? But as I see it? It closes every single loophole in this story.

Doomed Timelines are meant to be nothing. They are meant to fade, and not be relevant anymore. But the ghosts are having none of this. They WANT to be relevant in this story again. They create an army, and head off to defeat the biggest threat in the entire comic.

Caliborn knows reality itself isn’t as it seems, and tries to make his own story within it. He strives to become almighty, and then begins to destroy and rend reality itself so he can make way for his own rule.

Vriska knows she’s in a story, having interacted with the very Author and the command prompt! But she is not trying to change the story- All the opposite. Vriska follows the rules of the story, closes loopholes from what she has seen, but tries to be the one who causes everything. She wants to be in the spotlight of this tale. She creates Bec Noir just because she had seen it in her screen. And knowing this is a story, she goes off of her way to find methods to defeat each of these villains, at any cost. Because in a story, once she defeats these big, powerful foes, she’ll be a heroine, and everyone will regard her so highly, she’ll be over everyone else. Just like she wants.

John? I don’t think he knows he’s in a story. But he has the power to alter it. And after he begins to mess with the timeline, the rules of Paradox Space begin to shatter around him and his friends. Time loops, Rules, Plot, why would they care about how a story goes, if it’s not a story, it’s their lives. They just want to be happy and get away from this cycle of destruction and death.

I’d even go as far as to say God Tier Calliope knows this. If her Land and her Earth were anything like Caliborn’s, she might also been in contact with the command prompt. Perhaps the fact her entire mission was a self-sacrifice to collapse the Green Sun represented how she, too, saw Paradox Space as what it was- A construct that kept these characters trapped as that. Characters. And the only way to escape its grasp was the erase its very existence, using Lord English’s destruction to tear a hole through the comic, and destroy it.

In this way, everything that happens towards the ending makes perfect sense. There are hundreds, thousands, who knows how many timelines, in which every plot hole will be closed. But we’re not following these. It would be easy to cause, say, the Condesce to wake up. Because of her immortality curse given by Lord English. Or the Draconian Dignitary get to the Frog Lily Pad. Something happens, interrupts the kids from entering to the new Session, and bam! Suddenly more plot! Their entrance to the Universe is blocked. Terezi worries about Vriska, so they begin to plot a way to help her defeat Lord English. The black hole in the Session that likely leads to Caliborn’s land becomes relevant, and they all have a trip to beat up Caliborn. Something happens to Calliope, her ring has ended up in Caliborn’s hands as well, he traps the kids, the Alphas beat him up, all loops are closed, we have a bittersweet, predictable ending. And this has happened. In many timelines before. Over, and over. Perhaps the one we’re following isn’t even the Alpha, for that very reason.

But it doesn’t matter. I talked about how the Jujus were a way to alter the plot, and let’s go back to this, and look at my theory about the Kids Souls being Trapped for all eternity in this Juju. The moment Caliborn uses this Juju, he kickstarts the entirety of the rules of Paradox Space. These kids we follow through the story, are trapped in a plot, with rules dictated by narrative that they HAVE to adhere too.

Then the ghosts decide that this is bullshit, and that they, even after death, want to still be relevant. Instigated by Vriska and Meenah, and aided by Aranea’s mind control, they manage to find a way they can alter the plot once again, a Juju. John touches this Juju, and suddenly he gains the power to alter this plot as well, and begins his and his friend’s journey to escape the clutches of Paradox Space and the comic itself.

John was trapped in the house all along. So of course, shoving his arm through it? He managed to grasp at the other side. He got a taste of what it was to be free. And he gained the power of changing the plot as a result.

Then, Vriska becomes alive again. She’s relevant, and bashes down on her ghost self. Ghost self that had at one point tried to make herself relevant, even though since she’s dead she shouldn’t be. This way, Vriska proves that, while she acknowledges the story as a story, and wants to be always present and in the middle, she never sees it as something she has to escape. She has no character development, because now, in this timeline that John has changed, she’s free to do whatever she wants, she’s her own person without a character arc, but doesn’t find the need to become said person. She doesn’t want to change, she wants to keep following the plot, and take down the big bad.

So Vriska takes the house Juju from her alternate self, goes against Lord English, beats up the Author of the comic itself as a last Fuck You, and then uses the Juju towards him. And this is when Alive Vriska makes her big mistake. By following this plot, this story, the Juju house crashes behind her…

She’s on Lord English’s side of the house. Because both of them know the comic is just that, a story. He knows about the narrative, and the author. So he kills the author, and becomes the big evil that must be defeated. Meanwhile, Vriska knows about the narrative, and the author, so she beats up the author and tries to become the heroine.

Caliborn and Vriska could very well strive to break free of Paradox Space in other ways, but instead they do what they do best- Be themselves, and fuck shit up in the process. And it’s this mentality that in the end, as the House Juju appears, tells us that both of them have been doomed. Doomed to be trapped in this Collapsing Paradox Space there’s no escape from.

Except there is an escape.

Because the door opens. It opens for the Kids and Trolls on the lily pad. And it opens for the Ghost Army and everyone else in the Bubbles. These are people that have been living aside from the story for a long time. The ones that are alive in the Session have had John change everything and the events happening after make them question Paradox Space itself. And the dead ones or the ones just stuck in the Furthest Ring? They fear being forgotten. They fear being erased by the collapsing Paradox Space, and had faced Lord English to try and become relevant once more.

Of course Condy’s curse didn’t wake her up. Of course DD didn’t appear. The moment the Juju appears, the story is done. There is no more plot. Because it’s not a story. The ones wanting to follow the plot are now seeing it crumble, seeing everything end. And the ones that wanted to become relevant against Paradox Space- Why would they need to even follow the rules? They are trying to escape them.

The Plot Holes are part of the plot in itself. John and everyone else didn’t need to fill it up. Because they are not part of the story anymore. We didn’t see their character arcs close. Because they are not characters anymore. They are not characters anymore. They don’t need to show us they have grown- Or maybe they haven’t even grown. They are always growing, learning. But now, they have escaped this evil Universe that trapped them and forced into cruel and crueler situations. They have escaped to a peaceful realm. They don’t need to keep following the story. They are happy and free to live their lives however they want.

They are finally happy.

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Broadchurch parallels: Holding the other’s food/drink
Season 2, episode 8 and Season 3, episode 3

The Wise Men of the World quoting Astrology
  • Albert Einstein: “Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it.”
  • Isaac Newton: (said in defence of astrology, to sceptic Edmund Halley)“I have studied the matter. You sir, have not”.
  • Benjamin Franklin: “Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there…if you had but skill to read.”
  • President Theodore Roosevelt: he kept his horoscope mounted on a chess board in the oval office. When asked about it he would reply... “I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.”
  • JP Morgan, America’s first billionaire: “Millionaires don’t use astrology, Billionaires do.”
  • Plato: “Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.”
  • Donald Reagan, formerly Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff said: “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson said : “Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied toward the affairs of man.”
  • Sir Francis Bacon, the father of modern science: “The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.”
  • Shakespeare: he said in the person of King Lear... "The stars above govern our condition." He follows that with "I was born sir, when the crab was ascending, all my affairs go backwards."
  • Von Goethe: wrote an astrological description of his birth...”These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.”
  • Dr. Carl Jung: “Astrology is assured recognition from psychology without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the knowledge of antiquity. The fact that it is possible to construct, in adequate fashion, a person’s character from the data of his nativity, shows the validity of astrology.”

Readings from «Scientific American» (1948): Mathematics. An Introductions to Its Spirit and Use, With Introductions by Morris Kline, W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 1979

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I finally had enough time to get Vex’s icons done. Also, I just checked the album and apparently I made 152 icons of her? That doesn’t seem right, but I don’t really want to count them all. Next up is Vax and then I’m going to do a few of the twins together

  • album of icons found here
  • please like/reblog if you use any of them!
  • requests are open if you want a different color & pattern combo